Monday, August 1, 2016

HILLTOP CHAPEL NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2016 “WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG”​

HILLTOP CHAPEL NEWSLETTER

AUGUST 2016
“WHEN IT ALL GOES WRONG”​ 



I’ve been watching, in amazement, the news from around the world this past week.  I must say
that “roses and lollipops” were not the first two things that came to mind as I scrolled through the
items posted by various sources of information.  I’m well aware that looking for hopeful signs about
any subject from politics to world peace, is a total waste of time, however, there seems to be absolutely no relief from the constant turmoil and bloodshed in every corner of the globe.

         I sure many of you were glued to your TV screens, computer monitors, iPads, etc., as the two
political conventions unfolded over the last two weeks in July.  What riveting theater we beheld as we sat spellbound by speaker after speaker portraying their particular candidate as the next “savior” of our beloved country.  Whoever is elected in November will be the 45th president of the United States of America. 

         We’ve had some excellent men take the oath of office, starting with George Washington’s first
inauguration on April 30, 1789, and we’ve had some who were less than dubious.  I won’t boor you with my list of the best and worst, but I will tell you that what separates the highs and lows on my list usually boils down to one very important trait—integrity.  I looked up integrity in the dictionary, just to see if was the correct word to use in this particular context.  I’ll let you be the judge. 

Integrity:
1) Strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct. 2) Personal honesty and independence.  I think that if every man who ever took the oath of office had that kind of core set of values our country would not be its present condition.

         Why do we find ourselves in such a sad state of affairs in 2016?  We, as a nation and the world at large have collectively spent the past 100 years moving farther and farther away from absolute standards of biblical truth, law, morality, parenting and education.  What we are left with is a total absence of any sense of right or wrong, a complete disregard for discipline, and an embracing of every form of lewd and immoral activity.  Do I think that we are hopelessly lost as a nation?  No, I am a very optimistic person (sometimes to my detriment), however, I’m not able to say with any certainty that the tide is turning in a positive direction. 

         What I am absolutely certain of is that God is still and always will be sovereign in every situation and that, ultimately, His purpose will be served.  How can we, seeing what is transpiring on this old earth, have any confidence that the prophets of the Old and New Testaments are right in the things they have written concerning the future of mankind?  The space allotted for this article is not near adequate to give you even a taste of all the prophesies that have been fulfilled, to the letter, in the history of mankind. 

         The book of Daniel alone reveals the rise and fall of the four major world powers from Babylon, to the Medo-Persian, Greek and Roman empires and predicted the rise of the global “one world” system that we are experiencing as I write this article in July of 2016.  What we, as Christians, have to understand is that none of what we are witnessing today should take us by surprise or cause us to throw up our hands in despair.  It’s all clearly and accurately spelled out for us in God’s holy word!

         Yes, the world is getting worse by the minute.  Yes, there is danger around every corner.
Yes, governments and leaders are losing the confidence and support of their people.  And finally,
yes, there is no doubt that we could be eye witnesses to the end of the world as we know it.  Isn’t
that what Christians have been praying for and preaching about since the apostles’ time?  That’s
what my Bible says, so I assume yours is pretty much the same as mine. 

         If this article accomplishes anything, I hope it will cause us to think about where our hope
lies.  It certainly is not possible for the leaders of the United States, the European Union, Russia, China, Australia, Canada or Israel to bring about world peace.  It is not within the power of the
leaders of the major religious factions, cults or isms to derail the onrushing tide of devastation sweeping the world today.  Governments, politicians, religious leaders, armies, or major corporations will not change anything that is about to transpire on Earth in the coming months.
         The only hope we have or have ever had remains the same:  It’s Jesus!  If you have put your faith and trust in Christ there is nothing to fear.  If you are still clinging to the false belief that someone else is a better bet for you, there is a great deal to fear. 

         My fondest desire is that everyone who reads this article will spend eternity with God in His heavenly kingdom.  There is still only one way to find forgiveness of sin, peace, joy and eternal life—it’s simply trusting God’s promise. When the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “…Sirs, what must I do to be saved? they responded, “Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ and you will be saved, you and your household.”  (Acts 16:30-31).  It’s as simple as that—don’t miss it!



                                                                                Pastor Rod   

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