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Accused

Remember that sister or brother that always accused you of being the one who disobeyed or did something bad to them? How about working in a place where a tattletale is present? You would periodically be faced with accusations foisted on you by this person or your boss because of this person's accusations. Wow! None of us feel comfortable in those kinds of situations. So, are you aware of the one who accuses you before your Heavenly Father? Job gave us a look into the throne room of God in the first two chapters of his Old Testament book. It sets the picture for the continued accusations that God deals with every day. Job wrote under inspiration and said, "One day the members of the heavenly court came to present themselves before the Lord, and the Accuser, Satan, came with them (Job 1:6)." Here are all God's worshipers and in among them was Satan, not a worshiper of God, who was there to accuse Job of really not being true to God for the right reasons. Satan comes bac…

Presence

Presence  1949 was a post-WWII time with great expansion and future hope of peace on earth. That was when George Orwell published his book, Nineteen Eighty-Four, more commonly referred to as 1984.  He wrote about a time thirty-five years in the future when most of the world's population was victim to perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance and perpetual propaganda. The "Thought Police" persecute individualism and independent thinking. "Big Brother," as he is called, is the Party leader who enjoys an intense cult of personality but possibly isn't even a real person. This classic novel memorialized the concepts of Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak, and more. It popularized the adjective “Orwellian,” which describes official deception, secret surveillance, misleading terminology and manipulation of recorded history by the authoritarian state. We see this coming true today as the government continues to infringe on and capture "pro…

Cry of Despair

Who said, "Violence is everywhere!...Wherever I look, I see destruction and violence. I am surrounded by people who love to argue and fight. The law has become paralyzed, and there is no justice in the courts. The wicked far outnumber the righteous, so that justice has become perverted." Could it be a person from Paris, France today or during the Renaissance? How about during the days of Hitler's Germany? What about today, maybe someone in Congress said this? It seems in this persons time society was in revolt. The bad outnumbered the good and the balancing weights of justice were broken. How about the fact that people loved to argue and fight? Sound like Democrats and Republicans? All those guesses are wrong. It was said by Habbakuk (1:2-4) a prophet in the days before the nation of Judah (southern kingdom of Israel) went into captivity to Babylon. That would make it around 600 B.C.! That was over 2,618 years ago. What is the common denominator between that time and today…

Resolutions

At the end of every year many of us look at the possibility of a New Year's resolution. Some consider dieting, exercising, being a better person, working harder, spending less, smoking less, reading more, traveling more and on it goes. What have you resolved in your past New Years? How did that work out? There are statistics kept concerning these decisions and here are a few of them: By 6 weeks into the New Year, 80% of those who set resolutions have given up.Only 9.2% of those who set resolutions reported feeling like they had been successful.37.8% of twenty-somethings were successful.16.3% of those over fifty were successful.So, what does this tell us about New Year's resolutions? They are too audacious; too much bluster and not enough grit. Or maybe the people have not established enough time in their new routines to aid in keeping them going toward their goal. Old habits are hard to break and the difference in success of twenty-somethings to that of fift…