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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"




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    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







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    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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Drawing Fire and Ire: The Tower of Babel All Over Again

Posted by preparedcitizens on January 3, 2009

The Tower of Babel – The height of human arrogance. The height of disrespect toward God.

Bruegel the Elder's Tower of Babel

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come (Matthew 24:37-42).

 

Let’s look again. Pre-flood people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage….the were not aware of the evil that was overtaking them.

In Genesis 10 we learn of a post flood world. The sons of Noah have spread out across the globe. The very genealogies point to the time of the gentiles and the time of faith in Christ Jesus. (Genesis 10:8-14).

The rise of Nimrod, a violent man who forced submission, persecuted the innocent, and took everything for his own. His arrogant desire was to rule all of the world. Do you see this mystery at work in the world today? Do you see what I see?

So Nimrod built his tower, his tribute to the arrogance of man.

Josephus wrote of this time…

Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness.

He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power…

Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than any one could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was.

It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water.

 

When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them diverse languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another.

The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion…

Is that not what we are attempting today? Yes, I think so. All that we do apart from God is the very bitumen, brick and mortar in this great tower that is being built. The quasi religious theories and humanistic approaches that are embraced by man but not centered in God’s will for man. It is God who we must obey, that is what is healthy and beneficial for us. And that we are straying ONCE AGAIN….

This is the great mystery that must be revealed.

So add AI to the machines, allow them to learn, put all of our intelligence into the public domain, all music, art, thought, and teach it to the machines that we have built and presto Babel is built. Or so we think….for surely it will not last.

No testament to the arrogance of man has ever withstood the ire of God (thankfully so).

The “days of Noah” ended with a confrontation between good and evil, God being good and idolatry being evil. So continue to build this idol, this testament to man’s inability to be like God. Truly our days are like the days of Noah and the days of his sons too.

Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, Yahweh is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. The earth will disclose the blood shed upon her; she will conceal her slain no longer. In that day, Yahweh will punish with his sword, his fierce, great and powerful sword, Leviathan the gliding serpent, Leviathan the coiling serpent; he will slay the monster of the sea. In that day– "Sing about a fruitful vineyard: I, Yahweh, watch over it; I water it continually. I guard it day and night so that no one may harm it (Isaiah 26:20-27:3).

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So to all who hear the cry of the overcomers…the hour may be next, a year or five, ten or twenty away but His hour will come.

"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. "Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions (Matthew 24:42-47).

"At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. "At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ "Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out. "’No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ "But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. "Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ "But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour (Matthew 25:1-13).

Those who do not have their oil…the door will be closed. The Lord will not know you, as He does not know you now. You fear, you mock, you hate, you think these words foolishness, you do not know Him. Are you buying into the lies of the postmodern “progressive” world who thinks that they can make concessions with “the world”. Those who mocked and hated Him when He was with us, that spirit, that arrogance is still alive in the world today….and they will hate us.

But we do not hate, but love in Truth, we have found and kept to the very narrow way?

"Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him" (Luke 12:35-40).

That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows (Luke 12:47).

Are you watching?

Are you ready?

Are you afraid to be mocked and hated by many? Overcome that.

Be ready to enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you. When He comes you can immediately open the door for Him.

What a glorious privilege it has been to be able to point to the Master who will come.

 

Stand firm, stand fast, and prepare the way, for our Master is truly coming.

 

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Do You See What I See

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 15, 2008

The Final Judgment

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.

Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 

And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.

‘ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them,’Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.

‘ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’  Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

“Sick”, “least of these”….”did not minister” to them……this is what we are doing to Him.

Anyone who knows me, knows that this is about the biggest affront to my heart that there is. That is when the Holy Spirit is grieved, rejected, maligned, abused – I have to turn away. I have to wipe the dust from my feet and move on.

“First, do no harm”, here is that tried and true principle that we have almost always accepted in our society. Not only are we not ministering to the least of these, we are killing the least of these. Most assuredly just as we crucified Christ in our sins and deeds we are doing it again by proxy and in some cases being the beneficiaries of the actions of those who are doing so.

THIS IS OUR LEGACY

Going in to battle with the plagues, pestilences, and trouble all over the world which is ahead, this has been our recent track record. What we do now has everything to do with what we will do in the days ahead.

I hope that this awareness makes others as uncomfortable as it made me when it hit me like the 2×4 that it is. Yet, I suspect many will think of this as just a little more foolishness from a “religious buffoon”.

So why not just let it all out.

Abortion, is an attempt at control.

For those faced with the dilemma….don’t believe the lies and don’t fall prey to the believing that abortion is good for you, a kindness to your ill baby, a burden lifted from your family, or from your life.

Abortion is not giving you freedom, it is about enslaving you.

Abortion isn’t an answer to your problem it is ensuring the death of those just like you in the future, your children. You are  flushing your future down the drain, literally. Your ancestors and your progeny are being wiped out with a sure swipe. This IS the lie that you are believing – that it is all okay to do. You are being lauded a hero for making a tough decision and putting others first when in actuality that decision needed to happen quite a bit sooner.

But know this, if you fall prey to the lie there is a way back, there is always a way back – until the door is closed. Jesus Christ loves the humble and contrite and I know this for a fact.

Abortion puts an end to all the unwanted and imperfect among us…so in the future society will breed a better human.

This is so patently obvious.

What is desired…a tanned, multi faithed, raced, world citizen who is androgynous or bisexual and promiscuously given over and open to all pleasure, and who will never, ever, think outside of the box. A human being who will not be at war with anyone because he is all of them and he will probably speak a form of Euro-speak, a blend of all tongues and languages, and will bow down to the king of the world, a leader who best models that ideal — truly a “world citizen” will be one who does not honor the God proclaimed differences between us.

Difference does not mean we have to be at war or uncivilized toward each other.

And there will always be a remnant who will not be God denying.

So maybe I should write science fiction but that is not too far off from the description of the beast of Revelation and the world that Daniel 3 and 4 describes.

All of our collected works, our efforts, our human heart apart from God, well, Qohelet put it best in his cry…”all is futile under the sun”

Is it our hedonistic pursuit of pleasure which matters in the end?

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone.” ~Ecclesiastes 12:13

Abortion has been with us as a source of grief in every society for a very long time. Probably since we left the garden. But never before has the world made it a pleasing and acceptable practice.

The world over, abortion was considered by most as a shame or a blight upon the society it was found in. It has always been a social issue to solve – not encourage and turn a blind eye to.

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Spina Bifida was an early target in the US campaign. Under the auspices of saving these children from a life of pain and suffering we tested, genetically counseled, and scared parents away from embracing their imperfect but still very lovable and meaningful children. A terrible, terrible, heartbreaking disease, yes, but not one that should have ever been a cause to kill the child in the womb.

There are lives, short and/or painful as they may be, that stand as a testimony to a loving, yes loving, God who has compassion on ALL of His creation.

Look to some of those considered to be the least among us, there lives can and have been a testimony to all that God can do amazing things when we allow Him free reign in our lives.

I am sure Joni Eareckson Tada would tell you that a life lived in suffering can also bring a life of wonderful joy and peace. Joni reminds us to…

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.”
–Ephesians 6:7-8

And yet there is a push on to eliminate the least among us. The crippled, the diseased, the infected, the maimed, the incapable, the starving, the poor, the destitute, the drug addicted, the homeless, the prostitutes, even the faithful, the artists, and the Jews – there is simply no room for them in the inn.

I am sure that I am on the list of cast-offs. Be that as it may, I do not care one bit for my own skin.

I do care more about what brings glory to God. What is God honoring, is doing what is in His word.

“‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ ~ Matthew 25:45

The Godly wisdom and advice of my life is to do great kindness to those who ARE truly the least of these – they have no power, they have no voice and increasingly no one to defend them.

What are we doing for and to the least of these? Our society, our world, is attempting to eliminate them. The reason that “the poor we will always have with us” because they are the evidence of who we are by how we treat them – all over the world.

“Heap coals of kindness upon your enemy”.

If you still believe the lie you have come to accept…remember…no one will be able to stand against the lie of the society of the future. There will always be one more group that does not fit in, and they will keep on getting eliminated by the majority who are uncomfortable with their presence. This IS an abomination.

THIS is what we have opened the door to, this is what we must stand against. Not against the woman who has bought into the lie, against the crime itself.

For the woman, and the man, there is forgiveness in Christ Jesus.

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Biblical Preparedness The Foolish and Wise Virgins

Posted by preparedcitizens on December 13, 2008

The Parable of The Foolish and Wise Virgins

Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Five of them were foolish and five were wise.

The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.

Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’

Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps.

The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’

But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’

While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him.

Then the door was locked.

Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’

But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’

Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

~Matthew 25:1-13

Stay Awake!

Is There Oil In Your Lamp!

 

 

 

 

 

“Whoever receives you, receives me.”

~Matthew 10:40

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Myths, Rumors, Outright Lies, and Some Truths Sprinkled In

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 17, 2008

I have spent the better part of the last three years studying pandemics, the H5N1 virus, infectious diseases, vaccines, online and offline as well. I am far from being an “expert”. I do know enough to not buy into some of the stuff being spread by people who always seem to be asking for donations. Ok, donations aren’t always bad when the money is spent wisely.  On some of these websites I just picture the author

laughing all the way to the bank.

I didn’t want to rely on the internet alone as a source of information because, well, it is the internet and anyone can say anything. It’s a new method of communication and relying on collaborative efforts could mean that we are collectively wrong.

Lately I have been reading a lot of myths and outright hyped fearmongering about influenza, H5N1, and “deliberate” pandemics. Pandemics happen and they have for centuries. Even if deliberately started, which I am not conceding by any stretch of the imagination, but even if – my response does not change. How I act responsibly would not change.

That’s what I do, and I think that it works for me.

I cut to the chase of what this all means to me, my family, my neighborhood, my town and how I, personally, can be of service to them in the difficult days ahead.

I am not in service to my government since I am not employed by it. I have not taken any oaths to uphold the government, but neither am I an anarchist. I believe that we get the government that we deserve. I truly do try to think every day “what would Jesus do” and then I try to do it.

The Roman Empire during the time that Jesus lived was a brutal government. We have some way to go. In some ways, it was because of the Roman Empire that the Gospel got its start, not in spite of it. God’s desire and purpose is never thwarted by anything man can and will do. In season and out of season, God’s will will be done.

In all of the New Testament I do not recall a single verse where Jesus spoke against the rulers of His day. He did speak against what rules our hearts when we are at enmity with God. “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the thing that are God’s”.

While rendering unto Caesar, we work within Caesar’s system in order to influence that system. We are citizens within that system and have the freedom, right and responsibility to try to influence our lawmakers and leaders. We live in a representative democratic republic, which is not the same as an absolute democracy. The people do not rule. In a representative republic, a certain body of electorate – the people – is represented by those we elect. These representatives are responsible to us.

This makes the days ahead very local to me. My local representative needs to understand my needs, my families needs, my towns needs, and he needs to represent our needs to the rest of the government.

I am an American citizen whose primary focus is on the health and well being of others. I can control what I do and my response to what the world throws at me. I can control how I respond to people who want to stir up feelings and emotions causing us to act without reason and responsibility.

It is not that I am in denial of the very precarious place we find ourselves, or the times that we are living in, I know full well most of the implications. I have actively sought to see the black swans amongst the white ones.

We are to be “wise as serpents, and harmless as doves”.

I hear what people are saying and I hear the fear that they have. I just don’t share in it, but neither do I want to promote it. When I read websites that are promoting fear, angst, rebellion, and when they seem to be twisting words, I ask how this person could possibly know that what they are saying is true.

Could what they are saying be true, I suppose they could get a few things right but probably not all. And the sheer number of websites popping up after all this time of relative silence simply because more people are now paying attention tells me something. Making a name for yourself so you can make a quick buck in these economic times at the expense of others is shameful.

Learn to discern and rightly divide the truth.

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There Is Hope, Even When Death May Be Around Every Corner

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 16, 2008

[it is Sunday, it’s my blog – so I am going to tell it like it is]

Striving to save lives. That doesn’t adequately describe why I do what I do. Prepare this, prepare that, for what reason do we do this. And why focus so much on it when certainly there are more important things to be doing. Why urge people on? I ask myself this often.

I am not doing this so that lives may be saved. Though I suppose lives may be temporarily saved as a by-product of what I do. This life is a passing gift.

I am not doing this so that when the day of trouble comes we can all be a lot more comfortable and happy, although I suppose that may be a by-product of what I do. But that too is a temporary fix.

I am not doing this so that we can advance world peace or even a spirit of cooperation, who am I but a woman at a keyboard, that all seems so lofty, though I suppose it could be a by-product of what I do. But when the wind blows, that will change as it will.

I am not doing this so that people can read my words and find salvation, although that may be a result I suppose, though certainly not because of me or what I say or do. I can save no one.

I think that there is a danger in focusing so much on the value of human life that it becomes an idol. We have a reverence for human life that sometimes seems to be elevated above our reverence for God. We focus on ending misery by alleviating suffering all over the world. We focus on ending starvation, poverty, abuse, all noble deeds, unless we have lost the reason for why we do these things.

Of course, I cannot answer for anyone else. I can only explain the motives of my own heart in a clear way. I say this knowing even that it angers some.

We are all sinners who deserve hell. Every single one of us. Rich, poor, none of us even deserve life let alone a good and pleasant life. Not one of us is righteous. Not one of us deserves to be forgiven. And so many of us are not even bothered by this. This is an insult to God and so many today do not care about this at all. I say this because I know where anger towards me comes from, it comes from enmity with God. I am small, who should care what I think or say? If there truly is no God, why does He stir up so much in the human heart?

What is the primary care and concern today is our happiness. Too often what motivates us is the thought, “How can I be happy even though the rest are suffering.” We try to look noble in our motives. And I have met quite a few good folks who truly want to help others. With some I would want to ask is it because not helping others makes them feel miserable?

Too often over the years I have heard people express the thought is “how can I hide my ‘treasure’ so that thieves cannot come and steal it from me.” Too often the thought came up, “I will kill whoever tries to take what is mine.”

What we are not seeing in this is our utter selfishness, our self centeredness, our hedonism, is what is killing us now. For surely our soul is dying a little bit more with every step that we take away from the source of all goodness, God. We are insulting the Creator, our Heavenly Father, and so many just do not care. This old fashioned thinking of mine seems to make them feel bad about themselves and who wants that in this pleasure seeking, ego driven, society?

So many are not bothered by their insult toward God.

Remember God?

I remember God.

So what I do, I do, because I love God.

I blog about the pandemic, plague, pestilence, whatever you want to call it because I want to bring glory to God, through service. By serving God, a by-product may be that I end up serving my fellow man, as God pleases.

Whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 1 Corinthians 10:24

I know not to let my life be a stumbling block to others.

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. ~1 Corinthians 10:31-33

I know the miracle that I have experienced in my life. Because I know this miracle, that has changed my life, bringing glory God means everything to me.

As far as the pandemic is concerned.

There is nothing man-made, man planned, man designed, that can save us from what is ahead.

And sometimes a pandemic seems such a small part of what the next few years will bring.

Do I think that some of our plans and efforts will help people, will relieve suffering, will make us better individuals, stronger families, stronger communities, I hope so.

I suspect that for the most part many have spent the better part of 5 years planning for a pandemic in order to keep our society, our world, functioning with as little a hitch as possible not because of good stewardship but because our pleasure in this world is threatened. We are afraid to suffer.

The truth is…

We are planning to throw antivirals, antibiotics, vaccines, and all manner of things at this and it is all like spitting into the wind if we have a severe pandemic.

A severe pandemic some say is too big for government to handle, they say “you are on your own”, and of course they are right. No government could take care of the needs of everyone during a pandemic.

A severe pandemic will be too big for local government to handle, and of course they are right too.

A severe pandemic is also too much for businesses to handle, and the truth of our massive incapacity to overcome this as human beings is frustrating so many people.

So what is the point?

I think the point is to get to the point where we are no longer bargaining or trying to make a deal with God (or death).

I think that the point is to get to the moment of decision.

Who do you serve, God or man?

Do you serve God or Mammon?

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth. ~Matthew 6:19-24

I think that the point is to get to the point where every one of us decides what the meaning of their life is. And the point is to reach this moment of decision before their life ends and there is no turning back. To me, this is the reason for this season.

The only way for God to get glory is for us to be willing to give up our life by obedience to God. I embrace the cross of Christ not because of what I get out of it, I embrace the cross of Christ and suffer the anger and hatred of those who hate my words because I know that in giving up my life, and it does feel like that sometimes, I know that Jesus Christ is glorified. He has pardoned me. He is my advocate and my judge. To me this is the greatest joy on earth.

So even with knowing that a pandemic is snapping our jaws at our heals, I have found hope, joy and peace. But I found it when I was willing to give it the only pleasure that I knew, human pleasure for delighting in God.

That is the point.

There is hope, even when death may be around every corner.

Our hope is found in God.

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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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The Christian Manifesto – A Sunday Post

Posted by preparedcitizens on November 2, 2008

Citizenship, Allegiance, and Ambassadorship

Prepared Citizens. I like to think of myself as a prepared citizen. I may not have three months of food or medications, yet, but I still consider myself almost fully prepared for whatever comes my way. Our world is changing. Many things threaten to overtake us. Yet I am not afraid. It is wonderful to be prepared – I am prepared to face change (good or bad).

I am prepared to face economic hard times. I am prepared to face grave illness. I am prepared to face death. I am prepared to have unspeakable joy. I am prepared to have peace. I am prepared to be thankful in all circumstances, I am prepared to put my needs last, I am prepared to bring glory to God.

I am prepared.

And I am prepared to help others. Whether that be helping ill neighbors by bringing them food or information or praying with them over their ill loved ones, I am prepared to love others.

I am prepared to give a reason for the hope that is inside of me. In faith, I am prepared to love – and I urge my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus to be prepared as well.

I have dual citizenship. Primarily I am a citizen of heaven and my allegiance is to God first. As a U.S. citizen, I must serve with integrity obeying the laws of my earthly abode unless those laws conflict with God’s law, and to that law I will always obey first fully prepared to accept the consequences of my actions and my stand if there is a conflict. The only way that there would be a conflict is if I am an ambassador in a country that is hostile to the Word of God. We have been blessed in the United States. Our laws, as many as I am aware of, have been in harmony with the Truth that we have been given. On the eve of change, I hope that this always is the case. Recognizing my own legal alien status, I have been thinking a great deal about what it means to be a Christian Ambassador in what may become a post-Christian world.

 

The Christian Ambassador

 

Who is there to harm you if you prove zealous for what is good?

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. ~1 Peter 3:13-16

I am a resident ambassador, and I do try to be a good representative on behalf of Jesus Christ. As an ambassador I realize that I must be equipped to serve…

And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. ~Ephesians 4:11-16

And I am willing to be recalled to my primary home at any time. As a Christian ambassador my primary message is one of hope. Yes, prepare. Yes, be ready for the day of trouble. But always remember that God our Father is in control and cares deeply for us. We prepare, and allow others to see us prepare, but we must also speak of our hope because that IS the primary message. We must be ready in season and out of season to give an explanation for the unworried hope that we do have.

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth.

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  ~Matthew 6:24-34

 

The purpose of each believer, each ambassador of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven is to do all for the glory of God…

Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. ~1 Corinthians 10:31

In order to accomplish this, we are to be like Jesus Christ. Our example, our perfect model ambassador.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.

You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

~Philippians 2:3-18

I do not read this as stay home, stay away from the world, stay disengaged, stay out of the darkness. We are “as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life”….”in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation”.

As ambassadors our relationship with God is pre-eminent…. We are the Lord’s.

For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  ~Romans 14:7-8

Our relationships with others…we are slaves to all.

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more.

To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.

To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.

~1 Corinthians 9:19-22

And we are to walk our path with confidence and unafraid.

We are ministers of a new covenant.

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?

You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

Such confidence we have through Christ toward God.

Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. ~2 Corinthians 3:1-6

Why we are ambassadors

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake.

For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

So death works in us, but life in you.

But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, "I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE," we also believe, therefore we also speak, knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

~2 Corinthians 4:1-18

The power of the Gospel, how does Our Lord want you, me, us, to stand in THAT day? For surely that day is now. Every life lives in that day.

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.

Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you.

The treasure entrusted to us is the gospel of Our Lord. Are we to bury that treasure? I think not.

As ambassadors we are to be ready, ever vigilant for opportunities to represent Jesus Christ, unashamedly, unabashedly, ever-willing to seize the opportunity to live and die for His gospel. Without compromise, stepping up to each challenge that presents itself.

I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!

As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. ~Galatians 1:6-10

As ambassadors we are to be patient and reasonable. Not quarrelsome, but not without courage. Respectful and gentle, reasonable but not boasting in ourselves. We are to engage others and listen to their fears and concerns and always must be ready to give the reason for our inner convictions and hope. We are to speak so that we may be understood, and not with lofty words and ego driven phrases. We are to be empathetic and understanding of the hurt and brokenness that leads people away from the gospel of Christ and the Father, understanding always that people think they way they do because there is merit in what they think.

We should never misrepresent the difficulties a Christian faces. We should always be honest and forthright, humble and meek fully aware that we do not know everything and completely understanding that we are still imperfect and fallible. We must always remember that we are dependent on God’s grace and mercy in all things and we ourselves cannot act or speak honorably of Jesus Christ apart from this grace.

There is but one path to God, and one gate that we must enter through, Jesus Christ.

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers and elders of the people, if we are on trial today for a benefit done to a sick man, as to how this man has been made well, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead –by this name this man stands here before you in good health.”

He is the STONE WHICH WAS REJECTED by you, THE BUILDERS, but WHICH BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER stone. 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." ~Acts 4:8-12

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“Walk by faith, not by sight”

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 26, 2008

A pandemic will turn the world upside down.

So many other things are ahead…so many things that will destabilize this world.

When the world turns upside down people look for a navigator who will guide them into calmer waters and set them on the “right course” again. I believe that the One true navigator has already left us with an all-sufficient “chart” which will guide us through any stormy waters no matter the state of the world and its leaders. But to many people this is not enough. They seek new wisdom and a fresher vision. They follow after a feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

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Test the spirits!

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 25, 2008

1 John 4:1-6
Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.

Just because someone claims to be a believer, a follower of Jesus Christ, does not mean that he or she is.

“Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God…”

We must learn to discern between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. Read the rest of this entry »

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On Human Compassion

Posted by preparedcitizens on August 21, 2008

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.  ~Victor Frankl 

One of my greatest regrets in life is that I was not with my mother at her passing. I was not there to hold her hand, to ease her fears, to pray with her, to let her know that she was deeply loved even though we had our differences and problems. But because I was not there for her I have learned one of the most valuable lessons in life – the regret when we fail, for whatever reason, to be compassionate to others. Read the rest of this entry »

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Social Equilibristics and the Christian Response

Posted by preparedcitizens on March 3, 2008

Social equilibrium: A working balance among its interdependent parts (Davis & Newstrom, 1985)Each subsystem will adjust to any change in the other subsystems and will continue to do so until equilibrium is retained. The process of achieving equilibrium will only work if the changes happen slowly, but for rapid changes it would throw the social system into chaos, unless and until a new equilibrium can be reached.

Equilibristics, Juggling – balancing or maintaining a moving equilibrium – there will never be an end to our ever-changing needs and new conditions in our society. A balancing act will constantly be acted out in order to ensure our survival.

For the short time of the history of this country, most of our needs have been met without demanding a duty from the majority of us. We have become complacent, we have become fat and satisfied, and we have become stuck in our nation’s “adolescence”. Read the rest of this entry »

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