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I want to say first Happy Easter to all my readers out there. Even though, it doesn’t really feels like Easter right now. And it has nothing to do with the weather!

Few weeks ago while watching TD Jakes, he mentioned that this Coronavirus that we are going through is warning from God.

This is wake up call for the church, United States, and the world.

As I mentioned in last week blog, Martin Luther was responsible for Reformation of the Catholic Church. Believe me, they truly need it too. The hierarchy of the Catholic Church weren’t too happy with Martin Luther for doing what he did. They kicked him out of the Catholic Church. Thus, that is how the Lutheran Church was formed.

The Catholic Church isn’t the only church that needs a little reforming, a wake up call. The church as a whole needs that wake up call for renewal.

The hierarchy in the church may not be too happy with me because of this blog. Then again, the Pharisees weren’t too happy with Jesus either.

They persecuted Jesus and crucified Him on the cross, because they were very upset with what he said of them and even did. I believe that Jesus would also call our so-called self-righteous leaders in the church a bunch of hypocrites today.

Jesus came down from heaven for all of us. It’s not the healthy but the sick who needs a Savior.

We have no rights to call someone unclean because of their lifestyles choices. The Pharisees called the Samaritans and gentiles unclean; and wouldn’t associated with any of them.

Mother Theresa was a saint because of her ministry in Calcutta, India. She ministered to the lepers.

What’s keeping the young people out of the church today is that they see the church as being self-righteous and a bunch of hypocrites. Those in church needs to get off their high horse if they want to reach the lost for Jesus.

I may come across as brass; but as Dwight Thompson preached, “The people needs in the church needs to hear the truth, and not sugarcoat it. There are too many preachers who would sugarcoat the truth because they don’t want to offend anyone.”

This pandemic is a warning from God. It’s a wake up call for us all.

As I mentioned before, there had been a lot of hate in the world lately. We are to love one another no matter what. We are to love as Jesus would love. He even loved his enemies; those who crucified Him. While on the cross, he cried, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

We are not to judge someone because of their lifestyles. We are to love them as Jesus would. Yet, there are self-righteous leaders in the church who would condemned certain group of people; like the Pharisees did during Jesus’ days.

As A.W. Tozer said, “The world is waiting to hear an authentic voice, a voice from God-not an echo of what others are doing and saying, but an authentic voice.”

May I be that voice for this time that we’re in right now!

There are 4 essentials for the church and they are: teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayer.

I see that the church as whole is lacking in those areas.

We need to be flexible and willing to make changes within the church; if we are to continue moving forward and winning the lost for Jesus.

We need to devote ourselves into doing God’s work for the kingdom. We can be like Mother Theresa or be willing to go wherever the Lord may send us.

Don’t be like Jonah and goes the opposite direction because you don’t see certain people the way God sees them.

People who ministers to those in the bars takes courage and may the Lord helps them in that ministry.

Without prison ministry, Chuck Colson wouldn’t had been saved.

Don’t judge someone who is a homosexual! They are still God’s children as well. You can tells them what the Bible says but still loves them.

What the church needs today is people of prayer and the works of the Holy Spirit anointing. It’s time we get down on our knees and pray rather than condemning someone.

We need to be a contagious church filled with the Holy Spirit. We need someone to believe in us, stand by us, guide us and model Christ for us. Yet, these so-called religious leaders would rather condemn people for what they perceive as sin,

Most people tend to worship their work. As a result, their values are distorted.

People had lost their true values. It takes something like what we are going through right now for people to realize it. Churches are closed but liquor stores remain open.

I don’t know about you, but we need more of Jesus and the Holy Spirit than we need alcohol. We need God now more than ever.

What must the church realize?

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

The church must dare not ignore the warnings from God. Any church that fails to look within may start to drift without knowing it. We must examine ourselves!

So while you are in quarantine, use this time self-examine yourself. Asked yourself, are you being like Jesus or are you being like the Pharisees?

I could on but, I hope that you get the message. It’s time to heed the warning from God and do a little self-examinations on your life. I’m sorry that I may had come a little preachy and brass; but I believe the church needs this wake up call very much. If Jesus was right here right now, he would probably accuse the church of the same things that he did the Pharisees.

If you are a church leaders and pastors and this blog is speaking to you. Confess it to the Lord by praying for forgiveness. Then get right with God before He returns; otherwise He might say to you, “I know you not.”

If you are not a Christian and this blog is speaking to you; you also can pray for forgiveness and come home to Jesus. God our Father is waiting with open arms.

Once you pray to accept Jesus into your life, then find a good Bible-preaching church to fellowship with other believers.

If this blog had spoken to you and you prayed, I welcome you. I want to hear your comments and see your likes. So go ahead and press the like button and even comment on this blog. If you needs prayer because of this blog, please comment; so that I know how I can pray and maybe help you. I’m here for you!

I know that people already knows about the scandal that rock the Catholic Church; so it’s old news. So you may not be surprise when you read this.

Most recently, the Catholic church came out with a list of priests who were considered to be pedophiles. Some of you may had been surprised and some not to read that Father Richard Sinner was on that list. At first, I was a little surprised. After thinking it over and remembered hearing stories how he loved women, drinking, and dancing; I came to realized that it’s a high possibility.

This is the major scandal but not the only things that rocked the Catholic Church. They have had their shares of problems since the church was formed.

So in honor of Palm Sunday, this week and Easter next week, I will be writing a 2 part blog. You will have to stay tuned until next week to see what part 2 will be. I’m promising you that they will somehow be tied together.

As you can tell from this picture, I’m holding a rosary. I was baptized Catholic as a baby and given this rosary as a gift by my Godmother. I’m not Catholic anymore but I kept this rosary because of memories and that’s all. There’s a few things in the Catholic church that I don’t buy into.

First of all, they worship Mary, the mother of Jesus. They treat her as being above Jesus. That’s not true!

They believed in purgatory, and that people must goes through it before entering Heaven.

I mean, to non-Catholic and non-Christians, Mother Theresa was considered a saint for her works in Calcutta, India. Yet, according to the Catholic Church, she had to be prayed out of purgatory and declared a Saint by their board. It didn’t happened right away. Why is that? She was already a saint in everybody else’s eyes.

As you know priests are called fathers out of respect. When I became a Christian, it left a bad taste in my mouth to even consider calling them fathers. They are not a father. Only God is the Father!

Plus they lost that privilege after molesting these young altar boys and even some girls as well.

According to Matthew 18:6, “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”

In other words, what these priests done to the altar boys is unthinkable. They took away their innocence.

They are suppose to teach about Jesus and God; not harm them in any ways. But that is what they have done. Some have turned away from the Catholic Church or any church in general. Some may even turned away from God.

These priests lost all my respect, and I’m sure that I’m not alone. They have no rights to be called fathers even for what they had done.

I have to admit there is one good thing that Pope Francis is doing and that is trying to make an amends for the church’s crime against children. He is even thinking about allowing the priests to get married, thinking that will eliminate the problems. I don’t know if they can redeemed themselves or not.

I don’t really trust Pope Francis. There’s something about him. I have more respect for Pope John Paul the Second. He was the people’s pope. Yet he hadn’t done much to heal the Catholic church. He was more like Mother Theresa and tried to be more like Jesus.

Even though, I’m not a Catholic anymore, I’m still a Christian though. Maybe one of these blogs, I may tell how I became a Christian, but this blog isn’t the place for it.

It takes someone who may had started out as Catholic to speak out against the Catholic Church. They need another reform like they had when Martin Luther did when he started the Lutheran Church. The Catholics didn’t much care for him for speaking out against the hierarchy in the Catholic church.

I will talk more about Martin Luther in part 2 next week. Not just the Catholic church but the church as a whole needs to be reform.

This may seems different for Palm Sunday and Easter; but hopefully work itself out in the end.

I used to think that people who did the most hoarding were people who grew up during the Great Depression. Believe me, I don’t anymore though!

Hoarding: hide or store away for future use.

During this pandemic, people been hoarding toilet papers for examples. I can’t just comprehend why people would do such a thing. What’s the reason behind doing it? It doesn’t make sense to me!

When you go in the stores to buy what you need, you expect the stores to have the product and the people wouldn’t be hoarding the stuff; so that no one else can buy. That is pure selfish and they should be a shame of themselves.

I can understand when a store is going out of business and you go in to see what kinds of deals you can get for their closing sales. But do you really needs more than you are actually buying?

Let us take a look at the Great Depression and those who grew up during that time.

People would store up items while they can just in case the bottom drops out. Those who lived on a farm and had a garden, would stored up by canning and freezing food for the winter, to make sure that they don’t go hungry during the long winter.

People who were a part of the Great Depression didn’t trust banks; so they would hide the money they had under their mattresses. Like the old miser, Silas Marner. He was prime example of someone who didn’t trust banks and hid his money by burying it.

My folks were big time hoarders. We found that out after they died and we cleaned out the farm to auction it off. My step-dad grew up during the Depression, so he had an excuse. I don’t know why my mother was that way though.

My mother would buy things that was on sales just in case she can’t get the same deals again. By doing that, she had food that would spoil. I remembered, one time she had spaghetti sauce in the cupboard that turned brown because it had gotten old and expired. And she had more than one of the same item too.

Another thing, she hated to go through her trunk that was my grandmother and is now mine. She said that it had too much painful emotional memories. When I went through it, most of the stuff I easily threw or gave away. There was some stuff I kept for personal memories.

They weren’t the only hoarders I knew. I know another hoarder who I offered to go through his messy unorganized house; but he didn’t take me up on the offer. The reason: he was afraid that I would throw something away that he may need down the road. Even though it was junk!

That’s what hoarders do! They hoard because they thinks that they may need it down the road. They hoard and they forget about it and keeps buying the same things over and over again.

Are you a hoarder? Do you hoard things thinking that you may need for a rainy day?

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t save for a rainy day. It’s when you forget that you have it and keeps buying it up off the shelf. That is what makes you a hoarder!

During this pandemic when people were hoarding toilet paper of all things, there was someone who was arrested for trying to make a profit with the products that they hoard when they bought it off the shelves in groves. He was made to give the profit he made to charity. So what did it get him hoarding those items? It got him nothing!

When this pandemic is said and done, I hope that the stores learned their lesson. These stores should had put limits on these items. When they see someone buying too much of the same item, a red flag should had went up right away.

Thus the title of this blog, Stop Hoarding. Don’t just think of yourself. We must and needs to start thinking of others; rather than ourselves. We need to get self off the throne. It’s not always about ourselves. There are others in this big wide world.

This past Thursday, March 19, was the first day of Spring according to the calendar.

Yet according to the weather; it wasn’t very spring like outside. The weather was blustery and very cold.

Whenever people are counting down to the first day of Spring, I have to reminds them that it’s not necessarily so. Especially, to those who lives in the northern climate, like North Dakota.

I have seen snow up until May in North Dakota. I have seen snow on Easter Sunday.

In North Dakota, we have 2 seasons; and they are road constructions and winter. Winter isn’t 3 month according to the calendar. It can be up to 6 months!

Some people may wonder, if winter is so long, why do I stay in North Dakota?

I grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota; so I’m used to the weather. I don’t like winter. I don’t like the cold and the ice. Snow can be pretty at first but it grows old after a while. Plus, I have family around here.

I’m not saying that when I retire, I won’t move away if I could.

I remembered one time when a few of us men were heading down to Kansas City for a retreat. It was snowing here in Fargo when we left. When we got to the other side of South Dakota, it wasn’t snowing and there was NO SNOW. When we got to Kansas City, they had beautiful Spring weather with flowers blooming and leaves on the trees.

Now that was in April. We weren’t so lucky in North Dakota at that time.

Usually the first day of Spring means spring cleaning and getting out of the house or apartment; you may have been coup up in for the winter. It also means putting away your winter clothes. Some may even pull out their shorts.

It’s not that warm out!!!

I think it’s because of people have cabin fever for being coup up all winter. Just think what could happens once this Coronavirus finally is over. People will just storms out in groves!

When the groundhog announce so many weeks before Spring look at where you live and don’t buy into that. Stop counting down, so many days until Spring!

It’s not Spring until all the snow is gone and leaves are starting to come on the trees. When you start seeing green grass and flowers, you know then it’s finally Spring.

The first day of Spring was on March 21; which was my mother’s birthday. She would always remind us of that.

Now it seems the first day of Spring is March 19 or March 20. Are those who write the calendar trying to hurry up Spring? Don’t they know that they have no control over the weather?

Only God has control of the weather!

Don’t put away your winter clothes, just because it’s the first day of Spring! I know that you may have spring fever.

I don’t put away my winter coat, gloves, hats and boots until I see no more snow. I don’t start wearing my spring jacket until then.

This is how people gets sick this time of year. They try to rush spring weather. You can’t rush spring and you can’t rush God.

It may be spring in other parts of the country. But it’s still winter in good old North Dakota.

It had been a short few month since we first heard of the Coronavirus. It started out in China. There was more death in China due to the Coronavirus thus far.

When people in China first started contracting the virus, the medical profession and the Chinese Government didn’t think that it was very serious and contagious.

The Coronavirus is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person.

The symptoms for coronavirus are: fever, cough, shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

The media and social media compared the coronavirus to the movie “Outbreak” and “Contagious.”

I’m sure that you probably seen both movies. I know that I have seen “Outbreak”, starring Dustin Hoffman. That movie was scary; so I’m not going to downgrade the Coronavirus.

This will be more how the media and social media plays on our fears to scare us out of our normal routine. This isn’t the first time that the media and social media played on our fears throughout history. I don’t think it will be the last either.

Due to the Coronavirus, concerts, basketball tournaments, etc. has either been cancelled or postpones. For some reason, it even affected the stock market; when it took a nose dive. It goes to show that they made a big hype out of it.

For some reason, stores can’t keep in stock toilet papers and bottled waters.

I don’t know about you, I can’t help but think about Y2k; which occurred before the year 2000. The media and social media tried to scare us with the fact that all computers will crash because of the year 2000. It will be a worldwide blackout at that time. So many people became scared that they rush to get generators to keeps from being left in the dark. If you remembered, nothing happened like they said it would.

The Jehovah” Witness themselves had used fears throughout their history to get people to join their religion. They have been saying that the end of the world is coming; and that they will be the only one left. As you know the end of the world isn’t here yet.

Another example happened just before the Great Depression, during the Wall Street crash. A lot of people jump to their death out of their high story office building.

It goes to show what fear drives us to!

During the mid-1300’s, there was the Black Plague. It was a devastating epidemic of bubonic plague.

Just think, if it’s happens today with all the hype of social media and media, there will be a real hoopla over it like there is with the Coronavirus.

I just can’t seems why people have to hoard toilet paper the way they are doing because of this virus. I just can’t grasp the thought behind their thinking.

I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be informed about it. We need to be warned but do we actually needs it to disrupt our everyday life.

It’s just an overblown flu. People can die from the flu as well.

If you take care of yourself, you can still have a life despite of this virus.

We are being easy target because our immune system is down due to all the poisons that is in our body. We are run down as well. We need to refurbish our body with natural remedies and herbs. We need to get the proper rest as well.

I had a scare yesterday and last night. As I was getting on the bus after work to head home, someone who may or may not had the Coronavirus, was getting off the bus. He didn’t cover his mouth when he cough; so his germs spread. Last night, I started feeling a little sick. So when I got ready for bed, I took 2 Tablespoon of Elderberry syrup, ginger roots and another herb. Because of doing that, I felt better this morning. I also said a little prayer, asking the Lord to keep me from getting sick. Until this blows over, I will continue taking precaution by taking these things.

It’s good to be warn about things; but we don’t have to be consumed by our fears. We can conquer our fears and still live our lives normally.

When you cough or sneeze, please cover your mouth. Don’t let the germs spread! Wash your hands!!

That is one of the things my mother had taught us kids to wash our hands before we eat and after going to the bathroom, even after petting your pets.

An ounce of protection is better than a lifetime of sickness. We need to take care of our body. Taking herbs is so much better for you than shooting yourself with more chemicals; which is just poison for our body.

One good thing came out of this and that is finally despite the Democrats hatred for President Trump, they were able to work with the Republicans on a measure to help combat the Coronavirus. So it goes to show that America can come together for a cause. They did it after 9/11 too.

I’m just a small town country boy and this is what I miss about the small town life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for moving forward. It’s just that as Fargo is growing; so is the crime as well.

Believe me, if I don’t have to be out after dark, I prefer not too. It seems that the people just gets crazier after dark. It’s just not as safe to be out after dark like it used to be years ago. Years ago, it didn’t bother me to go walking after dark. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older or if it’s seems to be more dangerous out there.

I remembered going past Chicago with a group on the way to Indianapolis. Believe me, I felt scared and uncomfortable. I made sure that the car doors were locked in case we were stop for some reasons. So you can have Chicago; I wouldn’t live there.

It seems more and more in the cities, people choose not to get to know their neighbors. They keeps to themselves pretty much. Not like years ago, when people actually knew who their neighbors are/were.

Sure there can be a lot to do in a big city. But if you don’t feel safe doing it what’s the point?

In a small town, you can get to know your neighbors. Some people may thinks that’s a bad thing. They rather be all to themselves and not deal with people at all; that is why they choose living in big city. That way they can hide away much easier.

In a small town, neighbors are more apt to come together to help one another than they do in a bigger city.

In the farm community, your neighbors can be a few miles from you. Yet, at the same time they are there for you if you are in needs of help. You hear farmers helping other farmers when one is struggling with their health. That is being a good Samaritan. You don’t really see very much of that in a big city.

Let’s take a look at New York City for example. They say that the people in New York City is anti-sociable and very rude.

Of course, you don’t want to go wandering in New York City or any big city at least by yourself.

When I was in Seattle waiting for my train, I stuck pretty close to the train depot; even though I went just around the block to a neighborhood coffee shop.

Some people may call me a country bumpkins; but I don’t care. I’m a country boy at heart.

I have to admit while growing up on the farm; I wanted to be in live in Hollywood, California. I felt trap on the farm.

Now that I’m older; things have changed for me. I missed the old farm. I missed the quietness and the tranquility of living on the farm and in a small town. People in a small town are actually there for you.

The last time that I was back home in Rollag; even though we sold the farm. There was such a warm feelings about being there. I will treasure the hug I had received from a neighbor not far from the farm.

As unsafe as Fargo is becoming, it makes me miss the farm more and more lately. It makes me homesick. Not just for my folks but also for the comfort of good neighbors as well.

As these cities are growing, may we not lose the small town feelings. They will be and are forever treasure. It’s where neighbors are there for each others no matter what. Where it’s safe to be out in the dark enjoying the tranquility of the night. Just to be one with nature.

To me, that’s God’s country!

You can call me a country bumpkin. You can call me a redneck. I don’t care. I will take the small town and the country any day.

This picture that I posted may or may not have anything to do with this blog. You be the judge! Let me ask you this question: can you grow corn this tall in Fargo or a bigger city? I don’t think so. Can you actually say that you feel safer living in the city compare to a small town? I don’t think so.

The 5th Democratic candidates that I choose to write about may surprise you and make you wonder why.

That candidate is Tom Steyer. He’s just recently dropped out of the race for President. He’s a billionaire, retired businessman who became an environmentalist.

The reason for choosing him and for the title of this blog you will see.

When he threw his hat into the race for President, his fellow Democrats did all they can to force him out. Yet he hung on until now! He was almost like Rudolf the red nose reindeer, when all the other reindeers didn’t want to play with him.

For the first few debates, he wasn’t allowed to participate in.

He is a billionaire; probably not as rich as Bloomberg, but was able to use his own money.

He wasn’t a career politicians

Here is something that a lot of Americans would very much love to have. He was in favor of term limits for those in the House and the Senate. Now if any candidates would run on the promise to create term limits for the House and Senate, the American people would support them 100%

He just never stood a chance to make it happens.

I’m not saying I would vote for him because I like President Trump.

I think what gave him a big boost and brought him into the democratic debate was Michael Bloomberg; another billionaire. I would say that he doesn’t have the charisma that Bloomberg has though. He is more soft spoken compared to Bloomberg. Yet they both are a thorn for the Democrats right now. They should join forces!

Since the Democrats really hate Trump and they didn’t want Steyer to participate; they must really hate Bloomberg. I would say that he is Trump 2.0.

In one of the debate, Elizabeth Warren argued, “We don’t need another billionaire buying the election?”

It’s alright for a millionaire, like Warren!

I don’t like the idea a billionaire and millionaire buying the election either. Yet, what about these candidates being bought off by the highest bidder. Don’t they know when they are being bought off, they are expected to vote the way the person who bought them off want them to. They say that they are for the American people but when it comes right down to it; they are controlled by those who bought them off.

When John F. Kennedy ran for president, there were people concerned that the Catholic church would control him and the White House. They were even concerned that the mob would control him as well.

Now that never happened! President Kennedy never let that happened. Some say that he may had been killed by the mob because he wouldn’t cooperate.

Trump may be a billionaire; but the campaign promises he made he kept. Since he been president, he went straight to work to keep his promises to the American people. He didn’t have anyone controlling him.

Can we say this about any of these career politicians?

They all have lied in some form or another. I don’t think that I need to go into that. Just looks at the facts! Many had met oppositions that kept them from keeping their promises.

President Obama meant well but his Obamacare was a bad joke.

The American people are very much upset with these career politicians and their empty campaign promises. That’s why Trump was elected in 2016. That is also why candidates like Steyer and Bloomberg choose to run for President. They figured if Trump can do it, they can too.

The Established Republicans tried so very hard to stop Trump. Much the same way the Established Democrats kept Steyer from participating in the first few debates. Much the same way they attacked Bloomberg as well. They don’t want to lose their power.

They are even willing to go very Far Left to the point of promising Socialism to the American people.

Hate Trump as much as you want; but you have to admit he is responsible for this change in Washington. They are coming out of the woodworks because of Trump.

Trump was thorn to the Republican’s establishment, like Steyer and Bloomberg are thorn to the Democrats. They won’t admit it and either will the mainstream news media.