Although things are not perfect
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without His love
J oy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of “Camp Complaining”
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To “thank” is a command
Until we see Him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
X alting God most high
Y es, there’ll be good times and yes some will be bad, but…
Z ion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!

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The Muslims that are Sunni Muslims, are 85 to 90 percent of the Muslims in the world, the largest religious sect in the world, and their goal is world domination, the balance are called Shia Islam followers.

They will gain world domination strictly by numbers.

The growth of the Muslim population also is helped by the fact that Muslims have the youngest median age (24 in 2015) of all major religious groups, more than seven years younger than the median age of non-Muslims (32).

A larger share of Muslims will soon be at the point in their lives when people begin having children. This, combined with high fertility rates, will accelerate Muslim population growth.

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What’s wrong with America and the Church

The demographics of sexual orientation and gender identity in the United States have been studied in the social sciences in recent decades. A 2017 Gallup poll concluded that 4.5% of adult Americans identified as LGBT with 5.1% of women identifying as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men.

1.4 Million Adults Identify As Transgender In America, Study Says

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Acceptance of homosexuality is rising across the broad spectrum of American Christianity, including among members of churches that strongly oppose homosexual relationships as sinful, according to an extensive Pew Research Center survey of U.S. religious beliefs and practices.

LGBT Population in U.S.  ://news.gallup.com › poll › lgbt-population-significa…

Aug 11, 2014 — Americans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender are significantly less religious than other Americans, a difference that is ..

New poll reveals 75 percent of Americans want abortion…

Christianity is the most prevalent religion in the United States. In a 2015 survey, 75% of adults in the United States identified as Christians, 70.6% in 2014, 78% in 2012, 81.6% in 2001, and 85% in 1990. About 62% of those polled claim to be members of a church congregation.

Survey: Women Go Silently From Church to Abortion Clinichttps://www.focusonthefamily.com › pro-life › survey-…

Jun 21, 2018 — Among women who have had an abortion: Two-thirds (65 percent) say church members judge single women who are pregnant. A majority (54



Many Catholics in the United States disagree with the official position promulgated by the Church; the views of these people range from allowing exceptions in a generally anti-abortion position, to complete acceptance of abortion.[1][2][3][4][5] There is a distinction between practicing Catholics and non-practicing Catholics on the issue; practicing Catholics, along with Latino Catholics, are far more likely to be anti-abortion, while non-practicing Catholics are more likely to be pro-abortion rights.[3][4][5][6]

40% of all Millennials believe the Bible is simply a book composed of fables, legends, and moral precepts.

Regular church attendance has dropped from 70% of our population in 1960 to just 20%. And now, 28% of those who were regular church attenders (Pre-COVID), have not attended in person or watched an online worship service even one time since the outbreak.

Only 65% of Americans believe Heaven exists.

Only 55% of Americans believe in the Devil.

41% of Americans believe there is no God!

69% of churchgoers believe that everyone will go to heaven.

Only 45% of all Millennials are confident that God exists.

30% of U.S. Adults believe in a cosmic force rather than the Almighty God described in the Bible.

56% of churchgoers don’t believe that sharing their faith is an essential obligation of their Christian life.

Only 37% of the U.S. Population has confidence in the “Church” and its leaders.

71% of Americans see nothing morally wrong with having sex before marriage.

62% of college-age Millennials (ages 18-24) say the church is too hypocritical and judgmental.

Two-thirds (62%) of American adults favor same-sex marriage.

70% of all Americans are angry every day . . . and 31% report they’re “really angry” every day. Half of our population is angrier than they’ve ever been!

At least 2.3 million people leave the church every year.

50% of churchgoers are unsure if people who know them are aware that they are Christians.

Only 2% of churchgoers invited an unchurched person to church in the last year.

34% of Evangelicals believe abortion is morally acceptable if it spares the mother financial or emotional stress.    Learn More

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Just 22% of weddings took place in a church, half the number of ten years ago.    Learn More

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60,000 churches or 20% of all churches in America, could close within the next 18 months. The COVID-19 pandemic will bring a fundamental change in the way Americans attend church.    Learn More

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Only 52% of churchgoers say that when COVID is over, they want to return to primarily in-person worship.    Learn More

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More than 6 in 10 Americans (62%) expect Jesus to return and judge all people. But only 56% believed in a Hell where people will be punished forever.    Learn More

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Only 12% of young people ages 18-24 identify as evangelical Christians, less than half the national average.    Learn More

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Only 48% of Americans believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, but 66% believe that Jesus rose from the dead!    Learn More

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Bible reading declined by 7% during the first six months of COVID-19.    Learn More

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Less than 10% of sermons preached in Evangelical churches even mentioned Hell, Sin, Salvation, or Heaven.    Learn More

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54% of U.S. churches allow openly gay or lesbian couples to hold full-fledged memberships, an increase of 70% compared to just twelve years ago.    Learn More

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68% of all evangelical churches in the United States have a congregation with less than 100 people including children and half of those churches have less than 50!     Learn More

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92% of churchgoers say they don’t plan to attend church more often after the Coronavirus pandemic is over, than they did before the pandemic began.    Learn More

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Americans’ level of trust in religious leaders has sunk to 37%, the lowest Gallup has ever recorded.    Learn More

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Only 12% of young people, ages 18-24, identify as Evangelical Christians, which is less than half of the National average.    Learn More

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There were five times more web searches conducted for “End Times” in March 2020, compared to any other month, since Google began collecting data more than 15 years ago. However, by the last week of September, interest in “End Times” searches faded to pre-    Learn More

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Almost half of all Americans (44%) have no idea where they’ll go when they die, but only 2% believe they’ll go to Hell.    Learn More

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Barely a majority of Millennials (57%) believe the Declaration of Independence better “guarantees freedom and equality” over Communist Manifesto.    Learn More

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9-in-10 employees (88%) experienced unprecedented levels of stress during the last 2 months of the coronavirus crisis in an 8-hour workday, 1/4 of the time is no longer productive. Stress levels are 5 times higher than those measured during the 9/11.    Learn More

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Almost two-thirds of Americans (62%) believe the coronavirus is a message from God to humanity to change the way they live.    Learn More

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35 million Americans who seldom pray or darken the door of the church have started praying during the coronavirus epidemic.    Learn More

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Four in five Americans believe that “things in the country are out of control.”    Learn More

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A person, attending every service in an evangelical church for 2 months straight, would have less than a 10% chance of hearing a phrase that included the words “hell” or “redemption,” 2 of the most distinctive words that characterize evangelical beliefs.    Learn More

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The majority of churchgoers (56%) say they pray for opportunities to share their faith, but in the last month, less than 10% had a conversation about the Lord with anyone.    Learn More

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Americans are among the most stressed in the world. 55% say they experience a lot of stress every day, among the five highest rates out of 143 countries, statistically tied with Iraq!     Learn More

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25 million Americans have a history of impulsive, uncontrollable anger.    Learn More

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In a recent survey of 2,500 congregations, more than half of the members said they did not believe their church was spiritually vital.    Learn More

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57% of regular churchgoers say they have never had a religious experience that changed their life.    Learn More

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More than 20% of Evangelicals are not sure that heaven is a real place.    Learn More

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Only 8% of regular church attenders believe that sharing their faith is “very important.”    Learn More

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69% of churchgoers believe that everyone will go to Heaven.    Learn More

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Almost 50% of Christians think that most non-Christians have no interest in hearing about Jesus.    Learn More

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78% of the unchurched would listen to someone who shared what they believed about Christianity.    Learn More

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56% of all Americans believe the Holy Spirit is a force but not a person.    Learn More

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3 out of 4 Christians (74%) seldom have a “spiritual conversation” with anyone.    Learn More

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34% of all U. S. adults don’t believe in the Virgin birth.    Learn More

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Only 22% of American men and 33% of American women said they depend on Jesus Christ to overcome sin.    Learn More

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13% of Americans agree that Muhammed was the holy prophet of God, even though Muslims comprise only 1% of the U. S. population.    Learn More

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52% of all “Christians” believe that non-Christian faiths can lead to eternal life.    Learn More

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2 out of 3 Christians (65%) say it is better to share your faith by the way you live, rather than to speak about it.    Learn More

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72% of the unchurched believe the Church is filled with hypocrites.    Learn More

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65% of Americans say that even though everyone sins a little bit, most people are good by nature.    Learn More

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37% of Evangelicals believe that God will always reward true faith with material blessings.    Learn More

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One in four pastors (25%) say that meeting a person’s physical needs takes priority over telling them about Jesus    Learn More

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More than half of all young people (ages 18-24) don’t believe the Bible is God’s inspired word.    Learn More

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Almost half of all faith sharers (45%) never share their story of how they came to Christ.    Learn More

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A Christian is killed for their faith every 6 minutes, somewhere in the world.    Learn More

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Atheists and Agnostics scored 15% higher on their knowledge about religion than Evangelical Christians taking the Pews Religious Knowledge Survey.    Learn More

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Only half of all the teenagers who grew up in a “Christian Home” had regular family conversations about God.    Learn More

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While 1 in 4 Americans are done with church, half of all Americans (48%) are done with God. Known as post-Christian, they say that God plays no role whatsoever in their life.    Learn More

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One in five Americans (19%) say Polygamy–having multiple spouses at the same time—is morally acceptable.    Learn More

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Americans trust in faith leaders and pastors fell to a record low of 37%, ranking below multiple medical professions, teachers, and police and just above journalists.    Learn More

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93% of practicing Christians aren’t comfortable to have a conversation about the Lord with their own grandchildren.    Learn More

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Two-thirds of all American churches are experiencing (1) no growth and (2) a decline in numbers.    Learn More

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69% of churchgoers believe that everyone will go to heaven.    Learn More

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59% of Millennials believe that pornography is morally acceptable.    Learn More

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Almost one-third of Evangelicals attend church out of obligation.    Learn More

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Half of all Americans have never read the Bible.    Learn More

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24 of 25 Millennials don’t have a Biblical worldview.    Learn More

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70% of those attending church one or more times a month never share their faith with a stranger.     Learn More

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One in four Evangelicals are not certain that the physical resurrection of Jesus was a real historical event.    Learn More

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51% of U.S. churchgoers say they’ve never heard of the term, “The Great Commission”.    Learn More

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51% of Americans say the Bible was written for each person to interpret as he or she chooses.    Learn More

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70% unchurched people have never been invited to church in their whole lives.    Learn More

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65% of American churches have a weekly attendance of less than 100 people, including children.    Learn More

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46% of Evangelicals agree that God accepts the worship of all religions.    Learn More

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51% of churchgoers don’t believe that sharing their faith is an essential obligation of their Christian life.    Learn More

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77% of all Americans believe that personal salvation is a result of good works.    Learn More

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Nearly half of young Evangelicals (ages 18-29) favor same-sex marriage.    Learn More

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More than 30% churchgoers say they have never felt God’s Presence during a service.    Learn More

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70% of all young people who grow up in church leave the church by their 20’s.    Learn More

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44% of U.S. adults say that God plays no role whatsoever in their life.    Learn More

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65% of all “Christians” believe there are multiple paths to Heaven.    Learn More

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30% of all Americans believe after they die, God will give them a 2nd chance.    Learn More

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Almost 50% of all Evangelicals, 18-29 years of age, favor same sex marriage.    Learn More

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Two thirds of those who are 18-34 years of age, do not believe pre-marital sex is ever wrong.    Learn More

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62% of all churches in America are having no growth or declines in their congregations.    Learn More

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65% of all churches in America have less than 100 people in their congregations including children.    Learn More

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More than 2 million people have left the church every year for the past 7 years.    Learn More

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In just 8 years, the percentage of the U.S. population calling themselves Christians has decreased from 78% to 70%.    Learn More

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31% of all young adults, who have grown up in church, have left the church because “it was boring”.    Learn More

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More than 30% of those attending church say they have never felt God’s Presence during a service.    Learn More

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50% of those in church last Sunday cannot remember a single spiritual insight from that sermon.    Learn More

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55% of those attending church at least once a month have not had a ‘born again’ experience.    Learn More

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More than 50% of all Evangelicals believe there is more than one way to Heaven.    Learn More

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75% of regular church attenders do not believe that sharing their faith is important.    Learn More

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His rise to power in inconspicuous it will not be noticed in the beginning…………………….

As civilization speeds towards its finial destiny, the appearance of a powerful world ruler in inevitable……………..

He shall speak pompous words against the most HIGH Daniel 7-7:8 and 8:9………………………..

What is the mark of the beast?………..666

What will happen to those who refuse to take the mark of the beast?

Those that refuse the mark of the Beast will be persecuted and labeled as traitors.

What happens to those who take the mark of the beast?

Revelation 14:9-11 warns that all who take the mark of the beast will suffer eternal judgement at the hand of God.

Who is the False Prophet?

The False Prophet is a man who exercises religious and military authority in the name of the Anti-Christ.

What powers will the false prophet have?

The False Prophet will be the Ant-Christ religious leader and will have the power to counterfeit the miracles of God according to Revelation 13:13.

Will there be consequences on earth for those who worship the Beast?

Revelation 16:2 gives us the record of terrible sores upon those who have taken the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The sores reflected on these rebels symbolizes that they worship Satan.

What is Armageddon?

The bible tells us that there so yet another major war to be fought on this earth, some time after the Russian-led coalition of nations war against Israel.

What will happen to the Anti-Christ as he leads the Battle of Armageddon?

During the battle of Armageddon people will become discontented with the leadership of this global dictator who has gone back on every promise he made, Large parts of the world will start to assemble their own armies and rebel against him.

What will the second coming be like?

In the book of Mathew we read, For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.

Christ will come back when He is ready, and set up his kingdom without the help of man. That’s why we need to be praying this great prayer with Isiah: “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down” (Isaih 64:1

How should we prepare for the approaching End Times?

Stand fast and Hold on!……………..AMEN

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One may observe God’s accuracy in the hatching of eggs…those of the Canary in 14 days; those of the Barnyard Hen in 21 days; Eggs of Ducks and Geese in 28 days; those of the Mallard in 35 days; Eggs of the Parrot and the Ostrich hatch in 42 days.(Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!)See God’s Wisdom in the making of an Elephant… The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made. God planned that this animal would have a huge body…too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily. The Horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first. A Cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first. How wise the Lord is in all His works of Creation! Each Watermelon has an even number of stripes on the Rind. Each Orange has an even number of segments. Each ear of Corn has an even number of rows. Each stalk of Wheat has an even number of grains. Every bunch of Bananas has on its lowest row an even number of Bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number. Amazing! There’s more…The Waves of the Sea roll in on shore Twenty-six to the Minute in all kinds of Weatherall Grains are found in even numbers on the stalks.. God has caused the Flowers to Blossom at certain specified times during the day. Linnaeus, the Great Botanist, once said that if he had a Conservatory containing the right kind of Soil, Moisture, and Temperature, he could tell the Time of Day or Night by the Flowers that were Openhand those that were Closed. The Lives of each of us may be ordered by the Lording a Beautiful Way for His Glory, if we will only Entrust Him with our Lives. If we try to Regulate our own Lives, we will have only Mess and Failure. Only God, who made our Brains and Hearts, can Successfully Guide them to a Profitable End.When you carry the Bible, Satan has a Headache; when you Open it, he Collapses. When he sees you Reading it, he loses his Strength, and when you Stand on the Word of God, Satan can’t Hurt you! And did you also know…that when you are about to Forward this email to others, the Devil will probably try to Discourage you, but do it anyway. Life without God is like an Unsharpened pencil – it has no Point. I pray God bless you in ways you never even Dreamed.

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Toni and I went to a different Church Easter with family members, It was a very large Church and it was very sad and disturbing to see about 95 percent of the people singing to our God thru man made mask trembling in fear of a man made VIRUS…………………………………

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Easter Story

Allen Meets Jesus
By Toni Smothers

I was running some errands in town yesterday when I came across a mentally challenged young man named Tim. Everyone around knew him. He was usually a very cordial young man – just a bit simple.

Tim was swinging a picnic basket as he walked. “Going on a picnic Tim,” I asked.

“Nope, caught me a bunch of baby chicks; want’a see?” On the bottom of the basket, there were three little, dainty, trembling, yellow chicks looking near scared to death.

I stopped Tim and asked him, “What are you going to do with those little fellas Tim?”

“Take ‘em to my house to play,” he answered. “I’m gonna see if they can roll around, maybe … or pull some of those pretty, fluffy feathers out to play with. I dunno, play some fun games with ’em. I’m gonna have lots of fun with ’em I bet.”

“Don’t you think they might get hurt Tim? What will you do if you hurt them by accident?”

“Oh, I won’t do that. Besides, they’re just plain little chicks. Who cares about plain ole chicks?” said the simple boy. “What’s the difference? They ain’t good for nothing and they mostly die anyway.”

I tried to think of what to say to Tim to make him give me those chicks. “Want to make a trade, Tim?”

“Huh??!!! Why? You don’t want them chicks. They’re just plain ole chicks. They don’t do anything but poop and they’re all skinny and little.”

“How about it?” I asked again. “I’ll trade you an ice-cream cone for them.”

“Really? Boy, I sure would like an ice-cream cone!” Tim said as he handed over the basket.

I went with him a few blocks to the ice-cream store and bought him his cone. He was happily licking his treat as he walked away – all thought of the little chicks totally forgotten.

I carried them back to the nearest farm down the road, and sure enough, there were several adult chickens squawking about. I carefully placed each chick on the other side of the fence, pretty certain that was their home. I was their hero; the little chicks were free and all it cost me was an ice-cream cone.

I couldn’t help telling the story to my seven-year-old son, Allen, because I thought there was a good lesson to be learned from the story of Tim and the chicks. Jesus set us free too – but instead of an ice-cream cone, He paid for our freedom with His life. So after supper, when bedtime rolled along, I scooped my son up into my lap and said, “How’d you like to hear a little story?”

“Sure,” he replied excitedly. Allen always loves to hear a good story.

First I showed him the basket and told him about Tim and the chicks. After that I really had Allen’s attention, so I wanted to take the opportunity to teach him something deeper than just my saving some chicks at a pretty cheap price. So, I made up a parallel story to teach him a little bit more about our real Savior.

I began, “One day a mean and dangerous man named Sin and a rather gentle young man named Purity were having a conversation. Sin had just come from abusing a young family and was bragging. “What fun – I just caught the boy by the ankle and caused him to break his leg. I got the Dad while he was running to help his boy. He tripped over the skate in the driveway and busted up his nose and chin pretty bad. Then, the best part of all, the young mother flew out the front door across the yard and tripped on a rock. She hurt her hip, but the best, best part is, she’s pregnant, so – you guessed it… She’s definitely going to lose her unborn baby! Got ‘a love it! That was really fun.”

“Why’d you want to do all those cruel things,” Purity asked?

Sin answered with a snicker, “Oh, I’m not done with them! I’m gonna teach them, and lots of others too, how to ruin their marriages, how to belittle each other and be prejudiced and backstabbing. I’ll teach them about war and revenge and pain. Let them be burdened with addiction to all kinds of harmful substances. I’ll make sure they learn how to kill each other, maybe even start a war or two. I’m really gonna have fun!”

“And what will you do when you get done with them?” Purity asked.

“Oh, I’ll torture some of them … kill all of them for sure,” Sin boasted.

“What can I do to make you stop?” Purity asked.

“Oh, why should you care about those people? They‘re absolutely no good and never will be. Why, I’ve already made most of them hateful. They’ll just hate you, spit on you, curse and kill you. You don’t have any reason to want those people!!”

“What can I trade you that you will accept?” He asked again.

Sin looked at Purity and got really mad. “You’re a fool – give me your life if you want to be the big hero! And be sure that if you agree, you will die very painfully!”

Purity said, “I agree. It is finished!”

“Eventually He paid up and died a terrible death on the cross, just like Jesus did for us.” I told Allen.

I picked up the basket that held those little chicks. We both looked inside, and it was empty. “Those little chicks are free, just like us sweetie.” I said.

“I sure hope Purity didn’t really die.” The concern in Allen’s voice was very real.

“Oh, but that’s what the story is all about, Allen. Purity is just a story name. He’s just like Jesus, who really did die for us. He protected us from Sin and saved us with his own life.”

A tiny tear rolled down Allen’s sweet cheek. “I think Jesus is my best friend.”

“Mine too.” I said.


Let’s all try to start this New Year remembering that Jesus truly wants to be our very best friend. He is as close to us as our own breath. His love is always available and each and every one of His beloved family, which means you and me, are so important to Him that He gave His very life to prove it.

I hope that you all had a Blessed Easter and that you will have a Spirit-filled New Year!

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Can A Believer Loose His Salvation?

                               Can A Believer Loose His Salvation?

Once a person trusts Christ as their Savior can they lose this relationship? Is the salvation that Jesus offers conditional? If it is unconditional, then there is nothing we can do to lose it. If it is conditional, then there is something or some things that we can do to lose it. The real question for Christians is – What Does the Bible Say? As the Scripture is carefully studied, we find that a true believer in Jesus is safe and secure eternally. The following relevant passages make this issue pretty clear.

1. Never Perish

Jesus said those who believe in Him will never perish.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” (John 10:27,28)

These verses could not be stronger. Those who trust Jesus will never perish. Jesus said nobody will take believers out of His hand. This is because believers are securely held in the arms of God the Father.

2. Eternal Life

The Bible promises eternal life to all who believe in Christ. The often quoted verse in the Bible says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”. (John 3:16)

The promise of eternal life is not true if it can be lost. There is, however, only one condition stated in this promise: if a person believes in Jesus, they shall have everlasting life. Everlasting means forever.

3. Possession of the Believer

Those who believe in Jesus already possess eternal life.

“I tell you the truth; whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life”. (John 5:24)

Salvation, therefore, is not something that is far off in the future—it is a present possession of the believer. Salvation is not looked upon as a day-to-day thing. We do not keep ourselves saved day after day. Scripture treats our salvation as something that is secure forever.

4. Eternal Life Defined

So, eternal life has already begun for the believer. The Bible defines eternal life as knowing Christ.

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)

4. Nothing Shall Separate

The Bible says nothing shall separate us from Christ.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril or sword . . . For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35, 38,39)

This passage makes it clear that nothing will be able to separate Christ from those who have trusted Him. Nothing! This includes the believer separating themselves from Christ. If you turn your back on Christ, He always awaits your return. Isn’t that incredible? 

5. Christ Remains Faithful

“That is why I am suffering. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2 Timothy 1:12)

The Apostle Paul stresses the fact that once you have committed yourself to Christ, He is able to keep that which we have committed.

6. He Keeps Us from Falling

“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy”… (Jude 24)

The idea here is that He is the one who keeps us from falling, we are not keeping ourselves. We have no power.

7. Kept By God’s Power

The Bible says that we are kept by God’s power, not our own.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade — kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)

8.We Have Been Glorified

The Bible already speaks of us as being glorified:

“And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8:30)

9. It Is A Gift

Salvation is a gift. A gift is often confused with something earned. No one can earn their salvation; it is God’s gift to us.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

Salvation has been given to us by Christ. The fact that we had nothing to do with earning it can not be stressed too much!

10. We Are Joined To Christ

Once a person has been born again by the word and the Spirit of God, he receives new life in Christ. God puts Christ’s righteousness in the place of the sinner’s account, which totally cleanses him before God.

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” (1 Corinthians 1:30)

11. Christ’s Sacrifice Is Adequate

The sacrifice of Jesus Christ was more than adequate for our salvation.

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14)

There is nothing that can be added or taken away from His sacrifice.

12. He Will Complete What He Started

The Bible says it is God’s power that saves us:

“Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

He started the salvation process, He will finish it.

13 .Kept By God’s Power

Furthermore, that which keeps us saved is God’s power, not our own.

“…who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:5)

We did not save ourselves; we do not keep ourselves saved.

14. We Are A New Creation

We are identified with Christ as a new creation, clean and equipped for service. We can then begin to live out God’s plan for our lives.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

“And raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:6)

15. Christ Paid The Penalty Once

Jesus Christ has paid the penalty once and for all for sins. God will not demand payment for a second time. The Bible says: Since Christ has died for our sins we will never have to die for them!

Questions To Be Answered –

If someone believes salvation can be lost, then there are a number of questions that must be asked. What sin or sins would cause you to lose it? How do you know when you’ve lost it? If you lose it, can you get it back? Do you have to get baptized again? What does the Bible mean when it promises eternal life for those who believe? How long is eternal life? Finally, if a person can lose their salvation, then how can you explain what John wrote:

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13)

If a person could lose their salvation then no one could know, from moment to moment, whether they are saved or not
. Yet the Bible says that we can know. This is because once a person truly trusts Christ as Savior, they cannot lose that salvation.


Once a person trusts Christ as Savior they become His child forever. Because He saves and keeps us, nothing shall separate us from His presence.

I do agree that John 10:27-28 says it all. We are forever His, friends. Happily for us, His precious love is totally unconditional. I deliberately found so many verses to quote on this subject so that you can hereafter know that you’re saved by the love and grace of our Lord Jesus. This is not merely my opinion. This is what Jesus promised us. Controversial or misguided thinking will always exist. That’s okay, it will keep you from taking the things you believe for granted. But remember, whenever you have a question, go to the Word for your answer. You will find what you need to know in the Bible.

We worship a risen, living Savior who has promised to give immortality to all who believe in His name. No longer do we need to stumble in the fog and darkness of hopelessness. He is risen – A light shines brighter than the noonday sun, offering hope to everyone who has been born again. Jesus promised, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.” (John 11:25–26)

    Happy Easter everyone!

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Hard Times, Marriage God

Hard Times, Marriage & God
By Toni Smothers

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (James 1:2-4)

Well, I’m not sure how you feel about the above verse, but I have to admit that it strikes me as just a bit tough for the average person to embrace the concept of perseverance through many trials as a “good” thing – Especially the young, newly-wed average person. Trials and marriage do go together, but when they mold together into a seemingly indivisible bond right at the threshold, boy does the fuzzy-lovey-dovey stuff take a beating.

When perseverance jumps right up to be counted, many of us fragile Christians can fall away in droves. It seems pretty natural to feel resentful when the poop falls directly into your own lap. In harsh times we usually fight, take flight or blame – And its so easy to blame God just as soon as things get less than blissful on the home front. After all, things should go smoothly because we’re good Christian people, right? (Does anyone actually believe that?)

My 24-year-old son graduated from college, then continued to complete his masters, married his 23-year-old childhood sweetheart, started his career with a wonderful opportunity at a great job and moved out of state to begin his new career and marriage. Sure seemed to be strolling down easy street – Are you waiting to hear the blissfully romantic music playing softly in the background? Well, forget that – No sooner had they settled into their perfect little, third floor, one-bedroom apartment, than my son, began to have vague fatigue problems.

He is very expert at pool and enters tournaments often as his hobby. He paid for most of his college expenses with those tournament winnings so he has always exhibited good competitive ability. Suddenly, he’s finding it too difficult to stand up so long as is necessary if you tend to win. This is definitely peculiar for a 24 year old, lean and adroit young man.

Additionally, he began having difficulty mounting those three levels of stairs. (You guessed it, no elevator at his apartment complex.) Still, three flights of stairs is hardly a challenge for most people far older and less fit than he.

Then came some abnormal vision problems. This is all happening within the first few months of his new marriage and job. He is eventually compelled to see the first doctor, who ordered a bunch of tests, then sent him to the next doctor, who also ran the gamut of diagnostic procedures, until Wade was finally referred to the neurologist.

My son has Multiple Sclerosis. The experts do not know what causes it and there is no known cure. Certain types of MS have been treated quite successfully in the past decade and a great deal has been discovered about medications that can cause remissions and keep the severer symptoms of the disease at bay almost indefinitely. However, that is only true of three of the four types of MS.

Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis, the kind Wade has, is in a category all its own. There is no current remedy available. They are experimenting with certain mega-steroid medications and chemotherapies, but nothing has caused a remission in that particular type of MS as yet and the side effects of some of the experimental drugs are almost as devastating by themselves as the disease!

God specializes in pain and He can use it in unforeseen ways. If both partners in a marriage are willing to face a painful reality in their lives together, it can foster an even stronger bond of intimacy and commitment as time passes. God may not choose to heal Wade. But He can use the MS to work miracles in their lives and perhaps in the lives of others not yet even known to them.

I have to tell you that I hate this MS with a passion but I am so grateful that my son and his gentle bride, know that God is with them. They are angry, don’t misunderstand, and they have sworn and cried and shaken their fists more than once in God’s direction. But our heavenly Father understands. He feels their disillusionment, their anguish and despair.

They became transparent in their pain – Brutally honest with each other, discussing what would happen as the MS progresses and how they would cope as it worsened. And you know what is the neatest thing about all this? God sticks with us even in the pits. He finds a way, unique to each of his children, to penetrate into each one’s heart of hearts and sweetly whisper, “I’m here for you. I will never leave you. I will help you get through even this… because there is no one in the world I love more than you.”

Undoubtedly, their tears will flow and dry repeatedly, but they have a strong foothold on how to deal with life’s worst. It’s as simple and as awesome as faith. And because of that magnificent, compelling belief, their marriage vows will stand. They truly do believe that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord. That’s not some overrated cliché – that’s the Word of God and their lifeline – The piercing light at the end of the tunnel, wherein lies the greatest power of all… Hope eternal.



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Hey Good Looking – Nobody’s Looking

By Toni Smothers

Colossians 3:12-14 tells us about some pretty gorgeous attire. “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” 

Did you notice that phrase, “over all?” (Not to be confused with “overalls” – that’s an entirely different look!) Well, Christian comedy aside, God instructs us all to put on love. It’s not something we fall into, like a free-fall off a cliff into the ocean. And love doesn’t fall on us, like a bucket of cold water over the head. Putting on love is a deliberate decision. It’s like choosing what to wear and then dressing for the day.

There are personal things to remember when getting ready. Things that you’d rather others not see. You know, unmentionables, like underwear or deodorant. (Gosh, I can’t believe I just mentioned those!)  But, and this is the super-neat part, the child of God gets to put on “God’s love” and wear it so that His love is the very first thing that others see when they look at you. Understand, your figure or fashion sense is so insignificant compared to your obvious happiness. Your sparkle, laughter and smiles are the features that attract others.   

Knowing all this intellectually, and ignoring the God sparkles for now; I have been known to stand almost comatose like a kid in a cocoon, carefully contemplating the contents of my closet. Besides being an outrageously contrived tongue-twister, this contemplation is not always a happy task for me. I bet you’ve already guessed that my clothes are a bit snug lately, so it often takes longer than I’d like to find an outfit that comes even remotely close to fitting my “current version.” No matter how long I moon over them, those too small clothes do not magically transform into larger ones. Just knowing that makes me respond with a little discontent. On some level of thought, (albeit irrational), my peevishness makes perfect sense to me.

I know, it sounds pretty weird, but since I’m the worst pack-rat in existence, it seems like there should be some value in those irritating garments that mock me. After all, some of those tiny clothes are authentic antiques. Funny thing is, many of them are back in style again. Yeah, well, a lot of good it does me. I can’t get my big toe into most of them. (Twisting and contorting is quite the unsightly sight, if you know what I mean.)

All right, I admit it, there’s no rational explanation I can offer for hanging on to those old clothes. It’s probably got to do with fond memories, (or delusions), of a perfect “Barbie-doll” body. Not to worry, though: Pride has a way of simmering down when thrown into the refiner’s fire. God’s not especially into our clothes, but He does want to supernaturally transform us through faith in Jesus. We can evolve, incrementally, into more loving people who shine with the joyful assurance that God grants whoever would earnestly seek him.

Whoever you are, whatever shape you are currently in, you can still rely on His perfect love every time. You see, when it’s from God, there are no physical qualifications or strings attached. He gives freely to all His children. And, (drum roll), His love even comes in an expandable fit!

Yeah, come to think of it, His garment of salvation grows right along with me. Christ’s unmatchable act of sacrifice wraps around me no matter what, so that even in my swollen state, (head included), He’s got me covered. It’s a most luxurious fit. But the absolutely incredible part is that my Savior calls me His own “beautiful bride!” You gotta love it!  

In Isaiah 61:10, the bible tells us what the well-dressed child of God is sporting these days: “He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.” I know one thing, I’ve never had to squirm and fight my way into God’s garments. (You know, I’ve always suspected that spandex is not of God!)

Anyway, my garments of salvation and my robe of righteousness came straight from God, through the death and resurrection of his Son, Jesus Christ. It’s Jesus’ robe I get to wear. I must say, I feel like a real winner in it.

Love is the ultimate accessory. It just kind of pulls it all together. Christ’s robe to cover me, God’s great love within me and His Holy Spirit to fill me, these garments surpass anything I could ever come up with. (And it certainly beats the skinny, “Twiggy” look.)

With or without the thunder thighs, try Jesus on for size. We’re talking one really great fit!

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