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CLARITY – 8-7-18 Lombok Lamblasted


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 8-7-18


Lombok Lambasted


What’s Happening:  “The tectonic plates beneath Indonesia have shifted again making yesterday’s 6.9 quake centered in the Lombok region one of the century’s six greatest quakes in this area (anything above 6.5). Immediate death tolls were about 100, but more than 20,000 were affected. The devastation and homelessness will be extensive (from a report by Trevor Nace) (  Trevor Nace is a PhD geologist, founder of Science Trends, Forbes contributor, and explorer.


Knee-Jerk Response:  “Indonesia is half a world away – I’ve got my own problems!”


Biblical Response:  “Don’t we all…still, concern with other people’s problems often puts ours in perspective. We all have a tendency to be a bit myopic…our own problems loom large to us because we’re too close to them. I know all tragedy is local…but only because we make it so. We reduce our own difficulties by identifying with the difficulties of others.”


Christians? Of course, prayer is important (Phil. 4:6)…and easier when we identify with the plight of others (Rom. 12:15), but we should also give (Luke 6;:38). I have facilitated that by giving you the following link to World Vision Indonesian Earthquake Relief Fund . Please give now to help meet the urgent needs of earthquake survivors.


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help me to be sympathetic to others’ needs…I sure need You to be sympathetic to mine; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”


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