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Devotional 10/17/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/17/17

Here at Bethany, we emphasize home mission work. We believe that if everyone helped their near neighbors that were in need, all the needy of the world would be helped, because everyone is someone's neighbor.

Do not misunderstand this; we are not opposed to foreign missions; far from it! We give regular support to two different works in Israel, and special outreaches to other areas as well.

We support these foreign outreaches, but we support mission work here at home as well. My complaint is that I see churches that have permanent missions in Zambia, have outreaches into the Congo, that regularly send food and clothes to the poor in Bangladesh, while there are people without food, clothing, or proper shelter living in their own area, who they do nothing for.

Today, this problem is actually exacerbated by the fact that world-wide communication is quick and easy, and a church can support a missionary in Botswana as easily as they can support a missionary in the poor section of their own city. For some, they actually prefer to support a distant need, because it is more - sanitized. They can feel good about doing something, while not actually having to deal directly with it. It is easier to write and mail a check than to have to actually look into the eyes of those those seeking aid and make a determination concerning where a true need lies.

Billy Graham addressed this, as recorded in Leadership magazine. He said: "Our world has become a neighborhood without becoming a brotherhood."

The Word of God gives us the Golden Rule:

Luke 6:31 (KJV);
"And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."

And it directs us to care for our neighbor:

Proverbs 14:21 (KJV);
"He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he."

Devotional 10/16/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/16/17

I am amazed at the number of single people who complain about the scarcity of suitable mates! I hear it all the time, and my standard reply is – “Where are you looking?” If you expect to find a godly Christian mate, you do not search for them in dens of sin. If you are hungry for rabbit, you do not go fishing –

I was reminded of this advice I give when I read this quotation of Charles Spurgeon from The Quotable Spurgeon:

“Those who would be in health do not sit still in their houses to breathe such air as may come to them, but they walk abroad and seek out rural and elevated spots that they may inhale the invigorating breezes. Thus those godly souls who would be in a vigorous spiritual state do not merely think on whatever holy doctrines might come into their minds in the ordinary course of thought, but they give time to meditation, they walk abroad in the fields of truth, and endeavor to climb the heights of gospel promises. It is said that Enoch walked with God. Here is not an idle but an active communion. The road to bodily health is said to be a footpath, and the way to spiritual health is to exercise one's self in holy contemplation.”

The Word of God tells us to meditate on several things of God:

Psalm 77:11-12 (KJV);

"I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings."

And it tells us that such is a delight to us!

Psalm 119:12-16 (KJV);

"Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word."

I will talk to you again tomorrow - and may God RICHLY bless you.

Devotional 10/15/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/15/17

The most common fear among people is public speaking. I have pointed out before that this fear is more common than even the fear of death, which indicates that if most folks have to be at a funeral, they would rather be in the casket than officiating at the ceremony!

There are many other common fears, however. We are all familiar with claustrophobia (fear of closed places) and acrophobia (fear of high places). Less well known are astraphobia (fear of thunderstorms), mysophobia (fear of dirt), or erythrophobia (fear of blushing). Some may even have pantophobia which is fear of everything.

Jesus tells us not to fear, but have faith in him:

John 14:1(KJV); 
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."

And we are told that love removes fear;

1 John 4:18 (KJV); 
"There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love."

And finally, there is my personal favorite passage to bring to mind whenever we face something that scares us:

Psalm 27:1-6 (KJV); 
"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD."

Devotional 10/14/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/14/17

Are you concerned about what people think of you? This can be a real problem for a Christian, because we may find ourselves in the situation of being more concerned with what other people think of us than doing God's will for us. If we are overly worried about peoples opinions of us, we find it difficult to witness, because this might lead some to say we are some kind of fanatic, or we might offend some who hold other beliefs. We may find ourselves not speaking out against sin, for fear of drawing the displeasure of the sinner! We ought to be far more concerned with GOD than with man.

Robert Baker wrote in Country Road 13, as recorded in Christianity Today:

“As I grow older, I care less what people think about me and more what God thinks of me. I expect to be with him much longer than with you.”

The Word of God tells us that if we do the things that are pleasing to God, HE will deal with the problems we may encounter with people:

Proverbs 16:7 (KJV); 
"When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him."

We are told that we should be concerned with God's pleasure, not peoples pleasure, and that God looks at our INTENT in these matters:

1 Thessalonians 2:4 (GWT); 
" Rather, we are always spreading the Good News. God trusts us to do this because we passed his test. We don't try to please people but God, who tests our motives."

And we are given an example of one who received great blessings due to God's pleasure in him:

Hebrews 11:5 (NCV); 
"It was by faith that Enoch was taken to heaven so he would not die. He could not be found, because God had taken him away. Before he was taken, the Scripture says that he was a man who truly pleased God."

Now – who are YOU going to work to please – God or man?

Devotional 10/13/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/13/17


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The attractiveness of pity and the ugliness of self-pity are unarguable. Yet we live in a society in which self-pity far exceeds pity. The excessively popular genre of literature, the celebrity autobiography, that smothers us in self-pitying subjectivism is the unpleasant evidence that we may be the most self-pitying populace in all of human history. Feeling sorry for yourself has been developed into an art form. The whining and sniveling that wiser generations ridiculed with satire is given best-seller status among us.

Eugene Peterson wrote that in Earth and Altar in Christianity Today, Vol. 30, no. 4.

I have noticed the exact same thing. We have songs sung by rock stars who have earned fortunes and are loved by millions of fans in which they cry around about how hard their life is. We have multimillionaire actors and actresses who tell us how horrid it is to not have a personal life, and how nasty reporters hound them every day. We have politicians who cry around about how their uncaring opponents have publicized the dirty secrets which they want left in the closet or under the bed.

Hey, all you horribly mistreated personalities!

Hey, you who despise the public life you have chosen for yourselves!

I have the solution:

Get a REAL job!!

Quit singing, quit acting, and quit running for office. Go out and WORK for a change, and all of these problems will solve themselves!

The Word of God tells us:

Philippians 2:14-15 (KJV);

"Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;"

John 6:43 (KJV);

"Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves."

Good advice.

I will talk to you again tomorrow - and may God RICHLY bless you.

Devotional 10/12/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/12/17

I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey, the Christian Financial Councilor. He advocates NO debt for ANYTHING at ANY time. His motivation for this philosophy was the fact that he was a multimillionaire real-estate investor who was heavily leveraged, and a slight problem was multiplied and exaggerated by his debt load to the point that he lost everything he owned, and had to file bankruptcy. He has re-built his fortune again, but this time without any debt, and that is what he advocates.

In this world of easy credit, I believe Dave Ramsey's teaching is badly needed, because MANY people today are living just one paycheck from disaster due to their debt load. Dave teaches to build your nest-egg from your income, compounding it with good mutual fund investments, and NEVER going into debt. While I follow his teachings in investing, and agree that one must be VERY careful with debt, I do not hold as strict a philosophy as Dave does in that area.

But what of this money which he teaches us to accumulate? Is it proper for a Christian to have a substantial amount of money? Shouldn't we be selling all that we have and giving it to the poor?

John Wesley said "The fault does not lie in the money, but in them that use it."

The Word of God tells us:

Ecclesiastes 5:10 (GWT);

"Whoever loves money will never be satisfied with money. Whoever loves wealth will never be satisfied with more income. Even this is pointless."

1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV);

"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."

It is not the money that is evil, nor the possession of it that is to be avoided; it is in the LOVE of it that we sin. Gluttony is a sin, but eating is not. Lust is a sin, but love is not. Coveting is a sin, but working to better yourself is not. As Christians, we should accumulate enough money so as never to be a burden on our families or on society. That is a virtue, not a sin.

I will talk to you again tomorrow - and may God RICHLY bless you.

Devotional 10/11/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/11/17

I have always loved Charles Schulz's "Peanuts" comic strip. There were so many real truths brought out by this mans writings, and it is truly sad that there will be no more new ones. I remember the one where Linus asks Lucy,

"Why are you always so anxious to criticize me?" She answers,

"I just think I have a knack for seeing other people's faults."

"What about your own faults?" asks Linus. Her response is,

"I have a knack for overlooking them."

We have two things to learn from that little cartoon strip:

First, as Christians, we should always be looking for the POSITIVE rather than the negative in. The Word of God tells us:

Philippians 4:8 (KJV); 

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

And second, as Christians, we are not to make ourselves out to be the judge of other people. Jesus tells us:

Matthew 7:1-5 (NCV);

"Don't judge other people, or you will be judged. You will be judged in the same way that you judge others, and the amount you give to others will be given to you. "Why do you notice the little piece of dust in your friend's eye, but you don't notice the big piece of wood in your own eye? How can you say to your friend, 'Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye'? Look at yourself! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye. You hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly to take the dust out of your friend's eye."

Deep truths in a comic strip? Indeed, we can find deep truths in virtually everything we encounter in this life. All we have to do is exercise the ability to FIND them.

Devotional 10/10/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/10/17

Yesterday, I spoke briefly about the diet trends which over-do weight loss. Now, anyone that knows me knows that I do NOT follow this trend. Some of these people are in such poor condition due to excess dieting and subsequent weight loss that the least minor illness becomes MAJOR, since they have zero reserves for energy. For my part, if I become too ill to eat for a week or two, no harm will be done at all!

But there are other reasons for setting into a radical diet, and one of them is what I want to discuss with you today, and that is fasting for spiritual reasons. I assure you, from both the Word of God and my own personal experience, a fast of a day or two has great benefit, spiritually. When your body energy is not being used to digest food, it is expended in other areas of the body, such as the BRAIN, which causes your mental capacity to be noticeably increased. Bible study and meditation combined with a fast have great benefit for a Christian, but should NEVER be done to excess. And, one should be prepared to deal with family and friends that may attempt to talk them out of any kind of fast.

I just read a story, for instance, about a man who announced to his family that he was going to enter a few days of fasting and pray. His 5-year-old daughter had recently learned that fasting meant not eating. "No!" she shouted. "You can't fast! You'll die!" Her dad carefully explained that many men and women fasted in Bible times. His daughter only paused a moment, and then, with a flash of insight and a note of warning, she proved her point. "And they all died!" she said.

The Word of God tells us that Moses fasted while on Mt. Sinai;

Exodus 34:28(KJV); 
"And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments."

The New Testament believers fasted;

Acts 14:23(KJV); 
"And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed."

Follow these examples in the ACT of fasting, but do not follow Moses’ example for the duration of fasting; his was, after all, a unique experience.

Devotional 10/09/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/09/17

It has been a few weeks, so it is time for another QUIZ! In keeping with the current fad of radical diets to maintain the look of an Auschwitz survivor, this quiz will be on Famines.

1. Which of the four horsemen in Revelation spreads famine on the earth?

2. Who was food storage supervisor in Egypt when famine came?

3. What nation was the victim of a seven-year famine in Elisha's time?

4. Where did Abram go when famine struck?

5. What New Testament prophet predicted a worldwide famine?

6. Who went to live with the Philistines during a famine?

7. What two plagues probably caused famine in Egypt?

8. What king's reign saw a three-year famine, which ended when Elijah said rain was coming?

9. What figure in a parable found himself in famine?

10. What Babylonian king caused famine in Jerusalem?

11. Who sent his sons to Egypt because of famine in the land?

  1. a. The rider on the black horse (Revelation 6:5-6)

  2. a. Joseph (Genesis 41)

  3. a. Israel (2 Kings 8:1-2)

  4. a. Egypt (Genesis 12:10)

  5. a. Agabus (Acts 11:28)

  6. a. Isaac (Genesis 26:1)

  7. a. Locusts and hail (Exodus 10:14-15)

  8. a. Ahab's (1 Kings 17:1; 18:44-45)

  9. a. The prodigal son (Luke 15:14)

  10. a. Nebuchadnezzar (2 Kings 25:1-3)

  11. a. Jacob (Genesis 42:1-2)
How did you do? Remember that you would be far better off READING about insufficient nutrition in the Bible than RECEIVING insufficient nutrition in some crazy diet to look like Julia Roberts!

Devotional 10/08/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/08/17

I read a story about a couple who were spending a week at a Christian camp. They had seen their children and grandchildren attend these camps every summer for years, but this was their first time to attend one. While there, they received this letter from one of their college age granddaughters:

"Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

How are you? What do you think of camp? Do you like the speakers? I hope all is well with you. Have fun! Thinking of you with love, Janine."

Enclosed with the letter were five one-dollar bills for them to use as spending money.

That reminded me of one time we visited our daughter Tracy and her husband Ron when they lived in Springfield Missouri. We made the trip on the motorcycle we had just bought, and enjoyed it VERY much. While there, I wanted to get a can of special motorcycle windshield cleaner, so looked up the address of the Honda dealer in Springfield, and Judy and I headed over to pick it up on the bike. Tracy wanted to drive us over in their car, but we think the bike is more fun, so we declined. While at the dealer, I looked out the window and saw Tracy and Ron's car lurking at the edge of the parking lot. They had followed us over to make sure we were safe. I told Judy and the counter man about it, and we all had quite a chuckle about how roles can become reversed as we age.

Then we went out and had a drag race with a guy in a corvette.

We beat him.

Role reversals are GREAT!

The Word of God tells us:

Psalms 71:9 (GWT); 
"Do not reject me when I am old or abandon me when I lose my strength."

Proverbs 16:31 (NCV); 
"Gray hair is like a crown of honor; it is earned by living a good life."

Titus 2:2-3 (KJV); 
"That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;"

Devotional 10/07/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/07/17

For today, I draw your attention to what Thales Kaster wrote in Christian Reader: 

"My wife had just returned from shopping and couldn't wait until she modeled her new blouse for me. "How do you like it?" she asked proudly.

"I wanted to say, "I don't! It's ugly!" but fortunately hesitated just long enough that our poodle, Tia, began barking ferociously at my wife as though she were an intruder.

"As the poodle continued barking, my wife came to a sad conclusion: "I don't think Tia likes my new blouse."

"That gave me the courage to say, "Well, I can understand her feeling!"

"Surprisingly, there was no further discussion or arguing. My wife accepted the unanimous verdict calmly--but I had to return the blouse!

"When the clerk asked for the reason I was returning the blouse, I simply told her the truth: "Our dog didn't like it.""

That humorous story leads to another point I want to make about animals. Native Americans put a lot of stock in animals. The hoot of an owl, the yap of a coyote, the chirping of a cricket, all speak volumes to one close to nature. Just as Balaam should have noted what his ass tried to communicate to him, we would be better off at times if we paid attention to what animals are trying to tell us. An example is the number of deaths from Tsunami's. In the areas where they hit, the animals often start heading for high ground well before the wave hits the shore. We do not know how they have the ability to detect such things, but we do have plenty of evidence that they have it.

We have learned, over the years, to trust our animals. If my horse was really fighting me to not go in a certain area, I learned that she had good reason, as there would be anything from a copperhead to a yellow jacket nest there, and I would go around that spot. If our dogs raise their hackles and growl at someone, we believe they have good reason to do so, and exercise caution ourselves. In at least one case, we later learned the person arousing their suspicions was dealing in illegal drugs.

Proverbs 12:10 (KJV); "A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel."

We need to do this. We need to go beyond this as well, and have regard not only for the beasts life, but for his demeanor, attitude and temperment.

May God bless each and every one of you -

Devotional 10/06/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/06/17

There was a church in Colorado that had just gotten a new pastor. To welcome his wife , the deacons' wives held a dessert one evening. To further acquaint her with Colorado and the church, the secretaries hurriedly typed questions to be randomly selected and answered by the deacons' wives. One question stole the show: "Why do you like living in Colorado?" There was a typo on the card, and the question came out as "Why do you like loving in Colorado?" Naturally, the shyest wife got the question. She read it out loud, blushed, then stammered, "I guess ... uh ... because of the cold nights."

That caused quite a stir. In many Christian circles, the love between a husband and his wife is simply not spoken of. Instead, they dwell upon BROTHERLY love, and tend to sort of sweep marital love under the carpet, where it will not be seen. I believe this is a grave error. The Bible tells us:

Genesis 2:24 (KJV); "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

Song of Solomon 8:7 (KJV); "Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned." Read the REST of this book; it gets a lot juicier!

Ephesians 5:28 (GWT); "So husbands must love their wives as they love their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself."

I believe that marital love is given to us as a gift by God, a very special gift that is a foreshadowing of what we will feel when we get to heaven and live for eternity together. The joy, the bliss, the wonderful warmth we feel is just a hint of what our eternal togetherness will be.

And until that time, we have this blessing here, in this life, and we should enjoy it fully. Enjoying our marital love is nothing to be ashamed of or downplayed. It should NOT be hidden in the attic like the strange aunt that no one talks about. It is a true statement that Jesus SAVED us – he did not KILL us. We should all live in accordance with that fact.

Devotional 10/05/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/05/17

When she turned 21, Tammy Harris from Roanoke, Virginia, began searching for her biological mother. After a year, she had not succeeded. What she didn't know was that her mother, Joyce Schultz, had been trying to locate her for twenty years. According to a recent Associated Press story, there was one more thing Tammy didn't know: Her mother was one of her coworkers at the convenience store where she worked!

One day Joyce overheard Tammy talking with another coworker about trying to find her mother. Soon they were comparing birth certificates. When Tammy realized that the co-worker she had known was, in fact, her mother, she fell into her arms. "We held on for the longest time," Tammy said. "It was the best day of my life."

What do you think about that story? For my part, I do not understand people that have been adopted feeling that they must locate their 'biological' parents. Your parents are the ones that RAISED you, that LOVED you, that took CARE of you. It is no great achievement to have biological children – kids do that every day by accident. Only a loving and caring person can be a real mother or father, and in THAT is the real achievement.

But that story does have this lesson: Each week we rub shoulders with people whom we may barely notice. But if we find they are actually close relatives, we suddenly find that we are much more interested in them, that we want to talk to them more, do more things with them, and want to learn all about their interests, and tell them of ours. We find that we CARE for them, that we even love them, where prior to this knowledge we felt nothing.

But if they share a birth in Christ, they are our dearest relatives. Why do we not realize that?

The Word of God tells us:

John 1:12 (KJV); 
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:"

Ephesians 2:18-19 (KJV); 
"For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;"

Devotional 10/04/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/04/17

Yesterday, I spoke to you a bit about the communication that animals once had with man, based upon the conversation between the serpent and Eve. Some say that because the serpent was in the control of Satan, this is not evidence that man and the animals once communicated easily.

In the story of Balaam's ass, the ass has spiritual vision that Balaam lacks. Three times, an angel of the Lord stands in their path to block them, and all three times the Ass sees the angel, and does NOT go that way. Not one of the three times did the human see the angel. Then, after Balaam beats the ass for not going where he tells it to;

Numbers 22:28-29 (KJV); 
"And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee."

Now, those who choose to doubt that animals once were able to communicate much better with humans than they do today may say that the ass only spoke because the Lord opened it's mouth. If that is true, why did Balaam not act surprised that his animal spoke to him? I have seen videos of dogs saying "hamburger", "run around", and "mama" - all reasonably clearly - and people go crazy over it. Let's say that you are sitting with your dog, who you have just swatted three times for chewing up your slippers, and instead of making a growl that sounds something like "mama", he clearly says "What is it that I have done wrong that caused you to strike me three times?" Would you calmly answer him, and tell him it was because he chewed up your slippers? You would freak!

Did Balaam freak? No, he simply answered the question his ass had posed to him, in a normal conversational manner, because the words of the ass were not a huge surprise to him. The only reason for this is that either animals could speak to people at that time, or there was clear knowledge of a time previously when they could do this.

This kind of speculation is fun, but it isn't a salvation issue! You don't have to recognize the intelligence of animals in order to be saved; you only have to recognize Jesus as your savior, and make Him Lord of your life!

Devotional 10/03/2017

by Terry Trainor on 10/03/17

When Tracy was a toddler, we took her to Reptile Gardens. There, in a huge enclosure full of plants and trees, there were all sorts of reptiles and birds which were free to move about at will. Along the outer perimeter, there were separate areas where they had alligators and other creatures too dangerous to allow in with the people. As we stood observing the jungle beauty around us, a large black bird flew down and lit on the railing beside me. I looked at it, and said “Hello, Bird!” The bird said “Hello!”, and my daughters eyes opened wide as she stared at it. For the rest of our visit, she said “Hello!” to every living thing we saw – alligators and all – for this was a magical place where animals could talk!

Genesis 3: 1 (KJV); 
“Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”

The conversation with the serpent is troubling to many people, but not to me. Animals today display a remarkable ability to know what their owners are thinking. When I returned from work every day, Judy tells me that my dog, Lucas, would often start whining and going to the door when I was still miles away on the road, and there was no possibility that he heard my vehicle approach. I believe this is a small remnant of the communication which man once had with all the animals when we dwelt together in perfect harmony and peace in Eden.

And there is going to be a time in the future when this ability is restored, both in the thousand year reign of Jesus, and I believe in the new heavens and the new earth which He will create after these present ones have been destroyed. This wondrous time is described in Isaiah:

Isaiah 11:6-9 (KJV); 
"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice' den. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."

I will talk to you again tomorrow - and may God bless each one of you.