Ester Reid’s Awakening ~ Book Review

Timeless Christian message!  One of being circumspect and watchful in your life as a Christian.  Examine yourself, judge YOURSELF, so you won’t be judged by God!  Hebrews 2:1-3  comes to my mind, when thinking about the book:  [1] Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
[2] For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
[3] How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;

Ester Reid was a typical lukewarm Christian, who believed she was quite pious and long-suffering, when in fact she was the opposite.  She helps to run her family’s boardinghouse, and works long hours, cooking, cleaning, and caring for sick residents.

During a visit to a long-time friend’s house, Ester’s conscience gets an awakening.

Isabella Macdonald Alden was a gifted Christian writer.  Learn more about her here: https://www.librarything.com/author/aldenisabella

Read some of her books free, online, here: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/lookupname?key=Alden%2C%20Isabella%20Macdonald%2C%201841%2D1930

 

Product details

  • Series: The Alden Collection
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Creation House (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884193209
  • ISBN-13: 978-088419320

ROMANS 10:8-13 – [8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
[9] That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
[10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
[11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
[12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
[13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

 

 

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Refining Fire ~ Brides of Seattle book 2

This is book 2 in the Brides of Seattle series, by Tracie Peterson.  An excellent book, clean, Christian historical fiction with characters you can sympathize with and identify easily with.   Plenty of solid story line, with Militine, Abrianna, Thane, Wade, the bridal school sisters, Miss Selma, Miss Miriam, and Miss Poisie , and an evil villian who will remain anonymous in this review.  You find out for yourself! 

This book had several biblically sound explanations of how to get to Heaven, how to be born again, which is one of the best things I appreciate about Tracie Peterson’s books.  Devout, and clear to all readers, you can’t read her books without knowing how to be born again.    Romans 10:9-13.

The historical account of the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 was gripping, and tense.  Her descriptions of the city as it burned to the ground was as if you were there, experiencing a flaming inferno all around you.

 

There was also recovery, and plenty of hope and even some humor.  The research she puts into her books, the accuracy, is wonderful.

Enjoy this good read. 

 

Product details

  • Series: Brides of Seattle (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780764210624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764210624
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
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Bible Scripture on End Times and Gathering unto JESUS

[3] And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
[4] And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
[5] For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
[6] And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
[7] For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
[8] All these are the beginning of sorrows.
[9] Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.
[10] And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
[11] And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
[12] And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
[13] But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
[14] And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
[15] When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
[16] Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
[17] Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:
[18] Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.
[19] And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!
[20] But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:
[21] For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
[22] And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
[23] Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
[24] For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
[25] Behold, I have told you before.
[26] Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
[27] For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[28] For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
[29] Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
[30] And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
[31] And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
[32] Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
[33] So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
[34] Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
[35] Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
[36] But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
[37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[38] For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
[39] And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
[40] Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
[41] Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
[42] Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
[43] But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
[44] Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
[45] Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
[46] Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
[47] Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
[48] But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
[49] And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
[50] The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
[51] And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

Matthew Ch.24 tells everyone that we WON’T be gathered together unto JESUS until after the events of tribulations written of in Matthew Ch. 24.
Which is why, I believe, Jesus said: Matt. 13: But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Words of Truth from the King James bible

James 4:8- Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.

see: Isa. 55:6-[6] Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

[7] Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

 

The Tinderbox, by Beverly Lewis; book review

This is the story of an Old Order Amish family whose dad holds a secret.  Sylvia Miller is the eighteen year old daughter who discovers something about the secret, but only partially.

Earnest and Rhoda Miller are her parents, her dad is a converted Englisher, and was accepted into the community years ago by the head Bishop at that time.  Earnest makes a living building and repairing clocks, and does well at it, working in his shop for long hours sometimes.  The Tinderbox, which holds keepsakes of Earnest,  is kept on a shelf is in his clock shop, and Sylvia gives in to curiosity and temptation one day while dusting the shelves in there, looking through all the contents of her dad’s Tinderbox.

Eventually her dad finds out Sylvia has looked, and he doesn’t tell her much, but really struggles with revealing his secret to his wife.  The story then concentrates itself on that struggle, and what the secret being revealed does to his family and himself.  Several other stories are parallel to this one in the book, one about Rhoda’s sister Hannah, and another about Sylvia and her beau.

Personally, I did not really enjoy this book like I have enjoyed Beverly Lewis’s past books.  This one seemed to be aimed more at the teen audience, except for the one slightly amorous scene between husband and wife, I think it would have been suitable for teens.

This was an easy read, although I didn’t read every page, and did skip a few chapters.  I just couldn’t really get into it.  Other fans of Beverly Lewis may find The Tinderbox to be a good, enjoyable read for them.

I am received a copy of The Tinderbox from Bethany House  in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.

Romans 10:9-13;  John 3:16-21

Which Way Home? by Linda Byler, book 2

Last night I finished reading Which Way Home?, which is book 2 in Hester’s Hunt for Home, by Linda Byler. 

Characters in this book are :  Hester Zug, Amish/Indian young woman

Hans and Annie Zug, her parents, but Annie is the stepmother. Her mother Kate, died.

Noah, Isaac, and other siblings to Hester.

Emma Feree, a kindly woman who takes in runaways, abandoned children, and orphans.

Billy, her adopted son

Walter Trout, Emma’s neighbor

William King, ex-boyfriend of Hester Zug

Bappie, a single woman, and Amish friend of Hester’s

The story begins with Hester running away from her Amish community, and hoping to find and join a community of Lenape Indians.  Mrs. Byler writes in detail about the skills Hester has to use in order to survive as she travels hidden in the woods.  Finding water sources, food, safe places to sleep, staying hidden, are all described in the first few chapters, and it was engrossing to me.

She does stumble upon a Lenape tribe, and they take her in and nurse her back to health.  She lives with them for a while, learning about her heritage. 

Hester decides to leave the Lenape, and ends up being found by Emma Feree, a wonderful woman who “adopts” Hester, and they live together in Emma’s home for a long time.  Hester finds love and acceptance there, and begins to form an idea as to what she would like to do with her life.

I don’t want to go into a lot of detail about Which Way Home, because it’s a VERY good book to read, quite fascinating, and I hope you will find a copy for yourself, and enjoy reading.  As a matter of fact, I liked this book 2 so much, I’ve bought a copy of book 1,  “Hester on the Run”, written in 2015.  Here’s a page of all of Linda Byler’s books:  https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/linda-byler/

About the author:

About the Author

Romans 10:9-13; John 3:16-21

A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I received an advance reader copy of A Silken Thread from Waterbrook, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC, in exchange for an honest review.

A Silken Thread was about Laurel Millard and her plans to capture a wealthy suitor who can afford care for her mother and give Laurel the life she dreams about.  She gets hired as a silk weaver at the Atlanta Cotton Exposition of 1895, and works at a loom most of the day, making lengths of silk for display and educational purposes aimed at the visitors to the Silk Room at the Exposition.

Laurel meets Willie Sharp, a security guard at the exposition,  Langdon Rochester, the son of the owner of Rochester Steam Engines company, and a few young women who work with her in the Silk Room, giving guided tours of that area.  She also meets Quincy, a friend of Willie’s, who is hired as a groundskeeper at the exposition.

The book is well written, and the characters all connect nicely with each other.  Mrs. Sawyer is skilled in blending the stories of each person into a good, solid historical fiction tale, which keeps the reader interested and engaged.   I thoroughly appreciated her use of the King James bible when she wrote Scriptures into the stories, and she placed them appropriately.  They added so much value to the whole book.    I also liked the information about the Cotton Exposition, how the grounds were described in detail, which gave me a good picture of what they must have looked like.

Mrs. Sawyer dealt with racism in the book, too.  In my opinion, she portrayed one character in particular well, and gave him insightful thought processing, which helped him overcome some things.  Each character, really, matured and became more experienced in their views of life, and how people act.  I liked the book, and do recommend it to anyone wanting a clean historical fiction story, with very little romance in it, and a LOT of substance!

Godly Sorrow

I read in 2 Corinthians, chapter 7 today, this:  For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
My bible has little cross reference verses and the “sorrow of the world worketh death” has this verse:  Matthew 27:4,5,( I included verse 3)  which says: [3] Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
[4] Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that.
[5] And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.
And, the verse about GODLY sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of was this:  Jeremiah 31:18-20:[18] I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God.
[19] Surely after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the reproach of my youth.
[20] Is Ephraim my dear son? is he a pleasant child? for since I spake against him, I do earnestly remember him still: therefore my bowels are troubled for him; I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the LORD.
Isn’t that so neat? Very well explained!  I wish I had the entire bible memorized, so I could do that kind of cross-referencing!
Romans 10:8-13
John 3:16-21

The Creation Travailing in the Days of Evil

 

Last Trumpet Newsletter
Volume XXXVIII 
     Issue II      February 2019
Last Trumpet Ministries, PO Box 806, Beaver Dam, WI 53916
Phone: 920-887-2626 Internet: http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org

The Creation Travailing In The Days Of Evil

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

Isaiah 5:20

“Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.”

Jeremiah 2:34-35

“The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.”

Isaiah 24:19-20

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

Ephesians 5:14-16

In this issue of the Last Trumpet Newsletter, we will consider the concerning issues now affecting the world and the strange happenings which are occurring in God’s creation. The planet earth is shifting, shaking, quaking, and repositioning itself. For example, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Anchorage, Alaska, in late November 2018, and the region has not stopped shaking since. On January 19, 2019, it was reported that 7,800 aftershocks have shaken the Anchorage area since the main earthquake struck with twenty of them having a magnitude of 4.5 or greater. (1)

Meanwhile, according to a recent news report, the magnetic pole of the earth is shifting dramatically, and at speeds that are far greater than normal. “The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move,” stated the science journal that is known as Nature. This rare move is a recalibration of the World Magnetic Model, which is used to govern navigation at sea and the positioning of communications satellites. The model was originally scheduled for an update in the year 2020, but with the quickening pace of the pole’s shifting, an update this year became urgent. “They realized that it was so inaccurate that it was about to exceed the acceptable (safe) limit for navigation errors,” the report from Nature further informed. (2) Scientists have known for some time that the magnetic pole of the earth is shifting. In January 2018 National Geographic published an article about this very topic, but the writer downplayed the potential impact of such an event. The article states that the magnetic pole of the earth will likely reverse entirely one day, and when this happens, a compass will indicate that Antarctica is in the north and Canada in the south, leading to confusion for migrating animals. The article further states that during such a reversal the earth will be more susceptible to high levels of radiation, and thus, humanity could suffer from higher rates of diseases such as cancer. (3)

The rapid shift of the earth’s magnetic pole calls to mind Isaiah 24:19-20, which tells us, “The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.” Without a doubt, we see the creation travailing under the weight of sin and wickedness. It is painfully evident that the world today desperately needs a Saviour. Thankfully, we know who to turn to in times of trouble. Psalm 46:1-3 reassures, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” I urge every reader of this newsletter to repent of your sins if you have not yet done so and dedicate your life to God. In so doing, you will find that despite the troubling times we live in, He is always with you.

Socialism Rising In American Government

In the months leading up to the 2016 Presidential election in the United States, most of the attention was given to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton who lost, and Republican candidate Donald Trump who won. However, prior to Hillary Clinton securing the nomination as the Democrats’ candidate for President, she was challenged by an eccentric Senator from Vermont by the name of Bernie Sanders. Sanders was well-liked among Millennials, and if not for some behind-the-scenes rigging by Clinton and the Democratic Party, he may have been more successful in his bid to become President of the United States. Senator Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, and his popularity with young people served as an indicator that socialism is rising in the United States. Indeed, a poll published in January 2019 found that 40 percent of Democrats who responded indicated that it would be a “good thing” for the United States to move toward socialism. (4)

During the midterm elections of 2018, the United States saw many new faces come to power in Washington, D.C. In total, there are 111 new members in Congress including 10 new Senators and 101 new Representatives. (5) One of the notable new faces in Washington is Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from the state of Michigan. Tlaib, who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the first Muslim woman to serve in the United States Congress. (6) On January 3, 2019, her very first day in office, Tlaib made headlines when she referred to the American President as an unrepeatable vulgarity and vowed to impeach him. (7) Also of note, Tlaib is a card-carrying member of the Democratic Socialists of America. (8)

Tlaib is not the only new socialist in American government. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who at the age of 29 is the youngest woman to ever be sworn into Congress, is also an avowed socialist. Formerly, she worked as an organizer for the Bernie Sanders campaign, (9) and it is abundantly clear that this young Representative from New York is hungry for power. In fact, the young woman has a plan to completely transform the United States of America. Ocasio-Cortez has proposed a plan that she calls the “Green New Deal.” This plan calls for the “installation of a national, energy-efficient ‘smart grid,'” “upgrading every residential and industrial building for state-of-the-art energy efficiency,” and the “elimination of greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacturing, agricultural and other industries.” (10)

If this plan were implemented, every gasoline-powered vehicle would be taken off the road, and every American would be forced to accept “upgrades” to their homes whether they want them or not. Such endeavors would cost an exorbitant amount of money. In fact, the “Green New Deal” would cost an estimated 49 trillion dollars within the first ten years. (11) To help pay for her new deal, Ocasio-Cortez has proposed increasing taxes on the wealthy to 70 percent. (12) It stands to reason that the wealthy would not be wealthy very long after such increases, and I have a feeling that taxes would eventually rise for the middle class, too.

Oddly enough, despite the fact that Ocasio-Cortez has accomplished nothing as of yet, she likens herself to former American Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt while also labeling herself a “radical.” “I think it’s only ever been radicals who have changed this country. Abraham Lincoln made the radical decision to sign the Emancipation Proclamation. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the radical decision to embark on establishing programs like Social Security. That’s radical,” Ocasio-Cortez insisted. She further went on to say, “You know if that’s what radical means, call me a radical.” (13)

Ocasio-Cortez is wildly popular among young people and has a large following online. However, she is not well liked by some members of her own Democratic Party. Evidently, former Senator and Vice-Presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman is unimpressed with the young lawmaker. “I certainly hope she’s not the future and I don’t believe she is,” Lieberman said. In response, Ocasio-Cortez publically mocked Lieberman on the social networking website known as Twitter. (14) We are beginning to see the type of individuals who are now rising to power, and one can only wonder, will there someday be a socialist President of the United States? Thankfully, Ocasio-Cortez is too young to run for President in 2020. The United States Constitution requires the President of the United States to be at least thirty-five years old.

A Heartbreaking New Law

In 1973 abortion became legal in the United States. For as long as abortion has been legal, God-fearing people have opposed the barbaric practice. The battle has been ongoing, and numerous attempts have been made to stem the flow of innocent blood in this country. In recent months the state of Iowa has sought to enact a “fetal heartbeat bill” that would have made it illegal for women to procure an abortion after her baby’s heartbeat could be detected. The fact that this law was passed in the spring of 2018 enraged abortion proponents because women usually do not even know that they are pregnant at the time a baby’s heartbeat is first detectable. The law essentially banned most abortions in the state of Iowa. However, it was announced in January 2019 that Polk County District Judge Michael Huppert had struck down the new law, ruling that it was “unconstitutional.” (15) In the past, other states such as North Dakota and Arkansas have attempted to enact similar laws. In every case, these laws have been ruled “unconstitutional” by judges. (16)

Newly-elected Ohio Governor Mike DeWine stated in January 2019 that he intends to sign a heartbeat bill in his state. Naturally, he fully expects that Planned Parenthood will challenge it, but he has expressed hope that the case will eventually go to the United States Supreme Court. (17) Given the fact that every other state that has attempted to implement such a law has been shot down, it truly would be a miracle if the law stood in Ohio.

Even as some American states are fighting to preserve the lives of innocent babies, the state of New York has taken a drastically different path. On January 22, 2019, a new law was passed in New York that allows women to have an abortion in the ninth month of pregnancy up to the day of birth. This law radically changes the definition of a “person” to simply mean “a human being who has been born and is alive.” (18) In other words, a fully-grown nine-month-old infant is not considered a person unless he or she has been born! To make it even easier for a woman to have her baby murdered, the new law allows non-doctors to perform abortions. (19) Even more sickening, the law also removes an old regulation that required a doctor to be on-hand during abortions to render medical care to babies who survive the brutal abortion procedure and are born alive. The repealed law states, “When an abortion is to be performed after the twentieth week of pregnancy, a physician other than the physician performing the abortion shall be in attendance to take control of and to provide immediate medical care for any live birth that is the result of the abortion.” (20) Without this provision, it is now legal for doctors in New York to simply allow babies to die even when they miraculously survive.

On January 22, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo celebrated the new law, writing in a message on Twitter, “Today I signed the Reproductive Health Act – codifying Roe V. Wade into state law and protecting women’s reproductive rights no matter what the federal government does. This is a victory for all New Yorkers.” (21) Governor Cuomo also ordered that the spire atop the One World Trade Center be lit pink to “celebrate this achievement and shine a bright light forward for the rest of the nation to follow.” (22)

In Isaiah 5:20 we find a stern warning, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” We are living in a time period today where there are people who are doing this very thing. The moral compass of Andrew Cuomo is so askew that he actually believes his allowance of infanticide is virtuous. Yet, God sees the treacherous deeds of Governor Cuomo and the lawmakers of New York. Jeremiah 2:34-35 tells us, “Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these. Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.”

The people continue to shed innocent blood and believe their evil deeds are good. In fact, I have heard numerous stories from women indicating that their doctors tried to coerce them into having abortions. Such was the case when my mother-in-law was pregnant with the baby who would one day grow up and become my wife. The doctors told my mother-in-law that she was too old to have a baby and that her child would be born with Down syndrome. They were wrong. My wife does not have Down syndrome, and if the doctors had gotten their way, she never would have been born. The men and women who promote abortion will have to give an account for their actions on Judgment Day. It will not be pleasant.

A Manifesting Spirit Of Blasphemy

The entertainment industry in the United States has often been an outlet for darkened souls to unleash their depraved creativity on the world. This is truer now than it ever has been before. Without question, there are many celebrities in Hollywood who are extraordinarily anti-God. One such person is an actor by the name of Christian Bale. The actor, who is known for his role as Batman in numerous films, also played another famous character in a 2014 movie entitled “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” In this movie, Bale played the Biblical character of Moses. However, the actor was clearly unimpressed by the man whom he was portraying. Speaking of Moses, Bale was quoted as saying, “I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life.” He further went on to say, “He was a very troubled, tumultuous man and mercurial. But the biggest surprise was the nature of God. He was equally very mercurial.” (23) It should be noted that one dictionary definition of the word “mercurial” is: “changeable; volatile; fickle; flighty; erratic,” (24) – Everything that God is not.

Clearly, Bale does not think highly of Moses or of God. In 2019 the actor won a Golden Globe award for his portrayal of former American Vice-President Dick Cheney in a film called “Vice.” Standing before his audience, clad in black apparel, Bale nonchalantly stated, “Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration for playing this role.” (25) While some may believe he was simply joking, even if that is true, there are some things that should never be joked about. In response to Bale’s offering of thanksgiving to the devil, the Church of Satan wrote on their Twitter website, “To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential. As Mr. Bale’s own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting.” (26)

At this present time, one of the most popular entertainment providers in the United States is a company known as Netflix. Netflix uses their online platform to stream movies and television shows to millions of homes around the world. Some of their content strikes a rather dark tone, including a television show entitled “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” The show, which is said to be a creepier version of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” recently landed Netflix in hot water along with Warner Brothers, the company that produces the show. Some episodes of the show used a satanic goat-headed statue of Baphomet that bears a striking resemblance to a statue made by an organization based in Salem, Massachusetts, known as the Satanic Temple. The Satanic Temple sued Netflix and Warner Brothers for copyright infringement and the case has now been settled. As part of the settlement, the Satanic Temple will be acknowledged by Netflix in the credits of the show. (27) One can only ponder, how bad must a show be if its producers get sued by Satanists for copyright infringement?

The Satanic Temple has gained a reputation for being a disruptor, and amazingly enough, the group was allowed to place a monument at the Illinois state capital building in Springfield, Illinois, to celebrate the holidays in 2018. Placed alongside a Christmas tree and Jewish menorah, the monument features a woman’s arm with a snake coiled around it while holding an apple in her hand. The monument’s plaque states, “Knowledge is the greatest gift.” (28) Speaking of this development, David Druker, who is a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office in Illinois, was quoted as saying, “If you allow people to convey some messages then you need to be consistent. And the message itself – knowledge is the greatest gift – I don’t know that there is much controversy with that.” (29) The monument is based on the Biblical story of Adam and Eve who were the world’s first people. A serpent beguiled Eve and convinced her to eat of the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden claiming that in so doing she would have the “knowledge of good and evil.” Yet, she and her husband Adam already had a knowledge of good because everything in the garden was good. All that was to be gained by this act of rebellion was knowledge of evil. Sadly, this knowledge of evil has been compounding human misery for thousands of years.

Another form of entertainment that is wildly popular today is the comic book. Comic books are loved by teenagers and adults alike, and numerous Hollywood movies are adapted from comic books each year. In January 2019 it was announced that DC Comics, which is famous for introducing characters such as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, is planning to release a new comic book in the coming months entitled “Second Coming.” In this blasphemous publication, Jesus Christ will be depicted as a failure who has to learn how to be successful from a real hero named “Sun-Man.” “Witness the return of Jesus Christ, as He is sent on a most holy mission by God to learn what it takes to be the true messiah of mankind by becoming roommates with the world’s favorite savior: the all-powerful superhero Sun-Man, the last son of Krispex!” declares the plot summary. The comic book’s writer, Mark Russell, explained the premise as follows: “The concept is that God was so upset with Jesus’ performance the first time he came to Earth since he was arrested so soon and crucified shortly after, that he has kept him locked up since then. God then sees this superhero on Earth a few thousand years later and says, ‘that’s what I wanted for you!'” (30) The fact that the supposed “all-powerful” superhero is named “Sun-Man” is no accident. Many pagan cultures have worshipped the sun as a deity for thousands of years. The so-called sun god has been known by many different names over the millennia including the Egyptian name Ra, the Greek names Apollo or Helios, and the Roman name Sol. The ancient Canaanites mentioned in the Bible called their sun deity Baal. As Christians, we know that these so-called deities are really just devils in disguise. This point is made in Deuteronomy 32:17 which tells us, “They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.” Thus, this comic book will depict Jesus Christ as inferior to a devil. This is rank blasphemy!

Needless to say, Christian people need to exercise the utmost caution when consuming entertainment. Much of what is displayed in movies, television shows, and other forms of media such as comic books is profoundly anti-God. We are admonished by the Apostle Paul in I Thessalonians 5:22, “Abstain from all appearance of evil.”

In closing, there is so much more that could be said about our world’s present condition. As usual, the wars and rumors of wars are in full swing. The Israeli State and Iran are trading threats back and forth and soon could be at war. The dissolution of nuclear arms treaties between the United States and Russia again raises the specter of a nuclear conflict. The Chinese government has hinted in recent weeks that they may be putting their large army to use. On January 2, 2019, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for the reunification of China with Taiwan whether Taiwan likes it or not. Xi said during his speech that he cannot “promise to renounce the use of force” and pledged to “reserve the option to use all necessary measures” to quash Taiwan’s independence. (31) Even more worrisome, China has threatened to attack the United States’ military. Speaking at a conference on December 20, 2018, Chinese Rear Admiral Lou Yuan suggested that the Chinese military could sink two American aircraft carriers, which would lead to 10,000 American casualties. Admiral Lou was then quoted as saying, “We’ll see how frightened America is.” (32)

When we consider the evil that is permeating the entire world today, it becomes all the more urgent that God’s people stay awake and pay attention to what is happening all around us. In Ephesians 5:14-16 we are instructed, “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”

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Samuel David Meyer


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Acknowledgements
01. ABC News, January 19, 2019, By Rachel D’oro, http://abcnews.go.com.
02. News.com.au, January 9, 2019, By Jamie Seidel, http://news.com.au.
03. National Geographic, January 31, 2018, By Nadia Drake, http://nationalgeographic.com.
04. Fox News, January 25, 2019, By Adam Shaw, http://foxnews.com.
05. The New York Times, January 3, 2019, By Catie Edmondson and Jasmine C. Lee, http://nytimes.com.
06. USA Today, August 10, 2018, By Erin Kelly, http://usatoday.com.
07. Mediaite, January 3, 2019, By Joe DePaolo, http://mediaite.com.
08. The Daily Beast, August 7, 2018, By Gideon Resnick, http://thedailybeast.com.
09. CNBC, November 5, 2018, By Abigail Hess, http://cnbc.com.
10. Grabien News, January 2, 2019, By Tom Elliott, http://news.grabien.com.
11. PJ Media, January 9, 2019, By Tyler O’Neil, http://pjmedia.com.
12. Americans for Tax Reform, January 4, 2019, By Alex Hendrie, http://atr.org.
13. The American Mirror, January 4, 2019, By Victor Skinner, http://theamericanmirror.com.
14. The Daily Mail, January 10, 2019, By David Martosko, http://dailymail.co.uk.
15. USA Today/ Des Moines Register, January 23, 2019, By Tony Leys, http://usatoday.com.
16. CNN, January 26, 2019, By Jessica Ravitz, http://cnn.com.
17. The Hill, January 23, 2019, By Michael Burke, http://thehill.com.
18. Life News, January 22, 2019, By Micaiah Bilger, http://lifenews.com.
19. Ibid.
20. Life News, January 25, 2019, By Steven Ertelt, http://lifenews.com.
21. Twitter, January 22, 2019, By Andrew Cuomo, http://twitter.com.
22. Fox News, January 23, 2019, By Caleb Parke, http://foxnews.com.
23. The Guardian, October 27, 2014, By Catherine Shoard, http://theguardian.com.
24. Dictionary.com, https://www.dictionary.com/browse/mercurial.
25. Variety Magazine, January 6, 2019, By Dave McNary and Maane Khatchatourian, http://variety.com.
26. Ibid.
27. The New York Times, November 22, 2018, By Alex Marshall, http://nytimes.com.
28. The New York Times, December 6, 2018, By Liam Stack, http://nytimes.com.
29. Ibid.
30. Fox News, January 9, 2019, By Caleb Parke, http://foxnews.com.
31. The Globe and Mail, January 2, 2019, By Nathan Vanderklippe, http://theglobeandmail.com.
32. Fox News, January 5, 2019, By Jerry Hendrix, http://foxnews.com.

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Grow….in…the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

I enjoyed this one, I looked up the cross-references to the Scripture I was reading, and here they are.
The numbers next to various words in John 1:14 link with the same numbers and verses below it.

John 1:14 –  1And the Word 2was made 3flesh, and dwelt among us, (and 4we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) 5full of grace and truth.

1.  1 Timothy 3:16- And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received u into glory.

2.  Romans 1:3 – Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

3.  Hebrews 2:14 – Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same;  that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
destroy:  in this scripture, destroy means to ANNUL

4.  Matthew 17:2 – and was transfigured before them:  and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

5.  Colossians 2:3 – in whom are hid al the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

We are told to study the bible, the King James bible is the ONLY inerrant scripture
today, and we’re told that the word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than any two-edged sword.  The Word of God is one of our weapons of spiritual warfare.
2 Peter 3:18 says:  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  To him be glory both now and forever.  Amen.