Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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A corrupt anti semitic bigot steps away from opposition senate duty. Bob Carr was highly lauded as an opposition leader when he trawled for turds off Bondi Beach. But the one trick pony just wants his former Premier pension and assets. And with all his time in office, it is impossible to point to anything worthwhile he did. The press will be kind, referring to his status as a dart board figurine. He will be missed. 
ALP were upset the military did not toe the party line while they were in government. Bad decisions meant many soldiers were killed on duty. To punish the military, ALP leaked and inflated scandals. It is terrible to hear of young people having sex. Where crimes have taken place, the army is equipped to handle them. Sadly that doesn't help the ALP ..
A former journalist, but current ALP member in South Australia wants censorship. Mia Freedman is prone to saying dumb things, but not everything she posts is bad. Censorship also works when people stop listening. Mr Howard is Australia's greatest PM to date. Something journalists try to obscure as they barack for ALP. 
AGW extremism burns a billion dollars a day. Reminding me of an old Jud Strunk number "I'll burn you a billion a day dear .." 

The only cure for debt is saving. ALP must embrace abolition of carbon tax if it is to thrive again. 
Russia has migration issues related to terrorism. Something Australia has to think about as a culture of feral peoples .. not solely one religion .. behave appallingly badly. A parent copies their bush fire starting child's delivery of the bird. 
Barrie Cassidy booted Bolt from Insiders but enjoys perks he denies others. 

Happy birthday and many happy returns Liliana Silva. Born on the same day, across the years, as
64 BC – Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Roman general and statesman (d. 12 BC)
1762 – Samuel Morey, American inventor (d. 1843)
1813 – Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer (d. 1848)
1893 – Gummo Marx, American actor (d. 1977)
1925 – Johnny Carson, American television host (d. 2005)
1931 – Diana Dors, English actress (d. 1984)
1940 – Pelé, Brazilian footballer
1942 – Michael Crichton, American author, screenwriter, director, and producer (d. 2008)
1954 – Ang Lee, Taiwanese-American director
1957 – Martin Luther King III, American activist
1959 – Sam Raimi, American director
1959 – "Weird Al" Yankovic, American singer-songwriter, comedian, and actor
1961 – Laurie Halse Anderson, American author
1991 – Princess Mako of Akishino
1998 – Amandla Stenberg, American actress
42 BC – Roman Republican civil warsSecond Battle of Philippi – Mark Antony and Octavian decisively defeat Brutus's army. Brutus commits suicide.
425 – Valentinian III is elevated as Roman Emperor at the age of 6.
1295 – The first treaty forming the Auld Alliance between Scotland and France against England is signed in Paris.
1739 – War of Jenkins' Ear starts: British Prime MinisterRobert Walpole, reluctantly declares war on Spain.
1812 – Claude François de Malet, a French general, begins a conspiracy to overthrow Napoleon Bonaparte, claiming that the Emperor died in Russia and that he is now the commandant of Paris.
1912 – First Balkan War: The Battle of Kumanovo between the Serbian and Ottoman armies begins.
1915 – Woman's suffrage: In New York City, 25,000-33,000 women march on Fifth Avenue to advocate their right to vote.
1929 – Great Depression: After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange begins to show signs of panic.
1935 – Dutch Schultz, Abe Landau, Otto Berman, and Bernard "Lulu" Rosencrantz are fatally shot at a saloon in Newark, New Jersey in what will become known as The Chophouse Massacre.
1942 – World War II: Second Battle of El Alamein: – At El Alamein in northern Egypt, the British Eighth Army under Field Marshal Montgomery begins a critical offensive to expel the Axis armies from Egypt.
1942 – All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii").
1946 – The United Nations General Assembly convenes for the first time, at an auditorium in Flushing, QueensNew York City.
1958 – The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, later popularized in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series, appear for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs, a Johan and Peewit adventure by Peyo, which is serialized in the weekly Spirou magazine.
1973 – A United Nations sanctioned cease-fire officially ends the Yom Kippur War between Israel and Syria.
1983 – Lebanon Civil War: The U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut is hit by a truck bomb, killing 241 U.S. military personnel. A French army barracks in Lebanon is also hit that same morning, killing 58 troops.
1993 – The Troubles: A Provisional IRA bomb prematurely detonates in the Shankill area of Belfast, killing the bomber and nine civilians. Ulster loyalists retaliate a week later with the Greysteel massacre.
42 BC – Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, Roman senator (b. 85 BC)
1915 – W. G. Grace, English cricketer (b. 1848)
1921 – John Boyd Dunlop, Scottish businessman, founded Dunlop Rubber (b. 1840)
1950 – Al Jolson, Russian-American actor and singer (b. 1886)

David Jones pays the price for axing Mark McInnes

Miranda Devine – Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (12:52am)

DAVID Jones should never have rid itself of brilliant chief executive Mark McInnes over allegations he had sexually harassed an employee. In the three years since McInnes, then 45, was forced out, net profits have fallen 40 per cent.


Why greenies only make me see red

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, October 22, 2013 (7:26pm)

BILL Leak, acclaimed cartoonist, lives in one of the loveliest places in Australia: Killcare, on the Central Coast.
But one of the consequences of living in the middle of the Australian bush is fire.
And in pretty seachange and treechange communities, you’re likely to find yourself in a greenie council dominated by refugees from the city who haven’t a clue about the real dangers of living among trees.
So it is that at the start of a dangerous bushfire season, Leak finds himself with a backyard full of trees and flammable material that he is forbidden to clear by Gosford Council on threat of fines as high as $1.1 million.
“Here I am, living on the edge of bushland that could burst into flame at any time, and I’m not allowed to clear the land in my own backyard of trees that, in the event of a fire, will bring the fire straight into my home,” he says.
Council flora preservation policies warn that the removal of any native tree over 3m can attract hefty fines.
This “puts homes like mine in grave danger: the refusal of local councils to allow home owners to remove trees that can extend the bushland right up to our own back doors,” Leak says.
“The only possible explanation for this is the council is hell-bent on securing Green votes. I’ll accept, albeit unwillingly, the indulgence of Greens fantasies up to a point but if and when they cost me my house I think I’ll have to say, ‘A line has been crossed’.”
Yes indeed.
How many warnings do councils need before they understand that tea trees and eucalypts and other lovely natives, not to mention shrubs and organic litter on the ground, are lethal near homes in fireprone areas.
It’s bad enough that properties are being burned out by unstoppable infernos that erupt out of neglected national parks. But to actively stop people from protecting their homes by forbidding them to remove fire fuel on their own land is insanity.
Gosford Council is not alone, or even the worst.
Wyong Council has recently sent residents in Lake Munmorah warning letters about clearing bush adjoining their properties where dead lantana poses a serious bushfire hazard.
It’s the same all over the country wherever green sensibilities have overwhelmed sensible decision making.
Who could forget Liam Sheahan, who was fined $50,000 by his local council for clearing trees around his house, only to find that his property was the only one in a 2km area which survived the Black Saturday fires in Victoria in 2009. Yet we still haven’t learned the lesson.
In 2009 Blue Mountains residents signed a petition condemning the state government for failing to carry out enough burn-offs as experienced firefighters warned the area was a “time bomb”.
Where 10 tonnes of ground fuel per hectare is regarded as hazardous, one veteran firefighter estimates there was 40 tonnes in areas that have been burned out in the past week. That’s despite a significant improvement in national parks and firetrails management in recent years.
But greenies are brilliant at warping the narrative, so instead what most people are hearing is that the bushfires have been caused by climate change, a claim not even the IPCC has made.
The ABC has allowed itself to shill for climate alarmists, claiming that the bushfire season has never started so early, when a simple record check shows raging October bushfires near Sydney on several occasions in the last century.
But Monday night’s 7.30 took the cake.
“Scientists told 7.30 the science is in, the link between global warming and bushfires has been established and it’s time for action,” it said.
But not a single scientist was produced to say such a thing. Just the usual fear-mongering greenies such as John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute, and Don Henry of the Australian Conversation Foundation, whose grave faces and confident pronouncements appeared before captions told the audience that these were not the promised scientists.
Eventually appeared Professor Andy Pitman, who is an alarmist but at least an actual scientist and halfway responsible about what he says. And nor did he say anything which backed up the conclusive link which was the thesis of the program.
The only link which has been proven conclusively is the equation between ground fuel and fire intensity. And that’s the one thing greenies don’t like talking about.



Tim Blair – Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (1:36pm)

Academic Janet Stanley provides an excuse for arsonists: 
With a child it might just be an accident, you know, it’s fun to watch a fire. You light it and in the circumstances that we’ve got at the moment with climate change it gets away when it probably wasn’t meant to get away. 
This will now be my excuse for future speeding offences: “I was driving below the speed limit, officer, but in the circumstances at the moment with climate change it got away.” Readers are invited to compose their own climate-based justifications. 


Bye Bye Bob Carr to make announcement at 10am

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (7:13am)

Had fun as foreign minister, appointed - unelected - to the Senate. Now that he has just been elected he’s off. Opposition is for losers. 


Labor Minister tells flamingo to shut up

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (7:06am)

A South Australian Labor minister threatens to sue a cartoonist. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the minister is a former journalist.
Time we had a constitutional right to free speech - but one as adamantly broad as that in the US. Not a Julian Burnside kind.
(Thanks to reader observa) 


Warmists burn a billion a day

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (6:50am)

What that cash could do if spent on something worthwhile:
The world invested almost a billion dollars a day in limiting global warming last year, but the total figure – $359 billion – was slightly down on last year, and barely half the $700 billion per year that the World Economic Forum has said is needed to tackle climate change.


Do Freedman’s mad critics have locks on their doors?

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (6:29am)

Mamamia’s Mia Freedman offers sound advice:

Let’s say you have a daughter. Or a little sister. And let’s say there was something you could tell her that would dramatically reduce the likelihood of her being sexually assaulted during her lifetime. Would you tell her?
I would. And I will, when my daughter is old enough for it to be relevant to her. I’ll tell her that getting drunk when she goes out puts her at a greater risk of danger. All kinds of danger. I’ll tell her that being drunk impairs your judgment, slows your reflexes and dramatically reduces your ability to assess risks and escape from harm.
Only a moron would think Freedman is doing anything else than telling her daughters the bleeding obvious - that getting drunk on a night out makes you more defenceless.
Only a moron would think Freedman is excusing men from rape by warning her daughters to protect themselves. Does wanting gun restrictions excuse murderers? Putting locks on doors excuse burglars?
Sadly, there are very many morons, many who think the more they abuse Freedman the more moral they must be. 


A fiercely partisan description

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (6:21am)

Has the Sydney Morning Herald’s Mark Kenny ever described Paul Keating, Bob Hawke or Julia Giillard as he today describes John Howard?:

The fiercely partisan former Liberal prime minister said Labor would bounce back.
To a collectivist, it’s never a sin when your own side does it. 


If there’s more debt, there must be more savings

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (6:12am)

I’d have hoped the Coalition would be making the savings to avoid such a huge potential increase in debt:

NATIONAL debt will peak about $30 billion higher than expected barely a month ago as a continuing slowdown hits budget revenue and the government prepares to ask parliament to raise the debt ceiling to a record $500 billion.
The Australian understands further revenue write-downs have hit the budget, forcing gross debt to blow out further from its estimates in the August pre-election fiscal outlook, and forcing the government to contemplate peak gross debt of as much as $440bn…
The Treasurer said the current debt limit of $300bn would be exceeded on December 12 and he was moving to increase it by $200bn to avoid the sort of debt-limit political fights that continued to plague the US government.
This is really just a start:
THE Abbott government will act within weeks to sell its first major asset as it hunts for deep cuts to public spending by launching an audit commission with unfettered scope to identify billions of dollars in budget savings.
The sale of health insurer Medibank Private will be under way before Christmas as the government appoints advisers to a scoping study to prepare it for a trade sale or public listing.
While other government reforms risk a blockade in the Senate, the potential $4 billion transaction will proceed subject to the expert advice because Labor did not repeal legislation passed a decade ago to authorise the sale.
And what a slow start, too. The Coalition doesn’t plan to even start paying back this mounting debt for a decade:

Independent experts… questioned the government’s ambition to identify enough savings to post a surplus of 1 per cent of GDP by the financial year ending June 2024.
“It’s a very tight timeframe to get through all of these ideas in just five months,” said Grattan Institute chief executive John Daley. “But it’s a very long timeframe to achieve a surplus of 1 per cent by 2023-24.”
Professor Sinclair Davidson is worried by the timetable but pleased by these terms of reference:

The Commission should also be guided in its work by the principles that: 
– government should have respect for taxpayers in the care with which it spends every dollar of revenue;
– government should do for people what they cannot do, or cannot do efficiently, for themselves, but no more; and
– government should live within its means. 


The rise of Muslim Russia

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (6:01am)

Daniel Pipes on the Islamisation of Russia:

THE stabbing murder on October 10 of an ethnic Russian, Yegor Shcherbakov, 25, apparently by a Muslim from Azerbaijan, led to anti-migrant disturbances in Moscow, vandalism and assaults, the arrest of 1200 people and brought to the fore a major tension in Russian life.
Not only do ethnic Muslims account for up to 23 of Russia’s 144 million, 15 per cent, but their proportion is growing fast…
In Moscow, ethnic Christian women have an average of 1.1 children. In contrast, Muslim women bear 2.3 children on average… In Moscow, Tatar women have six children and Chechen and Ingush women 10. In addition, between three million and four million Muslims have moved to Russia from ex-republics of the USSR, mainly from Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan; and some ethnic Russians are converting to Islam.
These trends point to Christians declining in numbers by 0.6 per cent a year and Muslims increasing by the same, which will have dramatic effects over time.
Some analysts foresee Muslims becoming a majority in the 21st century, a demographic revolution that would fundamentally change the country’s character.
Think how Russian foreign policy will be affected. Think what the Russian army will - or won’t - do if most soldiers are Muslim.
But the unrest over the Shcherbakov murder suggests there could be an ugly interruption to this demographic change.
A mutual acquaintance tells me he once asked Putin about the predicted Muslim majority in his country. Putin’s reported response: “We won’t let that happen.” 


Electricity Bill’s dilemma: the tax that was once Labor’s weapon is now its poison

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (5:32am)

Paul Kelly in 2009 said the Liberals had to agree to a form of carbon tax or die:
By that I mean that I believe that the (Liberal) party room will endorse a series of amendments (to the Government’s emissions trading scheme) which will be the basis for negotiation with the Rudd Government. I mean frankly if they oppose that, that would be signing their own political death warrant… This raises the prospect that the legislation won’t pass and that the election next year will see climate change as a frontline issue. Now this will be a mortal political threat to the Opposition. 
Paul Kelly in 2013 says Labor may have to walk away from its carbon tax or die:
That leads into a 2016 election where Labor seeks to market from opposition the re-introduction of carbon pricing, imposing higher power prices on business and households against an incumbent Abbott who will cast Shorten as a leader who refuses to learn and seeks to accentuate cost-of-living pressures. Is this how Shorten wants to run his first election as leader?
Abbott’s winning mantra would be obvious: Shorten as a carbon tax addict. The ground is being prepared with the Coalition’s slogan “Electricity Bill”.
Actually, Kelly still clings to the belief that there might, just might, be a middle road for Labor leader Bill Shorten - because surrender would also be death:

Shorten cannot appear as an agent of panic surrendering to Abbott’s will and evocative demand that Labor “repent”. For Shorten such repentance could constitute a symbolic defeat from which he might never recover…
While carbon pricing is likely to remain Labor’s guiding principle, Shorten must signal a willingness to think again post-election… Shorten needs to get proactive. That means shifting the carbon debate to Abbott’s weakness. While repealing carbon pricing is Abbott’s political strong card, his vulnerability is his “direct action” alternative policy.
Sorry, but there is no half-pregnant on this. Labor is either for a price on carbon or it is against it. Just attacking Abbott’s Direct Action policies (as pointless as Labor’s tax but cheaper) won’t disguise that choice but confirm it, because Labor’s criticism will be that a form of carbon tax would be better.
Kelly’s own words seem to suggest the blunt truth - any form of carbon tax is poison:

Climate change is an article of faith within progressive politics yet the Australian public is over the great 2006-09 hysteria. It is sceptical about alarms and scares and calling people “deniers”. It resists across-the-board power price rises in the cause of saving the planet.


First question: who are these boy’s parents?

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (5:20am)

The picture alone suggests a parenting problem. The details just make that suspicion stronger:
AFTER one night in custody, the 11-year-old boy accused of lighting a 5000ha Hunter Valley bushfire walked free from court yesterday, flipping the bird to media waiting outside.
His father also held both middle fingers aloft after learning his son had made bail…
The court heard the boy was already awaiting sentencing on a separate charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and had recently been suspended from school.
Good parents would produce a child who’d feel shame and remorse.
Another one:
WHILE hero firefighters risk their lives, a low-life thief has been caught on camera stealing a bucket of donations for the Rural Fire Service.


Labor smuggles a real Insider onto council

Andrew Bolt October 23 2013 (5:11am)

A parting gift from Labor to a friend:
The host of the ABC’s Insiders program, Barrie Cassidy, was installed as chairman of the Old Parliament House Advisory Council by then arts minister Tony Burke on Monday, August 5, the day after the federal election was called.
Council members were not consulted or advised until one of them noticed the appointment after the election, and no public announcement of it was made.
“To be appointed on the day the writs were issued, it just doesn’t look right,” said council member and former Liberal senator Paul Calvert. “It just smells of a political favour."…
Cassidy is a former press secretary to Labor prime minister Bob Hawke, while the council’s deputy chairwoman is former Hawke government minister Susan Ryan. Other members include former Labor MP Graham Edwards and former Democrat senator Natasha Stott-Despoja, with Mr Calvert the only representative from the conservative side of politics…
Cassidy will not be paid because he is already employed by the commonweatlh via the ABC…
The museum director, Daryl Karp, said she was not consulted on the appointment and was only advised a few days after it was made. She said the usual process would be for the museum and the department to put forward names to the minister.

If Tony Abbott did the same favor to me just days before its doom, can you imagine the fuss? But Labor has always been shameless at capturing the institutions. 


ABC: global warming makes kid arsonists misjudge their fires

Andrew Bolt October 22 2013 (9:23pm)

The ABC finds an academic prepared to go that extra mile in clown shoes to link child arsonists in NSW to global warming:

JANET STANLEY, MONASH SUSTAINABILITY INSTITUTE: With a child it might just be an accident, you know, it’s fun to watch a fire. You light it and in the circumstances that we’ve got at the moment with climate change it gets away when it probably wasn’t meant to get away.


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Never confuse your net-worth with your self-worth. Your value isn't based on your valuables.
"A man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
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Father in heaven,I thank You for Your good and precious promises. I choose to trust that my reward is coming.Search my heart and show me any area in my life where I may be hiding. I choose today to stand in faith and invite You to move mightily on my behalf. I choose to follow Your commands because they lead to blessing and life. Give me a heart that is fixed on You and fill me with Your peace. I patiently wait on You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Stand and see the salvation of the Lord..(II Chroniclees 20:17)

Is there something difficult in your life that you are avoiding? So many people today run from anything that’s hard. They run from their problems. They run from responsibility. They run from people they don’t like. They run from the past. They run from anything that makes them uncomfortable. Instead of facing the issues and dealing with them, they just take the easy way out and go down the path of least resistance. But if you’re going to live in victory the way God intends, you have to learn how to face your challenges head on.

Notice today’s verse doesn’t say, “Keep running until you see the salvation of the Lord.” It doesn’t say, “Bury your head in the sand until God delivers you.” No, God wants us to stand strong, set our faces like a flint, and fight the good fight of faith. And the good news is that you don’t have to do it in your own strength.He’s equipped you with His supernatural power to overcome every obstacle.Make the decision today to stand strong and face the challenges in your life. Be bold and dare to conquer. As you stand in faith, you will see the salvation, the deliverance of Almighty God in every area of your life.God bless you.

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Here's the truth: If you are involved in activities that are not healthy for your body or mind, if you do not change them now, you're life will only end up in the inevitable direction of self destruction. You are worth so much more than that!
Nobody is perfect and everybody has flaws, but it takes a real man and a real woman to look past those flaws.

The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. CS Lewis

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The cloud mass above the tufa tower was of the spinning lenticular variety, but because of the high winds and the need to do a long exposure, the form is lost. It was a surrealistic night up in the high desert.


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Zaya Toma
At Fairfield City Council meeting today, I asked that my Council make contact with other Councils in South Western Sydney such as Camden and Wollondilly to offer them any assistance they require after being impacted by the bush fire crisis, which has devastated their communities. May God help our brothers and sisters touched by these bush fires and the firefighters risking their lives to save others.





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Trakai Castle, Lithuania

21/10/2013 Our World: A miracle and an outrage in Washington
Restoring the Iraqi Jewish archive to its Israeli owners would be tantamount to recognizing that the cause of the Arab world’s conflict with Israel is Arab anti-Semitism.


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Lol, Anti defamation league (ADL) share an acronym with the bigoted anti semitic America Defence League .. - ed===



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Today I addressed the National Press Club in Canberra on the recent federal election campaign.

I told the Press Club that the strategy which drove our victory was built on our positive Plan for Australia’s future and our experienced stable team, led by Tony Abbott who emerged over the last four years as the only true and authentic national leader. 

The community wanted something to vote for not just against.  The Coalition’s positive Plan, strong leadership, united team and outstanding candidates, together with a clear strategy which was followed throughout the last term with great discipline, drew strong community support. 

It is why the Coalition won the election rather than Labor losing it.

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“A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!” Proverbs 15:23NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"I will love them freely."
Hosea 14:4
This sentence is a body of divinity in miniature. He who understands its meaning is a theologian, and he who can dive into its fulness is a true master in Israel. It is a condensation of the glorious message of salvation which was delivered to us in Christ Jesus our Redeemer. The sense hinges upon the word "freely." This is the glorious, the suitable, the divine way by which love streams from heaven to earth, a spontaneous love flowing forth to those who neither deserved it, purchased it, nor sought after it. It is, indeed, the only way in which God can love such as we are. The text is a death-blow to all sorts of fitness: "I will love them freely." Now, if there were any fitness necessary in us, then he would not love us freely; at least, this would be a mitigation and a drawback to the freeness of it. But it stands, "I will love you freely." We complain, "Lord, my heart is so hard." "I will love you freely." "But I do not feel my need of Christ as I could wish." "I will not love you because you feel your need; I will love you freely." "But I do not feel that softening of spirit which I could desire." Remember, the softening of spirit is not a condition, for there are no conditions; the covenant of grace has no conditionality whatever; so that we without any fitness may venture upon the promise of God which was made to us in Christ Jesus, when he said, "He that believeth on him is not condemned." It is blessed to know that the grace of God is free to us at all times, without preparation, without fitness, without money, and without price! "I will love them freely." These words invite backsliders to return: indeed, the text was specially written for such--"I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely." Backslider! surely the generosity of the promise will at once break your heart, and you will return, and seek your injured Father's face.


"He shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you."
John 16:15
There are times when all the promises and doctrines of the Bible are of no avail, unless a gracious hand shall apply them to us. We are thirsty, but too faint to crawl to the water-brook. When a soldier is wounded in battle it is of little use for him to know that there are those at the hospital who can bind up his wounds, and medicines there to ease all the pains which he now suffers: what he needs is to be carried thither, and to have the remedies applied. It is thus with our souls, and to meet this need there is one, even the Spirit of truth, who takes of the things of Jesus, and applies them to us. Think not that Christ hath placed his joys on heavenly shelves that we may climb up to them for ourselves, but he draws near, and sheds his peace abroad in our hearts. O Christian, if thou art tonight labouring under deep distresses, thy Father does not give thee promises and then leave thee to draw them up from the Word like buckets from a well, but the promises he has written in the Word he will write anew on your heart. He will manifest his love to you, and by his blessed Spirit, dispel your cares and troubles. Be it known unto thee, O mourner, that it is God's prerogative to wipe every tear from the eye of his people. The good Samaritan did not say, "Here is the wine, and here is the oil for you;" he actually poured in the oil and the wine. So Jesus not only gives you the sweet wine of the promise, but holds the golden chalice to your lips, and pours the life-blood into your mouth. The poor, sick, way-worn pilgrim is not merely strengthened to walk, but he is borne on eagles' wings. Glorious gospel! which provides everything for the helpless, which draws nigh to us when we cannot reach after it--brings us grace before we seek for grace! Here is as much glory in the giving as in the gift. Happy people who have the Holy Ghost to bring Jesus to them.

Today's reading: Isaiah 65-66, 1 Timothy 2 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Isaiah 65-66

Judgment and Salvation
1 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
I was found by those who did not seek me.
To a nation that did not call on my name,
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’
2 All day long I have held out my hands
to an obstinate people,
who walk in ways not good,
pursuing their own imaginations—
3 a people who continually provoke me
to my very face,
offering sacrifices in gardens
and burning incense on altars of brick;
4 who sit among the graves
and spend their nights keeping secret vigil;
who eat the flesh of pigs,
and whose pots hold broth of impure meat;
5 who say, ‘Keep away; don’t come near me,
for I am too sacred for you!’
Such people are smoke in my nostrils,
a fire that keeps burning all day.
“See, it stands written before me:
I will not keep silent but will pay back in full;
I will pay it back into their laps—
7 both your sins and the sins of your ancestors,”
says the LORD.
“Because they burned sacrifices on the mountains
and defied me on the hills,
I will measure into their laps
the full payment for their former deeds.”

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Timothy 2

Instructions on Worship
1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
8 Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 9 I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.
11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.


Giving With Grace

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the LORD your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.
Deuteronomy 15:10
Years ago I said something that still bothers me when I think about it. I had led a young couple to faith in Jesus. The husband earned a good living in his hairstyling salon. In the basement of their home he kept the barber's chair that his deceased father had once used in a shop in another town.
His father's chair was more than an item of nostalgia, however. My friend used the chair in his basement two evenings and part of Saturday each week to seat customers who couldn't afford to see him in his shop. In this homey room my friend clipped and snipped the hair of the poor. Some, like me, he charged a nominal fee; others he waved out the door with a smile.
After one splendid haircut, I pulled out my wallet and handed him a note that was twice what he normally charged me. It was my smallest note, but he had no change. "Just keep it," I said. "Next time I won't have to pay anything."
Indeed, as I stepped out of the chair after my next grooming session and reached for my wallet, my friend said, "Wait! You've already paid for this one!"
It was then that I said some horrible words: "If you had remembered that earlier," I teased, "you wouldn't have done such a good job, would you?"
A slight grimace furrowed my friend's brow before he caught himself and laughed. He was a generous man, and I had treated his kindness flippantly by joking that mercenary demons drove his heart.
It seems like materialism is all around us, and it is not uncommon for people to be driven by need and greed. During the lean years that many of us experience , we can become selfish and cheap. Those attitudes can stick, even when resources grow and demands diminish.
God built safeguards into Israelite society so that debt wouldn't dehumanize those who became trapped in it. But God also knew that some people would try to manipulate handouts and bailouts and other kinds of welfare for their own cunning ends. So he asked his people to be generous to the poor, even if the poor appeared to be abusing the gifts.
Generosity and graciousness are learned qualities. They must be caught from the example of bighearted souls. Like God. Like the widow who gave two very small copper coins-all she had to live on (see Mark 12:41-44 ). Like the disciples who shared their lunch with a crowd (see Matthew 15:32-39). Like my barber.
We must practice giving so that generosity becomes an essential part of who we are. And when we give, we'll find that our generosity is rewarded by God, who will "throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it" (Malachi 3:10).
Wayne Brouwer

Let's Talk

  • In what ways has God blessed us? In what ways are we tightfisted about sharing what we have? How can we make our spending and giving reflect our values?
  • Who are some generous people who have helped us along the way? What have we learned from them? How are we becoming like them?
  • What did we learn about money and generosity from our parents? Were these good or bad lessons? What will our children learn from us?
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Delayed Gratification

This week's reading: Habakkuk 3:1-19
In Habakkuk 2:2-3, God asks his prophet to record a vision of a future day-a day when the Lord will respond to injustice.Habakkuk 2:4 spells out that we are to live until that day "by his faithfulness," not by sight. Habakkuk 3:3-15reveals the content of the vision.
Habakkuk is deeply changed; his response in 3:16-19 clearly illustrates what it means to live by faith in God's promise. After a moment's recuperation from the cosmic events that he has just witnessed, the prophet declares, "I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us" (Hab 3:16). Habakkuk is willing to live amid socioeconomic upheaval, without physical or financial safety or security. Why? Because he knows a day is coming when things will be changed.
The following anonymous email has circulated on the Internet:
Recently I overheard a mother and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.
Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the mother said, "I love you and I wish you enough."
The daughter replied, "Mom, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Mom."
They kissed and the daughter left. The mother walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see she wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on her privacy but she welcomed me in by asking, "Did you ever say goodbye to someone knowing it would be forever?"
"Yes, I have," I replied. "Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever goodbye?"
"I am old and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is-the next trip back will be for my funeral," she said.
"When you were saying goodbye, I heard you say, 'I wish you enough.' May I ask what that means?"
She began to smile. "That's a wish that has been handed down from other generations" ... "When we said, 'I wish you enough,' we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them."
"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.
I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger ...
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final goodbye."

Think About It

  • How does Habakkuk's response to the vision from God encourage you to respond in a similar way to tough times?
  • We await a final day when all wrongs will be righted and all tears wiped away. In the meantime, what constitutes "enough" for you?
  • Does your "enough" change with your circumstances?

Pray About It

Lord, you are mighty and have the future in your hand. No matter what I face today, I will live by faith in you.


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