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1  Theology / Bible Study / Devotionals By J.R. Miller, 1895 on: October 13, 2019, 03:13:15 PM
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        May 25.

        "The fruit of the Spirit, is love." Galatians 5:22

        The sum of all practical religion is love. "Love is the fulfilling of the law." All Christian growth is to be toward the likeness of Christ, and all His character is summed up in LOVE. Whatever is unloving in us—is unlike Jesus; and we should seek to overcome the evil with good.

        Perhaps the ordinary Christian conscience has not been sufficiently exacting on this line of character and duty. Scripture demands truthfulness, justice, honesty, purity; but it does not tolerate bad temper, resentment, unkindness or other phases of unamiableness, in those who profess to follow Jesus!
2  Theology / Bible Study / Pithy gems from George Whitefield #2 on: October 13, 2019, 03:08:30 PM
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Pithy gems from George Whitefield #2

Oh for a thousand lives to be spent in the service of Christ!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

Left to himself--man is half beast and half devil.

   ~  ~  ~  ~

God, give me a deep humility, a well-guided zeal, a burning love and a single eye!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

If one evil thought, if one evil word, if one evil action, deserves eternal damnation--then how many Hells do every one of us deserve, whose whole lives have been one continued rebellion against God!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

The reason why congregations have been so dead--is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children?

   ~  ~  ~  ~

I expect perpetual conflicts and struggles in this life. I expect only a cross, while on this side of eternity.

   ~  ~  ~  ~

There are many who go on in a round of religious duties, who think that they will go to Heaven when they die. But if you examine them, though they have a Christ in their heads--they have no Christ in their hearts.
3  Theology / Bible Study / Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2 on: October 13, 2019, 03:06:39 PM
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Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2

What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath!

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Every time you draw your breath, you suck in mercy!

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We are more sure to arise out of our graves, than out of our beds.

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Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love-letter sent to you from God!

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God would have us part with nothing for Him, but that which will damn us if we keep it! The only design He has for us is to make us holy.

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Death is the last and best physician. It cures all diseases and sins--the aching head and the unbelieving heart. Sin was the midwife which brought death into the world--and death shall be the grave to bury sin! O the privilege of a believer!

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There is more evil in a drop of sin--than in a sea of affliction!

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Knowledge without repentance--will be but a torch to light men to Hell.
4  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2 on: October 13, 2019, 03:04:23 PM
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Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2

What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

Every time you draw your breath, you suck in mercy!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

We are more sure to arise out of our graves, than out of our beds.

   ~  ~  ~  ~

Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love-letter sent to you from God!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

God would have us part with nothing for Him, but that which will damn us if we keep it! The only design He has for us is to make us holy.

   ~  ~  ~  ~

Death is the last and best physician. It cures all diseases and sins--the aching head and the unbelieving heart. Sin was the midwife which brought death into the world--and death shall be the grave to bury sin! O the privilege of a believer!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

There is more evil in a drop of sin--than in a sea of affliction!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

Knowledge without repentance--will be but a torch to light men to Hell.
5  Entertainment / Poetry/Prose / Pithy gems from George Whitefield #2 on: October 13, 2019, 03:02:37 PM
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Pithy gems from George Whitefield #2

Oh for a thousand lives to be spent in the service of Christ!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

Left to himself--man is half beast and half devil.

   ~  ~  ~  ~

God, give me a deep humility, a well-guided zeal, a burning love and a single eye!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

If one evil thought, if one evil word, if one evil action, deserves eternal damnation--then how many Hells do every one of us deserve, whose whole lives have been one continued rebellion against God!

   ~  ~  ~  ~

The reason why congregations have been so dead--is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children?

   ~  ~  ~  ~

I expect perpetual conflicts and struggles in this life. I expect only a cross, while on this side of eternity.

   ~  ~  ~  ~

There are many who go on in a round of religious duties, who think that they will go to Heaven when they die. But if you examine them, though they have a Christ in their heads--they have no Christ in their hearts.
6  Theology / Bible Study / Devotionals By J.R. Miller, 1895 on: October 12, 2019, 10:26:40 AM
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        May 24.

        "Whatever is born of the flesh—is flesh; and

        whatever is born of the Spirit—is spirit." John 3:6

        Like produces like. To be born of the Spirit—is to have a new life imparted by the Spirit. This new life will be like that which produces it. Everyone who is born of God—will have some features of God's likeness. He will love the things that God loves, and hate the things that God hates. In some measure, he will be like God . . .
        in holiness,
        in unselfishness,
        in gentleness,
        in patience,
        in forgiveness,
        in truthfulness,
        in love.

        If we would know what God is like—we have only to look at Jesus Christ, for He was the image of God; and if we are born again, we shall have the same features in our lives! They will be dim at first; but they will come out clearer and clearer each day, as we grow in grace.

        We can tell whether or not we are born again—by looking closely at ourselves to see if we have the marks of the Spirit in our life. Do we hate sin? Do we love holiness? Do we love the Bible and prayer, and fellowship with the Lord's true people?

        We have the same thought presented by Paul under the figure of the seal of the Holy Spirit. All Christians are sealed by the Spirit. The seal impresses its own features on the wax. So the Holy Spirit seals believers—by stamping His own image on their hearts. Those who have received the Spirit—will bear the marks of His beauty in their lives!
7  Theology / Bible Study / Your Greatest Need on: October 12, 2019, 10:22:11 AM
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Your Greatest Need
by Pastor Ricky Kurth


Even in these challenging financial times, the greatest need of a Christian is not monetary. It is rather found in Colossians 1:11, where Paul prays that we might be

    "Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all…"

Unto all what? Whatever it is, Paul is convinced we are going to have to be "strengthened" with "all might" according to "His glorious power" to obtain it. As we read on, Paul tells us the goal of all this empowerment:

    "…unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness."

Patience? The reason we need all this mighty empowering is so we can be patient? While this may seem anticlimactic, we submit that patience is our greatest need. We need patience to put up with the world's wickedness, the abortions, etc., patience in knowing the Second Coming of Christ will right the world's wrongs. We need patience as televangelists continue to dominate the airwaves with their dilutions and pollutions of the gospel, and patience as Bible teachers muddle the minds of the saints by their failure to rightly divide the Word. And since no man today has the gift of healing, we need patience with our physical infirmities, and longsuffering as we wait for that wonderful change that will come to our bodies at the Rapture (Phil. 3:20,21).

Finally, we need patience with one another, as we learn to not just put up with other believers, but to actually give them the same unconditional love and acceptance God extends to us. Moses was patient with unbelieving Pharaoh, but lost his patience with his brethren. How like us! But ask yourself, when did David show greater spiritual strength, when he slew Goliath, or when he refused to slay Saul?

Paul says we are to be strengthened to all patience "according to His glorious power," but what is God's glorious power? The destructive power He exhibited at the Red Sea is called "glorious" (Ex. 15:6), but we suggest that God's glorious power today is seen in His patience. The fact that God could put an end to the abortions and religious confusion, but doesn't, is His most glorious power in the dispensation of grace.

The apostle concludes by praying that we might be patient "with joyfulness," perhaps the hardest part of longsuffering. God doesn't chafe under the vexations He receives from the world, religion, and the Body of Christ, and neither should we!

If this kind of power were not available to us, Paul would not be praying that we might have it. And so may his prayer also be the prayer of our hearts, as we enthusiastically study the only source of spiritual strength, God's Word rightly divided.
8  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 10-11-2019 on: October 11, 2019, 02:29:34 PM
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    Featured Analysis: ‘Woke’ NBA Bows to Communist Tyrants19 — But Chinese influence over the decisions of American companies is growing.
    Free Speech Is Not ‘Killing Us’20 — Uncivil speech is not the threat some make it. But we could all use the Golden Rule.
    Facts Are a ‘Smear,’ Says Fake News WaPo21 — The Washington Post circles the wagons for its favorite candidate, Elizabeth Warren.
    No, Billionaire Tax Rates Aren’t Lower Than Middle-Class Rates22 — The Washington Post says the wealthy aren’t paying their “fair share.”
    Grassroots Perspective: Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!23 — Trust, but verify who you vote for. Character and integrity beat charisma and personality.
    Video: Ellen Sits With Bush, Leftists Go Nuts24 — The backlash was swift, as progressives took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.
    Video: About Trump’s Syria Pullout25 — It betrays Kurdish allies, and it might jeopardize U.S. interests elsewhere too.

TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

JUST TAKE MY WORD FOR IT: “Lawyers for the CIA officer whose whistleblower complaint helped ignite an impeachment inquiry into President Trump have asked Congress whether their client could submit testimony in writing instead of appearing in person.” (The Wall Street Journal27)

FELON VOTES: The Hill reports28 that 22,000 felony convicts have had their voting rights restored by Gov. Ralph Northam, which Democrats hope will turn the state supremely blue.

MORE PLANNED PARENTHOOD DECEPTION: “An arson attack on a Planned Parenthood facility that was reported as a hate crime inspired by undercover videos was actually an incident of domestic violence, a senior executive of the organization has been forced to admit in a San Francisco court room.” (The Daily Wire29)

PRIORITIES: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs ban on small plastic bottles in hotels — as blackouts batter that state’s economy30 (National Review31)

TEXAS SHOOTER DEFIANT: Suspected assailant in El Paso Walmart shooting pleads not guilty to attack that killed 22 (NBC News32)

MIDDLE EAST AGGRESSION: Iranian oil tanker near Saudi Arabia coast hit by missiles (Fox News33)

NANNY-STATE COURTS — COMING SOON TO AMERICA? Canadian court strips father of rights, allowing teen to transition against his wishes (The Daily Signal34)

“NEXT!” “Democratic House committee chairmen Elijah Cummings, Eliot Engel, and Adam Schiff sent a letter Thursday to Energy Secretary Rick Perry alerting him to a subpoena demanding documents related to their impeachment inquiry into President Trump’s dealings in Ukraine — the ninth subpoena issued so far.” (National Review35)

BIRDS OF A FEATHER: Ronan Farrow book claims Hillary Clinton pressured Farrow to drop Harvey Weinstein investigation (The Daily Wire36)

POLICY: The electric grid in the digital age (National Review37)

POLICY: Preparing for the next economic recession (InsideSources38)

HUMOR: Nike updates Kaepernick slogan: “Believe in something, unless it upsets the Chinese government” (Genesius Times39)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights40.

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https://patriotpost.us/articles/66057-friday-top-news-executive-summary

OPINION IN BRIEF

Ben Shapiro: “If it takes kowtowing to the Chinese communist government to earn a quick dollar, corporations will do it. Ask Google. Or Hollywood studios. Or the NBA. All of which gives the lie to the bizarre notion that corporations are handmaidens for capitalist exploitation. They’re not. They simply follow dollars. If they can grab those dollars through cronyism with governments, they will. In fact, that’s easier than retaining a competitive advantage in a free and open marketplace. There’s another, more important point at stake. When corporations virtue signal to the left, they’re doing so for the same reason the NBA just bowed to China: dollars. The NBA understands that American leftists are far more censorious than conservatives — and that means that openly pandering to the American left earns product loyalty from that political contingent, without serious consequences from American conservatives. … It’s about the green. It always is.”

SHORT CUTS

The Swamp: “The Left insists that organizations like the NRA are corrupting our politics and buying off politicians. Whether this is true or not (and I don’t think it is), at least Republicans aren’t appropriating hundreds of millions of dollars from our paychecks every year to put it directly into the NRA’s coffers — so that the money can eventually end up in their own coffers. One can only imagine the reaction from the Left if such a system were ever instated. Well, they simply wouldn’t allow it. And yet Republicans have allowed the Democrats to launder campaign funds through Planned Parenthood for decades. That is maybe the biggest outrage of all.” —Matt Walsh

All about the dollars41: “Glad to see that the world’s most politically active sports league, the NBA, loses all of its nerve the moment dollars are on the line. The mark of true bravery is caving to a fascistic foreign government while proclaiming your bravery for whining about Trump.” —Ben Shapiro

For the record: “Democrats: We’re going to take away your guns and your church’s tax-exemption and if you don’t treat this [nine-year-old] girl like a boy, we’ll shame you. Also Democrats: Trump is undermining the norms of our society.” —Erick Erickson

Food for thought: “The great irony of the ‘no more endless wars’ camp’s argument is that removing our small and cost-effective force from Northern Syria is causing more war, not less. Our presence there was not meant to engage in endless wars, it was there to deter further warfare.” —Rep. Dan Crenshaw

Warning signs: “There can be no reward, no benefit, no tax break for anyone or any institution or organization in America that denies the full human rights, and the full civil rights, of everyone in America.” —Beto O'Rourke

Propaganda: “Gay couples are more likely to stay together longer than heterosexual couples.” —Joe Biden

Non compos mentis: “It’s becoming a challenge to keep up with the high crimes and misdemeanors.” —Hillary Clinton

And last… “Where are all of these same political and media elites, who care oh so very much about the byzantine border intricacies of the Turkish/Kurdish conflict, when it comes to the harrowingly lawless situation on our very own southern border with Mexico?” —Justin Hammer

https://patriotpost.us/articles/66054-friday-short-cuts

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

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis
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THE FOUNDATION

“It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors?” —Thomas Jefferson (1781)

https://patriotpost.us/fqd/66060-founders-quote-daily-2019-10-11

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Surprise! The “whistleblower” had ties to Joe Biden.1
    Democrats attack Christians in “LGBTQ” love-fest.2
    Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

‘Whistleblower’ Has Ties to Biden10

Earlier this week, political observer David Harsanyi questioned the Ukraine phone call “whistleblower’s” motives, asking, “What if the whistleblower had once worked for Biden? That would be wild.” Well, it now appears things are about to get wild. On Thursday, the Washington Examiner reported11 that “Joe Biden worked with the whistleblower when he was vice president.” Digging into Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson’s comments that the whistleblower had a “professional tie” to a 2020 Democrat candidate and that the whistleblower had expressed “some indicia of an arguable political bias … in favor of a rival political candidate,” the Examiner concluded that the candidate in question is Biden.

“From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with Biden when he was vice president,” a former CIA officer told the Examiner. “This person, after working with Biden, may feel defensive toward him because he feels [Biden] is being falsely attacked. Maybe he is even talking to Biden’s staff. Maybe it is innocent, maybe not.”

From the very beginning this “whistleblower” complaint reeked the stench of a partisan hit job, and that stench hasn’t dissipated — it has only gotten stronger, no matter how vigorously the Leftmedia seeks to waft it away. Early on, we raised the question of who this “whistleblower” was. While concerns raised over protecting whistleblowers are valid when the issue in question is a clear violation of the law, those protections shouldn’t be used as cover for initiating a clear politically motivated hit job. That’s when the so-called “whistleblower” is anything but a real whistleblower.

The “whistleblower’s” complaint was not corroborated by the phone call in question, it relied on secondhand information that would not have triggered an “urgent concern” designation but for a mysterious form change12 after its original submittal, and it was submitted by a politically biased individual who communicated with Rep. Adam Schiff13 prior to lodging the complaint, which Schiff subsequently lied about. Now we’re learning this individual had worked with Biden. President Donald Trump is correct when he asserts, “This is no Whistleblower.” We hope the member of this Democrat-orchestrated charade is unmasked soon.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/66058-whistleblower-has-ties-to-biden

Democrats Embrace Cultural Devolution14

CNN’s forum for 2020 Democrat presidential candidates to opine on “LGBTQ” issues was yet another in-kind campaign contribution to the DNC. The primacy and promotion of people with various types of gender disorientation15 in family entertainment is about emotion-based indoctrination. In politics, it’s about appealing to women voters16.

So what did the Democrats talk about on CNN? Space won’t permit us to dissect every tendentious twisting of fact or tyrannical policy pronouncement. But here are a few key moments.

Elizabeth Warren literally applauded child abuse17. After being introduced along with her mother, billed as “an advocate for transgender youth,” a young girl dressed up as a boy announced, “My name’s Jacob, and I’m a nine-year-old transgender American.” Warren immediately applauded and cheered, “All right, Jacob!” The girl then asked Warren a softball question about her issues in school — a question fed to her by her adult handlers.

A couple of things. First, and again, enabling and encouraging a kid to embrace gender dysphoria — to the point of dressing and “identifying” as the opposite sex, taking hormone-altering drugs that can do permanent damage, or sometimes even having body-altering surgery — is child abuse18, plain and simple. If a child identified as a fire truck and wanted to play in the street, running through busy intersections while screaming like a siren, no one would tolerate it. Yet when it comes to innate biology, these “advocates” aid and abet fantasy, including deeply wounding self-harm, in the name of “tolerance.” With incredibly rare exception, all people are born with the “hardware” for one of two genders. That’s the way God made them. “Transgender” is a phony alternate reality that should not be encouraged, especially in kids who haven’t even hit puberty yet, and Warren and every other Democrat should be ashamed for exploiting these kids.

Warren wasn’t done. She also declared that “people who are transgender” — even inmates — are “entitled to medical care,” including sex-reassignment surgery. And of course, “entitled” means American taxpayers would be forced to foot the bill.

Other moments included blatant attacks on Christians who actually believe what the Bible teaches about sex and marriage. Warren bemoaned the “hatefulness” of such Christians. Pete Buttigieg sermonized that Christians who hold to biblical teaching actually make “God smaller.” Says the man who seemingly will only “worship” a god created in his image. Cory Booker complained that people “use religion as a justification for discrimination.” And Beto O'Rourke, who claims to be Catholic, declared that he’d be the one doing the discriminating: “Yes,” he would strip churches of their tax-exempt status for holding to millennia of biblically based Christian doctrine on marriage. We’re just surprised he didn’t say, “Hell yes.”

On a final note, Warren was asked what her response would be to “a supporter [who] says, ‘Senator, I’m old-fashioned, and my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.’” Warren gave a very misandrist response: “Well, I’m going to assume it’s a guy who said that. And I’m gonna say, ‘Then just marry one woman. … Assuming you can find one.’”

That insult is quite illustrative of how Democrats look at Americans who hold to traditional values: To them, we’re mouth-breathing Neanderthals who aren’t just wrong, we’re bigoted and hateful — all for holding positions they themselves maintained until the last few years. The hypocritical intolerance is astounding, even if it is par for the course with leftists.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/66056-democrats-embrace-cultural-devolution
10  Theology / Bible Study / Devotionals By J.R. Miller, 1895 on: October 11, 2019, 12:28:16 PM
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        May 23.

        Then the righteous will answer Him, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?" Matthew 25:37-39

        True goodness is not conscious of itself. Moses did not know that his face shined. The noblest Christians put the lowest value on their own good works. No doubt many of the commendations and rewards of the righteous in the judgment, will be surprises to them. They keep no record of their own good deeds. Their own sense of personal unworthiness, hinders their seeing anything worthy in their humble services.

        Besides, we do not see Christ in the lowly and the suffering ones who come before us needing our love and help; we see only poor, sick, unfortunate people, with no outshining of glory, no hints of nobility, no marks of heavenly beauty.

        There is a picture which, seen in ordinary light—shows only a very poor man dying in a miserable, garret, with tokens of abject poverty on all sides; but seen in another light—it shows a throng of angels waiting to bear a child of God up to glory!

        Just so, we do not see things as they are! Jesus Himself is ever before us in lowly disguise! We are unconsciously serving the Master Himself, whenever we do any humble service of love in His name. Every true Christian is preparing for himself many a blessed surprise of reward and glory—when he enters the fuller, richer life of heaven, where all the results of service, and all the fruits of kindness—shall be revealed!

        Then the King will say to those on His right, "Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!" Matthew 25:34
11  Theology / Bible Study / The One Essential Thing on: October 11, 2019, 12:22:54 PM
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The One Essential Thing
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


The place of the Word in the life of the believer is settled once and for all in the inspired record of one of our Lord’s visits to the home of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42).

Commentaries on this passage generally point out that both Mary and Martha had their good points! This, of course, is true, but if we limit ourselves to this observation we rob the account of its intended lesson, for our Lord did not commend both sisters for their “good points.” He reproved Martha and commended and defended Mary with regard to one particular matter.

What, exactly, was Mary commended for? How often she has been portrayed as an example to us to spend more time with the Lord in prayer! But this is missing the point of the passage. Mary was not praying; she “sat at Jesus’ feet, and HEARD HIS WORD.” She just sat there, drinking in all He had to say. This was “the one essential thing” which Mary had “chosen” and which our Lord said was not to be “taken away from her.” Thus, while prayer and testimony and good works all have their importance in the life of the believer, hearing God’s Word is “the one essential thing” above all others. Indeed, let this “one thing” be given its rightful place and all the rest will follow naturally.

It is granted, of course, that we must study the Word prayerfully and with open heart, or it will have disastrous, rather than beneficial results, but this only goes to place still further emphasis upon the supreme importance of the Word of God, which we seek, by sincere and prayerful study, to understand and obey.
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The highest class in the school of Christ

(John Angell James, 1848)

"So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises." Hebrews 6:12

By patience, we mean a quiet waiting, amidst sufferings and sorrows--for the heavenly kingdom. Patience is an uncomplaining willingness to remain any length of time, and amidst any tribulation, for eternal glory.

No circumstances of life--let the sufferer hear and drink in the soul-comforting thought--no circumstances of life seem to ripen the Christian so fast or so perfectly for Heaven--as the experience of sorrow and affliction. Oh! then let our comforts go, then let our eyes weep, then let our hearts bleed--if our Father is thus ripening us for everlasting fruition and inconceivable bliss!

"But patience must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:4

When we are enabled to exercise the grace of patience, we have reached the highest class in the school of Christ, have nothing more to learn upon earth, and are ready and fit to depart, and to be with Jesus--and have then obtained as much grace as can be possessed, short of glory itself!

Patience then, sufferer, patience! The first moment, and the first glance of Heaven will be an infinite recompense for all that you suffer--for all that you lose on earth! If every step on earth is a step of suffering--then let each be a step of patience!

Weep you may--murmur you must not.

Nature may pay the tribute of a groan--but grace must pay it with a smile.

The shower of your tears may fall--but the rays of the Sun of Righteousness must reflect the beauteous rainbow of the promise.

Christian, you make your way to glory along the path of patient resignation, which, if it is like the Valley of Weeping, and has its briars and its thorns--has also its refreshing rain-pools of heavenly consolation!
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    Featured Analysis: SCOTUS Takes on Transgenderism16 — Will the Supreme Court “reinterpret” the original meaning of the Civil Rights Act?
    American Spirit: Presidential Medal of Freedom for Former AG Edwin Meese17 — “You are an inspiration to liberty-loving citizens everywhere,” said Trump.
    Video: Why We Need Stigma18 — Push back against a whole range of self-destructive behaviors and you get attacked.
    Humor Video: Mid-Day News19 — News anchors report the local news while trying not to react to the race of each subject.

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Read The Demo Double Standard When Digging for Dirt on Trump20. Democrats embrace hypocrisy as if it was the highest of political character traits.

TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

LEAKER ARRESTED: Defense Intelligence Agency worker arrested on charges of leaking top-secret information to reporters (CNBC23)

BIPARTISAN REPRIMAND: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joins Ted Cruz, Ben Sasse, and others in letter to NBA condemning league for “betrayal of American values” (National Review24)

WOKE PLATITUDES: ESPN bows to China, posts illegitimate propaganda map of communist Asian nation (The Daily Wire25)

JUSTICE FOR KAVANAUGH: “Republican senators are pressing the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against women who made false rape accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing last year.” (The Washington Times26)

TERRORISM REAWAKENED: After a lull, Islamist terrorism in Europe returns with a vengeance (The Daily Signal27)

DISTRICT OF CONFORMITY: “Is this the last time we can celebrate Columbus Day? A wave of cities have decided to remove the holiday from the calendar and replace it with ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” reports The Daily Signal’s Jarrett Stepman28. That now includes Washington, DC, which was named after … Christopher Columbus.

POLICY: Major threat to the U.S. economy — unfunded retirement deficits (The Heritage Foundation29)

POLICY: School choice can bust government’s education monopoly (The Heartland Institute30)

HUMOR: Haunted house for progressives just normal conservative man’s home containing Bibles, guns, and a copy of the Constitution (The Babylon Bee31)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights32.

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OPINION IN BRIEF

Ben Shapiro: “If it takes kowtowing to the Chinese communist government to earn a quick dollar, corporations will do it. Ask Google. Or Hollywood studios. Or the NBA. All of which gives the lie to the bizarre notion that corporations are handmaidens for capitalist exploitation. They’re not. They simply follow dollars. If they can grab those dollars through cronyism with governments, they will. In fact, that’s easier than retaining a competitive advantage in a free and open marketplace. There’s another, more important point at stake. When corporations virtue signal to the left, they’re doing so for the same reason the NBA just bowed to China: dollars. The NBA understands that American leftists are far more censorious than conservatives — and that means that openly pandering to the American left earns product loyalty from that political contingent, without serious consequences from American conservatives. … It’s about the green. It always is.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless, since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience the injustice of our fellows.” —Molière (1622-1673)

Upright: “If you are serious about wanting to improve education, do not vote more money for the education establishment that has been dumbing down the schools for years. Vote for vouchers, tax credits, or anything else that will transfer decision-making power to parents.” —Thomas Sowell

Observations: “We are in a virtual civil war, and the Left believes that it can win over the hearts and minds of 20 to 30 percent of the swing voters in the United States with therapeutic tales of racism, sexism, unearned white privilege, and right-wing greed and selfishness, and also by destroying the elected president.” —Victor Davis Hanson

For the record: “Planned Parenthood just announced that they will spend $45 MILLION to defeat Trump and flip the Senate in 2020. If they have that kind of money, why the hell are taxpayers subsidizing them every single year?” —Charlie Kirk

Nailed it: “So Twitter is banned in China and China is punishing the NBA for a view expressed on a platform that literally no one in China can access.” —Erick Erickson

Demo-gogues: “Donald Trump has violated his oath of office, betrayed this nation, and committed impeachable acts. To preserve our Constitution, our democracy, our basic integrity, he should be impeached.” —Joe Biden

From the Lack of Self-Awareness Department: “We all laughed when he said he could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and get away with it. It’s no joke! He’s shooting holes in the Constitution and we cannot let him get away with it.” —Joe Biden

And last… “Hillary Clinton says there’s ‘no evidence’ that Joe and Hunter Biden ‘did anything wrong.’ Right — I’m sure she also saw no evidence of wrongdoing in: Selling our Uranium to Russia. Deleting 33,000 emails after a Congressional subpoena. Not protecting our embassy in Benghazi.” —Charlie Kirk

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THE FOUNDATION

“A wise and frugal government … shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump makes an important move regarding regulatory transparency.1
    Turkey’s incursion into Syria presents problems.2
    Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

Make Government Transparency Great Again10

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders aimed at ensuring that Americans are not left in the dark regarding regulations. As he signed the two new directives, Trump stated, “We are reforming the bureaucracy to make it lean, responsive, and accountable. And we are ensuring our laws are enforced fairly.”

The first order, entitled “Bringing Guidance Out of the Darkness,” mandates all federal government agencies publish all regulatory-guidance documents on easily searchable websites to allow Americans better access and input. The order further requires that the government “permit citizens to give their input on these guidelines,” and insists that the public “will have the ability to ask agencies to withdraw guidance they believe is wrong.”

Trump’s second order, titled “Transparency and Fairness,” prohibits government agencies from enforcing regulations “that have not been made publicly known.” Furthermore, citizens cannot be prosecuted based upon an agency’s interpretation “of how a statute or regulation applies to particular circumstances.” Instead, citizens are legally liable only regarding the actual law or regulation. This is an important feature of this executive order. As The Wall Street Journal editorial board observes, “Recall how the Obama Administration relied on guidance as a substitute for regulation. Why take the trouble to issue formal rules, with all that pesky public comment, if the agency can post a memo setting out the policy it plans to pursue?” In other words, an agency’s regulatory guidance cannot supersede or replace the actual law or rule with which it is intended to help the public comply.

In short, there’s still a long way to go to rein in the bureaucratic apparatus that has far too much influence over our lives. But Trump’s executive orders bring a measure of fairness and accountability back to government regulation. This is a big win for all Americans, as Trump continues his march to cut down to size the regulatory nightmare that is Washington red tape.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/66025-make-government-transparency-great-again-2019-10-10

Trouble Comes After Trump’s Syria Move11

Few moves by President Donald Trump have been as universally condemned as his abandonment of our decades-long Kurdish allies in Syria. In fact, many of the loudest criticisms have come from Trump’s supporters. After pulling out a small number of U.S. troops from northern Syria, Turkey no longer had any deterrent from an incursion into the region. Predictably, it happened almost immediately.

“The Turkish military began an offensive in Syria to seize territory held by U.S.-backed Kurdish forces,” reports The Wall Street Journal. “Turkish authorities kicked off the operation on Wednesday despite U.S. warnings that it would punish Turkey if it attacked the Kurdish militants, Washington’s partner in the fight against Islamic State in northeastern Syria.” The Journal then explains, “Turkish officials said their twin goals in the offensive, Turkey’s third in Syria since 2016, were to drive armed Kurdish groups it views as terrorists back from its border and to create a safe zone to relocate millions of Syrians who have fled the eight-year conflict.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned the European Union, “If you try to frame our operation there as an invasion, our task is simple: We will open the doors and send 3.6 million migrants to you.”

For his part, President Trump offered, well, indefensible comments. While he called Turkey’s incursion “a bad idea,” he didn’t threaten much more than “tougher sanctions.” Regarding the Kurds, he says they “are fighting for their land,” but “they didn’t help us in the second World War, they didn’t help us with Normandy as an example.” That’s after he explained we didn’t owe the Kurds any continued alliance because we have previously paid them and will continue to help them financially and with weapons. His transactional view of alliances is problematic to say the least, and it will cause other U.S. allies to rethink how much partnership they’re willing to offer. That’s especially true given how critical the Kurds were in defeating the Islamic State — and they gave 11,000 lives to do it. Now, it seems Trump got what he wanted, so he’s dropped the Kurds like… well, fill in your own analogy from Trump’s previous dealings.

Memo to the president: Normandy wasn’t our land either. And notably, the only land we’ve taken in foreign wars over the last century was that needed to bury our dead.

Because of the way Trump speaks about his decisions, they seem impetuous. We’re not convinced that was the case here. After all, the U.S. has been debating troop presence in Syria for the better part of the last decade. And it was disagreement over strategy there that led to the departure12 of former Secretary of Defense James Mattis in December. Trump obviously hasn’t listened to his advisers, but that doesn’t mean he’s acted impetuously.

We’ll reiterate a strategic point we made Tuesday13: The U.S. is not withdrawing from Syria entirely. The shift of a relative handful of U.S. troops from one part of northeastern Syria is nowhere near as significant a move as Barack Obama’s total abandonment of Iraq (also a campaign promise), which led directly to the creation of the Islamic State14.

But that also leads to another problem with Trump’s move. The Kurds currently hold about 12,000 ISIS fighters (and 70,000 members of their families), but are redirecting personnel toward fighting Turkey, prompting concerns over what happens to those prisoners. Trump bizarrely argued, “They’re going to be escaping to Europe. That’s where they want to go. They want to go back to their homes.” He also says those detainees are Turkey’s responsibility. Maybe he should review Erdogan’s threat about refugees to see how seriously Turkey will take that responsibility — particularly given Turkey’s ties to ISIS15.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/66024-trouble-comes-after-trumps-syria-move
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        May 22.

        "He heals the brokenhearted—and binds up their wounds!" Psalm 147:3

        It is said that when one branch of a tree is bruised, the whole tree begins to pour of its life toward the wounded place, to restore it. It is in this manner, that Christ heals His people when bruised by sorrow. "Blessed are those who mourn—for they shall be comforted."

        There are fields where once fierce battles raged, great armies contended, and blood flowed—but where now the birds sing sweet songs, in summer days flowers bloom, meadows are green with waving grass, and ripening harvests bend. So there are homes where once sorrow's dark clouds hung, tears flowed, and cries of grief were heard—but where now joyous songs ring out, and glad faces smile. God's comfort has healed the brokenhearted home.

        There are many ways in which God restores sorrow's devastation. He sends new blessings instead of the old ones, which he took away, as new flowers come in place of those that fade. He hides a blessing, too, in the very heart of the sorrow itself!

        Grief is like the cloud which comes with its dark portents, into the blue summer sky. It blots out the blue, and fills the air with terrors. The lightnings flash, the thunders roll; but out of the bosom of the blackness—pours the soft rain. So sorrow's cloud comes with dark, portentous aspect; but it empties blessings upon the life, thus carrying in itself—its own power of restoration.
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