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1  Theology / Bible Study / True Liberty on: December 14, 2018, 05:49:10 PM
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True Liberty
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


As true Americans celebrate their liberty, true Christians should rejoice in the even greater liberty which they have in Christ.

Our Lord said: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” and “If the Son, therefore, shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:32,36). Likewise St. Paul declares that believers in Christ have been made “free from sin” and have become “servants to God,” who deals with us in grace (Rom. 6:22).

It is strange that so many sincere religious people actually wish to be in bondage to the Mosaic Law, which can only judge and condemn them for their sins. Peter called the law: “a yoke… which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear” (Acts 15:10). Paul called it “the handwriting of decrees, that was against us, which was contrary to us” (Col. 2:14). He called it “the ministration of death” and “the ministration of condemnation” (II Cor. 3:7,9).

He challenged those who “desired” to be under the law:

    “Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?” (Gal. 4:21).

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written. Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them” (Gal. 3:10).

Thank God, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us” (Gal. 3:13). Man always responds better to grace than to law. The law was “added because of transgressions” (Gal. 3:19). “By the law is the knowledge of sin” (Rom. 3:20). But Christ died for our sins and now true believers serve God from gratitude and love. Hence Rom. 6:14 says: “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under the law but under grace.” Since Christ has redeemed us from the law (Gal. 4:5) God says to every true believer:

    “Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Gal. 5:1).
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Prayer is just talking to Jesus

(J.R. Miller, "The Practical Value of a Promise")

"The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
 He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him;
 He hears their cry and saves them.
 The LORD watches over all who love Him." Psalm 145:18-20

The firm believing of this promise will give new meaning and reality to prayer. Many people are perplexed at times, as they think about prayer. Is there really an ear to hear the words we speak when we bow in prayer? How can God hear us so far away? Then suppose ten thousand of God's children, in different parts of the world, are praying at the same moment--how can He hear them all, and disentangle the confusion of the words as they come up to Him, and distinguish the supplications of each?

Who has not at times been puzzled and even perplexed by such questions? But the promise of Christ's abiding presence makes it all plain. He is not way off in any imagined central Heaven, up to which all prayers of earth must fly through the air before they can be heard or answered. He is close beside each one of us!

We remember how it was when Jesus was on the earth in human form.
The people came to Him with their needs and sorrows.
Those who sinned came with their confessions, bathing His feet with their penitential tears.
Those who were in trouble came with their burdens.

That is what prayer is now, only now Christ can be with millions at the same moment of time, as He could not be when in the flesh.

Prayer is just talking to Jesus . . .
  weeping at His dear feet, if we have sinned;
  leaning upon His bosom, if we are weary or in sorrow;
  breathing our heart's longings into His ear;
  telling Him our needs, whatever they may be.

Does not the realization of this truth of the Lord's presence with us, take from prayer all its mystery?

"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age!" Matthew 28:20
3  ChristiansUnite and Announcements / ChristiansUnite and Announcements / The Patriot Post Digest 12-14-2018 on: December 14, 2018, 05:42:59 PM
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TOP HEADLINES

Senate votes to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen (Washington Examiner28)
Prosecutors probing Trump inauguration spending (The Hill29)
China suspends tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, auto parts (Associated Press30)
Budget deficit hits widest on record for month of November (Bloomberg31)
Republicans examine accusations of “pay to play” at Clinton Foundation (Fox News32)
The DOJ inspector general found 19,000 “lost” Strzok and Page texts (Townhall33)
North Carolina congressional candidate sought out aide despite warnings over tactics (The Washington Post34)
Tipster thwarts potential mass shooting at Indiana middle school (ABC News35)
Teachers need guns, schools need security, Parkland shooting panel concludes (South Florida Sun-Sentinel36)
Humor: U.S. military honors sacrifices of NFL players by wearing jerseys throughout December (The Onion37)
Policy: Why our country needs the wall, and now (The Daily Signal38)
Policy: Coaxing reluctant states to take on health reform (RealClearPolicy39)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report40.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60052-friday-top-headlines


FEATURED ANALYSIS
Challenging the Bureaucratic State43

Brian Mark Weber

One of President Donald Trump’s core pledges during the 2016 campaign was to drain the Swamp, but taking on the Washington bureaucracy will require far more than cutting back on spending or making government more efficient.

For well over 100 years, our nation operated without a monarchical executive. Then along came Woodrow Wilson, an academic and a “progressive” who believed44 that an enlightened administrative state was superior to government “by the people.” Franklin D. Roosevelt then “perfected” this bureaucratic governance45 with his “New Deal” programs46, which resulted in soaring deficits, a tripling of the federal budget between 1933 and 1941, and a needlessly prolonged Great Depression.

Thus, modern presidents, including Trump, and their executive agencies have enjoyed carte blanche without having to worry too much about that pesky separation of powers. Ironically, Trump’s conservative appointments to the Supreme Court may be just what’s needed to finally curb the power of the executive branch and its myriad agencies that have run roughshod over the Constitution.

Here’s the good news: Just this week, The Wall Street Journal opined47, “The Supreme Court announced that it will hear a legal challenge to two of its precedents that defer to agency interpretations of ambiguous regulations.”

Defer to agencies may not sound as threatening as the border caravan, ISIS, or a turbulent stock market, but for those of us who still believe in the quaint constitutional principles of separation of powers and limited government, it’s right up there with the most pressing issues of our time. And these agencies have had a detrimental impact on Liberty for far too long.

For the monster of bureaucratic overreach, we can partially thank the Supreme Court, which in 1984 reached a decision in Chevron U.S.A vs. Natural Resources Defense Council that the judiciary will defer to an agency as long as Congress has not “directly spoken” to the issue and the agency has engaged in a “permissible construction” of the statute.

The result of this seemingly innocuous ruling is that the president and his executive branch agencies now have tremendous power to operate as an autonomous government. In other words, they can make, interpret, and execute their own policies without deferring to Congress or the Supreme Court. In fact, it’s Congress and the Supreme Court that now defer to the agencies, thanks to the Chevron ruling. The Constitution is pretty clear about the separation of powers, and how those powers should function. But when one branch of government tells another that it’s basically free to act without oversight from the other branches, it’s no wonder we have the Swamp.

The late Justice Antonin Scalia did not participate in Chevron, but he did seem to throw up his hands and give in to the growing power of the federal government when he stated not long after the ruling that “broad delegation to the executive is the hallmark of the modern administrative state.”

Compare this to Justice Neil Gorsuch, who, in 2016 as a member of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, stated48 in reference to Chevron, “There’s an elephant in the room with us today. We have studiously attempted to work our way around it and even left it unremarked. But the fact is Chevron … permits executive bureaucracies to swallow huge amounts of core judicial and legislative power and concentrate federal power in a way that seems more than a little difficult to square with the Constitution of the framers’ design. Maybe the time has come to face the behemoth.”

National Review’s David French writes49, “This Supreme Court … has the opportunity to begin the arduous process of paring back the powers of the president. The Court can’t, however, work miracles. It can push the president back a bit and reassert its own authority, but it can’t make Congress step forward and reassert its rightful lawmaking primacy. If the presidency recedes, the legislative branch must step forward.”

Despite many attempts to erode its relevancy and authority, the Constitution of the United States is the single most important document we have to protect and defend Liberty. We can only hope that President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments of Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh will begin to push back against the Court’s previous ruling in Chevron and restore the important constitutional balance among the legislative, judicial, and executive branches.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60038-challenging-the-bureaucratic-state



OPINION IN BRIEF

David Limbaugh: “Contrary to liberal media reporting, the Oval Office meeting with President Trump, Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was a win for Trump, both in substance and in tone. … How can anyone believe that the Democrats support border security — wall or no wall — when they have repeatedly broken their promises to work with Republicans on it, when they demonize all opponents of illegal immigration and amnesty as racists, when they oppose all reasonable measures to guard the border, and when many of them actually advocate the elimination of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement? … I applaud President Trump for bringing this issue front and center and exposing the fraudulent and reckless position of the Democratic leadership on border security.”


SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.” —Steve Biko (1946-1977)

I blind squirrel finds a nut: “I wish that the press would spend a lot more time on what we need to do here to meet the needs of the American people instead of morning, noon, and night allegations against the president. … I think you’d have more viewers and readers if you address concerns that people have rather than just this ongoing … coverage of what’s current with the president from one day to the next.” —House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

Braying Jackass: “The weakness of the Republican Party has let the Democratic Party … get further out than I think the majority of people want.” —California Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown on Demos going off the rails

Non Compos Mentis: “We’re at this moment in time right now where we have enough information to sit and wonder: Might this be the greatest crime in American history? The subversion of an American election by a foreign power; colluding with and conspiracy with the president’s campaign. It’s extraordinary to consider it.” —MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt

Identity politics: “If you want to win in the Midwest, there may not be a better man than [Sen. Sherrod Brown]. So if Democrats want to play, this is an interesting guy for them. I will point out though, another white male. I am very suspect of that this year going into a Democratic primary with women doing well and the African-American face of the Democratic Party. I am not sure it’s the time to nominate a white man.” —CNN’s Harry Enten

And last… “Disgraced FBI Deputy Director Andy McCabe alongside biased agent Peter Strzok lured Flynn into a casual sit-down, encouraged him not to bring attorneys & never warned of false statement penalties. But Hillary gets to bring 9 attorneys & claim ignorance of classification levels?!” —Kayleigh McEnany

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60053-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

Nate Jackson, Managing Editor
Mark Alexander, Publisher
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THE FOUNDATION

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.” —John Adams (1756)

https://patriotpost.us/fqd/60059-founders-quote-daily

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Leftists are bankrupting the Boy Scouts of America.1
The FBI may have entrapped Michael Flynn.2
Daily Features: On the Web3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Memes6, Cartoons7, Opinion in Brief8, and Short Cuts9.
Featured Analysis: Challenging the Bureaucratic State10

IN BRIEF
Bankrupting the Boy Scouts of America11

Mark Alexander

As a former Scout, a Scout leader, the father of two Eagle Scouts, a BSA Executive Council member, and a Scouting supporter for decades, it grieves me to report that, according to12 The Wall Street Journal, the National BSA board is considering Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to the Journal, the consideration is due to “dwindling membership and escalating legal costs related to lawsuits over how it handled allegations of sex abuse.” It is the latter issue — protection against legal action from Boy Scouts who have been the victims of homosexual predation and assault13 — that is the primary motivation for bankruptcy consideration.

The national board noted in its latest the annual report that it was “aware of threatened and expanding litigation” regarding sexual abuse. Recently, other organizations have sought bankruptcy protection regarding primarily cases of homosexual predation, including more than 20 Catholic dioceses and religious orders.

According to national BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, “We have a social and moral responsibility to fairly compensate victims who suffered abuse during their time in Scouting. … We care deeply about all victims of child sex abuse … [and] we sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in our programs.”

I have been a critic of the national BSA board since 2013, when, under the leadership of wealthy corporate execs who had no connection with grassroots scouting, they removed membership restrictions against homosexuals. In an open letter14, I wrote, “While all homosexuals are not molesters of teens and pre-teens, where same-sex molestation occurs, homosexuals are almost always the perpetrators. So, why would the national BSA board consider a motion to remove its restrictions on homosexual members and leaders?” The answer: “Several corporations have pulled their support for the BSA because of its sexual-orientation policies…”

I concluded that this was a “Faustian bargain” — that compromising the high moral standards upheld by the Boy Scouts since its 1910 inception would trade one problem for another bigger one. And now, the BSA is considering bankruptcy because of declining membership associated with this policy change, and lawsuits related to sexual assault in recent decades. Moral bankruptcy leads to monetary bankruptcy.

In a follow-up column, “The ‘Gay Pride’ Merit Badge15,” I noted, “In May of 2015 the BSA’s national board announced that it was surrendering to the ‘gay lobby’ and would open its ranks to adult homosexual leaders16, a self-destructive policy which the board approved two months later17.”

Apparently the national BSA board was unable to discern any lessons from the horrendous record of predatory sexual abuse by homosexual priests18 in the Catholic Church. Even Pope Francis recently declared19, “The Church urges that persons with this rooted [homosexual] tendency not be accepted into ministry.”

Let me emphasize that local BSA councils across the nation are separate entities from the national organization. They are 501(c)(3) entities incorporated in their respective states, and their assets are owned and controlled by their local executive councils. But the actions of the national BSA board have caused local councils to suffer membership and funding drops.

The Boy Scout oath is as follows: “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

But for those of us who have devoted so much time, energy, and resources to Scouting in order to strengthen the next generation of young men morally and spiritually, and in all other respects noted in the Scout oath, the national BSA board’s bankrupting of those values by adopting policies contrary to that oath is disgraceful. It also has a predictable consequence: The decline of a once-great and singular institution.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60051-bankrupting-the-boy-scouts-of-america


Did the FBI Set Up Michael Flynn?20

Thomas Gallatin

Did the FBI mistreat former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn by intentionally setting up a perjury trap and pressing him to walk into it unawares? That appears to be what U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan is seeking to determine after he surprisingly demanded that Robert Mueller and the Justice Department provide additional documents related to the FBI’s January 2017 interview of Flynn.

Flynn’s legal team’s argument is that the FBI failed to alert Flynn to the criminality of lying to investigators and that then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe pressured agents to set up an interview that precluded Flynn from having an attorney present. That was enough to prompt Sullivan to seek answers before sentencing Flynn for lying to the FBI.

The actors in this whole event should raise a few eyebrows. The now-fired anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok was one of the two agents in the interview that the also now-fired McCabe set up. Clearly, Flynn believed the meeting was not intended as an interrogation of any sort, as he quickly agreed to meet with the agents the same day as he received the call from McCabe. Flynn even gave them a tour of the West Wing. And, of note, those agents described Flynn as “unguarded,” “relaxed and jocular,” as well as saying they “didn’t think he was lying” and that he “clearly saw the FBI agents as allies.”

Importantly, Flynn was never found to have committed any crime related to collusion with Russians. Instead, as Mark Alexander notes21, Mueller has only “accumulated some ‘process crimes,’ most notably perjury charges related to the testimony of George Papadopoulos, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. … There is nothing that remotely establishes Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Nothing.”

Of most significance is the different treatment Flynn received to that of Hillary Clinton, who showed up with nine lawyers to her interview with FBI agents. Or consider George Papadopoulos, who was given explicit warnings by agents of the criminality of perjury and was allowed to have attorneys present.

Interestingly, The Federalist’s Margot Cleveland points out22, “The most recent iteration of Sullivan’s standing entered in the Flynn case required Mueller’s office to produce ‘any evidence in its possession that is favorable to defendant and material either to defendant’s guilt or punishment.’ The order further required the government to submit to the court any information ‘which is favorable to the defendant but which the government believes not to be material.’” Sullivan may smell a rat.

Mueller and the DOJ have until 3:00 p.m. today to produce for the court the requested documents. Hopefully, those documents will shed a little more light on this twisted web of legal gotcha. And for Flynn, who has lost almost everything in this politically motivated witch hunt, there could be at least a little redemption in the end.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60054-did-the-fbi-set-up-michael-flynn


ON THE WEB TODAY

Botching Brexit Leaves No Good Way Out23 — Prime Minister May had one job: Steward the transition out of the EU. Oops.
The Myth of Capitalism-Caused Inequity24 — There is no explosion of income inequality in America, despite the cries of leftists.
Google’s BIG Lie: ‘Without Political Bias’25 — The search giant’s CEO claims there’s nothing to see here. History says he’s wrong.
Video: SJWs Aren’t Offended By Old Tweets26 — Brittany Hughes says they’re offended by success and those who earn it.
5  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / The Practical Value of a Promise on: December 13, 2018, 06:26:02 PM
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The Practical Value of a Promise

J.R. Miller
 

"O LORD, You have searched me and You know me.
 You know when I sit and when I rise;
 You perceive my thoughts from afar.
 You discern my going out and my lying down;
 You are familiar with all my ways!" Psalm 139:1-3

Doctrines are not such cold, lifeless things as some would have us to believe. There is no doctrine of Scripture which is not fitted to affect the life of him who believes it. Consider the proper influence upon us, of the doctrine and promise of the Savior's abiding presence with His redeemed people. If we believe and always recollect that Christ is truly with us always—how will it affect us?

For one thing it will make us very thoughtful and careful in all our words and acts. Christ is present in His holiness as well as in His love and tenderness. His pure eyes see all our life, and see into our hearts. He is ever beholding us—our real inner life.

The thought of the Master's eye upon us should . . .
  make us holy,
  rebuke our sins, and
  hold us back from evil.

We cannot do wicked things in the presence of even a pure and holy human friend. But could we be continually conscious of Christ's perpetual presence with us, of His eye ever resting upon us:
  Could we run into sin?
  Could we live carelessly?
  Could we trifle?
  Could we speak sharp, bitter, or unkind words?
  Could we do unholy, unlovely things?

Surely the realizing of His perpetual abiding presence would make us live reverently, purely, lovingly—so as always to please and never to grieve Him.

Another effect would be to stimulate us to earnestness and fidelity. Soldiers always fight more bravely and do most heroically when they know that the commander's eye is on them. They want to win his approval. The consciousness of his presence inspires them to valiant deeds. So the consciousness of the presence of Christ incites his followers to courage and endurance. The Master's eye is on them and they must not falter.

It is given as the secret of the endurance of Moses, when he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter and chose the reproach of Christ and the lot of the slave instead—that he "endured as seeing Him who is invisible." Out of the silence of the heavens, Moses saw the eye of God looking down upon him, and he scorned riches and crowns and earthly honors, and gave them all up, as if they were bits of worthless tinsel, for the sake of the invisible glories which hung over the slave huts of his people.

It was the consciousness of the presence of Christ also, that inspired in Paul his marvelous heroisms of faith. He could not falter before any danger, any sacrifice, any responsibility—for the Lord ever stood beside him.

There is a thrilling incident in Scottish history. At the battle of Prestonpans a Highland chief, of the noble house of MacGregor, fell wounded by two shots. When they saw their chief fall, the clan wavered. The dying chieftain saw it, and, raising himself on his elbow, the blood gushing in streams from his wounds, he cried aloud, "I am not dead; I am watching you to see you do your duty." These words revived the sinking courage of the brave Highlanders. They were fighting under the eye of their chief, and this consciousness put new energy into their arms.

So it is with every Christian soldier who realizes the presence of Christ. The battle is hard, and may seem to go against him. He says, "I cannot hold out any longer." But that moment he hears the Savior's words, "I am not dead; I am watching you to see you do your duty," and the words put new courage and energy into his heart and enable him to triumph.

"The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love Him." Psalm 145:18-20

The firm believing of this promise will give new meaning and reality to prayer. Many people are perplexed at times as they think about prayer. Is there really an ear to hear the words we speak when we bow in prayer? How can God hear us so far away? Then suppose ten thousand of God's children, in different parts of the world, are praying at the same moment—how can He hear them all, and disentangle the confusion of the words as they come up to Him, and distinguish the supplications of each?

Who has not at some time been puzzled and even perplexed by such questions? But the promise of Christ's abiding presence makes it all plain. He is not way off in any imagined central Heaven, up to which all prayers of earth must fly through the air before they can be heard or answered. He is close beside each one of us.

We remember how it was when Jesus was on the earth in human form.
The people came to him with their needs and sorrows.
Those who sinned came with their confessions, bathing His feet with their penitential tears.
Those who were in trouble came with their burdens.

That is what prayer is now, only now Christ can be with millions at the same moment of time, as He could not be when in the flesh.

Prayer is just talking to Jesus . . .
weeping at His dear feet if we have sinned,
leaning upon His bosom if we are weary or in sorrow,
breathing our heart's longings into His ear,
telling Him our needs, whatever they may be.

Does not the realization of this truth of the Lord's presence with us, take from prayer all its mystery?

Then the promise of Christ's perpetual presence with us, ought to give us a wonderful sense of safety in life's dangers and trials. If we but fully believed that Christ is always close beside us—of what should we ever be afraid? "If God is for us, who can be against us?"

The disciples on the sea, in the wild storm, were terrified; but they need not have been, for Jesus was with them, though sleeping for the moment in his weariness. The ship that bore the Christ could never have gone down into the waves.

Just as truly is Jesus with every one of his disciples, in every hour of danger—and no harm can come to the least of them. They may have troubles and may suffer, and may even be killed; but none of these experiences can really harm one who is dwelling in the secret place of the Lord's presence.

Nor is it only in the great needs and dangers that Christ is with us. He is with us "all the days"—even the most common days. No portion of our life is too small or too trivial to interest him. He wants to be admitted into every part of our life.

It is a great thing to have a true, strong, faithful human friend—to whom one can turn for sympathy, counsel, strength and help at any hour of any day or night. It brings into one's life a wonderful sense of security to have such a friend. But the largest, truest, noblest, strongest human friendship has its limitations. It may advise wrongly through ignorance and shortsightedness. It may be beyond reach when you need it most. It may have too little strength to be of service when the trial comes. But there are none of these limitations in him who says to each follower of his, "Surely I am with you always—to the very end of the age!" He is almighty. He is perfect in wisdom. He is a very present help in every time of trouble.

These are a few of the practical effects in our life which the realization of this one divine promise should have.
6  Theology / Bible Study / It's All In the Bible on: December 13, 2018, 06:24:34 PM
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It's All In the Bible
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


We couldn’t help hearing it! This woman had a voice that could be heard at considerable distance and we distinctly heard her say: “I got it all out from the Bible.”

“Well, at least somebody’s interested in the Bible,” we said to each other.

But as she prattled on it turned out that she had used the records in an old family Bible to establish her claim to part of an estate. These records, introduced in court, had won the case for her.

There was, after all, no indication that she was interested in the Bible — only in those pages between the Old and New Testaments which, in some editions of the Bible, are kept for family records.

Actually she was no different from the masses about us who go about from day to day interested only in the things of this life and ignoring almost completely the things that really matter: God, heaven, hell and their own eternal destiny.

If these people only knew what treasures are to be found in the Bible! Among these are “riches of mercy” (Eph. 2:4), “riches of grace” (Eph. 1:7), “riches of glory” (Phil. 4:19), “riches of wisdom and knowledge” (Rom. 11:33), “the riches of the full assurance of understanding” (Col. 2:2), “the unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8). And the best part of it is that anyone may have these riches simply for the asking:

    “For there is no difference… for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him,

    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:12,13).
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The Savior's abiding presence with His redeemed people!

(J.R. Miller, "The Practical Value of a Promise")

"O LORD, You have searched me and You know me.
 You know when I sit and when I rise;
 You perceive my thoughts from afar.
 You discern my going out and my lying down;
 You are familiar with all my ways!
 Before a word is on my tongue, You know it completely, O LORD!" Psalm 139:1-4

Doctrines are not such cold, lifeless things as some would have us to believe. There is no doctrine of Scripture which is not fitted to affect the life of him who believes it. Consider the proper influence upon us, of the doctrine and promise of the Savior's abiding presence with His redeemed people. If we believe and always recollect that Christ is truly with us always--how will it affect us?

For one thing it will make us very thoughtful and careful in all our words and acts. Christ is present in His holiness as well as in His love and tenderness. His pure eyes see all our life, and see into our hearts. He is ever beholding us--our real inner life.

The thought of the Master's eye upon us should . . .
  make us holy,
  rebuke our sins, and
  hold us back from evil.

We cannot do wicked things in the presence of even a pure and holy human friend. But could we be continually conscious of Christ's perpetual presence with us, of His eye ever resting upon us, then . . .
  Could we run into sin?
  Could we live carelessly?
  Could we trifle?
  Could we speak sharp, bitter, or unkind words?
  Could we do unholy, unlovely things?

Surely the realizing of His perpetual abiding presence would make us live reverently, purely, lovingly--so as always to please and never to grieve Him.
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“When I took office this past January, New Jersey’s gun-safety laws were among the strongest in the nation,” Murphy declared. “But there is still significant action needed to address our nation’s gun-violence epidemic. As we close out 2018 and move into the new year, we will continue to be proactive in our efforts to save lives and prevent needless tragedies.”

Utter nonsense. Needless tragedies are not committed by law-abiding citizens looking to defend themselves, their families and their homes. Just as more and more Americans, marinated in a stew of progressive ignorance, are growing comfortable with banning “hate speech,” so too are they buying into the idea that targeting law-abiding gun owners will reduce violence committed by maniacs and felons.

Nothing reveals the utter bankruptcy of their “logic” more than so-called “gun-free zones.” Gun-free zones turned classrooms into killing fields at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and Parkland, where the only thing more egregious than the extermination of utterly defenseless people was the reality that each shooter had ample time to reload — and reload — in the midst of perpetrating each atrocity, precisely because of that codified defenselessness.

If gun-control laws were the answer, Chicago would be the safest city in the nation. A total of 528 homicides54 so far this year suggests otherwise. So does the reality that cities with the highest homicide rates in the nation are overwhelmingly55 Democrat Party strongholds.

The same Democrat Party yearning to repeal56 the Second Amendment. Maybe banning Democrats would be a more effective strategy.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60008-new-jersey-turns-law-abiding-citizens-into-felons



OPINION IN BRIEF

Veronique de Rugy: “You know you’ve got a problem when your tax schemes are even being rejected by the French. While there’s always a danger in reducing the causes of political unrest to a single issue, the plan to impose yet another regressive $9 billion annual carbon tax proved to be a catalyst for the ‘yellow vest’ protests that are roiling Paris. The nonviolent version of the French carbon-tax revolt is spreading globally, too. … The resistance comes from middle- to low-income workers. They’re especially sensitive to changes in the cost and availability of energy for the simple reason that it affects so many aspects of their lives — from getting to work, especially for those who live in rural areas, to the price of most consumer goods. It’s clear that many ordinary people aren’t willing to pay higher costs just to fulfill the grand visions of central planners. …Using every means necessary to obstruct development of energy sources deemed insufficiently green looks increasingly like an electoral loser. Voters and taxpayers seem to have little taste for climate-change policies that raise their cost of living and hurt the economy.”


SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Those of us who take a more miserly view of the enumerated powers of the federal government believe that it does not have very many legitimate jobs to do. Instead of doing a few things well, it does many, many, many things — badly. But if the federal apparatus serves any purpose at all, providing for national security — beginning with securing the borders — is it.” —Kevin Williamson

Braying Jenny: “I understand that Donald Trump doesn’t care [about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi]. … But why doesn’t Mike Pompeo care right now? Are the pathetic deflections that we just heard… Is that a patriot speaking, or a wannabe dictator’s buttboy?” —MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski

Non Compos Mentis: “It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president.” —Vox’s Matthew Yglesias

Apples and oranges I: “Even if Google were deliberately discriminating against conservative viewpoints, just as Fox News and Sinclair Broadcasting and conservative talk-radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh discriminate against liberal points of view, that would be its right as a private company to do so, not to be questioned by government.” —Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) (While technically true, this isn’t a fair comparison. Unlike some of these other big names, Google — which has a vastly bigger consumer base — isn’t a political entity. If the circumstances were flipped and it was conservatives being aggrandized by Google, Nadler would argue just the opposite.)

Apples and oranges II: “You’ve got a right to have whatever politics you have. We could subpoena Fox News and bring them in here and beat them up about how 90% of the references on Fox News to Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton are negative, but they’ve got that right under the First Amendment, and you’ve got a right under the First Amendment to have whatever political views you’ve got.” —Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)

And last… “The thing that really outrages me about the potential government shutdown is that it’s only partial and temporary.” —Matt Walsh

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60025-thursday-short-cuts

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GOOD NEWS

Nashville Airport Passengers Sing Star-Spangled Banner to Honor Children of Fallen Servicemen40
“Around Christmastime, everyone’s rushing here and there, agitated, sometimes even a bit angry, as they juggle a hundred things ahead of the holiday. And that’s what makes what happened in Nashville on Saturday truly remarkable. Hundreds of people were packed into the airport awaiting their flights when an airline attendant announced over a loudspeaker that children of fallen service members were boarding their flight. The kids were being flown to Disneyworld on an all-expenses trip. Everyone in the airport stopped as ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ was performed, with soldiers saluting the children. The busy travelers stood quietly, some with their hands on their hearts.”

Read more at Daily Wire41.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60007-nashville-airport-passengers-sing-star-spangled-banner-to-honor-children-of-fallen-servicemen


Don’t Miss Alexander’s Column
Read The Mueller/Comey/Clinton Collusion to Take Down Trump12. The claim of campaign-finance violations will fuel the Democrats’ relentless hounding of Trump over the next two years, as it fits with their “stolen election” narrative and is fodder for faux impeachment charges.

If you’d like to receive Alexander’s Column by email, update your subscription here44.


FEATURED ANALYSIS

New Jersey Turns Law-Abiding Citizens Into Felons45
Arnold Ahlert

“No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.” —Article 1, Section 9, U.S. Constitution, pertaining to Congress

“No state shall enter into any treaty, alliance, or confederation; grant letters of marque and reprisal; coin money; emit bills of credit; make anything but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts; pass any bill of attainder, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligation of contracts, or grant any title of nobility.” —Article 1, Section 10, U.S. Constitution, pertaining to the states

As of Tuesday, the Constitution was suspended in the state of New Jersey. Last June, one of six new gun-control laws46 signed by Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy banned the possession of any magazine capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Moreover, state residents have 180 days to give them up, permanently modify them to hold 10 rounds or less, or transfer them to someone legally allowed to own them. Active-duty military and law enforcement officers “authorized to possess and carry a handgun,” as well retired police officers, are exempted.

New Jerseyans who fail to comply can be charged with a fourth-degree felony, subjected to a prison sentence of up to 18 months, up to a $10,000 fine, or both.

It gets worse. On Dec. 5 in a 2-1 ruling, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law, rejecting47 a lawsuit filed shortly aft the law’s passage by the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs and supported by the NRA. U.S. Circuit Judges Patty Shwartz and Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., both appointed by Barack Obama, insisted48 the law did not violate the Second Amendment because it reasonably advanced New Jersey’s interest in preventing mass shootings and does not “severely burden” the Second Amendment rights of the state’s law-abiding citizens.

That would be former law-abiding citizens turned potential felons as of Tuesday.

Dissenting Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Donald Trump appointee, forcefully disagreed, insisting the Court “watered down” those rights. “The Second Amendment is an equal part of the Bill of Rights. We must treat the right to keep and bear arms like other enumerated rights,” he declared, referring to the Supreme Court’s 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller.

In fact, Bibas echoed49 the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion when he wrote for the majority’s ruling in Heller. “We know of no other enumerated constitutional right whose core protection has been subjected to a freestanding ‘interest-balancing’ approach,” Scalia declared. “The very enumeration of the right takes out of the hands of government — even the Third Branch of Government — the power to decide on a case-by-case basis whether the right is really worth insisting upon. A constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all.”

Unfortunately, New Jersey and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals are working toward the Second Amendment’s incremental elimination. And as columnist Daniel Horowitz reveals, both entities are hardly outliers. “Since the Heller ruling, five circuit courts have essentially abolished the ruling by allowing states to ban common weapons, common magazines, and any ability to carry any firearms outside the home,” he explains.

Horowitz further notes the same Supreme Court with a penchant for upholding constitutionally dubious interests has been rather sanguine when it comes to clamping down on courts that defy the “plain meaning” of the Constitution.

And no one made the meaning of “ex post facto” with regard to criminal law plainer50 than Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase in Calder v. Bull, a case adjudicated in 1798:

1st. Every law that makes an action done before the passing of the law, and which was innocent when done, criminal; and punishes such action. 2d. Every law that aggravates a crime, or makes it greater than it was, when committed. 3d. Every law that changes the punishment, and inflicts a greater punishment, than the law annexed to the crime, when committed. 4th. Every law that alters the legal rules of evidence, and receives less, or different, testimony, than the law required at the time of the commission of the offense, in order to convict the offender.

So where is SCOTUS? As of now sitting on the sidelines51. But maybe not for long. The Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs has promised to appeal the decision that turns “one million honest citizens into felons for keeping property obtained legally that could be used for defending their lives,” stated52 the group’s executive director Scott Bach.

Ominously, New Jersey is hardly through with its efforts to eviscerate the Second Amendment. In October, Murphy announced53 a package of laws he wants the legislature to address in 2019, including one that would require ID from customers, and reports from retailers, for ammunition purchases.

In other words, a de facto gun-registry scheme.
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THE FOUNDATION

“During the course of administration, and in order to disturb it, the artillery of the press has been levelled against us, charged with whatsoever its licentiousness could devise or dare.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)

https://patriotpost.us/fqd/60027-founders-quote-dailys

IN TODAY’S EDITION

Trump’s affairs may soon cost him even more dearly.1
Sports Illustrated taps Christine Ford to present a #MeToo award.2
Daily Features: On the Web3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Memes6, Cartoons7, Opinion in Brief8, and Short Cuts9.
Featured Analysis: New Jersey turns law-abiding citizens into felons10
IN BRIEF

Trump’s Campaign-Finance Problems11

Thomas Gallatin

Unable to establish “Russian collusion12” to influence Donald Trump’s13 2016 campaign, prosecutors have turned their attention to another unrelated matter — potential campaign-finance violations.

The Justice Department announced an agreement with America Media Inc. (AMI), the parent company of National Inquirer, in which AMI claims it worked “in concert with” Trump’s campaign to kill a story about one of Trump’s now-infamous affairs14, in order to conceal “damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election.”

The problem for Trump is that prosecutors now have two witnesses15 — both his former attorney Michael Cohen and AMI — claiming he knew the payoffs would support his campaign. If Trump directed and paid Cohen to make payments for the specific purpose of supporting his campaign and did not report the payment, that would constitute a felony. Notably, such felonious knowledge related to unreported campaign benefits are common in federal campaigns, and it is rarely prosecuted.

In his defense, Trump declared, “I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law,” and proving he did is a high bar for prosecutors.

Regarding the question of illegality, Hans von Spakovsky argues16, “FECA (52 U.S.C. 30114 (b)(2)) specifically says that campaign-related expenses do not include any expenditures ‘used to fulfill any commitment, obligation, or expense of a person that would exist irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign.’” He further adds, “These payments were relatively small given Trump’s net worth — the kind of nuisance settlement that celebrities often make to protect their reputations, especially when faced with claims that will cost far more to defend than making a quick payoff without all of the bad publicity that usually accompanies such cases. Given Trump’s celebrity status, the potential liability to these women existed ‘irrespective of the candidate’s election campaign.’”

But there is no chance that Trump will be exonerated of wrongdoing, as Democrats and the hostile Leftmedia propagandists17 are anxious for impeachment fodder. They will pull out every stop to advance these charges.

However, there are two glaring examples that prove beneficial for Trump’s defense should charges be filed. First, there’s the case of former presidential candidate John Edwards, who under similar circumstances attempted to silence a mistress, but with a much higher payment of $1 million. He was charged for having violated campaign-finance laws by paying his mistress more than a million dollars from his campaign — but he was acquitted. Of even greater significance is the case of Barack Obama’s18 violations. He was fined $375,000 for almost $2 million in campaign contribution “irregularities.” No demand for his impeachment.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60026-trumps-campaign-finance-problems


Hypocrisy Illustrated: Ford Presents #MeToo Award19

Nate Jackson

Christine Blasey Ford was an unfortunate pawn in the Democrats’ reprehensible blockade20 of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. They used her uncorroborated, unsubstantiated, and unverifiable claims of mild sexual assault to attempt to ruin a good man. Once Kavanaugh was confirmed, however, they dropped her like a hot potato. But she’s still gaining notoriety in some circles.

Sports Illustrated announced that its “Inspiration of the Year” award winner was Rachel Denhollander, the gymnast and now lawyer who came forward to accuse former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser of sexual assault. Denhollander’s accusations led to other women coming forward, and Nasser was convicted earlier this year and sentenced to 40-175 years in prison. He was found guilty in a court of law, and Denhollander’s courage led to his punishment. Sports Illustrated made a good choice. Unfortunately, that choice was marred by asking Ford to present the award to Denhollander. Ford’s self-indulgent message about taking “a huge risk … when the odds are seemingly stacked against you” and how “we all have the power to create real change” made the award about Ford, not Denhollander.

To choose Ford, whose accusations were unproven, to present an award to a real victim upstaged that victim, and Sports Illustrated should be ashamed. As we’ve said before, mixing false accusations with true ones undermines legitimate charges of sexual assault and, in fact, the entire #MeToo movement feminists claim to support.

Yet that’s not all. Sports Illustrated is the same rag that earlier this year published a #MeToo swimsuit issue. In it, naked women with words written on their bodies posed provocatively to ostensibly make the point that their bodies were not men’s play things. It was as hypocritical as it was objectifying of women21. And it actually makes the magazine’s phony award doubly shameful.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60009-hypocrisy-illustrated-ford-presents-number-metoo-award


ON THE WEB TODAY

Another Known Wolf22 — A radical Muslim attacked a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.
Trump EPA Rolls Back Another Obama Power Grab23 — Navigable waters is now clearly defined so as not to be Obama’s overly broad power grab.
Climatologist Rebuts Rising Sea Level Narrative24 — Not that you’ll hear about it from the press, which is preoccupied with alarm.
Video: Trump’s White House Clash With Pelosi, Schumer25 — Scott Ott leads Bill Whittle and Stephen Green in a game of their own.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion26.


TOP HEADLINES

Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen gets three years in prison, blames Trump for his “path of darkness” (ABC News27)
FBI created multiple summaries of Michael Flynn’s questioning — what are they hiding? (The Federalist28)
House sends compromise farm bill to Trump’s desk (National Review29)
House, Senate agree on sexual-harassment bill after months-long struggle to resolve differences (The Washington Post30)
Pelosi reaches deal to be speaker by agreeing to stay only four years (NBC News31)
Trump gets win as Xi makes good on pledge to buy U.S. soybeans (Bloomberg32)
Theresa May survives confidence vote (BBC33)
Third-ranking Vatican official convicted of sexually abusing choir boys (National Review34)
Fentanyl now America’s deadliest drug with more than 18,000 overdose deaths in 2016 (USA Today35)
Humor: Woke parents refuse to assume newborn baby’s nutrition preferences (The Babylon Bee36)
Policy: Huawei is the doorway to China’s police state (The National Interest37)
Policy: It’s time to reform food-stamp policy (National Review38)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report39.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/60024-thursday-top-headlines
11  Fellowship / You name it!! / Re: Coffee Time! on: December 13, 2018, 05:51:04 PM
Thank you for the verses brother, I drank my coffee while reading.

Oh yeah, it is Coffee Time Again

You're most welcome. I have a fresh mug of coffee I'm working on now.
12  Entertainment / Television / Re: Old tv shows on: December 13, 2018, 05:48:17 PM
The Three Stooges were also one of my all-time favorites. I still watch them when I can find them. They were just so refined and classy gentlemen.   Grin
13  Entertainment / Laughter (Good Medicine) / Re: Clean Jokes on: December 13, 2018, 05:44:35 PM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin

Thanks for the laughs.
14  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Precious Promises for Aged Saints on: December 12, 2018, 05:15:39 PM
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Precious Promises for Aged Saints by James Smith
From Grace Gems - Free and Public Domain:
Very Old - But Beautiful and Timeless Treasures.
http://www.gracegems.org/19/literature.htm
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Your God will not only carry your burdens — but He will carry YOU. He laid you like a lamb in His bosom, when He called you by His grace; and He will carry you now that you are old; He will never turn away from doing you good — but will rejoice over you to do you good with His whole heart, and with His whole soul. He will bear with you — though you may sometimes feel fretful, peevish, and ungrateful. He will be with you amidst all your infirmities. He will carry you, not only to the Jordan — but over it! He has delivered you in six troubles — and in seven He will not forsake you!

You should look back to past deliverances, and then face your present difficulty, saying with David, "The Lord, who has delivered me out of the mouth of the lion, and out of the mouth of the bear — will yet deliver me also from this uncircumcised Philistine!" Or with Paul, "He has delivered us from such a deadly peril — and He will deliver us. On Him we have set our hope that He will continue to deliver us!" God's promise — is your property. Take it, trust it, plead it, and expect it to be made good. Faithful is He who promised, who also will do it. Even though you believe not — yet He abides faithful; for He cannot deny himself. "God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak — and then not act? Does He promise — and not fulfill?" Numbers 23:19

 

THOSE EVERLASTING ARMS!

(James Smith, 1802 — 1862)

"Underneath are the everlasting arms!" Deuteronomy 33:27

That is, underneath every believer.

Those everlasting arms are there . . .
to bear him up,
to bear him on, and
to preserve from all real danger.

The arms of God are . . .
invisible — no one sees them;
spiritual — no one feels them;
careful — no one falls out of them;
omnipotent — no one overcomes them.

If the everlasting arms of my God are underneath me, then . . .
I may quietly yield myself unto Him;
I may confidently expect divine protection;
I may be certain that He will lift me above my foes;
I may feel assured that He will safely convey me home.

Aged saints may rejoice in this; for to them the Lord says, "I will be your God throughout your lifetime — until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you!" Isaiah 46:4

And weak believers may rejoice in this, for "He will carry the lambs in His arms, holding them close to His heart!" Isaiah 40:11

O to realize this sweet and encouraging truth: underneath me are the everlasting arms!
 

THE PALM TREE

James Hamilton

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green!" Psalm 92:12-14

The Palm tree brings forth its best fruit in old age. The best dates are said to be gathered when it has reached a hundred years. So it is with eminent Christians: the older — the better; the older — the more beautiful; nay, the older — the more useful; and, different from worldlings, the older — the happier. The best Christians are those who improve to the end, who grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ to the very close of life.

They loved Him at first — but now they love Him more. At first they were selfish, and only sought to escape from wrath. Now they are jealous of the Savior's honor, and long to be saved from sin. At first they only thought of Jesus as the Priest to save them; now they perceive the Priest upon a throne, and love not only the Savior's cross — but the Savior's yoke and the Savior's laws.

And they grow in knowledge of themselves. The truth to which they once assented becomes a deep-wrought experience. "In me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing." And the discovery of this depravity, the knowledge how debased and worthless their nature has become, instead of making them morose and bitter towards their fellow-sharers in the fall — makes them lenient and considerate. They know themselves too well, to expect perfection in their friends, and love the brethren in the face of their obvious failings. They have something of the old Reformer's feeling when he saw the malefactor led to prison: "There, but for the grace of God, goes John Bradford!"

And they grow in wisdom. Long experience, and still more the secret of the Lord, dispassionate observation and Heavenly-mindedness — have given them sagacity; and sometimes in pithy adages, sometimes in direct and sober counsel, they deal forth that mellow wisdom.

And they grow in spirituality. We have seen those aged pilgrims to whom earthly things at last grew insipid; they had no curiosity for the news of the day, and little taste for fresh and entertaining books. They stuck to God's testimonies, and you never went in to see them but their Bible lay open on the table or the counter; and they could tell the portion which had been that morning's food, or the meditation of the previous night. The Word of God dwelt in them so richly, that you could see they were becoming fit to dwell with God; for when a mind has become thoroughly scriptural — it needs but another step to make it celestial. And the last harvest came, and the last gleanings of their precious words, and when we next went that way — their place knew them no longer. They were flourishing in the courts of God's house on high, and we would sit under their shadow and be regaled by their goodness no more.

But when we recollected how lovely their Christian profession was, how beneficent and serviceable they had ever been, and remembered that their last days were their brightest, and their last fruits their fairest, we said over to ourselves, "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green!"

Dear Christian reader, when your own ear cannot hear it, may this be your eulogy — when your own eye cannot read it, may this be your epitaph. In the meanwhile, for the sake of that Savior who is dishonored by proud and selfish and unlovely disciples — strive and pray for consistency in holy living. And for your own soul's sake, which is dulled by defective views, and depressed by each besetting sin — seek a serene and lofty faith — covet earnestly a blameless life. Let . . .
your triumphs over self, and
your high-hearted zeal for the Savior,
the largeness of your Christian spirit,
your Heavenly elevation,
the exuberance of your goodness,
the multitude of your acts of kindness,
the fullness of your affections,
the abundance of your beneficence —
make Jesus manifest and unmistakable in your life. Let your happy piety be the far-eyed signal announcing an oasis in the desert, and pray that your church may become another Elim to weary pilgrims "where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water." Exodus 15:27
15  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Precious Promises for Aged Saints on: December 12, 2018, 05:14:17 PM
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Precious Promises for Aged Saints by James Smith
From Grace Gems - Free and Public Domain:
Very Old - But Beautiful and Timeless Treasures.
http://www.gracegems.org/19/literature.htm
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Another thought, is affection. The father's arm drawn around a child — is a token of love. The child is held in the father's bosom, near his heart. The shepherd carries the lambs in his bosom. John lay on Jesus' bosom. The mother holds the child in her bosom, because she loves it. This picture of God embracing His children in His arms, tells of His love for them — His love is tender, close, intimate.

Another thought suggested by an arm, is strength. The arm is a symbol of strength. His arm is omnipotence. "In the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength!" (Isaiah 26:4). His is an arm that can never be broken! Out of this clasp — we can never be taken. "I give them eternal life, and they will never perish — ever! No one will snatch them out of My hand!" (John 10:28)

Another suggestion is endurance. The arms of God are "everlasting." Human arms grow weary, even in love's embrace; they cannot forever press the child to the bosom. Soon they lie folded in death.

A husband stood by the coffin of his beloved wife after only one short year of wedded happiness. The clasp of that love was very sweet — but how brief a time it lasted, and how desolate was the life that had lost the precious companionship!

A little baby two weeks old — was left motherless. The mother clasped the child to her bosom and drew her feeble arms about it in one loving embrace; the little one will never more have a mother's arm around it.

So pathetic is human life with — its broken affections, its little moments of love, its embraces that are torn away in one hour. But these arms of God, are everlasting arms! They shall never unclasp!

There is another important suggestion in the word "underneath." Not only do the arms of God embrace His child — but they are underneath — always underneath! That means that we can never sink — for these arms will ever be beneath us!

Sometimes we say the waters of trouble are very deep; like great floods they roll over us. But still and forever, underneath the deepest floods, are these everlasting arms! We cannot sink below them — or out of their clasp!

And when death comes, and every earthly thing is gone from beneath us, and we sink away into what seems darkness — out of all human love, out of warmth and gladness and life — into the gloom and strange mystery of death — still it will only be — into the everlasting arms!

This view of God's divine care is full of inspiration and comfort. We are not saving ourselves. A strong One, the mighty God — holds us in His omnipotent clasp! We are not tossed like a leaf on life's wild sea — driven at the mercy of wind and wave. We are in divine keeping. Our security does not depend upon our own feeble, wavering faith — but upon the omnipotence, the love, and the faithfulness of the unchanging, the eternal God!

No power in the universe can snatch us out of His hands! Neither death nor life, nor things present, nor things to come — can separate us from His everlasting arms!

 

THE PALM TREE

(Author unknown)

"The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green!" Psalm 92:12-14

The palm tree, to which God's people are in this psalm compared, is remarkable for its lengthened and increasing fruitfulness. The best fruit are said to be gathered when it has reached a hundred years. How beautiful an emblem of the aged believer, growing in grace and maturing in holiness to the close of his earthly existence! Each day, each year, added to his life — adds to the loveliness and perfection of his Christian virtues. His character has a mellowness and sweetness, which it lacked in earlier seasons. He is ripening for Heaven. In knowledge, in wisdom, in love, in humility, in gentleness, in patience, in peace, in usefulness, in happiness — he is steadily and constantly advancing. He is filled with the Spirit, and therefore brings forth the fruits of the Spirit.

Is this portraiture of an aged Christian yours, reader? Alas, it does not belong to all who profess and call themselves by the Savior's name. Nay, it may be feared that there are some, really and manifestly His, to whom it bears but little resemblance. They have long been "planted" in the house of the Lord — but they do not appear to "flourish" in the courts of our God; and as years augment, they seem to imagine that the infirmities of old age are excuses for their little fruitfulness. But they certainly never gathered such an idea from God's Word, nor rightly studied and pleaded His promises to themselves.

Do not follow their example. Do not rest satisfied with past attainments. Strive to glorify God more than you have ever yet done. Let your last days be your best days; and your last fruit the richest.

 

Pains, infirmities, loss of sleep, the failure of sight and hearing

(Letters of John Newton)

"Do not cast me away when I am old; do not forsake me when my strength is gone." Psalm 71:9

I am drawing nearer and nearer to the season which the Psalmist either expected or felt. Many reasons teach the aged believer the need of this prayer. As his graces are still imperfect, so his physical and mental powers are feelingly upon the decline. It was but little he could do at his best — and now less and less.

He feels other props and comforts dropping off apace. When he was young he had warm spirits and pleasing prospects; but now what a change of the friends in which he once delighted! In some he has found inconstancy — they have forsaken and forgotten him; and others have been successively taken away by death. They have fallen like the leaves in autumn — and now he stands almost a naked trunk. If any yet remain, he is expecting to lose them likewise — unless he is first taken from them.

Old age abates, and gradually destroys, the relish of such earthly comforts as might be otherwise enjoyed. Pains, infirmities, loss of sleep, the failure of sight and hearing, and all the senses — are harbingers, like Job's messengers, arriving in close succession to tell him that death is upon his progress, and not far distant!

If youth has no security against death — then old age has no possibility of escaping the grim monster. But though . . .
friends fail,
cisterns burst,
gourds wither,
strength declines, and
death advances —
if God does not forsake me — then all is well.

"I will be your God throughout your lifetime — until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you!" Isaiah 46:4

 

THE PROMISE

(James Smith, 1802 — 1862)

"I will be your God throughout your lifetime — until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you!" Isaiah 46:4

The friends of your youth are gone — death or distance has stripped you of them. But your God says, "I am He who formed you at first, as a creature; I am He who called you by my grace, into fellowship with my Son; I am He who gave you My Word, that I would never leave you nor forsake you; and I am in the same mind still. I am immutable — there is no change in Me. You have changed — I have not. You will change — but I shall not."
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