Daily Archives: June 25, 2019

June 25 Letting Go of Fear

Scripture Reading: Psalm 55:1–8

Key Verse: Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

When those around you are talking about fears and anxieties, how do you react? Do you let their fears influence your thinking, or do you hold tightly to what you believe? The Lord wants you to be sure of what you believe. What you believe—your faith—is based on what your focus is and whether you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

When you’re focusing on a God who is sovereign, you know that nothing in heaven or on earth is beyond His control. And when you’re in a personal, daily relationship with God through acceptance of His Son, Jesus Christ, you have another anchor. That anchor is the unchanging nature of God. He promises that He will never leave you (Hebrews 13:5).

In Psalm 55:4–8, we read David’s firsthand account of feeling overwhelmed. You may feel overwhelmed right now by difficulties surrounding you. Overwhelming emotions are not wrong; clinging to them is.

God wants you to tell Him how you feel and then let go of it. He wants you to know that because He loves you and is in control of your life, you do not have to live under a cloud of overwhelming doom or anxiety.

Will you trust His Word and let go of your fear?

I trust Your Word, Lord. I let go of my fears. Help me to focus on You today instead of my problems.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 184). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

June 25 A Surrendered Heart

Scripture Reading: Psalm 77

Key Verse: Psalm 77:6

I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.

Failure to see God at work in the circumstances that accompany brokenness can result in several self-defeating responses:

  • Many people become bitter. Emotionally they internalize their distress, leading to a critical and complaining spirit. Spiritually they are turned off to God, disinterested in His Word, the church, or His people.
  • Others explode or simmer in anger. They are disturbed that God has allowed such difficulty. They grow hostile to any mention of His name.
  • Some try to escape their situations. They either ignore the problem, hoping it will go away, or turn to escapist elements—drugs, immorality, fanaticism.
  • Still others seek to manipulate their environment, hoping their cleverness can eventually solve the problem.

Unfortunately these avenues don’t embrace the solution God offers—entrusting ourselves and our problems to Him, depending wholly on His help and grace.

Can you identify with any of these reactions to brokenness? If so, ask God to forgive you, and look anew and afresh to Him. A surrendered heart is the beginning of a new outlook based on God’s encouraging perspective.

O God, I want to respond properly to brokenness. Don’t let me be bitter or angry. Don’t let me try to escape or manipulate situations. I surrender my heart and life to You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 184). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

America’s Adversaries Are Buying Gold Like A Nuke Is Going Off Tomorrow | ZeroHedge News

Having tested $1300 numerous times over the past few years, gold has broken dramatically higher in the last month, hitting 6-year highs as President Trump rhetoric around the world raises tensions and increases the odds of WWIII.

The surge in the precious metal has accompanied a collapse in bond yields around the world and a record level of negative-yielding debt…

And while Gold volatility is soaring…

Demand remains abundant, as Goldman details in its latest note, raising its outlook for gold, countries with “geopolitical tensions with the US” are buying everything:

Central bank demand is gaining momentum and we now expect 2019 purchases to reach 750 tonnes vs 650 tonnes last year. Visible gold purchases YTD are running at 211 tonnes until April vs 117 tonnes over the same period last year (see Exhibit 11).

Importantly, China just raised its gold purchasing pace from 10 tonnes per month to 15 tonnes for April and May as it aims to diversify its reserve holdings. 

With the Fed and ECB now both likely easing monetary policy, more CBs may decide to add gold to their portfolios as they did between 2008 and 2012 (see Exhibit 12).

Also, just recently, trade tensions between India and the US have begun to escalate as India retaliated with tariffs on US goods in response to US steel tariffs. Rising tensions with the US often create upside potential to a country’s gold purchases

Additionally, in case you thought the move was exhausted, Goldman notes that there is about to a pick up in demand as Russia purchases tend to be strongest in Q3…

And finally, Goldman notes that good economic news and bad economic news could both be positive for the precious metal at this point in the cycle.

If DM growth fails to pick up in the second half, gold has substantial upside potential

If DM growth continues to underperform, there is room for a much more substantial build in ETF positions. Last time we were in a similar environment was in 2016. DM growth back then was as weak as it is now and both the Fed and the ECB turned more dovish.

But back then the push into ETFs was significantly higher than it is currently… we think that current low growth makes owning gold appealing from a diversification perspective.

And Goldman notes that an improvement in global economic growth is not necessarily bearish for gold.

Our economists expect the bulk of the acceleration in GDP growth to come from ex-US and EM countries in particular. This should support gold through the “wealth” channel. Importantly, a reduced US growth outperformance points to a weakening of the dollar, which should boost the dollar purchasing power of the world ex-US (see Exhibit 7). In addition to this, gold is starting to build momentum in the local currencies of its two biggest consumers, India and China.

And the momentum gold prices built in the first half of 2019 can lead to an increase in EM retail gold demand in the second half.

Goldman concludes, we believe that gold continues to offer significant diversification value with substantial upside if DM growth continues to underperform… or, as we noted above, global tensions continue to rise.

As we noted previously, combined Russia and China Treasury holdings are at their lowest since June 2010 as China and Russia’s gold holdings have soared…

De-dollarization?

Source: America’s Adversaries Are Buying Gold Like A Nuke Is Going Off Tomorrow

The Gospel Coalition Still Promoting Revoice “Gay Christian” Resources — Reformation Charlotte

After much criticism from conservative Christians, a large part of the Evangelical Church has distanced itself from ministries that promote the idea of “gay Christianity,” even if they promote “celibacy.” The most notable of these gay movements in the Church is Revoice — a ministry that is designed to normalize homosexual and other aberrant sexual orientations as outside the scope of sanctification and likely to never change, even upon repentance and faith.

Even moderate leaders, such as Al Mohler, have denounced the Revoice movement, albeit after the damage has been done, and many others have followed suit, though still clinging to slightly less atrocious but just as erroneous ministries such as Living Out.

However, one progressive Christian outlet, The Gospel Coalition, is still promoting Living Out’s materials, despite the fact that many of its contributors have openly denounced it. In an article written by Ed Shaw — a gay contributor for Living Out and many of whose articles have been removed from Living Out’s website — wrote a glowing piece titled Figuring Out Faithfulness with Same-Sex Attraction promoting Revoice founder, Nate Collins’ book All But Invisible: Exploring Identity Questions at the Intersection of Faith, Gender and Sexuality.

Read more: The Gospel Coalition Still Promoting Revoice “Gay Christian” Resources — Reformation Charlotte

June 25 Consider the Consequences

Scripture reading: 2 Samuel 12:10–18

Key verse: Numbers 32:23

But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.

The fundamental law of physics is this: for every action, there is an opposite and equal reaction. Just as universally applicable is this unchanging spiritual principle: for every sin, there are corresponding, continuing consequences. In other words, we reap what we sow.

Sin’s most blinding deception is that we can avoid any ramifications. We think we can get away with immorality, indiscretion, or indecency without paying the consequences. Because our loving God understands the inevitable results of sin, He persistently seeks our holiness. Sin has a price. If you are thinking of violating the law of God, think of these sobering truths:

Grace does not cancel sin’s consequences. God will forgive us when we sin. He will still love us and use us, but the damage will not always be erased. A one-night stand can yield a lifetime of regret; a moment of anger can wreak havoc for years. Sin’s consequences affect others as well. Even the next generation can be adversely impacted by our unwise choices.

If you are tempted to disobey, consider the consequences. If you have sinned and you are suffering the aftereffects, turn to God with a repentant heart. He will restore you.

Dear Lord, keep me from sin and its consequences. Help me understand the ramifications of disobedience.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 184). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Why are college tuition and college textbooks so expensive?

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As subsidies increase, so do tuition costs As subsidies increase, so do tuition costs

This article from Investors Business Daily is very helpful.

It says:

Grey Gordon and Aaron Hedlund, economists at Indiana University and the University of Missouri, developed a method to test various explanations for the share rise in tuition costs. Is it state funding cuts? Or the increased wage premium for a college degree? Or is it related to general cost increases in the services industries?

Not exactly. In a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research the economists report that these factors contributed insignificantly to the rapid rise in tuition between 1987 and 2010.

What did account for almost all of it was, ironically enough, the massive explosion in federal aid over the past several decades. Federal aid — in the form of subsidized loans, grants and tax credits — shot up 134% in the past 15 years, according to…

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The young are regarded as the most tolerant generation. That’s why results of this LGBTQ survey are ‘alarming’ — Christian Research Network

“Ellis is confident the younger generation can rise again as beacons of unbiased values. When numbers dipped a year ago for young males, GLAAD went to where male audiences consume content: video games. The advocacy group worked with the industry to introduce diverse characters and help shape attitudes.”

(Susan Miller – USA Today)  Young people are growing less tolerant of LGBTQ individuals, a jarring turn for a generation traditionally considered embracing and open, a survey released Monday shows.

The number of Americans 18 to 34 who are comfortable interacting with LGBTQ people slipped from 53% in 2017 to 45% in 2018 – the only age group to show a decline, according to the annual Accelerating Acceptance report. And that is down from 63% in 2016.

Driving the dilution of acceptance are young women whose overall comfort levels plunged from 64% in 2017 to 52% in 2018, says the survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of LGBTQ advocacy group GLAAD.

“We count on the narrative that young people are more progressive and tolerant,” John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll, told USA TODAY. “These numbers are very alarming and signal a looming social crisis in discrimination.”

Among the findings:  View article →

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via The young are regarded as the most tolerant generation. That’s why results of this LGBTQ survey are ‘alarming’ — Christian Research Network

Beth Moore Refuses to Denounce Homosexuality as Sinful — Christian Research Network

“It appears that Moore has made a half-witted, half-hearted attempt to divert the focus of the question by giving the impression that she was answering the question without actually addressing the issue at hand. In her response, she refuses to directly answer the question, “is homosexuality a sin?” and instead, quotes a Scripture that does no mention homosexuality.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  Beth Moore has been under scrutiny for the last several weeks due to her outspoken advocacy for feminism and egalitarianism in the Southern Baptist Convention….

Moore has been highly critical of the biblical position on gender roles and has denied God’s commands for women to remain silent during church and has instead taken to the stage to preach not only to women but to men. In recent weeks, Beth Moore has been partnering with several notable homosexual activists, including Jonathan Merritt, the gay son of former Southern Baptist president James Merritt, and Preston Sprinkle, one of the organizers of the “gay Christian” conference, Revoice. Gay-affirming lady-preacher, Jen Hatmaker, as well as the late Rachel Held Evans, are and were regular cheerleaders for Beth Moore. View article →

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Former Fox News Reporter Carl Cameron Says he Left Network Because of ‘Partisan Misinformation’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

FILE: Carl Cameron

Former Fox News reporter Carl Cameron said Monday that he left the network favored by conservatives because “right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation.”

Cameron made the remarks in a promotional video about why he joined Front Page Live, a website whose goal is, in part, to serve as an antidote to the conservative Drudge Report.

“What’s a former Fox guy doing here on Front Page Live partnering with progressives?” Cameron, who worked at Fox News for more than two decades, said in the video. “Well, it’s about facts, not partisanship.”

Cameron, now Front Page Live’s chief political correspondent, said he joined Fox News in its early days because the “idea of fair and balanced news appealed to me.”

“But over the years, the right-wing hosts drowned out straight journalism with partisan misinformation. I left,” he added before noting that he has “unique insight and understanding of how the right operates and literally 30 years of covering Donald Trump.”

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SOURCE: JUSTIN WISE 
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via Former Fox News Reporter Carl Cameron Says he Left Network Because of ‘Partisan Misinformation’ — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

VP Pence Mocks Democrats After Mexico Deploys 15,000 Troops To U.S. Border: Doing ‘More Than Congressional Dems’ — The Gateway Pundit

Mexico has deployed 15,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border in an aggressive move to stem the flow of illegal aliens into the United States, a move Vice President Mike Pence is decidedly more than Democrats in Congress have done.

“In the northern part of the country, we have deployed a total of almost 15,000 troops composed of National Guard elements and military units,”  Secretary of Defense Luis Sandoval said.

In addition, some 2,000 Mexican National Guard members have been dispatched to Mexico’s southern border with Belize and Guatemala, where there are already nearly 5,000 troops already. Huge caravans of migrants from Central American countries have been walking through Mexico on their way to the U.S. border, which Mexico now says it will seek to stop.

Pence praised Mexico for the move, while also mocking the do-nothing Democrats in Congress.

“Mexico is keeping its promise & now sending 15,000 troops to border to help with crisis. Meanwhile Dems won’t fund beds for migrant children. Mexico continues to do more than Congressional Dems to secure our border, and its time for them to STEP UP!” Pence wrote on Twitter.

Donald Trump Jr. also ridiculed congressional Democrats for sitting on their hands during the major crisis at the border.

“Mexico doing more to protect America than democrats. The dems have lost their way… they are not your grandfather’s democrat party any longer and haven’t been for far too long,” Trump Jr. wrote on Twitter.

The new deployments by Mexico come after President Trump threatened to impose growing tariffs on Mexico. During lengthy negotiations Washington — which sometimes grew heated — Mexico caved and offered to shore up its borders to stem the tariffs.

Earlier this month, Trump wrote on Twitter: “I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico. The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended. Mexico, in turn, has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border. This is being done to greatly reduce, or eliminate, Illegal Immigration coming from Mexico and into the United States. Details of the agreement will be released shortly by the State Department. Thank you!”

 

via VP Pence Mocks Democrats After Mexico Deploys 15,000 Troops To U.S. Border: Doing ‘More Than Congressional Dems’ — The Gateway Pundit