"The Vigilant Refiner"
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. ...for the LORD disciplines the one He loves, as a father the son in whom he delights. Psalm 127:3; Proverbs 3:12
Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge. Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die. Proverbs 23:12-13
Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying, he will not die...
The rod and reproof [discipline] give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.
Proverbs 13:24, 19:18, 29:15,17
On 2-19-20, #9 Democrat debate in Las Vegas, NV was a fire fight with verbal sparring in all directions. While everyone watching saw things through their own filters; in general, Bloomberg's first debate was flat - he was clearly unprepared and lost. Winner? Buttigieg...
"God Looked Down on His Newly Created Paradise and said, "I need a caretaker!" So God Made a Farmer -- Paul Harvey
God told Adam to care for the newly created Garden of Eden
- he was the first farmer
2-19-20, Billionaire Mike Bloomberg Democrat presidential candidate claims he "could teach anybody to be a farmer," even implying that farmers don't have the same level of "skillset" or "gray matter" [brains] as folks in tech jobs. His outrageous, elitist, demeaning and out-of-touch opinions are breath-takingly appalling. Farmers have a vast skill set to do the very necessary and important job feeding America. We sure don't need you, Mr. Bloomberg - a stock broker.
"So God Made a Farmer"
“And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.
"I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain'n from 'tractor back,' put in another seventy-two hours." So God made a farmer.
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So God made a farmer.
Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church.
"Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'"
So God made a farmer."
"Blessed be the name of God forever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: ... He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: " Daniel 2:20-21
Source Paul Harvey speech TheAtlantic.com
Paul Harvey 2.5 min video here
According to informationcradle.com/michael-bloomberg/ in 2001 Mike Bloomberg changed his political party affiliation from Democrat to Republican when running for Mayor of New York. Apparently, along the line - he switched back to Democrat.
He's scheduled for his first appearance on the debate stage to argue with fellow Democrat presidential candidates tonight, 2-19-20, 9 pm Eastern time USA on the MSNBC network.
In Case You Had Any Respect Left for the Elderly …
Now Academics Want to Label Old Age a Disease
"With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding. With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding."
2-17-20, * -- Prominent academics are pushing for the World Health Organization (WHO) to include old age on its list of diseases. They say it will improve old people’s lives – but in reality, it will give everyone the excuse to write them off. Once upon a time growing old possessed the positive connotation of gaining maturity and wisdom. [Ecclesiastes 1:18; Job 12:12] However, too often in current western society rarely is old age assciated with any positive attributes. At best, the elderly are dismissed as out of date and irrelevant people, whose archaic views ought to be ignored. At worst, the elderly are demonized and scapegoated for robbing the young of their future and condemned for being responsible for the environmental crisis facing the world.
From thirty prestigious universities like Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Cambridge Imperial and UCL – experts have decided that ageing is no longer a normal feature of life. They want the WHO to classify ageing as a disease. This diseasing of old age represents another blow to the respected status of the elderly.
Being a "senior citizen' is already considered to be an unattractive and undesirable stage of life. The call to diagnose ageing as a form of illness will merely enhance its negative image.
- Proverbs 13:24. - He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him …
- Hebrews 12:11. - Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: …
- Proverbs 23:13-14. - Withhold not correction from the child: for [if] thou beatest him with the rod, he …
- Ephesians 6:4. - And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the …
*Excerpted and adapted full original report here from Frank Furedi who is an author and social commentator . Emeritus professor of sociology at the University of Kent in Canterbury.
NOTE: The administrator and editor of this blog and website is a 77 yr old grandmother; I have no help. -- Annette Greco Meisner
Almighty God’s Promises to Israel & His Appointed Times
God promised Israel: Deliverance, Salvation as a nation and a World Blessed Through Her
David said, “How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?”
2-17-20, * -- I love the fact that God has appointed times. The problem we have regarding the return of Christ to take us and His second coming is because we fail to understand the sovereignty of God in appointing times. Therefore, because He promised and He's the same yesterday, today and forever; because He does not change - we believe all His promises. Many have already been fulfilled. ONE huge one is that the Savior Jesus came, died, arose from the dead and all who repent and believe on Him will have eternal life with Him. Halleluah! [Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; John 3:16; and Galatians 4:4-5]
When Paul was in the city of Athens he said: Acts 17:26 "And He has made from all, from one blood, every nation of men to dwell on the face of the earth. And He has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings." Also Habakkuk 2:3 "For the vision of yet an appointed time." There is an appointed time. God will do it. See Galatians 4:1-5
Among all the realities of life, one of our least favorite things for us to do is wait. We often express our excitement about something by saying; I "can't wait" for this or that. Each year many say: "I can't wait for Christmas," or some say "I can't wait to go on vacation." While the expression is one of anticipation and excitement, the truth is, waiting is a part of life including waiting for God's appointed times. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength …” Isaiah 40:31
The word "wait" in Isaiah 40:31 means; to bind together. Solomon painted a good picture for us of what being "bound together" with the Lord looks like; Ecclesiastes 4:12 “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
In the depths of despair of King David's cry to the Lord, we see him "binding himself" together with the Lord. [Psalm 13:1] He does so by trusting in God's mercy, rejoicing in God's salvation, singing to the Lord for His wonderful bounty. These are all things that we also can do, as none of them were specific to David's role as King or David or being a Jew. That means as we wait for the prodigals in our lives to come home or our circumstances to change, we too can bind ourselves to the Lord and renew our strength while we wait. [Isaiah 40:31]
"I must and can wait for Jesus to come
for His church; we'll forever be with Him!"
[Ecclesiastes 3:1, 17; John 14:2; Mark 13:33, 37]
Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus! [Revelation 22:20]
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Amir Tsarfati here
Week's Update from John Haller
Illinois: Gun & abortion laws, witchcraft and more
"Our citizenship is in heaven" ... "We are ambassadors for Christ" ... our allegiance is to Christ, the King of the Kingdom of God); we are "strangers and pilgrims" in a foreign land... Our land is the Kingdom of God."
2-16-20, John Haller's weekly update is jam packed with news of the current week's world. He covers the horrific increase in milk toast wishy washy churches who are driving away believers - so many do not teach/preach the truth from the Bible about sin and salvation. Where are they going in search of real spirituality? To Satan worshiping places. He also reports on the USA state of Illinois where they approve killing unborn babies up to and including their full term due date at nine months. Dr Robert M. Grant Jr prays for Illinois much to the discomfort of Illinois law makers John plays video of his prayer.
On Facebook a Lutheran church posted an image of a lantern with the scripture from 1 John 1:5 that God is light and in Him is no darkness. Huge outrage ensued calling the message racist!! Much more ...
God wants us to play active roles in not only seeking Him, but being ambassadors on His behalf to witness to a world that is sitting in the driving seat waiting to see where their chosen vehicle will take them.
The Lord Jesus gave His life in payment for mankind's shortcomings and sin. As believers, we cannot take the road most traveled, but must deliberately guide our steps toward the one less so. Based upon our faith in Him, we pray that our journey contains safety, peace and rest in the eternal Light of our Heavenly Father. 1 John 1:5
Hour twenty minute video here
"Five Secular Reasons for America to Reverse the Abortion Law
"For the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it." .. "And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire [sacrifice] to Molech." ... "And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD."
2-14-20, Pastor Steve Ciccolanti from Australia is in Israel at 'Gehenna' describing what was done there during ancient times where the people killed their children sacrificing them to Satan aka 'Molech.'
America is guilty too!
Pastor Steve leads a Biblical tour group to pray and break the curse of abortion at the Valley of Hinnom (or Gehenna in Hebrew), literally the name for "HELL" according to the New Testament. This was the place of burning babies.
Sacrificing Children to Satan [Molech]
"For whosoever shall commit any of these abominations, even the souls that commit them shall be cut off from among their people. 30Therefore shall ye keep mine ordinance, that ye commit not any one of these abominable customs, which were committed before you, and that ye defile not yourselves therein: I am the LORD your God." Leviticus 18: 29-30
Ten minute video here
12-31-19, LifeNews.com -- An estimated 61 million unborn babies have been killed in abortions in the U.S. since Roe v. Wade law was passed in 1973. In January 2020 pro-life advocates will gather for the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. to remember the anniversary of that infamous decision and call for restored protections for the unborn.
The Lord said: "The children of Judah have done evil in my sight: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to pollute it. And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not. Therefore, behold, the days come, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place. And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away. Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate."
Why the World Hates Christians
Jesus said, “If the world hates you, remember that it hated Me first. Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.” Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution; the world will hate you.
1-5-20, * -- It doesn’t matter who you are; if you profess Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will be persecuted. If you feel bad because you have never been persecuted for your faith in Christ, don’t worry it’s coming. When evangelizing we should stand firm and preach the whole truth. It doesn’t take much for you to be hated; some people are cowards they will never preach against sin - they will silently watch people go to Hell. These are the type of people the world likes - those that condone wickedness and never talk about sin or Hell. They are friends of the world. [Luke 6:26] I’ve seen Christians preach on homosexuality in the kindest most loving manner explaining the hope in Christ if the homosexual would repent and trust in Christ alone. Yet, the unbelievers said, “wow Christians are so hateful.” In today’s society if you say nothing and allow someone to go to Hell that's love. If you say in a loving manner that something is a sin and headed for hellfire, that's being hateful. True hate is watching someone who is on their way to eternal pain and torment and saying nothing.
A.W. Tozer once said: “To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with men.”
- We are not part of their world. John 15:19; 1 Peter 2:9; James 4:4; Psalm 4:3
- We follow Christ. John 15: 18; Matthew 10:22, 24:9
- The world hates God. We remind them of the God they hate so much. Romans 1:29-30; John 15:21, 25
- The darkness always hates the light. John 3:19-21; Matthew 5:14-15
- Lost people hate the truth. Romans 1:18; Amos 5:10; Galatians 4:16; John 17:17
- They mistake love for hate. Proverbs 12:1, 13:24, 27:5
- The world thinks Christians are stupid. 1 Corinthians 1:27
- Because of false teachers. Matthew 23:15-16
- They want to keep their life of one foot in and one foot out. Luke 14:27-28; Matthew 16:25-26; John 7:7; Ephesians 5:11
- Satan has blinded the world. 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2
- They don’t want to be held accountable for their sin. Romans 2:15, 3:23, 14:12
- We are foreigners and foreigners are always distrusted & mistreated. Hebrews 13:14; Philippians 3:20
- Because of the actions of fake Christians or immature believers. Romans 2:24
- Christians are bad for wicked business: clubs, abortion clinics, pornography sites, casinos, prosperity preachers, psychics, all things that are evil. Luke 16:13-14; Acts 16:16-20, 19:24-27
*Excerpted and adapted full original report from Fritz Chery, Bible Reasons
“Who so findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.”
2-14-20, Henry Morris III -- Embedded in many of our customs and holidays are a mixture of pagan and biblical principles. Saint Valentine’s Day is no exception. Mystery surrounds who Mr. Valentine really was. He was probably a priest martyred in 269 AD at Rome. Among Roman Catholics, he is called the patron saint of affianced couples, beekeepers, epilepsy, fainting, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, plague, travelers, and young people. He is one busy (and confused) man!
In the Western world, the emphasis is on human expressions of love and friendship. That is certainly important and, when guided by the biblical principles, a godly ardor worth commemorating.
Here are a few guidelines to remember this season:
- “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9).
- “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).
- “See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently” (1 Peter 1:22).
- “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).
- “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (Hebrews 13:2).
The objective of every kind of biblical “love” is stated in Paul’s prayer for the Philippian church: “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9). Source
Islamic Leaders aka 'Mullah's' War With Each Other
“... I set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against them.”
The beast with seven heads introduced at Revelation 13:1 represents a coalition of Israel enemy Islamic nations. It has authority, power, and a leader called the Caliphate. Erdogan of Turkey has claimed that title. Thus, the wild beast of Revelation 13:2 represents a composite political organization. (Daniel 7:2-8, 17, 23)
2-13-20, * -- Struan Stevenson has laid out a clear-eyed picture of the collapsing Islamic Republic of Iran that is as good as anything you’ll read.
So it’s a civil war within Iran [aka Persia], fought between the different elements of the Islamic ruling classes. Since the spoils of this war will be measured in terms of government posts and bank accounts around the world, it’s a very intense struggle.
Under the leadership of Iran's President Rouhani, the Islamic Shiite Republic has executed more than four thousand persons, including women and children, thereby making it the leading per capita executioner in the world. Contrary to the myth of Rouhani’s “moderation,” he has made Alireza Avaei the Minister of Justice. Avaei has been singled out as a leading terrorist for his role as the killer of political prisoners in 1988, when more than thirty thousand followers of the MEK opposition movement and their friends were slaughtered.
Someone said: "The regime gave them an economy that's plummeting, a government that has invaded every aspect of their lives, [Revelation 13:17] whether that's your private life, your religious rights, your everything. You've had many celebrities defecting... This is a really strong signal to show that people are no longer buying in."
Although the Iranian people protests have been overwhelmingly peaceful, at least two acts of resistance against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps . The firebombing of the Guards base in Tehran on January 19, 2020 and the following day a similar attack on the Headquarters of State Security Forces in Mashad on Jan. 20, 2020.
The clock is ticking on the Iranian regime. Any one of several factors could throw the country into turmoil. Khamenei is eighty years old, and his death could be a precipitating event.
*Excerpted and adapted full original message from Daniel Greenfield here
Could be fulfillment of Book of Daniel where Turkey & Iran go to war:
Possible that - as Iran becomes weaker - Turkey will pounce!! Daniel 8:5-7 speaks of two warring factions one from the west and one from the north doing battle; a goat & a ram - according to scripture in this battle, the goat wins. More here
UK Judge in Anti-Christ Court:
Bible Is Incompatible with Human Dignity"
"The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear."
2 Timothy 3:2-4, 4:2-3; Mark 10:6; Genesis 1:27
2-12-20, * -- In another sign that Britain has officially entered a post-Christian age of barbarism, a judge in the United Kingdom just ruled that belief in the Bible is “incompatible with human dignity.” Christian Legal Center attorney Michael Phillips noted that this ruling officially excludes Christians from legal protections.
However, the only reason that “human dignity” exists is that God–the author of the Bible–made man in His image. Without God, there can be no inherent value to human life at all.
The crazy case in the U.K. involved a self-proclaimed “transgender” [homosexual] man who wanted his doctor to refer to using objectively incorrect pronouns of the opposite sex. Citing Genesis 1:27, though, which states the fact that God created people male and female, Dr. David Mackereth refused to play along with the delusion. Of course, Romans 1:27 makes clear that certain truths–the fact:
In his court filings with the Employment Tribunal, Dr. Mackereth said he “holds to the principles of the Great Reformation of the 16th Century including a commitment to the supremacy of the Bible as the infallible, inerrant word of God as his final authority in all matters of faith and practice.”
The good doctor argued that authorities discriminated against him and his religious beliefs. However, the court ruled that “belief in Genesis 1:27, lack of belief in transgenderism and conscientious objection to transgenderism in our judgment are incompatible with human dignity.” (2 Timothy 4:2-3)
The court also claimed that adhering to one’s belief in the Bible would “conflict with the fundamental rights of others, specifically here, transgender individuals.”And so, unable to play along with the patient’s dangerous and objectively false delusion, Dr. Mackereth lost his job at the Dept for Work and Pensions.
The Christian Legal Center that represented Dr. Mackereth warned that the ruling against the Bible and Christians would have “serious ramifications” for Christian professionals and all others.“The judgment dictates the language that professionals must use in the workplace. The ruling contradicts scientific reality and will undermine freedom of speech."
It was not immediately clear whether doctors might also be forced to play along with the dangerous delusions of bulimics and anorexics–potentially even to the point of being forced to provide liposuction. But that would be just as reasonable, or just as ridiculous, depending on one’s views on truth and reality. [..snip]
In 2008 Sweden a court case concluded that God’s Word was a violation of Swedish “hate speech” laws, but at this time it was impractical to ban it.
Today, across the United Kingdom and Sweden, two once-great Christian nations, Christians can be and are being literally arrested and jailed for stating the truth about marriage, sexuality, and gender as revealed in Holy Scripture.
This event follows the Rapture and the removal of the Church [1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 5:9]. The apostle Paul re-emphasizes the absence of the Church from this time period by saying, “For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Matthew 24:9; John 14:6; Revelation 6:12-17, 12:2
Jesus described the Tribulation using some of the same imagery as Jeremiah 30:7. In Matthew 24:6-8 He stated that the appearance of false Christs, wars, rumors of wars, famines and earthquakes are “the beginning of birth pains.” Jeremiah 30:7 says, “That day is great so that none is like it.”
This current time in history is unparalleled and fits the prophecy; one point alone ... when in history has the world killed millions of unborn babies lawfully? Gleefully up to and including the natural day of their birth?? They cheered in New York. It's estimated that 61 million babies have been murdered in abortion.
On the bright side, the Church tends to grow under persecution. God will not be mocked. And Christ is already victorious. Psalm 110:6
*Excerpted and adapted full original report here
We, Being Many = One Body
“For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”
1-22-20, John Morris, PhD -- All too frequently in today’s Christian circles, we place certain individuals and certain gifts on a pedestal with devastating pride resulting. Pride may be the favorite tool of Satan; it was the reason Satan rebelled and lost his exalted position with God (Isaiah 14:13-14). In the Garden Satan appealed to Eve’s pride (Genesis 3:6) and uses it on us today. Be warned! “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6). “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).
Through the Holy Spirit, the Apostle Paul chose to introduce the use of spiritual gifts and unity of the entire body with a warning against pride, admonishing “every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). His discussion on the many-membered body [Romans 12:4-5] leaves no room for pride; nor does the parallel passage in 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.
Each Christian with gifts for their particular duties form an equally essential part of the whole church body. Since we are all equal in God’s eyes, and all mutually dependent upon one another what room is there for pride? Isaiah 2:12; Psalm 131:1; Matthew 23:12; James 4:6
Paul also points out that each Christian possesses an equally vital connection with Christ. Who are we to tell Christ a part of His body is less valuable than the rest? He is concerned for each one equally.
“For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). Source
Contempt of United States Congress [Democrats]
"Whoso rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house... therefore leave off contention, before it be meddled with. He that justifies the wicked, and he that condemns the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD. v8 The prayer of the upright is the Lord's delight."
2-10-20, * -- [..snip] It's the Democrat Party leadership that's demonstrating contempt for America, Americans, Christians and Christian values, and the good news that is impacting Americans. There's something terribly wrong with the Democrat Party that it cannot - and will not - accept or celebrate what is good in America and for Americans.
- What's wrong with people having jobs, people coming off of welfare, minorities who so long have been oppressed being employed at the highest rates in history, that the American standard of living is being restored after the middle class was nearly wiped out?
- What's wrong with applauding and celebrating these accomplishments?
Evangelist Franklin Graham noticed this as well when he tweeted, “What we saw from President Donald J. Trump’s opposition last night during the State of the Union address felt like a very personal resentment and hatred for the successes of America that had just been spoken of. How could leaders in Congress be so indignant about good news for the people of this country? Why would they not celebrate people seeing increases in their wages, our military being strengthened, a young girl receiving a scholarship, victories in the fight against ISIS, a military hero reunited with his family, a 100-year-old three-war veteran being honored, and other great news? It reveals contempt for the heart of America. What’s wrong with these people? As one senator said, “You can tear up the speech, but you can’t tear up the accomplishments.””
In the Holy Bible the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah 5:20 says:
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
I’m not saying that Republicans have a monopoly on what is good and true. They certainly do not and are also part of the problem. The focus on politics in America has resulted in deadly division. All this contempt is destructive. And this division shows more than ever the void of the Lord Jesus Christ in our country—the lack of Light; the recognition of good; the stand against evil, or even understanding what is evil.
The United States of America needs to return to the ancient paths of righteousness:
- Love for one another
- Respecting opinions even though we disagree
- Making the case for what is right and good
- Calling good, good and evil, evil. Isaiah 5:20
*Excerpted and adapted full original report from Bill Wilson, Daily Jot here
She said: "It was such a dirty speech ..."
2-4-20, Raw Story -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed why she tore up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address after his 2020 speech.
She said: “It was the courteous thing to do considering the alternative,”... “It was such a dirty speech.” “I felt very liberated last night. If that is what he is going to do, if that is what he is going to say as he’s taking away disability benefits from people on Social Security, or he is dismantling Medicaid, or he is in court trying to undo the pre-existing condition. The list goes on and on. I tried to find one page I could spare that didn’t have a lie on it.” [What a liar she is!-Ed.] More here from ABC News
Fret Not that the Wicked Prosper in this World
"Righteous are You, O LORD, when I plead before You... Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease? v7 Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; fret not when men prosper in their ways, when they carry out wicked schemes. v11 "I, the LORD, will punish the world for its evil and the wicked for their sin. ... "
Jeremiah 12:1, 30:15; Psalm 37:7; Isaiah 13:11; Ezekiel 24:14
The Convergence & World's Chaos: Storm then Calm!
"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places."
2-9-20, This week John Haller's prophecy update reports on the Coronavirus and its reported impact.
Analysis of the situation in the Middle East, Israel and more. [Many believe this virus is no more dangerous - so far less - than the annual common influenza. See below]
One hour twenty-two minute message video here
2-1-20, USAToday -- According to the Center for Disease Control [CDC] the flu season annually peaks between December and February, the worst to come. In a bad year, influenza kills up to 61,000 Americans, according to the CDC. According to the World Health Organization [W.H.O.], worldwide annually the seasonal influenza [flu] epidemics cause 3 million to 5 million severe cases and kill up to 650,000 people. This corona virus isn't even close ... so far appx 800 deaths - the world's population is 7.8 billion people.
Inflated Warnings About Corona Virus??
2-9-20, This website has significant insight to the hysteria surrounding the 24/7 news about the current corona virus. [Please excuse the profanity.] From Shane Ellison the 'People's Chemist' who has a master’s degree in organic chemistry and author of Over-The-Counter Natural Cures Expanded Edition. Quoted by: USA Today, Shape, Woman’s World, US News and World Report, as well as Women’s Health; appeared on Fox and NBC as a medicine and health expert. See 3 Worst Meds. More here
God Created Mankind and Also Provided Green Plants for Healing Him of Physical Maladies Like the Passionflower
"By the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine."
1-7-20, Herb.com -- The genus Passiflora is composed of more than 500 different species of plants, most are used as ornamentals. Commonly called passionflowers or passion vines, these plants are well-known for producing brightly colored flowers.
However, passionflowers aren’t just intended for visuals; research suggests that these plants also possess a variety of medicinal properties that make them potent sedatives, analgesics, antidepressants, anxiolytics and only recently, evidence has emerged of a Passiflora species having cytotoxic potential against different cancer cells.
In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, Brazilian [common habitat for Passionflowers, Brazil & Argentina, Zone 7] researchers investigated the cytotoxicity of various Passiflora species using cancers of: colon, ovarian and leukemia cell lines. Of the 14 species of the flower they found that the plant Passiflora alata [red picture above], also known as the winged-stem passionflower, is rich in flavonoids with anti-cancer properties. These compounds proved to be highly cytotoxic to the leukemia cell line HL-60; but not to normal cancer cells, suggesting a selectivity to cancer cells that could prove beneficial in clinical settings. The winged-stem passionflower kills cancer cells but not normal cells. [..snip]
The researchers believe that the cytotoxic activity of ELPA is linked to the presence of the 10 flavonoids they have identified. They also reported that ELPA-treated cells showed signs of apoptosis (programmed cell death) and necrosis (death due to lack of blood supply), with cell cycle arrest in the G2/M phase.
Today, Passiflora plants like P. incarnata (purple passionflower) are made into herbal supplements that help treat seizures and hysteria. They are also available as infusions, liquid extracts, teas and tinctures. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), passionflower supplements are generally safe for use. However, they may cause minor side effects like drowsiness, dizziness or confusion. Pregnant women are also cautioned against using supplements with passionflower as they could induce contractions. To avoid possible interactions with any medication you are currently taking, consult your health care provider before using passionflower remedies.
2019, CBN.com -- Israeli Archaeologists have discovered an unusually well-preserved mosaic apparently depicting the miracle of Jesus feeding the 5,000 or the 4000 on the floor of a 7th century Christian Church overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Two Miracles: Feeding Loaves & Fishes at Bethsaida & Decapolis
The Lord Jesus on two different occasions has thousands of people seeking His healing – one where they were with Him for one day … the other for three days.
4000 here: Matthew 15:29-39; Mark 8:1-10
5-28-18, * -- In all four Gospels the feeding of 5000 is recorded where there were 5000 men plus an undetermined number of women and children who had followed Jesus to Bethsaida [Luke 9:10 ]. (Remember it was only the Jewish leadership that rejected Him; He was enormously popular with the people ... that’s one of the reasons the leaders feared and hated Him.)
As evening approached the disciples became concerned that the people would be hungry and there wouldn’t be anything to give them. They located 5 barley loaves and 2 fish, but when Jesus took what they had and gave thanks for it, it became more than enough to feed the entire crowd with 12 baskets full of pieces left over. [..snip]
Incredibly, Mark 6:37 hints that the disciples had enough money with them to buy food for the entire group of 5,000+. So much for the false notion that Jesus and His disciples were penniless vagabonds living off the land.
John 6:1-13 reports the crowd’s reaction. “Surely this is the Prophet Who is to come into the world.” Jesus, knowing they would attempt to make Him king; He again withdrew by Himself to a mountain (John 6:14-15).
They didn’t understand that Jesus needed to fulfill His role as the obedient servant first by dying for their sins - and before His future destiny as King of Kings.
There are those who believe the miracle of loaves and fishes is only one event; but clearly there are two. On a different occasion Jesus miraculously fed 4000 [Decapolis, Mark 7:31] Jesus speaks of it only in two Gospels: Matthew 15:29-39; Mark 8:1-10. There they found 7 loaves and a few small fish among the crowd. Again Jesus made it sufficient for all and there were 7 baskets full left over.
Our Lord Jesus is the loving compassionate Savior of the World. He came to save us from our sin giving eternal life to all who repent turning to Him – and He also cares if we’re hungry.
More here discovery of 1500 yr old ‘Burnt Church’ with mosaic of loaves & fishes https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/israel/2019/september/israeli-archaeologists-find-rare-mosaic-possibly-pointing-to-where-jesus-fed-the-5000
THE 68TH NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST
Hosted by the U.S. Congress, Both Democrats & Republicans
Transcript [excerpted*] of President Donald Trump's Remarks
Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C., Thursday, February 6, 2020, 9:11 A.M. EST
“Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked bears rule, the people mourn.”
United States of America President Donald John Trump:
“Thank you. Well, thank you very much. I'm working very hard for you, I will tell you. (Laughter.) And sometimes you don't make it easy, and I certainly don't make it easy on you. (Laughter.) And I will continue that tradition, if I might, this morning. [..snip]
It's wonderful to be with the thousands of religious believers for the 68th annual National Prayer Breakfast. I've been here from the first one, where I had the privilege of being asked. I've been with you for a long time before then. And we've made tremendous progress. Tremendous progress. You know what we've done. I don't think anybody has done more than all of us together during these last three years. And it's been my honor.
But this morning, we come together as one nation, blessed to live in freedom and grateful to worship in peace. As everybody knows, my family, our great country, and your President, have been put through a terrible ordeal by some very dishonest and corrupt people. They have done everything possible to destroy us, and by so doing, very badly hurt our nation. They know what they are doing is wrong, but they put themselves far ahead of our great country.
Weeks ago, and again yesterday, courageous Republican politicians and leaders had the wisdom, the fortitude, and strength to do what everyone knows was right. I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong. Nor do I like people who say, "I pray for you," when they know that that's not so. [..]
I also want to welcome foreign dignitaries from more than 140 countries. That's something. (Applause.) That's something. Everyone here today is united by a shared conviction. We know that our nation is stronger, our future is brighter, and our joy is greater when we turn to God and ask Him to shed His grace on our lives. [..]
In everything we do, we are creating a culture that protects freedom, and that includes religious freedom. (Applause.) As I said on Tuesday in the House Chamber, "In America, we don't punish prayer. We don't tear down crosses. We don't ban symbols of faith. We don't muzzle preachers." We don't muzzle pastors. "In America, we celebrate faith, we cherish religion, we lift our voices in prayer, and we raise our sights to the Glory of God." (Applause.) So much of the greatness we have achieved, the mysteries we've unlocked, and the wonders we've built, the challenges we've met, and the incredible heights that we've reached has come from the faith of our families and the prayers of our people.
Before America declared independence, patriots in all 13 colonies came together in days of fasting and prayer. In the bitter cold of Valley Forge, Washington and his men had no food, no supplies, and very little chance of victory. It reminded me a little bit of 2016. We had very little chance of victory. (Laughter.) Except for the people in this room and some others believed we were going to win. I believed we were going to win. But what they did have was have an unwavering belief that God was with them. I believe that too. God is with the people in this room. [..]
At every stage, our nation's long march for civil rights was inspired, sustained, and uplifted by faith, prayer, and devotion of religious believers. To protect faith communities, I have taken historic action to defend religious liberty, including the constitutional right to pray in public schools. (Applause.)
[..] And we're pursuing medical breakthroughs to save premature babies because every child is a sacred gift from God. (Applause.)
- In Iran recently a 21-year-old woman, who goes by the name of Mary, was seized and imprisoned in Iran because she converted to Christianity and shared the Gospel with others.
- In Venezuela, the dictator Maduro has arrested church leaders
- Yesterday, our administration launched the first ever International Religious Freedom Alliance, devoted to promoting religious liberty…
- Faith keeps us free.
- Prayer makes us strong.
- And God alone is the author of life and the giver of grace. (Applause.)
On Easter Sunday, just days after he lost his church, Reverend Toussaint preached about what it all meant. What does it mean? "The Easter season, is a fitting metaphor for recent events. It was dark the day that Jesus was crucified. It was dark [at] night when they burned our church. What has happened since is like a resurrection." Old things are gone, but it's going to be a brand-new start, and it's going to be better than ever, Reverend. (Applause.) Better than ever. Fantastic. You know, the Reverend says that we're rebuilding because that's what Jesus does. He rebuilds, He lives, and He breathes. It's what He does. He wants it to be rebuilt. [..]
Not one religion, but many religions. They are brave. They are brilliant. They are fighters. They like people. And sometimes they hate people. I'm sorry. I apologize. I'm trying to learn. (Laughter.) It's not easy. It's not easy. (Applause.) When they impeach you for nothing, then you're supposed to like them? It's not easy, folks. (Laughter.) I do my best.
I'll tell you what we are doing: We're restoring hope and spreading faith. We're helping citizens of every background take part in the great rebuilding of our nation. We're declaring that America will always shine as a land of liberty and light unto all nations of the world. We want every nation to look up to us like they are right now. We were not a respected nation just a few years ago. We had lost our way. Our country is respected again by everybody. (Applause.)
This morning, let us ask our Father in Heaven to guide our steps, protect our children, and bless our families. And with all of our heart, let us forever embrace the eternal truth that every child is made equal by the hand of Almighty God.
Are we supposed to let go and let God? -- No
“Fight the good fight of faith” ... “Endure hardship . . . like a good soldier of Christ Jesus” ... “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
2-5-20, * -- Many people believe that, if we are truly in a state of “letting go,” we will be able to cease from striving and struggling. However, the Lord Jesus said that we are to “strive” to enter the narrow gate to eternal life (Luke 13:24), not to sit by and wait to die so we can gain heaven. By striving, He means that we should be diligent, active earnestly making every effort to overcome our sinful tendencies, in order to prove that we are truly His children. He said, if you love Me obey My commandments! [John 14:15]
We are also to strive to do the work of the kingdom, whatever form that takes in our lives. This is the reason He gives us spiritual gifts, so that we can edify one another and bring glory to Him. [Romans 12:6-8]
The Christian life is a spiritual battle which the Bible exhorts us to prepare for and wage diligently. “Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12); “Endure hardship . . . like a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3); “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). Letting go, in the sense of sitting back and watching events unfold however they may, is not biblical.
All the things we are to do, we do by the power of God and not on our own steam. The truth is that working at “letting go” is just as much as an effort-filled work as anything else we tr. [John 15:5] There's a positive reason for struggling—it is good for us; it's God’s plan that helps us grow, mature and gives us strength to endure. Struggles are just one of the ways He strengthens us for the hard things life throws at us. Trials will prove that our faith is worth much more than gold that can be destroyed.
The Bible never tells us to “let go and let God.” There are many commandments about what we are to do that it completely contradicts the way most people interpret “let go and let God.” The popular idea of “letting go” is to adopt a sort of spiritual inertia wherein we do nothing, say nothing, feel nothing and simply live, allowing circumstances to roll over us however they may.
Our successfully enduring trials show that we will be given praise and honor and glory when Jesus Christ returns. (1 Peter 1:7) When we have complete faith in Christ, we can face the trials of life with grace and good humor whatever God allows ... is for our best. *Excerpted and adapted full original message here
Since 1796 the USA 'Caucus'
Iowa: Democrats Failed Again
~FREEDOM ONLY IN CHRIST!~
"Stand fast therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage." ... "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong."
These leftists cannot even hold their own election without a debacle.
Truth be known, there has been so much voter manipulation behind the scenes that they can't agree on which thief stole the votes.
How does anyone expect someone from this group to be able to run the country?
Leftist, liberal and 'socialist' Democrats are the standard bearers of tyranny who will not accept elections if they disagree with the results. In Iowa, they can't even agree on the "fix." Don't be deceived. -- More here from Bill Wilson, Daily Jot
"Stand fast therefore in the Liberty wherewith Christ has made us free and be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage." ... "Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong." Galatians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 16:13 13
What Is a Caucus and How Does It Work?
6-25-19, A caucus is a meeting of members of a group or subgroup to discuss issues and make decisions. "To caucus" (verb) means the process of meeting to discuss issues and come to a decision. A caucus in the political sense is a group discussion making decisions on candidates or issues. Political caucuses have been used to select delegates to conventions or in legislatures to discuss an issue outside of the legislative process. The caucus of a party’s members in Congress nominated its candidates for the office of president and vice president from 1796 until 1824. More here
Israel Peace Plan Analyzed
God Warned About Dividing Israel's Land
- #1 - 'No such thing as a Palestinian people' as such there is no such thing as a state of Palestine [Pastor Farag grew up as a Arab Muslim in Israel being told he was a 'Palestinian' ..] - Israel was named in 70 AD after the Jews enemy the 'Philistines' ergo the name ... appx 1994 Yassar Arafat who was an Egyptian started the entire 'Palestinian thing!' - the nation of Israel was reborn in 1948.
- #2 - the Arabs only want total destruction of the Jews and Israel - they don't want to co-habit in the land.
- #3 - Not only did Yassar Arafat reject Bill Clinton's peace plan of 1998 when the Arabs were offered 75% of Jerusalem they also rejected a state of 'Palestine'
- #4 - one illegitimate claim the Muslims make that Jerusalem's Islamic al-aqsa mosque on Solomon's Temple Mount is their holy site but: [strange that when they pray there they direct their back sides to it.
- #5 - Jerusalem is the true LEGITIMATE capitol of Israel only for the Jewish state of Israel beause almighty God literally deemed it so! In the Book of Genesis, God appeared to Abraham and said: “I will assign this land to your offspring” (Genesis 12:3, 15:18-21; Psalm 122:6) [no where in the Muslim book 'Koran' is Jerusalem mentioned even once - yet it appears over 600 times in the Holy Bible].
End the Hoax:
There Are No Palestinians
The “Palestinian people” is a propaganda fiction.
It’s time to stop playing along.
King Hussein of Jordan put it most succinctly of all in 1981: “The truth is that Jordan is Palestine and Palestine is Jordan.”
Nonetheless, the myth has taken hold, and it is now widely taken for granted, in our age that has little historical memory and scant interest in gaining more, that the Palestinians are a genuine nationality, and are the indigenous people of the land that Israel illegally occupies.
This is a propaganda success that Josef Goebbels and the editors of Pravda would have envied, and it became the foundation for more. Having established the Palestinians as a tiny indigenous people whose land was stolen by rapacious, well-heeled, and oppressive foreigners, it was time to return to the negotiating table – not in order to achieve any genuine accord with Israel, but to exploit the victimhood status of the new tiny people they had invented in order to win valuable concessions from the Israelis.
If all this were recognized, the onus would be on Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the other Arab states for not welcoming their Palestinian Arab brethren. The contention that the Palestinians are a people who must have a state would lose much of its force. Returning to reality and discarding propaganda fantasies can never have a downside. It’s time to take that step. More here
1-3-2001, The US president-elect, George W Bush, said that former US President Bill Clinton [husband of Hillary Rodham] was "giving it the very best shot he can, and I certainly hope it works."
Arafat rejects Clinton peace plan
Bill Clinton was in office January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001 At Last Minute Palestinian Yassar Arafat Turned Down Major Peace Deal - In a speech former Pres Clinton reported that Israel and the Palestinians were extremely close to an agreement at the Camp David summit in 2000, when Yasser Arafat [Arab leader] refused to close the deal that was offered to him. Clinton expressed sympathy for the Israeli saying, “if you [Arabs] got in, you could do mayhem to the ruins of the [Jewish] temples.” Soon thereafter Arafat launched the second intifada [war] when 1000s of Arabs and Jews were killed ...
Twelve powerful images from the Gaza disengagement Jews Forced out of Gaza 2005
The dramatic scenes of Israel's unilateral disengagement from the Gaza when 9000 Israeli Jews were forced out of Gaza by the military …
In Aug 2005 PM Ariel Sharon of Israel agreed to remove all Jews from Gaza a few months later he suffered a stroke and never regained consciousness here and here
 Acts 17:1; Joel 3:2; Deuteronomy 28:24 30:7; Isaiah 29:6; Genesis 12:2-3; Joel 3:2 and Romans 9:1, 11:1
Yes, Palestinians Are an Invented People
12-13-11, Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives told the truth about the Palestinians. In an interview with The Jewish Channel, Gingrich said that the Palestinians are an "invented" people, "who are in fact Arabs."
At the end of 1920, the "Palestinian people" was artificially carved out of the Arab population of "Greater Syria."
Gingrich said, "I feel quite confident that an amazing number of Israelis found it nice to have an American tell the truth about the war they are in the middle of, and the casualties they are taking and the people around them who say, ‘They do not have a right to exist and we want to destroy them.'" His statement about the Palestinians was entirely accurate. More here
"Update of the Century"
The Lord Judges the Nations
The Lord said, "Behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted My land."
2-2-20, John Haller's weekly update covers the China virus hysteria and an-depth look at newly released President Trump's Middle East "Deal of the Century." Many believe it is designed to cause the Muslims to reject it giving the Jews a window to take full control of Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley. Although many disapprove because the Jews may give up more land if it's accepted. The consternation because God strongly disapproves dividing HIS land.
One hour twenty minute video here
- Genesis 15:18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, …
- Ezekiel 37:21 Then say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will …
- Genesis 12:3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you …
- Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem! “May they be secure who …
Times & Seasons: God's Mysteries
My Thoughts Are Not Your Thoughts
The Lord said, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in His own power.” ... “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
12-31-19, John D. Morris, PhD -- Just before Christ ascended into heaven [Acts 1:11], His disciples asked Him, “Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). Christ refrained from answering their question as they had hoped, but in His wisdom He used the occasion to teach them that some information is for God alone, including the “times and the seasons.” In our finiteness [limit to our knowledge], we are unable to handle too much information; and should we know even a small part of the “knowledge [which] is too wonderful for me” (Psalm 139:6), we would use it improperly.
Isaiah taught the same lesson many years before: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9) God has graciously revealed enough that we know He has a wonderful plan, but the details are known by Him alone. They are under His “own power,” or authority. Certainly He knows the future, but more than that, He controls it. And why not? He created time (Genesis 1:1); surely He can exercise authority over it.
Surely the “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last” (Revelation 22:13) can control the destinies of individuals and nations. “Power” to work out His good pleasure rests solely with “the only wise God our Savior . . . now and ever.” (Jude 1:25)
Although this “power” is His alone, His promise to the disciples that “ye shall receive power" [a different word than that in verse Acts 1:7, here meaning strength]” and has been fulfilled in the person of the Holy Spirit. We have what we need to be “witnesses” of that which we know of Him to “the uttermost part of the earth.” [Acts 1:8] Source
Rear Admiral & US Senate Chaplain Barry Black
Invocation at Impeachment Trial, 1-31-20
"At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow."
Jesus said, "as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."
1-31-20, Today's US Senate again opened with prayer by Chaplain Barry Black*: [transcript]
“Let us pray,
Eternal lord God, you have summarized ethical behavior in a single sentence: 'Do for others what you would like them to do for you.' Remind our senators that they alone are accountable to You for their conduct. Lord help them to remember that they can’t ignore You and get away with it, for we always reap what we sow.
Have your way, almighty God; You are the potter our senators … are the clay. Mold and make us after Your will. Stand up, omnipotent God - stretch Yourself and let this nation and world know that You alone are sovereign.
I pray in the name of Jesus.
Video here and report here
*Chaplain Barry Black - On June 27, 2003, Barry Black (born November 1, 1948) was chosen as the 62nd chaplain of the United States Senate. The first African American and the first Christian Seventh-day Adventist to hold this office. - Wikipedia
- sad, John 14:1
- have sinned, Psalm 51:1
- facing danger, Psalm 91:1
- faith needs stimulation, Hebrews 11:1
- alone and sad, Psalm 23:1
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