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**Most Recent Newsletter***

“The Voice of the Common Man”

Issue #235 February 13, 2020 
Man's Destruction of Mankind
 

Dear Pastors, Family, Friends, and Government Officials:

ABC’s “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson” recently did a report that EPA regulations may have contributed to the increased traces of lead found in our drinking water.   In an effort to reduce the amount of carcinogens in our drinking water, the EPA lowered the acceptable limits on certain chemical contaminants, and that may have affected the PH factor, causing the water to be more acidic.

This may be causing an increase in the leeching of lead into the drinking water from aging lead pipes, particularly in older cities.  The use of lead pipes was common practice in earlier years and reportedly there are about 6.1 million lead service lines still in use in the United States, most prominently in Illinois and Ohio.  (www.realclearscience.com)

It has been said: “The best-laid schemes of mice and men go often askew, and leave us nothing but grief and pain, for promised joy!”   (Robert Burns - 1785)

This causes me to reflect on my childhood days:  In 1929 my father and mother bought a farm in northeastern Oklahoma.  Although the farm was only five miles from town, there were no public utilities on the farm; no electricity, no telephone, no water, no sewer, and no natural gas.

My father dug a well close to the house – and ninety-one years later – that same well is still producing good, clean drinking water. We had one big coal-burning stove in the living room that heated the whole house.  In the kitchen, my mother did all the cooking and baking on a coal oil-fired cook stove, and all the lighting in the house was from coal oil lamps.

Coal oil is similar to kerosene, except coal oil is a shale oil obtained from the destructive distillation of cannel coal, mineral wax, or bituminous shale, and was once widely used for illumination – whereas kerosene is refined and produced from petroleum.  (www.wikipedia.com)

My father had a team of horses that he used to plow the fields, plant the seed, and harvest the crops – until he was able to purchase a gasoline-powered John Deere tractor sometime during the middle to late 1930’s, which made farming much easier and faster.
 
The point of this recollection is to emphasize the important role these God-provided natural resources (fossil fuels and water) have played in enabling this nation to become the most-free, most-prosperous nation on earth.  And yet, today there are radical, left-wing-liberals, who are determined to drive us back into the “dark” ages by totally eliminating the use of fossil fuels . . . even though we have vast reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas yet to be tapped.

Note:   In the biblical days, Abraham dug water wells in the desert and the Philistines came along behind him filling them up with dirt.  These same wells were reopened and new wells were dug later on by Abraham’s son Isaac (see Genesis 26).  When the Jews were driven out of Israel and Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar, the land became barren and desolate.  But when Cyrus allowed the Jews to return, the land began to “bloom” again. 

Then, on November 29, 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in the Jewish homeland of Israel – and – the Nation of Israel was officially reborn on May 14, 1948.  Today, that once barren, dried-up land has become one of the world’s leading producers of fruits and vegetables, and the envy of the world in scientific discoveries, inventions, and medical research.  Under God’s hand, the land of Israel has become a blooming oasis.

We are certainly not opposed to the development of cleaner, safer, more economical sources of energy.  But it is pure stupidity to even suggest that we immediately stop using the natural resources that God Almighty provided to sustain life on this earth . . . the earth that God himself created.  If we were to do that, we would be acting in the same manner as the Philistines (filling up the wells) four-thousand years ago.

 

What other ways is man working to destroy mankind?

ABORTION:  Abortion is the number one killer of human beings in the United States.  We are willfully and purposely aborting 2,880 babies every day . . . that’s over one-million babies each year.  And yet, the media refuses to report deaths by abortion – politicians are afraid to even discuss abortion – most pastors of mainstream churches refuse to preach against abortion – and our public schools and universities are teaching our children that abortion is just a normal part of women’s healthcare.  Abortion it the deadly elephant in the room that nobody wants to acknowledge.

 
Even the government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) ignores “death by abortion” in their listing of the Top Ten Leading Causes of Death in the United States.  Here’s the current listing from the CDC:


#1.   Heart disease: 647,457
#2.   Cancer: 599,108
#3.   Accidents (unintentional injuries): 169,936
#4.   Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 160,201
#5.   Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 146,383
#6.   Alzheimer’s disease: 121,404
#7.   Diabetes: 83,564
#8.   Influenza and pneumonia: 55,672
#9.   Nephritis (kidney related diseases): 50,633
#10. Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,173

Abortion is the leading cause of death in the USA with 1,051,200  deaths each year (www.numberofabortions.com).  And yet, the CDC doesn’t even include abortion in their statistics.  Everybody seems to be pretending that abortion doesn’t even exist.  But to those one-million+ innocent babies whose lives are terminated every year, abortion is real, and it is deadly. 

Whether you want to believe it or not, abortion is a form of pre-meditated murder.  God Almighty sees it and is not pleased with what He sees.  And one day we will all be held accountable for what we have done, or did not do, to protect these precious little babies, all of whom were formed in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). 

HOMOSEXUALITY:  Acceptance of the homosexual life-style and same-sex marriage is another example of “man working to destroy mankind.”  God Almighty did not design man to have sexual intercourse with another man, nor did he design women to have sexual intercourse with another woman.  In fact, God said it was an “abomination” and He established some very harsh punishments to discourage people from participating in such behavior. 

Leviticus 18:22; 20:13 and Deuteronomy 23:17-18 are just three of many scriptures throughout the Holy Bible admonishing homosexual behavior.  God even destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because their homosexual sins were so very grievous (see Genesis 18:20; 19:24).

And yet there are people today who say: “Jesus never condemned homosexual activity.”  But they are overlooking the fact that Jesus said, “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things . . . I do always those things that please him . . . I and my Father are one” (John 8:28-29; 10:30).

So make no mistake, Jesus is in agreement with God Almighty in declaring homosexual acts to be an “abomination.”  Jesus may never have used the word “homosexual,” but he did speak at length against the “evil things that defile the man” in Matthew 15:19-20; Mark 7:20-23; Revelation 2:14, 20-22; 21:8; 22:15.  And included among those evil things were “fornications and adulteries,” both of which is defined as sexual intercourse between people who are not married to one another – and – God’s Word clearly defines marriage as “one man and one woman joined together as husband and wife” (see Genesis 2:20-25).

The homosexual lifestyle cannot reproduce – it cannot create new life – it cannot even sustain life.  If pursued to its fullest extent, the homosexual lifestyle would ultimately destroy mankind.  Being a homosexual doesn’t make you a bad person – but active participation in the homosexual lifestyle is not compatible with Christian teaching.

THE WAR AGAINST CHRISTIANITY:  The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America says:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

But every day we are seeing these freedoms coming under attack by well-organized mobs of revolutionary-minded young people who seem to be determined to overthrow our present form of government.  These mobs are being organized and supported by various advocacy groups who are heavily financed by wealthy donors; i.e., billionaire George Soros and others.

But if you will notice, there is a very strong movement to remove the Gospel of Jesus Christ from public discourse.  Why is that you ask?  It is because Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me . . . If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 14:6 & 8:31-32).

The people who are trying to fundamentally change America cannot allow the “Gospel Truth” to interfere with the falsehoods they are telling American citizens. 

Have you noticed?  Almost every day we are confronted with a new crisis – some are real – some are fabricated by the media and politicians who don’t want you to think about, and analyze the foolish things they said the day before.

For example: In the last Democratic debate, Socialist Bernie Sanders said, “We must increase government funding for Planned Parenthood.”  And without even thinking, the audience stood up and cheered.  Surely in retrospect, some of those people, after having some time to think, were wondering the next day: “Why did I stand up last night, cheering a proposal to use taxpayer funds to abort more innocent babies?”

Another example: In that same debate, the ABC moderator asked all the candidates, “Are any of you concerned about having a Democratic Socialist on the top of the ticket?”  And I kid you not . . . all seven of the candidates stood there like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car . . . All of them were thinking, “How should I respond to this question without alienating anybody in the audience?”

Finally, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn) slowly raise her hand, followed reluctantly by billionaire businessman Tom Steyer.  Sen. Klobuchar laughed and explained that she and Sanders work together all the time – and she added, “But I think we are not going to be able to out-divide the divider-in-chief [Trump].  I think we need someone to head up this ticket that actually brings people with her [referring to herself], instead of shutting them out.”

Tom Steyer’s rambling response was something about “climate change” being America’s greatest threat.  A few days later the Internet was ablaze with reports that Steyer had “dropped out” of the race, but yesterday, Steyer said those rumors were untrue.

That’s why all of us need to take a deep breath and back away from the anxiety and unrest that’s being stirred-up in our world today by the mob-mentality of leftwing liberal activists, and promoted by the fake-new media.

Conclusion:
Keep your focus on Jesus Christ – don’t let the darkness of the world distract you from the light of the truth.  Evil schemes are always planned in the darkness – but those evil schemes cannot remain hidden – the light of truth will ultimately expose them to all the world.

Jesus spoke these words to his disciples who were being discredited by lies and innuendos perpetrated by the Pharisees, a council of Jewish leaders:

“Beware ye of the leaven [sin] of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.  Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops . . . .

Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God” (Luke 12:1-3, 8-9)

Do You Know Jesus as Your Lord and Savior?
If you do not, today is the day for you to get right with God and be born again.  Invite Jesus to come into your heart right now, forgive your sins, and save your soul.  Believe in the Lord Jesus, and pray this simple prayer:

“Jesus, I am a sinner, and I am sorry.  Please forgive my sins and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I repent (turn away) from sin and I commit my life to you.  I will study your word, follow your teachings, and obey your commands.  And Lord, show me what you want me to do; what part I can play in furthering your kingdom.  Thank you, Lord, for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”


Duane Collins

***News You May Have Missed***


Note:  The inclusion of these news articles is to make sure you are aware of the illogical thinking in our world today.  These articles bear evidence that people’s minds are being corrupted by demonic, perverted thinking; and this “thinking” is particularly pervasive in our younger generation.  We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope it will soon go away.  No!  We must take a stand and resist the evil-ones who are promoting this twisted thought process.  God’s Word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee.”

Lesbian Ordained as Bishop 2/10/20
The Episcopal Diocese of Michigan ordained and consecrated Dr. Bonnie Perry as its first female and openly lesbian bishop at a ceremony in Dearborn.  All candidates for the position of bishop were women according to the Diocese.

Dr. Perry said she grew up in a devout Irish Catholic family, but as a woman and a lesbian, she could not imagine a future for herself as part of the Roman Catholic church.  “In the Episcopal church I saw women – straight and gay – who were living out God’s call,” she said.  Perry and her female partner, who is a pastor, have been together for 32 years, and they’ve been married “as long as it’s been legal in our country,” she said.

Perry said she wants to help all communities and people feel at home.  “For me, it’s about full inclusion for all people – straight, gay, bi, trans, gender fluid – this is about everyone, all are welcome,” Perry said.  “Every time you exclude someone you exclude the possibility of change and transformation.”

Perry was first ordained deacon and priest 30 years ago in the Diocese of Newark, New Jersey, and was the pastor at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Chicago since 1992.  (www.cnn.com)

Biological Boys Win Girls Track Meet 2/12/20
Chelsea Mitchell was ranked as the fastest girl in the 55-meter dash in Connecticut High School Track.  But when Chelsea showed up for a competition last year, she knew it would be a challenge.  Her competitors included two biological boys who identify as girls.

Chelsea Mitchell was aware that other girls had lost to athletes born as boys.  But at the time, she says, she “could feel the adrenaline in my blood” and she competed in the race to the best of her ability.  But, Chelsea’s best was not good enough against the two biological boys.  Chelsea finished third in the race behind the two biological boys.

The State of Connecticut has a high school athletics policy that allows biological boys, who claim to be girls, to compete against biological girls.  This is not the first race Chelsea has lost to a boy who claimed to be a girl.  Chelsea lost four girls state championships and two all-New England awards to biological boys claiming to be girls.

But now, Chelsea and two other girl athletes have filed a lawsuit against the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference over the policy that allows biological boys to compete as girls against biological girls in high school sports.  We will have to wait and see how this turns out.

Comment:  Have we gone complete insane?


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A Prayer for Protection - Psalm 140 NIV:
Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.  They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.  Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet.  The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.  I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”  Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.  Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.  Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.


 

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