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The Power of God, The Mystery of Understanding


On June 12, 2011, is the annual Holy Day of Pentecost. Dave Harris will give the sermon in the morning from Colorado, titled, “The Power of God.” Norbert Link will give the sermon in the afternoon from California, titled, “The Mystery of Understanding.”

The services can be heard at www.cognetservices.org at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Pacific Time, respectively (which is 11:00 am Mountain Time; 12:00 pm Central Time; 1:00 pm Eastern Time for the morning service; and 3:00 pm Mountain Time; 4:00 pm Central Time; 5:00 pm Eastern Time for the afternoon service). Just click on Connect to Live Stream.

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Can You Take It?

by Dave Harris

When was the last time you were corrected? More importantly, when discipline came your way, did you take it and actually make a change in your life?
When Nathan was sent by God to confront David for his sin with Uriah’s wife and of Uriah’s murder, David simply said, “‘I have sinned against the LORD’” (2 Samuel 12:13). Psalm 51 gives us more details of King David’s heartfelt repentance—let’s note some of the key verses:
“For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me, Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight…” (verses 3-4).
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me” (verses 10-11).
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise” (verse 17).
Because David was willing to take his correction and profoundly change his approach, God forgave and accepted him and continued to work with him. So great was David’s repentance, that God’s covenant with him continues until this very day, and it will find even greater fulfillment in the future.
All of us need correction, and we, like David did, should seek it from God. Hebrews 12, verses 3 through 11, outlines why Christians will undergo episodes of discipline.
How does this occur?
It happens (or should) when we study the Word of God, when we hear messages from God’s true servants, when we read the Church’s literature (including our booklets and weekly Updates), when we counsel and fellowship, when we privately pray and meditate, and when we are very attentive and receptive as to how God is working in our lives. In everything we do, we should be sensitive to making changes to walk more and more completely in God’s Way. This is possible because we have God’s Holy Spirit.
But we must not ignore or quench God’s Spirit of power (1 Thessalonians 5:19), nor reject learning to think like Jesus Christ thinks (Philippians 2:5).
Here is a promise we can count on if we are true Christians—more discipline lies ahead! The next time you are corrected, will you take it?

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We begin with some shocking articles about the terrible state of affairs and the seemingly inevitable decline and fall of the “American Empire.” Shocking, that is, for the many who have not heard or who have dismissed our past announcements of ancient prophetic revelations showing from the Bible that in these end times, America WILL fall. At the same time, we hear that the relationship between America and Germany is extremely bad—a development that was likewise prophesied to occur thousands of years ago.

As America falls, so Europe rises—under German leadership. Remarkable reports reiterate that the European unity is essentially a “Christian” project, with no separation between church and state (or, as it is being coined, religion and politics), but the tragedy is that the core doctrines of orthodox or traditional Christianity are not in harmony with the teachings of the Bible.

Turning our attention to the US dealings with the Middle Eastern revolution, and focusing on that revolution itself, we are told that the US Congress adopted a non-binding and somewhat meaningless resolution, telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing US troops to the international military mission in Libya. We are also told that Russia condemned once again NATO’s activities in Libya, and we are informed that for all practical purposes, the illusionary and naïve dream of a “peaceful” Arab revolution is over, and that increasingly, continued violence is to be expected.

We are specifically focusing on Yemen—a strong ally of the US which might end up in utter chaos—and we are also informed that the US and Israel have failed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear warhead; that airstrikes can no longer stop its nuclear program; and that the US can do nothing short of military occupation, which is not expected to occur, due to America’s unsuccessful military adventures in other parts of the world.

We conclude with an article on the terrible consequences of Japan’s nuclear crisis, and two articles on the Bilderbergs’ secret meeting in Switzerland. What these articles describe is indeed frightening and eye-opening, if true.

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The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

The Guardian wrote on June 6:

“The US is a country with serious problems… The budget, which was in surplus little more than a decade ago, now has a deficit of Greek-style proportions. There is policy paralysis in Washington. The assumption is that the problems can be easily solved because the US is the biggest economy on the planet, the only country with global military reach, the lucky possessor of the world’s reserve currency, and a nation with a proud record of re-inventing itself once in every generation or so…

“Let me put an alternative hypothesis. America in 2011 is Rome in 200 AD or Britain on the eve of the first world war–an empire at the zenith of its power but with cracks beginning to show. The experience of both Rome and Britain suggests that it is hard to stop the rot once it has set in, so here are… a few of the warning signs of trouble ahead: military overstretch, a widening gulf between rich and poor, a hollowed-out economy, citizens using debt to live beyond their means, and once-effective policies no longer working. The high levels of violent crime, epidemic of obesity, addiction to pornography and excessive use of energy may be telling us something: the US is in an advanced state of cultural decadence…

“The feeble response to today’s growth medicine suggests that the US is structurally far weaker than it was in the 1930s… America must rediscover the qualities that originally made it great. That will not be easy.”

The sad truth is that there is not much hope that prior to Christ’s return, America will “discover” and embrace true Christian values and live by them.  And so, as it is prophesied, the decline of America is inevitable, and its downfall will be severe and unparalleled in the history of that (once) great country. For more information, please read our free booklet, “The Fall and Rise of Britain and America.”

The U.S. Growing Debt—and China Drops Its Holdings in U.S. Treasury Bills…

On June 3, 2011, CNN News reported the following:

“China has dropped 97 percent of its holdings in U.S. Treasury bills, decreasing its ownership of the short-term U.S. government securities from a peak of $210.4 billion in May 2009 to $5.69 billion in March 2011… Treasury bills are securities that mature in one year or less that are sold by the U.S. Treasury Department to fund the nation’s debt… Until October, the Chinese were generally making up for their decreasing holdings in Treasury bills by increasing their holdings of longer-term U.S. Treasury securities. Thus, until October, China’s overall holdings of U.S. debt continued to increase. Since October, however, China has also started to divest from longer-term U.S. Treasury securities…

“China’s ownership of the U.S. national debt has decreased in each of the last five months on record, including November, December, January, February and March… As of March 2011, overall Chinese holdings of U.S. debt had decreased to 1.1449 trillion… Before the end of March 2012, the Treasury must redeem all of the $1.7 trillion in Treasury bills that were extant as of March 2011 and find new or old buyers who will continue to invest in U.S. debt. But, for now, the Chinese at least do not appear to be bullish customers of short-term U.S. debt…

“To the degree that the $1.7 trillion in short-term U.S. Treasury bills extant as of March must be converted into longer-term U.S. Treasury securities, the U.S. government will be forced to pay a higher annual interest rate on the national debt. As of the close of business on Thursday, the total U.S. debt was $14.34 trillion… Of that, approximately $9.74 trillion was debt held by the public and approximately $4.61 trillion was ‘intragovernmental’ debt.”

Senseless US Dealings…

Mail On Line reported on June 3:

“The U.S. is providing hundreds of millions of dollars of foreign aid to some of the world’s richest countries – while at the same time borrowing billions back, according to [a] report seen by Congress. The Congressional Research Service released the report last month which shows that in 2010 the U.S. handed out a total of $1.4bn to 16 foreign countries that held at least $10bn in Treasury securities.

“Four countries in the world’s top 10 richest received foreign aid last year with China receiving $27.2m, India $126.6m, Brazil $25m, and Russia $71.5m. Mexico also received $316.7m and Egypt $255.7m. And yet despite the massive outgoings in foreign aid, the receiving countries hold trillions of dollars in U.S. Treasury bonds.

“China is the largest holder with $1.1trillion as of March… Brazil held $193.5bn, Russia $127.8bn, India $39.8bn, Mexico $28.1bn and Egypt had $15.3bn. Foreign aid is earmarked for causes including HIV/AIDs prevention, combating weapons of mass destruction, fighting tuberculosis, and counter-terrorism efforts.”

The economic situation in the USA is awful, and the seemingly unintelligible US conduct could not possibly improve our conditions. It appears as if God has been continuing, in even increased measure, to pour out a spirit of stupor over our nations (compare Romans 11:8).

Almost 50% of Americans Fear a Great Depression Within a Year…

CNN reported on June 8:

“President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating has dropped below 50 percent as a growing number of Americans worry that the U.S. is likely to slip into another Great Depression within the next 12 months, according to a new national poll… Not surprisingly, with that much economic angst, the economy is the number one issue, the only one that more than half of the public says will be extremely important to their vote for president next year. Nearly all issues that at least four in ten say will be extremely important to their vote are domestic issues. Terrorism also makes that list, but Afghanistan is fairly low and Libya is tied for dead last out of the 15 issues tested. Abortion and gay marriage also rank very low, indicating that 2012 may be an election that is shaped more by bread-and-butter issues than social and moral concerns.”

The Insane New Healthcare Law

Money News reported on June 7:

“Three in ten employers will abandon offering health coverage to their employees when President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act takes effect in 2014, according to a survey published by McKinsey Quarterly. While only 7 percent of employees will be forced to switch to subsidized-exchange programs, 30 percent of companies say they will ‘definitely or probably’ stop offering employer-sponsored coverage, according to the study published by McKinsey Quarterly…

“Contrary to what employers assume, more than 85 percent of employees would remain at their jobs even if their employers stopped offering [employer-sponsored insurance], although about 60 percent would expect increased compensation.”

The Los Angeles Times wrote on June 8:

“Skeptical questions from three federal judges in Atlanta suggest they may be ready to declare unconstitutional all or part of the healthcare law promoted by the Obama administration and passed last year by Congress…  After nearly three hours of argument Wednesday, the three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals seemed prepared to declare at least part of last year’s law unconstitutional. The current case has gathered the most attention because it involves 26 state attorneys general — all Republicans — who jointly challenged the law. In addition, the 11th Circuit is considered among the most conservative of the federal appellate courts. If any of the appeals courts strikes down the law, the case almost certainly would land at the Supreme Court, perhaps during the election year.”

To impose a mandate for healthcare on all Americans or being faced with a fine is irresponsible and extremely damaging, especially in our current devastating economic situation. Sadly, Romneycare does not differ much from Obamacare in this regard, and as Piers Morgan pointed out in a recent CNN interview with Mitt Romney, his unsupportable and indefensible position on healthcare (hence Romney’s usual ramblings and evasive “answers” on the issue) will prove to be his Achilles heel.

What’s Wrong with US-German Relationship?

Der Spiegel Online wrote on June 6:

“Germany and the United States have never stood farther apart during Merkel’s two terms as chancellor as they are at the moment. Merkel’s reputation in Washington has been hurt by Germany’s decision to phase out nuclear power by 2022, Berlin’s abstention in a United Nations Security Council vote on imposing a ‘no-fly’ zone in Libya and the country’s economic and financial policies…

“Obama’s standing has also taken a hit in German government circles. In the Chancellery, he is viewed as a president who fails to deliver on lofty pronouncements. Indeed, Merkel does not have faith that he can solve the world’s problems. The greatest thing the two governments have in common is their mutual annoyance…

“Berlin views Obama’s actions related to the Middle East conflict as particularly damaging. The government reportedly believes that Obama’s most fundamental misstep came last September when he spoke before the UN General Assembly and predicted that a Palestinian state would be welcomed as a new member of the global community within a year. In Berlin, many feel it only served to foster unreasonable expectations among Palestinians — and to anger the Israelis. Merkel also resents Obama for having initially spoken out against intervening in Libya and then allowing pressure from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other advisers to change his mind…

“… it wasn’t too long ago that Americans viewed Merkel’s Germany as their most important partner in Europe… Merkel enjoyed a reputation for being pro-American and reliable… However, as it became clear during the G-8 summit held two weeks ago at the French coastal resort of Deauville, Merkel has exhausted that goodwill…

“While it is still conceivable that some formal compromises will be reached on financial issues, it appears that nothing can bridge the trans-Atlantic divide when it comes to energy and climate policies…

“Of course, there have always been points of contention in the trans-Atlantic relationship. But the current situation seems particularly bad because the global political context has changed… The importance of US-German relations used to be taken for granted, but that no longer seems to be the case… Despite all these issues, Merkel and Obama are still dependent on one another. Washington knows that a government led by the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) or the Green Party would presumably be even less America-friendly than Merkel’s government. At the same time, Berlin watches with worry as the Republicans seem to inch further and further to the right…”

Clearly, as we announced when first Angela Merkel and subsequently Barak Obama came to power, the relationship between the USA and Germany will constantly get worse, not better. This is exactly what the Bible has prophesied to happen thousands of years ago. The most recent visit of Angela Merkel in the USA, and the honors bestowed on her by President Obama, as well as the niceties exchanged between the two leaders in front of rolling cameras, should not cloud our view as to what is really happening.

US-German Niceties for the Public… Don’t Change Much…

The Local wrote on June 8:

“Obama bestowed America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, on the German Chancellor. He hailed her as the first East German, and the first woman to serve as German Chancellor and said the award was a recognition of her status as ‘an eloquent voice for human rights and dignity around the world’… The Presidential Medal of Freedom is rarely granted to foreigners but has been presented to Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela and former German chancellor Helmut Kohl…

“Merkel’s visit came as Obama seeks to correct an impression that his focus on rising powers like India and China means a downgrade for the transatlantic alliance and as he faces rising political heat over the slow recovery… the two leaders praised one another’s courage… Obama said that Merkel was one of his closest partners on the world stage and that Germany was one of America’s most important allies on issues including Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Arab Spring, NATO and the world economy…

“Despite the warmth, Merkel admitted that she and Obama did not always see eye-to-eye… Germany caused frowns in Washington by abstaining in a UN Security Council vote that endorsed NATO action against Moamer Kadhafi’s forces in Libya – though both Obama and Merkel agreed Tuesday the strongman would soon be gone. The Merkel government has also been outspoken about some of the monetary measures the US government and Federal Reserve have taken to revive the US economy. Merkel also joked that Berlin, which Obama has not yet visited as president, despite several trips to Germany, was always ready to welcome him.”

Der Spiegel Online wrote on June 8:

“US President Barack Obama pulled out all the stops for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to the US this week. But despite the pomp and the Medal of Freedom for Merkel, the visit couldn’t hide the fact that the trans-Atlantic relationship isn’t what it once was… In Merkel’s current political reality, there are very few pleasurable moments. Her party is doing poorly in the public opinion polls, her government has shown a preference for bickering over policymaking and the European common currency is in trouble.

“… what will remain from the visit aside from a collection of nice images?… When it comes to Libya and the so-called Arab spring, even the US is unsure how to proceed with the NATO mission in North Africa. The US Congress is becoming uneasy and Obama has been accused of having a double standard because the US and the international community have ignored the situation in Syria, where dictator Bashir Assad has violently attacked demonstrators. The German abstention in the UN Security Council seems almost prophetic in this light.

“And in Afghanistan, the US has ceased making demands that Europe step up its engagement in the war-torn country. Indeed, Washington itself is considering a quicker withdrawal than originally planned…

“There are, in short, several new, external limits imposed on the once limitless trans-Atlantic friendship… the US is beginning to focus increasingly on the upcoming presidential campaign — even when it comes to the relationship to Europe. Obama’s recent trip saw him visit Ireland and Poland. Voters with roots in those two countries play an important role in the US electorate… A new survey published in the Washington Post shows that Americans are unhappy with Obama’s handling of the economy. Almost 60 percent of those surveyed said that the economic recovery had not yet begun. Such numbers do not speak well to the president’s chances for re-election. ‘The upcoming campaign clearly trumps any foreign policy considerations at the White House,’ says William Drozdiak, head of the American Council on Germany. State banquets and medal ceremonies, he added, don’t change that.”

Divisions Between USA and EU over Palestine

The EUObserver wrote on June 7:

“Russia and the EU are framing a joint position on relations with the Palestinian unity government, as divisions on the subject with the US and Israel deepen, a senior Russian diplomat has said… He indicated that the EU’s position is unpopular in Washington…

“Hamas in May agreed to accept an Israeli state based on 1967 borders, to call a truce with Israel and to abide by former international pacts as part of a new government with rival Palestinian faction Fatah. Ashton, speaking for the EU, has signalled she is willing to work with Hamas if it abides by the new terms. But Israel and the US have urged Fatah to walk away from the deal, with Israeli diplomats in Brussels pointing out that Hamas’ 1988 charter still calls for the ‘obliteration’ of Israel…

“He said Brussels and Moscow wanted the Quartet to play a bigger role and to put the Arab-Israeli conflict center stage in terms of international diplomacy in the region. But the US disagreed… Russia does not agree with EU countries’ military action in Libya and EU sanctions on Syria… On Syria, he added: ‘The prospect of a UN Security Council resolution along the same lines as 1973 on Libya [authorising military action] will not be supported by my country. We are in direct contact with Syrian authorities providing advice on how best to handle the situation.’”

“The Unification of Europe Is a Christian Project”

The Associated Press reported on June  6:

“Pope Benedict XVI backed Croatia’s bid to join the  European Union as he arrived in the Balkan nation, but said Saturday he could understand fears of EU’s centralized bureaucracy. The pontiff expressed the Vatican’s long-running concern that Europe needs to be reminded of its Christian roots ‘for the sake of historical truth’ as he began his first trip as pope to Croatia, a deeply Roman Catholic country that his predecessor visited three times during and after the bloody Balkan wars of the 1990s…

“Benedict sought to encourage Croatia’s EU bid, saying it was ‘logical, just and necessary’ that Croatia join the EU given its history and culture is so strongly rooted in that of Europe. ‘From its earliest days, your nation has formed part of Europe, and has contributed in its unique way to the spiritual and moral values that for centuries have shaped the daily lives and the personal and national identity of Europe’s sons and daughters,’ Benedict said upon arrival at Zagreb’s airport…

“Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, who greeted Benedict at the airport, concurred, saying Europe wouldn’t be unified were it not for the deeply Christian values of forgiveness and reconciliation that Croatia seeks to embody. ‘The unification of Europe is basically a Christian project,’ Josipovic said, as a military parade and Croatians in traditional dress greeted the pontiff on the tarmac. ‘It is precisely because of these deep Christian roots of the Croatian people that I am convinced that our citizens will support in the vast majority our accession into the European Union’…

“The Vatican and Croatia, which is 89.8-percent Catholic, have long had solid ties: The Holy See was one of the first to recognize Croatia when it declared independence from Serb-led Yugoslavia in 1991, and the Vatican is eager to have another stalwart Catholic country in the EU bloc…

“On Sunday, Benedict will celebrate Mass and then pray before the tomb of Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, Croatia’s World War II primate whom John Paul beatified during a 1998 trip. Stepinac was hailed as a hero by Catholics for his resistance to communism and refusal to separate the Croatian church from the Vatican. But his beatification was controversial because many Serbs and Jews accuse him of sympathizing with the Nazis. Benedict praised Stepinac as a model for having defended “true humanism” against both the communists and the Ustasha Nazi puppet regime that ruled Croatia during the war. The Ustasha, said the German-born pope, ‘seemed to fulfill the dream of autonomy and independence, but in reality it was an autonomy that was a lie because it was used by Hitler for his aims.’”

The Catholic Culture added on June 6:

“During a weekend visit to Croatia on June 4-5, Pope Benedict XVI repeatedly emphasized the Christian roots of European civilization… The Pontiff… voice[d] his hope that Croatia would ‘help to steer the European Union toward a fuller appreciation of those spiritual and cultural treasures’ that rise from Europe’s Christian heritage. Later… the Pope returned to the question of European secularization, using strong language to warn that the attempt to make an absolute separation between religious and political affairs is a danger to Europe’s future…”

Although not envisioned and realized by most observers, these comments are extremely meaningful in light of the biblical prophecy that united Europe, in its final configuration, will be a political, economic and military power bloc under the guidance and leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. For more information, please read our free booklets, “Europe in Prophecy” and “Is That in the Bible? The Mysteries of the Book of Revelation.”

“Germany Must Lead…”

Reuters wrote on June 8:

“President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged European countries and bondholders to prevent a ‘disastrous’ default by Greece and pledged U.S. support to help tackle the country’s debt crisis… After a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he stressed the importance of German ‘leadership’ on the issue…’I’m confident that Germany’s leadership, along with other key actors in Europe, will help us arrive at a path for Greece to return to growth, for this debt to become more manageable,’ Obama said… Merkel, under political pressure at home to avoid being the financial savior for other struggling European countries, said Germany understood its role.

“[Obama’s] main message was aimed at EU countries – and, by default, wealthy Germany – to step up to help Athens…In public the two leaders referred to each other by their first names and joked about looking different from their predecessors. Obama is the first black U.S. president and Merkel is the first female chancellor of Germany. Their show of partnership did not mask differences between them – and Libya has been one of those issues in the past.”

… but Merkel Is in Deep Trouble over Greece

Der Spiegel Online wrote on June 6:

“In a letter sent to the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and euro-zone countries, Germany’s finance minister warns of the possibility of a Greek bankruptcy and concedes the current bailout plan has failed. Instead he is calling for a de facto debt restructuring. Resistance within Merkel’s conservatives is stewing… The German government has conceded for the first time that Greece will soon need billions of euros in fresh aid and a restructuring of its debt in order to prevent bankruptcy… In the letter, the finance minister states that private investors and banks should take over part of the cost of stabilizing Greece… Investors would be asked to exchange all the Greek bonds currently in their portfolios for new ones with maturities extended by seven years. Investors would get their money later, but they would still get the full amount…

“Within Merkel’s conservative government comprised of the Christian Democrats and the business-friendly Free Democratic Party, resistance to additional bailout measures for Greece as well as the creation of a permanent crisis mechanism for the euro zone is massive. The German public also opposes the measures, with many considering the Greek bailout to be a bottomless pit… Gerda Hasselfeldt, a senior state-level figure in the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s CDU, said aid could not be allowed to become a ‘bottomless pit.’ However, many in Merkel’s coalition government are afraid it will become precisely that…

“Klaus-Peter Willsch, the budget expert for Merkel’s CDU, has already said he would vote against any plan for additional financial aid for Greece… Few have been as outspoken as Willsch within the conservatives, but he is far from alone in his negative stance within the joint CDU/CSU parliamentary group…

“The number of bailout critics is greater in the FDP, Merkel’s junior coalition partner, with around 15 members of parliament categorically rejecting any new aid for Greece. The campaign is being led by the FDP’s finance expert in the parliamentary group, Frank Schäffler, who hinted Greece should exit the euro zone in an ARD interview. ‘That wouldn’t be the downfall of the euro, it would save it,’ he said.

“It is still unclear whether the Greek debate will lead to a revolt in Merkel’s coalition government. Right now, the CDU, CSU and FDP only have a 19 vote lead over the opposition in Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag. Nevertheless, Chancellor Merkel has good reason to be nervous about the outcome of a vote on additional aid for Greece as well as planned legislation this autumn paving the way for the European Stability Mechanism, the permanent euro rescue fund…”

We can expect that in the not-too-distant future, a popular, powerful and charismatic political personage with arise in Germany, replacing Angela Merkel or her successor(s).

House Finds Obama in Violation of Constitution

The Washington Times wrote on June 3:

“Crossing party lines to deliver a stunning rebuke to the commander in chief, the vast majority of the House voted Friday for resolutions telling President Obama he has broken the constitutional chain of authority by committing U.S. troops to the international military mission in Libya.

“In two votes — on competing resolutions that amounted to legislative lectures of Mr. Obama — Congress escalated the brewing constitutional clash over whether he ignored the founding document’s grant of war powers by sending U.S. troops to aid in enforcing a no-fly zone and naval blockade of Libya. The resolutions were non-binding, and only one of them passed, but taken together, roughly three-quarters of the House voted to put Mr. Obama on notice that he must explain himself or else face future consequences, possibly including having funds for the war cut off…

“The Constitution gives the power to declare war to Congress, but the power to manage the armed forces to the president. The War Powers Resolution, enacted in 1973, tries to bridge that gap by allowing the president to commit troops for up to 60 days, but requires him to seek congressional approval if he wants to extend the commitment beyond that period… U.S. military action began March 19, as Mr. Obama committed U.S. forces to take the lead in setting up a no-fly zone to protect Libyan rebels fighting against the government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The U.S. eventually moved to a support role, and is currently aiding NATO, which is maintaining the no-fly zone.”

We should not expect that too much will come out of this “condemnation.” The US Congress has become more and more a toothless tiger which might roar, without acting.

Russia Concerned With NATO Over Libya

The Associated Press reported on June 5:

“Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov says NATO is ‘one step’ from sending troops into Libya in a bid to help rebels remove Moammar Gadhafi from power… British and French attack helicopters struck for the first time inside Libya on Saturday. NATO had previously relied on attack jets generally flying above 15,000 feet (4,500 meters).”

It is prophesied that ultimately, Russia and Libya will even develop a still closer alliance.

The “Peaceful” Arab Spring Turns into a Violent Hot Summer

CNN reported on June 1:

“The roar of the jubilant crowd assembled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square said it all. Nearly four months ago, longtime Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak finally yielded to political reality and stepped down from power. Mubarak’s fall — coming on the heels of the ouster of neighboring Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali — was seen by many as part of a domino effect. The Arab world, it seemed, was finally on the brink of a peaceful democratic transition that had eluded the troubled region for generations.

“Today, however, the promise of a peaceful Arab Spring appears to be yielding to the reality of a long, violent summer as dictators across the Middle East and North Africa draw a line in the sand and fight to maintain control of their countries… dictators in the region have been spooked by the fate of Mubarak, who is now facing trial and a possible death sentence, and Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, who is facing an onslaught from armed rebels and NATO air forces…

“Close to 900,000 people have fled Libya since that country’s conflict began in February… Meanwhile, in nearby Egypt reformers are upset with the pace of change since Mubarak’s fall… To the northeast, Syria’s government stands accused of committing atrocities against its own people… The push for democratic reform is also encountering fierce resistance on the strategically critical Arabian Peninsula. The leaders of two key U.S. allies, Bahrain and Yemen, are struggling to maintain control despite slowly mounting international pressure… The question of how hard Western powers — the United States in particular — should push for change in Bahrain is complicated by the fact that the tiny Persian Gulf country is home to the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Neighboring Saudi Arabia and the United States are both worried that a successful Shiite uprising would transform Bahrain into an Iranian client state…

“Finally, nearby Yemen continues to be rocked by escalating clashes between rebels and forces loyal to embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh… The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa has condemned what it called the ‘unprovoked and unjustified attack’ on demonstrators in Taiz. It praised the protesters and called on Saleh ‘to move immediately’ on the president’s previous promise to transfer power. Saleh, however, has been a leading U.S. ally against al Qaeda, which has a Yemen-based branch that has claimed responsibility for two attempted attacks on the United States…”

Man’s violent attempts to overthrow governments have never led to true freedom, peace and prosperity.

Yemen’s “Peaceful” Demonstrations

Deutsche Welle reported on June 5:

“Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets on Sunday, June 5, to celebrate what they said was the end of the 32-year regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
“The beleaguered president left Yemen late on Saturday to seek medical treatment in Saudi Arabia for injuries sustained in a rebel rocket attack on his presidential palace. Yemen’s opposition vowed to prevent the return of Saleh… For now, Mansour Hadi has taken over as acting president and supreme commander of the armed forces as stipulated by the country’s constitution…

“The rocket attack on Friday killed seven people and threw the Yemeni government into disarray, with injuries sustained by the country’s prime minister, two deputy prime ministers and the speakers of both parliamentary houses… Germany has closed its embassy in Sanaa and is withdrawing its three remaining diplomats from Yemen in the face of increasing political unrest in the country. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged German citizens to leave the country, if possible.”

USA Resumes Airstrikes in Yemen

CNN wrote on June 9:

“The United States has resumed airstrikes in Yemen and believes it killed a top al Qaeda insurgent there, a U.S. military official said on Thursday. Abu Ali al-Harithi, ‘described as one of the most dangerous al Qaeda commanders in Shabwa province,’ has been killed in Yemeni security operations, state-run TV reported on Thursday, citing an official military source. The New York Times reported on Thursday that American jets killed him in an airstrike last Friday … Last month, a U.S. drone strike attempted but failed to kill Anwar Al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric who moved to Yemen and has become a key figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”

US Ally Yemen May Fall…

The Washington Post wrote on June 5:

“The flight of Yemeni leader Ali Abdullah Saleh to Saudi Arabia deprives the United States of a fitful ally in the fight against al-Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate and injects new uncertainty into counterterrorism operations that were already hampered by the country’s bloody internal strife… While Saudi Arabia, with U.S. backing, will almost certainly prevent Saleh’s return to Yemen, it is unclear who will replace him and whether there will be a change in attitude toward American efforts to target Islamic militants in the country.

“The Pentagon and the CIA, which have steadily deployed more men and equipment to Yemen, including armed drones, will have to forge fresh relationships with whatever new leadership emerges in Yemen. And some in the opposition to Saleh have expressed skepticism about even the existence of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), describing the terrorist group that has come to preoccupy Washington in recent years as a myth. Officials in the United States and elsewhere fear that the al-Qaeda group will exploit the turmoil in Yemen to solidify its base and launch fresh attacks… Some observers said that if the violence continues, the chaos might put pressure on the United States to act unilaterally, including expanding the use of armed drones.”

Yemen Only a Step Away from Total Chaos

Der Spiegel Online wrote on June 6:

“Allies of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh have promised that he will return… There are plenty of people both within Yemen and abroad, however, who believe that Saleh’s departure is permanent… The chaos has many in the region fearful that Yemen could descend into a failed state…

“The Financial Times Deutschland writes: ‘The West must not blindly trust that demonstrators in Yemen will now find success. … The mountainous, poverty-stricken and austerely Muslim country is already virtually ungovernable. … Absent a halfway orderly transition of power, Yemen could completely collapse. … This political chaos would play into the hands of Islamist terrorists…’

“The left-leaning daily Die Tageszeitung writes: ‘…the Saudi leaders will be interested in seeing an “orderly transfer of power,” a formulation which in Egypt, for example, meant that as many officials as possible managed to hold on to their positions in the new regime… Saudi Arabia… has never been a champion of democratic reform…’

“The center-right Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung writes: ‘It could be that the celebrations in Yemen will soon come to an end. The forces for freedom which began protesting against the rule of President Saleh more than four months ago could fall victim to a power struggle between those who remain loyal to Saleh and those who defected. … The most recent “revenge” attack carried out by government opponents on the presidential palace in Taiz in addition to explosions in the capital show just how close Yemen is to the abyss of violence.’”

What we are seeing is an inevitable development in that part of the world which, in accordance with prophecy, is totally separating itself from the USA and the state of  Israel, while some Middle Eastern and African countries will become or remain friendly towards Europe, and others will become extremely hostile.

Iran’s Nuclear Bomb Unstoppable Now?

Y-net news wrote on June 6:

“Airstrikes can no longer stop nuclear program, US can do nothing short of military occupation, says [a] report. The Iranian regime is closer than ever before to creating a nuclear bomb, according to RAND Corporation researcher Gregory S. Jones.  At its current rate of uranium enrichment, Tehran could have enough for its first bomb within eight weeks…

“The researcher based his report on recent findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), published two weeks ago. Making the bomb will take around two months, he says, because constructing a nuclear warhead is a complicated step in the process. Jones stresses that stopping Iran will require deploying forces on the ground, because airstrikes are no longer sufficient. The reality is that the US and Israel have failed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear warhead whenever it wants, Jones says…”

The Associated Press reported on June 8:

“An article praising the idea of Iran testing a nuclear bomb on a Revolutionary Guard website is raising alarms in western intelligence circles. The article is being interpreted as evidence of strong backing in the Islamic Republic for such a move. The article is entitled ‘The Day After the First Iranian Nuclear Test — a Normal Day.’ It coincides with other public or suspected activities that the United States and its allies see as indications that Tehran wants to possess atomic arms.

“‘The day after the first Iranian nuclear test for us Iranians will be an ordinary day, but in the eyes of many of us, it will have a new shine, from the power and dignity of the nation,’ says the article. It was published on the Gerdab site run by the Revolutionary Guard.”

The Bible shows that Iran will be involved in a war with Israel in the near future.

“Japan: Green Tea Exports Banned Due to High Radiation Levels”

The Telegraph wrote on June 3:

“The Japanese government has banned shipments of green tea leaves in four regions after high levels of radioactive caesium were found. A swathe of Japan’s tea making regions including parts of Tochigi, Chiba and Kanagawa prefecture as well as the whole of Ibaraki were included within the ban, according to the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare…

“Tea leaves are the latest agricultural products in Japan to be affected by problems surrounding the still-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. From milk to spinach, a raft of items have fallen under the spotlight due to radiation fears… Tens of thousands of farmers have been hit hard by the nuclear crisis, due to issues surrounding potential soil contamination and food safety fears with many also having had to abandon their animals in the evacuation area.”

It seems that only now is the world beginning to see the terrible dangers of radiation, stemming from the Japanese catastrophe.

What Are the Bilderbergs Up To?

CNBC wrote on June 9:

“Dominique Strauss-Kahn, naturally, isn’t attending this year, and his likely successor Christine Lagarde is in China, but the Bilderberg Conference which kicks off in the Swiss resort of St. Moritz on Thursday retains its conspiratorial chic and pulling power. The attendee list of Bilderberg is still pretty much the only thing that is not a closely guarded secret, as 120 of the world’s richest and most powerful people meet behind closed doors… U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne are known to have attended in the past, although it seems unlikely that either will attend this week. A spokesperson at the U.K. Treasury press office said it ‘didn’t know’ whether or not Osborne would go this year, but promised to call CNBC.com back. They did not. Given the secretive spirit of Bilderberg, that could well be taken as a confirmation.

“The first Bilderberg meeting in 1954 was an attempt to stamp out post-war anti-Americanism in Europe, bringing together senior U.S. and European figures to meet and discuss the international challenges of the day. Since then, the rich and powerful have continued to meet. The 2010 event, in… Spain, included on its agenda ‘The Growing Influence of Cyber Technology,’ ‘Security in a Proliferated World,’ ‘Promises of Medical Science,’ and ‘Can We Feed the World,’ according to its official website.

“Its secrecy only serves to add fuel to the innumerate conspiracy theories that circulate around the event… The 120 participants attend in a private capacity and, officially, they do not forge agreements over global economic policy…

“Andrew Kakabadse is professor of international management development at Cranfield University… [He said:] ‘The Bilderbergs are probably the most influential global network of all time. It’s an honor to be invited, it’s a tremendous honor. Part of it is recognition for work done and part of it is for contribution to enabling world affairs. The people we talked to are quite genuine. Mostly they don’t understand the conspiracy bit, because they say when you go there what you find is people of all sorts of varying views. But the fact that they’ve been invited is indicative of the position that they’ve reached in life,’ he said.”

The Drudge Report published a link to the following article by Infowars, dated June 8, stating the following:

“According to AFP journalist and legendary Bilderberg sleuth Jim Tucker’s inside sources, the agenda now under review includes a number of critical issues at the top of the elite’s to-do list. These breakdown as follows:

“The elite are concerned that the American Congress may soon turn against the illegal and immoral invasion under humanitarian cover by NATO and the UN against the north African dictator Moammar Gaddafi… The elite… are pushing for a wider war and incalculable suffering in the Middle East.

“The money masters have long profited from war and mass murder. Nathan Rothschild made a financial bet on Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo and while also funding the Duke of Wellington’s peninsular campaign against Napoleon. The House of Rothschild financed the Prussian War, the Crimean War and the British attempt to seize the Suez Canal from the French and also financed the Mexican War and the Civil War in the U.S.

“In addition to worrying about Congress waking up to the Libyan scam, the global elite is also concerned about a diverse liberty movement that has grown exponentially with the help of an open and free internet… The globalists are not opposed to the internet, especially as a corporatized money-making instrument. They are, however, opposed to an open, free, and unregulated by government internet where alternative media opposed to their globalist devices are allowed to thrive. In addition, we can expect minions of the global elite… to continue their propaganda efforts to convince the American people that the internet will be used as a terrorist weapon of mass destruction and as such needs to be tightly regulated – for our own safety, of course, and that of the children.

“Finally, the Bilderbergers will work on an effort to sucker an already economically besieged American public into further fantastic debt producing bankster bailouts, specifically for Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and other member EU nations sliding toward bankruptcy and social disruption on a monumental scale… the plan is to take down national sovereignty, impose drastic austerity measures, hold fire sales on national assets, consolidate wealth and power, and use an endless economic crisis as an excuse to usher in world government, a one-world currency, and a sprawling high-tech police state.”

The reality is that world government will come—but in a most unexpected way. First, another attempt will be made to revive the ancient military Roman Empire in Europe. The world will “worship” that governmental system and its leader and unspeakable suffering will follow. But then, finally, Jesus Christ will return to establish a peaceful and all-encompassing world government here on earth.

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Did King Saul commit the unpardonable sin ?

In two recent Q&As, we discussed the question whether Judas might have committed the unpardonable sin, dealing with the issue whether Judas is lost http://www.eternalgod.org/qapdf/10163, and whether he rejected his chance for salvation when he betrayed Christ http://www.eternalgod.org/qapdf/10136.

We concluded that Judas did not commit the unpardonable sin, mainly because he never received God’s Holy Spirit prior to his death. Please read or re-read our Q&As, which also explain the nature of the unpardonable sin.

One way to commit the unpardonable sin is to permanently refuse to repent, after one has obtained the knowledge of God through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This kind of sinful conduct cannot be forgiven, as one refuses to repent and therefore cannot repent, and God only forgives us our sins upon repentance. Paul tells us in the letter to the Hebrews that there is no further sacrifice for us, when we fall away after we have been enlightened and tasted the powers of the world to come and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, as we would then require Jesus Christ to die for us again (compare Hebrews 6:4-8). But the Bible says that Christ died once and for all (Hebrews 9:28).

Based on this understanding, it will be difficult to dismiss the idea and escape the conclusion that King Saul might very well have committed the unpardonable sin—but of course, the final determination of that question is not to us, but to God only—the Judge of the living and the dead.

But notice what the Bible tells us happened to King Saul. Let us focus first, in contrast, on King David. We know that King David received God’s Holy Spirit, even though he committed many grievous and terrible sins. But we also read that upon realizing what he had done, he bitterly repented of those sins (although he still had to live with the consequences of his bad conduct).

Still, we read that God accepted his repentance, and He inspired the prophet Nathan to tell David that he would not die. David’s repentance was genuine, and he pleaded with God not to take His Holy Spirit away from him. We read how he prayed, in Psalm 51:10-11: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.”

God listened to his prayer and did not take His Holy Spirit away from David, and so we are told that David will be in the first resurrection, and that he will be given a high rulership position in the Kingdom of God.

We read nothing remotely similar about the future of King Saul, even though we are told that God had initially decreed that Saul should be king over His people (1 Samuel 9:17), and we also read, that King Saul received God’s Holy Spirit. We read in 1 Samuel 10, beginning with verse 1:

“(Verse 1) Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: ‘Is it not because the LORD has anointed you commander over His inheritance?… (Verse 6) Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. (Verse 7) And let it be, when these signs come to you, that you do as the occasion demands; for God is with you…’ (Verse 9) So it was, when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, that God gave him another heart; and all those signs came to pass that day…”

However, it did not take long for Saul to rebel against God, because of fear and lack of trust in God. He offered sacrifices which were the distinct responsibilities of Samuel. We read in 1 Samuel 13:7-14:

“And some of the Hebrews crossed over the Jordan to the land of Gad and Gilead. As for Saul, he was still in Gilgal, and all the people followed him trembling. Then he waited seven days, according to the time set by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him. So Saul said, ‘Bring a burnt offering and peace offerings here to me.’ And he offered the burnt offering. Now it happened, as soon as he had finished presenting the burnt offering, that Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might greet him. And Samuel said, ‘What have you done?’ Saul said, ‘When I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that you did not come within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered together at Michmash, then I said, “The Philistines will now come down on me at Gilgal, and I have not made supplication to the LORD.” Therefore I felt compelled, and offered a burnt offering.’ And Samuel said to Saul, ‘You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the LORD your God, which He commanded you. For now the LORD would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom shall not continue. The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the LORD commanded you.’”

Notice that Samuel said that if Saul had continued to obey God, his kingdom over Israel would have been established forever. But because of his disobedience, the kingdom would be given to another man—namely David.

Subsequently, King Saul failed again to obey God by carrying out the instruction to kill the king of the Amalekites, Agag (a cruel mass murderer), and all the animals. Saul was not in any way reluctant to kill per se; but he had different ideas when it came to King Agag. And so we read first about God’s specific instruction, in 1 Samuel 15:3:

“’Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and do not spare them. But kill both man and woman, infant and nursing child, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ ”

Now notice how Saul acted, in verses 7-11:

“And Saul attacked the Amalekites, from Havilah all the way to Shur, which is east of Egypt. He also took Agag king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword. But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed. Now the word of the LORD came to Samuel, saying, ‘I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.’ And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the LORD all night.”

When Samuel confronted Saul, he did not repent of his disobedience. His concern was not so much to please God, but to be honored before the people (verse 30). Saul had rejected the word of God, and so God rejected Saul from being king over Israel (verse 26). We read in verse 35 that “the LORD regretted that He had made Saul king over Israel.”

God was very displeased with Saul because he took a lot of things upon himself that he should not have. This is quite similar to some men today who are given a small measure of authority and who step way over that authority, beginning to “lord it over” others.

When God rejected Saul from being king over Israel, notice what else happened, in 1 Samuel 16:14: “But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him.”

When God’s Holy Spirit departed from Saul, God allowed that a demon would begin to trouble him. (For an explanation of the concept that an evil spirit “from the LORD” came upon Saul, please read our free booklet, “Angels, Demons and the Spirit World,” under “The World of Demons” and “A Demon from God?”). God saw to it that David would be brought to Saul to calm him down through his music, when Saul was troubled, but in due time, Saul became David’s enemy continuously and tried to kill him on numerous occasions. In his rage and hatred toward David, and suspecting conspiracy against him at every turn of the way, he even had the priests of God killed (compare 1 Samuel 22).

Finally, after Samuel had died and God refused to listen to wicked Saul and answer his prayers (as He did not see any genuine repentance in Saul), he practiced witchcraft and consulted a medium who spoke to him through a demon who pretended to be Samuel. The demon told him, through the witch, that he and his sons would die in battle (compare 1 Samuel 28:3-25), and that is what happened (1 Samuel 31:1-6). For a thorough explanation as to what happened during that séance, please read our free booklet, “Do We Have an Immortal Soul?”, under “Communication with the Dead?”

Throughout King Saul’s life, after the Holy Spirit had departed from him, we do not see any signs of genuine repentance or a desire to serve God. Even in his final days, we are told that he totally rejected God and engaged instead in witchcraft, apparently following the “guidance” of the evil spirit or demon which continuously troubled him.

1 Chronicles 10:13-14 summarizes the reasons for Saul’s fall with these telling words:

“So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance. But he did not inquire of the LORD [at least not in the right way; that is, with genuine repentance and a desire to obey God]; therefore He killed him, and turned his kingdom over to David the son of Jesse.”

We note that Samuel and David are both mentioned in Hebrews 11, as being among those who will be in the first resurrection, but Saul is not mentioned, as God had removed His mercy from him. There is no record in the Bible that he ever repented, nor is there even any indication given that he did so. We read in 2 Samuel 7:15-16 that God promised David that His mercy would not depart from David’s son Solomon, as He “took it from Saul,” and that David’s house and kingdom and throne would be established forever.

Based on the biblical record, it therefore appears that Saul has committed the unpardonable sin (but the final determination is not with us, but with God).

Lead Writers: Norbert Link and Rene Messier

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Preaching the Gospel and Feeding the Flock

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A new StandingWatch program was posted on our Web site and on You Tube, titled, “Iran’s Future.” Today’s news on Iran is somewhat confusing and puzzling. The Guardian tells us that a power struggle is going on between President Ahmadinejad and the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. According to the New York Times and the IAEA, Iran is able to build a bomb right now. Israel has threatened that they would attack Iran in that case. The Washington Post says that Iran is actively supporting the government of Syria against the demonstrators. Deutsche Welle reports that Iran provokes Germany by not initially allowing the German Chancellor and her party to access its airspace to travel to India. On the other hand, Der Spiegel states that Germany is still the third-largest exporter to Iran. What does this all mean? Does the Bible tell us what is in store for Iran?

Norbert Link’s video-recorded sermon, “Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, Part 7,” has been posted on the Internet.

Two new German sermons,  focusing on the Feast of Pentecost, have been posted on the Internet. They are titled, “Geheimnisvolles Verstaendnis, Teil 1 und Teil 2.”

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by Manuela Mitchell

A few months ago I heard a song on the radio that caught my attention due to its melody and rhythm. The more I listened to the song, the more I liked it. The second time I heard the song, I paid closer attention to the words. With music, I tend to listen to the melody and if it still interests me, I listen closely to the words, so that I am able to understand the storyline. I have memorized the words to a lot of songs, due to the fact that I listened to the story. Every time the song played on the radio, I enjoyed singing along, even though I had nothing in common with that particular storyline.

Approximately two or three weeks ago, that same song that I liked so much played on the radio again, but this time it wasn’t the same. I didn’t sing along to the words, I listened even more intently and couldn’t  hold back the tears. The storyline in the song became the storyline of my life. My husband has been out of work for a little while, the bills don’t go away. There are more stresses due to insurance, rent and other things that cost money, all to be covered by my 2 days/week job, which of course doesn’t equal out. It would be easy to lose hope, to become depressed and to lose focus of what is truly important. In the song, the characters kept their sanity by staying home, drinking cheap wine and talking all night; while trying to make things better between the two of them, as financial hardships have a way of destroying the love in a relationship.

While times have been tough, I understand that this is nothing compared to what it could be. My family and I are still so blessed, despite the few setbacks. We have our love, our health, our family and friends, our home, but most importantly, we have God. God knows our family’s needs and I believe He will provide and take care of us.  Even though I thought about my physical life while I listened to that song, after comparing it to my spiritual life, the storyline is much different.

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