I have tithed for over 40 years
I kept it like any other law
And since then I have not done without
I have been blessed immensely in every way imaginable
Once again we see that the cause for ills in the world and the downward slide of society can be avoided by simple yet profound truths in the ancient texts of the Word of God (Proverbs 22:6).
A simple test at the age of three can determine whether children will grow up to be a burden on society, needing excessive welfare, ending up in jail or becoming obese.
Scientists at King’s College London followed more than 1,000 children from before school until they were 38, to find out if it was possible to predict who would go on to lead troubled lives.
All were given a 45 minute test aged three to gauge … their levels of tolerance, restlessness, impulsivity and social disadvantage.
After 35 years, the researchers found one fifth of the group was responsible for 81 per cent of the criminal convictions; three quarters of drug prescriptions; two thirds of welfare benefit payments and more than half of nights in hospital.
But crucially, they discovered that the outcome could have been predicted decades earlier, simply by looking at which children attained the lowest test scores aged three.
“You get the best bang for the buck with early intervention,” she said. “These are all traits that can be controlled and improved upon, so identifying them in young children is a gift, and all of society would benefit.
Prof Moffitt added: “This study really gives a pretty clear picture of what happens if you don’t intervene.”
What God has given to us due to promises He made to Abraham, we continue to give away at an alarming rate.
The legal and illegal population of foreign-born immigrants living in America will break a 100-year-old record in just six years — and will continue to smash records for the rest of the century, according to a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.
Already 13.5 percent of the U.S. population, immigrants will surge to 15 percent in 2023… and that will surpass the all time high in the United States reached in 1890.”
We live in a nation that does not look to God to fight their battles and believes war makes their leader seem presidential. This is yet another reason that we can add to why the US is in a steep downhill slide which ends up in our demise.
Waging endless wars abroad (in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Syria) isn’t making America—or the rest of the world—any safer, it’s certainly not making America great again, and it’s undeniably digging the U.S. deeper into debt.
In fact, it’s a wonder the economy hasn’t collapsed yet.
Indeed, even if we were to put an end to all of the government’s military meddling and bring all of the troops home today, it would take decades to pay down the price of these wars and get the government’s creditors off our backs. Even then, government spending would have to be slashed dramatically and taxes raised.
You do the math.
- The government is $19 trillion in debt.
- The Pentagon’s annual budget consumes almost 100% of individual income tax revenue.
- The government has spent $4.8 trillion on wars abroad since 9/11, with $7.9 trillion in interest. As the Atlantic points out, we’re fighting terrorism with a credit card.
- The government lost more than $160 billion to waste and fraud by the military and defense contractors.
- Taxpayers are being forced to pay $1.4 million per hour to provide U.S. weapons to countries that can’t afford them.
- The U.S. government spends more on wars (and military occupations) abroad every year than all 50 states combined spend on health, education, welfare, and safety.
- Now President Trump wants to increase military spending by $54 billion.
- Add in the cost of waging war in Syria, and the burden on taxpayers soars to more than $11.5 million a day.
Ironically, while presidential candidate Trump was vehemently opposed to the U.S. use of force in Syria, and warned that fighting Syria would signal the start of World War III against a united Syria, Russia and Iran, he wasted no time launching air strikes against Syria.
Whether we are protecting our own interests or others, the US continues to rely on its own might and not the power or promises of God. In addition to killing people and inciting the ire of other nations, we are spending ourselves into oblivion.
Week by week, country by country, the Pentagon is quietly seizing more control over warfighting decisions, sending hundreds more troops to war with little public debate and seeking greater authority to battle extremists across the Middle East and Africa.
This week it was Somalia, where President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military more authority to conduct offensive airstrikes on al-Qaida-linked militants. Next week it could be Yemen, where military leaders want to provide more help for the United Arab Emirates’ battle against Iranian-backed rebels. Key decisions on Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are looming, from ending troop number limits to loosening rules that guide commanders in the field.
But delegating more authority to the Pentagon — and combat decisions to lower level officers — carries its own military and political risks. Casualties, of civilians and American service members, may be the biggest.
The result may be confusing for the public. Trump hasn’t eliminated Obama’s troop number limits. Thus, the caps of 503 for Syria and 5,262 for Iraq are still in effect.
But the military is ignoring them with White House approval and using an already-existing loophole to categorize deployments as temporary. For example, several hundred Marines and soldiers were recently sent to Syria to assist U.S.-backed Syria forces, including in the fight to retake IS’ self-declared capital of Raqqa. All were deemed temporary so not counted against the cap.
On Friday, the Pentagon said that officially there are 5,262 U.S. troops in Iraq even as officials privately acknowledge at least a couple thousand more there.
Now Russian is using this as a legitimate reason to move ships into the Mediterranean Sea to defend Syria against further attacks from the US. This is a great example of how war begets more war.
That being said, the Bible does not point to Russia as being the one to ultimately bring the US to its knees. Though Russia, China and the other “Kings of the East” will have a formidable army, their major battles will occur with the EU Beast Power (Revelation 9:13-21).
- The US military fired more than 50 tomahawk missiles at al-Shayrat military airfield at 8.45pm EDT Thursday
- Trump took action after more than 80 were killed and many more were injured in the Sarin poison gas attack
- Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a furious response calling airstrike an ‘illegal act of aggression’
- US called ‘a partner of ISIS’ by al-Assad’s spokesman who said missile strikes are ‘reckless and irresponsible’
- Trump says airfield used to store toxic weapons and was the base for the aircraft involved in the Sarin attack
- Claims that nine were killed, and more were injured, in the strike which has severely damaged the airbase
- US told Moscow it was launching an airstrike about 30 minutes in advance – but did not ask for permission
Already we are seeing the jockeying for position as the EU and UK are being pitted at odds against one another. This will continue and the EU will come out way ahead.
The Gibraltar sea gate, which was one of many blessing promised to the UK (Genesis 22:17), sees approximately HALF of the world’s trade and one-third of all oil and gas go through this strategic shipping lane. In the end though, God foretells of how all their gates will be stripped from them (Deuteronomy 28:52).
The ink has yet to dry on Theresa May’s Article 50 signature from last week which officially started the UK’s 2-year long divorce from the EU, and already Europe has been traumatized by comments from former Conservative leader Michael Howard, who suggested that Theresa May is be prepared to go to war to protect Gibraltar as Margaret Thatcher once did for the Falklands, comments which according to the Guardian were “immediately criticized as inflammatory.”
A European Council document on Friday suggested that Spain will be given an effective veto on whether the Brexit deal applies to Gibraltar. Downing Street said May had called Fabian Picardo, the chief minister of Gibraltar, on Sunday morning to say the UK remained “steadfastly committed to our support for Gibraltar, its people and its economy”.
Taking British officials by surprise, the draft guidelines drawn up by EU leaders state that the Brexit deal will not apply to Gibraltar without an “agreement between the kingdom of Spain and the UK”. One official told The Telegraph it is “absolutely unacceptable” and gives Spain too much power over the future of Gibraltar.
In response, on Sunday the Prime Minister told Gibraltar’s chief minister that Britain will never allow Spain to take over the peninsula against its will.
Not even one full week into Brexit, and nationalistic tensions – the continent’s soft spot – across Europe are once again rising, this time not the direct result of Europe’s refugee troubles. The good news: for now it is being handled diplomatically. The bad news: as the following chart from Goldman shows, the Brexit process is just beginning, and the potential for political and economic complications will only eventually be fully appreciated.
The author unintentionally brings out an insightful message to the church-goers that voted for Trump. Hillary Clinton was not the “right” choice either — the point is that as a Christian we should not be looking to any person to deliver us in this day and age and this secular article brings out some salient points in this regard.
I don’t believe it is as pervasive as certain people may think, but there is a notion among some in the liberty movement that with Donald Trump in the White House the need for crisis preparedness has subsided. Because preppers and survivalists tend to lean towards the conservative side of things, the urgency for prepping almost always explodes when the Democratic party is “in power.”
There is a common delusion among those that invest themselves in politics that all that is needed to reverse the course of any nation or situation is a “strong leader” with ample cheerleading from the populace. In reality, social and geopolitical disasters are usually far beyond the means of any one politician to change. Economic disasters are even more irreversible.
Conservatives are especially vulnerable to the idea of a “protector on a white horse” coming to their rescue; a God-fearing hero and statesman, a general and leader of men. But, such people do not exist. There are no supermen. There are no worldly saviors. There are only common men, with common failings, destined to face extraordinary obstacles.
This is why blind faith in a post-Trump renaissance is misplaced.