America’s Civil Wars – Then and Now

America’s Civil Wars – Then and Now

The following is a sobering, all-important message from Dr. James Dobson regarding the future of our nation and the quality of life for our children and grandchildren.  I have decided to post it here in its entirety.  You need to read the entire article.

And be warned, the future of our children and grandchildren are at stake.  What will we do?


America’s Civil Wars – Then and Now

From Dr. James Dobson, August 2020 – www.drjamesdobson.org

Dear Friends,

As I write this newsletter, voters across this nation are only a few short months away from the next general election.  What an ominous time this is for our 244-year-old republic.  Its future hangs in the balance. The choices we make on November 3rd will send this nation down one of two dramatically different paths. The wrong decision will be catastrophic.  I agree with former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, who said recently that the next election will be “the most important since 1860.”   He also warned that if we appease or ignore the violence and anarchy occurring in the streets, it might be the end of civilization as we have known it.  Those are sobering words coming from a man who has stood at the pinnacle of national power.

Mr. Gingrich referred to the significance of 1860 because that was the year Abraham Lincoln was elected president.  I’m sure the Speaker would agree that the following election of 1864 was also critical to the future of the nation.  Lincoln and his opponent, Maj. Gen. George McClellan, were in a hotly contested campaign for the White House that could have gone either way.  The “war between the states,” as it was called, had been raging for three ghastly years, and the entire nation was staggered by reports from the bloody battlefield.

Lincoln was running for a second term, and he campaigned on the promise of finishing the war and preserving the Union.  These were momentous times for the young nation.  During the first week of January 1863, the President signed the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves.

Democrats and their presidential candidate, Maj. Gen. McClellan, initially campaigned on a “peace platform,” pledging to end the war and send soldiers home.  As the election approached, he talked more about negotiating to let the South establish a separate government whose cornerstone would be slavery.  If McClellan had been elected, there would have been no foreseeable end to the inherent evil of buying and selling human beings and treating them like cattle.  Thus, the Civil War was a struggle for the soul of America.

The summer before the election, the war was going badly for the Union.  Lincoln, in fact, was convinced he was going to lose the election.  He wrote the following memorandum on August 23, 1864, asking his Cabinet to accept the grim prospects for his re-election. These are his words

This morning, as for some days past, it seems exceedingly probable that this Administration will not be re-elected. Then it will be my duty to so cooperate with the President-elect as to save the Union between the election and the inauguration; as he will have secured his election on such grounds that I cannot possibly save it afterwards.

No wonder Lincoln dealt at times with depression.  Clearly, the Union was a hair’s breadth away from losing the war. But then, the tide began to turn.  One historian wrote, “The political landscape shifted dramatically when Gen. William T. Sherman took Atlanta in early September.  This major military shift, coupled with the severe internal strife within the Democratic Party, solidified Lincoln’s chance at victory.”

As you know, Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans won the election of 1864 in a landslide.  McClellan was defeated by more than 500,000 popular votes and 191 electoral votes.  An estimated 78 percent of Union soldiers cast their ballots in favor of Lincoln.  McClellan took just three states: Kentucky, Delaware, and his home state of New Jersey.  Less than two months after Lincoln’s inauguration, he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.  He is said to have been the “last casualty” of the Civil War.

Why have I recounted our Civil War history and the election of 1864 at this time in our history?  It is for two reasons.  The first is to consider some striking similarities between then and now.  Our nation is divided like no time since the Civil War.  Lawlessness and anarchy stalk the cities as angry mobs riot, burn, loot, rob, and kill innocent bystanders.  Cultural monuments are being destroyed.  Scores of people have been shot.  Our courageous police officers are being brutally attacked by the same people they have vowed to protect.  A man and his son stopped to ask for directions, and he was gunned down on the spot.  A one-year-old baby was shot in the stomach while he sat in his stroller.  The child died at the hospital.

What began as a justified and lawful protest in response to George Floyd’s senseless murder by a rogue police officer has morphed into violence for the sake of violence.  Hatred flows in the streets, including vitriol directed at the President of the United States or anyone who dares to support him or his policies.  Constitutional rights to freedom of speech and religious liberty are being trampled.  There is also widespread belief that violence and anarchy are being organized and funded by powerful forces that are maneuvering America toward a socialist dictatorship.  There is always a kingmaker behind such lawlessness.  Most disturbing is open talk of another civil war. It is troubling to even utter those words.  The last time Americans faced off against each other, 600,000 soldiers died.  May God forbid it from happening again.

During the revolution of the 1960s, I recall a ubiquitous bumper sticker that read, “What if they gave a war and nobody came?”  It was a catchy phrase that made sense to those who opposed the Vietnam War.  But my reaction to it then and now is “What if they gave a war and only one side came?”  That question keeps me awake at night.  There are multiple millions of passive Americans out there today, many of them Christians, who are clueless about what is happening to their homeland.  They are losing something precious and irreplaceable.  Do they not understand that their children and those who are yet to be born will live in tyranny if we fail them on our watch?  Countless young men and women have laid down their lives on battlefields around the world to protect liberty and our way of life.  Now, what they purchased for us with their blood is slipping away.  Disengaged people won’t lift a finger to preserve this great land.  They won’t take even a few minutes to go to their polling places to vote.  There are also thousands of pastors who won’t allow voting registration tables in the lobbies of their churches.  Don’t they know or care that America is on the ropes?  Hordes of angry anarchists are salivating over the next election, hoping to push America over a cliff.  If they succeed, as Newt Gingrich said, Western civilization will never recover.  Is there anyone left who believes some things are worth dying for?  Aren’t there patriots out there such as Patrick Henry who said in defiance of British tyranny, “Give me liberty or give me death!”?  That was the spirit during his day.  The Declaration of Independence closed with these words endorsed by the signers, “We pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”  They knew they would be hanged if they lost the war.  Why did they do it?  Because they loved their country enough to die for it.

How I pray for the emergence of silent, intimidated Americans who will come out of their hiding places to let their voices be heard on Election Day 2020.  There must be tens of thousands of ministers in our midst who, like the Black Robed Regiment of the Revolutionary War, will strip off their clerical garb and fight valiantly for religious liberty.  If these men and women of faith and conviction don’t come to the rescue of their country, it is doomed.

During the Civil War, untold soldiers gave their lives to preserve the integrity of the United States of America and to end the tragedy of slavery.  Here is the question of the hour: Are you and our brothers and sisters willing to carry the bloodstained banner around which our predecessors rallied?  We will know the answer on November 3rd.

That brings us to the second reason I have addressed the Civil War and the election of 1864.  It is to remind us that voting matters.  Each presidential campaign has been important, but some have had jaw-dropping and nation-shaping consequences.  I believe we are at such a pivotal moment now.  You can be certain that America will be forever changed by the political party that gets its supporters to the polls. They will win the day— and the future.

Unfortunately, the majority of Christians have a record of not showing up on Election Day.  It is unbelievably sad.  As many as 75 percent of them sit on their hands, apparently assuming that their votes don’t matter.  They are wrong.  Voting ALWAYS matters.  George W. Bush won the presidency in 2000 by 537 votes in a nation of 130 million registered voters.  Many down-ballot contests have been won or lost by a single vote.

I plead with you to register and vote in this presidential election.  I won’t try to tell you who to vote for because you can figure it out for yourselves.  But I will suggest how you might evaluate the situation we face. I’ll close with seven critical issues that have stunning significance for the nation.  Please think hard about them, and then go to the polls.

1.  The Next Generation

There is a fierce battle being waged now in the nation’s classrooms for the hearts and souls of our children and grandchildren.  Those of us who are passionately committed to the Judeo-Christian system of beliefs are losing our kids right before our eyes.  They are being force-fed a radical curriculum that is godless, anti-American, and sexually perverse.  Make no mistake, the left and secular culture are manipulating the minds of your sons and daughters every day of the year.  I urge you to be extremely careful about those whom you set in power over your children.  Protect them with your very lives.

2.  The Sanctity of Human Life

All life is sacred and is a gift from Almighty God.  But as you know, America has the blood of innocents on its hands.  Since 1973, more than 60 million babies have been murdered through abortion and countless lives have ended by euthanasia.  This is the most tragic holocaust in the history of the world!  Some states have even passed laws allowing wounded and suffering infants to lie alone on porcelain trays after somehow surviving unsuccessful abortions.  They will die without the comfort of their mothers’ breasts.  If that doesn’t touch your heart, you are without compassion.  I hope you will not cast a single vote for any politician who supports such wickedness.

3.  Marriage and Family

The family is God’s original building block for society.  Marriage continues to serve as the foundation for every dimension of human life.  Everything of value rests on it, including procreation and the care and training of children.  If that ground floor is weakened or undermined, the entire superstructure of civil society will come crashing down.  But listen carefully: powerful and highly funded forces, including LGBTQ and other leftist entities, are determined to destroy the family as an institution.  It is already on its knees, and its future is grim.  Before you vote, find out what position the candidates have taken on this issue.  Then vote accordingly.

4.  Religious Liberty

The first item listed in the Bill of Rights addresses the issue of religious liberty.  All the other enumerated rights flow from that fundamental freedom.  That is why it is alarming to recognize that this right to worship and honor God as we choose is under vicious attack today.  The courts have done the greatest damage, but now an entire sub-culture is trying to bring down the Christian faith.  Whether it has invaded your private world or not, it is at your front door.  It was this primary concern that led to the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War in 1776.  We can’t compromise one jot or tittle within that fundamental right.  Fight for it with every ounce of your strength and determination.  Don’t let the government close the doors of your church or tell you when you can sing praises to the Lord Almighty.  They have a devious agenda, and it is dangerous.  Be ready to go to the mat in defense of what you believe.  And let this passion influence how you cast your ballot in November.  Here I stand.  Will you join me?

5.  Capitalism v. Socialism

It is difficult to believe that for the first time in American history, our nation appears to be thinking about trading our democratic way of life for the tyranny of socialism.  I can hardly catch my breath.  Could we really consider abandoning the beloved system of government that was designed to be of the people, by the people, and for the people?  Is it true that up to 40 percent of millennials and others are prepared to surrender their liberties in exchange for the absolute authority of the state?  Democracy and capitalism have made ours the most powerful and successful nation in the history of the world.  Are we really considering scuttling the system that has served us for 244 years in exchange for what some people call “free stuff?”  I pray not!  But that option awaits you in the polling booth.

6.  The Judicial System

Given recent rulings, we know that judicial overreach has almost ruined this great nation.  Justices and judges are constitutionally charged to interpret the law, not make law.  But again, and again, they have overstepped their authority and brought us atrocities such as abortion on demand, same-sex marriage, and the so-called “separation of church and state,” which doesn’t appear in the Constitution.  Most recently, the Supreme Court handed down one of its most egregious rulings since Roe v. Wade.  It is the case of Bostock v. Clayton County.  This decision was not based on constitutional law but on the whims of six justices.  It created a new legal definition of sex out of thin air.  Lawyers tell us that this ruling will affect every dimension of culture and haunt the nation as long as it endures.  Please don’t vote for politicians who will expand, rather than limit, the power of the judiciary.

7.  The Nation of Israel

Scripture tells that those who bless Israel will be blessed (Genesis 12:3).  Our prayer is that the next Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. will continue to promote and cultivate a vibrant bond of friendship with the nation of Israel, which is our only ally in the Middle East.  Anti-Semitism and all forms of racial discrimination are inherently evil, and we condemn them categorically.  We are a nation that is dedicated to “freedom and justice for all” (The U.S. Pledge of Allegiance).

I could list dozens of other issues that should be considered as we vote on November 3rd.  I will end with this final statement from Abraham Lincoln.  He said:

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have.”

Let us come boldly before the throne of grace and ask God for His mercy on America.

Sincerely,

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50 Things You Need to Get Before It’s Too Late

50 Things You Need to Get Before It’s Too Late

We are living in troubling times.  And, unless you are purposely sticking your head in the sand, you can see things begin to unravel at a frightening speed.  So what are we to do?  Prepare.  It’s really that simple.  We each have the choice of being a blessing or a burden to others.  We are a blessing if we prepare and have something to bless others who have nothing.  Or, if we continue with our dogmatic denial, then we become a burden on those who did prepare… and nobody wants to be a burden, do they?  So, in this vein of thinking, let me give you a master list of 50 things you need to get now before it’s too late and it gets to the point they will either not be available, or you will be unable to secure them.  Why?  Because you waited too long.

Consider this a master list or a set of goals to work towards.  You probably won’t be able to get all of these things today, or even next week.  But every journey, no matter how long, begins with the first step.  So take that step today.


50 Things You Need to Get Before It’s Too Late

These are not in any particular order.

1.   A Generator (we will talk more about this in a future post)
2.   Berkey Water Filter (the best water filter to have)
3.   Rainwater Collection System (if you don’t have an alternative source of water near your home)
4.   Emergency Medical Kit
5.   Rice
6.   Pasta
7.   Canned Soup
8.   Canned Vegetables
9.   Canned Fruit
10.  Canned Chicken  (these canned items are the best way to start building your pantry)
11.  Jars of Peanut Butter (lots of them)
12.  Salt
13.  Sugar
14.  Powdered Milk (these last three items will have to be stored properly.  We’ll cover this in a later post)
15.  15 Bags of Flour (or more, once everything else has been taken care of)
16.  Yeast
17.  Lots of Extra Coffee (even if you don’t drink it.  Others do, and they get nasty when they don’t)
18.  Buckets of Long-Term Food (I would suggest Augason Farms)
19.  Extra Vitamins
20.  Lighters or Matches (and a lot of them)
21.  Candles
22.  Flashlights or Lanterns (and include rechargeable batteries and lantern oil)
23.  Plenty of Wood to Burn (if the power goes out, how will you cook without fire?)
24.  Extra Blankets
25.  Extra Sleeping Bags
26.  A Sun Oven (several to choose from.  We’ll talk more about that in another post)
27.  Can Openers (many of them.  What’s the use of having canned food if you can’t easily open them)
28.  Hand Sanitizer (or Rubbing Alcohol to make your own)
29.  Toilet Paper (self-explanatory)
30.  Extra Soap and Shampoo
31.  Extra Toothpaste and Toothbrushes
32.  Extra Razors
33.  Bottles of Bleach (or packages of Pool Shock to make your own)
34.  A Battery-Powered Radio (very important.  A hand-crank radio is even better)
35.  Extra Batteries
36.  Solar Chargers
37.  Trash Bags (the big, black ones)
38.  Tarps (all sizes)
39.  A Pocket Knife (get a good one, Buck, Spyderco, Kershaw, Benchmade, Zero Tolerance, etc.)
40.  Hammer and Nails (different size nails and get them in abundance)
41.  Ax and Saw
42.  Shovel, Spade, Hoe, Pitchfork, Rake, and Other Garden Tools, etc.
43.  Work Gloves (several pair, different sizes)
44.  N95 Masks
45.  Seeds for a Garden (needs to be heirloom seeds and not what you’ll find at your local Feed and Seed Store)
46.  Canning Jars (with at least 4 times the number of lids)
47.  Extra Supplies for Your Pets
48.  An Emergency Supply of Cash (or other items for barter, such as junk silver coins, etc.)
49.  Bibles for Every Member of Your Family (this should have been first on the list)
50.  A “Bug Out Bag” for Every Member of Your Family (we will discuss the “why” and “how” of this in a later post)

And the list could go on.


The Time to Start is Now!

Over the next few weeks, we will look into each of these items, and others, and show you where to get them and provide reviews for your various choices.  That will be our job (and we haven’t even talked about guns, ammunition, and other items of personal protection).

Your job is to get started now.  How?  Start by going to Costco or Sams or your local grocery store and buying more of what you already eat.  Instead of one or two cans of green beans, get six or more.  Double what you think you will need for the week and in no time you’ll find you’ve made a start on securing items your family needs to survive, just in case.

And remember, it wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.  Make sense? Good.  Then let’s get started preparing to be a blessing and not a burden when the time comes.

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Day Two:  Sending Me to You in the Form of Him

Day Two: Sending Me to You in the Form of Him

Today is the second day of a 40 day adventure with the Lord.

Yesterday, day one, was a good day.  I experienced much peace and was able to pray more than I have in a long time.  It seemed like my prayers were effortless and more natural and I had a deeper sense of His presence with me.  I know this is only the beginning, but I am greatly encouraged.  I was able to spend more time in prayer and meditation on His Word as my mind seemed to be more in tune with spiritual things, rather than carnal things.  I find it amazing that after just one day, I can already see changes in my life.

Today I arose early, a little before 6:00 am.  For some reason, I couldn’t turn my mind off.  I was thinking about our conversation yesterday, how the Lord wants to speak with each of us, with me and you, in a more personal, intimate way that maybe we have not allowed Him to do in the past.  I am convinced He wants to reveal His heart to us in ways we’ve never understood or experienced before.

This is what my desire is with Him.  And this is what I have been praying this time with Him will accomplish.


My Fear of the Holy Spirit

Then I started thinking about my fear of the Holy Spirit.  No, you heard that right.  To be completely honest, I’ve always been a little frightened of the Holy Spirit.  Why?  Because I don’t understand Him.  I find it difficult to get close to Him.  I can’t get an image of Him in my mind and He’s hard for me to relate to.

God the Father, not so much.  From the Old Testament, I see Him as unapproachable, fire and smoke and thunder from Mt. Sinai erupting like an active volcano (Ex. 19:18).  When I think of His voice, I see it booming from the heavens, loud, frightening, much like I viewed the Wizard of Oz when I was a young child.  To me, He seems more like a boss, or a ruling monarch, and less like a father.  I know much of my caricature of God is based on my own dysfunctional and somewhat abusive relationship with my own father.  And I know I’ve imposed character traits and motives on Him that belonged to my earthly father, and that’s unfair and wrong.  But that’s something we’ll have to talk about at another time.

Jesus, on the other hand, I understand much better.  I see Him walking the dusty roads of Galilee in the New Testament and I long to be there with Him.  I see Him having endless patience with people like Peter and Thomas and me.  I greatly admire His compassion for the woman caught in the act of adultery (John 8:1-11), and His love for the Samaritan woman He met at Jacob’s well (John 4:5-30).  I wonder what it must have been like to minister with Him as He unselfishly met the needs of people He didn’t even know when He multiplied the five loaves and two fish and fed them all (Matt. 14:13-21).  And I see Him encouraging His disciples into a deeper life of faith when He beckoned Peter to step out of the boat and walk on water with Him (Matt. 14:28-32).

Jesus, I like.  Better yet, Jesus I love and want to emulate my life after Him.  I want to devote my life trying to walk like Jesus, to live like Jesus, and to love like Jesus.  Why?  Because He’s left me a tangible, written example of who He is in the Scriptures.

But the Holy Spirit?  I’m not so sure.  He’s wispy, like an apparition, and hard to get a reading on.  I know He’s an equal member of the Godhead, fully God, yet I’ve always viewed Him as some sort of power that emanates from God the Father or is used by Jesus the Son.  Like He was some sort of possession of the Father and the Son, and not co-equal with them.

I’m not sure why I feel that way about the Holy Spirit.  Maybe it’s because I have a hard time getting close to something I don’t understand.  For me, at least, my mind rules most of my life, and my emotions and passions are left subject to what I think.  When my mother died a couple of years ago, for example, I remember sitting at my desk asking myself how I was supposed to feel about what just happened.  What’s the proper emotion?  In other words, I was going to mentally determine the proper response with my intellect and then allow my emotions to feel what my mind gave them permission to feel.  It’s no wonder I’ve had such a hard time relating to the Holy Spirit.

So, what’s the Holy Spirit like?  How can I learn to relate to the One who lives in me when I often see Him as a ghost, or something like a mist or a force that emanates from some other being— that being God.


Seen One, Seen All

All throughout His ministry, Jesus made it abundantly clear that “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30).  He never took credit for the mighty works He performed but gave that credit to His Father.  He said His purpose on earth was to do His Father’s will, the “will of Him who sent Me” (John 6:38), and even likened that will to food, or His sustenance— “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).

In John 14, Philip asked Jesus, almost incredulously, if He would show, or manifest to them, the Father (John 14:8).  Jesus was a little taken back.  It seemed the disciples were comfortable with Jesus, but when faced with the prospect of Him leaving them and ascending to His Father (John 13:33), they wanted more than assurances from Jesus alone.  They wanted Him to bring out the big guns, to show them the Big Guy.

John 14:9 – Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip?  He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

Let that sink in for a moment.  Jesus said, “he who has seen Me has seen the Father.”  How can that be?  Because “I and My Father are one” (John 10:30).  In other words, if I look at Jesus, I’m also looking at the Father.  Why?  Because Jesus and the Father are one and the same.

Within the Godhead, the Trinity, you have God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit who are all God, co-equal in essence, all one God.  Each Person is fully God and, yet, there is only one God.  There’s no division in the Godhead.  There’s never an argument in the Trinity.  There’s never been a vote, 2 to 1, majority rules, among the Father, Son and Spirit.  They are all of the same essence, singular in focus: God is three persons, each person is fully God, and there is one God.

So if I want to know what the Father is like, I look to the Son.  God the Father is just like Jesus.  And Jesus is just like the Father.  So how does the Father respond to my sin and failure?  The same way Jesus does.  How much does the Father love me?  As much as Jesus loves me.


If I’ve Seen the Son, I’ve Seen the Father

But what about the Holy Spirit?  What is He like?  How can I wrap my mind around Him?

In John 14, Jesus speaks the most revealing truth about the Holy Spirit found in Scripture.  In a few words, Jesus tells us all we need to know about what the Holy Spirit is like.

John 14:15-18 – “If you love Me, keep My commandments.  And (the promise) I will pray the Father, and He will give you another (allos) Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”

The key word Jesus used in describing the Holy Spirit is, another.  The word translated another is allos in the Greek and means “another, but of the same kind and essence, of equal quality.”  Jesus is saying, “I will pray to the Father and He will send you another (allos) Helper, or Comforter (KJV), or Advocate (NIV), or literally one who comes alongside, who is just like Me.”

Or, to put it another way, “I will not leave you as orphans, but I am leaving.  Do not fear.  For I will pray to the Father and He will be sending Me to you in the form of Him, the Holy Spirit.”

Do you know what that means?  Can you comprehend the implications of these few words?  It means if you want to know what the Holy Spirit is like, simply look to Jesus.  How would the Holy Spirit respond in a particular situation?  The same way Jesus would.  Which, by the way, is the same way the Father would.  There’s no mystery here.  No sleight of hand.  If you’ve seen Jesus, you’ve seen the Father.  Why?  Because Jesus and the Father are one (John 10:30).  And if you’ve seen Jesus, then you also know all about the Holy Spirit.  How?  Because Jesus and the Holy Spirit are allos, they’re “of the same kind and essence, of equal quality.”  The Father is one with the Son and the Son is of the same essence as the Spirit.  Which makes the Spirit and Father also one.  Remember?  If A = B and B = C, then A = C.

This means the Holy Spirit has the same characteristics and traits and emotions as Jesus, all of them.  He’s a person, just like Jesus, with all the same traits of personality Jesus had.


The Personality of the Holy Spirit

We know Jesus was a person with a personality, we see that in the way He interacted with people as recorded in the Gospels.  He had knowledge, for example, as well as will or volition.  He possessed a mind or thought, in addition to various emotions such as grief, anger, and love.  That’s a given.  But the Holy Spirit also possesses the same traits in His personality.  Why?  Because Jesus and the Holy Spirit are of the same essence, allos. Consider the following:

We see the Spirit’s unique knowledge of “the things of God” in 1 Corinthians 2:11.

We encounter His will regarding the distribution of His gifts “to each one individually as He (Holy Spirit) wills” in 1 Corinthians 12:11.

We find the Spirit having a mind, or thoughts and purpose, in Romans 8:27.

We see the Spirit grieved, sad and in sorrow, in Ephesians 4:30.

And we find the love (agape) of the Spirit revealed in Romans 15:30.

These are human emotions and traits, that are attributed to the Holy Spirit.  And they’re the same emotions and traits that belong to Jesus.


So, What Does This Mean?

For me, there’s no longer any reason to fear the Holy Spirit or to feel uncomfortable around Him.  Why?  Because I don’t feel that way about Jesus, and the Spirit is of the same essence as my Lord.  When I sin, Jesus is always there with the love and forgiveness I so desperately need.  So is the Spirit.  When I hurt, my Lord stands with me to comfort me in my sorrow.  Guess what?  So does the Spirit.

And the amazing part of this is that I have spent most of my Christian life ignoring the Spirit who lives in me!  It’s not Jesus that lives in me.  No, He’s seated at the right hand of the Father (Rom. 8:34).  It’s the Spirit, the Third Person of the Godhead, the Trinity, that was given to me as a pledge, a down-payment, as the guarantee of my future inheritance in Him (Eph. 1:14).  It’s the Spirit, the Holy Spirit, with Whom my salvation was sealed (Eph. 1:13).

This changes everything.

Will you join me as we continue to grow together during these 40 days, asking the Lord to reveal His truth to us through the residing presence of the Holy Spirit?  Who, by the way, is just like Jesus— who just so happens to be one with the Father.

One final thought.  Towards the end of His time on earth, as He was preparing His disciples for His death and resurrection, Jesus said these words regarding the coming of the Holy Spirit:

John 16:7 – “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage (profitable, better, beneficial) that I go away; (why) for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

Could Jesus really have meant what He said?  Does this mean Jesus viewed the coming of the Holy Spirit as more advantageous to us than His physical presence on earth?  Absolutely.

But we’ll talk about that tomorrow.

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465:  The Forgotten Discipline of Fasting

465: The Forgotten Discipline of Fasting

Often the church chooses to let go and forget the disciplines that served her so well in the past.  We feel they have served their purpose and then callously throw them aside for something more trendy, modern, and popular.  And this is especially true of the forgotten discipline of fasting.

I mean, who really wants to fast?  And isn’t fasting some Medevial Christian ritual that we stopped doing centuries ago?  Plus, if I fast, won’t it mark me as some sort of fanatic or Christian extremist?  If I fast, won’t I really be just starving myself?  That can’t be healthy.  And I’m not sure there are any real-time benefits for fasting (other than losing weight).  Why?  Because I don’t know anyone who fasts.  In fact, I don’t know anyone who knows anyone who fasts.

So what’s the big deal?


Remembering the Forgotten Discipline of Fasting

Jesus expected His disciples to pray.  He said, in the Sermon on the Mount, “when” you pray, and not “if”.

Matthew 6:5 – “And when (not, if) you pray…”
Matthew 6:6 – “But you, when (not, if) you pray…”
Matthew 6:7 – “And when (not, if) you pray…”

But look at what the Lord says about fasting.  He assumes it is something His disciples would do, like praying, and not something that was optional.

Matthew 6:16 – Moreover, when (not, if) you fast…”
Matthew 6:17 – “But you, when (not, if) you fast…”

And, like with His teaching on prayer, Jesus speaks about the motives behind fasting and not if His disciples should practice it.  That was a given.  It was assumed.

There is much to learn about this all-important forgotten Christian discipline called fasting.  Join us today as we dig deeper into the amazing world of fasting.

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The Curtain is Closing for America

The Curtain is Closing for America

I believe America may be taking its final curtain call.  It seems, at least from my perspective, time has run out, and the curtain is closing for our nation.  Why?  I think the article below spells it out in unmistakable clarity.  We are a murdering nation that has the blood on its hands for the genocide of unborn children.  And do we think God will turn a blind eye forever?  I think not.

The following is from Michael Snyder and was first published at The End of the American Dream.


The Curtain is Closing for America

One out of every six people in the world is missing.  If 1.5 billion children had not been systematically killed over the past 50 years, the total population of the planet would be 9 billion instead of the current level of 7.5 billion.  And of course, I am not even counting the children and the grandchildren that the missing 1.5 billion would have had if they had been allowed to grow up.  There have been other great genocides throughout human history, but there has never been one that has literally wiped out one-sixth of humanity.  Virtually every nation in the world has eagerly participated in this horrific genocide, and that arguably makes us the most evil generation to ever walk the face of the Earth.

So what would the appropriate punishment be for killing 1.5 billion children?

Not a lot of people think about this.  In fact, most of those that approve of all this killing think that they are totally going to get away with it.

These days, even most Christians seem to think that there won’t be any consequences for all of the great evil that we see throughout our society.  According to them, it really doesn’t matter that virtually every form of evil imaginable is exploding all around us, because America and the rest of the globe are heading into a golden new era of peace and prosperity that will be greater than anything we have ever seen before whether there is repentance or not.

I am sorry, but it simply does not work that way.

The other day I got an email from one of these believers.  He was all upset that my articles were not more “positive”, and I guess he wanted some sort of an explanation.

1.5 billion children are dead and great wickedness is running rampant everywhere we look.  Does he actually believe that this is going to lead to a positive ending to our story?

The modern era of abortion began in 1970 when some U.S. states began to pass laws legalizing the practice. The following comes from Wikipedia:

In 1970, Hawaii became the first state to legalize abortions on the request of the woman, and New York repealed its 1830 law and allowed abortions up to the 24th week of pregnancy.  Similar laws were soon passed in Alaska and Washington.  A law in Washington, D.C., which allowed abortion to protect the life or health of the woman, was challenged in the Supreme Court in 1971 in United States v. Vuitch.  The court upheld the law, deeming that “health” meant “psychological and physical well-being”, essentially allowing abortion in Washington, DC.  By the end of 1972, 13 states had a law similar to that of Colorado, while Mississippi allowed abortion in cases of rape or incest only and Alabama and Massachusetts allowed abortions only in cases where the woman’s physical health was endangered.

The landmark judicial ruling of the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade ruled that a Texas statute forbidding abortion except when necessary to save the life of the mother was unconstitutional.  The immediate result was that all state laws to the contrary were null.  The Court arrived at its decision by concluding that the issue of abortion and abortion rights falls under the right to privacy.

Today, the U.S. government gives Planned Parenthood more than 500 million dollars a year through the regular budgetary process, and this has continued year after year no matter what political party has had control in Washington.

And year after year the federal government has also funded “scientific research” on the organs that are harvested from the children that Planned Parenthood kills.

Over time, almost every nation on Earth has followed the lead of the United States and has legalized abortion. According to Life Institute, this has resulted in more than 1.5 billion abortions over the last 50 years.

    • More than 1.5 BILLION babies have been aborted worldwide in the past 50 years.
    • An estimated 50 million abortions are carried out throughout the world every year.
    • One in five pregnancies worldwide ends in abortion.
    • Approximately 90% of Down syndrome babies are aborted worldwide.
    • 42% of all yearly deaths in the world are from abortion.
    • Every two seconds a baby is aborted – every time your heartbeats a baby dies.
    • Baby girls are a particular target of abortion: at least 100 million girls have already been wiped out through gendercide – the deliberate targeting of baby girls for abortion.
    • In 2011 the Wall Street Journal reported that 163 MILLION babies were aborted simply because they were girls. They called it “The war against girls.”
    • If 50 million abortions continue to be performed year after year around the globe, that would put us on a pace for 2.5 billion abortions over the next 50 years.

But I don’t believe that will happen, because I don’t believe that God will let us get that far.

Of course, that are some voices that are speaking out about all of this, but they are always greatly criticized.  For example, Kanye West spoke out against abortion during a rally that he held on Sunday…

At the rally in North Charleston, S.C., on Sunday, West spoke about how he and his wife discussed the pregnancy of their first child, daughter North “Nori” West. They considered abortion at one point and Kardashian even had “the pills in her hand,” pills that cause an abortion, said West.

West cited the Bible, stating, “In the Bible, it says, ‘Thou shall not kill.'”  He then described calling his wife one day during the pregnancy and she said to him, “We’re gonna have this baby,” and he replied, “We’re gonna have this child.”

Sadly, the mainstream media responded to his rally by claiming that he has mental health problems and by suggesting that his wife may want to divorce him.

As I have warned so many times before, if we stay on the path that we are currently on, there is no future for America.

At one time, the United States was a Christian nation and a tremendous light to the rest of the world.  But as Jonathan Cahn has pointed out, just like ancient Israel we have greatly fallen away.

“Israel was consecrated from its birth to the purposes of God,” Cahn writes. “It had known more, been blessed more and thus fallen more.  And to whom much is given, much is required.  And so Israel was more accountable, and thus its judgment more severe.  America was likewise consecrated from its foundation to the purposes of God.  And America has, likewise, been given more and so has more greatly fallen.”

Think, 1.5 billion children are dead, and it is difficult to imagine a sentence that would be too harsh for what we have done.

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About the Author (Michael Snyder): I am a voice crying out for change in a society that generally seems content to stay asleep. My name is Michael Snyder and I am the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog, End Of The American Dream, and The Most Important News, and the articles that I publish on those sites are republished on dozens of other prominent websites all over the globe. I have written four books that are available on Amazon.com including The Beginning Of The End, Get Prepared Now, and Living A Life That Really Matters.

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