Why Should I Forgive?

My life changed one summer evening, on August 16, 1992. I had gone fishing with my family, including my youngest brother Josh, two days before. My parents left that day for a weekend vacation to Salt Lake City. Josh and our cousin Gage were staying together in my parents’ home. I was supposed to watch them to make sure nothing happened to them. Josh, Gage, and their friend Andrew Wolford went to the local convenience store for some treats and a pop. When they were walking into the store, a young...
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Is Suffering Evidence that God Doesn’t Love Us?

By Scott H. On the evening of December 26, 2004, my wife and I sat in our Tokyo apartment lamenting the fact that we had procrastinated preparations for our dream vacation to a particular tropical island in Southeast Asia for the Christmas holiday. As we considered what adventures we might’ve been experiencing right at that moment had we just bought plane tickets a few weeks earlier, we were motivated to head immediately to our computer and make arrangements to go on the trip a few months lat...
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Why Bad Things Happen to Good People – Part VI

For those of you who are sick of hearing about this topic, don't worry. This is the last post in this series and will hopefully wrap things up pretty well. So far we've looked at two reasons why bad things happen to good people. Those reasons were: 1. Due to our own actions 2. Due to the actions of others We discussed how if we assume that our ability to choose for ourselves and learn and grow through the consequences of our choices is a crucial component of this life, God cannot preve...
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