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From MSN August 23rd, 2011

 Earthquakes in unlikely places

Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia (see how far away it was felt) showcases the fact that earthquakes can strike in unlikely locations (how long has it been since the state had a 5.8 magnitude quake?). Recently earthquakes have hit in some other seemingly unlikely places, like Colorado (find out where fault lines are in the United States).
Earthquakes hit in these unlikely areas in July:
Africa  – 5.2 magnitude
Canada – 3.5 magnitude
Texas –  3.0 magnitude
Utah – 3.4 magnitude
Wyoming – 3.1 magnitude

Mat 24:7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Serving the Lord is a wonderous thing but we must be careful of what is in our heart…..Those who pound the table or their chest and say, “Look at all the things I have done for the church,” expose their thoughts.  What does God say about our works?

Consider Psalms 64:6   “All of us have become like the one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;”

Even all our righteousness are like filthy rags. The good we may try to do is unacceptable and unclean before the Lord. Because we are all like an unclean thing, even the good we do is polluted. “Brethren, if our righteousnesses are so bad, what must our unrighteousnesses be?” (Spurgeon)

“Those that seek to be saved by their works, Luther fitly calleth the devil’s martryrs; they suffer much, and take great pains to go to hell . . . We must do all righteousnesses, rest in none by Christ’s, disclaiming our own best as spotted and imperfect.” (Trapp)

Because of our fallen nature we do well to consider this verse.  

” Do nothing out of vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”  Philippians 2:3

One of my favorites quotes is from James Montergomery Boice .

“God uses the small things and the small people…as a matter of fact, the smaller you can become, the more effective his work in you will be….”

August 2011



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