Saturday, July 25, 2009

More Satan at Work

It's being reported that North Korea is now stepping up it's executions of Christians.

Human rights groups in South Korea say North Korea has stepped up executions of Christians, some of them in public.
The communist country, the world's most closed society, views religion as a major threat.
Only the founder of the country, Kim Il-sung, and his son, Kim Jong-il, may be worshipped, in mass public displays of fervour.

If you were a bible-reading Christian in North Korea you may think you are living during The Tribulation as you watch your friends be killed or imprisoned, you know millions have starved and you have man who demands that you worship him as a god.

A report by a number of South Korean groups highlights one particular case of a woman allegedly executed in public last month, in a northern town close to the Chinese border.
She was accused of distributing Bibles, spying for South Korea and the United States and helping to organise dissidents.
Her parents, husband, and children were sent to a prison camp.
Such reports are hard to verify, but North Korea is known to be intolerant of religion - it views any form of alternative social organisation as a competitor for its own, religion-like ideology.
The US government says just owning a Bible in North Korea may be a cause for torture and disappearance.

Read full article here;

Now let's ask ourselves if we would be willing to talk about Jesus and read the bible if we knew we would be tortured, raped, and killed AND your family might also be tortured, raped and killed.

It seems sad to me how many Christians I run into in America who have never shared the gospel story with ANYONE because they are too embarrassed or it makes them uncomfortable or they feel that it's not their job.

Jesus said, "Depart from me...I never knew you."

Friday, July 24, 2009

Satan at Work

We have been following the news of North Korea and most of us are totally ignorant of the satanic evil that is present in this dark country. The excerpts and article below are from a defector from North Korea who is now talking of some of the atrocities he is aware of. This guy isn't just an average guy but was part of North Korea's special military forces.

He claims that they use disabled children and adults as guinea pigs to test their biological weapons.

The former military captain says it was in the early 1990s, that he watched his then commander wrestle with giving up his 12-year-old daughter who was mentally ill.
The commander, he says, initially resisted, but after mounting pressure from his military superiors, he gave in.
Im watched as the girl was taken away. She was never seen again.
One of Im's own men later gave him an eyewitness account of human-testing.
Asked to guard a secret facility on an island off North Korea's west coast, Im says the soldier saw a number of people forced into a glass chamber.
"Poisonous gas was injected in," Im says. "He watched doctors time how long it took for them to die."

The defector tells us that while the nuclear threat is real, he hopes that the world won't get so focused on illegal nukes that they totally ignore the already present threat of biological weapons.

Security analysts believe Kim oversees one of the most aggressive and robust biochemical weapons programmes in the world.
A member of the special forces' Brigade No.19, Im says he was trained on how to use biochemical weapons against the "enemy" – including how to fire them from short-range "bazooka-style" weapons.
He says such training was normal practice for all elite units.
Today it is estimated the country has accumulated a stockpile of more than 5,000 tonnes of biochemical weaponry; from mustard gas, to nerve agents such as sarin, to anthrax and cholera.

Read full article here;

When a country has total disregard for human life, we can look for the fruit of such conduct to come from the roots of Satan. We saw it come to full fruition under Hitler during the holocaust.

Lest we think we are so enlightened here in the U.S. that we would never commit such evil...I will remind you of the 40-60 million abortions that we have performed in this country in the past 30 yrs.

God's justice is coming....for North Korea, for the U.S. and for every person on earth who has not claimed the blood of the Lamb for security from this divine wrath.

Jupiter Gets Hit

God's universe is enormous and incomprehensible to our small human brains. That's an every day fact, but sometimes we need to be reminded of how huge (and violent) the universe we live in really is....and how awesome and magnificent that our God really is.

That reminder happened a few days ago when Jupiter was hit with a huge chunk of space debris about 1 mile across in size. The chunk was traveling at around 100,000 miles per hour. When it collided with the planet it made a fireball about as large as planet earth.

It seems that Jupiter acts as a kind of space vacuum to protect planet earth from all these devastating chunks of space rock. Since it is about 300 times larger than planet earth, it's magnetic field pulls in most of the stuff before it hits planet earth. Thank you Jesus for creating planet Jupiter!!

So anyway, I'll post the article that was in the WSJ today talking about this amazing stuff. As I was reading this article written by a scientist, a few of his comments struck me;

Maybe Mother Nature has a sense of humor. An impact like the recent one in Jupiter happened 15 years ago, in late July, after the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet broke up into 20 pieces, each of which plunged into Jupiter, creating a dazzling display of cosmic fireworks. Scientists used to believe that these collisions took place once every few thousand years, not 15 years. So perhaps Mother Nature was just trying to show what little scientists really understand about these cosmic collisions.

Or perhaps God is trying to show mankind how little they know about ANYTHING regarding how God created our universe or how the power of Jesus keeps it all from spinning wildly out of control.

Read full article here;

Remember that God says he will, "frustrate our intelligent men and confound our wise men." He did it with the Tower of Babel and he will do it again with all of our scientists who believe they don't need God to answer anything for them.....they believe they are perfectly capable of understanding all things totally on their own.

And pride comes before the fall.

Russia Calls on Israel

Anytime we have a news article that deals with Russia and is worth watching. We should not be surprised if the relations between Israel and Russia starts to weaken. Further, we should not be surprised if Russia starts becoming vocal against Israel and starts making demands....which will ultimately lead to veiled threats and finally full on threats.

Why do we say this? Because sometime in the early part of The Tribulation, Russia will be fulfilling the prophecy of Ezekiel 38 and gathering a large military coalition against Israel. The bible tells us they will be coming to take Israel's wealth. So as we see all the signs building that we are on the doorstep of The Tribulation...these things should quit surprising us and instead they should start to AMAZE us! We should stand in awe of the accuracy of the bible. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us."

This from the Jerusalem Post;

Russia on Tuesday joined the US in saying that a building project in east Jerusalem violated the Road Map, and called on Israel to immediately halt construction.
"The settlement should be stopped immediately in line with the roadmap," AFP quoted Russian foreign ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko as saying.
On Sunday, responding to the reports that Washington had asked Israel not to build 20 housing units in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in east Jerusalem, near Mount Scopus and the National Police headquarters, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declared that Israel would not bar Jews from buying apartments in east Jerusalem.

I hope you also caught that Russia was simply following up on demands that Washington has made on Israel. I will remind you again that the bible is very clear that all nations who trouble themselves with Israel will be torn to pieces. Israel is God's possession.

Uncle Sam's Plantation

The posted article was written by a black woman and published back in February. It seems even more pertinent today as "black" is back in the news as the black Harvard professor was arrested for being lippy to the local police. President Obama should have said, "no comment"...but his narcissism came shining through again and he said that the police behaved "stupidly".

Anyway, this black woman is sounding the alarm that we are all descending into socialism as the Government promises to house us, feed us, insure us, protect us and pay us. She starts by giving an example of how socialism has devastated the black community in America.

A benevolent Uncle Sam welcomed mostly poor black Americans onto the government plantation. Those who accepted the invitation switched mindsets from "How do I take care of myself?" to "What do I have to do to stay on the plantation?"
Instead of solving economic problems, government welfare socialism created monstrous moral and spiritual problems. The kind of problems that are inevitable when individuals turn responsibility for their lives over to others.
The legacy of American socialism is our blighted inner cities, dysfunctional inner city schools, and broken black families.

Wow! If that was spoken by anyone else but a black person, you would have Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson calling for your execution. She goes on to cast serious doubt on Barack Obama;

Trillions of dollars later, black poverty is the same. But black families are not, with triple the incidence of single parent homes and out of wedlock births.
It's not complicated. Americans can accept Barack Obama's invitation to move onto the plantation. Or they can choose personal responsibility and freedom.
Does anyone really need to think about what the choice should be?

Read full article here;

hat tip to Mark and Dave P.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

A Dangerous Club

When I was in Jerusalem three years ago, I went to a jewelry shop and spoke at length with the owner. He had been to rabbinical school and was well versed on the OT and the NT...although he was not a Messianic Jew. Anyway, he caught my attention when he told me that he believed (as do many bible reading Jews) that we are living in the Last Days...and they are looking for the Messiah. Remember, the Jews do not recognize Christ as the Messiah so they are still looking for one to come.

He had this to say in this week's newsletter;

1) A Dangerous Club To Be Part Of

Moshe Kempinski

President Obama seems to be trying to do it, unwittingly. He is precariously close to entering a prestigious and historic club of world leaders.In our shop ,in the old city of Jerusalem, we have a shirt designed by Jerusalem historian Ken Spiro called the Nations. It is essentially a graph
that is titled; “Civilizations, nations and empires that have tried to destroy the Jewish
people. Underneath are a list of nations and next to each nation, its
Ancient Egypt-gone, Philistines-gone, Babylon-gone. The Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Crusaders, the Nazis and the Soviet Union, all gone.The last entry is Iran ..followed by three question marks.
Underneath, the text reads the following;The Jewish People, the smallest of nations but with a Friend in the highest of places...So Be Nice
We are in the midst of a difficult time in Jewish history. In the Hellenistic mindset that has defined most of western thinking for over two thousand years, "Time" is viewed as a linear line moving from point a to point b.

The Jewish and Biblical view of the world, views specific dates and
appointed times as gates through which time flows through in a cyclical and
upward spiral fashion. Therefore the Passover season is not only a
commemoration of the liberation that once was but it is rather a time that
is ripe for renewed liberation from all the slavery and imprisonments that
still confine us. Sukkoth is not only a commemoration of wandering through
the desert for forty years and living in booths but is rather a time that
is ripe to strengthen our faith and belief in a G-d that is intimately involved in our lives.

Therefore a time wherein Jerusalem has been attacked ravaged and threatened
for generations is one of those appointed times. Yet all those that
wittingly or unwittingly used the hidden power of such a time to victimize
the city of Jerusalem quickly lost power and control.
Last year, when campaigning for the presidency, Barack Obama called for Jerusalem to remain the undivided capital of Israel. The next day, he
retracted that statement, but then insisted that the issue of Jerusalem was
one for final status talks between Israel and the PA. Now, however, he is
not even adhering to that watered-down position: instead, he is weighing in
on the matter on behalf of the racist Palestinian demand that Jews be
barred from moving into a section of Jerusalem that the PA has decided it
wants to retain for itself and ensure that it be free of Jews.

In response Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “I would like to re-emphasize that the united Jerusalem is the capital of the Jewish people and of the State of Israel. Our sovereignty over it cannot be challenged; this means– inter alia – that residents of Jerusalem may purchase apartments in all parts of the city. This has been the policy of all Israeli governments and
I would like to say that it is indeed being implemented because in recent years hundreds of apartments in Jewish neighborhoods and in the western
part of the city have been purchased by – or rented to – Arab residents and
we did not interfere.

This says that there is no ban on Arabs buying
apartments in the western part of the city and there is no ban on Jews
buying or building apartments in the eastern part of the city. This is the
policy of an open city, an undivided city that has no separation according to religion or national affiliation. We cannot accept the idea that Jews
will not have the right to live and purchase in all parts of Jerusalem.

I can only describe to myself what would happen if someone would propose that
Jews could not live in certain neighborhoods in New York, London, Paris or Rome.
There would certainly be a major international outcry. Accordingly,we cannot agree to such a decree in Jerusalem. This has been the policy of Israeli governments over the years and it is also the policy of our Government” (‘PM Netanyahu's Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting,’ Prime Minister’s Office [Jerusalem], July 19, 2009).

This is all occurring during this difficult spiritual period in our people's journey into destiny.Yet an Eternal people have no fear of the long voyage. President Obama can choose to join the club so dramatically portrayed on the T-Shirt or he can join the truly prestigious club of King Cyrus, Lord Balfour and President Truman. It is his call.

I believe it is safe to say that many Jews in Israel are growing VERY leery of Obama.

Euphrates River

Many of you probably saw this New York Times article if you are plugged into Joel Rosenberg's blog...but for those that haven't, it's pretty interesting. The article is about the fact that the Euphrates River drying up. What's kind of amazing is that the New York Times brings up a prophecy out of the book of Revelation;

The shrinking of the Euphrates, a river so crucial to the birth of civilization that the Book of Revelation prophesied its drying up as a sign of the end times, has decimated farms along its banks, has left fishermen impoverished and has depleted riverside towns as farmers flee to the cities looking for work.

You can read the full article here;

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

We Don't Want to Know

We have written of the Federal Reserve quite a few times. It's a very interesting topic because they are the controllers of our paper money system so they also hold the "full faith and confidence" of our monetary system in their hands. Remember a few things about the Fed....they are not part of the Federal government and currently they have no assets backing the paper money they have created. Nothing is held there except promises and good intentions. I think my grandpa used to have a famous saying, "The road to disaster was paved with good intentions."

The Fed has pushed back hard against a bill that has already won sponsorship by a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives, and a companion Senate measure, that would expose monetary policy decisions to audits by the Government Accountability Office, a federal watchdog.
The central bank has argued such audits would alarm financial markets and drive U.S. borrowing costs higher as investors would come to fret politics, not economics, would drive monetary policy-making.
Some investors are already nervous that the Fed might face pressure to create money to finance record U.S. budget deficits. The Fed says these concerns would intensify if there was any move to put its policy under political sway.

Did you catch that? The fed is worried that if the financial markets could actually see the results of a audit...they would be alarmed! And yes, some investors are nervous that the Fed is simply printing money out of thin air with no hard assets backing it. If they print too simply becomes worthless and isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

Read full article here;

Keep praying for this country and it's leaders. "If they will turn from their ways, repent and seek my face, then I will heal their land."

Lost World

The interesting news from yesterday was that a large solar eclipse made it's way across Asia. I don't believe there is anything prophetic about this event as solar eclipses happen all the time. However, some may choose to throw that on top of all the other prophetic activity happening and proclaim the eclipse as simply one more sign that strange things are about to happen to planet earth.

As I was reading the article, I was struck with how lost most of the people are on planet earth. I mean really....if Christ came back in the clouds and said, "Come up here!" and the Last Trumpet was many people would actually make their way into the clouds to be with Jesus forever?? I'm starting to understand that it's going to be a lot smaller number than we would hope.

As the eclipse moved through the most populated portions of the world, we see this;

In India, where eclipse superstitions are rife, people snaked through the narrow lanes of the ancient Hindu holy city of Varanasi and gathered for a dip in the Ganges, an act believed to bring release from the cycle of life and death.

Amid chanting of Hindu hymns, thousands of men, women and children waded into the river with folded hands and prayed to the sun as it emerged in an overcast sky.

"We have come here because our elders told us this is the best time to improve our afterlife," said Bhailal Sharma, a villager from central India travelling in a group of about 100.

Hey Bhailal...your elders are long dead! How can they tell you anthing about an improved afterlife?

In Nepal, we see this;

In Hindu-majority Nepal, the government declared Wednesday a public holiday and thousands headed for water.

"Taking a dip in holy rivers before and after the eclipse salvages and protects us from disasters and calamities," said 86-year-old Sundar Shrestha, who had come to the holy Bagmati river with six children and grand children.

Read full article here;

Men definitely have a worship chip planted in them....meaning we are created to worship something. The bible has been warning people of this all along when it ridiculed earlier men for making god's out of wood or stone with their own hands and then bowing down and worshiping the things they just created. Men have worshiped the creation instead of the Creator. This also is folly as we read about the above people worshiping the sun or a river.

"I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the father but through me." Since we know Christ's words are Truth, it seems clear that these folks standing in the river worshiping the sun will still be standing there when Christ returns in the clouds to claim his bride.

We need to remember to pray for all the lost people around us. Certainly we know that most of our next door neighbors are also lost...just as lost as the people standing in a river in India praying to the sun.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Palestinian Squeeze

Obviously, Israel can't take all the Palestinians as citizens....or it would cease to be a Jewish state. But why can't the surrounding Arab states take some of these Palestinian refugees?? Because, they don't want a single one of them! In fact Jordan is revoking citizenship's of the Palestinians that they have.

Jordanian authorities have started revoking the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians living in Jordan to avoid a situation in which they would be "resettled" permanently in the kingdom, Jordanian and Palestinian officials revealed on Monday.

Palestinians said that the confrontation with the Jordanians was yet another indication of increased tensions between the two sides.

"Many Palestinians living in Jordan are convinced that the Jordanian authorities are trying to squeeze them out," said Ismail Jaber, a West Bank lawyer who has been living in the kingdom for nearly 20 years. "There is growing discontent and uncertainty among Palestinians here."

Read full article here;

If you consider the plight of the will quickly realize that the people are trapped between the suicidal death-regimes of Hamas and Fatah, and squeezed on all sides by Israel and Jordan. No one really wants them...even their own Arab brothers. So in a hopeless situation like that, you can start to understand why they turn to violence. That's about the only place that they have to turn.

However, Obama should be using his political popularity to pressure the Arabs to fix the problems of the Palestinians. Even a cursory reading of history will clearly show where the blame for the crisis lays....and that blame lied predominantly with the Arabs. They caused the problem so the world should demand they have a larger role in fixing it.

Pray for the Christians who are stuck in Palestine getting smacked on all sides. Also pray that dreams and visions sent by Christ will spread to the Palestinian people so that they will be saved.

Europe Pressures Israel

The bible tells us to watch for the nations gathering against Israel as a sign that we are in the season of the last days. This prophecy would have been dismissed for centuries as ludicrous....because Israel didn't exist.

We now know that "replacement theology" is false because Israel is back on the world scene....and as of late has been the focus of the world's attention.

Check out today's headline from Reuters;
Europe raises pressure on Israel to stop settlements

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Germany, France and Sweden on Tuesday joined a widening group of Western nations pressing Israel to stop building settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank under a U.S.-led effort to resume stalled peace talks.

In Berlin, Ruprecht Polenz, a senior member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party, was quoted as saying Israel ran the risk "of gradually committing suicide as a democratic state" if it did not stop the construction.

Read full article here;

Honestly...I am beginning to think that there are very few people left on earth who actually read their bibles AND actually believe what they say. What else could possible account for such an utter lack of understanding regarding Jews and Israel....unless it is supernatural God gives over the world to it's own selfish pursuits...and finally says, "Enough!"

U.S. Capitalism Gone

It's pretty darn interesting to read what outside observers are saying about America...especially Russians. Why?? Because they were our arch-enemy for 50 years and then they collapsed as part of the Soviet Union. The article below was written and published in the Russian newspaper, Pravda and is a few months old.

I have to agree with a lot of what this Russian says of us;

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our "democracy". Pride blind the foolish.

The bible actually tells us that pride comes before the fall.

So it should be no surprise, that the American president has followed this up with a "bold" move of declaring that he and another group of unelected, chosen stooges will now redesign the entire automotive industry and will even be the guarantee of automobile policies. I am sure that if given the chance, they would happily try and redesign it for the whole of the world, too. Prime Minister Putin, less then two months ago, warned Obama and UK's Blair, not to follow the path to Marxism, it only leads to disaster. Apparently, even though we suffered 70 years of this Western sponsored horror show, we know nothing, as foolish, drunken Russians, so let our "wise" Anglo-Saxon fools find out the folly of their own pride.

He goes on to somewhat accurately point out the problem with our churches;

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

Read the full article here;

I know full well that Pravda is not the Wall Street Journal of Russia and I have no idea if this author is stoop or an expert....but whoever it is...he raises some good points.

Monday, July 20, 2009

A Chilling Summary

Even the Canadians are talking about demonic nightmares coming from the middle east;

Middle East atomic conflict would kill tens of millions: report

It's the nightmare that haunts the modern Middle East --Iran succeeds in its quest for nuclear weapons and goes to war with Israel, causing massive human casualties and destruction on a demonic scale that in turn could trigger a worldwide economic collapse.

Remember that the Holocaust museum has the words, "Never Again" displayed prominently across the entrance to the building.

It could "wipe Israel off the map in a matter of seconds," Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, said recently. The Iranians could "accomplish in a matter of seconds what they denied Hitler did, and kill six million Jews, literally."
"Any missile with a nuclear warhead landing in Tel Aviv, Israel, will affect the West Bank, causing a large number of fatalities and injuries to the Palestinian inhabitants, pollute and contaminate the agricultural land and resources that lie in the Jordan Valley and, over the longer term, fallout radiation would reach the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, which is some 108 kilometres from Tel Aviv," the study warns.

Read full article here;

Also remember that the bible is clear that the nation of Israel will not be destroyed ever again once they were brought back to the land in 1948. So we will hang on the promises of God as the world continues to spiral downward.

Epicenter Shaking

It appears that prophecy-watcher Jan Markell also believes that a global shaking regarding Israel could be in the short term making.

Israel knows it must strike Iran's nuclear plants before Iran is capable of seriously launching nukes at Israel's main cities in retaliation. If Israel strikes now, Iran is not yet capable of retaliating with her own nukes. Yes, she would retaliate in other ways, but they wouldn't decimate Israel. The region could be spared devastation if Israel acted in the next few weeks to a few months. If Israel waits a year or more, Iran will have the nuclear capability to send the region - and world oil supply - into utter chaos.

She ends today's article with these ominous words;

Keep your eyes on the epicenter. It could literally explode in the coming weeks or months. Israel must act quickly no matter what the cost.

Read the full article here;

Israeli Attack on Iran

As we have said for the past year; if (when?) Israel goes into Iran to knock out their nuclear will affect all of us...probably in ways that we can't even quite fathom yet. That being said, we know there would be a shock (much of it emotional) to the oil markets. Further, if Iran follows through on it's threats to close the Strait of Hormuz in the event of an attack, it could draw all sorts of countries into a military engagement and could push gasoline prices up to $6 gallon pretty quickly. That event alone would be a confidence shattering event in the U.S. as we try and pull our way back from a 25 year, drunken spending binge...and could push us far deeper into a recession and/or depression.

Amid reports that Defense Secretary Robert Gates is heading to Israel next week for talks on Teheran's nuclear program, a senior US defense official has told The Jerusalem Post that an Israeli strike on Iran could be profoundly destabilizing and would affect US interests.

"A unilateral third-party attack on Iran's nuclear program could have profoundly destabilizing consequences, and it wouldn't just affect the general level of stability in the region. It would affect Israel's security and it would affect our interests, and the safety of our forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and elsewhere," the official said, when asked if the US expected Israel to inform it of any decision to strike Iran.

"It's a pretty big deal, and given the closeness of our relationship with Israel, I think we would hope that they would take those strategic calculations into account."

His comments in the interview, conducted on Friday, came on the heels of conflicting signs from the Obama administration about whether it had given Israel a so-called "green light" to attack Iran, after Vice President Joe Biden said "Israel can determine for itself - it's a sovereign nation - what's in their interest and what they decide to do relative to Iran and anyone else" on July 5.

Read full article here;

Remember that giving conflicting messages to your enemies has always proven to be a VERY DANGEROUS practice. And the Obama administration has been doing a lot of that lately. That reason alone is a good one for explaining why so many prophecy watchers believe the world is substantially more dangerous today since Obama has been parading around the world apologizing for everything that America has ever done.

Just remember, if Israel does go into Iran, the hatred of the world will unleash on them in about a nano-second. And if you and I aren't careful, we could also could fall into the satanic trap of anti-semitism....the strength of which is already building all over the world.

Keep praying for the peace of Jerusalem. Also keep praying for the people of Iran and the leaders of Iran, that the light of Christ will continue to shine into that pitch black country. Rosenberg tells us that 1000 people in Iran are coming to Christ everyday! Those people are our eternal brothers and sisters, so we need to be celebrating that fact and praying for the lost.