A Nation Who No Longer Serves God

June 26, 2015…An American Historic and Sad Day…

As I sat in my living room and heard the news of our nation’s Supreme Court’s ruling today regarding same-sex marriage, I began to cry. But, I was not crying because of what our justices had just voted into law or their vote against individual state rights. I was crying because of the tragic loss of our Divine and Spiritual influences of the church, through Jesus Christ, upon our nation and society. Where has our Power and Position gone?

I can only speak of the days and times in which I have lived. I cannot speak of generations and generations ago as I was born in the 20th century; 1956 to be exact. But, let me share what I have witnessed in my fifty-nine years of living in this nation (not necessarily in chronological order).

I have witnessed Viet-Nam; the 60’s Civil Rights Movement; the accomplishments and defeats of NASA including Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon; the first electric typewriter; the first heart plant surgery; the election of President John F. Kennedy and his assassination three years later; the Cuban Missile Crisis; the Cold War and bomb drills; the “I Have a Dream” speech; the senseless assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr, and Bobby Kennedy; the ruling of Roe versus Wade (1973); the spread of AIDS and other STD diseases (80’s), the national enforcement of Separation of Church and State; the taking down of the Ten Commandments in public places; the removal of reading the Bible in public schools and public places; not allowing prayer before athletic events in public schools; taking the Biblical meaning of “Christ” out of Christmas; not being able to wish someone a “Merry Christmas” while working in the retail world; the promotion of alternative life-styles; the promotion by social media, TV, and Hollywood to desensitize all moral and Biblical values; the moral decline from family shows such as “Father Knows Best” and “Andy Griffith” to Bart Simpson and Modern Family; the introduction of the personal computer, the introduction of the World Wide Web (90’s), the attack upon and demise of the traditional family unit; the terrorist attack of 9/11; Desert Storm, the rise of Islam and ISIS around the world; watching world-wide catastrophic storms and weather patterns all over the globe; and local churches and Pastors that were once grounded in the Word of God following the “world” and becoming no more than speakers in country club settings and places for fun and entertainment.

With the continued demise of moral values, weakening church-influences upon our society, and the loss of traditional family values, is it any wonder that today’s ruling favored the Homosexual community? No; of course not.

Let me just say this. To disagree with someone’s choices in life is not an act of hate. I disagree with the “practice” of homosexuality from a Biblical perspective. From the beginning, God ordained the family and the act of procreation through one man and one woman. Yes; God loves the sinner (He died for the whole world), but He hates the sins of the world. (See Genesis 1, John 3:16-17 and Romans 10).

Here is my take on the matter. In the book of II Chronicles 7:14 it reads, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

This is a “conditional” promise from God. So, who is to blame for the downfall of our nation and society? I suppose those who name the name of God but who do not follow his teachings in their daily lives.

Just as I have witnessed many changes in our nation’s history over the past fifty-plus years I have witnessed tremendous changes from the pulpits of our churches to the lives of those who attend church. What has happened? Isn’t our God the Same, Yesterday, Today, and Forever? Yes; He is…But, we are not.

Do you recall a time in your life when church and church activities set your calendar and schedule for the week, for the month, and for the year? I do. I remember a time when every function in our family’s lives depended upon what was happening at the House of God. My children did not practice or play baseball, softball, or soccer on Sundays. We didn’t shop at the Wal-Mart on Sundays. We didn’t spend summer weekends at the lake or winter weekends at ski resorts and try to fit “church” in when we had nothing else planned. We attended week-long revival meetings where the evangelist preached Heaven sweet and Hell hot. Back then, Holy Ghost conviction was the norm for repenting and calling upon the Lord to save you; not just an emotional response and a simple hand-shake.

Prayer Meetings were actually prayer- meetings where all the people in attendance gathered around the altar to pray in one accord and one mind over the lives of their loved ones and the many burdens they were facing. I recall taking “every” problem we faced to God in those weekly cooperate prayer meetings; as well as personal daily prayers on behalf of my family.
Christians even dressed more modestly back then than they do today. And, they possessed respect for the House of God. You may have worn bathing suits, shorts, and slacks at home and out in the community, but you dressed appropriately for the sacred environment of the church’s sanctuary. Today, people dress as if they are going to a concert or the beach; not to church…Just “whatever” feels good is the fade…And, some churches actually proudly advertise, “We are the church for non-church people.” In other words, come as you are and live as you please…just remember to learn how to smile through every difficulty in life!

Today, we have many good “teaching” preachers and pastors across our nation, but very few “preaching” preachers and pastors. There is a huge difference! Teaching imputes knowledge into our hearts and mind…Then, we choose accordingly to obey or disobey God’s teachings. Preaching, some might even call “Old-Time Preaching,” brings about conviction through the Power of the Holy Spirit to “transform” and “renew” one’s life in Christ. You can teach a person not to drink alcohol or to reframe from other sinful vices all you wish, but without the empowerment of the convicting power of the Holy Spirit he or she cannot overcome the temptation.

For some strange reason, the “church” decided to start following the world’s standards instead of maintaining and following God’s standards. In our modern-day world, the “world” sees no differences between their life-styles and many of those who claim to be followers of Christ. The influential Power of the Holy Spirit has been reduced and removed due to our own lack of commitment and blatant sinful behaviors. The world generally sees Christians as “people-haters” filled with biases and judgmental taunts. They no longer see the church as a living institution born through the Blood of Christ that offers Hope and Salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Contemporary and Rock music became the focal point of many churches beginning in the 80’s. Out went the choir lofts and in came the platform stages geared at entertaining the “younger” crowds. Churches brought in worldly sounding instruments played by worldly dressed musicians. The motto became “dress-down” to attract the “younger” world to come “inside” of our churches…But, as we “dressed-down” and learned to jump up and down to the beat of the music, the power of the church through Christ Jesus to “transform” lives became weaker and weaker. We began to have a “form of godliness but denying the Power thereof.

Then, our churches began to teach a “positive attitude Gospel” as opposed to the Good News of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ to save us from our sins and reconcile us back to God. At this point, it was no longer a matter of what anyone did or said, or how they lived, just as long as they approached life and all of its trials with a giant smile on their face. After all, we are a happy, happy bunch…Right?

But, Jesus taught us to “sow the Gospel with our tears.” The Bible says, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.” (Psalm 126:5) There’s not too much to be joyful about when your neighbor or loved one is going to Hell. You can smile all you wish, but your tears will bring them to Christ! Then, you shall reap in Joy!

So, week after week for the last three decades or so, crowds of people have assembled themselves in our churches week after week to have a “form of godliness” while denying the Power thereof. What Power? The Power to see Salvation; a transformed life birthed into the Kingdom of God through Jesus Christ…Not the self –will power and mindset to smile when all of hell is breaking out around you! In all honesty, if your life is falling apart I suggest you find a closet, close the door, and cry your heart out with hot, burning tears unto a Holy God! Ask God to send a “spirit” of reverence, revelation, repentance, and meekness into your life. Ask God to save you!

So, lastly, here we are….June 26, 2015 and our nation has ruled on behalf of gay and lesbian couples all over our nation to come boldly out of the closet and run to the nearest court-house to obtain a license to legally marry….It doesn’t matter what God and the Bible has to say about it. I suggest that you read from the New Testament Bible in the book of Romans, chapter one, for a complete in-depth teaching on the matter.

Question: Did we, as members of the church, realize how far we were straying away from God? Did we listen to God when we first started compromising with the world? As the old saying goes, “Sin will take your farther than you wanted and keep you there longer than you wanted.” And, that is exactly where we are today…Far, far away from the Holy teachings, practices, and preaching of God.

We have but ONE chance to regain God’s favor and mercy upon our land and that is through actual repentance, prayer, confession, and transformation. Do I mean to throw out all the contemporary songs and just sing, “Amazing Grace?” Do I mean that all the ladies are to start wearing long dresses and hats and sit each week with a frown on your face? No, no, I don’t. But, I do suggest that we go back to “Bethel” and understand what and who the church represents and what its purpose is here on planet Earth; and prayerfully seek HIS FACE for Divine guidance.

The truth is that the church should be a place of separation from the wiles of the world, Satan, and worldly systems. Our distinctness is what should “draw” and “appeal” to a lost and dying world who can’t find the right answers to life’s problems…The true church has the right answer…JESUS CHRIST…. and those professing Jesus should walk and live according to HIS teachings, plan, and purpose.

God wasn’t just filling a page with empty words when He said:
If my people, (Believers in God through Christ) which are called by my name(Christians), shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Amen.

Remember, God Loves You (But hates sin)…John 3:16

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Election Day…It’s Time to be Heard

Election Day…It’s Time to be Heard…

Tomorrow, November 4, 2014, will be an important day in the lives of Americans. It is mid-term election day. Oh, how I wish that ALL Americans would take part in their civic duty to vote the convictions of their heart. It is a privilege as well as duty. But, sadly, too many people will neglect this most valued trust and allow “others” to be their voice. But, “It’s Time to be Heard.”

If you are like me you are probably wondering which “voice” will be heard? Will it be the super liberal voice that chooses to uphold every whim and wham that comes along with little to no restrictions or restraints whatsoever? Or, will it be the more conservative voice that upholds logical boundaries and standards to protect everyone within our society as a whole? If you are a follower of my blog, you already know where I stand…I am a conservative who upholds traditional family values and Christian principles. So, my voice will be heard as a conservative.

It’s not against the law to stand on one side or the other. I have the same right to vote as the super liberal; and the super liberal has the same right to vote as me. That’s the privilege of voting one’s own conscience and convictions. The problem lies within those who seek “not” to vote either way, but live with the choices of others.

As an American I have the right to speak out against abortion. I have the right to speak out against non-traditional marriages. However; I am for the protection of innocent life, and I am for the protection of traditional marriage. I am against Hollywood’s attempts to magnify sin and make fun of righteousness. I am for the promotion of righteousness and against the magnification of sin. I liked it better when the good guys won and the bad guys lost. Life was much simpler then.

I am for protecting our nation’s borders and protecting our citizens against wide-spread diseases such as Ebola. I am for the support of Israel and against the wide-spread terror of radical Islam. I am for a strong military and support of military families all across the globe. I am for the protection of our elderly and care for our poor who truly cannot fend for themselves. But, I am against the redistribution of wealth to give to those who do not seek to work, but rather seek to receive the benefits of someone else’s hard work. I support and uphold education; both public and private. And, I am persuaded in the belief that Jesus Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and the only way to God. I believe that there is a Heaven to gain and a hell to shun for the Christian Believer.

This is who I am…And, currently within the borders of my nation, I have the right to stand on these principles whether they are currently popular or not. And, that my friend is what election day is all about. “It’s a Time to be Heard.” VOTE!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

If It Had Not Been the Lord…

“If It Had Not Been the Lord…”

Psalm 124 begins by saying, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side.” Have you ever wondered what your life might be like “If it had not been for the LORD on your side?” I know I have. First of all, my soul would be doomed and forever lost. But, thanks be unto our LORD JESUS CHRIST, my soul has been redeemed. Second, if it wasn’t for the LORD on my side I would not know Peace. Only our LORD can grant us peace in the midst of a very chaotic world where tribulations and daily trials exists. Third, I would not know Agape Love if it was not for my LORD being on my side. God is Love and those who come to Him know Him through Love and are granted an Agape Love for the brethren as it is taught in the book of I John. To know God is to know unselfish Love.

In addition to knowing the LORD is on my side in these areas, I am also very thankful and grateful to know my LORD as my Great Protector. Israel depended upon the LORD to protect them against their enemies. They knew that without the LORD’s protection they could be easily “given over as prey” and devoured from the earth. That’s the same way it is with Christians today. Without the LORD’s protection, we can easily become “prey” through other people’s verbal assaults, gossip, and emotional abuse.

Sadly, there are people in this world who are filled with hate, malice, anger, and condemnation for those around them. These people persecute rather than offer comfort. They boldly attack people with their harsh and angry words and unwillingness to demonstrate God’s love and forgiveness. They would rather keep a spirit of conflict and adversity thriving rather than promote a spirit of peace and unity. But, this is not what God wants for His people. And, this is one of the many reasons why I am thankful that the Lord is on my side.

Israel had enemies in the Old Testament Bible days and they still have enemies today. As a Christian, you can expect to have enemies all of your life as well. The world did not accept Jesus and they will not accept His followers. Psalms 124:7-8 says, “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we are escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Yes; our help comes in the Name of the Lord!

Today, you may be facing an unexpected enemy in your own life; someone or a group of many who relentlessly provoke injustices towards you no matter how hard you have tried to reconcile their indifferences. In the name of Christ Jesus our LORD give them over unto HIM and let Him be your Protector against their wicked schemes, verbal assaults, and emotional persecutions. Then, you can say like Israel did, “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side….” ONLY the LORD can deliver us from our enemies…

Oh, such sweet, blessed Peace to have the LORD on our side. Oh, my friend, today, put your Trust in the LORD; our Heavenly Father, in the blessed name of Jesus. Let the LORD be your Protector in ALL things and areas of your life. As the Bible teaches, “If GOD be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Then, you, too, can testify, “If it had not been the LORD who was on my side…” Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

This is the Condemnation…

“This is the Condemnation…”

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19)

Last night, I watched a news report on ABC’s 20/20 regarding two teenage girls in high school engaged in a homosexual relationship. The report stated that the older girl, a senior age eighteen, was involved with a younger girl, a freshman age fourteen. The older teen was charged with having sexual relationships with a minor. She was jailed for two years and sentenced three years probation.

Actually, I was glad to see that the Law, in this particular case, “swings” both ways. I am certain that some would have wanted the charges to be dismissed because it was a girl with a girl relationship. But, how many little girls have been the victims of older girls wishing to “experiment” with their own sexual desires, fantasies, and preferences? Many a little girls have been violated by the “experiments” of older girls. And, sadly, the same is true with little boys being molested by older boys and men.

A few years back, while I was still teaching in public school, a group of eight grade girls invited a group of sixth grade girls to a party. When the sixth grade girls arrived, they soon discovered that the older girls were engaged in sexual activities with one another. The object of the “party-game” was for the “new” sixth grade girls to participate. However, a couple of the sixth grade girls refused. So, they called their parents asking to come home. When these parents discovered what was happening at the party, they reported it to the authorities and to the school board. Since all of the girls involved at the party were minors, no charges were legally filed, but lessons were definitely learned.

In another similar account, a group of upcoming freshmen were invited to participate with the high school band at a football game. The eight graders invited were very excited about the opportunity to perform at the high school football game. However, after their half time performance, these same eight graders discovered that many of the band members were blatantly engaging in public display of affection one with another; both heterosexual and homosexual, even as staff members and other spectators silently stood by. The scenes were so disturbing for some of the eight graders that they quit the band and never tried out the following fall.

Scenes like this are becoming too many and too widespread across our nation and globe. Those who prefer to remain in a traditional, Bible-believing, heterosexual life-style are becoming the butt-end of jokes and mockery. Good is being called, “bad,” and “bad” is being called, “good.”

The Bible warns us of these approaching times right before the return of Christ Jesus for his bride, the church. Because of such accounts, we have arrived at a time when parents “must” inform their children of the evil deeds of darkness. We must teach our children and grandchildren that they will be persecuted and mocked for their Biblical beliefs and stand…Yet; we must teach them to stand strong. We cannot afford to take these accounts, events, and happenings lightly…Our heritage depends upon it.

The Bible teaches that man has always preferred “darkness” to the “Light.” Jesus Christ being the Light. The Bible teaches us in the book of Luke that, “You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. All men will hate you because of me (Jesus Christ). But not a hair of your head will perish. By standing firm you will gain life.” (Luke 21: 16-19 NIV).

The teachings and prophecies of the Bible are sure. They have been forever proven right from the beginning and have no doubt of being proven right for our future…The Lord’s coming is at hand; and we must stand strong against the wiles of Satan and the evil deeds of darkness. Our children and grandchildren will not be able to stand without strong Biblical teachings on these matters. We cannot afford to put our “heads in the sand” and dismiss what is happening all around us. God forbid.

Today, if you have not already done so, meet with your children and grandchildren. Take out the Word of God, the Bible, and plainly show them the future persecutions of those who “believe” and “follow” the ways of the Lord…But, more than anything else show them the future that God has promised to all those who “believe” and “follow” HIS ways. I encourage you NOT to wait for another day…Today, is the day of Salvation…Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

God’s Will…Really?

God’s Will…Really?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 55:8 KJV)

So often, we say that we desire and want God’s will in our lives, but do we “really” understand what God’s will might be?

Have you ever thought that while we are “seeking” and “searching” for God’s will for our life that we are actually living it moment by moment? Every moment that we, as committed Christian believers, live is NOT living outside of God’s will for our lives…As a matter of fact Jesus prayed, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). And, if you will recall, that didn’t stop his persecutions, rejections, beatings, or crucifixion…Asking for God’s will in our lives does not “spare” us from the good, bad, or ugly…

Asking for God’s will in our lives is more about surrendering to “FAITH” than getting things our way…As Christians we are taught by Scripture that, Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not YET seen (Hebrews 11:1)…As Christians we must learn to conduct and discipline our lives as, ”believing that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). So, finding God’s will for our lives has absolutely nothing to do with getting all of our prayers answered the way we would like or prefer them to be answered…It’s actually about accepting life as it happens as being what God has purposed, planned, and allowed for our lives at the present moment…

Don’t fret or worry. I know how difficult and challenging this can be. I have been living through a particular family situation that has gone on for over ten years without being resolved…As a matter of fact it seemingly continues to decline and grow wearier with each passing day. I have bombarded Heaven day and night with both my prayers and tears without seeing the matter get any better. I have prayed scriptures over the matter. I have sought the prayers of others whom I felt I could confide; and sadly even a few of them betrayed my trust. I have seen 1AM, 2AM, 3AM, and 4AM come and go night after night without one single indication that the situation is getting even close to being resolved…It goes beyond my human reasoning and abilities to understand or comprehend the complexities of it all…God just continues to remain SILENT regarding the matter…And, it doesn’t appear to bother the others involved one tiny bit…So, I continue to live day by day feeling the blunt end of the heavy burden and major disappointments of it all…Time and days that can never be gained back while here on Earth.

So, this year I have resolved myself to finding a place of “Acceptance” regarding the whole thing. A place where I will just PRAISE the LORD anyway no matter the continued dismal outcome…It grieves me to no end knowing that if the matter is not resolved very soon that I will miss out on precious family quality time, happenings, and events…But, what else can I do? Besides sending up my daily prayers I have jumped through every hoop and walked every plank set before me…But, none of my efforts have brought forth restitution or fellowship…As the Bible teaches, I have sought Peace, Love, Mercy, Forgiveness, Restitution, and Fellowship, but without positive results…The other parties involved simply refuse to budge, even though they claim to be Christians serving God with their lives…I have resolved that they have a “will” too, and their “will” is that this matter be “not” resolved; not at this time anyway…Truthfully, I can no longer judge what God allows and doesn’t allow for someone else’s life. He knows the hearts of all men…

So, finding God’s will in this particular matter, or in any other daily matter, comes down to “acceptance-by- faith.” As the age-old Serenity Prayer says:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.
–Reinhold Niebuhr

In 2014, may we all be reminded within our hearts and minds to live each day knowing that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts; neither are our ways His ways. (Isaiah 55:8 KJV) And, may we each one find the Serenity Path to guide our steps along the way. God Bless You…

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

“Phil Robertson, Liberals Don’t Play Fair!”

“Phil Robertson, Liberals Don’t Play Fair!”

For decades and decades it seemed all we ever heard from the left-winged media and far-left liberals was, “Equality, Equality.” Before we knew it law after law had been passed to “protect” their rights against being discriminated from almost anything and everything under the sun…But, look where it has gotten us…Now, the Conservatives, mostly those of us who consider ourselves as being Christians, are being discriminated against on every side, situation, and circumstance…

Unlike the Liberals, we simply shook our heads and remained silent. In our homes, we stopped watching certain programs on TV, stopped reading certain magazines, stopped going to certain places where liberalism and an “anything-goes” mentality and philosophy ruled. For years and years now, as both Conservatives and Christians, we just kept pulling our boundaries in smaller and smaller to accommodate and ensure the Liberals a larger and much larger playing field. Now, our section of the playing field has become so small that there’s hardly any room left to play at all…The Liberals have taken it over…And, we, as Conservative Christians, are quickly learning that “Liberals Don’t Play Fair!”

Many groups of people do not actually want “Equality,” they simply want to be heard and seen. They want to be “Number One,” Supreme, Superior, “In Your Face,” or be a Number 10 on a scale of 1-10! Symbolically speaking, they want to bring every toy they have in their toy chest to the play ground, but get mad and pitch tantrums when the other player brings even one of his or her own personal toys to the playing field…In other words, they always want to be, “King of the Hill.”

Take Far-left Liberals verses Christians…Far-left Liberals bring their nudity to the Big Screen and TV’s. They bring their free sex with whomever they please beliefs; their filthy and provocative language; their right to drink, party, and do drugs life-style; their “split-in-your-eye” attitudes; their demands that “everyone has equal say including child molesters and rapists but not unborn babies;” their “love-the-one-you’re-with (men, women, or both)” and “anything goes” philosophies. They bring their “I’m entitled to anything that I want” attitudes; and their “I’m against any type of organized religious” perspectives loud and clear everywhere they go. Simply speaking, “Free Birds” as they like to be called…

But, let a dedicated Christian bring to the playing field one simple tool from his Hope Chest, the Bible, and the Liberal crowd goes screaming like a flock of wild turkeys that he, she, or they are being discriminated against… In actuality, all a Christian has to do to upset a Liberal is simply READ from the Word of God and it tends to send them into orbit…As the old saying goes, “The Word of God will either draw you closer to God or drive you away!”

Christians have been being persecuted since the beginning of Christianity over two-thousand years ago…Sadly, the Bible teaches that we will continue being persecuted right up to the very moment when Christ Jesus will return to take away HIS followers; called Christians…I wonder what the Far-Left, non-believing Liberals are going to do then, and who are they going to blame when countless numbers of people are suddenly missing from planet Earth? Will they feel that they have been discriminated against for being “left behind?” Lord, have mercy!

Phil Robertson, I don’t understand A&E’s decision or the liberal media for getting so hyped over your sharing your personal beliefs…Are they so confused that they don’t understand that Christians, having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, are to associate themselves with the Teachings of the BIBLE? And, after receiving Christ Jesus into our hearts as our personal Savior, we dedicate our lives to following HIS Teachings and not those of the Liberal world, liberal media, or liberal entertainment society?

Maybe, our nation needs a good dose of teaching on what it means to be a bona-fide Christian…And, thanks to you Phil Robertson and your family’s steadfast Faith in the Lord maybe some of them just might learn!

Perhaps, our denominational doctrines may differ somewhat, but as long as we both know Jesus as God manifested in the flesh (John 1:14) who came to earth to take away our sins and to reconcile us back unto God (John 3:16-17) through His virgin birth, sinless life, precious blood, and finished works at Calvary, I believe we can agree to agree that we are Brothers and Sisters in Christ, serving the same Lord, and looking for his soon-to-be blessed second coming! Therefore, you have my strongest support in your future quest and endeavors.

God Bless you Phil Robertson and the entire Robertson Family…I know the Lord will guide you through this most challenging and exciting time in His Name…Amen…

Remember, God Loves You! And, that makes me HAPPY! HAPPY! HAPPY!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

Here Comes the Holidays!

Here Comes the Holidays…

“A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” Ecclesiastes 3:4

The Holiday Season is now upon us and with it comes various preparations, traditions, routines, programs, traveling, card sending, letter writing, shopping, purchases, wrappings, decorating, cooking and baking, gatherings and feastings, giving and receiving, clean up and pick up, returns, and exhaustion…Ahh…a time to laugh and a time to weep…:)

The Holidays bring into our lives times of laughter, excitement, and merriment…But, they can also remind us of the more lonely and sadder times within our lives…Not everyone gets to travel. Not every family gathers to feast. Not everyone has the time, health, nor money to shop until they drop. Not every family can purchase and decorate a tree…And, some children may not find that special gift on Christmas morn…And, many families each year are separated by the winds and distant miles of “service unto our country.” And, some are even sadly reflecting upon the recent loss of a loved one…A time to mourn.

Thus, we enter into a season that requires the need for “balance.” We must be careful to “balance” our lives, our purses, our taste buds, our emotions, and our energies during the upcoming days and weeks ahead…

As a child, I could not wait until the holidays to get to spend time at my grandparents’ homes with all of my aunts, uncles, and cousins…To me, that is one of the more valued reasons of the holiday season as well as being thankful and grateful for all that God has provided and done in our lives…But, even I had to accept that our family could not always “gather” as it once had…We live in a different time and mindset than we did back in the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s when gathering together with the family had more meaning and opportunities…Today, emails, texts, and Facebook have taken over traditional gatherings around the table or sitting in front of the fireplace with loved ones…But, don’t get me wrong…I’m very thankful to be able to see pictures and hear from family members whom I cannot be with in person…So, I, too, must be careful to keep my own emotions in check and in balance…Keeping focused on the truer and real meaning of the Holidays…A Time to slow down, stop, reflect, and be Thankful to our Creator for all of our Blessings

This Holiday Season I wish everyone a time of “balance” as they carry out and conduct their own traditions and customs…But, most importantly, I wish everyone “JESUS” into their hearts and lives. For Jesus is the Reason for the Season…. Christmas is ALL about JESUS; a time to celebrate the greatest birth on Earth; the greatest display of God’s Love towards sinful man…

This season, let’s not allow “all” the others activities and wishes in our lives to rob us of the true meaning of the Season…A time to reflect upon Elohim God, Mighty Owner of Earth; Jehovah God the Great I Am; Emmanuel God being interpreted, “God is With Us…” And, if God be for us, who can be against us.” Now, that’s something to truly celebrate!! A time to dance…
Amen…

For me, the Holidays and “EVERYDAY” are a summary of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that HE gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting Life, for God sent not His son into the world to condemn it, but that the world through Him might be saved.” Hallelujah, Amen! Thank you Jesus for this Holiday Season…For Without You where would I be?….

And, on that note…Happy Forthcoming Holiday Season!

Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, Author