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Prayers for the Gilroy Garlic Festival

By now, most of you have heard of the horrible shooting that took place in Northern California at the Gilroy Garlic Festival. 3 people passed away, including one small child, age 6.

What is there to say? I have no words. There are no words to describe the horror that the United States is going through in these shootings. I’m not going to politicize it one way or another; I am not about to state my opinions on gun control in one way or another.

All I know is this: we live in an incredibly broken, violent world that is full of sorrow. Jesus Himself said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.” And then, He went through extreme suffering and injustice. He died at the hands of sinners, for the sins of mankind, things He never committed.

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Jesus promised trouble in this world, a word in the Greek that means “tribulation.”

But in that same verse of scripture, Jesus promised something greater, something that I think is very relevant to the suffering we go through on a daily basis (especially in the situations with shootings and terrorism that we are seeing).

He said, “…But take heart! I have overcome the world.’”

He. Has. Overcome. The. World.

The world, and all of its daily pressures.
The world, and all of the seemingly heartless people in it.
The world, where screaming injustice happens by the minute.

Christ, on the cross, overcame the world when He rose again. And this, my friends, is what we must hold on to.

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To be honest, things in this life may only get more difficult, especially if you love Jesus. But we have a God, a King, who stepped down out of heaven, and claimed victory over sin and death by His death and resurrection. In this there is Hope. In this there is Joy. In this there is strength.

***This post is dedicated to the three victims that were killed and injured in the Gilroy Garlic Festival. May their families and loved ones be comforted at this time.***

Do you know Jesus?

Christ came to die for the sins of all mankind. Learn of who He is and His Love for you, here.

Please pray for (a prayer sheet can be found here)

Thank you for your prayers.

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