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  • Michael Osterholm Quotes:

    “What we need to be doing now is the basic planning of how we get our communities through 12 to 18 months of a pandemic.”

    “Ninety-five out of 100 will live. But with the nation in crisis, will we have food and water? Are we going to have police and security? Will people come to work at all?”

    “It's the perfect setup. Then you put air travel in and it could be around the world overnight.”

    “We can predict now 12 to 18 months of stress of watching loved ones die, of wondering if you are going to have food on the table the next day. Those are all things that are going to mean that we are going to have to plan -- unlike any other crisis that we have had in literally the last 80-some years in this country.”

  • US Health and Human Services

    Secretary Michael Leavitt

    "If there is one message on pandemic preparedness that I could leave today that you would remember, it would be this:

    Any community that fails to prepare with the expectation that the federal government or for that matter the state government will be able to step forward and come to their rescue at the final hour will be tragically wrong,

    not because government will lack a will, not because we lack a collective wallet, but because there is no way that you can respond to every hometown in America at the same time."
  • Joseph C. Napoli, MD of Resiliency LLC

    "I think a new meaning is evolving for resiliency and resilience.

    In some contexts the words are being used to mean the strength to resist being impacted by an adverse event rather than either the “capacity to rebound” or “act of rebounding” from adversity.

    Therefore, resiliency and resilience appear to be assuming the meaning of fortitude, that is, “the strength or firmness of mind that enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage or to bear pain or adversity without despondency” as defined in the Webster’s Third New International Dictionary.

    If so, we are coming full circle with science accepting a religious moral virtue – fortitude – as written in the Bible’s Book of Wisdom"




  • Faith Based Resources

    John Piper
    Jonathan Edwards
    Reformation
    Pink-Saving Faith
    Pink-Christian Ethics

    "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves"
    (2 Corinthians 13:5).

    Why Faith Groups Must Care

    When the Darkness Will Not Lift by John Piper

    Stand

    Be Not Afraid
    Overcoming the fear of Death
    by Johann Christoph Arnold







    While I am not a professional journalist, I do embrace the code of ethics put forth by the Society of Professional Journalists and the statement of purpose by the Association of Health Care Journalists and above all else I strive to "do no harm".


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  • Definitions

    from Wikipedia



    Pandemic Influenza


    An influenza pandemic is an epidemic of the influenza virus that spreads on a worldwide scale and infects a large proportion of the human population.

    In contrast to the regular seasonal epidemics of influenza, these pandemics occur irregularly, with the 1918 Spanish flu the most serious pandemic in recent history.

    Pandemics can cause high levels of mortality, with the Spanish influenza being responsible for the deaths of over 50 million people.

    There have been about 3 influenza pandemics in each century for the last 300 years. The most recent ones were the Asian Flu in 1957 and the Hong Kong Flu in 1968.



    Seasonal Influenza


    Flu season is the portion of the year in which there is a regular outbreak in flu cases.

    It occurs during the cold half of the year in each hemisphere.

    Flu activity can sometimes be predicted and even tracked geographically. While the beginning of major flu activity in each season varies by location, in any specific location these minor epidemics usually take about 3 weeks to peak and another 3 weeks to significantly diminish.

    Individual cases of the flu however, usually only last a few days. In some countries such as Japan and China, infected persons sometimes wear a surgical mask out of respect for others.



    Avian (Bird) Flu
    Avian influenza,

    sometimes Avian flu, and commonly Bird flu refers to "influenza caused by viruses adapted to birds."


    "Bird flu" is a phrase similar to "Swine flu", "Dog flu", "Horse flu", or "Human flu" in that it refers to an illness caused by any of many different strains of influenza viruses that have adapted to a specific host.

    All known viruses that cause influenza in birds belong to the species: Influenza A virus.

    All subtypes (but not all strains of all subtypes) of Influenza A virus are adapted to birds, which is why for many purposes avian flu virus is the Influenza A virus (note that the "A" does not stand for "avian").
    Adaptation is non-exclusive.

    Being adapted towards a particular species does not preclude adaptations, or partial adaptations, towards infecting different species.

    In this way strains of influenza viruses are adapted to multiple species, though may be preferential towards a particular host.

    For example, viruses responsible for influenza pandemics are adapted to both humans and birds.

    Recent influenza research into the genes of the Spanish Flu virus shows it to have genes adapted to both birds and humans; with more of its genes from birds than less deadly later pandemic strains.

    H5N1 Strain


    Influenza A virus subtype H5N1, also known as A(H5N1) or simply H5N1, is a subtype of the Influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species.

    A bird-adapted strain of H5N1, called HPAI A(H5N1) for "highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1", is the causative agent of H5N1 flu, commonly known as "avian influenza" or "bird flu".

    It is enzootic in many bird populations, especially in Southeast Asia. One strain of HPAI A(H5N1) is spreading globally after first appearing in Asia.

    It is epizootic (an epidemic in nonhumans) and panzootic (affecting animals of many species, especially over a wide area), killing tens of millions of birds and spurring the culling of hundreds of millions of others to stem its spread.

    Most references to "bird flu" and H5N1 in the popular media refer to this strain.



    As of the July 25, 2008 FAO Avian Influenza Disease Emergency Situation Update, H5N1 pathogenicity is continuing to gradually rise in wild birds in endemic areas but the avian influenza disease situation in farmed birds is being held in check by vaccination.

    Eleven outbreaks of H5N1 were reported worldwide in June 2008 in five countries (China, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam) compared to 65 outbreaks in June 2006 and 55 in June 2007.

    The "global HPAI situation can be said to have improved markedly in the first half of 2008 [but] cases of HPAI are still underestimated and underreported in many countries because of limitations in country disease surveillance systems".





    Pandemic Severity Index


    The Pandemic Severity Index (PSI) is a proposed classification scale for reporting the severity of influenza pandemics in the United States.

    The PSI was accompanied by a set of guidelines intended to help communicate appropriate actions for communities to follow in potential pandemic situations. [1]

    Released by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 1, 2007, the PSI was designed to resemble the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale





    From the Massachusetts Health and Human Services



    Isolation


    refers to separating people who are ill from other people to prevent the spread of a communicable disease.



    Quarantine


    refers to separating and restricting the movement of people who have been exposed to a communicable disease and are not yet ill.
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Happy Birthday Martin Luther

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 11, 2008

Compelled to Defiance, Martin Luther understood by faith what it means to be a “Christian”, a Christ follower.

The time that we live in demands of us spiritual preparedness. I believe that Martin Luther would have stood firm for that preparedness.

The path of a Christian is not one of prosperity or ease, it is one that marked with sacrifice, service, and the realization that nothing, nothing, is more powerful or more important that the truth that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, God Himself as only the living Trinity can reveal to us by grace.

And the gates of hell will not prevail against this truth.

Martin Luther understood that the upheaval of his time and all the efforts of the great thinkers of his day are in vain when they oppose God.

Martin Luther understood that spiritual domination by anything or anyone other than God himself, through His son Jesus Christ and the personal relationship that we can have with the Godhead through faith, is the spirit of antichrist by definition. Martin Luther knew that faith in a church, faith in a pope, or a hierarchy – or any other man made thing, was and is today a way of eternal death.

God doesn’t need our money, our institutions, our UN, our WHO, our government, our help, in order to fulfill His promises. His promises will be fulfilled no matter what. Our works are dead unless they are deeds done from faith and the blessing is to us, not God. We are blessed by our own obedience through faith and our service to God strengthens us, not Him.

Martin Luther thought that “indulgences are most pernicious because they induce complacency and hereby imperil salvation”.

Indulgences in the Roman Catholic sense are the release from punishment for sin. In Martin Luther’s day these were sold by the Catholic Church. A practice that continues to this day.

Today the even bigger issue that looms is the spirit of antichrist that is alive in the world. And it is this that breeds indulgences of all types, churched and unchurched.

Making allowances for sin has become the vogue. It is no wonder people are confused. And confusion does not come from God.

If Martin Luther were alive today, I suppose that he would be speaking about much the same thing, indulgences. I think that he may also be addressing more broadly the spirit of antichrist which is at the heart of all indulgence and excess. 

The spirit of antichrist is accepted and taken on in our hearts when we worship and find hope in man, or a man. The spirit of antichrist is alive when we embrace other gospels. The true “Good News” is only found in the Bible. The spirit of antichrist is very much alive in this world today and in due time God will allow the man of lawlessness, the final antichrist, to be revealed.

The spirit of antichrist is in all who reject Jesus Christ. This is true by definition – anti-christ. There is only one way to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, and that is through faith that He is the Son of God, which is silliness and anti-intellectual to all who do not know Him. It saddens me to get to know people of great intellect who cannot see, understand, or embrace, the simplest of truths. They are haughty and boastful, assured of their intellect. They heart of pride.

I see the foolhardiness of those who thing their great intellect amounts to anything more that hole in the snow. I do not boast about having a great intellect, I do boast in the Glory of God. Ask yourself why.

The spirit of antichrist comes also from within the church but not the body of Christ that is the true Church. It comes from those who claim the name of Jesus Christ but are truly not His. They say that they are Christ followers but they do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and fully God. They may say that they pray to Jesus, they may say that they are “saved”, even Satan believes in Jesus Christ. Believing that Jesus lived and breathed is not saving faith.

Praying to the historical Jesus is not a prayer of faith. Allowing yourself to be a mocker of all that is Holy is not evidence of saving faith. It is evidence of all that is anti Christ.

I pray for all who believe that they are His and are not. They are deceiving themselves and that is a very sorry place to be. They are self assured and are tragically wrong.

see “Romans Road to Salvation

There will be wrath…

God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator,who  is blessed forever! Amen.

For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.  They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Do you want to have a bebased mind? Do you care that you are filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice, envy, strife, deceit, and maliciousness. Do you care that you are a gossip, slanderer, hater of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, an inventor of evil, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless?

to reiterate…

“Though they know God’s decree that those who practice such things deserve to die they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them”.

“And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done”.

Salvation is possible for all, God desires all to be saved, and by the grace of God we can be saved.

Like Judas Iscariot who healed and cast out demons, they will be able to show all power, signs and lying wonders in order to deceive for their own gain. They will enslave and destroy but like Hitler, Genghis Kahn, Nero, Stalin, they do so with deception. Do not be deceived.

What the world is looking for is anyone who will lift the world out of its misery.

"What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and whether he be god or devil, we will receive him".

~Paul Henri Spaak of Belgium, (25 January 1899 – 31 July 1972) was a Belgian Socialist politician and statesman. He was one of the organizational leaders of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications

Martin Luther did a very loving thing when he stood up and stood firm.

So in honor of his birthday…

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There will be a time…

when strong delusion will come. We are in a time of increasing lawlessness and falling away.

Care about what will happen to you and your loved ones when the restrainer is taken away.

Care about a time when the Gospel will no longer be able to be preached throughout the world. We do not know when that time will come – today, tomorrow?

2 Thessalonians 2

The Man of Lawlessness

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.

Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things?

And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.

The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Stand Firm

But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

Do Not Be Deceived

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