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Strongest quake in Japan’s history unleashes deadly tsunami

The images and reports coming from Japan should make us all stop today and offer prayers for the victims, the relief workers, and everyone impacted.

If you would like to support the mounting relief effort, please visit the Red Cross to make your donations.

In times of natural disasters and the loss of life we are often left with the question of God’s role. I’ll not dive into that today. I do want to explore the idea of “Acts of God” which refer to the unforseen, and usually catastrophic, events that occur.

A tornado knocking down a house can be termed an act of God, but winning the lottery is just plain luck…interesting.


Please continue to pray. Fight the urge to watch the news as entertainment. These images are fascinating in their power of what nature can do. Do not forget there are real people being swept away. Those are real homes and real buildings on fire. Those are actual boats, not CGI-animated creations from the latest Hollywood blockbuster.

It is a chilling call to prayer.

From CNN:

The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history struck off the island nation’s shore on Friday, collapsing buildings, touching off widespread fires and unleashing walls of water up to 30 feet high.

  • Tsunami waves are still a threat to coastal Japan, government officials say
  • The quake is Japan’s strongest in recorded history, Geologic Survey records show
  • The tsunami reaches as far as 6.2 miles inland
  • Hundreds of people are reported dead, with hundreds more missing

More from CNN.

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posted March 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

Do you have any small Christian non-profits or orphan advocate groups that might be helping Japan? Maybe Red Cross is still dealing with the thousands of dollars donated to Haiti??

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posted March 12, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Normally I’d suggest UNICEF but they haven’t been asked for help or started fund raising for Japan as far as I know.
And you are right, this is not about entertainment.

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posted March 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

We should all pray prayers of prevention, not wait for disasters to happen, or think disasters won’t happen. If you think something is possible it usually happens sometime to someone.

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Tom Davis

posted March 13, 2011 at 11:26 am


posted March 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Is there any information on efforts to help children who have now been orphaned by the Japan earthquake and tsunami?

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posted March 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm

I would like to help a lost/orphaned child or children due to the horrible events in Japan.
How do I find out about adoptions?

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kartik saini

posted July 8, 2011 at 12:38 pm

hi i am kartik i am find the information of tusnami in japan……………

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posted November 18, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I realize she went to far with troillng to pick the earthquake in Japan.. But I knew she was troillng right off. How? Because how could anyone exist that was that joyfull and golly gee and about people dying, and then assuming they were all atheists in another country? I mean, nothing made any sense and was too unlikely. That said, I have to admit, I was laughing several times at the whole thing. But at the same time I do feel bad for people in Japan. It’s hard to explain how I can feel bad for people in Japan, but at the same time laugh at this, but that’s how it is. And if she were truly crazy and believed all of it? Does what ONE 13 year old girl even matter? I don’t think so.

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