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Jul 18
2014
Steve Marr

New Earthquake Risk Map

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The Government has issued a new map highlighting the risk of experiencing an earthquake. The map was upgraded as a result of the 2011 quake off the Japanese coast  and the northern Virginia shaking the same year.

Oklahoma has been experiencing a swarm of quakes has been upgraded for the risk.

Jul 17
2014
Steve Marr

Avoiding Car Problems

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Driving through Arizona during the summer, if you blow a tire or break down during a 112-degree day, you are in the middle of your own small disaster. Likewise a breakdown in January in Minnesota can lead to a disaster. We can minimize these emergencies by taking a little preventive action.

First, as simple as this seems, make sure you know how to change a tire, get the jack out, and know how to make the tire change. Waiting for a service truck in a very hot, or cold day is no fun.

Second, check the basics on your car. Incorrect tire pressure is the number one cause of a blowout, check the pressure frequently to insure the proper levels. Tire pressure tends to change as the season warm, or cool.

Jul 04
2014
Steve Marr

Lessons From Noah For Today

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The issue: “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The LORD regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the LORD said, "I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created--and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground--for I regret that I have made them." We, as humans are fallen by nature, this we need a saving God. (Genesis 6:5-7)  


                                                 

As the Lord was contemplating wiping out man we read, “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:8) Noah was a righteous person.  We may feel alone, but there are always others as Elijah learned from the Lord, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel--all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him." (1 Kings 19:18) There will always be others and we should take comfort.


Noah brought others along with him, he didn’t come alone, “But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark--you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.” (Genesis 6:21) As CEN demonstrates, the goal is to not just fend for ourselves, but to help others, to bring them along. We do this by encouraging Ready Christians and Ready Churched to respond with the hope of Christ in the face of disaster. The Lord told Noah “You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them." (Genesis 6:21), the supplies were not just for him.


He was obedient “Noah did everything just as God commanded him.” (Genesis 6:22), notice he didn’t do just do part, or halfhearted what the Lord said, but everything. Given the very complex building project of the ark, Noah followed a lot of commands.


The Lord is often, just in time, “And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights. On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.” (Genesis 7:12-13) The Lord had perfect timing, the rain held until the ark was ready, but did not delay. What could have happened if Noah took a vacation or failed to do everything the Lord commanded?


Often, we may feel abandoned, we read “The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.” (Genesis 7:24) For those day, how would Noah and his family felt bouncing around on the sea? After a while they would have felt alone, perhaps abandoned. Others in a disaster may also feel isolated, believing none else understands.  This is where CEN can help bridge a gap, we can bring hope to the isolated, to the forgotten, to the desperate.


The Lord may not work on our time table but He will act, as Noah experienced, “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.” (Genesis 8:1) The earth could have been cleansed in a few days, but the Lord likely knew Noah and his family needed this time to be refined for the future work.
 

We will be asked by the Lord to move on after a disaster, as Noah was, “Then God said to Noah, "Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.” (Genesis 8:15-16) They may have been used to the smell, and life on the ark, but a time comes to get moving.


The result of Gods movement is joyful worship as we see, “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.” (Genesis 8:20-21) Worship should be our natural response to Him, and His great works!


Fast forward to when the Lord walked the earth and said, “"Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-27)


Fast forward to day, are we any different?

CEN application:
 

1.     Given the Lords words in Luke 17:26-27, what urgent tasks do we have?

2.     How can CEN help people build a ark in todays world?

3.     How can CEN help others build a spiritual ark?

4.     What steps will you personally take to make this happen?

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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?

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?

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.