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As human beings—every single one of us—are wired for worship.  We can’t help it.  But we are the ones who decide what or Who our worship will be directed towards. And since worship is an integral aspect of our nature, it’s important to stop and think about what constitutes true worship.  


I know it’s so easy to just think of praise as the fast or loud songs in church, while worship is the slow ballads. But there’s a real defining difference: “praise” is a reaction to what God has done, whereas “worship” is a reaction to a REVELATION of who He is.

 

 

Today news headlines are all about the situation in the Ukraine with Russian troops invading the sovereign nation, which includes the Crimean Peninsula. This region of the globe has been no stranger to chaos historically. And, then there is Syria, as well as the violence at the borders between Palestine and Israel. The situations are endless. Some people are glued to the TV for the news of such events, while others are yawning saying what else is new? Whether your view is brutal reality or comfortable denial, the situation is the same – our world is in chaos. So what does Christ say about this?

Feb 27
2014
Steve Marr

Facing Impossible Odds

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Scripture: 2 Chronicles 20:1-29

After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunitesa came to wage war against Jehoshaphat.

Some people came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom,b from the other side of the Dead Sea. It is already in Hazezon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.

Feb 12
2014
Steve Marr

Atlanta Stores Clearned Out

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As the snow storm returns to Atlanta these pictures are all too common as panic buying begins. Another reason to be prepared,  rather then scrambling at the last minute at the store, and preferably having extra to share as needed. News reports documented a number of fistfights broke out as desperate people cleared the last supplies from some stores.
Why a full pantry is always advisable:

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Above: Atlanta store bread shelf

Jan 23
2014
Steve Marr

Getting Out When The Getting Is Good

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The dreaded tornado siren went off, and “Tom” stepped outside to look around.  In a moment Tom saw a dark funnel cloud heading toward his house. He watched in fascination, believing the tornado would just pass by, and this was just too good a sight to pass by.  Suddenly, the tornado did a sidewinder and headed straight to his house, while Tom was frozen for another second. He ducked inside to an interior bathroom as the tornado roped his house apart.



Tom suffered cuts and a broken arm. He acknowledged his tornado plan including holding a mattress over himself in the event of a tornado, but he lacked the necessary time. Fortunately, the mistake only resulted in injury, not death.  

The “Baxter” family was hunkered down as hurricane Sandy was making landfall in New York. Despite the warnings to evacuate, the Baxter family believed they could just ride out the storm.  As the storm driven water came up to the house,  Sam Baxter decided they needed to depart and piled the family into the SUV go anywhere car. Unfortunately,  as they drove away, the road was three feet under water in places, they needed to turn back. The car stalled 1,000 feet from home, the family then struggled to walk back through the dangers wind and water to get home.  Albeit painful, the family survived the ordeal.  Another family lost a child when they evacuated during the storm.



We see another example in Scripture with Lot being rescued from Gomorrah. Lot and his family were in an evil, nasty place. For whatever reason, the family stayed.

Scripture relates, “At dawn the next morning the angels became insistent. "Hurry," they said to Lot. "Take your wife and your two daughters who are here. Get out right now, or you will be swept away in the destruction of the city!" When Lot still hesitated, the angels seized his hand and the hands of his wife and two daughters and rushed them to safety outside the city, for the LORD was merciful.” (Genesis 19:15-16 NLT) Often, this is the human reaction, to wait, either in disbelief or thinking you are stronger then the coming event.

Often, the Lord provides warnings. CEN broadcasts the massage, become a Ready Christian, A Ready Church and a Ready City. Some heed the message while others do not. In the future, others will follow.
CEN application:

1.     What steps are we taking to remove ourselves from harms way, or prepare for an unstable future?

2.     Have we failed to heed the Lords promptings in the past, and if so, have we confessed?

3.     What steps will we take in the future to advise Christians to remove themselves from harms way?

Map of Persecuted Church 


According to an articleby Fox News, the number of Christians killed for their faith in 2013 numbered 2,123, which increased from 1,201 in 2012. The article states: “More than half of those reported killings (1,213) occurred in Syria, followed by Nigeria (612) and Pakistan (88).”