As many of you know, I recently started working on getting my private pilot's license. I am so excited because flying has been a dream that I have had ever since I can remember. The other day I was in the air with my instructor and we were practicing engine failure procedures. If the engine were to fail, there is an ABC checklist. A stands for Airspeed, which is the first thing you adjust. You pitch the aircraft so that you are at the best glide speed (between 86 and 95 mph in the aircraft I am using). B stands for Best place to land. As soon as you get your plane gliding at the correct speed, you look for a good place to land and then turn the aircraft towards it. Finally, the C stands for Checklist. This is the point in the procedure where you try to restart the aircraft and if that fails, you turn off the fuel and electrical to prevent a fire on impact.

In the book of Isaiah God promises us, "And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left" (30:21). As we go through life, we face spiritual emergencies every day. Solomon tells us that the difference between a just man and a wicked man, however, is that the just man gets back up after he falls. When we face that emergency, when we fall into temptation, when we lose our way, the first thing to do is to set our airspeed to keep moving. We can't stop, otherwise we won't survive. Once we've determined to keep moving forward, we must listen to that word behind thee pointing out the way to go and then turn towards it. Finally, we must go through our checklist (the Bible) and restart our engine. God won't ever let us crash if we only resolve to get back up again.

Listening to that word,

Pastor Sutherland

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