Wednesday, October 16, 2019

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EMP Solar Flare

ElectroMagnetic Pulses (EMP) are something that sounds like they came out of a science fiction story. However, they are real and a threat that should be taken seriously. There are two types of EMPs, man-made and naturally occurring. While the man-made versions require a lot to make happen and are, thus, more unlikely, there are still naturally occurring threats that need to be taken seriously.

The Washington Examiner released an article earlier this week that explains how earth missed a massive solar flare two weeks ago that would have caused a large EMP effect on our planet.

God has Overcome


John 16:33 – In the world you shall have tribulations: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

An average view of the Christian life is that it means deliverance from trouble. It is deliverance in trouble, which is very different. “He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High…there shall no evil befall you” – no plague can come near the place where you are at one with God.

Crisis Disaster Mgmt
The focus of CEN training is to prepare Christians, Churches and Communities to be prepared to serve their community in times of crisis or disaster. Many people fall into the mindset that “disaster could never happen here!” It is important, however, to understand that crisis and/or disaster affects everyone at some point in their life.

 

Disasters are defined as: “a calamitous event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life, damage or hardship, as a flood, airplane crash, or business failure.”

Remember the commercial "Where's the beef?" As Christians living in an increasingly complex world, do we need to ask ourselves "Where is the reverence in our worship today?"

Growing up in the church my family attended and served in with distinction, we had what some would call distinct church customs which I remember well such as donning a hat before entering the sanctuary several minutes early before the service started; sitting quietly in prayer until the congregation began its opening hymn; bowing before the cross when in procession or when we passed it; handing our hymnal to the new person seated next to us; wearing our best dress; kneeling during prayer; standing for the reading of God’s word; and departing the sanctuary only when the cross had receded down the aisle. My parents and grandparents were church leaders so they were either teaching a Sunday school class, ushering, reading Scripture, counting the attendees, or back in the kitchen preparing a fine meal to encourage others who were visiting. When my grandmother died there were over 150 cars in the funeral processional because she was so loved as a member of her church family with her selfless service! My grandfather would get up early every Wednesday to lead the Bible study lesson and be in church very early helping with Sunday worship.

 The heart behind of all those activities was a love of God, a worship of the One who is worthy of all praise, honor, respect, adoration and reverence. The subjective adoration of someone who exceeds personal excellence, who deserves deep acts of respect and praise, is still the same yesterday, today and tomorrow – Our Lord Jesus Christ.

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." (Ephesians 6:17)

"Facing spiritual battles without the certainty of your own salvation is as foolish as fighting a physical battle without a helmet. God has given us the helmet of salvation to guard our minds from doubt and to give us confidence in every spiritual battle. Consider several times that the word “save” is mentioned in the New Testament: 1] We have been saved from perishing (John 3:16); 2] We have been saved from a perverse generation (Acts 2:40); 3] We have been saved from God’s wrath (Rom. 5:9); 4] We have been saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:5-8); 5] We have been saved according to His purpose not our works (II Tim. 1:9); 6] We have been saved according to his mercy (Titus 3:5)." (Andy Rupert)

'Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.' (I Samuel 2:30) -- "What are the differences between honoring God and honoring ourself? I. Honoring God Involves Presenting Our Best to the Lord; II. Honoring God Means That I Must Keep Him as the One I Please; III. Honoring God Involves an Acceptance of Life’s Challenges." (Dr. Jeff Redlin)