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BRACE YOURSELF!

Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:             Brace yourself like a man;                  I will question you,              and you shall answer me. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?     Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! … “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow     or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble,     for days of war and battle? What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,     or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,     and a path for the thunderstorm, ... Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?     Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens when the dust becomes hard     and the clods of earth stick together?  [READ JOB 38-40] ] 2017 is a year of great upheavals. It could all be passed over as simply Nature "correcting itself"

FEAR NOT!

credit: fineartamerica.com Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all t

THE BEGINNING

The Beginning And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, "Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.

Charleston and Christian Response

Charleston and Christian Response By Mitiku Adisu Here is the story: On June 17, 2015, a young man showed up to a Wednesday night prayer meeting with a concealed weapon on his person and a heart loaded with hate. It's not the normal way to join or remain within the believing community. Judas did Jesus in with a stealthy kiss. Jesus was praying in the garden of Gethsemane at the time, and it was night. Nothing is really new; no one knows, save God, what goes on in a person's heart and mind—not even the person once he or she is possessed by demons. "Then Satan entered Judas" [Luke 22:3].  The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? "I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve."  [Jeremiah 17:9–10] The Charleston visitor was made welcome, probably too overtly, because not many show up on a Wednesday night, especially for a praye

Why Spend Money On What Is Not Bread?

Why Spend Money On What Is Not Bread? Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. [Isaiah 55:2] The next day the crowd that had stayed on the opposite shore of the lake realized that only one boat had been there, and that Jesus had not entered it with his disciples, but that they had gone away alone.Then some boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the people had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. Once the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats and went to Capernaum in search of Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for foo

End of the World?

  End of the World? By Mitiku Adisu "The Last Judgement" by Afewerk Tekle, 1958, 3 x 2.5 meters Prophets, priests, and politicians have all speculated when the world will end. By prophets, we mean the type that can't even cheat the lie detector. We need not waste time on politicians [and some in the "climate" camp]. Many have come and gone, including sincere but misguided Christians, warning us to prepare for a Doomsday that never came.What this does is spread cynicism to the point of making the idea indistinguishable from the characters proclaiming it. As we write this, the news that has been twirling for over two years is that Maya priests have finally figured out 12-21-12 as the real  end of the world! Let me go ahead and predict that the end of the world will not happen tomorrow! How can I say that? Well, first, the date is too  specific ; secondly, to mark such a momentous matter with such specificity is not what humans are made for. I will admit, h

Twelve, Twelve, and Twelve

  Twelve, Twelve, and Twelve By Mitiku Adisu   Today is the 12th day of the 12th month in the Year of our Lord 2012. Let me say this; Every day of the month and every month of the year is the Lord’s. In other words, there is no day, month or year that is not the Lord’s. It was God who instituted time in six days of Creation, reserving the Seventh for rest and established weekly, monthly, yearly observances, etc. So what makes today unique other than that it has arrived with three 12s in tow? Well, according to this retired professor of mathematics those who are on the Gregorian calendar and want to see a repeat of a similar event will have to prolong their earthly life by one hundred years! I am sorry but the likelihood of any reading this post not reaching that mark is 100 per cent. But should that stop us from making a statement of the Century and, per chance, launching few choice words for storage in The Cloud, if only someone would show us how? But first we want to distanc