Tuesday
Jun072011

Good Things from Bad Things

Craig has taught about the providence of God over the past several Sundays using Romans 8:28 as his launching pad for the short series.  The sermons really spoke to the heart and as I looked back at the good things God has made from the bad things I took a closer look at this verse.

...we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28 is one of those oft quoted verses during moments of tragedy or hard times; and rightly so.  It is packed with both miracle and promise if we fully comprehend its meaning and apply it to our daily lives.  To grasp the confidence this short verse provides lets break it down in parts.

...we know all things work together for good...

When we think of all things which work together for good most of us immediately think of bad things.  In context, this is exactly when this verse is evoked as we struggle through a bad circumstance wondering if any good can come out of it.  The promise is ALL things will work together for good.  From the most mundane challenge to our faith to the most heart-wrenching it will all work out for good.  Some how, some way in the power God possesses alone He can take the worst of circumstances and make it all good.  Ultimately it will benefit us and glorify God.  That's the miracle.

...to those who love God...

This promise to change tragedy into triumph is conditional.  You must love God.  The only way to love God is by keeping His commandments as Jesus taught us in John 14:15.    This is not a legalistic life of adhering to the Ten Commandments in order to obtain God's love and salvation.  We make a willful choice to obey Jesus as the Scriptures teaches us .  Our willingness to submit to Him and obey His word and live the Christian life is our outward expression of our love for God.   We love God because He first loved us (1 Jn 4:19).

...to those who are the called...

Before we can have outward expressions of love, and before we can love God, we need first to have an inward change which comes by repenting of our sins and trusting Jesus.  Then we are able to hear His voice and the words of Romans 8:28 will become our strength and we will experience good things from the bad things.

...according to His purpose...

Job cried out, "What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target? (Job 7:20)?"  In every good thing and in every bad thing the Christian experiences is all according to God's purpose for our life.  In a broader sense, for His purpose to redeem the world.  "According to His purpose" is the answer to Job's questions.

Sometimes it doesn't make sense, but if we can believe "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" then we can believe He can work ALL things together for good.

 

Thursday
Nov182010

Website Relaunch

Welcome to the newly redesigned East Hills Community Church website. We've been working hard to bring you something that will be of value for everyone and we are extremely excited to to show you what we've got. Our goal is not only to provide valuable information to those interested in finding a new church home, but also to keep our members informed about what is going on here at East Hills. There will be constant updates and we hope you continue visiting the website to see what is new.

When you first navigate to Easthills.info you will be greeted with the home page were you can get a great sense of what is going on at a quick glance.  

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Wednesday
Nov032010

East Hills Pulse

What is the East Hills Pulse? It's a way to keep a 'pulse' on what's going on at East Hills. It's a place where you can converse, contribute and create. East Hills Pulse is what you make of it.

There will be news, announcement and events. There will also be discussion, conversation and introspection. It is a place for us to extend our community into a virtual place.

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