Sunday, August 18, 2019

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This week the people of New Orleans and throughout the Gulf Region are once again facing a disastrous storm. The storm has been officially downgraded to a Tropical Storm, however the rain and flooding potential still remains a threat for the area.

To engage in the ReadyNewOrleans Response, here are some action steps:

  1. Commit to Prayer.  Pray for: (1) Citizens to seek God for comfort and protection to all who are in the path of Hurricane Isaac. (2) Citizens not directly affected will offer prayer, compassion and assistance in their community. (3) Hurricane Isaac will be lessened in intensity. (4) First responders. 
  2. Join the Hurricane Isaac Response Group
  3. Let us knowif you are interested in helping stand up ReadyNewOrleans in the area of:
    1. Logistics
    2. Public Information
    3. Operations
    4. Prayer
    5. Care
    6. Share
    7. Safety & Security
    8. Finance

As always one of the best things you can do is prepare yourself and your family to be ready in times of disaster. CEN helps make that easier by providing our FREE ReadyChristian Training which you can download and do as you have time. 

US forecasters expect Tropical Storm Isaac to hit Haiti and Cuba, the National Hurricane Center projected that Isaac would become a hurricane on Thursday and make landfall Saturday near the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay in southern Cuba. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate issued a statement for families to take this seriously and prepare families, homes and businesses according to AP News report. 

Isaac is potentially a very dangerous storm for Haiti, where 400,000 people still live outside underneath tarps in the wake of the 2010 earthquake. Heavy rains from Isaac will begin on Friday morning in Haiti, and last through Sunday. Rainfall amounts of 8 - 12 inches are possible, which will be capable of causing extreme flooding on the vegetation-denuded slopes of Haiti. It will be a major challenge to keep those Haitians living outside safe, if rainfall amounts of 5 - 10 inches occur.

CEN calls on those in the path of the Tropical Storm Isaac to review their ReadyChristian emergency plans with family and friends to prepare for the potential landfall later this week. CEN calls upon churches who have completed their ReadyChurch training to insure they have notified CEN of their availability in the area to respond. Contact CEN with your ReadyChurch updates. And, for Christian networks in cities all across Florida, if you have not completed the ReadyCity assessment and notified CEN of your readiness to respond, we would ask that you contact CEN immediately.

This Sunday, in honor of the victims that were killed last week at the Sikh temple, we are asking for you to join the Faith Community in a moment of silence to honor their memory.

Often times, people will wonder what they can do to help in times like this. As a Christian, we have the responsibility to provide a biblical response through prayer, caring for victims, and sharing the hope that we have in Christ.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund released a statement on August 9th asking for the Faith Community to stand with them in solidarity as they honor the victims. They “hope that this National Moment of Reflection at churches, mosques, synagogues, temples, gurdwaras, and community centers across America will send the message of blessings for all, and that we stand united against hate and intolerance and as part of a common humanity.”

Active Shooter Preparedness

Sunday, August 5th, in a suburb of Milwaukee, a lone gunman entered a Sikh temple, opened fire and killed six people before he himself was shot and killed. Reports say that there have been at least three other men who were shot but will recover. The investigation, led by the FBI, is currently ongoing and more information will be released as it is made available.

What’s the Christian Response?

Frayed RopeAs I sit down to write this blog/devotional my thoughts are swirling…should I share about a sermon my pastor preached this past week on getting the answer to the question asked by Gideon when he asked, “Why are we having so much trouble if the Lord is with us?”

Should I share some reflections on a quote by Lincoln that was brought back to mind after the shooting in Colorado? The statement that questioned God’s will between sides. The statement that says, “In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be, wrong. God cannot be for and against the same thing at the same time. In the present civil war it is quite possible that God’s purpose is something different from the purpose of either party; and yet the human instrumentalities, working just as they do, are of the best adaptation to affect his purpose. I am almost ready to say that this is probably true; that God wills this contest, and wills that it shall not end yet. By his mere great power on the minds of the now contestants, he could have either saved or destroyed the Union without a human contest. Yet the contest began. And, having begun, he could give the final victory to either side any day. Yet the contest proceeds.”

Should I reflect on a passage I read in a book this past week that explains how God calls us to live in the tension between humanity and Christ-likeness?

Gods LovePsalm 37:3-6

“Trust the Lord and do good. Live in the land and feed on truth. Enjoy serving the Lord, and he will give you what you want. Depend on the Lord; trust him, and he will take care of you. Then your goodness will shine like the sun, and your fairness like the noonday sun.”

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