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Tags: economy, Faith, Hope, News, Society and Culture
I shared an email with a friend recently. It was a quote from Charles Swindoll about Attitude Determining Altitude.
I was trying to share “HOPE”…
He replied with brief thanks for the encouragement……. … and then he went right on to share a link to a HORRIBLE VIDEO NEWS REPORT about how the economy is going to get worse before it gets better.
Now don’t get me wrong when I say this video news report is HORRIBLE. It is actually well done, and probably accurate. But it is so discouraging when such a HORRIBLE SET OF PREDICTIONS are made by some news pundit (currently playing on yahoo finance page).
SO MY QUESTION FOR YOU TODAY is - WHAT (or WHO) ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE?
I serve a risen savior, have access to the self same power that raised him from the dead, command an army of angels, and cannot be overcome. I believe the author/creator of it ALL who said darkness cannot overcome light.
I encourage you to turn the news off and create your own future - independent of the herd!
OK… OK… Reality does have to be dealt with. I know… But only by “EARTH PEOPLE” : )
Those of us who are spiritual can walk on water, part the red sea, feed thousands with little, and otherwise “bind and loose” with help from our Father in Heaven. If you don’t know what this power is, “to bind and loose” then search an online bible or get your butt to a church that lives it and JOIN IN!
So… Soldier… (In my best General Patton Voice) It’s time to get up, out of that bunker, and charge straight into the face of the enemy - just to prove it can be done.
This enemy might be called the NIGHTLY NEWS, or BAD NEWS (AKA “Troubling Spirits” in OT Lexicon). IT’S TIME TO TAKE SOME GROUND FOR THE KINGDOM, AND SHOW THE WORLD AND THE ENEMY THAT WE CAN DO WHAT MERE MORTALS CANNOT!
When we go forward with hope, that shines a light into a dark place. People will want to know what drives us… That’s when we can share a testimony with great result!
When it’s over, and the day is done, and you have accomplished your miracle… Share - Teach - Show the WAY : )
Oh, yeah… LEST WE FORGET - Each day is new, so…. you get to win, and accomplish miracles, and share, teach, show the way - EVERY DAY : )
PS - I just did my part….. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN : )
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Today is a historic day in our U S of A.
We swear in a new President. A Black President.
Barack Hussein Obama insists on using Lincoln’s Bible. Lincoln was certainly the progenitor of Emancipation. I imagine this is the impetus. There is no escaping the references to Martin Luther King either. His dream for racial equality in America seems to have matured into a reality.
It’s kind of odd, to be so focused on racial symbolism when this candidate all but avoided Race as in issue during his campaign. Barack, like many before him, seems to have campaigned on one set of values and then changed his tune a bit once elected. His budget and recovery package ideas are already set to cost double or triple what he spoke of during the campaign. And now race is a big issue instead of a non-issue.
It’s obvious that this would be a proud moment for Black Americans, and I certainly marvel at it. I don’t begrudge it in any way. It just happens that I preferred it be a non issue. Isn’t that the point of racial equality anyway?
But this is still America, and I trust that the race card will soon go back into the deck of cards Obama has been dealt, or is dealing from… Whatever comes, Barack cannot permit race to be a lightning rod for criticism of his handling of the historical and monumental challenges facing his new Presidency.
And so I ask…. is race even an issue? Really? Don’t we all have a dream?
I have a dream for an America led by a servant of the Most High God. I look for One who can bring favor and blessing of the Almighty on our land. I dream of One who can marshall the angels from the four corners of the heavens, and bring healing, hope, spring rain to a parched land.
Oh, yes - let there be a recovery plan, a job corp, and international diplomacy. But even more, let the fervent prayers of the Righteous rise to our Father in heaven like smoke of incense from the alter of uncut and living stones.
We who believe are the living stones.
We are ready, as a nation, for a new chapter in our mission to be a light on a hill.
And so, I pray - Let there be light!
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Tags: Church, Modernism, PostModernism
Yes, you read that right. POST CHURCH MODERN is the topic - and not POST MODERN CHURCH. But we will have to discuss the latter a bit in order to be clear about the former.
You may be more familiar with the phrase POST MODERN CHURCH. A POST MODERN CHURCH is one that serves a POST MODERN CULTURE. A person who considers themselves as belonging to the POST MODERN culture is seeing themselves as beyond modern (beyond here means AFTER). POST MODERN culture can be seen as a reaction to a modern culture, characterized by an ironic return to traditional materials and forms - as in architecture or literature. It typically calls for a radical re-examination of basic beliefs about who we are and how we got here.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT THAT.
The POST CHURCH MODERN is something else. The Post Church Modern is an individual who is moving values forward after falling OUT of love with the Christian Church as we know it. Notice the POST CHURCH MODERN Christian is not falling out of love with Christ, just with the church.
The POST CHURCH MODERN is NOT returning to traditional forms - not seeking comfort in the familiar, but is seeking intellectual and spiritual adventure and exploration in arenas once barred by judgmental, “traditional” opinions and belief systems.
To Sum: There is a very profound difference between the two. Cynicism and a spirit ready to judge something as inadequate are both needed in order to belong to Post Modern movement. Consider, if there was not something judged to be wrong with MODERN then the person would have no need to move beyond the modern view. Contrast this with the Post Church Modern, who is simply so open, so ready for life and adventure, that he has no need for confining form, and especially no need for one that looks backwards as a solution.
“THAT DID NOT WORK” is what the POST MODERN CHURCH SAYS ABOUT MODERNITY. IT’S TOO SHALLOW. Hmmm…. This very same accusation is fairly made about the POST MODERN CHURCH itself. The believer became tradition bound, afraid, held captive in a new form that was as rigid as the old form. The promise of freedom is offered, but instead the new form traps him into being free only as long as he remains cynical and judgmental toward “MODERN” Believers. This new trap really should come as no surprise. By its nature of being unhappy with all things MODERN, the adherants end up fighting their own condition. Since the Post Modern Church would attract a fairly cynical group of individuals, it can be expected that they will do what judgmental and cynical folk do. Post Modern Churchgoers hang together, wax nostalgic, and become trapped in the worship of the past. To maintain the facade of being special, they pronounce themselves in the right, and all others in the wrong.
Another viewpoint is possible. After all, we worship a Creative God!
THIS COULD BE FUN” is the attitude of the POST CHURCH MODERN. We could discover something useful, something powerful, something elevating, and we may end up cooperating with our own condition in a glorious explosion of what COULD BE!
Is it dangerous? Even blasphemous? Will we lose sight of dry land and sail off to drown in a sea of egocentric me-ism? Doubtful if you know that we continue to believe in and worship God. This position extols the wonder of a Creator God and a Christ who came to model the entire idea.
CHRIST was POST CHURCH MODERN in his day. The church, in his day, was the synagogue. He was “DONE WITH ALL THAT” because of the hypocrisy and intellectualized, self serving pride and rigidity found there.
Now there you have it. The POST CHURCH MODERN IS A BELIEVER WHO IS DONE WITH ALL THAT CHURCH STUFF because of the hypocrisy and intellectualized, self serving pride and rigidity found there.
Now - I said it and you can believe it : )
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Tags: bank run, depression, government, great depression, public trust, recession
The U.S. Govt says they are trying to avoid a bank run. Don’t they think we know, we are already having one?
Today’s depositors who can withdraw all their money and thus cause a classic bank run are not John Q Public. We are insured by FDIC. We take money out of the bottom of a system, like from the tap of a koolaid cooler at a church picnic.
The insurance companies, financial institutions, pension funds, investment banks, and world banks who make deposits into our financial system by making LOANS to our system are the ones who pour koolaide into the top of the jug. These guys have already withdrawn their money. They pulled the plug. The run is on because the money was pulled out of the top of the system instead of the bottom. They are not providing any more money. This means the wheels of commerce grind to a halt. NOW.
The most interesting part is that in the Great Depression, when we were a nation of SAVERS, cash ran out as the public lost confidence in the banking system and withdrew actual deposits. The difference is that today’s bank run happens as a nation of BORROWERS finds there is no money to borrow. Money has stopped flowing in at the top of the system.
Same basic outcome…. There is no cash. The run is already underway.
This is why our Govt wants to railroad a bill through Congress…. The washington power base seems to feel that if we print money fast enough, maybe John Q Public won’t find out that there is no cash!
A curse on Greed. A Blessing on Wisdom.
May those who hear the voice of God listen, and calm the waters of this storm.
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Tags: Church, effectiveness, pastor
How many Pastors really want to spend time with the strung out, drug addicted, or those with criminal histories? Many pastors, including my exPastor - have learned to say… “Somebody else should”. My exP used to say “I don’t want to go through other people’s junk”.
Maybe they think God will heal it - show them acceptance - without a loving person to model the example of Christ? If so then why did Christ model spending time with the men that society discarded?
Even more surprising - many pastors don’t want strong Christian men hanging around. Those guys who REALLY KNOW the bible and have shown strength in organizing a ministry are considered dangerous. These people are apparently a threat… I mean think of the horror… If they were kept around, and later got a bee in their bonnet, they might have enough leadership influence to drag half the people in the church away in what is called a church split.
The two people most likely to change the world are a strong believer who can lead men, or a forgiven criminal who GETS IT and wants to pass it on. What about one person who is both? WOW!
Now - if the modern church cannot cope with either, then I guess we get a milkfed, or geriatric and otherwise ineffective church. Apparently, this is the only kind of parishioner that most pastors can handle?
Please, somebody tell me there are places this is not true!
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Tags: banks, economy, Finance, government, prayer, U.S.
Prayer Call: Ask God to cause our leaders in Washington start doing something for the people instead of for the banks who caused this mess.
You can read the following report from CNN any way you like.
Here is how I took it: In the latest financial market bailout news from Washington - U.S. Govt wants to bail out the banks who misbehaved so badly as to risk going under - even buy their bad debts so banks can clear their books and LOOK good again. This won’t fix the mismanagement that caused the problem, and won’t make them stronger than they are. It will just make them LOOK stronger. THIS IS NOT A SOLUTION!
- What about the people who counted on the American dream?
- What about the horrible loss being felt all over America as our houses plunge in value?
- What about our retirement?
- What about our kids in college?
- What about the young people who cannot even afford a decent place to live?
- What about their parents whose net worth has dwindled until they cannot help the kids with college or a place to live?
- What about the house in foreclosure next door, dragging my net worth down by $50,000.
I did not do anything wrong - but I am left holding the tab and hanging in the wind, broke, while Uncle Sam bails out the very people who caused this mess and makes their balance sheets look good?
God has a better plan. Let’s all pray for wisdom in Washington. Our leaders need to serve the needs of the people, not the greed of the banks.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — The federal government, in what will be its most far-reaching attempt yet to contain the financial crisis, is poised to establish a program to let banks get rid of mortgage-related assets that have been hard to value and harder to trade.
Leaders from the House and the Senate were briefed on Thursday evening by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
“The root cause of distress in capital markets is the real estate correction and what’s going on in terms of the price declines in real estate,” Paulson said at a press briefing after the meeting. “So we’re coming together to work for an expeditious solution aimed right at the heart of this problem, which is illiquid assets on financial institutions’ balance sheets.”
Many details of the plan remained unclear, but it is likely the government would take on tens of billions of dollars in mortgage assets - if not more.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said late Thursday night that lawmakers expected to get the proposal from Treasury in a matter of hours.
“We hope to move very quickly - time is of the essence,” Pelosi said.
Paulson, Bernanke and other officials expect to work through the weekend with congressional leaders to finalize a plan, said Brookly McLaughlin, a Treasury spokeswoman.
Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said he believes legislation could be acted on next week.
The announcement is the latest stunning turn in an extraordinary six days that have rocked Wall Street. A widening banking crisis has toppled two major firms - Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch - and prompted an $85 billion government loan to stem the sudden collapse of insurance giant American International Group.
Meanwhile, mainstay financial institutions are scrambling to raise cash or find merger partners - because of a freeze-up in lending and sinking investor confidence stemming from a collapse of the home mortgage market.
Talk of plan energizes markets
Speculation that the Bush administration was developing a comprehensive plan jolted Wall Street on Thursday and sent stocks higher. The Dow ended 410 points higher.
The Treasury has been talking about the concept of an agency to take on bad debts of financial institutions “for several months,” a source with knowledge of discussions on the issue told CNN.
There’s precedent for the federal government taking on troubled assets from the private sector. In the 1930s, the Home Owners Loan Corp. was set up to issue bonds to refinance borrowers. Then during the S&L crisis Congress set up the Resolution Trust Corp. to sell assets of failed banks.
One way the agency under discussion could work is by setting up bulk auctions to buy mortgage assets from financial institutions. The auctions would be for set dollar amount purchases. Companies that want to offload the hard-to-sell assets from their balance sheets bid to sell to the government at a huge discount. The company willing to sell at the lowest price wins.
The government would then be able to sell the assets back into the market when it wanted.
According to policy research firm the Stanford Group, such a setup would allow the government to refinance borrowers in the loans owned by the government, thereby lowering the risk of their defaulting and eventually boosting the price of the mortgage security in which those loans are packaged.
The agency and auction facility is one that House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd have supported.
Jaret Seiberg, a financial services analyst at the Stanford Group, said he believes there is bipartisan support for allowing the Bush administration to take short-term action to “get us through the immediate crisis.”
The expectation is that whatever program is decided on would only last through the presidential inauguration. “You don’t want a program that will last for several years because that would limit what the next administration could do,” Seiberg said.
Candidates to weigh in
On Friday, both presidential nominees are expected to detail their own plans to address the crisis.
Not everyone supports the idea that the government should buy up assets that the market currently can’t value and isn’t trading.
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Thursday proposed his own plan that would involve the government providing a cash infusion to financial institutions in exchange for stock in the companies and let the institutions offload their mortgage investments.
Banking consultant Bert Ely is skeptical about the government getting involved at all. If the government chooses to “prop up the institutions or allows the institutions to offload asset onto a government entity, who’s going to take the losses? It’s financial insanity. The markets have to clear. Our fundamental problem: an oversupply of housing.”
CNN senior correspondent Alan Chernoff, CNN White House correspondent Elaine Quijano and Washington producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.
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