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Jan. 21, 2022
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The NFL divisional round games will take place this weekend on Jan. 22 and Jan. 23.

AFC competitors will be the following:
  • Cincinatti Bengals vs. the Tennessee Titans on Jan. 22;
  • Buffalo Bills vs. the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan. 23.

NFC competitors will be the following:

  • San Francisco 49ers vs. the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 22;
  • Los Angeles Rams vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 23

2022 NFL divisional round games

Jan. 20, 2022
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The U.S. Senate has voted down changing the filibuster rule.  Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) joined Republicans in voting against the “talking filibuster” change.  The measure failed 52 to 48.

Had the measure passed, it would have allowed Democratic senators to pass voting legislation with a simple 51 to 50 majority.  Vice President Harris would have been able to cast the tie-breaking vote.

Senate Democrats fail to
change rules on filibuster
to pass voting rights
    Senate votes down filibuster
change as Manchin, Sinema
side with Republicans

Jan. 19, 2022
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1994 PC1 asteroid passes near earthYesterday, astronomers tracked a large and “potentially hazardous” asteroid that made a relatively close pass by Earth.  At about 2:51 p.m. PST = 4:51 p.m. EST, it passed about 1.2 million miles away, which is about five times the distance between the earth and the moon.  It was flying at about 45,000 miles per hour.

(7482) 1994 PC1 was discovered in 1994.  It is a stony asteroid approximately 1.1 kilometers or 3,451 feet (about 0.65 mile) in diameter.  This is more than the height of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and more than twice the height of the Empire State Building in New York City.

While it did not hit our planet, NASA deems this asteroid to be a “potentially hazardous object” because of its size and relatively near distance to Earth.  It will pass by the earth again in July of this year.  However, it will not be as close again to us, as it was yesterday, until Jan. 18, 2105.

A "potentially hazardous" asteroid more
than twice the size of the Empire State
Building will make close pass by Earth

Jan. 18, 2022
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The NFL wild card games have taken place.  On Jan. 15, two AFC wild card games were played.  On Jan. 16, two NFC wild card games and one AFC wild card game were played.  On Jan. 17, one NFC wild card game was played.

2022 NFL wild card games
Jan. 17, 2022

Today is a federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.  He would have been 83 years old on Jan. 15.

       
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He was born Michael King, Jr.  In 1934, his father, Michael King, Sr., visited sites in Berlin associated with the Protestant reformation leader, Martin Luther.  After that, he began referring to himself as Martin Luther King, Sr., and his son as Martin Luther King, Jr.  In 1957, when Michael King, Jr., was 28 years old, his birth certificate was changed to read “Martin Luther King, Jr.”

MLK, Jr., was a strong Christian.  At age 5, he memorized and sang hymns and stated verses from the Bible.  One of his main messages as an adult was that people should be judged by the content of their character, not by the color of their skin.


Jan. 16, 2022

A sinner's prayerI listened quite a bit to American Family Radio (https://afr.net) this weekend, as I often do.  One program that I often find interesting is “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist” with Dr. Frank Turek.  Sunday’s program was a repeat of one of his programs from a few days ago.

Talking to Christian believers, one thing that Turek said was, “You do not need to bring every person that you talk to to the foot of the cross and ask them to pray a sinner’s prayer.  That’s not what your overall objective should be in every conversation.  If it is, you’ll never do this because it’s too intimidating.

He recommended that it is a good idea to “plant seeds” with people and get them closer to the truth.  We’re supposed to do what we can do and then leave the results to God.  At some point, if someone seems to have an earnest and sincere acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior, then having them say a “sinner’s prayer” would be a positive thing to do.

The apostle Paul, a Jewish follower of Jesus, stated the following about belief, confession, and salvation:

"The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, [Deuteronomy 30:14]" that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame. [Isaiah 28:16]" (Romans 10:8-11)

Frank Turek talked about ten questions to ask skeptical friends that he would use in a personal conversation to get someone “on base” and “move the ball forward.”  He recommends attempting to get the person to believe something that is congruent with the Christian world view.  Hopefully, as time goes on, someone else—or you yourself—will do some more work with that person at a later time.

The podcast of this program can be heard below.  It is a little over 48 minutes in length.

The Top Ten Questions to Ask Skeptical Friends” from January 14:

Jan. 15, 2021

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with a health expert and emergency room registered nurse, Twila Brase, and an attorney, Marjorie Holsten.  They talked about the chaos of COVID, which appears to be an end-time plague.  The second hour of their discussion will take place next week.

One health expert, Dr. Peter McCullough, called the vaccine the “biggest biological disaster in human history.”  He also stated, “Censorship that has suppressed for two years information on safe and effective early treatment and censorship on vaccine safety has led to large numbers of deaths, hospitilizations and permanent disability.  There is no bigger Public Health crisis than the impact of censorship in COVID-19.

Hear first-hand stories of COVID abuse and needless deaths happening in hospitals.  Has it become legal and profitable to let patients die?  Why are truth-tellers called sensational or conspiratorial?  Calling this two-year nightmare a “plandemic” only draws scorn.

COVID-19 Quick Reference Guide

         

         

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Today’s program, lasting 55 minutes, can be heard here:

Covid Chaos: Conspiracy or Reality? (Part 1) — Audio | Video
Jan. 14, 2022
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The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS.  They help taxpayers understand their rights and strive to make sure that taxpayers are treated fairly and understand their rights.

Erin M. Collins is the “voice of the taxpayer” within the IRS and before Congress.  This week, in the annual report from the TAS to Congress, Collins stated that 2021 was “the most challenging year taxpayers and tax professionals have ever experienced.”  She also indicated that “the outlook for the upcoming filing season is bleak.

There still is a backlog of millions of unprocessed individual tax returns and business returns from 2021.  It appears likely that many people will experience even longer delays with their 2022 returns than they did with their 2021 returns, due to additional complications that were not present when processing last year’s returns and refunds.

Tax season this year is scheduled to begin on January 24, and the filing deadline will be April 18.  The earlier that people have their tax returns processed, the more likely it is that they will receive their refunds in a timely manner.  Also, it is advisable to have tax returns filed electronically and to allow refunds to be received by direct deposits into bank accounts.

IRS enters 2022 tax
season in backlog ‘crisis’
that could delay refunds
    Getting Your Tax Refund
May Take Way Longer
Than Usual This Year

Jan. 13, 2022
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Today, the Supreme Court voted, 6 to 3, to block a mandate by President Biden’s administration.  It stops the enforcement of a requirement that employees at large businesses, with 100 or more employees, wear masks on the job and be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing.

However, the Court also voted, 5 to 4, that a vaccine mandate still applies to workers at health care facilities that receive federal funding through Medicare and Medicaid.  The latter mandate will affect about 10 millions employees and will take effect this month.

Supreme Court blocks COVID-19
vaccine-or-testing mandate for
workplaces but lets medical rule stand
    Supreme Court blocks
Biden’s vaccine-or-test
mandate for businesses

Jan. 12, 2022
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Yesterday in Atlanta, GA, President Biden gave a speech on voting rights.  He also endorsed changes to the Senate filibuster rule, which requires 60 votes to advance legislation.

Biden, along with most Democrats, want there to be a simple majority of 51 votes in the Senate to advance two “voting rights” bills.  Among other things, he stated, “To protect our democracy, I support changing the Senate rules whichever way they need to be changed to prevent a minority of senators from blocking actions on voting rights.

Yet, Biden has been a notable proponent of the Senate filibuster since 2005, including as recently as July 2021.  In 2005, he defended the filibuster, saying it was “about compromise and moderation.”  About six months ago, he claimed that getting rid of the filibuster would “throw the entire Congress into chaos and nothing will get done.

In any case, the process of changing the filibuster rule will require a “yes” vote by all 50 Democrats.  However, Senators Manchin (D-WV) and Simena (D-AZ) have stated, repeatedly, that they oppose major changes to the rule.

Republicans warn Biden
and Democrats against
changing Senate rules
    Biden latest Dem to
back ending filibuster
after years of support

Jan. 11, 2022
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Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has not been a supporter of the social spending measure, the multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better Plan (BBBP), for awhile.  Last month, he did have discussions about it with President Joe Biden and with White House officials.

Manchin even proposed a $1.8 trillion compromise bill that would have made several changes to the very expensive BBBP.  Among other things, he wanted the bill to be smaller, and he wanted it to do more to lower prescription drug costs.  He also wanted additional requirements for the expanded child tax credit to be included in the bill.

However, last week Manchin told the media that he no longer was discussing the BBBP with the White House, nor was he having further negotiations with anyone else.  Then it was reported this weekend that Manchin has withdrawn his proposal for a compromise bill.  At this point, it appears that the Build Back Better Plan will not be passing in the Senate.

Joe Manchin pulls his
$1.8 trillion spending
compromise off the table
    Manchin’s $1.8 trillion
spending offer appears no
longer to be on the table

Jan. 10, 2022
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The 2021-22 season final games of the National Football League (NFL) were played this past weekend.  Of the sixteen games, three of them went into overtime.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Green Bay Packers ended the season tied with the most number of wins (13) and least number of losses (4) of all the teams.

2021-22 NFL season final games

Next will be the AFC and NFC Wild Card Round games.  They will take place from Sat., Jan. 15 to Mon., Jan. 17.

AFC and NFC Wild-Card Round Games

The NFL playoff schedule was pushed back one week this month.  Therefore, Super Bowl LVI has been pushed back one week, from the first Sunday to the second Sunday in February.  It will take place on Sun., Feb. 13, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA.

When do the 2022 NFL playoffs start: Dates, times,
schedule, TV channels for Wild Card weekend

Jan. 9, 2022

Jesus, Son of God & Word of God
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Jan. 8, 2021

At Olive Tree Ministries this weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with Pastor Cary Gordon.  He is one of the producers of the new film, Enemies Within the Church.  He acknowledges that the film may be difficult for many Christians to watch, especially those who have been developed a “progressive” mindset.

The film points out that certain organizations and individuals are hijacking the literal Gospel message in the Bible.  Marxism, Socialism and globalism are coming into the Church, pretending to be pro-Jesus and pro-Gospel, and spreading false doctrines such as antinomianism.  Jan and Cary talked about what kind of damage these people are doing to the Church.  If unchecked, “wokeness” and leftism will destroy all it touches.

The Bible predicts a “falling away” from the faith, especially near the end of the age:

  • For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. (2 Timothy 4:3,4)
  • Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. (Matthew 7:15)
  • Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. (1 Timothy 4:1)

         

         

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Today’s program, lasting 57 minutes, can be heard here:

Enemies Within the Church — Audio | Video
Jan. 7, 2022
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Nuclear stockpiles of P5 nationsEarlier this week, leaders of the five nuclear weapon nations issued a joint statement on preventing nuclear war and avoiding arms races.  This came a month after the P5 Conference that took place in Paris on Dec. 2,3.

The nations issuing the statement were the People’s Republic of China, the French Republic, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America.  They are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council.

The five superpowers say that they have put aside their differences and have pledged to stop the spread of atomic weapons to avoid a catastrophic nuclear Armageddon.  They assert that they have committed to work together to avoid an unwinnable World War 3.  Their hope is that, despite increasing tensions around the globe, the statement will calm fears of an incoming deadly fallout.

In an effort to describe the purpose of nuclear weapons, they stated, “As nuclear use would have far-reaching consequences, we also affirm that nuclear weapons—for as long as they continue to exist—should serve defensive purposes, deter aggression, and prevent war.”  Another statement indicated that the arms race would “benefit none and endanger all.

Russia, China, Britain,
U.S. and France say no
one can win nuclear war
    Joint Statement of the Leaders of the Five
Nuclear-Weapon States on Preventing
Nuclear War and Avoiding Arms Races

Jan. 6, 2022
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January 6 calendarThis is the first anniversary of the Capitol riot in Washington, DC, on Jan. 6, 2021.  The next day, the electoral college certified Joe Biden as the official winner of the 2020 presidential election.

Since then, the Congress, as well as Democratic and Republican voters in America, have become more deeply divided than ever before.  Also, the Capitol Police force is nearly 400 officers short of its authorized level, and there are multiple vigils, commemorations and demonstrations planned for today in Washington, DC.

Jan. 6 Capitol riot — one year
later, DC remains on edge

Today, President Biden delivered a speech bashing Trump (though not by name), which included some of the following statements:

  • He's not just a former president.  He's a defeated former president—defeated by a margin of over 7 million of your votes.
  • For the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election; he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol.  But they failed.
  • He spread a web of lies about the 2020 election ... because his bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy or our Constitution.

Former President Trump canceled a planned speech at Mar-a-Lago today.  Instead, he announced that he would address his claims at a Jan. 15 rally in Arizona.  However he emailed a statement from his Save America Pac, which included some of the following statements:

  • Biden is working hard to try and deflect the incompetent job he is doing, and has done, on the horrible Afghanistan withdrawal (surrender), the Borders, COVID, Inflation, loss of Energy Independence, and much more.
  • Everything he touches turns to failure.  That's what you get when you have a rigged Election.
  • What has become more and more obvious to ALL is that the LameStream Media will not report the facts that Nancy Pelosi and the Capitol Sergeant-at-Arms denied requests for the D.C. National Guard or Military to be present at the Capitol.

Biden bashes Trump, pushes
federal election bill on
Capitol riot anniversary
    Trump claims Biden trying
to hide ‘incompetent job’
with Jan. 6 remembrance

Jan. 5, 2022
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Earth's perihelionEarth’s orbit around the sun is elliptical, not circular.  The average yearly distance between the earth and the sun is almost 93 million miles.

Once a year, in early January, the earth is at its perihelion or closest location to the sun—about 91,406,842 miles between them.  On the contrary, in early July, the earth is at its aphelion or farthest location from the sun—about 94,509,598 miles between them.

Yesterday Jan. 4, at 1:52 a.m. EST, the earth was at its perihelion or closest annual distance to the sun.  However, it is not the changing distance from the sun that causes the seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.  The seasonal changes are caused by our planet’s axial tilt and how that tilt is toward or away from the sun.

In the northern hemisphere, the earth’s axis was tilted most directly toward the sun last year on June 21, the beginning of Summer.  Six months later, the earth’s axis was tilted most directly away from the sun on Dec. 21, the beginning of Winter.

Earth makes its
closest annual
approach to the sun

Jan. 4, 2022
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Contaminated water warningMany southern California beaches, in parts of Los Angeles County and Orange County, still remain closed.  This follows a massive sewage spill last week.

There was a huge rainstorm in the region.  On Dec. 30, evidently a large amount of water caused a sewer to collapse in the city of Carson.  Untreated wastewater and sewage overflowed into a nearby storm drain, and soon thereafter it emptied into Los Angeles Harbor.

Before the spill was able to be stopped the next day, Dec. 31, from 7 million to 8½ million gallons of sewage had flowed into the ocean.  An ongoing investigation is taking place to determine the exact cause of the spill and whether aging or faulty infrastructure was involved.

Closure signs were placed at all beaches affected by the spill.  Residents were advised to completely avoid any contact with ocean water that may have come into contact with the waste.

Sewage spill
closes Southern
California beaches
    Beaches Closed After 8.5
Million Gallons of Sewage
Spill in Los Angeles County

Jan. 3, 2022
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Michelle Bachmann Barry Stagner, Amir Tsarfati, Jack Hibbs & Jan Markell
At Olive Tree Ministries this past weekend, Jan Markell spent the hour with Michele Bachmann, Pastor Barry Stagner, Amir Tsarfati and Pastor Jack Hibbs.

The first portion of the program was the replay of a 23½-minute message that Bachmann gave at the Behold He Comes Conference on Sep. 11, 2021.  She talked about the horrific attacks on the Twin Towers and on the Pentagon that had occurred 20 years earlier, on Sep. 11, 2001.  More recently, the attack and takeover of Afghanistan, on Aug. 26, was a major defeat to the U.S. military and to the superpower status of the U.S.

The ultimate intent of radical Islam was and is to subdue the United States economically and militarily, a nation whose foundational belief system was and is Judaism and Christianity.  The Qur´an teaches that these are antithetical belief systems to Islam.  In the past 20 years, there has been increasing opposition and hostility to Jews and Christians, which continues today.  Prophetically, Israel will be severely attacked at the end of the age.  Evidently, the U.S. will fail to come to Israel’s defense.

She chronicled the strong delusion that the world is in at this time.  Lawlessness utterly and completely surrounds us, and it only will continue to get worse.  Bachmann recommended watching these virtual broadcasts that took place earlier in 2021 on Mar. 23 and on Sep. 9:

Election Integrity Virtual Conference | 9/11: A 20-Year Retrospective

The remaining portion of the Jan Markell program was a replay of a discussion at the Behold He Comes Conference on Sep. 11, 2021.  The participants were Stagner, Tsarfati, Hibbs and Markell.  They feel that both the U.S. and Israel began a sharp decline in 2021, with the removal of two strong leaders from office (Trump and Netanyahu).  Behind the scenes, evil spiritual forces have been using the political realm and issues of culture to bring deception to the U.S., Israel, and the world.  Seemingly, this decline may escalate into end-time prophetic events relatively soon.

They also talked about the delusion in the Church.  They agreed that we are near the “last hour” that is predicted for a last generation.  Markell believes that Satan soon will send the Antichrist, who is behind a prophetic curtain that is just about to be opened.  He is the “man with a plan” who will bring signs and lying wonders to humanity (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11).

Today’s program, lasting 59 minutes, can be heard here:

Days of Delusion — Audio | Video
Jan. 2, 2022

Let us be praying that 2022 will be a year of blessing, favor and open doors for us.  We should not be afraid to step out of our “comfort zones.”  By doing this, we will see the Hand of God.

When we have God, that is all we need (John 14:8).  When God is our primary focus, He will grant us the desires of our hearts and fulfill all of our purposes (Psalm 20:4).

Happy New Year
Jan. 1, 2022

Happy New Year!  I hope that 2022 is a good, favorable and prosperous year for you and yours.

       
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Below is a link to my annual calendar and a list of 2022 holidays and observances that many like to download and tape to a wall nearby.  That is what I do, with the calendar on one side and the holidays/observances on the other side of one piece of paper.

This calendar is not meant to substitute for a 12-page calendar on which scheduled reminders can be written.  I have mine on the wall behind my desk and frequently use it as a quick reference for future dates.

Click on each image below and save the pages to your computer.  Then print out the two pages on either side of one piece of paper.

PDF

 


If you’ve never read the Bible straight through, from cover to cover, you might want to do it in 2022.  Go to the following page, print out the pages in PDF, HTML, DOCX or DOC format, and check off the passages as you read them:

Chronological List of Bible Passages

Another option is a daily reading schedule that skips around the Bible.  I now prefer reading it this way myself.  Samaritan’s Purse has a yearly reading list, which I like, that does this.  You can download and print it in any of these three formats:

PDF  |  DOCX  |  DOC

The Bible is God’s Law and Instruction Manual for life.  Don’t worry if you are unable to understand everything you read; eventually, God will give us answers to everything we wonder about.  One of the main things you will come to understand is God’s everlasting covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—see God’s Covenant: with Israel or the Church?

So in case you’ve never read the Bible all the way through, do it!  If you’ve done it before, do it again; you never can get too much of God’s written Word!  I am in the process of doing it now, which I have done numerous times before.

You can read one of a number of Bible versions at BibleGateway.com.  If you read it for an average of 15 minutes a night before bed, you will sleep better for a whole year. 

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