Climate change is a devilish problem for humanity with scary forecasts. It is worse, much worse, than you think. If your anxiety about global warming is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible. Across the US, “500-year” storms pummel communities month after month, and floods displace tens of millions annually.
Parts of the Earth could become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century, distorting nearly every aspect of human life as it is lived today. They expect 200 million climate refugees in the world by 2050.
Like An Inconvenient Truth and Silent Spring before it, The Uninhabitable Earth is both a meditation on the devastation we have brought upon ourselves and an impassioned call to action. The world was brought to the brink of catastrophe within the span of a lifetime.
Because humans are responsible for the problem, they must be capable of undoing at least some of it. It sounds the alarm at a time when immediate action must be taken. The responsibility to avoid it now belongs to a single generation: your generation!
Stimulus and automatic stabilization are still able to place a floor under economic collapse. But they are not able to bring about a return to high growth and full employment. Exercising caution over warning signs is tantamount to complacency.
The book, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming depicts the most horrendous catastrophes that will wreak havoc and death on the earth if the people and nations do not immediately undertake major serious programs to halt global warming – if it is not already too late.
Global warming is wreaking havoc now. In California, wildfires now rage year-round, destroying thousands of homes. Five of the 20 worst fires in California’s history blazed in 2017; the deadliest incinerated the town of Paradise last year. Floods are becoming wetter, droughts drier and hurricanes fiercer. Such calamities mark “the end of normal”, as climate change tips Earth beyond the conditions that allowed humans to evolve in the first place. And that is with barely 1°C of man-made warming since the industrial revolution.
Things will get much worse. The world is on course to become at least 3°C hotter than in pre-industrial times. Even if warming did not exceed 2°C, as stipulated in the Paris climate agreement of 2015, rising seas may engulf $1 trillion-worth of American property.
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life after Warming.
Is the 2017 Hurricane Season worse than usual?
Short answer: Yes. When compared to past Atlantic hurricane seasons, this year is shaping up to be a doozy.with 7 named hurricanes by the end of 2017. That’s twice the pace of a typical season. It may be normal for six storms to develop in a month, but it is “very unusual for two Category 4 and two Category 5 hurricanes to do so. It is also rare (and wildly tragic) for three major hurricanes (Irma, Jose and Maria) to charge through the same area (the northeastern Caribbean) in such a short amount of time (three weeks).
Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane near Rockport, Texas on August 25. Then came Irma, Jose and Maria: all Categories 3 or higher, and all within a month. It would be shocking if we didn’t get at least two more hurricanes. Estimates for this year are putting damage from Harvey and Irma at around $290 billion. The two storms alone are twice as expensive as four in 2005. Coastal counties account for nearly 40 percent of the total U.S. population. As more development occurs in harm’s way, the more likely the damage will grow.
We know there will be more storms—not just more storms forming but more storms threatening” populated areas. The four latest hurricanes hit along similar direction toward landfall all within a month. For the continental United States in the Atlantic Basin, models project a 75 percent increase in the frequency of category 4 and 5 hurricanes
Most people don’t know that God want to heal them:
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. ” 3 John 1:2
Healing is often overlooked today.
Our culture has little place for such experiences. People do not understand the concept of a “divine breakthrough” into our little world. “
If a person does not appear to be healed after prayers, one should not be anxious; the healing minister will have followed exactly what God requires. The healing is done in heaven: these are only delayed healing. God wants us to depend on Him– not a technique.
Man’s most basic need is to know that he is loved. Let us contemplate the important part love has in the healing process. At Lourdes, some people are healed and others are not, but all leave with a sense of peace,convinced that the Holy Spirit has touched them and that God loves them.
When you go to a doctor for healing, you don’t try to justify our asking for help, e.g. Help me because I can be a better parent, a better worker, a better spouse. Yet this is what many people do when they pray for healing from God: they even try to bargain with God:I will do this if only you heal me. These people have a fearful relationship with God.
The real truth is that God is Love and He wants to see you healedwithout your justification. Healing is an ordinary, not an extraordinary sign of God’s mercy and compassion. “But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
Jesus cured not just to prove He was God, but because He was abounding in love. God is more than willing to save and heal all who come to Him with open and contrite hearts. Healing can be a test of faith, but also a natural response to God’s generous love. The minister of healing, who is nothing more than a human channel, says the prayer of healing and then steps aside.
After welcoming the presence of Jesus, and giving Him praise and thanksgiving, we turn to laying of hands, which is biblical: “They will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well“Mark 16:18 Along with a prayer of faith, the value of touching the sick person in any way possible provides a channel, where power is transferred more readily and far, far more effectively. There seems to be a current of healing power that flows from the minister of healing to the sick person. But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.” Luke 8:46
The prayer of healing is more like a prayer of command,“Be healed.”and ” It is done. Thank you, Lord.” The sick person may also wish to ask God’s help during prayers silently: “Come Lord Jesus, Come and heal me”
Those who pray in tongues, turn the prayer over to the Holy Spirit, when they are not sure precisely what to pray for. Even in a foreign country, laying of hands on a head or shoulders, and praying in tongues will suffice, when you do not know the language.
The most powerful time for healing is immediately after the Eucharistic Celebration.This is a time when Jesus Christ is most especially with us.
A FAITH PRAYER
The person delivered and healed must continue to thank Godfor the spiritual healing every day until the total deliverance and healinghas taken place and to thank Him whenever he or she thinks about it (a minimum of once a day) by a FAITH breath prayer until the healing takes place; it is only 12 words:
LORD JESUS, I PRAISE YOU AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR HEALING.
Thanking God, before the healing happens, strengthens your faith.
GOD HAS ALREADY ANSWERED OUR PRAYER
Our problem is that we terribly under-estimate the incredibly magnificent thing He has done in sending the Lord Jesus to us. He has sent Jesus, and given us the authority to use that Name, the Name above all Names, as our infallible weapon against sickness and torment.
Jesus never refused healing to anyone. All who came to Him were healed, without exception. None were told to come back later after they had “suffered for God” or “learned a lesson.”
OUR FEAR OF MAN
We are also positioned“far above” all other authority in the Universe, including Satan. Everything under God is also “in subjection under our feet” Ephesians 1:22. God knows it, Satan knows it, the unclean spirits know it and tremble James. 2:19, but we apparently don’t believe it. And so the tragedy is that we cower as Satan “prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”1 Peter 5:8
We don’t do what Jesus did because, frankly, we really don’t believe what He said, and we’re way too timid to give it a try. We are comfortable with Christianity. We are not comfortable with Jesus. In fact, He apparently embarrasses us.
Unfortunately, we have a slight problem. Frankly, it’s just too embarrassing to lay hands on people, to speak healing out loud with conviction, and to cast the denizens of hell back to the pit from which they emerged to afflict us. Someone might laugh at us. After all, we are respectable people.
FAITH IS THE FINAL INGREDIENT.
The key to the gifts of healing is one’s faith. People’s persistence proves their faithfulness. They believe that God has the answer to all their prayers. Persistent prayer is answeredbecause those who believe actually expect to be healed by God, so they continually ask until they receive.
So here it is again, that most important prayer that should come second nature to you:” Lord Jesus, I love You; I believe in You; I trust You. In the beginning you will need memory pegs to remind you to use this prayer, such as when you first enter your car.
God divinely inspired the BIBLE . How do we know?Each of eight accurate predictions show a high probability mathematically. The probability of one individual fulfilling eight prophecies have odds of 1 in 10 17(1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000). Jesus Christ fulfilled all prophecies, therefore the Bible MUST BE TRUE.
The Old Testament indicates another 40 astonishing predictions.
Christianity experiences stunning growth—from approximately 3.8 million adherents in China in 1956 to an estimated 87 to 100 million Christians today.
In the end, one Christian conversion will benefit the whole family. The gifts of the Holy Spirit of healing and deliverance will help the whole family. A prayer of deliverance of evil spirits will leave any member of the family with a complete sense of peace immediately. A prayer of healing from a Christian disciple produces 80% healing. The remaining healing comes from continued prayer of praise and thanksgiving until all the healing is complete. This healing comes from the Holy Spirit through the power in the Name of Jesus Christ. No other god or deity or doctor uses this power. This proves the TRUTH OF CHRISTIANITY.
BILLIONS OF CHRISTIANS CAN’ T ALL BE WRONG!
Christianity is not a philosophy, but it is a relationship with God, your Creator, in Christ TODAY. It is not knowledge of abstract principles. How do we know this? Healing takes place TODAY in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Many Christian disciples use the gift of healing. They also use deliverance to deliver away evil spirits influencing people. These evil spirits cause depression, addictions and illness through all forms of stress. Only the Name of Jesus Christ makes healing and deliverance possible.
Jesus is alive today!He heals today (through His followers) and in many cases it is realized immediately. How else can you explain the explosion of Christianity, the world’s largest religion, on earth: 2.2 billion adherents, nearly a third (31 percent) of all 6.9 billion people on Earth.
Christians know and feel His Presence; they communicate with Him personally; Christian prayers are always answered.
This author has been given the Gift of Healing only because he is a Christian Lay Missionary, who travels two to three places every year. On his last trip to Columbia he successfully transferred his Gift to his Spanish translators, who were able to heal as he did. He has healed Muslims to their great surprise.
He also delivers away evil spirits along with their healing. All those who are delivered from evil spirits feel a complete physical sense of peace.
DREAMS AND VISIONS
God can give a message to those non-Christians to change their heart. God knows faith will be developed eventually. God will come to you in the form of dreams or visions. So be sensitive to any dreams or visions,when you ask God for it earnestly.
Who is This Jesus? How Reliable is the Information about Christ?, and Can a Dead Man Come Back to Life?
Lee Strobel is a famous atheist who turned Christian when working for the Chicago Tribune. He sought to disprove God and discredit Christianity, and yet his journey brought him to faith. Yes, Strobel became a Christian while writing The Case for Christ.
This book demonstrates that Christianity is not just another religion to choose from, but a belief based on facts, history, and logic.
I believe anyone with doubts about Jesus Christ will view Him differently after reading his book. The Christian layperson will also benefit by learning answers to support her beliefs.
“You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.” 1 Peter 3:15-16
Strobel defends the historical reliability of the New Testament. He considers: (a) the eyewitness evidence, (b) documentary evidence, (c) corroborating evidence,
When people begin religious movements, it’s often not until many generations later that people record things about them” For almost a century Christianity went unnoticed by most men and women in the Roman Empire. Non-Christians saw the Christian community as a tiny, peculiar, antisocial, sect of the lower strata of society
The books of the New Testament originally existed only as oral tradition. The disciples lived in an “oral culture, in which there was great emphasis placed on memorization”
The four gospels were in fact written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and therefore the canonical gospels are eyewitness testimony. This fact is confirmed by Papias (writing circa CE 125) and Irenaeus (writing circa 180); the authorship of the gospels was never in doubt among early Christians. If this claim were false, hostile witnesses would have happily shouted that fact from the mountaintops.
We have far more ancient copies of the New Testament than we have of, say, Homer’s Iliador Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome.
The early church adopted three criteria in evaluating documents for inclusion in the New Testament:
(i) Was the book written by an apostle or by a follower of an apostle? (ii) Did the book conform to what Christians already believed? (iii) Had the book been continuously accepted and used by the church at large?
These criteria may have been “loaded from the outset, like dice that are weighted so they yield the result that was desired all along” Does that not speak of the direction from the Holy Spirit.
God has commanded us to not change His Word. As He is the author, He holds the eternal copyright. He allows us, nay, commands us, to copy and spread His Word to the entire world. However, He strictly forbids the addition or removal of anything from His Word.
“Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” Deuteronomy 4:2
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.” Revelation 22:18, 19
AGNOSTIC: a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God or of anything beyond material phenomena; a person who claims neither faith nor disbelief in God.
AS TO THE GODS, I HAVE NO MEANS OF KNOWING EITHER THAT THEY EXIST OR DO NOT EXIST.• PROTAGORAS 410BC
Are there NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE in which an agnostic encountered God?
Dr. Atwater is an international authority on near- death states as well as a person who experienced near death. She is one of the original researchers in the field of near-death studies, having begun her work in 1978. More than 3,000 people are registered at her discussion form site, and we understand that they have one of the largest databases on near death experiencesin the world.
Where arguments arise amongst various people and groups is over the interpretation of that light and any form it make take, and how to regard it.
Scientists say it is endorphins; Muslims say it is fantasy; religious fundamentalists of any “stripe” say it is Satan (Lucifer). People of faith say it is either of God or of emissaries from God.
The spiritual images began to ooze large quantities of olive oil. Other secular pictures on the wall like diplomas were not affected. Many sick people were healed by the application of this heavenly oil. The most prolific source of this oil comes from the above statue of Christ on a cross. Notice the small pail at the bottom of His feet.
The pictures on the wall bear a multitude of holy patterns that look like Jesus’ face and other such things when you look closely. An example: a rose petal with an image of Jesus on it fell right on her. The petal is encased in glass and featured on postcards she gives out.
They have a daughter with Down’s Syndrome. Maureen says people report to having holy visions of the girl. They make miraculous recoveries from grave illness after witnessing this vision.
They welcome bus loads of visitors from the United States and Canada and give away vials of the heavenly oil. They accept no donations.
The Marollys, a devout Catholic couple from Pakistan live in a home in the West Island full of statues which get inexplicably covered in oil all day long. The thick, clear oil descends off the figures in such quantities that they require a small drain pipe to catch the viscous fluid into a glass jug at the end of the coffee table. Scientifically, it is true olive oil. The drain pipe is affixed to the coffee table that holds many statuettes that each ooze oil.
There are those holy people who also have a holy chapel in their home. These holy people trade their statuettes with those “sweating” statuettes on the large coffee table. The traded statuettes continue to sweat in their new holy environment.
Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to mind anyone whom you need to forgive. Respond to His prompting and specifically name each person. Remember, the ones that you find hardest to forgive are the ones you most need to forgive. You can use these words:
I forgive all who have harmed me or wronged me in the past. In particular, I forgive (name those who you need to forgive). It is done in heaven.
Forgiveness is a decision. It is not an emotion. Yet, psychologically, you may still find it difficult to forgive someone who really harmed you. This is when you take it upon yourself to pray a short prayer for that person including the above prayer every day for ten days. It will also be done in your mind.
Why is the important? God offers to forgive your ten million dollar debt to Him if you forgive a ten thousand dollar debt for someone is owed you. If you persist in holding on to this debt, God will hold onto yours. It becomes merely enlightened self-interest.
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
BLESSING AND CURSES Derek Prince
The root cause of unforgiveness is bitterness and hatred towards the person who has offended us.
We still feel our desire to make a positive difference to others (because of our capacity for empathy and conscience) even if we don’t acknowledge or act on it. Similarly, we still feel a desire for the transcendent and spiritual (because of the five transcendental desires and our awareness of the spiritual) even if we refuse to believe in the transcendent.
These unfulfilled desires have a curious consequence—they make us feel empty.
We not only miss the satisfactions of contribution, love, transcendence, and spiritual life, but our self-consciousness comprehends that we are only fulfilling part of ourselves. “Existential emptiness” refers to this complex of self-alienation and self-negation.
Thus, if we are to overcome dominant Level One and Level Two identity, we will have to replace it with dominant Level Three and Level Four identity.
Many of us will try to block it out by increasing our pursuit of Level One and Level Two desires. “If two scotches won’t make me feel better, perhaps five will.” “I feel a sudden need to have another twenty pairs of shoes and three Armani purses.” I am going to take a big risk and leave the town in which my family is most comfortable, to take an even more prestigious job.”
They truly manifest Augustine’s recognition of his own journey to God—“Our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee.”
The need to cover over our sense of emptiness, guilt, and tragedy becomes more and more acute, and we take greater risks—more alcohol, more drugs, more base pursuits on the Internet, more ego highs, more accumulation of possessions, more exaggerated claims about accomplishments, and even ethically questionable behaviors to keep the upward momentum going.
This leads to either the positive one (to move toward dominant Levels Three and Four) or the truly negative one (sinking into a sea of emptiness, depression, and despair).
What happens if we take the “low road”? It manifests itself somewhat gradually. We find ourselves wanting to sleep more, watch more television, play more games on the Internet, spend more time at the club, and so forth. We always have a justification for this: “Sleep is restorative.” “That movie is a real classic, and by watching it for the fifth time it will really give me a new perspective on life.” “The Internet games are helping my mental agility.”
The depression is turning into despair, and if it is not treated, it could become tragic.
ESCAPING YOUR PERSONAL HELL
We will look at “Level Three replacement therapy”
Some people will feel more naturally inclined to pursue Level Three methods first, and then Level Four, while others (like myself) are more naturally inclined to pursue Level Four methods first, and then back into Level Three methods. I would submit that both Level Three and Level Four are essential for moving out of a dominant Level One-Two identity.
Alternatively, if Level Four is unaccompanied by Level Three, then it can lead to a superficial faith that does not seek to make a contribution to people, the common good, and the culture—it is a faith without charitable love (agapē). Moreover, Level Three contribution and love reinforces Level Four faith, while the grace of Level Four faith reinforces Level Three contribution and love.
Our dominant view of happiness determines what we are looking for, and this in turn determines what we are living for (our life’s purpose), and when we live for a particular purpose long enough, it becomes our identity (the definition we give to ourselves).
It is important to find a path to Levels Three and Four before they hit “rock bottom”.
Linda Sabbath, a mystic, heard ten thousand bells in her head and sounds like the swooshing of ten thousand feathers about her. She knew that there were angels nearby. These angels were translucent, rose-colored, and blasted her with powerful perfumes. They said nothing to her in words; they just hovered above. They were enormous, almost as big as a church nearby.
There is a world out there, of such luminous power and mystery that she had rarely described. It is a world where angels sing praises to their Maker day and night. Yet,”singing” and “praising” don’t begin to describe what they do. Nor does dance or flying or play. What they do is beyond any of these actions, beyond love, beyond life, beyond time, space, or any category that we use to describe our finite world.
These angels are present in our homes, our buildings, and intertwine us as intimately as the air. Yet, we go about our business, living as in a dark cave, unaware of angels and their works all around us.
THE STORY OF ONE ANGEL
A handsome stranger sat at the edge of the deep end of the apartment swimming pool where I was swimming. I found it unusual for someone to be sitting in that particular location.
I lifted myself up beside him and we began to chat. In a very short period of time, he asked all the right questions: What type of work was I doing? Was I happy in this work? He had a ready solution to my unhappy work situation. He revealed to me that they were interviewing for teachers in the following weekend.
To verify this new information, I discovered a nondescript advertisement buried in the middle of the local newspaper. Most people would have missed this ad. Sure enough, they were interviewing for high school teachers.
Thus began by life long career that began with the direction of what I can only describe as an angel and an answer to our prayers.
“An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him.” Luke 22:43
That is exactly what happened as a result of being directed by an angel.
THE THREE GUARDIAN ANGELS
“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14
Michael O’Brien is a popular Christian novelist, who has published many books. In his biography, “On the Edge of Infinity”, page 63, he described what happened to him when he was about to make a drastic mistake by crossing on river ice that was very dangerous. He had been successful in crossing the first time, but on his return, the conditions of the ice changed drastically and he was too tired to notice the difference.
He had just reached the edge of the river, when a car came along the road and stopped beside him. Inside the car were three young men, in their twenties, who asked “Where are you going?” Come with us and we will drive you to the bridge.”
To Michael the car seemed to come from nowhere and the three men looked unusual. They were all unusually handsome and their faces were flawless. Their mannerisms were full of politeness and open-hearted goodness. One of them addressed Michael by name, which was by itself surprising. It appeared that God had arranged to come to his rescue at exactly the right time.
A WHOLE BOY SCOUT TROOP OF ANGELS?
“He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” Psalm 91:11
Before we had a family, my wife, Luba, who was pregnant at the time, and myself were touring the Whiteface Mountain in Northern New York. We drove an old 1951 Kaiser that did not have functioning emergency brakes. They were never needed on flat prairie land where we grew up.Continue reading ANGELS: GOD’S QUICK RESPONSE→
Most Christians would miss their relationship with Jesusif they joined the Mormon Church. Jesus is the One who heals: there would be no more healing!Jesus is the One who delivers away evil spirits. There would be no more deliverance!
“Mormons say in their presentation that Jesus is our “eldest brother.” Christians believe that Jesus is our Lord and God and that He is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father. Mormons believe, in contrast, that the Father created Jesus and so they don’t pray to Jesus.
Paul can ask Christ to comfort us, then why shouldn’t we pray to Jesus? Why would I join a Church that discourages praying to the eternal, all-powerful, and one and only Son of God? John 1:18
Paul said, “May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father . . . comfort your hearts and strengthen them in every good work and word,”2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Differences between Christianity and Mormonism
Christians and Mormons use the same words such as grace, faith, God and sin; they mean very different things by them. For example, as it pertains to faith, Alma 32:17 says, “Yea, there are many who do say: If thou wilt show unto us a sign from heaven, then we shall know of a surety; then we shall believe. Now I ask, is this faith? “Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.”1 Corinthians 8:2 In other words, faith involves believing something we do not know. If we knew it, there would be no need for faith.