"Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them."
(Acts 8:4-5 KJV)
In April 17, 2013, a fertilizer plant that supported the town of West, Texas (population~ 2700) burned and exploded killing 15 people and injured over 160 others. It destroyed 60-80 buildings in the town and people lost their principle place to work. This made national news and people from all over the United States rushed to help them in any way they could and some people left the town of West. Since Christians are not immune to the disasters of life, we can be certain that some people who left were Christians and some who came into the town to help were Christians. Many people who loved the Lord found themselves in places they never expected to be and able to preach Our Awesome God's Word to others.
Were those same people whose lives and hopes were shattered by that explosion ready to bring God's Word to others? God may have thought so. Because now they had a testimony of God's mercy and love to tell others about their being alive. Like the early Christians in Jerusalem who were forced out of the city because of persecution, those that left West and those that came in to help have had the opportunity to spread Our Awesome God's Word to others (Acts 8:4) and they did.
Though none of the responders or those that moved out would choose such a loss of life and expenditure of finances as happened in West, Texas, it is our prayer that they take this opportunity to spread God's Word to those around them. Whether giving help or receiving help, a disaster usually gives Christians a chance to give more hope to others who need it by telling them about Our Awesome God and what He can do for them.
Are you ready to do as Peter wrote: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: "(1 Peter 3:15 KJV)? If we are uprooted, will we spread God's Word? Are you ready to tell others why you believe in Our Awesome God? We are to teach God's Word to all!
LWBC is a Bible believing church that tries to live Jesus Christ's commandment to "love one another as I have loved you." (John 15:12 KJV). Join us this Sunday as we learn more about Our Awesome God and how to teach others from His Holy Bible. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM with a children's program, from September to May, called AWANA until 7:30 PM.. We love visitors!
"To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste."
(Deuteronomy 32:35 KJV)
Calamity/Disaster is any great misfortune, or cause of misery; generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evils, as loss of crops, earthquakes, conflagrations, defeat of armies, and the like. But it is applied also to the misfortunes, which bring great distress upon individuals. The results of calamities or disasters are rarely good most think. (KJV Dictionary).
Calamities or disasters are not something you look forward to getting. But the question we must ask is, what does Our Awesome God say about these calamities or disasters? And Jesus has not left us in the dark when it comes to the issue of why things like terrorist attacks and natural disasters occur. In Luke 13:1, some people brought news to Jesus that Pilate had slaughtered some Galilean worshipers with their sacrifices. Not only did they bring news, but they also had an opinion on the news. They did not state their opinion, but Jesus revealed their thoughts when He answered them in Luke 13:2, "…Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?" Jesus responded further saying, "...Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish." (Luke 13:3 KJV) In other words, Jesus told the people: You need to change the way you think. You have no right to say that this calamity or disaster was a commentary on the lives of the Galileans; instead, this calamity is a message for everyone. If you don’t repent, then you’ll perish like them.
Jesus knew that the people believed that the tragic massacre was a direct result of some great sin of the Galileans. This kind of thinking was not new. Job’s friends accused him of some secret sin, since he was suffering. Jesus’ disciples inquired about a blind man in John 9:2 KJV, "…Who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" This kind of thinking makes people today to say that a tornado or a hurricane happened at a particular place and time because of a particular lifestyle or sin. Our Awesome God often uses calamities or disasters to tell or warn us that if we don't repent of our sins then we will suffer as the people in the calamity did. It is a warning! We don't always know about other people but we know about our own sins and if we need to repent, that is what we should think of first not what others may or may not have done.
Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a September through May program for children called AWANA. We have a Prayer Meeting that meets at 7:00 PM On Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill