For A Time Such As This: A Look At Biblical Prophecy


Even though I am a Bible School graduate (then-1984 RHEMA Bible Training Center. Now-2022 RHEMA Bible Training College), Biblical prophecy was not my focus. I know enough to be a prophetic-dabbler. For some (if not many), that is knowing enough to be dangerous in misunderstanding.

I share my early Bible education because I ran into a post on Salvation And Survival that has a Gog-Magog/Russia-China theme I found interesting but hardly can give it the stamp of approval as an expert – BECAUSE I ain’t an expert, but only a dangerous dabbler. I’ll let you experts evaluate the thoughts I found interesting.

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For A Time Such As This: A Look At Biblical Prophecy

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By PAM KOHLE

MARCH 2, 2022 5:30 AM

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Sometimes, as I begin to write, the Holy Spirit reminds me that I am treading familiar ground — that He has counseled me on a particular subject in the past, and suggests I revisit what I received to see if I need to renew my mind. I was amazed! I wrote in 2014-15 about the world in crisis and what I wrote seemed almost like déja vu.

Here is how the Holy Spirit informed me in 2014, and what I wrote….

What appears to be happening before our very eyes is an alarming coalition between Russia and China. In reaction to strong embargoes on the part of the U.S. against Russia, China appears to be positioning itself as Russia’s new strategic partner. In fact, over the last several months, Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party have repeatedly exhorted the People’s Liberation Army to “be ready to win a war.” Xi has repeatedly called for greater military modernization, increased training, and enhanced overall readiness of the Chinese army, navy, and air force. And, if we think Russia and President Putin are just going to sit idly by while we attempt to destroy their economy, then we’re more naive than I’ve thought“.

So, just as in 2014, we now see Russia’s currency destabilizing, following the ruble’s precipitous decline. And it is in China’s best interest to prop up Russia because of their dependency on Russia’s energy supply. In fact, if you will remember, Russia and China were communist allies throughout the Cultural Revolution and Cold War. And as neighbors, their financial and strategic interests overlap. China is a huge buyer of Russia’s natural resources, and Russia is a great consumer of Chinese exports. They are natural allies when it comes to destroying the power of the West, especially the U.S, and it’s only logical that they would like nothing better than to crush our fragile financial system. There’s so much in play right now, and it sure seems like it is aligning with Biblical prophecy.

Which brings me to what I wrote in 2015 as I realized that oil (especially the oil reserves discovered in the Golan Heights of Israel) could certainly be the “hook” that draws the nations into the Biblically prophesied Gog-Magog war.

Additionally, Christians, for centuries, have tried to make sense of Ezekiel 38:15…. And you [Gog] shall come from out of your place in the north parts…”. However, “the north” or “the north parts” has often been understood to be the heavens, and in this case, the second heaven, where satan and his fallen angels and demons live. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to relate specific humans and geographic locations on the earth when dissecting Ezekiel 38. But in taking counsel from the Holy Spirit in regards to the spiritual war in the heavens, I am beginning to see a different picture.

Let’s consider Ezekiel 38:1-2, which says, 

And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Gog of the land of Magog, the chief ruler of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief ruler of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them magnificently clothed in full armor, a great horde with buckler (small shield) and [large] shield, all of them wielding swords; Persia (Iran), Cush (Ethiopia), and Put (Libya, N. Africa) with them, all of them with shield and helmet; Gomer (modern Ukraine and Russia) and all its troops; Beth-togarmah (Turkey) from the remote parts of the north and all its troops—many peoples with you.

OK, now I’m going to ask you to follow my train of thought and perhaps connect the dots; try to consider this possible interpretation… Let’s start with Genesis, Chapter 10, in which Magog is listed as a son of Japheth, who, himself, was a son of Noah. Genesis 10:5 tells us that from these men, “the nations were separated and spread into their lands, every one according to his own language, according to their constituent groups (families), and into their nations”…  so the fact that Magog is usually understood to be a nation or country makes sense; having been named for the descendant of Noah who was given that land. Just think of Washington, D.C. named for George Washington, or America, named for the explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Naming a land after a specific person makes sense to me.

But then who is this Gog that our God is prophesying against? In Ezekiel 38:3, he is called “the chief ruler of Meschech and Tubal”. In other versions of the Bible, this verse reads “O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal”. Before we try to identify Gog, let’s clear up the discrepancy in the use (or lack of) the word Rosh in that verse. Some versions of the Bible translate the Hebrew word ‘rosh’ in verse 3 as a noun referring to a place in Russia. The least credible support for this view is that Rosh sounds like the modern-day name Russia and Meshech sounds like Moscow. In this translation they treat rosh as a proper name. Other versions of the Bible translate ‘rosh’ as an adjective, a disjunctive form of grammar, that indicates a pause. So, verse three would read: “Behold, I am against thee, o Gog, the prince, {pause} chief of Meshech and Tubal”, rather than “Behold, I am against thee, o Gog, prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal.”

It is not as important to me to understand where Gog is chief ruler or prince, as it is to know the identity of who Gog is. I can accept that he rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal, and I can agree, without any problem, that those nations may comprise parts of modern-day Turkey, southern Russia and Iran. It is important to know who this Gog is, and why the Lord God is against him.

So, now I’m going to finally tell you the understanding that I have come to, after much study and prayer. I believe that Gog is one of the demonic rulers (or princes) that satan has assigned to particular nations to carry out his evil directives. Once again, I feel that’s why Paul made such an effort in Ephesians, Chapter 6, to spell out for us that we do not fight against flesh and blood! (Could he have been telling us to not try to identify flesh and blood men as these enemies?) These rulers and princes are the spiritual commanders of the forces of spiritual wickedness that coordinate the game plan and align demonic forces on the battlefield of each nation.

And I do not believe they are constrained by time or place. Gog has obviously been assigned to govern and administer the nations of Meshech and Tubal at a time when they will be unleashing their armies on Israel [remember those all-important and valuable oil reserves in Israel that are tempting to today’s world powers]. Since I often find that the Bible expresses overlapping and dual prophecies — a word from the Lord that is specific to an ancient historic event, but that also applies to an End Times scenario. In this case, the Old Testament prophet Amos says, 

Thus the Lord showed me, and behold a swarm of locusts were coming, and, behold, one of the young devastating locusts was Gog, the king. 

Then in the New Testament, in Revelation, Chapter 9, the Apostle John is given a vision of the Fifth trumpet being sounded, the bottomless pit opening, and the power of the locusts descending upon man to torture him. In verse 11, John says, And [the locusts] had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. It is well understood in the 21st Century that this king will be the Anti-Christ. So, it is certainly possible, and it is my opinion, that the “devastating king of the locusts”, that the prophet Amos saw is the same king of the locusts that John saw. “Gog” could just be the designation of his title or position, [Prince]; and at the End Times he will be known by his proper name, Abaddon.

Nonetheless, I think we must consider that Gog is a demonic spiritual king [chief ruler or prince] who isn’t limited in the length of time he lives or functions. He can rule over many nations at different times; simultaneously or throughout the centuries. But I think it is clear that he is an agent of the devil; with specific duties to battle against God’s plan of reconciliation. I believe that when God commanded Ezekiel to set his face against Gog and prophesy against him, the prophet was being instructed to battle in the spiritual realm against this demonic ruler, and to tell him the Lord God was against him and would defeat him. That was in the Old Testament. In this New Testament Age, I contend that we can do the same thing … in our power and authority in Christ, we can declare to the demonic forces in the spiritual realm, in the Name of Jesus, that God is against them and they are defeated.

I’m sure that this may be a new and very difficult concept for you to accept, since it is virtually never discussed in the Church today. And maybe, you are one of those Christians who doesn’t feel it is necessary to understand Old Testament prophecy. But the God who spoke to, and instructed, Ezekiel is the same God who wants to speak to us today through His Word … all of His Word! For me, it is a matter of knowing that His character never changes. So if God was against the demonic rulers in the spiritual realm in Ezekiel’s time, He is against them today. [Blog Editor’s Emphasis]

And if He asked Ezekiel to set his face against that demonic ruler in that spiritual realm, I believe he wanted the prophet to take a stand, with God by his side, and announce the defeat of the evil entities. I believe His command and His desire is for us to do the same. We need to change our focus from trying to identify a flesh and blood man as the source of power coming against Ukraine and the world, and instead, look up and partner with the Heavenly Host in a battle to conquer the Prince of Magog. Just as we understand that the prince of the kingdom of Persia [i.e., a high-level evil angel representing the interests of Satan in the nation Persia] was defeated by the Archangel Michael in Daniel, Chapter 10, we must understand that Gog is a prince of darkness, assigned by Satan to spiritually rule the land of Magog, which includes the nations of Meschach and Tubal (portions of modern Turkey, Russia, the “Stans”, and Iran). He is bigger than any man, but his defeat is prophesied and certain! Hallelujah! May the God above all gods rule this time in history! Amen!

Habakkuk 2:3    For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time. It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, because it will certainly come; it will not delay.

ABOUT  PAM KOHLER:

I am a Daughter of the King and a Citizen of the Kingdom of God on earth. I am an Ambassador of Heaven and represent my Savior, Jesus Christ. I am also a member of His Ekklesia, the governmental body of Believers on the earth, on assignment to prevail against the government of the kingdom of darkness. I have been called to an Inner Healing Ministry and to spread the Gospel of the Kingdom throughout the earth — to help Him set the captives free and heal the broken-hearted. To that end, I am constantly renewing my mind to perceive and experience this life from God’s perspective. I will boldly proclaim the Truth of my Faith, and share the journey that my Lord is taking me on. I am not afraid to challenge old OR new belief systems, always using the Holy Scripture as my guide. I am firmly committed to being “in the world”, but not “of the world”. There is a purpose for my life, and I am determined to fulfill it. Join me on this journey in this crazy world, and let’s see where God takes us!

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“God’s Mega Event” A Christmas Prophecy


I found the uplifting Christmas message delivered in the New Testament prophetic manner on the Xapit Social Media Platform shared by Jan Capasso. Be blessed as you read the transcription of the video which follows.

JRH 12/18/21

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“God’s Mega Event” A Christmas Prophecy

By Dutch Sheets

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Dutch Sheets attribution date: December 17, 2021

We have spent a good deal of time this week and last addressing the abortion issue. Today’s post is a general word from Holy Spirit through my brother, Tim Sheets and connected to the first Christmas. It is powerful and VERY encouraging. You are going to want all of your friends to hear this word! Share it, please. Tim says:

“Recently, I asked Holy Spirit for fresh revelation and insight concerning this Christmas season. He very clearly responded to me saying, ‘Prophesy from Luke’s writings on the birth of Jesus Christ. Prophesy it into your times.’

“In the first chapter of Luke we read that a supernatural mega event, planned by the Godhead in heaven, had come to its appointed moment. The Christmas narrative gives us the miraculous story of Christ’s birth and it also prophesies into our times. It explains the powerful creative abilities of Almighty God that can come from the spirit realm into the natural realm and change everything. This incredible story explains how the master plan of the Godhead began to be implemented on the earth under Holy Spirit’s supervision and also with the angel armies.

“Woven throughout the story, we see how the prophetic promises that had been given for thousands of years all had to align supernaturally. The characters that were to be part of this awesome event had to be born at the right time and grow into their moment. The story reveals that hell cannot stop any purpose of God coming onto the earth. It also shows that Lucifer and his kingdom have no clear understanding of what the Godhead is planning. It proclaims that while hell’s kingdom is real, it is inferior in every way, shape and form to the Kingdom of Almighty God. And it reveals how the supernatural impacts and invades the natural realm.

“During this time of history, the soul of Israel was suppressed and there was a shroud of hopelessness throughout the land. However, God had been planning a mega event. He was planning for massive change on earth, and this is what He says is going to happen again. The miraculous birth of Jesus shows it was time for the kingship of Jesus to be introduced in a new way. It was time for a living, ever-expanding Kingdom to be revealed. The moment had come for God to be with us and for Holy Spirit to live inside of us. Holy Spirit’s hovering and overshadowing would cause new, seemingly impossible things to spring forth. He birthed something in a teenage girl that would change the world, and a few years later birthed new things in the younger generation through the disciples. We also see the older generation giving birth to the new through Zachariah and Elizabeth. Every generation was included in this mega event.

“As I prayed about this, I received a prophetic download. Hear the ‘wind words’ of Holy Spirit penetrating our times and activating power to shift a nation.

“‘For you have come to an appointed time, says the Lord of hosts. Another supernatural mega event has been planned by heaven for you. It is accelerating into the earth realm. Lucifer, his kingdom, and rulers of darkness will not stop it. You will see My kingship manifest upon the earth in new ways. New levels of reigning power will now reach into the governments of nations. Dictators, oligarchs, hierarchies and family dynasties that run with the camp of Beelzebub, and those who run demon errands will be confronted and stopped by My power. It will rise exponentially in new places, new ways and through new and renewed sons and daughters of all generations. I am releasing new mantles for new times. New anointings reserved for this era are now being poured from heaven as My supply river flows from My throne through all Ekklesias and into all of the earth.

“‘This new flow of Holy Spirit will cause the expansion of My Kingdom in ways and displays never before seen. Indeed, says the Lord, the mind of man captured and bound by reason will be blown. For it will be seen that I cannot be confined by reason or science. I cannot be confined by man’s laws or wisdom. I cannot be confined by the language of fools. I cannot be confined by your capitals, congresses or parliaments. I cannot be confined by your religions. None on earth or in the universe can confine Me. I will break out against all confinement. The shattering of confinement has begun, says the Lord.

“‘Yes indeed, I have a surprise for you. I have a new event planned for you. I have a new pentecost planned for you. My Ekklesia will see the breaking off of confinement and function in new anointings of Holy Spirit. For I have remembered My word through the prophet Joel. It is part of My supernatural mega event. I am pouring out My Spirit on all flesh, the young and old together. I have given visions to My young men by the multiplied thousands. They will now run with Me, sounding forth awakening. I have put My prophetic words in the heart of My handmaidens. Like Mary, they are highly favored and will prophesy. Prophetic declarations have been put in their heart by My Holy Spirit. They will speak My words into the nations.

‘“The babes, the teens, the male, the female will all participate in My outpouring. My older, seasoned generations are dreaming again, says the Lord. I am giving them new dreams and I am activating their old dreams. I am anointing their dreams to break forth from confinement. Those called ‘barren’ will now produce, says the Lord of hosts. My Zachariahs and Elizabeths will give birth to their dreams. They will sing with exuberance. Holy Spirit’s hovering, flowing, overshadowing presence will now birth new things. They will spring forth.

“‘The presentation of My Ekklesia will now manifest in ways never seen before. Church will be done in new ways as Holy Spirit blends the new with the renewed and activates the gospel of My Kingdom. This will be confirmed with power-signs heaven will provide. It will be a message confirmed with creative miracles and assisted by My Kingdom’s angel armies. Angelic visitations will increase as I release My messengers with destiny messages. Revelation, understanding and enlightenment will accelerate in My sons and daughters as My DNA will be revealed inside of them. My mind will be revealed in them as Holy Spirit guides and provides.

“‘I will do exactly what I promised. Through My Ekklesia, I will fulfill My prophetic unction released through My handmaiden in Galilee. Mercy will flow in wave after wave. There will be new births and new birthings. I will bear My arm and show My strength to this world. I will scatter the bluffing braggarts. I will knock tyrants off their high horses. I will pull victims out of the mud. I will sit the starving down to a banquet. I will remember and embrace My chosen ones, piling on favoring mercy, doing exactly what I told them I would do. I will be God with you. I will move more and more into the earth realm manifesting Myself among My people, producing change all over the world. Change is coming.’”

Pray with me:

Lord, we receive Your prophetic utterance. Be it unto us exactly as You said. Be it unto us according to Your Word. We are entering into a time that has been planned by You. Accelerate into this world. Manifest in this nation. Pour out Your Spirit on all flesh. Give us new visions and new dreams. Break off any confinement.

Confirm Your Word with signs, wonders and miracles. Let new anointing pour from heaven as Your supply river flows from Your throne through Your Ekklesias. We declare the barren will now produce! Activate Your angel armies and release revelation, understanding and enlightenment to Your sons and daughters. Let the spirit realm move into the natural realm and begin to change things. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Our Decree:

We are moving into a supernatural mega event, planned by God, that will change this nation and the entire world.

Today’s post was contributed by my brother, Tim Sheets. You can learn more about Tim ,here.

Click on the link below to watch the full video.

[Blog Editor: Jan provides the Youtube link. The above text is a transcribe of the video.]

Youtube VIDEO: “God’s Mega Event” A Christmas Prophecy | Give Him 15: Daily Prayer with Dutch | Dec. 17, 2021

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A TUMBLEWEED CHRISTMAS (A true story)


If you are a reader of posts on this blog, you are fully aware I am bit cranky about the current rulers (as opposed to the legitimately elected and perhaps tyrants is a better word) exerting control in America.

Which brings me to a post submission sent by Justin Smith on 12/12. The submission is a heartwarming snapshot of Christmas past as recalled by his friend Christine Holm. It is well for to break what causes cranky by remembering the power of the Birth of the Son of God.

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A TUMBLEWEED CHRISTMAS (A true story)

Christine Holm (Photo sent by Justin Smith)

By Christine Holm

Submitted by Justin O. Smith

Sent December 12, 2021, 02:37:48 PM CST

[Blog Editor: An edited intro from Justin:]

I thought You and many other fine Americans would have a great appreciation for the following true story from my dear, dear friend, Christine Holm. 

I originally met Chris on Facebook several years back, she and her husband John stopped and visited me one year on one of many trips they make each year to see family in Georgia. She used to post this story each year on Facebook before she finally dumped FB; but she has kept the practice over on MeWe.

She’s the real deal, having come up the hard way and eventually making a successful life with her husband, even having a fairly successful singing career at one time that brought her to Nashville in the 70s.

I hope You and others will love this story as much as I do. Anybody who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth, having come up the hard way working for everything they now have, will surely relate to this all the way across the board — such a heartfelt, wonderful story and especially fitting for this Christmas season.

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A TUMBLEWEED CHRISTMAS (A true story.)

Tumbleweed (photo sent by Justin Smith)

As I was growing up my family moved constantly. And there were times that all of our worldly goods had to fit into the back of a faded red, Ford station wagon with no reverse gear. And I too had to fit into the back of that old station wagon…which often served as my bedroom. My parents were missionaries to the Navajo and Apache Indians and sometimes we lived like gypsies and that became my unusual/dysfunctional normal.

Living on an Indian reservation there were many times I didn’t attend school at all and by the time I did graduate from high school I had attended fifteen different schools in ten years. (But that challenge is another whole story in itself.) So by the time I reached twenty years old I had moved forty-three times across the United States and was working a full-time job plus two part time jobs all at the same time.

I was the oldest of three girls each born seven years apart. I grew up fast and always took on a lot of adult worries and bore a lot of responsibilities from a young age. And any money I earned always went to help out our family to put food on the table and pay bills.

I will never forget one particularly lean Christmas when I was about the age of eleven. And as usual, my family was totally unprepared. It was only a week before Christmas and I began to fret that my little four-year-old sister, Cindy, was not going to have a Christmas at all. And I was not going to let that happen.

So I found some old wrapping paper and put my hairbrush in it to give to Cindy…who had beautiful long, thick hair. Then I also wrapped up one of my old Barbie dolls that I didn’t play with anymore to give to her as her Christmas presents. I wanted to make sure Cindy would have something to unwrap for Christmas day.

My plan was working beautifully until the next day when my mother went searching for the hairbrush and couldn’t find it anywhere and she ask me to help her look for it. So I had to confess what I’d done and I began to cry as I handed my mom Cindy’s Christmas package to unwrap with the hairbrush in it.

I will never forget the look on my mom’s face when she opened up that package and held up the hairbrush looking at me confused. Was she angry? Would she punish me? And through my tears I said…”I just wanted Cindy to have a Christmas.”

My mom never said a word as she stood there. Then she threw the hairbrush down and stormed out of the house slamming the back door behind her. I watched her out the kitchen window as she walked far out into the desert. I thought for sure she had completely lost her mind and I wondered what I was going to do?

I watched her as she kicked at the dirt and finally stood there motionless staring up at the sky for a long time. I felt scared as I thought…”She’s gone crazy.” Then she started wandering around in the desert until she picked up the biggest tumbleweed she could find and headed back towards the house dragging it behind her.

Mom was puffing and red faced by the time she came through the door…which I held open waiting for her. Now I was sure she had lost her mind. “What’s next?” I thought as I held my breath.

Mom said, “Chris we are gonna have a Christmas. Now go find some rope and I’m gonna go find a string of lights.” Mom turned on the radio playing Christmas music while we wound that tumbleweed with the string of white lights. Then we hung it from our ceiling like a chandelier. We acted silly and giggled and danced and Cindy squealed with delight as we created our tumbleweed Christmas tree. It was beautiful as it hung there and sparkled and swayed with the slightest breeze.

I was so proud of our tumbleweed Christmas tree that I couldn’t wait to show it to my friends. Pretty soon people who lived near us came knocking on our door bringing us Christmas treats asking to see our tree. And they liked our unusual tree so well that some of them even copied our mom’s idea and created their own tumbleweed Christmas trees hanging them in their yards and houses.

It seems my mom had started a fad. But my mom always was the most creative and resourceful person I ever knew. She could turn nothing into something and make everything fun. She taught us girls to laugh at adversity and to always laugh at ourselves the hardest and that laughter would somehow diminish our problems. I learned that laughing in the face or fear and adversity could give us back our power and our perspective. And everything changes and passes with time.

That Christmas morning my mom wrapped up the hairbrush again and along with my Barbie doll… Cindy was excited to unwrap them. And then my mom surprised me and handed me a small wrapped present too. In it was my grandmother’s Christmas tree pin that she used to wear on her coat. My mother also wore that brightly decorated pin and now it was mine.

Both women are in heaven now, but I still wear that Christmas tree pin gratefully and humbly today. And one day I will pass that pin along as well. But the love and the memories that pin represents will never die.

On our tumbleweed Christmas my mom popped popcorn and we munched on it as she read to Cindy and I about the birth of Jesus from the book of Luke. Then a knock came on the door and when we opened it no one was there but a box was sitting on the porch. We brought it in and it contained eggs, bread, milk, oranges, colorful, hard Christmas candy and a small ham. And that became our Christmas dinner.

My mom overcame childhood abuse and many hardships and she chose to forgive the unforgivable. And in doing so she turned her misfortunes into strengths and became kinder and wiser because of it. She rejected all forms of victimhood and self-pity. And She chose to be happy every day and to love instead of hate or spend her life seeking vengeance.

I’m grateful my mom showed me by her own example how to let love overcome hatred. She was bold and fearless because she knew had already survived her worst nightmares.

My mom taught me how to let my faith become bigger than my fear and to keep looking up for my salvation. I learned that the joy of the Lord is my strength. And I learned that I can do ALL THINGS through Christ Jesus who strengthens me if I remember to have faith and to call upon him for help. And then GOD gets the glory…not us.

In have been blessed more than I deserve in my life. I have had many amazing Christmases since my humble tumbleweed Christmas and I am grateful for every one of them. But none of them are as memorable or taught me as much as My mom did that tumbleweed Christmas long ago.

I still enjoy giving gifts more than receiving them and I know that the gift of love and those around me is priceless and that is the greatest gift of all and one that I carry with me all year long.

Whether your Christmas is elaborate or simple this year I pray it somehow remains gentle and sweet. And I pray the true meaning of Christmas burns brightly in your heart this season.

And I pray that despite any disappointments you may have in this world, those troubles fade away as you reflect upon God’s greatest gift to us, his love and faithfulness.

And I hope you think about that first quiet Christmas day when Jesus was born…a glorious king who came to save us… wrapped in swaddling clothes laying in a humble manger.

I wish you LOVE, PEACE & JOY & A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

By Christine Holm 

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Spellcheck editing by John R. Houk

This Blog Editor thanks and appreciates Justin Smith for sending and Christine Holm for authoring this snapshot of Christmas past.

The Four Car Pile Up


John R. Houk, Blog Editor

© October 8, 2021

My name is John Houk. I am the Blog Editor for two blogs (SlantRight 2.0 & NCCR). Both are Conservative oriented.

I am providing this rare introduction to let readers become aware of a car accident I was in.

I was in a four car pile up in which our vehicle was the second from the front. My wife was driving and slowing down because the car in front was signaling to turn.

SUDDENLY we were struck hard from behind pushing hard into the car in front. For my part I was thrust forward by the first hit restrained by my seat belt. After hitting the forward car hard I was thrust backward throwing off my reading glasses and sun glasses to the back of our van (yup I had both glasses on my head.)

THEN we were struck hard again from behind. Evidently a fourth car was also not paying attention and struck the third car that hit us the first time. After this hard domino effect took place, the second strike was so hard my chair broke.

My wife could not breath, even with the seat belt her chest struck the steering wheel. Zero airbags deployed in our van.

I felt a little back pain initially, so at first I was not concerned for myself. My wife was taken by ambulance to the hospital due to chest pain.

My step daughter came to pick me at the accident. We drove to the hospital. When I mentioned I had a little back pain, she encouraged me to check in with emergency. Of course the mask Gestapo was to make me wear a useless mask.

After nearly 7 hours in the ER waiting room with my back pain increasing, the hospital gave a CT scan. The scan revealed I had a fractured spinal cord. After 7 ½ hours I was admitted. THEN the hospital did an MRI to determine how severe the fracture was.

The diagnosis came back that I would not require surgery BUT would need to wear a back brace 6-8 weeks. I am writing this in the hospital wear the back brace.

Well that’s my story.

I am unsure how much blogging will be accomplished while I am in this state. Blogging will proceed according to how much insane tyranny is thrust upon Americans of which I am one.

A little note about medical financials.

I do have a Medicare Advantage plan with United Healthcare. If my memory severs me well that means I have a $100 deductible for each day I am in the hospital. I am unsure of the deductible at this time for therapy which will probably be mostly home care.

If you are a frequent reader I would appreciate the occasional $5 – $10 – $25 – or more on my Blog links to PayPal.

Thank you for your readership.

John R. Houk

10/8/21

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BreakPoint: The Empty Planet


I’ve been critical of the UN’s Agenda 21 (and its updated variations such as Agenda 2030 which alarmingly includes human depopulation) for quite some time.

 

There are many facets to Agenda 21/2030 revolving around a despotic One World Government, a Humanism filtered through Marxism, alarming forms of Left Wing Ecology, of course loss of National Sovereignty which would include shredding the Liberty found in the U.S. Constitution AND for the sake of this conversion – Human Depopulation.

 

Long before the United Nations existed population alarmists have been preaching the theory the world’s ability to produce food cannot keep up with earth’s ever increasing population. The UN has taken this alarmism and has discreetly adopted a depopulation agenda cloaked in flowery Left-speak to disguise intentions from the general population.

 

Too often humans subject themselves to a theory as if it is a gospel fact. I found a book review on the Christian oriented BreakPoint that extrapolates a different kind of theory that earth’s population will soon reach its peak then naturally decrease based on projected decreased global fertility rates. The books title: “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline,” by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson.

 

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BreakPoint: The Empty Planet

Population Bust, not Population Bomb

 

By John Stonestreet & Roberto Rivera

Email sent 2/20/19 9:30 AM

BreakPoint

 

Empty Planet photo

 

We’ve mentioned in the past on BreakPoint about “zombie abortion arguments.” You know, those arguments that just won’t die? They continue to be repeated long after they should have been “dead and buried.” Like zombies in movies, these arguments continue shuffling along, seemingly impervious to the reality that they are dead.

 

Abortion isn’t the only issue confused by “zombie arguments.” There’s a whole host of “should-be-dead-by-now” ideas having to do with so-called “overpopulation.” I say “so-called” because virtually every dire prediction Paul Ehrlich made fifty years ago in his book “The Population Bomb” was wrong. Spectacularly wrong, in fact. Yet Ehrlich’s ideas remain an article of faith among many—and I mean that literally.

 

In “The Walking Dead,” the only sure way to dispatch a zombie is with a headshot. Well, a new book should be the headshot for Ehrlich’s ideas. Unfortunately, many people’s worldviews harden to the point of becoming ideological kevlar helmets.

 

The book of which I speak is “Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline” by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson.

 

To be clear, there’s far more than one “shock” described in “Empty Planet,” but all of them flow from a single reality. Contrary to what people have been taught to believe for decades, “We do not face the challenge of a population bomb but of a population bust—a relentless, generation-after-generation culling of the human herd.”

 

As the Canadian duo documents, an increasing number of demographers around the world believe that the UN’s estimates, that human population will peak at 11 billion in 2100, are far too high. The more likely outcome, they suggest, is that “the planet’s population will peak at around nine billion sometime between 2040 and 2060, and then start to decline.” According to Bricker and Ibbitson, “Once that decline begins, it will never end.”

 

Their argument is scarily plausible. They are not exaggerating when they call this decline the “great defining event of the twenty-first century” and “one of the great defining events in human history.”

 

We talk a lot on BreakPoint about the decline of fertility rates in the industrialized world: Western Europe, Japan and the United States. We have described the dire economic and social consequences of this decline.

 

What “Empty Planet” makes clear is that this decline isn’t limited to the usual suspects. South Korea is headed down the same road to demographic catastrophe as Japan. Even more ominously, similar trends are emerging in the developing world. By the middle of this century, Brazil, Indonesia, China, and even India will begin to see their populations decline.

 

The reasons behind the decline are, not surprisingly, mostly cultural. In a brilliant bit of analysis, the authors point out that “as societies become more modern and urban, friends and co-workers replace siblings, parents, and uncles and aunts.” Families may put subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle pressure on young people to get married and have kids, but friends rarely do.

 

And then, there’s this well-established link between religiosity and fertility, something we’ve talked about before on BreakPoint.

 

Population decline is going to be a nasty shock, especially in the economic realm. Ideally, there should be about six workers for every retiree. Thanks to increased life expectancy and low birth rates, it is projected to drop to about three by 2050 and about two by 2100. We may live longer but there will be fewer of us, and our societies will be less dynamic, entrepreneurial, and creative.

 

Despite these realities, the myth of “overpopulation” refuses to die. Efforts to combat fertility and population growth, whether governmental policies or cultural incentives, are terrible ideas that threaten to make victims of us all.

 

Still, unlike Bricker and Ibbitson, I refuse to give up hope. Faith, especially Christian faith, is still strong in many parts of the world. And while that persists, there’s still a chance to avoid some of the “shocks” they describe in “Empty Planet.”

 

Otherwise a different, but no less real, zombie apocalypse awaits us.

 

Resources

 

Bugs in the Overpopulation Theory: Panic-Fed Policy

  • John Stonestreet | BreakPoint.org | July 1, 2015

 

More than Voles: Humans, Creativity, and Overpopulation

  • Eric Metaxas | BreakPoint.org | October 2, 2013

 

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We believe in one God, Creator and Lord of the Universe, the co-eternal Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 

We believe that Jesus Christ, God’s Son, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a substitutionary atoning death on the cross, rose bodily from the dead and ascended to heaven where, as truly God and truly man, HE is the only mediator between God and man.

 

We believe that the Bible is God’s authoritative and inspired Word. It is without error in all its teachings, including creation, history, its own origins, and salvation. Christians must submit to its divine authority, both individually and corporately, in all matters of belief and conduct, which is demonstrated by true righteous living.

 

We believe in the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. We also uphold the holy institution of marriage between one man and one woman, rooted as it is in God’s creation of man and woman in His image and in the relationship between Christ and His Church.

 

We believe that all people are lost sinners and cannot see the Kingdom of God except through the new birth. Justification is by grace through faith in Christ alone.

 

We believe in one holy, universal, and apostolic Church. Its calling is to worship God and witness concerning its Head, Jesus Christ, preaching the Gospel among all nations and demonstrating its commitment by compassionate service to the needs of human beings and promoting righteousness and justice.

 

We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit for the individual’s new birth and growth to maturity, and for the Church’s constant renewal in truth, wisdom, faith, holiness, love, power, and mission.

 

We believe that Jesus Christ will personally and visibly return in glory to raise the dead and bring salvation and judgment to completion. God will fully manifest His kingdom when He establishes a new heaven and new earth, in which He will be glorified forever, and exclude all evil, suffering, and death.

 

Criticizing Angela Merkel & EU


Yurki1000 doesn’t always leave comments appropriate to the post. Even so, those comments are either informative or amusing. A few days ago Yurki left a comment to “The Democratic Party Endangers America’s Cultural Heritage” post on my NCCR blog. Yurki’s comment had nothing to do with America’s cultural heritage, but was an amusing and correct criticism of Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel. To understand Yurki’s European heritage concerns, he is Finnish.

Let’s see if you agree.

 

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Criticizing Angela Merkel & EU

 

Yurki1000

Posted January 22, 2019 at 3:12 PM

 

Angela Merkel – Mein Jihad

 

Could it be Merkel on Hitler’s lap

 

Merkel Perestroika Deception

 

 

GETTING ANXIOUS

 

– In a speech at the Paris Peace Forum (on Nov. 11, 2018) that was held to observe the 100th anniversary of the end of WW I, German Chancellor Angela Merkel attacked “nationalism” and “destructive isolationism.”

 

She was clearly attacking Pres. Trump and his “America First” policies.

 

She said, “We know that most of the challenges and threats of today can no longer be solved by one nation alone (by the U.S.), but only if we act together (as a world government). That’s why we have to stand up for this kind of collaboration” (why we have to oppose Pres. Trump’s “America First” policies).

 

She added, “Close international cooperation (globalism) on the basis of shared values (one-world religion) that are enshrined in the UN charters (included in the UN documents): This is the only way to overcome the horrors of the past and pave a new future” (their New Universal Agenda).

 

Also, in Nov. 2018, it was reported that the UN Human Rights Committee has drafted a memo that calls for abortion to be made a human right and all laws that oppose abortion to be declared illegal all over the world (global laws that supersede national laws). –

 

Please read more:

 

https://www.raptureready.com/2018/12/02/world-government-getting-anxious-daymond-duck/

 

– Angela Merkel was embarrassed when newspapers all over Europe published photos of her marching and smiling in the uniform of East Germany’s Young Communist Movement as a teenager. –

 

https://neveryetmelted.com/2016/07/20/angela-merkel-young-communist/

 

Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi

 

THE PAN-EUROPE

 

– Few people know that one of the main instigators of the process of European integration, was a man who also conceived the genocide of the peoples of Europe. He was a sinister individual whose existence is unknown to the masses of our people, but the political elites consider him as the founder of the European Union. His name is Richard von Coudenhove Kalergi (1894-1972). His father was an Austrian diplomat named Heinrich von Coudenhove-Kalergi (with connections to the Byzantine family of the Kallergis), and his mother the Japanese Mitsu Aoyama.

 

Thanks to his close contacts with European aristocrats and politicians, and due to the network of relationships created by his nobleman-diplomat father, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi was able to work unseen, away from the glare of publicity, and he managed to engage the co-operation of the most influential heads of state for his plan, making them supporters and collaborators for his “project of European integration”.

 

In 1922 he founded the “Pan-European” movement in Vienna, which aimed to create a New World Order, based on a federation of nations led by the United States. European integration would be just the first step in creating a world government. His earliest supporters included Czech politicians Tomáš Masaryk and Edvard Beneš, and the German Jewish banker Max Warburg, who invested the first 60,000 marks. The Austrian Chancellor Ignaz Seipel and the next president of Austria, Karl Renner, took early responsibility for leading the “Pan-European” movement and later, French politicians, such as Léon Blum, Aristide Briand, Alcide De Gasperi etc., offered their help.

 

With the rise of Fascism in Europe during the 1930s, the project of European integration was abandoned and the “Pan-European” movement was forced to dissolve. However, after the Second World War, and thanks to frantic and tireless activity and the support of Winston Churchill, the Jewish Masonic Lodge B’nai B’rith and major newspapers like the New York Times, Kalergi managed to gain acceptance for his plan by the United States Government and later the CIA became involved in driving the plan towards completion. –

 

Please read more:

 

http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=138630

 

THE UNITED STATES OF EUROPE

 

– It was always the aim of the European project, from its very inception in 1951 with the Treaty of Paris, signed on 18th April 1951 between Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, France, Italy and West Germany to established the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) (which is traditionally regarded as the foundation of the EU because it led to political and economic integration to a certain degree in western Europe as well as providing the basis for the modern EU) and the March 25th 1957 signing of the Treaty of Rome to establish a fully integrated federal superstate called the United States of Europe in which the concept of individual national sovereignty for each member state is complexly destroyed and Europe becomes a single , centralised political entity ruled from Brussels. Ted Heath knew this full well when he conned the UK public into voting for entry into the then European Economic Community, supposedly just a free trading bloc and nothing else. He had been briefed by the Civil Service that membership would entail the eventual complete loss of the UK’s sovereignty and our eventual absorption into a European superstate. We were sold the European project on a tissue of lies (note well please, Anna Soubry.)

 

This deception continued in subsequent decades with politicians of all parties and political shades signing the UK up to various stages of integration into the EU. –

 

https://the-bnn-online.com/2018/10/28/the-eu-has-revealed-its-true-nature-a-federalist-monster-that-will-not-stop-until-nations-are-abolished/

 

THE PLAN

 

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Coudenhove-Kalergi+Plan

 

PLUS +

 

Let’s not forget. We live in a fallen World. THEY (The Hierarchy Enslaving You) work for satan. They control INFORMATION.

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=six+corporations+own+the+media&tbm=isch

 

Is there hope? Yes.

 

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+10&version=NOG

 

[Blog Editor excerpts of Romans 10 Names of God Bible (NOG):

 

If You Believe You Will Be Saved

10 Brothers and sisters, my heart’s desire and prayer to God on behalf of the Jewish people is that they would be saved. I can assure you that they are deeply devoted to God, but they are misguided. They don’t understand how to receive God’s approval. So they try to set up their own way to get it, and they have not accepted God’s way for receiving his approval. Christ is the fulfillment of Moses’ Teachings so that everyone who has faith may receive God’s approval.

 

 

However, what else does it say? “This message is near you. It’s in your mouth and in your heart.” This is the message of faith that we spread. If you declare that Yeshua is Lord, and believe that God brought him back to life, you will be saved. 10 By believing you receive God’s approval, and by declaring your faith you are saved. 11 Scripture says, “Whoever believes in him will not be ashamed.”

 

12 There is no difference between Jews and Greeks. They all have the same Lord, who gives his riches to everyone who calls on him. 13 So then, “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

 

 

16 But not everyone has believed the Good News.

 

Isaiah asks, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 So faith comes from hearing the message, and the message that is heard is what Christ spoke.

 

 

20 Isaiah said very boldly, “I was found by those who weren’t looking for me. I was revealed to those who weren’t asking for me.” 21 Then Isaiah said about Israel, “All day long I have stretched out my hands to disobedient and rebellious people.”]

 

Blessings
Jyrki

jesus saves

Precious In His Sight


Justin reminds readers it’s Christmas – a time for gift-giving. As such Justin looks at orphans, foster children and victims of California fires.

 

JRH 12/10/18

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Precious In His Sight

 

By Justin O. Smith

Sent 12/9/2018 4:58 PM

 

Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in Heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in Heaven. ~ Matthew 18:10

 

Christmas Day is rapidly approaching for people all over the world, but life and its joy and tragedies doesn’t hold still for Americans, or anyone, on that fact alone. In America, the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth, there is enough misery to go around for all. Although many are suffering the physical ailments brought on by debilitating disease and old age and seeing their deterioration and decline to a mere shadow of their former selves hurts their loved ones deeply, and there are many thousands of Americans suffering in poverty, or from homelessness, it is the plight of our children that concerns me most this season.

 

Some may call it happenstance, but I like to think of it as God moving Us to act, when we come in contact with great spiritually minded people who have taken on a mission to help others. I had the opportunity to meet just such a wonderful person, Ruth Meyer (Ruthie to her friends) who lives in the Blackman Community of Rutherford County, TN., on December 7th, 2018, by way of a casual question in Walmart and seeming chance.

 

Ruth’s hat read “Mama Bear” and prompted me to ask if that had anything to do with Sarah Palin. She told me “No” and explained her husband had given it to her. And then she entered into one of the most wonderful and precious stories I had heard in many a long year. She and her husband had seven children, all of which she is very protective. Two are their natural born children and five were adopted by them. They started this eleven years ago, after Ruth was “called by God” and led her husband to the same calling. And incredibly, she continued on to tell me that there were many others involved in this effort, like the professional educators in Smyrna, TN with four children of their own who recently adopted a sibling group of seven from infant to seventeen years old.

 

As Ruth explained, “They almost always come to foster care with absolutely nothing”.

 

Today Ruth helps Shepherd’s Closet, also known as Foster Closet, here in Rutherford County, that is an organization operated through the nonprofit Rutherford County Foster Parent Association (RCFPA)and serves to help clothe Rutherford County children in foster care; at-risk children are also helped, but only through referrals. Since the children are already going through such a hard time in their young lives, being uprooted from their homes, Shepherd’s Closet also does the best it can to provide personal hygiene products, school supplies, toys backpacks and other items they can call their own, and it receives some loving help from Lifepoint Church, on Legacy Drive in Smyrna, TN.

 

Ruth’s story moved this old heart of mine to tears, and after we parted ways, I gave the issue a bit more thought. A quick search brought figures from 2013 that suggest, on average, more than two-hundred and fifty thousand children in America enter the foster care system each year, and although approximately fifty percent will return to their parents, the remainder will not. [Blog Editor: Foster Care Stats according to Vittana.org]

 

Struggling the most, there are also more than 100,000 legal orphans in America, who are waiting in foster care in hopes of being adopted by some generous and loving family. Many of these children watch on the sidelines from afar, as the joy of Christmas is celebrated by others, and another year passes them by without any presents, no Christmas tree, and seemingly no affirmation and love from anyone and a family to call their own forever.

 

It was amazing to hear Ruth speak with such passion, as she informed me that she and her husband were going to receive another child on December 20th. What a Christmas present for them all.

 

Even more tragic in many respects, we see far too many young children suffering with cancer. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control in June of this year, about fifteen thousand youths under age twenty are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year in America. Between 2003 and 2014, there were 173.7 pediatric cancer cases per one million people. However, more than eighty percent of these victims of cancer are still alive five years later, which is a vast and dramatic improvement in treatments over the past decades, as noted by the National Cancer Institute.

 

One of the best and foremost warriors in this battle against cancer, America has been blessed by St. Jude’s Hospital [Blog Editor: Ways to give to St. Jude] and its many benefactors, such as Marlo Thomas who is following the example set by her father, Danny. St Jude’s homepage on Google explains quite correctly:

 

“St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. … St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes… Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.”

 

And all America can never forget the images of small children and their families, as July’s Carr Fire and November’s Camp Fire claimed a total of 92 lives and displaced over 100,000 Americans raged across our country. Who will ever forget 70-year-old Melody Bledsoe soaking blankets in her kitchen sink to drape over her great-grandchildren, Emily and James Roberts, ages 4 and 5? The Salvation Army, Chico-based Enloe Medical Center Foundation and the Tri-Counties Bank have all set up relief funds for California’s fire victims.

 

[Blog Editor: Info to donate to fire victim causes:

 

Amounts 0f any amount may be submitted via check to: NVCF, 240 Main St Ste 260, Chico CA 95928. Please indicate “Fire Relief” in the memo line – North Valley Community Foundation.

 

Community Disaster Relief Fund at Shasta Regional Community Foundation has been enabled to receive donations for those in the North State impacted by the Carr Fire. This fund will focus on the short and long-term recovery.

 

ENLOE Foundation Camp Fire Relief Donation Form

Salvation Army Butte County (CA) Camp Fire Relief FundGreatest Need Box & Support Wildfire Response Box.

 

Tri-Counties Bank 2018 Camp Fire Fund.]

 

Make an active choice to do something better this Christmas. Give a week, a day, even an hour of your time to an organization that helps these innocent children placed in unfortunate circumstances, through no fault of their own. Give $5000 or more, depending on your circumstances; but I daresay, these organizations will be ecstatic over each $5 bill collected, and God too will be especially pleased and satisfied by those who give, when perhaps they are not in the best place financially themselves. Let’s set aside the concerns of the politicians and government, the greedy and self-serving, and focus solely on our most cherished treasure, our little children, red and yellow, black and white — Oh so precious in His sight.

 

Merry, Merry Christmas and God Bless You All.

 

By Justin O. Smith

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Edited by John R. Houk

Source links and text embraced by brackets are by the Editor.

 

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Frustration Exists yet Peace is Found in Jesus


John R. Houk

© November 9, 2018

I am a Christian, Conservative and Counterjihad blogger. The blogs I post more often than not are usually an expression of my frustration and/or annoyance with what I read, hear and view of events occurring in the public domain.

 

One disclaimer I offer in respect to my Christian faith is that I am definitely not perfect. I get cranky and I have little doubt the crankiness were expressed contrary to the way the Lord Jesus would prefer I respond. And as such I have stepped into sin for anything that God finds displeasing can lead to separating oneself from God. Adam and Eve discovered this terminal effect in the Garden of Eden. Yet God in His Mercy promised a path away from separation and a return to the Presence of God by a Promise within the curse pronounced on the Deceiver – Satan:

 

And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”
— Genesis 3: 15 NKJV

 

This is a Promise of a Deliverer for the curse bought upon humanity by choice to restore Communion with God. In the Christian perspective this is Jesus the Son of God and Mary (in this case “the woman”). Jesus has both nature of God and the nature of humanity (yet born without the sin-separating curse bequeathed by Adam and Eve). Jesus’ sinless human nature is what qualified Him as a Deliverer to be a sacrifice to Redeem humanity’s lost-separated life with His sinless Life. AND in the death of Jesus the debt is paid for AND in the Resurrection to Life of Jesus transmutes humanity’s life restored with God via the Resurrected Life of Jesus the Christ yet by the choice to Believe in the efficacy of the Death, Burial and Resurrection.

 

The question becomes: How does a human person discover a choice exists that can restore one in Communion with God as Adam and Eve had before their Fall into a Separated state of existence in relation to God the Creator (which was the death alluded to by eating the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil)?

 

The answer: THE GOSPEL!

 

But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”

 

15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

 

 “How beautiful are the feet of those who [a]preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

 

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. — Romans 10: 8-11, 15-17 NKJV (Bold text Blog Editor’s)

 

Call on Jesus and YOU WILL be Saved and find peace.

 

The inspiration for these thoughts is an American Family Association (AFA) email I received yesterday. Below is the linked version of the email which includes a Vimeo video.

 

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Email by Tim Wildmon, President AFA

NOVEMBER 8, 2018 @ 8:16 AM

American Family Association

 

THE GOSPEL

 

Though we deal with people, we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood.

 

We at American Family Association believe that God has communicated absolute truth to mankind, and that all people are subject to the authority of God’s Word at all times. Therefore we believe that a culture based on biblical truth best serves the well-being of our nation and our families, in accordance with the vision of our founding documents; and that personal transformation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the greatest agent of biblical change in any culture.

 

The gospel is of first importance. Though we deal with people, we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. We know this is a spiritual battle for the souls of mankind. The manifestation of spiritual wickedness in God’s world is real, powerful and deceiving. As good as we may be at times, the bottom line is we are all sinners by nature and by choice. But thanks be to Christ who is the sacrifice for our sins. Because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus we can be born again with the promise of eternal life with God. To be reborn spiritually we must admit we are sinners and believe in our hearts that God raised Christ from the dead. There is no better feeling than to be grafted into the family of God.

 

We see God’s love for us through the sacrifice of His son. It’s because of God’s love for us that we are compelled to share this good news with you and live a life consistent with a biblical worldview. Maybe you have heard this many times, but it has not drawn you to repentance. We want to invite you to do that today! Don’t wait any longer! Or maybe you have experienced salvation but needed a reminder of God’s love for you to restore the joy of your salvation.

 

 

Vimeo VIDEO: Bert Harper | How do you become a Christian?

 

Please forward this email and/or share on social media with at least one person. We believe it is personal transformation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ that’s the greatest agent of biblical change in any culture.

 

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3-5).

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Minorities Rights Journalist attacked in Pakistan


Intro to ‘Minorities Rights Journalist attacked in Pakistan

Edited by John R. Houk

By Shamim Mahmood

 

Shamim Mahmood (Masih) is a frequent contributor to this blog reporting on the Islamic Supremacist persecution of Christians in Pakistan. The plight of Christians in Muslim dominated areas of the world tend to get more publicity of Egyptian Muslims persecuting Egyptian Coptic Christians and the mega-brutality of Daesh (ISIS) murdering or enslaving Christians in the Syria/Iraq part of the Muslim world. Yet, Pakistan brutalizes Christians on a near state sanctioned level with the Blasphemy Law is often used as a method of Muslim/Christian retribution more than a blasphemy (according to Sharia Not Free Speech) actually occurring.

 

Knowing that Shamim’s journalism takes place in a hostile situation, I often post his requests for support from Western sources. To those of you that use Pay Pal for such contributions, it will not work in Pakistan. You will have to use a direct money transfer from your bank to Shamim’s bank. The least expensive method I have found is using Western Union for a wire transfer of money. Western Union will exchange your nation’s currency into Pakistani Rupees for you.

 

Here is the standard info that I share with readers that links to Western Union with Shamim’s info for the wire transfer:

 

SUPPORT Shamim’s Christian advocacy in Pakistan. First contact Shamim in case he has found an easy way to donate. I like to use Western Union sending money with this LINK to the destination of Islamabad (Contact Shamim in case he has changed cities). Shamim’s email is shamimpakistan@gmail.com, Western Union may ask for Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

 

Shamim’s submission below brings to reality the danger he faces as a Human Rights Activist and Christian journalist in Pakistan. If my meager efforts failed to interest you in being a supporter of Shamim Mahmood (Masih) at least consider a one-time contribution and share Shamim’s need with your friends and family.

 

JRH 7/26/17

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Minorities Rights Journalist attacked in Pakistan

 

By Shamim Mahmood

Sent 7/26/2017 5:21 AM

 

Shamim Mahmood (Masih)

 

Dear Friends, Greetings, I hope this email will find you in your best health and spirit. I am writing this email with a heavy heart and in an alarming situation prevailing around. I hope many of you may be aware of that since 2010, I am working as a journalist and as long as I fulfillll my official responsibilities, I’ve been writing on persecution and minorities’ rights in Pakistan. Especially after Gojra incident, when eight Christian family members were burnt alive including two children and dozens of the houses were set ablaze on blasphemy allegation. Since then I devotedly writing against unlawful killings of the Christians especially in the Punjab province and persecutions.

 

Living in Pakistan as member from the minority segment, is too hard and it became more difficult when you raise voice for your rights. But living in the same society I keep writing on and facing problems on a routine basis. Now this episode of attack has shaken me and my family. Let me tell you the story.

 

On Saturday late evening, when I was travelling towards my house in my car, unknown assailants opened fire on me that hit the car. The bullets hit my car but I managed to escape. Earlier I was being beaten for writing on minorities issues after Youhanabad twin Churches bomb attack in 2015, by two unknown motorcyclist as a result my left arm was fractured and motorbike damaged.

 

It was about 2130 hours, on July 22, when I was on the way back to my home on my car Suzuki Bleno, while driving the nearby street to my house, I noticed that something hit hard on car, I was shocked and scared and managed to escape. On reaching the house, I found the dent of bullet fired on the car”. “I was as scared as it was first time that somebody attacked me and soon after parking the car and went inside the house. Next morning, I took one of my colleagues and a relative with me visit the nearby police station and filed an application narrating the whole episode. But no FIR was registered, he added.

 

Suzuki Bleno and close-up of bullet dent

 

After writing a story “Qadri Supporters have becomepolitical power, claimed Sheikh Rasheed” [Link provided by Shamim. Updated 7/27/17] I received threatening phone calls. But thought of usual matter as it is routine matter for me receiving such type of phone calls for writing on minorities’ issues and rights as Pakistani citizen.

 

It is pertinent to mention here that it is not the first threat as journalist I am facing. There are number of threatening phone calls and even harsh words exchanged with some religious extremists which has become a routine matter for writing on rights of the minorities, especially Christians. But the latest episode is unique which made my whole family worried as my wife is asking me to leave this profession, which I cannot at any cost. Though this incident has put me and my family under constant threat but I believe that God wants me to write for His people even if under stress and strain. God will take care of it.

 

I know that my credibility and objectivity rest on my ability to be proactive in highlighting issues revolving religion and victimization of religious minorities.  What has alarmed us is the fact that authorities do not extend any help or support.

 

After this incident, I planned to shift my rented house as the landlord advised me to evacuate the house. Since I am paying Rs. 21000/month in house rent, to hire a new house requires to pay at least three months advance and some other shifting expenses required to settle down at new place. At the same time, I need to look for a new school for my children studying in Grade 10, grade 6 and grade 2. My oldest son has recently passed his Secondary School Examination and is looking for college admission.

 

I am poor but passionate Christian journalist and hardly making the both ends meet, it would be hard to meet the expenses required. In this situation, if any of you can support me to shift to another house and schooling of my children. I would be highly grateful to your contribution.

 

The total cost required is approximately $2000/ U.S., including shifting and schooling of the children. If you would like to contribute please note down the bank details or you can send your contribution through Western Union.

 

SUPPORT Shamim’s Christian advocacy in Pakistan. First contact Shamim in case he has found an easy way to donate. I like to use Western Union sending money with this LINK to the destination of Islamabad (Contact Shamim in case he has changed cities). Shamim’s email is shamimpakistan@gmail.com, Western Union may ask for Shamim’s phone – +92-300-642-4560

 

Bank-to-Bank Money Transfer

 

Account Name: SHAMIM MASIH, Account Number:  PK72ABPA0010025935800015

ABPAPKKA (Swift code)

Allied Bank Ltd. Sitara Market, Sector G-7 Markaz, Islamabad

Contact Number. +92 300 642 4560

 

Yours in Jesus,

 

Shamim Masih

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Edited by John R. Houk

All source links are by the Editor

 

© Shamim Mahmood (Masih)

 

Comment to ‘Walaa wal Baraa & Kafir’


Emmanuel Christian shares his experience with the Islamic concept of Walaa wal Baraa.

 

Just a small refresher: Walaa wal Baraa = Islamic Apartheid. The essay is an intro to an Elsa Schieder newsletter which she explains how this Islamic Apartheid works. My intro makes the effort to show the Moderate Islamic thinking (or is propaganda thinking) as well as it used often used brutally in this day and age.

 

Here is negative concept of Islamic Apartheid that is essentially practiced in Muslim majority nations from my intro:

 

You can imagine that Islamic Apartheid is the practice of Muslims relegating minority religions to discriminatory second-class citizens which is a horrible life under Islamic Supremacist Sharia Law.

 

I think that is enough info to feel the distress that Emmanuel Christian (this might be a pseudonym) feels as a Christian living in Muslim majority Indonesia.

 

JRH 7/8/17

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Comment to ‘Walaa wal Baraa & Kafir

 

Emmanuel Christian

July 4, 2017 at 1:44 AM

 

I live in Indonesia, and I just found out about this phrase today.

 

So, in December 2016 a huge mob of Muslims stopped a Christmas service in Bandung City, Indonesia. The local police helped the mob in dispersing the Christians having Christmas service on ground of “doing a religious activity on public space”. It was held in a function hall of a public government university.

 

Several months later, Zakir Naik came to Indonesia and preaches hatred, and promotes ignorance towards people who are not Muslims in the same type of function hall in another public government university, and the police stood guard to help Zakir.

 

Just today, daughter of Indonesia’s 4th president, criticized the government officials (civil servant and police force, etc.) for hindering people of minority religion of their equal right and having freedom to perform religious duties.

 

you can see the news article about it here ==> http://nasional.kompas.com/read/2017/07/04/09442431/yenny.wahid.pelanggaran.kemerdekaan.beragama.masih.terjadi ***

 

And there you have it, on the comments section, someone had commented that Yenny Wahid should have not criticized the officials, because the officials are Muslims and the deed are done to non-Muslims. The comment also quotes “al wala wal bara” in justifying his thoughts.

 

So, hello truth. I was born in Indonesia to a Christian family, and now I know so much more about what was happening all around me. This walaa stuff is the cause of so much things that happened to me and went unanswered and repressed.

 

***Blog Editor: The link Emmanuel provide is in a language from Indonesia. Here is the Google Translation into English.

 

Yenny Wahid: Violations of Religious Freedom Still Happen

 

Yenny Wahid

 

By NABILLA TASHANDRA

July 4, 2017 0 9:44 WIB

Kompas.com

 

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Director of the Wahid Foundation, Yenny Wahid see violations of religious freedom is still a lot happening. He also regretted how the Government and officials also became actors in the practice.

 

The Wahid Institute survey in 2016 revealed that the Government and many apparatus became perpetrators of freedom of religion.

 

At least, there have been 130 violations of the actor being part of the Government and the authorities. While 74 violation events conducted by community organizations.

 

“We still see the majority of minority tyranny,” Yenny said in a discussion of “One Table” in Kompas TV entitled Fitrah, Tolerance and Diversity, Monday (3/7/2017) night.

 

(Read: Obama: My Step Father Is A Tolerant Muslim)

 

In the regions, he continued, minority religious groups are often the victims of the majority clothe in the region. For example, in areas in Java where Muslims are the majority, non-Muslims are often victims of violations of religious freedom.

 

Another small example is the exclusion of the right of a group of people who are considered to be perverted or perverted.

 

“For example not given ID cards, or other rights to build houses of worship,” he said.

 

He sees, there is a wrong concept related harmony. Such harmony often gives too much rights to society.

 

(Read: Adjacent to 45 Years, Church and Mosque Mutual Tolerance)

 

“Instead of a conflict in the area saying ‘yes it’s a minority problem’, it’s a sacrifice. This is a misconception,” he said.

 

According to him, the need to grow an awareness in society that all citizens have the same rights in the eyes of the law.

 

Such awareness, not exceptions, must also be demonstrated by the Government and the apparatus who are involved as actors of religious freedom violators.

 

That awareness is considered not yet grown in the hearts of citizens who are still perpetrators of violations of religious freedom.

 

“I think because these actors have no awareness, the basic constitutional rights of the state that every citizen should have in any background,” Yenny said.

 

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Emmanuel Christian’s commented is edited by John R. Houk and spellcheck. I left the Google Translate “Yenny Wahid: Violations of Religious Freedom Still Happen” as is.

 

 

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