DOES EVERYTHING HAPPEN FOR A REASON?
R. J. Evans)
Based on how often we hear the expression "Everything happens for a reason," you would think the answer to our title would be a definite "yes". Some time back, while watching a professional football player on TV being interviewed, and in commenting on his team's loss, he remarked, "I know everything happens for a reason." And I can think of many other examples and situations in which this statement is used even by members of the Lord's church.
Today’s popular rebellion against “the establishment” has spawned both
good and bad elements. As might be expected, there are some who are
genuinely concerned that cold formalism and traditional bindings give way
to sincere, spontaneous worship of the true God. And there are those who
use current discussions to promote childish emotions and clap-trap
schemes to “improve the worship” – schemes as much or more mechanical
For example, experimental science is amazing, and it helps us understand many complex things about the physical world. An experiment by definition…
I was watching a science show the other night investigating what made criminals, criminals. The researcher began by doing C.A.T. scan on many prisoners who were serial killers. The scan showed an almost exact match on areas of the brain thought to be where compassion and love came from, and found these areas to be shut-down in every subject studied. Then the researcher did DNA testing for genes that might be common and found the so-called "Warrior" gene to be present in every test subject.
At this point in the…
A man was asked to paint a boat. He brought his paint and brushes and
began to paint the boat a bright red, as the owner asked him. While
painting, he noticed a small hole in the hull, and quietly repaired it. When
he finished painting, he received his money and left.
The next day, the owner of the boat came to the painter and presented him
with a nice check, much higher than the payment for painting. The painter
was surprised and said “You’ve already paid me for painting the boat, Sir!”
“But this is not for the…
I want to pose a couple of questions in this article. Do you personalize the cross? When we remember the shame and grueling pain our loving Savior accomplished on the cross, do we consider that our sins and iniquities put Him on the cross?
Do we consider that our sins…
Lessons from Ai
No, this is not another warning of the dangers of Artificial Intelligence.
The apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever was written in earlier times was written
for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of
the Scriptures, we might have hope.” - Rom 15:4
Let’s go back and look at the story written in Joshua chapters 6 - 8. At the
beginning of the conquest of Canaan, God gave Jericho to Joshua and the
Israelites in an amazing manner. To…