Daily Archives: October 19, 2021

Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Possessing the Treasure

by Mike Ratliff

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16 (NASB) 

I have shared this before, but will do so again. When I first began this ministry, Possessing the Treasure, I was absolutely shocked not at the push-back against the Biblical truths I posted, but from where the majority of that push-back came. I had always assumed that those outside of the “Church” who hated God and hated his truth being presented as absolute would the ones who would be the most vicious and obstinate in their attacks, but I was wrong. The vast majority of the push-back, the back-stabbings, the most vicious, and absolutely evil attacks on the direct, clear meaning of God’s Word, exegetically and contextually presented here as God’s absolute truth came from what I would call “Religious Christians.”

That would trouble some, but I have learned from this that just because people claim to be in Christ does not mean that they really are. We see this in 1 John 2:18,19.

18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 1 John 2:18-19 (NASB) 

Paul ran into this a great deal in his ministry as well and we see this in his dealing with the Corinthian Church who had some there who opposed him to his face claiming he was not really an Apostle since he suffered so much. Of course those claims from some false teachers who came into that church teaching a false gospel and tried to move that church’s affections for Paul away from him to themselves while teaching a gospel of works righteousness and licentiousness.

In Paul’s Second Epistle to Timothy, which would be his last, he knows he is about to be martyred. He knows also the reason, which is the gospel. Carefully read these two passages along with my commentary.

8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God, 9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. 12 For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. 13 Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the treasure which has been entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 1:8-14 (NASB) 

Paul is a prisoner in Rome. In v9 we read that all who are in Christ are “called..with a holy calling“. This is the goal of God’s election (our sanctification) which we see in Ephesians 1:4. Also, this salvation is, “not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” Our salvation is by grace through faith not by human effort or merit (Eph. 2:8,9; Titus 3:4-6). This salvation was “according to His own purpose.” God’s decree and work of redemption is based solely on His own purpose and good pleasure. Elsewhere, this divine purpose is identified in terms of mercy (Titus 3:5) and love (Eph. 1:4,5). Our salvation was, “granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” This tells us that the divine decree of redemption through Christ is from eternity (Eph. 1:4; Titus 1:2; 1 Pet 1:20; Rev.13:8). This emphasizes that our salvation is entirely by of grace and not at all in response to or grounded upon our efforts. In v10 Paul is referring to our Lord’s incarnation in His first coming. He. is the Mediator of the covenant of grace (Titus 1:4; 2:13; 3:6). Also in v10, “who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.” This is through His death and resurrection (Heb. 2:14, 15; Rev. 1:18). In vv11-12, “for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher. For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” Here we see that Paul knows that his calling and obedience to that calling is the very reason for his suffering. However, he is not ashamed. Why? He knows His Savior and because of that his view and hope is in eternity not in the temporal. He then then encourages Timothy in vv 13-14 to emulate him in the same power of the Holy Spirit that he has and that means he will probably suffer for it as well.

6 For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6-8 (NASB) 

Paul’s mission was to obey our Lord in ministry and that was to preach the Gospel, plant churches and minster to our Lord’s people. He did that and it caused him to be arrested and would ultimately cause his martyrdom. However, Paul accepts the inevitability of his death, even if it may still be several months away. His sense of completion in this second imprisonment differs markedly from his exception of release to carry on further ministry when he wrote Philippians (Phil. 1:24-26; 2:24). Notice how he says his being poured out as a drink offering. This is a metaphor of death (cf. Phil 2:17) which comes from the OT sacrificial system.

I want to close this post with Paul exhortation to Timothy from 2 Timothy 4:1-5. It should be for us as well.

1 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, 4 and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 5 But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (NASB) 

That passage describes our time perfectly and we should be doing exactly as Paul commands Timothy.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Not Ashamed of the Gospel — Possessing the Treasure

CDC Advises Unvaccinated Americans to Stay Home for the Holidays — Again — Faithwire

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging unvaccinated Americans to skip holiday travel again this year, telling them it’s safer to stay home for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

In an updated holiday guidance issued Friday, the federal agency said it “still recommends delaying travel until you are fully vaccinated” against COVID-19.

“We fully expect that families and friends will gather for the holidays this year and we have updated our guidance on how to best stay safe over the holidays,” the CDC announced. “Holiday traditions are important for families and children. Because many generations tend to gather to celebrate holidays, the best way to minimize COVID-19 risk and keep your family and friends safer is to get vaccinated if you’re eligible.”

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As for those who are inoculated against the virus, the government is encouraging them to put on face coverings whenever they’re celebrating the holidays inside.

“You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, it at increased risk of severe disease, or is unvaccinated,” the agency added.

For those unvaccinated people who decide they “must” travel, the CDC is urging them to take extra precautions, such as getting tested for COVID-19 before and after their trips, quarantining for at least a week after arriving at their destinations, and wearing masks.

And for anyone “traveling in a group or family with unvaccinated people,” the agency is urging “safer safety options,” such as keeping trips short with very few stops, avoiding hotel stays, and not “visiting an unvaccinated family member’s or friend’s home.”

The CDC furthermore stated anyone with a weakened immune system — even if they are vaccinated and have received a booster shot — should “continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people.”

“Children between the ages of 2 and 12 should wear a mask in public spaces and around people they don’t life with,” the CDC added, noting children under 2 years of age should not wear face coverings.

The updated guidance from the CDC comes not long after Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said it’s “too soon to tell” whether Americans should gather for Christmas this year. 

He walked back those comments less than a day later, after intense criticism.

CDC Advises Unvaccinated Americans to Stay Home for the Holidays — Again — Faithwire

Democrat Maxine Waters Paid Her Daughter $81,000 in Campaign Funds During Fiscal Year 2021 – Bringing Grand Total to $1.2 Million Paid Since 2003 — The Gateway Pundit


Maxine Waters is one of the most corrupt members of Congress.

The California Democrat paid her daughter $81,000 in campaign funds for the fiscal year 2021.

This brings the grand total given to Max Max’s daughter, Karen Waters, to more than $1.2 million in campaign payments since 2003.

Recall, during the 2020 election cycle, Maxine Waters paid her daughter $240,000 to run a slate-mailer operation.

The New York Post reported:

Rep. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, paid her own daughter more than $80,000 out of campaign coffers in that last fiscal year. 

The California Democrat paid $81,650 in campaign funds to her daughter Karen Waters, according to campaign finance records reviewed by The Post. 

The total was paid in 12 payments across several months during Fiscal Year 2021 for “slate mailer management” fees and “GOTV” — or “Get Out the Vote” services. 

The payments mirror ones the congresswoman made to her daughter last election cycle when she paid her around $240,000 for work under the same labels.

More than $212,600 in disbursements to Karen were broken down into 26 entries such as “slate mailer management” fees, “office expenses” and “canvassing” between March 2019 and September 2020.

It was previously reported by Fox News that Waters had paid her daughter $74,000 in donor cash through September. 

Democrat Maxine Waters Paid Her Daughter $81,000 in Campaign Funds During Fiscal Year 2021 – Bringing Grand Total to $1.2 Million Paid Since 2003 — The Gateway Pundit

Biden’s Approval Plummets To 37 Percent In Abysmal New Quinnipiac Poll — Conservative Review

According to the poll, Biden’s approval has dropped to 37 percent — despite the fact that only 23 percent of respondents were Republicans.

Biden’s Approval Plummets To 37 Percent In Abysmal New Quinnipiac Poll — Conservative Review

Panic At White House As All The Stores Are Out Of Depends — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Anonymous sources are reporting heightened stress in the hallways of the White House. One source close to the Biden family revealed that the supply chain crisis currently gripping our nation has now reached the home of the Commander-In-Chief.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a White House staff member charged with stocking the East Wing with everyday necessities like tissues, toilet paper, young girls, ice cream, and underwear featuring maximum absorbency and a bold, masculine design for a smooth, sleek fit, has been having trouble finding that last item on the list.

“When I told the First Lady store shelves were empty, she yelled at me, then instructed the Secret Service to meet her in the White House craft room with a package of Huggies, some scissors, and rolls of duct tape,” said the exhausted staffer.

Some crazed conspiracy theorists claim the recent rise in FBI raids on senior living centers can be directly tied to the shortage of products promising incontinence protection for men in a variety of styles, absorbencies, and colors.

At press time, Dr. Jill Biden was overheard threatening to shorten Transportation Secretary Buttigieg’s six-month paternity leave if he did not solve the supply chain crisis quickly. 

The press asked Jen Psaki if the Biden administration has the fortitude to get the economy flowing again while preventing further crises from leaking into his weak approval rating. 

“Well, the answer to that is unclear at this time,” said Psaki. “It Depends®.”

Panic At White House As All The Stores Are Out Of Depends — The Babylon Bee

Leaked Contracts Reveal Pfizer Used its Power to “Shift Risk and Maximize Profits” in Negotiations with Governments — The Gateway Pundit

Pfizer used its power to “shift risk and maximize profits” according to leaked, unredacted contracts obtained by Public Citizen, a consumer advocacy group.

Pfizer has been accused of bullying and shaking down governments during Covid vaccine negotiations – much of their wheeling and dealing has been done in secret.

New contracts reveal Pfizer took a hard line in push for profits with the least amount of exposure and risk.

The “contracts consistently place Pfizer’s interests before public health imperatives,” said Zain Rizvi, the Public Citizen researcher who released the report.

Sharon Castillo, a spokeswoman for Pfizer, said that confidentiality clauses were “standard in commercial contracts” and “intended to help build trust between the parties, as well as protect the confidential commercial information exchanged during negotiations and included in final contracts.”

Joe Biden and many Democrat officials have imposed Covid vaccine mandates because of Pfizer’s demands and secret contract negotiations – and as a result, Americans are losing their jobs.

Washington Post reported (emphasis ours):

Public Citizen found common themes across contracts, including not only secrecy but also language to block donations of Pfizer doses. Disputes are settled in secret arbitration courts, with Pfizer able to change the terms of key decisions, including delivery dates, and demand public assets as collateral.

Experts who reviewed the terms of contracts with foreign governments suggested that some demands were extreme. In contracts reached with Brazil, Chile, Colombia and the Dominican Republic, those states forfeited “immunity against precautionary seizure of any of [their] assets.”

“It’s almost as if the company would ask the United States to put the Grand Canyon as collateral,” said Lawrence Gostin, a professor of public health law at Georgetown University.

The company rejected that logic. “Pfizer has not interfered and has absolutely no intention of interfering with any country’s diplomatic, military, or culturally significant assets,” Castillo said. “To suggest anything to the contrary is irresponsible and misleading.”

Some contract demands appear to have slowed vaccine rollouts in countries. At least two countries walked away from negotiations and publicly criticized the company’s demands. However, both later reached agreements with Pfizer.

In contracts with Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Peru, governments were required to sign a document that says each “expressly and irrevocably waives any right of immunity which either it or its assets may have or acquire in the future.” The first four also were required to waive immunity against “precautionary” seizure of their assets.

Public Citizen found contracts that required governments “‘to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Pfizer’ from and against any and all suits, claims, actions, demands, damages, costs and expenses related to vaccine intellectual property.”

Click here to read the full report.

Leaked Contracts Reveal Pfizer Used its Power to “Shift Risk and Maximize Profits” in Negotiations with Governments — The Gateway Pundit

In-N-Out Burger slams SF after city closes restaurant over vaccine mandate: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’ — Conservative Review

“We fiercely disagree with any government dictate that forces a private company to discriminate against customers who chose to patronize their business,” wrote In-N-Out Burger’s chief legal and business officer Arnie Wensinger.

In-N-Out Burger slams SF after city closes restaurant over vaccine mandate: ‘We refuse to become the vaccination police’ — Conservative Review

What Are They Hiding? OSHA Announces They Will Not Enforce Policy That Requires Employers Record Their Worker’s Adverse Reactions to Covid-19 Vaccine “At Least Through May 2022” — The Gateway Pundit

In a dramatic shift in their enforcement policy that concerns the recordability of adverse reactions from vaccines, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a new Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) explaining that employers no longer need to report adverse reactions that their employees contract from COVID-19 vaccines.

The change was made because OSHA and other federal agencies are “working diligently” to push propaganda that compels people to take the experimental vaccine.The worker protection agency does not even want to hint at “any appearance of discouraging workers” from receiving the jab – as a result, they are no longer going to enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements that make businesses report vaccine side effects.

The OSHA website FAQ now reads:

“DOL and OSHA, as well as other federal agencies, are working diligently to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

OSHA does not wish to have any appearance of discouraging workers from receiving COVID-19 vaccination, and also does not wish to disincentivize employers’ vaccination efforts.

As a result, OSHA will not enforce 29 CFR 1904’s recording requirements to require any employers to record worker side effects from COVID-19 vaccination at least through May 2022. We will reevaluate the agency’s position at that time to determine the best course of action moving forward.”

The policy change will run at least through May of 2022 and applies in all situations – including if an employer requires, recommends, or incentivizes employees to receive the vaccine.

When OSHA updated their website with the new guidelines, the federal agency also removed three earlier FAQs, which had fully explained an employer’s responsibility to report adverse reactions depending on whether the vaccines were required or simply recommended (compelled).

In the previous version of the FAQ, the agency made it clear that adverse reactions from COVID-19 vaccines that are required by an employer would need to be recorded, but did not mandate reporting requirements if the business had only recommended their workers take the vaccine.

The two scenarios used to be properly differentiated on the agency’s web page which made it unquestionable when a business was exempt from reporting the vaccine side effects, stating that “the vaccine must be truly voluntary” in order to qualify.

From the now-deleted OSHA FAQ regarding vaccine side effect reporting:

“Note that for this discretion to apply, the vaccine must be truly voluntary.  For example, an employee’s choice to accept or reject the vaccine cannot suffer any repercussions from their choice.  

If employees are not free to choose whether or not to receive the vaccine without fearing adverse action, then the vaccine is not merely “recommended” and employers should consult the above FAQ regarding COVID-19 vaccines that are a condition of employment.”

But now almost every business – especially the larger corporations – is requiring workers to take the experimental jab to keep their jobs. Thanks to OSHAs preemptive change in policy, they no longer have to report ANY adverse reactions until the middle of next year.

Instead of being open, honest, and transparent about the vaccines, the federal government has worked tirelessly to cover up anything that would be considered negative towards the Covid jab.

What are they hiding?

If the vaccine was so safe – or if these authoritarians cared about saving lives – wouldn’t they want adverse reactions to be recorded and looked into?

Well, the problem is they don’t care, and the vaccine – along with its poor efficacy – has had terrible side effects for many people.

The public health experts and the corrupt politicians on Capitol Hill have demonstrated time and again that this ‘pandemic’ was always just a farce to seize more power.

What Are They Hiding? OSHA Announces They Will Not Enforce Policy That Requires Employers Record Their Worker’s Adverse Reactions to Covid-19 Vaccine “At Least Through May 2022” — The Gateway Pundit

‘I’m NOT going to let this go’: Watch Dan Bongino’s MUST-SEE speech as he stands up to vaccine mandates — Conservative Review


On “The Rubin Report” this week, BlazeTV host Dave Rubin talked about Conservative radio host Dan Bongino’s threat to quit his daily radio show over his company’s vaccine mandate, backlash from the military vaccine mandate, Grace the robot nurse, Democrats questioning election integrity, and the removal of a Thomas Jefferson statue.

First, Dave shared Dan Bongino’s inspirational speech announcing his opposition to Cumulus Media’s no-exceptions vaccine policy. Bongino, who has been vaccinated and is receiving treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, threatened to quit hosting his popular radio show on behalf of others at the company who for personal or medical reasons choose not to get vaccinated.

“I’m not really happy with the company I work with right here. I believe these vaccine mandates are unethical. I believe they’re immoral. I believe they don’t take into account the science of natural immunity due to a prior infection. I believe they’re broad-based and don’t take into account an individual circumstances of why they may or may not want to take a vaccine. And they’re antithetical to everything I believe in,” Bongino said.

“I’m not going to let this go,” he continued. “I have no intention of letting these guys (Cumulus employees) get let go, get harassed because they made a private and personal medical decision on only one of the biggest issues of our time.”

Dave lauded Bongino’s tough stance, saying, “Dan Bongino is a good man. I’m proud, I’m happy to call him a friend. Somebody is standing up. He’s not saying don’t get the vaccine. He’s saying you’ve got to do what’s right for you, just as he did for himself. And he is saying he will put his butt on the line.”

He added, “We need more people who will not participate in the lie, the lie that our freedoms have to be eroded, that they have to keep taking more from us and keep making us bow so that we will be safe. That is not how this thing was supposed to work, and if you if you think it’s working now, I think you’re sorely mistaken. It’s not working. We are we are watching our freedoms being taken away from us in a systematic process.”

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‘I’m NOT going to let this go’: Watch Dan Bongino’s MUST-SEE speech as he stands up to vaccine mandates — Conservative Review

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot accuses police union of ‘insurrection’ over opposition to vaccine mandate — Conservative Review

Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused the Fraternal Order of Police of inducing an “insurrection” by opposing the city’s vaccine mandate on public employees.

Lightfoot made the alarming accusation on Monday after the head of the union called on its members to defy the mandate.

“What we’ve seen from the Fraternal Order of Police, in particular leadership, is a lot of misinformation, a lot of half-truths, and, frankly, flat out lies in order to induce an insurrection. And we’re not having that,” said Lightfoot to reporters. “And so we want to make it very, very clear that the law is on our side. We feel very confident about it.”

The city had initially demanded that all officers be vaccinated by August 15 but they backed off of that mandate and said that police were going to have until the end of the year to comply. However, they said that officers would have to tell the city whether they were vaccinated or not.

In a video to police union members last week, Chicago FOP President John Catanzara said the city doesn’t have the right to mandate officers divulge their health information.

“I’ve made my status very clear as far as the vaccine, but I do not believe the city has the authority to mandate that to anybody — let alone that information about your medical history,” Catanzara said.

He warned that 50% of police officers would not show upfor work for the weekend. The city of Chicago claimed that 65% of the city’s police force had complied with the vaccine mandate by informing officials of whether they had been vaccinated or not.

In response to the warning, Lightfoot said last week, “John Cantazara says a lot of things, a lot of it offensive, and racist and foolish.”

A judge later issued a restraining order against Catanzara to stop using social media to oppose the mandate. 

Lightfoot went on to explain Monday the basis of a lawsuit by the city against the union.

“So you ask the question of why the lawsuit,” she said. “Because we believe that the FOP leadership is trying to foment an illegal work stoppage, a strike, pure and simple. We’ve laid that out in the materials. And we’re not having that. The contract is clear.”

Here’s more about the battle over vaccines mandates: 

Chicago’s mayor and police officers face off over vaccine mandates

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot accuses police union of ‘insurrection’ over opposition to vaccine mandate — Conservative Review

Our Epic Supply Chain Crisis Just Hit Another Level, And Biden Is Considering Calling In The National Guard To Help — The Economic Collapse

It is the month of October, and right now many Americans are more scared by the state of our national supply chains than by anything else.  Some of the things that I am going to share with you in this article are truly frightening, and I would very much encourage you to take them seriously.  Our economic infrastructure is failing on a massive scale, and officials are openly admitting that things will get even worse in the months ahead.  We are in uncharted territory, because none of us has ever seen anything like this before.  If our leaders cannot get this fixed, 2022 is going to be a truly nightmarish year.

Of course just last week Joe Biden gave a big speech in which he assured all of us that he was implementing measures which would soon turn things around.

Unfortunately, just like with Afghanistan, the southern border, inflation and so many other problems, our supply chain crisis has gotten even worse now that Biden is personally involved.  On Tuesday, it was being reported that the number of vessels backed up off the coast of southern California has just hit a brand new record high

The nation’s largest ports shattered more records Monday as massive bottlenecks at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continue to wreak supply chain havoc.

The Marine Exchange of Southern California reported 100 vessels berthed October 18, topping the previous record of 97 set September 19.

A single container ship can hold thousands upon thousands of enormous shipping containers, and so we are talking about a backlog of absolutely immense proportions.

It would take many months just to work through a backlog of this magnitude even if the ports in southern California were making progress in paring it down.

But instead of making progress, the backlog just continues to get even deeper.

As the supply chain crisis escalates, the Biden administration has actively been considering using the National Guard on an emergency basis…

White House officials have explored in recent weeks whether the National Guard could be deployed to help address the nation’s mounting supply chain backlog, three people with knowledge of the matter said.

The idea appears unlikely to proceed as of now, the people said, but reflects the extent to which internal administration deliberations about America’s overwhelmed supply chain have sparked outside-the-box proposals to leverage government resources to address the issue.

This is how serious things have become.

Our supply chains are in such a state of chaos that the Biden administration is actually thinking of doing something that has never been done before in American history.

Of course publicly they are still trying to put a happy face on things, but privately administration officials are really freaking out.

And things could soon get a lot worse.

Today, approximately 85 percent of all magnesium production in the world happens in China.  We should have never allowed ourselves to become so dependent on China, because now we are facing a critical shortage of magnesium, and that could result in a nightmarish shortage of aluminum

The source of the shortage is China’s monopoly on global magnesium production. Production curbs of energy-intensive smelters have reduced the industrial metal’s output, resulting in dwindling stockpiles in Europe and North America.

Barclays analyst Amos Fletcher told clients in a note that “there are no substitutes for magnesium in aluminum sheet and billet production.” He warned if “magnesium supply stops,” the entire auto industry will grind to a halt. 

Oh.

That is bad.

What I first read that, I just sat there stunned for a moment.

Are things really that crazy already?

Yes, they are.  In fact, we are being told that magnesium reserves in Europe will be completely exhausted “at the end of November 2021 at the latest”

“It is expected that the current magnesium reserves in Germany and throughout Europe will be exhausted in a few weeks at the end of November 2021 at the latest,” the group said. “In the event of a supply bottleneck of this magnitude, there is a risk of massive production losses.”

Needless to say, it wouldn’t just be the auto industry that grinds to a halt.

Just think of how many food and beverage products come in aluminum cans.

I don’t know if I even have sufficient words to describe how serious this is.

Meanwhile, it is also being reported that we are potentially facing a propane “armageddon” this winter…

The expanding energy crisis is causing propane to rocket higher (read: here) as supplies dwindle to below seasonal levels as research firm IHS Markit Ltd. warns of “armageddon” during the Northern Hemisphere winter.

IHS analyst Edgar Ang told attendees during a virtual presentation on Tuesday that US propane inventories are at a record low and will be extremely tight as cold weather is ahead.

That isn’t good.

Millions of Americans use propane to heat their homes.  So what are those millions of Americans going to do when supplies of propane run out?

If you use propane to heat your home and you don’t have a back up plan, you need to start developing one right now.

As if things weren’t bad enough already, the absurd mandates that our politicians are pushing on all of us threaten to make things far, far worse.

Let me give you just one example

Union Pacific Railroad is the latest company to board the mandatory vaccine train.

The company’s 31,000 employees across 23 states have been given just under two months to comply or face additional consequences.

We are already having enormous problems getting things transported across the country, and trains are a key part of that equation.

So what would happen if thousands upon thousands of highly experienced railroad workers are suddenly railroaded out of their jobs?

Of course similar scenarios will be playing out in industry after industry in the months ahead.

The stage is perfectly being set for so many of the things that I have been warning about, and I am entirely convinced that we will soon see extreme economic pain all across the nation.

In this sort of an economic environment, there is no way that our politicians should even be considering any sort of mandates.

But they are pushing ahead anyway, and we are all going to feel the consequences very deeply.

Our Epic Supply Chain Crisis Just Hit Another Level, And Biden Is Considering Calling In The National Guard To Help — The Economic Collapse

Tackling Opposition to Change (Part 2 of 2) | Truth For Life Daily Program

 Change can be difficult—but sometimes it’s necessary. So how can church leaders overcome opposition to implement the right changes? Find out how to effectively handle resistance with wisdom, purpose, and kindness, on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg.

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October 19 Evening Quotes of The Day

How Morality and Christianity Differ
Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 23:5–7, 23; Mark 7:7–8; Acts 15:10–11; Ephesians 2:8–9

Morality and Christianity differ especially. The moralist works from nature, a little refined by study or education; the Christian from nature, thoroughly renewed by the Holy Ghost. Where this spring is wanting, no motion can be true. Be the fruit never so fair to the eye, if the root whence it grows be not good, it will be unpleasant and distasteful.

GEORGE SWINNOCK

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Persecutions Are Done to God First
John 15:18–22; Acts 9:4; 2 Corinthians 12:10

To ensure that persecutions and insults should bear good fruit and profit the soul, it is well to consider that they are done to God before they are done to me, for the blow aimed at me has already been aimed at His Majesty by sin.

TERESA OF ÁVILA

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

October 19 – The wisdom of meekness — Reformed Perspective

Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. – James 3:13

Scripture reading: James 3:13

Many think being wise is having intellectual ability or having the ability to persuade others of their ideas. James lived in a world where being wise was equated with the ability to become rich or powerful‒to be self-reliant. To be humble or meek was considered to be unwise and foolish. Today, many still think in this way, and talk of a self-made man who is able to push his way to the top. Even those who display arrogance and pride are often praised and emulated.

We as Christians can fall into this worldly way of thinking, wanting to be impressive in other’s eyes. James tells us that if one wants to be wise from God’s perspective, it must be shown in not promoting one’s rights, career and desires.  He calls this the meekness of wisdom. It is the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who did not press for his rights and desires but laid down his life for others. This meekness of wisdom does not make one a coward or passive but comes from a firm confidence that you are a child of God, which frees you from being overly anxious or self-promoting. In the meekness of wisdom, we no longer live for self but for the honour of God’s name, for Christ’s Kingdom, and for obedience to His revealed will, the Bible.

Suggestions for prayer

That being beloved children of God through faith in Jesus Christ we would not be anxious or self-promoting but show the meekness of wisdom in our works.

Pastor Richard Bultje is a United Reformed missionary and pastor in the River of Life church plant in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Pastor Richard and his wife, Yukyung moved to Niagara Falls in November 2012 with their three children Calvin, Isaiah and Gloria. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

October 19 – The wisdom of meekness — Reformed Perspective

Heavenly Wealth — VCY America

No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11)

Many pleasing things the Lord may withhold but “no good thing.” He is the best judge of what is good for us. Some things are assuredly good, and these we may have for the asking through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Holiness is a good thing, and this He will work in us freely. Victory over evil tendencies, strong tempers, and evil habits He will gladly grant, and we ought not to remain without it.

Full assurance He will bestow, and near communion with Himself, and access into all truth, and boldness with prevalence at the mercy seat. If we have not these, it is from want of faith to receive and not from any unwillingness of God to give. A calm, a heavenly frame, great patience, and fervent love—all these will He give to holy diligence.

But note well that we must “walk uprightly.” There must be no cross purposes and crooked dealings; no hypocrisy nor deceit. If we walk foully God cannot give us favors, for that would be a premium upon sin. The way of uprightness is the way of heavenly wealth-wealth so large as to include every good thing.

What a promise to plead in prayer! Let us get to our knees.

Heavenly Wealth — VCY America

7 Traits of False Teachers — Unlocking the Bible

“There were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” (2 Peter 2:1)

There are no “ifs, ands, or buts” in Peter’s words. It’s a clear and definite statement. There were false prophets among the people (of Israel in the Old Testament). That’s a matter of history. False prophets were a constant problem in the Old Testament, and those who falsely claimed to be prophets of God were to be stoned. The people rarely had the will to deal with them, so they multiplied, causing disaster to the spiritual life of God’s people.

In the same way Peter says, “There will be false teachers among you.” Notice the words “among you.” Peter is writing to the church and says, “There will be false prophets among you.” So he is not talking about New Age people on television. He is talking about people in the local church, members of a local congregation.

There is no such thing as a pure church this side of heaven. You will never find it. The wheat and the tares grow together. Warren Wiersbe writes:

Satan is the counterfeiter. . . . He has a false gospel (Galatians 1:6-9), preached by false ministers (2 Corinthians 11:13-12), producing false Christians (2 Corinthians 11:26). . . . Satan plants his counterfeits wherever God plants true believers (Matthew 13:38).

Authentic or Counterfeit?

How would you recognize counterfeit Christianity?

In 2 Peter 1 we read about genuine believers. And in 2 Peter 2 we read about counterfeit believers. If you put these chapters side by side you will see the difference between authentic and counterfeit believers.

1. Different SourceWhere does the message come from?

Peter says, “We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1:16). And then he says the false teachers exploit you “with stories they have made up” (2:3). So the true teacher sources what he says from the Bible. The false teacher relies on his own creativity. He makes up his own message.

2. Different MessageWhat is the substance of the message?

For the true teacher, Jesus Christ is central. “We have everything we need for life and godliness in Him” (1:3). For the false teacher, Jesus is at the margins: “They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them” (2:1).

Notice the word secretly. It’s rare for someone in church to openly deny Jesus. Movement away from the centrality of Christ is subtle. The false teacher will speak about how other people can help change your life, but if you listen carefully to what he is saying, you will see that Jesus Christ is not essential to his message.

3. Different PositionIn what position will the message leave you?

The true Christian “escapes the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (1:4). Listen to how Peter describes the counterfeit Christian: “They promise . . . freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity, for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him” (2:19). The true believer is escaping corruption, while the counterfeit believer is mastered by it.

4. Different CharacterWhat kind of people does the message produce?

The true believer pursues goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brother kindness, and love (1:5). The counterfeit Christian is marked by arrogance and slander (2:10). They are “experts in greed” and “their eyes are full of adultery” (2:14). They also “despise authority” (2:10). This is a general characteristic of a counterfeit believer.

5. Different AppealWhy should you listen to the message?

The true teacher appeals to Scripture. “We have the word of the prophets made more certain and you will do well to pay attention to it” (1:19). God has spoken, and the true teacher appeals to his Word. The false teacher makes a rather different appeal: “By appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error” (2:18). So the true teacher asks, “What has God said in his Word?” The false teacher asks, “What do people want to hear? What will appeal to their flesh?”

6. Different FruitWhat result does the message have in people’s lives?

The true believer is effective and productive in his or her knowledge of Jesus Christ (1:8). The counterfeit is “like a spring without water” (2:17). This is an extraordinary picture! They promise much but produce little.

7. Different EndWhere does the message ultimately lead you?

Here we find the most disturbing contrast of all. The true believer will receive “a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1:11). The false believer will experience “swift destruction” (2:1). “Their condemnation has long been hanging over them and their destruction has not been sleeping” (2:3).

Jesus tells us that there will be many who have been involved in ministry in his name, to whom he will say, “Depart from me; I never knew you” (Matthew 7:21). Who are these people? Surely Peter is describing them in this passage.

Don’t Be Naïve

We must not be ignorant: “There will be false teachers among you” (2:1). So how do we apply this warning?

First, Peter’s plain statement reminds us that the church needs to be protected. Among the many wonderful people who come to through the doors of the church each year, some would do more harm than good.

They may seem the nicest of people, but they do not believe in the authority of the Bible or the exclusivity of salvation in Christ. We welcome such people, because they need Christ as much as we do, but we must not allow them to have influence in the church.

Second, skeptics will always be able to point to hypocrisy and inconsistency in the church. They’ve always done it, and they always will. One of the strangest reasons for not following Christ goes like this: “I’ve seen people in the church who are hypocrites.” So you will not follow Christ because some people who claim to do so are hypocrites?

The existence of the counterfeit is never a good reason for rejecting the genuine. Peter essentially tells us, “Of course there are counterfeit Christians. Of course there are teachers who do the church more harm than good. What else would you expect in this fallen world? Grow up! Don’t be naïve! Don’t miss what’s real simply because you have seen the counterfeit.”

Point to 2 Peter 2:1 the next time you meet someone hiding behind this excuse.

This article was adapted from the sermon “Everything You Need for Deliverance” from the series on 2 Peter Everything You Need for Life.

7 Traits of False Teachers — Unlocking the Bible

Make Your Prayers Other-Centered — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

We pray for others like Jesus would pray for them, thinking about them the way he would think, covering them with prayer, protecting them through prayer, and advocating for them in the same way Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and advocates for us.


“He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene …” Isaiah 59:16 (NIV)

Most of our prayers are of the low order, or maybe more like the fast-food order.

We pull up to the drive-thru and yell out our requests to God and then expect him to have our order ready by the time we pull up to the window.

Yet, God’s view of prayer seems far above the utilitarian. He calls us to a violent form of intercession, where we take on the spiritual forces of darkness on behalf of our race, once invaded, now occupied by the prince of darkness.

Paul teaches us to put on the whole armor of God. If you follow the sequence of his instruction, we’re suiting up for battle so we can stand firm in prayer
(Ephesians 6).

We pray for others like Jesus would pray for them, thinking about them the way he would think, covering them with prayer, protecting them through prayer, and advocating for them in the same way Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and advocates for us.

It is other-centered prayer on the extreme end of “other.

Isaiah describes God as “appalled” that no one was interceding for his people. We have the ability — more appropriately, the duty — to intercede on behalf of our brothers and sisters (Isaiah 59:16 NIV).

And we do not do this alone, for the Lord is already interceding, and we are simply joining him. Like the armor Paul describes for us, the Lord is suited for battle. Isaiah says: “He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak” (Isaiah 59:17 NIV).

Thoughts:

•    Ephesians 6 says to pray “on all occasions.” At which occasions have you been more likely to pray?

•    How does it change your confidence and your prayer life to know that God is interceding on behalf of his people?

by Jon Walker
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   What Should Be Included in Prayer?
•   How to be sure God Listens to your Prayers
•  Salvation Explained

Make Your Prayers Other-Centered — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Lord, Teach Us to Pray — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” Luke 11:1


Leonard Sweet recently wrote (on Twitter):

When my mother died, I set her Bible on a table and let it open itself. Psalm 91, to my surprise. Where does your Bible open itself?”

I decided to take the fun challenge and let my Bible open by itself. It’s a small Bible because I like to carry it in my purse, so honestly it kept falling over. Finally it opened to Luke 11. Jesus’ teaching on prayer. I read it with fresh eyes. I was struck by verse 8:

“I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

Jesus prescribes boldness in our asking. How do I approach God – Am I asking for the world? Am I stepping out in faith, asking for the miraculous? Once I have aligned my heart with God’s purposes, God wants to work through His children as we pray. God wants us to ask for brokenness to be restored, slavery to end, abuse to stop, mountains to move.

Today, let us align our hearts with His and be bold in our asking.

Father, we want Your Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. Today, help me direct my prayers in such a way that Your Kingdom will come through me.

By Idelette McVicker
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•  How did Jesus Pray?
•  Intercessory Prayer Story
•  Salvation Explained

Lord, Teach Us to Pray — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

October 19 Afternoon Quotes of The Day

Passion and Prejudice Govern the World
Leviticus 19:15; 1 Timothy 5:21

Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.

JOHN WESLEY*

Ritzema, E. (Ed.). (2012). 300 Quotations for Preachers. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Christ Without Beginning and End
John 1:14, 18; 3:16; Colossians 1:15–17; Hebrews 1:5; Revelation 1:8; 21:6; 22:13

We all ought to believe that he was without beginning, and without ending, and in his manhood begotten and not made.

JOHN WYCLIFFE*

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

The Battle For Young People — Founders Ministries

Psalm 119:9-12 (NASB) “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O LORD; Teach me Your statutes.”

As the fight against Critical Theory rages, my concern is that we have forgotten a battlefront that, if ignored, will lead to a short-lived victory.  That is the front for the hearts and minds of our young people.  My father used to tell me that high school was for learning facts, but college is where you learn how to think.  Now, Critical thinking skills have been replaced by Critical Theory mandates.  Free thought, according to North Korean defector and Columbia University graduate Yeonmi Park, has been replaced by a conglomeration of sinister, ideological, monoliths whose oppression of free thought rivals and even exceeds that of North Korea…sounds like a lovely place to send our children.  Sadly, this is not limited to the secular institutions of higher learning, as even those institutions that were once a bulwark of Godly values are now becoming closer to Athens than Jerusalem.

Psalm 119:9 starts with a very important question for us to consider. How do we assist our young adults in keeping Biblical fidelity as they venture through some of their most formidable years?  How do we keep Critical Theory from robbing our young people of Gospel hope, joy and freedom and replacing it with anger, chaos and oppression?  In short, I propose that we need to learn to treasure our young people enough to teach them how to treasure God’s Word.

Treasuring Our Young People

Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.  An accurate description of how we’ve been preparing our youth in the church.  Too often children’s and youth ministries are led by people who are untrained and under equipped. When our youth get to college they have had little discussion as to truth, Christian identity or purpose.  They have been given absolutely no Biblical skill set to deal with the subjects of justice, identity, or gender roles, even though they most definitely will deal with those in college, and yet we still wonder why they get blindsided when they get on campus.

Psalm 119 echoes the rest of Scripture in the importance of training our youth to have a love for God and His commands (Deut 6:4-7; Prov 22:6).  Young people at this age are full of potential and very pliable as they decide who they are and what their guiding principles will be going forward. The world has recognized this for years, and thus, consistently start their revolutions at the institutional level.  This is true whether it be the sexual revolution of the 1970’s or the current Critical Theory revolution of today.  The ideas they set forth are like explosives placed in the minds of our youth who are then sent back to our churches to detonate and destroy.  This is the importance of keeping a young man’s way pure.  This section of Psalm 119 shows the value in getting to our children early and to show them how to keep a life that is pure and faithful to God before bad habits or bad ideologies are able to get a foothold.

Treasuring God’s Word becomes priceless in learning how to please our Creator and have a relationship with our Father.

Treasuring God’s Word

Approximately 172 of the 176 verses in Psalm 119 make reference either to God’s Word directly or as a synonym of God’s Word.  God’s Word is imperative, as all knowledge of life and Godliness must be revealed from God to us.  When man rebelled in the garden in Genesis 3 thinking he could be like God, God could have left us to find our own way.  But in His infinite grace and mercy, He instead chose to reveal Himself to us in His Word. The very Gospel itself is only known through God’s Word which is why treasuring God’s Word becomes priceless in learning how to please our Creator and have a relationship with our Father.  Hiding it in our hearts may begin with memorization, but it goes beyond the mind and instead resides in our hearts where it changes us. It becomes the standard of defining who we are and how we view the world.  Hiding it in our hearts puts it in a place where we can access it at any time, in any circumstance, and cherish it.  In this place we learn to value, appreciate, and use God’s Word as the standard by which all else is measured. Obviously, this ultimately is through the work of the Holy Spirit, but I can think of no greater goal than to get our youth to truly treasure the Word of God, because in doing so, they treasure God Himself.

Put It Together

It’s time we bring this fight to where the heat is and to where long lasting change will take place.  Our young people need to be taught to treasure God’s Word.  They need to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within them.  They need to be in churches where God’s Word is taught to them skillfully, accurately and ultimately treasured preeminently.  Our young people need to be in churches where they are treasured enough to be taught God’s Word and prepared for the coming battles.

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