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Summary: This is a powerful message of Hope following the tragic, unexpected death of a 16 year old girl named Amanda. Her death sent the entire community into shock. There was almost 600 people present and many students. The message was very well received.

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WHERE IS GOD AMIDST THE CONFUSION?

• Rev. Dave Smith (M.Div.)

The Bible tells us … apart from Jesus Christ …

- the wisest man who ever lived on planet earth … was King Solomon

Solomon wrote:

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" There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to uproot," (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 NIV)

- Last Tuesday each of us went about our lives … unaware of the Time

- Each of us went about our lives unaware of the tragedy that was taking place … for Amanda and her family.

For all of us it has become …

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A TIME OF CONFUSION

• There is Shock

- at the tragic loss Amanda

- it as left everyone with a surreal feeling of total disbelief

• There is Disappointment

- that we cannot simply wake up from this bad dream

- that the doctors and medical community could not have done more

- that there were so many things let undone

- so many tings left unsaid

- and that we can’t re-write the ending of this story

• There is Discouragement

- that things could be so desperate

- so quick

- so unpredictable

- so unexpected

- so seemingly undeserving to such a wonderful person

- or that any of us didn’t do more

• There are Unanswered Questions

- Why didn’t we see this coming?

- How could such a thing happen in our day and age?

- Why?

- What good can come from a situation like this?

- Where is God in the midst of all this?

Not only is this a time for Confusion it is also…

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A TIME FOR SORROW

It’s a time of sorrow because

- You will not be able to see Amanda as you have in the past

- There will be an empty place in every classroom

- A touch that will not be felt

- A smile that will not be seen

- A laugh that will not be heard

- A voice that is silenced

- A wedding Isle that will never be walked

- Grandchildren that will never be held

- And a love that will be remembered, but not experienced first hand.

- This is a time of sorrow

If ever there was a time … and a need for hope it is now …

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A TIME FOR HOPE

• “The Christian gospel is a message of hope based squarely upon the character, work, and nature of God.”

- The gospel is the story of hope that came to the earth in the person of Jesus Christ.

- Hope that is seen is not hope at all …

- So we need to cling to a hope and a faith that is not based upon what we see …

- But upon God himself

- Because without Him … nothing else makes sense!

- Where would we be today w/o hope?

When a tragedy of this magnitude comes along there is a wide range of emotions … and searching …

ANSWERS ARE NOT EASILY FOUND OR GIVEN!

- As hard as it seems …. we need to acknowledge that God is not accountable to us.

- We may never fully understand why He would permit such an act to take place, when it was clearly in His power to stop it.

- The only clue that we have is Deut.29:29 …

• “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children …” Deuteronomy 29:29

- There are some things that will always remain a mystery … this side of eternity

- And so we need to depend upon God in His infinite wisdom and justice to work things out for His children…


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