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Shake, Rattle and Roll

There are a lot of great reasons to live in Southern California. There's the weather, the beach, Disneyland. What's not to love? Well, for one, those unsettling earthquakes we get every once in a while. And we just had one. Not a big one (certainly not the Big One), but enough of a quake to get your eyes wide open and your mind racing.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake we had just before noon on Tuesday was somewhere between 5.4 and 5.6 on the good old Richter Scale, and the epicenter was about 40 miles from the office. (Okay, so our location didn't factor into the reporting, but I thougfht you would want to know, seeing as how you are concerned for our well being and all.)

Since this wasn't the Big One, and since there doesn't seem to be any report of serious damage, we'll continue working, risking life and limb for our loyal community. Of course, you could hardly call what we do work. Like you, we enjoy the news that posted by the community, and we love the blogs by our gifted writers who are all over the country and around the world. Just in the last 24 hours we've had thought-provoking blogs from Nick Bogardus in Mongolia, Lisa Borden in Tanzania, Dan Scott in Nashville, and our dynamic duo of Dan Parris and Rob Lehr from the Give a Damn? project.

Without your participation in, of course, all of the great content would just sit there with no one to see it. But you are responding and commenting and voting, all of which tells us that our content is hitting the mark.

Maybe I'm not supposed to say this, but I can't help it. The earthquake made me do it. We're going to be unveiling a new home page design in the next couple of weeks. It's not a radical revision, just a timely update that will make it easier for you to navigate around. We hope you like it.

And speaking of navigating around, be sure to check out two of our most dynamic features: The Bridge and Undiscovered. There is some great stuff being posted in these areas, and it's all from the community--and that includes you! If you've been someplace like Mongolia or Tanzania or Fresno, put up a Bridge profile and tell us about your experience. Share pictures. Tell us what you learned. If you're a creator of any kind--writer, painter, photographer, musician, filmmaker--put yor stuff on Undiscovered. It's what is all about.

I could go on, but I just felt an aftershock. Better call my mother.


Hi Stan,

I wish I could say that I miss the earthquakes, but I would be lying. :-)

Thanks for letting us know you guys are safe, you are important. We know you work very hard, but somebody has to do it.

I hope your mommie was home....

Lord Bless you guys, and truly, I am thankful it wasn't a devastating one. All my family is still down in CA--some of them are in H.B.

Thanks, Teresa. You're right--we are thankful the latest earthquake wasn't devastating. Just a gentle reminder that there are many things in this world that are outside our control, but they are never outside God's control. Actually, to think of the magnitude of power that can cause the earth to literally shake is almost beyond comprehension. Perhaps in some way it's a reminder of our great and mighty God. In fact, after reading you reply, I was drawn to that passage in Hebrews:

"See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on the earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now has promised, 'Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.' The words 'once more' indicate the removing of what can be shaken--that is, created things--so that what cannot be shaken may remain" (12:25-27).

Gee, when you read that, the "shaking" seems to indicate judgment. Yet even in the midst of His judgment, God offers a promise. It's in the next verse: "Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire."

Wow, didn't mean to go there. I wanted to keep the earthquake thing kind of light. And I'm not one to read into things. But thanks to you (ha ha), I went down that path and discovered something deeper: We serve a God who, out of His extravagant love and grace, has given us the opportunity to receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. The earth may shake, but we are secure in God's mighty hands!

Hey, you are welcome! It was my pleasure :-)

I hadn't thought of that passage of Scripture, but now that you mention it, it does fit.

Not only here, but it is so relevant to the changes that are going on personally, I've been thinking about how God has used our recent move to cleanse me, refine me and strengthen me. But thanks to you, I can see how the enemy has tried to shake me and break me, but it has only served to deepen my faith so that I can truly say I am unbreakable.

You are so right, the earth may shake, our lives might be shaken, but God does not let go of His children.

Now I am thinking about all the dust that I need to shake off of the rugs in the entry way....

Thanks for the Bible study, its been great.

Okay, so now I am thinking about K.C. and the Sunshine Band: Shake, shake, shake, shake, shake shake, shake your......

Good night and God bless you and yours

I'm happy to be a part of this community. I'm a little slow to learn how to maximize or even understand the options on the site, but hey, I'm in Africa so I'm expected to be behind. We fondly call our broadband here "skinnyband" since it's so slow and unreliable. Ah, well.

Good to know LA wasn't hit too hard.

Be blessed.

Thanks, Lisa. Believe me, you are a blessing to the community. You bring such a unique and heartfelt global perspective to the conversation. You have an amazing ability to see both the serious and sometimes humorous side of many issues that those of us living in the Western world can easily overlook.

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