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Hurricane Sandy

What do the hurricane “Sandy” and Steve Jobs’ new yacht have in common?

Sandy was the largest storm (1000 miles in circumference) on record to smash into the US east coast. Dozens lost their lives, some 8 million people lost power, and the damage to property is estimated to be north of $50 billion. I talked with a close friend this morning from Connecticut, and he told of the devastation. He ended by saying, “Our family is safe and that’s all that matters. Our things might be gone, but we’re safe.”

About the same time as Sandy was coming on shore and a year after his death, Steve Jobs’ 256 foot super yacht was launched. Think of the gazillions of dollars and all Jobs’ time and effort invested in this yacht that he will never sail.

People invest so much money and time in accumulating things that are so fragile and uncertain. I Timothy 6:17 cautions us, “Do not fix your hope on the uncertainty of riches, but only on God.”

We are called by the Lord to be faithful stewards of all that He entrusts to us. We are to work hard, to give generously, to get out of debt and to save and invest. BUT, we must Continue reading Hurricane Sandy

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Gaining Perspective

Dear Friends,

James 4:14 says, “Yet you do not know your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

Occasionally, the Lord graciously reminds us that life is short and very uncertain.

While on a trip to Kentucky a week ago, I was brushing my teeth when for the first time suddenly the right side of my face went numb. On the right side, my lips drooped, I was unable to close my eye and couldn’t even wiggle my ear.

God had my undivided attention! Quickly, I called my doctor and described the symptoms, and he said, “Sounds like a stroke. Take some aspirin to Continue reading Gaining Perspective