He’s Still There

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. Part of that has been due to time and the bigger part has been trying to come up with a topic to write about.

Of course, it took my better half to come up with a topic. And it’s a good one. Especially for the times we are currently living in. I hope I can do it justice.

I think there might be some out there who are asking themselves ‘where is God in all of this?’

With everything that is happening in the world right now, Christians may start wavering in their faith. They might start to wonder where He is and why isn’t He doing something about all of this? The BLM and Antifa riots; the pandemic (plandemic?); the lockdowns; the mask-wearing and the social distancing. And let’s not forget the war on race and gender. There are people out there who are literally losing their lunch over the gender of a plastic potato. Watch your backs, Mr. Clean and Mr. Coffee! A plastic potato is offensive but it’s okay to play a video game (Grand Theft Auto) where the player can set a prostitute on fire. I mean, seriously, priorities people!

But I digress…

In all of this, I want to assure you that He is there watching all of this. Nothing is beyond Him. He sees the past, present, and future.

Heck, because of the isolation some of are going through with the pandemic we might feel that He isn’t there at all. In spite of our enemies God is with us. In the very midst of them, God provides. As the war rages around us, He strengthens us. It might not look like something we desire, but He provides.  We may even thrive in the very presence of those willing to destroy us because He’s got our backs.

Don’t think for one minute that I haven’t thought the same things some of you might have been feeling over the last year. You may have asked yourselves the same questions I did: “Where is He in all of this?” “Why is He letting all of this happen?” “How can the evil that we see in power have such control over our lives?”

We might feel as though He isn’t providing since life is not as we used to know it. Our lives have become uncomfortable, so obviously God isn’t here anymore, right? Maybe God wants us to have LESS FEELNG and MORE FAITH. Faith in spite of our discomfort. Faith in spite of sadness. Faith in spite of our enemies camped around us. How often is our faith determined by how we feel? It’s time to stop associating God’s presence by how we “feel” and begin to build our faith based on His promises. This worldly existence will be a blip compared to eternity. Through the grace of God our faith will become strong when we are at our most weak.

Three times I pleaded with the Lord that it should leave me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:8 ESV)

I think Psalm 23 is also a good one to always keep close to you. This reminds us that He is always there and will always provide. He knows what we need before we know what we need. Don’t be afraid of what’s out there. We have the power, through Jesus, to defeat all of our enemies including fear.

God Bless!

Thank you!

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I wanted to take a minute to send a shout out to all of my followers and readers of this page. I just hit 100 followers! I never thought that would happen. And I wanted to thank you for it because everyone following and reading made it all possible!

I’m sure I’ve said this before but this blog started out as one of those ‘what’s this blogging all about?’ ventures. I never thought I would still be writing here and that I’d have people actually reading what I write. It’s very humbling

Most of what I’ve been writing has been about COVID and the vaccine. I’ll continue to keep you updated with the latest information and my own personal thoughts on what is going on with all of this but I would like to get back into Bible based topics rather than focusing all of my energy on ‘doom and gloom.’ Remember that no matter what does on outside our window, God’s got this. This is all in His timing.

Okay, that’s all I wanted to say for now. Again, thank you so much for following and if you have any topic suggestions please feel free to leave them in the comments and I’ll see what I can do about writing them up in a future blog!

God Bless!

COVID Positive Doesn’t Mean COVID Anymore

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Well, that didn’t take long.

I mean, seriously. As soon as Biden is inaugurated as the new President of the United States, the World Health Organization decides that it’s going to tighten the diagnostic requirements for C-19.

I’ll place a link to the article at the end of this post but, in summary, they are saying that the PCR test (which has been the standard test used since this all started) can now be only considered for diagnostic purposes and other factor such as the “timing of the sampling, specimen types, clinical observations”, etc. but be thrown into the mix.

What this is saying is that if you test positive but don’t show symptoms, then you need to have a second test done. If the second test shows positive but you still don’t show symptoms, then you aren’t counted as a C-19 case. The article does on to state that, up until C-19 hit in 2020, a single PCR test was never used as a standard diagnostic tool. But, for some reason, it was good enough for all of 2020. And now that Biden has taken office, we’re back to needing more than one PCR test

Why?

That’s the question that I don’t have the answer to. Why, after Biden is put in office, does the WHO suddenly need to change the way we test for C-19? And what will this do to the case numbers going forward? Are the cases going to suddenly drop because of these new standards? And what about the cases that have already been categorized? Will the cases from 2020 be re-categorized or will they stand as they are? Were the standards changed as a political play for Biden to make him look like he has the answer to the pandemic?

Okay, I had more than that one question. But these are all questions that need to be answered. But I doubt that we’ll ever get these answers. As promised, here is the link to the article:

https://redstate.com/michael_thau/2021/01/20/total-coincidence-alert-who-issues-new-c19-guidelines-requiring-2nd-test-for-symptom-less-on-day-biden-takes-office-n313400

If you want, please leave a comment about what you think might be going on with all of this.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12).

God Bless!

The First Christmas Gift

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This one is a bit late but we are still in the Christmas season so I think it’s still appropriate. 😊

Each year, my family and I watch a variety of Christmas movies. Included in the list are ‘Elf’, ‘Christmas Vacation’, ‘The Bishop’s Wife’, and ‘Scrooge’ (the Albert Finney version). Oh, and we also watch a bunch of Hallmark Christmas movies as well.

Another movie we watch (and the subject of today’s post) is called ‘The Christmas Box.’ It’s the story of an elderly woman who is in need of a family to take care of her needs such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry. The movie stars Richard Thomas and Maureen O’Hara.

Thomas’s character is part owner of a successful ski shop and is trying to open a second shop. He spends most of his time at the shop, neglecting his family in the process.

During the move-in, he and his wife find a Christmas box in the attic of the owner’s house. Within a few days, Thomas’ character begins having a recurring dream of an angel saying his name. As the movie progresses, the dreams get lengthier and more vivid. He ends up opening the Christmas box and finds a number of letters addressed to a girl named Andrea.

The dream finally brings him to a cemetery that the owner (Mrs. Parkin) visited every day. He finds a gravestone with an angel on it that matches the one from his dreams. The name engraved on that stone was Andrea Parkin. She passed when she was 5 years old.

Towards the end of the movie, it’s revealed that Mrs. Parkin has heart failure and the medication isn’t working. In the hospital, she asks Thomas’ character if he had an answer to her question about the first Christmas gift (she initially asked him earlier in the movie). He said it was a child.

Okay, that was probably a huge long-winded way of saying that, during this season, remember that the first gift was the gift of a child given to us by God. That child would grow to become our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. Keep this in mind as your exchanging gifts this year.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and God Bless!

I Can Do All Things Through Christ

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With all the craziness going on around us, I was trying to think of what to write for my next post. Then a verse from scripture popped into my head:

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Phillippians 4:13, ESV)

The world is truly turned upside with this pandemic. We are seeing lockdowns and then they are relaxed and then they are threatened again.

We see anger on the faces of some because of the lockdowns, because of the masks, and because of the social distancing. We see the ‘Karens’ of the world confronting those who don’t wear a mask or who aren’t socially distancing properly or who aren’t doing all the right things according to them. We wonder how we’re going to get through the day seeing the world as it is.

If you’re ever in doubt (and believe me I have to remind myself, too), just turn to the Lord for His strength and he will help you get through anything.

I also wanted to take a minute and thank all those who follow this blog and to those who might not follow but still read it. You give me the inspiration to keep posting!

God bless!

Vaccines – Part 2:

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I apologize for how long it’s taking me to get this post out but I wasn’t quite sure how to approach it. There are so many moving parts to this that it was tough but I’ll try to summarize where we currently are with all the vaccine talk that is out there right now.

Winter is fast approaching and along with it, there is talk of more (Draconian) lockdowns, the canceling of Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the SWAT team bashing in your door if you have more than 10 people in your house at once. Also in the news is talk of at least two COVID-19 vaccines, with Pfizer and Moderna as the companies taking the lead.

Now I probably don’t need to tell you that I’m not a big fan of vaccines. While some earlier vaccines for diseases like polio had great success, today’s vaccines don’t have the same efficacy. For example, the current flu vaccine (as of 2019) was only 35% effective for all age groups. The efficacy of the flu vaccine for 2020 has yet to be determined.

What’s more concerning is how the vaccines from both of these companies work. They are trying a new technology for these and, for me, it’s quite concerning. Here is an excerpt taken from a November 10 article from Forbes.com:

Traditional vaccines are made from dead or weakened versions of an infectious virus. This new type of vaccine is different. To develop it, the genes of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, were first analyzed to locate the part that codes its “spike” protein, which is what enables the virus to infect people. The codes for that protein are then isolated and copied as mRNA fragments, which is what cells use as instructions for making proteins. Those fragments are packaged up into special molecules, then injected into the patient’s cells.

Within the cells, the mRNA comes into the body’s protein factories, called ribosomes. The ribosomes “read” the mRNA, and follow its instructions to make copies of the spike protein. Those copies of the spike protein can’t, by themselves, cause harm. But they’ll trigger the body to make antibodies against the virus. Those antibodies, in turn, will protect patients from a Covid-19 infection.”

Right now, I’m picturing Dr. Frankenstein mixing various liquids from various beakers and then injecting them into the monster lying on the table. To say I’m not comfortable with this vaccine (or any, for that matter) is an understatement.

Did I mention the side effects? They are pretty much the same as the flu vaccine but possibly worse. The vaccine is actually a 3 part dose. The first does produces mild side effects such as fever, aches, and chills. The second produces the same side effects but to a greater intensity, lasting up to 12 hours for some test subjects. Anecdotal stories include someone who developed symptoms similar to multiple sclerosis.

Okay, I feel like this is starting to ramble a bit. The bottom line for me and my family is that we are not taking this vaccine if it’s not forced on us. Today’s vaccines have adjuvants such as polysorbate-80, mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, and aborted fetal cells. I can’t imagine what might be in these new vaccines or how they are going to interact with our bodies.

Please be wary of these vaccines and do your research. I may have already wrote about this but, in the times that we’re living, this has become a very special and poignant Bible verse:

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the ruler, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 ESV)

The Chosen

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I’ll start by saying that if you haven’t heard of ‘The Chosen”, I highly recommend you watch this.

This show can be found on the VidAngel app. Season one is out now but this will be a multi-season show.

This show chronicles the story of Jesus and the apostles through all four Gospels. But this show is very different.

It’s told from the perspective of those who are followers of Jesus. It’s also told in a way that highlights Jesus’ human side. The movies that I’ve watched about Jesus and His life have shown Jesus from a pious perspective. In other words, a very serious Jesus.

“The Chosen” shows Jesus behaving as any one of us might behave. He can be seen dancing at a wedding, hugging his mother, bandaging a wound he received, and joking around with the apostles. It shows Jesus the way we think he would have been during his ministry. And it’s not all fun and games. There are definitely times where you need to have a box of tissues next to you. This show will challenge any preconceived notions you might have had about Jesus. You will also see some of the miracles that he did during the first part of his ministry.

If you ever want to find a way to evangelize to people, I think this series is it. The show is well-acted and the sets are amazing.

Before I start to ramble, please check out this series and be prepared to cry a little, laugh a little, and to have your faith renewed in a way that no other movie or show can do. If you know anyone who isn’t sure about life or this ‘Jesus thing’, show them ‘The Chosen.’ This just might change their minds.

God Bless!

#CancelNetflix

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I do have a post coming soon about the COVID-19 vaccine that is coming to a syringe near you but I felt something put on my heart to write a quick post about Netflix and the controversial film they just released called “Cuties.”

Now I have to freely admit that I haven’t actually seen this show but I’ve seen some screen grabs of it and some clips and I am certainly not liking what I’m seeing.

It’s a French film that follows 11-year old girls who are dancers. From what I’ve read, some of the scenes show them dancing erotically or twerking.

People critical of the movie say that it is ‘normalizing’ the sexualization of pre-teen girls. The Parents Television Council had earlier objections to this film. The stood by those objections with director Melissa Henson stating that the film ‘” normalizes the sexualization of little girls” and desensitizes “millions of viewers at home by asking them to be entertained by it.”‘

Here is something I found on IMDB in the Certification section under Nudity:

One child is doused with water while wearing a tiny tank top and teeny underwear that expose her butt cheeks…. child bounces as the camera focuses on breasts and child gets on all fours and grinds pelvis into floor and twerks while camera films from behind with an up angle on child’s mostly bare bottom and underwear in crack.”

Netflix says that it is a social commentary on the sexualization of pre-teen girls. Those who support the film say that it’s a beautiful picture and should be treated as such an that the marketing material and posters gave the impression that this was a film about sexualizing pre-teen girls.

Okay, Netflix…not cool. Not cool at all.

I’m not going to tell you what to watch or what decisions to make for you or your family but for my family, we are not going to watch this and we have already canceled Netflix.

Okay, I had to vent and I had to get it out there. Thanks for bearing with me on this.

God Bless!

 

Vaccines – Part 1: A Brief History

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Vaccines have been around a lot longer than you might think.

There are stories of the Chinese inoculating their people for smallpox as far back as the 1500s. There are other stories that go all the way back to the year 200 in the year 1661, Emperor K’ang of China supported the use of inoculation, having survived smallpox as a child.

As we move through the 17th century and into the 18th century, we find many countries plagued with various outbreaks of one kind or another. These included smallpox, measles, and yellow fever.

In the early 1700s, the process of variolation was used to inoculate a person against a disease. Variolation is a procedure where the discharge from a pustule is placed into a cut of an uninfected individual. The hope was that the body would react to this and call an immune response thereby making the person immune to the actual disease. Over the years, there have been many improvements to this process. Edward Jenner was chief among those who started these improvements.

We’ve come a long way from where we used to be with regard to vaccines. The delivery method is certainly less crude and more efficient.

But for me, that’s about it.

As we move into the modern era of vaccines, many things have changed when it comes to what is actually in the needle.

In my next installment, I’m going to show some of the rather disturbing correlations between the ever-increasing number of vaccines children today receive and the number of childhood diseases that they have.

Okay, that’s it for now. I did say this post as going to be brief but I did want to at least get everyone started as to where vaccines started. Where we’re going next is a bit scary, at best.

God Bless!

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12 ESV)

The Vaccine Controversy

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I thought I would start with an introductory post about vaccines.

I started laying out some of the groundwork in my earlier posts concerning the current “pandemic” that we are in. And the word pandemic is in quotes because I don’t think that this is a pandemic but more of a ‘plandemic.’

Back in 2009, we declared the H1N1 flu virus a pandemic. According to the CDC’s website, they estimated a total of 151,700 – 575,400 deaths attributed to H1N1 during the first year the virus circulated. You can read the entire post here.

There is a big difference between how governments reacted in 2009 and 2020: back in 2009 we didn’t shut down the world and its economies.

We didn’t create executive orders and mandates asking people to stay inside and wear masks when they go to the store to purchase food.

We didn’t shut down bars, restaurants, gyms, hair salons, parks, beaches, boardwalks, some retail stores, etc.

Why are we doing it now? And why is there a big push for a vaccine that we didn’t see back in 2009?

My next post will tackle the vaccine controversy and which companies are racing to be the first to find that vaccine. I’ll also touch on a new type of vaccine called mRNA that is currently the front runner.

I think this goes deeper than what I’m going to address in future posts. I might end up making a series out of this. I just need to take some time to gather my thoughts. So bear with me. More to come.

God Bless!