The Secret to Salvation

Steeped in my mind are the slender memories of Vietnam. Today, we witness the same violence on our own stomping grounds. I cannot help but seek peace with God, for it seems to be humanity’s only hope. The noise and chaotic atmosphere of gunfire and pepper spray capture the illusion that war is agony on earth.

Our unruly citizens battle for a belief they do not truly comprehend, but they still seek the opposition. Taking up arms to fight to the death, they create a hell in their own mind. A peaceful protest turns into another violent sunset, like an afternoon thunderstorm. Do we know what or who they are worshipping? What will be their secret to salvation?

Satan has deceived most of humanity to believe they have an immortal soul. It is only him who will laugh in the night air as the wounded lie in desperation and lawlessness settles in like a heavy dew. God’s willingness to grant us the freedom to make our own choices allows for the moral and physical evil.  Combatants will not escape the penalty for disobedience to the Lord, which is death, for the only thing that thrives in hatred is hate itself, not salvation.

A solid Christian will quickly recognize evildoers. Nonbelievers do not know the Bible in any capacity, nor do they lead a life according to God’s rules. Only goodness and love develops from faithfulness. Violent and self-destructive humans do not possess these characteristics because bitterness consumes their souls. They display traits of abusiveness, chaos, misstating truths, and rejecting reality.

Pope Francis was once asked in an interview if we should try to convert evil people, and his response was, “NEVER!” He pursued his comment by saying Christians should live by example and our testimony of the true faith in God.

If we analyze this theory, we quickly note that righteousness begins at home. When we raise our children to know God, the Ten Commandments, and the Bible, they will always remember this love, despite their choices later in life. That is a Christian parent’s duty, especially if we baptized the child in the church. Unless victims of brainwashing, our offspring will eventually realize this is their only way to salvation through Jesus Christ.

We cannot deal with evil on our own – this is a misconception. Christians must pray to our Heavenly Father and ask for deliverance. Give the wickedness of the world to God and let Him handle it. This is the secret to salvation!

These are horrible times of no direction or leadership, and God is our only miracle. Placing trust in Him will be the only peace you will receive in the concrete’s dirty gutters. Seek our Almighty Lord for vengeance, for it is His, not yours.

Thank you, Lord, for being there for us and allowing us to cry out to You in our times of need. God, there are things happening around us right now that we do not understand. Some of these things make us feel weak, helpless and afraid. Even in the midst of this, we know that You are the Lord.

We know that the situation is in Your hand, and we trust You. We beseech you for strength and for wisdom that we would be able to endure this situation and be able to handle it in a way that would bring glory to Your name.

In Jesus name. Amen.

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Faith in Failure

Failure is a word most, or many would just assume skirt around. How many times must we fail? There may be a job and home losses, relationships gone awry, wars, or even deaths of loved ones. God didn’t prepare us for such horrible conditions, as satisfaction had its limits. Only now do we turn to God with outstretched arms and give it all to Him. Don’t you know, in those unsuspected times of remorse, God loves using failures for His glory? Yes! It is time to watch and listen for His message. Have faith in failure!

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9

Our Father chooses those who are NOT perfectly polished and prepared for a purpose. The people you least suspect will be His chosen ones. A perfect biblical example was the Jew called Saul of Tarsus. Saul murdered and tortured Christians, yet as he walked to Damascus, God blinded him with a light, and Jesus appeared before him. Saul converted to Christianity and ultimately became an apostle.

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Many people walk the earth today with a torrid past, yet they turn their lives over to God. I am one such example. I went to bed a carpenter and was awakened and told to write His messages to the world. It did not behoove me to argue with the Lord despite being dyslexic. For being a faithful servant, God has adorned me with countless blessings – it was my faith in failure.

Never give up on your faith… this is my best advice. What if the Wright brothers gave up, or Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, and Henry Ford? Sam Walton filed bankruptcy three times before he started Walmart. Look how their faith amidst catastrophes made them successful. As their failures came, their faith drove their power.

Humanity is born to fail, and it is only by faith that we learn we can do anything our heart desires. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off, pray for answers, and wait for God’s whisper. Adverse events can bring such love if you receive the confidence from our Almighty Father. We can either believe in the lies we are not good enough, or draw closer to God.

Let the Lord fill us with thankfulness and humility. As long as we fail, we know God is in control of our destiny. Stand against the tide in the turmoil of life and watch faith in failure grow more robust than ever.


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Unmasking the Mask Mandate Mania [Video]

49740365902_299164f506_kAt this writing, more than half of America is struggling to live under tyrannical orders requiring face masks to be worn in public at all times. The reason given to justify these edicts is that wearing a face-covering protects yourself and others from the predations of the COVID 19 virus.

However, it is becoming evident that the evidence in favor of masking is almost non-existent. Moreover, substantial truly scientific evidence against mask-wearing has also come to light in recent weeks.

You might be forgiven if you haven’t heard much about such evidence. After all, none of the major networks are giving this information, nor are any but a small minority of cable channels reporting it.

Wearing a Mask Is Ineffective Against The Virus

Inset.1.7.29.2020I pose a question to the reader. Have you as yet seen or heard about any RCT’s, or Random Controlled Trials quantifying the effectiveness of wearing a mask to limit the spread of the Wuhan virus?

I don’t think anyone would expect them to be 100% effective, but what about 75%, or 50%, or 25%? The fact is that you will find no such studies that will even claim a 10% level of protection against the virus.

However, there is also the claim that wearing the mask prevents others from getting the virus from you. That is debunked as well by data as recent as 2 months ago

The video that Facebook censored with its phony ‘fact check’ mentioned by Mr. Swann was also removed from YouTube a day after I viewed it. This is an updated version that contains compelling evidence that there is no conclusive evidence wearing face masks is effective against COVID-19.

As Swann mentions, there is conflicting information from various studies. However, that only leads to the conclusion that there is no conclusion concerning the efficacy of masks against the Wuhan virus.

Since that is the case, why is there such an effort to mandate the wearing of masks across the land? As will be seen, there is a malevolent reasoning behind this push, as hinted at by the fact that Democratic lawmakers are in no hurry to tell us when this will all end.

The Democrats Want Americans to Wear Face Coverings Until…?

Before I continue, I must give full disclosure. I am employed at a direct care facility for disabled adults. I have been working throughout the ‘pandemic’ and we are required to wear masks around the residents.

This is understandable as many of these individuals have immune deficiencies and co-morbities to deal with, therefore such protection as may be possible is needed against bodily fluid spills and other such things as we may encounter. However, this is miles removed from requiring everyone everywhere to wear masks for everyday life!

Inset.2.7.29.2020Has anyone noticed something peculiar and similar in the various rulings concerning how we should behave during the pandemic-panic? There is never a firm date given as to when these measures will end.

What began as a reasonable request for a ‘lockdown’ of “15 days to flatten the curve” of COVID-19 spread, became lengthened for another month, then states began to implement longer ‘lockdowns’ while noting ever-moving goalposts as the virus raged on. The initial goal of avoiding overwhelming the healthcare system was changed to staying locked down to ‘slow the spread’ and then until we somehow ‘defeat the virus’ with a vaccine.

At every stage of this dangerous fiasco with the exception of the initial shutdown, there has never been an ending date applied to any measure. Which brings us to the newest proposals to force the mandating of wearing masks nationwide with no firm time limit applied.

Senator Diane Feinstein has decided to tie mandatory mask laws to federal aid in her newest proposal concerning this.

Feinstein said, “Wearing masks in public should be mandatory. Period. [Senate Majority] Leader [Mitch] McConnell [R-Ky.] said the Senate will take up the next coronavirus economic relief bill later this month. At that time, I intend to offer an amendment to prohibit sending funds to states that haven’t adopted a statewide mask requirement.”

There is no “until when” part in her demands. She and the rest of the Democrats are fine with keeping the American people in the dark and under their thumb in every way they are able for as long as they are able.

Face Coverings Are Aimed at Subjugation of Society 

6797826815_45e2be65fa_w (1)The establishment of “laws” requiring the wearing of face coverings is a step toward the establishment of a society subjugated to the whims of Leftist Socialists. How is this the case?

What has occurred during the pandemic-panic of 2020 is the Chief Executive, one person within the various state and local governments has effectively made law by decree both imprisoning and de-personalizing the people. These authorities now know that under the right conditions of emergency bolstered by the Leftmedia they will be allowed to do so again.

Mandatory mask orders are simply declared the law, and unless the legislature and/or judiciary intervenes on behalf of the citizen, the people are masked regardless of their wishes…or else. 

The order is also very convenient for government officials as well. Witness the recent masking order in Washington D.C. which exempts government officials while on official business.

Thus the overlords can keep easy surveillance of their subjects and immediately know who is defying them, without bothering to worry about abiding by their own rules. It also allows the subjects to see clearly who is in charge.

On the “Buck Sexton Show” of last Friday, he played a very perceptive quote from Irish journalist John Waters concerning mandatory mask-wearing,

At the very height of this alleged pandemic, back in April, there was no talk of compulsory masks. In all of May, when the figures were dying down to nothing…there was no talk of compulsory masks. In June, when there were no cases virtually at all, there was no talk of compulsory masks. Now, when it’s all but disappeared, it’s gone, they are now bringing in compulsory masks. The reason for that is they need …to create visibility of the terror they want to create in the people and that’s why this is so important to them. These are really sinister people we’re dealing with now… these politicians… They are the enemies of the Irish people. Because the mask is a way of denying the very human face of the person. It is a way of taking away the individual unique humanity of each person and turning us all into zombies and restoring us all to a kind of animal state. So that no longer when we look at each other coming down the street, we see Tom or Mary or Mick, my friend, my brother, but instead as a festering mess of bacteria and viruses which is a danger to my health. [emphasis mine]

What the Left wants to destroy they first must de-humanize. What is more dehumanizing than forcibly erasing a living person’s individual visage, covering the face where emotions and reactions are most expressed? Where we walk around thinking of other people and perhaps even our closest friends and family as diseases to avoid because the state has taught this?

The answer to that question is found in the Islamic world where women are fully covered in Burkhas to highlight their inferior status in that society.  Moreover, though burkhas and face masks are not the same, they represent the same spirit of submission to tyranny that Americans are being brought to by the state.

On that same July 24th program, Buck Sexton highlighted this point noting his experience in Afghanistan as a CIA intelligence analyst,

When you see people walking around with [burkhas] on you understand there’s a subjugation and dehumanization that occurs with that. …When you drape someone head-to-toe in a formless tarp, basically, …It is easier not only for you to view them as someone to be subjugated, they themselves will feel more subjugated.

Thus with the malevolent intent of reducing Americans to obedient servants of the state, we see a test run at just how obedient we can become to their commands. Mandatory masking is a large step toward tyranny and it must be resisted in every way possible even if it means defying the law, and it must be resisted now.

At the moment there are a few options still available to form a resistance to this oppression. The first is to be aware of and expose the truth wherever and whenever we can.

The second option is to exercise our right to vote, in person, and remove the Leftists from power via the ballot box in November. Unless that occurs, our efforts may all be in vain.

The third option is exercising the right to self-defense. Americans are seemingly becoming more aware of this in recent months as gun sales are skyrocketing.

If this seems excessive, consider that people have been physically attacked specifically for not wearing a mask in public. In fact, there was a recent example of someone being sprayed in the eyes with pepper spray at close range, which could result in losing one’s sight.

This, and the fact that the rioting in cities around the nation puts many at substantially more danger than in saner times, explains the very real and necessary precaution of obtaining and learning to properly use a firearm.

The most important option is to put our lives and hearts in the LORD’s hands, calling upon Him for mercy and wisdom and grace and love that we need in this hour. In hope and faith let us come to Him in prayer for this nation, that America may remain the bastion of liberty for the world.

Psa 27:1  Of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:1-3 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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The Quality of Life

What is the value of your quality of life? Perhaps as Christians, it’s understanding we do not do spontaneous things without putting God first into the equation. Does your quality of life reflect the image of our Holy God? Can we have a good quality of life if we are living in constant sin?

In my childhood years, I thought the quality of life only depended on attending church. We dressed in our finest apparel and polished loafers. Socializing with other members of the church created encouragement and acceptance. But was that ‘quality,’ or was it just an hour of mingling?

Christian living isn’t easy, but challenges and difficulties of life help us grow to have Jesus Christ’s mind and the character of God. He gave us the Bible to teach us the best way to live. However, very few Christians rarely make time to comprehend it. It is a wealth of information on the quality of life because it addresses fruitfulness, success, happiness, joy, purpose, and blessings. So, allow me to highlight some points on today’s topic.

In the New Testament, God relates the quality of life to an assurance of His favor and a sense of doing His will. In some circumstances, material blessings imply much, but the focus is not on physical possessions. Personal greed, lust, and pride are explicitly mentioned as the adversaries of a quality of life, for they create selfishness.

“And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  Luke 12:15

So, what is a real quality of life for Christians? It is spending our days in the expectation and hope of eternal life in God’s kingdom. We can start by abiding by the Ten Commandments, which is a firm guideline for morals. Let’s add unity, harmony, and peace with the Lord and others into the equation. It is loving all God’s children, and sometimes using ‘tough love’ in His image. We should remain in constant prayer and often praise His Holy name.

I ask, is there peace inside your heart, soul, and mind? It’s about time that all Christians get off the fence and plow their ground. Respect the written Word of God, for your salvation is at risk. Do not attempt to minimize or change the Laws of God to suit your own needs.

Take this moment to ask God to come and enter your body of flesh and heal your spirit. It’s a temple, so dust off your soul, vacuum your spirit, and cleanse the ungodly thoughts. Now you will begin to find the Christian quality of life.

God bless you!


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Where does misfortune come from?

Does God cause misfortune
To befall us?
Does it come from heaven
Or it comes from hell?
Why doesn’t God prevent
God people from suffering?
And why doesn’t God make everybody rich,
And healthy and happy?
Why? But why?
Why does God create wicked people?
And put them in the world?
These questions we have heard
Over and over;
Now, let wisdom speak;
A free will, God has given all;
If you can’t understand,
Believe!
It’s not every puzzle
You can understand;
Life is full of mystery,
And we must take it
As it is;
Do not reap
From another’s farm
That is to say,
Do not reap,
What belongs to another;
Do not claim,
What is not yours;
Do not take,
What you did not keep;
It is not yours;
So why take except
When you have not been
Authorized to do so?
You have no right to take?
Many Fall into
This trap;
They take what is not theirs;
And that brings curses
On them and their progeny.
In this world,
Always remember,
Nothing goes for nothing;
You are rewarded
For every good that you do;
And punished
For every crime you commit.
It is an unchanging law
Of the universe.
If you obey God,
God listens to your prayer,
And grants your wish;
If you obey the devil,
That is a pledge of loyalty;
The devil accepts it
And gives you
Part of what is precious
To him – evil;
His kingdom is full of evil.
When evil happens,
It is not God who allows it,
It is we who have chosen it;
When we pay allegiance
To the devil;
He rewards us with evil;
God rewards with good;
The devil rewards with evil.
Misfortune comes from hell;
Fortune comes from heaven.
Does that answer your question?

The Little Floating Seed

Written by Anne Bicks, Editor of Bicks Books LLC

As an inquisitive adolescent girl, I used to play in my Mother’s jewelry box. One day, she sat me down on her bed and showed me a beautiful pin. Its beauty mesmerized me because it had a little floating seed in a bubble. My mom was a dedicated Christian, so when she told me this seed had a story in the Bible, I was not surprised by her claim. My Grandmother, who also was a strong Christian, handed it down to her.

After my Mother died, I gently pulled the pin out of her jewelry box. Besides the deep, personal meaning it had to me, I wanted to learn more about the “Mustard Seed” parable.

The Bible tells that Jesus taught his followers the Laws of His Father in parables. You may ask, “What is a parable?” A parable is a story used to illustrate a moral lesson. Jesus spoke them to discover who would seek further understanding of their meaning, or who would try to find a higher interpretation of the Kingdom of God.

Here is The Mustard Seed parable as written in the Bible:

“He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”  Matthew 13:31-32

This parable was first told while Jesus preached from a ship to a large crowd of people on the shore. The second time it was recorded took place late in 29 A.D. He was making his way toward Jerusalem for Hanukkah.

Mustard seed in the field can be outsized by many plants – that is until grows. It is then considered the most vigorous plants to live on earth. This parable compares the Kingdom of God to the mustard seed.

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Though Jesus believed heaven will start out small, it will eventually grow in large numbers with those who have a strong faith. So, what was the deeper meaning of my mother telling me about the mustard seed at a young age?

It was to say when children (or even adult new believers) begin to love Jesus, their love is like the tiny mustard seed. Our love for God and the church will grow bigger, eventually growing into a strong tree. The tree will be large enough to have birds come sit on its branches. Let me point out who the birds represent in the parable. They denote the demons of Satan, who continuously try to infiltrate the church.

The underlying message of this parable is this:

Love the Lord our God and have powerful faith. Praise His name so the church will grow His Kingdom of heaven. The greatest things start from the smallest beginnings, so always plant those seeds. Do not allow the vultures to sit on your branches… let God’s Kingdom prevail!


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Canceling the ‘Cancel Culture’ Part 2 [Video]

cancel culture, Leftism, Democrat partyIn the previous article, we covered how the so-called ‘cancel culture’ operates, as well as how it has sought to erase history, particularly American history, in an attempt to dissolve the American government and replace it with some sort of Marxist-Socialist model. However, there are still some obstacles remaining to a Leftist takeover of the nation.

A critical obstacle to this is the Christian heritage that definitively shaped American history from the very start. Today this is represented by a severely weakened Left-leaning Christian organizational structure in this nation.

There are two elements of this factor that make it such a necessary foe for the Left to defeat. One element is the inherent connection between this heritage and America’s creation and sustaining until recent times in her history.

Attempting to ‘Cancel’ America’s Christian Heritage

The Left has been engaged in trying to remove or ‘cancel’ any hint of Christian presence or involvement with America’s founding and subsequent history for over five decades. This effort came to initial fruition back in 1962 with two Supreme Court decisions that abolished prayer and Bible reading in the public schools.

The results of this were predictable and many Christian conservatives warned against this though scoffed at by the Leftist elite at the time. The following video by David Barton illustrates this perfectly.

The current push to ‘cancel’ Christianity is a result of events that began shortly after the SCOTUS decisions of 1962-63. In fact, the rioting and demolishing of statues now are attributable to two generations of young people being taught in public schools and especially in colleges that America is simply an evil nation, perhaps the most evil nation ever established.

Is it so strange to discover that the progeny of this system comprise the typical Antifa and BLM ‘protestors,’ who now so delight in trashing America’s heritage? However, statues and monuments have not been the only targets of the destructive Left.

Inset.1.7.16.2020Both churches and synagogues were defaced and visited with terrible destruction in the last month. Strangely, there were no reports of such violations upon mosques in America during this same period.

What could be the reason for such a disparity? Might it be that there is a connection between BLM and folks such as Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam?

Melina Abdullah, the lead organizer of Black Lives Matter in LA and a professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State, had been very clear about her motive for bringing her hateful campaign to the area. “We’ve been very deliberate in saying that the violence and pain and hurt that’s experienced on a daily basis by black folks at the hands of a repressive system should also be visited upon, to a degree, to those who think that they can just retreat to white affluence,” the BLM-LA co-founder ranted. Melina Abdullah has a hateful record of appearing at Farrakhan and Nation of Islam events and praising the antisemitic hate group and its leader. When Facebook decided to remove Farrakhan over his hateful rhetoric toward Jews, the Black Lives Matter LA co-founder came to his defense.

Moreover, these attacks aren’t limited to property but have been conducted against people as well. One prominent example of such was seen at Grace Baptist Church in the city of Troy in the state of New York.

There is another element of America’s Christian heritage which makes both it and Judaism in the nation targeted for destruction from the Left. That is the strong bond with another enemy of Marxist/Socialist/Leftist Democrats in this country, the family.

The Final Enemy of the Leftist ‘Cancel Culture’ is the Family

The radical Left has also been trying to ‘cancel’ the family unit in western society for many decades. In their view, it is necessary to basically abolish the family for the same reason that the influence of Christianity and Judaism must cease to exist.

Inset.2.7.16.2020They can allow no one person’s loyalty to be fixed higher than the loyalty to the state, or ‘party.’ Thus, devotion to either God or a family, or both, is to be subsumed to the devotion to one’s governing authority under a Leftist “paradise” of Socialism.

This is the same strategy demonstrated in Marxist regimes throughout history. Ultimate devotion to the state or the party is always required.

Therefore, both faith and blood ties are to be either weakened or eliminated for the Leftist dream to come to reality. Because of this factor, faith and the family are the final and most critical obstacles to obtaining the power over others they desire above all else.

Moreover, this also means that the Left will use any tactic, whether illegal or immoral, to achieve this goal. We have already seen this play out historically with the immoral tactic of encouraging children to turn in their parents for non-compliance with the government mandate.

In fact, if one goes to the BLM webpage, as covered previously in this journal, one will find that a stated goal is the elimination of the so-called ‘nuclear family.’ That same desire is a critical component of all within the radical Left, whether groups like BLM, Antifa, or the Democratic party itself.

The ‘Cancel Culture’ can be Cancelled

As we have seen, the Leftist ‘cancel culture’ is a formidable foe to the continuing existence of civilization in the West. How can this pernicious effort be combatted and defeated?

There are some measures that can be taken to halt and turn away the ‘cancel culture’ concept. First, arm yourself with the truth and stand strong in it. This begins with knowing the truth of God’s Word, the Bible, and trusting it to guide us.

Inset.3.7.16.2020We must also seek out good, reliable conservative sources for news and commentary. These are a few suggestions from such sources that I recommend.

Radio, podcasts, and video: Rush Limbaugh, Buck Sexton, Tucker Carlson, Mark Levin, Bill Whittle, Michael Knowles, Matt Walsh, Judicial Watch (Tom Fitton deserves a medal for his efforts), The Daily Wire, One America News, Blaze TV, and The First TV.

All of these can be accessed online via Facebook, YouTube, podcasts or radio for free, or by subscription in the cases of Blaze TV and The First TV. There are several printed sources in digital form that are excellent examples of conservative journalism and commentary.

The best of the lot for straight news and investigative reporting is “The Epoch Times.” They have an app for the cellphone that provides a ton of great reporting, and they put out an excellent printed newspaper with a subscription.

Once the truth is known, it must be defended. Those who are invested in a ‘cancel culture’ are either ignorant of the truth because they are trusting in the malevolent Leftmedia and their favorite social “justice” warriors, or they are aware and intentionally deceive for their purposes.

Defending the truth means calling it out in the midst of Leftist hysteria, and that requires a measure of courage, especially today. The devotees of the Marxist Left cling to their utopian fantasy as if they were members of a religious cult.

Thus when they are challenged with truths they don’t approve of, the response is to berate and belittle the truth-teller and even respond with threats of violence. This is both an emotional response and done by design to discourage and wear down those of us who realize that their goals mean the destruction of liberty in America.

The most important step of all is to place your faith and trust in Christ and rest in His strength. Do not let your heart embrace fear, but instead, embrace the LORD.

When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:2-3 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Virus and Violence to Victory

Rampant corruption runs deep in our country. We hide in our homes and pray things will get better. Virus, violence, and victory… which one do you stand for?

Corruption and undermining good intentions have progressed as long as life has existed. We can start with Cain and Abel, where hate and greed dominated the soul of a brother. But bigger than this was the man who walked with Jesus named Judas. He betrayed Jesus and sold His soul for thirty pieces of silver.

What’s new today is not new at all because it’s just another viral wave of interruptions. Many people try to ward off the godly intentions of men. Through the course of history, our founding fathers fought feverishly for our freedom. A hundred years later, civil wars brought unrest, and thousands died at the hands of the enemy. Years later, we fought to protect what man deemed worthy of God’s protection.

Today, we watch another wave of hatred. It is still the men who give their sweat defending humanity’s rights from viruses and violence, so we may once again live in victory. Every war had viruses that plagued soldiers. “Agent Orange,” I remember, was the disease that killed so many of my friends who served in Vietnam. Now, COVID 19 is as viral as any war ever seen on our land. It can be said the virus and violence running through the veins of our precious country is just another attack to hinder our sweat equity.

Victory is the vibrant whispers of standing together, believing in one God, and going home to a place of peace, as our Lord Jesus promises us. No viruses or violence will be… just the sweet triumph of living where evil is not permitted behind the gates of Heaven.

I lost a talented friend and follower this week. He stood for the men who wore their sweat on their brow and was the greatest fiddle player in the world, Charlie Daniels. He gave his life to be with Christ while hoping he made this world a better home for America. I hope a comrade, a soldier, or a statue will stand in honor of this good man’s memory. God graced us with his presence. We should all be blessed to call him “friend.”

From virus to victory and all the violence we’ve endured, let us praise God for our strength, for we are stronger in numbers. No virus can claim where eternity prevails! Jesus paid our debt to be free from the sins of the world and non- believers. Rise, my friends! Our Redeemer lives graciously in our hearts and homes.

Virus and violence (is there a difference??) have no home in our hearts or home when we live in victory with Jesus. Praise God, won’t you? For it is He glowing our bright light. Listen to the lyrics, the sweet sounds of victory for God is about to bring us all home.

A Psalm of David (Psalm 108: 1-6; 12-13)

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make melody.

    Awake, my soul!

Awake, O harp and lyre! I will awake the dawn.

I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to you among the nations.

For your steadfast love is higher than the heavens, and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth.

Give victory with your right hand, and answer me, so that those whom you love may be rescued.

O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless. With God we shall do valiantly; it is he who will tread down our foes.


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The Perfect 10

As society sways in and out of the going tide, I reach for answers deep inside my soul. Hatred brands many minds as their evil destruction is so uncharacteristic of God’s original creation. Today we are at the mercy of the town criers who scream, “The world is ending!” Funny, it’s only the unbelievers who are running scared and to such wild extremes. God set on stone tablets the instructional directions that we are to follow – the perfect 10, known as the Commandments.

While rereading these moral laws, can we understand that if everyone lived by them, then crime, hatred, and deplorable sins would barely exist? And of all the alterations to the Bible and God’s Words, never have these laws been touched. Interesting! So, they are my perfect ten, for they are the only laws we need to live a godly life.

In my reverence, I consider what man has done to the essence of society. They removed the Lord from schools; very few believe in Him or attend church, churches are burned down, and social media placed bans on Christian posts. Among the battle cries, we have hateful, godless children and adults who wave their artillery, damning everyone’s life. In their rightful mind, no man will find peace and harmony without the Lord seated in their soul!

As history repeats itself, God sent the perfect ten for the Israelites, His chosen people, to follow because riots and upheavals were commonplace. His commandments, handed to Moses, defined their sin and revealed the difference between the holy and a commoner.

“Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ (Exodus 19:5-6) …”

The Lord also clarified that those defiant in His laws will forever carry the guilt because it is blasphemy. Need I clarify that society, today, doesn’t want any standard of righteousness, rules, or Commandments? People do not recognize their bondage of sin, and sadly, they are doomed. Satan has deceived the inhabitants of this world!

Christians, I ask you to please pray for the lost who dominate our land. May we all soon, see the power of the Perfect Ten. Let us hold close God’s laws and never forget their meaning or value for our eternal salvation.


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