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Muslim terrorists have hated America for years because they don't like our support for Israel and our Military presence in the Middle East. They were even more upset when we sent troops to Saudi Arabia to fight Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War, known as Operation Desert Storm in February 1991.
On Friday February 26, 1993, a powerful 1300 pound bomb in a truck exploded in the underground parking garage of the north tower of World Trade Center in New York City, killing six people and injuring more than a thousand. They hoped that the north tower would fall into the south tower killing tens of thousands.
It sparked an aggressive investigation with many arrests of Muslim terrorist around the world. But few law enforcement authorities recognized it as part of a greater international terrorist plot against the United States which would be carried on for years to come. As time went on we went about our everyday business without being aware that terrorists had declared war on the United States.
When the world Trade Center towers were destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001, police commissioner Raymond Kelly looked back to the first attack which took place 8 years earlier and said, "It should have been a wake-up call for America."
As a believer your spiritual life can become routine so that you just go through the motions of going to church and having devotions, but there is no real life because it has just become a tradition.
We can go to sleep at the wheel as we just go about our routine.
We can fall into a rut as we just do the same thing over and over again and again, but there is no real relationship with Christ.
Christ wants us to have living, real, vital relationship with him.
John 10:10 Jesus said, "I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly." He wants our relationship with him to be alive, joyful, meaningful and significant now ...
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