Tanya Lewis wrote: .... Smoking or vaping could make you more vulnerable to a severe infection with the novel coronavirus, some experts say....
There is substantial scientific literature showing that smoking inflames the lungs and suppresses immune function. ‚ÄúFor regular smoking, we know it inhibits the ciliary clearance of the airways,‚ÄĚ Pirzada says. ‚ÄúWe have these little [hairlike] structures known as cilia, and they are responsible for taking the toxins and the mucus out of our airways and clearing the lungs when we cough. We know that that is affected when you smoke and when you vape.‚ÄĚ...
excerpt from,"Smoking or Vaping May Increase the Risk of a Severe Coronavirus Infection"
From Chinese studies, it appears QC, that smokers are targeted somewhat!
The Quiet Christian wrote: I've always appreciated Sander's honesty. He calls himself a socialist, and I appreciate that openness & honesty. Would never vote for him and don't know why any reasonable person would do so. It is possible that Democrats looked over the edge of the cliff into the darkness of socialism and turned back. But more likely, they concluded that America isn't ready yet for Bernie Sanders. Socialsm is counter to Biblical Christianity, placing the government in the place of the Lord and His Bride. It also tends up uphold individualistic pleasure over moral absolutes set down by the Lord. Finally, it ingrains class and tribal warfare as normative. May the Lord heal our land, from COVID-19 as well as socialism and other forms of idolatry.
QC, most Democrats are closet socialists. As you say, Bernie is at least honest enough to say so. Sanders' plan- influence the convention, to add his brand to the platform. Democrats are content that Biden has already moved left to appease the Bernie crowd. I would also suppose the Dems are very interested in the VP selection. They aren't totally blind to Old Joe's slipping mental state. If we're unfortunate enough that Joe wins, it isn't likely he'll make it 4 years.
I concur, Brother John, and I see the passage referring to the Apostolic age alone as Dr. Tim does. The Lord is never limited how He does things. But we have not seen these kinds of activities as normative in churches that rest on the Bible.
Ultimately, these kinds of activities are related to some sort of measure of a practitioner's or recipient's faith. More faith equals more healing. No healing equals little faith. It turns faith and trust in the Lord into some sort of magic that can cure, create wealth, and do whatever we will. The Lord always carries out His will. He doesn't always carry out ours.
I've always appreciated Sander's honesty. He calls himself a socialist, and I appreciate that openness & honesty. Would never vote for him and don't know why any reasonable person would do so.
It is possible that Democrats looked over the edge of the cliff into the darkness of socialism and turned back. But more likely, they concluded that America isn't ready yet for Bernie Sanders.
Socialsm is counter to Biblical Christianity, placing the government in the place of the Lord and His Bride. It also tends up uphold individualistic pleasure over moral absolutes set down by the Lord. Finally, it ingrains class and tribal warfare as normative. May the Lord heal our land, from COVID-19 as well as socialism and other forms of idolatry.
But turning out nation into a Warsaw Pact commonwealth is a major policy goal of a sizable segment of American politicans, one who just stepped out of the race for president just yesterday included. This crisis fits their desires quite well.
At some point, we have to get back to meeting together. I agree with safety concerns & all that. But I also agree with our Constitution which guarantees our ability to congregate and worship along with all other aspects of religious liberty.
The elect will be saved whatever happens on the planet. They are elect from the foundation of creation. When their time comes they are saved whether it is raining, snowing sunning or coronaing......
As for 'means' God created them all. God is first cause.
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,"
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:"
Oh, I'm sure even our former president inhaled, Frank!
I doubt the Lord has targeted those who smoke or vape with this pestilence as it seems to be more generalized. But He could be targeting them in a secondary manner. Colorado and other states like it should take immediate warning and prepare for disaster.
How many leapers turned and praised our Lord in response to His healing?
Seed gets sown, but not all falls on good soil.
That the Lord saves any of us is the biggest mystery to me. Why bother?
So if even a small percentage turn to the Lord through a recent purchase of a copy of His word, one can still say that His word has not returned to Him void but accomplished His purposes. And for those who will not turn, it may well be that the recent purchase will be another charge against them on that terrible coming day.
Cut back on your personal and business spending. Stock up on some dry goods. Reach out to your neighbors with a helping hand and with the Good News(Gospel of the LORD Jesus Christ). Eternal life is seeming a lot more meaningful now with death so much on everyone‚Äôs mind.
Adriel wrote: The Lord does not require a virus to bring in the elect. He prefers to use Grace. But the Liberalists use human means to indoctrinate more Liberalists. .
God is a God of means and that does not take away from His sovereign grace. John Newton's conversion was one that started after enslavement and being on a boat that nearly sank, that did not take away from the work of the Holy Spirit in birthing him from above it was the means God used. This article does not say a virus is required. Simply that people facing the certainty of the brevity of life are open to hearing the gospel of the grace of God.
God uses means, whether it is a message heard (like Spurgeon's conversion), or a tract read, or the faithful witness of a Christian co-worker, or the godly living of a faithful spouse (I Peter 3:1), or a book like Pilgrim's Progress, the Holy Spirit uses means to accomplish the work that only He ultimately can do. Don't look down on these things, brother Adriel.
There won‚Äôt be enough ink to brand the millions out of work Americans demanding businesses open, as a hate group . If 45,000 perish due to cova19 in this country, then the politicians and doctors better have a plan or this country is going to erupt. When they were saying 100-250 thousand could die, and our count is less, is it worth keeping 15 million people newly thrown into poverty as a lifestyle change? Nope, nada, no.