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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

jesus-carrying-cross-bloodyDoes God allow suffering? Did Jesus suffer for our sins so we would escape suffering?

Not much is preached about suffering, only a false message on prosperity and happiness.  But, God never intended us to be “happy”.  There is no place in the Bible that God says that we are not to suffer.

We know that God loves us and cares for us..(in my previous Salvation blog). Yet we wonder why He allows suffering. When a tragedy happens, the media instantly puts the blame on God.  God uses our suffering when things happen in our lives. What we fail to realize is that even though we cannot see what God is doing, He is patiently at work fulfilling His will.  One of the most important and awesome ways of God is that He uses our suffering.   When my son committed suicide, did I blame God?  No, because even though I was so broken then and wanted to die myself, I had had enough Biblical teachings and was grounded enough in faith to know that my son was in Heaven (saved) and that while I didn’t understand His will; I had enough faith even in my mourning, which lasted through a mini stroke I only faintly acknowledged, and pain and tears for 3 1/2 years.  But, God used me, and used my talents, and in the process, healed me.  Now, I can be a testimony .

Peter wrote a letter to suffering believers in the first century.  He said, “therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right” (I Peter 4:19).  Paul was in jail, had horrific arthritis, Jacob walked with a limp,  Moses stuttered, Peter had a temper, and it shows that none  of us are above suffering or perfect, except Jesus, yet He suffered the most at the CROSS for our sins.

Suffering is the result of anything that causes us pain in some way.  In such a sinful world, all of us suffer.  Some of our suffering may take the form of persecution for our faith. There are other kinds of suffering we bring on ourselves, such as violating good health principles. God USES suffering in order to get our attention.   We now are like Sodem and Gomorrah in America.  We refuse to repent and turn from wickedness.   The wages of sin is death.  In verses 67 and 71 of Psalm 119 we read that affliction helps us to learn God’s ways.  When He sees that we are moving toward sin and disobedience, the Lord allows suffering because our pain drives us back to HIM.  God uses suffering to develop personal righteousness and maturity.  When my son killed himself, thank God I at least had the maturity and knew my scriptures, even in pain, I knew the truth.  As Christians, we are often unaware of sinful activities that remain in our lives.  God is in the process of developing maturity through us, and suffering helps to reveal those issues that He wants us to resolve.

God uses suffering for the purpose of pruning.   Pruning as we prune a tree, that once its’ done and the roots spread in the ground it is able to finally bear fruit.  Corinthians.. Else we can never be productive for the Kingdom of Christ.   What does God prune? He “cuts away” our attitudes and our actions so that godly ones may grow, thus maximizing our potential as children of God.  Suffering too, teaches obedience.  Even Jesus had to learn obedience.   Hebrews 5:8  He was always perfect, yet always learning obedience. Focus on what God is teaching you.  Accept His discipline because it applies to those whom He loves.  God uses suffering too, to teach us to trust Him.   In 1Peter 1:7, we read that our faith when tested by fire, is more precious than gold,which is perishable.  God makes no apology for sending us suffering because He loves us so much.   He wants us to have continuous dependence upon His grace.  He allows suffering to manifest Christ’s life in each of us.  He wants our heart to be purified to make us holy.   In going through suffering, He teaches us to praise Him and give thanks for everything.   For he is perfecting us in HIS image…like clay..He is the potter and we are the clay.   It is allowing us to build CHARACTER!  Someone said , our talents can take us to the top, but, only our character can keep us there.

He allows adversity to enable us to share the suffering of Christ. Philippians 3, Paul writes that he desires suffering because Jesus Christ suffered on his behalf.  Since both Christ and Paul suffered, we know that God calls us to endure trials as well. It is a false Gospel that claims our faith should only bring us health and prosperity.  God allows suffering to prevent pride and keep us humble.  He wants to reveal man’s evil and God’s righteousness.  When we are in a trial and in pain, hard as it may be, ask God what He wants us to do.  Was this pain we are going through caused by our own sin, or though some other influence?  As God for strength and discernment during this time of testing…  Some of the above in excerpts were taken from a teaching by Dr. Charles Stanley, “the Ways of God 7”

Dr. David Jeremiah, also did a teaching from II Corinthians.  I Cor. 4:7-12 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the Power may be of God and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed, perplexed, but not in despair Persecuted but not forsaken; cast down but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”  (we live the resurrection life by understanding that we have been planted together in the likeness of His death. jwexpositors) “For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death works in us, but life in you.”   He ALLOWS us to go through things to see Jesus through our pain.  It’s not about us, but about HIM.  For the ultimate is settled in Heaven.

The one thing that you should not do?  Don’t give up, and don’t blame God.   Faith works! So does prayer!   If you are going through a trial now, ask Jesus into your heart and ask Him to lead you step by step and to heal your emotions and pain.  It may take time…but, He has never failed me, no matter how long it took.  I never doubted for one moment that my Jesus had His arms around me holding me up…Thank you Jesus for loving me..I pray my testimony aids someone out there that needs help now…

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The Old Cross and The New

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I had this wonderful article for a long time, and first published in 2010. This is an excerpt from an article written by A. W. Tozer.   “The truth is the modern ministry little believes that what  Jesus did at the Cross answers every question, solves every problem, meets every need, and breaks every bondage of sin.  Yes, there may be some superficial likenesses between the Old Cross and the New Cross, but when inspected, even to a small degree, the differences are fundamental, and even that is an understatement.”

“All unannounced and mostly undetected, there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles.  Anything that promises salvation or victory other than simple faith in Christ and what HE did for us at the Cross must come under the heading of the “new cross”.  While the “old cross” is mentioned from time to time in modern preaching, it is mostly used as window dressing.  The truth is the modern ministry little believes that what Jesus did at the Cross answers every question.”

“From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique – a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching.  Its content is not the same as before.  The Lord does NOT rehabilitate anyone. HE KILLS THE ‘OLD MAN’ AND MAKES ALTOGETHER A ‘NEW MAN’.  He does not as the new cross, a friendly pal, and it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and entertainment and ‘gimmicks’ from prosperity, to ‘feeling good’ and a new one now with supposed revival even finding diamonds in pew seats.  What blasphemy!  Jesus doesn’t give us a ‘how to kit’…It lets Adam live without interference.  His life motivation is UNCHANGED, he still lives for his own pleasure” (which those like Oprah cannot give up)..”Only now the accent is still on enjoyment. Instead of tears and repentance!   The fun is on a higher plan morally if not intellectually.  It is the message of morality, which is pleasing to the carnal ear.  The truth is Judas Iscariot proved that association, participation and environment although good things, STILL does NOT change the heart of man.  In other words, the born-again experience now is all but ignored.  It is some moral evolution.  Thats the reason the bartender or liquor salesman is now told he can keep his day job, as well as the dancer in Las Vegas.  But, it is a SIN!”

“Whereby, their lives are not changed, the old things of the past still remain except they now claim Christ.  Christ cannot be bought and had in such circumstances.  Joel Osteen, who once I said was nothing but a sales pitch; however,  I now watch Joel, and have a different opinion.  He does use scriptures.

John said, ‘love not the world nor the things in the world.’ Spoken of here by John pertains to the ordered system of Satan is the head.  ‘If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.’ God the Father will not share the love that must go exclusively to HIM with the world.  He did not sacrifice the life of His only begotten son, for this new cross and excuses. ‘For all that is in the world there is nothing in the system of this world that is of God, the lust of the flesh, (referes to evil cravings) and the lust of the eyes (craves what he sees)  and the pride of life (that which trusts its own power and resources and shamefully despises and violates Divine Laws, is not of the Father, but the world, Satan.”

“The NEW cross does not slay the sinner , it REDIRECTS him.  It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect.  To the self-assertive, it says, ‘Come and assert yourself for Christ and is a false word to the Bible and CRUEL to the unsaved souls that hears the message.  The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it.”

The Old Cross is a symbol of DEATH.  It stands for the abrupt violent and end of a human being.  The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said bye to his friends…(the old life was killed with repentance and salvation)..and all passed, the old man , is the old you, and dies.  The Cross made no compromise, modified nothing!   Spared nothing!  It slew all of the man, completely  and for good. It struck cruel and hard, breaking ties with all friends, habits, hangouts, and yes, even unsaved relatives of the past. ”  (Did not Jesus say, ‘I come not in peace but to pit mother against daughter,” etc.)  When we get saved we DIE by the blood…and if we deny the BLOOD shed at Calvary, we mock Jesus Christ, and our supposed salvation is nothing, but a farce.  When truly saved, the old man is no more.”

“Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our pencils erase the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount? May God forbid.  Let us teach the  Old Cross, the only TRUE Cross and we will know the old power of Jesus Christ.   Romans 6:1-14,8: 1-2,11, ICor. 1:17-18, 21,23, 2:2, Gal 5,6:14, Eph 2:13-18, Col 2:17-18” from AW Tozer “Man the Dwelling Place of God.” 1966

May we all look deep inside our own walk with Christ. We do not have Holy Ghost power to lead others to the Cross and witness the word, if we are not dead in Christ ,ourselves.  To die in repentance at that Cross and the blood shed at Calvary, kills the old man in us and when we come up..All things are passed away, we are NEW …we get a new life...(Thats what the media and Catholics do not understand with the salvation message..) new friends that are Christian, and we don’t throw the past up in someones face, for the PAST IS DEAD!  Gone..Washed by Jesus blood shed at Calvary.   Paul says to push towards the mark..and that we must always do.  Wallowing about what is dead is of Satan..and not life under the salvation’s message.  I pray for ministries led astray…I pray boldness of this message at pulpits across America, I pray for the Catholic Church to understand and reach their parishioners.    The Cross…all that pain and blood Jesus shed for our sins….is the ONLY way. For didn’t Jesus say, “I AM the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIGHT, and NO ONE COMETH TO THE FATHER, EXCEPT BY ME…COME UNTO ME ALL YE THAT ARE HEAVY LADEN, AND I WILL GIVE YOU REST.”   Then, it says HE will mold you like clay in HIS image.  If you are not converted, how can you be molded anew?  What else is there?  Jesus bore it all…..Alleluia to the lamb of God!

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America’s Prayers

529223_413706858707282_701908242_n Consider what is happening now in this worrld.  I first wrote this in 2011.  Now? Well, many laughted at the Four Blood Moons. But when all is documented on NASA, listen. AND it concerns Israel…not necessarily us. What more proof do you need? The last Blood moon Passover in April in spite of Obama’s interference with his organizers in Israel, Bibi won the election again. Now our Tower in NYC which was built on defiance not repentance was hit twice so far with lightening. It “could” get worse. I still think lightening comes from God??? Now too Obama has addressed the UN Assembly, and is going along with a New World Order (666 in Revelations) not to mention, advocating along with the UN for a Palestinian State. He has shafted Israel, and God says, “I will bless those who bless my people (Israel & the Jews) and curse those who curse her. Add to that the Supreme Courts decision on Gay rights, abortion, and we are under the biggest judgment from God Almighty we have ever been under. Top it off now with Putin taking over as the worlds super power, going into Syria, 100,000 Syrian Islamic Refugees coming into America? Use your head….It is all Biblical. ALL! No one said the 4 Blood moons would be the end of the World. But THIS only happens rarely. This last was on the Feast of the Tabernacles 9/28. It is the Jewish day of judgment of sin. Deut 1-6. The last 4 Blood moons was 1967-68 When Israel had the 6 day war. Before that? 1949-50 When Israel became a State. The first time was 1492 when Queen Isabella was murdering Jews, and Columbus took them to America. LEARN…and look up! America is not in the Bible. AND Iraq is Mesopotamia, Iran Persia. Up in Iraq where the Euprhates and Tigress meet, is UR where Abraham was born. And we never should have left in 2011. Iraq (Mesopotamia) was the first civilization in the world.

From old post: “This has been a revealing week.  So much so, I fell on my knees, bad back and all, to cry out to the Lord for our nation.   For “God is my rock and my salvation and I shall not be moved. ” Psalm 62:6

Jefferson said, “In a matter of style, swim with the current; in a matter of principle, STAND like a rock!” author unknown. And STAND I will on Godly principles and what HE wants from me, not the leaders of our nation, that are dishonest and not after our best interests.  For God and God alone will take care of Social injustices! And soon!   Wherefore, pray for me too, as I am out in a political limb, now, intentionally, and and making my voice known on my Facebook, and to my leaders on their websites.  I am now under the label of “radical extremist”.  I feel like we are entering back to the  “McCarthy” era, only it is the radical fascist left playing at being McCarthy.

I watched the first part of an excellent program on PBS, “WWII, Behind Closed Doors” this week.  And will definitely watch repeats and next time take notes.  Here is the website for more information.

http://www.pbs.org/behindcloseddoors/

This is on Churchill, Roosevelt, Stalin, and Hitler and secret meetings held with all the horrific murders and brutality that ensued thereafter, and the consequential slaughter and entry into Poland.
Now Bush’s work for the arms protection of Georgia and the Czech Republic is shot down by this President, and Russia will be free to take more land off of little Georgia, who is a democratic nation.  And what about Israel?   God’s chosen sits there all alone, and all they had to side with them was America.  God says I will bless them that bless Israel, and curse them that go against her.
And it is very clear who this President sides with.

And this week, the National Day of Prayer, just came and went unacknowledged.   The Christian God of this nation went under the carpet, and Jesus went out with the bathwater.   I heard Dr. James Dobson on Sean Hannity, in such despair of this President.  At the same time the Presidents left honcho for votes , Acorn is FINALLY under investigation.   As this election was by all stances, illegal.  They signed even illegal aliens up 2 or more times to vote, numerous times.  They are also in affiliations with a lot of “under cover” organizations, and have the money to twist  elections.  What has happened to my country?

And now all this war we are going into in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and meetings this week.  I’ll make a prophesy here, that he will send (have no choice) into both countries, and in a year or two there will be more body bags coming back than we had WINNING and freeing Iraq and we won’t be  able to get out!   And Bush kept us safe after 9/11. Now our borders and safety are being let down, and I’ll also predict along with others, and Pastor Dave Wilkerson, that we will be hit again.  He sees NYC once more going up in fire and flames.  God help us…

Now, the left fascists want us out of Guantanamo, but, no one wants these prisoners, and I for one do not want them in the U.S.   Legally they are under military law, captured as terrorists, which they
still are to me. (Even though Janet Napolitano eliminated the word “terrorist”…they are still terrorists).  They are still a danger, and wouldn’t think twice about hooking up to more groups and
killing us!  The ACLU and these left fools that are either STUPID or NAIVE as our President, would even give them aid and food stamps.  Please….You all need to smarten up and get in the real world.   As for me?  I STAND…like Psalms 62:6 above..  And I’ll stand with Jay Sekulov and the Christian counterpart, the American Center of Law and Justice!  http://www.aclj.org    I don’t want Obama’s Socialistic/fascist reform!   I want our borders in the south to Mexico protected!   Americans are being kidnapped and killed, even to this little 3 year old boy in CA.   I don’t want Socialized medicine!  It doesn’t work.  Doctors have been on tv all week, in the UK Sweden,  Canada, speaking out on what a failure it is.  Even Stewart Varney now a US citizen from the UK,
says, the hospital and medical care in England is terrible…and dirty!   We don’t need it.. Anymore than we need to abolish Capitalism.   Oh, and part of the 17 billion the President cut yesterday?  Well part of the so called “pork” he cut from spending, was our Medicare!  Better watch this slippery President….his mouth says one thing and his deeds show another!

And speaking of Capitalism, what about China?  Does anyone have a clue?  Here we are going to China of all people to bail us out and borrow all these billions and billions for bail outs to make  Move on.org and George Soros( who ought to go back to Hungary) happy.  The laugh is that Obama slammed Wall St., and all the “speculators?”…What does he think George Soros is?  That is just how he made his billions and billions, on our American Stock market.

So, back to china..  Here we are with this Free Trade Agreement, making all these products, that like the wheat whey in pet foods,  and toxic chemicals that got recalled in baby foods, and chemicals on clothes, that need to be washed before using or wearing.  Now , their people in their sweat factories, (their human rights conditions are deplorable), are dying from making America’s little curly light bulbs for energy (Obama pushing) with all that mercury inside, that you better not throw in the trash!   And people like me, that are old, and have had eye surgeries, (mine was a detached retina and cataract) and can’t see  to even read with these darned lights.  And God  forbid if I ever dropped one and broke it.  I don’t have masks in my home, nor can I bend to fool  around cleaning up with cardboard, not touching….put in a jar…I mean, give me a break!   I need
back surgery.  ( Maybe if I choose).

Then add to all this, our military ships on the other hand are sitting in Chinese waters getting attacked by small Chinese fleets, while we pray they don’t attack Japan.    (Of course we also have North Korea to worry about with their nukes too?!)  YET WE BORROW MONEY FOR BAIL OUTS FROM THEM?  Doesn’t anyone know their Bible?  It’s for darned sure sitting in Rev Jeremiah  Wright’s church, that Obama doesn’t know a thing, nor is he a Christian.  All he was taught was HATE.  Now too, don’t you think it ironic. That Janet Napolitano puts us that are right wing evangelical Christians on her new hate list…Why not Wright?  And with the Fairness doctrine, when /if it comes to pass, may put a stop to even my free speech, and First Amendment rights on this blog.  Here I am Holder….Here I am Napolitano…Put this old woman in jail and take away my freedom…But, like in the days of Hitler…You would NEVER kill my soul for Christ!    And if I had to die like many Christians are doing and getting persecuted in so many
countries…Then die I will in Christ!   I WILL stand like a ROCK!  I shall not be moved!..  And I don’t see it as being a martyr, like Islam.  I see it as believing in what my country once stood for..and our  Founding Fathers.  If Washington, Adams, and Jefferson could ever see the mockery these idiots are making of all they believed in.

China, is the lion in Revelation..who will join the bear Russia  (on my Christian group site blogs) and join the Arabs to attack Israel in the final war of Armageddon.  Wow, just like before WWII, when Roosevelt and the idiot Joe Kennedy all were thinking Hitler and Stalin  was so great.  They didn’t see the writing on the wall…BUT neither did all the churches in Europe either.  No one stood for anything.  NO ONE..  Not the Catholic Church, the protestants…even Germany’s own Lutheran Church.  While Hitler went and stole their sons for the perfect Arian race…and they all died in the war.    Ego mania, and Narcissism and manic rulers and dictators, communism doesn’t work.  Every time I see this President speak out his lies, and see his behavior, his is Narcissistic Personality Disorder with grandiose ideas, and ideologues.   History repeats itself.   The young he shanghaied with Acorn to vote, were a lot of illegal aliens as well as youth that have no idea of history and what made this country.  It is all being taken away from us.  Yet, like Germany , before the war, everyone just goes about their own business…and tries not to get into anything too heavy.   America wake up!

I actually hope Israel sends her missile’s into Iran to stop that maniac.  Obama will never get his way with Netanyahu.  And that man knows his Bible and gets it.   And even the liberal Jews in CA, ie dear Barbra , Michael Douglas,  Spielburg, Tom Hanks…none of you get it!  Us, that are evangelical Christians, are your friends.  We, that call ourselves Zionists and love God, and love Israel, it is us that are your true friends.  Just like Pastor John Hagee, and Christians United for Israel.   Do you actually think this President gives one iota about any of you and the Jews?  Did you know that even Jews, and rich Jewish bankers helped us win the Revolutionary War?  Read Read Ray Rapheal’s book ” A People’s History of the American Revolution.”  (I’m in the DAR).

Read Ezekiel 37-39, I Thes, Revelations, Matthew 24.  And no one is going to tell me we are safe now.    God’s wrath is coming.  And Israel is not to give up one more parcel of land in Israel.  Even that West Bank of Palestine belonged to Abraham, Isaak , Jacob, David….and the lineage of Jesus!  A Jew  and Rabbi!  There is a warning to Secretary of State Clinton….Beware dear, of  God’s wrath and don’t be a duplicate of Madeline Albright!   For there will never be any mid-east peace, until my Jesus touches His feet on Mt. Olivette and that East Gate opens after GOD shut it,
2,000 years ago.

I will look up..He’s coming and I believe soon.  Bush in spite of his spending and his 2nd term, he did a lot right.  Especially after 9/11.  He was a praying man.   But, this President is too narcissistic and an egomaniac to do anything except on his own grandiose juice.  God help us America.  God help  NH now too and the impending Gay marriage bill.  We are like Sodom and Gomorrah. What is happening now?  Is all prophesied.   Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, Hosea, Joel….

Thank you Jesus.  I have your righteous anger.  I am so fed up Lord I pray for your intercession on America and our evil ways.  Take away from this foolish Government all the crooks , the evil ones,  those that bask in their own lustful desires, and greed.  Eliminate them Lord, but let the PAY for their sins and what they have done to the American People..and that Lord includes Sandy Berger,  who was never prosecuted or even investigated for stealing all those secret documents..  Let us have vindication in YOU Lord.  YOU are our advocate if we cry out to you.  I am crying out to you  Lord God, to come and send your Holy Spirit upon your people and this nation once again…
Show them the error of  their ways,  and rid us of all the crooks and dishonesty.  For you are LORD, and bigger than this government.  YOU ARE my Almighty Lord God Jehovah…I pray that you come and supernaturally like you did with Elijah in his fight with Jezebel, SHOW AMERICA,  YOU ARE THE ONLY GOD…THERE IS ONLY ONE!   Not the cults, not the extremists, not Islam, but, the SAME God of the Old and New Testament …We need a sign here in this country Lord that YOU will not stand for the way we are going.   In you Lord do I trust.  Send your FIRE God… Wake America up Lord.    I pray for leaders to be sworn into office, that have ethics, character,
morals, honesty, integrity, and humility, and that more than anything are GODLY men and women,  that trust in you and not in their own understanding.  Thank you Jesus..

For you will come quickly like a thief in the night..I pray soon..For this is not my America anymore that I knew.  She is a harlot..and evil.   God we need you.  I cry out for your intervention, Lord on my face.  Help us to heal and turn from our sins and wicked ways…Take away all the immorality, greed, and murderous (abortion) deeds.  Help us Oh Lord…This is my prayer , my heart after you  Lord, on this week of our UNOBSERVED NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER.  Amen…

From Jonathan Falwell May 8th 2009
Still Praying for America

On May 6, 1982, President Ronald Reagan stated: “Today , prayer is still a powerful force in America, and our faith in God is a mighty source of strength.  Our Pledge of Allegiance states that we are ‘ONE NATION UNDER GOD’, and our currency bears the motto, “In God we Trust”. The morality and values such faith implies are deeply embedded in our national character. Our country embraces those principles by design, and we abandon them at our peril.  Yet in recent years, well-meaning Americans in the name of freedom have taken freedom away.  For the sake of religious tolerance, they’ve forbidden religious practice in the classrooms.  the law of this land has effectively removed prayer from our classrooms.  How can we hope to retain our freedom through the generations if we fail to teach our young that our liberty springs from an abiding faith in our Creator?”

Twenty -seven years later on this National Day of Prayer our religious freedoms continue to diminish beyond anything President Reagan could have imagined.  I believe that prayer for our nation has never been more important as we witness an accelerating anti-Christian fervor” (as well as anti-Semitism) ” in the so-called mainstream of our culture.  The result of this campaign is that many of our fellow Americans having absolutely no idea of the rich Judeo-Christian heritage of our nation.  Subsequently, few raise an eyebrow when a valedictorian is barred from mentioning Jesus at a graduation service or a Ten Commandments display is taken down in a public arena or a cross necklace is banned in a workplace.”  ( And this writer younger was fired from more than one job for being a Christian…an institute of art was one and an insurance company another..)

“Our Founders wanted a prayerful citizenry that understood the need for God’s involvement in our nation.  As I write this column , my mind hearkens back to the First Continental Congress in May 1775, when our wise delegates called for a National Day of Prayer, which included these words: “that we may…by sincere repentance and amendment of life, appease God’s righteous displeasure, and, through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ, obtain this pardon and forgiveness.”   Two years later the Continental Congress authorized the distribution of 20,000 BIBLES for the troops, noting the ” importance” of scripture.  And in October 1780, the Continental Congress again issued a Proclamation for a Day of PUBLIC Thanksgiving and Prayer. The fact is that our nation WAS and IS CLEARLY founded in prayer and the study of God’s word. Today’s civil libertarians ignore our unmistakable history when they attempt to stifle religious expression in our nation.

In 1952 Congress and President Harry Trumen established the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, while in 1988 the first Thursday in May became the official observance for the event, with President Reagan signing into law.

Today while our President has given symbolic support to the National Day of Prayer, I believe that our Nation needs an impassioned call to our collective knees.  President John Adams declared May 9, 1798 as “a day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer, ” with our citizens beseeching God “that our country may be protected from all the dangers which threaten it.”

What a pertinent prayer for this day and age………….”

We need to be on our knees and repent….This country was not founded on the “politically correct”.”

(Written in 2011)

Our New Godless Morality

repentancePraying today for our country, youth…after visiting Facebook early, and seeing my own children, grandchildren, absolutely in another “pop culture” world.   Young in my 20’s I used to watch debates with conservative William F. Buckley, Jr and Gore Vidal (which was in the 60’s).  The intellectual plain that these two men discussed the world and politics, this pop culture generation wouldn’t understand one iota.  Ok.  I’m old.  But thank you Jesus, I still have my brain, and Jesus in my heart.  I’ve said before, we are the most uneducated, illiterate generation, from world history, American history, and Biblical history than in any other time in our lifetime. By comparison, my generation were grounded.  It was just after WWII, and America was flourishing.  We were taught manners, politeness, to be patriotic and to SERVE.  Not take, but, serve. As well as get a good education, and WORK.  My grandparents had no Social Security, and there was no Medicaid-Welfare.  Your relatives or Church did back then in the 40’s and 50’s what the government does now.  My German grandfather lived with us when I was around 10. My mother took care of him.  That is just the way it was done.  My parents never complained, they just did what was right.

Some friends I went to school with took elocution lessons, and debate classes.  When I was in high school, artist that I was, I was in the Art Club, Thesaurus school magazine, Drama Club, Glee Club, voted on the Student Counsel 3 years in a row, modeled, took 7 years of classical piano, was in Rainbow Girls (part of Masons I hate to say.)  Classmates went on to college, Annapolis, one became a nuclear physicist (was voted less likely to succeed), another went on to the Defense Dept., other career Army and Special forces.  We were overachievers back then.  And look at this slang ridden violent, hip hop pop culture selfie generation now.  Do you know Thomas Jefferson, Madison, Washington, and many of our Founding Father’s as well as Christian author, C.S. Lewis, were reading Wordsworth, Plato, and all the classics by the age of 12?  They were genius’s. Madison, who wrote all the Federalist papers…my idol.  No one reads now.  They text, they email, and the slang they use now, and all this fast world, is going to eat them up alive, and destroy them.  Not to mention,  in my day, we were a Godly generation.  I understood Shakespeare and read at 13. Hollywood, then had not only the “Duke” John Wayne, and patriotism, but the Jewish moguls out there produced some of the finest Biblical films back then, still shown now on Trinity Broadcasting, a lot starring Charlton Hesston.  I sang in the church choir, and taught Sunday School, and the church of my parents and paternal grandparents…most buried in the back.   Now what comes out of Hollywood, is so much killing and violence, and occult, and how it must grieve Jesus.   We are an unrepentant rebellious Society of violent takers without morals, without accountability for paying the consequence for evil acts.  It has become the most out of control Society I have seen in all my lifetime. But they say, they are “happy”??  How can you have such vain, empty values and think it is of God? And let me tell any who read this?  Something HAS to give.

I doubt whether anyone receives the political and Christian emails and calls of prayer, that I receive, or knows one iota of the prophesies, that are being fulfilled….never mind what is coming.  Everyone is “happy”….with all their “selfies” and their own jargon of pop culture, that is way beyond my expertise to understand.  I am old.  Still sharp, but, I’m missing something.  Do I worry? (I know we are not supposed to) but, yes, not for myself, for I have lived this life; but for them?  YES!  This is such an illiterate, selfish, uncaring, uneducated generation out there now. And “they” are going to lead churches and lead America?  So much taken for granted.  I’ve preached, blogged, and posted, tweeted, Facebook’d….til I’m blue in the face…Today I ask, for what?  No one READS. They arrow down and click like, with a smiley face, but no one clicks to read the whole article, a lot researched and historic/Biblical.

Last night I watched one of the best episodes of 60 Minutes I’ve seen.  Iraq: Laura was in Iraq way up past Mosul.  There was a monastery up there and interviews with monks, as I watched with tears in my eyes.  They have been there for 2,000 years.  All these hand-scribed books, and Christian documents.  The Nineveh plains since 263 AD, this monastery stood.  Books since early Christianity burned by Isis! Jonah is buried up there.  Jonah of the Bible Jonah?!  Everything EVERYTHING that is happening in this careless, cruel, world, now with Isis, destroying ANYTHING of God, and Christianity, EVERYTHING…is GOD…and it ties to prophesies to come…and my heart breaks, for this youth and selfie generation, having such a good time, just doesn’t get it…and God is not even called upon.  The link is below, and I really hope you click and watch these monks interview.  It is heartbreaking.

In college I took Ancient Civ, and was enamored, not knowing that one day when I got saved and God put me at a huge charismatic church in 1984, with such a move of God; I’d tie to end time prophesies. And little did I ever know we would be where we are now.  Iraq is Mesopotamia, the first civilization.  Up north where the Tigress and Euphrates meet is UR where Abraham was born.  We never should have left Iraq in 2011…never. These are good people. Just like my Coptic Christian friend, Alfie in Cairo Egypt…a beautiful man in Christ.   I look forward to this new series at my church and Salt class covering how God is involved with what is going on in this world.  God willing, I can get up that early, at 76, and have good back/hip days to make all the classes.  Am I the only one still hungry for Jesus and the word?   It seems there are only a handful of us Christians, and those who “get” this and read, I love you, and pray God’s blessings on you.

This past Sunday, we had a teaching at church which ties in perfectly with this “Selfie” generation.  I mean, this can go on unendingly.  All you have to do, if your a Christian, is open up your Bible. THERE is accountability staring you in the face!  I don’t think anyone feels guilts today…as anything goes.  WRONG.  God is going to judge each and every one of us.

When I was newly saved in the 80’s the first books I was told to read was Proverbs and Psalms. While I was a “Christian” as a child, taught Sunday school, though I was never taught the salvation message.  In a Congregational church back then, it just wasn’t preached.   But, I learned.  The very first book of Proverbs 1:7 God issues a warning.  Take heed.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.   Where is the boundary line that constitutes a lie, or gossip, or slander and libel?  What do you in this selfie generation concentrate on?  Cruelty? Cutting down? Self, selfishness, greed?  And if your a Christian, or say you are, who do you follow?  Where are YOUR morals in this Godless society?  Well, this is what GOD says!  Beware!
Proverbs 1:20-33 “Wisdom cries without; she utters her voice in the streets…She cries in the chief place of concourse in the opening of the gates: in the city she utters her words, saying ..How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” (Like the pharisees did are you who call yourselves Christians and saved, mocking God? For it was them who later turned on their own to crucify Him.)  23 “Turn you at MY reproof: behold, I will pour out MY spirit unto you, I will make known MY words unto you. Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out MY hand, and NO man regarded, But, you have set at nought ALL MY counsel, and would have none of my reproof.  I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when YOUR fear comes..When YOUR fear comes as desolation, and destruction comes like a WHIRLWIND: when distress and anguish comes upon you.  THEN shall they call upon ME (GOD ALMIGHTY), but I will NOT answer; they shall seek ME early , but they shall not find ME.  For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD, they would have none of MY counsel: they despised all MY reproof.  Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.  For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of FOOLS SHALL DESTROY THEM.”  

You see what this says is wisdom speaks and pleads with the frivolous, the mockers, and the hostile, promising them that if they would “turn” she would abundantly enrich them with her own spirit and with understanding.  But such is conditional upon conversion,  even to those who “think” they are saved and play at church, only to go home back to their selfish ways.  Because the “old man” has never died….it just got redirected so to speak.  But conversion and repentance at the Cross demands the old man in us die!  The “simple” turns away from God, to be led in the “now”, and will be destroyed by God one way or another.  Does not the Lord’s Prayer, say “thine ” will be done?  It is HIS way vs OUR way.  We have become so DESENSITIZED in this society, with all the killings and vile language on tv, now, that there not only are no boundaries, but, no distinction of right or wrong.   The young man who preached at my church Sunday ended with, ” If someone gives you their trust, it is the most important thing you can do and HAS to be protected.”  There is no trust in today’s culture, one iota.

Other scriptures, Proverbs 12:18, 21:23, 10:19, 10:18, Eph 5:4, 5:29-31, Matt 12:36, James 3:10, Ez12:2, Matt 6:22, Heb 4:13, Ps101:3, Heb 12:2, Psalm 119:18, Job 31:1, & 2 Tim 2:16.
There is only one God who can save us from ourselves….For one day He may say to you,”I never knew you.