Here I Raise My Ebenezer

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Unless you bring into your awareness and consciousness, in mind and in heart, the presence of divine grace, you won’t be able to face with clear vision what is to come. You can’t do it by yourself, you need to know that God is influencing the outcome. And that is what the ritual of thanksgiving does.

When life gets rough, we need to remember that God took us this far. Thank God for that. In Arabic, the phrase is alhamdullilah — Praise be to God. Whether one says it in Arabic, Hebrew, Greek, or English, “Praise be to God” is a phrase of trust that God will take you the rest of the way.

While It Is Still Not Too Late

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Some have been showing us that the hour is late for America. I won’t tell you that. I am not as clear of vision as they are nor as brave as Jeremiah. I will just point out that there are those people who say things like that. There is hope for us. Real hope, they say. But it is long past the fake hope of endless happy motoring. That era, they say, will end soon, as the hour is late.

So what do we do?

Well, there is a parable for that.

Dare to Speak and Heal

Jesus will tell the truth and heal regardless of what the pack says.
He doesn’t whine about it.
He doesn’t expect any different treatment than the prophets before him.
He simply exposes it.
He tells those with ears to hear, do good and heal anyway.
Your reward is in heaven.
In other words, your reward isn’t in this world—
in this pack-dominated world that is headed for destruction.
Your reward is on the other side,
to which you are being led and you are leading others.

History Has Its Eyes On Us

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Friends, if we believe in possibility then change is inevitable and if we believe in change, there is going to be possibility. In the history of this country, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – these are values that we have fought over time and time again – so we shouldn’t settle for anything less. In the midst of all that is out of my control, the one thing I know – is that I am the one thing in my life that I can control, and I am not going to give away my shot with what life can and should be.