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Dec 07
2016
Mary Marr

Lesson from Pearl Harbor – Be Ready!

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Today marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese bombing of the U.S. Naval fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941. Not unlike today when we are aware we live in perilous times, people are scurrying around preparing for Christmas, just as they were on that day when 2400 or more U.S. citizens perished without notice. Even though we know years later those in harm’s way had not been notified in time, some were ready, with or without notice.  

During the heat of battle as the infamous U.S.S. Arizona was sinking in the narrow harbor only one heavy cruise ship the Phoenix escaped out to sea. Why? Because the crew was ready! I know this because my uncle served on the U.S.S. Phoenix that day and told us stories of the incessant bombing, of fires everywhere, and of the young sailors who had to be tossed overboard in the hope of their surviving in the water. But he also told us how he and his crew were ready.  Despite being a peaceful Sunday, it seemed to others, they were on guard. They were prepared, and they acted decisively and swiftly to avoid disaster.

 

Nov 05
2014
Mary Marr

Are You Building an Ark like Noah?

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The writer of Hebrews covers the faith of many in the past (See Hebrews chapter 11). The writer says of Noah, “By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7 NIV)

The faith of Noah was extraordinary

When God spoke to Noah and instructed him to build an ark, complete with detailed directions, (Genesis 6:13-21) “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22 NIV)  

Sep 16
2014
Mary Marr

Awakening or Slumbering?

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 It has been 13 years since 9/11/01. Are you more ready today than you were then?

Sep 16
2014
Mary Marr

Awakening or Slumbering?

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 It has been 13 years since 9/11/01. Are you more ready today than you were then?

 

Any fair assessment of the news reports today would demonstrate we are globally in a mess. It seems we are being threatened on every side of life – with voices all around saying: “ We are leading to an economic meltdown either through inflation or deflation!” “Our businesses are threatened with an increase in cyber attacks for which there is no shield”; “Our personal information has been stolen”; “Our cities are unsafe from the influx of drugs and human traffic”; “Now, threats of rampant disease”; “Earthquakes are happening in unexpected places with unusual frequency!”; “Natural disasters are overtaxing our resources”; “Another credible global terrorist threat?” Where is the safety in the midst of this turbulence?

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.