Friday, November 08, 2013

Fri Nov 8th Todays News

Today I include abuse by lefties I have fielded during the day. Not an exhaustive list, but three who happened to post on the Bolt Report Supporter's Group. Their advocacy is not that of intellectual elite, or competent. It is abusive, obfuscating and false. Much like the IPCC reports into Global Warming. Petty, inflating fine points .. The 'debate' has been lost before the left have begun to address the issues. 
A movie is being made about Gillard. To truly capture the hopes and dreams of Gillard in office, one would have thought the optimal format would have been cartoon. 
An anti semitic terrorist says he wants to be understood. But he is. A report that Adelaide will no longer be the capital of South Australia in five thousand years seems to fail in the panic motivating stakes. However, Snowtown has the pedigree and culture to take the mantle. Green activists kill a forestry worker, sparking regulations they don't like. Islamic moderate peoples call for death penalty for marital infidelity. Indonesia leans to nationalism prior to their coming election. Fairfax misleads readers. Time to repeal bad law. 

Happy birthday and many happy returns, those born on this day, across the years
Criticism by lefties:
  • Daniel Vincent "will be destroyed by global warming in five thousand years. " NG never said that it will happen. Read the article.
  • David Daniel Ball You mean, Snowtown won't get to be capital?
  • Daniel Vincent Yes, that is what I mean. It is an extreme theory nothing more, nothing less. But I thought it was interesting. for a what IF.

    But to state that's what they said is incorrect.
  • David Daniel Ball .. if the IPCC argued that way, we wouldn't have thrown away $trillions on useless gestures.

looks like this will be a one term government.we can but is embarressing watching Abbott open his mouth over the libs this page will block me as i show dissent
David Feetham hope you and your families get fucking cancer.bunch of kid fucking cunts
Daniel Vincent "There are more than five million cubic miles of ice on Earth, and some scientists say it would take more than 5000 years to melt it all,''

You should probably re-read this tony, it stated IF the ice was to melt. 

IF all the ice was to melt, this is what would happen. However it would take over 5000 years for all the ice to melt. Read before jumping to conclusions.

Shaun Bowden Fred why do u keep saying that thats not what nasa reckons surely theyd know with all their fukn sattelites in th air takin pics!
Shaun Bowden no they take pics of th sea ice go to nasas site u'll see
Shaun Bowden Fred look at this m8 just scroll down to th bit about sea ice fukn clear m8
Daniel Vincent Leonie, That link shows that there is a decrease in Ice... which is proving Shaun's point.

John read the article.... 

Fred, you're looking at 2 data points. In one year. Look at all the data. It's vastly different to what you just said. if you compare 1979 to 2012, the amount of ice is vastly lower. "Arctic sea ice is now declining at a rate of 11.5 percent per decade, relative to the 1979 to 2000 average" - NASA

oi wot happened to the fkn pause?

Shaun Bowden awsum m8 can i read the paper u wrote on it then? ur investigations?
Shaun Bowden wut? what does the UN have 2 do with the BOM? and why would the BOM be about the $$$ but not the ppl selling fossil fuels who r saying GW isn't true?
Shaun Bowden ok i get it guys, ta 4 clearing it up. its just a very fkn weird coincidence that the climate is heating up and so we're seeing changing local weather patterns after scientists have been saying that that's exactly what would happen. really weird coincidence.
Shaun Bowden its weird u say nasa Paul bcoz nasa r agw supporters:
Shaun Bowden Anne i agree its confusing thats why i think scientists know wut their on about just like i don't know the first thing about the physics that the mammogram scanners r built on but thank fuk th experts do saved my sisters life. if its good enuff 4 nasa who can send a man 2 th moon its good enuff 4 me.
Daniel Vincent Scientists do research and many get these things right, however there are scientists that put out theories that are wrong. The wrong theories generate a lot of media hype and start to circulate. Global warming is the flavour of the month.

Proven research, in the case of your sisters saved life. that took years of research and trial and error, many people at the start never got better, but recovery stories are becoming more frequent.

In the case of global warming, The globe isn't warming in my opinion, its become unstable. While yes it is cooler somewhere else but hotter in other areas. storms are more frequent, they're more intense than ever before. it'll continue to get worse and there is clear evidence that supports this. Australia has started to break highest AND lowest temperatures that were set many years ago and it's a trend. However people will have differing opinions to mine. that is also a fact.

Shaun Bowden sure Daniel but climate science is not new its been around 4 decades n its built on solid physics m8 pretty much all the physicists agree with it n th evidence comin in confirms it. im th sort of bloke who faces up 2 shit n likes 2 get th job done i say we stop actin like pussies n deal with this shit
Daniel Vincent Shaun I agree with you there, don't get me wrong. but I see there are a lot a climate change theories. I'll quote my last post. "Scientists do research and many get these things right, however there are scientists that put out theories that are wrong." This can be applied to both sides for and against not just global warming, another topic is vaccination, people are strongly against vaccination despite there is plenty of evidence that vaccinations saves lives.. This is the typical approach by scientists. They try a theory, test it until it breaks. If the theory breaks then they move to another theory.

Since at this stage a topic on global warming will get you news coverage, scientists are capitalising on the income they can make from a TV interview.

But also in the end, if no one challenges the theory that is posed by scientists. No one will prove them wrong and it will be deemed as being correct. 

In the 16th century Nicolaus Copernicus was ridiculed, because he thought the sun was at the center of the solar system, not the Earth. He was heavily criticised at the time and was told he was a fool... but in the end, he was right. 

Peter Why get a prius? They're not any better. Ride a motorbike, then you're not moving more weight than you need too, cheaper on fuel, cheaper on practically everything.

Shaun Bowden single mum r fukn parasites and should have their kids taken off them anyway stop them breeding more parasites.
Shaun Bowden also if u goggle "abc gillard parent pension" u will find there is plenty of reports from the abc about it like this 1:


Tim Blair – Friday, November 08, 2013 (2:37pm)

The knitting, the knifing, the hyperbowl, the hate, the carbon tax, the communidy, soon coming to a screen near you: 
Rachel Griffiths will play Julia Gillard in a new drama project …
“I am thrilled to portray Australia’s first female prime minister and explore the private aspects of her remarkable term,” Griffiths said.
“I believe that the creative and intellectual capacity of the team involved will produce a stunning drama that will reframe this historic period in our cultural and political life.” 
Casting will be fun. Who’ll play Kevni? Who’ll play Tim? Who’ll get the key role as Tim’s couch? Producer Richard Keddie seems enthusiastic: 
“This is an incredible contemporary Australian story,” said Keddie, “and when the truth is revealed I think Australians will be astounded.” 
Finally, the real Julia! Again! Keddie continues: 
“She was extraordinarily successful in her performance as a Prime Minister but not in the media. The media didn’t like her. They went after her and killed her.
“One of the reasons I want to make the story is because I believe the media are writing the rules of our democracy and frightening away character and personality. What we are getting is two-dimensional cutout characters who are nothing like the true people.” 
A really good way to present politicians as real people is to get actors to play them on television. This is going to be sensational.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 08, 2013 (1:50pm)

Select your favourite tilt-headed leftoid from this absolute welter of concernalists, rent seekers, panic bunnies, freedom barriers, tax hoovers and carbon squealers.
(Via Helen)


Tim Blair – Friday, November 08, 2013 (4:48am)

Tax enthusiasts crave a bipartisan approach on carbon pricing. Wish granted, as Simon Benson reports: 
Privately Shorten was a staunch opponent of the carbon tax. 
He did not believe it should have been Labor policy. He was right. 
So Labor’s Bill Shorten agrees with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Now, at last, we can move on.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 08, 2013 (4:44am)

Convicted terrorist David Hicks aims to clear his name: 
David Hicks says he can’t return to normal life in Australia without clearing his name in the US courts, declaring he is fed up with being called a convicted terrorist. 
Fair enough. The Jew-hating convicted terrorist is about to commence a charm offensive: 
Mr Hicks, now working as a panel beater in Sydney, wants to convince authorities and the media of his innocence. 
Hicks – a convicted terrorist – is pushing against an open door, at least so far as the media is concerned. It’s not so much that Hicks (convicted of terrorism) is thought of as innocent. It’s that he’s thought of as a hero.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 08, 2013 (4:41am)

With national devastation only 5000 years away, it’s time to ask:


Tim Blair – Friday, November 08, 2013 (4:22am)

Enjoy some regulation, greenoids: 
Green protesters will be subject to workplace safety laws after a Forestry NSW worker was killed while standing guard between demonstrators and a logging site …
Finance and Services Minister Andrew Constance said he and Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson would move to make protesters subject to the workplace and safety laws of any site they enter. 
This seems like thoughtful legislation. At a stroke, idiotic protests would be placed outside the law – on basic safety grounds. Makes sense, given the fate of forestry worker John Creighton.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 08, 2013 (4:04am)

We’re all doing it tough in medialand, but Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood is doing it tougher than most
Mr Hywood gave a bleak assessment of trading conditions, informing shareholders that group revenues were down 6 per cent on a financial year-to-date basis compared with the previous corresponding period. 
You’ll never guess upon whom Hywood pins his final, desperate hopes: 
He said there had been “no sustained uplift in the post-election advertising environment”, sending shares down 0.87 per cent to 57c. Advertising bookings “remain short” despite hopes an Abbott government would lead to a boost in business confidence that would translate into more positive consumer sentiment. 
Abbott may be able to change the planet’s temperature, but rescuing Fairfax? That’d take a miracle.


Tim Blair – Friday, November 08, 2013 (3:54am)

“At a conference for moderate Islam in Norway, the moderate audience was asked if Allah’s will should be followed insofar as adulterers being stoned to death,” emails James Board. “A show of hands revealed the moderate audience’smoderate response.”


Tim Blair – Thursday, November 07, 2013 (4:29pm)

The good news is that, according to this National Geographic image of future Australia, global warming is going to destroy Adelaide:


The bad news is that it’ll take another 5000 years.

Standoff as Australia asks Indonesia to take back boat

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (11:10am)

Boat people policy

I said last night the Abbott Government had failed - judging from reports - in its first clear test of its border policies.
It’s not that simple:

A mid-ocean stand-off between Australia and Indonesia may be developing late on Thursday night as a customs vessel tries to return a boatload of rescued asylum seekers to a reluctant Indonesia.
Up to 56 asylum seekers were rescued from their wooden boat in Indonesia’s search and rescue zone by an Australian ship on Thursday and, rather than taking them to Christmas Island, it is seeking to return them to Indonesia…
Basarnas’ deputy officer in charge, Adi Fachroni Azis earlier said Australia had “called us talking about evacuating the passengers [to Indonesia] but until now Indonesian authorities are still talking with their Australian counterparts. So far as I know, still no decision has been taken.”
I said yesterday the timing of this confrontation was suspicious. Indeed:
On two occasions since the election of the Abbott government, rescued asylum seekers have been returned to Indonesian agencies in mid-ocean, ship-to-ship operations.
However, with tensions high over allegations of spying by Australia, and no agreement reached yet on a cooperative way of dealing with asylum seekers, the Indonesians may be reluctant to take the latest group.

I suspect Indonesia’s foreign minister is playing at being a nationalist, even if it means insulting Australia and abrogating Indonesia’s responsibility for an Indonesian boat picked up in Indonesian search-and-resuce waters:
Early today, after a stand-off throughout yesterday, an Australian vessel was standing by the fishing boat with the asylum-seekers still aboard and hoping to be taken to Christmas Island…
Indonesian officials told The Australian management of the issue had been taken out of the hands of Basarnas, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency, because it was not a rescue but a border security matter.
An Australian vessel, believed to be HMAS Ballarat, located the wooden fishing vessel yesterday morning, 57 nautical miles off the West Java coast.
According to Basarnas, the Australians found the boat was not in distress but several hours later its engine was broken. There is speculation those aboard sabotaged the engine in order to be picked up by HMAS Ballarat.
The Indonesians are understood to have then refused to take the asylum-seekers back to Indonesia, as happened at least four times in September when Australians went to the rescue of boats in distress in Indonesian waters.
In Indonesia, the matter is being handled by Security Coordinating Minister Djoko Suyanto’s office, military headquarters and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which has refused to comment.
From today’s briefing on Operation Sovereign Borders:
The boat intercepted yesterday first asked for rescue just 43 nautical miles from Indonesia, in Indonesian search and rescue territory. All on board are safe. No further comment will be given by Morrison or Lt Gen Angus Campbell, despite persistent questioning. Morrison says he won’t put an “ongoing operations at risk” by commenting.
10 Iranians have chosen to return to Iran in this past week.
77 people have chosen to go home from off-shore processing centres since the Operation started, double the period before.
There has been a fall in arrivals, and not because of any bad weather.
No boats have arrived now for a fortnight.

Fairfax readers must be seriously stupid - or misled - to believe this AbbottAbbottAbbott

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (9:42am)

Reader Baden on the latest AbbottAbbottAbbott:
Today’s installment in the war being waged by Fairfax on the Abbott Government:

Razor taken to CSIRO:
Almost a quarter of scientists, researchers and workers at Australia’s premier science institution will lose their jobs under the federal government’s present public service jobs freeze.
The blanket staff freeze across the public service threatens the jobs of 1400 “non-ongoing” workers at the CSIRO...
Some of the more hysterical comments from the well-indoctrinated:

Welcome to the 1900’s. (laughing stock to the world)
Exactly what Rupert recommended. Who woulda thought?
The dumbing down of Australia. Well I suppose if you want to create an elite class, this is where you start
When he turns the SCG into a colosseum, I’m leaving
The barbarians aren’t just at the gates, they’re inside and burning the place down.
Honestly does this buffoon hate science that much do people with superior intellects scare him that much
Tories hate science, it so often disproves their wacky skygod/father knows best delusions
Well science and religion do not mix so not surprised Catholic Abbott will cut back on science, it interferes with his fairytales about powerful invisible men in the sky
What’s the use of scientists when you’ve got George Pell?
And finally, the grain of truth which unfortunately for many won’t override the Fairfax hyperbole:

The problems with CSIRO were already occurring before the change in government. One third of CSIRO budget is obtained from external sources and that is down, so either staff will be cut or the federal government will need to put in more money. Nowhere is there any statement that the funding by the federal government has been reduced.
Who cares about the facts at Fairfax when there’s the daily quota of AbbottAbbottAbbott to fill?
The CSIRO has confirmed about 300 non-ongoing jobs will go this financial year under the Federal Government’s freeze on hiring or renewing contracts.
CSIRO deputy chief executive Craig Roy says reports in Fairfax newspapers that 1,400 non-ongoing jobs will be shed are grossly inaccurate.
“Before we enter any new recruitment at all we will look very carefully at the job to see is it needed and do we have the people and the skills internally to fill it,” he said.
“We aren’t freezing or stopping the recruitment of young scientists in the forms of post doctorates coming out. We’ve just approved another round of post doctorate recruitments. It’s a very prudent approach we’re taking.”

Locking up Tasmania’s forests - and the jobs

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (8:43am)

Sydney Morning Herald columnist Ross Gittins claims the green movement isn’t really to blame for the decline of Tasmania’s forest industry:
The way the industry likes to tell it, it was hit by the banning of logging in certain forest areas and the tightening up of forest management practices. But while it was recovering from this blow, it was hit first by the global financial crisis and then by the high dollar (which has reduced earnings from exports and reduced the price of the imported forest products it competes against).
... all of the parties to the latest Tasmanian forestry agreement believe it will deliver ‘’an ongoing, vibrant forestry industry in Tasmania based on native forests and, increasingly in the future, plantation’’.
There’s just one problem: this is wishful thinking. The industry’s story uses the environment as a convenient whipping-boy to draw attention away from its long-term structural decline - and probably demise.
John Reid confronts Gittins with the facts:
Surely it is no coincidence that this “structural decline” coincided precisely with the period in which the entire timber resource of the state was being locked up in reserves. Compare the 2013 reserves in red with the forested areas in dark green in this recent satellite image of the island.
Between 1981 and 2013 the area off-limits to forestry increased from 600,000 ha to 3 million ha. The total land area of the state is only 6.1 million ha. The reserves represent 47 percent of this area. Nowhere else in the world is so much land set aside in this way for ideological reasons.
Certainly the GFC and the high AUD (Australian dollar) may have had some effect but the unavailability of resource, the need to travel further to get the logs and the smaller log size in the few remaining accessible forests have also had a major effect. What is more the AUD will surely go down again. The world demand for wood remains undiminished and is likely to increase again in the near future. As every primary producer, every farmer knows there will always be short term fluctuations in commodity prices but that is no reason to sell the farm. Neither Gittins nor Macintosh convincingly demonstrate that the present downturn is other than temporary.
Reid gets to the heart of Gittins’ objection - and misapprehension:
However, Ross Gittins shows his true colours (green I think) when he writes:

The result is that taxpayers are paying to allow an industry that probably would have collapsed to continue doing damage to native forests. It’s getting help other industries wouldn’t get, partly because it’s doing something most other industries don’t do: destroying the environment.
Come again? “Damage to native forests”, “destroying the environment”? Tasmania has, or rather did have, among the world’s best managed forests. Some areas have been logged two or three times over the last century an half. They are not “damaged”. They have not been “destroyed”. There is little difference between harvesting a field of wheat and harvesting a native forest when it is done properly. The only difference is the time scale over which recovery occurs.
The people of Tasmania don’t want handouts, they want industries and jobs.

(Via Rafe at Catallaxy Files.) 

Holden drives your dollars further from something useful

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (8:42am)

What kind of business can’t make a profit even with $100 million a year in taxpayer support?

HOLDEN’S manufacturing plant is losing up to $18 million a year - or $270 a vehicle - despite the carmaker factoring in at least $1 billion in government subsidies during the next decade as closure looms for its marginal Australian operations.
The Australian can reveal the grim financial snapshot - based on Holden’s internal figures - that show the carmaker cannot turn a profit without $50m in operating cost savings offered by unions in August but contingent on the company agreeing to build two next-generation vehicles at Elizabeth from 2016. 

Here comes Abbott’s axe

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (8:17am)

I wonder if taxpayers will notice the slightest difference - other than an easing of the government’s grip on their wallets:

On Friday, the government will also announce the immediate dismantling of a raft of government advisory bodies, expert panels and national steering committees, covering diverse areas including ageing, legal affairs, ethics and animal welfare. Federal cabinet this week signed off on the changes, which will see a dozen “non-statutory” bodies axed altogether, and several more amalgamated with other bodies or absorbed into existing departmental functions…
The bodies scrapped are: Australian Animals Welfare Advisory Committee; Commonwealth Firearms Advisory Committee; International Legal Services Advisory Committee; National Inter-country Adoption Advisory Council; National Steering Committee on Corporate Wrongdoing; Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee; Advisory Panel on the Marketing in Australia of Infant Formula; High Speed Rail Advisory Group; Maritime Workforce Development Forum; Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing; Insurance Reform Advisory Group; and the National Housing Supply Council.
What kind of mind ever thought we needed an Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee or Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing.
If you can suggest other government agencies in desperate need of abolition, fire away. Let me start: scrap the Human Rights Commission. We’d not just save money but save our human rights from its meddling.
Reader Bruce:
Oh, I think there are a few more out there somewhere. Perhaps these?
Anti-dumping Commission Australian National Preventive Health Agency
Alcohol and Other Drugs Council of Australia
Clean Energy Regulator and other green agencies (too many to list)
Australian Trade Commission
Australian Transport Commission
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority
Australian Government Quality Teacher Program
Australian Learning and Teaching Council (so much overlap here)
Australian Universities Quality Agency
National Workplace Relations Consultative Council
National Youth Affairs and Research Scheme
Office of Early Childhood Education and Childcare
Office of Federal Safety Commissioner
Or maybe these others?
Did you realise there is something called Innovation Australia Board? And then there is the Moorebank Intermodal Terminal Board? (By recollection, this is Albo’s wetdream that used government money to create an inferior transport hub when private money was available to build a better one).... And then there is ACARA, AITSL, AWPA, IHPA, Australian Heritage Council, Aboriginal Hostels Limited, Tuition Protection Services Board (what?), Health Workforce Australia and the list goes on and on.
I’m sure I could find a few more like the Australian Social Inclusion Board, the National Place-Based Advisory Group, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, CCA, ANHPA and TEQSA.
Sorry if I’ve repeated some of them. It’s like a jungle - you get so lost you can go around in circles.

Wouldn’t a truly sorry fraudster pay back more?

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (8:08am)

Michael Williamson, Labor’s former national president, has said sorry for ripping off $5 million from his union members. But if he’s so sorry, where’s the cash?
After pleading guilty last month to defrauding his 50,000-member union, Williamson is awaiting sentence in March for what is likely to be an extended jail stint.
The hunt, in the meantime, is for $5 million that he admits to owing the HSU, his main creditor, in an agreed settlement released a day after his conviction.

For Michael Jones, a highly experienced bankruptcy trustee put in charge of investigating Williamson’s affairs, the next three years will be spent attempting to recover any missing…
It puzzles Jones that Williamson, despite a voracious spending habit, could claim almost no assets to his name in his sworn statement of affairs filed for bankruptcy. Why, he asks, would a 60-year-old man on a salary far above average not seek to pay down the hefty mortgages on his home?…
Williamson’s inability to save money from his large income is even more surprising considering he preferred to seek reimbursements from the union for much of his travel and dining expenses rather than use his HSU-issued credit card - he claimed an average $6200 a month in reimbursements, according to a report last year into the union’s affairs by Ian Temby QC. Again, Jones asks, how could he have frittered away such a large income?

Abbott cuts emissions. Stops Ministers flying to Warsaw

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (7:51am)

Why on earth would a minister waste his time when there’s a carbon tax back home to repeal?

Australia will not be represented by a senior elected member of the Abbott government at next week’s major round of international climate change negotiations starting Monday in Warsaw.
What a change from the circus Kevin Rudd led to the disastrous Copenhagen summit in 2009:

A provisional list published in The Australian today contains the names and details of 114 Australian representatives, compared with just 71 for the United Kingdom.
Attempts by The Age and ABC to whip up outrage over this no-show are somewhat undermined by this detail:
Under the Gillard government, then climate change minister Greg Combet did not attend last year’s Doha UN climate summit. But the government was represented by then parliamentary secretary for climate change Mark Dreyfus.
But I hope the government’s refusal to attend yet another futile round of talks to get some fanciful agreement to futile steps to “stop” global warming really is meant to send a signal.
Warmists: your years of fear-mongering and fancy summits is over. The more Labor storms about this, the more it will be damn itself to irrelevance. 

First off: our freedom restored to criticise the New Racism

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (7:50am)

It shouldn’t be named for me, because this is no personal favor. These wicked provisions have in fact limited the right of all Australians to speak freely and to hear all sides of an argument:

THE repeal of the “Andrew Bolt” provisions of the Racial Discrimination Act that make it unlawful to offend and insult people because of their race will be the subject of the first legislation Attorney-General George Brandis will introduce to parliament.
The repeal, which will honour an election promise, will change the definition of racial vilification to eliminate at least two of the grounds that were used against the conservative columnist over articles about light-skinned Aboriginal people.
It should also be made clear that the purpose of any change is not to allow us “to offend and insult people because of their race”, but to allow us to say things without a judge ruling they should be banned because someone took offence on the grounds of their “race”.
One more thing: the proposed changes, while welcome and brave, simply do not go far enough. I know how keen some judges are use what powers they may be persuaded to find in such legislation. Where there’s a will…
And good on Brandis:

Before the election, Senator Brandis had promised to amend Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act so speech that is found to be offensive and insulting is no longer defined as racial vilification. He said yesterday he would be engaging in consultations about whether the amendment should go further and wind back other potential grounds for liability.

The changes would be in the first bill he presented to parliament, but because of the consultations it might not be introduced until early in the new year....

The decision to examine more extensive changes to Section 18C comes after several commentators, including Brisbane academic James Allan, had argued that the threat to free speech from the Bolt case meant the entire provision should be repealed.
One person who will be able to write with less fear of being sued is Don Aitkin, former vice chancellor of the University of Canberra.

Another is Aboriginal writer Dallas Scott.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 

97 per cent of warmists cite a 97 per cent that’s false

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (7:36am)

Reader James on a deceptive meme that’s repeated by warmists with little seeming interest in the truth:

I have submitted this to ABC Fact Checkers.
Yesterday on the ABC Drum John Hewson said 97% of Climate scientists are in agreement. We continuously hear politicians, journalists and activists refer to this 97% consensus among variously either scientists or climate scientists. In the telling it changes from the consensus being that they agree that humans are causing global warming or climate change, or that they are causing dangerous climate change, or that they agree we need to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. Now of course it can’t be all of those things and I think it is about time someone set the record straight. Even President Obama is said to have tweeted “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous.”
He tweeted that after the publication of this paper: Cook, J., Nuccitelli, D., Green, S. A., Richardson, M., Winkler, B., Painting, R., et al. (2013). ‘Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scienti?c literature.’ Environmental Research Letters, 8, 024024. 
However this appears to have been totally refuted with the following peer-reviewed paper by reputable people published in a reputable peer reviewed journal:

The 97.1 % consensus claimed by Cook et al. (2013) turns out upon inspection to be not 97.1 % but 0.3 %. Their claim of 97.1 % consensus, therefore, is arguably one of the greatest items of misinformation that has been circulated on either side of the climate debate.
Here is an abbreviated version of the press release summarising the above paper. 
The truth about the “97 per cent” claimed by Cook:
Any time you here someone babble on about “97 per cent of climate scientists” you should conclude the speaker has no idea what they are talking about.  

Shorten doubts the tax he says we need

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (6:50am)

John Howard this week confessed he just gave in to fearmongers when he agreed to a carbon tax, and he never really believed in catastrophic warming.
Turns out another leader is also a private doubter - at least of the tax:
Privately Shorten was a staunch opponent of the carbon tax. He did not believe it should have been Labor policy.
If every politician who privately doubts either catastrophic man-made warming or a carbon tax spoke up, the debate would be instantly changed. Instead, they keep silent, thinking that everyone else’s silence shows the believers are too many to be defied. 

If Wendy Bacon cannot add to 100, can she understand warming science?

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (6:25am)

Tony Thomas fact-checks journalism academic Wendy Bacon’s report on how newspaper’s cover global warming, and discovers, well, very poor journalism indeed. Not that the ABC’s Media Report noticed, of course.

Professorial Fellow Wendy Bacon says her’s 222-page study of Australian newspapers’ coverage of climate change is the largest Australian research project of its kind. I’d add that it’s also the worst of its kind…
Bacon led a team of about 15 researchers to produce her report. Those hoping to compare The Australian’s coverage with that of, say, The Age, will be disappointed. All 16 on the team failed to notice that The Age’s total of climate articles is mis-stated as 50, rather than summing to 77 (though 77 is also wrong, the correct figure is 71). The Age articles’ stated breakdown in terms of sceptic doubt and rejection is 18% and 10% respectively, somehow identical with those of the Advertiser, run by the reviled Rupert. The percent of all The Age’s climate article stances add to 119%, instead of the required 100%. Four of the table’s five grand totals are also wrong…
As for methodology, Bacon sprawls at the first hurdle.  She has to distinguish between orthodox climate scientists pushing the dangerous global warming hypothesis, and sceptics claiming … what, exactly? A reasonable answer is that sceptics dispute that climate sensitivity to a doubling of atmospheric CO2 is between two and six degrees, the latter the supposed upper range and potentially disastrous for the planet). Well-informed sceptics would plump for a sensitivity number in the 0.5degC to, maybe, 1.5degC, and they would argue that such modest warming is likely to be beneficial.
Sceptics also put much greater weight on natural climate variability, which could well swamp any man-made effects of CO2. Doubters continue to ask for empirical proof that most of the 0.8degC warming in the past century is “extremely likely” due to man-made factors, which is the latest claim of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Bacon, however, galumphs in with ludicrous definitions of “the consensus” and sceptics’ position against it. She writes:
“Scientists (over 97%) overwhelmingly agree that the activities of human beings cause climate change. This is referred to as the consensus position. The term ‘climate sceptic’ refers to those who do not accept this consensus position....”
Dear Ms Bacon, be advised that no sane person disputes that “humans cause climate change"… The real issue is, “How much change?” So all the Bacon team’s laborious coding of articles according to “accepting”, “rejecting” or “doubting” that the Pope is a Catholic, doesn’t make sense.
Adding to the confusion, a few pages later we read,
“The number of articles about climate science fell between 2011 and 2012 but the number not accepting the scientific consensus that human beings are causing dangerous climate change grew.?” (My emphasis).
There she introduces the key term “dangerous” to her definition. For a moment, rationality appears. Warmists and sceptics can have an objective disagreement about the degree of danger. But for the entirety of the rest of the report’s 220 pages, “dangerous” climate change is never again mentioned. However, right at the end of her report, her definition of the “consensus” changes again, this time to signify that human beings are “the main” contributors to global warming.
Given that Bacon now has three seriously different definitions of “consensus”, how did her dozen junior assistants manage to code 602 articles into “accepters”, “doubters” and “rejecters” of “the consensus”?…
And of course she cites the notoriously flawed paper this year by John Cook et al that 97.1% of abstracts agree about human-caused warming. The reality is that Cook’s paper showed only 0.3% of 11,944 abstracts tested, endorsed the Cook-specified IPCC view “that human activity is very likely causing most of the current GW (anthropogenic global warming, or AGW)”.
A distinction between 97.1% and 0.3% was too subtle for Bacon and her large team to notice.
Should I keep our pet bunnies inside at night?
Bacon’s paper makes 157 references to Andrew Bolt in its 222 pages, perhaps indicating a need for some counselling. In her worldview, Mr Bolt is a simulacrum of Austin Power’s Dr Evil, single-handedly destroying the planet with his super-weapon of…well, what? Bolt is just a commentator. If he’s influential, why would that be? Something to do with a large and existing body of sceptical opinion perhaps?
Thomas is unimpressed by Bacon’s various conspiracy theories, such as this:
“News Corp has selected Bolt to play a powerful strategic role in the communication of climate change to Australian audiences… While some of these editors claim to accept the consensus position, they accord him the power to promote scathing critiques of climate scientists and other media that accept the consensus position.”
Actually, Ms Bacon, my editors just believe in letting a columnist follow their conscience and their reasoning, even if it takes them to conclusions different to their own. It’s called promoting free speech and a healthy debate - concepts that seem to jar with a Leftist. Tony Thomas demolishes Bacon’s story of editors using me to further a sinister Murdoch plot:

Nice try, but even Anne Summers has reported Bolt defying, not supporting, News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch’s pro-orthodox climate views:
“ ‘He (Bolt) took on the chairman (Murdoch) about climate change during a Murdoch visit to Melbourne,” says Bruce Guthrie… “They ended up agreeing to differ. ‘In some ways he is quite brave to take on the Murdochs on that issue,’ says Stephen Mayne… ‘It is very unusual for a News person to take on management.’”
Read the whole take-down. It says so much about the state of green thought, the decline of reason and the indoctrination of student journalists. 

No warming for 15 years. Fearmongering ramped up

Andrew Bolt November 08 2013 (6:16am)

Warmist scares get even more frantic:

Imagine a world with giant snakes as long as buses that are so fat that they can only just squeeze through the door.
Turtles the size of SmartCars would hunt crocodiles, while horses as small as cats could be found roaming fields.
This was Earth around 55 million years ago, according to U.S. researchers who have been studying the link between the size of animals, reptiles and a change in climate. 

Now scientists are warning massive reptiles and shrinking mammals could be found on our planet again if global warming takes hold.
Whole countries will drown:
It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood disaster film - what would happen if the polar icecaps completely melted in one go?
But you could also see it as the eventual product of global warming… The impact of such a drastic change to the sea level is shown by these National Geographic maps…
In Europe, the Netherlands would be completely submerged. Denmark, Belgium, Estonia and Latvia would also be significantly flooded. The Black and Caspian Seas would connect directly to the Mediterranean, and huge areas of Russia and Kazakhstan would flood.
(Thanks to reader Penny.) 

Consultants, no. Lovers of the business, yes

Andrew Bolt November 07 2013 (8:45pm)


How to make Labor unelectable

Andrew Bolt November 07 2013 (8:35pm)


THE partner of rogue union chief John Setka has been tipped to take the prized Labor seat of Werribee.
Labor pre-selections will be wrapped up by mid-December and party sources say Emma Walters has strong support within Labor leader Daniel Andrews’ left faction.
Mr Setka is state secretary of the militant CFMEU which brought the CBD to a halt with its controversial Myer Emporium blockade.
Note Walters is going for a seat where the only election that really counts is of faction bosses.

A boat to test the government

Andrew Bolt November 07 2013 (8:01pm)

First in about a fortnight:

AN asylum seeker boat bound for Australia is believed to be in distress off the coast of Indonesia.
A spokesman for the Indonesian search and rescue agency, BASARNAS, has confirmed that a distress call was received from a vessel in the Sunda Strait earlier on Thursday.
A test. Could this boat’s passengers be sent back to Indonesia? If it’s in the Sundra Strait, that’s very close to Indonesia, and in Indonesian waters.
Interesting timing: just when Indonesia is making a meal of the spying claims against Australia.
Test failed:

The Australian naval vessel, HMAS Ballarat, responded to the distress call, and was escorting the asylum seeker boat to Christmas Island, the spokesman said.
I was looking for rules on Continental Jo .. and came across this article I felt you might like. I gather penalty points are 25 for an Ace or joker, 20 for King, 15 for queen, 10 for jack and Ten, face value for other cards. I recall Marita plays the game for 13 rounds .. up and down. I seem to recall you asking after this, once, years ago.
Is Pope Francis a student of Rahner's ecclesiology?
By Ged MacMahon
This essay explores the ecclesiological understandings of Karl Rahner and Pope Francis. There are many understandings which are held in common between these two prominent men of the modern era. Karl Rahner, SJ (1904-1984), was a German theologian who is considered one of the most influential theologians of the 20th Century. He was regarded as an expert, or peritus, during the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and had an important role in bringing about some of the significant changes that occur…
A great essay on the Catholic Church's current Pope. - ed
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I don't know quite how to take this... I am a bassist, so on that level... um.... well, here's the story:

The origins for the group and movie Spinal Tap came from Christopher Guest hearing a conversation at a table next to him at the Chateau Marmont back in 1974.

Manager: All right, well, we’ll take our instruments up to the room.
Bassist: Don’t know where my bass is.
Manager: I beg your pardon.
Bassist: I don’t know where the bass is.
Manager: Where is it?
Bassist: I think it’s at the airport.
Manager: You have to get back there, don’t you?
Bassist: I don’t know, do I?
Manager: I think you better.
Bassist: Where’s my bass?
Manager: It’s at the airport.

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MID-OCEAN STANDOFF, Fairfax claims

It was not a mid-ocean anything as HMAS Ballarat last night responded to a distress call a mere 57 kilometers from the Indonesian coast and well within their own search and rescue zone.

A wooden boat intending to illegally enter Australia with least 50 people on board, called for assistance due to an engine breakdown but on arrival the Australian crew determined that the engine was in good working order so they notified the Indonesians and left.

Responding to a further distress call showed the engine had been sabotaged and HMAS Ballarat stood by to await Indonesian assistance to return the boat to port.

It was reported the Indonesians had refused to respond, which was a departure from their recent willingness to accept the return of “asylum seeker” boats.

Apparently, Indonesian authorities had originally agreed to respond but the matter was quickly handed over to Indonesia's ‘Ministry for Politics’ and they had moved to instigate the current standoff.

There is no doubt the Indonesians are peeved at the political implications of spying accusations and are looking to capitalise electorally on the claims.

Australia’s espionage is centred on foiling Islamic terrorist activities that have claimed hundreds of Australian lives but it appears Indonesia has little concern for Australian lives and even less concern for our border security.

This aberrant corrupt nation must now be shown that we respect our sovereignty even if they don’t.

It is inconceivable that we support this obscenely rich nation to the extent of $600 million per year.

In return we are treated like swine at a Ramadan fast.

We have tried the softly softly approach and now it’s time for the big stick.


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If you change how you see people, the people you see will change.
“Jesus looked at him and loved him.” Mark 10:21
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Father in heaven,I thank You for loving and accepting me today. I choose to do what is right and honor You with my attitude, words and actions. Holy Spirit, show me if there is any area that isn’t pleasing to You and help me to live as an example of Your goodness all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right (Acts 10:34–35, NIV)
Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom — and God’s freedom is free for everyone! It doesn’t matter what your nationality or heritage is, or who your family is. It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have; God wants you to be free from everything that would hold you back from your relationship with Him.

God wants to pour out His abundant blessing on all who honor Him and choose His ways. In fact, it says in Galatians that in Christ, there is no Jew or Greek or even male or female. That means God’s not judging you based on physical conditions. He’s looking at your heart. He’s looking at the gifts He’s placed inside of you.

Don’t let the enemy lie to you and tell you that God is blessing everyone else but you. Look for the ways He is pouring out blessing in your life. Thank Him for His acceptance, love and freedom. Focus on honoring Him and doing what is right. Receive His favor and blessing because it is a gift that is free for all.God bless u.
1. In Salvation. I am so glad I’m saved. To know the Lord in free pardon of sin makes me glad. Psalms 144:15 “Happy is the people that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.” Matthew 19, The Rich Young Ruler went away from Christ sorrowful not knowing the Lord, but in The Gospel According to Luke 19, Zacchaeus received Him Joyfully.
Isaiah 12:3, “Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”
Judas betrayed Christ and then hanged himself in Matthew 27:5, but the two men on the road to Emmaus received Him in Luke 24 and said “Did not our heart burn within us; while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened unto us the Scriptures?”
I will be glad today for as Jesus said in Luke 10:20, not because the spirits are subject unto me, but because my “name is written in heaven.”

It is now my desire to live for Jesus. He makes me glad to serve Him and keep His commandments.God bless you.
Psalms 4:7-8 says,"Fill my heart with joy when their grain and new wine abound.In peace I will lie down and sleep,for you alone, Lord,make me dwell in safety.

Man’s heart longs for eternal joy and gladness, but society and its pleasures can only offer momentary rushes of pleasures that simply mask the emptiness within. To know the Lord in the power of His resurrection, this is what, above any thing, we can rejoice in (v. 7): Thou hast hereby often put gladness into my heart; He has not only supported and refreshed me, but filled me with joy unspeakable and full of glory; and, therefore, this is what I will still pursue, what I will seek after all the days of my life. He loves me,i can not say why.You are blessed.

You might have thought people would have twigged to national bigotry following that evening .. ed
<What a debacle. Labor and PUP would've prevailed over the Sports Party and the Greens in WA had the missing votes been counted in the Senate race. Looks like poll-weary WA is likely to be forced to the ballot box again.>






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"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands."
Isaiah 49:16
No doubt a part of the wonder which is concentrated in the word "Behold," is excited by the unbelieving lamentation of the preceding sentence. Zion said, "The Lord hath forsaken me, and my God hath forgotten me." How amazed the divine mind seems to be at this wicked unbelief! What can be more astounding than the unfounded doubts and fears of God's favoured people? The Lord's loving word of rebuke should make us blush; he cries, "How can I have forgotten thee, when I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands? How darest thou doubt my constant remembrance, when the memorial is set upon my very flesh?" O unbelief, how strange a marvel thou art! We know not which most to wonder at, the faithfulness of God or the unbelief of his people. He keeps his promise a thousand times, and yet the next trial makes us doubt him. He never faileth; he is never a dry well; he is never as a setting sun, a passing meteor, or a melting vapour; and yet we are as continually vexed with anxieties, molested with suspicions, and disturbed with fears, as if our God were the mirage of the desert. "Behold," is a word intended to excite admiration. Here, indeed, we have a theme for marvelling. Heaven and earth may well be astonished that rebels should obtain so great a nearness to the heart of infinite love as to be written upon the palms of his hands. "I have graven thee." It does not say, "Thy name." The name is there, but that is not all: "I have graven thee." See the fulness of this! I have graven thy person, thine image, thy case, thy circumstances, thy sins, thy temptations, thy weaknesses, thy wants, thy works; I have graven thee, everything about thee, all that concerns thee; I have put thee altogether there. Wilt thou ever say again that thy God hath forsaken thee when he has graven thee upon his own palms?


"And ye shall be witnesses unto me."
Acts 1:8
In order to learn how to discharge your duty as a witness for Christ, look at his example. He is always witnessing: by the well of Samaria, or in the Temple of Jerusalem: by the lake of Gennesaret, or on the mountain's brow. He is witnessing night and day; his mighty prayers are as vocal to God as his daily services. He witnesses under all circumstances; Scribes and Pharisees cannot shut his mouth; even before Pilate he witnesses a good confession. He witnesses so clearly, and distinctly that there is no mistake in him. Christian, make your life a clear testimony. Be you as the brook wherein you may see every stone at the bottom--not as the muddy creek, of which you only see the surface--but clear and transparent, so that your heart's love to God and man may be visible to all. You need not say, "I am true:" be true. Boast not of integrity, but be upright. So shall your testimony be such that men cannot help seeing it. Never, for fear of feeble man, restrain your witness. Your lips have been warmed with a coal from off the altar; let them speak as like heaven-touched lips should do. "In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand." Watch not the clouds, consult not the wind--in season and out of season witness for the Saviour, and if it shall come to pass that for Christ's sake and the gospel's you shall endure suffering in any shape, shrink not, but rejoice in the honour thus conferred upon you, that you are counted worthy to suffer with your Lord; and joy also in this--that your sufferings, your losses, and persecutions shall make you a platform, from which the more vigorously and with greater power you shall witness for Christ Jesus. Study your great Exemplar, and be filled with his Spirit. Remember that you need much teaching, much upholding, much grace, and much humility, if your witnessing is to be to your Master's glory.

Today's reading: Jeremiah 40-42, Hebrews 4 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 40-42

Jeremiah Freed
1 The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon. 2 When the commander of the guard found Jeremiah, he said to him, “The LORD your God decreed this disaster for this place. 3 And now the LORD has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned against the LORD and did not obey him. 4 But today I am freeing you from the chains on your wrists. Come with me to Babylon, if you like, and I will look after you; but if you do not want to, then don’t come. Look, the whole country lies before you; go wherever you please.” 5However, before Jeremiah turned to go, Nebuzaradan added, “Go back to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the towns of Judah, and live with him among the people, or go anywhere else you please.”
Then the commander gave him provisions and a present and let him go. 6 So Jeremiah went to Gedaliah son of Ahikam at Mizpah and stayed with him among the people who were left behind in the land....

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 4

A Sabbath-Rest for the People of God
1 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said,
“So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”
And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.”
Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts....”

Sarah, Sarai, Sara

The Woman Who Became Mother of Nations
Name Meaning - Among the classified names of the Bible are those known as sacramental names, and are so-called because they were names given by God Himself, or under His inspiration in association with a particular promise, covenant or declaration of His, as to the character, destiny or mission of those distinctly named. Thus a sacramental name became a sign and seal of an established covenant between God and the recipient of such a name. Two Bible characters bearing sacramental names are Abraham and Sarah, both of which signify the gracious purposes and promises of God.
The wife of the patriarch was originally known as Sarai, meaning "princely" or "a princess." Elsdon C. Smith suggests it may signify "contentious" or "quarrelsome," but was changed, not accidentally, or by the whim of the bearer, but by God Himself that it might be a sign of His purpose, into Sarah, implying the princess, a princess or princesses, the source of nations and kings. Sarah or "chieftainness," the feminine of Sar, meaning a "captain" or "commander" is repeatedly used in this sense as a common noun as, for instance, by Isaiah who renders it "queen" (Isaiah 49:23 ). It has been observed that among ancient Jews there was a sort of a cabalistic translation that "the Hebrew letter yod signifies the creative power of God in nature, while the letterhay symbolizes the state of grace - that state into which Sarah had entered after receiving the covenanted promises." The promise of ancestorship of many nations came with the change of the name of Sarai to Sarah. "I will bless her and she shall become nations." She was thus associated with her husband in the great blessing of the covenant whose name was also changed from Abram toAbraham . The former, original name means a "high, or honored father," the latter, "a father of many nations." The Apocrypha speaks of Abraham as "a great father of a multitude of nations" (Ecclesiasticus 44:19-21).
The root idea of Sarah means "to rule," and fits the personality of the bearer. It was a name intended as a seal of the promise given to Abraham, "kings of peoples shall be of her." Paul has an allegorical reference to Sarah as one who typified the gospel dispensation, "Jerusalem which is above ... which is the mother of us all" (Galatians 4:26). Thus, Sarah was to be the princess, not only "because she was to be the ancestress of a great nation literally, of many nations spiritually , but also because the rank and power were to be possessed by her descendants, or rather because the people descended from her were to be ruled over by a regal dynasty, by a succession of kings of their own race and lineage, is derived from her." In the genealogy of the descendants of Esau, Sarah's grandson we read, "These are the kings that reigned in the land of Edom before there reigned any king over the children of Israel." The line of kings descended from Sarah terminated in God's Anointed One, the Messiah, whose "kingdom is not of this world." The sacramental name of Sarah, therefore, also symbolizes the spiritual seed, the whole multitude of believers of all nations who are "kings and priests unto God."
Then the personal application of the changed name must not be forgotten. Called Sarah by God and the Angels (Genesis 17:15;18:9 ), she exhibited the traits of a princess, "wielding a sceptre by the magic of which she could lord it over men's hearts after her own will, even bring kings to her feet. If she came into the world with a will of her own as her dowry, nature further assisted her in developing it by the great beauty of her face and the grace of her stature. By these gifts she made her wish a command and disarmed opposition." Both in bearing and character she illustrated the significance of her name. Through the long, long years of the quiet and stedfast devotion of Abraham to Sarah, peace reigned in the matrimonial tent more because of Abraham's gentleness, kindness and forbearance, even though he lived so long with the more expressive and possessive ways of Sarah. Twice over in the kjv of the New Testament she is referred to as Sara, but the asv uniformly gives usSarah (Hebrews 11:111 Peter 3:6).
Family Connections - Sarah came from Ur of the Chaldees, Babylonia, and her former name Sarai, "princely," identifies her as coming from an honored family. She was the daughter of Terah and was therefore half-sister to Abram, her senior by ten years (Genesis 17:17), whom she married in the Ur of the Chaldees. While Abram and Sarai had the same father, they had different mothers (Genesis 20:12). Marriages between near relatives were countenanced in those days and were sometimes common for religious reasons ( Genesis 24:34;28:12), but not marriages between those actually by the same mother. Sarai was well past middle life and childless when with Abram she left her own country and with him went out "not knowing whither they went" ( Genesis 11:29,30).
There are various ways of looking at this remarkable woman who through a long span of life was the faithful wife of a prophet known as "The Friend of God."
Her Uniqueness
Strange though it may sound and seem, the first Jew was a Gentile, for Abraham who came from beyond the Euphrates was the first man to be called a Hebrew, "Abram the Hebrew" (Genesis 14:13). The word Hebrew itself means, "the immigrant," and was no doubt the usual designation among the Canaanites. As his wife, Sarah was the first Hebrewess - the joint fountainhead of the great Jewish race (Genesis 11:29-31;Isaiah 51:2 ). Abraham has been fitly called, "The fountainhead of the Hebrew hero life," and Sarah is the heroine of such life. She remains the first unquestionably historical woman of the Hebrews, and their first mother. She is, therefore, one of the most important female figures in the world's history, as the natural source of the Jewish people, through whom the nations of the earth were to be blessed. Only two women are named in the illustrious roll of those conspicuous for their faith: Sarah is the first, and Rahab the second (Hebrews 11:1131), both of whom lived by faith and died in faith (Hebrews 11:13). Sarah or Sara have always been popular female names both among Jews and Gentiles.
Her Beauty
The testimony of the Bible is that Sarah was unusually beautiful (Genesis 12:1114). The lines of Keats were true of her -
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams ...
Hebrew folklore has kept alive stories of her remarkable beauty and ranks her next to the most perfect woman the world has known, Eve, "the mother of all living." Sarah seems to have had beauty that grew more attractive with the passing years. "Of the things that are unfavourable to the preservation of beauty, the Orientals count travel as one that is most baneful, even fatal to it," says Gustav Gottheil. "Yet when Sarah arrived, after a long journey through dusty deserts and under a scorching sun, at the frontiers of Egypt, she was more beautiful than ever, and this explains the curious speech of Abraham to his wife at that juncture: 'Now I know that thou art a woman beautiful to look at.' Did he not know that before? Not so convincingly, explains the rabbi, as after he had seen that even travel had left no touch on her countenance."
Isaiah says that, "Beauty is a fading flower" (Isaiah 28:1), and a song of old has the stanza -
Beauty is but skin deep,
And ugly to the bone.
Beauty soon fades away,
But ugly holds its own.
But with Sarah it was different, for even when she was 90 years of age she was so lovely that Abraham feared that kings would fall in love with her bewitching beauty - which Pharaoh and Abimelech did, as our next glimpse of her proves. As one of the most beautful women who ever lived we can imagine that wherever she journeyed the admiring eyes of all were cast upon her. "Grave is all beauty," and Sarah's renowned loveliness certainly brought its trouble.
Her Peril
When famine drove Abraham and Sarah into the land of Egypt, and they felt that hostile kings might take them prisoners, Abraham came up with the abject, base proposal that if taken prisoners then his wife should represent herself as his sister. Fear of death unmanned him and led him to risk the dishonor of his wife and thereby save his own neck. She dearly loved her husband, and his life was too precious to her to make her think of the shame she might incur. Sarah was utterly wrong in yielding to her husband's plot. How nobler she would have been had she stoutly refused Abraham saying, "How can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?" But she called her husband "lord," and evidently he was lord of her conscience.
Abraham felt that if oriental despots knew that Sarah and he were married they would slay him and add the lovely woman to their harem. Married to a conspicuous beauty caused Abraham to be afraid, and he resorted to a falsehood to save his life. If taken, Sarah was not to say that she was his wife but his sister. This pretense was not an outright lie, but a half-truth, seeing that she was his half-sister. They were children of the same father, but not the same mother. It seems hard to believe that such a good man could deliver his lovely wife over to a heathen monarch, but he did, and Sarah entered Pharaoh's harem. But God protected her by sending plagues upon the monarch. Pharaoh sent her back to her own husband, untouched. The same unworthy plan was carried out when Abimelech, king of the Philistines, admiring her bewitching beauty had her taken to his harem. But again God interfered and commanded the king to restore Sarah to Abraham, seeing she was his wife. Threatened with violent death, Abimelech obeyed, but severely rebuked Abraham for his deceit (Genesis 12:10-2020). Years later Isaac, the son of Abraham and Sarah, used this same form of deception ( Genesis 26:6-13, see Rebekah).
God expressed His displeasure with Abraham and his wife because of their ill-conceived plot. As the Righteous One, He could not condone such trickery. Had He not called them out from their country for a specific mission? And was He not able to protect and preserve them from harm and danger in a strange land? Was not the halflie told on two occasions an indication of the lack of faith in God's overshadowing care and power to fulfill His promise? Abraham's lofty soul suffered an eclipse of the virtue of faith for which he was renowned when he adopted such a plan of deception, exposing his wife to great peril, and also thwarting of the divine plan for and through Sarah. (Compare Hagar.) Abraham's deception was followed by an attempt to ease an offense, and the patriarch was more blameworthy than Sarah who should have resisted the dangerous plan of exposing herself for the sexual gratification of other men.
A lie that is half a truth
Is ever the worst of lies.
A half-truth is always a lie. While it was true that Sarah was Abraham's sister, the assertion was in reality a falsehood. After the severe rebuke from Pharaoh for their deception, they should have learned their lesson, but to commit the same sin again a few years later, and further imperil God's plan to make of them a great nation, leaves Abraham and Sarah without excuse. How slow we are to learn from our past failures?
Her Sorrow
The one great grief of Abraham and Sarah was that through their long life together they had no children. To a Hebrew woman, barrenness was looked upon as a gnawing grief, and sometimes regarded as a sign of divine disfavor. Childless, even when back in Babylonia (Genesis 11:3016:1-8 ), Sarah remained so until at 90 years of age God miraculously fulfilled His promise and made her the mother of the son of promise. Through the long years, "side by side with the prosperity, beat for beat with the pulse of Abraham's joy, there throbs in Sarah's heart a pulse of pain ... There is as yet no heir." The constant grief of barrenness caused Sarah to become "The Woman Who Made a Great Mistake." In spite of the fact that, along with her husband, she had received the divine promise, that from her nations would spring, the possibility of ever becoming a mother died in her heart. Such a cross as barrenness inflamed and intensified her pride, and forced her to find a way out of this embarrassment to her husband. "Sarah sacrificed herself on the cruelest altar on which any woman ever laid herself down; but the cords of the sacrifice were all the time the cords of a suicidal pride: till the sacrifice was both a great sin in the sight of God, a fatal injury to herself, to her husband, and to innocent generations yet unborn."
Sarah revealed the sad defect of her qualities when she said to Abraham, "Take Hagar my maid, and let not the promises of God fail through me. Through her I can continue your hereditary line." But all poor Hagar could do was to produce an Ishmael. It was only through Sarah that the promised seed could come. Although it might have been a custom of the time for a man with a barren wife to take a concubine in order that he might have an heir, Abraham, as a God-fearing man, should have stoutly refused to go along with the unworthy scheme, which in the end produced jealousy and tragedy. "Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai," but the voice was the fatal siren of Satan who sought to destroy the royal, promised seed (Genesis 3:15). As one modern writer expresses it -
Little did Sarai think when she persuaded Abram to take Hagar, that she was originating a rivalry which has run in the keenest animosity through the ages, and which oceans of blood have not quenched.
In our cameo of Hagar we sought to show all that followed the blunder of Sarah, when she intervened in God's plan and chose her way to continue her husband's posterity.
Her Joy
In His forgiving love and mercy God appeared to Abram when he was 99 years old, and assured him that his long barren wife, although now 90 years old, would conceive. To confirm His promise God changed the name of Abram to Abraham, and of Sarai to Sarah (Genesis 17; 18). At such a revelation of God's purpose, "Abraham fell upon his face and laughed." Although he marveled at the performance of the naturally impossible, Abraham yet believed, and his laughter was the joy of a man of faith. Laughter is sometimes mad (Ecclesiastes 2:2 ) but that of Abraham was highly rational. He rejoiced in the thought that Isaac should be born, and perhaps at that time he had a vision of the Messiah. Jesus said, "Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day" (John 8:56). As for Sarah, what was her reaction when she overheard the Lord say to her husband, "Sarah thy wife shall have a son"?
The record says, "Sarah laughed within herself," but hers was the laugh of doubt. Yet when her son was born he was named Isaac, which means "laughter" - a memorial of her sin (Genesis 18:13), and of her husband's joy (17:17). Sarah's joy knew no bounds, "God hath made me to laugh" (21:6; 24:36). She had laughter before, but God was not the author of her laugh of doubt. The joy of Sarah in the birth of Isaac reminds us of "the great joy" proclaimed by the angels who made known to the shepherds the birth of Christ who came of the line of Isaac (Luke 2:10Romans 4:18-21 ). Paul reminds us that it was by faith that Sarah conceived beyond nature (Hebrews 11:11). It was not only in itself a miracle wrought by faith, but also in earnest of something far greater, even the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.
Her Longevity
Sarah is the only woman whose specific age is stated in Scripture. A girl's approximate age is given us in the gospels. The only daughter of Jairus whom Jesus raised from the dead was "about 12 years of age" ( Luke 8:42). Sarah called herself old when she was 87 (Genesis 18:12), but she was 127 years of age when she died. Abraham had reached the patriarchal age of 175 when God called him home. Godliness has always been favorable to longevity. The "good old age" (Genesis 15:15 ) was a signal proof of the faithfulness of the Lord. When the Countess of Huntingdon came to die she said, "My work is done, and I have nothing to do but to go to my Father." Surely the same contentment was experienced both by Sarah and Abraham who were not satiated with life, but satisfied with it. Abraham lived for another 38 years after Sarah's death before his God-given task was completed.
The day came, then, for Sarah to leave the world in which she had sojourned so long, and hers is the first grave to be mentioned in Scripture. Although Abraham and Sarah were nomads living in their tent in a desert land, the aged patriarch wanted a more permanent resting place for his beloved wife than the shifting sand of the desert. Here vultures and beasts of prey would wait to gorge themselves off the dead, leaving behind nothing but white bones. Breaking with the ancient custom of the desert burial, Abraham purchased a cave at Machpelah as a sepulcher for his dear Sarah, and when Abraham himself came to die his sons "buried him beside Sarah." Thus, in death, symbolically, they were unseparated as they had been through their long and eventful life together. When Cornelia, the mother of Caius and Tiberius Gracchus, whom she called her "jewels" died, on her monument was inscribed, "Cornelia, the mother of Gracchi." Had a monument been erected for the noble woman we have been considering, the simple inscription in enduring marble would have been sufficient -
Here lies
the devoted wife of Abraham
mother of Isaac.
There is a legend that Sarah died of a broken heart as she learned of God's command to Abraham to offer their son Isaac as a sacrifice on Mount Moriah. The sword pierced her heart, as it did Mary's when she witnessed the slaying of her illustrious Son at Calvary. When Sarah saw her husband and son leaving the tent, taking with them wood and a large knife she became terrified with shock and died. When Abraham and Isaac returned - Isaac brought back from the dead as it were - it was only to mourn and weep for Sarah. Had she lived she might have received her dead son back from the hands of God, and heard from her husband how his hand had been restrained by the angel, "Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me." But in the legend it goes on to tell us, eye and ear of the devoted wife and mother were closed to earthly things, and her heart stilled forever beyond the reach of the terrors, to which human flesh, and especially mothers' hearts, are heirs.
Her Example
When Paul came to emphasize that law and grace cannot exist together (Galatians 4:19-31 ), and uses the two sons of Abraham to illustrate the contrast, he mentions Hagar by name, but not Sarah. The Apostle called her "the freewoman" and "mother of us all." In Hebrews, however, which we believe to be Pauline, the Apostle mentioned Sarah as being one of the cloud of faithful witnesses (Hebrews 11:1112). The reason she received strength to bear Isaac when she was so old was because she came to believe in the faithfulness of God. If Abraham is "the father of all them that believe" ( Romans 4:11;Galatians 3:7), surely Sarah is their mother. "Sarah speaks of that which is in faith, and by promise, and is free - and therefore is carried on in those who live on God's promises by faith in Christ, and have that perfect freedom which is alone found in His service, and thus belong to the Heavenly Jerusalem."
Then Peter takes his brush and adds another touch to the portrait of Sarah ( 1 Peter 3:5-7), where she is especially distinguished for obedience to her husband, becoming thereby a model of wives in subjection to their husbands. Beautiful, strong-willed and determined, Sarah, although on two occasions she lost her temper, never disobeyed her husband. From the moment she left Ur of the Chaldees with her husband, she became the obedient wife. Martin Luther once declared that if he wanted an obedient wife he would have to carve her out of marble. But Peter, exhorting wives to obedience, holds up Sarah as their model. She called Abraham "my lord" (Genesis 18:12), still her declaration of her husband's lordship suggested incredulity rather than the obedience of faith. Yet Peter was right because all through her wanderings in desert places, and her occasional waywardness there ran the golden thread of a beautiful and loving submission to her husband's interests, and in this respect is a pattern for "holy women" to copy. Sarah and Abraham were "two lives fused into one," with Sarah conspicuous in sacrificial submission. How apropos are the lines of Longfellow as we think of her -
As unto the bow the cord is,
So unto the man is the woman.
Though she bends him, she obeys him,
Though she draws him, yet she follows,
Useless each without the other!
With peculiar force Peter describes Christian wives who manifest conjugal obedience, as daughters of Sarah, as long as they do well and are unafraid (1 Peter 3:6 ). By her faith and obedience, a Sarai became a princess among women, and she teaches us the lesson that if "Man proposes: God disposes." It was only after much suffering and sorrow that grace was hers to look up into the face of God and say, "Thy will, not mine, be done!" Applying the life of Sarah with Abraham, Mary Hallet draws attention to Sarah's weaknesses of jealousy and selfishness as being akin to ourselves, but by sharp contrast her fine qualities point to us an ideal of perfection. Her remarkable physical beauty may be regarded as indicative of inner grace.
We cannot doubt that, living with Abraham in an atmosphere of reverence and worship, Sarah developed a spiritual loveliness. Perhaps this can serve as a suggestion to girls of a modern day to take time for communion with God. For only in quietude, only as we listen, can we hear His unmistakable Voice.
Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadrezzar, Rezzar

[Nĕbu chad nĕz'zar] - nebo, defend the boundarySon of Nabopolassar and king of Babylon, who figures prominently as an enemy of God's people (2 Kings 24:1, 10, 11; Dan. 1-5).

The Man Whose Pride Turned Him Mad

This first Gentile monarch was the one who captured Jerusalem and destroyed both city and temple. The inhabitants were carried into Babylon as slaves. Nebuchadnezzar set up a golden image in Dura, and the three Hebrew youths who refused to bow down to the image were thrown into the fiery furnace but divinely preserved. Drunk with pride, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams Daniel interpreted. Driven out for a time from men, and living among oxen, he became a new man and turned from his humiliation to honor God.
The encyclical letter written by the first head of Gentiles, for Nebuchadnezzar was "a king of kings," reaches far and wide in the lesson it teaches to all Gentile powers, until the times of the Gentiles shall be fulfilled (Dan. 4:34-37; Rev. 11:15-17). In this letter we have:
I. The dream of a tree reaching in its height to heaven, and seen by all the world. This related to the king himself, who swayed the scepter of a universal empire, and whose power led to pride (Prov. 16:5-18).
II. The wise advice received from Spirit-anointed Daniel made clear how the king's error could be healed. God has been speaking to the Gentile nations ever since he gave them dominion, but a deaf ear has been turned to divine entreaties. In the face of appalling perils Gentile monarchy is crumbling today.
III. The patience of God is manifest in that twelve months have elapsed before the threatened judgment overtook the proud monarch. How long-suffering God is!
IV. Sore punishment led to deep humiliation and to a noble confusion in the presence of the world. God abased Nebuchadnezzar, and the day is coming when He will likewise abase the Gentile nations of earth. When the mightiest of all monarchs returns, He will lay hold of Gentile government and introduce His own world-kingdom and reign as the King of all Gentile kings. The scepter of universal dominion will rest in His pierced hands.
November 7, 2010
The Taste Berry
Today's Truth
I will give thanks to your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all the honor of your name (Psalm 138:2, NLT).
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Alexander Whyte, the Scottish preacher, always began every prayer with praise. One brutally cold Sunday, his people filed into the church, wondering what the preacher could possibly find to praise God for on such a miserable day. Alexander Whyte stood, bowed his head and prayed, "O Lord, we thank Thee that it is not always like this."
Are there times when you don't feel like praising God? Honestly, our feelings are irrelevant when it comes to praising God. Praise is not about us. Praise is all about God. Praise is a deliberate choice and a learned habit that produces contentment and an attitude of gratitude.
In Philippians 4:11 , the Apostle Paul writes, "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances." In this verse, "learned" means to be "educated by experience" and the word "content" means "contained." Paul's contentment was the result of the resources contained in his heart. In other words, Paul used his circumstances as tutors in the school of praise. He learned how to give God praise even when he was beaten, ridiculed, in prison and facing his own death. Paul's attitude did not reflect his circumstances. Paul made a deliberate choice to praise God - no matter what. Why? Because Paul knew that even when he did not understand God's process, he could trust God's heart.
Let's pretend for just a moment. Suppose I went to my local bank and tried to cash a personal check for a thousand dollars. I can assure you that when I presented that check to the teller, she would have burst out laughing. She knows what I have in my bank account. Now suppose Bill Gates walked into his bank and presented the teller with a personal check for a thousand dollars. I can assure you that the teller would not burst out laughing. In fact, she would promptly cash that check. She knows what Bill Gates has in his bank account.
When we come to Jesus Christ, all of His promises are credited to our spiritual account. And there is a money-back guarantee on every promise of God. That is why we can praise Him - no matter what.
Praise invites God to take up residence in the middle of whatever mess we are facing.
Psalm 22:3 "But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel."
Praise produces trust in God and strengthens our faith.
Psalm 42:11 "But, O my soul, don't be discouraged. Don't be upset. Expect God to act! For I know that I shall again have plenty of reason to praise him for all that he will do. He is my help! He is my God!"
In Africa, there is a fruit called the "taste berry" that literally changes a person's taste buds so everything tastes sweet and pleasant. Sour fruit, even if eaten several hours after the taste berry, becomes sweet and delicious.
Praise is the "taste berry" for every Christian. Praise is more than emotions or spoken words, singing songs or lifting up hands in worship. True praise is the celebration of God, His power, His works and His greatness. Praise is the fruit of a committed heart and the tool of a life completely surrendered to God.
When we are discouraged, praise reminds us that there is hope in God.
When we are afraid, praise reminds us that no matter what happens, God is with us.
When we are lost, praise reminds us that God has already been where He is leading us.
When we are confused, praise reminds us that heaven is not in a panic.
Right now, girlfriend, lift up your head and praise your God. He is with you and He is more than enough.
Let's Pray
Father, I praise You for Your love and Your mercy. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I praise You for sending Jesus to die in my place, to pay for my sin. I praise You for the family and friends You have given me. I praise You for this ministry of Girlfriends in God and for every woman who reads each word. Please bless them and fill their hearts with Your presence and Your power as they praise You.
In Jesus' name,
Not it's Your Turn
Read the following verses of Scripture and fill in each blank.
I will praise God with ________________.
Psalm 34:1 "I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace."
I will praise God with ________________.
Ephesians 5:19 "Speak to one another with psalms."
I will praise God with _____________.
Psalm 69:30 "Then I will praise God with my singing!"
I will praise God with my ____________.
2 Corinthians 5:15 "He died for all so that all who live--having received eternal life from him--might live no longer for themselves, to please themselves, but to spend their lives pleasing Christ who died and rose again for them."
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November 7, 2011
Stir It Up
Marybeth Whalen
"[For] it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." Philippians 2:13 (NIV 1984)
I took a sip of coffee and grimaced as I peered into the cup. Everything looked like it should, but the coffee wasn't sweet. Yet I remembered tearing open the little yellow packets and sprinkling the sweet crystals over the surface of the caramel colored liquid. Then I realized that-while I had added the sugar-I had never stirred it into the coffee. Without that stirring action, the sugar couldn't work all the way through.
I do this with my faith as well. I add all the necessary ingredients. I've got my Bible, my devotion subscription, my godly girlfriends, my church, my special quiet time journal, my praise and worship songs, my verses memorized. If you looked at me, you'd say it's all there.
But I'd rather avoid the stirring up part, truth be told. I'd tell you that I know it's good for me. I'd tell you that it's not good to stay in one place. I'd tell you that you should submit to God and let Him stir you up and that I'd be glad to pray for you during that process.
But me? No. Just leave me alone. Let me sit. I'd rather look okay and be comfortable than be stirred up and reach my full potential.
Have you ever had those feelings?
Maybe today you're feeling stirred up. Your finances or your job or your marriage or your children or your friendships or your dreams feel like a cyclone is swirling through them, leaving you unsettled and unstable. You might be wondering why God is letting this happen, why He's forgotten you. Not thinking that it just might be His hand doing the stirring. He's using those swirling forces to reach all the parts of you that He wants to get to. As today's verse reminds us, He works in you to accomplish His purpose for you.
Years ago a friend and I were making a big pot of spaghetti sauce. We left the pot on the stove and went off to join our families outside. But when we returned we smelled something burning. We pulled the lid off the pot to peer at the sauce. The sauce looked fine. All the elements were there: the red color, the thickness of the liquid, the chunks of meat and slivers of onions and spices. It was only as we took a long spoon and dug deep into the pot that we discovered that the sauce at the very bottom had become stuck because we hadn't been inside stirring it up, keeping it moving, not letting it settle. When things get settled, they become stuck.
As you are stirred up in life, thank God that He loves you enough to not let you get stuck, to not leave you bitter. The elements are there-and that's important-but it's in the stirring that we become all that He has in mind.
Dear Lord, when I am feeling stirred up, help me to think of it as You working Your sweetness into me, as You preventing me from becoming stuck. I want to move forward with You and become what You have in mind. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Application Steps:
Think about a time recently when you felt stirred up. Write down some good things that came out of that stirring up. Spend time thanking God for the way He works through you to accomplish His purposes for you.
When I'm feeling stirred up do I tend to resist it or submit to it? Am I afraid of being stirred up? Do I feel like God must not love me when that happens or do I see the stirring as just one more step in my faith process?
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Hebrews 13:20-21, "May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." (NIV)
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Skills: Decision Making

Decision Making is one ofleadership's core competencies. In fact, decision-making ability differentiates between poor and good, and between good and great, leaders. Decisions reveal values and intelligence. They require obedience to and dependence upon God. They demand wisdom. As your mind scans the topics related to leadership, it will become apparent that making decisions affects just about everything else leaders do. In a given day, the decisions can number into the thousands. Some are small; others are life-altering.
Where can a leader go to get help in this essential component of life and leadership? Let's start with the wise decision to meditate on a leader who depended upon God and had a proven track record in the decision-making business. Of all the Bible's leaders, Nehemiah provides one of our best patterns for "doing it right." Thoughtfully read through Nehemiah 1:1-11, and list qualities that help to explain why Nehemiah was so effective in this essential leadership task.
In this opening chapter of the book that carries his name, we read about how Nehemiah was faced with a huge challenge: The walls of Jerusalem were in disrepair, and the returned exiles were vulnerable and disheartened. Let's take a moment to examine how he approached the problem. First, he carefully studied the situation (vv.2-3). Second, he empathized with those who were hurting (v.4). Third, he humbled himself before God (v.4). Fourth, he prayed (vv.5-11). And what a prayer! Nehemiah adored God (v.5), confessed his nation's sin to the Lord (vv.6-7) and finally petitioned God for help (vv.8-11).
Ultimately, Nehemiah knew what every great leader knows: All wisdom comes from God, and using his wisdom to make good decisions is something God wants to help us learn to do. What strategies do you presently use in making decisions? How could the methods that Nehemiah used help you?
This Week's Verse to Memorize James 4:13-15

Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money."Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow . . . Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."
Decision Making and Who God Is
In what sense can we say that the Sovereign Lord, the One who transcends all imaginable boundaries and who knows all things, makes decisions? In his timeless plan, God surely encompassed all possible scenarios. Yet the Scriptures portray God's very real interaction with his people in earthly time and space and affirm that our prayers make a difference in the outworking of God's purposes. Turn to Genesis 18:16-33 to read about Abraham's prayer to God on behalf of the few who were righteous in Sodom.
Decision Making and Who I Am
Identify two or three of the worst decisions you have ever made. How many times have you revisited them and imagined how things might have been different had you reversed them? We make decisions every day, and the patterns established by the small decisions shape the course of the larger ones.
Decision Making and How It Works
In an age in which computer technology helps us to gather and analyze incredible amounts of data, the pithy nuggets of wisdom found in the ancient book of Proverbs are more important than ever. Decision makers must understand complicated matters, but they also need God's perspective in deciding how to act. Find out more by turning to Proverbs 1:1-6.
Decision Making and What I Do
While it's crucial to make wise decisions, no decision is wise if it's made independently of God. In today's story, the people of Israel made a bad decision because they left God out of their plans. James (4:15) stresses the importance of including God in our plans, and Haddon Robinson helps us to understand how we can go about doing that.

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NIV Devotions for Moms

Whose Child Is This?

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 1:21–28
Additional Scripture Readings: Psalm 66:19–20; Proverbs 3:5–6
Have you ever prayed Hannah’s words as your own?
I have. Several times. Eagerly I’ve asked for God to take charge of my children. Out of fear that I might “ruin” them, I hand them over to him.
But as I give my children to God, I often hear him ask, “Do you really trust me with your children? Do you trust me to get them to school safely?”
“Yes!” I respond.
“Do you believe that I can guide them through an illness?”
“Of course!”
“How about deciding if they will marry—and who?”
“Better you than I!” I say.
“Then do you trust me to select the very best mother for your children and for who I want them to become?”
We can be the mothers our children need because God divinely chose us for the job. Don’t doubt it. He knows what he is doing. And aren’t we glad!

Today's reading is from the
Mom's Devotional Bible
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Mom, you don't have to go it alone! The Mom's Devotional Bible is a trusted source of wisdom to help you along the path of mothering.


How to Restore Relationships

Today's reading: Numbers 5:5-8
Sue loved her new sweater. She couldn't wait to show it to her friend Leslie. The two decided to meet for dinner and a movie. Leslie loved the sweater too. She immediately said, "That sweater would be perfect for my office party. Can I borrow it?" Sue hesitated, but decided a friend was more valuable than an article of clothing, so she agreed. When she got the sweater back, there was a hole under the arm. Leslie apologized profusely, saying, "It must have unraveled. I'm so sorry." Sue nodded and said, "Oh, it's okay." But things were never the same between the two of them. Sue felt that Leslie had taken advantage of her. Leslie thought Sue had overreacted over a simple article of clothing. Over time, the friendship unraveled like the sweater. What would have happened if Leslie had offered to repair or replace the sweater . . . and maybe added a scarf to apologize?
When God gave Moses the Law, he instituted a system of restitution: Anyone who injured another paid the price for what was stolen or destroyed and added 20 percent to the value. We may think of restitution as justice for the wronged party and punishment for the offender. But restitution offers more: It builds a bridge between the two parties, paving the way for relationships to be restored. By confessing the sin and compensating for any loss, the offender no longer has to deal with guilt. Receiving restitution and more frees the injured party from feeling unfairly treated.
Forgiveness from God coupled with responsibility toward the other person are key to restoring relationships. In Jesus' eyes, those broken relationships are always our responsibility. If someone has something against us, he calls us to go and make it right (see Matthew 5:23-24). If we have something against another, we're responsible to take the initiative to settle our differences with them (see Matthew 18:15). It's not always comfortable. But it's always the right thing to do.
Do you feel taken advantage of? Maybe it's time to engage someone in conversation rather than detach from your relationship with them. Or maybe you've unintentionally mistreated a friend . . . you owe them money or lunch or a favor. Consider what needs to be done and take action: Repay the debt, replace the item and apologize for a wrong. Do whatever it takes to restore the relationship. Do it because it pleases God and because your relationships will be richer for it.


  1. Why is restitution necessary?
  2. Think about a relationship that is unraveling. How can you make restitution?
  3. What are some ways you can reconcile with God after you have sinned? What restitution can you offer?
Numbers 5:5-7
The LORD said to Moses, "Say to the Israelites: 'Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the LORD, is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged.' "

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