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CLARITY – 12-24-19 A Gift That is No Surprise


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 12-24-19

A Gift That is No Surprise 

What’s Happening: “What is Kim Jong-un’s ‘surprise gift’? That is the question of the day…and it could arrive today…or at least soon. Some, examining carefully those sites where intermediate-range ICBMs have been traditionally worked upon, are looking for anomalies that might reveal an upcoming test launch…an escalation in the ongoing denuclearization debate. Others have suggested something more benign might be in the offing. In any case, fear makes for good press ( Quoting from the article by Daniel DePetris yesterday: ‘The period between the summit in Hanoi and the meeting at the DMZ in June was an unproductive stretch. It took nearly four months after Trump and Kim’s DMZ meet-and-greet before those discussions actually happened. And they finally did, the talks concluded in a huff after a single day.’”

Knee-Jerk Response:  “A gift is a gift is a gift. I think there’s too much made over this one.”

Biblical Response:  “And maybe you’re right…at least I hope so…the question is: can we take the chance? Prudence and history tell us to keep one eye open.”

“One gift that should not come as a surprise – it’s been prophesied since Gen. 3:15 – is the gift of the Savior (John 3:16). Kim may have a ‘gift’ that is good or ill, but there’s no surprise about a virgin conceiving (Is. 7:14) and giving birth to the Son of God in Bethlehem (Mic. 5:2). And that is Good News, that the Lamb of God has come…of course, He will someday come again as a Judge, and that may be bad news for some. Kim, are you listening?”

“Christians? The Gift of God’s Son is what Christmas is all about. And we are grateful for this ‘no-surprise’ gift.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to be cautiously optimistic; not naive, but believing the best about folks…with one eye open; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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CLARITY – 3-31-18 One-Up-Man-Ship


A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-31-18




What’s Happening:  “Some are saying this smacks of a second Cold War,; some say we all need to devise new ‘duck-and-cover’ drills; some say it’s just a measuring game or a display of testosterone…but the release of a video of ‘Russia’s new ‘Satan 2’ ICBM is no joke. Putin’s promise of a new weapon that is ‘invulnerable’ to western defenses seems to be ringing true ( ‘No defense system will be able to withstand it,’’ Putin is reported to have said. With his congratulations for winning re-election, Trump is reported to have said, ‘If you want to have an arms race, we can do that…but I’ll win.’”


Knee-Jerk Response:  “Sounds just like them…but who gets to do the drills? We do!”


Biblical Response:  “Probably just a bunch of bluster…but I get the sentiment. Besides, the ‘duck-and-cover’ drills may spare you the initial flying debris of a nuclear blast but there’s no drill for the fallout. I’m not sure those drills were/are for any more than to make the drillers feel better…I don’t think they really do much. The greatest deterrence is still termed appropriately  MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction). Oh well, we’re all going to die sometime.”


“Christians? Sure, we hate to succumb to a meaningless nuclear holocaust, but it’s the second death (Rev. 20:14) we really need to prepare for (Rev. 2:11). I’m all for preparing for whatever our enemies have developed (and spending the resources to defend), but death is inevitable…it’s not how we die that God judges us for, but how we live.”


Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to make decisions based on Your will for our lives, not from fear of what might happen; in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent


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