COVID VACCINE by Ron Clark

Author Ron Clark

Being a pharmacist, I’ve had a keen interest in the spread of COVID-19 and the rapid, and all too fast, development of the ‘so-called’ vaccine. I admire all of the President’s efforts during this time, however, I have reservations about the reporting of cases and deaths blamed on COVID and the new method used to induce the human body to generate the antibodies that protect us from the disease.

Many reports are on file concerning the overreporting of COVID cases and deaths. Make no mistake, infections can be serious and deadly, but no more so than influenza. That’s a fact, not a conspiracy theory. We are way beyond correcting any of these numbers.

Covid Vaccine

As for the ‘vaccine’, it is not a vaccine, it is gene therapy no matter what the so-called experts say. A true vaccine contains broken-up pieces of the virus that were grown in chicken eggs. These pieces, when injected into the body, activate the body’s natural immune system to produce antibodies that kill the virus.

What Is Gene Therapy?

This gene therapy involves the creation of mRNA (messenger RNA) that is injected into the body and is carried to the cells by a modified virus or bacteria, Simply, the mRNA penetrates the cell and attaches itself to the cell’s DNA and programs it to produce the little spike part of the COVID-19 virus. When the immune system recognizes this virus portion it is supposed to generate antibodies that prevent the Covid-19 from attaching to the cells and infecting them. This sounds good and it may well work just as it is described.

My personal concern is the lack of testing in human volunteers and the short duration of the studies that have been done. We are now seeing reports of deaths and severe reactions of people after they have received the injection. To date I haven’t seen any definitive reports about causative factors or coroner autopsies. Medical experts just don’t know anything about the long term effects of this new gene therapy.

On a more personal note, there is a particular factor that has convinced me to forgo receiving the injection. This is in fact gene therapy and that means my genetic makeup will be altered, temporarily or permanently is still in debate.

God made me the way I am and I have no desire to tell Him that He made a mistake. Activating a natural immune response is one thing, but creating immunity via gene therapy is another.

No thank you.

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David and Goliath by Ron Clark

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The story of David and Goliath is such a part of our culture. We often compare our problems to the story.

1 Samuel 17:1-58

Please note that David was not much more than a teenager and he was often ridiculed by his older brothers.  The soldiers around him looked down on him as just an in-experienced kid and didn’t take him seriously.  While most of us are well past our teen years, our bad decisions may cause our friends and families to look down on us.

However, David had two things that no one else had that day.  He had faith and courage. 

David did not have his courage just because his big brother ridiculed him, he stood up for himself because he knew that he was in the right.  When David was called before the King, he again kept the faith. He showed just how brave he was in the face of complete authority.

Finally, David faced the giant with just five stones (Goliath had four brothers) and a sling. Even though everyone else was trying to find the biggest rock to hide behind. 

David never took credit for his courage or his previous acts of bravery. He gave the credit to God and rightly so.

David knew that God created him, brave and strong so he could face any enemy who threatened his people or blasphemed the name of the Living God of Israel.

There Are Times That We Must Stand Up

There are times that we must stand up and be counted on the side of right and righteousness.  If we have faith in God and depend on Him for strength and courage, He will never fail us.  Like David we must step out after making the proper preparations such as gathering the five stones (Goliath had brothers and David might need to fight more Philistines).

With God as our strength and counselor, each of us can be the family leader, parent, and citizen He intends for us to be.

With all of the social divisiveness in our nation today, each of us may be called upon to defend our opinions and positions on certain issues, and that may seem frightening. However, by using the Bible to form and shape our world view, we have a solid foundation upon which we can stand and defend our stand against any giant.

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Israel’s Treasure by Ron Clark

Israel's Treasure

Israel’s Treasure (Paperback Copy)

What happened to the Ark of the Covenant and the other holy relics from the Jewish Temple? They aren’t listed in any conquering nation’s inventory.

An ancient letter written by the prophet Jeremiah gives a clue and leads Josh Winslow and his best friend, Caleb O’Connell, on a dangerous search for the Jewish Tabernacle and the articles of worship it once contained. If it is found it may open the floodgates of Jewish immigration into Israel from around the world.

Will the dark forces of a new world order and Islam end their lives to prevent this discovery? Only the God of Israel can ensure their success.

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The Seasons of Life

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The Seasons Of Life

This morning I was reminded of Ecclesiastes 3, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven…” It occurs to me there is also a time to change and a time to remain the same.

My wife and I are discussing a return to a city from which we moved, the reasons for which I won’t go into at this time. However, a part of our conversation was the need to dispose of our accumulated ‘stuff’. My wife has always been one to rid herself of items she hasn’t used in some time, and I am a pack rat. If I have something that might be useful ten years down the road, I keep it. When it comes to my keepsakes, I’m even more of a keeper.

Well, the days of us buying a large house are long gone because I’m now retired, and we are empty nesters. How much room do two people actually need? In order to downsize, some things just have to go and my pack rat tendencies must change. “A time to keep and a time to throw away…” ECC. 3:6 is a biblical directive I must now adopt as a way of life. It’s not easy.

Glory to God, He has provided well for us and His word is constantly full of wisdom and direction. I must put my trust in Him and change along with the changes in life that come no matter how hard we fight them. Control is not in our hands, control ultimately belongs to God for our best benefit. May His blessings flow.

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Election Worries

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“He Removes Kings And Establishes Kings” (Daniel 2:21)

No explanation is required for our current post-election situation with one Presidential candidate claiming victory and the other challenging the validity of the votes. Who’s right and who’s wrong? That may seem to be the paramount question, but is it really?

The one and only question is really, who is God going to appoint to be President of the United States?

It is He who changes the times and the epochs;
He removes kings and establishes kings (Dan 2:21b)

That’s right, up to this point in time, the voice of God, the will of God has not been made manifest.

Many incidents of voter fraud have been reported, such as these listed in an email from Liberty Foundation:
  • Buffalo, NY – A US Postal worker was arrested at the Canadian border with a carload of undelivered ballots.
  • In Texas– A social worker who has been charged with 134 felony counts of election fraud for illegally registering and voting for disabled people in her care without their knowledge or consent.
  • Las Vegas, NV – A trove of completed ballots were found in the trash can of St. Anne’s Church, which had been a polling place a few days before. All but one of the discarded ballots was marked for Trump.
  • Las Vegas, NV – A postal worker was caught on film giving ballots to a journalist instead of election officials.
  • Clark County, NV– An election official has signed an affidavit stating that voters could vote without any identification whatsoever.
  • Traverse City, MI– Undercover videos show postal employees conspiring to commit large-scale voter fraud.
  • Antrim County, MI– A computer “glitch” changed 6,000 Trump votes to Biden votes.
  • Erie, PA- A postal employee has agreed to testify regarding a Postmaster’s scheme to fraudulently backdate the late ballots.
  • Buck County, PA– Videos show ballots thrown in the trash.
  • And these are just a handful of the new, credible and well-documented examples of election fraud that have come in over the last 24 hours… and more keep coming! 

Can enough evidence be collected to force the disqualification of hundreds of thousands of votes?

Why is God allowing such a travesty to occur?

Why does it seem that the cheaters seem to be winning? Maybe they will win, but if they win it will serve God’s overall plan and lead to something greater than the mind of man can conceive.

It is my personal conviction that God is going to do one of two things. First, He may be setting the stage for a display of His majesty and awesome power in such a wonderful way it will make believers gasp at this display when Donald Trump is announced as the winner of the 2020 election. But, there is a second possibility that might hurt for a little while before it leads to the fulfillment of prophecy of old.

A Biden presidency may be the harbinger of the long awaited Rapture when all believers in Jesus Christ are called to be with their Savior forever. Whichever, it’s a win/win event and personally, I’m looking forward to either. More so the Rapture.

Take heart believers, God has it covered and He is large and in charge. Never doubt that fact.

God Bless you!

The following websites reflect much of this writing.

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Election Time by Ron Clark

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My original draft turned out to be a condemnation of liberals, but then I heard that still small voice telling me that was not the issue. The real issue was what does scripture say about our response to election results.

Romans 13:1-7, “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.”

Just as scripture directs us concerning our behavior, there are scriptures that form a foundation for choosing for which candidate to cast our vote. Those verses concern the sinfulness of the candidate’s beliefs.

However, whichever candidate wins the election, the result will undoubtedly be God’s will. Romans 13:1-7 makes it abundantly clear that as believers we must be obedient and make peace with our fellow citizens. It will be hard, for all of us, but is what we must do.

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Are You Worthy by Ron Clark

Through most of life, we have all worried about what other people think of us. And as we grow up we begin to pay more attention to what we think of ourselves.  Are we tough, are we strong, or are we losers?  So often that opinion is shaped by what is happening in our lives, be it a good or bad event.

Are We Losers?

We may reach a point where we just think that we don’t deserve anything good to happen to us the rest of our lives because we can all look back at our lives and feel shame for our actions and worthlessness in our own eyes.  The sum total of our lives may be “LOSER,” but God has a different view point.  

God does hate the sin, but He loves the sinner.  King David wrote in Psalm 8:4, “what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings…”  That means that we are spiritual beings similar to the heavenly beings.

God loves you so much that He sacrificed Jesus for you and He wants you to experience a time of revelation. There’s an old saying: When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.  God wants you to meet your teacher, the Holy Spirit.  In John 14:26 it is written, “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” 

The Holy Spirit teaches:

S-Salvation by Grace

P-Peace

I-Inspiration by Divine Appointment

R-Righteousness by Jesus Sacrifice

I-Indwells The Saved

T-Testifies to the Divinity of Jesus Christ

If you are feeling low, just remember it’s God’s love for you that counts.  “This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”  (1 John 4:10)

The Cross and the blood of Jesus spells, “Winner.”

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Sanity by Ron Clark

Sanity

For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose  (Philippians 2:13)

Throughout our lives, resentment, anger, worry, fear, and stress led us to react in ways that caused chaos in our emotions and relationships.  We hoped that denial would protect us emotionally and physically. It didn’t.

And oddly enough, no matter the result we reacted the same way each time and surprise, we had the same horrible results.  I can remember as a kid, window shopping on a chilly evening with my grandfather.  We came to a hardware store and the lights were turned off making it difficult to see in the window.  My grandfather leaned over close to the window, trying to see and touched his nose to the cold window.  He jumped back and then leaned over and touched his nose to the cold glass again.  Yep, the same result, he jumped back again.

As funny as that was to see, that behavior is an example of insanity:  doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result each time.  Don’t worry; we’re not talking about being crazy, we’re talking about bad decision making.   

Let’s define sanity for our own purposes. 

Sanity is “wholeness of mind; making decisions based on the truth.”  To make sane decisions based on truth we must know the truth. Let’s look at John 14:6, “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.’”   We obviously have a hard time discerning the truth on our own so we must depend upon Jesus to lead us and to provide the strength to persist in the truth.  That’s right, depend upon Jesus for strength.

One of the toughest problems is accepting life on life’s terms and accepting people because they do not live up to our expectations.  Life is going to be what life is and you can’t change it or fix it.  You can only choose how to react to life.  Will you choose Jesus’ reaction or keep doing it your way?  

If you’re one of those who say life’s ok, it’s people I can’t stand.  They just don’t act the way they should or (truth be told) the way I want them to act.  Think about this.  Romans 15:7 says, “Accept one another, then, for the glory of God, as Christ accepted you.”

Ouch!!  That one hurt. 

I felt it big time.  We must learn to have reasonable expectations of others and ourselves.  Stop relating to others in the same old ways.  Look to God through prayer and the study of His word to learn how He would have you relate to others. 

If I may suggest a simple prayer; “Father teach me to accept others as they really are, not as I would have them be!”

Once you begin to accept others, it becomes easier to stop fixing the blame on them for all of our mistakes and hurts.

I did not want my life to stay the same when God granted me an insight into my true condition.  I wanted my life to take on a new nature and I found exactly what I was looking for.  “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4). 

How great is that?  A new life is what we all want.

With this new life through Jesus comes the responsibility of adopting integrity and honesty as a way of life.  Frankly, the truth for many people is what they tell themselves this time!  That won’t work anymore.  We will begin to tell the real truth and follow through on our promises.  You will find that it takes courage to tell the truth and that courage can only come from our Higher Power. And as amazing it may seem, people will begin to trust us again. 

Not only will you begin to gain the trust of others, but you will also begin to trust in your relationships.  You will learn how to trust and you will learn about who to trust.  Keep in mind, a rewarding relationship requires that you have realistic expectations of the other person.

To have realistic expectations, you must trust your Higher Power. 

A relationship with Jesus Christ is the best of all ways to learn about how to trust and who to trust.  Are you afraid that one more disappointment will destroy you?  Trust in God for 1Corinthians 10:13 promises, “And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out.” 

I know that many people are not responsible for what’s happening in their lives, but have they stopped to think that how they react can make matters worse and contribute to their depression and bad decision making.  If they choose to forgive and love like Jesus, their attitude will change to become an attitude of gratitude and joy.   I hope you noticed I didn’t say happiness.  Happiness is dependent upon circumstances.  Joy comes from living like Christ.

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Pharmacy Life Change

1972

Beginning in 1972, I began my pharmacy career. Four years of professional classes, and a multitude of chemistry, biology, and zoology courses, brought about an intense desire to be finished with university life and move on the actual practice. Little did I know that I had a great deal left to learn.

Please remember, in 1972 pharmacies did not utilize computers or fax machines for processing the filling and dispensing of prescriptions. An up-to-date pharmacy used an electric typewriter and written prescriptions on a ring file and then stored in a small box for protection. If a patron called for a refill, the pharmacist had to get the prescription from them and go into the storage area to find the original prescriptions. All of that sounds rather primitive, I know.

1982

That adjustment alone just about drove me crazy for the first few months. By 1982, pharmacies began to use computers, but all of those written prescriptions and phone prescriptions were still filed away in the same manner, or something similar. The advent of computer use did actually speed up the process, but it was still labor-intensive.

At this point, the pharmacy staff faced a bigger challenge from the demand for more knowledge by the patrons of the pharmacy. Not only that, but the demands for speedy service increased at a rapid pace. The expectation of calling ahead and picking up a prescription after hours or even days was replaced by the expectation of fifteen to twenty minutes.

Toward the end of my career, some demanded the completion of a new prescription in less than five minutes. If we asked them to wait any longer, the patron would grab the prescription from us and storm out of the pharmacy. Does that sound dramatic? I lost count of the number of times that happened to me from 1998 until 2013.

“What’s The Point?”

If you’re asking yourself, “What’s the point,” there isn’t one. I’m just reminiscing about the good and the bad of it all. It wasn’t the demands from the public that convinced me to retire, it was all of the time I spent away from home. Shifts never ended on time, since people frequently asked me to stay open just a few minutes later and that could turn into an hour. I was late for my daughter’s first birthday and missed the birth of my granddaughter.

The worst event, however, was the unexpected death of my partner who was much younger than myself. That was the event in 2013 that caused me to acknowledge all the lost time with my family. I picked up the phone and tell my wife that it was time for retirement. She was delighted.

The Prophet’s Secret

What did I turn to, after forty-two years of pharmacy? I began to write an adventure novel. From researching the Books of the Apocrypha sprang the idea of The Prophet’s Secret. I have written numerous term and research papers, as well as book reports and such, but I had never attempted anything like a three hundred page manuscript. In spite of the ‘fear’, it was an enjoyable and fun adventure. So much fun, in fact, I’m writing a sequel and having a great time except for the occasional writer’s block.

I’m still working on the marketing for The Prophet’s Secret, but that’s just part of the fun. After all of this, I guess there is a point. Don’t be afraid of something new. I even get to call myself a writer!

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Preparation for Hard Times

The Armor of God

I delivered this lesson to inmates in the San Angelo County Jail in 2012.

THE ENEMY (Eph. 6:10-18):  Have you ever felt an urge so strong that you can’t resist?  That’s the power of this dark world.  That’s the spiritual forces of evil.  If you are addicted to drugs, alcohol, sex, or money you understand that urge and we don’t have the power on your own to resist.

Scripture speaks of spiritual forces of this dark world and that is none other than Satan himself.  Please trust me on this, his temptations can seem beautiful at the time, but they are deadly to the body and spirit.  If we are not strong enough to resist, what protection do we have? 

Paul says to put on the armor of God.

The belt of truth is not a weapon.  It’s good character; truthfulness, honesty (Phil 4:8) a noble state of mind.  Purity of thought and desire is the goal.

The breastplate of righteousness protects the heart, which we picture as the location of our desires and emotions.  We can work hard at thinking pure thoughts and emotions, but the enemy’s darts (temptations) are aimed right at our hearts (our emotions).   The breastplate begins with Christ our Savior, worship of God, studying scripture, and prayers.  These are the breastplate.

Please note, Paul speaks of standing firm.  This is a picture of a single soldier, standing in his place in the face of the charging enemy, perhaps feeling alone and deserted by his fellow soldiers.  A day may come when you feel alone, but remember, “greater is He who lives within you than he who lives in the world.”  The Holy Spirit lives within you if you are saved.

Feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace tells us to live in peace to the best of our ability.

Shield of faith is exactly what it says.  It is the strength of our faith and it protects us from the temptations of Satan uses to bring us down and destroy us.  Paul says that faith is believing in what you can not see, but you can see the results of faith.

The helmet of salvation provides protection to the everlasting portion of our being.  That portion is our immortal soul which can only be protected by accepting Christ as our savior.  Christ is our crowning glory and sign of victory.

The sword of the spirit is the weapon empowered by Almighty God, which will fight this fearsome battle for us.  Paul is reminding us that the battle is spiritual and must be fought in God’s strength, not our own.

Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests is a very firm directive to stay in touch with God through prayer.  If you are blessed then you should be thanking God in prayer and if you are in need take your requests to God in prayer.  Your situation doesn’t matter, you must stay in touch with God through prayer.

Be Mindful

With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  Never let your guard down, never take a holiday from your prayer life.  This is a battle that is constant and never lets up.  Satan never takes a holiday so we can’t afford to take it easy.  Do you realize that as a follower of Christ Jesus, that each of us is a saint?  That means we are instructed to pray for each other without stopping.

These instructions are too important to be ignored.  The Armor of God is our protection from anything that Satan can use to attack us.  Each of us is only human with hopes and desires and it is through them that Satan corrupts our lives.  It is only through Jesus Christ that we may obtain righteousness and salvation.

When facing the real world you may worry about going the distance without falling, but by the grace of God, you no longer have to fight because the Sword of the Spirit will fight for you every day.

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