Daily Archives: April 10, 2019

April 10 The Message of Eternal Life

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:50–58

Key Verse: 1 Corinthians 15:54

So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

If you knew for certain that this life was all there was, it would affect your thinking substantially. It would change the way you make decisions, big and small.

The truth is that many people in this world live by the cliché, “Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we will die.” Earthly death, however, is not the end. Rather, on the other side of our physical death is eternity. Our Lord declared the message of eternal life several times throughout His ministry. Why is this such a vital promise to the believer?

  • Jesus wanted His followers to know for certain that they are secure in Him forever. This means that death is nothing to be feared. Instead, our departure from earth is the moment of our entrance into His eternal presence.
  • The Lord wanted to give His children hope in the face of death. The most common question in the minds of funeral attendees is, “Will I see him again?” Jesus did not want to leave His people unaware; He gave them the assurance necessary to endure the loss of a loved one.
  • Jesus wanted to inspire every believer to be faithful until death. Because we know we will have to give an account to the Lord for our lives, we can live with the end in mind. Temptations to sin are then measured by the question, “Will God approve of this?”

Jesus conquered death so that we can enter into God’s eternal presence. Because we do not have to fear tomorrow, we can more fully rejoice in Him today.

I rejoice, Lord, that because You conquered death, I, too, shall live.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 105). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

April 10 God’s Gift to You

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18–25

Key Verse: Colossians 1:20

By Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

From the disciples’ point of view the Cross seemed ridiculous. In fact, no one understood why Jesus submitted to such treatment. They could not comprehend what He was doing for them. For years, they prayed for Messiah to come. However, their idea of a Savior was something far from what they saw in Jesus. The man they had hoped would come was one of military might. He would put to rest once and for all the nagging pursuit of the Roman government and, for that matter, everyone else who troubled God’s chosen people.

But God’s purposes seldom revolve around human strength and ability. Instead, He tells us to deny ourselves, to take up His cross, and to follow Him. This inherently leads to the crucified life—a life where Christ reigns. It also is a life that mirrors our Lord’s example while teaching us to focus the attitude of our hearts on God and His will alone.

Christ’s only focus was to do the will of the Father. You cannot save yourself. Any human effort or striving to reach some point of holiness outside acknowledging what Christ did for you at Calvary is done in vain.

The Cross is God’s gift to you. It was something Jesus did out of love. His greatest desire is to have you beside Him for all eternity. This Easter allow the cross of Christ to find its place deep within your life as you celebrate His resurrection.

Almighty God, thank You for the gift of the Cross. Let the cross of Christ find its place deep within my life as I celebrate the Resurrection this season.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 105). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

World Faces “Uphill Battle” With Average IQ Of Just 82! | Zero Hedge

“Could do better”…

Authored by James Thompson via The Unz Review,

David Becker has released a new version of the World’s IQ. Each country has a score showing the cognitive abilities of their citizens, this being a blend of genetics and the environment of each country, particularly as regards education and health. The world’s global score is 82. This is 12th percentile rank on the Greenwich Mean Intelligence benchmark of IQ 100. As school teachers used to say in end of year reports: “Could do better”.

What does IQ 82 mean in practical terms? The account below gives the achievements as shown in Western economies, with free education and usually free healthcare, and will need to be adjusted for other economies, probably downwards to account for poorer educational systems and the burdens of ill health.

Here, in broad terms, are descriptions of those in the IQ 75 (5th percentile) to IQ 90 (25th percentile) range.

http://www.unz.com/jthompson/the-7-tribes-of-intellect/

Tribe 2 “Uphill Battle”

These are the next 20% of the population in terms of ability. They would be 2,000 citizens in the town of 10,000 inhabitants. Learning is somewhat faster, and achievements are of better quality. Learning varies from the slow pace, simple materials and careful supervision already mentioned previously, to very explicit, hands-on training. They tend to credulity, belief in god and superstition. They can locate the intersection of two streets on a map, identify two features in a newspaper sports story, perhaps calculate the total cost of purchases listed in a catalogue, and draw inferences from two identifiable facts and deal with some distractors.

Vocabularies are somewhat larger, computation includes some multiplication and division. In terms of reading they will enjoy a little more depth in terms of content. Employment opportunities include simple assembly and packaging tasks, food preparation, assistant roles in caring professions. They can use some checklists, and procedural guides. The armed services will probably not recruit them, because many of them will take too long to train.

They have a 21% lower survival up to age 76 (Whalley&Deary 2001). They have about a 50% greater risk of hospitalization for schizophrenia, mood disorder, and alcohol-related disorders (Gale et al. 2010) and for personality disorders (Moran et al. 2009) with more self-reported psychological distress (Gale et al. 2009) and with a greater risk of vascular dementia (McGurn et al. 2008).

They will probably have fast lifestyles, with restricted planning and savings. They have more accidents than average, probably twice as many motor vehicle accidents than average. In IQ terms they are between 75 and 90.

As a rule of thumb we can say that in the US the average male at IQ 82 would be earning very roughly $43,000 (in 2011 dollars) as compared with $ 63,500 for men of average intelligence. Naturally, this would be far more than in other countries of the world, but shows the nature of the market penalty for low ability.

Another take on the meaning of intelligence, this post by Anatoly Karlin looks at individual maths test items, and links each item to what it might mean for impact on the economy.

http://www.unz.com/akarlin/stupid-people/

For example, here is a level 3 item, which would already be causing trouble to some at the 12th percentile.

There has been a lot of animus against country intelligence scores. As explained before, data quality varies between countries. You already knew that, because if countries really differ in intelligence, that will show in the way they conduct themselves. Some countries will do forward planning, and others will do less. Some will conduct regular censuses and surveys, and others won’t. Some countries may have people who are more willing to cheat than other countries.

http://www.unz.com/jthompson/do-brighter-minds-incline-to-honesty/?highlight=Gachter

Becker has made a number of improvements, all of which are listed in his published spreadsheets. To my mind the best addition is to have an additional column where country IQs are given corrected for sample size and data quality.

The database also includes intelligence estimates derived from scholastic attainment tests. Yes, these ought to be different from intelligence test results, for both practical and theoretical reasons, but in fact they are remarkably similar at the country level. In the chart at the bottom of this post the scores shown are intelligence test results supplemented by PISA and TIMSS scholastic scores, which increases the numbers of countries for which estimates can be given.

Naturally, country level data may obscure regional differences, and caste, tribe, class and religious differences. These are matters of granularity. Some countries are homogenous as regards talent (China may be in this category) others are not (India).

Country IQs may explain how that country conducts its affairs. Intellectual assessments ought to have explanatory value, thus leading to greater wealth, and discrepancies need to be investigated and explained. Two main sources of economic discrepancy are tourism and natural resources: the presence of either can inflate economies which lack human capital.

Another attack on country intelligence comparisons relates to idea that cultures differ so much that standard international assessments are impossible. This is a perilous argument, since if it is truly the case that a particular national culture does not understand the notion of progressions and sequences, or the basics of arithmetic, then there is a temptation to avoid the country completely, at least as regards investment. Indeed, if this were true one should never fly on a national airline of such a country, or drive a car on such a country’s roads.

Here are the key links to Becker’s latest update.

There are many points of interest.

The deleterious effects of consanguineous marriage are shown here:

As you know, I don’t do policy, but it would be good to give wider publicity to this graph.

The results for individual countries vary somewhat according to the method used, but these are probably the very best estimates, mostly using psychometric tests but supplementing them with closely correlated maths and science attainment tests, which increases accuracy and country coverage.

This list is useful and you may find it worth printing out. It would fit nicely on the back of a door. Yes, it mixes environmental and genetic effects, but it gives you a rule of thumb as to what countries, on average, are capable of doing. It can be expected that rising standards of living will boost results, though the rate of intellectual improvement has been slow in many newly rich countries despite more education funding. Convergence with European levels might be within 80 to 300 years. Each country will have cognitive elites, though by absolute international standards they will be fewer in countries with lower ability.

Have a look at Becker’s detailed databases, and start testing your hypotheses.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-04-10/world-faces-uphill-battle-average-iq-just-82

ANOTHER Caravan Forms in Honduras – Nearly 1,000 More Migrants Headed to US Amid Border Crisis — The Gateway Pundit

Another caravan of nearly 1,000 people formed in Honduras Tuesday night with plans to march northbound to the United States to claim asylum.

This caravan will be right behind the “mother of all caravans” that is currently en route to the US border.

“There are more than 800, almost a thousand,” a police official told AFP.

One of the migrants in the new caravan said, “We are done with this government, there is no work.”

There is a huge crisis at the US-Mexico border with record number of illegal aliens flooding into the United States.

Asylum seekers are being released into communities because of dangerous “catch and release” policies.

No doubt these caravans of illegals are being funded by open border zealots looking to destroy US sovereignty.

The caravans are full of military-aged males from all over the world — we have no idea who is embedded in the caravans — dangerous Islamic terrorists and MS-13 gang members are known to be traveling with Hondurans headed to the US.

Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch said that in his sector alone, border agents have captured people trying to enter the country illegally frommore than 50 different countries, including Turkey, China, Bangladesh, Egypt and Romania. “People are traveling across hemispheres to attempt to illegally enter the U.S., using the same pathways as the Central Americans,” he told lawmakers.

“Karisch noted that Border Patrol has apprehended more families illegally crossing the border in the first five months of fiscal 2019 than during all of fiscal 2018,” Fox News reported. “Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended more than 76,000 migrants across the border in February and said it was on track to apprehend more than 100,000 in March. In the Rio Grande Valley alone, Karisch said that at current pace, they would have more than 260,000 apprehensions in his sector by the end of fiscal 2019. There were 162,000 in RGV last year. He also said that his agents apprehend, on average, 1,000 people a day.”

President Trump declared a national emergency in February to secure funding for a border wall, however, the insanely dangerous asylum laws are causing the biggest surge of illegal aliens flooding over the border.

DHS Chief Kirstjen Nielsen was forced out on Sunday and more heads are expected to roll soon.

via ANOTHER Caravan Forms in Honduras – Nearly 1,000 More Migrants Headed to US Amid Border Crisis — The Gateway Pundit

KA-CHING! Socialist Bernie Sanders, Who Owns Three Houses, Admits He’s a Millionaire — The Gateway Pundit

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont, has revealed that he is a millionaire, in part because of his book, “Our Revolution: A Future To Believe In.”

Sanders, who was beaten in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries by Hillary Clinton, made the announcement in advance of his release of 10 years worth of tax returns (when his net worth will become public, anyway). Of course, he didn’t release his own returns last time around, but now that he’s hoping to go against President Trump, he’s seeking to make the issue more prominent.

“On the day in the very immediate future, certainly before April 15, we release ours, I hope that Donald Trump will do exactly the same. We are going to release 10 years of our tax returns, and we hope that on that day Donald Trump will do the same,” he told The New York Times.

And the socialist said becoming a millionaire in the great capitalist center of the world is pretty easy. “I wrote a best-selling book,” he told the Times. “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.”

But Sanders defended himself against comparisons with Trump.

“Not being a billionaire, not having investments in Saudi Arabia, wherever he has investments, all over the world, mine will be a little bit more boring,” he said.

Senators make $174,000 a year, so it’s remarkable that Sanders could save enough to become a millionaire. On the other hand, that salary makes him a 4 Percenter, putting him in the top 4 percent of all incomes in the U.S. Plus, he’s been in Congress — first as a House member and then in the Senate — since shortly before there was electricity, so if he was frugal, he could amass a small fortune.

And he has, apparently. Vermont magazine “Seven Days” reported in 2016 that Sanders and his wife bought a four-bedroom house on the shore of Lake Champlain in Vermont — with 500 feet of lake frontage — for about $600,000. The Sanders own at least three houses, with another in Burlington, Vermont, and one on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Nice work if you can get it.

Sanders talks about taxing everyone to death as he pushes for free everything for everybody — free health care, free college tuition, even free money in the form of universal basic income, in which the government collects taxpayer money and redistributes it.

What’s hilarious is that Sanders has been railing at Trump, but the socialist paid a much lower percentage in taxes than the evil 1 Percenter Trump.

When MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow got her hands on some tax forms, she devoted most of a program in 2017 to Trump’s two-page 1040 form from 2005. The documents showed Trump wrote off $100 million in business losses and paid $38 million in federal income taxes on adjusted income of $150 million, an effective tax rate of 25 percent.

Sanders, the champion of The Little Man, paid $27,653 in federal income taxes in 2014 – an effective federal tax rate of 13.5 percent!

As always with the Democrats, it’s do as I say, not as I do.

via KA-CHING! Socialist Bernie Sanders, Who Owns Three Houses, Admits He’s a Millionaire — The Gateway Pundit