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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Finacial Crisis, Natural Diasters, and God

Today, I woke up still concerned about our current economic recession, as well as the state of Texas and our entire nation. We have been hit with horrific storm after storm. All over America persons are being effected by the storms damage, flooding.
So this brings up the reoccurring question, where is God in the midst of these trying times?

We are not alone, our sacred bible is filled with numerous stories of when the people of God felt abandoned and oppressed. During these times the people again and again turned to God for guidance, direction and relief. We can look to the Hebrew people in the Exodus narratives, Job or the even the Jews in the Gospel, they were looking for a savior to bring about peace and equality.

Well here we stand in similar situations, but prayerfully we aren't just calling out to God but taking responsibility for our own situation.

We can look to Nehemiah when all around him seemed to be in ruins.

Nehemiah 2

17 Then I said to them, ‘You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burnt. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, so that we may no longer suffer disgrace.’ 18I told them that the hand of my God had been gracious upon me, and also the words that the king had spoken to me. Then they said, ‘Let us start building!’ So they committed themselves to the common good. 19But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official, and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they mocked and ridiculed us, saying, ‘What is this that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?’ 20Then I replied to them, ‘The God of heaven is the one who will give us success, and we his servants are going to start building; but you have no share or claim or historic right in Jerusalem.’

Let's join together and rebuild our communities, neighborhoods and Nation. Let us find strength in one another and work together to correct our economy and our educational systems. Simply put: let it begin with us as the empowered persons of God that we are.

Today, take time out to think about how through prayer and action you can be part of the solution to this Nations many problems.
Until tomorrow,
Love Pastor J

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