’bout a Month & a Half

Seems time gets away from ya easier now since everything has gone haywire. Hospital visits, surgery, recup, new clothes; then riots, mandated fear, families being torn apart, rising crime, car getting shot at, and on it goes.

Time isn’t slowing for me or anyone, we just lose a sense of time when events cause a sensory overload.

Slowing down the mental processing of everything can give one a recalibrated outlook on their perspective of time. Relaxing, refocusing on the important things in our lives can work wonders with all the bitterness & hatred out here around us.

Praying to & trusting in the only one truly in charge of everything, that being GOD Himself, knowing HIM through the Son, Jesus the Christ. That’s what brought me back to the sense of reality in which we exist within this wicked and sinful world.

Understanding the fact that as believers we are part of something greater than ourselves, this bringing some kind of relief, knowing whatever hardships we may experience, it’s all part of HIS plan for our lives.

People claiming to be Christian are getting caught up in the travails surrounding their lives. Since this so-called pandemic media & governments have continually bombarded everyone with fear. Now fear & panic, on top of the bitterness & anger are cresting as a large wave engulfing a coastline, crashing against and destroying everything in its way.

Faith is under attack in America, some may disagree but regardless, churches are shut down across the country because of advertising fear. Congregants are separated, fearing meeting others because of advertised fear. Aninus has grown in the hearts and minds of the unsaved to the level that, to them, all former things need a violent end and something new needs to emerge from the ashes of the old.

As the world waits in anticipation time continues, life, death, four seasons, the sun, moon, clouds all continue as do we.

Pray the Lord opens the hearts & minds of those in your circle of influence. Pray the Spirit will convict them of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; then maybe you’ll lead them to faith in Jesus.

Sometimes you have to wonder…

Starting with Proverbs 17:15. He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.

When your child, regardless of age, starts down a path in life that you know, whether from experience or Scriptures, leads toward that darker side of humanity and those vices which lead to destruction, I think it is our responsibility to try and consuel or reprove said child in those decisions.

Following dreams or trying to improve onesself isn’t what I’m referring to. When one approvingly nods at sinfulness with a wink and a smile, then trying to defend that wicked  behavior is what I’m talking about.

In trying to talk with my youngest these Scriptures come to mind. Proverbs 4:13. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

I know you can only say so much and hope the Lord plants a seed there to grow, hoping at some point your child will see the wisdom you’re trying to impart. Although watching or knowing a certain path is being taken it still bothers the mind of a parent.

In such events, with some, fingers are pointed, the blame game begins, words are usually exchanged and sometimes that old tongue causes more harm than good. Wisdom can, at times seem hidden, when stupidity rears its ugly head, but Scriptures and the Lord do not change, their Wisdom is Divine and destroys all of our humanly devised excuses.

I’ve been told to hate sin but to love the sinner. All good there but in today’s society that’s interpreted as not having a right to mention anything about morality or sin or righteousness. In the west all things moral have become relative or either situational, nothing is written in the proverbial stone. I understand Jesus told the harlot brought before Him to be stoned was told by the Savior Himself about the accusation against her, in John 8:10. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11. She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

Jesus explained that with this woman, at this particular time, He neither accused her, He told her expressly to go and sin no more. He didn’t condem her then and told her to go and sin no more. He didn’t try and cover the fact that she sinned, He knew sins make themselves known at some point in a person’s life and those same sins are enough to accuse a person of wrongdoing. Those who brought her before Him knew the Law, they lived it to the letter without a heart felt sense of mercy. Her accusers knew what the penalty was for that specific sin and tried to tempt the Savior. All failing to an Old Testament axiom quoted by Jesus in Matthew 9:13. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Here Jesus fulfills this by releasing the woman brought before Him. Condemnation is for those who in rejecting GOD’s love, given through Jesus, reject that Love and continue in sin. If the woman before Jesus would have spit on Him and returned to her lovers home things may have been recorded a little differently, but she left with the express knowledge that her life was spared and she was not to return to continue in sin.

With our children, talking to them about life choices referencing Scripture hoping for wisdom, in my mind, doesn’t constitute trying to shove something down ones throat. Mentioning sin isn’t judging in the perverted sense it’s understood today in the west. Trying to consuel a child about sin nowadays seems like an intolerable crime of mind and soul, even when it’s being done out of love.

Just as GOD loves HIS children and tries correcting them, we too are suppose to love and try and correct our children.

Then there’s that time when you just have to step back and let your children reap what they’ve sown. Thinking to yourself, sometimes you just have to wonder….

Scripture of the Day

Mark 12

14. And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?
15. Shall we give, or shall we not give? But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.
16. And they brought it. And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto him, Caesar’s.
17. And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.

Scripture of the Day

Hebrews 4

14. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Scripture of the Day

John 12

22. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
23. And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
24. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
25. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
26. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Scripture of the Day

Matthew 25

1. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh

Scripture of the Day

Proverbs 4

14. Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16. For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Christian family brutally beaten in India

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/prayerapp Friends, recently a Christian family of converts from Hinduism was brutally beaten; they escaped only by running into the forest and spending the night there.  Ever since Balraj* and his family chose to follow Jesus a few years ago, they have been threatened and pressured in their remote village in India. Balraj remembers verbatim the most common threat he has received over the past few years: “Here we perform poojas [rituals] and worship our gods and goddesses; you will not bring this foreign religion and you better give it up, or else we will kill you.”   A few days ago, as the family got ready for bed, villagers broke into their home and began attacking them with thick bamboo sticks. The villagers told Balraj and his family that they were kicking them out of the village and continued the beatings. When the family escaped into the woods, they were bleeding badly. The next morning, they found their house had been ransacked. Village elders severely warned them not to make a police report and threatened their lives if they continue to follow Christ. Please pray that Balraj and his family will heal physically, emotionally and mentally from the injuries suffered during the attack. Pray for provision for Balraj and his family. Pray for strength and protection for Indian believers. There continues to be intense persecution during the country’s strict coronavirus lockdown. Pictured: Balraj’s severely injured family entering a hospital ambulance. 

Pregnant Christian woman arrested in Eritrea

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/prayerapp Friends, we have just heard news of the May 20 arrest of 20 believers—including a pregnant woman—in Eritrea’s capital city of Asmara. The group also includes six couples.  The reason for the arrests and surrounding circumstances are not known at this time. We do know that officials are keeping these Christians at a government school, closed down because of COVID-19 restrictions. Eritrea ranks #6 on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List. In the East African country, government security forces conduct house-to-house raids and to date have arrested hundreds of Christians. Extreme levels of government pressure, including state-sanctioned violence, often force Christians to flee the country. Please pray these believers would sense God’s presence in this uncertain and fearful time. Pray for safety and protection for this expecting mother and her unborn child. Pray that believers would be released from custody quickly. *Representative names and photos are sometimes used to protect identity.

Secret church reaches out during pandemic in Iran

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/prayerapp Secret church reaches out during pandemic in Iran Friends, despite the risks and their own suffering, secret Christians in Iran felt called to reach out to their community with food and sanitary items during the coronavirus pandemic. These believers who worship behind closed doors are spreading the love of Christ in their community—not in words, but in deeds. House churches inside the country are quite resilient. “They have become used to living in difficult circumstances,” explains Steve*, an Open Doors fieldworker. “So, when COVID-19 reached Iran, they were afraid that it would hit them or their loved ones, but at the same time they were undaunted. They felt it was their calling to take care of people around them—not only other believers but neighbors, colleagues or others nearby who were struggling. “First, they used their own resources but, when those ended, they reached out to our partners, who in turn contacted us. They thought that no one cared about them. But, through our partners, we showed that the worldwide church is standing beside them.” Please pray the seeds of Christ’s love that are planted grow and bear fruit. Thank God for the strong underground church in Iran that has been prepared for such a time as this. Pray for provision for secret believers to continue to minister during the pandemic. Pictured: Local Christian distributing food and relief items.

Scripture of the Day

Matthew 6

31. Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32. (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Scripture of the Day

Proverbs 2

10. When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
11. Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:
12. To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man that speaketh froward things;
13. Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways of darkness;
14. Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of the wicked;
15. Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:

URGENT: Cyclone heads for India and Bangladesh

https://www.opendoorsusa.org/prayerapp URGENT: Cyclone heads for India and Bangladesh Friends, please pray with us for our family in India and Bangladesh as super Cyclone Amphan’s 150 mph winds head for the countries’ border—the two countries are already battling escalating COVID-19 infections and severe food shortages the lockdowns have caused. Pray for protection, provision and strength—the need is dire.