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Summary: Three reasons we can be sure we are securely included in God’s plan.

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Is there any place that’s really safe anymore? We used to think our homes were safe, but we’ve become more and more aware of just how dangerous some people’s homes are. Domestic violence keeps getting worse. Just last week a San Bernardino man was sentenced to life in prison for shooting his wife in the face. Last November a woman was convicted of starving her seven year old daughter to death. (from www.LAtimes.com).

We used to think our workplaces were safe, but workplace violence has shattered that illusion. We were reminded of that back in December when a 42 year old software tester named Michael McDermott walked into the internet consulting firm he worked at and killed seven of his co-workers. In the last few years we’ve seen similar events in Atlanta, Honolulu, and even here in Southern California (From www.latimes.com).

We used to think our schools were safe, but a flurry of school based violence has changed all that. Now schools are fearful of any hint of threat against other students. Schools are becoming places for metal detectors, with our own high school here in Upland having a full-time police officer assigned to the campus.

We used to think our churches were safe, but then in September of 1999 Larry Ashbrook changed all that. As the high school students of Wedgwood Baptist church worshipped God, Larry Ashbrook walked in and killed seven people, four of them teenagers. At first they thought the gunman was part of a skit, but when he started firing they realized it was real.

Even places sworn to be safe places can be dangerous. I read in the LA Times recently about a group home in San Bernardino for teenagers awaiting foster care. Some of the teenagers living in this particular group home have come out claiming that counselors at the home have sexually abused them. These group homes are supposed to be safehouses for teenagers, yet even this home has become a dangerous place (From www.latimes.com).

Is there any place that’s truly safe? We like to build an illusion of safety and security around us, but the reality is that our world can be a very scary, dangerous place. Those of us with children are sickened that we have to spoil our children’s innocence by talking to them about the danger that lurks just outside our doors.

I’m glad there’s one place we can turn that’s truly safe. I’m talking about a relationship with God, a life of following Jesus Christ as his disciple. Today we’re going to talk about God’s safehouse. A safehouse is a place that’s truly safe, a place where a person who’s afraid and threatened can relax and let down their gard. When an abused spouse flees domestic abuse, they place her in a safehouse, a place where her abuser can’t reach her. A safehouse is heavily guarded by authorities, so the people inside can be safe. Today as we talk about God’s safehouse, we’re going to find a fact, and then three reasons we can know for sure that we’re safe with God.

We’ve been in a series through the New Testament book of Romans called Good News For Our Times. In chapters 1 to 4 of Romans we looked at the Good News About God’s Integrity, as we saw how Jesus Christ’s death on the cross provides God with a way to maintain his integrity and forgive sinners. For the last ten weeks we’ve been in chapters 5 to 9 of Romans, looking at the Good News About God’s Love. We’ve seen that God’s love enables us to live the life we were intended to live. And today we finish Romans 8 by looking at God’s safehouse. Next week we’ll start looking at chapters 9 to 11 of Romans, as we look at the Good News About God’s Faithfulness.

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