Our Daddy: God is Our Refuge

God’s glory shines in the darkest of times. Last week, darkness descended for a moment in an historic black church in Charleston, NC, when nine children of our Father were killed by a white supremacist.

Those victims of a madman are now in Paradise. Jesus was with them in Emanuel A.M.E. Church and they are with Him now in heaven.


All of the victims’ families have forgiven the killer. In his sermon at Emanuel AME Church, Rev. Norvel Goff explained, “A lot of people expected us to do something strange and to break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us. We are people of faith.”

Quoting the prophet Isaiah, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper,” Goff proclaimed, “The doors are open at Emanuel this Sunday, sending a message to every demon in Hell and on Earth that no weapon, no weapon … shall prosper!”

People of faith, hope, and love.

In his message, given on Father’s Day, Goff noted that we are children of our heavenly Father, who is a God of love, and that we, as His children, are called to be a people of love.

The psalmist wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Yesterday, while singing David Crowder’s worship song, “How He Loves,” his lyrics struck anew: “When all of a sudden I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory and I realize just how beautiful You are.”

All we are and all we do is for God’s glory and our Father’s greatest joy is that His glory shines forth in us.

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