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Getting Past Tilt Revelation 7:9-17

Getting Past Tilt

Worship in company with others brings us the assurance that God is with us ... and it keeps us from shutting down hope.

If you can, try to remember how you felt when you heard the news about each of the following events:

• The massacre of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Colorado by two students in April 1999;

• The killing of five young girls and the wounding of five others in an Amish school by a lone gunman in Pennsylvania in October 2006;

• The slaying of 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech by a deranged student in April 2007;

• The gunning down of 13 people at a community center in Binghamton, New York, by a lone shooter in April 2009;

• The killing of three women and the wounding of nine others by a lone gunman at a fitness center near Pittsburgh in August 2009;

• The murder of 13 soldiers on the grounds of Fort Hood in Texas last November.

If you’re like most people, you experienced a sense of deep shock and dismay on hearing the news of the first of those events. But unless you were personally connected to a victim of one of the subsequent tragedies, it’s likely that each...

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