Daily Archives: April 8, 2020

U.S. GDP will contract 30% in second quarter, 5% in 2020: PIMCO | One America News Network

April 8, 2020

By Kate Duguid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The forced closure of businesses across the United States and surge in unemployment due to the coronavirus pandemic will force U.S. growth to contract by 30% in the second quarter and 5% overall in 2020, Pacific Investment Management Co (PIMCO) wrote on Wednesday.

In a blog post, Tiffany Wilding, a North American economist at PIMCO, wrote that evidence from recent jobs reports suggests the unemployment rate may rise as high as 20%. 

The 30% contraction in growth in the second quarter would likely be followed by two quarters of recovery, Wilding wrote. While two quarters of contraction is shorter than the four recorded in the 2008 financial crisis, the depth of the shock is far greater – quarterly contractions did not rise above 8% during that time.

California-based PIMCO is one of the world’s largest investment firms with $1.91 trillion assets under management as of Dec. 31 2019.

“The speed and magnitude of the U.S. labor market disruption has been sharper than any we’ve seen in recent history, suggesting that the decline in overall activity has also likely been much more severe,” wrote Wilding.

In spite of the already enormous spate of layoffs, the number of jobs lost is likely to continue to rise as more states close non-essential businesses. The figures are also expected to rise as unemployment offices work through a backlog of claims. Wilding notes that the government’s March employment report showed that layoffs had begun earlier than suggested by weekly unemployment data, and were spread across industries, including healthcare, which PIMCO had expected to remain resilient.

In spite of the U.S. government’s unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus programs, there are still meaningful risks to the U.S. economy, the post said. The stimulus may not be large or fast enough to prevent waves of bankruptcies, and the pandemic experience may fundamentally change U.S. consumer behavior. 

Additionally, there are segments of the market that are excluded from the stimulus and bond-buying programs, including speculative-grade companies, which are likely to experience a surge in bankruptcies. Those defaults, and the loss of millions of jobs, could ultimately worsen the economic crisis. 

After the peak of the pandemic in the United States, which is currently forecast for May or June, PIMCO expects a recovery in growth as businesses reopen and rehire workers. Some sectors may bounce back faster than others. Construction and some manufacturing, along with other industries dependant on advanced lending and project planning are likely to recover more slowly.

(Reporting by Kate Duguid; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

— Read on www.oann.com/u-s-gdp-will-contract-30-in-second-quarter-5-in-2020-pimco/

Pelosi Warns Next Small Business Stimulus Spending Bill Would Not Pass House If Democrats Don’t Get What They Want | Zero Hedge

Unlike the Phase 3 of the fiscal stimulus, which represented $2.2 trillion in bailout aid for America’s small and medium business, and which passed through Congress without a glitch if with some delays, the next – Phase 4 – stimulus sought by Republicans may face far greater hurdles.

According to Reuters, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday that $250 billion in coronavirus relief for small businesses desired by Republicans would not pass the House of Representatives on its own under current procedures, which require a unanimous vote of those present while most of Congress is out of town.

The reason why the aid would not get unanimous Democratic support is because Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer are demanding that more aid for hospitals, local governments and food assistance be added to the small business aid proposal that the Trump administration and Republicans want passed this week.

Pelosi was speaking in an interview with National Public Radio. Asked if there are limits on spending for coronavirus relief, she said “No, we have to spend what we need.”

Which leaves republicans with two options: delay the passage of the next stimulus indefinitely, even though according to many the current $350 billion allocated to the PPP small business rescue program will be insufficient, or concede to Democrats and add far more pork to the bill.

Considering that according to Goldman, the US deficit will soar to 18% of GDP in 2020…

… and public US debt will hit 99% by the end of FY2020 and to 108% of GDP by 2023 from the current level of 79%…

… one can ask “what difference does it make?” After all, going forward the Fed will likely have to monetize all debt in perpetuity or risk losing control of long-term rates. In fact, one can probably also ask: why should anyone pay taxes ever again?

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/economics/pelosi-warns-next-small-business-stimulus-spending-bill-would-not-pass-house-if-democrats

Fauci Signaling to Acosta During White House Briefing… — The Last Refuge

Dr. Anthony Fauci did it again.  The first time Facui was noted signaling to his allies in media was when he signaled to ABC’s Jonathan Karl after an antagonistic exchange with President Trump at a task force briefing [SEE HERE].

Today, another briefing, and CNN’s Jim Acosta had a similar antagonistic exchange with President Trump. Once again Dr. Fauci hangs back to give Acosta a similar signal.  Subtle like a brick through a window.  WATCH:

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It’s weird. Dr. Fauci doesn’t make his little signals to any other media in the briefings other than those who seem to be purposefully antagonistic to the efforts of the administration?

via Fauci Signaling to Acosta During White House Briefing… — The Last Refuge

Dr. Anthony Fauci Has Subverted The Trump Administration To Carry Out Bill Gates ‘Global Vaccine Action Plan’ With Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations — Now The End Begins

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has become a beloved doom prophet fomenting mass hysteria among the American public amidst the coronavirus pandemic, once worked with technocratic oligarch Bill Gates on his “Global Vaccine Action Plan.”

Anthony Fauci is, as you are starting to see is absolutely not one of the good guys, not by a longshot. He has lied repeatedly about the mortality rates, as recently as just last week calling for between 100-200,000 death bodies when nothing remotely close to that has happened. Not only that, he is a longtime member of the vaccine cabal with Bill Gates. Have you figured out yet why he has been so against using the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine? Because he and his buddy Bill Gates want to give everyone a vaccine instead. You mad, bro?

I believe that Donald Trump is one of the good guys, but I also think that he has underestimated The Swamp which is at this moment seeking to overwhelm him. Anthony Fauci is a Swamp Creature, as is Bill Gates and all the rest of them You know how Fauci is always referencing his work on AIDS in the 1980’s? Yeah, well, his ‘recommended AIDS protocols’ killed my older brother Bob. Fauci and his staff said that ‘AZT showed great promise’ and pushed for AIDS sufferers to take it. Well they took it, like my brother did, and it killed them dead. I have no love for Anthony Fauci and even less for his cabal master Bill Gates.

Anthony Fauci is the one who told President Trump to ‘shut it down’, Anthony Fauci is the one who tried to stop the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, and Anthony Fauci is part of the team trying to take down America. Someone close to President Trump needs to get him this message and wake him up.

At this very moment, Anthony Fauci is attempting a coup on the White House, in order to fulfill the mission of the Global Vaccine Action Plan he created with Bill Gates. Mark my words, they will push and push and push until every America will be forced to take the vaccination. Let me just go on record right now, I will not take it for any reason under any circumstances. DO your homework, find out what Fauci was doing with Gates on the Global Vaccine Action Plan. When you do, then you will understand why the COVID-19 vaccine will be mandatory.

Anthony Fauci Sets Stage For Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccine

FROM THE WASHINGTON TIMES: Activist reporter Mike Coudrey drew attention to this fact on his Twitter account in a post from Sunday:

The “Global Vaccine Action Plan” was announced in 2010 as a public-private partnership of the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“This plan will build on the successes of current work to achieve key milestones in the discovery, development and delivery of lifesaving vaccines to the most vulnerable populations in the poorest countries over the next decade,” WHO wrote in their press release about the project.

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WHO’S THAT AT THE DOOR? WHY, IT”S BILL GATES AND THE VACCINATION POLICE COME TO SEE YOU GET YOUR SHOT AND CHIP.

As the NIAID director, Fauci helped guide the vaccine-pushing project as a member of its Leadership Team. He was joined by other globalist kingpins including Anthony Lake, Executive Director for UNICEF; Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO; Joy Phumaphi, Chair of the International Advisory Committee and Executive Secretary, African Leaders Malaria Alliance; and Tachi Yamada, President of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The project was designed to assemble some of the most powerful globalist actors on the planet and encourage them to conspire on ways to peddle vaccines throughout the world.

“The Global Vaccine Action Plan will enable greater coordination across all stakeholder groups – national governments, multilateral organizations, civil society, the private sector and philanthropic organizations — and will identify critical policy, resource, and other gaps that must be addressed to realize the life- saving potential of vaccines,” WHO wrote in their press release about the scheme.

Fauci has been the primary voice in the Trump administration urging the public to be skeptical of hydroxychloroquine, a possible miracle treatment for coronavirus. Fauci has remained a critic of hydroxychloroquine despite indications that it can be effective in helping the afflicted recover from the disease.

“No. The answer is no,” Fauci said last month after he was asked about whether or not there was any evidence showing that hydroxychloroquine can be effective in treating the coronavirus.

  • When it became clear that hydroxychloroquine can be effective in treating the coronavirus, Fauci walked back his comments.

“Although there is some suggestion with the study that was just mentioned by Dr. Oz, granted that there is a suggestion that there is a benefit there, I think we’ve got to be careful that we don’t make that majestic leap to assume that this is a knockout drug,” Fauci said during an appearance on “FOX & Friends” last week.

Fauci may be trying to halt the use of hydroxychloroquine as part of the “Global Vaccine Action Plan” that he plotted many years ago. Gates has already talked about digital tracking implants being tagged into people’s skin for authorities to enforce their vaccination schedule. Fauci could be serving as a bureaucratic enabler of Gates’ sociopathic Big Brother ambitions. READ MORE

via Dr. Anthony Fauci Has Subverted The Trump Administration To Carry Out Bill Gates ‘Global Vaccine Action Plan’ With Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations — Now The End Begins

News Round-Up and Comment – VCY America

Date:  April 8, 2020  
Host:  Jim Schneider  
MP3 | Order

The news round-up came early this week and below is a brief list of stories/issues Jim dealt with:

–‘National Backyard Campout’ effort to take place later this month detailed by Mark Hancock of Trail Life USA.

–The outbreak of the coronavirus spurs increase in Bible purchases.

–A European professor has discovered that throughout March, Internet searches for key words such as ‘prayer’ and related terms like ‘God’ skyrocketed.

–Bernie Sanders suspends his Democratic presidential campaign.

–Joe Biden says that if he becomes president, he will make it possible for nearly 11 million illegal aliens to become citizens of the U.S.

–Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger calls for a post-coronavirus new world order

–The city council of Laredo, Texas, enacted an ordinance requiring town residents to wear a mask in public or get hit with a fine up to $1,000.

–22 people were given citations at a California beach as they watched the sun set. They were cited for breaking the law concerning the state’s ‘stay-at-home’ order.

–A man was handcuffed in front of his six year old daughter while at a Colorado park for allegedly violating social distance guidelines.

–The mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, will not allow ‘drive-in’ Easter Sunday church services.

–Governor Laura Kelly of Kansas announced revised masked gathering guidance to include religious services, part of the effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.

–Chicago mayor gets haircut in violation of statewide stay-at-home order.

–Democrat Party of Wisconsin blames President Trump’s reaction to the coronavirus for high unemployment rate.

–Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, says life after COVID-19  will not be the same for some time, at least until the population is widely vaccinated.

–The U.K. government’s new testing chief has admitted that none of the 3.5 million anti-body tests ordered from China are fit for widespread use.

More Information

traillifeusa.com/backyardcampout

Deadliness of coronavirus questioned due to counting policy – WND

Ambassador Deborah Birx, White House Coronavirus Task Force Response Coordinator, addresses reporters as she holds a copy of the President’s coronavirus guidelines brochure at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Monday, March 23, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Are many of the deaths attributed to the coronavirus actually caused by other means?

That’s a question raised a British doctor, John Lee, who contends it’s still unclear just how deadly the coronavirus is, noted Rush Limbaugh on his nationally syndicated show Wednesday.

Those figures are important, because they form the basis for the unprecedented mass quarantine measures that have so severely damaged the economy.

Writing in Britain’s Spectator, Lee, a pathologist and statistician, is concerned that coronavirus is being listed as a cause of death for many people who are not dying because of it.

Limbaugh noted that in New York and other places, there is a “shockingly low number of deaths” reported to have occurred because of other reasons.

“Like heart and cardiac arrest deaths are way down. Other standard, ordinary ways that people die every day are way, way down in New York — and the doctors are scratching their heads trying to figure it out,” Limbaugh said.

“What’s happening? And they’re coming up with all kinds of wild guesses. ‘Well, maybe people are dying in their homes and we don’t know why.'”

Limbaugh believes that what is happening is that “as many deaths as reasonably can be are being chalked up to COVID-19.”

He noted that at Tuesday’s briefing at the White House, Dr. Deborah Birx admitted that the White House is relying on figures that count people with underlying health conditions as a death from coronavirus.

“We’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality,” Birx said.

Limbaugh noted the word “with.”

“If you die ‘with it’ but not ‘because of it,’ they’re still counting it as a COVID-19 death,” he said. “If you die due to COVID-19, it’s a COVID-19 death. If you have it but die from something else, they’re still chalking it up as a COVID-19 death, and she admitted that.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Scott Jensen, a Minnesota physician and state senator, said in an interview with KXJB-TV in Fargo, North Dakota, that he received a seven-page document from the Minnesota Department of Health advising him to fill out death certificates with a diagnosis of COVID-19, even if the person didn’t die of the disease.

Jensen said he’s asked the health department to disclose the assumptions behind its death numbers.

“I think people are starting to say, ‘Hold it now. We need to have a deeper understanding of this, and we’re not getting it,” he said.

— Read on http://www.wnd.com/2020/04/deadliness-coronavirus-questioned-due-counting-policy/

Numbers don’t line up: Case for panicking over coronavirus is falling apart | Opinion | LifeSite

It is becoming increasingly clear that “mitigation” has done nothing but cause a pointless, catastrophic disruption of social and economic life.

States Use “Purge” Sirens, Fines, And Arrests To Force People To Comply With Stay-At-Home Order | Zero Hedge

“…this is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers.”

Via Mass Private I,

Historically speaking, it is hard for Americans to see how their liberties have been taken away. With the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the country, hopefully that will no longer be the case.

In Crowley, Louisiana police are using “Purge” sirens to warn people to stay indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an effort to alert residents to the parish-wide curfew in Acadia Parish, Crowley Police rode around town broadcasting an alarm signal at 9:00 last night, but it’s not what anyone expected. In a video provided to KATC, the audible alarm from Crowley Police is actually the alarm sound from the successful film franchise The Purge.

Crowley Police will ticket people for going outside without documentation.

“After several days of this, the police department says they will begin giving out citations to violators. If you are headed to work or leaving work, you must have documentation from your employer.”

In Louisville, Kentucky a judge has ordered that people who ignore stay-at-home orders to wear GPS ankle bracelets.

“A judge has ordered one resident to stay at home after refusing to self-quarantine. CNN affiliate WDRB reports that the person, identified as D.L. in the court order, is living with someone who has tested positive for the illness and another person who is a presumptive case, according to an affidavit from Dr. Sarah Moyer, director of the health department.”

In Vermont, the Attorney General’s Office ordered police to stop setting up checkpoints and roadblocks to detain motorists who do not comply with stay-at-home orders. In Maine, a Franklin County Sheriff said they will not arrest motorists who do not comply with stay-at-home orders, “this is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers.”

In Massachusetts and Alabama the government is giving law enforcement the names of anyone suspected of having COVID-19.

In Rhode Island, the state police are stopping people with New York state license plates and the National Guard is going door-to-door looking for New York state residents. In New York City the mayor has authorized the NYPD to fine people $500.00 for not observing social distancing.

In New Jersey, the Bergen County DA’s Office ordered police to stop requiring suspected COVID-19 patients to post signs on their homes. Police in Pennsylvania fined a woman $200.00 for taking a drive, and in Baltimore, Maryland the National Guard is being used to enforce COVID-19 curfews.

In FloridaDelaware, and Texas police are authorized to stop and question out-of state motorists. In Chicago, the mayor has threatened to arrest people for violating stay-at-home orders. Police in Rio Grande Valley are setting up roadblocks and 24/7 patrols to fine people for ignoring stay-at-home orders, while police in Detroit use video surveillance planes to fine people $1,000 and up to six months in jail for not observing social distancing. (To find out about Baltimore police surveillance airplanes, click here.)

In Brighton, Colorado a father was arrested for playing T-ball in a park with his 6-year-old daughter and wife because he did not observe social-distancing.

She’s like, ‘Daddy, I don’t want you to get arrested.’ At this point I’m thinking, ‘There’s no way they’re going to arrest me, this is insane.’ I’m telling her, ‘Don’t worry, Daddy’s not going to get arrested. I’ve done nothing wrong. Don’t worry about it,’ and then they arrest me.

As AP News warned, governors are using COVID-19 to further their political ambitions and help them win re-election.

“Now governors have been finding a way to introduce themselves, both politically and personally. Society won’t be the same for a long time after this, and that includes our politics,” Republican strategist John Weaver said. “I think you’ll see a rise of governors at the top of everyone’s mind when we get to that point in four years, there’s no doubt about it.”

If ever there was a reason to question political motives during COVID-19, I give you Sleepy Hollow.  The same village made famous for people being afraid of a headless horseman are now petrified of leaf blowers.

The Village of Sleepy Hollow is temporarily banning the use of leaf blowers to make sure residents are safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Village officials say since the virus is a respiratory condition, having things blown into the air could create a hazmat situation.

Talking about absurd COVID-19 responses,  the U.S. Department of Justice wants to give U.S. law enforcement the power to detain people indefinitely during an emergency.

The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the United States.

The Executive Director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) is “terrified” that police could hold people indefinitely for ignoring stay-at-home orders.

“So that means you could be arrested and never brought before a judge until they decide that the emergency or the civil disobedience is over. I find it absolutely terrifying. Especially in a time of emergency, we should be very careful about granting new powers to the government,” Norman L. Reimer, executive director of the NACDL said.

As Megan Fox from PJ Media said,

Someone has to stand up to the unconstitutional directives that are being handed down daily by government officials and it will fall on the sheriffs to uphold what they know to be their legal and lawful duties, none of which involve trampling the rights of citizens.

We must remain vigilant and demand that the measures taken to stop COVID-19 are only temporary or we risk living in a country that suspends our Constitutional rights whenever they deem it necessary.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/states-use-purge-sirens-fines-and-arrests-force-people-comply-stay-home-order

MinistryWatch Releases List of Christian Ministries With Transparency Grade Of “F” – Ministry Watch

MinistryWatch stands for transparency and accountability.  That’s why we think it is important for Christian ministries to be as transparent as possible with donors and with the public.

So MinistryWatch will grade every ministry in its database based on transparency.  Today, we release a list of the ministries who have received a failing or “F” grade — approximately 20 ministries.

(To see the more than 200 ministries with a superior “A” grade, click here.)

Our transparency grade evaluates the ease with which donors can see into the finances of a ministry.  The ministries on this list have failed to comply with the following three requirements:

  1. The completion and public availability of a Form 990. The Form 990 highlights revenue, expenses, fundraising costs, and executive salaries.  Form 990s have a great deal of information of interest to donors, though they are not a “gold standard” because this information is self-reported.
  2. The completion of an audited financial statement. Audited financial statements do not list executive salaries, but they have the advantage of being created by an independent accounting firm, thus giving donors and the public greater assurance that the numbers reported by management are accurate.  (Ministries with annual revenue of less than $1-million may have reviewed financial statements.)
  3. Membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). Members of the ECFA publicly commit to live up to the “Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship.”  (Ministries with annual revenue less than $1-million are exempt from this requirement.)

The grading system is simple.

  • If a ministry complies with all three of the standards above, that ministry will receive a Transparency Grade of “A.”
  • If a ministry meets two of the three standards, that ministry will receive a “C.”
  • If a ministry meets only one of these standards, it will receive a “D.”
  • If it fails to meet any of the three standards, that ministry will receive a Transparency Grade of “F.”

Though we have only 20 or so “F” ministries here, you can search our database and see the grade of your favorite ministry by clicking here.

If you would like to report an error or a change in ministry status, please email:  wsmith@ministrywatch.com

ORGANIZATION NAME SECTOR TRANSPARENCY GRADE
Amazing Facts Educational Media F
Bakersfield Club Zion Evangelism F
Benny Hinn Ministries / World Outreach Church Educational Media F
Breakthrough Ministries / Rod Parsley Educational Media F
Carl Richardson Ministries, Inc. Educational Media F
Christian Aid Mission Evangelism Support F
Creflo Dollar Ministries Educational Media F
Ever Increasing Faith / Fred Price/ Crenshaw Christian Center Educational Media F
God’s News Behind the News Educational Media F
Haggai Institute Christian Growth F
High Adventure Ministries, Inc. Foreign Missions F
John Hagee Ministries/ Global Evangelism Television Educational Media F
Joy of Jesus, Inc. Community Development F
Kenneth Copeland Ministries/Eagle Mountain International Church Educational Media F
Kenneth Hagin Ministries/ RHEMA/ The Word of Faith Educational Media F
Lesea, Inc./ Lester Sumrall Evangelistic Association Radio/ TV Stations F
Lowell Lundstrom Ministries, Inc. Educational Media F
Revival Ministries International/ RMI / Rodney Howard-Browne Evangelism F
STEM Intl (Short Term Evangelical Missions) Foreign Missions F
Tampa Bay Dream Center Community Development F
TD Jakes Ministries / Potters House of Dallas, Inc. Educational Media F
The Christian Network, Inc./ WORSHIP Network/ PRAISE TV Network Radio/ TV Stations F
Venture International Foreign Missions F
World-Wide Missions Foreign Missions

— Read on ministrywatch.com/ministrywatch-releases-list-of-christian-ministries-with-transparency-grade-of-f/

April 8th The D. L. Moody Year Book

In My Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.—John 14:2.

WHAT has been, and is now, one of the strongest feelings in the human heart? Is it not to find some better place, some lovelier spot, than we now have? It is for this that men everywhere are seeking, and they can have it if they will; but instead of looking down, they must look up to find it. As men grow in knowledge, they vie with each other more and more in making their homes attractive, but the brightest home on earth is but an empty barn compared with the mansions Jesus has gone to prepare.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 71). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Wow, Good News – Latest COVID-19 Projections Show Peak on Saturday, and Total Deaths 60,000 (Same As 2017/2018 Flu Season)… — The Last Refuge

There was another stunning drop in projections by the IHME model; the current model being used by U.S. government officials on the coronavirus task force. [Model Here]

According to the latest projections the peak of U.S. coronavirus impact will take place on Saturday April 11th, ironically the day before Easter Sunday.

Additionally, the total projected number of COVID-19 related deaths has been dropped to 60,000.  That’s the same impact as the regular 2017/2018 flu season.

National Vital Statistics – Coding for COVID-19 Deaths

…..”for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death”…

via Wow, Good News – Latest COVID-19 Projections Show Peak on Saturday, and Total Deaths 60,000 (Same As 2017/2018 Flu Season)… — The Last Refuge

White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing – 5:00pm ET Livestream… — The Last Refuge

Unfortunately, with President Trump effectively communicating the latest information on the federal efforts to mitigate COVID-19, more corporate U.S. resistance media have decided not to carry the live broadcasts from the White House task force briefings.

Today at 5:00pm ET the White House will hold a briefing for the public and media on the latest mitigation efforts against the coronavirus. [Livestream Links Below]

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https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/04/08/white-house-coronavirus-task-force-briefing-500pm-et-livestream-12/

HUGE! MN Senator and Dr. Reveals HHS Document Coached Him on How to Overcount COVID-19 Cases — WITH COPY OF DOCUMENT (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Dr. Scott Jensen, a Minnesota physician and Republican state senator said he received a 7-page document coaching him to fill out death certificates with a COVID-19 diagnosis without a lab test to confirm the patient actually had the virus.

“Last Friday I received a 7-page document that told me if I had an 86-year-old patient that had pneumonia but was never tested for COVID-19 but some time after she came down with pneumonia we learned that she had been exposed to her son who had no symptoms but later on was identified with COVID-19, then it would be appropriate to diagnose on the death certificate COVID-19,” Dr. Scott Jensen said.

Dr. Jensen explained that this is not a normal procedure.

Dr.. Jensen said for example if the same patient had pneumonia during flu season and he didn’t have a test confirming the patient also had influenza, he would never diagnose the patient with influenza on the death certificate.

WATCH:

The Gateway Pundit has a copy of the HHS letter sent out to doctors across the country on counting COVID-19 victims.

The document is here.

US HHS Document to Doctors … by Jim Hoft on Scribd

As TGP reported over the weekend, the amount of Americans who are reported to have died from the Coronavirus is based on a CDC coding system that will “result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not.”

Dr. Birx confirmed this on Tuesday during a COVID-19 task force briefing.

A new ICD code was established to keep track of Coronavirus deaths.

The U07.1 code will be used for death by Coronavirus infection.

However, there’s another secondary code, U07.2, “for clinical or epidemiological diagnosis of COVID-19 where a laboratory confirmation is inconclusive or not available,” the CDC guidelines read.

“The underlying cause depends upon what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate. However, the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID- 19 being the underlying cause more often than not,” the guidelines read.

Dr. Birx on Tuesday told a reporter during a Coronavirus task force briefing, “We’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality.”

“Can you talk about your concerns about deaths being misreported by Coronavirus because of either testing or standards for how they are characterized?” the reporter asked Birx.

“If someone dies with COVID-19, we are counting that as a COVID-19 death,” Birx said.

There is a big difference between dying with the virus and from the virus.

via HUGE! MN Senator and Dr. Reveals HHS Document Coached Him on How to Overcount COVID-19 Cases — WITH COPY OF DOCUMENT (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Navarro Discusses China’s Duplicity Spreading the Wuhan Virus… — The Last Refuge

White House trade advisor and current lead policy advisor for the Defense Production Act, Peter Navarro, discusses China’s geopolitical schemes and their intentional downplaying of the Wuhan virus.

Additionally, Navarro outlines the framework of his warning memo to the National Security Council about China and the potential consequences of the pandemic.  Navarro explains how he delivered his warning the day after the coronavirus task force was assembled; on the same day President Trump initiated the China travel ban.

via Navarro Discusses China’s Duplicity Spreading the Wuhan Virus… — The Last Refuge

April—8 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead.—Mark 15:44.

Precious Jesus! had the unjust judge but known thy soul-travail and agonies, instead of wondering at the speediness of thy death, all his astonishment would have been, that nature, so oppressed, and so suffering, could have held out so long; for what would have crushed in a moment all creation, as well angels as men, in sustaining the wrath of God, due to sin, Jesus endured on the cross for so many hours! In point of suffering, he wrought out a whole eternity due to sin on the cross; and in point of efficacy, he “for ever perfected them that are sanctified.” Jesus, therefore, accomplished more in that memorable day, than all the creatures of God could have done for ever. Wonderful were the works which God despatched in creation; but the wonders of redemption far exceed them. The six hours which Jesus hung upon the cross wrought out a more stupendous display of almighty power and grace than the six days God was pleased to appoint to himself in making the world. But, indeed, Pilate need not, on another account, have marvelled at the quickness of Christ’s death, had this unjust judge but reflected on the previous sufferings of the Redeemer. They who have spent sweet hours in tracing Jesus’s footsteps through the painful preludes to his death, and especially in the concluding scenes, have been able to mark many a sorrowful part which (besides the soul-agonies of Jesus in accomplishing redemption-work) bore hard upon his body also. My soul, if thou wert to trace back the solemn subject, thou wouldst find enough to excite thy astonishment that Jesus lived so long on the cross, rather than that he died not before. His agony evidently began four days before the passover. The evangelist Luke tells us, that he spent the whole night in prayer, and the whole day in preaching, to the people in the temple. (Luke 21:37, 38.) Read also Matthew’s account four days before his crucifixion, in the prospect of what was coming on. (Matt. 20:18, 19.) And again, before a single assault was made upon him in the garden. (Matt. 26:38.) “My soul is exceeding sorrowful,” said the dying Lamb, “even unto death.” And the beloved apostle’s relation is to the same amount, four days before his crucifixion: “Now is my soul troubled (said the holy Sufferer); and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour! But for this cause came I unto this hour!” (John 12:27.) And if to these agonies of soul, before the tremendous season of Gethsemane and Golgotha arrived, must be added the exercises of the Redeemer in body, all must have contributed to wear out and exhaust his strength, and hasten on the pains of death. When we call to mind how the Lamb of God was driven to and fro, hurried from one place to another, from Annas to Caiaphas, and from the judgment-hall to Calvary, we cannot be surprised at his fainting under the burden of his cross. Many a mile of weariness did he walk before nine of the clock in the morning of the day of his crucifixion: and many a bodily fainting must he have felt from the thorny crown, the soldier’s scourging, and their buffetings and smitings with the palms of their hands. Unfeeling Pilate! thy marvellings will be now, and to all eternity, of another kind. As for thee, my soul, take thy stand at the foot of the cross, and do thou marvel whilst thou art looking up and beholding Jesus dying, that he who might have commanded twelve legions of angels to his rescue, should, in love to his Church and people, thus give “his soul an offering for sin,” and die, “the just for the unjust, to bring us unto God!”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 104–105). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

April 8, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

Prince of Life

but put to death the Prince of life, the one whom God raised from the dead, a fact to which we are witnesses. And on the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. And now, brethren, I know that you acted in ignorance, just as your rulers did also. (3:15–17)

Peter has been presenting a series of paradoxes. Although Jesus was a servant, God exalted Him. He was their deliverer, yet the nation delivered him to Pilate. They rejected the Holy and Righteous One in favor of an unholy, unjust murderer. Now he comes to the greatest paradox of all. They put to death the Prince of life, while asking for the release of one who took life.

Prince of life translates archēgos. It refers to the originator, pioneer, or beginner of something. Hebrews 2:10 uses it in the phrase “author of salvation.” In Hebrews 12:2 it describes Jesus as the “author” of faith. Here Peter uses it to describe Jesus as the originator of life. That is a claim of deity for Jesus, since Psalm 36:9 describes God as the “fountain of life.”

The New Testament repeatedly describes Jesus as the source of life. In the prologue to his gospel, John writes, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4). In his first epistle, he adds, “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son” (1 John 5:11). Speaking of Jesus later in that chapter John wrote “This is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20).

Jesus also claimed to be the source of life. In John 5:26 He said, “Just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself.” He declared to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies” (John 11:25), while in John 14:6 He says simply, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”

The preaching does not end with the death of the Prince of life, however. In true apostolic fashion, Peter adds the ringing note of the resurrection. Jesus, the Prince of life, was the one whom God raised from the dead. That was a fact to which Peter and the apostles were witnesses (cf. 1 Cor. 15:3–7). Peter’s audacious claim is powerful evidence for the resurrection. If Jesus had not risen from the dead, that claim would have been easy to disprove. Had the Jewish leaders been able to produce Jesus’ dead body, the church would have been stillborn. But they could not and did not. The apostles’ testimony was undeniable.

Peter forcefully brings home the point that the Jews were open enemies of the God they professed to love, the very One they had come to the temple to worship. The One whom God had exalted, they had delivered up, disowned, and executed.

Their guilt was enormous, but their murder was unsuccessful. Not only was Jesus alive, but the miracle was also done on the basis of faith in His name. The faith in view here is not that of the beggar but of Peter and John. Although occasionally the faith of the one healed is noted (cf. Acts 14:19), the New Testament gift of healing operated through the faith of the healer, rather than the one healed. To tell those who are not healed that it is because they lack the faith to be healed is another misrepresentation of the biblical nature of apostolic healing. As in verse 12, Peter, in spite of his strong faith in the risen Christ, refuses to take credit for the healing. It is the name of Jesus, he tells them, which has strengthened this man whom you see and know; and the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. The healed beggar was living proof that the nation’s evaluation of Jesus was wrong.

Verse 17 marks a transition in Peter’s sermon. He first convicted them of rejecting and executing their Messiah. Then, beginning with verse 19, he proclaimed the necessity of repentance. In between, in verses 17–18, Peter offers them hope. By addressing them as brethren, he identifies with them as fellow Jews and places himself on their level, showing his love and concern for them.

Peter offers them the possibility of forgiveness because they had acted in ignorance (cf. Acts 13:27). He may be alluding to the Old Testament distinction between willful sins and sins done in ignorance (Num. 15:22–31). Jesus prayed for those who crucified Him, saying “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). Paul wrote that if the rulers had understood who Jesus was, “they would not have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Cor. 2:8). Their ignorance was certainly inexcusable, since the evidence that Jesus was the Messiah was clear from the Old Testament, the words and works of Jesus, and His death and resurrection. Yet, none of them were beyond the reach of God’s grace, if they would repent and turn to Christ. Even the rulers who incited the people to cry for the death of their Messiah are indicted for the less heinous motive of ignorance. There is a note of mercy in the fact that Peter focuses on the blindness and ignorance of the unregenerate (cf. 2 Cor. 4:3–4).[1]


16 C. C. Torrey, 14–16, declared the awkward syntax of this verse (lit., “and by faith in his name has his name made this man strong, whom you behold and know”) to be the result of Luke’s mistranslation of his Aramaic source. More likely, however, its structural difficulties are the result of Luke’s unwillingness to alter Peter’s somewhat cumbersome thesis statement, principally because he could not rework the repetition of the phrase τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ (to onoma autou, “the name of him [Jesus]”) without losing Peter’s emphasis on “the name of Jesus.”[2]


16 It is through his name—the name of the once humbled and now glorified Servant of God—that this man has been cured, said Peter; and it is by faith in that same name that he has appropriated the blessing and strength which he now exhibits. The completeness of his cure was plain for all to see; Peter impressed on them that the power which had wrought the cure resided in Jesus’ name, and that the man had availed himself of this power by the exercise of faith. There was no merely magical efficacy in the words which Peter pronounced when, in Jesus’ name, he commanded the cripple to walk; the cripple would have known no benefit had he not responded in faith to what Peter said. But once this response of faith was made, the power of the risen Christ filled his body with health and strength. Here is a further principle which gives the healing miracles of Acts the same evangelical quality as those recorded in the Gospels.[3]


3:16 / Here then was the explanation of what had happened to the lame man. God had glorified his Servant by raising him to the place of ultimate power, and by the exercise of that power he had healed the man. Peter asserted this with considerable emphasis. Twice the “name” is mentioned with reference to Jesus (see disc. on v. 6), and once Jesus is actually named, so that three times in this verse it is stated that he was the source of the healing. Emphasis is also given to the means whereby it was brought home to the man. By faith (the Greek has the sense, “on the grounds of faith”) in the name of Jesus, this man … was made strong. Here Jesus is said to have been the object of saving faith. But the faith itself was awakened “through Jesus” (so the Greek; cf. 1 Pet. 1:21), that is, through his being preached by the apostles. From first to last, then, Jesus was truly the author of life for this man.[4]


3:16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. The faith is that of the apostles, who trust in the power of Jesus’s name, which “represents his divine authority and continuing power to grant the blessings of salvation.” The lame man initially expected only alms, but through faith he receives more than alms—the healing of his body.[5]


16. “And by faith in his name, this one whom you see and know was made strong in his name. And the faith that has come through him has given him this perfect health in the presence of all of you.”

Faith in the name of Jesus is the basic requirement that Peter places before his listeners. By faith in the resurrected and glorified Jesus, the apostles are able to perform miracles. Notice that the expressions faith and his [Jesus’] name appear twice in this verse. Let us look at these two concepts.

  1. Faith. The question we must ask is whether Peter speaks about the faith of the apostles or the faith of the cripple. The answer, of course, is that both the apostles and the beggar had faith. Peter and John performed the miracle only because they fully trusted Jesus to give them the power to heal. The lame man also trusted the Lord to heal him, even if Luke refrains from suggesting anything about his faith at the time the miracle took place (vv. 3–7). This faith, as Peter puts it, comes through Jesus. Only through him is faith effective, as is evident in the healing of the lame man: “And the faith which is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health” (RSV). Faith and the name of Jesus are the two sides of the same coin that represents healing. In brief, faith is the manner and Jesus’ name is the cause of the man’s restoration.19
  2. Name. In the Greek, verse 16 lacks polish and balance. As a resumé presented by Luke, it reflects Peter’s emphasis on the name of Jesus, which he repeatedly mentions and even personifies. Literally the text says, “It is the name of Jesus which has strengthened this man whom you see and know” (NASB). When Peter said to the cripple, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (v. 6), he did not merely utter a magic formula that caused a miracle. On the contrary, by faith in Jesus’ name he trusted that Jesus’ divine power would flow through him to heal the lame man. The seven sons of Sceva without faith invoked the name of Jesus and accomplished nothing, but received a severe beating from the evil spirit they tried to cast out (19:13–16). However, when the seventy-two disciples commissioned by Jesus returned to him, they rejoiced and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name” (Luke 10:17, NIV).

Faith in the name of Jesus calls forth a response from the beggar, who extends his right hand to Peter and realizes that his feet and ankles are strong. With this evidence, which everyone in the audience can see, Peter is now at the point of asking the Jews to put their faith in Jesus.

Practical Considerations in 3:16

Throughout the history of the church, the gift of healing the sick has never been absent. The names of Francis of Assisi, Martin Luther, and John Wesley, not to mention the names of modern-day Christians, stand out in relation to a healing ministry. Among the gifts of the Holy Spirit is the gift of healing (1 Cor. 12:9, 28). Paul, however, pointedly and rhetorically asks, “Do all have gifts of healing?” (1 Cor. 12:30, NIV). Paul himself performed healing miracles during his missionary tours, but he gives no indication that he healed Epaphroditus, who was so ill that he almost died (Phil. 2:27). Paul openly admits that he “left Trophimus sick in Miletus” (2 Tim. 4:20). And Paul himself had to contend with a thorn in the flesh which God did not remove (2 Cor. 12:7–9). In short, Paul was not able to use his gift of healing whenever he pleased and wherever he was.

James instructs us to call on the elders of the church when we are ill. These elders should pray and anoint with oil in the name of the Lord (5:14). He emphasizes that “prayer offered in faith will heal the sick person” (v. 15), for faith and prayer are requisites to which the Lord responds. Sometimes healing miracles do not occur, especially when God wants to strengthen our faith to his glory. As Scripture teaches, God answers prayer at his time and in his own way. He said to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9).[6]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1994). Acts (Vol. 1, pp. 109–111). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Longenecker, R. N. (2007). Acts. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Luke–Acts (Revised Edition) (Vol. 10, pp. 768–769). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[3] Bruce, F. F. (1988). The Book of the Acts (p. 82). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[4] Williams, D. J. (2011). Acts (pp. 69–70). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[5] Garland, D. E. (2017). Acts. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 39). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[6] Kistemaker, S. J., & Hendriksen, W. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Acts of the Apostles (Vol. 17, pp. 130–131). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

April 8 Streams in the Desert

Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Cor. 12:10)

THE literal translation of this verse gives a startling emphasis to it, and makes it speak for itself with a force that we have probably never realized. Here it is: “Therefore I take pleasure in being without strength, in insults, in being pinched, in being chased about, in being cooped up in a corner for Christ’s sake; for when I am without strength, then am I dynamite.”

Here is the secret of Divine all-sufficiency, to come to the end of everything in ourselves and in our circumstances. When we reach this place, we will stop asking for sympathy because of our hard situation or bad treatment, for we will recognize these things as the very conditions of our blessing, and we will turn from them to God and find in them a claim upon Him.

A. B. Simpson.

George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland, who recently went to be with the Lord, said: “My God, I have never thanked Thee for my thorn. I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my thorn. I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get compensation for my cross; but I have never thought of my cross as itself a present glory.

“Teach me the glory of my cross; teach me the value of my thorn. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. Show me that my tears have made my rainbows.”

“Alas for him who never sees

The stars shine through the cypress trees.”[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (p. 109). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

April 8 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 8.—Morning. [Or July 14.]
“He shall send them a Saviour, and a great Our.”

ISRAEL by again sinning fell under the tyranny of the Philistines, yet God did not forget his people, but raised them up a champion. An angel appeared to Manoah and his wife, foretelling the birth of a son who should deliver Israel. In due time, his promise was fulfilled by the birth of Samson, some incidents in whose history will now interest us.

Judges 14

And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.

And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Thus the history of this strongest of men begins with an act of weakness; and his whole life is marred by faults in the same direction. An unusually developed animal nature rendered him the easy victim of his passions: if any of us were as vigorous as he, we should probably be even more ready to yield to the temptations which ensnared him. His faith in God was his peculiar virtue; in this, few, if any, of the saints excelled him; but his peculiar physical conformation left an unguarded point in his character, and that proved his downfall.

Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? (It must always be grievous to right-minded parents to see their children marrying ungodly persons. No good can possibly come of it. It is most injurious to the soul, and generally leads to heart-rending trials. Surely there are good people enough in the church of God without our looking to the synagogue of Satan for a spouse.) And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well. (This is too often the only reason men will give or can give for the course they pursue. It is the worst reason in the world, for that which pleases our flesh is usually hurtful to our better nature. Let us never be slaves to our animal nature, but govern ourselves by the power of our mental and spiritual manhood.)

But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

They were not aware that God intended to over-rule this to force him into antagonism with the oppressors of his country.

¶ Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.

And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand: but he told not his father or his mother what he had done. (A supernatural might was given to him, and the strong lion fell before his unarmed strength, yet as he was not proud or desirous of vainglory he left the exploit untold. This was fine exercise for him, a grand preliminary trial of strength before his great battles with the enemy. Like David, he learned to fight Philistines by beginning with beasts.)

And he went down, and talked with the woman; and she pleased Samson well.

And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the lion. (He remembered thankfully how the Lord delivered him, and turned aside to survey the spot, and his memory had its reward, for lie found the honey. It is well to recollect past mercies, and learn how easily the Lord can turn our terrors into pleasures.

“Thus the lion yields us honey;

From the eater food is given.”)

And he took thereof in his hands, and went on eating, and came to his father and mother, and he gave them, and they did eat: but he told not them that he had taken the honey out of the carcase of the lion. (He preserved a singular silence, but great doers are frequently little talkers. Dr. Kitto very properly remarks:—“The whole of the affair of the lion is mentioned in the sacred narrative, not merely as an exploit, but on account of the circumstances which grew out of it. Samson, doubtless, performed many mighty feats which are not recorded; those only being mentioned which directly influenced the current of his history, and brought him more or less into collision with the Philistines. No one would have thought that out of this slaughter of the lion, and the finding a swarm of bees in the skin-enveloped carcass—occurring, as it did, while the hero was engaged in forming amicable relations with the Philistines, occasion for the exertion of his destroying energies against the oppressors of Israel would have arisen. But so it came to pass. The most unlikely agents—lions, bees, honey-combs, may become the instruments of accomplishing the purposes of God, and of leading or driving a man to his appointed task, when he thinks not of it.”)

10 ¶ So his father went down unto the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

11, 12 And it came to pass, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him. (Probably these thirty men, under the pretence of being boon companions, were set to watch him as spies: the friendship of Philistines should always be mistrusted.) And Samson said unto them, I will now put forth a riddle unto you: if ye can certainly declare it me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments:

13 But if ye cannot declare it me, then shall ye give me thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. And they said unto him, Put forth thy riddle, that we may hear it.

14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

15 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they said unto Samson’s wife, Entice thy husband, that he may declare unto us the riddle, lest we burn thee and thy father’s house with fire: have ye called us to take that we have? is it not so? (Thus ill-blood was engendered by the wedding festivities. How can we hope things to go well if we mingle with the unregenerate? Samson was acting very wrongly in all this, but God was overruling it to make him come forth as Philistia’s foe, and Israel’s champion.)

16 And Samson’s wife wept before him, and said, Thou dost but hate me, and lovest me not: thou hast put forth a riddle unto the children of my people, and hast not told it me. And he said unto her, Behold, I have not told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell it thee?

17 And she wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it came to pass on the seventh day, that he told her, because she lay sore upon him: and she told the riddle to the children of her people.

18 And the men of the city said unto him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? And he said unto them, If ye had not plowed with my heifer, ye had not found out my riddle. (Here he began to learn that a heathen wife was not to be trusted. How could he expect that slit, who worshipped a false god, would be true to him! How sad it was that he did not profit by this experience.)

19 ¶ And the Spirit of the Lord came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle. (As the garments specified would only be worn by persons of wealth, Samson must have dealt the Philistines a heavy blow. Thirty men of rank would be sorely missed.) And his anger was kindled, and he went up to his father’s house.

20 But Samson’s wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend.

Thus Samson was used as God’s executioner among the Philistines, but he himself was made to smart for his folly. His foolish love yielded him small solace; where he doted he found deceit and desertion. It is perilous to any man to allow his weaker passions to become his guide. Sooner or later sinful joys will curdle into miseries. Never let us run such risks as Samson dared to encounter. Let his wreck be our beacon.

Up believer, face the lion,

Thou shalt rend it like a kid,

Jesus’ mighty name rely on,

Face thy foe as thou art bid.

Start not at his loudest roaring,

Slay him in Jehovah’s strength:

Then from forth his carcass pouring,

Honey shall be thine at length.

April 8.—Evening. [Or July 15.]
“He giveth power to the faint.”

SAMSON’S marriage led to a complicated quarrel, during which he burned the standing corn of the Philistines by means of firebrands tied to the tails of foxes, and also slaughtered a great number of his enemies. He then went and dwelt at the top of the rock Etam, but God meant him to do far more for the overthrow of Israel’s enemies, and therefore gave him but little respite.

Judges 15:9–20

¶ Then the Philistines went up, and pitched in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi. (This was probably the valley at the foot of Samson’s stronghold, afterwards called Lehi, or the place of the jawbone.)

10 And the men of Judah said, Why are ye come up against us? And they answered, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he hath done to us. (The men of Judah had sunk to the condition of vassals, and were forced to be obsequious to their tyrant masters. Sin makes men cowards.)

11 Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not that the Philistines are rulers over us? what is this that thou hast done unto us? (O miserable sight, these cowards are friends to their oppressors, and upbraid their best friend. How low were they sunk to talk in this fashion!) And he said unto them, As they did unto me so have I done unto them.

12 And they said unto him, We are come down to bind thee, that we may deliver thee into the hand of the Philistines. (False brethren are our worst enemies, they will ruin us when our enemies cannot. Beware of hypocrites.) And Samson said unto them, Swear unto me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.

13 And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two new cords, and brought him up from the rock. (Does it not remind us of our Lord bound by those whom he came to deliver, and betrayed into the hands of his enemies?)

14 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him. (This shout came a little too soon. It was soon turned into a shriek of dismay, and then into the silence of death.) And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands.

15 And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith. (The weapon matters little, the force lies in the arm. The Lord can use the weakest to overcome the strongest.)

16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass, have I slain a thousand men. (Like our greater champion, who exclaimed, “I have trodden the winepress alone, and of the people there was none with me.”)

17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramath-lehi. (Or the casting away of the jawbone.)

18 ¶ And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? (Samson knew how to pray and to pray in faith too: this was all along the saving point in his character.)

19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw (or in the place called Lehi or Jawbone), and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived; wherefore he called the name thereof En-hakkore (the fountain of him who prayed), which is in Lehi (or the place called Jawbone), unto this day. (God, who helps his servants in great matters, sometimes allows them to be greatly tried by comparatively smaller trials, for an exercise of their faith. But he will not leave them in the minor difficulty. Where fell the jawbone from the hero’s hand, there rose a refreshing fountain to quench his thirst. God is never at a loss for supplies. We have but to trust him, and wt shall do great things, and receive great things.)

20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years. (By his personal prowess he turned aside Israel’s enemies, and established a settled government, God intending in his person to shew Israel how he could make one man chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight.)[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 202–204). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Schiff: People Are Still Too Focused On The ‘Pin’ & Not The ‘Bubble’ | ZeroHedge News

Via SchiffGold.com,

There seems to be some optimism in the markets that the end of the coronavirus shutdown is getting closer. There is also this resistant myth that the economy will just fire back up at the snap of a finger. Peter Schiff recently appeared on RT Boom Bust along with Christy Ai to talk about the markets and the pandemic.

He said people are still far too focused on the pin and not the bubble that it popped.

The US stock market has had some strong rally days recently with this growing optimism that we could be nearing the coronavirus peak. So, has the stock market found its bottom? Peter doesn’t think so.

Too many people are focused on the pin and are ignoring the bubble that the pin pricked. You know, before the COVID-19 shutdown, the economy was long overdue for a severe recession, and the US stock market was long overdue for a bear market. So, I think the COVID virus simply accelerated the onset of both…

So I would not get excited about this rally. I think we still have a long way to go on the downside. And the economy, I think, is going to be even worse.”

Christy agreed with Peter saying this is not the real bounce and we still have a long way drop. She pointed out that earnings still have a long way to fall and there is a massive unemployment tail from the pandemic.

Peter was asked about the response to the government stimulus package signed by President Trump.

As you would expect, a lot of people are trying to line up for whatever free money the government is handing out. But it’s not free. There’s going to be a heavy price to be paid in terms of the loss of purchasing power of the US dollar as prices respond to all the new money being created.”

Peter said the programs are also doing far more harm than good.

What they are doing is exacerbating the downturn and they are going to push the recovery off even further into the future because the government is basically encouraging businesses that should be downsizing and kind of adjusting their cost structure to the new reality — instead, the government is encouraging them to hold on to employees that they would be better off letting go and freeing up to do something else.

Instead, they are going to keep some employees entrenched in companies that are probably going to end up failing because they refuse to lay off people. And so instead, they are going to have to lay off even more people later.

And I think a lot of these loans are never going to be repaid because even the people that don’t fire their workers, a lot of these businesses are going to go out of business because they didn’t fire their workers and then everybody’s going to be out of a job. And the government is not going to get any money back because the loans have no security and there’s no personal guarantee.”

Christy reiterated that the tail of the coronavirus is very long and will be very long-lasting. It won’t be a V-shaped recovery as many seem to expect. We have both a severe supply shock that is morphing into a demand shock.

On the day of the show, both gold and stocks were in the midst of strong rallies. Peter was asked why gold was up when it seemed to be a “risk-on” day.

I think the risk is inflation. The only thing that’s propping up the stock market is the Fed and other central banks printing money, which is creating inflation. So, you don’t have earnings going for the stock market. All you have is all the cheap money that’s being created. And inflation is much better for gold than it is for the stock market. And so, that’s why both stocks and gold are going up.

But I think eventually, gold is going to be going up much more than the stock market and I think gold is going to be going up even as the stock market rolls over and goes down. So, I think in terms of gold, stock prices are going to continue to fall. In fact, they’re going to fall precipitously regardless of what happens to nominal stock prices because of the massive inflation being unleashed by the Fed and other central banks.”

Source: Schiff: People Are Still Too Focused On The ‘Pin’ & Not The ‘Bubble’

Tim Keller, Lecrae Team Up With Bethel Redding and Francis Chan For Social Justice Church Conference — Reformation Charlotte

It’s one thing when the social justice warriors exert their own efforts to lead the Church into embracing a social justice movement that is practically devoid of the gospel altogether — which is basically the full scope and purpose of The Gospel Coalition. But it’s another thing when that movement teams up with blatant charismatic blasphemers of the Holy Spirit to advance that cause.

The Gospel Coalition was founded by Tim Keller and his cohort, D.A. Carson for the purpose of exploiting conservative Christians to embrace a social gospel that moves the Church to the political left. Now, Tim Keller, along with social-gospel rapper, Lecrae Moore, are teaming up with charismatic blasphemers, Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding and Francis “I healed everyone I touched” Chan for Q Ideas — a “cultural awareness” (read social justice) conference.

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