Temporary or Eternal Freedom: For Which Will YOU Die?

Temporary or Eternal Freedom: For Which Will YOU Die?

When the Lord once begins to work in a willing person’s heart, that soul, if it remains open to the Spirit’s workings will be made fit for the kingdom of God and of Christ. To this end, I began rereading the ponderously heavy volume of the Martyr’s Mirror; and in looking again into this very revealing mirror, have seen my own need to seek God more fervently, more earnestly, than hitherto I have done. In so saying, I will be leaving off blogging — for the most part — to accomplish this end; but I will leave you with just one thought to ponder for yourselves. It is of utmost importance; and if it was the only post ever made on my humble blog, it would be enough.

To give you reference for the quote, it must be noted that previously to the selected quote, mention was made of some of the world’s heroes and martyrs, who suffered much, even death, to accomplish great things upon earth. Original footnotes will be included in parentheses, marked with an asterisk.

From the Author’s Preface, Martyr’s Mirror, Second English Edition, thirtieth printing, 2009: excerpts from pages 13-15; here is the noteworthy portion:

“We have already spoken of the great honor which custom conferred upon the brave and triumphant warriors; yet not one of all these, however great, mighty, valiant and victorious he may have been, or how great the honor and glory with which he may have been hailed, could in any wise be compared with the least martyr who suffered for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

“Even aged and feeble persons, youths and maidens, and such as were not noticed, yea whom the world did not esteem at all, did infinitely more through the power of their faith, their ardent love to God, and, especially, their steadfastness unto death, whereby they were enabled to forsake, yea, despise, all visible things, and to put entirely out of their thoughts, forget, and bid, as it were, eternal adieu to, until the consummation of all things, money, property, houses, farms, brothers, sisters, parents, children, dear friends and relatives, yea their own bodies and lives, and everything pleasing and delightful according to the flesh; whereas others, if possible, gladly enjoyed and retained all this, and would fain have retained it always, or still retain it.

“The honor, therefore, which is due to the holy martyrs, is infinitely greater and better than that of earthly heroes; just as the fight they fought, was infinitely more profitable, and their victory, as coming from the hand of God, infinitely more praiseworthy and glorious. *
(* God is worthier than the creatures; heaven is worthier than the earth; and the soul is more excellent than the body; in the same manner the divine, heavenly and spiritual warfare is worthier and more excellent than the creatural, earthly and corporeal warfare; that is beyond contradiction.)

“Through earthly wars countries and their inhabitants are destroyed, the innocent killed, the fugitive robbed of their property, and much weeping and mourning caused among those who remain. But through the warfare of the martyrs, at least through the martyrs themselves, the prosperity of countries and their inhabitants was promoted because of the fervent prayers offered up by the martyrs to God for those who did them harm and for the common welfare of all the inhabitants.

… …

“They caused no one to lament or weep, by doing him the least damage or injury, but they greeted everybody, even their enemies, with kindness, embraced them with the arms of love, and gave them cause to rejoice and be glad, outwardly as well as inwardly, bodily and spiritually, here and (God granting them mercy) also hereafter.

“O most delightful warfare, which did injury to none, but good to all. O ye blessed heroes, who fought this fight! No princes or kings can be compared to you; for all the honors won by earthly heroes on earth shall vanish with the earth; but your honor is an everlasting honor; your glory shall never cease, yea, shall endure, as long as God endures, whom you served.”

{This little snippet from the Martyr’s Mirror gives the perfect view of the only true warfare and true martyrdom. It shows us the inestimable value of giving up (completely dying to) the world of temporal things in order to gain that eternal kingdom, honor, glory and LIFE. To this I sincerely aspire, and in light of this…}

“…all have need to be taught in the way of salvation; no one would choose to be unsaved. … … Have compassion upon your own souls, whom the Lord loves so dearly, seeking to lead them to heaven; yea for whom the Son of God has shed his precious blood, thus purchasing them with so great a price. We would commend this matter most urgently to you as well as to ourselves. O Lord, help! O Lord, let it prosper!”

Dear readers, consider this deeply, as a matter of life and death! Jesus said, in Mark 8:36, “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Until next time…

Canadian Wildflower.

The Plot Thickens…

It seems the so-called “authorities” have been ramping up the vaccine campaign this past year, as evidenced by the following three articles which appeared in our local paper at strategic times.

This first one makes an effort to convince adults that vaccines are not just for children, and claims to debunk some so-called “myths” about vaccines by very authoritatively asserting some so-called “facts”. How many of my readers can personally verify that “Myth” #1 is, in fact, very true?


The second article is in the form of a survey, which claims to show that almost half of adults will not get a flu shot this year! Such a terrible thing, isn’t it? So many errant adults out here in Alberta!! Perhaps it’s because so many have had or know someone who has had nasty reactions to it, and don’t want a repeat!


And the third one is a political cartoon that makes a direct hit at the so-called “anti-vaxxers” who only desire to be allowed to make their own choices concerning vaccination. The vaccine pushers make it appear as if those who don’t vaccinate are responsible for all the pestilence that appears upon the earth! As if!!


Well, I have news for these deceivers, who are pushing this evil “mandatory vaccination” job: God himself said he would send pestilence (among other things) in judgment upon wicked men and evil-doers who won’t repent of their evil deeds! And here’s more news for them: the folks who are safely “hid with Christ in God” won’t be affected by these nasty plagues. (Please read Revelation in an authorized King James bible, ask God for wisdom, and seek him with all your heart to be saved from this wicked and adulterous generation.)

Then stand fast in the Lord, and stand up for your RIGHT to refuse any procedure, including vaccination, that you don’t want from “el medical mafia”!!

“Coronaville” Strikes Again, But WE WON! 😁

“Coronaville” Strikes Again, But WE WON!

Well, that time came around again, I mean grocery shopping time, and since we haven’t been shopping for well over a month, we didn’t know what to expect. Needless to say, there was a wee tightness inside as we began our latest adventure in “Coronaville”…

Our first stop we kind of expected the masking routine, and there was indeed a notice on their door that I ignored as best I could, and boldly walked into the mobile phone service provider outlet. I was promptly met by a masked man who asked if I had a mask. When I said, “No, I don’t wear masks”, he told me I could not be served inside the store. He could help me outside, if I wanted to wait for him to grab his coat. So I waited in the sub-zero weather while he ever so slowly wandered back to get his coat.

Being somewhat “wound up” by my cool reception, when he returned, I was rather “prickly” with him, as he ended up telling me, after one negative thing and another, “We don’t take cash.” Being “prickly” was not how I wanted to react, nor was it ideal, but after some discussion about it, I realized the importance of maintaining a manner that brings glory to Jesus Christ, even under stress, and we proceeded to our next stop.

Along the way, we discovered that we had blundered into a county-wide “temporary” (we know what “they” mean by that…) MANDATORY mask bylaw that was in effect in all indoor public places, being advertised very largely on digital billboards and in other prominent locations, making us wonder if we would be able to accomplish anything.

However, we boldly walked into the next place, unmasked of course, and when we were reminded that masks were now mandatory, we simply ignored the statement, and said, “Uh, we were interested in that (item) you have on sale.” Whereupon they immediately forgot about our lack of masks, and helped us find the item, which happened to be in another location an hour away… They were really quite nice about it, too; but they didn’t want to hear the truth about what’s really going on behind the mask…

Superstore still had a very large sign outside the front doors announcing the “mandatory mask” policy, so we decided to skip them again, as they can be rather sticky about enforcing “rules”, choosing to try the more expensive grocery instead, a place where we have always felt welcome.

Not sure whether they would kick us out or not, we knew they at least always have a friendly attitude toward customers, so again we just walked in maskless and began to shop. At first I wanted to make myself as inconspicuous as possible, so I pulled my neck down into my collar as far as I could, and tried to avoid people as I hurried to get as many things as possible into my cart in an effort to discourage them from even wanting to give us the boot.

But then, as I went on unmolested, I realized that I wasn’t the one who needed to feel “sheepish”, so I proceeded quite freely, looking at folks, breathing deeply, and enjoying the feeling of freedom it gives to know you’re not complying with evil, and that you’re right.

A small handful of folks (OK, they could be easily counted on less than one hand) were also NOT COMPLYING!! To whom we made a point of saying, “Thank you for NOT wearing a mask!” This generated amazing conversations with others who know what’s going on! Let me say here that these ones had at least some knowledge of the bible…

Some of the comments we heard from about three people:
“We’re all going to end up in box cars if this keeps up!”
“I work in health care, and you can’t wear a mask for very long; you’re breathing your own (ahem)!”
“I fight with my family over this stuff!”
“I hate masks; I can’t breathe in a mask!”
“I see some people who wear masks wrongly, and I know they don’t like to, but they’re going along with it to avoid standing out from the crowd. But I’m glad to stand out from the crowd! Whenever I see another person without a mask, I smile broadly at them to encourage them.”
“Thank you! You’re the first person who has ever said that to me!”

I give enormous credit to the more expensive grocery for their attitude towards customers. Not one staff member even looked askance at us for not masking, and not one word was said about it. There were no childish signs ordering us not to touch, no ugly anti-social dots on the floor, etc. For that reason, I will gladly shop there, even though the prices are “rather pricey” 😬. (I have not mentioned their name because I certainly don’t want to get them in any trouble. I did, however, commend this to the cashier, and asked her to pass it on to the manager.)

To conclude: here’s one message we want to give the readers of my humble blog: Be of good courage, don’t simply “go along to get along”! If more folks would NOT COMPLY, “they” wouldn’t be able to get away with as much as “they” do. “They” can only push as far as people will obediently allow “them” to. My thought for the masked, brain-washed masses was, “If only you knew you could be free!”

The most important message we want to help folks understand, is that God says, “FEAR NOT!!” over and over in his inspired, inerrant and infallible word; while the devil and his minions are barraging the deceived masses 24/7 with the unending command to “Fear, fear, fear!!”

So who are YOU going to obey? God, or the devil?

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15), and NOT fear man!!

Proverbs 14:26
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence:
and his children shall have a place of refuge.

And for that reason alone…WE WON!!

Nasty Blast from the Past: Are You a Victim of Psychological Abuse?

Nasty Blast from the Past: Are You A Victim of Psychological Abuse?

Memories have a way of sneaking up on you when least expected, and recently this happened to me, when a nasty memory jumped out at me. Thinking it might be used to help someone else in a similar situation, I decided to share it, story-style, in hopes that another needy soul could derive some comfort or wisdom from it.

It’s a rather painful memory, but sadly, this type of occurrence was rather ordinary…; and even more sadly, it happens to many, many others. I often lift these ones up in my prayers.

Following is just one instance of psychological abuse and how it affects the sufferer. There are MANY variations, all of them destructive and very painful. Children are often treated by parents or other children this way, as well as spouses with abusive partners. It is considered funny, but it is far from funny: it is cruel and destructive in the extreme.

  "You're not going out in public wearing THAT thing, are you?" he demanded with a look of horror on his face.
  "Why, what's wrong with it?" she asked in alarm, looking down at her favourite outfit, and one which he had hitherto complimented her on. Was there a stain that hadn't come out in the wash; a hole she had not seen?
  "Oh, nothing," he loftily retorted.
  "What's wrong with it," she repeated, helplessly. "Please tell me why it's not suitable."
  "Nothing's wrong with it. I was only joking. Can't you take a joke? Go ahead and wear it," was his rather mocking answer.
   By this time she was completely unsure of herself and her choice of outfit. Changing into another, she left the house feeling deflated and miserable. She couldn't get rid of the thought that her favourite outfit, which he had liked until today, was suddenly unfit for public use. Why wouldn't he tell her what the problem was? She stewed on it for hours...
  It was a long time before she could look at that outfit again, and when she did, she felt the pain of his cruel words again, so she decided to give it away.
  Shortly after giving it away, as they were preparing to attend another public function, she thought it best to ask him what he would like her to wear. To her dismay and greater confusion, he suggested the very outfit she had just given away!  
  "But...uh...I thought you didn't like that one..."
  "What gave you THAT idea?" he snorted contemptuously. 
  "Because...last time I wore it you didn't seem to approve of it..." she timidly ventured.
  "I SAID I was only joking, you can't even take a joke!" Then as he angrily left the room, he added, "Wear whatever you want! I don't care!"
  Her spirit crushed again, she was desperately close to tears, wondering what to wear, not knowing how she would manage to hide her intense pain, deeply disappointed at herself for giving her favourite outfit away, and dreadfully confused. Why did he have to do these kind of things all the time, and just before they had to go somewhere? 
  She swallowed her angry tears, dressed in something she thought might please him, washed her face in cold water to hide the pain, and somehow managed to keep it all from spilling out, though the overflow point was always very, very near...

Dear readers, I sincerely hope none of you is treated this way by anybody close to you! And I equally hope nobody close to you is being treated this way elsewhere. But in the sad event that you or someone you love IS being abused like this, I fervently hope you can get help for yourself or them.

A few signs that you or someone you love is being abused this way:
a) there’s a feeling of unexplainable oppression
b) confusion
c) self-blaming for everything
d) depression
e) anger
f) unexplained illnesses
g) strange physical pains
h) tears almost always close to the surface
i) a feeling of shame or guilt
j) self-inflicted pain (nail picking, cutting oneself, etc.)
k)unexplained crying, etc.

Victims of abuse tend to hide it very well, feeling they are to blame for it. Abusers are extremely good at making their victims take the blame, even in cases of actual physical violence. They have a way of twisting events and confusing their victims, thereby causing the victims to accept the blame. In this way, the victims seldom reach out for help because they believe others will see it all as their fault, too. Until it gets so bad there comes a breaking point.

Children treated this way by parents, as I was, can’t even see it. It has become a normal way of life for them, even though they are deeply hurt, and cannot explain why they feel so incredibly sad and lonely all the time.

At the present juncture in my life, after the tender mercy and lovingkindness of Jesus Christ has healed me to a large degree, I can better understand a lot of things.

If you think you may be a victim of abuse, it is time to stop hiding and find a trusted friend or counsellor to ask some questions of, and make sure you get answers. Don’t settle for stupid platitudes some folks like to give. If you get those, go to someone else, until you get some real answers. If you know a child who seems depressed (and depression can and often does manifest itself as anger), please try to reach out to him/her. Even if you cannot stop the abuse from happening, for whatever reason, a kind, understanding person who can listen, will do that victim a world of good. I mention especially a child because in their formative years, they desperately need someone to understand their feelings.

I welcome comments, and will always do my best to answer them in a reasonable amount of time. I’m not as much at the internet anymore, but as I have been helped, I hope to be able to reach out to help others.

I Have a Question: Why, Oh, WHY Does the Canadian Government Need Guillotines for Their COVID-19(84) Response?!?!??

Has anyone heard of such a thing? Guillotines to contain a virus??!? Here is, as far as I know, the FIRST exposure of the Canadian government’s request for a provider of guillotines for their Covid-19 response, directly from their own buyandsell website!!


Take notice: the status of the request is recorded as AWARDED… That means they have already chosen their guillotine provider.

The Squeeze Begins in “Coronaville”.

(Though things seem to go awry with this blog site for me, I’m going to try again to post an article, because it’s very important. Please bear with any technical problems it may cause me, 😑, and try to read it anyways. I greatly appreciate your support.

There are many who speak very bravely as long as it’s safe. But when the crunch comes, they go completely against what they have spoken so loudly about. Some have gone so far as to curse the poor brain-damaged masses who just wear the mask without question; claiming they themselves would not do such a stupid thing. They strongly stand against it until something THEY value is threatened, then they give in and wear the mask to obtain their desired object. I was very disappointed recently by two bloggers who have admitted giving in, after speaking so vehemently against it… I’m not trying to condemn or put down those who weren’t strong in reality, not at all! I myself have known the agony of rash words, then not being able to stand on what I said… 😪. My goal here is to encourage others to stand against going along with the evil.

Hence my latest “Coronaville” shopping adventures.

Groceries are rather an important necessity, after all, and it’s been quite a while since we went for some; and we noticed there have been a lot of changes since our last visit to the city. Not knowing what we would encounter, we committed ourselves to the mercy of God, and braced ourselves for whatever we met with along the way.

In the back window of our truck is the sign I posted earlier, “Resistance is Mandatory”, so even to go near the city with that is a risk. A bold statement like that can draw some very unexpected reactions from folks. A few shook their heads at us, but some were conscious enough to give us a thumbs up 👍.

By necessity being very frugal, we try to shop at thrift stores (one in particular) but when we got to the door, there was a large sign out front with many “COVID” rules written on it. The first was: 1) COVID screening will be performed at the door before entry is permitted. The second was: 2) All shoppers MUST wear a mask.

That’s as far as we got. We turned around and left. The items we needed were NOT more important than standing for TRUTH.

Again, operating on a very limited budget, we like to buy our main groceries at Superstore, where they mostly have reasonable bulk supplies; the others being far more pricey, with fewer items we use. But upon reaching the door, we faced yet another large sign stating very emphatically that “Wearing a mask is now MANDATORY”; so again we had to turn away and leave. We ended up going to a grocery that costs at least a third more than Superstore, and then not being able to even acquire the full range of items on our list. So we left the city much lighter in the pocketbook than we cared for, while not even getting all the necessities…

What am I tying to say here? If we make a verbal stand against wearing the mask, we must also make a physical stand against wearing the mask, come what may, or our statement is false. Earlier, I said that groceries are rather necessary, and I’m sure you all agree. But are they worth denying the truth for? Think about that…

I’ve been warning the dear readers of my humble blog for a long time, that there is a “mark” coming, the devil’s mark, the mark of the beast; which, if taken, will condemn that soul to hell for eternity. That mark is most likely in the coming CovID vaccine. We know (((they))) are saying that one day, sooner than later, folks will not be able to do basically anything without that “vaccine certificate”.

Hear what Jesus says: Revelation 13:16-17
16 And he [Satan] causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Says exactly the same, doesn’t it? Don’t be fooled. If we cannot resist the mask, we will not be able to resist the vaccine/mark. And we cannot resist any of the devil’s mischief if we are among them that “dwell upon the earth”.

Strange, isn’t it? After all, we ALL physically “dwell upon the earth”!!! This used to bother me a LOT. But the secret here is to understand it spiritually, which the Lord graciously revealed to me a few years ago, and which I share with you, in hopes that you also will seek God with all your heart before it’s too late.

Here is the major clue: Revelation 13:8
8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [Satan], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

WHOSE NAMES ARE NOT WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE OF THE LAMB… These are “they that dwell upon the earth”. Their names have been written in the earth. (Jeremiah 17:13
13 O Lord, the hope of Israel, all that forsake thee shall be ashamed, and they that depart from me shall be written in the earth, because they have forsaken the Lord, the fountain of living waters.)

Folks, “mask” is but one small letter (not to mention one tiny alphabetical step) away from “mark”. And by the looks of things, the mask is but one small step away from the vaccine/mark. If anything is more important to you than TRUTH (Jesus, who IS the truth: John 14:6), then sadly you are among them that “dwell upon the earth”; and you will not be able to resist the mark. You will be CAUSED to receive it. No matter how vehemently you speak against it now. Just like giving in to wear the mask because something was more important to you than standing for the truth.

God is very merciful, but absolutely just. He will forgive all your sin IF you will come to him through Jesus Christ, as prescribed in God’s word. And IF you will repent and turn away from ALL your sin, for ever, and seek God with ALL your heart. And IF you are willing to suffer with Jesus, and even physically die with him, as many thousands of faithful Christians have done before now. Which means that nothing on earth is more important to you than bearing witness to the truth, and having the testimony of Jesus Christ. Only by this will anyone be able to resist the mark of the beast, and dwell for eternity with Jesus in glory.

O, may my readers take this to heart!! Time is running out!

1 Peter 4:17-18
17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

My Sincere Apologies…

Greetings, readers,

Perhaps you’ve noticed a major change in the way my posts are displaying; me too. And I don’t like it any better than you do! My sincere apologies for the severe inconvenience of reading the last post; I have no clue how to fix that. 🙁 I hope you can still read it…

Also, the wordpress program suddenly gets to decide how many tags I can use, not the same twice, as I have found out… Among other things… Now I know why Greencrow called it a prison… ☹️


Save Yourselves from this Untoward Generation!!

In the ageless classic by John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress, is an oft-misunderstood piece of wisdom which it would be well for us to thoughtfully consider; more so now, as things go from bad to worse, and we see “The End” approaching. The passage in question pertains to the conversion of a soul, and the result of a true conversion on the spirit of a man. None of us can save himself or herself; we all need the Saviour, Jesus Christ. Without more ado, here is the quoted portion of Pilgrim’s Progress, pages 126 – 131, Eighth printing, 1964.

 " Christian (CHR.). Then Christian began and said, "I will ask you a question. How came you to think at first of doing as you do now?"
  Hopeful (HOPE.). "Do you mean, how came I at first to look after the good of my soul?"
  CHR. "Yes, that is my meaning."
  HOPE. "I continued a great while in the delight of those things which were seen and sold at our fair [Vanity Fair]; things which, as I believe now, would have (had I continued in them still) drowned me in perdition and destruction."
  CHR. "What things were they?"
  HOPE. "All the treasures and riches of the world. Also I delighted much in rioting, revelling, drinking, swearing, lying, uncleanness, Sabbath-breaking, and what not, that tended to destroy the soul. But I found at last, by hearing and considering of things that are divine, which indeed I heard of you, as also of beloved Faithful that was put to death for his faith and good living in Vanity Fair, 'That the end of these things is death.' [Romans 6:21] And that for these things' sake the wrath of God cometh 'upon the children of disobedience.' [Ephesians 5:6]
  CHR. "And did you presently fall under the power of this conviction?" 
  HOPE. "No, I was not willing presently to know the evil of sin, nor the damnation that follows upon the commission of it, but endeavoured, when my mind at first began to be shaken with the Word, to shut mine eyes against the light thereof." 
  CHR. "But what was the cause of your carrying of it thus to the first workings of God's blessed Spirit upon you?" 
  HOPE. "The causes were, 1. I was ignorant that this was the work of God upon me. I never thought that by awakenings for sin, God at first begins the conversion of a sinner. 2. Sin was yet very sweet to my flesh, and I was loath to leave it. 3. I could not tell how to part with mine old companions, their presence and actions were so desirable unto me. 4. The hours in which convictions were upon me were such troublesome and such heart-affrighting hours that I could not bear, no not so much as the remembrance of them upon my heart."
  CHR. "Then, as it seems, sometimes you got rid of your trouble."
  HOPE. "Yes, verily, but it would come into my mind again; and then I should be as bad, nay worse, than I was before." 
  CHR. "Why, what was it that brought your sins to mind again?" 
  HOPE. "Many things, as,
  1. If I did but meet a good man in the streets; or,
  2. If I have heard any read in the Bible; or,
  3. If my head did begin to ache; or,
  4. If I were told that some of my neighbours were sick; or,
  5. If I heard the bell toll for some that were dead; or,
  6. If I thought of dying myself; or,
  7. If I heard that sudden death happened to others; 
  8. But especially, when I thought of myself, that I must quickly come to judgement."
  CHR. "And could you at any time with ease get off the guilt of sin when by any of these ways it came upon you?"
  HOPE. "No, not latterly, for then they got faster hold of my conscience. And then, if I did but think of going back to sin (though my mind was turned against it) it would be double torment to me."
  CHR. "And how did you do then?"
  HOPE. "I thought I must endeavour to mend my life, for else, thought I, I am sure to be damned."
  CHR. "And did you endeavour to mend?"
  HOPE. "Yes, and fled from, not only my sins, but sinful company, too, and betook me to religious duties, as praying, reading, weeping for sin, speaking truth to my neighbours, &c. These things I did, with many others, too much here to relate."
  CHR. "And did you think yourself well then?"
  HOPE. "Yes, for a while; but at the last my trouble came tumbling upon me again, and that over the neck of all my reformations."
  CHR. "How came that about, since you was now reformed?"
  HOPE. "There were several things brought it upon me, especially such sayings as these, 'All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.' 'By the works of the law no man shall be justified.' 'When you have done all things, say we are unprofitable,' [Isaiah 64:6; Galatians 2:16; Luke 17:10] with many more the like. From whence I began to reason with myself thus: if all my righteousnesses are filthy rags, if by the deeds of the law, no man can be justified, and, if when we have done all, we are yet unprofitable, then 'tis but a folly to think of heaven by the law. I further thought thus: If a man runs an 100£ into the shopkeeper's debt, and after that shall pay for all that he shall fetch, yet his old debt stands still in the book uncrossed; for the which the shopkeeper may sue him, and cast him into prison till he shall pay the debt."
  CHR. "Well, and how did you apply this to yourself?"
  HOPE. "Why, I thought thus with myself. I have by my sins run a great way into God's book, and that my now reforming will not pay off that score; therefore I should think still under all my present amendments. But how shall I be freed from that damnation that I have brought myself in danger of by my former transgressions?" 
  CHR. "A very good application. But pray go on."
  HOPE. "Another thing that hath troubled me, even since my late amendments, is that if I look narrowly into the best of what I do now, I still see sin, new sin, mixing itself with the best of that I do. So that now I am forced to conclude that notwithstanding my former fond conceits of myself and duties, I have committed sin enough in one duty to send me to hell, though my former life had been faultless."
  CHR. "And what did you do then?"
  HOPE. "Do! I could not tell what to do, till I brake my mind to Faithful, for he and I were well acquainted. And he told me that unless I could obtain the righteousness of a man that never had sinned, neither mine own nor all the righteousness of the world could save me."
  CHR. "And did you think he spake true?"
  HOPE. "Had he told me so when I was pleased and satisfied with mine own amendments, I had called him fool for his pains: but now, since I see my own infirmity, and the sin that cleaves to my best performance, I have been forced to be of his opinion." 
  CHR. "But did you think, when at first he suggested it to you, that there was such a man to be found, of whom it might justly be said that he never committed sin?"
  HOPE. "I must confess the words at first sounded strangely, but after a little more talk and company with him, I had full conviction about it."
  CHR. "And did you ask him what man this was, and how you must be justified by him?"
  HOPE. "Yes, and he told me it was the Lord Jesus, that dwelleth on the right hand of the Most High. And thus, said he, you must be justified by him, even by trusting to what he hath done by himself in the days of his flesh, and suffered when he did hang on the tree. I asked him further how that man's righteousness could be of that efficacy, to justify another before God? And he told me he was the mighty God, and did what he did, and died the death also, not for himself, but for me, to whom his doings and the worthiness of them should be imputed, if I believed on him." [Hebrews 10; Romans 4; Colossians 1; 1 Peter 1]
  CHR. "And what did you do then?"
  HOPE. "I made my objections against my believing, for that I thought he was not willing to save me."
  CHR. "And what said Faithful to you then?"
  HOPE. "He bid me go to him and see. Then I said it was presumption, but he said no, for I was invited to come. Then he gave me a book of Jesus his inditing [sic: I believe it was meant 'inviting'], to encourage me the more freely to come. And he said concerning that book that every jot and tittle thereof stood firmer than heaven and earth. Then I asked him what I must do when I came. And he told me I must entreat upon my knees with all my heart and soul the Father to reveal him to me. Then I asked him further how I must make my supplication to him. And he said go and thou shalt find him upon a mercy-seat, where he sits all the year long to give pardon and forgiveness to them that come. I told him that I knew not what to say when I came, and he bid me say to this effect, 'God, be merciful to me, a sinner, and make me to know and believe in Jesus Christ; for I see that if his righteousness had not been, or I have not faith in that righteousness, I am utterly cast away. Lord, I have heard that thou art a merciful God, and hast ordained that Thy Son Jesus Christ should be the Saviour of the world; and, moreover, that Thou art willing to bestow Him upon such a poor sinner as I am (and I am a sinner indeed). Lord, take therefore this opportunity, and magnify Thy grace in the salvation of my soul, through Thy Son Jesus Christ. Amen."
  CHR. "And did you do as you were bidden?"
  HOPE. "Yes, over, and over, and over."
  CHR. "And did the Father reveal His Son to you?"
  HOPE. "Not at the first, nor second, nor third, nor fourth, nor fifth; no, nor at the sixth time neither."
  CHR. "What did you do then?"
  HOPE. "What! Why I could not tell what to do."
  CHR. "Had you not thoughts of leaving off praying?"
  Hope. "Yes, an hundred times, twice told."
  CHR. "And what was the reason you did not?"
  HOPE. "I believed that that was true which had been told me, to wit, that without the righteousness of this Christ, all the world could not save me. And therefore thought I with myself, if I leave off, I die; and I can but die at the throne of grace. And withal, this came into my mind, 'If it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come, and will not tarry.' [Habakkuk 2:3] So I continued praying until the Father showed me His Son."
  CHR. "And how was he revealed unto you?"
  HOPE. "I did not see him with my bodily eyes, but with the eyes of mine understanding; and thus it was. One day I was very sad, I think sadder than at any one time in my life; and this sadness was through a fresh sight of the greatness and vileness of my sins. And as I was then looking for nothing but hell, and the everlasting damnation of my soul, suddenly, as I thought, I saw the Lord Jesus look down from heaven upon me, and saying, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' [Acts 16:31]
  "But I replied, 'Lord, I am a great, a very great sinner,' and he answered, 'My grace is sufficient for thee.' [2 Corinthians 12:9] Then I said, 'But, Lord, what is believing?' And then I saw from that saying, 'He that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst,' [John 6:35] that believing and coming was all one, and that he that came, that is, run out in his heart and affections after salvation by Christ, he indeed believed in Christ. Then the water stood in mine eyes, and I asked further, 'But Lord, may such a great sinner as I am be indeed accepted of thee, and be saved by thee?' And I heard him say, 'And him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.' [John 6:37] Then I said, 'But how, Lord, must I consider of thee in my coming to thee, that my faith may be placed aright upon thee?' Then he said, 'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes. He died for our sins, and rose again for our justification. He loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. He is mediator between God and us. He ever liveth to make intercession for us.' [1 Timothy 1:15; Romans 10:4, 4:25; Revelation 1:5; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25] From all which I gathered that I must look for righteousness in his person and for satisfaction for my sins by his blood; that what he did in obedience to his Father's law and in submitting to the penalty thereof was not for himself, but for him that will accept it for his salvation and be thankful. And now was my heart full of joy, mine eyes full of tears, and mine affections running over with love, to the name, people, and ways of Jesus Christ."
  CHR. "This was a revelation of Christ to your soul indeed. But tell me particularly what effect this had upon your spirit?"
  HOPE. "It made me see that all the world, notwithstanding all the righteousness thereof, is in a state of condemnation. It made me see that God the Father though he be just, can justly justify the coming sinner. It made me greatly ashamed of the vileness of my former life and confounded me with the sense of mine own ignorance. For there never came thought into mine heart before now that showed me so the beauty of Jesus Christ. It made me love a holy life, and long to do something for the honour and glory of the name of the Lord Jesus. I thought, that had I now a thousand gallons of blood in my body, I could spill it all for the sake of the Lord Jesus." "

Dear readers, my greatest prayer for all, is that this mighty work of grace may truly be done in each one of you who is not yet born again, and who reads this with a sincere and humble heart; that you would seek the Lord with ALL your heart, that your souls may be truly converted, and thereby saved from the wrath to come. For make no mistake, the wrath of God IS coming (and has begun) upon this world that is so totally given over to wickedness and filthy, abominable works! We can see God’s righteous judgment by the plagues (1), real or contrived (“corona virus”); by the disastrous weather that has been occurring all over the world, whether real or manipulated, which is also part of the plagues of judgment; and by the abject fear (2) that most are in (look how many willingly wear the face covering!!); and by the fact that so many are hardening themselves in their sins, in spite of what is happening around them, unwilling to repent of their evil deeds, and give glory to God. (3)

Furthermore, there is a wrong fear (which we see all around us) and a right fear — the fear of God. Please allow me to quote John Bunyan again: pages 137, 138:

” “HOPE. “I do believe…that fear tends much to men’s good, and to make them right [correct] at their beginning to go on pilgrimage.”
CHR. “Without all doubt it doth, if it be right. For so says the Word, ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.’ ” [Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 9:10]
HOPE. “How will you describe right fear?”
CHR. “True, or right, fear is discovered by three things.
“1. By its rise. It is caused by saving convictions for sin.
“2. It driveth the soul to lay fast hold of Christ for salvation.
“3. It begetteth and continueth in the soul a great reverence of God, his word and ways, keeping it tender, and making it afraid to turn from them to the right hand or to the left to anything that may dishonour God, break its peace, grieve the Spirit, or cause the enemy to speak reproachfully.”

“…Now the ignorant know not that such convictions that tend to put them in fear are for their good, and therefore they seek to stifle them.”
HOPE. “How do they seek to stifle them?”
CHR. “1. They think that those fears are wrought by the Devil (though indeed they are wrought of God) and thinking so, they resist them, as things that directly tend to their overthrow. 2. They also think that these fears tend to the spoiling of their faith (when alas for them, poor men that they are, they have none at all), and therefore they harden their hearts against them. 3. They presume they ought not to fear, and therefore, in despite of them, wax presumptuously confident. 4. They see that these fears tend to take away from them their pitiful old self-holiness, and therefore they resist them with all their might.” “

Dear readers, if you feel the Spirit’s convictions for sin in your own life, don’t try to stifle them, but embrace them and allow them to do the work they are meant to do! Save yourselves from this untoward generation! (Acts 2:40)

(1) Revelation 15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

Luke 21:25-26 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

(2) 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

(3) Revelation 9:20-21 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

But for those of us who have repented and been born again, by the word of God which liveth and abideth for ever, there is reason to hope! “The End” is not the end; it’s only the beginning of eternal life with our Saviour because we have eternal life abiding in us already!

Luke 21:27-28 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Until next time,

To Mask 😷, Or Not to Mask 😁; That is the Question.

When considering the question of whether or not to mask, how many even think passingly on what God says about the face? Even myself, I did not remember the scriptural references to the face, or deeply ponder the significance of the face. However, that is not to say the Lord did not open to me these very important thoughts; and I would like to share them, to encourage others, as I myself have been so wonderfully enlightened, by the grace of God!

Let me begin by saying that while I am a follower of Christ (a Christian), I do not hold to any “denominational” tenets, nor do I agree with any entire religious organization, such as the Russian Orthodox faith, from which this quoted portion is taken; though it is possible to glean truth from any. While reading a worthy article on russian-faith.com, the Lord opened to me the following information on mask wearing, which is hereby quoted verbatim.

“The emphasis on a face in the scripture is always an emphasis on a personhood. Our face is the most important feature of our person – of who we are. We are recognized by our face before God and before people. We are created in the image of God, and that image must stay unaltered for us to be who we are. When we cover our face, we are just one of the crowd (from the submissive heard [sic])and we lose our personhood, which is in direct contradiction to God’s image in which we were created.

“Wearing of a face mask severely impairs our ability to communicate with other people. Psychology says that our words account to only 7% of the overall message in our face-to-face communication, tone of the voice 33%, while facial expressions and body language account for a whopping 55%.

“In this day and age through excessive use of “smartphones” we are already robbed of quality relationships with our loved ones, and now with no handshakes, no touching and face coverings (which rightly bears the sinister name of “social distancing”), we will turn into walking zombies, devoid of our humanity. It will inevitably have severely negative consequences on our mental health and it will not help restore bridges in our divided society.

“That is why the author Charles Burris is right in his observation that people who succumb to this new COVID religion see a threat in other people – especially those who are healthy looking (asymptomatic), avoid people, and those who refuse to be dehumanized and wear the western style burka on their face are seen as dangerous heretics who have to be removed from society or “burned at stake”.

“COVID-19 and its “omni-presence” has in many ways replaced God and has turned our society into a Secular Sharia. This connection between Islam and secular mask mandates has been thusly explained:

” “2300 years ago, long before Islam, Arabs discovered that forcing people to cover their noses and mouths, broke their wills and individuality, and depersonalized them. It made them submissive. That’s why they imposed on every woman the mandatory use of a fabric over her face. Then Islam turned it into the woman’s symbol of submission to Allah, the man owner of the harem, and the King. Modern psychology explains it: without a face we don’t exist as independent beings. The child looks in the mirror between the ages of two and three and is discovered as an independent being. The mask is the beginning of deleting individuality. He who does not know his history is condemned to repeat it.” ” End of quoted passage.

Following is the link to the full article.


Here also are a few scriptural references of face to face communication:

Exodus 33:11 And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.

Deuteronomy 5:4 The Lord talked with you face to face…

Deuteronomy 34:10 …Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, …

2 John 12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

3 John 14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face
to face.

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Our faces, if Christ dwells within!! 😁

We all know that face to face communication provides the richest fulfillment in any relationship; as it is among people, so it is between people and God, who created in every soul a desire for relationship with himself. For this reason, more than any other, then, I and my best half will resist the mask.

To paraphrase an old children’s song about letting our light shine…

“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine! 😁

“Hide it under a burka 😷, NO!! I’m gonna let it shine!

Until next time…