Cats are loving creatures
Anyone who knows cats, knows what I mean.
This is not intended to insult Bob Ross, who encouraged many people to pick up a paint brush, but to be a platform for some humor.
This doesn’t help anybody. But these idiots are like are like animals driven by instinct, not reason. No, I take that back; animals do not deserve to be maligned like that. These punks most resemble their father, Satan.
What many don’t know is that DC is half slum.
Lord help us to Make America Great Again!
by Christina Zhao – 01/11/2018
“The Golden Lampstand, a well-known Evangelical megachurch in the city of Linfen, Shanxi province, was dramatically demolished with explosives on Tuesday…”
“Last December, the only Catholic Church in Zhifang, a village near Shaanxi, was destroyed for no apparent reason, 20 years after it opened…”
China strikes the church, thinking this will break them. Real result, Christians meet quietly in very small numbers, and many more are converted. Why? Because the message spreads much better in quiet earnest conversations and prayers than in big meetings. People aren’t dazzled into the kingdom by massive meetings, they are loved into the family God one at a time.
The LGBT movement is trying to make it a crime to use the wrong gender pronoun. They are still trying to set up bakers in positions where they end up crossing the law when their conscience forbids working for gay weddings.
And the satanic principalities of the Bolsheviks 100 years ago are plainly at work in AOC and Bernie Sanders today, with the same genocidal intent.
And let’s not even waste time on the subject of Fake News.
As I searched my thoughts for help I remembered a scripture that has brought me peace on many dark nights during the past 40+ years of my christian walk, and it worked for me this morning.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
‘For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I am not campaigning for him, but looking on with curiosity. And I am grateful that Russia now acknowledges the Orthodox Church as its soul once again. I don’t like the laws forbidding evangelism in recent years, but recognize that the shift from militant atheism to Christianity is huge.
Like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin has thrown off the yoke of bondage to the international puppeteers. Both men have thwarted assassination attempts, likely from the same shadowy people who would be our rulers.
Lord, help us to navigate this time in history with your wisdom.
As people filtered into our little Episcopal chapel, the whole world looked like a scene from Currier and Ives. It was the mid 1970s, but it looked like we had been transported into the 19th century. Colors were muted, passing vehicle noises were muffled by soft falling snow. There was no wind, and the temperature was not cold, around 32 degrees.
Color began as we stepped out of our soft gray outdoor world into the church lobby bathed in colored light from stained glass windows, and more color was added by the rich beautiful priestly vestments for the Communion service.
Were the Communion elements Transubstantiation, Consubstantiation, or Symbolic Remembrance? There were a lot of discussions on this subject in the weeks leading up to this Sunday morning. I was puzzled. I think most were, except those who hold to their argued positions like good soldiers (whether or not they were right).
We proceeded on to the the Eucharist, the reason for the Sunday worship in a Sacramental congregation.
I don’t remember if it happened when the priest said “This is my body” or when he said “This is my blood.” It was one of the two statements. At that moment, on a quiet, windless muffled snowy morning, the silence was shattered!
The service drew to a close, and we all exchanged greetings and love, smiles and laughter, as we filtered out again into the soft, quiet snowy morning.
Let God be true, and every man a liar.
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” – Psalm 91:4
At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds. – John 8:59
When Jesus hid himself and walked right through the midst of a crowd that intended to murder him on the spot, he may have been using Psalm 91:4 to go into stealth mode by faith. (Don’t jump out just yet, I’m going somewhere with this.) And this was not just spiritual cloaking, they were going to physically kill him.
The psalm promises to hide you if you meet the qualification of dwelling in the shelter of the Most High. It doesn’t promise only to make your plans inscrutable to the enemy and his agents, but make you completely invisible to them. (That’s what I take from it anyway.)
Under His wings, these ancient wicked spirits not only can’t figure you out and read your tells and body language, they can’t even see you when you dwell in the shelter of the Most High. (think of the Klingon Bird of Prey cloaking and uncloaking)
Armor – the metal coverings formerly worn by soldiers or warriors to protect the body in battle. This is not just defensive, but a means of going on the offensive, taking the fight to the enemy.
Rampart – a defensive wall of a castle or walled city, having a broad top with a walkway and typically a stone parapet. This is a position from which to put fire onto the enemy.
Fighting top – one of the gun platforms on the lower masts of sailing men-of-war, used in attacking the crew of an enemy ship with swivel guns and muskets. A mobile castle top or rampart during the age of sail was called a fighting top, a place from which to put hurt onto an enemy.
From hidden under the shadow of Divine wings, to emerging in full armor to rain hell on an enemy.
A couple of weeks ago I heard a term used to describe a new tactical configuration for the F-35 Lightning fighter jets: “Beast Mode.”
Beast Mode is an F-35 sacrificing some of its stealth capabilities to carry a massive weapons load to a fight. Lockheed Martin describes Beast Mode as a posture for Day 2 of fighting, after the enemy’s eyes(radar, etc.) have been put out. Not needing so much stealth, it now emerges to take down large numbers of enemy.
I believe that we, like Jesus, can become temporarily invisible to the devil’s forces, by faith finding refuge under the Lord’s wings, invisible and inscrutable to enemy agents. Off their radar, unable to read our spiritual plans and strategies. (“The things I do, you will do also, because I go to my Father.”)
As well as that I believe that, when we emerge from under Divine wings, we can do so in the full armor of God. If we are wearing the Lord Jesus Christ’s own fighting suit, Satan can’t tell the difference. To him, we look just like Jesus in the armor.
In short, when we step out of defensive and passive position, let us do so in full “Beast Mode,” the whole armor of God.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
– Ephesians 6:10-18
Thank you for bearing with me on this roller coaster of my imagination. But, before you dismiss my reasoning entirely, ask yourself,
PEACE (…meaning Complete Wellbeing, Nothing Missing)