CDC study affirms natural immunity superior to vaccines – Release the vaccine safety data – Moderna shot can cause hepatitis

CDC study affirms natural immunity superior to vaccines

Dr. Anthony Fauci and others have dismissed power of previous infection

By Art Moore January 20, 2022

While White House coronavirus adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has dismissed the power of natural immunity from a previous COVID infection, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found natural immunity was superior to vaccine-produced immunity during the delta surge.

The study, released Wednesday, concluded “infection-derived protection was higher after the Delta variant became predominant, a time when vaccine-induced immunity for many persons declined because of immune evasion” and declining immune protection.

Among the caveats, the CDC pointed out, was the fact that the data used in the study ended in November, before delta was replaced by omicron. However, even the CEO of Pfizer has acknowledged that his vaccine provides little protection, if any, from omicron.

The finding confirms an Israeli study in August demonstrating “that natural immunity affords longer lasting and stronger protection against infection, symptomatic disease and hospitalization” compared to vaccine immunity.

The CDC issued a statement Wednesday insisting that while previous infection offers protection, vaccination is the only safe way to ensure lasting protection.

However, the CDC study acknowledged vaccine immunity waned within months during delta. And it’s been known for more than a century that natural immunity confers protection against a respiratory virus’s outer coat proteins, with strong evidence for the persistence of antibodies. For example, nearly two decades after the outbreak of SARS-CoV-1, which is about 90% similar to SARS-CoV-2, natural immunity has persisted, according to studies. Researchers have found that as many as 50% of people with no known exposure to the novel coronavirus have an effective response to the virus from their T cells, the part of the immune system that attacks foreign particles. Further, many studies forecast long-term immunity for people who have had COVID-19. A study published in February 2021 by Science magazine found “substantial immune memory is generated after COVID-19.” And an article in Nature magazine in May 2021 reported researchers believe “people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 will probably make antibodies against the virus for most of their lives. ” A study by Emory University and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that was funded by the National Institutes of Health – for which Fauci works – predicted “long-lived immunity to SARS-CoV-2 after natural infection.”

And, in fact, the new CDC study released Wednesday stated: “Whereas French and Israeli population-based studies noted waning protection from previous infection, this was not apparent in the results from this or other large U.K. and U.S. studies.”

‘The evidence shows’
Last fall, the CDC released a study claiming the COVID-recovered are five times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID than the vaccinated. But Dr. Martin Kulldorf, formerly a Harvard faculty member, was among many epidemiologists who quickly pointed out the CDC study’s fatal flaws.

Kulldorf compared the CDC research with the Israeli study, which found people vaccinated for COVID-19 were 27 times more likely to have a symptomatic COVID infection than those previously infected by the virus.

During the coronavirus pandemic, Fauci has ignored research affirming the longtime consensus of immunologists prior to the pandemic that natural immunity is superior. But the White House coronavirus adviser was stumped last fall when CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta asked him why people who already have been infected with the novel coronavirus should get a COVID vaccine, citing the Israeli research.

Fauci said he didn’t have a “firm answer,” but insisted the Israel study didn’t address the issue of the durability of natural immunity compared to the vaccine.

“So it is conceivable that you got infected, you’re protected, but you may not be protected for an indefinite period of time,” Fauci said.

A former health adviser to the federal government, Dr. Paul Elias Alexander, has teamed with Dr. Harvey Risch of the Yale School of Medicine and others to compile a list of 146 studies indicating natural immunity to COVID-19 from a previous infection is superior to immunity afforded by vaccines.

“We should not force COVID vaccines on anyone when the evidence shows that naturally acquired immunity is equal to or more robust and superior to existing vaccines. Instead, we should respect the right of the bodily integrity of individuals to decide for themselves,” Alexander writes for the Brownstone Institute.

He is a former assistant professor at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, in evidence-based medicine and research methods; a former adviser to WHO-PAHO in Washington, D.C., and a former senior adviser for COVID pandemic policy at Health and Human Services.

Alexander charges that public health officials, the medical establishment and establishment media are “misleading the public with assertions that the COVID-19 shots provide greater protection than natural immunity.”

He notes CDC Rochelle Walensky claimed in a statement published October 2020 in the British journal The Lancet that “there is no evidence for lasting protective immunity to SARS-CoV-2 following natural infection” and “the consequence of waning immunity would present a risk to vulnerable populations for the indefinite future.”

Somehow, he says, the CDC recognizes natural immunity for chicken-pox, measles, mumps and rubella but not for COVID-19.

Top medical journal: Release the vaccine safety data

‘Big Pharma is the least trusted industry’

By Art Moore January 20, 2022

mRNA vaccine (Wikimedia Commons)

mRNA vaccine (Wikimedia Commons)

Declaring Big Pharma “the least trusted industry,” editors of one of the world’s oldest medical journals called for regulators and public health bodies to release raw data from the COVID-19 vaccine trials to provide answers to critical questions such as why vaccine trials were not designed to test efficacy against infection and spread of SARS-CoV-2.

The British Medical Journal article by senior editor Peter Doshi, editor-in-chief Kamrn Abbasi and former editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee argued that if regulators had insisted on transparency, countries would have learned sooner “about the effect of vaccines on transmission and been able to plan accordingly.”

“Big pharma is the least trusted industry,” they write. “At least three of the many companies making covid-19 vaccines have past criminal and civil settlements costing them billions of dollars. One pleaded guilty to fraud. Other companies have no pre-covid track record. Now the covid pandemic has minted many new pharma billionaires, and vaccine manufacturers have reported tens of billions in revenue.”

In a previous BMJ article, Doshi pointed out that trial registries and other publicly released information indicated the trials were assessing the vaccines’ ability to protect against “severe” COVID-19 rather than to prevent the disease itself.

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The editors said the BMJ, which was founded in 1840, supports vaccination policies based on sound evidence.

“As the global vaccine rollout continues, it cannot be justifiable or in the best interests of patients and the public that we are left to just trust ‘in the system,’ with the distant hope that the underlying data may become available for independent scrutiny at some point in the future,” they said.

They contend the same applies to treatments for COVID-19.

“Transparency is the key to building trust and an important route to answering people’s legitimate questions about the efficacy and safety of vaccines and treatments and the clinical and public health policies established for their use.”

In November, as WND reported, the British Medical Journal published an analysis of evidence compiled by a whistleblower charging that a contract research company that helped carry out Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine trial falsified data. Leaked documents and the testimony of two former employees of the company, Ventavia, corroborate claims by the whistleblower, Brook Jackson. She charged that during the pivotal Phase III trial, Ventavia unblinded patients, employed inadequately trained vaccinators and was slow to follow up on reported adverse events.

The BMJ is a weekly, peer-reviewed medical trade journal, published by the trade union the British Medical Association. However, The BMJ has editorial freedom from the BMA.

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled the U.S. Food and Drug Administration won’t have 75 years, as requested, to release thousands of pages of documents it relied on to license its COVID-19 vaccine. U.S. District Judge Mark Pittman ruled the agency will have a little more than eight months to produce the documents sought through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by a coalition of doctors and scientists.

In the BMJ article published Thursday, the editors noted that 12 years ago the journal called for the immediate release of raw data from all clinical trials.

“Data must be available when trial results are announced, published, or used to justify regulatory decisions,” they said.

They argue that the public has paid for COVID-19 vaccines through vast public funding of research, “and it is the public that takes on the balance of benefits and harms that accompany vaccination.”

Further, pharmaceutical companies “are reaping vast profits without adequate independent scrutiny of their scientific claims.”

“The purpose of regulators is not to dance to the tune of rich global corporations and enrich them further; it is to protect the health of their populations,” the concluded. We need complete data transparency for all studies, we need it in the public interest, and we need it now.”

Moderna Shot Can Cause Hepatitis

A case report involving a 47-year-old, previously healthy man demonstrates conclusive evidence that COVID-19 shots may trigger vaccine-induced immune-mediated hepatitis

by Dr. Joseph MercolaJ anuary 21, 2022

Millions of people continue to get COVID-19 injections without being informed of their true risks, hepatitis being among them. Hepatitis, which is inflammation of the liver, is most often caused by a virus; however, there are also autoimmune and immune-mediated forms.

As case reports of vaccine-induced immune-mediated hepatitis began to pop up following COVID-19 jabs, researchers took notice, but wondered if they were simply coincidence. In an ordinary year, there are three cases of autoimmune hepatitis out of every 100,000 people per year.

“[A]s the cohort of vaccinated individuals against COVID-19 increases, the previously reported cases could not exclude a coincidental development of autoimmune hepatitis,” researchers wrote in a letter to the editor in the Journal of Hepatology.1

A case report involving a 47-year-old, previously healthy man changed their minds, however, demonstrating conclusive evidence that COVID-19 shots may trigger hepatitis. “Immune-mediated hepatitis with the Moderna vaccine,” they wrote, “[is] no longer a coincidence but confirmed.”2

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Healthy Man Develops Hepatitis After Moderna Shot

The man featured in the case report received his first Moderna COVID-19 shot April 26, 2021. Three days later he developed malaise and jaundice, a yellowing of the skin that can occur if your liver isn’t processing red blood cells efficiently; it’s a hallmark of hepatitis.

The man had had his liver function tested four years earlier, with tests coming back normal, and had no history of acetaminophen usage, which can cause liver damage, and only minimal alcohol usage. Yet, three days after the shot, liver tests showed concerning results:3

“Investigations on the 30th April showed serum bilirubin 190 μmol/L (normal 0-20), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) 1,048 U/L (normal 10-49), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) 229 U/L (normal 30-130) …”

By the end of June, the man’s jaundice and liver function tests improved, but July 6, 2021, he received a second dose of the Moderna shot. Within days, the jaundice returned and liver function tests declined. “The pattern of injury on histology was consistent with acute hepatitis, with features of autoimmune hepatitis or possible drug-induced liver injury (DILI), triggering an autoimmune-like hepatitis,” the researchers explained, adding:4

“This case illustrates immune-mediated hepatitis secondary to the Moderna vaccine, which on inadvertent re-exposure led to worsening liver injury with deranged synthetic function. This occurred in a well man with no other medical problems. The onset of jaundice associated with the mRNA vaccine was unusually rapid.”

Multiple Cases of Hepatitis Reported After Shots

The Journal of Hepatology paper noted that seven additional cases of suspected immune-mediated hepatitis have been reported following COVID-19 shots, including both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s.

They hope to raise awareness so that vaccination centers will routinely check for signs of immune-mediated hepatitis prior to administering second doses and state, “Long-term follow up of identified individuals will be essential in determining the prognosis of this immune-mediated liver injury.”5

In a separate letter to the editor, published in the Journal of Hepatology in June 2021, researchers again raised concerns that COVID-19 shots could cause hepatitis. In this case, a 56-year-old woman developed severe autoimmune hepatitis following her first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 shot.6

Prior to this, in April 2021, researchers also described a case of autoimmune hepatitis that developed after a COVID-19 shot, this time in a 35-year-old woman who was three months postpartum. In autoimmune hepatitis, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the liver, causing inflammation and damage, and it’s possible the shot triggered the autoimmunity via spike-directed antibodies:7

“To our knowledge, this is the first reported episode of autoimmune hepatitis developing post-COVID-19 vaccination, raising concern regarding the possibility of vaccine-induced autoimmunity. As causality cannot be proven, it is possible that this association is just coincidental.

However, severe cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection are characterized by an autoinflammatory dysregulation that contributes to tissue damage. As the viral spike protein appears to be responsible for this, it is plausible that spike-directed antibodies induced by vaccination may also trigger autoimmune conditions in predisposed individuals.”

Is Molecular Mimicry to Blame?

Molecular mimicry may be the reason why mRNA COVID-19 injections are causing autoimmune conditions.8 It occurs when similarities between different antigens confuse the immune system.

“Indeed, antibodies against the spike protein S1 of SARS-CoV-2 had a high affinity against some human tissue proteins,” researchers wrote in the Journal of Autoimmunity.9 “As vaccine mRNA codes the same viral protein, they can trigger autoimmune diseases in predisposed patients.” The team also reported a case of severe autoimmune hepatitis that developed two weeks after a 65-year-old woman received her first dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 shot.

Extensive testing was performed to rule out other causes of liver disease. This, along with the timing of the liver damage in relation to the shot and the fact that it resolved after treatment, “make it very likely that AIH [autoimmune hepatitis] was triggered by COVID-19 vaccination,” they wrote. They, too, suggested that only long-term follow-up would reveal the true extent of hepatitis risk following the injections, noting:10

“It is speculated that the vaccine can disturb self-tolerance and trigger autoimmune responses through cross-reactivity with host cells. Therefore, healthcare providers must remain vigilant during mass COVID-19 vaccination.”

mRNA COVID Shots May Increase Autoimmune Diseases

Reports continue to increase of autoimmune diseases, including Guillain-Barré syndrome and primary biliary cholangitis, which destroys the bile ducts, occurring following COVID-19 injections.11 In another example of vaccine-induced autoimmunity, cases of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) that developed days after COVID-19 injection have also been reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).12

“It is speculated that SARS-CoV-2 can disturb self-tolerance and trigger autoimmune responses through cross-reactivity with host cells and that the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines may trigger the same response,” researchers from Ireland explained.13

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They also reported the cause of autoimmune hepatitis that developed after a COVID-19 injection in a 71-year-old woman with no risk factors for autoimmune disease. She noticed jaundice four days after the shot and had “markedly abnormal” liver function tests. The researchers raised the possibility that this is a case of vaccine-related drug-induced liver injury and, like the other teams that reported similar cases, noted:14

“These findings raise the question as to whether COVID-19 mRNA vaccination can, through activation of the innate immune system and subsequent non-specific activation of autoreactive lymphocytes, lead to the development of autoimmune diseases including AIH or trigger a drug-induced liver injury with features of AIH.

The trigger, if any, may become more apparent over time, especially following withdrawal of immunosuppression. As with other autoimmune diseases associated with vaccines the causality or casualty factor will prove difficult to tease apart … But it does beg the question of whether or not these individuals should receive the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.”

Facial Paralysis Is Another Little-Known Shot Risk

During phase 3 clinical trials of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, more cases of facial paralysis occurred in the vaccine groups (7 of 35,654) compared to the placebo group (1 of 35,611), leading the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recommend monitoring vaccine recipients for facial paralysis, sometimes referred to as Bell’s palsy when it has no known cause.15

In March 2021, out of 133,883 adverse drug reactions reported following mRNA COVID-19 shots reported to the World Health Organization’s pharmacovigilance database, VigiBase, researchers identified 844 facial paralysis-related events, including (some of the cases reported multiple adverse events):

  • 683 cases of facial paralysis
  • 168 cases of facial paresis
  • 25 cases of facial spasms
  • 13 cases of facial nerve disorders

The Phase 3 clinical trials of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines had enough Bell’s palsy, which is believed to have an autoimmune component, cases to suggest a potential safety signal,16 which is information on an adverse event that may be caused by a medicine or vaccine that warrants further investigation. The signal was noted by Dr. Gregory Poland of Mayo Clinic; even so, the WHO denied it, saying the paralysis cases weren’t any different from other viral vaccines.

A different case report published in Brain, Behavior & Immunity Health described a 57-year-old woman with a history of Bell’s palsy, who developed the condition less than 36 hours after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.17

Her symptoms, including facial droop, got worse over the next 72 hours, and the case was significant enough that the researchers, with Adventist Health White Memorial in Los Angeles, suggested further investigation may be warranted:18

“Given the expedited production of the vaccine and the novelty associated with its production, there may be information pertaining to side effects and individual response that remain to be discovered. Since both the Moderna and Pfizer Vaccine trials reported Bell’s Palsy as medically attended adverse events, the association between vaccine administration and onset of symptomatic Bell’s Palsy may warrant further investigation.

… With previous association found between the administration of the inactivated Influenza Vaccine and onset of Bell’s Palsy symptoms, there remains the possibility of a causal association between these symptoms and the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Health Effects of COVID-19 Shots Remain Unknown

Despite assurances of safety from health officials, it’s unknown at this time what the long-term effects of COVID-19 shots will be. Spike proteins, however, can circulate in your body after infection or injection, causing damage to cells, tissues and organs. “Spike protein is a deadly protein,” Dr. Peter McCullough, an internist, cardiologist and trained epidemiologist, said in a video on Rumble.19

The World Council for Health (WCH), a worldwide coalition of health-focused organizations and civil society groups that seek to broaden public health knowledge, has released a spike protein detox guide,20 which provides straightforward steps you can take to potentially lessen the effects of toxic spike protein, whether you’ve had COVID-19 or gotten a COVID-19 shot.

The following 10 compounds are the “essentials” when it comes to spike protein detox. This is a good place to begin as you work out a more comprehensive health strategy:21

  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin C
  • NAC
  • Ivermectin
  • Nigella seed
  • Quercetin
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium
  • Curcumin
  • Milk thistle extract

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The Antichrist vs. Jesus Christ

by Skip Heitzig | January 11, 2022

When people think about the end times, they tend to think about the Antichrist. And when they think about the Antichrist, they usually think he’s going to be dark and sinister. But that’s far from how he’ll come on the scene. He’ll enter the world poised, charismatic, and full of himself. He will be the ultimate man.

Revelation 13 gives us a sixfold description of the Antichrist:

1. Wickedness (see v. 1). This man is called a beast because that’s how God sees him. Paul called him the man of sin and the son of perdition (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3), as well as the lawless one (see 2 Thessalonians 2:8). He’ll begin as a peacemaker but end very wickedly.

2. World dominance (see vv. 2, 7). This leader will form a global confederacy, a final, world-governing empire—dominating, rapid, and ferocious, just like Daniel saw (see Daniel 7:23).

3. Wonder (see v. 3). Verse 2 tells us that “the dragon gave him his power”—the dragon being Satan himself. And verse 3 says one of the Antichrist’s heads will be mortally wounded and then healed. Some believe he’ll receive a fatal head wound and then be able to stage some sort of fake resurrection. The world would certainly wonder at that.

4. Worship (see vv. 4, 8; see also 2 Thessalonians 2:4). This is what Satan has wanted all along (see Isaiah 14:12-14). When we talk about the Antichrist, most people think the little prefix anti means against. But anti also means instead of. He will be the guy who wants to be the Christ instead of the real, authentic Christ.

5. Words (see vv. 5-6). This leader will have the ability to sway people with his “pompous words” (Daniel 7:8, 11, 20, 25). He will be a master politician, exuding self-confidence. But it will all go downhill from there.

6. War (see vv. 7-10; see also Daniel 7:25). Once the Antichrist succeeds in influence and domination, all hell will break loose. He will persecute and kill the tribulation saints—those who come to faith during the tribulation period.

After all that, how can this end on an encouraging note? Simple—by comparing the Antichrist to Jesus Christ. The Antichrist is called the man of sin; Jesus Christ was the sinless man. The Antichrist is called the idol shepherd (see Zechariah 11:17, KJV); Jesus is known as the Good Shepherd (see John 10:11). Here in Revelation 13, the Antichrist is pictured as a beast; in this same chapter, Jesus is seen as a lamb (see v. 8). The Antichrist’s death will deceive the world; Jesus Christ’s death saved the world.

Now, the world is already being deceived. What was once wrong is now right, and what was once right is now wrong. Deception is on the move and will increase in epic proportions.

But we follow the true Christ—the authentic, real, legit Jesus Christ. And we’re not called to look for and identify the Antichrist—we’re called to look for Jesus Christ, for “the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).

http://connectwithskip.com/devomail/read/daily-devotional/2022/01/11/the-antichrist-vs.-jesus-christ

God Is Whispering, “Lean In, Child”

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You know when you’re sitting in scriptures during quiet time, and you’re missing that “aha” moment? Maybe it’s a question you’re asking or an answer you’re seeking but the results are nothing and you can feel the disappointment — I love how God intentionally allows this exasperation. I love how just as I walk away from my quiet time with Him, a piece of scripture suddenly pops  into my head — only to realize, That’s it! That’s the nugget!” That happened to me today….Now I can’t seem to get it out of my head!

I hope you can seize moments right where you are. Wherever you are, God wants to have a relationship with you. He doesn’t need to be a box where you can check off daily. There’s so much more to him than that — so much richness you can tap into. I openly admit I cannot do this on my own. I need JESUS!!! If you want to have deeper bond/relationship with God. Then try this: take out your journal or a piece of paper and write down your worries for the week. Your unsolved problems. The things that you’re towing into Monday. Write them ALL down and pass them off to God!

As the Bible says: “Live carefree before your God, for He is so-so-so-so careful with you” It took me a long time to learn this — but I realised that it’s in the small, and everyday moments that God is working to accomplish His plan and purpose — Never underestimate the power of your daily steps of faithfulness, no matter how small they may seem.  Your choices may seem insignificant and inconsequential, but in reality God can use these ordinary moments to make a huge difference to the world and to those around you. Amen God bless.

Blessings and Love.

Work Smarter, Not Harder

By Lance Witt on Jan 10, 2022

There is a story in the Bible about a very gifted and competent leader who wasn’t working smart.

Scripture: Exodus 18:1-27

There is a story in the Bible about a very gifted and competent leader who wasn’t working smart.  And with some basic adjustments, took his game to a whole new level.  That leader was Moses, and the story is found in Exodus 18.

In Exodus 18 the people of Israel had now been liberated from the tyranny of Egypt and were headed to the Promised Land. Moses had been separated from his wife and boys, so his father-in-law, Jethro, brought them home. The following day Jethro went to work with Moses.  It must have been “Take Your Father-In-Law To Work” day in Israel.

The Bible says that Moses took his seat and from morning until evening settled all the disputes and served as the only judge for more than two million people. Think of all the wasted time spent waiting in line to get a few minutes with Moses. It was worse than the DMV office.  This was very inefficient and ineffective. 

Any dispute that could not be settled was brought to him, no matter how small or big. When Jethro watched this for a day, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?” That’s a nice way of saying, “Have you lost your mind?”

Listen to Moses’ response: “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will.”  Translation: “That’s just how we roll here. There are a lot of needs, and people come to me looking for help. I just stay at it and work until everyone gets an answer.” Sometimes we are so accustomed to doing things one way that we can’t see how broken our thinking is.

What was painfully obvious to Jethro was oblivious to Moses. This wasn’t about heart or sincerity or that he was an incompetent leader.  He just wasn’t working smart.

Jethro’s assessment was “What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out.” Moses was the bottleneck of a system that was broken and creating dysfunction. It was wasting time and energy and wearing everyone out.

When we have poorly devised plan for getting our work done, we will wear out ourselves and our team. You’ll end up spending a lot of sideways energy managing the problems of an inefficient approach to your work. At times it might be wise to consult an outsider like Jethro who can see things more clearly and objectively.

I love that Moses listened to his father-in-law.  He was teachable.  He didn’t bow up or become defensive.  And he didn’t pull rank or remind Jethro that he was the anointed leader of Israel.

The system Jethro proposed was three-pronged: Pray. Teach. Delegate. Moses was to pray and take the people’s needs before God He was to teach the people so they would know God’s laws and be able to settle most disputes themselves.  And, he was to find faithful men and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundred, fifties, and tens.

Moses had 4 issues that were keeping him stuck, exhausted, and ineffective.  He had a…

1.  Priority issue (he wasn’t doing the thing that was most important to his role, which was interceding for the people)

2.  Training issue (instead of making every decision, he needed to train the people so they could make most decisions for themselves)

3.   System issue (Moses WAS the system)

4.  Delegation issue (He needed to find faithful men and delegate.  Jethro encouraged him to appoint leaders over groups of thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens)

Moses needed to learn how to better manage himself, his work, and others.

The first step is to get clear about your PRIORITIES.

We often mistake activity for productivity.  I need to regularly ask myself “Are the activities, programs and tasks I am working on really helping us move toward the accomplishment of our mission?” “Am I investing my time in the highest priorities?”

 A “to-do” list is not the same as a “must-do” list.   As John Maxwell says “you cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”

Clear priorities help me say “no” to secondary things so that I can say “yes” to primary things.

One of the tools you might want to consider using is something Bill Hybels developed so that he could be more focused and effective.  It is his 6×6 card.  It identifies the 6 key priorities he is focused on in the next 6 weeks.  There is nothing magical about having 6 priorities or working on them over 6 weeks.  The magic is in the clarity of focus.  For you it might be 4×4… the top 4 priorities over the next 4 weeks.  Find a tool that helps you and those you manage to have laser focus on what is most important.

Before you leave this article, I want to encourage you to spend a few moments answering the following two questions. 

What are your 3 highest priorities right now?

What is something you need to stop doing because it is not the best use of your gifts or your time? 

Scriptures: Exodus 18Exodus 18:1-27

Lance Witt (website: Replenish Ministries)

https://www.sermoncentral.com/pastors-preaching-articles/lance-witt-work-smarter-not-harder-2603

VIDEO ‘Trust the people’: Britain lifts vaccine passports, mask mandates – Czech PM Ends Vaccine Mandate- Vaccine Mandates Are the Beginning of a ‘Social Credit System

‘We must learn to live with COVID in the same way we have to live with flu’

By Art Moore January 19, 2022

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces the lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions to the House of Commons (Video screenshot)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces the lifting of major COVID-19 restrictions to the House of Commons (Video screenshot)

After the models upon which he based his policies proved to be “wildly incorrect,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday the lifting of COVID-19 vaccine passports, mask mandates and work-from-home guidance in England.

Regarding masks, the prime minister said the basic policy will be to “trust the judgment of the British people and no longer criminalize anyone who chooses not to wear one.”

“From tomorrow we will no longer require face masks in classrooms, and the Department for Education will shortly remove national guidance on their use in communal areas,” Johnson told the House of Commons.

Sajid Javid told a Downing Street press conference that “we cannot eradicate this virus and its future variants.”

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“Instead we must learn to live with Covid in the same way we have to live with flu,” he said.

See Prime Minister Johnson’s remarks:

The Telegraph of London reported members of the British Parliament confronted Johnson with the model upon which the lockdown was based, which warned of 4,000 deaths a day.

The most recent complete data from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – on Jan. 11 – showed a seven-day average of 232 deaths a day attributed to COVID-19.

In the U.S., with the more contagious yet much milder omicron variant now about 99% of new cases, nearly every state last week was recording a doubling of cases from week to week. But seven states, as of Wednesday morning, are recording declining cases.

Conservative MP Steve Baker, deputy chairman of the COVID recovery group, said the “reality is the Prime Minister was shown a terrifying model which was subsequently proven to be widely incorrect but he took away freedoms from tens of millions on that basis.”

“It is monstrous that millions of people were locked down, effectively under house arrest, their businesses destroyed, their children prevented from getting an education,” the Parliament member said.

“The situation is now perfectly plain that even our most basic liberties can be taken away by the stroke of a pen, if a minister has been shown sufficiently persuasive modeling that tells them there is trouble ahead.”

Baker said he told Johnson to challenge the modeling by Cambridge University and Public Health England. Prof. Tim Spector of King’s College London and Prof. Carl Heneghan of Oxford University were called into Downing Street to go over the data, the Telegraph reported.

“But by the time the models were shown to be inaccurate, it was too late to stop public calls for restrictions,” the British broadsheet said.

Official U.K. data on deaths within 28 days of a positive COVID-19 test (https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/deaths)

In a separate story, the Telegraph recalled that in the early stages of the pandemic, the British government’s coronavirus strategy was to “flatten the peak” of cases.

However, the government made an about face when Imperial College of London published its Report 9 in March 2020 projecting 500,000 deaths in the United Kingdom if politicians took no action.

The model by lead researcher Neil Ferguson also projected 2.2 million deaths in the United States, and after Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx confronted President Trump with the horrifying figures, the White House followed suit.

But the hard data and studies from around the world show the lockdowns and other severe mitigation measures didn’t stop the typical waxing and waning of a respiratory virus pandemic. And the Telegraph spoke with an expert on infectious disease modeling at Bristol University in England who made the point that even if “the government didn’t put in restrictions, people would have started behaving differently.”

“But we ended up with the baseline being ‘assuming nothing changes,’ because it’s difficult to know what the alternative baseline is,” said Dr. Ellen Brooks-Pollock.

The London paper cited a well-known aphorism among scientists, coined by the British statistician George Box in 1976.

“All models are wrong, but some models are useful.”

Czech Prime Minister Ends Vaccine Mandates: ‘We Do Not Want to Deepen the Rifts in Society’

January 19, 2022by Kyle Becker

The Czech government is ending COVID vaccine mandates to avoid ‘deepening fissures’ in society. The news was delivered by Prime Minister Petr Fiala at a press conference on Wednesday.

“This does not change our stance on vaccination. It is still undoubtedly the best way to fight COVID-19 … however, we do not want to deepen fissures in society,” Fiala said.

Massive protests rocked the previous government, which ordered COVID-19 vaccinations for hospital and nursing home staff, police, soldiers and some other professions, any anyone over age 60.

“Fiala’s government has also shortened quarantine and isolation times, while launching mandatory testing of employees at companies from this week,” the report noted. “Hospitalisations, which peaked in the latest Delta wave at more than 7,000 in early December, dropped to 1,635 on Tuesday from 1,761 reported for Monday.”

The Czech Republic’s actions do not mean that the restrictions are ended, however. An amendment to the nation’s coronavirus measures from the previous government of the ANO party and the Social Democrats extended the period for which the legislation is active up to August 2023. These additions will permit the government to enact quarantine and isolation measures, or limit dance club attendance.

Furthermore, Health Minister Vlastimil Válek announced that there may be more coronavirus measures, such as allowing booster doses for children over the age of 12.Advertisements

On Wednesday, beleaguered prime minister Boris Johnson stunned his Western counterparts when he announced vaccine mandates and work restrictions would soon be lifted — in March at the latest.

“People in England will no longer be required to wear face masks anywhere or work from home from next week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday, adding that scientists believed a wave of the Omicron coronavirus variant had peaked nationally,” Reuters reported.

Also on the chopping block: Self-isolation or “quarantines,” which will expire in March, but the measures might be axed sooner.

“Because of the extraordinary booster campaign, together with the way the public have responded to the Plan B measures, we can return to Plan A in England and allow Plan B regulations to expire as a result from the start of Thursday next week,” Johnson told the British parliament.

“Johnson said mandatory COVID-19 certification would end, though businesses could choose to continue COVID passes if they wanted to,” Reuters added.

Boris Johnson’s current assessment is that the nation’s plummeting Omicron infection numbers and stabilizing hospital rates indicate that the UK can “safely live with Covid.”

It appears that more nations are following suit and deciding that Covid does not mean the end of Western Civilization as we know it.


NBA star Kyrie Irving

In his latest press conference, NBA star Kyrie Irving is hounded by the media again about not being jabbed, he calmly explains his free choice decision and they still go on!

Mainstream media are the enemy of the people.

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European Legal Expert Says Vaccine Mandates Are the Beginning of a ‘Social Credit System’ – The Reason Europeans Are Standing Up

By Joe Hoft January 19, 2022

Europeans are protesting the vaccine mandates which are on the road to a social credit system like China.  Legal analyst Eva Vlaadingerbroek was on Tucker Carlson last night to discuss.

Vlaardingerbroek shared:

There is a massive movement going on in Europe right now of tons of people, hundreds of thousands, millions actually who are very much aware of what’s at stake here.  These people are aware of the fact that our constitutional rights are being set aside without an end date and that we’re heading towards a new system, a tyrannical regime of mass surveillance and control.  And this is not just a hunch.  This is all part of a bigger plan.  This is something people watching right now can go and look up.

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What’s very important for the American audience to know is that we’ve had this digital COVID pass in place in Europe, which is basically like a QR Code on your phone that grants you access to everyday life, like to bars, restaurants, etc.  It’s completely [attached] to your vax status and this is all part of a European project issued by the European Commission that is basically surrounded around a European digital identity.  So this will not stay just linked to your vaccination status. This will encompass taxes.  This will encompass your medical records, apart from your vaccination status, your bank information.

So basically we already have a system in place now that’s very close, or at least from my interpretation, the beginning phases of a social credit system.  We are literally turning into China.

See the video at the link below:



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https://www.infowars.com/posts/pandemic-narrative-undergoes-radical-u-turn/

A Bed in Hell

Snow geese in flight at dawn, Bosque del Apache, NM, Author John Fowler, Source flickr.com (CC BY-SA 2.0 Generic)

Rather than providing consolation, Scripture can feel like torture to abuse victims.  We hear promises of hope and protection as lies…or “proof” of our unworthiness.  After all, God’s promises were not kept in our case, were they? So it can seem to us.

Worse still, we may fear deep down that the fate “assigned” us was deliberately cruel because of our lack of worth.  This is torment, placing the blame for our pain squarely at God’s door.

But listen to verses 7-11 of Psalm 139:

“…Where can I go from Your Spirit?  Or where can I flee from Your presence?  If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.  If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.  If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall fall on me,’ even the night shall be light about me…”

This is what it means to be a child of God.  We are not spared suffering, but remain the focus of His care and attention at all times.

Our wounds grieve God. More than that, His hands and feet were pierced for our sakes.  We forget this when lost in our own sorrow.

Abuse victims have known the bed in hell.  For us, depression may be the form darkness takes.  Yet in the throes of that illness, we are not forsaken.  God seeks us out despite our anger, despite our despair, despite even our atheism.

Originally posted 11/17/13

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VIDEO ‘You are fighting God’: YouTube pounces on Bible as ‘hate speech’

‘I foresee a day in American history where they could be confiscated or rewritten’

By Bob Unruh January 19, 2022

Actor Jim Caviezel portraying Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ."

Actor Jim Caviezel portraying Jesus in “The Passion of the Christ.”

YouTube this week determined a sermon from popular Christian leader Pastor John MacArthur is “hate speech” for stating both biblical precept and scientific fact.

According to columnist Todd Starnes, YouTube “removed the clip and sent me a message saying the pastor’s sermon was hate speech.”

The Big Tech player said, “Our team has reviewed your content, and, unfortunately, we think it violates our hate speech policy. We’ve removed the following content from YouTube: ‘There is no such thing as transgender. You are either XX or XY. That’s it. – Pastor John MacArthur.'”

See his comments:

Starnes explained MacArthur is pastor of Grace Community Church and his messages are broadcast on hundreds of radio stations, he’s a best-selling author and a “beloved member” of the evangelical community.

His message on Sunday was part of a nationwide campaign to draw attention to Canadian legislation that would silence pastors on LGBT issues. That law, actually, threatens pastors who speak biblical, or even scientific, messages about the LGBT agenda with five years in prison.

In fact, science confirms that people are either male or female, and that is embedded in the body down to the DNA level. No amount of body mutilations can change that.

With its action, YouTube “affirmed the Canadian law by banning any opposition to transgenderism on their platform,” Starnes explained.

MacArthur explained, “There is no such thing as transgender. You are either XX or XY, that’s it. God made men male and female. That is determined genetically, that is physiology, that is science, that is reality.

“This notion that you are something other than your biology is a cultural construct intended as an assault on God. The only way you can address it, honestly, is to say, ‘God made you and God made you exactly the way He wanted you to be.’ You are not only fighting God in His physical creation, you are fighting God in His sovereignty. You are fighting God in His spiritual relationship to you,” he explained. “This is a war on God.”

He cautioned, “On the one hand, the reality of that lie and deception is so damaging, so destructive, so isolating, so corrupting that it needs to be confronted, but on the other hand, that confrontation can’t exaggerate what already exists, which is a sense of feeling isolated in relationships.”

Starnes warned, “And it won’t be very long before the sex and gender revolutionaries target the source of our beliefs – the Holy Bible. I foresee a day in American history where Bibles could be confiscated or rewritten to affirm the LGBTQIA lifestyle.”

He quoted Jenna Ellis, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, who successfully fought on behalf of Pastor MacArthur when Los Angeles ordered his church to shut down during the pandemic.

“The Big Tech oligarchy in the United States is implementing the equivalent of Canada’s insane law by censoring truth and the right of pastors to teach the Bible,” she told Starnes. “If Americans don’t stop Big Tech, this new regime will circumvent the Constitution to foreclose our fundamental rights to speak and exercise religion and the impact will be devastating.”

(Photo by Joe Kovacs)

(Photo by Joe Kovacs)

WND reported earlier this week that thousands of Christian pastors across North America on Sunday warned their congregations about a new movement that includes a law that blatantly describes biblical morality as a “myth.”

The fight is over Bill C-4, adopted by Canadian lawmakers with little discussion recently. It establishes a legal ban on “conversation therapy.”

That has been made a derogatory term by LGBT activists, but it actually encompasses a wide range of counseling options that people used to have to deal with unwanted same-sex feelings.

Therapists sometimes are able to uncover childhood or other trauma that has triggered a path into alternative sexual lifestyle choices.

The law, which took effect only days ago, prompted an initiative by Liberty Coalition Canada that was promoted by MacArthur – and more than 4,000 Christian pastors publicly protested the law, according to Fox News.

The fast-tracked Canadian law openly defies biblical history and teaching, as well as science, denouncing those teachings as a “myth,” and imposing a potential five-year jail sentence for failing to align counseling events with the politically correct LGBT agenda.

“MacArthur told Fox News that he believes widespread sexual immorality is evidence of divine judgment on a culture and predicted increased efforts to silence those who speak out against it,” the report explained.

“Ultimately, the dissenters, the ones who will not cave in, are going to be those who are faithful to the Bible,” he said. “And that’s what’s already leading to laws made against doing what we are commanded to do in Scripture, which is to confront that sin. And that’s just going to escalate.”

He added, “The fact that they identified it as a criminal conduct that could give you as much as five years in prison takes it to a completely different level, because Canadian pastors have been put in jail for just having church services.”

At the Foot of the Cross

Jan Martinez shares her story of obedience to God as she works with women in poverty.

“They told me to cut down a tree they said was gone. Everyone said it was dead. I left it and then one day I saw a shoot coming out and now it is alive again!

This was a story a woman had shared at Christ Kitchen during a Bible study on Isaiah 11: 1-9 “The Branch from Jesse”. Although this passage is referring to Jesus’ arrival and the new life He brought with Him, this image was symbolic to these women as well. People had given up on them. Society had given up on them. They had given up on themselves. They were seen as “dead”, like the tree in the passage, with no hope of coming alive again. But as they walk through the doors of CK, a life-giving stream in the midst of the inner city, His waters begin seeping into the roots of those thought to be “dead”.  Then, out of His nourishing waters that come from the love at CK, there is new life and the women begin to flourish as never before. A picture of beauty as they embrace each other  through their pain and joy and then offering encouragement to take with them as they step back out the doors into their world. The encouragement and the scripture they receive at CK, help them stand up against the voices which once said they were “dead” and instead show their world, a dark world often filled with fear and violence, a new life in them.

Each Thursday morning the women have Bible study before they begin their work for the day. This was the day I arrived and walked into a room bright, not just by the light coming through the windows covering the walls, but the light coming from the women. I was greeted, as each woman is when she walks through the door, with open arms and a genuine love flowing from the other women. A joy which says, “I’m so glad to see you today”. This was the prayer of Jan Martinez who began CK, a prayer for each woman to feel loved and to know the Lord. 

In Jan’s book, “Christ Kitchen: Loving Women Out of Poverty”, Jan eloquently tells the story of the Samaritan woman who encounters Jesus at the well and compares her life to the life of many of the women she ministers to. “She is tough and street-smart, funny and caring, deeply wounded and disconcertingly honest. She is bright and talented, but often conceals her gifts behind layers of suspicion, guilt and suffering. Above all, she longs to love and be loved.” 

As you drive through your community or take time to explore beyond your daily route, I pray your eyes are opened to sights you may not have seen before or perhaps chose not to see.  Jesus walked through those areas which others choose to journey around.  He did not rush his time with the Samaritan woman but had patience and showed her love. He showed her that her life was not dead, like those of her community believed, but that new life could spring out of her through Him. Jan’s pray, for the readers of her book, is that they will fall in love with her, the Samaritan outcast in each of our towns, just as Jesus did so many years ago and continues to do today. 

Jan Martinez

Jan Martinez

JBU:

When you sat down to write your book, what was your heart’s intention?

Jan: I wanted to tell the story of what God is doing among the women I get to work with. It’s a story of miracles! Women from local churches tell me, “We don’t get to hear those stories very often. We need to hear them. We need to hear how alive God is.” I also wrote the book to shine a light on the misconceptions of poverty we have in the United States.  We don’t like our poor. We don’t have compassion for them. We do for the poor in other countries but the American assumption is that our poor are the undeserving poor. Because there is so much available in the US, we wonder, “Why don’t they take advantage of our opportunities?” The next assumption is “It must be laziness”. I wanted to help people understand the results of violence and family pathology that these women have lived through.  Mostly I wanted to woo believers into loving the poor because Jesus loves them. I pray women in the pews might become inspired and equipped to minister to their sisters in the back alleys of their towns.

JBU:

Tell me about the work that is done in Christ’s Kitchen.

Jan:  The literal business is creating delicious food and gourmet mixes. We have 37 different mixes that we sell in our shop and online around the country. We also have a restaurant and catering business.  We employ the women to create the products and prepare the products for those 3 avenues of income.

JBU:

What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced with this ministry?

Jan: It’s challenging working within the foreign country of American poverty. We created a business that strives to accommodate the issues that our women bring in without catering to them. We’re a business that works with broken people. Our business and our ministry hold a unique tension. 

JBU:

What feel do you want Christ Kitchen to have?

Jan: When I’d go back home my father would always come to the door, open it wide and say “Jannie!” and I would just fall into his arms. That’s always how he welcomed me home and that is what I want people to feel when they come in the door of CK. I want them to feel loved. We may not even know you yet but we’re going to love you. My dad was so gentle and loving when he welcomed me. That’s the sense I want the women to have. And, because we are working with all these class issues, I want everyone to receive the exact same treatment and respect. We work hard to have a place where you don’t automatically know each other’s background. Christ Kitchen has become a place that transcends barriers of class, race, or opportunity, where those issues don’t contend for power. We are just here to serve the Lord. It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, we are all being healed by God so we can come together and serve. We are like the Luke 8:3 women: having been healed by Christ, we’re on the road with Him, serving and working together.

JBU:

Share a little bit about the women you minister to.

Jan: The byline on our logo says:  “Hope for women living in poverty”. We say “living in poverty” because financial poverty is a temporary condition and it clarifies who we minister to.  Many of our women, after they have been transformed will say, “I am not poor!” Ironically, they have no money, but they are saying they are not impoverished spiritually. They describe themselves as “rich in the Lord.” Financial poverty really becomes a secondary issue. We are all in the process of becoming stable and Christ dependent no matter what our bank accounts say. 

Most of the women we hire have lived through incredible violence. It seems to be the difference between American poverty and poverty in other countries. The level of violence in American homes is so severe and covered up that you don’t see it very often. We hear about violence on the news, but few understand the extent of what of what these ladies have lived through.  

JBU:

What was your plan when you started this mission?

Jan: I did not have a plan. I was a therapist at Christ Clinic and I just wanted to have a Bible study for women who felt unworthy to walk into a church. Never did I think I was starting a business. God had to keep that little detail a secret for a while because He knew what I would have thought of it – “like, are you kidding, God?”  But, when I realized that money and work was the only thing that brought the women in, we started making a whole line of gourmet mixes. Sometimes I still say to God, “I am a therapist. What am I doing selling beans?” But He knew that in our little business of selling beans, He was doing His big business of saving lives.

JBU:

What kept so many of these women, in the past, from stepping into a church?

Jan:  The women say, “I am not worthy to be around people like you.” They seem to have a rather pure view of Christians as being all good and right. Many of them were very hurt as children. When they became 12 or 13 years old, they began dampening their pain with drugs or alcohol or men. By the time we see the women they concentrate on their guilt more than their pain. They don’t feel like they could measure up to church-people  

JBU:

What kind of misconceptions do you believe people have of the poor?

Jan: I think the main one is that the poor are lazy and that’s why they are in the state they are in. It’s their fault. They have created this world that they live in.  

JBU:

If that is a misconception, then what is the truth?

Jan: They are the most unlazy women I’ve ever been around!  At Christ Kitchen we help women become stable, healthy, fully-functioning people ready to serve the Kingdom. Many women just need the space, love and encouragement to become what they were made to be. We use work and job-training to provide the opportunity for discipleship and mentoring. Bible study and ongoing prayer undergirds everything we do. We see women who think they are worthless and unemployable begin to believe they really are loved and valued. This enables them to heal from past traumas and dramas and begin to turn their lives around. We see them reuniting with their children, leaving abusive relationships, becoming clean and sober, and becoming productive citizens. We know it takes a long time to restore dignity so we’re in it with them for the long haul. 

Sometimes our misconceptions about the poor actually keep us from attending to God’s word. When you begin reading Scripture with an eye towards God’s love for the poor, it almost seems like He is biased toward the poor. Deuteronomy 15:7-8 says, “If anyone is poor …do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them.  Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need.”  Some worry if you do this you will be taken advantage of, but God is not worried about that. He’s worried about our hearts. We need to be open handed. 

JBU: 

What are your thoughts when encountering those who have negative opinions of those who are poor?

Jan:  I know they don’t know God’s heart. God wants us to be obedient to His plan. There are over 2,000 verses about poverty in the Bible and how it relates to justice. We are accountable to His Work, even if we don’t hear about it from the pulpit. “Pure, undefiled religion,” says James, “is to care for the widow and orphan.” Jesus’ first words as Savior was, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” When the apostles commissioned Barnabus and Paul, all that they asked was that they should remember the poor. Faith in the one true God has always been about caring for the needy.  If you ascribe to a sloppy theology, you might miss this.

JBU:

What specific steps do you take to help these women move out of poverty and become more self-sufficient?

Jan: The first phase, “On your feet” works on stability and Christ dependency. We do that through Bible study and discipleship.  There is no specific plan. There is a clear structure to our work day within which the Word is proclaimed. Prayer and working out the Word through discipleship is a constant. So it may look like we are just tying bows or mixing ingredients, but other issues are always being attended to:  “How are they getting along with the other women at the table?” “How productive are they?” “How are they following the rules?” There is a lot of flexibility with the schedule but we tell them, “You know a good employee isn’t going to make their doctor appointment when they are supposed to be at work because then you don’t get paid.” Job training is always going on. We have a lot of grace with new women and then we mentor and let natural consequences live out.

When the women first come in, they really have a sense that they can’t work. It’s like their whole sense of self is destroyed. They literally walk in the door and feel incapable. We simply ask if they can do something simple, like “can you put these stickers on here?” And they do. Then they move to the next table or into the food kitchen.  Stability increases by adding a little more stress and see how they do. Many of them are surprised. They say, “Hey, I am good at this!” I believed it the first day they walked in, but their concept of themselves is that they are “bad” or unworthy. So we just keep praising their competence. Incompetent or negative behavior is dealt with gently at first and then we confront and hold accountable. So that is discipleship. That is job training. At another job they would be fired but we know what their life is like so we just start small. We have learned how to encourage them.  

The second phase is “On your way” which is our study using “Jobs for Life” curriculum. It’s a 16 week course/Bible study at the end of which the person has a job. This involves many mentors who walk through the course with them. 

JBU:

Share with me an example of the ladies “moving on”. 

Jan: There is a woman named “Laura” who said, “My mother screwed me up and I screwed up my kids but I’m not going to screw up my grandkids!  I have my grandkids come over for snack after school. They do their homework and then we do Bible study. That is what I’m going to do for the rest of my life.”  That is the definition of “moving on.” “Laura” is in a wheelchair now and dying of multiple sclerosis but her life has meaning now. She just glows! She is bringing the Lord to her grandkids, which have started influencing her kids, so that they will not to be “on the system” as the next generation. That is moving on!

JBU:

How do you start up a ministry such as this?

Jan: I wrote the book with that question in mind. I explain both ministry and business principles that would guide the reader into starting something similar.  My desire was to simply offer a Bible study to women living in poverty who never attended church. I had to come up with a viable means of creating income in order to pay their wages. Christ Kitchen has grown into a successful business, but our underlying motivation always will be, to bring the Word to a hurting world. I’m sure that is the reason God has blessed the business.

We are currently organizing a foundation with which to help new projects like Christ Kitchen get started. Proceeds from book sales and donations will fund small grants to offer seed money to creative, Godly, thoughtfully-designed projects.

JBU:

How many have used your model and branched off of it?

Jan: I know of 4 projects that have started CK-type projects. In Casper, WY, CrossRoads Kitchen makes stationary. At Benevolent Baskets in Baltimore, they buy products to make baskets and then sell them. In Panama City, a woman hires her neighbors to make silk pillow cases and woven placemats out of plastic bags. In Guatemala City, women in prison knit scarves and headbands to make money as a means to buy food for themselves while in prison. Their handmade goods are now sold in a shop in Minnesota.  These are not exact replicas of Christ Kitchen but they use the concept within an indigenous context. 

JBU:

For the readers who feel a call to starting similar ministries, what words of encouragement can you give?

Jan: Pray. God will just put the next step in front of you. He just does when our prayers are honest. The doors open and often they are doors you didn’t even think would open. If you are open to whatever He has it just starts miraculously taking place. It’s all about prayer. 

JBU:

What are some ways to begin researching where the needs are in a community?

Jan: In every big city there are going to be food pantries and shelter ministries. The missionaries in those settings are knowledgeable people who can offer their expertise. There was a man, working with the poor who said, (paraphrased) “When I go into a neighborhood I don’t come in and say, ‘here’s a program and you should do it this way.” He comes in and says “tell me the signs of hope in your neighborhood.” So the question is not “what’s wrong?” but instead, “Tell me what are the signs of hope?” He asks the pastors, the mailman, the people in the neighborhood houses and they know what works. They know what’s good and they build from there. Asset based mission is where you use the assets of the people to further the mission. It is not coming in with something new and saying, “we are going to do it this way.”

JBU:

What has working with the women taught you about love?

Jan: The women have taught me a depth and breadth of love I never knew before – That I can love without parameters. Their love for the Lord is all encompassing, likely because they have little to distract them from Him. It reminds me of the story Jesus told the Pharisee about ‘who loves me more?’ – the one with a huge debt canceled or the one with a smaller debt.

JBU:

“Let patience have its perfect work”. How does that quote apply to the journey of Christ Kitchen?

Jan: I just cling to the Lord knowing He’s going to do something and I just have to hold on as He does. It’s not like I have a plan that I’m patiently waiting for the Lord to work out. Those usually fail. When it comes to the individual women’s lives, we must exercise a lot of patience because they are so fractured. You see women take a step forward and then two steps back. We patiently watch the Lord’s work in their lives and in our own as we work with them. For me looking at the kitchen as a whole, my word is “obedient”.  I just have to stay obedient.  It’s very hard sometimes because I think I know how or where it should go. And that, to me, is not obedience. If I am praying and open to direction, I just trust that our ministry will thrive.

~ By Rebecca Hansen

https://justbetweenus.org/magazine/exclusive-interviews/jan-martinez-at-the-foot-of-the-cross/

AUDIO Loudoun County officials terrified after Youngkin reveals new investigation – National School Board Association ‘At Risk Of Total Collapse’ – Loudoun County to Remove Graphic Gender Identity Book from School Libraries

2G4PR6B Parents and community members attend a Loudoun County School Board meeting which included a discussion about the academic doctrine known as Critical Race Theory, in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S. June 22, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

By C. Douglas Golden, The Western Journal January 16, 2022

Newly minted Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, had an eventful first day in office on Saturday — and his first set of executive orders should have school board officials in Loudoun County very nervous.

According to InsideNoVa, among 11 executive orders signed by Virginia’s new governor was a pledge to investigate “wrongdoing” in the county. While the order wasn’t specific about exactly what the scope of the wrongdoing was, it came on a week where a male student who was allowed to use girls’ facilities in Loudoun County public schools was sentenced to be placed on the sex offender registry for life, in part for a sexual assault that took place inside a girls’ bathroom.

The assault was covered up by Loudoun County officials, who didn’t disclose it even after the school superintendent was directly asked about the assault at a board meeting. The student, who was moved to a different school, was convicted of another assault there.

For months, however, Loudoun County officials acted as if angry parents were the problem — and the media played right along. The Western Journal was among the outlets that continued holding school board officials accountable with our coverage. We’ll continue doing so, and you can help us equip readers with the truth by subscribing.

Youngkin announced the list of executive actions shortly after his swearing in: “Executive Order Number Four delivers on his Day One promise to investigate wrongdoing in Loudoun County,” a news release read.

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In addition, Youngkin pledged to “restore excellence in education by ending the use of divisive concepts, including Critical Race Theory, in public education” and ended forced mask mandates in Virginia schools.

After a week where a now-15-year-old former Loudoun County student was sentenced for two sexual assaults, however, the promise to investigate wrongdoing there arguably grabbed the most headlines.

Even before a June 22 school board meeting which saw two arrests, Loudoun County had become a hotbed for parental discontent at school board officials. While the causes behind it were multifarious, parents’ grievances crystalized around two issues: the integration of progressive concepts, including critical race theory, into the county’s curriculum and a proposed transgender facilities policy that stated, “Students should be allowed to use the facility that corresponds to their gender identity.”

At the heated meeting, comments were cut short, and two parents were arrested in the ensuing chaos, although the reason behind it was unclear. It wasn’t until a report from The Daily Wire in October that it emerged one of the individuals arrested, Scott Smith, was the parent of a girl allegedly sexually assaulted in May in the girls’ bathroom by a boy who was wearing a skirt.

Not only that, but then-school superintendent Scott Ziegler was directly asked about whether there had been assaults in any of Loudoun County’s “bathrooms or locker rooms.”

“To my knowledge, we don’t have any record of assaults occurring in our restrooms,” Ziegler said.

Local media discovered that Ziegler had informed the school board of the alleged assault the day it happened, however.

The suspect was moved to another school, where he was accused of committing another sexual assault in October. He was convicted of both, according to WJLA-TV, and sentenced to three years in a residential lock-up program, as well as a lifetime on the sex offender registry in Virginia.

Juvenile court Judge Pamela Brooks said during the sentencing that she’d never put a juvenile on the sex offender registry, but she felt it was necessary given the circumstances.

“Over the years this court has read many psychosexual reports, and when I read yours, frankly, it scared me. It scared me for you, it scared me for society,” she said, according to The Daily Wire.

Beyond that, the existence of an alleged third victim arose during sentencing, with one of the victims mentioning it during her impact statement and Judge Brooks mentioning it from the bench. No other details were available, and neither the teen nor their family have come forward.

The scandal surrounding the county’s handling of the sex offender — and of the transgender facilities policy in general — remained a controversy going into the gubernatorial election in November.

Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe drew much of his support from teachers’ unions and stated during the last debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

As if to keep the issue alive now that Youngkin is elected and in office, the Loudoun County School Board announced on Friday that it wouldn’t be releasing the results of its investigation of the assaults, citing confidentiality reasons and the risk of “retraumatizing” victims.

“First and foremost, the report cannot be released because the privacy of the families involved must be protected,” a media release from the school board read.

“The national interest in this investigation would preclude any chance of allowing the families to heal in private and to move forward with dignity. The Division and our Board believe we must do whatever we can to avoid retraumatizing the students and the families involved in the incidents. Furthermore, the Division is legally obligated to protect student confidentiality. This decision was also based on the advice of legal counsel, which determined that the report falls under the protections of the attorney-client privilege.”

Given the lies, the systemic failures and the appearance of a cover-up by Loudoun County Public Schools and school board officials, that won’t do.

Then again, Youngkin came a step closer to solving the problem just a day later, coming through on a promise to get to the bottom of the “wrongdoing” in the county. One presumes what that investigation finds won’t be so neatly swept under the rug.

National School Board Association ‘At Risk Of Total Collapse’ Following Letter Comparing Parents To ‘Domestic Terrorists’

ByAshe Schow•Jan 15, 2022   DailyWire.com

The audience during the Pennsbury School Board meeting in Levittown, Pennsylvania on December 16, 2021.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) continues to struggle following its controversial letter to the Biden administration urging the Department of Justice to target parents who speak out at school board meetings.

According to The Washington Post, the organization is “at risk of total collapse” following the ongoing controversy.

“Nineteen mostly GOP-led states have withdrawn from the association or promised to when this year’s membership expires, and six members of what was a 19-person board have left. Several states are discussing forming an alternative association for school boards. A new executive director of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is working to save the organization, lobbying individual states to reconsider, but so far he has not persuaded any of them to change their minds,” the outlet reported.

John Heim, the new executive director, told the Post that he hopes “they’ll give us a chance” and that his goal is to “rebuild trust” in the organization.

The news comes after it was reported that Education Secretary Miguel Cardona “solicited” the NSBA’s letter comparing parents protesting COVID-19 policies and the teaching of Critical Race Theory to domestic terrorism, The Daily Wire reported. The letter suggested that “as these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.”

The DOJ used the letter to direct the FBI to assist local law enforcement and use federal laws like the Patriot Act to crack down on parent protests. Newly released emails show that Cardona reached out to the NSBA to write the letter.

“The email exchange indicates Cardona was more involved with the letter’s creation than previously known,” Fox News reported. “In the Oct. 5 email, NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Kristi Swett recounted that NSBA interim CEO Chip Slaven ‘told the officers he was writing a letter to provide information to the White House, from a request by Secretary Cardona.’”

“Previous emails had revealed that the NSBA was in contact with the White House and Justice Department in the weeks before it publicly sent the letter,” Fox added.

The emails were obtained by a Freedom of Information Act request from Parents Defending Education.

The NSBA in October apologized for its letter, The Daily Wire reported, saying that the letter wasn’t approved by the board before it was sent.

“On behalf of NSBA, we regret and apologize for the letter,” the organization wrote in a letter to NSBA members. “To be clear, the safety of school board members, other public school officials and educators, and students is our top priority, and there remains important work to be done on this issue. However, there was no justification for some of the language included in the letter. We should have had a better process in place to allow for consultation on a communication of this significance. We apologize also for the strain and stress this situation has caused you and your organizations.”

In December, The Daily Wire reported that the NSBA had lost more than $1 million after numerous state chapters ended their memberships and thus stopped paying dues.

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Loudoun County to Remove Graphic Gender Identity Book from School Libraries

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Photo by Sharon McCutcheon/Unsplash

By Tré Goins-Phillips Editor

The superintendent of Loudoun County Public Schools decided this month to remove a controversial gender identity book with inappropriate illustrations from school libraries.

LCPS Superintendent Scott Ziegler asked for a review of the book, “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe, after parents in several school districts famously raised concerns about the graphic novel’s content.

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Wayde Byard, a spokesperson for LCPS, said in a statement shared with The Washington Post that a “committee recommended (on a split vote) to retain the book in the high school library collection [but] the superintendent decided to remove the book from circulation.” The decision to keep the book was appealed and the school board held a meeting late last week, when members voted 3-0 to uphold Ziegler’s decision to pull the book from circulation.

“I read every book that is submitted for my review in its entirety,” Ziegler said in a statement of his own. “I am not generally in favor of removing books from the library. I believe our students need to see themselves reflected in the literature available to them. The pictorial depictions in this book ran counter to what is appropriate in school.”

As CBN News previously reported, Kobabe’s controversial book has been seen in school libraries in Virginia, Florida, Ohio, Rhode Island, and North Carolina. The illustrations in the book reportedly depict images of minors performing pornographic, sexual acts.

Stacey Langton, the mother of a student in Fairfax County, Virginia, told school board members “Gender Queer” contains references that are pornographic and include “pedophilia.”

“Pornography is offensive to all people,” she told the school board after she was interrupted by city officials — interestingly enough — because they took issue with her reading the sexually explicit excerpts from the book. “It is offensive to common decency.”

Toward the end of her speaking time, board members told Langton she needed to censor the sentences she was reading from the book, which was accessible to children, because “there are children in the audience here.”

“Do not interrupt my time!” she shot back. “I will stand here until my time is restored and my time is finished. These books are in stock and available in the libraries of Robinson, Langley, and Annandale High Schools.”

Fairfax County Public Schools pulled “Gender Queer” from circulation in late September, The Post reported. The books, though, returned to school libraries less than one month later.


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VIDEO Denzel Washington Promotes the Importance of Looking Beyond Race: ‘Diversity Shouldn’t Be Mentioned Like It’s Something Special’

SANTA MONICA, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actor/filmmaker Denzel Washington attends The 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice Awards

WARNER TODD HUSTON 17 Jan 2022

In a recent interview for his film, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Oscar-winning star Denzel Washington spoke about how he feels the U.S. should already be considered a “post racial” society and why actors should reject the preoccupation of racial “diversity.”

The film, released on Apple TV+ in December, and in theaters this month, is the latest adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy about a Scottish general who’s life spirals into despair as he commits a series of murders to protect his political position after being told by three witches that he will become the King of Scotland.

The Training Day star plays the lead in a story traditionally focused on a white protagonist, but Washington thinks the diverse casting decisions for the Joel Coen-directed film should not be a big deal. Washington added that he does not want fans to watch the film merely because it has a “diverse” cast.

“Obviously we are diverse, so I think that’s a great thing,” Washington told NBC BLK on Jan. 11.

Denzel Washington in “The Tragedy of Macbeth” (Apple)

But the Equalizer star went on to tamp down all the talk of diversity in Hollywood.

“You know, in my humble opinion, we ought to be at a place where diversity shouldn’t even be mentioned, like it’s something special. These young kids — Black, white, blue, green or whatever — are highly talented and qualified. So that’s why they’re there,” he said.

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Washington’s philosophy of life often runs contrary to Hollywood’s reactionary left-wing. Just last month, for instance, he said he hoped his film, A Journal for Jordan, would “please God.”

“The spirit of God is throughout the film,” Washington told Religious News Service after admitting that he often led prayer circles on the set. “Charles is an angel. I’m a believer. Dana’s a believer. So that was a part of every decision, hopefully, that I tried to make. I wanted to please God,” he said.”

Earlier in the year, Washington spoke about the importance of prayer and insisted that you have to “listen to God” to lead a proud and upright life.

“At 66, getting ready to be 67, having just buried my mother, I made a promise to her and to God, not just to do good the right way, but to honor my mother and my father by the way I live my life, the rest of my days on this Earth. I’m here to serve, to help, to provide,” Washington told participants at The Better Man Event hosted by First Baptist Orlando in Florida last September.

Washington also recently argued against the anti-police narrative so popular with most of Hollywood’s leftist stars.

The Oscar-winner made his support for America’s police and soldiers clear in an interview in February in which he called out people who “put down” America’s law enforcement and military, men and women for whom Washington said he has “the utmost respect.”

“I have the utmost respect for what they do, for what our soldiers do, [people] that sacrifice their lives. I just don’t care for people who put those kind of people down. If it weren’t for them, we would not have the freedom to complain about what they do,” Washington said while promoting his film, The Little Things.

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