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Danger on the Doorstep

Watch Danger on the Doorstep
October 7, 2018
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It Is Written with John Bradshaw

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Danger on the Doorstep

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  • -John Bradshaw: This is It Is Written.
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  • I'm John Bradshaw.
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  • Thanks for joining me.
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  • What would it be like to live with danger on your doorstep?
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  • [Dramatic ominous music]
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  • People living under the shadow of a 12.500-feet-tall volcano,
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  • 25 miles outside Guatemala City,
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  • know exactly what it's like.
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  • Guatemala and its population of 16.5 million people
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  • is located in Central America.
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  • To its north and west is Mexico, Belize is to the northeast,
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  • and to the east are both Honduras and El Salvador.
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  • The country has two coasts;
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  • in the northeast is the Caribbean,
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  • and to the south, the Pacific Ocean.
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  • Guatemala is the same size as Tennessee--
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  • or for that matter, the same size as the country of Iceland.
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  • And for as long as anyone can remember,
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  • volcanoes and earthquakes have been part
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  • of the fabric of life here.
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  • The capital of Guatemala has been moved twice--
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  • once because of volcanic mudflow,
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  • and once because of an earthquake.
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  • In fact, in 1976,
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  • an earthquake here in Guatemala claimed 25.000 lives.
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  • Guatemala is home to 37 volcanoes,
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  • four of which are still active--
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  • Pacaya, Santiaguito, Tacaná,
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  • and Volcán de Fuego,
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  • which in English means, ominously,
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  • "Volcano of Fire."
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  • And in June of 2018, the Volcano of Fire
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  • rained destruction onto surrounding communities.
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  • It was the deadliest eruption in Guatemala in almost 100 years.
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  • "Fuego" is well-known in these parts.
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  • It's one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
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  • It's been erupting almost constantly for many years.
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  • An eruption in 2012 saw 33.000 people evacuate their homes.
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  • Since then, the eruptions have been much smaller,
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  • but they have been persistent.
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  • The 54.000 people who live within six miles of Fuego
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  • are constantly reminded that danger is never far away.
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  • [Solemn music]
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  • It was about the middle of the day on June the 3rd, 2018,
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  • that Fuego erupted violently,
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  • and continued to do so for about the next week or so.
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  • A column of ash rose up above the mountain,
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  • stretching nine miles high into the sky,
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  • and rocks, many of them enormous,
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  • rained down over a wide area.
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  • Volcanic ash closed Guatemala City's main airport.
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  • But it was the pyroclastic flows that did so much damage.
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  • That's hot poisonous volcanic gas mixed with volcanic matter.
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  • They can move quickly, easily 50 miles an hour,
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  • sometimes much faster.
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  • And when they come down a mountainside
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  • toward a settlement of people, unless you move really quickly,
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  • essentially, you don't have a chance.
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  • As rescue workers tried to reach people the next day,
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  • they were interrupted by fresh flows of mud, gas, and ash.
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  • And because the pyroclastic flows are really hot,
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  • most of the bodies recovered were unrecognizable.
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  • Ash that fell to the ground was said
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  • to be between 400 and 700 degrees Celsius--
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  • between 750 and 1.300 degrees Fahrenheit.
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  • When Fuego erupted,
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  • destruction engulfed community after community.
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  • It seemed as though it happened in the blink of an eye.
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  • It was like a nightmare, except this was all too real.
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  • People lost their homes, completely swept away.
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  • They lost their crops--gone.
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  • They lost their possessions.
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  • And many people lost their entire family.
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  • And so today thousands of people mourn those losses,
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  • and they're adjusting to a new way of life--
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  • without the past,
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  • without their possessions, without their homes,
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  • yes, in many cases, without their families.
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  • In a moment I'm going to introduce you
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  • to somebody who survived Fuego.
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  • She lost all of her possessions,
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  • but she considers herself especially blessed
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  • because she and her family made it out in one piece.
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  • They've lived to tell the story.
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  • But Rosa's neighbors did not.
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  • Many of them perished-- for one reason.
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  • I'll tell you why in just a moment.
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  • [Music]
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  • -John: Now, here's a question: Can God be trusted?
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  • Either you've asked that question yourself,
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  • [Music]
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • Government statistics said, following the dramatic
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  • and devastating volcano in southern Guatemala,
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  • that 120 people lost their lives,
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  • and another 200 were officially missing.
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  • Locals tell another story.
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  • One man told us that he himself lost
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  • at least 70 extended family members.
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  • Another individual said that there is no question
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  • that there are at least 1.500 people missing
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  • in the wake of the volcano.
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  • In Escuintla, Guatemala, Rosa Chacón works as a volunteer
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  • for the government's emergency alert services.
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  • It's her responsibility to warn local residents
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  • when Fuego puts them in danger.
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  • [Rosa speaking Spanish]
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  • -Interpreter: We had been doing simulations for two months
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  • before this situation
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  • because we had calculated that the volcano erupts
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  • every 35 to 40 years,
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  • and we were getting to the 40-year mark.
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  • So we were already preparing ourselves for another eruption,
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  • but we didn't think that the eruption would be
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  • as big as it was.
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  • At 9 in the morning, we took some photos and saw
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  • that there was no problem for our area at that moment.
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  • When 11 in the morning came, we heard a very loud boom,
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  • and I started running from one community to another,
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  • from one community to another, warning people,
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  • alerting them to prepare themselves.
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  • It is very difficult for me...
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  • because I lived at the epicenter of that place,
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  • in the very place where that big monster was coming.
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  • I was trying to save the people that were on the bridge.
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  • My granddaughter and I yelled--
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  • and two other people that were from the same CONRED community--
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  • we yelled to them to leave, to clear the area,
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  • but the people were taking videos.
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  • It was something they had never seen before.
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  • The heat of it even got to me.
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  • Like this, like there were big waves coming down
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  • that came with a terrible speed.
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  • It came crashing,
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  • and when we saw that it gained speed, we ran.
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  • We ran. We ran to save ourselves.
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  • We continued in a car.
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  • They picked us up, and we were yelling,
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  • "Come, come! That thing is coming over!"
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  • I lived through an experience.
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  • -John: There are so many people who have been
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  • through so much and who have lost so much.
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  • What have you heard about the experiences of other people?
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  • [Rosa speaking Spanish]
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  • -Interpreter: That whole first week was very hard.
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  • They would approach me, they would hug me,
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  • and they would tell me, "Mrs. Rosita,
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  • they've already delivered my first dead loved one.
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  • I found my son."
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  • Others said, "I found my dad."
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  • "They are helping me bury them."
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  • I have encountered grief.
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  • Here we have cried together with all of these people.
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  • Although I've had to hold it in at times
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  • and close myself off somewhere very quiet and vent--
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  • because here I have been trying to give people a smile.
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  • To the people here I offer a hug,
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  • because for this reason the Lord has sent me here,
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  • to hug them and give them smiles, to all these people.
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  • -John: How did people respond when you alerted them
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  • to the, to the danger?
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  • [Rosa speaking Spanish]
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  • -Interpreter: Some people told me, "We're coming."
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  • Some didn't respond.
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  • This happened mainly at ground zero,
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  • which is where we've lost so many people.
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  • They would say, "We're going to put ourselves in our houses."
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  • And that's where all the families would gather.
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  • And us with the cars, buses, national police,
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  • telling people to get in the cars,
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  • and we would call them, "Come up, come up!"
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  • But what the people did instead was to lock themselves
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  • in their houses.
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  • -John: So the people who've been through something
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  • like this--
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  • how do you understand their attitude towards God?
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  • Has that been affected one way or another?
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  • [Rosa speaking Spanish]
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  • -Interpreter: Today, all the people have come closer to God,
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  • seeking God, especially if we pray with them.
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  • They may have come from different churches,
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  • but today when you approach someone and tell them,
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  • "We want to pray for you," they cry,
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  • they repent,
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  • and they come close to God.
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  • That is the attitude that the people now have.
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  • -John: After the Volcano of Fire erupted,
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  • rescue efforts were hindered by the clouds of toxic gas
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  • that hung heavy in the air.
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  • The ground was so hot that the soles of the boots
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  • worn by rescuers melted while on their feet.
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  • And then heavy rain fell,
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  • making rescue and recovery just that much more difficult.
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  • But rescuers, many of them volunteers,
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  • flocked to the area to see what they could do to help.
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  • One of them was Ricardo Carrillo, a local church pastor,
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  • among the first to arrive on the scene in Escuintla.
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  • Pastor, I understand you were one
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  • of the very first church workers
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  • to get to the site of the disaster.
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  • Tell me what went through your mind when you heard
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  • that the volcano had erupted.
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  • [Ricardo speaking Spanish]
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  • -Interpreter: In that moment I thought--
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  • the volcano had been active every day before this--
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  • and in that moment, the first thing that came into my mind was
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  • the volcanic activity that was happening
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  • the days before the eruption.
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  • And I said, "Wow, what must have happened?"
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  • If the volcano erupted, that means it would have devastated
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  • several of the communities that I actually knew.
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  • When we arrived at the location of the disaster,
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  • what we were looking at--well, it was definitely shocking.
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  • In that moment, in my mind, I said to myself,
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  • how many people must have been killed?
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  • -John: When you made it to the volcano area,
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  • to that area that was affected, what did you see?
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  • What did you experience when you got there?
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  • [Ricardo speaking Spanish]
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  • -Interpreter: It is difficult to explain with words
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  • because my heart, it sank in that moment.
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  • When I got there,
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  • I saw a community that I'd seen many times
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  • because I used to pass by that area all the time.
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  • Now a person would end up getting lost out there
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  • because the land there has become unrecognizable.
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  • So, in that moment, my heart sank so much;
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  • there was so much sadness in my heart.
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  • -John: With everything that you've seen and experienced,
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  • and the people that you've spoken to,
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  • and the stories that you've heard,
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  • what has impacted you the most throughout this process?
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  • [Ricardo speaking Spanish]
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  • -Interpreter: Seeing the kids--
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  • to see the bodies of the children
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  • that were being taken out of this place.
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  • Some of the kids who died hugging each other--
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  • seeing that part,
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  • the physical reaction that some of these kids had
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  • when this was happening.
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  • Some of them ended up with their arms up,
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  • like in a defensive position,
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  • trying to protect themselves from what was happening.
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  • So, when they were taking them out,
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  • their arms were still up in that defensive position.
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  • That was one of the things that impacted me the most.
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  • -John: We've read in the news that 120 people died;
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  • 200 people are missing.
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  • But we're told by people in the area
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  • there's maybe 1.500 people that are unaccounted for.
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  • Maybe we'll never know.
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  • Why was it that so many people weren't able to get out
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  • or didn't get out in time?
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  • [Ricardo speaking Spanish]
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  • -Interpreter: Because of the number of people
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  • that were in that place, because it was a Sunday--
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  • Sunday usually isn't a working day.
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  • Many people were in their houses,
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  • and the children weren't at school.
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  • The few who were saved at the time
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  • were saved because they had gone out
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  • to do something outside of their houses,
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  • something that wasn't routine.
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  • The people were too accustomed to the volcanic activity--
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  • too accustomed, I would say.
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  • They thought this volcanic activity was the same
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  • as what had always happened.
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  • So many of them thought that the column of smoke
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  • that was coming through was the only thing they needed
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  • to be concerned about.
  • 00:15:48.220 --> 00:15:50.020
  • So they decided to close themselves in their houses
  • 00:15:50.030 --> 00:15:54.050
  • to avoid being harmed by the smoke column,
  • 00:15:54.060 --> 00:15:56.070
  • because, by being inside their homes,
  • 00:15:56.080 --> 00:15:59.130
  • they didn't realize what was coming
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  • behind the column of smoke, the danger that was there.
  • 00:16:01.220 --> 00:16:06.010
  • -John: You know, there are people all around the world
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  • that are suffering.
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  • Just a few meters away from where we're sitting
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  • is a young man who lost his entire family
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  • in this volcanic disaster.
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  • All around the world, people are going through suffering
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  • of many, many different kinds.
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  • As a pastor, what do you say to people?
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  • -Interpreter: I would tell them what Paul said.
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  • You have the right to feel sad,
  • 00:16:32.130 --> 00:16:35.260
  • but not like those who don't have hope.
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  • We as Christians, and as the people who believe in Jesus
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  • and understand that Jesus will come again,
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  • have the right to be saddened--
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  • but in a different way because there is hope.
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  • And as long as we have hope, our sadness is different
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  • because we know that the hope sustains us
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  • with a certain positivity that we'll be able to see
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  • our loved ones again when Jesus Christ comes on high.
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  • -John: I'll be back with more in just a moment.
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  • [Music]
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  • -John Bradshaw: Thanks for joining me today
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  • on It Is Written.
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  • I'm in San Miguel Los Lotes, Guatemala--
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  • or what's left of it--
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  • following the devastating eruption of Volcán de Fuego
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  • just three weeks ago, as I speak to you.
  • 00:18:02.030 --> 00:18:05.050
  • And you may wonder why people stay
  • 00:18:06.230 --> 00:18:09.060
  • when there's danger on the doorstep.
  • 00:18:09.070 --> 00:18:11.080
  • So why do people stay?
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  • Well, there's a couple of reasons.
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  • One is economics.
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  • This is where they live; it's where their homes are.
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  • This is where land is; this is jobs; it's survival.
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  • It's not that easy just to take off and pick up again.
  • 00:18:24.250 --> 00:18:28.020
  • And the second one is related to the first: It's logistics.
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  • So this is a danger zone; it's a well-known danger zone.
  • 00:18:32.130 --> 00:18:35.040
  • But to leave, to gather up your family,
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  • when you don't have much of anything,
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  • to go to another part of the country, find new work--
  • 00:18:39.040 --> 00:18:42.170
  • it's just difficult.
  • 00:18:42.180 --> 00:18:44.030
  • There's another reason people stay.
  • 00:18:45.030 --> 00:18:46.130
  • It's the same reason that people move to the coast of Florida,
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  • even though it will certainly be hit
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  • by another major hurricane,
  • 00:18:51.180 --> 00:18:53.000
  • or why people build homes on the banks of rivers that flood,
  • 00:18:53.010 --> 00:18:55.290
  • or why people live in earthquake country in California.
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  • Danger tends to be predictable to a degree.
  • 00:18:58.170 --> 00:19:01.070
  • You can see a hurricane coming, so you can prepare.
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  • If floodwaters begin to rise, you can get out--
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  • or at least you hope you can.
  • 00:19:06.150 --> 00:19:07.200
  • And most people survive earthquakes,
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  • so you hope you're going to be lucky.
  • 00:19:09.260 --> 00:19:11.280
  • It's like driving without a seatbelt.
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  • Most people who do it are going to be okay.
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  • But those who aren't okay are going to be really not okay.
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  • If you have to pay the price for your decision,
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  • it's usually an incredibly high price.
  • 00:19:22.090 --> 00:19:24.290
  • And then there's another reason: familiarity.
  • 00:19:25.000 --> 00:19:27.160
  • You live around danger, and you think,
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  • "It's never going to happen to me.
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  • It's happened before, and I got away with it.
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  • If it happens again, I'll get away with it then."
  • 00:19:34.250 --> 00:19:37.130
  • And you will--unless, of course, you don't.
  • 00:19:37.140 --> 00:19:41.120
  • Now, here's a question:
  • 00:19:44.120 --> 00:19:46.020
  • Why do people go on living where they do, or how they do,
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  • when there's danger at their doorstep spiritually?
  • 00:19:51.180 --> 00:19:55.210
  • It's like people play a sort of spiritual Russian roulette,
  • 00:19:55.220 --> 00:19:58.260
  • taking spiritual risks when they ought to be minimizing risk
  • 00:19:58.270 --> 00:20:03.130
  • and maximizing safety.
  • 00:20:03.140 --> 00:20:05.060
  • There are people waiting for a better time
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  • to come to faith in God.
  • 00:20:08.100 --> 00:20:10.100
  • But what if, in the interim, that volcano blows?
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  • What if, what if your life comes to an end?
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  • What if Jesus were to return?
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  • What if you were simply to never get around
  • 00:20:18.190 --> 00:20:21.200
  • to giving your heart to God?
  • 00:20:21.210 --> 00:20:23.260
  • People dabble with sin.
  • 00:20:23.270 --> 00:20:25.270
  • A little "harmless flirting" turns into an attraction,
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  • which leads to bad decisions and regret and a broken home
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  • and ruined relationships and with children as the casualties
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  • all because, well,
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  • no one expected it to turn out like this.
  • 00:20:37.190 --> 00:20:39.130
  • But that's how it turns out.
  • 00:20:39.140 --> 00:20:41.210
  • When there's danger on your doorstep,
  • 00:20:41.220 --> 00:20:43.180
  • when you live on a fault line, you really can't be surprised
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  • when the ground shifts beneath your feet.
  • 00:20:47.010 --> 00:20:49.260
  • You know, you just can't afford to take risks
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  • with your spiritual life.
  • 00:20:52.070 --> 00:20:53.250
  • It's dangerous.
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  • Life is unpredictable.
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  • And while you put God on hold, don't forget,
  • 00:20:57.180 --> 00:21:00.160
  • you're spurning,
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  • you are saying "no" to the love of God for you.
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  • You're telling God you don't want Him in your life.
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  • But here's what happens.
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  • You wait.
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  • "I'll pray another day."
  • 00:21:09.170 --> 00:21:10.160
  • You wait.
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  • "I'll read my Bible another day."
  • 00:21:11.140 --> 00:21:13.110
  • And another day comes, and your heart has gone cold.
  • 00:21:13.120 --> 00:21:16.240
  • That desire has all just bled away.
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  • And now you don't even want to come to God at all.
  • 00:21:19.030 --> 00:21:25.060
  • Or there are those who are putting God on hold
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  • because they're pursuing the things of this world.
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  • They're saying in their hearts, "You know, it's okay.
  • 00:21:30.260 --> 00:21:33.030
  • I know Jesus said it's easier for a camel to get
  • 00:21:33.040 --> 00:21:35.100
  • through the eye of a needle than for a rich man
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  • to enter into heaven.
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:38.050
  • But it's going to be okay for me. I'll be fine.
  • 00:21:38.060 --> 00:21:41.110
  • I can pursue that exclusive home I don't need,
  • 00:21:41.120 --> 00:21:44.020
  • that expensive car I can't afford."
  • 00:21:44.030 --> 00:21:47.030
  • You hang in there doing that, and one day you become
  • 00:21:47.040 --> 00:21:49.150
  • living proof that what Paul told Timothy is true:
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  • "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil."
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  • We just can't afford to wait.
  • 00:21:57.220 --> 00:21:59.090
  • We can't afford to put anything in front of God.
  • 00:21:59.100 --> 00:22:02.000
  • God calls us to come to Him now.
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  • To do anything other than to do that--
  • 00:22:04.070 --> 00:22:06.200
  • well, that's like living on the side of a volcano
  • 00:22:06.210 --> 00:22:08.200
  • and failing to take action when the warnings come.
  • 00:22:08.210 --> 00:22:13.120
  • The reason Lot got himself into so much trouble
  • 00:22:13.130 --> 00:22:16.060
  • in Sodom and Gomorrah is that he made
  • 00:22:16.070 --> 00:22:18.060
  • a very risky spiritual decision.
  • 00:22:18.070 --> 00:22:21.080
  • Thinking he'd be okay,
  • 00:22:21.090 --> 00:22:23.140
  • he chose to live near those very wicked cities.
  • 00:22:23.150 --> 00:22:27.080
  • The Bible says in Genesis 13 and verse 12,
  • 00:22:27.090 --> 00:22:30.090
  • "Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan,
  • 00:22:30.100 --> 00:22:32.170
  • and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain,
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  • and pitched his tent toward Sodom."
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  • Yes, it's true Lot made it out of Sodom alive,
  • 00:22:38.210 --> 00:22:41.150
  • but his wife didn't.
  • 00:22:41.160 --> 00:22:43.000
  • His sons-in-law didn't.
  • 00:22:43.010 --> 00:22:44.210
  • And while his daughters came out of Sodom,
  • 00:22:44.220 --> 00:22:48.140
  • it's pretty obvious that the spirit of Sodom
  • 00:22:48.150 --> 00:22:51.070
  • didn't come out of them.
  • 00:22:51.080 --> 00:22:53.130
  • James 4:7 says, "Submit yourselves therefore to God.
  • 00:22:53.140 --> 00:22:57.130
  • Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
  • 00:22:57.140 --> 00:23:01.090
  • "Resist" is what James wrote.
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:03.260
  • In other words, make some good decisions.
  • 00:23:03.270 --> 00:23:06.080
  • Be proactive in order to safeguard
  • 00:23:06.090 --> 00:23:08.280
  • your spiritual well-being.
  • 00:23:08.290 --> 00:23:10.230
  • You do that in other areas of your life.
  • 00:23:10.240 --> 00:23:12.220
  • People make decisions proactively to safeguard
  • 00:23:12.230 --> 00:23:15.110
  • and preserve their health.
  • 00:23:15.120 --> 00:23:17.050
  • We do that to preserve our well-being, our homes,
  • 00:23:17.060 --> 00:23:19.260
  • our possessions.
  • 00:23:19.270 --> 00:23:21.060
  • That's why you lock your car. It's why you lock your house.
  • 00:23:21.070 --> 00:23:25.100
  • But what decisions are you making proactively
  • 00:23:25.110 --> 00:23:28.170
  • to guard yourself spiritually?
  • 00:23:28.180 --> 00:23:31.200
  • Now, let's make sure we're not getting the cart
  • 00:23:31.210 --> 00:23:33.120
  • before the horse.
  • 00:23:33.130 --> 00:23:34.210
  • James wrote, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
  • 00:23:34.220 --> 00:23:39.200
  • But where do you get the power to resist?
  • 00:23:39.210 --> 00:23:42.000
  • Where does that strength come from?
  • 00:23:42.010 --> 00:23:43.270
  • Right before he wrote that, he said,
  • 00:23:43.280 --> 00:23:47.140
  • "Submit yourself therefore to God."
  • 00:23:47.150 --> 00:23:50.270
  • Submit.
  • 00:23:50.280 --> 00:23:51.220
  • That's to surrender. That's to yield.
  • 00:23:51.230 --> 00:23:55.180
  • And when you submit yourself to God,
  • 00:23:55.190 --> 00:23:57.280
  • God moves into your life,
  • 00:23:57.290 --> 00:23:59.170
  • and He occupies your whole heart.
  • 00:23:59.180 --> 00:24:01.200
  • Angels become your attendants, your helpers,
  • 00:24:01.210 --> 00:24:04.230
  • and the Holy Spirit provides the power that you need
  • 00:24:04.240 --> 00:24:07.220
  • to keep from evil and to remain in the will
  • 00:24:07.230 --> 00:24:11.220
  • and in the heart of God.
  • 00:24:11.230 --> 00:24:13.120
  • First John 5 and verse 12 says,
  • 00:24:13.130 --> 00:24:15.120
  • "He [or she] that hath the Son of God hath life."
  • 00:24:15.130 --> 00:24:18.250
  • That's where the strength is-- when you have Jesus.
  • 00:24:18.260 --> 00:24:21.260
  • How do you have Jesus?
  • 00:24:21.270 --> 00:24:23.040
  • You surrender. You yield.
  • 00:24:23.050 --> 00:24:25.010
  • You offer your heart to him,
  • 00:24:25.020 --> 00:24:27.100
  • and He takes it, and He makes it yours.
  • 00:24:27.110 --> 00:24:31.030
  • Surrender.
  • 00:24:31.040 --> 00:24:32.120
  • Have you surrendered?
  • 00:24:32.130 --> 00:24:34.080
  • If you haven't, can you do it now?
  • 00:24:34.090 --> 00:24:37.010
  • I know you can.
  • 00:24:37.020 --> 00:24:38.140
  • God calls you to submit your life to Him.
  • 00:24:38.150 --> 00:24:42.040
  • He takes your life in His hands, and He makes your old life new.
  • 00:24:42.050 --> 00:24:48.240
  • And that's when you're really living, walking with Jesus,
  • 00:24:48.250 --> 00:24:52.240
  • looking forward to an eternal future.
  • 00:24:52.250 --> 00:24:56.080
  • -John: Now, here's a question: Can God be trusted?
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  • Either you've asked that question yourself,
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  • or you know somebody who has, and I've got an answer for you.
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  • Can God be trusted?
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  • -John Bradshaw: Friend, whatever you're doing right now,
  • 00:25:28.100 --> 00:25:29.270
  • I'd like you to pause and pray with me.
  • 00:25:29.280 --> 00:25:33.130
  • And if you've not done so,
  • 00:25:33.140 --> 00:25:35.080
  • take the opportunity to surrender your life to Jesus.
  • 00:25:35.090 --> 00:25:37.230
  • Let's pray.
  • 00:25:37.240 --> 00:25:39.060
  • Our Father in heaven,
  • 00:25:39.070 --> 00:25:40.290
  • we live in the midst of great spiritual danger.
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  • But we thank You today there is spiritual safety in Jesus.
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  • We thank You that when this world had gone astray,
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  • Jesus came to this earth and died for lost men and women
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  • and now offers all of us the gift of eternal life.
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  • Friend, have you accepted that gift?
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  • We live with danger on our doorstep,
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  • but you can find safety in Jesus.
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  • Have you offered your heart to Him?
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  • If you haven't, do it now.
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  • Lord, take that heart.
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  • Friend, reach out to Jesus by faith.
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  • Lord, take that heart.
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  • Friend, offer Jesus your heart. Tell Him, "It's Yours; have it.
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  • Give me a new life, Lord. Take that heart."
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  • And we thank You today for safety in Jesus,
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  • security in Jesus, certainty in Jesus.
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  • When the world is moving around us,
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  • and the sands are shifting under our feet,
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  • we thank You for safety, for security,
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  • and for salvation in Christ.
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  • Have you claimed it, friend?
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  • He gives it to you if you accept it.
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  • Have you accepted it?
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  • Lord, we accept it.
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  • And we thank You for it.
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  • And we pray in Jesus' name.
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  • Amen.
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  • Thanks so much for joining me.
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  • I'm looking forward to seeing you again next time.
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  • Until then, remember:
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  • "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone,
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  • but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'"
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  • [Theme music]
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