What if today was the
last day as you know it? Would you wake and pray, read texts from the Bible, or
go for a walk and talk to God? What would you do? Would you do anything
different to ensure the quality of your everlasting life in heaven? Is there a
place safe from Satan’s atrocities and free from worry? Isn’t it humbling to realize
we are at the hands of a merciful creator who created us to bring Him glory on
Rest assured, our
God is greater than all things known to man. But His love for us is constant
for He already knows our destiny. I hear your sad thoughts, but know God has
you in His palms. Place your faith on a plane, flying high, like a stewardess
in the sky. Your faith will be redeemed when the end of the flight returns in
the night. God promises a safe journey to all believers as we fight the hell
here on earth. Putting God first is the difference between harmony and
disasters, hatred and peace in the world.
I wonder what goes
through the mind of some people? Are papers in order and wills drawn up to
protect the living? Do you live in denial today could be your last? Only our
Father in heaven has the final decision for our life span. Don’t let Satan stoke
the fires of doubt, worry, and fear. Trust God and surrender your life to Him. Our
great Creator will govern your days with infinite wisdom and power. Would you
want it any other way? He sees the light at the end of your tunnel.
“If we live, we live to the Lord, and
if we die we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we
are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).
As a stewardess of
the sky set your spirit high above the earth. Let God handle the misfortune which
contrives to make your mind soured. No matter how bad things may appear, God is
mightier than all evil.
A cure for your worries is just a prayer away as long as it’s mailed in faith. But don’t forget to push the send button as God waits on your prayers. Faith in our Father will allow you good fortune. Serve Him like a stewardess in the sky and be prepared as God sends answers in your direction. Blessed be our Father in heaven.
In the night’s
quiet, I arrived home from work. It was peaceful and calm, but in my
subconscious mind, a volcano of thought was about to spew onto paper. Under a
cloudless sky of endless frustration, my imagination exploded with a horrific
thought. Our political arena comes to my mind, but before I let logic equate
the scenario, I must refer to the place all things begin – the BIBLE. Allow me
to share the first thing my eyes set on…
[During the first four trumpets, each nation will be forced to suspend its constitution so that martial law can be enacted. Given the size and scope of God’s wrath, world leaders will do whatever it takes to maintain control. Food and water supplies will be rationed. Medical care and energy reserves will be scarce. Hunger and thirst will drive millions of dazed and bewildered people crazy. Extreme situations require desperate solutions. Earth’s population has never seen a global crisis like the first four trumpets. The crisis will be so huge that political leaders in every nation will be set free of their constitutional obligations almost immediately. This freedom will permit them to enact and enforce laws they would have strongly opposed during normal times. The declaration of martial law will make it very easy for lawmakers to comply with the demands of Babylon’s clergy. Given the fact that something must be done to appease God, very few citizens will complain – at first.]
Yes, my friends in
Christ, martial law is written in scriptures! I highly encourage you to read
the full article by following the link. It is profound to know America is in prophecy.
My faith is in God as I now see the direction this nation is headed soon. I
look no further than the borders of my yard for a source of peace for God gives
me the strength to do all things through faith.
God blesses me with
messages to relay to my followers, and many calls me eccentric or bazaar. As
Jesus spoke, His messengers will be mocked and doubted, and I accept the role. However,
this blog is not my prediction but straight out of the Bible, in the Book of
I often speak, in
quiet corners, about martial law in America. Today they soften those harsh
words to “State of Emergency” situations. They are unpredictable and
maybe scary but revealed in the Books of Daniel and Revelation. I will not attempt
to interject my thoughts into this article for you will read it and draw your conclusions.
As we watch events unfold in the United States and the Middle East, the balance of power falls into the grip of the most powerful nations. The correlation between prophecy and scripture is uncanny. Our open borders, lawlessness, and sovereign territory are now infiltrated by self-servant beliefs, religions, and cults. They brainwash even our children, as prophesied, to believe other forms of capitalism is healthier than our longstanding democracy. The book, Lord of the Flies, comes to mind. No one can govern themselves without disastrous consequences!
In a pun, I say
the word Bible stands for “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.”
The truth is, it is written by philosophers and astrologers who predicted, two
thousand years ago, the events we face now and in the near future. But, the
prophet, Daniel, saw the vision of martial law, or loss of our liberty. How
So, what would
Jesus say to us today about America’s circumstances? I believe He would say
though we can’t change the evilness of the world, but we can allow God to
change us. Thoughts run deep, and I’m unable to put my writing tablet
down long enough to pour another cup of coffee. How many of our friends and
family members will live through martial law? How many will place God in their
heart and soul for eternal salvation? Does it scare you many of us will never
see our loved ones again?
My heart tremors for God is coming to rule… no doubt, it’s the beginning of the end.
Faith is an
interesting topic which I examined from many perspectives – atheism,
Christians, and other religions. I’ve witnessed its results in many unexpected
situations and outcomes. Faith, according to Hebrews 11:1, is “being sure of what we hope for and certain
of what we do not see.” We are born with the ability to have faith. But, for
as many followers who trust in God, too many are non-believers or kinda/maybe
believers. So I ask myself, how can I exploit the wonderful acts of God? How
can I assure my readers God is real and lives inside every one of us? How can I
teach you what I was taught about faith?
I could start with
the physical proof of the Bible. Archeologists recently uncovered evidence of
biblical stories such as the finding of the steps which led into the pool of
Siloam and tombs in Nazareth. Technology is fantastic for it uncovers the truths
of the Bible dating back to the beginning of time. But, unfortunately, doubters
still block out the unearthing and go their merry way as doubters in a world of
What about unexplainable
miracles which occur to many people? Accidents, where angel forms appear in
pictures, happen all the time. Victims were unscathed and listed as a survivor.
Then, my personal story is labeled miraculous by a minister. God instructed me
ten years ago to get out of bed and write His messages. I was an undereducated
carpenter who knew nothing about writing, and today I lead a blog with twenty
million readers. God, like us, has a great sense of humor. Ok, many people do
not believe in miracles either, but this phenomenon can create questions in the
minds of non-believers.
Perhaps a better approach
to explain the concept of faith to an unbeliever is by an example…
Have you ever experienced
a backed-up septic system? You can’t call a repairman because it’s expensive,
so you contemplate fixing the problem yourself using a different solution. At
the local hardware store, the salesperson reaches for a box of “Rid-X”
and tells you to follow the instructions. You hop in the car with the box
sitting firmly next to you and think, “Man, I hope this works!” At bedtime, you
pour it into the bowl and flush it twice, just as the instructions described on
the label. Standing nervous over the “throne,” you say, “LORD, PLEASE LET THIS WORK!” Oh, wait!
I thought you didn’t believe in God? How can you call on God to help when you
don’t believe in Him? If you are an agnostic or atheist, you just sinned
against your own belief for you prayed to a higher power to help with an
How many times
have you heard the expression, “just have faith, all will work out”? These
words are an assurance of things we hope for but not yet received. Faith comes
before answered prayer or before an individual has received what they requested
from God. In sharp contrast, those who take for granted they don’t need a “God”
in their life – look out! Christ is not a plumber, so stop praying to the wrong
“throne”! Instead, find a friend who can guide you to a church where the
plumbing is routed straight to heaven. At least you will not be misled by
Satan’s evil sludge. Put God first, and it will surprise you how simple life is
when He’s figured into the equation.
The basic theory
of Faith 101 believes in God’s existence even though you cannot see Him. He
designed it this way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those
who won’t, in death. If you have faith, God will reveal himself fully to you.
His integrity is perfect.
I serve a mighty and awesome Lord, and I promise, through prayer, everything is fixable. The best policy to invest in for any homeowner is Faith 101. ~~www.danabicksauthor.com~~
As the sun glistened
in the sky, so shall God’s love and mercy radiate below the heavens. The waters
receded reflecting the beginning of life. The elegance of the ocean’s beauty permeated
in every ripple and sparkled like diamonds. Marine life emerged, slowly
inhabiting the pristine bodies of the sea. The earth turned green from the growth
of new sprouts. Creatures with feathers perched atop cliffs and took their first
flight in the morning breeze. Beasts of the earth moved along the ground
frolicking and seeking food. God was pleased He created a perfect balance to the
sea and land.
It is here the three will meet…
decided it was time to create His own image and let him enjoy the fruits of His
imagination. Man, the most sophisticated species, roamed the land and learned
to hunt above and below the earth’s surface. But, our Creator realized man
needed a complement, so he didn’t have to live alone. He made a correction to
the plan and gave the man a submissive woman to love, adore, and honor. She was
a goddess from heaven, where all human life evolved, and a rib created her.
They cultivated the earth with the enjoyment of love, bringing gifts to God.
What a masterfully crafted world designed by an architect far beyond our scope
It is here the three will meet…
Then suddenly, out
of the blue, cumulus clouds mounted, and storms roared destruction to His
creation. Evil evolved, and lightning tried to conquer the earth. God was
furious Satan, a fallen angel of all people, found pleasure in the flames of
wickedness. So, Noah built an ark to help Him wash away the sin of the world, but
to no avail. Evil came back with a vengeance. This time, God sent Moses with
scripted laws in stone which gave guidelines for mankind to live by, but still,
immorality existed. Now distraught, God insisted on filling the world with love,
so He divinely created an offspring in His own image. This child would attempt
to right the wrong in people.
There the three will meet…
now lies upon the edges of the origin of the earth. God vowed His son shall
return and destroy all persisting evil. If you lay claim to worldly idols, be
prepared… you won’t have them much longer. Death and destruction are in the
forecast. God will eliminate sin with the same scorching flames evil derived from
when Satan arrived on earth.
So, I shall run to
meet Him, at His point of origin – the beginning of life. Like all sinners, I too
will bear the heartaches of hell on the incoming tide. God will scold for poor
choices, yet many will still choose the path of least resistance. Behold your
breath, for the undertaking of God words, shall not be minced in heaven. I will
stand with all of humanity, when the firestorm commences, praying our Father will
save those who asked for forgiveness.
I beacon all
believers to join me. Let us gather, in good faith, and bring love to the beach
where Christ will come calling once again.
For there the three will meet – the Father, the Son, and… will you be joining me too in the celebration? ~~www.danabicksauthor.com~~
clouds grew more abundant, and the earth trembled beneath the old wooden cross.
The winds didn’t whisper – they yelled His name, Jesus, the son of God! Wait – that
was two thousand years ago… or was it?
in a cloud darkened room, I hear the rumble of the shaking heavens. The day was
Good Friday, but what was so “good” about it? Religiously speaking, it was the day
God’s son brutally lost His life. It was so sad! Jesus lived and died with the
knowledge He was only here to fulfill a prophecy for mankind. The weight of the
world rested upon His shoulders. Was His death in vain? Surely, I pray it’s not
innocent man was sent to earth to change our thinking, but I wonder, what did
we learn? This Easter weekend, the earth will recall the event of two thousand
years ago. Astronomers announced a very rare occurrence – the moon will turn
pink (of all colors) and a high energy field will surround the earth.
Coincidence? I wonder and gasp at the thought of Christ watching to see who’s
paying attention to His signs. Alone in my conscience, I tremble at the
didn’t live His life according to anyone else. The parables He taught was open for
interpretation so He could communicate with listeners. He loved and believed in
mankind with all His heart and soul. As in ages ago, amongst the belting rain
and clapping thunder, can we sympathize with the saddest biblical day? For
Christians, His death still vibrates in our lives, thousands of years later.
Friday… whoever connects “Good” with the death of our Savior? He came to release
the sin Adam and Eve placed on us at the beginning of time. Jesus made a stance
and was crucified to save the world. If you think you suffer today, examine the
agony God put His only son through to offer us everlasting life. How can one ever
repay the Lord’s mercy? How do we repent enough of our sin?
the sun rises on Easter, with the promise of a brighter day. The folded
loincloth left behind, which covered Jesus’ face in the tomb, meant, “I’m
coming back!” Let us celebrate a second chance to make it right for the Lord!
As for myself, I can’t wait to stare in the eye of diversity and shake the hand
of a man named Christ Jesus. We have nothing to fear when we do not question
Let the earth tremor, for our wonderful Lord created a man we call our King, who died to give us life again. The reign will return in His “Good”ness forever! www.danabicksauthor.com
It’s the Holy Week for Christians, and I reverently remember our Lord, Christ Jesus. In the quiet of my domain, I search the Bible for answers to my questions such as what was Jesus’ real ministry on earth? Did Jesus practice a religion or was He a rebel who rode off into the desert eluding Roman authorities?
spread the principles of entering God’s kingdom to all walks of life in Galilee,
Capernaum, Judea, and Nazareth. He started at about the age of thirty at the
River Jordan near Bethany-across-the-Jordan where He called His first five
disciples. Though our Savior was Jewish, his ministry often taught parables and
verses from the “sacred books” which we know today as the Old Testament. But, sometimes
He referred to the Hebrew Bible, specifically the five books of Moses (Genesis,
Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), the Torah, and the Book of Psalms.
you may detect, Jesus disdained religious discord. He wanted people to love one
another and love God. This was the basic concept of all His messages and the
only way to heaven. Love and kindness is not a religion but an emotion, so He reached
listeners through relationships rather than synagogues. When we integrate the theory
of one religion into our life, God’s lessons often become overshadowed by
hypocrisy, hatred, and division. Today’s religious persecution of humanity is
such an example of this concept. Instead of loving one another and maintaining
the state of our hearts, we fight to the end defending our religious rights.
This was the exact reason Jesus’ ministry remained non-denominational – one church
under Christ Jesus.
parables Jesus taught became His primary method of speaking His Father’s words.
He rarely used texts out of scriptures nor explained or commented on them. He
considered this “preaching,” not teaching; instead, He left Himself open to
interpretation and offered a story for listeners to ponder and ask, how can
this get me into heaven? The Parable of the Mustard Seed was Jesus’ favorite.
THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF JESUS’
the core of Jesus’ ministry were a few critical impressions which He
consistently shared with everyone; foremost was love. Believers asked Him occasionally
which commandment was the greatest, and His response stood with, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your mind and all your strength.” His
second favorite was, “Love your neighbor
as yourself.” Love is the nucleus of everything right and perfect in the
world. Jesus taught examples of love and compassion by healing the sick,
restoring eyesight, and feeding the hungry. But, He emphasized loving our
enemies for even though they are wicked, they also need love. “Love your enemies, do good to them, and
lend to them without expecting to get anything back.”
was the second most important concept to Jesus. He spoke we must repent of sins
and ask God for forgiveness so God may forgive our wrongdoings. Jesus claimed
we must forgive every time we are wronged. “If
your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins
against you seven times a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I
repent,’ forgive him.”
also warned His listeners not to judge others since we are all sinners. Though born
sinless, He still had mercy and compassion for mankind. He often told the story
of an adulteress woman about to be stoned to death (found in John 8:1-30).
Jesus told her accusers, “He that is
without sin among you, let him cast the first stone at her.” They all
departed and Jesus told the woman, “Neither
do I condemn thee: go and sin no more.”
WEALTH AND POVERTY
did not speak it is a sin to be wealthy, only that we give our riches back to
the Lord and others in need. He spoke of the affluent becoming too attached to
material possessions for when we die, our “objects of happiness” will mean
nothing. Christ used the example of a rich man who lived by all the other
commandments, and he approached Him to find out how to have eternal life. Jesus
replied, “If you want to be perfect, go,
sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in
heaven. Then come, follow me.” The man became very sad because he could not
part with his riches. Jesus later told His disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom
of heaven.” Doesn’t say much for the Powerball today, does it?
us analyze your strength, as a Christian, in this situation. If Jesus were to
come to you today and ask you to give up your home and all possessions to
follow Him, WOULD YOU DO IT? If the answer is yes, you may find eternal
salvation in heaven. If the answer is no, it is time to question your faith and
love of money and objects. What means more to you – living as one with God, now
and forevermore, or exploiting the riches which cease after you die and you stand
in judgment by the Lord? Will it be God or your self-centeredness?
learned of hypocrisy by observing the Pharisees. They prayed in the streets and
always attended the temple, but the inside, their contemptible hearts were made
of stone. He loathed hypocrisy in any form. Our sovereignty to God is a private
matter and not to be exploited in crowds. You may ask why this is imperative? Because
we are sinners, our actions often fall short of God’s requirements. If we
expose our praise and inner thoughts of God to outsiders, yet our daily activities
show different, we become deemed a hypocrite and severely judged. Many
non-believers will not follow the church because of this very reason.
often taught the nature and power of prayer. He emphasized “The Lord’s Prayer”
and said it was not for show but a private matter. “When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door,
pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in
secret will reward you openly.” Prayers are to be directed to God the
Father only, not angels, saints, or Mary. Jesus considered chanting of prayers
to be of pagan roots, now observed in Catholic and Orthodox churches. He asked we
use prayers to develop a close, personal relationship with God.
see the irony in Jesus’ instruction on praying? How many large churches, today,
organize huge crusades and festivals to bring people closer to God? How often
do we receive an invite on Facebook to join a Watch Party where someone is
screaming out the name of the Lord and asking for forgiveness? The idea
churches adopted prayer methods against Jesus’ teaching is quite a dose to
swallow. They walk in total disregard of the foundation of God’s word!
Christ Jesus tested and prevailed in His ministry of love, right down to His last days. He was a sinless mortal man leading the way for humanity to follow in His footsteps. Yes, Jesus paid the ultimate price for His beliefs in love.
On this day, Good Friday, I plead my faith to Him, under the cross which He brutally hung on for me and all sinners. I also pray my Father will bless my ongoing ministry for all who come searching to fill a void in their heart with our Lord, Jesus Christ. And finally I pray, friends, you find God’s peace and love on this holy weekend. www.danabicksauthor.com
simple bible scripture quietly wrapped up within the Easter season, placed a conviction
on sinners and nonbelievers. Christ’s crucifixion was not in vain. Allow me to
test your knowledge of an event which surrounded the resurrection of our Lord,
Jesus Christ. It is written in the Apostle’s Creed.
you know many saints were raised from the dead along with Jesus? It’s a
shocking revelation, written only in the Book of Matthew, and overlooked by
many because the occurrence is not mentioned by any other author of the Holy
Word. But, here it remains…
the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised
to life. 53They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into
the holy city and appeared to many people.
Christ died to take away our sins, the heavens turned an angry gray and black.
The earth rattled and split rocks on the sacred grounds where He hung on the
cross at Golgotha. God’s power showed His wrath to the Romans who did not
believe He sent Jesus to earth to prove His existence. What better way to
convince them than to raise the sleeping saints from Jerusalem?
tombs of many people were broke open in a strong earthquake. After Jesus arose
from the dead, the saints raised out of their graves and returned to Jerusalem,
known as the Holy City. Friends and family instantly recognized them. Though we
do not know for sure who these holy people were, they stayed alive during the
forty days Jesus continued on earth, after His death. It is suggested they returned,
along with Jesus, to heaven.
we not testify this biblical event immortalizes God’s power over life and death?
The resurrection of the sleeping saints reveals all believers should have no
fear of death, for one day, we too, will be raised to join our Almighty Father.
This gives us reason to have hope in eternal salvation, and perhaps, assurance
our sins will be forgiven in heaven if we become faithful followers of God
Bible passage swirls in controversy. Biblical scholars feel there is no
validity to it because the raised dead, seen by others in Jerusalem, was not referenced
anywhere else in the Bible. They suggest we should understand this passage to
be a preview of our resurrection at the End Times. But, would resurrecting the
dead really be so hard to believe since it was a divine act?
on 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17, this event would undoubtedly undermine Jesus’s resurrection.
Theologians believe God has resurrected no one to eternal life as an immortal
spirit yet—except Christ.
always commented on other controversial blogs we cannot disprove any biblical
passages in this life. Our wonderful Lord wrote the Bible with the message it
is never to be deciphered as we see fit, therefore in my eyes…so it shall stay.
“Father forgive them, they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
men are equal creations in God’s eyes. We are a miraculous life up to our last
breath of oxygen on earth. Born sinners, we are considered spiritually dead. Just
as the morning sun rises over a cup of coffee though, we can renew our birth.
God gives us another day, yet another chance, to announce the forgiveness of
our sins and walk with Him.
grand ceremonial display, known as baptism, is the only way many find comfort
in their spirituality. In my opinion, the rhetoric of the performance sets an
example of what’s wrong with our society today. Hypocrites grandstand in church
with applause as a new believer gives their life to the Lord. Far too prevalent
are those who “talk the talk” but do not “walk the walk” as a born again
Christian. The simple act of being submerged in holy water will never bestow
you the rank of being born again. It isn’t how much of the Bible we memorize,
but how many scriptures we can live by every day thereafter. It is being ever mindful
of our sins and praying for God to teach us a better way.
baptized is not a date on a calendar. It’s a way of life to honor Christ as a
religious follower. Even though Jesus was not a sinner, John the Baptist still baptized
Him. You may ask why, then, did He enter the Jordan River? Jesus humbled
himself in obedience to His Father to set an example for us of faith. Baptism
publicly declares we are a follower of Jesus Christ. It is also a symbol of His
burial and resurrection.
who accepted his message were baptised….” Acts 2:41
DOES BAPTISM AUTOMATICALLY SAVE
times, too many born again Christians believe baptism automatically saves them,
but this is just the beginning of the journey. Do you realize the act of
receiving the holy water places you under harsher scrutiny in the Lord’s eyes?
Why? God sets higher expectations on believers because we now know the
difference between right and wrong. As I mentioned above, hypocrites fill our
churches. They walk out the doors and continue on with their comfortable lifestyle
without giving God the time of day throughout the week. The commitment to
living for Him stops at the steeple. We must stay in shape and be willing to
serve His kingdom at every corner. Be alert in times of need and show others
who we are – God’s anointed children. Set an example for this our job as a born
The Bible teaches us prerequisites to follow before we can be a born again Christian. These specifications will also reveal why the christening of babies performed in some church denominations, is not a scripturally accepted act.
Though I’m sure someone will challenge me on this statement, we cannot deny the Bible verses which substantiate this blessing of holy water:
PREREQUISITES TO BAPTISM
ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURES
We must hear and understand the
Gospel. Can a
baby perform this duty?
and sisters, stop thinking like children. In regard to evil be infants, but in
your thinking be adults. 1 Corinthians 14:20
We must believe the Gospel. Infants do not understand the
in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who
were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians
We must fully repent of our
sins. A baby knows
nothing of sin. This is a decision to turn from sin and live for God.
replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus
Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the
Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
We must believe in our heart and
confess Christ with our mouth. Infants cannot communicate faith. We must first speak an
understandable statement, so a minister/pastor knows they are baptizing someone
who has faith.
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is LORD,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10
A born again Christian is a renewed person in Christ. They are now a member of Jesus’s body and must walk as sinless as possible on earth. It requires full control of the mouth, mind, and body language. God is first in our life, over and above everything and everyone. I’ve been up for the challenge for many years, are you? The celebration of Jesus’ resurrection will be here in a couple of weeks. Won’t you commit your life to be one with Him? To be born again will be your eternal salvation and a promise for a brand new life!
persecution is a never-ending battle. Innocent Christians are crucified every
day in the name of God for believing in a higher way of life. On our home turf,
distance protects us; yet examples around the world appear in our own living
room. If only everyone would come to terms with God’s peace! My heart remains
in remorse over the wrong direction we are heading today. But, amongst these
times of terror, the steadfast still walk with Jesus to praise and spread the
Lord’s words of hope. Blessed be the faithful!
may not be aware my wife did missionary work in Guinea, West Africa for the
International Mission Board. Her humanitarian efforts served the Susu tribes
where they dug wells for fresh water. She also held a Vacation Bible School for
pre-school children in the capital city of Conakry. Her living arrangement was
in a compound enclosed with a fifteen-foot cement wall and broken bottles
placed on top for safety. Two security guards stood guard twenty-four hours a
day. Amidst the 110 degree weather, lack of fresh running water, recurring
power outages, illness from vaccine shots, and contaminated foods, she and her
group forged onward; it was necessary for the Islamists to know God loves
But, months of pre-planning and training was mandatory before she could enter Africa. The World Mission Boards warns missionaries to be careful who you speak to, not to look militants in the eye, and to dress in public as one of the crowd. They could not take for granted the deep commitment the Soussou had to their own religion. Not everyone finds peace in the spirit of Christian voodoo where God is the last word. Amid the incomprehension of entering a Third World country, she boarded an airplane with a round-trip ticket and the church’s prayer for her safe return. God bless our missionaries!
such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong,
they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter
God’s mercy, my wife was one of the lucky few to serve and leave Africa without
incident. The internet is filled with stories of those murdered in the hands of
the Peace Corps and other religious affiliations. It is obvious Christians
still walk, today, in the suffering Christ paid for our sins. China and
Pakistan, for example, recently suffered mass genocides and burnings of their
churches. Bangladesh murders secular activists and Christians, more or less
with impunity. Statistics reveal North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Iraq, and
Syria persecute Christians more than any other faith group. Making matters
worse, governments in the West and the UN do not offer emergency help to
the influx of Middle Eastern immigrants and other foreigners into the United
States, the religious tide is shifting dramatically here too. Bibles, crosses,
and our churches are burned; they ban even Christmas trees and greeting cards
in some areas. I wonder what Jesus would think if He walked our world today?
biblical days, Jesus also suffered much religious persecution. He toured a
radius of forty miles around Nazareth preaching His Father’s word and often hid
in different lands for His protection. Unlike my wife, who stayed behind a
cement wall, His temporary home was in a cave or the middle of a desert. But as
in today’s times, very few people believed He was the Messiah, only those who
witnessed His miracles. What words or actions does one need to see to prove God
really exists? It’s not about color or creed, but receiving the grand prize – eternal
life in heaven!
the families who lost loved ones in the oppression of trusting in God’s
greatness, have faith knowing persecution and true Christianity are inseparable.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins – even for those who denounced His existence.
Missionaries and all other Christians must realize God warns His righteous saints
they will be persecuted for believing in Him.
are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and
falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad,
because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the
prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)
Have solace for your loved ones, and others who served the Lord, and believe in His name because they will be forever in His presence. If I had to lose my life for someone, let it be for Jesus! It would not be in vain for mercy reigns over ignorance! For two thousand years, believers have fought the war of standing up for God. Many procrastinate changing their life’s sins for the anticipation of the return of Christ Jesus. With the love the Lord placed in my heart, I bleed for those who choose not to concede before they die. Fathers, mothers, sisters and sons, Christ sent you a personal invitation to live in heaven with Him. What are you waiting for? It’s in you! Open your eyes and listen to your soul. Let the books of the Gospel lead your spirit for they are not fiction but the genealogy of your life.