Church Under Fire

This weekend, tragedy struck at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ near Nashville, Tennessee, when a masked gunman shot seven people, killing one. In the chaos of the attack, an usher confronted the shooter and was able to subdue him until the police arrived.

While a motive for the attack hasn’t been made public, the killer had attended the church several times over the past two years and appears to have had suicidal tendencies. While many are looking for answers as to why God would allow such an attack on His followers, the Bible reminds us that this kind of event will be common at the end of time. “Know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves … without self-control, brutal, despisers of good” (2 Timothy 3:1–3). Please join Amazing Facts in praying for the victims of this senseless crime.

We often wish for a life free from troubles, trials, and tragedy—but even Jesus, a completely innocent man, suffered a tragic death. The Bible also tells us that we should expect trials during our lives here on earth, saying, “Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy” (1 Peter 4:12, 13).

Scripture points us to the reality that we are pilgrims—strangers—on this planet. We are looking for a better country, where God has prepared a city of safety and peace for His faithful children. (See Hebrews 11:13–15.) Thus, when the trials of life threaten to overwhelm us, Jesus’ words bring hope and comfort: “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:1, 2).

Paradise will be a real place where we will enjoy the lives we can only dream about here. Would you like to share the hope of heaven with your family and friends? Click here for a FREE resource that will help you answer their questions about the confidence we have in the eternal peace to come.


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