Did God create evil?

At first it might seem that if God created all things, then evil must have been created by God. However, evil is not a "thing'' like a rock or electricity. You cannot have a jar of evil. Evil has no existence of its own; it is really the absence of good. For example, holes are real but they only exist in something else. We call the absence of dirt a hole, but it cannot be separated from the dirt. So when God created, it is true that all He created was good. One of the good things God made was creatures who had the freedom to choose good. In order to have a real choice, God had to allow there to be something besides good to choose. So, God allowed these free angels and humans to choose good or reject good (evil). When a bad relationship exists between two good things we call that evil, but it does not become a "thing" that required God to create it.

Perhaps a further illustration will help. If a person is asked, "Does cold exist?" the answer would likely be "yes." However, this is incorrect. Cold does not exist. Cold is the absence of heat. Similarly, darkness does not exist; it is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of good, or better, evil is the absence of God. God did not have to create evil, but rather only allow for the absence of good.

God did not create evil, but He does allow evil. If God had not allowed for the possibility of evil, both mankind and angels would be serving God out of obligation, not choice. He did not want "robots" that simply did what He wanted them to do because of their "programming." God allowed for the possibility of evil so that we could genuinely have a free will and choose whether or not we wanted to serve Him.

Evg. William K. Bowen



I would just like to give a shout out to God for allowing my husband and I to go to my best friends wedding. John lives in North Dakota, (my previous dwelling place) he just recently married a beautiful young women and we were blessed to go and witness this awesome occasion.

Saundra Saddler


About Jonah

Atheist: "Do you honestly believe that Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish?"
Preacher: "I don't know, sir, but when I get to heaven, I'll ask him."
Atheist:"But suppose he isn't in heaven?"
Preacher: "Then you ask him."



When it's cold and damp and dark, oh my poor aching heart
I wonder how to remove the darts.
In His presence I feel great, it's a wondrous place
A place of peace and what a feast, here I am a spiritual beast

As His spirit goes on it's way the tears begin to flow
Please come back please don't go...

The suffocation begins again oh will this world ever end?

Assistant Pastor Sarah Podbilski


The Heavens...

.... declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. ( Psalms 19:1 )

Can you imagine what it must have been like for David, when he gazed upward towards the night sky?
No lights, no pollution, nothing but maybe a few local campfires to block out the view of Gods handiwork.

Do people even look up anymore? Have you ever noticed a fiery sunset, or an amazing build-up of clouds and thought to yourself how awesome creation is? I
wonder if God is trying to get our attention thru the lightning storms or the rainbow in the sky afterwards, if only to say "hey, remember me?"

Do you remember Him? If we fail to recognize and honor Him, then the very stones would cry out. ( Luke 19:40 )

Make it a habit to look up, you might otherwise miss something!

Wk Bowen



"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill.

It will make or break a company ... a church ... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude ... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our Attitudes."

by Charles Swindoll


Old Dog

Hey dog, get outta my face.
You must know your on a leash.
Everytime you lunge at me, it pulls you back.
You have boundries set that you cannot cross.
You can only bark and growl.
Funny thing is, your not even that scary anymore.
I'll just hide behind my father.
Lay down! Bad Dog!
You are no longer a threat to me.

( God keeps the devil on a leash)



Key Dates

June Birthdays
Jeremiah Lawrence

June Event
A trip to Las Vegas

July Birthdays
Pastor Gary Lawrence
Asst. Pastor Sarah Podbilski
Cheryl Clear
Elijah Marshall

July Anniversary
Asst. Pastor Dennis Lifsey and Profitess Karen Lifsey

August Birthdays
Micah Saddler
Aimee Podbilski
John Marshall

August Annivesary
Youth Pastor Elijah Marshall and La La (Tonya) Marshall



Do you know that because you choose to hang on to judgement, the one you are judging may not get the break through they are looking for until you get yours?
Isn't that just like God? You have to give it up before it will go away.
God is using that person until you get your help.
It's God's way or no way. It's beautiful.


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