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“…and be content with what you have.” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV)

Ten years ago, discontentment ruled the land. There was so much dissatisfaction and complaining that America became the undisputed whine capital of the world. Since then, whine production rose 200%. Across the culture, “whine-making” has developed into an art form.

Professional protestors have sprung up. (Protesting is an aggressive and impassioned form of the more passive whining.) Politicians have become masters of manipulation. Political rallies stir the underlying fears and anger of the public into a frenzy. Candidates use slander and vitriol to make opponents enemies who must be stopped. Campaign appearances are an odd combination of worship service mixed with a mob atmosphere. He’s really mad, but she was madder!

During Israel’s exodus, crying and whimpering had grown into an epidemic. The Lord’s anger was aroused and fire broke out in the camp. After the fire died down, the rabble picked up again where they left off. “…we never see anything but this manna!” they moaned (Numbers 11:6).

Moses heard the rancor then offered his complaint before the Lord (11:10-15). God’s servant concluded his list of grievances with “If this is how you are going to treat me, put me to death right now.”

Numbers 11 ends with a severe plague breaking out throughout the Israelites’ camp. Mouths that spoke of craving other food beside manna became portals for poisoned meat. At a place called “graves of craving,” the moans of discontentment were heard no more (11:34).

Before the Lord again takes the unpleasant step of shutting down the world’s complaining industry, it is time we un-whine ourselves. Like Paul, learn to be content in every circumstance (Philippians 4:11-12). The permanent silencing of whine-makers may be inevitable; we just don’t have to participate. Nor do we have to lie among the “graves of craving”.

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)

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candle-dying-out The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken. (Job 38:15)

As the candle of this age burns down, its flame becomes a flicker. What will remain is a smoldering wick. Soon deep darkness will settle over the earth. Night is coming, a time when no one can work (John 9:4).

A week before Christmas, heads-of-state gathered in Paris to “fight the evil of global warming”. Two hundred nations signed a document immediately hailed as a giant leap for mankind. “Saving the planet” is a fraud. It is a code phrase for dimming the lights.

In the industrialized world, war has been declared on fossil fuels. Though no reliable substitute exists, producers of natural gas, coal and oil are now targets for extinction. Industries that have fueled the engine of progress are cast as villains in this contemporary play.

Lead by revered scientists and academicians, the wisdom of this age is literally and figuratively ushering in the night. Fulfilled are sayings found in Scripture: Their minds are darkened. Thinking they are wise they become fools and the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God (1 Corinthians 1:19-20, 3:19-20).

The Savior whom men have rejected is the source of all illumination (John 1:9). “Let there be light” was spoken by Him, then there was light.

Jesus said, “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds are evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.” (John 3:19-20 NIV)

Lights will continue to dim until great distress falls over the land, but those who possess wisdom that comes from God will shine like the brightness of the heavens (Daniel 12:1,3).

 

 

 

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This what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says, “If you are determined to go to Egypt and you do go to settle there, then the sword you fear will overtake you there, and the famine you dread will follow you into Egypt, and there you will die… by the sword, famine or plague; not one of them will survive or escape the disaster I will bring on them.” (Jeremiah 42:15b-16, 17b NIV)

As Syrian refugees enter Europe and America, some are arguing we need to welcome them as an act of compassion. This post will argue the opposite. It is disconcerting to see Syrian men of fighting age fleeing to the U.S. and Europe rather than mounting an effective resistance or, at least, remaining in proximity to their homeland. What kind of counterattack can be mobilized to regain lost ground if fighting men have been disbursed to England or Kentucky? It has created a resistance void in cities and towns throughout the region.

Humanitarian work is currently going on in camps in Jordan and elsewhere in the region. Had aid for food, blankets, tents, as well as medicine, been given from the same governments opening their borders, an international crisis would have been averted. Supplying transportation to the west for 100,000 Syrians since 2012, instead of emergency assistance to the refugees is unprecedented!

(Oh, and what about the credible reports that ISIS, The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, has been printing fake Syrian passports. Shouldn’t Syrian immigration be stopped until the matter of forged passports is resolved?)

Something other than humanitarianism is afoot. I suggest that a massive influx of Middle Easterners is an attempt to alter forever the political, social and religious landscape of two continents (i.e. Europe and North America) and, therefore, the world. Are we seeing the final stage of the global proliferation of Islam or a global caliphate?

What else explains why Muslims are readily admitted into the U.S., while Syrian or Iraqi Christians are denied. Though the Christian population in Syria is at ten percent only .004% who’ve entered are Christian. According to recent published reports, Syrian refugees numbered 2098 Muslims and 56 Christians.

Another concern ought to be higher on the priority list than humanitarianism, that is national security.  Already, the number of Muslim immigrants is so large and growing that federal agencies are unable to adequately track the activities of suspected or potential terrorists.

This blog has stated that God’s judgment on the West is imminent. In “Demolition” (December 6, 2013) I, John, described Western leaders as appointed by God as destroyers. As a demolition team, they have emerged to supervise the uprooting and tearing down of their respective nations. Observe their “progress” the last two years.

With respect to Syrian refugees, “Do NOT go West!” You will regret it. Keeping Iraqi and Syrian Christians from entering America may be God’s way of preserving their lives. For Western Christians seeking refuge abroad, I offer this: Rather than fleeing, better to remain and build local shelters or Christian communities. Begin constructing an ark of refuge for God’s people–only then will you save yourself.

Jeremiah, the prophet, warned fellow Jews living in Judea that, by escaping to Egypt, they would encounter the very thing they thought they were fleeing; namely, the sword of Babylon. This “prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5) is speaking God’s Word to saints world-wide. Prepare for disaster. Perform great acts of love, while the opportunity lasts, especially for the household of God (1 Peter 4:7-13). Then we will show ourselves worthy of our calling and true citizens of the Kingdom of God on earth.

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Soldiers

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them… and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a NIV)

Don’t recall who said it, but I do remember when I read it. It was right after the “9-11 Attack.” I’m not even sure of the exact quote—yet I subscribe to the author’s point: Hatred for Christians and Jews throughout the world (and in particular the Middle East) is a direct consequence of Christian unwillingness to go and make disciples of all nations.

When the Risen Christ spoke his words in Matthew (above), he was instructing his followers as a commander would his most trusted officers. Our Savior and King commissioned those he ransomed with his blood: From that time forward, they were to continually mount the offensive, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:20b). Therefore, any disciple naming Jesus as their Lord, was to be a fearless soldier (2 Timothy 2:3).

For some time there have been unconfirmed accounts of trained Muslim terrorists moving into Europe posing as Syrian refugees. Add this to the Jihadists who are already in Munich, Paris and London. What of the terrorists that have been entering the U.S.? In general, radical Islamists have their commission: Spread out, have children to non-Muslim women and form sleeper cells.

When a foxnews.com report “The Biggest Sham” broke this week, it featured a since-deleted photo of a long line of men dressed in orange prison jump-suits. They were walking (presumably from prison) on a street of an unidentified American city. It was pictorial evidence of a federal release of six thousand plus drug-dealers and drug-traffickers. Over thirty thousand, many with long criminal histories, may soon be freed. The reason: These inmates qualify under the changes in federal drug-law sentencing guidelines. Since the changes are retroactive, those who served a certain minimum number of years are turned loose.

I know better than to portray all felons in a negative light, but the picture was menacing. It had the look of uniformed soldiers, refreshed, strengthened and eager to return to the battle. From this “Biggest Sham” story I visualized thousands of drug kingpins, dealers and traffickers roaming the country bent on revenge, acquiring territory/power and ill-gotten gain as well.

New recruits ready to cover the globe should be emerging from our churches. Refreshed troops should be continually added to the soldiers evangelizing the lost, but where in America is this happening? There are wonderful Christian inmates who served their time, and now serve Christ. Sadly, the majority of the reinforcements are going to the other side. Those bent on destruction are joining the terrorists. They are filling the positions of the martyrs within the devil’s ranks. What about the ransomed? What strategic positions are we occupying?

Our commitment to Jesus as obedient and fearless soldiers is now more vital than ever. We know who wins the final victory. So let us “soldier-up”!

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“Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” (Revelation 6:11 NKJV).

The entire history of this age will soon be written. While many attempt to pacify the fearful, the wise are taking note of God’s signs. Modern pastors reassure their unsettled flocks with the promise Jesus will return “prior to” Antichrist’s appearance. “Peace and safety” are implicit. Their sheep repeat: “Great Tribulation is coming, but thank God I won’t be around to see it!”

Satan has deceived many so-called “Bible-believing” Christians into declaring “any moment Jesus will come and we’ll escape.” Can Christ come on any given day or will he arrive on a set day with accompanying signs in the sky? Does resurrection occur, as they say, while we are taken up in the rapture? And what of all the unfulfilled signs?

There are definite signs for which we need to look. In 2nd Thessalonians, we have lots of signs. Paul reminded his former students what he had taught. As a fellowship they had swallowed the false teaching the Day of the Lord had come and gone. The Apostle was clear: This day cannot come until the apostasy (the falling away or rebellion) occurs (cf. Matthew 24:10) and the man of sin is revealed (2:3). The man of sin or son of perdition will take his seat in the temple of the LORD claiming to be God (2:4) (In Part 1, we discussed this sign’s fulfillment at the 70th week’s midpoint.)

We learn in Revelation 13 that at the 42-month mark, the Antichrist will be revealed by demanding universal worship. Those who resist him will be forced to take the beast’s mark. This sets the stage for our sign of the end.

God’s people will stand firm in their resistance. Those remaining true despite the beast’s power are spoken of in Revelation 12:11“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (NIV).

God’s resisters are a major sign of the end. Saints always oppose the beast, even to the death. For some, their refusal to take the beast’s mark will cost their head (Rev. 20:4). These martyrs are the souls heard under the altar when the 5th seal is opened (Rev. 6:9). Together they appeal for vengeance (i.e. the Day of the Lord’s Judgment). They are comforted with a promise that God will bring the wicked to justice, but only after the full number of their brothers are likewise slain (Rev. 6:10-11).

This will be a sign of Christ’s coming. Once the last martyr sheds his blood, then the beast’s power will be broken. The beast’s last publicly guillotined saint will set off a series of prophesied signs that directly precede Jesus’ coming in the clouds.

In 2015 a live video feed picked up radical black-clothed Muslims beheading faithful Christians. This is a “can’t miss sign”. It presents evidence of how close we are to the end. Those serving Antichrist will make an example of elect martyrs. Those who hold to the testimony of Jesus and obey God’s commands are already being decapitated.

Prepare now. When the full number of the faithful lose their heads, then look to the east. Redemption will be drawing nigh. EJ.

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” Therefore when you see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place” (whoever reads let him understand)….” For then there will be great tribulation, such has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.” (Matthew 24:15, 21, NKJV).

A dear friend tuned in to a radio program. On it the pastor taught on the sign before the return of Jesus. After intently listening then comparing Scripture with Scripture, she agreed with his conclusion: The Anti-christ will, indeed, desecrate the rebuilt Jewish temple and then claim to be God. This will initiate the foretold events that usher in Messiah’s return.

What is amazing is that this daughter of Zion knew little about prophecy until earlier this year. She has taken to it like a fish to water. She digs in and does not stop until the Holy Spirit reveals truth.

The signs are a topic that should take precedence over most other studies. The signs are key to knowing when Jesus will rescue His people. The prophet Daniel was shown that at the midpoint (day 1260) of the final 7-year period (“the 70th week of Daniel”), the prince to come (Satan’s spawn) will cause the temple sacrifices to cease. Under the prince’s direction, an abomination will be set up that causes desolation (Daniel 9:27, 11:31). For example, a desecrating sacrifice would be a pig on the altar of God in the most holy place.

The Anti-christ, beast or man of lawlessness will exalt himself over God. He will speak blasphemies against the Lord of Hosts (Daniel 11:36-37, Revelation 13:5). The Apostle Paul taught the Thessalonians this doctrine. The Day of Jesus’ return (and our being gathered to Him via the Rapture) will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of sin, the son of perdition, is revealed. Paul then specifies what comes next: This man sits as God in the Lord’s temple and will claim to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

“Let the reader understand.” The Book of Daniel sheds more light. In Chapter 12 it states Michael, Israel’s great prince, will arise. The Hebrew word for “arise or stand up” is amad (aw-mad’). It also means “to be at a stand still”. This infers that the defender of God’s people will be removed from protecting Israel during the Great Tribulation (2 Thessalonians 2:7). An unparalleled time of trouble will descend upon earth’s saints (Daniel 12:1). This is what Jesus told his disciples to look for as he described a future “great distress” (Matthew 24:21, Luke 21:23).

Jesus warns those who witness this sign to flee to the mountains. He promises these days must be cut short or no flesh would survive. At that time there will be false messiahs and false prophets performing signs and wonders (Matthew 24:22-23, Revelation 13:11-18). The delusion will be so strong that, if it were possible, even the elect would be deceived. This is Scripture’s urgent warning.

The sign believers must prepare for will be “the Abomination that causes Desolation”. It is foolish to suggest–as Pre-tribulation or any-moment rapture teachers do–that the Lord offers his people a sign they won’t be around to see. The beast is himself a sign. He will appear to do his evil work before we witness our Lord and King’s return (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3).

Those, such as my friend, who know these things are the magi for our time. They are mining the gold of Scripture, searching for the signs. They will bless God’s people with their knowledge of the Word.

In the next post, we will explore the last sign, the one appearing before the heavens signal Jesus’ glory. EJ

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Moses and the Red Sea
The LORD said,… “And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go, I am sending you to Pharoah to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:7a, 9-11 NIV)

Last evening, a number of U.S. presidential candidates lined a platform in Southern California to debate before the eyes of the world. Americans–as well as humanity in general–are looking for a savior. Who will rescue? Who will lead them to the Promised Land of peace and prosperity? On what man or woman will everyone pin their hopes? Only one will be chosen, but mark my words: They will not have the spirit of Moses, but the spirit of antichrist.

The world is ready for Satan’s seduction. The candidate who most convincingly promises “peace and safety” or “you will have success” (without turning from sin) will rise to a level of power previously unknown. All nations will sing their leader’s praises. They will shout in revelry like the Israelites did when they danced before the golden calves (cf. Exodus 31:1-20).

Moseses will come forth when God’s people weep and wail over the world’s condition. When the cry of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob’s descendants reaches heaven, then will the Lord respond and send his rescuers.

(Notice, in Exodus 3:11, that our prototype Moses did not believe he was God’s gift to humanity as does the typical politician. Humbly, he asked “Who am I?”)

Prophets have a divine calling, they are not chosen by ballot. People tend to reject divine rule, but want a king like other nations. The world will soon have their king! Pharaoh will seem tame in comparison. The Moseses will appear when all misplaced hope in Egypt dissipates like smoke. Our brothers and sisters experiencing persecution are aware, but Western Christians are not yet at the “awareness” stage.

How will we know prophets like Moses? Not by their rise in the polls, but by their willingness to fill the ruler’s prison. America and this world are presently under God’s judgment. The powerful hope to silence prophetic warnings while they boast of their superior abilities to the adoring crowd.

Want a preview of what the Moseses will be saying? If we have ears to hear, read Revelation 2 and 3. The Prophet went into the midst of seven churches and divided the righteous from the wicked. If it is time for judgment to begin on the household of God, then it’s time for the Moseses to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Are you a Moses in the making? A goal of theprophetsofgod.com blog is to serve anointed men and women by equipping them to walk in their destiny.

I recommend “The Prophets of God: Recognize them, Listen to them, Follow them” (Top left). If we don’t know what a true prophet looks like, how can we be one?

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Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born [to the Hebrews] you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.” (Exodus 1:22 NIV)

A friend described a day he will never forget. While hunting for wild turkey, he noticed a hunter approach him, raise his shotgun to his shoulder, aim right at him and fire. Blown off a log by the blast, he had trouble processing what had happened. “That guy is trying to kill me,” he concluded.

My friend must have looked like a wild turkey, at least that is what the shooter said. It was a miracle his life was saved. It went into the books as a hunting accident.

Exodus 1 begins a story about God’s people leaving Egypt. After living in the land a few hundred years, the Hebrews woke one day to a different world. A new ruler was in charge, and, for some reason, they had become his enemy. Processing their new reality was hard. It was going to get rough.

But the more God’s people were oppressed the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread them (Exodus 1:12). Irrational fear of the Hebrews overtook the Egyptians. Treating them harshly as slaves compounded their fears. Pharaoh decided to take his hatred to another level. He ordered Hebrew midwives to kill the boy babies. It wasn’t enough to make their dads slaves, Pharaoh’s new plan was to destroy their sons as soon as they were born. It must have been hard for the Hebrews to accept, but their king was trying to kill them. Finally, Pharaoh ordered anyone who found a male Hebrew baby to throw him into the Nile River (above).

Adolph Hitler rose from obscurity to take leadership of the German Reich. Beginning in the 1920’s, der Fuehrer played on the Antisemitism in his country painting Jews as the chief scapegoat for the economic troubles. After he seized power, Hitler’s hatred for God’s people became more than rhetoric. It spilled over into the streets in early November 1938 during “the night of broken glass.” Thereafter, it became crystal clear Germany’s leader was trying to kill Jews as well as others who stood in his way.

Signs are everywhere that God’s people are in their government’s cross-hairs. America is a prime example. Domestic policies such as abortion, gay marriage, drug legalization, illegal immigration and euthanasia, force believers to take a stand against their government. Foreign policy decisions such as negotiating with the enemy, mistreating our friends and sending our troops to fight with no prospect of victory, all adds up to disaster. Our leaders are trying to kill us.

America has changed. Our grandparents and parents knew a different day. Authorities will deny it, but their actions show they despise God and reject his Word. They hate us without reason. Why in heaven’s name, would this be? Satan’s time is short. He is raging against the saints, is the answer.

God wants his people to cut our ties of affection and loyalty with this world. Prepare to leave Egypt. If the verbal abuse and ridicule is aimed our way, it won’t be long until the shotgun will be as well. Don’t question whether they will fire. The whole world will soon fall into the hands of the Antichrist. The Lord wants us out of our enemy’s cross-hairs and into the Promised Land.

Read prophecy for yourself. They will try to kill us. Process this. Accept the reality of what it means to live for Christ in the last days. Trust in the Lord to be our hiding place.

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“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of great distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.” (Daniel 12:1 NIV)

At cruising altitude, the seat-belt sign illuminates and an announcement is heard from the cockpit. “Remain in your seats with trays in the full upright position and seat-belts tightly fastened,” the captain says. “We are flying into some turbulence. It’s gonna get rough.”

The flight had been smooth so what had changed? How does the pilot know the ride is going to become very bumpy? There must be a warning sign. Passengers would be foolish not to trust the flight crew’s message.

Much of the world is experiencing turbulence but one country in particular is in for a difficult ride. The European Union nation of Greece appears headed for economic collapse. Saturday’s overwhelming “No vote” to austerity measures and a bailout plan could signal that a government raid on private bank accounts is in the works. Three questions about the Greek crisis remain but one thing is certain, it is gonna be rough for democracies everywhere when the Athens-based government defaults on its loans and this domino falls.

Recently America has hit some bumps, but nothing compared to what’s coming. The dire warning light started flashing the moment the U.S. Supreme Court announced its decision in favor of recognizing (i.e. legalizing) gay marriage.

Spontaneous celebrations broke out among supporters of the homosexual agenda. Congratulations were extended at the White House. Figuratively-speaking, at the same moment the seat-belt light came on.

God’s people are heeding their Captain’s warnings and are tightening their belts. Marriage was ordained by the One on Heaven’s throne (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). As decreed on Sinai, homosexuality is detestable to our God and invites his wrath (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:24-27).

Who will survive what’s coming? Will it be those dancing in the aisles or those ready for God’s judgment and a time of great distress? The people who have the most chance, of course, are the wise who heed God’s Word and prepare for the roughest ride ever.

See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. It they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken–that is created things–so that what cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:25-27 NIV)

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bluebirds-nestbox
“…my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6 NIV)

One spring, inspired by a friend, I placed a bluebird box in our backyard. The reward came in a matter of days. Two bluebirds began to gather material for their nest. I was moved to tears. I was told if I built it, they would come–and they did!

Wednesday, June 17th evening services at the U.S. Charleston, South Carolina, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopalian (AME) Church, had been eagerly anticipated. Inside this civil rights landmark building, a dozen happy members of the Emanuel family settled in for their weekly Bible Study. A video camera captured the image of a 21-year old white male entering the church. For an hour, the stranger sat next to the senior pastor, Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, before he brandished his .45 caliber pistol and announced his intentions to shoot. His stated motive: He wanted to start a race war. All nine victims were African-American. The Charleston Church shooting was the worst mass murder at a religious site in the U.S. since 1991.

Another season of bluebird watching was underway when I noticed I had been missing my feathered friends. I thought they would have little mouths to feed and be flitting in and out of their box, but I saw nothing. Upon investigation, I saw it–bluebird feathers. Near the small front portal were scratch marks as if some claws had dug into the wood. My heart sank. It became obvious the cat ate the bluebirds.

When we took two young felines into our home then erected the box, I had no clue I was preparing a death trap, but that is what it was. Like the saints in the church in Charleston, the birds had no escape. The young intruder, Dylann Roof, saw an opportunity to do Satan’s bidding. That night, Emanuel A.M.E. became a slaughterhouse.

I refused to be a party to more bluebird deaths. The cats were staying around and they sure weren’t going to alter their appetite for birds. So a decision was made; no more box. End of story? No, the birds found a hide-out inside our grape arbor. That year they raised their young under the cover of grape leaves. Moral of the story: By removing the box, bluebirds will find a means to avoid “cat-astrophe” and multiply in the process.

In September 2013, seventy died in a Taliban shooting attack on worshipers at the Peshawar Church in Pakistan. Early April of this year 147 perished at morning prayer services as Islamic terrorists from Somalia fired on unarmed, defenseless students at Garissa University in Kenya.

I know we love our church boxes, but has it occurred to anyone they are no longer safe? Murderers have keyed in on an easy target. Wake up people! How much more elderly and child’s blood will stain the pews before we find cover outside the box? Maybe Jesus’ followers will begin again to multiply as they should.

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