WASHINGTON (AP) — Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream.
Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor and loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.
The findings come as President Barack Obama tries to renew his administration’s emphasis on the economy, saying in recent speeches that his highest priority is to “rebuild ladders of opportunity” and reverse income inequality.
Hardship is particularly on the rise among whites, based on several measures. Pessimism among that racial group about their families’ economic futures has climbed to the highest point since at least 1987. In the most recent AP-GfK poll, 63 percent of whites called the economy “poor.”
“I think it’s going to get worse,” said Irene Salyers, 52, of Buchanan County, Va., a declining coal region in Appalachia. Married and divorced three times, Salyers now helps run a fruit and vegetable stand with her boyfriend, but it doesn’t generate much income. They live mostly off government disability checks.
NEW YORK (AP) — McDonald’s is mixing up its menu with healthier, fresher sounding items such as its chicken McWraps, but not enough customers are biting.
The world’s biggest hamburger chain on Monday reported a second-quarter profit that rose 4 percent but fell short of Wall Street expectations. It also said July sales are expected to be relatively flat and warned of a tough year ahead.
Its stock was down more than 2 percent at $98.05 in premarket trading. Over the past year, its stock is up 13 percent.
By Gordon King
Hello everyone, brothers and sisters in Christ.
I hope and pray that this post finds you all well!
What is God telling us right now? What is he asking of us? What are we as Christians doing for the Lord? What should we do?
What is God is telling us right now?
I believe that he is telling us that his return for the church is near.
Very near. He continues to give us signs. Signs of the times. Are we watching as we should be? Are we desperately awaiting his return?
Meteors are striking the earth in numbers! There are numerous wars and rumors of wars! Famine, pestilence and plagues are increasing by the day! There have been numerous earthquakes in various places along with many other natural disasters! There have been and are many signs in the heavens and the earth. There have been and will be blood-red moons, blood-red rivers, lakes and oceans. The hearts of many have waxed cold. What was once good is viewed as wrong and what was once wrong is viewed as good. What was once unacceptable is now acceptable, and what was once acceptable is now unacceptable. Evil deeds are on the rise every single day! These are only the beginning of birth pangs and will continue to increase until the return of Christ! Christianity was the faith of the nation, one nation under God. Now Christianity is looked down upon, persecuted and accursed! The religion of Chrislam has been going on in Africa for decades and is becoming a popular and intriguing idea for many in America. The Apostate church! I am unsure if there are any active Chrislam churches in America at the current time.
What is God asking of Christians at this time?
I strongly believe that God is calling all Christians to perform his will. Listen for his calling on your life. Pick up your cross and follow him. That is what Jesus meant when he said “pick up your cross and follow me”. He did not mean to actually pick up a cross. Rather, he wants us to refrain from sinning, live a Godly life, live like him and spread the gospel. Cast aside the things of this world and live for Christ! Do not live in the flesh, live in the Spirit. Allow the Holy Spirit to work through you. Learn to be quiet and listen for God’s voice to speak to you. Not an actual voice, but, an internal voice. That is where the Holy Spirit within you dwells. Sometimes God uses others to speak to us, or he will give us other signs such as through a radio station or a sermon. God works in mysterious ways! It can take time to learn to listen and know when God is speaking to you. The closer you get to God, the easier it becomes. He will speak to you more often. Sometimes he may give you visions, dreams or feelings. Do not ignore these. Pray on them. Ask God to help you understand. Ask him for confirmation.
What are we as Christians doing for the Lord?
How are we living our Christian lives? Are we living for the Lord as he commanded of us? Or are we partaking in the ways of the world? Are we living for God? Jesus told us to spread the gospel until his return. Are we doing that? We are living in the end times! Now is the time to live for Christ! We all need to be praying for the salvation of the lost. We need to be spreading the gospel. Helping those in need. Giving to the poor. Encouraging each other with love and kindness. This is not a time to be critical of one another. If someone is accusing you of something, test their spirit:
1 John 4:1-3 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledgeJesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
We all need to encourage one another, love one another and try to live peaceably with one another. It can be a very difficult task, one that I often find myself struggling with. I am most definitely not perfect. I am a sinner. I try my best, but, unfortunately I am a sinner. The good news is that God forgives me! And he will forgive you! Let us all work together for the Lord! Boost each other up in the Spirit! Fight the good fight. Live as warriors for Christ!!!
What should we do?
This is a good question. I believe that we must put God first in our lives. Love him with all of our heart. This is the first commandment. Then we must live a Godly life. Repent from our sins and ask God for forgiveness. We will make mistakes and stumble along the way. That is ok. Just get back up, shake off the dust and carry on. Keep God first. Remember, He is always with you! He will help you along the way. We are his children and he loves us much more than we will ever know. He wants to help us and give us whatever we need. We must then spread the gospel. Spread the gospel with love, kindness and understanding. Then we must also bring back the lost sheep to the flock. The Christians who have been led astray. We must also be continually seeking the Lord and his return!
Remember this: time is so very short! God is giving us signs that his return is near. Will we see his signs? Will we obey his commands? Will we listen to his words? The choice is ours. God has given us free will.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
May the peace, comfort and strength of the Lord be with you all!
God Bless You! Let’s fight the good fight! Amen 🙂