Daily Archives: August 20, 2019

August 20 Seeking Peace

Scripture Reading: Psalm 46:1–10

Key Verse: Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Do you feel peaceful? If you do not, you are probably seeking peace. Most likely, peace is something you desire. As humans, we are all born with a need for comfort and peace. We seek out pleasing relationships, work environments with low stress levels, and comfortable furnishings for our homes. We volunteer at charitable organizations, spend time with loved ones, and attend church services—all in an effort to find true peace. Why, then, do we still feel unfulfilled?

It is because we are working too hard. As we toil and fret, struggle and strive, God is waiting patiently for us to slow down. You see, peace is not something we can achieve; rather, it is something God gives to us when we are ready to accept it.

The writer of Psalm 46:10 said to stop struggling and recognize God’s presence. What a simple and beautiful statement! When you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, Jesus came to dwell inside of you through the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us that Jesus is our peace, meaning that when you received Him, you also received the gift of His peace.

Do you need a refresher course on what the peace of Jesus feels like? Slow down for a moment. Stop striving and meditate on the person of Jesus. Accept the gift of peace He can bring to your life.

Lord, let me cease striving and meditate on You and the truth of Your Word. I accept Your gift of peace through Jesus Christ.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 243). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

August 20 Intimacy with God

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139

Key Verse: Psalm 139:7

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

Even though intimacy with God involves a journey that takes place over a lifetime, the Bible teaches that there is never a time when God is unaware of you. He knows all about you—all the good and all the bad—and His love for you remains infinitely the same.

Salvation is just the beginning of a much closer relationship that builds and deepens over time. God is already there, intimately waiting for you to love and respond to Him. The more you grow in your knowledge of Him, the more you will come to understand that God gave everything He had to offer when He gave His Son for you as an atonement for your sins.

The cross where Jesus died is an eternal symbol of His personal care and love toward you. But the work of the Cross does not end at Calvary. It continues in every aspect of life, calling you to leave your old ways—your sin—behind and follow Him with an intimate, loving desire.

Only through intimacy can He teach you to view life with hope and compassion. This is especially needed today when there is so much discouragement. Never be discouraged. Jesus Christ is your strength and your sure hope. He overcame the jeers and insults of man so that He might prove His love to you. All that you could ever need or long for is within Him. Will you trust Him for that today?

Lord, my heart cries out for intimacy with You. All that I need or long for is in You. I want to know You in the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship of Your suffering.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 243). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Video: Jon Voight Praises Donald Trump as ‘Greatest President of This Century’ | Breitbart News

With a caption reading, “Jon Voight’s message of peace and love,” Voight also slammed liberals and the “radical left” for their hate and “extreme anger” over the president.

“This is not peace,” The Oscar-winner said in the Sunday video. “This is not love. This is hate among the radical left. No amount of book smart will show the given policy of what truth stands for. Truth is a powerful emotion. Love … is what we should be voting for.”

Jon Voight’s message of peace and love. pic.twitter.com/XHQTjtqsBx

— Jon Voight (@jonvoight) August 18, 2019

“And I must say that we — the Republican Party — have voted for renewal, for a place of safety, a community where all can have peace,” Voight added. “But this is war among the left. They have hate. It’s like a venom. No words of God, no words of love, but a radical emotion of hate.”

The Ray Donovan star went on to heap high praise on the president.

“I’ve said this many times and I’m saying it again. From the deep truths of my heart and soul, President Trump is a man of truths, love, and justice for the American people and also for the people of a sacred place, Israel. Not only does he love our country, the United States of America, but he has a love for the people of all nations.”

“Let us pray for peace. Let us pray for this country that President Trump will take on four more years of his strength, devotion, knowledge of truths,” he continued. “And all that doubt and have extreme anger toward President Trump, may they be shown differently, that President Trump is the greatest president of this century.”

“Let us take a stand for liberty and justice for all,” Voight concluded. “God bless.”

This is not the first time Voight has declared Trump’s greatness. In May the actor compared Trump to Abraham Lincoln and insisted that “every” political move Trump has made has been correct.

Source: Video: Jon Voight Praises Donald Trump as ‘Greatest President of This Century’

Trump Wins Again As Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren Finally Forced To Apologize To Native Americans For Pretending To Be An Indian — Now The End Begins

Appearing at the Native American Presidential Forum in Sioux City, Iowa, on Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren apologized for having made unfounded claims of tribal descent.

Elizabeth Warren for nearly 3 years now has protested over, and over and over again that she was not lying when she claimed native American ancestry. She went so far as to even make a mockery of Indian culture by taking a DNA test that made her a laughing stock when it showed she has 1/1,024 Cherokee DNA in her system. She even lied about it to get a sweet gig at Harvard that was only available to ‘people of diversity’.

But now here in 2019, when she is actually running for president, she decided to finally say what Trump has been saying all along and admit she clung to the lie of Native American ancestry for all this time. Warren has no chance of actually winning, for that matter neither do any of the other Democrats running, but it was nice to see Trump proven right once again. So does this mean she has to give back the nearly half million of dollars in salary that Harvard paid her to be an “American Indian” professor? 🤔

Elizabeth Warren apologizes to Native Americans: ‘I am sorry for harm I have caused’

FROM YAHOO NEWS: “Like anyone who’s being honest with themselves, I know that I have made mistakes,” Warren said before her speech. “I am sorry for harm I have caused. I have listened, and I have learned a lot.” Her apology was greeted with applause. Warren was introduced by Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., one of two Native American women in Congress.

Warren, who was born in Oklahoma, had self-identified as part Cherokee in the past, based on what she now concedes was family legend. Although Harvard once listed her as a minority faculty member for statistical purposes, she never sought membership in the tribe. Many tribes, including the Cherokee Nation, zealously guard tribal identity and are offended by casual, unsupported claims of descent.

In October 2018, in response to President Trump’s “Pocahontas” taunts, she released the results of a DNA test that showed a minuscule amount of Native American ancestry, some six generations in the past. She privately apologized to the Cherokee Nation for the DNA test.

The controversy threatened to engulf her campaign at its launch, but the Massachusetts senator weathered it, releasing detailed policy proposals while steadily rising in the polls.

An Iowa Starting Line-Change Research poll released last week showed Warren leading among likely Democratic Iowa caucus-goers with 28 percent, 11 points ahead of both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who were tied for second. It was a 16 percent bump from Warren’s support in a similar poll in May.

And while Biden still leads in most national polls, Warren has worked her way into second in the most recent Quinnipiac (21 percent, to Biden’s 32) and Fox News (20 percent, to Biden’s 31) surveys.

At a rally in New Hampshire last week, Trump told supporters that he could “revive” the Pocahontas attack against Warren if she becomes the nominee. “Don’t worry, we will revive it,” the president said. “It can be revived.”

Warren’s appearance at the two-day forum comes following her release of a plan to help Native Americans. Eight other Democratic presidential candidates, including Sanders and Julián Castro, are scheduled to appear. Earlier Monday, Marianne Williamson drew applause at the Native American when she vowed if elected to remove the portrait of Andrew Jackson from the Oval Office. READ MORE

Elizabeth Warren Apologizes To The Native American Community

Associated Press reporter Jonathan Lemire, NBC News correspondent Carol Lee, Move On’s Karine Jean-Pierre, and Politico’s Jake Sherman on Senator Elizabeth Warren apologizing to Native Americans, saying she’s made mistakes and is sorry for the harm she caused.

POCAHONTAS: President Trump On Candidate Elizabeth Warren

via Trump Wins Again As Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren Finally Forced To Apologize To Native Americans For Pretending To Be An Indian — Now The End Begins

Ron Paul: Trump Trade War “Not Root Cause Of Downturn”, The Fed Is! | ZeroHedge News

While the establishment is desperate to ensure President Trump (and the nationalist deplorables) is “obviously” to blame for whatever bad things happen in the global economy, Ron Paul brushes aside the smoke and mirrors to get to the real driver of economic boom and bust for decades – The Fed!

Via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

Stocks fell last week following news that the yield curve on Treasury notes had inverted. This means that a short-term Treasury note was paying higher interest rates than long-term Treasury note. An inverted yield curve is widely seen as a sign of an impending recession.

Some economic commentators reacted to the inverted yield curve by parroting the Keynesian propaganda that recessions are an inevitable feature of a free-market economy, whose negative effects can only be mitigated by the Federal Reserve. Like much of the conventional economic wisdom, the idea that recessions are caused by the free market and cured by the Federal Reserve is the exact opposite of the truth.

Interest rates are the price of money. Like all prices, they should be set by the market in order to accurately convey information about economic conditions. When the Federal Reserve lowers interest rates, it distorts those signals. This leads investors and businesses to misjudge the true state of the economy, resulting in misallocations of resources. These misallocations can create an economic boom. However, since the boom is rooted in misperceptions of the true state of the economy, it cannot last. Eventually the Federal Reserve-created bubble bursts, resulting in a recession.

So, recessions are not a feature of the free market. Instead, they are an inevitable result of Congress granting a secretive central bank power to influence the price of money. While monetary policy may be the prime culprit, government tax and regulatory policies also damage the economy. Many regulations, such as the minimum wage and occupational licensing, inflict much harm on the same low-income people that the economic interventionists claim benefit the most from the welfare-regulatory state.

The best thing for Congress and the Federal Reserve to do after the bubble bursts is to let the recession run its course. Recessions are painful but necessary if the economy is going to heal from the damage done by government’s inflate-tax-borrow-spend-and-inflate-some-more policies. But Congress and the Fed cannot resist the cries to “do something.” So, Congress spends billions on wasteful “economic stimulus” plans and bailouts of politically influential corporations. Meanwhile, the Fed tries to “prime the pump” via new money creation, restarting the whole boom-and-bust cycle.

This is not to say that no one would experience economic difficulties in a free market. Businesses and even whole industries would still close because of changing consumer tastes, new competitors offering superior products, or bad business decisions. There may even be bubbles in a free market as some investors misread fads as permanent changes in consumer preferences. But periods of downturn would be shorter, and most would only affect specific industries rather than the entire economy.

President Trump’s imposition of tariffs (which are a form of taxes on American consumers) has been particularly harmful. The tariff war has not just raised prices on imported consumer goods. It has also cut off markets for export-reliant businesses, such as manufacturers that import materials used to construct their products.

The trade dispute with China may be the event that pushes the US economy into a major recession or even a depression. However, the trade war is not the root cause of the downturn. The next recession, like every recession since 1913, will come stamped “Courtesy of the Federal Reserve.” The only way to end the boom-and-bust cycle and restore peace, prosperity, and liberty is to end the welfare-warfare state, repeal the Sixteenth Amendment, and audit then end the Fed.

Source: Ron Paul: Trump Trade War “Not Root Cause Of Downturn”, The Fed Is!

UN-accountable: Case Study in Systems Analysis and Ministerial Accountability ~ Part 3, Industrial Complex — Spiritual Sounding Board

In terms of the number of people Tullian Tchividjian was responsible/accountable to at some level during that five-year period [2012-2016] … there were over 150 individuals in at least 10 institutions who had direct connections with Tullian Tchividjian as his superiors, peers, or subordinates. And yet, it seems nobody could keep him from his two extramarital sexual involvements he has already admitted to (after they were discovered or disclosed), or from his reported predatory/seductive behavior patterns, or from his reported multiple failures to tell the full truth.

Why? What was happening (or not happening) here with accountability? What dynamics were going on with the individuals and institutions involved, such that someone with what turned out to be such distinctive (in my opinion) patterns of deception, manipulation, and seduction could get by for so many years before his sins were evident?1

Quick Links to the Series and Other Key Resource Pages:

An Infographic on Tullian Tchividjian’s Pursuit of Women and a Public/Publication Platform 

Tullian Tchividjian – Partial Timeline of Alleged Clergy Sexual Abuse and Spiritual Abuse

Resource Bibliography on System Issues Related to the Tullian Tchividjian Situation

Part 1 ~ Systems, Systemic Abuse, and Repentance as a Systems Transformation Process

  • Introduction to Case Studies
  • 1-1. Systems and Systemic Abuse
  • 1-2. Systems Transformation through Repentance and Conciliation
  • 1-3. What Does it Take on Both Sides for Remediation Actions to Work?

Part 2 ~ Three Real-World Examples of Systems Remediation / Repentance

  • 2-1. Example #1 ~ Eerdmans Publishing: A Project/Product with Individual and Institutional Impact
  • 2-2. Example #2 ~ The Holistic, Systems Example of the Mennonites: Dealing with Sexual Harassment and Abuse by Top Denominational Theologian, John Howard Yoder
  • 2-3. Example #3 ~ A Social-Cultural-Political System Example: Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Part 3 ~ Elements in the “Industrial Complex” System Surrounding Tullian Tchividjian

  • 3-1. Introduction
  • 3-2. Introducing the Concept of an “Industrial Complex”
  • 3-3. Going a Level Deeper – And Listing Connections to Tullian Tchividjian
  • 3-4. Summary: The Key Problem That the Research Details Demonstrate
  • 3-5. For Those Interested in More

Part 4 ~ Types of Accountability and Patterns for How They Were Avoided

  • 4-1. A Four-Fold Framework for Accountability
  • 4-2. Tullian Tchividjian’s Responses to Systems of Accountability
  • 4-3. Subverting the System
  • 4-4. For Those Interested in More

Part 5 ~ Where Accountability Systems for Tullian Tchividjian Broke Down or Broke Through

  • 5-1. Introduction
  • 5-2. Summary of Opportunities for Accountability
  • 5-3. An Appeal for a Genuine Repentance Process
  • 5-4. An Appeal for Generosity
  • 5-5. Case Study on Accountability ~ Reference Sections
    • About the Reference Sections …
    • 5-5a. Academia, Seminaries, Training Programs
    • 5-5b. Associations and Networks
    • 5-5c. Businesses, Brands, Events; Media and Marketing Platforms
    • 5-5d. Ministry Platforms
    • 5-5e. Philanthropic Enterprises

Part 6 ~ Updates: 2018 and 2019

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Read more: UN-accountable: Case Study in Systems Analysis and Ministerial Accountability ~ Part 3, Industrial Complex — Spiritual Sounding Board

 Rep. Matt Gaetz Slams Taxpayer-Funded Testing Using Aborted Fetuses and Laboratory Animals — The Gateway Pundit

Republican Representative Matt Gaetz has responded to a new report from taxpayer watchdog group White Coat Waste Project and Pro-Life San Francisco that found millions of dollars are being spent on disturbing tests combining live animals and aborted fetus remains.

Rep. Gaetz told the Gateway Pundit that the findings have bolstered his commitment to fighting against these “unnecessary” and “inhumane” experiments.

“As a staunch pro-life advocate and animal welfare supporter, I’m disgusted that taxpayers are still being forced to pay for sick and twisted experiments in which human baby parts from elective abortions are crudely implanted into lab animals that are then also killed and dissected. These disturbing new revelations about NIH-funded human fetal tissue research on animals have bolstered my commitment to fighting against this unnecessary and inhumane practice that harms the most vulnerable among us in society.”

While the Trump administration has stopped funding the Internal National Institutes of Health (NIH) experimentation that used aborted human fetal tissue, White Coat Waste and Pro-Life San Francisco uncovered $115 million in taxpayer funds being used for another 200 projects by other groups using aborted fetuses for their testing.

“In other bizarre Frankenstein study funded by taxpayers, UCSF implanted intact reproductive tracts from 9.5 to 22-week-old human fetuses, including from a pair of aborted twins, into mice dosed with synthetic estrogen,”  the groups wrote in a joint op-ed for the Washington Examiner.

Also responding to the findings, Senator Rand Paul’s Chief Strategist Doug Stafford told the Gateway Pundit that taxpayers should not be funding these horrors.

“This is important work by White Coat Waste and Pro-Life San Francisco to shine a light on the expensive and gross experimentation being done with animals and fetuses. Taxpayers should not have to fund these types of tests that sound like something out of a Mary Shelley novel,” Stafford said.

The aborted fetuses are taken from university-affiliated hospitals and harvested for research. While the experiments sound like something out of a horror movie, there is huge money in the bizarre and cruel tests.

“At the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), faculty received nearly $400,000 in taxpayer funds this year for experiments that involve implanting thymus glands from aborted human babies into mice. The mice with human fetal glands were also injected with human fetal liver cells from 17-20-week-old human fetuses. The mice were then killed and dissected. This project has received $2.7 million in taxpayer largesse since 2012 and is scheduled to run through late 2020,” their exposé continued.

In another example of their testing uncovered by the two groups, the USC took kidney tissue from 8 to 18-week-old human fetuses and spent $2.3 million in federal grants comparing it to kidney tissue of fetuses cut from mice.

According to a PEW Research poll, 52% of Americans oppose animal testing, and a Fox News poll found that 49% oppose testing using aborted fetuses.

“Most Americans oppose animal testing as well as human fetal tissue research. Nobody wants to be forced to pay for this any longer. In a time of such divisiveness in Washington, it’s refreshing that Republicans and Democrats, animal-lovers and pro-lifers, can agree that Uncle Sam should not be wasting tens of millions in taxpayer dollars on disgusting human fetal tissue experiments on animals that we don’t like, want or need,” Anthony Bellotti, founder and president of taxpayer watchdog White Coat Waste Project told the Gateway Pundit.

via  Rep. Matt Gaetz Slams Taxpayer-Funded Testing Using Aborted Fetuses and Laboratory Animals — The Gateway Pundit

August 20 Stop Sinning

Scripture reading: Galatians 6:7–10

Key verse: Psalm 139:3

You comprehend my path and my lying down,

And are acquainted with all my ways.

Have you ever wondered if you can get away with sin? At some point, each of us has thought, Well, I’ll just do it; I know God will forgive me. Or maybe our thought processes have gone like this: No one will find out; it won’t matter.

The truth is, God knows much more than we like to think He does. Not only is He aware of our sin; He also knows the attitudes of our hearts and is familiar with all our ways. Even before we do something wrong, He knows all the details (Ps. 139:3).

Yet God who is rich in mercy promises to forgive and restore each person who admits his failure. This is the wonder of His grace. You don’t have to worry if He will continue to love you. He has promised to love you with an eternal love.

Part of God’s loving you is allowing you to face the consequences of your mistakes. God does not wash His hands of you. If you have fallen into sin and call out to Him, He responds with love, forgiveness, and hope.

After healing the disabled beggar, Jesus said, “Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you” (John 5:14). God is not waiting to rain down fire from heaven on those who disobey Him. However, He does expect you to heed His warning and turn from sin. Lay aside everything that would keep you entangled in darkness and separated from His love.

Dear Lord, help me lay aside all that would keep me entangled in sin and separated from Your love. Examine my heart. Reveal my secret sins.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 243). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.