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After nine years of writing, I learn my readers are primarily that 30% of Americans who don’t go to church, or wish they had something more, yuppies and the discontented. God knows your questions and He has answers. My job is to find them and send them off to you. I hope this makes good sense to you, because He said, “Come, let’s reason together.”
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(6) “Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities.
And lack of bread in all your places;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.
(7) “I also withheld rain from you,
When there were still three months to the harvest.
I made it rain on one city,
I withheld rain from another city.
One part was rained upon,
And where it did not rain the part withered.
(8) So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water,
But they were not satisfied;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.
It’s pretty clear. God is trying to get our attention. Ebola, ISIS, 80 inches of snow in Boston (and more coming) and throughout the Northeast, Northern California drowning and Southern California burning up, crops, parched, gangs and violence in the cities (Missouri), Lyme disease (Texas) burning heat wave (Oklahoma), beheadings for Brits and many others, missionaries killed, new diseases attacking children primarily, antibiotics that no longer work, flu vaccines that only help 1/3rd etc. etc.
(9) “I blasted you with blight and mildew.
When your gardens increased,
Your fig trees,
And your olive trees,
The locust devoured them;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.
(10) “I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt;
Your young men I killed with a sword,
Along with your captive horses;
I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.
The mass shootings are a plague. Drug addiction is a plague. The embarrassing failure of the American press is a plague. Corruption in government is a plague. Mysterious diseases like autism and Alzheimer are a plague.
(11) “I overthrew some of you,
As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
And you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning;
Yet you have not returned to Me,”
Says the LORD.
The Congressional Democrats conducting witch hunts, hoaxes, and constant impeachment talk is a plague.
God wants our attention. Does He have it yet?
#climatechange #SodomandGomorrah #fakenews #corruption #plagues #drought #mildew #beheadings #addiction #autism #Alzheimer #war
And we thought when communism lost in Eastern Europe it was silenced. Maybe not.
I discovered this excellent newspaper which compensates fir the fact that our TV and standard newspapers have failed to report truth.
Psalm 68:21 Yes, God will shatter the heads of his enemies— the very skulls of those who walk in guilt.
Psalm 138: 19 If only, God, you would kill the wicked!
If only murderers would get away from me—
20 the people who talk about you, but only for wicked schemes;
the people who are your enemies,
who use your name as if it were of no significance.[e]
21 Don’t I hate everyone who hates you?
Don’t I despise those who attack you?
22 Yes, I hate them—through and through!
They’ve become my enemies too.
Simmie and her husband are immigrants from Indonesia. She escaped from China and is an implacable foe of Communism. Together they run a successful beauty shop known for high quality work. They both wear the brown prayer beads that identify Buddhists; both are very happy and fulfilled in their lives. They remember President Ronald Reagan’s defeat of the Soviets and are conservative voters.
I like my appointments early so when Simmie shows up I am already there. She takes about 5 minutes before work to stand in front of the little plastic Buddha in a corner of the shop. She gives a daily offering, which is often fruit, and says some prayers standing there silently. (Buddhists in China eat the fruit for lunch.) Orientals are a quiet sort anyway. Then she begins her work day.
I marvel at this sight. Here is a plastic Buddha manufactured by presses in the Pacific Rim (even by those new copy machines filled with liquid plastic) and painted with fake gold. Sometimes these Buddhas are ceramic and covered in real gold. But no matter. I wonder, “Whatever good will that do? This is just plastic; he can’t talk back.“
Most people, even some Buddhists, don’t know that Buddha did not claim to be God, only that he had the wisdom of God. And in fact, many people are wise.
This is a god who cannot answer.
My God can talk back. I want my God to tell me, “That is a stupid idea,” or – “You are on the right track.” I left Texas because God said, ”Start packing.” I could not be happier with the results of the move. Buddha can’t tell me that.
In China I asked one teacher, a Buddhist, “What is God’s name?” She answered, “Shang Di.” That is the Chinese word for the creator God. Then I asked, “Do you know His first name?” She did not.
I said, “His first name is Jesus.” Last October someone told me she accepted Jesus as Messiah, finally after 10 years. These things take time.
What do we do with the Simmies in our midst? We need to tell them that our god can talk back. Not through a priest, or even a prophet, but directly. I love hearing testimonies of people who have Jesus show up – sur-prise, sur-prise. He will do it. When Christians pray.
As the political situation becomes more difficult, not just in the USA but also and most urgently worldwide, more and more people ask when will God come to judge the earth. Almost all information on this is divisive and unclear. Isaiah speaks of the Day of Wrath.
Isa 13:13-15 – The day of wrath is the day of the lord. (KJV) 13 Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts, and in the day of his fierce anger. 14 And it shall be as the chased roe, and as a sheep that no man taketh up: they shall every man turn to his own people, and flee every one into his own land. 15 Every one that is found shall be thrust through; and every one that is joined unto them shall fall by the sword.
Here is where everyone returns to his own land. Whether this applies to us believers is a matter of discussion and on whether you believe the rapture occurs before the day of the Lord, or after this passage or whether you believe it is later on. Definitely one thing is sure – we will all decide on which side of Right or Wrong we stand.
There are 3 interpretations of the “day of the Lord.”
1 – Believers are raptured and watch the events as a cloud of witnesses.
2 – Believers stay here through the judgment and are protected, hidden in some safe place.
3 – Believers stay through the judgment and act as helpers to those whom God wants to save because God has said, “occupy ‘til I come” so we do not leave our post.
The answer to this question depends on timing. Since God lives in eternity, when He speaks of time its relevance to us is like walking through a mist. When He says “soon” we cannot know if this is 10 years or 100.
The word “flee” home tells us that people are not returning home voluntarily. Something has driven them to leave in a big hurry.
These questions have no universal agreement as of yet. I feel sure they will be straightened out in due time. For now, I’d suggest that no one can be absolutely sure.
#rapture #church #dayoftheLord #everyonereturnshome
You probably have forgotten The Bathroom Bill of 2016. North Carolinians remember but others do not because it did not involve them. It is a lesson in how Democrats propose legislation that will damage political opponents
The Nazis knew that Jews were taught to be modest, and that to be naked in public was a sign of shame. Consequently the prisoners taken to the death camps were required to remove all their clothes in public in front of men especially but also in front of the opposite sex. The purpose was to keep them docile and submitted. It worked. I saw all this in a PBS documentary “Swimming in Auschwitz.”
Leap forward 50 years to the United States of America where radicals have purposed to create a whole new culture, to change the American lifestyle of freedom from fear to one of caution, suspicion and withdrawal.
Gender Identity, part of the Anti-Christian goal of politics
The Bathroom bill is a public law in many areas of the country including such heavily LGBT places as Houston, Texas. The bill requires women especially, but also other modest people and children to risk being seen by strangers of the opposite sex in a traditionally private place. This has created a whole new social problem where public behavior is restrained from some shopping and other public events for fear of exposure and possibly attacks by people who look to be one gender but claim, without proof, to be another.
This bill is but one more attempt by Democrats to make the Americans as docile as possible. But will it work? It certainly has made many very angry, and increased interest in elections. But do the Transgender folks know they are being used? I rather doubt it. The Jews swept up into cattle cars never envisioned the gas chambers and ovens where they would lose their lives as well as their societies in Europe.
Jews say Today “Never Again”
Netanyahu of Israel said recently that the Jews in Europe went like sheep to the slaughter. He also said, We will never do that again. His promise to his nation is to not give up one inch of Israel to anyone for any reason.
Will America do that?
The scripture is clear. Jesus paid the price for every man’s sin by the blood shed at his death. But because of the limitations of life, He could not actually give his life literally for every person. If that were so He would need to be born, mature and then die for billions upon billions of people, the exact number we do not know. We do know that the number of souls God created in heaven prior to our birth is huge. So literal birth-death is physically impossible.
How then could Jesus die for each Man and still die for mankind as a whole?
Salvation by Negotiation
It was done by negotiation. Consider that you have a large piece of acreage for sale. No one else is bidding on it. Satan already has his claws into the property and will not give it up; in fact he has sole custody thanks to egregious mistakes by Adam. (And lest we congratulate ourselves remember that we would have been just as rebellious as the First Pair.) The human race is both physically and spiritually doomed.
Since Jesus could not be born billions of times, He would have to negotiate the price. From the foundation of the world Elohim (God in Hebrew) counseled together to select “the agreed upon price.” The price was high. The sacrifice would need to be absolutely sinless, the very opposite of the condition of Man, and he would need to be born just as anyone else and go through life reacting to evil in perfect, sinless obedience. The Old Testament law regarding sacrifices is not a bore if you notice how the priests followed the very process by which a sacrifice was selected. Jesus fit perfectly.
You can’t hide sin in man
Can you image what a hard test this is? Look at your tot in a high chair, crying “MINE!” at the top of his lungs. Rebellion is deep in the heart of man, no matter the size. He is not a bad child; he is merely human. (Proverbs 22:15) It comes with the territory.
Sin only Through the Father’s Line
The perfect plan required that the savior be born sinless without the taint of human error. Mary, Jesus’ mother, did not have to be sinless because the Sin is transferred through the father’s line….. You know, like father, like son. (Genesis 3:17)
The only way a sinless child can be brought forth is if the Father is God Himself, guaranteeing that the DNA of this child is unique in all the universe. Then the blood also would be sinless. Satan can’t fake that – ever, which is why the Kingdom of Evil fell apart in despair after realizing it had engineered the salvation of man and its own demise as well. (1 Cor 2:8)
The devil had a giant surprise
From The Message, modern translation: God’s wisdom is something mysterious that goes deep into the interior of his purposes. You don’t find it lying around on the surface. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest—what God determined as the way to bring out his best in us, long before we ever arrived on the scene. The experts of our day haven’t a clue about what this eternal plan is. If they had, they wouldn’t have killed the Master of the God-designed life on a cross.
So that is why Jesus can say at the very end, “It is finished.” The word in Greek is tetelestai, meaning Paid in Full. You too were included in this number.
Are you automatically saved? No. Nothing that God does for man is automatic. You, the individual, must respond to God at every level of grace. Your life changes when you have a heart change and accept His free gift of eternal life. Today is the day of salvation.
#religion #spirituality #tetelestai #itisfinished
He added, “or make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks eyes.”
The proverb he meant to quote is “people who live in glass houses should not throw stones” a warning against hypocrisy, a big word for being a phony. As usual when politicians quote a book about which they know little or nothing they do indeed look like phonies.
The word glass appears only twice in the Old Testament but it refers to mirrors, a common household item made of polished brass and used in the wash basins of the Tabernacle where the worshiper was required to examine his own sin in a mirrored basin of water, to recognize his sin as preparation for God’s cleansing. They were also popular as ladies mirrors as well.
I checked an English version of the Koran, which Obama actually does know, and there are a few references to glass, but that book was written much later in world history.
Cal Thomas, a long-time Christian whose word on such matters can be trusted, has a short column on Bill Clinton, Al Gore and others bringing Bible quotations into politics because they perceived that Republicans have a leg up on the topic. Thomas knows his Bible in any event.
Click on this article for more info. Cal Thomas on some politicians’ Bible references
Obama has simply misapplied the verse. Hypocrisy has nothing to do with immigration policy. It is either a matter of Law or not. There are only a few times when I think we can “separate church and state” and this is one!
President Obama would be better off remembering the modern version of this proverb. “People who live in glass houses (e.g. the White House) shouldn’t get stoned.”
The key is simple: make your decision ahead if time.
Sounds impossible. How can I know how to decide before I know what is asked? Life is full of opportunities for bad decisions. You can be sure that the devil will send to you the wrong woman or the wrong man to marry. Make up your mind ahead of time that you are not going to be fooled. A potential spouse must meet some standards. Put it down on paper. Remember love can be ginned up quite falsely (called lust) or whatever. The person who thinks through a major decision will end up with a better outcome.
Make up your mind that you won’t compromise with evil before the opportunity comes to you. I was offered a pile of money and endorsements when I ran for the Legislature. I sad “no.” I was nice about it. The offer was generous. This group expected me to follow their corrupt, immoral doctrines when I was in the Legislature. I said no ahead of time. I did not win the election but I was nobody’s “yes” woman either. The only lobby you have to answer to is the God Lobby; God is more than competent to tell you how to vote.
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In 50 years we’ve gone from 3 major TV stations, daily newspapers, radio and a handful of big city newspapers to a billion-voice internet media which has now completely subsumed the former media empire. Today every voice must compete with a dizzying number of TV channels, the decline of national and local newspapers and a multi-billion blogisphere, web and tweet-world. The entire information age is upside down.
Truth used to be on the top
At the bottom level are blogs; WordPress had 65 million of them in 2015 and now 78 million, combined with web sites, and other platforms, not to mention the forbidden Chinese blog world. The real news is at this level, and I suspect the really creative world as well. On top of that still remains the school systems, hopelessly behind in both practice and effectiveness. It is top-down bureaucratized, while the blog world enjoys complete freedom of expression. On top of that are books and trendy magazines.
Truth is now on the bottom
We can ignore the celebrity stuff, and as influential as they are, the home, garden and food sites. On top of that we have a handful of TV stations who find they cannot compete with anything lower, and often unable even to compete with each other. Like the famous pyramid on the dollar, the top of the pile, New York Times, CBS, ABC etc, have an eye now blinded. The Grey Lady (NY Times) in fact does no long deal with black and white. All issues are grey (as the circulation figures show, as do the Nielsen ratings for TV) that no one much is watching or listening or reading them anymore.
Major newspapers now owned by individuals or businesses
The New York Times was once called the newspaper of record. It is so slanted now that the Wall Street Journal is considered much more reliable as well as the Washington Post and the Washington Times. Politicians are hampered by the public ignorance of even basic facts about the modern world, while scandals and speculation pose as news. It is now an insult to be called a journalist even though some are fighting back.
The Balkanization of information is actually a blessing. Major media voices have lost public trust as indicated by the Nielsen ratings of TV shows. Check out TV by the Numbers.
The only invention we now need is the ability to watch internet programming on our wide screen TVs. Pricey cable should be dead. Of course we will be confused. Everyone will have a different version of “the facts” and the major voices telling us what to believe will be quieted.
But I see this as progress. Dictatorial leaders will not be able to control the media, which is one thing all dictators try to do, and the voice of the people can be better heard. And so can the voice of God.
#lyingpress #TVbythenumbers #lossofpublictrust #religion #spirituality
I feel sorry for Tench. He is 15 years old, uncommonly handsome and filled with fears. His grandmother came to me, asking what could I tell him to give him a better outlook on life. His father was an abusive drug addict who his mother dumped when he was small. Then she married a very wealthy man who treated him like dirt, favoring only his own children. The new father was cold and strict. Of course Tench was in trouble with his parents, the school and the Law. This is for Tench, and it is for you too.
Life is Hard for the Firstborn
If you are the firstborn in your family, this word is for you too. God has something special for you. The 1st born is holy unto the Lord, special, consecrated to God. He or she will have a special call and God’s concern.
Look for what He wants you to do in life.
Some of these passages mention males, but others include females. Most parents notice that their eldest child is different.
Exodus 13:2 “Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.”
Exodus 13:12 that you shall set apart to the LORD all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the LORD’s.
Exodus 34:19 “All that open the womb are Mine, and every male firstborn among your livestock, whether ox or sheep.
Numbers 8:16 For they are wholly given to Me from among the children of Israel; I have taken them for Myself instead of all who open the womb, the firstborn of all the children of Israel.
Numbers 18:15 “Everything that first opens the womb of all flesh, which they bring to the LORD, whether man or beast, shall be yours; nevertheless the firstborn of man you shall surely redeem, and the firstborn of unclean animals you shall redeem.
Luke 2:23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the LORD”)
Being “Holy” means special, both good and bad
YOU?? HOLY?? Now there’s a new thought. But Holy means only that God considers you special. He has a plan for every person’s life.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope) but this is different.
Frequently the oldest child comes under more attack ad are often leaders in business and their communities.
He will be waiting to hear from you. Are you going to look for Him, expecting to hear from Him. There is your challenge.
#religion #spirituality #birthorder
<ga.js>Americans are in tragic need of a de-stress. Eight long years part-time employment, income, jobs, high oil prices, ever-increasing food costs, failed plans and both national and international terror threats put us all on edge. Now that everyone is back at work, we are overworking to compensate for lost time.
The Bible has an app for that
It is called “keeping the Sabbath holy.” But how many of us take one day a week to flat line our lives? Not many. It is important enough to be in the 10 Commandments along with not committing adultery and theft. It’s a day of rest where the mind, body and spirit close the door on daily life and “does something else.”
It is not as legalists would have us believe a time to be sanctimonious and pretend to be holy. Being part-holy is work enough. Even the non-religious world is beginning to catch on to that.
High Schoolers reduced crime and stress with a Time Out
One high school in the USA has two breaks a day – 15 minutes each, morning and afternoon. Instead of depriving kids of instructional time, they learned that conflicts, fights, and tardiness all decreased and grades went up. If there is anyone in this world who is on edge it’s the teens. But can we do it? Will we do it? More importantly do we know why we must do it?
Trying to trap Jesus with a question
When Jesus was asked about this issue He said, “Sabbath-keeping is not God’s issue, but man’s.” From the original:
Mark 2:27 (ERV) Then Jesus said to the Pharisees, “The Sabbath day was made to help people. People were not made to be ruled by the Sabbath.
God has no need of a giant rest – man does so He created the Sabbath for man’s benefit. If it is such a valuable benefit why are we not doing it? And what will it take for us to restructure our lives to make things better?
Any day can be a sabbath
In the first place, it does not need to be Sunday. Many people work weekends, esp. ministers and they take Monday off which usually is the preferred day for golf anyway. Keeping the 7th day (or at least one out of 7) holy does not mean you are to spend your entire time in prayer. Legalistic believers might think that, but if you know any Jews, you know they celebrate after service with a giant meal and spend the time chatting, no work, no study, only the farm animals get milked and foddered, and if your ox fell in a ditch you are to get it out. (And if your car breaks down, yes, get it fixed.)
In other words, it is not a matter of what you do, but what you don’t do.
You don’t figure out your taxes, you don’t visit people you can’t stand, you don’t undertake a business venture or a 2nd job, or file paperwork for a new house, or hire an employee, or workout if you hate exercise. It is your day to be you and to let other people be themselves too. No extra stuff on the kids, no heated arguments over politics or which bill to pay this week.
An end to all activity is not the point
Babies need feeding and diapering, but other than that, take that long bath and let someone else play with them. My grandpa played cards with me on Sunday, and he never went to church. His mother took him 4 times a week and he calculated that he’d therefore been enough times to suffice for an entire life of Sundays, but I never saw him do evil to anyone, or cheat, or lie, or sneak off with another woman.
There are times when our time is not our own
Grandpa did work 364 days a year during World War 2 as Labor Relations Manager for a ship building corporation. War is different. You have to fight it no matter when it occurs. In North Texas 5,000 people attend one church on Saturday afternoon and then all day Sunday they eat together. The oldest member of one Sabbath-keeping family I know is 88 and she looks 65!
Health is a reward for a day off
The results of being obedient to God have all kinds of benefits. Most benefits are unseen. Instead of saddling yourself with yet another New Year’s resolution you will probably drop soon enough, why not take this idea on – one day a week for total rest. Select February as it has only 28 days and see if you don’t notice a change.
Do it as an Experiment
Select a period of time and decide on a day when you will totally chill. Do this for at least one month. Make notes about your ability to solve problems during that time. Usually people who live more productive lives will tell you they take more time being calm. Quakers, for example, who practice silence as a religious rite, are known everywhere as more prosperous financially. Keep notes on what you are doing; no one has a perfect memory. And when you are done tell someone else.
You can give yourself positive reinforcement even if no one else does. If you ever said I can’t take a day off, rethink that. If you are not getting what you need out of life, somehow you must make life work for you.
#keepsabbathwholly #stressmanagement #overeating #insomnia #religion #spirituality
<ga.js>Why it is easy to think good people are saved. The key understanding is the difference between the image and the likeness.
Image means to reveal and likeness is to reflect
Here is how the difference works. A man comes across a pool of water in the road and he sees his likeness – it looks a little like him. But the water is actually dirty with rocks and silt, reflecting some of pure water but a whole lot more of what is fallen humanity.
This is a picture of fallen humanity. Fallen humans are easy to spot. We see them in prison photos and police mug shots. We may or may not see the image of God because there is so much dirt and silt.
What is difficult is seeing a fallen man, nicely dressed, educated and prosperous, and on the outside not looking fallen at all. We say ” Oh that person would never go to hell. He is so nice.” But we are not looking at the image of God in that person but only the likeness, vastly cleaned up.
All men have the spirit
All men have the spirit of God in them because He has created them in the image of God. We confuse the spruced-up, elegant man with the image of God, when really there are two natures there. Your life is about which one of these natures will eventually rule.
God’s purpose for us as redeemed people is to bear the image of Christ. We are to reveal what He is now in us in holiness.
I thought this especially valuable in helping to explain why missionaries can be so confused about foreigners. I met many wonderful people in China but they were un-redeemed. It would be easy to simply say they don’t need God because of the likeness of Christ in them, and ignore the whole package of salvation.
Our job is to bring forth the image