Letter from Our Pastor

Senior Pastor James Bergquist

At some point, you’ve probably been asked why a loving God would allow suffering in the world. Though He is able to stop it, He often doesn’t. And while we can acknowledge seeing Him at work during certain difficult situations, at other times it looks as if nothing is happening despite our many prayers.

We live in a sinful world, so the potential for anguish is great. Sometimes we’re troubled when people are driven by the evil within. Other times the cause is our own weakness or God’s discipline in our life. Still another reason might be persecution or simply the consequence of ignoring good principles. But whatever the origin of our distress, we can be sure that if God allows it, He has a purpose. He may want to  "Get our attention" David realized affliction brought him back within God’s will. (Psalms 119:67) and Psalms 119:71. In times of distress we often turn to Him for help.He may want to prune us. John 15:1-2 paints an excellent word picture of how God eliminates attitudes and actions that are not godly or fruit-bearing.He may want to teach us obedience. Jesus, who always did the Father’s will, is our perfect example (John 4:34; Heb. 5:7-9). As we are conformed to His image, we will increasingly learn to obey God (Rom. 8:29). Remember, when something happens in our life, it doesn't just happen by chance or luck. God has a reason for it to be happening to us and at those times it would be good for us to claim God's promises like Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose"