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But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand. Now as for you, son of man, I have appointed you a watchman for the house of Israel; so you will hear a message from My mouth, and give them warning from Me (Ezekiel 33:6,7).

For nearly three years now I have been posting the stories of courageous women on this site. I have had a more serious purpose for this than just telling the marvelous and worthwhile stories of women who deserve some recognition. All along I have known that things in our country are getting worse and worse. We have been losing freedoms for a long time. I must be a watchman and warn everyone I know that danger lurks ahead. I have posted these stories to show that other women have lived through hard times. Other women have stood firm for the truth even giving their lives for it in some cases. I hope that women today will be brave as well.

Many people are sounding the trumpet for us to hear today.K. Werthmann
One such person is Kitty Werthmann. Kitty lived through the horror of Hitler’s rule in her country, Austria. The parallels between 1930’s Germany and Austria and the last few decades in the United States are too exact to ignore.

With thanks to Lauren Lane, in a February 19, 2013
article from NewsWithViews.com, (http://www.newswithviews.com/Lane/lauren101.htm)
I am reprinting parts of the testimony of Kitty Werthmann here with interspersed commentary of my own.

Kitty: “I am a witness to history.”
“I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history.”
Kitty says that when Hitler went to Austria, he was welcomed with open arms. The people elected him with a landslide victory.

Comment: The people in the United States jubilantly reelected Obama in spite of warnings by Christians and conservatives.

Kitty: “In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our NaziAustriaworkforce was unemployed. We had 25 percent inflation and 25 percent bank loan interest rates.” Hitler would promise jobs and a higher standard of living for everyone. “We were overjoyed,” remembers Kitty, “and for three days we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed. After the election, German officials were appointed, and, like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.”

Comment: Where have we heard this before? Roosevelt created jobs using your parents’ tax dollars during the 1930’s. Obama is no different. What do you think all of the “stimulus” money that he is stealing from some taxpayers and giving to others is all about? (http://blog.heritage.org/2011/02/22/federal-workforce-continues-to-grow-under-obama-budget/)

Kitty: “Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women.”

Comment: Obama received 55% of the female vote in the last election. (67% of single women.) He did this by promulgating the lie that the Republicans were “waging a war on women”. Obama positions himself as a champion of women. Of course, unborn women don’t count.

Kitty: “Then we lost religious education for kids.” Schools were nationalized. “The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag.” Kitty describes the horrible changes including compulsory attendance on Sunday for ‘National Youth Day’. Parents were forced to comply with all of the government regulations or face fines or jail.

Comment:  We lost the control of our public education system following the War Between the States. Education in America became dominated by thinkers from the Frankfurt School in Germany through the influence of Theodor Adorno and Walter Benjamin. Religion was one of the first things that they removed in favor of humanism.
(http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/oldsite/article.asp?ID=13488) (http://www.schillerinstitute.org/fid_91-96/921_frankfurt.html)

Kitty: “Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna. After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything…. As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80 percent of our income.”

Comment: Back in January 2012, two U.S. Congressmen urged conservatives in strong terms to immediately fight the Obama mandate forcing religious institutions to provide free abortifacient birth control, calling it a “very, very real” threat to religious freedom. One of the congressmen called the mandate an attempt to push the church out of healthcare. This was a clear warning bell to us. In spite of these warnings, the church lost. Obama pushed his socialized health care system on us anyway. Warning: This is resulting in higher taxes and is another step in Obama’s attack on religious freedom. The abortion surcharge is payback to Obama’s Planned Parenthood supporters. It is a gauntlet thrown down to the church.

WILL WE WAKE UP NOW? WHAT WILL IT TAKE, AMERICA?

Kitty: “Next came gun registration.”

Comment:  Obama is using the tragic school shootings as an excuse to disarm all honest and responsible Americans. The fact is that if a few responsible teachers were allowed to have secure weapons nearby, AND IT WAS KNOWN, there would be fewer shootings, or maybe even none.
In spite of all of the liberal press to the contrary, gun registration and/or confiscation is a danger to a free people. Hitler, Mao, and Stalin all started with weapons confiscation from victim populations.

Kitty: ” No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the hitler:obamaphotogovernment was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.”

Comment: Just this past month, February 2013, the Obama Administration announced that the rights of religious conscience for individuals will not be protected under the Affordable Care Act.

Before the Holocaust in Europe, there were people who tried to warn their countrymen about the dangers they were in. I am thinking specifically here about Dietrich Bonheoffer. Bonheoffer tried to be a watchman for his countrymen. He worked hard to get his fellow Germans to see what Hitler was really doing since the early 1930’s. Bonheoffer could not convince enough people and we all know what happened. Dietrich Bonheoffer was martyred at the end of WWII (1945).

I pray that Americans will wake up before it is too late. I pray that we will make the necessary sacrifices so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy any freedom at all. The tide of opposition may seem too huge to roll back. But our God is greater and more powerful. Let us pray and then work for freedom!

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 We must work the works of Him who sent Me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work (John 9:4).

Ladies, my last posting may have seemed a bit depressing or frightening. We have been losing most of the freedoms that our founders gave their lives for. The loss of freedom did not happen overnight. It has been gradual.

There is still time to win back our liberty. Though the picture on the national level looks bleak, there have been many victories at the state government level. At the state or local level we truly are witnessing the home of the brave – the brave legislators who are willing to refuse federal money to do what is right.

I am really happy about that because most of us can do something effective in a more local government. And there is good news!

Pro-life groups have realized where they can win battles and have been working hard over the last decade to do so.

In fact, in just the last two years more Pro-life laws have been passed than at any time since the abortion-on-demand promulgated by Roe v. Wade in 1973.

All in all lawmakers enacted 83 measures in 2011 and 43 in 2012. And there are more things happening this year already. Some courageous states are fighting back against the ungodly tide of abortion-on-demand.

Just to cheer you up and give you some encouragement to go out and engage in the battle, here is the news from four states to praise God for:

texas is pro-lifeTexas: This is the first year that the state is NOT funding Planned Parenthood affiliates. God bless Judge Gary Harger for denying PP’s (Planned Parenthood) request for an injunction against the new Texas law. Judge Harger believes that the state has the right to keep their tax dollars out of the abortion industry.

This comes after Governor Rick Perry launched the new “Texas Women’s Health Program” (TWHP) on January 1 after defunding Planned Parenthood. By the way, the state of Texas is running their own health clinics now, providing services for more women than formerly.

Alabama: This month the Alabama Supreme Court held that the word “child” in alabama personhoodAlabama’s chemical endangerment statute applies to the born and unborn.

This was a result of a case where a woman had been smoking meth while pregnant, resulting in the premature birth of her child. The little boy only lived for 19 minutes. The woman was charged for the wrongful death of her son because it was shown that he had died of “acute methamphetamine intoxication”.

The court did the right thing by declaring, “The decision of this Court today is in keeping with the widespread legal recognition that unborn children are persons with rights that should be protected by law.” And furthermore, the court added, “Today, the only major area in which unborn children are denied legal protection is abortion, and that denial is only because of the dictates of Roe.”

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange welcomed the ruling in a statement.

“The Court has ratified our argument that the public policy of our state is to protect life, both born and unborn,” Strange said.

“It is a tremendous victory that the Alabama Supreme Court has affirmed the value of all life, including those of unborn children whose lives are among the most vulnerable of all.”  Truly, this is something to praise God for and be thankful for.

I pray that this “personhood” statement will be the trend for the future.

N.D. pro lifeNorth Dakota: Planned Parenthood had tried to get a community-based sex education program going with the help of two professors in North Dakota State University. State legislators threatened to cut the funding to the university if they went ahead with the program. The university and PP were set to partner in a three-year, $1.2 million federal PREP education grant that had been awarded in September.

However this was totally against the state objectives because North Dakota has mandated a singular message to youth in their sex education: that is the message of abstinence. Way to go, North Dakota!

Bette Grande, a Republican representative, criticized the university for going against the legislature’s wishes in allowing its faculty to apply for a grant that the state had turned down, and threatened to cut the university’s funding in retaliation. “When I see something that says this is Planned Parenthood—they’re not even a part of the state of North Dakota, and they shouldn’t be a part of North Dakota,” Grande said. “They’re not a part of how we do business in this state.”

On Wednesday, the university’s president, Dean Bresciani, appeared on the same radio show and announced that the college was freezing the grant money and would probably return it to the federal government.

That’s the best thing that could happen, Dean Bresciani. States must stop taking federal money. If they will, they can tell the federal government to stay out of their business.

South Dakota: The legislature in this state is trying to pass HB 1237, which re-S. D. pro lifeemphasizes the state’s 72-hour waiting period on abortions:

“No surgical or medical abortion may be scheduled except by a licensed physician and only after the physician physically and personally meets with the pregnant mother, consults with her, and performs an assessment of her medical and personal circumstances. Only after the physician completes the consultation and assessment complying with the provisions of §§ 34-23A-53 to 34-23A-62, inclusive, may the physician schedule a surgical or medical abortion, but in no instance may the physician schedule such surgical or medical abortion to take place in less than seventy-two hours from the completion of such consultation and assessment except in a medical emergency as set forth in § 34-23A-10.1 and subdivision 34-23A-1(5).”

And not only that but further infuriating the pro-abortion forces:

“No Saturday, Sunday, federal holiday, or state holiday may be included or counted in the calculation of the seventy-two hour minimum time period between the initial physician consultation and assessment and the time of the scheduled abortion procedure.”

NARAL Pro-Choice South Dakota executive director Alisha Sedor observes, “H.B. 1237, if passed, will severely limit access to abortion in South Dakota. … The measure could make it impossible for the state’s only comprehensive women’s health clinic to continue providing abortion services, effectively banning abortion in South Dakota.”

Well, Ms. Sedor, abortion isn’t entirely banned, though we wish it was. God bless South Dakota for taking a good step towards eliminating the killing of babies in their state.

Apparently even the abortion-on-demand proponents are noticing. Recently Time Magazine (1/14/13) published an article by Kate Pickert entitled, ” What choice? Abortion-rights activists won an epic victory in Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since.”

“The number of abortion providers nationwide shrank from 2908 in 1982 to 1793 in 2008. …Getting an abortion in America is, in some places, harder today than at any point since it became a constitutionally protected right 40 years ago this month” (p. 40).

Ms. Pickert laments: One might think that since the abortion champion, Barack Obama, got elected the trend would go back the other way. But the right to abort your baby is federal law. What is happening now is that states, which have the right to regulate the provisions, are curbing access to abortion.

Ms. Pickert might be unhappy, but I say, “Praise the Lord!”

It’s exciting and true – there are some states, such as Texas, Alabama, and North and South Dakota where new laws make it harder, especially for young girls to get an abortion. We are thankful and I am hopeful with the trend.

But let’s don’t forget here that since Roe v. Wade was passed in 1973, 50 million babies have been aborted. Abortion on demand is still the law of the land. The very mobile women in America can just go to another state to end the lives of their unborn children.

We have a long ways to go, but we do have something to be thankful about.

Let’s all get busy and do what we can in our individual states. The truth will win out!

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Rescue (us), O Lord, from evil men; preserve (us) from violent men who devise evil things in their hearts; they continually stir up wars. They sharpen their tongues as a serpent; poison of a viper is under their lips. (Psalm 140:1-3).

Had it not been the Lord who was on our side when men rose up against us, then they would have swallowed us alive when their anger was kindled against us; … Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us to be torn by their teeth. (Psalm 124:2,3,6).

My dear sisters, I have been writing this blog for almost three years now. My main intention Christianmartyrsis to encourage women to walk with the Lord. It is not so easy. In the past there have been times when remaining strong in the Christian faith has cost women their lives. Please consider the stories of Ahn Ei Sook, Anne Askew, Blandina, Edith Cavell, Eulalia, Lady Jane Grey, Olympia Morata, Perpetua and Felicity, Irene Ferrel, and the Solway martyrs just to name a few of the incredibly courageous women who stood firm against the ungodly opposition and maintained their testimony for Christ.

I have stated over and over again that one of my purposes for telling their stories is to inspire us to do what is right when the times get evil.

It was mostly Christians who founded our country. They fought and died to give us the freedoms that have been enjoyed for over two centuries. Little by little we have lost those freedoms. Each generation is slightly worse off than the one before it.

During the War Between the North and South, states lost their right to govern themselves with only limited interference from the federal government. We got paper money and perpetual taxation for the first time.

As time has gone on, the federal government has intruded into our lives with ever increasing power. Like the frogs in the boiling water we continue to think, “Ok, so far.”
I’m afraid that the heat is about as high as it’s going to get. Our freedoms are going by the wayside at an accelerated rate.

Who would have ever thought a generation ago that people would be “visually raped” whenfourth amendmentwriting they travel? Would your father have stood by while your mother was being “felt up” at the airport? Would our grandparents have been enraged about losing their 4th Amendment rights? (If you don’t know what the 4th Amendment says, shame on you. No wonder our constitution is being trashed right before our very eyes.)

Who would ever have thought that a man who only voted to kill babies while he was in office as a state legislator would ever be elected president of the United States? And after that became known, who would have ever thought he would be re-elected? Well, we have elected him again and now he is going all out to put in place his entire wicked program. He is behaving more like a dictator than a president of a free country.

Why does he think he now has power of life and death?

My sisters, it’s because the people re-elected him. He is so arrogant that he believes that the people “have voted” so whatever he thinks is right, is right.

It should not surprise anyone that a baby killer would now think it is legal to send drones to shoot anyone he says is a traitor. It should not surprise anyone that he gets to define who a traitor is. It is very discouraging how many follow him.

Like Hitler, Obama knows how to work the leaders beneath him. Consider this article from Politico Reports, by Joel McDurmon on February 7, 2013:

“Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will offer a resolution next week commending President Barack Obama’s use of drones and the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.

‘Every member of congress needs to get on board,’ Graham said. ‘It’s not fair to the president to let him, leave him out there alone quite frankly. He’s getting hit from Libertarians ….

‘The process of being targeted I think is legal, quite frankly laborious and should reside in the commander in chief to determine who an enemy combatant is and what kind of force to us,’ Graham told reporters on Wednesday …

‘If this ever goes to court I guarantee you it will be a slam dunk support of what the administration is doing. I think one of the highlights of President Obama’s first term and the beginning of his second term is the way he’s been able to use drones against terrorists,’ Graham said.”

McDurmon – “Get that people: We’ve got a senior member of the legislative branch saying the executive branch should have assassination powers which the judicial branch should have no power to check or even review.”

I would add a couple of things to Mr. McDurmon’s thoughts:

1.  Graham is calling for the condemnation of the Libertarians. The Libertarians are only telling the truth and calling for accountability from the president. The president is supposed to uphold the Constitution which clearly divides the powers between the three branches of government.

2.  Notice also that Graham is calling for everyone to jump on the bandwagon and not leave poor Mr. Obama hanging out on a limb by himself. But, Mr. Obama should be impeached, not supported.

Why are we surprised that this arrogant man would like to play God? Any legislator who supports Obama is engaged in a false religion with a false god.

My sisters, what will it take before Christians start taking a stand against this false god?

When I first began writing this blog, I thought that there was still time to end the atrocities against our freedoms. I urged everyone to consider what was happening and to do all in our power to NOT elect or re-elect those who are destroying our freedom.

I don’t think there is much time left.

We can still call our senators and representatives and let them know that we expect them to uphold the Constitution. We expect them to tell the president that he is supposed to uphold the Constitution. These are the few freedoms we still have.

first amendmentIf Christians don’t stand as a group now, it will mean even more persecution that we already have. Employers are not allowed to purchase or not purchase health insurance according to their religious convictions. Obama has decided which religious freedom you are allowed to have and which ones you are not allowed to have.

So let’s see now – Our first amendment right to free speech and freedom to practice our religion has been tossed aside; our second amendment right to protect ourselves with firearms is under attack; we get “unreasonably searched” at airports, violating our fourth amendment rights; those labeled as terrorists by Obama do not get a fair trial so there go amendments five through eight; and of course we lost amendments nine and ten in 1865. Obama only has the third amendment left to destroy, but give him a chance and he would be glad to confiscate your home and give it to one of his buddies.

My sisters, we need to pray like never before. We must pray for our leaders. I do pray for our leaders. But we must also work for change before it is too late.

The Lord is still on our side. Let us beseech Him for forgiveness for our uncaring attitudes and strength to live a righteous life, or all of those stories of martyrs that I posted will become too close to home.

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As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth (Job 19:25).

“There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil. Seven sons and three daughters were born to him” (Job 1:1,2).

We all know the story of Job. Many preachers have used him as an example of how to have patience when things are all going wrong. Job’s story helps us to understand that we need to trust God no matter what.

The thing that strikes most people is how utterly unfair Job’s trials seemed to be. Here was a man who was so righteous that he even offered sacrifices to God for his children in case they had been sinning. Things were going along really well for Job before Satan came along and tried to make him deny God.

God allowed Satan to take away Job’s ten children, his livestock, and his servants. Job did not sin but replied, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed by the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

Next, Satan asked God if he could ruin Job’s health. God gave Satan permission to afflict Job, but to spare his life. Satan smote Job with sore boils from his head to his foot. We are not sure what disease caused these boils but they were so painful that Job wished he had never been born (Job 3:1).

We find Job sitting by the ashes, scraping himself with a potsherd. This was a fragment of a piece of pottery that was to scrape away the pus and perhaps the worms (maggots?) that got into Job’s body. Was he sitting near ashes to sterilize the piece of pottery? It is very likely that the ashes were there for Job to put over his head as people did in his day when they were in mourning.

This is how Job’s wife finds him when she comes to talk to him. We are shocked at what job-wifeshe says and she has been castigated for it by historians and theologians ever since. Job’s wife said, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9).

Now, it is sad that Job’s wife did not seem to have the same amount of faith that Job did. But I think it is time to reflect on her side of the story.

As a woman I know what it is like to watch a loved one suffer. Once when one of my children was really sick with the flu I even prayed that God would take the sickness from her and put it on me. It was so hard to watch her suffering and crying. I know that helpless feeling when all you can do is stand by and pray and nurse your loved one, staying awake all night in order to give them even a little comfort if possible. We don’t know how much pain and anguish Job’s wife must have been feeling.

Just a while before this, all of her ten children had been killed. Did she know why? The Bible doesn’t say whether or not Job knew that the whole thing was done by Satan with God’s permission. As a matter of fact, he probably didn’t know. We can figure that out from the next forty-one chapters. Job’s three friends come to visit him and “console” him. They find all kinds of reasons for why Job is being tried. They don’t suggest the devil and Job doesn’t either. Job questions God, but without losing his faith.

We do not know whether or not Job and his wife had conversations. She stayed with him all of that time. She must have served him and nursed him as best as she could. We know that Job loved her and honored her. “I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” (Job 31:1). He was a faithful, covenant man who remained true to his wife. I hope that during this time he was able to convince her to repent and stay true to God.

Maybe she was a bit weak. I do not know what it is like to lose a child, let alone all of my children at once. And she didn’t even know why. Perhaps she deserves a bit more of our sympathy.

When Job’s wife told him to curse God in her despair and anguish, Job answered her with much patience. Some scholars have said that Job’s wife was not a believer. They believe that her response was a pagan response. I’m not so sure. We only have one sentence uttered by her. We don’t hear about her again, and only indirectly, until the end of the book.

What did Job actually say? “You speak as one of he foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” (Job 2:10).

Job said that his wife speaks “as” one of the foolish women speaks. He didn’t say she was a foolish woman. He remonstrated with her. Then he implored her to accept whatever came from God. We are not told if she repented at this time, but we do know that she stuck with him. She did not go somewhere else. After all, not only had their children been killed, but also all of their donkeys, oxen, sheep, and camels. Their livelihood was gone. Job was in no shape to go out and work. And he couldn’t get any help because all of his servants had been captured or killed as well. Job’s wife went from being very rich to very poor with no prospects. In our day, this would be a good time to run home to mother!

job:3counselorsNot only was her husband ill and needing her sustenance, but now three guests show up. They stay for many days. Customs at the time demanded that she feed and show hospitality to them.

Did she listen in to their conversations? Did she want to know the answers to her husband’s questions? Job’s wife was a witness to his growth in knowledge and sanctification. Eventually Job realizes the truth.

He praises God and says, “I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Hear, now, and I will speak; I will ask You, and You instruct me. I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees you; Therefore I retract, and I repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:2-6).

Job finally acknowledges that Jehovah is Lord of all. He is willing to let God be God. Job is willing to submit to God. Then God declares to Job’s mistaken friends that Job is right.

Job passed the test. His wife was with him. We hope that she followed his lead and humbly repented to God.

In any event, God blessed Job and his wife. He gave them ten more children and twice as many belongings as before. His daughters were considered the fairest in the land. Surely their mother had something to do with that.

I am not sure about Job’s wife’s relationship with God. But, I do sympathize with her and hope that if that kind of trouble comes to me I will cling to God as hopefully she did.

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