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CLARITY – 10-11-18 Update

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-11-18

Update

 

What’s Happening: “Now the death toll (previously reported in CLARITY blogs of 9/29 and 10/4 – subdeo.com/) has risen to 2,045. The earthquake(s) and subsequent tsunami have displaced 82,000 people and damaged or destroyed 67,000 homes. I say quakes because they continue to hit the “Ring of Fire” islands of Indonesia with new quakes of 6.0 or higher, hitting Bali and Java recently.  Much of the world was focused on the Kavanaugh hearings or the progress Pompeo has made in North Korea lately, but all tragedy, like politics, is local (https://www.yahoo.com/news/indonesia-aftermath-devastating-earthquake-tsunami-slideshow-wp-190254814.html). One reaction was Kingkhan’s: …‘how can you try and help people who sabotage their own emergency equipment(?)’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Things are rough all over!”

 

Biblical Response:  “True…still, that doesn’t reduce our responsibility to be merciful (Rom. 12:15; James 2:16). The trick is, as the saying goes, to ‘walk a mile in his moccasins.’ Since I experienced the devastation and loss o life of a tornado on my own property in 2011, I have been particularly merciful (I highly recommend Samaritan’s Purse as a relief organization).

 

“Christians? It’s primarily our responsibility. I’m all for the Red Cross (was even on a board once), but their message of the Gospel depends more on their volunteers than the organization as a whole. Not so with Samaritan’s Purse…or World Vision, YWAM, etc. I REALLY want to help…long-term…eternally. Don’t you?

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to give true help, not just a band-aid or temporal help; help us to point the way, eternally; earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes come…after all, we live in a fallen world…but there is hope; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 9-29-18 Meanwhile in Indonesia

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 9-29-18

Meanwhile in Indonesia

 

What’s Happening: “Most people tuning in the Ford/ Kavanaugh circus missed the fact that an earthquake (magnitude 7.5) and a tsunami (6 meter waves) stuck Sulawesi, Indonesia, and immediately killed 384. I said “immediately” because the death toll is likely to rise (https://www.yahoo.com/news/strong-quake-tsunami-indonesias-sulawesi-island-kill-least-011405645.html).  ‘We’re now getting limited communications about the destruction in Palu City, but we have heard nothing from Donggala and this is extremely worrying. There are more than 300,000 people living there,’ said the Red Cross.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “The Ford/Kavanaugh hearings may be earthquakes/tsunamis of our own.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Anyone who knows the significance of what went on in Washington yesterday will probably agree with you, That doesn’t lessen the deaths in Indonesia. Both places were rocked, but the Indonesian Islands sit directly on an active volcanic zone: “The Ring of Fire”…of course, that also could be said of the partisanship in D.C. “

 

“Christians? We’re not unfamiliar with accusation, innuendo, or upheaval (Acts 4:1-17). And, we are told to commiserate with those who suffer (Rom. 12:15). We need to be soothers, not adding to the misery of others…in either disturbance.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to be unwitting participants…either by our lack of focus…nor in our narcissism; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent