A Note from the DCE

Recent events can leave us speechless. A heinous act by one man in Las Vegas ended with nearly 60 lives lost and more than 500 injured.  At the time of this writing, the motives and any precipitating factors are a mystery.  What is clear is that this is evil.  We already know the motives of evil, and we know the source of evil.  But that doesn’t make it easy, because evil is a fact of life in a world that is full of death.

We may never know details about how a particular evil gets started.  That is difficult for a society that has become used to a quick fix for everything.  We have the mistaken idea that we can always overcome evil by education, technology or a program.  Christians know that evil has been defeated in the long run, but how we deal with evil in the here and now is not always clear.  So what can we say to the world when it wants and need answers?

We are bearers of bad and good news.  The bad news is that evil is real. It is in all cultures and places and times. Our society is not advancing to the extent that it is outpacing evil. Instead, evil remains and shows up in new and modern ways.  It may have a new mask but it’s the same scourge underneath. Accepting bad news, however, allows us to move on to the good news. And it is shared with us by the One who defeated evil, so He is not only the bearer of good news but He is in fact The Good News.

God’s Word is a comfort to those who have run out of their own solutions and explanations and plans.  It is a comfort because God does what He says. It is really the only solution to the problem. And by faith we know the problem is already solved. Read on and find good news for you to hear-and good news for you to share.

He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from the earth, for the Lord has spoken.  – Isaiah 25:8

The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.   And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:5b-7

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.  Your rod and your staff they comfort me.  – Psalm 23                                

 Mark Thompson