The Storm

 

 

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The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.
Nahum 1:7

As a child growing up in Tennessee I remember watching storm clouds forming on the horizon.
As the storm came closer the sky would get darker, flashs of lightning, the rumble of thunder, the wind increasing, finally rain would begin to fall.

In our time we see the evidence of the storms. Turmoil, violence, the disintegration of respect for law and order. But we mostly ignore the warnings.
It is tempting to write off our nation, and resign ourselves to the inevitable, no longer a question of if but when our nation will fail.
We say things like “God is finished with America”, we deserve everything that’s happening.”
We forget that it’s only over when God says it’s over.

Long ago Elijah and Abraham faced a similar situation. The evilness of men placing the survival of country and loved ones in doubt.
God addressed both situations with hope not despair.
In one He assured the overwhelmed prophet that he was not the only loyal one.
In the other He not only listened to Abraham’s intercession, He allowed for the possibility of his judgment on Sodom and Gomorroh to be modified.

I believe that the church can take away something valuable from this.
We need to recognize that there are still many loyal and faithful believers and pastors in this nation.
We hear about the scandals and the failings of the church and fail to notice the faithful who go about their lives quietly serving and following the Lord in many different ways.

We need to pray more and criticize less. In our fairly brief our history this nation and the church have made mistakes.
What sets us apart is even in our many failings eventually we correct those mistakes.
If I have any criticism it would be the same cannot always be said of the church. We need to change that.
When I hear of a church leaders impropriety described as a moral failure I can almost hear the laughter of those who have little reason to want to be associated with anything that has to do with Christianity.
It’s not a moral failure it’s sin. The same sin that we tell people they need to own and repent of to follow Jesus.
For anyone who claims to represent the body of Christ it is not only important to be beyond reproach, but to be honest when you haven’t been.
If there was ever a time to own our failings to be transparent, to be real it is now.

We need to pray for our nation and its leaders regardless of their political persuasion. We cannot deny the fact that there are greater resources to reach people with the gospel than ever before and history. And those resources are abundant in the United States of America.

We need to pray for the church.
That it would step up and step into its role as the bride that Jesus gave His life for.
We need to spend less time building buildings and more time building relationships.
We need to spend more time praying for our brothers and sisters and less time criticizing them.
The storms came for both Elijah and Abraham. As they surely will for us.
But with every storm comes the rain followed by calm and peace.
God will sustain us in our storm as he did Elijah and provide a way of escape as he did for Abraham’s nephew lot and his family.
We do not need to fear the coming storm He will do the same for us..

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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