Steeped in my mind are the slender memories of Vietnam. Today, we witness the same violence on our own stomping grounds. I cannot help but seek peace with God, for it seems to be humanity’s only hope. The noise and chaotic atmosphere of gunfire and pepper spray capture the illusion that war is agony on earth.
Our unruly citizens battle for a belief they do not truly comprehend, but they still seek the opposition. Taking up arms to fight to the death, they create a hell in their own mind. A peaceful protest turns into another violent sunset, like an afternoon thunderstorm. Do we know what or who they are worshipping? What will be their secret to salvation?
Satan has deceived most of humanity to believe they have an immortal soul. It is only him who will laugh in the night air as the wounded lie in desperation and lawlessness settles in like a heavy dew. God’s willingness to grant us the freedom to make our own choices allows for the moral and physical evil. Combatants will not escape the penalty for disobedience to the Lord, which is death, for the only thing that thrives in hatred is hate itself, not salvation.
A solid Christian will quickly recognize evildoers. Nonbelievers do not know the Bible in any capacity, nor do they lead a life according to God’s rules. Only goodness and love develops from faithfulness. Violent and self-destructive humans do not possess these characteristics because bitterness consumes their souls. They display traits of abusiveness, chaos, misstating truths, and rejecting reality.
Pope Francis was once asked in an interview if we should try to convert evil people, and his response was, “NEVER!” He pursued his comment by saying Christians should live by example and our testimony of the true faith in God.
If we analyze this theory, we quickly note that righteousness begins at home. When we raise our children to know God, the Ten Commandments, and the Bible, they will always remember this love, despite their choices later in life. That is a Christian parent’s duty, especially if we baptized the child in the church. Unless victims of brainwashing, our offspring will eventually realize this is their only way to salvation through Jesus Christ.
We cannot deal with evil on our own – this is a misconception. Christians must pray to our Heavenly Father and ask for deliverance. Give the wickedness of the world to God and let Him handle it. This is the secret to salvation!
These are horrible times of no direction or leadership, and God is our only miracle. Placing trust in Him will be the only peace you will receive in the concrete’s dirty gutters. Seek our Almighty Lord for vengeance, for it is His, not yours.
Thank you, Lord, for being there for us and allowing us to cry out to You in our times of need. God, there are things happening around us right now that we do not understand. Some of these things make us feel weak, helpless and afraid. Even in the midst of this, we know that You are the Lord.
We know that the situation is in Your hand, and we trust You. We beseech you for strength and for wisdom that we would be able to endure this situation and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory to Your name.
In Jesus name. Amen.
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I am a huge peace lover; A man of peace; If there is one thing I hate, It is war; If everybody were Like me, There would be No wars, No quarreling, No fighting, No killing of innocent souls; Those are what I hate; I don’t know Why People should be quarreling; Why People should Be fighting; Why People should Be killing one another; Why People should Be making the world Such a dangerous place For everyone. Unlivable for all; To me We should all live In peace; We should all love One another; Understand, One another; Tolerate; One another; Collaborate with One another; And live In love and harmony With one another; That is God’s plan For humanity; God’s plan For the world; Which means, God’s plan for us; We cannot discard God’s plan And put our own. It doesn’t work that way. God’s plan is the final.
The price of war is high. If you love war, and want to have it in your country be ready to pay highly for it. You may even pay with your life.
War is evil. War is nasty. War is destructive. If someone is advising you to take war as an option to achieve your dream, the person does not love you. The person may want you dead or does not care about you. Or the person may have some secret plan of how to gain when you go fighting.
I have seen the horror of war. I have lived through it and can say with conviction that peace is better than war.
A peaceful settlement is better than a war option to resolve differences. We have seen people fight for years and lost so much just to end at the negotiating table and nothing better than before was achieved.
I remember a time when my country was proudly brandished as a haven of peace in a turbulent region
Many of her neighbors were battered by devastating wars while we quietly went about our business unperturbed. Leaders from far and near filed in to get a sip of what they saw as the spring of wisdom flowing from the wisdom tank of our leaders, and which enabled them to keep the country in peace over the years. In public declarations, we were extolled for our ability to live peacefully with one another despite the more than 240 tribes that make up the country.
Only a few alert minds refused to go with the flow. They shouted out loudly enough for their voices to rise above the crowd, that the absence of war was not peace. But nobody paid heed to them. They said there could be no peace without justice. They were still ignored. They said peace without justice was a time bomb. Again, no one gave them a listening ear.
Some of those people have left this world. I can bet if they were to come back to life today, I can hear them saying, “serves you right! This is what we told you and nobody listened.”
What we have in my country today is not what many people ever imagined could happen. There is nobody in the whole country who can boast of not being hungry and thirsty for peace. No one, in his right senses, is not yearning for peace. We are all praying and crying for peace so that we can live quiet lives and enjoy the blessings that God has so generously offered us.
We who live in the war zone in the country and wear the shoe, know where it pinches.
We are tired of the horrors of war. We have had enough nightmares of brutal fighting and killing. We are exhausted. Completely worn out.
*What have we not seen?*
We have seen villages and institutions burnt down to ashes; thousands of human lives lost; untold, and outrageous atrocities ruthlessly committed against innocent men and women. The common people have paid a high price.
We have seen people kidnapped, arbitrarily arrested, exploited and tortured. We have seen thriving communities in ruins.
We live in fear, doubt, worries and insecurity.
We have lost some of our most talented men and women.
Everywhere, there is fighting and killing. In some areas at certain times, corpses are not rare to find lying in farms. In my part of the country, people have lost their lives in almost all the villages.
These were people who loved life like every other person and wanted to live on. Think of those who lost loved ones; whose loved ones have been brutally murdered. We have seen horrific images on social media.
Thousands of people have lost their homes, and other properties; thousands of people have been displaced from their homes and they are living like internally displaced persons (IDPS) or refugees in foreign countries reduced to beggars. Many businesses have been ruined; dreams shattered. People have lived in tents on hills; and some in the open air like animals.
If you look at the area of roads, we no longer have roads in some parts of our land. To travel from one town to another in the war torn zones is a night mare.
Our peace has been tossed by waves into the high sea.
We lack peace even in our hearts. We lack peace in our homes. We lack peace in our families. We lack peace in our communities. Like rain drops on leaves on a sunny morning, our peace has evaporated from the country; a country that spotlighted her peace to all the world.
Every honest person living in the country agrees we really need to get out of the war that has devastated us; that we need to have peace. We all agree that we have suffered more than enough; more than anyone ever imagined; and that the time has come to look into ourselves; be honest with ourselves and agree we need peace. That the damage is too much to bear; that we shall, for a long time, be traumatized by what we have seen and lived through.
We absolutely need peace. But we must make it clear that the peace we need is genuine peace; not fake peace; peace which will last; not peace which will one day crumble again and plunge us even deeper than ever.
*What does it take to have genuine, enduring peace? What must we do?*
Everyone knows what we need to do. There is no one worth their salt among us who does not know what we need to do to bring the problem that has devastated us to an end and have lasting peace.
What we lack is not knowledge of what to do but the will to do what we know we should do.
It has already been said again and again that true peace must pass through the door of justice.
We shall not have peace unless we have justice. For, any peace without justice is cosmetic peace; fake peace; a time bomb.
Those who have articulated this repeatedly are right.
The words of Martin Luther King Junior will always ring in our minds:
*”…injustice anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere.”*
No serious effort to procure peace can undermine the profound words of truth from great minds who have told us clearly that only justice can bring us lasting peace.
And there can be no justice unless we are ready to find the truth and let it prevail.
If we cover the truth, suppress the truth, try to bypass the truth, but say we want peace, we will only be fishing on the banks of the ocean hoping to catch a whale that can only be found in the middle of the ocean.
Let us go to the heart of this problem and establish what snatched our peace from us. What is the problem? What do people want that they are so infuriated as to pick up arms and go up the hills, ready to fight to death?
We need to talk, listen, and accept our differences and errors and correct them. Call it dialogue if you like. We need to dialogue; genuinely dialogue
We cannot refuse to talk and listen and hope to find an end to this problem. We cannot sit on the same spot, without moving an inch and hope God will toss what we want to us.
All the stakeholders must be aware that they are answerable to history; that the truth always prevails; that whatever mansion you build on a foundation of lies, against the truth, is an elephant on sandy feet. The day of crumbling for such a mansion always comes no matter how long it takes; and no matter how far your mansion may piece into the sky.
The media have to play their role and contribute to genuine peace during these trying times so that we get a lasting solution to the problem at hand. Truthful information about what is going on is paramount. The media must refrain from playing a public relations or propaganda role, spreading inflammatory and untruthful information that worsens the situation, sets minds in confusion and makes people unable to make right choices. That only sinks us deeper and deeper into a bottomless pit.
We have to have genuine peace once and for all.
And we each have our role to play.
Each of us owes present and future generations a duty to become a vehicle or instrument of peace during this most turbulent period of our history.
We cannot continue to do nothing and witness human beings being slaughtered like animals that can be tortured and killed at will. We cannot continue to have this
horrible violence, burning, destruction of property, and gruesome killing of people.
Since we know the right thing to do, let us all be honest and end this trauma! We cannot fail to rise up to this great challenge of our time. We cannot wait for others. We must each ask: “what is my contribution?” All hands are needed on deck; all hands; including yours.
Without peace, we cannot enjoy this world. Without peace, how can we go about our businesses and jobs? How can we live our normal lives? Worship our Lord and Creator? Without peace how can we develop?
We need peace. We don’t want to be running up and down hills and valleys as we run away from war. We don’t want our population to be decimated by war. We want to live in peace. We want to live peaceful lives so that we can go out and come in when we want; so that we can go wherever we want without fear for our lives.
God gave us this world to live freely. We want peace to live freely.
We have not even talked of the economic devastation of war. It leaves the economy in most cases in shambles. And it takes a long time to recover.
Poverty, disease, and untold human suffering installed.
What is the value of your quality of life? Perhaps as Christians, it’s understanding we do not do spontaneous things without putting God first into the equation. Does your quality of life reflect the image of our Holy God? Can we have a good quality of life if we are living in constant sin?
In my childhood years, I thought the quality of life only depended on attending church. We dressed in our finest apparel and polished loafers. Socializing with other members of the church created encouragement and acceptance. But was that ‘quality,’ or was it just an hour of mingling?
Christian living isn’t easy, but challenges and difficulties of life help us grow to have Jesus Christ’s mind and the character of God. He gave us the Bible to teach us the best way to live. However, very few Christians rarely make time to comprehend it. It is a wealth of information on the quality of life because it addresses fruitfulness, success, happiness, joy, purpose, and blessings. So, allow me to highlight some points on today’s topic.
In the New Testament, God relates the quality of life to an assurance of His favor and a sense of doing His will. In some circumstances, material blessings imply much, but the focus is not on physical possessions. Personal greed, lust, and pride are explicitly mentioned as the adversaries of a quality of life, for they create selfishness.
“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15
So, what is a real quality of life for Christians? It is spending our days in the expectation and hope of eternal life in God’s kingdom. We can start by abiding by the Ten Commandments, which is a firm guideline for morals. Let’s add unity, harmony, and peace with the Lord and others into the equation. It is loving all God’s children, and sometimes using ‘tough love’ in His image. We should remain in constant prayer and often praise His Holy name.
I ask, is there peace inside your heart, soul, and mind? It’s about time that all Christians get off the fence and plow their ground. Respect the written Word of God, for your salvation is at risk. Do not attempt to minimize or change the Laws of God to suit your own needs.
Take this moment to ask God to come and enter your body of flesh and heal your spirit. It’s a temple, so dust off your soul, vacuum your spirit, and cleanse the ungodly thoughts. Now you will begin to find the Christian quality of life.
God bless you!
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Rampant corruption runs deep in our country. We hide in our homes and pray things will get better. Virus, violence, and victory… which one do you stand for?
Corruption and undermining good intentions have progressed as long as life has existed. We can start with Cain and Abel, where hate and greed dominated the soul of a brother. But bigger than this was the man who walked with Jesus named Judas. He betrayed Jesus and sold His soul for thirty pieces of silver.
What’s new today is not new at all because it’s just another viral wave of interruptions. Many people try to ward off the godly intentions of men. Through the course of history, our founding fathers fought feverishly for our freedom. A hundred years later, civil wars brought unrest, and thousands died at the hands of the enemy. Years later, we fought to protect what man deemed worthy of God’s protection.
Today, we watch another wave of hatred. It is still the men who give their sweat defending humanity’s rights from viruses and violence, so we may once again live in victory. Every war had viruses that plagued soldiers. “Agent Orange,” I remember, was the disease that killed so many of my friends who served in Vietnam. Now, COVID 19 is as viral as any war ever seen on our land. It can be said the virus and violence running through the veins of our precious country is just another attack to hinder our sweat equity.
Victory is the vibrant whispers of standing together, believing in one God, and going home to a place of peace, as our Lord Jesus promises us. No viruses or violence will be… just the sweet triumph of living where evil is not permitted behind the gates of Heaven.
I lost a talented friend and follower this week. He stood for the men who wore their sweat on their brow and was the greatest fiddle player in the world, Charlie Daniels. He gave his life to be with Christ while hoping he made this world a better home for America. I hope a comrade, a soldier, or a statue will stand in honor of this good man’s memory. God graced us with his presence. We should all be blessed to call him “friend.”
From virus to victory and all the violence we’ve endured, let us praise God for our strength, for we are stronger in numbers. No virus can claim where eternity prevails! Jesus paid our debt to be free from the sins of the world and non- believers. Rise, my friends! Our Redeemer lives graciously in our hearts and homes.
Virus and violence (is there a difference??) have no home in our hearts or home when we live in victory with Jesus. Praise God, won’t you? For it is He glowing our bright light. Listen to the lyrics, the sweet sounds of victory for God is about to bring us all home.
A Psalm of David (Psalm 108: 1-6; 12-13)
My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make melody.
Awake, my soul!
Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.
I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations.
For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.
Give victory with your right hand, and answer me, so that those whom you love may be rescued.
O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless. With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.
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In our hurried day, we rarely capture the time to examine life. We have appointments to keep, bills to pay… a constant hustling from dawn to dusk. But I love to watch a campfire glowing as evening arrives over the treetops. The dark of night glows a sherbet sky. The silhouette of the trees makes a perfect outline against the impending darkness.
I thank God for my beautiful life, though sometimes it’s been tough. Having scuffles with Satan trying to alter my direction, I always seem to return to my point of center. I wish everyone knew God is the center of life.
Every day it seems a calamity of things needs changing in our world. In my prayerful mind, I know God reigns control of events. Life remains so viable… a splendorous touch between myself and the Holy Spirit. Some say it’s paranormal, but being one with my Maker is a resounding joy. I cherish the majestic evenings when I can sit outside and enjoy the fruits of my endeavors!
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33
We often take life for granted until God teaches us its worth. Within a kiss, a hug, or maybe a sherbet sky, lie those precious, irreplaceable moments. All those family members who we wish were closer, or still, with us, are times gone forever. We’ve paved our road to the heavenly Father.
Life… what beautiful memories and a wonderful dream! The sherbet sky fills the imagination as God gives all mankind the right to survive in His name. Our almighty Lord and Creator is life. Never doubt or deny His existence, for, without Him, life on earth would be a black hole.
Praise God on this day for the sun rises, shining on our daily dreams. As sure as He exists, it will set tonight, and the heavens will look like the break of dawn. Life is a beautiful sherbet sky when the Lord and I can share it with you.
We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.1 John 5:20 (NIV)
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Today is the National Day of Prayer. The United States Congress asks people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Though praying should be an everyday occurrence in our homes, on this day, many faiths will take part in the annual event. Rev. Billy Graham initiated this day in 1952, so please join me in prayer.
Our Father in Heaven, we come together in humility, asking you to bring salvation to all those who are in prayer today.
Please guide our clergy, missionaries, and others blessed to spread Your Word. Comfort the souls with broken spirits and cast out the germs that try to infiltrate their hearts. Many walk our land with little or no faith, and they desperately need led to Your spiritual being before leaving this life.
Lord, lead us to the still waters and green ferns during this tumultuous time of upheavals around the world. We pray for the safety, and immeasurable responsibilities of our leader, President Donald Trump. Father, please endow him with Your wisdom and comforting arms. Speak to all the members of our congress and other political positions. Guide them to make better decisions based on the country’s needs and not their own. Help America to once again come together in unity.
Many families have suffered job losses and deaths because of COVID-19. Lord bless them with Your peace and reassure their souls. Keep us healthy and shield us from harm, Lord.
We pray, Father, for the churches in America to unify under Jesus Christ’s name. Help us see all religions in the cross’s light. We pray to be more humble, gentle, and patient with one another. Bless us, Lord, with the unity of the Holy Spirit through the bond of peace.
Lord, please be our shepherd! Jesus Christ is the Only Savior, and our only hope in this world.
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Last Monday, I watched an event unfold in my (almost) home state of Virginia. The people I admire and love were under attack for their 2nd Amendment rights and guns. Flashbacks whizzed through my memory as if it were yesterday. I recall my dad and brothers spending many hours cleaning their guns in the living room. My oldest brother, an NRA board member, has won many medals in target shooting over the years. However, my father was a real stickler about gun safety. His words resounded in my mind – “never point it at someone” and “don’t go near the gun case without someone being with you.”
When I moved to Virginia as an adult, most of my friends belonged to hunting clubs. Some may classify them as “rednecks,” but they were the kindest human beings I ever knew, regardless of the stigma assigned to them by outsiders. Murdering others, and disrespectful, threatening behavior was not in their dialogue. So, why are these law-abiding citizens now considered the anti-Christ?
studied the Bible for information about guns and Christians owning weapons.
Many scriptures condone the use of weaponry, such as in Luke 22:37-39, where Jesus
affirmed it is sometimes necessary to be armed for self-defense. In biblical
times, militaries were commanded to carry something for self-defense. Nowhere
does the Bible tell a soldier to give up his weapon for a life of peace.
there is a glitch to ponder about God and guns. Though God encourages a
believer to own weapons for hunting and protection, weapons are still to be
governed by civil authorities and the will of God.
does this mean to gun owners?
we purchase a gun, we should consider our motivation for owning one. Is it to
harm someone else, or is it to protect our life and family? After all, Jesus’
greatest commandment is to love God and love others. Exodus 22:2-3 shows that
self-defense must be proportional. We can fulfill the strength of God, often,
just by our faith, not self-defense.
inherently understand there is plenty of evil in the world. Jesus understood
this because he allowed one of his disciples to carry self-protection. Murders
and mass murders existed long before rifles were invented, and it still exists
today in countries where firearms are illegal. Explosives and box cutters committed
the worst school massacre in 1927 in America, not guns.
History has proven we will never live in a violence-free society through the laws of man. Our government is mistaken to think they can control those who walk the earth intending to harm innocent people. Mankind can never control the mentally ill or those possessed with an evil spirit. We must understand that only God can protect our life, for He had a plan for us before we were born.
a Christian should take steps to protect his life and family, or trust in God
for protection, will always remain a debate. I’m sure a believer’s opinion on
guns will be based on cultural issues more than biblical mandates. It is
unfortunate one side or the other will be hurt by a government who is falsely
misleading its citizens. Maybe we should pray for the officials’ peace of
Strengthen us in the power of Your might, O God. Dress us in Your armor so that we can stand firm against the schemes of the devil. We know that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
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Many enjoy our words of faith and enduring inspiration; however, not all of my life is colorful as the fall. But, this is not about those I’ve turned over to God in prayer, but the joyful ending of God’s faithfulness. The holiday season is fast approaching, and I won’t focus on the ugly parts of life, but the joy of Thanksgiving.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
Living in a state of humility and reverence, I find myself so thankful for answered prayers. The summer winds turned to the north, and the foliage of forests turned harvest colors. It’s time to lie down arms, repent, and comfort those we might forget this past year.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
Yes, it’s time to rejoice! Give praise to our almighty Father for our many Thanksgiving blessings. Join hands to commemorate the peace and love we’ve found in each other. It’s not just the pilgrims landing anymore. Our sovereignty, through God, our Father, blessed the table we partake this past year.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
I so often return to the words my wise dad spoke, “count your blessings, not your problems.” I welcome you to share this thought on Thanksgiving. Lay aside the differences, if only for one day, and thank God for your life. Count your many blessings and be thankful. We fill every day with memorable moments.
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
As for my family and I, this year’s Thanksgiving Day holds a significant meaning. It falls on the twenty-eighth, which was my Dad’s birthday, and I commemorate him in heaven. It was also my parent’s wedding anniversary. Married in 1958, I bet they picked this day so my dad would never forget their anniversary. Only one person knows their story for sure, and he’ll never tell… or will you, Uncle Bill?
Thanks be to God ~ the carols heralding!
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Today, I acknowledged a miracle of words when I picked up my
sacred golden pages known as the Bible. I was seeking special words of
encouragement to share with my readers when a light shone on a preface. Among
the Scriptures and descriptions of my Bible were four simple words clear as the
morning sky – The history of hope. Wow! This Christian compilation of sixty-six
books and letters, written by over forty authors, says more about the
complexity of God’s holy words than anything else. What better way can you describe
the Bible than hope!
If I ever find time to pen, ‘A Bible for Dummies,’ I’ll
use these encouraging words to show the love God shares with humanity. I often
mention the voids we have in our souls. We look for something to fill the
emptiness deep inside us. Its HOPE, of course, hopes our faith will withstand
the depression of the world we live in today.
This divine and extraordinary book is God’s plan for our
salvation. The Bible gives us deliverance from sin, repentance, a roadmap for
faith, and a refuge in times of trouble. It’s a sourcebook for everyday living,
regardless of your religion. Even though its stories took place in Asia,
Africa, and Europe, the message is still the same for all believers – everyone needs
Everyone dreams of a better future, but what do we use as
guidelines to make it happen? We can rely on our wisdom and knowledge, or we
can refer to biblical scriptures for the exact answers. I know someone right
now is saying, “I can’t understand or comprehend the Bible.” Guess what?
Neither can I, but I take one passage at a time, and I ask for God’s help…and
it works! Another resource for better comprehension is to do a careful search
on the internet. Only use resources written by the church and their ministry.
The word “hope” in the Bible means “a strong and confident
expectation.” It deals with things, yet unseen, and the testimony of God’s
promises. In other words, the Bible is HOPE. Hope – based on heavenly realities,
which gives us the power to live courageously, and to be all we can be through
The words “The history of hope” alone alludes to peace and sovereignty. Hope gives us strength and courage. Never give it up nor the hope in the power of our Lord!