State of the nation

Why modern feminism rings hollow with this independent woman

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Latest News, State of the nation, Youth/Young Adult | 0 comments

Why modern feminism rings hollow with this independent woman

As a teenager I had a magazine tear-out hanging in my room of a woman in military attire with a smoldering look, the caption reading “What if history had been herstory?” I declared that one day I’d walk down the aisle to the song “You don’t own me” – I was more serious than kidding. In our house, both my parents encouraged us to explore literature and films outside of pop fads and boy-craziness, and my attorney father challenged me to think analytically and stare down to the depths of any argument to see the root of what was being brought to the...

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Living in Esther Times: “Haman has been hanged”

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation | 4 comments

Living in Esther Times: “Haman has been hanged”

The Holy Spirit highlighted Esther Chapter 8 to me in a significant way during my devotions in mid-November 2016, following the election. I sensed Him saying that there are parallel spiritual realities between what was happening then and what is happening now. Esther 8 follows the hanging of Haman on gallows he’d built for Mordecai (Es. 7:10). Haman was the prideful official whose anger toward God’s people, particularly Mordecai, grew murderous when Mordecai refused to bow to him. The chapter begins: On that day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen...

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Do You Need to Remind God?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in prayer, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation | 2 comments

Do You Need to Remind God?

Do you need to remind God of something? The Hebrew word Zakar means “to call to mind, bring to mind, to record, to mark, to mention, to take note of, to make a memorial.” There is a pattern in scripture of God’s people actively bringing things to His attention, or reminding Him, particularly in times of avid distress. Things God remembers/remembered: His covenant His word Individuals (Abraham, Rachel, Hannah, et al) His lovingkindness His people’s enemies the foolish man’s reproach the afflicted Our sacrifices (Ps. 20:3) Our tears His congregation Human...

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Flash Fiction – “The Price of Liberty”

Posted by on Oct 21, 2016 in Friday Feature, State of the nation | 0 comments

Flash Fiction – “The Price of Liberty”

My first attempt at Flash Fiction. Enjoy! An hour. Then her kids will be off the bus. One hour, uninterrupted, to do with what she wishes. Upper fifties and the sky clear and azure. She should do laundry. Her phone rings. It’s her sister. “What’s up?” “Ah, this election.” “Don’t get me started.” “I’ve never seen such a frenzy.” “I know it.” She grimaces. Sweet-smelling autumn day with warmish breezes and sunshine glinting off windows. Why spoil it with politics? “What are you up to?” “Was just about to go for a bike ride.” She knows now it’s true. “Call...

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“Whoever Seeks to Keep His Life Will Lose It”

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, State of the nation | 2 comments

“Whoever Seeks to Keep His Life Will Lose It”

“Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33). Four summers ago, the summer of 2012, I read the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who was killed after opposing Adolf Hitler. I majored in German in college and even spent a year abroad living in and traveling all over Germany, but I’d never heard of Bonhoeffer. It wasn’t until I read Bonhoeffer’s bio that I saw, for the first time ever, Germany’s history from a spiritual perspective; and the Holy Spirit was bearing witness as I read, that what happened there...

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Prayer for America

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in prayer, State of the nation, The Holy Spirit | 1 comment

Prayer for America

“The scepter of wickedness shall not remain over the land of the righteous, so that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong” (Ps. 125:3). Lord, You promised that tyranny shall not reign over the territory of the righteous, lest Your people be incited to take up the weapons of the flesh rather than those of the Spirit. We are weary of watching liberty erode, and our country crumble before our very eyes. Let the very foundation stones of this nation testify against its current corruption. Let those who plot evil fall into the nets they themselves have made (Ps 35:8). We...

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Christ’s Government on Earth: Physical or Spiritual War?

Posted by on Feb 20, 2016 in prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare, State of the nation, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government on Earth: Physical or Spiritual War?

Gay author and activist Bruce Bawer left the US to escape what he described as the influence of conservatism and Christianity. Moving to Europe to live with his lover, he was hit with a disturbing reality check: the secularization of Europe left a vacuum for an ideology far worse than that which encumbered Bawer in the States. In his book, While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within, Bawer describes his experiences in Amsterdam, Oslo, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Madrid, and Stockholm, where he encountered large, rapidly expanding Muslim enclaves in which women were...

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