Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.
First off, thanks to all my followers and readers who made 2018 such a spectacular year. This year I released two full-length novels, Bride Tree and In the Shadow of Your Wings both of which are epic representations of God’s amazing love.
I also spoke at two Christian writer conferences and helped other authors develop their professional craft. But 2019 will be even better. I’m looking to do more for Christ in whatever way I can… while I can.
As we face an uncertain sociopolitical future, I encourage all to develop or deepen your walk with Christ as His return is imminent. If you’d like me to join you in prayer regarding any circumstance, don’t hesitate to reach out via my contact form.
Happy New Year and May God bless you.
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There is a marked difference between the newsflash proclaimed by the choir of angels that glorious night in Bethlehem and CNN’s latest headlines.
Upon His birth, the angels cried out “peace and goodwill to men” and the Scripture itself boldly proclaims,
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 KJV
But instead of global peace, the past 2,000 years have been marked by countless eras of conquest, two world wars, and, more recently, an era of global terrorism. We are left with the question:
What Went wrong?
The answer? Nothing and everything.
First, the fault doesn’t lay with God. Remember that when Christ (the Prince of Peace) came to the world, He was rejected. Then, He was turned down by His own people; now He is mocked and reviled by the world. Be it in a nation, a marriage or an individual’s heart, there can be no peace if God is left out of the equation.
We’ve excluded Christ from our schools, our political platforms and—in too many cases—from our churches. As a result, every aspect of our global society is honey-combed with fear and failure.
In a sense, society is like a man who took out the engine of his Mercedes Benz and then wondered why the car wasn’t going anywhere. It’s a beautiful car but without that critical missing part (Christ) there’s no progress toward the elusive dream of world peace.
Second, although Christ is the Prince of Peace, His physical Kingdom couldn’t be built when He was born because there was more Bible prophecy that had to be fulfilled. The past 2,000 years have been building toward the great climax that lays just before the world’s civilizations.
Literally hundreds of prophetic words have been lifted from the pages of the Bible and written on the pages of world newspapers. Still a few more linger before the Prince of Peace takes up His throne.
Then—and only then—will the dream of world peace become reality.
If Christ isn’t the ruler of your life, make today the day that the Prince of Peace starts His reign in your heart. Let His Word be born in the manger of your heart.
I know by personal experience that you’ll never regret it.
Have thoughts or a comment? I’d love to hear from you.
Beads of sweat trickled down their backs, making the silk of their tunics cling to their skin. But, despite the wild crashing in each of their chests, as one man, the three young men lifted their heads in stern defiance of the tyrannical king and his immense idol.
“Bow!” Nebuchadnezzar leaped from his throne, his purple cape swirling around him as an enraged snarl ripped out of his throat.
It was Shadrach who answered him, speaking in a voice as strong and uncompromising as the mountains that ridged the plain. “We’ll die first.”
It’s been almost 3,000 years since the heroes of Daniel Chapter 3—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—made their notable stand against idolatry but time has not eradicated the pressure that drove the “Hebrew boys” to defy political, social and religious powers. In 2018, those unseen forces are stronger than ever.
Today, society mandates we accept lifestyles, gender classification and the reinterpretation of religious texts or risk losing our careers, being ostracized from social circles and worse.
It seems that in our supposed quest for tolerance, America has forgotten the very meaning of the word.
As such, true believers are faced with a choice now like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were then. We can either bow, or hush our beliefs and conform with a seemingly overwhelming tide of evil, or we can stand up and proudly declare our faith in a risen Jesus Christ whose Word never changes despite the vagaries of the Supreme court and society as a whole.
Thousands of other professed believers in Jehovah bowed that day. Only three had the courage to prove their faith was more than a profession.
What does this attitude of compromise produce?
It prevents seekers from believing our testimony of Christ. Why should a sinner want to accept Christ if our choices identify us as lukewarm?
It hurts God. We can imagine how proud the Father was of His three sons; men who wholeheartedly followed His word. He showed His pride by standing with them.
It strengthens the power of darkness. In reality, the conflict today is not about GLBTQ rights, political parties or church affiliation; it’s about faith versus doubt, God versus Satan. When believers bow to the powers of evil, regardless of the situation, they lend support to the very thing they were meant to resist.
When believers stand up for what is right, a miracle happens. We may be ostracized; the day may even come when we lose our lives. But truth is proven to be more than just words and, believe me my friends, that is worth any price.
When believers stand for God, He always stands for them in their time of adversity. He may let things get really difficult—frankly He let our heroes actually go to the fiery furnace—but when He moves, He moves.