I want to say Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I want to also say a very special Happy Thanksgiving to all the service men & women who are far from home & unable to celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones!! Thank you for your unselfish service to our country so we can maintain the freedom to be able to continue celebrating all the holidays!! God Bless you & thank you very much!!
* * * STEPS UP ONTO MY SOAP BOX * * * I am just amazed at how much technology has evolved over just the last 20 years! 20 years ago hardly anyone had a cell phone or Gameboy or ipad! People weren't locked into 2 year contracts to cell phone or satellite TV providers! I mean really, just 20 years ago it wasn't even that common for everyone to have Satellite TV ( The DVR just amazes me! You can pause or rewind live TV!!) or a Cell phone! Now they are everywhere & it is a lot less common for someone NOT to have satellite TV or at least a cell phone! Kids today see a rotary phone & say "what is that?" I heard someone say their daughter saw an older land line phone (the kind that has a cord from the phone to the base of the phone) & said "look Mommy, that phone has a leash! That was funny I admit, but kids today don't know anything but cordless phones & cell phones! Some families don't even have a land line phone & only have cell phones! Their kids don't even know what a land line phone is! I have heard of kids as young as 8 years old having their own cell phones!! COME ON PEOPLE, what 8 year old needs their own cell phone! Parents say things like I have to be able to reach them in case of an emergency! I really don't think that is the total truth! What did parents do to find or reach their children 10 or 20 years ago when they "wanted to get hold of their child"? I think it is just easier to give in! A lot of parents don't know how to or even want to say NO to their child when they are begging them for something!! I am so sick of this American mentality of "Keeping up with the Jones"!! Children in today's society need to learn that they have to earn things in life! It is not good if you give a child everything they want & they work for nothing!! That just makes them feel they are entitled & they don't need to work for what they want! America has created a very spoiled generation with very foul mouths & a complete lack of morals!! This generation acts like they are owed everything & if they want it, it should just be given to them! If you say you can't afford it, they often say just put it on your credit card!! They don't have any kind of real work ethic or morals at all! Mind you, I have had to ask for some things too. But if I don't NEED it, like fixing my car or paying a bill, I do not get it!! For the same reason, I do not have any credit cards!! Also we have become a completely non social, texting society! I mean come on! I have had a child text me when I am sitting right next to them!! I see kids texting or using their Gameboys & not paying attention in Church or at a social event, being completely non social! How are these kids going to learn the social graces needed when they grow up to be able to function in society if their faces are always in their Gameboys or texting!! I feel if a child wants a cell phone, they need to be at least 12 years old & only have basic talking & texting. When they turn 16, they can get a job & contribute to the bill. I don't think they should have the internet on their phone either, because I feel the internet needs to be monitored until they turn 18!! That teaches them responsibility! Everyone also seems to have a Facebook or Twitter & Email accounts! I feel the same about social networking! Facebook & Twitter & Emails need to be monitored until they are 18 too! What about all this "Cyber, Email, Twitter, & Facebook bullying" It is way to easy with all this technology for kids to really hurt other kids! I keep hearing about kids committing suicide because they were being bullied through the internet & they just couldn't take it anymore!! Somehow the parents don't even know about it or if they do, they think it will just pass over!! Just because you don't like someone, that NEVER gives you the right to bully them!! If you don't like them, just stay away from them!! Computers should NEVER be in a child's room!! It needs to be in a room in the middle of the house where a parent can see what their child is doing!! Also parents need to know all these chat shorthands so they know what their child is saying! If you know your child is a bully & you do nothing, SHAME ON YOU!!!!! Cyber bullying & just plain bullying of any kind has become an epidemic in this country & it needs to be STOPPED!!! A lot of times technology is a good thing! But equally, if not monitored, it can be a really bad thing!! PLEASE be active & aware of what your kids are doing, saying & who their friends are!! It could mean a life!! PLEASE teach your children values, morals, & a good work ethic!! It is not necessary to always be keeping up with the Jones!! The Jones can't even really keep up with "the Jones" anymore!! Lastly, I just have to add this!! All the boys & men who are wearing their pants buckled below their butts!! STOP IT!! That came from the prisons! It means a male inmate belongs physically to another male inmate!! That is just ignorant & plain tacky!! Girls & women stop showing your everything to everyone!! I do not want to see anyone's butt, boobs, belly, bra, underwear, or thong (how people can wear those is beyond me! They are so uncomfortable!!)!! I do not want to hear your bass or music, especially with the lyrics in secular music today!! I do not want to hear you rev up & race your car up my hill or anywhere else!! We know you are there! I do not want to hear your child screaming just because you said no to them in the store! Do not just continue shopping, letting them scream, forcing the entire store to listen to it for hours!! Take them outside or to the bathroom & calm them down!!* * * OK STEPPING DOWN OFF SAID SOAPBOX * * * Phew, I guess I needed to vent!!
The word stinks does not exactly describe the trials that we all have to go through from time to time, but for now, that is the word I choose to use!
Back in DecemberI left my job as a Customer Service Rep for 1 company to go work as a CSR for another company. For 2 very important reasons. 1st, it is 15 - 20 minutes closer to where I live (depending on traffic & weather) & with the rising gas prices, that was a must! 2nd, the previous job was so stressful that I hated it & dreaded going to work everyday! I was being yelled at & called all sorts of names by customers on a daily basis due to the company itself changing policies daily & starting to charge their customers fees for things that had not even happened yet! The company I used to do customer service for is a utility company which makes their product a necessity, not a luxury! They started charging deposits for just getting a disconnect notice, even if you pay & don't get disconnected, you have to pay the deposit & I saw them as high as $1,800!! I certainly DID NOT blame the customers for being upset, I would certainly be upset if that happened to me!! BUT I just don't ever think it is appropriate to curse & call ME names when you are mad at the company I represent! It is just as wrong if I do that! So, this new CSR job became avail in December & I switched jobs! The new CSR job is doing customer service for a major cell phone carrier. That means this service is a luxury, not a necessity! I have to say I don't get called names or cursed at nearly as much, Thank You Jesus!! This is a new account for the call center I just started work at & we are all still just learning about the company & all. That being said, the company is starting to change policies daily & that is so frustrating! I learn something on Friday & by the time of coming back to work Monday, policy changed! Also I have been sent home early 3 out of the 5 days this past week due to low call volume! They are sending around 50 people home early everyday! Which of course causes rumors to fly around that the cell company will pull out the account & we will all be out of a job soon! I realize at this point rumors are just that, rumors, BUT when I worked at another call center & those rumors flew & we were promised by the call center all was fine & we weren't in jeopardy of losing our jobs! It did happen & I was out of a job for 18 months! SO! Please pray God's will for me & job security! Ok SO I am required to keep ALL my belongings in a locker at work because of the "clean desk" policy. I can't even have a coat on my chair! So back on April 1st (2 weeks ago) some woman broke into my locker & stole a check out of my wallet & stole someone else's ID & made the check out to the woman who's ID she stole. She endorsed my check with her name & signed my name & COMPLETELY emptied out MY checking account & sent me into the negative!! I found this out by checking my online checking account & seeing the check on there! Knowing I did NOT write this check, I called the bank immediately!! I called the police & my work & told them what happened! But since the cameras at work are not close, they can't determine who was in my locker cause the lockers are all right on top of each other! I hate that I am still working with this woman because neither work, nor the police nor I know who she is! Also I come into work the following Saturday & my locker was open! I don't trust anyone! I also found out that the key locks I bought at Dollar General & also Office Max had universal keys & that several other people had the same locks & their keys opened my locks! So now I have a combo lock! On a good note, the bank had my money back in my checking account within 10 hours! I closed that account & opened another checking account! So it has been a stinky kinda month!
All that being said, God is STILL in control!! His word does NOT lie! I am standing on these scriptures to get me through!
"For we know in ALL things, God works for the good of those who love Him & are called according to HIS purpose!" - Romans 8:28 "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart for I have overcome the world!" - John 16:33. "I will never leave you, nor forsake you!" - Hebrews 13:5 "Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart & lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowleged Him & He will direct your path!" - Proverbs 3: 5 & 6 "The Lord is my strength & Shield! In Him my heart trusts & I am helped!" Psalms 28: 7 & 8 "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" - Romans 8:35-39
So if my God who loves me more than the birds in the air & the grass of the fields says He will get me through this & bring something good out of it, Then HE WILL!! I just have to keep my faith & trust Him that he is still my God & still loves me & has not left me!
What does one do when THEY think (emphasis on they, not God) they have already dealt with and resolved an "issue" in their life and thought it was finished and over with? A lot of our "issues" have a way of laying dormant for long periods of time and tend to come out when times are stressful! Such as changing a job, family issues, health issues, or when one is struggling financially! Well when all those things hit all at once, a volcano is bound to erupt and spread molten lava all over the everywhere and everything! Or in human terms your emotions can get hold of you and ooze all over the people around you and someone can get burned if accidentally caught in the line of fire!! These issues are known in the spiritual Rhelm as "Strongholds" and can cause a lot of trouble when not addressed and resolved at root core of the issue! Sometimes someone may need deliverance from a stronghold to get complete victory! Sometimes is takes more than 1 time of going to God in prayer and deliverance to get completely delivered, kinda like peeling an onion in layers! Sometimes God has to deal with us in layers, tearing down 1 stronghold at a time till He gets to the real root stronghold! satan is very sneaky and he will take his time slowly destroying us if we don't become wise to his schemes!! Fear, worry, stress, anxiety, self pity,and anger are often key strongholds that one might need deliverance from! All of these are sin and if we are to have complete victory in Christ Jesus, we must deal with these strongholds and get deliverance or they can literally kill you!! Fear killed my mother! There very thing she was afraid of, cancer, killed her because she was afraid to go to a doctor till it was too late! Anger can kill you by causing unforgiveness which can result in diseases that can kill you! Stress can cause heart problems and raise your blood pressure and become a silent killer like a ticking time bomb! At the very least, anger can come out at the most inappropriate times and make you regret what you have said and wish you had never said it! Which can open up a whole can of worms! All these things can also result in severe depression too! I myself have had to recently re-deal with some issues that I thought I had (again, emphasis on I thought) dealt with and completely resolved! I have gone through a complete change in my life in aspiring to become the woman of God that the Lord wants me to be! We all need to aspire to become Woman and Men of God we are meant to be able to complete the work God has sent us here to complete!! I don't know if God allowed this per say like what happened to Job, or if somehow I opened the door to satan by letting my guard down? But a lot hit me all at once, I recently changed jobs and lost my dental coverage and I got some bad news about my teeth, my niece and her family who live in Egypt were right in the middle of everything going on there with the unrest which was scary, I had a family member hurt me, and I have been struggling financially! satan took complete advantage of me due to my own spiritual unrest in my life and was torturing me while I was trying to sleep and for about 2 weeks I was not getting more than 3 hours sleep a night! I was physically and mentally exhausted!! Since I was so tired both physically and mentally, I was not aware consciously what satan was doing and my filters slowly came off! I was not fully aware of what was going on till I sought prayer from some valuable Godly Christian woman in my life! I had unknowingly let my guard down. Training for my new job was so early in the morning that I was extremely tired by 6pm in the evening. I was to tired to do anything but go to work and sleep. I stopped reading my bible and devotions. I now know that was a huge opening for satan due to not being grounded in God's word daily! I started listening to and believing satan's lies about myself and what other's thought of me and also opened a door for him to torture me!! Due to all this and letting my filters and guard down * *BAM * * out came the emotional bomb on some poor unsuspecting sales rep at a store who couldn't help me!! I am so grateful to God for convicting me immediately!! I felt so bad for what I had said that I must have gone back to the store and apologized to her about 15 separate times!! We need to always be on guard against the pit falls of anger, self pity, fear, worry, stress, and anxiety, especially when we are weary and tired!! These demonic pitfalls are the greatest danger we face as Christians! Stay complete away from even the edges of those pits! The edges can crumble way to easily and before you know it, you are down in the pit and they can come onto you so sutble and you might not even be aware they are there till they have already established a stronghold in your life as they had done to me!! It is a lot harder to get out of the pits, than to just stay away all together!! CONTINUE TO ALWAYS BE ON GUARD TO THE DEVIL'S SCHEMES!! I have said all this just to let the world know and be fully aware of satan and his manipulating and schemes!! We as Christians must stay in the Word of God and stay grounded and stay in fellowship with believers to fully be protected! The bible says fellowshipping with other believers is a KEY COMPONENT to a healthy Spiritual life in Christ Jesus!! Don't think just because you gave your life to the Lord that you are saved from persecution, cause that is a lie straight from the pit of hell!! The bible tells us that we will have persecution in our Christian walk, but that Christ will walk with us through that and get us to the other side if we allow Him!! Please allow Jesus to walk you through to the other side!! Allow God to change you into the image of Christ that we ALL need to be!! Good, solid ways to be on guard are to continually keep your eyes on Jesus! Continually have a thankful, grateful heart, even when times are hard! Continually be in prayer and conversation with our Lord Jesus Christ! Sing praises and worship to the Lord! Also put on your full armor of God to stand against the firey darts of the evil one!! That goes on the front and God will have your back at all times!! God Bless you all!! Blessed are those who are persecuted because of rightousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven! - Matthew 5:10 Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest! Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me! For I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your soul! For My yoke is easy and My burden is light! - Matthew 11:28 Seek 1st the kingdom of heaven, and His righteousness!!
Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me the weapons to defeat the devils schemes and lies! Help me to ALWAYS make good use of them! Thank You Jesus for being with me through my pain and struggles and helping me get through to the other side!! Thank You for helping me discover that satan has been attacking my mind and that he is the father of ALL lies!! THANK YOU FOR LOVING ME AND THANK YOU AND PRAISE YOU FOR DRAWING ME AND WOOING ME INTO YOUR MOST HOLY KINGDOM!! I LOVE YOU FATHER GOD!! Amen!!
While no one knows the future, I believe that through a general understanding of the various geopolitical actors and atmosphere in the Middle East and surrounding regions, and a solid understanding of what the Bible says about the future, it is fair to make some general observations and predictions about what will happen next in that part of the world.
In light of the sudden shift in Tunisia and the complete instability in Egypt, everyone seems to be wondering what will come next. The following is a brief rundown of what the next several years should hold for the Holy Land, the greater Middle East and the surrounding regions.
First, let me say that what is happening in Egypt was entirely predictable. President Mubarak's self-imposed reign was bound to come to an end soon enough. Now just happens to be the time. Mubarak will not be able to retain power.
The fiery spark that burst forth from Tunisia and caught flame in Egypt will no doubt continue to spread with the end result being the collapse of a handful or even several regimes in the region. Yemen will be next. While I expect King Abdullah's Hashemite monarchy in Jordan to survive, all cards are on the table. The Saudi royal family will manage to hang onto power, but they will see their share of resistance, and before it's all over, the entire Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be decimated by the surrounding Islamic nations. But this is still quite some way off.
As the present era of Arab dictators comes to an end, the model that will be looked to is Turkey. And Turkey will be all too willing to lend its support in the establishment of these new Islamic democracies. The Obama administration will also fully support Turkey in her regional endeavors to this end. Understand the significance of the Muslim's Mahdi 'messiah' in Joel Richardson's book, "The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast." Note: The book is also available in electronic form at reduced price through Scribd.
The question for now is whether the transition to a new Egyptian government can take place peacefully or if it will result in a type of civil war and massive bloodshed. Either way, in the short term, the Brotherhood, the ideological child of Sayyid Qutb and Hassan Al-Banna, will be the biggest winner. After the dust settles and the Egyptian government is reformed, the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan) will certainly ease their way into significant positions of power, not at all unlike Hezbollah in Lebanon. This could take as long as a few years, as it did with Hezbollah, but in all likelihood it will be a rather quick rise. In a dramatic and portentous shift, the U.S. and even Israel will be forced to recognize and deal with the strengthened Ikhwan Party in Egypt. When leaders from Hamas sit down with leaders of the United States, however, then we'll know that the war on terror has been officially lost.
In the midst of the shift, I expect Turkey (again, with the full support of the U.S.) to be the most actively engaged and visible actor in the region. If things destabilize enough, we could even see Turkish military action, but this is doubtful. Instead, we'll likely see Turkey use the moment to gain a significant paternal influence over some of the other governments in the region as they undergo regime changes. Egypt will resist Turkey's paternalism, seeing itself instead as the nation worthy of such a role. This will eventually result in a full-blown military confrontation between Turkey and Egypt, with Turkey emerging victorious. In anticipation of this day, now is the moment for the Christian prayer movement in Egypt to begin its final and greatest assignment. The United States, drained of finances and lacking resolve, will sit by idly as Turkey does as it pleases in the region, particularly when it is done in the name of establishing democracy, regional and even global peace, stability and security.
The greatest danger in all of this is the emerging unity coalition that will emerge between Turkey, Iran and the new democratic-Islamist governments. While this coalition will not officially be called a caliphate, it will in fact be the closest thing the world has seen in over 80 years. For all practical purposes, we will see the rise of a Neo-Ottoman Caliphate. And with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, presently the most popular leader in the Arab world, leading the way, he will be the closest thing to a caliph the world has seen in over 80 years.
When such a Turkish-Iranian-led alliance is formed, Israel will have little choice other than working with this new Islamic pseudo-democratic confederacy. Surrounded on all sides by hostile and now a well-organized power, and with the United States remaining relatively neutral, Israel will be forced to accept some form of regional "peace plan." This comprehensive peace and security initiative will include the establishment of a Palestinian state. And to the surprise of some, after the initial chaos and tumult settles down, there will emerge a period of calm. To the surprise of many religious Jews, Israel will even be offered a concession to rebuild the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount. The Mount will be shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims alike, causing some to herald this development as the sign of a new monotheistic age. Sadly, however, this peace will only last a few short years. Soon enough, it will be all the leaders of Turkey can do to hide her anti-Zionist bent. Even as Turkey attacked Egypt, so also will she lead an attack against Israel. These will be very dark days. Southern Israel will be entirely occupied. (Column continues below)
As dreadful as this may sound for Israel, the nation that will actually be in the greatest danger, and which will live accordingly in the most fear of this new regional order, will be Saudi Arabia. The Saudis will do everything they can to hold onto their made-up kingdom. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia's neighbor, will likely see a revolt and, assisted by Iran, will come under the emerging Shia umbrella of power. The same could follow in Dubai.
In Africa; Tunisia, Libya, Sudan and Somalia will clasp hands and pledge support to the new Turkish-Iranian-led alliance.
For now, I'll stop. Like everyone else, I'll continue to watch the short-term for all of the unexpected twists and turns. No doubt, there will be many more surprises. But in the long term, the above scenario is roughly and loosely what I expect to see.
In conclusion, and on a very sober note, I plead with all who read this article to remember to pray for Israel and the Jewish people. Pray also for Egypt and all of her people, but especially for Egypt's Christians. The Christians of Egypt will no doubt be the hardest hit by the coming Islamist shift in their nation. Jesus promised that all those who sought to follow His example would undergo great hardships, persecution and even martyrdom in this age. In enduring such hardships faithfully and patiently, Jesus told His followers that they would be effective witnesses concerning the reality of the resurrection of the body and the Messianic kingdom to come. Rest assured, in the days ahead, Christians of the region will have ample opportunity to stand firm and follow the example of their Master. Joel Richardson is the author of "Islamic Antichrist," published by WND Books, and is the co-author with Walid Shoebat of "God's War on Terror." His blog is www.Joelstrumpet.com.
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