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The Great American Shift


Pondering this for quite some time now, it is clear the position of America has shifted.

The question of “should Christians get involved with politics?” is one that has been swept under the proverbial rug for decades. Why? The idea that we would have a voice in governing was a deceptive lie of the enemy that many embraced on both sides.

How can any country have Christian leaders if they don’t get involved with the process?

Exodus 18:21

“Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens.”

The above verse demonstrates God’s purpose for us in that we have the elect duty to place in leadership roles those who pledge truth to govern. Once again God gives us the choice but if we elect people of dishonest gain, we all will suffer.

In my 63 years on this earth, I have never known America to be so divided. For decades the enemy has been working hard to achieve disunity and to a great extent he has succeeded. But this is America, and what goes on in America goes elsewhere and God is putting a halt to it.

A discorded media, along with venomous social atmospheres have become the crusades of hate, vitriol, cruelty, bullying and maliciousness. Much of these have been planted; paid for and fueled by wealthy donors of contempt and viciousness. Why? The devil doesn’t like to lose and he is speaking through the mouths of those who have allowed him entrance into their sad, jealous lives to maintain power and control.

As I dive into to murky waters here, it is imperative that we see the difference. God is no respecter of persons or political party. (Romans 2:11) However, when it is perfectly clear which side is right and which one is wrong, we as Christians need to wake up and understand God expects us to follow righteousness even if it goes against what our family has always done or what we have believed in the past.

Recently on Facebook a woman replied to a comment I made about the state of our country. Her hate for President Trump centered on the future of her grandchildren and what a terrible example he was as our leader. She had been a Democrat her entire life and felt our present government was leading us down the wrong path. She alluded to the fact she is a Christian and didn’t really believe in abortion yet was determined to vote liberally.

My response to her was anyone who votes Democrat at this point is voting for abortion, homosexuality (etc.), illegal immigration, and just about anything anti-Christian. The top 2 are reasons enough for any Christian to vote conservatively because they go against everything God stands for. She never responded. At the least, hopefully she rethought her position.

Christians have had the idea President Trump isn’t Christian enough. He isn’t a Pastor, Preacher or Priest. He’s a business man. Yet, observe just a few of his positions and accomplishments so far.

President Trump’s Executive Order prohibits the U.S. Government from discriminating against Christians or punishing expressions of faith, affirming First Amendment protections for religious freedom.

President Trump has reversed President Obama’s policy of allowing transgendered people to serve in our military because the military is no place for progressive social experiments.

President Trump has given states the option to deny Planned Parenthood access to Medicaid and other federal grant money because Planned Parenthood uses this money to facilitate its conducting of more than 328,000 abortions per year at Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills.

In sharp contrast to President Obama’s rhetorical war on America’s police, President Trump is outspoken in his support for America’s police and has offered cities federal support to crack down on violent crime in our city streets.

President Trump ordered the move of the embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. A major win for the Jewish people that no other President has accomplished.

President Trump and his team have worked diligently to free almost 20 Americans from foreign prisons including Christians such as Pastor Andrew Brunson.

We must remind ourselves that many in the Bible such as Moses, Abraham, David, Samson, Peter and Paul were faulted men who in some cases were involved in criminal acts. God raised them up and used them mightily to achieve his purposes. God is doing the same with President Trump. He is just as human as they were and as we are.

Election Day is around the corner and many are already voting. God is just getting started with the last great revival. He is using America as a cornerstone of spreading the gospel because we are and always have been a Christian nation.

God has given America a fair and balanced system of election; use it. Vote according to God’s word and will.

All you have to do is Google an agenda for the Republicans and Democrats and read the Bible.

The writing is on the wall. (Daniel 5)

make america great again

 

 

 

 


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The Lost Champion


 

As one who played tennis for many years and watched championships for decades, I must say I have never seen one like yesterday’s Women’s final at the US Tennis Open.

 In any sport there are rules and regulations. There are contentious moments and days of grandeur but in the end the cliché that “it’s not about winning, but how you play the game,” still holds true.

In the past, players would rant and rave, scream at umpires and throw rackets. Some more than others depending on their temperaments. They displayed themselves in questionable performances or meltdowns of anger and hurt. Often they were cited for violations and sometimes fined as they should be. These outbursts of emotions from top seeded tennis pros would draw crowds filling stadiums to witness such shows of passionate athleticism but it doesn’t excuse their behavior.

Sadly, it has become the victimization of players who get offended by umpire calls and cited for their blistering tirades on the court that screams at the validity of the game. Calling into question are also the umpires who have personal issues with certain players along with whether or not they nitpick rules in different matches. The job is one that comes with recognition but should be scrutinized carefully. Umpires should be fair to all.

Bias of sportscasters of one athlete over all the other players has become as bad as the media in politics.  It only adds to the fury of hate and the loss of the Champion in waiting; and that was definitely the case these last 2 weeks.

 Of course there are discriminating facts between the sexes. It isn’t right, but shouldn’t be given into the debate of one player over another simply because of their accomplishments, fame and fortune. No one is above the rules especially as technology today can reveal exact spots the tennis ball lands and film crews can video tape unauthorized activities of those involved with the players during a match.

Everyone is responsible for how they act on and off the court. In this day and time the authors of entitlement have declared war on others because they believe they deserve to be treated differently and receive that which doesn’t belong to them, no matter what. That goes for players, coaches and umpires alike.

Forget competition as an incentive; the master of greed and offense has taken over.

What started out as an exciting, and anticipated great Championship match ended up being all about victimization that literally stole the greatest moment in a 20 year old girl’s life.

As she stood on the sidelines waiting and watching, her years of hard work and labor were swept under the rug of a diminished culture set on an “it’s all about me” syndrome. Tears streaming down her face should have been tears of joy for becoming the first Japanese woman to ever win a Grand Slam tournament. Instead they were tears overshadowed by shameful disputes that should have been determined peacefully and quickly to the point of being settled off the court in private even if the match needed to be paused.

 

As an American citizen and one who loves the game of tennis Naomi, I apologize that you were exposed to such reprehensible inefficiency.  The USTA needs some strong lessons in court management so that this kind of disorganization never happens again.

I commend and congratulate you, Naomi Osaka for your mature, quiet and graceful conduct in the midst of a tumultuous scene. You truly are the real Champion.

 

 


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Exposed


There is a point my blood will boil.

The Church of Scientology is not the “church” of the God I serve.

Not that I care about Hollywood or the drum roll for Tom Cruise, I am however glad Katie Holmes has seen some kind of light. What kind of light, I am not sure but at least she hit the switch.

Leaving her controlling, manipulative self-absorbed Tomkat was a move well done. Her exit has opened the door to expose the Scientologist’s for who they really are.

I am no expert by any means on their so-called lifestyle, but reading more about it lately reminds me very much of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Researching in-depth the perverse “Watchtower Group” has made me almost cynical to any group resembling their notions of ideologies.

The sole purpose is to feed the pockets of those in authority through mind control or brainwashing to a dictatorial power struggle. You do as they say or you get punished. The rules change as necessary for the “power hungry” to continue their rush of conquering the helpless. Don’t ever believe you are as good as you can prove; it won’t happen. Your class level is based on performance. And forget ever leaving.  They have the art of Shunning perfected along with watching your every move.

Katie Holmes should be wary of those whom she has left. She may or may not have an easier rode depending on ex-hubby Tom. If there is any indication of his prior sense of protection as he referred to it, she won’t be free anytime soon.

Having read many real-life stories of Jehovah’s Witnesses who tried to leave or successfully did so, life was no piece of chocolate cake afterwards. On an average now, 60,000 are leaving each year. Mostly due to the cataclysmic hardships the Watchtower places on them along with the unruly demands. Those who do escape are left alone without their families; some never see them for years or at all.

Sadly, many of these people are very nice; at least the ones who use to come to my door. The annual Jehovah’s Witness conference is held in July in Columbia SC which is not far from where I live. Usually in April of every year they send out their missionaries to knock on doors of the surrounding areas to speak “their” gospel and invite people to their conference.

It is interesting I have not had one show up this year. Maybe the word got out to stop visiting me because they didn’t get away from my doorstep without hearing the “truth.” And one of their core beliefs is to stay away from those who do not agree with their twisted teaching.

In the wake of the recent split between these two Hollywooder’s I hope Katie’s bold move will awaken people to the truth of Scientology. What better person would God choose to expose this group but the wife of Tom Cruise who is one of their biggest donors and authority figures?

It is also my hope, that Tom will see the light as Katie has along with the many other headliners who indulge the practice of Scientology.

Any group who uses the word “church” to identify themselves without the representation of Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world and God’s only son is an open door to the enemy. It is another tactic of Satan’s to discredit God.

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In my study of Jehovah’s Witnesses along with those I have met, God revealed to me how empty these people are. Their lives are an embodiment of a made up story leading them nowhere. Most are hungry to be loved and accepted but have allowed themselves to be caught up in a false sense of security by greedy domination from people who propose to love them; only with strings attached.

God wants us as Christians to love them into the Kingdom of God. The next time one shows up at your door be kind to them. Show them something they don’t have which is the truth. Even if they argue the point of the truth, you have planted a seed. Once they leave ask God to take that seed and water it with his love and compassion.

You may never know how far the seed you planted may grow, but the seed you gave them may be the only one they will ever get or needed to receive Jesus as their Savior.

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/hungry-thirsty/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/07/04/christianity-and-liberty/

http://birdmartin.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/learning-from-tom-and-katie/

http://highlyfavored74.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/its-not-about-me/

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Blue Remnant Theology


♦God is so good. Reading a fellow blogger’s post last night I was enlightened by her view of how God shows up in everything. She used the case of how atheist/agnostics rationalize God’s creation, appearances or what one may conceive as a coincidence. Her words resonated within my soul.

Use to be for me I didn’t recognize God’s hand in my life and I was a Christian. The more time I have spent with God the more I see him in everything.  What a major difference that has made with me.

There are no coincidences. Or chances. Or luck. It has become a real pet peeve for me to hear people say, “oh, it was just luck.” UMMMMM, excuse me! NO it wasn’t!  Sometimes I think people are about as sharp as a marble. I wonder where they were when God gave out brains.

That last sentence I wrote brings me to this point. Those who claim to be atheists/agnostics are loud with their accusations of “there is no God” or “God had nothing to do with it.” Now I am aware many who live with the notion of “no God” are very intelligent. But listen to yourselves! Do you know how you sound to the rest of us? The veil is covering your sight.

Here is an example of how God works in my life. I don’t know about the rest of you but I have learned to pray about everything……This is a result of years of bad choices and decisions I made without consulting the Almighty. Sometimes I ask God if I am bothering him too much because I have a 24/7 conversation going on with multiple prayer requests, daily crisis or minute decisions like our carpet. I must admit my guilt here as I know God has a lot on his plate. Why would he even care about my carpet?

God cares about me and every detail of my life, that is why. I really love him for that.

Our carpet was cheap to start with. Whoever installed it did a lousy job. Had I been here things would have been different!  lol!

Debating spending wads of money on new carpet struck my penny-pinching lifestyle with such grief I prayed diligently about it.  Oh how I wanted new carpet, but there was a hesitation. God knew better. What is almost frightening is God even knows how miserly I am! So what did he do? He arranged for me to call the man who cleans carpet for my rental houses to give me a better deal on cleaning all the carpet that I could ever have imagined!

After cleaning it yesterday and not even thinking about this at all prior to today, I woke up this morning with the thought, “I am going to go buy a large area rug to cover the high traffic areas in the den.” Now where did that come from? Yo, brother atheist tell me?

Do you know what God did? He gave me that thought because the blue 8 X 12 square bounded carpet remnant was waiting for me at Lowe’s this morning.  It was the perfect color, size and shape to fit our den. The price was very reasonable.  And wouldn’t you know it was the only one like it.

I can hear you skeptics laughing and saying, “lady, you are crazy.” Fine. You go find your own carpet then.

This was no coincidence. Or luck. Or by chance. I’m sticking with God.