In Memoriam

By: G. J. Fortier

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 (NIV)

These words are heartfelt. While there have been Christian men in my life—whom I will not attempt to list here, simply because I will forget one or more of them—who have passed through the years, I haven’t chosen to write about them, and I have no plans to write about others who may pass in the future.

I mean no disrespect.

I debated internally about what the title of this article should be. I chose In memoriam solely for selfish reasons. I chose it for me, because I cannot help but be solemn as I write this. What I could have titled it is:

In celebration!


Is 2020 The Year?

By: G. J. Fortier

But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in Heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:36-37 (NIV)

Is this the year?

I’ve heard this question, or some form of it, asked hundreds, if not thousands of times over the years. Heck, I’ve asked it too. Many a New Year’s Eve I’ve pondered whether the coming year would be better (usually hoping for financial prosperity and not the really important stuff), as good as or, Lord forbid, worse than the previous one. The sad truth of it is that the future is entirely what we make of it. There is no luck involved. No amount of kissing pretty women at midnight will harbor good tidings. The coming year will be what it will be. There will be good times and, unfortunately, there will be bad—possibly even tragic times ahead, and the only thing that we can do about them is place whatever situations we might face squarely in the lap of Jesus. Good, bad or indifferent, how we deal with our trials should always honor Him.


You Are One Selfish Son-Of-A…

By: G. J. Fortier

An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgement starts quarrels. Proverbs 18:1

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3

Each of you should give what you have decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Recently, I attended a Bible study and the subject of selfishness came up. Believe (admit) it or not, we can all be selfish at times. Some more than others, of course, but we are all perfectly capable. The word itself—selfish—carries with it some very negative connotations, and rightly so. But, is it possible for us to be selfish … for completely justifiable (and even understandable) reasons? At first glance, it might not seem so, but if I didn’t have somewhere to go with this, I wouldn’t have started writing about it. So, let’s take the verses above one at a time.


Was It Always Like This?

By: G. J. Fortier

Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring down judgement on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment, but also as a matter of conscience. Romans 13:1-5 (NIV)

When applied to the political theater that plays out now-a-days on any form of media that you care to choose, the verses above can be a bit confusing. Who exactly is “the one in authority”? Our Government is huge! When you just consider the top members of the three federal branches, legislative, judicial, and executive, there are 536 men and woman who have been put there by us (presumably because we believe they will act in the good faith that we’ve placed in them) and 9 who have been appointed and/or approved by those members, though never that I can recall with all parties in 100% agreement. These are the people who, when you get right down to it, are just like you and me. No better, no worse. No smarter, no dumber (as hard as that can be to believe sometimes).

The first question I have is this: Do we trust them?


This one’s going to make you uncomfortable

By: G. J. Fortier

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV)

Sound familiar? It should, because it describes you – and me – to a tee. And you know it’s true. We are all each of the things described above. Like it or not, and there’s no denying it. I could take each point one-by-one and provide you examples of how what I’m saying is true. But no, that would take way too much of the very limited word-count allotted me in this article.

Well … maybe just one.

Let’s just look at the first six words.


What’s wrong with the truth?

By: G. J. Fortier

“You will certainly not die,” the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, Knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5 (NIV)

“Do not steal. Do not lie. Do not deceive one another.” Leviticus 19:11 (NIV)

“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.” Proverbs 12:22 (NIV)

“Global warming” or “climate change” as the alarmists (democrats) refer to the “emergency” that will destroy the planet “in twelve years” is the biggest lie that’s been perpetrated on humanity since the falsehood that Satan told Eve in Genesis 3:4-5. The Bible is replete with reasons and examples why lying is a very bad thing. But when it comes to the every-day of living life, the line between truth and deception can blur quite a bit.


My lunch with “the man”!

By: G. J. Fortier

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 1 Peter 2:13-14 (NIV)

Turbulent.

I was sitting here at my computer trying to come up with the most appropriate word to describe the times that we’re living in, and turbulent was the most innocuous one that I could think of. There are many that I had to choose from; Unsettled; Chaotic; Tempestuous; Tumultuous; and the list goes on. I chose turbulent because of my experience flying. I have suffered through,


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:


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


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.