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

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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 – 5-20-19 Don’t Mistake Forbearance For Fear

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A Biblical Response to Current Events -5-20-19

Don’t Mistake Forbearance For Fear

What’s Happening: “Iran launched a Katyusha rocket that landed dangerously close to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq late last night, escalating rhetoric via Twitter. Both governments warned the other not to threaten. Is it more mere saber-rattling or genuine? (https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-warns-iran-not-threaten-us-face-end-065953536.html).  Jeremy Hunt, British Foreign Secretary said: ‘…if American interests are attacked, they will retaliate. We want the situation to de-escalate because this is a part of the world where things can get triggered accidentally,’”  

Knee-Jerk Response:  “Nothing’s going to happen. They’re (the leaders of both nations) just building their Twitter audiences.”

Biblical Response:  “I hope you’re right, but never let the Iranians mistake forbearance for fear, reticence for lack of resolve. That’s what happened by the Japanese in WWII at Pearl Harbor…and by Osama Bin Laden at 9/11. It took ten years, but justice always has a way of arriving. Remember, Jesus is coming back…and it won’t be a pretty sight for some (as a matter of fact, the Bible depicts Him coming with a sword protruding from His mouth – Rev. 1:16, 2:16).”

“Christians? Oh, we believe in a patient God. But not in One where patience is mistaken for license. Read what the scripture has to say about it:

‘The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.’(2 Pet 3:9-10 NASU)

We should pray that our leaders have the wisdom know when to pull the trigger  and when to just speak louder.”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, let not our enemies think we are kidding…You’re not; 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