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CAUGHT BY SUDDEN TRADGEDY



Pastor Tim P. Blaisure – 09/11/22 – 911 Message

Intro:

21 years ago, our country was caught by a sudden tragedy that affected all of us in the United States of America in different ways. Some died, some saved lives and became heroes that day.

All of us felt the loss of those who perished on 911 in such a tragedy that shook our nation to the core.

Many felt anger, fear, discouragement, thankfulness for those who lived, and many rose up that day to become warriors for our nation.

Today we remember those who died in this tragedy as victims and those who died as heroes.

This experience has lead me to minister today on, “Caught by sudden tragedy”.


Foundation Scriptures:

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 NLT

This, too, I carefully explored: Even though the actions of godly and wise people are in God’s hands, no one knows whether God will show them favor.

2 The same destiny ultimately awaits everyone, whether righteous or wicked, good, or bad, ceremonially clean, or unclean, religious, or irreligious. Good people receive the same treatment as sinners, and people who make promises to God are treated like people who don’t.

3 It seems so wrong that everyone under the sun suffers the same fate. Already twisted by evil, people choose their own mad course, for they have no hope. There is nothing ahead but death anyway.

4 There is hope only for the living. As they say, “It’s better to be a live dog than a dead lion!”

5 The living at least know they will die, but the dead know nothing. They have no further reward, nor are they remembered.

6 Whatever they did in their lifetime—loving, hating, envying—is all long gone. They no longer play a part in anything here on earth.

7 So go ahead. Eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, for God approves of this!

8 Wear fine clothes, with a splash of cologne!

9 Live happily with the woman you love through all the meaningless days of life that God has given you under the sun. The wife God gives you is your reward for all your earthly toil.

10 Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom.

11 I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.

12 People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.


I. TRADGEDY SHOULD BRING US TOGETHER:

Matthew 5:44-46

44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.

46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.


A. Even in the midst of great tragedy the Lord tells us how to respond.

B. Love your enemies.

C. Pray for those who persecute you.


II. TRADEGY SHOULD NOT FIND US UNPREPARED:

Song of Solomon 3:7-8

Look, it is Solomon’s carriage, surrounded by sixty heroic men,

the best of Israel’s soldiers.

8 They are all skilled swordsmen, experienced warriors.

Each wears a sword on his thigh, ready to defend the king against an attack in the night.

Matthew 24:43-45

Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.

44 You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

45 “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.


A. Our country was ready to defend us after this tragedy.

B. We should be ready to defend our country and families.

C. We need to be watching and ready for tragedy and most of all for the Lord’s return.


III. TRADEGY SHOULD FIND US READY TO LIVE OR DIE FOR CHRIST:

A. Philippians 1:20-27

For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.

21 For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.

22 But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So, I really don’t know which is better.

23 I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me.

24 But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.

25 Knowing this, I am convinced that I will remain alive so I can continue to help all of you grow and experience the joy of your faith.

26 And when I come to you again, you will have even more reason to take pride in Christ Jesus because of what he is doing through me.

B. Live as Citizens of Heaven

27 Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.


C. 2 Timothy 2:19-21

But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.”

20 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.

21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.


Conclusion:

1. Tragedy should bring us together.

2. Tragedy should not find us unprepared.

3. Tragedy should find us ready to live or die for Christ Jesus and others.

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