Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jesus is Coming SOON!

Got great news today!  A friend was able to sell an old car and is donating $300 to the WELL Challenge!!!  So including what has gone directly to Life2Orphans, we have raised $ 1055 and only have $945 to go to hit our goal of $2000!  I'm so thankful to all my friends for helping us out on this!  It will be a blessing to the orphanage now and in the future!

You can be a part also

You can give by sending a check to
Grace Church'
7060 Berry Road
Zephyrhills Fl 33540
mark it Orphan Fund
or directly to L2O please write in Druzhkovka (Druz WELL  fund)just let me know so I can know when we reach our goal!  Please mark that you'd like for it to go to the WELL project!
Lately I feel like this world is in the most chaos since WWII, certainly things have never been like this in my lifetime before.  Daily, almost hourly, the news is just awful!  One awful thing will replace another thing on the news.  Do we even remember there is a missing jet with hundreds on it?  Now there are 11 missing jets from Libya and September 11 th is in days. 
Nothing but bad news from overseas.  We have ISIS and all the other countries that hate us.  We have major border issues, scandals in government. gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, abortions ...... the list could go on and on.....    I think the majority of us are expecting something bad to happen in the United States or in one of our Allied nations.
BUT God is still on His throne.  He is not affected by the worlds' events.  He still holds our futures. 
I feel that it is a strong likelihood that we are living in the last days.  Jesus's return maybe very soon. I know we are not to try and force current events to line up with scriptures but it doesn't seem to be hard to look at this world and think that scripture has been fulfilled, the signs point to His soon return. 
As uncertain as life is anyhow and even more so now...take the time to ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins.    He will hear you and answer you.  Then you will know peace in spite of any storm around you. 
When I was a kid growing up, there was a lot of emphasis on the Return of Christ.  The preachers would preach about it, the singers would sing about it, the Sunday School teachers would teach about it.  Then the focus changed in the 80' didn't hear so much about the Rapture.  And even still there is not so much talk about it....  But it is in the Bible.  That is why I believe it.
There is purely a personal experience, I had a dream about the rapture.  It was an amazing dream and very real to me then and now as I remember it.  The eastern sky actually pulled back like someone opening a curtain on a play.  And then I saw Jesus and felt myself lift off the ground.  I had that dream probably 30 years ago and it is still vivid to me.  
The Rapture may not happen in my life time, I don't know but I know I want to live my life so I'm ready to stand before God whether whenever I go there.  I encourage you to do the same. 


  1. You mentioned gay marriage - what would you do if one of your children grew up to be gay? :)

    1. I would love them & yet still tell them what the Bible says about it, that it is sin. If they grew up to break any of Gods laws I'd still love them but I would not sanction that sin. Lets say that Steve got married & had an affair. I'd still love him but I would not hesitate to tell him he was in sin. Does that answer your question?

    2. To be fair, though, that answer doesn't actually address your objection to same-sex marriage specifically. If Steve got married to someone of any gender and had an affair, would you lobby Congress for a law that dissolved his marriage and permanently banned him from entering into another one? Because that would be a more accurate parallel to what conservative anti-marriage activists are trying to do: ban marriage between two consenting adults on the basis of their supposed "sin".

      As for the idea that we are living some kind of end times...I have to admit, I can't help but chuckle. I'm a graduate student studying history, and I can assure you that human beings have thought the world was in imminent danger of ending since the beginning of the written record, and probably far before. After hundreds of thousands of years of hundreds of thousands of Chicken Littles declaring the sky about to fall, I'd say you're probably safe. ;)

    3. I was asked what I would do if one of my kids grew up to be a homosexual....I answered....
      As far as Steve you do not have to worry about him LOL

      I believe the Bible from Genesis to Revelations-I believe God created man and women for marriage and made it an institution. Almost all of human history also believed that. I'm not personally worried that I or any of the millions who came before me were wrong in believing the Bible.

      As far as thinking of the end times....this may not be them....sure seems like the evidence is mounting but we will see. I look forward with HOPE that it is the end times and that the coming of Christ is near. I'm 100% safe either about you? (ps I was a graduate student too....)

    4. Well, it's not accurate that "all of human history" believed in the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman, or as a spiritual (or specifically Christian) union, or as being binding in perpetuity, or as anything more than a business contract -- and, of course, the legal position of women in marriage has changed so radically as to be hardly recognizable. Marriage between one man and one woman in America in 2014 would be as alien to someone in, say, 11th century Babylon as marriage between one man and one woman.

      Of course we have some pretty major theological differences, as you are (I think?) a fundamentalist Protestant and I'm an atheist. And as an atheist, I'm also 100% safe, since I don't have faith in any apocalyptic religious narrative, whether Norse or Aztec or Christian. What we do have in common -- and I think this is the most important thing, and what we ought to focus on -- is a concern for the state of the world. Personally, I'm worried about a lack of environmental stewardship, the growing gap between rich and poor, and the racism so deeply entrenched in the US justice system.

      I didn't know you were a grad student! That's awesome. What and where did you study?

    5. Thanks for taking the time to reply, Yvonne :) I appreciate it. Just to clarify, are you of the belief that being homosexual is a choice? Otherwise how can it be sin if it's simply how you were born? Surely God created us in his image so why would he create people who are homosexual?

      (sorry for all the questions - I just find the whole homosexuality vs bible topic quite fascinating).

    6. I do believe it is a choice. The bible would not tell us it is a sin IF a person had no control over it. I have different ideas on WHY a person has that particular draw to that sin. From the people we have counseled, more than half had been sexually abused as a child, mainly by their father or a male figure. That seemed to cause the males to what to draw closer to male figures. And the females to hate males and be drawn to females. With some of the others, there was an emotional need that was never met in some way, absentee father....etc....

      But we are all fallen, I know for me, not having a dad, led me into relationships with older men at a young age. I can look back now and see exactly where I was hurting and what I was looking for. That emotional need was not healthy at all! I was lucky in the sense, the guys did not take advantage of me (which was a miracle!)

      I don't see homosexuality as different than any other sin. We are all sinners......

    7. I was a student at USF, Criminology major MA (haven't finished) Take some Criminology classes you will certainly believe in good vs evil! Don't have too much further to go on it, need to get back to it.

    8. Thanks for your response!

      "I don't see homosexuality as different than any other sin."

      That's only true if you don't vote against civil equality for people who are LGBTQ. If you believe that adultery and gluttony should be illegal, and that gossipers and watchers of pornography should be fired from their jobs, then congratulations, you truly do treat homosexuality the same as any other sin! But if you're not campaigning to make divorce illegal, and you're not writing your congressperson to criminalize working on a Sunday, then you are, in fact, treating homosexuality as a special category of sin. Which begs the question: Why?

      As for your hypothesis that gay people are more likely to have been molested, I can link you do a number of studies that have definitively refuted that claim (I'm not linking in this comment because I don't want to be flagged as spam!). The mainstream scientific and psychiatric communities are in overwhelming consensus that same-sex attraction is not a mental illness or disorder, and that attempts to treat it as such (i.e., "reparative therapy") exponentially increase the likelihood that a same-sex attracted person will abuse substances and commit suicide. In fact, anti-gay counselling is considered such a public health hazard that some states have tried to ban it! Again, I can provide links to all this information.

      You may also want to consider the fact that the people who are coming to you for counselling are a self-selecting population of Evangelical Christians who are experiencing psychological distress of some kind. That population is *by definition* more likely to have been abused, since abuse is one of the most major factors in inducing psychological distress in the first place! In other words: *anyone* who seeks counselling is de facto more likely to *need* counselling than the general population. It's also worth taking into account the Center for Disease Control recently released a major study which concluded that 1 in 5 women has been sexually assaulted in her lifetime. Even without taking into account that the people who come to you for help are already more likely to have been abused, 1/5 of the women will have been assaulted regardless of their sexual orientation. Do you see how the conclusions you've reached about homosexuality based on your (very small and inherently biased) sample may be inaccurate?

      Obviously I'm not going to argue against your *theological* reasons for prejudice against homosexuality, since I don't accept your basic theological premise; you have every right to bring as many religious objections as you like against people who at LBGTQ. However, once you stray into the realm of science, statistics, and psychiatry, I'm afraid to tell you that your claims can be quickly and easily disapproved.

      I didn't take criminology courses as an undergraduate -- I double-majored in literature and history -- but I did take a number of ethics courses, which, as you can imagine, discussed good and evil in great detail. I was a big fan of Spinoza. What thinkers on good and evil would you recommend from your criminology background? I'd love to know if any of them influenced your decision to adopt, since I'm interested in adoption myself. :)

    9. I do agree with you that the people who have come to us over the years for counseling to overcome homosexuality are people who wanted help. And I stated my observation on the cases I'd dealt with personally

      Sin is sin, I wouldn't vote for many things such as abortion or anything that went against God's laws.

      The difference with homosexuality, THEY- the activists- want laws to be able to make me accept what I feel is sin. I don't see a glutton or a adulterer trying to do that.....

      What influenced us to adopt was God's love and I don't mean that in a self righteous way but having Sam and knowing the care he needed, it broke and still breaks our hearts to see children, especially SN kids as orphans.

      To be honest from my criminology background, there is NOTHING that made us want to adopt, the studies are not so good for the long term outcome of adopted children. Many more end up in addictions and criminal behavior than non adopted kids. Some of those studies are older but still can give a person pause before adopting....

  2. Every day the news gets more and more concerning. Hollywood and those who follow it remind me of Marie Antoinette - they're obsessed with the silly, irrelevant happenings of "stars" while the world is on fire! I have never been a conspiracy theorist, but it is incomprehensible to me how the US has advocated for and used its military power to ensure regime changes in Iraq, Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya and they are provding financial and military assitance to overthrow Assad in Syria. All these countries were ruled by secular leaders who understood the dangers of Islamic extremism and kept it under check. It was obvious to me as a lay person with simply an interest in history and politics that removing them would leave a vacuum and lead to the very situation these countries find themselves in. Our military is filled with the very brightest of minds and has more intel than I can even imagine - I am sure they knew this would be the end result. My question is why would they still proceed to ensure such an outcome? Additionally, Western countries were laying out the red carpet for immigrants from countries like Somalia, Yemen, North Africa knowing full well that the vast majority would not assimilate in Western civilization, but would export their jihad to these Western nations. Even today when the danger is grave and obvious, you don't see this massive push to perge these countries of these imported radicals. Just leaves me shaking my head and hugging my children tighter!

  3. I just sent $100 towards the Druz Well Fund. And a happy belated birthday greeting...

    1. yeah!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!