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Broken: If God is So Good Why is the World So Bad?
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    15601 E 24th Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99037, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM
Before we ever found the building for ONE* North, my wife Teresa started praying that God would do something so significant that everyone would have to say, “Only God could have done that.” I believe that’s exactly what has happened. I thank God for His love and guidance through this entire process.

Last week we not only launched a new church, we launch a new series entitled, Broken. In our time together, we unpacked the idea that We live in a broken world full of broken people who just need someone to introduce them to Jesus.
It was pretty easy to establish that we live in broken world full of broken people but this week I want to talk about “Why we live in a broken world”.

A recent national poll asked the following question, “If you could ask God only one question and you knew he would give you an answer, what would you ask?” The most common response was, “Why is there pain and suffering in the world?”

“If God is so good why are things so bad?”
Today, we are only going to focus on where all this craziness started. What opened the door to all the chaos?

Let me say it this way, It all got bad when we chose not to follow good.
In Genesis 2:17, God tells Adam that in the day he eats of the forbidden fruit he will “surely die.” Adam does fall, but his physical death does not occur immediately; God must have had another type of death in mind—spiritual death.
This separation from God is exactly what we see in Genesis 3:8. When Adam and Eve heard the voice of the Lord, they “hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God.” The fellowship had been broken. They were spiritually dead or separated from God.
In the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy, God says, to His people:
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

God has always given His children a choice. You could say, we make Life and Death decisions every day.

Choosing to follow God gives life and choosing not to follow Him leads to death. Death of a vision, death of a marriage or even death of hope.
Adams disobedience points to death but Christ’s obedience points us to life.

It all got bad when we chose not to follow good.
So, what can we do to make things better. Easy, obey God and His Word.

A Christ-follower is always a Christian but a Christian is not always a Christ-follower.
Jesus was very clear about this when He said:
“All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me” (John 14:23-24).
A Christ-follower is an individual who places their trust in Jesus for salvation and then is intentional about doing what Jesus commanded His followers to do.

Have you been choosing life or death?