In light of the tragedy in Connecticut yesterday, I would ask that we all pray for the families of those that were touched by this tragedy.  I’m sure that there will be those that ask why a loving God would allow such things to happen.  Of course ,this is the wrong question to ask.  People should, instead, be asking why our God is lifting His hand of protection from us.  He has protected our society for so long from such things.  But as our society pushes Him further and further away, insisting on having a totally secular government without any mention of Him anywhere in politics (remember the big controversy at the Democratic convention over the mention of God in their platform), and insisting on keeping Him out of our schools and our daily lives, then we repudiate His protective hand and invite the normal sin and evil of the world and of Satan to take us over.  Remember what the Bible says:  “The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8).  Without God’s protection, and when we push Him completely out of any part of our society and our lives, then the normal order of chaos and violence enters our lives and becomes commonplace.

I am not standing in judgment of these people.  Right now, all I feel is pity for the tragedy that has occurred.  But, I am merely stating an observation about the reality that I see every day more and more commonplace in our society, with random violence exploding everywhere we look in our society.  We cannot blame God for what we do to ourselves.  So many people have seared their consciences shut against any intrusion from God, so their hearts have continued to fill with evil.  We are becoming, just as the Bible predicted, as violent and sinful as in the days of Noah (Mat. 24:37-39), when violence filled the earth, prompting God to send a flood (Genesis 6).  Of course, this was an act of judgment by God, but it was also an act of mercy, because what meaning or sense is there in life when people are so filled with sin?  In the last days, when the world is so full of evil, people, in the highest act of violent arrogance, gather themselves in the valley of Megiddo with all of their armies to essentially war against God Himself.  The scripture tells us, “And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened” (Mat. 24:22). 

God will again mercifully and directly intervene in history as an act of mercy.  And He will prove to all of humanity what is true and always has been, that they cannot live without Him and without doing things His way.  Trying to do so always ends in the ways of death (Prov. 14:12).  This is why, more than ever, we need God.  I will be praying "without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17) in these evil days.  I will pray for those that are lost and suffering from the increasing violence of the world around us.  I will pray for you, each of my readers.  And I pray that each of you will also be in prayer for God to increase in you every day as well as to be in prayer for those that God puts in your life around you.  Each of us has an important and unique mission in this world.  You can reach people that perhaps no one else can.  This is God’s way.  He has an important mission for each of us that fits us uniquely.  In each of our different perspectives and different talents and personalities, there are people that only we can reach or encourage in just the perfect way to fit right into God’s greater plans for humanity and the world around us.  I pray that each of you recognizes your infinite importance and value to God and to the world.  I am thankful for each of you and pray that you will be thankful for life and for your unique value.  Never forget that all of you are individually loved with an unquenchable, relentless, and boundless love. 

 


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03/21/2016 6:34am

Tragedy and the need of god is obvious and natural. It is important and significant for the success and satisfaction. It is invited for the roadmap of the quality of the life. It is merciful and all such humbleness. The reforms of the life are attained and invited.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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