Thursday, September 22, 2005


PRACTICE WHAT WE PREACH Johann Christoph Arnold penned the following words a few days ago. Posted at, it is a hopeful challenge for us all: “To me, the two greatest catastrophes in recent American memory--September 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina--are blasts on God’s trumpet, calling us to practice what we preach. In both cases, the devastation was unprecedented. But God could only have allowed them to happen because he wanted to give us another chance to follow him—and not in words, but in deeds.

ARE WE WILLING? “Here is a chance to show that we really do want to belong to him; that we really do love our neighbors as ourselves and are willing to lay down our lives for our friends. Are we ready for the challenge? I hope so.

BACK TO NORMAL? “After 9/11, we said we would never let things go back to normal. In a way, they haven’t. But for most of us, daily life has gone on as usual. That became clear in the wake of Katrina. Our first concern, judging by the headlines, was how the hurricane had affected oil production and other commodities. Only after that did we begin to address the tremendous need of half a million shattered lives.

REDEEM THE TIME “None of us knows when God will call us from this world. But we ought to seriously consider that it could happen at any time. This should increase our sense of urgency, so that we make use of every hour.”

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