by Stan Coffey

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Security In A Threatening World (3 of 5)
Stan Coffey
Psalm 23
October 7, 2001

Long ago the Psalmist David wrote these words (Read Psalm 23). Notice especially verse four "ye though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil. For thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." The greatest thing on the minds of many Americans this morning is how can we be secure? How can we be safe?

This past week we were told that the CIA sent a memo to the FBI saying that the possibility of another terrorist attack in the near future is 100%. There's a lot of talk about a chemical attack, terror by biological attack, germ warfare, disease warfare. When a man in Florida recently contracted Anthrax and died from that disease many people wondered if this is the beginning of some kind of biological warfare, some kind of terrorist plot against the people of the United States. Today we are very near to some kind of military action in Afghanistan.

And all around the country people have all kinds of fears in their hearts. Fears for their loved ones who may be in the military, fear for their own safety, people who have to travel for a living. People who have to go from place to place wonder are the airlines really safe. Can they really keep me secure? People wondering about the possibility about a nuclear attack because we know the resolve and the mindset of the terrorists is that if he would have had a nuclear weapon instead of just a 757 on September 11 he would have used a nuclear weapon. If he could have killed not just 7,000 but 70,000 or 700,000 that's exactly what he would have done. Truly we can say today we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Many people literally walk through that valley as they bury their loved ones, as they attend funeral after funeral after funeral in New York City. What do we do when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death? David said, "I will fear no evil for thou art wi ...

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