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 […]
We live in an age where we can communicate instantly with anyone, anywhere at any time.
We can write or make videos of what we want and post it and have it shared with many people all around the world.
These means have allowed us to spread truths about what governments are doing to the population of the planet as well as bring to light the lies our governments are spreading to us as well.
But with all this technology, which is good, there is a bad side as well. This technology has basically killed the protests of the 1960’s in the western world.
In the ‘60’s people would gather in the thousands or more to stand up for what they believed in, to fight for their rights, to simply be heard and force the government to listen.
Now however, we write blogs, make videos and make online radio and video shows and post our complaints on the internet. These are great things to do, but it has made us lazy. We know that people read and watch us, they share what we post, but it ends there; and the government loves that we merely keep it online, rather than bring it to their door.
The time has come to get out of our homes, to leave our comfort zones and protest. (Peacefully).
It is time to hold our governments accountable. We have to realise and recognize that little by little the roles of government and citizens have been reversed. The Government is to listen and work for us. They are to do as we say. But over time, we have become lazy and allowed the government to take over and control us; we have let them run our lives. That has to change. We the people, we elect them and we are to tell them what we want and they are to do it. Not the other way around, what is happening now is that they pass bills, legislation etc. and are now forcing us to abide by it and do as they tell us too…or else.
The people we elect by vote are hired by us, therefore they can be fired by us…this is the way it is, and somewhere down the line, and through the years we have become lazy and forgotten this. And those who are in power now, they love having it this way. They make a lot of money, living like kings and queens, becoming richer every day on the blood, sweat and tears of those who voted for them…and they are laughing at us, mocking us the whole while they see their riches grow.
Alright folks, here is my thought for this day. Let’s put aside the corrupt governments, churches and people in general. Let’s put aside the economic turmoil and the stupid wars. Let us put aside all the negative stuff that is going on in the world today—and let’s focus on what really matters—humans and their salvation.
We all know about the negative that is in the world today, and we focus on it daily, sometimes we even dream it when we sleep.
What can we, or better yet, should we do about it? We should be focusing on Jesus, for He is the only one that can do anything about…well, anything.
When troubles come and your heart is burdened, then cast your burdens unto Him and He will help.
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30 When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice 31 (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.
The Lord is your Sheppard; He will protect you and provide for you.
New King James Version (NKJV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Our focus ought to always be on Jesus, not on the things of this earth. He needs to be number one on our minds. Nothing else matters other than Jesus.
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2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
So focus on Jesus and not on the things that are on earth, they do not matter, all this will pass away but the Lord and His words will not. Some day we will be called home and everything that we endured here on earth will be gone.
So let us not worry about them, let us instead praise the Lord for all He has don, is doing and will do.
However, while we are still here on earth, it is still our duty to spread the word of God and to stand up for His word and fight for what is right.
There is much work still to be done. Go out into this world, preach His word.
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15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
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19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Everywhere I look and with the many people I speak, the same theme comes across, and that is that many believe that the end is near—that we are in the end times.
If I simply look at what is going on in the world today, the weather disasters (floods in some areas and drought in others), the increase and severity of earthquakes, the man-made disasters and also the moral decline of humanity as well as the wars and the rumors of wars, then I would have no choice but agree that we indeed are in the end times.
However, that does not mean that it is this week or even this month, maybe it isn’t even this year.
But I do know this, it is in our time, we will see prophecy fulfilled.
Rev 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
1 Peter 4:7 (NIV)
The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
He (God) does say that the end is near. But He said it so long ago, what are we to do? Worry? Every day we are to pray, worship and read and learn His word. We needn’t worry as long as we keep close to Him and keep our mind free from the ungodly and worldly things and thoughts.
1 Tim 4:13 (NIV)
Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
So devout yourself to being in Gods word and in His will.
The signs will come and we, (all those who believe) will know what is happening when it happens.
People will have their hearts hardened to God and His word, there will be deceivers among us, those who will call themselves prophets but are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They will twist the word of God to take people into their web of lies and deceit.
Luke 21:20 (NIV) “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, you will know that it’s desolation is near.”
Isa 34:4 (NIV) All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.
Mat 24:32-35 (NIV) “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Mat 24:10-14 (NIV) “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase in wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Matthew 24:3-6 (NIV)
3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
When all these things happen, we will know that the time is short. Everything that will happen will be worse than it has ever been.
Mat 24:21-25 (NIV) “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now–and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive the elect–if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time.”
During this time the Lord will increase His gifting to us and pour out His spirit onto all those who believe and keep His faith.
Joel 2:28-32 (NIV) “…I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days. I will show signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. The sun will be turned to darkness and moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved… “
You know the truth, guard your heart, mind and spirit and keep strong in faith and know God’s word. Do not be deceived by anyone. The word of God is the word of God and it does not change. Also keep watch and know the signs.
Mark 13:23 (NIV) “So be on your guard, I have told you everything ahead of time.”
Mat 24:26-27 (NIV) “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
After all this has happened, then we will see the Lord, our Lord and savior come and take us to Glory. And all those who knew the truth but chose to live in sin and all those who mocked and scoffed at those who stood firm on their faith in Christ will feel the terror and know that we spoke the truth and that Christ Jesus is the true Son of God and our Savior.
Mat 24:29-31 (NIV) “Immediately after the distress of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’ At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather the elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
Luke 21:25-28 (NIV) “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
We do not and will not know the exact time when all of this is to happen, but we do know that it is near, that there is not much time left. Some people live a life of sin, having worldly fun thinking that they have time. They live in sin, and with people in sin, doing whatever they want believing that they have lots of time left. But they are deceived, they are on a path of destruction without hope if they do not turn from their wicked ways now and repent. If only they knew that the end was near, they would have watched and changed their ways.
Mat 24:36-42 (NIV) “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and 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. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore, keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”
Mat 24:43-44 (NIV) “But 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. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”
It is our duty as Christians to teach others the word of God, to preach His gospel to the world in hopes that they all will be saved and come to the full knowledge and understanding of the Lord and His word. He wants no one to perish but all to be saved. If we do not do this, then we are as guilty as those who sin.
Mat 24:45-51 (NIV) “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away for a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.”
So be careful, stay in God’s word, keep your faith and pray for continual wisdom. The time will come when the Lord returns, so be ready always, keeping a clear mind and stay away from sin. Do not let anyone drag you down and away from the knowledge and salvation of Jesus. In the meantime, read His word and preach it to the world.
Here are other scriptures to read.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 (NIV)
5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.
Luke 21:34-36 (NIV)
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
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16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
Thomas H Czech, 2012
We live in a world filled with the attitude of “I want it now” and with an “I deserve it now” attitude and sometimes also with the “How dare you make me wait” attitude.
When did we become so impatient?
Wasn’t life supposed to have become easier and were we not supposed to have more time for ourselves since the 1950’s?
It seems that in the past 60 or so years that we have become busier, and have less time, and have become a lot more impatient with each other.
Our fast Internet is still not fast enough, fast food is taking too long and the cashier at you store is too slow.
What about your spouse or your children? Are you patient with them? When they take too long or when they just aren’t getting it? (Understanding what you expect from them). Do you have patience?
What is patience?
Merriam Webster online explains it this way:
1pa·tient adj \ˈpā-shənt\
1: bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint
2: manifesting forbearance under provocation or strain
3: not hasty or impetuous
4: steadfast despite opposition, difficulty, or adversity
This brings it somewhat into perspective, but can it be explained even better?
When we look at what God says about it, we get another way of understanding what patience is.
In 1 Corinthians 13:4–8 it says that: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (NIV)
So we now understand that Love is Patient. So if love is patient, then can we also say that patience is love? Do the two go hand in hand and are they interchangeable with one another? Yes they are. Love is patient, therefore patience is love.
Why is patience such an important part of being a loving and compassionate human and why is this something that God requires of us?
2 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
God is patient with us, so it is important that we are patient with others. Why would He require different from us? We are made in His image, and so we are to do as He does.
A lack of patience can lead to self-destruction and/or bring harm to those we care about.
In Proverbs 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. (NIV)
As we can see, patience is a cure for problems and strife. To be patient can bring to light solutions and it can also be healthy.
If one continues to be impatient, then that person will have increased stress in his/her life. Stress can cause many health problems. This is another reason why God wants us to be patient always.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV
Being patient in affliction does not mean to accept the affliction, but to be patient during that time and praying for Gods will to be done. The affliction may be present; there is nothing you can do about it other than pray for healing and for wisdom for you and the doctors.
We must clothe ourselves with patience, this means to have it with us at all times.
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Isn’t it amazing? Truly awesome that God chose us to be holy people, people He loves! So how can we behave in any other manner than in the way He wants us to?
1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. (NIV)
My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. (NIV)
Let us continually be in Gods will by showing patience to all those around us and with those we come in contact with.
By doing so, we not only live the life God wants us to live, we not only obey His will, but we also can live a healthier, less stress filled life.
Patience does not come easy; it comes through prayer and practice. We must be self-aware (being aware of our thoughts and actions) at all times and allow God and people to correct us when we slip up.
If we live in this manner, we will see a good change within ourselves, in our spiritual and physical life as well as with the people we are in contact with.
Success to you and God bless you all.
Thomas H Czech, 2012
Be ready and prepare yourselves for we are in the end days
What more do we need to see before we realize that we are in the end days.
I am not talking about December 12, 2012. I am talking about the end days as written in the Bible.
We can see by the events that are occurring on a daily basis that we indeed have been given many signs that we definitely do not have much time left.
God has been gracious and very patient with us, but a time will come when He will no longer allow mankind to go about his own business. The evil ways of man will be his destruction.
We do not know the exact hour when this will happen, but we are given signs. We need to open our eyes and accept that fact.
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36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
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42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.
Many of the things; maybe all the things that are written are happening now. The bible is the undeniable word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
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16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The verses that continually come up are these, from Matthew 24: 37-39 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and 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.There were many parties, merry-making, people were doing whatever they wanted, not giving God even a second of thought. They were facing death, and none were aware, all because self-gratification, pleasure of the flesh was all they were focused on.
We can see that everything written in the Bible is happening. Nothing is left out, everything that we were warned about is indeed happening now. Yet there are those who can not see it, refuse to accept it or making excuses as to why it is happening and some are merely brushing it off as being hype. There are many also who believe that humans are Gods, and they make their own destiny.
Read the next verses and you can see that the Bible is the word of God and has shown us what today is like, and we were warned over two-thousand years ago.
2 Timothy 3:1-5
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1But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
We are indeed equipped for a day such as this, God has given His weapon which is His word. He has given us His Son, who will go before us and with us into battle. We need to trust Him and place our life in His hand.
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What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Remember that through Jesus, we can overcome all things. For He has given us the authority.
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I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
If you have not done so, give your life to Jesus. Allow Him to take charge of your life and bring you to full salvation. Heaven and hell are real, Jesus wants you to live with Him in eternity. He can and He will heal you, comfort you and save you, if you let Him.
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For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
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So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Prepare yourself, be ever watchful, trust in the Lord, Jesus is real and is coming back—soon.
I will end with this: Matthew 25 New International Version
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ 9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ 12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ 13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
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Thomas H Czech, 2012
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.
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!