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31  Theology / Bible Study / Fulness Of Joy on: August 02, 2018, 03:42:43 PM
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Fulness Of Joy
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


About 3,000 years ago David wrote in Psalm 16:11: “…In Thy presence is fulness of joy….” He was right, for there is no greater joy than personal fellowship with God. Yet David could not know the fulness of joy now spoken of in Paul’s epistles, for he did not know Christ, who later came into the world as God, manifested in the flesh, to die for our sins. He did not know that Christ would make full satisfaction for sin and be raised from the dead to confirm our justification. Nor did David know that believers would be given Christ’s resurrection life, and a position, and “all spiritual blessings IN THE HEAVENLIES in Christ” (Eph. 2:4-6; 1:3).

When Paul wrote that God has called believers “unto the fellowship of His Son”, he referred to a spiritual, heavenly fellowship, far more intimate and precious than any previously enjoyed by mortal man. This fellowship is to be enjoyed by faith, but it is faith based on fact, the fact that Christ indeed died our death and rose again from the dead that we might partake of His life and enjoy a position at God’s right hand in Christ. This is why the Apostle Paul urges believers of this dispensation of grace to “seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God”(Col. 3:1).

Peter and John both came to know much of this fellowship through Paul, who was sent to Jerusalem “by revelation” to make known to the leaders there “THAT GOSPEL WHICH I PREACH AMONG THE GENTILES” (See Galatians 2:2-9; II Peter 3:15-18). This is why John writes in I John 1:3,4: “Truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son, Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, THAT YOUR JOY MAY BE FULL”.
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Vegetating in selfishness?

(Octavius Winslow, "The Sensitiveness of Christ to Suffering")

Every believer, however limited and veiled from human eye his sphere of life--will create a public sentiment respecting himself. His relations, his friends, his neighbors--will form their opinion of his character, doings and life.

Few pass through life incognito to eternity!

Few slide through society unseen, unnoticed, unfelt.

Each individual Christian should especially live for an object. He should so live as to make his talents, influence, and example count upon the present and eternal well-being of all with whom He comes in contact.

"No man lives to himself."

As a "light"--He is to shine!

As "salt"--He is to influence!

As a "witness"--He is to testify for Christ.

In a world like this, where there is . . .
  so much evil to correct,
  so much temptation to resist,
  so much sorrow to soothe,
  so much need to supply,
  so much misery to counteract,
  so much ignorance to instruct,
  so much good to be done--
none need be idle, dreaming away existence, vegetating in selfishness--not living for man, or laboring for God.

Oh, be an earnest, active Christian!

Be up and doing!

Life is too momentous, too solemn, too responsible--for sluggishness, inactivity, and selfishness!

We are gliding down the stream onward to eternity! Shall we spend our fleeting moments in grasping at the floating straw--when for every moment and act of our present course, we shall soon be cited at Christ's bar for scrutiny and judgment?

Souls are perishing!

Ignorance of the gospel is prevailing!

Iniquity is abounding!

Satan is unslumbering!

Death plies its scythe, and the grave yawns each moment! An eternity of bliss or of woe is gathering deathless beings to its bosom, at every stroke of the pendulum!

Shall we not, then, be active and earnest in a world like this?

"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord." Romans 12:11

"Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." 1 Corinthians 15:58
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Then came the congressional obstructions. As a bloc, Senate Democrats have slowed the confirmation process at an unprecedented level. A July 2018 report noted the striking differences between the confirmation of Trump’s nominations and the nominations of previous administrations. At a similar time in their presidencies, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama had 80%, 84%, 72%, and 75% of their nominees confirmed, respectively. Trump has 57%.

Consider the effect that slowing the confirmation process has on “democracy.” The democratic process gives power to representatives who vote on behalf of the people (which is why we’re a democratic republic, not a democracy). Obstruction challenges rather than supports this process.

Obstructionism also negatively effects the people of this country. Having a government without the full staff of agency heads and other employees makes everything inefficient for the people. Additionally, obstruction hurts the American people by denying them qualified people in key positions.

Consider the case of Andy Puzder31, nominated for secretary of labor. The son of an immigrant, Puzder worked his way through law school and ultimately became CEO of CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Hardee’s and Carl’s Junior. He knows the value of hard work and understands how to unleash the productivity of the American worker.

In his book, The Capitalist Comeback32, Puzder recounts how protesters came to his front door, held a rally in his town, and drove a billboard through his neighborhood accusing him of abusing women. Perhaps the most alarming incident happened in the form of a mysterious package addressed to his wife. It contained white powder, a paper doll with a noose around its neck, and a pink piece of paper with the words “TRUMP.” Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Sadly, Puzder withdrew his nomination33 after lack of support in the Senate. Did the protesting, intimidation, and obstruction “save” democracy?

In any case, Rep. Maxine Waters advocated harassing3 Trump officials, meaning she evidently does think this wretched behavior “saves” democracy.

The most recent blockade has been against Judge Brett Kavanaugh34, a highly qualified jurist who sits on the DC Circuit Court. A graduate of Yale Law School, Kavanaugh also lectures at Harvard Law School (he was hired35 by Elena Kagan when she served as dean of the school). Lauded by Right and Left as a brilliant jurist, Judge Kavanaugh now faces baseless attacks on his character36, his family, and his legal record. Isn’t obstructing a qualified jurist “endangering democracy”?

Even the quintessential American sport, football, has been weaponized. The national anthem, long held as the symbol of unity for the American people, has been transformed into a political statement by those hoping to #resist. However, are these people resisting Trump, or American values? How does this “save democracy”?

The resistance also calls for abolishing37 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Perhaps the most visible has been the Occupy ICE campaigns, such as the Portland38 campaign, which left the protest area with blocks of trash, bottles, and used needles. Does protesting and trashing property “save democracy”?

Many people have begun to question the validity of #resist and the ideology of those who support it. The #WalkAway movement39 has revealed an awakening of more traditional liberals who do not subscribe to violence, bigotry, and hateful distain for those with whom they disagree.

As Ronald Reagan stated40, “You and I are told increasingly we have to choose between a left or right. Well I’d like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right. There’s only an up or down: [up] man’s old — old-aged dream, the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order, or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism.”

Reagan understood that dividing lines did not fall between Right or Left. Rather, they fell between Liberty and tyranny. Returning to this basic understanding of America helps to shed light on what #resist represents. The resistance blockades the American people, American values, and American patriotism. The resistance subscribes to violence, lewdness, and bigotry. While considering themselves “progressives,” resistance members regress downward to a divided nation and a country that cannot move forward. Ultimately, they resist unity, democracy, and forward-thinking policy. Ironically, they #resist progress.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57501-resisting-progress

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

The ADA Is a Serial Litigator’s Dream41 — While well-meaning, the ADA has spawned a cottage industry of unscrupulous lawsuits.
Video: Fighting the Deep State42 — There’s not much doubt about its existence. The question is, what can Donald Trump do about it?

OPINION IN BRIEF

Ed Feulner: “Tax experts at The Heritage Foundation used IRS data to calculate the effects of last December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) and found that in 2018 taxpayers will save an average of $1,400. Married couples with two children will save more than twice that: $2,917. And when I say ‘nationwide,’ I mean it. A new report by Heritage’s Kevin Dayaratna, Parker Sheppard and Adam Michel shows that every U.S. congressional district will enjoy these tax benefits. … Not a single district will fail to see a tax benefit of some kind, thanks to the TCJA. … Unfortunately, there’s a caveat. The TCJA expires in 2025, so the Heritage experts had to roll this into their calculations. They also had to assume Washington will continue running large and unsustainable deficits. Both of these factors constitute a large drag on an economy that is otherwise growing at an impressive clip. So why would [Nancy] Pelosi hint that she and other members of her party want to repeal the TCJA? … Far from repealing it, we need to make it permanent. Doing so would improve any economic benefits even more dramatically. Imagine how well our economy would perform if the money currently being wasted in Washington was saved, spent and invested by the people who produce it. Mrs. Pelosi wants to ‘revisit the tax legislation.’ Agreed. Let’s drop the expiration date.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “Those who can claim membership in the less privileged group have a license to retaliate against the privileged. Claiming to lack privilege confers the privilege of being excused for behaving badly.” —Nathanael Blake

Braying Jenny: “Right after Al Franken attacked … Jeff Sessions, he suddenly became the target of the right wing to get him out of office. … And the Democrats decided, ‘Oh, we’re going to take the high road,’ and they basically lost a really good senator, in my opinion. … That was a sophomoric joke by a comedian in a time when he didn’t know he was going to become a senator. He was fooling around. He was a comic. And, to his credit, he said, ‘She didn’t have any ability to consent. She had every right to feel violated by that photo.’ So he’s a gentleman, and he took the hit. And now, can we please move on and get the great senator back and get rid of the president?” —"The View’s" Joy Behar

Hot air: “Since civilization emerged 10,000 years ago, we haven’t had this kind of heat condition, and it’s going to continue getting worse and that’s the way it is.” —California Gov. Jerry Brown

Non Compos Mentis: “We have no equivalent to the dark carnival that is a trump [sic] rally. This is not a thing on the left. We just argue about healthcare and climate and sometimes relitigate 2016 but we are not actually out of our minds.” —Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI)

Setting up Trump to blame his rhetoric for any attack…. “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way.” —CNN’s Jim Acosta

And last… “To reporters … complaining [about] your treatment at Trump rallies: Now [you] know what it’s like for conservatives invited [to] speak at college campuses. … I wish you were treated differently. But maybe [you] should cover college protests differently now.” —Ari Fleischer

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57502-thursday-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
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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. These abuses of an institution so important to freedom and science are deeply to be regretted, inasmuch as they tend to lessen its usefulness and to sap its safety.” —Thomas Jefferson (1805)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

CNN’s Acosta complains of Trump’s rhetoric. That’s rich.
Divisive LeBron James blames divisiveness on Trump. That’s rich, too.
Resisting progress is all members of #resist are actually achieving.
The ADA has become a serial litigator’s dream.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
CNN’s Jim Acosta Can’t Take What He Dishes1

Thomas Gallatin

CNN reporter Jim Acosta was in Tampa, Florida, covering President Donald Trump’s Tuesday rally. At one point during Acosta’s live coverage of the event, a group of Trump supporters loudly chanted “CNN sucks!” Acosta, whose obsessively negative anti-Trump reporting has earned the ire of both the president and many conservatives, sought to portray the behavior of the rally-goers in the worst and most dramatic light possible. “Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa,” he lamented from the fainting couch. “I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy.”

Where was Acosta’s concern over “hostility whipped up” by people at anti-Trump rallies? Or how about his own insinuation that Trump supporters are dangerously stupid? In an interview with Variety, he haughtily asserted, “They don’t have all their faculties and in some cases their elevator might not hit all floors.”

As Mark Alexander noted yesterday, however, it’s leftists who often suffer Trump Derangement Syndrome2.

Acosta complained, “[Trump] is whipping these crowds up into a frenzy to the point where they really want to come after us.” Nothing like Maxine Waters calling for harassment3 of Trump officials, or a Bernie Sanders fanboy attempting to murder Republicans4, we’re sure.

But Acosta also leveled blame at Fox News, adding, “My sense of it is that these opinions these folks have at these rallies, they’re shaped by what they see in the primetime hours of Fox News and what they hear from some conservative news outlets that just sort of give them this daily diet of what they consider to be terrible things we do over here at CNN.” He even had the gumption to accuse Fox opinion commentator Sean Hannity of “peddling lies every night” “for profit.” Talk about throwing stones from glass houses. The irony here is that Acosta is the one who claims the mantel of a journalist, something Hannity regularly notes he is not. Yet Acosta assumes that his own opinion of Hannity equates to journalistic reporting of the truth. That’s not journalism; it’s hubris.

It’s precisely this elitist, condescending, know-it-all attitude regularly displayed by much of the mainstream media that has brought on Americans’ ire and distrust. Hannity was kind enough to point this out to Acosta, stating, “I’m actually going to give your network some advice, if you have an open mind and an open heart, maybe a little bit of humility. The people of this country are screaming at you for a reason. They don’t like your unfair, abusively biased treatment of the president of the United States.” That, in a nutshell, is why Acosta will continue to fail.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57503-cnns-jim-acosta-cant-take-what-he-dishes

Divisive LeBron James Blames Divisiveness on Trump5

Superstar basketball player LeBron James sat down for an interview6 with CNN’s Don Lemon to discuss the opening of his “I Promise School” in his home town of Akron, Ohio. We’re certainly glad to see James using his vast wealth to give back to the less fortunate. But in explaining his motivation for starting the school, which focuses on developing students both academically and athletically, James raised the issue of how “this race thing has taken over.” Why? Because, James insists, President Donald Trump is “dividing us.” James opined, “What I’ve noticed over the past few months [is] he’s kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to.” He further added, “Sports has never been something that divides people. It’s always been something that brings someone [sic] together.”

James displays a clear lack of knowledge of sports history. Part of the whole point of sports is that fans are divided over teams they fervently support. To be fair, that’s not his point; James is referring to political and social issues brought up in sports. But who exactly has been using sports as a divisive platform to express a negative view of the nation as a whole? Well, it ain’t Trump. How about Colin Kaepernick and his adolescent protesting during the national anthem, which spread like cancer through the rest of the NFL? Or how about James’s fellow NBA star — and Finals nemesis — Stephen Curry and his public decision to reject a visit to the White House before he even received an invitation?

It’s rich for James to wax eloquent about how divisive Trump is and how he himself is all about bringing people together, only to then assert in the same interview that he “would never sit across from him” when asked what he would say to Trump if he met him face to face. How inclusive. Clearly, James has exposed himself as nothing more than another wealthy leftist elitist who sees no contradiction in his refusal to meet or speak with the president while blaming that president for the very division he himself is causing.

Just as the mainstream media seeks to heap all the blame on Trump because much of the nation refuses to accept biased news, James sees a fanbase divided over the anti-American protests of entitled athletes and blames the guy least responsible — Trump.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57487-divisive-lebron-james-blames-divisiveness-on-trump

Top Headlines7

San Francisco’s Ninth Circuit Court rules Trump sanctuary city sanctions unconstitutional (The Washington Times8)
Obama announces dozens of House endorsements — but not the “new face9” of the Democrats, Ocasio-Cortez (Hot Air10)
Trump’s EPA will continue Obama’s strict city smog rules (Washington Examiner11)
Lawmakers defuse Trump’s shutdown threat by passing partial spending bills ahead of deadline (The Washington Times12)
Senate sends $717B defense policy bill to Trump’s desk (The Hill13)
Feds spend $1.1 million creating apps for trans women and gay teens with “hooking up simulations” (The Washington Free Beacon14)
Trump administration seeks deregulation, innovation in higher education (Washington Examiner15)
Pennsylvania diocese releases names of dozens of clergy accused of sexual abuse (National Review16)
Google plans to launch censored search engine in China (The Intercept17)
Ontario ends universal basic income18 experiment two years early (Reason19)
Good news: “Angel” cloud appears over Texas skyline (Fox News20)
Humor: Man identifies as woman, immediately receives 23% pay cut (The Babylon Bee21)
Policy: Fire and fury: How government failures make wildfires even worse (Washington Examiner22)
Policy: When it comes to the environment, these are the good ol’ days (Investor’s Business Daily23)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report24.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57504-thursday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Resisting Progress29

Caroline C. Lewis

Immediately following the 2016 election, #resist became a battle cry for those opposed to the presidency of Donald Trump. Resistance has come in many forms: social media campaigns, protests, intimidation, congressional obstructionism, and in some cases violence no doubt brought on by Trump Derangement Syndrome2. Those who participate in #resist claim they are helping to “save democracy.” Or, as Dennis Prager observed30, it’s “as if they were American reincarnations of the French who fought real Nazis in World War II.”

The question remains, “Are they?”

The resistance made its first public appearance at the inauguration. Breaking windows, lighting cars on fire, and striking fear into those who attended the event, #resist certainly made the news. But does violence and vandalism “save democracy”?

At the so-called Women’s March, angry attendees wore genitalia hats and costumes, while Madonna said she’d like to “blow up the White House.” Saving democracy? You can decide.
35  Theology / Bible Study / The Wonders Of His Grace on: August 01, 2018, 05:37:17 PM
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The Wonders Of His Grace
by Pastor Paul M. Sadler


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    “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.”
    — II Corinthians 8:9

Whether the occasion is a holiday, a birthday celebration, or a graduation, it is customary to give a gift. While some gifts are given out of necessity, for the most part, a gift is an expression of our love. We normally bestow these tokens of our affection on those whom we feel deserve the honor. But God’s ways are not our ways. He gave the gift of His beloved Son to His enemies. That’s a true love story! Oh, the wonder of His grace that God sent His only begotten Son, the Son of His love, to save sinners like you and me while we were fleeing from the glory of His presence. Little wonder the Apostle Paul says, “Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift” (II Cor. 9:15).

The word “unspeakable” here has the idea of “indescribable.” The gifts I’ve received through the years were all describable. Some may have been a little harder to describe than others, but describable nonetheless! But the gift of God’s dear Son is indescribable. Who can explain the incarnation, how the eternal Son of God left heaven’s glory and took upon Himself the form of human flesh, yet was not tainted with our sin. Who can explain how Christ was wholly God and wholly human in one person? These wonders can only be received through the eye of faith.

The manger and the Cross stand at the two extremes of our Lord’s life, but they are connected by the tapestry of redemption. Hence, “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” A love story that ends with a death is tragic; in contrast, the death of Christ is the greatest demonstration of love this world has ever seen. How much does God love you? He gave His only begotten Son to die on your behalf. You see, Christ wasn’t dying for His sin, He knew no sin; He was dying for your sins and my sins at Calvary. He was made sin for us that we might receive the righteousness of God in Him. Have you trusted Him?

Surely you would never think of paying for a gift; why, the giver would be highly offended — how much more so with God. The payment for your sins has already been furnished by the Giver; simply receive Him as a gift from God. If you have, then why not thank Him today for His unspeakable gift? After all, this is the Gift that includes all others!
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(John Colwell, "Little Foxes; The Little Sins That Mar the Christian Character" 1882)

"Catch the foxes--the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes!" Song of Songs 2:15

The little things of life are most important. Those who affect to despise the importance of little things, are in danger of becoming little people. Certainly no great man will ever do so. He will the rather prove his greatness by a hearty recognition of the truth of the wise saying, "He who despises little things, shall fall little by little."

The Great Teacher drew some of His most beautiful and important lessons from little things--such as little flowers, little birds, little dew-drops, little children. He insisted on faithfulness in littles.

My friend, life is great because it is the aggregation of littles.

As the coral reefs which rear themselves high above the crawling sea beneath, are all made up of minute skeletons of microscopic animalcules; so life, mighty and solemn as having eternal consequences; life that hangs over the sea of eternity--is made up of these minute incidents, of these trifling duties, of these small tasks. Only those who are faithful in the least are, or can be, faithful in the whole.

Little things make either . . .
  the joy--or the sorrow,
  the success--or the ruin,
  the safety--or the danger,
  the grandeur--or the smallness
--of human life.

Illustrations of this principle abound:

     Little neglects lead to great ruin.

     Little precautions lead to great safety.

     Little wastings make great losses.

     Little savings make great gains.

     Little troubles make us miserable.

     Little virtues make us godly.

     Little vices make us wicked.

Therefore, says inspired Wisdom, "Catch the foxes--the little foxes that spoil the vines," which is equivalent to saying, "I know you will keep out the more hateful and destructive full-grown foxes, by stopping up all the large holes in the vineyard fence. Your danger lies in overlooking the smaller gaps by which the little foxes may enter, and thus spoil your vines by robbing them of the tender grapes."

How forcibly may this advice be urged upon Christian people! They will be almost certain to secure their character against the intrusion of shameful vices, destructive sins, and great scandals. But are they always so careful to stop the smaller breaches in the fence of their Christian character against the little foxes, lesser sins, smaller vices, and trifling moral blemishes which, nevertheless, spoil the loveliness and nobility of their lives? Judging from observation and experience, I fear not.

In this book, we will point out some "little foxes" that do much damage in the Christian vineyard, and invite our readers to hunt them down!
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Late-night talk shows were once a welcome distraction from the stresses of life for millions of Americans, but no more. Late-night comedians have become self-righteous moralizers, raging against President Donald Trump as a modern-day American Hitler, while excoriating his supporters as either ignorant rubes or willing accomplices to Trump’s “crimes.” From Jimmy Kimmel’s ObamaCare cry-fests36 to Stephen Colbert’s vile and graphic anti-Trump shtick, everywhere you turn leftist comedians are trying to out-scold each other over who can hate Trump, Republicans, conservatives, and Christians the most.

In fact, comedy is being replaced by a form of anti-comedy, as personified by an Australian “comedian” named Hannah Gadsby, creator of “Nanette,” a stage show where Gadsby delves into her own experience with “gender and sexual trauma,” and how women and the LGBT crowd are mistreated and silenced. She lashes out at men — all men — for enabling such abuse. The New York Times calls the show “comedy-destroying.” It’s meant as a compliment.

Comedians no longer find common ground all Americans can relate to. Instead, they actively denigrate half the population to the vitriolic glee of the other half.

Of course, not all comedians have followed that path. Many have just given up37. Jerry Seinfeld, the undisputed King of Comedy for a generation, quit stand-up comedy because progressives have sucked all of the joy out of it. Instead, Seinfeld is working on the 10th season of a show called “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee,” which is exactly what it sounds like. He avoids political pot-stirring, and just talks humorously about life. He stopped performing on college campuses because today’s young “adults” can’t listen to comedy without getting enraged and offended. Black comedian Chris Rock, known for his no-holds-barred, edgy comedy, stopped performing on college campuses for the same reason.

And in an era when so-called liberals get their “news” from leftist comedians, they have lost the ability to identify hyperbole and satire. Recently, such “objective” journalistic outlets as The Washington Post, ABC News, NBC News, and Google News ran supposed news headlines highlighting attacks on President Trump38 by late-night talk show hosts. And this is news why? It’s not news, of course, but it allows the MSM another way to attack Trump.

It is a self-destructive cycle. The more hateful the attacks on the president and average Americans by late-night comedians, the more viewers they lose39. The more viewers they lose, the more hateful they become in their anti-Trump invective in order to maximize ratings among the remaining, increasingly radical-Left viewership.

As sad as this development is, it’s also dangerous. More and more, young progressives are becoming incapable of facing setbacks, disappointments, and dealing civilly with those of opposing viewpoints. They require safe spaces and “trigger warnings” in order to be protected from “microaggressions” and other leftist boogeymen. They cheer physical violence against political opponents.

The more they indulge this radical infantilism40, the more incapable they become of dealing with everyday life.

A recent study by three Harvard University psychologists found, “Trigger warnings may inadvertently undermine some aspects of emotional resilience. … This finding could have significant implications in the context of ongoing cultural debates about the power of language in reinforcing perceived oppression. That is, if we are telling students that words are akin to violence and can cause harm, and then giving them trigger warnings to compound that message, we risk increasing immediate anxiety responses rather than decreasing them.”

This type of emotional crippling has become so pervasive that a new sub-specialty has arisen in the psychiatric field; namely, treatment of “Trump Anxiety Disorder41,” in which the patient fears the world ending as a result of the presidency of Donald J. Trump. That’s an odd thing to fear when the economy is finally thriving and life is generally good in America.

Yet many leftists genuinely fear an economic collapse, the death of free speech, nuclear war with North Korea, and other doomsday scenarios, despite no realistic justification.

And that’s just not funny.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57464-comedy-is-dead-and-leftists-murdered-it

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

The Truth About Wildfires42 — The media’s emotional narrative is about climate change instead of a more accurate picture.
Facebook Tackles Leftist Agitprop43 — Believe it or not, Facebook made a move this week that conservatives might cheer.
Video: The End of Tipping?44 — Celebrities, union activists, and politicians demand a higher minimum wage for restaurant workers.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Gary Bauer: “Believe it or not, illegal immigrants are now suing the federal government over the treatment they received in our detention facilities. And, no, this has nothing to do with the controversial policy of family separation. We are told that these migrants suffered incredible hardships to get here. That they left countries where they feared being murdered by brutal gangs. That they trekked thousands of miles in fear of being raped. That they endured hunger and extreme thirst. Yet the moment they cross our border they suddenly turn into the equivalent of whiny college snowflakes. According to the lawsuit, migrants complained that their soup was cold, that the shelters were chilly, or that they only got two burritos a day. While some allegations are more serious, one illegal immigrant complained about her gluten allergy. Are we now required to provide gluten-free meals to illegal immigrants? Will we be required to provide Halal meals to some portion of the thousands of people crossing our borders from nations designated as ‘state sponsors of terrorism’? Millions of Americans in their 60s and 70s have moving stories of a parent or grandparent who arrived on the shores of this country fleeing persecution and strife. They came not carrying the flag of the country they were from but desperately wanting to wave the flag of this country. They came to a country without food stamps or welfare. And it would never have crossed their grateful minds to complain that the food was cold! Sarah Huckabee Sanders can’t eat dinner in a Virginia restaurant, but illegal immigrants have a right to gluten-free burritos?!”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The minute you read something that you can’t understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.” —Will Rogers (1879-1935)

For the record: “This week, Charles Blahous of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University released a study25 taking a look at the cost of [Bernie] Sanders’ preferred [Medicare for All] program. The total: $32.6 trillion over 10 years. Over that same period, our total federal spending is projected at $56 trillion — and we’re already racking up debt like there’s no tomorrow on that budget. That means that we could double our taxes at every level and still not come close to covering Sanders’ program. Sanders responded to this unfortunate news by attacking the study, blaming the nefarious Koch brothers for sponsoring Blahous’ basic math. There’s only one problem: The Urban Institute, a left-leaning outlet, estimated the cost at $32 trillion. So this isn’t a right-left problem. It’s a basic math problem. Sanders doesn’t understand basic math. Or, more accurately, he doesn’t care about it.” —Ben Shapiro

Non Compos Mentis: “The solution to America’s immigration problems is open borders, under which the United States imposes no immigration restrictions at all. If the U.S. adopts this policy, the benefits will far outweigh the costs.” —Cato Institute’s Jeffrey Miron

Braying jackass: “Surely as we’re here today, nothing’s going to happen from his administration. We’re going to have to pass legislation [against 3D guns6]. Because they are just enslaved by the NRA.” —Chuck Schumer

And last… “Why are we so worried about 3D guns? Aren’t 2D guns even easier to conceal?” —Frank Fleming

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57465-wednesday-short-cuts

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IN TODAY’S EDITION

Worried about election integrity? Try voter ID.
3D guns — targeting free speech in the name of gun control.
Comedy is dead, and leftists murdered it.
The truth about wildfires has little to do with climate change.
Facebook tackles leftist agitprop.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF
Dems Worry About Election Integrity, Oppose Voter ID1

Thomas Gallatin

President Donald Trump declared at a Tuesday rally in Florida, “If you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID.” Cue the Leftmedia fact-check freak out. Headlines across the nation reacted similarly to the Chicago Tribune’s, which read, “Trump at rally makes false claim on photo IDs for groceries2.” But if you buy, for instance, a six-pack of beer with your groceries, Trump is spot on. Intentionally missing the point of Trump’s broadly accurate remarks, the mainstream media saw an opportunity to dismiss outright Trump’s clear message: The best and most practical way to defend the integrity of U.S. elections is through voter ID laws.

Democrats and the Leftmedia have been sounding the alarm over threats to the integrity of our nation’s elections ever since Trump won the presidency “colluded with Russia to steal the election.” Specifically, they point to Russian meddling that involved posting disinformation on social media sites and hacking Hillary Clinton’s and the DNC’s emails, neither of which was proven to have changed a single vote. And yet for years Democrats have fought every effort to actually protect the integrity of elections by screaming racism every time voter ID legislation is proposed.

In fact, as Trump pointed out, Democrats are the ones actively seeking to destroy the integrity of elections by seeking to register noncitizens3 to the voter rolls. In San Francisco, Russian national Elizaveta Shuvalova found out that she had been added to the voter rolls back in 2012 even though she did not become a U.S. citizen until 2017. Upon finding out that her name was on the voter rolls, Shuvalova said, “I’ve never registered for anything in my entire life. This is news to me.” Yet the San Francisco County voter log shows that in 2012 Shuvalova was registered as a Democrat4.

So while Democrats and the mainstream media label Trump a liar and bemoan5 his supposed lack of effort to secure America’s elections, the real issue here is that Democrats obstruct voter ID laws, the most practical and cost-effective way to actually secure the integrity of our nation’s elections, while advocating for registering noncitizens to vote. That’s blatant hypocrisy.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57480-dems-worry-about-election-integrity-oppose-voter-id

Targeting Free Speech in the Name of Gun Control6
Harold Hutchison

The state of New Jersey has long been hostile to Second Amendment rights. Now, though, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal is trying to silence the voice of a pro-Second Amendment organization by crying “public nuisance7.” In fact, several states have sued to block8 the release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns, and a judge has agreed9. The decision would be dangerous if it weren’t so laughable.

Here’s the deal: In June, Defense Distributed was able to force a settlement10 with the U.S. State Department following a five-year court battle. It started in 2013 when that company released the computer files to make a single-shot .380 ACP pistol that could be produced by a 3D printer. That pistol was called the Liberator. In two days, more than 100,000 copies of the design were downloaded, and the plans were posted on at least 4,000 other sites.

The Obama administration’s State Department took legal action11 to try and shut it down — in essence, threatening prosecution for violating arms-trafficking laws. But it was closing the barn door after the horses had made their getaway. Furthermore, other designs are emerging, as this incomplete list on Wikipedia12 shows.

To date, there has been no evidence that a 3D-printed gun has been misused to commit a crime. In fact, there are laws already on the books that make using a firearm — any firearm — in a crime an offense with serious jail time. 3D guns are not “undetectable” as Leftmedia reports lament, as there is a 1988 law outlawing such guns. And building your own firearm at home has been legal since our nation’s founding.

But that hasn’t stopped these states from trying to muzzle a pro-Second Amendment voice. We aren’t ever surprised about this sort of thing coming from the Left, which, more now than ever, is willing to use the power of the government to silence political opponents. Even the once-formidable free-speech defenders at the ACLU are choosing to be silent13 and, thus, complicit in that trend.

The public nuisance claim is particularly pernicious when we look at the Second Amendment. In the late 1990s, big-city mayors teamed up with trial lawyers to use the threat of massive legal fees to try to get firearms manufacturers to limit what they produced, even as supporters of the Second Amendment were winning legislative battles across the country.

This latest threat, though, is a slippery slope. Today, it may be Defense Distributed, but given Andrew Cuomo’s actions14 in New York, would we see other forms of pro-Second Amendment advocacy targeted as a “public nuisance”? We wish this wasn’t a viable worry, but the actions of some hard-left state attorneys general in recent years (not to mention Lois Lerner and the IRS scandal) indicate that it is.

When it comes right down to it, in their zeal to restrict Second Amendment rights, leftists are now placing a huge target on the First Amendment. This is a development that should frighten all Americans, no matter where they stand on gun control.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57451-targeting-free-speech-in-the-name-of-gun-control

Top Headlines15

Wages, benefits grow at fastest rate in nearly a decade (National Review16)
Trump calls on Jeff Sessions to end Russia probe “right now” (Washington Examiner17)
Senate GOP, Dems reach deal to move major domestic spending bill (The Hill18)
Kelly agrees to remain chief of staff through 2020 at Trump’s request (The Wall Street Journal19)
Trump administration deals another blow to ObamaCare, removes ban on short term health insurance plans (National Review20)
Pentagon to start creating Space Force21 — even before Congress approves it (Defense One22)
ICE official has to explain to Democrat senator that illegal aliens break the law (The Daily Wire23)
EPA: Key air pollutants drop 73% since 1970 (The Daily Signal24)
Oh, well okay then! “Medicare for All25” could cost $32 trillion but may also save $2 trillion (ABC News26)
Humor: Ginsburg: “I am mentally fit enough to serve through the end of President Eisenhower’s term” (The Babylon Bee27)
Policy: The 3D-gun debate: separating truth from fiction (National Review28)
Policy: Memo to Trump: Listen to Larry Kudlow and fix the unfair capital gains tax (Investor’s Business Daily29)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report30.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57482-wednesday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
Comedy Is Dead, and Leftists Murdered It34

Louis DeBroux

American leftists are miserable, truly unhappy people.

Everything, it seems, offends them. Marriage and the nuclear family (father, mother, children), the basic unit of all civilizations for millennia, the Left now considers anachronistic, oppressive, and patriarchal. Leftists oppose the free market, which has lifted more people out of poverty than anything else in human history. They hate individual liberty (because bureaucrats can order our lives better than we can), the rich (except rich progressives), the NFL (not because social justice warriors are protesting the anthem but because the sport is too violent, and there aren’t enough minority coaches and owners), steak, school choice, low taxes, the Constitution, plastic straws, country music, Israel, non-coastal Americans…

…and laughter.

Yes, even comedy, which once brought together Americans of all stripes by highlighting the common struggles and absurdities of life in a humorous way, has come under the angry glare of the American Left. There is no aspect of life or culture remaining that leftists aren’t offended by.

This is leading to the death of comedy35.
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The Patriot Post® · Therapists Rebrand 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

By Mark Alexander · Aug. 1, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/alexander/57485-therapists-rebrand-trump-derangement-syndrome

“To restore … harmony … to render us again one people acting as one nation should be the object of every man really a patriot.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)
It’s official!

Psychotherapists have adopted a diagnostic name for what we in the real world refer to as “Trump Derangement Syndrome” (TDR). They have now rebranded TDR version 2.0 as “Trump Anxiety Disorder1” (TAD). While that may be a nicer diagnostic tag for a new counseling revenue stream, the word “derangement” is a much more accurate description of the extreme cognitive dissonance TAD references.

The pop culture Urban Dictionary2 defines Trump Derangement Syndrome as “a mental condition in which a person has been driven effectively insane due to their dislike of Donald Trump, to the point at which they will abandon all logic and reason. Symptoms for this condition can be very diverse, ranging from hysterical outbursts to a complete mental break.”

Given the benefit (or detriment) of holding several graduate degrees, including one in psychology, I would suggest that the increasing frequency and intensity of hysterics3 associated with TDR is greatly exacerbated by the unmitigated, constant consumption of hateful Demo/MSM propaganda4, 24/7/365. The result is a mass movement of those so intent on undermining Trump that they are now far off the reality reservation and utterly obsessed with defeating peace and prosperity.

Punctuating all the rhetoric spewed by MSM prognosticators are the endless pharmaceutical advertisements claiming to alleviate every muscle twitch or rash, all of which now have a diagnosis. Add to that growing list the official Trump Anxiety Disorder and there are plenty of anti-anxiety and anti-depressants sold as “treatment.”

As for the new “kinder, gentler” TAD diagnosis, therapist Elisabeth LaMotte of the Washington, DC-based Counseling and Psychotherapy Center, says that among her clients there is a “collective anxiety” that has been elevating since the election of Donald Trump5. According to LaMotte, “There is a fear of the world ending. It’s very disorienting and constantly unsettling.”

This is the direct consequence of dwelling in the Leftmedia echo chambers mentioned above.

Recognition of the newly redefined TAD pathology was first described in a report last year from psychiatrists at Harvard Medical School and Yale School of Medicine, in which Jennifer Panning distinguished between general anxiety disorders and TAD because “symptoms were specific to the election of Trump and the resultant unpredictable sociopolitical climate.”

But the underlying TAD symptoms long predate the election of Trump, as I described in “The Pathology of the Left6” more than a decade ago. In that assessment I noted what, in the broadest of terms, constitutes the difference between contemporary liberals and conservatives: “Liberals tend to be dependents while conservatives tend to be self-reliant. This is a reflection of their respective emotional constitutions.”

In other words, leftists tend to be far more insecure than conservatives, and thus, when constantly infused with Leftmedia negatives, act out the resulting anxiety in an array of dissociative behaviors.

By all objective measures, most Americans, and our nation in general, are better off under Trump administration policies7 than they were before Trump’s election. For example, this week brings the latest good news that wages and benefits are growing at the fastest rate8 in a decade.

Since you are an advocate for Liberty9 versus a proponent of leftist statism10, you already recognize this trend toward making America great again. But for those unfortunate souls who bought into the altered political reality of Barack Obama11, his assumed successor Hillary Clinton12, and all the recycled MSM talkinghead chatter that followed her defeat, most of them are deeply afflicted with TAD manifestations.

In the last two years, the Socialist Democrats have radicalized13 the once-noble Democrat Party14 and weaponized their rhetoric15 — the result being that many of their “triggered16” constituents have become increasingly unhinged17.

A few years ago I characterized the difference between liberals and conservatives with two contrasting columns: “You Might Be a Liberal If…18” and “You Might Be A Conservative If…19” But so far to the left have Democrat protagonists gone that the word “liberal” must now be replaced with “leftist.”

Dennis Prager described20 the Democrat devolution, noting that in the last year he has watched “my fellow Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria — regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like; harassing Republicans where they eat, shop and live; ending family ties and lifelong friendships with people who support the president; declaring their opposition to Trump and the Republican Party the ‘Resistance,’ as if they were American reincarnations of the French who fought real Nazis in World War II; and so on…”

So radicalized have leftist Democrats become that political observer Dan Greenfield notes the future of the Democrat Party isn’t just socialist; it’s crazy21: “Tweak a normal person’s sense of outrage and they’re moved. Keep doing it a bunch of times and you can enlist them in a movement. Do it every 5 seconds and you drive them as crazy as rats in a Skinner Box.”

Evidence of that slide into the crazy abyss is the recent election of socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez22, now the darling of Bernie Sanders’s23 nescient adolescent neophytes.

Among many regrettable results from this systemic radicalization is that many Demo constituents have become disenfranchised from the notion of American exceptionalism. Fewer Democrats report that they are proud to be America24.

Driving the craziness, in part, is Trump’s protuberant communication style — his confrontational and often putative remarks.

Fact is, the day Trump arrived in DC, he dropped a bomb on the status quo in Congress and its special interests. He dropped a bomb on the regulatory behemoths and their bureaucratic bottlenecks. He dropped a bomb on the trade and national security institutions and alliances that failed miserably over the previous eight years. And he dropped a bomb on all the pundits and mainstream media outlets.

After 30 years of institutional negligence and political neglect of grassroots Americans25, Trump, despite his sometimes offensive style (or lack thereof), stepped in to make Obama’s “hope and change” mantra a reality.

But Trump’s election and his subsequent bombardment of the status quo has resulted in a lot of social and cultural post-traumatic stress for leftists, which is constantly antagonized by mainstream and social media outlets.

To be fair, last year I strongly condemned Donald Trump’s propensity to “say stupid s—t26” and to be careless, if not outright reckless, with his unscripted comments and social media feeds. While the frequency of his absurd remarks has somewhat abated, he still tends to completely overshadow his agenda successes with such remarks, which causes me and many other conservatives considerable heartburn.

Recall that political observer Salena Zito advised of his blustering comments that Americans should “take him seriously, but not literally.” However, some of his remarks are so literally absurd that it is too much to ask that even his most ardent supporters take him seriously in those instances.

Fortunately, the Trump administration record demonstrates much more accurately Trump’s many successes, though, unfortunately, they are often overshadowed by his careless words. The net result is a lot of heartburn for even his closest allies, particularly in a political year when the Senate and House have major obstacles to maintaining majorities27.

A Pew Research report defines the current divide between Left and Right. The longevity comparison study28 asked Americans if they perceived that things are better for the current generation than past generations.

The study found that 41% of respondents indicated that life is worse today, while 37% say better. Those results, predictably, fall very much along partisan lines29, with Republicans more optimistic than Democrats.

All of this belies a very real derangement disorder epidemic on the Left, and it will take so much more than happy pills to bring its sufferers back to reality.

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Prayer to God manifestly must hold great importance to those who would be truly spiritual. While God’s Word to us is always to have first place in our lives, prayer must certainly have second place; indeed, we must even study God’s Word with prayer for understanding and willingness to obey.

The Scriptures everywhere exhort God’s people to pray, and in the Epistles of Paul we find greater cause, greater reason and greater incentive than ever to pray — to pray “always,” “in everything,” “without ceasing.” The example of our Lord and of His apostles — particularly Paul — is a call to prayer. Every need, every anxiety, every heartache is a call to prayer. Every temptation, every defeat — yes, and every victory is a call to prayer.

Yet, merely praying, or even spending much time in prayer, is not in itself evidence of true spirituality. Many carnal Christians, still “babes in Christ,” and even many unsaved people, spend much time in prayer. But the truly spiritual believer will join the Apostle Paul in saying: “I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also” (I Cor. 14:15). “With the spirit”: earnestly, fervently, pouring out to God my adoration, my supplications and my thanks. And “with the understanding also”: intelligently, with a clear grasp of what the Scriptures, rightly divided, say about God’s will and His provisions for my prayer life in this present dispensation of grace.
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(David Clarkson, "Hypocritical Religion" 1622-1686)

"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day: 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' And then I will declare to them: 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'" Matthew 7:21-23

Many professors cannot judge of the face of their soul--whether the features of Heaven or Hell are on it. They dislike looking in the mirror of the Word--lest the visage of their soul, truly represented, should trouble them.

Satan blinds one eye, self-love closes the other, and the deceitfulness of sin seals both! It is no wonder that they imagine themselves on the way to Heaven, when they are on the high road to Hell.

When the blind leads the blind, you know what the outcome will be! It is no wonder that they think they shall be safe ashore in Heaven and their feet near the very banks of happiness--at that very moment they are falling into the bottomless pit!

Most professors simply assume that they shall go to Heaven--when, alas, they have no ground for such an assumption, but what Satan suggests, or their own deceitful hearts prompt them. And thus they hang the whole weight of eternity upon a cobweb! Thus, they pin the everlasting concerns of their souls upon a shadow, as though it would hang there safe enough, where it can have no hold at all.

Would any do this but a madman? What! Trust without verifying, in a matter of eternal consequence to body and soul?

Many promise themselves Heaven--when nothing but Hell is reserved for them!
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Liu stands accused of stealing intellectual property from Dr. David Smith of Duke University, where Liu graduated in 2009. Smith is one of the leading experts in a manufactured substance called metamaterials — hi-tech components that can be used for a variety of uses. One particular metamaterial that Smith has been working on for years is an invisibility cloak30, a device that can guide electromagnetic waves around an object to make it appear that the object is not there. This cloak isn’t straight out of the magical world of Harry Potter — it would not make an object or person invisible to the naked eye, but it would fool scanning and thermographic instruments. The military applications are obvious.

Liu attended Duke University from 2006 to 2009, and he was part of Smith’s research and development team. According to Smith and former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi, Liu, with the help of the Chinese government, stole Smith’s cloaking technology and brought it back to China.

Smith initially believed Liu to be an enterprising student, but over time he realized that things did not seem right. Liu repeatedly broke protocol with regard to sharing and claiming credit for information about the project. He also refused to share some of his work with Smith, who was Liu’s supervisor and head of the project.

Under the guise of international collaboration, Liu talked Smith into letting Chinese researchers visit the lab. They took a lot of pictures while Smith wasn’t around and later returned to China. Liu also returned to China after receiving his degree from Duke in 2009. A year later, he founded a tech company there now valued at over $6 billion. In the lobby at headquarters is a prototype of a cloaking device very similar to the one Smith has been working on for years.

Liu categorically denies that he stole Smith’s work. But Smith and FBI investigators31 are quite confident that he did. Liu’s company and work have received generous support from the Chinese government, which may have also backed his stay at Duke. It may be the case that Liu was under Chinese government orders all along to attend an American university and gain access to important technological R&D work, preferably something with military application.

Unfortunately, Liu’s story is not unique. Thousands of foreign nationals, including those from adversarial countries like China and Russia, attend American universities all the time. They gain student visas, come to the U.S., work on important projects, and then take their knowledge back home — sometimes into the waiting arms of government officials looking to seize that intellectual property and use it to their advantage.

American colleges and universities are eager for foreign financial support and to further academic research. This approach, however, leaves them wide open to intellectual property theft by malevolent Chinese and Russian entities. Export control licenses, written agreements, and security protocols for taking part in certain research projects have been put in place in some instances to protect against more Lius.

U.S. academic institutions are at the forefront of advances in civilian and sometimes military technology. Their traditional open door policy has helped foster research and collaboration, essential in our global economy. At the same time, however, not everyone plays fair. Many of the technological advances that China boasts of have been stolen and repurposed from American universities and companies. It’s time that American higher education starts putting a tighter leash on who it allows to work on key research projects before this country’s best work ends up being used against us.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57437-a-story-of-chinas-intellectual-property-theft

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

Are Trigger Warnings Actually Harmful?32 — Overuse of trigger warnings can encourage greater anxiety rather than resilience in students.
Video: The Strange Death of Comedy33 — In today’s hyper-sensitive world, it’s hard to know what’s funny anymore.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Stephen Moore: “Trump’s tariffs are meant to force other countries to lower theirs. It’s a dangerous game, for sure, because it can risk a trade war escalation — as we are now seeing with China. But Trump has always believed that the United States has the upper hand because of our massive consumer market, and that our trading partners will be forced to capitulate sooner rather than later. What is clear is that he has played the Europeans like a fiddle here. His threat of a 20 percent auto tariff scared the daylights out of the Germans. Those levies could cripple their already-struggling economy. The panic in Berlin is what drove the EU to the bargaining table. Even more masterful was how Trump got the Europeans to agree to buy more American natural gas. … I often disagree with Trump’s saber-rattling trade antics. But it’s getting harder all the time to find fault with the results. We aren’t out of the trade-war fires yet — far from it. But if Trump can solidify this deal with the Germans, the French and the rest of the EU and get a Mexico free-trade deal signed, he can then isolate China as the bad actor on the world stage and force Beijing to stop its half-trillion dollars a year of cheating and stealing.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “There is no subjugation so perfect as that which keeps the appearance of freedom for in that way one captures volition itself.” —Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

Brace yourselves: “I’m now 85. My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years.” —Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Not satire: “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wants 5 more years on the Supreme Court, and people are offering their organs to keep her healthy.” —Business Insider

Braying Jackass: “I’m concerned about this country, period. I think all of us should be. This is the worst moment I’ve lived in in my lifetime.” —Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Non Compos Mentis: “I might be the only one in our little chapter that is a Christian, and it all just fits so perfectly together for me — things that I’ve always thought anyway along with my values morally and religiously. Possibly my mother would want to debate me on this, but if anyone was ever a socialist it was Jesus.” —Democratic Socialists of America’s Kelley Rose (No, he wasn’t34.)

Village Idiots: “There are some things we can’t stop. Like the disgruntled kid who takes his dad’s shotgun and walks into a high school. But we could have stopped the guy in Vegas. I blame the lobbyists. And the biggest in the gun world is the NRA.” —country music singer-songwriter Eric Church, who, despite claiming he’s “a Second Amendment guy,” says “nobody should have that many guns and that much ammunition and we don’t know about it”

And last… “‘Illegal straws’? Show some compassion. It’s 2018. They’re called undocumented drinking structures.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57439-tuesday-short-cuts

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Jul. 31, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/57445-mid-day-digest

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“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual — or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” —Samuel Adams (1781)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

House Republicans are defending a record number of seats, but there’s still hope.
The TSAs “Quiet Skies” program is drawing scrutiny.
A story of China’s intellectual-property theft.
Are “trigger warnings” actually harmful? Research suggests they are.
Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists, and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Republicans’ Steep Hill to Climb1
The House GOP will be defending a record number of open seats in November. Some 42 currently Republican-held seats are being vacated, the most since 1930. Eight of these seats are in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton and another 13 are in districts that President Donald Trump won by a slim margin — in other words, potential toss-ups.

David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report currently rates 19 of these 42 seats as still solidly in Republican hands and another 11 as Republican-leaning, whereas three seats are likely going to the Democrats. For the Democrats to win control of the House, they need to flip a total of 23 seats. Wasserman adds, “With 102 days to go, Democrats remain substantial favorites for House control.” The Cook analysis currently rates 181 Democrat and 153 Republican seats as “solid.”

To make matters worse, The Resurgent’s David Thornton notes2, “Republican candidates also face a fundraising gap. … The leading Democrat raised more than the Republican in 20 of the 42 Republican open seats between April and June. This was not only true in all but one of the districts carried by Hillary, but also in 13 of 34 districts carried by Trump.”

So, as it looks now, Democrats appear to have a distinct advantage and much to be hopeful for three months out. But as the adage goes, the only real numbers that matter are seen on Election Day, and much is sure to happen between now and November. To wit, there was also a 90% chance Donald Trump would lose to Hillary Clinton — before he didn’t.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57428-republicans-steep-hill-to-climb

About That TSA Profiling for ‘Quiet Skies’3
Nate Jackson

In a scoop over the weekend, the Boston Globe reported4, “Federal air marshals have begun following ordinary US citizens not suspected of a crime or on any terrorist watch list and collecting extensive information about their movements and behavior under a new domestic surveillance program that is drawing criticism from within the agency.” The program is called “Quiet Skies.” An internal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) bulletin outlines the objective as decreasing threats by “unknown or partially known terrorists; and to identify and provide enhanced screening to higher risk travelers before they board aircraft based on analysis of terrorist trends, tradecraft and associations.”

Many are raising Fourth Amendment objections over the program. Much like errantly ending up on the terrorist watchlist, citizens have little recourse for removal — in fact, most profiling subjects may never even know they were singled out. Moreover, you don’t have to do anything wrong to end up being profiled; certain behaviors that don’t seem all that unusual are enough.

We certainly agree that the government isn’t to be blindly trusted with securing our Liberty because the Constitution is so often ignored by agencies and bureaucracies. For that reason, we objected when the TSA was created and we’ve noted its failures numerous times5.

However, Mark Alexander has argued for years that terrorist profiling6 should be employed along the lines of the Israeli model of observing specific behavior. It’s not toddlers from Toledo or wheelchair-bound grandmothers from Gatlinburg who present a threat or who require random TSA groping; it’s Middle Eastern males between the ages of about 17 to 40. The TSA didn’t confirm any specific targets, but a spokesman did say, “These programs are … designed to protect the traveling public, but they’re not targeting the average American. … We’re talking about a very unique passenger that warrants the attention of a federal air marshal.” The TSA said people are dropped from observation after an undisclosed amount of time if there’s no reason to continue.

There is no obvious or blatant constitutional violation simply in observing and tracking certain behavior or individuals for a short time in public venues, particularly when the vulnerability of our air-travel system resulted in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history on 9/11. That isn’t to say the TSA’s program is effective, well managed, or a flawless use of resources. The jury is out on that. It is to say that some profiling isn’t wrong — quite the contrary — and it’s worth taking a moment to remember that amidst the sudden civil liberties panic among leftists who hate Donald Trump more than any terrorist.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57438-about-that-tsa-profiling-for-quiet-skies

Top Headlines7

Sessions announces “religious liberty task force” (The Hill8)
A list of 139 congressional Democrats who support disastrous “Medicare for All9” (Washington Examiner10)
Morgan Stanley says the biggest stock correction of the year is building (Bloomberg11)
Chinese economy starts to feel tariff impact (The Wall Street Journal12)
Trump: I am ready to meet with Iran “anytime they want to” — with no preconditions (CNBC13)
U.S. spy agencies: North Korea is working on new missiles (The Washington Post14)
Dems expand push to blacklist businesses working on Trump’s border wall (The Washington Free Beacon15)
Police officer murdered by illegal alien (The Daily Wire16)
Man saves $1,092 on car insurance by identifying as a woman (CNS News17)
Humor: Twitter rolls out automatic tweet deletion so you won’t get fired in 10 years (The Babylon Bee18)
Policy: Fixing American infrastructure: Unleash market forces and promote devolution (Mercatus Center19)
Policy: Calculating the costs of the U.S.-China trade war (American Action Forum20)
For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report21.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/57442-tuesday-top-headlines

FEATURED ANALYSIS
A Story of China’s Intellectual-Property Theft27

Lewis Morris

The heated competition for supremacy in the marketplace between the U.S. and China is at the heart of the current trade conflict between the two countries. China is hot on America’s heels in developing new technologies for consumer use; a challenge to this nation’s economy. China is also applying its technological developments for military application, which is surely a threat to America’s national security.

How is China gaining this advantage? At least partly through men like Ruopeng Liu28, a tech billionaire who has been referred to as China’s Elon Musk. The big difference between the two men is that while Musk comes up with products and services through grit and great ideas, Liu apparently steals29 them — with the backing of the Chinese government.
44  Theology / Bible Prescription Shop / Is Your Heart Fixed? on: July 30, 2018, 05:09:02 PM
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Is Your Heart Fixed? By Charles Naylor, 1941
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Is Your Heart Fixed?

Charles Naylor, 1941


David once wrote, "My heart is fixed, O God. My heart is fixed!" Psalm 57:7

The word, "fixed" is used in two different senses. Sometimes it is incorrectly given the meaning of "repaired." I once heard a man read the above text and then remark, "There are many people today whose hearts need fixing." It is true there are many hearts in a very bad condition, but it is not repairing that they need. The old heart needs to be replaced by a new one, for when sin has done its work in the heart it is past repairing. The Lord said, "A new heart will I give you." So the Psalmist did not mean that his heart was repaired, but he used the word "fixed" in a different signification.

To fix a thing in place, means to fasten it there. When our hearts are fixed in the sense of the text quoted, they are established, settled, rooted, and grounded in God. They are decided, set, unwavering. In that sense God desires all our hearts to be fixed. It is not his purpose that we be unsettled, or doubtful, that we be like people walking in a fog, or that we be harassed by uncertainties. He does not want us to be wavering and fearing. He desires us to plant our feet firmly upon the truth, to know it is the truth and to be definitely decided as to the course of our lives.

In the first place, he desires our minds to be fixed concerning himself. He wishes us to know just what he is, his purpose, his attitude toward us, the relation he is willing to sustain to us, and the help he is willing to give us. Of the righteous it is said, "His heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord" (Psalm 112:7).

God wishes us to be certain of the fact that we can repose the utmost confidence in his upholding promises with an assurance of mind and a rest of soul that is not disturbed. He desires us to trust in him unquestioningly, to feel that he is absolutely true, that we may rely upon him to help us, and that he will never fail us. We should no more question his goodness, kindness, and his care for us and his absolute faithfulness to us—than we would question his greatness or his creative power.

There is no more reason to question God in any way or to doubt him or to fear that perhaps he may fail us, than there is to fear the solid earth beneath our feet will sink into a yawning abyss and let us perish.

O brother and sister, get your heart so fixed on God, your confidence in him so established, your trust in him so unwavering that his love, his faithfulness and kindness and fatherhood, will be so real to you that it will be just as much a fact to you as any fact. You need not be afraid to trust God. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but his word shall never pass away. His promises are a solid rock beneath your feet. Let your confidence run to God until you can exclaim, "My heart is fixed, I will trust in the living God!"

Then too, our hearts need to be fixed in the faith. There are gods many, and faiths many. There is a multitude of voices saying, "Lo here, lo there," and if our hearts are to be fixed in this age when there are so many fads in doctrine—then we must get settled firmly in the truth.

But can we really know the truth? Yes. Jesus said, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." We can get beyond the questioning of the doubting, and the scoffing of the scoffer; we can get beyond the criticism of the critic, and reach the place where we know for ourselves the truth of God.

There will be, of course, many problems which we cannot solve and many questions which we cannot answer, but it is our privilege to search the Bible and to commune with God until none of these false doctrines scattered abroad will cause us to waver, to question, or to fear. There is only one doctrine which is according to godliness; there is only one doctrine which satisfies the soul, because there is only one doctrine which is the truth and that one doctrine brings us to God and brings our souls into the haven of his will. When we have once anchored there, the stormy winds of doctrine may lash the sea until its waves roar, but our hearts may be calmly content and at rest.

Then our hearts need to be fixed in purpose. It is not enough to believe in God, and to believe in his truth. The devils believe that—and their faith only torments them. We may believe in many things, and yet be wavering, tossed to and fro, uncertain and unsatisfied. To get out of this condition, we must adopt a fixed purpose of adjusting ourselves to the truth, of obeying God, of living for him every day.

Some look forward to the future with uncertainty. They are never certain as to how they are going to do tomorrow. They mean to be true, but they are rather doubtful whether they always will remain true. This uncertainty is based upon a lack of fixed purpose to be true and a determination always to trust God for sufficient grace. We should press on beyond that realm of wavering purpose. Settle the matter once for all, that you are always going to be true; that you are always going to do the right thing; that you are always going to have sufficient grace, because you are always going to seek it. Then you can say, "My heart is fixed, my purpose is established." Then you will be on solid ground.

Our hearts need to be fixed in our love to God. Our affections should be definitely set upon things above—and not allowed to run after worldly things. It is this lack of fixity of love, that permits self to come to love the things of the world which are enmity against God and ruinous to the soul. If we get our love once fixed on God, our hearts riveted to his heart with warm affection, we can say as did Paul, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ!"

One thing to remember is that though our hearts are fixed, settled and established, there can be no fixity of our emotions. They will rise and fall like the tides of the sea. We shall feel good—and we shall feel bad. We shall feel joyful—and we shall feel sorrowful. We shall feel zealous—and sometimes we shall feel careless. But these emotions with all their changeableness should never be allowed to affect the fixity of our hearts. There should be no fluctuation of purpose. Our faces should be ever toward the goal, and whether our footsteps are light and joyous, or whether they are heavy with weariness—we should keep an unflagging purpose ever to press on.

There may be a variation of our consecration, and it may reach to the fullness of God's requirements—but if we are not careful, our consecration and devotion will fluctuate, and we will find ourselves growing less devoted. There is need, therefore, that our hearts shall be fixed in consecration and kept up to the full standard.

We may say to the Lord, "My heart is fixed," and our voice may be the voice of joy—or the voice of sorrow. We may be facing difficulty or danger—or we may be speaking with the confidence of prosperity. But whatever the note in our voice, let us constantly speak with that determination which embodies the strength of our soul, "My heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. He will be my sufficiency—and I will be his faithful child."
45  Theology / Bible Study / The Importance of the Local Church - Part 3 on: July 30, 2018, 05:07:08 PM
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The Importance of the Local Church - Part 3

by Pastor Paul M. Sadler

The teaching elder is the pastor or primary Bible teacher of the local assembly who opens the Scriptures for all to partake of the riches of God’s grace. The ruling elders on the other hand are those who serve with the pastor to provide spiritual direction for the assembly. While the main responsibility of the ruling elders is to govern they, too, must be prepared to minister the Word, if called upon (I Tim. 3:2). Like the cream that rises to the top, the teaching elder will surface from among the governing elders to serve as the pastor of the assembly. This is why they are counted worthy of receiving double honor. Thus they are the point of the sword and as President Truman once quipped: “The buck stops here!”

The practical application of the above is seen in the ministries of Paul’s companions. Titus was instructed by the apostle to remain at Crete to ordain elders (ruling) and set in order the things that were wanting (Titus 1:4,5). But it was Titus that served as their teaching elder who was challenged by Paul to “rebuke them [Cretians] sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13). He was the one who was to “put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work” (Titus 3:1). Another example is Timothy, who headed up the work at Ephesus. We know there were ruling elders ministering on behalf of the saints there, but Paul admonishes Timothy who served as their pastor in this manner: “I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine” (I Tim. 1:3 cf. Acts 20:28). We also know the above to be true today experientially in our churches.

The question is often raised as to whether the spiritual leadership of the assembly or the congregation should appoint an elder to the office. A fairly strong case could be made for either position, but the Scriptures seem to emphasize the spiritual leadership making the selection. They, of course, are the most qualified to make the decision on behalf of the assembly. Note the emphasis placed upon the leadership appointing elders for the churches:

    “And when they [Paul and Barnabas] had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord” (Acts 14:23).

    “For this cause left I thee [Titus] in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee” (Titus 1:5).

Regarding the appointment of elders, during the years I conducted my ministry in the local church I recommended that the board of elders nominate two candidates, both of whom were qualified to fill the position. At our annual meeting we would have the congregation cast their vote for one of the two nominees. This procedure allowed everyone to be involved in the process. It also gave me the consolation that the Holy Spirit could speak through the congregation to appoint the man of His own choosing (II Cor. 8:16-24). But what if no one is qualified to hold the office according to the guidelines outlined in I Timothy 3? Our counsel would be to leave the position vacant until there is a suitable candidate.

A plurality of leadership is the key to a ministry that honors and glorifies God. We’ve always been leery of a leader who refuses to have others serving with him. Paul himself was accountable to the leaders at Antioch who had sent him out on his apostolic journeys. A group of elders provide a check and balance in the ministry, thus insuring that the best interest of the Lord’s people is always in view.

QUALIFICATIONS OF AN ELDER

Paul writes to Timothy, “This is a true saying,” that is, it is trustworthy, reliable, credible, “if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.” But how does a young man determine whether his desire to be a pastor is of the flesh or truly a longing to be used of the Lord? We believe there are two prerequisites that must be met to make this determination.

First, does his Christian experience align itself closely with the qualifications to fill this office? (I Tim. 3:1-7). Second, is he willing to enter into a rigorous training program to prepare for full-time ministry? (II Tim. 2:2). This may take the form of a “Paul, Timothy” type of training program where a senior Grace Pastor takes a pastoral candidate under his wing to prepare him for the Lord’s service. Of course, the other option is to attend a Bible School specifically established for training workers for the ministry. Whichever path is chosen the key word is discipline. If a man is unwilling to endure the discipline of three or four years of training, it is highly unlikely he will remain in the ministry very long.

    “A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach” (I Tim. 3:2).

The long list of qualifications set forth here by the Spirit is the measuring stick for those who have a desire to be an elder. God has set the standard so high that there are few, if any, who have attained to such a lofty goal. This is the ideal; therefore, we are to choose those who are earnestly striving to fulfill the standard. A good rule of thumb is to look for men who measure up to the standard, not to shape the standard to fit the man!

Although the portion before us is primarily addressed to the leadership of the local church, Paul’s words are far-reaching. This is a very practical section that is beneficial for every believer in Christ. If this is the divine standard for the spiritual leadership of the church, should we not all strive to meet this goal? How do you measure up?

Blameless: The conduct of the one considered for this office must be above reproach, lest the name of Christ be brought into disrepute. Not sinless, but unimpeachable! Expositors says: “It is not enough for him to not be a criminal; he must be one against whom it is impossible to bring any charge of wrongdoing such as could stand an impartial examination.” We believe this statement is true of both those within and without the household of faith. It is our firm conviction that an elder must abstain from even the appearance of evil.

The husband of one wife: Those who hold this position must be standing on the moral high ground. An elder must not be a womanizer! He is to be the husband of one wife and she is to be the apple of his eye. Paul’s statement here has raised the question: should only a married man hold this office? While it is preferable, we do not believe it is a prerequisite. As far as we know, Paul was unmarried during the entirety of his apostolic ministry (I Cor. 7:7,8). It also appears that both Timothy and Titus were single, yet both were greatly used of the Lord.

Having said this, we believe a wife adds a woman’s point of view to the ministry which can be very beneficial to her husband. Most men function best when they are dealing with one issue at a time. Some would say we are focused, which basically means we’re oblivious to other things going on around us! On more than one occasion my wife has made an observation during a time of crisis that sailed right by me. Her insights over the years have been invaluable. A pastor’s wife brings a whole new dimension to the ministry, a dimension that greatly enhances the Lord’s work.

Men can be rough around the edges at times, but a wife is God’s perfect tool to chip away at our imperfections, not to mention to keep us humble! Dr. & Mrs. Ironside were having a spirited discussion after holding a number of meetings one Sunday when Dr. Ironside reminded his wife he had spoken five times that day. “I’m tired!” Mrs. Ironside replied, “Yes, dear! But please don’t forget that I was the one who had to listen to you five times today!” I wonder if Dr. Ironside enjoyed his slice of humble pie?!
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