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Are We Prepared for the New Normal?

“But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” – Matthew 24:13

“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” – Revelation 2:7

Most professing Christians today were not prepared for the COVID-19 virus. They are sitting in their homes on their computers trying to find some way to defeat the boredom. However, they are also scared, fearful of assembling, obediently donning ineffective and even dangerous masks, and have otherwise accepted the violation of their Constitutional rights without a whimper. They not only do not recognize the aberrations in the Government response to COVID-19, the encroachment by scurrilous politicians, but they do not wish to recognize anything wrong.

“For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.’” — Matthew 13:15

Someone might protest, “But that was directed toward the Pharisees, who were spiritually out of touch with God.” Continue reading

When it’s Over—it’s not Over

I have read many professing Christian’s statements about what they are going to do when the virus is over. It appears that they believe everything will be as before. That’s like a double amputee anticipating leaving the hospital so that she or she can walk again. Do they really think the old “normal” will be there when the shutdown is lifted? I’m beginning to think that it does not matter to them as long as they can return to their sense of autonomy and freedom.

When it is over, it will not be over. The bane of having our freedom taken away may be gone, we may feel that we have more autonomy and freedom—but we will actually have less. Some businesses will not survive the Government’s extremism. Money will be too scarce to go on a spending spree. Sitting in a restaurant is not going to be more than a moment of exhilaration. Who will be irresponsible enough to spend money on a vacation with a depression rising over the economic horizon? What will we actually have once things return to “normal” that will cause us to feel better? Oh, I know, it’s that thing Christians do—meet in buildings. Has meeting in buildings made Christianity a strong and influential power in our society? Uh…no.

Christians are on their own—no secular entity is going to make certain that the religion survives and continues. It is up to the ones that truly know God to make certain Christianity survives as a biblical paradigm for true followers of Christ Jesus.

Every church building in America could be permanently shutdown, forcing everyone to hover around a computer screen to vicariously get a sense of “meeting,” and not one individual in the secular realm would have the slightest speck of concern. Give them jobs, and places to eat, shop, and party, and secular people will be satisfied. It will not matter to them one whit if our Nation’s sovereignty is surrendered to a Global Government. Continue reading

Will Our Homes Become Prayer Closets

People have cabin fever, are stir crazy, and cannot wait to get back in the crowded stream of busy-ness. But has anyone learned anything from this shutdown/sheltering fiasco?

Please consider that Satan sought to oppress and burden us with stress. We could turn mass retreat into our homes as an unprecedented opportunity for praying.

Did we discover how we could have all this time on our hands and still refuse to develop a praying regimen? Did we realize that the reason we did not study God’s word before this time surplus was because we really didn’t want to? Or are we praying?


Question: “Why do you always have to be so negative?”

Answer: “Why do you always have to be so weak and compromised?”)

The fact is that a genuine relationship with God begins with our commitment to enter His spiritual atmosphere. Paul used various terms and phrases to describe that transportation. I like the following.

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.” – Colossians 3:1-2

The more we ignore doing that, the stronger the flesh becomes. It is possible to know about God, fear hell, and become religious for pretense, but have a heart that lusts for and follows fleshly pursuits. Continue reading

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