Earthquakes in Various Places

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Once when serving the LORD as a missionary in Queens, I had the opportunity to share the gospel with a 76 year old man from Nepal that I will call mister M. For three days we’d meet in the park on 208th and Hillside Avenue and talk about eternal things. He was an evangelistic Hindu and very serious about following the teachings of this religion that he was sure would lead him to god and eternal life.

As I sat and listed to Mr. M, the LORD gave me and opportunity to share the gospel with him on our second day of meeting when I asked him, “In all of your life, have you ever found anyone that was able to truly keep the Hindu precepts? When I asked this question, all of his religious enthusiasm and joy drained from his face, and he responded, “No!” Then he solemnly said to me, “Eric, the only thing that I am looking for is peace of mind.” He went on to say that he did not need money because he had enough to travel the world and do what he wanted to do.

With this said, I shared with him what Jesus said in John 14:27, which says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” I went on to share with him other verses from the Bible that talk about the peace of God and how it is obtained (Isaiah 26:3. Ephesians 2:14-22, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, and others). After hearing God speak to his heart from the Word, MR. M asked me to give him a Bible and to mark all of the verses of Scripture that I shared with him.

Mr. M heard the gospel over the next couple of days that we saw each other, but to this day I do not know if he ever believed it and became a follower of Christ. Pray for Mr. M. Pray for Nepal. In our local church a couple of weeks ago an offering was taken to share with the suffering people of Nepal. As the LORD gives you an opportunity to share, please prayerfully do so. They will need our financial help to help them rebuild their destroyed villages and cities, but more so, they need Christ.

Luke 21:11 “And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.12 “But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and rulers for My name’s sake.13 “But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.

CLICK THIS LINK BELOW AND TAKE A LOOK AT THIS FOOTAGE OF THE EARTHQUAKE.  PRAY FOR NEPAL.

http://bit.ly/1GJli7j

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_NEPAL_EARTHQUAKE…

The Impertative of Thinking out of the Box

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The significant problems we face today cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. (Albert Einstein)

The headline of David Farenhold’s article (Washington Post, 12/16/2014)  read:

NASA built a $349 million tower — for a program scrubbed years earlier: What happens to a big bureaucracy after its sense of mission starts to fade?

When I read this article I thought to myself, “What ever happened to the Grace Commission Report on government waste?”  If you are not familiar with the  Grace report, it was commissioned by President Ronald Regan in 1982, and presented to congress in 1984.

The report claimed that if its recommendations were followed, $424 billion could be saved in three years, rising to $1.9 trillion per year by the year 2000. It estimated that the national debt, without these reforms, would rise to $13 trillion by the year 2000, while with the reforms they projected it would rise to only $2.5 trillion.  Congress ignored the commission’s report. The debt reached $5.8 trillion in the year 2000.  The national debt reached 13 trillion after the subprime mortgage-collateralized debt obligation crisis in 2008.”

The report said that one-third of all income taxes are consumed by waste and inefficiency in the federal government, and another one-third escapes collection owing to the underground economy. “With two thirds of everyone’s personal income taxes wasted or not collected, 100 percent of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the federal debt and by federal government contributions to transfer payments. In other words, all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services that taxpayers expect from their government.” (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Grace_Commission)

Has anything changed in the way our government does business since the Grace Report was released 34 years ago?  The answer is, “No.” (Since 1980 we have had 20 years of Republican leadership in the White House, and – by the end of President Obama’s second term – 16 years of Democratic leadership)  Therefore, the question is, “Why hasn’t anything changed?”  Let me suggest that things have not changed because we have not changed.  To paraphrase Pogo, the problems that we face are not the Republicans or the Democrats, it is us; “We’ve met the enemy, and the enemy is us.” Looking into the mirror and noting that the “enemy is us” is the first step to freedom.

I love the scene from Remember the Titans, where coach Boone tells his players,

Everything we gonna do is changing. We are change. We’re gonna change the way we run. We’re gonna change the way we eat. We’re gonna change the way we block. We’re gonna change the way we tackle. We’re gonna change the way we win.

Winning (freedom), according to coach Boone’s philosophy, does not start with analyzing the other team’s strengths and weaknesses, by adding new players to a broken team, or by taking note of the inadequacies of the playing field, and then protesting that the game is slanted against you.  According to coach Boone, winning (i.e., freedom) starts within.  Winning starts with changing the way we think.  Winning starts with thinking outside of the box

The question is: What is at stake if  we don’t change our thinking?  Answer:  We will continue to be stuck in the loop that Einstein warned us about; we will continue to try solving our problems with the same level of thinking that created the problem in the first place.  G. Carter Woodson put it this way:

“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro

The road to freedom always begins within, and traversing freedom’s road is the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness.  The journey begins with thinking outside of the box.

Romans 12:2 Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. wisdom seeker

A New Reality is Coming ….. hopefully very soon.

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I remember years ago listening to the Temptations sing, Ball of Confusion. If the world was a ball of confusion in 1971, just think of what it is today.  Look at the headlines below:

  • UK HIGH DRAMA!
    Global Crisis of Elites…
    Europe Gripped By Secession Panic…
    Eight separatist movements that could be next…
    British Pound at 2 Year High; Currency Traders Bet ‘No’…
    Murdoch: ‘Anti-establishment Groundswell’…
    Drunken Anger On Streets…
    BBC 5 LIVE… SKY NEWS LIVE…
    TURNOUT NEARS 90% IN SOME LOCATIONS; HIGHEST LEVELS SINCE WW2…
    AWAITING RESULTS…
  • MYSTERY VIRUS COAST TO COAST…Cases confirmed in CA…Hospital tells children to stay away…

    SIERRA LEONE TO SHUT DOWN FOR 3 DAYS TO SLOW EBOLA OUTBREAK…6 million people confined to homes while volunteers hand out soap…

    UN: Ebola threatens global peace, security…Eight dead in attack on virus education team in Guinea…

  • WASH POST LEAD THURSDAY: Disagreements how to fight ISIS mount between Obama and military leaders…

    Congress votes to arm Syrian ‘rebels’…FLASHBACK: Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda…

In the new heaven and earth, won’t it be great to cuddle up with a lion. Wow! Can’t wait! “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

Isaiah 11:6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah 65:25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the LORD.