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This morning when leaving our church service where we had the privilege to have Vice President Pence and Dr. Ben Carson as our guest speakers, a line of police officers were standing in front of one of our large glass windows that had been vandalized, apparently during the service, with some sort of object that had been shot into it. Whatever it was lodged in the glass as it sent cracks up, side-ways, and down to the floor.

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Outside the building I glanced ahead to see everyone leaving halted by a line of police officers. Then I heard the loud-speakers of rage. Yes, a group had gathered to protest…which in itself is within the law…but…we waited, allowing their speaker to finish. Then they were supposed to disburse, but they didn’t.

So, we all had the in-opportunity to walk through a mob of teens and wanna-be adults maybe in their early twentys. A blend of white and black kids…all with filthy, vulgar mouths shouting and screaming words their mama’s shoulda scrubbed their toes by way of their mouths with vinegar or yucky soap. Their parents shoulda switched their fannies and snatched ‘em home by their ears to make ‘em get a real job. . .not a $25 per hour seasonal job with anarchists’ organizations that use them up, wad them in knots, then throw them away. Used up and ruined in what should be the best time of their lives…but these undisciplined, indoctrinated young people are hearing the wrong voices.

Coming out of the sanctuary the stark reality of light scraping shoulders with darkness was startling. Jarring! I’ve never been more proud or grateful for the Dallas Police. Standing in God’s strength they stood shoulder to shoulder on both sides as our part of the congregation passed through this angry mob untouched. Oh, these mongrel kids tried their best to engage us. Some walking ahead and behind me smiled at them. Some offered kind words, only to have shrieks of rage volleyed back.

As we left the parking garage in our cars, we followed the same procedure. The police stood in soldier lines on both sides as we drove bumper to bumper through the police protective wall leaving the church campus. And let me remind you, if these Democrat mayors and governors succeed in neutering our police forces, you and I will be left to pass through these kids of Satan’s choosing without any protection. Light and darkness will be forced to meet head on and lives will be lost.

When you go to the polls next week and in November be very, very, sure before you punch the button or mark the ballot. The life you save may be your own and those of your family. Think and pray! Pray and think.

Verses from Deuteronomy 21:18-21 may seem harsh to many of you, but if you read these verses think about how seriously God takes the notion of a rebellious son (or daughter). It wouldn’t take but one or two of these demon-juiced kids to pay the price for their criminal foolishness to get the attention of their mob friends…and God knew that from the garden. “…AND ALL ISRAEL WILL HEAR OF IT AND FEAR.” It’s a good thing to put fear in the heart and mind of your child…yours and God’s authority! He commands it!

Parents, it’s far past time to parent rather than being your child’s friend. Satan is rounding up and herding this nation’s youth down a huge freeway to destruction because many of you have refused to parent. And Satan has stepped in as step-dad.

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But God is not willing any should perish…that’s why Jesus died and rose and has taken His seat in heaven…He loves you regardless of who you are or what you’ve done. His arms are open, waiting for you to come to Him. But the window of time is drawing to a close. Won’t you choose to trust what Jesus did to save you right now? Today? Tomorrow might never come.

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost”(Revelation 22:16-17 NAS).

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The determination to continue traveling a road you know is not taking you toward your hoped-for destination will cause you to travel to places you didn’t want to be—meeting challenges and problems you hoped you’d never incur—dealing with consequences you aren’t prepared to endure. The only explanation for continuing such a journey is your refusal to admit you’re going in the wrong direction.

A number of years ago, on a very dark night in the swamps of the Florida Everglades, I found myself in that position. And my stubborn refusal to admit I was wrong could have cost my life as well as the life of a good friend traveling with me.

I shudder remembering the events of that Alligator Alley evening.

We were on our way to an art show in Marco Island the next day with a scheduled stop-over at Darlene’s brother’s house in Naples, Florida for the night. Due to a gas shortage, the lines were long as we made our way through South Florida. I made the decision not to sit in a long line and wait and hoped we’d make it to Naples—what a foolish choice. And somehow in the process, I missed a turn and wound up on a dead-end road which fed us onto Alligator Alley.
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Rather than admitting my mistake, turning around and back-tracking, I turned west onto Alligator Alley knowing that road would eventually lead us to Naples. But determination and foolishness flooded my soul when, after driving a few miles on this two-lane highway through the swamp in the utter blackness of night, the engine of my car sputtered and died. We were out of gas—alone and defenseless—on this notorious killer highway that ran through the Glades!

In a nano-second I had a crash course in the fact that attempting to reach a planned destination is never successful when you choose to travel the wrong road. But it was too late. We were stranded. Frightened out of our wits. And my stubborn stupidity had placed us in extreme danger.

Yet all these years later, I listen as the non-stop news blaring the same situation playing out in towns and cities all over America—stubborn, rebellious people, insisting on having their way—in spite of the fact the road they are traveling is dangerous, even lethal, to them and all those they are dragging along this treacherous trip.

Souls full of rebellion are being played the fools by covert enemies determined to destroy them and our nation. Enemies who don’t give a rip about those they’ve convinced their highway to lawlessness is the right road. These enemies of America are emboldened to create chaos and upheaval, by continually stirring the pot of lawless hatred, driving their targeted victims into a huge frenzy of hatred while these foolish victims fail to understand in their refusal to forgive who they perceive to be enemies, they have become the captors of the real, bona-fide transgressors.

And unless God intervenes, all Americans will eventually realize this road to destruction will never intersect with the only road that leads to a righteous destination. America is dooming itself to perish.
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Anger, hatred, and lack of forgiveness cripples’ individuals, families, and nations. God warns us throughout His Word that anger and a lack of forgiveness turns into a wretched root of bitterness that soils and spoils everything it touches.

“See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled…” (Hebrews 12:15 NAS).

The defiled quagmire of anger, unforgiveness, hatred, and bitterness, will color your life’s lens and blind your ability to find the true and only road to a righteous destination in the Lord Jesus Christ. But God allows you to choose—His truth or Satan’s lies. God’s peace or Satan’s chaos. God’s love and mercy or Satan’s hatred and destruction. A fulfilled life with Him or an eternity of pain and torture in hell with the father you’ve chosen…the devil.

The days of choice, however, are racing to an end. Never in the history of our nation has there been so clear a daily definition, splayed across the screens, between righteousness and unrighteousness. Many of you have already scoffed and turned away or shrugged and made light of this pivotal moment in history. Storm clouds of darkness deepen and gather to attempt an overthrow of this Republic, like the black swamp of Alligator Alley threatened to consume Darlene and me that awful night so many years ago.

I stared into the heavens that night and cried out to God against whom I’d rebelled. I confessed every sin I’d committed and pleaded for God to please help us.

In the distance headlights of a car approached, then slowed to a stop. A man and woman in the car rolled down the window and asked if we needed help. Darlene threw open her door, raced around the front of our car shouting, “Yes! Yes! We need help! DiAne, get out of the car so they can see we’re helpless girls.”

The man got out, checked, and surmised we’d run out of gas. He said he was a contractor, handed me his business card and said he had gas at his building site and suggested we ride with them to get the gas because it wasn’t safe for two women alone in this swamp. Darlene was already in the car, so I climbed in beside her and prayed we weren’t jumping from the frying pan into the fire.
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He asked if we wanted to call our husbands while he filled a gas can. After calling our guys, he and his friend drove us back to the car, filled the tank, and wouldn’t take a dime for their trouble, but followed us back to Naples.
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We were beyond thankful, but the impact of this rescue didn’t register until we returned home, and the following day when my husband called to check the phone number on the card and the street address he’d written down. “I called to thank them.” He paused then whispered, “There was no such business. No such phone number.”

“But I was there, honey. I saw it with my own eyes.” My mind raced.

“See what you can find out. I’ve got to work.” He hung up and I grabbed the card and phoned the Better Business Bureau in Naples.

“Not only do we not have a business by that name, but we’ve never had such a business at that address. It’s a vacant warehouse. Been vacant for years.” The lady gave me another number to check and see if there was even such a business by that name in the State of Florida—there was not.
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My heart pounded. Were they angels? I had no other explanation. I knew God had answered my prayers for rescue. But since that night I’ve been very careful to travel roads where there’s an easy access to fuel and help should there be an emergency; and I travel life roads where I have access to spiritual food, where brothers and sisters in Christ serve as sounding boards to help me make wiser decisions, and encouragers to help me keep on keeping on.

If America is to survive every citizen must make those same choices. This battle is not about skin color or racism, that’s just an ensnaring ploy. It’s about dividing and conquering. This is about Jesus or Satan—righteousness or unrighteousness—God’s kingdom or the lake of fire… and you must choose…or perhaps you already have.

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“Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.

Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit; but the bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

So then, you will know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’

And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:12-23 NAS).

The Word of God gives us information about a time when a man whom God identifies as “the man of lawlessness” will appear and seem to be the answer to the world’s problems. He will come on the scene shortly after the church suddenly vanishes. Then after seven years of rapid and increasing chaos and havoc—judgments foretold in Revelation—the likes of which have never been, this age will end with the physical return of the Lord Jesus Christ and His bride…The Raptured Church.

King Jesus will appear with His armies to kill them by the sword coming out of His mouth. The false prophet and the beast will be cast into the lake of fire. The carnage of the battle will leave soldiers’ blood up to the bridles of the horses and running two hundred miles like a river in the valley of decision. Satan will be bound in chains and thrown into the bottomless pit for 1,000 years.
But the choice is yours. Just consider me the gal holding the warning sign that reads… STOP! DANGER AHEAD!

The road you’re currently traveling, unless God intervenes like He did with me that night on Alligator Alley, is a good indicator where you’ll be in that day. If you don’t know or aren’t sure, let me share with you the ABC’s of settling that question.

Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23
Believe in your heart Jesus is Lord and He died for your sins. Romans 6:23
Call upon the name of Jesus to receive His gift of salvation. Romans 10:13

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne” (Revelation 3:20-21 NAS).
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“For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17 NAS).

You can find DiAne’s complete story about “that” night at Amazon.com in Cecil Murphey and Twila Belk’s book Heavenly Company…Entertaining Angels Unaware

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NEW UPDATED COVER

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Here are the updated cover copies…front and back… for Book Two in The Master’s Plan Revealed Through God’s Word. We are shooting for a release date during the first week in July.

You can order copies on Amazon.com and “Especially for You” Tea Room in Kaufman, Texas carries this series as well as my “Roped” series. If you have a gift shop and would like to carry copies of my books I’d be happy to talk with you.

And as an added note…for the third or fourth time, I’ve changed the title of Book Three…at this point the book is titled “The Master’s Plan Revealed Through Promises, Prophets, Priests and Kings”. What do y’all think?

While the first book in this series was very elementary, each book will grow with your family’s study of the Word. Watch for the release date! And remember every writer…and artist…likes to hear from their readers, both on our blog sites as well as with reviews…else we become lonely!

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Many have asked in response to Fay Lamb’s article this morning, “What can I do about all this?” My list is not all inclusive. I’d like to hear from you all as you think about what Mr. and Mrs. America can do. Here are a few of my ideas. Let me hear from those of you who’d like to join this conversation. Let me be clear, if you’re a socialist or left leaning liberal, this conversation is not for you. I’m not here to argue political POV’s. We are far beyond that; many just don’t realize or haven’t come to grips with the state of today’s peril. So, what can you do?

WHAT CAN “WE THE PEOPLE” DO?

“We the People” can stop feeding the false news coverage. Turn them off! “We the People” can refuse to believe and respond to every rumor that scrolls across the top of our FB news page. “We the People” can become active in conversations we have with our representatives and senators, state and federal…letting them know how we feel about issues, needs, and their votes. Let them know you are watching them. “We the People” can read and educate ourselves about the candidates up for election and re-election…their position, their beliefs…or the lack thereof…and vote for candidates that love this country, not those who desire to trash the Constitution, our God, and your freedom. “We the People” can think.

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“We the People” must confront outright lies on our social media, in conversations, and be careful to always speak the truth of God…even in our comments to the smallest post…being careful to remind one another we serve a righteous and loving God who is not willing for any to perish, but understanding some will…those who refuse to believe in and trust what Jesus did at Calvary was enough. “We the People” are to have the presence of our God around us and our words…and not be afraid to speak His name even when those we are talking to will be irked. “We the People” should not shun a conversation…a reasonably kind conversation…about the Sovereignty of God…about the truth that abortion is murder and homosexuality is a perversion and abomination to God and to us. “We the People” must limit our TV, movie going, and reading material, only watching and reading what is pleasing to God and let it be known to your kids (even the grown ones) what you approve and don’t approve. “We the People” should write a personal letter to our President, telling him thank you, letting him know you are praying for he and his family. A letter in your own handwriting expressing your appreciation for his sacrifice. And while you’re at it, if you have congress people who are backing the President, standing for your values, and standing for the Constitution, write them too.

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“We the People” must take responsibility and repent before God for the pitiful public school systems that have allowed the enemies of this nation to slip in unnoticed and steal the hearts and minds of our children while we were too busy to monitor the text book lies our children have been fed for the past two generations.

Does all of this take courage? Yes. Will it cause people to shove you away? Probably. Especially if they are in opposition to God or just plain cowards. And we all know what Revelation has to say about cowards. God promises when we acknowledge our weakness and depend on Him, He will make us strong. His instructions to us are “…to stand firm and occupy ’til He comes.” My son is a warrior, a fighter pilot. My son-in-law is a soldier. I’ve seen and know these young soldiers…all warriors; I know what it means to stand firm and occupy. Occupying your little corner of the world doesn’t allow timidity, silence, or fence sitting when seeing things you know are wrong and in opposition to the laws of our Constitution and to our Lord Jesus Christ. But most of all, we must get truly serious about our own prayer life with our Father in Heaven. Up ‘til this point in time, most folks fall into bed at night, weary from the day, mumbling a few “I want, I need…” to God before drifting off to sleep. Could this be part of the reason we are where we are today? That and a lack of time in the Word? An hour on Sunday morning won’t furnish enough of the Word to carry even one of us through the day, much less the week. We are spiritually malnourished.

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We are not to be spectators…we are to be involved in the world around us…else we are part of the problem. The blunt truth is the current state of affairs in our nation and in the world today have reached the point that unless the Sovereign God of the Universe and His Son The Lord Jesus Christ come quickly to our aid, (and that will only be in response to the prayers of His people or His preordained plan for the ages)the likelihood of a return to what we’ve called normal is at best unlikely.

But know this…God hears and answers the prayers of His people…most often, not in the way we expect. THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY IS OUR ONLY ANSWER. “Call upon Him while He is near.”

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NAS).

To read Fay Lamb’s post go to http://www.faylamb.com/ontheledge/2020/06/what-about-the-preamble/

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