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THE SWORD AND THE TROWEL

Posted by admin in October 16th, 2021 | 2 comments 
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Do we fight for America, or do we resign ourselves to the present circumstances and say, “It’s the End Times. Batten down the hatches and get ready for the antichrist?” It’s a legitimate question.

Daryl and I attend county commissioner meetings, city council meetings, sign our names to petitions.  Is there hope for this nation or is it all just over? Well, this week Loudoun County, VA, has been in the news a lot. Loudoun County is a bastion of evangelical Christianity–Leesburg, Gary Hamrick, SBC churches on every corner. But in the midst of this Christian influence, the School Board was taken over by left-wing, evil-agenda, anti-American members and Loudoun County became the center of a “worse-case-scenario”.

Two girls, at two different schools, were assaulted in the girls’ bathrooms by THE SAME boy in a skirt. IT’S THE SAME BOY! He raped one girl, and while his case is being investigated, he was transferred to another school and raped again. You see, the School Board members voted to allow boys wearing skirts to use the girls’ bathrooms. SAME BOY, a so-called transgender, violently sodomized these girls in two different “tolerant” schools.

Parents showed up at Loudoun School Board meetings and were arrested as domestic terrorists for attempting to hold the School Board accountable for the sexual assaults on these two children (violent acts of sodomy on both counts). School Board members tried to cover it up and one father stood to defend his daughter, one of the rape victims. Board members smugly quoted a Time Magazine article from 2016 on the unlikely sexual assault by transgender youth. Beth Barts, School Board Member, cruelly asked, “Has there ever been a case of sexual assault in our schools’ bathrooms?” The superintendent, Scott Ziegler, who knew of both rape victims and their assailant, lied and said, “None.”

If you’ve seen the videos, it’s a nightmare. So, this Dad stood to defend his daughter and law enforcement officers pounced on him, bloodied his face, and arrested him for “domestic terrorism.” It was heartbreaking. The liberal left-wing judge wanted to throw the book at him and listed charges such as trespassing, terrorism, and resisting arrest–none of which is true.

But the citizens of Loudoun County went to prayer and one Christian journalist, Luke Rosiak, fought for the truth and TODAY, THIS DAY, Beth Barts resigned and the superintendent, who is more than likely on his way out too, apologized and admitted to the cover up. He admitted to lying about the rape victims.

In a day when we feel hopeless about our nation and our government, this is one, yes small, victory for what is right and for TRUTH. This is a perfect example of what can happen when we stand and fight for our nation. Our battle is not just on the federal level, but on the grass roots level as well.

What happens in our counties matters.

And just like Nehemiah, we stand with a sword in one hand and a trowel in the other – a perfect illustration of fighting evil and building what is good. Edmund Burke’s words are more for our generation than any group in history, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Be encouraged today and GET INVOLVED. No matter what the timeline is for the End of Days, we still fight evil and we still are to be Truth Bearers. Peace.

WHAT I MEAN BY ‘THE SOCIAL GOSPEL’

Posted by admin in October 9th, 2021 | 1 comment 
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Friends of ours took in a pregnant teen to live with them. They have two kids of their own, a set of aging parents to care for, and both work fulltime jobs. Wow! I don’t know if I could do that. Ministry is messy. The young girl got pregnant while at college. When she found out she was pregnant she decided to go home and tell her parents. Before she ever reached home, her Mom was killed in a tragic accident. The girl decided not to tell her Dad, as the whole family was trying to recover from the loss of the Mom. So, the girl returned to school alone, afraid, mourning her mother, and guilt-ridden. But my friend and her husband took her in to care for her, to love her, to give her a place of rest. This is ministry. This is the kind of “neighbor love” Jesus told us to do.

I do understand where the term “social gospel” comes from. It’s a term to describe doing good works without presenting the salvation message. It became, and with good reason, a catch phrase to describe liberals who only believed in doing good works, but do not believe […] Continue Reading…

IT’S MORE THAN JUST A GAMBLE

Posted by admin in October 2nd, 2021 | 5 comments 
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Had breakfast with a group of Christian women recently, and one just got back from Las Vegas. Christian women. All church goers. More than half the women admitted they go to Las Vegas regularly, and love it! They go there to gamble and to see a show or two.

My Christian sisters talked about the BEST hotels there, names of the BEST theaters, and a plethora of other BEST categories.

It’s a struggle for me when that rumbling in my tummy starts working its way up my throat and into my mouth. I beg myself, “Don’t say! Please don’t say it!”

Oddly, the one lady who’d just returned was complaining that Las Vegas had become so bad that she had to use face masks to cover her grandkids’ eyes just to walk down the street in broad daylight. “We couldn’t even walk down the streets with the kiddos it was so bad.”

Thaaaat’s right. Then she says, “And marijuana was smoked everywhere. There’s pot shops on every corner. People were just out in the open smoking pot. It was shocking. That was my seventh time in Las Vegas, but I haven’t been in five years – it’s really gone downhill.”

There was a slight […] Continue Reading…

SHIP OF FOOLS

Posted by admin in September 17th, 2021 | 4 comments 
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Hey! It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Death of a loved one. Fractured relationships. Addictions and unwanted dependencies. Tensions that stretch marriages to the point of breaking and children who choose a life path that is so beyond recognition it’s hard to believe they were formed in your womb.

We are experiencing polarization at every level in our world and for the last year I have been struggling to understand it and trying to learn how to counteract it in my own life. But wherever I go and whomever I speak to I hear stories of division, heartbreak, and stress. Stress over politics; stress over church doctrine; stress over health issues; stress over family conflict. It’s as if a darkness has been unleashed over the earth. It feels intentional and it feels invasive.

Fighting.

Suspicions.

Whispering.

Alliances.

Exclusions.

Rejection.

Cruelty.

Wounds that simply do not heal.

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Not originally. Not in the Garden. But Jesus warns us, “Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.” 

Luke 12:49-53, “I have come to bring fire on the earth…Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. From now on there […] Continue Reading…

THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS!

Posted by admin in August 23rd, 2021 | 2 comments 
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There are some things that are foolish, and then there are some things that look foolish to others because they don’t understand everything that is going on—they don’t know all the details.

Riding the Moscow underground (subway, Metro) alone late at night in the early 1990s was one of those things. It looked foolish. I know that. But I had to hold down three jobs to make ends meet as inflation in Russia was of historic proportions. My university ruble salary went from the equivalent of $600 a month to the value of about $6 a month. To support myself, I took a job teaching English to business men and women three nights a week. The pay was more than my university job and I really liked the motivated adults taking my class. The school was on the other side of the city from where I lived. So, three nights a week, I found myself alone on the Metro trying to get safely back to my apartment late at night. It didn’t help that Moscow started getting dark around three o’clock in the afternoon in the winter.

Moscow’s subway system was efficient and relatively clean. During rush hours in the morning […] Continue Reading…

LOVE HIS APPEARING by Heather Duff

Posted by admin in August 21st, 2021 | 1 comment 
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Heather Duff is a writer and blogger. Her piece here is one of the most clear and perceptive essays I’ve read in a long time. Heather is a writer for Wolves and Sheeple. Here’s a link to the original post. Love His Appearing – Wolves and Sheeple

As Daryl and I are praying an hour each day for our nation and our world, this word was more than timely. I’m so grateful for Heather’s word to all of us. (August 20, 2021)

EVIL HAS WON

I don’t know when it happened. Slowly, I think. But then, all of a sudden, too.

Evil has won.

There is so much a part of me that doesn’t want to frame it like that. A part that knows evil never really wins, a part that knows as Christians we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

But in the middle of this present darkness, I desperately need the encouragement of saints who’ve gone on before us, faithful servants who also encountered a darkness in their generation and whose lives burned brightly for God and the gospel of His kingdom in the midst of it.

I turned to my bookshelf and found one such saint–Corrie ten Boom. Classics are classic for a […] Continue Reading…

THIS IS ON OUR HEADS

Posted by admin in August 16th, 2021 | 2 comments 
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A good friend called me last night and asked, “What is their thinking? What is their purpose? What do they tell themselves?”

She was referring to the leaders of our government, specifically Joe Biden. The ridiculous and foolish way we exited Afghanistan left not only the Afghan people in danger from the Taliban, but more than 1,000 American humanitarian workers were left behind as well.

The Kabul airport is closed down—many parts of it are burning. Americans, and those who helped Americans, are stranded waiting for the Taliban to destroy everyone that helped the US in Afghanistan.

Christians in Afghanistan, house churches, our brothers and sisters in Christ are being hunted down this very day and slaughtered. As I write this, news is getting out of mass killings and kidnappings.

Biden’s response is to vacation and his White House press secretary is AWOL.

So, you can understand my friend’s questions and her confusion about what goes through the minds of people who are responsible for the worst foreign policy failure in the history of the United States.

Let me tell you exactly what I told her, “Evil doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t have to. Its only focus is to kill, steal, and destroy.”

Think about […] Continue Reading…

STUPID TERRY MITCHELL!

Posted by admin in August 12th, 2021 | 4 comments 
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“Monkeys will fly out my nose before I go there!”

I was very serious and very firm with Daryl. He’d made an agreement with UNESCO and Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education that he’d bring an academic team to Kabul for university faculty training by March, 2003.

“You know I can’t go to a Muslim country. And from everything I read about Kabul, it’s total chaos there. No! I’m not going. And that’s final!”

He knew I meant business because my arms were akimbo and my lips were pursed. That always means: it’s over.

Stupid Terry Mitchell.

Daryl announced at the IICS Conference that he was looking for people to go with him to Afghanistan. I usually liked Terry Mitchell, but after the session, I was standing too close to him because when he started talking to Daryl about how much he wanted to go to Afghanistan and how much he loved the Afghan people and how excited he was about the opportunity, the Holy Spirit, which was only suppose to be on Terry Mitchell, spilled over onto me!

It was almost involuntary. I found myself saying, “Well, I’ll go if Terry Mitchell goes.”

And that was that. Suddenly, I was in love with Afghanistan.

Couldn’t point it […] Continue Reading…

THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON

Posted by admin in August 4th, 2021 | 1 comment 
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Cockroaches crawling on me woke me up. I felt little tickles on my arms and face. I shot out of bed slapping myself all over. I started gasping. I hate cockroaches. I HATE THEM! I turned on the light and there were dozens of them scampering out of sight.

Knowing God’s will and doing God’s will are often two completely different things. I always fancied myself a brave pony soldier who was willing to go anywhere God called me and do anything He called me to do. Imagine my surprise when I started looking for an escape hatch, or better yet, an exit strategy, to get me out of my commitment to Moscow. I just kept thinking, “There’s gotta be a way out of this.”

Teaching in Russia was my long-time dream. I actually got a master’s degree for the sole purpose of teaching in Moscow. I talked about my burden for Russia to anyone who would listen. I even had a hand-painted banner taped to the wall of my apartment, “Moscow, Fall ’91.” It was an obsession—a divine obsession.

An opportunity to interview for a job in Moscow was nothing short of miraculous. I’d just graduated one week earlier and then […] Continue Reading…

HE KNOWS WHAT WE HAVE NEED OF LONG BEFORE WE NEED IT

Posted by admin in August 3rd, 2021 | 2 comments 
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I just sat there and stared at that piece of paper in the middle of my living room floor. I didn’t have the nerve to pick it up. It looked like an envelope and across the front was a tire mark. No name. No address. No words. Just some dirt and a tire mark. Quite honestly, I was a little scared.

I poured another cup of coffee and sat down to stare a while longer.

I lived alone in the tiny university apartment. Weather stripping on all units had been replaced the month before to save on utilities. That envelope did not blow in under the door. So, how in the world did it get there? And the BIGGER question, What was in it?!?

It all started the day before…

Spring Break had been a huge flop! In fact, it was so bad I decided to return to Tulsa midweek and work on my studies. I was in my final semester of grad school. Everyone that knew me, KNEW I was obsessed with Russia. In fact, painted in bold letters on butcher paper, I had taped a large banner to my wall, “MOSCOW, FALL ’91.” Though I had no idea how I was […] Continue Reading…

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