To The Body Of Christ!
I Have Heard This Before Somewhat...
BUT It Has Come To The Forefront Of My Attention!
Matthew Chapter 24
Ministry Alert To The Body Of Christ!
"Not If, BUT WHEN?!"
Stopping Church Attendance and
Returning To God WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE!
Bishop CD Miller
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"Not if, BUT WHEN" were startling words of alert, warning and astonishment spoken to me in a recent conversation with Sheryl Y. Battles, Vice President Corporate Communications, Pitney Bowes Inc. Simultaneously, I was on the phone speaking with Cynthia D. Belton, Community Disaster Education & Mitigation Specialist, American Red Cross. I emailed Battles while conversing with Belton. It was "a confirmation" I needed from her as I listened to Belton's chilling words.
"Miller, keep persevering! Keep using the internet as a means of providing an alternate means to providing church online and ministry communications to your audience! You are AHEAD of the PANDEMIC FLU!" "People are going to NEED IT, NEED YOU, THE CHURCH and MINISTRY!" Belton admonished.
Clueless I replied, "PANDEMIC WHAT?" Her words didn't make sense, "Folks WON'T BE ABLE TO GO TO CHURCH! CHURCH as organized corporate space will BE CLOSED!" "Miller, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO KEEP CHURCH GOING during this crisis!" Church will be the LAST thing folks will want to come out to do in the midst of "Social Distancing," I thought to myself. "What if she IS RIGHT???!!!," hmmn.
Completely in the DARK as to any "Pandemic Flu" warning, I listened to my whimsical childhood friend and wondered if she were speaking truth. I was in disbelief. She said, "Remember the Influenza 1918-the worst epidemic the U.S. has ever known!" Quickly, she emailed me her training manual, "Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and the link to the PBS Documentary "Influenza 1918" http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/influenza/
I emailed Battles while chatting with Belton, "Sheryl do you know anything about...are you familiar with and are there US corporate advisories on...'Business Continuity Planning For Avian Flu, Pandemic Flu, Bird Flu'?" "CLICK," quickly her email reply popped back to me. It startled me. I had no idea, that the Lord was speaking to me!
"I am on our company's emergency preparedness/crisis management team and our on pandemic awareness team as well. We tend to use the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), WHO (World Health Organization), and ready.gov websites and updates for general information," Battles words pierced my heart from cyberspace. Where have I been with this, does the Church and the body of Christ know this? Is the Church PREPARED to close it's physical doors but remain open in alternative ways!
Urgently, I ended my conversation with Belton and called Battles directly. WELL VERSED, her words began to mirror the government Pandemic Flu facts and resources found on their website http://www.pandemicflu.gov/ "The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a 6 phase system to inform the public about the status of a potential pandemic. The WHO says that we are currently at Phase 3 -- which means there is not currently a pandemic, but we are on alert. What causes a pandemic is when a virus that has never been seen in human population before, suddenly starts to spread from human to human. It could take 4 to 9 months before antiviral treatments and vaccine can be developed."
"Experts indicate that 'Social Distancing' will be the only measure of prevention! That is because like the flu, it will be spread through contact from an infected person -- sneezing, coughing, touching surfaces after someone with the flu, etc." "Officials will recommend that public places be closed and public gatherings be limited -- that means work places, schools, public transportation, and churches would all be effected if a pandemic strikes. The virus is projected to stay in one location anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks; and it has the potential to circle the globe approximately 3 times in about 18 months." Battles became my trusted advisor with her counsel.
We exchanged sobering words. "I have been building an ark. I have been pushing the INTERACTIVE properties of the internet for developing church and ministry online!" I explained to her. The theological dots in my head began to connect! I have "church online" already and interactively, I am just as close to a virtual church as I am to reality church." I can have church without leaving MY OFFICE!" Belton's encouragement to keep persevering with my online outreach became a valid Word of Knowledge for me!
Battles replied, "Bishop, it's not a question of IF, BUT WHEN!" "People will have to connect REMOTELY by some means. We are developing alternative ways of corporately communicating and doing business during this imminent crisis." Battles concludes and is on a corporate team of preparation.
I asked her a closing question, "Sheryl do you think what I have been doing with online ministry will be necessary? It appears that the communications technology i.e television, telephones which we know will not be able to serve us during this time. Will the internet, internet phones, video internet phones and computer as well as other VoIP internet technology become an alternate means to remotely connect?"
Her somber reply, "Yes."
Belton, unknowingly and prophetically closed her conversation with these words to me. "There will be a great turning to God because there will be NO WHERE TO GO!" In terms of the Church and godly talk, we call that REPENTANCE! Repentance-a turning of things, self and lifestyle INTO God! Turning your life around in a godly direction is REPENTANCE!
Everyday, near my home, I look at once FULL reservoir now rocky and sandy with puddles of water and it alarms me. It will take years to replenish it, if at all. The recent California fire storms confirmed to many, why I have taken Al Gore and global warming theories seriously. THE ARTIC IS MELTING. Read the story "Accelerating Arctic Melt Worries Experts" which projects exactly when the Arctic will completely melt away like ice cubes on a kitchen table in July!
We haven't heeded life's warnings, REMEMBER THEM: Back in the mid '70s and early '80s, Oh "the grid" is a gay thing! This doesn't effect me! NOW, Look at AIDS; Oh, I hate to travel now, thanks to 911,Intelligence Officials had several warnings and ignored the signs. Even O.J. Simpson can't get through the airport in the same way any more. Life HAS CHANGED!; New Orleans remains a disaster and old news for the media! Lest we forget, Katrina!
Organized corporate space for community will be "Socially Distanced" and may never be the same again!. This is the warning. I have been praying for months why the Lord has allowed technology to move into such "MeSpace" while drawing community INWARD to self! The "i" generation is drawn inwardly and have become residents of cyberspace. Surving the iminent, cyclical Pandemic Flu Crisis will require organizations, family circle of friends and associates, to learn new means of communicating and to continue to function in different ways.
We MUST LEARN HOW TO COMMUNICATE INTERACTIVELY ON THE INTERNET WITH INTEGRITY! Learning InterActive Internet Communications and Content Publishing will be like learning to eat a full buffet, while sitting on your hands! I CONSTANTLY challenge my community, learn "HOW" to communicate with me on the internet! I am always admonishing, "Don't call me on the phone!" "Don't stop by my house!" "Come to my Bible Study LIVE online!"
The tools for interactive ministry and content publishing are FREE ONLINE! WE MUST LEARN HOW to develop an internet communcations architecture in order to communicate interactively and publish content on the internet. WE MUST BUILD YOUR HOUSES, Churches or Organizations IN CYBERSPACE in preparation to live in solitaire space during the crisis!
The Church may have to leave the building during this epidemic and yet still be the Church-GOD's children, the body of Christ! Preparation is key! We will have to gather together and assemble in new and different ways-even collect the offerings in a new way! For years now, I have been building an ark and PRESSED to fill it with believers under the sound of my ministry. The Church has to put a system in place for alternate means of communication.
If the crisis occurs, we will have to leave the building but NOT THE CHURCH! Stopping Church Attendance and Returning To God WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE! "I am always asked is Jesus really coming back?" My answer, "Not IF, BUT WHEN!" is my NOW REPLY!
Theological Tip For The Church's Survival As Organization During The Pandemic Flu:
Women In Ministry KNOW "church online" and how to communicate InterActively WITHOUT GATHERING IN A BUILDING! Why and how could this be? In many cases, traditional churches have closed doors to Women In Ministry! Women ministers have forged passed closed doors to discover new avenues of developing 21st century expressions of Church! Women ministers have become experts in developing "Church online," "web ministry" "internet evangelism" and "internet worship services" because they have been kept out of traditional pulpits! They may not be preaching in YOUR CHURCH...BUT THEY ARE PREACHING IN A NEW VINEYARD!
The WOMAN In Ministry who has been kept out of ministry and who has effectively developed web ministry may be the very one used to get the YOUR Church INTO cyberspace during this crisis!
The Spanish Flu
Limited Water Supplies
Privatizing God's Resources
Video Internet Phones
Using The Internet For Unlimited Local and Phone Services
Global Linx Changing The Way The World Communicates
Computers 4 Sure
Sound Works-mp3 Players
Laptops, Microphones, mp3s Web Cameras, Digital Cameras
In The State Of Connecticut:
What Happened in Stamford During the Last Major Pandemic:
The Story of Stamford Hopsital, 1896-1971 by Marie Updegraff
“The epidemic was just getting up steam. Between September 24 and October 3, 85 civilian cases had been reported to the health department. During those nine days, the hospital had admitted 57 soldiers from the arsenal and 23 civilians…By October 15, as the flu toll continued to mount, schools, churches, theaters and meetings of all sorts were closed… In the first three weeks of October, there were 68 deaths from flu-induced pneumonia. It was the highest death rate of any epidemic on record in Stamford. One result was a scarcity of caskets. Plan chestnut caskets were being made locally, because out-of-town casket makers and dealers refused to answer their phones.”
The State of Connecticut, HHS and other federal agencies held a pandemic planning summit on February 2, 2006 with public health and emergency management and response leaders within the state.
* Connecticut Pandemic Influenza Summit
* Governor Rell, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Leavitt Host 600 at Pandemic Flu Summit (2/2)
* Connecticut Draft Pandemic Influenza Response Plan (PDF - 219KB)
- Connecticut Department of Public Health
* Avian Flu and Pandemic Flu - Connecticut Department of Public Health
* The Great Pandemic of 1918: Connecticut
Your Spiritual Defense and Protection Against The Unseen:
2 Corinthians 10~"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds"
~First and Foremost Make Sure You Are In The Ark Of Safety!~
Accept Jesus As Your Personal Lord and Savior.
Repent and Turn Into The Things of God! Let SIN GO! LET GOD IN!
Acts 2:38~ "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost....Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord."
~Claim God's Promises Toward Healing and Protection With A Scripture!
Exodus 15:26~"And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee."
~HOLD THE SCRIPTURE BEFORE YOU CONTINUALLY!
Psalms 1:2~"But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night"
Ps 91:15~"He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him."
~Anoint Yourself & Pray The Prayer Of Faith!
James 5: 14&15~"Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord...And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
~Find A Reality Church and A Virtual Church Online!
Hebrews 10:25~"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."
~Just Keep Praying, Believing and Knowing Psalm 91 in its entirety!
:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
:5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
:6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
:7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
:8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
:9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
:10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling!
~Know What Season Humanity Is In and STAND IN THE HOLY PLACE!
The Internet allows the Gospel To Be Preached To All The World To All The Nations! Matthew 24:14
:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
: 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
;10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
;14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, STAND IN THE HOLY PLACE, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
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