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The Curve

Of late I have heard a lot of self congratulations. We have beat the curve. We are well below the models. No one in the United States that needed a respirator went without a respirator. Who do they credit – the government, the mitigation guidelines, people heeding the government’s advice.

Since they won’t say it, I will.

Thank you God.

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Duty vs. Right

I have gotten tired of churches praying for first responders. Perhaps there is a tinge of jealousy present. Yet, I tend to think prayers and blessings should be reserved as precious. If I don’t know you, I’m not sure I should spend a prayer on you. And I’m definitely not going to bless anyone for a sneeze.

For years I have heard how we are blessed to have the right to assembly and freedom of religion.

This is what I have to say to preachers or churches that have closed their doors during this pandemic:

First responders understand DUTY, why don’t you? So, I reiterate all those years of prayers, God Bless first responders, health workers, police, grocery workers, food workers, supply line workers, and those churches which stayed open!

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Abdication

The Lord is our healer. He has given specific power to local churches to heal.

James 5:14-16 KJV
Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: [15] And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. [16] Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

The church has largely abdicated the power to heal to modern medicine. Sadly, I think most read the above passages and simply don’t believe.

In this time of Covid-19 many churches have also abdicated the duty (I say duty and not right) to meet.

May the Church believe! Lord help us with our unbelief.

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Forsaken

Over this Easter period I have heard a few preachers say that God forsook Jesus on the cross.

This is based on Jesus’ exclamation on the cross found in Matthew 27:46 KJV
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

I don’t doubt that Jesus was in extreme, excruciating pain, but to those preachers I say, how do you know God the Father looked away for one second. In fact he could have answered Jesus in his thoughts, My Son, My Son I am here for you.

If you ask me watching Jesus suffer, Jehovah is all knowing, will be good fuel to remember in that day, the Day of the Lord, in which he pours out his wrath on the world and passes eternal judgment on the unsaved.

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A Test of Faith

I admit I don’t know all the answers, but I do recognize the test. Should Christians attend church or not?

To me and I suppose most people it makes sense that the government can request or order certain actions in times of great need. Public health can be protected they say with a stay at home order.

But let’s take a moment and examine what the Holy Bible says about the new coronavirus and attending church.

Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: [25] Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Matthew 18:20 KJV For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

And let’s not forget the cure: James 5:14-15 KJV Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: [15] And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

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Another Word on Covid-19

It seems like everyone has something to say about the new coronavirus. I hear messages on television, radio, and even my cellphone. It seems every company I’ve ever dealt with, plus some, have an email with a comment.

Here’s my comment and some questions from Malachi 4:5-6 KJV: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord : [6] And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Does this speak of a future event? I believe it does. It could speak of Jesus or it could speak of some other Elijah type, yet to come in the future. But what a monumental task. How do you strengthen the love of a family and prevent a worldwide curse?

Perhaps, perhaps – you make them stay home and spend time together as a family.

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Around the World

I have seen several religious leaders and channels claim to hasten the day of the Lord’s return. They usually cite Matthew 24:14 KJV. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

The problem is from CBN to Jim Bakker the gospel is lucky to get 5%? of their airtime. Nehemiah 9:3 KJV says,
And they stood up in their place, and read in the book of the law of the Lord their God one fourth part of the day; and another fourth part they confessed, and worshipped the Lord their God.

Wouldn’t it be great if these television channels and shows that claim to spread the gospel actually did? What if they read the Holy Bible out loud for a fourth of the day?

There is another verse speaking of Jesus, John 3:30 KJV, that says, He must increase, but I must decrease.

Wouldn’t it be nice if preachers and teachers used less of their own words and more of God’s.

I know the Holy Bible can be boring. The begats can seem long winded. Nonetheless reading the Holy Bible is not only necessary, but critical. To combat laziness and disinterest, to promote knowledge – read the Bible out loud. Read it aloud in your churches. Read it out loud on television. Read it out loud everywhere and Matthew 24:14 will be fulfilled.

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Pretty Woman

Proverbs 31:10 KJV Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

My bible app defines virtuous by note as lit. wife of valor. This definition seems at first glance to be erroneous, yet with further inspection it could be found partially accurate.

First, I believe a virtuous woman can be single. She doesn’t need to marry.

Secondly, virtuous in my opinion means chaste while valor means courageous or brave.

So how do you resolve this seemingly odd definition. A woman who is chaste is also brave. She has learned to place great value upon herself. She has through daily living developed the intelligence and personal strength to be chaste or virtuous, which is also defined by Merriam-Webster as righteous or morally excellent.

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Alpha Type

Appearances matter, now more than ever, especially in this time of promoted gender identity confusion.

A man should not be effeminate. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. A man should not have tattoos. Leviticus 19:28. A man should not have long hair. 1 Corinthians 11:14.

Appearances matter, but so does substance or character. A man must decide between two masters. There are no Ronin. Will it be the Devil or will it be Christ? If we choose Christ and keep his word, we can start with the small things and he will bolster us in the larger. It has been my personal experience that he has been helping me walk before him. I cut out flowery and fruit scented bath and hygiene products and have tried since then to pick products specifically designed and marketed for men. A small change, but Jesus has helped me with bigger fights such as my struggles against nicotine and a porn addiction.

I have heard many people on religious television programming talk about having a covering or the necessity of a pastoral covering. We as Christians do not seek a covering. No man is our head. We have no master except Jesus. 1 Corinthians 11:3.We stand or fall before him alone. And he is gracious to help us stand.

As they sell the prayer shawls on TV, remember it is a shame for a man to pray with his head covered. 1 Corinthians 11:4.

Take every admonition to heart and change what you can to conform to Jesus’ description of a man. A change in appearance can lead to a change of the heart and vice versa.

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At the Cross

You’ve read stories to your children. You’ve watched Disney movies with them. You may have even killed a few thousand bad guys together on Xbox. But have you talked to them yet about Jesus?

You do well if you have and if you’ve told them he died on the cross for our sins. It might be easier for them to understand if you told them Jesus died on the cross to show us how to live. Jesus walked perfectly before his Heavenly Father, our Father. During his walk he shed blood, sweat, and tears to teach us not to sin, to teach us the difference between right and wrong, and to do his Father’s will. He gave his life for us. He died for his teaching and for the truth, so we will strive to always do the good and avoid the bad.

May your children never be as Pontius Pilate asking what is truth. May they know it and live it. Please understand that depends largely on you, their parent and their guide.

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