The San Andreas Fault in CA has resulted in an earthquake every hundred years for the past 2,000. It has now been about 160 years since the last earthquake. Each year the fault closes by about one inch, thus increasing pressure anticipating a major earthquake. Recently, an additional fault was discovered only miles off the California coast and running hundreds of miles, even including through Los Angeles.
The new fault is thought by scientists to be capable of an earthquake three times stronger than California's last big one.
When Laila and I visited California folks had jokes about earthquakes. Hollywood rolls on. Parties continue. Shopping centers thrive. Fancy cars roam. Beaches are open. It is as if folks are oblivious to impending disaster.
Our daughter and her family live outside Los Angeles only five miles from the coastline. I care. I wish they would move away from the earthquake zone.
Covenant is about 2,500 miles via car from Los Angeles. Yet, there is a fault line running through Charlottesville. Ours is a very liberal community. Sin is applauded. Ministers are urged to approve social lifestyles that are contrary to scripture. While ours is one of the most beautiful places in America to live, Bible-based churches struggle against the tremors of carnality. The Jeffersonian concept of "whatever" suggests that all religions are a matter of choice, none more good or evil than the other. Religion is a function of humanity, a concept of social sciences, or perhaps a weakness that Charles Darwin would suggest is a holdover from evolution not yet perfected.
Covenant presses forward with prayer, Bible study and emphasizing the doctrine of holiness. We believe that denying ourselves, taking up our cross and following Jesus requires a life of holiness. Ours is a journey that requires daily consecration with servant's hearts. We diligently prepare with sacrificial efforts to strengthen Covenant Church ministries for maximum outreach with maximum effectiveness. We are a rescue station for salvation, healing, and hope.
Our buildings are practical. Our fellowship is genuine. We purpose to leave to the next generation stories of God's provision, mercy, and sustenance. We are united. We are strong. The devil shakes, but we stand. There are struggles, but we declare victory!
Yesterday we launched a capital fund-raising drive that is for us. For our community. For our children. Many brought their offerings and pledge intentions to the altar. Others are prayerfully joining us in this endeavor this week. We are even asking friends to join us in this effort. What we do at home will ripple effect into the world.
"Onward," we shout. "Onward, until Jesus comes!"
Prayerfully, Pastor Bare Isaiah 41:10 "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."