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My heart is heavy today

My heart is heavy today thinking of the people who died in natural disasters in the past few months.   As I write this, the deaths count stands at 139 people. I am speaking of the fires that ravaged entire neighborhoods in Paradise and other California towns, and the hurricanes, Florence and Michael that caused destruction in South Carolina and Florida.  These people were warned and for whatever reason they choose not to head the warnings.

In 2005, I was with a group of students from Northark College on Dauphin Island when tropical depression Cindy approached from the Gulf of México.  As I was not a native of the gulf I asked if we should evacuate the Island.  Local’s all told me, “No, it would be a little blow.”  I stayed in the house I had rented on the western end of the island.   It started raining and the wind started to blow around 9 pm by midnight the house was shaking and the wind was roaring.  I went out to move my vehicle and it was hub deep in the Gulf.  I looked water in the front of the house and water in the back, no dry land to be seen.  When the morning came, the island residence that I had asked was not home but during the night they had evacuated.  If I ever find myself on the coast and they say storm I’m heading inland!  I learned two valuable lesson.  Don’t trust the local’s an if the officials say go, GO!

As Christians we have an obligation to warn others that destruction is coming.  You can read about it in Ezekiel 33  New International Version (NIV)

33 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’

 

The Message is simple, Jesus is coming soon and I warn you to get your hearts and minds under his saving grace.  As sure as our EMS License expires every two years, Jesus is returning for his people.  Please head this warning because if you are not ready you will be lost.  I love you and you have been warned!

Stay safe!

KC

 

Words from the AEMTA Chaplain “Falling into the rut of ritual”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In our life we can fall into the rut of ritual.  We wake up at the same time and get ready for the day.   We might turn on the news and see what’s happening around the world.  Then we eat a bite and out the door to work.  Every day it’s the same old thing.  If you think about it, it can become mundane, just plain boring.   I have noticed that I have some rituals in my life.   Let’s look a typical Sunday at my house.   I get up, have breakfast, and contact my Son or Daughter-in-law to check to see if the grandsons are going with Papaw to church.  Breakfast and a cup of coffee, out the door to pick up the boys then Sunday school.  That is followed by rushing them to Kid’s Rock and then into the sanctuary for musical praise and preaching.  Then the big discussion comes after the final amen when we decide where we are going to eat lunch.  A big ritual!  It could be scripted but every time we do something over and over it can become a ritual.  We go through the motions without thinking about the consequences.   When I read Exodus Moses was given a whole list of rituals in the wilderness.  It was the Mosaic Law.  It was all laid out for the Jewish people.  All they needed to do was follow that ritual and God would bless.  In the Old Testament, person after person tried to follow the law but they could never measure up.  God had a plan to shake up this world.   Go back to the beginning when it was simple; God would have a relationship with each person.  In Genesis 3: 8 we readAnd they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:  God was in the garden walking and looking for his creation Adam and Eve.  The cool of the evening I believe would be the end of the day when our work is done.  God would simply drop by for a visit to commune with his people.  He wants to be in a friend relationship with you.  In Revelation 3:20 God says 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 

Not rituals just open the door of your life and let him in, just think about a relationship with God, that’s all he wants.  Stay safe!