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CLARITY – 12-6-19 They’re At It…Again!

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-6-19

They’re At It…Again!  

What’s Happening: “The U.S. Navy (the guided missile destroyer, Forrest Sherman) boarded a small Iranian vessel in the Arabian Sea bound for Houthi rebels in Yemen, and seized advanced missile parts it was announced Wednesday. The U.N. has issued declarations prohibiting such transfers. Although Trump has indicated some reluctance to use U.S. forces in the Middle East, there have been 14,000 additional troops assigned to the region since May (https://www.yahoo.com/news/1-u-navy-warship-seized-213233707.html). ‘A more thorough investigation is underway,’ it was stated.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “They try to smuggle, we interdict…where will it all end?”

Biblical Response:  “Probably in war…some say it has already begun (perhaps a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia?). Both want more influence in the region. And we continue to be the policeman…by default. I agree, it is regrettable, but somebody’s got to do it. Unhindered, Iran’s meddling will only increase terrorism in the region. Time is a multiplier (as Gen Patton said, ‘A good plan, violently executed today, is better than a perfect plan next week.’)…and missile parts bound for terrorists only increase turmoil if not seized…sooner, rather than later. Or, as it is stated in God’s Word: ‘The Day is coming — the timing is God’s…’ (Zech. 14:7 THE MESSAGE). Of course, the prophet was talking about other things, but the principle is sound. Besides, ‘Man proposes, but God disposes.’ ( Prov. 19:21 LB)”

“Is it our job? Probably not. NATO probably should take on this responsibility. They have the most to gain…or lose. Still, better to intercept missile parts now than let them arrive in terrorist’s hands…even if we are the ones who have to seize them.”

“Christians? There is much prayer fodder here…that wisdom will abound…that cooler heads will prevail…that justice will triumph (we know it will in the long term, but we want it in the short term!)” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, while we know You will provide eventual peace, we need Your wisdom to procure it in the short term; 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 – 12-5-19 Lost and Found in the Outback

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-5-19

Lost and Found in the Outback  

What’s Happening: “Obscure news…unless you are the one searchers are looking for; lost are three folks: Claire Hockeridge,46; her partner, Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52; and their visiting companion, Phu Tran, 40; found Wednesday: the body of Claire. In an arid part of the Australian Outback, south of their hometown of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, the women were giving a tour to Tran, a visitor on November 19, when they got lost. Searchers found the abandoned SUV the three used…and found Tamra and Tran. They’d separated, Claire following a fence (https://www.yahoo.com/news/police-searching-outback-missing-woman-062032826.html). ‘We are all grieving and exhausted from the emotional roller coaster that we’ve ridden,’ Sarah Hockeridge said. ‘Even though Claire has died in terrible circumstances, we are glad Tamra and Phu have been found alive and well and we’re extremely grateful for everyone involved in that.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Perhaps they should have toured their friend with pictures, instead.”

Biblical Response:  “Perhaps. Living nearby, I’m sure, gave them a false sense of confidence…that, and underestimating the harshness of their surroundings, spelled tragedy. Still, we can identify with them. Who hasn’t allowed the familiarity with the world and an underestimation of the harshness (and danger) of the surroundings lead them to disaster? (1 Tim. 1:18-20) Sometimes it seems we spend half our lives trying to extract ourselves from the realities our foolish decisions have wrought. Were it not for a Faithful Searcher, we would most certainly be lost, too (Matt. 18:12-14).”

“Christians? Making a decision to follow Christ does not exempt us from making stupid choices…it just assures us of a Searcher who won’t give up. Hopefully, our foolishness becomes less and less, as we allow His way of thinking to take over more and more (Phil. 2:5: 2 Cor. 10:5).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, give us a heart like Yours…one that never gives up; 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 – 12-4-19 “How The Mighty Are Fallen!”

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-4-19

“…How The Mighty Are Fallen!”  

What’s Happening: “Former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who died recently at 95, left a large estate (at over $10 Million in an account + two houses + a farm + 10 cars, etc.) it was announced Tuesday. He is survived by his wife and his children (two daughters, a son and a stepson). They’ll probably get the assets as the family has been unable to locate a will (https://www.yahoo.com/news/mugabe-left-10-mln-farm-two-houses-110507511.html). ‘Mrs. Grace Mugabe was listed as the sole surviving spouse while Bona, Robert, Bellarmine and stepson Russel Goreraza were listed as surviving children,’ the Herald, a government-owned newspaper, reported.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Aren’t a third of Zimbabweans impoverished?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes, actually the article in the link says that 34% (5.7 million) are in ‘extreme poverty’… and the nation’s GDP is not faring well, either. Maybe they are suffering because of his radical left-wing ideologies. In any case, his wealth is in stark contrast…but he’ll soon get his ‘come-up-ins’ (Heb.9:27). Today’s title is taken from 2 Sam. 1:19, as David mourns the death of Saul and Jonathan, and underscores a grim reality: ‘you can’t take it with you’ – or, as my erstwhile pastor used to say, ‘I’ve never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul.’ They’re only earthly assets anyway. Mugabe may find himself quite impoverished in another more eternal account…”

“Christians? Our value system should be other-worldly. Sadly, sometimes we struggle to get our priorities right. It’s hard to live in two worlds. It’s kind of like trying to walk two fences that are headed in different directions…you don’t make much progress in either of them (1 John 2:15).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make deposits in the right account…and be satisfied with Your provision here; 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 – 12-3-19 Oops! Missed That One…?

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-3-19

Oops! Missed That One…?

What’s Happening: “United Nations General Secretary, Antonio Guterres, in a message to preface the upcoming two-week global climate summit in Madrid, called on the world to stop its ‘war on climate,’ saying Sunday that man-made global warming is to blame. This after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord of 2015. Guterres cited the rise in fossil-fuel mining and drilling and the deforestation of the Amazon Basin as examples of what NOT to do (https://www.yahoo.com/news/war-against-nature-must-stop-144802849.html). ‘”Our war against nature must stop, and we know that it is possible,’ said Guterres. ‘We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Hasn’t there been a rise in global temperature?”

Biblical Response:  “Yes…so? There have been many waxes and wanes over the years. I remember the dire warnings when I was in school of the ‘Coming Ice Age’ (https://cei.org/content/our-latest-global-warming-scare?gclid=CjwKCAiArJjvBRACEiwA-Wiqq2AtNUTKRQPHnJSraOBqzs4MmSeZAVcRirgMsvVSOzav5XlNxHm-UhoCLG4QAvD_BwE). Iif you look back far enough, this is not the only global warming cycle we’ve seen. Not everyone is pessimistic about the future (https://cei.org/content/our-latest-global-warming-scare?gclid=CjwKCAiArJjvBRACEiwA-Wiqq2AtNUTKRQPHnJSraOBqzs4MmSeZAVcRirgMsvVSOzav5XlNxHm-UhoCLG4QAvD_BwE), but bad news sells; besides, my Bible says ‘of seedtime and harvest there shall be no end’ (Gen. 8:22).”

“Christians? We believe God is in control of this earth, not man (2 Chron. 33:13). Man would like to be in control (man-made global warming), but it’s just not so. We were even warned that CFCs were destroying the ozone layer…until someone pointed out that they were heavier than air! Since He sees and declares the end from the beginning (Is. 46:10), He is surprised by nothing…we never hear Him say ‘Oops! I didn’t see that one coming!’” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us discern the truth…a lie does not free (John 8:32); 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 – 12-2-19 Citizenship Matters

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A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-2-19

Citizenship Matters

What’s Happening: “The Prime Minister of Australia, Marise Payne, called the incarceration treatment of Yang Hengjun, an Australian citizen, ‘unacceptable,’ citing reports of daily shackling-while-interrogating, isolation from the outside world, and torture. Of course the Chinese Foreign Minister has denied these allegations. Yang suffered high blood pressure and serious kidney problems before his jailing last January. He used to write a popular Chinese blog, and has written several spy novels. The Chinese accuse him of spying himself and they may be using him as a guinea pig for experimental drugs while he awaits his fate (https://www.yahoo.com/news/australia-slams-chinas-unacceptable-treatment-jailed-writer-002119506.html). ‘It seems like he’s being treated particularly harshly in order to effectively try and break him and push him to confess,’ said Human Rights Watch.”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “With that kind of name, the Chinese probably want him to abide by Chinese law.”

Biblical Response:  “Maybe…it’s hard to know what the Chinese are thinking…other than trying to silence a dissenting voice. Besides, they don’t believe in dual citizenship. He is critical of what the Chinese are attempting in Hong Kong, etc. Living in a country by another country’s laws has never been easy. Kind of reminds me of Christians’ struggle of being in this world, but not of it (John 15:19). The opposition comes from our dual citizenship; being born in some country means we have to abide by their laws. However, being born again in the kingdom of God creates a dynamic tension sometimes (Matt. 20: 25-28). Of course, like Peter and John, we must always default to the law of God (Acts 5:29). Citizenship matters.”

“Christians? Do we believe that we must obey God, no matter what? Yes…and sometimes it means flogging and threats…and sometimes worse. The Good News is: His grace is sufficient (2 Cor. 12:9).” 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to default to our heavenly  citizenship…no matter the cost; 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 – 11-30-19 Impractical But Effective

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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