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 on: June 09, 2018, 08:40:20 AM 
Started by Soldier4Christ - Last post by Soldier4Christ
Your New Expectations

“This I say . . . that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk.” (Ephesians 4:17)

This succinct command is quickly followed by a sweeping description of the impotent mind of the Gentiles in contrast to the utterly changed condition of the believer. The Gentiles have a darkened perceptive ability, rendering them alienated because of the “ignorance that is in them” and an overall “blindness of their heart” that is the root cause of their inability to function, even to feel, in the same way as the children of God (Ephesians 4:18-19; compare Romans 1:21-32 and 2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

However, the saint of God is told to discard the “old man” and to “put on the new man” (Ephesians 4:20-24)—as though that simple picture of a powerful reality is adequate instruction to fulfill the earlier command. No longer is the child of God to be “corrupt” by the “deceitful lusts” of their old condition, but having “learned Christ” and “been taught by him,” the saint is to “be renewed in the spirit of [their] mind.” A transformation is now possible through the new mental (intellectual, spiritual) abilities given to us by Christ (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Corinthians 2:16).

We are responsible to wear the new man like a body-enveloping cloak, created for us by the omniscient Creator “in righteousness and true holiness.” Don’t miss this! We have been given a specially created new man to wear (externally visible) that will show (exhibit, demonstrate, make clear) the spiritual difference between the Gentiles and the saints of God.

The 17 commands that follow in Ephesians 4:25–5:7 address every aspect of the Christian walk, all relating to a lifestyle of truth, giving specific contrast between the Gentile and the saint. HMM III

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 on: June 08, 2018, 05:04:00 PM 
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Our Blessed Hope
From Timeless Grace Gems
Charles Naylor, 1941



        Yesterday a funeral passed our home. The solemn procession moved slowly onward toward the cemetery gate a few squares away. The muffled sounds of the passing cars of a funeral cortege as they pass my window, always tell a melancholy tale. A beloved voice is silent forever to earth. A heart has ceased to beat. A life has reached its end. Solemnly the words "Dust to dust, and ashes to ashes" are spoken. The mourning friends go their way. Only a newly made mound in the cemetery remains to tell the story.

        What, is this all? Is dust to dust and ashes to ashes the final end of the being who was once vibrant with life and joyous with vigorous energy? To every soul there comes the age-old inquiry, "If a man dies—shall he live again?"

        Time summons all, both rich and poor, both high and low, both great and small, to stand before the open grave and to answer in their inmost souls this old query. Let us follow the quiet procession, and let us inquire of each comer, what is his hope for the future?

        Here comes a modern Sadducee. He is a materialist. He does not believe in spiritual realities. To him, man is only brother of the beast. Death ends all. As one such said to me, "A man is just like a horse; when he dies, that is the end." The open grave closes above the form beloved to him, and leaves him bereaved of hope. To him, life comes to its end upon a great cliff, beyond which there is nothing but space. To him the grave is a melancholy place. It is the end of all his plans and dreams, of all his hopes and expectations. When those whom he loves go from him at the call of death—it leaves only a measureless void which nothing can ever fill, and which he never expects to be filled.

        Behind the materialist comes the atheist, with eyes downcast. To him there is no God, no power which can say to death, "Stand back." For him there is no voice of consolation or of comfort. Hope is dead—her voice is no longer heard.

        Next in order comes the deist. He believes in God, but the God in whom he believes is a faraway, unknown being who has no part in the life or death of man, who has no interest in what concerns him—a God who has gone off and forgotten mankind. The deist pauses beside the newly made grave. This to him is the end of all. He also is without hope beyond it.

        After him an agnostic draws near. He does not know; he cannot find out. Perhaps life has not come to its final conclusion; he does not know. There may be something beyond the grave; he cannot tell. He knows nothing for certain. He is in doubt about everything. He knows no way to resolve his doubts. And so he stands before the newly made grave, and the wreath that he places upon it, is bewildering question.

        Next comes the infidel. Perhaps there is a sneering smile upon his face. Frankly, he does not believe. He knows the Bible says that there will be a resurrection, but in his judgment—the Bible is not God's book. So he believes only what it pleases him to believe of the present or the future. Perhaps he believes in immortality, but what does he believe of it, and upon what grounds does he believe it? If he believes in the resurrection, he does not know why he believes it. His hope has no true basis. He rejects the only basis that is given him, and so if he will but admit it, he must, like the agnostic, only question.

        Next comes the philosopher. His philosophy may show him there is a life beyond the grave. It may say to him that since the race believes in immortality, since they have an inner consciousness of immortality, and since so many things in nature seem to argue from analogy that there shall be a resurrection—he may conclude there is a resurrection, that there is a life beyond the grave. But what that life is like, or whether it is a certainty—he cannot tell. His philosophy falters. It is insufficient. And he, like those before him, he is left to question.

        Next comes the scientist. His science has not found the human soul. He does not know it as an entity. He cannot weigh it or measure it. The laws of chemistry do not reveal it. He finds strange things in man which he cannot explain. But they do not tell him of immortality. He does not know from his science, whether there is anything beyond the grave.

        Behind him comes the worldling, who finds his all in self, or pleasure, or riches, or fame. He lives for this world alone. He has not stopped to inquire about eternity. He has been quite content to occupy himself with the things of the present life. He has scarcely thought about anything beyond the grave.

        Indeed, he will not let the thought of the grave come into his mind when he can help it. Perhaps he believes in immortality in a casual way, but it seems as nothing to him. It is unreal, uncertain; and if he has a dim, vague hope, it is a hope based on nothing trustworthy, nothing that can be the real basis of a hope. And he, like those before him, is one of those whom the Bible pictured as "having no hope."

        Look again at this company and you will see them all silent before the newly made grave. No voice comforts them; they have no words to comfort another. For them, death is a leap into the dark. Beyond is only the great unknown.

        Only the Christian has hope in his death. His hope in death is not a hope in himself. His hope is in a person, the Lord Jesus Christ—he who was dead, but is alive forevermore. He believes in him who said, "I am the resurrection and the life: he who believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." And this hope is called our "blessed hope"—it is the one great hope of the Christian.

        As we have this hope, death has no terrors for us, and we can say, "O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?" And so it comes that believing this, so many Christians go down into the valley of the shadow of death, with a smile of joy upon their countenances and with an unwavering faith in their hearts. Only the eye of faith sees beyond the grave. Only the tongue that speaks through faith, has words to break the silence with the clear joy tones of triumph. Faith stands before the newly made grave, and falters not. And the Christian, though sorrowful, is always rejoicing—for with the eye of faith he sees beyond the present into the glorious eternity, and his heart doubts not.

        The Christian hope looks forward in expectancy of the coming of Jesus our Lord (Titus 2:13). We have hope in him, not merely for the present life, but for the life which is to come (I Corinthians 15:19; Acts 24:15). Through him we look forward to being "children of the resurrection," hoping and believing that it shall be according to his word that we shall nevermore die and that we shall be equal to the angels, that we shall possess everlasting life through the eternal ages and dwell at the right hand of God.

        This hope of eternal life is not a new thing. It is older than the world. Paul speaks of the "hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began" (Titus 1:2). God planned eternal life for us. He promised it to us before we had an existence. And so we look forward with eager expectancy goes beyond the grave, and rejoices in the eternal ages of God. This is the blessed hope, the anchor of the Christian soul!

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 on: June 08, 2018, 05:02:16 PM 
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Purgatory
by Pastor Ricky Kurth


    “I’m witnessing to my mom, who has questions by the boxcar about Purgatory. Can you help?”

This place where men must go after death to purge their sins is an invention of religion. The word purgatory comes from the word purge, and the Bible says that Christ “by Himself purged our sins” without any help from us (Heb. 1:3).

The Lord told the dying thief, “To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). This is significant, since the inspired Word of God calls this man a thief, and it was his own testimony to the other thief that “we receive the due reward of our deeds” (v. 41). That is, he was admitting he had not been framed or misjudged, but had indeed committed crimes worthy of the death penalty. If there was a Purgatory, this man would have gone there, yet we have the Lord’s word on it that he did not.

If anyone needed to go to Purgatory, it was the carnal Corinthians! Yet Paul told even these sinful believers that they could be “confident” that “to be absent from the body” is “to be present with the Lord” (II Cor. 5:8.).

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 on: June 08, 2018, 05:00:35 PM 
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God has three hands!

(The sermons of Matthew Mead, 1629-1699)

"It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!" Hebrews 10:31

What is meant by God's hands?

  1. There is God's protecting hand, which is sweet and comfortable.

  2. There is God's chastening hand, which is bitter, but profitable.

  3. There is God's revenging hand, which is neither comfortable nor profitable, but astonishing and fearful. This is the hand of God's wrath, by which He executes judgment on unrepentant sinners, without remedy, and without mercy. This is the hand which the text points at: "It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God!"

Now men go on in their sins securely--and God is quiet and lets them alone. Now they speak peace to themselves in the midst of their sin and rebellion. But when God's hand takes hold of them in judgment--then He will repay sinners for all the wrongs they have done Him all their lives long, "As surely as I live forever, when I sharpen My flashing sword and My hand grasps it in judgment--I will take vengeance on My adversaries and repay those who hate Me!" Deuteronomy 32:41

God being the living God, is matter of great terror to those who hate Him--as it is of comfort to those who love and fear Him!

He is the living God, and if you fall into His hands--then you must be the eternal prisoner of His wrath! As long as God lives--you will be miserable, and damned and undone! He is the living God, and as long as He lives--so the sinner shall live under the weight of His wrath and vengeance. The unrepentant sinner will bear His wrath as long as He is the living God!

God lives forever, and therefore, the believer's Heaven shall be forever!
And because God lives forever--the sinner's Hell shall be forever!

The life of God is eternal, and therefore He can punish us eternally. So Christ says: "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into Hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him!" Luke 12:4-5

O! that you would seriously consider that God is a living God! Think of this when you are about to sin: "This sin is done in the sight of the living God! I must give an account of this sin before the living God!"

It would be an awakening thing if we would but let this thought dwell in our minds--that God is a living God, and that I must have to deal with this living God forever, either in Heaven or Hell!

Nothing is so dreadful to a soul under wrath, as to consider that God lives forever. It is that which puts a terror into all those attributes of God which are engaged against the lost soul. The justice of God and the wrath of God are terrible--and the power of God is that which makes them so. God's wrath is made even more terrible, by its being eternal. It is His power that makes His justice terrible--and eternity that makes His power dreadful. The eternity of Hell, makes Hell more dreadful than His power; His power makes it sharp and painful--His life makes it everlasting--and everlastingness is the sharpest sting in Hell's misery!

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 on: June 08, 2018, 04:58:52 PM 
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Ben Shapiro writes31, “Medicare and Social Security, along with Medicaid, represent a majority of the federal budget each year, and represent mandatory spending. And Social Security has been running a negative cash flow for years. Our gigantic national debt number doesn’t include unfunded liabilities to these programs. According to some studies, if we include expected shortfalls from Medicare and Social Security in the debt, our debt is actually $90.6 trillion.”

And what has Congress done about it? Nothing.

It’s one thing for Democrats to be irresponsible with the federal purse, but Republicans have had plenty of opportunities over the past two decades when they either held both houses of Congress or all three branches of government. In each case, Republicans acted with the same willful neglect.

Or they failed to act out of fear of being demonized.

Every time a conservative politician utters the words “Social Security reform,” Democrats warn that grandma will be thrown off the cliff. No, really. In 2012, the leftist Agenda Project Action Fund launched32 an ad showing a man meant to look like then-House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan pushing a wheelchair-bound senior off a cliff. If you think those ads aren’t effective, consider that Speaker Ryan hasn’t talked much about saving Social Security or Medicare since.

And while President Donald Trump has been effective in cutting taxes and rolling back federal regulations, he signed more spending into law and, as a candidate, promised not to touch entitlements. If the most brazen outsider ever to win the presidency won’t reform entitlements, who will?

Democrats, of course, have the answer to fixing our entitlement mess: raise taxes on “the rich.”

But what about that Social Security lock box or trust fund that we always hear about?

As the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein reports33, “The ‘trust fund’ is actually an accounting fiction that pretends that spending doesn’t ultimately all come from the bank accounts of taxpayers. But the conceit is that because the federal government for decades used money intended for Social Security to pay for other extravagant spending, the Treasury built up IOUs to the Social Security program that enable it to keep up with benefits. By 2034, however, those past program surpluses will be spent, meaning that benefits will have to be slashed by 25 percent for Americans who are around 50 years old right now.”

More immediately, Social Security’s costs are projected to exceed its income this year for the first time since 1982, forcing the government to “unlock” the lock box. Again. Worse, The Daily Signal’s Romina Boccia notes34, “Social Security is still considered solvent and able to pay full benefits because it has accumulated a $2.9 trillion trust fund, but since the entirety of its trust fund consists of IOUs, cash-flow deficits must be financed by general revenue taxes or new public borrowing.”

Meanwhile, if nothing is done about Medicare, the program will run out of money in 2026 — just eight years from now. Yes, Democrats promised us that ObamaCare would save Medicare. But according35 to Investor’s Business Daily, “Despite the 167 changes made by ObamaCare and the $700 billion in supposed savings, Medicare’s doomsday prediction is exactly where it was 18 years ago.”

It seems like the only solution out there involves the government taking more and giving back less to the American people. But real, commonsense solutions36 have been proposed. For example, private retirement accounts for younger workers just might break our dependency on a troubled government entitlement that’s on its death bed. Such ideas are innovative but complex. Implementing them will take a real effort by members of Congress who up until now have avoided Social Security like the plague.

With Republicans holding more political power in Washington than they’ve enjoyed in a century, the time is now for conservatives to finally show some true leadership. Thirty years ago, 2034 seemed like forever. Now, forever is practically here.

The inconvenient truth, however, is that most Americans don’t want politicians to fix it. Everyone is entitled to the money they paid into the system, after all, lest Social Security be exposed as the Ponzi scheme it really is. Thus, a conservative minority is left to cry “wolf” to a disinterested American people —only this time, the wolf is really out there.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56448-crying-wolf-on-entitlements

MORE ANALYSIS FROM THE PATRIOT POST

    Keith Ellison — The Radical’s Radical37 — DNC deputy moves to a state race amid questions about his far-left politics.
    How the Obama EPA Fudged Regulatory Evaluation38 — Estimating “social costs” and “social benefits,” the EPA put a big price tag on doing nothing.
    Student Loan Debt Soars39 — The debt college graduates carry is now higher than Americans’ credit card debt.
    Video: A Piece of Cake40 — The Supreme Court has ruled on the wedding cake issue … but it’s not the ruling that anybody expected.

OPINION IN BRIEF

Marc A. Thiessen: “Republicans on the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, led by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), have revealed in a new report that the Obama administration secretly tried to help Iran use U.S. banks to convert $5.7 billion in Iranian assets, after promising Congress that Iran would not get access to the U.S. financial system — and then lied to Congress about what it had done. … The Obama administration: (1) told Congress it would not allow Iran access to U.S. financial institutions; (2) issued a special license allowing Iran to do exactly that; (3) unsuccessfully pressured U.S. banks to help Iran; (4) lied to Congress and the American people about what it had done; (5) admitted in internal emails that these efforts ‘exceeded’ U.S. obligations under the nuclear deal; (6) sent officials, including bank regulators, around the world to urge foreign financial institutions to do business with Iran; and (7) promised that they would get nothing more than a slap on the wrist for violating U.S. sanctions. How bad is this? Remove the words ‘Obama’ and ‘Iran’ and replace them with ‘Trump’ and ‘Russia’ and imagine the outrage that would ensue over the same revelations. Democrats would be holding news conferences, and the story would be front-page news. We hear a lot these days from the media about the danger of presidential lies. Well, when it comes to the Iran deal, the Obama administration took lying to new heights. And no, that’s not Fake News.”

SHORT CUTS

Upright: “The war against energy is over. We have now freed up the animal spirits. You can see that by the confidence indexes. We’re rolling. The U.S. economy is rolling.” —National Economic Council Chairman Larry Kudlow

Gratitude: “I’d like to tell the president … that I am so grateful for everything that you’ve done for me and my family. … This moment right now is happening because President Trump had mercy on me and I’d like to tell him [to] please, please remember … the others who have been left behind because there are so many … like me who need to have … the opportunity that I’ve had.” —Alice Marie Johnson

Shameful rhetoric: “The President and GOP Congress continue to turn their backs on the men and women who have bravely donned the uniform, pushing deep cuts to Medicaid, gutting SNAP and undermining vital protections for servicemembers and families against Wall Street’s greed and abuse.” —Nancy Pelosi protesting the VA Mission Act41

Non Compos Mentis: “I know someone who spoke to Donald Trump recently about life in the White House, and Donald Trump’s biggest complaint was that he’s not allowed to watch porn in the White House.” —MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski

Braying Jenny: “I asked for a meeting with @SpeakerRyan … to discuss equality for women and the Equal Rights Amendment — he declined. 96% of Americans believe that women should be protected under the constitution. He is the 4%. … The 14th amendment was included in the constitution before women even had the right to vote so clearly it was not meant to apply to us.” —actress Alyssa Milano

And last… “If you hadn’t noticed, physical beauty is a huge part of our economy and our culture. And before you go on about this showing how sexist or ‘lookist’ American society is, physical beauty is a huge part of literally every culture on earth and has been for all time. Notions of beauty are fluid, sure, but the interest in beauty — or desirability — itself is an expression of human nature. Can it go too far? Absolutely. Can you get rid of it? Nope.” —Jonah Goldberg

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56449-friday-short-cuts

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

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis

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 on: June 08, 2018, 04:57:52 PM 
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Jun. 8, 2018 · https://patriotpost.us/digests/56452-mid-day-digest

THE FOUNDATION

“To prevent crimes, is the noblest end and aim of criminal jurisprudence. To punish them, is one of the means necessary for the accomplishment of this noble end and aim.” —James Wilson (1790)

IN TODAY’S EDITION

    An astonishing one in five federal prisoners is an illegal alien.
    Trump’s DOJ takes on ObamaCare, partially joining 20 states in a suit.
    Are we just crying “wolf” on entitlements? Nope, but Americans don’t care.
    Keith Ellison, the radical’s radical, is leaving the DNC without objection.
    Obama’s EPA manipulated the cost of regulations by price-tagging inaction.
    Student loan debt hits another record high.
    Daily Features: Top Headlines, Memes, Cartoons, Columnists and Short Cuts.

IN BRIEF

Illegal Immigration Is a Major Crime Problem1


Thomas Gallatin

A recently released Justice Department report reveals that an astonishing one in five individuals incarcerated in federal prisons is an illegal alien, which amounts to a $1.5 million bill every day to the American taxpayer. However, the greater expense of illegal immigration is not measured in dollars. The report notes illegal alien crime statistics from the state of Texas alone between 2001 and 2018 — more than 663,000 offenses were committed, including 1,351 homicides, 7,156 sexual assaults, 79,049 assaults and 44,882 thefts, to name but a few. Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Thomas Homan also said2 this week that “nine out of 10” illegal immigrants arrested have criminal records.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions responded to the report, stating, “The illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero. Every crime committed by an illegal alien is, by definition, a crime that should have been prevented. It is outrageous that tens of thousands of Americans are dying every year because of the drugs and violence brought over our borders illegally and that taxpayers have been forced, year after year, to pay millions of dollars to incarcerate tens of thousands of illegal aliens. … Today’s report is yet another reminder that we must continue this [zero tolerance] policy and help fulfill President Trump’s goals of restoring lawfulness to our immigration system and ensure that immigration serves the good of this country.”

But despite President Donald Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration via his “zero tolerance” policy, the number of illegal alien border crossings has steadily climbed3. And one of the primary culprits for this increase can be attributed to Democrats and their huge push for lawless “sanctuary cities4” that essentially act as giant magnets attracting greater numbers of illegal aliens.

While Democrats and much of the mainstream media like to play up the plight of these illegal aliens as a justification for ignoring U.S. immigration laws, the undeniable fact is that major criminal syndicates have taken advantage of these sentiments to further their criminal enterprises. The drug trade and other nefarious criminal activity such as human trafficking exploit many migrants, often making them the biggest victims of illegal immigration. And sanctuary cities are only proving to supply these criminal organizations with more individuals to exploit — by falsely advertising protection to people who willfully break U.S. immigration law.

Regardless of how Democrats and the Leftmedia portray the issue of illegal immigration, it is first and foremost a crime problem. And the fact is that Democrats, with their sanctuary city policies, are guilty of aiding and abetting criminals. And as this DOJ report demonstrates, Trump’s rhetoric on the problem is much closer to reality on the ground than that of the MSM and Democrats.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56447-illegal-immigration-is-a-major-crime-problem

Trump vs. Obama’s Legacy, Again5

Nate Jackson

In 2011, Barack Obama’s Social Justice Department decided it would no longer defend Bill Clinton’s Defense of Marriage Act. It was the beginning of the end at the federal level for traditional marriage, and leftists rejoiced. They’re singing a different tune now that Donald Trump’s Justice Department has not only dropped the defense of ObamaCare but requested that a court strike down key regulations.

Led by Texas and Wisconsin, 20 states filed suit6 arguing that without the tax penalty for remaining uninsured, the individual mandate is unconstitutional. We’d still argue that it’s unconstitutional with or without the tax, but Chief Justice John Roberts rewrote that part of the law7 in order to save it. Ironically, ruling that the penalty was actually a tax enabled Republicans to undo that tax via their tax reform bill — effective Jan. 1, 2019 — and that undoing is now the basis of the lawsuit.

Reason’s Peter Suderman explains8, “The tax reform law passed by Republicans in Congress eliminated that tax penalty, setting it to zero as of 2019. Technically, the mandate remains on the books, but functionally the tax law repealed it. Since the mandate no longer raises any revenue, the states’ argument goes, the saving construction — that is, the notion that it is legal if understood as a tax — no longer applies. And since the mandate is the lynchpin of the entire law, the glue that holds the entire scheme together, all of Obamacare must be struck down with it.”

The DOJ sided with the states in part, arguing that the individual mandate should be struck down, along with two other related ObamaCare provisions — the mandate that insurers cover preexisting conditions and the prohibition on charging more for insurance based on higher health risk. Both regulations result in everyone paying far more for insurance, but they are tied to the individual mandate because insurance companies lobbied for a larger pool of younger, healthier customers to balance the increased cost of covering older, sicker people.

The Justice Department’s move leaves defending the law to a coalition of blue states led by California. Unfortunately, the defense is likely to prevail for two reasons: First, the plaintiff states have little standing to claim harm when the mandate penalty is $0. Second, Congress has already effectively severed the mandate from the rest of ObamaCare, undermining the case of states seeking to strike down the whole law. The administration surely wants to avoid a legal challenge to the tax law, which may explain why the DOJ isn’t fully backing the plaintiff states.

In any case, Democrats are making Republican “sabotage9” of ObamaCare a major issue for the November elections. But Democrats passed the unconstitutional law without a single Republican vote, and they still own10 its devastating economic consequences.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56446-trump-vs-obamas-legacy-again

Top Headlines11

    Americans’ wealth surpasses $100 trillion (The Wall Street Journal12)
    Pelosi scoffs at strong U.S. consumer confidence figures (Fox News13)
    Trump calls for Russia to rejoin G7, exacerbating rift with allies (National Review14)
    Congressional Republicans say they just cut $15 billion in spending, but it’s actually only $1.1 billion. (Reason15)
    Former Senate intelligence committee staffer indicted for lying to FBI about leaks (The Washington Times16)
    Memo to black voters: Alice Marie Johnson17 thanks Trump for “second chance” after commutation, says faith kept her strong (Fox News18.)
    Why Kanye West and more black Americans are supporting Trump (The Daily Signal19)
    Country Time takes on the bureaucrats shutting down20 your kids’ lemonade stands (Reason21)
    Baby born to transgender “man” could become first person without a legal mother (UK Telegraph22)
    Humor: Man who handed out hundreds of participation trophies can’t figure out why this generation is so entitled (The Babylon Bee23)
    Policy: Six forces disrupting higher education (Manhattan Institute24)
    Policy: All downhill for Social Security and Medicare trust funds (E2125)

For more of today’s news, visit Patriot Headline Report26.

https://patriotpost.us/articles/56451-friday-top-headlines

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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FEATURED ANALYSIS
Crying ‘Wolf’ on Entitlements?30


Brian Mark Weber

Social Security. It’s the metaphorical Third Rail of American politics. But if we don’t act soon, both Social Security and Medicare are heading off the tracks.

“Sure,” you say. “How many times have we heard that before?”

It’s almost as though the American people have become deaf to the repeated calls for Social Security reform. And it’s no wonder. We hear about it ad nauseam every election cycle, and then, when the dust settles, our elected representatives kick that can down the road. All the while, people still receive their monthly checks, so any collapse in the system seems to be a problem for the next generation. After all, why deal with something when it’s not hitting us now?

Well, that “now” moment is looming, and it’s going to be painful if we don’t act soon.

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 on: June 08, 2018, 08:03:15 AM 
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“. . . that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” (Ephesians 1:17-18)

The “spirit of wisdom” is applied to a wide variety of circumstances. It certainly includes leadership (Deuteronomy 34:9). But wisdom is also identified with the ability to make beautiful clothing (Exodus 28:3) and to engineer and invent complex equipment (Exodus 31:2-6). Daniel was said to have “an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts” (Daniel 5:12). We are even promised to be given wisdom that our “adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist” (Luke 21:15).

A “spirit of revelation” is also made available to us. This revelation (literally “to take off the cover”) is not new doctrine or truth. Revelation is implemented by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10), having the source of His revelatory work from Jesus Christ on behalf of Christ (John 16:13-15).

The Greek language of the phrase “the eyes of [our] understanding being enlightened” (Ephesians 1:18) could be translated “the vision of your deep thought will be made to shine,” or paraphrased in a more colloquial expression “the light comes on!” There are three specific enlightenments cited.

    The hope of our calling (Romans 15:13-14)

    The riches of the glory of our inheritance (Romans 11:33-36)

    The exceeding greatness of His power exercised on our behalf (Ephesians 3:20; 6:10)

Each of those are specifically designed by God to undergird our faith and embolden our confidence, even though we are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13). HMM III

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 on: June 07, 2018, 04:53:04 PM 
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The Easiest Way!
From Timeless Grace Gems
Charles Naylor, 1941



        A farmer was passing through his field one day when he observed a hole in the fence. As he was weary from his labors, instead of properly repairing the fence he stuck a piece of a rail in the hole and went his way. The next morning he found half a dozen hogs in his cornfield and spent an hour or so getting them out and making proper repairs on the fence. Considerable destruction had also been done in the field to the growing crop. He had taken the easiest way, as it seemed—but in the end it proved to be the hardest way.

        A timberman broke his log chain. Instead of having it properly repaired he took the easiest way, as it seemed to him, and fastened the chain together with wire. A few days later he was some miles from home loading logs when the repaired place in the chain broke. This time he had no wire, so he was compelled to unhitch his team and go several miles to the repair shop and lost nearly a half day of valuable time.

        Doing things the easiest way, often proves to be doing them the poorest way, the costliest way, and in the end the hardest way. The farmer who does this, may be known by the looks of his barnyard and buildings. The merchant who does this, comes to bankruptcy. The mechanic who does this, loses his job.

        In the spiritual life, though, many follow these examples, even when they know the outcome cannot be good. They see some duty they ought to do, but they let it go undone. They see some progress they ought to make that would require an effort on their part, but they just let go and risk all, hoping that someway, somehow it will come out all right anyway.

        How easy it is to say, "Oh, just let it go!" This is the easiest way for the time being—but in the end, is it really the easiest way? Are not such people constantly reproached by their conscience for their neglect? Do they not miss the joy and peace and satisfaction of heart which come from the knowledge of duty well done? Is not the loss of an approving conscience in these matters, greater than the effort it would take to do duty and to do it properly?

        Neglect in the present, just letting things drift—makes the future harder. It robs one of a thousand blessings. It often fills the soul with regret and sometimes with remorse. So the easiest way cannot be neglect of duty. Neglect of opportunities, neglect to measure up to God's expectations or the expectations of our brethren, while it may be easy for the moment—is harder in the end and often becomes disastrous.

        So when in spiritual things you are tempted to say, "Just let it go," whether you say it to another or say it to your own soul—means that you are choosing the hardest way in at least nine cases out of ten. The present ease, will mean future hardness, and usually dissatisfaction and regret. The easiest way of all is to do what ought to be done, when it ought to be done, and in the way it ought to be done. Then the conscience and the mind are at rest and we feel a gratifying sense of satisfaction in duty well done.

        When we do attempt a thing, whether it be some labor, some duty toward others, self-cultivation, or whatever it may be—we are many times tempted to choose the method that requires the least labor, without regard to the final results. We feel we must do something, but perhaps there is not a willingness to exert oneself to the extent necessary to do the thing the best way.

        The artisan who does this, soon has the reputation of being a poor workman. The farmer who does this, raises poor crops. The preacher who does, this preaches poor sermons. The Christian who does this, is not a progressive and thoroughly happy and blessed Christian. What is really easiest in the end, is that which is best. When we use the best method—then we get the best results. When we slight our work—then we always pay dearly for our attempt to do things the easiest way.

        When one of those neglectful Christians who does things the way that seems the easiest for the moment, gets sick or gets into serious difficulty or under a heavy trial—he pays very dearly for his indolent attitude hitherto. He is where he needs grace and strength, where he needs to be vigorous and strong, where he needs a good conscience and a confident assurance. He does not have these. Therefore, his battle will be much harder to win, and his difficulties will be harder to overcome.

        He wonders why his trials are heavier than those of others. The trouble is, that he has weakened himself by taking the easiest way. He has neglected to strengthen the weak places. He has omitted doing what he knew he ought to do, and now he must pay the full penalty for it. His past ease, must now be corrected by great labors. When we slight the present—we rob the future. When we rob the future—we incur a debt we must surely pay in that future day. Many have repaid such debts with tears and heartaches, with sorrows and struggles, with defeats and sometimes with disasters. How much easier it is in the end, when we have done things properly all the way along!

        Sometimes people think the easiest way is the way that requires the least sacrifice. They know it would be better if they would sacrifice something to gain the end desired, but they refuse to sacrifice, and take the easier way. They miss the reward of sacrifice. They miss the satisfaction of work well done and often regret not having made the sacrifice.

        Sometimes to do things as they ought to be done, requires humiliation, self-abasement, and the condition of being misunderstood by others. Those who are not willing to humble themselves, often seek for an easier way, a way which will not humiliate them—but what they do can never satisfy their own souls. Whenever they think of the matter, there will be an inward unrest. There will be a sense of having come short of God's real purpose, and of having missed an opportunity of which they should have taken the fullest advantage. They have really done the thing in the hardest way—and the humiliation they shunned led to an inward humiliation that will last longer even though it was not greater at the time.

        Let us do things as we ought to do them. Let us live as we ought to live, sacrifice as we ought to sacrifice, and measure up to the full standard of the truth. Then we shall have the satisfaction of duty well done. We shall have the approval of our conscience. We shall have the approval of God. We shall have that peace which passes all understanding. We shall have grace to meet our trials, temptations, and difficulties. We shall be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.

        But if we do things the easiest way—then we shall be weak and faltering, we shall have a thousand difficulties we would not otherwise have, and we can never develop that rich fullness of Christian experience that we are privileged to have, if we will do things as they ought to be done.

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 on: June 07, 2018, 04:51:24 PM 
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Two Things We Know
by Pastor Cornelius R. Stam


In Romans 8 St. Paul points to two great truths which every true believer knows. The first (Verses 22,23) he knows by experience; the second (Verse 28.) he knows by faith.

    Rom. 8:22,23: “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.”

The words “until now,” in this passage, are significant, for our Lord came to earth healing the sick, cleansing the lepers, making the blind to see, the deaf to hear and the lame to leap for joy. But He was rejected by sinful men and nailed to a cross.

After His resurrection and ascension His persecutors were given another chance, however, as Peter called upon them to repent so that “the times of refreshing” might still “come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19,20). But again the King and His blessed kingdom were rejected so that, in the words of Paul, the whole creation continues to groan and travail in pain “together until now.”

But in this passage the Apostle points out that even God’s children are not exempt from this suffering, for the most sincere believer, the most consecrated saint, must still partake of the sufferings and sorrows of the world while he waits for “the redemption of our body,” when “we shall all be changed” (I Cor. 15:51).

But while every believer knows about suffering and sorrow by experience, there is something else he knows by faith. Verse 28 speaks of this:

    “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”

The true Christian is not a mere optimist; he is a believer in God’s Word, and God has much to say about how He is working all out for the good of His own. We have room here to quote but two passages:

    II Cor. 4:17: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”

    Rom. 8:18: “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”

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 on: June 07, 2018, 04:49:43 PM 
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The Holy Spirit

(James Smith, "The Way of Salvation Set Forth")

"That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." John 3:6

The Holy Spirit is the author of the great work of regeneration. He takes up His abode in the renewed heart, as His temple. He dwells in us, and shall be with us. Jesus does all for us, in our justification; and the Holy Spirit does all in us, for our sanctification.

The Holy Spirit is the source of all holy desires, consistent purposes and good works. There is no good thing in us, but what He produces. He dwells within us as the Teacher, the Comforter and the Advocate of the soul. He leads us . . .
  into truth,
  against Satan,
  and to labor for God.

He . . .
warns us of evil,
directs us to Jesus, and
applies the blessings of salvation to our souls.
He is in us as a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Without the Holy Spirit there is not, there cannot be, genuine religion; for He is its author, guardian, and guide.

To Him we are indebted . . .
  for every good desire,
  for every holy thought,
  for every good word, and
  for every fruitful work.
He works in us to will and to do of His own good pleasure.

Every tear of penitence,
every contrite sigh,
every fervent prayer,
every ray of spiritual light,
every holy emotion toward God
--is from the Holy Spirit.

If He left us--our graces would soon wither, fade and die.

When we grieve Him . . .
  our comforts decline,
  our evidences are beclouded,
  and our hands wax feeble.
But . . .
if we sow to the Spirit,
if we walk in the Spirit,
if we aim in all things to please Him--then . . .
  our souls are vigorous,
  our graces are lively, and
  we are enabled to find our joy in God.

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