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!

 

Looters, Rioters, and the Anti-Christ Spirit

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Note: I started to write this when the riots were front and center of the news cycle but have since started to die down. Well, there is this new area of Seattle called CHAZ. Don’t ask me what that’s all about but it does seem to be sponsored and supported by the local government.

I almost didn’t want to wade into these waters because…well, there are a number of reasons.

But I decided to go ahead anyway because I felt something (the Holy Spirit possibly?) pushing me to write.

Rioting and looting is something that isn’t foreign to most of us. We’ve seen it a number of times over the years. My earliest recollection was after the Rodney King incident in L.A.

As I sit here and type this, I recall the recent news clips and YouTube videos I’ve seen of people using bricks, trash cans, and sticks and looting stores I can only ask what question that has been asked by other YouTubers:

What have you accomplished?

What has stealing a TV from the local Bestbuy done to help further the cause of justice for the death of George Floyd? How does killing a man defending his shop bring justice to Floyd’s family? What possesses people to go out in the streets and destroy what others worked so hard to build?

And now you’re spending time tearing down statues of people such as Christopher Columbus and various Southern officers who were in the Civil War.

For what purpose? You’re not just removing a statue; you’re trying to erase history. A history that taught us that the things that happened in the south were wrong and should never have happened. By removing that history, you’re teaching future generations that it never actually occurred. You are dooming them to repeat it.

What part of you believes that all of this is right and just and true? How do acts of violence and vandalism further your cause?

And then it hit me…

As the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37, NKJV).

The days of Noah were filled with people whose thoughts and actions were evil all of the time:

Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5 NKJV).

I believe that there are larger forces at work here. There are humans running this evil machine but Satan is the one giving them the guidance.

If you are participating in these violent ‘protests’, you are being deceived. The Evil One wants divisiveness between whites and blacks because that’s one way that he brings down nations and people. We need to turn our focus back to God and his Word. In that, we will find all the truth we need to get out of the storm that is coming.

I know I’m probably rambling at the end but I hope you understand where I’m coming from.

God Bless.

Can the Numbers be Believed?

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I want to ensure everyone that the information I have presented in past blogs and will present in future blogs is meant to inform. I have been doing research on this for a while now and have come across some interesting (and somewhat alarming) information. I don’t deny that people are dying of something but I’m not convinced that it is what they say it is.

The intent of these blogs is to get people to think about this situation in a different way; to ask the question ‘what if?’

With that being said, I want to focus today’s post on the numbers that we’ve been hearing about in the news and online.

A number of models have come out predicting the number of deaths caused by this ‘virus’ but they’ve been all over the place. While I don’t have exact numbers, these models have come under scrutiny.

But, as I stated in a previous post if you want to understand why something is happening or being done simply follow the money.

And that’s what I did.

H.R. 748 was introduced in January 2019. This bill provided for coronavirus relief (okay, how did they know about the coronavirus a year ago?). Within this bill, they incorporated the language of S.3548 (introduced March 2020). Section 4409 of this bill has the following heading:

“Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system add-on payment for COVID–19 patients during emergency period”

From what I’ve been able to research, Medicare will pay $13,000 for each diagnosed COVID-19 case and $39,000 for each COVID-19 case where a ventilator is used.

Am I trying to say that there might be some funny business happening with the U.S. numbers? Yes, I believe that there could be. I’m not saying all hospitals are doing this but there have been interviews with doctors who have stated that hospital administrators have been pressuring doctors to declare COVID-19 deaths.

To help support what I’m writing, in March of this year the National Vital Statistics System introduced a code for COVID-19. Here are some passages from that sheet:

If the death certificate reports terms such as “probable COVID-19” or “likely COVID-19,” these terms would be assigned the new ICD code. It Is not likely that NCHS will follow up on these cases.

COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death.”

The bottom line is that, regardless of how they died, if they have COVID-19 then it’s marked down as such.

This is something that I don’t quite know how to answer. Could it have something to do with money? Certainly. Could there be something more nefarious to all of this? Most definitely.

I think I’ll stop here. If I think of something for this post that I missed, I will update it. Now that Bill Gates is pushing for 7 billion vaccines, I think vaccines will be my next topic.

Remember that God is always with us and will always be with us. We have shelter in Him.

God Bless!

Quarantined in New Jersey: Day 45

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I guess this will be my ‘need to vent a little’ post.

The governor of New Jersey just announced that the ‘stay at home’ order will be in place indefinitely.

I am so over this right now.

It’s not the worse thing in the world to be working from home. I have all the creature comforts here. I can get up when I need to and grab something out of the fridge when I want to or I can stop for a few minutes and watch some TV as a break. I can also take a walk around outside as time permits.

But honestly, it’s starting to not be enough. And I think a lot of you out there can sympathize with me.

All of this is showing me that I don’t think I can work from home permanently. While I can do it during these times of uncertainty, I’m not sure I could do it in a full-time scenario.

I can’t help but think about the businesses that are suffering because of the lockdown situation. There are a number of Chinese restaurants in our area that are completely closed. I don’t know the reasons why but it’s sad just the same. We are doing our best to support any restaurants that are offering take-out or delivery. We are also thinking about ordering take-out from some of our favorite restaurants in our old neighborhood. Fortunately, they aren’t that far away.

Anyway, I thought I would make this a more light-hearted post than I normally do. I do have some other topics I’m researching that are all about the COVID-19 deaths and the push for a vaccine (there’s information about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation).

I want to add that I’m not trying to scare anyone or push what some people might term ‘fear porn.’ I want to bring to light information that the mainstream media doesn’t report.

Keep your heads up and your spirits high and make sure that you are reaching out to Jesus if you are feeling down. He is always there to comfort you and give you strength. And you can always comment on my blog if you need someplace to vent.

God Bless!