Four more times the Democrat message turned into Anti-Americanism

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Snuffing out the freedom of religion, step by step

  1. California’s Governor forbids Christians from singing in church houses

Christian Broadcasting Network shows us how churches now have to decide whether to obey God or Governor Newsom of California.

GavinNewsomGolden State Christians have been ordered by California’s governor to stop singing in church. This is a direct assault on the First Amendment, as I warned folks about in my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.” Click here to read.

“Californians are still free to attend their house of worship. But they’re forbidden from singing or chanting,” read the lead paragraph in a story published by the Sacramento Bee. 

The new guidance for places of worship was issued on July 1.

“Discontinue singing (in rehearsals, services, etc.), chanting, and other practices and performances where there is increased likelihood for transmission from contaminated exhaled droplets. Consider practicing these activities through alternative methods (such as internet streaming) that ensure individual congregation members perform these activities separately in their own homes,” the 14-page order reads.

The previous guidelines only encouraged churches to “strongly consider” ending corporate worship, the Sacramento Bee reported.

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

In the early history of the church (Acts of the Apostles, chapter 5), a similar event happened.

Peter and the apostles were confronted with a similar command by a similar governmental leader. In Acts 5:29, Peter and the apostles responded:
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalms 68:32 NASB)

But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.

We have the same choice. We can let the government mandate that we abandon our Biblical acts and beliefs or we can follow the Word of God. We can we can kowtow to a more politically-correct message or choose to share the good news of the gospel. We can hold our praise and singing or we can obey the mandates in the Psalms. We can ignore the Bible and go the World’s way or we can follow what we read in the Bible.

By the way, since this article centers on singing, here are some of the Psalm verses commanding Christians to sing praises to God:

  • Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm. (Psalms 47:6‭-‬7 NASB)
  • My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! (Psalms 57:7 NASB)
  • All the earth will worship You, And will sing praises to You; They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah. (Psalms 66:4 NASB)
  • Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah. (Psalms 68:32 NASB)
  • Sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord , all the earth. (Psalms 96:1 NASB)
  • I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O Lord , I will sing praises. (Psalms 101:1 NASB)
  • Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. (Psalms 105:2 NASB)
  • Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, (Psalms 147:7 NASB)

Believe me, there are multiple other verses.

Nike hopes that the silent majority will visit their stores when based on Nike’s silence

  1. Nike remains quiet after Kaepernick calls Independence Day a ‘Celebration of White Supremacy’

Breitbart points out the silence of Nike as they ignore their spokesperson’s words on Independence Day.

NikeKaepernickNike has not responded to a request for comment after Colin Kaepernick, one of their leading pitchmen, called Independence Day a “celebration of white supremacy.”

On Saturday afternoon, as 4th of July festivities were getting underway across the country. Kaepernick took to Twitter and accused America of having “dehumanized, brutalized, criminalized + terrorized” black people for centuries.

(Read more at Breitbart)

This ignores stories like that of Richard Allen: From slave to pastor to founder of AME church to Founding Father and many other firsts

Kaepernick’s narrative ignores the true potential of America. Kaepernick’s narrative says: “Look over here at these cases of injustive.” Never mind that America elected a Black President for two terms. Never mind that people like Oprah Winfry, General Colin Powell, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and many others enjoy success in America. However, even from the beginning, some have been able to apply the teachings of the Bible and the principles of the Declaration of Independence to the betterment of all. For example, the Christian Broadcasting Network recounts the accomplishments of Richard Allen, a Black founding father.

From his young years, Richard Allen knew the humiliating and dehumanizing pain of being a slave. Born in 1760, his entire family was sold from his first master to another. And when that second master fell on financial hard-times, he divided the family by selling Richard’s mother and three of his siblings to another plantation.

Then the teenager known as “Negro Richard” went on in toil and drudgery with just one of his brothers and sisters still with him. That’s when he met the Lord Jesus Christ when listening to the preaching of an abolitionist pastor. He and his brother decided their best Christian witness would be to serve their master all the more and with excellence.

Richard then got his slave master to listen to that preacher too, and his master also came to know the Lord. One of his Christian deeds was to offer Richard his freedom within five years if Richard could pay for that freedom. Throwing himself into odd jobs for cash, Richard managed to buy his way out of slavery in just one and a half years.

He educated himself and became an itinerant preacher in the mid-Atlantic states, changing his name from Negro Richard to Richard Allen. He thought soul-saving would now be the major mission of his life. But he also frequently advocated for an end to the enslavement of the colonies’ 700,000 black people, even as America was fighting for its liberty from Britain.

A Methodist Episcopal church in Philadelphia asked Allen to preach on a more regular basis. His sermons became so popular that black people began to flood the church to overflowing. The church built a new balcony area and then tried to force the African Americans to worship there, separated from their white Christian brothers and sisters. It literally picked some blacks up off their knees and dragged them away from praying with those whites.

Allen and many of his fellow congregants decided to walk out of that church. He decided they needed their own house of worship.

Dr. Peter Lillback founded and heads up the Providence Forum, a group that wants to keep in Americans’ hearts how much God and faith figured into the founding of their nation and the forming of its values.

Lillback said of Allen, “This now former slave who’s been educated is going to establish a church that reaches out to the African Americans.”

The popular pastor had earlier purchased land in 1787 with the help of George Washington and Declaration of Independence signer Dr. Benjamin Rush.

Allen eventually bought a blacksmith’s shop, and in 1794 had it dragged by horses to this property, which has become the piece of land continually in the possession of African Americans longer than any other real estate in the US. He turned that blacksmith shop into a church, meant to be for blacks only so they wouldn’t have to deal with the degrading prejudice of whites and being pushed around by them in the holy space of a church.

But white Methodist leadership in Philadelphia fought back and demanded control over aspects of Allen’s church. He finally took them to court and what’s come to be known as Old Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church won its independence.

This became the nation’s first major African-American church. Then Allen convinced several other black congregations in the region – who also wanted to be free of racist overseers – to join with his church. In 1816, they became the African Methodist Episcopal Church, America’s first independent black denomination and oldest formal institution in the US for African-Americans.

Allen was named its first bishop. The AME now has 2,500,000 members in more than 7,000 congregations in 39 countries spread across five continents. And Allen’s Old Mother Bethel is still a lively church within that denomination.

Those weren’t Allen’s only firsts. He was the first black activist invited into a US president’s home. He was the first African American to write a copyrighted pamphlet; the first black to write a eulogy for George Washington (and the only person at that time to write of Washington emancipating slaves).

“If you love the God of love,” he wrote in 1794, “clear your hands from slaves, burden not your children or country with them.”

Allen also helped put together the first convention of African American activists. Conventions became a major place for blacks to push for reforms, abolition and civil rights.

He and fellow reformer Absalom Jones formed the Free African Society to benefit blacks. And he made his own church a major place to educate African Americans and help them improve their place in the young nation. That church harbored more than 30 Jamaicans who’d escaped their slave masters. It became an early stop on the Underground Railroad and helped finance it.

He went on to influence major black reformers in the 1800s like Frederick Douglass and such civil rights activists in the 1900s as Martin Luther King Jr.

While slave owners were using the Bible to justify slavery, Allen was using that same Bible and the Declaration of Independence to battle against racism and men owning their fellow men.

Frederick Douglass went so far as to say that what Allen preached about freedom and equality for his fellow African Americans formed “a new Declaration of Independence.”

(Read more at the Christian Broadcasting Network)

Corporate Cancel Culture forces a communications exec to resign for stating the military’s official position when he was a Navy pilot

  1. Boeing forces Golightly to resign for an op-ed in a Navy internal publication 35 years ago

The New York Post reports on the forced resignation of Neil Golightly.

BoeingBoeing communications boss Niel Golightly has resigned over a sexist article he wrote three decades ago opposing women’s service in the military.

His exit leaves the embattled planemaker searching for a new top spokesman as it works to get its troubled 737 MAX jet flying again.

Golightly stepped down Thursday as Boeing’s senior vice president of communications following an employee complaint about the 1987 article, which he called “embarrassingly wrong and offensive.”

“At issue is not whether women can fire M-60s, dogfight MiGs, or drive tanks,” Golightly, then a US Navy lieutenant, wrote in a US Naval Institute magazine. “Introducing women into combat would destroy the exclusively male intangibles of war fighting and the feminine images of what men fight for — peace, home, family.”

Golightly, who had only been with Boeing about six months, said he decided to resign for the company’s sake even though the article does not reflect his current views.

“My article was a 29-year-old Cold War navy pilot’s misguided contribution to a debate that was live at the time,” Golightly said in a statement. “The dialogue that followed its publication 33 years ago quickly opened my eyes, indelibly changed my mind, and shaped the principles of fairness, inclusion, respect and diversity that have guided my professional life since.”

Boeing said it disagreed with the content of Golightly’s article and that it has started a search for his successor. Greg Smith, Boeing’s chief financial officer and executive vice president of enterprise operations, will oversee communications in the meantime, the company said.

Boeing President and CEO David Calhoun talked with Golightly about the article and its implications for his role as the company’s top spokesman, Calhoun said. He added that Boeing has an “unrelenting commitment to diversity and inclusion in all its dimensions.”

“I greatly respect Niel for stepping down in the interest of the company,” Calhoun said in a statement.

(Read more at the New York Post)

Everybody thinks their sins are too small to be noticed and their accomplishments are too big to ignore

We are all self-centered. We all think too highly of ourselves (and we know it, unless we have become self-deluded and have begun to drink our own Kool Aid).

However, from God’s perspective, our best deeds are like a dirty diaper or used bandage.

For all of us have become like one who is unclean, And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; And all of us wither like a leaf, And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. (Isaiah 64:6 NASB)

Therefore, maybe these punks are letting us know something that any Bible-reading Christian knows: we have feet of clay (we sin, we are fallible).

However, this makes me wonder what these self-righteous Marxists will think in 10 or 20 years when people change values and destroy their icons. Hey, maybe it won’t even be that long. Maybe the next generation will value babies and wonder how America could sacrifice over 60 million to Molech.

Maybe the next generation will find itself knee deep in debt and will wonder why we squandered our economy for a cold.

Cancel Culture creeps into the Church

  1. Indiana Priest Suspended for Condemning BLM’s Violence, Marxism and Destruction — BUNKERVILLE | God, Guns and Guts Comrades!

As I first found at BUNKERVILLE, an Indiana priest has been reported to have suspended for condemning BLM‘s violent Marxism. Here is part of Bunkerville’s assessment:

We are witnessing the wholesale capitulation of the bishops before the Marxist mob.

Father Theodore Rothrock from St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in Carmel, Indiana was suspended this week after his condemnation of the radical Black Lives Matter protest movement published in the parish’s Sunday bulletin on June 28, 2020.  Liberal media outlets almost immediately published excerpts from the bulletin article and called for Rothrock’s removal.

Here is the Father Rothrock’s column in its entirety:

The lady (doth) protest too much, methinks

Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 June 2020

This dialogue from Hamlet is taken from Act 3, scene 2 and is a response to Hamlet’s query: “how like you this play?” The line suggests a hidden agenda that is revealed in the objections, where the accuser is actually the perpetrator. History is replete with examples of misdirection. In 2001 the Taliban destroyed the Buddhas of Bamyan, the 6th century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha in central Afghanistan, claiming them to be pagan idols. The world was horrified, but did nothing about it.

Despots and tyrants have always employed accusation and distortion to achieve all manner of mischief in an effort to shape and mold public opinion. Anyone currently doing business with Amazon could not help but notice the prominent banner headline from the internet giant touting their proud support for “Black Lives Matter.” But do those black lives really matter to the community organizers promoting their agenda? Is “Antifa” concerned with the defeat of fascist right-wing nationalism or more interested in the establishment of left-wing global socialism?

The brutal murder of a black man in police custody has sparked a landslide of reaction to the alleged systemic racism in America. We are being told that the scars of race relations in this country are really unhealed wounds that continue to fester and putrefy; amputation is required! Reforms must be sweeping and immediate to crush the rising wave of racism that pervades the nation and perverts the body politic.

On the heels of the Covid sequestration, the bottled-up tension of an isolated population has exploded into riots and demonstrations that we have not seen the like in fifty years. What would the great visionary leaders of the past be contributing to the discussion at this point in time? Would men like Fredrick Douglas and the Reverend King, both men of deep faith, be throwing bombs or even marching in the streets? Would they be pleased with the murder rates in our cities or the destruction of our families by the welfare system? Would they see a value in the obliteration of our history to re-write a future without the experience and struggles of the past? Would we tear down their monuments?

Who are the real racists and the purveyors of hate? You shall know them by their works. The only lives that matter are their own and the only power they seek is their own. They are wolves in wolves clothing, masked thieves and bandits, seeking only to devour the life of the poor and profit from the fear of others. They are maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families, and offering to replace any current frustration and anxiety with more misery and greater resentment.

The message of peace that comes to us in Christ is the gospel we carry in common with the Orthodox Churches and other Christians. We must stand in solidarity with our brethren across the world to oppose this malevolent force. Black Lives Matter, Antifa, and the other nefarious acolytes of their persuasion are not the friends or allies we have been led to believe. They are serpents in the garden, seeking only to uproot and replant a new species of human made in the likeness of men and not in the image of God.  Their poison is more toxic than any pandemic we have endured. The father of lies has not just been seen in our streets, we have invited him into our home. Now he is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, strong in your faith.

On Tuesday, Fr. Rothrock was forced to issue an apology, stating “It was not my intention to offend anyone and I am sorry that my words have caused any hurt to anyone.”Apparently this was not enough for the “frothing at the mouth” Marxists calling for his removal.  On Wednesday, Bishop Timothy Doherty removed Fr. Rothrock from public ministry.

(Read the statement from the church on Fr. Rothrock’s removal at BUNKERVILLE)

Since I come from a denomination that has leading factions that have promoted “gospel diversity” and other idiocy, I don’t point to a perfect church

Since my church includes the likes of Russell Moore, JD Greear, and other inventors of attempts to pull the world’s philosophies into the church, I cannot claim to have a perfect church.

With that said, this act against Fr. Rothrock seems to be like a huge step back toward liberation theology.

May Jesus come soon.

Ramadan continues, Corpus Christi pays

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Adam Alsahli shot at the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station and earned 72 virgins

Adam Alsahli attacked the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station and injured one female officer according to KMIT of Austin.

The deceased suspect in Thursday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas was a 20-year-old male named Adam Alsahli of Corpus Christi, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the ongoing investigation.

Alsahli drove to an entrance at the naval station and shot a security forces member in the chest, hitting the guard in her bulletproof vest and inflicting non-life-threatening injuries, according to one of the sources.

Alsahli then accelerated towards the gate entrance and crashed into a barrier. After exiting the vehicle, he began shooting, and was shot and killed by naval security forces.

Following the suspect’s death, law enforcement bomb technicians cleared his body and vehicle, but found no explosive devices, one of the sources said.

A preliminary law enforcement investigation into the shooter has identified him as a US resident who was originally born in Syria, and likely a supporter of Salafi-jihadist ideology, according to one of the sources.

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As reported by Corpus Christi NBC afiliate KRISTV, the FBI and SWAT teams went to search the assailant’s home.

The FBI and members of the Corpus Christi Police Department SWAT team raided the home believed to be where the accused Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi gunman lived.

A search of the website Public Data lists a house on the 4600 block of Greensboro Dr. as the residence for Adam Alsahli. The raid at that home on the city’s south side began around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and ended an hour later.

The FBI is the lead agency in the investigation, but it is not releasing any information about the raid.

It’s unclear if agents were simply looking for evidence, or if they were also looking for a possible second suspect in the NAS-CC shooting that FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent Leah Graves mentioned in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Since the American people have been locked down due to preventative measures the left wants to impose, why not take more preventative measures?

Why not deport, starting with Ilhan Omar, all of those who ally with this “religion of peace” that keep stabbing, shooting, and otherwise killing us?

Well, maybe it’s because we live to a different standard than what Islamists hold. Maybe those of us who live in the body of Christ know that we are ambassadors and, unlike the Islamist who seeks 72 virgins, we know we have a hope for a future unburdened by the flesh.

Putting a little method to the Democrat madness

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Democrat Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo extends “Stay Home, Work Safe” orders until 10 June 2020

As reported by the Houston ABC affiliate KTRK, Democrat Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a ruling by judicial fiat:

idiotinamaskHarris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is expected to sign an order that will extend the county’s ‘Stay Home, Work Safe’ order until June 10.

Her office said the order will align with Gov. Greg Abbott’s current order. On Monday, Abbott announced additional reopenings that included bars and professional sports.

The decision has sparked an online debate, with some saying Hidalgo is trying to keep people safe, while others say the time has come to get on with our lives.

Earlier this month, Hidalgo issued a stay-at-home order just two days after the statewide stay-at-home order expired Thursday April 30. That has since expired on Wednesday.

In a tweet posted by Hidalgo, she wrote, “This is no time to tempt fate. As folks settle into a new normal please remember we don’t have a cure, and people are still getting sick. Keep yourself and your family safe by social distancing as best as you can and avoiding unnecessary contacts.”

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(Read more at the left-leaning KTRK)

This probably has more to do with convincing the population to vote by mail

When we consider the ways Democrat forces have worked to raise fear of  COVID-19, we could count:

From this pattern of trying to scare the American people and provide no hope, what will Democrats do?

We can see an overall pattern of trying to scare the population. But to what end? One possible end would be to push the use of mail-in ballots.

That’s right. Democrats think that you can stand in line at the grocery store and stand in line at the post office, but you cannot stand in line to vote.

Mail-in ballots have at least these shortcomings:

Additionally, Harris County Democrats have made certain that the fox is guarding the hen house

As reported in the Houston Chronicle explains that the bumbling Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman got Christopher Hollins (vice chairman for the Texas Democrat party) appointed as the interim Harris County Clerk.

A Houston lawyer and Texas Democratic Party official will serve as interim Harris County Clerk, taking the reins two months before voters cast ballots in primary runoffs in July.

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Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted 3-2 along party lines to appoint Christopher Hollins, vice chairman for the state Democratic party. He will serve until a new clerk can be elected in November.

Incumbent Diane Trautman, who was elected in 2018, announced May 9 she would step down because of health issues. Trautman’s last day is May 31; Hollins will start the following day.

County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis said Hollins’ pledge to serve only on an interim basis factored in their decision.

“I’m committing to him with the understanding that he will bring his skill set to running the best election we can, for the sake of our county and democratic rights of all the residents, and not focusing on advancing personal political ambitions,” Hidalgo said.

Hollins, 33, was selected after 10 p.m., more than 12 hours after Commissioners Court convened, and did not address the body. He said in a statement Wednesday morning he was grateful for the opportunity.

(Read more at the Houston Chronicle)

Let’s see how appointing the chairman of the committee to defeat Lt. Governor Dan Patrick as election clerk over Dan Patrick’s district goes

Considering that Christopher Hollins most recently lead the committee to defeat Republican Dan Patrick and, now, he oversees the election in that politician’s district — it seems like there is a possibility for dirty tricks.

Peace with God, but …

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First, the most important point — peace with God

During these days of layoffs, stay-at-home orders, and release of thousands of felons, it seems that we have continual war with the world. Truthfully, we do, but — for all who have accepted Christ as Lord and Savior — we have peace with the winner of the total conflict. We have peace with God.

Because we did nothing to earn salvation, we can do nothing to lose it. So we can rest in our salvation (and that means no more fighting with God).

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Of course, we cannot claim being the source of even the faith needed for salvation

We got the faith we needed for salvation through God’s undeserved grace toward us. Because of that, we can shout joyfully since we stand in the promise of God and are covered by His glory.

through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Considering all of this, we can be happy when problems come from the world

wp-1588900799918.jpgAs shown by the repeated attacks on Jack Phillips and Samaritan’s Purse, the world is all too ready to go out of its way to attack Christians even after the Christians do good things for the world. Still, we must rejoice about this, because it teaches us to live with persecution.

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;

With this, we not only learn to live with persecution, but we build a reputation that can speak for Christ

Once we show that we can live through persecution, we prove our character. With that, we show the message and promise that we have within us.

and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

God’s message never disappoints. God’s love pours over us, the Holy Spirit has been given to us, and our hearts are filled.

The promises and messages of God never disappoint. Not only has His love been poured out on us when we did not deserve it, His Holy Spirit came to us.

and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1‭-‬5 NASB

For a more in-depth version of this on video, go to the preaching of Pastor Marcus Hayes at:

If you were wondering how one Mosque deals with the coronavirus pandemic


Syracuse mosque limits groups to 10 and follows other precautions

However, unlike Christian churches that followed precautions, the mosque gets no harassment from local government

With a hat tip to the Nwo Report, the Syracuse Post-Standard (aka Syracuse.com) reports that a local mosque conducts services by social distancing. However, the pictures taken tell a different story.

Irfan Elahi is an asbestos abatement expert who worships at the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary on the North Side.

He used his skills to create a prayer room covered in plastic with special ventilation that allows daily prayers to continue in the 116-year-old former church, as the holy month of Ramadan nears.

The room is lined with plastic, and two machines siphon air out of the room to create negative pressure. Air in the room is recycled every four minutes . Elahi used the materials and expertise from his day job to create what he called a “clean room.”

About 10 worshippers in masks are allowed in at a time, though rarely do that many show up. They stand far apart from each other as they follow a prayer leader standing on a plastic covered prayer rug.

(Read more at Syracuse Post-Standard)

The problem with all of these claims of social distancing come through the photos

NotSocialDistancing1First, there is the photo of one Muslim man helping another with his mask. No matter the mask and gloves, that is not social distancing.

NotSocialDistancing2Next, they show the men kneeling on the floor for prayer. Unless each of these men is well over 7 feet tall and they have proportional bodies, then these men are not 6 feet apart.

NotSocialDistancing3Finally, in another image, the photographer captured a man adjusting his mask while another man walked by. Unless the focal length on this shot was extremely long and the man in the foreground is extremely short while the man in the back is extremely tall, then these men are not socially distancing.

 

 

 

However, who am I kidding? With Christian churches, it has been about persecution, not coronavirus.

When a Mississippi church had a drive-in church service in their parking lot where church members never got out of their vehicles, they were ticketed (but obviously not for violating social distancing).

When California disallowed singing during online services, that had nothing to do with social distancing.

When U.S. District Court of Kansas Judge John Broomes issued 24 protocols for two churches to follow in order to have in-person meetings of 10 or less, it is hard to say exactly what was on the judge’s mind. However, I can tell you one thing that never occurred to the judge: how the church members could follow the first tenet of Christianity — the Great Commission. You see, the judge disallowed any visitor from attending either church.

For those wondering what the Great Commission is, it follows:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NASB)

Not to be boorish, but I think this statement bears repeating

When the State tells you it’s safe to go to Home Depot to buy a sponge, but dangerous to go and buy a flower — it’s not about your health.

When the State shuts down millions of private businesses, but doesn’t lay off a single government employee — it’s not about your health.

When the State bans dentists because it’s unsafe, but deems abortion visits to be safe — it’s not about your health.

When the State prevents you from buying cucumber seeds because it’s dangerous, but allows in-person lottery ticket sales — it’s not about your health.

When the State tells you it’s dangerous to go golf alone, fish alone, or be in a motor boat alone, but the Governor can get his stage make up done and hair done for 5 TV appearances a week — it’s not about your health.

When the state puts you IN a jail cell for walking in a park with your child because it’s too dangerous, but lets criminals OUT of jail cells for their health — it’s not about YOUR health!

When the state tells you it’s too dangerous to get treated by a doctor of chiropractic or physical therapy treatments, yet deems a liquor store essential — it’s not about your health!

When the State lets you go to the grocery store or hardware store, but is demanding mail-in voting — ITS NOT ABOUT YOUR HEALTH.

WAKE UP PEOPLE — If you think this is all about your health you’re mistaken! Please open your eyes! Stop being lead like blind sheep.

Six stories on the Democrat coronavirus dictators

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  1. Helfenbein: Christians Must Stand Up Against the Assault on Religious Liberty

Breitbart reports the words of Helfenbein who points out that Christians must stand up against an overreaching government.

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Today, we are seeing the very thing Franklin warned against in real-time.

First, let me be clear about the COVID-19 virus. Even with new data modeling that has soundly demonstrated that all early predictions of Covid-19’s death toll were wrong, the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly impacted people’s personal lives.

There are many who are now grieving the loss of loved ones and will no doubt remember this year as coming at extraordinary personal cost.

I am personally thankful to President Donald Trump for taking the necessary precautions early to slow the spread and making every resource available to combat the virus. I am also thankful to the countless health care professionals, emergency workers, small businesses, and non-profit organizations, like Samaritan’s Purse, who have mobilized resources and made sacrifices to respond to the virus. They are all heroes and they deserve our gratitude.

The problem today isn’t just the virus.

The problem is overreaching governments that have abused power in a moment of opportunism across several local jurisdictions in this country.

This week we have witnessed several first-hand accounts of religious discrimination, and the selective targeting of worship gatherings and religious assemblies, ostensibly for reasons of public health and safety.

(Read more at Breitbart)

The people circling the capital in Michigan, the people going to church in Mississippi, and others are on the front lines

The woman who protested to open jobs up again in Raleigh (and was arrested for her troubles) stands among the heroes of the day. Likewise, the pastor who filed suit against the police for ticketing church members who were attending a drive-through church service in the church parking lot — he stands as a hero of sorts. Similarly, the people who have been driving their cars around the capital building of Michigan (all with their windows down, so that the governor cannot come out of her office) have been our heroes.

  1. Police threaten and arrest North Carolina protesters demanding America reopen

The Blaze reports in a 14 April 2020 article on how police were sent to threaten and arrest protesters in North Carolina.

Amid a rally that drew more than 100 protesters to downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, on Tuesday demanding the reopening of the state’s economy, a tweet about the demonstration from the city’s police department was clear: “Protesting is a non-essential activity.”

The tweet came after cops earlier declared “protestors are in violation” of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home executive order to stop the spread of the coronavirus “and have been asked to leave.”

Blogger’s note: Shortly after this article was created, the Raleigh Police deleted the above tweets and posted the following:

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The response to the above tweet (split into two identical tweets) was not by any means conciliatory.

(Read more at The Blaze)

Doesn’t the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence center on God-given rights?

Specifically, doesn’t the second paragraph begin: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights” — and wouldn’t that make those rights things that government cannot take away? From my reading, only God can take these rights. These rights may be violated by a lower power (as these police did), but they are still our rights.

  1. Democrat Mayor Errick Simmons of Greenville, Mississippi banned drive-through services at churches

The Washington Examiner reports on the unconstitutional acts of one Democrat Mississippi mayor.

A Mississippi church on Thursday accused local government officials of “targeting” the drive-in services it has been holding during the coronavirus pandemic.

The church, King James Bible Baptist Church, sent a letter to Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons through First Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit legal institution that specializes in religious liberty cases, asking that Simmons lift a ban on drive-in church services. The letter said that the order infringed on the right of Charleston Hamilton, the church’s pastor, to assemble his congregation.

“Your recent order prohibiting drive-in services leaves him in reasonable fear that he and his church members will be fined and criminally prosecuted for merely engaging in drive-in church services that fall well within the CDC guidelines,” the letter said. “We require Greenville, Mississippi, to withdraw the unconstitutional order that, disturbingly, targets religious exercise.”

Simmons’s order, issued on Tuesday, listed drive-in services as gatherings that violated Gov. Tate Reeves’s shelter-in-place order for the state. The city ban on drive-in services, Simmons said, would not be lifted until Reeves ended his ban on church gatherings.

The letter opposing Simmons’s ban stated that Hamilton’s congregation had not gotten out of their cars during services and that Hamilton himself had maintained the proper 6-foot social distancing requirements while preaching. Hamilton intends to continue this practice on Easter Sunday regardless of whether or not the ban is lifted.

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

For all who have claimed they would stand beside M. L. King or the Apostle Paul, now is your chance

For everyone who thought themselves to be a hero born 50 years or 2 millennia too late, here is your chance to stand up to tyrants.

  1. Mississippi church sues police after congregants ticketed during drive-in service

Fox News reports that a Mississippi church has decided to fight back after its members were ticketed during a drive-in service.

A Mississippi church is suing the city of Greenville after police shut down its drive-in service this week in accordance with a city ban on the practice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attorneys with the Alliance Defending Freedom filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of the Temple Baptist Church. The filing challenges Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons’ April 7 executive order that prohibits drive-in church services until a statewide shelter-in-place order is lifted.

The suit comes after eight uniformed Greenville police officers reportedly issued $500 tickets to congregants who refused to leave a parking lot where a drive-in service was being conducted Wednesday, the ADF said in a statement announcing the legal challenge.

(Read more at Fox News)

The last time I checked the Declaration of Independence paragraph on “unalienable rights,” I don’t remember a “except when the Democrat mayor suspends them” clause

As much as the left wants to accuse conservatives of being “Nazis,” it is the Democrat Socialists that are proving to be the little Hitlers, Pol Pots, Stalins, or Maos.

  1. Police take license numbers, issue notices as Kentucky church holds in-person Easter service

Left-wing, biased USA Today reports (and is countered with my in-post comments and links) on the Democrat totalitarian on the actions of Governor Andy Beshear and Christians.

As hymns sang out Easter Sunday from a large outdoor speaker overlooking the Maryville Baptist Church parking lot, two Kentucky State troopers placed quarantine notices on parishioners’ cars and wrote down their license numbers.

Inside the church, roughly 50 worshippers ignored Gov. Andy Beshear’s order against mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic so they could attend services together on Christianity’s holiest day.

Blogger’s note: This church’s sanctuary was built to hold over 2,100 and pictures of a full sanctuary can be viewed at this link. If they only had 50, there was sufficient room for social distancing. If there was also hand sanitizer, that also reduces the risk.

At some services, people remained in cars

Across Kentucky, reports came in of other churches in potential violation of the mass-gathering rules and CDC guidelines on drive-thru services.

Sgt. Josh Lawson of Kentucky State Police said most of the department’s 16 posts responded to between two and five complaints about church services.

(Read more drivel at USA Today)

Looking at the Declaration of Independence clause on “unalienable rights,” I also don’t see an exception for power-grabbing governors

This all seems ripe for setting a precedent. It seems like Democrats are just itching for a chance to shut down churches. Maybe there will be an SARS outbreak or the pig flu. Still, there will be a precedent that conservatives and Christians did not stand up.

  1. Proof of executive philandering? Executives demand the deaths of the children of female underlings

Top Execs of 180 Companies: Abortion necessary to be successful in business

Breitbart reports on the culture of sexual license and death at 180 companies.

The top executives of more than 180 companies have signed a letter that says abortion is essential in order for people to be successful in their businesses.

“When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities and our economy are better for it,” the executives say in the letter posted on a newly launched website titled “Don’t Ban Equality.”

“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” they said, adding:

Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across the states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out.

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A full list of the companies who signed the letter can be found here. They include:

  • Slack Technologies
  • Bloomberg LP
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • H&M
  • Yelp
  • Square, Inc
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Atlantic Records & Warner Music Group
  • POPSUGAR
  • Hint, inc.
  • The Body Shop US

(Read more at Breitbart)

These slime really scrape the bottom of the barrel. They support decadence that they cannot hold back to benefit the lives of their elders.

For weeks, Democrats shut down restaurants, bars, and other small businesses by telling us all that we need to isolate ourselves for the benefit of our elders. However, when it comes to holding back on the covering-up of their misdeeds, they cannot think of the way using supplies for abortion keeps those supplies from being used for Covid-19 recovery.

They say liberalism is a mental disease. It looks like the abortion brand of liberalism centers on narcissism.

Four stories of encouragement

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This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:19-20 NASB)

  1. Queen Elizabeth: ‘Easter Isn’t Cancelled’, Take ‘New Hope’ from ‘Risen Christ’

Breitbart reported how Queen Elizabeth responded to Easter in the midst of the coronavirus scare.

Queen Elizabeth II has delivered what is believed to be the first-ever Easter message of her 68-year reign, offering a message of hope to people confined to their homes throughout the holiday by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 93-year-old monarch — who also serves as Supreme Governor of the Church of England — recorded this message in the drawing room of Windsor Castle, where she is herself in self-isolation as a result of the pandemic.

The Queen recalled how “many Christians would normally light candles together” on Holy Saturday, the sombre day preceding Easter Sunday when Christ lay in his tomb — and, according to Christian teaching, descended into Hades and preached to the dead.

“This year, Easter will be different for many of us, but by keeping apart we keep others safe,” the Queen said.

“But Easter isn’t cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever. The discovery of the risen Christ on the first Easter Day gave his followers new hope and fresh purpose, and we can all take heart from this,” she added.

“We know that coronavirus will not overcome us.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

I am not her subject, but I am His subject

As Luke 8:38 illustrates, even the blind could see that was the coming king of this world. Now I (like all Christians) recognize Him as prophet, priest, and king.

  1. Abilene Christian University Virtual Choir Sings Easter Song

Breitbart shares the account of Abilene Christian University and its virtual choir that sang the Easter song.

Abilene Christian University’s choir went viral this week when it posted a rendition of “The Lord Bless You and Keep You.” The video, which stitched together virtual performances from 500 vocalists, was the choir’s way of celebrating this year’s Easter holiday during the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.

Students at Abilene Christina University in Abilene, Texas, organized a 500-person virtual choir to celebrate the Easter holiday. To achieve their goal, students solicited contributions from vocalists around the globe. The final product featured over 500 performers, singing in “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” in unison.

In a press release, Abilene Christian University President Phil Schubert said that the video serves as a “virtual hug” to the world as it prepares to celebrate the Easter holiday amidst a viral pandemic.

“What better way to acknowledge the pain and suffering in our world, and the hope and promise of the future than with this beautiful song that all of us can relate to in some way,” Schubert wrote. “It’s a virtual hug from us to the world.”

Jon Camp, ACU’s associate dean of the college of arts and sciences, conceived the project in March. Camp told the press that the video’s success is a reflection of the craving that many people have during the pandemic to connect with one another.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Thanks to Christ’s leading of Jon Camp

Thanks also to the receptive heart of Jon Camp and those who worked with him to produce this work of encouragement.

Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus, so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6 NASB)

  1. California sees first decrease in ICU hospitalizations

Townhall comments on the California’s first reduction in Intensive Care Unit hospitalizations since the coronavirus scare began.

California experienced its first decrease in the number of daily ICU hospitalizations amid the coronavirus outbreak in the state. The Associated Press reports the number of ICU patients fell to 1,132 on Wednesday, down 1.9 percent from the previous day.

“I caution anybody to read too much into that,” Newsom said on Thursday. “But nonetheless, it is encouraging. It reinforces the incredible work all of you are doing.”

California is entering its fourth week under statewide stay-at-home orders. While state officials believe the virus will reach its peak around mid-May, the virus so far has spread at a slower rate than originally anticipated. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, whose estimates are closely followed by the White House, forecasts California will reach its peak in the upcoming week. The Institute recently revised its coronavirus deaths projections downward in the United States.

(Read more at Townhall)

Although I don’t anticipate the main stream media will focus on this, maybe we should focus our prayers here

As of late, it has occurred to me that the obsession of the main stream media with coronavirus might be feeding into a focus on death. As much as we all must recognize our mortality and make preparations for the steps beyond this life, it seems that much of this is unhealthy and morose.

Therefore, if I can in small way direct people into a message of healing, I would like to do that.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:16 NASB)

  1. Trump administration aims to open economy by 1 May

The One America News Network points out that Trump aims to open the economy by 1 May 2020.

The Trump administration is laying down the groundwork to have the U.S. back up and running as soon as next month. According to reports Friday, officials are discussing the possibility of reopening businesses in certain areas where the coronavirus is a low threat.

During a recent interview, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said he feels confident some of these businesses can open in May as long as President Trump feels “comfortable” with the level of health issues.

“We are making everything necessary that American companies and American workers can be open for business and that they have the liquidity that they need to operate their business in the interim,” he stated.

Experts have said people should not go back to work until there is a significant drop in virus cases. Although the U.S. has yet to see this drop, the number of cases in the U.S. are far lower than predicted.

During the task force briefing Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci stated the lower number is proof social distancing measures are working.

(Read more at the One America News Network)

Hopefully, this will be a growing trend

I know that my governor (Texas Governor Abbott) wants to slowly open small businesses. I hope that this starts a trend.

Pray without ceasing


This post was taken almost completely (with the exception of two or three extended verses and a few changed sentences) from a lesson provided by Mark Ramsey. Therefore, if a Bible passage seems too long or a sentence does not make sense, blame it on me.

Pray without ceasing

In the midst of this crisis, I have prayed that people who do not know the Lord may approach Him through prayer and supplication. Maybe they might find a Bible in their home and begin to read it. Possibly someone might join a friend in an online Bible study. Through prayer, may it be that this unprecedented may draw people closer to the Lord than ever before. Of cours, Satan is hard at work to prevent that from happening. This is evident in the main stream media — which

  • Emphasizes that it is the Christian gatherings which have helped spread the virus
  • And convinced the President to delay the proper procedures to protect the public.

Clearly, there is disdain by the media for Christians. Just witness the attacks on Mike Lindell of My Pillow, who is converting his factories to make masks, but had the audacity to encourage the public to read the Bible and pray. None of this is surprising to us, though.

We do know an interesting fact — the vast majority of people in pain and fear all do one thing: pray! Even people who don’t typically pray will pray during crisis.

As a Christ follower, this principle is a no-brainer. But, the Bible teaches by precept and practice two broad types of prayer:

  1. Quiet time prayer (which refers to daily devotional time set aside to worship and fellowship with the Lord through prayer and scripture reading — emphasizing an intimacy with the Lord)
  2. Crisis time prayer (in which you are seeking help from the Lord).

Quiet Time Prayer

This is a good point to pause before we look at the crisis time prayer.

How is your quiet time prayer life? Is it consistent, difficult, or nonexistent?

Do you think it is important to continue consistent quiet time prayer in the midst of our crisis? Why?

Crisis Time Prayer

Now, how about your crisis time prayer: What is the content of your crisis time prayer?

Over and over again, the Bible calls us to pray. Prayer keeps us focused, centered, with our hearts tuned into the One Who can truly help us. Prayers in the closet, on the rooftop, alone, with others, out loud, quietly, short, long, weeping, laughing — this is God’s way of communicating to us. Too often, we try to figure out things on our own and then we seek God’s blessing on our choice/decision. Our job is to get on our knees, seek His face, and let Him guide our steps.

Saturate your mind with these scripture verses:

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:16‭-‬18 NASB)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NASB)

Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. (James 5:13 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And H is ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil .” (1 Peter 3:12 NASB)

Now examine these crisis time prayers:

Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the Lord . She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. She made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord , that Eli was watching her mouth. As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk. Then Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you.” But Hannah replied, “No, my Lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord . Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation.” Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” She said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord , and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord .” (1 Samuel 1:9‭-‬20 NASB)

Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the stomach of the fish, and he said, “I called out of my distress to the Lord , And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice. For You had cast me into the deep, Into the heart of the seas, And the current engulfed me. All Your breakers and billows passed over me. So I said, ‘I have been expelled from Your sight. Nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.’ Water encompassed me to the point of death. The great deep engulfed me, Weeds were wrapped around my head. I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, But You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord my God. While I was fainting away, I remembered the Lord , And my prayer came to You, Into Your holy temple. Those who regard vain idols Forsake their faithfulness, But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord .” Then the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah up onto the dry land. (Jonah 2:1‭-‬10 NASB)

They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; They did not find a way to an inhabited city. They were hungry and thirsty; Their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses. He led them also by a straight way, To go to an inhabited city. Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! (Psalms 107:4‭-‬8 NASB)

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, And He brought them out of their distresses. He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed. (Psalms 107:28‭-‬29 NASB)

When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” (Matthew 8:23‭-‬27 NASB)

One of the synagogue officials named Jairus *came up, and on seeing Him, *fell at His feet and *implored Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well and live.” (Mark 5:22‭-‬23 NASB)

As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord. (Exodus 14:10 NASB)

And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:29‭-‬30 NASB)

The common theme in these requests is distress. We come to a point where there is very little we can do except plead to God.

Cameron Thompson authored the book, Master Secrets of Prayer, and he wrote this:

There comes a time, in spite of our soft, modern ways, when we must be desperate in our prayers, when we must wrestle, when we must be outspoken, shameless and importuneate (persistent). Many of the prayers in scripture are “cries” and the Hebrew and Greek words are very strong. Despite opinions to the contrary, the Bible recognizes such a thing as storming heaven – “praying through.” The fervent prayer of a righteous man is might in its working.

This time is such a time for this crisis prayer – yes, quiet time prayers , but also crisis time prayers. This time is urgent and we must cry out to the Lord earnestly, humble ourselves under God’s mighty hand that He may lift us up and cast our anxieties on Him because He cares for us.

Won’t you join me as we cry out to the Lord in our distress and ask for His intervention that He may be glorified?

Acknowledge the crisis, but fix your eyes on Christ


This post was taken almost completely (with the exception of two or three extended verses and a few changed sentences) from a lesson provided by Mark Ramsey. Therefore, if a Bible passage seems too long or a sentence does not make sense, blame it on me.

Acknowledge the crisis, but fix your eyes on Christ

We find it so natural to fix our eyes on the current crisis, because it affects us all — our health, our jobs, our food and essentials, our socialization, our time to worship, and our time to serve together (and the list goes on). The government issues mandates to stay home and to social distance. Not only do we experience the economic and health issues of the coronavirus, but we read about the locust plague causing food concerns in East Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. We fix our eyes on the crisis, because it is so immediate and frightening.

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly. Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. (Exodus 14:5‭-‬9 NASB)

But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.” (Exodus 14:13‭-‬14 NASB)

Focus on the words “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord …”

Do we really believe this when we fix our eyes on the crisis?

Here is our problem — we often get the central principle of this lesson backwards. We acknowledge the Lord, but fix our eyes on the crisis. Far better to acknowledge the crisis and fix our eyes on Jesus. It is not difficult to acknowledge the crisis as it surrounds us like the Egyptian army. But how hard is it to fix our eyes on our Savior?

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NASB)

Hebrews 12:2 tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, as we run this race we call life. The word “fix” means to “look away from all else and set one’s gaze upon.” Greek scholars say that this present participle means attention focused “constantly during the entire struggle.”

So, how do we apply this in a practical, everyday way? We have all probably heard the phrase, “fix your eyes on Jesus” for most of our Christian life.

First, let’s look at what the Bible says about our eyes and the eyes of the Lord.

Our eyes

I will set no worthless thing before my eyes; I hate the work of those who fall away; It shall not fasten its grip on me. (Psalms 101:3 NASB)

There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood, (Proverbs 6:16‭-‬17 NASB)

Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. (Psalms 119:18 NASB)

For my eyes are toward You, O God , the Lord; In You I take refuge; do not leave me defenseless. (Psalms 141:8 NASB)

To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens! (Psalms 123:1 NASB)

Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. (Psalms 25:4 NASB)

My eyes are continually toward the Lord , For He will pluck my feet out of the net. (Psalms 25:15 NASB)

The Lord’s eyes

Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, On those who hope for His lovingkindness, (Psalms 33:18 NASB)

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Psalms 32:8 NASB)

For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord , And He watches all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:12 NASB)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7 NASB)

For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.” (2 Chronicles 16:9 NASB)

Now that we have examined the scripture about eyes – think about a time or times when you locked eyes with someone you loved. What did you communicate? “I love you. It’s going to be ok. I’ve got your back, don’t worry. I am here with you.”

We are called to lock eyes with the One who saved our soul for all eternity. When we do that, we have such a connection with Him that everything about us abides in Him and He in us (John 15:4-5).

Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. (John 15:4‭-‬5 NASB)

With this coronavirus pandemic surrounding us and a stimulus package of over $2 trillion passed (with unknown consequences), how do we keep our eyes locked on the eyes of Jesus when life as we knew it before seems to be falling apart?

Steps for keeping our eyes on Jesus

  1. Focus on who God is:
    • Our Savior

      for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

    • Our Redeemer

      Our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel. (Isaiah 47:4 NASB)

    • The Anchor of our soul

      This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, (Hebrews 6:19 NASB)

    • Our Stronghold

      The Lord also will be a stronghold for the oppressed, A stronghold in times of trouble; (Psalms 9:9 NASB)

    • Our Shelter

      The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:2 NASB)

    • Our Rock

      He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; (2 Samuel 22:2 NASB)

    • Our Living Hope

      Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3 NASB)

    • Our Father

      I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30 NASB)

    • Our Creator and Maker

      for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. (Hebrews 11:10 NASB)

    • Our Comforter

      “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5:4 NASB)

    • Our Everlasting Peace

      And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NASB)

  2. Focus on your time with Him — Begin every day with Him through prayer, quiet time, and reading His Word.
  3. Focus on who you are in Christ:
    • Blessed

      Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. (Luke 6:21 NASB)

    • Chosen

      So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; (Colossians 3:12 NASB)

    • Redeemed

      Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13 NASB)

    • Saved

      For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; (Ephesians 2:8 NASB)

    • Adopted

      He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, (Ephesians 1:5 NASB)

    • Loved

      But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (Romans 8:37 NASB)

    • God’s Workmanship

      For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NASB)

    • A new creation

      Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB)

    • Forgiven

      Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32 NASB)

    • Born again

      for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:23 NASB)

    • Free

      It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 NASB)

    • Sealed by the Holy Spirit with a guaranteed inheritance

      who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. (2 Corinthians 1:22 NASB)

  4. Focus on His promises:
    • He will never leave you or forsake you

      Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you , nor will I ever forsake you ,” (Hebrews 13:5 NASB)

    • Every good thing comes from Him

      Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. (James 1:17 NASB)

    • He will pick us up when we fall

      The Lord sustains all who fall And raises up all who are bowed down. (Psalms 145:14 NASB)

    • You will never be alone

      In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord , make me to dwell in safety. (Psalms 4:8 NASB)

    • He is our Advocate

      My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; (1 John 2:1 NASB)

    • He is our High Priest and we can approach the throne with confidence

      And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5:9-10 NASB)

    • He has a special place for you in heaven

      In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2 NASB)

    • He is coming again!

      If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:3 NASB)

  5. Focus on His call on your life:
    • An ambassador for Christ

      Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:20 NASB)

    • His light

      Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16 NASB)

    • His salt

      Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” (Mark 9:50 NASB)

    • A disciple maker

      Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19 NASB)

Two stories on Americans working to help others in the coronavirus crisis


  1. Mike Lindell of My Pillow manufacturing face masks for US hospitals

As first reported on the Chris Salcedo Show and then on Fox 9 in Minnesota, Mike Lindell has taken the challenge to help America leave its addiction to Chinese goods. As noted by the Fox 9 article:

MyPillow-face-mask-productionMinnesota-based company MyPillow is joining the effort to supply health care workers with the protective gear they need amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO Mike Lindell says about 75% of MyPillow’s production will now be making cotton face masks for health care workers. He says about 90% of the company’s sewers will be working on the masks.

“We have capacity to make a lot of things at big rates and we’re going to be going hopefully from 10,000 units a day to 50,000 units a day in a very short period of time,” said Lindell.

Lindell says it took about three weeks to shift production as it was difficult at first to get a supply of elastics needed to create the masks. At this time, he says components are not available to make other types of masks, so his company focused on making the 100% cotton masks. He says MyPillow worked with a coalition from President Donald Trump’s administration to get the proper design.

“Something is better than nothing to get [health care workers] through,” he said.

The masks will be going to hospitals in Minnesota and throughout the country.

(Read more at Fox 9)

Although this would be good news regardless, it also is good news due to Mike Lindell’s story

As noted by the Salvation Army, Mike Lindell suffered through addiction until 2009, when he came to pray to God (as recorded by the Salvation Army):

Lindell’s drug abuse finally ended Jan. 16, 2009. By then, My Pillow was starting to gain traction. Lindell had been selling the product on the road at trade shows and state fairs. He first began developing the pillow in the early 2000s; when people tried the pillow and loved it, he knew he was on to something.

“I knew that if I didn’t quit that day, I wouldn’t be able to make the most of what was happening in my life,” Lindell said. “I couldn’t wait. Not even one more day.”

With that, he prayed.

MikeLindell“I asked God to take away my desire to do drugs,” Lindell said. “I said, ‘Take it away, and I’m all yours.’”

God answered the prayer.

“The next morning, the desire was gone,” Lindell said. “Everything was gone. I woke up and felt the most peaceful I ever have.”

He’s been sober ever since.

(Read more at the Salvation Army)

  1. Ed Secretary Betsy DeVos Halts Collections Actions Against Student Loan Defaulters

Breitbart reports in a 25 March 2020 article that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has halted collections actions against student loan defaulters.

Betsy-DeVosU.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has directed the Federal Student Aid (FSA) office to halt collection actions and wage garnishments against students who have defaulted on their education loans.

According to a press release, DeVos’s department will refund more than $1.8 billion to more than 830,000 students in default in order to provide assistance during the coronavirus crisis.

DeVos said in a statement:

These are difficult times for many Americans, and we don’t want to do anything that will make it harder for them to make ends meet or create additional stress. Americans counting on their tax refund or Social Security check to make ends meet during this national emergency should receive those funds, and our actions today will make sure they do.


(Read more at Breitbart)

While this falls under the duties of her job, it still constitutes good news

For those who went to college during the 1970’s, you might remember a time when students could attend a public college, work during the summer, and have their college debt paid before graduation.

For those of you who attended during later years, it would seem that college has become a growth industry for socialist professors. Although this does not minimize the responsibility of the student for considering the cost (and for considering the demand for the chosen field — since the market will support only so many feminist professors), it seems that the cost of college should be brought down to a level that certain needed professions (engineers, honest journalists, etc) can be staffed.