I’ve recently moved back to the country and we are in the process of cleaning a five-acre track my wife and I have owned for twenty-five years. The process is slow due to the incredible amount of growth in vegetation that has occurred unabated over the years.
The most amazing plant growing on this world is one singular plant or should I say vine.
I’m in a daily battle with thorny briars that reach as high as a tree grows and the width bound only by its natural surroundings and so thick they block the sunlight. The thorns are like tiny claws grabbing every nook and crease of your clothing and skin; once it grabs hold there is an ensuing battle to tear them loose. Both skin and clothing become casualties of the constant war with this plant. It’s merciless in its choice of victims and its choice of age; the vines are not discriminatory in the least, catching and holding is its primary and sole function.
It occurred to me satan and the demonic world have much the same purpose. The thorns are substituted by sin but that is about the only difference. Sin left unchallenged will consume your life; it will grab hold of you and refuse to relent. It will grow in every nook and cranny chocking out every other remnants of surrounding life. It will affect you and those you love and care about. Sin is like the vine reaching out with its tentacles and grabbing hold of everyone you come in contact with.
The only cure for both land and man is total eradication; a clearing of the land and a new life lead by Christ. These efforts must be continues presence within our lives to keep the briars and satan away. The clearing of land brings new life to the trees and plants that are there to shade and support the surrounding eco system. With the briars gone, they can finally do their jobs in their part of the world.
With satan out of our lives, we also can do the work Christ has set aside of us.
Has spring sprung or is winter laying in ambush, this is a question we would all like an answer to. Weather is unpredictable at best, even with today’s technology, satellite imaging, and decades of tried and true methods, the weather still manages to best the brightest in weather prognostications.
Weather is like human nature in some ways, you think you have someone figured out and they go and do something totally unexpected. There is no way of seeing into the mind of a person and determine their real inner self, only God can see the real person. Tried and true methods of determining what kind of person another human being is, once again it’s like weather. You have to experience them just a little to see if you want to get any closer.
It’s a shame we can’t see a five day forecast listed on each person we meet; then, you would know who to avoid and who you might enjoy being around. Those with heavy thunderstorms showing might be on the verge of self-destruction; we sure want to give plenty of personal space to them. Those with moderate showers may need a shoulder or two to cry on and a willing ear to listen.
The sunny and bright and warm days ahead are the ones we all feel good about being around and want to share time with. We tend to plan all our memorable moments around that type of forecast, both human and weather related a like.
In our lives just as in nature, we need the rain and we need the sunny days, the trick is to balance the time we spend in both. There are plenty of variations in between, we are not always sunny and bright, nor are we always gloomy and dull, most times we are just sunny but partly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain.
Depend on God, the rain is needed as well as the sun, enjoy the days you have in both. Use prayer as a forecast, and you will never go wrong.
We started a garden yesterday, first time in about fifteen years I have planted one. “What inspired me to plant a garden”, you may ask. It’s an enjoyable activity for one and I get plenty of exercise for another reason and with the prices in the stores today, it’s a lot cheaper to plant seeds. Not only have I planted seeds but seeds that will reproduce themselves. I just want to be sure if time get worst, I might be able to eat veggies.
I think the main reason just might be the level of unassuredness in today’s world. It’s getting scary out there and seems to be on a downhill slide at breakneck speed. We have wars going on that don’t even make the news and the ones that do have immeasurable consequences tied to their outcomes.
We can’t control the external forces that threaten our daily lives; they are part of the ebb and flow of this physical world. We do have limited control our private spaces and homes; these are the areas where we find security and comfort. Even though most homes in metropolitan areas and have a semblance of security; either by space or restrictions a garden is something that isn’t practical.
The economy has a chokehold on the nations poor and no relief is in the near future is in sight. Gas is said to be going back to $4.00 per gallon that means everything will take another leap in prices. It’s time to become more self-sufficient, and not be dependent upon the local grocer for all of our needs.
It’s planting season for everyone, not just those that have gardens. It’s time to plant veggies and fruit for all the reasons above but it’s time to plant the spiritual fruit as well.
Seeds don’t grow unless they are planted in good soil and get the nurturing they need to survive. God’s word is the same; it’s planted, watered, and cultivated to bring forth the type of fruit desirable to God.
We started a garden yesterday; it brought satisfaction and a little comfort to us. Tonight Frank and I will be watering another garden we started two years ago, we hope you can join us and participate in the middle of the garden of God.
I heard on the television the other day the statement “If Israel attacks Iran, there will ensue a world war” this is probably a true statement. But, what if Israel doesn’t attack Iran’s’ nuclear facilities? And, what would Iran do if they acquire an atomic weapon in the form of a long-range missal capable of wiping out Tel Aviv? Would Iran do nothing or would they try (as they have promised) destroying Israel as a country and people.
The gathering storm of sorts is on the horizon. China and Russia have stated strong opposition to Israel or any other country attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. In the meantime, the US, Britain, Canada, and other counties recognize the ever-growing threat a nuclear Iran posses to the world and sees very little recourse but action unless diplomacy can succeed. In fact, there has been a quiet build up of US forces in Israel and in the Mediterranean Sea over the last few months, adding to the growing belief we are on the verge of action against Iran.
The nail in the coffin so to speak, the news reported Madonna fans sent a letter to the Israeli government, asking they would postpone any attacks on Iran until after her tour in Israel in May. Certainly, the Israeli government must get their priorities in the right order, what’s this world coming too, when we put national security before a Madonna concert?
Our president has stated that he believes we can solve this issue with diplomacy but I think even he has doubts about talking Iran into a peaceable solution at this point. Diplomacy has an affect if the one’s setting the terms has the power and willingness to ensure any bargain reached is kept; otherwise, diplomacy is useless. Iran knows we have a weak President who is more interested in destroying the US citizen’s rights than addressing the threats Iran posses to the rest of the world.
The problem the world has; once the storm hits, it’s too late to do anything but react. The days are growing shorter and every day that goes by brings us closer to the return of Christ. Before Christ return, the world will be turned upside down and nearly obliterated by the demonic forces of this world. Israel attacking Iran could be the beginning of such times, are you ready?
I’ve seen a lot in the time I have lived upon this planet. I’ve seen men who claim to be Christ come to stake their claim to my salvation and their fame. Most of times they are sloughed off like so much dandruff, but sometimes they are taken seriously enough to cause real problems. It seems the world wants to hope for something so bad they latch onto the first thing that looks and sounds like the real McCoy; to bad they don’t pay any attention to the truth.
I’ve seen wars of every color in the last sixty years. It seems there is no end to reasons men will kill one another. Even familiar neighborhoods are hardly safe any longer from gangs and random acts of violence. The main excuse for wholesale slaughter is still religion and probably always will be. In the name of peoples version of God, murder and war in his name is justified in mans eyes.
I’ve seen where wars have become the root problems to disease, famine, and mass exodus. It’s become the reason crops can’t be planted or harvested; why fertile ground goes untilled for countless years.
I’ve seen, in the name of Democracy nations are rising up in revolt across the spectrum of the world, usurping one regime after another. They are replacing one master for another and in turn are setting the stage unwittingly it seems, for global governance.
I’ve lived to see God’s truth preached around the world instantly via internet and web-cam. Anyone with an internet connection can hear Christ gospel expounded and taught live each Sabbath and anytime they wish to download the files.
What I haven’t seen is the return of Christ but that event will only take place after much more of the same mentioned above. It will only happen when Christ is ready not when man wants it to happen. In the meantime, we bound to this earth and among all that is happening; it’s our duty in these times of danger to watch in the approaching days ahead, to give witness and warnings to those that will hear the word of the true and living Christ.
Did you ever wonder why Islamic countries hate the nation of Israel so much? Why is it, they spend so many resources and so much effort to see the annihilation of a people and country the size of it in comparison, would fit inside Lake Michigan. What did such a tiny nation do to these enormous oil rich nations that could possibly deserve such an acidic hatred? It’s the kind of hatred that eats away at the very soul of a person or in this case a religion.
A religion that has a core value of destruction of another religion is built upon satanic aspirations. I keep hearing moderate Muslims say, the Quran doesn’t teach violence; yet, the evidence says otherwise from every aspect of their culture. It’s not just how they feel about Israel but how they treat their women; the perversions inside there countries dealing with young boys. The intolerance of the Christian religion or even owning a bible is capitol offence in some Islamic countries.
Hatred of Israel is simply the fuel that drives their satanic engines; it gives them the power of justification to demonize the one people God has recognized above the rest of the world. The Islamic stance is one of a pseudo morality; they have their own set of moral values and they are in direct conflict with the rest of the worlds and certainly Gods values. They claim superiority in religion, family values, and culture but if not for oil; they would still be millennia behind the rest of the world.
Why do they hate Israel? Because; they hate! They hate all that is good, all that is peaceful loving, and all that is moral. You must bow to Allah or die, you must bow to hate or perish, you must bow to a religion by intolerance would remove the name of Jesus Christ from every household and replace it with Allah at the threat of a sword.
Jesus demands our love and devotion but it doesn’t require you to blow yourself up in a pizza hut along with women and children to show your dedication. You need only to obey the words that have lived on for millennia before there was such a religion as Islam. You need only to believe the words in your bible, something sadly, few ever do.
I can remember a time when things were simple; no computers, ipods, notebooks and all the other techno-gadgets available on the market today. Back then, if you needed to know what two plus two was you figured it out with a pencil and piece of paper. You watched television on a thirteen inch black & white TV, if at all, and you knew everyone of your neighbors and their needs.
That was a great time to live, but it had its problems as well, but the problems then didn’t take a super computer to resolve; just hard work and determination.
If you go further back in time, just a hundred years ago; it was a time even simpler in terms of technology but demanded more in the way of physical abilities. As you travel back into the lost days of the pioneer and study the simple life of waking at dawn and begin the day that would see you working till dusk simply to survive. You worked like this sometimes seven days a week. Very few days were spent on special occasions or parties for endless events. Eating out was shooting something and cooking it on an open fire; you begin to appreciate the time we live in where automation is king.
What if today, all of our gadgets stopped working; our electricity went off and didn’t come back on. What if, your auto didn’t start and no one else’s would either. What would you do if something like this happened today? This is a scenario no one wants to see happen but can happen easier than you know.
It seems to us today incomprehensible to live without our modern conveniences but we could be forced back into a time just like our Grandparents and great Grandparents with the push of a button.
Are you prepared for the days ahead, not saying this scenario is going to happen but perhaps something on a lesser scale will affect us in profound ways in the near future? Have you thought about how you will live within the parameters of different contingencies, or are you content in accepting whatever fate has in store for you?
Faith in God is always our first order of the day, no matter the condition of the world around us. Faith will guide us and help us in times of trouble and we should believe in God with all of our hearts and minds but just as in the days of the pioneers, hard work, determination along with our faith will see us through the rough times ahead.