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  I have been thinking of something to write concerning the politically charged time we find our selves living in right now.

It is open season from the liberal left on conservatism, conservatives and the “religious right.!” 

We {society} are entering into the times that Jesus of Nazareth spoke of; Matthew 10:22

“You will be hated by everyone because of me, . .” The Gods honest truth is those who buy into the lib spiel don’t even realize they are the ones spoughing/spewing hate!

Paul, one of the writers of the New Testament Epistles put it this way:

Ephesians 6:12

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, . .”

For sure we are struggling against rulers, authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil.

The violence of the past Jan. 6th. Wasn’t the answer. The darkness can reside in a lot of different hearts.


I found this old post I feel it still applies. 


Idolatry

Posted by R.C. "Bob" Lewis on August 17, 2019 at 9:23am

Exo 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

5. You shall not bow down to them or worship them;


I am afraid that society has never considered that denying "God" is a form of "hate."

I doubt the "shooters" had ever heard that from any preacher or from any Christian friends or neighbors.

(We will get to "thou shalt not" later)

IDOLATRY can take many forms.

Something as simple as skipping church for NFL on Sunday (not to mention the "Sabbath to keep it Holy")


Pastor Timothy Keller wrote: "the idols that drive us are complex, multi layered and largely hidden from us." (Counterfeit gods)


Ones Ideology can become a driving force in every day life. It seems this violence is mostly driven by their ideology!

Hate blinded their eyes, hidden in their ideology is IDOLATRY!


We have let down society with a quiet Gospel, because some shouted "judgmental"! We have tempered our witness to God loves you just the way you are, instead of proclaiming "Therefore hear the word of the Lord" Isaiah 28:14

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TRAGEDY IN THE STREETS

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 11:52 PM Comments comments (251)

Sad News

When will it stop? Eight (8) dead in NY by a "terrorist" deliberately running down bicyclists, a dozen or more injured.

I often turn to Matthew 5:1-12 Verse 7 a blessing for those who help others.

Praying for those injured and mourning with those who are mourning.

(and knowing how hollow my words are) Yet sincere

PSALM 23:4 (NIV)
4.  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

As I listened to a news update reporting that a driver of a pick-up ran down at least a dozen bicyclist with about half of those being fatalities. I got a sinking feeling in my chest, I sometime call it a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Biblical scripture is not always comforting words for grieving and hurting but I always offer a prayer after I have been with someone hurting. In over forty years in ministry I have heard more “thank you's” for just being there! Not that no one ever said thanks for your prayers, it is just that the number of times people have commented on the preacher/chaplain “being there”! In that time of need, Out numbers the time I've heard thanks for the prayer.

All the same we should pray one need only read of Jesus of Nazareth's discourse in the garden with the disciples when he found them sleeping. The Prophet Samuel knew God's requirement for prayer when he said;

  1. As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right. 1 Samuel 12:23 NIV

As senseless as it my seem or as fruitless as it may appear the God of our universe wants to hear the prayers of his creation all the same.

With that I am praying for the victims of yet another tragedy. As helpless as I feel, as hallow as my words my sound like Samuel far be it from me, that I fail to pray for those in need.

Holy Father, Creator of Heaven and Earth and all that exists, All the people touched, hurt and mourn the deceased need the comfort that only a merciful and loving God and Redeemer can impart. Send the Peace that surpasses our finite understanding. Amen