DAY of INFAMY, The Bombing of Hiroshima


I will never forget the images I saw as a little girl as I watched a school film. The movie was black and white and showed all the horrific after effects of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan

Scenes in particular haunt me to this day, A face imprinted  on a cement wall, little school boys walking like zombies with part of their faces melted or burned. Splintered frames of buildings, standing naked and pointed upward to a dark sky. My innocent imagination could not fully process the graphic images and I was unable to sleep for the next several days. How could a seven year old girl dissect the reasons and causes of such an infamous event?

I’ve recently gone back to that pivotal moment of seeing a cataclysmic event. Though now mature, grown and experienced in much suffering, I’m still compelled to come to grips with all the barbaric things that could happen with such violent people in control. I feel the need to dissect the nuances of humanity in the grips of tragedy or disaster and hope to glean some sense or understanding of why there has to be war and why civilians must be caught in the net of brutality, violence and death.

A few months ago, while pondering the idea of a nuclear blast here in America, I remembered those haunting images from so long ago. The impact of those horrendous  scenes were no less heart-breaking, but even more so, a reality in my own present time with all the jockeying for nuclear arms military supremacy.

I got a glimpse of a day in the life of a city being attacked by an Atomic bomb via a “Touched by an Angel” episode last year.

The city of Hiroshima was known for the beauty of ancient Shinto temples, delicate, gracious Geisha dancers and especially the sweet aroma of Cherry blossoms that wafted through spring season air. This day was no different from any other and a group of schoolgirls climbed a small hill to their father’s garden.

Meanwhile, on his death-bed, Albert Einstein smiled at the lovely scene being presented by the angel of death who stood by to prepare him for the afterlife. Einstein smiled at the lovely scene before him, unaware that in a few minutes the scene would change drastically with an incomprehensible horror the Japanese and the whole world never forget.

A deafening siren suddenly blared and thunderous noise like a tornado made the young girls cover their ears and scream.  The father of relativity grimaced seeing the pale blue sky turning an angry boiling red. Albert looked on in horror as the young girls screamed and covered their faces. Now he understood the implications of his invention…the atom bomb. Things would never be the same.

He began to weep, for in a quick minute, the beautiful city of Hiroshima was suddenly reduced to nothing but ashes, dust and death.

Another character in the same episode, a female scientist, pondered her decision to clone Einstein’s DNA so she could have her very own child. She wanted a highly intelligent child who would grow up to contribute great things to his/her world.  She pondered deeply about the moral and ethical consequences of human cloning.

This “Touched by an Angel” episode was one of the most fascinating and gripping dealing with the cloning. of human beings. Every thought, deed and action would affect eternity whether we wanted to realize it or not.

I wonder if Albert  Einstein could have imagined the consequences of his scientific genius  and the implications on politics, military  armament and world peace. His genius caused the death of millions of hapless civilians, leaving behind an infamous legacy for all to remember.

I will never forget that seeing that film in third grade. I’m wondering what my teacher thought the film would accomplish in our small minds. I wonder if my other classmates remembered it as I did. I think about the lives of the people who never had a chance to say good-bye  to their loved ones or even to escape to safety.

Such a cruel fate. If anything, I hope that every person would get a vicarious glimpse of such a catastrophe and especially that our leaders would prevent this from ever happening again. I know I will never be the same.

I vote against nuclear weapons and hope that all compassionate, humanitarian  people would unite to keep a safe world.  Amazing, that with all the brilliant scientists able to invent great devises for the benefit of mankind, that weapons of mass destruction are the invention of choice.

One could also ask how man would design such a weapon when God has given us such ability to create good as He did.

WHAT CAUSED the FALL of of WTC?


The thick, suffocating cloud that exploded from the imploding World Trade Center buildings not only snuffed out the lives of thousands of civilians but also America’s idyllic  dream of peace and protection. A decade later, the survivors of lost loved ones and concerned citizens still question  the cause of one of the most infamous acts of terrorism America has ever experienced.

Who or what caused the destruction of the twin towers?

Though great debates rage around the world by top strategists, government official and religious leaders, the answer stares right at our faces, but much of America has become numb and deluded into disbelieving truth

It all began with the inception of our country by the God-fearing founding fathers.They knew of the power and protection of abiding under the shelter of God almighty and His promise to bless His people if they lived within the constraints of His commands. We’ve come a long way from that  vision’s birthing.

So why was the World Trade Center attacked?  Choice.  Choice, you ask?! God gave us the choice to make decisions whether for bad or good. The terrorists chose to not forgive their enemies and to retaliate with the intent to maim and kill. The American people chose not to vote into office  leaders with integrity and the best interests of their country men.  We, the voters also chose not to vote or to haphazardly believe the hype and eloquent speeches of candidates without researching their values or what they stood for.  We forsook our responsibility at the voting booth because we were lazy, didn’t care and/or didn’t believe in the candidate. and… worse of all, we allowed senseless, immoral and ignorant bigots to take away our freedoms, prayer in schools and government and protection for the lives of the innocent unborn on the pretense of inconvenience.

Who can we blame?

We have ignored the free gift of wisdom God has given us. God’s law was given through Moses to govern His people, The Jews.  God ordained the appointment of judges to govern the people so that justice would not be perverted, (Duet. 16:18).

The great leaders, judges and godly kings like King David, also had a heart after God. King David and Nehemiah, the King’s cup-bearer, who when surveying the wall of Jerusalem wept and prayed for God’s restoration of not only the physical walls, but also the spiritual walls (the hearts) of the people. So, where are repentant and humble leaders today?

God also made provision that the poor, the orphans and  widows to be provided for. Have we made provision for them? America, being such a great nation of affluence, technology and influence, the numbers of our poor have greatly increased and are no longer a small minority. Great folly has permeated this once great nation.

God is watching.

He is allowing evil to weaken the once tightly woven tapestry, the melting pot of the world, America, and to topple the former majesty of our godly foundation. A nation cannot stand when contamination of deceiving half-truths, compromise and immorality are the rule. We are paying a heavy price for trying to edit God out of our constitution.

We cannot blame God for the evil that has transpired over Manhattan, The Alfred Murrah Building in Oklahoma and our Christian missionaries abroad.  Our choices to ignore, to condone and conceal evil and our choice to pervert justice will continue to bring forth dire consequences. God won’t stop us. He lets us do whatever we want and He will continue to grieve knowing well the wonderful path we could have chosen if we obeyed His laws and wisdom.

Our country will continue to languish in debt,  division and uncertainty as well as impending judgment if we continue to foolishly vote for incompetent and greedy leaders and CEOs who care nothing about the rising debt, mass starvation, poverty and the abolishing of the working poor and middle class. God does care about the sickly, disabled widows, the precious babies and the suffering destitute. He weeps for molested little girls and the battered wives  murdered by their own husbands. God weeps to see people defrauded and crushed under the weight of high taxes because of the wasteful spending of greedy government leaders, and unnecessary school administrators who live in opulent, leisurely splendor.

God is watching.

So, why my loyalty to this unseen, cruel God who allowed the WTC to crumble into a heap of ashes at the cost of the lives of courageous emergency personnel, firefighters and police officers?  I’m a humble recipient of countless helps and miracles during the great storms of my life. Even after abuse and attacks, the tender-hearted God of the  orphan and widows came to my aid and made something wonderful out of misery! Rather than me becoming bitter and seeking revenge, He has tamed my fearful, battered heart into one of courage and great compassion for the wounded I’ve met during my travels.

God is always watching.

Men and women of leadership, God is scrutinizing your lifestyles, ideologies and visions. Are they in line with what God has ordained, justice for all, provision, humility and prosperity as a reward for honest, hard work? The penalty in the old testament for sacrificing innocent infants was death, yet millions upon millions of precious voiceless victims are murdered in their own mother’s wombs. We allow perverts and pedophiles more justice than the victims themselves! We wonder in amazement why terrorism has  reduced this once proud and prosperous nation  to the infamous depths of reckless irresponsibility, perversion and  apathy.

Even the minds of our greatest intellectuals have become dull and foolish, devoid of wisdom.

God is watching.

Imagine a people glorifying and then voting for a candidate because he is Black, a beautifully voluptuous woman or a very popular  action hero-movie star  without having any idea of his character, integrity or ideology? America is reaping what we’ve sown and if we continue living beyond our financial means, killing unborn babies and editing His great and Holy name from our constitution, we will enter a Martial, Sharia law or communism.  We are headed for a great cavernous abyss which we will not being able to escape free-falling into.

Now is the time to seriously ponder our past mistakes and turn around in the opposite, (God) direction.  We are still We the People and God will re-adopt us into our rightful heritage if we repent and change the attitudes and motives for our poor choices. The old testament depicts the countless times and judges who have saved the Jews from sin and captivity. We ought to learn a lesson and read the Bible. There is much wisdom to be learned from the mistakes from others!

So….captivity or freedom, anarchy or peace, widespread poverty or prosperity and finally… the annihilation of America as we know it or America the free?

God’s  plan for us is good…and very simple… “Follow that which is just so that you may live and inherit the land, ” (Duet 6:18).

America…will you live or die?

GIANTS WILL FALL


He who has an ear…let him hear. This message is for the church, the Bride of Christ whom God has already supplied all ability, protection and provision.

Our media has portrayed great worldwide upheaval. Fear engulfs even God’s people when they allow themselves to be overwhelmed by  work, house  obligations and physical challenges.  I’m wont to fall prey to fear pangs, but despite all the myriad tangible and spiritual assaults, Abba Yahweh has placed us in the world to be salt and light.  His great promises and the Biblical testimonies of our great patriarchs and matriarchs prove His word. Several of my favorites are Joseph, Moses, Elijah and David. In times of the weight of fear and anxiety, I reread shepherd David’s account of his great victory against behemoth Goliath.

The Philistines camped against the Israelite sending their giant, Goliath to intimidate and mock.

“Why have you come out in line for battle? ” he chided. “Choose a man for yourself and let him come down to me. I defy the armies  of Israel this day. ”

Saul and the whole Israelite armies trembled. Imagine the atmosphere of that scenario. After all the great miracle God did for the Israelite after they left Pharaoh’s captivity, they forgot and let fear take them over.  Meanwhile,  David’s father, Jesse had sent David down to bring food to his older brothers  enlisted in the army. David heard the giant Philistine’s boasts as he presented himself to the Israeli  commanders day after day.

Surveying the Giant’s audacity, David asked incredulously,   “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should dare to defy the armies of the living God?!”

David’s words were reported to Saul and Saul  called for him. As the story goes, David killed Goliath with only his stone and slingshot. I don’t believe David had an inkling of doubt that he would be unable to take down such a large foe. David walked in full confidence and authority in God’s ability to overcome Israels’ enemy.

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and a sound mind, a mind to oppose all fears, doubts and failure and the church must walk in that same power, confidence and authority as young David did so long ago. God’s  empowerment has not changed despite some Christian denominations who believe that  miracles were for that time. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and  time and space are no limitations to the great I AM!

Time and time again, the Bible depicts with great authority, the victories our Biblical forefather’s tasted. Moses speech was an impediment to him, but he accepted the challenge God set before him to lead the Israelite s from their captivity.  Though Moses, foe, Pharaoh was obstinate, Moses continued in obedience despite the calamity and suffering that came against the Egyptians.

Most of the church today looks on and bemoans the chaos and disaster occurring on our planet  for the most part, we passive  onlookers, rather than offensive warriors opposing Satan’s  global assaults. We should be like David, boldly coming against our uncircumcised infidel opponents with an authority and certainty that God’s goodness, restoration and salvation shall overcome and prevail! I see the church acquiescing and cowering regarding demonically orchestrated events.

Psalm 91:7 says that a thousand shall fall, ten thousand at your right hand, yet it shall not come near you.

Remember when the deadly plagues  fell upon the Egyptians because Pharaoh would not let the people go. The plagues continued to come. The final and most devastating was the death of the first-born. But God’s divine protection was upon His people for he provided a covering, the blood that was to be painted on the door lintels. Today, Jesus blood is the protection as we apply it to all dangerous situations…if we cover our dwellings with it. Many of God’s people are ignorant and perish because they are not aware of His eternal providence and provision.

Again and again, we hear of people ask, “Why did God allow the World Trade Center buildings to be attacked?” Why did God allow the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan.” Well, duh…did any of us plead the blood of Jesus  over these?

I am studying an amazing book on Psalm 91, authored by Peggy Joyce Ruth. She teaches verse by verse the  supernatural and all-encompassing protection as well as  testimonies of countless people of faith who evaded a myriad of dangerous circumstances through standing on Psalm 91’s promises. The Bride of Christ and the Jews can enjoy this very same blessing today if they receive and believe.

Our God is also a God of second chances and occasional changes His mind in cases of true repentance and weeping.  King Hezekiah is my favorite example of such a trust.  He had fallen to a serious illness and the prophet Isaiah told him to set his house in order for he would not recover  King Hezekiah could not accept this and set his eyes on God, praying that God would allow him to live. God was so moved by his tears and prayer that He added 15 years to his life and also saved the city from the  King of Assyria! God does hear our faith-filled and powerful prayers and I know it is within every child of God to walk in God’s power and authority.

god is lifting me to a new place of faith and I’ve made it a bedtime habit lately to set my thoughts and worship on my gracious  Abba Yahweh who’s provided a warm bed, food, clothing, a wonderful husband and great country. I plead the blood of Jesus over America, Israel, the awakening of the church, protection from demonic nuclear assaults, plague, EMP blasts and a host of other catastrophes.

I remember years ago moaning to my old pastor about all the evils of the  world.  I was offended by his  response ,”Don’t curse the darkness. Light a candle.” Today I see why he said it. To often we accept all prophecies or even the magnitude of them as written in stone, but our God is gracious even in judgment. He loves His people and doesn’t want one person to perish without Him.  If we repent and turn away, He wants to heal our land. When will we get it?

If every child of God wept in anguish over our lost generation and spiritual darkness, God will help us to turn the Titanic around! It is still not too late, but we have little time. Let the church start praying and weeping with the same  heart as pastor  David Wilkerson of Manhattan Church less events would destroy.  There is an increasing joy and confidence each day as I pray with other brothers and sisters in God’s power and authority against the principalities of darkness. .

I encourage you, my friend to start reading and applying God’s great provision and see what He will make of you!

WORK is GOOD!


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. He created light and darkness and separated them into morning and evening. He created water and land, then vegetation. The universe and all its expanse was created and then creatures were put on the land and in the sea. Lastly, God created Adam from the dust of the earth. God put Adam in the garden to work it and take care of it. This is the first episode of GOD giving work to the man. God Himself ordained work at the very beginning!

Adam did not spend his days sitting around idly,  there was work to be done tilling the garden and even naming the animals! We can further expound on the realistic need for work as per Saint Paul’s discourses in the new testament.

When Paul addressed the church of Thessalonica, he rebuked those who ambled about idly. He commanded that they earn the bread they eat, (Thes. 3:6-12) Paul said, “If a man does not work, he shall not eat and also that they should never tire of doing what is right.”

I’m curious about the reasons our modern church condones welfare for able-bodied people and even worse,  have yet to any pastors rebuking lazy and idle people! It’s no surprise that the present social  system is not working, but the church hasn’t yet admitted that welfare and is not Biblical.

We must remember that provision is commanded, but the specified for certain people.  James 1:27, Tells us that true religion is looking after the orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unsoiled from the world. I t says nothing about providing for able-bodied men, (or women for that matter).  The Bible directs us that even women and mothers have their work cut out for them, thus  Paul sets down the ground rules for the work order for the whole community.

1 Tim. 1:6  Tells us that widows cannot be provided for unless they were over sixty, faithfully supported her husband, provided hospitality, raised children, washing the feet of saints, and devoting herself to all kinds of service. God ordained everyone with a job to do. Even the children were commanded to learn and mind their parents.

Part of the problem is non-supervision of the children of  dual-income families and no mentor ship of children from single-parent households.  Whose fault is that…the church!  We are responsible for taking under our wing and teaching children and parents. We have greatly neglected the duty to our converts in place of embracing leisure and  pleasure.

God’s people, (and all people) perish for lack of knowledge. Again and again this refrain rings in my heart and applies to every person God created  in His precious plan!

Another problem is the lack of modeling and raising children under the admonition of the Lord. When little children see laziness, they emulate their parents.  The church must model godly and honest entrepreneurship or our way of life as it is will collapse. The working and middle class are already strained by the illegal immigrants, incarcerated and able-bodied dependents who are draining our economy with all the food stamps and health care.  The FDA, medical establishment and pharmaceutical companies are also  perpetuating sedentary lifestyles, poor health and obesity, but that is subject for another blog. If this trend continues, America will surely collapse.

We can balk and mock the laws set down by God, but He originally created a world and systems of order. His perfect way is without flaw and without chaos. We, in our own selfish rebellious perspectives have strayed from His wise and  glorious path and through neglect are paying heavy consequences. When we are obedient, trusting and following His commands we will always enjoy prosperity and provision. The fear, (reverence) of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and when we adopt our thoughtless mindsets and opinions of how to run a country, community and family, we will ultimately fail. All the answers to our well-being are in God’s word.

My father, Teofilo Ferrer Cepeda was born in Puerto-Rico in 1929 to an industrious, God-fearing Catholic mother.  He was a born entrepreneur at the tender age of 8, selling produce from his parents farm to support his mother and seven brothers and sisters! Papito handed down his strict, no-nonsense work ethic to me and though as a rebellious teenager, despised having to work hard every summer vacation, I now enjoy the fruits and lessons from my beloved father. Today, I’m proud to give God and him the credit for nurturing a deeply-ingrained creative and productive spirit that has supported me through the many storms of my life!

This American culture seems to have bred in its citizens and new immigrants a lazy and selfish mentality. When my mother arrived here from Germany with my father, she didn’t know a word of English. She learned all she could by watching TV. Today,  after many decades of faithful service to her job, she is a supervisor.   The spirit of entrepreneurship and productivity has greatly diminished and I wonder how did the welfare mentality start and why do the recipients think the world owes them? College students graduate expecting a $60,000 a year job, without doing a thing? I’ve seen inmates at the sides of the freeway  picking up garbage and litter.  They should be taught a skill to learn to be self-sufficient How are the inmates being supported? The taxpayers!

I say teach these men the value of productivity. Teach them to build their living quarters, teach them how to grow their own food.  Gifted and skilled men and women should be the  carpenters, farmers, teachers and soul sculptors.  Our welfare system is not working and it’s time for the think tanks to start thinking logically with what God had in mind in the beginning!

The church has a responsibility to rehabilitate the broken, lost and dying. Mother Teresa is a perfect example of one voice who spoke out into the darkness and touched millions of lives in her lifetime.   Her solution was mentoring the young sisters under her to model and give a loving hands on approach to every person who came with a need.  The  church must step up to the plate, not giving a random hand outs but mentoring with tough love. we must once again instill  values of honor, dignity and hard, dedicated work. God has placed a purpose in each and every person. The trick is helping that person to find their niche.

Let us thoughtfully reinstate a pattern for the next generation to follow. There is still time to turn this Titanic around!

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