The Anchor Holds
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
July 29. 2007
1. The Pledge that is Unbreakable!
A) The Pledge that was Given
B) The Pledge that was Guaranteed
2. The Provision that is Unmovable!
A) Help in the Present
B) Hope for the Future
3. The Person that is Unchangeable!
A) He cannot be Rivaled
B) He cannot be Replaced
In October of 1991, a storm stronger than any in recorded history hit the coast off Gloucester, Massachusetts. The storm was officially known as "the Halloween nor'easter of 1991." It has become known as the "Perfect Storm" inspiring both the book and movie with the same title. It is called the "Perfect Storm" because it was three storms combined into one—Hurricane Grace that was beginning to die out in the Atlantic, energy coming across from the Great Lakes, and an old frontal system that was around the New England area.
Sebastian Junger in his book "The Perfect Storm" wrote: "A mature hurricane is by far the most powerful event on Earth. The combined nuclear arsenals of the United States and the former Soviet Union don't contain enough energy to keep a hurricane going for one day."
In the case of the Perfect Storm, when these three storms combined, it regenerated the hurricane creating an almost apocalyptic situation in the Atlantic Ocean. Boats encountered waves of 100 feet—the equivalent of a ten-story building. Winds blasted over the ocean at more than 100 mph. Waves 30 and 40 feet high battered the New England coast, destroying 200 homes, and property damage totaling $500 million. Nine people died, including the six-man crew of a swordfish boat named the Andrea Gail from Gloucester, Massachusetts.
One need not be a Christian very long to encounter the storms of life. It might not be in the form of a hurricane, but it could be through the loss of a job, the break-up of a marriage, the problems in a church, or the death of a loved one.
Suddenly, by the storm of disease, the storm of defeat, ...
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