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The New Religious Order: Conclusion -Bowing Down

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The Risk of Saying What You Believe

The other most basic function of government is to protect the right of free speech.

But that has been declining for a long time now.

The only real free speech today is that which the mainstream media and the progressive academic establishment approves. All dissent to the contrary carries great risk.

To speak out against any of the popular protests today will bring dire consequences. Which is why even most Conservatives are silent today. Because they know that the mob will come to their house.

Even to their walled and security-patrolled houses.

And then what will they do?

They will bow the knee.

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Supernatural Work

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We must be genuine in our witness to people.

This requires that we must first be honest in our relationship with the Lord.

In other words, we must stop trying to impress the Lord or stop trying to fake Him out as far as what we really think and want. Because He knows us better than we know ourselves.

And without this honesty before God, we will not be able to genuinely manifest His life to those around us.

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Reaching the Lost: Conclusion – The Work of the Holy Spirit

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Prayer is Critical 

So, where does that leave us?

I would like to propose a couple simple ideas.

One: Without prayer, all else is useless and meaningless.

We need to pray for those specific people we are trying to reach. And to do this well in advance of when we expect to see them. To pray for their salvation. To prayer for an opportunity or a “door of utterance” for the Lord to provide.

We need to pray that people will be prepared to receive the truth; and pray that the Lord will give us the words and timing to say what we should say.

This is the most critical thing we can do. All else, is worthless without this.

And, if we don’t have an opportunity, don’t force it. Trust that the Lord is in charge.

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Reaching the Lost

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We all deal with so many people in our lives. We walk among people of every type of belief and lifestyle.

Even within our own families, there is such a diversity of beliefs about spiritual things. Let alone about eternity and salvation.

And it seems that so many people are completely oblivious to the urgency of their situation. They are living their lives with no apparent concern for their eternal destiny.

So, I think a lot about how I can impact those people I come in contact with. How do I truly affect those around me for Christ?

And the answer, I believe, is one that is much different than you might expect.

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Morning Has Broken

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Spring Arrives in the Valley

Hello Everyone,

Just took a break this week to finish a short slideshow of some of my photography work over the years. I live in North Eastern Ohio; not too far from the Cuyahoga Valley.

I’ve spent a lot of time in my life hiking all the Valley trails. Most of these photos are from that area. With a few nearer my hometown in Wadsworth.

Hope this gives you a lift during all the dark times we have been going through. Hope you are all doing well.

In His Grace,

Doug

 

Just a note to anyone who has made a comment over the last month or so. Have been having issues with nothing showing up on my end. Not sure how to fix that. But will keep trying. Just want everyone to know that your comments weren’t ignored! They just weren’t reaching me. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Doug

The Eternal Spirit of Christmas: Part 2

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“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)

While reflecting on the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, we must not miss the incredible gift that God has given us. A gift that enables us to live in heavenly places in Christ. 

As Christians, we must deal with many miserable temptations and struggles against sin. It is a spiritual, emotional, mental and physical struggle. Quite simply, it is a raging, bloody battle.

When we were young, it was easy to take a great deal for granted. To believe that life was all manageable and controllable for the disciplined and devoted person. But this life will teach you far more than you ever wanted to know about your own weakness.

Sooner or later, the romance wears off and reality sets in.

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Love’s Purest Joys Restored

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One evening recently, my wife and I went to the local drive-in theatre. It has been a tradition for us to get there at least once every summer. It’s always a double-feature. So you are bound to get one good movie out of the experience.

And, if you are fortunate, have a nice evening under the stars. Which we did.

The movie was Christopher Robin. Which is the re-uniting of Winnie the Pooh and his friends with a grown-up Christopher Robin. It was very well done.

Without going into the details of the film, let me just say what really moved me. It was the relationship between Robin and Pooh. The deep love between a talking, stuffed animal and a man.

The innocence of the relationship between Christopher and Pooh caused me think about the nature of heaven. Of the innocence and purity that awaits us there. Of the joy, the beauty and intimacy we will know with the Lord and with each other.

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A Heartbeat Away

Clouds Dark and BrightIt is sobering to look around and see how the world is completely absorbed with its own vain show. Men are focused on things that will soon change and be forgotten. They bite and scratch for a taste of glory that will soon vanish like smoke in the wind.

This life is short. At most, it is usually no more than 70 or 80 years. Then we pass away.

The work we have done may be endure through generations . . .  or it may not.

We do not know if the things we have written, spoken or labored for will produce the fruit we seek. We cannot know. The causes we strive to push forward may last for a time.

Or they may not.

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