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July 23, 2018, 5:46 PM

And there will be signs


With all that is happening in this world, with the creation groaning (Romans 8:22) and the signs being shown in the sun the moon and the stars, with the seas and the waves roaring, fires burning out of control and people dying, you would think that people would be getting over their own little idiosyncrasies and look to the hills from which cometh their strength.
In the book of Luke, a message that was sent to the people over 1,957 years ago which emphasized these very issues. Luke 21:25-28.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
It is time to stop worrying about all the un-necessary evils sent by the enemy for it is time to look up. People are being used by the enemy and have no idea they are being used to divide and conquer. They are falling right into the trap he has set. Some of them are being used as bait where others are going after that bait but at the end of the day the enemy has succeeded in dividing a portion of God’s kingdom and conquering the frail nature of man’s flesh.

 

Now, I normally do not respond to various discussions but I felt lead to say a few words here. Because of the controversy about the NFL. Although I do not watch Football nor do I know who the major teams, players, owners and coaches are I would like to say this. At one point in my life I smoked cigarettes so I was not in a position to tell my child or others for that matter that they better not smoke when I myself had a cigarette in my mouth!! But now we have a president who is condemning people who are exercising an American right, a right that was given by the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and that is the right to peaceful protest. A president who is relating those who are protesting as having a lack of patriotism when he himself is a draft dodger. He avoided the draft five times (one time for having bad feet). Plus while being interviewed on a popular talk show, laughingly compared the Vietnam War to a STD, something to avoid. Not only did he dodge the draft he has openly disrespected those who actually served some who are in their own right heroes . This my friend shows a true hypocritical personality. Sadly, this is the behavior that a large number of the Conservative Religious community defends. This is the very thing that Jesus himself condemned. As you read the scriptures one will learn that Christ did not come condemning the sinner John 3:17, John 12:47 but rather those who professed to be the religious leaders of the day. It might be worth considering the words of Jesus in Matthew 23: 27-28, and Matthew 7: 21-23.

This is something that all the religious zealots out there should already know, but just to refresh you memories kneeling, or bowing, is associated with reverence, and respect, the kneeling position renders a person defenseless and unable to flee. kneeling is used as a position for prayer, as a position of submission to God. So, is it alright to stand and give reference to the flag and not appropriate to kneel and give submission unto God?

So now about the NFL kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem, NFL players only began coming to the field for the National Anthem in 2009 after the Government paid them to stage patriotic displays to boost military recruitment. Between 2011 and 2015 the Department of Defense and the National Guard paid a combined 12.3 million to stage this display. Now the question is raised is it patriotism or business that is being disrespected???


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