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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO LIVE IN A WORLD WITH HATE
No person should be subjected to live in a world without love or one full of hatred or just plain indifference. In the sixties Peter and Gordon had a hit song by the title, “A World Without Love.” You will find it on the internet. Listen to it. It’s very pretty and the lyrics can stand the test of time.
Unfortunately our children are growing up in a world without love. There are several reasons for that. In many cases both of their parents work long hours. Either they have a human baby sitter, or they have the television and the internet. Both of the latter could be tremendous teaching tools, but unfortunately they are being used to teach violence, sexual perversion, disobedience, and everything that goes against godly principles.
Since young children are extremely impressionable, their lives are shaped by their way of thinking, which in turn is shaped by what they experience by what they see, hear or are told by adults. By the time a child is seven years old, he has seen thousands of murders on television, and probably millions of acts of violence, indecency, cheating, stealing, disobedience and many other things that boggle his young and innocent mind.
Because of the way many children are brought up, many times they do not know the difference between right and wrong. That is especially true of children who come from a family who does not attend any church whatsoever. While it is true that no religion will get one to heaven, it is also very veridical that most religions teach a peaceful way of coexistence and of loving our neighbors.
Because God is love (1 John 4:8), Christian children are taught to love our brother and sisters (Matthew 22:37-40). They are taught “the golden rule.” – Matthew 7:12. We are not naive. We know that some Christian children in their adolescent years and as young people go astray, but many of them when they mature come back to a Christian way of life.
Our news media disseminates fake and hateful news, which in the absence of the real truth causes much harm in our country and in the world. That biased and prejudiced reporting is the cause of much misunderstanding and hatred throughout the world. Most people do not bother to look for the real truth. They just accept what is reported by the news media.
As a result of the way many people have been brought up, because of the manipulation by the news media, and being that a certain political party is espousing nothing but hatred and has declared war against the President, our country is in a very serious state. Either very little or nothing positive is being accomplished by the politicians. They are too busy fighting each other, instead of working for the benefit of our citizens.
Political parties have become obsolete. They are too powerful, and instead of the citizens having the power, as was intended in our Constitution, the political parties have it. They dictate what can and what cannot be done. It is absurd. A candidate for any office should run on his merits, not on a party’s. A US congressman may earn under $200,000 per year, yet they may spend ten million dollars on their campaign. Something does not add up!
It is extremely sad to see our great country completely divided, full of hatred, spinning its wheels, moving away from God, and going in a downward destructive spiral at a tremendous speed. It is quite possible that we may have reached “the point of no return.” If that is the case, “divided we stand, and divided we will fall.” Let us hope for the sake of future generations that is not the case.
We cannot expect the government to fix the problem, the church or anybody else. Each one of us has to take the initiative and act in love for the benefit of our country, the future generations, and of course for ourselves. We have to start by respecting ourselves, respecting other people, helping each other, loving our country and working to improve it – not to tear it down.
Regardless of your age, sex, color of your skin, educational level, social status, and religion reach out in love and understanding to someone different than you. That way you will be part of the solution, and not part of the problem. God bless you!
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F A K E   N E W S

One of the definitions the dictionary gives for “news” is: “Information about important or interesting recent events, especially when published or broadcast.” The emphasis, of course, should be on “information,” and it should be reported as such. It is information the public needs to know for several reasons.

Being that the main reason for the existence of the news media is to report the incidents as accurately as possible, it should not speculate, be biased or prejudiced in any way, shape, or form. It should present the facts and nothing less, nothing more. If the full facts are not known, it should either not report it yet, or report only as much as is known.

The reporter’s, the channel’s or the station’s opinion is not needed because it can create confusion, misunderstanding and even hatred. When that happens as a result of it somebody

gets hurt. The scoundrels can be made to sound like heroes, and the innocent people become victims. We have a saying that applies here quite well, and it goes like this: “The pen is mightier than the sword.”

While it is true that under our constitution the news people have “freedom of the press,” that does not give them the right to report “fake news” as if they were true. They have a responsibility to give us the news such as they are. Our government should do something to curtail their lies, half-truths, uncorroborated stories, misleading information and anything else that goes against professional reporting. They should be made to adhere to some professional standards. Without standards we have chaos.

Much of the hatred in our country has been created by the news media. That is because people believe what they hear and see and then they act on it. The news media glorifies everything that is violent, grotesque, illegal, immoral, and that goes against God’s principles. It does not matter what President Trump may say or do, they find a way to vilify it. Because of that we have lost respect throughout the world. How can anybody in the world respect us, if we do not respect ourselves?

Unfortunately many people take the fake news as the gospel truth. They don’t realize that the news anchor has an axe to grind or that he or she owes somebody favors, and is paying them by distorting the news, which, by the way, can be done very easily. Just by changing a name, a place, a date or a fact the whole story takes a complete different meaning. That is how the culprit becomes the good guy and the latter becomes the culprit.

Many people are either lazy and do not take time to investigate the truth, some are extremely busy and do not have the time to really look into the matter, quite a few are either biased or prejudiced and only hear what they want to hear, while others are just plain gullible and believe the first thing they hear. They just follow the herd because they cannot think for themselves. That would tax their brain.

If we do not begin to restrict the news media, it will take us down as a world power, and maybe even as a nation. So far we do not need any enemies – we are the enemy. If we do not bridle the news media we will go down into perdition and maybe even extinction. I know you think that is impossible. Other world powers have already gone through that process – Greece, Rome, Spain, England, Persia and so on. We may or may not be an exception. It remains to be seen.

TOO MUCH SENSITIVITY AND TOO MUCH HATE

I have no idea what the atmosphere or the ambient was in our country, the United States of America, before the Civil War or right after it, but I know what it is right now. The racial and sexual sensitivity are alarming, and the violence and hatred are probably at an all-time high. Instead of progressing we are regressing. If we do not do something and do it fast, it will only get much worse.

Society has become extremely sensitive that people get punished for innocent comments that nobody would have given a second thought to them a few years ago. Instead of being a viable solution, it has produced more violence and innocent people being punished unjustly. The courts and their laws will never really be a solution to the real problem – they just make it illegal, which makes people who disobey their laws criminals, and makes them resentful. As a result hatred arises from different factions of the community.

Some problems seem to have no solution, but in essence they do. As with many other things, education is the key. Our job is to educate the populace that if we are to succeed we have to learn that all of us have the same rights, that every human deserves respect, that nobody is better than somebody else, that we have to try our best to coexist, that we have to tolerate each other to a certain point, and that we have to work together to make this a better country.

Yes, education is the key, and it starts in the home. The parents should be the first and the best teachers the children have.

There is a definite need to educate black, brown, white and any other color of people that we are all created equal, that we have the same rights, privileges and responsibilities while living in this country, and that we have to treat each other with respect as equals. We have to emphasize the fact that white is not better than black, brown or any other color of skin. Every person has to understand that he or she is not superior nor inferior to anybody else. All of us are human beings created basically in the same way.

There is definite a lack of education to educate our men that they have to treat women with respect at the work place. They cannot look at women as a sex object or as somebody inferior they can push around. That mind set has to stop, and it has to stop now. Men and women working together should be taught to respect each other’s boundaries. A man should not treat a woman as he treats men, and a woman should not treat a man as she treats women because there is a difference between men and women.

In too many cases white policemen practice racial profiling. This, of course, is totally wrong because many times a person is detained simply because he or she is black or brown. Sometimes even false evidence is planted on them. Fortunately that kind of policeman is not the norm. Once again, the answer is educating them, which is being done by many police forces, but not by all of them. A lot more work is needed in this area.

Of course, it is not fair to put all the blame on the policemen. Most of them are excellent people just simply trying to keep us safe, putting their lives on the line every single day, not knowing when some crazy nut will try to kill them for no reason whatsoever. We should be teaching our children not only to respect policemen, but to respect authority of any kind. Most of the violence, if not all of it, in our country comes from people who do not respect authority of any kind.

In conclusion I would like to say that the real answer to our problems of too much sensitivity, violence, hatred, disrespect for authority, racial intolerance, and disrespect for women can be reduced significantly by educating our children and the public in general.

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WILL YOU FINISH THE RACE WELL?

Will you finish the race well? You may ask, what race? The race of life, of course. All of us are running it. Some of us will run it well, and some will run it poorly. It all depends on our goals and objectives and how we set our priorities. Yes, we have to make plans and execute them. A well-planned life is much better than one that is lived by trial and error.

In 2 Timothy 4:6-7, the apostle Paul, close to the end of his life, states: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” What he is saying is that he has kept the faith, that he has served God well, that he has lived a worthwhile life, and that he is ready to die, go to heaven, and to be with the Lord forever and ever.

Hopefully you have done well with your life up to now. If you have, keep it up until you die. Many people do well for a season, and then they start meandering like a chicken without a head, or like a drunk staggering in the dark. It is not how you start, or how you do in the middle, but rather how you finish that matters. Many people start like a wildfire, but then they change direction, slow down or quit altogether.

Many, many marriages start well, and may even do well for ten, fifteen or twenty years, and then the separation and the divorce come. Millions of children and even adults are hurting because we have a myriad of broken families, blended families, same-sex marriages and even abandoned children. Yes, most of those marriages started well, and those people even had very good intentions, but because of lack of commitment they were not able to finish their individual race in that particular area, and the consequences were devastating to all concerned.

When we pass on to the other life, we leave many loved ones behind. It is extremely important to leave a good legacy because our children, grandchildren, other relatives, and some good friends have to live with it. We may not be here, but they are, and they may suffer as a result of the way we lived our lives. We have to be unselfish and think of them too. It is not all about us – it includes the people in our sphere of influence, and there is no getting around it.

Abraham Lincoln died a long time ago, but the Afro-American community is still free from slavery because he did something about it. Adolph Hitler died in 1945, but the Jewish race is still feeling the repercussions, the hatred and the persecution of those horrible years. One person can cause a lot of good and one person can cause a lot of harm. What kind of legacy will you leave?

Fortunately for some of us and unfortunately for others, when we finish this race we will start another one. That is because there is life after death. The only question is where we will run that race. Will we run it in heaven or will we run it in hell? There are only those two options. The good thing about that is that we get to decide where we will spend eternity. If you already know that you will spend eternity with God, you do not need to read any further.

If you do not know where you will spend eternity, that means you have not made your choice yet, and I can tell you that it will be in the lake of fire, unless you choose differently. If the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire does not appeal to you, then find the section in my blog called “Messages,” and read the end of a message where I tell you what to do in order to go to heaven. Just follow the instructions. They are clearly spelled out.

Finish this race well, so you can start the other one on the right foot. God bless you!

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THE SPIRIT OF REBELLION

The dictionary defines rebellion as: “Open resistance to authority,” and also as, “Organized armed resistance to an established government.” It also uses other terms, such as; uprising, revolution, mutiny, insurrection, revolt, insurgence, insurgency; insubordination, disobedience, defiance, resistance, rebelliousness, and contumacy.

Rebellion was completely unknown until the devil rebelled against God in heaven. In Revelation 12:7-9, the Bible describes it like this: “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon (the Devil); and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.  So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”

Lucifer was one of the prettiest angels and had one of the most important tasks in heaven, and because of that he became extremely proud and although he was a created being, he tried to

usurp God’s position as the omnipotent one. Even today pride is one of the main causes of sin, disobedience and rebellion. In Proverbs 16:18, King Solomon tells us: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

I am writing this article because in our country – the United States of America – and all over the world, the spirit of rebellion is running rampant. Nobody wants to follow regulations, rules or laws of any kind. People want to do as they see fit. This, of course, causes many problems because no one is an island. We have to share this land with other human beings, and just as we have wishes, wants and desires, so do they. If we do as we please, one thing is for sure, we will be stepping on somebody else’s toes.

In the animal kingdom the number one rule is survival of the fittest, and the balance of nature is maintained that way, but we are human beings, and instead of devouring the weakest we should protect them and help them in any way we can. Jesus Himself made it very clear that He did not come for the strong, the most intelligent, the loveliest, the wisest, the wealthiest, the healthiest or the most righteous. It was just the opposite. If we go against God’s will, we are participating in the spirit of rebellion.

Jesus came to earth for the sick, the poor, the sinners and the ones who needed help in one way or another. In Luke 4:18, Jesus said: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Then in Luke 5:32, He said: “ I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” If we do otherwise, we are engaged in the spirit of rebellion.

Unfortunately the spirit of rebellion has taken over our country. The spirits of individualism, anarchy, disobedience, liberalism, violence, corruption, and rebellion have taken over our society. Everybody wants to have fire arms, drugs, tattoos, and a complete free reign of their lives without regard for country, laws, church, God, or other people. They just care about themselves, and nothing or nobody else matter to them.

A society that forgets its beginning, standards, principles and God cannot last. Many empires have fallen before us, and ours will be no exception, unless we change our ways. We have forgotten what made our country great. Make no mistake our country was great, and that was because we were established as a Christian democratic republic following godly principles, and because we did that, God’s blessings have been on us. Now that we are moving away from God His protection and blessings are being removed from us.

There is a political party that is pulling us further and further away from God as it espouses abortion, marriage between people of the same sex, not obeying the Constitution, fighting against the President, in general mocking godly principles and disobeying God. Unfortunately the young people are falling prey to their doctrine, beliefs and modus operandi.

God is faithful and just. If we can shed away the spirit of rebellion and come back to Him, He will bless us once again. The only thing with that is that we may be too far gone in the wrong direction. Speaking through the prophet Isaiah God tells us in Isaiah 55:5 – “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” There are two main points here: 1. Call on the Lord. 2. There will be a time when it is too late. The only question here is…Is it too late for the USA?

There are two things you should do: 1. Pray to God that this country and the world will come back to Him. 2. Get close to God yourself, so you may spend eternity with Him enjoying eternity, and not suffering the eternal flames of the lake of fire. If you have never asked Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior or Redeemer, read my article entitled, “I Am Who I Am.” That will teach you how to spend eternity with God and not with the devil.

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MATURITY

Many young people assume they have matured because they have reached their twenty-first birthday. That assumption is as erroneous as could be. Yes, some people are mature at that age, while many are not. That is because maturity has nothing to do with one’s chronological age, but rather with the mental one.

Some people might have reached their maturity level at twenty years old, while others may reach it as forty or maybe never. All of us have known people who are fifty years old, and still act as if they were teenagers. Their bodies are old, but their mental abilities never really developed. Various factors can contribute to that, but I would need to write a complete book in order explain them.

All of us, or at least many of us, have God-given talents. Normally we know what they are, and if we are normal people under normal circumstances we develop them, and that is exactly what we should do. The more mature we are, the more importance we will give to those talents, not only that but we will use them in the most productive ways. Developing them will not only help us, but it can help the people who are in our sphere of influence, as well as many others who we may not even know personally.

All of us have a certain degree of intelligence, but it does not do us any good unless we develop it and put it to work. We cannot leave it dormant, but rather should find ways to use it in pragmatic ways. One of the most basic ways to use it is to learn as much as we can about different areas that are of interest to us. Not only should we use it to learn, but also to solve problems, and maybe even to invent something that could help humanity. There are endless possibilities as to how we can use our intelligence.

Knowledge can translate itself to power. We can use our intelligence to acquire knowledge, and then we can use that knowledge wisely to help ourselves and to help others. Knowledge in the hands of an immature fool can be extremely destructive, but in the hands of a mature person it can be extremely useful, positive and productive.

Maturity combined with wisdom allow us to learn from our mistakes, and also from the mistakes that others make. Not learning from our experiences, and making the same mistakes over and over again are signs of immaturity. Undoubtedly you know people like that. The worst thing about it is that they do not have the slightest clue why they are failing.

A person does not reach maturity unless there is a positive change in behavior from when he or she was a young person. That means not making the same mistakes nor going through the same negative experiences. Maturity can only be reached through a life-long learning process. We should never stop learning, and if we have to make changes, we should make them. I happen to believe in life after death, so even after we die we continue to learn eternally.

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HAVE YOU CHARTERED A COURSE FOR YOUR LIFE?

When a big ship sails in the ocean it has a chartered course that has been prepared for it. That helps them get to their destination safely and faster than if they were to take a different route. Airline pilots have a flight plan that they follow. Following their specific plan helps them avoid foreseeable hazards, accidents, and by knowing the airline schedules it allows the passengers to plan their flights.

When a driver goes to a place where he has not gone before he takes a map, asks people, or uses his GPS. If he is wise, he also investigates the road conditions before setting out on his journey. In other words, he does not go blindly hoping he will find the place by instinct, by accident or by mere luck.

When a future businessman decides to open up a business he investigates if there is demand for the product he will provide. He considers other factors, such as will there be a good profit margin, is the location perfect for that type of business, does he have enough money to stay open until the business becomes profitable, does he have the expertise to run that business, are the resources available that he will need, and will he be able to hire qualified personnel? This, by far, is not a complete list, but it does give you an idea.

It does not matter if you are not a ship’s captain, an airline pilot, a taxi driver, or a businessman, you still have to make plans. Any endeavor that you may try to undertake if you do not have a well-thought-out plan, it will not succeed. Thousands if not millions of people have found that out the hard way. Do not be one of them.

The most important thing in your life is your own life. Yet many people go through it without any plans, direction or destiny. Somehow they think things will just happen automatically. They meander through life making one mistake after another. They are almost always at the mercy of the circumstances because they did not plan in advance. There is no substitute for good preventive planning.

I am sincerely hoping that you have a good plan for the rest of your life in whatever stage of it you may be. Yes, I am speaking about a financial plan that will provide for you during your old age, but much more important than that is where you will spend eternity. Whether you plan for it or not, it’s going to get here. It does not matter if you believe in it or not, it’s going to happen. It would behoove you to have a fail-proof plan of which there are not four, three nor two, but only one. Yes, just one.

Yes, you may make a plan with a chartered course straight to heaven. There is only one way, and one way only to get there. It’s in the person of Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of Father God. In John 14:6, Jesus Himself puts it this way: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” If you have never chartered your course to heaven before, this is your perfect opportunity, and it may be your last.

For whatever the reason you may be thinking, “I have plenty of time. I’ll do it when I’m old, or just before I die.” Many people think that way. But you know what? You do not have a lease on life. Regardless of your young age, good health, circumstances or anything else, you could die before this day is over. Many people will not see tomorrow, and you could be one of them. Don’t play Russian roulette with your soul. The latter will live forever. The only question is…where will it spend eternity – in the lake of fire or in heaven?

If you want to make sure that you will spend eternity with God and not with the devil, read my article, “I am just passing through.” At the end of it you will be able to see and understand how you can receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, so you can spend eternity with Him. Deciding where you will spend eternity is the most important decision you will ever make.

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                                                                         WE SHOULD NOT EXALT PEOPLE
Many of us spend a great deal of time and energy exalting ourselves. It is understandable because we are the people we know best, because we know what we have accomplished, because we know how difficult it was, and because we know how much effort we put into it, but we fail to realize that if it were not for God’s blessings, protection, guidance and provision on our lives we could not have done it.
We exalt other people because they have excelled in a particular area. Some of the most popular areas where people are exalted are sports, music, films, and politics. Those people are looked upon as if they were super stars. Some people actually idolize them. Yet many of the people who participate in those fields fall prey to using drugs, drinking alcoholic beverages, illicit sex, corruption, and many more sinful activities. They become victims of their own success. Instead of deserving being exalted many of them should be pitied.
Thank God there are some famous people who use their fame and fortune for positive purposes. In other words, they espouse worthy causes, and help people who need help in that particular area. God is watching and He will reward them either on this life or in the one to come. Nothing goes unnoticed in God’s eyes.
One of the things that God hates the most is pride. The Bible tells us: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” – (Proverb 16:18). Pride takes over when we exalt ourselves or when others exalt us, and we let it go to our heads. Do not misunderstand me, it is normal and good for us to feel good about ourselves when we do good deeds, which of course is the will of God. Let us do them because they come out of the goodness of our hearts, and not because we want attention, publicity or public recognition.
We should not do anything to bring attention to ourselves. Whatever good we do, we should do it to bring attention to God, not to ourselves, because whatever good there is in us it comes from God. The Bible refers to God as the Father of lights, and it says that every good and perfect gift comes from Him (James 1:17-18). If God is the Father of lights, then we are the lights. That means that we, the Christians/Christ followers, are to bring God’s light to the people who are living in darkness.
The light we bring to people is telling them about how they can have salvation – eternal life with God. Jesus Himself tells us how we can come to the Father in John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Other than telling people about God we show them His love through us. Yes, people should be able to see God by the way we treat them.
The only way people can see the love of God in us is if we are humble, meek and accept them as equals. We do not judge them, but help them in whatever way we can. We are there to lift them up, not to tear them down. No, we do not exalt them, but we help them build up their self-image, their self-esteem and how they feel about themselves. Many of them have been beaten down by life, by others and by the devil.
The only one who deserves being exalted is God. That is because He is the Creator of everything that existed, exists and will ever exist. In John 1:1-4, the Bible puts it this way: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
Other than being the Creator, God is love. 1 John 4:8 puts it this way: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We should exalt Him because He is pure love, and because He proved that love by sending His only begotten Son to suffer, die and resurrect just to pay for our sins, so we could have eternal life with Him. John 3:16 tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
If you feel like exalting anyone, exalt Jesus Christ, Father God and the Holy Spirit. They are “The Divine Trinity.” It’s God manifesting Himself in three different ways. One big mistake people make is exalting so-called saints. That, of course, includes Mary, Joseph, John, Moses, Michael, Peter and all the other patriarchs that are in the Bible. God is a jealous god (Exodus 20:4-5, 34:14 and Deuteronomy 6:15). The others I mentioned are probably in heaven, but they are not to be revered, exalted, praised or worshiped.
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WHERE ARE THE ANSWERS?

Many people spend a lifetime looking for answers which seem to be evasive to them. The reason is very simple – they are looking in the wrong places. For that reason no matter how hard they look, they will never find the answers. No, the answers are not in money, possessions, high position in the corporate ladder, fame, status, philosophy, religion, or even in relationships. Those things may help, but they are not an end by themselves.
The answers are in the word of God. God has many wonderful promises for us, but every one of them has a condition that we must meet. In Matthew 6:33, Jesus Himself tells us: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Some of Those things include peace of mind, love, joy, harmony, good friends, provision for our needs, protection, an intimate relationship with God, and of course salvation. The condition that we must meet is that we should seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. If we do that, everything else will fall in place.
In John 10:10, Jesus tells us: “The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Jesus wants you to have a wonderful life. So why are you not having it? The devil has been attacking you, and you are not even aware of it. Seek refuge in God. He can help you, because He is more powerful than your addiction, your bad temper, your weaknesses, your circumstances and even than the devil. In 1 John 4:4, the word of God tells us: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them because He (God) who is in you is greater than he (the devil) who is in the world.” God – the Holy Spirit – lives in you. All you have to do is call out to God in faith.
One thing to remember is that you must have faith. In Hebrews 11:6, the Bible tells us: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” The condition for God to help you is that you must believe that He exists, that He will reward you, and that He loves you because He does, in spite of what you may have done. Don’t let people lie to you – God loves you unconditionally. It’s not about what you have or have not done. It’s about what Jesus has done for you. He gave His life for you.
As we stated in paragraph two by seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will find the truth, and that truth will set you free from erroneous living and believing. In John 8:32, Jesus tells us: “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The truth, which of course is Jesus Christ, will set you free from sin. That is because when Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross He did it to pay for your sins. If you accept Him as your Lord and Savior or Redeemer, He cleanses you of all sin.
I know many people are teaching that there are many truths, and that there are many ways to heaven. They are wrong. There is only one way, and one way only. In John 14:6, Jesus tells us: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” The condition to have eternal life is to come to Father God through His Son Jesus Christ. That is the most important answer to the most important question.

A question you may have is…What is my purpose in this world? It is a very valid question that deserves an answer. As we stated before the answers are in the Bible. A lawyer, who was trying to trick Jesus, asked Him (Matthew 22:36): “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?” Jesus answered Him like this (Matthew 22:37-39): “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 one is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus was telling that lawyer that the most important things in life are to love yourself, love other people and love God.
The reason God wants us to live in love is simply because He is love. In 1 John 4:8, the Bible tells us: “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Not only does God tell us He is love, but He proved it. In John 3:16, Jesus Himself tells us: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
The Bible is a blue print as to how we ought to live our lives. If you have any questions, look them up in the Bible. God has an answer for you. If you have never read the Bible before, start in the book of John and then when you finish it, go to the book of Matthew. Those two books in the Bible will give you a good understanding as to who Jesus is and how God wants you to live your life. May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you with His love, understanding and salvation.
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                                                                                THE POLICEMEN
Please do not misunderstand, misread, misinterpret, misconstrue, misstate or misquote this article. I have a tremendous respect for the people in law enforcement. They are doing an extremely difficult and dangerous job that, in most cases, nobody else would want to do it. At any given moment they can be injured, wounded or even killed just for doing their job. Wherever there is potential danger or actual danger, they are there.
In a perfect society we would not need policemen, and if we had them they would just be there for informational purposes and to be courteous to people. Unfortunately there is no perfect society anywhere in the world. Some people are crazy, some are on drugs, and some are just plain mean and want to hurt and kill people. We need the policemen to keep law and order. Without them this would be a chaotic society.
The American society has become a violent one. There are very few restrictions as to who can own a weapon. Consequently we are probably the country that has more guns per capita. Of the Western and civilized countries we happen to be the one with the highest crime rate. Not only does one person kill another one, but we have mass shootings. The fact that many people have weapons and that the police officers do not know who has one and who does not, it makes their job so much more difficult and dangerous.
We have to remember that the policemen are human, and as such they have the same feelings, thoughts, emotions, fears, strengths and weaknesses that most of us have. For that reason and because they have to make fast decisions right on the spot being that their lives could be in danger, sometimes they make mistakes. We have to understand that, in spite of the training they have had, they are still human with the same flaws that we have.
Unfortunately, as this is not a perfect world, sometimes people enter the police force with wrong motives. They are violent and the badge gives them the right and the freedom to push people around, hurt them or even kill them. Yes, this happens all over the world. Some of them may not even be bad apples, but the constant pressure of seeing nothing but bad people
after a while may get to them.
Maybe every seven years every policeman should be given a sabbatical – a year off with pay to recharge their batteries physically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. That would be a tremendous help to them. If that is not possible because of a budget crunch, maybe for that year they could be assigned to another governmental department where they would just deal with people on a positive basis. The reason for that would be because the people around us affect the way we think, feel, act and react to different situations.
Now days people are overly racially sensitive. If a white officer arrests an Afro-American person people automatically assume that he did it because of racial prejudice. It does not even stop there – when an Afro-American policeman arrests an Afro-American person the people cry foul. The officers whether black or white find themselves between a rock and a hard place. No matter what they do, somebody is going to criticize them. They are damned if they do, and damned if they don’t.
One thing is for sure; the police academy needs to do a better job of training police officers, regardless of their color or anything else. Instead of automatically using the gun, the police officers need to use any other type of restrainer before using a fire arm. The fire arm should absolutely be the last resort. For a policeman to use a fire arm on an unarmed individual should not be tolerated by the police force and by our court system.
Society is going the wrong way, and we need to point it in the right direction. Our public school system should teach our children to love one another and to obey the laws. Policeman, firemen and other community leaders of all races should be invited on a regular basis to come to the classrooms and interact with the children. That would be a win-win situation for everyone concerned.
In conclusion I would like to say that if we respect and obey police officers there will be less people being injured, wounded or killed.
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LIFE IS A LONG JOURNEY (9/6/18)
When we embark on a journey, normally we make specific plans in order to get the most out of it. Those plans are well-thought out and planned almost to the last detail. We do all that to enjoy the journey and to get the most out of our money, as well as to the time spent. After all, this may be the only time we make that trip.
Life is the most important journey we will ever be on, but many people do not make plans at all, and some make very flimsy ones. The results being that many, many people live mediocre lives. Not only do they shortchange themselves, but they shortchange the people affected by them. Those people are family members, close friends, neighbors, coworkers and other people with whom they may have contact.
The decisions you make or do not make today will affect your tomorrow. A situation that may not seem important today can have serious affects on your life in the future. Give your decisions the importance they deserve. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry. If you need advice to make certain important decisions, get it from older experienced people or get it from professionals in that area.
Unfortunately each one of us does not live in an island. What we do affects other people and what others do affects us. For example; when a man or woman goes to prison, it does not just affect them. It affects their entire family. Of course, it also affects the taxpayers because each person in prison is costing us about twenty-five thousand dollars per year. On top of that, it already affected the people against who the crime was committed.
When a young person fails to plan for his or her retirement, that time does come, and then they are a burden to other family members or to the government. They may be healthy most of their lives, but when old age sets in, it does not come alone. It comes with all kinds of illnesses, and healthcare is extremely expensive in our country.
When a person does not get married because he or she does not want the responsibility of having a family, when they get old they are all alone and become a burden to society. They do not have any family members to look after them, so either other people or the government has to assume the responsibility of providing for them.
The homeless problem seems to be getting worse and worse. The main cause is that those people failed to prepare for the future and the future got there whether they wanted it or not, or whether they were ready for it or not. Time waits for no one. Time keeps rolling on, and it is up to us to anticipate what may come and to prepare for it. There is no substitution for being well prepared.
Life is difficult and hard to some of us because we try to always do our will, what pleases us, what gives us satisfaction, what is easy and comfortable, instead of doing God’s will. God’s will is for us to live a fulfilled life. In John 10:10, Jesus said: “The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus Christ) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” Needless to say many people are not living an abundant life.
Life’s journey can be very pleasant if we prepare for it, have a good self-image of ourselves, have faith in God, do not worry about what we cannot change, are a blessing to others, smell the roses along the way, travel through it with a positive attitude, and do it with a good sense of humor. Yes, life can be sweet, and to some of us it is.
Regardless of your age, prepare for the future. There is always something you can do to secure a better future. Of course I am not only talking about preparing financially, but with family, friends, living accommodations and so forth. Do not neglect the most important one, which is…where will you spend eternity? There are only two places – the lake of fire or with God. If you do not cherish the thought of suffering eternally in the lake of fire, then become a born-again Christian. If you do not know how to do that, read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you and make you part of His family.
“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 and died on the cross to pay for my sins. He resurrected on the third day, and is now at your right hand interceding for me right now. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, and I also ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You Father. Amen.”
Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach the word of God directly from the Bible. Talk to God on a daily basis. Ask Him to protect you and to guide you in everything you do. He will be with you. I update my page every Wednesday or Thursday. Come back to it, so you can learn more and more.
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DO NOT BE AFRAID TO LOVE

You were created to love and be loved. That includes loving yourself, loving people and loving God. Matthew 22:37-40, tells us:  “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.” This is God’s will for us.

Barbara Streisand used to sing, “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world.” Yes, people need people, and they help each other because of the love they have one for the other. In 1964 Peter and Gordon recorded a song by the title of, “A World Without Love.” Some of the lyrics were: “I won’t stay in a world without love.” Then in 1965 Jackie Deshannon recorded a song called, “What The World Needs Now Is Love.” In 1967 the Beatles recorded a song entitled, “All You Need Is Love.” All three songs were big, big hits on the charts. The main reason is that people do need love. I cannot even imagine a world without love. I definitely agree with Peter and Gordon. I would not stay in such a world.

If you love someone you do not keep score as to how many times they have let you down. In 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, the apostle Paul tells us how important love is: “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” The apostle Paul makes it very clear that without love whatever we do is meaningless. A life without love is void, has no meaning and is completely wasted.

If you love someone not only will you forgive some of the wrongs they do to you, but also their shortcomings and their mistakes. After all, nobody, but nobody is perfect. The only perfect person who ever lived on this planet is Jesus Christ. All of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). If you expect perfection from people you will be thoroughly disappointed. Those people include your parents, other relatives, your pastor, people in authority, and of course yourself. There will be times when you will disappoint yourself. I am sure you already know that, but if it hasn’t happened yet, sooner or later, it will because you are no exception to the rule.

In 1 Peter 4:7-8, this is what the Bible says about love: “ But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.  And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” Yes, God wants us to love one another. That not only includes our loved ones, but any other person on the planet, although some of them are much harder to love than others.

Some people are afraid to love because they have been hurt before or because they have seen somebody close to them get hurt by someone else. This has happened many times in the past, it is happening right now, and it will continue to happen. That should not deter you from loving someone. If you are afraid to love, not only are you shortchanging others, but you are hurting yourself. It’s a lose-lose situation. Everybody loses, and the one who loses the most is you. Don’t let that happen to you!

Love unconditionally, regardless of what may happen in the future. You cannot control the future nor the ways others may react to your love and your kindness, but you can control how you treat others.

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HATRED COMES FROM THE DEVIL

In 1 John 4:8, the Bible tells us that God is love. He is the very essence of love and because of that He extends grace to us in the form of compassion, mercy, forgiveness and salvation. Grace means “unmerited favor.” We do not deserve to go to heaven, but because of his grace, He sent Jesus His Son to earth to suffer, shed His blood, die and resurrect to reconcile us back to Him. You see, our sin separates us completely from God. Since Jesus paid for our sins, we can enter heaven as if we had never sinned. Salvation is free by God’s grace, but it is not automatic. We have to repent, ask God to forgive us, receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and leave the sinful ways behind. Will we be perfect? Of course not!

You should want to go to heaven because it is an eternal paradise. There you will not experience the hardships of this world, such as death, illness, aging, aches, sadness, loneliness,

frustrations, anguish, back-stabbing, anger, fear, anxiety, tiredness, exhaustion, depression, envy, jealousy, irritation, or anything that is negative. There you will live a joyful, happy, peaceful, harmonious, pleasant and loving life. God and I want you to spend eternity there. Hopefully you want that too.

Hatred on the other hand comes from the devil. He is the father of lies (John 8:44), cunning and deceitful. He knows he is going to spend eternity burning in the lake of fire, and he wants to take as many souls as possible with him. He hates God, but since he cannot physically, psychologically or emotionally hurt Him in any way, shape or form, he attacks us because he knows God loves us. The only way he can hurt God is by hurting us.

The devil wants hatred to rule this world because when it does many people will suffer, lose self-respect, self-esteem, relationships, possessions, money and even their lives. Hatred only brings chaos to the world and that makes the devil happy. He has a weird sense of humor if we can call it that. Let’s hope you do not experience the epitome of hatred. That exact place, of course, is hell.

People will give you different reasons for hating, but the bottom line is that they are being used by the devil. Hatred is his domain. He knows no other. That leads him to use trickery, deceit (Genesis 3:13), lies (John 8:44), blind our minds (2 Corinthians 4:4), and Distraction (Mark 4:19). Those are some of his favorite schemes. Yes, he is an accomplished schemer. At one time or another, you have probably been a victim of his schemes.

If you see some evil people, such as Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Nicolás Maduro, and a few others, you should know that their hatred comes from the devil. The devil is using them, and in many cases they are not even aware that they are being manipulated by him. Many people who have committed horrendous crimes claimed they heard a voice that told them to do it. That voice, of course, belonged to the devil himself or to one of his demons.

I can definitely assure you that racial prejudice and other types of hatred toward any group of people or type of person does not come from God. A strategy that works quite well for the devil is division. If he can inject division into a family, a friendship, a business, a church, a nation, or anywhere else, he accomplishes his goal. Normally in a division of any type almost everybody concerned loses. Hatred of some type follows most divisions.

People who go deep into drugs are being used by the devil. They think they are in control of the situation, and that they can stop anytime they want to, but no they cannot. At first they think they are enjoying life, that the rest of us are missing out, and that they are wiser than the average person, but in reality they are being sucked in deeper and deeper by the day. We know too well that many of them die from overdoses and from their drug use.

I used drugs as an example, but it goes much deeper than that. The devil leads people into gambling, adultery, prostitution, incest, different life styles, smoking, lying, cheating, laziness, drinking, being atheists, indifferent, irresponsible and just plain mean. Do not be fooled by his tricks. When you get a thought that you know is no good, that it does not come from God, and that it probably comes from the devil, rebuke it immediately. The Bible tells us to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5). We control the thoughts; they do not control us.

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PEOPLE DO WHAT IS RIGHT IN THEIR OWN EYES

If you read the “Book of Judges” in the Bible, you will find that several times it says: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Consequently God kept disciplining them in the hope that they would come back to Him. Unfortunately they are a stiff-necked people as God calls them, and time after time since they had nobody to really guide them, they kept moving farther and farther away from God.

In ancient Israel and Judah their kings were believed to serve as God’s agents, and were supposed to rule the people according to divine justice and righteousness. The king was expected to defend the nation and to engage in offensive war whenever necessary. Whatever the king decreed became law and had to be obeyed by everybody. Because of fear and because they thought he was led by God, the people would follow him almost blindly.

A good king would stay in constant communication with his appointed prophet and would govern according to what the latter would tell him. The prophet would communicate directly with God, and then he would advise the king as to what God had instructed him to say. Whenever a king was doing God’s will God would bless Israel or Judah, but if a king would not do what the prophet would tell him, God would discipline the whole nation.

I have taken the trouble of explaining what I did in the previous three paragraphs so you may see and understand that the United States is in the same state of being as the Israelites were during “The Book of Judges.” Since they had no real leaders everyone was doing whatever he thought was right. In other words, he made his own rules. That, of course, is a recipe for disaster. That is what happened to them, and that is exactly what is happening to our country.

What people are doing now days is right in their own eyes, but contrary to God’s will. They are having abortions, having sex with people of the same sex, putting tattoos all over their bodies, buying, selling and using drugs, stocking up on rifles and guns, killing each other without any real reasons, telling lies on television, filming violent and filthy movies, denying the existence of God, and many other things. You can probably add to the list.

In the Bible in Hebrews 13:8, it tells us that God is the same yesterday, today and forever. That means that the way He dealt with the Israelites He will deal with us. What is God doing to bring us back to Him? He is sending earthquakes, floods, fires, and violent protests. Take a look at all the fires in California and in some other parts of the country. We do not seem to understand that those are signs and warnings from God for us to repent and to come back to Him. If we do, He will bless us once again, but if we refuse, His discipline or punishment will continue to fall on us. The ball is in our court.

How are you doing personally? Are you doing what is right in your own eyes, or are you trying to do what is right in God’s eyes? If you do not know what is right in God’s eyes, all you have to do is read the Bible. You will find those answers and more, including the one that tells you how to have eternal life with God.

Life does not end when your body dies. That is when eternity starts. There are two places where your soul, which is the real you, will spend it; with the devil in the lake of fire or with God. The good news is that you can decide now where and with whom you will spend eternity.

If you do not choose, you have automatically chosen the lake of fire. The question you may have is: “How can I choose to spend eternity with God?” Read the following prayer, and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in humility, sincerity and faith. He will hear you.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me and cleanse me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son. that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross, and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me so He can counsel and guide me in everything I do. Thank You, Father! Amen.”

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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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