So You Think You’re Anxious? By Camilla Smith

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Be prepared. This is not the happy, happy little article that you would usually come across from me. Time to spill my guts. Time to dig deep and put out the raw emotions that I felt today while on my walk. I wanted to fall to my knees. I wanted to burst into tears. I wanted to cry out to Almighty God. I stifled it and walked on. What was causing this anguish? I wish I could pinpoint one thing, but I knew all too well it was a complex mass of a metastasizing tumor that has taken over our world, and I felt helpless, hopeless, devastated, heartbroken, desperate and morose all at the same time.

Let’s start with my job. I think that was the kicker today. You see, just about the time I start to think maybe we are going to be lingering on this earth for a while longer, I go to my computer to work. In my job, I see case after case after case of drug-addicted, drug-seeking, drug-abusing and drug-deluded people who are spiraling into darkness.   Many, if not most of them are in their 20s and 30s. Many of them are anxious and depressed. Many, way too many, are on Disability for their “illnesses” and the large majority of them are so far gone that they will never be back. It is an epidemic. We are losing this generation so quickly it is astonishing. Continue

Why Most People Will Reject “Free” Grace By Dan Ecklund

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The late, Dr. D. James Kennedy said, “The vast majority of people who are members of churches in America today are not Christians. I say that without the slightest contradiction. I base it on empirical evidence of twenty-four years of examining thousands of people.”

How well do you believe this verse?

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified” (Galatians 2:16).

This is something quoted often inside Christianity, but is not always believed. The gospel at the core is not designed to be something easy to follow, but rather to be hard for a mind to accept. It is hard to understand math, and will not be accepted by most people including those who sit in church buildings. To show an example of how challenging this gospel math is, consider the following true tales of sad souls.

Most people know the name of Jeffrey Dahmer who strangled and dismembered seventeen boys and men and cannibalized some of them. The world was shocked at the dark tale of what this man did, a true symbol of how evil a man could be. He was reported to pick up these men from gay bars, torture them, and commit unthinkable acts. Most people were ready to see this man burned alive for his crime, yet there was another that took another approach.  Continue

A Meshing of Past and Present

I’m in a nostalgic mood today.

Whether one agrees with it or not, the fact remains that tobacco was once a major crop in Kentucky. Although smoking was never technically listed amongst the “great sins”, society today treats it as though it is the worst of them all. I get that it’s bad for you. That isn’t the point of this post. The point is: tobacco was once a major crop in Kentucky and there are still a few small farmers hanging on to the extra income it provides.

Like my dad.  He was raised by his father growing tobacco and every spring and summer of my childhood for as far back as I can remember involved observing the men work in it. When I was really young, I sometimes had to help pick the plants out of the tobacco bed, to be later transplanted to the official tobacco patch. When I got older, I was “promoted” to setting tobacco, which is the process of transplanting the plants to the patch. In fact, I did this very thing this past May.

Here are some pictures, taken today, of Hubs cutting the tobacco. It will later be hung in the barn to dry out. After that, the leaves will be stripped off the stalks and baled to be sold at the warehouse. In all, it is a May-December project.

joey cutting 1408-121029 joey cutting bw

Just for kicks, here is a picture of my dad and my son on the old plowing tractor:

e gdaddy frank tractor

Anyway, my grandfather is the hardest working man I have ever known. He was in his mid-80’s before he had to stop his dawn-to-dusk routine, and then only because he had heart surgery. Here is a video I shot TODAY of him trying to do what he did for 50+ years. He is 90 years old.

(this was shot on my phone so the quality isn’t great but it kinda reminds me of the old-fashioned home video projections :))

Later, I snapped this picture of him with my son. The future meets the past.

e gdaddy john bw

This got me to thinking….again.

The video of my granddad cutting tobacco is somewhat symbolic of America.  The days of hard, physical labor and the determination to do what needs to be done are fading.  Much like his unsteady balance is a visual reminder that he is not the man he used to be, the America of his youth is also losing its balance and strength.  Current events and prophecy suggest-paralleled to common sense and his doctor-that the world that WAS is giving away to time, and fading. My granddad is blind in one eye, but he’s doing better than America in that sense. The simple, and very sad, reality is: America is dying out with its “greatest generation”; losing its honor, its strength, its vigor.

The good news for Grandaddy is that the best is yet to come for him; and for all of us who are found abiding in Christ. Even more exciting is there is a very good chance he will not taste death at all but be instantly transformed in the twinkling of an eye. That is the believer’s blessed hope but….

Once that happens, all hope for America is forever lost.

But for the Grace of God, Go I

 

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When you lay down tonight or rise in the morning to say your prayers and make your requests to God-remember our brothers and sisters who truly know what it means to “take up their cross daily” and know that following Jesus just may be their death sentence or sentencing their children to rape, torture and unspeakable horrors. Say a heartfelt “Thanks” that you are not in such a position; that though this country is going downhill at lightening speed, you do not have to face the nightmares that the persecuted around the world do.

If you read my blog and you ARE one of the persecuted (I have readers from Pakistan, India, UAE, Malaysia, Brazil, and others), please know that you have God’s family in other parts of the world that are praying for you….we pray you may have strength. We pray for you to have a peace in your spirit that only Christ can provide. We pray that you keep an eye on eternity, knowing that your momentary troubles are nothing compared to the glory that awaits you.  Bless you and Christ be with you!