Daily Archives: June 16, 2019

June 16 The Faithfulness of God

Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:19–26

Key Verses: Lamentations 3:22–23

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

The first verse of the hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” by Thomas Chisholm, speaks to God’s faithfulness:

Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!

There is no shadow of turning with Thee;

Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not:

As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.

These famous words summarize a foundational truth: God is faithful, and He does not change (Hebrews 13:8). Theologians call this God’s “immutability.” Have you ever thought about why it is so important to understand this aspect of God’s character? God’s unchanging nature is the basis for everything we believe about Him.

If God could change on a whim, then every promise He made in Scripture would be invalidated. He would be untrustworthy. He loved you unconditionally yesterday, but what about tomorrow when you really blow it? That is why God emphasizes His absolute, uncompromising faithfulness throughout His Word. We need that assurance in order to know Him as God and to place our faith in Him.

In 1 Corinthians 1:9 we read, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” Your salvation is guaranteed, because He sealed your redemption at the Cross. Let your heart rejoice and say, “Great is Thy faithfulness!”

Father, Son, Holy Spirit—triune God—You have ever been the same, unchanging. Thank You for Your faithfulness. I offer You my heart to mirror that faithfulness.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 175). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 16 Conquering in Christ

Scripture Reading: Psalm 77

Key Verse: Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.

The greatest truth the believer can cling to in time of need is that no problem, regardless of intensity or nature, can hinder the free, full flow of God’s love toward himself.

The love of God is not just sentiment. It is not just a warm feeling or a sweet Christian saying. The love of God means that He is working to accomplish His purposes in your life in every stressful situation.

There is nothing random about your problem. It is not merely the result of fleeting earthly forces at work. Before you were born, before the universe was conceived, God knew about and figured your particular trouble into His master scheme.

You may not be able to understand what is happening or why this problem has arisen. But you do know the God who has the answers and the power to bring you through.

Each time of testing is an occasion to see God work and trust Him for the results. It is an opportunity to grow in dependence on Him and discover His greatness for yourself.

You are a conqueror in Christ in every situation because the Conqueror, Jesus Christ, is in control of you and your circumstances. Nothing or no one can outwit Him or overcome Him.

O Lord, You knew me before I was born. You figured all my problems into Your master scheme. I may not understand everything, but You do. You have the answers and the power to bring me through each difficulty. I am more than a conqueror through You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 175). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

President Trump on DOJ/FBI in 2016: “It was a set-up” … “I would say that President Obama had to know about it”… — The Last Refuge

President Donald Trump granted a three-day exclusive and extensive interview to ABC News ¹propagandist, and narrative engineer, George Stephanopoulos.

[¹You might remember Stephanopoulos was actually deployed by the DNC in 2012 to ask GOP primary candidates in an ABC debate about the constitutionality of requiring insurance companies to pay for birth control pills. A totally out of left-field goofy question that no-one understood until two-days later when the DNC trotted out Sandra Fluke]

Well, here’s Stephanopoulos again, somehow granted access (likely by a person inside the White House coordinating with Nancy Pelosi). The final broadcast will be heavily edited, manipulated and presented for distribution and maximum political damage; with the intent to assist Nancy Pelosi and the impeachment narrative at 8:00pm this evening.

In an effort to gain maximum publicity ABC has released some preview segments to stimulate interest by a national audience.

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[Transcript at 10:38President Trump: “It’s very simple; very simple.  There was no crime. There was no collusion. The big thing is collusion. Now, there’s no collusion. That means they set — it was a setup. In my opinion, and I think it’s going to come out.”

Stephanopoulos: “Who set it up?”

President Trump:  “We’re going to find out very soon, because I really believe it’s going to come out.  When you look at Strzok, these FBI guys that were low-lifes. When you look at – because the FBI’s the greatest- but these top people were absolute low-lifes. When you look at Strzok and Page, and they’re talking about an insurance policy ‘just in case she loses’, that was the insurance policy.”

Stephanopoulos: “You know I’ve heard you talk about”…

President Trump: “George, I went through the insurance policy.”

Stephanopoulos: “I understand that, but if they were determined to prevent you from becoming president, why wouldn’t they leak it before hand?”

President Trump: “You’d have to ask them.”…

Stephanopoulos: “Have it come out before the election”..

President Trump: “Oh, they tried.  They tried – and you know what, had that gone out before the election, I don’t think I could have – I don’t think I would have hand enough time – to defend myself.”

Stephanopoulos: “You clearly believe there was a group of people working against you. Do you think President Obama was behind it?”

President Trump: “I would say that he certainly must have known about it because it went very high up in the chain. But you’re going to find that out. I’m not going to make that statement quite yet. But I would say that President Obama had to know about it.”

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Reminder:

George Stephanopoulos always operates with an agenda.  Most have forgotten a Jan ’12 New Hampshire debate when Stephanopoulos asked Mitt Romney a very carefully worded and scripted question, seeming to come out of left field, about whether states have the right to ban contraception. Exactly two weeks later Sandra Fluke and the DNC 2012 campaign attack narrative “Romney’s War On Women” began.  WATCH:

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The 2019 version of Stephanopoulos has all the same characteristics, purposes and intents as the 2012 version of Stephanopoulos.

In 2012 he set up: “war on women”.  In 2019 he is setting up: “Trump impeachment”.

How the White House did not know that George Stephanopoulos would be used to position the Pelosi impeachment narrative is beyond my ability to comprehend.

via President Trump on DOJ/FBI in 2016: “It was a set-up” … “I would say that President Obama had to know about it”… — The Last Refuge

June 16 Rebuke and Restoration

Scripture reading: Psalm 51:1–19

Key verse: Job 4:8

Even as I have seen,

Those who plow iniquity

And sow trouble reap the same.

Can you get away with sin?

Sin is disobedience. Disobedience is a violation of God’s Word and ways. Violating His commands places you in confrontation with God’s character, which is the foundation for all His decrees.

Thus, when you sin, small or large, you sin against God Himself—holy, perfect, and just. In His righteousness, He is compelled to deal with your iniquity. Ignoring your sin would be tantamount to changing God’s immutable character and attributes, which He has declared cannot happen.

You can always depend on God to remain the same. When you obey Him, you can expect His blessings. Similarly, when you disobey Him you can anticipate His correction. God’s unvarying character is your cornerstone and compass. His chastisement for sin is certain and sure, but always given with loving discipline.

Your parents might have condoned certain actions when you were a child. In reality, they were not doing you a favor. God does not overlook any sin. His holiness is your foundation for Christian growth. His rebuke and restoration keep you on His course, protecting you from even greater disaster.

Dear Lord, thank You for rebuking my sin to keep me from greater disaster. I praise You for restoration through the blood of Jesus Christ.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 175). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

What If…? | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Sven Henrich via NorthmanTrader.com,

Fed Games

Clever markets. Many index charts have camped themselves inside tight key price zones ahead of the Fed meeting this coming week leaving potential for important breakouts or equally important breakdowns. The trigger to render the decision next week: The Fed of course.

Be very clear: What happens next week is a giant gaming exercise in expectations, confidence, control and reactions. But it won’t stop here for following next week’s Fed meeting markets will move straight onto gaming the upcoming G20 meeting at the end of June and its related potential for trade war progress or escalation. But the fun doesn’t stop there either as it’s then on to the next Fed meeting in July.

If you’re expecting a sleepy summer in markets let me disavow you of that notion. How these 3 events play will have a massive impact on prices, either to the upside or the downside.

But one event at a time.

This coming week markets will not only contend with the Fed, but also quad witch options expirations always a week for traders to expect the unexpected although OPEX weeks generally have an upward bias.

But make no mistake: This week’s about the Fed. In 2019 Jay Powell has bent over backwards to appease the market beast. First the stunning reversal in January following the December flush indicating flexibility on the balance sheet, then the March confirmation that QT will be ended in 2019 and then his speech following the steep May correction indicating readiness to act on rate cuts, all of which were cheerfully greeted by markets who want an interventionist Fed to extend the cheap money game that has dominated equity markets for the last 10 years.

But this move here is different. The Fed is on the defensive, not only having been forced to do a 180 on policy as the macro economic backdrop has deteriorated faster than they expected, but also because they have limited room to work with compared  to previous cycles. The implications are profound and I’ve discussed this in Global Fail and in Curveball.

And now that the Fed has shown itself again beholden to the beast they’ve been feeding for years it can ill afford to disappoint markets that expect, want and demand that the Fed pleases them with dovish action, talk and positioning:

The outcome may be binary here: A surprise rate cut or surprise immediate ending of QT may be dovish enough to force equity markets higher on to new highs or a market disappointment that may lead to a larger sell-off with grave uncertainty ahead of the upcoming G20 meeting. The calculus: Should the G20 disappoint then the Fed may again be seen being behind the curve rendering a July rate cut a desperate measure to catch up to volatile markets under pressure. Cut now, get the rally and be seen ahead of the curve, but then get a positive resolution on the G20 and appear to have wasted precious rate cut ammunition on a cut that was not needed and set markets on a path to a massive bubble blow-off perhaps creating larger financial market imbalances.

When in doubt count on the Fed to rather have a bubble then risk a sell-off?

One can game all this until the cows come home. Either way Jay Powell and the Fed will spend this week carefully weighing their options and crafting language to aim to minimize any market disappointment. It is all about confidence at the end of the day and the reaction may well be measured in how the US dollar reacts.

I’ll throw you another potential scenario: If the Fed cuts here it may well produce a quick spike higher, but it may not have the calming reaction the Fed would intend. Why? Because cutting here may ultimately send a very different signal. A signal that says the Fed is scared and knows recession risk is much higher than they are willing to admit. Don’t forget sudden rate cuts at the end of a cycle have seen recessions follow within 3 months on average during the last 3 cycles.

Even BAML, which is all bullish and is telling investors to jump into stocks and to sell volatility, has gamed wider price ranges as a result of the upcoming events:

There’s of course a 5th scenario that BAML is not mentioning here: One that says that a dovish Fed is not enough. One that says a global recession is unfolding into 2020 anyways, one that says central bank efficacy after 10 years of nonstop intervention is diminished. After all the current global economic troubles have come despite rates remaining near historic low levels, indeed negative rates are still in place in many places. Europe is in trouble despite negative rates and can only cut to more negative.

So while the Fed may manage to lift equity markets once again previous market cycle history suggests that initial Fed cuts are not a sign of good things to come, but rather are an opportunity to sell.

And so here we are coming into this Fed meeting and markets are at an interesting juncture, take the $WLSH the all market index:

The recent rally following Jay Powell’s “ready to act” speech has parked itself tightly between the January 2018 highs above and the 50MA just below.

An added twist: Many signal charts are neither overbought nor oversold, example $BPNDX:

…leaving plenty of room for both price expansion or contraction.

So then here’s a genius prediction: At the end of the next week we’ll either close below the 50MA or above the January 2018 price range in $WLSH.

If the Fed succeeds in appeasing the beast price will close above and may embark on another run at highs or make new highs. If the Fed fails the recent rally will fail and risk major topping structures to kick in.

Yes it’s that binary. Once again the central bank overlords will be the arbiter of price and many investors once again believe the Fed will succeed in keeping the troubles away.

Understanding the technical backdrop then is key to assess how to navigate the possible ranges.

Welcome to the Fed Games:

Source: What If…?

Iran Cites ‘WW II Precedent’, Blames U.S. for ‘Suspicious’ Tanker Attacks

Covert U.S. forces could be driving the “suspicious” tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman to pile pressure on Tehran, Iran’s parliament speaker hinted Sunday.

Source: Iran Cites ‘WW II Precedent’, Blames U.S. for ‘Suspicious’ Tanker Attacks

New Muslim threat: ‘Turn White House black’ | WND

Radical Islamists have for years publicly threatened the rest of the world, especially the West, with suicide attacks and worse. They promise Shariah law will be imposed and Islam will become the government.

Well, that’s all for the infidels they don’t kill.

The Christian Broadcasting Network even reported just days ago on a Muslim who fears his own faith’s extremists, and said, “If Christians don’t wake up, if Christian leaders don’t wake up, then we Muslims who fled from extremists can’t help you anymore. We tried warning you.”

Now the Middle East Media Research Institute, which monitors and reports on chatter in the media throughout the region, has found a new list of threats.

There’s now a plan to turn “the White House black.”

And start taxing Londoners.

And pray on the slopes of the Rockies.

The threats are from Palestinian Sheikh Abu Hanifa Awda, who addressed some people recently in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

His threat list video later was uploaded to the internet.

He said, “Indeed, oh people of Jerusalem, this is the heartland. This is the land of the oath of allegiance. This is where the banners of the Caliphate will flutter. This is where the military convoys will gather, and this is where the brigades will assemble under their banners, heralding in a new dawn – dawn of justice – and the birth of a divine state: the Caliphate that will follow the guidance of the Prophethood.”

He went on: “Policies will be designed here. From here, armies will set out to conquer the world – the mighty army of Islam, with all its brigades.”

Then he listed the brigades he wants:

“One brigade will liberate Palestine. Another one will ‘ravage the homes’ [as is written in the Quran]. A third brigade will ‘destroy whatever would fall into their hands.’ A fourth brigade will take revenge against Bashar Al-Assad and Russia. A fifth brigade will liberate all the plundered Muslim countries. A sixth brigade will cross the oceans and put the enemy to shame. A seventh brigade will lay siege to Rome. An eighth brigade will turn the White House black. A ninth brigade will impose the jizya poll tax on London. A tenth brigade will pray to fend off fear and danger on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains and the Andes.”

Anti-Shariah campaigner Pamela Geller wrote online, “They tell us. We may choose to be deaf, but you can’t say they didn’t tell us their plans.”

MEMRI has posted the video online.

Source: New Muslim threat: ‘Turn White House black’

President Trump: Obama “Had to Know” About Spygate Scandal – Warns, “You’re Gonna Find That Out” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that Barack Obama must have known about the efforts to prevent him from winning the 2016 election.

“There was no crime. There was no collusion. The big thing’s collusion. Now, there’s no collusion,” Trump told Stephanopoulos in an interview that aired Sunday. “That means they set — it was a setup, in my opinion, and I think it’s gonna come out,” Trump said slamming FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page over their “insurance policy.”

Stephanopoulos asked Trump if he thought Obama was involved in Spygate.

“You clearly believe that there was a group of people working against you. Do you think President Obama was behind it?” Stephanopoulos asked Trump.

“I would say that he certainly must have known about it because it went very high up in the chain but you’re gonna find that out. I’m not gonna make that statement quite yet, but I would say President Obama had to know about it.”

WATCH:

Of course Barack Obama knew about the Spygate scandal. Obama wanted his third term (Hillary Clinton) and didn’t want anyone to know about his 8 year crime spree in the White House.

Just weeks before Donald Trump’s inauguration in January of 2017, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Susan Rice, James Comey, Clapper all met in the Oval Office and discussed the phony Steele dossier.

The very next day then-FBI Director James Comey traveled to Trump Tower New York to brief Trump on the salacious parts of the dossier and lied to Trump and told him he had nothing to worry about.

Trump is right. Barack Obama had to have known about the Spygate scandal.

via President Trump: Obama “Had to Know” About Spygate Scandal – Warns, “You’re Gonna Find That Out” (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

The Difference Between RussiaGate and Watergate? Watergate Started With a Crime

If the impeachment hearings come, they will be seen for what they are: An attempted coup to overthrow a president by the losers of 2016 who are fearful they could lose again in 2020 and be out of power for four more years.

“History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance,” John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and “Russiagate” which has bedeviled Donald Trump.

Source: The Difference Between RussiaGate and Watergate? Watergate Started With a Crime