Dick Morris: Trump and U.S. Medicine Worked While Europe’s Failed

 

Dick Morris: Trump and U.S. Medicine Worked While Europe’s Failed

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As of today the United States has had 23,000 deaths from coronavirus. Italy, France, Spain and the U.K. have had 67,000 deaths combined. But these four countries have a combined population of only 241 million compared to 328 million in the US.

If our mortality rate were the same as these European countries, we would have 91,000 corpses on our hands.

This vivid, though gruesome, comparison illustrates the superiority of the American health care system, of President Trump’s response to the coronavirus and of the discipline of the American people.

Together, they saved 68,000 lives and counting.

It is fashionable these days to lament the state of the American health care system and, as Bernie Sanders did, speak of the superiority of the single-payer European model. But no comparison could possibly be as vivid as the different way in which these two systems handled the coronavirus.

At the start, the United States closed its borders first to China, then to Europe and finally to Britain.

Realizing that the pandemic was spread by global migration, President Trump knew that to protect America we had to seal our borders. By contrast, the ideology of globalism was so strong in Europe that it resisted any action to contain the virus and keep it from European shores.

Instead, this virus, which originated in China, was allowed to enter and to savage the continent. Lacking the mechanism or the political will to protect its people, the EU opened its frontiers to death.

But in the United States — despite accusations of isolationism and xenophobia —national frontiers inhibited the virus’ spread. By cordoning off America, President Trump saved tens of thousands of lives.

Once people became ill with the virus, the superiority of the American health care system kicked in and produced a death rate way below that which prevailed in Europe.

In Italy, 13 percent of those infected have died. In the U.K., the virus has taken the lives of 12.6 percent. In Spain, 10 percent and in France 12.2 percent of those infected have passed away. But in the U.S., only 4 percent have died.

The virus is, of course, the same on either side of the Atlantic. There has been no medical breakthrough in treating or curing it unique to the U.S. Rather, our relative success is due to the skill, dedication and efficiency of the American health care system over the single-payer systems that predominate in Europe.

It remains to be seen whether a third factor was involved: the discipline of our people.

It is unclear whether lockdown and social distancing measures were more successful in achieving mitigation in the United States because of the willingness of our people to obey quarantine guidelines. Has the United States been better able to enforce mitigation guidelines than Italy, Spain, France or the U.K.?

As we go forward to reverse quarantines and reopen our countries, we must not lose sight of the enormous lessons the coronavirus teaches.

With all of its defects, the American health care system — and our doctors and nurses — deserves plaudits for the way it has responded to and coped with this international emergency.

Let’s not be so quick to replace it with European models that have failed so spectacularly.

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As we go forward to reverse quarantines and reopen our countries, we must not lose sight of the enormous lessons the coronavirus teaches.

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Charles Stanley – The Danger of a Hardening Heart

 

Psalm 95:1-11

Most of us struggle with a hardened or apathetic heart from time to time, but there is an antidote: recognizing God at work and giving Him thanks.

This recipe for a tender heart was ignored in Exodus when Israel came to Rephidim and complained about the lack of water. They had just experienced the miracle of the manna and its comforting reminder that God was with them. A few days later, however, they were asking, “Is the Lord among us, or not?” (Ex. 17:7). Had they remembered God’s provision with the manna and expressed gratitude, they could have trusted in Him once more and held out hope for a water supply.

Another time, when God told Moses to speak before Pharaoh and display miraculous signs, the Egyptian ruler chose to ignore the obvious. Even his own magicians could see what was happening. They finally came to their senses, acknowledged God’s work and said, “This is the finger of God” (Ex. 8:19).

God speaks to us, but we won’t know that if we have a hardened heart. Are we listening? Are we giving thanks? Take a moment to reflect on the state of your heart, and trust where the Holy Spirit directs you.

Bible in One Year: 1 Kings 6-7

 

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Our Daily Bread — From Pity to Praise

 

Bible in a Year:

But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength.

2 Timothy 4:17

Today’s Scripture & Insight:2 Timothy 4:9–18

At a coat drive for children, excited kids searched gratefully for their favorite colors and proper sizes. They also gained self-esteem, an organizer said, with new coats boosting their acceptance by peers and school attendance on winter days.

The apostle Paul seemed to need a coat, as well, when he wrote Timothy, “Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas” (2 Timothy 4:13). Held in a cold Roman prison, Paul needed warmth but also companionship. “No one came to my support, but everyone deserted me,” he lamented, when he faced a Roman judge (v. 16). His words pierce our hearts with the honesty of this great missionary’s pain.

Yet in these final words of Paul’s last recorded letter—his closing thoughts after an astounding ministry—he moves from pity to praise. “But the Lord stood at my side,” he adds (v. 17), and his words rally our hearts. As Paul declared, “[God] gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And he rescued me from certain death” (v. 17 nlt).

If you’re facing a crisis, lacking even the right clothing for warmth or close friends to help, remember God. He’s faithful to revive, provide, and deliver. Why? For His glory and for our purpose in His kingdom.

By:  Patricia Raybon

 

 

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Ravi Zacharias Ministry – Oh the Humanity!

On May 6, 1937, radio commentator Herbert Morrison sat at the Naval airbase in Lakehurst, New Jersey waiting for the arrival of the Zeppelin Hindenburg, the largest airship that had ever flown. It was twelve hours behind schedule and, doubtless, Morrison was glad to begin recording: “Toward us, like a great feather … is the Hindenburg. The members of the crew are looking down on the field ahead of them getting their glimpses of the mooring mast…”(1)

But three hundred feet over its intended landing spot, the Hindenburg shockingly burst into flames. It was destroyed in precisely 32 seconds, all before the unbelieving eyes of a thousand spectators. Morrison’s breathless account of the tragedy remains a sad and recognized piece of American journalism, particularly his haunting cry “Oh the humanity!” which resonated with the impact of the disaster.

This phrase “Oh the humanity!” is now synonymous with any expression of surprise or strong emotion, but it was originally uttered by Morrison as a lament for the human vulnerability so brazenly materializing before him. As burning wreckage came crashing onto the ground and the crowd underneath did not seem to have time to escape, humanity appeared small and susceptible, and his was a cry of lament. The symbol of German grandeur, the aircraft deemed the largest and the safest, was reduced to an image of the fragility of human life.

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Joyce Meyer – Grace and Peace

 

Grace (favor and blessing) to you and [heart] peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah). — Philippians 1:2 (AMPC)

Adapted from the resource Love Out Loud – by Joyce Meyer

As I started my prayer time this morning, I asked the Lord to speak something to my heart that would be important for my life. The thought that roared into my heart was,

Be at peace—always be at peace!

Very often, Paul’s letters to the church start with, “Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” The words may vary, but the message is the same: Grace always comes before peace. God’s grace is what gives us peace!

Grace can be defined in many ways; one is God’s undeserved favor and blessing. I often define it as this: God’s power—given to us as a free gift—which enables us to do with ease what we could never do alone with any amount of struggle and effort. Grace manifests as forgiveness, mercy, strength for our weaknesses, and probably thousands of other ways.

Because of His grace, God forgives our sins, which leads us to peace with Him and freedom from guilt. Because of grace, we can face our weaknesses and know that God still loves us, and that those weaknesses don’t disqualify us from His kingdom.

It might be a good idea to ask yourself, “Am I lacking peace somewhere in my life?” For example, if you lack peace about your spiritual maturity, you can put yourself in God’s hands, because He loves you, has grace for you, and has the ability to change what needs to be changed in you. Or if you’re longing to see change in your loved ones or circumstances, His grace is enough to do all that needs to be done, and enough to meet every need. Believe that He’s always working—because He is—and His timing is always right.

Thankfully, we don’t have to be perfect in order to receive God’s help! Another definition of grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense, and that is exactly what we have available to us daily through our faith.

Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for Your grace that leads to peace. Help me to receive Your grace every day, instead of struggling in my own strength. In Jesus’ Name, amen.

 

 

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Campus Crusade for Christ; Bill Bright – His Rich Storehouse 

 

“However, Christ has given each of us special abilities – whatever He wants us to have out of His rich storehouse of gifts” (Ephesians 4:7).

Roger and Len read a popular book on spiritual gifts. Instead of being blessed, they were distressed. They came for counsel.

“What is our gift?” they pleaded, as though I had the ability to immediately discern God’s supernatural provision for them.

“First of all,” I explained, “you should not be exercised over the undue emphasis on gifts, which has been of somewhat recent origin. For centuries, until recent times, men did not make a great deal of that particular emphasis in the Word of God.

“The emphasis was on the authority of the Scripture, the lordship of Christ, the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Great servants of God were mightily used as preachers, missionaries, teachers and godly laymen, without ever being made particularly aware that spiritual gifts were something that needed to be emphasized. The feeling was, ‘Whatever God calls me to do, He will enable me to do, if I am willing to surrender my will to Christ, study the Word of God, obey the leading of the Holy Spirit, work hard and trust God to guide me.'”

I gave them my own testimony of how, though I had been a Christian for more than 30 years and God had graciously used my life in many ways – sometimes my preaching, other times my teaching or administrative gifts, or in the area of helps – I quite honestly did not know my spiritual gift nor did I seek to “discover” my gift. I was very content to know, with the apostle Paul, that I could do all things through Christ who strengthened me, who keeps pouring His power into me. I showed them a quotation from a book on gifts, in which a famous Christian leader declared that for 25 years he had believed he had a particular gift but recently had cause to question whether he possessed it, and concluded finally that he did not.

My word to you, then, as to Roger and Len, is not to be distressed if you do not know your gift. Simply continue to walk in faith and obedience, make Christ the Lord of every part of your life, be sure you are filled with the Spirit, and hide the Word of God in your heart daily.

Bible Reading: Ephesians 4:1-6

TODAY’S ACTION POINT:  For the rest of my life I shall seek the Giver and not the gift, depending upon Him to give me the necessary wisdom and ability and whatever else is needed to accomplish the task which He has called me to do. I shall share this concept with other Christians who are confused over the matter of spiritual gifts.

 

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Max Lucado – God Is Not Finished

 

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In the famous lace shops of Brussels, Belgium, certain rooms are dedicated to the spinning of the finest lace, with the most delicate of patterns.  These rooms are completely dark, except for a shaft of natural light from a solitary window.  Only one spinner sits in the room.  The light falls on the pattern while the worker remains in the dark.

Has God permitted a time of darkness in your world?  You look but you cannot see him.  You see only the fabric of circumstances woven and interlaced.  You might question the purpose behind this thread or that.  But be assured, God has a pattern.  He has a plan.  The Bible says in Romans 8:28, “In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  He is not finished.  But when he is, the lace will be beautiful!

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Denison Forum – Why April 15 is so important to me personally: ‘Hope has a name’

April 15 is an auspicious day for many reasons.

On this day in 1783, the US Congress ratified articles of peace ending the Revolutionary War with Great Britain. On this morning in 1865, Abraham Lincoln was pronounced dead.

On April 15, 1912, the RMS Titanic sank. On this day in 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. On April 15, 1955, Ray Croc opened the first McDonalds. The Boston Marathon was attacked by bombers on this day in 2013.

And on this day in 1957, my parents were married, a fact for which I am obviously and personally grateful.

“The most important silver lining in this crisis” 

April 15 is best known to most Americans as the day when our income taxes are due, a deadline that was moved to this date in 1955. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the deadline has been postponed ninety days to July 15.

This is just one change caused by the most disruptive event of my lifetime.

As catastrophic as the coronavirus pandemic has been for the world medically, financially, and socially, God has been at work using this tragedy for spiritual good as well. For example, well-known pastor Greg Laurie posted an article to Christianity Today describing some of the ways people are searching for God in these days of crisis.

He points to a Pew survey in which 55 percent of Americans stated they had “prayed for an end to the spread of coronavirus.” He notes another report that Google searches about prayer skyrocketed when coronavirus went global. In yet another poll, nearly half of respondents called the pandemic a “wake-up call” from God.

Bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg notes: “Americans in near full lockdown are anxious, and understandably so. Yet millions are turning to God, the Bible, and Christian sermons for answers, some of them for the first time. That may be the most important silver lining in this crisis so far.”

Learning from The Good Doctor 

God will do his part in redeeming this crisis, but we must do ours.

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