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CLARITY – 6-21-18 Meanwhile…Back and Forth

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 6-21-18

 

Meanwhile…Back and Forth

 

What’s Happening:  “Meanwhile, as if border troubles, denuclearization talks, trade wars, and the legalization of marijuana in Canada were not enough to be dealing with, Israel just hit targets in Gaza, in response to Hamas sending 45 rockets crashing into Israeli neighborhoods, in response to Israel’s targeting of kite and balloon launch sites (Palestinians have been sending over the border incendiary devices),which was in response to…it seems the world is busy (http://www.siouxlandproud.com/news/israel-says-it-struck-hamas-after-rocket-attacks-from-gaza/1250264765). ‘Just imagine living in fear..’ said Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Just more reasons to realize things are out of control!”

 

Biblical Response:  “You mean, just more fodder for prayer. ‘In the world, you shall have tribulation…(John 16:33)…but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.’As long as we’re in this world,we’ll have to deal with the chaos of this world. Thankfully, ‘Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.’ (1 John 4:4)

 

“Christians? We realize that there are two competing agendas (John 10:10)…and which one will prevail.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to see all the chaos around us and rejoice…not only do we have the answer, we know the Answer…and better still, He knows us; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

 

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CLARITY – 3-21-18 Mystery Sadly Solved…We Think

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-21-18

 

Mystery Sadly Solved…We Hope

 

What’s Happening:  “The Austin serial bomber (we think) is dead. Killed by his own bomb blast (or a SWAT team bullet – the autopsy will reveal) Mark Anthony Conditt has finished his 20-day bombing rampage…we hope…there still may be bombs out there – two have been found unexploded at Fed-Ex facilities…local residents have been told to be wary, still (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/us/austin-bombings-suspect.html). ‘There were several leads that led us to this person,’ including surveillance video, said Austin Police Chief Manley.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “ Can they ever know for sure?”

 

Biblical Response:  “They’re pretty sure…I mean there is always the possibility of copy-cats…and they think he may have had accomplices…I guess time and the lack of further bombings will make them 99.9% sure. And the motive may never be known…it might be just one more crazy person doing it because he can. A godless culture will spawn much that is inexplicable.”

 

“Christians?  Of course we are sad for the families of the two killed and the five people that were wounded during his insanity (Rom. 12:15), and we are saddened for 23-year-old Mr. Conditt’s family (he was some mother’s child). However, some of the responsibility for the godless culture mentioned above must be laid at our feet. We should all, as Christians, live louder (Mark 16:15). The impact on the world we make is our own doing…or as the case in point so vociferously proclaims…our undoing!”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, although natural timidity may give us pause, Your supernatural boldness now dominates. Help us to allow it to take us over; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 2-12-18 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 2-12-18

 

1st, 2nd, and 3rd

What’s Happening:  “It’s being called ‘The Miracle on Snow’ and Krueger’s win in the Olympic Skiathlon will definitely make the NBC highlight reels (or thumb-drive or whatever). Moments after the start, Simen Hegstad Krueger went down in a tangle of skis and poles, almost certainly eliminating him from the competition in the grueling  cross-country race. But Norway’s Krueger got up and slowly began to regain his position. By race end it was he (Gold), Martin Sundby (Silver) and  Hans Holund (Bronze), and all Norwegians, who crossed the finish line 1, 2, 3 (https://www.pyeongchang2018.com/en/news/krueger-leads-norway-s-skiathlon-clean-sweep). His final break occurred toward the end of the race and left the others in the dust…er, I mean, the snow.”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “I guess that proves you should never give up.”

 

Biblical Response:  “As if Winston Churchill hadn’t proven that already (if you haven’t seen the recent ‘Darkest Hour’ film,  you may not know why those Norwegians aren’t speaking German). The indomitable spirit will always win the day. Sayings like: ‘It’s always darkest just before the dawn’ or ‘The lowest ebb is the turning of the tide’ comes to mind.’”

 

“Christians? When it comes to an indomitable spirit, there is no better example than Christ. His formula for victory was the same as Krueger’s, you don’t quit before the end (John 19:30).”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to struggle on in our battles, just not in our strength…Your strength, our victory; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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CLARITY – 1-17-18 Rumors of War

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 1-17-18

 

Rumors of War

 

What’s Happening:  “First, it was Hawaii – 38 minutes of panic occurred when a false warning of a missile launch from North Korea was emblazoned on phones statewide: yesterday it happened nationwide in Japan…the TV station responsible for the deception has apologized (https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/2aeb97a0-fc5e-3cca-96c9-bcb4c5340a3c/ss_japanese-tv-issues-false.html).’Around 6.55pm earlier we reported on the NHK’s news site and NHK’s news disaster prevention application “Pattern of North Korean missile launch” but this was incorrectly issued. J alert has not appeared. I must sincerely apologise.’”

 

Knee-jerk Response: “Now, nobody will respond…it’s a case of crying ‘wolf’ too many times.”

 

Biblical Response:  “You might be right…not that there’s much that many folks could do, anyway. One thing’s certain, the real thing will be worse. Is a thermonuclear missile survivable? Probably…the real question is ‘do you want to?’ What kind of world will be left? Do you want your children to live in fear of such a thing happening? These, and other questions, should have be asked decades ago…before North Korea had an opportunity to develop the threat.

 

“Christians? Although our eternity is secure (2 Tim. 1:12), our temporality is not. The law of sowing and reaping (Gal. 6:7) guarantees that regret has a multiplied component. We have sown the wind…now we get to reap the whirlwind. Is there still time? Maybe.”

 

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us not to let fear rule the day…but to be wise purveyors of the truth. Give our leaders the wisdom to guide us through these tumultuous times;: in Jesus’ Name, amen.”   © Alan E.Sargent

 

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