Are Hurricanes the Judgment of God?
In the Bible the book of Job, Chapter 37, describes how God can control nature and the great storms that rage upon the earth. Legalists are using this passage to claim that recent hurricanes are evidence of God’s judgment. But the chapter concludes with verses 23 and 24 which state that in His justice and great righteousness, God does not oppress.
Jesus described current events, which are now happening, in Matthew, Chapter 24, as the beginning of birth pains. So the question is, how long will the earth travail? Everyone wants to know the answer to this question.
There is a great spiritual battle raging. Satan is warring against the followers of Christ. The evil in our midst is increasingly becoming more and more evident.
And there are other signs of the end time. Storms are making history by setting new records. Evil empires are building nuclear weapons, and Kim Jong-Un of North Korea just may be the devil’s agent.
I’m sure many were saying it was the end of the world during World War II. So I ask: if Hitler had a nuke, would he have used it? I think the answer is obvious. Such is the difference now.
A time of great tribulation and testing, a time during which Satan comes to rule with dictatorial power is forecasted. A nuclear bomb, and, or a great earthquake, would cripple America, the world’s super power, allowing the rise of such evil.
Will North Korea eventually attack the USA? Well, that is to be seen, but if it happens we should understand its significance. I don’t write this to cause fear. I write to reference the warning stated by Jesus, and recorded by John in the book of Revelation. I don’t believe that such portions of the Holy Scripture should be overlooked for the sake of happiness. For true contentment and security, we must go much deeper than circumstantial pleasure.
How would you respond to an event that brings destruction to change your life forever? What if our government offered no assistance?
Satan is determined to persuade Christians against God. In anger and rebellion, many will deny Christ.
Beware of what you hear and accept in your heart. The blame game is part of Satan’s great deception.
“Their After Life,” describes the struggle of two people following the great earthquake in America. For a prophetic look into our future, read this fictional account now. This story challenges you to ponder the evidence of our fate. And here is realized a profound and compelling revelation - the greater purpose in it all.
Perhaps we should be asking what will be born of the earth’s labor pains. God will create a new heaven and a new earth, with evil eradicated, upon which He and those redeemed in Jesus Christ, will dwell eternally in perfect harmony, forever abiding in His peace. This is God’s promise of enduring love!
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For those who are discouraged with God - feel abandoned or rejected - I want to share with you why I am giving God another chance. Have you ever wondered what you are missing?
I've been there. And, I know that it is complicated. But what if you could find true peace, not grounded in self confidence, but in an ongoing experience with an awesome God? ! I'm not saying that I have all the answers, but I have strived personally, studied, watched and analyzed others, and came to some conclusions that you probably won't hear from your pastor - because I found God outside of the box.
Sharing and encouraging others in these truths is fellowship - the kind that I seek. So yes, I am giving God a second chance - and here's why...
Let's get connected if you feel like I do:
...relinquish your control.
When life wasn’t fair, God was calling his name.
Robert Love experienced great loss. His grandmother died under a cloud of suspicion. Memories of better times became miserable haunts as the skeletons of his past continued to rattle in the closet of deceit.
On the ropes emotionally, fate (or was it God?) intervened to bring Love a new friend, a mentor and wise sage of sorts, with provocative insights. His name is John Wright.
They were perfect strangers when they met but allowed their lives to intersect and in the end each was instrumental in saving the other. But for Love, it was complicated, much like his life.
Upon becoming better acquainted, it seemed that Wright’s credibility was sketchy at best. Once exposed, Love learned that his new friend was terminally ill. So why had he stopped fighting for his life? Wright has a mysterious past.
A spiritual battle ensues. Love is nearly killed in a grinding head-on collision and suffers debilitating injuries. And then, unbelievably, Love’s home is torched and all his possessions are turned into ashes among the smoking ruins. It is more than a soul can bear; surely he must be cursed!
But it was a greater love that truly saved him once emptied of himself. Everything changed and ultimately Love endured to discover new hope and a new life.
Is God calling you? This contemporary parable is a guide for the journey of faith that leads to true salvation.
...discover your calling.
Truly alone, his head hanging low, tears are dropping onto his lap. Already disgraced, this pastor feels no need to defend himself.
There have been many arrests of the clergy in recent times, the institutional church is weak, and the public is hungry for revenge. The police are ordered by the District Attorney to bring him in, to answer his accuser for the crime she alleges.
Robert Love, the clergyman accused of sexually assaulting a minor female, searches his memory for a clue. Had he mistaken the events of his life, the way he saw God working and leading him into the ministry?
His divorce and aggressive response to the false allegation of infidelity brought by legalistic Christians is in his past. More recently there was the baby’s funeral and the unexplained reason for its death, as well as the demise of the mother, to cancer. She had refused radiation treatments, sacrificing her life for another, the unborn child that didn’t survive.
Thrisa is the only bright spot in this pastor’s otherwise dreary work at the parish and she is found in a dumpster, left for dead. Then, answers to the mystery are suddenly revealed at the bedside of a man even as he exhales his last breath. The final verdict: “not guilty!”
Doubt plagued Robert Love with the simple, haunting question: “why?” But in the midst of all his trouble, wisdom rescues with everlasting peace.
...yield to power consuming.
Young adults and siblings, James and Steffanie Wallas, who tragically lost their parents in a train wreck, are struggling to continue with their lives.
They are grieving together until something very strange happens in the cemetery where their parents are buried. Steffanie is confronted by a strange being which resembles her deceased mother.
James needs absolute proof that their mother has not returned from the dead. The weight of the evidence needed rests upon a cross necklace, the one their mom gave to Steffanie at her baptism. Rejecting faith, she returned it at the funeral to be buried with all of her hopes and dreams. It was this necklace that she saw the being wearing. Now, James must find the explanation that will bring his sister back from the brink of insanity.
Rumors leak and their town goes crazy! A police report documents the sighting and the news goes viral.
A cross necklace, the mystery of resurrection, and one young man's need for answers spin into a whirlwind of controversy that has everyone waiting for the truth to be revealed.
Not science fiction or fantasy, it’s an emotional story that demonstrates the bravery of true love in the aftermath of tragedy.
...realize the life chosen.
The Daniels men held their legacy in secret, preserved for future generations.
Levi Daniels was shot while Confederate soldiers invaded his southern Pennsylvania farm. In a small wooden box, he took his prized possession to California, seeking better fortune. But as history has it, trouble followed.
As a young boy, Darren is expected to carry the torch. From his hospital bed, Darren’s grandfather spoke reverently of the responsibility as he bypassed the birthright of the next person in line. It should have been given to Darren’s father, Joseph, but he is still missing.
Darren and his fraternal twin sister, Deidra, are able to avoid their ancestors’ haunts until engaged in the disaster. An earthquake strikes the U.S. and it falls into anarchy. Joseph returns, searching for the remnant of his family.
It is then that the secret of their past is revealed with a compelling message. America’s heritage, one of faith and unity, speaks to challenge the hearts of the faithful and the patriotic, stirring them to resist the enemy, natural and spiritual.
The future is predicted as the fictional account moves forward in time. This story challenges you to ponder the evidence of our fate. And here is realized a profound and compelling revelation - the greater purpose in it all.
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