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Is There Hope for a Chaotic World? by Clinton Bezan

We live in perilous times. The middle east is a hotbed of divergent nations bent upon a collision course in the near future, with Israel at center stage.  Europe is rioting, Russia, China and the U.S.A. are posturing for military supremacy, and the entire world is on edge. The middle class is shrinking, as the most-wealthy get richer and the average citizen becomes squeezed between rising costs and stagnant income. The poor are getting poorer.  The balance of power seems to be in the hands of a precious few as the top 1% now hold over 50% of the world’s wealth. As uncertainty and perplexity increase, the stage is being set for globalization to succeed in establishing a one world government. Anyone with the magic formula for world peace will emerge as an instant hero and hold the very life of the planet in their hands.  

Woan raising hands to the sky
photo by Daniel Reche on Pixabay

World societal values have become flashpoints of dissent as subjective morality and opposing worldviews vie for validation on social media, in the news and in the streets. The climate change debacle threatens to upset world economies as national perspectives vary, and science has demonstrated its partisan bias to the sources of its funding.

With the population of the planet projected to be 8.6 billion by 2030 and 9.8 billion by the year 2050, our food supply is of critical importance and our production capabilities are about to be pushed to the extreme while our innovation in agriculture will face its biggest challenge in history. There are more people alive at this moment than have lived in the history of the world up until the last 100 years in all the previous centuries put together.

Where do the solutions lie? The debate over the fate of humanity is growing louder and louder and underlying the rhetoric, the insidious thirst for power and wealth undermines the desire for a sustainable earth and humanity’s well-being.  While the principalities and powers that gain from their financial investment in leading the world to believe their short-sighted narrative, most of civilization has been living a great big lie. Scientists have told us that all life has evolved from primordial bacteria, margarine is better for our bodies than butter and the world’s climate is changing at a pace that is about to end in catastrophe. Post modernism has left our society dazed and confused over gender, homosexuality, morality and purpose.

Many people dismiss the Bible as mythical and fictional based upon what they consider to be a lack of evidence for its authenticity or historicity, however when it is held to the same standard as other ancient documents of similar age, it can easily be considered authentic. There are thousands upon thousands of manuscripts with only minor variations in spelling and grammar that testify to the accuracy of the hand copied specimens of the 66 books of the Bible. Yet the Bible is continually challenged and criticized because unlike other literary compilations, it demands a response from the reader and lays claim to absolute truth.

Christians are often ridiculed for believing that Christ will come again soon. Scripture says we should not be surprised by this and in fact it is a sign that Christ’s return is imminent. “Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgement and destruction of the ungodly.” 2 Peter 3:3-7.

It is no wonder that people are perplexed and fear for the future. From a secular perspective, things look rather bleak. The Bible talks about our time in history as the “last days” and describes our world today. “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.” Luke 21:25-26.  Humanity is about to experience events that will traumatize everything that lives and imperil even the very earth and the universe we call home.

The Bible is the word of God and it foretells of the troublesome times upon the world today. So, fear not, take refuge in the Lord! “God is our refuge and strength, an ever – present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” Psalm 46:1-3. 

The moral dilemma we face today requires that we draw a line in the sand, in the face of confusion and political correctness. Philosophical secularism and subjective moral reasoning only serve to pacify minds that are in denial that the universe is finite, and we are all guilty of sinning against God. The Bible says “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths”, 2 Timothy 4:3-4. Our only hope, in a world on the brink of disaster, is through the life altering love of Christ. Our actions will never change unless our hearts are changed.  

In my soon to be released book entitled “Truth Cries Out” I tackle many existential questions and take a deep dive into the eloquence and hidden truths in the Bible. If you are not positively sure of your eternal destiny, or if you are uncertain about world events and what they mean, I urge you to purchase a copy. In a rational and thought provoking narrative, I will take you on a journey into the very heart of our existence. Be prepared to be challenged. “Truth Cries Out” will be distributed worldwide in the coming weeks by WestBow Press wherever fine books are sold. If you prefer a digital presentation it will also be available as an ebook. Simply connect with https://www.westbowpress.com/bookstore for your copy.

My prayer is that you will be blessed and that your worries will be put to rest.  As Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7.  Through faith in Christ and by walking in obedience to God, we can have hopes for tomorrow that are beyond our capacity to imagine! May God bless you with a courageous heart in a hostile world.  

~ Clinton Bezan

Why read a book? by Andrew Ratcliffe

Why Read a Book?

“Why Read a Book” by Andrew Ratcliffe

What was the reason that you last picked a book up from your bookshelf? Was it to dust it? Was it to replace it with an ornament? Or did you open it and read it?

We don’t see so many young people reading books these days. If it comes to that we don’t see so many adults reading books these days either. Too often they are keeping their mind occupied with the virtual world on their phone or an i-pad.

Whytoread.com has revealed that there are 10 main reasons why it is good to read. It will change your life. I have shown nine of those reasons below.

  • Reading enables you to learn new words and expressions. It gives you the tools necessary to help you to explain yourself to others. 
  • Reading will improve your focus and help you to concentrate. You can become so focused on your reading that you will be barely aware of the room in which you are sitting. Does that sound familiar?…

Read more of Andrew’s reasons for reading a book on his blog at https://ratcliffescreativeworld.com/2019/02/05/why-read-a-book/

Happy Reading!

Lynne

Painting and Haiku by Janis Cox

Janis Cox creates beautiful watercolour paintings and is an avid poet. Here she writes in the form of Haiku with stunning art to compliment the poetry.

“I love writing Haiku because my thoughts are short but go right to the heart of the matter.

My paintings are becoming looser as I let God help me relax and let the paint flow.

I have heard many people say they can’t paint but I love this quote:

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent Willem van Gogh

Hunger

Its flight path straight
The hummingbird heads with speed
Sweet nectar awaits ~ Janis Cox

Continue reading to see more of Janis’ paintings and read her other Haiku. https://www.janiscox.com/finding-fun-in-painting-and-haiku/

Happy Reading everyone!

Called To Be Creative by Jan Cox

Do you know you’re called to be creative? Yes, God has invited you to follow in His footsteps, to create something for Him and to share it with others! Called to be Creative by Jan Cox tells us how.

Jan Cox blogs about being creatively called in her blog Did You Know You Were Called to be Creative?

Scripture verse Genesis 1:27
photo by YouVersion

Called to be Creative

I hear many people say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.”

I hope this scripture will speak to you:

‘”If you are made in the image of God you are creative.

We have been created by a Creative God to use our creativity for His glory.‘”

Creativity doesn’t mean visual art alone… read more

You can find Jan’s books in our Christian Authors Bookstore.

Til next time, God Bless.

Andrew Ratcliffe ~ author

Why Read a Book?

Why read a book? On his blog, author Andrew Ratcliffe gives us reasons why reading a book is such a good idea. Here are just a few:

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Reasons to Read a Book

  • … “Reading will improve your focus and help you to concentrate. You can become so focused on your reading that you will be barely aware of the room in which you are sitting. Does that sound familiar?
  • People who read will be more likely to visit museums and concerts than people who don’t read. Readers are more likely than non-readers become volunteers with charitable bodies,and will be better informed about the world in which they live.
  • Reading will improve your imagination.  The reading of stories will enable you to visualise the background in which the characters are set. The writer will be describing the environment as they see it but your imagination will add further details to the picture in your mind.” … Read more of Andrew’s blog here…

You can follow Andrew on his website at Ratcliffe’s Creative World

And you can find Andrew’s book, ‘Hari & Rudi In The Land Of Fruit’ in our Bookstore.

Happy Reading Everyone!

~Lynne