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ACTORS, ATHLETES, TV EVANGELISTS AND SINGERS

I am lumping actors, athletes. singers and television evangelists together simply because our society seems to idolize them. Now that I think about it I will also include politicians and television anchors to that group because they too are highly opinionated and they too influence many people. The people I mentioned are people just as all the rest of us are, but people look up to them as if they were something extremely special and because of that adulation and adoration by their fans, they think they can impose their will on other people.

Yes, they may excel in a certain sport, in the movie business, in singing or in manipulating the word of God to make people believe that God is a Santa Claus and that He will provide for all their needs, wants and wishes. However the main point is that just because they do well in a certain field that does not mean that they are an authority in a different field.

Many of the famous people have their own brand of clothing or perfume. The reality is that they may not know anything about clothing or perfume. Somebody else makes it for them. They just lend their name to it, and people buy it because it has their name on it. That product might even be inferior to others in the same niche.

Movie stars, singers, athletes, television anchors, and even some television evangelists get involved in politics. They may not know any more about certain issues than the man on the moon, but nevertheless they influence many people. One of the main reasons for that is that people don’t really think for themselves. They just follow the herd like a cow, a sheep or any other animal would. Pathetic, but true!

One point I have not mentioned is that, that group of people earn a lot more money than they should. Some of those people earn – maybe I should say receive – more than twenty million dollars per year. An average person working in a normal job, profession or skill would have to live over a thousand years to be able to earn that amount of money. On top of that some of those people receiving millions do not even have a true university education, while many others who are struggling to make ends meet do.

Being that some of those wealthy idolized people do not have the proper education or that they became extremely wealthy overnight at a very young age they do not know how to handle the fame, the success and the money that goes with it. They get into drugs, drinking, wild sex and who knows what else? Many of them wind up in jail, while others take their own lives. It is not uncommon for some of them to die in their twenties, thirties, forties, and not a high percentage of them get to live past sixty or seventy.

They get caught in a rat race, and they do not have the wisdom to deal with it or to get out of it. The constant peer pressure does them in. That’s because they can only maintain that façade and that lifestyle for a certain amount of time. That has been proven time and time again throughout the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first century.

If you admire, adulate and adore those people, remember that there is only one entity who deserves being praised, worshiped and adored, and that of course is Jesus Christ. He suffered, shed His blood, died, and resurrected so you could spend eternity with Him. Other than Him, nobody died for you. Those famous people who have many fans who adored them have as many faults and flaws as you do, maybe even more. Don’t admire them. They are just human beings the same as you and me.

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GOD IS SOVEREIGN

There is only one God (Deuteronomy 4:35, 4:39, 32:39 and 2 Samuel 7:22), and He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yes, God chose the Jewish people as His children. Genesis 12:2-3 – “I will make you (Abraham) a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Then in Deuteronomy 7:7-9, the Bible says: “The Lord did not set His love on you (Israel) nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.  Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

Yes, Israel is the chosen nation and the Jewish people are the chosen ones, but God in His infinite love has grafted us – the Gentiles – in. That means we can have salvation if we receive Jesus Christ, the Jewish Messiah, as our Lord and Savior. Romans 17-20 explains it this way: “And if some of the branches were broken off, and you (the Gentiles – anybody who is not Jewish), being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,  do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.”

You may ask: “Why did God choose the Jewish people?” He did it because He is sovereign. According to the dictionary sovereign means: “Supreme ruler, especially a monarch.” God is not just the monarch of an earthly principality, but of the whole universe, that of course, includes everything that exists. Nobody can question Him because everyone and everything is under His authority and dominion.

If you read the Bible every time the Jewish people moved away from God, He would allow punishment to come to them. They would repent, and God would bless them again. All God wants is for us to be obedient to Him. We are obedient when we do His will. You may ask, what is His will?

It is in the Bible. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus Himself explains it. Matthew 22:37-40 – “Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Love is the key.

God is love (1 John 4:8), and therefore if we want to do His will, receive His blessings, and spend eternity with Him, and not in the lake of fire, all we have to do is love Him and love people. If we do not do those two things, we are just deceiving ourselves because God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7) nor fooled.

The USA was founded as a Christian nation, and God blessed us for about two-and-a half centuries, but now that we are moving farther and farther away from Him, He is removing His protection and blessings from us. We are fooling ourselves, but in essence our country is not even a shadow of what it used to be or what it should be according to God’s will. He is a sovereign God, and we cannot mock Him and get away with it. Some of His judgments are already upon us. Take a look at the hurricanes, the earthquakes, the volcano in Hawaii, the flooding, the fires all over our country and the demonstrations.   They are not isolated incidents, but constant threats, danger and destruction.

What is the solution? There is only one real solution, and that is crying out to God. He will hear and answer our prayers, but only if we are truly sincere and if enough people turn to Him. We cannot play games, but if we do, we will pay the consequences. Which way this country goes is entirely up to us. The Russians, the Chinese, the North Koreans, the Iranians nor Donald Trump will be to blame, but only us.

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WHAT YOU CONFORM TO, FORMS YOU (7/26/18)

The objective of this article is to help you change in the areas where you need changing. You may think you do not need changing, but once you stop to analyze your life, I am sure that you will find some areas where you can improve. Do not feel as if you were the only one – all of us need changing in one area or another. That is because learning is a process. No one can really say, “I already got there.”

To set the tone for the rest of the article I will give you the proverbial example of putting a frog in a pan in cold water and then start heating the water slowly. Because the water is warmed up gradually, the poor frog does not really realize that the water is getting hotter and hotter. Finally it dies without ever realizing what happened to it. Keep that example in mind as I begin to illustrate the main point.

Let us say that you are a young person who comes from a good Christian family and you have never heard any bad words spoken at home, but then you start to run around with a group of kids who use nothing but foul language. At first you feel uncomfortable with that group and with their language, but then as time goes by, you start using a few of their nasty words, but you think that you will only use those one time. Before you know it, not only are you using those same words repeatedly quite often, but you are even using worse ones. You have become a victim of: “The frog syndrome.”

Let us assume you have been happily married for ten years, but then one day you think: “There’s nothing wrong if today I just flirt a little bit with my co-worker.” It starts innocent enough because you have no intentions of going any further, but before you know it you are in an affair with that person. Then after that affair you begin another one, and before you know it your spouse finds out and divorces you. In a divorce everybody suffers, but, without any hesitation, I can tell you that the children suffer the most. Many times the psychological damage they go through is irreversible. Don’t forget what? The frog syndrome.”

Supposing you have never been involved with drugs and somebody at work offers you some. You may turn the person down two or three times, but then the fourth time you think: “It won’t hurt just one time. Besides I have been working hard. I deserve a little fun.” So you try it because you know it will only be this time, but then the second time it gets a little bit easier, so you do it again. The third time is almost automatic and then you are hooked. You have become a victim of: “The frog syndrome.”

Supposing you are working as a secretary for a big company where they have many products. The first time you take a few paperclips without permission because you know they are not worth much, and besides to such a big company it will not make any difference anyway. A few days later you take a couple of pens because to be quite honest you need them, and the company has so many, what difference will two pens make to them? A few months go by and you start embezzling money because five-hundred dollars is nothing to a gigantic corporation. You need the money more than they do, and besides they are paying you low wages. You guessed it! You are a victim of: “The frog syndrome.”

You are an honest person, but this time you have to tell a little white lie, because after all it will help all concerned. There is no harm if nobody will get hurt and you are just trying to think of everyone’s best interest. After all there is no harm in telling a little white lie. The only problem is that after a while the little white lie becomes a white lie, then a big white lie and finally an outright ugly lie. Now you don’t even feel guilty or think twice before you tell a lie. Unfortunately you have fallen prey to: “The frog syndrome.”

We have a saying, and it goes like this: “You cannot fly with the eagles if you hang around with turkeys.” Another one is: “What you conform to, forms you.” What you start accepting begins to take control of you. Once you open the door to accepting what you did not accept before because it went against the principles you were taught and are living by, then you begin accepting more and more until you are not living by any decent principles at all. That, of course, is: “The frog syndrome.”

The USA is a good example of: “The Frog syndrome.” Our country is not even a shadow of what it used to be, or what it should be. All our meaningful values have been completely eroded to the point where most of what is left is filth. What is good is called bad, and what is bad is called good. There are no guidelines, perimeters, limits or anything to keep us in check. The Bible would call it: “Everyone does as he sees fit.” That is because what we have conformed to has formed us. It is not a pretty sight!

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BE A MODEL

I know the title, “Be a Model,” is probably misleading to some of you who are already envisioning a blue-eyed, blonde, beautiful female model scantily-clad in a bikini that may or may not even cover the essential parts of her body. I hate to disappoint you because this article will not be about that at all. It’s about something entirely different, but it will help you a lot more than looking at a beautiful girl in a bikini.

The main thrust of this article is to help you become a better you. By doing that not only will you benefit from it, but so will society in general. That, of course, is a direct result of no one being an island, but rather being part of something much, much bigger. Whether we actually realize it or not, just about everything we do affects other people in a positive or negative manner. That is an inescapable and irrefutable fact.

If you are a parent, one of your most important roles in life is to be a role model to your children. Children will imitate not so much what you say, but so much more what you do. Your actions will speak volumes to them. In many cases, children later on in life will imitate how you treat your spouse, and of course how you treat them. The way you treat them is the way they will treat their own children. Instead of being a stumbling block to them, be an excellent role model. Demonstrate to them good family and Christian values by your advice, but much more by your actions.

Many studies have shown, are showing, and will continue to show that children who come from broken homes get in trouble with the law, have broken homes themselves, and do not achieve the level of success that other children do. By the same token, children who come from homes where there is no divorce, no separation, no bickering and where the parents have a higher level of education do much better than the ones previously mentioned. That is a reality that in all probability will never ever change.

Be a model wherever you may happen to be. People are always watching and they will judge you according to your behavior. The most important point is that if you do the best you can under any and all circumstances, you will feel good about yourself, and people will appreciate it as well. When everything is said and done, what legacy will you leave behind. Will it be an embarrassing one or will it be one you can be proud of?

It does not really matter what job, skill, vocation, or profession you may have. What matters is that you do it with integrity, honesty, sincerity, professionalism, and to the best of your ability. Even if nobody congratulates you or thanks you, when you finish a duty, task, job, assignment, or whatever it may be, you should be satisfied, and feel proud of the work you did.

When you visit somebody or when somebody visits you, when you leave or when that person leaves, that person should be happy that you were with him or her. Regardless of the circumstances, your positive attitude should be a blessing to that other person. No matter where that person is in life, be an inspiration to him or her. Leave them better than they were before they talked to you.

Being a model person means being part of the solution and not part of the problem. Anyone can criticize, but not everyone can come up with positive workable solutions. Be that type of person who wants to make this a better world for all of us. Don’t allow that type of people become an endangered species! The world does not need more naysayers – it is in desperate need of more doers.

I could give many examples of how to be a role model in difference circumstances, but in conclusion I would like to say that each one of us can be a role model in the big significant things we do, as well as in the small and insignificant ones. We can only do that if we focus on what we are doing, and on trying to be a role model to others who may be affected by our actions.

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BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

The question that always arises from unbelievers is: “If there is a God, why do bad things happen to good people?” That question needs answering especially for the sake of the unbelievers, and maybe even for you. Most believers already know the answer or the answers for that matter. I will give you some answers to the question, though it is very possible that I may fall a little short

Lack of preparation may be part of the problem. For example, a person may not get a proper education or skill, and then he or she winds up working in a much more dangerous job than he would if he had the proper education or training. Then he or she has a serious or fatal accident on the job. Yes, he or she may be a nice person, but was working at a place where he or she should not have been working.

No planning and poor planning when we are young can lead us to a serious disaster later in life. If we do not plan financially, psychologically, emotionally or physically, we may wind up in dire straits in our old age. That is probably the main reason why people wind up being homeless.

Without the proper physical and spiritual nourishment a person will probably wind up paying the consequences rather sooner than later.

A nice person chooses a profession, job or skill that is quite dangerous and he or she has a serious accident. This could be an airplane pilot, a race-car driver, a boxer, an astronaut, a movie stunt person, a soldier, a policeman or even a firefighter. You can probably think of other professions, jobs or skills where a person would be at risk. If a person gets hurt or killed on that job, it is because he or she chose that kind of work. God gave us free will, and that means we have the privilege of choosing whatever we want to do.

Most daily decisions are not consequential, but there are some, of course, that have long-lasting consequences. I am referring to smoking the first cigarette, taking a drug for the very first time, having sex out of marriage once while being married, cheating on the job with what seems to be small things, and telling “so-called” white lies. At first all of those things seem innocent enough, but unfortunately they lead to addictions and many times destruction of human lives, and “yes” those things happen to nice people too.

A person could be totally innocent, but be running with the wrong crowd. A bullet intended for another person of the group could actually impact him or her and cause severe damage. There’s a proverb that says: “A person is judged by the company he keeps.” We have to be very careful with whom and with what we get involved. After all, not everything that glitters is gold.

We can be at the wrong place when a catastrophe of one kind or another strikes. It can be an explosion, an act of terrorism, an automobile accident, an airplane crash, a mud slide, an avalanche, torrential rains, an earthquake, a volcanic eruption, or a myriad of things. No one, but no one is exempt from them. No matter how much planning, thinking and precautions we take, we may fall prey to a catastrophe of some kind.

Bad things happen to nice people because there are bad people on this planet who will stop at nothing to hurt us. The United States is one of the countries that has the highest percentage of people incarcerated. Now, are most of those people in jails and prisons there because they are nice people, or are they there because they committed a serious crime? That needs no explaining, you already know the answer to that.

All the reasons above are valid, and there are probably many more that I could mention, but I believe those examples will suffice. However, let’s get to the core of the real problem, which happens to be the fall of mankind. Unfortunately we are a broken people living in a broken world, and as long as that remains in effect we will continue to have troubles.

The fall of the human race occurred in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve fell prey to the serpent, which of course was the devil himself. In Genesis 2:17, God had told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Read for yourself in Genesis 3:1-7 how the devil tricked them, and that is how sin entered the world. Genesis 3:1-7 – “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be  opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

When you see band things happening to people, think of some of those reasons I mentioned, but whatever you do, do not blame God. If you must blame somebody, either blame the people if they made wrong decisions, but for sure blame the devil, Adam and Even because they are the ones really responsible for us living in a broken world.

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NO BORDERS
If you are a proponent, an advocate of no borders or know someone who is, this article was written for you. It will explain the results of not having borders and of not obeying the existing laws. An inescapable fact is that all nations have borders and laws to protect their individual interests. What I fail to understand is why many of our own citizens are attacking Donald Trump for trying to secure our borders and to only allow people in this country who come in legally. How can that be wrong?
It is not that we don’t have a heart, or that we do not feel compassion for hurting people. It is a matter of economics and self-preservation. We simply cannot afford to help every human being on earth that is suffering. There are billions of people around the world who do not have adequate housing, hygiene, medical attention, food supply, potable water, and other necessities, but we simply do not have enough resources to help all of them.
If we allow all those illegal aliens to stay, who is going to support them? They will need housing, schooling for their children, medical care, food, clothing and much more. That will cost millions if not billions of dollars. Our national debt is already around twenty trillion. Wouldn’t it be wise to start reducing that debt, instead of bringing new people and make our debt even bigger? Facts are facts.
The way we are going, sooner or later the roof is going to cave in on us. Let’s assume that you are one of those people favoring no borders and bringing more people in illegally to our country. Are you going to remove the borders from your house and let them come in and live with you? Are you going to leave your automobile outside with the keys in it in case somebody needs to use it? If you are not willing to share your house, your car, and your income, why not? It’s the same as having open borders. The person who needs to live in your house or use your car could be a homeless one.
How many of the Hollywood stars and Democrat politicians who are advocating letting all those aliens come in are housing them, providing cars for them, providing medical care for them, and befriending them? I would be willing to bet you that the ones who are actually doing it you can count them on your hands. As we used to say “talk is cheap.” One thing is to say it, and another one is to do it.
Most of those people who march against Donald Trump are puppets of the Democratic Party, the Illuminati, Hollywood, George Soros or of other wealthy tycoons who are the ones who really run this country. The sad thing is that those demonstrators do not even know they are being used. They are convinced they are doing the right thing, but are they?
Unfortunately the American news media is constantly feeding us propaganda instead of unbiased news. If you tell the same lie repeatedly and often enough the people will believe it, and that is exactly what is happening. People buy into it because they are too lazy to think for themselves or to investigate the real truth.
People are like sheep. They follow without questioning anything. You don’t believe that? Look at the fads that have come and gone. In the sixties the Beatles came out with long hair. What happened? Most guys started letting their hair grow. Not too long ago a few people started wearing tattoos. What happened? Now it is an epidemic. One homosexual supposedly came out of the closet. What happened? The closets are now empty.

One of the arguments the demonstrators are using is that we cannot separate families. It sounds like a good argument. However we have many service people serving abroad and they are separated from their children and spouses in many cases. We also have many people in our jails and prisons whose children and spouses are separated from them. Am I being led to believe that the children of the illegal aliens count, but the ones belonging to our service people and to the inmates do not matter? It sounds like a disparity to me.
What is happening lately? The in-thing is to attack President Donald Trump and his family. If he says something is black, they will say it is white. If he says it is white, they will say it is black. If his wife wears a dress, they criticize her for wearing it. If she wears pants, they criticize her for not wearing a dress. No matter what Donald Trump and his family may do, one thing is for sure, they will be criticized.
A divided country will not stand. That means that if we keep going the same road, sooner or later the house of cards will crumble. When that happens we will not be able to blame anybody because we will have done it to ourselves. By not being part of the solution, we are being part of the problem.
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THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES

We are living in a specific time in the history of the world, and it is important for us to know exactly where we are right now. In order to know that we have to understand the signs of the times. Most of us do not know what those signs are, and for that exact reason we do not recognize them.

The religious leaders of Jesus’ time did not know how to discern the signs of the times. That’s why in Matthew 16:1-3, the Bible says: “When the Pharisees and the Sadducees (the religious leaders at the time) came and testing Him (Jesus) asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He (Jesus) answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”

Because we not want to be as blind as the Pharisees and the Sadducees, we should learn about the signs of the times. The best place to find them, of course, is in the Bible, which happens to be a prophetic book. If you read chapter 24 in the Book of Matthew in the Bible, you will know what most of those signs are because Jesus Himself describes them quite clearly.

In case you do not have access to a Bible, I will enumerate some of them for you. 1. Many will come saying they are Christ, but they will be phonies. 2. There will be wars and rumors of wars. 3. Nation will rise against nation. 4. There will be famines and pestilences. 5. There will be earthquakes in diverse places. 6. Christians will be hated. 7. People will betray and hate one another. 8. Many false prophets will rise and will deceive many people. 9. There will be much violence. 10. The word of God will be preached throughout the world.

In the Book of Daniel 12:4 in the Bible, it tells us that people will travel a lot, and that knowledge will increase. In the Book of Joel 3:28-32, the prophet tells us that: 1. God will pour out the Holy Spirit on all flesh. 2. Sons and daughters will prophesy. 3. Old people will dream godly dreams. 4. Young people will see visions of God and heaven. 5. Whoever repents and calls on the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved and will spend eternity with God.

If you read history some of these signs have happened already. However they had never converged before as they are now. In other words, many of them are happening simultaneously, while in the past they were scattered here and there. Yes, we are living in what is known as “the end times.” No, this earth will not be destroyed because the Bible makes that very clear.

The earth will endure forever, however, it will be changed or transformed by God Himself. After the third world war, which is the war of Armageddon in Israel, Jesus will set up His kingdom in Jerusalem. This world will once again become like the garden of Eden. The born again Christians – the ones who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior – will reign with Jesus Christ. The people who do not believe in Jesus Christ and do not accept Him in their lives will die and be sent to the lake of fire to suffer eternally.

We are sincerely hoping that you understand the signs of the times. Because in a few months or years it will not be business as usual. Jesus will come for His children – the Christians – at a time when no one expects Him (Mark 13:32). You should look for God while He may be found (Isaiah 55:6-7). There will come a time when it may be too late for you.

If you want to make sure you will not be left behind to suffer when Jesus comes for His believers, repent, ask God to forgive your sins, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and try not to sin purposely. It does not mean you will be perfect or that you have to become an earthly saint. It just means you will be conscious of trying to stay away from sinful situations.

Read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity. He will hear you, will forgive you, and will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me as I receive Jesus Christ Your Son as my Lord and Savior. I believe and confess that He is Your Son, that He suffered and died to pay for my sins, and that He resurrected on the third day from the dead. I also ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me. Thank You Father! Amen.”

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IT IS A PRIVILEGE
If you are a negative person, are going through difficulties, are extremely ill, had something bad happen to you or to your family recently, or hang around with negative people, you may not think that it is a privilege to be alive. Of course you are entitled to your opinion, but let us reflect as to what we really have.
We are living in a time when progress is moving at a tremendous and at an alarming rate. Many of us are having a difficult time keeping up with it. Some new product comes out and a few months later a newer one comes out on the market and the first one is completely obsolete. However the positives by far outweigh the negatives.
With the new inventions and the new machines everything can be done easier, faster, more efficient, more comfortable and many times even better than before. That saves us time and allows us to get more accomplished. Prime examples would be in the transportation and communication industries. The telephones and the automobiles are changing so fast that by the time we buy one a newer model has come out and the one we have just bought is yesterday’s news.
The new inventions bring us comforts that even the kings or the very wealthy people were not able to enjoy before. This generation is definitely privileged compared to all the past ones. Those people could not even dream or imagine of having the luxuries we have today. Although we should, we don’t consider them luxuries, but rather necessities. Yes, to a large degree we are spoiled.
Progress is moving so fast that we have no idea how the future will be in twenty or thirty years from now. We can take a calculated guess, but that is all it would be. All around the world there are scientists working on every field at every level. Some of what they are doing is top secret, and some could be common knowledge. Most of what they come up with will benefit mankind, but some will hurt us. Dangerous weapons of any type could wind up killing millions of people in wars or killing members of the general population if they were to fall into the wrong hands.
It is a privilege to live in the United States of America as some of our poor people have comforts and luxuries that many people in other countries do not have. Instead of complaining and criticizing we should be thankful for what we have. Not only are we fortunate to have many comforts and luxuries that other people do not have, but we have a form of government where we have freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, freedom to vote and many other rights and privileges that people in many other countries quite simply do not have.
There is a saying that says: “You don’t know what you have until you lose it.” Ask the Cuban people, the North Koreans or the Venezuelans and they will agree with it. Let us hope that does not happen to our country. As absurd as it may seem, just as it happened in those countries it could happen to us. We are not immune to that, and especially if we go to sleep thinking it could never happen here. Guess what? It could!
No matter in what state or country we live, instead of complaining, blaming others, or criticizing let us stay informed, vote, get involved and help make it better for all of us and for future generations. Let us always count our blessings, learn from our experiences, be grateful, and look for the silver lining in every situation.
If the world gives you lemons, make lemon juice and sell it. Turn your negatives into positive ones. Always look at tomorrow with anticipation. Be a doer, not a complainer nor a criticizer. Remember; not only is it a privilege to be alive. but more so to be alive in this particular time.
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YOU CANNOT HAVE FAITH WITHOUT KNOWING GOD
In Romans 10:17 the Bible tells us: “ So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” When you hear the word of God you begin to have faith in Him, and your faith begins to grow. It is impossible to believe in God if you have not heard His word. That is because if you have not heard His word you do not even know He exists. One cannot have faith in something that does not exist.
The more you read the Bible, the more you go to church, the more you discuss God with people, the more you listen to testimonies about what God has done in people’s lives, the more you pray to God, and the more you see your prayers answered the more your faith will increase. That is the logical progression of your faith.
People who do not believe in God do not feel His presence, do not hear His voice, do not pray, and do not see miracles even if they pray. In John 9:31, the Bible tells us: “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” Then in 1 Peter 3:12, it says: “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
God wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him. No, it is not religion! No religion will pave the way for you to get to heaven, but an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ will. To do that you have to get to know Him. If you have a very close friend, you trust and confide in him, and he trusts and confides in you. The reason for that is that both of you have gotten to know each other well. God is no different. He wants to know you well, and He wants you to know Him well.
In John 10:14, Jesus tells us: “I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.” In John 10:27, He tells us: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” If we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are His sheep. Then in John 10:3-4, our Lord tells us: “To him (Jesus) the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep (Christians) hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep (people) by name and leads them out. And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.”In other words, we – the Christians – follow God’s principles and live according to His will because we know what it is, and we do it in obedience.
When the final judgment comes, we will be sent to one of two places; heaven or the lake of fire. if we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior He has paid for our sins with the blood He shed on the cross, and we will be allowed to spend eternity with God. Our Lord will tell us:“Well done, good and faithful servant.”- Matthew 25:23. If we have not received Jesus Christ in our lives, the Lord will tell us: “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”- Matthew 7:23.
If you want to come into the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, your first step is to receive Him as your Lord and Savior or Redeemer. If you have never done that, this is the perfect time for you to do it. The reason is simple; you do not even know if you will be alive tomorrow, and if you will ever have that opportunity again. Read the following prayer several times, and when you think you understand it, pray it to God aloud. He will hear you and accept you as His child. That means when you die, you will go to heaven and not to hell or the lake of fire.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me and receive me as Your child. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died, and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of my life, and I ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You, Father. Amen.”
Now that you are God’s child, get to know Him better. Read the Bible starting with the Book of John, go to a born-again Christian church, fellowship with other believers, praise God in thanksgiving, and pray to Him for your needs. Ask Him to become real to you, and He will. God bless you!
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