Real life, real miracles
I would like to recommend a book, “Real Life, Real Miracles,” by Jim Garlow and Keith Wall. Christians who believe in a living God who actively works in the lives of his children, or even those who do not or those children who are not yet looking for Him will like James L Garlow’s and Keith Wall’s newest book on miracles.
The book contains real life accounts of miraculous intervention, providences and coincidences, that could only have been choreographed by a loving God.
The Bible declares, “Thy testimonies are my delight and my counsellors.” Psalm 119:24.
Judeo-Christian religion is a faith built on the stories, anecdotes, tellings and written and oral renditions of God’s involvement in the lives of individual Christians. The Bible is full of these testimonies of God’s power, strength, love, and timing as He helps humans at or before their times of crisis.
The word “gospel” means “good news.” In a world filled with “bad news,” those who believe in God must “incline their ears to God’s testimonies.” Proverbs 22:17. This means that those who trust in God must seek to hear about His power, His truth, and His love. However, believers are warned to discern. Not all supernatural events are from God. Indeed, not all miracles, testimonies, and coincidences are from God. Deuteronomy 18:22, Deuteronomy 13:1.
Often, books on miracles don’t discern between supernatural events performed by God and those performed by other spiritual agencies. Fortunately, the real-life testimonies in this 272-page volume all praise the Biblical God. Account after account were carefully chosen. In fact, many of the benefits of these miracles turned to God after receiving their healing or miraculous rescue, some even turning to some kind of ministry.
You can read my son Tim`s story in chapter 24 of “Real Life, Real Miracles.” Now some might doubt, like Thomas did, so I will make available to any nay sayers 40 pages of medical proof that what happened to Tim was and still is a miracle from God. If you choose not to buy the book, you can Google “Real Life, Real Miracles” Tim Nowak and read chapter 24 titled “Nothing Too Difficult.” Just thinking about what God did for Tim, over 10 years ago, still brings a tear to my eyes.
Exodus 15:26 NIV – He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”
David Nowak, Weatherford
Social Security far from secure
You are not in the $200,000 bracket but your taxes went up. It seems to me that President Obama failed to make it clear that the 2 percent reduction in the FICA tax was only temporary.
Did you get a bait and switch deal? The reduction lasted until his re-election. In case you are young and naïve, you will soon learn to pay attention to the fine print when a Democrat speaks. The reinstatement of the FICA tax will pale in significance when all the hidden tax is revealed in the unaffordable health care act.
In 1916 Argentina elected a new president, Hipolito Irigoyen, from a new party called the radicals under the banner of “ Fundamental Change” with an appeal to the middle class. It is always the middle class that gets the shaft eventually. He promoted mandatory pension insurance, mandatory health insurance and support for low-income housing construction.
Put simply, it is President Obama’s hope and change. The government payouts soon surpassed the ability of the taxpayers to keep up. Does that sound like any thing that is happening in America?
The death of the Argentine economy came with the election of Juan Peron. He and wife Eva aimed their populist rhetoric at taxing the rich. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? But soon it expanded to most of the middle class, which became an enemy to be defeated and humiliated. Under Peron, the size of government exploded through massive programs of social spending and encouraging the growth of labor unions. The practice of printing money to pay off its public debt crushed the economy. Inflation hit 3000 percent; food riots were rampant; stores were looted; the country descended into chaos.
A government controlled privatization effort to rescue the senior’s pensions was attempted, however, by 2001 those funds had also been raided by the government, and the monies replaced by Argentina’s defaulted government bonds.
Could such a thing happen in America? The treasury secretary is borrowing money from federal employee pension funds until the debt limit is raised. When this country runs out of sucker nations to buy our bonds, that is when something hits the fan.
Why not try the Galveston County retirement plan? They opted out of Social Security and have a plan that pays more than Social Security, and if you die at an early age your family receives the balance of your benefits. With Social Security, all goes in the black hole of government. If a private company pulled the shenanigans’ that the government has used with Social Security, they would be heavily fined and thrown in jail.
You say, what if the stock market collapses, what happens to your retirement? The same thing that happens when the politicians bankrupt the whole country. You are up that well known tributary. Don’t think that America is too big to fail. It has happened other places and it will happen here, unless someone puts a stop to reckless spending.
Richard Feuilly, Weatherford
Vegan diet and the flu epidemic
The flu epidemic has invaded 48 states, overwhelming medical facilities, exhausting vaccine supplies, and killing 29 children and thousands of seniors. Both the problem and solution to this disaster hinge on how we relate to animals raised for food.
Indeed, 61 percent of the 1,415 pathogens known to infect humans originate with animals. The more recent contagious and deadly viruses among these include Asian, dengue fever, Ebola, H5N1 (bird), HIV, SARS, West Nile and yellow fever. The pandemic “Spanish” flu of 1918 killed 20 million to 50 million people worldwide, and the World Health Organization predicts more pandemics in the future.
Today’s factory farms are virtual flu factories. Sick, crowded, highly stressed animals in contact with contaminated feces and urine provide ideal incubation media for viruses. As these microbes reach humans, they mutate to defeat the new host’s immune system, then propagate by contact.
Each of us can help end animal farming and build up our own immune system against the flu by replacing animal products in our diet with vegetables, fruits and whole grains. These foods don’t carry flu viruses or government warning labels, are touted by every major health advocacy organization and were the recommended fare in the Garden of Eden.
Wesley Yellott, Weatherford