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29 Mar: WHO ARE YOU LISTENING TO?

After Elijah’s victories in I Kings, 18 he was hiding and desperately seeking God by chapter 19. Then things happened. In the 11th through 13th verses; “ … a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice. And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave…” After fervent prayer, I would be awestruck if a tornado blew, an earthquake rumbled, or a fireball fell from heaven – let alone all three sequentially. But Elijah knew God’s voice. He ignored the…

22 Mar: Take the challenge

When the President of the United States, the Vice-President and other high-level officials give over an hour of their time every day for a week to speak to the American people about an issue, it is time to slide forward in your chair. The proclamation of 15 days to slow the spread was held in front of cameras on Monday 3/16. That was the day we saw American infections hit 4,000. On Sunday morning, 3/22 the Johns Hopkins University tracking site showed 26,747 confirmed American cases. 4,000 on Monday, 26,747 by Sunday. If that were a financial investment, we would be all in. 15 DAYS TO SLOW THE SPREAD Listen to and follow the directions of your STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF YOU FEEL SICK, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider. IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE SICK, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider. IF…

15 Mar: Full Dress Rehearsal

As building engineer for a large ministry, I conducted one fire drill every year. With over 200,000 guests per year, we also had occasional false alarms (even with our advanced positive alarm sequence system). With a secondary priority of returning to normalcy, our first priority was always the safety of our staff and that day’s visitors. Every fire alarm was taken seriously. If it was a false alarm, I considered it a drill, then reset my clock to do another within 12 months. Every drill was great training. We never waited on the fire department to discover what or where the issue was. By the time they arrived we would show them the source, then let them call everyone back in. When the alarms sounded the day of our hostage situation in 1996, our folks evacuated with the same ease and order as any other drill. As some exited thinking…