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Roundtable Discussion: How should the Church respond to CBDCs?

(Currency Wars Part 2)

Race to CBDCs

China was the first CBDC. It is called e-CNY and was launched during the recent Olympics:

Reuter’s article on e-CNY. China was also the first to pioneer a “social credit” system and score, which provides a framework for government financial control over citizens.

The Bank of England is also looking to implement their CBDC. They (BOE) have not been shy of their (UK government’s) intentions to turn people’s currency on and off based on social policy.

Read this article: 6.21.2021 Telegraph article BOE Digital Currency

Watch these 3 video clips from Joe Rogan’s interview of Maajid Nawaz

U.S. Roadmap to Digital Currency

There are proposals on the table that would not only create a digital dollar, but also create individual accounts with the Federal Reserve. This is a new level of dependency on the Federal Reserve bank and its computer systems. This also would disintermediate many functions of local banks, credit unions, coop banks, and thrifts.

Federal Reserve: Money and Payments: The U.S.Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation (January 2022)

[We first discussed the Fed studying digital dollars back in 2020 as part of the Crypto Currency discussion]

Treasury: Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets (March 10th)

Digital BerkShares Launch

3.21.22 BerkShares Digital Launch on YouTube

You can try the app below and get 10 free BerkShares if you register…

iPhone App

Google Android App

The Storehouse Imperative

A Fishes and Loaves Network

All of this points to the “new world” which we are financially and technically entering into. With “Babylon” imposing more and more sanctions and controls, and with more conflict coming on the earth, coupled with more scarcity and inflation – we The Church need wisdom and Godly solutions. Both to sustain us, and to provide refuge in a storm to those who do not yet believe. We find the answers in the bible, and as reflected in the new wineskin of the Storehouse vision and the New Breed approach of heavenly supply lines.

Roundtable Discussion: Currency Wars

Sanctions as Weapons

Russia’s war on Ukraine has kicked off a financial ‘world war’ / ‘cold war’ with one side being the “allies” of US, Europe, Japan and other nations putting on all sorts of sanctions that are US dollar and Euro based. Then on the other side you have “the axis” of Russia, and to a lesser extent China, Syria, Iran and North Korea. Russia formally asked China for financial and military assistance this week.

Then to complicate things, the OPEC nations are more aligned with Russia than the USA, because of the Biden administration’s “green” war on fossil fuels. So, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are not backing the sanctions, and they are not pumping more oil at the administration’s request. Furthermore, they are unhappy with the Biden administration’s big push to resign the Iranian nuclear deal, which those same countries are at war against Iran via the Yemeni civil war Houthi rebels (Iranian backed).

This is all critically important, because of the power of Petro Dollars, whereby the USD has dominated the settlement/payment of the global oil and gas markets. Critically, in 1973/4 the US promised to defend Saudi Arabia (and later other OPEC nations) militarily in exchange for imported oil and that the settlement currency for all nations would be in dollars. This coupled with the Saudi promise to invest excess proceeds for oil sales in US treasury bills, notes and bonds (US Debt).

Now all bets are off, as this week Saudi Arabia put a “shot across the bow” of the Biden administration by moving toward doing a “new deal” with China for oil exports that is settled in Yuan, which would be unprecedented.

Crypto and CBDCs

The next dimension of the currency wars is the “space race” for crypto and central bank digital currencies.

U.S. Roadmap to Digital Currency

There are proposals on the table that would not only create a digital dollar, but also create individual accounts with the Federal Reserve. This is a new level of dependency on the Federal Reserve bank and its computer systems. This also would disintermediate many functions of local banks, credit unions, coop banks, and thrifts.

Federal Reserve: Money and Payments: The U.S.Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation (January 2022)

We first discussed the Fed studying digital dollars back in 2020 in the Crypto Currency discussion

Treasury: Executive Order on Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets (March 10th)

One of the critical aspects of both are how payment systems of the world work. Crypto mainly relies on digital wallets for accessibility, which are regulated by the central banks as they interface between the banking system and the crypto world. This became apparent in the Canadian state of emergency where they froze the Trucker’s digital wallets which effectively locked-up any access to their crypto.

The Storehouse Imperative

All of this points to the “new world” which we are financially and technically entering into. With “Babylon” imposing more and more sanctions and controls, and with more conflict coming on the earth, coupled with more scarcity and inflation – we The Church need wisdom and Godly solutions. Both to sustain us, and to provide refuge in a storm to those who do not yet believe. We find the answers in the bible, and as reflected in the new wineskin of the Storehouse vision and the New Breed approach of heavenly supply lines.

Roundtable Discussion: Financial Warfare – S.W.I.F.T. and Russian Sanctions

We discuss what is happening as part of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, specifically the financial sanctions and their implications and the first a no SWIFT ban, then some SWIFT bans, but not full. Some of this is carved out for oil and gas transactions, which somewhat defeats the purpose. It’s complicated, as is the global “net” of disparate payment systems. But like we talked about with Canada and the Truckers

We will go into the “bigger picture” geo-politically, biblically, and prophetically. And the implications. For example, prophetic voice Bob Jones spoke about a coming harvest in Russia and the former soviet union nations. God described this to him as “the greatest awakening”. He also separately showed prophetic voices Paul Cain and Bob Jones with Mike Bickle (founder IHOP) as scribe, that Communism and Islam would merge in the future and there would be a type of WWIII in the days ahead. Is this war related to both prophetic words?

Mike Bickle – IHOP

(much more detail here in IHOP’s prophetic history here:

Bob Jones, Prophetic Voice

Further, Bob Jones also prophesied great West Coast earthquakes, as well as limited nuclear exchange and fires on the East Coast, foreign soldiers on US soil, and many people moving to the middle of the country as a result. Kansas City and the surrounding 500 miles will become a bread basket for the world in a time of famine and drought.

God will put wheat in the Midwest like he put oil in the middle-east”

Bob Jones prophecy in the 1980s in Kansas City documented by Mike Bickle

SWIFT stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications ( It was founded in 1973 and started sending money electronically in 1978. SWIFT is structured as a cooperative organization owned by its members. It is headquartered in Brussels Belgium, but its members are global. It has 11,000 institutions operating in over 200 countries. In 2021, SWIFT processed 42 million messages.

Global payments systems are fractured into various sub-systems. One of the oldest and biggest alternatives to SWIFT is FedWire. Fed wire is run by the Federal Reserve and started shortly after the Fed was founded in 1913 (1915, 1918). There is also CHIPS, which is another US based system.

Russia and China are trying to create their own payment systems.

For more understanding, read a bit more here about Chuck Pierce’s Passover prophecies from last year, which gets into global trade flow and how payment systems will be changing. See Trade Wars here:

Roundtable Discussion: Honkers and Eagles

Canadian Truckers Part 2

View Canadian Truckers Post Part 1 here

Bob Jones apparently had a prophetic word related to the Bride of Christ in the USA and awakening. Bob Jones said :

“The Honkers were going to start honking before the Eagles will fly.” – Bob Jones 2005 (as recalled by Rick Joyner in an interview below).

Now people at Morningstar and elsewhere in Christianity are connecting the “Honkers” to Canadian Geese  and the “Freedom Convoy” up in Canada, preceding a similar move down in the “Eagle” the USA (similar persecution and rising up of people for freedom). Here is a video with an excerpt regarding this with Lance Wallnau interviewing Rick Joyner about this Bob Jones prophecy :

Martin Luther called the Holy Ghost the “Wild Goose”.

Canadian Geese in “V” formation

Lou Engle spoke about how Bob Jones was also describing the geese as intercessors as part of the “Gulliver” prophecy of awakening the sleeping giant of the Church. When intercessors pray together (like geese in a V formation), they can assault the demonic principalities and powers. Allowing for the Eagles to fly (the prophetic words to come from heaven to earth). You can find that on “The Briefing” blog here:

God is shifting the world:

We are starting to see judgment and revival happen simultaneously…

1. Jan 28, 2020 – President Trump reveals Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that would divide the land of Israel.

2. Bob Jones said “When the Chiefs win the Super bowl, it was a sign that revival was about to come. God is raising up his apostolic chiefs.” They won on Feb 2, 2020.

3. Pandemic hits literally days later in the USA (mid-Feb 2020).

4. Chuck Pierce said: “This is the Passover that the economic system of the world gets realigned” in March 2020 (see CV19 post here). And now we see that indeed, the pandemic has changed everything – and God is using it to re-align and shake up the Church as well.

5. Lou Engle and “The Send” are starting to bring prophecied stadium revivals to a reality. Watch for arrowhead stadium May 14, 2022 is “The Send” in KC.

Biblical Persecution (Hate Crimes)

Lutherans on trial in Finland –

Canadian Hate Crime laws –

Economic Persecution

GoFundMe – froze Canadian Truckers assets

Trudeau – froze Canadian Truckers’ bank accounts, cancelled Canadian Truckers’ insuranceStripe – shut down President Trump Campaign payments

Glenn Beck is thinking along the same lines in this video here: 

So, like China – the US, Canadian, Australian, UK leaders are finding “soft” ways as very attractive half-steps toward more control in order to manipulate people and companies into conformity of “doing the right thing” through the purse strings (you want the funds? they take the vaccine. want to keep your job? take the vaccine. want to keep your insurance? take the vaccine.), social pressure (shaming), relabling law abiding citizens as terrorists and perpitrators of hate crimes,etc.

By God’s mercy, there is still time. The Storehouse vision can be implemented now, while we still have the freedom to “choose another way” and not depend on governmental funding, banking, big tech, big health, big commerce, big ag, and so forth. If we have no alternatives, we will feel there is no choice in order to take care of our families but conform to governmental and corporate policies that go against our faith and freedom.

For example, a Christian crowdfunding site has replaced GoFundMe to send money to the truckers. Lucienne Sawyer forwarded me an email about Gab doing a “Parallel Economy Fund” which seems like it has some parallels to the Storehouse… Perhaps you are aware of other Storehouse type initiatives?

Roundtable Discussion:
Canadian Truckers, Tech, Banks, and Government

Headlines from North of the Border

“Truckers Protest of Vaccine Mandates in Freedom Convoy Continues”

“GoFundMe Shuts Down Truckers’ Freedom Convoy Fundraiser”

“Several people arrested for bringing gas to ‘Freedom Convoy'”

“Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Invokes Emergency Powers”

“Trudeau gives banks power to freeze funds without court order”

“Trudeau vows to freeze anti-mandate protesters’ bank accounts”

“Ottawa Chief of Police Resigns”

Look North to the events in Canada and we can see into the future, especially if “we  the people” don’t turn to Jesus for help.

Arrested for gas cans?

Here’s a chilling video of PM Justin Trudeau’s admiration of China. China? Yes, China.

In 1986, God showed Chuck Pierce the rise of China and its relationship to the US and the rest of the world in decade increments. You can read about this in his book “The Future War of the Church” written 2000 which he published in 2007. He was shown these things through 2026.

2018 Chuck Pierce video on persecution of Christians in China coming to US:

2020 Chuck Pierce on The Season of the Lion Dragon Wars:

Big Tech, Big Banks, Big Gov’t

In June 2019 GoFundMe terminated a $3 million fundraising for an Australian rugby player, Israel Folau, to finance a court case to appeal his multi-million dollar dismissal. He had quoted 1 Corinthians 6:9–10 on social media, which was said to be homophobic. An alternative fundraising site was set up by the Australian Christian Lobby with the public donating $2 million in 24 hours.

In January 2022, GoFundMe refused to release the CA$5 million funds raised for Freedom Convoy 2022. Then they said if you don’t ask for a refund they would ask the Freedom Convoy to choose a charity for people’s money. Then they ended up just refunding everyone’s money, refusing to release the funds to the Truckers.

(Elon Musk tweet)

Did you know that GoFundMe also joined Stripe and Shopify, turning off the Trump campaign websites funding after Jan 6th, etc.? How? They deleted fundraising campaigns for people to travel to DC for the Jan 6th rally.

Most Christians focused on the social media platforms freezing and deleting many people’s accounts, but the next frontier is the banks and banking system freezing and redirecting funds. Whether in Canada or the USA. It’s coming.

We need to pray, We need to repent. We need to prepare.

Here is a related take from Glenn Beck that is making very similar points to this week and two week’s ago Another Kingdom discussion:

Roundtable Discussion:

Another Kingdom Masquerading As Light

“We all worship something” – Tim Keller

Wherever the church leaves a moral vacuum, culture and society will fill the void.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

Matt 5:13

Scripturally, the bible boils everything down to two Kingdoms: The Kingdom of Babylon (evil) and the Kingdom of Heaven (good). However, it is not always so obvious which Kingdom is which. Satan from the beginning said “Did God really say?” (Gen 3:1) There will always be confusion as to what is right and wrong once worship of and obedience to the true God is challenged.

And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.

2 Cor 11:14-15

This topic came to light when praying for the Next Generation – Gen Z. Gen Z has been created by God as adventurers, pioneers, warriors, passionate for a cause. And what we prayed about was to expose the “false dichotomy” of independence and obedience. Meaning, God gives us the freedom and free-will to chose Him (or anything actually), but if we choose Him, we freely submit our free-will back to Him as “bond-servants”.

For he who was called in the Lord as a bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.

1 Cor 7:22

This is also known as Permission and Prohibition. In Jesus, they go hand in hand. Back to the garden of Eden – “you are permitted to eat of any tree, except one.”

However, when the next generation looks back at how U.S. Christianity got syncretized with free-market capitalism and how the church looked the other way regarding: environmental pollution, exploiting the poor for profits, socio-economic inequalities, etc., THE CHURCH is now perceived as hypocritical. Against abortion, sexual promiscuity, for Israel, but greedy for profits.

When the Church pulled back from/got pushed out of government, business, economics in the United States, the cry was “separation” of “religion” from everything.

Yet, paradoxically, Judeo-Christian scripture was the very basis of our law, our morality, our ethics and our character. But once the “obstacle” of religion was removed, it left pure market-based capitalism in its wake. It also left a government hungry for money and power. And it also left a moral vacuum to be filled. A blank canvas. Filled with what? Well it certainly can’t be religion, so in the wisdom of man and the absence of God, we as a society started creating a hodge-podge, cottage industry of morality and ethics. Of what the new “right and wrong” are. A weird “politically correct” balancing act of worshiping fame and fortune – but feeling good about it in the process. We see this reflected now in Hollywood, Washington D.C. and Wall Street. There is a new hegemony emerging between these three camps.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

Isaiah 5:20

Have you heard of “ESG” scoring? That stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance scoring for corporations and investments.

For example, “Social” was defined in 2017 as being computed using inputs from: Human Rights, Labor Standards, Gender Equality. Sounds good so far, right?

Read more here:

However, quickly revealed is ESG hypocrisy. For instance, Disney and Apple scored high in ESG, yet somehow these scores overlooked sweatshop Asian labor and Chinese persecution of those who believe in religion, such as Christians, Uyghur Moslems and others.

An interesting video on ESG hypocrisy:

Regarding environmental hypocrisy – this is sometimes referred to as “Greenwashing”, whereby the corporate citizen builds a marketing case for how they are “carbon-neutral”, when in fact underneath it is just a shell-game to avoid social shaming of politically correct critics.

This then all becomes about one “feeling good” about how people perceive their actions, as more important than actually doing good according to the Bible.

We already have extensively discussed the pitfalls of FICO credit scoring for consumers, masquerading as a pseudo-character score of how good of a slave you are in paying your debts.

Or how the Chinese regime uses a “social credit” system to reward and punish people in what it deems as good and bad behavior, thus the government redefining people’s morality.

Or have you heard of stakeholder capitalism?

“We should seize this moment to ensure that stakeholder capitalism remains the new dominant model.” – Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum

Now, as we look toward Jesus’ return, we find ourselves in a time where the line is greatly blurring between right and wrong. We need to be vigilant. We need to be “watchmen” on the walls of our hearts. First, the Church must REPENT OF ALL OF ITS SIN THAT HAS LEFT THESE VACUUMS and return to its rightful place among a remnant of God’s people – God’s Israel. Second, we must become the “Two Witnesses” of Revelation 11, willing to stand up against (militant witness) and call out those who are calling evil good., lobbying for a “new morality”.

For what appears to be good at first, or for a season, can be a temptation to “bite into the apple” and then we are hooked into deception. This is how the Antichrist will fool the world, starting with a false peace masquerading as good:

He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.

Daniel 9:27

Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

2 Thessalonians 2:3

Roundtable Discussion

How can we fulfill MLK’s dream, economically?

Martin Luther King, Jr. – August 1963 on the Washington Mall

This week we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr’s life as arguably the Nation’s greatest civil rights leader. Have a fresh read of his most famous words, apparently extemporaneously spoken from the heart, from an economic perspective. Why is there still such great economic inequality and disparity today? We even have all the more economic slavery of debt, greed, fear and poverty? What can we do about it? Why can’t our Federal Reserve banking system and financial markets ever hope to deliver on the Dream? MLK’s dream? The Almighty’s dream? (Read Deut 28).

Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth, or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.

Prov 22:16

One Nation Under God. Where all men are created equal. Where none live in poverty (impossible? read Deut 15:4 and Acts 4:34). Where there truly is liberty and justice for all.

“I Have a Dream”

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.:

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself in exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition. In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check.

When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men — yes, Black men as well as white men — would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.

But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt.

We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

We have also come to his hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism.

Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children.

It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality. 1963 is not an end, but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.

There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges.

But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.

We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.

And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.

There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, when will you be satisfied? We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality. We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.

We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their selfhood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating: for whites only.

We cannot be satisfied as long as a Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and a Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.

No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our Northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today, my friends.

So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right down in Alabama little Black boys and Black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.

This is our hope. This is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.

This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that, let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, Black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last.

Roundtable Discussion: Regional Digital Currencies

By way of background, you can view and listen to our previous discussion here: Alt Currency

BerkShares is a regional currency in Western Mass. It is going digital early 2022.

Yesterday (1/11/22), Merrick Finn, Chris Adams and I went on a field trip to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics in Great Barrington, MA. E.F. Schumacher was a German statistician from the UK who published a series of economic essays in his seminal book “Small is Beautiful”, which was a counterpoint to globalization and import/export economies and is considered by many to have helped inspire the locally grown, sustainable economics, and Fair Trade movements.

We met with Rachel Moriarity the coordinator of BerkShares and Fennie Wang the founder of HumanityCash – they are together piloting the digital rollout of BerkShares next month. Here is a good article in The Berkshire Eagle that encapsulates their progress and plan: What’s in your (online) wallet? On their 15th Anniversary BerkShares Will Go Digital

Rachel Moriarity and Fennie Wang

Interestingly, Schumacher became a Christian in 1971. Here is an excerpt of where his economic journey crossed with his spiritual journey (from Wikipedia)

As a young man, Schumacher was a dedicated atheist, but his later rejection of materialist, capitalist, agnostic modernity was paralleled by a growing fascination with religion. He developed an interest in Buddhism, but beginning in the late-1950s, Catholicism heavily influenced his thinking. He noted the similarities between his own economic views and the teaching of papal encyclicals on socio-economic issues, from Leo XIII’s “Rerum Novarum” to Pope John XXIII’s Mater et magistra, as well as with the distributism supported by the Catholic thinkers G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, and Vincent McNabb. Philosophically, he absorbed much of Thomism, which provided an objective system in contrast to what he saw as the self-centered subjectivism and relativism of modern philosophy and society. He also was greatly interested in the tradition of Christian mysticism and read deeply such writers as St. Teresa of Avila and Thomas Merton. These were all interests that he shared with his friend, the Catholic writer Christopher Derrick. In 1971, he converted to Catholicism.

We compare and contrast to the Storehouse Vision of local currencies, and take a look at some of the pros and cons of the BerkShare digital dollars implementation.

Generational influences and how we think of finances, provision, and trust with Susan Totilo

Finances can have many subtle, subliminal, interesting and sometimes beguiling influences on our behavior and lives, but God! An important aspect to understand all of this, is the generational impact of how we were raised, how our parents handled financial issues and stress, either in extreme poverty, the middle class, or perhaps even great wealth.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…  some have… pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

1 Tim 6:10

We will discuss with Susan her upbringing as she shares the story of being raised in an Italian immigrant household, how the death of her Great Grandfather and the demise of his business, impacted several generations of women in the Totilo household, especially her Mom and Grandmother. That plus the transformation God has taken Susan through in the past few years.

Susan Totilo

Hi! My name is Susan Totilo and I love Jesus!! I also love to talk. As I say all the time, “God gave me a big Italian mouth and a big Italian heart for a reason”.

I was blessed to pursue a teaching career in my home state of Connecticut for over 20 years. In recent years, I started feeling the tug to leave teaching but kept at it, as I had no back-up plan. After experiencing some deep, personal losses in 2019, I left the demands of the public education system soon after, entering into a long season of profound rest and healing. Early on in this season, I asked God, “What do I do now, Lord?” and He said, “Well…what do you want to do?”

I had always dreamed about becoming a radio D.J. or “Podcaster” and heard about the Connecticut School of Broadcasting (CSB). After much prayer, God gave me peace to resign from teaching and I went on to CSB, where I completed their certificate program in Broadcast Media. Following this, a vigorous job search led to ALL doors being closed to mainstream employment.

But God had the “one open door” I prayed for…which ended up being a home audio/visual studio, miraculously paid for through the generosity of dear friends. While I am presently enjoying the process of recording various content, my main focus is listening at the feet of Jesus, to seek what He wants to do through me. As I am learning to trust Him more, my prayer is to bring Him glory and to be an ambassador of His love and Presence to others through the use of media.

We in the Body of Christ have an opportunity to unleash heaven and “set the captives free” (Isaiah 61) with respect to any evil generational influences or curses. 

Roundtable Discussion: Inflation Signs

(Inflation Part 3)

Future of Gas Prices? (drove by this sign today)

Just today, the wholesale Producer Price Index rose by 9.6% on an annual basis. That’s the highest increase since the index began in 2010. This index can be a leading indicator for future Consumer Price Index increases, which itself went up to 6.8% last month, which was the highest in 39 years.

Yet, 10 year market assumed inflation (10Yr Bond – 10 year TIPS) remains more subdued at 2.37% as of today (but up considerably from 2 years ago). This is why the Fed isn’t panicking yet.

What is one of the biggest signs of long-term or “non-transitory” inflation? Housing. Shelter.Rents. November housing (Shelter) CPI was at 4% YOY and climbing. Why? Because the pandemic drove people – especially the next generation – to purchase homes. And many of those (over half) were Millennials purchasing homes with record sized mortgage debt at historically low interest rates. And the housing market went through the roof. But that in turn has driven up mortgage payments which has driven up rents.

As of 2Q 2021, MBS outstanding is $11.7 Tn and climbing

Greed is a huge factor too, 2/3 of publicly traded companies are reporting fatter profit margins than pre-CV19 because they can get away with (people are willing to accept) once in a lifetime price increases. This is like eating ourselves for breakfast. It was also a big factor in the 70s. Once people are psychologically willing to accept and pay higher prices, it can become a downward spiral – one person raising prices because they paid more themselves. One’s perceived loss can be made up by charging someone else more. That too is greed.

In July 2020, recall we discussed the Inflation Prophecies where several modern day prophets have given prophecies of inflation, including John Paul Jackson and Bob Jones. Then in March 2021, as part of the National Debt discussion, we delved into the “what if” the US lost its place as the reserve and settlement currency of the world? And how that could lead to hyper-inflation. In May, we discussed Inflation again, and how the Storehouse Vision was designed to address the issue of inflation using “Break-Away Bridges”…

Yes, we need to come out of Babylon. We will further explore and brainstorm together how the Storehouse and local asset-backed currencies can potentially mitigate future inflation in tomorrow’s discussion. Land, food, water are all part of the potential solution.