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Pastor's Commentary

Sunday, August 29 2021

           

As we see the events of the world unfold around us every day, who wouldn’t ask themselves; where is all this heading anyway? From what I have seen a lot of folks don’t seem to care, as long as it doesn’t stay where it is. And where it is depends on where one lives for the most part doesn’t it? We’ll look at the U.S.A. model of where we as a Nation are; and the bigger picture of where the world is and try to ascertain where folks don’t want it to stay, but first a few examples of other countries and their direction.

As we know the geography of a Nation doesn’t change, as in land mass relocation, it is the culture of that Nation that undergoes mass cultural change. This has happened in some Countries many times, some despot makes the scene and the culture could change almost overnight, like Cuba for example. In short order a band of guerrillas led by Fidel Castro toppled a not too bad a government island paradise and turned Cuba in a Communist run country. This happens frequently in many of the smaller countries of the world. There was a time when Russia wasn’t a communist country, China as well. You can be very certain that not all the people accepted out of hand the sweeping changes that would come as a result of some government change that they despised and consequently would never accept. Many were not about abandon their old way or culture of life just for some new governmental direction or some fringe new ideas for the culture. Have you noticed what cultural change often brings ; repression, loss of liberty, misery at every level except at the top echelon of the government?

So what is it that this Country called the United States of America has had that people no longer want to keep and hold dearly as our forefathers have brought forth? That would depend upon the age group of the ones asked, if you were to ask many of the younger generation, they would say nothing much of value. There can be no mistake about it, this Country; the USA was founded upon God and thus Christian values and purpose. The vast Library of information holds volumes of books, letters, manuscripts, a veritable trove of information that prove beyond any shadow  of doubt that the Founding Fathers attributed this Country’s Foundation to God Almighty. The Hand of the Sovereign God has blessed this Nation like “None” other, except Israel. Even the Laws of our great land were based upon God’s Moral Law, and I may add, if we were to keep and hold dear these great laws, this Country would stay on track and blessed forever. So, what is wrong with keeping of these God given Commandments? Why is it that for several hundred years the keeping of God’s laws, were good and beneficial and all of a sudden in the last few years they are old fashioned, out of date and out of style to the new thinkers?

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out, but here it is. For far too many people in our day and time don’t want anything to do with God, His Word or His people, that’s it. We live in a time where people have become so enlightened, they no longer even believe in the existence of God. And that will bring forth a cultural change to any country. This of course is nothing new, many societies have in past cast off all that is Godly to their own peril, even our beloved Jewish brethren have done this in ages past, only to see the dreadful effects of that dumb decision and come back upon bended knees. Yes there are many people in the US of A that are not tired of obeying God, standing up for God and with God in all Godliness. And that is exactly where the line of demarcation is, those that have not or never will deny God and those that try to drive God out of our culture, either through one worthless law at a time or total apostasy, of which is where we are. Will this Country survive the onslaught of godlessness or will it succumb to the new agers line of thinking? Time will tell, but one thing is for certain, if we abandon our God given roots, the tree will not survive.

That takes us to where we are in the “overall” timeline of events, even life itself? To help answer the “where are we” (hour glass of time); there is a natural/supernatural phenomenon that has existed since the creation of the world that may hold part of the answer. It’s called the Zodiac, the planets alignment and layout; it is most incredible. Who hasn’t looked up at the sky at night; you no doubt have noticed something most interesting; if you were to connect these stars like a dot to dot coloring book, you would find they form pictures. Some of the more obvious is the pictures of the pots and pans, Little Dipper and Big Dipper, but there are actually many such pictures that exist. What are the odds that planets would align and thus make a picture for all to see; is this by Divine Design? When we answer that affirmatively, we are beginning to head in the right direction. Per Bible Theologians these pictures were the “Gospel” to the old world before the Bible was given to mankind, it was called; The “Gospel in the Stars”. These “pictures” in the stars would have led mankind to knowledge of the/a Creator, and thus revealed the plan of salvation to them (even us); incredible. Here is what God’s Word says about it; And God said; let there be lights in the firmament of the Heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for “signs” and for seasons and for days and years, (Gen 1:14). Note the word “signs”, and the word “seasons”, these physical stars and signs hold some serious spiritual truths for us in our day and time.

The “seasons” hold great truth to where we are right now, and will answer more fully of “Where are We/You” right now in our timeline of life. Concerning Seasons, It was the Lord who initiated the 7 Feasts of Israel thousands of years ago. These Feasts are still being celebrated by Israel to this day. Are they relevant to us in our day and time, you be the judge. These Feasts can be divided up into two main categories or groups of feasts. The first group is part of the Spring group, and the second is part of the Fall/Autumn group. During the Spring time there are 3 main feasts; Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits, which equates to our rebirth, new life, salvation and spring time, new beginning walk with the Lord, spiritually speaking. The Fall/Autumn feasts are about ending, conclusion, the wrap up of all things, the closing. The Fall feasts are about the fall harvests, bringing in the sheaves, the barns being filled, with harvested souls, those that partook of the plan of God. The Harvest Feast will be completed when the “Trumpet Sounds”. That will signal an end to our labors for the Lord on earth, and will be followed by a “come up hither”, Heaven, (Rev.4:1).

Have you figured out where you are yet? The first 3 Feasts would commemorate our New Birth/Life in the Lord, and fruits of that birth being brought forth in our new life and walk upon salvation. The fourth Feast, or Pentecost (a summer feast) would empower us for the task of working in the labor fields of the world, gathering the precious fruit of souls (humans). We would continue working in the fields until the Fall Feasts/Harvest. We (The Church) are awaiting these final Feasts of the Fall Harvest to be complete, the sun is setting, the days are getting shorter the darkness is coming, figuratively and literally. Jesus said; I must work the works of Him who sent me, while it is “day”; for the hour cometh when no man can work, (night) (John 9:4). I believe time is short and we the Church are close to the end of the harvest time; we see the darkness is approaching fast, what little time we have left should cause one to be very busy for the Lord. Are you awaiting the signal to stop labors (trumpet’s sound), are you tired and weary, the prize is close at hand, don’t quit now. And don’t give up and succumb to the worldly culture, hold fast, there is a crown of life awaiting you. Maybe you are one who has rejected the offer of Jesus, and have got caught up in the mayhem of the world as late, if so, it’s not too late to turn from such wickedness and give your life to the Lord.

The Church and the Holy Spirit are the restrainers of evil in this present age, however when the Church is gone, the real darkness that people so desire will fill the void of God and the Church once being removed from earth . As we all know, much or most of the evil that is done is done in darkness, hence, when the Light of the world (Christ and the Church) are removed, the evil of darkness will prevail unabated. There has been since the day of creation, the sun rising and the sun setting, could this be an object lesson for all humanity? There is a day coming when the spiritual sun will go down for its last time, I don’t know exactly when that will happen, but I do know this; everyone will know it, as the darkness closes in, so does unrestrained evil. I believe the answer to where the world is, is obvious, but where are you in it? God Bless.

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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