Showing posts with label Covid. Show all posts
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Monday, December 27, 2021

Legislating Immortality – Fearful New World – Purity 612

Legislating Immortality – Fearful New World  – Purity 612

Purity 612 12/27/2021  Purity 612 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of the sun blazing through an ice covered forest comes to us from yours truly as I took a canine friend for a walk down Waite Road in Easton NY yesterday afternoon and had the presence of mind to bring my phone to capture some scenes along the way on what was a sunny and pleasant Boxing Day.

It's Monday again. So it’s back to life and back to reality for most of us as the Christmas holiday is over and it’s time to make the donuts again as we return to work today.  For many of us that will mean having to secure our face coverings as we will be subtly forced to comply with mask mandates that are designed to stop the spread of the flu and common cold… I mean the deadly viruses Covid-19, and its hosts of variants. I know there was a Delta variant that the news tried to terrify us with a few months ago and now we apparently on Omnicron. 

Assuming Covid 19 was Alpha, I guess Beta, and Gamma must have been pretty lame and likewise Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Mu, Nu and Xi  must have been relatively harmless as they didn’t make the news.  To be honest, I don’t watch the news so they could have.  I would apologize for my ignorance in regards to current events but there doesn’t seem to be a very large concern with the truth in general so I choose to not subscribe to a media stream that may knowingly or unknowingly be propagating a fraud or a false narrative.   

The idea of mandatory vaccines that don’t prevent the disease they are designed to prevent and the wearing of masks that likewise will not prevent the spread of the same disease shows us that we are not content with the truth as we are with feeding the culture of fear as the objects of concern shift to a new supposed menace every few weeks to keep the measures of control in place and to keep a steady stream of income into the pockets of the pharmaceutical companies and the industries that profit on keeping the pandemic alive. 

With the abandonment of Afghanistan the war on global terrorism was lost or is over, instead those in charge are declaring a war on disease as cold and flu season has begun and the response is to reinstitute mask mandates and to demand that a round of “vaccine booster” shots be given.  

New Hampshire’s state motto is “live free or die” and I think I choose that option rather than to get a “booster” of a shot with questionable ingredients and limited effectiveness.  And as for the masks, unless you are in a Hazmat suit we are all vulnerable to  the spread of diseases. 

So I will take every opportunity to gain permission to remove my mask, as the vast majority of us – either don’t believe the hype, feel secure with our own immunity systems, or know that there is a sovereign God who chooses when each one of us will be called into eternity in spite our personal efforts to stay alive at all costs.  

The inconsistencies of our attitudes regarding society’s concerns over the sanctity of life and compassion highlight the madness of our age and the heights of hypocrisy that would have even the most carnal of sinners in a Christian house of prayer balk and point a retaliatory finger of accusation towards all the hypocrites outside of the church.

The lifestyles and attitudes that are perverse and contribute to the spread STD’s, the continuation of addiction, and encourage the termination of life in the womb as well as the elderly are “deemed” an expression of our liberty and are beyond reproach.  But the decision to refuse medical treatments and forced codes of dress, because that’s all it is, are villainized as ignorant, uncompassionate, and dangerous. 

The powers that be have stirred the pot of fear and enough of the populace is scarred enough to agree with just about anything to avoid death, or chastisement.    

I fear the opinion of God more men and I know my life is secured in Christ so I don’t fear death.  My assurance is as absolute as you can get. I know God has purposes for us that go beyond eternity and I know that God will be faithful to those who put their faith in His Son.

We don’t know when we are going to die but those who put their faith in Jesus don’t have to worry about a disease or some other sudden calamity that will usher us into eternity.  The grim reaper isn’t so grim for the Christian.  We have the assurance of everlasting life. 

When Covid-19 dropped in 2020 and the uncertainty and fear was at its zenith, essential workers had to make the decision to stay at home with the masses or to just go on and live. In the early days, there was no PPE to be found and as we know, the vast majority of it is less than 100% effective, proving that the proliferation of a “hope so” faith, that something was better than nothing, would be the soup du jour for all of 2020. And that dish of “hope so faith” that was more superstition than science is still being served up and forced fed to us in 2021.  Essential workers were, and still are at risk and vast majority of them lived and still live.  

But a new season for the flu is upon us and we now supposedly can track every new variant of disease and will demand that people keep their “hope so faith” alive, creating new fear evangelists that push a new “booster gospel” as the original vaccines weren’t the scientific messiah that we were hoping for.  

Don’t get me wrong.  I don’t want anyone to get sick and die.  Life is precious and we should take measures to protect it and let it thrive by making good choices.  

But regardless of boosters, your disinfectants, and your governmental pressures to comply, death will not be stopped.

Death is God’s means for taking people into eternity.  No one dies early according the God’s timetable.  Regardless of what the coroner puts down as the cause of death, the ultimate truth is that God reclaimed the life that he created and the only hope for our lives is to make peace with the God who made us.  

We can’t prevent physical death. But we can experience a thriving life of peace, love, and joy will on earth and prevent spiritual death by putting our faith in Jesus Christ.  

I would love to put laws in effect to make Christianity the state religion and have everyone pledge allegiance and their souls to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  But God doesn’t want forced love and obedience.  He invites us all to choose life and life everlasting through faith in Jesus Christ but that is an invitation that we all must individually choose to accept and reject.

You can’t legislate immortality. But I can “hope so” that more people will seek the Lord and find life everlasting in Jesus and have the assurance of a “know so” faith in the One sent to save us.      

So as we go towards the end of this year, I encourage us to be compassionate with one another and obey the mandates, when necessary.

As much as our freedom is being restricted we still have the freedom to speak and instead of proliferating the “hope so” gospel of masks and vaccines, let’s remind people of the “know so” faith and assurance of life everlasting that comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God.   

If we are living separated from God, we really should expect his protection.

The harsh lesson of life that the world teaches us is that we will all die one day and nothing will prevent that. 

But God tells us of life beyond this world, and His word repeatedly tells us that He is sovereign and that we are to not fear. 

So fight power of fear and take responsibility for the life you have.  Putting your trust in man and science is a “hope so” faith that offers nothing but a steady stream of fear and panic. 

Putting your faith in Jesus Christ gives you the assurance of eternal life and the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, patience, and self-control . 

So as you head out for work today put on the protection that will save you: faith in Jesus Christ. This world needs to know that God is real and cares about us. This world needs the hope of the light that outshines the darkness and the fear. This world needs Jesus and it needs someone to deliver the message of His truth.  

So keep walking and talking with God. Walk in the Spirit of peace and love and assure those who are afraid that there is safety in Christ alone.  

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Jeremiah 31:35 (NLT2)
35  It is the LORD who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what he says:

Today’s verse is as provided by “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men” as an answer for the contemplation for “When you wish you could see Jesus at work in the world today”.

The idea from the authors of The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men is that “Jesus’ work in the world today is evidenced by the continuous miracle of God’s creation.  God provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night every day, and He also is the one who stirs the seas. 

In my short stint as teacher in jail ministry, I developed a quick apologetic for the existence of God in which I presented the three evidence for God as:

1.    God’s creation – Existence itself points to the God who made all things.

2.    Our Consciences – God wrote His law upon our hearts – we all know when we have done wrong

3.    Transformed Lives – Some people who have made Jesus their Lord and Savior were one way before coming to Christ and afterwards were set free of the former lives that were defined by sin.  Their changed lives are evidence of His power and His reality. 

So the evidence for God is all around us.  And the really great news about that is we as Christians are a part of that evidence and we get to present ourselves to the unbelieving world to prove that God is real and active in this world.  

Yes, we can point to the rising sun each day as proof that God is at work in the world today but if we are growing in our relationship with God, we can also point to ourselves and reflect on the work that He has done and is continuing to do in us.

So open your eyes to see the goodness of God and Him actively working but also know that your contemplation of Him and the things of God are evidence that He is already working in you.

As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 


Today we continue to share from Dr. Neil Anderson’s . “Restored: Experience Life with Jesus”. Today, we begin sharing from Chapter 1.    


As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.



We have learned from history that most people haven’t learned much from history. Those who don’t learn are doomed to repeat the same failures over and over again. Those who have learned the truth from their forefathers know that history is His-story of unfolding grace and love for all humanity. In order to understand what His plan is for you, we need to start at the beginning of human history.


“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,”5 are the first words in the Bible. God is a Spirit and is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in His wisdom, power and holiness. He existed when the physical world was just an idea. There was a beginning in time when He  created all physical matter and all living creatures. Then God created Adam in His image, and together with Eve they were to rule over the birds of the sky, the beasts of the field, and the fish of the sea.6 They had dominion over the rest of creation and were to be fruitful in order to multiply and fill the earth. They were physically alive, which means their souls were in union with their bodies. They were spiritually alive; therefore their souls were in union with God. Because they were created in the image of God, they could think, feel, and make choices, unlike all the other creatures that are physically alive, which function by divine instinct.

Adam and Eve were safe, secure, and significant. They had a sense of belonging to God and to each other. They were naked and unashamed because they had nothing to hide and therefore no need to cover up. Adam and Eve were welcomed to eat from the Tree of Life and live forever by remaining in union with God.

Prior to the creation of humanity, a magnificent angel named Lucifer  rebelled against the Creator God and fell from heaven, taking a third of the angels with him. Lucifer means light bearer, but he no longer reflected the glory of God. He became Satan, or the devil, and ruled over his brood of fallen angels, known in the Bible as demons. Jealous for the significant position Adam and Eve were given, Satan tempted Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. She in turn persuaded Adam to do so, and together they sinned by rebelling against God.


The consequences were immediate. Adam and Eve died spiritually. Sin had separated them from God. Their souls were no longer in union with their Heavenly Father. They remained physically alive, but physical death would be a consequence of their sin as well.

Adam and Eve were left to make a name for themselves and to find their purpose and meaning in life independent of their Heavenly Father. They had to rely on their own strength and resources because the life of God was no longer within them. They were like cars without gas and struggled to find purpose and meaning in life in their natural state, which is still true to this day for those who don’t have a relationship with God.

Every car has a battery that provides a spark of life, so the natural person tries to find their purpose in the beauty of the car, or the comfort of the seats, or the sound of the stereo, or the lights, or the noise of the horn, but that is not what the car was created for. The purpose of automobiles is to supply transportation. Without gas they may look, sound, smell, and feel good, but they cannot fulfill their purpose for which they were created, and neither can we unless we have the life of Christ within us.

As a consequence of the fall, every natural descendant of Adam and Eve is born physically alive, but spiritually dead.7 In addition, the whole world was affected by their rebellion, and all creation is groaning and looking forward to a day of redemption.8 That day is coming because God immediately cursed the devil and promised that a descendent of Eve would bring forth a Savior that would crush the head of Satan.9

God’s plan was to first show all humanity their need for a Savior. He revealed our need by instituting a sacrificial system to show us that somebody had to pay the penalty for our sins, and through Moses God gave us a moral law to govern our behavior. However, no animal sacrifice could give us spiritual life, and nobody could live according to the law. So He sent prophets encouraging His people to live righteously according to the laws of God. These prophets also revealed God’s word to us and recorded the history of God’s redemptive plan. There are 39 books in the Old Testament that record the history of creation and the fall of Adam and Eve. They reveal humanity’s futile attempts to find purpose and meaning in life and live independently of God.

God called Abraham out of the Land of Ur, which is the land of present day Iraq, and into the promised land of Israel. With Abraham, God made an unconditional covenant, promising that through him and his descendants all the nations of the earth would be blessed. The Messiah would come from one of His descendants. Through the prophet Moses, God made a conditional covenant of law, promising to bless those who kept it, but none could. For centuries God’s chosen people tried unsuccessfully to live under the law, which proved to be a taskmaster that was intended by God to lead us to Christ,10 the promised Messiah.


When it looked like there was no hope for humanity, and when the time was just right, God sent Jesus His Son. Jesus was supernaturally born of the Virgin Mary and, like Adam, was born both physically and spiritually alive. Jesus is the pre-existent Word of God who became flesh and dwelt amongst us. Jesus is co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and together they make up the One true God. While on this earth Jesus remained fully God, but He was also fully human. No person can become God, but God can and did manifest Himself in human form. Jesus came for three primary reasons.

First, He came to give us an example to follow in His steps. Jesus showed us how a spiritually alive person could live a righteous life. He did so by demonstrating a life totally dependent upon His Heavenly Father.11 All temptation is an attempt to get us to live our lives independently of God. Jesus was tempted in all ways, but unlike Adam, He never sinned. His sinless perfection was what made Jesus the only possible sacrifice for our sins. No other animal or human sacrifice could accomplish that.

Sin had separated all humanity from God, and the wages of sin is death.12 So Jesus went to the cross to die for our sins in order that we may be forgiven. According to the Old Testament Law, there is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood.13  In dying and shedding His blood, Jesus removed the enmity that existed between God and all humanity. “He [God the Father] made Him [Jesus] who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God.”14 However, knowing that our sins are forgiven is not enough.

Second, Jesus came not only to die on the cross for  our sins, but also to be resurrected in order that we may  have new eternal, i.e. spiritual, life in Christ. That means  our souls are again in union with God. What Adam and `Eve lost in the fall was life, and what Jesus came to give  us was life.15 “Jesus is the bread of life.”16 He is “the way, the truth and the life.”17 He is the only path back to God. “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.18 “Jesus is the truth and if you know the truth, the truth will set you free.”19 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live [spiritually] even if he dies [physically], and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die [spiritually]. 20


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Monday, November 29, 2021

Centers for Death Control Latest Recommendations - Cyber Monday Special - Purity 588

Centers for Death Control Latest Recommendations - Cyber Monday Special - Purity 588

Purity 588 11/29/2021 Purity 588 Podcast

Good morning

Today’s photo of an early morning view of what we suspect to be Lake Keowee near Seneca, SC comes to us from a friend’s Thanksgiving Weekend visit to a sibling who calls the Palmetto state home.  Although siblings sometimes have rivalries and some may try to assume the role of a pseudo parent or role model, our friend’s photos gave no evidence of any relational difficulties or either party trying to assume control over the other. 

Today is Cyber Monday and the issue of control is at the forefront of my thoughts this morning as I saw that one of the deals that was featured yesterday for Cyber Monday was for the Amazon Smart Soap Dispenser that has a 20 second timer and works with Alexa. It is being sold for $37.99, and that’s down from $54.99!  For a soap dispenser. 

Now it wasn’t the cost that necessarily drew my attention or shocked me. The distribution of wealth is unbalanced and there will always be a call to price somewhat simple items at higher prices to make the rich feel they are getting a luxury item or the “top of the line” in soap dispensers.  

What shocked me was the tie-in to the current culture of fear and man’s desire to control their environment.   

If anyone has any doubt of our now being in a “dystopian” society, you should notice the measures of control that are subtly or not so subtly being instituted into our lives.  Vaccine and mask mandates are the soup du jour and the insistence of “making hand washing count” as this soap dispenser’s marketing materials advertises is the next level of control that will eventually be instituted by those who would choose to legislate away any possible cause of death.    

The soap dispenser’s 20 second time is based on the CDC’s recommendations of how long you should wash your hands and even though this soap dispenser is considered a “smart” soap dispenser it assumes that you are smart enough to follow the CDC’s guidelines but apparently not smart enough to count to 20.   

The soap dispenser’s “smart” features also indicate that your attention span is extremely limited because it assumes that you require that Alexa entertain you with music or jokes while you wash.     

And of course, Amazon, apparently assumes that you are either too dull or too terrified to consider that nearly $40 may be an exorbitant coast for a hand washing accessory.  

While I had a chuckle at first over the absurdity of this latest sign of the times, I realized that it really wasn’t funny.  We have entered into a new age where our society could choose a path to try to eliminate all disease at the costs of our personal freedom.  

I then realized that the CDC was an oxymoron.  Think about it? Disease control? That’s like Jumbo Shrimp.  If we could really control disease, would there be disease? I don’t think so. 

And what’s so bad about disease anyway? If it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger right?  

Oh that’s it? We don’t want to die. Right, because most of us have no assurance of what lies on the other side of death and thus we must prevent that at all costs! 

We are one missed hand washing session away from being thrown into an uncertain eternity!

Because of our precarious situation we should not only buy automated soap dispensers we should expand the CDC’s recommendations to include everything that could cause us to die!   We need to rename that fine organization the Centers for Death Control!    

Otherwise, we might have to take the recommendations from some other Higher Power!   

There is a Higher Power that claims to have made a way beyond death itself and some claim that this Higher Power is in control of the course of history, being the Creator and Sustainer of all things.   This Higher Power is even said to be the agent that calls His created beings into eternity.   The implications of the existence of this Higher Power are that our efforts at controlling our environments and when we get sick, and die may be ultimately meaningless as this Higher Power could call us into eternity at any moment.

This Higher Power, of course, is God.  And any measure of safety or peace that we can get from washing our hands or “doing everything right” pales in comparison to the peace that comes from being in a relationship with Him. 

We don’t know when we will die. I have an acquaintance whose wife took great strides in the last few years to get healthy by exercising and changing her eating habits. She lost a significant amount of weight and by all appearances was in the best health of her life.  I am not sure what her hand washing habits were, but it appeared that she agreed with the CDC’s recommendations regarding COVID-19. She was an advocate for her community and helped a great number of people in various ways.   She recently died quite suddenly and unexpectantly from an unseen and unpreventable medical issue. Her best efforts to prolong and protect her life, proved not to matter.

Don’t get me wrong, I completely condone taking strides to improve our physical and mental health.  But our spiritual health is ultimately the most important thing.  

I don’t know this women’s spiritual destiny but cringed that I saw a social media post from her that proclaimed, “Sundays are for coffee and watching movies.”   The Lord knows her heart and always does what’s right.   

However, the Lord sent Jesus Christ to save us.  Our good works for the community and being nice to our family and friends don’t reconcile us to the Lord.  The word indicates that it is through faith in Christ alone that we receive eternal life and the great commission states that we are to go into the world and make disciples of all nations.   

Is someone saved by Christ if they never mention His name?

One of the scariest verses in the Bible indicates that some will claim faith in Christ only to be told that He never knew them.   When we live a life that gives no evidence of a relationship with Jesus, can we have assurance that we are going where He is when we die?

A true understanding of a Sovereign God and the gospel of Jesus Christ will result in faith in Jesus and the assurance of life forever more. 

While life is precious and we should take steps to protect and prolong it, we should also be just as diligent to meet its purpose: to know God and to make Him known.  

So instead of purchasing the latest gadget that can help you live another day on earth, seek the Lord, find and name Jesus Christ as your Lord Savior and Savior, and have the assurance that you will live with Him forever.   

It is the season of Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season.  So be bold in letting everyone know that when you say “I believe” it’s not in some jolly old elf that gives out presents once a year.  Let them know that you believe in the Son of God, and God the Son, who came to earth to die for your sins and to bring you into His eternal kingdom.  

Don’t be afraid of some disease and develop the habits of an obsessive compulsive when you can instead place your faith in Christ and live a life of peace where you can know that no matter when you are called into eternity you will be safe in His presence forever.

Today’s Bible verse is drawn from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.  

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 46:1 (NLT2)  God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.


Today’s verse reminds us that God is our protector and the source of our strength.  

Oh brother, I have walked through some times of trouble since coming to faith in Jesus Christ and have had episodes in my faith walk where I was faced with uncertain circumstances where I was brought to the pit of despair and honestly didn’t know how I was supposed to go on. 

But God, 

Yeah, things were bleak. I didn’t have any answers of how or when I would get out of those times of trouble but because of my relationship with God that was established when I put my faith in Jesus Christ I received the strength to carry on. 

In those times of trouble I was connected to God through my spiritual disciplines of prayer, Bible study, and worship.  So even though  things seemed utterly hopeless, I had hope.  Even when I was in a restless position circumstantially, I had peace.  

When you come before God and humble yourself, He will lift you up.  No matter how bad things got at times because of my faith I had a reason to keep going. 

And as I kept walking with God, I received His guidance and was amazed how things that were crafted by others to work against me were turned around and worked in my favor.   

The word is true. God is our refuge and strength and always ready to help us in times of trouble.    So trust the Lord. Seek His presence, His wisdom, and His ways continually because He will never leave you or forsake you and when those times of trouble come you will be amazed at the help you receive when you are walking with Him.  

As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 


Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s “Evil and Suffering… Why? Is God Fair?


As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase June Hunt’s books for your own private study and to support her work.

E. How to Answer the Skeptic Who Asks ... "Can God Do Anything?"

If a skeptic asks a Bible-believer, "Can God do anything?" the predictable answer is "Yes." And the biblical basis for this response is in numerous Scriptures, such as Jeremiah 32:27 ... "I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?" Someone could say, "If that's true, then God could eliminate all evil and suffering now!"

If you fail to qualify your own answer, you could fall prey to a number of trick questions. For this reason you need to know how to avoid becoming flustered by learning how to give accurate, wise answers based on biblical truth ...

"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." (Colossians 4:6)

  • Can God create a rock so heavy that He cannot lift it?
    However you answer this yes or no question, you know you are wrong.
    • —If you answer, "No, He cannot make a rock that He cannot lift," you have just denied His omnipotence.
    • —If you answer, "Yes, He can make a rock that He cannot lift," again, you have just denied His omnipotence. So, how do you answer this question? Simply state, "God has the power to do anything that is consistent with His divine character. Likewise, God cannot do anything that is counter to His divine character." The Bible actually lists certain actions that are impossible for God, such as...
      • God cannot lie.
            "It is impossible for God to lie." (Hebrews 6:18)
      • God cannot be tempted.
            "God cannot be tempted by evil." (James 1:13)
      • God cannot cease to exist.
            "In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end." (Psalm 102:25-27)
  • Can God make a one-sided triangle?
    • —If you answer "No," a skeptic could ask this follow-up question:
      • "Does that mean God is not all-powerful?"

Before you answer a question, first evaluate whether the question is logical or not. Simply state,

  • "This question is illogical because by definition a triangle must be three-sided."
  • "This simply means God can do anything consistent with His divine character—anything that is logically possible."

"Do not answer a fool according to his folly, or you will be like him yourself. Answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes." (Proverbs 26:4-5)

Biblical Counseling Keys - Biblical Counseling Keys – Biblical Counseling Keys: Evil and Suffering... Why?: Why God? Why?.

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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Is it getting hot in here? – Everyone's Dystopian Present for Christmas – Purity 583

 Is it getting hot in here? – Everyone's Dystopian Present for Christmas –  Purity 583

Purity 583 11/23/2021  Purity 583 Podcast

Good morning

Today’s photo of dried up forest with two evergreen trees was taken by yours truly near the Martin Dunham Reservoir in Grafton NY is shared today to display the undeniable fact that fall has indeed fallen. Yesterday’s photo displaying the bright colors of Autumn in the Adirondacks was taken about a month ago. This was yesterday and you can see that the forest here resembles the proverbial dry bones that we hope will spring to life again, God willing.   The grass has faded, and the leaves have fallen and if it weren’t for those two evergreen trees there wouldn’t be any signs of life at all.  But those evergreens are there, and they will stay that way through the cold and forbidding months that lie ahead, come what may.   

It's Tuesday, and as we draw ever closer to Thanksgiving, I am increasingly thankful for my Christian faith because although the circumstances in this world may change, God stays the same and His word promises:

·       eternal life to those who place faith in Jesus Christ in John 3:16

·       that He will actively work all things for good to those called according to His purpose, in Romans 8:28

·       and that He will never leave us nor forsake us, Hebrews 13:5. 

These promises strengthen our walk and encourage us to be content and be thankful for what we have.  They also comfort us in times of loss. 

The Bible also warns us of perilous times for the Christian in

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV)
1  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!


And in


Revelation 13:16-18 (NKJV)
16  He causes all, both small and great, rich, and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17  and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18  Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.


Now while I am far from a prophet of doom, I would say that we are in the midst of the perilous times, and probably have been for decades, that is mentioned in 2 Timothy 3, and that we are increasing moving  towards Revelations 13. 


Some have said that the Covid-19 is the mark of the beast and if that is the case I am in big trouble.


I believe in body autonomy, and I believe in free will.


When faced with the choice to get the shot or not, I was concerned about the possibilities of this indeed being a delivery system of what scripture warns us about.  


My relationship with God is the most important thing to me and I didn’t want to do anything that would separate me from Him or to disrupt the harmony of our relationship.  


In my walk and in my testimony, look it up, there have been instances that I have “led by the Spirit” to do all kinds of things: including praying for people, doing ministry work, going into the mission field, and making decisions that didn’t always make sense to me but resulted in “blessings” and good consequences.   So when I say that I “prayed about” my decision to get the vaccine, you should understand that it wasn’t anything I did lightly.  


Admittedly, I did not do an overabundance of research regarding the shot. If I had I imagine I would have had even more misgivings about being vaccinated but regardless of how much information I would have gleaned from the world, the final result would have been the same: I would have gone to my heavenly Father in prayer and would have acted out of my conscience.  


The issue at the forefront of my mind when I considered getting the shot, besides possibly receiving a measure of protection from a potentially deadly disease, was my freedom to move and bring the gospel wherever I go.   


I prayed extensively about being vaccinated with the end result being that, for me, vaccination was permissible, apparently.  Whatever actions we take in life are our decision and we will live with the consequences.  Unless the Lord has some sinister plans for me, which I don’t believe at all, the vaccine was “okay” for me to take.


As I believe that God has individual callings for each of us, I also believe that it is quite possible for it is “not okay” for someone else to get the shot.  


God puts varying levels of conviction on our hearts regarding sin based on our experience, wisdom, and His purposes.  The discourses on having freedom but having to deal with the “weaker brother” indicate this.  In terms of the Covid-19 vaccine, I might be the “weaker brother” that gave in to receive it or be the “stronger brother” to exercise his freedom in an area that wasn’t prohibited, or let’s face it – worst case scenario - I could be one of those who at the judgement seat of Christ are told that He never knew me and be cast into hell because I received the mark of the beast.      


Now I included that last possibility for arguments sake, but I have as much certainty about my living relationship with God because of my faith in Christ that I can possibly have. I have been increasingly led by the Lord to follow Him continuously since being saved in 2010 and it has resulted in personal sanctification, good works for His kingdom, and experiences of the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit. 


I can only trust the Lord and when I asked in prayer about the Covid-19 vaccine, I perceive that I got a green light.  I trust my relationship with Him that He would have convicted me in my spirit, as He has on other occasions, if it wasn’t permitted.  


So if things in our society continue to become more dystopian, as they are becoming more and more each day, I won’t be restricted from access if the only criteria is the shot. 


With all that said, I also believe in everyone’s right to say no to the shot and to control what they have done to their bodies.  


Forced medical treatments is something that should be associated with the nightmare of Nazi death camps and not something that should determine if someone can work in their chosen profession.  


I know several people who are convicted not to receive the Covid-19 vaccine and are making a stand on their principles and are choosing to find work elsewhere or changing their careers rather than to doing something against their conscience.   I don’t need to know their personal reasons for why they don’t want to put something into their bodies to support their decision not to.   


I am very proud of those who have convictions and who are willing to suffer the consequences for them and choose an alternative path when faced with a moral dilemma where they remain true to their choice of character.    


Now while I believe the Covid-19 vaccine is not the mark of the beast, I have to admit that these mask and vaccine mandates and the fearful insistence of trying to establish safety and security at the cost of personal freedoms could be the preliminary measures that the enemy will take advantage of to institute the one world order that is prophesied to come to past under the rule of the coming Antichrist.    


Like the proverbial frog in a pot who is boiled to death as the temperature is slowly risen, these government and corporate mandates that are forcibly telling people where they can and can not work are the first measures of what will eventually be the fulfillment of Revelation 13, where people will not be able to buy or sell without the mark of the beast.    


The fact that time is increasingly bringing us closer to the end times described in Revelation makes it easy to see that things are getting worse, and that these measures that are supposed to “make us safe” will be the measure used by the demonic forces of darkness to force people to choose between the Anti-Christ and eternal life.


I don’t think we are there yet but the dystopian society we live in today, yes today, will become more dystopian in the future. 


Yesterday, I was banned for life from r/Christianity for the messages that I post. I encourage people to have an authentic walk with God that preaches the exclusive need for Jesus as Lord and Savior. I also warn people about the spiritual reality of demonic forces. 


Yesterday’s, message that resulted in my being banned for life warned of the enemy’s use of offense to cause negative mind states and to cause division. I recommended a course of Bible study, prayer, and continuous gratitude to combat the enemy.  That was all. 


Meanwhile r/Christianity allows posts that celebrate sin and encourage doubt and disbelief.  I can’t see how my encouraging messages were a threat to their community, but I can understand that biblical Christianity is a big offense to the enemy and to the hearts of men that are compromised by him.  


Not long ago I started saving all of my messages because I realized that there will come a day that my encouraging Christian messages will be banned everywhere.  And with the latest moves of our governments and corporations to deny people their livelihood over receiving a medical treatment that has objectionable ingredients and questionable usefulness, I understand that those dark days are getting closer and closer. 


But even though the landscape is dark doesn’t mean that we should stop shining the light of truth that is the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Just like in today’s photo where all the rest of the landscape is dried and dead, those two ever green trees refuse to follow suit.  So be “green” and share the life that only comes through faith in Jesus Christ. 


Stand on your convictions as the Lord leads you, because I believe He has different purposes for all of us, that will all contribute to the fulfillment of His plans and be for the ultimate good for those who love Him. 


Keep walking and talking with God. Because you were called for such a time as this to be a light in the darkness, and an example vibrant spiritual life among the dry bones of humanity.



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Today’s Bible verse is drawn from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.  

This morning’s meditation verse is:

1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT2)
7  A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

Today’s verse speaks of the purpose of God’s gifts to men.  


It is clear that God gives gifts to be used to help others.  A list of spiritual gifts drawn from scripture and from an article on, ( includes:

·       Leadership: encouraging and helping others to build the kingdom of God (Romans 12:8 NIV)

·       Administration: helping with long term goals and remaining on task ( 1 Cor. 12:28 NIV)

·       Teaching: instructing in truths and doctrines of God’s Word

·       Knowledge: teaching and discipleship. The ability to learn, know and explain God’s Word

·       Wisdom: the ability to discern works of the Holy Spirit and apply teaching and actions

·       Prophecy: proclaiming the Word of God with boldness (Romans 12:6 NIV)

·       Discernment: being able to recognize the truth about a situation

·       Exhortation: people with this gift are enthusiastic about the Lord and they can motivate others

·       Shepherding: looking out for the spiritual welfare of others

·       Faith: trusting God to fulfill His plan. People with this gift are encouragers

·       Evangelism: the building up of the church so others will be led to Christ

·       Apostleship: motivators, church planters, missionaries: people who look beyond the walls

·       Service/Helps: helping those in need of practical assistance (Romans 12:7 NIV)

·       Mercy: The person with this gift shows acts of compassion

·       Giving: People with this gift will give freely and with joy to further His kingdom

·       Hospitality: Making people feel welcome, appreciated, and wanted (1 Peter 4:9 NIV)

While I could go on a long discourse on the various spiritual gifts and possibly cause a controversy with what my view is regarding what gifts are currently being distributed by God, I think today that we will just focus on the purpose of God’s gifts to men.  

As today’s verse says: “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” 

Spiritual gifts are not given to impress one another. 

Spiritual gifts are not to be used for financial gain. 

Spiritual gifts are not to be used to create division of the have’s and have nots. 

Spiritual gifts are not to create confusion. 

Spiritual gifts are not to lead to sin.  

Spiritual gifts are given by God for His glory, His purposes, and to help His people.  

So seek out and pray to discover your  spiritual gift. Ask the Lord to assist you to understand and use the special gift He has given you to help those around you.   


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk. 


Today we continue sharing from June Hunt’s “Evil and Suffering… Why? Is God Fair?


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IV. Steps to Solution

After Job passed through his severe trial, he came to the realization that God was still there, still loved him, and was still providing for all of his needs. He saw beyond his circumstances and grasped a new vision and insight into the fairness of God. In Job 42:5-6 he states, "My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes." Sometime later, Job comes to the point of fully accepting God's sovereignty. (Read Job 42:7-17.) Instead of questioning the goodness of God by asking, "Why do good people suffer?" Job spent the rest of his life humbly trusting God ...

"Then Job repled to the Lord, 'I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted ... Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.'" (Job 42:1-3)

A. Key Verse to Memorize

"Those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good." (1 Peter 4:19)

B. Key Passage to Read and Reread

Romans 8:18-25

We can never attain a thorough understanding of the reasons for all the evil and suffering in this world. Yet as Christians, we do have God's own Word (the Bible), which speaks of some of the reasons for His purposes in allowing human pain and suffering. Our first clue is revealed in Genesis, where Adam and Eve live in a state of bliss, yet by their own choice defy God's only command. Does their disobedience not demonstrate that when left to its own devices, the human spirit will not surrender self-will to its Creator as long as "all is well"? This being the case, does suffering not then become a "gift" from God that allows us to experience the depth of His love that a life of ease could never conceive? Pain and suffering may take a hardened heart and point it to the inevitable truth that "all is not well," thus opening the door to the profound reality that nothing that happens in this life will ever compare to the happiness and joy awaiting those who become children of God.

In spite of your present suffering...

  • Realize: Nothing will compare to the glorious future God has planned for you.... v. 18
  • Realize: All that God has created eagerly awaits the glory that will be revealed in you as a child of God.... v. 19
  • Realize: You see a world contaminated by sin, but God's plan is for you to be liberated from your present bondage and brought into a marvelous freedom that is yours as a child of God.... vv. 20-21
  • Realize: It is plain even now, when you have eyes to see, that all living things are waiting for that day of deliverance.... v. 22
  • Realize: Even when you have just begun to know Christ, you can now eagerly await the day when you will be free of all suffering and living in the fullness of Him.... v. 23
  • Realize: You are saved by your hope in Christ, yet the meaning of hope is to wait and count on that which you cannot yet see.... v. 24
  • Realize: If you hope for that which you cannot see, you
    must then wait eagerly, but with patience and endurance.... v. 25

Biblical Counseling Keys: Evil and Suffering... Why?: Why God? Why?.

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