Daily Archives: February 22, 2019

02/22/2019 — Wretched

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•The resurgence of flip-phones
•Your questions answered
•Should we call Jesus “Yeshua”?
•Little girls are forced to share bathrooms with boys
•What do I make of conversion via dream?
•Did Todd criticize small groups?
•Should I dismiss a job candidate with ties to Bethel?
•Can Christians enjoy superhero movies?
•PTSD and Biblical Counseling
•Should my friend find a new church when his wife has a falling-out?
•Born again at 92
•How do I deal with demonic activity in my school?

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02/22/2019 — Wretched

February 22 Your Sin Is Forgiven

Scripture Reading: Psalm 85

Key Verse: Psalm 85:2

You have forgiven the iniquity of Your people; You have covered all their sin.

The store manager listened as the little girl explained how her mom had told her she could have only one toy car. However, not being able to choose between two, she stole the second one.

At home she tried to act surprised when two cars popped out of the same box, but her mom saw through her folly. Once her dad was home from work, the truth came out, and they returned to the store.

Looking up at the manager with tears in her eyes, the little girl told him she was sorry. Her dad paid for the item and placed it in his pocket. On their way home, she touched her father’s hand and said, “Daddy, I’m sorry. I don’t ever want to do that again.”

He held her tiny hand in his and said, “Honey, that was a hard lesson for you to learn. But I hope you realize what happens when you do something wrong. I also want you to know your mom and I love you very much and so does God.”

Once they were back home, he reached inside his pocket and tossed the toy in the trash. The little girl blinked in confusion. “Dad, why did you do that?”

“Because you’re forgiven. Once you tell God you are sorry and receive His forgiveness, He’ll never bring that sin up again and neither will I.”

Lord, I am so thankful that my sins are gone. You will never bring them up again. You have forgiven me; now help me to forgive myself.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 55). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

New Federal Rule To Yank Tax Funds From Planned Parenthood If It Keeps Doing Abortions — The Federalist

The Trump administration has announced a new rule banning taxpayer dollars from all organizations that promote abortion as a method of birth control.

The Trump administration has announced a new rule banning taxpayer dollars from all organizations that promote abortion as a method of birth control. The Ronald Reagan administration implemented a similar prohibition in 1988 and won a challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court. The Clinton administration undid the rule, however, and it has never since been fully restored.

The rule threatens federal funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, three years after Republicans with full control of Congress repeatedly failed to make good on campaign promises to defund the organization after undercover videos showed it trafficking in human remains from abortions.

According to a Department of Health and Human Services fact sheet, the proposed rule would require recipients of federal birth control funds to prove they are financially and physically separating federal funds from abortion, “Prohibits the use of Title X funds to perform, promote, refer for, or support abortion as a method of family planning,” and “Ensures conscience protections for Title X health providers by eliminating the requirement for providers to counsel on and refer for abortion.”

Federal funding for contraception largely emanates from a provision known as Title X, a law that clearly says none of its taxpayer funds “shall be used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.” Every year, approximately 4 million people receive Title X provisions. One in five of these is a minor. The new rule also requires Title X recipients to involve minor recipients’ parents or guardians in communications about them seeking taxpayer-provided birth control. It prohibits Title X providers from being under the same roof as an abortion facility, and restricts them from referring women for abortions.

The rules apply to all Title X recipients. Planned Parenthood is the largest recipient of federal Title X funds. “Title X is not supposed to make funds available to abortion providers, but Planned Parenthood gets around the legal prohibition by formally separating its abortion clinics and its other family planning services, even when those are located in the same facility and essentially funded jointly,” writes Yuval Levin.

Under the rule, Planned Parenthood could still receive federal contraception funds if it stopped providing abortions. Since abortions are Planned Parenthood’s highest revenue-generating service, however, that seems unlikely.

“The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide health care to women but do not perform abortions,” said Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser in a statement. “The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars.”

The rule also does not affect most of the taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, even though polls consistently show majorities of Americans oppose using tax dollars to subsidize abortions.

“In the year 2014 to 2015, federal and state funding to Planned Parenthood amounted to $553 million or 40 percent of the organization’s budget,” Newsweek reported last year. “Of the half a billion dollars or so, around 25 percent was Title X funding, the rest was Medicaid reimbursements.”

The rule takes effect 60 days after its publication in the Federal Register, but court challenges are expected.

via New Federal Rule To Yank Tax Funds From Planned Parenthood If It Keeps Doing Abortions — The Federalist

BREAKING: Trump Admin Moves to Cut Off Some Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood — The Gateway Pundit

The Trump Admin moved to cut off some funding for the baby butchers at Planned Parenthood on Friday.

The Trump White House posted a final rule Friday that would require family planning centers to be in a separate building from abortion centers, a move that would effectively cut off some federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

The Washington Examiner reported:

The rule applies to a $286 million-a-year grant, known as Title X, that pays for birth control, testing of sexually transmitted diseases, and cancer screenings for 4 million low-income people. It requires the “physical and financial” separation of family planning services and abortion.

Federal funds are not permitted to go toward abortions except in the cases of rape, incest, or if a woman’s pregnancy threatens her life. Abortion foes, however, have long fought for rules along the lines of the one advanced Friday because they say allocating federal funds toward clinics such as Planned Parenthood frees up additional funds to provide abortions. The organization receives between $50 million and $60 million from Title X.

The rule will no doubt get challenged in a federal court.

It is important to note that this rule would not defund all of Planned Parenthood because they get other government funding as well.

This rule will however make a dent and force Planned Parenthood to rebuild facilities or forgo millions of dollars in government funding.

The rule would also block providers from referring for abortions for the purpose of family planning or promoting the practice if they are receiving Title X grants. Because of this, critics have often referred to it as a “gag rule,” reported The Examiner.

Ronald Reagan instituted a similar policy in 1988 with the backing of the Supreme Court, however, Bill Clinton rolled it back shortly after he began his first term as president.

via BREAKING: Trump Admin Moves to Cut Off Some Federal Funding For Planned Parenthood — The Gateway Pundit

BREAKING: Trump admin cuts $60 million from Planned Parenthood

$60 million has been cut, $500 million remains.

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its final rule changing funding regulations under the Title X family planning program, a long-awaited action expected to reduce Planned Parenthood’s federal tax subsidies by almost $60 million.

President Donald Trump announced the move last May, which will require facilities providing Title X services to be physically separate from those that commit or refer for abortions. Under the previous rules, Title X services and abortions could “co-locate” in the same center, as long as the abortions were privately funded. Now, the money will be redirected to Women’s Qualified Health Centers that are not involved in abortions, which dramatically outnumber Planned Parenthood locations across the United States.

According to an HHS press release and fact sheet released Friday, the finalized language requires “clear financial and physical separation between Title X funded projects and programs or facilities where abortion is a method of family planning,” bans “referral for abortion as a method of family planning,” eliminates a “requirement that Title X providers offer abortion counseling and referral,” and requires “more complete reporting by grantees about subrecipients and more clarity about informal partnerships with referral agencies.”

“The final rule amends the Title X regulation, which had not been substantially updated in nearly two decades, and makes notable improvements designed to increase the number of patients served and improve the quality of their care,” the department’s press release says. “The Department received and carefully reviewed more than 500,000 comments, and made certain changes to the final rule as a result of its consideration of the comments.”

“We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser responded. “The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions. The Title X program was not intended to be a slush fund for abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood, which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year and receives almost $60 million a year in Title X taxpayer dollars.”

While the rule change comes as welcome news to pro-lifers, Planned Parenthood remains far from defunded. The abortion giant is still expected to take in more than $500 million in tax dollars next year, based on its latest annual report. Its $563.8 million in funding for the most recent fiscal year was actually a $20.1 million increase over the previous year, despite the Trump administration reinstating and expanding the ban on foreign aid money to abortion groups.

The former GOP majority’s failure to defund Planned Parenthood during the president’s first two years remains a source of frustration among pro-lifers, particularly now that the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives can block defunding legislation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused House pro-lifers’ calls to reconsider Senate filibuster rules to pass pro-life bills, and National Review reports that former House Speaker Paul Ryan downplayed defunding Planned Parenthood during budget negotiations.

For the next two years, the pro-life agenda in the federal government is largely focused on confirming hopefully-pro-life judges in the Senate, introducing legislation that cannot pass but can put pro-abortion politicians on the record, and whatever administrative actions the executive branch can take to regulate and investigate the abortion industry.

Source: BREAKING: Trump admin cuts $60 million from Planned Parenthood

Trump Admin Ends Abortion ‘Slush Fund,’ Frees Taxpayers from ‘Forced Partnership with Abortion Industry’

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration has delivered a blow to the abortion industry, finalizing a rule that redirects Title X family planning funds away from groups like Planned Parenthood, which is America’s biggest abortion provider.

Under the new rule, health clinics must be “physically and financially” separate from abortion providers in order to receive Title X family planning grants.

To get those grants, women’s clinics also won’t be permitted to refer clients to other places to get an abortion. Moreover, clinics will not be allowed to promote abortion as a family planning method.

A statement from the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List praises the new rule, saying in past years Planned Parenthood has received almost $60 million in Title X grants.

“We thank President Trump for taking decisive action to disentangle taxpayers from the big abortion industry led by Planned Parenthood,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser.

“The Protect Life Rule does not cut family planning funding by a single dime, and instead directs tax dollars to entities that provide healthcare to women but do not perform abortions,” she continued.

She pointed out that Title X program was never intended to be a “slush fund” for abortion groups like Planned Parenthood, “which violently ends the lives of more than 332,000 unborn babies a year.”

“We thank President Trump and (Health and Human Services Secretary Alex) Azar for ensuring that the Title X program is truly about funding family planning, not abortion,” Dannenfelser concluded.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins also praised the move by the Trump administration, calling it “a major step toward the ultimate goal of ending taxpayers’ forced partnership with the abortion industry.”

“Planned Parenthood and other abortion centers will now have to choose between dropping their abortion services from any location that gets Title X dollars and moving those abortion operations offsite. Either way, this will loosen the group’s hold on tens of millions of tax dollars,” he said.

Source: Trump Admin Ends Abortion ‘Slush Fund,’ Frees Taxpayers from ‘Forced Partnership with Abortion Industry’

Joel Osteen Frustrated As His Pulpit’s ‘Check Theology’ Light Comes On Again — The Babylon Bee

HOUSTON, TX—An exasperated Joel Osteen threw up his hands while preaching this past Sunday as his pulpit’s “Check Theology” light came on once again.

“Ugh, this is the third time this month—what now!?!” he shouted in a rare outburst. Osteen then suddenly realized that the tens of thousands of people who come to his church for a self-help speech every Sunday were watching him intently. “Oh, uh, heh—I mean, it’s no problem. I, uh, just had that little outburst so you could see what NOT to do.”

“See, you don’t want to let negativity in your life,” he said, regaining his composure as he plastered a fake smile on his face.

After the service, Osteen had a pulpit mechanic in to look at the sleek, stainless steel podium. The mechanic hooked it up to his portable computer. “Ah, here’s your problem, bud,” the worker said. “Looks like you’re preaching the Word-Faith gospel again. See, when you tell people that all they have to do to solve their problems is speak words of positivity, it trips the warning on this model.”

“I recommend repenting of your false gospel right away,” the mechanic said helpfully.

Osteen then thanked the mechanic for his help and paid him to rip the Check Theology light right out of the dash.

via Joel Osteen Frustrated As His Pulpit’s ‘Check Theology’ Light Comes On Again — The Babylon Bee

February 22 God’s Dependent

Scripture reading: Luke 15:11–32

Key verse: Luke 15:18

I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.”

As we grow up, we long for more autonomy, the freedom to make our own choices and function as adults. Can you remember waiting for certain “milestone” ages? The day you could go to school, the day you could drive a car—these are important steps in becoming mature.

If parents are wise, they help their children learn how to make the right choices for themselves. In fact, from a social perspective, a person is often not looked upon as being a complete adult until he is able to support himself and be responsible for his decisions. That is why it is difficult for many to understand the principle of dependence when it comes to abiding in Christ.

The prodigal son in Jesus’ parable, in one way, represents all believers when we choose to go in our own direction with complete disregard for our Father. God does not want you to live as a child in the sense of being irresponsible as you function in daily life. However, He does want you to live as a spiritual child, humbly acknowledging your complete dependence upon Him and His Word.

When you order your life on the principles of God’s Word, you can relax in His care, rest in His love, and know beyond doubt that He is leading you in a good direction. He is the perfect Father, and He longs for you to return home again to Him if you are wandering in your own selfish ways. It’s never too late to be God’s dependent.

Make me Your dependent, Father. I want to relax in Your care, rest in Your love, and follow the path You have ordained for me.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 55). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

A Recession Indicator With A Perfect Record For 70 Years Is About To Be Triggered — ZeroHedge News

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com,

The unemployment rate has been a perfect forecaster of a recession in the past 70 years, and it appears to be edging closer to triggering that signal.  “It’s never been wrong. It’s something to watch,” said Joseph Lavorgna, chief economist for the Americas at Natixis.

As the unemployment rate hovers around 4% (the number reported in the mainstream media) a more accurate unemployment number is 8.1%.  This takes into account those who have given up on finding work and those who are underemployed (workers who are part-time but want full-time employment),  This more accurate unemployment number is called the U-6, while we often hear the U-3 reported on the news. But even former Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen says the U-6 is a much more accurate indicator of where things are with regards to the economy.

According to Lavorgna, since 1948, the economy has always entered or been in a recession when the unemployment rate increased 50 basis points (or 0.50 percentage point) from its trailing cyclical low. Lavorgna added that a recession has occurred in all 11 instances regardless of the level of unemploymentaccording to CNBC. He pointed to the example of a recession in 1953 when the unemployment rate rose to just 3.1 percent, and in 1981 when the cyclical low in the unemployment rate was high at 7.2 percent.

The unemployment rate which was reported February 1, rose to 4 percent in January from 3.9 percent. It is currently 30 basis points above the low of 3.7 percent reported in November.  Based on simple math, the unemployment rate is close to triggering a recession indicator. But Lavorgna says the chances are still only 1 in 3 that that happens.

“The current rise is notable and would be troubling if it continues,” notes Lavorgna.  “The recent increase in the rate has been due to rising labor force participation, which is a sign of economic strength, not weakness.”

https://player.cnbc.com/p/gZWlPC/cnbc_global?playertype=synd&byGuid=7000057433

According to CNBC, the reason the unemployment rate has risen is actually a good thing.  The long-term unemployed are returning to the workforce and looking for a job. “Generally job growth is positive just before a recession,” said LaVorgna.

This isn’t the only indication that a recession is creeping up on the United States.  Other signs are there if you choose to look past the glassy-eyed talking heads in the media. Retail sales were so bad in December of 2018, that many say it had to be “suspect data”and not the simple fact that the economy isn’t as strong as many would have you believe.  If the data was not suspect than a recession is on the way. And with retail stores closing at an alarming rate, it isn’t surprising to hear retail sales have dropped.

Source: A Recession Indicator With A Perfect Record For 70 Years Is About To Be Triggered

From Trayvon to Jussie — Poll Shows Media Hoaxes Killed Race Relations — Christian Research Network

“Although exonerated in a court of law, Zimmerman was tried and convicted by the media using lies, fabricated evidence, and outright racism; and to their forever disgrace, President Obama and the Democrats milked this hoax for all it was worth.”

(John Nolte – Breitbart)   Gallup began polling opinions of race relations back in 2001. At that point, 70 percent of black Americans graded race relations as “very good” or “somewhat good,” while 62 percent of white people agreed.

Think about that… Eighteen years ago, black people were more satisfied with race relations than white people.

For another dozen years, outside of a bump here and a hiccup there, those numbers held. On average, more than 60 percent of black people and around 70 percent of white people gauged race relations as good.

In 2013, all was still good. More than two-thirds of blacks and whites were optimistic about race relations, and then it all collapsed. We went into a five-year dive we have still not recovered from. In the latest polling, only 55 percent of whites and 49 percent of blacks view race relations in a positive light.

So what happened in 2013?

What suddenly killed everything?

The answer, sadly, is an organized media hoax: the death of Trayvon Martin.  View article →

via From Trayvon to Jussie — Poll Shows Media Hoaxes Killed Race Relations — Christian Research Network