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  1. The Grim possibilities presented in your essay may very well come to pass ,
    we stand on the threshold of something very ugly taken from the time when men tried to turn the world into a graveyard . The last few days of the current news cycle confirms this , this behavior has happened before and I fear history may repeat itself.
    we never learn from our mistakes and cruelty to our fellow man.

    Now is the time to rely on our God , Faith and each other and to remain faithful to the end.

    Never forget this, with the Almighty we win in the end .

    Make This Our Finest Hour.

    1. Yes we must keep faith in Him and continue praying.

      One caution: Do not fall into the easy and ubiquitous trap of sitting and waiting for more from God. I believe He expects us to use the blessings that He has already provided to protect our loved ones. These blessings include skills, knowledge, ingenuity, perseverance, ability to compose compute rationalize and memorize, and the God-given right to self-defense

  2. Thank you SL for the wisdom to speak on the foundational aspects of our lives. Until understanding the spiritual component (and battle) in life there is no truth… “all is vanity”.

  3. The only “true” reality is a spiritual reality! This physical reality is a passing thing, yes it is here, it appears hard, solid and true, but we are not our bodies, we are the spiritual essence that animates the physical.

  4. Exactly right eam. As a born again believer, I pray that the Lord spares us and that Sherman never meets the fan in our lifetime. I do see wisdom in preparing for the all contingencies in cases it may come our way, as much as possible. The ONLY WAY TO BE ABSOLUTELY PREPARED FOR ALL CRISIS is SPIRITUAL READINESS! There IS the possibility that NO MATTER how much you have prepped, and thought out all sorts of scenarios. YOU and/or your loved ones may NOT SURVIVE! ARE YOU PREPARED TO DIE? DO you have the Courage to place your Faith in the One that created you, and have Faith that HE is able to do all to see you through to the time He chooses to call you Home? Do you KNOW you are a Child of God beyond any shadow of a doubt? Any of these worst scenarios that Preppers list as possibilities….They would severely test your Faith, your Hope, Your commitments, and Love for yourself and others. It does not matter if they are family or not. Whether you chose their company or were just “thrown together by events” ,when the stuff started to hit that ol’ fan….How will you meet those challenges of DAILY having to deal with these challenges of living, being a survivor? Are you ready to have to deal with the Death(s) of your loved ones, no matter how hard you worked to protect them? Do you have that kind of courage, that enables you to carry on in great difficulty and even opposing Evil? COURAGE IS FAITH DANCING IN THE RAIN. WHO are you placing your trust in, in the NOW? What about AFTER DEATH? THAT is the most crucial question that you can ask yourself now! How do you live, now? WHILE doing your prepping …is it reflecting that Light from the Son? THAT is the most crucial way you can prep your loved ones! YOU sharing and being DAILY, contagiously living IN Faith is the BEST GIFT you can give your loved ones! Inviting them to Jesus Christ’s Way, the Truth and His Eternal Love and LIfe is the BEST and MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY in prepping for LIFE period! Then IF ALL ELSE FAILS, you have Faith in HIM, Who promised the HOPE of spending Eternity with Him AND THEM! What better assurance you could have of their safety than if they choose to follow and accept Him as Savior and Lord of their lives, too? THIS IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH! ETERNITY IS THE VERY FIRST EVENT WE NEED TO BE PREPARED TO MEET! YES~ Then you can TRUST the Lord’s promises. You CAN place your total trust that all may hit the fan, but the Lord will see that ALL AT THE VERY END OF THINGS ON EARTH ends well! Ephesians 2:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
    11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
    18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; Paul wrote in 2 Timothy
    Chapter 4
    1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

    2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

    3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

    5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

    6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.

    7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

    8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. I believe THAT is the FIRST-BEST-WAY we can be prepared! EVEN SO, COME LORD JESUS!

      1. I would suggest not putting your faith in a god that will allow all these terrible things to happen (TEOTWAWKI). You would do better to trust your family take care of them. Do not try to save everyone else. You will lose everything.

      1. The references I checked out said the angel visions for George Washington were a hoax originating 150 years ago and never quite going away. I tried to read sources that weren’t obvious liberal slant machines.

        1. The account I read was an eyewitness account originating from an aide of Gen. George Washington just before the assault/battle at Valley Forge.
          The reason why it’s not fully substantiated is because when the aide went to the General he was knelt down as if in prayer (which he purportedly did before each engagement) and was unresponsive for an extensive period of time. Almost like he couldn’t be shaken awake. It was at this time that Gen. Washington was in the middle of a particularly nasty vision depicting the attack upon a future United States from an evil from without and within.
          I firmly believe, from prior research, that he may well have had such a vision as he describes, not just because of what he describes but also due to the fact that he couldn’t be roused from his vision, almost like he were in a trance like state in prayer.
          I find it very likely that the Lord showed Gen. Washington a vision that probably scared the bejesus out of him but also inspired him to achieve great victory at Valley Forge, knowing full well that the Republic would endure.

          That’s just my 2 cents, I appreciate the back and forth.


  5. S.L,
    Great insight from your article, From a real Military Member, balanced Family Man; and above all God fearing Christian , your writing is appreciated.

  6. It is amazing that mankind, as a whole, is preoccupied we the idea of death. I often ask people that are so occupied with that concept if they believe in God. If their answer is “No” then I can understand their consternation…… but even then I make the statement, ” If you don’t believe in God and you don’t think there is anything after your physical passing, what is the big deal? You can’t do anything about so why loose an ounce of sweat over it?” for some reason that doesn’t seem to relieve their anxiety…..Gee I wonder why?

  7. I believe God, BASED on the Bible, created Humankind with Free Will. It is the results of that Free Will, that enables Humankind to make all sorts of choices! Whether you believe in God or not…Where does that ALL EVIL, and most catastrophic events come from? Are they not the direct and indirect consequences of a HUMAN’s CHOICES! Look back in the World’s History. GREED for Riches, Power, and Prestige has been the PRIMARY SOURCE of Human Suffering here on Earth. People have used the name of God, and Jesus Christ, as Jesus Christ and His Apostles WARNED ABOUT IN THE BIBLE, to teach lies, deceiving people to get power over them. Cults, and Religion(s) have been deceiving many into doing bad deeds in the name of doing good, or gaining power for thousands of years, like the Aztecs human sacrifices, and the practice of cannibalism of some tribes. Some examples to name a few: Muslim Jihads, “Christian” Crusades, The Spanish Inquisition: Some like Marx have done this by promoting an ideology denying the existence of any spiritual realm. They believe HUMANS can EVOLVE and reach for Utopian existance via a system of Government. That has NOT HAPPENED in any of those experiments! Communism and Socialism, by the nature of Human nature also gets polluted by the HUMAN’S own corruption! They deprive others of their human rights, and end up having to use Force to coerce others to do their will. They embraced The Theory of Evolution to promote their systems of beliefs. Hitler and the Nazi Regime, Mussolini, Stalin and the Communists’ takeovers of all the places that they have grabbed power, are all excellent examples of systems that do that. Then there are numerous individuals that do harm like Jim Jones, that “made” all those people drink the Koolaid. Human traffickers, Drug dealers, and even Coal Mine owners, Land Developers, Big Corporate businesses do this on a smaller scale, same problem. Terrorists attacking people to “promote” their causes. HOW do all these ways, caused by PEOPLE, that may bring about The End of the World As We Know It come from God? People seem to be perfectly able to bring and CAUSE all the crap to HIT the fan all on their own! THEN you say that God should not allow people to make their choices that have brought about all the past, present, and future evil, and terrible events that they cause? Do you want to have no free will? You WANT to be a robot? I have seen people make good choices in circumstances brought about by these times of evil too. People that see the Light, stand up for the Truth, Justice, and fight for the Right. I have seen evil people overcome, and changed by the Light of God’s Word, and the Power of Jesus Christ’s Salvation too. I have witnessed MIRACLES! I know many that chose to rescue and help the victims, risking their lives to do so. HOW did they KNOW what they did was right? What basis do YOU have for what is Right? What is LIght, Truth, and real justice? Where does that concept even come from? Do you have any real REASON anyone should NOT do whatever they want, to get what they want, when they want it? Whether YOU are in the way of them getting it or not? WHY do you have ANY rights? Is it because you are a product of Evolutionary Theory and that wondrous “primordial OOZE” that will just dissolve into nothingness at death? IS MORALITY AND ETHICS DETERMINED BY WHATEVER SOCIETY THAT YOU LIVE IN? WHY WOULD THE SOCIETY HAVE THE RIGHT TO TAKE YOUR LIFE FROM YOU, FOR ANY REASON, LIKE THE COLOR OF YOUR EYES?What if someone decided YOU are expendable due to what you think and believe? Why would that be wrong or right for them to make you expendable, based on anything they want to do so? You are just a blob of animated dust, right? MAYBE YOU CRINGE at that inevitable set of questions? BECAUSE DEEP DOWN, GOD PLACED IN YOUR BEINGS DEEPEST ETERNAL CONSCIOUSNESS THAT you are LOVED AND DESIGNED UNIQUELY BY AN ALL POWERFUL, LOVING GOD THAT GAVE YOU FREEDOM OF CHOICE? Who GAVE YOU an Eternal Soul that can choose where you spend the rest of your eternal life BASED on HIS GIFT OF LOVE AND WHETHER YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT HIM OR NOT?

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