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Is my work useless?

Deuteronomy 28:15–29:1

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You will go mad because of all the tragedy you see around you. (Deuteronomy 28:34)

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Do you ever feel that you will go crazy if you hear about one more rape, kidnapping, murder, or war? The barrage of bad news can leave us feeling powerless and despondent. Much of the world’s evil is a result of people’s failure to acknowledge and obey God. One of the curses God promised for those who disobeyed him was that they would go mad from seeing so much tragedy.


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A Healthy Faith

Today’s Verse: “I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake” (1 John 2:12 NASU).

How would you describe a healthy faith? First, let’s see what a healthy faith is not.

In extreme cases, some believe God tells them to do horrible things. A few years back a lawyer killed his family to save them “for fear they were straying from their religion.” He said he shot them execution style, and then knelt and said prayers for them.


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Returning to God’s Open Arms

Deuteronomy 30:1-10

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“In the future, when you experience all these blessings and curses I have listed for you, and when you are living among the nations to which the LORD your God has exiled you, take to heart all these instructions. If at that time you and your children return to the LORD your God, and if you obey with all your heart and all your soul all the commands I have given you today, then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes. He will have mercy on you and gather you back from all the nations where he has scattered you. Even though you are banished to the ends of the earth, the LORD your God will gather you from there and bring you back again. The LORD your God will return you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will possess that land again. Then he will make you even more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors!

“The LORD your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live! The LORD your God will inflict all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate and persecute you. Then you will again obey the LORD and keep all his commands that I am giving you today.


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