My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

What a mess the world is in right now.  The worse it gets the more people look for distractions such as drugs, entertainment, sexual encounters, complaining, or just being depressed and overly anxious.  Like an ostrich we tend to bury our heads in the sand when trouble comes our way. (Actually that is a myth or legend. Ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand)  Few people like conflict/confrontation.  I am one of those although I have learned to deal with it over the years.  There is a long laundry list of things wrong with our world and rather than getting better with all of our advancements in science and communication things seem to have gotten far worse.  Why is that?  

There are lots of reasons.  For one, the nature of people has not changed.  Psalm 10:7-"His mouth is full of lies and threats; trouble and evil are under his tongue.  He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he murders the innocent."  Ecclesiastes 9:3-"...The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live..."  The End Times have been foretold in the Bible.  See the book of Daniel or Revelation among others, but Matthew 24:6-8 says, "You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but th end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of birth pains."  Two, the devil is hard at work trying to lead people away from Jesus.  He wants to distract us.

Things will get a whole lot worse before the end of time.  Hard to imagine for some people, but it is true.  So what can we do about it?  Help whomever you can, pray for everyone, and get involved.  Use the gifts that God has given you 'for the common good of all.  Most important of all is salvation which is found only through faith in Jesus Christ.  There is no other name given under Heaven by which we must be saved.  It is written.  It is the Word of God.  So ask Jesus into your heart right now as your Lord and Savior and then tell others to do the same.

God loves you and so do I,

Pastor Bruce