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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

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

Interview: “Dean” of Entertainment, OMC 5-Fold

Having worked as an actor in Hollywood for over 10 years and currently as a communication/media consultant for college/sports teams, military personnel and entertainment executives…

Our guest shares his perspective on how the media mountain has been absorbed by the entertainment mountain and the implications of this for believers and culture. We’ll also explore how we (as believers) re-establish leadership, truth and entrepreneurialism in media, arts and entertainment and what business reforms we can catalyze in these areas.

Originally from California, our guest has lived in Bradenton, Florida for the past 18 years. He and his wife have been married since 2010 and they have two daughters (9) and (6).

I mentioned briefly last week that our guest spent a day with Charles and Esther Mully recently and found them to be quite extraordinary people. A friend of our guest co-produced the movie.

Discussion Topic

Harriet and Guerney Hunt co-lead our discussion today of “Mully” the movie about Charles and Esther Mully.

Watch the full documentary film here: Amazon Prime (free if subscriber) or Vudu (free with ads) or YouTube (Trust me – worth the 78 minute un time)

Harriet some months back after joining the New Breed Zoom calls, suggested: “Have you seen Mully the movie?” I said no. Harriet said that much of what I was talking about and my own testimony – in terms of doing business in a new way – trusting God – even for supernatural provision, rather than just in money – was echoed in Mully’s life journey and story.

Another cool tidbit is that Steve and Jacky Shenbaum (Gary Crawford’s son-in law and daughter – “Dean” of media Bradenton/Sarasota FL – who will be speaking next week) spent a day with Charles and Esther Mully and found them quite extraordinary human beings. A friend of Steve’s co-produced the movie.

Charles Mully is an amazing Christian man with an amazing calling. Growing up, he was abandoned by his alcoholic parents and became a “street boy”, effectively an orphan. He was told once by a gospel preacher “work hard and there is nothing impossible with God”. Later, he became a prominent entrepreneur and businessman in Kenya, starting with “Mully Ways” a taxi service, but then also a car shop, car parts, welding company, insurance brokerage, exclusive distributor of Total oil and gas in western Kenya, etc. He became one of the wealthiest men in Kenya. “The more you get, the more you want to have”, he said. And that “Money is more valuable than anything else you can think of. It is having the power in my hand”. He used to visit the World Trade Towers and up on the top floors, he thought to himself “this is my time” and that he was on top of the world “looking down at everyone else”.

BUT GOD – got a hold of Mully’s heart and convicted him to help the orphans, starting in the slums he grew up in. Charles said “Yes God. Use me.” and later “I will never ever do business again. I will never ever work for money”. Not just giving money from his income or wealth gained, but literally closing and selling his businesses and starting “Mully’s Christian Family” an orphanage. Effectively, he was re-deploying his business, management and administration skills for God’s Kingdom, but it was a type of “business” that helped house, train and feed the orphans. The orphans helped run the whole enterprise together as a “family” with their biological children. They trusted God in amazing ways! They didn’t always have money, but they had the favor of God! This included literally a transformation of a barren land into a productive lush land, where literally even the CLIMATE CHANGED. No joke.

So we use Mully as an amazing example of what is possible with God, the God of miracles, instead of the god of money. We can envisage what is possible in God though the life of this man and his family.

Guerney and Harriet Hunt

Also, let’s welcome Harriet and Guerney Hunt, who have led an extraordinary life of their own and how they embody the ONE NEW MAN in their marriage and in life. I have worked together with Guerney, Harriet and Grant Berry in Reconnecting Ministries/Messiah’s House as well as 10 Days of Prayer.

Guerney and Harriet will have been married 40 years on their anniversary in August 2021. Guerney works for IBM Research as a Research Staff Member in computer security. Harriet is a retired home school mom and a retired Semitic language TA from ATS. All five of their children have completed college and graduate degrees. Their two oldest children are married and between them, Guerney and Harriet have five grandchildren.

Guerney’s parents were divorced when he was five. He moved around a lot, spending about half his growing years in Tennessee and the other half in Michigan. He grew up with his mother and attributes his salvation to the prayers of his maternal grandparents. He is of African, native-American, and European descent. He met the Lord while an undergraduate at Michigan Technological University, where he majored in mathematics.

Guerney and Harriet met at Cornell University where Guerney was a graduate student in computer science and Harriet was an undergraduate in chemistry. Harriet grew up in a Conservative Jewish family in New York city. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science she went to Cornell, where she met the Lord.

Guerney and Harriet heard about the Mully movie through Focus on the Family. Harriet related to the movie on several levels. She had been to Kenya on a two-week mission’s trip in 2001 and seen several of the locations central to the Mully story. In addition, the story tied directly to what she was learning about ‘mishpat’ from her Hebrew professor. God’s design for creation is a society (mishpat) which has “his dynamic power embedded in it” and makes the world a “life giving and life sustaining place.” “In order for life to exist, it must be shared.” Mully’s story exemplifies this principle. As Mully followed the Lord in rescuing orphaned children, not only were their lives transformed, but so also was the environment.

Working Poor Dream

GameStop Part II

Gamestop:
52 week low:   $  2.57
52 week high:  $ 483 (2/27/21)
last Tuesday close: $ 90 (2/2/21)
this Tuesday close: $ 60 (2/9/21)

In the lead up to last week’s discussion on GameStop, I had this dream the morning of 2/2.

I was on a train looking out over city neighborhoods – could have been the outskirts of Chicago, or maybe NYC. As the train went by, I could clearly see families in multi-family homes, sitting out on their porches, gathered in their homes. The height of the buildings were 3 stories. It was row houses – not much land. It was a simple scene – nothing fancy. People were outside BBQing and hanging out with extended family. Densely populated neighborhoods. These folk didn’t have much, but they had a simple life and they had family together, friends and each other. Sense was that many ethnicities were represented, as well as many recent immigrants.

When I woke up from the dream, I felt the Holy Spirit was saying – the point about GameStop is that I care about the working poor and the working class (bottom 20%). These are the ones who matter. The Redditors vs. Wall Street Establishment is not the fight that matters. Itch for another fight. The fight for survival of the weak and the downtrodden – help train and equip the poor. Young ones, old ones, look to Your Maker. Instead of rallying to beat the man, rally to help the helpless, the downtrodden, the weak and infirmed, the heavy laden, those who need the most help. Invest in them. That’s the game. That’s the democratization of the economy.

“The righteous consider the cause of the poor” – Psalm 29:7

“The wealth of the sinner [finds its way eventually] into the hands of the righteous, for whom it was laid up” – Proverbs 13:22

“One who increases his wealth by interest of any kind, collects it for one who is gracious to the poor.” – Proverbs 28:8

“Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.” Ecclesiastes 11:1‭-‬2

Other possible interpretation keys

  • Chicago = Milton Friedman’s poor
  • BBQ = Sacrifice to God
  • 3 Stories = 3rd Heaven

Exploration:

  • Let us explore together with creativity what this might look like
  • Imagineering

Questions that follow:

  • How could banking profit or remain solvent if they are helping the poor?
  • Would it work? Wouldn’t people just squat in houses and attempt to get free cars and other stuff?
  • How can the Church help? Not just in charitable donations, but in discipling people in a New Breed of thinking, in a new way of being – in Christ? To be entrepreneurial. To show people how to plant, cultivate and grow apple trees, not just hand out the apples.

Try me in these things, says God in His word.

You are the New Breed!

Roundtable Discussion: GameStop

52 week low:   $     2.57
52 week high:  $ 483.00 (last Wednesday)
Monday close: $ 225.00
Tuesday close:$   90.00 (down 60%)

What is going on with GameStop’s stock? And how have Robinhood, Reddit and WallStreetBets become such a big deal in the midst? Is this truly “Main Street” (the 99%) finally getting revenge on “Wall Street” (the 1%)?

We discuss what happened and the implications.

Part I: What exactly happened?

Let’s break down the market and regulatory mechanics, separating fact from fiction…

  • Who are the players: “Robinhood”, “Reddit”, “wallstreetbets”, and the “Shorts”
  • Secondary roles of Michael Burry/Scion, Steve Cohen/Point72, Citadel, Melvin Capital, Ryan Cohen/Chewy
  • Regulation surrounding retail trading, margin requirements, options
  • Role of clearinghouses such as the DTC and depository reserve requirements
  • Math of exponential customer and trading volume growth
  • How has “democratization” of trading changed the game? How has it not?  
  • What is the “gamification” of investing?
  • Is “shorting” stock good or bad for the market?
  • Definition of market manipulation – is it illegal?
  • Is a short-squeeze illegal?
  • What is “pump and dump”?
  • Role of Fed Reserve easing, easy money chasing returns, Fed buying bonds of all stripes

Part II: Sensationalism of the Story

  • Is this truly a modern day David vs. Goliath? Robinhood? With righteous intent?
  • A “Storming of the Bastille” moment? Proletariat take down of the Bourgeoisie? A revolution?
  • Are the “Wall Street” fat cats reaping what they have sown?
  • Or is this just another form of greed with different actors?
  • Bernie Sanders keeps saying Wall Street is rigged. Is it?
  • Are Wall Street insiders innocent of these charges?
  • “Occupy Wall Street” redux?
  • Is it all a sign of a “market top”? Are we in a bubble, that’s about to burst? Again?
watch min 3:55 sec re “fear and greed cannot be legislated away”

Part III: Implications for Believers

What Would Jesus Do?

“Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues” – Rev 18:4

“So he called ten of his servants… and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.'” – Luke 19:13

“As long as it is day, we must do the works of Him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” – John 9:4

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:2

“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time.” – Proverbs 13:11 NLT

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” – James 4:13-17

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. – 2 Tim 3:1-5

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” – Matt 25:37… eating, drinking, giving in marriage – i.e., business as usual, ignorant of the times

“However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” – Luke 18:8… persistent prayer, proclaiming the gospel in the end-times, trusting in God not lifting our soul to another

Even so, come, Lord Jesus! – John the Revelator