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Pastor's Commentary

Saturday, March 28 2020

                                               

I, like many folks have read a lot about this virus pandemic and have seen much on TV; perhaps way more than I needed to see and hear. The reason for this is to try to comprehend just what is going here, and not just from single source of information. I not only watch the local news but watch the news out of Berlin, Germany and even more news out of Tokyo, Japan, and yes; the internet, people that I have found credible over many years with a good track record. In all this information gathering, I’m still no expert. I have seen people ask this question often in various briefings; how does this corona-virus compare with other flu viruses?  Good question, I actually wondered that myself.

I looked up this information on the CDC (Center for Disease and Control) web-site, as of this writing 540, 832 people infected by the corona virus, so far; 24, 903 have died. That is quite a number of lives to be infected, but how does that compare to the “regular” if such a word is acceptable, that catch the yearly influenza virus? Once again the CDC posts the numbers; from Oct 2019 to present day; 38 to 54 “million” people ill, (you read that right, million) 390,000 to 710,000 people in hospitals, 23,000 to 59,000 deaths, these are worldwide stats, (not sure of all the variation). One of the reasons this corona virus is being taken so seriously is because it has “unknown qualities” therefore unknown projections can only be made. It is always prudent to err on the side of caution where lives are at stake. It is being compared to the pandemic of 1918 known as the Spanish Flu in which 50 million people died (estimated). Historians believe it helped bring an end to WW I, troops were too sick to fight. If what I read is true, this virus is 10 times more contagious than the regular flu, and the germs stay active for up to 10 days on infected surfaces. Though this virus is comparatively small at present, it has had a huge impact upon the world so far.

You may have noticed the “fear factor” involved across the world and in your town. In some places hysteria may be a better word, panic, what in the world is driving this type of reaction in so many people? In a word; hype, the news outlets of the world are doing most folks a disservice in so much over the top hype. It has caused the local grocery store shelves to be stripped, as in barren. It seems the virus is making people hungry, more than sick. And vast amounts of toiletries, once again are in short supply, I still don’t see the connection to that yet. The other day a big cargo trailer was found to be chock full of toilet tissue, it seems the perpetrator was going to make a handsome profit with his thievery. I wonder if all this panic buying has led to depleted pocketbooks where folks are not even able to go a couple or few weeks without a paycheck to the tune of the Federal Government having to provide a stimulus package to bail folks out. I am quite sure someone; somewhere is tracking this “most revealing” trend, perhaps with ulterior motives, more on that later.

            Who hasn’t noticed the Stock Markets of the world lately? This downward trend started a few weeks ago, since that time some of the biggest economies of the world, the U.S, China, Germany and the EU, Japan, have lost almost 1/3 in value. Incredible; trillions of dollars wiped off the markets, just like that! I have wondered, maybe you as well, how can that be, how can the markets be so volatile? The “Circuit Breaker” on Wall Street, as it is called has been tripped three times since the slide, or it could have been worse they say. I have to ask this; how can we have allowed this to happen? We are intelligent people are we not? In comparison to other flu viruses where millions of people have perished; why wasn’t those flu epidemics even considered headlines in our local paper. Is there more to this than meets the eye? I see where Germany is going to pump 150 billion dollars into their economy, compared to the U.S. that’s nothing. The U.S. has passed a resolution to add a whopping 2 Trillion dollars into our economy. This is to avert a monetary meltdown per the elected officials. This was done before we even reached a local flu level worldwide. I must admit I may be missing something here, but to me, the response to this level of disaster at this point is way over-kill. So, that makes me wonder if there is more to this than we see at our level of observation? I read a headline the other day that got me thinking about this thought. The headline read; Is the cure worse than the virus? To which I could add; If the economies of the world go under, roll over, world- wide financial pandemic, bankrupt world goes bust; you get the point, how many will die as a result of that? Who knows, but all one has to do is look at third world countries to see many folks dying of hunger. At this point I can’t say I know for sure what is going on in the world with this Global Pandemic; we’ll see. But I am positive of something that is coming to this world that will make the Great Depression pale in comparison.

            For those folks that believe what the Bible says, and for those that will one day wish they had, some very relevant truths abound. Does the Bible have anything to say about a financial meltdown on a worldwide scale? I wish it didn’t, but it does. In the Book of Revelation (The Final Book of the Bible) covers these end-time events.

I’m sure many folks have heard of the NWO; the New World Order. Many past Presidents have hawked it, leaders of other Countries have called for it, it’s part of a Global Agenda, for reference see Agenda 21 or Agenda 2030. Overall; its part of what the Bible reveals that is coming; a One World Government, a One World Currency and a One World Religion. Do we see any signs these events are coming to past? Could a global pandemic be used to usher in the NWO, not sure, but something about world financial instability could surely be used to usher in some type of new order. One more thought; 2 trillion dollars will be added to the National Debt. In 2008 the National Debt was just over 8 trillion dollars, in just 12 years it has ballooned to over 23 trillion dollars. The bubble will burst, when, how bad, how devastating, it will be worldwide you can bet on that.    

            The Bible says this will happen in the end of days (not the end of the world) just in the end times. Revelation Chapter 6: 5; And when He had opened the 3rd Seal; I heard the 3rd beast say; come and see. And I beheld, and lo a “Black Horse”; and he that had sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. Verse 6; And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say; a measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny, and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine. I can only provide a brief here as it pertains to what I feel is relevant to our discussion. Many folks have heard of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. This is not some fictional rambling of Bible thumpers as many might assume. Let’s consider the Black Horse and its rider, the guy with a pair of balances or scales in his hand. The world is being judged at this point, but something has happened to the economies of the world. The Word declares in no uncertain terms that it will take a day’s wages to buy just a loaf of bread. In the days when these words were penned a penny (days wages) would buy a loaf of bread. Many may have read in the history of Germany in the 1930’s, people would have a wheel barrow of money just to eat lunch at a local restaurant. In other words money was worthless, a financial meltdown. Whether money is worthless or scarce, the bottom line is that it will take a day’s wages to just buy a loaf of bread, if you are lucky enough to find that. There is more to this account that is important for us to know. This Black Horse rider shows up after the Church has been removed from planet earth. The Church leaves in Chapter 4:1; the; Come up hither of the Church. It is at this precise time of the Churches leaving that Chapter 6 begins; concurrently. When does the Church leave? Good question; so it pays to b ready at all times.

            Something is coming, and soon per many in the know. Is this the pre-cursor to the big Global Meltdown, not sure, I find it very significant. However, I’m still here, it hasn’t happened yet, there is still time to be prepared. How does one prepare for that? By following God’s plan to make sure you are not here when all this begins to happen.

Blessings

Pastor Thomas Nosworthy

Light the Way Ministries.                                                  

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Special Guest Commentary

101 BODACIOUS QUOTATIONS

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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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