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In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along; Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet, God leads.

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2 In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along; Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet, God leads His dear children along. (Refrain) Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long. Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright, God leads His dear children along; Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night, God leads His dear children along. Refrain God Leads His Dear Children

3 Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose, God leads His dear children along; Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes, God leads His dear children along. (Refrain) Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long. Away from the mire, and away from the clay, God leads His dear children along; Away up in glory, eternity’s day, God leads His dear children along. Refrain

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5 TIME  Bad Good  Garden New Heaven New Earth The Fall

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8 TIME  Bad Good  Eternity The “U”

9 TIME  Bad Good  New Heaven / New Earth Garden Hell 1,000,000,000,000 miles

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14 GodSCBCPuppies Cocoa Puffs Marshmallow Fluff EvilSufferingRainSpinach NE Patriots Neil’s Good and Bad Baskets

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19 Out of Twinkies Bad Gifts FluLossBetrayal Broken Heart CancerDeathHellInjury Fruit Cake

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23 Natural Disasters

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28 God’s discipline God’s discipline Persecution Persecution

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30 “Training expected to produce a specific character, or pattern of behavior, especially training that produces moral or mental improvement or self- control”

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32 Is God good? Is God good? Is God sovereign? Is God sovereign? Is God unfair? Is God unfair? Does God owe us a persecution-free life? Does God owe us a persecution-free life? Do we know everything God knows? Do we know everything God knows? Is God trustworthy? Is God trustworthy? Can God bring good out of persecution? Can God bring good out of persecution? Can we trust Him to bring good in this circumstance? Can we trust Him to bring good in this circumstance?

33 Confirm your salvation Confirm your salvation Preach the truth to yourself Preach the truth to yourself Examine your life Examine your life Pray, meditate, fast Pray, meditate, fast Apply the lessons: Apply the lessons: God loves you God loves you God desires your highest good God desires your highest good Thank God Thank God Worship God Worship God Cry out to God Cry out to God Trust God Trust God Get help from the body of Christ Get help from the body of Christ Seek counsel Seek counsel Continue praying Continue praying

34 Summary of Lessons God is good, God is sovereign, so can trust Him to accomplish good in our circumstances.

35 CaveatCaveat

36 Microscopic Differences Diverging Over Time

37 The secret things belong to the L ORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. Deuteronomy 29:29

38 Possible Good Purposes in Suffering Symptom of Life in the “U” Symptom of Life in the “U”

39 Punishment Punishment Possible Good Purposes in Suffering

40 Discipline Discipline Possible Good Purposes in Suffering

41 Other (Dross-Removal / Sanctification) Other (Dross-Removal / Sanctification)

42 Possible Good Purposes in Suffering Other (Testimony) Other (Testimony)

43 Possible Good Purposes in Suffering Other (Leash-Jerking) Other (Leash-Jerking)

44 Possible Good Purposes in Suffering Other (Cosmic Lasik) Other (Cosmic Lasik)

45 Possible Good Purposes in Suffering Other (For Others) Other (For Others)

46 Possible Good Purposes in Suffering Other (Unknown Purpose) Other (Unknown Purpose)

47 Symptom of Life in the “U” Symptom of Life in the “U” Punishment Punishment Discipline Discipline Other Other Dross Removal/Sanctification Dross Removal/Sanctification Testimony Testimony Leash-Jerking Leash-Jerking Cosmic Lasik Cosmic Lasik For Others For Others Unknown Purposes Unknown Purposes Symptom of Life in the “U” Symptom of Life in the “U” Punishment Punishment Discipline Discipline Other Other Dross Removal/Sanctification Dross Removal/Sanctification Testimony Testimony Leash-Jerking Leash-Jerking Cosmic Lasik Cosmic Lasik For Others For Others Unknown Purposes Unknown Purposes Possible Good Purposes in Suffering

48 Bottom Line: 1. God sends suffering for OUR ETERNAL GOOD. 2. We might not understand “Why”, but we know “Who”.

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50 In shady, green pastures, so rich and so sweet, God leads His dear children along; Where the water’s cool flow bathes the weary one’s feet, God leads His dear children along. (Refrain) Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long. Sometimes on the mount where the sun shines so bright, God leads His dear children along; Sometimes in the valley, in darkest of night, God leads His dear children along. Refrain God Leads His Dear Children

51 Though sorrows befall us and evils oppose, God leads His dear children along; Through grace we can conquer, defeat all our foes, God leads His dear children along. (Refrain) Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long. Away from the mire, and away from the clay, God leads His dear children along; Away up in glory, eternity’s day, God leads His dear children along. Refrain

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