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November 16, 2022 3:00 am

Open calls, questions, and discussion with guest host Luke Wayne LIVE in the studio. Topics include---1- Luke discusses how modern human migration has brought unreached people groups to the west and the missions opportunities this presents.--2- Can governments control people's minds with 5G signals---3- What is a Christian's responsibility in voting and political involvement---4- Are we running out of diesel fuel---5- Luke discusses faith in God during difficult times.

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The following program is recorded content created by the Truth Network. Hello, this is Luke Wayne, a colleague of Matt's Lick, filling in for him today. Normally I like to give you guys an update of what Matt's out doing when I fill in so that you know why you've got me on here, but frankly today he didn't tell me. He just called and asked me if I could fill in for him, and so why are you hearing me instead of Matt?

Your guess is as good as mine, but I am grateful, delighted to be on the air with you guys here today taking your questions, so give us a call at 877-207-2276. For those of you who are new to the show, this show is a radio outreach of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry. You can find us online at CARM.org, that's C-A-R-M dot O-R-G, and we are a ministry dedicated to equipping Christians, and defending the faith, and reaching the lost for Jesus Christ. And so we are, again, a Christian apologetics organization. Apologetics is the branch of Christian theology that is focused on the defense of the Christian faith, answering objections that critics and outsiders would bring to challenge the truth claims of Christianity, both for the sake of evangelism, of removing barriers to the Gospel, answering those questions so that people will be more open to thinking about and taking the Gospel seriously as part of our Gospel presentations to the lost, but also to strengthen the faith of believers who do believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or trusting in Jesus, but don't have answers to some difficult questions that come up, or just honestly seeking, how do I reconcile these passages that seem to be in contradiction? How do I answer this evidence that claims to be scientific and says that it refutes something from the Bible? What about what my Muslim friends are telling me about these problems with the Gospels, or what my Mormon friends tell me about these other Scriptures?

How do I respond to these things? Well, that is what apologetics is dealing with, is presenting a positive case for why the Bible is true, that death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are true, salvation by grace alone through faith alone is true, but also answering those objections, providing a defense and saying these things that critics of the Christian faith raise to try to show alleged problems with our faith are actually answerable. And so that is what our organization has been doing for decades now. When Matt first started CARM, in the early days of personal Internet, by God's grace he quickly recognized the need to use the tool of the Internet to provide readily available resources for pastors, youth pastors, Sunday school teachers, and everyday Christians who are engaged in Gospel conversations with their friends and neighbors, co-workers and strangers on the street, to be able to have a place they can go to look up these difficult questions and look at solid research on these topics. And so Matt built CARM.org, and that grew into the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry, which now has this radio show, and missionaries and translators on four continents and in countries around the world making these apologetics materials available not just to English speakers, but to speakers of Portuguese, of Spanish, Turkish, a number of local African dialects, and available through the Internet, through the airwaves, and in printed materials in places where mass media are not as readily available, and distributing those to Christians in every corner of the globe where God has graced us with the opportunity to reach. We are, as Matt likes to say, missionaries to the Internet, using the connected media of computers and servers that allow a voice to spread around the world to be able to strengthen Christians wherever an Internet access or a Wi-Fi signal is available, and then allowing those Christians to take those truths and spread them even farther by word of mouth. We're missionaries, but we want to help you be missionaries, too. And if you are listening to this, then that means you are a part of the English-speaking West, most likely. Now I know we have listeners to this show, even in Asia, parts of Africa, and other parts of the world, but most people who are listening to this show are in English during this time of day. It's because you are part of the English-speaking West, and many of you, you have jobs, you have families, you're settled in a particular location, and you wonder, to what extent can I be a missionary?

What does all this mean to me? We make these resources available because we believe every Christian right where you are can be, should be, a missionary. And just give you a few facts to realize, if you're listening to this in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, you may not think that you live in a major mission field where you can reach unreached peoples. But the fact of the matter is that the modern era has facilitated one of the most extraordinary times of human migration in history. For better or for worse, millions of people from nations all over the world are uprooting their lives and leaving their ancestral homes to pursue new lives in other countries, often in countries like the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, English-speaking, culturally Western countries. For some, this is to flee hardships, for others to pursue greater opportunity, but whatever the reasons, as college students, as working migrants, for a number, in a number of means, reasons, methods, people are on the move. North America and Europe, but just between the year 2000 and the year 2010, had 8 million people relocate from other parts of the world. That's 8 million to the USA, 1.6 million more to Canada, 1.7 million to the United Kingdom.

Just during those 10 years, it's escalated since then. What's that tell us? Well, you could talk about all sorts of political or demographic, sociological implications of these numbers, but what I'm concerned to talk about today, not to say that none of those other things are important, is the missiological implications. What does that mean for Christian missions? It means that, well, there are hundreds of people groups that have never heard the Gospel. Decades ago, you would have had to get a passport and a visa, learn a language, find a new trade, or raise support and move to the other side of the world and start a whole new life to be a missionary, to reach those people. And we certainly still need Christians willing to do that. But today, those financial barriers, those borders of countries that you'd have to cross, the traveling expenses, the politics, all of those things that it takes for a missionary to overcome, to travel to some country in the Middle East or Southeast Asia or Central Africa, to be able to reach an unreached people group. Today, you can reach many of those same unreached people groups by just having the courage to strike up a conversation with a stranger at Starbucks. This is one of the realities of the modern era in which we live. Every one of us has the opportunity to be a missionary.

This can look a lot of different ways. You might work with your church to start an English as a second language class that would allow immigrants in your community to come and learn English and better be able to integrate into society and get jobs and have economic security. At that same time, you have an opportunity to share the Gospel with them. But wherever they are, on college campuses, living in neighborhoods near you, there are people who have never heard the Gospel, who are from an unreached people group likely living in your hometown.

They're Muslims, they're Buddhists, they're Hindus, they practice spiritist or animist local cultural religions, or they're secularized atheists like so many other parts of the world, like so many other people even in our own countries. But they need the good news of Jesus Christ, and we need to be ready to speak across worldviews, to step out of our own comfort zones and into theirs, and share the good news of Jesus Christ. This is an incredible opportunity for Christians in this modern age.

And most Christians, it's not that they're necessarily unwilling to do it, but they don't realize the mission field is there. And they're not sure that they can answer the kind of questions that speaking to someone from another culture or another religion might raise. And that's where Christian apologetics comes in, where we, organizations like CARM, but so many other great apologists outside of our organization, are laboring to provide those answers to make them accessible, to make them easily reached, so that when the questions come up, you can say to someone, you know, that's a great question.

Can I schedule a time to meet with you and get back together and let's talk about that? And then you go look it up. And we try to be here for you, but when you do, you can find those answers on places like CARM.org. And so I encourage you, step out, look around your community, talk to people, hand out tracts, look for someone sitting alone in a coffee shop, at a bookstore, at a bus stop, and reach out and get to know them. Find out where they're coming from. Learn their story, hear their worldview, and then share with them, ask them, hey, have you ever had the chance to hear what an evangelical Christian believes about how we can have eternal life or how we can be free from guilt and shame? How we can be forgiven of our sin? How we can have a relationship with God? Would you mind if I took two minutes of your time to share that with you?

And then I'd love to hear back from you what your thoughts are. And then you have a conversation. And you be genuine.

It's not a script. Get to know the person. Listen to their response. Look up answers to their questions. Be a missionary right where you are.

And we have the opportunity to share the good news of Jesus Christ with nations, tribes, and tongues who have never heard without even leaving our home city. Prayerfully think about that. And maybe you've got some questions on how you can reach particular neighbors. Give me a call at 877-207-2276, and I'll be here to answer those questions and jump on the phone lines as we get back after this short break. Welcome back to the show.

This is Luke Wayne filling in for a bad flick on this Friday. And give me a call. Let's talk at 877-207-2276. I would love to hear your questions. Speaking of which, let's jump to the phone lines now and speak to Alberto from Georgia.

Alberto, you are on the air. Yes, good afternoon, Mr. Wayne. Talking about evangelism and all that, that's not my question, but I hear about thousands of tracts all over, the buses, inside the restaurant, putting them on people's windows, giving them to SCAT students in Savannah, Georgia. I hear about 30,000 tracts or more, and Sunday school books and everything, by myself alone, going all across the country. Praise God.

Praise God. And churches ain't doing it today. The churches today are not doing it, and in the last 10, 15 years, the churches are not evangelizing the communities. They're not going to the streets. They're too ashamed of the Gospel.

I don't know what it is, they don't care or what, but that's my little piece of testimony I've done. Anyway, my question is, I heard this program one time, about this guy talking about the 5G, about the CIA, they're using that to control people's minds and all that stuff, make them do things, you know, signals to their brains. Do you think that's true as possible? But I don't think it won't work against the Christians, because the Christians have the mind of Christ, and we're trapped by God's power, and all his spirit is protected from all kinds of scientific things they use for 5G to control people's minds with signals and all kinds of stuff.

What do you think about that? Well, 5G just has to do with the speed that the data signal is on your phone. So before that was 4G, 3G, that's just the speed of data transfer on cell phone signals. So no, cell phone signals are not able to control the human brain.

So when you see a 5G device or things like that, that is just a data transfer speed. You don't have to worry that that's something that a government or anybody or corporation or anything is using to control you. So yeah, there are certainly governments that desire to spread false information and control people's behavior, but they're not doing it through 5G technology or waves directly into our brain or anything like that. Nothing like that is going on. All right, because I heard this Christian program, I don't know how much I mentioned, but she had this guy talking about all kinds of crazy stuff on there about control and all kinds of stuff.

I mean, it's kind of hard to believe, but there are people who will say all kinds of things. But as far as I'm concerned, we use those devices, we use the internet and our phones and the ways that we have to get the Gospel out, and to use those as ways to equip Christians and reach the lost and spread the word. So obviously we need to be responsible in our time and it can consume us in that way, but there's nothing technologically about 5G devices that is controlling the human brain. So not the sort of thing we need to worry about. So I hope that's at ease a little bit there.

Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I use the technology for textings and videos on Facebook, programs, I share my Netflix programs with my friends and family, so people can know the truth. So I use my cell phone, I can text 15 people in less than 15 seconds. Yeah, I mean, devices can be a distraction, and we need to be careful and have self-control in those ways, but they also do provide us an opportunity, if we use them rightly and responsibly, to be able to reach more people with the Gospel. That does not replace, you know, as you mentioned at the beginning of the call, handing out tracts and talking to people one-on-one, nothing will ever replace a person-to-person interaction and really connecting with someone and sharing that truth. But in addition to that, using the technologies we have in our day, just like back in the Protestant Reformation, the Reformers were able to spread the Word of God like never before, because they capitalized on the printing press. That new technology that allowed the spreading of the Word of God to degrees never before seen, they used that, and used it to the strengthening of the Church and the reaching of the lost, and I think we can do the same with the technologies we have today. Yeah, yeah, because sometimes I know, like you said, giving the tracts to people, but sometimes people in a rush, sometimes, you know, in the street, sometimes they're not always going to sit down with you.

Some will, some won't, some of them, you know, sometimes I just give it to them and I put the information, my church number and address, and if they're interested, they can always contact the church and the location of the church, so that's the way I think about thousands, I mean 30,000 tracts, not including Sunday School books and other magazines, and you know, from the church, everything, anything possible, get anything from me about God or something, I just give it out to people in the streets. Yep, and there's always going to be people who are too busy or who don't want to hear, but we take every opportunity we can to graciously and lovingly share with anyone who will listen. And so, thank you for calling, Alberto, appreciate your question, appreciate your time. All right, you have a wonderful weekend. You too, thank you. All right, that was Alberto from Georgia. Call in with your question, 877-207-2276. Let's jump right back on the phones and get with Cameron from Idaho.

Cameron, you are on the air. Hi, I just had a question that just has to do with, since we're getting close to election time, more political, when you're in the political environment here in America with votes and stuff coming up, what is the responsibility of a Christian as far as their moral responsibility for who they do or don't vote for? Not that they have to pick one in particular, but when you have a party that promotes, basically, the mirror image of the sins listed in Romans chapter 1, if a Christian chooses to vote for that, at what point does it become sinful, or what do you think about that? No, that's definitely one of the questions that, living in a society where we vote for our leaders and, in some cases, vote for our laws as various amendments or things like that may come directly to the voter in your state, these are things that we have to think about is, how do we use our vote? And, of course, to some extent, there is Christian liberty to weigh out when you have a bunch of imperfect, often unbelieving candidates who will stand for one righteous thing, but then in another area of their platform will be standing for something wrong.

And it is a challenge to weigh out the priorities and place those votes, but there are certain lines that absolutely cannot be crossed. And we're coming to a break right now, and so we will talk a little bit of that more. Cameron, if you could stay on the line with us, we'll talk a little bit more about some of those lines and how we navigate those issues right after this short break. Welcome back to the show.

This is Luke Wayne filling in for Matt Click this Friday afternoon. Give us a call at 877-207-2276. Excited to take your calls on matters of biblical theology or Christian apologetics, church history, world religions, would love to hear from you guys.

So give me a call at 877-207-2276. So before the break, I was on the phone with Cameron from Idaho, we'll be jumping right back on with him for a second, who was calling to ask about a Christian's responsibility in politics in a democratic, modern society like where we're at right now, especially coming up on an election cycle. How do we decide how to use our vote in this fallen world, weighing out the moral issues?

Are there candidates who a Christian simply ought not vote for? And so let's jump back on with Cameron and continue that conversation. Cameron, you are back on the air. Okay, thank you.

Sorry if there's any noise in the background, I just happen to be driving at the moment, but I have a headset on. Totally understand, totally understand. So did I summarize your question okay there? Yeah, the main reason I'm thinking about it is I know that there's individual Christians who are at different levels of understanding or ignorance when it comes to what the Bible teaches, or what a particular party pushes. And I think primarily my question will come down to people that are in fact well-informed. For example, you've got the candidate Raphael Warnock, I believe in Georgia, who has been a pastor supposedly, you know, an acting pastor for many years, and yet is upholding a Democrat Party platform that I would say is objectively contradictory to the Bible, evil, you know, pushing homosexuality, transgenderism, or, you know, baby murder in the womb, for just a few things off the top of my head. And from where I'm sitting, I think someone like him, who cannot claim ignorance of what the Democrat Party pushes, or what the Bible clearly teaches, I would say that that man is clearly in sin. A political choice does not save or damn you, but certainly I think sin can come into play there.

What do you think about that? Well, I can't speak to the specific candidate that you're talking about, simply because I don't know who that is, I haven't heard of them myself. But the principles that you're bringing up, I can speak with definitively, and that is that, yeah, there are lines, as I started to mention before we hit the break, there are lines that, biblically, we just absolutely ought not cross.

And if a candidate comes on, and we like some of what they're saying, some of the benefits that their policies might bring to us, or economic ideas or kind words that they fill their speeches with, and there might be things that we'd look at their promises and their platform and say, that sounds pretty good. But if they add on to that, and also we're going to slaughter innocent children made in the image of God, and punish those who would attempt to spare the lives of those children, that's a line we can't cross. There's no ambiguity on that issue, and this is something that the Bible is absolutely abundantly clear that fundamental to Christian ethics, fundamental to human ethics that apply to all mankind, is that man is made in the image of God, and therefore to take the life of an innocent person who has not themselves committed a capital offense deserving of death, to take upon ourselves to decide that someone will die for our own reasons, and to take the life of an innocent child, unborn and unable to have gone out and broken a human law or committed a human legal wrong in that way. It's indefensible. However, we may emotionally feel about the situations that put someone in that might tempt them to do it, or still ultimately when it comes down to it, we're talking about the murder of an innocent child, and to say that should be legal and that should be protected, and those who oppose it should be silenced.

When that's part of somebody's political platform, we cannot support that candidate. Likewise, speaking of the image of God, in the same passage that established that God made man in His image there in Genesis 1 and 26-28, God said, let us make man in our image after our likeness. It goes on to say, in the image of God, He created them. Male and female, He created them. And Jesus appeals to those very words as the foundation for marriage, that marriage is the joining together of a man and a woman, that the two become one flesh. That's from Genesis 2. And He likewise said, from the beginning it was not so, about divorce and all those things, saying that male and female, He created them.

Jesus points to that. The image of God is the foundation for marriage, and so it is a profaning, not merely of a social institution, but of the very image of God in creation. God's intention for mankind from the very moment He spoke us into existence, breathed life into us from the dust of the earth, that God's intention was that we would be male and female, mother and father, husband and wife, man and woman. And so, again, a policy that attempts to abolish what God has made the most foundational element of human relationships and human society.

Man and woman and sexuality confined to the marriage of a man and a woman. That is a fundamental thing, an absolute core. It's, again, at the foundation of the most basic human relationships that all society is built upon. And so that's a non-negotiable. That's something at the very heart of what God made human society and relationships and family and interaction to be. And in fact, when God created mankind in His image after His likeness and made them male and female, man and woman, husband and wife, and marriage and sexuality founded on that fundamental reality was inherent in God's stated plan for man from the very moment of creation. And so I agree with you, these are lines that the Christian can't cross.

We can't say, well, because of our complicated political situation and the emotions in our culture and sensitive situations, that therefore we're going to defy not secondary Christian doctrines, but fundamental things that are definition to what it is to be human and all of Christian ethics. Does that answer your question on that? Yeah, it does very much. Thank you very much. No problem, no problem. Did you have any further questions on that, any follow-up there?

Um, no, I think you cleared that up well, thank you. Okay, no problem. Thank you for calling, Cameron. Really appreciate it.

Thank you. That was Cameron from Idaho, and you know, he brings up an important thing for us to consider. You know, his initial question is, what is the Christian's responsibility in politics? Now, not every Christian has a responsibility to run for office. Not every Christian has a responsibility to canvass for this or that particular law or candidate or things like that.

We have a responsibility before God to proclaim the Gospel and to live uncompromising in light of his truth, to be faithful to him and fear him and not men. Now, within that responsibility, that will have impact on our political lives and our various situations. And so living in a democratic society, that will shape our vote. It should shape our vote. It should shape our political stances and our ethics and our position, because ultimately, the Word of God is true. And while I can't legislate someone else into believing that, nor should I, God has not given me the authority or jurisdiction to do that, I still must live in light of the reality, not the theory, not the possibility, but the reality that Yahweh, the Triune God of Scripture, has spoken all things into existence, that we are dust and borrowed breath, living by the mercy of the Spirit of God, and our ethics are right and are wrong. The fate of our nation rests in his hand.

That should drive all that we do. We'll be right back after this short break to get back to the phones and more of your questions, right after this. Welcome back to the show.

This is Luke Wayne filling in for Matt Slick in this last episode of the week here on Friday, November 4th. Joy to have you guys with us. Thank you for taking some of your time to listen in to Matt Slick live. And if you didn't have time to call in, but want to explore your questions further, go to our website at CARM.org, that's C-A-R-M dot O-R-G, where many of the questions that people call in with have been answered previously and carefully researched, but often short and to the point articles. We have a library of information there at CARM.org, C-A-R-M dot O-R-G. We'd love to have you guys come check us out there.

And if you have some thoughts on something that we haven't written on, that would be a benefit to the site, write to us at info at CARM.org, that's I-N-F-O at C-A-R-M dot O-R-G. We would love to hear from you there. But if you've got time, we've still got 15 more minutes, we'd love to hear from you. Phone lines are open at 877-207-2276. That's 877-207-2276. And let's get back to the phone lines now. We have an anonymous caller from North Carolina.

You are on the air. Yeah, my mom was a little creative. Well, she couldn't think of her name, so just call her anonymous. Anyway, thank you for what you do. My question is, about a month ago, I'd heard about running out of diesel. What is your opinion, if you would? As I saw it again today, now we have 11 days left of diesel. Nothing would surprise me anymore.

I really, truly feel like we are, you know, all the signs and all that type of thing that we are in the last days. But I'm just curious if you would. Well, the truth of the matter is, when it comes to our fuel supply and oil economy and things like that, that is well outside my area of expertise. So whether there's a risk of running out of diesel fuel and things like that, I wish I could speak to you with any authority or knowledge on that. But unfortunately, I cannot.

It's not something that I've ever done any meaningful research on and would not be able to give you an overly helpful answer on that. Right, right, right. Well, I appreciate it. Thank you so much.

And we support your station and appreciate the truth. Thank you. God bless you. You too. God bless you as well.

Sorry I couldn't be more help, but thank you for your prayer and your support. That's fine. That's okay. That's okay. Thank you, Luke. Good night. All right. You too, you too. Have a great night. Okay, so phone lines are open.

Give us a call at 877-207-2276. Yeah, there are many important questions and concerns in the world right now, and no one person can be well researched on them all. And I know when it comes to a lot of current events, politics and economics and things like that, I personally am particularly lacking in that area.

So forgive me for the gaps in my knowledge, but that's where we are. But what I can say is that, you know, we certainly do live in difficult times, times of uncertainty where people are facing a lot of challenges. Prices are going up. A lot of people, their job situations, their medical situations are strained. They're concerned about where things are going politically. They're concerned about losing liberties. There's a lot of concern. There's a lot of genuine things that it's very understandable for people to be worried about.

I totally understand. And yet we serve a sovereign God. We serve a God who is in control in times of plenty or in times of want, in times of favorable politics, or times of challenging or even tyrannical laws.

I've had the privilege to meet with brothers and sisters living in truly totalitarian countries, where building churches are illegal, where people gather in underground seminaries to train pastors, where such institutions are not allowed to be established. And Christians living in that environment have taught me so much in their ability to still rejoice in the Lord, their ability to still trust and hold on, that whatever happens, God will care for his people. That doesn't mean we won't go through very, very difficult times, but it does mean that in those times, as Jesus has promised, I will be with you always to the very end of the age. Our Lord is with us, and he is in control. All is in his hands, and the words of Philippians 4 are true. Rejoice in the Lord always.

Again, I say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. We can set our minds on the things of God and we trust him, not that he won't let anything bad happen to us, but that when he does, that he has a purpose in it, that God will bring about good, as James writes in James chapter 1. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.

Not just persecution, not just resistance for preaching the gospel, but trials of many kinds. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet these trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, without doubting, for the one who doubts is like the wave on the sea that is driven in time, the one who doubts is like the wave on the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. That person will not suppose that he'll receive anything from the Lord.

He is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. What's that saying? We ask God for wisdom. And how does he teach us wisdom? He brings those trials, those struggles into our life, that when they have their full effect, make us perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

How do we lack nothing? We go through trials. Then he says, if any of you lack wisdom, well, he already told us what makes us lack nothing, the trials that God brings us through. So we ask for wisdom, and God will bring difficult things into our lives to teach us that wisdom. And through trusting him, through faith in those trials, we will grow in our wisdom, in our knowledge of the Lord, and our trust in his ways. And if we ask, and then the moment something goes wrong, the moment God brings the trial into our life that he's using to teach us the very wisdom we ask for, if the moment that happens, we lose faith and say, God, what's going on? What are you doing? He's doing what you asked him to do. He's teaching you wisdom, and it is good.

It doesn't feel good at the moment, but it is good. God teaches us through those times of struggle, we learn wisdom, we grow. Romans 5.

Paul taught something similar. He said that, therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through him. We also have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. But not only that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

We trust our sovereign God. We rest in him. We rely that even in the hard times that come, and they will come, but even in those hard times, God has a purpose. He has a plan. Our suffering is not in vain.

It is not for nothing. God is good. Now, in the Gospels, Mark chapter 4, we read the story when Jesus and his disciples were crossing over the Sea of Galilee, and a great storm came upon the ship, shaking it, pouring water in. The disciples believed all was lost, and they ran and shook Jesus and woke him up. Master, don't you care that we're going to die?

Don't you care that this is happening? Jesus stepped up and rebuked the wind and the sea, said, Please be still. And immediately the wind and the waves were calmed. They obeyed him. He said, Why are you afraid?

Do you still have so little faith? And then they were filled with great fear. Hear this, verse 41. Then they were filled with great fear, and said to one another, Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? That was the right fear.

They recognized who this Jesus was, the Master of the seas, the Lord of Creation. He is the one we fear. And when we fear the Lord Jesus Christ, when we fear God, we need fear no one and nothing else. What are the schemes of man, or the throes of worldly trials, against the Almighty Hand of God Himself? If God is for us, who can be against us? I hope that is some encouragement to you as we go into this weekend. These are difficult times, but our Lord has overcome the world. Hold fast to Him. Go in peace, and we'll see you on Monday. You guys have a great weekend.
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