Psalms 121:1-3





I Corinthians 2:1-2


It’s been asked for thousands of years,
“Why does God allow bad things to happen?”
There are several reasons for this. Here are
some biblical reasons:
2 Corinthians 12:7-10– Paul describes being
given a thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming
conceited. When he pleads with God to
remove it, the answer is My grace is sufficient for
you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. So,
Paul confidently says, Therefore I will boast all
the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power
of Christ may rest upon me.

Job (the whole book)- Job is a good, “godly”
man, and everything he has is taken from him:
his sons/daughters, his livestock, his buildings,
even his health. He is brought low. The point of
the whole book? If you have absolutely nothing,
but you still have God– you have everthing
you need.
Genesis 37 – 50 – Joseph was betrayed by his
brothers, sold into slavery, taken to a foreign
country, framed for rape, thrown in prison, and
left to die. Yet it was through these hardships
that God was setting up what would be the salvation
of a nation during a devastating
drought that was coming.
Finally and most importantly, God cares
enough for us that He allowed the worst kind
of bad to happen to His son Jesus. The crucifixion
of Jesus worked towards an eternal good
for all who love the Lord. I have said these
things to you, that in me you may have peace. In
the world you will have tribulation. But take
heart; I have overcome the world.~John 16:33





Psalm 1





MARK 14:12


An elderly Christian lady, dreadfully crippled
with rheumatism, used to hobble to the
services of the church on two sticks. It was a
great ordeal and required of her considerable
toil and pain. A friend of hers observed her
regularly and asked, “How do you manage to
be at every service?” Her answer was classic,
“My heart gets there first and my old legs just
There is the key to faithfulness, not only in
attendance at the worship assemblies, but in
living a life worthy of the name “Christian”.

Jesus had taught men to seek first His kingdom
and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). All
acceptable service to God and His Son begins
in the heart—a heart filled with love and
thanksgiving. A heart filled with the love of
God and His Son will show itself in external actions.
Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments”
(John 15:14).
If Jesus truly is Lord of our hearts, our lives
will be lived so that others will see Christ living
in us and see the hope we have in our hearts (I
Peter 3:15-16).
We have heard the expression, “their heart is
not in it.” I’m afraid that the Lord, who knows
the hearts of all men, must be saying that
about many people who profess to follow
Is your heart in the service to Christ? If so,
you;ll be like the lady above: your heart gets
there first and your legs naturally will follow!

Sunday Night Singing 9.13.2015








“The fool hath said in his heart, There is no
God.” (Psalm 14:1) So spoke David, the shepherd
boy who became king of Israel.
One of the most-widely acclaimed infidels was
Robert Ingersoll. Much of his time and energy was
devoted to the work of stamping out faith in God.
Across the country he would go, attacking the Bible
and undermining faith in the existence of God.
Upon the death of Mr. Ingersoll in 1899, Robert
B. Taylor, former governor of Tennessee, wrote: Tell
ne not, O infidel, there is no God, no heaven, no
hell!Tell me not, O infidel, there is no risen Christ!

“What intelligence less than God’s could fashion the human
body? What motive power is it, if not God, that drives those
throbbing engines of the human heart, sending the crimson
stream of life bounding through every vein and artery?
“Whence and what, if not God, is this mystery we call
“mind?’ What is it that thinks, and feels, and plans, and acts?
O, who can deny the divinity that stirs within us?
“God is everywhere and is in everything. His mystery is in
every bud, and blossom, and leaf, and tree, in every rock, and
hill, and mountain; in every spring, and rivulet, and river.
The rustle of his wings is in every zephyr; his might is in
every tempest. He dwells in the dark pavilion of every storm
cloud. The lightning is his messenger, and the thunder is his
voice. His awful tread is in every earthquake and on every angry
In view of these thoughts, we need only to survey the wonderful
world about us to be convinced that there is a Creator. Nature,
in a truly eloquent language, proclaims “There is a God!”
As the Psalmist was constrained to say, “When I consider thy
heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars,
which thou hast ordained: What is man, that thou art mindful
of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? (Psalm 8:34)
Indeed, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament
sheweth his handywork.” ( Psalm 19:1)
May we constantly be aware of the presence and power of
the Almighty God who has loved us and given us the unspeakable
gift of his Son, Christ Jesus!
A.T. Pate

Remember The Days of Old II





Deuteronomy 32:7