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Survey: One in 10 pastors contemplated suicide in the past year

A 2021 survey conducted by Faithlife revealed that over one in 10 pastors contemplated committing suicide over the past year. This was a surprising indicator of the increasing stress that pastors faced during the COVID lockdowns, where church leaders were not only faced with restricted services, but as well the need to transition to an online ministry. In its report entitled, 2021 Pastoral Mental Health Report, Faithlife added that pastors also felt the pressures from the growing “social and political unrest” in society, that was even spilling over into their congregations. In addition, nearly 35% of the pastors survey reported feeling burned out, with 40% of pastors between the ages of 25-40 reporting they agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that they’re sensing a burnout in their ministry. Faithlife CEO, Bob Pritchett, noted: “We knew it [COVID} took a toll on pastors, but we weren’t sure how it would look. This survey gives us a greater understanding of both the needs of pastors and ways we can help them as they shepherd us.” It …

5 times as many UK children died of suicide than COVID

Despite evidence suggesting lockdowns didn’t work, they became the faddish way of dealing with the virus, but a recent study by researchers at several universities in Britain (University of Liverpool, University College London, University of York, and the University of Bristol) concluded that five times more children died of suicide during the lockdowns, than from COVID.

Canada: Most COVID deaths were over age of 85

It was a stunning admission about the incompetence of health officials to protect those most vulnerable to the COVID virus. Blacklock’s Reporter just released information on a report written for the Canadian Federal government, that stated that most of the people who died from COVID in Canada were over the age of 85 and most had Alzheimer’s or dementia. The report noted that these people “may have been at a high risk of dying over this period, regardless of the pandemic.” According to a chart supplied by Blacklock’s, over 95% of the COVID deaths in Canada involved people over the age of 65. SOURCE: Most COVID victims over 85 Rather than focussing on the people who were actually vulnerable to the virus, health officials decided to lock down the whole country. Lockdowns were the faddish thing to do. They didn’t work and nobody cared. READ: Lockdowns DON’T work, study claims: Researchers say stay-at-home orders made no difference to coronavirus deaths around the world – but prior health levels DID Blacklock’s notes, that “the impact of Covid …

Poll: 40% of San Francisco residents plan to leave the city?

A recent poll of people living in San Francisco by the city’s Chamber of Commerce indicates they are tiring of the woke politics that has governed the city for the past several years. It has gotten so bad that 40% of those surveyed said they are planning to leave the city over the next few years. The two major problems leading to this decision are the city’s rapidly deteriorating homelessness problem, and its rising crime rates. Earlier this year, the city council voted to defund its police force by $120 million, while in May, the San Francisco police department reported that car burglaries in May were up 753% over May of last year. The city’s homelessness problem has gotten so bad that city residents state it is now the city’s number one problem, as homeless people are now openly taking drugs and defecating on the streets, forcing the city to set up a ‘feces patrol’ to keep the streets clean. The poll revealed: 80% of residents say that crime has increased. 70% stated that the …

Poll: 57% of Americans say they have less freedom today

A recent poll of Americans conducted by the Trafalgar Group revealed that 57% believe they have less personal freedoms today, than they did before the COVID pandemic started. During the poll conducted from between June 23 and June 25, people were asked “Do you believe Americans have as much personal freedom today as we did before the COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] pandemic?” Only 36% of respondents stated that their freedoms were the same as before the pandemic, and 6.1% responded that they weren’t sure. READ: Poll: 57 Percent of Americans Believe They Have Less Personal Freedom Today than Before Coronavirus  On a related poll of New Yorkers. READ: Poll: Majority of New York Voters Prefer ‘Someone Else’ to Andrew Cuomo Winning Re-Election

A Bellwether survey: Americans acknowledge the importance of Freedom of Religion

The term bellwether refers to the bells that are often attached to the lead sheep of a flock (a wether) which helps shepherds to track their movement even though they are unable to see them. In the same way, the term bellwether is an indicator of ‘future trends’ and many believe the loss of religious freedoms is warning of growing political oppression in a country. According to a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports and Summit Ministries, most Americans agree, as 82% believe freedom of religion is very important (67%) or somewhat important (15%) for maintaining “a healthy American society.” Only 9% of those surveyed had a negative view of freedom of religion, stating it is “not at all important” or “not very important” for a healthy American society. What was equally curious, there was not a huge difference in opinion between Democrats and Republicans, with 79% of Democrats stating that freedom of religion is ‘very’ or ‘somewhat important’. Though this reflects the broad-based opinions of Americans, it also tells us that the attacks on …

Did lockdowns actually increase the number of deaths?

There have been several studies revealing that lockdowns were an absolute failure, if their primary purpose was to stop people dying from COVID (here, here and here.) In fact, it may be worse than we thought, as a new study by University of California economists and the RAND Corporation concluded that the lockdowns or stay-in-place orders may have in fact increased the number of people dying because of COVID.

Study: House plants remove toxins from air

Another article in the Daily Mail suggests that certain types of houseplants actually have a healing touch. If you are struggling with allergies or asthma, one expert recommended spider plants, snake plants and Aloe Vera because they actually help cleanse the air. These plants were recommended because they are easy to grow and have the ability to absorb larger quantities of indoor pollution.

Casting and thanking are keys to dealing with stress

According to an article published in Psychology Today, personal prayer provides several psychological benefits to the individual praying. The article entitled, ‘”Prayer and Mental Illness’, written by Rob Whitley, Ph.D., discussed two large studies that revealed prayer positively strengthens a person’s mental well-being. One study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, concluded that young adults who prayed daily experienced less anxiety and had a higher self-esteem and were more satisfied with life than those who didn’t. This was a large study involving several thousand students and even included follow up for several years after. Whitley cited another survey of 2,000 adult Californians experiencing mental illness, where 80% “agreed or strongly agreed” that prayer helped them during their struggles. This second study confirmed Whitley’s own research on African Americans, who stated that “regular prayer was a major factor in their recovery” from their struggles with mental illness. Stress is a significant contributor to physical and mental health problems. In 1 Peter 5:7, the Apostle Peter encourages us to cast or throw all our concerns and …

Video: Lockdowns vs protecting the vulnerable

In this video, there is a discussion about the failure of lockdowns to stop the pandemic. Those in charge have tried to explain away their failure with woeful cries, “if we had only locked down sooner.” Yet more and more studies are stating the obvious that the lockdowns did not work. If they did, this pandemic would have been over months ago. Many are now saying there should have been a targeted approach, focussing our attention on protecting those who are actually vulnerable to the virus, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions. In the US, 95% of the COVID deaths involved people over the age of 50 with 80% over the age of 65 and of course, many of those had underlying health issues as well. READ: 95 Percent of Americans Killed by COVID-19 Were 50 or Older In the Canadian province of British Columbia, two-thirds of the COVID deaths were in nursing homes and how many of the remaining deaths involved those over the age of 65 and living at home. Yet, …

Poll: Americans overwhelming prefer offensive free speech over censorship

According to a recent survey of Americans by Rasmussen, 80% of people who vote want free speech and only 9% of those wanted governments to determine what speech is allowed or not. The pollster noted that people overwhelmingly preferred offensive and even inaccurate speech over censorship The pollster also discovered that the support for free speech was wide ranging with at least 70% supporting free speech in all age groups and demographics. The pollster company added that 59% of Americans consider governments and politicians as a special interest group more interested in fulfilling their personal agendas than doing what is best for America. According to Scott Rasmussen, only “34% believe the federal government today supports the founding ideals of freedom, equality and self-governance.” READ: Poll: 4 in 5 Americans prefer offensive, inaccurate speech over censorship AND 80% SAY ALLOWING OFFENSIVE, INACCURATE FREE SPEECH BETTER THAN GIVING GOVERNMENT POWER TO DECIDE The poll starkly reveals the tyranny of the minority, a group of woke elitists, concentrated in the mainstream media, social media and political positions are …

A broken heart can physically break your heart

According to researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) an emotionally broken heart has the potential to physically damage a person’s heart. Though the condition called Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is rare, it is potentially fatal and is found most often in women. Researchers from Harvard stated that 90% of the cases involved women between the ages of 58 to 75. The research team from MGH stated that TTS occurs when a person undergoes a stressful event that results in increased activity in a person’s amygdala, an organ located on either side of our cerebrum that controls our memory and emotions. This in turn can cause increased activity in a person’s heart that can actually cause physical damage resulting in what is referred to as a “broken-hearted syndrome. According to the researchers, there are several things that can lead to this condition including such stress producing factors as: Death of a child or spouse Death of a pet Divorce or break up Job loss Infidelity Unfortunately, these type of events are a part of real life. God …

Is Ivermectin an effective COVID treatment in Mexico City?

Ivermectin is a cheap drug. It’s safe and has been used for decades to treat a range of parasites in adults, children (including head lice), pets and livestock. And Mexico City is the latest to report that Ivermectin may be an effective COVID treatment. According to a recent study, Mexico City saw a reduction in hospitalizations for COVID by between 52% and 76% when Ivermectin was included as part of the treatment for COVID.

Teens who spend over an hour a day on video games score poorly in school, study

According to a study by researchers from Rutgers University-New Brunswick (New Jersey, USA), young teens who spend more than an hour each day playing video games or using the internet and social media have significantly lower school grades than those who don’t. They also found that boys were more negatively impacted by higher usage than girls.

Survey: Everyone missed the city on the hill

We have family that lives several hours away and as we drove home after a visit, we often end up driving during the night. And towards the end of our journey, I would find myself looking for the lights of our city radiating into the night sky as it offered hope, that our hours spent in a car would soon be coming to an end, and we would be home. In Matthew 5, Jesus also spoke of light telling believers that we are a light to the world, and a city on a hill that can’t be hidden. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV) During dark times, light offers guidance and …