A message for Muslims: beware

So let me offend Muslims a little bit and say we should use a little psyops on them. (apply a little reverse psychology) It may sound provocative to some people.

We can start with one of the oldest books in the Old Testament. Joel has something to say about just such a situation as we are going through. People of Judah were down and things were bad. Joel felt judgement had come upon them.

Joel 1:2-4

2 Hear this, you elders;
listen, all who live in the land.
Has anything like this ever happened in your days
or in the days of your forefathers?
3 Tell it to your children,
and let your children tell it to their children,
and their children to the next generation.
4 What the locust swarm has left
the great locusts have eaten;
what the great locusts have left
the young locusts have eaten;
what the young locusts have left
other locusts have eaten.

Joel 2:6-7

6 At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;
every face turns pale.
7 They charge like warriors;
they scale walls like soldiers.

They were depressed at the prospects all around them. They were no doubt wondering if God was with them? The answer came in the second half of chapter two.

Joel 2:25’I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten — the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm— my great army that I sent among you. (26) “You will have plenty to eat, until you are full, and you will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you; never again will my people be shamed. (27) Then you will know that I am in Israel, that I am the LORD your God, and that there is no other; never again will my people be shamed.

(28)’And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”

The point is we often debate the cause of bad things, but there is also judgment. Yet God is capable of restoring us to greater blessings for going through them. When we call on Him and pray, He hears. He can turn to good that which is done to us.

We tend to personalize it seeing circumstances as punishment feeling judgment has come, that God has removed his protection. But He will restore even bless us.

2 Chronicles 7:13″If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

So I have to wonder about the terrorism, as bad and evil as it all is? I’m thinking how God can restore us and greatly bless us for going through it. Then I wonder how great those blessings might be for what we are going through now?

Do hihadis and Islamists realize, with what they are doing, that God can and will bless us in the end? God will restore His people, and take them to greater heights. We can have faith in that. That’s the message I hear.

That should give Muslims, Islamists, and terrorists pause to know(or think) we will be restored. We will be blessed in spite of all they do. Now maybe that is the best message that could be sent to them. Just proclaim what is going to happen. That might be the best campaign we could have. It will also build a confidence among God’s people in anticipation of what is to come. Plus, it would be better than any propaganda we could employ. God repaid to his people what the locusts had eaten. God has a salvation plan, Christ.

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Thoughts: St. Patrick’s Day

 

THOUGHTS
by
JUST GENE
about
SAINT PAT’S DAY

 

FROM MARTIN HINTZ – “IRISH WIT AND WISDOM”

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PROVERBS
May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been and the foresight to know where you’re going and the insight to know when you’re going too far.
Firelight will not let you read fine stories, but it’s warm and you won’t see the dust on the floor.
Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.
An old broom knows the dirty corners best.
TOASTS
May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and a smooth road all the way to your door.
May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends gathered below never fall out.
These things I warmly wish for you – someone to love, some work to do, a bit o’sun, a bit o’cheer, and a guardian angel always near.
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QUOTES
To be happy’s to be wise. – George Ogle
Patriotism!  There is magic in the word.  It is bliss to repeat it. – Archbishop John Ireland
I have always been a strong, opinionated, thought woman.- Maureen O’Hara
How can there be too much Irishness.- Tom Bruno, Theater Professor
The gloomy way is brightened when we walk with those we love.- J. O’Donovan Rossa
Any place with stout on tap can’t be all that bad.- Malcolm McDowell Woods, Journalist
Despite what you have heard, Guinness is not a meal.- Mike Danahy, Journalist
My Mother Dear.  There was a place in childhood that I remember well, and there a voice of sweetest tone bright fairy-tales did tell, and gentle words and fond embrace were giv’n with joy to me, when I was in that happy place – upon my mother’s knee.- Samuel Lover
There’s many a dry eye at a moneylender’s funeral. – A Cork Resident
Let’s have mirth while time we have … George Ogle

 

A Guinness Legacy. 
The Guinness family, the noted Irish brewers, regularly contributed to the renovation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral over the years.  It is therefore interesting to note that a monument to Sir Benjamin Guinness’s daughter stands under a stained glass window bearing the words, “I was thirsty and ye gave me drink.”

Billy Graham speaks out

Rev. Billy Graham Prepares ‘Perhaps … My Last Message’

Sunday, 06 Oct 2013 09:46 PM | Newsmax

By David A. Patten

    “Our early fathers led our nation according to biblical principles,” Graham wrote in response. “‘Hope and change’ has become a cliché in our nation, and it is daunting to think that any American could hope for change from what God has blessed,” he stated, an obvious reference to Obama’s campaign motto.

    “Our country is turning away from what has made it so great,” he continued, “but far greater than the government knowing our every move that could lead to losing our freedom to worship God publicly, is to know that God knows our every thought; he knows our hearts need transformation.”

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Graham-evangelist-final-message/2013/10/05/id/529474