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3 Tools of “Prepping” That Everyone Should Have

There are lots of things that can happen to you in life.  Bad weather, losing a job, relationship problems, car wrecks, medical problems, and the list goes on.  Some people do a poor job preparing for life.  They are not who this post is targeted at.  This is targeted at those of you/us who think our own strength, speed, skill, and knowledge will always get you through.  While there are some things you can prepare for, you can never prepare for EVERYTHING.  Some things you THINK you are prepared for only to find out that you’ve been caught by surprise, or you simply can’t handle what has arrived on your doorstep.  What do you do when this happens to you?

When YOU have been preparing, and YOU have been steeling yourself for life’s events, only to find out that YOUR strength just isn’t enough, the only way to continue is to get on your knees and turn to the one whose strength is sufficient for ALL things. 

Do you think that God, who created not only YOU, but created the ENTIRE UNIVERSE, can handle you being unemployed?  Do you think He can get you through that tree that fell on your house?  Do you think He can get you through a failed relationship, or even the loss of a loved one?  Often He is the ONLY one who can get us through these valleys in life.  

I tend to be a worrier, and I KNOW that there things hiding in the shadows I can’t foresee.  There are also things I can see staring me in the face I know I’m not ready for, and I can’t prepare for.  So, how do I keep from worrying myself to death over things I can’t control?

I take the hand of the ONE who I know can lead me through darkness, through fire, through trials, and through any wilderness, AND I JUST HANG ON.

John 15:7 NASB  “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

Notice the first part of that verse.  It’s very important.  Many people, especially those preaching a false Gospel like the “prosperity gospel” that is so popular among “ear-ticklers” in certain mega-churches, only preach the last half of the verse.

The key is that IF I “abide in” Jesus, and His words “abide in” me, i.e. I have accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior, we are on the same sheet of music.  The more my heart looks like His, the more I want what He wants.  When that’s the case, you get what you ask for a lot more often.  If you’re asking for things that Jesus doesn’t want for your life, you’re going to be disappointed.  In this case, as the imminent theologian Garth Brooks says, sometimes the best things in life are unanswered prayers.

Once I’m holding Jesus’ hand, I know that bad things are going to happen, but what happens to me here on earth isn’t the end of the story, which puts a more eternal perspective on the temporary circumstances we all endure.  I now KNOW what my eternity is, and that no matter what happens to me here, I have a much better future and eternity waiting for me.  THAT’S the peace that “surpasses all comprehension.”  That’s also the Good News we should be sharing with others.

Philippians 4:6-9 NASB  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  (7)  And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  (8)  Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.  (9)  The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

So, here you can see the three tools necessary to lead a blessed life, and have the peace that walking with Jesus can bring.  You have to be:

  1. In the Word (“…My words abide in you” Jn 15:7)
  2. On your knees (“…by prayer and supplication…” Phil 4:6)
  3. Obedient (Phil 4:8-9)

If you want to hear God’s voice, open His mouth (the Bible) and start reading.

You’ll also tend to hear it when you’re on your knees in prayer.  God WANTS us to talk to Him.  He created us to glorify Him, but He also created us for FELLOWSHIP.  Does your best friend remain your best friend if you never talk to them?  No.

As a child of God, the safest thing is to always do what you’re told (be OBEDIENT).  Just like when you were a toddler and wanted to get the ball that rolled into the street, your parents told you not to go into the street.  Their command was for your benefit.

Jeremiah 29:11 NASB  ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

So, as you “prep” for the storms in your life that WILL come, remember to include these three most important tools in your preparations.  IN THE WORD, ON YOUR KNEES, OBEDIENT. 

 

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Billy Graham Called Home

Today, God called Billy Graham home.  He was a truly great man who had a huge impact on the world because he was obedient and let Christ work through him.  Pray for Franklin and his family as they deal with the loss of a truly great man, but remember that we didn’t actually lose Billy.  We know EXACTLY where he is, and if we accept the Gospel he spent his life sharing, we’ll get to meet him someday and praise God together.

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NY Times: Murder Rates Rose in a Quarter of the Nation’s 100 Largest Cities

The NY Times unsurprisingly completely misses the boat on the cause of the spike in homicides in major cities across the US.  They blame drugs.  No, drugs are just another symptom of the root cause.  The root cause is the decay in our moral foundation caused by a growing biblical illiteracy.  When the Bible and biblical principals were the foundation of our society, when they were taught in church, in school, and reinforced everywhere, we didn’t have these kinds of problems.  Whether or not you were a Christian is irrelevant.  The core principles were universal.  You were NEVER taught that it was acceptable to do drugs, destroy other people’s property, have children out of wedlock, engage in all manner of deviance and many of the other behaviors that are now tolerated.  Those who scream the loudest to remove God from our society are often the first to bemoan the inevitable results, and are ALWAYS wrong about the cause of those results.

Link to article:  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/09/08/us/us-murder-rates.html?_r=3

US Army Officially Condones Pedophilia and Human Trafficking

Yes, you read that right.  The US Army condones pedophilia and human trafficking.  How can I say that, you are probably asking?  Well, let me tell you.

For years, American military advisers to the Afghani police and military have been told to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the very Afghani police and military officers WHOM WE PUT IN POWER while they were molesting and raping children.  I have listened to and read accounts from advisers from as far back as 2005 telling of hearing the screams of children being raped and molested by the Afghani police and military officers, and being ordered by OUR leadership to do nothing about it, to ignore it because “it’s part of their culture.”  This has come to a head with the case of SFC Charles Martland.

SFC Martland was an Army Special Forces adviser in Afghanistan.  In 2011 he confronted the Afghani police chief (put in place by us) about raping an Afghani boy and beating his mother.  There had been numerous complaints from locals about him doing so.  This police chief laughed off the matter, and Martland pushed him to the ground and basically told him “not on my watch.”  One would think Martland would have been commended for defending the defenseless, and preventing behavior that we in the military are frequently told will not be tolerated.  Instead, the Army is kicking him out.  The Obama-like denials of the current crop of generals who were appointed after the Obama purge of military leadership are not convincing.  There are too many people corroborating Martland’s story.  Even if there isn’t a WRITTEN policy to enable such behavior and activity, there have been VERBAL orders.  Perfect Obama-like Marxist behavior.  No paper trail, and no accountability.  Martland’s word against the Army.  We know who wins that one.

Once upon a time, America was a nation that stood and fought for GOOD.  In the 1930’s and 40’s when confronted with a culture whose goal was to take over the world and annihilate the Jews, America stepped in and put a stop to it.  Now, more than half a century later, we are once again confronted with a culture who, like the Nazis, are bent on conquering the world and annihilating all Jews and infidels.  What is different is America’s reaction to this new evil.  Rather than rising up and defeating this evil, America is now embracing and enabling it.  When our nation was great, we sought the face of God and humbled ourselves before Him.  Now we seek the face of hedonism.  The decline of America has directly paralleled the removal of God from our society.  There are only two choices here.  We can humble ourselves before God once again and return to prosperity, or we can continue and accelerate our decline by turning even further away from the grace of God.  I’m afraid we will likely choose the latter as a nation.  God, have mercy on us.  Amen.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/09/22/army-rejects-appeal-from-soldier-kicked-out-after-confronting-accused-afghan/?intcmp=hplnws


US Army condones pedophiles

Where Do Your “Rights” Come From?

If your rights are not endowed by God, but are arbitrarily granted by man, then those rights can arbitrarily be taken away by man. We are seeing that taking place RIGHT NOW. Also, a “right” does not take away from another. If you look at many/most of the so-called “rights” granted by government, they take from one to redistribute to another. “Free” healthcare, “free” education, etc. The government takes by force from those who have earned these things to provide them to those who have not. When men and government decide that your rights are inconvenient, they can arbitrarily take them away. Right to bear arms? Government sees that as a threat, so they are trying to take it away. Right to choose your own doctor? Government views that as unnecessary and “unfair,” so they HAVE taken that away. The right to free speech? Already gone. The government can decide if your words are “hateful” and whether or not you can speak them. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Yes, now even your basic right to LIFE is at the whim of the government if we have allowed them to take our other rights AND the ability to defend them.

Do you think you STILL live in a free country? Think again. Do you want to live in a truly free country? Then fight for it.



Liberty — Endowed by Whom?

The Eternal Bequest

By Mark Alexander · Jul. 3, 2013

“God who gave us life gave us Liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these liberties are the gift of God? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just, that His justice cannot sleep forever.” –Thomas Jefferson (1774)

Amid all the contemporary political and cultural contests, too many conservatives fail to make the case for overarching eternal truths – whether in debate with adversaries across the aisles of Congress, or with neighbors across Main Street.

Lost in the din is the foundational endowment of Essential Liberty, and any debate that does not begin with this eternal truth will end with temporary deceits.

The most oft-cited words from our Declaration of Independence are these: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The eternal assertion that Liberty for all people is “endowed by their Creator” and is thus “unalienable” should require no defense, because “we hold these truths to be self-evident,” and because the rights of man are irrevocable from the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.”

But the root of all debate between Liberty and tyranny – or, in political parlance, between Right and left – is the contest to assert who endows Liberty – God or man. Continue reading

More Cities Consider Using Eminent Domain to Halt Foreclosures

The increasing use of eminent domain to benefit the GOVERNMENT rather than for “public use” as outlined in the 5th Amendment, is disturbing, and yet another sign that government has strayed completely off of the reservation established for government by the Constitution. The founding fathers were very clear that private property ownership was a cornerstone of our republic.

Suppose a nation, rich and poor, high and low, ten millions in number, all assembled together; not more than one or two millions will have lands, houses, or any personal property; if we take into the account the women and children, or even if we leave them out of the question, a great majority of every nation is wholly destitute of property, except a small quantity of clothes, and a few trifles of other movables. Would Mr. Nedham be responsible that, if all were to be decided by a vote of the majority, the eight or nine millions who have no property, would not think of usurping over the rights of the one or two millions who have? Property is surely a right of mankind as really as liberty. Perhaps, at first, prejudice, habit, shame or fear, principle or religion, would restrain the poor from attacking the rich, and the idle from usurping on the industrious; but the time would not be long before courage and enterprise would come, and pretexts be invented by degrees, to countenance the majority in dividing all the property among them, or at least, in sharing it equally with its present possessors. Debts would be abolished first; taxes laid heavy on the rich, and not at all on the others; and at last a downright equal division of every thing be demanded, and voted. What would be the consequence of this? The idle, the vicious, the intemperate, would rush into the utmost extravagance of debauchery, sell and spend all their share, and then demand a new division of those who purchased from them. The moment the idea is admitted into society, that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If “Thou shalt not covet,” and “Thou shalt not steal,” were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society, before it can be civilized or made free.
John Adams; The Founders’ Constitution; Volume 1, Chapter 16, Document 15

Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.
James Madison; The Founders’ Constitution; Volume 1, Chapter 16, Document 23

It would also be a breach of contract law, stepping in to violate the terms of a contract entered into legally and willingly between two parties, when neither party had breached the contract. If you think it’s hard to get a mortgage now, wait until you start cheating the banks out of what they are legally owed from the loans they have made.

Governments employing or exploring the use of eminent domain are severely stretching the meaning of “public use.” Some cities say they plan to take over the mortgages rather than the homes themselves, “saying that will prevent foreclosure, blight and falling property values. If the owners of the mortgages — mostly banks and investors — balk, the letters said, the city could use eminent domain to condemn and buy them.” In other instances, cities have “condemned” and declared eminent domain over private property in order to give it to OTHER PRIVATE PARTIES who will pay HIGHER TAXES. While the goal of preventing “foreclosure, blight and falling property values” sounds good, they are attempting to do so by violating the 5th Amendment, of which the applicable part says…

“nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Confiscating private property to raise tax revenue does NOT constitute “public use.”


Link to article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/16/business/more-cities-consider-eminent-domain-to-halt-foreclosures.html?_r=2&


VA Fires Chaplains for QUOTING SCRIPTURE and Praying the Name of Jesus

Forget openly ridiculing homosexuals. In the military you can’t even say you disagree with homosexuality. Say anything negative about the satanic death cult of islam, and you’re in even MORE hot water. But so much as MENTION the name of Jesus, except to take His name in vain, and you get put in hack. Remember all those promises that chaplains and service members wouldn’t be impeded from practicing their faith when don’t-ask-don’t-tell was repealed? Just like Obama’s Obamacare promises, complete lies.
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Veterans Affairs forced chaplains from program for quoting Scripture, praying in the name of Jesus, suit alleges

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Published November 11, 2013

| FoxNews.com

Two Baptist chaplains said they were forced out of a Veterans Affairs chaplain training program after they refused orders to stop quoting the Bible and to stop praying in the name of Jesus.

When the men objected to those demands, they were subjected to ridicule and harassment that led to one of the chaplains leaving the program and the other being ejected, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday.

The Conservative Baptist Association of America is suing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki; the group’s suit alleges two of its chaplains were openly ridiculed by the leader of the San Diego-based VA-DOD Clinical Pastoral Education Center program.

“Not only was the treatment these men received inappropriate, it was also a violation of federal law and the religious freedom guarantees of the First Amendment,” said John Wells, an attorney representing the Colorado-based denomination.

“No American choosing to serve in the armed forces should be openly ridiculed for his Christian faith,” he said, calling it one of the most blatant cases of religious discrimination he has ever seen.

Lt. Commander Dan Klender, a Navy chaplain, and Maj. Steven Firtko, a retired Army chaplain, had enrolled in the VA’s Clinical Pastoral Education Center program in San Diego last year.

The one-year training program is required for anyone wanting to work as a chaplain in a VA hospital. VA chaplains differ from other military chaplains in that they are limited to working in VA hospitals.

The program, which has affiliates around the nation, is open to chaplains of all religious faiths. However, applicants must have completed master-level seminary work.

There were seven chaplains enrolled in the San Diego program led by Nancy Dietsch, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee with a history of antagonistic behavior toward evangelicals, Wells said.

“She’s been very, very critical of Christians,” Wells said in a telephone interview. “Instead of teaching anything dealing with faith issues, she’s dealing with a holistic, humanistic approach. It’s the idea that the spirit comes from within.”

The VA did not return telephone calls, but they did release a statement to NBC San Diego. The VA said the two men were “bullying other classmates and refusing to honor other faith groups.”

Wells said the chaplains were subjected to anti-Christian bigotry.

“And that would be putting it mildly,” he said. “A lot of these so-called liberals are very liberal with their own ideas, but when it comes to somebody else’s ideas, they don’t want to hear it.

Among the allegations listed in the lawsuit:

1.       Dietsch told the chaplains that it was the policy of the VA in general and her in particular that chaplains should not pray in the name of Jesus.

2.       During a classroom discussion on faith, Firtko said “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Dietsch told the chaplain he was not allowed to quote from the Bible in her classroom.

3.       In October 2012, Dietsch told the class she believes God could be either man or woman. When Firtko referred to “The Lord’s Prayer,” she “angrily pounded her fist on the table and shouted, ‘Do not quote Scripture in this class.’”

4.       In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting, Klender mentioned during a group discussion on counseling that he would tell a parent that “there is evil in the world.” Dietsch retorted, “You don’t actually believe that do you?”

5.       In January 2013, she told the chaplains “there is no room in the program for those who believe they are right and everybody else is wrong.”

6.       Later that month she told students that there are many ways to heaven and that one religion cannot be right, while others are wrong. Firtko objected to that statement by quoting Jesus who said “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.” Dietsch told him to stop quoting from the Bible, then stated, “If you believe your beliefs are right, and everyone else’s is wrong, you do not belong in this program.”

The harassment had become so bad by February that Klender withdrew from the program. A week later, Firtko received a letter notifying him that he’d been dismissed from the program.

In July, the pair filed a formal complaint against Dietsch for religious discrimination and violating the Association of Pastoral Continuing Education Standards.

Attorney Wells said it appears the government is trying to establish “a secular humanist-based religion free from any influence of Christian dogma.”

“The most egregious part is the VA supervisor told two chaplains that they were not allowed to pray in the name of Jesus and they could not quote Scripture,” he said.

Wells feared that unless changes are made, Christian chaplains are going to be discouraged from serving in the military.

“Christian chaplains are under a lot of pressure right now and facing a lot of challenges,” he said.
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