Getting your relationship right with God first. Accept Jesus, God’s son in your heart, and read the Bible, and follow His Holy Spirit as He leads you day by day, and moment by moment. Find a church, even online, that has Bible teaching, kindness, and training in parenting, working, and spiritual living.
These notes come from a presentation by Dr. Knut M. Wittkowski, Ph.D. on the Highwire medical production with Del Bigtree, former producer of The Doctors https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhHlQVmTSTI
The Corona virus is a cold virus, that is acted by overactivating the immune response that ends up decreasing oxygen to the cells in the body, leading to organ failure. Many people have recovered, and those who have been in the highest danger had pre-existing conditions, were elderly, and their medications may have been involved as well. Choloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in conjunction with other medications have worked to save those seriously affected by the virus. (Ventilators and intubation have resulted in 80-90% death rate. https://youtu.be/QWaq8HoEROU)
There’s no evidence anywhere in the world that shutdowns work. If there had been no shutdown in the U.S., then the epidemic would be over by now. By trying to slow the curve, the curve gets broader, and the number of cases of disease affects a higher number of people and lasts longer.
Shutting down schools and businesses increases the load for the hospitals. This is how. Young people who get the virus and recover, develop antibodies, become resistant to the virus, and no longer carry it. They no longer are carrying nor spreading the virus to the elderly or susceptible. If we don’t allow younger people to develop antibodies, they’ll continue to be possible virus sponges, which can spread disease to elderly and vulnerable individuals. This is the same warning for elderly and vulnerable individuals every year for the flu threat. The strengthened young people don’t need to be hospitalized, not adding to the number of individuals hospitalized. But if they continue to be disease sponges, they continue to pose a hazard to the elderly and vulnerable, and will be able to start multiple cycles of spreading the virus. The lockdown is only preventing herd immunity from happening. When a large number of people have gotten the virus and now have immunity, the virus is no longer able to attack and sicken as many individuals, and therefore there are not that many new cases. The strongest immunity is acquired when an individual contracts the virus, develops antibodies, then recovers from the virus. Their T cells will never forget the virus, and can activate a response. The various responses to the virus across the world are very different. We’re hiding in our houses in the U.S., trying to do what’s correct. But China is going back to work. They quarantined many days after the peak had already happened. So the quarantine didn’t happen until it was too late, in China. The peak took place and thousands died (due as well to the low value on human life and substandard medical care), but the quarantine was put in place too late to make a difference. China believes that herd-immunity exists, and that many of their citizens have been exposed to Covid-19, so they’re not quarantining. China is going to be ahead of the world, sending its citizens back to work. It almost seems like there was an effort for us to not get herd immunity. Preventing herd immunity, means we’ll be in lockdown, and shutdown indefinitely. We’ll keep having rebounds, then isolating, starting up, getting sick, then isolating again. It’ll be cyclical until we allow the healthier population to develop antibodies to the virus. Denmark, Austria, and others are recovering, and they weren’t isolating.
FINDING PEACE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CORONAVIRUS STORM By Ana Maria Blevins April 10, 2020
We ended up in the ICU with one of our children during the Coronavirus lock down. The week before, I had been having rapid heartbeat and chest pain as the spread of corona virus disease and failing economies were becoming a daily reality. I knew that God was in control, and I knew that hard times would come, and that even at the end of the world, Jesus Christ said there would be calamities. But facing a worldwide pandemic and the response that has isolated everyone in their home, and has brought nations’ economies down to their knees, was overwhelming and felt kind of like a sucker punch. If I, as a believer in the god of Abraham Isaac and Jacob, the Bible, and The God who has all power and authority, have been shaken, I can only imagine how those who have no connection to eternity are feeling.
In the midst of this wave of ominous fear and uncertainty, we went into the epicenter, the center of healing, the hospital. We were assumed positive of the Covid-19 virus, until negative test results could be obtained, and we were quarantined in an ICU unit that had negative pressure. The air we used was removed from the building as if we had something very dangerous and very contagious. Our guide into this journey into the epicenter was a most considerate, diplomatic, and professional nurse, named Phillip. He guided us into using the very stringent protocols, understanding our roles in health safety, and recognizing our rights as well. He was seasoned, and extremely knowledgeable, and yet very gentle. So did God put an angel named Philip there for our child and for me? Surely he did! We could not leave the room, except once to get my medicine from my car in the parking garage. We had to observe the strictest measures. I had to stay donned, with the gown, mask, and eventually a face shield, and gloves. If I pulled a curtain around my child, and I was outside of the curtain, then I could take off my personal protective equipment, PPE. We tried to visualize that my child was disseminating viruses, or more helpfully, “glitter”. The glitter was all over her, and we had to not allow the glitter to get on me nor the staff. I could only take off my mask to eat and drink. If I wanted to talk to the staff, I would signal to them through the glass wall, and they would slide the door open. I had to stand on a certain square to assure that I was six feet away from the opening. Someone had to observe me when I left the room as I followed explicit guidelines on doffing or removing my PPE. The bathroom held the room’s cleaning supplies, which weren’t allowed to leave that ICU room. The last day we were there the guidelines had become even stricter, and we tried to keep up with the changes.
So Phillip guided us as we experienced what it was like to be considered dangerously contagious. We got to see firsthand how somebody feels who has a microbe that can imperil the people around them. We also got to see how well staffed the hospital personnel were, how caring, and how responsive. We were thrilled to learn that our hospital had developed its own Covid-19 test, and our child was a grateful recipient. Many hospitals are developing their own tests, so our Arts and Technology nonprofit, rejoices in this initiative and success! Our test results came back negative right before surgery, so we were allowed to step down from the world of high alert pandemic protocols to the everyday protocols with our garden-variety microbes. What a relief. Our doctors and nurses were amazingly reassuring and comforting.
God took us into the center of the storm, and we were so blessed to feel his presence, and to see him moving through other caring and dedicated professionals, who have studied and trained to care for people. After the hospitalization of our child, coming home, I no longer had chest pain nor a rapid heartbeat. I can empathize with so many people who have been completely rattled, and are having to face our mortality, which our modern world has been removed from in many ways. In spite of the invisible ban, or spirit of the age, that has directed people not to take faith seriously, and not to consider eternity, the spiritual climate has really changed. Uncertainty rules, and this storm is revealing how strong of a foundation our individual houses, our lives, are built on. Praying that we will build our house on the rock, the rock of Christ and faith in God, the god of the Bible. And if we have built our house on a shifting foundation, that we will get up and move and relocate very quickly! And build a new house on the solid rock of Jesus Christ. He is the way the truth and the life. He is Love, and He never changes. Ask Him to come live in your heart today.
Ana Maria Blevins is the wife and teammate of Lyle Blevins. They have six other teammates whom they birthed, but hopefully they would’ve volunteered if they’d had a choice. Lyle and Ana Maria enjoy faith, the Arts and Technology, and love to see hearts touched and transformed by God’s love.
THE Neighborhood DRIVE UP ART GALLERY – A Roadside Exhibit of Artwork for meditation, rejoicing, and salvation.
Like the stations of the cross, or the Via Dolorosa, 12 paintings are exhibited along the length of a neighborhood block. They are displayed on easels or are large, supported canvases. God’s glory is the focus of the show, with the 12 events in Jesus life communicating God’s identity, heart of Love, and His plan for salvation in His son, Jesus Christ.
As many are reaching for connection and food for the spirit, the drive up gallery offers nourishment and rebirth to the individual ,and the family whose lives are relegated to their homes and their cars during this worldwide shutdown.
Each exhibitor station, is surrounded by lights and decoration, and invites joyful communion with the Lord. The last exhibitor station invites the viewer to receive the gift of eternal life. There is an exhibit with the animals rejoicing at the empty tomb.
Exhibit 1 is Jesus being born in the manger
Exhibit 2 is Jesus teaching in the temple
Exhibit 3 is Jesus healing the little girl
Exhibit 4 is Jesus casting out demons
Exhibit 5 is the Last Supper
Exhibit 6 is praying in the Garden
Exhibit 7 is Jesus being sentenced
Exhibit 8 is Jesus caring the cross
Exhibit 9 is Jesus nailed to the cross
Exhibit 10 is Jesus taken down from the cross
Exhibit 11 is Jesus in the tomb
Exhibit 12 is Jesus resurrected
The opportunity to display original works gives modern audiences the opportunity to experience new works by 21st and 22nd century artists. The good news of Jesus, the gospel, transforms the participants as they’re introduced to the life of Jesus through visual experience of experiencing God’s glory. Your original artwork may touch hearts at this time of the Resurrection. To make your pieces available for the Neighborhood Art Show, please share your original signed artwork with a watermark to be removed later. Providing an artist’s bio with your full contact information, website, or social media allows buyers to find you and order your work. The prints would be supervised by our family and our neighbors, and would be protected from the elements. We would have liability insurance for the drive-by Art Show as well. The Neighborhood Art Gallery will be available digitally also. Churches, organizations, and individuals can hold Neighborhood Art Galleries per agreement with ReVIVAissance. If you would like to make your original artwork available, please submit a high resolution digital image with a watermark, with your bio, statement of your piece, and price for prints or originals, and all your contact information. Canva.com is a fantastic graphic design website that you can use for your documents so they can be more visually attractive on the sidewalk and enhance your original artwork. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For selected images we’ll contact you and ask you to remove the watermark, so we can print a large image (possibly 16″x20″). We’re approaching team members for possible support that will provide funds for the artists. We’re starting out on a volunteer basis, but are developing the business mode. Would you be willing to donate your art for the promotion that it’ll receive on social media? Thank you for your gifting and for responding to God’s calling on your life. He is Risen!
3 Keys to a Caring Virtual Community of Faith
- Start with 2 seasoned individuals who can connect and communicate with the members through the day in real time; Their interaction can model the DNA of the community. Their warm faith and bible focus, encourages positive and caring interaction. They can redirect any less than positive conversations.
- Add others in the network, and they may invite their family member or a friend at a later point. Share prayer requests, humor, (really important), slice of life, parenting, bible, concerns…
- Members tend to respond throughout the day. The leaders must enjoy interacting with people and being responsive throughout the day and night as their schedule allows. Most people respond in about an hour. The virtual network really has become the heart of the community, especially in the pandemic shutdown.
One of his last broadcasts, and thank you for sharing freedom with us, brother Gary Smalley.
One of the most hopeful talks about tragedy, anger, and broken heartedness…
When suicide happens, what actually happened? https://youtu.be/dhMuWn2dnUw