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1  Theology / Bible Study / Devotionals By J.R. Miller, 1895 on: December 04, 2019, 04:23:47 PM
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        July 14.

        "Joshua ... died . . . and the children of Israel did that which was evil . . . and they forsook the Lord." Judges 2:8-12

        That is too often the way. So long as the godly parent or the faithful friend lives, it is not hard to do right; but when the human guide is gone—the restraining hand is withdrawn, and the child or friend drifts away from the holy influence. Many a boy begins to drift away from God—at his mother's grave.

        There was a man whose besetting sin was strong drink. He said to a friend one day: "When I am with you, I feel strong; if I could always be with you, I would never give way to my terrible passion." Said his friend: "Whenever you feel the temptation getting the mastery over you, come to me and I will help you." So, many a time this poor man might have been seen hurrying toward his friend's office. Once in that helpful presence, he soon grew strong.

        But death came to this friend, and among those who wept at his grave—none shed bitterer tears than he who had so often run to him for the sympathy and help that saved him. Soon the temptation came again, and there was no one to whom to go. In his despair he fell into the old sin, and sank down to ruin! If he had known Christ, when his friend died he would still have missed him, and would have found living harder without his help—but he would not have sunk down in utter helplessness. He would then have had the strength of Christ to support him in his temptation.
2  Theology / Bible Study / Devotionals By J.R. Miller, 1895 on: December 04, 2019, 04:22:39 PM
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        July 13.

        "Joshua son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died at the age of a hundred and ten." Judges 2:8

        We have no elaborate account of the closing scenes of this godly man's life. Many chapters are filled with accounts of his life, his work, his wise words, and his many activities; but all we know about his death is told in this one little phrase. If he had lived in these days—the scenes of his death would have been described with glowing pen. We would have known what his last words were, how he met the end, whether with or without fear; what dying testimony he left to the power of divine grace. But not a word have we, about any of these things. We are told simply, in the briefest possible words, that 'he died'.

        The same is true of all Bible saints. We have no death-bed scenes, no descriptions of dying experiences. The meaning of this, is that it matters very little how a man dies; living is the important thing. Not many people have raptures in the last hour. Some, whose lives have been very Christly, die without any remarkable manifestation of faith or any joyous experiences. Then sometimes those who have not lived a Christian life at all—seem to have the greatest raptures in their last hours. All this proves that it is living, not dying—which tests one's character. In such a man as Joshua, it mattered not whether he had a triumphant end, or sank away in the shadows of old age, and died without a word of ecstasy. His life was his testimony. He needed no other.
3  Theology / Bible Study / Alienation And Reconciliation on: December 04, 2019, 04:13:45 PM
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Alienation And Reconciliation
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


It is impossible, and unnecessary, to reconcile friends. Reconciliation postulates alienation. It is only after men become alienated that we may try to reconcile them. Thus the reconciliation of Jews and Gentiles to God “in one body” could not begin until Israel, along with the Gentiles, had been alienated from God. This is why the Apostle Paul declares in Rom. 11:15 that “the casting away of them is,” or opens the way for, “the reconciling of the world.” Thus “God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all” (Rom. 11:32). Little wonder the Apostle goes on to exclaim:

    “O, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!” (Ver. 33).

So now the wonderful message from God to a lost world is one of grace and peace, and it is with these words that the Apostle Paul opens all of his epistles signed by his name. In Ephesians 2, where he declares that we were all “the children of disobedience,” and therefore “by nature the children of wrath,” he goes on to tell of the riches of God’s mercy and love and grace, and says:

    “And [He] came and preached peace to you [Gentiles] which were afar off, and to them [Israelites] that were nigh” (Ver. 17).

What a blessing to enjoy peace with God, to be reconciled to Him! But this is possible only as we commit ourselves to Him who was “delivered for our offences and raised again for our justification.” Indeed, Paul follows these words in Romans 4:25 with the declaration:

    “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1).
4  Theology / Bible Study / Disciples And Apostles on: December 04, 2019, 04:12:20 PM
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Disciples And Apostles
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


    “And when it was day, He called unto Him His disciples: and of them He chose twelve, whom also He named apostles” (Luke 6:13).

Many people fail to distinguish between our Lord’s disciples and His apostles. They suppose they are the same. This is incorrect, however, for our Lord had a multitude of disciples while He had only a few apostles. His apostles were chosen from among His disciples, as we learn from the above message from Luke’s gospel.

A disciple is a follower; an apostle is a “sent one”. A disciple is a learner; an apostle is a teacher. There is a great lesson here for us all to learn.

We must come before we can go. We must follow before we can be sent. We must learn before we can teach. We must listen to the Lord before we can speak for the Lord.

“Thus saith the Lord”, was the familiar phrase with which the Old Testament prophets began their messages. But at the head of the long list of Old Testament prophets we find Samuel, a young lad, saying: “SPEAK LORD, FOR THY SERVANT HEARETH” (I Sam.3:9).

Before we can do or say anything for God, then, we must listen to God. This explains why the reading and study of the Word of God is so important.

First, salvation itself comes by hearing and believing God’s Word, especially about Christ, and His death for our sins. Romans 10:17 says: “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God”, and I Peter 1:23: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth forever”. Then, having been saved, we can serve God acceptably only by diligent study of His Word. Perhaps the most important passage in the Bible on this subject is II Timothy 2:15:

    “STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF APPROVED UNTO GOD, A WORKMAN THAT NEEDETH NOT TO BE ASHAMED, RIGHTLY DIVIDING THE WORD OF TRUTH.”
5  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / Pithy gems from the puritan William Secker on: December 04, 2019, 04:08:19 PM
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Pithy gems from the puritan William Secker

(William Secker)

Pride is the sinner's torment; humility is the saint's ornament.

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Many have passed the rocks of gross sins--who have suffered shipwreck upon the sands of self-righteousness.

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Many blush to confess their faults, who never blush to commit them.

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Until we taste the bitterness of our own misery, we will never relish the sweetness of God's mercy.

Until we see how foul our sins have made us, we will never pay our tribute of praise to Christ for redeeming us.

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If you would know the heart of your sin, then you must know the sins of your heart!

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Sin's first-born is death--and its last-born is Hell.

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"I hate pride and arrogance!" Proverbs 8:13

God abhors those people worst, who adore themselves most.

Pride is not a Bethel--that is, a house where God dwells;
but a Babel--that is, a stinking dungeon in which Satan abides.

Pride is not only a most hateful evil--but the most radical evil.

As all other lusts are found lodging in it--so they are found springing from it.

Pride is a foul leprosy, in the face of morality.

Pride is a hurtful worm, gnawing at the root of humility.

Pride is a cancer within, and a spreading plague without!

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By fasting, the body learns to obey the soul.
By praying, the soul learns to command the body.

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A true Christian no more trusts in the best of his services, as in the worst of his sins!
6  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / It is a broken-backed snake! on: December 04, 2019, 04:06:15 PM
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It is a broken-backed snake!

(Charles Spurgeon)

"We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags!" Isaiah 64:6

The believer is a new creature;
he belongs to a holy generation and a peculiar people;
the Spirit of God is in him; and
in all respects he is far removed from the natural man.

But for all that, the Christian is a sinner still.
He is so from the imperfection of his nature.
He will continue so to the end of his earthly life.
The black fingers of sin leave smuts upon our fairest robes!
Sin mars our repentance upon the wheel, before the great Potter has finished it.

Apart from the merit of Jesus, the best thing we ever did--only swelled the number of our sins! For when we have been most pure in our own sight--yet, like the Heavens, we are not pure in God's sight! And as He charged His angels with folly, much more must He charge us with it--even in our most angelic frames of heart!

Our song which thrills to Heaven, and seeks to emulate seraphic strains--has human discords in it.
Our prayer which moves the arm of God--is still a bruised and battered prayer, and only moves that arm because the sinless One, the great Mediator, has stepped in to take away the sin of our supplication.

The most golden faith, or the purest degree of sanctification to which a Christian ever attained on earth, has still so much alloy in it--as to be only worthy of the eternal flames, in itself considered.

Every night we look into the mirror--and we see a sinner; and have need confess, "We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags!"

Oh, how precious is the blood of Christ to such hearts as ours!
Oh, how priceless is the gift of His perfect righteousness!
Oh, how bright is the hope of perfect holiness hereafter!

Even now, though sin dwells in us, its power is broken. It has no dominion. It is a broken-backed snake! We are in bitter conflict with it, but it is with a vanquished foe that we have to deal. In but a little while we shall enter victoriously into the city where, "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life!" Revelation 21:27
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The Patriot Post® · Who Really Stands Watch Over the House?

By Mark Alexander · Dec. 4, 2019 ·

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    “Let me now … warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the Spirit of Party generally. … A fire not to be quenched, it demands a uniform vigilance to prevent its bursting into a flame, lest, instead of warming, it should consume.” —George Washington1 from his Farewell Address2 (1796)

Having returned from a few days of much-needed Thanksgiving respite, during which I made a point of avoiding any and all news, let me pick up where we left off.

The relentless Beltway news churn3 about the Democrat Party’s4 ongoing efforts to undermine the Trump administration5 never took a rest. The “Schiff Show6” charade to impeach Trump7 is now being handed off to Demo Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler for more testimony drama this week, on its way to a full House vote for Christmas.

On the way to Nadler, Republicans Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, and Michael McCaul issued a 123-page report8 declaring: “The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system. The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor.”

The Republican report concludes: “The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry paints a picture of unelected bureaucrats within the foreign policy and national security apparatus who fundamentally disagreed with President Trump’s style, world view, and decisions. Their disagreements with President Trump’s policies and their discomfort with President Trump’s actions set in motion the anonymous, secondhand whistleblower complaint. Democrats seized on the whistleblower complaint to fulfill their years-old obsession with removing President Trump from office.”

Yep, that pretty much sums it up.

Schiff then rushed out his committee’s 300-page impeachment report9, declaring that Trump “solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, in the 2020 U.S. presidential election” and “sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process.”

As I have noted, if not for double standards, Democrat politicians wouldn’t have any standards.

Regarding election interference, in 2016 it was the Clinton campaign10 and the Democrat National Committee that colluded with Russian operatives11 to fabricate the fake Trump/Putin dossier12, which led to the Mueller investigation13.

That baseless inquiry helped give Democrats control of the House in the 2018 midterm election, which is to say Democrats, in Schiff’s words, “solicited the interference of a foreign government” and succeeded in their effort to “undermine the integrity” of that election.

The Demo report further notes the main focus of the hearings: “President Trump ordered the suspension of $391 million in vital military assistance” to Ukraine “without any legitimate foreign policy, national security, or anti-corruption justification.”

But remember, it was Biden as vice president in 2015 and a group of Democrat senators in 2018 who threatened Ukraine14 in order to, in Biden’s case, protect his son Hunter15 and, in the Demo senators’ case, demand dirt on Trump16 to assist the failing Mueller investigation.

So now it’s Nadler who will endeavor to spin the Demos’ MAGA sabotage17 into something even bigger ahead of next year’s election. According to the Democrat Daily, a.k.a. The Washington Post, “House Democrats are debating whether to expand articles of impeachment to include charges beyond abuse of power in the Ukraine controversy.”

Who’d’ve thunk it? Oh, wait. We said this was exactly what the Democrats would do as soon as they announced their impeachment plans.

As our Managing Editor Nate Jackson wrote yesterday, “Democrats think combining the fizzled impeachment coup 1.0 (Trump/Russia18) with its coup 2.0 sequel (Trump/Ukraine19) is the combo to defeat Trump. Color us skeptical.”

Now, with all that out of the way, this column is really about a group of individuals who have overwatch on the House impeachment farce. No, I’m not referring to the news recyclers3 who report every minute of this political theater as if it were a spectator blood sport in order to support their advertising revenue. I am referring to a group of remarkable individuals above the House chamber.

You may already know about the many subtle ways in which the foundation of American Liberty20 — the irrevocable fact that we are endowed by our Creator21 with “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” — is reflected symbolically around our nation’s capital.

For example, the cap on the 555-foot Washington Monument is engraved, “Laus Deo,” Latin for “Praise be to God.” The great oak doors leading into the Supreme Court chamber are engraved with the Roman numerals I through X, representing the Ten Commandments, and the relief above the mahogany bench where the Supreme Court justices sit during session is likewise marble engraved with a stone tablet and the numerals I through X. In fact, monuments and engravings honoring the Judeo-Christian foundation of American law are found all across that town.

But what you may not know is that forming a ring around the House of Representatives chamber are 23 bas-reliefs22 of noted law-givers — those whose principles are the foundation for our Declaration of Independence and Constitution, as well as the Rule of Law23 they enshrine. There is one in particular that is most noteworthy.

You have likely seen our national motto, “In God We Trust,” inscribed in large gold letters above and behind the speaker’s rostrum in the House chamber. Above those words behind the rostrum24 is a quote from the venerable Daniel Webster that serves as the starting point for the 23 reliefs that look down upon the room: “Let us develop the resources of our land, call forth its powers, build up its institutions, promote all its great interests, and see whether we also, in our day and generation, may not perform something worthy to be remembered.”

But it is the 28-inch reliefs above the gallery doors, surrounding and looking down upon the chamber, sculpted in white Vermont marble, that should give pause and warrant reflection upon all proceedings in that room and whether such proceedings might be “worthy to be remembered.”

In order clockwise around the chamber from Webster’s quote are the images of George Mason25 (Virginia Declaration of Rights26), Robert Joseph Pothier27, Jean-Baptiste Colbert28, Edward I29, Alfonso X30, Gregory IX31, Louis IX32, Justinian I33, Tribonian34, Lycurgus35, Hammurabi36 (The Code of Hammurabi37), Moses38 (The Ten Commandments39), Solon40, Aemilius Papinianus41, Gaius42, Maimonides43, Suleiman the Magnificent44, Innocent III45, Simon de Montfort46, Hugo Grotius47, William Blackstone48 (Commentaries on the Laws of England49), Napoleon50 and, of course, Thomas Jefferson51 (The Declaration of Independence52).

Now, I would argue that there are some American Founders whose reliefs should also be included within that ring of honor — most notably that of George Washington1. I would further argue that the man whose life and teaching is the centerpiece of the most important and most produced (more than five billion copies) book of all time, Jesus of Nazareth, should be there.

But here is what I find most interesting about those reliefs. Of the 23, all but one are facing left or right22, all gazing toward the full front relief of the singularly important relief that is centered directly across from the dais occupied by the speaker of the House. The 11 profiles in the eastern half of the chamber face left and 11 in the western half face right.

They all look toward the frontal relief of Moses, the Old Testament’s essential lawgiver.

When all the rancorous debate within the Judiciary Committee and the full House is concluded, and as Nancy Pelosi gavels the House to order for the inevitable impeachment referral vote to the Senate, she should remember those who are watching and, most notably, whom she is addressing directly across the room.

P.S. Patriots, the most cost-effective investment you can make to ensure the future of Liberty is to support The Patriot Post. We are the Web’s most influential grassroots journal promoting freedom and challenging the Leftmedia narrative. We rely 100% on the voluntary financial support of Patriots — people like you. Please support The Patriot Fund’s Year-End Campaign today. Thank you.

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776
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Maybe Schiff’s phone records would reveal that it wasn’t just his staff colluding with the whistleblower17…

And finally, speaking of Nunes, he filed a $435 million defamation lawsuit against CNN Tuesday over its “demonstrably false hit piece” alleging that the congressman had traveled to Vienna in 2018, where he supposedly met former Ukrainian chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin in a bid to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. None of that is true. “CNN is the mother of fake news,” says the lawsuit. “It must be held accountable.”

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67139-schiff-show-roundup-democrat-fiction

ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY

    Featured Analysis: Progressive, Feminist Culture Is Toxic, Not Masculinity18 — From the decline of marriage and birth rates to lower life expectancy, destroying men is catastrophic.
    Who Is Hunter Biden?19 — Joe Biden’s obvious nepotism problem with his son goes back a long time.
    The ‘Dark Money’ Deluge for 202020 — Democrats love to talk about “getting money out of politics” unless it’s their money.
    Grassroots Perspective: Media Madness!21 — Crying wolf is not working. Why don’t they consider reporting real news?
    Video: Hypocrite Dems Fly to Climate Conference22 — Where climate alarmists discuss how to penalize people who travel by airplane.
    Video: Bernie Reveals the Left’s Bias Against Christians23 — Michael Knowles on the hypocrisy of leftists who engage in attacks on people of faith.

TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

NOTHING TO SEE HERE: Husband of Democrat in impeachment hearings took $700K from firms tied to Ukrainian oligarch “accused of ordering contract killings” (The Daily Wire25)

GOOD COP, BAD COP: Georgia governor appoints Kelly Loeffler to Senate in defiance of Trump (National Review26)

INTOLERANCE: Army says faith-based group can no longer put Bible verses on dog tags after complaint (Fox News27)

HISTORIC CONTRACT: “Generational leap”: Navy to pay $22 billion for nine nuclear-powered submarines (The Washington Times28)

COMMONSENSE REFORM: Trump administration to close food-stamp eligibility loopholes for able-bodied adults (The Daily Signal29)

PUSHBACK: Hospital groups sue to block price-transparency rule (The Wall Street Journal30)

POLICY: Here are four pieces of great news for America and President Trump (PJ Media31)

POLICY: Hong Kong shows Taiwan what unifying with China really means (Hudson Institute32)

HUMOR: “My mom said you guys have to let me play,” defiant Colin Kaepernick tells kids playing flag football at park (The Babylon Bee33)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights34.

The Patriot Post is a certified ad-free news service, unlike third-party commercial news sites linked on this page, which may also require a paid subscription.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67147-wednesday-top-news-executive-summary-2019-12-04

OPINION IN BRIEF

Kay Coles James: “When tolerance for religious beliefs wanes, intolerance for other beliefs follows closely behind. Just as it has become acceptable to discriminate against people for their religious beliefs, we’ve seen how it has also become acceptable to discriminate against — and even attack — people based on their political beliefs, their beliefs on how they raise their children, or any other belief that doesn’t comport with the latest checkbox on the social justice warrior agenda. A pluralistic society like ours is defined by those with different beliefs and different cultures coexisting side-by-side while still sharing one unifying American identity. A society without that kind of tolerance becomes a society of us-versus-them that devolves into constant conflicts and chaos. Unfortunately, that seems to be the very path the far left wants to force us down.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The state represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the state is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence.” —Mahatma Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)

Friendly fire: “Today, I’m a little angry, I have to say, that we started with one of the most diverse fields in our history, giving people pride. And it’s a damn shame now that the only African-American woman in this race … is now no longer in it, and we’re spiraling towards a debate stage … that could have six people with no diversity whatsoever.” —Sen. Cory Booker

Bluster: “The evidence is overwhelming that [Trump] abused his office to leverage your taxpayer dollars to have a foreign government try to cheat an election.” —Rep. Eric Swalwell

Facts are stubborn things… “I think what we have produced in remarkable short order is so overwhelming that it ought to be presented to the Judiciary Committee now without any further delay. … There is, I think, grave risk to the country with waiting until we have every last fact when we already know enough about the president’s misconduct to make a responsible judgment.” —Rep. Adam Schiff

Race bait: “Anyone who supported this president is at best looking the other way on racism. At best.” —Pete Buttigieg

Tone deaf: “It’s f—ing upsetting that I can’t allow my son to listen to our President because our President is inappropriate, misogynistic and unpresidential. So unfair to parents.” —Alyssa Milano, who did not censor her own vulgar profanity

Hot air: “The fossil-fuel industry has damaged the whole globe, all of humanity, and nature.” —Jane Fonda

Alarmism: “Warmer temperatures wrought by climate change could put women at risk for giving birth early, according to new research.” —ABC News (So they’re trying to save babies now?)

And last… “Any black kid from the projects available to shout ‘how dare you’ about six times in front of the UN? Maybe then these virtue-signaling, good-for-nothing, leftist politicians and celebrities will jump to fix the neighborhoods that have been devastated by their policies.” —Candace Owens

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67145-wednesday-short-cuts-2019-12-04

TODAY’S MEME

https://patriotpost.us/memes/67141-feminists-2019-12-04

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union35.

TODAY’S CARTOON

https://patriotpost.us/cartoons/28025

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive36.

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Dec. 4, 2019

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THE FOUNDATION

“The public cannot be too curious concerning the characters of public men.” —Samuel Adams (1775)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Harris failed because she was a bad candidate, not because of her skin color.1
    Democrats peddle more fiction with their 300-page report.2
    Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

Kamala Harris Exit Not Due to Race10

“The elephant in the room about my campaign,” Kamala Harris asserted back in October, is this question: “Is America ready for a woman and a woman of color to be president of the United States?” Well, it appears that even the party of the “woke” isn’t ready for a Harris presidency, as she announced on Tuesday that she is ending her presidential bid and returning full time to the Senate. While this news left many Democrats and Leftmedia pundits wringing their hands over the lack of “diversity” among the remaining leading Democrat presidential contenders, the truth is Harris’s failed campaign had nothing to do with her race. It had everything to do with Harris herself.

From the beginning of her run, Harris attempted to play up her minority “black” status by announcing her campaign on Martin Luther King Jr. Day with much fanfare. She brandished her “person of color” victimhood credentials when she attacked Joe Biden over his busing comments, but she was subsequently exposed by Tulsi Gabbard for her overzealous prosecutorial record as California’s attorney general. That didn’t play well with minorities.

While Harris’s talent as a prosecutor seemed to indicate she’d be a formidable candidate, it soon became apparent that she lacked the necessary managerial skills to run an effective campaign. As National Review noted, “Harris was also plagued with reports of campaign mismanagement that began to emerge after she announced dozens of layoffs in November. Many of the campaign staffers cited in the reports blamed campaign chair Maya Harris, the candidate’s sister, and campaign manager Juan Rodriguez, for a lack of clear direction.” Diversity of skin color does not equal competency. Merit remains the ultimate winnowing standard, and it’s color-blind. In fact, it was the foundation upon which MLK based his fight for equality.

The bottom line is that under the pressure of a presidential primary, Harris’s lack of leadership ability and consistent messaging were exposed. This is why her campaign ended. It had nothing to do with her being a person of color. Barack Obama’s election demonstrated this fact.

Exit question: Will Harris be considered as a possible running mate for the eventual Democrat candidate? It’s not beyond the realm of possibilities, especially given the threat of President Donald Trump’s growing popularity with black voters.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67146-kamala-harris-exit-not-due-to-race

‘Schiff Show’ Roundup: Democrat Fiction11

House Intelligence Committee Democrats released their 300-page report12 on their impeachment inquisition so far. It’s riveting reading if you like works of fiction very loosely “based on a true story.” The far more accurate version is the Republican prebuttal13.

“President Trump’s scheme subverted U.S. foreign policy toward Ukraine and undermined our national security in favor of two politically motivated investigations that would help his presidential reelection campaign,” argue Adam Schiff and other House Democrats in their report. Moreover, they aim to bolster their case on “obstruction” by saying, “It would be hard to imagine a stronger or more complete case of obstruction than that demonstrated by the President since the inquiry began.”

Democrats proceed to base their gripes in their longstanding narrative that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. They argue that his Ukraine endeavors were the same kind of corrupt conduct. “In making the decision to move forward, we were struck by the fact that the President’s misconduct was not an isolated occurrence, nor was it the product of a naïve president,” the preface to the report asserts. “Instead, the efforts to involve Ukraine in our 2020 presidential election were undertaken by a President who himself was elected in 2016 with the benefit of an unprecedented and sweeping campaign of election interference undertaken by Russia in his favor, and which the President welcomed and utilized.”

In conclusion, Democrats argue, “The president placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security.”

Baloney. Trump’s only “real” sin is having defeated Hillary Clinton. The fact that he’d like to win again in 2020 is utterly unconscionable to Democrats.

As for “bribery”? George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley is testifying14 today before the House Judiciary Committee, and he argues that the Democrats’ expansive definition of bribery is historically ignorant15 and mendacious.

In other news, Adam Schiff obtained Rudy Giuliani’s phone records, which include conversations with Devin Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, as well as journalist John Solomon and others. Clearly, Democrats hope to discredit Nunes with this revelation. Still, The Resurgent’s Erick Erickson puts it in perspective16: “I don’t find it outrageous at all that the Democrats got these records. It suggests a level of competence and thoroughness I did not think they possessed. [But] it is remarkable the Democrats have not been able to advance the ball and are flailing about given what all they had.”
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AG LEERY: William Barr reportedly doubts inspector general’s finding on Russia inquiry (The New York Times23) But Sen. Lindsey Graham says to “be wary24” of Leftmedia rumors.

DIGITAL-TAX FALLOUT: Trump administration proposes tariffs on $2.4 billion in French goods (The Hill25)

PASSING THE BATON: Senate confirms Dan Brouillette as Trump’s pick to replace Energy Secretary Rick Perry (Fox News26)

PAYBACK: Trump campaign bans Bloomberg News from events over “troubling and wrong” decision to investigate Trump but not his political opponents (Fox News27)

“ETHICAL LAPSES”: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson fired by Mayor Lori Lightfoot a few weeks before his planned retirement (Fox News28)

GUILTY: California GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will plead guilty to corruption charges (The Mercury News29)

TROUBLE BREWING? The Supreme Court heard its first gun-rights case in years. It might be a misfire. (The Daily Caller30)

DRAINING THE SWAMP: Betsy DeVos has cut 600 staff positions at the Department of Education (Washington Examiner31)

NO DENYING IT: Iran admits to murdering protesters in cities across the country (Townhall32)

POLICY: The London terrorist attack shows rehabilitative justice doesn’t work (The Federalist33)

POLICY: An agenda for the intangible economy (City Journal34)

“HUMOR”: Democrats fly dozens to Spain to learn about how to pollute less (Genesius Times35)

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Dennis Prager: “As I have said for years, the left destroys everything it touches: music, art, Christianity, Judaism, economies, universities, high schools, late-night comedy, pro football, women’s likelihood of finding happiness, men’s likelihood of maturing, the Boy Scouts and the innocence of children (think ‘Drag Queen Story Hour’ for 5-year-olds at libraries), to cite some of the more obvious examples. And while it destroys good institutions, the left never builds a viable replacement. Is there a left-wing equivalent to the Boy Scouts, a left-wing institution that helps mold boys into responsible men? Of course not. The left destroys, but it builds nothing — except state power. Or, to take the present example, is there a left-wing equivalent to The Salvation Army? No, there isn’t. … One of the great puzzles in contemporary American life is whether there is anything the left could do to make Americans understand how destructive it is. If suppressing free speech at colleges and on the internet, fomenting interracial anger, supporting those who wish to annihilate Israel, allowing (and even encouraging) teenage girls to have their healthy breasts surgically removed if they think they are a boy and trying to crush The Salvation Army don’t do it, probably nothing will.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The object and practice of liberty lies in the limitation of government power.” —General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)

Nailed it: “Any foreign citizen who mistakenly overstays their visa for even just one day is considered an ‘illegal’ resident. If a traveler from India has no intention of staying in the U.S. but remains here for an extra week, his status is illegal. That’s not the type of person we’re worried about. We’re worried about the hundreds of thousands who are coming every month with the purpose of staying, and those people are making their way in by illegally crossing into the country from Mexico and then claim they are seeking asylum.” —Eddie Scarry

Political futures: “House Democrats are abusing their impeachment power for political advantage. It is a miscalculation: They will never remove the president, but they might well help him win four more years in power.” —Andrew McCarthy

Grand delusions: “My goal is to get elected — but I plan to be the last American president to be elected by the Electoral College. I want my second term to be elected by direct vote.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Tone deaf: “The ultimate goal … is to defeat a president and a party that has … taken a sharp turn away from a lot of the core traditions and values and institutional commitments that built this country.” —Barack Obama, who’s actually describing Democrats very accurately

Friendly fire: “The field will narrow and there’s going to be one person, and if that is not your perfect candidate and there are certain aspects of what they say that you don’t agree with and you don’t find them completely inspiring the way you’d like, I don’t care. Because the choice is so stark and the stakes are so high that you cannot afford to be ambivalent in this race.” —Barack Obama

Hot air: “Our war against nature must stop, and we know that it is possible. We simply have to stop digging and drilling and take advantage of the vast possibilities offered by renewable energy and nature-based solutions.” —United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

Village hypocrites: “It’s time for an economic revolution. Capitalism today is failing us, killing us, and robbing from our children’s future.” —multimillionaire actor Mark Ruffalo

And last… “How long before Bernie Sanders laments the variety of chicken sandwiches available in American fast food outlets?” —Erick Erickson

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THE FOUNDATION

“Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state.” —Alexander Hamilton (1790)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Pelosi blows climate hot air in Europe.1
    House Republicans offer a “prebuttal” to Schiff’s upcoming report.2
    Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

Pelosi Sends Climate Alarmist Virtue Signal10

As the Democrats’ effort to convince the country that President Donald Trump deserves to be impeached falters and is on the verge of backfiring, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided it was time to change the subject. So, with a delegation of House Democrats in tow, Pelosi jetted off to the UN’s latest climate summit, known as COP25, in Madrid, Spain. She declared that, despite the fact that Trump initiated our official withdrawal11 from the dubious 2015 Paris Agreement, the U.S. is “still in.” Pelosi asserted, “By coming here we want to say to everyone we are still in. The United States is still in. Our delegation is here to send a message that Congress’s commitment to take action on the climate crisis is ironclad.”

The Democrats’ favorite boogieman is “climate change,” but they clearly don’t believe it’s real based upon their behavior and proposed “solutions.” Nevertheless, they love to ring the alarm bells, virtue signaling their “commitment” to “save the planet.” Of course, as we have repeatedly noted, the solutions Democrats offer would do nothing to mitigate climate change and in fact would cause greater local ecological damage, while at the same time destroying the American economy — which is their real agenda12.

The reality is that since 2007, CO2 emissions have fallen in the U.S. by 14%, thanks in large part to the natural-gas boom from shale fracking, which the ecofascists and Vladimir Putin13 want to shut down. Furthermore, as of 2017, America’s emissions were 5% lower than in 1990, despite a population increase of at least 75 million. And a majority of Americans recognize that the climate alarmists’ proposed solutions would only lead to less freedom and more government interference in their lives, followed by more suffering. They simply aren’t buying the Democrats’ “solution.”

Hence the climate alarmists’ push to rebrand “climate change” into something that sounds much more dire and imminent. “Global meltdown” or “global melting” are a couple of terms proposed by climate activist Aaron Hall. He explains, “After the global climate strike this past September, I found myself thinking about the terms ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming.’ Are these scientific terms too neutral? Do they do enough to grab attention and inspire people to take action?” While his proposed alternative terms sound silly, Pelosi has clearly bought into the concept, as she emphasized that climate change was a “crisis.” In fact, the term “climate crisis” has increasingly gained traction with the mainstream media. And former Secretary of State John Kerry continues the half-century leftist obsession with treating domestic concerns as warfare, insisting, “We’ve got to treat this like a war.”

The truth is, the Democrats’ problem isn’t with “climate change” or whatever new alarmist term they adopt; it’s with capitalism. This is demonstrated by their continual refusal to praise and recognize the American free-market economy as the most effective means of producing practical solutions to tackle the challenges caused by climate change, all while they turn a blind eye to the planet’s largest polluter, communist China.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67118-pelosi-sends-climate-alarmist-virtue-signal-2019-12-03

‘Schiff Show’ Roundup: Republican Rebuttal14

“The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry is not the organic outgrowth of serious misconduct; it is an orchestrated campaign to upend our political system.” That’s the summation of a 123-page report15 issued by House Republicans Devin Nunes, Jim Jordan, and Michael McCaul. “The evidence presented does not prove any of these Democrat allegations, and none of the Democrats’ witnesses testified to having evidence of bribery, extortion, or any high crime or misdemeanor.”

“The Democrats’ impeachment inquiry paints a picture of unelected bureaucrats within the foreign policy and national security apparatus who fundamentally disagreed with President Trump’s style, world view, and decisions,” the report concludes. “Their disagreements with President Trump’s policies and their discomfort with President Trump’s actions set in motion the anonymous, secondhand whistleblower complaint. Democrats seized on the whistleblower complaint to fulfill their years-old obsession with removing President Trump from office.”

That pretty well sums it up. The Republican report is a “prebuttal” of sorts for the report expected later today from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who will attempt to make the case for impeachment as a layup to House Judiciary Committee hearings that begin tomorrow. Schiff says he’s rushing his report because of the dire circumstances: “This is a threat to the integrity of the upcoming election, and we don’t feel it should wait, in particular when we already have overwhelming evidence of the president’s misconduct.”

We pause to note that Schiff’s report waited while Democrats took a week-long Thanksgiving break.

Meanwhile, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler finally released his first list of witnesses. According16 to The Wall Street Journal, “The Judiciary panel’s impeachment hearing on Wednesday will be its first on the matter, and it will hear from a group of experts on what constitutes an impeachable offense. Four academics are scheduled to testify on the opening day: Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School; Pamela Karlan of Stanford Law School; Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina School of Law; and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School.”

Finally, in a development that would be no surprise whatsoever, “House Democrats are debating whether to expand articles of impeachment to include charges beyond abuse of power in the Ukraine controversy,” reports The Washington Post. “Members of the House Judiciary Committee and other more liberal-minded lawmakers and congressional aides have been privately discussing the possibility of drafting articles that include obstruction of justice or other ‘high crimes’ they believe are clearly outlined in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report — or allegations that Trump has used his office to benefit his bottom line.”

Translation: Democrats think combining the fizzled impeachment coup 1.0 (Russia) with its 2.0 sequel (Ukraine) is really the way to win the fight. Color us skeptical.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/67116-schiff-show-roundup-republican-rebuttal
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        July 12.

        "I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen." John 3:11

        The things that Christ teaches are certainties. Very much human science is only guessing; we cannot be sure of it. Every now and then some new discovery is made, which sweeps away whole volumes of boasted theories. We have to be all the time buying new books—just to keep up with the times; and we are afraid to quote from any but the newest editions, lest there has been some recent discovery which contradicts the older.

        But Christ's teachings are certainties. He came down from heaven, where from all eternity he had dwelt, and he knew the things he taught. We may accept his words without the slightest doubt, and may build our soul's hopes upon them. What he said about God, about God's love, about heaven, about the judgment, about the future life, about the way of salvation, is all certainty! As we go on into the future, we shall find everything just as he has described it.

        This fact should give us deep and strong confidence—if we are reposing upon Christ's promises for salvation and life. It should drive us speedily to his cross for refuge—if we are still unsheltered, for he has told us of condemnation abiding upon all who do not believe on him. We may not disregard a single word that Christ spoke, for all his words are all true and eternal. Not one of them can ever fail him who leans upon it.
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        July 11.

        "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak—and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself." Romans 15:1-3

        There are some people who are anointed to be helpers of others—to build them up. Those who have questions or perplexities, those who are seeking light or guidance, turn to them instinctively, with confidence, sure of finding what they seek.

        There is need for such helpers. There are questions which books or sermons do not answer; it is a friend that is needed, one who can understand and sympathize. No other ministry to which men are ordained in this world, is so sacred as this, which comes into lives in their deepest experiences, at times when, without wise help, they may be wrecked. There is not one of us who may not be such a helper.
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Rightly Dividing The Word
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


It is not enough to use the Bible as a grand book of wonderful sayings from which we may choose what we wish for our inspiration, nor will one who truly realizes that “God hath spoken” ever hold so shallow an opinion of the sacred Scriptures.

“The Word of truth” must be “rightly divided”; for while it is all given for our spiritual profit, it was not all addressed to us, or written about us. Thus one who truly desires to understand and obey God’s Word will seek first to determine what Scriptures are particularly related to him and will study all the rest in the light of these.

Sad to say, however, there are many who fail to give the Book of God the respect and reverence it deserves. They flip it open at random, let a finger light upon the open page and then read the verse indicated to see if perchance they may find leading from the Lord in that way. And if it doesn’t “work” the first time they try it again and again until it does “work.” They use “promise boxes” in the same way, on the basis that “every promise in the Book is mine.” They take passages out of their contexts, “spiritualize” them, and give them “private interpretations.” Finding “precious passages” anywhere at all, no matter to whom addressed or when or why, they place their own constructions upon them and claim them as promises of God to them! To take isolated statements from the writings of men and use them in such a manner would be considered dishonest, but even Bible teachers do it with the Word of God!

The Word, rightly divided, is of supreme importance to the Church at large as well as to the individual believer, and it is because this fact has not yet been sufficiently recognized that we have not experienced the true, heaven-sent revival that the Church so sorely needs.
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To Rebuke Is Not To Nuke!
by Pastor Ricky Kurth


    "Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him" (Leviticus 19:17).

Years ago, a television commercial reminded people that "friends don't let friends drive drunk." In that same spirit, our text reminds us that caring Christians don't let their friends grieve the Spirit by continuing in sin (Eph. 4:30). If you truly love a brother in Christ who persists in a path of transgression, you need to rebuke him, "and not suffer sin upon him."

The problem is, when we think of rebuking someone, we generally think of a drill sergeant chewing a soldier up one side and down the other! And it's true that God once said, "I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes" (Ezekiel 25:17). But a quick check of the context of that verse will show that God was speaking of furiously rebuking His enemies. If all rebukes were supposed to be "furious" rebukes, God wouldn't have had to specify that He planned to rebuke the Philistines "with furious rebukes."

Yet how often well-meaning Christians seek to obey Leviticus 19:17 by unloading on a brother like a nuclear bomb when he sins! This despite the fact that the dictionary defines "rebuke" as to chide or scold someone. And this despite the fact that every time we're told what men say when they rebuke someone in the Bible, they always use words like the ones Joseph's father used to rebuke him:

    "...his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee...?" (Genesis 37:10).

Rather than going ballistic on his son, Jacob reasoned with him, asking about his dream, and explaining in a respectful manner why he thought Joseph was wrong to be saying such things. Later, when God Himself "rebuked" Balaam (II Pet. 2:15,16), He chose to do so through the humblest of animals, to teach us that rebukes should always be delivered in the spirit of humility. Consider the deferential words of the Father's rebuke:

"What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times...Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee?" (Numbers 22:28-30).

Speaking through the dumb animal, God gently rebuked His prophet, reasoning with him, trying to get him to think about what he was doing and consider the wrongfulness of his ways. Sort of like the Lord later "rebuked" the apostles when they wanted to call fire down from Heaven on Samaria, saying, "Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them" (Luke 9:55,56).

In closing, it's still true that if you "rebuke a wise man" that "he will love thee" (Pr. 9:8), and "he that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue" (Pr. 28:23). But these things are only true if you manage to rebuke your brother "with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love" (Eph. 4:2).

So remember, when it comes to rebukes, no nukes!
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