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The Tornado of the Spirit

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Wikipedia describes a tornado as…

A violent, rotating column of air which is contact with both the surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloud.

Another way of putting it might be…

A violent force which touches both earth and heaven.

What an amazing picture of a life lived by the Spirit of God. A believer who has their feet firmly planted in their mission on this earth, as well as having a firm grip on their Heavenly calling, is a force of immeasurable power. Jesus said:

“…I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” ~ Matthew 10:34

By following the example of Jesus, we are called to stir things up. We are called to make the truth our weapon, and to upset the apple-cart of complacency and apathy that permeates not just our society, but the church as well.

When the tornado of the Holy Spirit shows up, something is going to get broken. However, what comes out of that brokenness?

Peace… and power.

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Faith In The Storm

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A couple of years ago, those of us in the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia witnessed a series of horrific tornadoes in our area. In the aftermath, we heard stories of destruction unlike anything most of us ever experienced. People from our church went to affected areas to assist in cleanup, and were stunned by the sheer devastation. Lives were uprooted like so many trees, and left so many people with lots of questions…

“Why did that tornado miss this house and that one, but wiped out mine?”

“Why did my family survive unscathed while others have lost everything?”

“Where was God when my life blew away with the wind?”

To be honest with you, I don’t know. But here is what I do know…

I know that God is a good God.

I know that the Bible says that rain falls on the just and unjust alike.

I know that, in spite of the storms, recent earthquakes in places like Guatemala, tsunamis in places like Japan and Indonesia, 9-11, Benghazi, and the current crisis in Syria… God is still on His throne.

And, I know that He still loves you.

Faith is what we celebrate during good times, and cling to during bad times. Faith is what gives us the strength to echo the words of Job, “I know that my Redeemer lives”.