Hang on….

Just checking in with you guys to let you know that what I am working on is still in the works!  I will be going live with it very soon.  I will keep you posted.

In the meantime, keep your eyes on the LORD.  I know things do not look good in the world right now, but God is still in control of all of this.  God is able to fix whatever is wrong in your life, and He is able to bring you through whatever trials you are facing.  I know of which I speak!  I have been through some devastating events, but God has seen me through every one of them and He is getting ready to do some miraculous things.

Keep your eyes on Him.

Do You Like Surprises?

I have a surprise coming for those of you who have been following my blog.  I am adding another layer to it very soon.  Details to follow shortly…

Let me also say thank you so much for your support.  Thanks for following my blog and praying for me.  When I started this blog almost eight years ago, it was just a way to get some things off my chest.  I was never good at journaling or keeping a diary, so when blogs hit the internet, I thought, hmmm…

This blog has been with me through some of the most trying times of my life.  I had my heart broken into a million pieces right in front of this blog.  My life changed right in front of this blog.  I raised my children, supported my friends, and nursed my wounds back to health right in front of this blog.  This blog has been a means to an end for me, the end being peace in my heart and mind.

Your support has blessed me.  I didn’t think I would have anything to post that would be of any particular interest to anyone else, but I have found that some of you have been blessed through my struggle.  To God be the glory!  I would hate for all of the pain I have endured over the years to have been for nothing.  If there is some experience that I have endured that will give someone else some wisdom or help someone else through a struggle in their lives, I am glad to share that experience.  Maybe it will shorten their trial or make it easier to bear.

Keep checking back for my surprise!  It will be very sudden and I think you may find it very interesting!  Be blessed!

Let Visiting Hours Begin!

If you follow my social media, you saw the video of the lady who was held hostage by the hospital in Vancouver, Washington…Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital was the name. She went in for treatment for a UTI, and her daughter, who is her medical power of attorney, was not allowed to take her home based on the fact that the woman was asked to take a covid test, which she refused, because she was not exhibiting covid symptoms.

I have a dear friend who took both parents to the ER two weeks ago because they were exhibiting mild covid symptoms. Her father walked into the hospital, her mother was wheeled in via wheelchair, and they spent almost two weeks in the hospital, while my friend and her sister were not allowed to visit their parents. They were given infrequent updates on their parents’ conditions. Finally, they were told that their father needed a ventilator. He was placed on a ventilator, and 48 hours later, he was dead. Within an hour of his death, his wife died. They had not seen their two daughters in two weeks.

A famous singer in Georgia went into the hospital to receive treatment for kidney disease. She was admitted to the hospital, given the treatment, spent a couple of days, and was sent home. After being sent home, she suffered a setback and had to go back to the hospital. Her family was not given any updates on her condition. After mounting frustration, family members gathered outside of the hospital and was allowed to see her through a large window. She was beyond excited to see her family. They only got to wave to each other and smile at each other. Little did they know, that would be the last time they would see each other, because she died less than 72 hours later.

All that to say that the American people need to fight back against this wicked medical system that is killing off our elderly and those who are not able to speak for themselves. It is past time for us to be able to go into the hospital with our grandparents, parents, children and loved ones. It is time for patients to be able to have visitors. It is time for the elderly to have familiar people coming in and out of their rooms to see if they are getting proper care. I am so tired of seeing videos where elderly persons are denied seeing their family members, especially elderly couples who have been together for longer than I have been alive, and they are separated because of the ridiculous rules and standards put forth by the government in the name of saving lives. All the while, these rules and standards have been killing more people than the virus itself.

I have read story after story about suicidal teens and elderly persons who are alone in their homes, isolated from the lives they once used to live, and feeling like they just do not want to live anymore. This is inhumane. This is cruel and unusual punishment. This is insanity. It is time for families to be able to be with their loved ones. We have got to take back this freedom.

If you have suggestions, please feel free to leave comments. I will post those suggestions on all my social media platforms. I will do what little I can to help end this tyranny.

Look Up!

Luke 21:25-28

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

I heard it said over and over that 2021 would have to be a better year than 2020.  The body of Christ endured so much hardship last year.  We dealt with the first nationwide, and actually worldwide, illness that affected somewhere around 10,000 people in the United States.  We watched our record unemployment skyrocket in less than a year.  We watched our economy tank because businesses closed, jobs were lost, unemployment funds were depleted on state levels, churches closed, family members were not allowed to visit due to social distancing and numerical caps on gathering, hospital patients died alone due to guidelines that disallowed family members to be by the bedsides of their loved ones, schools were closed, riots broke out in the streets, criminals were celebrated, believers were pitted against each other due to politics, and race became the topic de jour.  All of this happened in less than one year!

Fear has become the default emotion.  Everyone is afraid these days.  People are afraid to leave their homes without a mask on their face, thinking that the mask will protect them from some unknown, unseen germ that will connect with them physically and cause them to die an “untimely death”.  People are afraid to hug their friends and family members because they do not live in the same household and don’t know what everyone else has been exposed to, or if they are “asymptomatic” (which I will address again in a minute) and many people are going for long periods of time without the benefit of the human touch.  I remember when my daughter, who lives alone in Tennessee, came home for Christmas.  I thought she would not stop hugging us because she said she had literally not been touched for more than 30 days by another human being.  People are afraid to be together anymore.

Many people, even those in the Christian community, have looked for the government to solve all the ills from which society suffers.  When government showed us this past year exactly who they are and about whom they are concerned, many were shocked and disappointed.  I am sad to say that many placed their hope in the failing flesh of mankind.

Believers also made the mistake of listening to self-proclaimed “prophets” who promised something that they had no power to deliver.  No one but God knows what He is going to do or allow, and no one can say for sure what is going to happen on a national level unless it has been proclaimed in scripture.  Many fell for the extra-biblical ramblings of charlatans and deceivers who not only got it wrong, but have also been exposed for the charlatans and deceivers that they really are.

Believers fell for the narrative that was pushed across all mainstream media and social media platforms.  We have so many new terms that I have a hard time keeping up.  The media coined the phrase “social distancing”.  I was doing that before they coined that phrase, except I called it “personal space”.  A certain infamous doctor said that wearing masks was unnecessary, then turned around and said it was necessary.  Most people took his advice and refuse to leave the house without a mask, thinking that life saving measures are found in covering their nose and mouth with a piece of cloth.  I assume that same infamous doctor made us familiar with the term “asymptomatic”.  I always felt like that term was bogus.  What does it even mean? I can’t imagine that it actually has any bearing on the situation at hand. 

So what do we do?  Where do we go from here?  How do we handle what looks like a gloomy future for us?  What is the solution for the problems of this world?  In my humble opinion, there are only two solutions for the believer to maneuver the future of this world as we head closer and closer to the return of the LORD Jesus Christ. 

The first thing we must do is REPENT.  I confess that I have not done all that I could have done to lead others to Christ.  I have not obeyed Luke 14:23, which says “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in…”  I have not taken every opportunity to share the Gospel with people in the grocery store or at the gas station or at the doctor’s office or in my neighborhood.  I have lived my life just trying to survive physically, emotionally and financially.  I have thought only about myself.  I am sure I am not the only one.  Many of us have not shared the Gospel the way we should.  We must humbly go before the LORD and ask Him to forgive us.  Then we need to look for opportunities to do what we have not done and reach the lost.  Every one of us knows someone who does not know the LORD Jesus Christ.  We all have a relative, a neighbor, or sometimes someone at church whose life does not bear the fruit of Christ.  We must repent of this shortcoming and change our direction as it pertains to giving the Gospel to a lost and dying world.

The second thing we must do is REJOICE.   I confess that I have allowed myself to dread this world while not focusing on the fact that I have hope in Christ.  Titus 2:13 says I should be “…Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ…”  Instead of looking for that hope, I have sometimes looked at the world around me, or my bank account, or my situation, and forgotten the fact that I have a loving Father Who promised me, in Hebrews 13:5, that “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…”  That in and of itself is a reason to rejoice! Philippians 4:4-5 says “Rejoice in the LORD always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The LORD is at hand.” God is in sovereign control on the earth.

This encouragement is for the believers in the LORD Jesus Christ, but if you are reading this post and have never placed your faith in Him as Master of your life, and have never repented of your life of sin, do not let this moment pass.  Right now, wherever you are, you can acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that you are a sinner who is lost and dying in your sin, and that you need forgiveness from Him.  If you ask Him in sincerity, He will not reject you!  John 6:37 says “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”  We do not know how long this life will last.  Jesus is going to come back to the earth and take the church out of this world.  Do not let your life end without asking Him to be the LORD of your life.  Do not let Him return to this earth while you don’t have a relationship with Him.  The next moment is not promised to you.  Take advantage of this moment and look up…

Reminding Myself There’s Hope In Christ

Psalm 1:5-6

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Many in the Christian community, like myself, are exasperated at what has happened in our country over the past year.  We watched as the government hoaxed us with a virus that was constructed in a lab in Wuhan, China; we watched the same government shut down our businesses, schools, and churches; we watched our thriving economy and low unemployment rates go to the dogs; we watched the government force us to stay cooped up in our homes, stay away from our friends and loved ones, and wear a germy, nasty face muzzle every time we are out in public.

As I sit here thinking about it, I don’t know how we survived.

I do know this:  God is still on the throne.  I have to remind myself daily that the God of the Bible is still in control of all of this. 

I never thought I would live to see the day when the freedoms that my father, my brother, two of my uncles and three of my cousins served/fought for would be taken away right in front of our eyes.  My father spent 21 years  in the army fighting for our freedom.  One uncle spent more than 20 years in the Air Force.  The other uncle paid the ultimate price on the ground in Vietnam.  I ask the LORD sometimes, were their sacrifices in vain?

No matter how weary I am, or how weary you may be, we have to remember that God sees all evil and He will vindicate His people.  The psalmist wrote that “...sinners will not stand in the congregation of the righteous…”  One day, we will be separated from all those who are blood-thirsty, desiring the lives of innocent babies in the womb.  One day, we will be separate from all those who lust after their own gender, pretending to be “married”.  One day, we will be separate from all those who bear hatred in their hearts for others who do not share the same level of melanin, or the same economic level, or education.  All of those persons will have rejected the LORD Jesus Christ, and unfortunately, their eternity will be separate from ours.  While we are basking in the glory of the LORD Jesus Christ, those persons will be dealing with weeping and gnashing of teeth, the worm that will never die, utter darkness, and a fire that cannot be quenched.

I don’t take that lightly.  I have a family full of unsaved folks and I hate to think of them in hell.  My mother, my siblings, my nieces and nephews, my uncles, some of my cousins…are all destined for hell unless they repent and do it soon.  I have given them the Gospel, but the psalmist said, “…the way of the ungodly shall perish…”

So……take heart believers!  As painful and discouraging and hopeless and sad and disappointed and betrayed as we all may feel right now, the Word of God encourages us when the LORD said, “…in His favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”  (Psalm 30:5).  Revelation 21:4 says “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain…”  This will all be over one day.  We have to remember that there is hope in Christ.

If you are reading this and you do not have a relationship with the LORD Jesus Christ; you have never repented of your life of sin, and you cannot for sure say that you are going to spend all eternity in heaven with the LORD Jesus, don’t let this moment pass without asking Him to forgive you!  We have no idea how much time we have left….but we do know that it is probably not going to be long.  The return of the Savior is imminent.  Please be ready!

January 6, 2021: The Day That Changed Everything

Today was the day.  If you are like me, you kinda wanted to know what would happen, but then again, you didn’t.  You wanted to be aware just in case someone called and said. “Hey, did you hear what happened in DC?” I checked in on Twitter and Parler periodically just to see what was the latest.  I watched the President’s rally online and listened to his speech with the hope that all would be well by the end of the day.

That would not be the case.

I am not sure of all that happened in DC today.  I am not sure how the electoral college works, and I am not sure what effect Vice President Mike Pence has on it.  I am sure of this: today was not a good day in Washington, DC on the steps of the Capitol.

Masses of supporters of our President converged on DC to make sure our Congress knows that we are serious about integrity as it pertains to elections.  We don’t mind losing; we just want to know that we lost fairly.  

Supporters of President Trump were infiltrated by terrorist groups like antifa and blm.  They dressed up in flags, wearing MAGA hats and t-shirts.  They made themselves look like the masses so that they would fit in.  But they would not fit in for long.

Bottom line is that things got out of hand.  Videos have surfaced of a young woman who was shot, apparently in the Capitol building.  I am not sure of her condition at this hour, but I do pray that she and her family will be ok.

Today I was deeply disappointed when I heard that the Vice President did not call foul on any of the states where voter fraud was in question.  I thought for sure that he would uphold the Constitution of the United States.  I also thought that he would show us that he is the man of integrity that we thought he was for the last four years.  Now I know that he is not that man.  

For four years, I have been praying for President Trump’s salvation.  Looks like I should have been praying for Vice President Pence also.

There were rumblings that he was dirty.  I refused to believe it.  

So now, I don’t know what to think.  I did listen to a video message by MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, who seems to think that there is still hope.  I will admit: I am weary at this point.

Mike Lindell’s video was posted on Twitter:

These are just a few of my thoughts about today. I am praying that the LORD will intevene. If you are a believer, I hope that you are praying also. That is the only weapon we have. I would not have gone to DC to demonstrate; that’s not something that I could do. But I did vote, I have given the Gospel to all who will listen, and I have been on my knees daily praying for our nation. Now we just have to wait and see if the LORD will show us mercy.

2 Chronicles 7:14: If My people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and forgive their sins, and heal their land…

The Losses Were Great In 2020…

I hear it said often that people could not wait to get out of 2020. I guess I can understand that sentiment. It was the most challenging year of my life. It was also the year of some incredible losses. It seems that each month of the year, someone of celebrity status passed away.

I remember New Years Day 2020, reading about the death of former NBA commissioner David Stern. Mr. Stern had some health issues and was in his late 70’s, so, I was sad to hear the news, but not terribly shocked. 25 days later, I came home from church, checked my twitter feed and read the news of the sudden and tragic death of retired NBA player Kobe Bryant. Being a basketball fan, these two deaths caused me to pause and think of the frailty of life.

The following month, I learned of the death of one of the beautiful actresses of my childhood, Ja’Net DuBois, who starred in the 70’s sitcom “Good Times’ and died in her sleep at the ripe age of 85. Also Academy Award winning actor Kirk Douglas died at 103 years old.

For me, the month of March brought on the news of the Chinese Virus that was concocted in a lab in Wuhan, China, and released amongst the American people in an effort to distract voters from becoming aware of the massive voter fraud that would take place in the month of November. The government shut down the entire country. Businesses were closed, with the exception of “essential” businesses, such as grocery stores, gas stations, doctors offices, hospitals, strip clubs, abortion clinics, and ABC stores. Churches were closed! To my shock and dismay, most pastors and church leaders did not resist when the governor of their state decided that ABC stores were essential and churches were not.

In March, I also lost my job. The organization for which I worked was forced to shut down due to the city mayor placing a curfew on the city as of 5 pm on Friday, March 27. We were told that they would do everything possible to bring all employees back, but my position was eliminated, and I was not invited back to work.

In March, I also learned of the death of Curly Neal, a professional basketball player who dazzled audiences with his skill alongside other Harlem Globetrotters. He died at 77. April took famed jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis, Jr., father of the super talented Marsalis brothers, Wynton and Branford, at 85 years of age. The month of May took away Eddie Haskell from “Leave It To Beaver”. He was 76 years young. May also saw the death of another NBA legend, Jerry Sloan, who coached the Utah Jazz for 23 years. His death was another blow to me because I always admired his integrity. He was 78 years old. May 25 brought the most infamous death of the year when 46 year old George Floyd died while being apprehended by police, for crimes that he had committed earlier in the day. His death set off a string of riots, lootings and killings across America. We were forced to witness the hatred and vitriol that is harbored in the hearts of some Americans. We were forced to watch the anger and rage over the death of a criminal, while innocent babies die at an alarming rate in abortion clinics all across this country. But I digress…

In June, Bonnie Pointer died of cardiac arrest at the tender age of 69. She was one-third of the R&B trio, “The Pointer Sisters”. They were a huge part of my youth, recording soundtracks and hit songs that became cult classics. Also, St. Louis police captain David Dorn was killed on the street during rioting in the downtown area. According to Captain Dorn’s wife, he had gone downtown to check on a friend’s business after the burglar alarm went off. His death was recorded on video and streamed live on social media. Thinking of his death makes me so angry. His death was senseless and cruel. He served his city for a number of years, and left a stellar legacy.

July saw the deaths of Hugh Downs, longtime news correspondent, who lived to be 99 years old; Mary Kay Letourneau, the schoolteacher who had a sexual relationship with her student and married him once he was of legal age, who died at 58 years old of colorectal cancer; “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” songwriter-musician Charlie Daniels, who was 83, and Herman Cain, successful businessman and political activist, who died of covid related issues at 74 years old. In August, Wilford Brimley, who played the curmudgeonly old grandfather on the 80’s tv show “Our House”, died at 85 years old. The President’s younger brother, Robert Trump, also died in August. He was 71 years old. September saw the death of Kevin Dobson, 77 year old actor who starred as Mac MacKenzie in the night time soap opera, “Knots Landing”, and Edna Wright, one of the melodious voices of the 70’s girl group, The Honey Cones. She was 76 years old. 77 year old Gale Sayers, retired football player and subject of the movie “Brian’s Song”, died from dementia, and Helen Reddy, the Australian singer who helped fuel the feminist movement with her song, “I Am Woman”, died at 78 years old.

The month of October witnessed the passing of Sean Connery, the Scottish actor who portrayed the fictitious secret agent James Bond in a series of movies. He was 90 years old. In November, Carol Arthur, the widow of Dom DeLuise, died at 85 years old, Alex Trebek, the long time host of the game show, “Jeopardy”, died of pancreatic cancer at 80 years old. In December, Dawn Wells, who was Mary Anne from “Gilligan’s Island” died at 82 years old, as well as Joe Louis Clark, the principal of a New Jersy high school who was portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the movie, “Lean On Me” at 82 years old, and country music singer Charley Pride died from Covid at 86 years old.

There were other deaths that hit closer to home for me, such as my sweet Aunt Daisy, my grandmother’s last surviving sibling, who died at 103 years old. Aunt Daisy was my favorite of all my grandmother’s 12 siblings. She used to make the best tea cakes and creamed corn. She tried to teach me to make her creamed corn, but I could never master it. She had a gift as it pertained to cooking, and she blessed everyone who came into her home with that gift. The sadness that I feel for her is that she lived so long, was so kind to so many, but I have no confidence that she had saving faith in the LORD Jesus Christ.

Two of my high school classmates died in 2020. These were young men, and though I don’t know the state of their health, all things being equal, they died early. I just heard yesterday about the death of a distant cousin. Once again, I don’t know if he had health issues or what caused his death, but he was relatively young.

2020 was the year that, in my mind, the wrath of God was unleashed on America. I don’t know how other countries dealt with all that the Chinese Virus brought with it, but in America, where we are used to our freedoms and doing things differently from socialist and communist countries, it has been hard. My prayer is that we will wake up and see what is going on in our government and society. God’s wrath is unleashed on us because of how cruel we have been to the nation of Israel. We have historically not been their ally. God’s wrath is unleashed on us because of how bloody our hands are in the abortion mill in this country. We have slaughtered more than 60 million babies legally in the US since 1973. God’s wrath is unleashed on us because of the fact that we have embraced a sodomite lifestyle, and legalized marriage between two men and two women in the US. God’s wrath is unleashed because of how little of the Gospel is actually preached from the pulpits in US churches, traded for the ways of world, seeker friendly tactics, concert-like music productions, pastors in t-shirts and skinny jeans, and absolutely no sound doctrine that would offend anyone or cause them to be concerned about their sin.

The losses were great in 2020. But the loss of our soul would be the greatest loss of all. If you are reading this, it means that you did make it out of 2020. You still have a chance to get it right with the LORD Jesus Christ. You still have a chance to make heaven your eternal home. You still have a chance to receive forgiveness for your sins, and be saved from the penalty of your sins, which is eternal death. Ask the LORD for forgiveness today.

Why A Biblical Worldview?

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Ephesians 4:23

And be renewed in the spirit of your mind…

Philippians 2:5

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus…

Titus 1:15

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

I have a biblical worldview. Why? I’m glad you asked. There are a few reasons. I will try my best to be as brief about my reasons as possible. Please bear with me!

First, I have a biblical worldview because God’s Word says that I should have a biblical worldview. Romans 12:2 says that I am not to conform to, or be like, this world. If I am a Christian, I am to be “Christ-like”. That is what the word “Christian” means…to be like Christ. Christ certainly had a biblical worldview. Jesus wanted the will of the Father to be done to the point that He willingly gave His life for a sinful world that needed redemption. He said in Matthew 26:39, “…O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” Jesus reiterated this plea to the Father again in verse 42 of that same chapter, “…O My Father, if this cup may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done.” Jesus, in the flesh, did not necessarily want to be brutalized and crucified on the cross, but more than what His flesh wanted, He wanted the will of His Father to be done. The only way I can have a biblical worldview is to surrender my wants to Him. I have to want what He wants. I have to love what He loves. I have to hate what He hates.

Second, Paul encouraged the church at Ephesus to think differently from the way they had previously thought. He told them to be “renewed” continually, or to constantly ¨put on¨ a new way of thinking. This is not just the thinking of one´s psychological mind, but this goes deeper…into one´s heart. When deep conviction takes over a person, there is a strong urgency to follow one way or another, and Paul urged the Ephesians to have the deep urgency to think differently…to follow the lead of Christ….to be renewed in the spirit of their minds. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 11:1. ¨Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.¨ I have found, in my personal walk with Christ, that the only way I can be renewed in my mind. the only way I can follow Christ, is to spend time in His Word, allowing His Word to take root in my heart, and let it cause me to see things the way God sees them and not the way I want to see them. I have to surrender my opinions to Him. I have had to confess to Him many times that I was wrong in the past when I thought for sure I was right. I have to think the way He thinks. I must praise what He deems praiseworthy and condemn what He condemns.

Finally, Paul told the people at Philippi to have the same mind as the LORD Jesus Christ.  If you have the mind of Christ, you cannot think like the world.  You cannot behave like the world.  You cannot agree with what the world does.  To have the mind of Christ is to keep yourself focused on the things of God all day, every day.  Now, I know that we all have lives to live, jobs to go to, interactions to be had, and all of that, and most of it will be with persons outside of the body of Christ.  So I am not implying that we are to spend all day prostrate before the LORD, crying out to Him in prayer for 8 hours a day.  What I am saying is that in all of our interactions, everywhere we go, everything that we do and say, we need to remember that we represent Christ.  Matthew 5:16 says, ¨Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.¨  How will the world see the light of Christ unless the body of Christ allows it to shine through us?  Jesus explained to His followers in John 15:19 that we are in this world, but we are not of this world.  We cannot align our thoughts with those of the world, because they hate the LORD Jesus Christ, and because they hate Him, they hate us.  

I have written ad nauseum about my strong convictions.  I have a strong allegiance to the nation of Israel based on Genesis 12:1-3, 15:18-21 and 35:10-12;  I have strong convictions about abortion based on Exodus 20:13,  Leviticus 18:21, 20:2-5, 2 Kings 23:10, and Jeremiah 32:35;  I have strong convictions about marriage based on Genesis 2:24, Proverbs 18:22, 1 Corinthians 11:8-9,  Ephesians 5:25-27, and Revelation 21:2.  I have strong convictions about the church of Jesus Christ based on Matthew 16:18.  These convictions have been shaped by the Word of God.  I know that the nation of Israel is the ¨apple¨ of God´s eye, based on Zechariah 2:8.  If America, or any other country for that matter, blesses Israel, they will be blessed in return.  God has promised it!  I know that God hates the murder and destruction of His image bearers while they are still in their mother´s womb.  He hates it as much as He hated how Cain killed his brother Abel, and He asked Cain, ¨What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood cries unto Me from the ground.¨ (Genesis 4:10).  I know that God hates the redefinition of marriage, based on how He handled Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19.  Because I belong to My Father, and His Word is my roadmap to eternal life, His Word must be my guiding force as I navigate the waters of this temporary, earthly life.  That is why I have a biblical worldview.

My prayer for you, as you read this post, is that if you do not already weigh everything in the world by the Word of God, today would be the day that change happens in your life.  If you have a biblical worldview already, let´s continue to pray for and encourage each other and share the Gospel to the lost and dying world…

Christians: Be Careful With Your Words!

Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…

Luke 6:27

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you…

1 John 3:15

Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

1 John 4:20

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God Whom he hath not seen…

I have been reading on social media for the last week quite a bit of vitriol directed towards the President of the United States. And though it has been disturbing, this is nothing new; people are always saying cruel and untrue things about the President. I make it a point not to read most of it. I don’t have much of a tolerance for that kind of media. I prefer to interact and associate myself with people who are positive, at least, and pleasant, at best.

What disturbs me so much about what I have been reading is not that it is cruelty towards the President; it is that it is cruelty towards the President coming from those who claim the Name of Christ. Believers in the LORD Jesus…people who have the Name of the LORD and passages of scripture plastered all over their social media profiles are the ones who are calling for terrible things to happen to our Commander In Chief.

Believers, hear me: you cannot be the light of the world while walking in darkness! Hating the President, wishing that the virus would take his life, rejoicing at seeing him admitted to the hospital…these are things that the wicked one would do. The Bible is clear when it tells us to “...love your enemies...” You may think that the President is the worst person in the world. You may look at his past and be able to count every one of his sins. What you cannot do is hold within your heart hatred for him, and continue to think that you are walking according to the Spirit of God.

For eight years, we were under the authority of a man named Barack Hussein Obama. To be honest, I cringe when I even have to say his name. His name reminds me of a person that exacted great atrocities against America and the world, and his name was Saddam Hussein. Barack Obama had to be the most undeserving President who has ever worked in the White House. He attended a church for more than 20 years with a Black Liberation Theologist as its pastor. He criticized the state of North Carolina, my home state, for voting in 2009, that marriage was between one man and one woman. He said we set civil rights back 50 years with our vote. He was awarded the Margaret Sanger award at a Planned Parenthood facility for his work in keeping abortion legal for women. He sent US taxpayers’ dollars to other countries to fund their abortion centers. He started the race war in which we are embroiled right now when he made statements concerning the death of a young man in Florida named Trayvon Martin. He treated the Prime Minister of Israel like he was something you scrape off of the bottom of your shoe. He gave our military men and women pink slips while they were on the ground in Afghanistan. He defunded the military! He started the whole “defund the police” movement.

I watched these and many other things that he did for eight years. Almost every day of those eight years, I prayed for Barack Obama’s salvation. I talked to the LORD about him regularly. I asked the LORD to change his heart and bring him to the saving knowledge of the LORD Jesus Christ.

Please don’t think that I think I am the standard. I am not. Paul said in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” If we could re-write scripture, I would have to demand that Paul put my name in that verse! I only use myself as an example because I did not like any of the things that the former President did before he got into office or while he was there. But never once did I rejoice if I heard that he was sick or not feeling well. Never once did I wish death on him. As a matter of fact, I did not want to see him die in his sin because he would spend all eternity in a flaming hell. I know that eternity is a long time and I don’t want even my worst enemy to suffer those consequences.

Do Christians in 2020 afford Mr. Trump the same courtesy? NO. Christians go on social media and say some of the most hateful things about him and in response to his posts. Christians who are reading these words, if you are guilty: STOP IT! The Bible is clear that if you hate your brother, you are no better than a murderer. You are, in essence, just like the world which you are here to evangelize. They are walking in darkness and you are supposed to be the light. How can you show the light of Christ to someone and you are the same as that person?

I heard this story many years ago. A lady at my church said she was caught in bumper to bumper traffic in New York City. She was going to make a right turn, but traffic in front of her hindered her from turning. The man in the car behind her obviously became frustrated, and started blowing his horn as loudly as he could. She said she instantly became frustrated and put her hand out of her window, extending to him her middle finger. She said as soon as she did it, she felt guilty. She said she drew her hand back in the window and started asking God to forgive her. She said she thought about it, and knew that if she encountered that man on the street somewhere, and tried to give him the gospel, he might not listen to her if he recognized her from when she gave him the finger at the traffic light. And she is right. The world does not want to hear from us when we behave the same way they do.

I have no expectations of ever meeting Mr. Trump in person, but in the event that I do, I want my witness to be such that if I have the opportunity to share the Gospel with him, he will be happy to listen to me because there is nothing to make me seem like a hypocrite in his eyes. Each one of us should want the same kind of witness with everyone we encounter, because we may be the one who has to give the Gospel to that person.

I know I have rambled on in this post, because I am passionate about this topic, but let me conclude with this: Mathew 5:16 says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Let the light of Christ shine in you when you are in person or on social media. Give the world something to aspire to…try to be the magnet that draws someone to Christ. Let the words you speak and the words you post be salt and light…

The ChineseVirus Hoax

As I begin, let me say first that by the time you read this, America will have been dealing with what is called the Coronavirus, or Covid-19 for more than six months. The first time I personally heard of it was sometime in mid- to late February. Today is September 3rd.

Also, let me say that I will refer to the virus as the “chinesevirus” because it is my understanding that China is where this virus outbreak originated. I understand that it began in a lab in Wuhan, China. I will therefore refer to it with the name of its origin.

I have always felt like the chinesevirus was a hoax. At first, I thought that the chinesevirus was nothing more than a little more than influenza. My thoughts about it fluctuated over the last six or seven months, but I am back to my initial thoughts: the chinesevirus is nothing more than a little more than influenza. I have had the flu a few times in my life, so I know that it can be serious. I have not suffered from symptoms of the chinesevirus, so I do not know what those symptoms feel like. I have heard that they can be pretty serious. I have heard of the symptoms, because I have acquaintances who have suffered from it, and I do not want to minimize any symptoms that anyone may suffer from it. Please do not hear what I am NOT saying. I get it. The chinesevirus is as serious, and maybe even a little more, than influenza.

Where the chinesevirus loses me is the extreme measures that society has taken to keep from spreading the disease. First of all, wearing masks all day is something out of a sci-fi movie, in my mind. I would never have imagined in a million years that someone would even suggest that, here in America, “land of the free”, that we would be dominated by local, state and federal governments demanding that we cover our faces in masks. What does the mask do? First of all, it holds onto the carbon dioxide that you breathe out. Carbon dioxide comes OUT for a reason! It is actually a poisonous gas that must be released from the body for the body to remain healthy. Masks also hold onto the germs that are present in our noses and mouths. Particles that are too small to be seen by the naked eye are held onto by the mask on your face. Those germs that your body is trying to expel, need to be expelled. They do not need to come back into your body.

The deeper issue surrounding masks for me is this: masks are a way to manipulate a person. The mask itself has a psychological effect on the wearer. It stifles their communication and their thinking. It conveys a certain message that the wearer is afraid. It is a wall, of sorts, to hide behind. It is taken as gospel by those whose lives are driven by the mainstream media. It is a type of manipulation of the masses. Scientists, and even the leading viral specialist in America has now admitted that masks don’t work. All of this is tomfoolery for those who wish this country harm. It is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

The second measure that separates me is the social distancing. I am not sure whose idea it was that every person needs to stay six feet away from every other person, but that is also a means of manipulating the population. By making every person feel that they need to stay six feet away from every other person is a means of isolation. People are made to be relational. God created us to be in relationship with other people. With the social distancing, people are even afraid to have simple conversations with other people! I remember the time, just this year, maybe eight months ago, when I would strike up a conversation with a complete stranger in line at the grocery store. NO MORE. People don’t make eye contact with each other anymore. They walk around like robots on a mission. John MacArthur said it best: “You don’t need an army to conquer a nation. You only need fear.” I believe the social distancing is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

The final, and probably most important measure that separates me from any belief in anything that the mainstream media says about the coronavirus is the shutdown orders. The audacity of local, state and federal officials to tell people that they cannot leave their homes is utter lunacy! Staying inside, never getting out for fresh air, not going to the gym, or a restaurant, or to the park, or to a friend’s house is mental torture. This is why I refused to do it. Every single day that my county was shut down, I left home. I went for a walk. I went to the botanical gardens. I went to the butcher shop. I went to Walmart! (I stopped going after they demanded that everyone wear masks.) This is America! No one can tell me to stay inside my house if I am not outside my house doing anything illegal. That is absolute lunacy!!!

In the beginning, predictions were that millions of people would die from the chinesevirus. People bought every roll of toilet paper from Maine to southern California. Grocery store shelves were empty. I took pictures of the bare shelves in Walmart. People were afraid to leave their homes. They were afraid for their children to come outside without a mask. Churches shut down. Schools were closed. Gyms, movie theaters, restaurants, amusement parks, the state zoo, and any other facility that held crowds of people was literally shut down for WEEKS. And guess what did not happen? Millions of people did not die. People who died and tested positive for having the chinesevirus were listed as people who died FROM the chinesevirus. The governor of my state refuses to allow businesses to re-open, even though the states surrounding us have re-opened. The numbers do not suggest that there is any surge of outbreaks, and we found out just the other day from the CDC that the total number of true chinesevirus deaths is only 9,210. Less than ten thousand people have died in the United States when the projection was millions!!! Shutting down the economy is part of the conspiracy to take down America with the chinesevirus hoax.

I write this post to vent my frustration at how this whole thing has played out. I believe in my heart that there was never a need to close down the country. I do not believe that people should be wearing masks all day at work, or in their car, or while they are out exercising. I do not believe that social distancing is necessary in terms of keeping the virus at bay. (Now I do believe that personal space should be respected, but that is only because I am a germophobe. That was true of me before I ever heard of a chinesevirus.) I certainly do not believe that Americans should be holed up in their homes for days, weeks and months at a time. It is not healthy for us mentally, emotionally or physically. It is not good for our kids. If you have boys, you know that they need to be outside in the sunshine, running around, burning off that testosterone. Even girls will get bored and become depressed if they are kept inside too long, without at least being able to get some sunshine and fresh air. Marriages have suffered. Parents are struggling with what to do with their kids. The elderly in nursing homes are not being visited. They are being left in the care of doctors and nurses who do not know or care for them the way their family would. All of this is because of the chinesevirus hoax.

This has been a long post, so I am going to wrap it up. I want to get into how the believers in the LORD Jesus Christ should not allow fear to rule them in any kind of way. 1 John 4:18 says “… fear hath torment…” 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Luke 12:7 says, “…Fear not…” Matthew 10:28 says, “…fear not them which kill the body…” The consensus of the scripture is that we are not to fear! Nothing, including the chinesevirus, can kill us before it is our time. Anyone who has died from the chinesevirus died from the virus because that is what God ordained before that person was even born! So believers really need to knock it off with this fear mongering. Stand firm in the Word of God! Be strong in the power of HIS might…not yours…HIS!!!

God will use this chinesevirus to glorify Himself. I may do a blog post in the next few days on how God has been glorified since the virus first came to light. Thank you for reading, and may God richly bless you for taking the time.