Tue, 13 September 2016
September 11, 2016
Travel Mercy Ministries
Michael & Marley are scheduled to
Return to Atlanta at Noon today
National Back to Church Sunday, September 18, 2016
Now’s the Time
In Search of Lost Things
Synopsis: Today is the 15th Anniversary of the terrorist attack on US soil. On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and 343 NYC firefighters and paramedics, 23 police officers, and 37 Port Authority officers. Only six people in the World Trade Center towers at the time of their collapse survived. Almost 10,000 people were treated for injuries, many severe.
Some say the country lost its sense of security on that day and have been searching for ways to get it back. Politicians campaign promoting their platforms that are supposed to regain what was lost. And yet we all know that we cannot go back in time. We have to go forward. There were over 3,000 children or young adults who lost a parent in that attack. More than a hundred were born after the attack. (Online resources & Knoxville News Sentinel 9/9/2016)
My opening prayer comes from the prayer of David found in Psalm 51. He was suffering from his personal lost and searching for the one he believed was still searching for him. Jesus’ parable (Luke 15:1-10) is one of three stories He told illustrating God’s willingness to search for the lost. Paul (1 Timothy 1:12-17) knew firsthand what it was like to be found by the searching Savior. The people are no different (Exodus 32:7-14). They could have been destroyed at different points in time because of Moses parting with God, the people were saved. Let’s continue that partnership and join Christ in the search for the lost.
Text (NLT): Luke 15:1-10; 1 Timothy 1:12-17; Exodus 32:7-14
Scripture Reading: Psalm 14:1-3