Sunday, May 05, 2013

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Happy birthday and many happy returns Nguyen Sa Tran. Born on the same date as Garibaldi set sail to conquer the kingdom of two Sicilies. Also Cy Young threw the first perfect game in professional baseball. So lots celebrate your day. Thank you.
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RED-WRAPPED HEAD FINDS DEAD NED’S SHED

Tim Blair – Sunday, May 05, 2013 (12:46am)

“Here, friends, is what remains of Ned Kelly’s home at Eleven Mile Creek,” writes Peter FitzSimons, whose red bandana protects him from a looming atmospheric event. “Took a while to find it!”
You could’ve just taken the tour, Pete. Babs replies to the Great Sorryist
Here’s what remains of one of the cops he murdered. 

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The logical end game to a culture of normalised abortion

Miranda Devine – Sunday, May 05, 2013 (12:46am)

WE’VE made abortion such a sanitised, abstract subject, guarded by aggressive feminism, that discussion of its realities is off-limits in polite company.
Even the word “abortion” is politically incorrect, replaced by the euphemism “choice”, or more recently, “reproductive justice”.
While societal attitudes are becoming more nuanced in the face of technological advances allowing us to see clearly inside the womb and keep premature babies alive earlier than ever, the zeal of abortion enthusiasts to shield women from the truth continues unchecked.
No nuance is reflected in the demonisation of the Catholic Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott.
As health minister in the Howard government he once said Australia’s high rate of abortion was “an unambiguous moral tragedy”, but did nothing to change abortion law. That is the province of state governments anyway.
What he did was offer vulnerable women more choice _ in the form of a Pregnancy Support Helpline _ to make them aware of all the options available in the case of an unwanted pregnancy. Thus, he is enemy No.1 to the Emily’s List brigade.
There is no nuance, either, in the campaigns by GetUp and the Greens to liberalise state abortion laws nationwide. Nor in Tasmania’s Labor-Green government’s determination to introduce draconian legislation, modelled on existing Victorian law, threatening doctors, counsellors and protesters with jail and hefty fines for opposing abortion.
Take, for instance, Melbourne GP Mark Hobart, who refused to refer a woman pregnant with a female foetus for an abortion because she and her husband wanted a boy. That’s choice for you.
The couple procured an abortion anyway, but Hobart says he broke the law by refusing the referral and risks being suspended or deregistered.
Since the story broke in this newspaper, commentary on the case has sought to dismiss Hobart as a political partisan because he is a member of the pro-life Democratic Labor Party.
But how does the revelation of his pro-life belief excuse the practice of sex selection abortion?
Perhaps it just means he is more attuned to the moral problems involved and less influenced by our collective denial of reality.
Every now and then, a story arrives to expose the unpalatable truth about abortion, that it is not just a medical procedure to remove tissue, but entails the death of a small helpless human.
The Kermit Gosnell trial winding up in the US does so with horrendous clarity.
Gosnell is the Philadelphia abortion doctor charged with murdering four babies who were born alive while being aborted and over the death of a woman allegedly administered too much anaesthetic during an abortion.
The clinic he operated for 30 years has been described as a “house of horrors”, piled high with body parts.
One former staffer testified: “It would rain foetuses.”
Another testified about the sound of a baby screaming after it was born alive. “I can’t describe it. It sounded like a little alien.”
Some pregnancies were as advanced as 30 weeks, and some aborted babies lived for as long as 20 minutes.
One boy was so big Gosnell joked he could “walk me to the bus stop”.
The detail is complete with colour photographs of perfect, chubby, fully formed dead babies, whose bodies were found by police on a routine prescription drug bust.
The horrors of the Gosnell case are so inescapably graphic that even half a world away people are paying attention.
There is little room for abstract arguments when you are confronted with jars of severed babies’ feet.
Of course, local abortion enthusiasts have been busy claiming the case is an aberration, that it proves the need for less regulation of abortion and that blame belongs with abortion protesters.
The Gosnell case offends them because it renders absurd their contention that abortion is just another medical procedure, without a moral dimension.
And the fact is that babies do survive late-term abortion, even in Australia, although few hit the headlines. There was the case of baby Jessica Jane, aborted at 22 weeks in Darwin Private Hospital in 1998, but who was born alive, weighing 515 grams, and with “good vital signs”.
She lived for 80 minutes, alone in a kidney dish, though a sympathetic nurse wrapped a warm blanket around her as she died.
At the time, the Northern Territory coroner said similar deaths had occurred elsewhere in Australia and that his counterpart in NSW had disclosed that “many terminated foetus live after they are expelled from the mother”.
This apparently ho-hum fact was dealt with last year by Australia’s medico-ethical establishment when two Victorian academics published an article in the Journal of Medical Ethics advocating “after-birth abortion”.
They claimed “the same reasons which justify abortion should also justify the killing of the potential person when it is at the stage of a newborn”.
This is really the only logical end game to a culture of normalised abortion.
Once you destroy the taboo protecting human life, Gosnell-style killing factories are the result.

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Second coming of love for Fred Nile

Miranda Devine – Saturday, May 04, 2013 (6:19pm)

FRED Nile doesn’t drink but he’s high on something these days. He will be the first to admit new love has put the spring in his step.
At 78, the Christian Democratic Party leader and morals crusader has just announced his engagement to teacher Silvana Nero, 55, a single mother of three from Sydney’s northern beaches.
“My daughter says I’m besotted. It’s true. I am. We feel like 18-year-olds,” he said.
Ms Nero added: “Fred’s my knight in shining armour.”
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Telegraph this week, Rev Nile and Ms Nero held hands and cuddled like teenagers, while he complimented her on her “beautiful legs”.
But they are eager to point out that they don’t live together and when they travel, as they did to Israel last year, they stay in separate rooms.
“Both of us strongly believe in marriage,” said Rev Nile, who was married to childhood sweetheart Elaine for 53 years until she died of cancer 18 months ago.
With four children and eight grandchildren, they formed a formidable political duo in the NSW Upper House for 15 years. Before her death, Elaine told her husband she wanted him to remarry but named certain women who were off limits.
“I didn’t marry them,” he laughed.
As for Silvana, he said: “Elaine would approve.”
It was just four months after Elaine’s death that Rev Nile spotted Ms Nero at a CDP meeting. He had been praying that God would send him a wife and looked up to see a beautiful brunette, dressed all in white, with what appeared to be a beam of light shining on her head.
He fell instantly in love, despite the 23-year age difference.
But romance was the last thing on Ms Nero’s mind. A former Pentecostal church minister, she also had been praying - that Nile would notice she had a “calling” to join the CDP. She approached him and he said: “You are the answer to my prayer.”
“I thought that must be what he says to all the candidates,” she said.
Two months later he phoned to invite her to a Monarchist League Luncheon with the NSW Governor.
She was sitting on the balcony of her Housing Department flat in Dee Why, hair in rollers and wearing a dressing gown, when the call came. Afterwards: “I ran around the house saying, ‘This is just wonderful.’ I felt like Eliza Doolittle out of My Fair Lady”.
She spent four hours on the internet finding the perfect outfit - a demure Table Eight red lace dress.
“She looked ravishing,” he said.
“Wow! I had to get a new collection of words every time I picked her up.”
So began a series of dates - to receptions, fundraisers, and the parliamentary Spring Ball last October - where they were spotted doing the “Christian cha cha” on the dance floor. Smitten, Rev Nile even arranged a trip to Canberra so he could get three hours alone in the car with her.
As far as Ms Nero was concerned, the relationship was platonic. She told him: “Don’t call me your girlfriend.”
But they had much in common: “We love similar things - music, art, theatre. He’s very enthusiastic, like I am. We laugh a lot. We have the same values. We both have an immense love for God and serving him.”
Rev Nile added: “It’s amazing. We’re of one heart.”
A week before Valentine’s Day she had what she describes as “a healing”.
“Fred prayed over me and I felt the hand of the holy spirit of God come upon me, and I changed. I actually felt I loved him completely differently. I said to Fred, ‘I love you. I actually love you, from the purity of my heart’.”
She described herself as “old fashioned, feminine and not a feminist” so she was pleased when Rev Nile insisted on asking her father for permission to marry her, even though his future father-in-law, Pasquale Nero, an Italian migrant from Calabria, is only two years older than he is.
Mr Nero and his wife Maria were delighted. As she saw him to his car that night, Maria told Rev Nile her daughter “needed a man of God”.
Ms Nero said she suffered bringing up three children, now aged 24, 19 and 17, alone, after her first marriage broke down 18 years ago. But her Christian faith sustained her and propelled her into politics. She ran as an independent for the Senate in 2007, for Warringah Council last year, with Rev Nile handing out how-to-vote cards, and is now the CDP candidate for Mackellar.
The relationship remained secret until Thursday when a select group of NSW MPs received invitations to the engagement party next month (the wedding is set for December).
That night Ms Nero dressed in her most va-va-voom red dress, a Flamenco style off-the-shoulder sheath, to accompany Rev Nile to an Israel independence celebration at the Sofitel Wentworth.
To her surprise, Premier Barry O’Farrell announced the engagement to the room.
But now their secret is out they are happy to declare their marriage is part of God’s plan. 

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NBN demonstrated: Hello? Hello?

Andrew Bolt May 05 2013 (5:22pm)

You’d think $44 billion would buy you a decent connection:
To showcase the federal government’s national broadband network, author Andy Griffiths spoke from Melbourne to western Sydney schoolchildren over the NBN.
But halfway through the media launch of Sydney’s first connection to the network, it cut out.
“There was obviously a technical glitch there,” Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said at Blacktown’s Max Webber Library.

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The Bolt Report today

Andrew Bolt May 05 2013 (8:20am)






I shall also illustrate how very balanced we are on this station - unlike a certain other station I this week nobly offered to help in the national interest.
There’s also a Twitter feed.
And clips are put up here.
UPDATE
Lots of free advice from readers about my moderating, but nothing that gives me a clear idea on what to do next time. Cut off the Labor person, let him speak...:

Jenstar:
Why do you allow the arrogant ignorant bully Bruce hawker to yell over your other panel guests? Minchin was at a disadvantage due to good manners.
EndGame:
I think you fell down on your moderating between Minchin and Hawker. Hawker was using the usual Labor way of constantly talking loudly over the top of Minchin who we didn’t get a chance to hear what he had to say. Minchin’s frustration was showing
Enough Already:

I agree with most of what you say Andrew, so I’m on your side, BUT you have got to stop arguing over the top of your guests.
viewer101:
just watching the show and i think the presenter was overly one-sided and not to mention being rude to Bruce Hawker. He cut off Bruce everytime he opened his mouth
I think I’ll just keep hosting a debate and enjoying myself by hopping in, too.  In this case I thought Minchin made excellent points very well and Hawker got a fair run, too.
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As for Joe Hockey, I think we’ll get a Treasurer much tougher on spending than some of those around - and above - him. Send Joe your support, preferably in public fora.
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THE BOLT REPORT
05 MAY 2013
INTERVIEW WITH JOE HOCKEY.
ANDREW BOLT, PRESENTER: Welcome back. Both sides of politics agree, we will get a new disability scheme and a tax rise to pay for it. Joining me is Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey. Thanks for joining me. Last week you said you were against raising the Medicare levy to help pay for the disability scheme. You said, “I don’t see that as the right solution in this environment.” What changed your mind?
JOE HOCKEY: Well, when the Government announced, or flagged, that it was going to have a levy, the assumption was that it would start on 1 July this year. Now, consumer and business confidence is obviously very fragile at the moment - the markets are expecting a cut in interest rates, not because the economy is doing well, but because the economy is not doing well, and therefore if you are going to impose a levy immediately, then that would have a negative impact on growth. Now, the Government came out and said no, no, we will start it more than 12 months away, and from our perspective, we don’t particularly like levies, we don’t particularly like the idea that there’s going to be a levy. But if you’re going to have to have it, then it’s better to delay it. That’s what the Government did announce in the end.
ANDREW BOLT: But again, last December you said that under us, the Coalition, you will get a full NDIS when we can afford it. You’ve got to have good strong surpluses to be able to pay for it. There are still no surpluses - not likely to be for years. We can’t pay for it, so again, what changed your mind there?
JOE HOCKEY: Well, I suppose circumstances have - have moved on, Andrew. I - you know, quite frankly, the states are signing up and the community is clearly the view that they want to have an NDIS. Tony Abbott has been absolutely committed to it, the entire way through.
ANDREW BOLT: Is that - is that really the answer, that you know we can’t afford it, you know the economy can’t afford a new tax, but Tony Abbott wants it?
JOE HOCKEY: Well, I think the community wants it, and Tony Abbott is very supportive of the community view. And, look, the fact of the matter is that we have to make room for it. And it is going to be done. And it’s only the Coalition that can deliver the NDIS- a Gillard gave this week?

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Burn the boats: promise no new taxes

Andrew Bolt May 05 2013 (6:41am)

John Roskam had a notion that the Liberals would cut taxes, not promise to raise them:
Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey must burn the boats. The Coalition must promise to not increase taxes and not impose any new taxes if elected. That means no increase in the GST, no new levies like the one Julia Gillard wants to impose to pay for part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and no changes to the tax deductions taxpayers can claim.
The only way Abbott and Hockey should return the federal budget to surplus is by cutting government spending…
While they’re ruling out tax increases, the Coalition should take the opportunity to dump its paid parental leave scheme. The scheme is unnecessary, it’s too generous, and it’s too expensive. It will be difficult for the Coalition to argue against raising taxes to pay for the NDIS, when the Coalition wants to raise taxes itself to pay for a policy that many people think is far less of a priority than the NDIS.
Burning the boats doesn’t just motivate your own side. It signals to the other side you’re serious - and that you’re not going to give up.
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Professor Sinclair Davidson wonders how Peter van Onselen went from promising this:

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To delivering this:

Just as Labor has governed poorly, in the mould of the Whitlam government, Abbott looks set to become a do-nothing PM the way that Malcolm Fraser was after he claimed the prime ministership in 1975.

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Where are those guilty athletes the Government claimed?

Andrew Bolt May 05 2013 (5:58am)

Rugby league commentator Phil Gould:
It’s now been almost three months since that infamous press conference in Canberra where it was declared Australian sport was riddled with the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs, links to organised crime and match fixing.
In the days that followed, six NRL clubs were summoned to a meeting with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority because they had been named in an Australian Crime Commission report associated with these very serious matters.
Since that time, five of these clubs have been exonerated of any wrong doing with regards to systematic doping. No individual or club has been charged with any offense relating to these matters....
What we have seen though, is a continual feed of hysteria, unfounded allegations and threats of serious punishment to individuals, churned out through the various media platforms…
I have these questions about the whole messy affair. Why the ferocity and aggression of the initial press conference when it’s now shown the vast majority of the allegations made at that time were merely speculation or exaggeration? Who benefited from that press conference? ...
I raised my concerns with Judge Paul Conlon, a man who has worked for the past thirty years in criminal law, 20 of those years as one of the state’s leading Crown Prosecutors and the past seven years served as a Judge in the District Court. Judge Conlon also serves on the NRL judiciary…
When asked if he could detail some of those concerns, he said: “That was quite a performance in Canberra in early March. Everyone witnessing it could be forgiven for thinking that there was reliable and credible ‘evidence’ to support the sensational allegations labelled as the ‘blackest day in sport’ and that charges would follow based on that ‘evidence’. The findings of the ACC were handed to ASADA and to date very little has happened.
‘’For those who have had years of experience in criminal law and dealing with crime commissions they would know that crime commissions do not call press conferences to talk about investigation findings prior to charges being laid. It is difficult to put a ‘spin’ on it to legitimise what took place…
‘’One example of ASADA apparently not acting in good faith is that initially they addressed club officials, who were informed of the discounts for players who came forward to assist. Six NRL clubs were named. However, at a later stage it was acknowledged that in respect of five of those clubs there was no evidence of systemic doping. Why were they named in the first place? Damage to the reputation of those clubs would be considerable. Alarm bells should have been ringing at that point.’’
Hard evidence may yet come to light and athletes may be rubbed out. But was this the way to go about it?
(Thanks to reader Kick.) 

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US wonders where the warming went

Andrew Bolt May 05 2013 (5:48am)

The US isn’t feeling the global warming that was supposedly out of control:

At the two-thirds mark for meteorological spring, 2013 was the second coldest spring on record – slightly warmer than 1975.
Larry Bell in Forbes:

Even Western Europe, the cradle of carbon-caused climate craziness and cap-and-trade corruption, is feeling a cold draft. As Alister Doyle, reporting from Reuters in Oslo, recently observed: “Weak economic growth and the pause in warming is undermining governments’ willingness to make a rapid billion-dollar shift from fossil fuels. Almost 200 governments have agreed to work out a plan by the end of 2015 to combat global warming."…
There is good reason for this cooling climate consternation. As David Whitehouse at the Global Warming Policy Foundation points out: “If we have not passed it already, we are on the threshold of global observations becoming incompatible with the consensus theory of climate change.” Whitehouse notes that there has been no statistically significant increase in annual global temperatures since 1997. He goes on to say: “If the standstill (lower temperatures) continues for a few more years, it will mean that no one who has just reached adulthood, or younger, will have witnessed the Earth get warmer during their lifetime.”
(Thanks to readers fulchrum and Rocky.) 

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Two hundred boat people a day in May

Andrew Bolt May 05 2013 (5:33am)

The government’s Budget last year put aside enough money for 450 boat people arrivals last month. In February that was revised to 1000 a month:
Two more illegal boat arrivals, with a total of more than 150 people on board, takes to 654 the number of people to have arrived in just the first three days of May, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.
That’s after 3300 arrivals last month.
Labor’s more “compassionate” border laws have had exactly the opposite consequences, and not just 1000 deaths at sea:

...many of the nation’s 10,327 asylum seekers released on bridging visas because of overcrowding in detention centres were struggling on the fortnightly allowance they received from the government, the equivalent of 89 per cent of the lowest dole payment.
Those who have arrived since last August are not allowed to work, but must pay rent, bills and for food from the $27-a-day payment.
A seven-months-pregnant woman, who had been sleeping on the floor because she and her husband could not afford furniture, was among several asylum seekers to speak out about their struggles.
(No link to the press release.) 

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Headless chooks

Andrew Bolt May 05 2013 (5:31am)

The best ads simply reinforce a truth and give it a name. Take the latest Liberal one:

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Centrebet Stadium tells us it’s gone too far

Andrew Bolt May 05 2013 (5:16am)

I’m torn. Hate the nannying by government, but hate even more the damage done by pushing a online gambling that already seems out of control:

PLUGS for live betting during televised sporting events would be banned under Tony Abbott’s plan to shield children from gambling.
The Opposition Leader said he will impose the live betting blackout if he becomes prime minister unless the television industry takes action first.
Warning it was wrong for children to learn about gambling before they learnt about the game, Mr Abbott said the current level of gambling advertising was wrecking sport…
He said: “We are natural deregulators, not regulators. But when you’ve got a significant social nuisance, it’s important for government to at least be prepared to step in.”
When NRL games now get played at Centrebet Stadium, we have a cultural pollution that has become not a shame but an icon. 

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David leading Tuesday's intro and mental prep, be hungry, stay hungry and train hard!
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One day Torchwood will return.
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The Warriors being tougher than concrete itself, pressure creates diamonds and we put these guys and girls through plenty of pressure!
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That was one hell of a trip up to the North of England! 

Now join us as we take a peek behind-the-scenes of 'The Crimson Horror' in this exclusive video:http://bit.ly/11VppLQ
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J.John preaching at just10 week 4 at KingsGate Community Church
His preaching convicted me in 1985 - ed
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 Right now .. I sincerely believe I will try .. Seriously, what a splendid woman she is! Wisdom passion and compassion .. wrapped up in a stylish bow. Words have power and two public addresses today left me in awe of God who made her. - ed
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The Gift Of Hope - Holly

Hope is a gift to grasp
A gift that we can give,
Hope is a very special treasure
To grant us strength to live.

We do not know its worth
Until our joy is lost,
We do not understand its power
Nor what its loss will cost.

When we are burdened down
With pain that is too great,
Then hope alone inspires our faith
That God rejuvenates.

There's much beyond our sight
We cannot comprehend,
But, God is working with design
And loves us as a friend.

He has a very special way
To bring His plan about,
If we have hope just like a child
His love will work it out.

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So good! Handful of spinach, half a frozen banana, water and a spoon of peanut butter! #green #smoothie #yum #sogood #banana #spinach #peanutbutter
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Quick Pix: Randolph Scott w/video

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/quick-pix-randolph-scott/

Randolph Scott (January 23, 1898 – March 2, 1987) was an American film actor whose career spanned from 1928 to 1962. As a leading man for all but the first three years of his cinematic career, Scott appeared in a variety of genres, including social dramas, crime dramas, comedies, musicals (albeit in non-singing and non-dancing roles), adventure tales, war films, and even a few horror and fantasy films. However, his most enduring image is that of the tall-in-the-saddle Western hero. Out of his more than 100 film appearances more than 60 were in Westerns; thus, “of all the major stars whose name was associated with the Western, Scott most closely identified with it.”
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Every day Australians see more barnyard antics from Labor that demonstrate the government is in a perpetual state of chaos, division and dysfunction.

Visit the website www.headlesschooks.org.au or go to http://lbr.al/headlesschooks to see more from the roosters, chicken Kev, and other headless chooks in Labor’s barnyard.
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BREAKING NEWS: Massive explosions hit Damascus, targeting military research center; Syrian media blames Israel for the strike, the second in as many days. http://htz.li/16Fx6KsArchive photo of car bomb explosion in Damascus by AFP
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Film Clip of the Day - May 3, 2013
Pittsburgh – Fight Scene

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/pittsburgh-fight-scene/
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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Rom 15:13, NIV).
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In and of ourselves, we don’t deserve anything good. But because we are in Christ and He is our righteousness, God is not withholding any blessing from us today!http://josephprince.com/
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