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Haiti in Crisis

May our God strengthen the hands of those who are going to the rescue, and may he lift to himself those who are calling out to him from the rubble.

May the One who from his cross cried, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me” be the eternal hope of those who now cry out for his mercy.

Apart from any physical, spiritual, social, or economic factors that might separate us from this disaster, may we all see the people of Port-au-Prince as brothers and sisters of our humanity. May we see their plight as a picture of our own mortality, our own need of hope beyond all other hopes… and for one another.

The Apostle Paul seems to be an example of those who feel so helpless while seeing the plight of those they dearly love. He said that he could wish that he himself could be separated from Christ for ever if (implied) that could mean the rescue of brothers and sisters “of the flesh” (Romans 9:3).

Except for pointing us to the source and evidence of such love, the Bible gives us no answers for the disaster that will continue to grow and spread in the hours and days ahead. It only gives us a hint of what the destroyer and accuser of our souls would do to turn us away from our God, and what our God allows for purposes that he alone understands.

No mortal knows why God allows such catastrophic disasters to happen to some (individually or collectively) and not to all (Luke 13:1-5). Yet we do know that the One who suffered more than any of us will ever suffer individually or collectively…is, even now, among the dying– calling out to those who are, and are not, crying out for him.

May God have mercy on our desperate brothers and sisters in Haiti. May God have mercy on them, and on us.

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110 Responses to “Haiti in Crisis”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    Mart has rightly addressed the horror in Haiti, as out of our control and without explanation.

    There is very little I personaly can do to aid in the rescue efforts and humanitarian aid heading to Haiti now. But pray and if I can send money to any mumber of relief agencies.

    Indeed our prayers go out to these desperate and needy brothers and sisters, for a long time.


  2. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Isaiah 45:7 (New International Version)

    7 I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the LORD, do all these things.

    Which ever translation you read, and I have just read most to try and understand this verse, it seems God’s hand is in this earthquake in Haiti.
    All things work together for good to them that love God. But that is little comfort for these literally poor people in Port-au-Prince. They have suffered under Pappa Doc. and have next to nothing to live on.
    These disasters happen all over the world, and even to us in the Europe and USA. Let us all be as one and pray with all our hearts for these people.
    Thanks for helping us to focus on this Mart. Even though we may not be able to rush to Haiti and help we can all pray to our Father in heaven.
    Mart, my friend who just came back from Israel and Jordan, said the place is a tinderbox of hatred and tention. I know God will keep you safe, but please take care. Our thoughts and prayers are also with you.


  3. SFDBWV says:

    Mart mentioned the horrors that lay ahead for the world in the coming hours and days…

    I always found it amazing that in the end, man will curse God and even attempt to go to war against Him (Rev 17:14). Instead of falling on their faces in the dust and beg for forgiveness.

    Revelation can and should be a scary book to read. When we talked about sobriety on an earlier post. I know of nothing more alarming than the book of Revelation. For thoes who dwell on the earth at that time, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world (Rev 17:8) will witness and endure the horrors of God’s judgement. Yet they will not repent (Rev 9:21).

    Thoes who stand with the Lamb of God are called and chosen and faithful (Rev 17:14). They return with the “Word of God” the armies follw Him with white horses dressed in fine linen, white and clean.

    I never could understand why, anyone who could read the Book of Revelation. Would not come crawling to God rightaway and join the winning team.


  4. pegramsdell says:

    I am in agreement with your prayer Mart. For God to strengthen those who are helping and those needing help. I am mourning with those who have lost and rejoicing with those who are found. May God do a mighty work in that Country. Especially with the many missionary’s who are over there.
    God is faithful and just.

  5. rokdude5 says:

    Matthew 5:45 (King James Version)

    45That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

    Im at lost for words other than praying for God’s mercy. My mind is focused on those young ones who could be newly orphaned. RJ

  6. poohpity says:

    Mart, TY :-(

    Haiti, this country has been in severe poverty for a long time with lots of orphans, sickness, homelessness and tragedy.

  7. Valkiria says:

    So sad! Somehow that reminds me of Luke 19:40 “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out”.

  8. Hisgirl4life says:

    Yes, as I mentioned in the previous post on sovereinty, the images from Haiti are heart-wrenching and painful to bear. God is still loving. Still on His throne. Still in control. That alone is a comfort to me.

    When I see the image of the rubble you’ve posted, Mart, I cannot help but be reminded of the rubble in all of our own lives that separates us from God. I pray that we too will cry out to the Father to save us from our selfishness and self-reliance. Like our neighbors in Haiti, those buried beneath the rubble, help us, Lord, to reach up a hand asking for your help, your healing.

    May God be greatly glorified, even in the pain of this tragedy, so that many lives will be saved physically and spiritually for His kingdom.

  9. marma says:

    rdrcomp: Praying for your missionary friend you mentioned. I hope you hear something soon, hopefully that she is okay.

    Also praying for all those involved in mission down there. Must be pretty heartbreaking for those who have built schools and established churches to see such destruction. But hearts given to Christ can’t be destroyed. Praise Him!

    We need to lift up the whole country, but especially those brothers and sisters in Christ who need God’s help and encouragement at this time and for many days to come.

    Made me focus my prayer on missions and all those who are taking the Gospel all over the world, and those who have believed through their preaching.

  10. refump says:

    Hisgirl, I just wanted you to know your post spoke to me:
    “I pray that we too will cry out to the Father to save us from our selfishness and self-reliance.” This sentence jumped out & convicted me of exactly what I have been guilty of lately. Thanks.

  11. Lively says:


    Your missionary team, especially the missing lady are top of my prayers. I pray that those who are safe and helping stay safe. For all the misery they have now, I’m afraid it will be worse in the coming weeks. At least now, there is the hope of finding people alive.

    I’m also specifically praying for the children who’ve lost parents – I pray the Lord keeps them safe and gives them comfort.

    If you all haven’t noticed yet, I have a serious soft spot for children.


  12. Lively says:

    A snippit from a news article MSNBC on the quake, this is from one of the administartors of God’s Littlest Angels Orphanage:

    “You get to the playground areas and the kids are just playing. They’re enjoying today; they’re enjoying that moment, and that’s how the Haitian people are,” Bickel said. “In the face of all of this, they’ve been singing and just praising God that they survived, and they are here and they will get through this.”

    That just humbles me.

  13. Hisgirl4life says:

    Refrump, I am praying for your friend and all the families, children, relief helpers, and all those touched by this horrific tragedy. It’s a reminder to me of how very little we are in control of in this short journey on earth. When God allows tragedy of this magnitude, I’m reminded of how small all the struggles in my life really are. As a writer, I’m aware of the power of words. They can either build up and encourage or tear down and wound. They can also draw people to compassion, conviction and to the ONE who created them. Praise God for his power, love and compassion for all.

  14. Hisgirl4life says:

    Lively, Thank you for sharing. That was beautiful. Brings tears to my eyes. The people of Haiti are loving, happy and joyful, yet they have very little. God must smile down upon his children when he hears singing, even in the midst of the ashes of destruction. Truly humbling to me…and I pray to the watching world.

  15. chosenpeople says:

    Thank you for this site & to all the bloggers for enriching my soul. I am a regular reader since last year. I am truly blessed with your posts.

    The earthquake in Haiti reminds me of the same catastrophe happened in the our country, Philippines (northern part) on July 16, 1990. It has a magnitude of 7.8. Approximately 1,621 were killed in that earthquake

    The day before the tragedy, we have checked out from Hyatt Hotel, Baguio City. This hotel collapsed & many people died. If i delayed my check out, maybe i will be one of them. I praise God! God has a reason in everything. Eccleciastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.

    God is in control of everything. He has a plan for the children in that orphanage who survived. Just like me who survived 19 years ago.

    I pray that this tragedy will bring spiritual awakening to the people of Haiti & all over the world. May the Lord embrace & comfort His people in Haiti.

  16. Lively says:

    I am angry. Pat Robertson’s comment was way out of line – and will undoubtedly turn some away from God.

  17. Hisgirl4life says:

    Those who know the Father will not turn from him…they will instead be saddened by many political comments said in ignorance. These comments are merely distractions from the love God is showing the people of Haiti through the many hands, feet and hearts now there. They’ve left families behind and are risking their health and life for the sake of others. That is what Christ did for us and what he calls us to do also…to lay it all down for the sake of others. Let’s focus on the good in the name of Jesus that is being accomplished and not let the distractions of media sensationalism detour from the mission to love those brothers and sisters and lift them in prayer. Please remember while we sleep in our warm beds tonight and enjoy a cool glass of water, there are many made in His image that are dying. Let us give thanks for the many, many blessings we’ve been given. Hug your family, tell them you love them…life is short.

  18. poohpity says:

    James 3:1; 1Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. So Lively, God will judge Him.

  19. Ted M. Gossard says:

    Thanks, Mart. We need to keep praying and doing what we can, and praying.

  20. Lively says:

    HisGirl, of course you are right that those who know him won’t turn, it upsets me that there are those who will liken me to to him because we both call ourselves Christian.

    Normally, I shrug off foolish remarks, but right after I read about Robertson’s remarks, I read about a family who hadn’t heard from thier 22 year old daughter. She was in Haiti on a mission to help the orphans. And, I remembered refrump’s request for prayer and I thought about all men and women over there doing good work – and God’s work.

    Pooh, I did think that, later. Right after I had a nice little tirade of, “Lord, how dare he disrespect You!”


  21. SFDBWV says:

    chosenpeople, I too have been to Baguio City. I loved the little time I spent in the Philippines, and the people.

    I withold condemnation of Mr Robertson. He is afterall only human. I will pray for Him as well as to continue to pray for the people of Haiti and all the rescue workers there.

    Our local newspaper warned us today of money scams already in place to trick people into sending money for relief to bogus agencies. Make sure if you donate it is to an known agency.


  22. SFDBWV says:

    Reading the news this morning, I see that the inevitable nature of man is coming to the surface.

    Looting rescue efforts.

    If you think that only happens in poor countries. Think about what happened in New Orleans after the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

    Having been involved with lessor disasters here in America. It is always people helping people that first emerges. The government is several days away from being able to help.

    But fear and hunger can create a long list of negative effects.

    As this story develops, we will hear of the best and the worst of human nature. But both will occur.

    I must remember to pray for the people who are in need and that the face of Christ will be shown through all the efforts of aid workers, rescue workers, and the world at large.


  23. Hisgirl4life says:

    Amen Steve! We all fall short…we sometimes say, do and think wrongly. Thank you for the reminder to keep our focus on Christ and not on all that spirals around us, nor are we the judge who gets to light the torch. The days to come will be testing days. Will God find us faithful?

  24. AmazedbyHis grace says:

    I find it interesting that the worldly institutions that the people depended on no longer exist. Our prayers also need to include for the survivors to believe in the One and only Savior, their needs to be met, for them to experience the God of all comfort as they face each trying day, and that they grow in His knowledge. Also include God’s goodness to follow in their renewal.
    Though I wouldn’t admit it during my own personal tragedies (including losing my belongings, immense physical pain, losing children in one of the other incidents,) I thank God for allowing this to happen to me. If God gave me a choice of having a pampered life and no troubles or Spiritual growth with the massive incidents, today I’d take the latter without hesitancy. (Though I’m a bit “grudgy-hey no fair-enough is enough” at present as I’m still dealing with multiple trials.) Let us focus and pray for those who are recently affected that they may know our awesome God! May you also be blessed for your prayers.

  25. mjday11 says:

    Mart, your post and prayer were heartfelt. It got me thinking about what I can do about this tragedy.

    Then I went to the local newspaper and read about a young lady from here in Tacoma who is missing in Port-au-Prince. She was volunteering to help disabled orphans at the hospital that collapsed into a pile of rubble.

    I think, whether we realize it or not, we’re all hit by this at some level.

  26. Lively says:

    I should clarify – I do not condemn Robertson, I know I’m as guilty in sin as he is. I’m just angry at him for his poor choice of words and very bad timing. His opinion carries much weight with many – he does have a responsibility to take more care about what he says, especially on national TV.

    Even if he is correct (and I don’t think he is) it is wrong to kick a dog when he is down – a Christian offers out his hand to help heal, even knowing he may be bitten in the process.

  27. foreverblessed says:

    What a terrible tragedy, sometimes it is hard to believe why a country gets so much tragedy.
    After someone here reported about Pat Robertson I did some searching on the internet. He gives an explanation for all the tragedies, saying that the Haiti people in 1791 had a voodoo ceremony and had asked the devil to free them from the French prince. They were freed and tragedy was there ever since.
    Maybe he is right, and some things have to be set free, like you have said things in the past that still tie you down. You have to undo them in the name of Christ.
    I know that in the eastern part of Europe there have been church meetings after the fall of the Berlin wall, and the people attending said out loud that they were not anymore true to the Communists Party, they denounced there alliance to them. And great freedom for the people attending was the result. Freedom from fear, and submission to a harsh dictator.

    But this is not common knowledge, and it can be changed in many ways, like: if you have tragedy you are cursed, that is not the way to treat it. Do not turn things around in the negative.

    But people in the streets were praying, so that is a good result.
    I pray that God will give light in this. And that we will help Haiti.

  28. phpatato says:

    Thank you Mart for dedicating this post to the tragedy in Haiti.

    Our prayers are so important as this is about all that most of us can do in reaching out. God hears our prayers and they will not go unanswered. Making a donation to a reputable charity is something else we should consider. According to the news, the aid supplies are there or coming but it is getting these supplies to those in need. The roads are impassable. The small local airport is overwhelmed and the sea port has been badly damaged. There is a need now for body bags and there’s the situation of burying the dead. It makes me cry, but I know that with God nothing is impossible. HIS presence will be felt in all of this, that I am sure of.

  29. mjday11 says:

    A notice in the Tacoma News Tribune this morning that the body of Molly Hightower, the local girl missing in the hospital collapse, has been recovered. She had gotten off work and gone to the fifth floor of the hospital where she lived to take a bath.

    “We just found out that Molly’s body has been found”, Jordan Hightower posted on Twitter this morning. “We take peace in knowing that she is with our Lord although our hearts are breaking”.

  30. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    We have a local charity called “Shelter Box”, it is based in the next town 2.5 miles from me. When we went shopping in the supermarket yesterday they were collecting for Haiti and tears started to roll down my face and I immediatly started to pray for these people. It seems the Holy Spirit is grieved by this tragedy and although God’s hand is in this event He also feels the pain and the suffering. God wants all his creation and everyone to be saved, it must be so hard for Him to watch as these people suffer. I don’t know why He allows these things, but his plan for us as human kind is far greater that we can ever know at this point in time.
    I also was wondering if I should volunteer some time to “Shelter Box” They originaly started to supply tents and stuff to the people of Bosnia, but now supply immediate aid and shelter in the form of
    pre-packed containers all over the world when disaster strikes.
    Like Mart has done let’s pray for all these people who help as well as the victims.

  31. oyemit says:

    Lam. 3 22-33

    22It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

    23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

    24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

    25The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

    26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

    27It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.

    28He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.

    29He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.

    30He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.

    31For the LORD will not cast off for ever:

    32But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

    33For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Thank God for today Bible reading on Our Daily Bread. Trully if not for God mercies we all could not be alive today. It pains me to the bones when watching TV and see the calamity in Haiti. What happened to them can happen to us. We human being are so vulnerable to many Disasters. Some time I say in my mind Come Lord Jesus. Since coming of the Lord will brings end to all pains in this world.
    I pray that God will comfort the people of Haiti.

    “But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.”

    I pray that God will have mercy on the people of Haiti.

    O. Yemi Tubi (UK)

  32. xrgarza says:

    Thank you Mart,

    I simply have two questions:
    1: How can I help?

    The Apostle Paul never took an offering to build up his own ministry, but I have read that there were a couple of times that he took offerings to the needy.

    2: is there a trusted Organization that perhaps RBC is connected with that we can send our financial gifts to?

    God bless you Mart for all that you do, be safe and enjoy your visit, how long will you be visiting?


  33. Bob in Cornwall England says:


    You said “I am angry. Pat Robertson’s comment was way out of line – and will undoubtedly turn some away from God.”

    I have been back over the postings etc. and can’t find what you mean. Maybe I am missing something or is this just a local USA thing on the TV News or something?


  34. Lively says:

    Bob – he said that the earthquake was God’s punishment for Hatian slaves “pact with the devil” that supposedly happened during a voodoo ritual to free themselves from the French.

    I can’t recall any mention of the Lord doing such a thing since Jesus came to be our Salvation. So, nope – I’m not buying into that.

    Steve – meant to mention, I did pray for him after I got over my inital upset.

  35. Hisgirl4life says:

    This morning a young woman who had been trapped was pulled safely, injury free from the rubble. Shortly after her rescue, she was interviewed by a television reporter. Her words brought tears of thanks and praise to God. She said “the first thing I did was pray. I prayed for my parents, as I’m an only child.” When asked if she thought she would get rescued she said, “Yes, I had faith that God would rescue me. I just kept praying. God, it happened so fast.” There is a lesson for all of us within her words…”the first thing I did was pray.”

  36. poohpity says:

    oyemit, I also saw that in this mornings reading Lam 3:33 really brought peace to my heart; For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.

    I just wanted all to know that it was not refump that knew folks in Haiti, it is rdrcomp. It is like when one misquotes there is a domino effect of mistaken communication, lol.

  37. Lively says:

    Thanks for correcting me, Pooh! :-) You’re right about the domino effect. Sorry about that.

    I pray rdrcomp bring us good news, soon.

  38. BlessednFavored says:

    My mother and I were talking about this whole Haiti situation and came to the consensus that there is a blessing, even in the mist of this storm. Think about it? Haiti was a very poor and impoverished country well before any disaster hit. This is a fact that was known by many, but addressed by few. Now that something like this has brought this country right in our faces, we have no choice but to help them. Why didn’t we care to help them when they were just suffering from lack of basic human needs and luxuries we take for granted daily (clean water, proper sewage, electricity, heat, air)? At that time, it was their problem. However, God has presented Haiti to the world in a way that we can not ignore. I think that a lot of good will come to the people of Haiti as a result of this. Many lives in that country will be blessed by the efforts of others. I know that it was terrible that some had to die; however, their sacrifice shall not be in vain. May God bless and uplift the people of Haiti.

  39. kingsdaughter says:

    it is my most humble opinion that God brings the spotlight to where it is most needed a lot of times. This country has been under a corrupt government for a very long time. It is impoverished for a host of reasons. I don’t pretend to know the Divine Wisdom in this but I, like all here, have speculated on the reason for this. Perhaps it is to reveal Haiti’s desperation in many areas. Like Katrina’s eye opened the need for a better plan in a catastrophe…and the corruption of that city’s government, not to mention the crime. It had been ignored for such a long time. Because of these tragedies, it has gotten the world’s attention in a huge way. There is something to learn from this in all aspects. My prayers are for all the people of Haiti and those who minister to them and stay to help them rebuild. Even when you think about rebuilding, they will begin anew. There must be hope in all of this.

  40. poohpity says:

    Steve you said, “Mart mentioned the horrors that lay ahead for the world in the coming hours and days…” I was just wondering when he said that?

  41. poohpity says:

    BlessednFavored, Amen! I thought about that at first too! This country has been suffering for a long time and even though it has taken disaster to show us their plight, we are now paying attention. This may be a reason that God allowed this to happen.

  42. Lively says:

    Kings –

    I don’t think Haiti was ignored, but more like being helped, quietly. I just read that there were about 40,000 americans in Haiti when the quake hit – I would guess most weren’t ex-pats looking to live large in a poor country (much better countries to do that in!) I do agree, this is a unique opportunity for america to do more without the normal posturing by gov’t officials. I hope and pray that both sides don’t let this chance go.

  43. Hisgirl4life says:

    I pray that this crisis in Haiti will open all of our eyes to see the many needs around us each day that are right before our very eyes. I believe God is crying out, “Who will I send?” Haiti needs our prayer, our help and attention. There are others around our world, perhaps right next door, wondering “When will someone come to help?”

    Keep our eyes opened and ears attuned, Lord Jesus, so that when called we can all be your hands and feet in our little corners of the world.

  44. SFDBWV says:

    Pooh, In the 5th paragraph written in Marts opening remaks he writes ” The bible gives us no answers for the disasters that will continue to grow and spread in the hours and days ahead.”


  45. poohpity says:

    Just wondering how the world got in there. Thank you. I saw that sentence.

  46. poohpity says:

    I thought he was just referring to Haiti so I misunderstood.

  47. poohpity says:

    The whole sentence reads; Except for pointing us to the source and evidence of such love, the Bible gives us no answers for the disaster that will continue to grow and spread in the hours and days ahead. It is so easy to add to things someone says for instance when you quoted Mart in the above quote there was not the complete quote and then an s was added to disaster. So the meaning then changes.

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  49. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Thanks Stacey!

    I have just been back over the comments again and saw the ref. to Pat Robertson.
    We had a big flood in the village of Bosscastle, in North Cornwall, a few years ago and people said it was because they have a museum to witchcraft there.
    Yes we are able to bring curses on ourselve, as in Free Masons etc. so we must be careful, but we are covered by the Blood of Jesus and are free of all that “voo doo” stuff.

    Pooh, I know we are not meant to get personal on here but sometimes you get very picky or perdantic about Steves comments. Yes adding an “S” can change the whole meaning of something, as can a “,” but this type of disaster will get more and mor preverlent and is about the whole world and not just Haiti.
    Someone mentioned Revelation and all the terrible things that are about to happen. God has spoken and we have been warned !!!!!!!!!!!!


  50. poohpity says:

    About what Mart was saying if anyone is going to quote him or anyone it needs to be quoted exactly or it is not a quote. It is not just Steve but any that do it. Would you prefer that I not say anything and just let things go?

    With the issue about Mart I think he was saying that there is going to be more things brought to light yet in this disaster in Haiti.

    I do not know what “perdantic” means.

    Steve has many people that look up to him and believe the things he says rather than looking for the answers in scripture and that carries a great responsibility. Over the years we have had disagreements about several issues like Martial submission, role of women in church and whether God created evil and temptation. Steve and I are friends off the site as well so I really do not feel he takes it personally. I am not picking on him, there are times I get confused by some of the things he says. I am not doing it maliciously just curiously.

    I also thought about the rdrcomp thing too. Did it seem like I was being picky about that? I have also said something when we go off topic when that happens.

    Thank you for bringing that to my attention and I will keep an eye on it. If I have offended anyone in any way please forgive me.

  51. poohpity says:

    Thanks rdrcomp for the update.

  52. pegramsdell says:

    Yes thank you Bob. You were very informative. I will keep praying and go to that website. It’s really weird, but I think everyone I know – knows someone over there. Mostly missionarys.
    God’s arm is not short. :)

  53. Lively says:

    You didn’t offend me, Pooh. I was and am grateful you pointed it out to me. Trust me when I say, everyone will know without a shadow of a doubt because I will not hesitate to make it clear.

    Thanks for the update, Bob. Will keep up the prayers.


  54. poohpity says:

    TY, Lively.

    If I am not correct in any area please do not hesitate to point me in the right direction. It would be sad to allow me to continue on the wrong path. I am very teachable and freely admit when I am wrong but if I do not see it then how will I know. Just FYI I am wrong a lot, lol. I am just a fellow traveler on this journey.

  55. poohpity says:

    peg, it is interesting because I have heard from those that may not be believers the comment that a majority of the Americans that were over in Haiti were there through the mission field. That put a smile on my heart and folks can see some were about doing the work of the Lord before all this disaster. Yea!!!

  56. Lively says:

    Pooh – I don’t know about you being wrong – I kinda pegged you as the searching type.

    I read that there were about 40,000 americans in Haiti – I would guess most are there doing His work. Not the kind of place most people would want to retire to.

  57. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Sorry Pooh I spelt in wrong (Perdantic)

    Pedantic – adjective

    1. ostentatious in one’s learning.
    2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching.

    I do agree with you that when we quote someone we should get it right.

    Let us be concerned about the people of Haiti and how we can help them and not the quality of our blogging.
    I am going to give to “Shelter Box” who’s headquarters are near me, they also have a branch in
    the USA as well other European countries.


  58. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Sorry Pooh I spelt it wrong (Perdantic)
    Pedantic – adjective
    1. ostentatious in one’s learning.
    2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching.
    I do agree with you that when we quote someone we should get it right.
    Let us be concerned about the people of Haiti and how we can help them and not the quality of our blogging.
    I am going to give to “ShelterBox” who’s headquarters are near me, they also have a branch in
    the USA as well other European countries.

  59. SFDBWV says:

    Bob in NC (rdrcomp), We have contributed to Samaritan’s purse through Billy Grahm Ministries for many years. It is a safe and respectable place to donate to.

    There are many others I am sure. CNN claims to have a list of agencies already on the ground in Haiti.

    I was saddened to see of the death of an 18 year old girl from Seattle who was working in a Catholic Orphanage as a volunteer.

    Lots of sad stories on the news.

    Bob from Cornwall, I am looking for a way for us to connect. I don’t twitter or facebook or none of thoes things but I will find a way.

    Revelation 2:25 ” But that which ye have already hold fast till I come”.

    Whether you study the prophesies of the coming end of the age of man or are just struggling to survive one day at a time. We must all be ready for disaster to come at any time to any of us. Praying that it never does.

    The people of Haiti were going about their normal lives eating, drinking, giving in marriage, burying their loved ones. Life was normal. When sudden disaster came. We can only pray that thoes who died in this horror had the peace of salvation at the hour of their deaths.

    We don’t get a second chance to talk with them again about the Gift of Jesus Christ.

    Our energies and efforts now are frustrated, because we are far away from Haiti and can do very little except pray and send money. Personaly I think prayer has more power than money.

    Perhaps RBC has some suggestions as to how we can help.


  60. saled says:

    My 21 year old daughter was in tears over Haiti yesterday, not just because of the earthquake, but because she didn’t know how bad things have been for the people there for so long. She was almost at the point of despair and mentioned how much suffering there is all over the globe, yet America is like the promised land, but we see suffering here also. She sponsors a girl in Africa through World Vision, and I was glad for the automated call we got from World Vision last night with an update on Haiti. I pointed out to Amanda that World Vision has been working on Haiti all along.

    Like others have mentioned here, there is much missionary work that goes on that is not recognized by the world. I hope that it comes to light now, with the world’s attention on Haiti. In our local(Maine) paper this morning there is the story of a 150 member congregation from Aroostook County (not exactly a well-off county) who have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in one Haiti community, as well as their time to help with construction and other improvements.

    I find hope in Mart’s statement that Jesus is even now among the dying, calling out to those who are, and are not, calling out to Him. It reminds me of a statement made by a missionary nurse from Canada who was working in Cambodia years ago, trying to save children. Someone asked her what about all the children that she couldn’t help. Her response, “I pray that God will cradle them in His arms.”

  61. Lively says:

    I think prayer and money is all we have, at the moment, Steve. And, I agree that prayer is much more powerful.

    Why don’t you facebook? I like facebook, since I moved 3 hours from my hometown


  62. SFDBWV says:

    At the risk of repeating myself, You will see the worst and the best of humanity as you watch the TV news about the situation in Haiti.

    If you are at all normal, you will be angered at seeing the pushing and shoving of healthy grown men over the young and weaker, to get whatever aid is being handed out.

    Your heart will be moved to tears as you watch rescue workers work to free the traped and dying.

    I feed the animals here in my back yard. The deer have overpowered any attempt by me to feed any other critters. They kick and bite each other and try to eat all they can as fast as they can in the event they are disrupted. They have spoiled the fun of feeding the critters and enjoyment of watching nature.

    The nature of man, is the same. I am sorry to say. I hope that after this mess is cleaned up in Haiti, that there may be some good come of it. But if history teaches us anything, things in Haiti will change very little.
    Haiti is a self governing nation. It is not a commonwealth of any other country. The reason there are so many American as well as other nationals in Haiti, is because they have been there trying to educate and save these people.

    Somewhere in it all, the people of Haiti have to sholder the responsibility of being an independant nation.

    How do you change the nature of people?

    Well, the only power I have seen that can give rebirth to the nature of any man, is the life changing power of Jesus Christ.

    It has to begin there, with one person at a time. I am praying for success for the many Christian Missionaries there in Haiti as well as all over the world.


  63. SFDBWV says:

    Stacy, I have no excuse for not using facebook, other then time and knowledge.

    Being the caregiver of my almost 32 year old son is very time consuming. Being Mayor of my little community is also very time consuming. Add any home projects or weather related duties and I am whipped.

    I try to get to this blog early in the morning after which life takes me on the daily roller coaster ride it has in store for me.

    I never seen a purpose in facebook for me, but then I know very little about it. Seen some warnings about it but even in that I am ignorant about the matter.

    I still wear a wrist watch with a face, dials and hands. I know how to set the time with that one.


  64. AmazedbyHis grace says:

    We are currently all grieved by this horrific disaster. Let’s take a look at some reality so that our prayers may produce genuine fruit for the Lord. This comment may leave a few of our western friends disturbed. Remember that if it’s God’s will, He is able to keep us safe where ever we are.
    With the high cost of living, lack of jobs etc, people are moving from CA and NV areas. One has to wonder if God allowing this, causing people to move due to an upcoming disaster pending here. Shake maps show more earthquakes in Jan of this year than they do in Jan of the previous 2 years. But look past that at many other signs. Let’s also consider the fact that many have allowed/accepted more sin in our time. We’re also not standing up speaking repentance as a Christian nation, either. Most churches are afraid they’ll lose money, so money has become their God once again. How much more wrath could have been poured out if there had been gay “preachers” in Sodom and Gommorah? There’s a present reality check. I am very fearful for those who were tricked and fell, but also have hope/gladness that we will soon be free from sinful snares.
    Our prayers should not only be for those who are in definite need, but for our future brothers and sisters, ourselves, as we see the day approaching. Prayers for realization that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit and expectations from being a child of God’s can be our daily bread. Who will you serve?

  65. poohpity says:

    Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30; 28″Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

    I find it interesting that in the search and rescue efforts the high dollar Hotel was concentrated on while the poorest of poor were digging for themselves in the ruble of their neighborhoods. Of course you can never trust the media for an accurate picture.

    I also find it interesting that so much attention is being put on the higher level officials and their efforts while the quite/humble minority have been on the ground there before the earthquake and now others pour in to aide with no fan fare. It brings to mind our reading for today that in the town of Lystra the people were wanting to worship Paul and Barnabas. Paul and Barnabas were so upset that the peoples eyes were on them they tore their clothes and told the people they were only men doing the work of God. They redirected their eyes back on God.

  66. poohpity says:

    It is also neat to see that the infrastructure of Haiti will be built so that they will have clean water and these folks will have food which they have been without in the past. I believe that there will be a lot of good come from this because God has His hand in this.

  67. Lively says:

    Steve – Facebook isn’t all that bad. It’s a good way to keep up with people, especially when you don’t have time to be on the phone all the time. I like my wind up watch best – not only can I set it – but no batteries to wear out.

    Pooh – I think our news is focusing on rescue of Americans. I’ve heard a lot of stories about the orphans, too. That’s a very good thing! Maybe this will make it a bit easier for adoptions of these children. I’ve not read much about the “officials” most of what I’ve read has been about amazing rescue attempts by average people. But, I’ve not looked at the news today.

    Amazed – my home church doesn’t tweak the truth in fear of losing people/money and it’s growing :-)

  68. SFDBWV says:

    I do not wish to offend anyone, but was wondering if the oil rich gazillionares of Saudia Arabia are financing any of the relief effort pouring into Haiti?

    Maybe I missed it on the news???


  69. SFDBWV says:

    Am also wondering about the wisdom of sending in our military to police the relief effort….

    Our military is not trained to be policemen. What will happen if a rioter or looter gets shot?

    Are our troops even going to allowed to use deadly force?

    Am remembering the riots of 69 in DC. The 82 Airborne were sent in to Washington to keep order, but without ammunition, sheathed bayonets and the order to not use deadly force. Talk about sureal. Machine gunners on the Whitehouse lawn (they had ammo) and on rooftops all around downtown DC. It looked like some movie instead of a city right here in America.

    Hoping things don’t get ugly, Am remembering how well our relief efforts went in Ethiopia, as well as how well our troops were recieved there.


  70. Lively says:

    Not offended myself – but I will mention that often the news doesn’t report things that would show that area of the world in a good light.

    I googled and found that Israel, Lebanon and Turkey have pledged help.

  71. poohpity says:

    I think the important thing would be just to keep an eye on whether I have sent an offering to help.

    The military are helping to get food in, manage the airport, potable water processing and health care. I did not hear about policing but that does not mean they aren’t. They are sure doing a good job with getting the airport squared away and the processing of the water. After these things are done they will then help with removal of the ruble.

    Whoops, I’m being pedantic. :-)

  72. Bob in Cornwall England says:


  73. Lively says:

    Good Morning! If I remember correctly, (I don’t have time to double check)you can’t post a link here. Google this, please. “Many faiths unite in Haiti” It should come up to an article from the wash post.

    Priase the Lord, that there IS good coming out of this disaster.


  74. Bluesky says:

    Thank you all for expressing and demonstrating God’s grace, love and peace in this devasting situation.
    I’m extremely pleased to see Christian responses which matches God’s everlasting love.
    Since we can’t don’t know why God allows desasters we all need to look at the book of Jonah to see that God cared about the animals!
    I echo the sentiment that God loves the people of Hait and in His mercy hears their cry.
    Let’s continue to plead for His favour in their plight.

  75. SFDBWV says:

    Stacy, I read the Washington Post article that you mentioned. Because you mentioned it.

    I am somewhat amused and not supprised that it is Christian Faiths that have united in a front against the disaster there in Haiti.

    Listening to the discussions from the survivors, sounds like the same discussions we have here on this blog.

    Thanks for the heads up.


  76. SFDBWV says:

    I also know from experiance, how quick people are to come rushing to the aid of someone in need, at first.

    Then as the shock of the matter wears off, less and less attention to the people.

    Saving lives is # one priority.

    But this looks like a complete rebuilding effort of a nation from the ground up.

    Much wisdom is required here, in order to help these people without creating a welfare nation. Maybe we can learn how to solve their problems and our own in the doing.

    In an economy that has many States cutting budgets and services to it’s people. Every tax dollar is coveted and in competition for.

    Am wondering how well, our voting public is going to accept sending 100 million dollars as a start to rebuild Haiti; at such a perilous time in our own economy?

    I for one know the “law of reciprocity”. In helping others, your gifts come back to you multiplied…

    Am hopeful that the voting public may learn this truth from God.


  77. poohpity says:

    You are correct Steve, that sometimes in our efforts to help we can enable people to become fully dependent on the helper. It happens a lot. I think it depends on the heart of the helper if they are helping to achieve dependence or to achieve independence. It is sad but some help to get credit, self fulfillment, or create dependence. It seems like when God is on the throne it is to benefit and create God dependence.

  78. gr8grannyjacobs says:

    Steve you are the kindest and most gentle person I have ever known and your love shines through when seen in person or just in your words. You are so loved

    Pooh You are most precious to me and I always feel you need more hugs than most which is why I always try to send one your way. You are so loved

    I know Our Father is in Haiti and His mercy is great for them and for all.

  79. poohpity says:

    TY gr8, I can always use hugs, I never quite get enough and will take as many as I can. I know you need them too! So here is many back at you. :-)

  80. SFDBWV says:

    Bless you Charlotte, I always love to hear from you hear. I got your quilt story this morning. Matt sends His love.

    Earlier I was going to write about a story I read in the Israeli News about their rescue efforts in Haiti, but the computer and I had difficulty getting along.

    The Israeli rescue team working with the Mexican Army had worked through the Sabbath and saved some 18 survivors from a university.

    I thought the real story there was that they were so successful and that they worked through their Sabbath in order to save lives.

    They mentioned having quite the spiritual experiance having done so.

    I would think that even if all the effort and all the money already used saved only one life, it would be worth it all.

    Sounds kinda familiar doesn’t it.


  81. rokdude5 says:

    I wouldnt hold my breath about those oil rich countries in the Middle East. It wouldnt surprise that since Haiti isnt an Islamic country, they would consider them as “infidels” like the rest of us. And hence, Haiti is getting “just desserts”.

    For me, Im not expecting anything in return other than a smile and a thank you. All I can wish for is Haiti to pass it forward rather than back.

  82. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    In Church Yesterday our speaker said we should use the word “Shalom” more often.
    Apparently it means much more than just “Peace” in Hebrew.

    It means, I wish you every blessing that God can possibly give you……

    I bid all of you and the people of Haiti…… SHALOM.


  83. SFDBWV says:

    Our Pastor informed us that the Administator of the Church of God there in Haiti was killed in the quake. But that his wife and others had escaped without injury. Didn’t know the man but I an sure if any in his group had to die, he was pleased it was him instead of his wife or friends.

    Very pleased to hear of your missionary friend being ok, Bob (NC)

    Many sad and many uplifting stories.


  84. SFDBWV says:

    Mart, I am sure you are busy there in Israel. Would like to hear from you and know how things are going there for you and crew.

    Also looking for any lead or direction you may have for how we may be able to help in the relief efforts ongoing there in Haiti.


  85. phpatato says:

    I am certainly NOT wanting to detract from the Haitian tragedy and it’s off topic but I am curious to find out…..are there any churches now that still do adult baptism (not as a newborn which I know the RC church still does)? It seems that whenever I go into other newly constructed churches for special programs, I don’t see the baptismal tubs anymore? Is it maybe that it is not considered necessary now? I grew up believing that parents “dedicated” their new babies to the Lord until such time as they reached the age of accountability or accepted Christ as their Saviour (at whatever age that is). Can someone help me with this? Maybe it’s a new “Canadian” movement within the churches now which wouldn’t affect churches in the US and beyond.


  86. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Hi Pat

    Here in the UK most Church of Engalnd and Catholics still perform infant baptism or christening. Baptist, Penticostal and Appastolic churches still have full immersion tubs as do some Methodists.
    Our little Fellowship meets in a converted cow shed so we have no deep water tub. We either go to another church that ours is friendly with or use the sea.
    The rivers in west Cornwall are a bit shallow for anything more than a paddle.


  87. phpatato says:

    Bob – thanks for posting…..Are these new church buildings or older ones? I am finding that the newly constructed churches don’t include them anymore.

  88. poohpity says:

    I go to a non denominational church and we have a area for baptisms. The new churches here put them in or have a place outside designated for a pool of some kind.

  89. poohpity says:

    Praise God rdrcomp.

  90. poohpity says:

    There are many relief organizations such as Habit for Humanity, Food for the Hungry, Compassion International, World Vision, and others who have a good reputation. You can google those already on the ground there.

  91. phpatato says:

    Maybe there is an area outside for this….I have visited 2 churches since Christmas and neither one had anything visible inside in the main worship area. As a visitor I didn’t ask but left just wondering. The one church was fairly new in construction (maybe 5 years??) and the other was a century old church just recently completely renovated. I am wondering if this is something that the churches on a whole are failing to do now. They offer the alter calls but let the ball drop after that. Is baptism really all that important in your walk with God??

  92. poohpity says:

    Steve will you forgive me for picking on you and your theology?

  93. poohpity says:

    It is one’s public profession of faith. I believe it is important but you will not loose your salvation if you don’t.

  94. poohpity says:

    Bob in Cornwall as per Tim Jackson in an article written for RBC ministries wrote, “Shalom, again, is a rich word with broad meaning. Depending on the context, shalom can be translated “peace,” “well-being,” “welfare,” “prosperity,” “safe,” “health,” and “peaceable.”

  95. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Thank you Pooh.

    Pat, Most churches have the Baptistry covered during normal services and it is sometimes hard to see them.
    I know of many new church buildings that have a baptistry somewhere.
    I was baptised at 16 and am a great believer in just doing it, like the the Ethiopian eunuch. I had to sit through hours of classes with a very frumpy(to a 16 year old in 1969) ex Pastors wife, nearly gave up the whole thing.
    I have been thinking of being baptised again as I have spent so long away from God, but may wait ’till I can do so in the Jordan river or feel it is right.
    Jesus was Baptised and immediatly received the Holy Spirit, but in Acts it also happened the other way round, people received the Holy Spirit and were then baptised in water.
    God planned it for us to do and is something to do with death to our past, as in Israel going through the Red sea. Also we rise with Him into a new life, Canaan.

    We are severly off topic here, but this normally happens just before Mart changes tac.


  96. Rajnesh says:

    Did not know that “Shalom” covered such a wide spectrum. It was nice to see Harry Smith reporting from Haiti this morning.

  97. plumbape says:

    Dear Pat Robertson,

    I know that you know that all press is good press, so I appreciate the shout-out. And you make God look like a big mean bully who kicks people when they are down, so I’m all over that action.

    But when you say that Haiti has made a pact with me, it is totally humiliating. I may be evil incarnate, but I’m no welcher. The way you put it, making a deal with me leaves folks desperate and impoverished.

    Sure, in the afterlife, but when I strike bargains with people, they first get something here on earth — glamour, beauty, talent, wealth, fame, glory, a golden fiddle. Those Haitians have nothing, and I mean nothing. And that was before the earthquake. Haven’t you seen “Crossroads”? Or “Damn Yankees”?

    If I had a thing going with Haiti, there’d be lots of banks, skyscrapers, SUVs, exclusive night clubs, Botox — that kind of thing. An 80 percent poverty rate is so not my style. Nothing against it — I’m just saying: Not how I roll.

    You’re doing great work, Pat, and I don’t want to clip your wings — just, come on, you’re making me look bad. And not the good kind of bad. Keep blaming God. That’s working. But leave me out of it, please. Or we may need to renegotiate your own contract.

    Best, Satan by Lily Coyle Minneapolis Star

    There are some Christian “sounding” folks in this country that need to do a reality check…

  98. Lively says:

    Bob in NC – so glad to hear about your missionary!

    Steve – I’m glad you enjoyed that pieces, I enjoy sharing the good things I find scattered around the net. I’m really sorry about your church’s loss.

    I probably won’t be posting much the rest of the week – I’m posting this before the pain pills kick in; my back has decided this is a good week to lay me out. Bad week for it, I have two that are going to have surgery on Wednesay.

    I would appreciate prayers, for the surgery and my back, too!

  99. Bob in Cornwall England says:

    Lively, I will be praying for you.

    Plumbabe, I thought for a minute it was you talking.
    What you have quoted is a bit like C.S.Lewis and the screwtape letters.
    Seems we can all do satans work when we are not spot on track with Our Father God.


  100. SFDBWV says:

    Pooh, We are ok, If you need forgiven, I forgive you.

    Michael, I too had to fast foreward to the end of your post to see what was going on.

    Stacy, Praying for you and the two you have going in for surgery.

    Pat, I know very little about the new big churches, but most I have exposed to have a Baptismal somewhere in them.

    The little country churches here in my world rely on the rivers or ponds in the area for full emersion. I was Baptised as an adult when 30 in a river in late October. Yes it was cold but not after I came up out of the water.

    Some of the churches here simply pour water over the head of someone, during colder climate or if the physical condition of the person requires it. Should someone feel the need to be baptised.

    Personaly I do not think it neccessary to salvation, but most people I know want to do it because Jesus did it and said that He wanted to fulfill all righteousness.

    I always wondered about the laying on of hands. What signifigant part was being added to prayer by the laying on of hands. As in the laying on of hands when healing or to recieve the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:6, Timothy 4:14,Acts 8:18,Heb 6:2).


  101. Loretta Beavis says:

    Water Baptisms-One church group I grew with built a bigger church building and, being California mission-style, had a large fountain in the grass courtyard between the class rooms, etc. It was deep enough for baptism (I was) and heated when the weather was cold. It is beautiful, and the only object on the lawn. Alternately, we went to a large community covered olympic pool.

    Another church started at my house and we went to the beach for baptisms; a local church used the pool at a “member’s” private campground. Another church I attended did baptisms at houses wherever a spa was available.

    One of the recent churches I attended remodeled and repaired & uses a baptismal pool/tub behind the “stage” where the worship team is behind the pastor’s pulpit.

    In California and other parts of the country, it’s so expensive to rent/lease/build- a permanent baptismal pool is not possible; or the building code or leasing agent doesn’t permit it.

    So, God, being the Creator, gives His Creation creative ideas for baptismal pools… . . the not too far away “cowboy” church uses a big metal horse water trough for baptisms. A drug rehab with a church used a horse trough also and later a large old-fashion bath-tub.

    I also did the baptism at the beach (after all, it’s the outward sign of the inward condition-yeah?) and it felt really special because God put the seas into place.

    God loves the people of Haiti, and He has not abandoned them. Their ungodly government(s) keep them in economic and spiritual slavery.

  102. plumbape says:

    Bob in CW,
    Yeah I thought of C S Lewis when I read the lady’s comment myself. The Screwtape Letters was an interesting book. Kinda hard to follow sometimes but you are correct that taking your mind off Christ puts any man in danger of slipping into the other side. I had a good laugh about your village sign, A drinking village with a fishing problem…, lol. I used to drink along side of the worst of them and even though I’ll speak up for the programs that help get people straight I just kept praying about it and finally started drinking something else in it’s place. God is great…! I’ve had hep.C (liver disorder) for years so I gave up the booze. I should be dead according to the doctors but I guess God didn’t want it so yet. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty, Amen Indiana license plate, I love it. I enjoy hearing about things from a different country perspective. As much as I love America I’m not so naive to think our government is or has been allowing the public to know what they do and don’t do all the time.

    I’ve done the plumbing for several baptismals. Like a bath tub really but codes make certain conditions for safety. Which is why they usually are in an area that is restricted so little ones don’t wonder into one.

    Praying for Haiti and Mart and company in Israel.

    Hope and pray I have not offended daisymarygoldr. I really don’t talk much and I’m much better at the nuts and bolts kinda thing than running off at the mouth. :-) catch you on the rebound

    the ape in Indy

  103. poohpity says:

    ape, you have so much to offer. I wish you would share more. I have always enjoyed your humility. I had that C thing too but the treatment put it to rest and it has not raised it’s ugly head again in the last five years.

  104. daisymarygoldr says:

    Michael, not offended by you and I’m listening to yours and others conversations :)! Been praying for the people of Haiti…it is sad…

  105. daisymarygoldr says:

    In response to “No mortal knows why God allows such catastrophic disasters to happen to some (individually or collectively) and not to all (Luke 13:1-5)”-MDH, I was reminded of the following:

    “All things are mortal, except the Jew. Other forces pass but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?” -Mark Twain

    Pat Robertson’s comments has certainly angered people and can you imagine the kind of a stir it would create on this blog if “the immortal Jew”—Jesus, posted a comment here which said that we are sinners who will all likewise perish both spiritually and physically, unless we repent (Luke 13: 5)?

    It is true, when the Messiah was laden with my sins, He was forsaken by God His Father. As He yielded up His spirit, it was marked by an earthquake which caused the veil of the temple to be torn in two. It liberated the bodies of dead saints as the rocks were split, and the tombs were opened.

    His glorious resurrection was accompanied by another severe earthquake. And as the stone was rolled away He put the enemy to scorn and shame with a triumphant: “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?”

    Also, was it not a powerful earthquake that set Paul and Silas free when the Govt. had bound them in chains to prevent the preaching of the Gospel?

    Therefore, it is through Earthquakes, God the Creator expresses… His sovereignty, judgments, anger, power and presence! “The earth trembled and quakes, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because He was angry.” Ps18:7

  106. daisymarygoldr says:

    So, my thoughts on this topic echo the sayings of Isaiah…

    “Danger ahead! God’s about to ravish the earth and leave it in ruins…

    Earth is polluted by its very own people,
    who have broken its laws,
    Disrupted its order,
    violated the sacred and eternal covenant.

    Therefore a curse, like a cancer,
    ravages the earth.
    The city is dead and deserted,
    bulldozed into piles of rubble…

    That’s the way it will be on this earth.
    This is the fate of all nations:
    An olive tree shaken clean of its olives,
    a grapevine picked clean of its grapes…

    …there are some who will break into glad song.
    Out of the west they’ll shout of God’s majesty…

    …but all I can see is doom, doom, and more doom.

    The foundations of earth are crumbling.
    Earth is smashed to pieces,
    earth is ripped to shreds,
    earth is wobbling out of control,

    Earth staggers like a drunk,
    sways like a shack in a high wind.
    Its piled-up sins are too much for it.
    It collapses and won’t get up again.

    That’s when God will call on the carpet
    rebel powers in the skies and
    Rebel kings on earth.

    Because God-of-the-Angel-Armies will take over,
    ruling from Mount Zion and Jerusalem,
    Splendid and glorious
    before all His leaders.” (Isa 24 The Msg)!

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