Monthly archives: March, 2020

Prudence! (a mini morsel)

By: G.J. Fortier

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Matthew 24: 6-8 (NIV)

For years, I’ve had a feeling, deep in my gut, that something was going to happen. Some of you may remember the predictions that I made about the “mini ice age”, the coming food shortages and the general unrest that the world was about to experience. While I stand by those predictions, I didn’t see this current crisis, that truly is of monumental proportions, coming.

I sincerely believe that people are making this much worse than it needs to be—just my opinion. But there are many reasons about which each and every one of us should be concerned. After all, you simply can’t have a crisis without people. I, personally, worry more about the actions and reactions of people during this emergency than I do about the emergency itself. By-and-large, people are irrational creatures. We tend to act impulsively based on current needs. Have you ever heard that you should never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach? Well, with what’s going on right now, multiply the craving that you develop for Twinkies (as you’re passing the shelf in the store—that you were trying to ignore—where they’re kept) by about … oh … say … a thousand, and you’ll get an idea of what motivates people to do what they do.

They panic buy.

If you’ve visited the grocery store—any grocery store—in the past few weeks, you’ve seen exactly what I’m talking about. Empty shelves; people fighting over toilet paper, tissue, hand towels, etc.

This is where we Christians come in.

Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. Isiah 26:20 (NIV)

If you are able, stay home! If you aren’t, then be the example, be the light of Jesus for everyone who you encounter, to see. Make them wonder what makes you act the way you do, and hopefully, they’ll see in you what they’d like to see in themselves. We are Christ’s representatives. His ambassadors. We have an incredible opportunity to show the lost what it is to be a Christian. We are not what they think we are! They only know about us what they’ve seen in the movies or on TV. Or worse, they’ve been there in church on Sunday, seen those of “us” who have taken off the spiritual cloak that they wore to the church service, and tossed it in the floorboard behind the seat, on Monday—gulp!

That ain’t us!

God has challenged us with this crisis! How will you respond?

What-so-ever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!


Diligence!

By: G. J. Fortier

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him. Nahum 1:7 (NIV)

I’m guilty, I admit it. I’m one of those people who said, “Oh, they’re blowin’ this coronavirus stuff all outta proportion. I don’t even drink that brand!” Or, “I’m more worried about gettin’ the flu than I am in gettin’ the coronavirus!” Or, “All they’re tryin’ to do is make Trump look bad!” While all of these statements are true, there’s one thing that I failed to consider: People will panic about what they don’t understand.

They say that, in any crisis, 10% of the people will freeze, 80% will panic, and 10% will keep their heads and remain calm. They also say that the majority of that latter 10% are people of faith.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ … Romans 5:1(NIV)

In case you haven’t noticed, we are living through an historical event. The world hasn’t experienced anything like the COVID-19 pandemic—yes, it is a pandemic—in a century. Not since the so-called Spanish Flu of 1918 have people been exposed to a virus on such a scale. That’s the reason for all the—I prefer to call it—hype, all the hype buying, the stock market’s plunge, and-so-on, an-so-on. This too shall pass.

The coronavirus is a very serious event. That’s why we must take very serious precautions. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has “recommended” that people not gather in groups of more than fifty for the next few weeks. The White House prefers no assemblies of more than ten. Me? I say, Get outta my house! The idea being that, although the mortality rate is (relatively) very low, we don’t allow this contagion to spread any further than is humanly possible.

For this reason … Ironmen Ministries will be suspending the Ironmen Friday morning Prayer Breakfast for the next two weeks, March 20th and 27th. I recommend that you utilize the time that you would have normally spent at the breakfast by augmenting your “quiet time”. Let’s not let this attack on rationality interfere with the time that we need to spend with the Lord. Also, we should be checking-up on one another by phone, email, text, etc. By-the-way, nobody ever said that you can’t or shouldn’t gather in small groups at your homes during this time. Christian fellowship is essential, especially now.

Wherever two or more are gathered in His name …

Today is the day. Now is the time. The battle is on!


Friday Morning Prayer Breakfast Shutting Down For The Rest Of March

Men,
With the current state of things surrounding the coronavirus and with churches canceling services, we made the decision to follow suit and not meet for at least the next 2 weeks. If conditions improve by next month we will plan our next meeting for Friday, April 3rd. You can check back here and on Facebook for updates as April approaches. Please share this with other Ironmen so that we insure everyone has been informed. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again in April. God bless!


Current Events

By: G. J. Fortier

To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

“He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

When they hurled insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;

“by his wounds you have been healed”.

For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the shepherd and overseer of your souls. 2 Peter 2:21-25 (NIV)

We are living in strange times. Would you agree?

I often wonder if the state of the world, and the United States in particular, is worse now than it was in the past. After all, we, the generations who are alive today, cannot be blamed for placing much more emphasis on what we are actually experiencing, as opposed to what we haven’t personally witnessed (on TV), but only read about in books or (more likely) watched on the History Channel. I’ve heard people say that “it’s definitely worse now”, or things have always been “this bad”, it’s just that we hear about more of “it” because of today’s technology, social media, etc. That’s a valid point. But these people have chosen a more cynical view of the happenings around the globe than I do.