Sometimes war is something that can and should not be avoided. God has told us to stand for what we believe and in order to do that sometimes it is necessary to fight. To the men and women who are willing to lay down their lives for their God, their country, their family, their friends, and even for those whom they do not know, we give our thanks.
In 2 Samuel 23 Davids last words were for the men that fought and men that he considered the real hero’s. Men like Eleazer, Adino, and Shammah, who stood and fought for God and country. David said “The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” 2 Samuel 23:3
Many times the wars of today are not just, but that does not negate the honor of those who obey and give their lives in order for the people of this country to remain free. In times past we have treated them with dishonor, and I see a return of that in the way that our current government is beginning to treat them as well. While our government is limiting their freedoms and disrespecting them, it falls upon us as citizens of this country to step up and show them that irregardless of what the government that has placed them in danger, believes, we honor them and wish to show our respect in every way possible. So remember that these are our own and that we do honor them!
at Gorenkapalli in pouring rain we dedicate a church given by Abundant Life!!Pastors were so thankful and blessed!!We were there last Oct and gave for the church. Johan and Rageny, pastors had just lost a baby girl in death and we prayed God would restore with a baby.we named and dedicated Samuel who is now 3 months old! Named him Samuel as a fulfillment of a promise from God and he is dedicated to serve the Lord!The church has grown from 15 to 30 adults this year!!At Thatikula Village–Toddy Tree Village–We dedicate a prayer shed where Satyam (truth), came to the Lord 8 years ago, but none of his family. Last year, we shared with his family and when we set with them, the look on their faces was terrorizing to us—(get out of here and don’t bother us) but they listened and several accepted Christ. Satyam and his brother poured anointing oil all around a shiva temple and the family vowed to build a house for the Living God.We dedicate that church today. It is right beside a river and about 30 were there as we prayed, celebrated, cut cake and shared Christ with several who had not accepted!God has so poured out His blessing on this family. Their Chili pepper shop is doing well and blessed in every way as they are the first in the village to step out for Christ!!!Korlapahad (Branch Village)–We had a late lunch early supper and saw where church is needed. No other church in whole village. We walk to visit in hindu homes and at center of village we gave bracelets and some 200-300 people totally surrounded us and we began to share. Eventually they quieted down and listened very well as we clearly shouted the message. A loud unison of voices prayed the prayer of salvation and we spoke into many hearts that were unbelieving.Jim got up and taught the 100 or so kids down front a song with motions and all enjoyed!!Joshua is a magnet to not only all the teen boys, but multitude of teen girls who all wanted a picture with him…In the dark some 50-60 gathered at the church place and we taught them and joined with them to build a church (given by Huntsville Evangel).The day ended on a great high as it is so much joy to have so so many gathered to accept and then press press press in for prayer…I know God heard the many cries that these people have as they call out to Him and we joined with them!!The Branch is was getting tied into the Vine!!With love, thanks and prayers,Melody, Kerry, Jim and Joshua
When the United States of America was formed there were many forms of government that were considered. One of them was a monarchy but this was the very type of governance that they were fleeing. They established a republic in the hopes that this was what would be the best for all the people. Something that would give them all the chance of a future without being under the thumb of rulers that had only their own interests in mind most of the time. They did not want the people to wind up a nation of servants.
And yet here we are. Our leaders have brought us to the very place that we ran away from. The place that many of the founders laid down their lives and fortunes to give us something better. Not only did they sacrifice, but a selfish and self centered nation is in the process of erasing them from the very history that they sacrificed for. They are being repainted as selfish men who had no other desire than to profit for themselves, without any real regard to the true history that shows how much they actually lost in money and life.
The people of this country have given control to a few men and women who lie to them with glib tongues and illusions to make it appear as if they themselves are not responsible for anything and that it is always someone else fault. That if we don’t give them what they want we will be destroy. A constant fear being laid upon our souls as if they are the only thing that stands between us and eternal destruction. And if anyone thinks that I am referring to any particular party here, I am not. Neither of them know how to lead. None of them seem to even understand and care how the country was founded or the sacrifices that were made.
Instead the current generation is so far from the sacrifice as to simply be greedy hogs simply looking for the next way they can profit from our despair. They use fear as a tool and our money to line their own pockets. They lie as fast as they open their mouths and tell anyone and all whatever they think that will get them what they desire. They take no responsibility for their own actions, even when those actions cost the lives of so many good men and women.
The have abdicated their own power for profit, or grabbed power that they have no right to in order to subvert the Constitution and enslave the men and women that they took an oath to protect and defend. They give away our secrets to our enemies, turn their backs on our allies, and destroy our country in so many ways that it is impossible to keep up with. They are constantly imposing new regulations than cripple our economy or stifle business’.
With the stroke of a pen our President declares that abortion must be made available and therefore anyone who doesn’t wish to provide is in the wrong and must pay through the nose. If this were anyone else, forcing their ideas upon some other country, they would and have been declared dictators. And yet somehow because he was elected President those that approve of his actions, go right along, even though the previous President was maligned right and left for doing similar actions.
Since when does two wrongs make a right? Since when is it okay for someone to break the law simply because they are on the other side of the fence? Should we not hold our own leaders to a higher standard than we hold the rest of the world? Since when does it become alright for our guy but not for yours? Evil is evil no matter who commits it. Wrong is wrong no matter what letter comes after their name as in political party.
The people of this country voted for a President!! A man to lead them not a man that they were expected to serve. We voted for a continuation of our county. We were not asked to vote for a monarchy!!!! And yet it seems as if that is what our leaders feel is due them.
When the people of Israel decided that they wanted a King, God warned them of what to expect. It looks an awful lot like what we have right now. The difference is that we didn’t ask for it and it is being forced upon us.
1 Samuel 8
Good News Translation (GNT)
10 Samuel told the people who were asking him for a king everything that the Lord had said to him. 11 “This is how your king will treat you,” Samuel explained. “He will make soldiers of your sons; some of them will serve in his war chariots, others in his cavalry, and others will run before his chariots. 12 He will make some of them officers in charge of a thousand men, and others in charge of fifty men. Your sons will have to plow his fields, harvest his crops, and make his weapons and the equipment for his chariots. 13 Your daughters will have to make perfumes for him and work as his cooks and his bakers. 14 He will take your best fields, vineyards, and olive groves, and give them to his officials. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your grapes for his court officers and other officials. 16 He will take your servants and your best cattle[a] and donkeys, and make them work for him. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks. And you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that time comes, you will complain bitterly because of your king, whom you yourselves chose, but the Lordwill not listen to your complaints.”
Sounds of a village
by Kerry Mauldin
2 Samuel 22:21-28
“The LORD rewarded me according to
According to the cleanness of my hands
He has recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
And have not wickedly departed from
For all His judgments were before me;
And as for His statutes, I did not depart
I was also blameless before Him,
And I kept myself from iniquity.
Therefore the LORD has recompensed
me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness in His eyes.
“With the merciful You will show
With a blameless man You will show
With the pure You will show Yourself
And with the devious You will show
You will save the humble people;
But Your eyes are on the haughty, that
You may bring them down.
Quoting Thomas Jefferson: “On every unauthoritative exercise of power by the legislature must the people rise in rebellion or their silence be construed into a surrender of that power.”