Almost

Today is Wanda F’s birthday and while she may never get to read this; it is to say, for her dedication.

I hope you’ll indulge me today for this post. I sincerely hope she can one day find peace and walk in forgiveness. In honor of her however, I post this.

And,….maybe, just maybe if you are reading this, “Almost” will not be part of your vocabulary, part of your life, part of your future; because if it is…….you’ll be totally lost.” –Moraldiplomat

Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” (Acts 26:28)

The Bible records numerous accounts of people who were close to the Kingdom. They had great opportunity to come to God, but they chose to turn away; and walk in their own understanding.

The heavier statement in Acts 26:28 was made many years ago by King Agrippa. How many times since has Agrippa profoundly regretted his “Almost” in his life? Felix (Acts Chpt. 24) knew what he should do, but as far as we know, he never was fully persuaded. Almost, Felix was saved.

The five foolish virgins (Matt. Chpt. 25)were with five wise virgins when the cry came. They took the proper steps to get more oil. They answered the call, only they were too late; they later heard the whisper within saying, “I know you not” (Matt. 25:12). Almost, they were ready.

Judas who followed Jesus and later betrayed Him to the Jews; he too heard the teachings of Jesus. He too though lately realized He betrayed the Son of God. Judas was one of the twelve disciples at the Last Supper, but after selling out Jesus for money, went and hanged himself. Almost, Judas was saved.

Ananias and Sapphira were with the disciples who had walked with Jesus. They witnessed the beginnings of the church of Jesus Christ on earth. But because their covetous heart, and lying to the Holy Spirit, they decided to act deceitfully, and tragically lost their lives (Acts 5:1-10). Almost, they met God in peace.

Are we satisfied with “Almost?” We are told to “give diligence” in 2 Peter 1:10 and to “earnestly contend for the faith” Jude 3. To give diligence and to contend is to put away the “almost” in our lives. How sad it will be to come one day to judgment and find out that we are “almost saved” but really we were deceived, and really very lost! Let’s make sure of our salvation, today is the right day; cause “almost, just isn’t good enough.

* Hope you’re happy and healthy Wanda. Happy Birthday.

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Like a Puppy

In spite of the wickedness in the world, there are still good people out there, we need to meet and greet them….so, greet them like a puppy!’

You don’t have lick people’s faces, but do show that you’re happy to see them. Puppies remember everyone and are always thrilled to see people. When puppies greet us they are genuinely excited, and that makes us feel good about ourselves.

First impressions really do count, especially the first few seconds. When you meet friends, workmates, or new people, turn up the enthusiasm meter, make eye contact and smile.

Why do we love puppies, because puppies love people.

Tit 3:15 “……………………….Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.”

1 Pet 5:14 “Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

You Still Have Hope

If you can look at the sunset or a cloudy day and smile, and find beauty in the colors of a small flower, then you still have hope.

If you can find pleasure in the movement of a butterfly, and if the smile of a child can still warm your heart, then you still have hope.

If you can see the good in other people, and if the rain breaking on a roof top can still lull you to sleep, then you still have hope.

If the sight of a rainbow still makes you stop and stare in wonder, and if the soft fur of a favored pet still feels pleasant under your fingertips, then you still have hope.

If you meet new people with a trace of excitement and optimism, and if you give people the benefit of the doubt, then you still have hope.

If you still offer your hand in friendship to others that have touched your life, and if receiving an unexpected card or letter still brings a pleasant surprise, then you still have hope.

If the suffering of others still fills you with pain and encourages you to pray and if you refuse to let a friendship die, or accept that it must end, then you still have hope.

If you look forward to a time or place of quiet, reflection or time with God, and if you still watch love stories or want the endings to be happy, then you still have hope.

If you can look to the past and smile, and when faced with the bad, when told everything is futile, you can still look up and end the conversation with the phrase … ‘yes, but I believe God’s Word over ….’ Then you still have hope.

Hope is a marvelous thing. It bends, it twists, it sometimes hides, but rarely does it break. It sustains us when nothing else can. It gives us reason to continue and courage to move ahead, when we tell ourselves we’d rather give in.

Hope puts a smile on our face when the heart cannot manage. Hope puts our feet on the path when our eyes cannot see it. Hope moves us to act when our souls are confused of the direction.

Hope is a wonderful thing, something to be cherished and nurtured and something that will refresh us in return. It can be found in each of us and it can bring light into the darkest of places. So never lose hope.

1 Cor 13:7 “Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”

1 Pet 1:21 “Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.”

1 Pet 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, …”

Heb 6:19 “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; …”

Rom 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Rom 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

Phil 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

The Most Peaceful Nations

The Global Peace Index, bases its annual assessment on a complex analysis of social, economic, and political factors, has found that the United States of America is the 114th most peaceful nation on the planet. Not a good position.

This most recent ranking sees the U.S. down 11 places from the previous year. This drop places Armenia and Rwanda in front of America, and El Salvador and China right behind.

“Iceland remains the most peaceful country in the world, a position it has held since 2008. It is joined at the top of the index by New Zealand, Portugal, Austria, and Denmark. There was also very little change at the bottom of the index. Syria remains the least peaceful country in the world, followed by Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen,” the report said.

Considering recent current events, it may come as a surprise to some that Syria wasn’t always at the bottom of the list — and we have the 114th most peaceful country to blame for this dilemma. In 2008, Syria was ranked 75th – following eight years of Bashar al-Assad’s rule, as well as the rule of his father for 29 years beforehand.

The other countries at the bottom of the list (including Syria) are actively being bombed into oblivion by the United States.

So what could be behind America’s own deterioration, given it prefers to take its conflict thousands of miles away from its own soil?

“The U.S. deterioration is primarily driven by the growing intensity of internal conflict within the country, which was partly seen in the years 2007 to 2015 (during the obama administration), as well as increases in criminal activity throughout American society,” the analysis said.

[Side Note -Warmongering attitude….Americans love war and those that propitiate it. The United States, well, we just make up the reason for war as we go along; creating a “false flag” event to sell anyone and everyone on the idea. Though poorly executed, they still are useful for long and lengthy battles across the globe. Wars never bring happiness but it does three things for the PTB: One, war profits are almost unfathomable and two, it depopulates undesirable people from the earth and brings nations under the control of other allied nations. And third, a nation going to war, win or lose, brings a false sense of nation pride; and you know what comes after pride….]

[Side Note] We have more viable threats coming from the U.S. Gov’t than we will ever have coming from what many call “terrorists.” Would not much of that money (having no oversight) be better spent on other things? I can think of a few 😉

According to the Global Peace Index’s latest findings, most of America’s allies are ranked within the top 20 places in the rankings, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland, and Germany. The United Kingdom is placed somewhat lower, ranking 41st.

Israel is ranked 144th (behind Philippines, Egypt, Kenya and Western arch rival Iran, to name a few).

With this in mind, will should be making better decisions and influences to thwart war? Peace may never be gained in this age, but we don’t have to be unhappy because there is one around. Leaving this unhappy America might one day prove to be a happy investment for us and our children.:) Pray about it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Defends Christian Morals?

*The following is fairly long and not my normal “type” of post. I’m posting it because it needs to be posted and to hear your thoughts if any and comments. Also, I’m impressed, but weary of what I’ve recently heard and read with regards to Vladimir Putin’s interview. In a way, I wish it was just one of those conspiracy theories that are proven true or false on down the road, however; that’s not the case. I invite your thoughtsMoraldiplomat

Vladimir Defends Christian Morals?

This comes as no surprise to me and many others. Several times in the past, and being quoted by the worlds press agencies we find Russian President Vladimir Putin restoring Christian values apparently from his own house and abroad through Russian areas, some of which having being documented as the Russian President restoring Christian churches in Russia, even with his own money- something you do not hear or read from many (especially American press) news agencies.

So why are you reading this here? Because as you know, I’m Christian. I’m not affiliated with any political party, albeit, the Republicans use to have a high standard of morals and ethical ways of doing things. To their credit, and in spite of their many failures, they were at one time sincere. And to their discredit, the Democrats and Liberals and other awkward anti-Constitutional adversaries were allowed to poison the pot so to speak…and then the sell-out began, and continues today.

Secondly, this site here is dedicated to posting things that inspire, bless, and hopefully pointing you to make better choices in life; maybe even a better way of life. We all have choices, and change is not so bad if you are committed and truly desire to be on the right side of things. And to hopefully inspire you to turn back to the Lord. He loves us ya know? God, there’s only One. I’m sure however there are those that would disagree with me, and that’s ok- they’ll find out later. Believe it or not, there are people who worship rocks? Yeah, but does that make the rock God? A resounding “NO!”

No, a rock IS a created object, and not the true architect of the all you see. My point is, we make mistakes. And what’s worse, is we don’t learn any lessons. So many people today have thrown caution to the wind and allowed themselves to become so distant from their Creator, that many, even self-proclaiming Christians are defending people’s right to have their own god. Well, if they really loved them, they’d warn them that what they are doing is not a good idea. But hey, if you want to dis people for being right, I guess. It’s been done consistently like that for more than 2000 years.

But Vladimir, well….it’s almost refreshing; but I sense we should on alert about this. As inspiring as this man’s actions and speech are we must err on the side of caution. I want to share with you some quotes from this wrongly accused man by the press-YOU judge; is he sincere? IF so, what does this mean for the future if any of Amerika? If he’s not, well; his involvement with the USA will be limited,  but if so, then as we are already aware of, there are Russian troops AND Chinese military already on U.S. soil. Again, I have to ask why and I WANT DETAILS! Is this guy going to be a problem in the near future???

Now, for the real meat of this post:

Recently, Vladimir Putin has used his annual press conference to accuse the Western elites of abandoning the traditional values that made this country, maybe not great but desirable to dwell in. According to Putin, instead of building a future based on solid Christian values, the Western PTB have created a culture of “excessive, exaggerated political correctness.” He said that this is so destructive it will lead to the downfall of Western civilization if it is not arrested. And, in my own opinions: one, this cannot be reversed without bloodshed and imprisonment of the undesirables, and two, the west has already gone down, and more than likely cannot be brought back to a point of grace, not without godly intervention.

In a four-hour question and answer session, President Putin stated that occurring in his country and around the world that was a push for a New World Order that will “remove national sovereignty” and “destroy individual identity and God-created diversity.” Now when I read things like this, is Putin making this statement to a body of people letting them know WHAT IS TO HAPPEN, and or is he saying that he is adamantly against this, or what???

Anyway, Putin continues to state that Western elites (PTB) have begun rejecting the roots that their society was built on. Ok, my question is, did he just notice this????? C’ mon! And does he really believe that the “elites” as he puts it ever had moral values? It’s them “elites” that are poisoning the society! Geez!

Nevertheless, the following is a direct quote from that session: “Many Western states have taken the way where they deny or reject their own roots, including their Christian roots which form the basis of Western civilization. In these countries, the moral basis and any traditional identity are being denied- national, religious, cultural and even gender identities are being denied or relativized.

Ok, so he supports Christian values, as he says…he obviously hates it when people wish to change their “sexual” biological function; opting out of their natural birth “sex” and changing the natural order of things. Admirable! I’m not sure I’ve ever heard a politician speak like this- it’s certainly refreshing eh?

He continues, “In a corrupt new way, these countries treat a homosexual partnership as equal to a traditional family with children. There is no distinction as to sex and gender. This leads to moral confusion and a breakdown of society. It is damaging to the history of peoples and leads them astray.

WOW! ok, I’m voting for Putin!!!

Again, he continues, “The excesses and exaggerations of political correctness in these countries indeed leads to serious consideration for the legitimization of parties that promote the propaganda of pedophilia…..

The people in many European states are actually ashamed of their religious affiliation (speaking of Catholics) and are indeed frightened to speak about them.”

WOW again! ok, so…what is Putin’s resolve? Is he just going to make a recommendation that more than likely will only get 2 seconds of press if that and be gone; or is he going to apply pressures and or actions against that which he speaks against?

Vladimir Putin says that the situation in his view has become so extreme in the Wester culture that people are now taught that “Faith in God is equal to faith in satan.” To say otherwise, Putin noted, would be to risk being politically incorrect- the great crime of the age.

Putin states: “Christian holidays and celebration are abolished or ‘neutrally’ renamed, as if one were ashamed of those Christian holidays. With this method, one hides away deeper moral values of these celebrations.

...and these countries try to force this model onto other countries, globally. I am deeply convinced that this is a direct way to the degradation and primitivization of culture. This leads to deeper demographic and moral crisis in the West. What can be better evidence for moral crisis of human society (in the West) than the loss of its reproductive function?

Well, it’s obvious that Putin understands that homosexuals cannot reproduce from their own…good thing in my opinion.

Putin continues, “Without moral values that are rooted in Christianity, without rules and and moral values which have formed and been developed over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity.”

Putin did not apologize about Russia’s determination to defend Western values. He maintained in his interview that it’s very important to defend Christianity against the corroding influence of Antichrist-type ideas that are causing people to lose their human dignity.

We think it is right and natural to defend and preserve these moral (Christian) values.”

And in closing, Putin states, “At the same time as this immoral process continuing at a national level in the West, we observe on an international level the attempts to create a unipolar, unified model of the world, to relativize and remove institutions of international right and national sovereignty.

In such a unified, unipolar world there is no place for sovereign states. Such a world needs merely vassals.

From a historical perspective, such a unipolar world would mean the surrender of one’s own identity and God-created diversity.”

Ok, again I ask, is Putin just giving us a weather report he observes, or is he telling people that he intends to stop individual identity, or is he for it? Double-speak is a politicians favorite tool. Others around him are hearing things differently than those of the laymen. So, the verdict? Well, if he is for dealing harshly with the “undesirables” on the earth, maybe a re-education or therapy session for those of perverted mind, maybe imprisonment for them. I don’t know- but I’d be for it if it removed those that have twisted values and poisoned our society. However, if his intent is to just plain stop individuality regardless of religious affiliation then a war is coming!

In closing, I personally agree that society has fallen in the West and I will stand for any good moral values to be once again encouraged and recognized as the standard for which a God-fearing, God-loving, thriving people exist. – I am the Moraldiplomat

Ps 33:12 “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.

PS, if anything here offends you; maybe you need therapy (treatment for oversensitivity) …maybe a few minutes with Vladimir eh? 😉 LOL!

Have a great week! Thanks for reading!!

Rest In Peace

*Survival in the chaos

The reason why you may be reading this is because you want to learn how to stave off disaster. In the coming years, it is not entirely certain what the time will hold for the world, and it is important to get ready. But what is the real reason why you are preparing in advance?

The simple answer is; peace of mind.

You want to know, beforehand, you and your family will be able to survive. You are beginning to prepare because you don’t want to struggle when the world crumbles; you want to know that you have as many of the contingencies you can plan for squared away because you’ve already done the majority of the work. It doesn’t matter if it happens in three years or twenty; you know that you’re going to be okay.

However, survival is more than food stores and ammo.

Survival means more than taking care of the physical body. Survival also means you still take the time to stop and smell the roses, hold your loved ones, take in a beautiful view, and reconnect with whatever makes you tick. It means that you learn to depend on God as much as you learn to depend on gardening skills, your hunting prowess, or the homesteading and back-to-basics skills you’re cultivating. You constantly need to remind yourself of why you are putting in the effort. It’s not just so you can eat another day. For the Christian, God has given us much more of a responsibility than that.

The goal is not just to prepare and survive while others perish. A larger perspective motivates the follower of God in their prudent preparations…that is to wisely prepare so that one can adequately and skillfully continue to minister and serve to the true needs of others. That is our number one obligation. God didn’t tell Noah to build a boat just so he could experience the first ocean cruise.

Our foreknowledge should not only produce a fervor and zest for life, but it should also produce peace. The health of the mind is the most important part of survival, because without the focus, the assurance, and the knowledge to get through any situation – whether man-made or natural disasters – your actions and reactions will more than likely remain within the realm of chaotic and aimless. Peace is crucial during catastrophe, and it will not only offer you calm amidst the storm, but it also offers several other advantages.

If you are cool and calm during a catastrophe, you will be able to do several things:

-You will not make hasty decisions. When riots are occurring in the streets or there is a mass evacuation, usually people make rash decisions that can cost lives. If you are at peace, then you will have the unclouded ability to think critically.

-You will not consume as much energy and resources. People who are flustered and worried tend to gather more than they need or rush more than they have to. Both take far more energy than is necessary, and energy translates to vital calories.

-Being at peace will keep you from succumbing to fear. Fear can make people do unwise things, and tyrannical governments have a knack for using fear as a psychological weapon.

-You will remain focused and steady when the world crumbles to the ground. Of course, you will not know of what is to come, but you will not have nearly the stress that others might have. Stress can lead to sickness and irrational decisions, so keeping yourself relaxed will prevent that from happening.

Credit: Jonathan C.

*Thanks Jonathan!!! Excellent work!

John 14:27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

What Country is Happiest?

*Shared Story

It’s not America………

Norway tops list, USA falls

Not happy here in the USA anymore? I can relate! But if you’re not happy, where can you go to join the happiest people on the earth? Well, to visit this place, a nice winter coat is essential.

A new report released says that Norway is the happiest country on Earth, people in the USA are getting sadder, and having more money does not make anything better.

Norway takes top notch in the World Happiness Report. In spite of the plummeting price of oil, a key part of its economy.

Wages in the United States have gone up over the past decade albeit not for everyone, but people’s happiness is in decline

The United States ranked 14th in the latest ranking, down from No. 13 last year, and over the years American people have been steadily rating themselves less happy.

Studying happiness may seem to be not very serious research, but serious investigators have long been calling for more testing on people’s emotional well-being, especially in the USA.

In 2013, the National Academy of Sciences delivered a report recommending that federal statistics and surveys, which normally deal with income, spending, health and housing, include a few extra questions on happiness because it would lead to better policy that affects people’s lives; not that the feds really care whether or not you’re happy, but the request was made.

Norway!

Norway moved from No. 4 to the top in the report’s rankings, which combine economic, health and polling data compiled by economists that are analyzed over three years from 2014 to 2016. Norway edged past previous champ Denmark, which fell to second. Iceland, Switzerland and Finland round out the top 5.

“Good for them. I don’t think Denmark has a monopoly on happiness,” said Meik Wiking, chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, who wasn’t part of the global scientific study that came out with the rankings.

“What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good,” Wiking said. Something lacking in other countries (i.e. USA)

Still, you have to have some money to be happy, which is why most of the bottom countries are in desperate poverty. But at a certain point extra money doesn’t buy extra happiness, Helliwell and others said. The USA edges more and more in line with that of third world countries on many levels.

Central African Republic fell to last on the happiness list, and is joined at the bottom by Burundi, Tanzania, Syria and Rwanda.

The report ranks 155 countries. The economists have been ranking countries since 2012, but the data used, goes back farther so the economists can judge trends.

Rankings:

Rankings are based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy with four factors from global surveys. In those surveys, people give scores from 1 to 10 on how much social support they feel they have if something goes wrong, their freedom to make their own life choices, their sense of how corrupt their society is and how generous they are.

Most countries were either getting happier or at least treading water, The “United” States’ happiness score dropped 5 percent over the past decade (2007-2012 being the largest drop period). Venezuela and the Central African Republic slipped the most over the past decade. Nicaragua and Latvia increased the most.

Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University said in a phone interview from Oslo that the sense of community, so strong in Norway, is deteriorating in America.

“We’re becoming more and more mean spirited. And the government is becoming more and more corrupt. And inequality is rising,” Sachs said, citing research and analysis he conducted on America’s declining happiness for the report. “It’s a long-term trend and conditions are getting worse.”

“There is deep misery in the heartland,” Graham, author of the book “The Pursuit of Happiness,”

Happiness — and doing what you love — is more important, said study author Helliwell. He rated his personal happiness a 9 on a 1-to- 10 scale.

How does your own personal happiness score? What would you, on a scale of 1 to 10 be?

*Thanks to anonymous

Psalms 146:5Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God: …”

Proverbs 3:13Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”