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Profile of Evil

Sin is sin!

Pornography, rape, sex trafficking, domestic violence, pedophilia, slavery. Abusers come in all social economic groups, both male and female, rich and poor, all ethnic groups, all ages, all sexual orientations and religions; they can be whatever you want them to be so that they get what they want. They can be charming, they can be funny, they can be intelligent, they can be talented, they can make you believe that they are hard-working, they can make you believe that they are not into drugs or alcohol or sex. They are controlling, they are master manipulators, they are deceptive and crafty, although they make you believe that they care for you, they only look out and care about themselves.

When a society becomes so perverted, so evil, so hard-hearted, that they can kill their own children and then later brag about it, you know we have fallen far from God’s grace into the pit of hell.

At times they can be kind, you think they love you. Actually, you long to be loved so badly that you see hope, love and kindness where there really isn’t any. They will call you horrible names one minute and then the next tell you how sorry they are, just to draw you back in.

They can be a lawyer, a doctor, a banker, a farmer, a factory worker or even a family member (mother, father or siblings), or a trusted friend or can even be the President of a country, a corporation or a non-profit, someone so important that it never crossed your mind that he would abuse you in any way. He may call himself a Christian and use Scripture against you or he may be an atheist and ridicule you for your beliefs.

When they cannot control you or don’t like what you’ve done, they will call you horrific names, they will hit you, push you, choke you and the list goes on and on.

These sins can often go from generation to generation. It seems that the father teaches his son how to keep their victim in control. The girls learn that their daddy treats their mother a certain way and it must be acceptable so they end up in an abusive relationship too.

This abuse (of all kinds) can go far beyond bruises, scars and broken bones; it can go into the heart and mind of the victim. Those are the scars you don’t see. The victim goes into a survival mode and people around them will blame them for what is happening. The mind games are almost unreal! People looking on cannot even comprehend this sort of abuse because it doesn’t seem logical. The abuser beats the victim down when they try to use logic, there is always something wrong with the victim and soon the victim believes those lies.

Now imagine that you are married and your husband is stand-offish. Where he once made you feel loved, you now feel useless, a nothing in his eyes.

Has he taken on a new love? A mistress? Or is it beyond understanding as he sneaks away into the dark to get on his computer or phone to watch pornography.

Or perhaps you don’t suspect a thing and walk into a room where he is watching TV and, there he is, masturbating. The shock you feel! The betrayal! Unbelief and then wondering what you have done wrong that he would do this? And when you gain your voice and ask “what are you doing?” (Really, you see it, you know but you can’t believe it!) And the first thing to come out of his mouth is blaming you for not fulfilling his ”needs”. Blaming you! Can you imagine?

In disbelief we can only go to God and His Word for comfort.

“When the woman saw the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” (Gen 3:6) Understand that as early as Adam and Eve, God intended for the man to be the woman’s spiritual covering, to protect her, to provide for her and to always be there for her. As we can see, Adam failed miserably. And realizing they were naked, they made some coverings out of leaves.

In walks God, coming to commune with His creation. Why do you suppose God asks, “Where are you?” God not only knew where they were but He knew what they had done. He asked this question to give Adam (and Eve) a chance to repent. To fall before God in humility and ask God to forgive them.

But instead, Adam starts making excuses but in the excuses, he admits that he’s naked. Leading God to ask the second question, “Who told you that you were naked?”

And immediately the man said, “The woman You put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

So, the man blames the wife God has given him and the woman blames the serpent. No one takes responsibility for their behavior and they really are blaming God and, it seems that Adam forgets that God had told him “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.”

Adam was given a helpmate, they were in perfect unity, walking in integrity in serving God. But as it was with the first couple, we today don’t seem to stay satisfied for long—this is unless we keep our eyes and heart on Him who created us. Husband and wife, both are always vulnerable to satan’s tactics of leading us into sin.

Sin is painful among families. Sin is deceptive. Search your heart and mind to check yourself. All sin seems to start out so simple, so innocent but sin is sin. It separates us from God.

Find help if you are in the midst of such deviant behavior. If you are the victim of someone in your household taking you down to the pit, find someone to help you. It’s a slippery road, look for stability in Jesus Christ alone.

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I am starting the read the minor prophets after just finishing Jeremiah and Ezekiel. If you have some interest in history, then these books will perk up your attention for it seems that it could have been written for todays world.

Anyone who says the Bible is not for today, has never read it!

We see that both Jeremiah and Ezekiel warned the Israelites over and over to turn from their sin and turn to God in repentance. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) So the message throughout the Bible remains the same…confess our sins, turn away from our sins, and He is there waiting with open arms.

We are reminded that God sometimes compares our behavior to adultery against Him (see Eze 16:17). “Not only did you walk in their ways and do according to their abominations; within a very little time you were more corrupt than they in all your ways.” (Eze 16:17) Think about it, have we as a nation, become more corrupt than Sodom? Pride, excess of food and prosperous ease? Just how corrupt do things have to get before we will wake up?

Because of such behavior, “He controls the course of world events; He removes kings and sets up other kings.” (Dan 2:21a) He allows suffering and pain to draw us closer to Him. He allows suffering and pain to strengthen us. The choice is ours but often we do not take responsibility but rather blame others or even blame God Himself. Daniel 11:35 reminds us, “some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.”

For months now, I have heard many Christians make proclamation after proclamation that God won’t allow “His own” to go through these hard times. But I ask you, didn’t He let His own go to Babylon? They were to “build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage; that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there and do not decrease.” (Jere 29: 5-6) Why did the Israelites have to go through the exile? Because of their sin, of not repenting, of doing their own thing, of not obeying the Word of the Lord. Oftentimes, there is a lesson to learn when we read Scripture and see this kind of punishment.

What lesson is God trying to teach us today? I see people quote this Scripture, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isa 5:20) It’s one thing to quote Scripture, it’s quite another thing to start living it out. That’s what God expected out of the Israelites and that is exactly what He expects out of each person who calls themselves a Christian or a Christ follower.

What exactly does this look like? He calls each of us to different tasks but one thing is for sure, whatever He calls us to will not be against His Word. Too many churches today are trying to draw in people by acting like the world…with their music, lack of Scripture reading, lack of Biblical preaching and lack of challenges to live a different life than what the world is living.

He calls His own to obedience—obedience to His Word. You won’t know what that obedience looks like unless you are reading the Bible. As you are reading the Bible, He, through the Holy Spirit, will prick your heart and you will know that what you’ve read is not only for you but that you are to obey those words. “Faithful Promises of God” can help you understand what you are reading and how to apply it in your life.

My newest book, “Faithful Journey to Serve”, just came out recently. As a memoir, it is filled with story after story of my missionary trips to Russia and Tobago. Read biographies about famous Chrisitians, it will further your insight in serving God. If anyone is interested in getting the latest book, they can contact me through email ( or facebook. I am also available do a book signing at your church or library; during which time, I will tell a few stories that aren’t in the book.

God Bless you!

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Four years ago, I moved to where I live now. I had determined that I didn’t want to own a pet but I put my application in at the Animal Shelter to volunteer walking the dogs.

That went well for about two months when I was informed that the Shelter had gotten a female in that was pregnant, and she had private accommodations in the back. The time before that, I had walked a white dog, smaller male. I found out that Sutton had been brought in with a female that was pregnant, Sugar. They were purebred West Highland White Terriers and their owner had gone into a nursing home. The sad part is that this owner had used these two dogs for breeding purposes and it is estimated that whenever Sugar went into heat, she was bred. She was five years old and had lived in a kennel, not even potty trained.

I asked to go to the back to see this female and perhaps walk her. Of course, she had not really walked on a leash nor been outside so she was rather frightened by the experience. But I was hooked! I knew I wanted to adopt this sweet girl when she was ready. So, I went to the Shelter several times a week just to be with Sugar and to start teaching her how to live a spoiled doggie life.

On October 25, 2019, I got a text saying that Sugar was having her babies. I spent much of the day at the Shelter with Sugar and her four babies. I went to the Shelter often after that so I could walk Sugar and love on her (and the puppies). A couple weeks later, the Shelter asked if I wanted to foster Sugar and her babies.

Before I knew it, they were headed to my house and I started the fostering process. I knew so little about what was available so we had the kennel that the Shelter provided and food. Even though it was winter, each time I took Sugar out to potty, I also took the puppies out and they loved the snow. Before many days, they starting “doing their business” outside. They were four little balls of fur, so fun to just sit on the floor and enjoy.

All too soon, the puppies were eight weeks old and went back to the Shelter. I kept Sugar while she dried up and really got used to life in a house and not in a kennel. One of the first things I started was her sleeping with me. She wasn’t too sure about sleeping with a human but yet, she didn’t act like she wanted to go back to the kennel. Each morning, I would give a little massage—down her back, turn over and rub her tummy and massaged each leg and foot.

I must admit that Sugar was not too sure about this routine and remained quite stiff during the process for well over a year. Also, she slept down at the foot of the bed.

She learned to walk on a leash, enjoy good (homemade) food, going for rides in her doggie car seat and being included in family get togethers. She was a part of the family.

About a year later, Sugar and I fostered a hospice dog that was sweet and gentle and lived with us for fifteen days before the tumor got the best of her. That was hard! When I took all her things back to the Shelter, they said, “we might be getting some dachshund-mixed puppies”. I have always loved dachshunds so told them I would be interested in a puppy.

When these puppies came in, I got another email and made arrangements for Sugar and I to go in and meet them. That’s when we met Roxi (we named her), had a meet and greet, she got along with Sugar and Sugar thought she had another pup. Roxi was playful; Sugar didn’t know how to play. Roxi loved treats; Sugar had not been interested in treats.

Sugar learned how to play, to have zoomies, to enjoy treats, to want to get that morning massage and most surprising, she began to voice her opinion. I will never forget the first time that she stood at the foot of my chair and “ruff, ruff, rrruufff!” I even look at her and said, “you are talking?” She wanted to eat, she wanted more water, or she wanted to go out in the yard. In the yard she learned to chase birds, butterflies, play with a toad and yes, play with Roxi. Sugar would chase Roxi. Roxi would chase Sugar.

Sugar was happy! Roxi was happy! Oh, we did end up getting two sisters—Maltese. We were a happy family of a mama and four girlies! Last October, one of the sisters passed. Oh, how I cried and Sugar kept trying to get her up. Sugar was still being the mommy.

Life was good for the girlies, Sugar still ran the show but they all had fun together. Sugar was also warm so she didn’t cuddle when we sat on the couch, she had her own spot at the other end so it surprised me this past weekend when she crawled into my lap and laid there. I love being able to love on her that short time and she so enjoyed it.

Sunday night I put each girl into their kennel for bed. Once in a while Sugar did sleep with me but they needed some space at night. At around 11, someone woke me up. I wasn’t sure which girl but I let everyone out and they went out back to potty. They came back in, got a treat and I let them just sleep wherever they wanted (we don’t always follow a routine in our house). I heard nothing more that night.

Monday morning, I came out into the kitchen area and was shocked! Someone (I didn’t know who yet) had been vomiting mucus, peeing and some poop. I quickly headed all three girls outside to enjoy fresh air while I cleaned up the mess. When I called them back in, Roxi and Keeley came in but Sugar was no where to be found. I looked all around the yard from the back step and could not see her. I started walking the yard and found Sugar lying down in one of the flowerbeds, hidden. I picked her up and carried her to the house at that point, thinking she was sick.

She came in, sort of stared at nothing, smelled the water dish but didn’t drink. I fed everyone…Sugar smelled the food and walked away.

I still didn’t realize how serious the situation was. Sugar went out again a bit later and did the same thing she had done earlier. This time Roxi went over to her and then ran a zoomies circle (which was always the beginning of them playing). Nothing. Roxi tried a couple of more times, still nothing. I carried Sugar into the house.

I called the vet and talked to them. There would be no vet in the office until late this afternoon so I made an appointment.

I prayed over Sugar and ask the Lord to heal whatever the problem was. I was also so thankful that the Lord had brought the girls into my life but I didn’t ever want me to make them an idol. They were important to me but Jesus is number one!

Interestingly, both Roxi and Keeley, would come up and smell Sugar and just go lay down. They were unusually quiet. It was somewhere around 10 a.m. that I finally realized that this was more serious than just being sick.

I got a rug out and put Sugar on the rug so she was more comfortable. She was on her side so I got down on the floor behind her and held her, I told her how much I loved her and how much she had changed my life for the better (it was less about myself and more about others). I finally prayed, “Lord, if it is Sugar’s time to come be with You, then take her quickly and don’t let her suffer. If she is to be healed, again do it quickly.” And I cried!

Her breathing started to change. At 11:15 she closed her eyes…I knew but it was hard to accept. After all, Sugar played in the backyard yesterday, she chased birds, and she ate a good supper last night. I started reflecting to the first summer I had Sugar. I had gotten a few chickens that were kept in a chicken tractor. Every so often they would get out and Sugar was the best chicken catcher…quick with a soft bite. Just a few weeks ago she and Roxi caught a rabbit in the backyard.

That last deep breath came and I knew—I cried! As I looked at her sweet face, she smiled and had two final quiet “arf…arf” and then one last big breath. Sugar was in heaven. A friend reminded me later that she was with Biscuit. Yes, she blessed me with her sweetness! I am thankful that our Heavenly Father allowed me to be a part of Sugar’s life.

Yes, I am crying…but I think it is important to tell Sugar’s story. A dog used for one purpose for the first five years of her life…she was used and in my mind abused! But her final four years of life she blessed not only me but all those she came into contact with.

Everything in this life is given to us by our Heavenly Father, be thankful! Never hold too tight and always keep Him first and foremost in your heart! Be appreciative for not only our furbabies but be thankful for each person that God has put into your life, they are there for a purpose! Seek them out, love on them! And please know that I am so thankful for each one of you!

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