The Day Dad Stopped World War II

Raymond JonesOn May 7, 1945, Germany learned that Raymond Jones of Seaboard, North Carolina, would turn 18 the next day and enlist in the U.S. Army. Rather than face THAT, Germany signed an unconditional surrender at Allied headquarters in Reims, France, to take effect the following day, ending the European conflict of World War II – and sparing my father from having to open a big old can of U.S. whoop &*^# on’em.

While Dad’s brother Milton served under Patton and saw heavy fighting, Dad arrived after the conflict and enjoyed riding through the streets of France and Germany with liberated ladies tossing kisses at him. It was during his tour that my father fell in love with Gedie, a name we were forbidden to speak of when Mom was around.

Much, much later, after Dad passed and finally Mom, too, we uncovered this letter from Gedie.

My darling Raymond!

Today is the 7th of the year 1949 and I (a word we cannot translate) you in the states, now. The time goes on. I am still on the the same place. You don’t know Darling how I feel today. I’m so alone in my room. No radio, no nothing.

I don’t see and hear nothing. Did you have a happy Christmas and a happy New Year? I lit a candle and was thinking a lot of you, my Darling. I wish that you were with me this night. Darling, I will ask you a big question. Do you still love me or not? Maybe you don’t love me any more and your mother are lying. If you do not come back Darling, so I will come to see you because I love you and always will.

I will close for today and hope you write to me sometime. Forever and always your Gedie. Please, please write to me! I love you my Darling with all my heart.

As far as we we know Dad never replied to this last letter from Gedie. It’s possible he never saw it. He and Mom were engaged at this point, maybe married. Anyway, while in Germany Dad stole a woman’s heart.

And he got to ride in an Army jeep. There are worse ways to spend your youth.

The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference is Going VIRTUAL this year! 

Join Liz Curtis Higgs at This Year's Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference

The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference is Going VIRTUAL this year! 

The Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference is Going VIRTUAL this year! 

Registration Is Open for GPCWC’s June 24-26 Conference!

Because of the ongoing pandemic and the new mutations, and out of an abundance of caution for everyone’s safety, GPCWC will be virtual in 2021.

JoinGPCWC faculty online June 24-26.

Save $$$ – NO cost for travel, lodging, and meals!

This highly INTERACTIVE and virtually AMAZING conference includes:

  • Faculty of over 55 agents, editors, authors, and other professionals!
  • 5 LIVE challenging Keynotes
  • Choose 1 of 8 LIVE Continuing Sessions
    (6 hours each plus 90 minutes in small group breakouts)
  • 6 LIVE Workshops
  • 36 pre-recorded video Workshops
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  • Lunchtime Q & A Breakouts
  • Dinnertime Breakouts with Authors
  • Surprise LIVE Author’s Night
  • 2 Appointments with Editors or Agents on first-come basis. Must register by June 1.
    Additional appointment for first 50 to register!

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Less than HALF the cost of our last 3-day conference.

GPCWC is delighted to bring Liz Curtis Higgs to this year’s event. You will not want to miss her two keynotes and hour-long workshop. Click here for an encouraging message from Liz.

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“If They Persecuted Me, They Will Persecute You Also” (John 15:20)

"End Time News"

End Time News” from finalconflict.co (All times are end times — have been since Jesus arrived.)

On Feb. 16 at Restoration House in Venezuela hooded men stabbed four Christian men. Attacked because of their faith, the four suffered serious injuries and were forced to eat pages from their Bible.

U. S. Government Considering Nationalizing Covid-19 Vaccines

"End Time News"

U. S. Government Considering Nationalizing Covid-19 Vaccines

“End Time News” from finalconflict.co (All times are end times — have been since Jesus arrived.)

The White House is considering waiving intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines in order to maximize global production and supply.

“There are a lot of different ways to do that. Right now, that’s one of the ways,” said Rene Psaki, White House press secretary.

Husband Appreciation Day – April 17, 2021

Treat your hubby like royalty on National Husband Appreciation Day

Today is Husband Appreciation Day. Who knew?

Today is Husband Appreciation Day. Who knew?

Not me. Not my wife. I dare say few knew there was such a day. Question is, why do we even need a Husband Appreciation Day? If one day is Husband Appreciation Day what of the other 364 days? Are they Husband Unappreciation days?

If you are a wife looking to show appreciation to your husband, there are only two things you need to do (This from the Book of Eddie, the often overlooked fifth Gospel of the New Testament.)

Show respect for your husband. Trust your husband.

There are a great many things husbands should show and do for their wives, but respect and trust will suffice for most husbands. I say this because way back, long ago, in The Garden, Eve failed to trust Adam. Here is the tale: (Again from the Book of Eddie).

“The LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.’ The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
(Genesis 2:16-17)

Some verses, days, months, time later . . .

The devil said, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.”
(Genesis 3:1-6)

With this one act, Eve demonstrated a lack of trust in the words of Adam: words given to him by the LORD God.

Trust and respect go together. For men, it is our mantle. If we cannot be trusted, if our character is in disrepute, we have nothing, are nothing.

Yes, men seek trust and respect but we must earn it. A day of appreciation is fine, but a life reflecting the character of Christ should be every man’s goal.

May we pray that the Holy Spirit change each of us to be that kind of man and woman.

How Did I Do on Forecasting the Second Coming of Jesus by 2033

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. may still be hailed as a prophet

In January of 2019, during an event honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) cautioned the audience that climate change would “destroy the planet” by the year 2031.

“Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us are looking up and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?’” Ocasio-Cortez told interviewer Tanehisi Coates at an “MLK Now” event in New York.

On June 5, 2019 I speculated how the representative from New York’s 14th congressional district might, in fact, be hailed as a prophet should Jesus return by 2033. Nearly two years into Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez proclamation (to be clear, she was not prophesying), let’s see how a possible roadmap I laid out for the return of Jesus has performed.

* Democratic nominee locked in by May of 2020.
✔️ Took until mid summer but by May President Biden had asserted himself as the presumptive nominee, besting Senator Bernie Sanders.

* June 2020 polls show Democratic nominee leading Trump in key battleground states Trump needs to win to be re-elected. (Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Pennsylvania). Polls show troubling numbers for him Texas and Arizona. In Iowa, New Hampshire, Ohio, North Carolina and Arizona the president and the Democratic nominee are polling even.
✔️ The 2020 election proved much closer than many in the mainstream media anticipated, but in general President Biden performed as expected.

* By July stock market reacts and begins to slide as cautious investors plan for the possibility of a President who promises huge taxes on corporations, small businesses, and the wealthy.
Wrong by miles. The stock market continues to soar.

* Ahead of forthcoming tax law changes, large corporations and the rich begin moving jobs offshore and wealth out of the country.
Wrong. Despite President Biden’s proposed tax hikes on the rich and corporations, wealth in the country remains and companies have not moved. . . yet.

* By August of 2020 US economy dips into a recession. Unemployment jumps.
✔️ Check, but for the wrong reasons. COVID caused a contraction of the economy. Unemployment increased but the government dolled out lots of money to ease hardship.

* Democrat wins election in November 2020 by promising:
✔️ Check. Open boarders for everyone
✔️ Check. Universal child care for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Free college for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Guaranteed income for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Reparations for descendants of slaves and LGBT persons
✔️ Check. Affordable housing for everyone living in America
✔️ Check. Free medicare for everyone living in America

* 3 months into new president’s first term, Democratic Congress cuts military spending to pay for promised social programs.
Wrong. No cuts in military spending. Instead, the Pentagon announced new policies enabling transgender people to serve in the military

* July 2021 US economy plunges into a depression.
  ✔️  So far it does not appear that we’re heading into a depression. The government is printing money to pay for all the gifts given during COVID. Inflation is rising, but no one seems too concerned.

Other predicted events unfolded sooner, but for different reasons.

* Spring of 2022 crime in most cities is out of control. Martial law takes affect in large towns. Things become chaotic with the military, police, and home guards staking out their turf.
✔️ Check – sort of. Crime in some cities is out of control. Rioting is now expected anytime someone of color is shot by law enforcement. (And to be clear, this happens way too often.) Some in Congress continue to call for the end of the military, prisons, and police, but for now they represent a tiny minority of those in office. The trend, however, is for more rioting and oversight of law enforcement.

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib tweeted No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can't be reformed.

I did not account for COVID and a global pandemic, or a nation so divided that those in urban areas wear masks and get vaccinated while those in rural areas reject government advice–and in some cases government orders.

I did not account for a nation splintering along racial, cultural, religious lines. It seems each week a new fissure appears. Within politics the Republican party remains divided over former President Trump, while the Democrats seem to be conflicted over whether to fully embrace socialism or try to hang onto some measure of capitalism. Sports fans can no longer simply pull for their team. Now they must decide if the team’s players, coaches, and owners subscribe to the “right” belief. The Methodist denomination seems headed for a split over the issue of gender and if the Bible is the word of God or man, while the Southern Baptist Convention faces headwinds over the issue of gender roles and if the Bible is the word of God or man.

In the Revelation of Christ the angel tells John the Disciple, “The waters which you saw are peoples and multitudes, and nations and languages.” (Revelation 17:15-17) The Psalmist say, “Who stilled the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, and the turmoil of the nations.” (Psalm 65:7) Jesus said, “On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea (peoples). People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world.” (Luke 21:25-26)

We’re not there, yet. We may not be close to there, yet. But we’re closer than we were yesterday.

In 1535, William Tyndale, who translated the first English Bible, was arrested and jailed in the castle of Vilvoorde (Filford) outside Brussels for over a year. In 1536, he was convicted of heresy and executed by strangulation. Afterwards his body was burnt at the stake.

The first coming of Christ was destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel. His death led the falling and rising of many in the world. If you’re a writer with the Holy Spirit within you, write now, write fast, and write what God places on your heart. The day is coming, and perhaps soon, when those who write for God’s glory are banned from publishing their words in print, ebook, or even online.

Rise of Mute Spirits

Is Cancel Culture of a Demonic Nature

“While they were going out, a man who was demon-possessed and could not talk was brought to Jesus. And when the demon was driven out, the man who had been mute spoke.” Matthew 9:32–33

The term cancel culture gets banded about daily, but perhaps the movement to silence opposing points of view is of a more demonic nature.

The Supreme Court has ruled that incitement, defamation, fraud, obscenity, child pornography, fighting words, and threats are banned speech. “The Brandenburg test was the Supreme Court’s last major statement on what government may do about inflammatory speech that seeks to incite others to lawless action. The Brandenburg test remains the standard used for evaluating attempts by the government to punish inflammatory speech, and it has not been seriously challenged since it was laid down in 1969.” – Wikipedia

Recently, however, private companies have begun to forbid speech of a certain nature (God, Jesus, certain Bible verses) that falls outside the Brandenburg test. One of the leading monitors and censors of this is Amazon. In a recent push the company began censoring ads and books that promote the transforming power of Jesus Christ. In fact  “transforming” “transformation” and “conversion” appear to be words flagged in Amazon’s algorithm. Below is a screenshot from Amazon’s ad team.

The Assault of Unclean Mute spirits

 

The offending language in this ad is the claim that God can help those struggling with addiction and find healing–which is one of the reasons Christ came.

Find healing and hope regardless of your addiction. Allow God to invade those dark thoughts that condemn you. Begin your faith journey today.

Amazon cites the ad because it targets “customers based on certain personal characteristics.”

By this standard we might expect that ads for expectant mothers to be banned. Dealing with cancer? Sorry, no ads for cancer books. Feeling a little large around the waste? No ads for dieting books.

Except on Amazon you will find ads for dieting books, and cancer books, and pregnancy books. Clearly “customers based on certain personal characteristics” is not the real culprit. If not, what is?

I suggest the offending phrase is “Allow God.” I say this because I have faced the Amazon ad censors before. When I ran Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, Amazon randomly banned ads for Conversations With Jesus, a 365 day teen devotional. The approval or disapproval seemed to depend on who at Amazon read the ad that day. Amazon blocked other ads with the words “God” “Jesus” or which promoted the transforming power of Christ.

My point is not to bash Amazon. I have friends, believers in Christ, who work for Amazon. If not for Amazon, LPC would never have grown like it has. Amazon is a business. For authors and publishers, Amazon is like Rome. It makes the rules, enforces the rules, and banishes or destroys those who violate its rules.

But the day is coming, and I think soon, when Amazon will ban the Bible and all Christian content. Others claim Amazon earns too much money from Bible sales to ban it from their site. Except Amazon has already banned the Bible.

If you go to: amazon.cn and search for Bibles you will see a long list of Bibles from which to choose. This might lead you to think you can buy a Bible in China from Amazon. You cannot. Those inside China see a “no results” response to their search for the Bible. Amazon does not need the revenue from Bible and Christian book sales. Amazon needs happy customers and based on current cultural trends, most Amazon shoppers would gladly applaud Amazon for pulling Christian content from its U.S. site.

Christian authors need an alternative to Amazon, and I do not mean another store site. We need a site like Bookbub for Christian books, videos, audio, and all forms of Christian entertainment and educational material. Bookbub does not sell books; it provides information about a book and points visitors to online booksellers. This is my vision: that someone build a site like Bookbub for Christian authors.

Christian authors are represented on Bookbub but we are one small segment of their platform. Some have suggested Christian authors simply point to Christianbooks.com. Christianbooks.com carries a nice selection of titles, but their policy (according to my last correspondence with Spring Arbor distributors) is that Christianbooks.com only carries Christian content. If a Christian author writes a general market novel that does not offer a salvation message, the title is rejected. I applaud the work of Christianbooks.com, but its exclusivity would leave too many Christian authors without a way to make their books found.

Thus the need for a site where authors can feature all works that honor and respect God and Christ, offer online chats with readers, stream live video events, feature video trailers and promotions, and publicize events. Imagine if Goodreads married Bookbub and their offspring produced a site similar in appearance to Amazon but without the commerce aspect. That is my vision.

In March 70 AD God’s people thought the protection and peace they enjoyed would continue to last. The destruction that followed was one half of a prophetic warning from Christ. The rest of his warning remains for some date in the future. “There will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” Matthew 24:21

For those who have their ears to the ground, we hear the distant thud-thud-thud of Romans soldiers approaching. Let us prepare while there is still time.

 

Find healing and hope regardless of your addiction. Allow God to invade those dark thoughts that condemn you. Begin your faith journey today.By the way the book Amazon refused to advertise is: Faith House: A Journey of Faith In Addiction Recovery. Nice book, nice author, and a believer trusting God for provision and sales.