The Ultimate Deliverance from Evil

My Prayer for the Families of the Victims of 7/16 in Chattanooga

It's been one week since the tragic shootings in Chattanooga. One day Chattanooga is known as the best mid-sized town in America and the next we are known for a horrible violent event. One week later we know a little more about what transpired last Thursday, but we still don't know for certain why. There is one thing for sure, it has left a lot of hurting people in it's wake.

I struggled Sunday how much of the service to dedicate to the news. Should we scrap the planned service and dedicate it to the tragedy? Should I hold a prayer service only and then dismiss? I knew it would not be right to dismiss it altogether. I decided on making it the  priority of the morning but not to dedicate the entirety of the message or the service. Not everyone agreed with the decision I made and I am good with that. I decided to make it a priority by dedicating the first part of my message in the first two services and beginning the third and final service with prayer and Scripture reading.

Our media assistant excerpted those seven minutes of the third service and placed it on our church Facebook page. The video has been viewed over 2,100 times. Rather than me write my thoughts again one week later I am linking to those seven minutes here. I wouldn't say it any different if I were to have the opportunity again.


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