Earthquake in Illinois?

Most of you probably either heard about or felt the earthquake that hit just after 4:30 am this morning, which registered at 5.2 and was centered close to West Salem, Illinois. Fortunately, there was no damage done in the immediate Chicagoland area, and the quake could only be felt for about 10 seconds. But it did shake the tops of some high rise buildings in downtown Chicago and Indianapolis. Pretty minor for an earthquake, but pretty major for Illinois, wouldn’t you say?

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Either way, it is a sobering reminder to me that at any given moment, a natural disaster such as this could have the potential to literally knock us off our feet and ruin all our possessions. But the incredible truth is that we can know and have a personal relationship with the God who is in absolute control of every inch of this planet.

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Listen to the words of Job in the Bible, a man who had all his possessions taken from him:

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“His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed? He moves mountains without their knowing it and overturns them in his anger. He shakes the earth from its place and makes its pillars tremble. He speaks to the sun and it does not shine; he seals off the light of the stars. He alone stretches out the heavens and treads on the waves of the sea.” -Job 9:4-8

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(The Courier-Journal photo by David Harpe / April 18, 2008)

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Make no mistake about it: our God has the power to move mountains and shake the foundations of the earth, and yet in his mercy and grace, he has extended to us the invitation to know him personally and to spend eternity in heaven with Him! He has done this by sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross, paying the penalty for my sin and yours, which bridged the gap between us and God. He is a God who is mighty to save, which brings to mind one of my favorite songs that we sang this past Sunday:

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“Savior, He can move the mountains
?My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save.
?Forever, Author of salvation
?He rose and conquered the grave
?Jesus conquered the grave!”

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Have you crossed the line of faith yet and accepted His personal invitation?

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Blessings,
? Scott

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