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Moral and spiritual parasites!

(Frederick Marsh)

There are moral and spiritual parasites which throttle, kill, injure, or retard the growth of the spiritual life!

1. The parasite of sloth will hinder the grace of watchfulness--as it did the five virgins. Matthew 25:5

2. The parasite of worldliness will kill the grace of devotion--as it did in Demas. 2 Timothy 4:10

3. The parasite of pride will devastate the grace of humility--as it did with the Devil. 1 Timothy 3:6

4. The parasite of unbelief will keep down the grace of faith--as is seen in the children of Israel. Hebrews 3:17-19

5. The parasite of self-importance will kill the grace of self-denial--as is stated of Diotrephes. 3 John 9

6. The parasite of avarice will stifle the grace of reality--as is evidenced in Achan. Joshua 7:21

7. The parasite of covetousness will strangle the grace of generosity--as is manifest in Balaam. 2 Peter 2:15

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If this is happiness--then give me misery!

(Thomas Sherman, "Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ")

"There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen, and lived in luxury every day." Luke 16:19

How apt are many at the sight of a rich worldling--to envy him for what he has.
But, for my part, I rather pity him for what he lacks!
He has money--but he lacks wisdom to use it wisely;
he has a soul--but it lacks grace;
he has the creature--but he lacks the Creator;
he has a mansion--but he lacks Heaven.

In his life, he floats upon a torrent of vanity--which rolls along into an ocean of vexation!

And after death, it will be said of him, "Take this unprofitable servant, bind him hand and foot, and cast him into outer darkness! Consign his soul to the eternal lake of fire and brimstone!"

Where now is the object of your envy?

It is not his gold which can then rescue him,
nor his mansion which can then satisfy him,
nor his friends who can then comfort him.

Therefore, if he is worth the envying--then who can be worth the pitying?

If this is happiness--then give me misery!

Lord, rather make me poor, with a holy heart--than rich, with an evil heart of unbelief!

"Have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue--because I am in agony in this fire!" Luke 16:24

"Then they will go away to eternal punishment--but the righteous to eternal life!" Matthew 25:46

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The Supreme Court’s Gerrymandered Ruling17

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-3 Monday that North Carolina’s most recent redistricting in two congressional districts was driven by racial considerations. Justice Clarence Thomas joined the Court’s four leftists, with the majority opinion written by Justice Elena Kagan. Virginia faces judicial review for 11 districts, and Alabama also saw some districts struck down in 2015.

USA Today, of all places, makes plain18 the predicament facing Southern states: “The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires that states draw districts enabling African Americans to elect their chosen representatives, lest black voters be spread too thinly across district lines. Two decades ago, Democrats used the law to demand so-called ‘majority-minority’ districts. Since Republicans took over many state legislatures in 2010, they have drawn districts with what African American and Democratic critics claim are more blacks than necessary, in order to keep surrounding districts whiter — and more Republican. But the Supreme Court has knocked down several of those maps.”

In other words, Democrats wanted race-based voting districts until they didn’t.

The Washington Examiner’s David Freddoso adds19 that all eight justices (Neil Gorsuch sat out the vote after missing the arguments) agreed on one particular district. “The reason that even the dissenting justices concurred in this part of the decision is that state legislative leaders made the mistake of openly saying they were deliberately creating this district as a 51 percent black-majority district in order to get preclearance from the Obama administration’s Justice Department.” Ironically, then, he points out, “The easiest way to violate Section Two of the Voting Rights Act is to try very hard to follow it.”

Let’s face it: Gerrymandering is a rather ugly part of partisan behavior. Both parties draw the lines to the best of their own advantage, and it’s always been that way. But The Heritage Foundation’s Hans von Spakovsky highlighted “the confused state of the law” when he said, “The Supreme Court says race can be a factor in redistricting but not the predominant factor, a rule that is so vague, so broad, and so lacking in a definable legal standard that it is not really a rule at all.” And that’s exactly the way Democrats want it so they can continue to slap Republicans with the “racist” label.

Top Headlines20

    Obama holdover colluded with unions to pressure Congress on budget cuts. (The Daily Signal21)

    Nearly 740,000 foreigners overstayed visas last year. (Associated Press22)

    In 100 days, ICE officers arrest over 41,000 illegal immigrants. (National Review23)

    Report: Regulation “has essentially ground to a halt” under Trump. (Reason24)

    California lawmakers discover single payer would cost twice as much as the state budget. (Washington Examiner25)

    Another anonymous hit piece: Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence. (The Washington Post26)

    Trump on visiting Israel’s Western Wall: “It will leave an impression on me forever.” (CNS News27)

    Number of carry permits in the U.S. tops 15 million in 2017. (The Truth About Guns28.)

    Agencies under fire for keeping billions in fines, fees. (Washington Examiner29)

    Policy: Here’s what’s in Trump’s “taxpayers first” federal budget. (The Daily Signal30)

    Policy: Students would scorn free speech less if colleges honored their mission to transmit knowledge. (City Journal31)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report32.
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MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Restoring Government’s Three Branches to Constitutional Balance35 — The Founders produced an original form of government that included a system of checks and balances to maintain its integrity.
    Harvard Study: Media Coverage of Trump Overwhelmingly Negative36 — It’s not really surprising, but the negativity coming from the MSM is at historically unprecedented levels.
    Flynn Pleads the Fifth37 — This isn’t an admission of guilt; it’s the realization that federal investigations tend to incriminate somebody.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Cal Thomas: The Genius of Roger Ailes38
    Rich Lowry: Not on Our Soil39
    Marvin J. Folkertsma: President Trump and the Invasion of Poland40

For more, visit Right Opinion41.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Rich Lowry: “The Turkish government is obviously familiar with the concept of ‘chutzpah,’ if not necessarily the word. Ankara summoned the American ambassador to protest allegedly ‘aggressive and unprofessional actions’ by the Washington, DC, police. Their offense? Intervening after Turkish security personnel mauled peaceful protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington last week. … The Turkish goons who punched and kicked people should be identified and charged with crimes. They are beyond our reach, either because they are back in Turkey or have diplomatic immunity. But we should ask for them to be returned and for their immunity to be waived. When these requests are inevitably refused, the Turkish ambassador to the U.S. (heard saying during the incident, ‘You cannot touch us’) should be expelled. Erdogan is crushing his opponents with impunity in Turkey. Reacting firmly to this attack at least will send the message, ‘Not in our house.’”

SHORT CUTS

Insight: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” —late 16th century Proverb

For the record: “[The Manchester] attack was the virtual equivalent of walking into a middle school auditorium for the express purpose of maiming and mutilating children. There is no reasoning with this hate. … There is no way for the West to be ‘good’ enough to appease terrorists. There is no policy short of religious conversion that will cause them to relent. The best deterrent to jihad is the obliteration of jihadists. They thrive on victory, not defeat. [Last night], sadly, they won a victory, and here’s all you need to know to understand the character of our enemies — they relish the sound of young girls' screams.” —David French

Nothing to see here, move along! “There’s only one way Britain should respond to attacks such as Manchester. That is by carrying on exactly as before.” —The UK Independent’s Andrew Buncombe

Upright: “I am a firm believer in ‘keep your history before you.’ So I don’t actually want to rename things that were named for slave owners. I want us to have to look at those names, and realize what they did, and be able to tell our kids what they did and for them to have a sense of their own history. When you start wiping out your history; sanitizing your history to make you feel better? It’s a bad thing.” —former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

Braying Jenny: “You are graduating into a very different time than it was when you arrived a few short years ago. … A time when throwing millions of working people off their health insurance to give tax breaks to the top 1% is considered a victory to some. A time when we worry that a late-night tweet could start a war.” —Sen. Kamala Harris at Howard University

And last… “Trump in Saudi Arabia, Pence at U.S. college. One went to foreign turf & spoke to intolerant, dogmatic extremists; other went to Western Asia.” —Twitter satirist @hale_razor

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May 23, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump offers a true reset to U.S.-Israel relations.
    We “can’t afford” real tax cuts? Try Trump’s budget cuts on for size.
    Gerrymandering can be ugly. So can Supreme Court rulings about it.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“The rights of neutrality will only be respected when they are defended by an adequate power. A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral.” —Alexander Hamilton (1787)

FEATURED RIGHT ANALYSIS
Trump’s First Visit to Israel Brings Hope1


By Paul Albaugh

Tragically, as President Donald Trump was rallying unity from Arab nations and Israel to combat Jihad Terrorism2 and their Islamic State3 sponsors, despite Barack Obama’s assurances that “we’ve contained them3,” there was yet another Islamist attack at a concert venue4 in Manchester, England, leaving at least 22 dead. The attack occurred at an Ariana Grande show, and perhaps she will reconsider her “I hate America5” sentiments now that her name will now be indelibly linked with the real haters.

“The terrorists and extremists, and those who give them aid and comfort, must be driven out of our society forever,” President Trump said after the attack. “This wicked ideology must be obliterated.”

With that now as our frame of reference, Trump landed in Israel Monday as part of his Middle Eastern tour to reassert American leadership in the region. Trump made known during his campaign that Israel would be a key part of his foreign policy objectives in the Middle East and, with his first visit with Saudi Arabia6 going fairly well, the Israelis awaited the arrival of Trump to the Holy Land.

Despite the anticipation, there are some high-ranking officials concerned over the $110 billion arms deal Trump signed7 over the weekend in Riyadh. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu views Saudi Arabia as a “hostile nation” and sees this arms deal as troublesome for Israel’s future. Trump, however, sees that America’s strongest allies in the region must work together to “stamp out extremism.” We agree — America can lead, but we cannot fight terrorists and violent extremist organizations alone.

Also, some Israeli intelligence officials are reportedly furious8 over Trump’s decision to share with Russian officials classified information pertaining to the Islamic State, a common enemy of the U.S. and Russia. According to Israeli intelligence officials, sharing the information compromised a vital source on the Islamic State and Iran and may have caused problems for useful information on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah’s proxies in Syria and Lebanon.

Aside from these negatives, which the Leftmedia will certainly rehash for as long as possible, there are some major positives to highlight as well.

During his visit to Israel, Trump made history9 as the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall, which is significant because it is Judaism’s holiest site located inside Jerusalem’s Old City. “I was deeply moved by my visit today to the Western Wall,” Trump said afterwards. “Words fail to capture the experience. It will leave an impression on me forever.”

During a joint press conference — which the White House billed as from “Jerusalem, Israel,” in a significant shift of U.S. policy — Netanyahu expressed his gratitude10 for Trump’s visit. “We appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East,” Netanyahu said, in an obvious swipe at the previous administration. “For the first time in my lifetime, I see a real hope for peace.”

Indeed, the tone from Trump must have been refreshing for Israel. In the same press conference, Trump stated, “The United States and Israel can declare with one voice … that Iran must never be allowed to possess a nuclear weapon — never, ever — and must cease its deadly funding, training and equipping of terrorists and militias, and it must cease immediately.” This is quite the contrast from Barack Obama, who promoted a legacy of loathing Israel11 and practically built Iran’s nuclear program instead of dismantling it.

Still, there are some questions that remain unanswered. For example, Trump promised during his campaign that the U.S. embassy would move to Jerusalem. Since this will not be announced during this trip to Israel, there are already some who are accusing Trump of wavering12 on his commitment to do so.

But from a practical view, moving a U.S. embassy from one city to another is not an easy task, and it certainly won’t happen in the first several months of Trump’s presidency. There are numerous plans, protocols, coordination and security measures that must be taken into account, and none of that can happen quickly. And from a strategic standpoint, care must be taken with how such a significant move would affect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Nothing short of eliminating Israel would satisfy too many Palestinians, but provocation must be done thoughtfully and without short-circuiting Trump’s other priorities for this particular trip.

There may be a deal in the works that we just don’t yet know what it is or what it looks like. But American-Israeli relations are back on track, which for many voters, especially Christians, is a huge deal.

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Trump’s ‘Taxpayer First’ Budget13


Last month when President Donald Trump released his plans to cut individual14 and corporate15 tax rates, it was touted as being “the biggest tax cut and the largest tax plan in the history of our country.” And indeed it was and will be should it ever reach his desk unmolested by Congress. (Fat chance, we know.) Democrats were quick to blast it with their typical and tired refrain of it being a plan that favored the rich, because in Democrats' minds the government is more entitled to your money than you are. We “can’t afford it,” they cried — after they doubled our national debt, by the way. But Democrats as well as everyone else understood that tax cuts meant government spending cuts would be needed.

On Monday, Trump released his proposed budget and, true to form, it offsets the predicted drop in revenue produced by his tax cuts with cuts in government spending. Trump’s “taxpayer-first' budget proposal would cut $3.6 trillion in federal spending and produce a balanced budget by 2027. And as Trump promised, the budget cuts don’t touch Medicare or Social Security.

So what does get gut? The short answer is welfare spending and regulations. With national debt sitting a $20 trillion and growing, the government clearly has a spending problem, and much of it is through income redistribution. Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s budget director, stated, "We cannot continue to simply measure our compassion or our success by the amount of money we spend. We are going to measure our compassion and success by actually helping people and by respecting taxpayers who pay for it in the first place.”

Medicaid would see the largest cut at $800 billion over the next decade, which is based in part on the passage of the Republican replacement of ObamaCare16. The food stamp program, which grew precipitously under Barack Obama, would see a reduction of $193 billion, or 25%, over 10 years. New work requirements for individuals receiving financial aid are also included in the proposal. A growing economy will help.

Trump’s proposal is clearly an aggressive budgeting plan and it remains to be seen how much of it will get through Congress, but he’s intent on putting the government on a spending diet.

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Unsurprisingly, champions of “comprehensive immigration reform” are extolling the proposal’s virtues. Columnist Shikha Dalmia hails21 the “great upside” of an approach that would “sidestep the messy politics in Washington that have long made sensible immigration reform well nigh impossible.” The libertarian Cato Institute’s David Bier applauds22 an approach in accordance “with America’s long tradition of federalism in almost every other policy area,” one that “has the potential to increase support for immigration across the country, allowing America to set aside harmful protectionism and move closer to an economically competitive system.”

At what price? We begin with the American Left’s dream of unassailable power, underscored by the reality that the 500,000 guest workers who could enter the country on renewable three-year visas — per year — would be allowed to bring with them their spouses and children who would not be counted as part of the cap. Under Johnson’s proposal, this would allow more than a million people to enter the country annually — a country in which more than half of illegal aliens overstayed their visas rather than crossed the border.

Enter birthright citizenship23. “As the law stands now, the hypothetical American-born child of state-based guest workers would be granted immediate U.S. citizenship and access to federal benefits,” National Review’s Fred Bauer explains24. “At the age of 21, a U.S. citizen can sponsor his or her parents to become permanent residents and, eventually, citizens.”

Add incrementalism to the mix. As Bauer warns, it wouldn’t be long before Democrats would demand that “guest workers and their families have access to at least some federal benefits, health care likely chief among them,” even as they would smear Republicans as cold-hearted and anti-immigrant for resisting.

Bauer further notes the horrendous “optics” ripe for leftist exploitation, including “tenements swollen with guest workers and their beleaguered families … and tearful U.S. citizens waving goodbye to their guest-worker parents, who have to leave the country because they’ve lost their jobs.” He also worries about the diminishment of civic health attached to a “large class of residents who are viewed purely as economic resources with no stake in American society.”

If that sounds familiar, it’s because America abided a similar arrangement once before — it was called slavery.

Hot Air columnist Jazz Shaw focuses25 on security, warning that though the H-1B visa program is exploited by large companies to replace American workers with cheaper foreign counterparts, it’s also “one of the only ways to find out if someone is no longer complying with the rules or is in an overstay situation.” This proposal would engender “a red carpet invitation to abuse the visa system and disappear into the crowd.”

Regardless, Johnson remains wedded to the prevailing — and demonstrably26 false27 — assertions driving ideas like this. “We have a shortage of workers in all different areas of the economy,” he insists. “We need to recognize that a one-size-fits-all federal model for visas or guest workers doesn’t work.”

No, we need to recognize that, as is so often the case, government is determined to fix a problem on the wrong end. If there is a shortage of high-skill American workers in certain fields, it makes far more sense to reform a failing educational system that churns out Americans ill-equipped to compete in the 21st century economy.

As for the “jobs Americans refuse to do,” the notion that government would simultaneously underwrite millions of able-bodied dependents who refuse to work (or believe that certain work is “beneath them”) and the additional economic costs that attend themselves to accommodating millions of guest workers and their families is utterly absurd.

“I had thought that the current agenda for any sort of ‘immigration reform’ was pretty clear following the last election cycle,” Shaw writes. “There would be no discussions of amnesty or any other priorities of liberals and open borders advocates until the border was secure and progress was being made on getting at least the worst offending criminal illegal aliens out of the country. Apparently I was mistaken.”

Once again, the public’s foremost immigration concerns, as in national security and the Rule of Law, are being ignored by Republicans still pushing “comprehensive immigration reform” — by any subterfuge necessary.

They would like to pretend the 2016 election never happened. But it did. And they ignore its mandate at their own peril.

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Miss USA and the Tolerant Feminists28 — As a beauty pageant winner found out, being a feminist apparently means conforming to one choice and redefining equality.

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

    Kathryn Jean Lopez: Suicide Is Never Painless29
    George Will: Federal Power Spins Its Ever-Growing Web30
    Jeff Jacoby: Be Wary of a Trump Feeding Frenzy31

For more, visit Right Opinion32.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Burt Prelutsky33: “Rep. Maxine Waters dared to call Attorney General Jeff Sessions a racist because ‘he comes from a time and place where bigotry was acceptable.’ Such a remark is not merely stupid and an insult to the entire South, but coming from Waters, who has spent a third of her 78 years in Congress spouting the nastiest sort of racist rhetoric, it constitutes the last word in hypocrisy. This is a woman who insists that blacks, including those who committed murder during the Watts riots, are always innocent victims, and that the riots weren’t really riots, but a justifiable rebellion against white oppression. Someone should explain to her that a rebellion is when American patriots toss English tea overboard, not when thugs cart home stolen TVs, shoes, microwaves and cases of booze. Maxine Waters is the Left’s idea of a folk hero, but that should come as no surprise. After all, Senator Robert Byrd and Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, both former members of the Klan, wound up as liberal icons. Whether black or white, those on the Left have no problem clasping racists to their collective bosom, just so long as they’re Democrats.”

SHORT CUTS

The Gipper: “The taxpayer: That’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”

Observations: “The progressives understand that most people have so little knowledge of what the Constitution actually says that, amidst all the chatter about a constitutional crisis, it would never occur to the voters to check out the actual document. Otherwise, they would understand that Trump was well within his presidential rights to fire the director of the FBI for any reason under the sun, including Comey’s excessive height. But, then, most Americans didn’t seem to know or care that Barack Obama spent eight years using the Constitution as his own personal roll of toilet paper.” —Burt Prelutsky

For the record: “What I have found appalling is the number of leaks that have taken place over the last several months. … The real damage to national security is the leaks. These individuals who still stay within the government and are leaking this stuff to the press need to be brought to task.” —former CIA Director John Brennan

Missed opportunity: “I never thought [Hillary Clinton] was a great candidate. I thought I was a great candidate.” —Joe Biden

Pure evilness: “If there’s anything we’ve learned from Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers) over the years, it’s this — every single one of us has a hero inside; and it’s our responsibility to use our superpowers to slay.” —Planned Parenthood

And last… “Every time we see the words ‘former U.S. officials’ we should keep in mind there’s a good chance the source would be more accurately characterized as a ‘former Obama administration official.’ This doesn’t mean that former official is automatically lying, just that they have a particular agenda for leaking this information, and one that is being effectively withheld from readers.” —Jim Geraghty

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Mid-Day Digest

May 22, 2017

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    Trump brings “principled realism” to his first foreign trip and big speech in Riyadh.
    Notre Dame students walk out on VP Pence before his address on free speech.
    Federalism for immigration reform could bring all sorts of problems.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

THE FOUNDATION

“I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home.” —George Washington (1795)

TOP RIGHT HOOKS

Trump Impresses and Presses in Speech to Top Muslim Leaders1


Donald Trump delivered a powerful and well-received speech to the U.S.-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh on Sunday, in which he called for the Islamic world to commit itself to the fight to end “Islamic extremism.” Trump encouraged Muslim leaders to own the responsibility for defeating Islamic terrorism, stating, “America is prepared to stand with you — in pursuit of shared interests and common security. But the nations of the Middle East cannot wait for American power to crush this enemy for them. The nations of the Middle East will have to decide what kind of future they want for themselves, for their countries, and for their children. It is a choice between two futures — and it is a choice America cannot make for you.”

Trump briefly noted the epic humanitarian crisis2 (caused by the policies of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, we’ll add), which has seen hundreds of thousands of refugees exiting the Middle East. But he also offered a vision of hope: “This region should not be a place from which refugees flee, but to which newcomers flock.”

He pointedly challenged the religious legitimacy of radical Islam, saying, “Every time a terrorist murders an innocent person, and falsely invokes the name of God, it should be an insult to every person of faith.” Trump continued, contending, “Terrorists do not worship God; they worship death.”

In a veiled but obvious rebuke of Obama’s failed Middle East policy, Trump pledged that the U.S. would adopted a foreign policy of “principled realism.” He elaborated, “We will make decisions based on real-world outcomes — not inflexible ideology. We will be guided by the lessons of experience — not the confines of rigid thinking. And, wherever possible, we will seek gradual reforms — not sudden intervention.” And later in his speech, Trump directly focused his sights on Iran, noting its current regime’s fueling and funding of terrorism. Saying that from Saudi Arabia was rather pointed.

Trump’s clear tone change from the previous eight years is welcome both for Americans frustrated with the U.S.’s lack of leadership in the region and for Middle Eastern leaders who were alarmed by Obama’s repeated concessions to Iran. Trump’s visit was more than mere words, as he also signed a joint arms agreement between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia worth almost $110 billion. Next up: visiting Israel. On his first foreign trip, Trump is proving himself a capable statesman.

Students Walk Out on Pence’s Free Speech Address3

Vice President and former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence gave the commencement address at Notre Dame Sunday. And as planned, a few dozen students walked out of his speech — some reports say 150 participants, but only about half of those were students. In a graduation ceremony for 3,000, these rainbow-clad agitators certainly did not represent even a plurality, and notably, they were resoundingly booed as they exited.

A few observations:

    Thank you for minimally disrupting the once-in-a-lifetime ceremony for others. At least you just left rather than heckle and boo as others of your ilk have done in other commencement ceremonies.

    Employers, take note of those who walked out. They will be the dissenters, the whiners, the ones who demand more pay for no more work — those who are malcontents in the workplace because they’re malcontents in life. Conversely, what a fantastic opportunity for the young adults who are grounded and disciplined. You will be the leaders of America’s future. The others won’t be able to cope.

    Ironically, the VP spoke about the “waning” free speech and civility on college and university campuses, where open debate and thought should be exalted, yet the indoctrination of the Left teaches that if you don’t agree, seek your #SafeSpace.

“If the emanations of free speech were charted on a map like infrared heat signatures, one would hope that universities would be the hottest places, red and purple with dispute not dark blue and white, frozen into cant, orthodoxy, and intellectual stasis,” Pence said. “Far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration sanctioned political correctness — all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech.”

In spite of the protest, Pence had warm words for the school he addressed: “Notre Dame is an exception, an island in a sea of conformity so far spared from the noxious wave that seems to be rushing over much of academia.” Let’s hope the graduates take that to heart. We know the protesters didn’t.

Top Headlines4

    Trump delays picking an FBI director. (Washington Examiner5)

    Former FBI Director Comey will testify before Senate intel committee. (Hot Air6)

    Two “big” Trump/Russia scoops — One is dubious; one is typical Trump. (National Review7)

    Harvard agrees: Trump press coverage sets “new standard for negativity.” (The Washington Times8.)

    “Clock boy” discrimination lawsuit dismissed by federal judge — and not a minute too soon. (CBS News9)

    New Orleans PC crowd takes down historic statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (NPR10)

    EPA official invites left-wing environmental group to agency for talk on “science.” (The Daily Signal11)

    States rein in cities raising minimum wage. (Washington Examiner12)

    Curtain falls on final Ringling Bros. circus performance. (USA Today13)

    Iran re-elects Rouhani as president. (The Daily Signal14)

    Policy: Trump’s opportunity to reset Middle East relations. (Heritage Foundation15)

    Policy: Good First Amendment news in Kentucky. (Washington Times16)

For more, visit Patriot Headline Report17.

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Subterfuge18


By Arnold Ahlert

A couple of politically tone-deaf GOP congressmen, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), have introduced19 the State-Sponsored Visa Pilot Program Act of 2017, a proposal aimed at allowing individual states to set up their own guest-worker programs. “My concept of border security includes a robust guest-worker program,” Johnson declared. “It’s going to be a whole lot easier to secure the border when you’re not having to clamp down on people coming here to seek the opportunities that America provides.”

While the federal government would still control the issuance of visas, states would be granted20 the discretion to admit guest workers for as long as three years, after which their visas could be renewed.

Johnson’s proposal allows each state to issue visas to as many as 5,000 workers, and draw from additional pool of 250,000 visas based on the state’s population relative to its percentage of the nation’s total population. The House version reduces those numbers to 2,500 and 125,000, respectively.

In addition, states could increase their caps by 10% in any year where 97% of their sponsored guest workers comply with their visa requirements and stay out of the black market. Any year a state missed that target would engender a 50% cap reduction. A state missing its target for four years would be suspended from the program for five years.

To make the proposal more palatable, participating workers would be barred from accessing welfare state benefits, such as ObamaCare or the Earned Income Tax Credit, and granting citizenship or permanent resident status to these workers would be prohibited. Workers would be able to change jobs, ostensibly as protection against possible abuse, but would be required to seek other employment only in the state that issued the visa, unless states formed “compacts” allowing workers multi-state employment access. Violators would lose their status and be subject to deportation.

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Communicate Well

“Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.” (Philippians 4:14)
 
“Communicate” is one of the older words from the era of the King James Version that takes some re-connecting in order to clarify the term. Our use today normally means speaking, understanding one another, or simply passing on instructions. The Greek word is sugkoinoneo, a compound of the preposition “with” and the primary word for “participation.”
 
The basic term is often translated “partner” or “partake” and frequently is connected with the act of sharing finances in the ministry of others. That is the application in the context of today’s verse. Paul commends the Philippian church for partnering with him over his journeys and recognizing time and again the needs that were necessary to fulfill for the success of the ministry.
 
Today, there are a vast array of charity-based organizations, from large hospitals and universities to local food and clothing distribution efforts. Most of those, by the way, were started by Christian groups as a way to “communicate” to the “affliction” of many. But how do we determine who among the many, or at what ratio, to attempt to distribute “to the necessity of saints?” (Romans 12:13).
 
Two main principles must guide our “communication” in the Kingdom. First, it is clear that our New Testament responsibility is first to the church in which our Lord has placed us. Some disagree, but “storehouse” tithing appears to claim our first priority. Then there is opportunity to follow the specific leading of God among those ministries with which we are familiar and of whom we are confident that first seek the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). HMM III

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Christ's Strength

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)
 
This little verse gets quoted out of context a lot. It is used to justify bizarre plans and dreams, as well as to suggest that every Christian should be rich and healthy all the time. Not only are such applications without any support in Scripture, they are completely out of the context of this passage.
 
In the previous verses, Paul lists a variety of circumstances that he had faced, from poverty to wealth, learning to be “content” in each of these developments. Then he notes that he “can do all things” through the strength that the Lord provides during conflicting circumstances.
 
The “do” of this text is the prevailing of the power of God in which and by which we minister. “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6).
 
The early church experienced a stunning growth in converts as it preached and testified of the resurrected Christ. This result, however, is due to the fact that the Word of God grew “mightily . . . and prevailed” (Acts 19:20).
 
Our fight is not a physical one. We wrestle against the great spiritual powers of wickedness that have their source in the heavenlies. The history of God’s people is replete with the battle that was begun in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve lost because they sought to deal with the issue on their own. We win or prevail only when we arm ourselves with God’s armor and become “strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10). HMM III

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Looking For the Loophole
by Pastor Ricky Kurth


To many people, it just doesn’t seem right that God would punish someone in hell for all eternity, and so they look for loopholes in the Bible’s clear teaching about eternal damnation (Rev. 14:11, etc.). They mean well, but they remind us of what the Lord said about the rich man in hell, who pleaded that Lazarus be sent to warn his five brothers, “lest they also come into this place of torment” (Luke 16:28.). It is often argued from this that this man had repented, and only a God who was a monster would refuse to release him. As we compare Scripture with Scripture, however, we believe otherwise, especially when we compare the torments of hell to the torments of the Tribulation.

There are many ways to show that the Tribulation will be a time of hell on earth, but perhaps the simplest is found when we read that “in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it” (Rev. 9:6). What a picture of hell! You would think that everyone on the receiving end of the unfathomable torments of that day would repent in the hope that God would relent and spare them further torment. Yet despite the fact that men will be “scorched with great heat” (Rev. 16:9), in John’s vision, they “blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not… of their deeds” (vv. 9,11).

In light of all this, we feel the rich man’s request to warn his five brothers was not an indication of any repentance on his part—far from it. Like many incarcerated men, he was looking for a loophole in the prosecution’s case against him. You see, if Lazarus was sent from the dead to warn his brothers, he could argue that he never benefited from such a supernatural warning, making his conviction unjust.

Add it all up, and a more accurate picture of hell appears. Hell is not filled with cries of repentance to which God turns an unfeeling deaf ear. Like the description of the Tribulation we just read, the air is rather filled with the sound of blasphemy, voiced by men who are eternally convinced that God is wrong and they do not belong there.

Fortunately, dear reader, you do not have to go there. Just admit that God is right, that you are sinner (Rom. 3:23) who deserves to die an eternal death for your sins (Rom. 6:23; Rev. 20:14), but that Christ died for your sins so that you don’t have to (I Cor. 15:1-4). “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

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Death--to the righteous and the wicked

(George Lawson, "A Practical Exposition of the Book of Proverbs" 1821)

"The wicked will be cut off from the land--and the unfaithful will be torn from it." Proverbs 2:22

Must not the righteous leave the earth too?
Yes! But the earth is a very different thing to the righteous, and to the wicked.

To the righteous--this world is a place of preparation or Heaven.
To the wicked--this world is all the Heaven they will ever have.

Death is a kind messenger sent to the righteous by their heavenly Father--calling them to the possession of their eternal inheritance!
To the wicked, death is a messenger of wrath--summoning them to the abodes of misery!

Death is the beginning of happiness to God's people.
Death is the final conclusion of all that the wicked counted their happiness.

To the righteous--death is a translation to a glorious eternity!
To the wicked--death is everlasting destruction and woe!

"If only they were wise and would understand this--and discern what their end will be!" Deuteronomy 32:29

"So teach us to number our days--that we may gain a heart of wisdom!" Psalm 90:12

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