Daily Archives: June 7, 2020

June 7 A Word to Singles

 

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
(Luke 1:34)

Has God been telling you certain things He wants to do in your life? Have you been questioning Him? Maybe you’re a single parent raising children, and your circumstances don’t seem to allow you time to accomplish much. Or you’ve been thinking you must have a husband or a wife to fulfil the will of God. Listen to what God told Mary, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee” (Luke 1:35). If you’re wondering how God will make things come to pass in your life, put the Holy Spirit into the picture. He will accomplish the task. No man will get the credit!

Don’t allow your vision to die because you’ve been called to walk alone! My father was an unbeliever for many years. However, my mother loved him and prayed for him faithfully. Before he died, he committed his life to Christ. In spite of the hardships she faced, both her sons are in the ministry today. Cling to the promise God has given you for your family! Sarah didn’t stand on Abraham’s faith; she stood on her own. Listen: “Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive” (Hebrews 11:11). Don’t just sit by the window waiting for God to send somebody.

 

If He does, that’s wonderful; but until He does, make your life count for God.[1]

 

[1] Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 158). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.

June 7, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. This affirmation of Jesus’ prediction of his resurrection picks up the three passion predictions in 16:21; 17:22–23; 20:17–19, each of which mentions Jesus’ resurrection.[1]


Ver. 6.—He is not here. He is not in this tomb; his bodily presence is removed from this his whilom resting-place. St. Matthew’s account is greatly condensed, and omits many details which harmonists try to fit into our text. The attempt is not to be commended, for it really involves greater confusion, and, after all, is forced and only conjectural. For he is risen, as he said. If they had believed Christ’s often-repeated announcement, they would not have come seeking the living among the dead. (For Christ’s predictions concerning his resurrection, see ch. 12:40; 16:21; 17:23; 20:19.). On this simple, but pregnant sentence “He is risen,” depends the phenomenon of Christianity, in its origin, existence, continuance, extension, and moral power. “Death began with woman; and to women the first announcement is made of resurrection” (Hilary, quoted by Wordsworth, in loc.). Come, see the place where the Lord lay. The angel invites them to satisfy themselves that Christ’s body was no longer in its resting-place. That Jesus was designated as “the Lord,” ὁ Κύριος, by the disciples is obvious (see John 20:18; 21:7, etc.), but it is doubtful whether the words are genuine here, though they are found in many good manuscripts and in the Vulgate. They are omitted by א, B, 33, etc., and by Tischendorf and Westcott and Hort in their editions. Regarding them as genuine, Bengel calls them “gloriosa appellatio,” which indeed it is, for it is equivalent to “Jehovah.” Harmonists suppose that the angel was at first not seen by the women; that Mary Magdalene, observing the stone removed, at once hurried to the city to tell Peter and John; that, the rest of the women remaining, the angel made himself visible to them and bade them enter the sepulchre; and that, doing so, they beheld another angel sitting on the right side of the recess. Thus, it is conjectured, the accounts in Mark and John may be harmonized with that in our text. (See also Westcott on John 20, where is given a provisional arrangement of the facts of the first Easter Day.)[2]


The fulfilled predictions (28:6)

The note of fulfilment has been prominent in this Gospel and it is prominent at the end. Three times in the Gospel account Jesus had predicted that he would rise again on the third day. This chapter shows the fulfilment of that prophecy. The chief priests and Pharisees had a shrewd idea that his disciples might attempt to fake a resurrection. That is why they had approached Pilate on the Sabbath for a guard on the tomb (27:64). And the angel underlined it again: ‘He is not here; he has risen, just as he said’ (6). The other Gospels suggest some hints of the resurrection in the Old Testament Scriptures. There is very little foreshadowing of it in the Old Testament; certainly not enough for anyone to have set out from those predictions and postulated a resurrection to fulfil them. On the day of Pentecost, Peter quotes Psalm 16:8–11 and 110:1. But Matthew does not quote them. He emphasizes the fulfilment of the words of the new Moses. Fulfilled prophecy is hard to gainsay.[3]


28:6 “He has risen” In this context the Father’s acceptance and approval of the Son’s words and works are expressed in two great events.

  1. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead
  2. Jesus’ ascension to the Father’s right hand[4]

6. He is not here; for he is risen, as he said. See on Luke 24:5–7. Come [Δεῦτε], as in ch. 11:28, see the place where the Lord lay. Charming invitation! ‘Come, see the spot where the Lord of glory lay: now it is an empty grave: He lies not, but He lay there. Come, feast your eyes on it!’ But see on John 20:12;[5]


[1] Brown, J. K. (2015). Matthew. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 317). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). St. Matthew (Vol. 2, pp. 640–641). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[3] Green, M. (2001). The message of Matthew: the kingdom of heaven (p. 316). Leicester, England; Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[4] Utley, R. J. (2000). The First Christian Primer: Matthew (Vol. Volume 9, p. 236). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[5] Brown, D., Fausset, A. R., & Jamieson, R. (n.d.). A Commentary, Critical, Experimental, and Practical, on the Old and New Testaments: Matthew–John (Vol. V, p. 132). London; Glasgow: William Collins, Sons, & Company, Limited.

June—7 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

 

He brought me to the banqueting-house, and his banner over me was love.—Song 2:4.

In whatever sense thou art led, my soul, to look at the banqueting-house of Jesus, thy joy will be great in the contemplation. And if he who hath prepared the banqueting-house, and well stored it with every thing to afford a spiritual repast, will lead thee thither, and regale thee there with the rich enjoyment of himself, and the fulness of blessings in him, thou wilt have a feast of fat things indeed! Come then, this evening, and take a view of Jesus’ banqueting-house, and wait on thy kind and condescending Lord. He hath been known to take home many a poor, waiting, hungry sinner, that hath been on the look-out for him, to his banqueting-house, and given him a gracious, full, and satisfying entertainment. Come then, my soul, and see this banqueting-house of Jesus. Some have looked at it as the covenant itself of redemption; for this is indeed a house of banquet, where every thing that can enrich the soul in the love of God the Father, God the Son, and God the holy Ghost, is found. Oh! the blessedness of this covenant! Well might David, when he was brought into it, exult and say, “This is all my salvation, and all my desire!” And some have looked at the banqueting-house, and thought it meant the Church, the house of God; for here all the blessings of the covenant are given to the guests which Jesus brings into it. And here again we find, that they who are blessed with a place in God’s house are so delighted as to resolve to go out no more. “Here would I dwell” (is the language that expresseth the sentiment of all): “this is my rest for ever; here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.” (Psalm 132:14.) And some have looked at the banqueting-house of the Lord Jesus, and considered, that it is the blessed “word of God, the scriptures of truth.” And certain it is, that “they contain the words of eternal life;” and open every day, and all the day, an everlasting supply to banquet the hungry soul, and to satiate the sorrowful soul. One, who could not be mistaken, said, when he had been feeding upon the rich things contained in it, “Thy words were found, and I did eat them, and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.” (Jerem. 15:16.) And another, not less taught, cried out in a transport, “O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97.) But I see no reason why the whole may not be considered as the banqueting-house of Jesus. For when, by the sweet influences of his spirit, he hath brought his redeemed into a heartfelt enjoyment of an interest in his covenant, his Church, and Scriptures, every word, ordinance, and means of grace, with all the promises, are the inheritance of his people. Pause, my soul, and inquire, whether the Lord Jesus hath thus brought thee in? Art thou acquainted with his banqueting-house, and convinced that none but Jesus could bring thee in? It is a solemn thought! A man may attend the Church, may read the scriptures, follow ordinances; yea, go to the Lord’s table; but unless Jesus, by his Holy Spirit, leads the sinner there, meets him there, and blesseth him there, to what purpose will be the going? Look to it, my soul, that thy visits are by the Lord’s invitation, and thy welcome from him; yea, that he leads thee by the hand, meets thee, and blesseth thee; sets his banner over thee of love, and bids thee partake largely in the riches of his grace and salvation, in those well known words of thy Lord: “Eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved!”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 175–176). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

June 7 God’s Beauty Treatment

 

Proverbs 31:30

Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

Americans spend billions of dollars every year on cosmetics, but the best beauty treatment isn’t found in a bottle, but in a book—the Bible. First Peter 3:3–5 says, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves.”

Little is said of the physical qualities of the woman in Proverbs 31, though we assume she had a pleasant appearance. It is her character that’s emphasized—her trustworthiness (v. 11), her hard work (v. 13), her business instincts (v. 16), her generosity (v. 20), her creativity (v. 22), her initiative (v. 24), and her strength (v. 25).

It’s not the makeup on her face but the make-up of her heart that makes her beautiful. We can’t all be fashion models, but we can all be fashioned by grace as models of our Lord Jesus Christ.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 166). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

June 7th The D. L. Moody Year Book

 

Ye are not under law but under grace.—Romans 6:14.

WHEN Moses was in Egypt, to punish Pharaoh he turned the waters into blood. When Christ was on earth He turned the water into wine. That is the difference between law and grace. The law says, “Kill him”; grace says, “Forgive him.” Law says, “Condemn him”; grace says, “Love him.” When the law came out of Horeb three thousand men were destroyed. (Ex. 32:28.) At Pentecost, under grace, three thousand men found life. (Acts 2:41.) What a difference! When Moses came to the burning bush, he was commanded to take the shoes from off his feet. When the prodigal came home after sinning he was given a pair of shoes to put on his feet. I would a thousand times rather be under grace than under the law.[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. 98–99). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Governments Have Crippled The World’s Economies, Revolution May Soon Follow | ZeroHedge News

 

Authored by Thorstein Polleit via The Mises Institute,

The world seems to be on fire. A couple of months ago, the economic upswing was still firmly established, production expanded, and unemployment was declining. It all changed with the advent of the coronavirus or, to be precise: things turned really sour with the politically dictated lockdowns. As a reaction to the spread of the virus, governments in many countries ordered shops and firms to shut down and people to stay home. The inevitable result was a close to complete breakdown of the economic system. Hundreds of millions of people were thrown into outright despair; in India alone 120 million workers lost their jobs in April 2020.

The economic collapse sent the unbacked paper money system into a tailspin.Borrowers were unable to service their debt, and banks unwilling to roll over maturing loans, let alone extend new funds to struggling debtors. The entire credit pyramid was about to come crashing down. To prevent this from happening, governments and their central banks went “all in,” providing huge amounts of money to pay for people’s lost incomes and firms’ evaporating profits. Of course, governments do not have the money that they have promised to spend.

Central banks have started running the electronic printing presses, issuing great amounts of newly created money into the banking and financial sector and also injecting new balances into people’s accounts held with banks.In other words: as production contracts heavily, the quantity of money is rising strongly. This is, no doubt, an inflationary policy, for, if anything, inflation must be understood as an increase in the quantity of money. One possible outcome of a policy of increasing the quantity of money is price inflation: the increase in the money prices of goods and services.

Another result of a rise in the money stock is a redistribution of income and wealth among people. Not all people will get a share of the newly created money at the same time, as there will be early receivers and late receivers. The former can buy goods and services at unchanged prices. The latter, however, lose out: they can only purchase vendible items at already elevated prices. As a result, the early receivers of the new money get richer compared to the late receivers. The money injection, therefore, amounts to a redistribution of income and wealth.

The vast amounts of money that central banks are issuing to fend off the symptoms of the crisis will create winners and losers. It will make some richer, and it will make many others poorer. It does not create a win-win situation. Banks, the financial industry, big business, and governments, as well as their entourages and close beneficiaries, can be expected to be on the winning side. In contrast, medium and small business, the average employee, and pensioners can be expected to be on the losing end. If anything, the printing of ever greater amounts of money increases economic inequality.

It is no longer hard work, ingenuity, frugality, and consumer orientation on the part of the individual that determines his economic fate, but closeness to the central bank’s money printing press and meeting the requirements for receiving government favors. In times of economic expansion, opposition and protest against the social injustice that comes with money printing are subdued—most people see their slice of the cake increasing at least to some extent. A recession, however, changes that: it lays the foundation for outright opposition and rebellion.

As Ludwig von Mises (1881–1973) noted perceptively:

Permanent mass unemployment destroys the moral foundations of the social order. The young people who, having finished their training for work, are forced to remain idle, are the ferment out of which the most radical political movements are formed. In their ranks the soldiers of the coming revolutions are recruited.1

Opposition and rebellion against what?

Most people these days blame the loss of jobs and the dire income situation on capitalism—the economic system in which the means of production are in private hands. They argue that capitalism makes the rich even richer and the poor even poorer and that capitalism is inherently unstable and causes recurring economic and financial crises. However, this is an entirely false interpretation. First and foremost, neither in the US, Europe, Asia, nor Latin America do we find capitalism in the pure sense of the word.

Economic systems around the world represent the interventionist system.Governments have greatly restricted the workings of the free market forces through taxes, directives, laws, and regulations. Wherever you look, what little is left of the capitalist order is under siege and gets eliminated further. A rather obvious point is the monetary system: money production has been monopolized by government-sponsored central banks, which hand out licences to privately held banks to participate in money creation that is not backed by any real savings.

Sound economic theory teaches us that such a monetary system causes great trouble: it is inflationary, causes boom and bust cycles, makes the economy run into overindebtedness, and allows the state to become ever greater, transforming itself into the deep state. Indeed, there should be little doubt that without an unbacked paper money system, today’s governments could not have become as big, encroaching, and suppressive as they are. The unbacked paper money system is, so to speak, the elixir for creating a tyrannical government.

Unfortunately, those blaming capitalism are barking up the wrong tree. For all their critique of inflationary money, economic hardship and rising inequality are the direct results of governments’ successful war against capitalism, which has been replaced by a system of interventions. The free market system was replaced by a system of decrees and prohibitions, all of which are incompatible with capitalism in the true sense. Against this backdrop, the question arises: How come people put all the blame on capitalism rather than interventionism-socialism?

Of course, there is this thing called the “anticapitalist mentality.” Many people do not like capitalism, because under capitalism, those who serve consumer demand best are economically rewarded: making a profit is the result of having produced something that others want to buy. Those who are less eager to serve their fellow man must settle for lower incomes. This inevitable truth is the breeding ground for resentment, envy, and malevolence. And these emotions can be instrumentalized quite easily by demagogues.

This is exactly where the socialist ideology comes in. It appeals and caters to people’s resentments. Capitalism is declared the bad guy, the culprit of their dissatisfaction. In that sense, capitalism becomes a kind of “hate screen” against which people are encouraged to direct all their resentments. Most importantly, anticapitalist policies, the program of socialism, are praised and promoted as beneficial for the dissatisfied, to clamp down on the rich and to ensure a more even distribution of income and wealth.

No doubt the current income and wealth distribution has been brought about by interventionism-socialism rather than pure capitalism. One strategy to remedy it is to channel people’s dissatisfaction in the right direction—to make it clear that calling for less interventionism, less socialist policies, and the deconstruction of the state (as we know it today) is the way forward, not pushing the free market system off the cliff and allowing the deep state to become even bigger. No doubt this amounts to a gigantic educational task.

Much depends on making progress on this issue, as it would be a recipe for disaster if capitalism continued to be held responsible for the economic, social, and political problems that are, in fact, caused by a system that can perhaps best be characterized as anticapitalism. By bidding farewell to capitalism people put peace and prosperity in severe danger, jeopardizing the existential future of the great majority of human lives around the globe. That said, safeguarding capitalism from its destructive enemies is of utmost importance.

This is not only a time of economic crisis. In hindsight, it may also appear as a standoff between those forces wanting to push further toward socialism and those trying move back toward capitalism, and perhaps also as a time of social revolution. Hopefully a revolution against the encroaching socialism in the form of ever bigger and even more powerful governments. Hopefully a revolution in which people seek to regain control over their lives, putting an end to left-leaning ideologies, be it political globalism, interventionism, or outright socialism.

Source: Governments Have Crippled The World’s Economies, Revolution May Soon Follow

‘Forced’ vaccinations will control your life, warns religious-liberty group | WND

Planned programs for mass vaccinations to combat the coronavirus pandemic may appear to be voluntary, but they will determine where people are allowed to travel and shop and even whether or not they can leave their homes, warns the religious-liberty legal group Liberty Counsel.

In an online campaign allowing people to express their opposition, the group points out that mandatory vaccinations set up the conflict between a government’s responsibility to take reasonable actions to protect public health and “a deeply personal decision of faith and/or medical necessity.”

“Just as the government has no right to force us to worship as they dictate, neither does the government have the right to force Americans to inject our bodies with unknown, and potentially untested, substances,” the organization contends.

Americans likely would object to forced vaccinations, but a “voluntary” program could have the same effect, Liberty Counsel says.

Liberty Counsel explained: “Mandatory vaccination will likely not mean that jackbooted government agents will hold you down and force a needle into your arm. Rather, if world news reports are accurate, your life will be made so uncomfortable without taking the vaccine that you will find that you don’t really have much of a choice. The playbook for how this will roll out is already on full display in several countries around the world.”

In India and China, “tracking and tracing” programs already are being used to control peoples’ movements.

“Before being allowed into any building, including offices, grocery stores and even pharmacies, users must display their COVID app status to officials or their deputies monitoring the doors,” Liberty Counsel says.

Billionaire Bill Gates is “touring the world” promoting the idea of a “digital health certificate,” which the European Union already is considering.

While President Trump has opposed mandatory vaccinations, some governors are in favor.

But Liberty Counsel says there’s still time for people to express their opposition.

“Freedom loving citizens must now rise up with one voice to… tell Congress NOT to pass compulsory vaccine laws,” the group says. “The American people are not mere cattle to be bagged, tagged and tracked. We are a free people who intend to keep ALL our liberties, including the liberty to decide what we want –or don’t want — injected into our bodies.”

Source: ‘Forced’ vaccinations will control your life, warns religious-liberty group

Poll: 80% of voters think the U.S. is spiraling out of control | Axios

80% of Americans believe that the current situation in the United States is “out of control,” according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of 1,000 registered voters.

Why it matters: The dual crises of the coronavirus pandemic and racial unrest have Americans pessimistic about the state of the country.


  • Of the voters who believe the country is out of control, 92% are Democrats, 78% are independents and 66% are Republicans.
  • 46% of voters describe the economy as “poor,” and 54% fear that it will take a year or more for the coronavirus to be contained.
  • Americans by a 2-to-1 margin said they are more troubled by the actions of the police in the killing of George Floyd than by violence at some protests.

The big picture: The pandemic and protests have had a minor impact on President Trump’s job approval rating, which registered at 45% — down only 1% from April, according to the poll.

  • However, he remains 7% behind in a head-to-head matchup with Joe Biden, who received 49% support to Trump’s 42%.
  • 51% of voters polled said Biden would be better at uniting the country, while 26% said Trump would.
  • Trump has more favorable numbers on the economy, with 48% saying he would be better at cutting unemployment and getting people back to work, compared to 35% for Biden.

Methodology: This poll surveyed 1,000 registered voters from May 28 through June 2 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

Go deeper: George Floyd protests updates

Source: Poll: 80% of voters think the U.S. is spiraling out of control

Sunday’s Hymn: I Know Whom I Have Believed | Rebecca Writes

 

 

I know not why God’s wondrous grace
To me he hath made known,
Nor why, unworthy, Christ in love
Redeemed me for his own.

But “I know whom I have believed,
And am persuaded that he is able
To keep that which I’ve committed
Unto him against that day.”

I know not how this saving faith
To me he did impart,
Nor how believing in his Word
Wrought peace within my heart.

I know not how the Spirit moves,
Convincing men of sin,
Revealing Jesus through the Word,
Creating faith in him.

I know not what of good or ill
May be reserved for me,
Of weary ways or golden days,
Before his face I see.

I know not when my Lord may come,
At night or noonday fair,
Nor if I’ll walk the vale with him,
Or “meet him in the air.”

—Dan­i­el W. Whit­tle

Source: Sunday’s Hymn: I Know Whom I Have Believed

Sunday Talks: Former ADNI Ric Grenell Discusses The Administrative State… — The Last Refuge

 

 

A really good interview as Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Richard “Ric” Grenell (Former Acting Director of National Intelligence & Former US Ambassador to Germany) about the Deep State, President Trump, how tech is disrupting diplomacy with international partners and gives an insider’s look at how Antifa could be affected by President Trump.

Richard first gives an insider’s take on what exactly the “deep state” is. He shares how the DC elites make decisions for the rest of America while bearing little to no consequences for them. Richard discusses how Donald Trump has functioned as a disrupter to the way that Washington DC operates. Richard also discusses what Donald Trump refers to as Obamagate.

Richard gives an insider’s look at how Barack Obama and his administration weaponized intelligence agencies like the FBI, CIA, and NSA to investigate Michael Flynn using James Comey and how this led to Russiagate hysteria. Finally he discusses what tactics could be used to deal Antifa for their connection to the violent riots across the country.

via Sunday Talks: Former ADNI Ric Grenell Discusses The Administrative State… — The Last Refuge