This Week In The News
by Norbert Link
We begin with further developments pertaining to Germany, pointing out that many Germans are unhappy with Chancellor Scholz while legal persecution of critics of the German government continues; and we report that many in the USA, Germany and in other countries advocate ending the “costly” military and financial support for Ukraine. At the same time, Ukraine is demanding of certain countries, apparently unsuccessfully, to extradite “able” men who have fled Ukraine to avoid conscription and fighting in the war. Also, NATO made an astonishing admission.
We report on the Republican demand to begin a [long overdue] formal impeachment inquiry into Joe Biden’s misconduct; problematic US deals with Iran and Saudi Arabia; more of Biden’s fairy tales; and the “likely” violation of the Constitution by the Biden Administration.
We address the “outrageous” imprisonment of members of the Proud Boys because of “sedition” and speak about the ridiculous “magic bullet” theory.
We continue with the COVID hysteria and the fear of rising oil prices; and we address an absolutely crazy bill in California regarding “child’s gender identity”; an admission by a California scientist that he distorted climate change findings; and the terrible earthquakes in Morocco and the devastating floods in Libya.
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Throughout this section, we have underlined pertinent statements in the quoted articles, for the convenience and quick overview of the reader.
Christ gave us this powerful promise in John 14:13-14:
“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
He adds in Matthew 21:22: “And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
Further, we read this in 1 John 3:22: “And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.”
So, all of this sounds pretty straightforward. If we ask God the Father to do anything for us, He will do so, if we ask in Christ’s name (with His authority and on His behalf); if we believe that God will do it; and if we keep His commandments and do the things which are pleasing to Him.
And still, even though we might fulfill all these requirements, we still might not receive the desired answer to our prayer. Does this mean, then, that God did not hear us; that He broke His promise; or that He is displeased with us for not being obedient and faithful enough? Does this mean, then, that it makes no difference whether we believe and keep His commandments?Continue reading "Not As I Will…"
Growing up is hard. During our teens and twenties, we discover our values, form our identity, and transform from childhood to adulthood. Going through the experiences inherent during the formative years, we learn about the world, ourselves, and how we fit into the world. These are foundational moments in life with tremendous value.
Growing up with Christian values brings an added element into the picture. It is first and foremost a great advantage to begin life with a solid Christian foundation. Developing knowledge of the Truth at an early age makes it possible to establish values that will lead us into the most satisfying life. The challenge, of course, is that Christian values are at odds with the world in which we live. Inevitably, being a Christian brings with it the certainty of confrontation with the world, and those who abide by worldly values. Being a young person willing to live a Christian Way of Life multiplies the challenge because peers, the education system, and the need for a sense of belonging in the community are very strong forces to deal with at a young age.Continue reading "How can I stand up for my Christian values and beliefs growing up in contemporary society?"