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Cooper Green Mens Prayer Group Devotion – Jan 14, 2014 – remarks  by Danny Jones -

Today I want to Add a Prayer Request for our Nation – Pray that we would Return to THE OLD PATHS
Jer 6: 16 Thus says the LORD: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths,
where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.

Not Long Ago I read a poem from an UnNamed Retired Minister from Tennessee – Called :
I liked the old paths, when Moms were at home. Dads were at work.
Brothers went into the army. And sisters got married BEFORE having children!
Crime did not pay; Hard work did; And people knew the difference.
Moms could cook; Dads would work; Children would behave.
Husbands were loving; Wives were supportive; And children were polite.
Women wore the jewelry; And Men wore the pants.
Women looked like ladies; Men looked like gentlemen; And children looked decent.
People loved the truth, And hated a lie; They came to church to get IN, Not [in a hurry to] get OUT!
Hymns sounded Godly; Sermons sounded [Truthful;] Rejoicing sounded normal; And crying sounded sincere.
Cursing was wicked; Drugs were for illness; And divorce was unthinkable.
The flag was honored; America was beautiful; And God was welcome! We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school; And preached from house to house
To be called an American was worth dying for; To be called a Christian was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!
Preachers preached because they had a message; And Christians rejoiced because they had the Victory!
Preachers preached from the Bible; Singers sang from the heart; And sinners turned to the Lord to be SAVED!
A new Birth meant a new life; Salvation meant a changed life; Following Christ led to eternal life.
Being a preacher meant you proclaimed the word of God; Being a deacon meant you would serve the Lord;
Being a Christian meant you would live for Jesus; And being a sinner meant someone was praying for you!
Laws were based on the Bible; Homes read the Bible; And churches taught the Bible.
God was worshiped; Christ was exalted; And the Holy Spirit was respected..
Church was where you found Christians on the Lord’s day, rather than in the garden,
on the creek bank, on the golf course, Or being entertained somewhere else.
I still like the old paths the best! (Endquote )

But unfortunately America has chosen a New Path.   This New Path does NOT include any Wisdom or Advice from the God of the Bible or His Son, Jesus Christ. Instead the New Path is called Socialism, Marxism, or Communism.
This New Path is NOT New – in that it has been around about 100 years. BUT it IS New when compared to Gods Ways that have been revealed to mankind for approx 6000 yrs.

Many of US (or our loved ones) served in the SO CALLED COLD WAR in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, or Strategic Air Command bases around the World to stop the THREAT of COMMUNISM. But while the COLD WAR was going on in Foreign lands – Professors in Our Universities in the Home Land were teaching our Children that Communism was superior to Capitalism– & that the Teachings of Marx were superior to the Teachings of Jesus.

– They Put on their Bell Bottom Jeans and Tie Dyed Shirts, began Smoking Marijuana, Singing Rock n Roll & shouting “Make Love not War.. & Down with the Establishment.”

Most Americans thought that it was just a Youthful Phase they were going through and that they would get over it when they “grew up.” But they did NOT grow up or get over it! NOW they are wearing 3 Pc Suits – and have become our Leaders in the House of Representatives, Senate, White House, and Supreme Court — and they are LEADING us DOWN a NEW PATH – that will dismantle America –AND- we’ll nolonger be the “Land of Free & Home of the Brave.. or that Shining City Sitting on Hill”

This New Path of Communism promises Equality and Equal distribution of Health, Wealth, Housing, Education…etc
But for those of us who Served in the Cold War and Paid Attention in those “Know your Enemy” classes. We Know that this New Path toward Communism does NOT END WELL.   Equality, as Communists define it, is NOT very Equal. The Communist Party Leaders at the Top of the Political Pyramid are “More Equal than others” & the only Equality that the Majority of the People will be sharing is Equal Misery.

Communists promise to be “Robin Hood” – to Take from the Rich & Give to the Poor – but in reality,
-”Middle Class” will be destroyed and will be “Equalized” to Poverty.
-”Healthcare” will be reduced to little more than First Aid at the end of a Long Waiting Line.
-”Housing” will be reduced to a Soviet sized Apartment.
-”Education” will be reduced to “Brainwashing”
-Parental Responsibility will be transferred from Parents to Hillary Clinton’s “Village”
-& Christian Prayer meetings like this will be Held in SECRET  or you will find yourself in “the Gulag” for Crimes against the State

Historian Geo Santyana wrote “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. “  Let me Add – Americans who don’t read, heed, and remember Aleksandor Solzhenitsyn Are Gulag Bound !!

In the last 50 years or so, Christians have been led to believe that Politics is mostly about the Economy so the church needs to stay out of it   & Preach “The Gospel. “  Before the Last Presidential Election, I was in a meeting of young pastors who were voicing that. I reminded them that Socialism and Christianity have historically been a bad combination – usually ending with the persecution of the church. These young pastors commented that some persecution might be good for the church. I couldn’t help but think – Most of these ministers are fearful to speak truth about the issues we face to their congregations who love and support them. Where are they going to find the courage to speak when someone holds a gun to their head and says quit preaching the Bible? To alter a phrase from the traditional marriage ceremony – “it is time for the Church to Speak Now or else we will have no choice but to forever be holding our peace!”

Make NO Mistake – when Atheistic Communists take Power, their next Objective will be to exterminate Christianity .
For Example – Look at how Obamacare is targeting Christians – even the Catholic Church which has traditionally been friends of the Presidents Party – are being targeted for their Beliefs. And I cannot help but think – if they will do that to the Catholics
imagine what they have planned for the Baptists?

As Patriotic Americans, You may be thinking -”that can’t happen in our Country.” The Russians thought the same thing in November 1917.

Won’t you Pray – Jeremiah’s Prayer –
*Ask God to Do whatever it takes to bring us to Repentance
*Ask God to Revive us Again,
*Ask God to Restore us to the “old paths, where the good way is,
& let us walk in it; SO we will find rest for our souls.