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Do you ever after a mind numbing tragedy think to yourself “I cannot think of an explanation why anyone would do such a horrible thing.” What would drive someone influence them to do such things?”
Sure we know there is evil in the world. September 11, 2001 opened our eyes here in the western world in a personal in your face way, that left no doubt if we did not know it before.

Colombine
Aurora
(In Colorado there have been four different shootings from Colorado Springs to Denver.)
Sandy Hook
San Bernardino
Orlando
Memphis
Parkland
Church shooting Antioch
Church shooting South Carolina
Church shooting Texas
Las Vegas
And other close calls where had there not been alert security the outcome would been much worse.
With each tragedy that occurs we try to make sense of it all.
And there seems to be a reluctance to admit there might be something at work that defies our normal understanding.

In his book “God has a name” John Mark Comer describes this something after a visit to India.
” India is a place with no parallel. The people, the culture, the landscape- it’s colorful and multi-sensory and vibrant and exotic and strange and there are so.many. people.
But to me, the most fascinating thing is the spiritually charged atmosphere.
There are literally millions of gods in the Hindu pantheon, so everywhere you look there are temples and shrines and idols and priest praying and incense burning and animals being sacrificed to Shiva or Vishnu or one of the gods.
And you feel it the energy the electricity are the spirituality.
But the crazy thing- at least for a Westerner like me- is that it doesn’t feel fake, like a hoax or a sham or primitive superstition.
It feels real
When you walk past an idol or a temple it feels like….something is there.”

Some of you may have had that experience John Mark talks about.
A time when in the midst of the ordinary, something extraordinary, is happening.
Your brain and experience tries to explain it away as nonsense but you can’t get away from the feeling that there’s something to it. Something is at work.
And there is.
Something people in ancient times and in parts of the world today would call gods. God demanded that we put no other gods before Him. The Old  Testament is full if references to them. Jesus identified satan as the god (Yes little g) of this world. Ephesians 6 even explains the hierarchy.

In our nation it is obvious these gods are at work in every aspect of our culture. And sadly few even in the church recognize them.
Our calling to be salt and light has never been more important than it is now.
Remember we battle from victory not for victory.
The stakes are high.
He is strong!
The fields are white.

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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1 Response to gods

  1. Kristi Ann says:

    Our ONE True GOD the HEAVENLY FATHER who art in Heaven Above said: “Thou shalt have NO other gods before ME.” ( Exodus 20:3 KJV )!!

    Our ONE True GOD’S LOVE 💜💕 is ETERNAL THROUGH HIS SON Christ-MESSIAH Jesus-Yeshua for Today and Everyday Forevermore Everyone!!

    I Love you all Everyone through Christ Jesus-Yeshua, because HE LOVED💖💕 EVERYONE FIRST!!

    Love 💕 Always and Shalom ( Peace ), YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

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