Chosen

 

My husband and I got invited to two functions today. One was an auction to benefit student scholarships in memory of a loved one now residing in heaven due to a bout of cancer. The family gives proceeds to two or three individuals heading to college to pursue a degree in medicine. Their family has a number of nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants or CNAs.

The other event was an early Thanksgiving meal coupled with the chance to celebrate a birthday.

The first group of people asked everyone to bring a dish to pass. The second one was hosted by a couple without any children and the man loves to bake and cook. So, he turned down any offer of food. He’s a contractor as well, and he does all three of those things well. The second gathering met in a home, so the number of attendees was significantly lower.

We didn’t eat until after the auction at the first one, so I ate a handful of grapes and a slice of pumpkin roll, a cake-like material rolled up with cream cheese icing inside. It’s only available around here in the Fall. Then I scurried out the door to get to the party in time. The couple we visited provide plenty of food for their company, so I knew I could eat later.

The lady of the house tends to give prophetic utterances, although not as often at home as in church when I’m there. Today, she spoke out about the turmoil in our country over the elections. I don’t remember all of it, but God said not to be overly alarmed about the controversies, that He is in control and that we should look to Him.

I remember one of the ladies saying that we need to be in prayer for our country. It amazes me to read some of the newspaper and internet writers. They don’t get why people didn’t vote for Hillary. She certainly had the media’s endorsement. A couple of weeks ago, I scrolled down Yahoo’s news items to about the twentieth item in line. A headline with the word Christian in it caught my attention; seeing as how I call myself a Christian, I clicked on it. Part of the article said something about Hillary not liking religious fanatics that stood against the right of women to make reproductive choices and something needed to be done about them.

I didn’t like the idea of an American president identifying my morality as fanaticism and my beliefs as something to be squashed out. She’s all for women, she says. If the female babies being formed up to nine months could speak, they would implore her to let them live. Waddle 'n Go Penguin             (photo from Christian Book Distributor’s site)

In all reality, every person knows that if a fetus is left alone, it becomes a human being. To say that a fetus is just a blob or whatever ridiculous word they use to convince young women to abort the growing cells, everyone knows deep inside that the person unready to give birth chooses abortion to avoid the responsibilities and inconveniences of pregnancy and child-rearing. They lose sight of the joy of parenthood, or don’t comprehend it.

Years ago, I saw a woman speak on the 700 Club when Pat Robertson was still hosting the show. She had been raped and because of her beliefs, she kept the baby. She knew it would be hard, especially if the baby looked like the biological dad. She didn’t destroy the baby; it wasn’t the baby’s fault that the dad hurt women.

Some years later, the lady wanted to tell the world that having that baby was one of the best decisions she ever made in her life.

Hillary Clinton wanted to continue abortion under the guise of women’s rights. She wanted to continue with President Obama’s social programs. Americans wanted a change. It may be as simple as that, or it may be more far reaching. Proverbs 21:1, (KJV), The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Proverbs 24:21, (KJV), My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Lately, I’ve heard of three prophets that said that God told them that Donald Trump would be president of the United States of America. When I told my oldest son about it, he said something to the effect that Trump didn’t stand a chance. I said that this is what two prophets I’d heard said, and many people are praying for him to win. Then he said something like, “Mom, mom,” in a tired voice. So, I said, “Okay, we’ll see what happens.”

After the election, he texted me, “Not that I love Trump, but I’m happy I was wrong.”

I am an election worker and for the primary to choose who the Republican candidates would be, only about 70 people came out to vote. At the election, over 500 people came out to that one place to vote. I’ve heard that the primary election may be more important than the actual election, but not everyone understands that, I guess. So, other Republican contenders didn’t get their chance to run against Hillary. That’s the way things go.

Americans can get over their troubles if they want to, by getting out of their homes and getting to know each other. If they would turn off their electronics and interact and try to understand others and stop listening to hate mongers, they may find out that people are similar to one another even if they don’t always agree with each other, or have the same customs, or have the same skin tone.

1Peter 4:8, (ESV) Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.

Anyone brought up in the Christian faith knows that all of mankind sins, according to Romans 3:23, and falls short of the glory of God. No one is perfect or ever will be perfect. The only perfect one was Jesus and that’s because He was God, the Son. This is why He became our Savior. God hates sin and what it does. He’s ready to punish us for behaving so abominably. Then Jesus in full agreement with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, decided to make a way to save our sorry selves. He took on all the sins of the world. All of them. So we could love one another and be forgiven of our sins so one day we could enter heaven.

If Americans humble themselves and take up their Christian beliefs, those who were born into a Christian background, that is, and read the Bible and repent and follow Jesus’ commands to love God first and to love others as their selves, most of the chaos in this country would disappear.

Jesus invites all nations and all tribes to follow Him. He’s ready to love all and to forgive all because He created all. He loves every single person in the world, it says in John 3:16.

That is what I have found to be true in my life and in the lives of others. I have tested God as it says to do in the book of Malachi and found Him to be trustworthy. How about you? Have you ever asked God about Himself? He wants all in heaven with Him and contrary to lies, heaven is not a boring place. If God created the world and all that is in it, and heaven as well, [Col_1:16, (ESV) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him,] how could it ever be boring?

The devil is a liar come to steal, kill and destroy, Jesus said in John 10:10 and Jesus came to give life and that abundantly. Ask Jesus to prove Himself, that’s my suggestion to you in these trying times.

May God bless you.

 

 

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Is It Easy to Trust?

Is it easier to trust people and God if you had a “Leave It to Beaver” upbringing? “Leave It to Beaver” was a late 1950’s and 1960’s television family sitcom with no dysfunction in the family.

 

They always worked out problems with calm, rational discussions. Disobedience or other wrong behaviors merited consequences for the boys: grounded to home for two weeks, work to earn money to pay for the neighbor’s broken window, or told to apologize to an offended party and make things right.

 

The two boys learned to work from their chores around the house. All family members shouldered responsibilities for a well-functioning household. They never seemed to have money problems, which was a little hard to believe. Sometimes they visited Aunt Martha only because of their loyalty to relatives.

 

Rarely, they mentioned going to church. They treated each other with respect for the most part, within their circle of four people, especially the dad and mom.

 

Shortly after that time frame, Americans learned to trust in medicine and science and logic. The Theory of Evolution started being taught as fact in the schools and Creationism stopped being taught over the last few decades. According to Answers in Genesis, “Currently, evolutionary naturalism is the most widely taught view of origins in the West, and for the past half-century, evolutionists have strenuously opposed teaching competing theories of origins in public schools.” answersingenesis.org/public-school/education-in-america/teaching-creation-and-evolution-in-schools/

 

 

Prayer was outlawed in the public schools in the 1960’s. Now, even though there is religious liberty on the law books, there are more and more court battles against religious freedom in America.

 

When my youngest son went to Africa on a short term missions’ trip a few years ago, he discovered Otto Koning’s “The Pineapple Story.”

 

We watched it on YouTube. In the years that Otto Koning and his wife worked with tribes in Papau, New Guinea as missionaries, he learned to trust in God’s power because he had to. Some of the natives finally came to Christ after many years because they saw the evil spirits back away from Jesus’ power as Otto Koning learned about spiritual warfare.

 

That particular teaching occurred under “The Snake Story.”

 

In Mat 7:7, (CEV), Jesus said, “Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened for you.”

 

When missionaries speak at our church we hear that the reason people in other nations are seeing their loved ones raised from the dead by the power of Jesus’ name and we’re not is because they believe in the supernatural. They’re hungry for God and tired of fear and violence and trying to please their “gods” to no avail.

 

Christianity is growing rapidly in non-Western countries, despite persecution and death. To God be the glory for the good He does everywhere.

 

 

To Vote or Not to Vote

I know some Americans that don’t vote, have never even registered. That thought is foreign to me. I couldn’t wait to turn eighteen so I could vote. I’ve tried to study the candidates and their positions over the  years.

Tomorrow I will vote in the presidential primary in New York State. We have a closed system. We can only vote if enrolled in the Democrat or Republican party by a specific date ahead of time. We can only vote for the presidential candidate in the party we’ve chosen to enroll in.

To me, a primary vote carries more weight than a general election vote. So I intend to take advantage of my right to vote tomorrow.

Those involved with other parties, plus Democrats and Republicans will vote in November for whatever candidate they want, regardless of their party affiliation. In November they may even write in a candidate of their choice, but not in the Primary.

Tomorrow night we should know whom New York State favors. New York City voters dominate our state due to sheer numbers. I vote how I see fit even when I may be going against the sentiment of big city favorites.

I count it a privilege that soldiers and women suffragettes fought so I can vote.

For those who think their vote doesn’t count, so they don’t vote, fulfill that thought by not voting.

Freedoms around the world are being quenched according to a missionary I listened to from another continent; maybe those who haven’t voted may want to register soon so they can vote in November while they still can.

Only God knows what the future holds. I try not to take things for granted.