Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Boston marathon atrocity reminds us of the war we wage

Piers Akerman – Tuesday, April 16, 2013 (11:20pm)

IT IS impossible to calculate the outrage caused by the Boston marathon bombing.
There are no meaningful metrics for murder.
We don’t calibrate these atrocities in terms of carnage.
It’s not a question of the number killed, in this case at least three, or the number injured, at least 144, and rising.
It’s the psychological effect. It’s the destabilisation. The gross intrusion.
It’s not about them and us, either.
Though a lame-brained commentator on the ABC made some callous remark about the lack of concern shown about atrocities committed upon non-whites, reminding us of the irrelevancy of the national public-funded broadcaster.
How many black Americans were in the crowd? How many foreign students from African or Asian nations?
That sort of argument is a dead-end.
It’s the sort of diversionary discourse that the Left likes to engage in when it is trying to avoid the reality of terror.
Terrorists don’t discriminate. They don’t consider who they may kill, only that they will kill.
An eight-year-old boy was murdered. That should give good people everywhere a moment to think.
The little bloke came from the suburb of Dorchester. I covered the bussing in Boston during the 70s, when black school children were bussed into white neighbourhoods.
It was ugly, but it wasn’t like this.
The bombings took place near Copley Square, I used to stay at the Copley Plaza Hotel, a grand hotel. I shudder to think of it now.
Random slaughter. That should make people think.
Eight children are among the injured, including a two-year-old boy in intensive care with head injuries.
At least 10 people have had limbs amputated.
There were reports that ball-bearings had been pulled from victims’ bodies.
“This is the sort of carnage you expect to see in war,” said Alasdair Conn, chief of emergency services at Massachusetts General Hospital, where 22 victims were taken, six of them critical, including four with traumatic amputations.
House Homeland Security chairman Michael McCaul said the incident “has all the hallmarks of an act of terrorism. The White House is not calling it an act of terrorism yet. I am. We just don’t know if it’s foreign or domestic.
One piece of evidence I’m particularly interested in is whether these devices contained ball bearings, because that’s the signature of an IED,” Mr McCaul said.
Improvised explosive devices are often used by al-Qaeda-linked groups and would suggest a foreign link, he said.
Chairwoman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee Dianne Feinstein was quoted as saying the bombing was “...a terrorist incident. It could be foreign, it could be home grown”.
“There is no intelligence to the best of my knowledge that would point out there was an attack on the way,” Senator Feinstein said, describing the marathon event as a ‘’diabolical’’ place to strike.
“We’ve known for some time that a public event where there were a lot of people would be subject to this possibility.”
It was possible and it happened.
But it was not accidental, it was not haphazard.
It was planned. Planned by murderers who have no regard for life.
This is the war we are in. 


Hateful acts of cowardice will never break the human spirit

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, April 16, 2013 (8:11pm)

OF all the gruesome images to come out of the Boston Marathon carnage, the most haunting shows an angular young man being pushed in a wheelchair away from the first bomb site. 



Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (7:13pm)

Foreign ministry fan boy Bob Ellis identifies the Boston bombers
It seems to me likely that this was not al-Qaeda or a lone madman (three bombs portend a conspiracy of at least three people and from me therefore a ‘conspiracy theory’ and from the FBI too, since they are paid well to imagine such wickedness), but more likely, much more likely, the NRA.
For it diverts attention away from their gunning-down of the gun laws in Congress, and shows America — once again — a dangerous place whose frightened citizens must henceforth be armed to the teeth. Gun sales will go up after this, of course they will, and psychiatric checks diminish, and the NRA, as usual, rejoice.
No responsibility will claimed by any group, and there will be no second attack; and no culprit ever found.
This is my prediction. 
We’ll file it with your other predictions, Bob. Alan Jones also points at potential perps
“I think what we have to remember about Boston is that it’s a student city, you’ve got Harvard, MIT and a stack of other colleges,” he said from his 2GB studio.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if this was a conspiracy among students, left-wing radical students in Boston, and I think we have to think also very seriously here about our own student numbers.” 
Or maybe not. Meanwhile, bomb fragments point to a possible information source
A recipe for how to make pressure cooker bombs, which investigators say were used in the Boston Marathon attack, was most notoriously published in the al-Qaeda magazine Inspire. 
Gotta love those cover lines:


I can’t believe we got scooped on that Shaykh Abu Basir exclusive. In other developments, it turns out that the rich and white victims of the attack were neither very rich – Jeff Bauman works atCostco and is paying off his student loans – nor particularly white.



Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (4:47pm)

Crikey and The Global Mail are the Itchy and Scratchy of Australian media; minor players in the big show, but entertaining when they turn on each other
Media watchers will recall Crikey’s report about the workplace culture at TGM, a boutique newsroom staffed mainly by ex-Fairfax types ... The report in particular focused on the comments from former TGM Middle East correspondent Jess Hill, who described management’s treatment of her as “shockingly callous” at a time when she had surgery for a brain tumour.
Well, the lawyers came a-calling and on Friday the following apology appeared on Crikey’s website.
“On January 22, 2013, Crikey published an article under the headline: ‘Fear and loathing at The Global Mail: what went so wrong?’ The article made criticisms about The Global Mail’s management and its treatment of staff. Crikey now accepts that our report incorrectly asserted that the journalists’ union was liaising with Global Mail staff at the time of publication about taking a case to Fair Work Australia. Moreover, it was not Crikey’s intention to reflect adversely on the professionalism or qualifications of Global Mail management or staff members.
“Crikey regrets the hurt and damage caused by our reports, and apologises to The Global Mail and its staff.”
Diary understands this concession was made by Crikey boss Eric Beecher when faced with an ultimatum by TGM lawyers that a “see you in court” letter was the next step. Beecher, understandably not keen on the prospect of a hefty legal bill, acquiesced. 
Lefticide is always fun. They fight and bite! And fight and fight and bite!



Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (3:33pm)

The national first-name crisis continues. Here’s David Marr: 
Tony has been the most effective Leader of the Opposition for probably 40 or 50 years … He is very, very interesting … I am fascinated by him. I am absolutely fascinated by this man … He is a very interesting man. 
Calm down, Dave. On the same Q & A panel, Labor’s Dick Adams: 
I believe that we have a Prime Minister that has to deal with being a woman and I think that has caused some difficulties for her … 
He probably didn’t mean it to sound quite that way. 



Tim Blair – Wednesday, April 17, 2013 (12:52pm)

Worthless market is worthless
European Union politicians have rejected a plan to prop up the world’s biggest carbon market, sending it plunging to a new record low and raising questions about its survival …Immediately after the vote, carbon prices dropped by around 40 per cent to 2.63 euros a tonne. They were at3.14 euros, down 34 per cent in late trade ...
“The carbon market is now in a coma, until a clear intervention takes place,” an emissions trader said. 
Hopeless government is hopeless
The federal budget is set to take another hit as a plunge in Europe’s carbon price impacts on Australia’s carbon market …
Treasury modelling had previously estimated the carbon price for 2015-16 would end up somewhere between AU$29 and $61 a tonne.
This morning Treasurer Wayne Swan was asked four times about the potential impact on the budget, but would only say “we’ll examine all of that in the context of preparing the budget”.


Close to completely false

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (4:23pm)

How on earth could a Bloomberg analyst write something so patently wrong?

[Gillard’s] almost three-year-old government has played by the rules: It has kept the national budget in, or close to, surplus, has conducted monetary policy credibly and has done more than others to tax the carbon emissions heating up our planet.
Professor Sinclair Davidson needs only a graphic to set the apologist straight. 


Billions wasted on NBN deal

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (7:34am)

How many billions of dollars did the Gillard Government waste to get a good headline on its NBN?

Federal cabinet rejected recommendations from one of the government’s top financial advisers to take a tougher approach in negotiations with Telstra over the national broadband network.
According to multiple sources close to the negotiations, investment bank Lazard pushed for lengthier non-compete clauses preventing Telstra from building fixed-line infrastructure long after the NBN is finished – slated for June 2021.  Lazard, which advised the government on the $11 billion transaction, also raised concerns about the size of payments to compensate Telstra for the loss of its wholesale monopoly and for access to its fixed-line infrastructure…
It is understood these two recommendations were rejected.
“This was a political project and a political decision was made to push ahead as quickly as possible,” said one source. “This was not a project about commercial outcomes. It was about political outcomes."…
Under the existing deal, Telstra will be paid billions of dollars to lease its ducts, tunnels and exchanges, and to shift customers from its copper phone lines onto the NBN’s fibre-optic network. In 2011, Telstra estimated the net present value of the $11 billion. Deutsche Bank analyst Vikas Gour has estimated that Telstra could be paid $25 billion in nominal terms between now and 2025.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Heights.) 


We’re all misogynists now

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (7:19am)

It’s now time to talk about Julia Gillard’s “women problem”:
Tony Abbott is now more popular as leader among women voters than Julia Gillard…
[A] 7News-ReachTel poll taken last weekend shows ... Tony Abbott now leads among women voters 52-48, and he’s way ahead, 62-38, among men.
(Thanks to reader 2 Bob’s Worth.) 


Teaching Aboriginal children to fail

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (6:50am)

Leave children in jobless communities with an often dysfunctional culture, and guess what? You are raising a new generation of people who will need welfare for the rest of their choice-shrivelled lives.
Senator Nigel Scullion:
In Year 5 reading, only 8.6 per cent of indigenous students in very remote Territory schools met the national standard. In Year 7 persuasive writing, the figure was 7.1 per cent, and in Year 9 persuasive writing it was just 3.3 per cent. And a significant number of Territory school-age children are not even enrolled and getting an education at all.
No English means no future.
I doubt Aboriginal children out bush will ever get the education they need without being removed from their communities. But we don’t do that any more, do we?
Incidentally, Scullion makes a common-sense point that I was told in court was sinful. How dare I suggest people now “chose” their “race”:

A RECENT government report shows that Closing the Gap indicators for indigenous education are going backwards… With more people identifying as indigenous in urban areas you would expect the gap to be reduced.


How Gillard promises more than she has

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (6:35am)

How to promise money you don’t actually have:
SCHOOL funding will next year increase by a modest $580 million—4 per cent of the $14.5 billion outlined by the federal government in its new model—with the bulk of the increased money deferred for five years.
The Australian understands that the federal government is seeking an initial injection of at least $580m in the first year of the new system unveiled on the weekend by Julia Gillard, of which the commonwealth will provide about two-thirds.
More than half the $14.5bn increase in funding is not forecast to flow through the school system until 2018 and 2019, which places it beyond the forward estimates period in federal and state budgets.
Just like Gillard’s disability scheme - promise now, pay on the never-never:

The Finance Department has not factored in the magnitude of spending on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) beyond the budget’s forward estimates.
Labor has promised $1 billion to trial the NDIS at a number of sites around the country and is committed to rolling it out nationally at an estimated annual cost of about $14 billion…
Under questioning at a Senate hearing, Finance Department secretary David Tune ... said at this stage, no long-term funding for the NDIS had been factored in.
Paul Kelly on the politics:
If Gillard prevails it will be yet another case of an Abbott government spending years (think two terms) implementing Gillard school policies. Julia’s shadow will remain long after she leaves the stage in any September election defeat—witness the National Disability Insurance Scheme plus Gonski.
And it’s Labor again throwing money at problems:

While Gillard nominates an extra $14.5 billion into schools over six years, some of this is rebadged funds. Despite the hyperbole about a National Plan for School Improvement, Grattan Institute schools director Ben Jensen puts the debate into context: “The point is the states run schools. They will continue to run schools. The real policy impact on schools comes from the states, not the federal government. We have no certainty this plan will lead to better school outcomes. The history of Australian education shows that extra money does not necessarily deliver better results. This package creates the opportunity for improvement, but whether this money has any impact whatsoever depends upon how it is spent.”
That said, Peter Garrett has provided compelling evidence of the need to improve literacy standards:

Quotient or quota? Preposition or proposition?:
ABC1’s 7:30, Monday:
CHRIS Uhlmann: You would sign a contract without knowing what the funding split was?
School Education Minister Peter Garrett: No . . . and it would come as no surprise at all to any state, either the context or the quotients that were described (by the PM) on Sunday . . .
Uhlmann: If . . . what the states are saying, what the universities are saying is true, is that a reasonable and competent way to run government?
Garrett: Well, I don’t accept the preposition, Chris.
And the Prime Minister’s Office demonstrates why numeracy standards also need to lift:

(Thanks to readers Peter, Frazer and others.) 


The Boston bombings: the work of locals?

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (6:22am)

The two bombs at the Boston Marathon took a dreadful toll, beyond the three killed:

Boston Police Commissioners Ed Davis said that about 176 people have been injured in the blasts and 17 of them are in critical condition.
Yet just three dead is a miracle given how many people were packed around the bombs, which seem too crude for some international terror plot:

A Boston Globe staffer tweeted investigators found a circuit board they believe was used to trigger the bomb. CNN reported a timer was used to set off the bomb and that detonation by a cell phone was unlikely.
According to the Associated Press, a person briefed on the probe said the explosives were made with 6-liter pressure cookers, ball bearings and other metal shrapnel. The devices were hidden inside duffel bags.
Initial reports of two more unexploded bombs are dismissed:
Seeking to put to rest concerns that more explosives have been found across the city following the blasts, officials said no other explosive devices have been found except for the two bombs that exploded at the venue of the Boston Marathon.
The Saudi detained is a victim, not a suspect:
The Saudi national, who was detained for ‘acting suspiciously’ at Boston Marathon finish line, is not a suspect and helping the police with their inquiries, said federal officials on Tuesday.

According Daily Mail, detectives and bomb disposal officers raided Abdulrahman Ali Alharbi’s apartment on Monday night in the Revere area of Boston and could be seen removing several bags of evidence, though he was not charged with anything.
Reports say the evidence removed includes nothing incriminating. 


Interesting time to sue Abbott

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (6:15am)

Nice timing. Sure, this demand for cash comes 15 years later, but just at a moment of maximum vulnerability for Tony Abbott, facing an election in September:

One Nation Party co-founder David Ettridge ... is suing federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott for damages of more than $1.5 million.
He has accused Mr Abbott of acting unlawfully in 1998 by assisting and encouraging litigation against One Nation in the Queensland courts…
Mr Ettridge’s lawyers served legal papers on Mr Abbott for damages on the weekend…
A directions hearing is set for the Brisbane Supreme Court on May 9 and Mr Abbott has received a summons to attend. 


Combet’s carbon system scheme rocked: Budget to lose billions

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (6:14am)

Europe’s carbon permits have crashed to record new low prices, leaving the Federal Government facing a budget hole of more than $4 billion a year from 2015.
The price of Europe’s Emissions Trading System permits dropped overnight to just $3.33. Australia’s price is $23 a tonne - by far the most expensive in the world.
This doesn’t just mean the Gillard Government is pricing business out of the market with a huge new tax. It also means the Government could be left with a gaping hole in its Budget in two year’s time, when Australian companies can buy cheap European permits instead of our own to offset their emissions.
The Government is counting on raising more than $9 billion a year with its carbon tax. But that tax take will be slashed by billions if Australian companies can buy European permits for around $4.
That now looks almost certain, after a plan to drive up the price of carbon dioxide emission credits was rejected overnight by the European Union’s Parliament:
European Union Parliamentarians rejected a scheme conceived by the European Commission last year that would have frozen a large portion of the bloc’s carbon emission credits…
The idea behind the measure was to reduce the available number credits in the EU’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) in an effort to drive up the price of the credits. That way, companies would have had a greater incentive to invest in more environmentally-friendly equipment.
However, the vote actually sent the price of the credits down, meaning companies are better off continuing to pay for the credits than investing in alternative technologies.
The price now?

The result of the vote has seen carbon prices drop 40 per cent to a record low of €2.63 a tonne [$3.33]…
[UPDATE: The price has since recovered slightly to €3.20 ($4.07)]
Nor is a real recovery in prices expected for years to come:

But carbon analyst Stig Schjølset, of Thomson Reuters Point Carbon, said the plan was now “politically dead”. “We do not envisage prices rising much above the current €3 mark and they may well drop lower,” he added. “Certainly this vote makes the EU ETS irrelevant as an emissions reduction tool for many years to come.”
This exposes Climate Change Minister Greg Combet as either utterly incompetent or utterly mendacious. Or, perhaps, both.
With zero training in economics and no Treasury officials by my side, even I could see months ago Combet was Australia’s biggest bullshit artist when he claimed his carbon trading system wouldn’t leave the Budget with a black hole.
Here is Combet in August, claiming the world’s price would actually be around $29 a tonne two years from now:
The federal government say Australia’s price of carbon from 2015 will be linked to the European Union emissions trading scheme (ETS)…
“This means that from July 1, 2015 Australia’s carbon price will effectively be the same as that that operates in our second largest trading bloc,” Mr Combet said…
Under the full arrangement businesses will be allowed to use carbon units from the Australian emissions trading scheme or the European Union Emissions Trading System for compliance under either system…
Mr Combet repeated he was confident of the Treasury modelling, which predicts a $29 a tonne carbon price in 2015/16.
He was asked if the government would face a budget shortfall, in contrast to the $9.4 billion of revenue it had predicted the floating price would generate in the 2015/16 budget.
“It is three years away and the Treasury modelling is something that we stand by,” Mr Combet said.
Combet needed to say that because if he admitted the price would fall, he’d have to admit also the Government’s compensation for a higher carbon tax would have to fall, too. Instead, he promised the handouts would keep coming:
The government would not reduce household assistance payments and tax cuts set up to compensate for the price impacts of the carbon tax.
“We will not be cutting any household assistance,” Mr Combet said.
Only in February did Combet hint that his scheme was collapsing:
Climate Change Minister Greg Combet flagged the federal government may cut revenue forecasts for the carbon tax in this year’s budget as the chairman of its Climate Change Authority, Bernie Fraser, said Treasury’s price projections were out of date and unrealistic…
He was responding to a report in The Australian Financial Review which said the government faces a revenue hole of up to $4 billion in 2015-16 from a collapse in the carbon price, which is now about $5 a tonne. Australia’s carbon price is $23 a tonne and will continue to rise until 2015, when it will float.
The Financial Review reported the Climate Change Authority has acknowledged the possibility of a slump to $10.72 a tonne in the price of carbon in 2015-16.
Mr Fraser said he was sceptical of predictions the price of carbon internationally would recover and the Treasury modelling should be updated…
[Combet] said last August: “The Treasury modelling that was done is something that the government stands behind and we continue to adhere to, and that does predict a $29 a tonne carbon price in fiscal year 2015-16.”
On Wednesday he said: “The Treasury has done its forecast for that price, they are included in the budget forward estimates and if there is any update of them they will take place in the budget.”
That loss of $4 billion a year is now looking optimistic.
But so typical of this government. Even if the tax take falls, it promises not to cut the handouts that tax is supposed to fund:
Even if revenue slumped, Mr Combet said the government was committed to tax cuts legislated to occur in 2015-16 and intended to compensate for a higher carbon price.
The May Budget, I suspect, will show just how incompetent Combet has been, and how mendacious, too, in his promises. 


Swan doesn’t do satire

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (6:10am)

Satire is not allowed by a Government so incompetent that satire is actually redundant:

An article published by a Liberal Party-aligned think tank that advocates killing off the poorest 20 per cent of Australians as a way to get the budget back on track has been described as a ‘’disgraceful rant’’ by Treasurer Wayne Swan.


Sheikhy facts: just the candidate for the Greens

Andrew Bolt April 17 2013 (5:06am)

If Greens candidate Simon Sheikh can’t tell you the facts about his Labor membership, can’t you trust him to tell you the facts about global warming?
NSW Labor secretary Sam Dastyari has declared in writing that party records show ACT Greens Senate candidate Simon Sheikh was a financial member of the Labor Party for four years
Mr Dastyari said yesterday: “Simon first joined the Labor Party on 2 April, 2004, and terminated his membership, via contacting the ALP office, on 26 November, 2008...”
Last week, Mr Sheikh claimed on his website that he was “a member of the Labor Party for a year” but “quickly became disillusioned and left” the party.
Yesterday, he told Fairfax Media that “I was a member for two years”, based on email correspondence he had received from the party’s receptionist, whom he had contacted personally. 

Politics in Nigeria: In Nigeria "politics" starts and ends with 'capturing power and having access to the treasury'. Its not about developing the people, and the land of Nigeria. A little illustration will make clear what I want to say. Abuja is one of the newest, biggest, richest and 'finest' cities in the world. The best roads. State of the art mansions, everything that is fine, but Abuja does not have public toilets; something so necessary and so easy to provide. In the richest and most 'beautiful parts of the town you can see human faeces littering the streets. Those that have captured power do not see this anomaly. The opposition (those that are aspiring to capture power do not also see this anomaly.


Pro-terror activists attack and terrorize peaceful Jewish event in Johannesburg.


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I thought "this is a trick, but I won't fall for it. I can see right through it" Then I realised there was pizza behind the picture .. and I fell for it.

The prime minister is currently in London and will shortly be leaving to attend the funeral of Margaret Thatcher. Due to the missile attack on the city of Eilat, the prime minister talked with Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and Eilat's Mayor, Meir Yitzhak Halevi. Prior to this he held a security consultation to discuss how to respond to the firing

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Sunset over the vasting field of sunflowers - Buenos Aires, Argentina



It was great to officially launch Pollie Pedal 2013 this morning. This year, the funding recipient is again Carers Australia. Speaking for myself, I think I can honestly say that my insights into our country have deepened because of the experience of Pollie Pedal over the last 16 years and, as far as I'm concerned, as long as I am in public life, this will be a significant part of my year. I think it's part of the political character and personality that I have developed over the last 16 years and I'm really proud to have been associated with so many good causes and with such fine colleagues in that time. You can donate to this year's ride via the Carers Australia website at



The owners and Peter Moody deserve cigars for what must have been a hard decision. But it was the right one, she has not a thing left to prove. 

She will always be known as the best sprinter the World has produced and her record of 25 straight will never be beaten.

Now you can chomp on some yummy green grass and let-down to a prospective beautiful mum for the breeding season.

All I can say is thanks ol’ girl for raising the hair on the back of my neck each time I watched you.

I will never forget you, and your babies will be just as beautiful as you are.


It used to be said the only foolproof gambling technique was to find the favourite and bet against it. If you lose, double the bet next time, against the favourite. Following that pattern, the gambler would have lost .. big time. - ed


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An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ''UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?''

'UBUNTU' in the Xhosa culture means: "I am because we are"





While photographing a property yesterday in the foothills of the Sierra mountains a nice little storm hit us. While everyone stayed under shelter I took a stroll. — with Darvin Atkeson in Plymouth, CA.

This is Martin, 8. He died in the Boston bombing yesterday. He was at the finish line with his family, waiting for his dad to cross. His mother and little sister were catastrophically injured. He was the student of our dear friend, Rachel Moo. His message resonates powerfully today. My prayer is that we all live by Martin's words, paying tribute to his too-brief, but immeasurably valuable life by following his example.

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Lt. Col. Allen West, Michelle Fields and John Phillips close out "Next Generation Today" by sharing their initial thoughts on the tragic explosions at the Boston Marathon:






God wants you to be the heir of the world today (Rom 4:13)! Check out more in today's devotional and be blessed!
God has given you a door that leads to hope and salvation—right in the midst of your trouble! In this video excerpt, let Joseph Prince show you how throughout the Bible, the "door" is the place of grace that leads to divine provision, protection, abundant life and peace. Whatever your valley of trouble today, discover this door of hope and step into the provision you need and the victory that Christ has purchased for you!
God knows everything about you, yet He loves you unconditionally. When you fail, run boldly to Him and let His perfect love transform you!
Four women are mentioned in the genealogy of Jesus. You would think they would be virtuous women like Sarah, Rebekah or Rachel, but no! 

Instead, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba—women with questionable backgrounds or who had done questionable deeds—were included.

So what is God telling us here? He is saying that His grace is greater than our past and our past mistakes (Romans 5:20). 

Even when some troubles in your life are the result of mistakes of your own making—or if you’ve been born in the wrong family, wrong part of town—God can turn your situation around for His glory! He can still give you a bright future!

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