Daily Archives: June 2, 2019

June 2 Walking by Faith

Scripture Reading: Psalm 27:11–14

Key Verse: Psalm 27:14

Wait on the Lord;

Be of good courage,

And He shall strengthen your heart;

Wait, I say, on the Lord!

In our excitement to see God work in our lives, we oftentimes forget that He knows the big picture, and He also knows what is best for us. Our zeal, apart from His divine knowledge, can send us racing into the unknown, when it’s best for us to wait upon Him for guidance.

However, learning to walk by faith teaches us to stand firm while awaiting God’s direction. Our mentality that places a disproportionate amount of emphasis on works can incite us to go forward. We forget that some of our greatest personal growth as believers, and the preparation necessary for God’s next step in our lives, takes place in the stillness of our hearts.

David believed strongly that waiting upon God was vital to walking in His ways. In fact, twice in one verse, he implored us to wait: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14 nasb).

While we are anxious to tackle the next obstacle thrust in our path, God knows that we need time to grow—time learning to trust in Him—in order to conquer that obstacle. As we discover that our strength truly comes from God alone, we will wait patiently; for we understand that a deep faith in Him trusts that, with Him alone, we will succeed in walking victoriously by faith.

Lord, thank You for being there in the still, quiet places. Please calm my racing heart so that I may have the patience to wait and hear Your voice.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 161). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

“The Conditions of Discipleship,” by Oswald Chambers — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

In Luke 14, Jesus said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also….And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me….So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

If the closest relationships of a disciple’s life conflict with the claims of Jesus Christ, then our Lord requires instant obedience to Himself. Discipleship means personal, passionate devotion to a Person — our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is a vast difference between devotion to a person and devotion to principles or to a cause. Our Lord never proclaimed a cause — He proclaimed personal devotion to Himself. To be a disciple is to be a devoted bondservant motivated by love for the Lord Jesus. Many of us who call ourselves Christians are not truly devoted to Jesus Christ.

No one on earth has this passionate love for the Lord Jesus unless the Holy Spirit has given it to him. We may admire, respect, and revere Him, but we cannot love Him on our own. The only One who truly loves the Lord Jesus is the Holy Spirit, and it is He who has “poured out in our hearts” the very “love of God.” Whenever the Holy Spirit sees an opportunity to glorify Jesus through you, He will take your entire being and set you ablaze with glowing devotion to Jesus Christ.

via “The Conditions of Discipleship,” by Oswald Chambers — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

June 2 Nothing Happens by Chance

Scripture Reading: Romans 8:28–29

Key Verse: Isaiah 55:8

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.

An earthen dam breaks, sending thousands of gallons of water rushing down a rocky ravine. In the wake of the flood lies a sleeping Bible college community. After the waters recede, thirty–nine people are reported dead and countless others injured. Can God possibly be in this senseless tragedy?

God is indeed in everything. If anything is beyond His reach, then He cannot be God. Everything abides under His control, and He promised to work all things together in such a fashion that good comes out of them.

Almost fifteen years later, the tiny Bible school is now a thriving Christian college with twice the enrollment as before the tragedy. The trial that had the potential to devastate God’s plan became a pathway to stronger faith.

Pain and suffering are a natural part of life. In times of intense testing we learn of God’s undivided love and devotion toward us.

Nothing happens by chance with God. He always has a purpose in mind when He allows us to be tested. Sometimes it is to refine us. Sometimes it is to draw us to a closer walk with Him.

Whatever you are facing today, God knows the extent of your sorrow. Place your trust completely in Him, and He will help you bear the weight of your adversity.

Thank You, Lord, that nothing happens by chance. You always have a divine purpose in mind when You allow me to be tested. Let my adversities refine me and draw me closer to You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 161). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 2 A Supernatural Change Agent

Scripture reading: Ephesians 4:17–29

Key verse: Proverbs 23:7

For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Long before the pounding of hammers and buzzing of saws come to a residential or commercial building site, the contractor has an architectural blueprint in hand. Pipes, nails, shingles, studs, joists, ceilings, rooms, windows—in essence, the entire finished product—merely follow the detailed rendering.

Our growth as Christians has this one striking similarity: our measurable, visible behavior inevitably follows our mental blueprint. What we do and what others see are expressions of our mind-sets.

That is why Jesus said obviously identifiable acts such as murder, theft, and adultery stem from an inner evil. The thought precedes the act. Thus, real change proceeds from the inside out, from our thinking to our living.

You must abandon the world’s bent toward greed and self-protection. You can no longer trust old habits that have cut deep thought patterns into your psychological and emotional grid systems.

Christ’s death for your sins makes possible not just a new destiny but a radically new outlook on all of life. Your mind must be made wholly new each day. Such transformation begins, continues, and ends through the daily intake of God’s supernatural change agent—divine truth.

Change me from the inside out, dear Lord. Use Your supernatural change agent of divine truth to make me a new creature in You.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 161). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The History And Results Of America’s Disastrous Public School System | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Justin Spears via The Foundation for Economic Education,

All across the nation, students are being prodded like cattle into classrooms, and the one-size-fits-all approach is failing them.

There is a popular saying that “the proof is in the pudding.” In the first part of this article set, my colleague Mike Margeson spelled out the historical roots of the American schooling system. He clearly laid out the blueprint that men like Horace Mann used to build a system that does anything but “educates.” Factor in that trillions of dollars have been spent on schooling, and it makes it even harder to justify.

A Broken System

Yet we continue to hear the “Red for Ed” crowd scream for more funding. Here in the state of Indiana, the superintendent of public education is leading an assault on the state legislature for a meager 2 percent increase in state funding. Many educators are characterizing this as a decrease in funding! In no other walk of life would we continue to pour so many resources into a failed system. If you had any doubt about this after reading Part One, let me present you with some facts.

In what was one of many fiery speaking engagements, the late John Taylor Gatto delivered a line that has resonated with me as I have studied the effects the public schooling system has on children. In this particular speech, Gatto was recounting the story of Jaime Escalante, the educator who successfully taught calculus at Garfield High School in Los Angeles yet was forced to resign.

As he finishes describing the trials and fate of Escalante, Gatto explains that above racism and other forms of bigotry is the embedded idea that what really occurred was a deliberate attempt to stop genuine learning. Earlier in the speech, Gatto laid out a compelling case of how and why schooling is meant to keep citizens ignorant. This success at an inner city school was not going to be tolerated by the establishment. He implored his listeners to understand the real problem and to quit “fencing with shadows.”

Flushing Money Down the Drain

So what does this mean? Throughout history, compulsory schooling has consistently been viewed as not only progressive but also in need of reform. The most common method of reform has been to throw piles of money at the problem. According to the Department of Education’s (DOE) website, the DOE spent an estimated $69.4 billion in 2017. Compare that to the initial $2.9 billion ($23 billion adjusted for inflation) budgeted under the Elementary and Secondary School Act of 1965.

To put this into context, education spending as a percent of gross domestic product has gone from 2.6 percent in the 1950s to 6.1 percent as recently as 2010. This is just a look at federal spending; each state also allocates a portion of their budget to education, with California leading the way at over $72 million. Finally, we have seen a tremendous amount of private capital injected to help reform schools. Institutions such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have invested billions of dollars in education. All this spending must be yielding better results, right? Let’s take a look.

Contrary to what those in public education will tell you, the system is flush with cash, which generates very few positive results. Take New York as an example. The state was front and center in the reform battle during President Obama’s Race to the Top (RTT) initiative. Leading up to the controversial dash for cash, the city had been experiencing an education overhaul, including battles over charters and a knock-down fight with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Board of Education chief, Joel Klein, and the powerful unions. The state was seeing an infusion of Wall Street cash backing charters, which were being throttled by state Democrats and union bosses.

In addition to the almost $700 million in RTT funds and the $61.4 million spent at the state level, the city of New York saw millions of dollars invested from groups like Democrats for Education Reform (DFER). So what are the results of these investments? According to Cornell University’s NYC Education Data program, less than half of all eighth graders in the state are proficient in English language arts and math. We see this same type of result across the country.

Indeed, these results do not stack up well internationally, either. A 2015 Organization for Economic Cooperation Development report shows just how far behind American students are falling. The average score for 15-year-olds in math, language, and science on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) test for the US was 470. Only Mexico (402), Chile (423) and Turkey (420) had lower scores. Thirty-one other nations had scores higher than the US, with Japan leading the way at 532.

Where to Look for Solutions

Why, in 2019, after all the money spent and all the reforms that have been instituted, are we still seeing such horrific results in our schools? The answer is much simpler than it has been made out to be: The system is broken. There is no remedy to fix this system. It is fundamentally flawed. The famous saying that you cannot fix a problem with the same mind that created it rings so true. So if reform will not work, what are we to do?

Again, the answer is simple: unschool. First, let’s be clear—charters and virtual schools are not desired long-term outcomes. They are soft variants of the current system, and while they may show growth in the short-term, in the long run, they still stifle learning due to government regulation. There are many methods for accomplishing the goal of unschooling. Some systems are already in place, such as homeschooling. Another great model is the Sudbury School. This is a democratic system of education that allows students the autonomy to determine their own paths of learning.

All across the nation, students are being prodded like cattle into classrooms, and the one-size-fits-all approach is failing them. They are bored and uninterested, and we blame them. We tell them and their parents that there is something medically wrong with them—that they need medication and counseling. This ought to weigh on the minds of every adult in America as cruel and abusive. Only systems that return power, and ultimately the desire to learn in children, will suffice. We need more educators like John Taylor Gatto to speak up and have the courage to buck the system. We need more leaders like Kerry McDonald and Dr. Peter Gray, who have led the charge in researching and promoting the unschooling model. Until that time, we will keep fencing with shadows.

Source: The History And Results Of America’s Disastrous Public School System

Mike Pompeo & Henry Kissinger attend mysterious Bilderberg 2019 (VIDEO) | RT – Daily news

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his predecessor, Henry Kissinger, have arrived in Switzerland for the 67th annual mysterious Bilderberg conference.

Source: Mike Pompeo & Henry Kissinger attend mysterious Bilderberg 2019 (VIDEO)

Snowden: “Most Effective Means Of Social Control In The History Of Our Species” Now In Place | Zero Hedge

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Authored by Andrea Germanos via Common Dreams

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said Thursday that people in systems of power have exploited the human desire to connect in order to create systems of mass surveillance.

Snowden appeared at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia via livestream from Moscow to give a keynote address for the Canadian university’s Open Dialogue Series.

Right now, he said, humanity is in a sort of “atomic moment” in the field of computer science. “We’re in the midst of the greatest redistribution of power since the Industrial Revolution, and this is happening because technology has provided a new capability,” Snowden said.

Image source: Laura Poitras

“It’s related to influence that reaches everyone in every place,” he said. “It has no regard for borders. Its reach is unlimited, if you will, but its safeguards are not.” Without such defenses, technology is able to affect human behavior.

Institutions can “monitor and record private activities of people on a scale that’s broad enough that we can say it’s close to all-powerful,” said Snowden. They do this through “new platforms and algorithms,” through which “they’re able to shift our behavior. In some cases they’re able to predict our decisions—and also nudge them—to different outcomes. And they do this by exploiting the human need for belonging.”

“We don’t sign up for this,” he added, dismissing the notion that people know exactly what they are getting into with social media platforms like Facebook.

“How many of you who have a Facebook account actually read the terms of service?” Snowden asked. “Everything has hundreds and hundreds of pages of legal jargon that we’re not qualified to read and assess—and yet they’re considered to be binding upon us.”

“It is through this sort of unholy connection of technology and sort of an unusual interpretation of contract law,” he continued, “that these institutions have been able to transform this greatest virtue of humanity—which is this desire to interact and to connect and to cooperate and to share—to transform all of that into a weakness.”

“And now,” he added, “these institutions, which are both commercial and governmental, have built upon that and… have structuralized that and entrenched it to where it has become now the most effective means of social control in the history of our species.

“Maybe you’ve heard about it,” Snowden said. “This is mass surveillance.”

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Listen to Snowden’s full remarks below. (He begins speaking around the 25-minute mark.)

Proceeds from the event went to the Montreal-based organization For the Refugees, which is working to obtain refugee status in Canada for the three families who sheltered Snowden in Hong Kong when he fled the U.S. to avoid being charged with violations under the Espionage Act.

Two of Snowden’s “guardian angels” arrived in Canada in March. The other five are still stuck in Hong Kong, the organization says, where they face the threat of deportation to their home countries of Sri Lanka and the Philippines, where they could face continued threats of persecution, torture, and possible death.

Every month it costs over $7,500 to support the seven Snowden refugees in Hong Kong and Canada. All of those funds come from small-dollar online donations. Want to help? https://t.co/bnkgzEnI6X

— For the Refugees (@4TheRefugees) May 30, 2019

Snowden, in his remarks Thursday, said, “I owe them a debt that I’ll never be able to repay.”


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