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  from the desk of JW Aust March 22, 2019  

Thanks for visiting Personal Notes. I invite you to come back often and share some positive thoughts on a wide range of current topics that affect our everyday lives.

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Is there a way to stop riotous behavior?

9/9/20

America has been hit hard twice in the past months: Covid 19 and riots. We're still suffering from them although it appears that both are abating for different reasons.

Perhaps the pandemic is running its course and if it is, one could compare its future to the flu pandemic of the early 1900s. We are not free of the flu virus; it somehow morphs into more and different viruses, but we're living with it and flu shots limit its powers. This may be the case with covid 19, should it follow the path of the flu.

Now we have riots breaking out in different cities, where these began as peaceful protests. Our governing documents allow for peaceful protests; this we know. Yet, some have gone further with the peaceful protestors and influenced them to join in riotous actions: first destroying statutes, then burning businesses, openly defying the police, and attacking and killing innocent bystanders. Is there a way to stop the riotous behavior that threatens the very freedoms most all Americans want?

If you believe in God and His Word, then you may have come across a scripture (there are more) that addresses the evil in human nature and how God addresses the exponential spreading of damaging works by one or a mob. You'll find it in Ecclesiastes 8:11.

Meanwhile, we can always pray about these two significant events in our lives for God hears heartfelt prayers. Have a great week and weekend. jwa

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What is Truth?

9/2/20

Just what is truth? Johnny Cash had a hit song with this title, "What is Truth?" Your Bible speaks about the questioning of truth by Pontius Pilate (John 18:38).

There's small "t" truth and big "T" truth. Small "t" truth is truth as you view it. Whatever seems right to you, that's true and truth. Big "T" truth however is absolute truth, truth as God defines it.

Remarkably the word truth is used interchangeably in your Bible as a) commandments (the 10) , b) truth, and c) word: "Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him" (1 John 2:3-5).

Check this link for how humans view truth: https://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/"whos-telling-you-what-to-think.

Have a great week. jwa

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How do hurricanes form? Scientific method and Spiritual vision

August 23, 2020

There are two tropical storms or hurricanes (depending on their wind speeds) rumbling toward the Gulf Coast. If you live on the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas, you would be aware of them. Meteorologists can empirically (through observation and experience) explain how they begin and continue their western paths accross the Atlantic toward the Islands of the Carribean and/or the east coast of the U.S. We can know such things. But could there be something else afoot that we might not know?

If you consider the Bible as the Word of God, then you may know the verse in Ephesians 2:2 where the apostle Paul identifies the god of this world (2 Cor. 4:4) as the "prince of the power of this air." The word prince means (Greek) ruler. The word power in Scripture means (Greek) "having authority over," "the force over," the controller of," the air.

Scientific method: "Wind is air in motion. Wind forms when the sun heats one part of the atmosphere differently than another part. This causes expansion of warmer air, making less pressure where it is warm than where it is cooler. Air always moves from high pressure to lower pressure, and this movement of air is wind" (https://ei.lehigh.edu/learners/energy/wind1.html).

Spiritual vision: Can it be possible for Satan, the prince of the power of the air, to cause hurricanes, tornadoes, or ground force winds to destroy property and people? If you believe the Bible, the answer is yes. Take the patriarch Job for example (and this is not the only example in the Bible of this nature). Satan the devil asked God's permission to persecute Job in order to "prove" to God that He made a big mistake by using Job as an instrument for good in an evil world. "And the LORD said to Satan, 'Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.' So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD" (Job 1:12).

Satan's fourth evil act--remember he is the ruler of the power of the air--destroyed the house where Job's children were gathered...by a great wind. Someone on the scene reported this terrible event to Job: "[S]uddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!" (Job 1:19).

Satan, who has power over the winds of the earth, can indeed cause great wind storms; it seems no stretch to include hurricanes and tornadoes in this category, which answers the hypothetical mentioned earlier. This is why I pray for God to rebuke oncoming storms, to dilute and disipate them or to stop and remove them while at sea.

So for those who are facing the unqiue weather issue of double hurricanes heading to the Gulf Coast, pray that God will rebuke them.

Take care and be safe :). jwa

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