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Pastor’s Corner Rev. Dr. Paul Knupp Jr., Interim pastor, Peace United Church of Christ Gladbrook, Iowa

October 4, 2018
Northern-Sun Print
“And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).” Last year, I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Then, I had a pacemaker inserted. Soon after, I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Shortly after that, I was diagnosed with a benign tumor on the parathyroid. Yesterday, my doctor informed me I know longer had Type II diabetes. He explained that my weight loss due to sickness from the Parkinson’s medication had alleviated the diabetes. Furthermore, the surgery to remove the benign tumor reduced my calcium level and the severity of the Parkinson’s tremors. Yes, all things do work together for good for those who love the Lord and called according to His purpose. Notice it is not everything that works for good; it is all things together work for good. None of the individual illness features I experienced were good in and of themselves. However, together some of those illnesses resulted in cures for illnesses. Every individual thing that happens to us is not necessarily good, but taken with the totality all of our life events, the results will be good and beneficial. Remember this positive outcome is guaranteed for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. This group includes most, if not all of you. These positive outcomes may even include the experience of death. Some psychologists maintain that a male does not become a man until his father dies. Whether this is true or not, it is generally experienced by Christians that the death of a loved one can lead to positive outcomes. Please consider the fond memories you have of departed loved ones. They have inspired you to greater faith and commitment. Think about the death of Christ. His death brought salvation to the world. We must ask ourselves, will our inevitable death add something to the world? If even death can work for good, it’s not surprising that all things together can work for good. The Christian is the eternal optimist. This is because we know our Lord, and since our Lord loves us, our eventual conclusion will be wonderful. Please ask the Lord to call you according to His purpose.


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