And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”’ Revelation 5:9-10

July 23, 2020

Dear friends,

So much has happened since I last wrote at Easter. In just over 4 months our world seems to have turned upside down. Who would have dreamed that masks would become a thing of style and/or division? Who would have thought that churches would be ordered to not sing? Who would have guessed that things would NOT have gone back to what we thought was ‘normal’ by now? Who would have thought that after the first retreat we had in February, all 6 of the remaining retreats we had scheduled for the year would be canceled?

There is so much on my mind…breathe…ok, I’ll jump right in. Tod and I firmly believe we are in a battle unlike anything we have seen before. We believe we are in the last days. As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be. For in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah boarded the ark.’ Matthew 24:37-38. What could the people of Noah’s day have been doing that would cause the God of love to wipe out everyone but Noah’s family? I think if we look at our society today we can imagine the kinds of things they were doing! I feel like nearly every day I see something that is worse than what I saw the day before and I wonder how long God’s patience will be tested? Today on Parler someone shared a cartoon from Cartoon Network showing three dark figures standing at tables torturing an infant – on CARTOON NETWORK!!!

As the leaders of The King’s Daughters, we have been praying about our response to what’s happening.

Last week my mom showed me something written by Amy Carmichael. I had read a similar thing years ago by Keith Green. Basically, while people in the world are blindly dropping off a cliff to their deaths, we Christians are at the edge looking the other way. Amy’s version had us making daisy chains, in Keith’s version we were enjoying a meal, listening to a nice orchestra. While people were dying.

We believe the enemy is trying his best to distract us with a pandemic, riots, and whatever else he can. Remember, the enemy ‘comes only to steal and to kill and to destroy.’ John 10:10. Isn’t that what we’re seeing? And division! Who would have thought we could be so divided over masks, opening business, how we do church, or should we send our children to school in the fall? Don’t you agree there has to be much more to the story than just what the mainstream news is telling us? Even they seem to change their minds so quickly, depending on what their orders are.

Which leads me to the battle. Our freedoms are being taken away by people in high places who want to retain their authority over us. For the good of all, we have complied – masks, social distancing, closing businesses. But not all businesses. Planned Parenthood can be open. And if people are ‘peacefully protesting’ by looting, burning, and killing, it’s ok to not social distance. How did all these new words and terms even enter our vocabulary??

For those of you who know her, my mom is also very concerned about where our country is headed. She remembers WWII and how Christians were afraid to stand up as they saw their rights and the Jews being taken away in Europe. We say, ‘Remember the Holocaust’, but we have forgotten. History is being repeated right here where we live.

I saw a post on Facebook that says, “They should start reporting the number of kids that go missing every day the way they report covid numbers.” Someone commented they should also post numbers of abortions. The missing children and the abortions should be much scarier to us than this virus.

Our freedoms are being taken away while sin is multiplying. Brothers and sisters, dear friends, I write this in love and with an aching heart. I believe we need to draw a line in the sand. We need to say, ‘NO MORE!’ These babies and children need us to speak for them. The freedoms we have enjoyed in our country will be no more if we do nothing.

 The second part of John 10:10 says, ‘I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.’ That’s the heart of our Father. He never meant the world to be as we see it now. That’s why Jesus was willing to die for us, so we could have a relationship with God.

I want to leave you with a challenge. I may have written some things that disturbed you, but I challenge you to do your own research. Do not take my word for any of this – check out the FACTS yourself, but make sure they are from reputable sources.

Then decide where your line will be drawn. How many freedoms are you willing to give up? Are you willing to turn away while children are being taken from us? Are you willing to go to a cashless society? A one-world government? Will you take the mark of the beast? Where is your line?

I’m not meaning to be hurtful or judgmental, I merely want to challenge you. And to encourage you to wear the armor God has given us. And PRAY!

We love you and we pray together with you for discernment for the whole body of Christ,

Karin and Tod

Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

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