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CLARITY – 10-23-18 Timing is Everything

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-23-18

Timing is Everything

 

What’s Happening: “The migrant caravans traveling through Mexico (primarily from the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras – though Mexicans have swelled ranks and Trump claims there may  be some Middle Easterners and MS-13 gang members, too) have 1,300 miles to go and only 14 days to the midterm elections – too late for Democrats (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6307043/SECOND-migrant-caravan-1-000-heading-following-first.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490). ‘Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws! Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally,’ Trump said.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I thought Soros and other Democrats were funding the caravans.”

 

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps. Since no one could possibly arrive before the midterms, that seems unlikely…they are probably just trying to travel before it gets too cold. But a ‘Catch and Release’ policy is probably pretty attractive to them. I’ve heard figures above 99% that don’t make assigned court dates. They just melt into the 11,000,000 already here.”

 

“Christians? We should be grateful that missionary efforts have been made easier – told to ‘go’ (Matt, 28:18-20), it’s great to have your audience come to you. Still, we can’t encourage aliens to enter our country illegally. I mean, I feel bad that they have violence, drugs, and unemployment in their own countries; some genuinely are seeking asylum. Still, don’t Americans have a prior obligation to their own families? If we need to amend our immigration systems let’s get about that. After all, God controls much of that doesn’t He?”

“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;” (Acts 17:26 KJV)

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let our elected representatives know Your plan and enact laws that work alongside You; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 10-22-18 Not-nicety

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-22-18

Not-nicety

 

What’s Happening: “Everybody’s heard the non-specific accusations of incivility underscored by the “Jobs Not Mobs” sloganeering, but here’s something specific that alternately makes you sick, then makes you proud. When a heckler decided to verbally accost Sen. Mitch McConnell and his wife in a Cuban restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky several patrons came to his aid (https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/punk-mcconnell-diners-plans/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=newsletter-CT&utm_campaign=dailypm&utm_content=conservative-tribune).  ‘Oh yeah,’ the heckler said, ‘Why don’t you get out of here? Why don’t you leave the entire country?’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Alright, so the heckler gets no ‘nicety’ points. So what?”

 

Biblical Response:  “So what?! There was a time in America when most parents taught their kids growing up how to be civil, even if you disagreed. Today, people can’t even spell incivility…they have to resort to something that has less syllables “not-nicety’…which may not even be a word. What happened to manners? Instead of increasing our volume, let’s increase our sense…making a logical defense of our position. Perhaps we might even learn our position is indefensible (another 5-syllable word).”

 

“Christians? We are told to be civil (Rom. 12:18). We are also told to be ready to give a defense (1 Pet. 3:15). Thankfully, in this country we can do the best expressing of our opinions at the ballot box…and we’ll get that opportunity soon.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us sow more sugar…and reap a crop much more palatable; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 10-20-18 Fish or Cut Bait Time

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-20-18

Fish or Cut Bait Time

 

What’s Happening: “Do you know what is supposed to happen in Washington, D.C. tonight at 7pm ET? A group of witches is supposed to hold an event where they will put a hex on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family! They are charging $10 for the tickets to this event and pledge to give 25% of this fee to Planned Parenthood. It is not being reported by any of the mainstream media and I only got word of it through my sources who heavily referred to a Tucker Carlson report of weeks ago…hopefully, you’ll find it as troubling as I did (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qbhX5VUrgY&feature=share) Either we take what is said seriously or we relegate Christendom to the heap of superstition that much of the world does today.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Oh, you’re just being an alarmist. I think it’s just too close to halloween and you are taking too much, way too seriously!”

 

Biblical Response:  “Am I? Perhaps most of the world thinks what Jesus spent much of His ministry fighting (1 John 3:8) is just so much historical mumbo jumbo.

 

“Christians? Let me share a story: There was this fisherman who came in about the same time everyone else was going out…and he always had a boatload of fish. Well, this game warden was curious, so he spent the night at the dock. Sure enough, the successful fisherman showed up about 3AM and began loading up to motor off into the mist. “Mind if I join you?” Asked the Officer.

 

“Suit yourself,” came the gruff reply. And with the game officer in the bow, they left the dock. Shortly, they arrived at a cove, the game warden could just make out the outlines of the shore. “Are we gonna fish here?” the warden asked. The fisherman just puffed on his cigar and pulled a stick of dynamite from his tackle box, lit it and threw it into the water. KABOOM! Fish began coming up everywhere and the fisherman began scooping them up, covering the bottom of his boat.

 

The game warden was in shock. He couldn’t believe anyone would be so brazen as to do something so illegal with him right in the boat! When he could finally regain his composure, he managed to sputter, “Don’t you know that’s illegal?!

 

Without saying a word, the fisherman took another drag on his cigar, lit a stick of dynamite, threw it in the warden’s lap and said, “Are you gonna fish, or cut bait?”.

 

I share that story to say it’s time to get serious about prayer…are you going to fish or cut bait. Me? I’ll be praying tonight about 5:30pm CT . I believe satan is mighty…but God is almighty.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to take seriously the threats of the enemy…or not…and suffer the consequences; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 10-19-18 A Sacred Trust

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-19-18

A Sacred Trust

 

What’s Happening: “Children are once again being manipulated into terrorism  by the IRGC (Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps) an Associated Press reporter charges. Using targets of U.S. Presidents for practice, children, some as young as 12, are being formed into units to fight along IRGC units. This seems to be in response to sanctions imposed by Trump since the U.S. pulled out of the Nuclear Deal that was joined by Obama in 2015 (https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-targets-network-backing-irans-use-of-child-soldiers). Iranian and Afghan children are then being sent to Syria to fight.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “No youths of that age can be held responsible for their actions.”

 

Biblical Response:  “I agree…but their targets are just as dead. Talk about PTSD! Adults often can’t handle the atrocities of war…imagine these atrocities in the mind of a child! No amount of counseling or therapy will retrieve some…this is a tragedy of epic proportions! Children are supposed to be a sacred trust (Prov. 22:6). What if he’s trained to kill?”

 

“Christians? Children  are supposed to be the hope of the future (look up and read the previous scripture). The ability to train and motivate a child comes with a certain amount of responsibility. There’s bound to be a special hot place in hell for those who violate this trust.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let us consider the most impressionable among us as the  sacred trust they are; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 10-18-18 It’s All About Strategy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-18-18

It’s All About Strategy

 

What’s Happening: “It looks like the caravans are it again, most of them from Honduras, and they’ve swollen in size from 1,000 to 2,000 (some say as high as 4,000). They are scheduled to arrive just before the midterms (strategy?). There are some efforts being made by Guatemala and Mexico to dissuade the caravan (and by threats by Trump), but the ‘coyotes’ and the cartels have other designs…and then there’s allegations of Soros funding (https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/oct/16/honduras-begs-migrant-caravan-turn-back/). Judd, a border patrol agent said, ‘What they do is they artificially create holes that they can then smuggle their higher profit behind us. It’s a brilliant strategy on the (part of the) cartels.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Can you blame the people in the caravans? They are just seeking a better life here!”

 

Biblical Response:  “No, I can’t blame anyone for seeking a better life…especially now with the latest good news on our economy. Still, if everyone takes the jobs that are available, maybe they won’t be available much longer. And, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the Church. These people have already identified themselves as seekers…so let’s let them know Someone who can really meet their needs! I mean, the U.S. government is generous, especially to those who claim asylum. But that’s nothing compared to God (Phil. 4:19).”

 

“Christians? The real solution is good old fashioned missionary work (Matt. 28:18-20); creating such a life in Central America that the U.S. loses its appeal. Do you think those parents want to send their children off? Immigrants are known for their work ethic…wouldn’t that best be applied there? Let’s take that money we give ($65 Million to Honduras) and designate it for battling the cartels…eliminate the motivation to escape violence and the caravans will disappear.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to have a strategy of our own; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 10-17-18 In the Weeds

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-17-18

In the Weeds

 

What’s Happening: “Canada, fulfilling a campaign promise of progressive Justin Trudeau, has just legalized pot, making recreational marijuana legal, though rules vary in the provinces. Canada has been the first G-20 country to legalize cannabis, although Uruguay became the first country worldwide in December of 2013. The next on the legislative agenda in Canada may be to revisit recent weed convictions. A new device has even been approved to test DUI motorists (https://www.yahoo.com/news/canada-ushers-historic-new-era-legalization-cannabis-035458897.html). One of the goals is to shut down the marijuana black market by legalization. ‘There’s no black market for beer. There’s no black market for alcohol,’ the Prime Minister said in April of 2017.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Will Canada be better off by legalizing pot?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Good question…I guess time alone will tell. Still, whenever have people exhibited more self-control when given the opportunity? When will we admit that we live in a fallen world, with fallen natures, and no amount of legalizing anything will make that thing safer? Sow the wind… reap the whirlwind (Hos. 8:7).”

 

“Christians? The scripture is full of recommendations for self-control. I love the following scripture:

‘Just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean that it’s spiritually appropriate. If I went around doing whatever I thought I could get by with, I’d be a slave to my whims.’ (I Cor. 6:12 The MESSAGE)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to realize that whatever controls us… we’re its slave; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY- 10-16-18 Testy

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-16-18

Testy

 

What’s Happening: “The recent release by Senator Elizabeth Warren of a DNA test that indicates she has somewhere between 1/64th and 1/1024th Indian heritage (approximately the average of anyone from North America – though the testing company would not verify whether from North or South America), has Trump calling her “Pocahontas” again. Even the Cherokee Nation protested, decrying her use of their name for her benefit (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-calls-elizabeth-warren-pocahontas-reveals-dna-results-125833322.html). ‘Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong,’ said Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Didn’t she claim ‘minority status’ to gain admission into Harvard?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Maybe, what’s more certain is that Harvard touted her ‘minority status’ when they added her to the faculty. DNA has become the standard for determining familial identity, even tracing us all back to Adam and Eve…sorry atheists (https://pro.stenglernaturals.com/p/HRV180420A/LHRVUA26/?h=true).  Whether Sen. Warren has any more Indian in her than….say…Trump, well, I’ll let you decide.”

 

“Christians? Tracing our physical lineage back to Adam and Eve, the original parents may be impressive to some, but I’d rather trace my spiritual heritage back to God (Gen. 1:26). I guess that’s the importance of being born again (Jn. 3:3-8).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to “strain at a gnat and swallow a camel” (Matt. 23:24), making a mountain out of a molehill; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 10-15-18 Not Ready Yet

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-15-18

Not Ready Yet

 

What’s Happening: “In addition to all the commotion over whether Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi was actually killed by a Saudi hit squad, Trump is also dealing with the trade situation with China. He says that their economy is going down while ours is going up…and the stats seem to bear that out. Still , he says they’re not ready to make a bilateral trade deal (https://dcalert.com/2018/10/14/trump-says-china-economy-not-well/). ‘How will you know when China is ready to negotiate again?’ A Breitbart News reporter asked.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “That will probably mean no more cheap ‘Made in China’ stuff, huh?”

 

Biblical Response:  “Yeah…kind of…it really depends on your definition of ‘cheap.’ Lower quality goods should cost less. Maybe we would rather buy less expensive stuff than the more expensive ‘Made in the USA”, better-economy-because-stuff-is-made-by-people-who-pay-taxes stuff that fills the Walmart shelves. Besides, don’t you usually get what you pay for?”

 

“Christians? We need to pray for all those lower-level bureaucrats that will do the real negotiating. They need to ‘be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.’  (Matt. 10:16 ASV)”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, since whoever has the best negotiators wins, help our leaders do what’s in Your people’s best interests; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 20-13-18 Toxic Red Tide

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-13-18

Toxic Red Tide

 

What’s Happening: “In the wake of Hurricane Michael, there is a toxic red tide that is sweeping Florida beaches. The symptoms are flu-like and temporary…at least to humans…but it may be fatal to marine life…it’s not clear whether it’s red tide that has caused thousands of fish to wash up or red algae blooms. (https://www.yahoo.com/news/hurricane-michael-victims-face-another-172702432.html). ‘Sometimes you get red tide up there in the Panhandle so that’s the issue, the tide’s right along the coastline and now the hurricane, with the storm surge, is going to carry the toxin inland,’ said Larry Brand, marine biologist.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “If it doesn’t affect me, I’m not interested.”

 

Biblical Response:  “That is truly reflective of most of America…for that matter, most of the world..and I’m sorry. When anyone suffers, we should commiserate. Sure, there’s a limit to largesse…or there should be, but to care nothing is going beyond the limit in the opposite direction. Where’s the balance? If God lays something on your heart, then act. But don’t be dismissive out of hand. Just because you don’t live in Florida doesn’t mean you aren’t to care about those who do (Rom. 12:15).”

 

“Christians? The Scripture commands to ‘bear ye one another’s burdens’ (Gal. 6:2). Besides, there is a ‘red tide’ whose toxicity is healing. I’m talking about the blood of Jesus…and its toxicity to sin is what makes it so…well, welcome…if uncomfortable. Of course, it’s a painful toxicity at first, but, like medicine, sometimes it’s the only thing that will work.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to care. Sure, it’s easy to go about life more self-focused, but that doesn’t bring anybody glory. We want to live a life that demands an explanation; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent

 

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CLARITY – 10-11-18 Update

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 10-11-18

Update

 

What’s Happening: “Now the death toll (previously reported in CLARITY blogs of 9/29 and 10/4 – subdeo.com/) has risen to 2,045. The earthquake(s) and subsequent tsunami have displaced 82,000 people and damaged or destroyed 67,000 homes. I say quakes because they continue to hit the “Ring of Fire” islands of Indonesia with new quakes of 6.0 or higher, hitting Bali and Java recently.  Much of the world was focused on the Kavanaugh hearings or the progress Pompeo has made in North Korea lately, but all tragedy, like politics, is local (https://www.yahoo.com/news/indonesia-aftermath-devastating-earthquake-tsunami-slideshow-wp-190254814.html). One reaction was Kingkhan’s: …‘how can you try and help people who sabotage their own emergency equipment(?)’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Things are rough all over!”

 

Biblical Response:  “True…still, that doesn’t reduce our responsibility to be merciful (Rom. 12:15; James 2:16). The trick is, as the saying goes, to ‘walk a mile in his moccasins.’ Since I experienced the devastation and loss o life of a tornado on my own property in 2011, I have been particularly merciful (I highly recommend Samaritan’s Purse as a relief organization).

 

“Christians? It’s primarily our responsibility. I’m all for the Red Cross (was even on a board once), but their message of the Gospel depends more on their volunteers than the organization as a whole. Not so with Samaritan’s Purse…or World Vision, YWAM, etc. I REALLY want to help…long-term…eternally. Don’t you?

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to give true help, not just a band-aid or temporal help; help us to point the way, eternally; earthquakes, tsunamis and tornadoes come…after all, we live in a fallen world…but there is hope; 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: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent