Believers Obedience in The Only Living God: Jesus is Lord!

For when he dies he can take none of it along; his goods cannot follow him down
Psalms 49:18 (The Israel Bible™)
כִּי לֹא בְמוֹתוֹ יִקַּח הַכֹּל לֹא־יֵרֵד אַחֲרָיו כְּבוֹדוֹ
KEE LO b’-mo-TO yi-KAKH ha-KOL lo yay-RAYD a-kha-RAV k’-vo-DO
Learn Hebrew!יֵרֵד [yerayd]VERB: Go downThe Bible relates that after Solomon (Shlomo in Hebrew) becomes king of Israel, he has a dream. In his dream, God appears and offers to grant him one wish. Instead of requesting wealth or long life, Shlomo humbly asks for wisdom so that he can properly judge the people. God is pleased with his decision, and rewards him not only with wisdom, but with wealth and honor as well. Upon waking the next morning, he comes to Jerusalem and offers sacrifices, expressing his gratitude to the Lord (I Kings 3:5-14). In making his request, Shlomo demonstrates that he understands the message of this verse: Those things that most people chase, wealth and fortune, are the most fleeting.
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Dear delana ,

Have you ever known someone who put up a barrier that prevented true communication? Sometimes when talking to certain people, I’ve felt like there was a wall of cold steel between us. In moments like that, I find myself wishing the person could open their heart just a little. Do you know why this happens? Oftentimes, it’s because that person has a poor self-image and is afraid to let others see who they really are. But God wants—and has provided—so much more for His children.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Your self-image is the mental picture you paint of yourself. It’s important to develop it correctly, because how you think, feel, speak, and act flows out of it.

The shaping of your self-image began very early when you were a baby, and continues throughout your life. Your mental self-perception is influenced by the words of others as well as your own experiences. But because our hearts are self-deceiving (Jer. 17:9), we’re prone to a distorted view of ourselves. The only one who truly knows and understands us is God. By going to His Word, we’ll gain the right insight into who we truly are.

Paul is an example of someone who had a balanced self-image. We catch a glimpse of this in 1 Corinthians 15:8-10. After listing those who had the privilege of seeing the risen Christ, Paul declared with humility that he was the last one to see the Lord. What was Paul’s journey from an earlier, distorted view to this more accurate self-perception?

Before his conversion, Paul had too high an opinion of himself. He had reached the top tier of Judaism and was confident as a Pharisee that his obedience to the law had earned him God’s approval and acceptance (Phil. 3:4-6). He was so convinced of his self-righteous beliefs that he persecuted the church. It took a visit from Jesus on the Damascus road to open Paul’s mind to the truth that he was a sinner in need of a Savior.

After, Paul humbly adjusted his self-image to a more accurate assessment. He said, “Whatever things were gain to me, these things I have counted as loss because of Christ” (Phil. 3:7-8). When he wrote to the Corinthians, he described himself as “the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Cor. 15:9).

Now, you might think Paul must have had a terrible self-image at this point. How could he possibly get over the guilt of what he’d done? Perhaps you feel this way about yourself. Is past sin dogging your steps, dragging you down into discouragement, and distorting your selfimage? Do you let your failures shape how you see yourself? If so, learn from Paul’s example.

Paul viewed himself as God saw him. He didn’t let past failures shape his identity. He left them behind so he could pursue Christ. At salvation, Paul became a new person, all due to God’s grace: “But by the grace of God I am what I am” (1 Cor. 15:10). Paul didn’t develop a self-loathing attitude once he recognized his sins. Instead, he saw himself through the lens of biblical truth.

That’s what God wants for every believer. We don’t have to live the rest of our lives with a distorted view of ourselves, living in bondage to a low or high self-image. The Lord wants us to have a balanced perception based on Scripture. Ephesians 1:3-14 tells us how God sees us. We are His chosen, beloved children who are redeemed, forgiven, and lavished with grace.

Finally, Paul lived in his new self-image given to him by God’s grace. He didn’t rest after salvation, but kept pressing forward to become the person God created him to be and accomplish what he’d been called to do. Paul said, “His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them [the other apostles], yet not I, but the grace of God with me” (1 Cor. 15:10).

The purpose of a balanced self-image is not just so we can feel good about ourselves and relate well to others, but so God can use us as He desires. He’s transforming us into His Son’s image (Rom. 8:29) and accomplishing His will as He empowers our love, service, and obedience.

Many things distort self-perception—guilt from past sin, criticism, failures, and comparison to others are just a few. But these are not true markers of who you are. In Christ, you are a new creation and have been given a new self, made in the likeness of God. That is who you truly are.

The way to develop a balanced self-image is to saturate yourself with God’s Word. Learn what He says about you. Then begin living in those truths by faith, knowing that God is the one transforming you into Christ’s image. He’s working in and through you so you can serve Him effectively, interact with others in an open, godly manner, and see yourself as He does. If you’ll take hold of His truths and let them shape your emotions and behavior, you’ll discover the true you.

One of the first Scripture memory verses that our children learned was “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1 KJV). Most people expect that children should be taught to obey, however they rarely understand that obedience is for not only the children, but for everyone.

nullIn our ministry we teach Biblical Parenting classes and the definition and Biblical concepts of obedience are taught during the “Discipline – Part 1″ class. Obedience is often confused with submission; however, the two words differ in this way:

  • Obey – The Biblical word for “obey” comes from the Greek “hupakou” which means to listen attentively; by implication to heed or conform to a command or authority. This word conveys the idea of actively following a command. There is no choice in the matter, it is to be done whether one agrees with it or not. Obedience is involuntary.
  • Submit – The Biblical word “submit” comes from the Greek “hupeiko” which means to yield; to passively surrender to an authority. Submission is similar to obedience but in this case one might question what is being commanded. Submission is voluntary. 

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Examine the life of Paul and discover how through all the adversity, struggles, and persecution that he experienced, Jesus was present, powerful, and in control, just as He is with all believers.

Therefore, we can live in grace, strive for unity, defend the faith, and obey our Lord, overflowing with His love for us.

Why obedience is important to God. In our daily life, we know that obedience is a very essential habit one should abide to in our homes, workplaces and in the communities in which we live. In simple terms, obedience is compliance with an order, request, law or submission to another’s authority.

In our daily life, we know that obedience is a very essential habit one should abide to in our homes, workplaces and in the communities in which we live. In simple terms, obedience is compliance with an order, request, law or submission to another’s authority.

The bible also talks a lot about obedience as it is seen in many scriptures.

Children are asked to obey their parents in Ephesians 6:1 as this is the right way to behave as a child in a family. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right”

In Colossians 3:18, Wives are also called upon to be submissive to their partners as this is fitting with the lord. “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord”

Husbands too are asked to treat their wives with respect in 1peter 3:7 which says, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers”

We see in Philippians 2:8 that even Jesus showed obedience to death and death on the cross. “And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross” hence why the bible stresses it an essential part of the Christian faith.

Mathew 16:24 teaches us that as Christians, the fact that we deny ourselves from many worldly desires and choose to follow Christ, that is obedience. “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

The book of John 14:15, reminds us that through obeying the 10 commandments, we show our love for Jesus. “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

Jesus also tells us in John 14:23 that in the same act of love for him, we must comply with whatever God has commanded for it is our duty to do so.

“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”

However, Jesus condemns hypocrisy in the act of obedience to the law. Speaking to the Pharisees, he said that despite of our deeds, without Christ, even our best and most righteous works are as “filthy rags”.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

As Christians, we are asked to obey the law of Christ which is the law of love as it is seen in John 13:34. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another”

Jesus also asks us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves for this is the second greatest commandment that he gave to his disciples.

“And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

In Galatians 6:2, we learn that when we love God and obey him, we naturally have love for one another. “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”

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Why do police apologists suggest citizens “just do as they ask”? Are they recommending we surrender our constitutional rights to the police whenever they detain us?

There seems to be a growing view that Americans have the right not to be arrested and do what ever they please.

This is just not True. We have rights not to be unreasonably stopped and a range of rights in how we interact with the police. However, if the police have a warrant, you have no right to not be arrested, even if you think the warrant is wrong, doesn’t apply, you didn’t hit her that hard, etc.

Additionally, if the police have probable cause, then they can arrest you, even if you don’t agree and even if ‘you didn’t do it’.

Finally, if they have reasonable suspicion, they have every right to detain you long enough to either determine they do or don’t have probable cause. If you exercise your right to not talk to them, it can take quite some time to establish if they do have probable cause (and detaining you in their car or at the station is fine).

A classic example of this recently played out in Texas. A women says she is beaten by her boyfriend and he had just left the building as the officers arrived. She gives the typical poor description of a scared person (mid 30s average height, race and hair color, wearing shorts and a green t-shirt). They note they saw a guy jogging away from the building and driving down the road see a guy shorts, fluorescent t shirt matching the rest of the characteristics. They stop and detain him (no force and nonresistance) and ask him his name. He knows his rights and refuses to answer. 30 minutes later after trying to get him to tell him his name and trying to get the women to be clearer about what color green was the shirt, they decide to load him in the car and take him to the station to figure out if they have the person.

At this moment they have reasonable suspicion (leaving the building at the right time, matching a very broad description). If they knew he had the boyfriend’s name they would have probable cause and if they new he didn’t then the reasonable suspicion goes away. The fact he won’t give his name (which is his right, but is a crime to lie about) probably makes them more suspicious.

He then doesn’t understand his rights and think he has a right to resist going into the car and either a drive by of the women for her to ID him or to the station so they can figure out who he is. Of course there is a tussle (but by now there a 4 cruisers and about 8 cops). Eventually they figure out who he is (not the boyfriend) and they eventually drop the resisting and assaulting charges and everyone goes their own way.

999 times out of 1000 the police are acting within their rights and yours. But just because you think you shouldn’t be stopped or arrested doesn’t make it so. Even worse is when people who know they have arrest warrants out resist and are injured/ killed or injure / kill police (as has happened in a number of high profile recent cases)

Note – there are others of course where the police have screwed up or been criminal negligent/incompetent. But these are the tiny minority of incidents. More generally the police are overly aggressive, but the people they are dealing with are often overly righteous/aggressive.371 viewsView 3 upvotesSubmission accepted by D. Weed33Add a comment…Justin ThomlinsonJune 14

Great answer with a clear example to help teach a point. Thanks.

You did mentioned something that I need help to understand. It has to do with detainment.

If I read about detainment I see that you have a right to be detained only for a relativy short time and can have the expectation you will be.

JUNE 2, 2021

What is the first thing you should do in a crisis situation?

One day as I was reading John 14, 15, and 16, the Lord began to give me the answer to this question. In John 16:1, Jesus says, “These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.” According to Mark 4:17, when a person is offended, Satan takes the Word of God from them.

In other words, when you are offended, the Word of God stops releasing its life-giving power in your life. When you take offense, when you get hurt, the Word stops operating. The Lord said, “These things [John 14, 15, and 16] have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.”

Jesus said this to His disciples the night before His crucifixion. In John 13:32-33, Jesus said He knew all things that were going to come upon Him. He knew all things that were going to come upon His disciples too. He was totally aware of the situation. He came to His disciples to give them some last-minute instructions before the most trying time they’d ever experienced in their lives. It surpasses anything that you or I ever have or ever will encounter.

These disciples were literally the people Jesus was going to use to establish His church and overthrow Satan’s kingdom. Therefore, I believe Satan threw every bit of discouragement, doubt, confusion, and torment he had against them. It was a crisis time. They had forsaken families, careers — everything — for Jesus. And they were in a situation that was going to test their faith, that Jesus was the Messiah even.

Jesus said, “I’m speaking these things to you that you should not be offended.” In other words, if the disciples had taken heed to what Jesus told them here, they would not have been offended. They could have rejoiced during that very trying time.

So John 14, 15, and 16, in capsule form, is everything you need to know in a crisis when your faith is being tested. If this doesn’t apply to you at this moment, hang on — it will. Every one of us needs to know this. We need to be schooled in these precautions before the crisis hits. When a crisis hits, your very first reaction — the first thing you do when Satan attacks — usually determines the outcome.

Not long ago, I was reading a book called Terror at Tenerife.

It reminded me of what we’re talking about here. This man, Norman Williams, was in the accident on the Canary Islands in which two huge 747s crashed on the runway and burned. Only a few people out of 500 or more escaped. The rest were killed.

It was miraculous how Williams got out. He looked at the people on either side of him, and it was so hot, the flesh just melted off of them. They became skeletons instantly. He said that people who were normally nice — little old ladies sixty or seventy years old — yelled things so vile it was unbelievable. He couldn’t describe it. The things that were hidden deep in their hearts came out in a crisis situation and bothered him more than anything else.

But what came out of his mouth was different — he’d been seeking the Lord. He had agreed with his mother before he left on the trip that he’d be safe. The first thing to come out of his mouth was his faith that God would protect him. He had a huge fireball come right at him, but he wasn’t burned. Then a landing gear came flying at him. He just caught the thing and threw it off. There was an explosion right above his head, and the plane, ten feet high at that point, was torn open. He jumped up right through that hole, even though he was fifty years old and overweight. God supernaturally delivered him.

Norman Williams didn’t have time to sit back and ask, “Now let’s see, what should I do in this situation?”

Your first reaction is going to determine the outcome in a crisis situation. Seldom do we have the luxury of sitting back and looking at things. The attitude you have when Satan comes against you is going to determine the final result. If you can get a hold of this truth, it will revolutionize your life. I’ve been teaching this everywhere I go, and I’ve seen more results out of it than anything I’ve ever taught. It’s based on simple truths from the Word, but if you get established in them, they’ll keep you from being offended, and the Word of God will produce in your life.

In John 14:1, Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”

Now this is so simple that you can miss it. It’s very profound, however. The first thing you have to do when Satan comes against you is to make the decision that you are not going to let your heart be troubled.

If you were to diagram this sentence, the understood subject is “you.” You let not your heart be troubled. God gave you the choice. God gave you power over your heart.

Again, this is so simple we often miss it. The vast majority of people I deal with who are attacked by Satan don’t really understand this. A lot of them believe that in a given situation, there is no way that they can help but to be depressed and discouraged. They justify emotions that are contrary to God’s Word. But this is a command as much as any other command in the Word — as much as “thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, and thou shalt not kill.” It is a direct command from the Lord!

So the very first thing you have to do is say, “I am not going to let my heart be troubled.”

In 1987, a number of my friends were in critical situations. One man had terminal cancer. During a trip, he became so sick that he was hospitalized, and the doctors said he would never live through the night. After hanging on for a week, the doctors allowed him to rent an ambulance and come home.

As I travel, the biggest problem I encounter in the body of Christ is discouragement and depression. At least three-fourths of the people I deal with constantly battle these emotions. There is no excuse for it — there are reasons, but no excuses.

We’ve gotten to the point that we think these kinds of emotions are normal. A lot of people try to resist and walk in victory, for a brief period of time. They have bounds, or limits, to how far they’ll go in believing God. When certain things happen, such as someone dying, they say, “Well, how could you expect anybody not to be discouraged or not to grieve?”

Well, I guarantee you the Lord Jesus Christ has borne our sorrows and carried our griefs! That’s not to say that you don’t miss a person, but there is no justification for getting into grieving which becomes destructive.

His wife called me and said, “He’s not expected to live through the night, and he wanted you to pray.” She put the phone to his ear, and I said, “Don’t you dare die until I get there.” I went over to see this man, along with my associate Don Krow. We began ministering to him nearly daily for about three months. We would go by and just share the good news of God’s Word with him.

It was amazing what the Word did. When we first saw him, he couldn’t move or even hold a phone to his ear. Finally, he began walking around, eating, and even getting about in the car. The Word of God worked. All I did was share very basic principles from the Word with him.

During this same period of time, a woman in Monument, Colorado called. She was critically ill and was supposed to have surgery in three days. She was given no chance of living without surgery and less than a 5 percent chance of living with it. I shared the same truths with her and she lived. Praise the Lord!!

Here were two totally different people. The man, already baptized in the Holy Ghost, fervently seeking the Lord; while the other had never even heard of the Holy Ghost. Two totally different people, with totally different circumstances, yet both of them needed the same truths from God’s Word. I had taken many different things the Lord had taught me and applied all of them to these crisis situations, and the results were miraculous.

I began to pray about this, “Lord, it would sure be nice if all these different truths were compiled in one place in the Bible. Then I could just teach people from those scriptures on what to do in a crisis situation.” The Lord answered that prayer by leading me to John 14, 15, and 16.

What you’re reading is the result of what the Lord taught me through those scriptures. May God bless you in reading it.

We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
1 John 5:19

 Recommended Reading: 1 John 5:18-21

Why are our public universities, the global media, the global economy, and the governments of the world gripped by wrong thinking and godless conduct? Why is the persecution of Christians reaching unprecedented levels? Why are people screaming at each other on television, and why has pornography overtaken our technology?

It’s because the whole world is under the sway of the wicked one.

He is the father of lies (John 8:44), the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13), the ruler of this world (John 14:30), the prince of the power of the air, and the spirit that works in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). His craft and power are great. But, as Martin Luther said, “Though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, we will not fear for God has willed His truth to triumph through us.”

We are the children of God, and He has provided us with all we need when we face spiritual battles. Let’s be armored up, prayed up, and filled up—so we can stand up.

Our Commander in Chief has already won the war, and He wants us to get in on the victory every day that we live.

David Jeremiah

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 Read-Thru-the-Bible: Job 25 – 30

“Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads” (Revelation 4:4).

There is much speculation as to who the 24 elders in Revelation are. As you can see, they are seated on thrones, dressed in white robes, wearing crowns. Whoever these elders are, one of the things you notice is that they are constantly entering into worship. null

“Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever” (Revelation 4:9-10).

The question now arises – who are these 24 elders in Revelation, and what if anything do they symbolize? We’ll start by looking at the number 24.

Is There Any Significance in the Number 24?

The number 24 has significance in the Bible when you look at where it was used and what it meant, both back then and possibly during this time. In 1 Chronicles 24, the descendants of Aaron, who were the priests in Israel, were divided into 24 sections to determine the order in which they would minister before the Lord. In 1 Chronicles 25 the musicians were divided into 24 sections and they were responsible for worship in the house of the Lord.

It’s possible the 24 elders were a symbol then of what was to come. When you read the opening chapter of Revelation, notice how John describes us as kingdom and priests. 

“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father — to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen” (Revelation 1:4-6).

You could possibly draw a correlation of these verses back to those verses in Chronicles.

Who Are the 24 Elders in Revelations?

The truth is no one knows exactly because they are never actually given names. The Bible is not clear of their identity, but there are some things we can learn from Scripture that can lead us to some speculations or possibilities of who these elders are or what they symbolize.

The first thing to consider is Revelation 4:4. As you read the verse, focus your attention on what they are wearing and where are they sitting. 

“Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads” (Revelation 4:4, emphasis added).

1. Where Are The Elders Seated?

You will notice the 24 elders are seated on thrones. To sit on a throne is a seat of power and authority. In the Bible one of the things we are told is that we will reign with Christ. Ephesians even mentions that we are seated with him in heavenly places. So this could simply mean that the 24 elders are a reference to the church. More specifically the overcoming, victorious, and raptured church, because these scenes are playing out during the Great Tribulation. null

“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne” (Revelation 3:21).

In addition to this there are two other things that would lend me to move in the direction that the 24 elders represent the church.

Dressed in white – The 24 elders were all dressed in white and wore crowns on their heads. To be dressed in white, especially a white robe, is symbolic of being clothed in the righteousness of Christ. The only ones who will ever be clothed in his righteousness are those who have been redeemed. You see this mentioned in other parts of Revelation.

“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels” (Revelation 3:4-5).

Wearing crowns of gold – One of the things believers are promised is the crown of life.

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12).

Since the 24 elders are wearing crowns, that could be symbolic of the crown of life, which again would point to the elders being the church.

Another Thought on the 24 Elders

There is another possible idea or symbolism tied to the 24 elders. Some scholars would say the 24 elders represent the 12 tribes of Israel combined with the 12 apostles, representing how God has bridged the gap between the Old Covenant and the New. Again, since the Bible is not clear who the 24 elders are in Revelation, these are just ideas that can help you possibly understand who they might be or represent.

Are The Elders Angels, or Heavenly Beings?

Some would argue these 24 elders are angels. I would shy away from that idea and move to precluding these are not angels for the same reasons I mentioned above. Angels may be dressed in white, but they are not clothed in Christ’s righteousness. Angels also do not sit on thrones, nor are they awarded the crown of life. For these reasons I believe it is safe to say the 24 elders of Revelation are not angels.null

Where Else Are the Elders Mentioned?

Aside from chapter four, the 24 elders are mentioned in various parts of the book or Revelation.

“And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people” (Revelation 5:8).

“All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God” (Revelation 7:11).

“And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God” (Revelation 11:16).

“The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: ‘Amen, Hallelujah!’” (Revelation 19:4).

It is hard to distinguish definitively what these elders will do in the book of Revelation. We know certainly that one of the things they will do is worship around God’s throne.

As you can see, there are different opinions surrounding who the 24 elders are in Revelation. Honestly, we won’t know for certain now. The best we can do is gather as much information as we can and come to the best conclusion possible. We should not let this lead us to argue and debate, but to listen and learn. We won’t know who these elders are right now, but we will know then and at that time, it won’t matter who was right.

Dear Delana,

A short while ago, I had to suddenly leave an online meeting with our branch leaders as sirens sent most of Jerusalem into bomb shelters when rockets streamed in from Gaza.

Early reports suggest a barrage of rockets was fired at Jerusalem, Sderot, Beit Shemesh, and Ashkelon.

Now is the time to stand with Israel.

Here’s how you can respond:

  1. Take time to pray for the safety of the Israeli people and for our staff in the Land.
     
  2. Support our Israel in Crisis Fund which will enable us to respond to the needs of Israelis as events unfold.

Clarence L. Haynes Jr. is a speaker, Bible teacher, author and co-founder of The Bible Study Club. He has spent more than 30 years serving the body of Christ in various capacities and has just released his first book, The Pursuit of Purpose. If you have ever struggled trying to find God’s will, this book will help you discover the different ways God leads you into his perfect will. To learn more about his ministry please visit clarencehaynes.com

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We have only begun to scratch the surface in the fight against human trafficking. If there were only one soul still being trafficked, our fight against this atrocity would continue, but the ugly truth is that there are millions. We have much work remaining.

We are called to be an example in our society, to guide others in the way of the Lord, although the virtue of society has gone out the window. We are meant to live by example in everything we do.

Christ like character includes being honest, loving everyone (even those who are hard to love), being kind and having self-control, to name a few.

1. Love

We all have different opinions on things and different views, but we have to love each other regardless. This includes people from all walks of life, no matter what their skin color is or what situation they are in. People desperately need to see the love of Christ shining through us.

1 Corinthians 13:13 says, And now these three remain; faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

2. Honesty

We have to return to honesty. Nothing ever good comes of lying and people still do it. We need to take the high road and be honest in everything we say and do.Proverbs 11:3 says, The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.

The most loving act between a husband and wife has been degraded to just a ‘feeling’. Sexual immorality has destroyed Christians and non-Christians alike and it is heartbreaking. It destroys people mentally, and emotionally. Purity and its benefits need to be revived again in our society.1 Corinthians 6-18-20 says, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,who is in you, who you received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

4. Trust

There is a great lack of trust in society today in many areas. As Christians, it is important to cultivate a community of trust amongst our friends, believers and nonbelievers alike. We need to know that we can trust one another with our problems, secrets and concerns. Non-believers need to know they can trust us with their problems and issues as well, to know they will not be ridiculed or judged.

Titus 2:7 says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness.”

5. Kindness

In the era of the world wide web, social media, and the way we live today, kindness is hard to find. It is more common to digest the negative rather than the positive. No matter how hard the situation, we need to act in kindness. We need our brothers and sisters to be able to count on it and non-believers to know where they can find it.

Galatians 6:10 says, “Therefore, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers…”

6. Faith

It is hard to keep the faith in difficult situations. It is hard not to lean on your own thoughts and feelings at times. But we always must remember that the Lord knows what is best and will help us avoid any snares on the path we are on. We must always put our faith in Him when it comes to the path He puts us on.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make straight your paths.”

7. Hope

It is hard to find hope in the times we live, there is always something terrible going on somewhere. We need to restore our hope through prayer that even the smallest things will get better and to constantly read and trust in His Word too.

Romans 12:12 says, “Be joyful in hope, be patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

8. Charity

We live in a very self-centered society.  I think it is important that we bring back charity in the sense of having concern for others. Everyone thinks of charity as the donation they give at Christmas time. But charity is so much more than that. It’s cleaning out your closet and donating it to a free clothing giveaway. It’s making a meal for a family during a hard time. It is lending a listening ear to someone’s troubles or encouraging and speaking life over someone in a way they have never heard before. Charity is more than just a monetary donation, it is a way of life. 

Hebrews 13:16 says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”

9. Responsibility

In this sense, we are all responsible for our actions. When consequences are rendered, we need to take responsibility. We need to set the example. We need to show people that we are not perfect and that we make mistakes too.

Galatians 6:5 says, “For each one shall carry his own load.”

10. Compassion

Believers need to teach our society compassion. There are many people who have fallen on hard times and many more to come. It breaks my heart when people lash out with statements like “Oh, he must be out on the street because he’s on drugs.” or “She must be on the street because she is an alcoholic.” Yes, sometimes this is true, but not always. Sometimes people lose their jobs or their homes. Sometimes people suffer from mental illness and can’t function in life due to either not being on medication or not being on the right balance of medications. Our society is so quick to judge one another. We as Christians need to set the example and have compassion for all people.

Galatians 6:2 says, “Carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you fulfill the law of Christ.”

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I’ll never forget the time I talked to my baby sister about premarital sex. She was a teenager and I was a college student, and I’d been burdened by the need to do my (big) sisterly duty for a while. We were driving to the mall one day and came to a red light that I knew from past experience took a solid five minutes to cycle back around to green. So I open my mouth and tried to share my heart. 

I was raised in church and had been active in my youth group before I went off to college. Long before I plunged in with my sister that day (praying the light wouldn’t change too soon), I’d decided I was going to wait on sex until I was married. I didn’t make that decision out of guilt or fear but rather with the hopeful conviction that, in temporarily denying myself some pleasure, I was gaining for myself long-term blessings. 

Now, as the mom of one teenager and one young adult, I’ve had many more conversations about sex before marriage (none of them at traffic lights). I’ve tried to present God’s call to preserve the intimacy of “knowing” each other for within marriage not as His tight-fisted order against something bad but as His open-handed offer in favor of something good. 

Our Christian kids are often told not to have sex before marriage “because God says so” or “because the Bible says so,” and it is true that God’s Word on a matter—born out of His goodness, love, and wisdom—is all that is required for us to be called to obedience.

But before waves of hormones and attraction and opposing viewpoints from the world and peer pressure and curiosity and natural desires crash in, we as parents do well to equip our kids with a more developed conviction about what, exactly, they’re waiting for when they wait for marriage. 

As I’ve tried to encourage my children to choose to save sex for marriage, I’ve packaged these 5 Scripture-supported gains as worthy gifts. 

Dear Delana,

May 5th is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day (MMIW); a movement to bring recognition to the disappearance and murders of Native women and girls.

Today, we acknowledge the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic which has especially skyrocketed during the past year.

The U.S Department of Justice finds that American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average, and going missing at a rate of more than 5,000 every year since 2016.

There are many factors contributing to this raging epidemic against our sisters ranging from individual to societal, and therefore many intersections at which this devastation multiplies.

Today, we encourage you to make a difference with your attention and awareness for Native Women.

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It’s been a difficult few weeks for Israel, but thanks to your help, we have been providing ongoing support to many who have been suffering here. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and I wanted to share with you some of our activities over the past few weeks.

April concluded with a devastating tragedy unparalleled in Israeli history, as 45 people were killed and 150 injured in a deadly stampede at a Jewish festival, as many of you know. The Israel365 Charity Fund immediately got to work to support the families, being the first organization to distribute funds to the bereaved families, who were all extremely grateful for your assistance. I am also very proud that we were the official sponsor of the memorial commemoration for the families at the Western Wall and you can see videos and photos here.

With over 4,000 rockets launched at Israel during the recent clashes with Hamas, it’s abundantly clear that Israelis need more bomb shelters. 25% of the population lacks access to shelters which presents a dangerous risk and extreme emotional distress to those with nowhere to run when the sirens start blaring. Israel365 is working with Operation Lifesheld to quickly place a bomb shelter where it is needed most, and we will keep you updated when we have selected a location.

In commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, known in Hebrew as “Yom Hashoah,” we sent flowers to all the Holocaust Survivors who participate in the Israel365 Memory Clinic for Holocaust Survivors. This year, in addition to remembering the 6 million Jews who perished in WWII, we also remembered the 900 Holocaust Survivors in Israel who passed away this year from COVID-19, and as always provided for home repairs for several precious survivors. If you haven’t yet seen it, you can watch this powerful video of Rabbi Tuly standing in silence along with Holocaust Survivor Mrs. Miriam Bitton.

The real heroes of Israel are the brave men and women of the IDF who have been protecting us on the front lines. The Israel365 Lone Soldier Center provides a home away from home for many of our soldiers, thanks to your ongoing support. We did as much as we could to assist the soldiers on the front lines and when I ran into a few soldiers having dinner at a local hamburger restaurant I immediately told the waitress that I’d like to pay for their meals, and watch their heartwarming reaction here. I’d also like to thank our monthly partners, Helen and Lauri Weissman from Finland who shipped dozens of thick, protective socks to our IDF soldiers, who were so appreciative, not only for the socks, but for the love and prayers from Christian friends around the world.

While Israel scored a military victory on the battlefront, the real war today is being fought online, social media, and the mainstream media – and that is a war, we are sadly, losing. We have therefore been working nonstop on getting the pro-Israel message out through Israel365 News and our various Facebook pages. We arranged for an important webinar “What can I do to help Israel today?” that was seen over 40,000 times online and even helped organize a local rally in Columbus, Ohio featuring a rabbi and a pastor who put aside their differences to work together for Israel. I summed up my feelings on the importance of Jews and Christians working together for the Times of Israel which you can read here. We have much more planned for “Faith-Based Advocacy” in the near future, and of course, we will keep you posted.

MEET THE WINNER OF THE ISRAEL365 RAFFLE DRAWINGOne of the nicest moments of the past few difficult weeks was when we drew the raffle to see who was the winner of 2 free airplane tickets to Israel. When the lottery winner was revealed, Kris Brose from La Crosse, Wisconsin made a surprise announcement, which you must watch here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9z023QF3p8

As always, none of these important activities would be possible without your steadfast support and commitment to the Land and the People of Israel. Thank you, Todah Rabah for standing with us.

Shalom,

Good morning Delana, 

You may not realize it, but…you’re being lied to. 

The culprit is none other than the master manipulator himself: Satan

He—and his deceptions—can be hard to spot. Far from the cartoonish red-horned and pitch-forked depiction we all know so well, he masquerades to trick us into thinking he’s anything other than what he really is: the archenemy of God who is bent on destroying as many people as he can before his ultimate demise. 

Today, I want to help you discover the truth beneath the devil’s mask once and for all—by sending Unmasked—Revealing the Truth Behind Satan’s Lies as my thanks for your generous support for the ministry of Turning Point today. Inside, all is revealed—

  • Satan’s Identity: Discover the names given to Satan in Scripture and how they reveal who he really is.
  • Satan’s Origin and Fall: Learn how Satan went from being “very good” to being “cursed” by God as a result of pride.
  • Satan’s Strategies: Gain knowledge about how Satan seeks to deceive Christians—including disguising his true character, twisting what God has said for his own purposes, and others. 
  • Satan’s Vulnerabilities: Develop strategies to exploit Satan’s weaknesses and put on your spiritual armor to defend against his attacks.
  • Satan’s Doom and Destiny: Find out what will happen to Satan at the end of the age—and how he has already lost! 

If you’ve ever wanted to know “Who really is behind Satan’s mask?”…this handbook is for you. 

When his mask comes off, it’s not a pretty sight. But you will discover that you have nothing to fear because, know it or not, Christ has already won the war. And His victory is one that you can experience today if you only understand how.

Please, let me show you today! Request Unmasked as my gift of appreciation for your generous online support now.

Satan is on the prowl—“like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But you and your loved ones can be ready to fight back and resist the enemy’s attacks with the truth of God’s Word. 
 
God bless you,

There is a great encouragement in these words: “We are more than conquerors.” Not just that we are conquerors; we are MORE than conquerors in Christ. That means we win. Against everything, we win. How is it that we win? We win because, once we commit to Christ, nothing can take that away from us. Paul declares, “Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ.” NOTHING. What a wonderful promise! There are so many things that separate us from the ones we love on this earth: death, divorce, bad blood, conflicts of all kinds. How reassuring to know that our relationship with Christ will never be breached and that through Him, we will be victorious conquerors!

And we pray:

Lord, I am encouraged to know that nothing will separate me from Your love. You have promised me this and through Your love and steadfastness, I am more than a conqueror! Amen.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

The Commission of the Church

“For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”

—1 Corinthians 1:21

One thing that both believers and nonbelievers have in common is they’re uptight about evangelism. Nonbelievers are uptight about being evangelized, and believers are uptight about evangelizing nonbelievers.

However, if we want to grow as Christians, then we must go into all the world and preach the gospel. We call this the Great Commission, and we find two variations of it in the New Testament.

Mark’s gospel states it this way: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (16:15 NKJV). And in Matthew 28 we read, “‘Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (verses 19–20 NKJV).

So where is Jesus calling us?

He’s calling us into the world. He’s calling us to go to all people everywhere. Because the primary way people come to Jesus is through hearing the gospel.

Who is supposed to do this?

All of us. Jesus directed these words to all of His followers. Everyone is supposed to do this—not just the so-called professionals such as pastors, evangelists, and missionaries.

And what are we supposed to do?

We’re supposed to preach the gospel.

So here’s my question for you: Are you doing your part to fulfill the Great Commission?

Jesus commands us as His followers to share our faith. But honestly, for some Christians, this has become the Great Omission instead of the Great Commission.

The commission of the church isn’t to wait for the world to show up. Rather, the commission of the church is to go to the world.

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As the days go on I will be updating many of my posts. I have been writing for so long, I keep finding notes on top of notes.

God Bless y’ll

Fear seems to come easy these days. It marches all around us through media, sickness, shootings, and news stories that make the heart feel sick. It doesn’t take much for a heart to be gripped with fear and live in a state of unrest. If it’s not all the big stuff that harms the heart, it’s the personal things. Like – how will I pay the bills? How will my marriage survive? Am I messing up my kids? What if I never get married? Will I ever feel worthy or measure up? What if what I do is never enough? null

While we all wrestle with our own fears, there is one common place we can run to when fear gets ahold of our hearts. God’s Word offers truth, promises, and prayers as remedy to cure the heart of the uneasy worry that seems to wreck us. 

Grab hold of one of these verses and claim it as your prayer and battle cry this week over your fear. There is no better place to find hope and help than God’s Word! Choose a verse and say it out loud in the presence of the fear that feels overwhelming to you. 

1. A Verse for Late-Night Fears

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You” (Psalm 56:3).

When my mom would tuck me in as a little girl, this was the verse she would give me. I’ve carried it with me all these years and find myself praying it often. If you are struggling with those late-night fears, get ahold of this one and claim it as yours. Say it, mean it, and repeat it. 

2. Remember That God Is with You Always

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

God is the only one who can hold you up through the fears of life. While friends change, and family passes on, God stays the same. He is steady and strong, always holding onto His children. Let God hold your hand and proclaim the truth about who He is and what He does. God is with you even now. He is where you will find strength to make it. 

3. Suit Up and Stand Firm

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

If you feel like you are being attacked on every side and like you can’t get out of the constant flow of struggles, this one is for you. Suit up for battle. The battle is bigger than what we see. But God is bigger than what we face. You can make it through the fear, but only if you put on the right armor.null

4. Sing Praise in the Storm

“The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him” (Psalm 28:6).

There is never a wrong time to give God a song of praise. If you are feeling afraid, weak, and alone, lift up this song of worship to our mighty God. It’s not time to stop singing. It’s time to sing louder. If you don’t like to sing or feel like your voice isn’t worth hearing, turn up the worship music in your home or car and let the music minister to your heart. 

5. God Is Your Light in the Dark

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1).

Sometimes it is good to remember all God is to you. He is your light in the dark. He is your strength in weakness. When fear rises, raise up your light and your strength. Not in an “I can do it” battle cry, but in a “God will do it” victory cry. The battle is not about us, it is about Him. When we change our focus to all He is, we begin to see a glimmer of hope.

6. Remember That God Is Bigger Than Your Fears

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

When we live in the light of God’s love and we remember who we are and whose we are, fear has to leave. Dwell on God’s love today. Grab hold of this verse and tell yourself the truth about the fear you hold or the fear that holds you. God is bigger than the fear. Let Him take care of you.

. A Verse for When You Can’t Go On

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2).

There are some fears that captivate the heart so much, it is difficult to function. This prayer is for you if you feel like you don’t have words, don’t have strength, and feel like your hope is fading. Rather than pull the covers up over your head another day, get out of bed and remember your Rock. He is mighty and He is stronger than what you are going through. 

8. Cry out to God

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

When you feel alone, like God is not listening or near, your heart needs to be reminded of the truth. Don’t stay stuck in a cycle of pity and seclusion. Cry out to God and remember He is near. 

When we pray God’s Word over the fears of life, we find freedom from fear. God is stronger and able to conquer your fears, but you have to use the right tools. It’s not our strength or might or power, but it is His. He is the one who will help us through every storm. 

THE FACTS ABOUT HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN AMERICA; The truth from a SURVIVOR!!

Human Trafficking: by Delana Forsyth

Dear Delana,

1600 Daily

The White House • October 21, 2020

Democrats want to abolish ICE. President Trump wants to help ICE abolish human trafficking.

In 2018 alone, more than 23,000 human trafficking victims were identified in the United States. Of these victims, 65% were women. More than 1 in 5 were children.

It’s a “level of evil that you would never believe is even possible in a modern age,” President Trump said in January. “The level of evil is incredible.”

President Trump has joined law enforcement officers to fight for the voiceless and end this scourge of modern-day slavery in our country. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—which Democrats have called to be abolished—has arrested more than 5,000 human traffickers over just the past three years.

“I want to thank ICE. They have been incredible,” President Trump said.

Rather than dismantle law enforcement agencies, as the far left demands, President Trump has doubled funding for the Department of Justice to combat human trafficking.

The President also signed the largest DOJ grant package in history to stop trafficking. It included, for the first time ever, grants to provide safe housing for survivors.

All told, since taking office, President Trump has signed nine pieces of bipartisan legislation that target human traffickers, both domestically and internationally.

This week, the Trump Administration released its National Action Plan to build on these important steps. It lays out a strategy in three parts: prevention of trafficking, protection for victims, and prosecution for the criminals who fuel this evil industry.

In January, President Trump recognized the 20th Anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. That day, he signed an Executive Order on Combating Human Trafficking and Online Child Exploitation in the United States. With that order, he created the first-ever White House position focused solely on ending trafficking.

Americans also heard that day from Bella Hounakey, a survivor of trafficking whom President Trump invited to speak at the White House.

“At age 13, I was brought into this country. I survived trafficking, along with 19 other girls. Afterwards, I was placed in foster care, but this negative experience in my past should not wholly define who I am today,” she said.

“Today, I am a college graduate. Today, I am an American citizen.”

Last fiscal year, ICE initiated 1,024 human-trafficking and forced-labor related cases. These actions led to 2,197 criminal arrests, nearly 700 convictions, and, ultimately, the rescue of more than 400 victims.

📖 The Trump Administration Is Fighting the Evil of Human Trafficking

Under President Trump, our First Americans are being put first again!

President Trump is committed to honoring the heritage of America’s first inhabitants, our Native American communities. To that end, his Administration just released a plan to continue partnering with Native Americans to build a brighter future for all people.

The plan, titled “Putting America’s First Peoples First: Forgotten No More,” outlines President Trump’s core principles to fight for these communities:

  • Respecting tribal sovereignty and self-determination
     
  • Promoting safe communities
     
  • Building a thriving economy with improved infrastructure
     
  • Honoring Native American heritage and improving education
     
  • Delivering better health outcomes

President Trump’s policies will add 51,000 Native American-owned businesses and up to 196,000 new jobs for tribal communities. In addition, tribal entrepreneurship will be supported through growing opportunities for access to Federal contracting.

With a priority on education, Federal investments will be increased in tribal colleges and universities, and $10 million is pledged to support the creation of new tribally operated charter schools. Federal funding will be doubled for the improvement of quality Bureau of Indian Education schools and other education options, as well.

The plan also continues to prioritize the important work of Operation Lady Justice, President Trump’s task force to address missing and murdered indigenous persons.

MORE: How the White House Is Seeking Justice for Native Americans

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President Trump disembarks Air Force One in Erie, Pennsylvania | October 21, 2020

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May 5th is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Awareness Day (MMIW); a movement to bring recognition to the disappearance and murders of Native women and girls.

Today, we acknowledge the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic which has especially skyrocketed during the past year.

The U.S Department of Justice finds that American Indian women face murder rates that are more than 10 times the national average, and going missing at a rate of more than 5,000 every year since 2016.

There are many factors contributing to this raging epidemic against our sisters ranging from individual to societal, and therefore many intersections at which this devastation multiplies.

Today, we encourage you to make a difference with your attention and awareness for Native Women.

I have been doing research on human trafficking for many years. everything that I am write is the truth, things i have seen and experienced. Human Trafficking is an American problem as well. I worked in New York, when I was 20. the first day, I had only been there a few minutes the owner made me have sex with him. This had been in the lower east side of New York, You don’t say no or you could find yourself, dead, or next to dead. By that time you wish you were. It’s not just the sex you get into, you have to be numb to all of this, so you start use drugs. Both go together no matter what. Human Trafficking occurs for many purposes.  Most women and children are trafficked for prostitution, some for marriage, and many are exploited. Women who are trafficked for domestic labor often end up being sexually exploited as well. This is not just a problem for women; many children are trafficked for adoption. Of any means everything to many poor countries. In these countries it has become increasingly high, especially in Africa children there are being trafficked for organs. There are enormous difficulties in producing accurate assessments of trafficking.

∙    The International Organization of Migration (IOM) attempted to estimate numbers of trafficked women in Europe for the European Union and concluded that accurate numbers were not possible.

∙    However, the United Nations estimates that trafficking is about a 5 to7 billion dollar operation annually. There are about 4 million (people) persons moved from one country to another and within countries.

∙    The U.S. government estimates that 50,000 women and children are trafficked each year into the United States, primarily from Latin America, Russia, the New Independent State, and Southeast Asia.

∙    Child sexual exploitation has grown especially in all countries, but especially in Asian and Latin America countries. Travel agencies, hotels, airlines, businesses,and so called, child protectors are often involved in sex tourism.

∙    Some child sexual abusers seems to think that they can avoid AIDS, if they have sex with children, but more often, they seek out children because can be made to fulfill the abusers demands.

∙    Organized crime is certainly involved in trafficking, but in many cases trafficker and pimp are small-scale operators who are husbands and boy-friends of victims. 

∙    Women trafficked into the United State, for example, often through other transit countries or across borders. The women are trafficked by cars, bus, boats, and planes.

∙    The condition of trafficking range from force or coercion to deception. Abuse of power, or abuse of a victim’s vulnerability. Many women are deceived into thinking they will work as domestic, waitresses, dancers, and models. Others are sold outright and moved around from place to place. Some know they will engage in prostitution but have no idea of the conditions that await them. Many are women whose vulnerabilities are preyed upon. The majority of women in prostitution have been sexually abused a a child.

∙    Once in the county of destination, women are held in apartments, bars, and make shift brothels where they service multiple men a day.  Many are raped, beaten, and confined under the worst of conditions.

∙    In most countries, various factors make it nearly impossible for trafficked women to seek assistance and to testify i against traffickers and other exploiters. These include death threats to their families, conditions of isolation and confinement, the violence and control within the sex industry, constant movement from place to place within a strange country, fear of deportation lack of shelters, no one will talk. 

∙    Many of the women I’ve interviewed, could talk about their troubles, but none of them would give their names. Many of these women I have worked with, in New Jersey, just about every dance club would have dance girls from other countries in them. They would tell me stories. 

∙    The most vulnerable are the women that have children. 

∙    I would do anything just to be with my children. (To be a mom and know.)

∙    Trafficking affects mostly all countries, and although not all have not been treated equally, there are countries, transit countries,and countries of destination, with some countries that are in crisis, no one cares about the poorest countries that are being affected the most. There are three categories in general, economic, social, and political crisis are more likely to turn there heads just to make money on that trade. For example the Philippines and Thailand, are countries are making sure they have plenty of women for the sex tourism. I have seen these girls get abused. 

∙    A few places tried that crap with me. Some of the owners would try to have sex with me and I would need to a hire body guard to watch my back. I’ve have picture taken of me for the internet. There is no discrimination about how they use, no one is safe. I’ve had owners take me in back rooms pull their privet parts out, and push me head down for me to have oral sex with them. Most times i was could walk aways, but there had times i knew i could not get away. either i give in or be beaten and raped at the same time.  I myself have been gang raped, It had been my firt day on the job. (I think my so called agent set that up. The shame I felt for years, and sometime i still do.) 

∙    The definition of Globalization and the sex industry,

∙    Globalization of the economy means it becomes an industry without borders. Large and small net trafficking works across borders, actively recruiting girls and women, especially from villages, city streets, and transportation centers.

Human Trafficking in the U.S.

by Delana Forsyth

i have been doing research on human trafficking for many years.

everything that i write i the truth.

things i have seen and experienced.

This was not an easy story for me to write. 

I must admit I hesitated to share some of my life experiences I feared the worst.

Of people’s rejection. I really don’t care any more what people think, this my healing point. It may break your heart to see it happening in other countries, it hurts even more that it is happening here and no one is doing anything about it. I was born an American and lived here all my life and never realized I had been a slave too. Human Trafficking is an American problem as well. I worked in New York when I was 20. the first day, I had only been there a few minutes the owner made me have sex with him. This had been in the lower east side of New York, You don’t say no or you could find yourself dead, or next to dead. By that time you wish you were. It’s not just the sex you get into, you have to be numb to all of this, so you start use drugs. Both go together no matter what. The violence is bad when you fight back. i learned after a while just to give in, don’t fight it can get you killed. We are only begun to scratch the surface in the fight against human trafficking. If there were on only one soul still being trafficked, our fight atrocity would continue, but the ugly truth is that there are millions. We have much more work remaining. Human trafficking exists in every state and nearly every city. If you look hard enough, in our nation’s small towns and in the countryside. In short the U.S. has a problem. We can all help by standing to stop this. I lived in Scranton, Pa all my life. My region consists of small, sleepy country, and towns. On the outside of town we have large farming communities, even the country roads there are not safe.

Not surprisingly, this area attracts convention and other gatherings, as ell as wealthy(some very wealthy) individuals looking for upscale and resort living. If human trafficking can happen my ton it can happen anywhere. NO community is immune. I have read many stories and seen many lives ended because of human lust for sex. Most of which are tragic. Human Trafficking occurs for many purposes. Most women and children are trafficked for prostitution, some for marriage, and many are exploited. Women who are trafficked for domestic labor often end up being sexually exploited as well. This is not just a problem for women; many children are trafficked for adoption.

∙    of any means everything to many poor countries. In these countries it has become increasingly high, especially in Africa children there are being trafficked for organs. There are enormous difficulties in producing accurate assessments of trafficking.

∙    The International Organization of Migration (IOM) attempted to estimate numbers of trafficked women in Europe for the European Union and concluded that accurate numbers were not possible.

∙    However, the United Nations estimates that trafficking is about a 5 to7 billion dollar operation annually. There are about 4 million (people) persons moved from one country to another and within countries.

∙    The U.S. government estimates that 50,000 women and children are trafficked each year into the United States, primarily from Latin America, Russia, the New Independent State, and Southeast Asia.

∙    Child sexual exploitation has grown especially in all countries, but especially in Asian and Latin America countries. Travel agencies, hotels, airlines, businesses,and so called, child protectors are often involved in sex tourism.

∙    Some child sexual abusers seems to think that they can avoid AIDS, if they have sex with children, but more often, they seek out children because can be made to fulfill the abuser demands.

∙    Organized crime is certainly involved in trafficking, but in many cases trafficker and pimp are small-scale operators who are husbands and boy-friends of victims. 

∙    Women trafficked into the United State, for example, often through other transit countries or across borders. The women are trafficked by cars, bus, boats, and planes.

∙    The condition of trafficking range from force or coercion to deception. Abuse of power, or abuse of a victim’s vulnerability. Many women are deceived into thinking they will work as domestic, waitresses, dancers, and models. Others are sold outright and moved around from place to place. Some know they will engage in prostitution but have no idea of the conditions that await them. Many are women whose vulnerabilities are preyed upon. The majority of women in prostitution have been sexually abused a a child.

∙    Once in the county of destination, women are held in apartments, bars, and make shift brothels where they service multiple men a day.  Many are raped, beaten, and confined under the worst of conditions.

∙    In most countries, various factors make it nearly impossible for trafficked women to seek assistance and to testify against traffickers and other exploiters. These include death threats to their families, conditions of isolation and confinement, the violence and control within the sex industry, constant movement from place to place within a strange country, fear of deportation lack of shelters, no one will talk. 

∙    Many of the women I’ve interviewed, would talk about their troubles, but none of them would give their names. Many of these women I have worked with, in New Jersey, just about every dance club would have dance girls from other countries in them. They would tell me stories. 

∙    The most vulnerable are the women that have children. 

∙    I would do anything just to be with my children. (To be a mom and know.)

∙    Trafficking affects mostly all countries, and although not all have not been treated equally, there are countries, transit countries,and countries of destination, with some countries that are in crisis, no one cares about the poorest countries that are being affected the most. There are three categories in general, economic, social, and political crisis are more likely to turn their heads just to make money on that trade. For example the Philippines and Thailand, are countries are making sure they have plenty of women for the sex tourism. I have seen these girls get abused. 

∙    A few places tried that crap with me. Some of the owners would try to have sex with me and I would need to a hire body guard to watch my back. I’ve have picture taken of me for the internet. There is no discrimination about how they use, no one is safe. I’ve had owners take me in back rooms pull their privet parts out, and push me head down for me to have oral sex with them. Most times i was could walk aways, but there had times i knew i could not get away. either i give in or be beaten and raped at the same time.  I myself have been gang raped, It had been my firt day on the job. (I think my so called agent set that up. The shame I felt for years, and sometime i still do.) 

∙    The definition of Globalization and the sex industry,

∙    Globalization of the economy means it becomes an industry without borders. Large and small net trafficking works across borders, actively recruiting girls and women, especially from villages, city streets, and transportation centers.             


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We have only begun to scratch the surface in the fight against human trafficking. If there were only one soul still being trafficked, our fight against this atrocity would continue, but the ugly truth is that there are millions. We have much work remaining.

This story is to help regular citizens (if you can find one), understand what human trafficking is, how to recognize it, and what to do about it, without fear, when they see something that just not right. Human trafficking exists and is every real. It’s in every state across America, and in every city, small town, etc. no one is safe. But we all can do our part, talk about it LOUD. So the traffickers know we have eyes looking for them, and we all can stop this human slavery and demand on sex.

I was born and raised in Scranton, Pa. Only about 15 minutes from the beautiful Mount Pocono. NASCAR comes here twice a year, to Long Pond. My region consists of vacationing from New York or Jersey. We have large farming communities as well. Most people know each other. Small mom and pop stores. Most of the Poconos are known for Honeymooners and tourism, 365 days a year. If you ever visited Pennsylvania you’d know why. There is so much to do there. 

I have witnessed and experienced human trafficking for many years. This is not an easy story for me to write. I must admit I feared the worst, I hesitated to share my experiences. I feared rejections from loved ones, but I don’t really care anymore this is about me this is my healing point. It may break your heart to see human trafficking happening in other countries it hurts even more that it’s happening here in America and no one is doing anything about it. I was born in American and I am very happy President Trump has put the ban at our borders. We may not be able to stop the grouse exploitation, but he can help slow it down.

My hope is that this story saves some child or woman, yes young men reading this article. Yes they are victimized as well. I pray it encourages all of us to love as we want to be loved and willing to help. Fight against human trafficking and beyond. I’ve written stories I’ve seen and heard, stories that have broken my heart and, I suspect, will yours as well. It certainly broke my heart when I learned about what happened in other places around the globe. But when I understood what was happening here in America, in this country where I live and which I dearly love, I knew this is where I was called to make a difference. I have lived my entire life up and down the east coast of the U.S., and never realized that slavery still exists here. I am in agreement with others that are in the fight to stop human trafficking we need to speck out. None of us can be all things to all things to all people. We all will not last long if we go around kicking in doors of brothels and grabbing pimps by the neck. That will get us killed or near death. But those with a story to tell can fight back by telling your story. Writer’s with heart listen to the ones willing to talk. Because most of us who are writing these stories have been a victim of human trafficking. We can guide the victim to get help and let them know we are willing to help. Most of us can work to improve legislation, call the authorities when we see something that look suspiciously like human trafficking, and network with anti- trafficking organizations and agencies. By doing these things, we can take a stand together. We will save lives in every community in American. Once you realize how pervasive this tragedy of human trafficking is, I encourage you to get behind one or more of the an it trafficking groups, especially in you own city or town, and support them, volunteer your time. Just go set watch and listen. 

Unfortunately, the truth is sometimes worse than what you might imagine. Some stories have good endings, some not so good. 

How many people don’t think about the sale of human beings happening right here in America. If you consider the possibility of human trafficking within the borders, our assumption may be that it’s confined to Las Vegas, New York, Los Angeles, and other cities. Even those who recognize that human trafficking is as much as American disgrace as an international one sometimes don’t realize this crime don’t just occur in big cities. Although human trafficking has certainly been discovered in large urban areas, it can flourish in upper-class suburbs, rural areas, and even small towns like the one in which I lived.

Human trafficking happens in up-middle-upper class neighborhoods where business internationally  “invest” in domestic help, who upon arrival in America can become modern slaves. In search of cost-effective workforce, resort communities, hotels, and country clubs sometimes unknowingly hire agencies that are actually fronts for slave labor.

In places where regular conferences are held-including but not limited to political and business conferences- as well as at large sporting events, sex trafficked individuals are made available because traffickers know there are consumers with money who will buy them.

Even church elders have unwittingly supported human trafficking. That’s why I am presented with the reasonable (and sometimes, I must confess, not completely reasonable) opportunity to enlighten folks about the modern slavery that’s around us, I take it because I know the extent to which this problem permeates our land. It’s prominence here makes sense if you think about it. Human trafficking follows money, America, being the richest nation in the world, start D’s to reward traffickers with some of the highest profits anywhere. 

It may come as a surprise to learn that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates that well over one hundred thousand children are trafficked every year in America alone. While many of these young victims are runaways or foster children, others are from shat would be considered “good” families and have been lured or coerced in human trafficking by clever predators.“These predators are particularly adept at reading children and knowing what their vulnerabilities are.

But human trafficking in this country doesn’t just take place where sex is sold. Labor trafficking, which occurs on the street, in homes, factories, in fields, and any number of other places, is also big business.

Warning Signs of Human Trafficking

Since human trafficking is often a crime that is hidden in plain sight, it is important to be aware of its warning signs. Some indications that a person may be a victim of human trafficking include (especially in the case of women and children):

Appearing malnourished

Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse

Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement

Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction

Lacking official identification documents

Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions

Working excessively long hours

Living at place of employment

Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp

Poor physical or dental health 

Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back

Untreated sexually transmitted diseases

Small children serving in a family restaurant

Security measures that appear to keep people inside an establishment – barbed wire inside of a fence, bars covering the insides of windows

Not allowing people to go into public alone, or speak for themselves

These warning signs are adapted from information provided by the Polaris Project and its National Human Trafficking Resource Center and Innocents at Risk

Human trafficking is happening all around us.

Victims are often hidden away, but it is possible you will encounter individuals or situations of concern. Knowing how to ‘spot the signs’ could save lives.

The indicators below should be considered together and even if you are able to apply one or two or even three of the indicators to a person they are not necessarily trafficked. However, if you have any suspicions about human trafficking in your area you should report it.

Department of Justice Will NOT collect DATA on Native Human Trafficking Victims,

Resist calls to collect more data on trafficking of Native Americans despite pressure from advocates for Native Women and key members of Congress.

According to the department of federal authorities prosecuted just two trafficking cases in Indian county between 2013 and 2016. Only one of them resulted in a conviction.

The number pales in comparison to the 1,000 – plus cases that were prosecuted in other jurisdictions during the same time. It also flies in the face of a consistent stream of reports which show that Native Americans, especially women and girls, are victimized at a higher than any other racial or ethnic group in the United States.

Yet the department isn’t able to explain the disparity because federal agents aren’t required to determine whether a trafficking victim is Native American. And it doesn’t plan on collecting that data anytime soon.

“If it’s voluntary information, great, but we’re not going to mandate that,”

Tracy Toulou, a descendant of the Colville tribes who serves as the director of the Office of Tribal Justice, told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. 

According to Toulou, finding out whether a victim in Native American could end up hurting Native Americans. Service providers that receive federal funds shouldn’t be forced to collect the data because he said it would have a “chilling effect” by making people more reluctant to come forward. ” WE don’t want to do anything that’s going to keep a victim from coming to our victim services providers and getting the services they need,”  Toulou said,  who is a career employee, not a political appointee of the Trump administration, which did not send a more higher-level official to the long-planned hearing.

The explantion stood in contrast to the stance taken by another federal agency. Jason Thompson, the deputy director of the Office of Justice Service at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, said he hasn’t heard concerns about collecting data on Native Trafficking victims.  “BIA-OJS, as of 2014 does collect that information in our basic crime reporting,” said Thompson, who is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Like Toulow, he is a career employee of the federal government. 

The lack of data limits the way in which the federal government can help a victim, according to Nicole Matthews, the executive director of Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual assault Coalition.

Be aware of these coalitions, most are fronts may trafficker are the sponsoring these coaltions. The University of Toledo has had conference’s for the past 17 or 18 years. And, yet Toledo is number five.

I would like to raise money to build a Human Trafficking safe house for all who need help all over America. To protect those who don’t how to protect themselves, no matter who you are, because Human Trafficking does not discriminate. I know that better then anyone.