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Gospel Alert – The Last Trump

October 12, 2020

The Apostle Paul tells us a day will come when “we shall all be changed.”  Paul says it will happen very quickly, when we least expect it:

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52 KJV).

Could the re-election of President Trump on November 3rd be our last “free” election in America?  Will this be the last time that only legitimate votes are counted?  And the last time the true voice of the American people is allowed to be heard all around the world?

Or, will this November 2020 election be decided by corrupt politicians, Washington-insiders (The Swamp), unelected government bureaucrats (The Deep State), social media (Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube), and the fake-news media (ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NPR, PBS, New York Times, Washington Post)? 

One thing is certain: All these political partisans have aligned themselves against President Trump –  and the fake-news they are all reporting is nothing more than “talking-points” prepared by the Socialist/Progressives who are running the Democrat Party.

Will this be the last trump described by Paul?  God Almighty is the only one who knows.  However, God just might be waiting to see how the people respond to the promise God made long ago in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14 KJV:

13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

However, let us not overlook what God said would happen if we do not turn from our wicked ways:

19 But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; 20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them; and this house, which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a byword among all nations.

21 And this house, which is high, shall be an astonishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and unto this house?  22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other gods, and worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath he brought all this evil upon them.

People of America!  We cannot continue aborting our innocent children, and condoning same-sex marriage and the LGBTQ+ lifestyle, and waging war against our fellow citizens . . . and expect God to bless this nation.

We must turn from our wicked ways, turn to God Almighty, and plead for his mercy and forgiveness.  Do it now.  Don’t waste another moment.


Duane Collins
 


Gospel Alert – The Unmasking

October 5, 2020
 
I am so ashamed of the people who continue their relentless attacks on President Trump, even while he and his family are fighting their own personal battle against the Chinese virus. 
 
The unbridled anger of this anti-Trump crowd exposes their hatred for this nation, and their lack of respect for our founding fathers who formed this “more perfect Union” more than 233 years ago.  It also reveals their obvious contempt for our family members, friends, and loved ones who fought and died defending this nation and protecting the freedoms that we all enjoy today.
 
However, between now and November 3rd I believe we are going to see the “unmasking” of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.  Their masks will be removed, and the corrupt secret plans and schemes of these lying imposters will be revealed to all Americans.
 
Bernie Sanders never tried to hide the fact that he is a Socialist.  For some unknown reason, Bernie apparently believes in Socialism, and he’s been preaching it for more than 50 years.
 
Fortunately, the American people rejected Bernie Sanders in this presidential campaign.  They were smart enough to recognize, that under Socialism, the people always suffer – the people always lose their freedom – the people always lose their property to the government – and the people always become impoverished and helplessly dependent on the government for all their needs.
 
However, many Americans are being hood-winked by the Democrat Party (DNC) and the fake-news media into believing that Joe Biden is an “old-school, moderate Democrat.”  And yet, any reasonable-thinking person can look at the DNC platform, and see that it includes the Socialist agenda of Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and even Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris.
 
But Joe Biden will continue trying to “mask” that fact from American citizens.  In a recent campaign speech Biden said, “I am a moderate.  Look at me.  Do I look like a Socialist?”  
 
Joe Biden and the Democrats will continue trying to hide their true agenda, because it’s Bad for America. 
 
But I truly believe, the more direct exposure Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have with the American people, their “masks” will be peeled away, and the American people will see them for what they really are: Two dishonest, power-hungry politicians, completely lacking in moral and ethical principles, and more than willing to say or do whatever is necessary to get elected.
 
The Chinese virus has taken a toll, but President Trump and his administration are still working tirelessly to get this virus under control, get people back to work, and kids back to school, and to Make America Great Again.  Let’s pray for their success and vote for Republicans to keep the White House, increase their majority in the Senate, and win a majority in the U.S. House and send Nancy Pelosi home to her San Francisco gated mansion.
 
Let God’s Word be true: “What was meant for evil, God used for good” (see Genesis 50:20).
 
Duane Collins
www.CommonManMinistry.com
 


Gospel Alert – Is Anybody Listening?

September 28, 2020
 
For many years we’ve been told to “keep religion out of politics.”  In other words, in the eyes of the secular world, the only people qualified to serve in politics are those with absolutely no religious conviction.
 
On July 2, 1954, Democrat Senator Lyndon Johnson quietly slipped in an amendment to a congressional rewrite of the tax code that prohibits churches, charities, and all tax-exempt organizations from openly supporting political candidates.  That amendment was named the Johnson Amendment, and Lyndon Johnson later became the 36th President of the United States upon the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
 
People were led to believe this was a good thing, because in the mind of liberals, “religion and politics” cannot mix.  Religion weakens their political control over you.  In fact, there was great opposition to John F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign because of his religious faith.  Kennedy was Roman Catholic, and many people were told that Kennedy would follow the will of Pope John XXIII, instead of the will of the American people.
 
Fortunately, on May 4, 2017, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.”  That executive order does not repeal the Johnson Amendment (because Congress could not agree), but it does halt the Internal Revenue Service from enforcement of the law against churches while secular non-profits go unscathed.
 
Although the mantra of “religion and politics don’t mix” is still very much alive, we witnessed the public assembly of thousands of evangelicals and Judeo-Christian believers at the National Mall in Washington, D. C. to pray for America and its people to “turn from our wicked ways, and come back to the ways of Almighty God” in accordance with God’s Word as written in 2 Chronicles 7:14.
 
This was an outstanding event with inspirational speakers from all across this nation and around the world.  It also included some of the most uplifting Gospel-inspired music from gifted musicians and singers, and many   powerful, Spirit-filled prayers from ordinary people like you and me, that I am sure were heard by God himself. 
 
The event was broadcast live on Friday and Saturday (September 25th and 26th) without commercial interruption by the Christian Television Network (CTN), which is based in Largo, Florida.  The Saturday event was also covered by Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).  However, it seems the secular media totally ignored this spectacular event . . . As of this writing, I have not seen any coverage by the secular media. 
 
This was truly a peaceful assembly; no riots, no fires, no property damage, no attacks on the police, etc.  This was an earnest appeal to Almighty God to forgive our sins and heal this nation.       Let it be Lord, let it be.
 
Duane Collins
 
File Note: President Trump’s message relating to this event is attached.


Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020

Issued on: September 26, 2020



On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.

Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time.  Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World.  From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord.  Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.

The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great.  Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God.  As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”  As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.

Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility.  With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.



Gospel Alert – Focus on Israel

September 21, 2020
 
Something very significant took place on September 14, 2020, and it was almost totally ignored by the fake-news media.  In fact, Nancy Pelosi said “it was just a publicity stunt by Trump to detract from Covid-19.”
 
On September 14, 2020, President Trump presided over the signing of an historic agreement between Israel, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bahrain.  The signing took place at the White House, and the agreement is being called the Abrahamic Covenant.
 
What makes this agreement so significant is the fact that these two Arab-Muslim nations (UAE and Bahrain) are now pledging to normalize relations with Israel.  This is something nearly every other country in the predominantly Muslim Middle East (except Egypt and Jordan) have refused to do since 1948, when Israel was formally recognized as a sovereign nation by the United Nations.
 
It is now believed that other Arab-Muslim countries will soon follow suit.  However, on the day of the signing, the Arab-Palestinians in Gaza were firing rockets into Israel.  Gaza is under the control of Hamas, the Islamic terrorists group that is financed by Iran – and Iran is still calling for Israel to be “wiped off the map.”
 
The original Abrahamic Covenant was the promise that God made to Abraham when he told him to leave the land of his father’s household and go to a land where: “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”  (see Genesis 12:1-3; 17:1-8)
 
God led Abraham to the “promised land” which was the land of Canaan; and God told Abraham he was giving him “the whole land of Canaan” (from the Mediterranean Sea on the west – to the hill country in modern-day Jordan on the east – and from the Wadi River in Egypt on the south – to the Euphrates River in the north (see Genesis 15:18-21; 17:8).
 
Over the years, in seeking peace with their neighbors, Israel has given up much of the land God gave them.  Israel is now slightly larger than the state of New Jersey and has about the same population (8.4 million). 
 
But Israel is extremely important to Almighty God.  And those who try to wipe Israel off the map – and those who try to annihilate the Jewish people will never succeed.  God has chosen Mount Zion in Jerusalem to be the spot where Jesus will return to rule and reign (see Zechariah 8:3; 12:1-9; 14:1-9; Revelation 19:11-21).
 
All of us need to thank the Lord, that President Trump recognizes Israel’s important role in God’s plan for this world, and has worked tirelessly to support Israel’s right to exist, and to be a blessing to Israel as God commanded in Genesis 12:3.
 
Almighty God must surely be pleased with President Trump’s 12/6/2017 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city – the moving of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on 5/14/2018 – the recognition of Israel’s right to the Golan Heights on 3/25/2019 – and now the signing of this historic agreement, the Abrahamic Covenant on 9/14/2020.
 
Let us all pray that God will bless and protect President Donald J. Trump and his family, and his administration as they work to protect the lives of our unborn children, protect our borders, restore law and order, stand shoulder to shoulder with Israel, and get this nation back to work.  And Lord; give us favor in the November 2020 election.
 
Duane Collins
 


Gospel Alert – Observing the Liars
 

September 14, 2020
 
The world today is full of liars.  People have become so self-centered and so prideful of themselves, they will say or do whatever it takes to get ahead.  If that means going on TV or social media and telling boldfaced lies, or writing a tell-all book, they will do it.
 
What is wrong with these people?  Have they no conscience, or no respect for themselves or others?  Surely they must know they are lying.  Medical experts tell us, that when you are telling a lie, your heart beats faster, your face and neck begins to flush, your eyes dart back and forth, and often times you take on a blank stare like a deer caught in the headlights of an on-coming car.
 
Even though the liar thinks he (or she) is clever enough to fool the people they are speaking to, their own body knows when they are lying, and those telltale signs always gives them away.
 
In Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV), we are told “there are six things the Lord hates; seven are detestable to him.”  And then the Scripture goes on to list those seven things: 1. Haughty eyes, 2. A lying tongue, 3. Hands that shed innocent blood, 4. A heart that devises wicked schemes, 5. Feet that are quick to rush into evil, 6. A false witness who pours out lies [about other people], 7. A man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
 
God calls such a person a “troublemaker and a “villain.”  He also says you can recognize them by the way they wink (blink) their eyes, restlessly shuffle their feet, and make quirky hand gestures while they speak [perhaps God had Nancy Pelosi in mind].
 
God says these people “plot evil with deceit in their heart” and always “stir up conflict.”  However, God says their lying ways will not be successful, because “disaster will overtake them in and instant; and suddenly they will be destroyed – without remedy” (see Proverbs 6:12-15 NIV).
 
Jesus also gives this assurance: “There is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open . . . . So don’t be afraid of them.  There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known” (Luke 8:17; Matthew 10:26 NIV).
 
Even though it’s stressful to watch, as far-left socialist/progressive Democrats, with masks hiding their faces, are flooding the airwaves with misinformation from anonymous sources . . . Let us not be discouraged.   Neither the deceit, nor the evilness that is embedded deep in their heart, can be hidden by the mask on their face. 
 
And let us not be fooled by the “good ole boy, friend of the working man” routine being portrayed by Joe Biden.  God’s word explains it well: “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords” (Psalm 55:21 KJV).  Note: This is especially true when you consider the deadly platform of the Democrat Party  led by Joe Biden.
 
Let us pray that the American people wake up and get right with God before it’s too late.
 
Duane Collins

 

Gospel Alert – The Return

September 7, 2020
 
Dear Family and Friends,
 
Our office at the Tulsa County Hardesty Public Library has been shut down since March 14, 2020 due to the China virus.  As a result, the Common Man Newsletters have been temporarily placed on hold.  But we still periodically post important information on our website www.CommonManMinistry.com.
 
All fifteen libraries in the Tulsa County ‘Public” Library System have been closed to the public.  Unfortunately, they are currently under the control of left-leaning liberals, and even the library polling sites where people used to cast their votes in city, county, state and federal elections . . . they too are all closed to the public. 
 
Let there be no doubt, this is part of a nationwide effort by Democrats to put an end to in-person voting.  They are planning to mail out 80 million unsolicited ballots for the November presidential election (unless the courts stop them).  Voting via the Internet is the Democrats plan for the future . . . and if that ever happens, the validity of the American voting system will be lost forever.  Winners and losers will no longer be determined by counting the actual votes of U.S. citizens.  Instead, election results will be determined by bureaucrats appointed by government officials of the “ruling” party.
 
But that is not the primary purpose of this Gospel Alert.  This letter is to apprise you of a very important event schedule to take place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on September 26, 2020. 
 
This event is advertised as “The Return, The National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance” and it is a coming together of all God’s people at a very special time on God’s prophetic calendar.  The Return includes ten days of prayer, fasting, and repentance.  (www.TheReturn.org
 
It begins on the Biblical Feast of Trumpets (September 18th) and ends on the Day of Atonement (September 28th).  The central day of The Return will be Saturday, September 26, 2020 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and will be broadcast around the world via television and the Internet
 
What makes September 2020 so important is that several significant events are converging at the same time:
 

  • This will be the nineteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on America.  The 19th year is significant in history relating back to the time of Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of Jerusalem in 586 B.C.
     
  • The Biblical Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) is the Jewish New Year, a time in which the people assemble before the Lord, presenting the nation before the Lord for his favor; i.e., “Humble yourself before the Lord.”
     
  • The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is a day of cleansing for people and religious leaders, a cleansing from their sins and purifying the tabernacle (the Holy Place).  Atonement is the “reconciliation between God and man.”  Sin is what separates man from God, but God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement for our sins (see Romans 3:22-26).
     

In most all of our newsletters, we’ve reminded people of God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
 
Never in our lifetime have we witnessed a greater need for the people of this nation to “turn from our wicked ways” and plead for God to “heal our land.”  We must stop aborting innocent babies (2,300 abortions each day in America) – We must stop condoning same-sex marriage and the homosexual lifestyle promoted by LGBTQ+ activists.
 
And we can no longer ignore the fact that evil-minded people are frantically trying to take control of our government, open our borders, destroy our sovereignty, eliminate law and order, take away our right to defend ourselves, take away our rights to free speech, and our freedom of religion . . . In other words, they want to completely destroy the American Way of Life that has made America great.
 
We are all living the days that Jesus warned would come; and we’re seeing the signs that Jesus said would mark “the end of the age.”  You can read it for yourself in Matthew 24:1-31; Mark 13:1-37; Luke 17:20-38; 21:5-36.
 
Our Creator, Almighty God, is patient, loving and kind.  But one day, God will have had enough, his patience will come to an end.  And with a loud trumpet call, God will send his Son, Jesus, to defeat Satan and all of his demonic inspired evildoers on this earth.  No one knows when that day will be, not even Jesus himself.  God the Father is the only one who knows when that day will take place (see Matthew 24:36-51).
 
The events of today indicate “THAT DAY” may be very close at hand, and it behooves all of us to be ready to meet Jesus face to face on that day.  If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, please invite him into your heart today – get saved (born again) – don’t wait another moment. 
 
If you believe in your heart that Jesus is the Son of God, and that he shed his blood on Calvary’s Cross as an atonement for your sins (see John 3:1-36), please pray this simple prayer and you will be saved:
 
 “Jesus, I am a sinner, and I am sorry.  Please forgive my sins and come into my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I repent (turn away) from sin and I commit my life to you.  I will study your word, follow your teachings, and obey your commands.  And Lord, show me what you want me to do; what part I can play in furthering your kingdom.  Thank you, Lord, for saving me.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
 
 
Duane & Peggy Collins
 
P.S. Don’t forget “The Return, The National and Global Day of Prayer and Repentance” on September, 26, 2020.  


Gospel Alert – Our Upside Down World
 

August 31, 2020
 
Common sense and reasonable thinking seems to be disappearing in today’s world.  Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) will not allow students to return to the school house; instead, they are required to do distant-learning through the Internet. 
 
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Tulsa, who supports the TPS policy, has implemented a “new” plan of his own, whereby working parents can drop their school-age kids off at one of the six Community Centers operated by the Tulsa Park Department, and they will be supervised by a $12 per hour park employee while they do their school work via the Internet.
 
The Park Department plans to seat the children in groups of ten, in pods with proper social distancing and Internet access.  While all of this is taking place, the classrooms at TPS’ 83 different schools will be empty, except for the 3,000+ professional teachers . . . all of whom are represented by labor unions and drawing salaries of $48,809 to $64,544 per year (www.salary.com).
 
If students are safe at the Park Department Community Centers, why aren’t they safe in TPS classrooms?
 
The Mayor of Tulsa, and the Superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools say they are following the medical advice of Dr. Bruce Dart, the Executive Director of the Tulsa County Health Department.  But it should be noted that Dr. Bruce Dart is not a medical doctor. 
 
He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, accredited by the National Public Health Leadership Institute, and he received his PhD in Health Services from Walden University (www.phf.org).
 
There is no doubt, he is a well-educated man.  But when it comes to making decisions that affect the overall economy, the wellbeing of our citizens, and the education of our children; i.e., shutting down businesses, churches and schools . . . Should we be relying solely on the advice of Dr. Bruce Dart?
 
God warned us long ago to not put all our trust in people – and that we would one day be living in an upside down world.  I believe that day has arrived.
 
“You should stop trusting in people to save you, because people are only human; they aren’t able to help you” (Isaiah 2:22 NCV).
 
“How terrible it will be for people who call good things bad and bad things good, who think darkness is light and light is darkness, who think sour is sweet and sweet is sour.  How terrible it will be for people who think they are wise and believe they are clever” (Isaiah 5:20-21 NCV).
 
The Lord says, “I will cause young boys to be your leaders, and foolish children will rule over you.  People will be against each other; everyone will be against his neighbor.  Young people will not respect older people, and common people will not respect important people” (Isaiah 3:4-5 NCV).
 
“Children treat my people cruelly, and women rule over them.  My people, your guides lead you in the wrong way and turn you away from what is right” (Isaiah 3:12 NCV).
 
“It is better to trust the Lord than to trust people.  It is better to trust the Lord than to trust princes” (Psalm 118:8-9 NCV).
 
The American people had better wake up and turn to the Lord before it’s too late.
 
Duane Collins

 

Gospel Alert – Stopping The China Virus

 

August 24, 2020
 
The Lord can stop Covid-19 anytime he wants.  This is not the first time a plague has been used to get people’s attention and call them to repentance.
 
When the King of Egypt refused to free the Israelites from the bondage of slavery in 1446 BC, the Lord unleashed ten different plagues on the Egyptian people (see Exodus 7:14-12:30).  And it should be noted: None of the Israelites, nor their animals were affected by the plague while they were in Egypt, because God protected them all. 
 
After much suffering and death, the Egyptian king (pharaoh) released God’s people and they departed Egypt, bound for Canaan, the land that God had promised to their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  And God lifted the plague.
 
All of us need to understand, God has control over all things, including Covid-19, the China virus.
 
There are numerous examples throughout the Holy Bible where God used plagues and other “natural” disasters to get his people to repent from their wicked ways and return to God.  Even King David, whom God called “a man after my own heart” (Acts 13:22). 
 
One example is recorded in 2 Samuel 24 when King David ordered a census be taken to determine the size of his army (1 Chronicles 21:1 says Satan provoked David to take that action).  Joab, David’s chief military commander, advised David against the census, reminding him “it is the Lord who enables Israel to be victorious in our battles, not the size of our army.”  But David did not listen, and ordered him to proceed with the census. 
 
Shortly thereafter, King David realized that Joab was correct, and that he had sinned greatly against the Lord, and he immediately begged the Lord for forgiveness (24:10).  But when you sin, there is always a price to pay, and God sent a plague on Israel for three days, and seventy-thousand people died (24:15).  David pleaded with the Lord to “punish him and spare the people.” 
 
King David purchased a piece of land on top of Mount Moriah and built an altar to worship the Lord, and the Lord answered David’s prayers and stopped the plague (24:25).  That piece of land would later be the site for the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem.  But the consequences of sin would cause much grief in David’s life; even though God forgave him, there is still a price to pay for sin . . . and that applies to me and you, as well as David. 
 
God can stop this China virus today, if we will turn from our wicked ways. 
 
During the dedication of the Lord’s Temple in Jerusalem, God reminded King Solomon of God’s awesome power over all things in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14, 19-22 NIV:
 
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
 
19 “But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21 This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’”
 
God is waiting for the American people to turn from our wicked ways and return to Him.  Seek Him today.

Duane Collins
 

Gospel Alert - For A Time Such As This
 

August 17, 2020
 
We are on the verge of losing this nation as rioting, anarchy, and lawlessness spreads across America.  And yet it would appear that many American voters are completely oblivious to what is actually going on in this nation.
 
The global power-brokers are hard at work, investing hundreds of millions of dollars, to make sure the 2020 presidential election goes according to their plan.  Their 2016 plan was to have Hillary Clinton sitting in the White House and completing Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America.”   But their plan was thwarted by American citizens who went to the polls and voted for Donald J. Trump.
 
These socialists/progressives have never recovered from that political defeat, and during the past four years they’ve unleashed an unending barrage of attacks against President Trump, in an effort to remove him from the Oval Office.  Even today with the election just two months away, they are still trying to make sure his presidency does not continue.
 
In Mark 3:27, Jesus said, “No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.”
 
Although these power-hungry globalists are probably unfamiliar with anything Jesus had to say, they apparently recognized, from the first day Donald Trump announced his candidacy (June 16, 2015), that Donald Trump was a strong man, and was determined to make America great again; and they could not let that happen.
 
You see, America’s strength is the only thing standing in the way of their plans for a One World Order.  Therefore, they’re determined to do whatever it takes to make sure the Trump administration’s successes are terminated, and reversed, by the next administration, whomever that might be.
 
But they may have overlooked the fact that God may have chosen Donald Trump for “a time such as this” (see Esther 4:13).  A lesser man would have given up long ago.  But President Trump’s commitment to protect the life of our unborn babies, and to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel, and to protect our religious liberties . . . Surely God must be pleased by all of these things, and therefore more inclined to show favor.
 
We, the people of this great nation, must also humble ourselves, pray, and seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.  If we will do that, God will hear our prayers, forgive our sins, and heal our land.  That’s God’s promise (see 2 Chronicles 7:14).  Let’s do it today.
 
Duane Collins
 

Gospel Alert - Should We Continue Testing for Covid-19?

August 5, 2020

The United States has tested over 61 million people for the China virus and as of today 4.85 million confirmed cases of Covid-19 have been reported.  This indicates that 92% of the people tested do not have the virus; in fact, many of those tested had no symptoms, but they requested a test anyway.
 
Since our health experts are concerned about overloading our healthcare workers, does it make sense to continue testing people who have no symptoms?  Even if you were to test “negative” today, a few hours later you could be exposed, and if tested again, your test results would then indicate “positive.”
 
Since the test is only good for that one particular moment in time, perhaps our health experts should tell the American people, “Don’t get tested unless you show symptoms of the virus.”
 
Testing for the virus is a two-edged sword.  Like with anything else, if you keep looking for a problem, you are sure to find one.  And that possibility keeps people in fear, and makes people more willing to accept any possible solution, even a vaccine that hasn’t been fully tested to make sure the side effects are not more deadly than the virus itself. 
 
And don’t overlook the fact that when you take the test, your DNA is stored in a national data bank (maybe even a global data bank) and your DNA can be used for purposes other than healthcare – every crime scene is scoured for DNA evidence in order to identify a suspect.  None of us wants to be included in that data bank, and run the risk of mistakenly being accused of something you didn’t do, and having to prove you are innocent.
 
Every reasonable-thinking person must surely consider: “Is it possible that this man-made virus is being used to accomplish something bigger?”  Remember Rahm Emanuel’s slogan: “Don’t let a crisis go to waste.”  Is this man-made China virus being used to accomplish something that could not otherwise be possible?
 
We must all take note that these “shut-down” orders for schools, churches, businesses, sports, etc., are all scheduled to continue through November 2020.  Is something magically supposed to happen in November 2020?  Will our nation be taken over by the left-wing socialists/progressives in the Democrat Party in November 2020?
 
Is it their plan to take complete political control over this nation, and will the media narrative on Covid-19 suddenly change?  Will a cure for Covid-19 suddenly be discovered, and the people’s fear of the virus be laid to rest?  That may be what they are hoping you will believe.   But don’t be deceived.  Their plan is even much bigger.
 
The sovereignty of the USA, and the American Way of Life are standing in the way of the One World Order, which is a global system of governance.  Therefore, these schemers, liars and deceivers cannot allow America to become great again . . . and they will do whatever is necessary to make sure it does not.
 
Those who love this nation must realize that God is our only hope.  God is our provider and our protector.  God’s Word in Psalm 91 tells us “He will save us from deadly pestilence and plague – we do not have to fear the terror of night nor the arrow that flies by day – He will command his angels to guard us in all our ways.”  All we have to do is “call upon Him and He will answer.”
 
How do you call on God?  Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6 NIV).  Call on Jesus today, repent of your sins, and ask him to be your Lord and Savior.
 
Duane Collins
 

Gospel Alert – Is It Too Late?

July 29, 2020

As of July 25, 2020, there were 146,418 deaths in the USA this year due to the China Virus, Covid-19.  During that same period, there were 498,171 deaths in the USA due to abortion.

Think about that.  We are willingly and purposely killing our innocent babies at a rate 3 ½ times greater than the China virus, and yet none of the health “experts” have issued any warnings about abortion.

And that includes Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, Dr. Robert Redfield, the Director of the CDC, and Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General – it also includes every Democrat politician, including Joe Biden.

In fact, these Democrats have declared abortion clinics to be an essential service, and must remain open, while many businesses, schools and churches have been shut down . . . and sadly, many church pastors have quietly complied, and remain silent about the sins of abortion.

Do you think God is going to continue to bless America while we continue killing our innocent children?

God’s Word tells us that in the days of Jeremiah, the people became so wickedly perverted and sinful, that God hid His face from them and refused to respond to their prayers, and finally released His wrath upon them (see Jeremiah, chapter 32).

Have we in America today, so provoked the Lord with abortion, same-sex marriage, and the perversion of the LGBTQ+ homosexual lifestyle, that He is hiding His face from us?  If we have, all we can do is watch and weep as our nation is destroyed. 

Hopefully, the earnest sorrowful repentance of the American people will cause the Lord to come to our rescue.  I hope it is not too late.

 

Duane Collins
 

Gospel Alert - Wearing A Facemask Is Just the Beginning


July 13, 2020
 
Never in the history of the United States have citizens been ordered by law to wear a facemask, social-distance yourselves from other people, and to limit the number of people who can participate in a public or private assembly.
 
And yet, this is exactly what some cities and states are doing across this nation.  People are being told to stay home from work, don’t go to church, don’t go to school, and wear a facemask in public.
 
These orders not only violate the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, they will be impossible to enforce . . . especially since many of these same cities are defunding their Police Departments.  In addition, if we continue to pursue this foolishness the economic engine of this nation will grind to a complete halt. 
 
We are already seeing businesses going broke, people losing their jobs and being unable to pay their rent; and many are having to rely on public assistance to feed their families.  And yet, the politicians making these “rules” are not similarly affected because they continue being paid by taxpayer dollars as they continue to lecture us from the comfort and security of their own home.
 
They seem to be oblivious to this fact:  As the American economy slows down, so does the flow of tax revenue.  And if they allow this insanity to continue, there will not be enough tax revenue to pay their salaries and other related expenses; i.e., travel, office staff, healthcare insurance, and government retirement pensions.  What will they do then?
 
It appears that the politicians, the swamp, the deep state (unelected government bureaucrats) and the fake-news media are only planning to continue this madness until the November 2020 election is over and President Trump is replaced by Joe Biden.  If that happens, they believe that they will then have complete control over “we the people” and can dictate to us how their “fundamentally transformed” government will operate, and anyone who dares to disagree will be silenced and powerless to resist.  And they may even suddenly announce they’ve found a cure for Covid-19.

Do Not Overlook the Bigger Picture
This Chinese Virus, Covid-19, is a manmade virus and is being used by the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates and other like-minded progressive/socialist billionaires as a pre-cursor for the One World Government, and the Mark of the Beast as described in the Holy Bible, Revelation, chapter 13.
 
The Antichrist will be the ruler of the Bible-prophesied One World Government, and he will require every person (rich or poor) to take the “Mark” in order to buy, sell, or trade.  Do you see the similarity of what we are doing today, and how being forced to wear a facemask (or stay home) can lead to more and more restrictions on our personal freedoms?  In fact, the Antichrist also uses the “Mark” as evidence of allegiance to him, and anyone who refuses to take the “Mark” is put to death.
 
And don’t be lulled into thinking that a vaccine will solve the Covid-19 plague.  NBC News just announced a new “tick virus” has been discovered which mimics Covid-19 – and at the same time, Bott Radio announced there is a “new” Swine Flu, also coming out of China.  This evilness is not going to stop until God intercedes.
 
This is not a conspiracy theory . . . This is life in the world we are living in today, and it behooves all of us to fall on our knees and pray that these evil-minded people never get complete control over this nation.
 
Think about these things:

  • Every human being (male and female) was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), and yet, we are now being told to hide that image behind a facemask.
     
  • Jesus told his born-again followers that they were the light of the world, and they were to let that light shine for all the world to see (Matthew 5:14-16).  But how can we do that if we are told to cover our face and avoid congregating with other people?
     
  •  God said, “I am the Lord that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26).  “I am the shelter from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4).  “I am your refuge and will protect you from any pestilence or plagues that come your way” (from Psalm 91).  The Apostle Paul said, “If you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raise him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

So what are we supposed to do? 
We must get right with God and pray that these evil-minded people do not succeed in their plans for this nation.  And pray that the people of this great nation will come to their senses, rise up, and demand that we stop the barbarian pagan ritual of aborting our innocent babies – and – that we put an end to the perversion and foolishness of same-sex marriage and the LGBTQ+ lifestyle.  These sins are an abomination in the eyes of Almighty God, and if God sees that we are sincere in our sorrowful repentance, he will respond accordingly.

Duane Collins


 

***News You May Have Missed***


Note:  The inclusion of these news articles is to make sure you are aware of the illogical thinking in our world today.  These articles bear evidence that people’s minds are being corrupted by demonic, perverted thinking; and this “thinking” is particularly pervasive in our younger generation.  We cannot bury our heads in the sand and hope it will soon go away.  No!  We must take a stand and resist the evil-ones who are promoting this twisted thought process.  God’s Word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee.”

Protecting Innocent Babies  9/23/20
President Trump issued a “Born Alive” executive order today “to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve.”  Republicans in Congress tried to make this a law, but every Democrat has voted against it every time it came up.

In signing this executive order, President Trump said: “We believe in the joy of family, the blessing of freedom, the dignity of work and the eternal truth that every child born and unborn is made in the holy image of God.”

Congressman Not Paying Taxes 3/12/20
A California Democrat, Rep. T. J. Cox, owes nearly $145,000 in unpaid federal income taxes and the IRS filed a tax lien against him in January 2020.  The IRS is trying to collect $87,000 in unpaid federal income taxes from 2016 and $57,000 unpaid taxes from 2017 from the California Democrat.

In the meantime, U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) introduced legislation entitled “Members of Congress Tax Liability and Garnishment Accountability Act of 2020” which would require politicians to publicly reveal such liens – and allow the federal wages of elected officials to be garnished until the debt is resolved.

Kevin McCarthy’s bill came up for a full-house vote on March 11, 2020, and was promptly defeated by a party-line vote of 226-186 in the Democrat controlled U. S. House of Representative.  And yes, you guessed it . . . Rep. T. J. Cox was one of those Democrats who voted NO!  (www.freebeacon.com)

Comment:  We elect these people to represent our best interest.  But too often, they end up more interested in protecting and enriching themselves.  Hopefully, Republicans can take back the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2020, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy will replace Nancy Pelosi as Speaker.  Let us pray!

The Wuhan Virus 3/11/20
When the coronavirus first appeared on the national scene, NBC called it the “Wuhan Coronavirus.”  They did that because this virus originated in Wuhan, China.  But now MSNBC personalities are telling us it is “racist” to call this virus the “Wuhan Virus” or even the “China Virus.”

China’s communist government has expressed outrage that anyone in the U.S. would blame China for this virus – even though it is true that the virus originated in Wuhan, which is known as “South China Seafood City.” 

Let this be a reminder to all Americans:  China is controlled by the Communist Party - and the Communist Party is known for spreading propaganda (telling lies) through their government-controlled media outlets.  China is also known for silencing anyone who dares to tell the truth about their Communist regime – and now they’re trying to silence Americans.

But today, America’s biggest concern with China is this:  Eighty to ninety percent of all our antibiotics are manufactured in China.  Even the ingredients for generic drugs used in blood pressure medicines and the treatment of Alzheimer, Parkinson, epilepsy and depression . . . They are all manufactured in China . . . even penicillin.  The last penicillin plant in the USA was closed in 2004.  (www.nbcnews.com September 12, 2019)

This all began on May 24, 2000, when President Bill Clinton led the way for China to become a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  And now, after twenty years, China’s communist government has bought its way into all of our premier colleges and universities, and even into many of our congressional offices.  In addition, it is alleged that China invested $1.5 billion into Hunter Biden’s investment firm Rosemont Seneca (Hunter Biden is the son of former vice president Joe Biden). 

Back in 2000, President Bill Clinton said, “This is a good day for America.  In ten years from now, we will look back on this day and be glad we did this.  We will see that we have given ourselves a chance to build the kind of future we want.” 

However, U.S. labor unions were in opposition to this move, because they knew that China would flood the U.S. market with goods manufactured by poorly-paid Chinese government workers.  But American corporations gleefully supported it, because they saw it as an opportunity to move U.S. manufacturing facilities to China and capitalize on the cheap Chinese labor – and that is exactly what has happened.

Sam Walton is probably turning over in his grave, because when he was alive, he proudly proclaimed that “everything sold in a Wal-Mart store was made in the USA.” 

America needs to wake up and return to that “Made in the USA” philosophy before it’s too late.
 

 

Common Man Ministry       PO Box 456     Bixby, Oklahoma 74008
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A Prayer for Protection - Psalm 140 NIV:
Rescue me, Lord, from evildoers; protect me from the violent, who devise evil plans in their hearts and stir up war every day.  They make their tongues as sharp as a serpent’s; the poison of vipers is on their lips.  Keep me safe, Lord, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from the violent, who devise ways to trip my feet.  The arrogant have hidden a snare for me; they have spread out the cords of their net and have set traps for me along my path.  I say to the Lord, “You are my God.”  Hear, Lord, my cry for mercy.  Sovereign Lord, my strong deliverer, you shield my head in the day of battle.  Do not grant the wicked their desires, Lord; do not let their plans succeed.


 

 

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