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Two Sets of Plans

In a sermon delivered five days after the Columbine High School murders, Pastor Oudemolen says that Satan has one set of plans, but God has a better set.

I, like many of you, am overwhelmed. What's particularly overwhelming for me, in the midst of a devastating crisis like this one, is having to stand publicly and offer hope and comfort. Like many of you, I've turned to God and said, "God, you know what we need right now? We need you to speak."

At some level we all say, "Is there a word from God?" I've come today to tell you there is. My fear is that I will appear glib or trite, but the only reason I can stand here today is by the power of God and the prayers of his people.

"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good . . ." (Genesis 50:20)

Listen to the next verse in light of the tragedy of this past Tuesday. Genesis 50:20 says, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives."

On Tuesday morning at Columbine High School the forces of evil converged to unleash a violent and bloody spring holocaust on teens and their teachers. Two suicides followed thirteen homicides. A morning of mayhem led to a horrific afternoon and evening of waiting. We have parents sitting here today who were part of that waiting. Riveting reunions between parents and kids brought tearful relief to hundreds throughout that dark day. Sadly some parents left Leawood Elementary School without a reunion. Many reunions took place in hospitals and funeral homes across our community.

John and Doreen Tomlin were one of the first couples to see their son in a funeral home. On Friday, John and Doreen had a memorial service for their 16 son, John Robert Tomlin.

On April 20, 1999, Satan had a plan for Littleton. We know it was Satan who had a grip on those two boys because he left his calling , destruction, and dread. ...

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Bill Oudemolen is senior pastor of Foothills Bible Church in Littleton, Colorado.

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Sermon Outline:

I. Introduction

In the wake of such a tragedy, we all want a word from God.

II. "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good …" (Genesis 50:20)

III. Satan had a plan for Littleton.

IV. Satan's plan didn't work, because God also had a plan.

V. God wants the people of Littleton and the world to see and experience his power.

VI. God wants Littleton to be a place where his love is displayed.


God's plan—power, love, clear thinking, glory—triumphs over Satan's.