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“The only thing that is life threatening is to lose your soul.”
"To condone sin is a sin."
"Salvation is a gift . . . Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

 

**Most Recent Newsletter***

“The Voice of the Common Man”

Issue #234 January 27, 2020
The Unveiling
 

 

Dear Pastors, Family, Friends, and Government Officials:

Surely most reasonable-thinking American citizens must admit that the United States has a lot to celebrate as we enter the new year of 2020.  The unemployment rate of 3.5% is the lowest it’s been since 1969 – the median household income has risen to $63,179 (a 7% increase over $58,856 in 2016) – the inflation rate is 2.29% today versus 3.23% in 2016 (which means the purchasing power of your dollar is greater than it was in 2016) – and for the first time since 1973, the United States is the world’s #1 producer of oil and natural gas.

In addition, stock market investments have seen an unprecedented 82.6% growth since 2016.  The Dow Jones Industrial Average on January 17, 2020 was 29,248 as compared to 16,016 on January 19, 2016. 

Some of you may be saying, “I don’t invest in the stock market, that’s only for wealthy people.”  But you would be wrong.  Every person who has a 401(k) retirement account, or is enrolled in a company pension plan, or a labor union pension plan is invested in the stock market – all those plans are heavily invested in the stock market.  So when the stock market goes up in value, your 401(k) and pension plans went up as well, and that’s a good thing.

As we said, this should be a time for celebration.  But instead of celebrating our nation’s success, the fake-new media and Democrat politicians are telling us America is on the wrong track, and we are doomed for destruction.

They tell us climate change is going to destroy this planet within the next ten to twelve years.  And the only way we can prevent that from happening is for the government to exercise more control over greedy corporations, and to implement tougher regulations to reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) that’s being released into the air . . . even though carbon dioxide is the lifeblood for all vegetation.

We are being told that we must eliminate the use of fossil fuels; i.e., coal, oil, natural gas, and even uranium (the fuel for nuclear energy).  The Democrat presidential candidates are all telling us the best way to do that is to immediately implement their Green New Deal, which calls for the elimination of all fossil fuels. 

However, none of them have been able to explain how we will continue flying airplanes and operating transcontinental trains, trucks, and busses without fossil fuels.

And now, even Hollywood actors, many of whom fly around in their private jets, are repeating that same “save our planet” mantra.  One recent example is John Cusack . . . In a January 13th rally for Bernie Sanders, Cusack said “we only have 10 to 12 years to save the planet from climate change and predatory capitalism” and he praised Socialist Bernie Sanders for “telling the truth and having the courage to change America.”

It’s interesting that Hollywood would also be opposed to capitalism.  Capitalism is a free-market system where any individual with a unique idea or talent can participate.  Whereas, under socialism the free-market system disappears, and the government controls the production and distribution of all products/services . . . even movies.

And yet, this “save our planet” warning is repeated daily by the fake-news media and every Democrat presidential candidate, and most members of the Democrat-controlled U.S. House of Representatives, which today seems to be under the “spell” of thirty-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), the originator of the Green New Deal.
 
So What About The Unveiling?  
The demonic spirit of the antichrist is at work, and it’s causing people to act in an uncivilized manner.  Our language is becoming more and more vile, nasty, and profane.  We are losing our civility and showing disrespect for others (even family members).  And we are failing to honor and preserve the things that made America great; i.e., faith, family and freedom . . . In fact, those three things are under an all-out attack from those who want to destroy the American Way of Life.

In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12, the Apostle Paul warns there will come a time when the “secret power” of lawlessness will be unleashed upon the earth – and that lawlessness (inspired by Satan himself) causes people to take such delight in their wickedness, they will believe the lies, reject the truth, refused to be saved, and they will perish.

In Revelation 9:14-16, God’s Word tells us in the latter days four demonic angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates will be released – and – the release of these demonic angels will ultimately lead to the death of a third of mankind.

Today, more and more people in positions of leadership are publically proclaiming their anti-Christian and anti-American ideology.  Their rhetoric is exposing a build-up of hate and hostility that they can no longer contain or control . . . That animosity that’s been hidden away in their hearts for a long, long time is now being unveiled for all to see . . . That’s The Unveiling.

Jesus said, “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open” (Luke 8:17 NIV).  Jesus also told us to “not be afraid” of these people, and to not let them silence us in proclaiming the Gospel (see Matthew 10:26-28).

Our nation is basically divided into two factions:  The people on The Right and the people on The Left

In broad terms, the people on The Right are conservatives who believe in God Almighty and follow the teachings of Jesus; and they believe in the sanctity of marriage (one man to one woman), and the sanctity of life, thereby they are opposed to abortion.

In broad terms, the people on The Left are liberals, many of whom say they believe in God Almighty and Jesus, but many also believe there’s more than one way to heaven, and many even believe there is no God.  Most are pro-choice, and thereby support a woman’s right to abort her baby at any time for any reason, and most support same-sex marriage . . . These beliefs are clearly incompatible with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Many may be surprised to know that Jesus addressed the people on The Right and The Left in Matthew 25 NIV:
31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world . . .
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels . . . 46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Jesus also referred to those who followed him as Good Seed, and those who refused to follow him as The Weeds in Matthew 13 NIV:
36 Then he [Jesus] left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Every person living today must make a choice:  You must choose between serving God Almighty, or serving Satan.  It’s either one or the other – there is no other alternative. 

Do You Know Jesus As Your Lord and Savior?
If you do not, now is the time 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

We have a crisis in America that must be addressed.  Today, we will abort 2,880 innocent little babies in the USA.  These little ones are a gift from God . . . they are to be cherished and loved . . . not put to death.  We all want God to bless this nation, but how can God bless us while we willfully and purposely murder our own children?  Pray that the people of this great nation come to their senses and STOP aborting our unborn children.

***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.”

President Trump in Switzerland 1/21/20
While President Trump is in Switzerland promoting America’s good fortune, and encouraging global entrepreneurs to come to America and invest in our business-friendly marketplace – the Democrats in Congress are trying to run him out of office. 
Some Democrats are even calling for the elimination of capitalism and a conversion to socialism. 

What kind of message is that sending to the world?  And what kind of message is it sending to U.S. citizens as we watch the Democrats trying to override the votes of 63 million citizens in 2016?

Rev. Jack Van Impe Goes to Heaven 1/18/20
On January 18, 2020, world renown evangelist Dr. Jack Van Impe ascended to Heaven.  Dr. Van Impe was 88 years old and has been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over 70 years.  His wife and ministry partner, Dr. Rexella Van Impe, will announce their future plans for the ministry at a later date.  Reportedly over 8 million souls were saved during the Van Impe’s worldwide ministry. 

Tom Steyer’s “Rebuild America” 1/16/20
Billionaire Democrat presidential candidate Tom Steyer wants to “rebuild America” by creating government work programs to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and levees - and to build new electrical generating plants powered by wind and sun.

Steyer also promised all the workers in these high-paying-taxpayer-funded jobs will be represented by Labor Unions (as are all government workers today).  Steyer’s plan is almost identical to the Works Progress Administration (WPA) implemented by President Roosevelt in 1935, although Roosevelt’s plan included government jobs for artists, musicians, actors and writers.
 
However, in announcing his plan, Steyer failed to mention the U.S. unemployment rate in 1935 was 20%, whereas today the rate is 3.5%, the lowest rate since December 1969.

Comment:  Any reasonable-thinking person must be wondering: “Why do we need a massive taxpayer-funded government work program while the private sector seems to be providing jobs for everyone who wants to work?”

New York’s Latest Fiasco 1/13/20
New York passed a new law that eliminates bail for defendants being prosecuted for misdemeanors, nonviolent felonies, second degree burglaries, and even some robberies!  This new 2020 Bail Reform Bill went into effect on January 1st, and could result in the immediate release of 40% of the people who are now sitting in jail awaiting trial. 

The bill was intended to protect poor defendants who could not afford to post bond.  But, instead it enables people to commit crimes, get arrested, and then simply be released by promising to return to stand trial at some future court appointed date. 

In other words, persons arrested for driving under the influence, possession of a controlled substance, stalking, trespassing, vandalism, petty theft, or assault as a minor will immediately be released.  How many do you think will return for their trial?

Comment:  Is this helping New York law-abiding citizens – or is it helping the criminals?  This definitely makes it easier for criminals to operate in New York, and that makes New York a less-safe-place to live.

Democrat Presidential Candidates 1/13/20
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) drops out of the 2020 presidential race, leaving only one African-American candidate in the presidential race, Deval Laurdine Patrick, the former governor of Massachusetts.

Comment:  Booker is up for re-election to the Senate this year.  It will be interesting to see who he now endorses.  Also, the Democrat National Committee (DNC) is starting to get nervous over Socialist/Independent Bernie Sanders being one of the front-runners in the presidential race.  Former Hillary supporters are really nervous and starting to openly criticize Sanders.

Apparently, those who control the Democrat Party don’t have a lot of confidence that Joe Biden can win the Democratic Primary.  It will be interesting to see if the DNC pulls another shenanigan against Sanders like they did in 2016 in their effort to make Hillary the winner.

Iran Fires Missiles On U.S. Bases in Iraq 1/8/20
Iran fired missiles into two U.S. bases in Iraq last night.  The Iranian Revolutionary Guard took responsibility for the attacks and claimed dozens of people were killed and hundreds were hurt after more than a dozen ballistic missiles were fired from Iran into Iraq. 

President Trump addressed the nation this morning and reported no U.S. or Iraqi forces were harmed and only minimal structural damage has been reported – and that Iran appears to be standing down.  The President said the U.S. will immediately impose additional crippling sanctions on Iran – and he once again emphasized “we do not want war . . . we want peace.”

President Trump called on the European nations to unite with the U.S. in “persuading” Iran to pursue peace instead of war.  He also requested NATO to take a more active role in the Middle East.  President Trump reminded Iran that the U.S. Military can deliver overwhelming force at lightning speed if necessary . . . but the U.S. prefers to pursue peaceful solutions rather than war.

Comment:  President Trump displayed remarkable poise, strength and resolve in responding to Iran’s “face-saving” attack.  No reasonable-thinking American citizen wants another war, and that is why Democrats and Republicans need to rally behind our Commander in Chief, especially when he is dealing with enemies who are calling for “Death to America.”

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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