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CLARITY – 10-4-18 It Gets Worse

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-4-18

It Gets Worse

 

What’s Happening: “The death toll in the Indonesian quake and subsequent tsunami (the subject of 9-29’s CLARITY) has gone from 384 about a week ago to over 1,400…and with the latest volcanic eruption and aftershocks (some of them registering as high as 6.0) the toll might go even higher. No one has yet heard from inhabitants of Donggala, near the epicenter of the initial quake, and the Red Cross thinks that is very worrying (https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/653541283/in-indonesia-aftershocks-and-uncertainty-remain-after-deadly-earthquake). ‘There are more than 300,000 people living there. This is already a tragedy, but it could get much worse,’ said Jan Gelfand, head of an international relief organization.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “It’s not the end of the world…is it?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I doubt it…though I’m sure there are some in Indonesia that might beg to differ…at least it’s the end for 1,400. Something we must keep in mind: although all tragedy is local, so is all relief. People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

 

“Christians? What an opportunity! Of course, we’re shattered at the large loss of life and property. But this is our opportunity to show just how much we care. If every church just gave $1000 the total would be staggering (83, 996 X 1000 = almost 84 million dollars!…and that’s just in America!) If help is not given, we have much over which to repent. Our myopic view of what is important (with all the brouhaha over Kavanaugh and the midterm elections) needs to be re-examined (James 2:15-17).

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to put the right emphasis on what’s important…not that our problems aren’t significant…but they pale by comparison; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 5-5-18 Surprise! Surprise!

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 5-5-18

 

Surprise! Surprise!

 

What’s Happening:  “No, it was not an exclamation from a rerun of Gomer Pyle, USMC (‘Surprise! Surprise!’ was a comment Jim Nabors often made on the series), but it was real. The Kilauea Volcano, located on the Big Island (Hawaii) erupted and surprised residents as 1,500 evacuated at least two subdivisions yesterday. The volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983, so it should have come as no real surprise (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hawaii-apos-most-active-volcano-123519315.html). ‘It sounded like if you were to put a bunch of rocks into a dryer and turn it on as high as you could. You could just smell sulfur and burning trees and underbrush and stuff,’ said Jeremiah Osuna, local resident.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Guess I won’t be planning any Hawaiian trips soon!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Actually, Hawaii’s pretty big (the eruption occurred 220 miles from the Oahu Airport). Besides, many people visit the islands because they WANT to see an active volcano…not too closely, mind you. Building close to a volcano? Well, the insurance is probably high, and eruptions, while maybe disappointing, should be no surprise.”

 

“Christians? There are a few things that are inevitable…things that can be prepared for, but will, no doubt, occur. Like the Judgement (Heb. 9:27). Any person who does not prepare, or is not sure that God or the judgment exists…may indeed be surprised.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, there are some things that surprise. Help us not to be surprised with the inevitable; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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