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"Rain" Discussion: Why a Loving God Allows Suffering

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Takeaways from Rob Bell's NOOMA 001
Originally written: 9.22.09 (pre 'Love Wins'); updated 7.12.16
The BIG Question: Why does an all-loving God allow pain, suffering, and tribulation to exist in the world? Why does God let bad things happen to us...even for those who are committed in their walk with the Lord?
Answer: Because God loves. He's not only loving...He islove...unconditionally...every second, every day.
With that said, it's important we recognize God's love not only in light and calm, but also in dark and storm.


'Cause truth is: while it's easy to associate God's love to smooth sailing, sunny days, and the greeting of ocean sounds resonating with a noon snooze, we can't forget...

a) ...we live in a fallen world where people are more passionate about the consequences of sin compared to their tolerance and/or ignorance of it...and...
b) ...God is a God of grace who uses our brokenness to make his love and truth known...just as much as he'…

4 Secrets to Surviving Social Media (Part 1)

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I’ll be straight-up honest: I haven’t been the best social media user in the history of social media.

Like many, I’ve abused it as a weapon, an unbridled mouthpiece, a tool to gauge my identity/worth, a means to self-preservation…I could go on.
Granted, much of this occurred during a prodigal, collegiate past, but even now, the struggle can be real from time to time.
So when I recently came across the following YouTube video (see below), I couldn’t help but laugh and cringe simultaneously…

I mean…you talk about hilariously painful relatability. Man…
But in all seriousness, I think the content here is worth discussion. ‘Cause when we consider the contrast between the virtual life and what is actual from God’s perspective, we find substantial divergence in what it means to really 'be’.
With that said, here are a couple of takeaways gained after watching the clip…
Conviction #1: Time to check my social media to see who loves me online. #blessedlife

Ok, so I could drill down on the …