Monday, November 25, 2013

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On the 50th anniversary of the death of JFK, Obama has celebrated by threatening the world. The deal with Iran to allow them to develop plutonium, which only has a purpose as a weapon, is a threat to world peace as big as the Cuban Missile Crisis. Iran funds terrorism. Already, Iranian missiles rain on Israel, the safest state in the world for a Muslim. Should Iran develop a nuclear warhead they will use it for terror. The intended bombing will not be like those when Democrats nuked civilians in Japan. Japan was at war at the time with the world. This bomb will be intended for people who provide aid to the needy and develop their land and educate all peoples. But the Iran deal does not merely let Iran develop the bomb, it will pay them money to do it. Iranian people currently oppressed by their terrorist government will not benefit. Why would Obama make such a bad deal? Maybe a hint can be found in what those people held slave in London for 30 years came together for. They were Marxists. The legacy of socialism is slavery. Cheers on the anniversary of JFK's untimely death. Also CS Lewis and the birth of Dr Who. I would trade all of JFK's fine words for him to have never been elected. And count it gain. As with Obama.
At last, at a climate conference, Australia has sent adults who won't let down little Gracie, but responsibly counsel against spending money badly. Salient questions should be put to Gore. It is like adults white washing graffiti. ABC worry about the gap between rich and poor. It would be less if their socialist journalists were paid less. Turnbull is defending them, for now. Indonesia does a dummy spit, but what can be said for the polls in Australia? ALP are a house divided. ALP have compromised national security. ALP have no constructive policy. Yet the polls show they are popular? ALP would have people be slaves like those in London. 
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Peter Huynh. Born on the same day across the years, as 
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571 BC – Servius Tullius, king of Rome, celebrates a triumph for his victory over the Etruscans
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NOTHING TO LOSE BUT THEIR CHAINS

Tim Blair – Monday, November 25, 2013 (7:07pm)

Decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Marxism is still holding prisoners
A couple suspected of holding three women captive for 30 years in a London home were introduced to two of the victims through a Marxist political “collective”.
Detectives have revealed that the man arrested last week met the two older victims “through a shared political ideology”.
Separate sources said the couple and the two women were members of a Marxist-Communist group that lived together in the capital in the 1970s. 
According to one of the women enslaved by the pair: 
“These monsters are absolutely evil and racist.” 
That’s Marxism for you.
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MEATWORKER DIPLOMACY

Tim Blair – Monday, November 25, 2013 (3:08am)

Australian pride is restored.
This is no small accomplishment, considering the depths to which we sank in 2009, when then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd offered this wince-making speech to that year’s United Nations climate conference in Denmark: 
“Before I left Australia, I was presented with a book of handwritten letters from a group of six-year-olds. One of the letters is from Gracie. Gracie is six. ‘Hi,’ she wrote. ‘My name is Gracie. How old are you?’ Gracie continues, ‘I am writing to you because I want you all to be strong in Copenhagen. Please listen to us as it is our future.’ I fear that at this conference, we are on the verge of letting little Gracie down.” 
We were a different country back then, outsourcing economic policy to babies and actually admitting it to the world. Happily, things have changed. For this year’s UN climatefest in Warsaw, Poland, Tony Abbott’s government didn’t even bother to send the environment minister, much less the Prime Minister and his pre-teen fan mail. 

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PRIME MINISTERS’ XI

Tim Blair – Monday, November 25, 2013 (2:18am)

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s arrival in office coincides with a revival for our national cricket team. Let’s review the Ashes performances of post-war PMs, beginning with a Labor leader who never suffered an Australian loss to England …

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MIND THE GAP

Tim Blair – Monday, November 25, 2013 (2:10am)

The ABC worries a great deal about the gap between rich and poor. A quick search of the billion-dollar broadcaster’s archives reveals more than 5000 matches for stories on the terrible wealth gap.
Well, here’s a guaranteed way to make that gap even larger: take money off people who earn an average of $70,000 and give it to the wealth-gap worriers at the ABC, many of whom are feasting on six-figure tax-funded incomes.

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Tim Blair – Monday, November 25, 2013 (2:06am)

Even famous Englishman Lord Michael of Carlton is happy with the First Test result. Sunday’s win has catapulted Australia to an accumulated-runs lead in the great double-summer dual-hemisphere 26-match super seriesbetween England and her cultural and athletic superiors. The latest standings:
Australia: Four wins, 4908 runs
England: Six wins, 4610 runs
Three draws
One match abandoned
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ART IMPROVED

Tim Blair – Monday, November 25, 2013 (1:52am)

Graffiti enthusiasts are upset because a building owner painted over their vandalism.
UPDATE. Iowahawk: “You would have to have a heart of stone not to laugh your ass off.” 
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Questions to Al Gore, who has now jetted off

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (6:15pm)


The Toronto Sun’s Lorrie Goldstein has 10 questions for Al Gore, who refused to take any from the media on a visit to Toronto to spruik renewable power. Here are four of them:

(1) In 2009, you visited Toronto to praise former premier Dalton McGuinty for his Green Energy Act, describing it as “widely recognized now as the single best green energy program on the North American continent.” What do you have to say in light of the December, 2011 report by the non-partisan Auditor General of Ontario that McGuinty wasted billions of public dollars on renewable energy by rushing into it with no business plan, no auditing of expenditures, and by ignoring the advice of his government’s own energy experts on how to reduce costs?…
(3) What do you have to say about the Auditor General’s finding that McGuinty’s claim his Green Energy Act would create 50,000 jobs over three years was a myth, and that the province would likely suffer a net job loss because of the higher cost of electricity, resulting from the massive public subsidies given to wind and solar power companies?…
(5) Earlier this year in an interview with the Globe and Mail you described Canada’s development of the oil sands as the equivalent of treating the atmosphere like an “open sewer.” What do you have to say about the findings of Canadian climate scientist and lead UN IPCC author Andrew Weaver, and his colleague Neal Swart, published in the journal Nature, that even if Canada developed all the commercially viable oil in the oilsands, global temperatures would rise by an insignificant 0.03 degrees?…

(10) Specifically on the issue of flying, Mr. Gore, isn’t that according to your view one of worst things you can do to the planet? In that context, how did you get to Toronto today and how will you be leaving it?
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 
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Turnbull defends ABC funding. With a but…

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (6:06pm)


Malcolm Turnbull has no intention for now of cutting a dollar from the ABC while he’s Communications Minister, even after it released stolen intelligence secrets and breached its contract to run the $22 million a year Australia Service to advance the national interest. To voters wanting action, Turnbull responds by stating an admirable defence of a free media but also a commitment to maintaining the funding of an overmighty state-owned media. Again, for now:
In response to your comments regarding the ABC and Guardian Australia reports on intelligence activities in Indonesia it is important to note the internal programming and editorial decisions are the responsibility of the ABC Board and Executive. One of the ABC’s statutory obligations is to be accurate and impartial in its news and current affairs programmes according to the recognised standards of objective journalism.
Internal ABC programming decisions are the responsibility of the ABC Board and Executive. One of the ABC’s statutory obligations is to be accurate and impartial in its news and current affairs programmes according to the recognised standards of objective journalism.
While the ABC has editorial independence, it is accountable to the Parliament through annual reports, corporate plans, financial and performance audits, and appearances before Parliamentary Committees. Unlike the former government, the Coalition will not seek to assert control over the media to the extent the previous government did with its perverse attempt at media reform.
The Government has stated its commitment to maintaining the quality, performance and efficiency of the ABC and to ensure that the ABC fulfils its Charter.
The Government has no plans to either privatise or reduce funding to the ABC, however the Government has established a National Commission of Audit (NAOC) to review the scope, efficiency and functions of Government. The Commission has a broad remit to examine all areas of government expenditure, which would include all government funded agencies. The ABC, along with other government agencies, has been invited to make a submission to the NAOC.
(Thanks to reader Sharon.) 
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Indonesia will pay for this tantrum

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (5:51pm)


John Lee, Michael Hintze fellow at Sydney University’s Centre for International Security Studies, says Indonesia will be the real loser from this stupid confrontation:
Public displays of government outrage and threats to wind back proposed security and maritime cooperation between the two countries on the basis that past Australian intelligence activity is a national and personal insult to the president is an immature response, and will significantly diminish Indonesia’s economic and political attractiveness in the region…
Indonesia is also attempting to lower its export reliance on commodities, and to encourage foreign firms to locate manufacturing plants in the country in order to establish itself as an important part of the regional supply chain, something it has so far largely failed to achieve…
Indonesia ranks poorly on all indices such as ease of doing business, corruption and transparency. But sovereign risk also comes into the equation. In the lead up to the July 2014 elections, Indonesia appears to be retreating back to bouts of economic nationalism including forcing foreign firms to divest majority stakes in mining projects after 10 years and imposing new taxes on these firms, and proposing new foreign ownership limits in key industries such as banking.
This is the backdrop for the current Australia-Indonesia dispute. There are still fears that a democratic government in Indonesia could choose to fan rather than constrain the rise of counterproductive nationalistic emotion…
Already Indonesia’s reputation for sensibleness is in jeopardy in the region. Mr. Yudhoyono was forced to embark on a fence-mending visit to Malaysia four years ago after an innocuous Malaysian tourism advertisement containing a clip of Balinese pendet dancing caused outrage in Indonesia on the basis that this was an intolerable instance of cultural theft. The episode led to demonstrations against the Malaysian Embassy, burning of the Malaysian flag and youth groups symbolically calling for war against Malaysia.
The surveillance allegations against Australia are more serious than a Malaysian tourism ad, to be sure. But again Jakarta’s petulant response raises questions about its ability to conduct itself as a mature regional power. Jakarta could have protested to Canberra robustly but privately. But rather than simply responding to populist outrage, escalation is being led by Mr. Yudhoyono and his government.
(Thanks to reader Vicki.) 
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Nielsen poll: Labor ahead. UPDATE: No, it’s behind, says Essential

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (3:48pm)


True, the Government’s media strategy is poor and its media critics simply feral. But I suspect this poll result is an anomaly - and, with nearly three years to go, almost completely irrelevant:
The first Fairfax Nielsen poll since the September 7 election has charted a rapid recovery for the ALP, with the opposition shooting to a 52-48 per cent lead over the government on the preferences of respondents - the quickest poll lead achieved by any federal opposition after losing an election.
It is also the first time Labor has led on the two-party-preferred vote in more than three years.
UPDATE
Poll Bludger suggests scepticism is warranted:

Full tables including state breakdowns ... offer at least some ammunition for those of a mind to be skeptical about the result.... [T]here are approximate two-party preferred swings to Labor of 2% in New South Wales, 4% in Victoria and 1.5% in South Australia, all of which are easy enough to believe. However, in both Queensland and Western Australia the swings are 11%, the former result coming less than two weeks after an 800-sample poll by Galaxy showed no swing at all. It’s tempting to infer that Nielsen struck Labor-heavy samples in these states, and that had it been otherwise the result would have been more like 50-50.

UPDATE
Even more reason to be sceptical. Reader Gavin H says Peter Lewis of Essential Research has told the ABC that tomorrow’s Essential poll will have the Coalition holding the same 53-47 lead over Labor it’s had for a while.
(Thanks to reader Phil.) 
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But if the victims are white, we can’t say “racism”

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (9:01am)


Why are so many media outlets refusing to mention a racial angle they’d scream from the mountain-top if the violence went the other way?
It’s an infuriating example of political correctness: Most of New York City’s media outlets have sanitized the nature of a spate of unprovoked attacks upon hapless pedestrians — all recent victims of the so-called “knockout game.” There have been injuries and several deaths among men, women, and youngsters, as they suffered walloping “sucker punches” by roving black youths in New York City and elsewhere.
The knockout game involves an unmentionable subject for most in the mainstream media: black-on-white violence. To a lesser extent, Asians and Hispanics have been targeted as well. They’re white enough, it seems, for black youths playing the knockout game.
For those unfamiliar with the knockout game, it’s how some black youths amuse themselves, especially in urban settings. The goal: use a single devastating punch to knock a victim unconscious. And when they succeed, they invariably react with merriment and laughter, as videos capturing the mayhem have revealed. Could racism be motivating these black youths? Nobody in the mainstream media dares suggest that this might be fueling the black mob violence in what President Obama said would be a post-racial era.
But there is one sub-set of “whites” that finally makes it permissible to mention the possibility of “hate crimes”

In Brooklyn, some recent victims of the knockout game were Jews, which is finally prompting New York City police officials to state that “hate crimes” may have occurred.
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Just shut up and eat what Palmer provides

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (8:52am)


Clive Palmer does a Basil Fawlty:

A FRENCH media executive is in talks with lawyers after a Fawlty Towers-style row with Clive Palmer, who abused the premium guest and evicted him from his Sunshine Coast resort and dinosaur park for complaining about a $40 steak.
Didier Guerin, who was paying $950 a night to stay in a luxury villa with his wife, was stunned after Mr Palmer confronted him in the Palmer Grill restaurant and said: “You are a f . . kwit.
“Don’t speak to my chefs like that. I own this resort and I want you to f . . k off."…
Immediately after the earbashing four nights ago, Mr Palmer, who was dining at a nearby table, told his staff to take Mr Guerin and his wife, Margaret, to their villa to pack their clothes, pay their bill for their first night of a five-night stay, and be escorted out…
Mr Guerin, a regular visitor with his family at the formerly Hyatt-operated resort since the mid-1990s, opted for the scotch fillet last Thursday but he had a particular preference: he asked that his steak be cooked “blue”, rather than rare or medium…
When Mr Guerin’s steak was brought to the table after a 30-minute wait, however, it was overcooked. When he explained the problem, the steak was taken back to the kitchen. Thirty minutes later, a second steak was served—but this one, Mr Guerin discovered, was cold. It did not appear to have been cooked at all.
I suspect Guerin’s lawyers will find Palmer’s response of great interest - on the grounds that it includes statements that are damaging and it seems untrue:
Mr Palmer sent a text to The Australian in which he stated: “Untrue. I understand he bullied and assaulted staff and did not pay for his room or meals. Can’t stay for free. He did not pay for the bottles of wine he drank or the food he ate, never paid one cent”.   
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The ABC still hasn’t said why their damage was worth it

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (8:36am)


Nicely put by Paul Sheehan:
There’s not much point in calling into question the judgment of the Prime Minister, and his chief pollster, without calling into question the judgment of the people who started this conflagration [with Indonesia], Katharine Viner, the editor The Guardian Australia, and Mark Scott, the managing director of the ABC.
They made their decision to publish in the ‘’public interest’’, in the full knowledge that it would poison the relationship between Indonesia and Australia, damage Australia’s intelligence gathering, humiliate Yudhoyono and his wife, reinvigorate the people-smuggling trade, goad Indonesian nationalists, give fodder to Islamist xenophobia, and compromise Australia’s trade with Indonesia…

The arguments in favour of publishing the spying leaks are obvious: that the truth will prevent government security agencies from excessive zeal, and the public has a right to know what is being done in its name. It is a strong argument, and I respect it.
But the public interest test can be rigorously contested in this case. The truth is something we all navigate every day, so as not to give offence or create enmity. Governments do the same. Yet neither Viner nor Scott has bothered to enunciate how, in the ‘’public interest’’, the positives outweigh the negatives. They have, with Abbott and the spooks, joint ownership of the toxins flowing through the relationship. And neither has come close to justifying their actions.
Gerard Henderson made the same argument yesterday:
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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You can’t be half-pregnant with this climate action nonsense

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (8:28am)


I have a solution. Why not scrap both and stop the waste completely?
Tony Abbott’s efforts to repeal Labor’s carbon tax have the backing of voters, with a new poll showing 57 per cent of people want it gone now.
But in a blow to the Prime Minister’s plans, more people like the supposedly ‘’toxic’’ carbon tax than his proposed replacement policy.
Just 12 per cent of voters believe Mr Abbott’s ‘’direct action’’ policy of using taxpayer funds to purchase emissions reductions from polluters, and planting trees, is the answer.
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“Look at me!” cries the Governor-General, playing the politician

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (7:50am)


The issue is not that the Governor-General favors same-sex marriage and the republic. The issue is that she abuses and diminishes her position to play politics, as former Liberal Minister Amanda Vanstone points out:

People like me, who are republicans and sympathetic to gay marriage, have no reason to be pleased with the Governor-General’s outspoken support for these two causes…
It is not her views with which I take issue. What I find unacceptable is that she chose to express them while holding the highest public office in Australia. That role is meant to be completely non-partisan. In publicly declaring these views, she has brought that high office into a political realm in which it does not belong. Why would the Governor-General take it upon herself to enter political debate while in office?
Vanstone suggests an answer to her own question:
There was another occasion when we could have been forgiven for thinking that the Governor-General was a tad too focused on herself, and that was during President Barack Obama’s visit to Australia in late 2011.
There is no doubt Ms Bryce is always sartorially elegant. It’s possible the President noticed this elegance at the airport. If he did he would have been a little surprised at the ensuing luncheon to see the G-G in a new outfit. It appears the G-G and her escort had hightailed it from Fairbairn Air Base to Yarralumla so she could change outfits. Then they had to pump a bit more gas and probably get the traffic lights flicked to green so that her excellency would not be late for lunch.
President Obama and then prime minister Julia Gillard had simply gone on in their clothes from the airport to the lunch. Perhaps they both thought that what they did, how they conducted themselves, was more important than their clothes.
If the President did notice the G-G’s change of clothes, it would have told him something about her. Just as it told us. What’s that line from Kath and Kim? ‘’Look at me, look at me.’’
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This reckless spending must stop

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (7:39am)

Yes, Labor’s massive spending spree - with some of the biggest spending promises unfortunately backed by the Coalition - has left us with the Budget in a shambles. But the answer is surely cutting spending, not raising taxes:

AUSTRALIA will need to slash $37 billion from spending and tax breaks to restore the nation’s finances, according to a radical blueprint on the budget pressures facing the Abbott government…
The Grattan Institute report says the government may have no choice but to cap superannuation tax breaks and extend the GST to fresh food as well as health and education services.

It also adds force to official government advice last week to raise the retirement age to 70, predicting this could save $12bn a year if the same age limit was set for workers to collect their super.
Just see the size of Labor’s spending blowout, as measured by the Grattan Institute, with the dip at the end yet to be confirmed by final figures:

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Dear Pino, I drove that bus and never made it

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (7:04am)

Free speech

Pino Migliorino, former chairman of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, seems to have missed the entire argument about the oppressive laws against free speech that the Abbott Government has promised to relax:
I have made standing up for people a key part of my life and I must admit that I have been critical of racial vilification provisions of the act (18C), not because they limited freedom of speech, but because the exemptions contained in the same part of the act (18D) are so broad that you could drive the proverbial truck through them. These exemptions cover artistic, academic and scientific work and public interest publications which are all allowable if they are done in ‘’good faith’’.
So why are so many people not aware of the exemptions? Why has the bulk of the debate been framed around one person, Andrew Bolt, to the point that the provisions are erroneously referred to as the ‘’Bolt laws’’? We need to understand both the protections and exemptions relevant to this part of the act. It is only in having the full picture that we understand the ramifications of any watering down of the vilification provisions?
I agree with Migliorino about one thing: these laws are not “Bolt laws”. They have also been used against a former vice-chancellor of the University of Canberra. More to the point, the real victims of the law aren’t just the individuals forced to shut up on certain issues, but the tens of thousands of Australians who are therefore denied a debate and the freedom to judge such things for themselves.
But Migliorino is absolutely wrong - astonishingly in denial - on the second point. The reason that my name is, however unfortunately, attached to the law is that my case proves the very opposite of what Migliorino claims. You cannot “drive the proverbial truck” through the racial discrimination act. My case suggested to me the very opposite: that a judge had unacceptably wide freedom to determine someone lacked “good faith” in expressing a view against the new racism, on the grounds of “tone” and “errors” which in my opinion could be irrelevant, trivial and in many cases disputed.
UPDATE
Another dangerous attempt to restrict free speech - this time of speech I vigorously oppose:
A LANDMARK lawsuit against Sydney academic Jake Lynch over his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel faces an early challenge, with the defence to argue a key aspect of it is unfair…
The case, which begins with a directions hearing in the Federal Court in Sydney on Wednesday, is regarded as a critical test of Australia’s anti-discrimination laws on one hand and freedom of expression on the other.
I actually do believe the BDS campaign is at heart racist, in part because it is so desperately and dangerously one-sided.
The one difference in this cause, of course, that Lynch is free to express his opinion (while I am not), and the argument goes more to his actions in using his state-funded position to deny Israeli academics the cooperation of his university.

But this time the Left is suitably outraged… 
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the Governor-General should resign after siding with Labor

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (6:55am)


QUENTIN Bryce last month offered to quit as Governor-General because son-in law Bill Shorten was about to be Labor’s new leader. 

She didn’t want to seem biased, she said piously. Yet on Friday Bryce showed she is indeed biased. Disgracefully so.
She sided with Shorten on same-sex marriage and the republic, and embarrassed Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who’d let her serve out her term.
(Read full article here.
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So why doesn’t Abbott apologise to Indonesia for Labor?

Andrew Bolt November 25 2013 (6:52am)


JULIA Gillard and Bill Shorten last week gave the Prime Minister advice they should hope like hell he won’t take. 

Because if Tony Abbott really were the wrecker and thug they claim, then he would indeed say sorry to Indonesia - sorry Labor had been so catastrophically stupid.
He really would promise Indonesia that Australia would never again spy on the phones of its President, his wife and his ministers as the Rudd government authorised our spies to do in 2009.
He would say only people as reckless and paranoid as then prime minister Kevin Rudd and his deputy, Gillard, would bug a president as friendly to us as Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
Sorry, he’d tell Yudhoyono. Sorry we once had those crazier in charge. I’m here to fix it.
And with glee, Abbott would bury Labor’s face so deep in this stinking mess with Indonesia that new Opposition Leader Bill Shorten would never surface.
So why doesn’t Abbott do something so clearly to his advantage?
(Read full article here.) 
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America's Conservative Voice
So is Obama's second term all about amping up the failure of his first term? Did they announce this surrender to Iran during the Obamacare debacle just to drive home the point that they are incompetent?
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The very impressive John Lee. If it keeps up its tantrum-throwing, sooner or later, the Australian public will turn against Indonesia - to its own detriment. 

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304011304579217393946141318
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Father in heaven,I thank You for all Your blessings in my life. I declare today that You are good and thank You for Your mercy.Help me to excel in life. I set my heart and mind on You and ask that You have Your way in me. Help me to love You perfectly and keep me close to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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HOW TO EXCEL IN LIFE.
God will help you accomplish your dreams when you put Him first and have faith in Him. Move forward in faith and forget the past because it is like water under the bridge. 

There are several things that we should do to better ourselves. First, we must avoid having a prideful attitude. For example, God used the Apostle Paul to write half of the New Testament in the Bible. However, Paul did not become conceited. He realized that he had more to learn and could still grow in his walk with the Lord. We need to remember that we do not know everything and continue to pursue knowledge from others.

Another key to excel is to forget your past and leave it with God. It is human nature to remember our failures and mistakes. Satan wants us to remember all of our mistakes so that we feel like failures in life. However, we must remember that our past cannot hurt us. If we have confessed our sins to God, He has already forgiven us completely.

We must remember that every day is truly a gift from God. Even during our hardships, we must understand that God has a plan for us that He wants us to accomplish. The Apostle Paul was expecting God to bless his future with great opportunities even though he was in a Roman prison at that time. We need to strive to please God in all we do during both joyful times and difficult times.Following God's will for your life will allow you to have a positive outlook on the future.God bless you.
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PRAY ALONG.
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. I choose to stand firm on Your Word. I choose to follow Your commands and believe that I will see Your promises come to pass in my life. Holy Spirit, show me if there is any area that isn’t pleasing to You and help me live as an example of Your goodness all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right (Acts 10:34–35, NIV)
It doesn’t matter how much money you have or don’t have; God wants you free from everything that would hold you back from your relationship with Him.He wants those who fear Him. 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 you.
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HE TOUCHED ME.
If we want to meet the real needs of people, then like Jesus, we must touch the untouchable, forgive the unforgivable, and befriend the despicable.
Mark 1:40-42 says, A man with leprosy a came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured. 

Jesus touched the untouchable.The Mosaic law made it very clear that Lepers could not come near anyone. & If anyone came near them, they were to shout, “Unclean! Unclean!” so people would stay away. Lepers lived outside the towns and villages all by themselves, all alone. They were untouchable, but Jesus dared to touch the untouchable. 

As that leper approached Him, perhaps in the early morning half-light, Jesus would have known he was a leper just from the smell. Lepers were not allowed to bathe. & Their appearance was unmistakable. 

Even so, Jesus didn’t turn away. When that leper approached our Lord and begged, “If you are willing, you can make me clean,” Jesus didn’t scold him for not shouting, “Unclean!” No. Jesus reached out and touched him. It was probably the first touch this man had had for years. Filled with compassion, Jesus touched the untouchable and cured the incurable. Like Jesus, we must TOUCH THE UNTOUCHABLE. LIKE JESUS, WE MUST REACH OUT TO THOSE NOBODY ELSE WANTS TO TOUCH. LIKE JESUS, WE MUST HAVE THE COMPASSION TO GET CLOSE TO THOSE EVERYBODY ELSE SHUNS. 
If we want to meet the real needs of real people, then like Jesus, we must touch the untouchable. More than that, like Jesus, we must FORGIVE THE UNFORGIVABLE. It is my prayer that He will touch you as you touch someones life today.God bless you.
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“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”Colossians 2:6-7 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams."
Isaiah 33:21
Broad rivers and streams produce fertility, and abundance in the land. Places near broad rivers are remarkable for the variety of their plants and their plentiful harvests. God is all this to his Church. Having God she has abundance. What can she ask for that he will not give her? What want can she mention which he will not supply? "In this mountain shall the Lord of Hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things." Want ye the bread of life? It drops like manna from the sky. Want ye refreshing streams? The rock follows you, and that Rock is Christ. If you suffer any want it is your own fault; if you are straitened you are not straitened in him, but in your own bowels. Broad rivers and streams also point to commerce. Our glorious Lord is to us a place of heavenly merchandise. Through our Redeemer we have commerce with the past; the wealth of Calvary, the treasures of the covenant, the riches of the ancient days of election, the stores of eternity, all come to us down the broad stream of our gracious Lord. We have commerce, too, with the future. What galleys, laden to the water's edge, come to us from the millennium! What visions we have of the days of heaven upon earth! Through our glorious Lord we have commerce with angels; communion with the bright spirits washed in blood, who sing before the throne; nay, better still, we have fellowship with the Infinite One. Broad rivers and streams are specially intended to set forth the idea of security. Rivers were of old a defence. Oh! beloved, what a defence is God to his Church! The devil cannot cross this broad river of God. How he wishes he could turn the current, but fear not, for God abideth immutably the same. Satan may worry, but he cannot destroy us; no galley with oars shall invade our river, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.

Evening

"Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man."
Proverbs 24:33-34
The worst of sluggards only ask for a little slumber; they would be indignant if they were accused of thorough idleness. A little folding of the hands to sleep is all they crave, and they have a crowd of reasons to show that this indulgence is a very proper one. Yet by these littles the day ebbs out, and the time for labour is all gone, and the field is grown over with thorns. It is by little procrastinations that men ruin their souls. They have no intention to delay for years--a few months will bring the more convenient season--to-morrow if you will, they will attend to serious things; but the present hour is so occupied and altogether so unsuitable, that they beg to be excused. Like sands from an hour-glass, time passes, life is wasted by driblets, and seasons of grace lost by little slumbers. Oh, to be wise, to catch the flying hour, to use the moments on the wing! May the Lord teach us this sacred wisdom, for otherwise a poverty of the worst sort awaits us, eternal poverty which shall want even a drop of water, and beg for it in vain. Like a traveller steadily pursuing his journey, poverty overtakes the slothful, and ruin overthrows the undecided: each hour brings the dreaded pursuer nearer; he pauses not by the way, for he is on his master's business and must not tarry. As an armed man enters with authority and power, so shall want come to the idle, and death to the impenitent, and there will be no escape. O that men were wise be-times, and would seek diligently unto the Lord Jesus, or ere the solemn day shall dawn when it will be too late to plough and to sow, too late to repent and believe. In harvest, it is vain to lament that the seed time was neglected. As yet, faith and holy decision are timely. May we obtain them this night.
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Today's reading: Ezekiel 22-23, 1 Peter 1 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 22-23

Judgment on Jerusalem’s Sins
1 The word of the LORD came to me:
2 “Son of man, will you judge her? Will you judge this city of bloodshed? Then confront her with all her detestable practices 3and say: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You city that brings on herself doom by shedding blood in her midst and defiles herself by making idols, 4 you have become guilty because of the blood you have shed and have become defiled by the idols you have made. You have brought your days to a close, and the end of your years has come. Therefore I will make you an object of scorn to the nations and a laughingstock to all the countries. 5 Those who are near and those who are far away will mock you, you infamous city, full of turmoil....

Today's New Testament reading: 1 Peter 1

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time....
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Rechab [Rē'chăb]—companionship, a horseman or square.
  1. A son of Rimmon, a Beerothite, captain of the band who slew Ish-bosheth in his bed, and who was put to death by David (2 Sam. 4:2-9).
  2. Father of Jehonadab and founder of a tribe known as the “Rechabites” ( 2 Kings 10:15,23).

The Man Who Vowed to Be Separate

This particular order had its rise in the religious revival that took place under Elijah and Elisha. The tenets of the followers of Rechab were a reaction and a protest against the luxury and license which under Jezebel and Ahab threatened to destroy the simplicity of the ancient nomadic life of Israel. Accordingly, the Rechabites vowed to drink no wine, nor build houses, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyards, but dwell in tents all their days. They were to remember they were strangers in the land. For 250 years they adhered faithfully to their rules but were driven from their tents when in 607 b.c. Nebuchadnezzar invaded Judah.
Of these noteworthy people, whose high moral example was specially commended by God, Dr. Dinsdale Young elaborates on these points:
I. They honored the memory of the good.
II. They were marked by great simplicity of life.
III. They were worshipers of Jehovah.
IV. They maintained their integrity amid surrounding degeneracy.
V. They had their principles severely tested.
VI. They received special blessing.
May all of us be found among God’s true Rechabites!
3. A descendant of Hemath a Kenite (1 Chron. 2:55).
4. The father of Malchiah, a chief man who, after his return from exile, helped to repair the wall of Jerusalem (Neh. 3:14).
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November 24, 2011
Remember ... and Give Thanks
Today's Truth
Psalm 106:1 (NIV) "Praise the LORD. Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever."
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In homes across America, friends and family will gather around beautifully decorated tables filled with warm, scrumptious food to give thanks. It's Thanksgiving Day. But today will be nothing like holidays of the past for many people.
Lonely but committed soldiers covered in the dust of battle will patrol foreign borders, fighting for our freedom while their families back home long for word of their safety. The homeless will make their way to the nearest soup kitchen, hoping for a warm meal and a smiling face as so many celebrate this day of abundance. An empty place at the table will be a painful reminder of the loved one lost not long ago. A worried husband and dad will sit at the head of the table, wondering how he is going to tell his family that he just lost his job. The list of wounded hearts and unmet needs is endless.
We convince ourselves that life will be better when we have more money, when we find the right mate, when we get the kids raised or build the perfect house. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we can afford a nicer car, when we get that promotion, when we are able to go on our dream vacation or when we retire. We keep trying to find joy, contentment and peace in lifeless places and things.
Jesus Christ is life. He is Joy and Love and He took our place on the cross. That's why we can give thanks when it seems as if there is nothing for which to be thankful.
One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out. Another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, "I always park there. You took my place." The visitor went inside for Sunday school, found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat. You took my place." The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.
After Sunday school, the visitor went into the church sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, "That's where I always sit. You took my place." The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still said nothing.
Later, as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What happened to you?" The visitor replied, "I took your place."
Yes, we live in a broken world and life is filled with pain, challenges, dark times and trials, but today can still be a day of thanksgiving and praise because praise and thanksgiving have little to do with the Thanksgiving holiday and everything to do with our inner attitude toward God. It really doesn't matter how much we lose here, girlfriend. I have read the Book and we win ... for all of eternity! We just need to take the time to remember ... and give thanks.
Let's Pray
Father, we come to You today, praising You for meeting our needs this year in ways that we may or may not have understood at the time. Looking back, we see Your hand of mercy and love. We recognize Your presence and Your power and we choose to celebrate You ...we celebrate life.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.
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Perspective
Glynnis Whitwer
"Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm." Deuteronomy 5:15 (NIV 1984)
My little sister and I were an unstoppable team in the board game Scattergories. Within seconds we guessed each other's drawings, annoying our opponents in the process. Sometimes it was an unspoken memory shared by the two of us. Most often it was because we understood the concept of perspective.
For example, if we were attempting to draw a basketball, we immediately drew something else to create perspective. Otherwise, our teammates would waste time guessing that it was the sun, the earth or a face. A stick person holding the circle narrowed the guesses, because seeing objects in relation to each other helped reveal the truth.
Perspective made all the difference in the game, and it makes all the difference in how we handle life. Without perspective, small problems seem insurmountable, and we ignore warning signs. But with perspective, hard situations don't overwhelm, and we can find our way to thankfulness instead of despair.
To help me take a balanced approach to life's difficult times, I've developed a few perspective points. These points are hard-earned lessons in my life. By making them perspective points, I choose to find value in what would otherwise be dismal experiences. Now, when I'm faced with bad news, disappointment or failure, I grasp one of these perspective points, and like a compass pointing north, I can accurately assess the situation, and choose to be thankful.
One of the most difficult perspective points in my life is the death of my niece Christa in a car accident. In fact, at times I feel my life is divided in two parts: before and after Christa's death. With five children of my own, this devastating loss to our family has given me perspective on the challenges we face.
When one of my children makes a heart-breaking choice, I grieve and administer consequences. Then very quickly, like that magnetic force in a compass, perspective points me to thankfulness. Thank You Lord my son (or daughter) is alive.
Another perspective point is the economic downfall of the past few years. Finances have eased a bit, but we'll be battling our way out of that slump for years to come. Instead of being resentful, I find myself thankful for having money to spend at all. Thank You Lord for getting us through that rough time and for what I have to spend today.
In Deuteronomy 5:15 Moses gave the Israelites God's Ten Commandments. As Moses related "Observe the Sabbath day," he challenged the people with this sentence: "Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm." God was establishing a day of rest, but also a day to keep perspective and be thankful. He wanted people to remember the hard times so they could appreciate the good times even more.
Perspective points are arrows to thankfulness. They remind me God was faithful then and He will be faithful now. They remind me God was greater than my circumstances then, and still is today. Most importantly, they help me cultivate a thankful heart for what I have. The truth is, as long as we have breath, there is reason to be thankful and hopeful.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let's identify perspective points in our lives. It's how we can find value in what seems a waste. They prove God can use anything for good, and help turn our hearts to gratitude instead of grumbling.
Dear Lord, I thank You for the difficult times in my life. Although they weren't easy, I can see how You worked through them. Help me to keep perspective on my problems today by remembering Your faithfulness in my past. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Application Steps:
Identify a time in your life that was difficult. View your current circumstances in light of that difficult time. Thank God for what He is doing in your life today.
Reflections:
How can gratitude keep me from feeling like a victim?
Many times I want to forget the past. Is there a healthy way to remember my past difficulties?
Power Verses:
Joel 2:13, "Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity." (NIV)
Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (NIV 1984)
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Jesus Answers His Accusers

In spitting upon Jesus and striking Him, the leaders are the ones who commit blasphemy. However, as John Calvin writes, "this insolence was turned by the providence of God to a very different purpose; for the face of Christ, dishonored by spitting and blows, has restored to us that image which had been disfigured, and almost effaced, by sin." Let us never forget the high price Jesus paid to purchase us and always live after the example He gives as the true image of God.
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Nehemiah: Sword and Trowel

This week's reading: Nehemiah 1-6, 8 and 13
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)
That must have been a special day after all you'd been through. Or was feasting more common for those of you in charge of the great restoration projects in Judah?
It was a very special day for all of us, and an unusual occurrence for us as well. Feasting was not common; on the contrary, I foreswore my governor's allotment of food from the public treasury, and other privileges as well, and devoted myself to the work.
So, it couldn't be said that you took advantage of this opportunity for your own benefit?
Well, I wish that couldn't have been said of me, but unfortunately it was. Not true, of course, but my enemies spread all kinds of stories about me. If I had stopped working to refute every libelous accusation thrown up in the wind, we never would have finished the job-which was obviously my opponents' intention. When the pagans tried to get me to engage in "dialogue" with them about the accusations, I simply sent the message that I was too busy to stop and debate.
How did you get the community of Judeans to trust you, then, if you didn't refute the libelous accusations point by point?
I rolled up my sleeves and worked alongside them. I didn't sit on a platform in the shade and direct the activities from afar. For the 52 days that we raised the wall, I didn't even so much as change my clothes. None of us did. We worked with a sword in one hand and a trowel in the other, ready to defend ourselves at any moment if it came to that.
How did you and your company finish the project so quickly?
The first week after I arrived I set out to do a complete survey of the site. The whole wall lay in piles of charred ruins and dusty rubble. The people didn't know where to start. But when I told them how God had moved the king to be generous and favorable to me, and of our plan to restore the city, they perked up. Each man and his family worked diligently on the section of the wall that was closest to their own residence. They really put their hearts into it. It wasn't necessary for me to micromanage the construction process.
So you functioned as both architect and building supervisor, governor and military leader?
Yes, we experienced so many obstacles along the way that to bring this project to completion I had to literally keep my hands in it, just as God's hand was upon me.

To Take Away

  • Do you sometimes feel, as Nehemiah did, that no sooner is one problem solved than another raises its menacing head? What sustains you in such times?
  • When have you seen God bring a project to completion that had looked impossible all along the way? What projects are you facing right now that you need God's help to accomplish?
  • How can you become a man who truly relies on the power of God?
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What Is the Significance of Jesus' Forgiveness of Sins?

Today's reading: Mark 2:1-12
Although we can forgive acts done against us, our forgiveness is incomplete; we cannot forgive the perpetrator for violating God's law. This is beyond our capacity and is God's ability alone to do. However, in Mark 2:5 Jesus claimed the authority to forgive sin. Why did Jesus do this, and what does this show about his identity?
To prove he had the authority to forgive sins, Jesus performed the miracle of physically healing a paralyzed man. The dilemma faced by the teachers of the law was clear: If Jesus did not have the authority to forgive sins, then how could he heal others? In other words, Jesus' miracles obviously had a divine source that lent credibility to his entire mission and claims of authority. The sticky point was this: If, as the teachers knew, only God can forgive sins, then that meant Jesus was indeed the Son of God, just as he claimed. Some, like Jesus' disciples and other followers, accepted this; however, even in the face of such overwhelming evidence, others rejected Jesus' claim.
Jesus' claim to forgive sin was difficult to prove through observation. How can outsiders really tell whether or not a person is forgiven? However, through his undeniable physical miracles, Jesus proved that he came from God, and he provided overwhelming outward evidence (the healing of the paralytic) of the invisible miracle (forgiveness of sins).
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Jesus Answers His Accusers

Matthew 26:63B-68 "Jesus said to him, 'You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven'" (v. 64).
Ironically, it is often the case that in seeking to correct one error, the corrector goes too far and actually errs himself. Consider the uproar over the film The Passion of the Christ a few years ago. Our aim is not to debate the propriety of depicting Jesus on film but to recall that the movie was labeled anti-Semitic for involving first-century Jews in the crucifixion. Motivated to prevent the persecution of Jewish people that some have tried to justify using the passion narrative, revisionist scholars teach that Rome alone was culpable for murdering Jesus. Many individuals have persecuted Jews as "Christ-killers," and some historians do all they can to absolve the Sanhedrin of guilt in order to make impossible the use of the passion to defend anti-Semitism.
Yet the abuse of the passion as a basis for persecuting the Jews is not corrected by revisionist history; one error is merely substituted for another if we say the Sanhedrin played no part in the crucifixion. True, the Jewish leadership did not have the power to carry out capital punishment; however, they could remand a person into Roman custody so that the Empire could execute him. Historically speaking, this is precisely what happened when our Lord was put to death, as the New Testament makes abundantly clear (even if The Passion does not).
Today's passage reveals that the Sanhedrin wants Christ executed because they believe Him to be a blasphemer. Our Savior, as prophesied, has remained silent through most of His trial (Matt. 26:62-63; see Isa. 53:7), but Jesus finally declares Himself to be the Christ under oath (Matt. 26:64 ). The claim to be the promised son of David is not blasphemous in itself; rather, it is the kind of Messiah that Jesus claims to be that is the problem for the Jewish leaders. In asserting that He will be seated at the right hand of "Power," Jesus puts Himself on God's level, appropriating to Himself Yahweh's power and authority.
This would be blasphemy indeed were He incorrect, but Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, has all divine power and authority (9:1-8 ). Caiaphas and the others could see this if they would look, but their own power and position, which holds first place in their hearts, blinds them to the truth (26:65-66; see 12:22-32).

Coram deo: Living before the face of God

In spitting upon Jesus and striking Him, the leaders are the ones who commit blasphemy. However, as John Calvin writes, "this insolence was turned by the providence of God to a very different purpose; for the face of Christ, dishonored by spitting and blows, has restored to us that image which had been disfigured, and almost effaced, by sin." Let us never forget the high price Jesus paid to purchase us and always live after the example He gives as the true image of God.
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