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Pastor's Commentary

Sunday, October 03 2021

             If you have ever read much of anything I have shared over the years, I tend to mention that I have been a WW II buff (very interested) in this period of time of what led up to the war and the many battles that resulted from it, a number of times. With that said, through research and study I have observed many trends that took place during the 30’s that seem to manifesting themselves again in our day and time, and I must say that I am not the only one seeing them. Obviously not every detail of the past is being replicated, but none the less some major dynamics seem at play again. In this brief overview I will share a couple of the more glaring parallels to the past.

            The first parallel is the rise of the “ism’s” in the 30’s, (some before and after). Many to most of the older folks know well these new names; Nazism, Fascism, Communism and Socialism. These new word names would forever be associated with, misery, control, loss of freedom, loss of property and loss of life/livelihood. One of the parallels of most of these ism’s is that many folks thought them to be good for their Country and thus good for them in the interim. It didn’t take forever to realize the ism’s were no friend at all, but a fiend. Obviously not everyone thought they were all bad, if you were one of the ones in “control” you were much better off than one “under control”. Every ism is all about control. In many instances the Germans thought the new Socialist Party had much of the answers they sought, like bringing the economy back, ah yes, money over your soul. During this time inflation had decimated the German economy, so, it was hailed a savior, the new man Hitler would run things with an iron fist, but we can live that, as long as we can survive financially right? There would be other parallels to that day and time, much of these parallels would result from the isms being deployed. Each ism had its secret police, after all, you have a way to enforce laws and restrictions right? Keeping track on everyone was paramount. Rewards would be offered to anyone turning someone in who openly disagreed with the State thus creating a sense of fear among the populace. Isolating of people groups, such as The Church, Jews, and anyone else that criticized the State was a huge issue at the time. The Clergy were under constant attack from the State, they were to preach nice safe messages, don’t rock the boat stuff, those that went along with those in control lived another day, those that did not, were placed in Detention Camps, or were hung outright, Pastor Dietrich Bonheoffer was one of many martyred souls. As I stated there were many parallels to that period of time, but there were many more I can assure you of that.  You may noted the use of the word “control” often in my paragraph, I believe that is an element that needs to be looked at closer.

            On the lighter side first; I was at my daughter’s home recently; TV was on, I was lying around not paying too much attention to what the show was all about. It was an old free TV rerun of the Andy Griffith Show of way back in the sixties. The jest of this particular show was, Andy the Sheriff was going out of town for a week of business, he was leaving his Deputy Barney Fife in charge. No problem; right, wrong, when the Sheriff got back in town he found most of the town locked up in jail. When Andy saw what Barney had done, he was dumbfounded, what in the world could this many people have done? Not much of anything actually, but by “empowering” someone who was not able to handle the authority was a problem. Of course we know it was a script written for this episode, the Deputy was just acting right, however; he did it well.  This is interesting actually, to me anyway, because it reveals a trait found in many people. I’ve seen it at work many times, you give some people a little authority and it seems to go to their head. They change quickly, most of the time not for the better, they love to be “over you”, tell you what to do, threaten folks; who haven’t seen this spirit at work before? Let me be clear on this, it is not sin to want to better oneself in life; that is what study and hard work is all about.

            I tend to believe this is a “spiritual issue” in many cases, in other words it can be motivated by outside forces, none other than the dark side, (of which I fully believe exist, satan and cohorts). The reason I believe this is found in the Bible; Isaiah 14:12-14. It called the; 5- “I Wills”, it got satan kicked out of Heaven. It has been noted by Bible Scholars that satan used to lead the Angelic Choir in Heaven. Resultant he saw God getting all the Glory and the praise, he himself getting zero, and rightfully so, the Creator is more worthy than the created, right? It seems a sense of pride filled his heart, thinking himself bigger and better than he really was. After a period of time satan said these words; the 5- I Wills; I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the North: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds: I will be like the Most High. There it is; the 5- I Wills, it will anyone kicked out of Heaven, us earthlings as well. Is it possible that folks that exhibit a sense or desire for power and authority may have some of these “I Wills” in their spiritual DNA? I tend to think; yes, and it can be exploited by the dark side, Hitler is a good example, but people of lesser status as well can be used.

            As I have brought out several times, the word is “control”, people or powers having control over people, the masses. I am quite sure that many people that run for public office do so to be a servant of the people, but be sure that is not always the case. Much like satan in his early role as Choir Leader in Heaven, he was happy about his position, but down the road his heart wanted more, a personal worthiness arose, a desire for personal recognition, this I believe is a pattern that many folks in the political office fall into. You may have heard this phrase before; Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely! We have lived to see that happen over and over. Here is something most don’t know; the number of “Laws” on the US Books to govern the people; close to 400,000 laws, say you are kidding. No, in the eyes of the Government, everyone is a Law breaker, we are all guilty of something, once again the Power Struggle. Anyone could be arrested at any time, and for what; just like Barney the Deputy, you are guilty of something, they in control have made sure of that.

            I mentioned satan’s hand in helping to promote this control agenda, there is purpose for that. Did you know that in the “end of days”, just prior to the Lord’s Return, there will arise a “system” of control. With the advent of the computer systems of the world, it is now possible to monitor and control all buying and selling of goods and services of the world. A cashless society is forecast for the end of days, no buying or selling unless a person receives a mark upon their body, yes the ultimate control is coming. And guess who is planned to run this world wide program; “handpicked, by satan himself” the anti-christ and his cohort, the False Prophet, two spiritual figures to run a physical world system. These two will run the world with an iron fist, be forewarned, this will be an unprecedented time upon the earth. Their reign of misery will last 7 years, at the end the Lord comes back to earth to personally fix the mess caused by these two satanic leaders and remove them from the scene.

            Can we see where this is all headed, a mass worldwide system of control whereby satan is trying to set up his kingdom, just like he wanted from the beginning? His lust for power and authority; to have a people bow down to him; be a part of his kingdom, the kingdom of this world. There is a way out, the Lord provided the way. Remember when Jesus said He was the; The Way, The Truth and The Life, (John 14:6)? The Lord desires us to be free, He loosed the bands of bondage upon mankind placed there by the devil at Calvary. The Lord has always been in the freedom business, Exodus 1-3; the children of Israel in Egypt; Moses speaking for the Lord said to Pharaoh; Let my people Go! Is there a way out of this mess? The way out is in Christ, our hope, our freedom and our escape; that’s right, He is coming back before the worst of this madness plays out to remove His children out of the mayhem. Are you ready to meet Christ in the clouds of Glory in the Rapture, you can be, repent and accept Christ into heart as your personal Lord and Saviour, there is a time coming very soon where you will glad you did.

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

Light the Way Ministries.

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101 BODACIOUS QUOTATIONS

TO

INSPIRE PATRIOTISM

Introduction

You might be wondering what prompted the writing of this bodacious quotation book? What better time than now to be reminded of how both essential and fragile our country is. America is experiencing one of its darkest periods in recent history.  For over three years, we have witnessed some truly vicious and ugly political unrest.

          A ceaseless cacophony of accusations, innuendo, and intrigue have kept those in Washington and the media ever busy. Before the Coronavirus pandemic, to watch the daily news and social media, one would never know that the stock market had hit all-time highs numerous times in the last 54 months, or we’d had the lowest unemployment numbers in decades, and the lowest unemployment rate among blacks ever!  President Trump also renegotiated trade deals that  were fairer to America.

          Then, in January 2020, our nation was rocked when the Coronavirus landed on our shores and ended our way of life as we know it. Soon there were daily press briefings from the White House and various doctors. Each day virus information was plentiful, contradictory, and confusing. People were dying. We heard that hospitals were going to be overrun with COVID cases.

          The army set up hospital tents in various cities to handle the tens of thousands that were expected to land there. It didn’t happen. Hospitals were going to be inundated and unable to care for all of the sick. The army hospitals were never used – not one patient was seen in many of these. They were eventually dismantled. What happened? All non-essential surgeries and doctors’ visits were canceled. Hospitals were virtually emptied. And now? Many health care workers have been terminated or furloughed because the hospital's operating capital has vanished.    

           Now, thousands have died! Our elderly, who were not adequately protected in nursing homes, have had the most significant number of deaths. The actual numbers of COVID deaths cannot be relied upon because of highly questionable methodologies for assigning the cause of death. The rationale for this might be related to government funding to hospitals for each COVID case.     Time will tell as we compare data from previous years for various causes of deaths to see if the other numbers are in line with past years, OR if there's been a sharp decline in other categories, and they have been pushed into the COVID category.  And, suddenly, in the last several weeks, cases have begun to spike again. There is substantial debate on if it’s because many more people are getting tested. There is so much information out there – unreliable at best, that there’s no sense in discussing it at this point.

          Governors in many states issued draconian lock-down orders threatening people with arrests and the closure of businesses, or cancellation of necessary licenses if they didn’t abide by these rules. Masks and gloves were donned, not in hospitals, but stores and any public places. We even saw a parent handcuffed and arrested in front of his little girl because he dared to play ball with her in an empty field. A salon owner was arrested and jailed for opening her salon to pay her bills and put food on her table. Many other Gestapo tactics, such as these, were used to keep people in line. YES, I am talking about America!

            Americans have turned against one another. Some believe everything that the CDC, World Health Organization, and government say. Others believe there is a conspiracy to subjugate the people as a test to see how much they'll tolerate and for how long. It's been, in my opinion, a phenomenal success. People hate each other more than ever. Make no mistake; the various powers have observed very carefully to see how we've all responded. Unfortunately, it's been too much for many, and suicides have skyrocketed. Prescriptions for mood-altering drugs to cope with the crisis have also gone up dramatically (as if we didn't already have an opioid epidemic.)

          Younger Americans seem to be suffering more than most from deep depression, isolation, and loneliness.  I find this completely paradoxical since they are the generation that is so disconnected from one-on-one relationships, and so completely connected to their phones and other electronic devices. You can’t sit in the same room, or at the same table with them, without sharing their time with their hand-held devices! And yet, they are  the ones suffering from their own self-created lack of meaningful relationships with others.  

           The mainstream media, who now chooses to cherry-pick what they report, excluding vital details, has become an op-ed machine rather than a fair and unbiased media. What was once the actual news is now a daily dose of propaganda. And fear mongering. I once believed everything I heard on the evening news! I now question absolutely everything I hear on the evening news! I have no faith in the honesty, integrity, or intentions of what is being "reported." Who exactly can we turn to for the facts and not opinions? I don't know.

           Just when we were beginning to see the light, and the states were opening things back up, one rogue cop, caught in the horrendous act of murdering a black man by kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes, captured the country’s attention.  The anger and outrage at this injustice rocked every corner of our nation. But, within the black community, it ignited a firestorm of rage and anger. That moment symbolized, for many, both black and white, the brutality of a small percentage of police that has unfairly tarnished ALL police officers. To believe this of an entire segment of people is blatantly untrue and unfair.

           That was the tinderbox that erupted into the scenarios we are now witnessing, hour by hour, day after day, that could be right out of the movie “Escape from New York.”  Cities are burning. Businesses looted. People are being shot, and armed citizens are patrolling their neighborhoods to keep looters out and their areas safe with their weapons.

          A six-block area has been taken over by anarchists. Checkpoints have been established for entering and exiting, and there are check-points to allow people in or out. They are extorting business owners, and the Mayor of Seattle seems to think it’s a “summer block party.”  I guess she is not aware that a new country has been set up in a six-block area now known as CHAZ/CHOP – Capital Hill Autonomous Zone. You can’t make this stuff up!

          All across our country,  statues and monuments are being defaced and torn down – while those in charge sit on their hands and let the anarchists destroy America, insisting there is nothing they can do. Every day the frenzy continues as the calls for changing names of military bases, schools, colleges, sports teams, etc., escalates. It is complete insanity.

           Right on cue, the media and politicians have seized upon the opportunity to stoke the coals of division and hatred. I cry for our nation and what we have allowed ourselves to become.  I don't know the people seen on T.V. I don't come in contact with the level of black, or white,  Americans seen on there – they don't represent those with whom I daily interact.  People with thinking brains understand that these broad generalizations are not only untrue, but inherently harmful to us individually, and collectively as a nation.    

          Many officials of these large cities have refused to address the rioters and insist upon calling them, protesters. They seem to have limited knowledge of vocabulary for no one in their right mind would equate a protester and a rioter who burns, loots,  and harms people, as the same thing.        The very thing that the black community, what all communities need, are jobs and businesses. Now, thousands have seen their streets and businesses burned and destroyed, some of which will never return. Those jobs are permanently lost.  Those black communities will again know the pains of hopelessness and living in burned-out hulls of their former cities.

           But take hope. While all of this has happened, America's elite have raised over twenty million dollars – wait for it – not to help rebuild those cities, but to bail out the “protesters” who have destroyed those cities. Yes, this is where we are. There seems to be no help for those who work and play by the rules. No support is arriving from Hollywood elites and wealthy athletes for those people. One must question why?

           I’m watching this and feeling astounded, and at times utterly hopeless. The Washington leadership (can we call it that?) is still dividing us, still trying to rush through bills that are an atrocity, and I'm thinking to myself, has pandering and appeasement ever gotten anyone anywhere?'  Has that given people jobs and hope? Has that lifted them out of poverty? And, I feel, most importantly, has that increased their self-respect and self-reliance?  That I can answer with a resounding NO! To deny any human being the chance to work and produce, to feel a sense of accomplishment for a job well done, is to deny a basic human need – to feel valued.

          I don’t understand all of the machinations of politics (I couldn’t sleep at night if I did). I do know one thing as a person who loves their country – that we can’t, we must not give up on America. Too many people have given their lives for our America. We are in a fight for the very soul of this country. That might sound dramatic, but it is a fact. Many want to tear it apart – rebuild it into what they “envision” would be a better place. The founding fathers had a profoundly inciteful vision for the greatest country that the world has ever known. They knew history, and they sought to use their knowledge to create a more perfect union. (Where have we heard that before?)

            There are days when I question everything. At moments I give up hope and want to surrender. Times when I think if that is what THEY want, then they can have it. But it is not ours to give away! We owe a debt to our country to protect it from enemies, both foreign and domestic. That is our duty as a patriotic American who is willing to speak up and stop the insanity.

           I call upon my strong faith in God, knowing that whatever He has in store, He is with us. When America turned Him out of their schools, their homes, and their hearts, our decline began.  That is what happens when we shrugged our shoulders and said, “Oh well, what can you do?” Or, “Live and let live.” Now you can see the left doesn’t want people to live and let live. They want to control us. There seems to be no middle ground. This indeed is something new.

            I have seen the thousands of crosses marking graves of our soldiers who fought for democracy around the world and paid the ultimate sacrifice. I mourn with families who have known the pain of losing those heroes. I remind myself that I will do everything humanly possible to ensure that America is a country of citizens who deserve to live in peace and prosperity, fellowship, and understanding. Abraham Lincoln was well aware, as our country teetered on the brink of civil war, that "A house divided against itself cannot stand."  (Mark 3:25)

            America is equivalent to a marriage. Sometimes we see all the best she has to offer, and we're starry-eyed and optimistic. Other times, we see everything as irreconcilable and dark. Then, it's as though we would like a divorce.  But saving America is worth the fight. We have a lot of work ahead of us. A great deal of understanding and healing needs to be done.

          We need to commit to providing more opportunities for all. And, more of a commitment to make each person responsible for their actions. We must step up to the plate and take personal responsibility – stop pointing the finger and passing the buck. Even though it seems impossible through the lens of the current crisis, I do believe in miracles. It's going to take courage, strength, consistency, fairness, rules for all, and laws that everyone must follow - not just a few. It will also necessitate a commitment from those in Washington to come together and serve America – not themselves. I don’t believe they will do that willingly. Their strength lies in our discord!

            How could I express all of these thoughts and feelings in a small book? I've always been enamored with quotations! With just a few carefully chosen words strung together like a beautiful strand of pearls, they present a profound concept. These BODACIOUS quotations have been hand-picked for an important point or reminder about freedom, honesty, politicians, government, personal duty, economics, liberty, and above all else, man's responsibility to think for himself. History has gifted us with brilliant people, whose insightful reasoning and words of wisdom have proven ageless. They deserve to be heard once again as valuable reminders to each of us.

          It is my sincere hope that you will become even more bodacious in your patriotism. I hope that you will find meaningful ways to become a better, more involved citizen. I pray that this will stimulate conversation and inspire each of you to understand your unique "Power of One" and step into your new bodacious life! America is depending upon you.

 

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