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Does it feel this way to anyone else? America has been placed on a fast track to destruction? I sure feel that way. I shared in my “Two-Minute Tuesday” (TMT) on Facebook today about Scottish historian, Alexander Tytler’s “Cycle in History,” regarding the rise and fall of nations and empires.

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In order to truly “get” the rest of this post, you’ll need to watch today’s TMT here in order to understand what I’m saying.

http://subsplash.com/mpbc/v/743d6d8

As I was discussing this TMT and this whole idea with a man earlier today, he said the following to me [Note: my words in parenthesis]:

One thing different from past cultures (that ended) in bondage to ours, (currently today), is that America’s drive towards bondage has happened in turbo. We broke the sound barrier speeding through complacency and apathy to get us where we are now. 聽Only hope is that breaking free will happen at a blistering pace as well, but as seen in history that event usually takes a long time to get to. Good time to shine light when everything around us is dark. Like moths to a flame they will come looking for freedom from darkness.

I said, “Amen Brother!”

Truly, our only hope as a country is to come to Christ. My fear is that we’re too late. We are quickly moving to “Dependence” and “Bondage” will soon follow. However, after Bondage and the pain that comes from it comes the opportunity for “Spiritual Faith” again. That’s my hope and that’s my trust! 馃檪

And here’s what’s amazing. I had a man respond to my TMT and our conversation proved my point exactly. His comment is in BOLD.

I suspect this won’t be well-received, but I wish I heard more from preachers about unconditional love, peace, humility, and charity, and much less about promoting right-wing politics.
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D Kevin BrownThanks David, but this was not a political message, but a message of history. I shared about two distinctly different world views. One worldview that focuses on the acceptance of what man believes (secular humanism-where each person decides what is right and wrong), versus the worldview where God’s Word is the authority and we are held accountable to the standards of God. The former is “accepting” of all things depending on human reasoning, the latter submits to Almighty God and that which corresponds with His timeless Word. The adjectives you have described above are code words for “preaching that tickles the ears of man” and says, “Live any way you like and have standards that are politically correct based on the changing winds of culture.” America will soon crumble under the weight of the former worldview. Tytler’s Historical Chart will prove to be true. I stand as a voice crying out in the wilderness. Thus, I will not be well-received (just as you stated that you wouldn’t in your comment). Therefore we are in similar company.聽馃檪聽How about that? Thanks again for your comment. I can see you have a heart filled with good will and I appreciate that about you and how you chose to respond to what you disagreed with in my TMT without attacking me personally (as often happens to me). Thank you David!聽馃檪
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His comment in Bold.

Thank you, Kevin. I appreciate your response and I too prefer debates over ideas rather than attacks on people. But I suspect your message comes across as more political than you may realize. The reference to “progressive liberals” and “pushing for socialism” are overtly political and condemn well-meaning groups of people. Your ministry is yours to carry out as you see fit, but as a relatively progressive and relatively liberal person I might point out that the conservative politics – both implicit and explicit – promoted by churches is often what closes people’s otherwise open ears.
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D Kevin BrownThanks David. Apparently in many people’s view today, what is discussed in church must stay in church and anything that deviates from the politically correct agenda is seen as “political.” The ultimate goal of many in this country to take Christians like me, who believe in the absolute truth of God’s word and His standards and call it “hate speech” and discrimination and then lock us up and put us away for good. That scenario may very well come true in post-Christian America. But, until then, I will speak from the side of truth.

My ministry is to equip the saints so that they might see the truth and then apply that to a lost and dying culture. My greatest desire and concern is for people to come to know the love of Jesus and seek His Lordship over their lives in humble surrender and repentance. However, there will be those who will see that heart-felt desire of mine that is truly born out of a heart of love for the souls of people, as the exact opposite. That’s unfortunate and I can’t help that. Thus the picture I used for the TMT.

Again, I don’t seek to condemn anyone, but if I don’t agree with you, will you condemn me? Am I allowed to believe what I believe or am I only allowed to believe what I’m told to believe? Do I still have a right to believe what the Bible teaches as orthodox teaching for the last 2000 years, or am I to wilt under the tantamount pressure of a culture which has chosen to summarily discard orthodox Biblical teaching? My answer is that I must contend for the faith in an orthodox biblical manner and be labeled in whatever way the world chooses. The Romans killed Jesus for speaking the truth and He was the kindest, most gentle and loving man, (the God-man), Who ever lived.

I must confess the words of Jesus when He said: “A servant is not above His master.” Matthew 10:25. I willing surrender my life to Him as my Master whatever fate may come my way for adhering to His teachings. After all Jesus said in Matthew 10:34-39, 34 鈥淒o not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

His comments in Bold

No, I do not seek to condemn you, and I’ve not seen evidence of anyone in this country trying to lock people up and put them away for good for being Christians. I’m only trying to offer some perspective on why it may seem that some close their ears. Good luck and best wishes to you.
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D Kevin BrownThanks David…you are kind and I appreciate your kindness. We just see things from two different perspectives as my TMT speaks of. Regarding locking up…it has happened with a clerk of court in KY. I wish you the best as well.聽馃檪聽Thanks again for your perspective. We just disagree on where the authority comes from behind our premises. Mine is from Scripture and yours is from the culture at large (that’s my opinion at least). And by the way, just in case I ever end up in jail for preaching and teaching what the Bible has taught for centuries as truth…you might remember this conversation because it will most definitely be me that gets locked up, not you.聽馃檪聽I can promise you that. I’m now in the minority in our post-Christian culture. Blessings to you David!聽馃檪
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Dear reader, do you see how this kind gentleman just proved my point? If you watch my video again, you’ll see it as plain as day. It’s almost startling…

Last thought…
Ravi Zacharias is one of my most favorite apologists of all time and this is what he has to say about the culture of political correctness today. It’s brilliant and only 2:46 long.
Blessings all!
Kevin
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Winter Forecast-2017

Each year I give you what I believe is the best prognostication available regarding the upcoming winter. There are several below and I think you’ll see a pattern: almost no one agrees. 馃檪 This is Rob Guarino’s forecast. He’s fairly solid. He lists exact snow totals at the bottom 馃檪聽
North Carolina Winter Forecast 2016-17 (La Nina Arrives)
Winter Forecast
La Nina is here but it’s on the weaker side as of September. What is La Nina? It is a cooling of the water in the equatorial Pacific that occurs at irregular intervals and is associated with widespread changes in weather patterns complementary to those of El Ni帽o, but less extensive and damaging in their effects.
We see this weak La Nina to peak now but get a second burst in December and January before moving to a neutral pattern Febraury and March. This weak La Nina means a colder winter for most of the nation and certainly much colder than last winter. The key to this winter will be how cold is the cold and how dominate will the Northern Jet (Arctic Jet) be vs. the moisture loaded Southern (Sub-Tropical Jet)?. Last year the Southern Jet was the big player off a massive El Nino but this winter that will not be the case most of the country.
We expect an average swing of the NAO (North Atlantic Oscillation) but much more of a dip from the AO (Arctic Oscillation) bringing a few polar vortex periods and many Alberta Clippers.
Winter Forecast
SNOW DAYS LOCATION AVG. THIS WINTER
12.7 Asheville 13.2鈥 10.0鈥
17.5 Banner Elk 38.7鈥 30.4鈥
16.9 Boone 35.3鈥 29.1鈥
25.5 Grandfather Mountain 53.5鈥 44.7鈥
聽聽5.6 Highlands 11.8鈥 7.9鈥
聽聽2.6 Kerr Scott Reservoir 聽聽9.7鈥 7.4鈥
聽聽1.4 Morganton 聽聽3.9鈥 2.8鈥
聽聽3.3 Oconaluftee 聽聽6.5鈥 5.8鈥
聽聽2.6 Pisgah Forest 聽聽7.5鈥 7.1鈥
1.4 Waterville 聽聽4.1鈥 2.3鈥
Average Snow & Forecast
SNOW DYS LOCATION AVG. THIS WINTER
聽聽2.4 Chapel Hill 聽聽3.7鈥 2.5鈥
聽聽1.9 Charlotte 聽聽4.3鈥 3.1鈥
聽聽1.7 Concord 聽聽3.7鈥 3.1鈥
聽聽0.7 Durham 聽聽1.9鈥 1.2鈥
聽聽0.2 Gastonia 聽聽0.9鈥 0.8鈥
聽聽3.9 Greensboro 聽聽7.6鈥 5.2鈥
聽聽1.3 Henderson 聽聽2.7鈥 1.9鈥
聽聽2.3 Hickory 聽聽7.7鈥 7.0鈥
聽聽0.9 High Point 聽聽1.8鈥 1.3鈥
聽聽4.2 Mount Airy 聽聽9.3鈥 7.7鈥
聽聽1.7 Raleigh 聽聽3.9鈥 3.4鈥陈

This weak La Nina winter will bring near normal temperatures to the region. We expect less chances for snow this season, and slightly below average total snow this winter in North Carolina. Precipitation will be slightly below normal for much of the Winter in Tar Heel Country.聽http://thewinterforecast.com/north-carolina-winter-forecast-2016-17-la-nina-arrives/

Now, just to show you how different forecasts can be, take a look at the Farmer’s Almanac below. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it means. I guess “penetrating cold and very wet,” means a greater chance for snow/ice? Hmm. Your guess is as good as mine.

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Here is AccuWeather’s forecast:

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Here’s another guy’s forecast that’s usually a fairly good forecaster…

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The Old Farmer’s Almanac says this:

Region 4, which is in the Southeast Region and includes portions of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, is predicted to have a winter that is warmer than normal with near to below-average snowfall and other precipitation for winter 2016-2017.
Read more at http://www.inquisitr.com/3421319/old-farmers-almanac-publishes-2016-2017-winter-weather-predictions/#DyOjdmf9GzPGTzuz.99

So, you know what? Your guess is as good as mine! I hope you enjoyed the early look at Winter! Pray for us as we (Dale Jennings, Kandace, Clara and myself) head out to the Philippines that we may share the love of Christ and see many lives changed and impacted for Jesus!

Kevin

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Cold-Hard Reality

Cold-hard reality check…

In about 3 1/2 months all eyes will be on the US Capitol.

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On Friday, January 20, 2017 in about 3 1/2 months there will bean inauguration of a new President in Washington and it鈥檚 going to be one of these two people. There is NO DENYING that!聽

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are tightening their grips on the Democratic and Republican presidential nominations.

Believe me鈥 don鈥檛 like the choices we have. I’m so聽disheartened to be honest. Yet, 聽in my humble opinion, we only need to look in the mirror to find who we need to blame. As a Church in America we鈥檝e been asleep at the wheel. We are now reaping the fruit of years of apathy and compromise.聽

Well folks, if we don鈥檛 stand up this time and exercise our freedom to protect our freedom, I鈥檒l tell ya something鈥e鈥檙e going to lose it all! At the rate things are going, we are not going to聽have the freedom to continue to openly share our faith in this culture. We may one day be worshiping “underground,” like the catacombs of the first and second century Christians.

Please read聽carefully what I鈥檓 about to say: Only God can turn America around, our problem is not political鈥t鈥檚 spiritual. But, this election, in my opinion, will have the most significant impact on whether or not our country can regain its moral standing.聽

Let me remind us of how tight it was in 2012 with Romney and Obama. Romney lost Florida by only 73,000 votes out of 8.3 million cast. He lost Virginia by only 115,000 out of 4 million. He lost Ohio by 103,000 out of 5.5 million and New Hampshire by only 40,000 out of 700,000 cast. Folks, if Romney had one those four states…just those four states…he would have been president and not Obama. Let that sink in for a聽moment. Out of 18.5 million votes in those four states, Romney lost by 1.8% or 333,000 votes.聽Again, if he had won those states, he would have picked up 64 electoral college votes and won the election 270 to 268 in the electoral college.聽

Why did he lose? You pick the pundit and you pick the study, but most say Romney lost because Evangelical Christians didn鈥檛 come out and vote.聽

Listen鈥 the last 8 years have been devastating on this country. The Obama Administration and it鈥檚 left-wing, progressive liberal policies have continued to strip away our religious freedoms.聽Who could have imagined we鈥檇 be debating whether or not men, who feel like women, should be allowed in our wives鈥 and daughters鈥 bathrooms. Yet, Obama and his cronies are more interested in combating supposed discrimination in our bathrooms than getting our country back on track.聽

So, here we are folks and either Trump or Clinton is going to be taking the oath of office in 3 1/2 months. Again, I don’t like it any better than you do, but it’s all we’ve聽realistically聽got to聽choose from. No other candidate has a chance of winning. Now I understand and I respect those who choose not to vote November 8th. I truly do. However, in taking that “moral high ground,” please understand that won’t change the fact that either Clinton or Trump will be raising their right hand and taking the oath of office on 1.20.17. That’s a fact.

Also know this… Trump or Clinton will fill this spot…

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait in the East Conference Room at the Supreme Court Building in Washington, October 8, 2010. Seated from left to right in front row are: Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Standing from left to right in back row are: Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Samuel Alito Jr., and Associate Justice Elena Kagan.      REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTXT6Z5

That’s Antonin Scalia’s spot. He died several months ago, leaving the court split at 4 to 4. There are 4 liberals and 4 conservatives on the court. And folks, it’s those folks who will decide things like HB2. Those folks are the “kings” of this country right now.聽

So, here we are folks and either Trump or Clinton will fill that spot and not only that spot. But, most believe the next President will fill 2-3 more spots, (because of the age of several of聽the justices), in their term.

Do you understand what a liberal court聽will do? They will strip away every聽vestige of public Christianity in this country and given time, Christians will be locked up for preaching and teaching orthodox聽Christianity from the Bible. Mark it down! Trump has put forth several聽names of potential justices. They聽have been vetted by strong Christians who say that the names put forth by Trump are very conservative judges.

I know, I know…how can we trust Trump? I get that. But, HOW CAN WE TRUST CLINTON! Remember, those are our two realistic, legitimate options at hand. We all know who Clinton will appoint. Just read the Democratic platform, It’s a godless platform and parts of it are just plain evil. Without question, Clinton would appoint some of the most left-wing, progressive liberals you’ve ever seen in your life and well…it’s all she wrote then!

But you see, I don’t worry about me. I’ve lived a very good life… I worry about them… That’s my聽daughter and聽granddaughter. They are the ones who will have聽to live with my decisions and the decisions of this country. And might I say, I feel like Nehemiah. I’m going to fight for my wife and my children.

Nehemiah 4:14

And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, 鈥淒o not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight聽for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.鈥

 

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Friends, I’m so sad we’ve reached the place in American where we have the candidates we do. But, at the end of the day…this is where we are, as bad as that is. It’s a testimony to the godless society聽we have become. Can we get some breathing room for our children and聽grandchildren?聽Perhaps. I encourage you to consider聽these things as you go to the polls on November 8th. (Below is my Two-Minute Tuesday addressing this topic.)

Kevin

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