Life With God Will Prevail

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July 23, 2017. Pastor Keith preaches today on Matthew 13:24-43. Why is there tension in the world? Even Christian congregations are seldom at peace. There is the temptation for us to judge and divide, to decide who is in and who is out. But in Jesus’ Parable of the Weeds, we are taught that it is God who will sort out the good seeds from the bad. God does not want us to suffer. Our tragedies are not part of God’s plan. Sometimes it may be hard to keep up hope. But no matter how powerful our enemies seem, we must remember that life with God will prevail.

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