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How you dress...is important

I wonder if I asked a group of adults their definition of modesty, how many different versions I would get? But human opinions are often immoral or even ridiculous. Proverbs 30:12– “ There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” Regarding dress, I have heard people say on more then one occasion, “If they don’t like it, they don’t have to look at me”. I am running out of places to look! What are we teaching our children about obedience and adhering to the laws God has given if we make decisions based upon our impulsive opinions?

God gives us direction regarding the importance of modesty, yet most people define it as they see fit. Do you live your life according to God’s word or according to personal opinion? Matthew 4:4 tells us we should live by every word of God, not by personal opinion. The word of God gives us two clear guidelines when determining how to apply MODESTY in our lives: Does it follow God’s clear instruction, and do our actions or behavior cause someone to stumble?

Paul instructs the Church on the importance of modesty in 1 Timothy 2:9: “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly clothing but which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. And the law tells us that we should not dress in a way that is gender confusing…The woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are an abomination unto the LORD your God (Deuteronomy 22:5).

In our dress, actions and language we represent Christ, our example is very important. Modest behavior reminds us that we must be careful not to offend others with careless behavior, which would include the way we dress. Paul writes “Therefore let us not judge one another any more: but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way—Romans 14:13.”

One would think those God given guidelines were easy to follow in a nation that claims to be Christian. Unfortunately it takes only a trip to the grocery store to point out the contrary. As a Christian “professing godliness” we must be dressing according to God’s direction, not personal opinion. The example you set as a modestly dressed individual sets you apart as following God. Isn’t THAT the way you want to stand out?

A concerned Mom

The Horns of the Beast and the United States of Europe

One of the most vivid images recorded in the book of Revelation is that of the “beast”. From the context of the prophecy it is clear that this beast is a political power that is central to the horrific events that will precede the return of Jesus Christ. In describing the image of the best, Revelation records that it has ten horns, the meaning of which is explained in Revelation 17: 12-13: “The ten horns which you saw are ten kings who have received no kingdom as of yet, but they receive authority for one hour as kings with the beast. These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”

As the angel’s explanation makes plain, the “horns” are kings or governments which, at the time of John’s recording of the prophecy, had not yet received their kingdoms. This may mean that when the book of Revelation was composed these governments were not yet in existence. Verse 13 says that the kings have “power and authority”, or to put it another way, they exercise sovereignty. A government is sovereign when it is vested with control over a population and territory to make decisions on behalf of the country or “kingdom”, and deals as the representative of that territory on par with other governments.

In verse 12 it says that they exercise their sovereignty “with the beast” and yet in verse 13 it says that they “give their power and authority to the beast”. How can it be that they can both exercise their authority with the beast but also give their authority to the beast? These two verses appear to be in contradiction. The most obvious explanation is that verse 12 provides an initial overview of how the ultimate relationship operates (sovereignty is exercised together) and verse 13 explains how the relationship comes into existence (the beast is given power to act as sovereign by the kings).

This interpretation is supported by the scripture which reflects that the ten kings do not appear to have been forced to give up their authority. The beast derives its power from the decision of these kings to give their sovereignty to it. It may be that the reason that such power is voluntarily given is because the beast is a creature of the kings’ own making.

We are told further in verse 13 that these ten end time kings share “one mind”, indicating a high level of unity. This seems to be a remarkable thing – how often is it that two governments, let alone ten, can be said to share a single mind? However, we do know that in a crisis unity between governments can be achieved quickly. That the kings and beast rule together for “one hour” further suggests that this relationship is possibly borne of a crisis or temporary state of affairs.

John uses the word “kings”, which calls to mind the understanding of government prevalent in his time. A government of this age was absolute and authoritarian – it was unheard of for a “king” to give away or cede voluntarily his authority. Thus the prophecy in this sense is counterintuitive to the political understanding of the day. John did not have the benefit of living in our modern time where due to a combination of technological development, globalization and political events, the modern concept of the sovereign and sovereignty is changing.

Nowhere is this more the case than in Europe. Here, in response to fifty years of attempts at greater political union, the notion that the nations of Europe would surrender their governments in favor of a super-national United States of Europe is discussed openly. But politicians are not driven by a desire to put themselves out of work, so the progress towards such a union has been painfully slow and halting. Even so, as Jean Monnet, a political scientist and the often recognized “architect of the European Union” was said to point out, “People only accept change when they are faced with necessity, and only recognize necessity when a crisis is upon them.”

Indeed the crisis which has made it necessary for Europe’s governments to give their power and authority, or “sovereignty” to another entity seems to have dawned. The turbulence engulfing world markets since 2008 has caused individual European countries to come under pressure by the international lending institutions on which they rely. In just three months, the leaders and politicians in Greece and Italy have been forced from power not by their voting populations, but by financial institutions and banks. This display of power by the international financial markets has caused leaders throughout Europe to realize that no single country is capable of resisting such influences. In order to deal safely with the pressures of globalization, it is now evident that the individual states of Europe must seek a closer union.

This realization culminated this past week in European leaders meeting in Brussels to discuss handing over further sovereignty – or in other words, their power and authority. Of the various types of authority which a government or king may exercise over its subjects, the power to tax is perhaps the most essential. Yet in a desperate bid to find safety in numbers and stave off the onslaught of financial pressures, the vast majority of European governments have in a display of remarkable single-mindedness agreed to transfer supreme authority over this function to a central, as yet unnamed, entity.

Speaking of the deal, BBC Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt reported on his blog from Brussels: “Last night most of Europe’s governments gave up a chunk of their sovereignty. In the future, tax and spending plans will be shown to European officials before national governments. There will be automatic sanctions against those countries that overspend. A monetary union has moved towards being also a fiscal union.” To understand the significance of this, imagine if the United States gave the United Nations the power to veto its spending and tax policies.

Where this process will lead is yet uncertain. However, it may be confidently said that the decision to place the sovereign right of a country to tax under the control of a central, European authority, has broken down a further mental barrier to the creation of a super-national United States of Europe. Be this as it may, as was made evident by Britain’s refusal to join this plan, such a move is difficult for many to countenance. Nevertheless, of the twenty-seven governments in the European Union, it is no longer unrealistic that in coming years, given the right crisis, there may be ten countries which will hand over their full power and authority to a new entity – a type of United States of Europe. In the history of politics, such a move would be unprecedented. In terms of Bible prophecy – it would be exactly as expected.

Eye on Europe

The President Embraces Sodom

With the approval of President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed earlier this week that the United States would help fight discrimination against gays and lesbians around the world.

The President’s latest avowal is seen as an effort to fire up the support of the gay, bisexual and transgender citizens in the United States ahead of the 2012 presidential election. President Obama is very eager to advance the “Gay” agenda. The President recently lifted the ban on Gays serving in the military; thereby allowing homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military. The President also, in every year of his presidency, proclaimed June as Gay Pride month.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an impassioned speech at the United Nations in Geneva, committed $3.0 million to start a Global Equality Fund to support organizations working for LGBT rights worldwide. Clinton argued that sexual diversity is a human right. “Some have suggested that gay rights and human rights are separate and distinct, but in fact they are one and the same,” she said. “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

Repeatedly Americans have rejected the “Gay marriage” initiative. When put to a popular vote: 31 of 31 states have defeated legislation that would have legalized same-sex marriage. Only six states and the nations capitol of Washington, D.C. have legalized same sex marriage. Who is pushing for the legalized of same sex marriage?—Not the majority of the people in each state. It is the state courts that have helped the cause of same-sex marriage.

The Courts in six states have been aggressive in advocating same sex unions — California (2008), Connecticut (2008), Iowa (2009), Massachusetts (2003), New Jersey (2006) and Vermont (1999) — these courts have issued rulings resulting in the legal recognition of same-sex couples.

Traditional marriage is not simply a relationship of individuals who each seek to satisfy his or her own needs. It’s a God ordained Covenant designed to join a man and woman for life, so they can raise a family and pass on wholesome Godly values to the next generation. It is a Covenant involving God—A Covenant with obligations (Malachi 2:14-14). God created marriage; only He can define it. Same sex unions are acts of shame, dishonoring God’s instruction that only a man and a woman can marry and become one flesh (Matthew 19:5).

God rebukes our politicians and Judges for turning their backs on God’s law…”Hear the word of the Lord, You rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God you people of Gomorrah”—Isaiah 1:10. God is angry with our Nation—Increasingly our leaders embrace the sins of Sodom.

Steven LeBlanc

Pearl Harbor Generation...Sacrifice and Hard Work

About 120 veterans (marking the 70th anniversary) joined military leaders at the Hawaii naval base as a moment of silence was observed at the time Japan sprung its offensive. Some 2,400 Americans died in the Japanese attacks of 7 December 1941.

At 7:55 am (17:55 GMT), the moment Japanese bombers swooped on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, a ceremony was held by the wreck of the USS Arizona, one of 12 vessels sunk that day seven decades ago. Nearly half of those killed in the attack died almost instantly on the Arizona, when a bomb detonated the giant battleship’s munitions.

The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association said it would disband after this year’s landmark commemoration because so few veterans remained. Thousands of survivors were on hand for the 50th anniversary of the attacks in 1991.

Denouncing “a date which will live in infamy”, President Franklin Roosevelt went to Congress for a declaration of war, which was approved within hours. Three days later, Germany declared war on the US. America’s entry was to change the course of the conflict.

America was at the height of her power in the 40’s and 50’s. Since that time our Moral decay has been accelerating. The World War II generation was known as the generation of sacrifice and hard work. Today, America is known for its decadent culture and massive debt.

Our National sins are an open shame for the nations of the world to see. “Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people—Proverbs 14:34. God will not continue to bless our people.

Bunker Buster Bomb for Iran?

The US military’s newest and most powerful ground-penetrating bomb is not intended for Iran’s underground nuclear and weapons facilities, so says a Pentagon official—but Middle East watchers are not so sure.

“The system’s not aimed at any one country,” said Pentagon spokesman, Capt. John Kirby. “It’s to develop a capability we believe we need.” The new Massive Ordinance Penetrator, known as the MOP, is able to explode 200 feet underground and designed to destroy deeply buried and fortified targets such as the ones Iran is believed to have constructed to protect its nuclear research facilities.

“It gives us a far greater capability to reach and destroy an enemy’s weapons of mass destructions — weapons of mass destruction that are located in well-protected underground facilities, without getting into specifics, to a magnitude far greater than we have right now,” Kirby said at a Pentagon briefing.

The Air Force has contracted from Boeing for 20 of the bunker-buster bombs. It took the first delivery in September, according to Pentagon official. The bomb is said to be more than 20 feet long and 30 inches in diameter and weighs some 30,000 pounds (13,600 kilos).

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