MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

Unless the Lord Builds the House

February 24th, 2018 Viewed 288 times

Psalm 127 A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
for he gives to his beloved sleep.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Activists, Guns, Trump-Russia and Gates

February 23rd, 2018 Viewed 272 times, 3 so far today

Quite the mixed bag today. First, I found this at the library last night while looking through children’s books:

I was looking for books for my kids, and I found this book, and as I started to flip through it I found that I was pretty shocked that there would be a book with socialist overtones geared toward kids in my library. Now, I also thought through the fact that some people have this same reaction when a Christian book geared toward children is also in the library (I had skimmed Bearenstein Bears’ and the Big Question earlier in the same trip). That didn’t make it any less shocking and I’m beginning to see that other competing ideas are now becoming more blatant in their placement– it’s becoming more real.

Mass Shootings, Russian Bots and Secret Hand Signals

February 22nd, 2018 Viewed 357 times, 1 so far today

Lots of people talking about President Trump meeting with kids from the Florida school and CNN’s town hall. Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) took the time in her latest column telling us all about an amazing new breakthrough to reduce mass shootings… wait for it… Get rid of illegal immigrants.

There have been about 34 mass shootings since 2000. Forty-seven percent – 16 – were committed by first- and second-generation immigrants, i.e. people who never would have been here but for Teddy Kennedy’s 1965 immigration act.

She goes on to list the names of those that would not have been able to been able to have done a mass shooting because they wouldn’t be here in the first place. Which on its face is correct.

Obstruction of Justice, Trump-FBI and #TwitterLockOut

February 21st, 2018 Viewed 247 times

So, how this will work is I’ll attempt to lead you to the different view points, and the messaging between the two camps. I’ll also attempt to introduce you to who’s on what side and where they stand. Follow the links to get the full details.

There are two individuals that seem to be writing in an impartial manner that you can trust to be less partisan in what they lay out. One of these is Andrew McCarthy McCarthy is one of the go-to guys for people that back Trump because, for the moment, McCarthy states that he believes that there’s no way that Trump is impeached. His qualifications to make such a judgement? He’s a “Bestselling author. Contributing Editor at National Review & Fellow at NR Inst. Former Chief Asst. U.S. Attorney” His posts are very well laid out and can be accessible by most laymen. This doesn’t mean that everyone agrees with him. In his latest post, he is responding to a critic and lays out a very important point:

photo by: Osajus

A Battle of Epic Porportions

February 21st, 2018 Viewed 294 times, 1 so far today

We are in an epic battle, if you have been paying attention to the political chatter, but we aren’t quite sure who is really on the side of truth. On both extremes are people that believe that they are right, moral and just and that the other side is delusional. Both sides are relying on secret proceedings and are determined to read into every bit of information that they can to discern how close their guy is to beating the other guy.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, let’s introduce the cast of characters in this dramatic play.

photo by: cornstalker

When It’s Not About the Box

February 15th, 2018 Viewed 279 times

Pres. Trump’s recent budget proposal came out, and this time around it included a proposal to replace some of the SNAP money that people are getting with a box of food that’s chosen based on governmental factors:

Under a proposal in the president’s budget many participants in the program would be given half their benefits in the form of a “Harvest Box” full of food preselected for nutritional value and economic benefit to American farmers. The cache of cheaper peanut butter, canned goods, pasta, cereal, “shelf stable” milk and other products would now be selected by the federal government, not by the people actually eating it.

Glenn Thrush, NYT

While Ann Althouse wonders whether Trump is simply attempting to troll people or whether it’s a creative way to think outside the box by thinking about a box, I think it’s another persuasion play.

photo by: piropiro3

I Will Walk With Integrity – Psalm 101

February 14th, 2018 Viewed 259 times, 1 so far today

101 A Psalm of David.

1  I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
to you, O Lord, I will make music.

2  I will ponder the way that is blameless.
Oh when will you come to me?
I will walk with integrity of heart
within my house;

3  I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
I hate the work of those who fall away;
it shall not cling to me.

4  A perverse heart shall be far from me;
I will know nothing of evil.

5  Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
I will destroy.
Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
I will not endure.

6  I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that they may dwell with me;
he who walks in the way that is blameless
shall minister to me.

7  No one who practices deceit
shall dwell in my house;
no one who utters lies
shall continue before my eyes.

8  Morning by morning I will destroy
all the wicked in the land,
cutting off all the evildoers
from the city of the Lord.

  • English Standard Version
photo by: drumminhands

We Are One – The Story of Adam and Eve

February 12th, 2018 Viewed 351 times, 1 so far today

We are One

The Story of Adam and Eve – Genesis 1-3

In this passage we are taking a look at the first marriage—the first couple as it were.  From this study we should gain a crucial insight into what marriage was like when the people involved were sinless, and how that has changed because the introduction of sin.

Describe the creation of Adam and Eve.

Adam was created from the dust of the ground, like the animals.  However, he is the only one that is said to have had breathed into his nostrils the breath of life—he is a distinct creation.  Eve is the only person that is said to have been created not from the dust of the ground, but from Adam’s side.

What was the reason for the creation of Eve?

photo by: NH53

The Media Doesn’t Learn

February 1st, 2018 Viewed 273 times, 1 so far today

You would think that the media would learn. Instead, they just keep going. First, the tweet:

If you read that by itself, you could certainly claim that Trump is claiming that 45.6 million people watched and that he believes that it is the highest number in history. But wait!

She’s right. According to TV Ratings: Trump’s First State of the Union Address Fails to Match Obama:

Obama’s first State of the Union in 2010 drew 48 million viewers across broadcast and cable, while his first address before a joint session of Congress in February 2009 drew 52.4 million viewers.

So what’s the deal here? Power of positive thinking? Outright embellishment or lying? Trying to pull a fast one on the American people?

How about none of the above?

Check out this paragraph in the same article just a little above it:

Fox News topped both its cable and broadcast competition by a wide margin with 11.5 million viewers tuning into the network’s coverage of the speech, notching the highest-rated State of the Union address in the history of cable news [emphasis added]. CNN was second with 3.1 million, with MSNBC drawing 2.7 million. Fox Business Network drew 572,000 viewers. Spanish-language broadcasters Univision and Telemundo added 2 million and 1.4 million respectively. The speech was also carried live on Estrella and PBS.

If you’re not looking for lying every time you read the President, you see an alternative explanation– that Trump is referencing this statistic, not the overall number. He’s highlighting the positive in the report and ignoring the Obama numbers altogether. Well, it’s either that or an outright lie. You may believe what you wish.

And then there’s the bigger issue… Trump has everyone talking about just how many people watched his first State of the Union address. So over and over “45.6 million people watched Trump’s State of the Union!” Again, he’s the center of the news.

When will they learn?

MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.