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God Opens the Heart
By John Piper
One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. (Acts 16:14)
Everywhere Paul preached some believed and some did not. How are we to understand why some of those who are dead in trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1, 5) believed and some did not?
The answer why some did not believe is that they “thrust it aside” (Acts 13:46) because the message of the gospel was “folly to [them], and [they were] not able to understand” (1 Corinthians 2:14). The mind of the flesh “is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot” (Romans 8:7).
Everyone who hears and rejects the gospel “hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” (John 3:20). They remain “darkened in their understanding . . . because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart” (Ephesians 4:18). It is a guilty ignorance. The truth is available. But “by their unrighteousness [they] suppress the truth” (Romans 1:18).
But why then do some believe, since all are in this condition of rebellious hardness of heart, dead in their trespasses? The book of Acts gives the answer in at least three different ways. One is that they are appointed to believe. When Paul preached in Antioch of Pisidia, the Gentiles rejoiced and “as many as were appointed to eternal life believed” (Acts 13:48).
Another way of answering why some believe is that God granted repentance. When the saints in Jerusalem heard that Gentiles, and not just Jews, were responding to the gospel, they said, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life” (Acts 11:18).
But the clearest answer in Acts to the question why a person believes the gospel is that God opens the heart. Lydia is the best example. Why did she believe? Acts 16:14 says, “The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.”
If you are a believer in Jesus, all of these happened to you: You were appointed to believe; you were granted to repent; and the Lord opened your heart. The rest of your life you should be overflowing with amazed thankfulness at the miracle that you are a believer.
Things are now starting to get fast and furious. Outside of China, covid-19 is swiftly breaching defense lines all over the world.
Italy is suddenly in big trouble — with the military being called in to enforce city quarantines.
Iran, South Korea & Japan similarly find themselves overwhelmed as new cases continue to spread unabated. And there are many other countries (including the US) whose low reported numbers just don’t appear believable at this point.
We may soon find out that there are many more infections worldwide than are currently understood.
As China, Italy, South Korea and a growing list of other countries are showing us, outbreaks can happen extremely fast, slamming the door shut on your window to prepare. Which is why taking action now is critical — because a gov’t lockdown will likely catch you by surprise (armed troops, empty store shelves).
After the moment it’s implemented, you will have to make do with whatever measures you put in place beforehand.
Meanwhile we’re being able to quantify the damage of the current shutdown of China’s economy. China is responsible for nearly 30% of world’s manufacturing, and it’s estimated that at this point, global trade will take a hit of nearly $600 billion. And it gets worse. Millions of Chinese firms are going bankrupt from lack of cash flows — a national bailout by China’s banks is likely needed to keep a huge part of its industry from vaporizing.
One social front, we’re hearing stories of families giving up babies they can no longer afford, as folks are becoming homeless due to lack of income. This is likely a preview of what’s to come for other countries hard hit by this virus.
This is why the downplaying to-date of the coronavirus by world authorities is so dangerous. The risk is real and the costs are high. The masses should be preparing now.
But until they are, we need to be ahead of the curve.
The above is a portion of this PDF. I have previously written about the collusion surrounding Mark Meadows, Lynda Bennett and Jane Bilello for the transfer of power of the US House of Representatives seat in the 11th District of North Carolina. As stated in the post:
Jane Bilello blew a fuse, aiming all manner of hostility directed to Eddie Cabe and myself. This is where the e-mail dialog begins. Make yourself some popcorn, relax and enjoy…
I recommend reading this transcript for several reasons:
It appears that people in the 11th District are now in the second phase where the truth is violently opposed.
Will we have time to have the truth become self-evident before the primary? Ask yourself a simple question: why are the people leading the charge against Lynda Bennett the ones who personally know her?
I gauge the volatility of the world’s economy and war du jour based on the price of gold. I have done this for over ten years. The powers that want one world order have successfully suppressed the price of gold in order to maintain their central banks and fiat currencies. If the price of gold goes down or is stable, all is good.
Tonight the price of gold is up over $30 an ounce in the first 15 minutes of trading. That tells me that the pandemic is not only a real threat to the world’s economic structure, the banks have lost control of the ability to manipulate gold, fiat currencies and the stock markets. In order words, they are panicking.
Let’s pray for some good news and hopefully a stabilization of both gold and the world’s supply chain.
While I posted this video earlier, it appears that people either did not watch it or did not comprehend the consequences of a vaccine or a secondary infection of COVID-19. Start at minute 21 and you will see why ADE (antibody dependent enhancement) of the virus is more deadly than the primary infection.
When I ordered this UV-C light last week, Amazon was limiting the quantity to 1. While this is now “currently unavailable”, note the wording:
We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.
We will be seeing this notice everywhere in the future. While I never took advantage of a bad situation to benefit me financially, the country must consider rebuilding our manufacturing base. We have no other options but to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and ensure our economy is reliant only on us.
Last month several Gun Owners of America staff members attended the SHOT Show to deliver our “no compromise” message to the firearms industry. It is an exciting time at GOA as we build relationships with some of the best names in the industry. Watch our Partners Page grow over the coming weeks and months.
I have not attended SHOT Show in many years and wow, I certainly learned a lot.
There were many new guns to check out. Twenty first century gun buyers seem to have an unlimited amount of quality firearms to choose from. Many of the new models were designed using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software which enables engineers to save time and development costs. This is a good thing — it allows for a very short time interval between a concept or idea for a firearm. And when these modern designs are manufactured and begin to appear on gun dealer’s shelves, it gives gun buyers a multitude of choices. Choice in guns is a good thing.
Phil Haney, DHS whistleblower, & author of “See Something, Say Nothing” has been assassinated.
The mainstream media will say it was “suicide” if they mention it at all. He was found dead after missing for two days with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was due to get married in a month and said that he knew “something might happen to me”.
Dee and I were honored to have known him & interview him back in July 2016 a month after the release of his book. This is the podcast of our interview with him. Phil Haney comes on at the 1-hour mark.
The Hour of Unusual Threat
By John Piper
If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. (1 Peter 4:14)
Many Christians in the world today do not know the life-threatening danger that comes with believing in Christ. We have gotten used to being free from such persecution. It seems like the way things must be.
So, our first reaction to the threat that things might be otherwise is often anger. But that anger may be a sign that we have lost our sense of being sojourners and exiles (“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles . . .” 1 Peter 2:11).
Perhaps we have settled too much into this world. We don’t feel as homesick for Christ as Paul did: “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” (Philippians 3:20).
Many of us need the reminder, “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12). It isn’t strange.
Have you ever wondered how you will do in the hour of final trial? The gunman has you in his sights and asks, “Are you a Christian?” Here is a strong word to give you hope that you may do better than you think.
Peter says, “If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:14). This encouragement from Peter says that in the hour of unusual threat (whether insult or death) there will be “a Spirit of glory and of God resting on us.” Doesn’t that mean that God gives special help in the hour of crisis to those who suffer because they are Christians?
I don’t mean he is absent from our other sufferings. I just mean that Peter went out of his way to say that those who suffer “for the name of Christ” will experience a special “resting” on them of “the Spirit of glory and of God.”
Pray that this would be your experience when the trial comes. There will be resources of endurance in that moment that we do not have any other time. Take heart.
With the caveat noted:
Below is the email I sent to my family earlier today. They aren’t as up on current events so there is some background that may be redundant for your readers.
There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty surrounding this entire situation. So take this with whatever sized grain of salt you deem appropriate.
So, the Wuhan coronavirus.
COVID-19, it’s now called. This particular virus originated with bats (although some argue that a bioweapons lab was involved), then combined with a prior dangerous human virus and crossed over to humans.
It’s spread by “airborne” transmission, meaning droplets small enough to float in the air for several hours. All airborne diseases are very contagious, and this is no exception. It’s spread exponentially in China and has shut down a substantial fraction of that country, with 400 million people in quarantine.
President Donald Trump is reportedly furious after underlings at the State Department decided to fly 14 Diamond Princess passengers who tested positive for coronavirus back to the U.S. without telling him, and against his wishes.
Trump had been told last Saturday that only evacuees who didn’t have symptoms or positive test results would be allowed on State Department charter planes back to the US from Japan, according to the Washington Post.
Officials on the ground realized late in the evacuation process, on the airport tarmac in Tokyo, that 14 of the roughly 350 evacuees had tested positive for the virus.
State Department underlings made the quick decision to allow the infected citizens onto the flights, but separated from the other passengers within portable bio-containment units that were already on the planes, in case passengers showed symptoms during the flight.
‘It’s important to remember this was an emerging and unusual circumstance,’ said Ian Brownlee, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Consular Affairs.
‘We had 328 people on buses, a plan to execute and we received lab results on people who were otherwise asymptomatic, un-ill people on a bus on the way to the airport.
‘The people on the ground did exactly the right thing…in bringing them home.’
Consider this: California is asking 7,600 people to self-quarantine themselves. Does this mean they are acknowledging that they do not have the resources in place to address this pandemic? And if that is the case, should we put ourselves under self-quarantine until COVID-19 burns itself out?
The question of self-quarantine is now an “if” based on what little information we get from the CDC. I believe the time frame for self-quarantine will become self-evident anytime within the next few weeks based on what is happening in Italy and South Korea.
Here are some considerations based on information that we know. From the Disaster Princess, we know that people can be asymptomatic for 30 days (and possibly longer). Since people were still eating their meals in large concentrations in the cruise ship’s buffet after the outbreak occurred, I believe 30 days is a reasonable time frame for the asymptomatic phase.
Based on the information of confirmed cases worldwide versus the number of recovered people, the best guess for onset of symptoms and recovery is 14 days (but probably longer). This time frame will become clearer based on information from Japan, South Korea and Italy. The third period to be considered is how long a person is infectious after “recovery”. If we consider a normal coronavirus infection, that is another 14 days. That means a self-quarantine period of roughly two months to ensure that you are not going to get infected by someone else if you want to be safe. If you develop symptoms, then you probably can assume one month before you are not contagious.
However, any of your caretakers will be under a 30 period from their last exposure to ensure that they have not become symptomatic. Since the government is lying to us concerning this pandemic, how can we determine when the virus has burned itself out and it is safe to come out after a self-quarantine? This is an important question that you must ask yourself now because you will need to cover your food, medical and other necessities for that period of time. And time is running out for buying supplies. Also ask why the government is still saying a 14 day quarantine period is acceptable?
My minimum estimate is ninety days. Sixty days to ensure you do not have it and another thirty days just to be sure no one in your area is contagious. And that is a very optimistic assessment. The world’s economy will not be able to withstand even a thirty day period under these conditions but at least we will be alive.
I submit that some actions are prudent now. Restaurants, meetings and movie theaters are all off of our list. Gas stations are relatively safe since human interaction can easily be eliminated – wear gloves or wash your hands after pumping to be safe. For us, that leaves work and food shopping. We have contingency plans in place now to eliminate these issues.
California Tells 7,600 People To Self-Quarantine Over Concern Of Coronavirus Spread
People in California who have recently returned from visiting China are being asked to stay home for the rest of the month to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus.
The California Department of Public Health said Friday that 7,600 people have been urged to self-quarantine: stay home, monitor their health and limit interaction with other people.
The figure does not include those who visited the China’s Hubei province region where the virus is thought to have originated, as those travelers have flown on charter flights and been quarantined on U.S. military bases, including Travis Air Force base in Fairfield.
The self-quarantine directive applies to travelers returning to the U.S. on or after February 2.
The U.S. is funneling travelers from China to 11 airports, including San Francisco International Airport, to ensure they get medical screening and medical care. At least 34 people in the U.S. have tested positive for the virus, including 18 who returned home from a quarantined cruise ship in Japan, the Centers for Disease Control said during a conference call with reporters Friday.
The plan was to move dozens of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus from Travis Air Force Base in Northern California to Costa Mesa.
A federal court blocked efforts Friday night to transfer dozens of patients who tested positive for the coronavirus from Travis Air Force Base in Northern California to an empty building in Southern California.
U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton granted a temporary restraining order after the city of Costa Mesa filed a request for an injunction earlier in the day. Named as defendants were the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of General Services.
An expedited hearing is scheduled Monday in Santa Ana, California.
City officials said they were made aware of plans Thursday evening by regional representatives from state and local health agencies to transfer 30 to 50 patients to a building there. The patients would have arrived as early as Sunday, according to the court filing.
So the simple questions are: