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Keep Your Eye on China

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One early morning in 1991, my wife shook me awake. “There’s no more Soviet Union!” she said. That woke me up, all right.

Is the same thing about to happen to Red China? The Hong Kong protests have now spread to the mainland (https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2019/12/02/protesters-within-china-defy-communists-just-like-you-hong-kong/).

The Chinese communist government has tried to suppress all news of the protests, but some reports have been getting through the “Great Firewall of China”–the censorship regime created with the help of Big Tech from our country and others.

You would think the government would simply unleash the army and crush the protests. But they haven’t. There must be a reason why they haven’t. I suspect–no evidence, just a hunch–it’s because the government doesn’t quite trust the armed forces to do its bidding.

The Soviet Union started wobbling badly in 1989, when one after another of its Eastern European satellite nations successfully broke away, the Russian economy choked, and the military went broke trying to keep up with America in a high-tech arms race. Despite all this run-up, it was still a shock when it finally collapsed for good in 1991.

China has been wobbling, too, for several years. The government has continually persecuted and suppressed Chinese Christians, Muslim Uighurs, and Tibetan Buddhists. They’ve built super-malls for show, that have yet to have tenants, let alone customers. Air pollution has gotten out of hand. And now these Hong Kong protests are spreading to the mainland.

Y’know, they could have just left Hong Kong alone. The status quo benefited China, Hong Kong, and their trading partners. But of course the communists couldn’t just leave it alone. This potentially very dangerous crisis is their fault.

Pray Our Lord that this evil empire expires with a minimum of violence, and that He might grant the blessings of liberty to all the peoples of China: in Jesus’ name, Amen.


Getting There Without Getting Killed

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We almost had a collision, just now, going to pick up our laundry. Some clown ran the red light just as we were making our turn onto Amboy Avenue, and it was a mighty close shave. Patty was driving. Her hands are still shaking.

Our town today is swamped with traffic, people leaning on their horns and getting more and more steamed with every passing minute. I was going to gas up for our trip tomorrow, but all the excitement drove it right out of my head and I didn’t remember it until we got home. I hope the neighborhood gas station is open tomorrow morning.

Please pray for us to get there and back in one piece.

Note: I have chosen not to write about any of the college nincompoops denouncing Thanksgiving and saying we all ought to be mourning the creation of that racist hellhole, the United States of America. They are ungrateful. Being born here, and living here, is a blessing. No two ways about it. Thank God for His blessings on our country, and praise Him for every good thing.

Prayer Request: Erlene

Please, everybody, join in prayer for our sister Erlene’s son, Eric, who has fallen ill with what he thinks might be the flu. He and his mother live many miles apart, in different states, and can’t easily help each other.

Father in heaven, in Jesus’ name, please be swift to help Erlene’s son, Eric, and heal him–for we know all healing comes from you. These are hard trials for us: please, Lord, have mercy on Erlene and Eric, and grant him healing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Request, ‘When You Call on Him’

Requested by Erlene, When You Call on Him, by Carroll Roberson. He’s singing by the shore of Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Look how clean that water is! As if God had only just made it.

Please pray for me, my brain today feels like it ran head-on into a brick wall, but there are important things I want to write about and so far I just can’t do it. I very rarely have this problem and it always worries me when I do.

Here We Are at the Vet’s


I’m writing this on Tuesday, to be posted on Wednesday, because I won’t be here on Wednesday. As you read this, Peep and I are sitting in the veterinarian’s waiting room, she meowing piteously from the depths of the cat carrier, waiting for her to get examined.

The vet called over the weekend with news of Robbie’s blood work–a clean bill of health. So I’m hopeful Peep will be all right, too. Both cats are drinking a lot of water and peeing to beat the band. I was very worried about that; but Robbie’s doing it too, and she’s okay.

Please pray we get no bad news.

Prayer Request: Peep


Our cat, Peep, has taken to drinking a lot more water than usual and peeing much more copiously than usual. This has us worried, and we’ll have to take her in to see the vet.

Please pray that whatever’s wrong, the Lord will heal her. She is an affectionate little soul, and has appointed herself my wife’s shadow.

O Lord our God, grant us this blessing, and heal our little cat: you know how much we love our pets; they are like children to us, and they love us back. Please, Father–if something’s wrong with Peep’s health, please heal her. I ask for this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Prayer Request: Phoebe

Please join me in prayer for our dear friend and colleague, Phoebe, who is suffering from a so-far undiagnosed illness that has left her feeling pretty low.

Father in Heaven, we know that all healing comes from you. Please, Father, bless our fellowship and heal our dear sister, Phoebe. In the name of your beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.

Answered Prayers, and Thank You

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It has now been a couple of months since my wife started going to different doctors and using a prescribed inhaler each day. What a difference!

I want to thank all of you who prayed for us. God has heard our prayers and shed His grace on us. Yes, He used doctors and medicine to get it done. But all healing ultimately comes from the Lord. All of it.

Now that she can breathe normally, much of Patty’s life has returned to normal. She still has a couple of years’ worth of bad sleep to catch up on, but the difference between then and now is eye-opening.

Again, thanks, everybody. We ought to pray for one another every day. Because God hears our prayers. Amen.

(P.S.–The pelican was a very early Christian symbol. I remember that, whenever I see one.)

Prayer Request: Eddy

From Heidi we have a request for prayer for Eddy, a beloved member of her church, very badly injured in a recent auto accident.

Oh Lord–nothing hurts us like the loss of our loved ones, and our fellow-soldiers. Please, Father, spare your servant, Eddy: grant him healing, speed his recovery: for we know that all healing comes from you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Request, ‘Oh, Lord, You’re Beautiful’

Requested by Erlene–O Lord, You’re Beautiful, by Keith Green: sung by J. Michael Finley. From the I Can Only Imagine movie soundtrack.

Update: Patty has been able to go out and do errands three days in a row, with no ill effects. She couldn’t have done it three weeks ago. Thank you all for your prayers; please keep them coming.

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