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7/12/2013

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God Controls Water

"The Lord on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea." (Psalm 93:4)

Imagine how you might be spending your days off of school this winter. What might you be doing, like the day after Christmas? You would not be in school, so you would probably sleep in a little longer than usual. The dozens of cookies and holiday treats you devoured in the last week have made you sick of sweets. Well, almost. Maybe you decide to spend some time organizing your bedroom (finding a place for all those new Christmas presents!) or reading a good book.

Let's pretend you are halfway through your new favorite book, when your thoughts are suddenly interrupted by the sound of a loud train coming near your house.

But wait! That's no train! You don't even live near any railroad tracks! With a huge CRASH, the ceiling overhead is crushed in, and the walls of your home collapse! What you thought was a train was really a giant wave more than three stories high. In a matter of seconds, this huge wave destroys your whole house, and you are being pulled around by more water than you've ever seen. Suddenly, you are no longer worried about your book or your Christmas presents. Everything in you is focused on getting out of this alive and finding your family.

That situation is hard enough to try to imagine, but it would be much harder to believe if it ever came true for you. Do you remember that this really happened? It happened on December 26, 2004, to thousands of children in Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, and at least five other countries. An earthquake caused a giant wave called a tsunami (soo-NOMM-ee) to smash into their coastlines, killing over 200,000 people. They had no warning. They were going about their normal day-after-Christmas business, and that tsunami came on them as a complete surprise.

But was God surprised that this happened? Absolutely not! God created water on the second day of the Creation week. Every single droplet of every wave belongs to God, and He knows where every droplet is, every second of the day. One drop of water may seem insignificant to us, but joined with trillions of other drops, and given some force, water can do great damage.

But because God made the water, it could never be stronger than He is. He controls every path it takes and receives glory from it. We do not know why God sent the tsunami in 2004, but we can trust Him that He had reasons for His glory and for our good, ultimately. We can trust the One Who made everything we see that He is powerful enough to do what is best.

God is more powerful than water and weather, and we can trust Him.

My Response:
» In what area of my life do I need to be reminded of God's great power?
» Am I trusting this powerful God to work in me and my circumstances?






Truth In Real Life

Christmas Evans

“Nothing could preserve me in cheerfulness and confidence under these afflictions, but the assurance of the faithfulness of Christ.”

Christmas Evans was born in Wales on December 25, 1766 – which is why he was named “Christmas.” His father, a humble shoemaker, died when Christmas was 8, leaving the little boy to be raised by a cruel and ungodly uncle. The first part of his life, young Christmas was just a little farm worker boy who never had a chance to learn how to read.

At age 17, Evans began working in his Presbyterian church, doing whatever he could to help the men of God. Having been saved in a revival meeting, he felt it was his duty to help the church who had helped him. As a teenager, he was mentored by godly men (very different from his uncle). And someone finally taught him how to read and write!

Evans continued caring more and more about the things of God. He talked about spiritual things and did what was right. As a result, his unsaved “friends” hated him. One day, they beat him up so badly that he lost one of his eyes. But Evans still worked to please God more than others.

At age 24, he joined the Baptist denomination and was ordained to preach. He traveled throughout the country of Wales and preached in churches, coal mines, fields, and homes. It was common for him to preach five times in one day. God gave Evans tremendous power in expressing the Gospel message, and revival seemed to follow him wherever he preached. Thousands of Christians gave testimony of salvation and soon the famous Welsh Revival began.

Despite his early hardships in his uncle’s home, and despite his disfigured face because of his evil friends, God used Christmas Evans to bring Him much glory. He has often been called “the one-eyed John Bunyan of Wales” because of his wonderful imagination and the ongoing influence of his preaching ministry.

Did you have a rough start to your life? Are you in the middle of some really hard times and troubles right now? What would it take to make you give up? Christmas Evans didn’t give up. He threw himself into the care of God, and he kept going. God used him mightily!

Nahum 1:7 – The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.


Description of God

He That Hath the Bride
John 3:29 "He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. "

 

Question & Answer

QWhat is sanctification?

AIt is the way God gradually changes believers through faith in God, to become more and more like Jesus Christ. 2 Cor 3:18 -- But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

 

BIG Christian Word

Tribulation - (trib-u-la-shun)

The tribulation will be a time when God's anger will be upon the earth. The word comes from a passage in Matthew 24:21 where Jesus says, "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." Jesus then continues to explain in Matthew 24:29-30 "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."