ELECTIONS?

Good morning, blog readers, from cloudy Wisconsin where, on my morning walk, I heard 3 crickets and saw 2 deer and a raccoon! Today, in the Jerusalem Post, I saw this headline: “Miri Regev: ‘Not people but God will decide next Israeli PM.'” The article began, “This was after the interviewer said that Liberman would be the deciding factor as to whom the next prime minister would be. Minister of Culture and Sports, Miri Regev, said in an interview on 103 FM, on Friday, that ‘not the people, but the holy one blessed be he (God) will decide the next prime minister.'” And, she is right based on Scriptures like Daniel 2:20, 21 where he writes, “Let the name of God be blessed forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him. It is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men and knowledge to men of understanding.” In other words, God determines the outcome of all elections. King Solomon, the wisest man on earth at his time knew this and wrote: “The lot is cast into the lap, but every decision is from the Lord.” In other words, we vote (and we should) and God determines the outcome. And, we should accept His decision whether we like it or not. Thank you, Miri, for taking a stand for God. Blessings, Doug

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COINCIDENCE or PROPHECY?

Good morning, block readers, from cloudy Wisconsin where, on my morning walk, I saw 3 deer, 2 crows, 2 cardinals and heard 2 crickets! Here are two of the headlines I read this morning: #1. “NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) announces that this July was the warmest on record since 1880 when records were first kept.” Coincidence or Prophesy? #2. “Iran Fury: Russia backs Iran as it warns ‘enemies must leave or face humiliating exit.'” Coincidence or Prophecy? Now, from a human perspective, you will hear things like “global warming” as the cause of news item #1. From a Biblical perspective, you will read, in Revelation 7:16, of a future time, when the Lord will bring “scorching heat upon the earth.” And, for news item #2, from a human perspective, you might also say that Russia joining forces with Iran is a coincidence when, in fact, for years, they were enemies. But, from a biblical perspective, we read in Ezekiel 38:1-5, of Gog, the leader of Magog (Russia) joining forces with Persia (Iran) and other countries, at a future time, to attack Israel. You can believe what you want about these things and maybe shrug them off as nothing. I like to think they are something. And, if I am right, stay tuned and believe in Jesus as your Savior to have hope in the troubling times that, I believe, are coming. Blessings, Doug

THE DOG DAYS!

Good morning, blog readers, from cloudy Wisconsin where, on my morning walk, I saw 1 dog (thus the title)! Yesterday, I finished writing my second book, “I Trust You Know,” which is a follow-up to my first book, “When Thorns Remain,” an autobiography of my physical and spiritual struggles over a period of 30+ years and how God’s grace has brought me through them. I Trust You Know is a collection of my prayers over a nine month period as the struggles continue. It is at the publisher and, Lord willing, tomorrow, I will have information on where it is available for purchase. Meanwhile, as North Korean President, Kim Jong Un continues to launch missiles into the sea, there was a “minor” (3.5) earthquake today near Old Faithful in Wyoming. We certainbly live in interesting, and, in my opinion, prophetic times. And, if we are getting closer to the Lord’s return, please excuse my English, “We ain’t seen nothing yet!” So, stay tuned and keep your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2)! Blessings, Doug

OH, DEER!

Good morning, blog readers, from sunny Wisconsin where, on my morning walk, I saw 4 deer, 4 sparrows, 2 seagulls, 1 crow, a neighbor, a friend who was out for a run and a police officer who was on patrol! I had an interesting experience as I was walking this morning. I was on the sidewalk of Highway 60, when I saw a deer on the other side of the road waiting to cross. Now, when I see a deer, I usually talk to them. And, they either stare or run or both. So, I stopped my walk and told this deer (a doe) when it was safe to cross the road, saying, “Now!” She starred at me and didn’t move. Then, at the next opening, I said to her, “Now!” She then began to run sideways. And, as the cars approached, I said to her, “No!” She then stopped. At the next opening, I said, “Now!” And, she ran across the road safely into the bushes! Now, some of you might think I’m a “deer whisperer” or a “kook,” but I like to think of myself as a follower of Christ who cares for God’s creation, both humans and creatures. Now, lots of people, even Christians, believe there will be animals in heaven. Personally I don’t, although we’re seen riding “white horses” with Jesus when He returns to the earth to reign as King (Revelation 19:11-16). And though God cares about all His creation, He especially cares for humans, the best of His creation, for whom Christ died to save us from our sins and give us eternal life (John 3:16). Please know God loves you and wants you to share eternity with Him and all the believers in Jesus. Prayers and blessing for you, Doug

SHAKY GROUND!

Good morning, blog readers, from rainy Wisconsin where, on my morning walk, I saw 3 crows, 1 robin, a neighbor and a police officer! Overnight, there were 25 (2.5-4.6) earthquakes in the United States (13 in Alaska, 6 in California, 3 in Oklahoma, 1 in Hawaii, Texas and Idaho). What that means, I don’t know, but it reminded me of something Jesus said in Matthew 7:24-27: “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Jesus is the Rock (I Corinthians 10:4) Who holds my life together while the world and my world is falling apart! May He be yours as well today and always. Blessings, Doug

MIGHTY WAVES!

Good morning, blog readers, from partly sunny/cloudy Wisconsin where, on my morning walk, I saw 6 deer! This headline from yesterday’s Jerusalem Post caught my eye: “Mighty Waves brings Israeli Navy to another level of earthquake preparedness.” In the article, writer Anna Ahronheim describes the exercise as a “large-scale drill which focused on the after-effects of a significant 7.5 earthquake which leaves thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless.” Sounds to me a lot like Revelation 11:13 when the Lord’s two witnesses in Jerusalem are killed by the antichrist and then raised from the dead to heaven, when John writes: “And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city (Jerusalem) fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.” Interesting and exciting! Stay tuned and keep your eyes on Jesus! Blessings, Doug

VOLCANO, HAWAII!

Good morning, blog readers, from cloudy and humid Wisconsin where, on my morning walk, I saw 5 deer, 3 robins, 2 cardinals, 2 doves and 2 foxes! This morning, as usual, I checked the USGS “Earthquake List” and saw 3 small earthquakes near Volcano, Hawaii, a place I had never heard of before today. So, I looked it up on Wikipedia and found: “Volcano is located on the east side of the island of Hawaii on the border of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and near the northest rim of Kilauea’s summit caldera which, according to Webster’s “New World College Dictionary, is: “A broad craterlike basin of a volcano, formed by an explosion or by collapse of the cone).” This got my attention because, when Kilauea erupted last year (2018), it produced most of the 18,589 earthquakes (2.5+) I had recorded for Hawaii for the year. The average number of earthquakes (2.5+) I had recorded for Hawaii for the previous 12 years was 231/year. So, keep an eye on that one and, more importantly, “fix your eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith Who, for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2)!” Blessings, Doug