GUEST ARTICLE: “Now What?” and GUEST VIDEO: “Why?” For This Time in America and in Prophecy

Two features that came to my “inbox” today from fellow blogger Dee Chadwell who writes at asinglewindow.com and Pastor J.D. Farag’s weekly Prophecy Update pair perfectly, in my view, as representative of two sides of the same coin: the changes in both the secular and spiritual worlds and how a believer is to now live with respect to both.

They are also representative of my own personal direction for this blog.

Although I may continue to offer other guest features such as more travelogues–if my friend in the U.K. feels inspired to contribute more–and an occasional humor piece for a bit of respite, I, too, have the “Holy Spirit sense” we have turned a page to a far more serious chapter in both secular and spiritual history. 

In both arenas, I doubt there is anyone left who does not have at least some awareness that things are not what they used to be. Our world has shifted. People have become increasingly lawless and cold-hearted. Lies abound.

George Orwell’s and Aldus Huxley’s dystopian novels 1984 and Brave New World, respectively, are selling off the shelves as people awaken. Interviews and writings from the past by political dissidents and others who survived the horrors of Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany are now viewed with renewed interest and a sense of concern for our own nation. I have previously featured several such interviews. Here are three embedded in one post.

But it’s never too late to come out from the all-too-human normalcy bias and perhaps even from denial.

For we in the free world (growing less so) may soon face more restraints, restrictions, and resistance from the powers that be, and each day with greater awareness of both practical and spiritual survival skills is a good day. I hope to provide at least some of each through my believer’s lens. Some will likely be from past, relevant posts.

But mostly, I pray that those who need hope, truth, and strength in such a time as this will turn to Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, for the answers. Read about Him here.

And judging by prophetic markers, I’d suggest you do not delay.–PBN

NOW WHAT?

by Dee Chadwell, February 24, 2021

Now what? Isn’t that what all clear-thinking Americans are asking themselves? Now what? I have spent the last decade writing my own blog and writing for American Thinker hoping to encourage any audience I might have had to do a little more thinking, a little more learning. I still think that’s a valid trip to set out on, but my destination has changed. I’m no longer going to write about social commentary, or about political doings – all of that is over. Our society has officially accepted the Lie, therefore our politics are no longer viable. If there is no truth, there can be no justice, and if there is no justice, there’s no point in government. So.

Our only opportunity as a people is to reacquaint our selves with the God who made this country great in the first place. Our nation was built to run on the high-octane fuel of connection with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, with the Father of Jesus Christ. It can’t run on the watered-down pabulum of the health & wealth gospel or on the very thin gruel of elitist humanism.  We need a huge infusion of biblical thinking, of truth, of backbone, and that only comes from constant contact with the Word of God.

Even the most cursory expedition into the Bible provides us with a sense of wonder. Science, despite the overwhelming antipathy toward the scientists making these discoveries, is beginning to admit that what we’re now able to observe shows that Darwin’s “simple cell” is anything but simple, that the Grand Canyon was more likely to have been formed quickly in some cataclysmic event than over millions of years of erosion, that the Cambrian layer disproves the gradual development of species because they all seem to have arrived at once. I mean, what if a lot of what we’ve been taught in history and science courses has been hogwash? What if Genesis is an accurate, if astounding, account of human history? What if those Ten Commandments in Exodus really are the best way to run a society? Let’s explore that idea…continue reading…

 

WHY?

Prophecy Update, February 28, 2021

by Pastor J.D. Farag, Calvary Chapel, Kaneohe, HI

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What? Cancelling Dr. Seuss?

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

 

I just read that the works of “Dr. Seuss” (Theodore Geisel, 1904-1991) are among the latest cultural specimens to come under the woke-roscope (to offer a Seussian kind of word) in the cancel culture lab.

Geisel was the author of many delightful children’s books that informed and entertained “big kids,” too. Read Across America Day,  March 2, has been held for twenty years on the anniversary of his birthday.

To the cancel crowd: the cat’s been out of the bag, er, the hat, for too long, however, at this point, to erase the life-long lessons learned and humor enjoyed via his clever craft by millions of people around the world in their nooks and crannies–all those moms and dads and gramps and grannies (as he might put it) and their little ones. Continue reading

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How Long Division Helped Relieve “COVID-19 Fatigue” and Clear Some Gloom

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila and Greg Beveridge

UPDATE 2/26/21 Where the essay has an embedded “three dots to the left” (if your view does) of the text underneath “The Long Division” section, click on the dots for the full text which explains the analysis quoted. I was just alerted to this change not of my doing. 

THE TRIGGER

My brother Greg and I were discussing the recent landmark number of deaths in the United States due to COVID-19: 500,000.

Tragic, each one.

And add to that another several hundred-thousand people still grieving the loss of their loved ones and in need of our comfort, prayers, and support.

Not to mention WOWZA! ONE-HALF MILLION DEATHS is a frightening number! Continue reading

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A Visit to Rye (not far from Sandwich)–Guest Feature

Fellow blogger Colin Markham, from the U.K., offers another tour of his neck of the global woods, this time not far from where he “toured us” a few days ago (Sandwich). Enjoy and be refreshed. Check out Colin’s other features here.-PBN

A visit to Rye

Rye, England

The ancient hill town of Rye in East Sussex (pop. 9,041) is a delightful place to visit. A little to the north of the town is a line of low hills, but the predominant feature of the landscape is its vast flatness, stretching east for many miles across the Romney Marsh, to the west towards Winchelsea, a hill village three miles away. There are similarities between Rye and Sandwich in Kent.  Both towns are small, compact and full of interest and both are close to the sea, Rye on the estuary of the Rother, Sandwich a little farther inland on the Stour.  Sandwich is at sea level, whereas Rye makes a statement from afar, a cluster of buildings grouped round the hilltop church, a welcome relief from the bleak windswept marsh, a place to aim for with the prospect of refreshment and homely warmth within its time-honoured walls. Continue reading

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Guest Feature from CFFS: “Share This Action in Tennessee re: Bill outlawing Businesses from Requiring Masks, Test, Vaccines”

Please share this press release with local newspapers, media and journalists. Encourage everyone to join Citizens for Free Speech to learn how to fight back. 

Patrick Wood
Executive Director

http://www.citizensforfreespeech.org/(CFFS)

For Immediate Release

CFFS Backs Tennessee Bill Outlawing Businesses from Requiring Masks, Tests, Vaccines

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Why Aren’t the Rioters Satisfied? (featuring the “equity vs equality” debate and warnings from the past)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

The Sore–Winners?

Wait, what?

They’re not satisfied?

But isn’t theirs the political party now in complete control of all branches of the government in the United States yet they’re still rioting–not to mention that recently, due to an unusual winter storm in Seattle, they even piled up snow in front of police stations in order to block police vehicles responding to emergencies?

I mean, as of yet, America has heard almost no appreciation from them for their recent electoral victory, as in, “Thank you, voters!” or “Okay, we have achieved our objective! Now we can get back to normal.”

As of yet, there has been virtually no national celebration for an election won–only more agitation, not only in deed but also in word. Indeed, here are a couple of perspectives that seem to be prominent:

Kamala Harris about riots: “They’re not gonna stop. And they should not.” (lawenforcementtoday.com) (Which reminds me of Maya Angelou’s advice and warning: “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”)

For Portland Rioters, Biden Isn’t Enough. They Want ‘Death To America’ (thetgivfederalist.com)

So, why must they continue to destroy?

Well, there is the old maxim, “Misery loves company.”

Or perhaps with the fast and furious efforts going on in the mainstream media to get rid of  opposing viewpoints, the rioters simply don’t have all the information with which to make the most well-informed decisions so they can at least calm down and enjoy the victory–or change their minds and opt for a more peaceful, reasonable path forward.

Or there might be another reason, a bigger agenda,  that may have to do with the rally cries around one of the newer ideological spins that is daily adding fuel to the literal and figurative riots on the streets, in halls of power, classrooms, minds, and emotions: the “equity versus equality” debate (see below for the explanation). Continue reading

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“A tour of Sandwich” (with a Nod Toward Rye) Guest Feature by Colin Markham

For your reading and musing pleasure amid the dreary din of politics and the COVID, here’s a pleasant walk in South East England with fellow blogger Colin Markham. Take a minute to refresh and refocus. See Colin’s other guest features here.-PBN

A tour of Sandwich

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R.I.P., Rush…You Showed Us It Could Be Done

BREAKING: Rush Limbaugh has passed away – TheBlaze

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On Valentines and Kindness–Redux and Forever

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

(First posted on 2/13/13)

The story a local resident told in his letter to the editor went something like this:

I went to the window of my office to stretch a bit and watch the goings-on in the street below. It was cold outside. A disheveled looking guy sitting on the curb, a homeless man I’d seen before, sat with his arms wrapped around himself to get some warmth, I suppose. Continue reading

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The Indomitable Normalcy of Ordinary Days (Guest Feature “…along the Lower Leas…”)

Phyllis Beveridge Nissila

Introduction

Remember the days, not long ago, when you could take a walk outdoors (inhaling all the fresh air and oxygen available to you) on some bright sunny day, birds chirping and flitting about, kids riding bikes and shooting hoops, passers-by wearing the same kind of gentle smile you have that just sort of spontaneously forms itself on the face because you have serendipitously found yourself in a gentle, joy-filled atmosphere where in a certain lightness of step and elevation of mood such a simple, everyday pleasure momentarily envelopes all on sidewalk or wooded path in a kind of ad hoc kinship of subtle delight Continue reading

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