Daily Archives: March 23, 2019

March 23 When Things Go Wrong

Scripture Reading: James 1:1–4

Key Verse: Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Have you ever heard the expression “hitting the wall”? It sounds painful, doesn’t it? “The wall” is sometimes used among individuals who have recently begun a new athletic endeavor, most often jogging. Symptoms include a racing heart rate, perspiration pouring down, and lungs gasping for breath in loud, painful inhalations. For new runners, this is the point at which one simply cannot go another step.

After experiencing this sensation, many people give up running. After all, exercise is supposed to make you feel good, right? The problem for these new runners is that they have not yet reached the point of physical endurance. This is what enables runners to continually grow stronger and better able to jog farther each day. Endurance is the result of determination, discipline, and the willingness to suffer in order to achieve results. This is true in your spiritual life as well as on the racetrack.

James 1:2–4 shows the progression of spiritual stamina. In the passage, joy in the face of extreme trials produces endurance, the end result of which is maturity, or “perfection.” Pray for God’s help in meeting your everyday trials with the joy that comes from Christ, so that you may develop spiritual endurance and, ultimately, victorious maturity in Christ.

Lord, help me to respond properly as I face my trials today. Enable me to rejoice, knowing that You are developing spiritual endurance which will result in victory.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 86). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

March 23 Eternal Life

Scripture Reading: Psalm 103

Key Verse: Psalm 103:4

Who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies.

Whether on the deserted streets of Bombay or in a plush oceanfront home, whether clothed in tattered jeans or a fine suit, you can enjoy the good life that Jesus Christ imparts to all who believe and abide in Him. The good life is eternal life received as a gift through faith in Christ’s sacrifice for our sins.

Eternal life is as good as it gets. It is the everlasting, unending, unceasing presence of the eternal God, lavishing all of His goodness upon you in His limitless mercy and grace. It is a permanent possession, unaffected by the rise and fall of money, men, or nations. It is guaranteed by Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection.

But you can experience the reality of eternal life here and now. A new quality of life is available to all who have become one with the Savior. It is the abundant sufficiency of Christ for every circumstance.

Each day is an opportunity to draw from the divine well of peace, joy, love, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, patience, and self-control without diminishing the supply by one ounce. Do not ever be deceived. Real life is in Jesus, and Jesus is in you. Inexhaustible, boundless life for you forever.

Precious heavenly Father, thank You for the inexhaustible, boundless life that is in Your Son, Jesus. Let me continually draw from Your divine resources.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 86). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Tens of Thousands March to ‘Save the Internet’ from New EU Censorship Regulations

BERLIN (AP) – Tens of thousands of people have marched in cities across Germany to protest planned European Union copyright reforms that they fear will lead to online censorship.

Source: Tens of Thousands March to ‘Save the Internet’ from New EU Censorship Regulations

LIBERAL INSANITY: Barbra Streisand Says That Because The Pedophile Gay Sex Michael Jackson Had With Child Victims ‘Didn’t Kill Them’ That It’s OK — Now The End Begins

Barbra Streisand is under fire for comments she made about two men accusing Michael Jackson of sexually assaulting them as children.

Thank you, Barbra Streisand, for proving to us once and for all the truth of two very importants points. First, you proved that Liberalism is indeed a mental disorder that knows no logic, reason, justice or mercy. Secondly, thank you for showing us all that you don’t care who gets hurt as long as it fits your agenda. It was OK for Bill Clinton to rape and assault women, and still have the full support of feminists, but Trump using the “P” word causes a million woman march on Washington. Really?

Fake outrage, just like fake news, is the stock in trade of the “new” Democratic Party. But you can only cry wolf when there is no wolf so many times before it comes back to haunt you. Barbra Streisand has seemingly no compassion for these victims of homosexual pedophile sexual assault, even after stating she believed thier stories. She defended what Jackson did because he had “sexual needs” to be fulfilled, and because he was rich and famous, he could do anything he wanted. Michael Jackson now knows there was a steep price to pay for dying without a Saviour, and it is a fate that Streisand will soon share if she doesn’t get saved. Pray that she does.

Barbra Streisand says Michael Jackson’s accusers were ‘thrilled to be there’ and his ‘sexual needs were his sexual needs’

FROM THE NY DAILY NEWS: The legendary singer and actress said that Wade Robson and James Safechuck — whose allegations against the late King of Pop resurfaced in the recent documentary “Leaving Neverland” — “were thrilled to be there” and that what allegedly happened to them “didn’t kill them.”

Streisand, 76, made the strange comments to British newspaper The Times in a piece out Friday, in which she also said that Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.”

She says she “absolutely” believes the allegations of abuse by Robson and Safechuck, but puts more blame on their parents than The Gloved One.

“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” Streisand told The Times. “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say [grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Streisand, who crossed paths with Jackson during their careers, added that she feels sorry for both the alleged victims and Jackson.

“I feel bad for the children,” she said. “I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”

Dan Reed, the director of “Leaving Neverland,” seemed shocked at Streisand’s comments. “’It didn’t kill them’ @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!,’” Reed tweeted Friday. Others were equally outraged.

“As a lifelong fan, I am deeply disappointed about your remarks regarding Michael Jackson,” a Twitter user going by Lisa Bee wrote. “I don’t understand how you could be so dismissive of the abuse that he inflicted and the damage that’s been done. It’s so unsympathetic to ALL victims of sexual abuse.” READ MORE

via LIBERAL INSANITY: Barbra Streisand Says That Because The Pedophile Gay Sex Michael Jackson Had With Child Victims ‘Didn’t Kill Them’ That It’s OK — Now The End Begins

March 23 Praying Specifically

Scripture reading: Ephesians 1:15–23

Key verse: Ephesians 1:18

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

Do you ever struggle sometimes with knowing what to pray for? Do you ever have trouble coming up with the words to say? Maybe you can think of certain requests, but when it is time to voice them to God, you resort to using such vague phrases as, “Bless this person, Lord.”

You don’t need to feel guilty about this concern. God wants you to pray and communicate with Him, whatever words you use. You don’t have to be eloquent or polished to talk to your intimate Friend.

But you do need to realize that by not praying specifically about what is on your heart, you’re missing out on a whole level of blessing in talking to God. Notice how Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18, as just one example: “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.”

Paul applied truth from Scripture and asked God specifically to work those truths into the lives of people he cared for. Every time you read your Bible, jot down the lessons and promises that you read. The next time you pray for someone, ask God to show him what you learned, enriching him with knowledge of God’s Word. You’ll discover a whole new dimension of communication with the Lord.

Dear Lord, I pray that others will experience what I am learning and be enriched with the knowledge of Your Word.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 86). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Worldview and Apologetics in the News for March 23, 2019 — Truthbomb Apologetics

A New Argument for the Resurrection of Jesus

The Lost World of Walton

Making the Case: Apologetic Preaching and Abductive Argumentation

No Conspiracies, All Gospel: New Testament Scholar Praises New HISTORY TV Series

Dear Parents, My Movie is Rated R…

How Should Christians Respond to Christchurch Mosque Massacre?

A New Set of Spotlights on Elisabeth Elliot

Former ‘Prince of ISIS’ Turns to Christ After a God Dream: ‘I Saw a Love That Didn’t Exist in Islam’

Jerry Coyne, Ken Miller Revive a “Fishy Story”

An Astrophysicist Makes Clear Why A Multiverse MUST Exist

New Apologetics and Worldview Curriculum for Children: Author Interview

Dartmouth physicist on winning top religion prize: ‘Science does kill God’

John Lennox: The Oxford Mathematics Professor Who Defends Christianity

How Universalism, ‘the Opiate of the Theologians,’ Went Mainstream

Courage and Godspeed,

Our last edition is here.

via Worldview and Apologetics in the News — Truthbomb Apologetics

‘The left has gone too far’: Jordan Peterson warns against liberal ‘totalitarian tilt’ (VIDEO)

Controversial academic Jordan Peterson told RT’s Afshin Rattansi that the left’s obsession with equality of outcome is doomed to failure, advocating instead for individuals to assume greater personal responsibility. Read Full Article at RT.com

Source: ‘The left has gone too far’: Jordan Peterson warns against liberal ‘totalitarian tilt’ (VIDEO)

Ilhan Omar Holding Secret Meetings With Islamic Groups With Terrorist Ties To Raise Funds | The Federalist Papers

Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar has been meeting behind the scenes with Islamic groups that have ties to terrorism to help with fundraising.

The meetings have been deliberately closed off from the press and hidden from public view to avoid scrutiny, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

The content of these speeches, given to predominately Muslim audiences, remains unknown, prompting some of Omar’s critics to express concern about the type of rhetoric she is using before these paying audiences, particularly in light of the lawmaker’s repeated use of anti-Semitic tropes in public.

Omar recently spoke in Florida at a private event hosted by Islamic Relief, a charity organization long said to have deep ties to groups that advocate terrorism against Israel. Over the weekend, she will appear at another private event in California that is hosted by CAIR-CA PAC, a political action committee affiliated with the Council on American Islamic Relations, or CAIR a group that was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a massive terror-funding incident.

Omar’s appearance at these closed-door forums is raising eyebrows in the pro-Israel world due to her repeated and unapologetic public use of anti-Semitic stereotypes accusing Jewish people of controlling foreign policy and politics. With Omar’s popularity skyrocketing on the anti-Israel left, it appears her rhetoric is translating into fundraising prowess.

It remains unclear what Omar has told these audiences in her private talks. Washington Free Beacon attempts to obtain video of past events were unsuccessful, and multiple local news and television outlets in the Tampa, Fla., area, where Omar spoke to Islamic Relief last month, confirmed they were unable to gain access to the closed door event.

Islamic Relief has come under congressional investigation for what lawmakers have described as its efforts to provide assistance to terrorist group such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. The charity has been banned by some countries as a result of these ties.

In 2017, Congress sought to ban taxpayer funds from reaching the charity due to these terror links.

Should Omar resign from Congress?

A representative from Islamic Relief declined to provide the Free Beacon with any material related to Omar’s appearance.

“The event was closed to the media. No materials are available,” the official said.

On Sunday, Omar will hold another meet and greet in Irvine, Calif., for CAIR-CA PAC. Those wishing to hear Omar speak are being asked to donate anywhere from $50 to $250 dollars, according to a flyer for the event.

The CAIR event also appears closed to the press. Free Beacon attempts to contact the organizer and obtain access were unsuccessful. Requests for comment on the nature of the speeches sent to Omar’s congressional office also were not returned.

“I just wonder what is Rep. Omar saying to a group of Islamic supporters that she feels is so secretive that she cannot say it to the American people, as a whole?” Sarah Stern, founder of president of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, said.

“What is so secretive that it has to be off the record and closed to reporters? Will she say the same things in public to her Jewish voters in Minnesota that she says to her Islamic friends? What does this tell us about her openness, her honesty and her integrity?” she said.

“Rep. Omar’s presence as a keynote speaker to raise funds for Islamic Relief USA, whose parent organization and chapters have documented ties to terrorist organizations, demonstrates that she has learned next to nothing over the last few weeks when she was reprimanded by your office and by other Democrats for posting ugly, anti-Semitic attacks on Jews and their organizations,” Pro-Israel groups said in a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Elliott Engel and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D., Minn.) has been holding a series of secret fundraisers with groups that have been tied to the support of terrorism, appearances that have been closed to the press and hidden from public view.” https://t.co/lvy8SloMVW

— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 22, 2019

No they’re not.

Donald Trump is the most pro-Israel president in U.S. history

Ilhan Omar is a notorious anti-Semite who fundraisers for Islamic groups tied to terrorism https://t.co/lz1CbuwiiC

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 22, 2019

A sitting member of the U.S. House of Representatives holding secret fundraisers with groups that are on-record as supporting terrorism should be grounds for expulsion from Congress.https://t.co/YB8JTry3jX

— Adrian Norman (@AdrianNormanDC) March 22, 2019

What say you @SpeakerPelosi & @realDonaldTrump sir?
Ilhan Omar Holding Private Fundraisers with Islamist Groups Linked to Terrorism: https://t.co/W1T7Gg0eKb

— Herbert Reed (@Herbert_L_Reed) March 23, 2019

Source: Ilhan Omar Holding Secret Meetings With Islamic Groups With Terrorist Ties To Raise Funds

Don’t Panic Over Inverted Yield Curve; Here’s The Key Chart For Dow Jones | Investor’s Business Daily

Recession talk flared up on Friday as the 10-year Treasury yield tumbled below that of the 3-month Treasury. While this signal has a spot-on track record in predicting a recession, there are reasons to take it with a grain of salt now. But another key economic indicator also flashed a worrying sign. The breakout of copper prices last month signaled that 2019 might be like 2016. That year saw the global economy rebound and the Dow Jones start a new leg to much greater heights. Yet that breakout failed on Friday, casting doubt on whether a new global upturn is at hand.

The 10-year Treasury tumbled 10 basis points to 2.44%, the lowest since late 2017, while the 3-month Treasury eased just 2 basis points. When long-term rates fall below short-term rates, it’s called an inversion because it’s upside down relative to the way things usually work during an economic expansion.

Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average shed 460 points, or 1.8%, while the S&P 500 lost 1.9% and the Nasdaq composite 2.5%.

Copper prices fell 2%, though part of the weakness stemmed from the stronger dollar. The U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the greenback against a basket of advanced-economy currencies, rose 0.75%. The dollar has remained stubbornly strong, despite the Fed’s dovish shift.

Dr. Copper’s Prognosis For Dow Jones

The industrial metal earned the nickname Dr. Copper for its ability to discern global economy ups and downs. Its track record in recent years has been impressive. After bottoming in January 2016 at $1.94 per pound, copper staged a mild recovery, then exploded higher after President Donald Trump’s election. Copper prices ranged from $3-$3.25 a pound from August 2017 through June 2018, anticipating the economic surge that peaked in the second quarter of last year.

Then copper fell into a seven-month funk, stuck between $2.60 and $2.87. That ended on Feb. 19, when copper prices broke above the trading range. They kept pushing higher, hitting $2.96. But prices had been receding lately and fell just below $2.85 on Friday. This will be a key chart to watch going forward.

Inverted Yield Curve Follows Weak Global Factory Data

Copper prices and Treasury yields both sank for related reasons on Friday. Manufacturing survey data published by IHS Markit indicated that euro zone manufacturing activity contracted the most in nearly six years. Activity in Germany fell for a third straight month. Meanwhile, Japanese factory activity also shrank, while U.S. activity grew at the weakest pace since June 2017. The rising odds of a hard Brexit, though hardly a sure thing, also may be creating a bid for safe assets.

Fed Rate Hike Mistake

The main takeaway from the inverted yield curve is that the Fed erred in hiking interest rates in December 2018, as should have been clear at the time. If the Fed were to immediately cut rates by a quarter point, then the yield-curve inversion would disappear. While the inverted yield curve probably does signal that the risk of recession is rising, it’s not a given. Global central bank bond buying, low inflation, and negative interest rates in Japan and now Germany are among the factors that complicate the typical yield-curve analysis.

Financial markets are now pricing in close to 60% odds of a rate cut by December. Bank stocks, particularly regional and super-regional banks, have tanked the past several days as the yield curve turned against them. Banks borrowing at short-term rates and lending at longer-term rates see their net interest margins compressed as the yield curve flattens and inverts.

The bull thesis has been that, as in 2016, a dovish Fed shift and Chinese economic stimulus would lift the global economy. A China trade deal has been viewed as another catalyst this year, though the date of a deal-signing summit keeps getting pushed back. While it’s too early to throw in the towel on the bull market thesis, copper prices are signaling that it’s no sure thing.

Bottom line: Don’t worry about the inverted yield curve unless copper prices confirm that we have a problem. Right now, the signal is still fairly weak, but it’s still concerning.

Source: Don’t Panic Over Inverted Yield Curve; Here’s The Key Chart For Dow Jones