It’s Not My America Anymore…

It’s Not My America Anymore…

Do you recognize it?  America?  I don’t.  Its social and political features have changed so much so that I can no longer envision the nation that I once lived.  It has changed from North to South and from East to West.  My backyard remains the same. The drive to the local Wal-Mart is the same, but the nation itself has changed.  Its fundamental infrastructure no longer exists.

Nearly eight years ago, the people of our nation elected as its president a man who is not afraid to point his finger in the face of God and say, “I will do it my way.”  And, he has done just that. He promised “change,” and change is exactly what we got…But, not a good change.  Evil is now celebrated as being good, right, and courageous while morality, good, and decency are mocked and ridiculed. We are now living in a nation who “does what is right in their own eyes.”  (Judges 17:6).

But, let me assure you.  None of the events and happenings around the world is a surprise to God.  Everything is moving in the right direction according to God’s timetable. And, the current world leaders that HE has placed into their positions are carrying out exactly what God ordained them to do from the foundation of the world.  I may not agree nor like my current president’s governing abilities, but he is serving out God’s purpose and plan for our nation during this present day and time; whether or not he is aware of it.  But, oh, my friend, one day our nation’s president along with all the other world leaders (past, present, and future) will know who truly leads the events of this planet as every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Jesus as Lord.

I have to admit that even though I am a Christian I was not “looking” each and every day for the second coming of our LORD, or as some refer to it as the Rapture of the Church, as I should have been.  I have faithfully served our LORD for the past forty years alongside of my husband who is an ordained minister. We raised our three daughters in church and we built our lives upon God’s Biblical principles.  But, I must admit that I wasn’t living with a daily focus on the expectancy of our LORD’S return.  I have always loved studying Bible prophecy. I have watched the “signs” for over forty years now, but I wasn’t praying daily, “Even so, Lord Jesus, Come Quickly.”  But that has quickly changed!

Like so many other Christians, I know that the Day of the Lord can appear at anytime in a twinkling of an eye. I am thankful to know that my name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.  But, I must confess that I possess way too much of this old world in my pocket and in my heart to sincerely pray, “Lord, Come Quickly.”  Like most families, I want to see my children and grandchildren grow up, go off to college, eventually marry, and have children of their own. I look forward to becoming a Great-grandmother one day because I already know how wonderful it is being a grandmother…So, the thoughts of another beautiful generation of babies birthed into our family and into this world filled my thoughts and heart with Joy.

But, all of that is quickly fading. I am now very concerned about the world and nation that we call home. We are living in a sickened society where our nation’s top leader calls to congratulate a once gold-medalist swimmer for changing his gender from male to female while he carelessly salutes our nation’s finest Marines with a cup of Star-Bucks in his hand.  How flippant and disrespectful can the leader of the free world be?

Also, being a retired public educator, I have always been an advocate of our nation’s public schools. But;  not any longer. Now, my grandchildren and future great-grandchildren will be exposed to gender-free environments that indoctrinate and encourage them to “choose” whichever gender they wish to remain as well as experimenting with multiple sexual partners to determine gender preference.  Sadly, my grandchildren won’t even feel safe in our nation’s military since they can no longer publicly exhibit their Christian faith, beliefs, and freedoms.

This is no longer the safe and peaceful nation and society that  I wish to see my children, grandchildren, or future grandchildren fight to live or survive.  I now envision my children living in a beautiful Millennium Kingdom with Christ Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, as their eternal Leader.  A place where God’s Laws are the Laws of the Land. I now desire to see my family and friends walk down the Street of Gold that runs alongside the River of Life.  Since my grandsons enjoy fishing I know they will enjoy this most majestic River! I now long to see the Twelve Fruits of Righteousness that will blossom to feed the Millennium nations by God’s own Hands….Ah, what visions these Truths hold within my heart!  Yes! There is a bright future for those of us who Trust in Christ Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior.

Maybe; just perhaps, this is what ALL of this madness is supposed to accomplish…All Christians everywhere letting go of this present day world and looking forward to our Lord’s soon coming and to our eternal home in Heaven clothed in all of its glorious splendor.  Let us wake up out of our sleep and Look Up for our Redemption draweth nigh.

Like never before in my lifetime I can sincerely pray with great expectancy, “Come, Lord Jesus. Come Quickly.”  Amen.

Remember, God Loves You!

Lin T Rollins, M.Ed, Author

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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

In 2015 “Study to Show Thyself Approved…”

Study to show thyself (your own self) approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (II Timothy 2:15 KJV).

If you have one New Year’s resolution that you stick with, I would encourage you to make it daily Bible reading and study.
Notice that the scripture says, “study to show thyself (your own self) approved unto God….” Without Bible study you will never understand nor comprehend how much God really and truly loves you and how much HE wants to be the guide and leader in your life.

There are an innumerable number of things in life all bidding for your time and attention. Nevertheless, only the Bible guides your heart, mind, and life to follow the things of God. Without regular, disciplined study of the Word of God you will never find God’s will for your life nor His Peace that passes all understanding.

There are no hidden secrets, tricks, societies, plans, magic, personal agendas, or “wishes” that can lead you to God. God chose HIS Word to reveal himself…And, God’s Word became flesh through the person Jesus Christ and dwelled among us. (John 1:14). We can only find out about God and His Son Jesus Christ (God manifested in the flesh) through intensive reading and study of His Word, the Holy Bible.

Many a non-believer and skeptic have come away “believing” after reading and studying the Bible. It is still the number one best-selling book of all time and will continue being so until Christ returns.

Ask yourself this question. Why fill your mind and life with manmade philosophies that are unproven rather than filling your mind and life with God’s Word, the Bible? Only the Word of God contains The Truth, The Way, and The Life which pleases God and settles a man’s or woman’s own heart.

My friend, I encourage and beg you to “Break Away” to find God in all things by reading and studying God’s Word for yourself. Make reading and studying God’s Word the number one priority in your life. Read and study for yourself to find out who God really is and discover your purpose for life. Amen.

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

He’s Coming to Town

“You better watch out; you better not cry!”

Remember, being told as a child that Santa Claus is coming to town, so you better be good? And, suddenly you would change your bad behavior.

Just knowing that the big jolly man with the white beard was coming to town was enough for any kid to stop misbehaving and put a smile on their face. But, do you know that there’s a REAL someone much greater than the myth of Santa Claus who really is coming to town in a twinkle-of-an-eye? That someone is Jesus Christ.

Jesus is NOT imaginary or a myth. And, HE really does see and hear everything we say or do; even our thoughts and intentions. Jesus isn’t someone who only comes into our lives one time of the year. For those of us who Believe, HE is with us each and every day.

Jesus wants to come into every little boy’s and every little girl’s heart no matter how naughty or nice they have been. According to the Bible, Jesus came to Earth to save “whosoever” will call upon His Name. (See Romans chapter 13.)

The greatest gift ever given unto man was not found in a sled or in a big red sack, but was born in a manger over two thousand years ago. The Gift of Jesus Christ is the only gift that keeps on giving for a lifetime and throughout all of eternity.

This year instead of keeping an eye out for Santa, keep your eyes focused on Jesus; the real reason for the season.

Merry Christmas and Remember, God Loves You!

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

The Non-Improved, Darker Version of America

The Non-Improved, Darker Version of America

I have just read a very disturbing article where a twenty-four year old mother converted to radical Islam because of its traditional family values and objections to western society’s immoral behaviors. My question is this. Shouldn’t such fundamental seekers be turning to Christianity for the very foundation of spiritual and moral values and the traditional family; not radical Islam?

Has the non-improved, darker version of America so darkened the Light of fundamental Christianity that our entire nation appears to be lost in darkness to the rest of the world? America, a nation that once stood as a representative to the True LIGHT of Jesus Christ and sent out more missionaries than any other nation on earth is now rejected by the lost and dying world because of her own participation in immoral sins??!! Saints of God…WAKE UP!!!

Sadly, our nation elected a president who embraces anything but fundamental, traditional Christian moral values. He eagerly calls to congratulate major league athletes who come out of the closet to proclaim their homosexuality while he disrespectfully salutes our Marines with a cup of coffee in his hand as if he is just blowing them off.
The entire world has taken notice of this president’s radical behaviors and attempts to discredit our nation’s Christian heritage. Sadly, the world has concluded that since, “we the people” elected him as our leader then the entire nation must be in agreement with his sins. Yes, I said, “sins!”

As a nation, we are being led by a man who calls right wrong and wrong right. The Bible plainly teaches, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” But, thanks be unto our Lord and Savior, this president does not speak for me or my family. He is a rebel and an antagonist to all born-again Christians who still seek the TRUTH that is only found in JESUS CHRIST within the BIBLE; the Word of God.

Oh, what a sad, sad day to read that hundreds if not thousands are converting to a radical way of life in order to reject “western society’s infidel ways.” Oh, if the world could only see that countless numbers of families in America REJECT all of this immorality and non-traditional family values. Oh, if they could only see that we are still a nation where thousands of families meet regularly to faithfully Worship and Praise our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who died to set ALL men and women free from sin. (John 3:16). And, if the world could only see that there are still thousands and thousands who seek to “serve” and live for our LORD in all that we say and do.

Oh, to remember the blessed America before the “non-improved, darker version of America” arose. There is only ONE way to redemption and that my friend is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ…If someone, anyone, is seeking and searching for a better and moral way of life as well as eternal life after death let us point them to the CROSS of Calvary…not radical Islam. Amen.

Remember, GOD Loves You! Through the Name of Jesus.
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author

Deliver Me From My Enemies

“Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God; defend me from them that rise up against me.” (Psalm 59).

Possibly, in my life time or since the late 1930’s and early 1940’s, are we seeing such a massive uprising of physical attacks and assaults on a people because of their ethnicity and faith.

It’s getting more and more difficult to watch the daily news without ever-growing concerns for our Christian brothers and sisters living in the Middle East as well as the daily bombardments on Israel. One would have to be completely living with their head buried in the sand to not see what is happening. God’s enemies are boldly moving throughout our globe as they see earth’s final days quickly approaching.

In the New Testament book of Matthew, chapter twenty-four, Jesus himself reveals the “signs” and “events” that will be occurring at his second coming. Could the headlines of today’s news say it any plainer? Yes; many of these events and happenings have been taking place on our planet at one time or another ever since Jesus ascended back into Heaven over 2,000 years ago. But, Jesus also taught that the world’s end-of-time troubles would come on much like birth pangs intensifying stronger and stronger as the day approaches.

I remember when our oldest daughter went into labor with our first grandchild. We took her to the hospital three times in one day as the pains continued. But, on that fourth and final trip the pains had become closer and closer and more unbearable. When we walked through the front entrance of the birthing center that time the nurse took one look and said, “She’s got the look.” What look you might ask? The look of intense pain and suffering! She was suffering and she wasn’t even able to get a good breath from one pain to the other. That seems to be what is happening all around us on planet Earth. We cannot get through one piece of bad news before another one hits right on top of it.

The pains, sorrows, and trials of this life are getting closer and closer and seemingly harder and harder to manage. It appears to me that Jesus’ return is on the horizon. I beg you my friend to make your election sure; your Salvation in Jesus Christ. That you know that you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are a child of God’s, born-again, filled with the Holy Spirit, and ready for your departure ALL in the name of Jesus Christ.

The only sure way to be “delivered” from the enemies of this life and the dreadful Great Tribulation that is upon us is through the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary. Jesus is LORD and He is our only “Deliverer.” Great is HIS name. Amen.

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