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Lower United Methodist Church
Wednesday Message
August 3, 2022


Isaiah 45:7 (NLT), “I create the light and make the darkness. I send good times and bad times. I, the LORD, am the one who does these things.”

We think that God is not the one who gives us disaster or calamity. Rather, we may think that our suffering is due to our folly or our sins. However, the Bible tells us that God created light and darkness, and that God also created prosperity and disaster. This means that even bad times are within the providence of God.

After the destruction of Israel, the Israelites looked back on their time of disaster. And they thought it was the result of their sins. And they believed that if they returned to God, they could find the joy and peace of the past again. But Isaiah says that our bad times are not the only result of our iniquities. He teaches us that everything that happens to us is within the providence of God.

We cannot understand why God allows disaster. Sometimes we want to believe that God who is good doesn't allow us to suffer. But suffering is also under God's providence. Even though we cannot fully comprehend God's providence, God uses suffering for His good will for us.

What are your thoughts on suffering? Do you believe that even such suffering is under God's providence? How have you experienced God's peace in the midst of suffering?

Pastor Yosub Namgung

Reading for this week: August One Year Bible Readings - One Year Bible Online

Please pray for:

Thomas Thornton - cancer, in ICU on ventilator

Charlotte and John Groves - sudden loss of their great grandson

Betty Yates - stroke

Richard Bankert - eye appointment Friday


Ed Ruark - traveling to Texas for report on cancer treatments

Debbie Williams - breast cancer

Family of Mike Ailsworth who passed away

Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Virginia - floods and devastation

Don Fisher - pray he gets to go home after third heart surgery

Jim & Sheila Snider's son, Greg - surgery for cancer

Joe Coberly (Shirley's husband) - in hospice

Sallie Belle Benedetti - heart surgery 8/9

Annette Greenwood - car accident on 8/1


Last Sunday Helen Ward shared her thoughts on the book, "Answers to Your Questions About Heaven" during our worship service. 
More copies of the book will be available this Sunday for those who would like to know more.  
News from the Missions River District

Click HERE to see the August District Newsletter

Click HERE for information regarding
 a District Youth Retreat
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)

As we continue to pray for the flood victims in Kentucky, West Virginia and southern Virginia, we can also contribute to the United States Disaster Response fund of UMCOR. 100% of your donation reaches those in need.  For more information and to give online, click HERE.  
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