HOW TO DEAL WITH DISASTER

Posted by Perry


I don't know what to say at the Funeral Home, I don't know how to help my friends or my self when there is a tragedy.
Here is the "Formula" for "Dealing With Disaster"
Can be in 10 minutes, 10 days or 10 months
JOEL 1:2
CBC 7/25/10 SN
Joe 1:2 Listen, you leaders and everyone else in the land. Has anything like this ever happened before?
NAME A DISASTER (audience part)
• 9-11
• Albert Pike flood
• Pearl Harbor
• Holocaust…
Has anything like this ever happened before? (text)
STEPS TO DEAL W/ DISASTER
Step #1
Joe 1:13 Mourn, you priests who serve at the altar of my God. Spend your days and nights wearing sackcloth. Offerings of grain and wine are no longer brought to the LORD's temple.
Step #2
Joe 1:14a Tell the leaders and people to come together at the temple…
Step #3
Joe 1:14b …Order them to go without eating and to pray sincerely.
Step #4
Joe 2:12 The LORD said: It isn't too late. You can still return to me with all your heart. Start crying and mourning! Go without eating.
Joe 2:13 Don't rip your clothes to show your sorrow. Instead, turn back to me with broken hearts.
Step #5
Joe 2:17 Tell my servants, the priests, to cry inside the temple and to offer this prayer near the altar: "Save your people, LORD God! Don't let foreign nations make jokes about us. Don't let them laugh and ask, 'Where is your God?' "
explain God’s role in disasters
o Romans 8:28
o Evil in world causes harm
o Earth decaying naturally from effects of sin (curse)
Step #6
Instead, turn back to me with broken hearts. I am merciful, kind, and caring. I don't easily lose my temper, and I don't like to punish.
proclaim the “TRUTH”
Step #7
Joe 2:32 Then the LORD will save everyone who faithfully worships him.
invitation to know God
Step #8
Joe 2:20 …The LORD works wonders
Joe 2:21 and does great things. So tell the soil to celebrate
Joe 2:22 and wild animals to stop being afraid. Grasslands are green again; fruit trees and fig trees are loaded with fruit. Grapevines are covered with grapes.
rejoice
o repent & experience peace!
Step #9
Joe 1:3 Tell our children! Let it be told to our grandchildren and their children too.
• remember
o we have short memories
o how long did it take for the patriotism to fade after 9-11?
CONCL:
Might want to write these steps down…we’re not through experiencing disasters till Jesus comes & gets us!

A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND

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I THESSALONIANS 1:8
CBC 7/25/10 SM
1Th 1:8 And because of you, the Lord's message has spread everywhere in those regions. Now the news of your faith in God is known all over the world, and we don't have to say a thing about it
Our Commission is to spread the Gospel to all Nations
• we must do this in an appealing way
• getting people’s attention and holding it is a matter of making the message “delivery” interesting
ILL: after a long, dry sermon/ preacher announced that the board would meet after the service/1st man to show up was not a board member/ preacher said, “you must have misunderstood, this is a meeting of the board.” Man said, “if there is anyone more bored than me I want to meet them.”
DOOR TO DOOR SURVEY:
“If you don’t go to church, why?”
• Boring
• Irrelevant
• Asking for money all the time
• I’m too busy already
• I feel awkward at church
BORING:
• not a funeral parlor/nor a carnival show
• interesting/thot provoking
• music that’s “alive”
• non-judgmental friendliness
IRRELEVANT:
• what Bible says about real life
• how can we have a better life
o relationships
o career
o more fun & joy
ASKING FOR MONEY:
• get DVD from 7/11/10
• tithing is your ticket to financial freedom…
TOO BUSY ALREADY:
• too busy to die but we all will
• we pretty much do what we want to…
o if it’s beneficial
o if it’s interesting
FEEL AWKWARD AT CHURCH
We got winners, we got losers
Chain smokers and boozers
And we got yuppies, we got bikers
occasionally hitchhikers
• Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
We got cowboys, we got truckers
Broken-hearted fools and suckers
And we got hustlers, we got fighters
Early birds and all-nighters
And the veterans talk about their battle scars
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
I love this church
It's my kind of place
Just walkin' through the front door
Puts a big smile on my face
It ain't too far, come as you are
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
we got high-techs
Blue-collar boys and rednecks
And we got lovers, lots of lookers
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
Yes I do
But I love this church
It's my kind of place
Just trollin' around the hall ways
Puts a big smile on my face
No cover charge, come as you are
Hmm, hmm, hmm I love this church
• If U still feel awkward
o Loosen you tie
o Drop the false front
o Love your neighbor regardless
o And quit thinking it’s all about you
A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND IS ONE THAT’S A CENTER OF GOOD NEWS
• we need good news, not a scolding every Sunday!
o U don’t have to go to Hell
o There’s forgiveness of sin
o God is still in control
o God wants everybody to go to heaven…
o There’s help for the hurting, abused & violated
A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND IS ONE WHERE TOUGH THINGS IN LIFE ARE MADE SIMPLE
* God cares for U…simple
* salvation for the lost…simple
* there’s comfort for the afflicted
* there’s love for the unlovely
* there’s patience for the unpatient
* there’s hope for the hopeless
* there’s boldness for the timid
A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND IS ONE THAT’S A FAMILY CIRCLE WITH LOVE PREVAILING (NOT JUDGMENT)
1Th 3:12 May the Lord make your love for each other and for everyone else grow by leaps and bounds. That's how our love for you has grown.
ILL: National study revealed that no woman ever shot her husband while he was doing the dishes!
• times we don’t agree on everything
o mostly b/c we’re selfish
o Love is a matter of work!
o Agree to disagree
• do things to demonstrate that love
o do somebody’s dishes (fig. speaking…)
A CHURCH PEOPLE WANT TO ATTEND IS ONE THAT AIDS IN OUR SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT
1Th 4:9 We don't have to write you about the need to love each other. God has taught you to do this,
1Th 4:10 and you already have shown your love for all of his people in Macedonia. But, my dear friends, we ask you to do even more
• life is a process
o not born with all the answers
o when we can get answers to life’s questions @ church it makes it worth attending
o U may not get them from the preacher or teacher…
 May be from someone you’re sitting close too…
2Ti 3:16 Everything in the Scriptures is God's Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.
2Ti 3:17 The Scriptures train God's servants to do all kinds of good deeds.
CONCL:
Someone well said: What power the church would be…
If all the sleeping folk would wake up
If all the lukewarm would fire up
If all the dishonest would confess up
If all the disgruntled would sweeten up
If all the discouraged would cheer up
If all the estranged would make up
If all the gossipers would shut up
If all the true soldiers would stand up
If all the church members would pray up

All of us need to do our part to make this church one people want to attend

F*R*I*E*N*D*S

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ECCLESIASTES 4:9-12
CBC JULY 18, 2010 SM
ILL: Jackie Robinson/1st African-American major league baseball player/faced jeering crowds @ every stadium/made an error on a play in his home stadium, Brooklyn/fans began to ridicule him/stood @ 2nd base, humiliated/shortstop “PeeWee” Reese came over & put his arm around Robinson’s shoulder & faced the crowd/fans grew quiet/Robinson later said that arm around him saved his career
• I WISH I HAD A FRIEND LIKE THAT
o Maybe glad U have friend like that
• ? Are U a Friend like that?
o How do U do that?
Ecc 4:9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
Ecc 4:10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
Ecc 4:11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
Ecc 4:12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him--a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

• Recently acquired a FB page
o FB is where “friends” share
o Identifying ur “friends”
HELP FRIENDS SUCCEED IN LIFE
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.
• sometimes we’re too selfish to be a friend

o absorbed w/ personal success
o need 2 B absorbed w/ success of our friends
o PRAY 4 their success
o ENCOURAGE them
o PRAISE them
PICK YOUR FRIENDS UP WHEN THEY FALL
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!
• We will eventually fall & need picking up
Pro 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
• Your children are watching your example
• Society succeeds or fails on how we treat the weak…
o More emphasis on Eagle’s egg than human in mother’s womb
BE WARM 2 UR FRIENDS IN THE COLD TIMES OF LIFE
11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone?
• cold times
o relational problems
o health problems
o financial problems
• is the local bar meeting more needs than the local church?
o It is permissive (permission to fail)
o Accepting
o Inclusive fellowship
o Un-shockable
o Democratic
o Tell secrets & they don’t usually get told
• God had put into human hearts
o Desire to know & be known
o To love & be loved
o Church needs those qualities above
• When I encounter graphic circumstances in my Chaplaincy ministry
o I ask if our church could handle this
o Some of you have helped me…
o We’ve got a long way to go…
 Homosexuality
 Pre-marital sex
 Incest
 Divorce
 Teen pregnancy
 Run-aways
 Unemployed
 Addiction(s)
Swindol says, “We’re the only outfit I know that shoots its wounded. We can become the most severe, condemning, judgmental, guilt-giving people on the face of the planet Earth, and we claim it’s in the name of Jesus Christ. And all the while, we don’t even know we’re doing it. That’s the pathetic part of it all.” (Leadership, Vol. 4, no. 1)
STAND UP FOR YOUR FRIENDS
12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him--a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
• Make a mutual verbal commitment
• Be willing to risk what others think
• Don’t wait 4 ur friend to ask 4 help
o Take the initiative
o Make the call
o Send the message
CONCL:
CONFESS 2 UR FRIENDS UR FAILURES
• Be honest with your true friends

THE "TRUST" FUND

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MALACHI 3:7-11
CBC 7-11-10 SM
Mal 3:7 even though you have ignored and disobeyed my laws ever since the time of your ancestors. But if you return to me, I will return to you. And yet you ask, "How can we return?"
Mal 3:8 You people are robbing me, your God. And, here you are, asking, "How are we robbing you?" You are robbing me of the offerings and of the ten percent that belongs to me.
Mal 3:9 That's why your whole nation is under a curse.
Mal 3:10 I am the LORD All-Powerful, and I challenge you to put me to the test. Bring the entire ten percent into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house. Then I will open the windows of heaven and flood you with blessing after blessing.
Mal 3:11 I will also stop locusts from destroying your crops and keeping your vineyards from producing.

God is interested in our money because HE’S INTERESTED IN US & we need money to live!
• preacher, don’t talk about money, talk about something “spiritual”
o vs on faith – 500
o vs on prayer – 500
o vs on money – over 2000
o 1 out of 10 NT vs deal w/ money
o widow’s mite
o unjust steward
o rich young ruler…
• how we handle our money is supreme test of where our heart is
• Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Adrian Rogers: “a faith that hasn’t reached your wallet, probably hasn’t reached your heart
• Our survival is connected to “money”
o How can God care about us and not be concerned for our survival?
3 SCHOOLS OF THOUGH – MONEY
First – it’s all mine/I worked/earned it/deserve it/ can do what I want/ I can give or not give/ $1 or $20…
I AM THE OWNER & I SHARE WITH GOD WHEN I WANT TO!
Second – Tithe belongs to God, and the rest is mine (90%). In obedience I give Him (10%) and I’ll do what I want with the rest
I AM THE OWNER AND I SHARE WITH GOD BECAUSE I HAVE TO!
Third – It all belongs to God…the tithe/the rest of it too/I return to Him what He commanded/He entrusts me with the rest of His money/I ask for guidance on the 90% to be a good steward of His money/I will be judged some day for what I do with His money today.
IT’S ALL GOD’S AND HE SHARES WITH ME!
ILL: money is like “fly paper”/fly wants honey on paper/I got the honey/he tries to leave & fly paper says, “I’ve got the fly”/before you know it money can have us!
We don’t “GIVE” to God (v 7) we return to Him, He owns it all anyway.
A DEFINITE PROPORTION
• throughout history God’s people have practiced tithing 10% off the top
• it was put in people’s hearts BEFORE the “Law” was given Gen. 14:17-20
• Abraham commenced it Gen 28:22
• Moses came along w/ the Law, Later Lev. 27:30-32
• Malachi confirmed it (text)
• Jesus commanded it
Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
• WHO ARE WE TO CANCEL IT?
• “Living Water” flows free @ CBC
o these things cost money
 utilities
 literature
 maintenance
 salaries
 transportation
 missionary support…
• Tithing is to be a “delight” not a duty
2Co 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
A DESIGNATED PLACE TO BRING IT
V10 Bring the entire ten percent into the storehouse, so there will be food in my house.
• local church where your membership is/or where you are “fed”
• offerings above the tithe can go to other ministries, but not the tithe
• ILL: try going to McD’s & eating & then tell them when it’s time to pay that you have a burden for Burger King, you’re going to send the money over there….??
V10 “I challenge you to put me to the test.”
• statement “I can’t afford to tithe”
o means you’re tithing “last” & it’s supposed to be “first” off the top
o God’s not interested in “left-overs”
o God wants to “stretch” our 90% further than we can
V11 I will also stop locusts from destroying your crops and keeping your vineyards from producing.
• God promises to “rebuke the devourer”
o Put Me first & I’ll rebuke these enemies of your finances
• 90% w/ almighty God’s blessings or 100% w/out God’s blessings…you choose
DIVINE PURPOSE
Ill: in Africa/monkey that’s delicacy to eat/build little box w/ small hole in one side/fill box w/ nuts & fruit/monkey slides hand in/grabs fruit/can’t get hand out of hole w/ fist clenched/won’t let go for anything/walk up to monkey & knock him in the head/
• would rather commit “monkeycide” than drop that food
• R U committing financial suicide?
o b/c you won’t let go of that tithe?
o Who’s in charge of your finances? You or God?
o IT’S A TRUST FUND!
o All God wants from You is You?
o Have you been saved? R U His child?
o He gave everything to you
o Will you give everything to Him?