Book Review: Stephen Mitchell’s Journey

Book Review: Stephen Mitchell’s Journey
Author: Isabella Alden
Characters: The Mitchell family: Pa, named Josiah, ma, named Phoebe, Sarah Jane, and Stephen
The Lucas family: mother, a dad who was a drunkard, Flora Ann, Meme,
Dele, Miranda, and Jake.
The Ransoms, Maxwell, the preacher of the area, and Helen, his sister, who lives with him
Gertrude Temple, ex girlfriend of Maxwell, and Hilary Colchester, a friend of Helen.

The Mitchells live on a farm which hasn’t been taken care of very well, so it’s run down and the farmhouse is dilapidated.  The soil is stony and depleted.
The Lucas’s live on an even worse piece of land, in a desolate looking shack of a home, which had become that way due to the father’s alcoholism and the son’s drunkenness and abuse of the family.
The story is a good picture of Godly Christian charity, of how to help others with what you have, even though it may not be much by the world’s standards. How Christians should do what they can to uplift and improve another’s circumstances, and how they should first and foremost, tell their neighbors about salvation through
Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.  
It is also an illustration of how Christians can even help those who may be out to harm them, through patience, prayer, and kindness. How we should be alert for opportunities to do the Master’s work, and follow where He leads us.

The story, Stephen Mitchell’s Journey, is extremely well-written, organized, and flows smoothly from one family’s story to another, interconnecting with grace and thought-provoking ideas.

This story was in the book titled Grace Livingston Hill Collection No. 7, four complete novels, 3 by Grace Hill, and one by Isabella Alden. Published by Barbour Books. ISBN: 1-57748-825-3

Some background on Isabella Alden:Four complete novels

I found this pretty website about the author:https://isabellaalden.com/
A list of her books:
https://www.thriftbooks.com/a/isabella-macdonald-alden/248890/

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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
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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.”

Thank you all for your kind support of this ministry. We appreciate you and thank God that we are able to serve you. If you have any prayer requests, you are invited, as always, to send them our way. We know that our God sees us from heaven and hears our prayers. Grace and peace be unto you in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.



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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HEAD LICE! OH NOOOO!

Our local news station ran a story tonight about head lice, and products available to get rid of them.

I speak as a mom and grandmother who has tried everything available, almost,
to get rid of nasty head lice on my kids and grandkids. The pesticides in the kits DO NOT WORK, because the comb they give is useless.  Combing through the hair is of utmost importance.

Now, I was desperate to find something to get rid of the lice, and I researched many sites online, and finally found the National Pediculosis’s website, and they sell a fantastic comb called the LICE MEISTER.
Here: https://www.schoolhealth.com/npa-licemeister-combs
Yes, it’s about 16 dollars, but so will the cost of application after useless application of the liquids in
the kits you buy at the store. And, you only need the comb, NOTHING else. Nothing!

Here is a picture of it, and it gets rid of all nits, eggs, and lice.

SOME Home Depots, Walmarts, Targets, and Amazon do sell Lice Meister combs,too.

My granddaughter had a pretty bad case of head lice several years ago, so I got this comb, and got
every single nit and louse out of her long, thick chestnut brown hair. We didn’t have to cut her hair, or
use any pesticides on it. Just the comb.
The school nurse inspected her hair and couldn’t find ANY nits, eggs, or lice. Praise JESUS!
Head lice are not a problem only with lower class people.  ANYONE can get them, in the right situation

It’s an amazing product, and you don’t have to leave home to use it.

Here’s a good video about how to detect head lice~ Only 3 minutes long:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/head-lice/symptoms-causes/syc-20356180

 

The Lord’s Day — PLEASE REPENT, CHRISTIANS!

Lukewarm, but born again Christians:
[21] Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
[22] But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Matthew:  [8] Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
[9] And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.
Why do today’s Christians want to be known as Christians, but they don’t want to ACT and THINK as Christians? It’s like a man who wants a job, but he still wants to be able to skip work, dress against the work code, never learn what his company does, never read the instruction manual,  DO no work, go into work late or hung over, and still get that paycheck.
If you talk to a Christian about the things WE ARE TOLD TO DO by our Saviour, and then ask them why they don’t practice holy living, they scream and call you a legalist.  A Pharisee!  Here’s just a smidgen of what Jesus says about how Christians are supposed to act and think and do:  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth
1 Peter 1:15 – But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

James 2:24 – Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
 
Today’s Christians, for the most part, are like men and women who want to be married, they want that ring, but they still want to date others, and be as unfaithful as they can to their spouse. They don’t want to be one flesh, they are selfish and always want their way, they ignore the marriage vows, they do nothing with their spouses, spend NO TIME with them to learn about them, but they still tell everyone they’re married?    Why do you say you’re a bride of Christ, but you act and dress like a WHORE?   You say you have on the wedding garments of the bride of Christ, but they’re filthy, torn, and ugly.    Ezekiel:
7 Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them [that were] the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.
 
8 Neither left she her whoredoms [brought] from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.
This is what I see in a lot of Christian’s lives:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

REPENT OF YOUR WICKEDNESS, get on the strait and narrow path.  Do you know what Jesus says about apathetic Christians?  They won’t stay on the strait(difficult) and narrow(you won’t fit in with the world at all)!

[18] If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
[19] If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Does everyone think you’re wonderful, and such a sweetheart, and so easy to get along with, so agreeable to everything?  REPENT!  You’re most likely following the devil, who is out to destroy you.  You have no enemies?  Then you’re not doing much of anything for Jesus Christ.  Selfish, lazy Christian.  REPENT!

REPENT!  PLEASE!  Give your MIND and HEART and Body to JESUS, the only One who can save your soul from burning eternally in the fiery pits of hell, darkness, torment day and night, eaten by worms and never dying, begging for water, the flames burning, burning, and burning you!

Mark 9:48 King James Version (KJV)48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

NO LIARS WILL BE ALLOWED IN HEAVEN!  Do you lie?  REPENT or you will die and burn in the Lake of Fire at the second death!  [14] Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
[15] For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
[16] I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
[17] And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
[18] For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
[19] And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
[20] He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

The Lord’s Day

Here are a few items you might read and listen to, to strengthen your Christian life:

Listen FREE to the bible online: https://www.biblestudytools.com/audio-bible/kjv/

Lighthouse Trails Publishinghttp://www.lighthousetrails.com/

The booklets can be read free online!

Booklets about Contemplative Prayer: http://www.lighthousetrails.com/2021-contemplative-prayer

Unshackled!  a Christian radio drama of real lives changed by Jesus Christ: https://unshackled.org/

Chick Tractshttp://www.chick.com/

Their tracts can also be read free, online.

A Lot of good preaching from Pastor Charles Lawson, here:

http://pastorcharleslawson.org/

E-Swordhttp://www.e-sword.net/

Christian Gospel Musichttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz8MKWs8nOQ

 

Book Review~ Before We Were Yours

I liked this book immensely, but it was emotionally draining on me.  I’m glad to have read it, though, and I recommend it to you.

Before We Were Yours~ by Lisa Wingate

This is a riveting historical fiction book based on true events. The Tennessee Children’s Home Society, run by Georgia Tann, a wicked, greedy, heartless lesbian, who came from an upper class family. Her father was a judge. The book tells the stories of Rill and her siblings, who were basically kidnapped by the local crooked police, and taken to the orphanage to live until Miss Tann could sell them, and the story of Avery Stafford, a woman whose grandmother had some mysterious ties to the Tennessee Children’s Home Society. The book goes back and forth between Rill’s life and Avery’s quest for answers.

Chapter 1 takes place in the present day in Aiken, South Carolina. This chapter is told from Avery Stafford’s perspective. Then, in other chapters, you read about Rill, and how she and her siblings were wrenched from their home on a shantyboat in the river, and placed at the mercy of the orphanage’s cruel director and employees. Both viewpoints were well written, and intensely interesting, although I wish Lisa Wingate had focused more on the orphan’s lives than on Avery the single unmarried female lawyer who had doubts about her fiancee.

The heart wrenching sexual abuse and physical neglect that occurred all the time in the children’s home society was sordid and reprehensible. How the children survived,the ones who did, was difficult for me to understand, but I’m glad many children did. I found out, from OTHER sources, not this book, that infants were left to die, starved to death, or worse. My heart was so sad and also I was infuriated that this happened, and STILL happens, as you can tell if you watch the news on tv. Not in orphanages in the USA, but in other situations.

The other thing that bothered me was the amount of corruption and lack of conscience in judges, police, and the employees of Ms. Tann. Georgia had many accomplices:  Politicians, legislators, judges, attorneys, doctors, nurses, and social workers who scouted child victims.  She operated for 26 years.
I admit I stayed up past midnight one night, to get as far along in the book as I could, it evoked so much interest and concern in me. (Obviously, by the fact that over 5 thousand others have written reviews about “Before We Were Yours”, I wasn’t the only one who got a lot out of this historical fiction book) The book has raised a lot of questions in me, and I’ve been finding out as much as I can concerning child trafficker Georgia Tann, and the plight of the babies and children who were taken from their families under false pretenses, threats, and downright breaking of the law.
This story makes me wonder about orphanages in general, but more about the outrageous disgraceful sin of child trafficking.

A woman, Denny Glad, used to help people in Tennessee and who had been at the facility run by Georgia Tann, find their birth parents. Sadly, she has died:
http://www.dailybastardette.com/denny-glad-another-light-goes-out/

There’s quite a bit more information about this travesty, and if you’re interested, here are a few links to get you going on your own search.

http://articles.latimes.com/1990-08-20/news/vw-882_1_unsolved-mysteries

http://www.175moments.com/moments/georgia-tann-investigated-black-market-baby-selling-network.php?r=2
http://www.nchgs.org/html/a_story_of_stolen_babies.html
https://www.joancrawfordbest.com/articlememphis95.htm

The subject of Georgia Tann also appears in an episode of Investigation Discovery’s series Deadly Women titled “Above the Law” that aired September 13, 2013 and also appeared on an episode of Unsolved Mysteries.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2965638/

The subject of Georgia Tann is the focus of the nonfiction book, The Baby Thief: The Untold Story of Georgia Tann, The Baby Seller Who Corrupted Adoption, by Barbara Bisantz Raymond.

Visiting Dad’s Grave

This morning my husband drove me to the military cemetery to visit dad’s grave again.  The grounds are about 25 miles from home, so the drive is pretty long.  It was a pretty day, blue skies, mild temperatures, and the memorial park  had a few visitors besides us.

We drove past the committal shelters and the lakes with the fountains spraying up, making little mists and tiny rainbows.  Then we parked near the Columbarium that stored my dad’s cremated remains in a brass urn, stored in a marble niche.  I had a bouquet of orange daisies, because he liked the color orange.  My dear husband dug a little spot in the gravel next to dad’s niche with the white marble plaque that sealed it shut.

We stayed a while, and a lot of thoughts and memories came up to surface, but it was all ok this time.  I remembered the birthday parties my parents gave me, and then I recalled the birthday cake I brought dad on his last birthday.  It was vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, his favorite, and there were orange and yellow decorations and drizzles on it.

It’s hard to grasp the fact that after a person is dead, there’s no talking to them again, not on this side of life.  You must say the things you need to say to them while they are still lucid, when they’re alive.  Even if you despised your parents, you must at least try to be friends with them in their later years.  People change, the closer they get to dying.  My dad was friendly, and talkative, and a good listener.  I’m glad he was so intelligent, too, because I knew he understood what I was talking about, and we had good conversations up until a week before he died.

It’s sad to watch a person decline.  In the last week or 2 of his life, he almost completely stopped eating, and I think I was the last family member to give him a drink of water after he had been transported to the Hospice room.  His eyes didn’t open the last day I saw him, but he was still there.  He was so thin, and his skin was like paper, so thin, no fat underneath, just about.  His room was very comfortable, quiet, but the tv was on, and tuned to a channel that played very sad music, so I turned it off.  I brought him some orchids, and set them in front of him, in case he opened his eyes.

The next day, I went to sign in at hospice, to see dad again, and that’s when I was told he had died overnight.   I just slumped down, and started crying, right there in the lobby near the nurse’s desk.  I looked up, and there were the orchids, just sitting on the ledge of the nurse’s desk.  I cried, and grabbed them, and just felt so at a loss, so upset that he wasn’t there today.  I wasn’t going to be able to go to his room ever again.  I wanted to see the empty room, but they wouldn’t let me.  My brothers showed up, and we all went to a private library-type room to talk about what next.

So, that’s some of the memories that came up today.  Please, to anyone reading this, if your parents are still alive, PLEASE GO AND TALK TO THEM.  I’d love to be able to have just a few more hours with dad, but that time is past, never to be regained.  There is a vast separation between this world and eternity.  You can not bridge it, no matter what people say.

You can’t talk to dead family members. You will really be talking to demons who pose as them.

12.  Luke 16:25-26 “But Abraham said to him, [25] But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
[26] And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Deut. 16:[10] There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
[11] Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
[12] For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

 

Learning to Weave on a Loom

I’ve never woven before, nor used this kind of tabletop loom, but today was LEARNING DAY.

After watching hours of instructional videos, rewinding the tutorials, and pausing while I did the step in person, I’ve learned the very basic parts of the skill of weaving.  Here are some photos of my first attempts.  Think of me as someone who has learned their alphabet, but has no idea how to read words yet.    🙂

The heddle is in the up position,

which is the first thing to do.  Put the shuttle through: 

Then put it in the down position, which kind of criss-crosses the yarn:  and put the shuttle through again, and then “beat” the threads down, which is using the rigid heddle to scrunch them up to make a woven cloth.  Granted, my “cloth” is a mess right now, but remember, I only know the alphabet, not the words.  All that will come later.  Rather like learning a foreign language.

Here’s the yarn wound around the back bar, using strips of cardboard to keep the strands

separated.  God willing, more weaving for me,  tomorrow.  God please give me skill in weaving!

Exodus 35:35 |

View whole chapter | See verse in context Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.

 

Georgia Tann ~ Pedophile, Kidnapper, and Liar

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/tennessee-tears-george-john-curtis/1008041663/2678205892041?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_New+Marketplace+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP164949&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7PzE7I2k2QIVkR2BCh0IuQv9EAQYBCABEgLfi_D_BwE

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/p/what-ever-happened-to-baby-james-don-w-boehner/1119075462/2679025769056?st=PLA&sid=BNB_DRS_New+Marketplace+Shopping+Books_00000000&2sid=Google_&sourceId=PLGoP164949&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7PzE7I2k2QIVkR2BCh0IuQv9EAQYAyABEgKDAPD_BwE

 

First Pom Pom Blanket

If you’re not born again, and not sure if you’re going to Heaven after you die, then please do what these verses in the Bible say:  [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.

 

The first pom pom blanket is finished.  I didn’t use enough yarn but I did that on purpose, so I’d understand how to make this.  I’m already getting things ready for the next blanket.  Here are photos of the front and back,

and a couple of old pictures of the loom. 

 

Thanks for dropping by!  Jesus loves you.