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A Time To Fear: For Our Country?

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,  treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power.
2 Timothy 3:1-5

 Our Country has gone to the dogs!  When we look around, watch television, go to the movies, read the newspapers and magazines we are inclined to agree with this statement. 

To those of us who love the Lord and try to live Christian lives, our society seems like a sick and dying entity.  I have often thought how God must look down upon us and grieve. A few years ago I served on the Grand Jury for six months. Every kind of lawlessness and perversion was brought to our jury. It was horrifying! I was appalled.

Yet, I know many wonderful people. What can we do about the mess our culture has become?  What can I do?  It just seems so hopeless at times. 

What I try to do when I am disturbed over things is to go to God's word and search for answers.  The Bible reminds me that people have always been evil and done evil things, but God sent his Son, Jesus, to change individual hearts.  He came not to change the world, but to change individuals: specifically me.  Change me, Lord Jesus, and through me, the World.  How?

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,  and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
2 Timothy 2:22-26 NIV 

Pat Eppler

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