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Does the EU Follow Napoleon or Hitler? (Standing Watch) 6 min. video

Coming Alongside (Morning Companion)

The Message is a modern semi-translation, semi-paraphrase of the Bible.
One passage from this paraphrase nails a concept in a way found lacking in most translations. “All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.” (II Corinthians 1:3-4)
The phrases “comes alongside” and “brings us alongside” do special justice to the meaning of the Greek words from which they are translated. They are derivatives of the Greek word ‘parakletos’, a word Jesus used to describe the Holy Spirit in John 14.
The word and its derivatives are sometimes translated “comforter”, “advocate”, “consolation”, and “encouragement”. In noun form its literal meaning is “one called alongside”. While “comforter” and “advocate” catch excellent nuances (the Holy Spirit does comfort and does advocate for us), The Message points out that the Holy Spirit also “comes alongside” us in times of need, even as Aaron and Hur came alongside Moses to hold up his hands when he could no longer hold them up himself.
Just as God has sent a ‘parakletos’ to us in the form of the Holy Spirit, II Corinthians 1 tells us that we ourselves need to be ‘parakletos’. If there is one thing that can be said about the Holy Spirit, it is an active spirit. The Scriptures begin with the Holy Spirit moving across the face of the waters and ends with the Holy Spirit flowing as living water for all who desire a drink. In between it is depicted rumbling as an earthquake, blowing as wind, flowing as water, consuming as fire, and power as coming from on high.
As the Spirit is always on the move, so the Spirit needs to flow through us, that we might be a comforter, an advocate, a counselor, an encourager. We are the ones to come alongside others in times of need.
Someone once told me that the word ‘parakletos’ painted a unique word picture for sailors of the ancient world, one that would not have been lost on the fisherman in Jesus’s entourage. When a ship became disabled because of wreck or disrepair, another ship would be dispatched to come alongside the first one and accompany the disabled vessel to safe harbor. The second ship was called a ‘parakletos’! Remember that word picture when someone you know is in need of safe harbor.

Pentecost Harvest (Children of God)

Pentecost pictures God’s Holy Spirit being bestowed on Christians. In the beginning, God’s Spirit was freely offered to Adam and Eve by way of the Tree of Life. When they failed to take full advantage of that opportunity for Life, God’s Spirit was sealed off from the great majority of mankind until Jesus Christ established the Church of God after He had completed His public ministry.
God’s Holy Spirit was poured out on the first-century brethren in abundance, beginning on that first Day of Pentecost after Jesus died. Every person who was observing the Feast Day with one accord received God’s Holy Spirit and became a child of God at that moment. Pentecost is a major part of the Plan of God, and its story is intricately woven in the history of God’s relationship with mankind. In fact, Pentecost is the pivotal Day around which the other Feast Days revolve. We know that Pentecost pictures the Holy Spirit being bestowed on the called out saints. But the story begins way back in the Old Testament.
The Wave Sheaf offering of Leviticus 23:10 pictures Jesus Christ. The Wave Sheaf and Pentecost are connected by the counting of weeks. None of the other Festivals of God are counted or connected in this way. After seven complete weeks (seven weeks of seven days) from the Wave Sheaf day we arrive at Pentecost, the fiftieth day (Leviticus 23:15, Deuteronomy 19:9).
As God’s Church has grown in understanding, the details of Pentecost have become clearer to us, as Jesus said they would.  He said that the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, would teach us all things, and bring all things to our remembrance (John 14:26). That is how we are able to understand that the two wave loaves of fine flour represent the firstfruits of the spiritual harvest (Leviticus 23:17). Those two loaves represented all those who would be in the first resurrection.
We are blessed to have been called now to be the firstfruits of God’s spiritual creation – being made unto His image, and eventually unto His spiritual eternal life. At this time we are only a work in progress – not yet complete – not yet like Him as He is (1John 3:2). This spiritual development in us is shown by Pentecost and the events surrounding Pentecost – up to the final Pentecost at Christ’s return, when the last trumpet will sound.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” (1Corinthians 15:52)
Notice that ‘trumpet’ is singular in this instance – not trumpets (plural), as it is in the Day of Trumpets. The trumpet spoken of here is the very last trumpet to sound – and that occurs at the resurrection of the saints.
“The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1Thessalonians 4:16-17)
Pentecost is the early spiritual harvest of saints spoken of in Exodus 23:16. There are two harvests mentioned in this verse. The early harvest is completed in late May or early June at the time of Pentecost. The Church of God, including the prophets and the saints of the Old Testament, are a part of the firstfruits, and will be in this better resurrection (Hebrews 11:35).
“You shall observe the Feast of Weeks of the firstfruits of wheat harvest [Pentecost], and the Feast of Ingathering, [Feast of Tabernacles] which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labors out of the field.” (Exodus 23:16)
The second harvest is a much larger harvest and comes at summer’s end – the end of the year – corresponding to the Feast of Tabernacles, which pictures the great spiritual harvest of the millennium, and from the great white throne judgment period (Revelation 20:11).
The Wave Sheaf pictures the sacrifice of Jesus being accepted by God the Father as the First of the firstfruits of the harvest (John 20:17). Jesus’s sacrifice was accepted as the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:18). The resurrection of the saints is inextricably tied to the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:5-6). When God the Father formally accepted Jesus Christ, it became possible for us too, to be accepted and become future sons and daughters of God – Children of God.
The Day of Pentecost at Christ’s return will constitute the completion of our spiritual Creation when we, the Children of God, become full-fledged members of the Spiritual, Eternal Family of God.

Salvation - Process or Providence? (Sabbath Meditations)

I was visiting a long-time friend and we became engaged in one of those conversations. You know the ones. The animated theological discussions, where you sit on the edge of your chair, leaning forward, red in the face, gesturing wildly at the beginning of every sentence, while your spouse glances around the room at anyone who may be within earshot and apologetically rolls her eyes. One of those conversations.
Pausing briefly, after having exhausted our brain cells on one topic ... I can’t remember which one ... probably something deep and weighty like the identity of the two witnesses or the suitability of Petra as a ‘place of safety’, I attempted to launch the conversation in a new direction. I asked my friend, “So, how would you describe the process of salvation?”
He thought for a moment and then responded by way of analogy:
“The process of salvation,” he explained, “is analogous to climbing a cliff. Upon conversion, we stand at the bottom of a high cliff. We’ll call it the cliff of perfection. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we begin to climb. We struggle and we strive throughout our Christian life to make it to the top. At the end of our life, or at Jesus’s return, whichever comes first, whatever distance we haven’t yet managed to climb, God, in His grace, reaches down and grabs our hand and hoists us the rest of the distance to the top.”
I was impressed. It was a compelling analogy. One that I, at one time in my life, would have whole-heartedly endorsed. It deftly attempts to balance the tension between the Christian’s responsibility to obey the law and the role that God’s grace plays in the process.
But there was something about my friend’s analogy that, for me, didn’t ring true. Something about the premise that, though I couldn’t quite put my finger on it at the moment, struck me as flawed. So rather than launch into a dissertation of the ten reasons why I did or did not agree, I simply responded, “Hmmm, interesting. I’ll have to think about that,” and then stared blankly at the wall in front of me. I’m sure cutting our discussion short spared my wife the necessity of rolling her eyes a few more times, but I left feeling ... well ... unresolved.
I spent a lot of time pondering my friend’s analogy, and what it was about it that bothered me. I now have some definite thoughts on the subject. Unfortunately, it’s too late to go back to my friend and pick up our conversation where we left off. He lives about 2,000 miles away. That moment has passed. So I’ve done one better. I’ve put my thoughts on this topic in writing, so that my friend, and you, can have the pleasure, or, depending on your perspective, the frustration, of pondering these things along with me.
Or, maybe, just roll your eyes. Either way, here goes ...
With regard to salvation, it’s my conviction that scripture makes two clear pronouncements:
Salvation is not something to be achieved; it’s something to be accepted.
Salvation is the starting point, not the ending point, of our Christian journey.
An abundance of scripture tells us that, no matter how great the effort, we cannot achieve salvation. Isaiah 64:6 tells us, “All our righteousness are as filthy rags.” Romans 3:10 says “There is none righteous, no not one.” Psalms 39:5 reads, “every man at his best state is vapor.”
It would be easy to dismiss these as statements about non-Christians who don’t have the Holy Spirit working in them, except for the fact that even Paul, who no one can argue was led by the Spirit, said the following in Romans 7: “For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
Paul is saying that, even though he wanted to keep it, he delighted in keeping the law, he had to acknowledge his complete inability to do so. He acknowledged that he was, even with his best effort, even with the Holy Spirit having changed His heart and mind, still a wretched sinner. In short, he acknowledged his inability to climb the cliff.
I’m certainly thankful that Paul didn’t leave us (pardon the pun) hanging. He goes on to share where his assurance of salvation came from. Romans 7:25, “I thank God - through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.”
Notice he didn’t say, “I thank God - through my effort and Jesus Christ.” No, he said, “I thank God - through Jesus Christ!” End of story. He, not I, gets all of the glory for saving me. I deserve none of it.
Does that mean that Paul didn’t try to climb the cliff at all? Of course it doesn’t. Paul loved the law. He wrote a great deal about running the race, fighting against the flesh. But he had no misconception that his effort contributed one iota to the work Jesus Christ was doing in Him. That work was not his to achieve, only to accept.
So why then did Paul bother striving against sin? Well, that question leads to what I believe is the second great pronouncement of scripture regarding salvation. That is: salvation is the starting point, not the ending point, of our Christian journey.
As I see it, the formula for salvation according to scripture is not:
Believe --> strive to become like Christ --> receive salvation
But rather:
Believe –> receive salvation –> strive to become like Christ
Romans 10:9-11 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
Receive Salvation
Titus 3:4-7 “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.” (See also 2 Timothy 1:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9)
Strive to become like Christ
Romans 5:17-21 “For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) ... so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Continuing in Romans 6:11-14 “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
These scriptures and many others seem to confirm that our desire to obey is a response to salvation, not an incentive to work for it. Our Christian walk is spent striving to become what we already are in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 tells us “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God - and righteousness and sanctification and redemption - that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’.”
Note the operative word: “became.” Jesus Christ became our righteousness. He became our redemption. I can’t imagine how much clearer it could be, can you? We don’t climb 80% of the cliff only to have Him help us with the last 20%. Our contribution to our salvation doesn’t even measure up to .00001%, so far are His ways above our ways. He is responsible 100% for our salvation. His life in us, His righteousness imputed to us, makes us worthy to be on top of the cliff with Him.
Ephesians 2:4-10 “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us (past tense - upon our conversion) sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
Salvation is not something we attain at some future date, but, spiritually speaking, it’s ours, right now. Spiritually speaking, through faith in Jesus’s sacrifice, we sit in heavenly places with Him. Salvation is ours. Membership in the Family is ours. It’s the starting point, not the ending point, of our Christian journey. He has placed us on the top of the cliff.
So now, when the Father looks at you and me, he doesn’t see us. He doesn’t see our sin. He sees His Son. Romans 8:1 tells us that, before God, those who are in Christ Jesus are without condemnation. We are worthy, now, at this moment, of the gift of salvation, because His righteousness in us has made it so.
Okay, I get the fact that we won’t receive that gift in all its fullness until the resurrection, when our bodies are converted. So in that sense, I guess it could be said there is a process involved. There are stages to how salvation is ultimately realized. But the fact that we can’t yet walk through walls in no way negates the fact that salvation is ours. No one would argue that a son who has been granted an inheritance is not really a son until he has it in his hands. He can choose not to receive it. He can reject it, but as long as he remains, it’s His, whether it’s in the bank or in his hands. The same is true of us. We are sons. We are in the Family. Our inheritance is in the bank.
“But wait a minute,” someone may protest. “What about scriptures that seem to clearly tell us our effort does contribute to our salvation? Doesn’t Philippians 2:12 tell us to “Work out your own salvation with fear in trembling?” Of course. However, you must understand what that means in the light of the verse that immediately follows: “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
“But what of the many passages that proclaim, “He who overcomes”? They too must be understood in the context of Revelation 12:11 which reads, “and they overcame by the blood of the Lamb.”
“Surely,” it might be argued, “you must concede the importance of our effort revealed in Matthew 24:13 where Jesus teaches, “He who endures to the end will be saved.” Certainly, but to get the full picture you have to couple that verse with Paul’s words in Hebrews 12:2 “looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
He is the Author, the Beginning, and the Finisher, the Ending, of our faith. He is our endurance. He will finish it for us. We can reject Him, but as long as we remain in relationship with Him, the end is not in question.
Still, there are those who might continue to take exception: “If salvation is already ours, where then is the incentive to obey?” It's a fair question but one, that if we think objectively, has an obvious answer. Why do we assume that incentive is something the Christian needs? Is not a Christian by definition someone in whom the Holy Spirit dwells? The individual who has truly accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior will have a changed heart, correct? Would not an individual who has truly accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior, in whom has been put a new heart, want to obey, even if he can never do so perfectly, even if he is completely unable to climb the cliff himself? And wouldn’t this new man, having had his mind renewed by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, be compelled by that Spirit to desire to become like his Savior? So then, if the heart of this new man is not motivated by a desire to become like Christ, and the pattern of his life has not become one of working, overcoming and enduring, isn’t it doubtful that he ever really repented and accepted Jesus as his Savior in the first place? Isn’t he by definition still unconverted?
So, what difference does it make how we understand how salvation is obtained?
Answer: It doesn’t ... and, at the same time ... it makes all the difference in the world.
Huh? No difference?
Nothing changes about what we do. We still strive to obey. We still love God’s law with all of our heart, all our mind and all our soul. We still strive to become like Christ. That goal is in no way diminished.
All the difference in the world?
Though it doesn’t change the what, it has huge implications for the why.
For one, it changes the dynamic of our relationship with God. It moves us from a place of obedience based on compulsion, on fear of not measuring up, to an obedience based on love, on desire to be like Him.
Secondly, it takes the focus off us and puts it squarely onto whom it belongs, God the Father and Jesus Christ. They, not we, get the glory for anything and everything they are accomplishing in us.
Finally, it levels the playing field of comparison between brethren in Christ. It confirms that each of us are not 5%, not 20%, but 100% dependent on His grace and mercy. We recognize, like Paul, that we are all sold under sin. None of us has reason to exalt ourselves above our brethren. That truth drives us too our knees where we, like Paul, exclaim daily, “O wretched man that I am, who shall save me from the body of this death?” To which, we boldly and confidently reply, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord ...” He has done it in me. I am saved, not by the process of my effort, but by the strong hand of His providence.
And carried in those strong hands, no cliff is too high.

Prophecy is tricky! (New Horizons)

I hesitate to write on it, preferring  to stick to the obvious and clear outline: that in the Father’s own time He will return Jesus Christ to this planet (which he created) to wind up this phase of His Master Plan, and put a stop to human destructiveness.
But there’s no doubt that God has provided us with a blueprint for human history stretching from the sixth century before Christ through to that momentous return of Messiah. But how do we judge its accuracy?
God warned Moses: ‘...You may wonder how you can tell when a prophet’s message does not come from the LORD. If a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD and what he says does not come true, then it is not the LORD’s message. That prophet has spoken on his own authority, and you are not to fear him’ (Deuteronomy 18:21-22).
What, then, of Daniel’s prophecy—a figment of an overripe imagination, or from God?
Daniel detailed a succession of kingdoms—all of which came to pass, and in their time order. Not just historically accurate but also relevant to us, today—for the prophet’s blueprint concludes with the coming return of Messiah and the establishment of His rule
worldwide. He notes that the final human empire before Messiah will be a revival of the Roman Empire incorporating ten ‘kings’ who briefly yield their authority to an anti-christian despot.
Now, when I look at the world scene outside my window (or via the TV) - what do I see, what do you see?
Well—there is indeed another attempt to revive an empire on the territory vacated by previous Roman Empires over the past two millennia—but with the added vision of a worldwide empire, not Islamic.
The so-called ‘European Union’ is crumbling, but—in the words of one of its founding fathers—is looking to a strong leader ‘…. be he god or devil’ to revive it.
So—do we believe prophecy? Hasn’t Daniel, so far, got it right? We would be unwise to ignore him!

Take Your Time Returning to the Leavening (First Century Christianity)

Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
(1 Corinthians 5:7-8)
Most often, people who believe like this use this verse to show others that our Festival observance is absolutely part of the New Covenant. There really can’t be any doubt of this, since Paul made such a casual reference to observing the festival to the church at Corinth. I want to point out something a little different with this verse this time. Let’s focus on being a new lump.
Observing the Festival of Unleavened bread shows us a cycle of renewal. In days of old, people did not have access to yeast and refrigerators as we do today. They made their bread from starter lumps of dough. This is dough that was allowed to become leavened naturally,  by sitting in a window sill. When they wanted to make a new batch of bread, they had to take a pinch of the starter lump and knead it into the fresh dough to cause the fresh dough to rise. When the Hebrews threw out all their leavening, it took a while to get a starter lump going again. This is what Paul is referencing here metaphorically. The Corinthians had become a new lump when they accepted Messiah and then began to observe the commandments, just like they had to start a new lump of dough after observing the Festival of Unleavened Bread.
In our day, we simply go to the store to return to consuming leavening. Many of us did this soon after the sun went down at the end of the Sabbath. We had fulfilled the literal observance of Unleavened Bread and this is a wonderful thing. But I want to focus on the spiritual application in this post. Let us go forward this year and not be in a rush to become leavened again. We have spent the time to purge our houses of the leavening and had set-apart assemblies, but we also spent quality time during this period unleavening our souls. We have heard sermons about how our Messiah paid the ultimate sacrifice to allow us to be adopted into His family. Let’s make sure that we remember this sacrifice daily and weekly, as we go back into the world and fulfill our mission to let the light of Messiah shine in us.

Hated for My Name’s Sake (OzWitness)
Famous British Parliamentary character, Anne Widdecombe, has criticized the British government for its double standards in withdrawing aid from countries which persecute homosexuals, while at the same time turning a blind eye to those countries which persecute Christians. In fact it seems that the British government does not accept that Christians are being persecuted by the Muslim world, only on a case by case basis.
Christians and their religion have almost been driven out of the lands where Christianity first spread, but now Anne Widdecombe recounts many examples of Christianity being persecuted in Britain, where an atheistic elite, afraid to attack Islam, is encouraging extreme Islamic sensitivity against Christianity in order to persecute the Christian faith. This secular elite includes not just atheists such as Dawkins, but even the BBC and the government, which is targeting Christianity as the embodiment of those historic and traditional values, now rejected, which once made Britain great.
Even the Church of England fails to stand against this persecution, because its Bishops reject the traditional beliefs based upon the Bible - the virgin birth, the resurrection of Christ and His return etc, seeing Jesus merely as a social worker and preacher of left wing social policy.
Britain’s leaders have demoted Christianity to just one among many religions, failing to recognize that it was and is the foundation of British culture and society. To bring about its removal will see the return of barbarism, debauchery and loss of freedom, and some would recognize that we already see them, though few of the British speak out against them like Anne Widdecombe, regarding those that do as odd balls stuck in the past, apparently unaware of the new religion of football, alcohol and mindless musical chants.

A New World Currency (Legacy Institute)

China’s currency has now been included into the basket of currencies that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) uses to back up its Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), which is actually a new World Currency. This is a huge triumph for China. This move puts the Chinese Yuan on the same par as the U.S. Dollar, the English Pound, the Japanese Yen and the Euro. This makes China a major player in the world’s financial arena.
Until now, all international transactions have to be done in U.S. Dollars. If I want to send money to Myanmar (Burma) or anywhere else for that matter, I take Thai Baht to the bank and set up a wire transfer to a local bank in Yangon (Rangoon). The Thailand bank must first convert the Thai Baht into U.S. Dollars for the international transfer. When the receiving bank gets the wire in U.S. Dollars, it then converts the Dollars into the local currency, in this case the Burmese Kyat. Each time the money is converted, there is a fee.
Being the World Reserve Currency made the U.S. Dollar king. But that is all ending. The U.S. Dollar will soon be replaced by a new World Reserve Currency, possibly the SDR (Special Drawing Rights) currency of the IMF. China would like it to be the Yuan. That is why China is buying up as much gold as it can. They want to be able to back up their national currency with gold. This would make the Yuan much more valuable than the paper fiat money of the U.S. which is being printed by the wheelbarrow loads at the Federal Reserve.
What is backing the U.S. Dollar? Nothing. It is thin air. The only thing that keeps the Dollar afloat is confidence in the U.S. economy. But that confidence is quickly drifting away. Once the Dollar is replaced by something else as the World Reserve Currency, it will not be worth the paper it is printed on. The Dollar will collapse and with it, the American economy.
We must all remember that God will take care of all those who put their trust in Him. Faith is a living dynamic. We show we have faith in God by believing His promises and demonstrating active obedience in our everyday lives.
How long before the collapse of the Dollar takes place? I don’t know. But it is coming soon.
Jesus told His disciples: (Mark 13:28-29) “Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.”
If you are watching world news, you can see the obvious signs. One of the biggest signs is the enormous debt the U.S. owes to China and other countries. It will be nearly impossible to pay it all back. Congress just keeps kicking the can down the road.
Believe God. Instead of America praying and getting Him to help us even more, we are driving Him out of our schools and universities, cities and towns, government agencies and departments, even graveyards and war memorials. The more we defy the Great God, the greater the crash will be. The Salt of the Earth must draw ever closer to Him and petition His divine intervention and great MERCY!