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It was as if the world had gone crazy. Young men, the best and brightest, those full of hope, were thrown into a churning machine where many perished as soon as they arrived. Millions of Europe’s best hopes expired in the trenches of the battlefield. It was war at its worst. It was dubbed the “war to end all wars”. It ended out of exhaustion on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.

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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”(1)

Him. It is all about Him. If you met Him you would know. He is life. He is contentment. He should be our objective. Not His stuff. Not our relationship to Him. Not our adherence to His precepts. Just Him.

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This time of year many people reflect on their past and what was or was not accomplished. Like the Apostle Paul, we have to recognize the past, the good and the bad, then learn to put the past behind us: our successes and our failures. We must pull ourselves up, stir ourselves up in faith, use wisdom, and go before the Lord God to ask Him: what is it we can accomplish together this year, Lord?

Foundational verse: Isaiah 43.19
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. (ESV)

The Lord is ready to do a new thing in your life. He is ready to forgive your past and bless your future. Receive that from God. Receive the new start. Receive redemption, being revalued by God. You can move forward with God, in a new thing.

In Isaiah 43, God tells Israel that they are called by His name. Are you in Christ? Have you received Jesus as Savior and Lord? If you did, you are His. You are now called by His name!

When you are surrounded by what appears to be overwhelming floods and fires from those who are trying to destroy you, God says fear not. He is with you. The flood waters will separate like they did for Moses or you will walk over them like Jesus and Peter. God is with you in the midst of the fiery tribulation just like He was with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in Babylon. What your enemies meant to destroy you promotes you.

Pray for those who persecute you. For God is their judge. God is willing to sacrifice those who are not His to promote, protect, and bless those who walk with Him, who are His. Walk with God and forgive your enemies. There is no salvation a part from God through Jesus.

God is calling all who are His together. From the north, south, east, and west, the whole world will give up His chosen, His children, those who are called by His name.

You are His witnesses. You know who He is. You have seen His works. You will declare there is no other God but the God of the Bible, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Jesus. He delivers all those who rely on Him. He raises up who He chooses. He blesses those He chooses to bless.

Now behold: forget about what was done before. God is about to do a new thing in all the earth. His Spirit will spring forth like a river. Who can withstand it? In wild and desert places, He will spring forth, God in the midst of His people. He will be known as the present God; not the God of the past or the former things.

“Behold, a new thing I will do,” declares the Lord. “I will be Emmanuel to my People. I will be present with them wherever they gather, and they will know it is Me,” declares the Lord.

So, friend, prepare to receive God’s goodness and Himself in the midst of your worship, in the midst of your services, and in the midst of your prayers.

2016 is the year of the Lord’s Favor for those who will receive it and walk in it. Walk with God in 2016 as friends walk together, and God will be with you tangibly and in reality.

Amen.

I pray God’s very best on you in the coming year. Just walk in all God has for you.

Now receive this blessing:

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. May He put His name upon you and bless you. May the Lord make all grace abound toward you; that you, always have all sufficiency in all things and may abound to every good work.

Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all you could ask or think according to the power that is in Him, at work in us, supply all your need according to His riches in Glory by and through Christ Jesus.


This is part of a letter sent to partners of Bethel Grace Church in Charleston, SC. If you are interested in more information and how you can partner with Bethel Grace Church Charleston, please go this link (click here) and check out the Partnership & Giving page.

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The world really does not know what a Christian should be like, and history is full of unkind examples. Our Christian example is all those around us will ever see. Many know about Jesus; mostly from Christmas and Easter but not much more than that. To most of the people in the world, Jesus and the God of the Bible are just figures from another religion.

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The current US Congress, White House, and Washington bureaucracies do not understand budgets and their purpose. To most, a budget is a piece of paper that says this is what we will spend but you know we will exceed that. Why? Why are there so many politicians and fiduciary gluttons in government? Whatever happened to managing the affairs of state to the benefit of the people? The early Presidents of the US warned following citizens to pay off the government debt in the same year or in a reasonable time. It is a form of insanity to deny reality and truth. I think they call it dementia.

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I just watched the debate on YouTube. While I am glad to hear good discourse on the current situation in the US, I am not really hearing leadership. I am hearing pick-on-you, pick-on-me, and my-program-is-best.

If the Republicans want a strong voting block and TEA Party backing the will have to find leadership somewhere in the depth of their rhetoric.

The US (and by extension the world – because the US economy is still 25% of global) needs strong, capable, able leadership that is going to lead and not experiment with failed government types that have been proven failures around the rest of the world.

The US Constitution and sound business practice within the government itself will help create an environment where business leadership and entrepreneurs can feel comfortable making risk decisions for new markets, products, and services. People working (from leaders taking risk) will right the US ship of state IF Washington DC also takes a leadership role and manages government back to original concepts for US government – rather than social experimentation where Big Brother pays for it all out of the pockets of those who are able to make more than they use.

Final assessment of this debate: disappointed

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Part 2 in the series “Why You Should Not Elect Me President”
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Have Congress and POTUS lost their senses? I keep seeing texts and articles on the subject of debt ceiling increases and proposed tax increases. I have to question the sanity of our elected officials. How sane is it to look into an empty sack and say there is more in there? Yet that is exactly what Congress has been doing since the surplus of the early 00’s.
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