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Season 3, Episode 21: Where is Your God Now, Part 1: The Kidnapping

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Larry and Connie Van Oosten were looking forward to a quiet retirement in the small, peaceful town of Erie, Illinois. They’d worked hard and planned well. Little did they know that someone else had spent over a year and a half working hard on a plan to kidnap the Van Oostens, steal their retirement savings, and then, who knows?

This week and next we’re going to dive into the book “Rescued for a Reason” by Larry and Connie themselves as told to A.L. Rogers. Lori Prather, our Unlovely Truth Chaplain, is going to join us to talk about ways to keep our faith strong when we are facing tough times.

I’ve never been kidnapped, but I’ve been through some hard times, and I know you have too. Maybe, like the kidnapper, you’ve asked where God was in the midst of something terrible. As today’s passage reminds us, He is always found in times of trouble. The problem is that sometimes we fix our eyes on the problem and not on God. If you are walking through a difficult time right now, I hope you will memorize this verse and meditate on it often:


Psalm 46:1-3 CSB

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.

Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple

into the depths of the seas, though its water roars and foams

and the mountains quake with its turmoil.


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