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This is being written in response to the recent Orlando shootings.  When something like this happens, questions can be asked.  Was there a way to avoid this?  Was there something the church could do corporately?  Was there something believers could do individually?

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By Cheryl Jones
Go-Ye (
6/13/2016 (3 years ago)

Published in Blog

Keywords: prayers, giving, service, Ninevah, Queen Esther, course of history

There can be a certain fatalistic tendency that can influence even believers.  "What will be, will be."  However, that is not a scriptural position. 

Over and over in the Bible we see examples of where individuals obeyed God and changed the course of history.  Jonah preaching to Nineveh and Nineveh was saved.  Queen Esther fasted and prayed before going before the King and saved her nation.  David encouraged himself in the Lord and got back up to fight again. 

Hebrews 11 lists the names of many and states (in Hebrews 11:32) "And what should I say next? For time is not sufficient for me to give an account of...."  There are so many instances that the author cannot write of them all.

So when we see tragedies in the news, what should we do?  What is God calling us to do?  It is often said that people are stressed, can't sleep and are overloaded.  Psychology would try to find ways to remove the stress.  Medicine would try to find ways to help them sleep.  However, is this a spiritual  problem?  Is God calling us to do something and we are not listening?  Or, is God calling us to do something and we are not obeying?  Are there calls to prayer, service, and giving that have been ignored?

If we individually and corporately pay attention, listen more, heed more,  and obey more, will stress levels go down and will reports of tragedies in the news go down as well?  What prayers should we have prayed that we did not?  What giving should we have done that we did not?  What service should we have done that we did not? 

If we individually, and corporately, "come up higher" in our prayers, giving, and service, it will surely have a positive effect on the world as a whole. 


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