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    Genesis 22:1-14

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  • Introduction/ Questions and Answers #1 Media Resource by

    Genesis 22:1-14

    When things are going well in our lives, it is easy for us to affirm the goodness of God. However, tragedies often cause us to wonder if God has forgotten us. In this series of lectures from Ligonier Ministries’ 2004 conference in Seattle, Washington, Drs. R.C. Sproul and Derek Thomas discuss the biblical doctrine of God’s providence. With pastoral insight and a deep concern for scriptural fidelity, they remind us that God is in control of all things — good or bad — and call us to trust in Him no matter what the circumstance. Note: Answers given … View Resource

  • The Meaning of Providence Media Resource by

    Job 1:1-2:10

    Whenever there is large scale disaster, inevitably there are religious leaders trying to provide comfort to people by assuring them that God was not involved in the disaster. But it is imperative that we rightly understand who God really is, how He relates to the world He created, and how He relates to His people. To understand God’s providence we must understand God’s sovereignty. From there we can see hope from amid our suffering. In this message, Dr. Derek Thomas expounds on this as he explores the workings and mysteries of the providence of God in the book of Job. View Resource

  • Providence and Evil Media Resource by

    Job 38-41

    All of us experience pain and suffering to some degree. And who of us does not want to understand why? Scripture tells us that Job was no exception. But after his continual supplications, Job received more than he bargained for when God finally broke His silence. So what did Job’s ignorance of the created order have to do with his question? In this message, Dr. Derek Thomas explains the overarching reason for all those unanswered questions about why we suffer in our lives. View Resource

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    Down to the smallest of details, our lives are under the sovereign control of God’s providence. Depending on your theological perspective, that may cause you no comfort whatsoever. What kind of faith does it take to accept God’s sovereignty over your life? Dr. Sproul and Dr. Derek Thomas consider this question, and many more, as they have a time of question and answer. Note: Answers given reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries. Here is our Statement of Faith. View Resource

  • Questions and Answers Media Resource by ,

    Where did sin come from? If sin is a thing and God created all things, does it stand to reason that God created sin? These are just a few of the issues Dr. Sproul and Dr. Robert Godfrey tackle in this question and answer session. Note: Answers given reflect the views of the individual speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Dr. R.C. Sproul and Ligonier Ministries. Here is our Statement of Faith. View Resource

  • God’s Providence to Job Media Resource by

    Job 1:12-21

    So…were you there or not? This may seem like a silly question, but remember, this was one of the first of many questions God had for his servant Job who struggled with God’s providence. As we ourselves seek to understand God’s providence, there is so much to consider. But there are two foundational things that we must understand before we can make sense of it all. Job had to learn these two things in the midst of severe suffering. From Job’s perspective, all was against him, or so he thought. View Resource

  • Providence and Evil Media Resource by

    Luke 13:1-5

    What does the existence of evil say about the goodness of God? How are we to understand God’s providence as we experience all kinds of evil happening around us? Through the centuries, people have been trying to reconcile the goodness of God with the existence of evil. Some theologians and philosophers have concluded that either God is not good, or that He simply lacks the power to overcome evil. Here, Dr. Sproul clears up exactly why God allows evil. View Resource

  • Evil is Not Good Media Resource by

    Matthew 11:2-19

    No Christian in his right mind would dare say that the goodness of God is evil. But there are other ways the secret thoughts of our hearts are communicated. It has been said that actions speak louder than words. We ourselves often do not understand what we’re saying through our own actions. Nonetheless, something is being communicated through them. In this lecture, Dr. Sproul will discuss some of the various reactions we have when we doubt God’s promises. View Resource

  • Gideon’s Battle Media Resource by

    Judges 6:6-16

    God’s word tells us that we are to live by faith, not by sight. But our responses to life’s trials are often riddled with sin when we distrust the goodness of God’s Providence. Here Dr. Sproul will look into the life of Gideon, that “mighty man of valor” who had trouble believing God’s goodness. Relying on what he saw, he doubted God’s providence, and the victory that awaited him. As you shall see in this lecture, the Providence of God is never thwarted by men’s disbelief. View Resource

  • God’s Kingly Providence Media Resource by

    Daniel 5

    Nations rise and fall. In our own day, we have seen the Soviet Union collapse with a swift military coup. In ancient history, there was Egypt, Assyria, and the mighty Roman Empire. But it takes more than an army to secure a nation. Here in this series “Providence: God in Control,” Dr. Sproul will revisit the night when Belshazzar, the king of Babylon, discovered that walls and armies could not stay the mighty hand of God. View Resource

  • The Mystery of God’s Providence Media Resource by

    Genesis 50:15-21

    Whatever you decide to do in life, it will be according to God’s sovereign plan. So, ultimately which is it: your plan or God’s? How do our actions work with God’s providence? In this lecture Dr. Sproul continues teaching on the providence of God as he explores the “Mystery of Providence.” View Resource

  • Providence and Accidents Media Resource by

    Perhaps you or someone you know has experienced loss of a loved one in an accident—in what appears to be a random event. When accidents happen, we search for causes and meaning, hoping that it was not all for nothing. How do we make sense out of what appears to be random and meaningless? Dr. Sproul will teach here that although we do not understand everything, there is nothing in the Providence of God that is without cause and purpose. View Resource

  • Providence and Suffering Media Resource by

    Habakkuk 2:1-3

    The Psalmist asked, “Why do the wicked prosper, while the righteous suffer?” The prophet Habakkuk asked virtually the same question in his day as he witnessed his homeland overrun with the invading armies of the Chaldeans. Initially, from Habakkuk’s perspective, he did not see God’s hand in the suffering of his people. Where was the Judge of all the earth during this time of injustice, he wondered. Here Dr. Sproul explains how God’s providence and suffering go hand and hand. View Resource

  • Providence or Chance? Media Resource by

    1 Samuel 4:1-6:15

    Is this one of those days when you just happened to stumble upon the Ligonier website, a website that you may not usually use, at a time that you do not normally use the internet? What chain of events brought you to this very moment in your life? Some say this all is a matter of fate, coincidence, or chance. But Scripture has a better answer. It is God who is in absolute control of our moments. Here in this lecture, Dr. Sproul will remind you that all things which come to pass must be a matter of either “Providence … View Resource