Daily Archives: April 11, 2020

April 11th The D. L. Moody Year Book

Ye shall seek Me and find Me when ye shall search for Me with all your heart.—Jeremiah 29:13.

THESE are the men who find Christ—those who seek for Him with all their heart. I am tired and sick of half-heartedness. You don’t like a half-hearted man, you don’t care for any one to love you with a half-heart; and the Lord won’t have it. If we are going to seek for Him and find Him, we must do it with all our heart.

I believe the reason why so few people find Christ is because they are not terribly in earnest about their soul’s salvation. God is in earnest; everything He has done proves that He is in earnest about the salvation of men’s souls. What is Calvary but a proof of that? And the Lord wants us to be in earnest when it comes to this great question of the soul’s salvation. I never saw men seeking Him with all their hearts but they soon found Him.[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.) (pp. 72–73). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

April—11 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

And one of the malefactors, which were hanged, railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him.—Luke 23:39, 40.

My soul! thy morning meditation was directed to that soul-reviving, penitent, encouraging prospect, which the cross of Christ affords, in the recovery of the thief upon the cross, as furnishing the most illustrious example of the sovereignty of grace Oh! what a trophy was there of the Redeemer’s conquest! Now take thy stand again at the foot of the cross, and look on the other side, and behold the dreadful reverse, in the obduracy of the human heart. Here view the sinner dying in all the possibilities of a hardened conscience, railing and blaspheming; while the other departs in the most finished act of faith and repentance, glorifying the Lord. Pause over the contemplation, and then ask, what was it made the mighty difference? Who made thee, my soul, to differ from another? And what hast thou, which thou didst not receive? Blessed Lord Jesus! I do indeed rejoice with trembling, when I consider what I am, yea, what every man is by nature; and how resolutely shut and bolted the hearts of all men are, in our universally fallen state, and cannot but remain so for ever, unless thou, who hast the key of David, dost open, and by thy sweet influences dost enter in! Pause once more, my soul! Perhaps, among the wonders which attended the crucifixion and death of Jesus, this, of a determined obduracy, is not the least. Nothing can be more plain than that a general suspicion took place, both among the Jews and the Roman soldiers, which attended the crucifixion of Jesus, that he was more than man. Jesus had wrought many miracles, in confirmation that he was the Christ: and now, on the cross, the stupendous events which took place most loudly proclaimed it. The sun became dark at mid-day; the veil of the temple was rent in twain by an invisible hand; the earth did quake, the rocks were rent, and graves were opened! And to such a degree were these portentous sights carried, that the centurion, who presided at the execution, for the moment, felt himself so overcome with a conviction of Christ’s real character, that, unable to resist the impulse on his mind, he cried out, and feared greatly, saying, “Surely this was the Son of God.” (Matt. 27:51–54.) But, as if to show the desperately wicked state of the human heart, even these prodigies, and the continuation of them on the morning of our Lord’s resurrection, soon lost their effect, and were considered no more. Though an earthquake ushered in the morning of Christ’s triumph over the grave; though, for a while, at this, and the presence of an angel, the Roman soldiers became as dead men; though Christ had foretold his resurrection, and the pharisees obtained a guard to watch the sepulchre on this account, and had it sealed with a seal, and a stone; still both soldiers and pharisees, when recovered from their fright, rather than own Jesus for the Christ, will resolutely persist to their own damnation! My soul! pause over this solemn subject, and learn to have a proper view of the desperately wicked state of every man’s heart by nature. Learn also where to ascribe the whole of that difference between one man and another, in the blessed effects of distinguishing grace. But for this, neither wouldst thou have believed in the resurrection of Jesus. That “Jesus is believed on in the world,” is one of the wonders in the apostle’s account “of the great mystery of godliness.” (1 Tim. 3:16.) And however astonishingly it strikes the mind, yet the word of God confirms the undeniable truth, that were the devils in hell liberated from their chains, still devils would they remain. This we learn from the solemn account in the book of Revelation. Under the vials of God’s wrath, they who have hardened their hearts against God and his Christ, are there given up to be hardened for ever: “In the kingdom of darkness,” it is said, “they gnawed their tongues for pain; and blasphemed the God of heaven, because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.” (Rev. 16:8–11.) Lord Jesus! give grace to all thy redeemed, in the view of distinguishing love, to know our mercies, and to bless thee as the author of them.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 108–110). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: God Moves — The Thirsty Theologian

God Moves in a Mysterious Way
DUNDEE

imageGod moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sov’reign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding ev’ry hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

Hymns to the Living God (Religious Affections Ministries, 2017).

The current hymnal for this series is Hymns to the Living God, published by Religious Affections Ministries. This is such a good hymnal that I’m pretty sure I could happily post every hymn it contains, but I’ll be limiting selections to hymns I have never posted here before, especially those unfamiliar to me (of which there are many). For more information and to purchase this hymnal, visit Religious Affections Ministries.

via In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: God Moves — The Thirsty Theologian

April 11, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

10 The psalmist sings about the superiority of God’s presence. One day of fellowship with God is a thousand times better than anything else. The psalmist esteems service as a temple guard as superior to receiving public recognition and wealth.[1]


Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked (v. 10). The psalmist traces the source of blessing to its true fountain. He considers one day spent in God’s presence as better than a thousand elsewhere. The second part of the verse expands the thought and gives a variation on the same idea. The word ‘doorkeeper’ (histôfêf) suggests too strongly the thought of being an offi cial servant at the temple. The Hebrew word occurs only here in the Old Testament, and it merely indicates ‘standing or lying at the threshold’. To be on the very fringe of the temple was far better than any secure dwelling among the wicked.[2]


84:10 Better is one day in your courts. “A thousand elsewhere” is parallel to “tents of the wicked,” and the message is that “one day in your courts” is better than a thousand in the ill-gotten opulence of the tents of the wicked.

doorkeeper. The Korahites were keepers of the temple gates (1 Chron. 9:17–27; Neh. 11:19). In David’s plans for the construction of the temple, and after the Levites would be no longer needed for packing and moving the tabernacle, David assigned them to other roles, like doorkeepers, guards of the temple treasures, and singers (1 Chron. 24–25). Doorkeeping may have been among the more menial tasks, thus implying the lowest rung of the Levitical ladder.[3]


10. How doth, or how ought, the reading of this verse make a truly awakened soul long for the everlasting sabbath of heaven; yea, even for Jesus, the very sabbath of the soul. Observe, Reader! the door of a house is the place of the porter, a menial servant; and there it was Jesus had his ear digged, as it may be read, Psm. 40:6, alluding to the custom of a servant in the house of Israel, that had his ears bored at the door of the house, when, out of love of his master, he would not go out free. Exod. 21:5, 6. Oh! thou supreme Pattern of every thing that is lovely and gracious; thou precious Jesus! didst thou take upon thee the form of a servant, that we might be free for ever? John, 8:36; Lord, may I love the doors of thine house, and there dwell for ever![4]


10. Now the psalmist’s individual voice returns, with a declaration comparable to Paul’s ‘all things but loss’ (Phil. 3:8, av), or to Asaph’s ‘Whom have I in heaven but thee?’ (Ps. 73:25). This is eloquence, certainly, but not extravagance, as the next verse will demonstrate.

On a point of detail, some such word as elsewhere (which is not in the text) is needed to round off the first line of verse 10, and in fact the Hebrew for I would rather (lit. ‘I have chosen’) looks as if it may be a copyist’s error for such an expression; perhaps for ‘at home’ (neb). Then the next line will continue with ‘(Better) to …’. In that line the word doorkeeper is not the same as that of 1 Chronicles 26:1, 12, which speaks of a fairly exalted office. The term here is a verb, and the line should run ‘(Better) to stand at the threshold …’. It is a contrast of status, or apparent security, as well as of company.[5]


Ver. 10. For a day in Thy courts is better than a thousand.Time spent in worship is time best spent:

  1. There is no time like it for the development of the highest thoughts. Mind quickens mind. The greater the mind with which we are in conscious contact, the more power it has to rouse the intellect and set the wheels of thought a-going. Conscious contact with God’s mind is the strongest impulse to thought, and to thought of the highest kind. Thought upon Him, His attributes, operations, laws, claims, etc. Hence no engagement like that of genuine worship can evoke and develop the wonderful powers of human thought. It is by thought alone that a man rises.
  2. There is no time like it for the excitation of the sublimest emotions. As our physical life is in the flowing blood, so our happiness is in the current of our emotions.
  3. Gratitude is an element of happiness. The mind full of thankfulness is the mind full of joy. In true worship gratitude rises to the highest point.
  4. Adoration is an element of happiness. When the mind is wrapped even in the admiration of physical or artistic beauty, it is happy; but when raised to an adoration of the highest moral beauty, its happiness is ecstatic. In true worship this is the case, the whole soul, so to speak, seems to float on the calm and sunny sea of infinite love.

III. There is no time like it for the promotion of soul growth. Our well-being consists in the healthy growth of all the wonderful germs of thought and feeling and faculty which are embedded in our spiritual natures. As there were in the earth when first it came from the hands of Almighty God the germs of all the vegetable and sentient life that have appeared during the untold ages that have gone, so in the human soul all the germs of power, greatness, and blessedness that a man will ever become are slumbering as embryonic germs in his soul. His paradise consists in their development. Now, genuine worship is the means, the only means, that can bring these powers out. It is only as the earth turns its face to the sun that its seeds of life are quickened, and it is only as the soul turns itself into conscious contact with God that its unbounded potentialities are quickened into vitality and brought into growth. (Homilist.)

Delight in public ordinances:

The true servants of God may esteem a day in His courts better than a thousand—

  1. On account of the distinguishing honour with which it is attended.
  2. On account of the sublime pleasure which is there experienced.

III. On account of the high advantage that results from it. The service of the sanctuary tends to—

  1. Improve the heart.
  2. Regulate the conduct.
  3. Afford comfort in affliction.
  4. Prepare us for heaven. (D. Dickson.)

The Divine reckoning of time:

The great need of the world is a vision of the vast unities of truth. Little thoughts make little lives. Vast inner apprehensions of truth are necessary to create a greater outer life. Now, it is clear that the psalmist in our text desires to lead us no little way beneath the surface of things. We have here first a measurement of time made in the light of the kingdom of God. It is the measurement of the sanctuary of the courts of the Lord—what we should now call the kingdom of God. In as far as we realize within our lives the power of this kingdom, we enter into the experience which the psalmist expresses in our text. Now, following the psalmist’s suggestion, a little consideration will show that time is anything or nothing according to the intensity of our life. On the one hand you can conceive of a man’s life becoming more and more vacant of thought and feeling and deed until time is scarcely existent for him. Such life is a living death, and death knows no dominion of time. On the other hand, you can conceive of a life so intense that vaster and vaster extents of life are crowded into a single moment, until length measurements of months and days and years are almost annihilated by depth, and time is on the verge of appearing as eternity. The fact that between these two extremes there are greatly varying measurements of time affects our earthly life at every point. There are two or three simple facts concerning time related to our present subject which from their very simplicity may evade our attention. The first is, that our ordinary measurements of time are purely conventional, being taken from without us, and not from within our own lives. Another thing worth remembering is that time, whether inside or outside of us, is always measured by intensity, and can never be reduced to mere extension. Try as you will, you can only measure time by some expression of force, energy, power, movement. The next thing to be noted is, that the vast variations of intensities even in external things make any fixed measurement of time impossible. When we are told, for example, that certain rays of light are caused by some thousands of millions of vibrations in a second of time, thought has no possible way of reconciling the ordinary idea of a second with such an infinity of movement. The difficulty arises from the fact that the sunlight does not set its time by the revolutions of the earth, as we do, but by its own transcendent energies. Our thought is baffled because we try to measure the energies of one thing by the time of another. One day in the sunlight is better than a thousand. Yet all these external energies are as nothing compared with those that are possible for the human spirit. Here we stand in the very territories of the infinite. One great thought in a human heart has more intensity and mighty force of movement in it than all the forces of the external world put together. In human life, then, time has a completely new meaning, a meaning closely akin to eternity. But in human life also deep stretches beneath deep, and in man’s grandest possibility, in the place where he feels the presence of God and consciously unites himself with the Infinite, time reaches its highest intensities. Here lifetimes are often lived in moments. One day in such a life and in such experiences is better than a thousand. What, then, shall we say to this? There are cases where men, seeking to live as long as possible, spare themselves the heat and the burden of the day, and reach their four score years and ten by contributing nothing of the blood of their heart to the healing of the world. There are others that burn with fiery zeal for God and His kingdom, with a great passion of love for men and of devotion to the cause of righteousness. To them length of days has been promised, yet the fires consume their life, and in the bloom of youth or the pride of manhood they are laid in the grave. This is, of course, not a universal rule, but appears often enough to demand our attention. It is just at this point that the psalmist intervenes, saying, “Be careful how you measure. This is not a question of the revolution of the earth, but of the history of a soul. Here the measurements of the days and years vary infinitely. You have written four score years upon the tomb of the man that spent his years like a living death. Tell the sculptor to chisel out the falsehood without delay. Time is movement and energy, and he has been an idler. Even this slow revolving earth has outstripped him. Write clearly above his grave so that all may read it, ‘Time was within his reach for eighty circling courses of the earth around the sun. But he never grasped it, and he died an infant of days, an ephemeral creature without a life and without a history.’ ” And turning to the other tomb where lamentation is written for the brevity of a consecrated life, he would say, “Poor, blind calculators, to measure such a life by rising and setting suns, by changing moons, and by returns of summer and winter. In this life cycles of time gathered into single moments. For every day write down a thousand, and let the epitaph be, ‘Died in fulness of days, according to the promise, “With long life will I satisfy him.” ’ ” This measurement of time gives us also a new measurement of happiness. The Christian is sometimes scoffingly told by the sceptic that he, also, like everybody else, is simply seeking a maximum of pleasure, and working for a summum bonum of happiness. There is a plausibility in this accusation that makes it sometimes difficult to meet and refute. The first step towards meeting it is to make a great admission. Namely this, that the goal of the Christian life is unquestionably the point of highest and intensest happiness, and that such happiness is undoubtedly one of the glowing aims of the Christian life. It must further be allowed that, if anything called Virtue brought with it a maximum of misery and something called Vice entailed a maximum of happiness, the principles of Christianity would lead to the courting of vice and not of virtue. This apparent contradiction arises from the absurdity of the supposition that we have made concerning virtue and vice. To be flung into real and essential misery is an indication that the life is out of joint, that the unity of the spirit is shattered and lost, and its harmonies destroyed. To be really and essentially happy is an indication that the life has attained its highest powers and its noblest harmonies. By whatever game you may call these, the Christian life is a strenuous movement towards the latter, and must therefore have the maximum of happiness for its goal, and therefore in part for its aim. But when the scorner proceeds to say that all pleasure is essentially of the same nature, and that the difference is not one of morality but of taste, he puts himself at our mercy to be smitten hip and thigh. The human spirit must measure its happiness as it measures its time, not by length, but by depth. By this measurement the meaning of happiness, like that of its sources, varies to infinity. It may either be an ephemeral thing on the surface of the life, or it may sing its eternal song in the infinite depths of the human spirit. It may be simply the expression of a passing harmony of quivering nerves, or it may be the expression of the eternal harmonies of the Godlike moral forces that make man Divine. (John Thomas, M.A.)

On the threshold:

Literally,“I would rather lie on the threshold,” rather fill the lowest place and execute the meanest office in God’s house, than be the greatest and happiest of those found elsewhere. We sometimes say, “I have only a little religion, but I would not part with it for all the world”; and that is substantially what David says here. The meanest living member of the Church of God is greater than the most honourable outside.

  1. The least of saints is superior to the world’s greatest men. The doorkeeper represents the least glorious and least powerful member of the spiritual congregation; but even he is more influential than the richest and greatest of the children of ungodliness. The ultimate power in the universe is the power of righteous mind, the power of righteous character; and he who possesses these in the most modest degree is mysteriously noble and efficient.
  2. The least of saints is superior to the world’s happiest men. The position of the doorkeeper on the threshold is the least desirable of all positions in the spiritual kingdom. He has the faintest glimpse of the temple glories, hears the least of its music, tastes little of its delicacies; yet the psalmist in effect says, “I would rather be the saddest of the saints than enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” And we feel that his judgment was just. Communion with God, however faint, faith in the promises, however feeble, a sense of infinite truth and love, however dull, and a glimpse of heaven, however dim, give us a satisfaction beyond all gratifications of time and sense.
  3. The briefest life of goodness is better than the longest life of worldliness: “One day in Thy courts is better than a thousand” elsewhere. A life of worldliness and sin properly speaking is not life at all. When Lizio, an Italian, was told of the death of his dissipated son, he replied, “It is no news to me; he never was alive.” A life destitute of the spiritual element is not truly life. To live is to feel the spirit in contact with God, to be filled with His light, to be thrilled with His joy, to be warmed by His love, to be satisfied with His likeness. This is life, and the youngest believer in Christ knows more of the quality and fulness of existence than does the voluptuous patriarch. (W. L. Watkinson.)

The good man’s love for the house of God:

The good man loves the house of God—

  1. Because it is a constant testimony for God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation.
  2. Because it is a refuge to him from the inhospitable and uncongenial influences by which he is surrounded in the world.
  3. Because it is a school in which he becomes more fully instructed in the truth as it is in Jesus.
  4. Because it is the home where he enjoys the communion of saints.
  5. Because there he enjoys fellowship with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
  6. Because it identifies him more and more with the paradise of God above. (W. Brock.)[6]

[1] VanGemeren, W. A. (2008). Psalms. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Psalms (Revised Edition) (Vol. 5, p. 637). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Harman, A. (2011). Psalms: A Mentor Commentary (Vol. 1–2, p. 632). Ross-shire, Great Britain: Mentor.

[3] Bullock, C. H. (2017). Psalms 73–150. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 2, p. 94). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books: A Division of Baker Publishing Group.

[4] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Job–Psalms (Vol. 4, pp. 436–437). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Kidner, D. (1975). Psalms 73–150: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 16, pp. 337–338). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[6] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 3, pp. 474–476). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

April 11 Streams in the Desert

What I tell you in the darkness, speak ye in the light.” (Matt. 10:27)

OUR Lord is constantly taking us into the dark, that He may tell us things. Into the dark of the shadowed home, where bereavement has drawn the blinds; into the dark of the lonely, desolate life, where some infirmity closes us in from the light and stir of life; into the dark of some crushing sorrow and disappointment.

Then He tells us His secrets, great and wonderful, eternal and infinite; He causes the eye which has become dazzled by the glare of earth to behold the heavenly constellations; and the ear to detect the undertones of His voice, which is often drowned amid the tumult of earth’s strident cries.

But such revelations always imply a corresponding responsibility—“that speak ye in the light—that proclaim upon the housetops.”

We are not meant to always linger in the dark, or stay in the closet; presently we shall be summoned to take our place in the rush and storm of life; and when that moment comes, we are to speak and proclaim what we have learned.

This gives a new meaning to suffering, the saddest element in which is often its apparent aimlessness. “How useless I am!” “What am I doing for the betterment of men?” “Wherefore this waste of the precious spikenard of my soul?”

Such are the desperate laments of the sufferer. But God has a purpose in it all. He has withdrawn His child to the higher altitudes of fellowship, that he may hear God speaking face to face, and bear the message to his fellows at the mountain foot.

Were the forty days wasted that Moses spent on the Mount, or the period spent at Horeb by Elijah, or the years spent in Arabia by Paul?

There is no short cut to the life of faith, which is the all-vital condition of a holy and victorious life. We must have periods of lonely meditation and fellowship with God. That our souls should have their mountains of fellowship, their valley of quiet rest beneath the shadow of a great rock, their nights beneath the stars, when darkness has veiled the material and silenced the stir of human life, and has opened the view of the infinite and eternal, is as indispensable as that our bodies should have food.

Thus alone can the sense of God’s presence become the fixed possession of the soul, enabling it to say repeatedly, with the Psalmist, “Thou art near, O God.”—F. B. Meyer.

Some hearts, like evening primroses, open more beautifully in the shadows of life.”[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 112–113). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Every US state is now under a major disaster declaration amid coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for Wyoming on Saturday, which comes 22 days after the first disaster declaration in New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus.

Source: Every US state is now under a major disaster declaration amid coronavirus pandemic

The New York Post: AMC theaters in talks to hire bankruptcy law firm Weil Gotshal amid coronavirus shutdown

AMC Entertainment, the largest movie theater chain in the U.S, is inching closer to a possible bankruptcy.

Source: The New York Post: AMC theaters in talks to hire bankruptcy law firm Weil Gotshal amid coronavirus shutdown

Going To Church Becomes A Crime In The Age Of COVID-19 | The Daily Wire

With Easter coming on Sunday, the faithful want to go to church.

But if they do, they could be charged with a criminal offense and face a year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine.

All across the country, police are cracking down on churches, sometimes raiding the houses of worship and issuing summonses.

At the Temple Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, the faithful packed into the parking lot on Wednesday night for a service, the Delta Democrat-Times reported.

The people gathered in parked vehicles — with their windows rolled up — “to listen to Pastor Arthur Scott’s sermon broadcast on a low-power FM frequency radio,” the paper said.

Lee Gordon, who has been going to the church for 23 years and serves on the Washington County Board of Supervisors — told the Democrat-Times the church has been broadcasting sermons in the parking lot for the last three weeks.

“The preacher is in the church at the pulpit, and we are streaming the service live as well,” Gordon added to the paper. “But a lot of our membership is elderly and doesn’t have access” to streaming technology.

Gordon told the paper he and his wife were each issued $500 tickets for violating social distancing orders and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ shelter-in-place order issued on April 3.

“I think somebody called the police,” Gordon told the paper. “And we were just doing the same thing we’ve been doing the last three weeks.”

One of the churchgoers posted a video on YouTube.

The same sort of thing happened in Virginia.

“Police in Chincoteague, VA, served a summons to the pastor of the Lighthouse Fellowship for holding a church service for 16 people spaced far apart in a sanctuary that seats 293,” CBN News reported on Thursday.

The charge is for violating Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s COVID Order 55 with a penalty up to a year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. Liberty Counsel, a religious rights law group, is representing Pastor Kevin Wilson and Lighthouse Fellowship Church.

Last Sunday before the service, a local police officer entered the church. He gave no introduction and did not ask for the pastor. He abruptly said they could not have more than 10 people spaced six feet apart. Then after the service, two police officers entered the church in full mask and gloves and asked to speak with the pastor. They issued him a summons and informed him that if he had service on Easter, all attending would receive the same summons, according to the Liberty Counsel.

Meanwhile in Kentucky, state police plan to record the license plates of residents who attend church on Easter — and report them to local health departments for quarantine, Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday.

“We’re having to take a new action, and I hoped that we wouldn’t, and it’s that any individual that’s going to participate in a mass gathering of any type that we know about this weekend we’re going to record license plates and provide it to local health departments,” Beshear said, according to the New York Post. “Local health departments are going to come to your door with an order for you to be quarantined for 14 days.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) blasted the plan, writing on Twitter: “Taking license plates at church? Quarantining someone for being Christian on Easter Sunday? Someone needs to take a step back here.”

 

Source: Going To Church Becomes A Crime In The Age Of COVID-19

WSJ: China Floods Facebook and Twitter with Chinese Virus Disinformation

In a recent article, the Wall Street Journal outlines how China has begun spreading viral messages in an attempt to shape the narrative of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The communist country’s state-run media outlets have been allowed by Twitter and Facebook to flood their platforms with posts disparaging American efforts to stop the Chinese virus pandemic, as well as posting misinformation about the Wuhan coronavirus itself.

Source: WSJ: China Floods Facebook and Twitter with Chinese Virus Disinformation

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr: Bill Gate’s “Obsession With Vaccines… Fueled By Messianic Conviction… To Save The World With Technology & God-Like Willingness To Experiment With Lives Of Lesser Humans” | DC Dirty Laundry

Well, those are the words of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a man who has spent years exposing vaccines and the dangers from them.  In his Instagram posted on April 9, 2020, Kennedy pointed out just how evil Microsoft founder Bill Gates actually is.  In fact, we are talking Rockefeller evil, Kissenger evil, George Soros sort of evil.

Here’s what Kennedy wrote:

Gates’ obsession with vaccines seems fueled by a messianic conviction that he is ordained to save the world with technology and a god-like willingness to experiment with the lives of lesser humans.

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Promising to eradicate Polio with $1.2 billion, Gates took control of India ‘s National Advisory Board (NAB) and mandated 50 polio vaccines (up from 5) to every child before age 5. Indian doctors blame the Gates campaign for a devastating vaccine-strain polio epidemic that,paralyzed 496,000 children between 2000 and 2017. In 2017, the Indian Government dialed back Gates’ vaccine regimen and evicted Gates and his cronies from the NAB. Polio paralysis rates dropped precipitously.

In 2017, the World Health Organization reluctantly admitted that the global polio explosion is predominantly vaccine strain, meaning it is coming from Gates’ Vaccine Program. The most frightening epidemics in Congo, the Philippines, and Afghanistan are all linked to Gates’ vaccines. By 2018, ¾ of global polio cases were from Gates’ vaccines.

In 2014, the Gates Foundation funded tests of experimental HPV vaccines, developed by GSK and Merck, on 23,000 young girls in remote Indian provinces. Approximately 1,200 suffered severe side effects, including autoimmune and fertility disorders. Seven died. Indian
government investigations charged that Gates funded researchers committed pervasive ethical violations: pressuring vulnerable village girls into the trial, bullying parents, forging consent forms, and refusing medical care to the injured girls. The case is now in the country’s Supreme Court.

In 2010, the Gates Foundation funded a trial of a GSK’s experimental malaria vaccine, killing 151 African infants and causing serious adverse effects including paralysis, seizure, and febrile convulsions to 1,048 of the 5,049 children.

During Gates 2002 MenAfriVac Campaign in Sub-Saharan Africa, Gates operatives forcibly vaccinated thousands of African children against meningitis. Between 50-500 children developed paralysis. South African newspapers complained, “We are guinea pigs for drug makers” Nelson Mandela’s former Senior Economist, Professor Patrick Bond, describes Gates’ philantropic practises as “ruthless” and immoral”.

In 2010, Gates committed $ 10 billion to the WHO promising to reduce population, in part, through new vaccines. A month later Gates told a Ted Talk that new vaccines “could reduce population”.

In 2014, Kenya’s Catholic Doctors Association accused the WHO of chemically sterilizing millions of unwilling Kenyan women with a phony “tetanus” vaccine campaign. Independent labs found the sterility formula in every vaccine tested. After denying the charges, WHO
finally admitted it had been developing the sterility vaccines for over a decade. Similar accusations came from Tanzania, Nicaragua, Mexico and the Philippines.

A 2017 study (Morgensen et.Al.2017) showed that WHO’s popular DTP is killing more African than the disease it pretends to prevent. Vaccinated girls suffered 10x the death rate of unvaccinated children.

Gates and the WHO refused to recall the lethal vaccine which WHO forces upon millions of African children annually. Global public health advocates around the world accuse Gates of – hijacking WHO’s agenda away from the projects that are proven to curb infectious
diseases; clean water, hygiene, nutrition and economic development. They say he has diverted agency resources to serve his personal fetish – that good health only comes in a syringe.

In addition to using his philantropy to control WHO, UNICEF, GAVI and PATH, Gates funds private pharmaceutical companies that manifacture vaccines, and a massive network of pharmaceutical -industry front groups that broadcast deceptive propaganda, develop fraudulent studies, conduct surveillance and psychological operations against vaccine hesitancy and use Gates’ power and money to silence dissent and coerce compliance.

In this recent nonstop Pharmedia appearances, Gates appears gleeful that the Covid-19 crisis will give him the opportunity to force his third-world vaccine programs on American children.”

Article posted with permission from Sons Of Liberty Media

Source: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr: Bill Gate’s “Obsession With Vaccines… Fueled By Messianic Conviction… To Save The World With Technology & God-Like Willingness To Experiment With Lives Of Lesser Humans”

A politicized WHO | WORLDmag.com

In a viral video clip, Hong Kong journalist Yvonne Tong asked World Health Organization Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward if the organization would allow Taiwan to become a member. On a video call, Aylward pauses uncomfortably before responding “I’m sorry, I couldn’t hear your question, Yvonne. … Let’s move to another one then.” When Tong repeats her question, he responds by hanging up the call.

After Tong called him back and asked about Taiwan again, Aylward deflected, claiming they had already talked about China.

On Twitter, some joked he was pulling a trick used by students trying to avoid answering questions on Zoom classes by pretending their screen is frozen. Badiucao, a Chinese political cartoonist living in Australia, drew a picture of Aylward in front of the WHO logo with 100 RMB bills stuffed in his ears and the quote, “I’m sorry. I couldn’t hear your question.”

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the WHO (an agency of the United Nations) has parroted China’s narrative, delayed declaring the outbreak a public health emergency, and praised China’s response. In a clip shared by Chinese media, Aylward said, “If I had COVID-19, I’d want to be treated in China.” China has also successfully blocked democratic Taiwan and its 23 million citizens from being part of the WHO, with the group’s leaders avoiding mention of the T-word like the plague.

Has China bought the WHO, as Badiucao’s comic suggests? China’s monetary contribution to the WHO has increased by 52 percent from 2014 to $86 million in 2019, but that is still less than 10 percent of what the United States contributed the same year. Instead the communist country’s growing influence around the world has given China enormous sway over the United Nations.

A timeline of WHO’s actions on COVID-19 demonstrate this influence. China first alerted the WHO to an outbreak on Dec. 31 but claimed it “had not found any obvious human-to-human transmission.” Meanwhile officials reprimanded eight Chinese doctors for sharing information about this unknown pneumonia on social media. That same day, Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control alerted WHO about its suspicion the new virus could be spread between humans and asked the organization to investigate.

Instead, two weeks later the WHO endorsed an initial investigation by Chinese authorities that again stated there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. It wasn’t until Jan. 23—three days after Chinese epidemiologist Zhong Nanshan backtracked the earlier report—that the WHO followed suit. By then, more than three weeks had passed and the virus had spread throughout Wuhan, China, and the rest of the world. Still, the WHO refused to call the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern until a week later.

On Jan. 28, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and praised China for “setting a new standard for outbreak control” and praised the government for its “openness to sharing information.” This was as Chinese censors wiped reports about the outbreak from the internet and the government under-reported the number of infection cases and deaths. Rather than offend the Chinese government, Tedros instead urged countries not to close their borders to travelers from China, even as the number of cases ballooned to 17,000 in early February. “China has bought the world time,” Tedros stated on Feb. 20.

Source: A politicized WHO

Welcome To Your New Freedoms: GPS Trackers, Mandatory Selfies, & ‘Obey Or Die’ | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Simon Black via SovereignMan.com,

In the words of Rahm Emanuel, former Chief of Staff to Barack Obama, “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

Emanuel first said this during the 2008/2009 financial crisis… meaning that politicians can use a crisis as an opportunity to push through radical ideas that would otherwise never be accepted.

Late last month, Emanuel uttered the same words on ABC News This Week, admonishing politicians to not let this crisis go to waste either… and use it as a springboard to pass sweeping policy changes while people are too terrified to care.

And at this point in the pandemic it’s pretty clear that plenty of governments are absolutely not letting this crisis go to waste.

Here’s a roundup of what’s happening around the world:

Philippines: “Shoot them dead”

In 2016 the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, was elected on a “tough on crime” platform.

He wanted to bring back hangings for criminals convicted of murder and rape.

After being elected, Duterte said that drug traffickers, drug dealers, and even drug users should be shot dead in the street.

Other government officials insisted Duterte was exaggerating, just using theatrics to get his point across.

But sure enough, thousands of alleged drug dealers and users have been killed since 2016. Some were killed by police, and others by vigilantes.

Now the Philippines, like most of the world, is on lockdown to try to prevent the spread of CoronaVirus.

And in Duterte’s own words, “if there is any trouble” enforcing the lockdown, or people who ignore the rules, police should “shoot them dead.”

Hong Kong: GPS trackers

Hong Kong’s government (which at this point is basically an extension of mainland China) is forcing some people to wear bulky GPS trackers on their wrists.

This is happening at a time when Hong Kong is experiencing its second wave of Covid outbreaks. So the government started requiring new arrivals to strap on a wristband in order to ‘geofence’ people into their quarantine areas.

Once you arrive to your destination (your hotel, apartment, etc.) you have one minute to walk around so that the GPS tracker can map out the perimeter. And if you leave the area, the authorities are immediately alerted.

Violators face up to six months in prison and fines up to USD $3,200.

This is probably going to become the standard in the West, and I’ve been told by a source in Hong Kong that the World Health Organization is trialing these bracelets for release in western countries.

Poland: Mandatory selfie photos

Poland’s government developed a special app where users are forced to upload selfie photos to prove that they are inside and not violating the lockdown.

It’s called the “Home Quarantine” app, and it’s required for people returning to Poland from abroad who must self-quarantine for 14 days.

When the app requests a photo, users have twenty minutes to upload a selfie from inside their home, or the police come knocking.

Russia: 100,000 cameras with facial recognition across Moscow

After Russia’s Duma (parliament) voted in early March to allow Vladimir Putin to defy constitutional term limits and continue to seek re-election as President, the government has now deployed a network of 100,000 cameras with facial recognition in the streets of Moscow to track individuals who are supposed to be in quarantine.

Violations in Russia can carry severe penalties, up to seven years in prison.

Furthermore, even spreading what the government deems as ‘fake news’ about Covid-19 could result in up to five years in prison.

India: Flights and trains suspended, supply chain breaks down

India’s government ordered its population to quarantine last month… and then shut down the country’s primary transportation systems.

The government suspended both domestic flights and train travel, apparently not realizing that millions of people would be stranded and unable to return home to self-quarantine.

Unsurprisingly, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that supply chains in India have also started to break down, causing shortages of certain foods.

Singapore: tracking everyone else you meet

Singapore’s government is using bluetooth and GPS data from its citizens mobile phones to map who everyone comes into contact with. They at least have announced that they will publish the source code of the tracking app.

Land of the Free: Ankle bracelets on, medical privacy off

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has begun ordering house-arrest ankle bracelets for some citizens who they deem susceptible to violate curfew.

Massachusetts, Alabama, and Florida have abandoned medical privacy laws, and officials are now informing the police and paramedics which homes have a resident who tested positive for Coronavirus.

South Africa: Bride and Groom arrested at their own wedding

A wedding that took place despite a nationwide ban on public gatherings in the South African state of KwaZulu Natal was broken up by police last weekend.

All 50 guests, plus the minister performing the service, and the bride and groom, were arrested and hauled off to jail.

Understandably, I imagine many readers might think, “Well that was stupid and a little bit selfish to hold a public gathering at a time like this.”

I agree. But it’s hard to ignore the fact that basic freedoms: freedom of assembly, freedom of worship, freedom of speech, privacy, etc. have gone out the window, all over the world.

*  *  *

Laws and constitutions everywhere are being violated. And while most of the discussion about this pandemic is ‘when will the public health emergency subside,’ and ‘when will the economy go back to normal,’ there’s hardly any discussion about “When will our freedoms be restored?”

It’s hard to imagine they’re going to stop the GPS tracking, the facial recognition, the criminal ‘fake news’ penalties, and the countless other ‘emergency measures’ anytime soon.

Think about it– 9/11 was nearly two decades ago and we’re still dealing with the freedom-eroding consequences of that event.

So we have to be honest with ourselves about this pandemic– the longer these freedoms are restricted, the more unlikely they’ll ever be restored.

Source: Welcome To Your New Freedoms: GPS Trackers, Mandatory Selfies, & ‘Obey Or Die’

Investors should prepare for a coronavirus-induced ‘vicious spiral’ more than twice as bad as the financial crisis, says J.P. Morgan | MarketWatch

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There is a significant chance the global economy experiences “a vicious spiral, which is typical of recessions, between weak final demand, weaker labor markets, falling profits, weak credits markets and low oil prices.”

Source: Investors should prepare for a coronavirus-induced ‘vicious spiral’ more than twice as bad as the financial crisis, says J.P. Morgan

Quarantine Questionnaire: Did the Disciples Lie About Resurrection? — Cold Case Christianity

Take advantage of the quarantine to learn more about the case for God’s existence, the reliability of the Bible and the nature of the Christian worldview

Did the Disciples Conspire to Lie about the Resurrection? (Video)

J. Warner Wallace responds to a common objection to the Resurrection of Jesus: The disciples of Jesus lied about the resurrection. Is it reasonable to believe that the disciples conspired to invent the story of the resurrection? J. Warner examines five attributes of successful conspiracies to see if any of these characteristics were present for the disciples.

The Truth About Easter: Did The Disciples Lie About the Resurrection?

Don’t get me wrong, successful conspiracies occur every day. But if you think you know of one, it’s because it wasn’t successful. When conspiracies are successful, it’s because they involve a small number of incredibly close-knit participants who are in constant communication with one another for a very short period without any outside pressure. That wasn’t the case for the disciples.

1. Why do you think this claim (that the disciples lied about the Resurrection) is the most popular objection of skeptics?

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2. Why do you think conspiracy schemes are so popular in our culture?

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3. List the five attributes of successful conspiracies:

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4. Which of these attributes do you think would have been the greatest obstacle for the disciples of Jesus?

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5. Have you ever heard someone in your life make this skeptical claim? Briefly summarize what you might now say to someone who thinks the disciples lied about the Resurrection:

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Download all the Quarantine Questionnaires HERE. The PDF files have active hyperlinks you can use to access the videos and the articles, and you can print them to complete your responses!

via Quarantine Questionnaire: Did the Disciples Lie About Resurrection? — Cold Case Christianity

April 11 The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible

April 11.—Morning. [Or July 20.]
“The Lord he is God.”

Judges 18:1–6; 14–26

IN those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.

And the children of Dan sent of their family five men from their coasts, men of valour, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said unto them, Go, search the land: who when they came to mount Ephraim, to the house of Micah, they lodged there.

When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite: and they turned in thither, and said unto him, Who brought thee hither? and what makest thou in this place? and what hast thou here? (This is generally the worldling’s question—“What hast thou here?” And in this case it was well suited for a hireling priest.)

And he said unto them, Thus and thus dealeth Micah with me, and hath hired me, and I am his priest.

And they said unto him, Ask counsel, we pray thee, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.

Little did they care whether he was a true servant of God or not. They were like many in our day, who think one religion as good as another. They saw before them a god, an ephod, and a priest, and that was enough for them. One would think that if they cared for religion at all, they would have been anxious to have the right one; but no, the very men who are careful in their eating, their clothing, their medicine, will take their faith second-hand from others, without examination.

And the priest said unto them, Go in peace: before the Lord is your way wherein ye go.

False priests abound in soft words.

These spies fulfilled their commission, and returned to the Danites with their report; whereupon the men of war marched upon Laish, and on the road stopped at or near Micah’s house for the night, as the spies had done previously. They were ungrateful enough to repay his former hospitality by robbing him.

14 ¶ Then answered the five men that went to spy out the country of Laish, and said unto their brethren, Do ye know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and a graven image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what ye have to do. (This was a hint that perhaps the gods would be worth the stealing.)

15 And they turned thitherward, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even unto the house of Micah, and saluted him.

16 And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate.

17 And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war.

They kept the priest in conversation while they stole the wretched gods which could not protect themselves. Does it not read like a caricature? How insane a thing, that men should steal what they had worshipped, and afterwards worship what they stole.

18 And these went into Micah’s house, and fetched the carved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image. Then said the priest unto them, What do ye?

19 And they said unto him, Hold thy peace, lay thine hand upon thy mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for thee to be a priest unto the house of one man, or that thou be a priest unto a tribe and a family in Israel? (They knew the most powerful arguments to silence this gentleman, and asked him whether it would not be more profitable to be the priest of a settlement than the private chaplain of a single man. The man who had already sold himself was easily bought.)

20 And the priest’s heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the graven image, and went in the midst of the people. (Bishop Hall says, “He that was won with ten shekels, may be lost with eleven. The Levite had too many gods to make conscience of pleasing one. There is nothing more inconstant than a Levite who seeks nothing but himself.”)

22 And when they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men that were in the houses near to Micah’s house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.

23 And they cried unto the children of Dan. And they turned their faces, and said unto Micah, What aileth thee, that thou comest with such a company?

24 And he said, Ye have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and ye are gone away: and what have I more? and what is this that ye say unto me, What aileth thee? (What a mass of superstition and absurdity! Ye have stolen my gods which are my all. They are my own gods, for I made them myself, and very precious are they to my heart, so that nothing can console me for their loss. He was foolish to trust in gods which could not take care of themselves, yet while he did trust in them he showed his sincerity by grieving for their loss. In very deed, if we lose the smile of the living God, we may well say, “What have I more?” To lose the presence of God is to lose all.)

25 And the children of Dan said unto him, Let not thy voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows run upon thee, and thou lose thy life, with the lives of thy household. (Those who have power on their side can generally find something to say, and they scarcely care to conceal the lion’s claw beneath the lion’s pad.)

26 And the children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back unto his house.

And if he became a wiser man he was a great gainer by his loss. If Ritualists and others could be cured of their folly by the breaking in pieces of all their altars and the pulling down of every cathedral in the land it would be a cheap remedy. O that the Lord would visit this land, and with his great besom sweep out the priests and their idols. May he also cleanse the temples of our hearts. For this let us pray.

God is King among all nations,

God above all gods is he;

In his hand are earth’s foundations,

The strong hills and rolling sea:

He created land and ocean,

He with beauty clothes the sod;

Let us kneel in deep devotion,

Bless our Maker and our God.

 

From vile idolatry

Preserve my worship clean;

I am the God who set thee free

From slavery and sin.

No symbol shalt thou make,

Or graven image frame;

I am the Lord, Invisible,

Eternal is my name.

Though steeped in midnight dire as death,

The heathen scorn thy name,

And rage with bold blaspheming breath;

Dear Lord, remember them!

Darkly they roam, enslaved by lust,

Devoid of fear and shame;

Before their gods they crouch in dust;

But, oh! remember them!

Why is thy church so much defaced?

Why hast thou laid her fences waste?

Strangers and foes against her join,

And every beast devours thy vine.

Return, Almighty God, return;

Nor let thy bleeding vineyard mourn;

Turn us to thee, thy love restore,

We shall be saved, and sigh no more.

April 11.—Evening. [Or July 21.]
“Our God is in the heavens.”

THE mournfully ludicrous picture of idol-worship afforded by our two last readings, leads us to adore and worship the one only living and true God, who has revealed himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, our God in covenant, whom alone we reverence. Let us read the devout song of the Jewish church contained in

Psalm 115

Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. (When in trouble, we can find no plea for help in ourselves, but must be humbled, and appeal only to the mercy and faithfulness of God.)

Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? (Saints draw arguments from the blasphemies of their enemies, and these are prevalent with God.)

But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. (However much the ungodly may rage, God sits upon the throne, they cannot thrust him from the seat of power; and, moreover, amid all their riot the Lord achieves his purposes, and in every jot and tittle his decrees are fulfilled. Sweet comfort this.)

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. (At the very best this is all the idols are, mere masses of metal. What scorn is here poured upon the sacred images! The next sentences are grimly sardonic. Idols are not to be reverenced but despised.)

They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. (Though their features are meant to represent various attributes of power, they are only so many falsehoods, for an eye that cannot see is a poor emblem of knowledge, a mouth which cannot speak is no symbol of eloquence, and hands which cannot move are a mockery, rather than an ensign of power.)

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

They are as gross and ridiculous as the images they odors.

O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield.

11 Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. (Thus trust in God is the duty and privilege of all sorts of saints, in all places.)

12 The Lord hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; (The past ensures the future, since our God changes not;) he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron.

13 He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great. (A precious word of comfort for the little in years, in substance, in ability, and in grace; they are not and shall not be forgotten, when God blesses his chosen.)

14 The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. (Believers shall be multiplied, the chosen race shall increase.)

15 Ye are blessed of the Lord which made heaven and earth. (And this is true, whatever men may say, or providence may appoint. Rejoice in it, ye righteous.)

16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

17 The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence. (So far as this world is concerned, death ends human praise: let us then resolve to bless the Lord as long as we live, according to the resolution of the next verse.)

18 But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the Lord.

Formed by human hands, behold

Gods of silver, gods of gold;

Worship unto these they pay,

Unto these bow down and pray.

Mouths have they, yet not a word

From their speechless lips is heard;

Eyes they have, yet blind are found;

Ears,—but cannot hear a sound.

They as void of sense appear,

Who these senseless idols rear;

All who trust in them for aid,

Miserable dupes are made.

Israel, trust thou in the Lord;

He alone can help afford:

Make Jehovah’s name your shield;

Sure protection he will yield.[1]

 

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1964). The Interpreter: Spurgeon’s Devotional Bible (pp. 209–211). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.

Kissinger ‘Speaks’: Globalists’ Big Plans for Covid-19 Crisis

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Henry “Kiss the Ring” Kissinger has weighed in on the global impact of COVID-19. And the granddaddy of one-world insiders doesn’t disappoint. He says the coronavirus will “forever alter the world order.” [See The New American.]

But what does the Godfather of the NWO really talk about behind closed doors? Wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall?

I can just see him huddling with his buddies, sipping martinis and saying something like, “We launched the big one this time… They thought they were winning, they thought Trump could save them, they thought Brexit could save them, they thought the Yellow Vests could save them, the Hong Kong protests… But we turned the tables on them.

“And they thought 9-11 was big? Wait till they see what we have in store with this one!”

Yes, Bill Gates has surely made one of his Zen masters proud, as he sits ready and waiting with a cocktail of mandatory vaccines, at least one promising to be specially tailored for COVID-19. Kissinger’s old communist buddies in China are also elated with the crap storm they have unleashed.

The economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic is only just beginning | Business Insider

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  • The coronavirus epidemic will continue to be a drag on the US economy even after it is contained.
  • The economic pain caused by COVID-19 will not only shutter businesses like sports and casinos, but also hurt the businesses that rely on serving those shut down industries.
  • This means that Congress needs to supply more aid to Americans.
  • George Pearkes is the global macro strategist for Bespoke Investment Group.
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As new case counts for COVID-19 peak in New York and potentially nationally, it’s reasonable to expect the trajectory for cases and deaths to slowly stabilize and potentially fall.

But just because there may be some good news in the effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus does not mean that the US economy is going to come roaring back to full capacity anytime soon — in fact the economic outlook is going to be ugly for awhile.

Good news on the spread of the virus…

Per Johns Hopkins tracking data, the day-over-day growth of US confirmed cases of COVID-19 peaked back on April 4th. If precedents in China, Korea, and Western Europe hold, that suggests a one-way trip lower in case counts thanks to social distancing measures which have been introduced across the country.

The success of lockdowns, the public health burden being lifted, and the avoidance of a massive, overwhelming death toll is reason for celebration.

But that means we’ve moved to a new stage of the fight: preventing future outbreaks.

There is still no reasonable expectation for a vaccine before the fall at the very earliest, and possibly not before the middle of 2021. This means that in order to prevent a second flare up of COVID-19 some kind of social distancing or herd immunity is required.

Given how many people would need to be hospitalized under the herd immunity theory, that’s not an option, so economies are left dependent on social distancing — reducing group interactions, movement, and close contact to prevent spread — even after case counts decline.

We have evidence that lifting these measures can lead to more cases. Singapore’s uptick in cases and shift towards lockdowns is one example; that country had 13 cases by the end of January, but slowed spread so that only 102 cases existed a month later. By the start of April, though, schools and businesses were being ordered to close as new cases surged over 100 per day.

South Korea, which fought so hard to test and trace every possible case early and even after its large central disease cluster exploded, is still reporting dozens of new cases per day.

These experiences show that lifting the various stay-at-home, lockdown, and quarantine orders that have done such a good job stemming the spread of COVID-19 can restart case count growth.

In short: until we have a scaled-up vaccine, there’s no way to “return to normalcy”.

…does not mean a sudden economic bounce back

As a result of the need to maintain these social distancing measures, economic activity will continue to suffer.

Taking the simplistic view that the shuttering of businesses due to lockdowns and social distancing are the only economic effect, even an optimistic scenario would still mean US economic activity stays below — potentially far below — pre-virus levels for the rest of this year.

Concerts, cruises, conferences, crowded flights, crammed buses or subways, and large public gatherings like festivals or theme parks are going to remain massively risky to public health until a vaccine arrives, even if people take precautions like aggressive hand-washing, avoiding direct contact like handshakes, and wearing masks.

These are not the most productive sectors of the economy, but they represent billions in spending and millions of jobs.

More importantly, they all have downstream effects: other businesses rely on them for revenue and they bolster state and local budgets.

Therefore caps on a small slice of industries will have second-order effects (like less revenue for caterers) and third-order effects (like cutbacks to state and local government spending because events contribute fewer taxes and force reduced spending thanks to balanced budget amendments).

We haven’t even started to talk about the impact on consumers’ willingness to spend or companies’ willingness to invest. The almost certain decline in confidence among consumers and businesses will further exacerbate the economic shock of COVID-19.

Of course, fiscal stimulus is coming, and the CARES Act will sustain incomes for many while even boosting incomes for households which haven’t taken a hit; businesses that otherwise may have closed or defaulted can be kept open as well.

But even back of the envelope math suggests that the CARES Act is nowhere near enough. Excluding large corporate loans (because they will bolster balance sheets rather than income statements), the CARES Act’s $1.5 trillion in spending is only about 7% of GDP.

Lending programs from the Federal Reserve like those announced Friday will also ensure credit keeps flowing and reduce some of the financial feedback loops which can exacerbate downturns. The Fed will be lending billions to businesses and state or local governments, but that lending will have to be paid back rather than forgiven like small business loans or stimulus checks for consumers.

In a world where entire industries have seen income zeroed out overnight for at least a month if not longer and a huge negative shock to longer-term prospects, while one in ten workers file for unemployment claims in three weeks, 7% of GDP and ample lending won’t make up for the lost income in its entirety.

It definitely won’t be enough to offset the changes in behavior in response to the headline shocks, and those will take many months to play out as households, businesses, and sub-federal governments assess the damage to their incomes and adjust their expenditure accordingly, further dampening other agents’ incomes.

Case counts and equity market prices have moved very fast, with day-to-day or second-to-second updates which have focused on the positives related to disease burden. Those positives are real, but they are an incomplete picture of how severe of a drag COVID-19 will be on the economy over the course of this year.

Source: The economic devastation from the coronavirus pandemic is only just beginning