The greatest love one human can show to another is telling them about Jesus. Jesus is the only One who can give a person eternal life and save them from spending eternity in Hell.

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. -Romans 5:8-9

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God is so Holy that no human can stand before Him as we are. Our souls are full of sin and our bodies are full of weakness and death. Jesus took our sins when He died on the cross. When you believe in Him, God credits Jesus’ righteousness to you, and your soul is clean.

But there’s still the problem of our bodies. If we’re going to live with a perfect and immortal God on the New Earth, we need perfect and immortal bodies. No amount of working out or eating right will ever make any of us fit enough to live with God. We can’t resurrect ourselves, make ourselves perfect, or make our bodies immortal. God Himself would have to raise us from the dead and give us eternal bodies. He promises to do just that for those who believe in Jesus. On the day of the resurrection of the true church, followers of Messiah will receive brand new bodies, in the twinkling of an eye.

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: 
“Death is swallowed up in victory.” 
“O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”
1 Corinthians 15:51-55

Claim your new body today! It’s free. Jesus already paid the price when He died on the cross. His resurrection is proof that our resurrection is coming next. Jesus was the first human (the God-man) who God raised into an immortal body, and you can be raised too. All you have to is believe. Jesus is Savior. He is the Messiah, the Son of God. You can believe right now, right where you are. Just believe that Jesus is the only God who came down to earth in a human body. He died for your sins on the cross, and He was raised to life so that you could be raised too!

Believe, receive the Holy Spirit, and look forward to getting a brand new body on the day of our resurrection. It’s that simple.

“God so loved the world that He sent His one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

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About two weeks ago, I had the feeling that God wanted me to go and evangelize at a park near my house. So, I went. School was out for the summer. It was the middle of the day. I was sure there would be people present and I’d be able to share the good news of Jesus with them. When I arrived, however, a group of parents and children were leaving. By the time I got my own kids out of the car, the people were gone. The park was empty. The entire time my children played, not a single soul joined us. Why had the Lord led me to this park? I wondered. God soon made the answer to my question apparent.

After exhausting themselves on the shiny new playground equipment, my children set their sights on a big metal slide from ages past. The slide had obviously been a part of the park’s original playset. It was one of those tall metal slides whose height terrifies you, but you’ve just gotta slide down anyway. And when you do, you almost always burn your bottom from the heat of the metal and the friction of your descent.

Paying no mind to the rusted steps and gnarled slide legs, my kids hurried up to the top of it. I climbed after them, just to make sure the slide was okay. That thing didn’t wobble an inch. It was quality. American made—the steps said so. “American,” the word had been proudly forged into each of the slide’s twelve, or so, treads.

As my kids gleefully seared their bottoms coming down the slide, I noticed a name written with a black sharpie on the underside of it. Many people had written their names on the slide, but this name was bold. It stood out. The name was “Aliyah.” This might not seem significant to the average person. But as a follower of Jesus Messiah and a lover of the Jewish people, through whom God sent Jesus, I was struck by the word. When a Jewish person living outside of Israel goes up to Jerusalem, it’s called “making Aliyah.”

Later that day, when I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about the empty park, the big metal slide, and the name “Aliyah.” In my Spirit, I knew God was speaking to me. He was sending me a message. Whenever God sends me a message, I write it down and post it on my blog, as a way of documenting it for others. My pen is ready, Lord. My hands are your hands. My mind is fixed on you alone. My whole being belongs to you, purchased by the precious blood of Jesus.

Here is the message I uncovered in the details of the day. The empty park was God’s way of telling me that fields for evangelism in America are changing. Our once Christian society is now moving into the realm of post-Christian. Many people living in the US have heard about Jesus, and they either believe, reject their need for Jesus, or they’ve adopted a “been there done that” attitude toward Jesus. There are also some people who haven’t heard about Jesus or who have heard but are undecided. Yes, believe it or not, every now and then, I encounter a US-born adult who has yet to have heard the gospel of Jesus Christ fully explained. What a joy it is to tell them the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection! Also, as long as God keeps blessing America with babies, Christians will always have people to evangelize.

God tells us not to wait for a more opportune time to proclaim Jesus. We must evangelize now. The fields are white with harvest (John 4:35). The empty park was God’s way of telling me to dig deeper, search harder to find fruitful mission fields. Christians, we all need to get creative. Let’s evangelize online, rent booths at markets, hand out holiday treats with gospel tracks to everyone we encounter, take the gospel to Jewish populations, share Jesus with people imprisoned by occult practices and false religions, and go to events and festivals where large crowds are present. We have to be bolder in our conversations, challenging people who claim to follow Christ but live lives that reflect the opposite. God’s word tells us to restore our lost brothers (Galatians 6:1).

In some cases, Christians will have to re-evangelize in the USA. Almost everyone I speak to in my country has encountered Jesus meek and mild who died on the cross for their sins. But very few have heard about Jesus, bright as lightning, riding on a white horse into battle against unbelievers (Revelation 19:11-21). Or Jesus so-full-of-glory that His best friend John fell down as if dead when He saw Him (Revelation 1:10-17). We all need to remember, and to remind others, that Jesus is fully human and fully God, that He’s supreme, that He is most High and Holy.

I also felt God speaking to me personally as I stood there looking out at the empty park. My Father assured me He would replace missed opportunities for evangelism in my life with other opportunities to serve Him, such as the writing of articles. I am still called to evangelize whenever possible, but if an evangelistic event doesn’t work out, for whatever reason, God will redirect me to another task. He will always have an assignment for me, so long as I’m ready and listening.

As per the old metal slide, she represents the decay of America’s national conscience. It pains me to write these words. I love America. I am grateful to have been born and raised in this country. I am also grieved by my country’s current moral and ethical condition. How far we have fallen. How swift our descent.

There was a time when the US made most of our products, right here on our own soil, by the precious hands of our own countrymen. These products were of high quality, like this steel slide, which was still erect and sturdy after decades of exposure to weather. About a hundred feet to the left of the old slide stood a new playset, made of plastic and materials that I would wager a fortune had not been made in America.

There was nothing outwardly wrong with the plastic playset. It looked durable and attractive, and it was probably much safer than the metal slide. But the process by which it was made is the same process that’s been chipping away at America’s soul, and sustainability, for years now—outsourcing. I could go on and on about this topic, but to boil it down, I’ll put it like this: In the same way that America acquired much of her land—through bribery, force, and the trading of trinkets with the Native Americans—we’ve sold out our land, exchanging our people, our resources, and our national soul for trinkets manufactured in other countries. We are sliding downward as a nation and becoming a people given over to bribes, force, and greed. Thank you to PlayStar, and like-minded companies, for making your playsets and materials right here on US soil.

As per the name “Aliyah” on the underside of the slide, I can only conclude that it has to do with US relations with Israel. The United States has always been a haven for the Jewish people and a strong ally of the nation of Israel. In fact, some Biblical scholars believe that America has been blessed for all these years because God promises to bless the nations who bless Israel and to curse those who curse her (Genesis 12:3).

The Bible also tells us that in the end times all nations will come against Israel (Zechariah 12:3-6). This means Israel will have no allies, not even the US. God will display His supernatural power and covenantal love for Israel by singlehandedly saving her from her enemies.

How exactly will the US come against Israel? The US might not actively engage in war with God’s chosen people, but she could betray Israel by removing support, attempting to divide up the promised land, accusing Israel of illegitimately inhabiting the land God has given her, or something of the sort.  Or perhaps the US will grow so weak and become so preoccupied with her own troubles that she’ll be unable to help Israel.

When the day comes when the US relegates Israel to her underside, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jewish people make aliyah from the US to Jerusalem. It’s also possible that some great disaster or turn of events on US soil will incite the Jewish people to make this move. Or maybe after the rapture, the US will deteriorate to an unlivable quality, and Jewish people will return to their God-given land at that time. Or perhaps the land of Israel will become so enticing that the Jewish people will be drawn back to her, making the move willingly, without the need of an inciting event.

Whatever the case may be, woe to America on the day she joins all the other nations in coming against Israel. God will curse us, as he curses anyone who comes against his chosen people. When America betrays Israel, the whole world will see that the US is no longer the bright, steel-strong nation favored by God. Our nation will stand out as a giant rusted eye soar—morally corrupt, sold out, and indebted to the countries who’ve been manufacturing our plastic trinkets. Ouch, that hurts. Please, God, turn America back to you, to your word, to your truth—before it’s too late.

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We raised them. We processed them. We…

Details from Jonathan: This was our attempt to make use of 10 of the 13, yes 13 roosters, in our flock of 19 chicks we raised this year. This will save feed for us and the dark meat was decent – the rest was too tough as roosters can tend to be even at 12 weeks old. We are going to try to see if we can get more weight on these next time and cull at 8-10 weeks. These were only 3 lbs dress weight vs the usual 6 lbs you’d get in the store. Good experience for sure!

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It’s time to harvest wild lettuce (Lactuca virosa). This herb really does kill pain. The milky substance inside the stem and leaves (Lacticarium) works like Advil. It can knock you out, too, which is good if you need that. Don’t operate heavy equipment after taking wild lettuce.

You can cut up the leaves and stems and freeze them for year-round use. You can also dehydrate the milky substance, make tea, make tinctures, etc.

Wild lettuce grows as a weed practically everywhere.

For more information on this herb, see the YouTube channel of Mike Reed Outdoors. He covers Wild Lettuce extensively. As always, forage carefully and responsibly. You are liable for your own actions.

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