How would America ever survive without the central planners in the Obama administration and at the Federal Reserve? What in the world would we do if there was no income tax and no IRS? Could the U.S. economy possibly keep from collapsing under such circumstances? The mainstream media would have us believe that unless we have someone “to pull the levers” our economy would descend into utter chaos, but the truth is that the best period of economic growth in U.S. history occurred during a time when there was no income tax and no Federal Reserve. Between the Civil War and 1913, the U.S. economy experienced absolutely explosive growth. The free market system thrived and the rest of the world looked at us with envy. The federal government was very limited in size, there was no income tax for most of that time and there was no central bank. To many Americans, it would be absolutely unthinkable to have such a society today, but it actually worked very, very well. Without the inventions and innovations that came out of that period, the world would be a far different place today. (Read More….)
Our daily habits – when we wake up, how we get to work, what we like to watch when we get home – are being tracked by dozens of interconnected systems, from cell carriers to traffic cameras. Together, they could form a picture of your day in disturbingly high detail……. Click here for full story
Tullian Tchividjian finds a good and helpful modern illustration of Luke 7 and the woman who was forgiven much.
Here are this week’s recommended apologetics links. Enjoy.
• Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright – 1.99 • “Who is Jesus? Really?” – 1.99 • A to Z with C.S. Lewis by Lou Markos – .99 • Cold-Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace – 3.74 • “If God Is Good: Why Do We Hurt?” by Randy Alcorn – 1.99
• Twelve Myths About Calvinism • Twelve Myths About Arminianism • Book Review: Resurrection iWitness • A Response to Zealot by Reza Aslan • Why Would a Good God Allow Moral Evil? • Peter S. Williams Launches New Website • Solving The Problem of Secularization • Why Would a Good God Behave So Badly? • Truth for a New Generation conference • Is the Gospel of John History or Theology? • Counterpoints: Karl Marx and Czeslaw Milosz • Like it or not, Every Christian is an Apologist • A Chance to support an apologetics book for kids • Review of Reza Aslan’s Zealot by Craig A. Evans • Children’s Book: How Do We Know God Is Really There? • William Lane Craig lectures on the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus
Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.
Who are the real troublemakers in the house of God today? Is it those who cry over the abominations of the church? Is it those who expose sin and testify against the wicked deeds of religious leaders who twist Scripture for their own gain?
No, all division is caused by one thing: compromise. All trouble in God’s house is the result of apostasy and the forsaking of the Lord’s commandments. “For where envying and strife is, there is disorder and every evil work” (James 3:16).
David Wilkerson recently penned a sermon about this, and says:
As Christians, we acknowledge God is good, all-powerful and all-loving. If this is the case, why does God permit the pain and suffering we see all around us? A good god would not allow the kind of suffering we see in our world, would He? Those of us who have tried to comfort a gravely sick child understand the difficulty of explaining how a good God could allow such agony, particularly when the person suffering appears to be innocent or helpless. If an immaterial, eternal God exists, however, it is reasonable to expect this God to value immaterial and transcendent realities over the physical and temporal comforts we often seek as humans.
Q: What is the purpose of this passage according to the end of verse 2?
Q: What right view of myself do I need to have according to verse 3?
Q: What characteristic of Christ’s attitude stands out to you this morning in verses 5-9?
Q: How should Christ’s person and action motivate me to have the right attitude in my current relations to others (family, church, co-workers, boss)?
Reminder: For a relationship to have unity instead of discord, I need to have a Christ like attitude towards others.
Real Talk with God:
– Adoration of Jesus’ Humility
– Confession of Your pride
– Thanksgiving for what Jesus had done for us to save us
– Supplication for God to humble you
Human trafficking has been identified as the largest human rights violation in the history of mankind. Here are nine things you should know about modern-day slavery.
Our lives are filled with many choices of how to spend our time, energy, and resources. Some live for money and possessions, amassing as much as they can, while some invest their time in education or entertainment, hoping to find long-lasting value and enjoyment.
How do we make the best use of the choices we have in life?
Imagine that you are a stock trader at your office researching the best stocks to invest. You feel a nudge on your shoulder and look up to see Jesus Christ Himself standing beside your desk! He smiles, reaches into His pocket and gives you a sheet with the ten best companies to invest your money into for the next 50 years. You can’t believe what just happened! God has given you the winners you were trying to predict. You are astonished at the grace of God and are excited to go “all in” with your money into those companies. Anything less than going “all in” would be the waste of a lifetime.
The truth is, if you are a Christian, God has already given you the incredible opportunity of knowing the future so that you may be able to invest your life wisely in the light of it. The Scriptures tell us specifically about the things that Christ will reward.
As you read, make it your prayer and ambition to go “all in” for these investment opportunities.