Discussion: Alt Currency

Inflation Part 2

How to deploy God’s “Storehouse” strategy of banking which can utilize an alternative community currency to the US dollar as a hedge against Inflation. The alternative currency would still be convertible to and from USD using payment bridges.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 7:24-27

Within a community, there lies an opportunity to encourage and stimulate the local economy, whereby the people of a given area agree to accept their own currency in lieu of US dollars. This does not remove the use of USD, but it runs in parallel to it.

BerkShares local currency
W.E.B. DuBois born in Great Barrington

An example of this is BerkShares which was a local currency created in 2006 and is accepted by 400+ merchants in the Berkshire Region of Western Massachusetts. Here is a good article in the Boston Globe.

Saugatuck Bank, Westport CT local currency 1860

Here is a different example of a Westport CT local bank issued currency (these are the printing plates) from 1860. Because banks today are regulated by the Fed, they deal only in Federal Reserve Notes (USD). But that wasn’t always the case! And what if the Fed fails?

We continue to discuss why inflation is coming. Another good perspective on this is from Ray Dalio, who manages the largest hedge fund in the world Bridgewater Capital, also based in Westport CT. While I don’t agree with Ray’s approach to economy and investing, he is an astute observer. And here.

Hockey Stick Increase M1 Money Supply

Finally, we have received another wake up call from the Fed itself when it announced at the beginning of the year that it would stop tracking ANY of the money supply. Yes, you heard that right, for years everyone tracked M1 and M2, which are our US measures of money. But the problem is when the Fed started printing money during the pandemic and the Fed government sent out stimulus checks and PPP loans, the money supply exploded. M1 took off like a rocket. This is also a sign of inflation. The fact that the Fed is not really explaining why it took this action, is also problematic.

Weimar Wheelbarrow of Money

This just in: 3 Americans – Buffet, Bezos and Musk are wealthier than the bottom 50% of all Americans. Mmmm.

There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold…

Acts 4:34

Cryptocurrencies as of April 29 were worth more than $2 trillion, according to CoinDesk, an information service, roughly equivalent to all U.S. dollars in circulation.

WSJ excerpt from “It’s Raining Money! What Happens When It Stops?

Discussion: Inflation

Last July, we discussed the Inflation Prophecies which you can read here as a refresher. Then more recently, our discussion of the National Debt delved into the “what if” of if the US ever lost its place as the reserve and settlement currency of the world, and how that could lead to even hyper-inflation. As we talked about, China and Iran are already making inroads to settling oil and energy products outside of the USD, including the US Fed wire / SWIFT banking system.

Just today Janet Yellen hinted that the Fed may need to raise interest rates in the medium term. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of the largest US bank JPM also said inflation is here but “everyone should enjoy it”. Warren Buffet also said inflation is more than expected. This is news. Reason being – stimulus spending and asset purchases through loose monetary policy, aka more debt.

No raising rates if inflation goes above 2% “temporarily”

The Fed and Jerome Powell have also raised their inflation target to above 2% rather than traditional measures of keeping inflation below 2%.

The spigot of government spending and Fed backed lending that is now wide open through the various Fed lending windows, to banks, corporations, municipalities. This in turn has led to massive increase in asset purchases such as housing, land, stocks, commodities, land, gold, precious metals and yes – Bitcoin.

Zimbabwe Note – 100Tn ?!

Third Seal: Scarcity on Earth

When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come and see.” So I looked, and behold, a black horse, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.”

Revelation 6:5-6

So, what to do? That will be the nature of our discussion. How the “Storehouse” alternative banking and currency strategies can respond to these issues.

Discussion: Bitcoin from a Christian perspective (Crypto Currency Part 2)

Bitcoin was the first cryptocurrency to successfully record transactions on a secure, decentralized blockchain-based network. Launched in early 2009 by its pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin is the largest cryptocurrency measured by market capitalization and amount of data stored on its blockchain. The Bitcoin software is free and available online to anyone who wants to run a Bitcoin node and store their own copy of the Bitcoin blockchain. As Bitcoin matures, engineers have designed additional protocols to improve the speed and privacy of Bitcoin transactions, including the Omni LayerLightning Network and Liquid Network. Only approximately 21 million bitcoins will ever be created. New coins are minted every 10 minutes by bitcoin miners who help to maintain the network by adding new transaction data to the blockchain.

Coindesk.com description of Bitcoin

Last September, we explored the subject of Crypto currencies, decentralized finance (DeFi) and blockchain technology for applicability to financing the works of God here on the earth, including an alternative currency. The biggest Crypto by far is Bitcoin. So we are going to do a bit of a deeper dive into it in this discussion… This post / podcast is worth reading / listening to by means of review: https://newbreed.co/2020/09/01/crypto-currency/

Sept 2020     1 Bitcoin (last time we talked) $11,500
April 2021   1 Bitcoin (as of this email) $55,043

What has happened since:

  • 10/8/20 Square / Jack Dorsey $50m purchase of Bitcoin
  • 10/21/20 PayPal clients can purchase Bitcoin; Venmo 2021
  • 12/16/20 MassMutual insurance buys $100m Bitcoin
  • 12/20/20 Square Cash announces “Bitcoin back”
  • 1/31/21 Twitter / Dorsey brands “#bitcoin” with bitcoin emoji
  • 2/2/21 CALPERs increases Bitcoin miner RIOT stake to $441m
  • 2/4/21 “Dogecoin is the people’s crypto.” Elon Musk tweet
  • 2/8/21 Tesla $1.5Bn purchase of Bitcoin; Bitcoin as payment
  • 2/18/21 Robinhood announces clients Bitcoin buy and sell
  • 2/23/21 Square / Dorsey $170m purchase of Bitcoin
  • 3/30/21 PayPal clients can settle transactions in Bitcoin
  • 3/17/21 Morgan Stanley high net-worth clients can buy Bitcoin
  • 4/14/21 Coinbase goes public at $250/s – closes $338

Few other interesting tidbits:

A friend forwarded me this Tweet:

Bitcoin is an exit from the Fed.
DeFi is an exit from Wall Street.
Social media is an exit from mass media.

Homeschooling is an exit from industrial education.
Remote work is an exit from 9-5.
Creator economy is an exit from employment.

Individuals are leaving institutions.

@Naval Tweet on 1/2/21

A nice quip, but is it true??

  • Example: Bitcoin is traded through exchanges and held in wallets that are regulated
  • Example: Virtually all USD lending is done through the Fed
  • Example: 75% of US GDP and 50%+ of all jobs come from the Fortune 500…big institutions getting bigger

700 Club video just published yesterday on Bitcoin, which was pretty good: https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2021/april/understanding-the-bitcoin-revolution-and-why-its-likely-to-change-the-world

Bear Case for Bitcoin:

NYU Economist Roubini believes Bitcoin is a self-fulfilling bubble as transaction costs are too high as a means of payment : https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-02-17/bitcoin-is-a-self-fulfilling-bubble-roubini-warns-video

Bull Case for Bitcoin:

ARK Investing Founder Cathie Wood (a professing Christian) believes the ability of crypto and bitcoin and other advanced technology cos to change and advance the economy of the world (such as Tesla and Space X) are so great, we have an order of magnitude of future investment appreciation https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2021-03-08/cathie-wood-on-market-broadening-out-tesla-retail-investors-video

Satoshi Nakamoto

What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust,
allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted
third party.

2008 Bitcoin white paper p1

Is God is looking to replace trust in Him and people with cryptographic machine trust?

The word “Crypto” comes from the Greek word kruptós, meaning ‘hidden’, ‘secret’ or ‘in the dark’.

Another friend asked me the other day what I thought of the decentralized nature of Crypto as it relates to creating an alternative Christian banking system, and this was my response :

Crypto, block chain, and DeFi are all good/interesting technology and ideas. Bitcoin, etc. not so great given price mania of its implementation. Bitcoin and most crypto-currencies also try to replace human trust with machine trust (which isn’t biblical). So, if you combine the tech with human relationships, bypass the legacy financial systems and the Fed while using removable bridges, back it with physical tangible value, you have what we are prototyping in the New Breed of Business.

Discussion: Affordable Housing with Christopher Lucey

Chris Lucey is the CAO of JAMA Global Foundation (Jesus Awakening Movement for America) and member of the Joint Executive Team (JET). Prior to this he was the Managing Director of Frontiers Ventures (formally the US Center for World Missions).

JAMA is building a “collaborative kingdom community”. A mix of advanced program offerings challenging emerging leaders to top-level senior executives/ elders. JAMA is raising up the next generation of global servant-leaders, business innovators and missionally-minded entrepreneurs and thought leaders.  

Christopher is transforming JAMA (2.0) by leading a pioneering work that includes creating housing for returning/ retiring missionaries from their field of service so they can “finish well”. The housing is designed to be affordable with a generational perspective. They also would like to honor and incorporate the missionaries as Adjunct Professors at the college located on the JAMA Campus (Fall 2024).

Here is the website: https://www.missiongrove.org/

But our discussion is not just what Christopher and JAMA are doing. This is a “what if” discussion for exploring the possibilities of an alternative way of financing housing, building collaborative community, thinking with a multigenerational perspective in mind.

Here is a related article about community housing with some food for thought:

https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/real-estate-co-op-is-looking-for-investors-who-want-to-put-community-first

Interview: Tom Dupree, co-founder Dupree Financial Group

Let’s welcome Tom, regular participant with the New Breed tribe Wed mornings to hear his testimony, his 3rd generation investment background, his calling, and how that fits together with the new thing God is doing in business and finance.

Thomas P. Dupree, Jr., is an investment advisor representative with over 39 years of experience in the business. Tom spent 18 years with a major financial services company and served as portfolio manager for a Lexington-based mutual fund. Tom founded Dupree Financial Group in 2003 in order to provide fee-based investment advice to individuals and families of those preparing for retirement and already in retirement. His primary purpose is to provide excellent service and unbiased financial advice to these folks based on thorough research and tenacious fact-gathering. Tom promotes his ideas about investing and other issues on a weekly radio program. He graduated from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee in 1978.

I was born in Harlan, KY, a small coal mining town in SE KY in 1956.  Was affected greatly by mountain culture and the close knit character of a small town.  Harlan had been an economic powerhouse in  the 30s and 40s but was beginning to lose steam by the 50s.  Today there is almost no coal being mined in Harlan County.  There is a small amount of oil and gas and a good bit of timber production.  In Harlan my grandfather, who was originally from Louisville KY, started a small investment firm in 1938.  That was where my father worked after graduating from Yale as an economics major, and four years in the Navy including the Korean War..  He was anxious to get out of Harlan, which was probably wise.

Family moved to Lexington, KY in 1963.  Dad started an office of F.L. Dupree and Company.  I attended a small private school called Sayre named for David Sayre, a banker fron New Jersey.  Happy memories as a grade schooler but by high school I was really lost and entered the drug world.  This was my springboard into a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I had grown up an Episcopalian and was very involved in the church even when I was wandering into drugs and rock and roll.  Acolytes and choir.  When I met Christ it was at a place in Lexington called Christ Center.  This was founded by Paul and Becky Petrie.  It was basically a Christian commune.  Doing drugs was causing big problems for me and my mother took me down to this place.  At one of their meetings I accepted Christ fully despite having made a profession of faith at the Billy Graham crusade a year earlier.  Soon after this I asked God to baptize me in the Holy Spirit.  I received the gift of tongues at age fifteen.  My early teachers I followed were Derek Prince, Bob Mumford, and Jamie Buckingham.  These were leaders of the charismatic renewal of the day.  Later I got into Corrie Ten Boom and Richard Wurmbrand.
I went to Sewanee, also called the University of the South for college.  It is in Tennessee.  This was encouraged by our Episcopal rector, who was also charismatic, named Moultrie McIntosh.  It was a good choice for me.  Majored in English,  Never had any intention to get into the investment business with my Dad because I considered it unspiritual.  Today I agree with that assessment more than I did then!  But God can use anything.

After college I began to work at my Dad’s firm as a municipal bond salesman.  I decided that I could reconcile my spirituality with being in business.  Sounds kind of goofy today but back then I struggled with it.  I had been somewhat liberal in college but changed my tune when I began to learn how business relationships work.  Delicate and fragile.  Could have something to do with the difference between North and South.  Although I had some great relationships in NYC.
Worked at UBS/PaineWebber for 19 years.  Started Dupree Financial Group in 2003.  Decided to make it into something that embodied the best things I had learned while working at the wire house.  Providing very personalized advice to investors who because of their size might not get white glove treatment form the larger firms.  At first we did seminars.  Close to 150 of them.  Then I started the radio show.  Very productive for a while but fell off.  Now Facebook.

I went through some great difficulty within the last couple of years.  I found the deeper I got into trouble the more I had to relinquish control over my own life.  All aspects.  This was the cross and having things forcibly taken away from me.  My experience has been that God simply did for me what I could not do for myself.You can’t get in enough trouble that God cannot get to you and take over your life.  This is what the alcoholics talk about in AA but I was able to fully experience it.  Not an experience that I would recommend to anyone!

As for economic theories, I have very few.  I believe persistence is important in any endeavor, spiritual and temporal.  Faith is the thing that wins the day.  Most government and other efforts to make the economy more “fair” are disruptive in a harmful way.  I know this from personal experience.  Even if they debase the currency beyond recognition, persistence and faith will still be around.

https://www.dupreefinancial.com/

Discussion: Divorce Mammon

Economic Slavery – Part 2

That same night the Lord said to Gideon, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. Then build a proper kind of altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.

Judges 6:25-26

Emancipation from economic slavery :

1. Come out of Babylon / Exodus from Egypt
(what is spiritual Babylon? Egypt?)

2. Divorce Baal / Divorce Mammon
(what does this mean?)


Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matt 6:25-34

Here is a vow before God…

…to trust him at his word – That he is provider Matt 6:33 and as part of “be the lender, not the borrower”, Deut 28:12. This vow can help you come out of being a slave in “Egypt”, to come out of “Babylon” – i.e., the ways of this world when it comes to money and economic provision:

a. Commit to “no more debt”

(commitment to no new bank debt and avoid refinancing to ‘solve’ financial problems (i.e., cash-out refi) on homes, cars, credit cards, etc. There is no such thing as “good” financial institution debt – recognize it is highly likely no one will or can help you if you have trouble repaying and therefore be prepared to be sued, repo’ed and/or foreclosed. Make a sincere commitment to exit financial institution debt before God.

b. Don’t ask man for help/money

I’ve never seen the righteous’ children beg bread”

Psalm 37:25

c. Ask God
(through prayer for Him to provide, including miracles)

d. Don’t try to solve the problem in your own strength
(I’ll be a slave until I earn my way out)

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Matthew 6:24

Discussion: Economic Slavery

What is economic slavery?

How does economic slavery relate to almost all forms of slavery?

Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin

John 8:34

Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin

Romans 6:6

Recently, I heard the phrase “NE Center for the Abolition of Poverty” when praying about the “Storehouse” concept for the New England region.

I find it interesting that it ties the word “Abolition” and “Poverty” (Poverty is a consequence of economic slavery).

God actually tells us that the curse of poverty come on us if we serve idols:

A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him

Proverbs 28:22

Am I a Slave (click link)?

Mammon is a modern day idol. When we obey its voice, either in fear of money for lack of future provision, or in greed for money to take care of ourselves and our family, it is sin towards God. Yet, many Americans, and even many Christians have become slaves to Mammon – as it is a strong part of our culture – whether realizing it or not.

This is why Jesus taught so strongly against Mammon (desire of money):

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money

Matthew 6:24

I’m not sure I can imagine stronger words than despising the voice of money? Do we truly despise the influence of money in our lives?

This is serious stuff. Jesus is seemingly saying here no dabbling around with maybe that the influences of money are ok? Maybe a little bit of caring for money is alright. No. This is a black and white issue with Jesus. Why? Because money can be a very corrupting influence if we are not vigilantly despising its influences.

If you have time, listen to this outstanding teaching by Raymond Mooi from Malaysia (word about money idolatry for USA):

Mammon and the Midianites Part 1

Mammon and the Midianites Part 2

How does the Fair Isaac Corporation or FICO score system work in practice, and how does it keep us enslaved to debt?

So if my behavior contradicts my desires to do good, I must conclude that it’s not my true identity doing it, but the unwelcome intruder of sin hindering me from being who I really am.”

Romans 7:20

Round Table Discussion

The National Debt and Inflation – Part of America’s Judgment and Return?

  • Every 1% increase in interest on federal debt = $280Bn increased interest cost
  • 10% interest would be $2.8Tn/year in debt service alone
  • the entire tax base is $3.5Tn/year
  • 10 year treasuries were over 10% from 1979-1985

What is Jesus’ answer ?

Perhaps it lies in Hosea 2…

(v5-7) For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
Who give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.’
Therefore, behold, I will obstruct her way with thorns,
And I will build a stone wall against her so that she cannot find her paths.
And she will pursue her lovers, but she will not reach them;
And she will seek them, but will not find them.
Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my first husband,
Because it was better for me then than now!


The Return

Did anyone watch or attend “The Return” this year? Jonathan Cahn peculiarly took a clay pot, spoke a word out of Jeremiah about it and proceeded to smash it. The crowd cheered.

Here is the clip:

But anyone who’s read Jeremiah 19 or chapter 29 of Harbinger II (“The Plague”) knows that this is a sign of national judgment.

Inflation

10 year treasury yields are on the rise. This could speak to future inflation.  

China, Iran, Inflation?

Premise: China’s unsanctioned purchases of oil and energy from rogue nations (Iran, Venezuela, etc.) could potentially further catalyze the world away from settling energy purchases in dollars (petrodollars), especially post-pandemic. This then could help further establish the Yuan as a viable settlement currency, and with it, further challenging the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. If the US loses its the position as the world’s reserve currency, the dollar will weaken, interest rates will rise in order to attract bond buyers and inflation could take off as the purchase prices of imported goods and services climbs (US runs trade deficits).

The Coming Perfect Storm

John Paul Jackson prophesied inflation as part of the Coming Perfect Storm:

Will there be Deflation – Stagflation – Inflation – or Hyperinflation? – all these. They are waves on the quickly changing economic sea. What has worked in the past will work for only a brief time in this era.”

John Paul Jackson

WWJD?

Then they asked him:

“What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.

John 6:28

WWJ-the-BD?

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”…

“Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”

Matthew 3:1-3,8

Implementation Example:

Homes for Hope with Matthew Baehr

Home for HOPE is a home built to fight global poverty.
Homes for HOPE works in partnership with the North American building industry to accelerate the end of global poverty in all its forms, for the glory of God.

To fight global poverty, a builder will identify a job to be a Homes for HOPE project. Trade partners, suppliers, and service providers choose to join the project by donating or discounting their time, talent, and resources, which maximizes the profit margin without compromising quality. Once the project is completed, the resulting donation is used to provide training, savings services, and loans to men and women living in poverty, gradually breaking the cycle of poverty.

Matt Baehr brings over 17 years of experience in the Non-Profit sector to his role as Executive Director of Homes for HOPE. He has a wealth of experience in fundraising, public speaking, event planning, writing, strategic planning, and leadership. Matt is an experienced networker who strives to build partnerships that glorify God. He loves people and making strategic connections that foster transcendent impact. What matters most to him is being an ambassador for Jesus Christ and to be used by God to make Jesus known. John 3:30

Contact Matthew Baehr at mbaehr@homes4hope.org

Jeff Rutt founded HOPE International in 1998 which employs Christ-centered microfinance to alleviate global poverty. In March of 2019, with his family’s blessing, Keystone Custom Homes donated 89% of its non-voting stock to the National Christian Foundation’s Charitable Trust. Jeff’s family retains 100% control of the company.

http://homes4hope.org/

Implementation Example: Matt Glover

He heard: “A new breed of business development

Matt Glover. Drummer. Worshipper. Evangelist. YWAM leader. Not a business person…yet.

Matt Glover is a YWAM Boston ministry leader (https://www.ywamboston.org/), worship leader Venture Church Sommerville (https://ventureboston.org/) and evangelist. We met worshipping together at Northfield 10 Days of Prayer a few years back. With a heart for John 17 unity for the Bride of Christ, he has been gathering pastors and ministry leaders Mondays to have YWAM leaders pray over them. For something new to come forth. To build together.

One day recently he and a team were prayer-walking the streets of Somerville MA. As he walked by some vacant commercial space, he heard the Lord’s heart “I am raising up a new breed of business… “ (paraphrase). A mutual friend (Michelle Charles) heard Matt share this phrase and knew he needed to connect with Gregg. Let’s welcome Matt Wed 3/10 8am Zoom call to share more about what happened and his testimony.