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At church on Sunday we sang a song that has become one of my favorites.

The song is called “Oceans” and the lyrics are:

Verse #1
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown, where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep, my faith will stand

May 14
2014
Steve Marr

Answering A Cry For Help

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When disaster strikes, we have an opportunity to minister. We can learn from the words of Job (Job 30:24-31) 

“Yet does not one in a heap of ruins stretch out his hand,
         Or in his disaster therefore cry out for help?

“Have I not wept for the one whose life is hard?
         Was not my soul grieved for the needy?

May 06
2014
Mary Marr

Keep your Eyes upon Jesus!

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One of the many challenges in emergency response is keeping one’s focus on the most important things all while you are being pulled in so many different directions turning into distractions from the main thing. CEN equips Christians to be ready spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically for emergencies of all kinds. Each of these areas are vital to a healthy response when crisis occur and each of the areas, when any element within these four areas becomes a distraction it is life threatening.

 

“Ready in Season…”

Be ready in season and out of season —2 Timothy 4:2

Many of us suffer from the unbalanced tendency to “be ready” only “out of season.” The season does not refer to time; it refers to us.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Faith-Based organizations given security briefing following the killings at Jewish community centers

By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries

PHOENIX, AZ (ANS) -- The U.S. DHS, FBI, Infrastructure Protection, Intelligence and Analysis, and FEMA provided national faith-based organizations a security briefing today related to the incident which fatally wounded three at Jewish community centers on Palm Sunday in Overland, Kansas.

Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. — better known as F. Glenn Miller Jr. — made a brief court appearance by video Tuesday from the Johnson County jail. Although he arrived at the video room in a wheelchair, Miller stood during his hearing 
(Photo: David Eulitt | The Kansas City Star)






Apr 09
2014
Steve Marr

Bringing God’s Message Into The Wilderness

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The Lord spoke through Isaiah and said,

“A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”

You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!” See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” (Isaiah 40:3-11 NIV)

Our witness helps make a path to the Lord. When John the Baptist preached, and told people to repent, few understood what he said. John was operating outside the Synagogues. Often, when the Word of God is spoken, we do not always see the results, the Lord does, and we may not understand the effects of our work this side of heaven. Wesley often preached outside the churches, he went to the people in need of the truth. Likewise, CEN brings the Gospel to those who are often outside the church by equipping churches and Christians to present the truth in difficult times.

During a disaster, everything we have made, everything we think will change, as tings fals apart. We, and everything we make are truly grass that withers and dies. Only the word of God endures.
Those who bring the good news are told, “lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”  

The Lord promises to provide a reward to those who follow Him, He promises to gather up those who are lost.

CEN application:

1.     How do we become a voice calling out?

2.     To whom do we target with the Gospel?

3.     When do we minister?