Dear Friend of the Red River Valley:

We are all aware of the recent flood that devastated our area.   Surely, you or someone you know has been affected by it.   And through it all, you may recall Mother Nature being referred to, even though most recognize that there is no such thing.

There is, however, a God.   And the Bible teaches that He, "sitteth in the heaven" (Psalm 2:4).   He sustains and controls the universe which He created, "And he is before all things, and by him all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).   [See also: Genesis 1:1; John 1:3]

He is still, "Upholding all things by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3).   That means He is holding the stars in their places, the planets and comets in their orbits, and yes, the course of nature: "For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength."   (Job 37:6).

It was His will to send the snow which caused the recent flood, prompting many to ask:
Why would God do such a thing?   But the Bible teaches that God allows everything for a purpose: "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

Of course, on the surface, it's hard to imagine what good could possibly come out of a flood.   However, we all witnessed how cities were united together in a common cause.
Neighbors were finally forced to get to know one another better.   It was an opportunity for folks to be a help and show compassion to those devastated the most.   And perhaps above all, it presented a time for people to re-evaluate

their priorities in life.   Many of those who lost material possessions testified that they still had their families and that's what really mattered.
They realized that "you can't take it with you."
As the old cliche goes: you don't find U-Hauls following hearses.   Still others testified of being very humbled by the life threatening experience.

Personally, what were some of your thoughts during the flood?   We all heard speculation that perhaps God was trying to "get our attention."
Such could be the case as we often find Him, throughout the Bible, getting mankind's attention through hurricanes, earthquakes, droughts, and floods [2 Kings 8:1; Psalm 9:17].

Was the Lord trying to personally show you something?   Maybe this a good time for you to stop and re-evaluate what's really important in life and why you are here on this earth at this time in history.

It's so easy to get caught up in careers and material possessions, and never give God or eternal matters a second thought.   Yet, above all things, God wants our love: "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."   (Matthew 22:37).

His heartfelt desire is to have a personal relationship with us!   That is the primary reason why we were created.   From the time that God first created us, He has been declaring: "...I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.   ...   (18)And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty."
(2 Corinthians 6:16-18).   Yet, most people go through life almost forgetting Him altogether.
They make the mistake of trying to fill the empty vacuum in their life with the temporal

things of this world, when in reality, only God can fill that void.

The Bible teaches that you are worth more to God than the whole world, and that this life is simply a dressing room for eternity.   Maybe it's time to quit going through life "spiritually unplugged" and get to know God better through His Word.   "For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written FOR OUR LEARNNG, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4).

God has provided us with the Bible so we can understand, among other things, why natural disasters occur.   His ways are no longer mysterious when a person takes the time to learn what He has to say.   That is why we are offering the opportunity to study the Bible, at your own pace, in the privacy of your own home.   Hundreds in the Red River Valley have already enrolled in this informative correspondence course and have been greatly blessed.

This course is absolutely free.   Simply mail back the completed form and you will receive your first lesson within one to two weeks.
You may stop at any time.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to learn about God and His ways.   For while physical needs are important, there is no greater need than the hope and understanding that one seeks during times like these.

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