Finding God After the 2012 Presidential Election

By Dianne E. Butts:

Did you enjoy this Presidential election? Uh oh. Was that a groan I heard? Not so much? Then I suggest finding God after the 2012 presidential election.

Remember that God appoints our leaders. You may think that campaigning and political ads and debates and even voters appoint our leaders. But in Romans 13:1, 2, the Bible says:

“…there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted.”

God says He places government leaders over us.

Erick Erickson is a prominent political blogger at RedState.com, and I was quite amazed at his November 2, 2012, blog post, “50,000 Feet Looking Down” because he expressed so well what I believe, and he said it so boldly about Godeven on a political blog site.

“My world view is pretty simple. I think this world is destined to go to hell in a hand basket by design. I think things are supposed to go to pot. So if Barack Obama wins, I won’t be upset. If Mitt Romney wins, I won’t be running through the streets cheering. I think, either way, it is all part of the design. The world is going down hill. Barack Obama re-elected just gets us down the slippery slope faster in my view. For others, it is Mitt Romney who does.

“God is sovereign and He is in charge and He will return. That is my hope and my ever present expectation.”

I’m with Erick Ericksonright there, trusting God, watching for His return. This week, I hope you find God after the 2012 presidential election.

This little girl is from my home state of Colorado. Do you feel like Abby about the 2012 Presidential Election? She and others may be thankful that we can get back to regular programming without seeing one political ad after another!

© Dianne E. Butts. Dianne’s new book, Prophecies Fulfilled in the Birth of Jesus, will release in later November 2012 just in time for the Christmas season. Her latest book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). Visit her blog at www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com. www.DianneEButts.com

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Find God During Crime Prevention Month

Find God during Crime Prevention Month, as you think about God’s ideal standard for the way people treat each other.

By Dianne Neal Matthews:

Visit the National Crime Prevention Council at http://www.ncpc.org/.

Each year millions of Americans are victims of crime, so the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) has designated October as National Crime Prevention Month.

This month-long commemoration recognizes those who work tirelessly all year to prevent crime and highlights new tips and resources for effective crime prevention in the future.

It is also when registered Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC) sites arrange community-safety events and programs that include law enforcement agencies, schools, and businesses. Celebrate Safe Communities is a joint initiative of NCPC and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice.

NCPC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the nation’s resource for crime prevention by offering technical assistance and training, developing and implementing programs, publishing consumer education materials, and disseminating information to thousands of individuals and organizations.

The NCPC is responsible for the familiar “Take A Bite Out Of Crime” public-service campaign, featuring McGruff, the Crime Dog.

In 1993, McGruff’s nephew Scruff, who has a special knack for talking with the youngest children, was introduced to help teach children crime, drug, and violence prevention behaviors.  If you have kids or grandkids, check out the site for helpful info, videos, and games at a website just for them:  McGRUFF the Crime Dog.

God gave the Ten Commandments to the Israelites as a type of “crime prevention” program. While the first four commandments address our relationship with God, the last six deal with how to treat other people:

“You must not murder . . . commit adultery . . . steal . . . testify falsely against your neighbor . . . [or] covet your neighbor’s [possessions]” (Exodus 20:13-17).

Also:

[Jesus said] “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 7:12 (NIV)


­Jesus gave an even higher principle for our treatment of others.

Many teachings and religions had put the Golden Rule in a negative form: “Don’t do to others what you ­don’t want done to you.” ­Jesus expressed it in a positive form: We are to treat others as we want to be treated. This involves more than just refraining from hurtful actions; it calls us to actively do good to others, looking out for their best interests and safety.

We can do this ­only if we have the Holy Spirit living in us and empowering us to live a righteous life. Then the Golden Rule does more than “Take A Bite Out Of Crime”—it helps us find God and learn how He wants us to behave toward others.

If everyone followed Jesus’ words in Matthew 7:12, we would never have to designate a Crime Prevention Month.

For more information about Crime Prevention Month, visit the NCPC website.

Here’s a vintage 1981 Public Service Announcement clip from McGruff the Crime Dog:

© Dianne Neal Matthews (www.DianneNealMatthews.com). Dianne is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books. This article is adapted from her book, The One Year on This Day (Tyndale House).

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Find God in Prophecy About Israel Blossoming

By Dianne E. Butts:

Mount Carmel, Israel (Nahal Mearot) looking west to the coastal plain. [Image: Wikimedia Commons]

In Deuteronomy 27 -30, Moses told the people of Israel that if they lived according to the good ways God instructed them to live by, they and the land would prosper, but if they forgot God by pushing Him out of their lives, the land would lay desolate.

Today we can find God in prophecy about Israel: its desolate wasteland blossoming.

When the Israelites pushed God out of their lives, He removed them from the land and the people were dispersed all over the world. The land became a nearly uninhabited, desolate wasteland—a picture of the condition of Israel’s relationship with God.

But the people of Israel began returning to the land after World War II. On May 14, 1948, Israel became a nation again after nearly two millennia. Since then, that desolate desert wasteland has begun to blossom, just as Bible prophecies predicted. Here are two examples of those predictions:

“But you, O mountains of Israel, will produce branches and fruit for my people Israel, for they will soon come home. I am concerned for you and will look on you with favor; you will be plowed and sown, and I will multiply the number of people upon you, even the whole house of Israel. The towns will be inhabited and the ruins rebuilt. I will increase the number of men and animals upon you, and they will be fruitful and become numerous. I will settle people on you as in the past and will make you prosper more than before. Then you will know that I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 36:8-11, NIV).

“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘On the day I cleanse you from all your sins, I will resettle your towns, and the ruins will be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass through it. They will say, “This land that was laid waste has become like the garden of Eden; the cities that were lying in ruins, desolate and destroyed, are now fortified and inhabited.” Then the nations around you that remain will know that I the Lord have rebuilt what was destroyed and have replanted what was desolate. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it’” (Ezekiel 36:33-36).

Today, according to 101 Last Days Prophecies by Eternal Productions, “Israel’s increased rainfall and world renowned irrigation technology have caused the land to blossom. Incredibly… [Israel] currently exports over 1200 million dollars of fresh produce each year, including over 100 million in flowers and ornamental plants!… Amazingly, this recently regathered, often attacked, tiny nation exported over 54 billion dollars worth of goods in 2010. This was inconceivable a century ago! In contrast their neighbor, Jordan exported less than 8 billion in 2010” (p. 9-10).

Could the re-blossoming of Israel be a fulfillment of prophecy? If so, we can find God in the prophecy about Israel in the way the land has blossomed just as God said it would.

© Dianne E. Butts. Dianne’s newest book is Grandparenting through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Pix-N-Pens, August 2012). She also wrote  Deliver Me (CSPA “Book of the Year”  and finalist for the 2012 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year) for those who need to be delivered from the guilt or shame of an unplanned pregnancy—whether in their present or past. www.DeliverMeBook.blogspot.com

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