Preparing For The Unexpected

"Blood Moon" lunar eclipse

“Blood Moon” lunar eclipse

The month of September is filled with very important events. There have also been warnings of another major economic disaster to begin this month, similar to (or even worse than) the financial crisis of September 2008 and the stock market crash in September 2001 stemming from the September 11 attacks.

There are also concerns that certain activities of the sun and moon may portend disaster. For instance, a partial solar eclipse is set to occur on Sunday, September 13. Moreover, on September 28, a Super Moon (a full moon at its closest point to Earth) will become a “blood moon” (a total lunar eclipse in which the moon casts a red glow). Click HERE to watch a video of Mark Blitz discussing blood moons. Continue reading

Standing Firm in Times of Adversity

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One of the most pleasant sights in Alaska is Dall sheep grazing on mountain ranges and steep slopes. Dall sheep seem to graze on rocky terrain with relative ease. When they sense danger, such as a predatory animal, the sure-footed sheep flee to the safety of higher rocks and crags where their pursuers cannot reach them.

Just as God equipped Dall sheep with the ability to walk on rugged terrain, He has given the same ability to those who put their trust in Him.

There will be times in our lives when “predators,” such as illness, lack of finances or family turmoil, will try to attack our emotional well-being. A predator does not always have to be Satan or a personal enemy. Our own worries and fears can devastate us, especially if we turn our focus away from God and place them on the problems we are facing.

During these times of attack, God wants us to run to Him and to His Word, as swiftly as Dall sheep run on rugged terrain from their pursuers. Continue reading

God Loves You

god-146126_1280If you conduct a study on the greatest songs of all time, chances are songs about love would be included in the Top 10. There’s something about wanting and needing love that resonates with the human soul. Why? Because God, the Father, has created us that way. He created us after His own nature and essence (Genesis 1:26) which includes love, because God is love.

God’s love is not arbitrary. Unlike fickle humans, God doesn’t love us one minute and ignore us the next minute, even when we fail to do what is pleasing to Him. He doesn’t walk away, He remains faithful to us. God says, “I will never leave you or forsake you,” Hebrews 13:5.

God’s love is comforting. When we go through a difficult period in our lives, we seek out someone who understands and cares about what we are going through. Humans have an innate need to find comfort during troubling times. While it’s only natural to turn to our friends, we must also realize that God is available at all times to provide the divine consolation and encouragement that we need.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
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Lessons From The Seattle Seahawks

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Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks holds up the George S. Halas trophy after the Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers in the 2015 NFC Championship Game on January 18, 2015.

It’s not unusual to compare football games to real-life situations. So, it’s not surprising that Sunday’s battle for the National Football Conference (NFC) Championship between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks had the intensity of a cinematic or made-for-TV movie with life lessons on faith and  thrown in to round out the story. 

The last-minute comeback of the Seattle Seahawks to win the game 28-22 and clinch the NFC title is truly encouraging to people who are almost ready to give up. There are several life lessons to take away from the game, and here are a few of them:  Continue reading

Need An Antidote To Your Fears? Decree Psalm 91

With all the news in recent days about the Ebola Virus, the Enterovirus D-68, plus unpleasant in your local community, it’s easy to worry about your safety. If you are fearful, we recommend that you quote Psalm 91 each day to strengthen your faith. Make it personal and use the word “I” when it’s appropriate, such as in verse 1, I dwell in the secret place of the most High and I shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. This Psalm is from the King James Version of the Bible. You may want to choose you favorite version of the Bible. Feel free to print this out for your daily use!

PSALM 91

1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

2.  I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

3.  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

Let’s Keep The Conversation Going on Depression!

New3The tragic death of Academy Award winner Robin Williams on August 11, 2014, took the country by surprise and reignited the conversation of suicide and depression. Unfortunately, the public conversation about depression is slowly fading away yet it needs to continue, especially in the Church. Let’s care enough to keep the conversation going. There’s so much more that needs to be discussed! As Tony Campolo, a Christian sociologist, author and preacher, says, Christians: Take Depression Seriously (Click on the title to read his article)

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, depression is more than just having a “bad day.” The CDC says depression is characterized by a “depressed or sad mood, diminished interest in activities which used to be pleasurable, weight gain or loss, psychomotor agitation or retardation, fatigue, inappropriate guilt, difficulties concentrating, as well as recurrent thoughts of death.” The CDC further says depression is misunderstood as a “sign of weakness, rather than being recognized as an illness.”

Depression is a topic that is not too often discussed by the Church, even though many Christians suffer from depression. It’s a known fact that Martin Luther, the founder and leader of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century, battled depression most of his life. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a well-known 19th Century British preacher, also suffered from depression. In an article titled, When a Preacher is Downcast, Spurgeon saw hope beyond his depression. He held to the belief that he became depressed whenever the Lord was preparing his ministry for a “larger blessing.” He writes, “The cloud is black before it breaks and overshadows before it yields its deluge of mercy…The Lord is revealed in the backside of the desert, while His servant keeps the sheep and waits in solitary awe…The darkest hour of the night precedes the day-dawn.”

Carl George Austin, a Christian mental health therapist in Orlando, Florida, says many clinically depressed Christians feel like “second-class Christians.”  Austin says in his book, The Unwelcome Blessing: A Christian Therapist on Depression and Coping, that many Christians who suffer from depression feel as if they committed some type of sin and their depression is God’s way of punishing them for that sin. So, they repent of their sins yet don’t feel any better. Austin knows about depression first-hand because he says he is a life-long sufferer of chronic depression and the child of bipolar parents. He went on to say that Christians who suffer from depression do not receive empathy or support from their brothers and sisters who often give such advice as “snap out of it” or “you need to pray more” or “God is punishing you.” Austin believes that God asks more of members of Christ’s Body than “pat answers and simplistic counsel.” According to Austin, sometimes God just wants us to “abide” or be with people who are depressed, just as Jesus asks us to abide with Him.

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Jesus Christ: Our Hope For Now And Beyond

993150_30225139We live in a time when our lives can change in a matter of moments. We can go to work, to work to a movie, or shopping at a mall when gun shots ring out. When the smoke clears, dozens of people are dead and even more are wounded.

We send our children to school and within one hour after school starts, our children can become hostages or the unfortunate victims of a crazed gunman.

Without a doubt, we are in a time of uncertainty. We don’t know how our lives will change from one moment to the next, which is why we need to cover ourselves in the Blood of Jesus Christ.

The Blood of Jesus purchased our redemption and it also reconciled us with God, the Father. Now, we have a covenant relationship with God, who said He will always be with us and never abandon us (Hebrews 13:5).