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.

Pray without ceasing

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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)