Gems 2014 — April 18 Scripture Selection: I Cor. 15:24-58

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 18 Scripture Selection: I Cor. 15:24-58

Food for Thought: I Cor. 15:31c, 58

“I die daily.” To the carnal minded, this expression sounds morbid or of something from a science-fiction novel. But really, it simply means to allow Christ to live through us and let the fleshly self “die,” all the while being immersed entirely in His love. It is to offer oneself wholly to the Lord and His service in order to reach as many as possible for Christ before it is too late. Very soon, the last trumpet will sound, and the dead in Christ shall be raised, and the believers will be taken up to be with Him. Then, our opportunity to see the lives of the lost transformed will be over for us, and their opportunity to actually receive by the Holy Spirit through us in person will end, as well.

Paul says in Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Our egos, our ambitions, our need to constantly cater to the fleshly impulses and cravings, all die. Now, our whole reason for living is Christ.

When we gain this understanding, our lives take on new meaning and purpose, and we accomplish much for the Kingdom of God. Then God is glorified, and many are rescued from death. That is why we—all brothers and sisters in Christ—are encouraged in First Corinthians 15:58 to “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your (our) labor is not in vain in the Lord.” Great things come about when we die to self and let Christ live through us.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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LOL @ Zero!!!!

President Obama Encourages Democrats to Defend Obamacare: ‘I Do Not Think We Should Apologize’

 

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The lunatic has los his mind.  Anyone who had anything to do with Zerocare should not only have to apologize, but, be publically whipped for the egregious harm it’s done to our nation and the people of this nation. 

But, go ahead.  Run on the loss of liberties.  Run on the fact that there are now, after passage, Constitutional questions which needed to be resolved prior to passage.   Run of the attack on religious freedoms.  Run on the higher premiums.  But, most of all, run and do not apologize for the lack of results from this fiasco. Run on all of this and don’t apologize for all of this cost for giving coverage to less than 3% of the population, which could have easily been achieved if we closed our borders and created some jobs. 

People don’t only need to apologize, they need punished for it. 

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Song To Get The Extended Weekend With!!!

 

h/t JP

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Gems 2014 — April 17 Scripture Selection: I Cor. 15:1-23

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 17 Scripture Selection: I Cor. 15:1-23

Food for Thought: I Cor. 15:1, 2, 12-22

The entire chapter fifteen explains beautifully the Gospel, the very good news, and the essential part that the truth of the resurrection plays in it. As occurs today, there were some of the Corinthians who rejected the notion of Jesus being resurrected from the dead, and that the believers would follow him in resurrection, too. For some, it is very inconvenient to believe in the resurrection.

Believing in a holy man who walked around doing good is easy. There are religions around the world that contain such an element in their beliefs. What distinguishes Christianity from those religions is key: Jesus Christ, whom we worship, was raised from the dead and lives today. In addition, we will be raised, too. (This, of course, requires faith and cannot be understood or obtained any other way. See Romans 4:24, 25, and 5:1 for more on this.) It is not enough just to believe in Jesus the man, but we must believe in Him resurrected and in the whole Gospel. There is a resurrection, or what is preached is worth nothing, and all the martyrs of the past and present, including Jesus, will have died in vain.

Because Jesus conquered death and lives today, we have a relationship with Him, and He with us. That is why all those earthly religions are inferior. We have a relationship, and they have mere man-made religion. The resurrection is the absolute center focal point and key of Christianity.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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LOL!!! Epic Failure Wants To Be Kansas Senator!!!

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KATHLEEN SEBELIUS FLOATS TRIAL BALLOON FOR KANSAS SENATE RUN

I hope she does. 

President Barack Obama’s embattled former Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius is reportedly considering a Kansas Senate run against friend-turned-critic Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS).

But, I will say this.  Breitbart sort of made a thing out of Roberts and Sebelius being friends.  It’s a wrong thing to do.  They did this so as to cast dispersions towards Roberts, without having to make a case as to why someone should vote against Roberts.  That is, of course, a page out of the leftards’ book. It’s wrong. 

There is a line, many lines, which distinguish rational thinkers from leftards.  I abhor leftarded thought and actions.  But, that doesn’t mean we can’t have personal friendships with leftards.  Indeed, we need to.  You can’t change the mind of a leftard by being their committed enemy.  Truly, when a leftard goes into leftardedness, one needs to be on hand to forcefully correct the leftard or prevent the leftard from accomplishing the leftard’s goal, but, they still can be friends.  I used to have a drinking buddy who was very leftarded.  But, we were friends.  We used to fish together, drink together, even chase women together for a bit …. ..  I’ve lost track of him over the years, but, I know, because of his interaction with me, he’s no longer the committed Dim he used to be.  Heck of a nice guy and as far as I know, he’s probably finished reading the Bible I gave him. I’d bet on it. 

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For What It’s Worth …..

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Now’s A Good Time To Ask ….. Smart Meters! Are They Spying On You?

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So, Fox has this, today. …..

Is your home’s energy meter spying on you?

Uhmm….. yes, they are. 

Smart meters, even the ones which don’t go inside your home, can tell us when you’re gone, when you wake up, and when you go to sleep.  Today, there are appliances built with the capabilities to “converse” with the meter.  Some can be turned on and off by commands sent through the meter.  And, now, there are more protocols than just Zigbee. 

No one ever stops to ask, “just because we can, should we?”  For the better part of a decade, I screamed a railed against this madness while it was happening.  I wasn’t enough. 

For those unfamiliar, the article is fair for a novice to such notions. 

Much of this came about under the guise of the energy question of the global warming croc. 

I’ve gotta run for a bit, but, I’ll be back shortly.

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Gems 2014 — April 16 Scripture Selection: I Cor. 14:20-40

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

April 16 Scripture Selection: I Cor. 14:20-40

Food for Thought: I Cor. 14:32, 33, 39, 40

The Apostle Paul had to put some things in order in this newly budding church. They were enjoying the gifts they had, but didn’t know how to use them with measure to avoid confusion. So he reminded them that everyone can come to the service with a psalm, a teaching, a message in tongues, a revelation, etc., but all things should be done for edification (vs. 26). There should be no more than three giving a message in tongues with interpretation (vs. 27). Two or three can also give words of prophecy (vs. 29). And those women who were yelling across the room to their husbands to ask about something said should keep quiet and ask about it at home (vs. 35). As is still the custom in many eastern countries, the men sit on one side of the room, and the women on the other. If the women (in the Greek, the word also means wives) were causing commotion because they were talking among themselves or to their husbands while the message was being delivered (I have seen this), Paul would have needed to set them straight.

Briefly touching on the “woman question,” we know Paul is not silencing the women from using spiritual gifts because there are plenty of examples of women using them throughout the Old and New Testaments, and God is no respecter of persons. (He does not favor some over others Acts 19:34.) Deborah (Judges 4), Huldah (2 Chron. 34:22-24), and the daughters of Philip (Acts 21:9), in addition to Acts 2:17, are a good place to start. There is no “law” concerning this in the Old or New Testaments, only concerning a wife’s submission to her husband.

Paul’s main concern and theme of this passage is simply to do all thing decently and in order (vs. 40). No one likes a chaotic meeting. But when everything is done orderly, great things happen in the Kingdom of God.

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Global Warming Demonstrated By Last 30 Years Of Snow Cover!!!!!

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Of course, this is only th Northern Hemisphere, but, that’s where most of the snow cover changes would be, anyway, and the land mass in the southern parts of the Southern Hemisphere is pretty minimal, comparatively.

Still, this is fairly disconcerting.  I intentionally started the graph at a high point, (January) and we see that in toto, the snow cover is increasing.  The dumbasses are blathering about global warming and it seems we’re seeing a cooling. 

This is one of the many things the dumbasses don’t understand  It doesn’t matter one whit if the average temp of the Arctic, in January, goes from –40 to –35 degrees.  It matters a lot if Oklahoma goes from averaging 40 to 35 degrees F in January. Mind you, the way the lunatics manipulate the temps, we’ll never see that in our temp data sets.  But, snow cover doesn’t lie.  We’re either cold enough to have snow cover, or we’re not.  The more area of snow cover we have, the more area we have below 32 degrees F, or 0 degrees C.  It’s Boolean.  And, this demonstrates there is no such thing as “global warming”.  It may, or may not be warming in some parts of the globe.  But, clearly, in other parts, it is cooling. 

Graph is in kilometers ….. source

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Government At It’s Finest!!! Census Bureau Redefining How Many Have Insurance Coverage!!!

How nice.  It seems we’ve decided to change the questions as to determine how many people are insured in the US and how many are not.  Timely.  This is the data source we used to determine there was a problem, to begin with.  But, now, we’ve changed the questions, presumably to be more accurate.  Turns out, this change happened last year.

From teh NY Times ….

Census Survey Revisions Mask Health Law Effects

WASHINGTON — The Census Bureau, the authoritative source ofhealth insurance data for more than three decades, is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects ofPresident Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.

The changes are intended to improve the accuracy of the survey, being conducted this month in interviews with tens of thousands of households around the country. But the new questions are so different that the findings will not be comparable, the officials said.

An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a “total revision to health insurance questions” and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured. Thus, officials said, it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.

“We are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how they are asked,” said Brett J. O’Hara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau.

With the new questions, “it is likely that the Census Bureau will decide that there is a break in series for the health insurance estimates,” says another agency document describing the changes. This “break in trend” will complicate efforts to trace the impact of the Affordable Care Act, it said.

A major goal of the law is to increase the number of people with health insurance. The White House reported that 7.5 million people signed up for private health plans on the new insurance exchanges and that enrollment in Medicaid increased by three million since October. But the administration has been unable to say how many of the people gaining coverage were previously uninsured or had policies canceled, so the net increase in coverage is unclear.

Health policy experts and politicians had been assuming that the Census Bureau would help answer those questions when it issued its report on income, poverty and health insurance, based on the Current Population Survey. The annual report shows the number of people with various kinds of health insurance and the number of uninsured for the nation and for each state.

Several recent private polls, including one by the Gallup organization, suggest that the number of uninsured is indeed declining, because of the Affordable Care Act and improvements in the economy.

Census officials and researchers have long expressed concerns about the old version of insurance questions in the Current Population Survey.

The questionnaire traditionally used by the Census Bureau provides an “inflated estimate of the uninsured” and is prone to “measurement errors,” said a working paper by statisticians and demographers at the agency.

In the test last year, the percentage of people without health insurance was 10.6 percent when interviewers used the new questionnaire, compared with 12.5 percent using the old version. Researchers said that they had found a similar pattern in the data for different age, race and ethnic groups.

Shocking, I know.  Hey!!  Guess how many people are represented by about 2% of the US population? …. a little more than 6 million. 

But, here’s something to consider.  The law was intended to cover every American.  The problem was, there were 35,45, or even 50 million Americans not covered by health insurance.  It doesn’t matter what they’re babbling about, we haven’t come close to insuring all Americans. 

Personally, I can’t wait for the climate science like numbers they’re going to try and push on the American public.  I hope they do.  If the public buys it, then they deserve every bit  of pain, misery and even death, which was promised by Zerocre.  But, I believe we’ll hear a huge popping sound! 

Actually, we have a great template set by Zero, himself.  I think we should have it optional.  If you want to participate in Zerocare, then power to you.  If you don’t, then so be it.  And, insurance companies should be required to present both options. Make sure the government subsidy is gone and then see how it goes. 

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