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Truth, Tie Dyed T-Shirts, & Ice Cream.

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This week, my wife Paulette and I have a unique opportunity to spend a few evenings with some very special people…

We’re hanging out with the 6th and 7th graders at our church.

  image“Summer Shine” VBS started last night at Abba’s House, and Paulette and I have been given the opportunity to teach the 6th and 7th graders. I am looking at this as such a wonderful chance to connect with these young people, glean from their joy and enthusiasm, and sow into them some of what God has imparted to me in my almost 68 years. With all the negative influences we see in society, and the noise that continually attempts to drown out the “still, small voice” of the Holy Spirit, I believe that it is important for those of us who minister to spend time with the generation that is rising, and to assist and encourage parents in establishing a solid spiritual foundation for their children.

The late Dr. W.A. Criswell used to teach young people in his church in order to set a Godly foundation upon which they could grow as believers in Christ. He once said…

“God sends people into our lives just when we need them, to say the right word — His Word — just when we need it.”

imageI believe that this age is the right time for the right Word for these young folks. They are old enough to understand and ask thought-provoking questions; getting a Scriptural mindset that they can take with them into high-school and college — to begin to learn to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

So Paulette and I are here this week to impart, participate, and have fun with this great group. Teaching, tie-dyeing t-shirts, a chocolate fountain, eating ice cream… there’s lots to do. Along with us, we are welcoming our young friends Joel and Alyssa, a young married couple with a contagious enthusiasm for God, as well as Drew and Abby, a couple of Godly young adults who will share from their individual experiences as well. It’s going to be fun!

Have a great week!

The Demonic Downgrade of America

In 1983, Disney produced a film adaptation of the 1962 Ray Bradbury novel, Something Wicked This Way Comes. It is the story of a mysterious carnival that comes to Greentown, Illinois, and is run by a character named Mr. Dark. While the carnival at first appears entertaining and thrilling, two young boys discover that the carnival and it’s proprietor have a much darker purpose… the acquisition of innocent souls for condemnation. The film was promoted with the tagline…

For every desire, there will be a cost.

Now, 31 years later, this film has become eerily prophetic.

FlagJust as, in 2011, the United States experienced it’s first-ever fiscal downgrade (by Standard & Poors), America is in the midst of experiencing a demonic downgrade. For the last 50 years, America has been experiencing a fundamental shift from our founding Judeo-Christian roots to a nation I hardly recognize. And now, we are seeing our faith, our freedom, and our very foundation under a full-scale attack from the forces of darkness… an attack that began with the removal of Scripture and prayer from our public school system. This victory led to an attack on any Judeo-Christian reference in the public arena. Our timeless symbols such as the cross, the Star of David, the Menorah, and the manger scene (among others), have been deemed unwelcome. Political correctness has not just invaded the statehouse, however… it has cooled the fervor of preaching and witness in America.

Dachau StatueOur government “of the people, by the people, and for the people” has been replaced by an “all-seeing, all knowing, all-controlling” government that is now attempting to take over every aspect of our private lives. Because America has abandoned God, our protective covering has been removed, and we have been invaded by demonic entities. We saw the same thing happen 81 years ago when evil in the form of a man named Adolph Hitler took the reins of power in Germany, and began his Islamic-sanctioned attack on the Jews (the Islamic Grand Mufti (mayor) of Jerusalem (at the time) later traveled to Germany and personally endorsed Hitler’s Jewish “final solution” – the Holocaust).

So, take a look at where we are today…

  • Worst unemployment since the Great Depression.
  • Historic devaluation of the American dollar.
  • Destruction of the world’s best medical system.
  • Since 1973, over 56 million babies have been murdered through the act of abortion.
  • September 11 saw the brutal murder of almost 3,000 of our fellow Americans in New York, The Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA.
  • Benghazi… the first murder of an American ambassador since 1939.
  • The gradual disappearance of our religious freedoms.
  • The legalization of drugs.
  • The systematic breakdown and confusion of the family unit.

While I could go on and on, the fact of the matter is that only demons could orchestrate such a rapid decline of a once God-fearing nation.

In order understand the significance of these things, and how we can fight back against the spiritual forces of wickedness that are influencing public policy in America, we must understand what brought about the circumstances that created an environment conducive to such Godless behavior.

Iwo JimaThis Sunday (June 29), we will be celebrating the birthday of our nation (5 days early) at Abba’s House with All-American Day. We love our nation, and believe in the principles that made this country great… faith, family, & freedom. Our worship ministry will be performing a number of patriotic songs, we will honor our veterans and armed services, and I will bring a message entitled Upgrading The Demonic Downgrade of America. If you love our nation like I do, join me as we find out together what it is going to take to put her back on the right track.

If you are in the Chattanooga area, I invite you to come and join us. Our service begins at 10:30a.m.

If you follow my blog from a distant city or state, and cannot join us in person, you can watch us online at abbashouse.com  Click on this link to watch us live.

Join with me, and let’s enter into this season of national pride and celebration on our knees, with the determination that we will once again be “one nation under God” — for generations to come.