Daily Briefing: August 9, 2017

Posted by    |    August 9th, 2017 at 5:44 am

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9. North Korea Threat Comes After Trump Vows ‘Fire and Fury’ (WSJ)

“President Donald Trump bluntly warned North Korea against making any more threats to the U.S., saying the country “will be met with the fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”
“Mr. Trump’s stark comments reflect deep concern within the administration about both the progress North Korea has made in recent months its nuclear-weapons program, as well provocative statements this week that seemingly rejected negotiations over curbing that program.”

Nick Note: Watch the video of President Trump’s remarks concerning North Korea here. Back in 1999, Tim Russert interviewed Mr. Trump about launching a pre-emptive strike against North Korea. Watch it here. Hours after President Trump made his comments, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his military to carefully examine a plan for a missile strike on the U.S. military base on Guam. Retired US Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney told Fox News that in the event of a nuclear attack from North Korea on the US or South Korea, Pyongyang would have about 15 minutes before the US “flattened the country.” Something to consider: the top three economies in the world are central players in this situation. In this “age of accelerations,” Tom Friedmancontends that Moore’s Law (the rate of doubling and rapid expansion with technological advances) applies also to North Korean missile technology. Here is Dr. Denison’s excellent article on just war theory. And here is my prayer from The Oxford Book of Prayer: “Show us, Good Lord, the peace we should seek, the peace we must give, the peace we can keep, the peace we must forgo, and the peace you have given us in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

8. Glen Campbell, Whose Hit Songs Bridged Country and Pop, Dies at 81 (NY Times)

“Glen Campbell, the sweet-voiced, guitar-picking son of a sharecropper who became a recording, television and movie star in the 1960s and ’70s, waged a publicized battle with alcohol and drugs and gave his last performances while in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, died on Tuesday in Nashville. He was 81.
“Tim Plumley, his publicist, said the cause was Alzheimer’s. Mr. Campbell revealed that he had the disease in June 2011, saying it had been diagnosed six months earlier.”

Nick Note: Have you heard his I’m Not Gonna Miss You? This song is the most personal and poignant of his career, chronicling his journey with Alzheimer’s. “I’m still here, but yet I’m gone.” Campbell had a checkered past but it was washed white as snow in 1990 when the Lord saved him. The Rhinestone Cowboy has exchanged his spurs for an imperishable crown in paradise (1 Corinthians 9:25).

7. Disney will pull its movies from Netflix and start its own streaming services (CNBC)

“Instead, Disney plans to launch a branded direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2019 starting in the U.S. and expanding globally…Movies to be removed include Disney as well as Pixar’s titles, according to Iger.
“The company will also launch its own ESPN video streaming service in early 2018. The platform, which will feature about 10,000 sporting events each year, will have content from the MLB, NHL, MLS, collegiate sports and tennis’ Grand Slam events.”

Nick Note: Do you Want to Build a Snowman? How about a new streaming service? Disney does. After all, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (1 Corinthians 4:16). 

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6. The End of Typing: The Next Billion Mobile Users Will Rely on Video and Voice (WSJ)

“Instead of typing searches and emails, a wave of newcomers—“the next billion,” the tech industry calls them—is avoiding text, using voice activation and communicating with images. They are a swath of the world’s less-educated,online for the first time thanks to low-end smartphones, cheap data plans and intuitive apps that let them navigate despite poor literacy.”

Nick Note: As more individuals started using computers, spelling and grammatical issues became more prevalent. What are the unintended consequences associated with the increased utilization of voice? But on the positive side, this opens the door for Christians to communicate with a largely unreached world (Romans 10:14-15).

5. People in rich countries are dying of loneliness (Quartz)

“Now, new research analyzing previous studies suggests people who fall into the loneliness trap are 50% more likely to suffer an early death than those who remain socially connected.
“Previous studies have found that as many as a third of Americans are lonely, and that 18% of UK adults felt lonely “always” or “often”. The latest research, which collated studies in two meta-analyses, connected the issue of isolation to health and specifically to premature death.”

Nick Note: Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely? The Backstreet Boys sang it and today we are experiencing the effects of it. Today, we are witnessing the initial effects of the loneliness epidemicResearch indicatespeople who report feeling lonely are more likely to experience worse symptoms when they’re sick. John Cacioppo, author of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, noted: “Loneliness is bad for your mental health: well-being goes down, depressive symptoms go up, your likelihood of developing mental and affective disorders increases.” This is a growing problem and a glorious opportunity for the church to be the church (Hebrews 10:24-25, Romans 12:13, 1 Peter 4:9, Hebrews 13:2).

4. Forget What You’ve Heard. Being a Cat Lady Is Healthy. (NBC News)

“A study found that those who identify as cat lovers are more introverted, yes, but also more open-minded and sensitive than dog lovers. Cat lovers also scored higher in intelligence than a canine’s companions.
“The act of petting your cat releases oxytocin, the bonding hormone or “cuddle chemical,” which can make you feel less stressed, says Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D., licensed clinical psychologist and author of The Stress-Proof Brain.
“Another study published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology noticed a link between cat ownership and a decreased risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.”

Nick Note: Meow this is interesting.  Are you a cat person? We had a gerbil named Speedy growing up. I know – original.  The Scriptures are relatively quiet about pets but they are rather insistent upon individuals being healthy (1 Timothy 4:8, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Judges 3).

3. Scientists found more evidence that we can learn during sleep (Quartz)

“And now, new research from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris suggests that our brains are capable of both learning and suppressing information during different phases of sleep.
“The next morning, researchers played participants the white noise interspersed with blips of other sounds again. All of them were better at picking out the patterns played during rapid eye movement, or REM sleep, than they had been the night before. They didn’t remember patterns that were played during non-REM sleep (the light and dreamless sleep that occurs before REM), as well.”

Nick Note: Dream a Little Dream of Me?  I’m flattered but if I am in your dream then you are not having a Sweet Dream but rather a boring dream. However, in the biblical narrative, we read how God used dreams to communicate his message (Genesis 37, Joel 2, Daniel 2).

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2. The best college dining hall in the country is …

Nick Note: Man does not live on bread alone…especially if that bread is from a college dining hall (Matthew 4:4). Unfortunately, numbers indicate that many students are not enjoying the bread in the fellowship hall. 

1. Live Like Will: The McKamey family story

“Randy McKamey’s journey back to coach at his hometown in Clinton, Tennessee, almost didn’t happen. If it weren’t for he and his wife Kara’s faith, he may have walked away from the very sport associated with his son’s death.”

Nick Note: Watch it here. From 3 days old to age 5, I lived in Clinton, Tennessee. It is an honor to be associated with Clinton and a great encouragement to see the McKamey’s faith lived out in such an astounding way (Titus 2:7). 

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