Friday, December 14, 2012

Grief in Tragedy





Job 17:7-8

7 My eyes have grown dim with grief;
my whole frame is but a shadow.
8 The upright are appalled at this;
the innocent are aroused against the ungodly.


Today I find myself greatly saddened over the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newton, CT.  At the time of writing this post there were 27 who died at the hands of two gunmen, one who was killed and the other who got away. 

As I reflect upon this and the other shootings over the past several weeks and months I can't help but to understand how some people believe that gun control would be the answer.  It would be too easy to blame tragedies like these on guns.  But several research studies, including this one from Harvard, show that gun control has little or no effect on violent crime rates. 

I am not writing this about gun control.  But I am writing this about the deterioration of our society.  My husband and I both grew up on homes where the rifles and shotguns were not locked up.  In my home they were right out in the open, in my parents' room.  For my husband, they were in a close.  Neither home had them under lock and key.  My husband and I grew up understanding the purposes and dangers of these guns.  And we were taught gun safety and the correct use of them.  We were also taught the sanctity of human life.

I am 40 years old and my husband is 42.  In just our generation alone we have witnessed society, as a whole, deteriorate into chaos.  I can only imagine how much more the older generations have witnessed.  We live in a violent society who has only becoming more so.  The younger generations are growing up without strong parents who have strong morals based strong Biblical faith.  It's so easy to see how society comes crashing down when the foundations have been removed. 

The only way to correct this downward spiral is for all of us to return to God's Biblical truths, to put others ahead of self and to, once again, take full responsibility for our own actions.  Unfortunately, I don't see that happening.  The Bible tells us that society will continue to decline until He sets up his kingdom.  In the meantime I will pray, draw closer to God, and hope that I can plant some seeds of His truth in the hearts of people.



Psalm 34:18

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.



Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

TLW

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Child-like Prayers


Luke 18:1-8 
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’
“For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’”
And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

When my son wants me to play with him or he wants to play with his play-doh or to paint or anything that he needs my help or attention he often say, "Please Mommy.  Please.  Please.  Pleeeeeaaaaase."  Sometimes he'll grab my hand and pulls me or gets behind me and pushes me to where he wants me to be.  If he really, really wants something he keeps pestering me until I give in.  He doesn't like to hear the word 'no' to his requests, especially if they are, in his three year old mind, perfectly reasonable requests.  I think this is how we're supposed to approach God in our prayers.  We're supposed to keep praying and praying and praying until we finally get our answer.  I have this image in my mind's eye of tugging on God's robes saying, "Please Abba.  Please. Please. Pleeeeeaaaaase."  Granted, God is much more patient with us than most of we are with our own children.  But we're supposed to keep asking.  My example may sound childish, but Jesus said in Matthew 18:2-6, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me."

While searching for the image above, I leave you with this poem I found attached to it.

Pray as Children Pray
We all at times talk to God
 By sending words his way
But do we really put much thought
 Into these words we say

We thank him for so many things
 For him, his son and such
Yet being grown I sometimes think
 We leave out so very much

Sometime built on wants and needs
 Or the words others have once said
Often our prayers are even copied
 From words of which we've read

We color our prayers with fancy words
 Words in prayer we only speak
Almost as if we're trying to impress
 The ones that hear us speak

At times we do make mistakes
 Our prayers come from habit, not from heart
For being grown we get caught up in time
 And forget where our prayers should start

 If you're in doubt about my words
 Please allow me to continue on
I think, like me you'll see the facts
 I'll try not tarry on

I came to realize the other day
 How as children we should pray
No purer thoughts or kinder words
 Are those that children say

Children thank the Lord for everything
 Things as adults we overlook
Such as thanking him for Mom and Dad
 Or simply for a book

They'll thank him for all their friends
 For the rich and for the poor
For our soldiers off to war
 For airplanes as high they soar

 They remember the folks in nursing homes
 Or kids without a Mom or Dad
They ask for no special favors
 For all things they are glad

Yes from the words of children we can learn
 When we listen to what they say
So the next time you talk to God
 Pray as Children pray

Woody Woodruff
4/24/07


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
TLW

Thursday, November 15, 2012

For What are You Thankful?

 

1 Chronicles 29:12-14

12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand."

 
 
This month we have much for which to be thankful.  The above picture I found on Facebook and I thought, when put like that, it is fitting that Veterans Day and Thanksgiving would be in the same month.  I would like to address Veterans Day first, not because it's more important (because it isn't) but because I find it easier to find the words.
 
Both my grandfathers were war veterans, my uncle and adopted aunt are Air Force veterans and my husband is a Navy veteran.  I give honor and thanks to every single veteran and active military person out there who has served or is serving to protect our freedoms.  I would also like to extend this thanks to the police and rescue people who are frequently in harm's way on our behalf.  I don't believe any of these people get enough honor, respect, and gratitude.  So the next time you get pulled over for going over by the police, be sure to thank him or her for their service, many of whom were military before they became police.
 
I don't know about you, but I have so much to be thankful to God for that I'm not sure where to begin.  I know the first up on the list is saving my sorry butt from what I surely deserve.  I want to thank Him for living in this country and during the times that we do.  I add that because I believe that neither my son nor myself would have lived through his delivery if we would have lived in any other time or place.  I believe many women can attest to that.  I thank God for providing for us and giving us the ability to provide for ourselves.  Here is a weird thing for which to give thanks; the last job I had I had lost when I was 8 months pregnant and I give thanks that I lost it.  It gave me the opportunity to stay home with my son, so that I can teach and train him.  I give thanks for my husband, for the strong, loving, and supportive man that he is.  I give thanks for my family, not just those in my house, but also extended family, step-family, and in-laws.  There so so much more for which to be thankful.
 
For whom or what are you thankful?
 

Psalm 69:30

30 I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.

 
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
TLW

Friday, November 9, 2012

I am a Sheep!

Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.

 
Whenever people say that Christians are sheep, I have to wonder if they realize they're sheep, too.  Everyone is following something or someone, whether they know it or not.  There are no new belief systems in this world.  The New Age 'all roads lead to god' belief was based out of Hinduism.  Even athism has been around for thousands of years.  The Bible reflects this, saying The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  So this isn't new, we're all sheep because we're all following something.  There truely is nothing new under the sun.
 
I do admit that I am a sheep.  I am more than okay with this because I know I have a shepard.  In fact, I have the Good Shepard.  This is what I know about my Shepard:
 
 
The question is, do you want the Shepard? or would you rather be a sheep wondering astray?  God wants nothing more than to be your Shepard, too.  Your salvation is your choice.
 
God bless,
TLW

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dealing with Disappointment


Everytime I read Ecclesiastes I am struck by how disappointed and, possibly even, depressed Solomon was when he wrote it.  For almost the entire book he is writing about trying to find happiness and satisifaction in all the world has to offer, and what he does find has no lasting value. 

Ecclesiastes 3 does provide the lyrics to a very popular folk song, so the whole book isn't a complete downer.  But it does illustrate over and over how meaningless everything is if God is not involved.  Solomon looked for happiness in his possessions and by aquiring more possessions.  He has tried looking for satisifaction in frivilious activities.  But in the end he said, "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil."

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.[a]

A friend of mine posted this last night on her Facebook page and I find this to be of some comfort:

"God has a perfect plan for everything. Our intelligence can never come close to His. There have been times when I wondered where He was. But then He comes along and sweeps me off my feet; bigger than any man could ever do. And all I am left in is awe! Stay faithful my family and friends. God stays true to His word. Situations change, challenges come, and so do dark days. But steadfastness with The Lord reaps victory! No, I'm not perfect.... even in my darkest, sinful days, Jesus still shows me how much He loves me. Why? Because I chose to believe whole-hearted that He is my Savior! This world is not the end. There is a perfect world for those who choose to believe. You can choose to disagree with me. But what if, on your dying day, you find out that I was right? Sadly, there will be nothing I can do for you. Try Jesus....He'll show you how He operates in your life! I'm inspired by The Spirit to write this. Peace be to you all."

God bless,
TLW

Monday, November 5, 2012

Impending Elections 2012

21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 
 
24 When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers. 25 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,

 
Tomorrow is election day here in the United States.  If you're anything like you, you can't wait for it to be over, at least until we must deal with it all again in another four years.  For the past year we've had to endure first the primaries then the campaigns of the final candidates.  My state offers early elections and thankfully I've already cast my ballot.  In my opinion, neither of the major party candidates are trustworthy enough to hold the office, and one must do some detective work to find that there are actually two other people running from minor parties and, unfortunately, the way the campaign and election process is set up neither stand a snowball's chance in hell..  Sadly, none hold the integrity of Daniel.  
 
The Bible commands us to pray for our leaders.  We're also commanded to seek God's will in all things.  But if we vote for whom we believe God is leading us, and it is not the candidate for whom we vote who actually wins, then we need to understand that it is all in His hands anyway, 'for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.'  Sometimes its hard for us to grasp that God works for the good of those who love him, even if it's not what we think should be.
 
I await for the day when Jesus sets up his eternal government.  One that is perfect in all respects.  Perfect because he who sets it up is perfect and that is His his will.  But in the meantime we must submit ourselves to our current imperfect government. 
 
Romans 13:1-5
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

God Bless,
TLW

Thursday, October 25, 2012

What, Exactly, is Social Tolerance?

It seems as though the word 'tolerance' is thrown around quite a bit in reference to society as a whole and beliefs and lifestyles in particular.  So I decided to look the word up and see what Merriam-Webster had to say about it.  I also looked it up in my 20 year old Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary (Gasp! An actual book!) to see if the meaning of the word has evolved over time.  To my delight, it hasn't.  For the sake of this post I am going to stick with the definitions regarding social interactions.  The dictionary states it as this:

2
a : sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one's own
b : the act of allowing something : toleration
 
Most people in today's culture expect you to agree with their beliefs or lifestyle choices and if you don't then you're automatically intolerant.  Tolerance is, in fact, holding onto your own while allowing others to hold onto theirs.  While I believe what the Bible has to say about sexuality, I am not going to tell an unbeliever, who chooses to live an unbiblicial lifestyle, that they absolutely, positively must follow the Bible.  
 
God holds his children to a higher standard than the unbelievers.  I do believe God's grace is enough regardless of our pet sins, provided we seek and accept His easily found grace.  This is what makes us His children; believing and accepting His grace. 
 
I am going to say something here that is going to be very unpopular.  My God is intolerant.  He is intolerant to sin and He is absolutely intolerant to the worship of other gods.  My God is a jealous God.  He wants our worship, He wants our love and He wants our devotion.  God also knew from the beginning that we are all screw-ups.  He gave us laws to by which to live and we broke every single one.  If we didn't break them by deed then we broke them by thought.  To those of you who may be reading this and don't understand what I just wrote, let me clarify.  If you are married and have never slept around on your spouse, but you have fantasized about someone to whom you are not married, then you, my friend, are guilty of adultery in the eyes of God.  If you hate someone then in God's eyes you are guilty of murder.  If you love anything more than God then you are guilty of idolatry.  If you have entertained the thoughts of anything that goes against a pure and holy God then you are guilty of that sin.  If that sounds harsh, that's because it is harsh.  God is intolerant of sin.  If a price isn't paid for that sin then we are doomed for judgement and hell.  Thankfully, God provided a way out of that judgement through Jesus.  I praise God for that everyday. 
 
2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
 
God Bless,
TLW

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Who's the Fool?

Romans 1:20-22
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools


To me it seems as though there are more and more people who choose to believe there is no god and certainly not in the God of the Bible.  They choose instead to make science their god and religion.  They lash out at us, saying we're foolish for choosing to believe in what they think are fairytales.  But it's certainly not a new phenomenon.  I can only imagine what King David had seen going on around him when he said, "The fool says in his heart, "There is no God.""  It almost seems worse in today's culture. 

Don't get me wrong; I enjoy watching the science channel on TV.  But where the non-believers see a happy accident I see the wondrous power of God and stand amazed.  I, personally, don't believe that the Bible and modern science are in opposition except for where people, from both sides of the spectrum, purposefully make it so. 

It seems too easy to allow the scoffers to affect us personally.  I know I struggle with this, often taking it as a a personal attack.  That's when I have to remember that I'm not the first person to be affected by other people's hatred of the truth.  Jesus told his disciples that the world hated Him first.   Oddly enough, I take comfort in that.  When the world attacks my faith I turn around and lay it at the feet of God.  Times like these are when we need to lock arms, in the proverbial sense, and stand firm in our faith.

Psalm 40:1-3
1 I waited patiently for the Lord;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord
and put their trust in him.

God bless,
TLW

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Political Rant

I don't consider myself to be an overly political person.  I pay attention only because I vote and I vote only because it's my civic duty.  I can see the good in both political parties and I can see the bad, too.  I am of the opinion that both sides are needed, otherwise our political system would become unbalanced and be of little use to anyone.

But as I was watching last night's debate I was struck by how little respect these two men had for each other or for the moderator.  They were talking over and interrupting each other to no end.  And it seemed as though they were almost worse to the moderator.  I wanted to reach through the TV and hand the woman a fog horn for when the candidates started to get out of hand.  Once or twice it seems as though a physical altercation was imminent.

It drives me up the wall when people, politicians or otherwise, try to tear down or cast the other person, his opinions, beliefs, or politics in a negative light instead of spending more time and energy promoting his own.  I saw that from both sides; one more than the other.  It is my opinion that if someone spends more time tearing down the other person then his own position is weak. 

My point is, rarely is a person going to sway other people to his way of thinking by attacking theirs.  The old adage, "Honey attracts more flies than vinegar," rings true, whether talking politics, religion or anything else where opinions and beliefs differ.  Show respect to the other person by fully listening to what he has to say, then not attacking when it's your turn to state your point.

God bless
TLW

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

To Obey or Not to Obey

About a month or two ago God set it upon my heart to start this blog.  Being the type of person I am, I have a hard time dealing with any type of negative criticism or attacks and therefore  I found myself in a burning bush type argument with God.  I'm good with submitting to His will provided it keeps me in the shadows.  But this puts me on display, so to speak, and pulls me out of my comfort zone.  I'm not nearly as anonymous as I would like to be. 

I was reminded by someone, in a roundabout way, that God isn't so much interested in my comfort as he is in my growth and obedience.  I can only imagine how far out of his comfort zone Moses must have felt when God commanded him to confront the Pharaoh about releasing the Israelites.  Or how far out of her comfort zone Mary was when she was told she would carry the Messiah.  The Bible is full of stories of people who God wanted to step outside their comfort zones do to His work.  Even Hosea, when told to marry Gomer, an unfaithful prostitute, must have known he would receive judgement from the people of Israel for what they believed was an unwise union despite God using it as a lesson to show how unfaithful Israel has been. 

This should be an easy foray.  I know I should be more like Mary and simply say, “I am the Lord’s servant.”  I am thankfully not a prophet being sent to a hostile city to deliver an unpopular message, although I would probably want to run like Jonah did.  I am hoping God doesn't want to use me to talk about the many unpopular truths found in the Bible.  With God's grace may I be as willing to obey as Mary and may I remember Jesus' words as found in John 15:17-19, "18If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you."

Do you sometimes find it difficult to obey?  What are you thoughts?

God Bless
TLW

Sunday, October 14, 2012

God's Love for Me

 

During worship in church this morning I was so deeply moved by a new song that I was brought to tears.  I say 'new' only because I don't know how long it has been out and it certainly is new to me.  The song is called 'One Thing Remains' by Jesus Culture.  Every so often I need reminders that God's love is unfailing.  It is we can be confident that will never change.  I find that immensely comforting.  I am often so concerned that I will say or do something that will cause another person to stop loving me, even if I have no reason to be.  But God has seen me at my worst, pulled me from it and covered me in His immeasureable grace.  Thank you, Father, for loving me so much.

Psalm 52:8-9 
But I am like an olive tree
    flourishing in the house of God;
I trust in God’s unfailing love
    for ever and ever.
For what you have done I will always praise you
    in the presence of your faithful people.
And I will hope in your name,
    for your name is good.


God bless,
TLW

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Reflections on Psalm 47

Psalm 47
1 Clap your hands, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.

2 For the Lord Most High is awesome,
the great King over all the earth.
3 He subdued nations under us,
peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance for us,
the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.[b]

5 God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
sing to him a psalm of praise.

8 God reigns over the nations;
God is seated on his holy throne.
9 The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God;
he is greatly exalted.
 
Before I get into this, I need to let the reader know that I am not a Bible scholar by any stretch of the imagination.  I have no formal Bible training other than what I have received in church and my own private study.  I can only share my understanding of it and how it stirs me on any particular day. 
 
As I read this psalm today I couldn't help but to read it as enthusiastically as I imagined the psalmist intended it to be.  I imagined a big victory in battle had just been won.  I imagine the Israelites dancing and singing at the tops of their lungs, praising God for handing them a victory.  I imagine that there may have even been feasting. 
 
I don't think the writer was being redundant when he was saying, over and over, to sing praises to God.  I believe he was trying to stress the importance of it.  It seems all too often when things go our way we forget to give thanks and praise to The One who holds it all in the palm of His hand.  But yet we, as a people, are quick to curse God if things don't go the way we think they should.  We tend to ask, "Where was God when _____?" or "Why did God allow _____?"  We often forget that we're always in some sort of battle and God will sometimes hand us the victory, which will ultimately give us the chance to sing praises, or sometimes he will hand the victory to our enemy to either get our attention or to train us. 
 
1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
God Bless,
TLW

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My Testimony

Everything on this rock on which we live needs a beginning and this blog is no different.  The best place for me to begin is with my testimony.  It's not a real exciting story, but maybe someone can relate. 

From as young as I remember I went to church with my grandparents.  My parents were not churchgoers, but they made sure I went.  I accepted Jesus into my heart one chilly morning when we were attending service in a garage-turned-chapel in rural Pennsylvania.  Or at least I thought I did.  I mean, how much can a single-digit aged child understand sin and the consequences of sin? 

A few years later (but not many), after I had been sexually molested, my parents decided we should attend church as a family, but that lasted maybe all of a year.  When my parents stopped going, so did I.  I held onto my faith for a few more years. 

As time went on I started questioning my beliefs when I started learning about what other people believe.  Some of those, like Islam, are long held beliefs by people around the world, and others, like the New Age Movement, seemed newer (although not really), more friendly and less demanding.  It was during this time that I mixed and matched different beliefs to make up my own religion to suit me.  But I was also still searching. 

For a time I attended an Assembly of God church that offended me on every level, especially when the pastor's wife told me she was praying for me, so I left them.  I didn't want anyone to pray for me and I was too stubborn and blind to see how hard God was working to get my attention.  But I carried with me the lessons I learned while in that church and the prayers I had received were beginning to work their magic. 

A couple years later a friend of mine, whom was the head of the Sunday School program in her church, needed another teacher and asked me to take the position.  I was reluctant because I didn't really know what I believed at that point, but she told me all I had to do was to follow the curriculum, and so I became an unbelieving Sunday School teacher in a small Methodist church.  About that time, or shortly thereafter, I began to read a very popular Christian book series.  A series of books, although fiction in nature, followed Biblical prophesy.  The book series?  Wait for it.... 'Left Behind.'  God finally got my attention.  One evening, in true earnestness, I dropped to my knees in the living room of my apartment and prayed like I had never prayed in my life.  The things God can use to get our attention!  In this case, a fictional story outlining prophesy of what is yet to come to which I can actually see and understand and relate.

After that I had a voracious appetite about what the Word of God held, reading the Bible through (I have yet to completely re-read it) and looking up information regarding Biblical prophesy on sites like www.raptureready.com.  I continued to teach Sunday School and I joined in on the Bible studies at church. 

I prayed God would bring a godly man into my life so that I would not be unequally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14).  So God brought back into my life my high school sweetheart, my first boyfriend.  Since neither of us had any money to speak of and we lived 1500 miles from each other, God made it financially possible for us to not only get married but to move me across the country.  That was no small financial feat!  We got married more than 5 years ago and were blessed with a little boy a little more than 3 years ago.  We are currently attending a Biblically sound church. 

If you are someone who, like me, needs to see how the Bible is relevent to today's world before you become a believer, I encourage you to look into prophesy.  The Bible outlines many of the things we see going on in the world today and it tells you what can be expected to happen.  Contrary to the belief of some, there is no secret code in the Bible that can be used to predict the date for the end of the world, only what can be expected.  Matthew 24:36 states,  “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."

God bless,

TLW