FORGIVENESS: It’s like selling a mortgage – Understanding this has made forgiving people infinitely easier for me. Here’s how it works.
When someone takes out a mortgage, they become a debtor to the bank. If the bank sells the mortgage to someone, the bank not only receives some kind of payment, but also no longer has to be concerned with either the debt or the debtor. Meanwhile, the debtor still owes the full amount. He just owes it to someone else.
When I forgive someone, it’s like I am the bank who chooses to sell to God my share of whatever repentance and recompense another’s sin against me requires. In exchange, I not only receive forgiveness for my own sins, but also I am freed from all the negativity that goes along with holding on to grudges.
Forgiving does NOT mean that that what that person did was okay. If it was okay, it wouldn’t need forgiving! No, forgiving just means the person now owes 100% of the “sin mortgage” to God alone.
BORDER: Approximately 10,000 migrants are traveling through Mexico in a massive caravan with intentions of reaching the United States. The caravan is expected to arrive in Mexico City this week.
BORDER: U.S. Border Patrol officials found an abandoned 3-year-old with only a phone number written on his shoes near the southern border. The chief Border Patrol agent in the Rio Grande Valley said the boy was with a larger group that left him when the group encountered agents.
TERROR: ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Sri Lankan bombings — A senior Sri Lankan official said that the preliminary investigation shows the attack was “retaliation” for the massacre of Muslims at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
TERROR: The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Protection Bureau, Brigadier General Ali Nasiri, has reportedly gone to a US embassy in one of the Persian Gulf countries while carrying important strategic documents, seeking political asylum.
The IGGC’s Protection Bureau was established in 1984, to oversee aviation and flight security (hijacking and bombing), as well as protection for regime and government officials, and foreign dignitaries visiting Iran.
TRUMP ECONOMY and TAX CUTS: Forty-one states brought in 13 percent more revenue in the third quarter of 2018 than they did during the pre-recession peak.
COLLUSION with CHINA: Candace Marie Claiborne, a former employee of the U.S. Department of State under SecState Hillary Clinton, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States, by lying to law enforcement and background investigators, and hiding her extensive contacts with, and gifts from, agents of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
At the State Department, Claiborne had a TOP SECRET security clearance. She provided internal State Department documents to Chinese agents in exchange for money, gifts and benefits. In her journal, she wrote that she could “Generate 20k in 1 year” working with one of the PRC agents.
Her sentencing is scheduled for July 9th, 2019. The maximum penalty for a person convicted of obstructing an official proceeding is 20 years in prison. The maximum penalty for making false statements to the FBI is five years in prison.
Prosecutors warn she is “the first of many” corrupt Clinton-era State Department employees that will be bought to justice by a reinvigorated DOJ.
FREE SPEECH: “Cowardice and Courage at Middlebury” – Middlebury’s political science department planned to host a speech this week by Ryszard Legutko, a Polish member of the European Parliament. Because some students planned to demonstrate against the speakers conservative views, the cowardly administrators canceled the event.
One student proposed sneaking Mr. Legutko on campus and proceeding with his lecture in a political science class. Professor Matthew Dickinson said he’d allow it if every student in his class approved the idea on a secret ballot. All nine students voted yes. Word got out on social media, and other students trickled in. Mr. Dickinson estimates about 45 students attended.
ABORTION: The Trump administration has secured the removal of pro-abortion language from a United Nations resolution against rape in war zones by threatening to veto the measure if the final version contained a notorious euphemism for abortion.
ABORTION: An Uber driver who refused to take a passenger to an abortion clinic has been fired by the transportation network company. His reward will be great in Heaven!
ASSISTED SUICIDE: The Nevada state legislature has defeated a radical bill that would have made the state the next to legalize assisted suicide.
REAGAN and JPII: The Divine Plan – Just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan took bullets from would-be assassins. Few knew it at the time, but both men came close to dying. Surviving these near-death experiences created a singular bond between the pope and the president that historians have failed to appreciate. When John Paul II and Reagan met in the Vatican only a year later, they confided to each other a shared conviction: that God had spared their lives for a reason.
That reason? To defeat communism.
The story will be out in a book on June 10 (https://www.amazon.com/Divine-Plan-Ronald-Reagan-Dramatic/dp/1610171543). It is also coming out as a feature-length documentary, but that doesn’t appear to be available on DVD yet.
DAVID DALEIDEN: Unexpected victory – Late in the evening on Good Friday, California Superior Court Judge Christopher Hite vacated the preliminary hearings against Daleiden and his co-defendant Sandra Merritt that were scheduled to begin on April 22 in San Francisco. The surprising move, hailed by Daleiden’s legal team at the Thomas More Society as a “welcome development,” has the effect of indefinitely delaying the hearings against the 30-year-old investigative reporter who exposed Planned Parenthood’s illegal baby parts selling schemes. [N.b., the Tucker episode is from Jan. 22, 2019]
CAPITALISM: A vegan feminist cafe in Melbourne, Australia, opened a few years ago. Described as “by women, for women”, the Handsome Her cafe imposed an 18% “gender surcharge” on men and gave women priority seating. It has now closed down. Goooooollyyyyyyy, Miss Molly. Who coulda ever seen THAT coming?! /sarc
WORD NERD: Adorkable – Charmingly or appealingly awkward or unstylish. A portmanteau (blend) of adorable and dork.
- Adorable first came on the scene more than 300 years ago, entering the language with the meaning of “worthy of adoration or veneration,” and being applied mostly to one’s preferred deity. It wasn’t until a century and a half later that its “extremely charming or appealing” meaning began to take hold.
- Dork is of course much newer and has been used as a synonym of nerd (“an unstylish, unattractive, or socially inept person and especially one slavishly devoted to intellectual or academic pursuits”), and less frequently jerk (“an annoyingly stupid or foolish person”) since the second half of the 20th century.
- Adorkable appears to have originated in the early part of the current century.