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Faith and Life -- a column from local faith leaders

Once per week or so, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you or your pastor or faith leader would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714.
  • Source: Reverend Dawn Blundell, Epworth UMC
Faith and Life -- a column from local faith leaders

Author: Stan Latttin

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Does God Have a Plan, and are Current Events a Part of it?

 

Dawn Blundell, Epworth United Methodist Church

Senior Pastor

In-Person worship Sunday mornings at 9:00 am, sermon live at 9:30 am on Facebook Live and KVLV AM980. For more info, please call 775-423-4714 or visit www.epworthfallon.org

Ultimately, God’s plan is for every last bit of evil to be destroyed, for love to reign, and for God’s amazing, perfect garden kingdom to come to earth. Can’t happen soon enough. Between then and now, though, is a lot of messy stuff that I will confess I do not have the answer to. The Bible tells us, and we know, that people have free will and sometimes choose to be just awful in ways that are definitely not part of God’s plan. Then there is illness and accident, pain and loss of all kinds…those things are part of the natural world, but pain and hardship are not given to us by a vengeful or careless God to hurt us. What IS God’s plan, I believe, is to love us into wholeness; to overwhelm us with beauty, goodness, wonder, and truth; and to guide us to perfection in love.

 

 

Aaron Sorensen, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Fallon South Stake President

For more info, please call 775-742-9040 or visit www.churchofjesuschrist.org

As we face trials, we often think, “Why me?” or, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Despite the challenges we face here on earth, we know we have a Father in Heaven who has a plan for each one of us. Our goal is to return to live with him after this life. As we face the challenges of mortality, these experiences mold us into the people He wants us to become. Sometimes those challenges are personal, sometimes those challenges are worldwide, such as a global pandemic. We can let trials humble us and draw us closer to God or we can harden our hearts. If we learn from our trials the Master can sculpt us into His fine work of art.

 

 


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Rosemarie 05/23/2021 08:55 AM
When current events rattle people who don’t believe yet, it is good to remain calm so that they might understand that God is always in charge, no reason to worry.

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