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fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor."

Hopefully these thoughts will help all of us to #1. Trust in God Through All Circumstances. #2. To prayerfully chose our words so that they will be a positive encouragement to those in need as they pass through the crucible of intense suffering both physically and spiritually.   

Amen, Brother Beacon!  We need to be careful that we encourage, not discourge those we come in contact with, even when things are difficult.
Signs of the Times / Re: Global Warming?
« Last post by Wally on March 20, 2019, 04:48:33 PM »
One "inconvenient truth" in this whole global warming myth, is that the poor polar bears, you know, the ones which are endangered because of the shrinking polar ice cap, are thriving.

Signs of the Times / Re: A World Gone Mad!!
« Last post by Wally on March 20, 2019, 04:41:18 PM »
I'm going to sue the Italian government because I'm sure my ancestors were enslaved by the Romans at one time or another, and I'm sure it's interfered with my upward mobility.  ::)

This is crazy.  And who gets to claim the "African American" moniker?  Does one have to prove that their ancestors were slaves here, or does anyone whose ancestors came from Africa get in on the deal?

According to evolutionists, we're all Africans, since the first "hominids" came from Africa.

What "mental health" condition afflicts those Blacks who are excelling in their respective fields?  Like Ben Carson in neurosurgery, for example.

Maybe Kamala Harris needs psychological counseling for her mental health condition.

Cop, you've  chosen the perfect title for t his thread:  "A World Gone Mad."
Signs of the Times / Re: A World Gone Mad!!
« Last post by Cop on March 20, 2019, 07:48:16 AM »
Reparations Needed Because Slave Descendants Have Mental Issues

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., said the U.S. government must pay African Americans reparations in order to solve a public health crisis that lingers from slavery.

“The term ‘reparations’ means different things to different people,” Harris said according to Newsweek. “We need to study the effects of generations of discrimination and institutional racism and determine what have been … the consequences and what can be done in terms of intervention to correct course.”

Harris herself is not descended from U.S. slaves. Her father is Jamaican and her mother, Indian.

Neither is she a mental-health professional.

Yet, Harris argued, without any evidence, that an entire race has an “undiagnosed and untreated” mental health condition.

“It is centuries of slavery—violence associated with slavery,” Harris said. “There was never any real intervention to break up what had been generations of people experiencing the highest forms of trauma, and trauma undiagnosed and untreated leads to physiological outcomes.”

The cost of reparations would fall on non-African American citizens.

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[Ever living person on this Earth has ancestors who were at one time or the other, in bondage, slavery, or was ill treated by others. Who is going to pay everyone their ‘reparations’? Do you have "mental issues" because of the treatment your ancestors received? My ancestors were badly treated by the English, Indians, Mexicans, and Yankees. Who do I sue??]
Signs of the Times / Re: Global Warming?
« Last post by Cop on March 20, 2019, 07:30:54 AM »
Students at UN Stage ‘Die-In’ to Protest Climate Inaction

Dozens of young climate change activists staged a “die-in” in front of the United Nations on Friday, lying sprawled on the pavement to draw attention to the lethal consequences of global warming, as part of a left-wing shakedown orchestrated by the radical Sunrise Movement.

“Today, the young people of the US are declaring the era of American climate change denialism over,” said Alexandria Villasenor, a 13-year-old who has been staging a climate strike outside the UN headquarters every Friday since December.

“We are here to tell leaders that they urgently act.”

Tens of thousands of teenagers and schoolchildren took to the streets worldwide on Friday to push world leaders to take action to combat climate change.

According to The Nation, Friday’s staged protest, which incorporated Green New Deal advocacy, was to involve tens of thousands of middle- and high-school students in 30-some countries, disrupting many a classroom in the process.

The Sunrise Movement’s campaign ultimately produced the lawsuit Juliana vs. United States and several other spin-offs that used children as the plaintiffs to spur policies to address global warming.

Organizations such as Our Children’s Trust now provide teams of lawyers to help coach and direct the juveniles, doted upon by the liberal 9th Circuit court in San Francisco, to launch their attacks on energy producers.

However, the children’s lawsuits have met with mixed results elsewhere.

In January, the Colorado Supreme Court shot down a bid by a group of Boulder teens to block future drilling permits in the state.

California State Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel wants the state’s schools to advertise Planned Parenthood’s abortion services on student identification cards.

The law would force public and private middle and high schools—whether Christian or secular—to put Planned Parenthood’s phone number on every student ID.

Liberty Counsel, a non-profit organization that defeated California’s attempt to force pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to advertise abortion, said this bill violates the First Amendment.

“This outrageous California bill proposed by Assemblyman Jesse Gabriel is an attack on the First Amendment by forcing every California student to become a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood,” said Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel founder and chairman.

“Requiring students to promote the phone number of the largest abortion mill in the nation is repulsive and unconstitutional,” Staver said. “When will the California legislators learn they cannot force people to be a mouthpiece for Planned Parenthood?”

Gabriel’s bill, AB 624, is disguised as the “Pupil and Student Health” bill, despite its obvious intention to normalize abortion, not provide health services.
Gabriel’s connection to Planned Parenthood is obvious, too.

He received an endorsement, which he advertised on his website, from Sarah Mitchell, the public affairs and communications manager at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles.

“Planned Parenthood is proud to endorse Jesse Gabriel for State Assembly. Jesse has a long record of standing up for those most in need, and we know that he will be a strong partner in protecting women’s health and ensuring access to vital services—including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, and STD testing and treatment.”
While Mitchell points out “cancer screenings” and “STD testing,” the Planned Parenthood “chat room” that students will contact goes straight to its real purpose.

The first two questions are: “I forgot to take my pill, what do I do?” and “Forgot to use a condom?”

The answer is clear in the third question: “How does the abortion pill work?”

Planned Parenthood also supported Gabriel with a $4,400 contribution to his 2018 campaign.

The California Assembly Education Committee will have a hearing for the bill on March 27.

Signs of the Times / Re: Muslim Violence World-wide
« Last post by Cop on March 20, 2019, 07:23:20 AM »
Bloody Muslim Ritual Scars Them For Life

Add self-flagellation to the list of ways to get a dangerous viral blood infection.

Researchers said this week that they were initially puzzled how 10 British men had become infected with a little-known virus, because the men hadn’t taken risks usually associated with the infection.

But then investigators learned they had participated in blood-shedding religious rituals — cutting or whipping themselves — in Iraq, Pakistan, India and the United Kingdom.

“There have been suggestions that you might spread infections through this route, but it has never been described before” in a published medical study, said Dr. Divya Dhasmana of St. Mary’s Hospital in London.

She is one of the authors of the study released Wednesday in a journal published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The men were infected with human T-cell leukemia virus type 1.

Most people infected with the virus never develop symptoms, but some develop terrible illnesses, like a deadly blood cancer or a debilitating nervous system condition.

HTLV-1 spreads through breastfeeding, sex, blood transfusion and sharing of needles.

Experts have estimated that up to 10 million people worldwide are infected, though it is considered relatively rare in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Signs of the Times / Re: Muslim Violence World-wide
« Last post by Cop on March 20, 2019, 07:19:44 AM »
Nigeria: 120 Christians Killed In 3 Weeks

At least 120 people have been killed by alleged Fulani militant attacks since February in the Kaduna state of Nigeria with the latest attacks on Monday resulting in the deaths of over 50 and the destruction of more than 140 homes.

On Monday, 52 people were killed, dozens injured and around 143 homes were destroyed in attacks on the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma and Ungwan Gora in the Maro district of the Kajuru Local Government Area, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

The Monday attack followed an attack on Sunday in the Ungwan Barde village in Kajuru in which 17 people were killed and dozens of homes were burned.

In late February, there was another attack in Maro that resulted in the deaths of about 38 Christians and saw homes and a church burned. On Feb. 10, 10 people were killed in an attack in Ungwan Barde as six others were killed in isolated attacks the day before.

CSW, a United Nations-recognized NGO that advocates for persecuted Christians worldwide, reports that victims in the attacks on Monday included women and children.
Survivors told the nonprofit that the attackers were separated into three groups. One group shot and killed people, the second set fire to buildings, and a third ran after people fleeing the scene.

Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List.

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The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--22--Imprisonment and Death of John
« Last post by Dorine on March 20, 2019, 07:13:06 AM »
"God never leads His children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning, and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as co-workers with Him. Not Enoch, who was translated to heaven, not Elijah, who ascended in a chariot of fire, was greater or more honored than John the Baptist, who perished alone in the dungeon. "Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake." Philippians 1:29. And of all the gifts that Heaven can bestow upon men, fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor."

God provides the help and strength in the measure we need it. All we have to do is 'trust and obey Him'. We have nothing to fear. As we read the story of John the Baptist what a contrast we see in his life compared to Herod. Herod was more of a prisoner than John was only John was a prisoner for Christ and Herod a prisoner of Satan. John died in peace. Herod died a distraught and fearful man. I pray that my life will be a witness for Jesus; that like John I will be firm as a rock in my loyalty to Christ. No matter what the circumstance is that surrounds us Christ has given us promise after promise that He will never leave us or forsake us even unto death.
The Desire of Ages / Re: The Desire of Ages--22--Imprisonment and Death of John
« Last post by Beacon on March 20, 2019, 05:31:40 AM »
"The life of John had been one of active labor, and the gloom and inaction of his prison life weighed heavily upon him. As week after week passed, bringing no change, despondency and doubt crept over him. His disciples did not forsake him. They were allowed access to the prison.  John the Baptist had been first in heralding Christ's kingdom, and he was first also in suffering. From the free air of the wilderness and the vast throngs that had hung upon his words, he was now shut in by the walls of a dungeon cell. He had become a prisoner in the fortress of Herod Antipas. . Herod himself had listened to the preaching of the Baptist. The dissolute king had trembled under the call to repentance. "Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy; . . . and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly."

Have you ever wondered why God seems to not hear your prayers and change your circumstances?? Could it be that by God permitting John to pass through this dark and lonely valley,  it also  gave Herod direct access to hear the voice of God calling him to repentance?  Notice the ending sentence in the above paragraph. When we face adverse situations remember that if God bring you to it, He will see you through it even if it leads to our death.

"John dealt with Herod faithfully, denouncing his iniquitous alliance with Herodias, his brother's wife. For a time Herod feebly sought to break the chain of lust that bound him; but Herodias fastened him the more firmly in her toils, and found revenge upon the Baptist by inducing Herod to cast him into prison.  His disciples brought him tidings of the works of Jesus, and told how the people were flocking to Him.

But they questioned why, if this new teacher was the Messiah, He did nothing to effect John's release. How could He permit His faithful herald to be deprived of liberty and perhaps of life?" These questions were not without effect. Doubts which otherwise would never have arisen were suggested to John. Oh, how often those who think themselves the friends of a good man, and who are eager to show their fidelity to him, prove to be his most dangerous.[/b] ]Satan rejoiced to hear the words of these disciples, and to see how they bruised the soul of the Lord's messenger. How often, instead of strengthening his faith, their words depress and dishearten! fellowship with Christ in His sufferings is the most weighty trust and the highest honor."

Hopefully these thoughts will help all of us to #1. Trust in God Through All Circumstances. #2. To prayerfully chose our words so that they will be a positive encouragement to those in need as they pass through the crucible of intense suffering both physically and spiritually.   

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