Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • 3 Things to Focus On If Attacked on Social Media

    Aug 13, 2020 | 05:53 am

     This short 4-minute video will be a help to you (or others) if you ever experience someone attacking you on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The world has changed in the last 20 years, and applying grace in tough situations is an important part of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ in a world filled with hate. Don't take it personally.

  • Mourning Sin and the Man in Linen Marking You

    Aug 5, 2020 | 07:28 am

    Mourning Sin and the Man in Linen Marking You 9:11. That's the number you dial when you sense trouble. We all find ourselves in trouble at one time or another. Our actions bring pain and sorrow upon ourselves and others. We are selfish. We lie to enhance our standing with others. We steal what is not ours. We minimize God and His Word in our lives. We're envious, jealous, and haughty. We live the way we desire and refuse to acknowledge our allegiance to God.We get angry when we don't get our way. In short, we are sinners. However, the Good News is that God loves sinners and sent His Son to deliver[…]

  • America Is Paying Attention to Enid, Oklahoma

    Aug 3, 2020 | 07:40 am

    America Is Paying Attention to Enid, Oklahoma Enid, Oklahoma, remains the only city in America whose local government (the mayor and city council) has voted down a mandatory mask mandate for her citizens. Some cities have refused to consider the question, but Enid is the only American city to vote mandatory measures down.This Tuesday, August 4, 2020, an Enid city council member named Ben Ezzell is once again bringing up a proposed ordinance to demand citizens cover their faces in public and to impose civil penalties for violations of his mask mandate.The police chief of Enid has publicly said that if the ordinance passes, his officers will[…]

  • The Wizard of Oz and Skyrocketing Silver and Gold

    Jul 28, 2020 | 17:47 pm

    The Wizard of Oz and Skyrocketing Silver and Gold One of my earliest memories as a child is being sick in bed and having my mother read to me The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Frank Baum, a book most people know by its shortened title The Wizard of Oz. Rachelle and I have attended the award winning West End theatre presentation of Wicked in London, England. Wicked is the musicalprequel to The Wizard of Oz. Fellow Oklahoman and Broken Arrow friend Kristen Chenowith played Glinda the Good Witch of the South when Broadway brought Wicked to the Broadway stage in New York in 2003.Few people have actually read[…]

  • The Fear of Your Death and of Our Immortal God

    Jul 22, 2020 | 09:48 am

    The Fear of Your Death and of Our Immortal God There is an abundant fear of death in our world.The extent of that fear reaches absurd proportions when family members are prevented from being next to a loved one dying lest others die. If the public believed in the resurrection from the dead and God's promise of eternal life to those who trust Him and surrender their lives to Jesus' control, then one would demand to be next to a loved one dying because it is a "see you soon moment" rather than a fearful "this is the end of existence moment."People fight dying because nobody likes non-existence. Most people either don't[…]

  • The New England Journal of Medicine and Masks

    Jul 21, 2020 | 10:29 am

    The New England Journal of Medicine and Masks I'll keep this short and to the point.I'm for people wearing masks.I will never wear a mask myself, except out of respect for the elderly and the vulnerable, but I'm for you wearing one if you choose. If a business requires me to wear a mask, I will always be respectful, but I will most likely go somewhere else that doesn't require a mask.If there is a civil order for me to wear a mask in my home or my private business, I will defy the civil order.In my research, I've determined that masks outside of a hospital environment may[…]

  • Will I Listen to an Expert on the State of My Soul?

    Jul 17, 2020 | 13:04 pm

    Will I Listen to an Expert on the State of My Soul? I recently spoke to the Enid City Council during what many deem a public health emergency.While I was speaking, several individuals took to social media to express their opinions about a pastor speaking on a pandemic. I am accustomed to criticism, and I love and respect everyone who disagrees with me. I have no desire to make people believe like I believe, but I have a strong desire to prevent people from forcing me to believe like they believe.Here's a sample of some of the comments from people who listened to me speak:"This man will be the death of Enid.""Why[…]

  • Don't Play the Blame Game and Get On With Life

    Jul 16, 2020 | 05:58 am

    Don't Play the Blame Game and Get On With Life Nobody but you is in control of your joy in this life.Last night the Enid City Council voted against a mandatory mask law in the city of Enid. The 5-2 vote came after a rousing flurry of speeches from intelligent, passionate citizens.The people of Enid care for their neighbors. Still, they're smart enough to know that academics, scientists, and public health officials are in disagreement over the efficacy of masks, so why mandate a law that everyone must wear a mask and back violations with civil penalties? The entire nation of Sweden has never made lockdown or masks mandatory, and they've[…]

  • The Anecdotes and Science Behind Wearing a Mask

    Jul 13, 2020 | 07:02 am

    The Anecdotes and Science Behind Wearing a Mask Photo: Wikimedia CommonsThis will be a short read to prove a specific point.Those who say they know how Covid-19 spreads, what cures Covid-19, and when Covid-19 will end are not telling you the truth.1. Anecdotal stories are used when they conform to one's beliefs.For example, New York's Dr. Vladimir Zelenko claimed to have kept hundreds of Covid-19 out of the hospital with a cocktail of antibiotics, zinc, and hydroxychloroquine. He says this treatment has given his hundreds of patients "excellent positive results."Of course, the medical establishment excoriated Dr. Zalenko because there were no scientific peer reviews to verify Dr. Zalenko's[…]

  • The 4 Real Reasons For Mandating Masks in Public

    Jul 11, 2020 | 09:24 am

    The 4 Real Reasons For Mandating Masks in Public A protest rally in Brooklyn during late June 2020This post is about political leaders in a city or state who wish to mandate that everyone wear masks in public. This post is not about people who voluntarily wear masks.  Any person who chooses to wear a mask for health reasons should be respected and honored. Wearing a mask in certain situations is beneficial and wise. I'm writing in opposition to mandatory masks and to limiting the size of public gatherings.Enid, Oklahoma's city council is scheduled this Wednesday afternoon/evening, 5:00 pm, July 15, 2020, to consider making masks mandatory for every person in[…]