War – Part 3

By: G. J. Fortier

Stand firm then … with the breastplate of righteousness in place … Ephesians 6:14 (NIV)

Let’s take a trip back in time. Climb inside your DeLorean and hang on!

It’s the late 1940’s. WWII, the most devastating conflict in human history is over. Men and women all over the world are returning home to their loved ones, ready to restart their lives and get things back to normal, working farms, having babies and living with them in peace and prosperity. But some people’s idea of prosperity is very different than others. This becomes terribly apparent in the war-torn remnants of Nazi Germany. After having its economy, landscape and its very people beaten beyond all recognition, a struggle arises between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, a.k.a., the Soviet Union, over whose way of life is a better model for the ravaged country (or maybe it’s just that the U.S.S.R. wants the territory for itself … anyway). Suffice to say that a wall is erected and two of the world’s most powerful countries, and former allies, are locked in a conflict that would last decades longer than almost any other war in history, the so-called Cold War.


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.


Prophecy

By: G. J. Fortier

The definition of prophecy is: a prediction

Have you ever had a funny feeling that something just wasn’t right, and that you needed to act in a way that would normally be contrary to your character to deal with it?


Some Marriage Advice… From A Single Guy

By: G. J. Fortier

Marriage. As far as I’m concerned, marriage is an institution that was created by God and it exists solely between one man and one woman. Oh, I’m gonna have the PC police on me now, for sure.

Oh well. I’ve accepted the fact that—unless God has other plans for my career—I’m never gonna be a successful writer (in terms of this world’s standards) because I am anti-PC, and I’m okay with that. I write because I have a God given gift and I intend to use it simply because it makes me happy.

But, I digress.

Let’s talk about “this world’s standards” for a minute.


Lead Like A Man… of God

By: G. J. Fortier

Here we go again. I don’t really like to get political (please disregard several articles that I wrote during the summer of 2016—and most of my other ones too) but …

As we approach the 2018 mid-term elections, one thing has become glaringly obvious to me. Many of the citizens of this great country have lost their sense of “self”. And no, I’m not confusing this with “identity politics”— which, in my opinion, is just another term for “divide and conquer”. If you’re not sure exactly what “identity politics” is, let me explain it to you as I understand it. It all began with the bull-in-a-china-shop mentality called “social justice”. It started with the rise of feminism, combined with the so-called “free love” movement of the late fifties, sixties and especially the seventies. Now, it’s not my intention to pick on feminists (God forgive them) because there are far too many—oh, for the sake of argument let’s just call them— “factions” to lay blame on any one group for this freight train run amok.


Some Women Just Know How To Walk In High Heels

By: G. J. Fortier

Bet I have your complete attention now!

Have you ever just watched women who wear high heels as they walked? Okay, I know that it’s a “loaded” question … and I’m quite sure that you’ve done this very thing on many occasions (and frankly, if you’re a man and you said that you haven’t, well …). Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to watch women walking—in high heels or otherwise—in a respectful way. After all, when a woman knows how to walk in high heels, it’s can be an exercise in poise and grace that’s pleasurable to witness.