In These Terrible Times in the World ... Comfort Can be Found in God's Word ... Read it ...
12-31-22, King David said: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet" ... To direct me in all my doubts, difficulties and to comfort me in all my fears and distresses. I have solemnly vowed and, by God’s grace, will fulfill my vow; "that I will keep Thy righteous judgments." Thy commands, which are consonant to the eternal rules of equity and which it is our duty to carefully observe. Psalm 119:105-108; Proverbs 6:23; 2 Peter 1:19
-- Benson Commentary, https://biblehub.com/commentaries/benson/psalms/119.htm
Comics, 12-31-22: Auld Lang Syne
History of Scottish Song "Auld Lang Syne"
Five Minute Video here:
In the 1780s the song 'Auld Lang Syne' was written by Robert Burns and today has annually become an anthem sung the world over at New Year's Eve. The song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year evoking a sense of belonging, fellowship and nostalgia. It's long been a much-loved Scottish tradition to sing the song just before midnight...
Everyone stands in a circle holding hands, then at the beginning of the final verse ('And there's a hand my trusty friend') they cross their arms across their bodies so that their left hand is holding the hand of the person on their right and their right hand holds that of the person on their left. When the song ends, everyone rushes to the middle, still holding hands and probably giggling.
Most people only know the first verses; following in entirety:
12-30-22, Before the Lord Jesus crucifixion and death He took Peter, James & John to Gethsemane telling them of His exceeding sorrow. He asked them to watch while He went to pray and was horrified at the sight of all the sins of the people coming upon Him; at the black storm of wrath that was gathering thick over Him; at the sword of justice which was brandished against Him. Because of His great love He accepted the curses of the righteous law, which like so many thunderbolts of vengeance were directed at Him. He must have been additionally sorrowful finding His faithful disciples three times asleep when He asked them to watch. Mark 14:33-38, Matthew 26:37
-- Gill's commentary: https://biblehub.com/commentaries/gill/mark/14.htm
Feminists Want to Abolish the Family?
The Nihilistic Call to Rid the World of "Family?"
Comics, 12-30-22: God's Heavens
12-30-22, NASA's photo of the day [below] brings me to ponder and wonder .. the star cluster named 'Pleiades' - another place for human life? Or complex housing God's angels?? The conclusions by the so called experts don't make sense to me.
12-29-22, The Lord Jesus was in the temple when He saw a poor widow. The narrative describes with vividness of contrast among the “many” who contributed much to the offering plate who must've been some of the Pharisees who devoured widows’ houses. [Matthew 23:14] This widow's house probably had been devoured and yet she showed by her act of contributing 'two mites' [equals about $2.00] that she kept the two great commandments, which the scribes themselves declared to be above all burnt offerings and sacrifices.
The Lord Jesus said:
"This poor widow cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: for they cast in of their abundance; but she of her want... even all her living."
Mark 12:41-44; Luke 21:1-4
Vaccine Salesman of the Year:
12-24-22, A video went viral this week of failed World Health Organization Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, talking about vaccinating children. In the video, Tedros tells international health experts that countries are using COVID booster shots to kill children. Quote: “If it’s going to be used it’s better to focus on those groups, who have risk of severe disease and death rather than as we see some countries are using to give boosters to kill children; which is not right.”
It has been clear since April of 2020 that children rarely, if ever, suffered severe complications from the COVID19 virus. Yet it's been pushed on them. Today thousands of kids are suffering severe heart problems after receiving the vaccine. The 'fact-checkers' were quick to re-write Tedros comments. See Reuters here
See video here
or here at Gateway Pundit
Comics, 12-29-22: Travesty
On May 12, 2022, Nigerian Christian Deborah Emmanuel Yakubu was fatally beaten and burned to death. Reportedly a Muslim man admitted that they killed Ms Deborah because she blasphemed Mohammad and Islam which is punishable by death under Islamic law. According to global persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) Bello Yabo has called on Muslims to kill anyone who "insults the prophet,"
Islamic State in Nigeria Beheads Christians [here]
12-27-19, BBC -- The Islamic State [IS] group has released a video claiming to show the killing of eleven Christians in Nigeria. It had also killed four abducted aid workers it had in north-eastern Nigeria. Last year they killed two midwives. The terror group is also active in neighbouring countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Mali.
1-7-19, In Egypt Islamic terrorists killed eight Christians as they left church. Later two Coptic Christian women were killed in nearby villages when Muslim mobs set their houses on fire. This type of martyrdom happens in many parts of the world today. Christians are still being targeted because of their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ - no other religious group is so persecuted with so little world outcry. More here
Christians through the centuries have been tenacious in holding to their faith and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ's mandate to share His good news of salvation for all who repent of sin lLuke 13:3] turning to Him for salvation [John 3:16] and as Jesus warned ... they are hated for it. [Matthew 10:22] Ten famous martyrs here
More about Christian martyrs in the classic book, Foxe’s Book of Martyrs. [here]
"Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us:
we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
2-18-2015, Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza told the Fides reported that the “diabolical” video of the Christians’ massacred by Muslim gunmen that is intended to “spread terror,” but was a testament to their martyrdom in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ. The video of their beheading shows that “in the moment of their barbaric execution”, some of the Christians were repeating the words “Lord, Jesus Christ. The name of Jesus was the last word on their lips.”
Islamic Terrorist Uses Images of Killed Christians as Art
August 2014, Gruesome ... liveencounters.net/archives-contributors-2/breaking-news/beheading-and-crucifixion-of-christians-by-islamists-in-iraq/
12-28-22, The brothers James & John 'Zebedee' wanted to serve alongside the Lord Jesus; He asked them if they could suffer what He would suffer? They said, "We can." [Mark 10:39] Jesus said unto them, "Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of." As for James, he was thus honored by martyrdom death by beheading (Acts 12:1-2); while John's persecutions included being boiled in oil as reported by the theologian=>
<= Tertullian  that he survived; only to be exiled to an island where he penned the book of Revelation. Mark 10:35-45; Matthew 20:20-28; Romans 8:17; Revelation 1:9
-- Jamieson-Faussett Commentary, https://biblehub.com/commentaries/jfb/mark/10.htm
 Tertullian https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-John-the-Apostle
Face Recognition Tech Gets Girl Scout Mom Booted From Rockettes Show — Due to Where She Works at a Lawfirm ...
12-19-22, NBC -- New York City contains one of the most widespread surveillance networks as a result of DHS funding and security ‘threats’. However, the use of facial recognition software as a security feature is not as well known in the U.S. as it has been described in China; but it's here now!
A mother took her taughter to NY ... Ms Conlon who is an associate with the New Jersey based law firm which for years has been involved in personal injury litigation against a restaurant venue now under the umbrella of Madison Square Garden [MSG] Entertainment.
A spokesperson for MSG Entertainment said in a statement:
"MSG instituted a straightforward policy that precludes attorneys pursuing active litigation against the Company from attending events at our venues until that litigation has been resolved. While we understand this policy is disappointing to some, we cannot ignore the fact that litigation creates an inherently adverse environment. All impacted attorneys were notified of the policy, including Davis, Saperstein and Salomon, which was notified twice."
10-20-22, ZeroHedge -- ... Two-thirds of all fertilizer production capacity in Europe has already been shut down because of the skyrocketing price of natural gas. The currency problems are causing massive headaches for poor nations that need to import food, global weather patterns continue to be completely crazy and the bird flu is killing millions upon millions of chickens and turkeys all over the planet. More here
Farmers War of Food Security Threat in 2023 here]
12-27-22, DailyMail -- Stephanie Nash, Tennessee agricultural advocate and fourth-generation dairy farmer has warned that America's food insecurity crisis may be worse in the 2023 new year amid expansive droughts, supply chain shortages and high interest rates. 'I definitely think we have a food security threat. 'I believe 2023 is going to be rough,' she added. 'Worse than this year.'
The central bank's lending rate ranges from 4 to 4.5 percent — its highest in 15 years. The interest rates for farm equipment machinery are up even higher, ... at John Deere were up 7.65 percent from last year, 7.8 percent at CNH Industrial, 8.14 percent at AGCO and 8.24 percent at Ag Direct. [..] One-third of farmers reported destroying or removing orchard trees and other multi-year crops, up from 17 percent the year before, while 2/3 of reported selling off portions of their herd or flock. In Texas Herds were down 50% & New Mexico and Oregon, herds were down 440+%...
-- Matthew Henry, https://biblehub.com/commentaries/mark/7-23.htm
How to avoid another world war...
The first world war was a kind of cultural suicide that destroyed Europe’s eminence...
12-17-22, Henry Kissinger, Spectator* -- [..] In August 1916, after two years of war and millions in casualties, the principal combatants in the West (Britain, France and Germany) began to explore prospects for ending the carnage. [..] Col Edward House, President Woodrow Wilson’s personal emissary of the USA revealed that a peace based on the modified status quo ante was within reach. However, Wilson delayed until after the presidential election in November. However, by then the British Somme and the German Verdun offensives had added another two million casualties. The Great War went on for two more years and claimed millions more victims.
Does today’s world find itself at a comparable turning point in Ukraine as winter imposes a pause on large-scale military operations there? For the first time in history, Ukraine has become a major state in Central Europe. [..] This process has mooted the original issues regarding Ukraine’s membership in NATO [and citizen abuses in the Donbas – Ed. (1)].
Ukraine’s army is equipped mostly by the USA and some allies. A peace process should link Ukraine to NATO, however expressed. [..] The goal of a peace process would be twofold:
1. to confirm the freedom of Ukraine [and Russians in Ukraine- Ed.]
2. define a new international structure
For some, the preferred outcome is a Russia rendered impotent by the war. I disagree. For all its propensity to violence, Russia has made decisive contributions to the global equilibrium and to the balance of power for over half a millennium. Its historical role should not be degraded.
Russia’s military setbacks have not eliminated its global nuclear reach, enabling it to threaten escalation in Ukraine. Even if this capability is diminished, the dissolution of Russia or destroying its ability for strategic policy could turn its territory encompassing eleven time zones into a contested vacuum. Its competing societies might decide to settle their disputes by violence and other countries might seek to expand their claims by force. All these dangers would be compounded by the presence of thousands of nuclear weapons which make Russia one of the world’s two largest nuclear powers.
As world leaders strive to end the war … they should reflect on the impact of long-term strategy of incipient high–technology and artificial intelligence. Autonomous weapons (2) already exist, capable of defining, assessing and targeting their own perceived threats and thus in a position to start their own war. Once the line into this realm is crossed and hi-tech becomes standard weaponry – and computers become the principal executors of strategy – the world will find itself in a condition for which as yet it has no established concept:
<= Kissinger cont'd: How can leaders exercise control when computers prescribe strategic instructions on a scale and in a manner that inherently limits and threatens human input?
How can civilization be preserved amid such a maelstrom of conflicting information, perceptions and destructive capabilities? No theory for this encroaching world yet exists, and consultative efforts on this subject have yet to evolve. [..] The quest for peace has two components that are sometimes treated as contradictory:
1. the pursuit of elements of security
2. the requirement for acts of reconciliation
If we cannot achieve both, we will not be able to reach either.
*Excerpted and adapted full original report by German born American Henry Alfred Kissinger politician, diplomat and geopolitical consultant who served as USA Sec of State and Natl Sec Advisor under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford here at Spectator
China Flies 71 Planes Toward Taiwan
China sends 71 planes, seven ships toward self-governing Taiwan [here]
12-26-22< NYPost -- China considers Taiwan part of its territory and over the past couple of years has ramped up its military posture against the island. Recently sent warplanes into its air space and conducting military exercises in the waters nearby. Shi Yi, the spokesman for the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command said:
“This is a firm response to the current US-Taiwan escalation and provocation.”
The reference was to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act that the US Congress passed and ole Joe Biden signed on Friday, 12-23-22. [..]
It contains more than $10 billion in security assistance for Taiwan over the next five years. China’s foreign ministry said the aid “blatantly interferes in China’s internal affairs.”
What Is The Second Amendment And How Is It Defined
The Second Amendment granted citizens the right and ability to defend themselves and their property. [..] the purpose for the Second Amendment is as valid today as when written.
Attempts by any government, state or federal, to forcefully take away the liberty of the citizenry to defend themselves will not happen. The many millions of citizens that make up the “militia” are armed with weapons for sport and self-protection.
What America's Founders intended in the Second Amendment
“No Freeman shall ever be disbarred from the use of arms. Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self-defense.” Thomas Jefferson
What's the definition of Insanity?
Doing the same things over and over and each time expecting a different result.Those who do not learn from History, are DOOMED to REPEAT IT.
12-27-22, I don't know why any American citizen would still be confident that we will ever have another fair and honest election if the corruption in Arizona will be allowed to stand.--Annette
-- Matthew Henry Commentary, https://biblehub.com/commentaries/mhc/mark/6.htm
3-30-22, GlobalResearch— On March 10, 2022 Liberty Counsel, the law firm representing thirty members of the military who are fighting the military vaccine mandate, returned to federal court to defend the preliminary injunction that Judge Steven Merryday granted two military plaintiffs allowing them to skirt the military vaccine mandate. The Dept of Defense (DoD) asked Merryday to set aside the injunction while the case was on appeal. Dr. Theresa Long, a medical officer with the US military testified in court that she was ordered by a superior to suppress Covid-19 vaccine injuries following the Biden regime’s mandate.
The DoD downplayed Dr. Long’s conclusions, saying the increase in vaccine injuries was caused by a “glitch in the database.”
Per DailyExpose: During the all-day hearing, Liberty Counsel presented compelling testimony from the Navy Commander of a surface warship and three military flight surgeons, Lt. Col. Peter Chambers, Lt. Col. Teresa Long and Col. (Ret.) Stewart Tankersley, M.D. In contrast, the DOD declined to present witnesses…
More here: https://lc.org/newsroom/details/031122-dramatic-testimony-on-military-shot-mandate-case
Comics, 12-26-22: USA Taxes
How Much Money Has the USA Given to Ukraine?
12-22-22, LeeDaily -- The estimat is $91 billion for U.S. engagement in Ukraine. The European Union's member states and institutions have given Ukraine $30.45 billion. [..] All parties involved in the Ukraine conflict concur that what's taking place is a proxy war between ...
... the United States and Russia rather than just a dispute over some border areas in Ukraine. Americans are being asked to pay for an enormous transfer of wealth and armaments to a nation that the majority couldn’t even identify on a map. [..]
Click here to learn about Russia Ukraine War.
12-25-22, It’s so wrong for people to pray to Mary.
She knew her Son was the Messiah.
The Joys Of Modern Air Travel (NOT)
12-22-22, YMMV.net -- Airlines high cost of ticket, poor schedule choices, rude, crude, smelly fellow passengers, terrible food - or no food, dirty plane [filth report here]: "Atlanta’s Intl Airport annually sees 100+ million passengers. Texas-based insurance website InsuranceQuotes.com report on Atlanta & two other airports' viable filth, bacteria and fungal cells per square inch, or colony-forming units (CFU) on surfaces in order of most filth: Self check in screen, Gate bench armrest, water fountain button, lavatory flush button, tray table, seat belt buckle. What can we do = as we can't avoid germs? Keep your hands away from your eye, nose and mouth (or from your face in general).
15 Disturbing Ways Airlines Are Greedy AF [here]
6-12-17, TheClever -- The Senate investigation into current airline practices is also targeting the airlines charging excessive fees for baggage, ticket changes, and cancellations. The LA Times reported that airline passengers were charged US$28.5 billion in fees during 2014, up 20% from the previous year and that the airlines are now making record profits.
[12-25-22, Note: I recently booked a trip from Utah to AZ and was charged $35 going and $37 returning for a larger seat! - I had to cancel trip; but was told my seat upcharge was not refundable! [I disputed it with my credit card company and was given the refund.]--Annette]
12-25-22, MERRY CHRISTMAS!
THE SAVIOR KING JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN!
During Jesus' six mock trials when He refused to answer the High Priest and Pilate, He had done so because He was representing you and I at the trial for OUR sins. And because we ARE guilty and can offer no defense, Jesus therefore said nothing. Isaiah 53:7; Mark 14:60 Prophecies were fulfilled on Christmas day when Jesus came to earth to die. Isaiah 53:8 The six illegal trials found no fault in Him; He gave up His life ... they couldn't take it! John 10:11
1. Before Annas Matthew 18:12-14
2. Before Caiaphas Matthew 18:19-24
3. Before the Sanhedrin Matthew 27:1-2
4. Before Pilate Matthew 18:28-38
5. Before Herod Luke 23:6-11
6. Before Pilate Luke 18:39-19:16
-- Robert Clifton Robinson, https://robertcliftonrobinson.com/2014/05/10/the-six-illegal-trials-of-jesus/
-- Matthew Henry Commentary, https://biblehub.com/commentaries/mhc/john/10.htm
-- Benson's commentary: -- More here: https://biblehub.com/commentaries/benson/luke/2.htm
Arizona Election Lawsuit Sad Results
Although problems with ballots and machines on Arizona's election day, Judge Thompson not convinced ... Lake looses lawsuit
- the ballot chain of custody was broken at an off-site facility, where a contractor scans mail ballots to prepare them for processing
- workers at the facility put their own mail ballots into the pile, rather than sending their ballots through normal channels
- paperwork documenting the transfer of ballots was missing
More here: www.fox10phoenix.com/news/kari-lake-files-lawsuit-challenging-arizona-midterm-election-results
Comics, 12-24-22: Empty Boxes
Playing with empty boxes
9-18-15, MichiganUniversity -- Allow children absolute freedom to use boxes. A child might sit quietly in a box, but it doesn't mean they aren't exploring or creating. Let them use their imagination and materials in a way that is enjoyable and entertaining to them, you never know what they'll come up with!
Kids Using Empty Cardboard Boxes is Educational
Some children want to smash the box flat; they don’t need to create a finished product in order to learn – in fact, more often than not it’s through trial and error and exploration where they learn the most. You might not have a pretty product to show off to Grandpa, but you will have a creative child!
12-24-22, AFP - The extreme cold weather hitting North America is due to a phenomenon called a "bomb cyclone". The USA Natl Weather Service reports that this "once in a generation type event" has the power to turn deadly and is already breaking cold-weather records - with temperatures falling to minus 63 degrees F. in western Canada, minus 36 F in Minmesota. Combined with blizzards and snow, the wind chill in regions like the Great Plains can make it feel like minus 67 F. degrees.
Church Leaders & Marriage
12-23-22, Certain churches teach that the apostle Peter never married… not so. They also falsely claim that ministers in the Church should not be married.
Matthew 8:14; Mark 1:30-31
In 1 Timothy 3:1-7, the Apostle Paul says: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer [in the church] …the husband of one wife.” It does not say, "if married, the husband of one wife." Now, the text does not explicitly state that a minister is not to be single, but it does hold out marriage as the default and normal state. And in 1 Timothy 3:4 it speaks of his children being under control.
Why is this so? Paul makes clear that this is all part of the minister's credibility, "for if he does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?"
Logic tells us that the ability to lead a family is an important sign of the ability to care for the family of faith. See also Titus 1:5-9
Again, the normative expectation is that the pastor is a married man with wife and believing children. Note that these passages are addressed to all Christians, not specifically to and only to ministers. [Without doubt, an unmarried Christian with the gift of celibacy is more free for Gospel service and Great Commission deployment than a married pastor; but the lust of the flesh must be considered. 1 Corinthians 7:32]
*Excerpted full original report from from R. Albert Mohler Jr. here https://www.christianpost.com/news/must-a-pastor-be-married-the-new-york-times-asks-the-question.html
GOD'S STRONG DELUSION
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
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