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The secret of calm
and peace and rest
and patience and
faith and love is
resting in the
Lord—getting calm
before the Lord and
praising and
seeking Him first.
An oyster on the ocean with a shiny, smooth covering. Then you impart
floor opened wide its shell. Year after year the oyster this same spirit, or
As its valves flushed seawater added more layers, until at last atmosphere, to
through, the oyster picked out it had produced a beautiful, others.
minute particles of food. lustrous pearl of great value. —D. B. B.
Suddenly a large fish 
nearby stirred up a cloud of Our problems are like that
sand and silt with a flip of its grain of sand. They bother Peace is not the
tail. Sand! Oh, how the oyster us, and sometimes we wonder absence of conflict,
disliked sand! It was so rough why we have to suffer the but the presence of
that it made life very unpleas- irritation and inconvenience God no matter what
ant for the oyster whenever they can be. But God will the conflict.
any got inside its shell. work wonders with our
Quickly the oyster problems and weaknesses, if
slammed its shell shut, but it we will let Him. We become The Lord said, “My
was too late. One hard, gritty more humble, more prayerful, yoke is easy and My
grain of sand had gotten in closer to the Lord, wiser and burden is light,” but
and become lodged between better able to cope with other there’s one condi-
the oyster’s flesh and shell. problems that come our way. tion to it—“come
How that piece of sand Like blessings in disguise, the unto Me!”
bothered the oyster! But Lord soon takes the rough —D. B. B.
almost immediately, special pieces of sand in our life and
glands God had given the turns them into precious
oyster for coating the inside pearls of inner strength, and
of its shell went to work, coat- they become an inspiration to
ing the irritating grain of sand others.

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Pressured? by maria david

two time-tested steps

for shedding stress

W hen it seems there

is much more to be done
counter that feeling is prob-
ably one of the most impor-
than there is time to do it, tant work habits we could
it’s easy to get under pres- build—and the very best
sure. We think we’re not way to do that is to ask the
getting enough done or are Lord for help.
not getting it done quickly First, we need to ask
enough, so we push our- Jesus to help us see the
selves harder. But the fact early warning signs, and
of the matter is that when second, we need to learn to
we do that, we usually wind give our worries and cares
up being less effective and to Him and trust Him to do
getting even less done. the work through us, His
Stress hinders us in a way and in His time.
number of ways: It puts It is possible to be very
extra strain on our nervous busy and have a whole lot
system, which diminishes to do without feeling under
our mental capacities. It pressure; the secret is to
causes us to try to go cast our cares on the Lord.
too fast, so we’re not as “Casting all your care upon
careful and prayerful as we Him, for He cares for you”
should be and are therefore (1 Peter 5:7).
more likely to make mis- How is this done? The
takes. It squelches inspira- Bible explains: “Don’t
tion. It makes us irritable worry about anything.
and harder for others to Instead, pray about every-
work with. It can really take thing; tell God your needs,
the joy out of life! Allowing and don’t forget to thank
ourselves to get under pres- Him for His answers. If
sure is counterproductive you do this, you will exper-
in every way. ience God’s peace, which
is far more wonderful than
Pressure?—Or peace? the human mind can under-
Learning to rec- stand. His peace will keep
ognize when we’re your thoughts and your
starting to get under hearts quiet and at rest as
pressure and then you trust in Christ Jesus”
taking positive steps to (Philippians 4:6–7 TLB).

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First things first
Pressure is the enemy! That’s especially true for

t i mt ae k e
Christians, because when we feel under pressure, the
first thing to get crowded out of our schedule is
often the very thing we need most—our time with
the Lord. I got up early one morning
You could be the most organized person in the And rushed right into the day.
world, but if you neglect your time with the Lord, I had so much to accomplish
your spirit will suffer. Personal happiness and ful-
That I didn’t have time to pray.
fillment, successful relations with others, productiv-
ity, and everything else that really matters in life all
depend on your keeping your connection with the Troubles just tumbled about me,
Lord strong, getting spiritually nourished from His And heavier came each task.
Word, being refreshed and refilled by His Spirit, and “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered.
taking time to love and be loved by Him. He answered, “You didn’t ask.”
To get the Lord’s perfect peace, you have to take
time with the Lord. To take time with Him, you have I tried to come into God’s presence.
to trust that whatever urgent work you have is in His I used all my keys at the lock.
hands and under His control. To trust Him, you have God gently and lovingly chided,
to understand and embrace the wonderful truth that “Why, child, you didn’t knock.”
He loves you so much He wants to help you with
every aspect of your life.
He is concerned about you and your happiness. I wanted to see joy and beauty,
He wants to be involved. He wants to help you with But the day toiled on, gray and bleak.
your workload, and He will help you as much as you I called on the Lord for the reason—
let Him. He will lighten your load incredibly if you’ll He said, “You didn’t seek.”
just ask Him.
So when you begin to feel under pressure, the I woke up early this morning,
smartest thing you can do is stop and ask the Lord And paused before entering the day.
for help. He wants you to bring your problems to I had so much to accomplish
Him, and if you will, He will soothe your ruffled That I had to take time to pray.
nerves, calm your mind, and show you what to do. —AUTHOR UNKNOWN
Taking that time to pray and commit your work

p rtaoy .
to the Lord is the best way in the world to alleviate
pressure. It’s like opening the pressure valve of your
spirit. If you don’t take that time with Him, the pres-
sure continues to mount.

Jesus has all the answers!

Of course, it’s also important to pray and ask the brightening the lives of those around you.
Lord to help you organize your work. As you take Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who
time with the Lord, He can inspire you with ideas labor and are heavy laden, and I will give
that will make your way clear and simple so you you rest. Learn from Me, for I am gentle
don’t get under such pressure in the first place. and lowly in heart, and you will find rest
You’ll be amazed at how specific the Lord can be for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My
in His instructions about your schedule and how to burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). The
go about your work. He’ll show you your priorities. Bible also promises that, “You [God] will
He’ll give you tips on how to get them done most keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is
effectively and efficiently. He’ll help you avert many stayed on You, because he trusts in You”
of the time-wasting problems that put you under (Isaiah 26:3). If you learn to let Jesus take
pressure by reminding you of things you have forgot- over more of your life and work, and thus
ten or overlooked or had no other way of knowing. bear more of the load, you’ll find that
He’ll also cause His love to come shining through, things will run smoother, faster, and more
no matter what you need to do. That can go further efficiently. It could change your life!
than almost anything in lightening your load and
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A message
One day when Martin Luther and
from Jesus
his co-worker, Philipp Melanchthon,
for you
had a particularly busy day ahead,

Melanchthon suggested that they

cut their prayer time at the begin-

ning of the day in half. Luther

refused vehemently. Because

they had so much to do, he

insisted that instead of the two

hours they usually spent, they

would need to spend four hours

in prayer that morning. They did,

and their day went better than

either of them could have imag-


FLY TO ME!ctivated issue 13
re you sometimes

worried and bur-
dened with the strain
of it all? Yes, I know
you are. Those are the times
to feed 5,000 people from a
mere five loaves of bread and
two fish? (Matthew 14:15-21).
That was an impossible task,
but I did not worry about it. I
only had to accept My Father’s

feeding reading
when you must fly to Me. Fly
to Me on the wings of prayer, help by saying, “I cannot do Quietness of spirit is
and I will sustain you. this. I cannot, but You can” strength of spirit:
The burdens were not (John 5:19).—And My Father
Ecclesiastes 7:8
designed to fit on your shoul- did! He did what I in My own
ders; they were intended for strength could not do. Isaiah 30:15
Me to carry. In My love and And I did not feed those Luke 21:19
compassion I have fashioned 5,000 by organizing fishing 1 Peter 3:4
it so that you might draw close boats and sending My dis-
to Me, so that you might rest ciples out to catch fish. All I Quieting our spirits before
here on My breast, so that did was look up and cast My
the Lord shows that we
you might need Me, and so burden on My Father. He per-
that you might feel My love. I formed the miracle that fed expect Him to work in our
love you, and I will carry you 5,000 that day, but I had to behalf; it’s a sign of faith
through if you will cast all your truly trust first. I had to take and trust:
cares upon Me. the stand of faith before My Exodus 14:13a
Be as a wise man who Father could do the miracle. Isaiah 26:3
learns from the example of Afterward came the organiza-
Isaiah 40:31
others. Look to the example tion and distribution of the
of My servant Martin Luther, food, but the quiet trust came Philippians 4:6-7
who, when he had a task that first. Hebrews 4:9-11
was too big, pulled back and The situations and the
took double time in prayer problems and the burdens Fretting and operating in
and sweet communion with were many, and the pressing the energy of the flesh are
Me. needs of the people about Me
futile and hinder us from
You ask how you will ever were great. So were the cries
accomplish all you need to? of “It can’t be done!” Many doing things God’s way:
Do as Luther did. When he of My followers were besieged Psalm 37:7-9
prayed, he cast all of his bur- by doubt and discouragement. Luke 10:38-42
dens on Me. This is the secret Indeed the problems seemed Luke 12:25-26
of quiet rest—casting all your insurmountable at times, yet
cares upon Me, knowing that those were the times when I
Quietness of spirit, like
I care for you, knowing that learned to truly trust, to truly
I have always taken care of lean upon My Father and to peace of mind, comes from
every problem you have given cast My cares on Him. knowing that we’re doing
to Me, and I always will! I will not allow more to be our best to please the Lord
Look to My own example: put upon your shoulders than and stay in His will:
When I was followed day after you and I together are able to Psalm 119:165
day by multitudes of needy bear. As you cast your burden
Proverbs 1:33
people, I knew I could not upon Me, you will be able to
solve all of their problems avail yourself of My strength. Isaiah 32:17
Myself. How was I ever going My strength will be perfected Matthew 11:28-30
to come up with enough food in you (2 Corinthians 12:9). Romans 5:1

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By David Brandt Berg

temple time
(Describing a vision:) Lord, looking up through that starry

see a picture of a group of dome, breathing that heavenly air,
people under a dome in a and hearing that beautiful music.
big central room. They’re all We’d find peace and rest for our soul.
looking up, like they expect It would totally renew us and refresh
something. There are other us and give us new vision and fresh
people rushing around busily out in inspiration, new strength, rest and
the wings [in service to God], but peace and joy.
the people under the central dome
are just standing there quietly, look- Have you been there?
ing up. They’re bathed in a beautiful Have you taken time to get quiet
golden glow from above, and they before God as you slip into the
take deep breaths of the heavenly temple of the Spirit? Have you been
air that descends on them. It’s the there to get a fresh breath of air from
Lord’s temple. Heaven? If you haven’t, you’ve really
(Prayer:) Oh Lord, for a breath missed something! You’ll get awfully
of Your heavenly air to refresh us tired and weary and upset and fear-
and clear our minds and inspire our ful and doubtful and discouraged
hearts and give us visions that thrill and worried and flurried and hur-
us, that set our heads awhirl for You, ried. You’ll get out of touch with the
Jesus! Lord and run out of strength and
The people who are so busy wisdom and love and patience—all
rushing around get tired and have because you haven’t come into the
to come under the dome to get
refreshed and refilled.
(Prayer:) Help us to be like that,
Jesus. Help us to remember we can’t
go on without the heavenly vision
You give, without a breath of heav-
enly fresh air, without the sound of
that sweet music. We just can’t go
on without hearing Your voice and
getting inspired by the upward look!
We wouldn’t worry and fret so He can clarify all your thoughts with just one
if we spent more time with the sweet strain of heavenly music.
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temple to be refreshed and renewed the clamor of business. Those other
by His Spirit. things may be necessary, but you
Are you too busy? Are you in have to keep coming back into the
too big a hurry? Is your work too rotunda in spirit to get your batter-
important to stop for a few minutes ies recharged. You can’t do it without
of inspiration and refreshing from Him. You’ll never make it without
on high, spiritual renewal, physical His power. You may run for a while,
rest—a little love feast with the Lord? but unless you come back and get
You’ll never make it if you don’t stop hooked up to the current again,
for a while under the dome. If you you’ll run slower and slower till you
don’t get in there and catch a little of have nothing left and are just plumb
His light, you’re not going to reflect flat!
much of it to others. It can be downright hard work
out in the wings, and you’ll never
Make a temple of your heart! have the strength or the vision or the
All you have to do is get alone inspiration that you need to do that
with the Lord and look up at all His work unless you keep coming back
beauties and breathe His heavenly in under the dome.
air and hear His heavenly music and He can solve all your problems
see His heavenly visions. in one little glimpse. He can refresh
It doesn’t have to be at any set your whole spirit with one deep
time. You can look up through the breath. He can clarify all your
dome any time of day, anywhere, thoughts with just one sweet strain
wherever you are, whatever you’re of heavenly music. He can wipe away
doing. Just take a few quiet moments all your fears and tears with just
with the Lord. Anytime, anywhere, one little restful moment in that per-
you can come swiftly out of the fect peace He gives when your mind
wings and enter the temple in spirit is stayed on Him and Him alone,
(John 4:24). Look and live! Look up! because you trust in Him (Isaiah
Make a temple of your heart. See 26:3).
what God can do in that beautiful It just takes one little glimpse of
realm of the spirit. Jesus to make it worth it all—and to
You just can’t do that very well help you be able to do it all. Take
in the midst of the other voices and time in the temple today!

Prayer for the Day

Thank You so much, dear Jesus, for helping me bring my cares to You
in prayer and to give them to You so You can carry the weight. When I do,
it shows You that I love You and need You and trust You, and then You’re
able to help me accomplish much more than if I tried to do it all in my
own strength. Thank You for taking my burdens and dealing with them
one by one before they become bigger problems. Thank You so much for
Your simple solutions, Jesus!

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JAKARTA, MAY 13, 1998

DESTRUCTION Caught in the heart of citywide

riots that had been sparked by
anti-government student demon-
strations, the Lord was our only
defense—but He was strong
enough! What could have turned
into trauma and tragedy for us
From a Family missionary became instead a thrilling testi-
community in Indonesia mony to the power of God.
For the previous few days, we had left
our third-story apartment only for emergencies. “Have
you heard the latest?” someone whispered. We kept
our voices low, as we didn’t want to upset the chil-
dren. “Crowds are rioting all across the city!”
Lydia peered out the window, being careful to stay
out of sight behind the curtain. “It’s all quiet around
here,” she said. “Almost too quiet.”
“We’re safe here for the time being,” John said,
putting his arm around Lydia. “We’ve prayed for
our situation, so we know we’re in the Lord’s
hands.” We had been praying about trying to leave
the city, but kept feeling that the Lord wanted us
to stay put.
“Now seems like a good time to try to talk to some of
our neighbors,” John said.
Lydia looked out the window again, this time at the
men who stood guard at the outer gate of our housing
complex. Their show of force might be enough to deter a
few would-be looters, but what could they possibly do if
they were set upon by an angry mob?
John and Lydia prayed for the Lord’s protection, then
set off down the stairs and out of the building. They
hurried past the evacuated shops on the ground floor,
then over to the front gate of our complex, where a
small crowd of neighbors mingled and talked with the
guards. As John and Lydia got closer, a loud crashing
sound shook the neighborhood. At the same instant, two
frightened teenagers came hurtling around the corner.
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“They’re right The mob left a path
around the corner! of destruction across
You’ve got to run! the city—a cindered,
You’ve got to get litter-strewn mess of
your families out mangled steel and
of there!” shattered glass.

“Quick!” one of them terrible was happening in the ever, someone got up and went
shouted. “Get out of here! A streets below, and there was only to the window. Everything was
mob is headed this way!” one thing that we could do: pray quiet and still. Not a soul was in
There were more people desperately for the Lord to keep sight. We were safe!
behind the two teenagers—doz- us from harm! Phil and Esther ran up to the
ens of them on foot and motor- A couple of us kept our roof to get a better look. There
bikes, or in cars—all racing as children occupied with reading they could see just how wonder-
fast as they could to keep ahead in another room, while the rest fully we had been saved. The
of the rioters. of us prayed as we never had mob had left a path of destruc-
The first young man stopped before! Time passed. We prayed tion down the street that led to
and bent over. Resting his hands on. When the shouting and our neighborhood—a cindered,
on his knees, he tried to catch screaming below got louder, we litter-strewn mess of mangled
his breath. “They’re breaking stopped our ears and claimed steel and shattered glass. The
shop windows and setting build- God’s protection over and over. mob had come straight up our
ings on fire—buildings just like Psalm 91 was a tremendous street, and then just a few meters
this one!” he said. “They’re right comfort. “A thousand may fall at before it got to our apartment,
around the corner! You’ve got to your side, and ten thousand at the mob had made a U-turn and
run! You’ve got to get your fami- your right hand; but it shall not headed for a nearby supermar-
lies out of there!” Fear flashed come near you. … I will say of ket.
in his eyes and he sprinted off the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and For some time after that,
again. A wave of panic swept my fortress; my God, in Him I we could still hear the shouts
over the crowd, and they took will trust.’… You shall not be of looters as they emptied the
off too. afraid of the terror by night, nor supermarket of anything they
John and Lydia prayed to stay of the arrow that flies by day. could carry. Later, 200-foot col-
calm. Without saying another … No evil shall befall you, nor umns of fire illuminated the
word to each other, they turned, shall any plague come near your night sky as two nearby depart-
rushed back to our apartment dwelling” (Psalm 91:2,5,7,10). It ment stores were looted and
building and bounded up the seemed like that had been writ- burned.
stairs. Joanna had seen them ten specifically for us. The peace Destruction and terror were
coming and flung the door open of God covered our spirits like a all around, but through it all, we
for them. blanket. were kept safe in the hands of
It was clear that something After what seemed like for- our loving Savior.
ctivated issue 13 11
answers to your questions My friends and I are in the habit of exchanging gossip about others. I sometimes feel
bad about it because, to be honest, a lot of it is unkind or sarcastic. But I just can’t
resist the desire to be in on “the latest.” Any advice?

King Solomon said, “The tongue has It often only takes a few words hast-
the power of life and death” (Proverbs ily spoken to start things going wrong.
18:21 NIV). Think of that! The words you So how can we guard against that
say are real things. They can bless or thoughtless, unkind word that can leap
curse, they can lift up or knock down, so quickly from our lips? What can we
they can save or damn! do to tame our tongues?
The old saying, “Sticks and stones Well, try as we may, we can’t! The
can break my bones, but words can Bible says, “Every kind of beast and
never hurt me,” is not true at all! Take, bird, of reptile and creature of the sea,
for example, the true story of Mary is tamed and has been tamed by man-
Ellen and Jesse Pepper: Mary was so kind. But no man can tame the tongue”
hurt and discouraged by the malicious (James 3:7-8). Only God can tame it!
gossip that another 18-year-old girl, “With men it is impossible, but with
Jesse, had spread about her that Mary God all things are possible” (Matthew
committed suicide—and Jesse was con- 19:26). The only way to fully tame our
victed of manslaughter. It was called a tongues is by asking God to change
“gossip slaying” because Mary took her our hearts, “for out of the abundance
life as a result of the gossip. of the heart the mouth speaks” (Mat-
That may seem like an extreme thew 12:34). If your heart is overflowing
example, but honestly now, is it that with God’s love, then the words of your
extreme? Haven’t there ever been times mouth will be filled with love and com-
when you’ve felt so low and discouraged passion.
because of someone’s cruel, unkind There’s only one way to change the
words that you wished you were dead? untamed tongue, and that is to change
Or maybe you have wounded someone the spirit that controls it. You can never
else that way. control it yourself. Jesus is the only true
Let’s face it, we’ve all been guilty at source of love, kindness, goodness and
some time or another of hurting others sweetness, and as you allow Jesus to
with our words. Maybe they were unin- take control of your life, He also takes
tentional, maybe they were intended in control of your tongue. His Spirit in you
fun, but they were unkind and hurtful will inspire you and even speak through
just the same. you with His wonderful words of love,
Maybe at that very moment the light and life!
other person was longing for a word
of encouragement, but instead our cut-
ting words wounded deeply and left an
ugly scar. This poem makes the point

If I knew that a word of mine, If I knew that the sting of a word

A word not kind and true, Might linger and leave its mark,
Might leave its trace With a deep dark scar
On a loved one’s face, On a loved one’s heart,
I don’t think I’d speak it— I don’t think I’d speak it—
Would you? Would you?
—Author unknown
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in the Gatepost
As a young boy, I had
a fiery temper that often
caused me to say and do
unkind things.
One day, after an argu-
ment had sent one of my
playmates home in tears,
my father told me that for
each thoughtless, mean
thing I did, he would drive
a nail into the gatepost in
front of our house. Each
time I did a kindness or a
good deed, he would pull
one nail out.
Months passed. Each
time I entered our gate,
I was reminded of the
reasons for those ever-
increasing nails. Finally,
getting them out became
a challenge.
At last the wished-for
day arrived—only one
more nail! As my father
withdrew it, I danced
around proudly exclaim-
ing, “See, Daddy, the nails
are all gone!”
My father gazed
intently at the post as he
thoughtfully replied, “Yes,
the nails are gone—but
the scars remain.”
—Author unknown

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Toward the Mark
By Keith Phillips

uring the last half of the the news and then pipes it to us.
reign of the Antichrist, the They engineer events and set the
three-and-a-half-year trends—wars, revolutions, terrorist
period known as the Great Tribula- attacks, assassinations, political and
tion, those who refuse to worship economic upheavals, international
him or accept his mark, or number, drug trafficking—then form our per-
will not be able to buy or sell. ception of those things through the
We who worship God will be per- media that they also control. They
secuted, but our faith in God will are masters of collective and individ-
save us. At the end of this period, ual mind control, and their aim is to
Jesus will come back to rescue us, master us!
destroy the Antichrist’s worldwide In an interview with the Indepen-
economic, political and religious dent newspaper of South Africa (Jan.
system, and set up His own king- 19, 1998), Icke stated, “The secret
dom here on Earth. government of the world is manip-
The technology needed to insti- ulating the human mind to accept
tute the mark of the Beast—tech- a centralized global tyranny, as we
nology unheard of only a few years speak. This tyranny is called the New
ago—is rapidly developing. Con- World Order, and unless we wake up
sider the following: it will manifest as a world govern-
ment; a world central bank, currency
Microchipped to Serve and army and a microchipped popu-
At a time when conspiracy the- lation linked to a global computer.”
ories abound, perhaps no one is And we’d better wake up quick,
more outspoken than former TV because it’s happening! Already pets
sports commentator and spokes- are being microchipped, and human
man for the British Green Party, applications are either being dis-
David Icke, who has written 10 cussed or are in the experimental
books supporting the same basic stage—from microchipping pre-
premise: The same few people, schoolers to thwart kidnappings and
organizations and secret societies make it possible to track lost chil-
are taking over the world—and us. dren, to microchipping parolees and
This Elite, according to Icke, creates inmates in “jail at home” programs.
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Ultimately, Icke says, the plan as a crucial first step in developing
includes the microchipping of all direct connections between comput-
babies at birth. “The technology ers and the brain. This will lead to
already exists, and all that remains silicon-based enhancements for the
is to persuade the public to accept body, ranging from memory devices
it. One way this will be done is inside the head to ‘bionic’ eyes that
to highlight missing children stories, allow blind people to see,” states the
including the abduction of babies Sunday Times article.
from maternity wards.” When asked about the latest
On the financial front, coins and research, Colin Humphreys, a pro-
banknotes are being phased out in fessor at Cambridge University, said
favor of credit and smart cards. it raised the frightening prospect
“Today if you go into a shop to of one day being able to control
buy anything and your credit card people’s minds through silicon chip
is refused by the computer, you can implants.
pay with cash,” Icke explains. “What
happens when there is no cash? If Chip Implants to Track Workers
the computer refuses your card or “Big Brother could soon be
microchip, you have no means to watching from the inside,” another
“He [the False buy anything. We will then be robots Sunday Times article (May 9, 1999)
Prophet, top in every sense of the word, an exten- warns. “Several international com-
aide to the sion of a computer program.” panies are consulting scientists on
Antichrist, also Proponents of microchipping ways of developing microchip
known as the humans say there are other selling implants for their workers to mea-
points: Passports could be done sure their timekeeping and track
Beast] causes away with, and people could carry their whereabouts.
all, both small their medical records with them “The technology, which has been
and great, rich wherever they go, in case of acci- proven on pets and human volun-
and poor, free dent. In the UK, people are already teers, would enable firms to track
and slave, to being microchipped with their medi- staff all around a building or com-
cal records. “Even more frightening,” plex. The data could enable them to
receive a mark Icke says, “is that the microchip can draw up estimates of workers’ effi-
on their right be used to modify [human] behav- ciency and productivity.
hand or on ior.” “The technology is likely to have
their foreheads, a strong appeal to companies with
and that no one Connecting Brain to Computer high labor costs, for which small
According to an article in The increases in staff productivity can
may buy or sell Sunday Times (London, England, have a big impact on profits. It is also
except one who Nov. 7, 1997), the prospect of relatively cheap—just a few [British]
has the mark extending human intelligence by pounds for each person, according
or the name of means of electronic implants in the to Professor Kevin Warwick of Read-
the Beast, or brain has come two steps closer. Sci- ing University.
entists have not only grown living “For a business the potential is
the number of nerves cells of a rat—cells that obvious,” the article quotes Warwick.
his name” closely resemble their counterpart in “You can tell when people clock into
(Revelation humans—on a silicon chip, but have work and when they leave the build-
13:16-17). also transmitted electrical impulses ing. You would know at all times
along the nerves to trigger sensors exactly where they were and who
within the chip. they were with.”
“The findings are being hailed
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From Jesus with Love

Because I Love You …

I see your every tear. I hear your every cry.
I feel your every frustration, your every worry, your
every burden, your every desire. I know everything
about you—all your wants, all your lacks. I see your heart
and all that is in it, and I deeply love you.
I long to hold you and kiss away the hurts and heartaches, if
you will but allow Me to. I long to comfort, to soothe, and to pour
My balm of love upon your aching heart. I long to take away every
worry, every fear, every tear, every frustration. I long to blow away
every cloud of confusion and to soothe your frazzled nerves. I long to
melt away the bitterness and turn every deep longing into marvelous
fulfillment and true satisfaction.
I long to give you the sun and the moon, the stars in the sky,
the ecstasies of Heaven and a love that will never end. I long to pull
you through whatever deep, dark experience, whatever dense
fog you find yourself in. Whatever confusion or frustration
you have bottled up inside, I long to melt it all away—
because I love you.

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