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Friday This and That

It's been a long week, for me and I'm sure many others. I'm looking forward to this weekend and also next weekend: we have a four day Fall break. I've already completed my domestic tasks tonight so tomorrow I have more free time. I'll make apple crisp and some veggie soup. Maybe some homemade bread.

Focusing on the timeless domestic satisfying tasks helps me stay relaxed as the news gets darker and  more potent. I also love to listen to good, strong sermons.

I heard a very good sermon tonight from Don Green at Grace Community Church (John MacArthur's church.) It is on "Marriage and Singleness". He began his sermon with a definition of marriage: "A God ordained institution in which a man and a woman covenant with one another to live as husband and wife in an exclusive monogamous relationship for the remainder of their earthly lives together."

I was listening to another sermon, and I'm sorry I don't remember this one's origins, but I heard the following and immediately wrote it down: "We've gone from Norman Rockwell's America to Hugh Hefner's America." Boy, ain't that the truth.

That reminds me of the verse from Luke 17:29-30, 'As it was in the days of Lot, even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed'...

America in decline is all the rage this week. An article in the UK's Financial Times stated, "America must manage its decline".

A movie is making the rounds, "Agenda: Grinding America Down". "When Idaho legislator Curtis Bowers wrote a “Letter to the Editor” about the drastic changes in America’s culture, it became the feature story on the evening news, people protested at the capitol, and for weeks the local newspapers were filled with responses. He realized then that he’d hit on something. Ask almost anyone and you will hear, “Communism is dead! The Berlin wall came down.” But although the word “communism” has fallen out of favor, Marxism continues to have a powerful influence upon our nation, as this new film quickly reveals. Join Bowers for a fascinating look at the people and groups that have successfully targeted America’s morality and freedom in their effort to grind America down."

Watching the interesting 6-minute trailer for the film, I was reminded of Naomi Wolf's assertion in 2007 that we are all on the way to Fascism, in her treatise "Fascist America, in 10 easy steps." I wrote about it at the time, and was roundly criticized. Now we can see that the ten steps are fulfilled.

Dimitry Orlov, author of Reinventing Collapse, has been saying the same for lots longer. His perennial favorite article, written in Dec. 2006: "Closing the 'Collapse Gap': the USSR was better prepared for collapse than the US." He said it again on October 9, here. Dmitry Orlov (born 1962) is an engineer and a writer on subjects related to "potential economic, ecological and political decline and collapse in the United States," something he has called “permanent crisis”. Orlov believes collapse will be the result of huge military budgets, government deficits, an unresponsive political system and declining oil production. (source). His perspective is interesting because he is from the old Soviet Union, and writes extensively on how the Soviets were so much better prepared to handle a collapse than the Americans, and why.

A strong quake at Kermedec Islands struck today, 7.4. Another strong quake struck at Japan today, a 6.1. (USGS). Erki Klemetti at Eruptions blog noted a quake swarm at Mauna Kea in Hawaii.

The nations listed in prophecy are alive in the headlines. Libya's Gaddafi was killed this week and Russia is claiming that the kill breached International Law. Both nations are Gog Magog coalition partners.

Syria is claiming that any Mid East war will begin at Tel Aviv, which, according to Psalm 83 and Isaiah 17, may well happen in that way. Most scholars believe that Psalm 83 is a parked intercessory prayer for a war that has not happened yet. Isaiah 17 prophesies the overnight destruction of Damascus, Syria, and both of these likely precede the Ezekiel Gog Magog war. Psalm 83 includes Syria, Gog Magog includes Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Libya and others.

Speaking of Iran, it seems they have enough bomb making materials to make 4 nukes. They are so close that they are moving their nuke stuff to bunkers to better protect it. If they get their stuff into bunkers, a strike by US or Israel will be all the more difficult.

He is the Light! No matter the news, "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" (Psalms 27:1) Salvation is eternal, and it is secure.

I love to think of the Lord as the Light. He is so bright, so light, and His glory is bright forever. "For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." (Psalms 36:9). I believe we shall see that Light soon.



  1. That's right, God is in control ultimately. And it will all work together for good for those who are in Christ Jesus.
    I saw something that caught my eye in the news and I am not familiar with the agency but they claim that the US going to or has worked out a deal with Bernie Madoff to turn the economy around.?,26390/
    So the Federal Government is going to move control of the financial future of the the US from the hands of suspected criminals to the hands of known criminals. Even a little child can see where this is going.

  2. Hi Jeff,

    If you're not aware of the agency that posted the article, then I'll let you know that it is a satirical news organization. It's spoof. They've been around since 1988. A similar news spoof agency is the broadcast show "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart. It premiered in 1996. They both do an excellent job at what they do, which is satire. The Daily Show has become so entrenched in American culture and so influential that in the last several Presidential campaigns, several candidates have actually announced their candidacy on the show which has lent the program a credibility that mixes with regular news like CBS or NBC nightly news programs. There have been news articles complaining that the Daily Show is not a REAL news show, it's comedy and therefore its news should not be taken literally. The Onion is the same. Very entrenched because of its success. And their success is due to the insightful way their writers understand American politics and culture and can puncture is just slightly off center without going toward the ridiculous. Something you understood about the Madoff article.

  3. Well they got me! I guess we can call it news for dummies. :) Sounded about right with everything else I have seen.

  4. LOL! That's why they have lasted so long, they sound so close to the real thing, even better than the real thing, sometimes. Here is one of their headlines from last week, so close to the truth, yet so funny, particularly given the home conditions Bin Laden was living in on the day he was shot: "'I'm Still In Charge Of Libya,' Mumbles Qaddafi From Inside Compound's Air Vent"

  5. The quote about Heffner's America came from the Agenda movie trailer. I wish we were closer so I could get the full 90 minute movie to you. It's well worth the time and effort to watch it, and yes, it's true, America has become a socialist nation and according to the movie, Communism is not very far behind socialism.



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