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Summary: A study of chapter 17 verse 1 through 24

1 Kings 17

God’s help in difficult times

I am getting tired of watching television. I mean I use to be a TVaholic. Now the movies are lousy. The programs stink. And the News! They are keeping us in the dark relative to key news and feeding us worthless information. I am sick and tired of hearing about which new celebrity is going to a rehab clinic. If it weren’t for the sports programs I would throw the thing out. It use to be in the old days that false prophets would just lie and say everything is great instead of warning the people of upcoming judgment. Now the media just keeps everybody in the dark as to that’s happening.

Here are a few things that I have discovered just from other news sources that are about to happen and will impact you greatly. See if you know any information about them.

The Economy

. The economic stimulus package stuffed with pork barrel handouts to a tune of 11 Trillion dollars was passed. All the representatives were pressured to pass the bill without even reading it in order to keep unemployment under 8%. It isn’t working. Unemplloyment is now nearing 10%. Our elected leaders are now considering another stimulus plan.

. Cap n trade – this bill is currently before congress. It deals with punishing those manufacturers who emit toxic gases into the air. If passed it will increase every ones energy bills, as companies will merely pass on their fines to the consumers

. A national health care bill is also being heavily promoted. It will cost Americans an additional 1 trillion dollars. Everyone’s taxes will go up at least $2000 for low income families.

. The US must borrow money from foreign countries just to pay the interest on the national debt. The principal owner of our Treasury bills is China. They are getting a little skittish of investing in America. When our Secretary of Treasury recently met with Chinese officials to encourage them to invest in US Treasury notes and that the US is good to invest in, the entire room broke out in laughter.

. Monetizing – Since we do not have the money to pay bills the government is just printing up money. This will make the few dollars you have in effect worthless. The results of this will collapse our economy around September or October of this year. This will usher in a new currency, possibly a Global currency.

. Economic scholars predict upcoming sporadic shortages of food and products in our near future. I don’t how many of you remember the toilet paper and sugar shortage?

. Terrorism – It is not a question of if but when another attack will occur based on govt.officials. One thing that just got me is that they are going to give terrorists ( er. enemy combatants) Miranda rights. Just last Sunday, July 19, 2009 a pro-Islamic Terrorist group, Hizb ut-Tabrir, had a convention in Chicago, IL Their past graduates are 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and Al Qaoda’s Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. This group, which is banned in EEO countries, wants to establish an international Islamic state or Caliphate – and to indoctrinate Muslims into supporting Jihad and want to increase recruitment in the US. At their last gathering the present US administration sent a high official as a guest speaker denouncing Israel.

. Crime – A good day in our city is when the murders are under double digits. There are over 25,000 arrests per year in this city with less than 2% of these individuals actually spending a night in jail. We’re talking murder, rape, assault, armed robbery, etc.

. Global warming. It isn’t happening. If you notice scientific reports the sun has significantly lessoned solar flares, this has an impact on warming the earth. Last year three Global warming conferences were cancelled due to snowstorms. Not Global warming, I think its God’s Warning!

I do not know if these things will actually happen. These things do not move me.

Our God is Alive and Well. He is All Powerful; All knowing; All Loving; All Merciful. One of the things He wants to be known as, is Jehovah Jireh – The Lord The Provider. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. The Creator God Who rules the Heavens and the Earth wants to be our Father. Let me ask you this, if you died today, do you fully believe that your ultimate destination will be with God? Well, if you believe that then don’t you think He will take care of us from now till then, from today until He takes us home to be with Him?

We want to look at how our God takes care of His own. 1 Kings 17: 1 – 3 says this,

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