Never hold on to the things of this world

Nehemiah Hephzibah on August 4, 2021

things of this world

If you hold on to the things of this world, you will be afraid of death.

Are you ready to die for Jesus? Are you afraid of death? If you are afraid of death then you are not ready to die for Jesus.

When is a believer afraid to die? When he has his heart attached to someone or something of this world. He does not want to lose the person or that particular pride of life (job, land, etc.), or even secret sin.

There is nothing to live for in this world.

Ask wise King Solomon.

“Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher. “Vanity of vanities! All [that is done without God’s guidance] is vanity [futile, meaningless—a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes, merely chasing the wind].” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭

The things of this world are unprofitable

There is no profit in labouring for this life (Ecclesiastes 1:3). It’s hopeless. Labouring for this life is burdensome. The words of this life lack strength, is weak. Man can never be satisfied. There is nothing new or worth remembering about, of this life (Ecclesiastes 1:8-11).

The thrill of self-promotion and achievement is a carnal, an ‘old man’ struggle in a new (man) believers life. The world thrives on self improvement. Believers thrive in Christ likeness. Denying self and putting on Jesus, daily. There are believers who are afraid of death because of secret sins.

A young boy, after attending a funeral service, confessed, “every time I attend a service, I get scared.” He later confessed, the guilt of persisting secret sin troubles him, makes him fear death.

The fear of death reveals a lack of love for God. Only perfect love casts out fear. The love of God shed abroad in our hearts can alone enable us to overcome the fears we need to face in life.

Let’s surrender ourselves daily to put on Christ and live for Him alone. Maranatha, Praise God and Amen!

Same-Sex Violence

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In 2010, Annamarie Cochran was killed by her domestic partner, Cara Rintala [1][2].  Cochran was strangled, beaten, thrown downstairs, and covered in paint to destroy evidence.

The Massachusetts couple (both EMTs) evidently had disputes over money and infidelity.  Despite a tumultuous relationship, they continued to live together until the murder.

Rintala was convicted in 2016 after two mistrials.  She was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.  In 2019, Rintala’s request for a new trial was denied [3].

Domestic violence within the LGBTQ community is not often addressed.

Prevalence rates are difficult to come by, since heterosexual women are primarily targeted for intimate partner violence screening and intervention [4].  However, LGBTQ rates are believed to be slightly higher than those among heterosexual couples [5].

Best information is, as follows [6]:

  • 43.8% of  lesbians and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, in comparison with 35% of heterosexual women.
  • 26% of gay men and 37.3% of bisexual men have experienced rape, violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, in comparison with 29% of heterosexual men.
  • only 1 in 4 men in same-sex relationships call police after experiencing near fatal violence.

Researchers attribute these differences to the societal pressures on same-sex couples, a higher risk of prior traumatic experiences on the part of LGBTQ community members, and their difficulty in accessing services.

Biblical View

While the Bible does not condone same-sex relationships (Lev. 18: 22, 20: 13; Rom. 1: 26-27; 1 Cor. 6: 9-10; 1 Tim. 1:10), neither does it condone violence against those who consider themselves members of the LGBTQ community.

The biblical admonition is that Christians walk in love (Eph. 5: 2).

Wives are to submit to their husbands as to the Lord, and husbands love their wives as Christ loves the church (Eph. 5: 22-29).  This presupposes marriage between a man and a woman.  It does not, however, require that anyone submit to abuse.

What is clear from these statistics is that, regardless of sexual orientation, human beings cry out for grace.  The human heart is corrupt (Jer. 17: 9).  We are all sinners in need of a Savior in the Person of Jesus Christ (Eph. 2: 1-7).

[1]  The Mirror, “‘Passionate’ paramedic strangled, thrown downstairs and covered in paint by her wife” by Gail Shortland, 2/5/17, https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/passionate-paramedic-strangled-thrown-downstairs-9739146.

[2]  The Gazette, “The Annamarie Cochran Rintala many people did not know” by Michael Majchrowicz, 10/12/16, https://www.gazettenet.com/The-Annamarie-Cochrane-Rintala-you-never-knew-5341770.

[3]  Mass Live, “Cara Rintala, convicted in 2010 killing wife in Granby, denied appeal for new trial” by Jeanette DeForge, 12/16/19, https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/12/cara-rintala-convicted-in-2010-killing-wife-in-granby-denied-appeal-for-new-trial.html.

[4]  Springer Link, “Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender Patients” by Kevin Ard and Harvey Makadon, Journal of Internal Medicine, 2011, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11606-011-1697-6.

[5]  Taylor & Francis Online, “Same-Sex Domestic Violence:  Prevalence, Unique Aspects, and Clinical Implications” by Colleen Stiles-Shields and Richard Carroll, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 10/10/14, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0092623X.2014.958792.

[6]  National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), “Domestic Violence and the LGBTQ Community”, 6/6/18, https://ncadv.org/blog/posts/domestic-violence-and-the-lgbtq-community.

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If left uncontrolled, Black Lives Matter mobs may soon target churches, religious monuments

July 08, 2020 by: Michael Alexander

(Natural News) After toppling, beheading and vandalizing the statues and icons of historical figures said to be associated with colonialism and slavery, rioters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement and other similar anti-establishment groups such as Antifa have moved on to new targets: churches, religious monuments and statues.

This development was first documented in Washington, D.C., where protesters, for the second time, vandalized and defaced St. John’s Episcopal Church – their way of scoring revenge against Episcopalian slave owners, according to a report by the Washington Examiner. Coincidentally, this was the same church where President Donald Trump held up a copy of the Holy Bible just minutes after dispersing a crowd with tear gas and rubber bullets.

This was followed by an incident in California, where several Native and Black protesters tore down a statue of Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest whom Pope Francis canonized as a saint back in 2015.

The toppling of the Serra statue, which San Francisco archbishop Salvatore Cordeleone described as “an act of sacrilege” and “an act of the Evil One,” has led people from different Christian communities to air fears that the attacks on Christian monuments and symbols will continue unabated.

“Statues of Jesus are next. It won’t end. Pray for the USA,” Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, said in a tweet.

Shaun King, an author, Leftist civil rights activist and a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, further fanned the flames of speculation and panic among Christian communities after tweeting that taking down statues of Jesus would be acceptable — especially if these statues and icons depict Jesus as white

“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” King tweeted, adding that such depictions of Jesus are nothing more than propaganda that promotes the idea of “white supremacy.” (Related: Anti-Christian Left calls for toppling of Jesus statues.)

King failed to mention in his tweets, however, that depictions of Jesus and the saints often vary from culture to culture, with each artistic depiction taking on characteristics and visual cues from the societies it was made in.

As a response to these incidents, as well as the previous removal of Confederate statues and other historical monuments that have been deemed “racist” by radical Leftists, President Trump signed an executive order granting federal protection to public monuments and other statues of historical figures.

“They’re looking at Jesus Christ, they’re looking at George Washington, they’re looking at Abraham Lincoln, they’re looking at Thomas Jefferson,” Trump said during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House’s Rose Garden, vowing to stop the toppling of monuments and statues carried out by rioters.

The order, which was signed by the President on June 27, not only mandates the prosecution of people who have been proven to have rendered damages to federal monuments, but also, the potential withholding of federal funding from state and local governments in case they fail to protect any public monument and statue within their jurisdictions.

The order, Trump said, will also be retroactive.

Anglican Church to “evaluate” and “review” list of monuments

While most Christian denominations have reacted with panic and anger over the recent incidents surrounding religious monuments and statues, some, such as the Church of England, have chosen to react in a more tempered fashion.

The Church of England, for instance, which has more than 16,000 churches and 42 cathedrals, noted that following the resurgence of the global Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd, monuments celebrating people who were involved in the “discrimination or exploitation based on race” during their lifetimes could be removed.

“We acknowledge that dialogue alone is not sufficient and must have real outcomes. These may include the alteration or removal of monuments,” Becky Clark, the church’s Director of Cathedrals and Church Buildings, said.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, meanwhile, said that their review of the histories of the individuals depicted in the statues and monuments will be conducted “very carefully” to assess if they should be retained in their places or not.

Clark stressed, however, that the removal or alteration of “problematic” statues and monuments must be done in a safe and legal manner, a reference to the violent dismantling of statues that happened across America and in some places in Europe within the past few weeks.

“Dialogue has to be open and honest. Churches and cathedrals are considering how they can address the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement and which demonstrations and direct action have brought into such sharp relief,“ Clark noted.

“Anti-Christian violence rooted in Marxist ideas”

Nathan Stone, in a column for The Federalist, stated that the current trend of anti-Christian violence and iconoclasm exhibited by rioters is rooted in Marxist thought and ideology.

“The reason for the attacks becomes clearer when considering that Black Lives Matter and Antifa are Marxist organizations and [that] Marxism is an enemy of Christianity,” Stone said, noting that atheist ideologies such as Marxism often consider transcendent religions like Christianity as “the enemy.”

“It’s why the Soviet Union was an atheistic state, which replaced God with the Communist Party,” Stone said, referring to the violent religious purges initiated by Communist leaders Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev.

Another reason, Stone said, for the current spate of anti-Christian violence manifesting in America, is the hatred that Marxism holds for the evils that Western Civilization has committed against the rest of the world.

Unfortunately, Marxism’s reaction to the wrongs committed by the Western world is not rooted in the latter’s reform, but rather, its total obliteration.

“Marxism assumes that because the windows are dirty and cracked, the entire house must be demolished,” Stone said, adding that if the current trend of violence against Christianity and other religions is not stopped, the United States may soon bear witness to church burnings like the ones committed during the French Reign of Terror.

Authorities decry “modern-day persecution” of Christians

Despite calls for calm and temperance, several individuals have adopted a more militant stance in response to what they say is modern-day persecution of Christians.

“If they try to cancel Christianity, if they try to force me to apologize or recant my Faith, I will not bend, I will not waver, I will not break,” Jenna Ellis, a constitutional law attorney and senior legal advisor to the Trump 2020 campaign, said in a tweet, in reference to the torture of Christian martyrs during the days of the Roman Empire.

Ordained minister and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, meanwhile, believes the current spate of hate and violence toward religious iconography would only serve to strengthen the Christian faith.

According to Huckabee, while rioters and protesters can take down the images and art depicting Jesus, they can never take “the true spirit of Jesus Christ” out of the lives of His followers.

“Historically, under oppression and persecution, the true faith begins to show even more dramatically. It’s because in the midst of darkness, [the] light becomes more obvious,” Huckabee added.

Sources include:

TheFederalist.com

WashingtonExaminer.com

LATimes.com

MSN.com

CBSNews.com

Telegraph.com

HindustanTimes.com

LOC.gov

IWP.edu

PBS.org

FoxNews.com

https://www.naturalnews.com/2020-07-08-black-lives-matter-mobs-target-churches-religious-monuments.html

Stop Turning Your Yard Into A Hellscape For Halloween

No four-year-old should watch ‘Game of Thrones,’ and no four-year-old should see a severed head. Sick Halloween decorations force people to either hide in their homes or be exposed to a celebration of evil.

Stop Turning Your Yard Into A Hellscape For Halloween

Oct 30, 2019

I walk with my children in our neighborhood frequently. One of the reasons we picked our neighborhood is walkability and nearness to community life. It’s been a big change for a country girl who grew up three-quarters of a mile from the nearest neighbor.

One of the things I’ve learned from moving into town is how little so many people think about others. Drivers will honk at 6 a.m. to get someone to come out of a house (Don’t you have a cell phone? Or get your rear out of the car and walk 20 feet to the door and knock.). People will blare music at all hours so loudly it shakes the windows of the houses they pass. They paint their porches fire engine red and their houses execrable shades of teal, let their cats defecate in other people’s sandboxes, and dump their fast food wrappers into the wind.

In other words, lots of people are rude, tasteless, and selfish. Of course, since I believe human nature is corrupt, this isn’t really a surprise, but what is a surprise is what appears to be an increase in these crudities along with a growing tendency to excuse and rationalize them.

Perhaps the most vivid illustration of this tendency is the grotesquery with which many people “decorate” their yards for Halloween. Within a few blocks of my house are yards full of severed heads, decomposing corpses, positively demonic-looking witches, goblins, and ghouls, and moldy skeletons coming out of the ground (some even shake!).

One entire nearby neighborhood decorated all of its streetlights with hanging severed heads that have blood running out of the eyes. Some people have fog machines and motion detectors that emit noises from Hell every time a mom walks by with her preschooler and baby, or kids of all ages go past on their way to school.

What is wrong with these people?

Your Warped Sense of Good and Evil Is Showing

This is neither tasteful nor fun. It’s ugly and selfish. Every person who uses public streets is not an adult who enjoys viewing things designed to provoke horror. Some people are old, some people are very young, some people have PTSD, some people have easily sickened stomachs, and people like emergency workers see horrific things on the job and need a break after-hours. Like other friends’ kids, my four-year-old has been having nightmares since Halloween season started and is unable to sleep alone or even go upstairs in the daytime due to fears of all the horrible things he’s seen on our streets. Thanks, neighbors.

They should not be forced to hide in their homes for eight weeks while all the demented people desecrate the streets. They deserve the common courtesy of their neighbors taking into consideration their needs, sensibilities, and desires.

People who enjoy objectively sick and horrible things should not be the measure by which we decide what to hang in public spaces. If you like something bad, you are the problem.

Some people might object that evil is a part of life and it’s brave to face it rather than trying to Precious Moments the world. I do certainly tell my children about evil, at what I think are age-appropriate times and contexts. But these decorations force such information well before small children could possibly be ready, and at a time and context of an outsider’s choosing instead of mine. It thus puts teaching children judiciously about evil at a disadvantage.

Further, none of these decorations is a sober assessment of evil, a depiction of combating it, or any other such proper treatment, as are many of the world’s cultural remembrances of the dead and the ultimate triumph over death at the end of the world, like Dia de los Muertos. These yard hellscapes are instead a celebration of, a reveling in, evil. (Sometimes the Day of the Dead trends that way too, but that is not its original or proper purpose.) That is, quite simply, wrong. Only fools make light of evil. Hell isn’t a joke.

It’s impossible not to see this delight in evil as encouraged by the entertainment people consume. It’s no secret that Western entertainment has become increasingly pornified, both in sex and violence. Like frogs in the boiling pot, people who regularly consume this get used to it, and it warps their sense of what is good, beautiful, and true. It corrupts their judgment. To hide their self-hardening, they pretend that the sensitive and less-corrupt people are the problem (“Prudes!” “You’re no fun!”), instead of them.

Safe Spaces and Public Spaces Are Both for Children

When I floated a trial balloon of this opinion on Twitter, plenty of people agreed, but others attacked me as a bad parent whose children are crybabies I’m putting in a “safe space.” Folks, four-year-olds do need a safe space. Would you let them watch “Game of Thrones”? If you would, you’re the bad parent. No four-year-old should watch “Game of Thrones,” and no four-year-old should see a severed head.

The problem with college safe spaces is that they infantilize adults. On the contrary, good parents and a good society rightly protect small children temporarily to help them grow long-term. If you can’t see a distinction between a preschooler and college student’s needs and expected maturity level, I can’t help you.

Some Twitter people pretended it was somehow a contradiction of the libertarian “do whatever you want” ethos to suggest that people restrain themselves in any manner. Even if one were a libertarian — I no longer am — the mantra, in full, is “Do whatever you want so long as you don’t harm other people.” Under that paradigm there is plenty of room for being considerate of other people.

What we do in public, which includes how we dress ourselves and our yards, ought to be different from what we do in private. I don’t poop on the sidewalk, and you shouldn’t either.

The public includes everyone, which means a huge diversity in sensibilities and preferences. Acting more restrained and tasteful in public exhibits respect for others. The public square is where we should put our best selves forward out of love, not unleash our ids and demand that everyone else put up with it or lose their ability to enjoy public goods.

That’s plain selfishness, and it deserves rebuke. We restrain people who ruin public spaces through littering, vandalism, and drunkenness, because their behavior undermines the common good. The rudest person shouldn’t win, the rudest person should be taught how to treat others properly or lose his social privileges. The best behavior should be celebrated, and the worst not ignored, but condemned.

Deliberate Disregard of Others Hurts Self-Government

I don’t think “big government” should decide how people decorate, although I do support the self-determination of local communities to put boundaries around such matters with buy-in from residents, as exhibited in zoning laws, neighborhood associations, and housing covenants. But it’s not as if our only choices for action are between either “government mandate” and “individual free for all.”

The more they push boundaries and disregard their fellow citizens, the more undisciplined people enable bigger government.

That’s not the way America was designed, because then it would have been like Europe, as Alexis de Tocqueville explained in great detail, with a great bureaucratic government meddling in every single aspect of life. It was designed with a small, constricted government whose limits depend on the people’s ability to govern — i.e. control — themselves.

A government that allows great freedom absolutely requires citizens who use that freedom responsibly. The more they push boundaries and disregard their fellow citizens, the more uncivilized and undisciplined people enable bigger government. So it is not at all an accident that as our nation has grown more lax in privately policing social mores that our government has also expanded immensely.

I don’t think we are on the verge of a giant social movement to have bureaucrats approving yard decoration schemes, and I don’t want one. But, with positively no apologies to the Philistines, I do think that this lack of courtesy, civility, and restraint in Halloween decorations is emblematic of a destructive and seemingly accelerating cultural Philistinism.

Joy Pullmann (@JoyPullmann) is executive editor of The Federalist, mother of five children, and author of “The Education Invasion: How Common Core Fights Parents for Control of American Kids.” She identifies as native American and gender natural. Her latest ebook is a list of more than 200 recommended classic books for children ages 3-7 and their parents.
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VIDEO It’s the Morality – Are We in the End Times?

August 4, 2019

 

Everyone is scratching their heads trying to figure out what has gone wrong when disturbing stories break of more attacks by young men killing strangers at random. We are reeling as a nation in the wake of these mass shootings and wondering what has gone wrong.

Our cultural elites have led us down a path of unbelief, and now we are reaping the consequences.

I’m reminded of the story about Voltaire, the famous French skeptic, who helped grease the skids for the bloody French Revolution. When one of his skeptical guests was talking loudly at his home, Voltaire asked him to lower his voice. He didn’t want the servants to hear their godless philosophy, lest they steal the silverware.

It’s the morality, stupid. Of course, this phrase piggybacks on the unofficial campaign slogan of Bill Clinton  in 1992: “It’s the economy, stupid!” This simple phrase kept them focused, eventually on to victory.

In today’s crisis, which is not something brand new, it’s been brewing for decades in America: It’s the morality, stupid And what’s the cause of this morality? We have driven God out of the public arena.

Unbelief assumes there is no divine accountability. When there is no fear of God in the land, then people do whatever they feel like doing—even if it inflicts mayhem on others. As an atheist character in Dostoyevsky’s Brothers Karamazov put it: “…since there is no infinite God, there’s no such thing as virtue either and there’s no need for it at all.”

America is ultimately an experiment in self-government. After the founding fathers hammered out the Constitution in the convention in 1787 in Philadelphia, a Mrs. Powell of that city asked Benjamin Franklin what kind of government they gave us. His answer was classic: “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”

The founders knew that the only way we could sustain this self-government was by the people being virtuous, acting in a moral way. And how would that morality be sustained? Answer: through voluntary religion.

The man who spoke more than any other at the Constitutional Convention was Gouverneur Morris of Pennsylvania. He is credited with writing some of the Constitution, including the preamble (“We the people”). He noted that religion is necessary for morality: “Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man toward God.”

George Washington said in his Farewell Address that it is religion that sustains morality. If you undermine religion, you’ll undermine morality.

That is precisely what has happened to America. Beginning with a whole series of misguided Supreme Court decisions, religious influence—frankly Christian influence—in society was restricted more and more. By the 1960s, God was effectively kicked out of the public schools.

When he was 14 years old, William J. Murray was the plaintiff in one of the key anti-school prayer cases on behalf of his atheist mother, Madalyn Murray O’Hair. Today, Murray is a born- again Christian, ruing the terrible decision and its consequences.

He once told me, “I would like people to take a look at the Baltimore public schools today versus what they were when I went to those schools in 1963 and my mother took prayer out of the schools. We didn’t have armed guards in the hallways then when we had God in the classroom. But I’ll guarantee you there are armed guards [now]. In fact, the city school system of Baltimore now has its own armed police force.”

We lack a fear of God in our land. Young people have no idea that after they die, they will have to give an account to Jesus, whom the founders called in the Declaration of Independence, “the Supreme Judge of the World.”

In the mid-19th century, one of the Speakers of the House of Representatives was Robert Charles   Winthrop, a descendant of John (“a City on a Hill”) Winthrop, the Puritan founder of Boston.

Robert Winthrop gave an address in 1849 at the Massachusetts Bible Society, in which he noted, in effect, our choice is clear: Christianity or violence?

Here’s what Winthrop said: “All societies of men must be governed in some way or other. The less they have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government. The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint.

“Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them, or a power without them; either by the word of God, or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.”

Would that we choose the Bible today, as the settlers and the founders of our nation chose to do.

http://www.jerrynewcombe.com/its-the-morality-stupid/


Are We in the End Times? | Jonathan Cahn | Special Guest

Respect: Entitled or Earned?

by jccast

 

A middle-aged man with a cane limps by a group of young people (approx. college aged). The loudest male among the group stares intently at the man slowly making his way by, and suddenly exclaims, “You’d better show me some respect, old man!”

The man casually looks at the young upstart, approximately a third his age, and says, “What have you ever done to deserve respect?”

The young man, encouraged by the group, replies, “I don’t have to do anything. I simply am who I am, and I’m worthy of respect.” And the group chimed in with unanimous discord against the traditional belief that respect needs to be earned. Like many within the younger generation—a lack of parental supervision and controls, along with being fed the Liberal agenda in school year-after-year has brainwashed them into a sense of entitlement.

When a society intentionally veers away from family values, individualism, morals, ethics, and God, it inevitably develops a collective mind-set of hate and intolerance, with an over-inflated sense of self and entitlement, and a complete lack of personal responsibility.

In America, we’ve seen this steadily getting worse with every generation sense the 1960s, ending up in the present chaotic state.

As an ex-investigator, I have a habit of researching any topic or group I develop an interest in before making up my mind completely. So, when all the conflicts surrounding Antifa and Trump supporters became big news, I would listen to the reports.

Unfortunately, it was obvious to anyone with an IQ over 10 that the Liberal media was editing and spin-doctoring every event to meet their agenda. Just like FOX News was doing to a lesser degree on the opposite side of the issue. So, I decided to watch 100 YouTube tapes randomly, as they popped up on the side, to get a clearer idea of what was honestly happening at the rallies and marches.

Sure, there were still a few tapes that were obviously edited with their agendas in mind. But, for the most part, many of these tapes were put online with little or no editing. And one thing became clear in a hurry. The level of respect among humans for each other in America is at an all-time low.

Antifa, whose actions epitomize everything it claims to hate, mirror the Hitler Youth of the 1940s. Not once, in 100 tapes, did one of the face covered Antifa members ever act like they honestly wanted to engage in any relevant discourse with someone from the opposing camp. And whenever someone from the opposing camp tried to have a meaningful conversation with them, they did their best to shout them down, or in many cases, attacked them. Yet, ironically, when they spoke with a media personality, they claimed they had been disrespected, that they were entitled to respect—but they felt the Trump supporters deserved no respect, whatsoever.

To be honest, about half the tapes equally showed Trump supporters engaged in disrespectful actions. And some of these people you would see in several of the tapes. It’s as if they wanted to start just as much friction as the Antifa camp because it would get more views on YouTube. As if getting more views on their site is more important than fellow human beings. Kind of makes you wonder when was the last time they read their Bible, especially the parts regarding how you should treat your fellow man.

In light of what’s being taught in schools and pushed in every other format, under the guise of Political Correctness, I was happy to see at least half the Trump supporters still trying to do things in a respectful manner, while still getting their points across, and standing up for their rights. Unfortunately, the others that are doing it for YouTube ratings, personal thrills, or some other selfish motive are actually a detriment to the cause because of their disrespectful actions. And for those in the tapes that are claiming to be Christians, yet still engage in the un-Christian-like actions, they really need to rethink their purpose for being there. It surely isn’t to honor God.

For those that might ask about defending myself and way of life; yes, I believe in self-defense and defending our way of life. I’m a disabled Vet. But I don’t believe in instigating violence for the sake of ratings, thrills, or any other selfish reason. My belief is that violence is only acceptable for self-defense or the defense of others. And any action taken without proper respect only lowers your self-respect.

I find it very hard to believe that those at these rallies and marches claiming to be Christians while they participate in such disrespectful actions, have ever truly chosen to put God first in all areas of their lives. Ironically, several of them were near other professing Christians that were acting respectfully, and trying to be a light in a very dark world.

This country needs to get back to its traditional morals and values. Respect is a big part of that, and a good place to begin. But respect is not entitled; it must be earned!

 

Some verses on how to treat fellow humans:
Matt. 7:12
Romans 12:10
Phil. 2:3
Titus 2:7
1 Peter 2:17

https://jccast.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/respect-entitled-or-earned/

 

The Consequences of Compromise

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by Pat Robertson

Ancient Israel offers a powerful lesson for modern America.

God told the Israelites if they kept His word He’d give them complete victory over their enemies. So Joshua and his troops marched into the Promised Land and defeated 31 kings!

But the next generation — lacking the obedience and zeal of their fathers — failed to drive out the enemy. Thinking the Canaanites weren’t really so bad, Israel compromised and joined them in alliances, marriages and worshiping false gods.

A century later, the Philistines who should have been subdued are now in charge, with the Israelites doing forced labor in their own land! These are the tragic consequences of disobeying God’s commands.

Now fast-forward 3,000 years. Our forefathers dedicated America to the glory of God and for spreading the Gospel. The first Congress opened with a three-hour prayer meeting. The initial chief justice of the Supreme Court was also president of the American Bible Society. Every Sunday, the Capitol building was filled with people worshiping God!

If Christians had continued to exercise their God-given authority, our land today would not be plagued with abortion, drugs, violence and flagrant sexual deviance.

We must take spiritual authority over the evil influences which try to push God’s Word out of the public arena. It’s not too late to repent for our complacency, reaffirm our faith and rekindle our commitment to following His commands — but we must do it now!

https://www1.cbn.com/teaching/the-consequences-of-compromise

Jesus Gave Me What Boozing and Brawling Couldn’t

My journey from the criminal underworld to the foot of the cross.
ALLEN LANGHAM| MAY 17, 2019

Jesus Gave Me What Boozing and Brawling Couldn’t

Six years ago—lost, broken, alone, and suicidal—I was the empty shell of a once-promising rugby player, shuffling around an exercise yard in a London prison. I was a man of extreme violence who had done seven stretches behind bars.

One morning around that time, I watched a flock of birds take off from a ledge outside my cell. Right then, I knew God was real—and that he had reached down to rescue me from the pit of hell.

A Ticking Time Bomb

As a child, there was violence everywhere I turned. My mother had been widowed by her first husband, abused for 20 years by her second, and deserted by my father (whom she never married) when I was eight months old. She and my two sisters surrounded me with love—I was the little favorite of the family. But she was also a harsh disciplinarian and liberally wielded what we called “the Allen stick” to keep me under control.

Throbbing with anger and resentment toward my absent father, I was constantly getting into scraps with neighborhood bullies, hoping to earn their respect. I was also abused several times: by a family friend, by a boy across the road, and by a man I can’t say much about because I’ve blocked the worst details from my memory.

I had some means of escape. Often I would skip school to go fishing or run off to the woods and dress up as an Army sergeant major, shouting commands at the other kids and exerting control to hide my inner pain. I loved sports and showed potential from an early age. And on Sundays, I would venture out on my own to attend church. At home I was fatherless and abused, but there I felt safe and at peace.

One morning, alerted by the shrieks of my eldest sister, I came downstairs to find my mother dead on the sofa, the victim of a cerebral hemorrhage. Something snapped in me that day—I was only 14—that put me on the road to destruction for the next 20 years.

I went to three schools, getting expelled from the first two for unmanageable behavior. By the time I left home at 16, I was a ticking time bomb—angry, bitter, and lost. My sister ran pubs, and I started down the path of drinking, gambling, and fighting, emulating the “gangster” lifestyle. This was my idea of what it meant to be a man.

But I excelled at rugby, and at 17 I signed a professional contract with Sheffield Eagles. Soon enough, I had far more money than good sense. Craving acceptance from members of the criminal underworld I perversely thought of as “family,” I began fighting for money, selling drugs, collecting debts for dealers, and generally bullying and intimidating my way through life. I walked into my first prison term as a lost little boy trapped inside a professional rugby player’s body.

A Hostile World

It didn’t take long for prison to turn me into a hardened criminal. It was a hostile world—physically, mentally, and emotionally—where only the fittest survived. In prison I developed a heroin addiction, which left me alienated from my firstborn daughter and her mother.

Between sentences, I went chasing the bright lights of London but ended up sleeping on the streets of the Strand. Without the “good fortune” of being sent back, I might have died. Back in custody, spurred forward by a picture of my daughter on my cell wall, I resolved to rebuild my life. During the next two years, I caught up on my schooling and got clean from heroin. But after the next release, I soon returned to my old ways. The vicious merry-go-round kept spinning: drinking, drugs (now cocaine), partying, violence, sex, and before long, a trip back to the slammer.

During my stints in prison, I was always drawn to the chapel. I considered it a place of refuge, just as church had offered a safe haven from the tumult of my childhood. Over the years, I experimented with everything: Buddhism, Hinduism, spiritualism, counseling, course after course, medication—but nothing worked. I was still a wreck. Despite my burning desire to change, I couldn’t find any peace or stability.

Eventually, after stabbing a number of fellow inmates, I landed in Belmarsh, a top-security prison in southeast London. I hated who I had become. With my violent outbursts and paranoid behavior, I had pushed away anyone I ever cared for—and put my family through hell. I was mentally, emotionally, and spiritually broken. Outwardly, I sought “respect” by lashing out against anyone or anything in my way. But on the inside, I remained a lost little boy in desperate need of love and acceptance.

While awaiting trial in a kidnapping and hostage-taking case, I finally hit rock bottom and decided to commit suicide. With tears streaming down my face, I dropped to my knees and made one final plea to God: “If you’re real and you hear me, put a white dove outside my prison window. Show me you are with me!” At the time, I had no conception of the dove being a symbol for the Holy Spirit. I was only looking for some sign of hope and new beginnings.

The next morning, when a flock of pigeons lifted off the nearby ledge, I saw the dove sitting there. Something inside me jumped, and tears of joy replaced tears of despair.

After transferring to another prison in Leeds, I began praying and studying the Bible in earnest. Reading Joyce Meyer’s Battlefield of the Mind, I stumbled across a chapter where Meyer describes taking the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, rolling it into a ball, and laying it at Jesus’ feet. I decided to do the same with my rage. Before going to sleep, I closed my eyes, imagined Jesus on the cross, balled up my rage, and surrendered it to him. When I awoke, I felt peace like never before.

The Long Refining

Being a Christian—and turning away from drinking, drugs, and sleeping around—hasn’t been easy. (It’s tough having a functioning conscience!) At first I was on fire for Christ, and my zeal would outrun my better judgment. I would strike up conversations with complete strangers and probably put them off forever. I would go to pubs to tell people about Jesus and—still enslaved to old habits—end up drinking to excess. On one occasion, I found myself in bed with a woman after trying to share the gospel with her. I needed serious refining.

But God, in his patience, kept using this broken vessel for his purposes. He has given me the privilege of going into prisons—at first under the supervision of more mature Christians, then increasingly on my own—and testifying to the hope and forgiveness he offers. I have spoken to rooms full of men convicted of the most heinous crimes, including pedophiles and murderers, and seen them reduced to tears. At a key moment when I wondered where my life was going, God helped me launch a ministry (Steps to Freedom) that reaches out to young people abandoned by society. He let me return to my first love, sports, as a chaplain serving several teams.

Miraculously, God has even given me my family back. It has taken years, but one by one he has repaired broken relationships with my sisters and their families, with my three children, and with the father who deserted us so long ago.

The refining process has been long and hard. But bit by bit, it’s polishing me into a trophy of God’s grace.

Allen Langham is the author of Taming of a Villain: A Message of Hope (Lion Hudson).

 

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Nation Stolen By Force

May 9, 2019 by DAVE DAUBENMIRE

Words are powerful.  They can make or break an argument, a relationship, or even a judicial system.  Our entire nation has been captured and we really have no idea how it happened.

Well, let me help you here.  One of the greatest weapons that the Left has used to STEAL this nation is through the power of words.  Just stop and consider for a moment the words that we use today that have nothing to do with the meaning of the words 50 years ago.

Some call it evolution.  I call it destruction.  Devolution is actually a better term.  America hasn’t EVOLVED, it has devolved.  Despite what the academics, the entertainers, and the talking heads have told you, America is not better off today than it was fifty years ago.  We have been lied to.  Snookered would be a better term, by the wordsmiths and their effective, decades-long march through the institutions of America.

Think about how the words have changed.  Gay, tolerant, accepting, love, judgment, are neutral words that have been weaponized.  Heck, masculine, male, man, are all nothing more than identifiers twisted and used for an evil intent.  The altering of the words has turned America upside down.  Today, the children, and those who act like children, are running the world.  How did all this happen?

By force.  That’s how they did it.  But we don’t even understand that process either because we have allowed the word-meisters to miss represent what FORCE even means.  Read carefully this verse out of the book of Matthew.

From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of God has suffered violence and violent men take it by FORCE.”

Is force violence?  Is violence force?  Why is it we always hear from America’s pulpits that we are to avoid “violence” while our entire heritage is being taken from us?  Violence is a result of FORCE.  Let me do a bit of word-excavating with you.

http://webstersdictionary1828.com  is a great place to start if you want to truly understand how the RIGHT has been manipulated by the words that the LEFT has altered.  Can someone explain to me why you find yourself calling homosexuals GAY?  Homosexuals aren’t GAY…happy…they are some of the nastiest people we run into while doing street ministry.  Yet the culture has programmed us to call them by the name that the LEFT has chosen…Gay.  And we dutifully comply.  Why do you call homosexuals gay?

Force is defined by Mr. Webster as “To compel; to constrain to do or to forbear, by the exertion of a power not resistible. Men are forced to submit to conquerorsTo overpower by strength.”

Isn’t that exactly what the LEFT has done to our culture?  Would you like me to rattle off for you the devastating cultural changes that they have FORCED down our throats through the judicial process?  Have they taken over our schools and the education of our children by the use of violence or force?  Has the name of Jesus been stripped from the minds of our children and our government by the use of violence or by force?

You see, violence is what they accuse us of when we choose to push back against the FORCE that they have applied. Like the trained monkeys we all parrot the mantra “don’t get violent.” The LEFT uses FORCE while they accuse us of VIOLENCE.  The two words really aren’t that different.

But even the word “violence” is a sham.  Mr. Webster tells us that to “violate” means  To injure; to hurt; to interrupt; to disturb; To break; to infringe; to transgress;” Don’t you understand how much the average Christian has been violated by the FORCE of the LEFT?  Everything that the LEFT has destroyed in this nation has been done through the use of FORCE…judicial force in particular.  They have perpetrated VIOLENCE on the beliefs of Jesus-fearing Christians for nearly 70 years.

And WE are the ones they accuse of “threats of violence.”  My friends, as difficult as this is for you to swallow, violence comes about as a last result of those who have been FORCED to accept things against their will.  The Left and the courts have FORCED us to violate our conscience while warning us not to get violent.  FORCE by deception IS Violence.

We are at a crossroads in America and if we do not push back WITH FORCE against the Demonic Left, violence awaits us on the horizon.  We must push back NOW with an even greater FORCE to prevent physical VIOLENCE in the streets.

Violence is defined as “unjust force; moral force; vehemence.”  We have lost America through the use of unjust moral vehemence which was FORCED upon us.  We have been violated.  The weapons they have used have been lies and deception.  Those are far more dangerous and destructive than any man-made weapon.

Properly applied moral FORCE will ultimately prevent violence.  Let’s push back NOW before it is too late.

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of God has suffered violence and violent men take it by FORCE.”

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