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"PROVOKED" By Franklin Trainer.


Ageless Audacity

April 3

"He was in the world, and the world was made by HIM, and the world knew HIM not."  John 1:10 


"...amnesia toward GOD is a combination of the imposed and the innate."


This world's amnesia toward GOD is a combination of the imposed and the innate.  "And HE said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature ... But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not,"   And how strange that men, struck damnably blind of Eden's sin, hold a queer affection toward the blinders byproduct: "and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."

Some would explain this phenomena as a manufacturing oversight; that somehow GOD'S creative juices experienced a backflow during those six days of Genesis.  This is not the testimony of the MAKER however: "And GOD saw every thing that HE had made, and, behold, it was very good."  Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 provide the start of a better explanation, with both describing for us a coup attempt of epic proportion.  Satan's agenda is exposed by these words from Isaiah: "... thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of GOD: ... I will be like the MOST HIGH."  His plot having failed in Heaven: "How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" ... set in motion a hostile takeover attempt of the earth which continues to this day.  The insidious and audacious nature of this comes together in this temptation scene from Matthew's gospel: "Again, the devil taketh HIM up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth HIM all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; and saith unto HIM, all these things will I give THEE, if THOU wilt fall down and worship me."  The sole goal of Satan has been and will be the overthrow of GOD.  Unredeemed men are but the witless pawns in his vain effort to see this through.

"And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our LORD, and of his CHRIST; and HE shall reign for ever and ever."  Be patient, this patent infringement of Hell will soon be undone in the final courtroom of the Revelation

"I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember THY wonders of old."  If you've ever met someone famous, it is an unforgettable experience.  One day I met JESUS CHRIST and now exclaim with Paul that:

"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that CHRIST JESUS came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief."



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For Love of Country

James Madison (1751-1836)
(4th President of the United States)



"It is the duty of every man to render to the CREATOR such homage ... Before any man can be considered as a member of Civil Society, he must be considered as a subject of the GOVERNOR of the Universe."