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The Time is Now

There has been a lot of chatter lately about the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and the wildfires out west. Even in the rural areas there seems to be murders, violence and thievery all around us. In Pine City, a town of 3,100 people where I live, there has been a murder in the mobile home park, a horrible stabbing at the freeway ramp, a shoot-out at a local gas station, multiple break-ins and too many drug related arrests to count. And that is just last month! The question is, “Why is this all happening? Is God punishing us?
First of all, it rains on the righteous and the unrighteous alike. The storms affect God’s children as well as the devils children! Therefore, I find it difficult to blame God or the devil for the natural disasters. God put the universe in motion and it functions naturally. When God intervenes we call them miracles. Right now Florida needs a miracle and all God’s people should be praying for a miracle to move God to intervene and spare the suffering and heartache. I have seen God move in many ways and I know that He is able!
In regard to the violence that seems to be so prevalent in our world today, that is a different matter. God is not condoning hate nor is He encouraging hate. It is evil and God has never had, does not, nor will He ever have, a part of the hatred that some people have for other people today. I have friends of all skin colors, heritages, languages and yes even other belief systems. I love and appreciate all of them. And those of other belief systems I pray for them that they may receive Christ as their personal Savior. I believe we are supposed to be the salt of the earth not the salt of the church!
In regard to evil, let’s give credit where credit is due. A couple of days ago as I was driving down the road, a thought occurred to me on this matter. The word EVIL is only one letter short of DEVIL. It’s only missing the “D” which I consider as a desperate attempt to disguise reality. The Devil’s fate is already sealed and so are those who follow his path of hatred and violence, the devil’s path of evil!
For those who say the devil does not exist and there is no hell, the Bible disagrees. But I know people believe in hell because they talk about it all the time. It’s cold as hell, slow as hell, fast as hell, dumb as hell, smart as hell and hot as hell (they haven’t seen anything yet).
It’s time for our churches to be filled with people seeking God’s amazing grace and our altars with the petition of the saints to God almighty to change hearts of stone and evil to hearts of love. And it’s time for our pastors to pastor with burning hearts for repentance and revival that the church may rise up and once again become a house of peace and refuge.
Lyn Sahr
Home and Away Ministries
5833 Pecan Street
North Branch, MN 55056
651-674-0009 Office
651-674-0202 Fax

5 Responses to The Time is Now

  1. Sherri Roman September 12, 2017 at 10:41 am #

    Goodness gracious, Lyn! That could preach! Blessings.

  2. rhuber919 November 5, 2017 at 5:06 pm #

    Do you have to bring bags or boxes to put your food in?

    • Ruby's Pantry November 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm #

      Yes, we recommend 2 boxes, bins, coolers or laundry baskets per food bundle; however, the Pop-Up Pantry in Fond du Lac WI now asks that you bring 6 re-usable bags.

      • Delerie Ausland November 5, 2017 at 7:26 pm #

        What does our food share look like for November at Brainerd Armory??

        • Ruby's Pantry November 6, 2017 at 1:18 pm #

          We post the partial list of food on our Facebook Page 24-48 hours prior to the scheduled Pop-Up Pantry. You do not have to have a Facebook account to view our page.

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