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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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Faith Statement

Because I cannot be “divided” even my everyday activities testify to what I believe. When I read a book, when I go grocery shopping, when I speak to people about preparedness, I am a representative of who I believe in and I am making a statement of faith. Words are important and clarity even more so. So I wrote this illumination and statement of faith.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? ~Numbers 23:19

God does not need us to serve Him or His good purposes. He does not need us to do His bidding or make His words come true for the fulfillment of His will. There is one God and he is the maker, preserver, and ruler of everything. For man’s sake, God reveals himself to us through three “offices” which are equal and harmonious. God the creator, the Holy Spirit our providential source and Jesus Christ the redeemer of all who believe that He is the Son of God.

God does involve himself in our daily lives. Jesus Christ gave us the model of prayer in the Lord’s prayer which shows us how involved God our Creator is in our lives. “Give us this day our daily bread”, “forgive us our trespasses”, “lead us not into temptation”, “deliver us from evil”, are all past, present, and future ways God works in our lives, but He is not limited to these works. God is not limited.

God does not need our relationship with Him. He does not need our words or our thoughts or our speculation. He does not need. Jesus Christ does not need. The Holy Spirit does not need. The three are all One in unity, they are God and God does not need.

The Attributes of God – What I Believe

God is all-knowing, all seeing, all knowing, unchangeable – His love is from everlasting to everlasting, He is immortal, eternal, faithful, omnipotent, omnipresent, He is infinite, He is omniscient, He is jealous, He is righteous, He is merciful, He is incomprehensible, He is impartial, truthful, wise, loving, and patient. He is also justly wrathful.

Statement of Faith

The Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit in order that the world may be convicted of sin and error, so that regeneration through the blood of Jesus Christ – the new birth, where we become the dwelling place of the Holy Spirit for our sanctification and empowerment, not so that God may blessed by our presence with Him but so that we may be blessed by Him and in order that we may bring Glory to His Son Jesus Christ.

We, man, are in need of redemption because of original sin. We are born opposing God because of this sin. For two thousand years there has been only one way to be redeemed and that is through belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, sent by God and born of a virgin birth so that He was born righteous and pure, not under the curse of the original sin in fulfillment of the law. He was buried and rose again on the third day, ascended to the Father where He makes intercession for believers today. At Pentecost the Holy Spirit was poured out to all who believed and followed Jesus Christ and the pouring out continues today. After death there can be no redemption – once the Truth is seen there is no need of faith and it is by faith that we must receive and believe.

Jesus Christ is our Mediator, our High Priest, our Sovereign and our Righteous King, our Kinsman Redeemer, and the Lord and Messiah of the lives of those who believe in Him. I believe in Him as my Lord and Saviour and I believe that He is the only Son of God.

He will make a glorious appearance at the end of this age and His Kingdom will have no end. He will return in the victory that is already His and He will depose Satan from his current throne which God has allowed for a time because of the original act of rebellion by the first humans, Adam and Eve, who disobeyed God and through their rebellion lost their purity and cursed all future generations.

Regeneration is a gift offered to man which overcomes the curse through the grace of God. A gift freely given in order that we may be reconciled to Him. One that requires something of us and that is the rejection of our sin, turning away from evil, and this is done through the work of the Holy Spirit who enlightens the mind so that we may understand and delight in the word of God. We are justified in our faith by God’s glorious richness and acquitted of our sin because of Jesus Christ and not through anything that we ourselves can do.

Through sanctification we become passionate for God’s holiness and have a desire to become thoroughly cleansed and sanctified in order that we may humbly bring glory and honor to Him, our God the Father and to His Son Jesus Christ.

We detest all evil and any evil that comes near or enters into our heart – for to not be pleasing to God the Father is abhorrent.

As believers in Christ Jesus and partakers in communion with Him through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are preserved by God – not by ourselves, and not through anything that we can do. Our outward partaking of communion is a pledge, a renewal, and an outward display to others in the body of our right relationship within the body of Christ.

Those given to the Son, stay with the Son and no one and nothing can pluck them from His hand, not even themselves, though some may fall into sin and lose comfort and joy, hurt Christ’s church, and worldly judgment upon themselves. Once sin is repented of they are renewed into fellowship.

The body of Christ is the true church and the local body is the local expression to be encouraged and edified so that we may work together for the building up of the body, for corporate worship, and for outreach into the world. The local body of believers has the responsibility of holding members accountable to the deeds done before man of local believers who have placed themselves under their authority.

At death the bodies of believers and unbelievers both sleep for a time until both will be raised, some to judgment and others to glory. At this judgment every thought, every deed, and every intention will be scrutinized. Jesus Christ will be both advocate for believers and judge of all. The wicked will be sent to eternal punishment, which is eternal separation from God and the righteous will have communion with Him for eternity.

2 Responses to “Faith Statement”

  1. Joe said

    That Bible verse was a memory verse of mine years ago! Wonderful.

    JoeRich

  2. preparedcitizens said

    Thank you Joe. Thank you for reading what my blog is about. Truly I am praying that the body “leads the way” until His return. I know that this is where I must be. It is hard and it will get much, much, harder. If we confess with our mouths that Jesus Christ is the Son of God He will not deny us before the Father. Those who cannot confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, they must look within their heart to understand why not. I am praying for a mighty move of the Holy Spirit. Jubilee!!

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