Relationships, wow they can be tough. John Lennon said it best when he said, “Nobody told me there’d be days like these”. No truer words have been spoken, when it comes to relationships, anyways. There are tough, unbearable, heart wrenching days, and sometimes those days are all we see, the good ones lost in a […]
I have been doing some thinking about the Church and the power and control leaders have or try to have over their congregation.
I am a born-again, bible believing, Jesus worshipping Christian. However, I have not stepped foot inside a “Church” in a long time.
I became a Christian in 1990, I was a member of one church for ten years until God called me out because of the vast spiritual abuse and un-Godly control within it. Then, after a few months, I became the associate pastor of another church for three years. This church was filled with sin, it had leaders who stole, did drugs, slept around and so on. Now many would say that I must have gone ahead of God, and went to these churches, I questioned it myself, but in time I realized that I was supposed to be there. I am not a person to bend to the will of others, rather I do what God wants…and not man. I was supposed to be there to see that there are corrupt churches and to try and bring the will of God to the people and pray for them. But it did not happen, God removed those who were seeking Him from the first and the second burned down. Both churches controlled their members through fear as well. Using the name of God against the people by twisting scripture and false prophecies.
The pastor of the church that I was a member of for ten years has a heart for the lost, the issue mostly with that church was the leadership, they behaved one way in church when in front of the pastor, but behaved in a whole other way when they were not around the pastor. Their lives did not line up with the word of God.
For some reason the pastor never saw it, and when someone would leave because they had enough of the abuse and when they tried to tell the pastor and his wife, they did not believe it, they thought that the person leaving was controlled by Jesebel and was lying.
This only made everything worse.
I saw terrible things happening within churches, such as senior pastors steal, kick people out if they did not do what they wanted them to, I heard from members that some leaders wanted details of what they did in the bedroom, members were told that they had to work in the church because if they didn’t then they obviously were not dedicated, they were told to give money and if they didn’t they were not dedicated. Also if they did not do what they were told then they were either kicked from their position in the church or never given a position. Leaders would also gossip about members of their congregation and some would tell dirty and crude jokes as well as take pills and drink alcohol. I could go on.
I also heard pastors and leaders tell people their opinion of politicians running in elections, building up one side while tearing down the other in an attempt to swing the congregation into voting the way they vote.
If someone has a different view on the politicians and political situation they will be shunned and made to feel inferior.
There is so much more I could write about this, but the point I am trying to make is:
-The church has no business in controlling people’s thoughts and actions.
-It has no business in influencing the votes and opinions that the congregation has about politics.
The place that Christians and the church in general has when it comes to politics is to pray for its nation and its leaders.
Many people leave churches and either never go back or attend a different one because of this spiritual abuse and control that is happening within the walls of the churches.
If pastors and leaders truly care about people and their salvation then they need to let go of control and let God be God. To love the people and to gently guide them, not force them to change.
God must be allowed to be God, the only one that can change the heart of a sinner or a misguided person is Jesus, and even He does not force himself on anyone, He simply loves them and shows them the way. He does not try to influence people into thinking His way either. Jesus allows us to make up our own minds by gently touching our hearts and quietly speaking to our spirits. If we are allowed to listen to Him rather than forced into doing what a person wants then we will make the right decisions and the family of God will grow the way God intended it to.
Since the creation of mankind, we have been given chance after chance; opportunity after opportunity to do the right thing, to make the right choice, to transform our bad behaviour into good behaviour.
Like it says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
But do we take the God-given opportunity and turn from our evil ways? No we do not, we continue on our chosen path of destruction, the path that harms others, our planet and inevitably ourselves.
Why do we live a life of self-destruction? Why do we continue to live this way? We see what it does, we know that we are hurting our environment, our neighbours, family friends and so on, we know we are hurting ourselves. Why do we do it?
I believe that it is based on the idea of pleasing one self and greed. Doing whatever one wants, as long as it brings self-gratification in that moment and/or riches as well.
In the following scriptures we read 1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
A greedy man stirs up strife, but the one who trusts in the Lord will be enriched.
Here we can easily see why the downfall of modern politics have taken place. Over the past decade we have seen the invasions of two countries due to the lust for oil of another nation and we see the beginnings of more wars for the same reason. The lust that a nation has for another nations resources is what is causing such heartache, pain and misery.
Politicians are turning their backs on their countries forefathers and more importantly turning their backs on God and without morals will send their children to die on other nations soil so that they can rape the land of its riches and line their own pockets.
Satan is at the root of all this sin, he was there in the garden where he lied and convinced Adam and Eve that it would be ok to eat from the tree. He lied, twisting Gods words and offering Eve something that he knew she could not resist. Her greed caused her to sin.
Genesis 3:44 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
Many live the way as I have written, and we know living in such a way will lead to death, physical and spiritually. It says in Galatians 5:19-2119 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
So we clearly know that we must abstain from these things.
Whether we are aware or not, even if we try to live holy lives, there are people sent to lead us astray. We must constantly watch. We must watch out for ourselves as well as for our brothers and sisters. Jude 1:4For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
We must always check ourselves, our motives and our desires. Colossians 3:5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
This world is in trouble, there will be multitudes who will spiritually die. We are in the end times, we can see it. The days of Noah are upon us. No one will know the exact day or time, that is why we must be ready. But as it was before the flood, so it is now. Mathew 24: 36-44 36 “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,but only the Father. 37As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
42“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.
For you who are not followers of Christ; whether you were once and have walked away or if you never were, you have hope.
1 John 1:9“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
and again in 2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
These things that are happening and the things are are going to happen are all supposed to happen. They are written in the Bible, God knew when He created us that it would turn out this way. But that does not mean that we throw in the towel and give up. It does not mean that we invade others, killing the people and steal their resources. We are still to live according to Gods word, to love one another.
I will finish with this from Mark 12:28-31
The Greatest Commandment
28One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”
29“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Thomas H Czech, 2012
This world as it was, no longer is.
Peace, love and harmony no longer exist.
The world I once knew is gone…long gone,
everyone who promised a better place, were wrong…so wrong.
Where do we go? What do we do?
Do we throw in the towel, do we say “we’re through”.
Oh my, I’m heart-broken, sad, forlorn,
my spirit crushed and my heart is torn.
My world is gone, my future’s no more,
I want to close my curtains and lock the door.
My tv is off, no more news for me,
no hope for anyone, and nowhere to flee.
But I did hear of one who they say is hope,
is he real? Does he know we’re at the end of our rope?
He is called the messiah, Jesus is His name,
Will he save us if I cry out His name?
I’m down on my knee, I cry out to Him,
oh my Lord I need hope for you to bring.
We have failed, greed has destroyed us all,
to the pit of despair we did fall.
We need your forgiveness, mercy and grace,
you are the only one who can save this human race.
Please do come, come back soon,
we haven’t much time, we can see our own doom.
Thomas H Czech, 2012
This great planet of ours has oxygen, plants, water and so on. Everything we humans need to live and to thrive and yet we are continually destroying it. Not for any reason other than out of greed.
When this planet was created, before the animals and humans were here, earth was immaculate, everything in perfect balance. Then the animals were created–then humans.
They could have laid down on their backs, looked up at the stars and seen each and every one as if they were sparkling diamonds. The air was clean and pure, nothing to diminish their view.
The water in the oceans, lakes, rivers and streams was so clear that they could see all the marine life living like they ought to.
Everything was perfect, just as it was created to be.
However, thousands of years later we have destroyed so much of our planet and continue to do so, and there seems to be no slowing us down.
Why are we, as a race, so ignorant of what we are doing? How can we continually place money above our own well-being?
If one man were to take a sledge hammer and proceed to destroy his house and then move onto his car and do the same; then after he were done, douse it with gasoline and torch it, he would be considered to be nuts and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation and probably found to be mentally ill. However, here we have billions of people destroying the only habitable planet we have second by second for generations and we allow ourselves to do so. Remember, the crazy man’s house and car can be replaced, this planet cannot be.
So why do we do it? We have the technology to be environmentally friendly. The Electric car was invented years ago, it worked amazingly well, but they were all taken off the street and put into car crushers. We know it was because ‘Big Oil’ would not make billions anymore if the electric car were to have been produced on a grand scale.
We also have hydro producing windmills, they are amazing, and they work great. However we have certain people saying that they give people migraine headaches. I was around such windmills and never felt any sort of illness, sickness or pain whatsoever. Maybe it is just another claim by some big corporation who fears of losing money.
What it comes down to is that we can no longer allow money to rule; we have to take drastic steps to save our resources and more importantly, our planet.
Every effort needs to be made to clean our air, soil and water.
Cities are lined with buildings that have flat roofs, these roofs can be turned to green spaces and solar panels can be placed on top as well, this is not a huge step, but it will be a start. Every step forward, no matter how small, is still a step forward.
Let’s begin to change our wasteful, polluting ways. Think about it and do it; one of these days, not too far off in the future, it will be—too late!
-Empty lots in cities can become community gardens or parks
-Flat roofs can become green space and/or also places for solar panel for clean hydro. (Green roofs cut heating and cooling)
-Buy locally produced food, and other things
–There are a lot of things you can do to help our planet.
©Thomas H Czech, 2011
By: Thomas H Czech, December 11, 2011
Food, we all need it to live, to survive. However, most people in these days of financial breakdown in the United States and in Europe are struggling to make ends meet. Canada is one of the most stable and powerful nations in the world with the most stable economies next to China. Nonetheless there are many people who struggle to put healthy food on their plates as the great divide, the gap between the haves and have not’s is widening here in Canada as well.
When I receive the sales flyers I go through them and plan my grocery shopping accordingly, but I see sales that are not sales. The prices are ridiculous!
I hear members of our government and doctors as well as teachers and health advocates preach about the state of our nations health, such as the obesity rates, rate in the increase in diabetes etc. and yet nothing is done about the cost of healthy food.
I find it ridiculous to be paying $4.37 for four litres of milk when the dairy farm is right here in our area. That price is the lowest; other brands are higher in cost. The price of low cost bread is around $1.97 a loaf. These prices are completely unjust as far as I and others are concerned.
The cost of fruit and vegetables are even worse compared to unhealthy foods.
So what do people do if they only have a limited amount of money? They will go for products that go farther on their dollar; which are the unhealthy foods.
I am someone who is a strong believer in healthy eating; I push for vegetables, fruit, whole grain breads etc. I don’t buy pop, chips or the like. But there are many who cannot afford to buy the right kind of food.
I have gone through the flyers and the various stores in my community and seen the prices, I have also seen people who are very over weight and glanced into their shopping carts, which had low cost unhealthy processed garbage in them.
A couple with children were going through an isle, “Can we have salad today?” one member of the family asked, “No, it is too expensive.” The other replied. That is sad.
One can argue and say that one should not put a price on health, which is true. But when the argument is about having food in ones stomach for the entire month VS having healthy food for only half the month then what do you think they will go for?
When one adds all expenses such as heat, hydro, rent, groceries, clothing etc. well the dollar doesn’t go very far.
I am a firm believer in action, in the people of the country standing up and saying, “Enough is enough!” The government which we have elected needs to start working for us and regulating the cost of the products which we consume. If we want a nation which is strong and healthy then we need to lower the cost of healthy and nutritious food and raise the cost and tax on the unhealthy and fast foods.
People in power who complain about people’s health and the rate at which our health care costs are rising due to an unhealthy population and do nothing are hypocrites. If we were to have low cost or affordable healthy food for the population then the strain on our health care would eventually be reduced. One other thing, which should happen, is the cost of entering and playing sports needs to be cut as well. Exercise is crucial as well. There are many people (Children and adults) who would love to take part in sports but who can’t afford it. But that is another topic for a later time.
So here we have it; if our government really wants our citizens to eat healthy and be healthy and if they want to lessen the strain on our health care system then they WOULD do everything in their power to lower the cost on healthy foods.
For when the healthy foods are more affordable than the unhealthy foods, that is when the population will reach for and consume the healthy VS the unhealthy, that is when we WILL see the citizens of this nation become healthy and we WILL see the strain on our health care systems reduced—over time.
We will have a population that is healthier, more energetic and happier!
Points on how a government can reduce the cost of healthy foods:
- Increase taxes on fast food purchased from fast food restaurants (fast food is not a necessity)
- Increase taxes on junk food (chocolate bars, chips, pop etc.)
- Increase taxes on tobacco and tobacco products
- Increase taxes on alcohol
- Take the extra taxes now and give the money to farmers so that they can lower the cost of their produce.
- Allow and encourage farmers to sell their products (i.e. eggs, milk, meats, fruit, vegetables) directly from their farms. This will cut the costs of the products as there will not be a shipping cost added and no middle man and/or a store mark-up.
- And remember to buy local and plant a garden, no matter how small if possible. Even a few pots with vegetable plants in them set on a balcony make a difference.
- Also write your member of Parliament letting them know that you want him/her to take action and to voice your complaint to parliament, they are supposed to be the voice of the people. You may even send them this blog.
Please Share This With Everyone You Know…Time For Action Is NOW!
©Thomas H Czech, 2011
The world has changed; it is no longer the world in which I grew up in. Now at the age of 43 in the year of 2011 I wonder what has happened? Where is this utopian society, which I was promised? A society which is peace loving and not war making, a society which does not start wars and tortures or murders innocent men women and children invading their countries because of the North American lust for oil and power.
That society, I suppose, was merely a dream of a few…or just an out right lie.
As I watch the news I realise that it is no longer neutral, and not reporting the truth as it is; but instead it is reporting in such a way that it takes a side, the side which the government wants us as a country to take, and at times they out right twist the truth or even blatantly lie to us.
I pride myself on being a man with an open mind and one who listens to media and people I meet and then I take that information and research it for myself.
Recently I watched several episodes of Jesse Ventura’s ‘Conspiracy Theory’, which were an eye opener. Now I did find some things to be far fetched, but I also believed that there is truth in what he says. I do believe that the government has gone too far, that they spy on everyone and that they are preparing for a global catastrophe and are building bunkers to save the wealthy and the politicians. Of that, there is no doubt; there is far too much evidence to deny it.
Jesse is also good friends of many people who know a lot about this, i.e. military personnel, investigative reporters and politicians. He is also friends with a man named Alex Jones who hosts a radio and TV show on the internet as well as has web sites pertaining to conspiracies and government cover-ups etc. ‘Prison Planet’ and ‘InfoWars’. I have to admit, at first I thought these guys were off their rocker, but as I began to look into things further I realised that they were and are speaking the truth. The governments of the world, along with the richest people on the planet are controlling everything; literally everything, from stock markets, food, oil, pharmaceuticals etc. I believe we have found cures for most if not all illness and also the technology to get off oil and also resolve the world’s energy crisis, but it is not used as it would not be financially beneficial for the billionaires or the world Governments.
Another thing that I found out is that they are looking into population control. Yes, population control, think about it before you shut me out. Why have we gone into Afghanistan and Iraq, we knew they did not have WMD’s, and the evidence that the U.S. Gov. was involved in the 911 attacks on their own country is there—the evidence which has been shown to us on TV and internet proves they were involved, whether you want to believe it or not, the evidence is undeniable, I challenge you to research it for yourself, actually research everything I write in here for yourself, you will be shocked to find that I am right.
Also, why are we attempting to move into Syria, Lybia, Iran and other places, we know they are not out to get us, and If…a big IF Iran were to build Nuclear Weapons, so what? The U.S. has a mass stockpiles as do some other countries, so they have no right to dictate as to who can or can not have them. The U.S. (along with some of their puppet nations) as we know are the worlds terrorists, the biggest threat to world peace. They are the biggest threat to any nation that has resources or land they want. So if anyone should be ordered to disarm, it is the United States.
I ask you this, if we are so concerned with peace and helping nations in trouble, then why are we not going into countries that have mass ethnic cleansing and/or mass starvation or disease, why are we not helping them? It makes no sense…except that the world governments and the wealthy want them to die in order to bring down the fast growing world population. That IS the reason…there is no other answer.
The prediction of December 21st, 2012 may be a correct prediction; it may be the end of the world, as we know it.
I know many people who are preparing themselves for chaos. Buying food and stockpiling weapons. But when that time comes, will it be too late? Should the citizens of the world not do something before then?
The political leaders and the wealthy will be laughing at those of us on the surface of planet earth from inside their bunkers deep within the earth. We will be left to fight for survival while they live in the lap of luxury.
Is that fair, considering we put them in power and we worked hard to make the wealthy even wealthier, buying their electronics, cars, fuel and putting our hard earned money into their banks while they took it, invested it and made themselves billions of dollars off our blood, sweat and tears.
The world we hoped for, the world that was our heritage to our children is gone and falling apart, all because of the few who control our lives, and we let them because we were blinded by greed, we were told we need the “stuff” which they were selling. Now we are left with nothing while they have it all.
Prepare yourselves for a fight for survival…it will happen sooner than you think.
©Thomas H Czech, 2011
People are certainly a curios creature. The best way to experience these creatures (other than going to Timmies) is by hosting a yard sale, or as in my case, a moving sale.
I love people watching and also speaking with new and interesting people. I even love to haggle in price, whether I am in a foreign country buying something or when I am selling something at a yard sale. I enjoy the back and forth verbal battle.
What I found most interesting is when I was selling something which is ordinarily close to three hundred dollars new in a store, but I was asking $50 dollars or best offer at my moving sale, as this item is still in great shape and certainly worth what I’m asking, but then someone pulled out a ten dollar bill and asks “Will you take 10?” Well I looked at this man and burst into laughter, I seriously thought he was kidding around, making a joke. I suppose I offended him as he quickly walked away.
Most people are great though; I enjoyed a lot of laughs and had some interesting conversations with some very intelligent people. I even had a chance to speak about something which I love talking about—politics–local and foreign. Especially the U.S. and their ridiculous foreign policies…get me started on them and you will find out real quick where I stand.
But I digress, back to yard sales, an event where you meet many different people.
I even had a couple of thieves at my sales, you may not believe it but I did.
A woman stole a 25-cent item, took it into her Escalade, yes her Escalade and drove off. I was, for the first time in a long time, speechless.
Another time a thief wanted a lamp, the lamp had no lampshade but another one did, “Can I take the shade off that one and put it on this one?” she asked. I explained that I could if I bring the price up. She walked off, then came back and took the lampshade off the other, put it on the lamp she bought and went away. I did not see her until she was getting in her car with it.
Thieves, they are everywhere, even at yard sales. People without morals or ethics, slithering around like serpents waiting to strike.
One last example of these snakes coming to yard sales is this; a couple was looking at something they wanted which my son was in charge of, they did not get the answer they wanted I suppose, I don’t remember and that is not important. But they called my son a nasty word, a word I have never used and will never. A degrading word to say the least.
Anyway, aside from these stupid people, most were very nice. Some that haggled and others who did not. But most were very pleasant, polite and courteous. People I would not mind seeing again. Others whom I wish never to see again.
Some of the nicest moments I had was having conversations with elderly ladies and gentlemen dressed in their Sunday best who talked to me about what it was like growing up in the valley. I am not from here so I enjoy the history lessons.
I heard everything from how logs were skidded out of the bush with teams of horses; log floats on the river and about how some people would come into town on the train. I even heard how adults and children would be outside on the coldest days on the frozen lakes and rivers to skate. I never experienced these things as I grew up in warm climates. Some of these people could tell me their stories in such a vivid manner that I could picture in my mind how it was back then.
Yes, the yard sale is more than a place where we buy things we want or need; or are trying to get rid of things which have been gathering dust in our basement; but more than this, it is a place where people go to socialize. This is certainly something I hope will never change or end; it is a right of passage of being Canadian. Something we do with family and friends, it is fun for people of all ages and one of the earliest ways of recycling!
And children can find treasures just at the next driveway!
Oh by the way, that item which I tried to sell which a man offered me ten dollars for, I did get what I wanted for it, after a little back and forth verbal battle which the buyer and I certainly enjoyed! And we both happily sealed the deal with a firm handshake…Only in Canada, Eh? Now time for a Timmies Double-Double…Cheers!
A LOVE FOR YOU
A LOVE SO TRUE
ONE FOR ME
ONE FOR YOU
WE ALL HAVE ONE
WHO’S FOR YOU
A LOVER TO HOLD
WHO WONT GROW COLD
A LOVE FOR YOU
A LOVE SO TRUE
ONE FOR ME
ONE FOR YOU
HAVE YOU SEEN HER
HAVE YOU FOUND HER
DEEP WITHIN YOU
DOES LOVE STIR?
ON YOUR MIND
DAY AND NIGHT
IN YOUR HEART FOR YOU TO FIND
A LOVE FOR YOU
A LOVE SO TRUE
ONE FOR ME
ONE FOR YOU
FOR ETERNITY TO LOVE
SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND
DO NOT GIVE UP
ONE FOR ME
ONE FOR YOU
A LOVE FOR YOU
A LOVE SO TRUE
©Thomas H Czech, 2011
Turbulence, distress, sleepless night,
Can no longer distinguish between wrong from right;
Hearts breaking, eyes weeping minds can not comprehend,
What has this world come to? I can no longer pretend;
Streets are flooded with people fed up,
Eager to fight the system, ready or not;
Governments, politicians stealing from everyone,
Invading nations out of greed one by one;
The world we once knew now long gone,
Can someone tell me where we went wrong?
I want this, I want that,
I have the right, they owe me that;
Look out for number one, I look out for me,
I don’t care about anyone but me;
Greed, corruption, scandals and such,
Take whatever you want, take as much;
Destroy; kill, whatever it takes,
Why not ? You are the bigger bully for goodness sakes;
No one will stop you, am I right?
Aha, but when they’ve had enough they’ll take up arms and they will fight;
The world now in turmoil, homeless, starvation, destruction and wars,
The world is in chaos, people fed up and fighting back more and more;
Peace, jobs, food and homes,
This is what we want, and they feel it deep within their bones;
Corrupt politicians, governments filled with greed,
They will be overthrown; you all better take heed;
Everyone’s fed up, everyone in every land,
And everyone’s ready to fight back, hand in hand.
©Thomas H Czech, 2011