Summary: The earthquake of April 18, 2008 had an epicenter just 6 miles east of our church. It provided an opportunity for me to preach a shakeup message to my congregation. maybe your church needs one, too!
GOD CAN SHAKE THIS PLACE!
16 Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation." 18And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out that very hour.
19But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities. 20And they brought them to the magistrates, and said, "These men, being Jews, exceedingly trouble our city;
21and they teach customs which are not lawful for us, being Romans, to receive or observe."
22Then the multitude rose up together against them; and the magistrates tore off their clothes and commanded them to be beaten with rods.
23And when they had laid many stripes on them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them securely.
24Having received such a charge, he put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.
25But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
26Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
27And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself.
28But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, "Do yourself no harm, for we are all here."
29Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas.
30And he brought them out and said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31So they said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household."
32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house.
33And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family were baptized.
34Now when he had brought them into his house, he set food before them; and he rejoiced, having believed in God with all his household.
For us, April 18th, 2008 will be a date to remember.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey,
a 5.2 magnitude earthquake hit at 4:37 Friday morning.
The news media says the shaking
was centered near West Salem in Edwards County.
However, the U.S. Geological Survey says the epicenter
was in Wabash County about 5 miles north-northeast of Belmont
and 6 miles east of Bone Gap.
It was the strongest earthquake in southern Illinois
since November 1968, when a 5.4 earthquake occurred.
Friday’s quakes were felt as far west as Kansas,
as far north as Upper Michigan, and as far south as Georgia.
The second jolt at 10:14 a.m. was a 4.6 magnitude quake