*Note from Duckie, Thank you lawngren, for the post, I sure appreciate the help. Due to business and other appointments I need to take care of, this thread is also going to be considered the open porch for the day and into tonight for Tuesday tunes. Enjoy the good news for the 2nd half of this post, and play whatever songs are on your mind. I’ll see y’all sometime tonight. Have a blessed Tuesday all!
You may not want to read the quotes from the few included links below. They’re frightening and sickening. I cut the quotes to the bone, because they are not the focus of this article. They are here only to emphasize the contrast and to demonstrate that we are not ignorant of our troubled times. If, like myself, you are already convinced that America and the world are on the edge of collapse, disaster, ruin, Apocalypse, etc., you don’t need to read them. Truthful news reports are hard on hope. But whether or not you read the news blurbs or go to the links, after the news links you will find the fix for your hope. A reason to be cheerful. Happy even! Read it and be encouraged!
Women’s sports may one day consist entirely of men: Rod Liddle
28 February 2019
The ultimate in un-manly men: those who “shift” their gender to compete athletically against women. Because they weren’t man enough to accept defeat.
“There were some anguished complaints from the various girls these two speedy lads defeated, but these were of course brushed aside … It is remarkable and a little chilling how all of those concerned with the wellbeing of our children … have bought into the extremist views of a pressure group which, at the very least, we might describe as ‘troubled’. But then, I suppose that they dare not.”
Virginia Democrats elect Their First Islamist Anti-Semite:
Daniel Greenfield, March 1, 2019
It’s Not Identity Politics; It’s Anti-White Politics:
Ilana Mercer, Mar 01, 2019
“Whatever is convulsing the country; it’s not identity politics. For, blacks are not being pitted against Hispanics. Hispanics are not being sicced on Asians, and Ameri-Indians aren’t being urged to attack the groups just mentioned. Rather, they’re all piling on honky. Hence, anti-white politics or animus … The ire of the multicultural multitudes is directed exclusively at whites and their putative privilege. Anti-whitism is becoming endemic and systemic … Never once is The Thing called what is it: Incessant and dangerous incitement to hate innocent whites for their alleged pigmental privilege. ”
California’s Rendesvous With Reality:
Victor Davis Hanson, Feb 28, 2019
“California’s 40 million residents depend on less than one percent of the state’s taxpayers to pay nearly half of the state income tax … But a new federal tax law now caps deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000 — a radical change that promises to cost many high-earning taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars … If even a few thousand of the state’s one-percent flee to nearby no-tax states such as Nevada or Texas, California could face a devastating shortfall in annual income …”
Because California politicians believed in global warming’s predictions that rain and snow would become increasingly rare in California, they failed to build reservoirs for times when California DID get lots of rain and snow. So of course “… in 2016 and 2017, California received record snow and rainfall — and the windfall of millions of acre-feet of runoff was mostly let out to sea … California has again been experiencing rain and cold that could approach seasonal records. The state has been soaked by some 18 trillion gallons of rain in February alone. With still no effort to expand California’s water-storage capacity, millions of acre-feet of runoff are once again cascading out to sea …”
And “… the state’s high-speed-rail project has gobbled up more than $5 billion in funds without a single foot of track laid. The total cost soared from an original $40 billion promise to a projected $77 billion.”
There’s so much more of similar doom. Hanson sums it up:
“In sum, California has no margin for error.”
END OF NEWS BLUES / The Hope Fix:
Those of us who are believers in King Jesus have so much good news! to look forward to. First, the news blues themselves are in fact a very encouraging sign! Yes! It’s true!
In Luke chapter 21, Jesus gives His disciples the ultimate News Blues story: the end of stability, safety, and prosperity is coming! Death, doom, and disaster! Wars, slavery, terror, astronomic and geographic upheaval! And then He tells them that these things are a welcome sign in general for all believers who see them happening:
“At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near!”
“Jesus is coming soon, morning or night or noon …” Yes! The King is coming! Praise God, He’s coming for us! Rescue is on the way! Getting close! Hang on!
Then there’s the personal good news for believers in Jesus: from Matthew chapter 9, which Duckie posted a month or so ago:
“Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, ‘Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, “Your sins are forgiven”’ or to say, “Get up and walk”? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins! So he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, take your mat and go home.” Then the man got up and went home. When the crowd saw this, they were filled with awe; and they praised God, who had given such authority to man.”
Because God loves us, I am certain that this was one of the most joyous statements Jesus ever made. I am certain that He was rejoicing in His spirit as He said these words, knowing that His mission would succeed and give a pardon for our sins and eternal life with eternal joy to those who believed in Him!
And we know that this good news is true, first from John chapter 16…
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!”
.. and from Matthew chapter 28 …
“After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb … There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here! He has risen, just as he said! Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.
So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell His disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. ‘Greetings!’ He said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.’
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’ ”
Those women and men backed up their testimony with their lives. They refused to change their testimony even under torture and hideous death.
Peter wrote, “For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, ‘This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.’ We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.”
Luke, “the investigator” as I think of him, wrote this to Theophilus:
“Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the Word. With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.”
Endure, brothers and sisters. Stand fast in the faith! Strenghten your souls by feeding on the Word of God. Encourage and help and pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ. Joy such as we have never known is coming! All the evil, the corruption, the heartbreak, the futility, that we are drowning in will be swept away the moment King Jesus returns for us. Whether it be in death, in the Rapture, or in His personal return to earth to rule as King over all, the end is in sight.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever! Therefore encourage one another with these words!”
Amen! Maranatha! Come soon, Lord Jesus!