Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Let not your heart be troubled, Jesus is coming soon!

Jack and Rexella Van Impe on 03-23-10 talk about major scenarios facing us - catastrophes, wars, and pestilence - and that there is a reason to "Let not your heart be troubled." Jesus will be returning soon.

In this video, their greatest moment was when they castigated the Obama administration for their treatment of Israel in regard to the housing development in East Jerusalem. This part appears toward the end of the video. Don't miss it!

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Places of the Heart

On a day like this, when I believe we could lose our freedom, I really needed to see or hear something to lift me up. I found out, in a big way, that it pays to actually check out private messages that I receive on my youtube account. Today, I received one that recommended a video to see. I watched it, and though the video quality may not have been impressive, I quickly understood that this was not about the "video." (Nice scenery, though, but a little jerky). It was all about the music and the lyrics. Just read the lyrics as you listen to the song. I think you will be glad that I finally checked my messages!

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And, now the beautiful lyrics:

(Written by Sheryl and Adam Pinkowski; Performed by KRISSY)

Places of the Heart.

Does your heart reach out to your soul
Feeling a need for you to belong
A place where no one feels alone
So warm and safe from every wrong
Why does the sun light up the sky
And the trees shade you and I
Why does the grape hold on to the vine
Rivers that flow through valley's of time
Look at the mountains they stand so tall
Look at the sea how the billows roll
Colours of Autumn leaves in fall
Oh Lord You made them all
And when you see how the eagle flies
Spreads her wings over mountains high
Then to her young ones in their nest
She folds them to her breast
Does your heart reach out to your Soul
Feeling a need for you to belong
A place where no one feels alone
So warm and safe from every wrong

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

What was God thinking? ~ By Patrice Lewis

Patrice Lewis writes about the horrible misfortunes of a family she knows. It is a sad story. Yet, she does make a very good point about why things like this happen to good people. Does God have anything to do with it?
"God does not cause our misfortunes. ... Some are caused by bad luck, some are caused by bad people, and some are simply an inevitable consequence of our being human and being mortal, living in a world of inflexible natural laws. The painful things that happen to us are not punishments for our misbehavior, nor are they in any way part of some grand design on God's part. Because the tragedy is not God's will, we need not feel hurt or betrayed by God when tragedy strikes. We can turn to Him for help in overcoming it, precisely because we can tell ourselves that God is as outraged by it as we are."
~ Rabbi Harold Kushner, "When Bad Things Happen to Good People."
By Patrice Lewis

Posted: March 20, 2010 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2010

I'm going to do something I've never before done in my columns: ask for help. No, not for me; but for some people we know.

When tragedy strikes, it's a common reaction to ask, "God, why? Why would You let this happen?"

I received a phone call on the afternoon of St. Patrick's Day from my friend Tiffani. "I'm calling with a prayer request," she said, chocking back sobs. "Even as we speak, the Doles' house is burning down."

To receive such a call is shocking at best, but this case takes some explanation.

The Doles are a homeschooling family of eight children. They would have had nine, but they lost a baby (Tucker) a couple years ago. Mike Dole lost his job, so the family has been struggling. Tracy was pregnant with their 10th child when they learned the baby had a rare and usually fatal congenital heart defect. Little Jethro was born dead three weeks ago. The doctors revived him. He underwent surgery
and is in precarious condition. We don't know if he will live.

And now their house has burned down.

I asked my husband, "How much can one family take?"

And then I got mad at God. How could He let such a thing happen? One or two things, maybe. But to lose a baby? And a job? And possibly another baby? And their home? And all their possessions?

So yes, I was mad at God. What was He thinking? Couldn't He … maybe spread things out a little?

Why do bad things happen to good people? These kinds of multiple blows should be reserved for bad people. That's the kind of neat and orderly "payback" it would be nice to see. The only people to lose jobs, lose babies and lose homes should be those who … well, who deserve it.

But of course that's not how things work in this world. While some say God's plan is perfect, sometimes it sure is hard to see what that plan could be. What on earth is God doing, burning down the Dole's home in addition to losing their source of income and taking their littlest baby? Is He just plain mean?

Troubled, I turned to Harold Kushner's classic book "When Bad Things Happen to Good People." The author surmises that maybe things don't happen because God directly "causes" them to happen. Sometimes things just … happen. But it's what we DO with those things that make a difference. Do we turn to God or reject Him? Do we seek solace in prayer or in hatred? Do we cope by opening ourselves spiritually or by shutting ourselves off with bitterness? Better minds than mine have pondered these dilemmas for centuries.

There's a scene from an old Western movie about some pioneers. In the movie, a man's wife had died, leaving him with a small daughter. A woman, pregnant with her first child, loses her husband on the trail.

The woman looked at the wreckage of her dreams and blamed God for her troubles. The man took her aside and said, "I know you're mad at God. But God is not responsible for your problems." He added, "When I go for a walk with my daughter and she trips and falls, she knows I didn't push her down. But she also knows that I will be there to lift her up. To minister to her hurts, to support her on her journey and if necessary to carry her home."

I take comfort from this thought. Perhaps God didn't smite the Doles because He was having a bad hair day. Perhaps stuff just … happens. It's how we deal with the "stuff" that matters.


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