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12/30/2022

The Authenticity of Our Words

December 30, 2022
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1–5

Quite a while ago, a young man I had known for several years expressed an interest in living in our home and being discipled in the context of our family. He assured me time and again, "I really want to help any way you or your wife may need me. My only reason for doing this is to serve. I just want to be a servant, Chuck."

Cynthia, the children, and I talked this over at length. We decided we'd give it a whirl . . . so in moved Mr. Servant and his family among our tribe of four kids, a dog, two hamsters, a rabbit, and a three-car garage full of stuff. It wasn't long before we realized those words, "I just want to be a servant," were mere words, little more.

Time and again conflicts arose when our requests were met with his resistance. There was hardly an occasion when we would suggest that something be done a certain way without his offering an alternative suggestion. What began as an unselfish-sounding game plan (if I heard once, "I just want to be a servant," I must have heard it fifty times) ultimately resulted in rather heated disagreements, much to our disappointment.

Words come easy—but being a person who genuinely and personally gives to others calls for a plentiful supply of flexibility. There's much more to giving ourselves to the Lord and to others than making verbal statements. It is impossible to give ourselves to others at arm's length or in absentia. Personal involvement is essential, not incidental, and it usually involves adapting our ways and schedules to fit others' needs. Such personal involvement, however, certainly reveals the authenticity of our words.

Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. (2 Corinthians 8:1–5)
According to these verses, authentic servanthood calls for people with a passion for giving whatever without recognition, without reservation, without reluctance, and without restriction.

And those types are rare indeed!

12/29/2022

Servants Give Generously

December 29, 2022
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:2–3

The Christians in the Macedonian churches were servants who gave to the needs of the believers in Jerusalem, giving anonymously, in fact. When Paul wrote of them to the Corinthian church, he also mentioned something else about those Macedonian servant saints:

In a great ordeal of affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord. (2 Corinthians 8:2–3)
When they gave, they "overflowed" in the process. They liberally and sacrificially gave "beyond their ability." I love the way Paul wrote that. Their giving dripped with sacrificial generosity. There wasn't a tightwad among them. How refreshing!

Now, as we apply this passage to the way true servants give, let's understand that the giving involved is much broader than money. That's for sure. It includes giving ourselves . . . our time and energy, our care and compassion, even our belongings on occasion. What a need there is for this trait within the ranks of humanity today! And yet, how rare it is!

We clutch our possessions so tightly that we live most of our adult lives with white knuckles. I often wonder why. We certainly can't take any of it with us. I've never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul!

12/28/2022

Servants Give Anonymously

December 28, 2022
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: Matthew 6:3; 2 Corinthians 8:1–5
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When Paul made his way through Europe, specifically the region of ancient Macedonia, he announced to the churches in that area the financial need of the church in Jerusalem. What adds to the significance of the whole episode is that Macedonia was already an economically depressed area. Macedonia was to Paul like one of our most economically depressed regions today. It would be like encouraging the poorest people in one country to send money to those who are hurting in another poor region. That kind of appeal would sound strange to us today.

But the most remarkable fact of all is this: They did! Those financially deprived Macedonian believers were so concerned over their brothers and sisters in Jerusalem who did not have sufficient money to make ends meet, they really gave. Look closer and see just how extensively they did it.

Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. (2 Corinthians 8:1–5)
What a tremendous section of Scripture! Those Christians demonstrated authentic servanthood in their giving. When we give as a servant gives, the same things are true in us.

I like that not one specific church is mentioned, simply "the churches of Macedonia." Not even one individual is highlighted. No statues of bronze were later erected in Jerusalem, no names of super saints chiseled in marble or recorded in some book for others to ooh and ahh over. A great proof of true servanthood is anonymity (Matthew 6:3).

When we practice the art of unselfish living, we prefer to remain anonymous. In fact, most of the people I know who possess a servant's heart are greatly embarrassed when their names are put up in lights.

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The Authenticity of Our Words

December 30, 2022
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1–5

Quite a while ago, a young man I had known for several years expressed an interest in living in our home and being discipled in the context of our family. He assured me time and again, "I really want to help any way you or your wife may need me. My only reason for doing this is to serve. I just want to be a servant, Chuck."

Cynthia, the children, and I talked this over at length. We decided we'd give it a whirl . . . so in moved Mr. Servant and his family among our tribe of four kids, a dog, two hamsters, a rabbit, and a three-car garage full of stuff. It wasn't long before we realized those words, "I just want to be a servant," were mere words, little more.

Time and again conflicts arose when our requests were met with his resistance. There was hardly an occasion when we would suggest that something be done a certain way without his offering an alternative suggestion. What began as an unselfish-sounding game plan (if I heard once, "I just want to be a servant," I must have heard it fifty times) ultimately resulted in rather heated disagreements, much to our disappointment.

Words come easy—but being a person who genuinely and personally gives to others calls for a plentiful supply of flexibility. There's much more to giving ourselves to the Lord and to others than making verbal statements. It is impossible to give ourselves to others at arm's length or in absentia. Personal involvement is essential, not incidental, and it usually involves adapting our ways and schedules to fit others' needs. Such personal involvement, however, certainly reveals the authenticity of our words.

Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. (2 Corinthians 8:1–5)
According to these verses, authentic servanthood calls for people with a passion for giving whatever without recognition, without reservation, without reluctance, and without restriction.

And those types are rare indeed!

12/29/2022

Servants Give Generously

December 29, 2022
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:2–3

The Christians in the Macedonian churches were servants who gave to the needs of the believers in Jerusalem, giving anonymously, in fact. When Paul wrote of them to the Corinthian church, he also mentioned something else about those Macedonian servant saints:

In a great ordeal of affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord. (2 Corinthians 8:2–3)
When they gave, they "overflowed" in the process. They liberally and sacrificially gave "beyond their ability." I love the way Paul wrote that. Their giving dripped with sacrificial generosity. There wasn't a tightwad among them. How refreshing!

Now, as we apply this passage to the way true servants give, let's understand that the giving involved is much broader than money. That's for sure. It includes giving ourselves . . . our time and energy, our care and compassion, even our belongings on occasion. What a need there is for this trait within the ranks of humanity today! And yet, how rare it is!

We clutch our possessions so tightly that we live most of our adult lives with white knuckles. I often wonder why. We certainly can't take any of it with us. I've never seen a hearse pulling a U-Haul!

12/28/2022

Servants Give Anonymously

December 28, 2022
by Pastor Chuck Swindoll
Scriptures: Matthew 6:3; 2 Corinthians 8:1–5
1
When Paul made his way through Europe, specifically the region of ancient Macedonia, he announced to the churches in that area the financial need of the church in Jerusalem. What adds to the significance of the whole episode is that Macedonia was already an economically depressed area. Macedonia was to Paul like one of our most economically depressed regions today. It would be like encouraging the poorest people in one country to send money to those who are hurting in another poor region. That kind of appeal would sound strange to us today.

But the most remarkable fact of all is this: They did! Those financially deprived Macedonian believers were so concerned over their brothers and sisters in Jerusalem who did not have sufficient money to make ends meet, they really gave. Look closer and see just how extensively they did it.

Now, brethren, we wish to make known to you the grace of God which has been given in the churches of Macedonia, that in a great ordeal of affliction their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed in the wealth of their liberality. For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints, and this, not as we had expected, but they first gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God. (2 Corinthians 8:1–5)
What a tremendous section of Scripture! Those Christians demonstrated authentic servanthood in their giving. When we give as a servant gives, the same things are true in us.

I like that not one specific church is mentioned, simply "the churches of Macedonia." Not even one individual is highlighted. No statues of bronze were later erected in Jerusalem, no names of super saints chiseled in marble or recorded in some book for others to ooh and ahh over. A great proof of true servanthood is anonymity (Matthew 6:3).

When we practice the art of unselfish living, we prefer to remain anonymous. In fact, most of the people I know who possess a servant's heart are greatly embarrassed when their names are put up in lights.

Liberty vs. Power is a history podcast dedicated to what Murray Rothbard saw as the noble task of libertarians: "to de-bamboozle: to penetrate the fog of lies and deception of the State and its Court Intellectuals."

https://sovren.media/p/218113/c96daf91e961668f2a3f709f6e2f9dd3

Lies and deception … yet, Rothbard promoted anarchism knowing full well that Mises wrote this:
Ludwig von Mises,
“Anarchism misunderstands the real nature of man. It would be practicable only in a world of angels and saints. Liberalism is not anarchism, nor has it anything whatsoever to do with anarchism. The liberal understands quite clearly that without resort to compulsion, the existence of society would be endangered and that behind the rules of conduct whose observance is necessary to assure peaceful human cooperation must stand the threat of force if the whole edifice of society is not to be continually at the mercy of any one of its members. One must be in a position to compel the person who will not respect the lives, health, personal freedom, or private property of others to acquiesce in the rules of life in society. This is the function that the liberal doctrine assigns to the state: the protection of property, liberty, and peace.”

Mises said the duty of the State is “the protection of property, liberty, and peace.” In other words, without the function of the State, protection of your property, liberty and peace is unobtainable for The People … like today.

Mises and Rothbard’s philosophies are opposed… State vs. Anarchism.
So why does Lew Rockwell, founder of the Mises Institute, and “Ludwig von Mises’s editor” promote anti-State when it is the State that protects property, liberty and peace?

When I learned what Rothbard had done to justify the slave owner’s war "Just War" against free Americans, I was taken aback learning that Rothbard went out of his way to lie about a dead man … Abraham Lincoln and the beginning of the Civil War. For a historian to lie is bad enough on its own, but lying about peaceful, anti-war family man… to call him a monstrous tyrant 100 years after he was killed certainly discredits any “history” he promoted. Seriously, the godfather of anarcho-capitalism is a documented liar, folks. Revisionist history.

Abraham Lincoln was nothing like the distorted view taught by the Mises Institute. “The Real Lincoln” is not the real Lincoln. Abe was anti-slavery, anti-war, pro capitalism, didn’t like to hunt, he was loved by his mother until she died, and loved by his step-mother until the day he was killed. Not a tyrant but a defender of individual liberty.

So why the distortion on Abraham Lincoln? What did Ludwig von Mises write about Abraham Lincoln? I am unable to find anything Mises said about Abraham Lincoln. That seems strange to me. What did Mises say? Perhaps nothing. My searches on the Mises Institute website returns nothing but hate about Abraham Lincoln … just like Woodrow Wilson said.

“Abraham Lincoln came of the most unpromising stock on the continent, the ‘poor white trash’ of the South. His shiftless father moved from place to place in the western country, failing where everybody else was successful in making a living; and the boy spent the most susceptible years of his life under no discipline but that of degrading poverty.” - President Woodrow Wilson the President who signed the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 on the eve of Christmas Eve after being pushed through committee in the middle of the night with 1/3 of the members of congress on Christmas vacation.

I was surprised by a letter sent to me, addressed to my home, in the U.S. mail “From the Desk of Lew Rockwell” dated November 15, 2022.

“Dear Friend,”
I know that is not true because I have not been kind to Murray N. Rothbard, or the Mises Institute, ever since I learned about Rothbard’s lies. So imagine my surprise to find out that Lew Rockwell has my home address. I don’t know where Lew Rockwell lives. Where did he get mine?

The letter, on quality parchment, purports to be a request for donation.
Mr. Rockwell, if you see this post, I only donate to truth tellers working toward individual liberty not tyrant liberty. I, like Abraham Lincoln, do not support slave owning tyrants but defend individual liberty… like Mises did.

Liberty vs. Power is a history podcast dedicated to what Murray Rothbard saw as the noble task of libertarians: "to de-bamboozle: to penetrate the fog of lies and deception of the State and its Court Intellectuals." Featuring Dr. Patrick Newman and Tho Bishop, each episode is dedicated to exposing the cronyism that has fueled the growth of the American empire, and celebrating those precious victories in defense of liberty. https://mises.org/library/liberty-vs-power

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11/29/2022

Today's Postings, November 29, 2022, www.paulcraigroberts.org

My Career as a White Police Officer
Comment by PCR
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/11/29/my-career-as-a-white-police-officer/

The Camp of the Saints
Thousands poised to rush southern US border
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/11/29/the-camp-of-the-saints-7/

The Official Covid Narrative Is the Largest Lie and Worst Crime in Human History
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/11/29/the-official-covid-narrative-is-the-largest-lie-and-worst-crime-in-human-history/

UK Minister Michelle Donelan Complains of Media Censorship in China While She Pushes Legislation Imposing Censorship on British Media
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/11/29/uk-minister-michelle-donelan-complains-of-media-censorship-in-china-while-she-pushes-legislation-imposing-censorship-on-british-media/

The American Bar Association Removes Merit as a Qualification for Lawyers
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/11/29/the-american-bar-association-removes-merit-as-a-qualification-for-lawyers/

British Prosecutor Tried to Criminalize Christianity
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/11/29/british-prosecutor-tried-to-criminalize-christianity/

“Academic Freedom Is Dead. Power Has Replaced Truth as the Guiding Light”
https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2022/11/29/academic-freedom-is-dead-power-has-replaced-truth-as-the-guiding-light/