All Life Matters–or None Does

All life matters. But in 1973, the United States Supreme Court committed an egregious error when it decided that the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness does not apply to a certain group of human beings. The Court decreed that the lives of children in the womb do not matter. If the tiniest and most innocent lives among us do not warrant protection, why should any other?

Since then, over 60 million children have been murdered, all with government sanction, and the killers have enjoyed financial incentives through receiving tax dollars. The ill effects of this national sin have bled over into every area of society, leaving us fearful in a dark and dangerous culture of death where some groups think they have the power to decide who lives and who dies. Who would have thought it would come to this?

But we are reaping in tears what has been sown in lust and pride: the shedding of innocent blood. May God Almighty forgive us and deliver us from evil. In Jesus’ name.

Janice Powell 2016

America, the Time is NOW

America,
The time for humility is here. The time to admit you have made a grievous error–many grievous errors–is here. The time to repent is here. The time to fall on your face before God Almighty is here. The time to pray like you’ve never prayed before is here. Hurry, America. Hurry, Americans. Hurry, believers! Hurry, unbelievers! We are at a crossroads of utmost importance where judgment awaits down one path and mercy down the other. Repent. Choose wisely. And pray to our merciful and just God that it’s not too late.

“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?” Romans 2:4

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 NAS

Janice Powell 2016

I’m a “Judgmental, Hateful Bigot”

If I tell you that your behavior is wrong, you accuse me of being a judgmental, hateful bigot.

If I tell you I feel sorrow and pity for your blindness, you accuse me of being a judgmental, hateful bigot.

If I tell you I am praying for you to find the truth, you accuse me of being a judgmental, hateful bigot.

If I offer my advice to you on how to make your life better by following God, you accuse me of being a judgmental, hateful bigot.

If I tell you I love you but not your sin, you accuse me of being a judgmental, hateful bigot.

If I disagree with you on any moral issue, you accuse me of being a judgmental, hateful bigot.

If I so much as dare to imply that there is a standard by which we are to live, you accuse me of being a judgmental, hateful bigot.

So, unless I agree with you on every point and approve of every one of your actions and decisions, you accuse me of being a judgmental, hateful bigot.

Therefore, if the description “judgmental, hateful bigot’ is based simply on disagreement, and you declare that I am a judgmental, hateful bigot because we disagree, what does that make you?

Janice Powell 2016

But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.
1 Corinthians 2:14 NAS

Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
Psalm 119:105 NAS

 

 

If Evil Triumphs, We All Lose

Two great evils have campaigned to win a nomination. Each of these evils points its condemning finger at its evil opponent, as if one evil has the moral high ground over the other evil. One evil seeking to triumph over another, like a turf war between two equally frightening and dangerous gangs bent on destroying each other and gaining control.

Evil competing with evil. Not for good, not for freedom’s sake, but for evil.

If America refuses to wake up, if principled conservatives and liberty-minded citizens don’t stand up and oppose these evils, one of them will become President of the United States. One of these evils, either the criminal with a D by her name, or the sociopath with an R by his name, will become the most powerful person in the world.

Evil will rule.

However, it will not be because I chose it. I will not cast my vote for one evil to prevent the other evil from winning, nor will I justify choosing one evil as if it is a better evil than the other. And if evil reigns, those who did choose it will wish for nothing else but to undo that choice.

But then it will be too late, for where evil is sown, it is also reaped. America will pay a great price. Our children will suffer. The world will suffer. And freedom will die.

Unless we rise up. Unless we plead with God to forgive us, to empower us, and to grant us mercy in the form of a reprieve from evil leaders. We do not deserve His mercy, but oh, how we need it. The Lord Jesus Christ is truly our only hope.

Almighty God, help us to stand against evil in all its forms. Give us courage and boldness and power to rescue and reignite what we have not treasured enough to protect. Help us take back what the enemy has stolen. And help us to once again be one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. In Jesus’ name.

Janice Powell 2016

 

Deception, Discernment, and Division

Deception has a dastardly way of developing division. The deceived deceive and those who are deceived by the deceit decide the discerning are deluded and react defensively. Meanwhile, the discerning, deducing that the deceived are disappointingly discombobulated, deliver deft defense of the data and details, causing the duped to detonate and disgorge defective defense of their deceiving and detestable deductions. Hence, the divide between the deceived and the discerning is distended. But the discerning don’t delve into despondency since they delight in direct discussion and deliver dependable dialogue to dissuade the disillusioned from deception. The discerning also depend on divine assistance directly from God to defeat deception and darkness. And He delivers.

Don’t be deceived. Be discerning.

Janice Powell 2016

The Hare, the Bullfrog, and the Long Race

Once upon a time, a bullfrog and a hare found themselves in a race. The bullfrog’s reasons for joining the race were rather nebulous, but it appeared to be mainly because he thought he could win. You see, the bullfrog was very popular down at the pond (although the flies and various small bugs were a bit nervous around him, so they tried to stay away from his deadly tongue). And there was that story about a hare that once lost to a tortoise, of all things. So the bullfrog jumped into the race.

The hare, on the other hand, chose to run because he was a hare and a hare should easily beat a bullfrog, and he had grown up determined to do exactly that! He just needed to play by the rules (he knew them well) and stay focused on the finish line.

The course was long and treacherous, 1,237 miles to be exact, and was fraught with twists and turns, bumps and potholes, hills and valleys. Added to that, some of the spectators were obnoxiously loud and rude as they cheered on the bullfrog. But the bullfrog appeared to enjoy the attention as he swelled up and croaked lustily, then proudly darted down the track.

The other spectators, who could hardly be heard over those of the bullfrog, cheered enthusiastically for the hare as he hopped along, and he knew he simply could not let them down.

Unexpectedly, when the bullfrog reached the 319 mile marker, the crowd went wild. They exclaimed how the bullfrog was winning, how he was the “frontrunner”—something they had called him before the race even began—and now how the race was already in the bag for him. The hare, as he raced along the track, could hear the accolades blaring back to him on the wind, and he was confused and just a mite frustrated. He could see the bullfrog in the very near distance, his chest puffed out, lounging by the 319 marker and croaking noisily. Why did the bullfrog’s supporters think he had won when the race was far from over?

Just then the hare arrived at the 226 mile marker amidst applause and praise from his fans. A few surprised bullfrog fans nearby begrudgingly acknowledged the hare’s progress, but then they quickly scurried back to the bullfrog to continue their praise of his victory.

The hare simply shook his head, took a deep breath, and vowed to finish the race. For he knew that this early in the race, before they had even reached the halfway point, and when there were only 93 miles separating them with around 1,000 to go, there was simply no way to determine the winner. The hare and his fans also knew that so much can happen in 1,000 miles.

So no matter what the predictions were, and no matter how much the bullfrog or his fans exclaimed, and no matter how rude or obnoxious the bullfrog and his spectators became, the hare would finish the race in victory. He would reach the finish line before the bullfrog at the 1,237 mile marker and he would win. Let the loudmouthed bullfrogs and his crowd croak and crow, but a win is a win. Even for a hare in a bullfrog world.

Moral: It’s not over until it’s over.

Janice Powell 2016

 

Elections and deceptions in the land of rainbows and unicorns…and strip clubs

This election cycle has caused or exposed much confusion and deception regarding Scriptural truth. Strip club owner Donald Trump has deceived many with his blustering, proud, I’m-a-Christian-but-I-don’t-need-forgiveness “theology.” But don’t get me started on him because in this post I specifically address concerns about the nice, mild-mannered Dr. Ben Carson. Let it be known that I am not judging the condition of his heart. I am discerning his views based upon his own words.

At various times I have commented on several Facebook pages, posting a link to my Blessed is the Nation page on which I responded to a post by Dr. Carson last Easter. My purpose in sharing this information is to educate Christian voters about Dr. Carson’s theology as described in his Easter post. I insert the text here in case the link becomes inaccessible.

Dr. Ben Carson

As Easter approaches, let us remember the role that Jesus Christ and God play in our lives. Let us also remember that Jews, Christians and Muslims all believe in God, and while there are ideological differences in who Jesus was, we should find peace in the fact that we are all God’s children. Jesus is my role model, and he preached love, he preached acceptance. He also was a man of values and principles, and he ended up being crucified for it. But, he rose again to advocate godly principles of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighbors, developing our God-given talents to the utmost so that we become valuable to the people around us, and maintaining high ideals that govern our lives. We must make certain that people of all types of faith are respected by one another. Let us remember that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution is one of the basic pillars of our system of governance and a founding principle of our nation, as it protects religious freedom. It is critical that we allow Americans to practice their religious ways, while also ensuring that no one’s beliefs infringe upon those of others.

Throughout the globe we must serve as champions of freedom of religion. As people across the world are persecuted by religious fanatics who perform hateful acts of ignorance, we Americans have a duty to denounce these acts of persecution. By standing up to such intolerance, we are defending the root of our freedom. I enjoy the following quote from the second Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”
April 4, 2015 at 9:00am · Public

Here is how I responded that day:

I have had a bad feeling about this man but couldn’t pinpoint it except to say he seems too “compromisey.” This post clinches it. He is WRONG. Allah and God Most High are not the same and we are not all God’s children! What he says here is wrong on so many levels.

“But, he rose again to advocate godly principles of loving our fellow man, caring about our neighbors, developing our God-given talents to the utmost so that we become valuable to the people around us, and maintaining high ideals that govern our lives.” WHAT?? What about conquering death and purchasing our salvation and eternal life? Dr. Carson is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

(TO SHARE THIS POST WITH MY COMMENTS HERE, YOU WILL NEED TO COPY AND PASTE MINE WITH IT. THANK YOU.)

Today a reader posted this accusatory comment on my page:

This is ridiculous! If you had followed Dr. Carson you would know that he is a born again Christian. Based on what he’s said for *years* I believe he meant that we are all God’s CREATION. And FYI, yes we do serve the same God as the Jews!! Dr. Carson is so far from a wolf in sheep’s clothing it’s absurd. YOU are far more of a wolf in sheep’s clothing than he is! You are causing division among the body of Christ. The Bible says to warn a divisive man once, then twice, then if he does not listen have nothing to do with him. You are the divisive man!

I’ve been called many things, just never a man. But I digress. Here is my response to “Michelle” and others who would agree with her:

How is it reasonable or even possible to go by what someone meant to say rather than what they actually said? Also, I said Allah, the Muslim god, is not the same God that Christians and Jews follow. I never mentioned the Jewish God in my above post, but I will here. Yes, Christians and Jews worship the one true God, although non-Messianic Jews do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Messiah.

Furthermore, I stated some of the reasons I disagree with Dr. Carson’s theology as he wrote in his post. I reiterate them here with added explanation (and perhaps a little less reactive anger than before).

Jesus Christ wasn’t crucified because He was a man with “values and principles.” He was crucified as the propitiation for our sin so that those who believe in Him can escape eternal punishment in hell (Romans 3, et al.). Jesus didn’t rise again to “advocate godly principles” or any of that other gibberish Carson stated (excepting the caring about our neighbors instruction). Jesus rose again to conquer death (as the “firstborn from the dead” – Colossians 1:18) so that believers can enjoy eternal life with Him (Romans 6, et al.).

Dr. Carson’s words sound happy and nice and pleasant, but the gospel he described above is a false one, and therein lies the danger–hence my opinion that he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. (See Matthew 7:15; Galatians 1:6-9 et al., discuss “different gospels.”)

The following passage, as well as many others, is a sobering instruction:

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2:8 NAS

That verse is sobering because when I first began to hear about Dr. Carson, I was intrigued and interested to learn more about him. I even thought, wow, a nice man like him would be refreshing as president. I was nearly taken captive. But as I read more of his writings, thankfully I began to sense some uneasiness as I described in my Facebook post. I cannot locate anywhere in Scripture the “gospel” he purports to believe.

I don’t know Dr. Carson’s heart, and I respectfully assert that neither does my angry reader. And granted, he may not even understand the danger of his words. But his words are what we have to go by. Therefore, based on those he wrote last April, as well as at other times, I reassert that I disagree with his theology.

If you disagree with what I have written here, that is your choice. I would be interested to read your Scripture references supporting your view. Additionally, if I am “the divisive man” as my reader stated, I firmly believe God Most High is capable of revealing that truth to me. However, what I believe He has shown me through Scripture is that Carson’s words above describe a false gospel. That gospel wouldn’t have required Christ’s cruel, sacrificial death to pay the penalty for our sin that separated us from the Most Holy God. God could have just patted all of us on the back and told us to be nice and accept everyone and compromise and get along and sing Kum Ba Ya together in the land of rainbows and unicorns…and strip clubs.

But that is not the Gospel. The true Gospel, the Gospel that centers on a bloody cross upon which Jesus Christ bore my sin and saved me from eternal punishment, doesn’t call us to be nice and compromise Scripture to get along. It calls us to truth and repentance and sacrifice. It is this Gospel that I desire to see furthered and not trampled upon, whether purposely or in ignorance. The blood of Christ is too precious and the price He paid for my redemption and yours is far too costly.

Janice Powell 2016

Note: After I shared this post with Michelle, she responded with, “No thanks. I’ll be obeying the Bible on this matter.” She wasn’t even willing to read it. I tried…

 

Even in the Fire

In these evil days, how should we pray for our nation and its people? I know what I want, but how would God have us pray? I so desire a reprieve from evil leaders, all the while acknowledging God may have a different plan to accomplish His eternal purpose.

Part of me just wants life to be easy. You know, put some good guys in charge and let me go about my business. But on the other hand, my heart truly aches and my spirit recoils because of the wickedness in our government and society (Psalm 119:53). I want godly leaders–for the sake of our nation and for the sake of my children and grandchildren. So I beg God for mercy, for revival, for leaders with integrity and morals, believing He is gracious and merciful beyond what I can imagine, and perfectly able to grant what I ask. I also know that He is sovereign and could very well take us through the fire if He so chooses. That perhaps easy is not what will purify His church or bring the lost to Christ.

God’s Word assures me that He favors those who fear Him (Psalm 147:11). So even in the fire, believers enjoy His favor. Somehow, we will be purified and lifted up, even in persecution. Will we suffer? Maybe. Probably. I think of all the thousands of Christians across the world who are experiencing unspeakable suffering and dying horrifically brutal deaths because of their faith. It is very frightening. In the face of such evil, I have to believe I will experience a special grace for each specific moment, a grace that cannot be experienced ahead of time, but will come at just the right time.

I also need to remember that His favor may not come in the form of prosperity or protection from suffering. And I need to be okay with that.

At any rate, I cannot imagine that it is a bad thing to ask God for godly leaders, ones who are spiritually equipped with His armor, who will seek His wisdom, and who will speak the truth.

Dear God, raise them up. Raise us up. Deliver us. But even if you do not, even in the fire, we will still trust you and praise your name.

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. Daniel 3:17-18 NAS

Janice Powell 2016

Obama’s Last State of the Union Address

Here’s my prediction of how it will go. Someone will have to let me know because I won’t be watching.

Good evening.

Actually, there is nothing good about it.

American citizens still own GUNS–

Guns that maim and murder, guns that wreak havoc on our society– (wipes eyes)

a society that is riddled with RACISM–

Ugly, hateful, insidious racism– (wipes eyes)

Racism that only exists because white Americans are angry that I–a BLACK MAN–was elected President by an overwhelming majority of forward-thinking, rational people who desired to bring about fundamental CHANGE in this nation–

A nation that is an EMBARRASSMENT to me on the world stage– (wipes eyes)

A world stage that is set for monumental IDEOLOGICAL TRANSFORMATION–

A transformation that will create a world where racism and homophobia and income inequality and gun ownership and anti-choice radicals are erased from society–

A society that is riddled with racism — ugly, hateful–

<TELEPROMPTER MALFUNCTIONS> (sobs and wipes eyes)

uh…racism…guns…homophobia… ahem…America is at its worst even though I have been campaigning…uh…ahem…working these past seven years to golf…uh…fundamentally change this pathetic country into one that the Muslim Brotherhood…uh…the poor, the tired, the weary…are proud to call destroyed…ahem…home.

<TELEPROMPTER BACK ON>

Ahem. As your President, I vow to finish what I started in 2008. I promised change and I will continue to deliver that change. However, if I am unable to follow through on any of my promises, let me just say right here that the fault lies completely with George Bush and racist America and homophobes and anti-choice radicals and gun owners and Fox News.

So, on this, my last State of the Union Address, I bid you goodnight. And God bless Planned Parenthood. (wipes eyes)

 

Janice Powell 2016

Just for the record, it was difficult to type that last line…

 

 

Say…

Say there was a religion that called for the killing of all who weren’t adherents to said religion.

Say that proponents of said religion live in a country that prides itself on constitutional protection of religious rights.

Say that many people in said country believe that most adherents of said religion are fine people and nice friends who should have the right to practice their religion.

Say that an adherent of said religion actually reads his or her entire “holy book” and learns that he or she is to kill innocent people in the name of his or her god.

Say that hundreds and thousands of adherents of said religion one day decide to fulfill their purposes and eliminate nonbelievers.

Say that the followers of said religion are especially fond of chopping off the heads of those who reject said religion.

Say that the nice follower of said religion whom you know joins the ranks of his or her fellow adherents and beheads one or several of your loved ones.

Then what will you say?

Maybe that said religion isn’t peaceful after all, but is in fact a murderous, anti-God crusade bent upon destroying everyone and everything you hold dear?

Say it. Say it often. Say it until the culture listens: Islam is evil. Followers of Islam are walking time bombs. Literally. But sometimes they prefer knives and guns.

Janice Powell 2015