AUDIO ‘I Think We’re in the Greatest Revival in History’

ROBERT KRAYCHIK 6 Apr 2020

“I think we’re in the greatest revival in history,” said MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, describing adversity as an opportunity for spiritual development. He offered his remarks in an interview on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak.

Pollak recalled Lindell’s call for Americans to spend time with families during the coronavirus outbreak.  “I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word, read our Bibles, and spend time with our families,” said Lindell last week at the White House among other company CEOs attending a meeting regarding production of medical supplies.

Lindell said, “I wanted to write a message of hope to the people, not just what our companies are doing to help out. … I give the glory to God.” He explained he was only informed his remarks would be publicly broadcast moments before he delivered them.

Lindell added, “I was attacked by every host out there on the left, and and I don’t know why. I don’t understand it. I didn’t say you have to. I said this is a good time to spend time in the Word, with our bibles, get our country back to prayer, and to spend time with their families. … It just tells me that I’m absolutely giving the right message out there, because millions of people have backed me on that.”

Left-wing hostility to his White House remarks “got the message out even more,” estimated Lindell, “because I think we’re in the greatest revival in history, because people are looking for hope.”

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Lindell recalled instances where he was directed to hide his cross during infomercial presentations by various producers.

“I was attacked all the time for that, and it went on for years,” Lindell stated. “It’s almost like a prejudice against Christians, like if it was anybody else in another religion, it just seems like they don’t get attacked like Christianity does, but anyway, that’s just my opinion. I see it happening all the time. I personally have experienced it, and more than once.”

“I don’t think it was people on the left,” Lindell added. “It was the the narrative of the left-wing media, and I could name them all.”

Hardship can open doors for spiritual growth, determined Lindell, reflecting on his own experience with drug addiction.

Lindell reflected, “I view addiction as an opportunity for the greatest revival, because who’s looking for hope? Addicts and their families, and then along came this pandemic. Who’s looking for hope? There’s people at home, and they’re in fear.”

“With God, all things are possible,” remarked Lindell, describing the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to restore American medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing and lessen dependency on China.

Lindell concluded, “We’re in a place we’ve never been before People are scared and they need hope, and I’m telling you there’s no better place to find hope than in the Bible and with your families. Spend that time and spend that time in prayer.”

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Texas Governor Abbott: Church an ‘Essential Service,’ Practice Social Distancing

The Rev. Alvin J. Gwynn Sr., of Friendship Baptist Church in Baltimore, sits in his church's sanctuary, Thursday, March 19, 2020. He bucked the cancellation trend by holding services the previous Sunday. But attendance was down by about 50%, and Gwynn said the day’s offering netted about $5,000 compared to …

PENNY STARR 1 Apr 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed an executive order that makes churches an “essential service,” as protocols are being put in place across the country during the coronavirus pandemic.

Abbott included language to encourage online worship services and told church leaders and parishioners to practice “social distancing” to prevent the spread of the virus if they do gather for services.

Abbott said in an interview reported on by Click2Houston:

I’m unaware of a church that would want its constituents, its parishioners, to be exposed to COVID-19, and I think there’s enough public information right now for them to be aware of the practices that are needed to make sure that their members don’t contract COVID-19,

Click2Houston reported on a press conference Abbott held:

There has been controversy, particularly in the Houston area, over church closures in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Pastors are in court challenging a stay-at-home order that Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced a week ago that restricts churches to online-only services.

To that end, Abbott’s latest executive order supersedes “any conflicting order issued by local officials.” 

At the news conference, Abbott said local officials can still issue more stringent restrictions than the statewide standard as long as they do not conflict with that standard.

Law360.com also reported on the legal battle over church services:

The executive order — which also extends school closures statewide through May 4 — comes one day after Fox News guest commentator Dr. Steven Hotze and three Houston pastors asked the Texas Supreme Court to declare unconstitutional a March 24 order from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo barring in-person religious services.

“The circumstances presented by coronavirus do not excuse unlawful government infringements upon freedom,” Hotze argued in the emergency petition for writ of mandamus filed with the state’s high court on Monday. “Urgent First and Second Amendment issues of immense statewide significance, arising from the largest county in Texas and affecting residents throughout the Lonestar State, are presented here.”

“If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the guidelines from the president and the [Centers for Disease Control] by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the order reads.

Jared Woodfill of Woodfill Law Firm PC, which represents Hotze and the pastors, told Law360 on Tuesday that the ball is now in Hildalgo’s court.

“The big question now is what does Judge Hidalgo do?” Woodfill said. “Is she going to ignore the governor and his comments or abide by them and amend her order?”

Law360.com  reporte:

Woodfill said because this lawsuit presents a matter of statewide importance, he took it straight to the Texas Supreme Court, but should the court decline to take it, he’s already preparing several state court lawsuits to challenge the order in Harris County, as well as the orders in Dallas, Montgomery, and Fort Bend counties. 

The legal website reported the pastors that joined in the plea to the state’s high court are Juan Bustamante of City on a Hill Church, George Garcia of Power of Love Church, and David Valdez of World Faith Center of Houston Church.

Bustamante alleged in the Law360.com article that a Houston police officer threatened him with jail and a $1,000 fine “if he did not stop preaching the gospel to his congregation,” according to the petition.

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Turned Tragedy Into Triumph

By Reverend Paul N. Papas II

March 31, 2020

 

 

As a butterfly isn’t made overnight, neither are we what we become. What we are today is not what we were yesterday or will be tomorrow.

It takes four stages to become a butterfly: egg; caterpillar; chrysalis, then an adult butterfly.  To become a butterfly, a caterpillar first digests much of itself. But certain groups of cells survive, turning the soup into eyes, wings, antennae and other adult structures.

The cells in our bodies are dying and are being replaced all the time as our appearance gets older.

“The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow.”
― Thomas Paine

On a sweltering day in his small Iowa town, Matt Gage dove into a pool. When he surfaced, his entire left side was useless.

Fortunately, the nine-year-old’s cousin was there to pull him from the water. At the hospital, the doctor diagnosed heat stroke. But after being transferred to the Mayo Clinic, Matt was whisked into emergency surgery with a different diagnosis, the kind usually reserved for the elderly. Matt had suffered not just heatstroke but an actual a stroke.

The prognosis was grim. The neurosurgeon didn’t expect Matt to wake up. If he did, he’d be a vegetable.

But Matt did wake up. The neurosurgeon told Matt he’d never be able to move his left side again. With the young boy’s dream of becoming the next Michael Jordan destroyed, he ignored his father’s urging to try to move his leg. “I can’t,” Matt would say.

Finally, his father confronted him. “Matt, what did ‘can’t’ ever do for you?” his father said. “If you say you can’t do it, you’re not gonna do it. If you don’t start believing in yourself and believing something can happen, that you can get better, then you’re gonna be in a wheelchair.”

He began to make progress. First, he moved his left leg. Then he moved his left arm. He started walking with a brace before leaving the hospital.

Although his left side had a limited range of motion, Matt eventually played basketball, ran a 5K, and even took up skiing. He became a professor and athletic trainer for various universities. He now gives hope to other young stroke victims and their families by showing them that they, too, can get married, have kids, and enjoy successful careers.

Matt believes God used his stroke to help others. If he could relive the moment that changed his life, he says, “Now, today, I would tell you that I wouldn’t want it any different.” (1)

“Somewhere in the world there is a defeat for everyone. Some are destroyed by defeat, and some made small and mean by victory. Greatness lives in one who triumphs equally over defeat and victory.”
― John Steinbeck, The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

“Have patience with all things but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.” ― Saint Frances de Sales

“Whatever troubles we may face, we can trust God to give us strength to triumph.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

We are living in close quarters now as the wave of coronavirus weaves through different communities around the globe. None of us knows who will be affected next. We are in this together. Over the years we have drifted apart, not even knowing our neighbors. This is a good time to spend with your family, neighbors, and with God becoming our own butterfly.

Let’s call and write those whom we have left to ‘when we get the time’ today. Help everyone you can in anyway you can, making the load a little lighter for all of us.  We can accomplish more together than we can on our own.  Together we will make our community, state, and nation better than when we started this journey. We should see more butterflies as fruits of our labor soon.


(1) https://listverse.com/2014/12/23/10-inspiring-stories-of-people-who-turned-tragedy-into-triumph/

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Passion Week Scripture Readings

John 19.17-18

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John 11.25-26a

https://beholdinghimministries.org/2020/04/01/passion-week-scripture-readings/

Texas City Backtracks, Changes Order Prohibiting In-Person Religious Services

By Michael W. Chapman | March 31, 2020

(CNSNews.com) — A Texas city north of Dallas quickly amended its “Mandatory Stay-at-Home Order,” which “prohibited” in-person religious gatherings, after receiving a letter from the First Liberty Institute detailing how the city order apparently violated CDC guidelines, state law, and the First Amendment Free Exercise Clause.

“City officials in McKinney, Texas today [Mar. 27] altered its mandatory stay-at-home order to allow religious services that are consistent with the CDC’s 15-day guidelines,” said the First Liberty Institute, a public interest law firm, in a statement that day.

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(Getty Images)

Mike Berry, general counsel for First Liberty, said, “We are grateful to McKinney city officials who responded quickly and appropriately to ensure their policies are both consistent with the Constitution and the CDC’s guidelines.”

“During this challenging time, we need to see more of this kind of cooperation between government officials and the religious community,” said Berry. “We continue to advise religious institutions to follow the CDC’s 15-day guidelines, but we all look forward to the day the faith community can again meet together, in person.”

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(Getty Images)

Under the revised order, McKinney residents are allowed to participate in religious services that follow CDC guidelines. This includes services by video, teleconference, or by other means that include social distancing.

The initial Stay-At-Home Order issued on March 26 listed “Prohibited Activities.” These were “in-person religious gatherings” and “all elective medical, surgical and dental procedures.”

George Fuller, the Democratic mayor of McKinney, Texas. (Screenshot, FNC)

George Fuller, the Democratic mayor of McKinney, Texas. (Screenshot, FNC)

The order allowed people to go to work at “essential” businesses, which included healthcare, government, infrastructure, restaurants, retailers and suppliers, news media, childcare, and non-profits/social services.”

As explained in the First Liberty Institute Mar. 27 letter to McKinney Mayor George Fuller, “McKinney’s Disaster Declaration specifically targets religious services for special restrictions. First, it limits religious services to video or teleconferencing only but does not enforce such a restriction against any other entity. See generally Disaster Declaration § 7; see, e.g., id. § 6 (allowing McKinney City Council meetings to proceed in person and requiring teleconferencing only when ‘possible’).”

Initial Stay-at-Home Order for McKinney, Texas, issued on March 26 and revised on March 27..

Initial Stay-at-Home Order for McKinney, Texas, issued on March 26 and revised on March 27..

“As a result, the Disaster Declaration uniquely handicaps churches from developing innovative ways to provide religious services consistent with social distancing guidelines,” states the letter.  “For example, some churches across the country organized drive-in services that comply with all applicable social distancing guidelines.”

“Restricting services only to video and teleconferencing precludes such innovative solutions and weighs most heavily on places of worship lacking the expertise or technological infrastructure necessary to provide religious services by video or teleconference,” said First Liberty Institute. “McKinney could accomplish its interest in reducing the spread of COVID19 by requiring religious services to comply with applicable social distancing guidelines — just as it does for other activities — but without dictating the method churches must use to comply.”

Michael Berry, general counsel, First Liberty Institute. (FLI)

Michael Berry, general counsel, First Liberty Institute. (FLI)

The letter further noted that the Stay-At-Home Order restricted churches “to a strict ten-person staff limit” but no such limitation was placed on other groups engaging in similar activity.

“Restaurants providing drive through or take out service, for example, are not limited to ten in-person staff,” reads the letter. “Childcare services and news media are exempt entirely and suffer no staff limitations.”

“To illustrate, for the purposes of preventing the spread of COVID-19, a church staff broadcasting a church service is no different than a news station’s staff broadcasting a news program,” said the First Liberty Institute.

Near the letter’s conclusion, the Institute said it would “take all necessary action, including litigation, to ensure that McKinney complies with the law. Yet, as stated above, our intent in writing is to encourage McKinney to continue to be a place that welcomes people of faith and the institutions that serve them. Our sincere hope is that you will amend the Disaster Declaration such that it no longer violates the Constitution, federal, and state law.”

The Order was amended that afternoon, March 27.

https://cnsnews.com/article/national/michael-w-chapman/texas-city-backtracks-changes-order-prohibiting-person-religious

VIDEO My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell at the White House Coronavirus Briefing : Read Bible, Spend Time with Family

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3 (NIV)

CHARLIE SPIERING 30 Mar 2020

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My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell spoke at the White House on Monday, explaining to the American people what his company was doing to help during the coronavirus crisis, but he also had some words of spiritual advice for the country.

“I encourage you to use this time at home to get back in the word, read our Bibles, and spend time with our families,” he said.

Lindell said that America benefited after President Trump was elected and began turning back to God. He urged all Americans to join and pray for the country.

“With our great president, vice president, and this administration, and all the great people in this country praying daily, we will get through this and get back to a place that is stronger than ever,” he said.

Lindell said he had dedicated 75 percent of his manufacturing capacity to producing masks for medical professionals and was already producing up to 10,000 masks a day and expects to make up to 50,000 masks a day by Friday.

He also noted that his company was uniquely positioned to address America’s needs, as its manufacturing took place in the United States.

“I’m proud to manufacture our products in the United States and I’m even more proud to serve our nation in this time of need,” he said.

Lindell and other business CEOs were at the White House on Monday to talk about their efforts on behalf of Americans to produce medical equipment for the war against the virus.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/03/30/my-pillow-ceo-mike-lindell-at-the-white-house-read-bible-spend-time-with-family/


MyPillow Founder and CEO Responds to Media Critics Who Ridicule His Faith-Based Effort to Manufacture Coronavirus Masks…

March 31, 2020 by sundance

MyPillow founder Mike Lindell has shifted the majority of his U.S. manufacturing plants to generate 50,000 healthcare masks per day.   During his announcement at the White House Mr. Lindell shared a hope that Americans will revisit their faith and embrace God and hope during their time at home. The media went absolutely bananas.

Today Mr. Lindell explains why he told people to pray during their time in isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Mike Lindell is buckets of awesome.

MyPillow Founder and CEO Responds to Media Critics Who Ridicule His Faith-Based Effort to Manufacture Coronavirus Masks…


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New York Times Blames Evangelical Christians for Coronavirus

Susan (no last names released) bows her head in prayer as she and fellow fourth-grader Carolyne (L) attend a prayer service to give thanks that no one has died since a car plowed into 12 children, including Vanessa, and three teachers the day before at Westminster Academy Christian Day School, …

JOEL B. POLLAK 27 Mar 2020

The New York Times published an op-ed Friday that blamed evangelical Christians for the coronavirus pandemic.

The argument, by journalist and author Katherine Stewart, is that because religious voters supported Trump, that means he governs without regard for science.

US President Donald Trump (C) stands in a prayer circle during a meeting with African-American leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on February 27, 2020. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Stewart also claims that Republicans, more than Democrats, are likely to deny science.

In her op-ed, titled “The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals,” she writes:

Donald Trump rose to power with the determined assistance of a movement that denies science, bashes government and prioritized loyalty over professional expertise. In the current crisis, we are all reaping what that movement has sown.

At least since the 19th century, when the proslavery theologian Robert Lewis Dabney attacked the physical sciences as “theories of unbelief,” hostility to science has characterized the more extreme forms of religious nationalism in the United States.

She then goes on to provide several quotes from pastors who pushed back against the idea of closing their churches.

Stewart admits: “By all accounts, President Trump’s tendency to trust his gut over the experts on issues like vaccines and climate change does not come from any deep-seated religious conviction.”

But she adds: “But he is perfectly in tune with the religious nationalists who form the core of his base.”

Read the full op-ed here.

Evangelical Christians (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

TURLOCK, CA – MAY 29: Attendees pray during Franklin Graham’s “Decision America” California tour at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds on May 29, 2018 in Turlock, California. Rev. Franklin Graham is touring California for the weeks leading up to the California primary election on June 5th with a message for evangelicals to vote. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, Trump has repeatedly deferred to scientists, doctors and experts in the administration — particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Debbie Birx, who feature in his daily press briefings.

Notably, scientists have confirmed that President Trump’s travel bans on China and Europe slowed and limited the spread of the disease in the United States. In Fauci’s case, he specifically urged the travel ban be imposed on Europe.

All of the Democratic candidates for president opposed those bans.

Former Vice President Joe Biden called the China ban “hysterical” and xenophobic, and panned the Europe ban after Trump announced it.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2020/03/27/new-york-times-blames-evangelical-christians-for-coronavirus-pandemic/