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What if earthquakes could be predicted? What if they could be pinpointed to an exact area, severity, duration, and time!  What if you knew, but you weren’t interested?  What if you could help others prepare for an impending disaster and save countless lives? Would you demand money for this information or help out because it’s the right thing to do?  You have something more valuable than predicting earthquakes and their destruction.  You have at your disposal a plan for the ages! The Bible has also been referred to as—Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!

The prophecies concerning the birth and death of the Messiah are numerous and can be researched and verified.  A few were prepared for His coming, most however didn’t see the significance until He had come and gone.  The Gospel of Matthew predicts the Second Coming of Christ and some of the signs that will precede it.  Are you interested in helping others prepare? Are you interested in being accountable if you don’t?

Matthew speaks about many coming saying that they are the real ‘Christ’, he speaks about wars and rumors of wars, famines, and earthquakes in various places, and these are just the beginning of troubles to come!  Many will abandon their faith, false prophets will come and deceive many, and wickedness will increase.   Matthew chapter 24 tells much more, so be forewarned, it has been foretold—trouble is coming in a big way!   The international prestigious insurers, Lloyds of London have paid out billions of dollars towards recent hurricanes and billions and billions more for the BP oil spill and they are planning for even bigger disasters.  Staggering!  Disasters are expensive and deadly.   2 Kings 22:16 states, “This is what the LORD says: I am going to bring disaster on this place and its people, according to everything written in the book the king of Judah has read.”   It would be a disaster for you not to be ready and prepared to meet your Savior.  Can you afford the cost of not being prepared?

 

 

Please avoid trouble at all costs!

Hiding In Plain Sight

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Look at the world around you.  A garden in full bloom, a trout swimming upstream, baby ducks following their mother, the stars of Orion’s belt on a clear night, pictures from deep space that we cannot imagine.  These things are without equal.  And that’s just the things we can see!

What about the music from an orchestra, the wind whistling through a wheat field, rain tapping on a tin roof at midnight, a baby cooing?  These things are without equal.  And that’s just the things we can hear!

What about a little child hugging you at bedtime, a puppy that curls up beside you after a grueling day, cutting and stacking a rick of freshly cut firewood, hitting a ball out of the park after the score is tied? These things are without equal.  And that’s just the things we can feel!

HidingWhat about fresh cut grass, the scent of a first rain, a fresh cut spring bouquet, cotton candy at the fair, a steamed hot  dog on opening day at the ball park? These things are without equal, and that’s just the things we can smell or taste!  Jesus experienced some of these feelings and Jesus caused some of them.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words; maybe a thousand pictures are worth one word, ‘awesome’!  What God shows us every day is His invisible glory.  Imagine it: The grace of God—hiding in plain sight for all.  “Who is like you O Lord—majestic in holiness awesome in glory, working wonders?” Exodus 15:1

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From Strength To Weakness

 From Strength To Weakness

Is it good to be the king?  Personally, I don’t know, but from all indications, those who are in that position like it and fight tooth and nail to stay there.  Webster’s dictionary throws out a few adjectives for the word king: majesty, royalty, ruler, supreme, noble, regal and the list gets longer.  Power and politics haven’t changed all that much since the dawn of time.  If anything; skullduggery has been elevated to an unprecedented lofty perch.

Melted SteelThe old saying is still true: “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”.  Maybe this is a good time to remind ourselves what the Bible says about those in positions of power.  The Old Testament Book of Daniel reminds us that God, and God alone, “Sets up kings and deposes them”.

Uzziah was King of Judah, formerly known as the Southern Kingdom when the nation split in two segments.  He started out from a position of strength.  As a leader of God’s people, he was blessed by God above and beyond the call of duty.  Uzziah was very successful in both war and peace, and he was head and shoulders above others in building and nurturing the country.  Was it any wonder that God let him rule for over 50 years!  But like they say in law and business; the devil was in the details.

Most of the giants showed their appreciation to God in sundry ways.  Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, David, and countless others built altars to God, offered sacrifices to God, they sang songs to God, they gave their life to God, and thanked God for his abundant blessings.  One little detail that may have gone unnoticed is that king Uzziah, an extremely successful king, was also an extremely self-centered king.  He wanted people to know that he was responsible for the benefits they enjoyed.  He started out as a tower of strength, and would have continued for who knows how many years except for one fatal flaw.  Pride!  His strength gradually eroded into weakness in a terrible fashion.  Uzziah’s pride was rooted in his lack of thankfulness.  There are no accounts of this king ever showing appreciation to God for the marvelous gifts he received.  It’s true, our accomplishments may not rival or compare with Uzziah’s, but we still owe a debt of thanksgiving to God for our very lives.  If God is not getting the credit for your successes, shouldn’t you start looking at your life differently?

Least we think ourselves above what God makes us, remember, Uzziah.  His life can be closely examined in 2 Kings 15, and further in 2 Chronicles 26.  Uzziah had forgotten not only how much God had given him, but also that God had certain roles for others that he needed to respect—but, didn’t.  Even successful people must acknowledge the role God has for others in their lives.  We are not in control!