Headlines from the New York Times for Friday, March 10, 2017
Tanning Industry, Taxed Under Obama, Cheers G.O.P. Health Bill – Mr. Obama’s signature health law, the Affordable Care Act, put a 10 percent excise tax on indoor tanning services, and during his two terms, the federal government and states sought to deter the use of tanning beds by young people in particular, citing evidence that it causes skin cancer.
The tanning industry says the tax has helped force thousands of salons out of business. But now, the bill Republicans proposed this week to repeal the A.C.A. would abolish the tanning tax, along with an array of other taxes imposed to help finance expanded health insurance coverage.
Readings from Isaiah 24.1-6 for Friday, March 10, 2017
Chapter 24 summarizes God’s message to the nations. In arrogance and pride they have placed their confidence in their own ability to secure the future. Instead of trusting God, they have served their own self-interest. They have not followed God’s instructions for life.
God’s spiritual laws are to broken at our peril, just as disregarding his physical laws. We dismiss the law of gravity, jump from a building, and break a leg. We spurn God’s directions regarding greed, dishonesty, self-serving pleasure, etc. and break our lives. Even the earth suffers from the human violation of God’s directions. Isaiah 24.3-6 provides a sample of the entire chapter. The theme is that the world is under a curse, because they have broken God’s laws.
Isaiah 24.3-6 – The earth shall be utterly laid waste and utterly despoiled; for the Lord has spoken this word. The earth dries up and withers, the world languishes and withers; the heavens languish together with the earth. The earth lies polluted under its inhabitants; for they have transgressed laws, violated the statutes, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt; therefore the inhabitants of the earth dwindled, and few people are left.
Prayers for Friday, March 10, 2017
Dear God, I agree with Rufus Moseley (Heavenly View) that if we want trouble, we should live like the selfish world lives and too little like Jesus lives. We invite Jesus to come within and to be real to us all the time and to be all in all. May we have real success, victory, joy and real life by meeting all evil with good and meeting everything in love.