More people read Facebook daily than the Bible. How about you?

(Washington, D.C.) — “More Americans check Facebook daily than read the Bible and it has more monthly users worldwide than most continents have people,” reports AP.

How about you? Social media can be fun and fascinating. But as 2014 begins, how much time are you investing in reading the Word of God and building a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

  • “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
  • “Now these [Bereans] were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
  • “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

Excerpts from the article:

  • Facebook, which celebrates its 10th anniversary Tuesday, says worldwide it has 757 million daily active users. Of those 19 percent are in the U.S. and Canada, so that’s more than 143 million people checking Facebook daily.
  • The Bible used to be the go-to for statistics about reading, pre-digital age. A 2006 CBS News poll found 15 percent of U.S. adults read the Bible or other religious texts daily. There are about 267 million adults in the U.S. and Canada. That means about 40 million people reading the Bible daily.
  • And then there are monthly users — Facebook claims 1.23 billion of them. That’s more people than live in any country but China. In fact, Facebook is beyond comparing to nations and is more continental in magnitude. Facebook’s monthly user population is larger than six of the seven continents, only behind Asia.
  • Facebook’s monthly user total is about the population of all of North America and Europe combined.

>> The Joshua Fund’s 2013 Epicenter Conference focused on the importance of reading, studying and teaching the Bible and “The Power of the Word.” For more details, or to watch videos of each message at the conference, please click here.


Joel C. Rosenberg’s Blog

Look At This Chart: 91.8 Million…That’s How Many People Are Not Working In America

This morning the Bureau of Labor and Statistics issued their latest non-farms payroll report.

The good news is that the unemployment rate dropped from 7.0% to 6.7%, the lowest it’s been since 2008.

The bad news is that this statistic is predicated on illusory machinations in how the government calculates the numbers.

First, we’ll note that job creation itself collapsed to a three year low. Economists expected 197,000 jobs to be created, but the end result was only 74,000. Of course, they have a reason for why that happened:

As a reason for the plunge the BLS says there was a major weather effect seen on the forced part-time series, and notes the decline in healthcare which is rare and part of the sector slowing. Thank you Obamacare.

It’s the weather. Duh. Had it not been cold and snowing in winter time we’d have created way more jobs!

Second, here is the single reason for how it’s possible that no jobs are being created but the official unemployment rate continues to decline.

Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%?

The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978, at 62.8% down from 63.0%.

 

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Because more Americans are being dropped from the labor force or simply no longer counted (like when millions lose their unemployment benefits this year), there are fewer people in the available work force. Thus, even if not a single job is created, when several hundred thousand people are no longer counted as being unemployed the official unemployment rate actually drops.

It’s what Al Gore might refer to as “fuzzy math.”

The following chart pretty much says it all and highlights exactly how bad things really are.

And the piece de resistance: Americans not in the labor force exploded higher by 535,000 to a new all time high 91.8 million.

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You can go on believing that unemployment is falling and that the policies implemented by the Obama administration and Congress have not had a negative impact on job growth.

Or, you can accept the fact that the establishment is attempting to pull the wool over our eyes in an effort to convince us that everything is moving along swimmingly.

The facts, however, are quite clear: Over 91.8 million working age Americans do not have jobs.

That’s a  massive number considering our population is a little over 300 million.

How, exactly, are Americans supposed to increase consumer spending, buy houses, and exit transitional living funds (a.k.a. welfare) when nearly one third of our population is out of work and no jobs are being created?

As Zero Hedge notes, “the jobless, laborless recovery continues to steam on.”

What’s scary is that this is going to get worse… much worse.


SHTF Plan – When It Hits The Fan, Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

A REAL CHRISTMAS MIRACLE: Two People Survived This Wreck

Via the BBC:

A driver had an “incredible escape” from serious injury when a car was “sliced” in two as it hit a sign on the M11, Essex Fire Service has said.

The vehicle left the road and collided with a large motorway sign at junction 9a near Great Chesterford at about 14:00 GMT on Tuesday… No-one was trapped in the vehicle when fire crews from Cambridge, Newport and Saffron Walden arrived… Firefighters gave first aid to two people at the scene.

Nigel Webb, Saffron Walden incident commander, said the impact had “effectively sliced the vehicle in half sending the front of the vehicle into the nearside bushes and the rear half onto the hard shoulder”… He added that it was “simply an incredible escape for the driver”.

An East of England Ambulance Service Trust spokesperson there were two patients involved in the crash, one believed to be a man in his 20s, both of whom escaped with minor injuries.

Doug Ross @ Journal