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Was Evil Victorious in Miller Valley?

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Before we deal with the question of evil – let’s begin with prayer:
 
A Prayer for the Molson Coors Family
 
Father in heaven, where were you on Wednesday afternoon? Why, Father, did you not stop this evil? There are so many unanswered questions as we grieve. But like Peter we respond, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).
 
So we come to you, Father, like little children, not understanding, but trusting what you have revealed about yourself: that you are all powerful; that you are perfectly loving. Almighty and merciful Father, comfort all who are filled with grief this day. Family members. Friends. Comfort all who are burdened by what they saw and experienced—death and the fear of death. Bring healing to the families of those who died. Bring healing to the Molson Coors family.
 
At times like this, we do not know what we should pray, and so we take comfort in knowing that you can make even our groans into prayers that you hear and understand (Romans 8:26-27). Hear our groans in our grief and answer as you, Father, know best. Fulfill your promise that not even these tragedies can separate us from your love in Christ (Romans 8:35-39). Grant your peace to all who are troubled and overwhelmed with grief this day, through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
 
Was Evil Victorious in Miller Valley?

  • Five co-workers, friends, family members dead.
  • One man whose anger not only destroyed his co-workers and himself but has brought ongoing anguish to his extended family.

Yes, evil was victorious on Wednesday!
 
But not just on Wednesday. The devil seems to be winning on so many fronts:

  • Cancer strikes friends and changes lives forever.
  • The coronavirus is taking lives and threatening the entire world’s economy.
  • Families are being torn apart by infidelity or apathy.
  • The American church is struggling to be a distinctive Culture Shifter(see our most recent message series here) and is losing members—our friends and family.

All around evil, personified in Satan himself, is victorious.
 
Undefeated – Our New Message Series
 
In our lesson this weekend, it seems clear that Satan is the one who is undefeated. He was undefeated and unstoppable in the Garden of Eden just like he was on Wednesday in Miller Valley.
 
It is at times like these that Christians ask God for answers. Let’s look for them together this weekend as we go back to Satan’s first victory in the Garden of Eden (Read Genesis 2 & 3 in preparation for the message).
 
All that we can see says that Satan is the one undefeated. But our God speaks into this darkness to give us hope that there is more to this battle between good and evil—things that we cannot see.
 
May the Holy Spirit give us confidence that, in spite of what we see, we are victorious in Christ, even during these dark and difficult days.
 
A Tool in the Battle for Marriages
 
St. Paul’s has purchased an online resource produced by Pastor Randy Hunter, a frequent speaker at marriage retreats around the country. Click here for Marriage Lab to watch videos and discussion starters for husband and wives.
 
Username: SPMUSKEGO1234
Password: Muskego_2020
 
One couple who tried it wrote: “This was way outside of our comfort zone, but we decided to give it a try.  And although we felt the videos had a “homework-y” feel they did spark some interesting conversations that we wouldn’t have had if the topic hadn’t been brought up in the video.”
 
Little by little, day by day...marriages and families are built, strengthened and supported. Never perfect on our end, but always covered by the blood of Christ, which is able to perfect and forgive us all.
 
St. Paul’s News
 
Attached is our worship folder for this weekend with St. Paul's news. If you can’t join us in person (find worship times here and Kids Club information here), join us online. We livestream The Bridge every Sunday at 10:15 am or on The Bridge at St. Paul's Facebook page and our YouTube channel The Bridge Church Muskego. Replays of complete Bridge services are available on our YouTube channel. A library of our past messages is also available on our website (click here). 

May God be with you today and always.

Pastor Pete

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