Calling 911 for God’s Help

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2

There are some days when I fell like David when he was looking for help. Today we see upheaval in our nation and in our world and sometimes it makes me feel like a drowning man grasping for straws. I look to the foundations I have counted on all my life and things are being shaken – but God’s help remains sure and solid. Last Sunday we listened to a missionary couple who had lived through the Nepal earthquakes and they recounted the devastation wrought by the two major earthquakes and the 604 aftershocks that continue till today. At their orphanage they appoint one person each night to stay awake and keep watch with a basin of water as their alarm clock. If the water begins to move back and forth they know the earth is moving again and they ring a bell to awaken the others.

In the same way today God is watching over us. Though all around us is unstable, He remains firm and unchanging. Though we lie down and sleep He remains vigilant watching over His children. We can trust and know with a calm heart that are lives are firmly held in the hands of the God who created those moving mountains.

Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Psalm 46:2

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God has a help line open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. To get an answer we only need to get on our knees and call Him up, and He will answer!

I know Jesus is on that mainline
Tell Him what you want
Jesus is on that mainline
Tell Him what you want
Jesus is on that mainline
Tell Him what you want
Call Him up and tell Him what you want

Jesus on the mainline

by Ry Cooder

Nepal Earthquake Update Channel 16 News

http://wnep.com/2015/06/28/nepal-earthquake-survivors-visit-church-in-lackawanna-county/

Though the devastating 7.8 and 7.3 earthquakes that happened last month in Nepal are far from today’s headlines, the rebuilding and relief efforts continue. According to our friends Pastors Silvio and Rosemari Silva there have been over 604 aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.0 or higher that have continued to this day! “It is a nation built on Jello!” Pastor Silvio told us. Lets continue to remember, pray and give even when the world forgets.

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God’s Unfailing Love

May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. Psalm 119:76

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Though our Perennial flowers have only a few weeks of glory to shine each year we trust that even when the dry stems are broken off in the Fall that the beauty of their blossoms will come faithfully back to us in Summer. God’s love is like those flowers that blooms through the course of our lives. There are seasons when the outward evidence seems withered and dead, yet we can trust like the psalmist did in the promise of God’s comfort.

Have you been living through one of those hard times in your own life’s garden? Where is God and His promises when it seems the ground is moving under our feet? George Herbert went through a struggle similar to ours as He looked back over the seemingly endless desert through which He had passed his life in pursuit of God’s call and promise.

But as I raved and grew more fierce and wild
          At every word,
Methought I heard one calling, Child!
          And I replied My Lord.       The Collar by George Herbert
It is in those darkest and most desperate moments that the brilliance of God’s love will bloom again  and we will find comfort in His unfailing love.

Beware the Oppressor

Going up the dirt road to the farm this week I met a snapping turtle. He(or she) was crossing when i stopped to get a closer look. At first he did his best to continue on ignoring me, then as I came closer he turned to prepare for an attack that never came. For some reason I remembered the scene from  Voyage of the Dawn Treader,  “Beware the oppressor, He’s very oppressive!”  The Dufflepuds warn Lucy.

To the turtle I seemed a very likely oppressor, but just as in CS Lewis’ book, I KIMG1045was in fact not at all interested in harming him.  In the Bible there is a story that in some ways conveys the picture of a servant with the same kind of thinking.

He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ Matthew 25:24-25

In the turtle I saw a reflection of my own short-sightedness, defensiveness and fear in my relationship with God. I look fearfully about in those moments when I feel Him coming closer and sometimes try to take refuge in my own shell. When I am cornered I sometimes snap out at people around me. But in place of being safe in my shell, instead I thrash about like Peter when he got his eyes off of Jesus and he began to sink beneath the waves. Thank God that in the same way Jesus reached out immediately when Peter called for help, so also He hears my cry and comes to my rescue. Just like Peter, God’s grace reaches me and together he brings me safely back to His boat.

What a friend we have in Jesus

Al our sins and griefs to bear

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer  

Joseph Scriven