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DUBIOUS TIMING: Hunter Biden stepping down from Chinese firm, vows no foreign work if father wins in 2020 (The Hill26)

SYRIA UPDATE: “Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed Sunday that President Trump has ordered a larger withdrawal of U.S. forces from northeastern Syria than was previously indicated,” according to The Hill27. Meanwhile, Fox News says28, “Fresh airstrikes from Turkey reportedly targeted civilians and a group of foreign reporters in the Syrian border town of Ras al-Ayn.”

TALIBAN PEACE TALKS: “U.S. officials and representatives of the Afghan Taliban have begun discussing ways to revive a peace process after talks fell apart last month.” (The Wall Street Journal29)

GETTING ITS ACT TOGETHER: Mexico halts caravan of 2,000 migrants bound for U.S. (Fox News30)

STOMACH-CHURNING: Master Sgt. Mark Allen dies 10 years after being shot while searching for deserter Bowe Bergdahl31 (Fox News32)

POWER RESTORED: “PG&E Corp. crews have restored power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in California that had been subjected to a deliberate blackout,” The Sacramento Bee reports33. Ironically, many Californians are discovering that solar panels don’t work in blackouts34.

VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: Pointing a finger gun lands bullied 12-year-old student in handcuffs (The Kansas City Star35)

POLICY: A new dark age: California’s blackouts are self-inflicted (The Daily Signal36)

POLICY: Why price transparency can revolutionize healthcare (Tom Coburn37)

HUMOR: Elizabeth Warren recalls how she lost her teaching job when her fake mustache fell off revealing she’s a woman (The Babylon Bee38)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights39.

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https://patriotpost.us/articles/66096-monday-top-news-executive-summary-2019-10-14

OPINION IN BRIEF

Jarrett Stepman: “A few historians and activists began to attack [Christopher] Columbus’ legacy in the late 20th century. They concocted a new narrative of Columbus as a rapacious pillager and a genocidal maniac. … The truth is that Columbus set out for the New World thinking he would spread Christianity to regions where it didn’t exist. While Columbus, and certainly his Spanish benefactors, had an interest in the goods and gold he could return from what they thought would be Asia, the explorer’s primary motivation was religious. … Columbus critics don’t just stop at accusing him of greed. One of the biggest allegations against him is that he waged a genocidal war and engaged in acts of cruelty against indigenous people in the Americas. But historians … have debunked these claims. Rather than cruel, Columbus was mostly benign in his interaction with native populations. While deprivations did occur, Columbus was quick to punish those under his command who committed unjust acts against local populations. … Columbus certainly wasn’t a man without flaws or attitudes that would be unacceptable today. But even as a man of an earlier age in which violence and cruelty were often the norm between different cultures and people, Columbus did not engage in the savage acts that have been pinned on him.”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “We need true tax reform that will at least make a start toward restoring for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him. … But we cannot have such reform while our tax policy is engineered by people who view the tax as a means of achieving changes in our social structure.” —Ronald Reagan

Observations: “At least half the American people understand the Hunter Biden story as a story of the swamp. The elite buddy-buddy-ism. Using your family influence to do well in life. The American people don’t like it.” —Peggy Noonan

Upright: “Americans need to take a strong stand against Chinese censorship and totalitarianism. The American people will have to take the lead. American companies are signaling they like communist money more than American freedom.” —Erick Erickson

For the record: “Godlessness and socialism, godlessness and totalitarianism, godlessness and big government always go hand in hand.” —Allie Beth Stuckey

Political futures: “Here are two very basic questions … that [should] be asked of every [Democrat] candidate: 1) If you now believe that sex is not determined by biology, when did you come to that conclusion? What made you change your mind? Was there any scientific discovery or breakthrough that caused you to believe that men can have gotcha11s? If not, how did you arrive at your current position? 2) Please define the words ‘woman’ and ‘man.’” —Matt Walsh

On cross-examination: “I used to think she loved the country. She hates the country. Because she wouldn’t be doing this to the country if she didn’t. She hates the country. Nancy Pelosi hates the United States of America. Because she wouldn’t be doing this.” —Donald Trump on impeachment

Broken clock: “I don’t think [Trump’s], intellectually, a powerhouse, but he is basically a very, very smart man. No matter what the subject, any argument he involves himself in, it’s on his terms. You’re always arguing against him. He never, never, is willing to debate an issue on terms that aren’t his. … Anyone that thinks Trump’s going to be beaten easily should have another think coming.” —former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Friendly fire: “Going after the tax exemption of churches, Islamic centers, or other religious facilities in this country, I think that’s just going to deepen the divisions that we’re already experiencing.” —Pete Buttigieg berating Beto O'Rourke for his stance on taxes and same-sex marriage

The BIG Lie: “No one has asserted my son did a single thing wrong. No one has asserted that I have done anything wrong, except a lying president.” —Joe Biden

Braying jackass: “[Republicans] want to return this country to the white Christian country that they believe it should be again. They don’t want the diversity, and they follow him for this, but they’re not the country. We are a diverse people, we are good and strong because of that, and we’re going to come back to that, I assure you.” —former news anchor Sam Donaldson

Non compos mentis: “If we win in 2020, [Republicans are] done forever. But it’s scary for us, too, because if they win, literally it could be the end of the world.” —Tom Steyer

And last… “Marriage is a religious ceremony. That it’s between one man and one woman is [a] religious view. That it could be with a different number or different genders are other religious views. The government would be taking a religious stance to treat one view as superior to the others.” —Frank J. Fleming

https://patriotpost.us/articles/66093-monday-short-cuts-2019-10-14

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

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

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The Patriot Post® · Mid-Day Digest

Oct. 14, 2019

https://patriotpost.us/digests/66100-mid-day-digest-2019-10-14

THE FOUNDATION

“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.” —Benjamin Franklin and George Whaley (1774)

https://patriotpost.us/fqd/66097-founders-quote-daily-2019-10-14

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    A good step in the long process of dealing with China on trade.1
    Trump’s rallies will be key to his 2020 campaign.2
    Daily Features: More Analysis3, Columnists4, Headlines5, Opinion in Brief6, Short Cuts7, Memes8, and Cartoons9.

IN BRIEF

U.S. and China Push Pause on Trade War10

President Donald Trump announced Friday that the U.S. and China had agreed to a partial trade deal, which Trump referred to as “phase one” of ongoing negotiations. One of Trump’s biggest presidential efforts has been to level the trade playing field with China, and a deal is in the interests of both the president and the entire country.

National Review reports11, “The provisions include China purchasing $40 billion to $50 billion worth of American agricultural products, along with agreeing to guidelines on how it manages its currency, and policies with intellectual property, including forced technology transfer.” On America’s part, Trump has agreed to suspend the implementation of another round of tariffs on $250 billion of Chinese goods that had been scheduled to go into effect on Oct. 15. Trump heralded the deal as “very substantial” while at the same time noting that this was merely the first step in negotiating a broader and more comprehensive deal.

News of the deal sent the markets climbing — the Dow closed nearly 320 points higher Friday. The deal is likely to temporarily settle economic concerns, especially with the possibility of a more comprehensive agreement coming as soon as December. However, this long-running trade war12 is far from over, as China has yet to agree to make any substantive changes to its abusive trade practices.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/66094-us-and-china-push-pause-on-trade-war

The Big Picture of Trump’s Rallies13

“Watching the President in [his rallies], I can’t help but think he needs to do a lot more of these,” says Erick Erickson. “Get him out of the White House, away from the TV, and with the crowds that love him. He feeds off their energy. He is deeply entertaining and funny on the stage. He drives the media crazy. … He needs to do more of these.”

Erickson has a good point. President Donald Trump is a crowd pleaser and a man who loves connecting with people from the stage. His television persona gave Americans a familiarity with him long before he ran for president that made voters amenable to his brand of populism, and he played to that strength in “yuge” rallies across the nation in 2016. It will be a necessary part of his 2020 campaign, too.

He doesn’t speak like a polished politician, rattling off the same old list of policy proposals. Instead, he hits his opponents with broadsides that connect with supporters. For instance, in a Louisiana rally Friday, he declared, “[Democrats have been] trying to stop us for more than three years with a lot of crap. They know they can’t win on Election Day so they’re pursuing an illegal, invalid, and unconstitutional bulls—t impeachment.” That’s salty language, but somehow it works for Trump — because he’s right on the merits.

Not only do Trump’s rallies inspire his supporters, they infuriate his detractors. Gary Bauer writes14 of last Thursday’s rally in Minneapolis, “Sadly, there was violence after the rally ended. MAGA hats were burned. Trump supporters were assaulted. Leftists waved the flag of communist China. Police officers had to create a path for cars to leave because demonstrators were attacking vehicles in the parking garage. It was a striking contrast. Inside the Target Center, Trump praised our brave men and women in uniform, our soldiers, and police officers. He defended our flag and our country. Outside, the left-wing radicals, the activist base of the Democrat Party, were attacking cops, burning flags, yelling their hatred for America, and assaulting conservatives.”

Furthermore, for those paying attention, that highlights the gross double standard of the mainstream media. Bauer notes, “If, after any speech by a leading Democrat, a mob formed outside and began punching people and attacking cars, every network would be running the footage non-stop. Every Republican would be forced to condemn it on the record. But no elected Democrat … will be asked to condemn what happened on the streets of Minneapolis.”

The more Americans are exposed to the radicalism of the Left, the more Trump’s quirks and idiosyncrasies seem like the sane choice in 2020.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/66095-the-big-picture-of-trumps-rallies

ON OUR WEBSITE TODAY

    Featured Analysis: Leftists Still Attacking Columbus Day15 — Those who have proven they can’t learn from history, much less honor it, are busy rewriting it.
    Democratizing China or ‘Communizing’ America?16 — What if China is succeeding in turning the United States into a Marxist/socialist state?
    Climate Alarmism of the Last 120 Years17 — What is clear is that the climate has been constantly changing for a very long time.
    Grassroots Perspective: Zero Accountability: The Making of Black Victims18 — Constructive criticism paves a path toward self-sufficiency. It’s time to listen.
    Video: How the NBA Sold Out America19 — The National Basketball Association has a reputation for allowing players to speak out.
    Video: Warren’s False Claim She Was Fired for Pregnancy20 — Without her biographical “liberties,” the rest of the case for her policies fall apart.
    U.S. Navy Birthday21 — Today, our Navy is the most powerful in the world, and we offer our thanks for a job well done.

TOP NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

“PUBLIC CHARGE” RULE BLOCKED: “Under the rule,” The Hill reports23, “any immigrant who receives at least one designated public benefit — including Medicaid, food stamps, welfare or public housing vouchers — for more than 12 months within any three-year period will be considered a ‘public charge’ and will be more likely to be denied a green card by immigration officials.” Federal Judge George Daniels “said the Trump administration likely exceeded its authority.”

ACTING DHS SECRETARY OUT: “Kevin McAleenan,” Trump said24 Friday, “has done an outstanding job as Acting Secretary of Homeland Security. We have worked well together with Border Crossings being way down. Kevin now, after many years in Government, wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector. … I will be announcing the new Acting Secretary [this] week.”

GOWDY PRECLUDED: As a corollary of lobbying rules, “a deal that [Trump’s legal team] had reached with former South Carolina Republican Representative Trey Gowdy fell through,” The Daily Wire reports25.

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The Power to Edify

“Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.” (2 Corinthians 13:10)

The Greek word oikodomos (translated as “edification”) pictures the building of a house. We still use the word edifice to describe a structure of some importance. Paul specifically said he had the “power” to edify and later called himself a “wise masterbuilder,” an architekton, who laid the foundation on which we would later build (1 Corinthians 3:10).

When Jesus used oikodomos to depict those who might build their house on a rock (His Word) or the sand (the ideas of men), He was painting a picture of how we should edify each other (Luke 6:48-49). The various gifts of leadership are to be used to “perfect” the saints in the work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-12), using the living “stones” that will build the “spiritual house” of God (1 Peter 2:5).

And like any good builder, the Christian carpenter has tools of the trade to assist the process. There are “things which make for peace” that must be employed (Romans 14:19). Most certainly “charity” is a major tool (1 Corinthians 8:1), along with good communication that does not “corrupt” the building work (Ephesians 4:29).

Since “all things” are to be done so that the church is edified (1 Corinthians 14:26), it surely follows that “fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions” are not helpful (1 Timothy 1:4). Effective communication demands that those with whom we are speaking understand what is said, hence a mysterious “tongue” does not publicly edify like prophecy does (1 Corinthians 14:2-4).

An “edified” church walks “in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 9:31). HMM III

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You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain!

(William S. Plumer, "The Ten Commandments")

A great design of true religion is to bring men to habitual reverence for God's divine majesty. The very moment men cease to treat God as holy--that moment their hearts and lives become polluted.

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, who takes His name in vain." Exodus 20:7

Anything relating to the true God--His being, His nature, His will, His works, His worship, His service, or His doctrine--pertains to God's name. This commandment extends to the state of men's thoughts and hearts--as well as to their speech.

To take God's name in vain, is to use it in any frivolous, false, inconsiderate, irreverent, or otherwise wicked manner. The scope of this commandment is to secure the holy and reverent use of all that by which God makes Himself known to His people; and so to guard His sacred name against all that is calculated to make it contemptible.

The manner of taking His name is to be grave, solemn, intelligent, thoughtful, sincere, and with godly fear.

"Our Father in Heaven, may Your name be honored as holy." Matthew 6:9

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        May 25.

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

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

        Perhaps the ordinary Christian conscience has not been sufficiently exacting on this line of character and duty. Scripture demands truthfulness, justice, honesty, purity; but it does not tolerate bad temper, resentment, unkindness or other phases of unamiableness, in those who profess to follow Jesus!

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Pithy gems from George Whitefield #2

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

There are many who go on in a round of religious duties, who think that they will go to Heaven when they die. But if you examine them, though they have a Christ in their heads--they have no Christ in their hearts.

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Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2

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

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

Knowledge without repentance--will be but a torch to light men to Hell.

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Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

Knowledge without repentance--will be but a torch to light men to Hell.

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Pithy gems from George Whitefield #2

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

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

   ~  ~  ~  ~

There are many who go on in a round of religious duties, who think that they will go to Heaven when they die. But if you examine them, though they have a Christ in their heads--they have no Christ in their hearts.

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Walking in the Spirit

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)

This promise in our text is followed in a later Pauline epistle by two nuanced commands in the letter to the church at Galatia.

“This I say then,” Paul says, “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16). Then again, “if we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

Although they appear to be the same command in English, there is a significant distinction in the original Greek language in which Paul penned the letters.

Both the Romans 8:1 and the Galatians 5:16 passages use the word perepeto, which carries the connotation to “walk around” and to “be at liberty.”

The second iteration in Galatians 5:25 uses stoicheo, which means to “step precisely,” to “march,” or to “go in procession.” Same command but different emphasis.

The context of Galatians 5 stresses the difference between a lifestyle of fleshly behavior and a life controlled by the Holy Spirit. The “fruits” of the flesh and the “fruit” of the Spirit are diametrically opposed. They cannot exist together; they are not harmonious (Romans 8:5-8). We either “mind” the things of the flesh or the “things of the Spirit” (Romans 8:5).

The Christian walk has great liberty (Romans 8:21), but that liberty must “step precisely” in honesty (Romans 13:13), good works (Ephesians 2:10), and in truth (2 John 4-6). Our walk is expected to be by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), and we are to conduct a spiritual warfare in the Holy Spirit’s power (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) protected by the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). HMM III

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