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SFC LeRoy Orvis

Thanks Dad! You rebuilt Germany, served in the Korean conflict, and trained men how to stay alive in Vietnam. You loved G-d and your neighbor, and taught us to do the same. You showed your love throughout your life with generous acts of service. You’re still my hero, Sarge!

And you’re just one story of the thousands resting at Fort Snelling! G-d, we remember these strong and faithful! Will You help us pay it forward?
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Soucheray: Phase 2 (or 3): You can get half your hair cut in a salon. No, wait … – Twin Cities

Sjopinski Flight #6

https://www.twincities.com/2020/05/23/soucheray-phase-2-or-3-you-can-get-half-your-hair-cut-in-a-salon-no-wait/

Again, thanks to Mr. Soucheray for voicing the confusion, exasperation, and hopes of Minnesotans. It’s much harder to live under an executive council than an elected legislature. Joe underscores why laws matter, and executive orders are funny when you say them out loud!

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21st Century, Faith, G-D, Governors, Intercession, Judgment & Counter-Judgment Cycle, law, Minnesota, omnipresent history, Uncategorized, worship

Open Letter to my Pastor and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz

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Please pray for me to stay centered in the Lord. I wake up most days with a sense of heaviness for our state that has publicly weighed the expression of our worship as “non-essential”. Though I know that we serve a Savior that is omnipresent, I feel remorse that we have not responded in grace and truth to the governor, and his limitations imposed on every house of worship. Where is the masculine leadership of the Church of Minnesota to kindly, respectfully, but firmly stand up to the notion that taking communion, common prayer, common worship and fellowship is as valueless to our society as pumping gas?
He is our fuel! He is our grocery store! He is the department store for our spirit! He is worthy of the respect shown to Holiday, Cub, Target, and Walmart. Lord, if Gov. Walz is truly and sincerely acting from a place of benevolence, why is there no public recognition of the sacrifice of the Church of Minnesota? Why hasn’t our Governor made statements to assure our houses of worship that they will fully retain their inalienable freedoms of religion? Where is the law or precedent that a Governor can regulate, monitor, or insert state controls on the practice of our faith and worship?
If you know the answers to any of these questions, please tell me. My understanding of our law is that it based on the idea of apportionment. That we can and should expect an even and proportional application of the law. Does this mean we can expect Walmart to limit itself to 10 shoppers at time like our cathedrals and large sanctuaries? Will G-d’s house be limited to 10 guests at a time irregardless of size? Shall all food sales, whether packaged or fresh or fast foods be restricted like a communion served only through a table at the door?
What about the spiritual ramifications of touch: in prayer? in baptism? in marriage? in mourning? Are the expressions of our humanity less valued if they come in the Name of the Lord than our neighbors who handle sod, install doors, or serve  coffee? Must we wear PPE to remain human?
It seems that these issues all hinge on choice and responsibility. If Governor Walz is the arbiter of health, then it follows logically that we are not responsible for our own health, and the state must make choices for us. Yet, for 244 years, the opposite is the norm.  We have the precedent given us by the 9th and 14th Amendments to retain choices not expressly given to the Federal or State governments.
 “In sum, the Ninth Amendment simply lends strong support to the view that the “liberty” protected by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments from infringement by the Federal Government or the States is not restricted to rights specifically mentioned in the first eight amendments.” Cf. United Public Workers v. Mitchell, 330 U.S. 75, 94–95.
Lord, come stand between us and Time Walz. You have made him our legal authority whom we esteem, honor, and regard. Will You resolve this painful issue between the worshippers of Minnesota, and our Governor? We do not wish to become outlaws, but we must not fail by ceasing to worship You. We need You for our survival! We need Your Body for our survival! Come Lord Jesus; show us again that worship is essential!
“…Therefore love truth and peace.”  Zechariah 8:18
J.D. Orvis         Pray Through History
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‘Coronavirus‘,or ‘Covid-19’ , a term which has caused thousands of casualties and has affected millions of homosapiens directly and billions indirectly , has become a humanitarian crisis .There have been several decades since the world has seen such a global threat which has grown so rapidly that the countries like USA, UK, Italy, and several […]

via C for Covid. C for China. — @viwrites

This is the response I left Avi after reading his post. Are you willing to give us both a read and share your thoughts on this matter? Thanks, dear followers, for your honest feedback.  PTH

“As to the pandemic, my amazement is twofold:
1. That 2.9 billion citizens can be manipulated and panicked so completely by media.
2. That so few can contextualize the information they’re given, and draw their own conclusions.
For example, I live in the Midwest at the heart of North America. I will give only a few distinctions between here and places CCP virus has hit so hard:
Air pollution
In provinces of C. w/ highest death toll often have air quality indexes on a scale highly polluted to toxic, w/ point values between 90-110.
vs.
MW. air quality is very clean w/ ratings in range of 25-35.

Smoking
C. provinces w/ high death rate also share very high rates of smoking, especially among males.
MW. states have much lower death rates and much lower rates of smokers.

Economy
C. has a robust economy, but it’s a command economy. Therefore, it may not be legal for businesses to adapt to practices that protect the health of their employees or neighbors.
MW. the economy under President T made astounding recovery reaching pinnacle before virus. Small businesses are the lifeblood of American employment. These small companies have historically owned great freedoms of choice to remain adaptable, therefore flexible to offer solutions to their employees and neighbors in crisis.

However, we now share a world not under the rule of law, but under the rule of “emergency powers”. Millions around the globe have suffered from this disease AND have had their human rights stripped.

My greatest concern?

Freedom of Worship.
In my home state of Minnesota and in my home city of St. Paul, we have not retained our “inalienable” rights to join together in worship. We who follow Christ lost Easter. Jews lost the Passover and many even Pesach. Muslims are banned from Ramadan. Our numerous neighbors of SE Asian descent (Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, Hmong, Karen) reel from being barred from their temples.

Walmart and Target stores are deemed “essential businesses” and remain open with health directives: masking, social distance, etc.

Yet, all houses of worship are classified as ” non-essential”.

This is why I fast for my State. Our G-d is worthy of continuous remembrance, honor, gratitude, praise, and worship. This bleak morning with frigid rain, (Yes, it’s only 49deg. here on May 17) we go to worship outside on the steps of our capitol. This is not an act of defiance to our Governor, but an act of compliance to the laws of the King of the Universe.
May the faithful of the world find courage and hope in Him this day!

Friend, thanks for your article!

C for Covid. C for China. — @viwrites

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Heart Reality

Congregational Church of Excelsior, UCC, Est. 1850

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Hey friends!

So interesting to find this teaching on fasting here, and that the Word from Zecariah mentions fasting in the 5th month. I know his calendar was different than ours. (I believe Hebrews used the lunar calendar. Correct me if I’m wrong?)

Yet, the Lord invigorated me through this little half verse in Zechariah 7:3! It lines up with yesterday’s call to prayer. (Worship is Essential) Today, I just want to spread the idea that a call to fast need not be a huge scary thing.

If you eat 12 slices of pizza a day, maybe try eleven? If you eat 2 Ho-Ho’s every lunch, maybe eat one and share the other? What if He wants you to fast from fear, or from bingeing on anxiety-producing TV news? One could practice choosing to tell oneself a promise from His “love letter” to the human race; the Bible.

The Lord has me on a total fast from eating. I will drink only cleansing drinks. I’m giving my mind, body, and spirit a rest. I had so much more time yesterday to think, pray, and spend with my wife and daughters because I wasn’t a slave to my hunger.

Listen to G-d. If He calls to you, join me in fasting until worship is declared essential in Minnesota, your state, province, island, or nation. He invites our humility, and truly enjoys our undivided attention. Will you give it to Him today?

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21st Century, Intercession, Minnesota, Uncategorized

Worship is “essential”!

Lord, currently I’m sitting by the liftbridge over the St Croix River in downtown Stillwater, MN. My heart is so heavy. I need a place of tranquility like this to pause and listen to what’s on Your Mind for the North Star State.

9:22AM Stillwater Lift Bridge A symbol that connections need not be rigid.

I began my fast this morning to call the Church to pray. Since March 13, 2020, all houses of worship of all faiths of Minnesota have been closed. Our Governor, Tim Walz, declared a state of “peacetime emergency” in response to the Wuhan pandemic. While I support his initial response to Covid-19, I do not understand or endorse the total ban on all of our normal expressions of worship.

Though I am committed to the way of Christ, my heart aches for those Jewish neighbors blocked from Pesach or Passover, Muslims blocked from kneeling together for Ramadan, just as my spiritual family suffered an Easter without the Last Supper, and the healing fellowship of our brothers and sisters. While quarantines do have precedent in our State’s history, the shut-down of the Church and all houses of worship, including their physical and collective acts of worship is unprecedented! Dear Governor, we love you, and need you to survive, but this is killing us inwardly, crushing our free religious choices, and limiting our own decisions to risk getting a flu versus meeting with Our Father.

Dear Governor, we kindly, respectfully, but resolutely dissent! I respectfully but firmly disagree that Covid-19 “social distancing” necessarily trumps our freedom of religion. I respectfully and firmly call the Church of Minnesota to fast and pray with me until the complete and uninhibited restoration of our “inalienable” rights are restored. I call members of all faiths to join me in this “Holy Protest”.

So we find ourselves in the same conflict as generations of the faithful. We have been served with an avoidable and unnecessary ultimatum; “Social distance, halt worship, or become an outlaw.” About two millennia ago, the Apostles found themselves embroiled in a similar controversy; “Why do our beloved brothers now consider us enemies?” In Acts 5:28,29 we see this conflict in early Church history.

“We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,” he said. “Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us responsible for this man’s blood.” 

29 But Peter and the other apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than men. 

There surely must be a way to resolve this! We can afford our Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, and Temples the same courtesy to remain open as Target or Wal-Mart! Let us fast and pray to the One until then. We must not fail to meet with G-d for He is worth it! Dear friends, old and new, let us declare to the ages; “Worship is essential!”

James D. Orvis – Pray Through History – May 11, 2020 – Iyar 17, 5780

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