Scripture of the Day

Galatians 6

6. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
7. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
9. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Scripture of the Day

Galatians 3

26. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
27. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
29. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Scripture of the Day

Galatians 2

17. But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
18. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.
19. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
21. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

Scripture of the Day

Psalms 87

A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.
1. His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2. The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
4. I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
5. And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6. The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
7. As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

From Here to There

Gatherings are being shunned, whether secular or religious, shopping is done warily and with a watchful and fearful glance at those near. Someone sneezes or coughs and people scatter or in anger scold another, everything seems on the cusp of breakdown.


In a society where we are constantly being bombarded by advertising I think we need to understand that most of our fears about the changes coming upon societies now are the result of that advertising. Not those silly thirty second commercials on media about a product, the advertising I’m referring to is the constant bombardment by media outlets about COVID19. Yes its horrible, yes it can be transmitted simply by breathing, yes people are dying; but people are living too. People are surviving the virus at a much higher rate than those who are dying from it, at least for now.

Media thrives off of fearful stories, governments thrive off of induced fear to pass legislation and actions, as a means of circumventing existing laws or restraints on their power. So now, in America, like elsewhere in the world lockdown’s are occurring with more frequency. We are told it’s to slow the spread of the virus, which I’m not going to argue the veracity of that statement. If it slows the spread of the virus, GOD bless those who are working to save lives. My concern is the lockdowns are going to be utilized for more nefarious reasons.

Freedoms lost are lost, those freedoms are nearly impossible to get back. Freedom of assembly for one. If people do not meet for fear of the virus and it remains illegal how is religious freedom going to exist? Some may rationalize that “god or church or religion” means little in the face of a pandemic, I would say they are wrong. Those who relinquish their freedoms willingly are allowing themselves to become slaves to a tyrannical state, which historically ends up being evil.

Freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and association are all being pushed aside due to media/government induced advertised fear.

On these cornerstones not only is this nation built, but the Christian faith. Assembling to worship was why Christians are persecuted and die in China and North Korea, in Muslim majority countries and elsewhere. Our freedom of conscience is being violated by forcing believers to accept the advertised fear of association and assembly. If believers violate those assembly orders they can suffer jail and fines or more.

I’m not saying the sickness cannot and isn’t passed by association, but where is the line in the sand?

line in the sand

So we move from the greatest economy of all time, as we are told by those in power. Record unemployment, so we are told. Best of this and the best of that, so we are told. Making America Great Again is the mantra of those identifying as right/conservative/religious/whatever else is out there. Those claims I’ll leave for economists and historians to hash out over the coming decades, Lord willing. Now in our day, at this specific time in our history those best of this and best of that, well, its sinking into an abyss of darkness.

A quote from an article on Zerohedge

Even God doesn’t play dice with the Universe.

And the sooner we give up our grand ideas of top down control through the decisions of wise and insouciant verified smart people the sooner we can deal with the reality of the life in front of us.

Today the world is contracting, not ending. It’s a smaller, tighter world than it was yesterday. That means the closer your relationship to someone, the more valuable they are.

Our society is changing, in some ways for the better, in some for the worse. The coming deaths caused by the virus and changes are not good, it may be a proverbial way of culling the herd, but death is never a good thing for unbelievers. When I read the words the world is contracting it brought to mind a piece written by CS Lewis, its echoed in several of his writings, but to paraphrase it in my way of understanding it, he wrote that modernism, as I interpret it isn’t a lasting thing, machines are built to make life easier but machines break down, and in time all the steel and iron will waste away.

The virus isn’t attacking machines but it is showing how reliant we are on machines, all of those things mankind has built over the past century and a half are now being stalled and shut down by the smallest of creatures. We are seeing that the advertised ideas of “globalism” isn’t the utopia it was advertised to be. We are seeing the financial leviathan that exists cannot cope with the strain of the smallest of GOD’s creations, the military of entire nations cannot fight and cope with the devastation caused by these smallest bringers of sickness and death. So contracting, yes we are.

We are moving into a time where wars will be fought, mankind has never shown an aptitude for mercy on a national level when something like this occurs. Yes they may try and help each other out in one sense but as we can see nations are turning inward, communities are turning inward and locally. Supply chain economics can and are being disrupted by this small insidious creature we call COVID19.

Wars are fought for the stupidest of reasons, whether they want to advertise it as patriotic or not, whether it has roots in religion or not, war is hell and it always causes death and destruction where it reigns supreme. The COVID19 is a horrendous event, the death caused by sickness and the sickness itself are nothing to be taken lightly, but governments never let a crisis go to waste. Laws and regulations are being passed which are going to restrict freedoms, not only those listed in the Constitution,but much more. Thought, action, association, assembly, religious, family, friends, neighborhoods, communities, counties, and states. Everything is in the process of changing, and in most respects not for the better.

When the people begin to cry for succor in their time of need and feel they have suffered long enough from the pain of isolation and poverty then those in power will step forward with a plan.

That plan will be globalism 2.0.

You’ll have to be marked for travel and purchases, to operate in the new economy you’ll have to prove you are not going to infect others. The subdermal or onskin chips are already available and being utilized for medical and financial means. If you do not receive their mark then you’re either criminal or condemned and pushed to the periphery of society. I believe we as a nation are headed down the wrong path.

Revelation 13

16 And he 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.

18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

This the is precipice we are standing on.

Fear induced by the advertising of death due to COVID19.

A society that no longer knows how to think, most follow the herd mentality, they just react with emotions and primarily to fear.

The decision is yours to make, some will say Christians don’t have to worry about the Mark because we are going to be raptured away before it comes to pass, I think those people have the wrong interpretation of Scripture. Most the suffering through the book of Revelation is divine action through natural events or mankind warring upon itself, the last set of judgments are defined as the wrath of GOD that’s what Christians are going to be protected from, the final days of the Tribulation. Your decision can only result in one of two things, in the end either we will say to GOD – Your will be done, or HE will say to us – your will be done.

Either we accept the last and final sacrifice, the Lamb of GOD, HIS Son Jesus, as our Savior or we do not, if we do not then its our will that will be done, we will forever be separated from a loving Father who gave HIS own Son to suffer and die in our place, taking upon Himself all the sins of every person in every age of the world.

Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 5:8  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:9 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:13  “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This is the decision we all are going to have to make, a decision to believe, accept, and have eternal life, or deny and suffer that eternal death and separation.

It’s your decision to make.

Scripture of the Day

1st Corinthians 15

12. Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13. But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

Scripture of the Day

1st Corinthians 3

11. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13. Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Scripture of the Day

Romans 15

2. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
3. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
5. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
6. That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Scripture of the Day

Romans 3

28. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
29. Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:
30. Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.
31. Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Scripture of the Day

Romans 2

1. Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
2. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
3. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
4. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
5. But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
6. Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7. To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8. But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9. Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10. But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11. For there is no respect of persons with God.

Scripture of the Day

Psalms 64

1. Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer: preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
2. Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity:
3. Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words:
4. That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
5. They encourage themselves in an evil matter: they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them?
6. They search out iniquities; they accomplish a diligent search: both the inward thought of every one of them, and the heart, is deep.
7. But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.
8. So they shall make their own tongue to fall upon themselves: all that see them shall flee away.
9. And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.
10. The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.

IT’S OFFICIAL: Chinese Scientists Find Genetic Explanation For Coronavirus Discriminating By Race

Full story here

Sir Humphrey Appleby
, the Machiavellian senior civil servant in the hit 1980s British sitcom Yes, Minister once famously commented that one should “never believe anything until it’s been officially denied.” Which meant we could be fairly confident that racial and ethnic differences in susceptibility to Coronavirus exist, because our race-denying Ruling Class so dogmatically refused to consider the evidence. Now that’s over: a study by a Chinese research group has emerged that offers concrete proof of race differences in susceptibility to Corona virus are very real.

The study—a preprint that has not yet been peer-reviewed—is entitled Single-cell RNA expression profiling of ACE2, the putative receptor of Wuhan 2019-nCovBy Yu Zhao et al., bioRxiv, 2020] and is authored by a group of medical scientists based at Tongji University in Shanghai

The authors explain that “2019-nCov was reported to share the same receptor, Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2)” as the SARS disease, an outbreak of which in 2003 seemed almost exclusively to kill Northeast Asians.

Based on “the public database and the state-of-the-art single-cell RNA-Seq technique” the Chinese scientists “analyzed the ACE2 RNA expression profile in the normal human lungs.” Crucially, they further found (in a comparison of  eight individual samples) that the “Asian male one has an extremely large number of ACE2-expressing cells in the lung” in comparison to other races. (The database was based on analysis of eight normal human lung transplant donors of different races.)

Scripture of the Day

John 15

1. I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
9. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
11. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
12. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
14. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
15. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
17. These things I command you, that ye love one another.
18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
19. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
20. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your’s also.
21. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
22. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
23. He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
24. If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
25. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.
26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
27. And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning

Update: Coronavirus fears prompt releases in Iran

Friends, the BBC reports that Gholamhossein Esmaili, Iran’s judiciary spokesman, said that more than 54,000 prison inmates have been let out of prison in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Iran has seen a significant number of cases and has the highest death toll outside of China from coronavirus.

This news means some Christian imprisoned for their faith have been freed. On February 26, believer Ramiel Bet-Tamraz was released from prison early while serving his sentence for his participation in house churches. He will not have to return to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Christian convert Fatemeh (Mary) Mohammadi was released on conditional bail on February 26, pending a hearing on March 2. Yesterday, Mary shared on Twitter that her court date has been postponed and no new date has been set at this time. She had been arrested on January 12 and spent 45 days in brutal detention, charged with “disturbing public order by participating in an illegal rally.”

Please thank God that Ramiel was released from prison early and pray for healing for him and his family as they are reunited.

Thank God that Mary was released from Qarchak Prison.

Pray Mary’s court date is scheduled soon and that justice is served for her.

Pray leadership in Iran and around the world have wisdom in how to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Photo: Ramiel Bet-Tamraz with his parents Pastor Victor Bet-Tamraz and Shamiram Issavi courtesy of Article18

Update: Asia Bibi thanks you for your prayers

Friends, international Open Doors staff met with Asia Bibi on February 28 in France. If you recall, in June 2010, Asia Bibi was convicted of blasphemy charges in Pakistan and sentenced to die. She waited eight years for an appeal hearing that was delayed repeatedly. Ultimately, Pakistan’s Supreme Court held a hearing and ordered her release, saying that the prosecution had failed to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. After nine years of prayers from Christians around the globe, Asia was freed on October 31, 2018.

She now lives with her family in Canada but has also been invited to live in France by French President Emmanuel Marcon. She longs to return to Pakistan one day.

Our Open Doors teammates were able to give her a hug, some meaningful gifts and a message from one of the many believers who prayed for her for years. She seemed very moved. We showed Asia a video of persecuted women and men praying for her. The video starts with images of watches and clocks. At one o’clock, the people stop doing what they are doing. They form circles and they pray for Asia.

Asia is almost speechless. “Wow, you all stopped your day to pray for me?”

When she was asked if she had a message for those who prayed for her while she was in prison, Asia responded, “Yes, I have a message for them: God is with them in the exact way He was with me. You are in God’s hands and you are vital.”

Please continue to pray for Asia Bibi and her family as they make decisions about their future.

Pray that Asia and her family continue to receive emotional and mental healing from the years they were separated and all they have endured.

Pray for your sisters and brothers who remain under extreme persecution in Pakistan today.

Thank God for the powerful witness of Asia Bibi—and that the same God is also with you.

Pictured: Asia Bibi at a press conference in France on February 28.