Reading List: Lent, Church Planting, Evil of Communism, Crypto Protecting Ukrainian Wealth, Be Prepared, Food Prices

“In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.” Proverbs‬ ‭14:26‬ ‭ESV‬‬

# Make Disciples of all Nations
“‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations’” Matthew 28:18-20 ESV

Household Prayer: Lent Easter Devotion Season 

Brothers tomorrow, March 2 2022, starts the 40 day devotional season leading to Easter. I’ve chosen a “40 Days of Lent” reading plan to read in our household. I’m praying for sweet time in God’s word for our household and yours…

Today on The Sword and The Trowel, Conrad Mbewe | Healthy Church Planting and Pastoral Ministry with the Spurgeon of Africa

Tom Ascol sits down with Pastor Conrad Mbewe in the Founders studio to talk about his ministry in Africa. Dr. Mbewe shares his experience pastoring a church-planting Church and what Biblical principles and practices are required for healthy church-planting.”

# Work and Keep 
“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.” Genesis 2:15 ESV

A Witness Against Wokeness: What Modern Christians Can Learn from an Ex-Communist

“we are living at a time when Christians in America need to re-learn what past generations knew, and what Christians living in Cuba, China, and Czechoslovakia know, all too well: Communism, and its younger sibling Socialism, are godless ideologies that harm the massesnearly 100 million people died during the twentieth century under Communist regimes. And hence, it was both right and responsible for evangelicals during the Cold War to stand opposed to ideas of Karl Marx and his Communist Manifesto… Wokeness is making inroads within the church, too. From calls for social justice (largely undefined) to cries that Christian Nationalism (also undefined) are threatening our country, those in the church are missing something that previous generations did not and could not miss—namely, the evil that comes from a man-centered, God-denying, government-enforced attempt to build back better… To those who have not seen, heard, or known about the inner-workings of Communism, let Chambers timeless words [of this article] be a warning… In a letter to his children, we find the testimony of a man who knew the evil of Communism existentially, not just academically. Thus, to a generation who is inclined towards socialism and unmoved by the evils of Communism, we—especially, those in the church—need to hear Whittaker Chambers…”

“As Christians living in this world, therefore, we need to know the ideas and ideologies that are threatening the church, and we need by God’s grace to expose their darkness and point people to the light… let us continue to bear witness to the truth, and following the boldness of Whittaker Chambers and all martyrs (witnesses) of the faith, let us speak the truth of God. out loud, in public, and without shame. So help us God! Soli Deo Gloria.”

Crypto currency and the Church – super noob getting started notes
Crypto Currency and Cancel Culture: Because cancel culture includes being able to bank, i.e. being allowed to or able to buy and sell. The Church could learn something here. Revelation 13:17

Coinbase Bytes: Ukraine is seeing record crypto donations. Ukranians are using crypto to protect their wealth and resist Russia’s invasion. …

“For Ukrainians, emergency economic measures — including cash withdrawal limits (about $3,350 per day) — have prompted the country’s government, citizens, and even newspapers to call for crypto aid… Ukraine has raised over $30 million in cryptocurrency since tweeting an appeal for donations on Saturday… Meanwhile, a Berlin-based blockchain startup called Arweave is attempting to preserve historical documents about the crisis — so far its network of 1,000 nodes holds about 50 terabytes of related data… Why it matters… Ukranians are using crypto to defend themselves from Russia’s invasion, protect their wealth, and fund their escapes to neighboring nations. In one sobering tweet, a citizen explained: ‘My Ukrainian credit cards don’t work anymore. I’m safe physically in Kazakhstan, but all my savings are gone. Crypto is the only money I still have, and today I can say without exaggeration that $BTC, $ETH and #NFT[s] are going to save my life while I can’t come back home.‘” 

# Trained Men 
“he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them” Genesis 14:14 ESV

“We would be wise to remember that the Athenian historian Thucydides in the Melian Dialogue of his History of the Peloponnesian War characterizes hope as danger’s comforter. In modern military and intelligence parlance, the ancient Greek general’s text translates as hope is not a course of action. While this is true, hope is oftentimes all one has in times of despair. The lesson is one as old as time: Be prepared.” The Devil’s Hand: A Thriller (Terminal List Book 4) by Jack Carr

I’m watching Deer Camp on Warrior Poet Society

Warrior Poet Society: Mossberg Shockwave Review [not t-rex approved]

Colion Noir: These New Surefire Turbo Lights Helps You See Even Farther In The Dark

“I’ve always been a lumens guy. Give me high lumens at a decent distance and I’m generally good. Then I took a rifle nighttime course and really appreciated a light’s ability to throw light at longer distances. When Andrew from surefire Told me they were launching their Turbo Series of high candela lights that are focused on long-distance lighting I got a little giddy.  Lumens are the total amount of light put out by a device the higher the lumens the greater the area is lit up. However, Candela is the amount of light put out by a device in a particular direction. Essentially, High Lumens is focused on making things really bright up close and Candela focuses on making things bright at further distances.”

# Tyranny, crime, and other evils
“The kings of the earth set themselves… against the Lord and against his Anointed… He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.” Psalm 2:1-4 ESV

“You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel. Rouse yourself to punish all the nations; spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah” Psalm 59:5 ESV

Food and energy resource prices likely to continue increasing in the near term

Forward Observer

“Corn, Soybeans, and Wheat futures continue to near or hit daily price increases. The primary driver of price increases is the war in Europe as commodities markets brace for global trade disruptions.” Wheat prices are up nearly 32% over the last 12months aloneChina’s actions will likely put pressure on world markets and drive up prices for the selected commodities. Analysts believe China has already stockpiled between 60-70% of the world’s grain reserves. Oil prices in London rose 7.7% on Wednesday, wheat 7.6%, aluminum rose 1.3%, and corn futures climbed 2.9% to their highest since 2012.”

Biden’s War, The Left’s Reaction, Abortion Bill Defeated

“One of the first things Joe Biden did when he entered the Oval Office was to shut down our pipelines. He also shut down new U.S. drilling and put us back in the terrible Paris Climate Accord. Later he approved Putin’s pipeline to Europe and started buying record amounts of oil from Russia, feeding Putin’s war machine. Seriously, we’re paying Putin $70 million a day for oil we could be and should be producing here.

Homeland Security Official: Worst Terror Environment in 30+ years, Concern for Houses of Worship

“A top Department of Homeland Security official calls the current U.S. threat environment the worst he’s seen in over 30 years and is urging houses of worship, universities, and public officials to pay attention.” Warning: NEVER take the kings money unless you want to become the kings man!

While the U.S. Wasn’t Looking, China Became the Dominant Power in Latin America, Right on Our Doorstep

Tying Nations to China Through Loans and Debt – Twenty Latin American nations have joined China’s Belt and Road initiative, in which China invests in a nation’s infrastructure, like the new container port China is building for Peru at the Port of Chancay.  China will also be supplying nations with civilian nuclear technology, helping them develop space programs, and providing them with Chinese 5G technology that experts have warned is a surveillance tool of the Chinese military… ‘(The Chinese) orchestrate those loans and in those contracts in ways to make sure that they get paid. Chinese banks oftentimes operate more like loan sharks. In other words, you know, ‘Give me the title to your car’, so to speak,’ Ellis noted.”

Biden DOJ ending national security initiative aimed at countering China amid complaints about bias

“Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods? Do you judge the children of man uprightly? No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth… O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord! Let them vanish like water that runs away; when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted. Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun. Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!” Psalm 58:1-2, 6-9 ESV

“When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he assembled his 318 trained men, born in his household, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.” Genesis‬ ‭14:14‬ ‭CSB‬‬ 

“The right to life is a good example of what legal historians refer to as an objective right: it is objective in the sense that it exists outside ourselves and is unalienable… The right to life imposes obligations: you must do everything in your power to preserve it.”


A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

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