Overplaying the pandemic?

The coronavirus has at least been a factor in the deaths of more than 700,000 people in the United States. Some 43.7 million Americans have had and recovered from the virus, whose mortality rate is about 1.6% — a more likely outcome for people with comorbidities and a less likely one for those who are otherwise healthy.

According to a report from The Well Being Trust, about 75,000 people have died from what is called “deaths of despair,” which includes suicide and drug abuse because of COVID-19. 71% of students are suffering from increased stress and anxiety because of the pandemic, and the virus cost the economy an estimated $16 trillion in 2020…

SOURCE: Overplaying the pandemic?


PANDEMIC RELATED:

Despite dramatic decline in COVID cases, Americans hit with more mandates

Hospital System Announces ‘Disgusting’ Policy That Could Kill the Unvaccinated

Peer-Reviewed Paper Destroys Lockdowns: One of the ‘Greatest Failures in Modern History’

Devotional Thought for Today – 09/01/21

Facebook

Joel 2

CONTEXT: The book of Joel was the telling of God’s judgment upon His chosen people (Israel), the pagan nations that surrounded them, and the eventual outpouring of the Holy Spirit (restoration of God’s people) Acts 2. Matthew Henry breaks chapter 2 down as follows: God’s judgments. (1-14) Exhortations to fasting and prayer; blessings promised. (15-27) A promise of the Holy Spirit, and of future mercies. (28-32)

I want to look at just v.1 this morning because I think they are applicable to all of us today.

Blow the trumpet in Zion [warning of impending judgment], Sound an alarm on My holy mountain [Zion]! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble and shudder in fear, For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming; It is close at hand,(AMP)

Judgment by way of the Day of the Lordis the predominant theme of the book of Joel. Israel (1:15; 2:1–2) and all the nations (3:2–3) are subject to this judgment. While most associate the “Day of the Lord” with wrath and judgments it can also be a day of salvation and restoration.

Here in chapter 2 v.1, the context is definitely judgment and wrath that Joel is warning against. Israel had become complacent AGAIN, it had fallen back into the sins of its surrounding neighbors and Joel sires out a warning Blow the trumpet in Zion, (any temple, pulpit, or corner will do) Sound an alarm on My holy mountain, we too must be able, ready and willing at every moment to speak out against the anti-Christ. For the [judgment] day of the Lord is coming, God cannot abide sin, nor sinners. The old saying God Loves the Sinner But Hates the Sin? is far from true and He must and will pass judgment on everyone.

Of course, no one knows when the final judgment “day of the Lord” will come but we must (All True Believers) act like it is today. Spiritual Complacency has plagued the “church” for far too long in America. Oh, we are good at giving, missions, and feeding the poor. We respond well to national disasters and the like but do not ask us to get involved in the BIG PICTURE, the moral issues of today.

It is time we, All True Believers, Shout is from the Blogs, Corners, and Pulpits; that we demand that the core values America was founded upon, the Judeo-Christian principles be returned before the Wrath of God, the final judgment, the “day of the Lord” is poured out upon this nation and people.


PRAYER

Pray for the Moral Decency and Civility of your Nation

Pray for the Nations of the World and for Your Own Nation

PrayUSA: Government Leaders Calling the Nation to Prayer Initiative

Christians must get involved; pay attention + Grow a Spine Conviction

A family activist dedicated to electing conservative candidates to Congress is warning Christians that if they continue to refuse to get involved in politics, then they will be partly responsible when the world sinks “into another dark age.”

SOURCE: Christians must get involved, pay attention


Today on The Sword and The TrowelTom Ascol and Jared Longshore welcome Dr. Everett Piper into the studio to discuss the recent inaugural convocation for The Institute of Public Theology and the need for Christians to grow a spine and step courageously into the public square.

Sunday Sermon Series – Forgiveness in an Age of Rage

5 Science-Based Ways to Break the Cycle of Rage Attacks | Psychology Today  Ireland

The Cambridge Dictionary defines Rage as (a period of) extreme or violent anger. It is easy to see this in everyday life with road rage, unbridled vulgar shouting in public places, and violence in our streets. Then there is our pampered youth; they have things called rage rooms, and scream clubs whatever they can be on campuses today.

For many it is becoming harder to act in a Godly manner to the constant ungodly actions around us. Yet that is exactly what God calls us to do, be like Christ. I have said it many times and will repeat it again here, that does not mean being a pushover a carpet for the world to trample on. In reading the Whole Counsel of God you will realize that was not Jesus. He led the life He was called to live, and was very outspoken (Dogmatic) about it. Calling out sin and sinners, but doing so in a kind and forgiving manner.

Today’s sermon from John MacArthur dated back in 2017 and may be more relevant today than when it was preached.


SERMON

Forgiveness in an Age of Rage

Presbyterian, Baptist Churches Join New Coalition of Churches to Promote Killing Babies in Abortions

The title is extremely misleading (it should read one Baptist and a few Presbyterian Churchs... Nevertheless, these churches all are participating in unbiblical practices, and their so-called leaders need to be warned James 3:1.

…So far, the new Reproductive Freedom Congregations project has 25 churches signed up — mostly Unitarian along with a few Presbyterian churches and one Baptist congregation, the University Baptist Church in Austin, according to the report.

To participate, the churches must go through a training program that teaches pastors how to advocate for “reproductive health care,” including abortion on demand, and speak about it in their sermons, the report continued…

SOURCE: Presbyterian, Baptist Churches Join New Coalition of Churches to Promote Killing Babies in Abortions

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/27/21

Deuteronomy 32:28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there  any understanding in them.

Deuteronomy 32

CONTEXT: Most Bibles have a heading that says something like “Song of Moses” at the beginning of this Chapter. That is simple to understand as the first two verses are a direct appeal by Mosses to heaven. Matthew Henry breaks down the Chapter in this way: The song of Moses. (1,2) The character of God, The character of Israel. (3-6) The great things God had done for Israel. (7-14) The wickedness of Israel. (19-25) The judgments which would come upon them for their sins. (15-18) Deserved vengeance withheld. (26-38) God’s deliverance for his people. (39-43) The exhortation with which the song was delivered. (44-47) Moses to go up mount Nebo to die. (48-52)

We recently had another Great Grandchild and as usual, it got me thinking about what kind of nation and world we would be leaving him to grow up in. I was saddened by the thought of how messed up things are in America today compared to when I was a child.

In our text Mosses is speaking about the nation of Israel and its rebellion against the Laws and precepts upon which it was founded can easily be applied to America today. As I have repeated many times unlike Israel which was a Theocracy, America is NOT a Theocracy or “Christian Nation” but was CLEARLY founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.

So as Moses prayed, pleaded, and WARNED,

 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

v.29

we too, that is all who identify as Christians in America, need to take up the fight and do the same to reclaim the Judeo-Christian principles that made America great. I am speaking about America’s Core Values; common courtesy, decency, and morals we can all agree are sorely lacking.

I think history shows what the later end for any nation has been that abandons all morality. Ultimate and total destruction, is this to be America’s fate?

Two law professors’ amicus brilliantly explains why Roe must go

We pick up today where we left off last week in our series of overviews of important amicus briefs filed in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization which the Supreme Court will hear this fall. We began this series on July 22, and it continues to be well received.

The justices will hear the state of Mississippi defend its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy with very limited exceptions.  The law was blocked by Judge Carlton W. Reeves of the Federal District Court in Jackson, Mississippi in 2018…

SOURCE: Two law professors’ amicus brilliantly explains why Roe must go

A Black Scholar Warns About Evils of Critical Race Theory as a ‘Doctrine of Demons’

Dr. Eric Wallace to Discuss Why the Church Must Agree on One Thing: Critical Race Theory is Un-Christian

NEWS PROVIDED BY , Freedom’s Journal Institute, Aug. 26, 2021

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Aug. 26, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ — A Black scholar and ministry leader, with links to civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, has slammed the controversial critical race theory as “a doctrine of demons.”

Freedom’s Journal Institute Founder and President Dr. Eric Wallace — the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in Biblical studies from Union-PSCE (Now Union Presbyterian Seminary) — will discuss the “evils” of critical race theory (CRT) and its origins at a conference, Aug. 27-28 in Newport News, Va.

SOURCE: A Black Scholar Warns About Evils of Critical Race Theory as a ‘Doctrine of Demons’

Nancy Pelosi’s Budget Resolution and Infrastructure Bills Will Force Americans to Fund Abortions

The clock is ticking for Congress to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2022. Congress is also moving forward with implementing tax and spending sprees in the $3.5 trillion budget resolution and a $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill. There’s an issue looming large in these major spending bills: the future of longstanding, bipartisan pro-life policy…

Source: Nancy Pelosi’s Budget Resolution and Infrastructure Bills Will Force Americans to Fund Abortions

Devotional Thought for Today – 08/24/2021

I am the smartest guy I know! Sounds pretty arrogant right, but that is a typical thought for ex-military, first responders, and the like. We are taught we are the best, type-A personalities, then one day (hopefully) the truth hits you like a ton of bricks, you a dummy compared to the infinite knowledge of God.


Proverbs 2:6 - Verse for May 19

PROVERBS 2

CONTEXT: Being a “Wisdom” book Proverbs and this Chapter for certain is all about wisdom. The headings on your version may read something like The Pursuit of Wisdom Brings Security (AMP) or in my Spanish Bible (NBLA), La sabiduría protege del mal, roughly Wisdom protects us from evil. Matthew Henry breaks down Chapter 2 as follows: Promises to those who seek wisdom. (1-9) The advantages of wisdom. (10-22)

In my opening statement, I noted that whenever someone thinks he/she is the brightest bulb in the chandelier realizes that the source of their brightness far exceeds their own capacity, it can be very hard on them. It can also be enlightening and very comforting.

Comforting in that I no longer have to be that person, the one everyone goes to I have a greater power source, God, whom I can depend upon and refer folks to. Further, He is a God who wants us to ask…

If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.

James 1:5

I pray everyone takes advantage of God’s amazing offer of Grace, knowledge, and Wisdom.


Pray for Grace to Make you Wiser and Better Every Day

Lord, give us to grow with a growth that is from God; Colossians 2:19(ESV) to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; 2 Peter 3:18(ESV) to hold to our way; and, having clean hands, to grow stronger and stronger. Job 17:9(ESV)

Let our path be as the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18(ESV)

We have not yet obtained, nor are we already perfect; Lord, grant that therefore, forgetting what lies behind, we may strain forward to what lies ahead, for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12-14(ESV)

Be like the dew to us, that we may blossom like the lily and take root like the trees of Lebanon; that our shoots may spread out and our beauty may be like the olive. Hosea 14:5-6(ESV) And let the sun of righteousness rise upon us with healing in its wings, that we may go out leaping like calves from the stall. Malachi 4:2(ESV)