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Published On : May 25, 1998

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Spiritual Warfare, The Public School System, Wordly Wisdom
Versus Divine Wisdom, The Holy Spirit, The Word, The Seed Of
Faith, Bearing Fruit, Bread Of Life, Daily Remembrance, Our
Eternal Intercessor, I Am Or I Was?, The Catholic Crucifix,
Ishtar And Easter, Baby Jesus Ritual, Mental Battleground, A
Rod Of Iron, The Impact Of Television, America's Evil Spawn,
The Voice Of Conscience, The Jonesboro Ambush And Other Gun
Violence, Natural Disasters, Job And The Hand Of God,
Southern Christians, A Special Invitation For You!




The Lord never ceases to remind me how important it is that
we fill the minds and hearts of our children with the pure
Waters of His Word. This point is so important that I cannot
repeat it often enough. As Paul clearly emphasized in his
Epistle to the Ephesians, we are involved in a spiritual
battle to the death!:

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
places." (Ephesians 6:12)

As I have pointed out in 'The Public School System And
School Prayer', as well as in 'Dear Teacher: Standing Up For
Our Children's Rights', Satan is determined to rob and
destroy our children's faith in God; and he will use every
means at his disposal to accomplish this task! By the time
they graduate from high school, Satan wants our precious
children to become complete atheists who will spout off the
lies of the anti-God system he has created with the help of
rebellious men! Satan wants our children to become little
mindless robots who do as they are told without thinking for
themselves. He wants them to place their faith, not in the
Lord, but rather in the accomplishments and teachings of
man! It is secular humanism through and through!

In my view, high school, and other institutions of so-called
'higher learning', are in reality schools of lower learning,
because the wisdom they teach does not descend from above;
it is not from the Father of Lights; it is not enlightening.
In discussing envy, strife and division within the Early
Church, the Apostle James wrote the following which could
verily easily be applied to our modern educational system:

"This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
sensual, devilish." (James 3:15)

In the previous verse, the word 'wisdom' is derived from the
Greek word 'sophia', pronounced sof-ee'-ah, which means
wisdom or broad and full of intelligence. On the other hand,
James also describes for us the characteristics of true
Godly wisdom; and he even goes so far as to tell us exactly
how we can obtain this kind of wisdom:

"But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy
and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy."
(James 3:17)

"If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be
given him." (James 1:5)

These verses goes hand in hand with the following which also
describe how we can receive the Wisdom and the Knowledge of
God:

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" (Matthew 7:7)

"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give
the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13)

"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to
another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;"
(1 Corinthians 12:8)

"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and
bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said
unto you." (John 14:26)

As can be seen, both Wisdom and Knowledge are Gifts of the
very same Holy Spirit of God. When the First Disciples
received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, they received these
Gifts; that is why they were not only able to remember the
things Jesus had spoken to them while He was still with
them, but they were also better able to understand them as
well. I believe that it is this very same Holy Spirit which
brings verses to our minds today, and helps us to better
understand them. Thus, we can see that the Holy Ghost, the
living Spirit of God, is actually our guide to understanding
the written Word of God, the Spirit of God in black and
white. They go hand in hand. Armed with these two important
tools, the Spirit and the Word, we can successfully ground
our children in the Eternal Truths of God. Through giving
them the Word of God, we plant the Seed of Faith in their
lives; for as the Apostle Paul wrote:

"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
God." (Romans 10:17)

Once the Seed of Faith has been planted in our children's
hearts, the Word and His Spirit continue to nurture that
Seed until their lives blossom; and they become mature
Christians themselves, who are able to begin bearing
spiritual fruit in their own lives. As Jesus said to His
Disciples in the fifteenth chapter of the Gospel of John:

"Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your
fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the
Father in my name, he may give it you." (John 15:16)

I am also reminded of the following verse taken from the
Book of Isaiah which tells us that God's Word will
accomplish the purpose for which He has sent it forth:

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it
shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that
which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I
sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)

When the Lord, either directly, or indirectly through
His Earthly servants, plants the little Seed of His Word in
people's hearts, it is because He knows that some of it,
perhaps not all of it, but some of it, is going to bring
forth good fruit. Consider this verse:

"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed,
shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his
sheaves with him." (Psalms 126:6)

Surely, if anyone weeps for His wayward children, it is the
Lord Himself. In his second Epistle, the Apostle Peter wrote
the following concerning the Lord's desire to see all men
accept the Salvation that He offers:

"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not
willing that any should perish, but that all should come to
repentance." (2 Peter 3:9)

In the Gospel of Matthew, as He looked out over Jerusalem,
realizing what would happen to it only some forty years
later in 70 A.D. at the hands of the Romans, Jesus said:

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I
have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth
her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!"
(Matthew 23:37)

Thus, he who bears the Word of the Lord is like a farmer who
goes forth weeping, hoping that the Seeds of Faith that he
plants in the fields of the world, that is, in the hearts of
unbelieving men, will result in their Salvation. In the Book
of Ecclesiastes, we also find the following verse which
discusses casting bread upon the waters:

"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it
after many days." (Ecclesiastes 11:1)

As we already know, the word 'waters' is sometimes used in
the Bible to represent the peoples of the world. Consider
the following verse taken from the Book of Revelation:

"And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where
the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations,
and tongues." (Revelation 17:15)

In the verse from Ecclesiastes, the waters can represent our
young children; and the bread can represent the Word of God;
after all, Jesus very specifically told us that He is the
Bread of Life who was born in Bethlehem, which actually
means the house of bread:

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that
cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me
shall never thirst." (John 6:35)

Not only that, but bread is normally made from wheat, which
is grown from a seed; and Jesus spoke all about the wheat
and the tares as we will see shortly. So once again, we see
that we are dealing with the very same thing. Thus, if we
are faithful to cast the bread upon the waters, that is, to
plant the Word of God in the hearts and minds of our young
children, eventually it is going to bring forth positive
fruit in their lives. That is why in Ecclesiastes we are
told 'thou shalt find it after many days'; and in the Book
of Psalms we are told 'shall doubtless come again with
rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.' To confirm these
thoughts, only a few verses later in the very same chapter
of Ecclesiastes, we read:

"As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how
the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child:
even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In
the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not
thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper,
either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike
good." (Ecclesiastes 11:5-6)

Planting the Seed of the Word will bear good fruit, exactly
as Jesus explained in the Parable of the Sower; and if there
is fertile ground to be found anywhere, surely it is the
young receptive hearts of our very own children! I have
written another article on this topic entitled 'The Parable
Of The Sower: Salvation And Service'.

What actually inspired this article was a small incident
which occurred a few days ago while my daughter and I were
discussing a certain Biblical topic. During the course of
the discussion, I used the term 'Jesus was' without really
giving much thought to the matter; however, in my daughter's
mind, this placed Jesus in the past, and she didn't like
that. For this reason, as soon as I said 'Jesus was', she
quickly stopped me and corrected me by saying 'But daddy,
Jesus said 'Before Abraham was, I am.'

To say the least, I was simply amazed. Here was this little
seven-year-old girl reminding me, her middle-aged dad, and
with a Scripture no less, that Jesus is alive now, this very
minute! That is how real Jesus is to her! He is not dead and
in the past as many secular humanists would have us believe!
He is not something we keep out of our minds all year long
except for certain days of the year when nominal Christians
decide to give Him a little praise and a little honour such
as at Christmas time or during Easter. My daughter knows
full well that we are to think of Him, and of His loving
Sacrifice, and of His Resurrection, and of His promises made
to us on a daily basis. We are to speak with Him and to
thank Him on a daily basis through prayer. The point is, we
have a living God, and a living Christ, who ever makes
intercession for us before the Throne of the Father.
Consider what the Apostle Paul wrote:

"Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea
rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand
of God, who also maketh intercession for us."
(Romans 8:34)

"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make
intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25)

Notice that the first verse says 'that is risen again'; and
the second verse states 'He ever liveth'. This is precisely
what the Angelic Messenger told the two Mary's when they
went to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body with sweet spices
that early morning the first day of the week:

"In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the
first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other
Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great
earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven,
and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat
upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment
white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake,
and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto
the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which
was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and
tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and,
behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see
him: lo, I have told you." (Matthew 28:1-7)

Thus, we have a living Christ who is constantly interceding
for us before our Heavenly Father. As my daughter basically
said, He is the great 'I am', and not the faded glory of an
'I was'. He is the never ending story! He is the Living Word
of God! The Roman Catholics are notorious when it comes to
pushing the living Christ into the distant past. They have
crucifixes hanging everywhere from their churches to their
homes to their rosary beads; as if to say that Jesus is
still hanging dead on the Cross just as He was two thousand
years ago. While some may view this as a constant reminder
of our Lord's Sacrifice for our sins, I think that it is
rather ghastly to have an agonizing Christ displayed on the
Cross. It almost seems like perhaps it is a part of the
Roman Catholic strategy to keep their followers under a bit
of condemnation so that they will continue to rely upon the
'holy mother church' for their Salvation. The Apostle Paul,
in his Epistle to the Romans, said the exact opposite:

"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit." (Romans 8:1)

While we should remember the Lord's suffering, I really fail
to see the need to place crucifixes in the church, on the
rosary beads, in the Catholic home, in Catholic schools, and
in any other place where they are able to display them. In a
sense, it is just a part of their overall system of idol
worship, which I have discussed in other articles such as
'Mary Worship And Catholicism'. Idol worship can appear in
very subtle forms. As I discuss in a few other articles, the
ancient Israelites had gone so far astray in worshipping
idols, that even the serpent of brass which Moses had made
eventually became an idol. As you may recall, Moses was
commanded by God to make the serpent on the pole to heal the
Israelites after the Lord had sent the venomous vipers to
punish them for their constant complaints. We are told that
good King Hezekiah eventually grew so tired of it that he
had the serpent destroyed:

"He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut
down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that
Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel
did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.'
(2 Kings 18:4)

Thus, if the Israelites idolized the brass serpent which was
ordained of the Lord for their own healing, should we really
be surprised if the Roman Catholics today basically idolize
the crucifix like their many other statues of Mary and the
Catholic Saints? In my view, we should emphasize the sweet
promises of hope which have come to be associated with the
Lord's glorious Resurrection, and not dwell upon a crucified
Christ which really carries a spirit of gloom, doom and
condemnation. Jesus gave us words to gladden our hearts, and
not to sadden them, when He said:

"...I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth
in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:"
(John 11:25b)

Even Pope John Paul II carries a walking staff which
terminates in a crucifix! Sadly, the Roman Catholics are not
alone in their vain traditions. Even the Protestant world is
full of compromise. Just yesterday I heard something on our
local Christian station which again confirmed how far off
track modern Christianity has gone. As I have mentioned in a
few other articles, Easter is nothing but a Christianized
version of an ancient pagan festival to honour Ishtar, the
false goddess of love and fertility, and the wife of Baal.
She has been known by many different names down through the
ages such as Astarte, Isis, Ashtoreth, Venus and Aphrodite.
The Phoenicians, the Hebrews, the Egyptians, the Assyrians,
the Babylonians, the Greeks and the Romans all worshipped
her. The idea of Easter egg hunts is directly related to the
fact that the female egg represents fertility, and in many
ancient cultures, having many children was viewed as meaning
that a couple was blessed of the goddess Ishtar.

Despite the fact that they know this to be true, some
compromising Christians still celebrate this holiday.
Exactly how do they resist the conviction of God's Spirit?
What I heard on the radio is one sad example. A certain lady
was suggesting that instead of hiding Easter eggs, parents
could hide nails! Yes, that's right; nails! This woman then
went on to say that when the children found them, it would
help them to remember Christ's sufferings on the Cross! I
couldn't believe it! I was aghast! In my view, that is just
as bad as the Roman Catholics with their gloomy crucifixes!
Instead of totally forsaking Easter/Ishtar as they know they
should, these poor-excuses-for-Christians compromise and try
to make the festival appear a little more Christian by
replacing Ishtar's eggs with Christ's nails! God help them!

Other Christians will attempt to justify themselves by
saying something such as 'Well, what matters is that we are
worshipping the Lord in our hearts. Even though it has pagan
origins, we use Easter to remember the Lord's sufferings and
His Resurrection.' While on the surface this human reasoning
may satisfy one's own conscience, that is, excusing oneself
as Paul referred to it, the fact of the matter is that our
God is a jealous God, and He refuses to take second place,
or to share His glory with a false goddess like Ishtar! In
the Book of Exodus we read:

"Thou shalt have no other gods before me...For thou shalt
worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous,
is a jealous God:" (Exodus 20:3, 34:14)

Another wayward Catholic tradition, which I have personally
witnessed and experienced, is that of carrying a little
statue of baby Jesus door-to-door so that the Catholic
faithful can kiss it. I forget exactly on what holiday they
do this, but it is a once-a-year ritual. The last time they
came to my door, I tried to refrain myself, but the Lord's
Spirit just swelled up within me and I told them to their
faces in an angry voice that it was blatant idol worship! Of
course, the false shepherd who was leading this group of
high school teenagers quickly tried to herd his little flock
away from my door, acting as if I was just some ignorant
Protestant who didn't correctly understand the sanctity of
their solemn idol-worshipping ritual. How tragic! As I have
shared before, in the Gospels, Jesus was quick to expose the
hypocrisy of the self-righteous leaders of His day. Consider
the following very pointed example:

"Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the
elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also
transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?...Thus
have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your
tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you,
saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth,
and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far
from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men."
(Matthew 15:2-3, 6b-9)

As we can see, sometimes there is the need to be very direct
with the wayward. Sometimes you may only have a few seconds
to get in some kind of a witness, and then the opportunity
will be lost; so you need to give them something that will
remain with them. Immediately after the previous incident,
Satan tried to condemn me by telling me that I should have
been more loving to those Catholic teenagers. 'After all',
he reasoned, 'they just do it out of ignorance. They don't
really know any better. They are just foolish kids who
follow the traditions of their parents. You should feel
sorry for them and be easier on them.' While some of these
things may indeed be true, this is precisely one of Satan's
favorite tactics; he will try to reason things out with us.
He tries to neutralize us in our minds. This is the very
same trick that Satan used with Adam and Eve.

This is why, in his Epistle to the Ephesians, the Apostle
Paul tells us that we must put on the Helmet of Salvation;
because our head, or our brain, is the primary battlefield
where Satan wages his biggest wars against us! Once Satan
persuades us to give up in our minds, we are defeated! In
fact, this is so important that the Apostle Paul also tells
us that after we have come to the Lord, our brains must be
completely rewired by the Spirit and the Word of God so that
we have the mind of Christ. This involves an entirley new
spiritual and mental outlook on life:

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the word of God:" (Ephesians 6:17)

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed
by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that
good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
(Romans 12:2)

"For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may
instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
(1 Corinthians 2:16)

In this case, Satan tried to make me feel like I was the big
bad mean ogre for having been so hard on this sincere group
of Catholic kids and their adult group leader. While it is
indeed true that we must show love, mercy and patience with
the wayward, at the same time, sometimes it is necessary to
rebuke them strongly in the hope that you will awake them
out of the spiritual stupor into which they have fallen due
to Satan's lies. Jeremiah has been referred to by some as
the Weeping Prophet because of his Lamentations; however,
that doesn't mean that he by any means compromised the
message of repentance and doom which the Lord had given to
him to deliver to the Israelites. If nothing else, perhaps
some of those teenagers went home a little troubled. Perhaps
they even began to question their beliefs and practices.
Maybe a few of them even decided to open their Bibles in
search of the Truth. I only had a few seconds in which to
say something to them, so hopefully it was enough.

Concerning these Catholic traditions, if there is one thing
of which I am absolutely certain, it is that Jesus is no
longer a little baby in a manger; neither is He any longer
hanging in agony on the Cross; He is currently sat down at
the Right Hand of His Father in Heaven! As He said Himself,
He has already overcome the world:

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be
of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in
time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these
last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who
being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of
his person, and upholding all things by the word of his
power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on
the right hand of the Majesty on high;" (Hebrews 1:1-3)

In short, Jesus is alive and well; and soon He will return
to this Earth to rule and reign over it with great Power and
great Glory! At that time, He will eliminate all Earthly
opposition, and He will rule with a Rod of Iron! As I have
pointed out in other articles, the Bible has a number of
verses which state this very thing:

"Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash
them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalms 2:9)

"And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set
up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the
kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall
break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall
stand for ever." (Daniel 2:44)

"And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels
of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I
received of my Father." (Revelation 2:27)

"And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all
nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto
God, and to his throne." (Revelation 12:5)

"And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he
should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod
of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and
wrath of Almighty God." (Revelation 19:15)

Once the Lord has subdued all Earthly rulers and brought the
nations under His absolute control, Jesus will then present
the Earth to His Father as the spoils of war; for Satan will
have been completely defeated once and for all:

"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of
fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet
are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and
ever." (Revelation 20:10)

"Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the
kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down
all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign,
till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy
that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things
under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under
him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all
things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto
him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him
that put all things under him, that God may be all in all."
(1 Corinthians 15:24-28)

Returning to the main topic of discussion, of course, I
already knew that Jesus is no longer dead, but this incident
with my daughter emphasized for me once again how important
it is to watch what we say in front of our children, and how
we say it. It also made me realize exactly how much she has
filled herself with the Word of God. She just blurted it
right out quite naturally, 'But daddy, Jesus said 'Before
Abraham was, I am'.' In other articles I have stressed how
our children are like little spiritual sponges, especially
while they are in their formative years. They suck up and
absorb everything, whether it is good, or whether it is
evil. They can be filled with positive good thoughts from
His Word, or else they can be filled with negative thoughts
and ideas from the world. One verse I have shared before is
the following:

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever
things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever
things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if
there be any praise, think on these things."
(Philippians 4:8)

To give you an example of the deep subliminal impact the
world has on our children, consider the following. I suffer
from certain health problems which sometimes get the better
of me; so I was laying on the bed because I was in no shape
to be working on any articles. My daughter, realizing that
she had a golden opportunity when daddy wasn't busy at his
computer, came over and asked if we could play doctor. I
conceded, and she began writing down my personal patient
data. Whenever I am tired and exhausted, I sometimes tend to
get a bit silly and foolish; so I was giving all kinds of
silly answers to her questions. Upon being asked my age, I
stated it as being one hundred and fourteen. Upon hearing
this, she immediately said, 'Why, you should already be in
the freezer!' At the time, it was extremely funny, and we
both had a good laugh and kept joking about it for a while.
At the same time, I was wondering to myself, 'Where did she
ever learn that?'

To give you a little background so you can fully understand
the significance of my daughter's answer, allow me to inform
you that as I write this, it has been a full four months
since we last watched television; and it has been great! We
had a major tropical storm blow through our area which
completely devastated the room in which the television set
was located, including taking out one window with metal
storm shutters on it! The television, the VCR, and even the
window air conditioner were all thrown to the floor and
broken to varying degrees. Aside from that, even when our
television set was working, I tried to monitor my daughter's
viewing as much as possible. That basically meant watching
one educational television channel; and even then it was
full of Satan's lies concerning EVILution. So then, upon
asking her where she had learned about dead bodies in the
freezer, my daughter informed me that she had seen it on an
American hospital program called 'Chicago Hope'.

As far as I can remember, it has been several years since I
last watched that program. I simply no longer have the time
for, or the interest in such things. Time is too short to
indulge in such wasteful activities. According to my
daughter, two years ago while I was watching 'Chicago Hope',
she saw a doctor slide out a freezer; and there was a frozen
corpse in all of its ghoulish glory. Imagine, this happened
two years ago; yet it left an indelible impression on her
memory! That is how impressionable young children are! That
is how quick they are to absorb things, whether they be
good, or whether they be evil. While 'Chicago Hope' seeks to
highlight the love, valour and sacrifice of those who try to
save lives, at the same time, it contains its share of
blood, guts and gore. Perhaps I should thank the Lord that
this occurred on a medical program and not on one of those
violent cop shows! I am reminded of the following verse:

"Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed
innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
wasting and destruction are in their paths."
(Isaiah 59:7)

Having shared the above incident, imagine now how most young
American children are constantly bombarded on a daily basis,
at school, at home and during playtime, with the wicked lies
and evil influences of Satan! He is waging a great warfare
in their minds, and in most cases, he is winning! Stop to
consider how much their personalities, their way of viewing
the world, their manner of reacting to others, their
thoughts on God and Truth, their way of dealing with their
problems, etc., have already been influenced and permanently
shaped by the things they have seen, heard and have been
taught at such a tender age. Parents of the world who don't
know the Lord, and who have children who don't know the
Lord, have a good reason to be alarmed! Because of their
rebellion against God and His ways of love and peace, they
are breeding a generation of violent little monsters whose
consciences have been seared with a hot iron so that some of
them no longer even know or understand the difference
between what is right and what is wrong!

I am reminded of how the Apostle Paul tells us that even if
we were never properly instructed as to what is right and
what is wrong behaviour, God has still seen fit to write His
Laws upon the tables of our hearts. This is what some people
refer to as the voice of our conscience:

"For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature
the things contained in the law, these, having not the law,
are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law
written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing
witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else
excusing one another;)" (Romans 2:14-15)

On the other hand, consider also the sober warning which
Paul issued concerning the spiritual conditions which would
exist during the Endtime:

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times
some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in
hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats,
which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of
them which believe and know the truth." (1 Timothy 4:1-3)

In the previous verse, the word 'seared' is derived from the
Greek word 'kauteriazo', pronounced kow-tay-ree-ad'-zo. It
is from this ancient Greek word that we derive our English
word 'cauterise' which means to stop a wound from bleeding
by applying a hot instrument. As a result of performing this
technique, what often happens is that sometimes the nerve
endings are numbed. In other words, you can no longer feel
anything in that particular part of your body. It is similar
to metacarpal tunnel syndrome, or ulnal entrapment syndrome.
So what Paul is actually saying is that in the Endtime, the
times in which we are now living, some people's consciences
will be completely numbed to the conviction of God's Spirit
speaking to their hearts! They will be so spiritually dead,
that they will be like walking zombies. In his Epistle to
the Ephesians, Paul said the very same thing in an even more
clear way:

"This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye
henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of
their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being
alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is
in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being
past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness,
to work all uncleanness with greediness.'
(Ephesians 4:17-19)

This is exactly what the so-called Christian United States
of America is breeding; a generation of children who are
totally darkened in their understanding of the Lord, who are
totally alienated to the life He can offer them, who are
totally blinded to His ways of peace and love, and who are
totally past feeling when it comes to committing acts of
violence. Some of these kids have actually said that they
didn't know that what they were doing was wrong! How can
this possibly be? The answer is shockingly simple. In the
Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said:

"Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of
thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree
bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth
evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every
tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and
cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know
them." (Matthew 7:16-20)

These children are the fruit of a generation of adults who
have likewise turned their backs on the Lord! They are the
wicked spawn of a generation of adults who, because they do
not know the Lord themselves, have not been able to plant
the Seed of Faith in their children's hearts and minds; and
thus, they are losing the spiritual battle! Because they do
not know the Lord, and because they have not taught their
children about the Lord, and because they have not even
given their children the godly discipline that they need,
these rebellious materialistic anti-God secular humanistic
parents have now reaped exactly what they have sown. This is
a Divine Principle which cannot simply be ignored:

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is
old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6)

"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap." (Galatians 6:7)

"He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good
seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good
seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the
children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the
devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers
are the angels." (Matthew 13:37-39)

"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also
sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also
bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Because these parents have sparingly sown the Seed of the
Word of God in the lives of their children, if at all, they
are now reaping the results of it in watching their children
grow up to be mentally and spiritually unbalanced, with a
fascination for evil, violence and death; and with no
respect for the sanctity of life. This is clearly reflected
in their attitudes, in their style of dress, in the kinds of
music they listen to, in the alarming increase in teenage
suicides, etc. If you think that my view is a bit extreme,
consider the terrible tragedy which occurred at Westside
Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, U.S.A. the last week
of March 1998. Following is a short newsclip from CNN, the
Cable News Network based in the United States Of America:

----- Begin Quote -----

"Two male cousins, 11 and 13, wearing camouflage and hiding
in the woods nearby, opened fire on their classmates on
Tuesday as they assembled outside during a prank fire alarm.
Four girls were killed. One teacher died in the hospital.
Eleven others were wounded, including another teacher.
Police caught the two suspects as they were running from the
scene. Because the suspects are juveniles, they cannot be
prosecuted as adults under Arkansas law, officials said. The
ATF says it will trace the weapons."

----- End Of Quote -----

When a pre-teenage boy, and another boy who has just become
a teenager, are not only able to obtain weapons and live
ammunition, but are also able to walk to a public school
area, dressed in camouflage, and freely open fire on their
fellow classmates in a planned ambush, you know that
something is terribly wrong with America! In the Book of
Proverbs we find the following verses:

"The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father:
but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother."
(Proverbs 10:1)

"Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a
companion of riotous men shameth his father."
(Proverbs 28:7)

I have no doubt that the parents of these two boys must be
going through a lot of emotional turmoil right now, and must
be terribly ashamed by the cold and calculated actions of
their children. How are they possibly going to be able to
answer to the Lord for their dismal failure to train their
children properly? Imagine; the lives of these two young
boys are now stained with murder! They and their parents are
scarred for life, and the families of their innocent victims
are also scarred for life. If I were the parents of one of
those two boys, I would probably want to leave town as soon
as possible just to avoid the embarrassment!

How did the President of the United States react to this
terrible event? While he expressed grief and shock, in
another CNN news clip, U.S. President Bill Clinton, who
happens to be a Southern Baptist, stated in part that he did
not understand the 'dark force' that led to the tragedy!
Rather than use the incident to shock and wake up America to
how far she has gone from the Lord, Mr. Clinton simply said
that he did not understand the 'dark force' which motivated
these kids to do what they did! What a terrible man-pleasing
compromise! I dare say that there is not a true Christian
reading this article who doesn't know what that 'dark force'
is, or why these things are happening in America! Sadly, as
the old saying goes, a country gets the leader that it
deserves; just as rebellious Israel was given rebellious
King Saul!

To further emphasize how dangerous American teenagers are
becoming, and how easy it is for them to obtain lethal
weapons, consider this following CNN news report. Can there
be any doubt that America is in serious trouble?:

----- Begin Quote -----

"A standoff Thursday at a Pocatello, Idaho, school for
troubled youths, begun when a 14-year-old boy pulled a gun
on the principal, ended peacefully when the boy surrendered
nearly five hours later. The principal escaped unharmed, no
one else was hurt and the boy walked out after trading his
two handguns for cigarettes, pizza and soft drinks. Police
said the boy had fired a shot into a wall or ceiling."

----- End Of Quote -----

Here is another CNN report concerning a high school shooting
which occurred in Kentucky in December of 1997. This tragedy
also left three girls dead. As with the other incidents, the
shooter was another teenager!:

----- Begin Quote -----

"A 16-year-old girl who was the most seriously injured of
the survivors in a Paducah, Kentucky, high school shooting
rampage has returned home. Missy Jenkins was paralyzed from
the waist down in the December 1 attack that left three
girls dead. She spent the last seven weeks recovering in a
Lexington hospital. Michael Carneal, 14, is charged in the
shootings."

----- End Of Quote -----

While one truly hopes that this teenage violence would come
to an end, such does not appear to be the case. CNN also
reported the following shocking incident involving another
fourteen-year-old with a gun which occurred on April 24,
1998. Like previous incidents, this tragedy has left another
teacher dead, and two students injured:

----- Begin Quote -----

"A 14-year-old-boy fatally shot a teacher and wounded two
students at an eighth-grade dance in northwestern
Pennsylvania Friday night, authorities said. After firing
the shots, the boy fled the dance hall until the owner
caught up with him in a nearby field, police said. The
suspect, an eighth grade student at J.W. Parker Middle
School, is now in custody and state police are preparing a
murder charge against him. "It seems we are now joining a
growing list of communities that have had to deal with this
type of violence," a police spokesman said."

----- End Of Quote -----

Only two days after the above incident, the Cable News
Network released yet another shocking news report; this time
involving a four-year-old and a six-year-old. Neighbors
say that at the time of the accident, it appeared that the
two toddlers were playing toy guns. Sadly, it wasn't a toy
gun whatsoever, and one boy was shot dead by the other!:

----- Begin Quote -----

"GREENSBORO, North Carolina (AP) -- Two boys appeared to be
playing their usual game of pretend gunplay when a
4-year-old boy fatally shot his playmate on his sixth
birthday.

Carlos Gilmer was shot in the neck Saturday at the home of
his godmother, Beulah Lindsay, who took care of him. The
younger boy is Lindsay's grandson, who visited her home
regularly.

Authorities said the boys found the .38-caliber pistol in a
purse in the house."

----- End Of Quote -----

Such incidents can only be blamed on the stupid
irresponsible negligent parents! How could they possibly
have left a loaded gun in an area easily accessible by a
four-year-old? Personally, I even find the idea of children
playing 'play guns' revolting! If it were within my power, I
would remove all toy guns, toy soldiers, jets, laser robots
and other violence-oriented toys completely off of the
shelves of American stores! I would make it illegal to
manufacture, buy, sell or possess such demonic inventions!
From the manufacturer out to make a profit, to the
advertisers who make kids want to buy them, to the stupid
parents who actually waste their money on such things, they
are all guilty, guilty, guilty! Well, believe it or not,
only two days after this last incident, on April 28, 1998,
CNN reported yet another case of teenage violence in which
two boys were killed, another one was wounded in Pomona,
California, U.S.A.:

----- Begin Quote -----

"Two teen-agers were shot and killed and a third was wounded
Tuesday afternoon while playing basketball at an elementary
school in Pomona, California, police said. The shooting at
Philadelphia Elementary School occurred about 5:20 p.m.,
said police Cpl. William Tucker. The names and exact ages of
the victims were not immediately available, he said. No
other injuries were reported. Pomona is about 40 miles east
of downtown Los Angeles."

----- End Of Quote -----

The month of May, 1998 did not offer any respite from these
crimes of violence committed by teenagers. Following are
additional newsclips from the Cable News Network. This first
incident was reported on May twentieth:

----- Begin Quote -----

"A football player at a Fayetteville, Tennessee, high school
was shot to death on campus Tuesday, allegedly by a
teammate, school officials said. High school senior Nicholas
Creason, 18, was pronounced dead from multiple gunshot
wounds at about 2 p.m. The shooting took place in a school
parking lot. Jacob Davis, another 18-year-old senior, was
taken into custody following the shooting. He has been
charged with first-degree murder and reckless endangerment,
according to Fayetteville police."

----- End Of Quote -----

Only two days after the previous report, CNN informed the
public of the following two incidents. In the first one,
twenty-four students were victimized by a fifteen-year-old
with a gun; resulting in two fatalities thus far:

----- Begin Quote -----

"A 15-year-old Oregon boy is facing murder charges after
allegedly opening fire on his classmates with a
semiautomatic rifle, killing one student and wounding 23
others. Two bodies believed to be those of his parents were
later found at his home. Kipland P. Kinkel, a freshman at
Thurston High School, was subdued at the scene by some of
his classmates, who are being called "heroes" by police."

A day later, CNN reports:

"Softly answering a judge's questions and betraying no
emotion, 15-year-old Kipland Kinkel made his first court
appearance Friday afternoon, where he was charged with four
counts of aggravated murder. Kinkel is accused of killing
his parents, William and Faith Kinkel, at their home and
then methodically emptying 51 rounds from a semiautomatic
rifle and a handgun at classmates Thursday morning at
Thurston High School, killing two students. Another 22 were
injured."

The next day, CNN then added:

After he was arrested in a school shooting rampage that left
two classmates dead, Kip Kinkel lunged at an officer with a
knife that he smuggled into the police station, authorities
said Saturday. Kinkel, who is also charged in the shooting
deaths of his parents, had a hunting knife taped to his leg
that escaped notice when he was arrested following Thursday
morning's cafeteria shootings at Thurston High School in
Springfield, Oregon.

----- End Of Quote -----

Thank the Lord that, according to the CNN news report, more
senseless killing by violent teenagers was averted when local
authorities discovered an ambush plan before it was actually
executed:

----- Begin Quote -----

"Police in St. Charles, Missouri have uncovered a plot by
three youths to shoot and kill classmates during a false
fire alarm on the last day of school. The plot was
discovered after police responded to a fight at Becky Davis
Elementary in rural St. Charles County, said Lt. Dave Todd.
The three sixth-grade boys modeled their plan on the recent
ambush in Jonesboro, Arkansas, that left five dead. Todd
said it was unclear what charges would be filed."

----- End Of Quote -----

Unfortunately, this is still not the end of the madness.
Exactly how has the system responded to these violent acts
committed mostly by minors? Consider the following story
which originates in the state of Georgia, U.S.A. If school
children possessing guns has you worried, consider what
might happen if this legislator has his way. If such a law
were actually enacted, public schools could literally be
turned into warfare zones as armed teachers try to defend
their non-violent students from those students who do carry
guns:

----- Begin Quote -----

"Teachers' groups are blasting a proposal from a Georgia
legislator who wants educators to carry weapons as a way to
deter school violence. State Rep. Mitchell Kaye, a
Republican from the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, said
Wednesday -- a day before the school shooting in Oregon --
that he planned to introduce legislation next year
authorizing teachers to be armed. However, on Thursday, he
said his bill might not be necessary, because Georgia law
may already allow teachers to carry weapons."

----- End Of Quote -----

In my view, the fact that CNN has been reporting such a
consistent string of incidents involving gun violence is
highly suspect. I am not saying that none of these tragedies
haven't really occurred; but what I am saying is that I am
beginning to think that perhaps the behind-the-scenes
Controllers may be getting ready to make their move. It is
very obvious to me that right now they are making sure that
all of these incidents appear in the news in rapid
succession like an emotional and psychological blitzkrieg. I
believe there may be a clear objective behind all of this;
and that is that right now they are doing some heavy
conditioning of the public psyche, so that when legislation
is passed in Congress making it illegal for regular citizens
to even own handguns, the general public will gladly go
along with it just to stop all of this terrible violence.

This tactic is precisely in accord with the 'Protocols of
the Wise Elders of Zion'. First they create the problem by
making the guns easily available to the public; and then
once the violence gets out of hand as they knew it would,
then they step in with a valid excuse for passing tougher
laws and tightening the screws on the American public. This
ploy has been used over and over again by these people.
First they create the problem, and then they offer a legal
solution which will, in the process of being implemented,
deny the general public just a little bit more of their
personal freedom. I don't doubt that The Controllers use
these very same tactics in every country where they have a
strong influence and an agenda. If I am correct about this,
then we shouldn't be too surprised if these kinds of reports
regarding gun violence committed by children and teenagers,
continue to appear in the news for some time until the
general public has had enough and decides it is better to
give up a little more freedom than to let the violence
continue. Time will certainly tell if I am right.

No matter how you choose to view these situations, the blame
still falls primarily on the parents and the gun owners who
are irresponsible with their weapons. It is because we live
in a society of violence and fear that many people have felt
pressured into purchasing their weapons for their own
protection. If the American public was motivated more by
Christian love and Godly fear instead of by greed and
selfishness, all of these guns would not even be necessary;
but as I said, it may all be a part of the plan to totally
disarm America so they cannot offer physical resistance when
the foreign U.N. troops come in to bring America under
control of the New World Order. If this does indeed happen
as some have speculated, then like Israel of old, it will be
because God is judging this nation for her sins. It is time
for America to wake up! Perhaps it is already too late for
her. Like ancient Israel, maybe America has already passed
the point of no return. There came a time when the Lord
simply ran out of patience with the rebellious Children of
Israel. They had gone so far astray that at one point He
finally told them:

"...Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the
Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the
Philistines? The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the
Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I
delivered you out of their hand. Yet ye have forsaken me,
and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.
Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them
deliver you in the time of your tribulation."
(Judges 10:11b-14)

Considering some of the recent events which have occurred,
it appears that America has already begun experiencing the
Lord's judgments. It doesn't always require an invasion by a
foreign enemy in order to punish a country as in the days of
ancient Israel. The Lord has other means of chastisement
which can be just as effective in dealing with His wayward
children. In addition to an alarming rise in such things as
teenage suicides, high school violence, drug-related inner
city violence and crime, normal citizens going berserk in
post offices and restaurants, domestic violence, sexual
abuse of children, etc., in the past few years there has
been a noticeable upsurge in natural disasters such as many
severe storms and tornadoes, mudslides, wide-area floods,
etc., which have wreaked havoc on the population of the
United States. Consider the most recent catastrophe which
has left at least forty-three people dead. The following
information is extracted from several CNN news clips:

----- Begin Quotes -----

"The death toll has risen to at least 19 in Alabama,
Mississippi and Georgia after a line of fierce storms rolled
across parts of the Southeast Wednesday night and Thursday
morning, carrying violent winds and baseball-sized hail. An
apparent tornado caused significant damage in several rural
Alabama communities west of Birmingham where most of the
deaths occurred, according to emergency management
officials. Near Rock Creek, close to Birmingham, crews
flashed search lights into the rubble of homes, seeking
survivors."

"Vice President Al Gore on Friday will tour the
storm-ravaged Southeast, where victims are trying to rebuild
their lives in the wake of devastating tornadoes and
thunderstorms that swept through the region late Wednesday
and early Thursday. The storms killed at least 43 people in
Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. Nearly 200 people were
injured and 2,000 homes and businesses were destroyed or
damaged. The worst damage occurred just west of Birmingham,
Alabama, where an F-5 twister killed at least 30 people."

----- End Of Quotes -----

While incidents such as the above are indeed tragic, and
while we should feel sorry and pray for the victims of these
catastrophes, and offer physical and/or spiritual relief if
we have the means to do so, as Christians, we must also
learn to look deeper in order to understand why these things
happen. I discuss this topic more in full in the article
'Are Personal Tragedies Due To Sin?'. Unlike carnal worldly
men who attribute natural catastrophes to geographical
location, meteorlogical conditions such as 'El Nino', etc.,
we must learn to see the Hand of God in everything. If we
truly believe that God is all-powerful, then we must also
believe that He could choose to prevent these things if He
so desired. When God allowed Satan to afflict Job, the
Patriarch knew right away that these things were ordained of
and permitted by God for a specific reason. While his pride
and self-righteous attitude hindered him at first, Job
eventually learned the lessons that the Lord was trying to
teach him.

Sadly, as I pointed out earlier, people's consciences have
become so hardened, and so numbed to hearing the Voice of
God, that they readily welcome the lies, excuses and
scientific reasoning of their fellow companions in sin. I
can't help but wonder if it might be significant that some
of these events associated with teenage violence and severe
storms, are occurring in the souteastern area of the United
States. For those living outside of the United States of
America, this area is often referred to as the 'Bible Belt'
due to the strong influence of the Southern Baptists and
other Christian denominations. These people are very proud
of their heritage, and some of them very self-righteously
so. In thinking of these disasters, I am reminded of the
following verse from the writings of the Apostle Peter:

"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house
of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be
of them that obey not the gospel of God?" (1 Peter 4:17)

While the South is noted for its staunch conservative
attitudes, its plethora of Gospel singers, its fire and
brimstone preachers, etc., might it be that they are in fact
guilty of making a lot of noise while their hearts have
drifted far from the Lord? Consider the following:

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and
have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a
tinkling cymbal." (1 Corinthians 13:1)

"Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near
me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but
have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward
me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I
will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even
a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise
men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men
shall be hid." (Isaiah 29:13-14)

About ten days ago I was given a ride by a fellow who hails
from the state of Kentucky. Being a former lumberjack, he
proceeded to tell me how he had suffered a serious back
injury which had forced him to change occupations. As it
turns out, this accident was due primarily to his own pride
and youthful foolishness. One of the things which really
shocked me about this person is that while he claimed to be
a Christian, stating in fact that his father is a Southern
minister, I do not exaggerate when I say that he cussed just
about every other sentence as he related his story! What is
worse, he apparently saw absolutely nothing wrong with it! I
am reminded of what the Lord said in the Gospel of Matthew:

"Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at
the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the
draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth
come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out
of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,
fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are
the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen
hands defileth not a man." (Matthew 15:17-20)

After relating his tale, this Southern preacher's son then
had the gall to tell me that he is working on a book which
will explain the truths of the Bible like they have never
been explained or understood before. This is precisely the
mentality I expose in 'Elijah: Where Are The True Prophets
Of God?'. When he learned that I do not sell my work, but
rather that I write and distribue it for absolutely free,
this man then began to mildly berate me explaining to me
that I was failing God. He then prescribed his method for
making money from my work by using the Internet. Even though
I humbly shared with him several times Jesus' advice 'Freely
ye have received, freely give', he became even more forceful
in expressing his opinion. Thank the Lord I had a pending
appointment and was able to quickly excuse myself from his
presence. This man reminds me of everything I wrote about in
'Money-Making Bible Hucksters And Mammon!'. How sad!

Perhaps I am wrong, but could this materialistic worldly
attitude be one of the reasons why the Lord has begun
dealing with those who claim to be His children in the
southern United States? The fact that this man is the son of
a Southern preacher brings us right back to the theme of our
children. What is happening with and to them is but one of
many symptoms of a major spiritual problem within the United
States of America. She is reaping what she has sown by
leading her children down the path of darkness, instead of
sharing with them the glorious Light of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. Exactly as Jesus accused the ancient Israelites of
withholding the Truth from their converts, because many
parents of America have failed to teach their children the
ways of the Lord, those kids are now becoming twofold more
the children of hell than the parents themselves!:

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is
made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than
yourselves." (Matthew 23:15)

Thank the Lord that there is at least a small minority of
God-fearing parents left in America who have faithfully
planted the Seed of Faith in the hearts and minds of their
children. Rather than bringing grief and heartache to their
parents, these wonderful children are growing up in the
fear, nuture and admonition of the Lord:

"And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but
bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord."
(Ephesians 6:4)

"And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is
wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding."
(Job 28:28)

I can personally testify of the joy that my daughter brings
to my life. When I see the wisdom and the Spirit which the
Lord has given to her, it makes me proud to be her dad; and
I thank the Lord that He has allowed me to be her steward.
As with the Apostle John, I can say:

"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in
truth." (3 John 1:4)

Despite all of the mistakes I have made in my life, it is my
hope and my prayer that someday when I have to stand before
the Lord, that I will be able to say, 'Well Lord, I made a
lot of mistakes in my life, and I know I could have done
much better in some areas, but here is one precious jewel
that I snatched from the fire'; and then I will present Him
with my daughter. If you have children of your own, will you
be able to do the same thing; or will you and your children
be a part of the tares which will be burned in unquenchable
fire? The choice is really up to you.

Easter, is a time of hope; it is a time of new beginnings;
it is a reminder of the glorious realities of the coming
Change and Resurrection which will be experienced by those
of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and
Saviour. If as a parent you have not yet accepted the Lord,
then I encourage you to do so now. Just humbly admit to Him
that you realize that you have made a lot of mistakes in
your life. Tell Him that you are sorry, and that you are now
ready to accept His help. Ask Him to forgive you for your
rebellion and your unbelief, and then invite the Spirit of
the Lord to come to dwell in your heart and in your life. He
eagerly waits for you to cry out to Him. He will not force
Himself upon anyone. However, once you do seek His face, He
tells us:

"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him
that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
(John 6:37)

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand."
(John 10:28)

Once you have accepted Jesus Christ into your life, it is
then your responsibility to teach your children the ways of
the Lord as well. Please don't wait another day; begin by
planting the Seed of Faith in their young lives today! As
you begin to read and share His wonderful Word together,
your faith will grow and blossom! Believe me, someday,
hopefully soon, you will realize that you made the right
choice! I pray that this Easter message will bring about a
positive change in your life, and in the lives of your
children.

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