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.


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?


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?


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.


Has The World Gone Completely Mad?

By: G. J. Fortier

In a word … no. It’s been that way from the beginning.

If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NIV)

When I read this verse, it’s hard for me to believe that it was written almost 2,000 years ago. Every word in it is as applicable today as it was then, though I sometimes forget that the people then were every bit as corrupt as they are today. Whatever happened to common courtesy? What about simply considering the consequences before we act on our impulses? Has the Golden Rule been melted down and fashioned into a dollar sign that hangs around someone’s neck on a chain?


Are You a Millennial?

By: G. J. Fortier

I really don’t like to categorize people. I firmly believe that, and arguably so, the strength of the collective is derived directly from the differences of its individuals.

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit. Into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV)

Having said that, I asked a question in the title of this article because, in these strange times that we are living in, the term—millennial—conjures images for most of us that will help define what it is that I’ll be talking about.

Let’s explore those images.


Rejoice?

By: G. J. Fortier

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

Today, as I write this, it’s New Years Eve, 2018! We are all facing a future that’s unknown because no one, regardless of what they may claim, knows the future.

Yes, that was repetitive.

But I’m sure that you understand what I mean. The new year, and the future as a whole, is a mystery that we have no other choice but to face day by day. That’s the way God set things up for us. We are forced to see how things unfold however they do in His timing, good, bad or indifferent. And it’s a very good thing that we believers put our trust in Him that everything will work out for our benefit. If you have any doubts about that, just read the first chapter of the book of James. Here’s a sample.