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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 – 3-19-18 Tit for Tat

CLARITY

A Biblical Response to Current Events – 3-19-18

 

Tit for Tat

 

What’s Happening:  “The expulsion of 23 diplomats (read: unregistered intelligence officers) from the U.K. (for the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal, his daughter Yulia, and Det. Sgt. Nick  Bailey – all still in the hospital) resulted in the expulsion of 23 British diplomats from Moscow by the Kremlin…and the closing of the British Council (dedicated to cultural relations between the two countries). (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43440992). It is believed that someone may unknowingly witnessed the poisoning event. Details of Skripal’s movements are being solicited. Neil Basu, Metro Police Assistant Commissioner, appealed, ‘We are learning more about Sergei and Yulia’s movements, but we need to be clearer around their exact movements on the morning of the incident.’”

 

Knee-Jerk Response:  “(yawn) This concerns me how?”

 

Biblical Response:  “I know that this may seem mundane…especially to the average American. I mean, the UK expels a few, Russia expels a few in retaliation…big deal…so what?” Right? Well, first it IS  a big deal if you are one of those diplomats or their families. And the British Council is trying to prepare young people for a post-Putin Russia. Still, it’s a small deal until you consider that these might be the precursors to war. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. Is anybody else seeing an alignment of Russia, North Korea and Iran forming?”

 

“Christians?  Nobody in their right mind looks forward to war. However, we’d be foolish to think we were not in a struggle. We have to remind ourselves that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the ideologies that challenge the Lordship of Christ (see Eph. 6:12). How do you win that struggle? Long Term; missionaries. Short Term: prayer…and we may have to prepare to defend ourselves. ”

Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray:  “Heavenly Father, help us to show meekness (extending the olive branch of peace with one hand, while holding the club of war back in the other); in  Jesus’ Name, amen.” © Alan E.Sargent

 

Share as you like; just give credit appropriately. For buying any of Alan E. Sargent’s books or to subscribe to any of his CLARITY blogs, go to the following link: http://subdeo.com/. He also tweets on Twitter.com every day @alanesargent