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    So Many Disasters! How to Respond?

    Houston lies devastated by flood waters from Hurricane Harvey. Monsoon flooding has decimated parts of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Three more hurricanes at the same time left islands demolished and major portions of Florida without power. A once-in-a-century earthquake measuring 8.2 in Mexico buried people alive in some of the poorest areas. North Korea is threatening to obliterate us. And then there’s the news story few are hearing: four of the worst famines since WW II are ravaging South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria, putting 20 million people at risk of starvation, nearly half of whom are children, at a time when the U.S. talks of cutting back on aid.…

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    The “Ice Bucket Challenge” and the Bible

    I love it when popular culture validates the truth of God’s own word. Right now the world around us is on fire; from riots in Ferguson to beheadings in Iraq to war between Israel and Palestine, and throw in a 6.0 Earthquake in Northern California. If you want a guaranteed headache, spend too much time watching the nightly news. Then sweeping the social media scene along comes the “ice bucket challenge.” Perhaps you’ve already soaked your head for the cause of research for ALS. Folks from every walk of life have joined the fun including our just past President, George W. Bush. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJaDBzaAPAc He concludes his challenge by inviting someone…

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    Praying For Japan

    I don’t know about you, but the continuing news stream of devastation in Japan just breaks my heart. The compassion of even the most tender-hearted person in the world, I believe, is just a drop in the bucket compared to the infinitely huge compassion of our God. He weeps over the death and destruction unleashed by the effects of sin in a fallen world. I cannot imagine the sound or the size of the tears of God. But I think Jesus invites us to take His yoke upon us (Matt. 11:29) and co-labor with Him in intercessory prayer. How can we pray for such an unspeakable tragedy? I think we…