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Why Did Christ Die?

“For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)

This passage is often considered the defining passage of the gospel, stating the great truth that Christ died for our sins, then was buried (thus stressing that His resurrection was a physical resurrection, not just spiritual), and then rose again. As such, it is interesting that verse 1 which introduces it (“I declare unto you the gospel”) contains the central mention of the more than 100 times the Greek word for “gospel” occurs in the New Testament.

However, it does not say why Christ died for our sins. It was not just to pay for our salvation and make us happy. There are, in fact, numerous references to His substitutionary death that do give us further insight into just why Christ died for us and our salvation.

For example, “he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:15). And consider Galatians 1:4, in which Paul tells us that Christ “gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world.”

Peter’s testimony and explanation was that the Lord Jesus “his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness” (1 Peter 2:24). John said: “[God] loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another” (1 John 4:10-11).

There are many other verses to the same affect. Christ did not die merely to save our souls but to empower us to live in a way that would glorify God right here on Earth. HMM

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 on: July 20, 2018, 04:48:14 PM 
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St. Paul And The Resurrection
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


The Apostle Paul, in discussing the resurrection of the dead, came to the simple and valid conclusion: “If there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen” (1 Cor. 15:13).

But the Apostle does not stop here. Hear him as he presses a further argument home: “And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain” (Ver. 14). And this leads to yet another conclusion: “If Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished” (Vers. 17,18).

These are frank words about stern realities. If there is no such thing as the bodily resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised from the dead, and if such is the case we have no living Savior.

But granting all this, can we believe in what is palpably impossible? Ah, but is resurrection palpably impossible? Paul answers this question quite simply in this same discussion, in I Corinthians 15:

    “But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” (Ver. 35).

Mark well, this is not an interested inquiry, but a challenge, meant to prove that resurrection is impossible, and the Apostle answers it as such:

    “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die” (Ver. 36).

What a devastating reply! We may point out all the reasons why resurrection is “impossible,” but after all is said and done we are still surrounded by overwhelming evidence that it is a fact. Every blade of grass, every ear of corn, every beautiful flower bears witness to the fact of resurrection from the dead.

Yes, Christ is alive from the dead, and “able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him…” (Heb. 7:25).

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Your Almighty Friend!

(Octavius Winslow, "Christ, the Mighty God")

"He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!" Isaiah 9:6

Because Jesus is the almighty God, His people have an almighty burden-bearer.

We are a burdened people. Every believer carries a burden peculiar to himself.

What is your burden, O believer?
Is it indwelling sin?
Is it some natural infirmity of the body?
Is it a constitutional weakness?
Is it some domestic trial?
Is it a personal or relative trial?
Is it a state of poverty?
Is it the decay of health?
Is it soul anxiety?
Is it mental despondency?

It is well that you are sensible of the pressure, that you feel your weakness and insufficiency, and that you are brought to the end of all your own power. Now turn to your Almighty Friend, who is the Creator of the ends of the earth, even the everlasting God, who does not faint, neither is weary. Come, oppressed and burdened believer, ready to give up all and sink--behold Jesus, the Almighty God, omnipotent to transfer your burden to Himself, and give you rest!

How precious is the promise addressed to you! "He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint!" Isaiah 40:29-31

Oh, what strength there is in Jesus for the weak, and faint and drooping of His flock!

You are ready to succumb to your foes, and you think that the battle of faith is lost. Cheer up! Jesus, your Savior, friend, and brother, is "the Almighty God," and will perfect His strength in your weakness. He . . .
 sustains our infirmities,
 bears our burdens,
 supplies our needs, and
 encircles us with the shield of His Almightiness!

What a Divine spring of consolation and strength to the tired and afflicted saint, is the Almightiness of Jesus. Your sorrow is too deep, your affliction is too heavy, your difficulty is too great for any human to resolve. It distances in its intensity and magnitude, the sympathy and the power of man.

Come, you . . .
  who are tempest-tossed and not comforted;
  whose spirit is wounded,
  whose heart is broken,
  whose mind is bowed down to the dust--
and hide within Christ's sheltering Almightiness!

Jesus is equal to your condition.
His strength is almighty!
His love is almighty!
His grace is almighty!
His sympathy is almighty!
His arm is almighty!
His resources are infinite, fathomless, measureless!

Almighty to rescue, He is also your Brother and Friend to sympathize. And while His Divine arm encircles, upholds, and keeps you--His human soul, touched with the feeling of your infirmities, yearns over you with all the deep intensity of its compassionate tenderness.

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When Obama delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in South Africa on July 17, he extolled the virtues of listening to the other side, reminisced about the great strides the world has taken to overcome discrimination, and called on people to embrace objective truth in politics.

We need to “get inside the reality of people who are different from us,” he said, “so we can understand their point of view. Maybe we can change their minds but maybe they’ll change ours.” He went on to say, “You can’t do it if you insist that those who aren’t like you, because they’re white or because they’re male, that somehow there’s no way they can understand what I’m feeling, that somehow they lack the standing to speak on certain matters.”

That’s rich advice coming from the man who once told a Latino audience that they need to “punish our enemies”; the man who once said at a campaign rally, “I want you to argue with [your friends and neighbors] and get in their face”; the man who once infamously advised his supporters, “If they bring a knife to a fight, we bring a gun.”

Needless to say, some folks aren’t buying Obama’s recent change of heart. That’s because he was really lecturing the Right, not the Left.

Steve Berman rightly suggests27, “It’s so easy now for Obama to be a uniter and a truth-speaker when he no longer bears the responsibility of it.” Berman adds, “Some of the things Mr. Obama uttered are positively shocking given where the Democratic Party has gone — straight into the looney dumpster fire of conspiracy, socialism, and identity politics. If they’d only be sane and listen to him (but they won’t).”

Indeed, the fact that Obama’s remarks in South Africa seem sensible and moderate shows just how deranged so many Democrats have become. It’s doubtful that Socialist phenom Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has any interest in understanding the hopes and dreams of small-town Americans. It’s not likely that Democrats who were once considered mainstream and moderate will stop accusing President Donald Trump of being a Russian agent or drawing parallels between the president’s press conference in Helsinki with that of — we’re not making this up28 — Pearl Harbor or Kristallnacht.

Democrats aren’t interested in Obama’s high-minded call to civility. They’re interested in destroying all who dare to stand in the way of a universal basic income, a cradle-to-grave nanny state, a country with no borders, and a society where the “wrong” kinds of opinions are met with political violence.

And how did they get there? By following Barack Obama.

It was Obama who played identity politics at every turn, dividing Americans by race, gender, sexuality, and class. Democrats are at best suspicious of white males, and that’s largely due to eight years of Obama making them suspect the worst of those “bitter clingers” holding on to their guns and Bibles.

It was Obama who changed the culture of the Left to one in which any opposing view on any issue is reflexively dismissed, derided, and demagogued.

Jim Geraghty writes29 at National Review that if “identity politics, cynicism, tolerance of corruption, hardline partisanship, shameless dishonesty, a shallow obsession with celebrities, an appetite for utopian slogans instead of serious and realistic proposals, demagoguery … if all of these forces play bigger roles in American politics in 2018 than they did in 2008, whose fault is that?”

Obama gave some good advice in his South African address, but Democrats aren’t inclined to follow it. Perhaps that’s because they know his words weren’t meant for them. Ultimately, its impact will be negligible.

Barack Obama helped to create the very monster that he now warns us about. And rather than reaching out and trying to understand the “deplorables” on the Right, Democrats remain keen on demonizing the current president, shutting down free speech, and sewing incivility.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57245-obama-the-sanctimonious-lecturer-returns

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

EU Protectionism: Five Billion Reasons to Worry30 — The $5 billion fine against Google is exactly why Trump says relations are unfair.
‘Worst States to Live In’: Correcting the Record31 — “There are ways to objectively measure quality of life, and some states do not measure up.”
One Giant Leap32 — A look back at the Apollo 11 moon landing, 49 years after America’s great triumph.
Video: 77 Times Barack Obama Was Totally Wrong33 — “Unfortunately, too much of politics today seems to reject the very concept of objective truth.”

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “I was on Capitol Hill this week, and I had a fascinating conversation with Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas. As you may know, he aggressively confronted renegade FBI operative Peter Strzok, who was once chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section. There were several significant revelations from that hearing, which the media largely ignored. Rep. Gohmert filled me in on some of the details of his exchange with Strzok, and this is something that really can’t be ignored. Strzok told the committee that he was concerned about foreign influence in the 2016 election. Rep. Gohmert asked how serious his concern really was because key officials in the intelligence community had briefed Strzok about an ‘anomaly’ they found on Hillary Clinton’s email server, and he did nothing. They discovered during a forensic analysis that essentially everything Hillary sent on her server had been redirected to a hostile foreign power that was not Russia. Strzok told Gohmert that he could not recall this briefing. Really? He could not recall being told that 30,000 emails from the secretary of state had been contemporaneously redirected to an enemy? It seems that the Obama administration was compromised by a foreign enemy because of the stupidity of the secretary of state and the malfeasance of the FBI’s counterespionage division, which was distracted by its efforts to take down the Republican presidential nominee. In what world is this not a HUGE story? If we had a truly nonpartisan, unbiased free press, this would be banner headlines. But the entire media complex is instead talking about the Trump/Putin press conference.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “By the left’s definition, we could impeach and try for treason any president that even dared to talk to someone who was unfriendly with us. But, really, the left knows this. They choose to ignore it, because by screaming ‘traitor, traitor, traitor’ now, they’ve ratcheted up the hate quotient of their base for Trump. That’s what they want. Imagine if someone had called President Trump a ‘traitor’ for talking to the Castro regime. The squealing by the left would be loud and long.” —Investor’s Business Daily

Cue media outrage: “The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media.” —Donald Trump

Broken clock: “Let me commend President Trump for having gotten $14 billion of more investment in their national defense in our collective security by NATO members by pressing them harder than before.” —Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE)

Friendly fire: “Once an election is over and you win, why are you still angry? I think it’s a lack of maturity on [Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez’s] part, and a lack of political acumen, for her to be that petty.” —Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Braying Jenny: “When people are working at minimum-wage jobs that won’t support them, or they’re working two, three, or four jobs to try to pay the rent and keep food on the table, then simply saying the unemployment figures have gone down just doesn’t get you there.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (Democrats can’t win in November unless voters believe our good economy is actually bad.)

Belly laugh of the week: “I believe in markets. I believe in markets right down to my toes.” —Elizabeth Warren

Non Compos Mentis: “Labor, which is a regular person, cannot travel back and forth across the border. And so corporations, certain people who get certain rights, can go back and forth across the border seeking out the lowest wages, but people, regular people, cannot go back and forth across the border seeking out the highest wages. So what it creates is an imbalance. It creates an injustice.” —Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN)

And last… “Society has the tendency to try to solve a problem by swinging in the opposite direction. Male sexism ‘solved’ by female sexism. Legalism ‘solved’ by moral relativism. Offensive stereotyping ‘solved’ by pretending no group characteristics exist. Doesn’t seem to be working.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57244-friday-short-cuts

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Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

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THE FOUNDATION

“Liberty is a word which, according as it is used, comprehends the most good and the most evil of any in the world. Justly understood it is sacred next to those which we appropriate in divine adoration; but in the mouths of some it means anything, which enervate a necessary government; excite a jealousy of the rulers who are our own choice, and keep society in confusion for want of a power sufficiently concentered to promote good.” —Oliver Ellsworth (1787)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Democrats say they’re “For the People,” but that’s the BIG Lie.
Tax cuts benefit America, so naturally, Democrats are suing to stop them.
It’s time to have more civil political discourse, says hypocrite Barack Obama.
Are these Republican-run states really the “worst states to live in”?
EU protectionism manifests in the $5B Google fine.
One giant leap — a look back at the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
Who’s Really ‘For the People’?1

Thomas Gallatin

House Democrats this week revealed their latest campaign slogan for the midterms. And it is (drum roll…) “For the People.” With the overly generic motto, Democrat leaders stated, “We basically put it all on paper to say here are our top issues — they’re simple, they’re easy to understand.” That raises two questions: First, just what are the Dems’ top issues that demonstrate they are “for the people”? Second, and more salient given Democrat identity politics, which people are they for? Let’s look at a few key issues (by no means an exhaustive list):

Illegal immigration: Democrats advocate open borders and sanctuary cities. Clearly, they stand with illegal aliens over and against American citizens by rejecting the enforcement of America’s borders and our nation’s laws.

Tax cuts and the economy: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi infamously described Republican tax reform as both “Armageddon” and “crumbs.” Yet the GOP significantly cut taxes for the vast majority of Americans, and it’s proving to jump-start an eight-year-long stagnant economy. Yet Pelosi promises to roll back the tax legislation, which not a single Democrat voted for, once again reinforcing the fact that Democrats simply don’t trust Americans to spend their own money as they best see fit. Evidently, Democrats see record-low unemployment levels, especially within minority communities, as a problem “for the people” rather than a benefit. That’s why Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez2 and Elizabeth Warren3 are running around telling lies about the unemployment rate to talk down a good economy. Democrats can’t win if the economy is good.

Abortion: Democrats advocate for the “right” to end lives before birth, under the dubious notion of supporting women. They’re hyperventilating over the possibility of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick overturning4 Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, a millionaire Democrat candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania has spent millions5 supporting groups that advocate population control; groups that have called for taxing parents who have more than two children “to the hilt” and see abortion as “a highly effective weapon” to combat overpopulation. That rhetoric sounds like the policies of communist China. For the people, indeed. More like for the people’s republic.

Speaking of the people’s republic, Democrats are fast embracing the anti-capitalist ethic of Karl Marx. Look no further than the Democrats’ latest star, Ocasio-Cortez, an avowed socialist who seeks to sell her ideology by advocating free college and free health care, while blaming capitalism for our problems. She recently opined, “Capitalism has not always existed in the world and it will not always exist in the world.”

When it comes down to it, Democrats love to talk about how much they are for the people, but their policies are clearly opposed to the American ideals of individual freedom, limited government, and Rule of Law. When stacked up against the policies and accomplishments of President Donald Trump and Republicans, it becomes quite clear which party is truly for the American people and which party isn’t.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57246-whos-really-for-the-people

Dems Sue Trump Over Tax Cuts6

Several Democrat-run states joined forces this week in suing the federal government over last year’s Republican tax cut legislation. Led by New York, the states of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland allege that the GOP’s tax overhaul was a purely politically motivated measure designed to interfere with how states manage their finances. New York Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo charged that the tax bill “was a political attempt to hurt Democratic states.” Fair weather federalists, these folks.

The crux of the issue is this: Under the new tax law, federal tax deductions for state and local taxes (SALT) are capped at $10,000. That means residents in these high-tax states will feel those taxes more acutely, making it politically more difficult for these state governments to maintain their high taxation policies. The Wall Street Journal reports7, “In 2015, the states with the highest percentage of tax filers who claimed deductions for state and local taxes above $10,000 were blue states, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts.” That’s not surprising.

Cuomo’s coalition of high-tax states is asking the courts to declare the Republican tax law unconstitutional. Joseph Bishop-Henchman, executive vice president of the Tax Foundation, noted, “The concern that high state taxes might harm the competitiveness or attractiveness of a state like New York or Connecticut is a valid one, but the solution lays with revisiting those state tax rates rather than meritless litigation.” In other words, these spendthrift Democrats are suing because the new law removes the SALT cover that shielded them from the consequences of their tax-and-spend policies.

The Democrats’ complaints here are a bit ironic, given that they’re constantly calling for the rich to be taxed more, and given that their states’ high earners (mostly wealthy Democrats) will be paying more as things stand. In New York, 8.3% of these residents will be affected; in Connecticut, it’s 8.4%. Nationally, 6.3% will pay more. Scott Shackford at Reason also notes the Democrats’ hypocrisy, writing8, “These SALT deductions are not claimed equally across the population. They disproportionately benefit the wealthiest citizens who itemize their taxes. New York calculates that New Yorkers will see a $14.3 billion tax hike without the SALT deductions. But that doesn’t mean the hike will be spread across all the citizens of the state. It’s those who earn more than $100,000 a year who claim 81 percent of SALT deductions.”

Here’s the bottom line: Prior to this tax reform, these high-tax blue states were being subsidized by low-tax (and more often than not Republican-run) states like Tennessee, which has no state income tax. Essentially, Cuomo is twisting the principles of federalism in an attempt to keep the lower-tax, fiscally sound states on the hook for helping to foot the blue states’ bills.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57228-dems-sue-trump-over-tax-cuts

Top Headlines9

Gallup: record percentage say immigration top problem for USA (CNS News10)
People hate what Obama and Hillary did on Russia — when they’re told Trump did it (The Daily Caller11)
Trump invites Putin to White House; says he can be Putin’s “worst enemy” (The Daily Wire12)
White House rebuffs Russia bid to question U.S. officials (Fox News13)
FBI director warns China is America’s most significant intelligence threat (The Washington Free Beacon14)
Texas to become world’s No. 3 oil producer, passing Iran (Hot Air15)
Maxine Waters is becoming less keen on the idea of mobs publicly confronting political opponents (Washington Examiner16)
Cue leftists howling at the moon: Trump administration introduces proposal to roll back Endangered Species Act protections (The Hill17)
NFL suspends ban on national anthem protests amid talks with players’ union (Washington Examiner18)
Humor: Trump: “The point of a trade war isn’t who wins or loses — it’s having a good time.” (The Babylon Bee19)
Policy: State-run retirement plans are the wrong way to protect the poor (American Enterprise Institute20)
Policy: Geographic-area waivers undermine food stamp work requirements (The Heritage Foundation21)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report22.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57247-friday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Obama the Sanctimonious Lecturer Returns26

Brian Mark Weber

Seems like the world of politics has never been more dysfunctional. While it’s always been a brutal affair, nothing today is off limits. Rather than merely pointing out where they differ with their political opponents, partisans from both sides now resort to name-calling, exaggeration, and blatant lying to make their case. There’s more shouting than listening, and many Americans are too quick to judge others and make assumptions about their beliefs. In short, we often bring out the worst in one another.

Now more than ever, we need our political leaders and elder statesmen to step up and remind us of the need for civility in our discourse — just like Barack Obama did earlier this week in South Africa. As so often is the case with our previous president, however, his words rang hollow.

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Fellowship with the Father

“. . . and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” (1 John 1:3)

One marvelous reason for which God has adopted us (Ephesians 1:5), indeed part of the very “calling” to become God’s children, is to fellowship (1 Corinthians 1:9) with the great God of creation!

Jesus prayed (John 17) that His chosen disciples might have the same kind of relationship with the heavenly Father that Jesus Himself had throughout eternity. Our minds may not totally grasp that wonder down here—except as we try to understand something of the key of walking “in the light” (1 John 1:7).

The nature of light in our universe gives us clues:

Light is unchangeable; one cannot make light dark.
Light exposes everything (reveals and brings clarity).
Light is the sustainer of all life as we know it.

The nature of darkness is also very instructive:

Darkness is driven away by the smallest spark.
Darkness covers everything (hides and obscures).
Darkness will kill all life as we know it.

“The path of the just is as the shining light. . . . The way of the wicked is as darkness” (Proverbs 4:18-19). The promise of fellowship with God is that He “will lead them in paths that they have not known” and that He “will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight” (Isaiah 42:16).

Therefore, “let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8). Since we were “sometimes darkness” (Ephesians 5:8) but have been delivered from “the power of darkness” (Colossians 1:13), we should no longer “fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). HMM III

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The Kaiser's Surprise
by Pastor Ricky Kurth


In his comments on Isaiah 57, Dr. Harry Ironside shares this story:

Years ago, before the First World War, Professor Stroeter, a well-known prophetic teacher in Germany, used to go through the country giving lectures, and using charts to unfold the dispensations. His lectures attracted the attention of the German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm, who in spite of his many idiosyncrasies, was quite a Bible student, and used to preach in the palace chapel on many occasions.

The Kaiser invited Professor Stroeter to his palace to give him an idea of what he was lecturing upon. The professor was taken into the library and spread a roll of his charts out on the table. The Kaiser followed him as he pointed out various things in the dispensations until the Second Coming of the Lord. After a lengthy conversation the Kaiser said, “Do I understand you aright? Do you mean to say that Jesus Christ is coming back literally, and that when He returns all the kingdoms of the world are going to be destroyed and He will set up His kingdom on the ruins of them all?”

And Professor Stroeter said, “Exactly, your Majesty….”

“Oh, no,” said the Kaiser, “I can’t have that! Why that would interfere with all my plans!”

We don’t know if Professor Stroeter understood the dispensations well enough to have expressed to the Kaiser that the coming of our Lord to rapture His church must come before the wrath of the Tribulation and the Second Coming of Christ (I Thes. 1:10; 5:9). Regardless, what a frank admission from a man who professed to be a student and teacher of the Word of God!

How about you, dear reader? If you are not saved, you will be left behind when the Body of Christ is “caught up” to meet the Lord in the air (I Thes. 4:17). While we believers will “ever be with the Lord” in heaven, the seven years of Great Tribulation that will follow on earth will surely interfere with all that you have planned. Why not trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior by believing that His death, burial and resurrection paid for all of your sins. Then you too can look forward to being a part of all that the Lord has planned for His saints.

But we close by asking Christians if the Rapture will interfere with your plans, or be the triumph of His grace in your life? When John Wesley was asked what he would do the following day if he knew the Lord were coming, he replied that he would rise at his usual hour, spend time in his regularly scheduled morning devotions, and arrive promptly at his first speaking engagement of the day. In other words, he wouldn’t have to change a thing in his life to prepare for the coming of the Lord. May this be true of us too!

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The Infinite has become an infant!

(Charles Spurgeon, "Christ's Incarnation, the Foundation of Christianity")

"Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross!" Philippians 2:8

How surprised the angels must have been when they were first informed that Jesus Christ, the Prince of Life, intended to shroud Himself in clay, and become a human babe, and live and die upon the earth! We don't know how the information was first communicated to the angels; but when the rumor began to circulate among the shining hosts--we may imagine what strange astonishment there was in their lofty minds!

What! was it true that He whose crown was all bejeweled with stars, would lay that crown aside? What! was it certain that He, about whose shoulders was cast the purple robe of universal sovereignty--would become a man, dressed in a peasant's garment? Could it be true that He who was eternal and immortal, would one day be nailed to a cruel cross!

How their wonderment must have increased as the details of the Savior's earthly life and death were made known to them. Well might they desire to "look into" these things, which were so surprising and mysterious to them.

And when He descended from on high they looked upon Him in rapturous amazement--wondering how it could be that He "who was rich--for our sakes became poor."

Do you see Him as, on that day of Heaven's eclipse, He did, as it were, ungird Himself of His majesty? Can you conceive the increasing wonder of the heavenly hosts when the great deed was actually done--when they saw His priceless tiara taken off, when they watched Him unbind His belt of stars, and cast away His sandals of gold?

Can you conceive what must have been the astonishment of the angels when He said to them, "I do not disdain the womb of the virgin; I am going down to earth to become a man!"

O angels, be lost in astonishment, as you see that the Infinite has become an infant!

He, upon whose shoulders the universe hangs--hangs at His mother's bosom!

He, who created all things by the word of His power, and who bears up the pillars of all creation--has now become so weak that He must be carried in the arms of a woman!

Wonder, you angels who knew Him in His riches--while you behold Him in His poverty!

Is He not just the Savior that we need? God and yet man in one adorable person!
He is able to sympathize because He is man--and He is able to save because He is God!

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How unserious? As of now only five of the 29 alliance members are expected35 to reach their military spending goal of 2% of GDP30 by the end of 2018. In sharp contrast, the U.S. accounts for 74% of the military spending36 among those 29 members and 22%37 of NATO’s overall budget. Trump wants38 NATO nations to increase their budgets to 4% of GDP, but one suspects such lofty expectations are an “art of the deal” subterfuge aimed at getting them to the 2% threshold that many of them have pledged to reach — by 2024.

In the meantime, an “offended” Germany imports more than 80% of its natural gas supply — approximately 50% of which is supplied39 by Russia. Moreover, in 2017 Gazprom, Russia’s giant state-owned natural gas company, provided40 Europe with approximately 40% of its gas, a level that represents41 an all-time high in gas purchases — and dependency on Vladimir Putin.

Were that the sole example of EU schizophrenia, as in consorting with adversaries NATO was created to defend against, Trump’s assertion that Germany is “a captive of Russia” might have been considered over the top. Yet as columnist Daniel Horowitz reveals36, that is hardly the case. The EU has also countenanced massive amounts of immigration by middle Eastern immigrants, undermining its member nations’ sovereignty and safety, turned a blind eye to the Islamist ambitions of NATO “fifth columnist” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and expressed support for Hezbollah and Hamas, while regularly criticizing Israel.

It gets worse. On Monday, the EU provided42 European firms with legal cover to operate in Iran, courtesy of a “blocking statute” that prohibits EU companies from complying with U.S. sanction demands, allows them to recover damages from that lack of compliance, and nullifies any foreign court rulings against them. Three EU nations — France, Britain, and Germany — have also indicated43 they will be activating accounts for the Iranian central bank with their national central banks to counteract the Trump administration’s efforts to keep up economic pressure on the world’s foremost state sponsor of Islamist terror.

“At what point does an ally cease being an ally?” Horowitz asks. “At what point does the hypocrisy, self-destruction, and sabotage of U.S. interests at the hands of the Western European powers cross a red line in our relationship, especially when we are shouldering most of the burden for NATO?”

When there isn’t even one EU nation among the core members of NATO with a majority of citizens who would fight for their country under any circumstances, perhaps we have reached the ultimate inflection point.

With $21 trillion of national debt, America can no longer afford to indulge holidays from history, courtesy of a continent with a diminishing appetite for defending itself. In short, “that’s the way we always done it now” no longer suffices.

It’s about time.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57215-natos-holiday-from-history-is-over

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

How Russia Got Kompromat on Germany33 — The Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline would allow Russia to send natural gas to Germany.
MSM Presents Comedians’ Anti-Trump Monologues as News44 — Leftmedia headlines late-night comedians’ reactions to Trump as legitimate commentary.
Video: The Future of NATO45 — The most successful alliance in human history, NATO’s very existence is under attack.
OPINION IN BRIEF
Kay Coles James: “Yesterday, I had the honor of welcoming Ambassador Nikki Haley to The Heritage Foundation. And as she spoke before a packed audience, I realized we were witnessing a true profile in courage. Ambassador Haley’s principles and tenacity have served her well all her life, first as a young businesswoman, then as South Carolina’s first Indian-American legislator, and later as the Palmetto State’s first female and minority governor. And today, they serve America well in her role as our ambassador to the United Nations. To do that tough job right — to stand firm for freedom-loving people in the face of despotic regimes — requires extraordinary courage. Consider the abuse she has endured for pulling the U.S. out of the UN Human Rights Council. … As a black American who spent my early years in a poor household, I know quite a bit more about poverty and human rights in America than ‘UN experts’ who spend 20 days in the U.S. before writing their reports. I know firsthand the overwhelming challenges faced by America’s rural and urban poor. I also know firsthand that America provides the greatest opportunity for its citizens to experience life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. … Ambassador Haley was right to call out the council for its hypocrisy and to deprive it of the legitimacy it gains by having the U.S. as a member. America doesn’t need the council. Because with courageous leaders like Nikki Haley, we are doing far more to promote human rights without it.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “The U.S. Constitution represents our ‘rules of the game.’ Supreme Court justices should be seen as umpires or referees, whose job is to enforce neutral rules. I’ll give a somewhat trivial example of neutral rules from my youth; let’s call it Mom’s Rule. On occasion, my sister and I would have lunch in my mother’s absence. She’d ask either me or my younger sister to divide a last piece of cake or pie. More often than not, an argument would ensue about the fairness of the cut. Those arguments ended when mom came up with a rule: Whoever cuts the cake lets the other take the first piece. As if by magic or divine intervention, fairness emerged, and arguments ended. No matter who did the cutting, there was an even division. That’s the kind of rule we need for our society — the kind whereby you’d be OK even if your worst enemy were in charge.” —Walter Williams

For the record: “The intelligence community’s assessment has not changed. My view has not changed, which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and that it continues to engage in malign influence operations to this day. … To me, it’s a threat we need to take very seriously and respond to with fierce determination and focus.” —FBI Director Christopher Wray

Braying Jackass: “We’ve had presidents who were too willing to make deals with dictators (Nixon), seemed weak vis-a-vis dictators (Carter), or relegated America to leading from behind, which benefitted dictators (Obama). Have we ever before had a president who was, to put it simply, pro-dictator?” —Bill Kristol

Non Compos Mentis: “It is a serious & complex issue when ‘controversial’ rightwing speakers force universities to pay exorbitant amounts of money for security to protect them while they are on campus.” —author Joyce Carol Oates, who’s apparently unfazed by the fact that violent leftists are the reason for such security needs

And last… “The only question regarding Russia that should matter to U.S. policymakers is this: Using constitutional means, how do we advance the freedom, prosperity, and security of the American people in our dealings with Russia? But today, many liberals in Washington, DC, are asking: How can we use U.S. relations with Russia as a political weapon against President Trump?” —Terence Jeffrey

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57219-thursday-short-cuts

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Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

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Jul. 19, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/57223-mid-day-digest

THE FOUNDATION

“Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.” —John Adams (1787)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Team Socialist heads to Kansas to entice Millennials.
Rand Paul nails Obama’s CIA director for his Trump Derangement Syndrome.
NATO’s holiday from history is over.
How Russia got kompromat on Germany — natural gas.
MSM presents late-night comedy as actual news.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Team Up to Entice Millennials1

Thomas Gallatin

Longtime socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is teaming up with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the social justice activist and socialist who recently defeated2 10-term New York Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley, to stump for leftist Democrats in Kansas. Their objective is to spread the message that socialism “can win across the country.” Ocasio-Cortez opined, “The political revolution is alive and well in Kansas.” Comrade.

Taking the same leftist message he used in his presidential campaign, Sanders declared, “All across this country people understand that we need a government that represents all of us, and not just billionaire campaign contributors. We need to raise the minimum wage to a living wage. We need health care for all. We need to make public colleges and universities tuition-free. And we need to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure. These are popular ideas in Vermont, in the Bronx, in Kansas, and in every state in the country. Candidates who run on a progressive agenda can and will win.”

This pairing is clearly targeting the Millennial demographic with its “revolutionary” rhetoric and pie-in-the-sky notions of a “classless” economy where the rich pay for everything. And for the time being, Democrats are more than willing to welcome them into the fold insomuch as it helps bring in what they hope becomes The Millennial Vote3™.

But some Democrats see danger in the party’s pandering to the hard Left4, as it has spurred a #WalkAway5 movement — a growing number of moderates leaving the party from which they’ve become alienated. As The Hill notes, “Despite Ocasio-Cortez’s new high profile, some House Democrats are expressing concerns about the Democratic candidate, fearing she could drive a wedge within the party by pushing policies from the left.”

Indeed, it’s beginning to look like Ocasio-Cortez may be becoming more of a liability than an asset to Democrats.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57220-sanders-and-ocasio-cortez-team-up-to-entice-millennials

Paul Nails Brennan for Trump Derangement Syndrome6
As we’ve duly noted7, President Donald Trump blundered in his Helsinki press conference Monday with Vladimir Putin. But, as we’ve also observed, the response of hyperventilating leftists infected with Trump Derangement Syndrome is way over the top. Such was the case with former CIA Director John Brennan.

“Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors,’” Brennan declared. “It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???”

Well, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has come to the president’s defense. “It makes me wonder whether [Brennan] should be getting a government pension if he’s going to be disrespecting the commander-in-chief, calling the president treasonous,” Paul responded. “That’s about as overtop as you can imagine.”

Context matters, too. “You have to realize John Brennan started his illustrious career by voting for the Communist Party. … That’s who he wanted to win the presidency back in the ‘70s,” Paul said. “When he came to be head of the CIA, I filibustered him because I thought he was bad news from the very beginning.”

“I think John Brennan is completely unhinged,” Paul argued. In fact, he added, Brennan is “the most biased, bigoted, over-the-top, hyperbolic sort of unhinged director of the CIA we’ve ever had.” And, Paul continued, as CIA chief, Brennan was “one of the most powerful people in the world who has the ability to destroy anybody in the world and gain information on anything you do.” He wondered “what other things he could possibly have been doing with that power.”

As far as the overall reaction, Paul asserted, “It’s all about partisan politics now. This is truly the Trump Derangement Syndrome that motivates all of this.” Paul is spot on.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57218-paul-nails-brennan-for-trump-derangement-syndrome

Top Headlines8

Trump: I hold Putin responsible (CBS News9)
FBI chief Christopher Wray: Russia still engaging in “malign influence” election meddling (Washington Examiner10)
Trump OK’d Rosenstein announcement of Russian indictments prior to summit (The Washington Times11)
Senate GOP breaks record on confirming Trump court picks (The Hill12)
House GOP push to extend tax cuts meets resistance in Senate (The Wall Street Journal13)
Citizens Against Government Waste releases 2018 Pig Book detailing government waste (The Washington Free Beacon14)
House backs resolution expressing support for ICE15 — 133 Democrats vote “present” (The Hill16)
Splitting up California17: State Supreme Court takes initiative off ballot (San Francisco Chronicle18)
Ninth Circuit rules against Trump on trans-troop ban (National Review19)
Humor: Distraught Mueller burns every piece of evidence In case after hearing Trump’s critique of U.S. intelligence community (The Onion20)
Policy: U.S.-Russia relations are messy — reject the crude simplicity of Trump or his political foes (Washington Examiner21)
Policy: EU’s record $5 billion “antitrust” fine on Google is really just more anti-U.S. protectionism (Investor’s Business Daily22)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report23.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57221-thursday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
NATO’s Holiday From History Is Over29

Arnold Ahlert

For those who know the prevalent mindset in Pennsylvania Dutch enclaves, “that’s the way we always done it now” has a familiar ring. And while long-held traditions among insular communities might engender a status quo-obsessed worldview, most Americans might expect otherwise from those who inhabit the upper echelons of government and the media. Nonetheless, judging by the tiresome tut-tutting and handwringing with regard to President Donald Trump’s performance30 at the NATO summit, those expectations are wholly unwarranted. The chattering classes have convicted Trump of disrespecting our friends and allies. Unfortunately for the critics, a damning article reveals how much those friends and allies disrespect themselves — while expecting America to pick up the slack.

“A recent opinion poll found that small minorities in the core European members of NATO were willing to fight for their country under any circumstances,” reports31 Asia Times columnist Spengler. “At the bottom of the rankings were the Netherlands and Germany, at 16% and 18% respectively; at the top was Poland, with 48%.”

In other words, even an existential threat to one’s own country is viewed as a bridge too far. Perhaps this stunning level of cultural indifference should be expected from a continent where nationalism and democracy have been subsumed by technocratic governance emanating from Brussels. Yet it has bred an unseemly arrogance laid bare when Trump asked32 a most uncomfortable question: “What good is NATO if Germany is paying33 Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?” he wondered.

What good indeed? Ever since the end of WWII, when the need to confront the Soviet menace was plain, the presumptions surrounding NATO’s reasons for being have hinged on the idea that the United States would do the heavy lifting — as in most of the fighting and dying — wherever and whenever defending Western interests became necessary. Columnist Christopher Roach illuminates34 the consequences of that stultification. “Trump is asking the right questions and making the right criticisms,” he writes. “As a successful businessman, and not a credential amateur, he rightly asks, 'What’s in it for us?’ The answer is not satisfactory. U.S. investment in NATO has provided diminishing returns to the United States after the end of the Cold War, and increasingly functions as an economic subsidy to Western European nations unserious about their own defense.”

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