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Too lazy to fight for your rights?

 

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.

This will come to pass

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.

Deuteronomy 4:30-31
New King James Version (NKJV)
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.
Psalm 23:1
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.
Colossians 3:2
New International Version (NIV)
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.
Mark 16:15
New King James Version (NKJV)
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
Matthew 28:19
New King James Version (NKJV)
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,

Fear

Fear, it seems as natural as breathing. I’ve heard it said that everyone is afraid of something, sometime in his or her life. But I wonder why that is, why do we have fear? And how do we overcome it?One of my college professors once said that it has to do with survival– that we evolved that way. But I don’t buy that; I don’t believe in the theory of evolution, therefore I do not believe that we evolved that way for the purpose of survival.  She stated that it was a fight or flight thing. If we were in danger, the fear would have us engage in fighting or fleeing.

But to me there has to be more to it, after all, we are told that we should not fear.

Deuteronomy 31:6
New International Version (NIV)
6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God is with us and does not want us to be afraid, but He wants us to trust Him, to place our entire life into His hand always.
David tells his son not to fear, and by reading that in 1 Chronicles 28:20 we also know that we are to encourage others that they need not be afraid if they place their trust in God.

1 Chronicles 28:20
New International Version (NIV)
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished. 

We know that God is with us. He Himself tells us, the words come from Him directly.
Isaiah 41:10
New International Version (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:13
New International Version (NIV)
For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

How comforting are His words? They ought to bring peace to us, if we truly believe in His power and truly trust in Him.
An enemy may destroy our flesh, but if we are indeed saved by Christ, then no enemy can destroy our spirit or soul.

Matthew 10:28
New International Version (NIV)
28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Some may say, “But we are told to be afraid”. Well we should be if we are not saved by Christ, if we have not given ourselves to Him.
But for all who are saved by Christ, those who follow Him fully, there is nothing to be afraid of. For God is with us.

Romas 8:31
New International Version (NIV)
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
When we feel fear creeping in toour hearts, we can recite this Psalm:

Psalm 27:1
(NKJV)
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Where does fear come from then? If fear does not come from God and is not of God then we know that fear must come from the enemy. That is satan. He is the one who wants us to be afraid, to fear everything but him. Because fear is a bondage that prevents us from moving ahead and growing in Christ.

2 Timothy 1:7
New King James Version (NKJV)
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

1 Peter 3:13-14
New International Version (NIV)
13 Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.

1 John 4:18
New International Version (NIV)
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

So we know that fear is not of God but is from the enemy. How can we overcome or combat fear? We can do this by trusting in God and using the power and the authority that Jesus has given us.

Luke 10:19
New International Version (NIV)
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
The great thing about reading that scripture is knowing that we can overcome fear and also anything else that is not of God.
God Bless you all!

 

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.

 

 

Thomas H Czech, 2012

 

Patience my friend

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.
Romans 12:12
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.
Colossians 3:12-13
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)

James 1:19-20
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

 

Church and Control (my thought of the day)

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.

Nobody told me there’d be days like these

The great Canadian YARD SALE

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!

Take Up Arms; Governments Will Fall

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

The Vanishing Girlfriend


I thought I found the one for me,

Yet she fades into the darkness where I cannot see,

Why? I ask myself, does this happen? Why?

My heart it breaks, shatters, my soul begins to cry,

I’m amongst a thousand people all around,

Yet I’m lost and wonder, will I ever be found,

My eyes they search with my heart in tow,

Still looking for you high and low,

Will you come back? Do you think of me too?

Do you want me as badly as I want you?

I can not eat, I can not sleep, my dreams are nightmares of losing you,

I wake with cold sweats and shakes, my eyes the tear, my heart it cries out for you,

So lonely, so sad, so alone and feeling bad,

The silence screams and deafens me,

My eyes they strain, looking for you, yet you they can not see…

So lonely, so alone, missing you,

Wondering why your vanishing from me…and now what do I do?

 

©Thomas H Czech, 2011

 

LIFE

Twists an turns on the road of life,
peaks and valleys, joy and strife.
One goes on without a care,
until you lose your grip, then beware.
One moment you have it all,
then without warning you begin to fall.
Life begins to slip, and slip away,
and you know there is nothing anyone can say.
You fall and fall down into the dark chasm of despair,
when you stop you notice you’re alone, no one else is there.
You get up and brush off the dirt an dust,
and look around and smell the must.
You see a hand reaching down from high above,
you grab hold and feel the love.
He pulls you up until you reach the light,
you see the face of Jesus so clear and bright.
He smiles a warm smile and holds you tight,
You then understand you will be…alright.

©Thomas H Czech, 201