“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jerimiah17:9

How could this happen? Why did this happen? What would drive a person to shoot out of a hotel room into a group of 22,000 people, murdering 59 and injuring over 500 people? It is easy to say that the perpetrator was an evil man. That is understandable. Christians understand that the human heart is evil and that is why we need a Savior.  President Trump, after the shooting said the following, “ Melania and I are praying for every American who has been hurt, wounded, or lost the ones they love so dearly in this terrible, terrible attack. We pray for the entire nation to find unity and peace. And we pray for the day when evil is banished, and the innocent are safe from hatred and from fear.” The day that the president speaks about will never come until the Lord returns to set up the Millennial Kingdom. But what do we do in the mean time? We live our lives as committed followers of Christ. We live the Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians life. We deny ourselves take up our cross and follow him (Luke9:23). We pray for the lost and share our faith with those who do not know Christ.

We should never remain quiet when evil strikes. Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz said the following about the horrible murders in Las Vegas, “So much hate and evil. So sad. The World needs Jesus in a bad way,” Wentz wrote on Twitter Monday morning. “Praying for all those affected in Vegas.” He received some positive feedback but a great deal was negative.

– “Maybe Jesus or God could show up BEFORE 50 people die and 400 get injured”

– “Perhaps Jesus wants the US to do something about the easy availability of guns and the fragile mental health of some white men?”

– “Yes, but forgive me if thinking common sense gun legislation is gonna do a lot more good then ppl finding solace in a make-believe man in the clouds”

Wertz continued, “You’re always walking that fine line, without a doubt. I always tell people, for example, ‘If you love your job, you love your wife, you love what you do, you’re going to talk about it. Well, I love Jesus.’ That’s what I love, so I’m going to talk about it. But I’m not going to force it down your throat either.”

Have you used this evil tragedy to share your love for Christ and His love for the world?

Your shepherd, Pastor Mark

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