War part 8

War!
Part 8
By: G. J. Fortier
Stand firm then … for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly as I should. Ephesians 6:14, 20 (NIV)
So far, I’ve written 7 articles in this series titled War containing somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 words, all about some of the ways that Satan and his minions use those made of flesh and blood to deceive us. To take our focus off God. And I must admit that most of the subject matter that I chose has been on a scale that might seem insurmountable for people like us to even make a dent in – assuming, of course, that you bought into any of it. Corrupt politics, social justice, climate change, Agenda 21/2030: these all might seem like abstract concepts. But if they haven’t affected your life yet – and I would find that hard to believe – they probably will, and sooner than you think. Are you ready to give up your transportation? Your favorite foods? Your very way of life? Here’s a sample:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLi6eYMtwww&list=PLhdJl5RrvZXGo4gldM-7zzoOCxWgXCrYr
You may think that simply reading these articles was a challenge … or even a distraction, keeping you from the business of your everyday. Maybe you were already aware of the topics that I touched on, these people and happenings, and simply feel that they’re way above your paygrade; something that others will take care of; not important enough to bother yourself with. To that I say to you that knowledge is power, and a deception is a deception. If you know that something is untrue, it is your responsibility to tell others. And I, once again, challenge you to do your diligence, and if you find that anything that I have represented in these articles is false or misleading, to call me on it. After that, if you have had the diligence to read through this series, I would ask you to consider whether the information contained within them is useful to you in any way.
A scripture comes to mind:
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 1 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)
Or how ‘bout this one:
Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know that they produce quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 2 Timothy 2: 23-24 (NIV)
Go ahead and take a minute to consider these … I’ll wait.
Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who believe in Him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:15-16
I am aware of the fact that some of you (of those of you who actually read these articles) do not share my opinion or even like my point of view, but you have been respectful enough not to criticize me openly – even if I ask you to.
I appreciate that.
I wasn’t asked to write these articles because I needed to fill some time in my day. However, without some feedback, I’ll never know how effective these articles truly are … or aren’t. Without some constructive criticism I can’t improve my writing skills. And, trust me, if I didn’t think that what I’m telling you was important, I wouldn’t tell you. But if the information that I’ve brought is of little or no value to you, the reader, then I need to reconsider where I put my efforts.
Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2: 14-15
We are all so very busy with all the responsibilities of life. There are far too many for me to list here. But we are also Christians. It is our responsibility, in my opinion, to tell the truth as we believe that the Holy Spirit would have us. When we see what is wrong, it isn’t enough for us to turn away and pray that God will intervene. It’s unacceptable for us to throw up our hands and tell ourselves that it’s too big. That it’s out of our control. That it isn’t our obligation to act.
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 1 Timothy 4:1-3
Recently, my pastor was preaching an awesome sermon – as is his custom – in which he said, “Don’t ever pray for anyone without accepting that you might be His answer for them”. I believe that his intention was to say, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty! Get involved to whatever extent that you’re able. Whether you feel called to wrestle with the deceptions of the enemy on the grand scale, or if you’re simply led to help your neighbor to understand the truth, do it and don’t hesitate! You are a child of the Most-High God! He made you for a purpose and – just being honest with you – you may not even realize what that purpose is. Who says that you can’t change the world … or at least your little corner of it? After all, if you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
Wake up sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you. Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5: 14-15 (NIV)
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

War part 7

War!
Part 7
By: G. J. Fortier
Stand firm then … Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words will be given to me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, Ephesians 6:14,19 (NIV)
Just to serve as a reminder, the point of this series is bringing to light some of the methods that Satan and his minions are using against us in our daily lives to take our focus off God.
Agenda 21, a.k.a. Agenda 2030. Here’s the website:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/outcomedocuments/agenda21
I learned about Agenda 21/2030 a few months ago and so far, no one that I’ve asked has ever heard about this “non-binding action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development. It is a product of the Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. It is an action agenda for the UN, other multilateral organizations, and individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels.” – Wikipedia
Here’s the PDF:
https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/Agenda21.pdf
In a nutshell, it’s an “agreement” adopted by 178 countries, including the United States, that focuses on bringing member states into compliance under the authority of the United Nations.
President Obama’s Executive Order 13547 issued July 19, 2010 further extends federal power, embraces global governance, diminishes the rights and privileges of individuals, and brings the United States into compliance with Agenda 21
https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13547
So, why is this important in your life? Because executive order 13547 revokes executive order 13366. That order established that the territorial waters of the United States, including the Great Lakes, were subject to the governance of the United States. Order 13547 gives that authority over to the “non-binding” Agenda 21. In other words. Americans are subjects of international law in our own waters. This may seem like a small thing, but it’s just one small example of the freedoms that have been given away from us over this multi-decadienal plan to form a one world government.
So what? You already know that I like Star Trek. I should be all for a one world government, right?
Agenda 21 refers to the 21st century. It was renamed Agenda 2030 in 2015 because, frankly, they weren’t achieving their goals as fast as they had hoped … irrespective of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth fear mongering movie.
In the above text describing what Agenda 21 is, I’d like you to pay particular attention to the words “individual governments around the world that can be executed at local, national, and global levels”. Now, I’d like you to harken back to part 5 of this series where I wrote about George Soros and his effort to influence the elections of more than 400 candidates running for office in the U.S. at every level of government. Do you think that Mr. Soros is only interested in this country? Here’s a link to an interesting article written by Bill Perkins on the Christian website, Compass International:
https://compass.org/article-agenda-21-george-soros/
Are you starting to see how these things are all connected?
So, what are the Agenda 21/2030’s plans?
Overshadowed by the umbrella term “sustainable development” — sounds pretty innocuous doesn’t it? — the members of this “non-binding agreement” want to move people out of the rural areas into city centers, just like they did in the Soviet Union during the 20th century. Why? To make it easier to provide for the population adequately, i.e. the redistribution of wealth. There is a lot of verbiage in this document concerning “equitable development” and “environmental” and “climate protection”. Basically, it all boils down to getting “a more manageable population” (how do you achieve a goal like “a more manageable population”?) into centralized locations where public transportation is within easy reach (so you don’t need a fossil fuel burning car) and all of your necessities are regulated by the local government. In one fell swoop they will have taken away our freedom of movement and made the entire population dependent upon the government, which, by-the-way, will control all aspects of manufacturing and food production.
Socialism.
This kind of system might work well in someplace like Europe, where space is limited, and the people already live in population centers … and Agenda 21/2030 is common knowledge. But, speaking geographically, Europe is a place where you can practically fit a half-dozen or more countries into an area the size of Georgia. By-the-way, coincidentally, The Maastricht Treaty, which created the European Union in February of 1992, was separated by mere months from the signing of Agenda 21. That’s some interesting timing isn’t it?
But what about the countries like France, Spain, England, everywhere in South America, Africa, Australia, etc. where the people are more spread out across their territory? What about the United States and small-town America? For places like these, they needed to create a narrative for people to willingly give up their cars (freedom) in favor of relocating to cities and away from rural areas. This was accomplished by focusing on the world-ending crisis of “man-made global warming” that was later renamed “climate change”. They had to make you the culprit in order to shame you into believing that, because you use fossil fuels to live your lives, you are responsible for killing the Earth.
The rest is history.
Only thing is, it’s not working out quite like they had planned. We’ve seen some dissention in recent times. Brexit, the Yellow Vest protests in France, the growing number of scientists and scientific organizations like NASA, NOAA, the ESA and others who have begun to report that, not only have none of the predictions made by “climate change” alarmists over the decades have happened, but the evidence suggests that the opposite is true. That the Earth is about to experience a cooling trend due to the current cycle of minimal solar activity.
In other words: The fairy tale of “man -made climate change” is just that. It’s almost like God Himself has had enough of the lies that they have perpetrated on us for decades, and now He’s saying, I’ll show all of y’all who’s really in charge of the climate.
Next time, the conclusion.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Enter: Agenda 21/Agenda 2030
See you next week.
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

War part 6

War!
Part 6
By: G. J. Fortier
Stand firm then … And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6: 14, 18 (NIV)
Just to serve as a reminder, the point of this series is bringing to light some of the methods that Satan and his minions are using against us in our daily lives to take our focus off God.
Climate change.
You may think that I am a “climate change denier”, but you’d be wrong if you do. Climate changes. It has since God created the Earth and it will continue to change as long as He allows it to exist.
But man-made climate change is the issue. Because of man’s abuse of nature, the planet is warming at a rate that’s unprecedented in all of history.
Wrong.
If you speak with real scientists like; Piers Corbyn, Roy Spencer, Tim Ball, Tom Harris, Stanley Goldenberg, John Casey, Richard A. Keen, Jay Lehr, Don J. Easterbrook, and William Happer, just to name a few, they will tell you that human influence on climate is negligible at best. Just look up Dr. Martin Mlynczak (no, that is not a typo) a NASA atmospheric climatologist and see what he has to say on the matter.
https://www.heartland.org/news-opinion/news/30000-scientists-sign-petition-on-global-warming?fbclid=IwAR3QnnDwi7yYK8gkgdA6x98fDS_7kBEsUWDZ4s7dK-LCpHQMsuDccAH3H_w#.XJugWEVLQRE.facebook
Geological records prove that the level of CO2 in the atmosphere has varied throughout history, having been as high as eleven times the concentration that it is today, that being 400 ppm (parts per million). When the level of CO2 drops below 280 ppm, plant life begins to die. It is standard practice for CO2 to be pumped into greenhouses to produce heartier plants.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjlmFr4FMvI&feature=share
Seas are not rising as we have been told.
http://green.trendolizer.com/2019/02/un-ipcc-scientist-blows-whistle-on-lies-about-climate-sea-level.html?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork&fbclid=IwAR3k8gH8bTODALOSU9348J4BMcQm0tEleCaO_ALAb-HS0WmdR69xSbBFslc
Ice at the poles is no longer melting.
https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/03/25/inconvenient-nasa-says-a-greenland-glacier-did-an-about-face-growing-again/
Wait! I just said “no longer” melting. So, they were melting, right?
Yes, they were … but the melting stopped.
In fact, NASA recently admitted that the ice pack in Greenland has been steadily increasing. The next time that you see a glacier calving — the breaking off of ice chunks — remember that it isn’t because it’s melting, it’s because the weight of the new ice up north is pushing the old ice toward the sea.
The polar bear population has increased 100% since 1980 causing these majestic animals to venture further and further south in search of territory in which to hunt. In fact, some have even begun to mate with grizzly bears in northern Canada and Siberia producing — this is not a joke — growler bears.
Okay, so … here’s the question: if the planet isn’t warming, why have they been telling us it is for forty years?
Because it has.
Confused? So was I. Like you, at one time, I too bought in to the deception. It wasn’t until they changed the narrative from “global warming” to “climate change” and started blaming carbon dioxide instead of carbon monoxide that I first became suspicious. I started to do some research and, to be honest, it wasn’t even hard to find massive amounts of evidence that proves that the world is not at risk … and it never was.
Have you ever noticed that they, the global warmists, only ever talk about “climate change” in terms of the past forty to fifty years? But they also blame the Industrial Revolution and the ever-increasing output of CO2 for their fears. The fact is, the Industrial Revolution began in 1790, and some of the harshest winters on record occurred in the first decades of the 1800’s. Native Seminoles in Florida tell stories of the “great white rain” that fell during this time. This seems a bit contradictory to me.
Well, there’s a reason for that. Without getting technical, the biggest driver of climate in the solar system is — drumroll please — the sun. And the sun isn’t the rock steady source of heat and light that most of us think it is. It goes through cycles of 11 years, 22 years, 60 years. 206 years, and on and on. During these fluctuations it varies in brightness, temperature and electromagnetic influence that — you guessed it — changes our climate much more than man could ever hope to. Add to that volcanos, cosmic rays and the albedo effect from increasing cloud cover, and you have a recipe for warming or cooling, depending on the intensity of these and other factors.
Something else happened around the same time as the beginning of the industrial revolution. It was called The Dalton Minimum. It was named for the scientist, John Dalton, who discovered it. Simply put, this was a period of unusually low solar activity, and the Earth was slightly colder than it is today. It stayed that way until somewhere around the 1830’s to 1840’s when the temperature started rising again. It rose for around 160 to 175 years until it peaked again in 2015.
https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/eddyminimum/
So, if the temperature has been rising for almost two centuries, why do they only talk about the past forty to fifty years? Because it wasn’t a steady rise. Recently (relatively speaking), there was a forty year pause in warming, from 1940 to 1980. The 1970’s alone saw some of the worst winters in decades, and this kind of stuff just doesn’t fit their narrative.
So, if the planet isn’t warming anymore, and we are in fact entering a cooling phase, why would scientists all over the world tell us that it’s still warming? One word … money. If you want to get a government grant, you have to go along with the narrative.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 2 Timothy 3:2 (NIV)
But why would governments only give money to scientists who study climate change/global warming and not to others who are in clear disagreement with this science? After all, science is “the pursuit of truth” isn’t it? If even one scientist (and there are many) thinks that they can provide evidence contrary to the “consensus”, wouldn’t it be a good idea to at least listen to him/her?
Not if it doesn’t support the narrative.
So, what “narrative” is more important than truth?
Control.
And who controls the governments?
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12 (NIV)
Enter: Agenda 21/Agenda 2030
See you next week.
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

Fishing

Snap!
Blake awoke with a start. The brightness of the late morning sun against the rich blue of the cloudless early fall sky caused his eyes to blink repeatedly as he tried to focus on his unexpected surroundings. As the image took shape, he felt the coolness of a light breeze against his cheek as it produced a cascade of multi-colored ripples, a thousand tiny dancing prisms on the surface of the lake that stretched out before him.
“Did uh wake ya?” the baritone voice, laced with just a hint of a smile, asked.
Blake fought through the heavy blanket of grogginess that was fading quickly now and scanned around. His eyes darted back and forth from under the visor of his cap. The black rubber boots he was wearing were crossed at the ankle and propped-up on an old weathered and insect-eaten log. On either side of him rested a fishing pole with a third lying across his lap. Their lines hung lazily down to the pink and blue floats that bobbed up and down on the water where their weighted hooks surely had found the bottom. Leaning against a tree, he had his arms crossed in front of him. He could feel a pair of roots beneath his backside and he wondered briefly how he could have possibly fallen asleep in such an uncomfortable position. He tensed his muscles, trying to stretch, but the effort produced an unpleasant protest against even the smallest movement. Looking for the voice, he absently wiped away a trickle of drool that had escaped the corner of his mouth. “Huh?’”
“Um sorry as uh can be ’bout dat. I sho din mean ta,” the man said apologetically.
Blake’s eyes came to rest on the ancient form to his left, standing not ten feet away. From his weathered appearance the man looked to be in his late nineties, with a bald head, a scraggly white beard and leathery, chocolate-brown skin that hung just as lazily from old bones as did Blake’s fishing lines from their poles. He wore a dingy white tee shirt under a pair of filthy overalls sporting a faded red handkerchief in its breast pocket. In one of his withered hands he held a smallish wicker picnic basket. In the other was his own homemade fishing pole. “What?”
“Ya looked like ya wuz dead ta the world there ma son,” the old man cackled.
Blake looked first past him and then to his right down the shoreline. There was not another soul to be seen. Even across the lake, where the pine trees gathered close and swayed gently in the wind, their roots tickling the banks. There was no one.
The old man cocked his head to the side and squinted at Blake with one open eye. “Ya don’t mind if’n I rest these old bones next to ya do ya?”
This is my spot. Go and find your own. For as long as he could remember, Blake had been fishing this spot. It was a place far from everything and everyone. The solitude of fishing was the only way that he had found to unwind his tangled nerves from the stresses of the every day and he wasn’t willing to share his spot with anyone. “Well—”
“Thank ya, kindly,” the old man said.
Blake thought that he could actually hear the man’s bones creak as he let out a groan and plopped down on the bank, leaning up against a tree of his own. He cleared his throat. “Actually, I was kind’a hoping to spend some time by myself. Clear my head. ” Gesturing up the shore-line he added, “There’s plenty of space for you to set up down there.”
“What kind’a bait ya usin’?” the old man asked.
You obviously understand English. Isn’t it rude to ignore people when they talk to you where you come from? Furrowing his brow, Blake considered vocalizing the thought, but he became distracted when he tried unsuccessfully to remember what bait he had chosen for that day.
“Lots a folks use night-crawlers er crickets. Me?” He reached into the wicker basket, “I just like ta ball up a little bread.” Producing a slice, he proceeded to tear off a small piece and roll it around between his fingers and thumb. When he was satisfied, the old man placed it on his hook and cast it into the water.
Bread? Never heard of that before. Blake watched him for a moment as he waved the pole back and forth. Finally finding the perfect spot, the old man rested it across his thigh.
I’m about to hurt this old man’s feelings. “Look Mister, I don’t want to be rude—”
“Are ya retired?” The withered man kept his eyes on his fishing line.
Blake shook his head. “Excuse me?”
“Ya look awful young ta be retired, is all.”
Blake knitted his eyebrows together, his patience growing thin. “No, I am not retired.” He accentuated every syllable, and then his expression changed as his mind made the subtle transference from annoyance to confusion as he tried to remember just what it was that he did when he wasn’t fishing.
The old man shrugged. “Jus’ figured ya must be retired, bein’ that this ain’t a weekend er anythin’.”
“Well, no,” Blake responded, still perplexed by his memory loss. “I’m not retired. But I was— ”
“On vacation, den,” the old man suggested.
At first the interruption annoyed Blake even more, but when the idea of a vacation seemed a reasonable answer, he sighed and agreed. “Yes. I’m on vacation.”
“Gots any kids?”
Blake thought for a moment. “Yeah, a boy and a girl,” he replied and then he corrected himself. “Two girls.”
The old man looked over at Blake and smiled toothlessly. “Well, dang son! Ya don’t sound too sure yer own self! How many ya gots?”
How could I forget how many kids I have? And why am I talking to this old geezer? “Three! I have three. A boy and two girls.”
The old man chuckled. “Can ya remember dey names?”
Blake furrowed his brow and took another moment. These questions aren’t hard! C’mon, think! He focused his mind, picturing each of his children in turn. “Craig, Kelly, and my youngest is Trin. Short for Trinity.”
“Dey mus be at home with dey ma.”
With each question, Blake was becoming more frustrated. The time it took him to picture his wife seemed like an eternity and he was embarrassed when he saw the old man smiling at him, waiting patiently. “No. They all moved away. I don’t see them much anymore.”
The old man shook his head. “Tsk, tsk, tsk … now dat’s a shame. Once dem kids gets loose, dey jus’ like da wind.” With that, he turned his attention back to his pole.
Blake closed his eyes and took a deep breath. The more he thought about it, the more difficult it became to remember the details of his life. He shook his own head, attempting to clear the cobwebs, and then decided that it was his turn to ask a few questions. “Is it your hobby, annoying people who’d rather be left by themselves?”
But the old man ignored him. “I gots me some kids.”
Blake began to wonder if the man was deaf. He turned his attention back to his own poles. Maybe if I just ignore him, he’ll go away.
“Wanna know how many?”
Blake stared at his floats, bobbing lazily. No.
“Twelve.”
Blake couldn’t help it. Reflexively, he did a double take. “Twelve?”
“Yup.”
“Seriously? Twelve?”
The old man squared his shoulders. “Dats right, a dozen!”
“Do you see them much?”
“Oh, I see ’em all da time. I gots no idea what I’d do if’n I couldn’t see ’em reg’lar. Dem kids is ma heart!”
Blake gave him an incredulous look. “You must have a huge heart.”
The old man squinted over at him again. “”Let me let’cha in on a little secret, ma son. It’s dem kids what keeps me alive. Wut goods uh ol’ man septin fer his kids?”
For some reason, in that last statement, Blake found a marginal amount of respect for the man. “Well, any parent that can raise twelve kids and still want them around when they grow up deserves a compliment. Heck, an award! You and the wife must’ve done a good job raising them.”
The old man did his own double-take and started to laugh. “Aw son … now, don’t be missin’ ma meanin’. Dem kids all gots minds o’ dey own. Uh couple of ’em turned out perty good … and a couple more ain’t too bad … but dere’s a couple of ’em dat’s so bad, dey whups dey own butts twice a week!” The old man gave him a knowing look. “How ’bout chu? Do yo kids be behavin’ demselfs?”
A thousand images flashed through Blake’s mind. “They … well … I guess they stayed out of trouble. I mean, for the most part. I let their mom take care of them.” He took a deep breath and sighed heavily. “Mostly, they just … annoyed me. When they were little, they were always under foot. My wife always had diapers to change, noses to wipe, messes to clean up. She never had any time for me.”
“But, dey wuz fun too, huh? Playin’ wit ’em, takin’ ’em sum’where special, teachin’ dem ’bout life and love and … well heck son, teachin’ dem how ta be growd!”
Blake shook his head. “I inherited my father philosophy on child rearing. They should be seen and not heard. Seen so you know they’re not doing something foolish and quiet so they don’t disturb me when I’m working. I work at home, you know.” Even as he said the words, Blake was having trouble remembering what exactly it was he did when he worked at home. Some time passed in his contemplations and when he realized that the old man hadn’t said anything, he looked over to find him staring back. The look on his face suggested that he had solved a riddle he had been working on for some time. “What?”
“It ain’t no wonder why she left ya.”
“Who? Who left me?”
“Yer wife.”
Blake scoffed. “I never said she left me.”
“Ya say dey moved away. Dat ya don’t see ’em much.”
Blake gave him an incredulous look. “The kids. The kids moved away. Not my wife.” He looked back at the floats. “And that’s just the way I like it. I married her for her, not to have kids. Then they came along and screwed everything up. Now we don’t have any time to ourselves anymore.”
The old man gave him a sideways glance, “Wut’chu mean now? Thought’chu say dey moved away.”
There began a long silence. The breeze had disappeared and Blake continued to stare at the pink and blue plastic orbs floating on the stillness of the water. He didn’t understand his slip of the tongue either, but he didn’t feel the need to try to explain himself. Frustration was rising in him again. He wanted to be alone. He didn’t want to answer any more of the man’s questions and he didn’t want to think about anything but fishing. Taking a deep breath, he said, “I’d appreciate it if you’d move on to another spot.”
“Naw, ma son. Ya said now. Ya said now y’all ain’t gots no time by yerselfs.”
Blake shook his head, “I meant … I meant before! Before they moved out! Before they started their own lives and moved away. Now we have all the time together we want.”
Another short silence and then the old man laughed, “But … she ain’t wit cha.”
This is just too much! Turning to face him, Blake almost shouted, “Are you deaf? I said that I want to be left alone!”
“Where she is?”
Blake screwed up his face, “What?”
“You say, now y’all gots all da time tagether y’all wants, but you sittin’ here ‘lone.”
Blake looked back at the old man. “I … I just wanted some time by myself … that’s all. I needed some time.”
The old man adjusted his line and cleared his throat before he spoke again. “Seems like ta me, she would’a come wit’cha if’n she wants ta. Maybe she don’t wants ta.”
Blake was nearly at his wit’s end with the man’s intrusion into his life. “Why wouldn’t she want to?” he demanded.
“Maybe cause uh da way you treats her babies. They’s her babies and you dey daddy. She wadn’t s’posed to raise ’em by herself. Y’all s’posed to do that tagether. Y’all’s a family. Seems like, ta me, ya don’t wanna be nuthin but ‘lone.”
Blake was on the verge of exploding. How dare this man presume to know anything about me! “You, sir, are an ignorant old fool who has worn out his welcome where I’m concerned! I love my wife very much! She just … she just had something else to do. Now, if you won’t find another spot to fish—” painfully, he started to stand, “—then I will.”
“Now, hold on there, ma son. I wasn’t tryin’ ta turn yer apple cart over. I wuz jus’ tryin’ ta have us a conversation, is all.” The old man issued a myriad of grunts and groans as he rose to his feet, taking his line out of the water and grabbing his wicker basket as he did. “I’m a movin’.”
Blake settled himself back down and watched as the old man hobbled away. Just as he turned his attention back to his poles he heard the old man say, “Reckon wut dat wuz … dat yer wife had ta do that she ain’t wit’cha? She go an’ see dem kids, ya think?”
If eyes were daggers, the old man would surely have been impaled by them as he walked out of sight. Perplexed by his puzzling words, Blake shook his head, turned back to his fishing poles and blew an exasperated sigh,“Finally.” Settling back against the tree, he closed his eyes. As he drifted into a deep sleep, he was troubled when out of the darkness he heard these words as if spoken from a great distance.
“He should be dead.”
* * * * *
Beep, beep, beep.
The maddening sound grew closer and closer. What now?
When he finally managed to open his eyes, he couldn’t have been more confused. Instead of looking out over the lake from the vantage of his favorite fishing spot, he found himself in a dimly lit room. He was lying in bed, but it wasn’t his bed. He could sense a presence nearby. As his eyes adjusted, they came to rest on a familiar young woman standing next to him, cradling a pink bundle in her arms.
“Blake?” her voice was soft and warm. “Can you hear me?”
“Sharon?” he asked, his voice not much more than a whisper.
“Oh, thank God, you’re awake!” She smiled and spoke in hushed tones despite her excitement. Turning away she said, “Craig, run and get the nurse! Hurry up!”
As he came to grips with his reality, he listened to the fast moving steps that faded into the distance. “Where—”
“You’re in the emergency room.”
“What’s that beeping?”
“Your IV ran out and the nurse went to get another bag,” Sharon said, and then added, “How do you feel?”
The moment she spoke, he tried sitting up and regretted it. “Like I’ve been hit by a truck.”
“Try not to move,” she cautioned. “The doctor doesn’t think you broke any bones, but, just be still. You hit your head pretty hard. They think you have a concussion.”
“What happened?”
“You fell. Thirty feet. You’re lucky to be alive. The foreman said that the scaffold that you were standing on collapsed. You’ve been unconscious for almost ten hours.”
There was the sound of returning footsteps and then a child’s excited voice said, “Mama, the nurse says she’s coming.”
“Okay, sweetie,” she said and then disappeared from Blake’s sight. “Now, you and Kelly keep an eye on Trinity for me while I talk to Daddy.” When she appeared again, the pink bundle was gone. Wiping away tears with one hand, she grasped his hand with the other. “Oh, Blake, I thought we lost you.” she smiled again. “You can’t leave me. We have a lot of work to do with these kids.”
Blake closed his eyes tightly and tried unsuccessfully to find a comfortable position. “I was fishing.”
Sharon cocked her head to one side. “Fishing? Blake, you’ve never been fishing a day in your life.”
“I know, but … we’re going. All five of us.”

War part 5

War!
Part 5
By: G. J. Fortier
Stand firm then … In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:14, 16 (NIV)
Just to serve as a reminder, the point of this series is bringing to light some of the methods that Satan and his minions are using against us in our daily lives to take our focus off God.
Last week I promised you part two of my take on “climate change/global warming”. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to it.
However, there is an individual that’s been on the periphery of my awareness for quite some time now, and a new video concerning him has been posted recently on Youtube. It’s on a channel titled Mr Reagan—which, by-the-way, has several really informative videos that you may want to check out for yourselves. But the video that I will be referencing in this installment is titled Jussie Smollett / George Soros / Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez. Here’s the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShFZ8QCCiss
I’m betting that some of you reading this have heard these names before. At least two of these people have been getting a lot of press in recent days. But the third one, he may be more of an enigma than the others. His name is George Soros. Here’s some excerpts from that awful, terrible, ghastly website, Wikipedia that describes who this man is:
George Soros[a], Hon FBA (born Schwartz György; August 12, 1930)[1][2] is a Hungarian-American[b] investor and philanthropist.[8][9] As of February 2018, he had a net worth of $8 billion,[10] having donated more than $32 billion to his philanthropic agency, Open Society Foundations.
Born in Budapest, Soros survived Nazi Germany-occupied Hungary
Soros is known as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England” because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of pounds sterling, which made him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis.
Soros is a well-known supporter of progressive and liberal political causes, to which he dispenses donations through his foundation, the Open Society Foundations.
His extensive funding of political causes has made him a “bugaboo of European nationalists”
The one thing that strikes me is if there is one truism regarding George Soros, a Hungarian Jew who survived the scourge of Nazi Germany, he is a “self-made-man”.
Or … did he have some help.
I’ve spoken to quite a few people who have adamantly stated that one person can’t possibly have an impact on the society at large. George Soros would disagree.
First, though he was born to Jewish parents, they were Jewish parents who were anti-sematic. What, you ask, Jews who hate Jews? Is that even possible? Of course, it is. Because they weren’t really Jews, they were atheists. I, personally, have no evidence to prove this, but if you do a search on the internet, there may be some information available that suggests that young George Soros got rich … by “selling-out” other Hungarian Jews to the Nazi’s. For his efforts, the Germans rewarded him with a share of their victims — who were subsequently sent to concentration camps — wealth.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 2 Timothy 3:2 (NIV)
So, why does George Soros matter in your life? That’s a very good question. Maybe you should watch the video that I provided in the link above. But, just as a means to whet your appetite, here are a few quotes from the man himself:
On political candidates:
Getting elected is expensive, and representatives are beholding to their supporters. Those who don’t play … don’t play the game, don’t get elected.
On being a financier:
I am basically there to … to make money. I cannot and do not look at the social consequences of … of what I do.
On his fantasies:
I have to confess, I also harbored some fantasies of become … of becoming an important philosopher.
On his personal moral compass:
I aspire to be the conscience of the world.
— George Soros
This billionaire is much more than just a political mover, financier, and wannabe philosopher. He has also been a huge influence in the socioeconomic and geopolitical landscape in several large and militarily important countries. In fact, he has managed, single handedly, to devalue the currency or direct the overthrow of governments such as the U.K. (as mentioned in the Wikipedia excerpt above) Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand, and he tried to do the same in Hong Kong and Russia (the latter of which he isn’t even allowed to set foot).
How?
Step 1. Form a shadow government by funding hundreds of political candidates at every level of government including local.
Step 2. Control the media.
Step 3. Destabilize the state by causing an economic crisis or taking advantage of an existing one.
Step 4. Provoke and election crisis (like voter fraud or voter suppression)
Step 5. Stage massive demonstrations.
Again, all of this is covered in more detail in the video. I highly recommend that you take the hour or so it takes to watch it.
So, I ask you … should we Christians be concerned about what influence this man has — or could potentially have on the United States?
Here’s a few more quotes from George:
It will come as no surprise to the reader when I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of myself. To put it bluntly, I fancy myself as some kind of god.
It’s a sort of disease when you consider yourself a kind of a god — that creator of everything — but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.
The main obstacle to a stable and just world order, is the United States.
— George Soros
Please, please, please … remember that George Soros is not a “spiritual being”, he is “flesh and blood” and therefore, he is not our enemy. He is but a pawn, an unwitting ally of the real enemy. And I am in no way suggesting that anyone do anything more than pray for this man (but not to have anything bad happen to him) and all those who support him. God will hear us, and He will know what is in our hearts. We are to love these people. God will do all the sorting out.
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

War part 4

War!
Part 4
By: G. J. Fortier
Stand firm then … and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:14, 15 (NIV)
Just to serve as a reminder, the point of this series is bringing to light some of the methods that Satan and his minions are using against us in our daily lives to take our focus off God.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m mildly interested in science fiction. I enjoy everything Star Trek—apart from its current, “politically correct” and feminist centric, iteration whose title I refuse to share. The original show began its television run in 1966. Now, for those of you who live under a rock, it depicts a futuristic space saga with plenty of colorful (literally) aliens, horrific (literally … I mean, the special effects were terrible by today’s standards!) monsters and flashy (literally) starship battles. In other words, great fun! What it also depicts is an idyllic Earth centered society in which poverty, selfishness and war (at least on Earth) are a thing of the past. The social structure is framed loosely around the individual’s talents and skills. The product of a person’s “labor of love” is contributed to society, and then extrapolated to the nth degree for the benefit of all. There is no concept of wealth, class or status. In other words, people do what they enjoy, and they want for nothing, because … well everyone contributes something different, and there’s enough diversity of product that all needs are easily met and beyond. I would define this society in today’s terms as socialist or possibly even communist, and either of these societal models would, in a perfect world, be … well … idyllic.
I know, at this point — assuming you got this far — you’re asking … so what?
I’m glad you asked.
The problem is that the world is full of greedy people. That’s why countries that have experimented with these concepts have invariably proved that they just don’t work. Even here, in the United States, a lawmaker — who shall remain nameless — tried to introduce a bill that literally stated it would provide a “living wage” for citizens who “refuse to work”. Eventually, this type of ideology collapses (duh!) under its own weight.
One of my favorite things about Star Trek was Mr. Spock. He was the logical half-vulcan (that’s an alien), half-human First Officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise (that’s a starship). The actor who played Mr. Spock was Leonard Nimoy. Do you remember the other TV show that he was in? Okay, yes, Mission Impossible, but I’m talking about the other one. In Search Of … In season 2, episode 23, it was all about the coming ice age. You can still easily find this on Youtube. You might even remember that there were 2 issues of TIME magazine during the 70’s that spoke at length about the coming ice age. If you go online today, you’ll find all kinds of fake websites touting that these stories were faked. But this is only an attempt to change our history. I was alive back then. I remember the near hysteria that dominated the news cycles, albeit for a short period of time, warning of the impending disaster.
Then came “global warming”.
You know the story. For forty years we’ve been fed the narrative that the planet is warming because of carbon dioxide, and it’s all your fault because you drive cars, eat cows that fart and, oh yeah, you breathe. And the only hope we have to combat this coming catastrophe is for the government — ours and everyone else’s — to tax you into the poor house for the money to make everything … well … “green”, or to put it another way, environmentally neutral. That means, while we do everything necessary to make sure that not a single blade of grass is harmed anywhere, we also strive to eliminate any trace that we — mankind — were ever here.
Well, that sounds reasonable doesn’t it?
Okay, maybe that was an oversimplification of the situation … but …
They made us change our light bulbs to one’s that, if you should break one, you practically have to call in a HAZMAT team to clean it up or everyone in your community will die from mercury poisoning! They’re making the car companies produce higher mileage vehicles, hybrids and clean energy vehicles (these are a few … a very few … examples of the good things that are in development. I mean, who doesn’t want a cleaner environment?) They’ve tried to force energy producers who use coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear and even hydro (I just don’t get hydro. What’s wrong with using running water to spin turbines that produce electricity?) out of business in favor of wind and solar, the least efficient and most expensive forms of energy. Just imagine, they’re trying to limit the poorest people in the poorest countries, where they burn human waste to cook their food, to only these types of energy.
Now, I don’t know about you, but this sounds absolutely evil to me.
Oh, but they do have a solution for that too. They want to take money from the richest countries — that’s us — and give it to those poor people so they can afford the most expensive forms of energy. The only thing is, they aren’t efficient enough to offer consistently reliable, affordable power. In other words, those technologies don’t work well enough yet. All you need to do is look at Australia, the most “proactive” country on the planet in their quest for “clean” energy. Look at how that’s working out for them. They enjoy rolling brown and blackouts, they have to offer incentives like restaurant gift certificates and movie tickets to get their citizens to turn they’re A/C off when demand is highest … like when it’s 105 degrees outside, and they have skyrocketing electricity bills that have doubled in a single decade.
But hey, when they do finally find a way to power my home with clean, reliable, affordable energy, sign me up too! I want me some a’dat! Till then, it all just sounds like a money grab to me.
Remember:
The thief comes only to steal, to kill and destroy … John 10:10 (NIV)
So, we went from “the coming ice age” to “global warming” — my bad — “climate change” in a figurative blink of an eye. How did that happen? Did they forget about all the science? Did they discover new science that made earlier scientists look like morons?
…and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:10, 15 (NIV)
I know that it’s hard to tell, but this is a subject that’s near and dear to my heart. So, I knew when I started writing about it, that it would take more than one installment. So, we will revisit this in part 5 of the series. In the meantime, here’s your homework. The following link is to a Youtube video from a “climate change” forum during CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) 2019.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2zl1PDJxuc
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

War part 5

War!
Part 5
By: G. J. Fortier
Stand firm then … In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:14, 16 (NIV)
Just to serve as a reminder, the point of this series is bringing to light some of the methods that Satan and his minions are using against us in our daily lives to take our focus off God.
Last week I promised you part two of my take on “climate change/global warming”. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to it.
However, there is an individual that’s been on the periphery of my awareness for quite some time now, and a new video concerning him has been posted recently on Youtube. It’s on a channel titled Mr Reagan—which, by-the-way, has several really informative videos that you may want to check out for yourselves. But the video that I will be referencing in this installment is titled Jussie Smollett / George Soros / Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez. Here’s the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShFZ8QCCiss
I’m betting that some of you reading this have heard these names before. At least two of these people have been getting a lot of press in recent days. But the third one, he may be more of an enigma than the others. His name is George Soros. Here’s some excerpts from that awful, terrible, ghastly website, Wikipedia that describes who this man is:
George Soros[a], Hon FBA (born Schwartz György; August 12, 1930)[1][2] is a Hungarian-American[b] investor and philanthropist.[8][9] As of February 2018, he had a net worth of $8 billion,[10] having donated more than $32 billion to his philanthropic agency, Open Society Foundations.
Born in Budapest, Soros survived Nazi Germany-occupied Hungary
Soros is known as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England” because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of pounds sterling, which made him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis.
Soros is a well-known supporter of progressive and liberal political causes, to which he dispenses donations through his foundation, the Open Society Foundations.
His extensive funding of political causes has made him a “bugaboo of European nationalists”
The one thing that strikes me is if there is one truism regarding George Soros, a Hungarian Jew who survived the scourge of Nazi Germany, he is a “self-made-man”.
Or … did he have some help.
I’ve spoken to quite a few people who have adamantly stated that one person can’t possibly have an impact on the society at large. George Soros would disagree.
First, though he was born to Jewish parents, they were Jewish parents who were anti-sematic. What, you ask, Jews who hate Jews? Is that even possible? Of course, it is. Because they weren’t really Jews, they were atheists. I, personally, have no evidence to prove this, but if you do a search on the internet, there may be some information available that suggests that young George Soros got rich … by “selling-out” other Hungarian Jews to the Nazi’s. For his efforts, the Germans rewarded him with a share of their victims — who were subsequently sent to concentration camps — wealth.
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 2 Timothy 3:2 (NIV)
So, why does George Soros matter in your life? That’s a very good question. Maybe you should watch the video that I provided in the link above. But, just as a means to whet your appetite, here are a few quotes from the man himself:
On political candidates:
Getting elected is expensive, and representatives are beholding to their supporters. Those who don’t play … don’t play the game, don’t get elected.
On being a financier:
I am basically there to … to make money. I cannot and do not look at the social consequences of … of what I do.
On his fantasies:
I have to confess, I also harbored some fantasies of become … of becoming an important philosopher.
On his personal moral compass:
I aspire to be the conscience of the world.
— George Soros
This billionaire is much more than just a political mover, financier, and wannabe philosopher. He has also been a huge influence in the socioeconomic and geopolitical landscape in several large and militarily important countries. In fact, he has managed, single handedly, to devalue the currency or direct the overthrow of governments such as the U.K. (as mentioned in the Wikipedia excerpt above) Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Serbia, Ukraine, Georgia, Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia and Thailand, and he tried to do the same in Hong Kong and Russia (the latter of which he isn’t even allowed to set foot).
How?
Step 1. Form a shadow government by funding hundreds of political candidates at every level of government including local.
Step 2. Control the media.
Step 3. Destabilize the state by causing an economic crisis or taking advantage of an existing one.
Step 4. Provoke and election crisis (like voter fraud or voter suppression)
Step 5. Stage massive demonstrations.
Again, all of this is covered in more detail in the video. I highly recommend that you take the hour or so it takes to watch it.
So, I ask you … should we Christians be concerned about what influence this man has — or could potentially have on the United States?
Here’s a few more quotes from George:
It will come as no surprise to the reader when I admit that I have always harbored an exaggerated view of myself. To put it bluntly, I fancy myself as some kind of god.
It’s a sort of disease when you consider yourself a kind of a god — that creator of everything — but I feel comfortable about it now since I began to live it out.
The main obstacle to a stable and just world order, is the United States.
— George Soros
Please, please, please … remember that George Soros is not a “spiritual being”, he is “flesh and blood” and therefore, he is not our enemy. He is but a pawn, an unwitting ally of the real enemy. And I am in no way suggesting that anyone do anything more than pray for this man (but not to have anything bad happen to him) and all those who support him. God will hear us, and He will know what is in our hearts. We are to love these people. God will do all the sorting out.
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

So … what’s next?

Well, it’s over. The Awakening 2018 is gone … finito … put away … done … in the history books.
Or is it?
This past weekend, The Awakening 2018 made its presence known in middle Georgia and beyond! With eight dynamic men of God – Pastor Troy Wynn of Freedom church in Warner Robins, GA; former NFL fullback Jonathan Evans, chaplain of the Dallas Cowboys football team; former NFL quarterback Jeff Kemp; former Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran; minister and U. S. Senate candidate Bishop E. W. Jackson; minister, public speaker, and writer / producer of movies like Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Waroom and others (and my personal favorite), Stephen Kendrick; legendry college football coaches Bobby and Tommy Bowden – combined with the music of This Hope, well … what more could you ask for? They were gathered together motivating an audience of hundreds, and well … let’s just say that if you weren’t in Perry, Georgia Friday night and Saturday, April 27th and 28th, 2018 then … shame on you!
Yes, that’s right, the most spiritual event to hit middle Georgia in years (and not just because I was involved in it) lit a fire under men the of God who were fortunate enough to attend. I know, because I was there! It inspired men to return to their home churches, form up with other men and study the Word of God in Christian fellowship. They were learning how to support other men in a passionate, non-judgmental and loving way, and how to hold each other accountable for all the things that we struggle with in our daily lives.
Armed with a super-duper (when’s the last time you heard that?) eight-week Bible study that was designed by men for men to help them ease their way into a fellowship study that will transcend the passage of time and provide the basis to form a more effective men’s ministry. Together, and with those tools in hand, they’ll be able to spread His message of love, humility and redemption throughout their communities back home. In other words, they’ll be able to do what Jesus commanded us to do:
“Therefore go and make disciples of al nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” Matthew 28:19 (NIV)
Ok, so what does all that actually mean?
I’m so glad you asked!
What it literally means is that, for men to train themselves to become more effective Christian leaders in their communities, they need – I can’t even believe that I’m gonna say this — they need help. Yeah, that’s right, you were not born with a natural instinct to do the right thing. In fact, when you think about it, you were born pretty selfish, and it takes years of training to break us of that. And just when you think you’re done learning what you need to learn to start your walk with Jesus, you realize that … wow … there were older men there all along that helped you prepare for it! How about that! You didn’t do it on your own!
“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
Who’d a thunk-it? You really aren’t self-sufficient, in spite of what your daddy might have told ya.
So, what makes you think that there aren’t men in your life, coming up behind you, who need some help too?
Do you see a pattern forming here?
Whether you’re a son, or a brother, or a father, grandfather, uncle, best friend, friend … you get the picture … no matter who you are to the people around you, there are men in your life that you can help prepare for their Christian walk … even if you don’t see any way on Earth that they’ll ever grow up, calm down, get right, shape up, and simmer down. (You can go on and insert your favorite phrase here) Don’t ever forget that you were young once and you probably did a lot of stuff that you aren’t particularly proud of. Maybe even some things that no one knows about even to this day. Regardless of what you think, there are men …
maybe even some older ones …
“Do not rebuke an older man harshly but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers.” 1 Timothy 5:1 (NIV)
maybe even some women …
“older women as mothers and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.” 1 Timothy 2 (NIV)
that you can, at the very least, provide a godly example for. You never know who’s watching you now, or who God will put in your path tomorrow.
And if you’re thinking that all this is what your pastor or pastors are supposed to do, that it’s their job to do the mentoring because that’s what your tithe is paying them to do … then double, no triple, no quadruple shame on you! Show me in God’s Word where it says that! Our pastors are men just like us. They need our help too! Men, we are each the priests of our homes and our home is anywhere we hang our hat!
Here’s the bottom line. You’ve been given a job to do. Are you doing it? Are you helping to raise the next generation of Christian leaders in your community? Because if you aren’t, what good are you to Jesus? How are you honoring His sacrifice – His death on the cross— for your sins? Who will say, when you’re gone, that you accomplished anything that really matters?
“If one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and well fed’, but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:16-17 (NIV)
This might seem harsh, but if that’s your attitude, then you might as well not even have bothered to become a Christian.
To answer the question that I asked at the beginning of this article – Or is it? Well, that’s entirely up to you.
P.S. The Awakening 2020 … is coming!
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
G. J. Fortier is a member of Ironmen Ministries and First Baptist Church, Centerville, GA. Look for his novel, Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 1, and Reflections of the Mirrored Man: The Rob Tyler Chronicles book 2 on Amazon for Kindle and paperback. Or visit his website at www.mirroredman.com

War part 2

War!
Part 2
By: G. J. Fortier
Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist … Ephesians 6:13-14 (NIV)
I’ve heard it said, by many of my fellow believers, and if I’m honest by myself as well, that God is in charge of everything. That we must all trust that whatever happens, it’s His will. That we must rest in the knowledge that we have only but to accept whatever His will is. But, is that last sentence really true? Must we only accept what His will is?
I would bring to mind all the examples in the Word of God of men and women who were placed in positions in which they were either forced to act, or they were smart enough to act based on the spiritual knowledge that they received. They didn’t simply stand by and watch, waiting for God to do all the work. There was Noah, Joseph, Ruth and David just to name a few. These people did things that went against the grain of what was accepted and, in the end, were rewarded for their actions. So, you ask, what am I supposed to do?
I have no idea. I’m just going to give you some information and then it’s up to you to pray and ask God for guidance.
I believe that it’s important that we understand the nature of warfare if we are to have any chance of properly “armor”ing ourselves—preparing ourselves—for the battles that will come. The most basic tactic in warfare is the one of “divide and conquer”. We’ll explore that concept further and how it applies today in subsequent articles.
I titled this series of articles War! because I believe that we are at war on two fronts. There’s the spiritual battlefield, and the physical battlefield. Spiritual warfare is fought primarily inside the mind. I’m not a psychologist, but I am a believer and I know from experience that spiritual warfare is much easier to fight in the fellowship of other believers through prayer and supplication to our Lord Jesus Christ. Physical warfare, on the other hand, is fought within the confines of the 6 “domains of war”. They are; land, sea, air, space, cyber, and the newest domain … people. The unfortunate fact is that spiritual warfare will never be separated from physical warfare. In other words, our war is being fought on both battlefields … at the same time.
I was recently made aware of a Youtube channel, SmarterEveryDay, and one of the videos there; The future of war, and how it affects YOU (multi-domain Operations). This contains a lot of very good information on how the art of war is conducted today. Do not think for one minute that the devil isn’t capable of using this to his advantage. Here’s the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOTYgcdNrXE
For the purposes of these articles, I’m going to focus on the cyber domain, in which I’m including, but not limiting to, broadcast television, online news, and social media. I’m also going to spend a little time on the newest domain of war, people.
Most of us have at least one device that links us to the world through the internet. As with all things, this link can be good or evil depending on how the user interacts with it. If we’re irresponsible, posting garbage and believing the “gossip” that’s out there in such abundance, and on so many topics, that it threatens to take over our very lives if we let it … it’s bad. If, however, we are wise enough to self-restrict our access to all that’s available and use God’s wisdom and discernment to filter through the muck, sorting out what’s true … it’s good. I’ve heard people say that “you can’t trust anything you see on the internet.”
Au contraire mon ami.
In fact, much of what’s out there is good. You just need to know how and where to look. For instance, I never take the word of any single source, even ones that I trust, without verifying the information independently. Typically, I will go with the consensus of at least three unrelated websites.
Let me talk for a minute about the video that I shared above. The message within it all boils down to the fact that warfare is very different today than it has ever been before. In fact, entire wars are fought without ever a shot being fired. These are the wars fought inside the minds of—you guessed it—people, the sixth domain. With the use of the internet, there are, at this moment, military personnel around the world who are manipulating words on social media and other outlets. They seek to influence people to act in a way that will change the communities where they live to the benefit of those who are manipulating them. We need look no further to find examples of people who are being used by the enemy than organizations like ANTIFA, Black Block, Black Lives Matter, Justice Democrats and others to see how they are using the internet to organize and influence in the name of “justice”. Whether you’ve ever heard of these outfits or not, they’ve been around a lot longer than you think, and they’re very good at what they do.
By the way, when you add a qualifier such as social, economic, racial, or anything else to a word like justice, you turn it into something that’s evil.
The aforementioned organizations pick a certain point of view, use labels like racism, patriarchy and misogyny, assigning them to their enemies whether it’s deserved or not, and drive that message—whatever message that may be—into the ground wherever anyone is who is like-minded or naïve enough to listen. Then they instill within these individuals such a sense of fear, passion and urgency that they are willing to do anything, up to and including acts of violence, to “make a difference”. One of the recent catch-phrases that I’ve heard goes something like this:
“The world is going to end in twelve years if we don’t do something drastic about climate change!”
The point that I’m making is that many people are gullible. Sorry, but there just isn’t a more appropriate word for it. Most people will believe anything they hear or read if enough people are saying something … anything … that sounds like it could be true.
You may be asking yourself, “Why should I care about this. What does it have to do with me?” The answer is that, in order to fight your enemy, you must know your enemy. These are the tactics that Satan has used throughout history to destroy God in the minds of his creation. If we, Christians, don’t fight against the powers of darkness … who will?
That leads me to some of the messages that we’ve all heard—and probably bought in to … at least for a while—that I’ll expound upon in the subsequent installments of War.
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!

War part 1

War!
Part 1
By: G. J. Fortier

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12 (NIV)
As I write this article which is due for publication on April 1st, it’s the 26th of March. Before I took my shower this morning, I had no idea what the Holy Spirit wanted me to write about. But it just serves to amaze me how direct He can be in giving me the message He wants me to convey to you.
But this message is going to take a while. And you may want to hold on to something.
I’m sitting here, in front of my computer, just as I do most days. I can see the beauty of the Sun rising into the cloudless blue sky, I can imagine the children playing games during recess at school, I am greeted by literally hundreds of smiling people each day who are simply going about the business of their daily lives. And I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are in a state of war.
Most of us don’t see or hear the bombs falling or the bullets flying—except perhaps on the nightly news. But some of us do. They and their families bear witness to unspeakable sins at the hands of criminals who don’t consider the consequences of their actions. They only think of themselves and their needs, regardless of how selfish, irresponsible or evil they may be. And I’m not talking about just in the United States. This is happening throughout the world, and in many cases, the crimes committed in other countries are much, much worse than anything we see here. And we, Christians, know why this is.
In the verses above, we learn that our enemies aren’t made of flesh and blood. They are the spiritual forces of the evil ones, the fallen angels, who are the true rulers of this world. We are now, and we always have been, in a constant state of spiritual warfare against beings who are more intelligent, more manipulative, and more evil than anything that we will ever be able to imagine so long as we exist in this life. It is our belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, and only that, which gives us the power to resist those forces. Without Him, we would all be lost … forever.
But wait. Those verses say something else. Something that we know is true without it being said. It isn’t just the supernatural beings who are our enemies. The verses clearly state that:
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world … and … against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
What does this mean? Well, in my humble opinion, it means that our enemies can also be the people of this world. Now, you may ask, how can our struggle be “not against flesh and blood” and yet still be “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world”? Isn’t that a contradiction?
No. And here’s why.
Those spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms use the non-believers of this world against us. The devil and his minions manipulate the people around us—and us by default—in ways that we can’t easily comprehend in order to knock us off our path. To take our minds and our focus off the Lord our God and the work that He has put us here to do. And they’ve had thousands of years and the millions of humans who came before us upon which to hone their skills.
In short, they’re very, very good at what they do.
And they can and will use both the smallest things; someone flipping us the bird in traffic, or the largest; a global conspiracy of the elites to deceive us of the truth, and everything in between to achieve their goals.
I am, in essence, a gatherer of information. I have a lot of time on my hands, and I spend a good bit of it learning about the world that we live in. About the environment, about the heavens above us, about the planet we live on, and about the people that we share it with. I am an expert in nothing (except customer service … but that’s another article), but I have a broad base of general knowledge about a myriad of things. And if I don’t know the answer, I will take the time to find out what the truth is as best I can with the information that’s available to me. I believe that the Lord has blessed me with the spiritual gift of discernment. What that means is that I have the ability to “cut to the chase”. To see the truth of things based on my perception of the facts. Have I ever been wrong? Of course, I have. There’s only ever been one person who is always right. But I will state boldly that I am right a lot more than not.
Such is the nature of a spiritual gift.
When I was asked to write these articles, it was suggested that I write no more than about 1,000 words. That way, you can read them during a single session in the library (the bathroom). But this subject, and the evidence that I plan to present to you, is much too important and wide-ranging to accomplish in such a forum. So, in keeping with that restriction, I will attempt (no promises) to write an article once per week instead of my usual monthly installment for the duration of this series. I will present you with links to websites that will explain how I have formed the conclusions that I will be making. Please take the time to search them out and do so with an open mind. Above all, if I state anything that you either disagree with, or that you know is factually untrue, call me out on it. Let me know when I am wrong. I ask only that you assess the knowledge that I will be bringing to you with godly wisdom. Pray that, not only you understand it in terms of what the Spirit wants you too, but also that I deliver it to you as God would have me.
With that … I’m passed my word limit.
Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!