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The media gets offended when President Trump calls coronavirus the “Chinese virus”

In one of the speeches that President Trump gave last week, a reporter accused Trump of being a racist. They said that some people are calling him a racist regarding his comments to the virus as Chinese.

Trump quickly discarded the reporter, stating that they were uninformed. He said that the only reason why he called it a Chinese virus is because it came from China.

Does this make him a racist ? Calling a virus Chinese? A lot of news reports came out saying that he is a racist for calling it as such.

Was any president or leader called a racist on previous pandemics ? How about the Zika virus? What ever happened to the Black Death, or the Black Plague in history? Do we remember the term Spanish flu in the 20th century? Or the Asian Flu? Or the Swine flu? How about the Ebola pandemic?

If our president was racist, then I’m assuming that the same reporters that are classifying him as a racist refer to these pandemics as racist comments as well? Or are they contradicting themselves?

Favorite Worship Artists

In such a quarantine time as this, many of our activities have been diminished. We must thank God for that! We have had such busy lives and it is important that we do not leave God behind throughout this season. In these times, God is calling us to have intimacy and communion with Him. I have attached my personal current favorite worship artists, from least to most favorite, that could probably help you in your time of devotion to God. From the most spiritual believer to the newest believer, these are worship artists that will take you to have beautiful encounters with God.

10. JESUS CULTURE

One of my favorite bands since when I began my Christian walk, Jesus Culture has evolved throughout the years to becoming a band that has captivated the hearts of many around the world. I remember singing their songs and having beautiful encounters in the presence of God with songs such as “My Romance,” “Show me your Glory,” “Obsession,” “I Want to Know You,” “Rooftops,” “How He Loves,” and many more. They have withstood the test of time and have continued to reignite passion with new songs throughout the years. I believe that they will be a blessing to you.

9. HILLSONG WORSHIP

I remember Hillsong being an excellent artist to worship to when I began my walk with God. They had beautiful melodies like “In Your Freedom,” “At the Cross,” “Yahweh,” “Desert Song,” and the powerful anthem “Mighty to Save.” When they rebooted themselves to “Hillsong Worship,” things exploded with their music. From anthems such as, “What a Beautiful Name,” to “Open Heaven/ River Wild,” “Thank you Jesus, and “Broken Vessels,” they have recaptivated thousands of worshipers. I believe that their songs will continue to be a blessing, just as many churches have sung their songs throughout the world.

8. RICK PINO

I believe that Rick Pino is one of the most impressive violent worshipers that we’ve gotten to know in the artist industry. I’m impressed with how he has different types of songs, whether it is warfare, or pure intimacy, or declarations, or deliverance. I have had many encounters with songs like “Restored,” “Jesus Song,” “Abba,” and “Leaning on my Beloved.” Even songs like “Mighty Warrior” are powerful declarations that God is with us. Without a doubt, they will minister to you powerfully.

7. MISTY EDWARDS

Misty Edwards’ songs will forever be engraved in my heart as one of the most violent encounters I’ve had with the Lord. Her songs is so in tune with scripture, and there are many times where she quotes and proclaims it in her songs. With songs like “I Give it All,” “Take my Heart,” “I Am Yours,” “Dove’s Eyes,” or the powerful song “Arms Wide Open,” she has definitely caught God’s attention. Her songs are unlike any other, and you will see what I’m talking about when you listen to her songs and receive the presence of God.

6. HOUSEFIRES

When I first heard of this band, I underestimated their potential and the presence of God that they carried. I quickly fell in love with their style of worship, very acoustic and similar to one of my favorite artists (United Pursuit). When I heard songs like “This Love,” “Build my Life,” Come to the River,” or the universal anthem “Good Good Father,” I couldn’t help but get attracted to the intimacy that was being expressed in their worship. If you like soft, acoustic and simple melodies, Housefires will definitely impact your life.

5. ELEVATION WORSHIP

This was another band that I quickly underestimated, and fell in love with the powerful anthem “Here as in Heaven.” I can’t remember how many times and for how many months this was the only song that I could listen to in order to meet with God. After this, I quickly navigated to more of their songs, and loved songs like “Give me Faith,” “Give my Life to You,” “Do it Again,” “Resurrecting,” and “There is a Cloud.” Their pastors’ sermons are incredible, and they have a great team ready to worship and blast you into God’s presence.

4. UNITED PURSUIT BAND

This band will forever hold a special place in my heart. They have been my favorite up to the beginning of this year. I remember when I first listened to the song “Set a Fire,” which is forever my favorite song. In different seasons of my life, this song has kept me burning for Jesus throughout the circumstances of life. This has probably been the song that has been most overplayed by me throughout the years. I love their folk and acoustic sound; it doesn’t have to be too loud, it can be soft and simple, but yet powerful. I have been touched with other songs, such as “Fill me Up,” “Never Going Back,” “Met by Love,” “Break Every Change,” “In Your Presence,” “Rejoice in You,” “Your Love is Better,” and many more songs. I know without a doubt that their songs will shine bright inside your heart, too.

3. MAVERICK CITY MUSIC

These artists quickly became my favorite artists this year. Their songs have been so simple and yet such powerful declarations of God’s love and presence. I love the unity in their songs, and the passion that is evoked when you hear them. From praise, to worship, to intimacy, they will definitely wreck you. I was impacted when I first listened to “Keep on Getting Better,” and then quickly liked other songs like “Most Beautiful,” “My Soul Sings,” “Have my Heart,” “Refiner,” and their cover for “Lean Back” was unlike any other I’ve heard. There are many more that I haven’t listed. I believe if you listen to them, you’ll be impacted, too.

2. UPPER ROOM WORSHIP

This by far is a band that I always go to when I need to listen to something impact and powerful to take me to God. I use them in the Bible study meetings that I have to pray and minister to people, because of how powerful they are. I think that they are quickly evolving into a band like “Bethel Music.” I am touched by the fact that in every song and cover, there is a spontaneous moment where they are either speaking to God or speaking a lyric that applies to the atmosphere taking place in that moment. Their covers continue to impress me, and I love how they cover songs that are way way old! With covers for songs such as “Defender,” “Great I Am,” “Beautiful Exchange,” and “The Heart of Worship,” they have been impressive. Even personal songs from theirs have taken me to the presence of God. Songs such as, “Thank You Song,” “You and You Alone,” and the powerful war songs “Surrounded,” will definitely take you to the presence of God.

1. BETHEL MUSIC

Bethel Music has become my default worship band for any situation and circumstance I’m facing. While they’re not my favorite band, I know that their worship is beyond this world, and it helps me encounter God like never before. I don’t have a time of when I started to get into Bethel, just cause my church intensely loves them, too. I don’t recall the first song that I’ve listened to, and there has been so many of them that have touched my heart. Even covers that they have made from other artists have sounded so much better. I also love their spontaneous moments; they have had so many! If you go on Youtube, you will find hundreds upon hundreds of these, and they will be a blessing to your prayer and worship life.

Do I listen to more artists? Of course, I do! But these are the main ones that I always go to; I’m sure everyone has had encounters with different artists. But as far as me, these songs have made the most impact in my life. I am faithful to them because of how the songs have taken me through rough moments in my life, and even moments where I haven’t wanted to pray or seek God.

My prayer after writing this, is that you decide to live a lifestyle of worship unto God. I pray that you will become radical in the way that you seek God and that you express yourself to Him. You will feel so much better when you are living life freely and to the fullest. You will walk in freedom by seeking Him and worshiping Him.

Pastor that was previously arrested for not closing down church has charges dropped.

A prior article wrote about this pastor, Rodney Howard-Browne, who was arrested for having Sunday services in his church despite the stay-at-home order from the state. The order from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stated that non-essential businesses should be closed for the time being. Howard-Browne was one of the few pastors who defended the First Amendment with his congregation and continued having their services, despite the warnings of the governors.

During his arrest, the sheriff and the pastor quoted scripture that attacked the Tampa pastor, saying that his decision was reckless. They also implied that Howard-Browne did not care for his congregation because he was supposedly putting his members at risk.

In spite of this, in his next press conference, the Florida governor declared church assembly to be deemed essential activities. He went on to say that during this time period, people would most likely be going to God for faith and hope.

Not too long after this declaration, charges were dropped to Howard-Browne and his River at Tampa Bay Church. The county concluded that Howard-Browne acted responsibly with his congregation, applying social-distancing rules and regulations in his congregation. Not only that, but after the governor’s declaration, they had no choice but to surrender any charges they had against the pastor.

California governor receives backlash for forcing churches to close down amid pandemic.

California governor Gavin Newsom has issued a statewide order for businesses and crowd gatherings to shut down amidst a spike of coronavirus cases again. Many churches in the state were unhappy and expressed their concern with the law. Many Christians feel like gathering is essential to a believer, and it is also part of our constitutional rights. They are saying that “no one is above the law and our constitution,” despite the pandemic that we’re facing.

Many of these churches have done their due diligence to ensure the safety of their parishioners. They have enforced the social distancing guidelines, to wear coverings and have their temperatures checked. If anyone is sick or with extreme conditions, they are being asked to remain at home, which is understandable.

While spikes in coronavirus cases are scary, we must always go by what the Word of God says, and it tells us in Hebrews 10:25, “not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together.” Many people believe that everything should be closed down indefinitely, until the last coronavirus case gets healed. But if we do that, we are seeing months of a global recession, people without jobs, not working, etc. Although there’s been spikes in cases, the percentage is a significantly small amount of Americans that have been infected by the virus. Are we going to shut down the entire economy, and leave people without jobs for the next few months?

I agree, that the measures that our nation has taken to prevent this virus from spreading could have been better, and could have caused less fatality rates than what we have seen, so far. But putting all emotions aside, as Americans, we have a responsibility to protect ourselves and others by following these guidelines. We cannot stop going to work, or groceries, etc. All of these things are unavoidable; no matter how much we want to limit the activities, there will always be essential places that will be filled with people. The church should be one of the main activities in that category.

Our nation must turn back to God wholeheartedly. We have fallen into sin, and we must repent. We cannot enforce laws that dilute the liberty of Americans, such as religion and freedom of speech. Why is it that people can gather up for a protest but they can’t gather up for a church service? This is discriminatory and it should stop. Worshipers have the same rights as protestors as long as they are abiding by the CDC guidelines to meet.

While some ministries have adapted by providing outdoor services, I don’t completely agree that all ministries are able to do that. Some don’t have the resources, the volunteers, or the finances to be able to adapt to this new environment. But as long as they are abiding by these guidelines and their members are being responsible, they shouldn’t be prohibited from gathering together.

September, the Month of Fullness

What an intense year this has been! When January struck, we were excited that a new decade has come upon us! Many of us were ready to fulfill petitions and resolutions that we had discarded in previous years. But all of a sudden, we were hit with a global pandemic that has shook the entire world.

Nonetheless, I believe that God establishes times and seasons for a purpose. I also believe He has predestined ways for us to prophetically declare what He is doing. September, the ninth month of the year, signifies fullness in a person or a nation (this is the Biblical meaning of the number nine).

Therefore, I believe that for whoever reads this message, whatever it is that you’re going through, there is a fullness that is coming over that situation. There is an end coming to your affliction, your sadness, your fears, your turmoil, and God is going to bring a new season into your life of glory, power, and His presence shining bright in your life!

The Bible even tells us that Jesus was crucified on the ninth hour of the day, showing us that His assignment on the Earth was reaching a fullness. That same fullness is coming over you! He rose from the dead three days later, and I believe that by the end of this month, you too will rise above whatever circumstance you’ve been enduring!

The will of God is the best decision for my life- Podcast!

God’s will is the best for my life

The purpose of this podcast is to encourage everyone that listens to decide to do God’s will. Life is all about the decisions that we make, and we are a result of all the decisions we’ve made throughout our lives. We cannot afford to not do the will of God. This message will not only speak to us about what is the will of God, but also encourage us to do His will and give us the keys to do it. My prayer is that this challenges you to obey God when he speaks to you!

How to have unspeakable peace in your lives.

Episode 1: Season 1- Unspeakable Peace

The purpose of this podcast is to encourage everyone that listens to decide to do God’s will. Life is all about the decisions that we make, and we are a result of all the decisions we’ve made throughout our lives. We cannot afford to not do the will of God. This message will not only speak to us about what is the will of God, but also encourage us to do His will and give us the keys to do it. My prayer is that this challenges you to obey God when he speaks to you!

Autopsy reports of George Floyd showed his death was a homicide.

Floyd’s family has attorneys that released the autopsy report’s results yesterday. The autopsy revealed that Floyd’s death was caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression, and this led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.

This confirms that the officer holding his knee toward Floyd’s neck and back killed him, turning this into a murder case. Floyd’s family’s lawyers have requested to file first-degree murder charges. He is currently facing third-degree murder and manslaughter charges, which are significantly lower charges than the ones they want to file against him.

Due to vast amount of threats and anger from crowds, officer Derek Chauvin will be sent to a maximum-security prison, the Oak Park Heights Prison. He is on suicide watch and will be checked upon every 15 minutes. In addition to this, his wife of 10 years has filed divorce against him. She stated she will not be seeking marital support, as she can fully support herself.

Weekend protests and riots throughout the United States get out of hand.

The death of George Floyd continues to spark outrage across the nation. The officer who was responsible for his death is now in custody, but that was not enough for Americans. Americans have expressed their anger and hatred toward the police and justice systems through various protests and riots around the country. In states such as Minnesota, New York, Georgia, Illinois, and Florida to name a few, thousands of residents have gathered to express their displeasure toward police.

Peaceful protests are okay, but many of these protests got out of hand. For instance, Target stores in Minneapolis and California have been targeted by these protestors. They have gone in large crowds and have stolen things from the store. In addition, in Miami, highways were filled with many of these residents, which led to traffic being standstill for several hours. In Chicago, New York and Georgia, police cars have been attacked and set on fire. Furthermore, Bayside Marketplace in Downtown Miami was looted on Saturday night. Such behaviors have caused city officials to force a mandated curfew for the safety of their residents.These are only a few things that have happened so far, given that the protests have not ceased.

It is not a secret that racism still exists in our country. However, I do recall that many of the men and women that have done significant change regarding racism has been through peaceful protesting, and fighting for their rights in a civil way. Martin Luther King, Jr., for instance, came in peace. Many of the other civil rights activists did the same. We do need to promote change, but rioting and setting things on fire is not the way to do it. Stopping traffic, cursing, and yelling at cops is also not a way to do this. As a matter of fact, even the girlfriend of George Floyd stated that he would not have been in favor of these protests, and asked everyone to stop it.

If you don’t believe me, then let’s go to the scriptures, where we hear of what Jesus would have done when he was being persecuted and sentenced to die:

“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12:17-19, 21

Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, was spit at and humiliated, far worse than any of us will ever know. He was a clear victim of hatred, anger, and all the sins of the world combined. Jesus could have called on all the legions of heaven to come and disintegrate the entire world, but his love for mankind was so pure that he overlooked it in hopes of redeeming his children.

I pray for every person that has been a victim of racism. I pray that they are delivered and set free from any trauma that has been sparked from anyone in authority. I pray that we will see change in our nation regarding this, but I also pray that through our attitude and character, we will inspire those men and women to change, as well. I also pray for police and those in authority, that they will not abuse their authority. I pray that they will take their occupation with high-esteem and high responsibility. I pray that we see change in the Justice Department, and for every person that has been a victim of injustice. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen!

Protests erupt in Minnesota after a black man was killed by 4 Minneapolis cops.

There’s a story that has become viral yesterday and gained widespread attention, and it is the death of George Floyd. A pair of officers responded to a call that regarded a man suspected of forgery. They described the man as black, on top of a blue car and under the influence. Under the report of the cops, the man resisted their order. A video leaked out from a bystander that showed that the man was being held to the ground with a cop’s knee being pressed to his neck for about five minutes. In the video, the man showed no signs of resisting; he complied with the order of the cops. He urged them to release the hold because it was becoming difficult to breathe. When an ambulance came, he died not too long after.

The Minneapolis Police Department expressed that the technique that the cop used to strain down the man isn’t a technique that they have taught their cops. Bystanders urged the cops to release the hold, but he refused to remove the hold from him. After this, the F.B.I started an investigate and fired the four cops that were involved in this case.

Sadly, this continues a track record of similar stories where cops have killed innocent men, in what appears as a racial stereotype. For instance, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, or Eric Garner, are some examples of black men killed by cops unjustly. In Garner’s example a cop applied a chokehold to him that eventually killed him. In similar cases, colored people have been victims of cops for years, reflecting that racism still exists in our country. One prime example has been the Central Park incident, where innocent young boys were convicted for a crime they did not commit. The list continues to go on.

Thankfully, we have a God of justice, where everything in secret eventually comes to light. Unfortunately, corruption continues to take place in our justice system, and our police departments. Even when we think we’ve lost something, I feel like God works in mysterious ways, and this story is shedding light that others haven’t received. It is the accumulation of the injustice that colored people have received.

We continue to pray for George Floyd and his family, that God comforts them during this rough time. We also pray that they are reminded that his death is not in vain, since God is in the midst of this difficult situation. We pray for every colored person that has lost their life in a tragic way, to police that are supposed to ensure the safety of our neighborhoods, not to be our own killer.