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 on: Today at 08:37:52 AM 
Started by Soldier4Christ - Last post by Soldier4Christ
The Everlasting Mercy of God

“O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.” (Psalm 136:1)

God’s mercy is a monumental theme in Scripture. The English word appears some 341 times in the Bible. The four Hebrew and three Greek words appear a total of 454 times and are also translated by “kindness,” “lovingkindness,” “goodness,” “favor,” “compassion,” and “pity.” Of the 66 books of the Bible, only 16 do not use one of the words for mercy. Even though “mercy” is an important concept, it is somewhat difficult to prescribe a definition for it, especially since “grace” is occasionally coupled with it.

In the first reference where “mercy” is used, Lot has just been expelled from Sodom by the angels of judgment. In spite of the command by the angels that Lot and his daughters “escape to the mountain,” Lot begs: “Oh, not so, my Lord: Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life, . . . this city is near . . . Oh, let me escape thither” (Genesis 19:17-20). And later, the New Testament saints are told to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). In these and other such passages, the two terms appear to address similar subjects.

However similar they may appear to be, these words are not synonyms. “Grace” is most often associated with the sovereign dispensation of totally undeserved favor, and it is specifically connected to salvation. “Mercy” is more often connected to the withholding of judgment: “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment” (James 2:13).

Set aside some time today to read and meditate on this psalm. You will find the day less wearisome if you do. HMM III

 on: March 21, 2019, 05:36:52 PM 
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He Knows His Own

J.R. Miller

In a certain sense, God knows all men. Yet there is another sense, in which he does not know any but his own redeemed people. Our Lord represents himself as saying to the wicked on the Judgment-day, "I never knew you!" And to the five foolish virgins who came too late, the answer from within is, "I tell you the truth, I don't know you!"

There is, then, a peculiar sense in which he knows his own redeemed people — and does not know the lost world.

He knows them by their faith. A poor woman came timidly behind him in the great throng, tremblingly reached out her thin, wasted hand — and touched but the fringe on the border of his garment. Turning quickly about, he asked, "Who touched me?" It seemed a strange question to ask, when the unmannerly crowd were treading with crude feet upon his robe, and elbowing him on every side. One of his disciples said to him, "Why, Master, the multitudes are jostling against you. Why do you ask — Who touched me?"

Ah! There was one touch different from all the jostlings of the crowd. It was the touch of faith. There was a heart's cry in it. And though it was only the fingertip of a poor, despised woman — Jesus knew it amid all the crude elbowings of the crowd.

He is on his throne of glory now. All about his feet are throngs of holy angels. Yet his heart is sensitive to the feeblest touch of faith among all the millions of the earth. There are believing ones hidden away from the eye of the world. No church-roll carries their names. No pastor visits them. No minister breaks the bread or pours out the wine for them. Yet the Lord knows them. He hears their cries. They are dear to him. His angels encamp around them. Not one of them is forgotten by him.

The Lord knows his own — by the image they wear. Every one of them bears the features of the Redeemer on his heart. These features may be very faint and shadowy. They may be covered up and almost hidden beneath the coatings of earthliness and sin which overlay them. But yet they are there.

The diamond when found, is covered with a thick crust of worthless matter — but the skilled miner knows that under its rough exterior, a brilliant gem lies imprisoned. So God knows where his jewels are.

When the father saw his son coming, he knew him afar off. He had gone away wearing beautiful garments, with the flush of youth upon his cheek, with purity in his eye, with sweetness in his face. He came back in miserable beggar's rags, his features haggard from hunger, his beauty stained and blackened by the polluted waters of sin. But the father knew him. There was something under his rags and filth — beneath his stained features — shining out from the wrecks and ruins of his manhood, which revealed to him his long-lost child.

In the same way, the eye of God sees, under all the rags, beggary, and imperfection of our lives — shining out, perhaps, in dimmest beauty, yet unmistakably, the image of his Son. He knows every one who bears the faintest trace of divine beauty. He knows his own, though they wear only poorest rags.

He knows his own by their lives. Grace does not lie like a piece of hidden gold in the bosom. It is like leaven, which leavens the whole lump. It is a seed, small at first and growing secretly; but it shoots up into a tree and puts forth branches and bears fruits. Piety permeates the whole of a man's being. Life witnesses to the genuineness of conversion.

Jacob deceived his blind father by putting on hairy robes — but God cannot be deceived. He knows the white garments which his children wear. He knows the branch — by the fruit which hangs upon it. He knows his friends — by their obedience. He knows his disciples — by their following wherever he leads. He knows the penitent heart — by the holy fragrance which it breathes forth. It is a broken heart, a sacrifice which is well-pleasing to him. It is an altar of incense. It is a box of precious ointment broken open. As we find out the hiding-places of flowers or of perfumes, by their fragrance — so God knows the home of the penitent heart, by the sweetness which floats up from it.

And he knows the life of faith — by the beautiful graces which adorn it, and by the gentle and holy ministries of love which are wrought by its hands. There are multitudes of lowly lives lived on the earth which have no name among men, whose work no one ever records, but which are well known and unspeakably dear to God. They make no noise in the world — but it does not need noise, to make a life beautiful and noble.

Many of God's most potent ministries are noiseless. How silently the sunbeams fall all day long upon the fields and gardens, and yet what joy, cheer, and life they diffuse! How silently the flowers bloom, and yet what sweet fragrance they emit! How silently the stars move on in their grand marches around God's throne — and yet they are worlds of suns! How silently God's angels work, stepping with noiseless tread through our homes, and performing ever their blessed ministries about us! Who hears the flutter of their wings, or the faintest whispers of their tongues? And yet we know that they hover over us and move about us continually.

In the same way, Christ has many lowly earthly servants who work so quietly that they are never known among men as workers — whom he writes down among his noblest ministers. They do no great things — but they are blessings, perhaps unconsciously, wherever they go.

It is said that when Thorwaldsen returned to his native land with those wonderful works of art which have made his name immortal, chiseled with patient toil and glowing inspiration, in Italy — the servants who unpacked them, scattered upon the ground the straw which was wrapped around them. The next summer, flowers from the gardens in Rome were blooming in the streets of Copenhagen, from the seeds thus borne and planted by accident.

In the same way, Christ's lowly workers unconsciously bless the world. They come out every morning from the presence of God, and go to their work. All day long as they toil, they drop gentle words from their lips, and scatter little seeds of kindness around them. And tomorrow, flowers from the garden of God spring up in the dusty streets of earth, and along the hard paths of toil on which their feet tread. They have no distinction among men, but the Lord knows them to be his — by the beauty and usefulness of their lives.

He knows his own by their voice.

A little girl sat long on her mother's knee in silence, and then said, in a low, musing tone, "When I say my prayers, God says: Harken, angels — while I listen to a little voice!"

Her mother asked, "What voice?"

"A little girl's voice," she replied. "Then the angels will close their lips and hush their songs, and keep very still until I say, Amen."

What a sweet truth lies in the child's beautiful imagination! Up amid all the oceans of angel song — comes to God's ear every redeemed child's prayer, every soft sigh, every prisoner's groan. There is never too much singing, nor too many harps resounding in Heaven for God to hear "a little girl's voice."

He knows every voice of his own. He recognizes the first faint expressions of the new life. Every murmur of prayer, every silent wish, every faith-winged sigh, every breathing of love — he knows, and bends his ear to catch, saying, "Harken! That is the voice of one of my children!"

He will know his own — when they enter the eternal world.

It was a grand day. The general in command had risen from the ranks. It was a humble home in which he and his widowed mother lived. Today high honors were his. He stood amid his officers.

Down across the plain comes a soldier leading a humble woman. Her garb was poor. Her features told of care — and her hands of toil. She wore no costly ornaments, nor any bright jewels.

But the moment the general saw her, he leaped from his horse and ran to meet her. He took her in his arms. He introduced her to his officers. He led her everywhere with joyful pride. It was his mother! In all his greatness and splendor, he was not ashamed to confess her in the presence of all his officers.

In the same way, the glorious Christ will greet the lowliest of his disciples when they reach the end. He will not be ashamed of them — though they come up to Heaven out of the darkest alley in the great city, out of the deepest poverty and beggary, or from the wards of an hospital or a poorhouse. He will come down from his throne to welcome them. He will own them before all the heavenly ranks as his friends, for he said, "Whoever shall confess me before men — him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God."

He is not ashamed to call us brethren now — and he will not be ashamed to own us on the streets of gold. No disciple of Christ will roam for a moment unrecognized on the heavenly shores. He knows his own!

 on: March 21, 2019, 05:33:30 PM 
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Why God Waits
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam

St. Peter was not wrong when he declared at Pentecost that the last days had begun (Acts 2:16,17). They had indeed begun, but God had a secret plan to give the world a period of grace before putting down its rebellion and sending Christ to reign.

This secret purpose concerning “the dispensation of the grace of God” is the subject of Paul’s epistles. However, it is interesting to see how Peter’s last message explains the reason for this interruption in God’s prophesied program and the delay in Christ’s return to reign. First, he says in II Peter 3:8:

    “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years years as one day.”

Mark well, this is not our feeble explanation now as to the delay in Christ’s return. This statement was made at the beginning of this time of waiting, at the dawn of the age of grace. But let us go on with Peter’s declaration:

    “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise… but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (Ver. 9).

So the delay in Christ’s return to judge and reign should not be counted “slackness” or laxness, but longsuffering. Thus the Apostle goes on to say:

    “And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation…”

Where did Peter get this information? How did he know about “the dispensation of the grace of God”? Verse 15 explains:

    “Even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you.”

To Paul particularly was committed “the gospel of the grace of God” which we proclaim today (Acts 20:24). Peter recognized this (Gal. 2:2,7,9), and closed his second epistle with the exhortation:

    “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Pet. 3:18).

 on: March 21, 2019, 05:30:40 PM 
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Like the bubble on the stream!

(John MacDuff)

"You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before You. Each man's life is but a breath!" Psalm 39:5

"Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow!" Psalm 144:4

"This world in its present form is passing away!" 1 Corinthians 7:31

"What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes!" James 4:14

"The world and its evil desires are passing away!" 1 John 2:17

We shall come, some day, to see the false and fascinating joys of earth in their true light: like the bubble on the stream, dancing its little moment on the surface--and then vanishing forever!

"My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever." Psalm 73:26. Nothing else; nothing less, can satisfy the cravings of an immortal spirit. All other happiness is a mimic happiness; a wretched counterfeit of the true; a base alloy, on which Satan may have stamped the currency of Heaven; but it is "of the earth, earthy"--and upon it Death will put an extinguisher forever!

"For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" Mark 8:36

 on: March 21, 2019, 05:26:39 PM 
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“Blue states are getting crushed by red states, and it’s a big source of embarrassment for the liberals because they don’t have a very good explanation for that,” according to economist Stephen Moore, coauthor of “Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index30.” As The Daily Signal explains31, “The latest report ranks Utah at No. 1 in economic outlook for the 11th year in a row. New York landed at the bottom of the list at No. 50.” The corollary? “Every day in America, [Moore] said, 1,000 people flee states with high tax rates and migrate to states with lower tax rates.”
A new report32 in the New York Post piles on additional evidence: “41 percent of city dwellers … say they can’t cope with New York’s high cost of living, according to a Quinnipiac poll published Wednesday. Separately, 41 percent fear they’ll be ‘forced’ to pull up stakes and seek greener pastures where the economic climate is more welcoming.”
Overwhelmed: “U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on Tuesday released 50 migrants recently detained at the border near Mcallen, Texas due to a lack of space in the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers they would otherwise be sent to while awaiting their asylum hearings,” according33 to National Review, which also says “the migrants released Tuesday represent just the first wave of a group of hundreds whom they will be forced to release in the coming days due to a lack of resources.” As one CBP official put it, “It is a crisis. It’s not a self-proclaimed crisis.”
According to an analysis34 by Heritage Foundation economist Tori Whiting, “In 2018, the Council of Economic Advisers reports, $14.4 billion in revenue was collected from goods subject to new tariffs. Put another way, the Trump administration increased taxes on Americans by $14.4 billion last year. Tariffs typically benefit a small group of people, leaving these costs to be dispersed across the economy.” Trump unquestionably has good intentions, but tariffs inevitably hamper the U.S. economy.
The central bank has made some relatively major changes35 to its agenda. According to CNBC, “The Federal Reserve decided Wednesday to hold interest rates steady and indicated that no more hikes will be coming this year,” which represents “a sharp dovish turn from policy projections just three months earlier.” Additionally, “The move came along with reduced expectations in GDP growth and inflation and a bump higher in the unemployment rate outlook. For a central bank not so long ago intent on normalizing policy from its financial crisis-era accommodation levels, the developments at this week’s meeting represent a striking change in direction.”
The Leftmedia is looking for anything it can get to cudgel Trump’s EPA. According to The Washington Free Beacon36, “The number of Freedom of Information Act requests the Environmental Protection Agency received from mainstream outlets … spiked immediately after Republican President Donald Trump took office.” The New York Times has already bombarded Trump’s EPA with 100 FOIA solicitations. Obama’s EPA was hit with just 13 of them between 2013 and 2016. The Washington Post’s solicited Obama’s EPA just once from 2013-2016, which jumps to 43 under Trump. The same goes for Politico, The Hill, CNN, BuzzFeed, and ABC News, and others. This is a search-and-destroy campaign borne out of policy disagreements with the EPA’s current overhead.
Good news: “Kentucky governor Matt Bevin on Tuesday signed a bill that bans abortions chosen on the basis of an unborn child’s sex, race, or disability. … Physicians must now certify in writing that the patient did not request the abortion for a reason related to the baby’s sex, race, or disabilities. Flouting the new law puts doctors at risk of losing their medical license or being prosecuted for a felony, although the mother of the unborn child would not be targeted.” (National Review37)
Humor: Candidates propose changes to fix a flaw in the Constitution that allows Republicans to be elected (The Babylon Bee38)
Policy: Packing the Supreme Court would have harmful ramifications, but why, exactly? Pepperdine University professor Gary M. Galles provides a comprehensive explanation39 at the Foundation for Economic Education.
Policy: National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis reveals why “The Lee-Ernst Paid-Leave Plan Would Be a Win for Working Families40.”
For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights41.



Victor Davis Hanson: “Trump does not exist in a vacuum. In 2016, many voters preferred Trump because he was not the unpopular Hillary Clinton. In 2020, there will be an even starker choice. Trump, now an incumbent, will likely run on the premise that he is the only thing standing between voters and socialism. The power of that warning will depend on whether the Democrats continue their present hard-left trajectory or the eventual Democratic nominee manages to avoid getting tagged with what are as of now extreme progressive talking points.”


For the record: “Let it come out. Let people see it. That’s up to the attorney general. We have a very good attorney general. He’s a highly respected man. And we’ll see what happens. … But I want to see the [Mueller] report. And you know who I want to see it? The tens of millions of people that love the fact that we have the greatest economy we’ve ever had.” —Donald Trump

Observations: “The left refers to the skeptics of ‘climate change’ alarmism as ‘anti-science.’ But when it comes to left-wing passions like the $15 minimum wage, a ‘universal basic income’ and the ‘wealth tax,’ it is the left that ignores evidence.” —Larry Elder

Upright: “The Electoral College is the last remnant of the Founders’ vision for a state-governed republic, rather than an all-powerful central gov’t. The 17th Amendment eliminated state authority in Congress. Killing the EC will officially eliminate state authority over the presidency.” —Sean Davis

Flashback: “President Roosevelt clearly had the right to send to the United States Senate and the United States Congress a proposal to pack the Court. … But it was a bonehead idea. It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make, and it put in question, for an entire decade, the independence of … the most significant body in this country, the Supreme Court of the United States of America.” —Joe Biden, 1983

For the umpteenth time: The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting: “Nobody needs an AR-15 to hunt. Nobody needs a semi-automatic rifle to defend their home. But mass shooters NEED these weapons in order to murder as many people as efficiently as possible. And so nobody will miss them when they are illegal — except for the killers.” —Sen. Chris Murphy

Non Compos Mentis: “If you are in this country now, you must have the right to pay into Social Security, to pay your taxes, to pay into the local school system, and to have a pathway to citizenship.” —Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

And last… “Beto’s excuse for writing sick stories about killing children: he was just a dumb 16-year-old who didn’t know any better. But hey, let’s lower the voting age to 16!” —Mike Huckabee


Join our editors and staff in daily prayer for our Patriots in uniform — Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen — standing in harm’s way in defense of Liberty, and for their families. We also humbly ask prayer for your Patriot team, that our mission would seed and encourage the spirit of Liberty in the hearts and minds of our countrymen.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher

 on: March 21, 2019, 05:25:15 PM 
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Mar. 21, 2019


“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” —Cesare Beccaria



New Zealand moves to give a mass murderer exactly what he wants.1
Two cases with opposite outcomes highlight the importance of judges.2
Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.


New Zealand’s Knee-Jerk Response Threatens Liberty10
Less than a week after New Zealand suffered one of the worst crimes in its history11, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern declared that she would act to ban “virtually all” types of semiautomatic rifles. Ardern sought to justify her knee-jerk decision by stating, “To owners who have legitimate uses for their guns, I want to reiterate that the actions being announced today are not because of you and are not directed at you. Our actions, on behalf of all New Zealanders, are directed at making sure this never happens again.”

Meanwhile, authorities in New Zealand have been busy arresting several individuals12 for sharing a 17-minute video the perpetrator live-streamed as he engaged in his massacre. New Zealand’s Chief Censor — yes, you read that right — David Shanks justified the arrests on “hate speech” grounds, stating, “It is a record of a terrorist atrocity, specifically produced for the purpose of promoting a hateful terrorist agenda.” One of the individuals arrested has been charged with two counts of distributing objectionable material, with each offense carrying a possible 14-year prison sentence should he be found guilty.

The irony here is simply dumbfounding, and it should make all Americans thankful for our Constitution and Bill of Rights. First off, following the massacre, Ardern publicly vowed13 that she would not name the perpetrator so as to deny him notoriety and instead “give him nothing.” Her desire not to give this criminal notoriety is certainly commendable, but the true irony lies in the fact that she has actually given in to his stated objective. She has acted to revoke the individual rights of innocent Kiwis by acting to ban semiautomatic rifles. In so doing, she unwittingly accepts and implements the murderer’s goals, written down in his trolling manifesto. So much for not naming him.

Among the myriad of motives the perpetrator lists were attacks against individual rights and specifically America’s Second Amendment. Speaking like a true neo-Nazi, he advocated for race-based collectivism over and against individual liberty.

The sad reality is that the New Zealand government’s knee-jerk reactions to this horrific crime only further the impact of that crime. Officials have caved to the will of a madman by robbing the entire population of New Zealand of their individual rights, all in the name of providing the impossible — “safety” from evil. What will result is not greater safety, but rather a greater authoritarian governance where the rights and dignity of the individual will be regularly sacrificed for the desires of the political overlords.

And it comes as no surprise that the Leftmedia in our nation celebrates Ardern’s Liberty-crushing actions. The Washington Post’s editorial board sanctimoniously lectures14, “New Zealand is showing America how to respond to mass shootings.” Wrong. New Zealand is showing America how life and Liberty would suffer with no constitutional protections.


No Wonder Trump’s Judicial Nominations Are Important15

Having judges who will interpret the law as written instead of what they would prefer laws to be is paramount for the preservation of our republic. Thus, it’s no wonder that Democrats, who advocate for activist judges to turn the judiciary into what their party’s founder, Thomas Jefferson, called the “despotic branch,” are voting against the nominees of President Donald Trump in record numbers. In fact, The Heritage Foundation’s Thomas Jipping reports16, “Trump’s 91 judges have received more negative confirmation votes than the 2,653 judges confirmed to the same courts during the entire 20th century combined.”

Two cases this week once again highlight how important the judiciary can be.

First, the Supreme Court overturned yet another Ninth Circuit Court ruling, this time dealing Trump a win on immigration. In Nielsen v. Preap, which The Wall Street Journal editorial board called17 “an immigration case that turned on a clear-cut question of statutory interpretation,” the High Court’s “5-4 conservative majority read the law as it was written.” In short, The Washington Times explains18, “Immigrants living in the U.S. with serious criminal records can be held without bail while awaiting deportation even if ICE didn’t immediately pick them up when they were released from prison or jail.” Why would ICE not immediately pick them up? The nation is littered with “sanctuary” cities and even states, where local authorities are often not permitted to communicate with ICE.

Naturally, leftists are outraged both at the detention itself and the Supreme Court’s (correct) stamp of approval. But if it were President Hillary Clinton now in office, this wouldn’t have even been a case. Moreover, two Supreme Court justices would have been her picks, not Trump’s.

Second, “A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing in the West,” reports19 The Washington Post. “The decision by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras of Washington marks the first time the Trump administration has been held to account for the climate impact of its energy-dominance agenda, and it could have sweeping implications for the president’s plan to boost fossil fuel production across the country.”

Did we say “reports”? We meant “editorialized.” In a news story.

The ruling temporarily blocks drilling on about 300,000 acres of land in Wyoming until the Trump administration does its climate homework. All oil and gas drilling on federal lands — of which the Wyoming land is but a tiny part — accounts for something in the neighborhood of 10% of total U.S. carbon output. That is to say Contreras, an Obama judge20, blocked drilling on account of emissions roughly equivalent to a few cow farts. This isn’t about, as Contreras opined, “the national, cumulative nature of climate change.” It’s about judicial overreach, trampling the law, and obstructing Trump.

Once again, we see how critical it is to nominate and appoint judges who will uphold the Rule of Law.



Featured Analysis: Fox Caves to Islamist Sensibilities21 — The network bumped Judge Jeanine’s show because she dared to question sharia.
The Fake News Narrative on Trump, Charlottesville, and Christchurch22 — Revisiting Trump’s comments after Charlottesville because of media misinformation about Christchurch.
CNN Celebrates Propaganda Award23 — USC’s journalism school gives the Walter Cronkite Award to CNN for its Parkland townhall event.
Video: Progressive Education’s Toll on Millennial Minds24 — Bill Whittle says “Johnny can’t think” because he was never taught how to think.
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Read Beto-Bernie — The 2020 Version of Obama-Biden25. A Beto-Bernie ticket would create a formidable socialist tag team to oppose Trump.

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95-Year-Old WWII Vet to Run Across U.S. for Second Time27
Move over Forest Gump. At the spry age of 95, World War II veteran Ernie Andrus is embarking on his second run across the U.S.

“No one wants to feel like old news, like their glory days are gone. But Ernie Andrus says that’s exactly how he felt in the months after his celebrated, record-breaking run. Back in 2016, then 93-year-old Ernie became the oldest person ever to run across America — from San Diego, California, all the way to Saint Simons Island, Georgia. A huge crowd joined him at the end, as the World War II sailor stormed the beach to fervent chants and flying colors. It was pure joy.”

“That all happened about two and half years ago. Today, Ernie still runs for exercise and still dreams of the glory.”

Read more at CBS News28.


 on: March 21, 2019, 09:06:01 AM 
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Manna at the Banquet Table

“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Mark 12:30-31)

The hymn “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” is summarized in the moving lines of its final verse.

Let us love our God supremely,
Let us love each other, too;
Let us love and pray for sinners,
Till our God makes all things new.
Then He’ll call us home to heaven,
At His table we’ll sit down;
Christ will gird Himself, and serve us
With sweet manna all around.

The Christian’s blessings include daily “manna” (provision and blessing) from God and the promise of life with Christ throughout eternity. Our union with Him is compared to a marriage, commencing with a sumptuous wedding feast: “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Revelation 19:7-8). “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

When He comes and claims His bride—the ones for whom He sacrificed His precious blood—He will usher us all into His banquet room. Then “he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them” (Luke 12:37). JDM

 on: March 20, 2019, 05:55:32 PM 
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God's Workmanship

J.R. Miller

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do!" Ephesians 2:10

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

The "new creation" declares upon its very face, that the hand that made it is divine. The "living epistle" of true Christian life, reveals the handwriting of God. The mighty works of conversion, regeneration, and sanctification — only God can perform. When the fountain that used to send out bitter streams, begins to send out pure, sweet waters — then the prophet's hand has cast in the healing branch; but I know it was God himself that sweetened the spring. When a life once selfish, impure, unloving, unholy, false, hating God — becomes loving, pure, holy, true, Christlike, human lips may have dropped the healing word into the heart; human faith may have called down heavenly blessings upon the life; and human love may have warmed the dead spirit — but I know that God is the true author of the change.

If I stand by the grave of Lazarus, and see the dead man come forth living, vigorous, strong at the bidding of Jesus — then I know that he was divine who did it.

When I see one who has been a reeling drunkard, or an immoral woman, or a prowling thief, or a greedy miser — changed into soberness, purity, honesty, unselfishness, into the beauty of Christ — then I know that the hand of God has wrought the marvelous change.

When I see Saul on the highway, hurrying eagerly on, his heart full of bitter hate against Christ, his hands red with the blood of martyrs; and, the next moment, all the bitterness, the anger, the hate gone, lying at Jesus' feet, looking up into his face, changed into a meek disciple — then I know that it is the hand of God that has wrought this sudden, marvelous change!

If one shows me good fruits, and I taste them, and find them rich, luscious, and sweet — then I know they must have grown on good trees. In the same way, when I see a life bringing forth the beautiful fruits of righteousness, meekness, love, faith, patience, joy, prayer, and good works — then I know that they have been gathered from no tree of earth, but must have grown upon a branch of that great vine, whose root is in Heaven, but which trails all over the earth.

If the wind bears sweet fragrances in its breath, perfumes of flowers or fruits — then I know it must blow over fragrant fields or gardens. In the same way, if a human life breathes the sweetness of Heaven; if the holy fragrance of love perfumes its words, its thoughts, its deeds, and all its influences — then I know that it must be the breath of the Spirit of God, blowing through that life from the fields and gardens of Heaven, that so sweetens and perfumes it.

When I hear lovely strains of sweetest melody and harmony coming from a musical instrument, as I pass along the street — then I know they must be skillful fingers which strike the keys. In the same way, when I hear the harmonies of Heaven, the sweet music of love and peace, songs of joy and gladness, and especially "songs in the night" of sorrow and trial, coming forth from a human heart; when I hear, however faintly and feebly, in a human life, the echo and repetition of the songs the angels sing as they do God's will; or what seems even a faint reverberation of God's own sweetness, gentleness, love, truth, and peace — then I know that it must be the fingers of God that play upon the chords. No other hand could bring out such harmonies and such melodies of sweetness.

Such a song as that, Job sang over the mangled corpses of all his children. Such songs as Paul and Silas sang that night in the prison at Philippi, while their chains cut deep into their flesh. Such songs as the martyrs sang as they went into the flames. Such songs as many who read these words have sung in the hour of great trial and affliction, when their hearts were crushed and broken. Such songs as all of us have heard from the lips of dying friends as they went down into the valley of shadows. Who but God could bring such heavenly melodies out of human hearts?

Thus on its very face, the Christian life bears the evidence of God's creative skill. Only the divine hand could produce such workmanship. Miracles have not ceased. Every conversion, every beautiful and noble Christian life, every life of faith and joy lived in a world of struggle and trial — is as great a miracle as any that Christ wrought in the days of his flesh.

 on: March 20, 2019, 05:52:22 PM 
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God's Unconditional Love
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

    "But God commendeth [directed] His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

We often hear couples speak of their love for one another after years of marriage, but there is a greater and deeper love--the love of God. The above is perhaps one of the most profound verses in the Word of God. It is amazing when we consider that God has directed His love toward us. But in what way did He do so? The answer is found in the very next statement: "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." In other words, when we were in total rebellion against God, dead in trespasses and sins, and shouting profanities in the face of God out of hatred for Him, God intervened to provide a way of salvation. In unconditional love, He sent His Son, the Son of His love, to die for His enemies--you and me!

God has made a provision for all, but only those who place their faith in the finished work Christ at Calvary will be saved from their sins. You see, God will not accept your good works for salvation. The Word of God could not be clearer on the matter: "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us" (Titus 3:5). Perhaps you are wondering: "What must I do to be saved?" It is simply this: Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died for your sins, and rose again (I Cor. 15:3,4). The moment you trust Christ as your personal Savior, all of your sins will be forgiven, and God will grant you the free gift of eternal life.

God loves you; Christ died to save you; what more could He do for you? Trust Him today before it's too late. Believe me when I say, you do not want to leave this life without Christ. To do so will leave you with an eternity of regret, because there are no second chances beyond the veil of death--it's now or never! Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and God will save you wonderfully by His grace. But the good news does not end here; He will also give you a new life in Christ!

 on: March 20, 2019, 05:50:08 PM 
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Short pithy gems from John Newton!

(John Newton)

They are the happiest Christians, who have the lowest thoughts of themselves, and in whose eyes Jesus is most glorious and precious!

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My heart is vile, and even my prayers are sin. My soul is very sick--but my Physician is infallible!

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How unspeakably wonderful it is, to know that all our concerns are held in hands that bled for us!

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Our sea may sometimes be stormy--but we have an infallible Pilot, and shall infallibly gain our port.

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Our work is great--our time is short--and the consequences of our labors are infinite!

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Lord, save us from our golden calves!

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Abominations, like nests of vipers, lie quietly in us--until the rod of affliction arouses them. Then they hiss and show their venom!

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