Is it Possible to Appease Evil?Written by Terry Dashner
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Does Bible say much about Second Coming of Jesus Christ? It says more about His return than it does about His first coming. Even Old Testament prophets spoke about restoration of nation Israel and Messiah’s Kingly rule from Jerusalem, over all earth. In John’s Gospel, chapter 14 and beginning with verse one, it says: “You believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I WILL COME AGAIN and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also.”
Often Jesus denounced religious people of His day because they could predict weather by reading signs in atmosphere, but they were ignorant regarding prophetic words of His first and second comings. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus was quick to point out that His Second Coming would be announced by signs. He said that when wars escalate, extreme weather patterns prevail, pestilence destroys thousands, earthquakes are common, stars fall from heavens, and sun turns dark, then we are to know that Jesus is near, even at door. Now I’ve never been much of a “star gazer” but recently something keeps prompting me to look up. I believe that Holy Spirit is directing me to stay alert to signs of times because spiritual lethargy in this hour would dull my senses to sudden coming of King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And I certainly don’t want that to happen. What about you? (Sources cited are Available)
Keep faith. Stay course. Stay ready.
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The Price of LoyaltyWritten by Virginia Bola, PsyD
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The United States was born out of public political and ideological debate. While framers of Declaration of Independence and Constitution has fundamental beliefs in common, they did not hesitate to publicly disagree and argue in an effort to reach most workable goals. For more than two centuries, American political discourse has embraced differences more often than celebrating similarities. Commonly, friction and arguments of elections become translated into legislation and leadership that seeks to bridge gaps and bring all into common fold.
What seems to have changed is willingness to let disparate views and opinions coexist. We have moved from a mentality that celebrates diversity and multiplicity to a narrow conception of what is right, absolutely right. Other opinions are not valued for richness their views add to national fabric but are considered wrong, without value, discounted, dangerously unpatriotic. The second term White House has purified its dogma, filtering our nuances and opposing ideas until everything is distilled into single voice of one man. The moat around faithful has been filled, crocs loosed, and land lies fallow beneath keen eye of true believers.
Arrogance and disdain, disguised as "political capital," has potential to morph into a level of power and intolerance that can only encourage eventual, inevitable, corruption.
Virginia Bola is a licensed clinical psychologist with deep interests in Social Psychology and politics. She has performed therapeutic services for more than 20 years and has studied the results of cultural forces and employment on the individual. The author of an interactive workbook, The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a monthly ezine, The Worker's Edge, she can be reached at http://drvirginiabola.blogspot.com