In the space of one and a half months, our hemisphere has suffered two immense killer quakes

In the space of one and a half months, our hemisphere has suffered two immense killer quakes—the 7.0 magnitude quake that leveled Port-au-Prince, Haiti, January 12, and left 230,000 dead and an entire country in economic ruin; and the magnitude 8.8 monster that ravaged Chile last Sabbath morning, unleashing destructive tsunamis in its wake (one eyewitness reported a wall of water “fifty feet” high). While the Chilean death toll was a small fraction of that in Haiti (because of enforced earthquake construction codes), the energy released by the Chilean quake was so immense scientists are now telling us it knocked our planet 3 inches off its axis, thus shortening our day by 1.26 microseconds. Our hearts and our prayers (and our financial gifts—go to www.ADRA.org to make a much needed contribution) reach out to the sufferers in both regions of our home hemisphere.

But while the Apocalypse predicts an earthquake on the eve of Christ’s return that apparently will be off the magnitude charts in its destructive energy (see Revelation 16:18), could it be that the church today in fact suffers in need of a spiritual earthquake? Of the infant church in Acts, it is recorded: “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly” (Acts 4:31). An earthquake of epic spiritual proportions—that’s what we, too, need, isn’t it? The moving and shaking power of the mighty Third Person of the Godhead, sweeping over a praying congregation, desperate for God’s outpouring. How else shall the 6.7 billion inhabitants of this planet be reached—without the earthquake of the Spirit?

So what if we added this prayer to the PRYR 101 strategy we shared last week (you may download the PRYR 101 podcast @ this website)? What if we quoted Jesus’ words back to him? What if we asked him every day to fulfill their promise where we live, study and work? “‘But you will receive power [Gk dunamis, “dynamite”] when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth’” (Acts 1:8). You don’t believe Jesus’ promise has been diminished by the passing of time, do you? Then can you imagine a more earth-shaking promise with off-the-chart possibilities than this one?

7.0—8.8—before the “big one” strikes, isn’t this the right time for God’s people to be in fervent prayer for the spiritual earthquake the Spirit has promised? After all, the two seismic temblors in our hemisphere already this new year are a somber reminder that life as we know it simply can’t go on, won’t go on indefinitely, will it?

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Evidently the planet is sending us signals that the end is near. But I believe the tremors particularly serve to get the attention of the unsaved to remind them that a certain time is coming where money, weapons or governments cannot save them. As for me I am glad that the Holy Spirit has not left me...He through my conscience still beckons to me to choose Jesus salvation and His word everyday. In this time we need to be in God's will and not be in His way...

It is March 6th, Sabbath morning and I wanted to listen to Dwight Nelson's sermon at 11:20am and no matter what I did, I couldn't seem to get to any of the links that would take me to the link where I was able to listen to the 11:20am church service. I have DirecTV, but we don't have channel 368 here in Collegedale, TN. I was/am really disappointed that I was unable to listen to the sermon. I even called my Aunt who is a member at Pioneer Memorial Church and she gave me all the links that were in the church bulletin and I can't seem to make any of them to work. I was really looking forward to hearing Dwight Nelson so much. If there is a "secret" on how to get to the link so that I will be able to hear him the next time that I am sick and at home again, I would really, really appreciate your help. Thank you so much for your time and Thank you in advance. Happy Sabbath to y'all. God Bless, Michelle Westermeyer westermeyer@southern.edu

PS: this is not in response to the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, it is in regards to listening to your worship service on Sabbath, March 6, 2010. Thank you in advance for your time and your help in this matter. God Bless, Michelle Westermeyer

I am happy that God is wrapping it up.Come sweet Jesus. Why are members not witnessing more?

The world really needs great awakening that will be achieved by the pouring of the Holy Spirit to you and me,every one.Am afraid that if we sit down and see,saying that the end is indeed near and yet we are not telling our neighbors,relatives and the world in general,we will be failing our work which may be can eventually lead to our spiritual degradation.You are right pastor Dwight,we all have to pray for the Holy Spirit which Christ Himself promised us in the bible.Hey folks! lets pray for it that we live this place together with our neighbors to the Holy city in heaven.

Pastor Nelson, My husband and I are currently unable to attend church in our home town, so we found the church.tv website and have been enjoying the podcasts from as long ago as last fall. One in particular has been so helpful: Your to God to "give me this mountain!"--whatever that may be in our lives. Yesterday, we received a call from the Berrien County Jail, letting us know our precious daughter was being held there. We made the trip down to pay the bail, with breaking hearts. . . . This truly is a mountain, and we are praying for victory for her, over the choices she made that took her there, and for us to know how to help. Thank you for that message; I have been praying that prayer over and over: "Lord, give us this mountain!"

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