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Pastor's Commentary

Our Uniqueness
Sunday, April 21 2019

Something that makes the news a lot lately has to do with the gender issue. I used to think this was just one of those passing fads that would one day disappear and with it, I would say good-by and good riddance. But that doesn’t seem to be the case at all, as it seems to be quite entrenched. I’m not quite sure what to make of this sudden and baffling mindset that lurks behind the scenes here, but I’m pretty certain the damage it will cause will outweigh any personal gratification any participants will gain. I have seen where major Department stores have bought into this mindset as well, to the providing of “gender neutral” clothing and other amenities that promote such a life style. To the average bystander, this deviance from normal behavior has fast lost its appeal in being a cute lifestyle of a few confused souls in light of a recent court case as of late. It seems a fellow deemed himself to now be a woman, albeit he still looked, talked and for all practical purposes was/is a man. One of his peers at work still referred to him as a man, upon which the fellow filed a lawsuit for not referring to him as a woman now. Incredible as it may seem the guy won his/her lawsuit and was awarded over fifty thousand dollars in defamation damages. In another occasion, a storyline that happens far more often than one realizes, imagine if you (a real woman) were to use a public restroom and all of a sudden a big dude just walks in, legally, claiming he’s a woman today, 99 % would say, this can’t be right, but it is being promoted as right.

In this brief article I want to bring out some common knowledge facts that can be found in any book on basic biology that will clearly show just how unique people really are. You might agree I think,  it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that David in the Book of Psalms was right when he declares; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are “Thy” works (Ps.139:14). That’s it right there, when you know your origin and that your ancestors didn’t swing from trees, you are on the right path. Consider this, each one of us came from a single fertilized cell. Within that minute cell is what’s called our DNA, of which contains our “genetic blueprint” for the yet undeveloped person we are yet to/will become. Within every human cell, twenty-three pairs of chromosomes are intertwined together within the nucleus. Within the DNA are molecules that contain thousands of genes that program all living things to perform everything within their prescribed function. Our DNA genes control not only the building our body and its parts (through mass multiplication of cells), but also control inherited traits, height, color, gender, everything that makes us a human is in the DNA. It is hard to grasp this bit of information, but an adult human is comprised of around a hundred trillion cells, (just quoting scientific facts here) all working together in unison for the life of the body. One more bit of information I find interesting is there are around 6500 different genetic “differences” between the male and female human genome. So, you were born to be what you are; now you have more than six thousand reasons to believe that. This vast blueprint called DNA is proof positive we are not an accident in an evolutionary process, but a deliberate life form with plan and purpose. Do you think within our DNA God would place a homing device, a something that keeps telling us to seek the Lord? I do. For I know the thoughts and plans for you says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome (Jeremiah 29:11).

            It is true all people look alike in that they have eyes, ears and nose and so forth. However in case you haven’t noticed people get fingerprinted, why, because they say “no” two fingerprints are identical. That is hard to fathom, but according to the police dept. true, how unique is that? But that’s not all, at work, airports and other places they are using retinal (eye) scanners, it seems there are no two retinas alike here either. But there is more, according to the NSA, (National Security Admin) your voice pattern can be made into a digital format and no two voices are the same either. That is one way they can trace calls back to its owner, you just speak some words, if your voice is in their data base, you are recognized. This abundant information reveals just how unique we are as humans, there is not another “you” on this planet. Why people haven’t seen the great treasure of being who they were not only born to be, but being loved and appreciated for who you/they are is beyond comprehension. In our shallow world of vanity, if all you see in life is what your eyes see, you become blind to the things that really matter in life.

We are already witnessing some serious problems that are arising across the world in not only confused souls not using a bathroom consistent with their plumbing but in the sports realm as well. I foresee the Olympics just about going bankrupt. Who in the world would pay to watch some guy pummel some poor girl in boxing? Or maybe in the swimming events, what woman has ever had the muscle strength of guys routinely, very few exceptions have been noted. Or the wrestling matches, power lifting, you name it. This is happening and no one seems to stand up and be counted by saying, you compete where your hardware is. I see the cancelling of all women’s events future if this isn’t addressed forthwith. To counter these mentally confused guys, the girls and/or young women are trying to counter with looking and acting like the guys? Yes, even to genital mutilation, double mastectomy (wanting to look like guys) and who knows what else.

What is the deal with this gender confusion? It depends on who one asks, to the folks that promote the life style it is about personal expression, not depriving a child the right to be whatever their heart wants to be. I personally believe it goes far deeper than that. I believe it goes way back many millennia ago, in the beginning to be exact. So God created man in His own image and likeness created He him, male and female created He them (Gen 1:27). Doesn’t it seem logical there is a force at work to corrupt the very words of God and the foundation of the family unit? There seems little doubt the lines are being deliberately blurred between boys and girls at a young and impressionable age. And this is creating gender confusion, a loss of identity of personal acceptance and worth as well as corporate interaction with friends and peers. Considering this gender confusion, God’s Word says; God is not the author of confusion (that’s the devils job), but of peace. If these folks didn’t feel good about who/what they were born to be, what makes them think they will feel better about who they are not?  In the U.S. right now, in at least 200 hundred schools, major debate is taking place by outraged parents voicing their concerns over a “perverted” agenda and curriculum being foisted upon their children. In one recent case at a PTA meeting where this was being discussed/debated, the very heated meeting went until 1 A.M. in the morning. In the end the PTA board members voted “for” this shameless agenda to be used in the school regardless of parental concerns. What is referred to as “drag queens”, are being invited into school libraries across the country during story time for kindergartners. They are telling these impressionable little kids, how they were born on the outside to look like boys/men, but their brain is that of a woman, saying they were born that way, even to giving themselves a woman’s name. Incredible that this would take place in a Country that claims God at the helm.

Last, I would remind folks of something that took place in the days of Israel when they were enslaved to the Egyptians. Around 1571 BC, God would raise up a deliverer whose name was Moses. Before Moses’ birth the Egyptians decreed that all male babies would be cast into the Nile River, thus becoming crocodile food. Moses was hid for 3 months until he could be hid no more and was placed among the bulrushes to be found and rescued. The point is, a pattern would ensue from there forward, when God raises up a deliverer, the children were always murdered or suffered greatly. Fast forward to the time of Christ’ birth, You may remember Herod inquired of the Lord’s birth of the Wise Men, telling them to bring him word where the young child, Christ was. The Wise Men were informed of God to go home a different route and not to tell Herod anything. Herod felt mocked and ordered all the babies two years old and under to be killed, hence a second slaughter of the innocents during the rise of, The Great Deliverer, Christ. We’ll have to fast forward one more time, to where we are now. Jesus promised He would return; the return of the world Deliverer. Signs abound of His return, not to stay on the earth as yet, but return to remove the Church, the people of God. Has there been any signs of the children under an attack that would indicate a deliverer is about to appear? The answer is, yes, the absolute proliferation of the innocents, the unborn, being slaughtered, across the world at large. Is there another sign of children under attack? Yes, children molestation, child pornography, child sex slaves, now children in school exposed to materials that not so long ago would get you put in jail. Be not deceived, God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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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