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 on: February 17, 2018, 04:19:05 PM 
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The First Month of the Year
by Pastor Ricky Kurth


Even a child knows that January is the first month of our calendar year. For the ancient people of Israel, however, the first month of the year was the month of Abib, which roughly equates to our month of April. Speaking of Abib, God said,

    “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Exodus 12:2).

If you are wondering why God chose April as the beginning of months for His chosen people, we learn the reason in the next chapter:

    “Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt….This day came ye out in the month Abib” (Exodus 13:3,4).

God wanted His ancient people to “remember” that their birth as a nation marked a new beginning for them, so he instructed them to “observe” this month as something special unto the Lord (Deut. 16:1). God’s people today often do the same with their spiritual birthdays. Many who can tell you the exact date they were saved consider the day worth remembering each year.

But what if you can’t remember the day you trusted Christ as your Savior? There are many believers who grew up under the sound of the gospel and were saved at an early age. Occasionally we hear from these dear saints, who tell us they are troubled by the fact that they cannot remember the day they were saved. Since they can’t remember the date, some even wonder if they are truly saved.

When we hear from believers like this, we like to point out that while we can’t remember the day we first understood that we were born an American citizen, now that we know it to be so, we know that all the rights promised to citizens in the Bill of Rights are ours. In the same way, while you may not remember the day of your spiritual birth, now that you believe, you can be sure that the promise of eternal life and all the other blessings found in Paul’s epistles are yours.

The point is, of course, that it doesn’t matter when you first believe something; what matters is what you believe right now. If you believe you can get to heaven by something that you yourself can do, you are not saved. If you rather believe you are going to heaven because of what Christ did for you on Calvary, we’ll see you someday in glory!

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 on: February 17, 2018, 04:17:11 PM 
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Brethren, is not this the very cream of Heaven!

(Charles Spurgeon)

"We know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is!" 1 John 3:2

Here we have seen Jesus by faith in such a way that we have beheld our burdens laid on Him, and our iniquities carried by Him into the wilderness--where, if they are sought for, they shall not be found. We have seen enough of Jesus to know that "He is altogether lovely." We can say of Him, that He "is all my salvation, and all my desire." Sometimes, when He opens the lattice, and shows Himself through those windows of agate, at the Lord's Supper--the King's beauty has entranced us even to our heart's ravishment. Yet all that we have ever seen of Him, is somewhat like the report which the Queen of Sheba had of Solomon's wisdom. When we once get to the court of the Great King, we shall declare that the half has not been told to us! "I myself will see Him with my own eyes--I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!" Job 19:27

Brethren, is not this the very cream of Heaven!

There have been many suggestions of what we shall do in Heaven, and what we shall enjoy, but they all seem to me to be wide of the mark compared with this one--that we shall be with Jesus, be like Him, and shall behold His glory!

Oh, to see the feet that were nailed, and to touch the hands that were pierced, and to look upon the head that wore the thorns--and to bow before Him who is ineffable love, unspeakable condescension, infinite tenderness! Oh, to bow before Him, and to kiss that blessed face! Jesus, what better do we want than to see You, and be with You forever!

The streets of gold will have small attraction to us, and the harps of angels will but slightly enchant us--compared with the King in the midst of the throne! He it is who shall . . .
  rivet our gaze,
  absorb our thoughts,
  enchain our affections, and
  move all our sacred passions to their highest pitch of celestial ardor.

We shall see Jesus!

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 on: February 17, 2018, 07:06:43 AM 
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Faith in All the Ages

“And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets.” (Hebrews 11:32)
 
Hebrews 11 is a thrilling catalog of the faithful servants of God in all the ancient ages. There were Abel, Enoch, and Noah before the Flood; then Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph in the patriarchal age; followed by Moses, Joshua, and Rahab in the time of the exodus and conquest. Finally, today’s verse summarizes the periods of the judges (Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthae), the kings (Samuel, David), and the prophets.
 
All these were men and women of great faith, though each had to endure great testing. They, as the writer says, “stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword . . . had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder . . . destitute, afflicted, tormented” (Hebrews 11:33-37).
 
In every age, men and women of faith were more often than not despised and persecuted by the world (even by the religious world!), but the Bible notes, parenthetically, that it was they “of whom the world was not worthy” (Hebrews 11:38). In God’s sight, they all “obtained a good report through faith” (Hebrews 11:39), and this is worth more than all the world, for it is the entrance into a far better and eternal world.
 
Note that faith is not a sentimental wishfulness but a strong confidence in God and His Word, through Jesus Christ, who is Himself “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2). Like those of past ages, we can also “run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1) through the faith He offers us. HMM

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 on: February 16, 2018, 06:32:20 PM 
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Duck Season
by Pastor Kevin Sadler


“The story is told of a certain African tribe that learned an easy way to capture ducks in a river. Catching their agile and wary dinner would be a feat indeed, so they formulated a plan.

“The tribesmen learned to go upstream, place a pumpkin in the river, and let it slowly float down into the flock of ducks. At first, the cautious fowl would quack and fly away. After all, it wasn’t ordinary for pumpkins to float down the river! But the persistent tribesmen would subsequently float another pumpkin into the re-gathered ducks. Again they would scatter, only to return after the strange sphere had passed. Again, the hungry hunters would float another pumpkin. This time the ducks would remain, with a cautious eye on the pumpkin; and with each successive passing, the ducks would become more comfortable, until they finally accepted the pumpkins as a normal part of life.

“When the natives saw that the pumpkins no longer bothered the ducks, they hollowed out pumpkins, put them over their heads, and walked into the river. Meandering into the midst of the tolerant fowl, they pulled them down one at a time. Dinner? Roast duck.” 1

There is much deception in this world. We need to be cautious and on guard with the things we hear and read. In life, the pumpkins of false doctrine and error keep subtly coming at us. There are dangerous teachings around us at all times. Sometimes because of the volume of information coming at us through television, radio, the internet, and social media, we let our guard down and we begin tolerating them. We can feel safe when we are not. We can very easily get caught in “the snare of the devil” (2 Tim. 2:26) and be led astray into error and unsound doctrine if we don’t keep our focus on the truth of the Word, rightly divided.

    “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13).

This verse shows that Paul had no grand illusions that the world would become better and better. Rather, by divine revelation, he wrote that things and people will only get “worse and worse.” Paul informs us that, as the dispensation of grace progresses, deception will only go from bad to worse, and it will get so bad and out of hand that deceivers will believe their own lies. After peddling their lies for so long, they will actually come to believe them personally. Of course, we know that they are ultimately being deceived by Satan (2 Cor. 11:13-15; Rev. 12:9).

We visited Mount Rushmore earlier this year. As we were walking in, I noticed a booth set up by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the free speech area. There were a few people staffing the booth. As I looked at the booth and literature and knowing some of their deceptive, false teaching, it made my blood boil. On our way out, I saw an older man setting up a little chair and a simple sign with the gospel on it, right across from the Jehovah’s Witness booth. His hat said, “Jesus is my Boss.” I went over to him and thanked him for his boldness and willingness to be a light for the Lord. He was a dear brother in Christ. His name was Gary, and he had driven his motorcycle to Mount Rushmore from West Virginia just to sit there and pass out gospel tracts and share the truth. He thanked me for my encouragement and asked that we pray for him together. My family prayed with him, all of us holding hands in a circle. It struck me how the truth was made known by Gary very simply and humbly, with a small sign and some gospel tracts. He was just being a lighthouse for the truth.

Rather than telling Timothy to go after deceivers to correct the lies that they believe, Paul advises,

    “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them” (2 Tim. 3:14).

Timothy needed to rely on what he knew to be true: what Paul had taught him. What Timothy learned from Paul, and had been assured about, was the revelation of the Mystery, the body of truth for this present dispensation of grace (Eph. 3:1-9).

We’re never going to right all the wrongs or correct all the lies people believe. It’s a waste of valuable time to try. We simply need to keep our focus on the truth and the proclamation of it. We need to do what Paul instructed Timothy to do, to “continue” or remain steadfast in the teachings of “the Word of His grace” (Acts 20:32) that the Lord committed to Paul. We must “continue” to stand for the message of grace committed to the Apostle Paul and “continue” to grow in our knowledge of it. By knowing and obeying God’s truth for today as found in the letters of Paul, we are protected from falling prey to the devil’s schemes and being pulled down into error and false doctrine.

Notes:

1    Wayne Cordeiro, “How Hunters Tempt and Nab Wary Ducks,” Preaching Today, accessed September 3, 2017, http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2013/
april/7042213.html

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 on: February 16, 2018, 06:29:28 PM 
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Short pithy quotes from A.W. Tozer

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Among the plastic saints of our times--Jesus has to do all the dying.
All we want, is to hear another sermon about His dying!

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It is no longer either dangerous or costly to be a Christian!

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Some Christians have taken all the justice, judgment and hatred of sin out of the nature of God--and have nothing left but a soft god.

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Let us start reading our Bibles with the thought that God means exactly what He says!

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The most godly Christian is the one who knows himself best.
No one who knows himself, will believe that he deserves anything better than Hell.

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God's gifts often take the place of God Himself--and the whole course of the man's life is upset by the monstrous substitution!

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The world is perishing for lack of the knowledge of God--and the Church is famishing for lack of His presence!

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Anyone who wishes to check on his true spiritual condition may do so--by noting what his voluntary thoughts have been over the last hours or days.

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We have learned to live with unholiness in our churches--and have come to look upon it as the natural and expected thing.

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 on: February 16, 2018, 06:27:56 PM 
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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Immigration Reform Dies in Senate45 — Four immigration bills were defeated Thursday, sending lawmakers back to square one.
The Left’s Loathsome Indifference Toward MS-1346 — Those who ignore this bona fide criminal syndicate do so at the expense of innocent American lives.
Romney’s Run for Senate in Utah47 — That this worst-kept secret was national news for weeks prior to the announcement is telling in and of itself.
Time to Privatize Space?48 — The merits of keeping the space station operational are widely accepted, but there’s a hefty $100 billion price tag.
The FBI Flip Flop on Flynn49 — James Comey originally briefed lawmakers that Flynn had not lied to FBI; what changed?
Video: #MeToo: Movement or Witch Hunt?50 — AEI scholar Christina Hoff Sommers gives insight to how the movement should and shouldn’t proceed.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Gary Bauer: Another School Shooting51
Mona Charen: No Names52
David Limbaugh: I Wish I Were as Bad a Christian as Mike Pence53
Rebecca Hagelin: Soros vs. America54
Marc A. Thiessen: Despite the Olympic Glow, Half of Korea Remains in Darkness55
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion56.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “To me an obvious thing is for schools to have armed and trained security guards. It is not unusual to see armed security guards at banks because we don’t want someone taking our money. Aren’t our children more valuable? Instead, we ‘protect’ them with ‘Gun-Free Zone’ signs. It makes absolutely no sense for our children’s safety to depend entirely on whether or not a maniac wakes up in the morning and decides to kill children in a ‘gun free zone.’ Guess what? Once the killer steps onto the campus of that school, it is no longer a ‘gun-free zone,’ and the only armed individual is the criminal. Why is this so controversial to the Left? Sadly, it is easier for a murderer to walk into a school with a gun than it is for a student to walk in with a Bible and attempt to give it away. The default position of progressives is to attack the Second Amendment and the availability of guns. Yet the percentage of households with guns has been declining for decades. Fewer Americans hunt today than did several decades ago. In fact, many schools used to have gun clubs on campus. Yet school shootings were rare. Logic suggests that something else explains this shocking trend.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “We must … work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.” —Donald Trump

Preach! “Gun Control is not a policy. It’s a slogan.” —Ben Shapiro

For the record: “Thirty years ago, kids who brought their rifles to the high school shooting range didn’t wonder about evil and cultural decay. They simply lived in a time in America when right and wrong was more starkly defined, where expectations about behavior were clear, and wickedness hadn’t been normalized.” —J. Christian Adams

Re: The Left: “Abortionists kill more kids each year than mass shooters, but let’s talk about the latter and not the former.” —Erick Erickson

Yes, please: “Of the many national conversations we can and should be having, can we add to the list the question, ‘Is it moral to put a woman whose daughter was murdered in a mass shooting at school on television?’” —Bethany S. Mandel

Says the woman who botched numerous opportunities to enact gun control as House speaker: “[Gun control] is something where we have to have the public really demand — we need a majority to get it done, apparently. I wish that weren’t the case, and I have said over and over I’d rather push gun safety legislation than win the election, because people die from this.” —Nancy Pelosi

Says the man who botched numerous opportunities to enact gun control as president: “We are grieving with Parkland. But we are not powerless. Caring for our kids is our first job. And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.” —Barack Obama

Braying Jackass: “You can’t shoot up a school or a nightclub or a country music concert the way it was done in Parkland, Orlando and Las Vegas if you don’t have access to weapons of war that were designed for the battlefield.” —Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson

And last… “Liberal arguments on guns: ‘Outlawing them is dangerous.’ ‘No one likes them, but people should have access to them.’ ‘If you don’t like them, don’t get one.’ ‘Your body, your choice.” Oh, wait. My bad. That’s just on abortion. You know, the thing that’s ALWAYS intended for murder.“ —Allie Stuckey

Join us 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
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As for the “gun problem,” if you are NOT a gang-banger or associated with drug trafficking (and I think you are clear on both counts), the probability of your being murdered in the U.S. falls in line with the probability of your being murdered in your beloved native UK homeland — where most types of guns have been banned for years.

Notably, however, Americans are at greater risk of being killed by a drunk driver than an assailant with a gun. I know you favor the finer labels of liquid libation and use it responsibly, but by your logic, the government should confiscate it because there are far more deaths associated with alcohol use than firearms — in fact, in many cases assailants using a firearm are alcohol impaired…

As for your sentiments about guns, I would be pleased to provide you with some “Gun-Free Household20” stickers so you can broadcast the fact that your home is the best neighborhood option for uncontested intrusion!

Oh, and to put tragic deaths into perspective, there were 6x the number of Oxy drug overdoses last year as there were deaths by gun. Have not seen a single post from you about that…

PS: Your Redcoats tried to seize guns in Concord in April of 1775, and look how the British empire contracted in the years that followed!

Neville:

The preventable death of just ONE child is too high a price to pay for a law, and an ideology, that is long past its sell by date in the modern world. When the right to bear arms was enacted in the 18th century even a well trained soldier could not fire his musket more than twice in a minute. A modern assault rifle can fire 600 times in one minute, which is the equivalent of being fired at by a rank of 300 redcoats. That sort of fire-power has no place in civil society.

MA:

We are too far apart on what ensures “preventable death” for reconciliation in this forum. But for the record, my views on this matter are not shaped by strong sentiments, but on having defended the lives of others at risk of my own. Thus, I am quite sure you place no greater value on the lives of innocents than do I.

As for “ideology,” there is one side of the ideological spectrum that is accountable for the slaughter of millions of innocents21 in the last century — but in every case only after that ideology had disarmed its citizens.

And that is why there is no “sell by” expiration date on the Liberty22 enumerated in our Bill of Rights23, most notably, the Second Amendment24, which, in the words of the esteemed jurist Joseph Story, is “the palladium of the Liberties of the Republic.”

And Neville, I know you are not familiar with firearms but point of record, the firearm used by the sociopathic killer in Florida was not an “assault weapon.”25 And recall that the most costly mass slaughter of school children in the U.S. did not involve a gun. In 1927, a sociopathic Bath Township, Michigan, school board member detonated a bomb that killed 38 elementary schoolchildren and six adults.

And a footnote: Tucker Carlson aptly summarized the Left’s call for “gun control”: “This vital conversation has been drowned out and made impossible by mindless screeching about gun control, led by blustery charlatans in the media … and in Congress, whose only real agenda is moral preening. They aren’t trying to solve the problem. The calls you’re hearing today for gun control have nothing to do with protecting Americans from violence. What you’re witnessing is a kind of class war. The left hates rural America, gun-owning America, the America that elected Donald Trump. They call it ‘gun control.’ It’s not. It’s people control. For the left, voters who can’t be controlled can’t be trusted.” (Or in Obama’s infamous words about those who Hillary Clinton26 called “deplorables27,” those who are “bitter and cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them28.”

No, Eugenics Isn’t the Answer to Mass Shootings29

By Jordan Candler

In a disgusting attempt to justify evil under the guise of mitigating another evil — mass shootings — a columnist who goes by the Twitter pseudonym Hoodie Rebecca is borrowing from the playbook of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. The latter would be proud of what leftists continue to advocate today. In Rebecca’s twisted and distorted mind, eugenics is justified and ought to be fully embraced if our goal is to stave off atrocities like what happened in Parkland, Florida2.

Rebecca unashamedly tweeted yesterday: “Woman puts baby up for adoption, he grows up to be a violent young man who will spend the rest of his life in prison for a mass murder. Tell me more about how abortions are wrong.”

The perpetrator in the Florida shooting is an adoptee whose non-biological mother passed away just a few months ago. One former neighbor reported to The New York Times that the shooter “had emotional problems and I believe he was diagnosed with autism,” adding, “He had trouble controlling his temper. He broke things. He would do that sometimes at our house when he lost his temper.” The neighbor also noted: “Kids were really picking on him and would gang up on him and beat him up a little. They ostracized him. He didn’t have many friends. His mother was his entire life and when he lost her, I believe that was it for the boy’s peace of mind.”

According to eugenics-advocate Hoodie Rebecca, these troubles could have been avoided altogether had his adoption never happened. In her mind, the perpetrator’s parents didn’t fit into the “acceptable in the eyes of the world” condition, which necessitates their child’s being aborted because there is no hope for him. Not from his biological parents, and not from his adoptive parents. The result is that 17 innocent children were murdered. In other words, Rebecca is absurdly arguing that abortion is a moral requirement.

Question for Rebecca: How many of those innocent children who died on Wednesday quietly suffered from some of the same struggles as the perpetrator? Everyone has different backgrounds, but everyone struggles to varying degrees. So if any of the children had, say, autism, would you argue in favor of their having been killed in utero? After all, if abortion is a moral requirement for those who face mental incapacitates or other severe trials, when is death by any means not moral?

There are myriad cultural and spiritual reasons for what happened on Wednesday. But adoption had nothing to do with it. Had the perpetrator’s parents carried through with an abortion, they too may have suffered irreparable mental and emotional upheaval. In this world, we must find the best solutions to tough problems. Pretending that adoption contributes to these problems and eugenics is the answer isn’t one of them.

Top Headlines30

Red flags missed: Cops sent to Cruz’s home 36 times, school expelled him, FBI was warned (Fox News31)

Police: No connection found between school shooter and white nationalist group (The Daily Wire32)

Here we go again: Former Playboy model claims affair with Trump (The New Yorker33)

CDC: U.S. fertility rate below replacement for 9th straight year (CNS News34)

Essentially calling Trump a bigot for legal purposes, Fourth Circuit Court strikes down Trump travel ban (The Daily Wire35)

Mitt Romney announces bid for U.S. Senate in Utah (NBC News36)

IRS still paying bonuses to tax cheat employees (The Washington Times37)

Trump’s gas tax would wipe out 60% of tax cut benefit for individuals, analyst estimates (CNBC38.)

Report: International relief charities have “institutionalized pedophilia” problem (Hot Air39)

Why random, meaningless sex is a bad idea for women (PJ Media40)

Policy: Six common media myths about gun control (The Daily Signal11)

Policy: To pay for highways, expanded tolls are better than higher gas tax (Washington Examiner41)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report42.

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

The gun and culture divide is made evident by two presidents.
Is Australia really a model for gun control? Leftists sure keep shouting it.
If only the murderer had been aborted instead of adopted, says a reprobate lefty.
Four immigration measures die in the Senate because Democrats don’t want a deal.
The Left’s loathsome indifference toward MS-13.
Mitt Romney is running for Senate in Utah, which has national implications.
Given how wasteful NASA has become, is it time to privatize space?
The FBI flip flop on Flynn is very curious.
Plus our Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” —Benjamin Franklin

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Guns and Culture: Two Presidents Reveal the Divide1


By Nate Jackson

A study in contrasts. After the horrific mass murder in Florida2 Wednesday, the reactions from the two sides were predictable. Leftists opened their assault with the usual calls for gun control and vilely slandered those of us who disagree, while defenders of Liberty took a reasonable approach to rights, freedom and culture. Same as it ever was.

This contrast was highlighted particularly well by the current president and his predecessor.

“Caring for our kids is our first job,” Obama tweeted Thursday. “And until we can honestly say that we’re doing enough to keep them safe from harm, including long overdue, common-sense gun safety laws that most Americans want, then we have to change.” Obama’s clear message is that defenders of Liberty and the Second Amendment don’t “care for our kids,” and in fact that we’re preventing those who care from “doing enough” to keep kids safe. Notice too his subtle use of “gun safety laws” instead of gun control. Safety polls better.

We’d be more inclined to believe leftists want to keep kids safe if 1) their policies actually did so without infringing on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and 2) they didn’t routinely exploit the blood of innocents3 to advocate those statist policies. Never mind their rabid defense of killing children in utero.

Reminder: Obama and his fellow Democrats had complete control of Washington from 2009-2011, and they did nothing to pass these supposed “common sense” measures.

Striking an entirely different and more appropriate note, President Donald Trump addressed the nation4 yesterday and said, “No child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning. … In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s word in Scripture: ‘I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.’ … We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections, and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.”

Leftists have destroyed our cultural embrace of the dignity of life because they prefer to advocate rampant and damaging immorality, which breaks families and aborts children. And they’ve broken “meaningful human connections” because they instead pit identity groups against each other for political gain.

Guns have always been a part of American culture and Liberty. Hate, vice and licentiousness are things the Left has cultivated in the last 50 years. Whether it’s a typical weekend in any inner city across American or a mass murder like the one in Florida, we’re witnessing the horrific results.

The Australian Gun Confiscation Debate5

By Mark Alexander

In the wake of last October’s mass murder by a sociopath in Las Vegas6, comes tragic news of another mass murder on a school campus2 in Florida.

Predictably, Democrats and their MSM propagandists7 re-warmed their latest lies about the murder of children8 to peddle their political agenda. The BIG lie this week, in order to bolster the Left’s calls for “gun control,” is that there have already been “18 school shootings” this year. Even The Washington Post has called foul on that claim, noting it’s “a horrifying statistic. And it is wrong9.”

Indeed, it is wrong10, but the Leftmedia never allows facts to impede their political agendas. There are many media myths about gun control11 being propagated by the Left this week, and by extension, all their lemmings who regurgitate those “facts.”

Most prevalent in social media forums are calls echoing the MSM’s solution: Enact the Australian gun confiscation model12. By way of addressing this claim, allow me to repost here a debate last night with a friend, who is also a deeply entrenched liberal from the UK, now living in the US. Here is an abridged summary of that debate…

Neville:

The time is now to talk about Gun Control! The maiming and death of these children is so pointless, unnecessary and PREVENTABLE. Get rid of the guns. No mass shootings in Australia13 for over 20 years and counting after a government gun ban.

MA:

The tragic murders in Florida were, indeed, senseless — as are the emotive “solutions” that, predictably, follow such tragic events. I share your grief for these victims and their families, but not your prescription to resolve the culture of violence.

As for your solution … as I am sure you are aware, the culture in Australia has not been conducive to violence in decades. Yes, there have been no mass shootings since the gun ban was enacted, but there were few before then. (In fact, at one time the culture in America was not conducive to violence. Not long ago, there were plenty of guns on high school campuses14, and yet no mass shootings.)

In fact, there are few murders in Australia, period. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 1996, before enactment of the gun ban, Australia had had 311 murders, 98 by assailants with guns (including the 35 people killed in one mass shooting that prompted the confiscation). In the latest year of record, there were 238 people murdered, 35 by assailants using guns. Murders are down.

Of course, crime in the U.S. has actually dropped more over the last two decades15 than it has in Australia. At the same time, gun ownership in America has increased significantly16, homicides with guns have declined. Apparently more guns, less crime17.

Notably, Australia is not plagued with urban poverty plantations18 created by five decades of failed Democrat social policies19.

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The Call of the Twelve

“And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach.” (Mark 3:14)
 
Early in His public ministry, Jesus gathered around Himself those to whom He would eventually entrust the Christian message. Many others had also been attracted to Him and His works, as indicated in the previous verse: “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would [emphasis in the Greek is on he; the choice was His alone]: and they came unto him” (v. 13). Of those He invited, He “ordained twelve.”
 
Such a momentous selection could not be taken lightly, and we should not pass over it either. Luke gives us further information: “He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12) before choosing the twelve. As a sidelight, it bears mentioning that if God the Son so relied on the wisdom from God the Father before making an important decision, how can we neglect prayer as we so often do?
 
Four purposes are listed for these appointees, but the last three flow from the first: “That they should be with him.” They would see Him in action, learn truth from Him, assist Him in His work; but most importantly they would see His character and habits, and would never be the same.
 
Part of their training included being sent out to put in practice what they had learned, “that he might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils” (Mark 3:14-15). He gave them a message to preach and the ability to authenticate that message.
 
A study of these disciples as revealed in the gospels makes one wonder if Jesus made a proper choice. However, in the book of Acts, once He was gone and the Holy Spirit empowered them, we recognize that their training was complete. We are the result of their effective ministry. JDM

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While Democrats railed against the tax cuts as being “Armageddon25,” the only visible disaster appears to be their own loss of power — the power of controlling people through class warfare rhetoric and empty accusations. Every time another company gives their employees a bonus, the Democrat lie of Armageddon becomes even more baseless, absurd and ridiculous.

The same goes for their other line of attack that raises and bonuses are “crumbs26.”

Americans for Tax Reform’s growing list27 of 346 companies giving bonuses, pay increases or 401(k) contributions reveals that 3.5 million Americans (and counting) are benefitting28 as a direct result of the new tax law. Companies issuing bonuses, wage increases, gifts of stock, 401(k) contributions, corporate charitable donations or other benefits include AT&T, Home Depot, Bank of America, Pfizer, FedEx, Lockheed Martin, Exxon Mobil, Walmart, Verizon, Apple, Fiat Chrysler, JP Morgan, Anthem, Lowe’s, Humana, Best Buy, CVS, Chipotle, Tyson Foods, Hostess Brands, Boeing, Comcast, Comerica Bank, and Southwest Airlines.

Trump’s tax cuts reveal the truth about the free market: When the market is free, the people are free. As F.A. Hayek, Nobel Prize winner in economics, stated, “Economic and political freedom are inseparable.” Fewer regulations and lower taxes free companies to thrive, and when companies thrive, workers thrive. And when workers thrive, the country thrives. Economic freedom grants both political and personal freedom.

Republicans’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act stands as the most sweeping and comprehensive tax reform in the past 30 years. Tom Giovanetti, president of the Institute for Policy Innovation, a public policy research organization, writes29, “President Trump has already done more to grow the U.S. economy than the last four presidents and 28 years combined.” Lowering the corporate tax rate from 35% (the highest rate in the developed world) to 21% finally positions the United States to be competitive in a global economy. Giovanetti continues, “Beginning in 2018, the U.S. is once again the best place in the world to do business. … Look for companies to relocate their headquarters and facilities to the U.S., instead of U.S. companies moving offshore.” This means millions of American jobs for American workers. For example, Fiat Chrysler, has already announced30 plans to relocate back to the U.S. from Mexico, a move that will create 2,500 new jobs in Warren, Michigan.

Furthermore, as a result of the tax cuts, utility companies plan to lower prices for consumers. DTE Energy proposed31 a 3% energy rate cut for its customers, while Pepco, Baltimore Gas and Light, Pacific Power, Rocky Mountain Power and Commonwealth Edison also announced32 they would be reducing rates for customers.

In addition, recent polling reveals an increase in optimism. Americans with positive views of the U.S. economy are at a 17-year high according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll33. A recent UBS Investor Watch Report also revealed34 soaring optimism for business owners. The report indicates that 73% of respondents believe the recent tax reform makes business ownership more attractive. In addition, 72% responded as highly optimistic regarding the state of the current economy. This stands as the highest level since the financial crisis.

Last month, in his remarks35 to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump referred to this optimism, stating, “There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest, and to grow in the United States. America is open for business, and we are competitive once again.”

Ultimately the Trump tax cuts represent not only a triumph for the American worker, but a triumph for supply-side economics. Rather than the Keynesian theory of economics in which government spending “stimulates” the economy, supply-side economics posits that freeing the market, allows the market and the people to flourish. As a result of tax cuts, not government mandates, companies are paying higher wages, granting bonuses, contributing to 401(k)s, giving to charities and establishing family leave policies. The notion that big government, high regulation and class warfare present the solution to our country’s problems has begun to fade. In its place, freedom, enterprise and ingenuity have begun to live once more. Dream again, America. This is your time.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Fauxcahontas Blows More Smoke Signals40 — Elizabeth Warren tries to bolster her 2020 résumé with more Native American claims and attacks on Trump.
Budget Betrayal41 — With spending, the irresponsible mindset of both parties is the same, albeit for different reasons.
Ellison Joins List of Dems With Connections to Farrakhan42 — High-profile Democrats yearn to associate with the hateful Nation of Islam, and it’s bad for the country.
Video: Bill Murray on Why Comedy Is Harder Now43 — “Thinking about what resonates and what is common to all of us … [is] harder and harder to do.”

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

Ann Coulter: Anatomy of a Coup44
Victor Davis Hanson: Who’s Really Winning the North Korea Standoff?45
Larry Elder: What Left-Wing Educators Don’t Teach During ‘Black History Month’46
Ed Feulner: Zoning Out on Free Speech47
Cal Thomas: The War That Never Ends48
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion49.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Ann Coulter: “[Christopher] Steele’s dossier is not like a neighbor who hates you telling the police you’re cooking meth in your basement. The police still have to investigate, don’t they? First of all, if after 18 months of police work, the only evidence that you’re cooking meth in your basement is STILL your neighbor’s bald accusation, reasonable people will conclude that your neighbor is a liar. That’s what the Steele dossier is. It was the only evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia 18 months ago, and it’s the only evidence of Trump’s collusion with Russia today. Moreover, it’s not just the informant who hates the target. The investigators do, too. This is more like a police officer calling the police on his wife, sending himself on the call, shooting her, then writing up the police report concluding it was a justified shooting. When your entire investigation turns on a handful of people with corrupt motives, maybe it’s time to call off the investigation.”

SHORT CUTS

Observations: “Kehinde Wiley, who painted [the official portrait of] former President Obama, is also known for portraits that depict black women holding the severed heads of white women. … After Kathy Griffin, I had hoped that we could at least agree that severed heads are never a good idea.” —Gary Bauer

Food for thought: “Reminder: make sure to announce your Lenten fast on social media so that everyone can be impressed with your stunning self-sacrifice.” —Matt Walsh

Actions speak louder than words: “The only enemy here is overreach. Now is not the time nor the place to reform the entire legal immigration system. Rather, this is the time for a narrow bill.” —Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

Inevitable jackassery: “Whoever says: —'A gun didn’t do this; a sick person did.‘ —'Thoughts and prayers to all the families.’ —'Now is not the time to discuss gun control.‘ Get lost. Get off my feed. You are not part of the America we need to strive for.” —Peter King of Sports Illustrated

Gun control broken record: “Don’t tell me tomorrow isn’t the appropriate time to debate gun violence. If you’re a political leader doing nothing about this slaughter, you’re an accomplice.” —Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Braying Jackass: “To me, [Chief of Staff John Kelly is] somewhat reminiscent of Mike Flynn, to be honest. He just seems to have changed since he’s fallen into the orb of the president.” —former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

Alpha Jackass: “It’s one thing to talk to Jesus. It’s another thing when Jesus talks to you. That’s called mental illness if I’m not correct. Hearing voices.” —Joy Behar slandering Mike Pence

Stopped clock: “She’s a bright, well connected, sadistic sociopath.” —WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a leaked message about Hillary Clinton

And last… “What is far worse than hypocritically standing up for good in public while doing bad in private is to let your own private sins deter you from doing good in public. I would much prefer to see a wicked man be a hypocrite and vote for what is right and good, rather than choose consistency and advocate for wrongdoing.” —Dan McLaughlin

Join us 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

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