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WHAT DO YOU SEE?

What do you see in your mind’s eye when you pray or talk to yourself during difficult or good times in your life? I bet you see something, even if it’s total darkness—you still see something, but likely do it without thinking about what you see.

I know it’s a crazy question? In reality, it’s an appropriate question for everyone, regardless of their spiritual preferences or lack thereof. Whether you pray and believe in a power greater than yourself, don’t pray because you believe you possess superior intellect over all things, or fall somewhere between the two is a choice you have the right to make. Whatever your situation, you probably do talk to or pray to “something” when facing difficult situations in your life—it’s called thinking. I’m not trying to change or challenge your beliefs at all. I simply want you to consider all possibilities…

It’s probably a question you have never been asked or even considered before now. You’re not alone because most people haven’t. In fact, I may be one of few people on earth asking the question.

Okay, so exactly why am I asking such a question? Well, it’s simple—I enjoy thinking outside-the-box. Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer, so don’t be concerned. There will not be a pass-fail test given at the end of this post. I just want you to think about the question based on your personal situation, so please keep reading. It will only take a few minutes, and I promise it will not harm or judge you in any way.

What do you see…,” is a question I ask when I speak to groups. I get some interesting facial expressions and responses cover a broad spectrum ranging from total darkness to detailed images. All answers are interesting, but one that does give me pause is, “I don’t waste time praying to a fictitious character.” I acknowledge the response, but I never push my personal beliefs on anyone. I simply inform, observe, and recognize that everyone has the right to choose how they cope with life. However, that particular response is a suitable topic for a whole different discussion.

Let’s get back to the point of this post. When the shock of my question wears off, the initial responses are typically, “I’ve never thought about it before,” or “I don’t see anything.” When folks think about it for a moment, the answers tend to become a bit more descriptive. To be fair, it is somewhat of an unusual question and not likely to come up in general conversations with friends. Therefore, I invite you to think about the question in private for a few moments. You may be surprised by what you actually do/don’t see or you may start visualizing something in the future. Either way, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

When I started thinking about the storyline for my first novel, I did a lot of soul searching. When I asked myself the question, I realized I was actually seeing the same thing each time I prayed. It was an image from long ago when I started attending church as a young boy. Although buried deep in my subconscious, the image of a stained-glass window formed a lasting impression on me. This image allows me to feel as though I’m having a private conversation with a friend—albeit a very special and most powerful friend.

So, what exactly do I see when I pray? Well, first I visualize the stained glass window from my youth—an image of Jesus. As I continue praying, I usually see the faces of those for whom I’m praying and revert back to the stained-glass image as I finish my prayer. The image itself is surreal for me and puts my mind at ease. It works very well for me.

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Whether you see an image or total darkness as you pray or talk to “whomever,” the important thing is that you do it. You may not receive the things or results you ask for, or even understand the answers. You may even feel as though your prayers are going unanswered, but I believe God hears all our prayers. He will respond in His time, and in His way. He knows what is best for us, so we must be patient.

For those who do not believe in God, He still “hears” your thoughts. I wish you the best in whatever way you cope with life’s difficulties. As I said in the beginning, I will never brow-beat you to do as I do, but I will still pray that you come to know Him someday.

By the way, I see that same stained-glass image when I give thanks everyday for the many blessings I have received.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2017

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COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE

Like the majority of authors, I am grateful when I receive an honest review from a reader—good or bad. Naturally, I hope readers enjoy the story and give good reviews, but more importantly, I’m glad they take their valuable time to read something I’ve written.

One of my readers went way beyond just reading my first book, If Tigers Were Angels, and she didn’t even give a written review. What this seventy-years-young reader did touched my heart in a very special way.

It started when a young woman sent my book to her aunt in Arizona. Her aunt was so moved by the story that she handcrafted two butterflies from stone and sent them to me—very special gifts! I have both butterflies on display in my office and look at them each day before I start writing. The joy they bring is beyond all words.

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This beautiful lady is now a Tiger soaring the heavens, but her special gifts to me serve as a daily reminder of the kindness she sent my way. She blessed me by reading my story and lifted my spirits when she sent two special carvings to show her appreciation. What more could an author ask for?!?

Take time to notice the little things in your life and you may start looking at things differently—just as I do.

May All Your Tigers Be Angels!

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Tom Tatum – Author of Faith-based Novels

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WHERE IS HEAVEN?

Out of the mouths of children…WhereIsHeaven2

What do you think? Is Billy correct?

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PURSUING A DREAM

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There are two books on my Amazon author page (link below) that will warm your heart, motivate, and inspire you—no matter your age.

Be blessed as you pursue your dream…

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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EXPERIENCING TENSION?

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Searching for good stories to read that will reduce TENSION in your life? Stories that will help you relax, smile, and forget your worries? Stories that will lift your spirits and reduce stress?

Well, search no more—solutions await at

http://www.amazon.com/author/tomtatum

You’re already on the internet, so what do you have to lose? It will be time well spent! Check it out for yourself—you deserve to be TENSION free!

THANK YOU and YOU’RE WELCOME!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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WHO AM I

WHO AM I is a wonderful YouTube musical video (w/lyrics) by Casting Crowns that was posted four years ago by Chabel1982. The music, lyrics, and photos touched me, so I wanted to share it with you. I think it is well worth your time and feel sure it will touch you also. Sit back, relax, turn up the volume, and click on the link!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBcqria2wmg

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Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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GOD’S MESSAGE

My wife and I had a wonderful time visiting with three dear friends in Kure Beach, NC recently. Our conversations ranged from the fun we had back in the good ole days to the current problems facing the world. You can rest well now—like most folks, we had solutions for every existing problem. Now, doesn’t that make you feel warm and fuzzy!?! The only thing lacking is the implementation of our well-thought-out solutions. That’s the easy part. Right?

Okay! Okay! You don’t believe me do you? Like most folks, you’re probably a “Doubting Thomas.” I understand how you feel—my name is Thomas, so you don’t have to explain! However, I have no doubt there is One who not only knows all of our problems; He also has the solutions and even knows how to implement them. He has the “Kure” for all problems no matter how large they are. Remember where we were—“Kure” Beach, NC. That no coincidence and should make you feel even better, but I bet you’re still dancing to DT’s music.

The reason I believe our little group was on the right track became apparent when we reached the end of one of our problem solving sessions. God painted the most vivid double rainbow I have ever seen. Every “ROYGBIV” color on God’s canvas was spectacular and remained visible for about fifteen minutes. The sight was breathtaking; we felt His presence as if He was acknowledging our efforts.

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This affirmation of His covenant to all living creatures of every kind on earth revealed itself in a very special way. His timing was perfect, as it always is. We felt blessed to have the opportunity to witness this beautiful display on His canvas in the sky.

The point of this post is to say God knows our individual struggles and the problems facing our nation. He will help, but He wants each of us to serve Him by being proactive and spreading His word as modern-day disciples. It is time to end our silence and start reversing the direction our non-Christian government leaders are taking. Let’s not sit back and wait for others to do something—let’s act and encourage others to follow. We are all capable of doing something to help, even small things. For me, I try to do it through my faith-based writing. It’s not much, but it’s what I do best. No matter how small you think your efforts are, do what works best for you, but do something—He will increase anything you do by tenfold.

I will also keep praying that God continues to bless America and hope you feel inspired to do the same. I know that With God, All Things Are Possible!

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Genesis 9:16 (NIV)

“Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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YOUTH AND ROLE MODELS

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A child comes into this world without knowledge of love, hate, prejudice, greed, good or evil. They learn these things by observing the actions and words of others—role models.

Role models definitely play an integral “role” in shaping the behavior of young people. As children age, they want to “be like” and “act like” their role models; they start emulating things these individuals say and do. It’s great when those actions and words are what we want for our youth, but that’s not always the case.

When I think of role models, the first that come to mind are famous people—athletes, movie stars, singers, etc. Folks like Rickie, Jordon, Tiger, Denzel, George, Julia, Carrie, and you. Who? That’s right, even YOU!

The good news is you don’t have to be famous to be one. In many ways, we are all role models because we influence the actions, behavior, and character of children. That’s a bit scary isn’t it!

Here’s the bad news—YOU ARE a role model for youth in some way, shape, or form. Think about that for a moment. Young folks observe your actions, reactions, and listen to things you say, even when you don’t realize they are doing it. Yep, they’re always watching and listening! Your actions and words often influence (good or bad) their young-impressionable minds. For some of them, YOU may be the most important person in their lives. As a parent, grandparent, relative, friend, coach, or teacher you may spend a lot of time with them. Enjoy the time with them, but try to be a good influence also.

Unfortunately, you are not always at your best. That applies to everyone! There are times in life when you have bad days; it happens! Your frustrations mount as one small thing after another builds pressure within you until you can’t take anymore. You burst like a pinpricked balloon, releasing a volley of gestures or words that are not always representative of good behavior. You react in ways you would never want young minds to witness or emulate.

I think I’ve seen the full spectrum of role-model behavior in my lifetime. For instance, as I watch my grandchildren performing in various events, typically sports, I’m sometimes shocked how some adults act around young folks. Saying it politely, I think some fans and coaches bring their pinpricked-balloon attitudes to the ballpark. They are not exactly the role models I want in the lives of my grandchildren, but they do serve a practical purpose—how NOT to act. More often than not, everyone acts civil, which is good and healthy for the character development of youth.

Just for fun, look at the short list below and select one individual from each line who you think would be the best role model for the young folks you know.

  1. Miley Cyrus                 Carrie Underwood
  2. Al Sharpton                  Dr. Ben Carson
  3. Tim Tebow                   Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner
  4. Tiger Woods                 Jordan Spieth
  5. President Bush             President Obama
  6. Michelle Obama          Condoleezza Rice
  7. YOURSELF                Uncle Joe/Aunt Sue

I’m sure you get the picture. YOU are the best role model for the young folks in your corner of the world. Congratulations! There are probably days when you would choose Uncle Joe or Aunt Sue over yourself—especially on your burst-balloon days. Hang in there because you CAN make a big difference!

So, what are your actions and words teaching children in your sphere of influence? Do you need to do some minor tweaking to your efforts? I certainly do!

Be a good role model… the world could use another one!

 Your certificate: print, date, and sign it—go forth and make a difference!

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Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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THE WRONG QUESTION

It was a time in life long ago in a land far away when I first asked The Wrong Question. The year was 1974; I was a twenty-five-year-old first lieutenant in the USAF. My eighteen-month assignment to the small, remote village of Woomera, South Australia was just two weeks from ending when the fragility of life knocked on my door. The events that transpired in those final days rocked the foundation of my faith.

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My pregnant wife and one-year-old daughter accompanied me to the Australian outback. We felt it was a great opportunity for us to experience life abroad. The scenery, unusual wildlife, and the Aussie people we met did not disappoint us. We were on top of the world, figuratively speaking, in the land down under, where kangaroo-crossing signs stood along the roadside as a warning to drivers. My second daughter was even born in Woomera, which is story in itself for another time.

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Although we had enjoyed living in Australia for seventeen months, we were excited about returning home to the States—just two weeks remained. Suddenly, without any warning, our happy little world came crashing down around us. Our three-year-old daughter started having difficulty breathing during the wee hours of the night. I carried her in my arms to the small hospital because we had recently sold our car. In the few minutes it took to walk there, her difficulty breathing appeared to be getting much worse. I was in ultra-panic mode!

When the doctor examined her, he said there was nothing he could do for her in Woomera. The remote medical facility was simply not equipped to handle someone in her critical condition. What? Critical? She was perfectly fine when she went to bed! The doctor offered little hope that she would survive; his facial expression alarmingly displayed his sense of desperation. Typical of most fathers, I would have given anything to change places with my daughter, but that was not an option.

Australian Flying DrThe Flying Doctor Service airlifted my daughter to a civilian hospital located in the city of Adelaide, over three-hundred miles away. I became even more frustrated when told I couldn’t accompany her on the flight. This was definitely the scariest experience of my young life, but things were going to get worse.

Things were happening extremely fast—my head was spinning! I tried to gather my wits in efforts to figure out how I could get us to Adelaide. First, I humbled myself and asked the young Australian couple if I could borrow the car I had just sold them, which they graciously allowed me to do. Then we had to find someone to keep our second daughter while we were in Adelaide for an unknown duration. A neighbor quickly obliged. Next came getting permission from my commanding officer to allow me to go to Adelaide, which he did without hesitation.

We began the long-slow journey not knowing what we would find when we arrived at the hospital. Ahead of us was eighty miles of dirt road before we reached a small two-lane-paved road outside of Port Augusta that would lead us into Adelaide. We were scared and felt helpless knowing our daughter was in the hospital gasping for each breath. We had many hours to reflect on our situation.

We started asking “WHY” God would allow something like this happen to our precious daughter. She was just an innocent little girl who had done nothing wrong. Then we wondered “WHY” God would punish her for something we may have done. We started questioning our faith and belief in God at a time when we needed Him most. WHYThe question “WHY” kept entering our conversation, but we continued praying. Fear of the unknown was consuming us with each mile we travelled. We kept asking “WHY” He would allow something like this happen to our daughter. WHY?!! WHY?!!

When we arrived at the hospital, a nurse escorted us to the ICU area. The sight we saw was one I’ll never forget. My daughter was still with us, but there were tubes and monitors all around her; she was fighting hard to stay alive. We didn’t know if her next breath would be her last, and prayed that it wouldn’t. The fear of losing our precious child was overwhelming.

Our daughter was in the hands of total strangers in a land halfway around the world from our native land. There were no friends, family, or military personnel to comfort us; we were all alone in a great big world. We prayed; we doubted; we bargained; we prayed harder, asking God to spare our daughter and return her to good health. We were completely exhausted from lack of sleep, food, and the mounting fear—we were numb!

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News of the clear and present danger a young American couple was facing with their child spread throughout the hospital. A pastor came by to prepare us for what might happen. Still searching for answers, we asked him our “WHY” questions.

He responded with the gentle kindness of a man of cloth and reminded us that asking God “WHY” was the wrong question. People have and will continue to ask such questions, but no human possesses the wisdom to answer them. We have to accept the cliché that “sometimes, bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people” for reasons known only to God. We must remain steadfast in our faith and place all of our burdens in God’s hands—we should never stop believing and praying. We won’t always get what we pray for because God knows what’s best for us. He has plans for each of us and is always there for us. He reveals His plans to us in His perfect timing.

To say we felt wonderful after talking to the pastor would be a bit dishonest, but he did give us a thread of hope. We continued to pray numerous times each day. More than a week passed before our daughter started improving and ultimately recovered. A true blessing!

To this day, we do not know the answers to our “WHY” questions, but we thank God for sparing our daughter. We have received many blessings from Him since that experience and understand God’s gift of grace. Our faith has grown stronger.

I share this story with the knowledge that many parents ask the same “WHY” questions but don’t always experience the same outcome we did. I know many parents who have lost a child, and my heart goes out to each of them. Having come close to losing my child, I can only imagine how difficult it was for them to move forward with their lives. What I do know is that those who do move on have true faith in God; their knowledge of His love is a blessing that some may never come to understand.

Life can change in a flash, but those who believe and have true faith in God are equipped to handle whatever challenges come their way. They know they Never Walk Alone!

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Hebrews 12:11 (NIV)

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Revelation 21:4 (NIV)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Romans 8:28 (NIV) 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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Feeling Blessed

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There are those among us who are making a difference in the lives of young people. I am truly thankful for those who do, and feel blessed when I hear about them. The following event will likely warm your heart.

Two of my grandsons are on the high school varsity football team. They have been practicing or strength training almost every day this summer. The evidence of their hard work is obvious by looking at their new physiques. However, what I am most proud of is the story they shared with me this week.

After a hot, exhausting football session Monday morning, a group of seven players, including my two grandsons, went to lunch at a local diner they had PrayingHandsnever been to. After their food arrived at the table, they blessed the meal before starting to eat. As hungry as they were, that’s truly amazing in itself. There were no coaches or parents around encouraging them to do this. They acted completely on their own.

Glad you can’t see me right now because I’m doing a “happy-dance” as I type this post! Trust me, it’s not a pretty sight, and I can assure you, “America’s Got Talent” is not likely to have me audition for the show. However, there are more reasons for me to be dancing.

What these players didn’t realize was others in the diner at the time noticed their open expression of faith. A gentleman walked over to their table and gave each of them a gold-colored coin with a cross and a dove on it. He told them he wanted to give it to them because they weren’t afraid to thank God in a public place. He blessed them and then left the diner.

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The inscription on the cross side of the coin reads, “Mercy is when God spares you what you do deserve.” The inscription on the dove side reads, “Grace is when God gives you what you don’t deserve.

The story continues—as they tried to pay for their meals, the server told them the couple sitting at a nearby table had already paid the entire bill. They thanked the couple for their kindness and left the diner. The small gesture of their faith had touched the lives of others in a positive way.

The excitement in their voices as they told me the story was uplifting. They did not know the individuals who had expressed the acts of kindness. It is comforting to know that my grandsons and their friends are doing this, and kind people are going out of their way to reinforce the beliefs of our youth. It may take me a while before I stop doing my “happy-dance” for many reasons. I am so encouraged by stories like this.

God bless those strangers, the players, and all who are not afraid to show their faith in public.

Have a blessed day and give thanks before you start eating your meals—you can be God’s light to others also.

May God continue to bless America!

Tom Tatum – Author – 2015

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Christian Author On Trial Part 3

News Report – 3 of 4

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Suggestion: Before reading Part 3, please read Parts 1 & 2 for background information. The scenario presented is fictitious, but is it possible something similar could actually happen in the near future?

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CLOSING ARGUMENTS – DEFENSE

This is Mike Jones of ATILBnews here in Washington with my third report on the nonBelievers Against God (NAG) vs Christian Author trial. The defense attorney spent a few minutes today highlighting topics presented by the prosecutor last week in his closing arguments. The defense concluded his closing arguments a few moments ago. I will comment before sharing each recorded segment of the defense attorney’s statements.

While holding up a copy of Tatum’s controversial book, the defense attorney calmly stood and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, what you have heard from the prosecutor during this entire trial represents the evil that can come only from Satan himself. I’m sure you are now fully aware of the challenges all Christians and Believers of God have to endure. Christians and others who choose to believe in God have faced these challenges for thousands of years. The vicious attacks levied by the prosecutor and the Justice Department are nothing new. These attacks represent new tactics to alter the course of a great nation, which government leaders use to pass and discriminately enforce laws that are to their liking. Yes, Mr. Tatum believes in God— he has openly stated his beliefs on many occasions through his writings and his testimony here in this courtroom. This he does not deny. He is not afraid to speak out and tell others about his love for God and God’s love for all.

“Christians around the world are being persecuted every day. Such persecution comes in many forms, ranging from simple verbal abuse and pure hatred to tragic murders by those who have no tolerance for the beliefs of others—those who say God does not exist. Until recently, these brutal murders of Christians have occurred in nations other than America. Some naïve people go so far as to say that persecution of Christians in America does not even exist. To them, I say please open your eyes—take your blinders off and look around. If you can’t see the persecution, no matter how insignificant it may be, you might be living in a fantasy world or are in denial to protect your views. Still others say they are tired of hearing about God. To them, I say open your ears, heart, and mind for you may not yet understand the messengers or His message—tolerance of others might serve you well.

EmanuelChurch“Allow me to call your attention to the recent murders of nine Christians as they sat studying the Bible in a church in Charleston, SC during the month of June 2015. Members of this church welcomed a young man to worship God with them, which he did for an hour. Unfortunately, the evil young man decided to murder nine of the people he had just met. These murders did not take place on foreign soil—they happened in a quiet American city—on American soil. Unlike those who murder Christians in other lands, this accused murderer now sits in jail waiting to face nine counts of murder. He will have his day in a court, but he will also face a much greater judgment in the future. The nine families of these victims have shown the world what true faith in God means. They have openly expressed their forgiveness of the accused murderer and have even asked him to repent for his sins so that he may have eternal life in God’s house of many mansions. It’s hard for most people to understand how they can forgive the man accused of murdering their family members, but it’s what true Christians do—they understand God’s gift of grace and want to share it. The love exhibited by these families and South Carolina kept Charleston from becoming another Ferguson or Baltimore, where evil and hate were allowed to run rampant. The people of Charleston welcomed the evil hate-baiters to their city, but told them to place their hatred elsewhere or leave the city. The Charleston tragedy became a beacon of light to the world for all to follow.

“There is also a big difference between Mr. Tatum and the nonBelievers in the world. He has never tried to force his beliefs on anyone, nor has he ever attacked those who choose not to believe in God. He simply feels every person should have the opportunity to hear about God, and then choose whether or not they want to believe. It’s a decision every person has the Constitutional right and freedom to make, but no one has the right to viciously attack or silence the beliefs of others. Life is about having tolerance and respect for others and their beliefs. Mr. Tatum does not wish to censor the opinions of nonBelievers or force them to do anything against their will. However, he will still pray quietly for them to find the Lord someday. Again, that’s what Christians do—they have faith and simply want to inform others of God’s grace. They try to make the world a better place for all.

On the other hand, Satan and his supporters chose to attack my client, all Believers, and God in their efforts to force an evil agenda on every American. It’s their way or no way. As I said, there are those in the world who go so far as to kill anyone who does not choose to believe as they do. These murderers raise persecution of Christians and Believers to the highest and most evil level of all. They take pleasure in killing those who do not deny God or succumb to their beliefs. The people of Charleston have already experienced such evil. Is this evil something you want to spread across America by denying the existence of God? Where’s the tolerance in such behavior? These evil murderers have no regard or respect for human life, and proclaim to follow the teachings of their leader. Christians also follow the teachings of their leader, but they don’t kill you for choosing to think differently. In fact, most Christians even offer prayers for those who choose to walk on a different path.

The prosecutor made some extraordinary remarks during the course of this trial. Unfortunately, what he told you is either untrue or twisted to promote an evil agenda. He wants to clear the way for his ways to consume every American before they realize what has happened. He moves about in the shadows of darkness to make you think living his way is better for you. Satan’s favorite pastime is placing temptation in front of each of us every day. He lures us into his trap and wants to eliminate your freedom of choice because he knows the consequences if he doesn’t—Satan fears God!

“My simple question for you today is this—for what reasons do nonBelievers viciously attack God and all who choose to believe in Him? If nonBelievers choose not to believe or want to deny even the possibility that God exists, why do they want to take God out of America, or for that matter—the world? Why do they even care if others choose to believe in God? Per the prosecutor’s own words, he and his army of NAG members say God doesn’t exist!

“What? Does that mean nonBelievers vehemently want to remove something they say does not even exist? I want you to think about the irony of that for a few moments—unless a person has ulterior motives, why wouldn’t they just choose to ignore all talk about or references to God. Christians aren’t twisting arms or forcing anyone to believe. NonBelievers say God is simply a mythical creature created by weak-minded individuals who can’t cope with life without having a symbolic entity they can summon to bring them peace. So, where is the nonBeliever’s tolerance for Believers? No matter how hard you search, it doesn’t appear to exist, and guess what—the Devil wants to keep it that way. That’s why he keeps stirring the pot of hatred and malevolence. Satan will do everything he can to win the war of good versus evil.”

At this point, the defense attorney paused, looked toward the jury, and said, “Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to share a short story with you.”

“Not long ago, a Christian and a nonBeliever found themselves stranded in the desert. They had no food or water to sustain them. The only thing they had with them was an empty glass.

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On the second day, the Christian raised the empty glass to his lips several times, swallowed, and said, ‘That is so refreshing! You want some?’

The nonBeliever barked, ‘You’re insane! There’s nothing in the glass, fool! No one knows where we are, and we’re going to die a slow, horrible death out here in the middle of nowhere! I can’t believe this is happening to me. I can’t believe I’m going to die in the desert with a fool who thinks there is a God. I don’t deserve this. I’m a rich man!’

“The Christian replied, ‘Oh, ye of little faith. I believe in God, and I know He will provide for all my needs. Drink as I am doing and He will provide for you also. All the money in your bank accounts can’t do that for you this day.’

The nonBeliever laughed and shouted, ‘God does not exist! You are an idiot to think He does! I wish you would die so I wouldn’t have to listen to you talk about your fantasy God.’

“Two more days passed and five times each day, the Christian drank from the glass while the nonBeliever continued to curse and make fun of him.

“Another day passed and both men were rapidly growing weaker. The next day the nonBeliever decided to put the glass to his lips. After swallowing nothing but air, he mumbled, ‘This is so ridiculous,’ but he continued tilting the glass higher and ‘drinking’ more air. The Christian watched him with one eye slightly open, pretending to be asleep. This continued for two more days and both men drank from the empty glass several times each day. The nonBeliever never saw the Christian looking at him, nor did the Christian bother to tell him otherwise.

“After one more day, both men were finally rescued, and fortunately, both men survived their ordeal. When asked how he managed to find the two men when he wasn’t even searching for them, the rescuer replied, ‘I saw sunlight reflecting off something in the desert—as if someone was trying to send a distress signal—you know, like SOS or something. For some strange reason, I felt compelled to see what it was. When I arrived at the scene, I found two men near death. They had obviously been there for many days. It’s a miracle they were still alive. The light I saw was the sun reflecting off a glass the two men had. Other than the clothes they were wearing, the glass was the only thing they had with them.’

Rays

“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am pleased to tell you that both of those men are now Believers—Christians. The words ‘have faith and God will provide for all you needs’ are truly powerful. If you think this story is some wild tale I concocted to entertain you—that is not the case at all. You see—I was that nonBeliever. I was an atheist—but now I believe in God—I’m a Christian. I am now a Believer who Satan seeks to convert back to his evil ways. I guess you can say I finally saw the ‘light’—the light reflecting off of a tiny glass in the middle of the desert changed my life. I was blessed!”

The defense attorney walked over to the jury box, placed both hands on the railing in front of him, and calmly said, “May each you reach down deep within yourselves today and allow God to continue to bless America by returning a verdict that you know in your heart is the right choice. Freedom of religion comes from the first amendment of our Constitution. Don’t circumvent the constitution the way our political and justice department leaders are doing. Don’t let the evil in this courtroom take God out of America. Don’t punish Mr. Tatum and then later say, ‘The Devil made me do it,’ because it will be too late to change your mind. Your Honor, the defense rests, and may God continue to bless America long into the future.”

The judge then instructed the jury and sent them out to deliberate. Stay tuned to #ATILBnews for more details when I present my fourth report on the NAG vs CHRISTIAN AUTHOR trial.

This has been Mike Jones of #ATILBnews reporting to keep you informed.

Tom Tatum – 2015

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