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The Omen of Winter After the 9/11 Attacks

But in the end the snows descend from cloudy winter skies;

And lakes will freeze when all the trees are stripped of their supplies.

(Excerpt From the Prologue of the 9/11 Epic Poem)

This second half of the first stanza of the poem describes not only a typical North American Winter, but the spiritual and moral disaster that many people anticipated after the September 11th attacks. The dark side of human nature had reared it’s ugly head again, and everyone knew that war was coming.

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The 9/11 Attacks Challenged Our Sense of Security

In mid-September ev’ry year when corn is six feet tall,

The days of summer seem secure against the threat of fall.

(From Chapter One of the 9/11 Epic Poem)

For those of us who live in the Midwestern United States, summer time represents bounty and security. That’s why I opened the September 11th poem the way I did. The 9/11 attacks seemed to usher in the close of summer that year. For many of us it ended (at least temporarily) the sense of security that had been growing for our nation ever since the end of the cold war. We had forgotten that there were still forces in the world that wanted to take us out.  September 11th brought with it the War on Terror and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. For many it seemed like the brief summer was over and winter was coming back.

OPEN LETTER to New Hope Church of God in Christ, Kalamazoo Mi

To all church congregations in the Midwestern United States:

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

There are many people today who think that they are going to heaven because they are living decent lives. They think that because they give money to charity, feed the poor, are baptized, and partake of communion, that God will reward them with peace and happiness for eternity.

But there is only one path to heaven, and many of those who attend church regularly and do the things mentioned above are not on it. The only way to heaven is through the blood of Jesus Christ. In order to be saved you must believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. You must believe that He is God, that He died for your sins, and that He rose from the dead. You must believe that Jesus is a real person and that the events recorded in the Bible literally happened. If Jesus did not really die on the cross and rise again, then your faith is completely useless.

True faith also includes true repentance. Jesus said that those who do not repent will perish. God promises to forgive us if we confess our sins to Him. But if we say that we have no sin, or that we can believe in Him without changing our ways, we are lying. If you are a true Christian with true faith you will despise your sin and turn from it.

Those who are true Christians must continue to read their Bible and attend church regularly. They must constantly grow in thankfulness towards God and mature in their faith by learning pure doctrine. They must protect themselves by shunning the error of false teachers.

True Christians must also care for other believers, who are their brothers and sisters in Christ. They must pray for each other constantly, and confess their sins to each other. They must show each other hospitality and fellowship with one another. They must support each other spiritually and financially when the need arises. They must always treat each other with love, and be willing to hold each other accountable when they fall into sin.

Finally, they must also behave peacefully towards those who are unbelievers. They must love all unbelievers and pray for them. They must show them their love by telling them about the love of God. They must accept hate and mistreatment from unbelievers without retaliating. They must pray for their enemies, and give financial support to the poor.

These things must be done by any congregation that truly loves God and their fellow humans. I hope this letter will encourage you to grow in your faith and commitment to God.

In Jesus’ name,

Daniel Schilling

OPEN LETTER to New Hope Church of God in Christ, Battle Creek Mi

To all church congregations in the Midwestern United States:

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

There are many people today who think that they are going to heaven because they are living decent lives. They think that because they give money to charity, feed the poor, are baptized, and partake of communion, that God will reward them with peace and happiness for eternity.

But there is only one path to heaven, and many of those who attend church regularly and do the things mentioned above are not on it. The only way to heaven is through the blood of Jesus Christ. In order to be saved you must believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. You must believe that He is God, that He died for your sins, and that He rose from the dead. You must believe that Jesus is a real person and that the events recorded in the Bible literally happened. If Jesus did not really die on the cross and rise again, then your faith is completely useless.

True faith also includes true repentance. Jesus said that those who do not repent will perish. God promises to forgive us if we confess our sins to Him. But if we say that we have no sin, or that we can believe in Him without changing our ways, we are lying. If you are a true Christian with true faith you will despise your sin and turn from it.

Those who are true Christians must continue to read their Bible and attend church regularly. They must constantly grow in thankfulness towards God and mature in their faith by learning pure doctrine. They must protect themselves by shunning the error of false teachers.

True Christians must also care for other believers, who are their brothers and sisters in Christ. They must pray for each other constantly, and confess their sins to each other. They must show each other hospitality and fellowship with one another. They must support each other spiritually and financially when the need arises. They must always treat each other with love, and be willing to hold each other accountable when they fall into sin.

Finally, they must also behave peacefully towards those who are unbelievers. They must love all unbelievers and pray for them. They must show them their love by telling them about the love of God. They must accept hate and mistreatment from unbelievers without retaliating. They must pray for their enemies, and give financial support to the poor.

These things must be done by any congregation that truly loves God and their fellow humans. I hope this letter will encourage you to grow in your faith and commitment to God.

In Jesus’ name,

Daniel Schilling

OPEN LETTER to Tipton Community Congregational Church, Tipton Mi

To all church congregations in the Midwestern United States:

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

There are many people today who think that they are going to heaven because they are living decent lives. They think that because they give money to charity, feed the poor, are baptized, and partake of communion, that God will reward them with peace and happiness for eternity.

But there is only one path to heaven, and many of those who attend church regularly and do the things mentioned above are not on it. The only way to heaven is through the blood of Jesus Christ. In order to be saved you must believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. You must believe that He is God, that He died for your sins, and that He rose from the dead. You must believe that Jesus is a real person and that the events recorded in the Bible literally happened. If Jesus did not really die on the cross and rise again, then your faith is completely useless.

True faith also includes true repentance. Jesus said that those who do not repent will perish. God promises to forgive us if we confess our sins to Him. But if we say that we have no sin, or that we can believe in Him without changing our ways, we are lying. If you are a true Christian with true faith you will despise your sin and turn from it.

Those who are true Christians must continue to read their Bible and attend church regularly. They must constantly grow in thankfulness towards God and mature in their faith by learning pure doctrine. They must protect themselves by shunning the error of false teachers.

True Christians must also care for other believers, who are their brothers and sisters in Christ. They must pray for each other constantly, and confess their sins to each other. They must show each other hospitality and fellowship with one another. They must support each other spiritually and financially when the need arises. They must always treat each other with love, and be willing to hold each other accountable when they fall into sin.

Finally, they must also behave peacefully towards those who are unbelievers. They must love all unbelievers and pray for them. They must show them their love by telling them about the love of God. They must accept hate and mistreatment from unbelievers without retaliating. They must pray for their enemies, and give financial support to the poor.

These things must be done by any congregation that truly loves God and their fellow humans. I hope this letter will encourage you to grow in your faith and commitment to God.

In Jesus’ name,

Daniel Schilling

OPEN LETTER to the Assembly, Jackson Mi

To all church congregations in the Midwestern United States:

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

There are many people today who think that they are going to heaven because they are living decent lives. They think that because they give money to charity, feed the poor, are baptized, and partake of communion, that God will reward them with peace and happiness for eternity.

But there is only one path to heaven, and many of those who attend church regularly and do the things mentioned above are not on it. The only way to heaven is through the blood of Jesus Christ. In order to be saved you must believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. You must believe that He is God, that He died for your sins, and that He rose from the dead. You must believe that Jesus is a real person and that the events recorded in the Bible literally happened. If Jesus did not really die on the cross and rise again, then your faith is completely useless.

True faith also includes true repentance. Jesus said that those who do not repent will perish. God promises to forgive us if we confess our sins to Him. But if we say that we have no sin, or that we can believe in Him without changing our ways, we are lying. If you are a true Christian with true faith you will despise your sin and turn from it.

Those who are true Christians must continue to read their Bible and attend church regularly. They must constantly grow in thankfulness towards God and mature in their faith by learning pure doctrine. They must protect themselves by shunning the error of false teachers.

True Christians must also care for other believers, who are their brothers and sisters in Christ. They must pray for each other constantly, and confess their sins to each other. They must show each other hospitality and fellowship with one another. They must support each other spiritually and financially when the need arises. They must always treat each other with love, and be willing to hold each other accountable when they fall into sin.

Finally, they must also behave peacefully towards those who are unbelievers. They must love all unbelievers and pray for them. They must show them their love by telling them about the love of God. They must accept hate and mistreatment from unbelievers without retaliating. They must pray for their enemies, and give financial support to the poor.

These things must be done by any congregation that truly loves God and their fellow humans. I hope this letter will encourage you to grow in your faith and commitment to God.

In Jesus’ name,

Daniel Schilling

OPEN LETTER to Tecumseh United Methodist Church, Tecumseh Mi

To all church congregations in the Midwestern United States:

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ.

There are many people today who think that they are going to heaven because they are living decent lives. They think that because they give money to charity, feed the poor, are baptized, and partake of communion, that God will reward them with peace and happiness for eternity.

But there is only one path to heaven, and many of those who attend church regularly and do the things mentioned above are not on it. The only way to heaven is through the blood of Jesus Christ. In order to be saved you must believe in the sacrifice of Jesus. You must believe that He is God, that He died for your sins, and that He rose from the dead. You must believe that Jesus is a real person and that the events recorded in the Bible literally happened. If Jesus did not really die on the cross and rise again, then your faith is completely useless.

True faith also includes true repentance. Jesus said that those who do not repent will perish. God promises to forgive us if we confess our sins to Him. But if we say that we have no sin, or that we can believe in Him without changing our ways, we are lying. If you are a true Christian with true faith you will despise your sin and turn from it.

Those who are true Christians must continue to read their Bible and attend church regularly. They must constantly grow in thankfulness towards God and mature in their faith by learning pure doctrine. They must protect themselves by shunning the error of false teachers.

True Christians must also care for other believers, who are their brothers and sisters in Christ. They must pray for each other constantly, and confess their sins to each other. They must show each other hospitality and fellowship with one another. They must support each other spiritually and financially when the need arises. They must always treat each other with love, and be willing to hold each other accountable when they fall into sin.

Finally, they must also behave peacefully towards those who are unbelievers. They must love all unbelievers and pray for them. They must show them their love by telling them about the love of God. They must accept hate and mistreatment from unbelievers without retaliating. They must pray for their enemies, and give financial support to the poor.

These things must be done by any congregation that truly loves God and their fellow humans. I hope this letter will encourage you to grow in your faith and commitment to God.

In Jesus’ name,

Daniel Schilling