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CLARITY – 11-30-19 Impractical But Effective

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-30-19

Impractical But Effective

What’s Happening: “London Bridge was a sight of much heroism as a knifeman and convicted terrorist, Usman Khan, 28, from Staffordshire attacked and killed two and wounded five others early Saturday morning. Khan was wearing a fake suicide vest, but still he was confronted by several hero-bystanders, two of them wielding respectively a 5-foot narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher.  Emergency Services showed up quickly, killed the terrorist, and restored order (https://www.yahoo.com/news/narwhal-tusk-london-bridge-knife-terror-attack-100142120.html). Boris Johnson praised the bystanders, who did not know the vest was fake, but pursued the attacker anyway: ‘My thanks go first of all to the emergency services, the police for their bravery and their professionalism, and to repeat again my thanks to those members of the public who put themselves in harm’s way to protect others and I think they represent the best of our country and I thank them on behalf of the rest of our country.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Wasn’t the terrorist incarcerated? What was he doing there?”

Biblical Response:  “He was, but apparently he was on day release to attend a rehabilitative lecture. You know those liberal Europeans…they don’t seem to acknowledge the existence of pure evil. Still, I don’t want to make this blog about the terrorist…that just plays into his hand. I want to emphasize the heroism of the bystanders. Really? A narwhal tusk and a fire extinguisher?! Kind of reminds me of Moses and his ‘rod’ (Ex. 4:17). There was nothing special about his rod…or the narwhal tusk…it was really the men who wielded them…and the God behind them. He’ll use any tool to effect His will. We just have to be available and willing. Apparently, they were.”

 “Christians? We believe that availability and willingness are hard to find, but exist in the heart of a hero, and the Scriptures are full of examples (a boy kills a giant with a sling and a stone [1 Sam. 17:49], a man slays a thousand men with a donkey’s jawbone [Judges 15:16], a man parts the sea with a staff [Ex. 14:17-27] etc.). The power is not in the boy, the sling, or the stone…or the tusk… it is in the person wielding them…and God.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be available  and willing; …and may our butterflies fly in formation; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (One mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-29-19 It’s a Little Late for That

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-29-19

It’s a Little Late for That

What’s Happening: “New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, apologized yesterday for the crash in Antarctica (and the loss of 257 lives) of Air New Zealand’s Flight 901…now 40 years after the fatal event. Owned by the government at the time, the crash was then blamed on the pilots, NOT on the reprogramming of the plane’s navigation system without the knowledge of the flight crew. The jet crashed into the side of Mt. Erebus, a 12,448 foot extinct volcano (https://www.yahoo.com/news/forty-years-zealand-apologizes-antarctic-041857054.html). ‘After forty years, on behalf of today’s government, the time has come to apologize for the actions of an airline then in full state ownership; which ultimately caused the loss of the aircraft and the loss of those you loved,’ the Prime Minister said. ‘The pilots were not responsible for this tragedy, and I stand here today to state that again,’ she added.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “So it came a little late. At least she apologized.”

Biblical Response:  “A little late?! In the remorse category, timing is everything. The apology might have finally come…and I’m grateful for that…but it’s little solace to the victims or their families. There is such a thing as being too late. For instance, how about the rich man in Jesus’ parable in Luke 16 (verses 19-31)? Whatever relief his servant Lazarus could have brought was too little, too late.”

 “Christians? We believe that timing is everything when it comes to regret or repentance. The Scripture does not record any opportunity for either once death has sealed your fate (Heb. 9:27).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, make us responsive to Your warnings and reactive to impending danger; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (One mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-27-19 Biggest Heist Since WWII

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-27-19

Biggest Heist Since WWII

What’s Happening: “Early Monday morning, thieves used (or caused) a local power outage to rob more than $1 Billion Euros worth of jewels and art from the Dresden, Germany Grunes Gewolbe (Green Vault). Fencing the stolen items may be less convenient. For sure, this heist is the largest one of its kind since World War II (https://www.yahoo.com/news/thieves-just-pulled-off-largest-225900046.html). Another article reported a statement by Olaf Richter, Criminal Councilor working on the investigation, ‘All in all, the circumstances point to a targeted and prepared crime.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I’ll bet the thieves will be famous now.”

Biblical Response:  “Only if they become known…which may happen as the robbery was recorded by cameras who had an internal back-up power system. Oops! Apparently, they forgot about those! Still, we live in a warped world, where criminals’ daring is heralded….infamy becomes fame…folk heroes are made out of despicable perpetrators. All this in spite of biblical (Ex. 20:15) and cultural condemnations of the acts. Achan tried that and it didn’t work out so well for him (read Chapter 7 of Joshua)..”

 “Christians? Not only are we told this is wrong, but we are cautioned not to associate with that type if they call themselves Christians (1 Cor. 5:9-11), knowing full well that ‘bad company corrupts good morals’ (1 Cor. 15:33). People who minister to these kind of folks must be particularly careful.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to regard thieves for the depraved people they are, but to realize Jesus died for them, too…and that there, but for the grace of God, go we; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (one mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-26-19 Report Defended

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-26-19

Report Defended

What’s Happening: “Reuters reported from the Hague yesterday that the report issued by the Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was accurate in saying there were chemical weapons used in an attack that killed 40 on April 7 in Douma, on the outskirts of Damascus (which was currently held by rebels). Although the OPCW was not tasked to determine who dropped those weapons, Syria and Russia have claimed the weapons were planted by the rebels and the resulting missile attacks by the U.S., France and Great Britain were unwarranted (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chemical-weapons-body-defends-syria-144031598.html). OPCW chief Fernandon Arias said, ‘While some of these diverging views continue to circulate in certain public discussion forums, I would like to reiterate that I stand by the independent, professional conclusions’ of the report.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Who cares whether the canisters filled with chemical weapons were placed by rebels or dropped by the Syrians and Russians by air, the innocents are still just as dead!”

Biblical Response:  “True, but who the perpetrators were does matter. Truth is often initially disputed, but it usually comes out in the end. As it says in Proverbs 12:19: ‘Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed’ (LB), … or as Shakespeare said, ‘The truth will out…’ (Merchant of Venice – 1596)… The Syrians and the Russians don’t like to play by the rules (does that really surprise anyone?). It’s hard for the ‘truth’ to ‘set free’ (John 8:32), if the liars are not punished. Of course, it could be argued that it’s not our job to punish, but someone had to be held accountable … by someone.”

 “Christians? We believe ultimate accountability is God’s job. Then again, who’s to say we weren’t acting for Him when we sent the missiles? (I wonder who God is going to hold accountable for the 60 million+ who have been aborted since 1973?)” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, please help us to be mindful of our warped thinking that wants justice for everybody else, but mercy for us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (one mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-25-19 Not His Number

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-25-19

Not His Number

What’s Happening: “The pilot of a Piper Cub, Thomas Koskovich, 65, crashed his plane into power lines and walked away uninjured Saturday. The strange event happened in Minnesota Saturday afternoon at about 4pm. The high line was shut down and the pilot walked away unscathed. The Shakopee resident was alone on board…and he was totally unhurt (https://www.yahoo.com/news/pilot-walks-away-uninjured-plane-182747345.html). The Sheriff remarked, ‘“We are grateful the pilot was able to walk away without any injuries.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess it just wasn’t his time, huh?”

Biblical Response:  “I guess not. We all have a bucket list, whether actual or just imagined…you know, things you want to do before you die (though flying a plane into power lines is probably on NO ONE’S list). I have no idea what the pilot must have thought when he walked away unharmed, but I know what I’d think: the Lord must have saved me for some purpose. At least that is what I thought after I survived two brainstem strokes and a tornado (you can check out mortality rates on brainstem strokes…its astonishing I survived one [15% is the highest rate of survivability I found for ONE stroke]…to say nothing of the other one a week later…or the tornado!). One thing’s for sure, until it’s time, you won’t go…or stay if it is (Ps. 39:4).”

 “Christians? We believe that God has a plan for our lives (Jer. 29:11). Now, we might get in the way of that plan, but He will prevail. How are we to pray? Constantly (Acts 6:4), and fervently (James 5:16).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to submit to Your purpose and plan for lives…we are Yours, after all; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (one mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-23-19 It’s All About Jurisdiction

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-23-19

It’s All About Jurisdiction

What’s Happening: “A U.S. court ordered Friday the government of Iran to pay formerly incarcerated Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian and his family nearly $180 Million in damages. Rezaian and his family suffered through the false imprisonment of Jason for 544 days and his wife, Yeganah, for two months. They were captured in Tehran in 2014 and held on espionage charges, but released in a prisoner exchange for seven Iranians. During his incarceration he was subject to physical abuse, food deprivation, and threats of execution, but mainly used as a bargaining chip in the negotiation that resulted in the Nuclear Deal (https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-judge-orders-iran-pay-180-mn-reporter-222236257.html).  ‘The Rezaians presented evidence showing that Iran arrested and detained Jason to increase its bargaining leverage in ongoing negotiations with the United States,’ said Judge Richard Leon.

‘Holding a man hostage and torturing him to gain leverage in negotiations with the United States is outrageous, deserving of punishment and surely in need of deterrence.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “What hope have the Rezaians got of ever seeing any of that money?”

Biblical Response:  “Not much. It’s a matter of jurisdiction, the Iranians will say…I can’t imagine a Tehranian government paying anything to the Rezaians…why, that would be an admission of guilt…and an acknowledgement of the authority of a U.S. Court! But there is a court of competent jurisdiction to which they will one day answer (Heb. 9:27). In fact, so will us all. And it may not be pretty. As I have said many times, ‘Justice makes hell necessary, mercy makes heaven possible.’”

 “Christians? We believe that God, as the Creator of us all (Gen. 1:26), has the right of judgment of His creation (John 17:10). As Creator, He has jurisdiction.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may we trust in Your ability to give a;ll of us what we’ve got coming; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (one mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-22-19 Thumbing Our Nose

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-22-19

Thumbing Our Nose

What’s Happening: “Whether it’s wisdom or folly remains to be seen…. The U.S. Navy Wednesday and again yesterday, sailed in waters in the South China Sea that are claimed by Communist China…and simultaneously by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and Taiwan (which China also claims as its own wayward province), although China says its claims are ‘indisputable’ (https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-u-warships-sail-disputed-234158904.html). The Southern Theatre Command for the Chinese government said, ‘We urge (the United States) to stop these provocative actions to avoid any unforeseeable accidents. China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and its surrounding area.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “We surely don’t want a physical war with them, do we?”

Biblical Response:  “No, of course not. At the same time, we need to stand up for the little guys. Building these islands by bringing sand onto the reefs is bad enough…but then militarizing these islands by making them airstrips for military planes is not good. Of course, angering the Chinese may not be good, either. The Scripture tells fathers not to provoke their children to wrath (Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21)…when it’s your main economic competitor…well, they may not take it too kindly. It seems to me…with differences over North Korea, Hong Kong human rights, tariffs, etc., eventual conflict is inevitable. And it will be costly. But, as in most things, time is a multiplier.”

 “Christians? We believe that conflict should be avoided…but not at any cost. There was once a conflict between God and Man…and look what it cost to achieve peace…the death of the Savior,” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, may Your will be done in this dispute, and may it glorify You…peacefully; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (one mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-21-19 Free or Mandatory

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-21-19

Free or Mandatory

What’s Happening: “In an article published Tuesday by The Telegraph, Roman Catholic Bishop, Guo Xijin, 61, is fleeing the government-ordered joining of the government-run religious association in Communist China. In officially atheist Communist China, there are two Roman Catholic churches: the state-run church, loyal to the government, and the underground church, loyal to the Vatican…though a compromise was recently reached that was supposed to rectify that (https://www.yahoo.com/news/chinese-bishop-run-refusing-join-115240747.html). CLARITY’s prayer? Run! And may God hide him.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Doesn’t China claim to have freedom of religion?”

Biblical Response:  “They do…apparently, the claims have been ‘greatly exaggerated.’ If you don’t believe me, ask the million or so in ‘re-education’ camps. Am I not for facing the music? Yes, even if it means martyrdom. But I’m also for following the Holy Spirit. Paul fled sometimes, too (Acts 9:23-25), and later in the scripture we read of other disciples fleeing (Acts. 14:1-7). As far as following government mandates is concerned, I’m generally for obeying those put in authority over you (1 Pet. 2:12-17). However, Peter and John make plain the distinction when they say in Acts 5:29, ‘We must obey God rather than men.’ (NASU).”

 “Christians? We believe that true freedom of religion must be uncoerced. You cannot legitimize force by applying it under government sanction…not where a person’s belief system is concerned.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember to pray for the persecuted Church of various ilks…some fleeing…some in prison…some under orders to be executed; and may Your will be done; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent

Reader:

May I indulge in a little self-promotion? Many of you read CLARITY every day…and you hopefully forward it on to still others. Some even subscribe from the website. Thanks! (one mother wrote that she wanted to subscribe to read it to her children everyday – read away!) However you get CLARITY, would you consider donating on the website? I’m happy to find useful purpose in helping folks stay informed and supplying what I think God has to say on the subjects of the day…still, I want to get this word out to others…which is what I’ll do with your gifts. Thanks in advance.

Blessings,

Alan

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CLARITY – 11-20-19 What Love Looks Like?

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-20-19

What Love Looks Like?

What’s Happening: “In Cripple Creek, Colorado, Patrick Frazee, 33, was given a life + 156 years-sentence Monday for killing his fiance’ Kelsey Berreth, 29, by bludgeoning her with a baseball bat, then burning her body…her 1-year-old daughter, whom she had had with Frazee, was in a storage closet nearby. His ‘friend,’ Krystal Lee, faces three years for evidence tampering. She tried to use Kelsey’s cell-phone to deceive investigators about Berreth’s whereabouts. The jury only deliberated four hours and sentencing came only an hour later by the judge (https://www.yahoo.com/news/vicious-senseless-patrick-frazee-gets-114607879.html).  ‘Your actions were vicious, senseless, without reason or explanation,’ Judge Scott said to a dispassionate Frazee.” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If this is how he treats somebody he loves, I’d hate to see how he treats somebody he hated!”

Biblical Response:  “Really! I can’t even imagine… There was a time when an engagement period was for trying on mentally the idea of marriage. Before that it was called betrothal, and was even more serious (Deut. 22:23-30). Apparently, he got to have his way with her by virtue of a promise…and apparently the promise was worthless. I don’t know which is worse – what he did…or what he didn’t do. Obviously, the judge (and the law) thought the former was worse. A man’s word used to be his bond. What happens to a culture where words (and promises) are meaningless? Just read the papers or the news feed on your device.”

“Christians? We believe that words are valuable and only the precursor to the actions they betray (John 14:1012). What does love look like? Like God (John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 John 4:8).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to only promise what You can help us fulfill; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 11-11-19 Freedom Isn’t Free

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 11-19-19

Freedom Isn’t Free

What’s Happening: “Time is a multiplier. No one is learning this better than the protesters in Hong Kong. What began as a peaceful protest by thousands to Communist China’s attempt to pass an extradition-to-the-mainland bill, has morphed into millions of disgruntled Hong Kong-ites objecting violently to the loss of the rights of people who enjoyed the ‘one country, two systems’ policy…now seen as in danger. Now, after three days of captivity, thousands are escaping from Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), and being whisked away by waiting motorcycles…Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen estimates 1,000 have been arrested in the last 24 hours (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hong-kong-siege-third-day-china-sounds-warnings-031850303.html). Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive said, ‘They have to stop violence, give up the weapons and come out peacefully and take the instructions from the police.’ Apparently contradicting her, Kwok Ka-chuen said, ‘”No excuse, no political demand or motive can spare anyone from legal liability. Regardless of their age and causes, they are to face the consequences of their own actions.’” 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Should I tremble?”

Biblical Response:  “Not unless you’re one of the protesters…oh, you spoke that in sarcasm. Well, seeing as you live might live safely in America, let me say: ‘it’s easy for you to say.’ Seriously, it’s beginning to look like what happened to the freedom seekers in Tiananmen Square (June 4 and 5, 1989 – Communist China squelched by force pro-Democracy protests) look like a stroll in the park. What patriots learned at Lexington and Concord a few centuries ago…that freedom isn’t free…protesters in Hong Kong may learn in the coming days, weeks, or months. Nobody wants bloodshed, but it may come to that.”

“Christians? We’ve hopefully already learned that concept (Heb. 9:22). Of course, the previous scripture first applied to animal sacrifices…then the blood of the Savior. Now, it appears that it might also apply to the protesters…pity, all it will achieve is physical freedom. At least, maybe that’s how it will start.” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to remember to pray that all who seek freedom find it; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

Share as you like, just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe or to comment on any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link:subdeo.com.’  Copyright © 2019 Alan E. Sargent