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Thursday, August 29, 2019
Many are upset with the recent Daily Jot where a reader said he was grieved by both the radical left's visceral attacks and the President's response to it. For example, DW writes, "We, too, have grieved.  Even appreciated your posts pointing it out that others feel as we do. But now we are discouraged with this Pandora's box of criticism that you have opened up...Our President is there by a move of God. He happens to be flawed along with the rest of us." EM writes: "As far as President Trump...Of course he says things he shouldn't. Who doesn't?...I don't believe there is another person in our country who could have stood up to the evildoers who have been trying to destroy him from day one of his presidency...I thank God for Donald Trump."
I dare say it's not President Trump's responses or the antics of the leftists that are causing this spiritual grieving we have been discussing this week-they are just the outward symptoms of the disease, the repulsive bursting puss of the viciousness of the fight. This is what propels folks to respond evil for evil. It is not God's way. The root of the disease is that Satan has us all fighting. Fact is, God will fight the battle, guiding his people to act on his behalf, using his ways. So why are we grieving? We know what is happening is wrong. We see the darkness in it. Deep down, perhaps not even realizing it, we are convicted. Yes, convicted in the spirit. In my opinion, the lack of relevancy of the "church" over the past 40 years, which many have contributed to directly, indirectly or by indifference, has led us to this current environment.
Hence, Christians have become so entangled in the hate and visceral that our faith principles have been compromised to justify retaliation. This is contributing to the overall darkness, convicting us and also resulting in a grieving of our spirit. Isn't this Satan's snare? Would a better way be to respond as Christ did when his detractors came at him? He got the point across without behaving the same as his critics. He put them in their place with truth. All I am hearing is a bunch of "Yeah, but's" on this. If we got so passionate over making disciples as we do when it's pointed out that our side is fighting the wrong way, the ungodly would be so few in number that they wouldn't pose a challenge. Remember where judgment begins-there's a reason for that. Man's engagement model, which many Christians embrace, doesn't work. Christ's does.
The grieving in the spirit is rooted in the principalities of darkness. Galatians 5:14-15 says, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if you bite and devour one another, take heed that you be not consumed one of another." Speaking the truth in love, without malice, is not criticism. The hoards of darkness are empowered by suppression of the truth. We can't be so caught up in the fight, that we don't hear reason. We need to have a movement of Godly resistance to the oppression of Satan. We are grieving because a deep darkness has fallen over this country. With God, it can be overcome, but not if the fight is conducted on Satan's terms. We need to change it. We can change it, but first we need to drag ourselves out of the pit of the fight itself and hear that still small voice of the Lord.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson

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For the children in rural Ghana, the need is great

By Pastor William Agbeti

"Father, we have a huge challenge!" That was the alarming prayer that sprung up in my heart when we registered the 181st child that showed up for our feeding program this month, against an invited number of 150! The makeshift auditorium of the local rural church, Bread of Life Sanctuary, that we are supporting and where we fed the children, was packed to full capacity by both invited and uninvited rural children. These started showing up in their numbers, with great excitement, hours before the announced time of 1:00 pm! They came from poor rural communities spread miles apart. 

As a result, we were compelled to set up an overflow area outside the auditorium to contain the extra numbers that kept pouring in! Many were reported to have come very early in the morning to survey the area to assure themselves that the feeding program was for real! We ran out of rented chairs and could not get any to rent in the whole of the Kojonya community where the program was held, forcing us to go for benches and other types of chairs for the children.  An hour before the official start of the program, which was held under the theme, JESUS - OUR BREAD OF LIFE!, we had 200 rural children on our hands to feed with both spiritual and physical food! 

Naturally, I started panicking! How could we possibly feed all these needy children? And we were still counting! Just then, definitely by divine intervention, a volunteer stepped up unto the platform where the musical instruments were and started singing: "We serve a Miracle working God who never fails!" 

Immediately, the spirit of panic left me and I dashed down to where the cooks were. I asked the chief volunteer cook if we have enough to feed all the children. She reported they had noticed the situation and had reduced the size of the fried chicken by half, thereby creating 300 pieces! Thankfully she confirmed also there was going to be enough rice for all, if the intended por tions were also reduced by half! Thank you Father, I exclaimed silently! Half a portion is better than no portion a t all! I tried to convince myse lf!

It turned out to be a
The Daily Jot supported ministry in Ghana feeds, clothes and provides clean water for hundreds of children
first-tim e experience for the 200 children.  Many of these had never eaten fried rice! They were treated to a popular nutritious local drink called SOBOLO, made out of the hibiscus flower. They also had popcorn and a received donations of clothing. Our regular musical chairs and dancing competitions were held and the winners were presented with Bibles. At the tail end of the program, majority of the children took decisions to accept Christ and were invited to attend church. These were given summarized lessons about the Old and New Testaments. They learned there are 66 books in the Bible, with 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New. 

The need for them to have their own Bibles and carry them at all times was emphasized. We had a head count of the children who had Bibles and it turned out only a handful of them had bibles. Well over 150 had no Bibles. We promised to organize Bibles for distribution to them. 

As usual, I observed four developments that greatly humbled me and brought tears to my eyes! First, the portions of meals were obviously not enough for some of the children!  Secondly, many did not have popcorn to eat and were openly disappointed! Thirdly, when we assembled to have a group photograph, scores of children came over to cling to me, and will not let go; making me almost fall down! I had to control the tears welling up in my eyes! Lastly, after it all, a small boy aged about four walked to me and pointed out to something on a table somewhere. 

It was another child's pair of shoes! I checked his name on the register of names, asked a volunteer to find out where he came from, and promised to bring him a pair of shoes! How can I ever fail to deliver on this promise?  Meanwhile, I am still thinking about how to address the overwhelming food needs of the children, with a regular monthly, if not weekly, feeding program for at least a year! This is my newest burden I have chosen to carry, so help me God!

Against above backdrop, we have purposed to have follow up activities to help establish the children in local churches, give them Bibles, supply some of their personal needs and win them and many more away from the reach or influence of Islam, traditionalist and other pagan and oppressive religions!

Hopefully, with a rippling effect and impact on our target children and rural communities, we would make a profound mark on rural Ghana with the feeding program! On the whole we had two local rural churches and two local NGOs supporting the program with children they bused to the venue, biblical literature and volunteers! To God be the Glory for a power-filled program like this!

William D. Agbeti

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Have a Blessed and Powerful Day,

Bill Wilson
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