Some Day We Will Stand Before the Lord

Good to hear from you.  Yes, I appreciate our ability to agree on many things and disagree on others.  This is what happens when we get older – we share with each other when our next operations are.  I have another lithotripsy in July as well, although I am sure it is much milder than what you have had to endure.  Best of luck to you with your surgery.

It strikes me that we have a lot in common – an intellectual bent toward reason, science, evidence, and the like; observations about the changing climate (which I believe are real, regardless of their cause), and a concern about the future of our nation and possible hyperinflation.

By the way, I heard an interview with a private investigator who has a friend who is high up in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  His friend indicated that the Department of Homeland Security is anticipating hyperinflation in the U.S. and great civil unrest.  The term he used is “massive civil war”.  Perhaps that is why the Department of Homeland Security recently purchased 450 million hollow point bullets, enough to kill every American 1½ times.  So the huge federal debt, which we have discussed and which everyone has known is unsustainable, will likely lead to a financial crisis that will be terrible for our nation and probably the rest of the world.

I confess that when I visited you in your hospital bed, I thought it might be the last time I would see you.  But you are a tough guy, and have survived to live another day.  You have been given another chance at life.  Good for you.  As a friend, I would encourage you to think about what happens when you die.

Simon Greenleaf was the nation’s most eminent legal scholar on the rules of evidence, and the U.S. Supreme Court often referred to his books on tough cases.  A Jew, Greenleaf occasionally would speak disparagingly about Christianity.  When his students challenged him by asking if he had ever examined the evidence for Christianity, he replied that he had not, but agreed to do so.  After several months of examining the evidence for Christianity, Greenleaf converted to Christianity, convinced that the evidence was so compelling, he had no other choice.

Ken, some day you (and I) will meet the Lord.  We will stand before Him and give an account of our lives.  The key will not be what we have done to help the poor, to alert people about global warming, or how much we know.  The key will be whether or not we know Jesus, the son of the sovereign, living God, who died for our sins and set us free, and whether or not we have accepted Him as our Lord and Savior. 

Now we have that choice.  Once we cross the line from this earth to eternity, it will be too late.  The Lord does not force people to go to heaven, but He welcomes all who seek to spend eternity with Him and His son, Jesus Christ.

I hope this note finds all is well with you and your beloved.

Best regards,

Action Steps You Can Take

The changes underway in the United States and the world are profound, with far-reaching effects on each of our lives.  Not preparing can have drastic consequences, as described in this article:   www.shtfplan.com/emergency-preparedness/some-of-the-really-bad-things-that-could-happen-if-you-do-not-prepare-for-the-coming-economic-collapse_09062012So it is important to prepare on several dimensions:

1) Prepare financially

The Federal Reserve has been printing money like crazy to purchase all kinds of debt and keep our economy afloat.  Historically, this kind of rampant money printing typically leads to hyperinflation.  If/when hyperinflation hits, it would decimate cash, CDs, insurance, annuities, and other cash-related financial instruments.  Stocks and bonds would also suffer.  When the purchasing power of cash crashes, value can only be found in things (food, water, toilet paper, precious metals, real estate, personal protection, commodities, etc.). 

Debts are effectively reduced by devaluing the currency, which is one of the reasons that governments do it.  Inflation is a hidden tax that saps the purchasing power of citizens, for the benefit of those who run the presses (the Fed and federal government).  So the danger is not that the government will stop government programs like Social Security.  The danger is that the money you receive will have little purchasing power.

Action Steps:

  • Take a fresh look at your assets in light of the above discussion.
  • Allocate at least of a portion of your assets into precious metals related assets – physical bullion in your possession, such as junk silver coins (pre-1965 U.S. coins), bullion in off-site depositories, and precious metals equities (mining companies).

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2) Prepare with physical preparations

Physical preparation is also important – food, water, etc.  Remember how Joseph stored up food in Egypt for seven years, in preparation for lean years, and Noah stored provisions in the ark.  And remember how many people struggled with the recent COVID-19 lockdown.

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Action Steps:

  • List your assets for physical survival and what you need to acquire.
  • Assess your ability to survive in case stores close or the grid shuts down.
  • Create a plan, and take action.

3) Consider your location

The riots that several cities have been recently experiencing highlight the vulnerability of living in high density areas when there is serious social unrest, power outages, or pandemics.

Action Steps:

  • Is your present location safe?
  • Would it be safe with massive social unrest and riots?
  • Do you have a bug out bag ready, and do you know where you would go if you had to leave your home?
  • Develop a plan and start to implement it.

4) Become Prepared Spiritually

Spiritual preparation is the most important preparation because none of us is guaranteed tomorrow.  So getting right with God and seeking His guidance, His will, and His protection is imperative.  If we place our faith and hope in our finances and physical preparation, we will be disappointed, for we do not control what is happening to our nation and the world.  If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, now is the time to do so by confessing your sins and accepting Him as Lord and Savior.

The Word of God promises that the Lord will guide us if we seek Him with our whole heart:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.                                             Proverbs 3:5-6

Furthermore, the safest place in the world is in the center of God’s will:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust…  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your habitation, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 

Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-11

Action Steps:

  • If you don’t know the Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, confess your sins and accept Him as your savior.
  • Spend time with the Lord every day, reading the Word, confessing your sin, and seeking to be in His presence.
  • Join a Bible-believing church and any other group of believers that you can meet with on a regular basis.
  • If you have disagreements or broken relationships, seek them out and become reconciled.  You don’t want to have unconfessed sin in your heart when you stand before the Lord (and we all will).
  • Learn to recognize the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, seek the Lord’s will for your life, and be obedient in following His leading. 

Life is short.  God is great.  Walk with the Lord.