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Special Report: Hurricane #Irene



She’s everywhere. The East coast of the United States has a new visitor in town. She’s popular. Irene is on the news channels, other random television stations, online, and even Twitter and Facebook. She’s causing terror. Many are afraid, and though we all should have some level of concern, we ought not to be worried.
Jesus said so clearly in Matthew 24 that events such as this will occur and instead of being so alarmed and on guard for a hurricane, we should be more alarmed and on guard for Christ’s return.
In Matthew chapter 24 verse 7 Jesus says that natural disasters and terrible circumstances such as these will occur in various places. And even though they will happen and must happen He said: [Matt. 24:10a] At that time many will turn away from the faith [Matt. 24:13b] but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
During the chaos and turmoil, when everyone is worried, anxious, and scared who’s report will you lean on—the weather man, people on Twitter and Facebook who speak of fear? Or will you stand firm, trusting in God that He will protect you despite it all?
Don’t get me wrong, it is always smart to take precautions. After all, the Bible does say to use wisdom. However, these disasters are signs to us that Christ is coming soon and that we ought not to be in dismay, but walk in full confidence in God who protects us. 
While harm may be all about you, remember these verses in Psalms 91:


[2] I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.”
[4] He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
[9] If you make the Most High your dwelling—even the LORD, who is my refuge—[10] then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent.
[14] “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
[15] He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
[16] With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
 May God bless you and protect you, dear friends.

*Please note that the photograph is not a picture of Hurricane Irene. 
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