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Pastor's Commentary

The 75 Year Old Plan
Sunday, February 10 2019

     I saw some pictures recently where the ISS, International Space Station had taken pictures of planet earth for many years. Nothing new about that, as most would agree, after all, that’s a big part of what they do. But what was interesting was the pictures were taken during the darkness, when the sun was not illuminating the earth in the areas being photographed.

     The idea was to show how much the planet had become illuminated as a result of light from electricity. They had created a collage of the photos from old to new. It revealed the speed in which the planet was being illuminated. I thought this is valuable information, so I did some research on my own - I took an old Atlas of the United States and compared it with a newer version of the same, of around forty years between them. I was amazed at the number of highways and roads that appeared all across this country in such a seemingly short time. The most noticeable was out West. From what I saw, no more desolate areas to speak of. Of course, I didn’t need an Atlas to tell me this country is multiplying at breakneck speed. Actually, all I had to do was look out my back door - two new homes being built right by my back fence.
     I watch PBS pretty often, and as of late there has been no small amount of shows on sustainable living. I like the idea and concept of being better stewards of the planet. So what is sustainable living? It’s a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or societies’ use of earth’s natural resources, thus reducing our carbon footprint. What a novel idea, absolutely no fault with that whatsoever.
     At present, the population of the world stands at 7.7 billion people, give or take a few million. It is projected that by 2022 the planet will be at the 8 billion mark, around 3 years from now. According to the scientists, they believe the planet can only support around 9 to 10 billion people. Many people in the supposed “know” seem to envision the planet heading toward a world-wide catastrophe if measures aren’t taken soon. I’m pretty sure most of the population would have no problem with that logic.
     I agree there are measures that need to be adhered to. However, in the U.S., there is so much waste, as in restaurants, where food is cast into a trash can at the end of the day. Even local farming where crops aren’t being harvested and sold are plowed into the ground - wasted. Where I live, orange trees that are loaded with fruit are just left to let it drop on the ground and rot in the earth. I bristle when I think of when we were growing up, nothing was wasted.
     I submit that we could feed the planet with no trouble with all of the the food that is discarded. I am aware that much in the way of crops is being discarded in order to keep the prices up so the farmers can make a decent profit margin. You may remember in the news some years ago a whole herd of pigs was slaughtered and buried in protest of market prices. Being good stewards means finding better solutions to present problems. So, this brings us to a place where one has to wonder what can be done at the Government level down to State and local efforts to avert such an imminent situation before it becomes catastrophic.
     One way to stem the overpopulation problem was covered in a news story that I recently viewed on TV from Tokyo, Japan,  that I watch on NHK News. Although their idea isn’t new by any means of the word, it did have a few new twists I felt were very interesting. It seems Japan is what you could call, landlocked. In W.W.II Japan had aspirations of land expansion and acquisition, that if not stopped would have included China. With the help of the U.S., China’s people would prevail in protecting their homeland from the aggressors. So what does that have to do with today?
     Japan, it seems, has outgrown its natural boundaries. The impending problems resultant of that are feeding the masses, although not a real problem as yet, since they buy much from the open markets of the world. But the real problem is the elderly. They occupy the nursing homes in great number. The modern medicines have done their job well, people live much longer than their support lines allow. When infrastructure is spread thin, ideas are fomented to fix the problems.
     This new idea that is being floated is what was promoted in this article. On the news last month they ran a rather long news article on; termination of life at 75 years old. I couldn’t believe it. They were interviewing many older folks, and younger as well, as to what they thought about being terminated at 75 years old. What was even just as incredible was that most everyone was good with it. Words spoken by the poor old souls were; we don’t want to be a burden on society, family, spouse, etc. Another would say; I’m no longer productive, I’ve lived a good life. I am in no way judging these poor souls hearts, as only the Lord knows that, but the Lord says this; judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment. So I find fault with the  thinking that life can only be of worth if it has marketable good. It means that we have become like a pair of worn out shoes only to be discarded. There have been movies based on this theme years ago. Just watch a nice movie, maybe family video and when you’re ready, push the button, or we’ll push it for you.
     Many countries of the world are promoting euthanasia, the word is “murdering,” the halt, the unprofitable, feeble, too old - you get the point. They have, or think so anyway, become a god. They even want to murder the “just born,” run tests on your newborn to see if they were born with a defect, if yes, then death. This is going on in the world routinely, right now. What we do about this will go a long way toward how this will affect you and your loved ones. Is there a spiritual side to this story? To answer that we can look at Israel’s history to see if any parallels exist.
     In the days leading up to Israel’s captivity by the Babylonians, there were signs along the way. The first sign was that Israel was being led away from the true God by false gods. The first was “Baal,” as in Baal worship. This demi-god had a lot to do with materialistic things, wealth, material objects, favor in farming/crops, a long list of ills. Another god (small g), was Ashtoreth, a Cannonite goddess. Lewd sexual rites were performed in worship of this goddess, hereafter noted as sexual sins and vices ascribed to this non-deity. Last was the god Molech, of the Ammonites. This false god was worshipped by the sacrificing of children. They had a man-made object resembling a seated figure with body and head with outstretched arms. Under the bottom rear of this object they would build a fire which would superheat the object. When that thing reached sufficient heat (glowing) Israel and Ammonites would take their precious children babies and lay them in the arms of this miserable supposed god, thus sacrificing their innocent children to Molech. The children would be murdered on the altar of Molech. Was God happy? No - He is the God of life. Now you know why Israel went into captivity for 70 years in Babylon.
      There is one more piece to the puzzle, the USA. We have been a Country blessed by the God of our founding fathers ever since we were a country. I’m providing a few excerpts from Rabbi Jonathan Cahn below.  Some ominous signs have appeared on our great land. In New York City a couple of years ago, an arch was erected. Pictures of the structure are obtainable. Guess who/what it was dedicated to? Before I say who, one more bit of information. You may remember when the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was being grilled on Capital Hill. Something was taking place outside on the Washington Mall area, another arch was being erected/placed facing the Capital Building. It was another arch of Baal. How can this be? Someone or something is behind this sinister setup. However, I must ask; are there any parallels in our society that compare to ancient Israel? Are the people of America materialistic? Bent on “things” more than God? The problem isn’t so much as owning things, as is, do they own you? Need I remind folks the 1st Commandment is still valid; Thou shalt not have any gods before me. The god of sports, pleasure, all manner of toys - you get the point.
     As mentioned, the 2nd god Israel worshipped was Ashtoreth, the god of sensuality, sex, and perversion. The U.S. leads the WORLD in pornography. Have we seen any signs of this spirit over the years? Can there be any doubt? The last to materialize is; Molech. Remember, this demi-god spirit was/is about the death of children. I submit, based upon observable evidence, this Molech spirit is at work in these last days. This Molech spirit was the last nail in Israel’s spiritual coffin. I have no doubt this could be the final knell for this country if we don’t make course directions soon. There are no small amount of folks in this country that could care less about these issues I have addressed, but, if you feel I have made valid points in my commentary, please forward it to a friend, pass it around, we need a turnaround in this country NOW.
Sr. Pastor Thomas Nosworthy
Light the Way Ministries
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Special Guest Commentary

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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