A New (But Still Old) Direction

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I started doing something that I had never actually done before: I looked at the posts have I’ve done since I started this blog. I wanted to take a look and see if there was a recurring theme in my blogs. And guess what?

I don’t have one.

My writings seem to meander all over the place. One post is talking about hurricanes and the next is talking about voting.

There was a point when I didn’t know what to do with this thing because I felt like I wasn’t getting any traction or had a purpose for this. I wanted to do something to further God’s kingdom but I knew that talking about COVID wasn’t exactly fitting the bill. I was about to give up on all of this when I sought out guidance from the Lord. If you’ve heard this one before, you can skip down. For those of you who haven’t, here is my short little answer from Him.

As I said before, I didn’t know what to do with this blog of mine and I was going to give up. I was actually driving into work one morning thinking about this. And yes, while most people are listening to the radio or an audiobook during their drive, I’m trying to figure out what to do with my blog. As I’m pulling up to a red light, I’m asking God what I should do with this blog. Do I keep going or do I give up? Then I stopped to listen for His reply. That’s when I heard a word pop into my head:

“Write.”

Okay, I wasn’t expecting to get an answer but I did. And I praised God and thanked Him for it.

And now, just a few years later, I’m getting lost again. I’m not writing about the things that matter: the gospel message.

So, I’m going to try to right the ship and get it back on course.

I can’t guarantee that every post will be on point but I am sure going to give it a try.

So bear with me while I try to get the sails up and the rudder pointed in the right direction.

And I want to thank everyone for going on this journey with me. So far, it’s been run and I’m looking forward to the future.

And I hope I didn’t get anyone seasick along the way (okay, just a little joke).

Oh yes, almost forgot. I changed the name of the blog. Just a small change. I think of this as a ministry because the intent to tie current events into the Bible as well as spread the message of the Gospel to all who read it.

God Bless!

The Variants are Coming! The Variants are Coming!

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Right now, my mind has just imagined Anthony Fauci on a white horse riding through town announcing that the new strains are just outside our doors and that we need to arm ourselves with our cotton face diapers.

Okay, I’m being slightly sarcastic with this one but I’m not too far off. Fauci’s chosen mode of transportation for this heroic announcement are the bobbleheads that call themselves news outlets.

The latest recommendation from the man who uses meandering science is that we should be wearing masks indoors even if we are vaccinated. Seriously?! All of these people who were convinced that life would return to normal if we were jabbed with an experimental witch’s brew are now being told that we have to put the 500 thread count napkins back onto our faces. So what’s the point of getting jabbed if nothing has changed?

“But Dr. Fauci, you said we could go back to normal if we got jabbed.”

“Did I? I must have been mistaken. You see, there are these variants that are out and they are worse than the initial virus that I funded…I mean, that China created.”

Yeah, okay, tell us another one Pinnochio.

Okay, I did say I was going to be a bit sarcastic…

I’m not downplaying COVID. It’s definitely a real thing that I wouldn’t wish on anyone.

But when they decide to try and haul out the masks again, is it based on ‘flattening the curve’, or are they trying to exert control over us again?

Okay, that’s my rant. It’s a short one but I needed to vent a little bit of what I perceive is complete ineptness on the part of Fauci, the CDC, and the WHO (not the band).

Even with all of this happening, remember Ephesians 6:12. That is who we are doing battle against. Yes, there are those humans in power who are trying to control us but the evil that is in their hearts can only come from one place and you know where (and who) that is.

So be prepared by putting on the whole armor of God each and every day and stand fast in his strength. He has a plan and we have our defender.

God Bless!

The Mark of the Beast??

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I may or may not have written about this but, for what it’s worth, I thought I’d put in my two cents (because I haven’t done that in a while).

There has been talk in some faith circles whether or not the vaccine is the mark of the beast.

I’m not going to name names here but I’ve seen a video of a pastor who told his congregation that if you take the vaccine, he doesn’t want to have anything to do with you anymore. I’ve also seen a video of someone who stated that if you take the vaccine, it will change your DNA and that will make you unredeemable.

I’ve been doing the research and checking other people’s videos and opinions (and really looking at Revelation 13) before I formed an opinion and stated it here. So here goes:

The ‘vaccine’ is not the mark of the beast. Period. To state otherwise, in my opinion, is heresy. Just a simple review of Revelation 13:16-17 will bear that out:

Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.”

There are a few things in this passage that can easily explain why this isn’t the mark:

The first is that there is no beast to worship. None. Nowhere to be found.

In order for this to be the mark of the beast, you need to have a beast to worship. Someone taking the mark needs to consciously make the decision to worship the beast (that doesn’t yet exist).

Okay, that’s pretty much it for the first one. Now for the second one.

Those who do not take the mark will be unable to buy or sell. I have not taken the vaccine (and won’t be taking it, I can assure you) but I just went to the grocery store this week and bought food. Kind of takes the wind out of the sails of someone who believes this is the mark.

And to those who say that if you take the vaccine, you are unredeemable in the eyes of God I say..bull!

To say that a righteous Christian is condemned to Hell because they don’t watch YouTube or possess the latest “secret knowledge” that the vaccine is the mark of the beast is a dangerous stance to take.
Don’t think for a minute that the Holy Spirit will allow those loyal prayer warriors to be deceived. They will know it in their spirit when the time comes, but this isn’t the time.

Sorry but I’m not buying what you’re selling. And I think you need to be a better Berean and check your theology before declaring someone ineligible to enter God’s Kingdom.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)

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!