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Sons of Korah - Psalm 77

As unholy ways and total control sweep over the world, rest assured that God's ways are holy and that He is in control.  


BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING ... AND SO IS GOD 

It's late, so late. Notice the surveillance cameras, popping up here, there, everywhere. All a part of the surveillance system being set up: RFID chips, GPS, social networks, cloud technology, drones. Dark powers in the air inspire an excess of crime and terror, leading to more control and surveillance. All for our protection, of course. Years ago George Orwell's 1984 played in cinemas worldwide. We were shocked and swore never to allow our personal data to be collected and stored in a super computer and – oops – too late! That old proverbial frog again. Remember? Toss the frog into boiling water and it'll hop back out faster than you can say "Ribbit!" Heat the water slowly and the frog won't notice it's being cooked alive till it's too late.

The extra storage space offered in that "cloud" is welcomed with open arms. And it's all free, free! Now you can gather and save data to your heart's content. Yippee! And always with the latest phone in your pocket or purse. What? You've had the same phone for nearly a year now? Unbelievable! Time to act quickly, they're already crowding the shops. Their fluttering  little cyberhearts longed for the next generation iPhone, as they trample each other and even pay money for a better place in line just to get their greedy hands on that piece of technology.

It's all moving so fast, the speed makes me dizzy. Latest smartphones, new operating systems, and that new laptop is nearly outdated by the time DHL delivers it! Stop – think – realize – things have been speeding up for some time now and changes are coming in quick succession. Changes in technology, political directions, crime, morals, godlessness. God is ready to wrap it up and bring it to a close, and so is His archenemy.

"For God will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness. The Lord will make a short work on Earth." (Romans 9:28).

The prince of the power of the air and god of this world, Satan (2 Cor. 4, Eph. 2), knows his time is short and is also speeding things along. Whose side are you on, as this age comes to an end? Either a child of God or a child of the devil, no middle ground. Oh, to be so popular! To be accepted, to get all those 'thumbs up'! Not really. Look around, the things you see are temporary and will pass away. Makes more sense to go for what's godly, spiritual, eternal, real. The only 'thumbs up' worth looking for are those of Heaven and the best words to hear will be from the Creator Himself:

"‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord." (Matthew 25:21).

Think there's safety in numbers? Think again! Matthew 7:13-14 tells us that "wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction", a path taken by the mass majority, and "the way that leads to life is narrow, and few there are who will find it".

Wake-up call, get those heads out of the sand! Total control is on the horizon, headed by the Leader and his world government. Modern day idol worship has set the stage for the coming one world leader. We worship rock stars, Hollywood stars and athletic stars in stadiums with religious fervor. Actually, we were created to worship God and enjoy His fellowship. It has been built into our DNA to worship and people do worship, anything and anyone but God. The problems begin when a person's idol let's them down, usually by dying, as was the case with Elvis, Michael Jackson, etc. The followers can easily slip into depression and even commit suicide. It will never happen if you worship and follow the One True God, for He is not going away. The Lord Jesus said:

"I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).

The coming world leader will be popular worldwide and worshipped by the masses (see Revelation 13:4-8). The Bible refers to him as the "Beast" and his agenda is described in Revelation, the last book of the Bible (Rev. 13:16-17):

"He causes all to receive his mark on their right hand or foreheads – that means everybody, from street cleaners to VIPs, the rich and famous as well as the poor, the free and the slaves. No one will be allowed to buy or sell without the mark ..."

They're experimenting these day in various countries with a government-funded basis income for a year and calling for a new model concept to do the same for all people, all the time. When it gets here, it'll make sense and be cheered by many. Only one catch, though, you need to take the Leader's identifying mark for it to work. It'll seem like a good deal. Food and living costs in exchange for a tiny little mark. What's the harm? What does the Bible say about it? Actually, there's an urgent warning:

"If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb" (Rev. 14:9-10).

Take the mark, you're pledging allegiance to the archenemy of God, thus making yourself an enemy of God. Not good. Whether in video games, movies or their own lifestyles, people are fascinated by the Dark Prince and his minions, the fallen angels. Go ahead if you want, might as well spend eternity with the ones you admire. God or Satan, one or the other, light or darkness, life or death – our choice. God warns, but won't twist your arm. Big Brother is watching, only caring for himself and wants to control us. God is watching, caring very much and wants a personal relationship with us.

In this day and age, only "the best" matters. It always has to be the best – best deal, best car, best life, the best money can buy, the best of everything – not second best. God has our very best interests in mind and His Word gives us the best advice that money can't buy, to bring us through the rough times ahead:

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father, God, is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. The world and its lust is passing away, but he who does the will of God will live forever." (1 John 2:15-17).

Take the mark to survive a bit longer before you die, or refuse the mark and live forever – your choice.

FD

The Gospel in 3 minutes


TIRED EXCUSES

Worn-out phrases, lame arguments and tired excuses – whenever the talk's about God. Heard them so often, those standard replies shared among unbelievers. Same old reasons for not believing, to name a few:

[1] "I really don't care much for religion." – Neither do I. Religion's cause a lot of sorrow and trouble down through history, it can kill. Millions of Christians and Jews were slaughtered during the Roman Catholic Inquisition of the Middle Ages. Canon 9 of the Roman Catholic Council of Trent has never been recanted and states:

"Anyone who claims to be justified by faith alone in Jesus Christ is a heretic and condemned to hell. You must also believe in the Holy Roman Catholic Church and perform all the sacraments." Religion kills today as well, clearly evident by the hideous acts of the Islam.

[2] "I'm not a religious person." – Good for you, neither am I. Lots of religion in the world, but Jesus wondered whether He would find faith when He returns" (Luke 18:8).

[3] "What's the name of your sect?" –  A common question spit out in distaste here in good old Bavaria, home to a whole lot of Catholicism. Anything not conform with the established church institution reeks of sect for them. Catholic country that it is, frequent excuses that find their way to my ears are:

[4] "I'm not Catholic." – Okay, and neither is God. Just can't find that word "Catholic" in the Bible, no matter how hard you look. Here's a funny excuse:

[5] "I'm Catholic, I already have my church." – Hey, am I roaming around peddling religion or a church organization? No, I'm not. The message of the Gospel has nothing to do with either one. No, no, I prefer not to belong to any of those social clubs, not Catholic nor any other church organisation that steers people away from the sound doctrine of the Bible.

An online news article reported on the marriage of two men of the so-called "B-Promi" sort (second-rate celebs). Couldn't resist adding my two cents to the hot debate on the forum and wrote that the Bible condemns homosexuality, both in the Old and New Testaments. A typical reply came promptly:

[6] "Then why are there so many gay priests in the Catholic Church?" – I fired back: What does the Catholic Church have to do with God and the Bible? Received a lot of "likes" for that one, strangely enough. The Catholic Church is full of funny men running around in even funnier gowns and cute little caps on their heads. The women are called nuns and dressed like pinguins. No such ridiculous characters are found in the Bible!

[7] "I just don't agree with what's going on in the Catholic Church." – Neither do I. It's a fact of history that the Roman Catholic Church was established at the Council of Nicea in the year 325 AD. Know what that means? It wasn't there when the Lord's real church was born on the Day of Pentecost and, as Peter had long been dead, he could never have been the first pope. Another fairy tale! In these times, the words Catholic and Christian are used as synonyms – it wasn't always that way. They mention "Christians" on the news and usually mean "Catholics". For this reason, I prefer to be called a believer and a follower of Jesus Christ. Nowadays, many denominations disgrace the word "Christian" with their way of living and doctrine.  

The Catholic, whether he or she knows it or not, follows that weird man in white called the pope, dead people call "saints" and the "Mother of God" called Mary, with a strange-looking baby in her arms. According to the Vatican, you must be dead to have even the slightest chance of being declared a saint. The Bible's formula for becoming a saint is to believe in Jesus Christ, repent and be forgiven of your sins and be born again of the Spirit of God. You will then be a member of the family of God and a saint, already in this life.   

[8] "He (pastor, priest or preacher) really knows his Bible." – Makes me want to scream: "And what about you?!" People put too much faith in other people, without doing their homework – a dangerous practice. They expect to spend eternity in God's kingdom while refusing to study His Word for themselves. When I listen to a sermon, I compare what's being preached with what the Bible says. This is a good way to avoid deception and falling for false doctrine. Sadly, most "church members" don't know the Bible, except for perhaps a few nifty little verses, and rely too much on their leaders to guide them.

People either don't believe that the Bible is the Word of God, or they simply aren't interested. They refuse to accept as truth the biblical stories about Sodom and Gomorrah as well as the Flood in the days of Noah, and yet they are repeating the exact lifestyles from back then and will bring swift destruction upon themselves.

My focus is on our Creator and what I speak (or write) centers around Him. What's your focus on? Matthew 12:34 says that "From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks". People talk from the overflow of their hearts, whether about the latest trends in fashion, new movies and their stars, politics, whatever. I've often been told that "there are other things in life" or that my way of thinking is "too narrow". Read these two parables spoken by Jesus to His listeners:

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid. For joy over it, he sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for beautiful pearls. Then, when he found one pearl of great price, he sold all that he had and bought it." (Matthew 13:44-46)

I found the treasure, I bought the pearl, that's all I need. Those "other things in life" are by comparison boring. Years ago, my fellow art students and I would stand in front of paintings in a gallery and ponder the question: "What is the artist trying to tell us in this picture?" or "What's the message here?" Oh, we were so intelligent and cultured, and proud of it! Nowadays I simply ask the question: "Who cares?" My main concern in life now is to understand God's message and everything He's trying to tell me. It's all that matters.

These are days of great interest in politics. I even get e-mails from people obsessed with politics. It seems to be their only hope in life. Meanwhile, my only hope is in the Lord and His Word, which will never pass away (Luke 21:33). Political landscapes change, lately not for the better, but the Lord will never change:

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever" (Hebrews 13:8).

You might think I pick on the Roman Catholic Church too much, but I don't do it enough. These are many of the excuses people tell me here in Bavaria, a stronghold of Catholicism, and these are my replies. You might have a collection of the best counter-arguments, but:

"Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar" (Romans 3:4).

So, what's your excuse? Oh, that's tired, very tired.

FD


Do this, do that, stay in, go out – as long as it's fun. If it's not fun, it's boring. The fun generation forever asks: Where's the party? Having fun? Another drink? Your place or mine? What's there to do? Hedonism is the belief that pleasure-seeking is the highest aim of life. Hedonists! In pursuit of fun and self-indulgence, shaping the cityscapes and mutating into the ungodly and decadent – hetero, gay, lesbian, transgender – the whole lot. Then came the Flood and swept them all away – end of party and fun, end of life – just as Noah had warned would happen.

And today? In 2 Timothy 3, the Bible says that in the last days people will be:

"lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power."

The beauty industry provides cosmetics and plastic surgery to modern day hedonists who strive for perfection, a "form of godliness". Point is, people are once again seeking pleasure rather than God, and so concerned about entertainment: "Let's have some fun this evening!" "What can we do this weekend?" The modern teenager is completey digitalized. He has access to a zillion songs on his smartphone and can play any number of "fun" games, yet he groans, "I'm bored. What's there to do?" We didn't have "digital fun" when I was growing up and life was full of fascination and adventure. Left to ourselves, I don't recall a dull moment. The only time it got boring was when our parents made us do something we didn't want, like sitting in a church service, longing for the sermon to end and the last hymn to be sung so we could get out to play; or like watching the boring vacation movies or slides of some relatives or friends of the family.

Thanks to modern technology, we can now enjoy a lot more boredom a lot quicker in the form of selfies. Smartphones are equipped with two cameras, front and back. One for the photographer of the selfie and one for his reflection in the mirror. The fun generation takes snapshots like there's no tomorrow. Precious living moments are wasted in taking pics for dead moments in a photo album. They are mesmerized by their handheld devices, walking in a trance with headsets. They roam an earthly society that will pass away some day. A heavenly society does in fact exist, and it will by no means pass away. It's the society headed by the King of kings, Jesus, who gives life to the walking dead who turn to Him. As long as you're still breathing, you can open up when He comes knocking:

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me" (Rev. 3:20).

Clearly a message that's largely ignored and rejected, as the pleasure-seekers are only interested in the short text message that beeps from their phones. Swollen egos crazy about money and having fun, they idolize everything from their dead gods to their live pet animals. Above all, they love themselves and prove it by taking a selfie at every opportunity. With fun in mind, no thoughts are lost on God. They abuse the name of God in outbursts of emotion, without giving a second thought to Him or to what they're saying.

Sound like a bunch of nonsense to you? Well then if you hurry, you can catch up with that group of pleasure-seekers heading for a night on the town. They'll be doing some serious bar-hopping, should be loads of fun. I like the British expression "pub crawling", a good description for later on in the evening. What begins with a hop will surely end in a crawl after drowning your dreams in drink. What fun! Enjoy the thrill of throwing up on a street corner and/or a throbbing headache in the morning. Keep those senses deadened, you might not notice at first when the world comes crashing down:

"The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the Earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?" (2 Peter 3:10-12).

On the other hand, join the family of God and enjoy verse 13:

"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells".

It's true that any one of us could pass away before this old Earth does. The young partygoers had a fun evening together – nobody likes to drink alone – then wobbled to the car with arms wrapped around each other, only to wrap the car around a tree on the way home. Never know when your time's up. A message to all you hedonistic pleasure-seekers planning tomorrow's fun:

"You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14).

FD                           


Words are not simply sounds caused by air passing through our larynx. Words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Heb. 11:3). Words do more than convey information. Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up (Prov. 12:6). Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21). Are the words we speak filled with hate or love, bitterness or blessing, complaining or compliments, lust or love, victory or defeat, envy or goodwill? We should choose our words wisely before speaking. In Matthew 12:36-37 we are told:

"But I say to you that for every idle word you speak, you will give account of it on the day of judgement. For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned."

Our words can get us in trouble and cause irreparable damage. Peace has departed from those who are contentious. There was once an inscription on a gravestone that read:

Beneath this stone so cold and gray, lies Arabella Young. 

Who, on the twenty-fourth of May, began to hold her tongue.

Arabella Young the Gossip was opinionated and caused untold harm to those around her. Unfortunately she failed to tame her tongue before she died. Bad for her, good for the survivors. There is peace and quiet in her home and neighborhood, now that she is six feet under. How terrible! I've said it before:

Some people cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.

 "We stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, that person is perfect and able to bridle the whole body. Indeed, we put bits in horses' mouths so that they obey us and we can turn their whole body. Look also at ships: Although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. See how a small fire kindles a great forest! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body and sets on fire the course of nature, and is set on fire by hell" (James 3: 2-6).

Jesus said:

"Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things" (Matthew 12:35).

It's all being recorded. There's no way I want certains words I've spoken in life to be repeated in Heaven on that Day. The "faith fix" can keep that from happening:

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

As long as you're still breathing among the living, a clean slate is yours for the asking. Our words can bless or curse. Some people even bless and praise the name of God on Sunday and then curse Him or a fellow human on a weekday. James 3 tells us that every kind of animal has been tamed, but the tongue has not. "The tongue is an unruly evil full of deadly poison. With it we bless God and with it we curse people, who have been made in the image of God. Blessing and cursing out of the same mouth ought not to be".

In prophesying about the many wars and conflicts of the end time (Matthew 24:6-7), Jesus was not only referring to trouble between countries, but also the fighting within individual countries among ethnic groups ("nation against nation"). Each group is proud of its own cultural background and, needless to say, the people see themselves as the predominant culture. From there it's ego versus ego and spells trouble in the form of demonstrations, riots, bloody clashes and the like. What begins with nasty words can lead to violence, and death. Even within our own ethnic group, contentious, painful words can lead to quarreling, loss of friendship, divorce, estranged family life, illness and even death.

The heart that has not been regenerated (born again) by the Spirit of God sparks the tongue and before you know it, the whole forest is burning.

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9).

A tongue can sometimes get loose. When it happens to me, I ask the Lord to forgive me and He does. A tongue that's out of control can be an indicator of an unregenerate heart, which in turn can bring on a whole lot of trouble elsewhere. Some people suffer from insomnia, depression and other problems that stem from the same source – that unregenerate heart. They swallow pills like candy to get rid of their problem and are hit by a double whammy – if the illness doesn't get you, the side effects will.

All those chemicals can put you on an emotional rollercoaster ride and – oops! – there goes that tongue again. Apparently the problems have still not been solved. The pharmaceutical industry certainly won't be going out of business any time soon! The good news: It is in fact possible to sleep well and enjoy life without pills. God's Spirit can give you peace and health, and bridle your tongue.

"Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones" (Prov. 16:24).

"A soft reply turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Prov. 15:1).

"Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles" (Prov. 21:23).

Sounds good. Amen.

FD                                                   


You ever notice how often a question is answered with "Just google it!" or "What does Google say?" Hey people, are we forgetting how to think for ourselves? One day I shared some of the knowledge acquired in my lifetime with my wife, only to have her tell me a couple of hours later, "I looked it up on Google, and you were right!" So, does everything have to be confirmed now by Google? Nowadays when a major question is plaguing you, nobody asks, "Have you prayed about it?" They ask instead, "have you googled it?"

Of course I am also a Googler, maybe in search for a good recipe or a tutorial on how to adjust my bicycle gears properly, but I prefer praying about more serious matters because God replies with one clear answer. In contrast, Google spits out all kinds of answers, many of which are in conflict with each other. I consult the Bible for spiritual matters, not Google. But mankind continues googling, playing and shuffling along toward the abyss. Some are meanwhile in "spitting distance" of the cliff to the bottomless pit while others are still at a safe enough distance away, although they would actually be able to see it coming, if only they'd open their eyes. Wake up, wake up.

Not good to die without having made peace with your Creator. Just do it! What's holding you back? Should I tell you to "just google it"? Well, okay. There are other websites with the same message, the same warning. So yes, if you choose to, then google to your heart's content! Beware, though, as there are links to those Earthlings who will tell you what you're already thinking about deep down inside, and so confirming the unbelief that's trying to surface in you. Better unplug, get off by yourself and listen for that still small voice gently pulling at your heart!

Hey, I'm nothing special. I was probably a lot worse in my former life than you will ever be. Still, this is not about which one of us has led a more decent life, otherwise my goose would be cooked. I mean, I was definitely not an angel. On the contrary! Without going into the kind of detail that would not glorify the Lord, I tried out everything I could, the whole shebang – drugs, sex & rock 'n' roll. The message I'm trying to convey to you is, if I can leave it all behind to find peace and happiness in God, so can you. It's no biggie, really. So what if your "friends" don't approve? Who cares? Besides, a really good friend just might show a little patience while you are "going through a difficult phase" in your life. And if not, big deal. You will certainly gain a true Friend forever named Jesus:

"… there is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother" (Proverbs 18:24).

How much longer will you put your trust in the visible and not the invisible? In the mortal rather than the immortal? In the physical rather than the spiritual? In Google's information & disinformation instead of God's wisdom and knowledge? How much longer, for example, will you believe that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old instead of 6000 years old as the Bible says? How much faith have you got? Evolutionists claim that the universe came into being "with a bang" around 14 billion years ago –   plus/minus 5 million. Just google it! Or better yet, get yourself a Bible(app) and check it out for yourself. As for me, it's much easier to believe in the Almighty God our Creator.

For all the information being googled or binged – millions of pieces of information – I can't see that humankind is getting any smarter. There are the same old habits and mistakes, and man has not learned from history. With the increase in fairy tales and fake news they swallow without batting an eye, I'd say people in some ways are getting dumber. In any case, all this info seems to puff up rather than build up. Whether archaeologists or geologists, they love spitting out their "millions of year" and feeling important. Can't watch a nature documentary without them bringing up the numbers.

What's really funny is that the experts often can't agree. Example: How old is the Grand Canyon? I did google the answer, but the differing numbers and theories made me dizzy – some scientists say "only" 6 million years, others 25 million years and still others put the age at around 70 million years. Well now, which is it? One expert took courage and even proclaimed that, according to his calculations, the Grand Canyon might be as old as 2 billion years! They even see dinosaurs roaming the Grand Canyon millions of years ago. Let's just throw in the Muppets while we're at it! In any case, the message is clear. These people obviously have rejected the idea of a Creator and consider the Bible to be a book of myths. Too bad for them. I reject their ridiculous stories! Applying Matthew 15:14 to their situation, it can be stated that:

"If the blind lead the blind, they will both [go over that cliff] and fall into the pit."

While your search machine can be helpful and informative, it is packed with plenty of myths and fake facts as well. Fact is, you can rely on the Bible, the inspired Word of God, to be the truth. How do I know? God said so, and He cannot lie:

"God is not a man, that He should lie, nor the son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19).

"Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised ..." (Titus 1:1-2).

You're wondering where to find a good Bible app? Well, just google it!

FD 


The young generation is in touch, totally informed, up-to-date, fully equipped for the digital experience – and yet so out of touch with reality. The older generation has all the info they want at their fingertips, while the young use their thumbs. You like short text messages, all you phone zombies? Stupid question, of course you do. I can only offer you this long text message, but at least in the jargon you understand. You're up at dawn to stand in line till opening hours to get your desperate hands on the latest iPhone, you're registered with all the major social platforms and ready to go.  

You may be outfitted with the latest, fully-featured smartphone, well-prepared for the digital world. In the real world, however, you're running on an old operating system that's susceptible to viruses and all kinds of trouble. Your provider, Dark Prince, has made more promises than he keeps.

His antivirus software has failed to protect you from serious illness and his firewall is full of holes. What you need is the new Provider, Master, who gives you an upgrade to an entirely new operating system. Master will provide the best support, together with your cooperation and active participation. This means you'll have to run regular system scans (prayer) and keep your system updated (read the Bible). Old habits will have to go, no doubt. Your system is continually renewed as you experience a high level of strength and satisfaction, and will no longer feel a need for the old stuff and those dark websites.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed; behold, all things have become new" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Dark Prince will sometimes send spam that may look enticing. Don't open it, it will infect your system. If you should ever fall into one of his many traps, don't worry because your Provider the Master is patient, loving and ready to forgive. Just run a system scan and an update, which will download the latest drivers (motivators). You can rely on Master to renew your system completely.

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:8-9).

Your data is safe and sound in His heavenly database. Just imagine! Once you upgrade to the Master Provider, your database is also updated. All that nasty data of former times that bogged down your old system is completely deleted. The upgrade gives you a clean slate.

Enough people still read the newspaper every morning over a cup of coffee, but meanwhile a whole lot of people stare into their phone screens all day long to stay totally informed. Amazing how much information is at our fingertips – or thumbs. It should be noted here that the word "information" is nowhere in the Bible. Look for it, you won't find it. The only thing you will find is the knowledge of God, His wisdom and word. Most people reject the word of God and dismiss it as false information. They say that information is power, which could be true in our physical realm. The knowledge and wisdom of God applies to the spiritual realm.

As you know, the physical ends in death, but the spiritual continues in life. In these times there is a great hunger for information but not much use for knowledge and truth. Nowadays, unpopular facts can simply be replaced by "alternative facts", no problem. Private details of our lives are shared without blinking an eye, as long as a service is free of charge. After all, those major corporations have good data privacy policies, right? Dark Prince deceives whenever and wherever he can. If they told my generation that our data is being stored in a central computer, which is indeed the case, we would have flashbacks of Big Brother and the movie 1984 by George Orwell. Instead, it seems like your data is in good hands with the latest cloud technology. Sounds so professional, almost comforting.

Your personal data is collected day in, day out and all you can say is, "So what? I've got nothing to hide." One of these days soon you will wish you could hide, as your life is an open book, but it'll be too late. While the "dark powers in high places" are getting well-prepared for the total control soon to come, the mere mortals are not.

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers and the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).

People are too preoccupied online, too busy being busybodies in cyberspace to notice what's going on. The cemeteries are filling up with people who thought the world couldn't manage without them. Information technology made them feel important. Then there are the computers. They can help us solve problems we wouldn't have without them. Thanks to computers, we can now communicate with our fridge and other appliances. A man once said that it's hard to compete with the modern dishwasher, because it not only does the dishes but also listens to his wife. Seriously, though, husband and wife should listen to each other, like you did when you first met. Just might learn a thing or two.

Information technology is doing away with the human touch. Many people are leaving human warmth behind and mutating into the cold machines they so much admire. Jesus spoke about these days:

"Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold" (Matthew 24:12).

Those are the plans of your present provider, Dark Prince, deceiver and liar. Where is all of this leading to? God, in His love and patience, has not yet put a stop to it, but mankind is working overtime to self-destruct and bring it to an end.

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is very patient toward us. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance" (2 Peter 3:9).

Master is patient, Dark Prince is pushy. World War 3, as described in Revelation, will kill one-third of the world's population. The mentally unstable are running the show. Information technology enables the Big Boys to play with dangerous toys. Better upgrade today! Master is loving and patient, and waiting.

FD                       


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