Monday, May 13, 2019

7 Ways to Stand for Rebellious Children - Kenneth Copeland Ministries

     A new friend sent me a link to this great article.  If you have rebellious children or grandchildren, or know someone who does I thought you might find it as helpful as I did.

7 Ways to Stand for Rebellious Children

May 8, 2019
7 Ways to Stand for Rebellious Children

Are you the parent of a rebellious child? There is hope. Find out how you can stand for a rebellious or prodigal child and finally see the miracle you’ve been praying for.

No one ever said parenting was easy. When you first bring your babies home from the hospital, there is so much hope and possibility for who they will become and what kind of lives they’ll lead. It doesn’t take long to realize that raising great kids is not automatic—it’s a lot of work! And you’ll have to contend for them every step of the way.
Whether their children are young or grown, many parents face the unexpected situation of dealing with a rebellious child or even a prodigal. The disappointment is stinging and the road often lonely. It can be difficult to even know where to start. First, we’ll begin with the basics.
What is rebellion?
A stubborn or rebellious spirit is one that rejects truth, challenges authority, and refuses to take personal responsibility for attitudes or actions. Further, a rebellious spirit is one that often, but not always, begins to turn away from God. Rick Rennerexplains that the word witchcraft comes from the Greek word pharmakeia, which refers to “the flesh’s attempts to avoid being confronted and changed.”
It’s important to understand that not all rebellious children are necessarily prodigals. Nonetheless, even the smallest hint of rebellion in the home must be dealt with immediately. Rolling the eyes, becoming angry when asked to take out the trash, or balking at the household rules will all open the door to a greater severity of rebellion down the line.
Perhaps your situation is much worse—stealing, lying, violence, drugs or alcohol abuse. Maybe your child is so far away from God, you can’t even see the possibility of his or her return. Know this: There is hope for your child. You are not powerless. You can see the miracle you’ve been praying for with these seven ways to stand for rebellious children.

1. Put Feelings Aside

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” –Romans 8:14 (KJV)

You’re hurt. You’re disappointed, shocked—even angry. You blame them. You blame yourself. You don’t know where to turn or what to do. When a child is rebellious, it is frustrating. When they’re extremely rebellious, it can feel downright devastating. 
Here’s where you have to be careful. The devil preys on feelings—any feelings. You don’t even have to swing the door wide open—all he needs you to do is crack it open just a tiny bit—and he’s in. He’ll have you doubting your ability to parent, questioning the moment-by-moment well-being of your child, and plummeting into deep despair. The game plan? Don’t even give him the chance.
Put all feelings aside and focus on the TRUTH. Don’t be led by thoughts or emotions—be led by the Spirit in everything you say and do regarding your child.

2. Give Them Room

“‘Your children will come back to you from the distant land of the enemy. There is hope for your future,’ says the Lord. ‘Your children will come again to their own land.’” –Jeremiah 31:16-17 

Mothers and fathers, take God’s Word for it. Receive Jeremiah 31:16-17 for yourself. Stop weeping for your children and start believing the Word. That’s the only thing that will bring them around. If necessary, go to your kids and ask their forgiveness for neglecting them. 
Many times, rebellious children feel lost, insecure and angry, and are trying to discover their true identity. Give them room. The closer you push in, the more they will tend to back away from you. That doesn’t mean you stop being involved in their lives; it means you focus on encouraging and blessing them, rather than criticizing, condemning or pushing them to have a relationship with God. 
Continue to set proper boundaries in your home or with their behavior toward you, depending on their ages. And don’t stop there. Take every opportunity to minister love to your children. 

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Friday, May 10, 2019

"What God Showed Me Over the Next 5 Years" Rebecca Greenwood

I love to read prophetic words given by those who have submitted their words to trusted overseers.  This word from Rebecca Greenwood posted on The Elijah List today, is very encouraging for us as a nation in the next 5 years.


In my intercession time on April 23rd, the Lord brought a clear vision of the United States of America. Over the following week I had been in intercession concerning the vision, and on the morning of the National Day of Prayer, May 2, I felt the Lord prompting me to share what He revealed in order for the Church and the intercessors to pray in agreement. After submitting the word to trusted friends and prophetic voices, I was encouraged to share this vision publicly, as I strongly believe this word is an invitation for intercession.
In this vision, I saw Jesus standing above a large map of the nation. He was intentionally highlighting specific regions throughout the nation by positioning Himself above the regions that He began to speak to me about. He was maneuvering throughout the land with the intent of highlighting these regions and speaking His purposes for what He continued to call "The five-year period of grace and awakening."
Northern U.S. – Unlocking of Covenants
Initially, I saw Jesus in the northern region of the United States, and I heard Him say, "There will be an unlocking of original covenants in the land that will cause the nation to shift into righteous covenant. As this unlocking occurs it will pave a way throughout 2019, leading into 2020, and 4 years following 2020 for continued and increased righteous governance in the White House that will lead this land. This government will continue to decree righteousness through alignments with key nations, standing for life of the unborn, the supporting of Israel and the belief in Christian values and prayer."
Abortion Legislation
He then brought the focus to abortion and said, "Abortion will continue to be dealt with state by state, region by region; a grassroots movement of states that will stand for righteousness. This is just the beginning."
He further revealed that as we begin to advance from now through to 2024 and going into 2025, there will be 28 states that will shift abortion legislation to righteousness in which an unborn child will no longer be considered a fetus, but a human life. Legislation will begin to shift in these 28 states to the stance that abortion is murder and illegal once the heartbeat is heard in the mother's womb. In many of these 28 states I could even see a newer wave of legislation being written. The language within this new legislation will be "Life begins at the moment of conception."
The East Coast – Oil and Fire Awakening
As the vision continued, Jesus made His way to the East Coast where He said, "There is an oil and fire awakening and movement of My Spirit that is coming to the East Coast."
I could see that there is an increased awakening coming all along the East Coast. I could see a fire, a spiritual fire, moving throughout specific locations. Broward County in Florida was one of the highlighted areas. The occult practices in Broward county and the surrounding regions that have been engaged in these practices, with the intent to hold back the nation from righteous and conservative values, will be exposed and dealt with. I could see the apostolic/prophetic prayer army issuing a final blow to the schemes of the enemy in that region.
As the vision continued, I could see clearly the dark hand of the deep state that had gripped the United States. But every area and region that the Lord walked into, the grip of the deep state could no longer keeps its demonic hold on our nation. I heard Him say, "Florida, you are key for this time; for such a time as this. Where the deep state has penetrated through to Broward County, the grip will be broken and there will be a new move of My Spirit that will come into Florida and cause a righteousness to rise up."
North and South Carolina, get ready for a visitation.
Georgia was highlighted, and He spoke, "Awakening is on you, even within the government. This move of awakening will have great impact in governmental state leaders."
The South – a Gateway of Authority
I then saw Jesus standing above the South. I heard the Lord say to the South and specifically to Texas, "You are a gateway of this nation and what is established in the South will reverberate across the nation all the way up to Washington DC. It is a season of being re-established as a righteous gateway for the nation. Where it has been an entry point for evil along the border, this evil is being shut off."
I then saw that sex trafficking at the border will be dealt with. The entity of Santa Muerte, that has tried to come into our nation through the borders of Texas, will be cut off because that door of evil will be shut.
The Lord is awakening the gateway authority of the South – a spiritual position of standing at the gate. In the days ahead it will no longer be a gateway of contention, but a gate-keeping authority will continue to rise up within the Church, within the prophetic, and the intercessory army. What is unfolding within the government of Texas will have an effect and impact all the way to the nation's capital in DC. (Photo via Pixabay)
The Plains States – Awakening the Father's Heart in the Land
I then saw Him move into the center of the U.S. and He spoke to the Plains States, "You will cause the heartbeat of the Father to beat again, and there will be an awakening to the heartbeat of the Father. A recognition of the Father's heart of love will be awakened from the Plains States that will have effect across the nation."
I could see the pillars of unrighteousness that have held that area in the heartland, but I could also see new strategies being birthed and implemented in order to see those pillars of unrighteousness toppled.
There is a stirring in the Dakotas which will surprise many. There is an awakening that is coming to the First Nations people in the Dakotas, a revival awakening move of the Father's heart that will begin to beat again.
The Heartland – a Season of Grace and Breakthrough
As the vision continued, I could see and was made aware of the focus of the next 5 years. It is a season of grace and breakthrough. I noticed that every region where the Lord had positioned Himself over on the map saw changes. I saw that within the next five years the dark grip of the deep state – that demonic grip of extreme agendas to condone death of the unborn and to establish socialism in our nation – lost its grip.
I was able to see that in the heartland, in the center of the U.S., there is stake of truth and righteousness that is being driven into the land by the Lord. As it was penetrating the land, it caused the heartbeat of the Father for this nation to be awakened within the people of this land. The heart of the land began to beat again in rhythm with His purposes. In the next five years, as the pillars of unrighteousness come down we will see God's Kingdom purposes established in the heartland.
The West Coast – Shakings of Awakening 
I then saw the Lord positioned above and highlighting the West Coast. He said, "I am visiting certain regions and cities of a dry and a parched land. People have said, 'Can anything good come out of San Francisco?'" And He said, "Watch what I will do in the days ahead. In these five years of grace, a spiritual birthing of awakening will occur. There is about to be a move in San Francisco that will surprise many."
I could hear and see in my spirit, San Diego and San Bernardino. There are stirrings of His Spirit in those dry and parched lands. What the enemy meant for harm will not prevail. The Lord will cause a movement, and that which was meant for evil will be turned for His good and His glory.
I could see that there were going to be shakings in the West Coast. But these shakings will not bring devastation. These shakings will cause people to awaken to the Lord. I could see that in the West Coast, it was time for righteousness to be established from their gates.
I heard the Lord say, "There is going to be a turning around even in the West Coast, in key locations. In the midst of the several shakings that are ahead, there will not be devastation or destruction, but a shaking unto awakening of truth and holiness."
Historic Movements and Exposures
I then saw Jesus back in our nation's capital. He spoke again, "During this five-year period of time, there will be historic movements that no one has expected to see. There will be historic exposures which have not been seen; exposures of corruption, and exposures of under-the-table, corrupt agreements, where deals have been made by the shaking of hands with corrupt, elite structures."
Friends, it was evident within this vision that we are in a five-year grace period of exposure of corruption and the gavel of justice, the Lord's gavel, is coming down against these corrupt structures.
The Lord stated, "Do not be surprised when you see more revealed, more shaking, more chaos because in this season, I am exposing the corruption. And it will look like chaos, but it is exposure leading to a cleansing during this five-year period of grace."
Demonic Grip of Corruption Loosed and Holiness Movement Birthed
As this vision was unfolding, everywhere the Lord walked throughout the land, the demonic grip of darkness that has tried to control and squeeze the nation in its hold, was loosed, and no longer had the power to hold the nation in its influence.
I could see a new holiness movement coming into the land, a holiness movement without compromise. Even within the Church where there has been so much compromise, even at a denominational level, there will be some who will arise within those denominations and say, "We can no longer compromise. We must stand for truth and righteousness." It will be a cry of repentance, truth and holiness, drawing a line in the sand between those who have compromised and those who will no longer compromise. (Photo via Unsplash)
In this season, there is an understanding that is coming to the Body of Christ of the true agenda of what has been occurring at the hands of corruption and perversion. Exposure, exposure, exposure will occur in the days ahead.
We are in a five-year period of grace for this nation. What we have seen unfold, even in the past three years, will not compare to what we will see unfolding in the next five years. We have seen darkness while at the same time awesome, suddenly, unexpected surprises causing a movement toward righteousness.
The Lord spoke clearly, "In the days ahead you will see many more." We are in a five-year grace period for this nation! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Rebecca Greenwood
Christian Harvest International

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Monday, May 6, 2019

The 7eventh Time Down's Brand New Day Concert Was Amazing!

In spite of the cool temperature, the early morning rain, and the wet grass the 7eventh Time Down's Brand New Day Tour concert was excellent.  Over 500 people braved all that to worship the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Here are a few photos. The first is of Cloverton opening the concert.  They were amazing!  And a new-found gem for me!  Then 7eventh Time Down on stage.  I was working at the concessions stand during Jason Gray's set so didn't get a photo, but I heard many great comments about all the bands.  How blessed to be able to be part of the evening!

I can't wait for the next Elevate Praise event with Carolyn Yoder and the VWorship Team on June 2.





Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The driveway is totally finished!

This is the end result! Our driveway is finished. I promised I would post a photo, if I remembered, after the sealer was applied so you could see how it turned out.  It looks more like a patio now than a slab of concrete in front of the house.  What do you think?  

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Morel Mushroom Season

This is one of my favorite times of the year!  Springtime in the woods is breathtakingly beautiful!  The redbuds are blooming, the dogwoods are almost open, wildflowers are blanketing the floor of the forest, bluebells are in full bloom.  It is glorious!  How I wish I could store this beauty in some way!  I'm sure, though, that if I could look at it everyday the rest of my life I would begin to take it for granted.  Isn't God amazing?  He knows how we think so He created seasons to wake us up again to beauty.

He also gave us morel mushrooms--but only for a couple of weeks in spring.  What a treat!  If you've never tasted one, I'm sorry.  For a week or two, we hunt them, and eat them as often as possible, and then begin to look forward to next year so we can have them again.

We love to tell the story of our greatest mushroom picking experience.  It was a very long time ago. We had only lived in Nebraska a couple of years and were missing our yearly mushroom feed. As we were telling a friend how much we loved morel mushrooms and that if we were in Illinois we would be hunting them right now, he said he knew a place where they used to go hiking when he was in college that sounded like a place they might grow.  We didn't even know at the time that they grew in Nebraska!  Our friend didn't know either and had never tasted one, but we decided to look anyway.  We each were carrying a bag just in case we found some.  When we got to the place Gary was taking us we found them growing everywhere!  We had never seen anything like it!  We filled our bags and then took off our sweatshirts and tied the arms together to make more containers for this unexpected windfall.  When we had filled everything we could find we had to stop picking.  Since I'm a 'numbers' person, I just had to count them.  There were over 800!  The next year we returned in anticipation of another great mushroom feed only to find someone had turned the area into a subdivision.  What a waste of a wonderful mushroom patch!

I took this picture with my phone of the old photo of us on that eventful day.   As I said, it was a LONG time ago, but still a fresh memory during morel season.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Brand New Day Tour Will Be Here In A Little Over 2 weeks!

I can't believe how fast the time is approaching, but 7eventh Time Down's Brand New Day Tour will kick-off Elevate Praise, our summer monthly nights of praise, on May 4--just 2 short weeks away!

My, there is much preparation in hosting one of these events!!  There are planning meetings to be held,  newspaper press releases to be sent, radio contacts to be made, posters & banners to be printed and hung, churches to be contacted, volunteers to be coordinated, band riders to comply with, Facebook pages and website to be updated--at least weekly, if not more often, food vendors to be contacted, prayer tents to be set up and volunteers to staff them to be found, tables to be moved in for selling band merchandise, food for the bands to be arranged, parking to be arranged and overseen, shuttles to the furthest parking lots to be found, and on and on...

Anyone who has ever coordinated a large event knows exactly what I'm talking about.  New things I hadn't thought about pop up almost daily.  Those who have never had the responsibility are surprised at the work involved.  But it will all be worth it to see hundreds, if not thousands, gathered together to worship the Lord.  I am excited!!

Friday, April 12, 2019

An Interesting and Informative Article about Bayer Pharmaceuticals

This interesting article was sent by the Dr. Rath Health Foundation.  I'm sure most of us did not know this about Bayer's involvement in the World Wars.  It pays to be informed, I think, so I'm posting it here.

Three Strikes And You’re Out: Time To Bring An End To Bayer Putting Profit Over Life

On Thursday 4 April 2019, our Foundation published an article describing how, due to the growing problems following Bayer’s takeover of Monsanto, the company’s situation could lead to desperate acts. We pointed out that Bayer has already lost two court cases in which glyphosate, the active chemical in its Roundup weed killer, was found to have caused cancer, and that a further 11,000 lawsuits have now been filed against the firm, thus endangering its future existence. But Bayer’s biggest nightmare is not glyphosate – it is the role this German pharmaceutical and chemical flagship played as the economic driving force behind two world wars. [Read Full Article]

Monday, April 8, 2019

Elevate Praise at the Martinsville Linn Park Amphitheater

     I posted earlier about the 7eventh Time Down's "Brand New Day" concert we are having as a kick-off for Elevate Praise on May 4, but thought I might post the vision for Elevate Praise, also.  This is going to be a monthly meeting during the summer with the sole purpose of worshiping Jesus.  Here is the info we are sending to churches within driving distance.

Elevate Praise

Elevate Praise, a monthly night of worship, will be meeting at 7:00 p.m. during the summer months beginning Saturday, May 4, and continuing Sunday, June 2, July 7, August 4, and September 8, at the Linn Park Amphitheater in Martinsville (IL).  This beautiful outdoor facility is an excellent place to gather for worship. (Bring your lawn chairs.)  But just in case, the Martinsville High School gym has been reserved for all events in case of rain.

The vision for Elevate Praise was birthed when some members of our county began to dream of inviting believers within driving distance to meet together with the express purpose of worshipping Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  John 4:24 (The Passion Translation) says,  From here on, worshiping the Father will not be a matter of the right place but with the right heart. For God is a Spirit, and he longs to have sincere worshipers who worship and adore him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.”  That is our desire.  We are coming together as His body to please Him!  How wonderful to be able to gift the Father by satisfying His longing for true worshipers!

Even though our only purpose is to please Him through our worship we know that He has promised in Matt. 18:20 that “When two or more are gathered in His name, He is there in the midst of them.”  And Ps. 22:3 says “He is enthroned upon the praises of His people,”  Worship ushers in the presence of God.  When we come together in one accord we believe the love we have for Him and for one another will cause a desire in unbelievers to want to know Him, also.

As the introduction to Elevate Praise, God has made it possible through circumstances for us to host 7eventh Time Down’s “Brand New Day Tour” with special guests, Jason Gray and Cloverton, on Saturday, May 4.  This first night will be in concert format, the rest will be on Sunday, and will be participatory worship.  We believe this concert is an excellent way to begin.  It will be a proclamation and a declaration of what is to come.  It is a “brand new day” where believers from all denominations come together as one Body to worship the One whom we all love!  And even more exciting is that 7eventh Time Down will be singing their hit song “God Is On The Move” over our community.  This is a new beginning!  

As the world becomes darker, it is imperative that we make a way for God’s Presence to invade the darkness.  Worship does just that!  Please come as we invite the Light of the world to illumine and overcome the darkness in our area.  Without you, part of the Body will be missing.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Cloverton - God Help Me to Be (Official Lyric Video)


Are you familiar with Cloverton?  I wasn't until I found out they will be coming to Martinsville with 7eventh Time Down's "Brand New Day Tour".  So I searched for them on YouTube and really like their music.  I am excited to see them in person. Don't miss this free concert if you live within driving distance!  It is going to be great!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

We finally have a driveway!

After living in our house almost 17 years we finally have a driveway!  I am so excited!  No more trying to keep weeds from growing in the gravel or the landscape mulch mingling with gravel.  No more bump as I drive into the garage because the gravel was a little lower than the garage floor.  So many things to be thankful for!!

We like the color, even though it isn't what we thought it would look like.  It seems the color looks different from different angles but the photo below is as true as I could get.

Here is a photo of the colors we chose--smoke with a walnut release.  I have no idea where the red cast came from, but we have been told the sealer will change the color to some extent.



This is how the driveway looked before the new colored concrete:

And here is the finished driveway.  The sealer will be applied in about 2 weeks.  Supposedly, the sealer will deepen the color and add a sheen to the finish.  I will post the finished result, if I remember.



Quite a difference, isn't it?

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Difficulties!!

Something has happened to the "sign in" on my blog and it is causing me much consternation!  I also do the martinsvillelinnparkamphitheater.com website which is set up in blogger so that I can post new events.

There used to be a notification at the top of the page telling me which blog I was in, and a place to "sign out" so that I could access the other one.  Now there is only a notification that says "Create blog" or "Sign in".  Whenever I choose "sign in" it takes me to whatever blog I was already signed into.  This has been going on for 2 or 3 weeks.  After 6 or 7 days the original notifications appear and I am able to sign out of one and into the other, but then the same thing occurs so I can no longer get into the one I signed out of.  I don't know if this is making sense, but I certainly would appreciate it if somebody out there knows how to solve this.  Please let me know.  I have spent hours trying to fix it myself.  Hopefully, our grandson, will have a few minutes to look at it this weekend while he is home from college.  Until then, I will post whenever possible on whichever one is available.

So frustrating!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Seventh Time Down's Brand New Day Tour with Jason Gray & Cloverton

Martinsville will be hosting the 7eventh Time Down's"Brand New Day Tour" with Jason Gray Cloverton on May 4, at the Linn Park Amphitheater if any of you who live nearby are interested in coming.  Here is the poster:

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Charles Martin

     Don't you love a good story? A book that draws me in is like a mini vacation.  I leave cares behind and become enthralled to such an extent that I can't seem to get anything done till I know the conclusion.
      I have discovered a new (to me) author, Charles Martin.  I picked up one of his books, Water From The Heart, at a used book sale not knowing anything about him but liking the title.  When I purchase used books I bring them home and check Amazon for reviews before deciding if I want to spend time reading them.  The reviews for this book gave it 5 stars from over 1000 people, so I was excited!  And I certainly wasn't disappointed when I read the book!  I LOVED it!  I had taken it with me on our trip to Patagonia.  Since it was used I had intended to lighten my suitcase by leaving it behind after reading it, but it was so good I couldn't do that. I shared it with Country Guy who had finished the book he brought with him.  He also thought it was excellent so when we got home my friend, Donna, read it.  She loved it, too.
    I looked on my favorite used book site abebooks.com to see if I could get any more of his books.  I found several and ordered them all.
     Yesterday I began reading, Long Way Gone.  I believe, if it is possible, I am liking it even more than the first one.  He has such a wonderful way with words as he tugs at your heart with the story.  I especially like books that help me to see higher planes and cause me to want to be a better person.
     If you are wanting a good book, I highly recommend those by Charles Martin.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

"Find Your Voice and Make a Stand!" Dutch Sheets

      It is so important for us to be doing this!  I have had Christians tell me when I have voiced my disagreement with abortion, or homosexuality, or the ridiculous notion of "choosing your own sex" that I should not be judging.  Their argument is that we all sin, so I shouldn't be pointing out specific ones.  My argument is--Exactly! We all sin!!  But if we don't realize it is sin, how can we confess and receive forgiveness?  When I attempt to tell them this is not judging but is actually the most loving thing we can do for those who are misguided, or who do not know what God has said about these things, they turn away or call me a fanatic.  No matter.  We must take a stand for righteousness, not only for ourselves but for those around us.  There really is a hell.  Are we content to see our loved ones go there because we are afraid to upset them by speaking the truth?
      The verse Dutch closes with from Ezekiel is the one that convicted me and convinced me to go to my dad who had broken his neck and was confined to a hospital/nursing home till his death.  Several had witnessed to him before but he had turned them away. When I read this verse, I knew that I did not want his blood on my hands.  I told him what I had read and that I wanted him to know Jesus.  I also said when he was ready I would like to share more about Him.  He mouthed, "I am ready," because, you see, he was on a respirator and had been unable to talk since the accident.  He gave his life to Jesus right then.  How amazing!  And it was only because I knew I must speak the truth and no longer be silent just because I thought he would be upset with me.
    It is time to know what God has said and to be bold and courageous in sharing it!


"To Ignore Evil is to Become an Accomplice to It"
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor, anti-Nazi dissident (he died in a German concentration camp) and author of The Cost of Discipleship, poignantly stated, "Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak, is to speak. Not to act, is to act." The great reformer and civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., said, "To ignore evil is to become an accomplice to it." Sadly, these warnings are as appropriate and applicable to the Church of America today as at any time in history, for an evil beyond the scale of the holocaust is underway. We have now moved from killing babies, dismembering them and selling their body parts, to murdering struggling infants that have survived the brutality of abortion. America has lost its soul.
For various reasons, most spiritual leaders in America have chosen not to speak out on abortion, elections, and many other important moral issues of our day. These reasons include:
• a belief that spiritual leaders should remain separate from the political realm because it is "evil" and "divisive."
• a belief that spiritual influence in peoples' lives does not give them a right to speak into their followers' social, moral, or political views.
• a theological belief that this is not their responsibility.
• a fear of losing congregants.
• a fear of losing financial support.
• a fear of the IRS.
I'm sure there are other reasons which could be listed. However, regardless of the reasons, no honest person can refute the fact that most leaders in the Church have disengaged from public involvement in politics and national moral issues. While I respect my peers in the Body of Christ and understand the challenges facing them in today's polarized and volatile culture, I fear that our choice of silence on many issues has come at a devastating cost. Inevitably, this absolution has also filtered into the pew. Few Christians are willing to make a stand on social issues, preferring to remain aloof and silent. Only about half of Americans who claim to be evangelical Christians are even registered to vote, and many who are registered don't bother to do so. Most statistics make it clear that evangelicals could turn any national election in America if we all voted, and did so based on Biblical values, not party lines. Yet most spiritual leaders fail to confront this. (Photo via Pexels)
A Disengaged Church
Not only does the disengaged Church fail to vote or actively involve itself in social issues, most do not even pray regarding the challenges we face in America. A recent experience of mine in the Sunday service of a prominent mega-church exemplifies this fact. It occurred on the weekend during which President Trump would be making his decision regarding retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement. This decision had the potential of shifting the balance of power on the Supreme Court to a conservative, pro-constitutionalist, pro-life majority, something America has desperately needed since the 1960s. The decision was so monumental that it would doubtlessly affect the lives of the children, and even the grandchildren of those present that day. Indeed, President Trump's appointments to the court will undoubtedly be two or three of the most significant decisions of our lifetime.
In light of this decision's magnitude, and since the pastor himself referred to his church that day as "a praying church," I kept waiting for someone to lead in a prayer for wisdom and guidance from Holy Spirit to POTUS Trump, enabling him to make the right decision. If not a 15-30 minute time of corporate prayer (perhaps this imminent decision was more important than the sermon that day!) then at least 5 or 10 minutes of prayer. No? Then how about a one or two sentence prayer while praying over the offering or sermon. When no prayer was offered, I held out hope that at the close of the service they would at least encourage people to pray about this decision on their own. As you have probably guessed by now, it was never mentioned. I was stunned, grieved and angered. Tragically, this is the norm, not the exception. The Church in America today may be the most culturally disengaged Church in our nation's history.
Based on the facts, any honest deduction must conclude that the American Church's silence and withdrawal from the public square has allowed those who do not espouse Biblical values nor honor our Christian heritage to take over much of America's leadership. Obviously, the opposite could have occurred: had the Body of Christ been engaged we could have prevented abortion, infanticide, the rejecting of America's Christian roots, the taking over of our education system by humanists and secularists, God's expulsion from the public square and more. By default, we helped create that which we loathe.
Can the Fruit the Church's Silence Be Reversed?
Can the fruit of America's sin and the Church's silence be reversed? Yes and no. Just as those who were killed by the Nazis could obviously not be brought back, we obviously can do nothing to undo the deaths of 60 million aborted babies. But we, like the allied forces of WWII, can stop the senseless killing and heal the land (2 Chronicles 7:14). This pro-death scourge on our nation's history need not continue. I believe God is offering the American Church – and consequently our nation – an opportunity for a historical course correction. For this to occur, however, a fundamental change must occur in the minds of Believers: we must choose to re-engage and become the salt and light Christ intends us to be. We must cease being conformists and reclaim our voice. Our times have dictated that there is no longer a middle ground. We are even now being weighed in the balances – and our decision will tip the scales – toward either continued apathy and irrelevance or the healing and discipling of a nation. (Photo via Pixabay)
We MUST make our choice, and we must do so NOW.
Find Your Voice and Make a Stand
If ending the lives of surviving, struggling babies on bloody abortion tables is not enough to motivate the Church of America and its leaders to regain their voices, I'm not sure what can. If literal infanticide, celebrated by governors and legislatures around this nation with cheering and lit-up buildings, is not enough to awaken the conscience of the American Church, then I fear it is too late.
Leaders, please do not try and circumvent this decision by pinning America's future on "the sovereignty of God." God's sovereignty does not negate our choices nor absolve us of the consequences. The prophet Ezekiel was told, "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you will surely die,' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require from your hand" (Ezekiel 33:8 NASB). We, the Church, are God's voice in the earth and we must speak.
Church of America, I plead with you: find your voice and make a stand. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Dutch Sheets
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Friday, March 8, 2019

Raise A Hallelujah (LIVE) - Bethel Music | VICTORY


This is a wonderful testimony and a glorious song!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine

There is growing evidence the flu vaccine causes more problems than it prevents.  Read this informative article to help you decide whether it is best for you to be vaccinated.

The Effectiveness of Flu Vaccine 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

That's My King! - SM Lockridge

Watching Oral Robert's speak about Jesus in the video I posted last week reminded me of this one by SM Lockridge.  I posted it in January of 2012, but it is certainly worth another listen!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Who Is This Fourth Man? --- Oral Roberts



This is a wonderful testimony of who Jesus is in every book of the Bible.  I wanted to post it so I could watch it over and over.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park was amazing!  The vastness of Patagonia is unimaginable until you see it with the naked eye.

Our hotel was situated in a valley.  It is the larger building with a green roof a little left of center.

The view from our room was always changing.  Here it is at sunrise.


Once we were checked into the hotel we went to explore the property.  They were rounding up cattle to be branded a short distance from the hotel.

The property also bordered a river so we walked along it for awhile.



The next day we were driven to a different area of the Park where we crossed a suspension bridge (6 at a time)


Then walked across this large expanse of beach by the lake


And hiked up a hill (This is our Patagonian guide, Francisco, or Pancho for short)


until we reached a viewing point for the glacier which the guide said was actually 10 miles away.  It looks much closer, don't you think?


When we returned to the hotel we watched the cowboys branding the calves.


The next day we set out for the east side of the park which is drier than the west.  Along the way we saw beautiful lakes, rivers, waterfalls and awesome mountain peaks.







We also saw herds of guanacos.


We were very blessed to even get to see a puma near our bus.  Our guide said this is only the 3rd time he has seen one on the tours he has done and never so close.  

One of the most fun and memorable things we did was to experience the ferocious Patagonian wind.
Our group was told to take a knee if it got too strong to stand up, and it did!  The guide estimated the wind was gusting to probably about 60-70 mph which lasted only a few minutes.  He said they have up to 120 mph gusts.  I can't imagine!




On the third day, as we were preparing to leave, there was a beautiful double rainbow outside our window.

More tomorrow.  Santiago was our last stop.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Puerto Natales

Our hotel and the view from our room in Puerto Natales.



The day after we arrived we took a catamaran to see the Balmaceda Glacier.  Once we were in range we got off the boat and hiked to the glacier's edge.











After spending 2 nights in Puerto Natales we went to Torres del Paine National Park for a 3 night stay.  This was our favorite part of the trip.  I will post photos tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Punta Arenas

   We arrived in Punta Arenas on Feb. 8 for a two night stay.  This is the view from our room in the hotel there. It is overlooking the Strait of Magellan.

The next day we took a boat ride to Magdalena Island to see the colony of penguins that live there.

We passed Marta Island which was covered in cormorants.   There were many sea lions at the base.



We had lunch at Lomito's restaurant.  See the railings in the foreground?  Our guide said these were installed so people had something to hang onto when the wind gusted so strongly.  He said the gusts could be over 120 mph!



In the afternoon we walked around the area. The cemetery, said to be one of the 10 most important in the world, was located a few blocks from our hotel so we explored it for awhile.


The next morning we headed to Puerto Natales, our next 2-day stop.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Puerto Varas, Chile

Country Guy and I just returned from a two week Odysseys Unlimited Patagoina Explorer Tour in Chile.  (Hence the lack of blog-posting for awhile.)  I thought I would share a few photos for those of you who knew we were going and are wondering what we were doing down there.We had a view of the Osorno Volcano from our hotel room in Puerto Varas (our first stop.)  The weather was beautiful!  We were told that often the volcano is hidden in rain clouds. but every day we were in Chile we had some sunshine.

The day after we arrived in Puerto Varas we went on a fun hike in Vincent Perez Rosales National Park where we saw this impressive waterfall and rushing river.

The next day we were treated to a demonstration by Chilean cowboys.  Their beautiful horses are taught to run sideways!

Tomorrow I will post photos taken at our next stop -- Punta Arenas.