Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A Miracle In Harlem

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You may remember hearing about the explosion that rocked Harlem a couple of weeks ago.

Two East Harlem multi story buildings were reduced to rubble killing 8 people, injuring 60 and displacing 100.

Of the 8 who lost their lives, 5 were members of a church that was located in one of the buildings.

NBC 4 in New York, in reporting on the horrific disaster, has also reported on a miracle---not on 34th Street, but in East Harlem.


It has been determined that the explosion was the result of a gas leak.

While crews were carefully sifting through the rubble, hoping to find someone who might have survived the explosion, New York's NBC 4 reports that there was a moment---a special moment. They don't call it a miracle, but other local news sources did. And many of those conducting the rescue and recovery also saw it as a miracle.

NBC 4 described it as "an uplifting moment from the painstaking recovery effort as crews pulled a large water damaged Bible from the rubble."

It was a very special Bible.

Especially to the Spanish Christian Church that was located in one of the destroyed buildings.

Other local news sources reported that the Bible was the original Bible used when the church was formed 80 years ago.

Rich del Rio, a local bishop of the Church of God told NBC 4, "This was in the depths of the rubble. Somehow God protected it."

The church's pastor, Thomas Perez suffered heart palpitations when he heard about the Bible surviving the destructive explosion, and in fact Letitia James, the city's public advocate, told Channel 4 Pastor Perez was taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Pastor Perez is fine. Those present said the pastor was simply overwhelmed with emotion.

They said finding the Bible intact, with only singed covers and a little water damage, showed the pastor "that they'll be rebuilding."

Most who were there are calling it a miracle that the Bible survived the intense heat and force of the explosion with only singed covers and a little water damage.

A couple dozen people, including clergy, picked up the Bible from the debris and carried it away from the rubble in what NBC called "a solemn and prayerful procession."

A touching story for sure.

Considered to be a miracle by most all who were present.

This incident also illustrates another, even more powerful truth.

Christianity in general and the Bible in particular are under widespread and vociferous attack by militant atheists, skeptical professors, misguided TV documentaries, the entertainment industry, public education, and general spiritual confusion in a culture that has become drunken from the cup of secular relativism.

Atheists and skeptics are becoming more and more emboldened to proselytize this generation, as they preach that the Bible advocates "fear, intolerance, hate and ignorance."

They call it an embarrassing and outdated "myth." And they find an alliance with our institutions of education and even the military.

This explosive attempt to destroy the Bible, which is God's Word, is destroying the foundations of our culture. And it is destroying the lives of individuals who believe the lie.

But in the rubble of this current cultural chaos, the Bible remains. Although sometimes not seen in the frenzy of the destruction, it stands. It's there.

God's Word will remain even in the rubble of a failed culture---or the rubble of a failing individual life.

Our most ancient ancestors were led by God's Word. America's Founders, according to Senator Daniel Webster, "Journeyed by its light, and labored in its hope." He said, "They sought to incorporate its principles with the elements of society, and to diffuse its influence through all their institutions, civil, political, or literary."

This is why most presidents from George Washington to present have recognized the importance of the Bible.

President Andrew Jackson said, "The Bible is the rock on which our Republic rests."

President Ronald Reagan said, "Of all the many influences that have shaped the United States into a distinctive nation and people, none may be said to be more fundamental and enduring than the Bible."

President Abraham Lincoln often spoke of the importance of the Bible in national life, but he also recognized its importance in his personal life.

He said, "I am busily engaged in the study of the Bible. I believe it is God's Word, because it finds me where I am."

The greatest human and cultural failures cannot exceed God's willingness to forgive and restore. Does the Bible not say, "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

In the rubble of a building, a life or a wayward nation, God's Word will survive.

This is why we do what we do. Thank you for standing with us.

God, too, has spoken of His Word. He says, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away."

Be Encouraged. Be Bold. Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

20 comments:

  1. 8 people dead. 60 injured. And he chooses to protect the book. Nice guy.

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    1. Actually many people share your bitter cynicism about death. There are some very deep and surprising philosophical truths regarding death revealed in the Bible. It is not a trite, simply matter to ponder. Death was not God's choice for the beautiful creation that he made. Our ancestors chose it rather than remain with their loving God. I do believe he weeps with us at the bedside of loved ones who disintegrate before our eyes and suffer death. It is a tragedy that He abhors. And yet.....he has an alternative for those who wish to turn from death to life via his Son who paid the price for our sins and who can open the door to eternal life with our creator for repentent sinners. You might try reading and studying the most wisely read book on the face of the earth--The Bible-- for the coming year. Join a good Bible study or you can do it online with a group like Back to the Bible.

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    2. My cynicism is not about death, it's about you and that schizophrenic god you made up.

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    3. Nothing schizophrenic about God. You choose your own fate. Live by the Spirit you reap eternal life. Live by the flesh you reap eternal torment. It's that simple!

      It's not that the flesh dies, "it's appointed unto man to die, then the judgement", its what you do with it that matters eternally.

      You want schizophrenic? Turn on the news and see what disobedience has wrought. Murder, rape, theft, greed, hate, promiscuity, coveting, disrespect, arrogance. Satan laughs at our folly. He delights in our degradation. He knows his time is short, he seeks your destruction. REPENT!

      Craig in Lacey

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    4. When you die, if you're right, then all is lost. If I'm right, I win and you're totally lost. You should change because you have no hope at all. If I win, all those that believe that Jesus love you and accepts him, go to heaven. That's what I call winning.

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    5. I find it interesting that a person who does not believe in 'that schizophrenic god..." actually reads a blog written about His workings. Perhaps the mocker also reads the Bible to find things about Christianity to mock as well and eventually may come to saving knowledge, after all there have been precedents.

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    6. God loves us so much that he sacrificed his only son to save us.....from himself. No mental issues there, by golly.

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    7. Please pray with me that the person who wrote that initial statement will ask God to show himself to the writer....that he will hear that still, small voice of the LORD, that he will seek his Creator and know his God!! (We were all where you are friend, once upon a time past.) Blessings to you dear seeker.....Amen!!

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    8. Sir, did you learn nothing by reading the article? I suggest reading the Bible, for it's more important than our own lives and will longer endure than our living here.

      As for us, we will worship God and magnify his name, for he has helped us and taught us. He has saved us and given us eternal hope.

      If you ever in the future notice God magnifying his word above his name, see if it seems good to you to worship him also. (see Psalm 138:2)

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    9. It seems to me that God might not care so much about what some people might think of him, than letting us know the importance of the Bible.

      God cares about the gospel more than what some people might think of him.

      .....a good example for us, I think.

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    10. And what about those who would seem to dare to lay anything against God for anything that happens?

      I wonder how many people they warned of danger. Did they tell someone to put the smell in natural gas if they were going to sell it?

      Do you suppose God has saved more people from danger than they have?

      I believe God will have us to fear him, and also that we would learn to be fair, just, and impartial, and that we would also be without hypocrisy.

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  2. If there was an explosion in my house, I'd protect my family, not the family photo album.

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  3. We can rest assured that God is into saving people, not remembering what they used to be.

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  4. Would you lay down your own life, or give up your only son in order to save as many as would be saved?

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    1. Save them from what, my own wrath? Give up my own son so that I don't punish everyone eternally because they didn't meet my expectations? That's pretty sick, huh?

      And what does that have to do with this particular explosion where you believe he killed 8 but saved his diary?

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    2. 11:13

      That's where you're missing the point, it's not that we don't always meet God's expectations. We are flawed creatures because of our sinful nature, we all mess up. He doesn't seek our destruction, it's His desire that all of us are saved. He made a way, despite our sin, to spend eternity with Him through the death and resurection of Jesus Christ.

      You'll only be punished eternally if you don't care.

      Who said God killed these 8 people? What I got from the post was that even in tragedy and loss, God's Word is preserved.

      Craig in Lacey

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    3. Would you give up something that you value as much as your own son to save people from their own personal sins?

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    4. Let's see, why would people need to be saved? Oh, that's right, because I'M going to judge them. And if they didn't worship me properly and follow my rules, I'M going to punish them forever. Now, how could I possibly save the people from myself, oh, I'll give up my son. Perfect solution! OK, I see your point.

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  5. Sir, Do you suppose people that say such things will be on the Lord's right hand, or on his left?

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    1. Depends on if she's gauche.

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