Sunday, November 17, 2013

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The dots have not yet connected Rudd to an allegation against a senior Victorian ALP MP. But otherwise, mystery remains as to why he resigned, but clearly he is as broken as he was dysfunctional in office. Fools cannot be taught. There are many lessons from Rudd's mistakes in office. One example of hubris is given by channel 9, who reported this morning on an investigator into the assassination of JFK. JFK was shot by two people, one Lee Harvey Oswald who was acting alone and using full metal jacket bullets. Two bullets were recovered from the three casings he left behind from some 15 seconds of shooting, 9 seconds of which were captured on tape. The other shooter was an accident from a secret service agent whose rifle had a dum-dum. The agent had taken the loaded rifle, undid the safety and the accidental discharge hit JFK in the back of the head. There was a cover up of the accident. However, channel 9 found a Democrat enthusiast who felt JFK, who was probably worse than Carter or Obama, had been cut in his prime. The fact that civilisation exists today is powerful testimony to a clumsy secret service agent. But that translates poorly to the ALP, which retain significant support. JFK did not learn from his mistakes, but was claimed by one of another. 
Climate fear mongering by AGW alarmists is still fed with public money. It will take them a long time to fully exhaust the $trillions of dollars they took from the worlds' poorest peoples (they claimed it came from the rich, but when rich don't spend, it is the poor who suffer). 
Also suffering are fans of Bridget Jones' Diary. In a post modernist twist, the fans lose interest in the sequel. Which is a salient warning to the ALP who don't seem to be able to pick a leader who in story terms is a good person. 
Today is a special anniversary. Czech students in the velvet revolution begin demonstrating for freedom in 1989, fifty six years after FDR recognised Soviet Union. 

Happy birthday and many happy returns John Bailey and Ray Lam. Born on the same day, across the years, along with

Rudd really was a crying shame

Miranda Devine – Saturday, November 16, 2013 (11:05pm)

YOU’D have to be heartless not to feel sympathy for Kevin Rudd, tearstained and forlorn, announcing his resignation from politics.
It’s also only human to feel exasperation at his self-indulgence and emotional flaccidity.
Overseas visitors who watched Wednesday night’s performance could scarcely believe the behaviour of a grown man, a former prime minister, in parliament with streaming tears, sniffily nose and the demeanour of a child who has just spent an hour in his bedroom bawling his eyes out.
Get a grip, Kevin. People in the Philippines have something to cry about.
The contrast could not have been more stark between a blubbering Rudd capping off his spectacular career with another spectacle and Tony Abbott just 10 minutes earlier giving the interview of his life on ABC’s 7.30, as he tried to fix his predecessor’s biggest mess.
There was the Prime Minister bluntly stating that it was not in the national interest to engage in the sort of soap opera politics Rudd had perfected.
The 24-7 West Wing pantomime was the hallmark of Rudd’s time in office, always providing diversions and entertainment for a voracious media. It became a drug for journalists, not just those in the “love media” of the ABC and Fairfax. Laurie Oakes has been carrying on like an addict deprived of his fix since Rudd lost the election.
But Abbott is one cold turkey.
“I’m not interested in providing sport for journalists,” he told 7.30. “I’m not interested in starting a fight or provoking an argument; I’m interested in stopping the boats.
“And why I’m interested in stopping the boats is because this is a humanitarian disaster as well as an affront to Australian sovereignty.”
The spurned luvvies of the media, along with Labor, the Greens and compassionistas, are demanding “transparency” in the government’s boat-stopping operations, as if they are high-minded idealists preserving democracy.
But it was just such cartoon morality that got us into the mess in the first place, persuading Rudd he could dismantle the Howard government’s border protections and be hailed as a hero.
It worked for those years after Rudd created the people-smuggling boom, as the love media and so-called human rights lawyers and refugee activists studiously ignored the boats they are now so excited about.
But finally reality overwhelmed spin. It’s hard to ignore dead bodies floating in the sea.
“I want to stop the boats for Australia’s sake and for the sake of common humanity,” Abbott said.
“Surely all Australians, including the media, should want to stop the boats, not to provoke an argument.”
Abbott’s construction is correct. Those calling for blow-by-blow details of “on-water” operations are only providing marketing material for people-smugglers and causing trouble with Indonesia. Why should the government help them?
This was the rabbit Rudd pulled out of the hat and could never fit back in. For him it was always about the optics of government, not the actions that so often were botched.
Rudd played at prime minister as though it was a role in a movie. It was about showing off to visitors at Kirribilli House that he had the US President on the phone, being photographed visiting a movie star in hospital, and putting his name to impenetrable essays on economics.
It was about hobnobbing with world leaders at global summits and being made a fuss of in Seat 1A by Qantas. It was more about the trappings than the business of government.
Rudd’s ended his political career the way he lived it, bitter, vengeful, wallowing in self pity, dragging out the limelight, complaining about petty slights, grandiosely boasting, and railing at colleagues who wouldn’t be there if he hadn’t “saved the furniture”.
He hijacked the first business day of the 44th Parliament and ambushed new Labor leader Bill Shorten, who was given just 10 minutes’ notice of Rudd’s bombshell.
In the end, Rudd was a broken man, hunched and angry, flinching from Shorten’s hand on his shoulder, neither man able to look at the other.
Again, how different it was to John Howard’s behaviour when he lost office in humiliating circumstances in the Ruddslide of 2007, losing his own seat of Bennelong to Maxine McKew by 2434 votes.
Howard was gracious in defeat, even turning up at the official declaration of the poll when he didn’t have to, smiling and shaking hands with the victor, and having a cup of tea with the voters who had rejected him.
“This is a wonderful exercise in democracy and it is a privilege to be part of that process,” he said at the time.
John Howard was a class act. History will treat Rudd less kindly.
IT was a world first on Thursday night when the Rational Optimist and the Skeptical Environmentalist shared stage in Melbourne.
British science writer Matt Ridley and Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg also shared a scathing disdain for the scare tactics of the green movement over the latest typhoon to hit the Philippines.
“Do you really think cutting off carbon emissions is going to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan,” asked Lomborg, who shot to fame with his 2001 book The Skeptical Environmentalist, which holds that no environmental problem is so bad it can’t be fixed by human progress.
Viscount Ridley’s 2010 bestseller The Rational Optimist also dismisses the case for catastrophic climate change.
“Humanity is the solution, not the problem. Centralised government is the problem not the solution,” he told the Institute of Public Affairs.
“Our species will always find innovative ways to surmount obstacles.”
Lomborg, a vegetarian environmentalist, blasted those who are trying to capitalise on the Philippines tragedy.
“Yes, there are ferocious cyclones in the world, as there always have been. But … claiming that CO2 cuts is the way to tackle cyclone damages is simply immoral.”
Even if the world was to drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions any impact would only occur in 50-100 years.
The real way to help typhoon victims is to build them better houses. 
IT’S a complete foot-stamping outrage that the latest instalment of Bridget Jones’ Diary has killed off Darcy and turned Bridget into a 51-year old cougar.
What a let-down for all the women around the world who believed in the happy ending.
We willed silly Bridget to come to her senses and snap up the treasure in front of her eyes: Darcy. Swoon!
And what an insult to Jane Austen, whose Pride and Prejudice formed the basis for Helen Fielding’s 1996 chick-lit classic.
Bad enough that Austen’s spirited Elizabeth Bennet was transformed into a 20th century dumpling who wears granny undies, drinks too much and obsesses about her looks. But at least Mr Darcy was worthy of his literary predecessor. He was the patient prize at the end of Bridget’s tizz.
Bumping him off is just wrong.


Tim Blair – Sunday, November 17, 2013 (6:49pm)

Guardian envirosook Alexander White claims: 
Tony Abbott is turning Australia into a reckless charco-state 
Well, let’s hope so. A charco-state sounds like a wonderful place to live. All hail the charco-state!


Tim Blair – Saturday, November 16, 2013 (10:17pm)

Malcolm Mackerras thinks Kevin Rudd was worse than Julia Gillard. Terry McCrann calls it a tie. Let’s put it to the vote:
Thank you, we have already counted your vote.
Total Votes: 2,834
FYI, on the form, Gillard is not second in place, or easy to find. - ed

Oh, wonderful

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (1:54pm)

My God. I’m cooking right now to this (the studio version). Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?
Reader old cynic:
Andrew, so you’re cooking to great music. The main question: what are you drinking? No-one should cook without a good red at hand, especially on Sunday!
Well, you’ll think me horribly lucky, but someone long ago left some Grange at my home. I’ve never dared to drink it. Sp I’ve finally asked friends around to dinner and this is the day. Which means nothing before hand to took off the edge - except for a nice sherry.
Reader johanna:

Andrew watch the ifilm “Farinelli”, It’s about richardo Brosci, worth while your time. Story is about young boys being castrated to keep their pure singing voices...This film won something in Cannes in 1985 it was I believe. Beautiful voices, you will enjoy it.greetings Johanna
PS Jeroen Krabbe plays Handel in this film.
Krabbe is actually not a bad painter, either. He did a great little show on TV going through the Riksmuseum. Farinelli was the composer's brother.

Reader Aussie Boy:
Andrew if you like to cook I can recommend a couple of recipes one is chestnut crumbed chicken with spinach, prosciutto, mushroom and cream sauce and one I made up myself with fresh asparagus and oyster mushrooms pan fried in smoked butter sprinkled with shredded prosciutto and sliced medjool dates.
Sounds great. But I’m doing my tomato sauce with home-made pasta for entree, a moussaka and morroccan meatballs and Greek salad for mains.
Reader Monarchist:

Sorry! Would have if I thought you might be interested. A friend of mine in Sydney is a great fan of Simone Kermes, and was instrumental in organising her tour here in September (I had to miss my booked concert: Canberra-Sydney travel glitches on the day). She is fantastic and frankly spectacular in much more than this particular aria.
She is certainly worth a general lookup in YouTube, trust me. She can be a bit of a wild child, as you will see from some of the clips smile
Happy cooking.
Thanks. I was listening to an album of hers. Astonishing. This clip isn’t actually typical of the rest apart from two things: the artistry and the beauty. 

The Bolt Report today

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (11:16am)

On The Bolt Report on Channel 10 at 10am and 4pm.

The twitter feed.
The place the videos appear.
ANDREW BOLT, PRESENTER: Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines last week and killed perhaps 4,000 people. The Greens couldn’t wait to exploit it like they exploited last month’s fires, and even accused Tony Abbott.
ADAM BANDT: He can be expected to be referred to as ‘Typhoon Tony’. // Many people are saying this is the worst typhoon that they’ve ever seen. // This is what we’re in store for, unless we get global warming under control.
ANDREW BOLT: Matt Ridley is a member of Britain’s House of Lords and a science writer, whose latest bestseller is ‘The Rational Optimist’. He’s here on a speaking tour for the IPA. Matt Ridley, thank you for joining me.
MATT RIDLEY: Thank you for having me on the show.
ANDREW BOLT: The typhoon in the Philippines – what do you make of the attempts to make that evidence of the great global warming catastrophe awaiting us?
MATT RIDLEY: Well, this is ridiculous. I mean, storms and weather events happen. They’ve always happened. There’ve been much stronger typhoons in the past. This isn’t the strongest one that’s ever recorded or anything like that. They’re gonna happen, whatever. And to blame this on climate change is a bit like shamanism. It’s witchdoctory. It’s going back 10,000 years to try and blame every weather event on mankind. And we don’t have to just know this from basic data. If you look at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They say there’s been no trend in increasing frequency of typhoons or cyclones or hurricanes. In fact, this year’s been an unusually quiet one globally. And even in that part of the Pacific it’s been quiet. So the idea that you can stop typhoons happening by cutting carbon dioxide emissions is just absurd. We’ve got to tackle typhoons as an issue, whatever happens to the climate.
ANDREW BOLT: What do we have to worry about, if global warming continues? I know there’s been a pause in atmospheric temperature rises for 15 years. But should it continue, what have we got to fear?
MATT RIDLEY: Well, I personally think that we are seeing benefits from climate change. Sorry – that’s not my personal view, that’s what the data says. We’re seeing benefits from climate change at the moment – slightly greener vegetation in the world, slightly fewer winter deaths, things like that – longer growing seasons. And that’s likely to continue for another six or seven decades. After that, if the projections of climate change are right – and on the whole, they have been too warm for the last 30 years, so they may not be right – but if they’re right, we will then start to see net harm. And the one harm that will would hurt civilisation would be rapidly rising sea levels. Fortunately, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that sea levels are not rising – are not gonna rise that fast in this century – not much faster than
they did in the last century. Greenland’s losing ice at the rate of 2 billion tonnes a year, which sounds a lot, but it’s actually 0.5% per century. So the collapse of ice sheets, that sort of thing, has now largely been ruled out by the IPCC as a risk. But we are – you know, we do have to get our act together to be ready to deal with some disasters, if they happen towards the end of this century, the beginning of the next.
ANDREW BOLT: Well, when you say “get our act together to be ready”, where – obviously the world is spending trillions of dollars on various ways to so-called stop global warming. Is that a sensible use of our resources?

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Labor success. “Rich” slugged, and now costs rise

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (7:04am)

I’d say this bungle was an unforseen consequence, but the fact is Labor was warned that precisely this would happen if it pursued its politics of envy:

NEARLY one million Australians downgraded their private health cover after the previous Labor government cut or reduced the 30 per cent rebate…
The fallout also increased pressure on the public system, with the number of privately insured people going public up 13 per cent in the past 12 months.
Premiums up. Contributions to hospitals down. Burden on public health increased.
(Thanks to reader Correllio.) 

Anti-Semitism and weaseling at the UN interpreted

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (6:59am)

A interpreter translates what hundreds of diplomats are actually doing but won’t confess to:
On Thursday a United Nations interpreter, unaware that her microphone was on, uttered words of truth in reaction to the General Assembly’s adoption of nine politically-motivated resolutions condemning Israel, and zero resolutions on the rest of the world.
Under the mistaken impression that she was speaking only to colleagues, the interpreter uttered the following words into the headphones of every UN delegate, and before a live webcast audience worldwide: 
“I think when you have… like a total of ten resolutions on Israel and Palestine, there’s gotta be something, c’est un peu trop, non? [It’s a bit much, no?] I mean I know… There’s other really bad shit happening, but no one says anything about the other stuff.”
(Thanks to reader David.) 

ABC suddenly very interested in boats now Liberals are in charge

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (6:45am)

Under Labor, 50,000 boat people arrived and not once did the ABC feel the need to keep track of each boat.
But now, with the Coalition in power and boats down to three a month, the ABC creates a site to track and publicise every single one.
And note: nowhere in the ABC’s dedicated site does it show or refer to boat arrivals under Labor to put the latest arrivals in context.
The ABC is out of control. How much longer can the Coalition ignore the partisanship of a publicly-funded broadcaster in breach of its charter duty to remain even-handed?
(Thanks to reader Gab.) 

Burnside claims I dodged debating him. The truth is exactly the opposite

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (6:08am)

I am prepared to believe Julian Burnside is simply forgetful, and not a liar, if he corrects this false claim:

Fact one:
I took part in Burnside’s ludicrous hypothetical to raise funds for asylum seekers, and debated on stage the absurdity of the propositions he was putting to me.
Fact two:

I have debated Burnside on my MTR radio show.
Fact three:
I have repeatedly invited him onto The Bolt Report to debate. He has refused.

Victimhood is the last refuge of a liar of the Left

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (5:43am)

In Australia:

Julia Gillard lies to the voters, telling them she won’t impose a carbon tax.
She breaks her promise. Once popular, her support falls through the floor.
Gillard supporters claim she’s the victim of sexism.
In the US:

Barack Obama lies to the voters, telling them he won’t impose a health care system that strips away their insurance plan.
He breaks his promise. Once popular, his support falls through the floor.
Obama supporters claim he’s the victim of racism: 
Oprah Winfrey has been a prominent supporter of Barack Obama. She thinks that both he and the Office of President have been treated with contempt because of the colour of his skin.
“There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he’s African American. There’s no question about that and it’s the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody’s thinking it.”

Your money; their statues to Paul Keating

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (5:28am)

John Roskam on the veneration of the much-loathed Paul Keating by taxpayer-funded institutions. Example one:

This week the ABC started broadcasting its interview series with Keating. Why the public broadcaster should provide Keating the privilege of talking about himself for four hours in prime time is a question the new Coalition government will probably be too afraid to ask.
As even the Left’s Guy Rundle notes:
Perhaps Kerry was trying to tease out said particularities, but there were moments when the birth and growth of young PJK sounded like the North Korean propaganda ministry had got to it, having him hatched from a swan’s mouth during a thunderstorm. “You joined the ALP at 14?!!” “You listened to classical music as a teenager!!?” and so on. The goggling implication seemed to be that Keating was not so much a self-made man as a man-made self, an alien creature among the fibro, fabricated from an entirely different material. That is nonsense of course.
I, too, listened to classic music as a very young teenager. The difference with Keating is that I didn’t think that my doing so I’d plucked classical music from obscurity.
Example two is worse:
On Monday, Keating delivered the Remembrance Day commemorative address in Canberra at the War Memorial. In it he gave the classic leftist interpretation of Australia’s history, which is of our past as the march towards an inevitable social democracy....
After the address, a bronze plaque at the entrance to the Hall of Memory was unveiled. On the plaque is inscribed the text of the Remembrance Day speech Keating delivered at the War Memorial in 1993. Also unveiled was a new inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier - “He is one of them, and he is all of us” - words taken from Keating’s speech 20 years ago.
The decision of the Council of the War Memorial to venerate Keating in such a way is more than inappropriate. It besmirches the memory of those the memorial commemorates…
There’s no justification for the reverence given to Keating’s 1993 speech.
Parts of it are moving and noble, but other politicians have also made moving and noble Remembrance Day speeches. John Howard in 1997 talked of those Australians “whose lives were lived in deeds, not years, in sacrifice, not heartbeats in service...”. 

Prime Misogynist

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (12:21am)

I’m sure Labor collectively agreed that even standing - unwittingly - next to a sign saying “bitch” was evidence of misogyny.
But that apparently applied only to Liberal politicians:

Rudd and Gillard were each angry and bitter at the other. After she tore him down, Rudd had trouble even speaking her name. His standard epithet for Gillard in private was “the bitch”.
(Thanks to reader Peter, via Tim Blair.) 

From tourist foreign minister to one who means business

Andrew Bolt November 17 2013 (12:04am)

Michael Smith compares the modest demands Foreign Minister Julie Bishop makes on diplomatic posts when she comes visiting to the far more regal demands of Bob Carr, who liked lots of free time, visits to tourist sites and no early starts. 












we have to face fear, not fear it .. ed
Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Are you going through a tough time today? Are you sitting on the sidelines of life? God is saying, “Arise and get back in the game.” If a friend betrayed you, don’t go through life lonely. Go out and find some new friends. The right people are in your future. If you lost your job, don’t sit around complaining. Go out and find another job. When one door closes, God will always open another door. If you’re facing a health issue, fighting that sickness, don’t give up on life and start planning your funeral. Arise from that discouragement.

The Scripture says,“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”(Isaiah 60:1, NIV) God bless you.
Father,I thank You for Your grace and mercy on my life. I choose to rise and put my trust in You. I choose to get back in the game. Thank You, Lord, for accomplishing Your purposes in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen
Pastor Rick Warren
How those who don't know you judge you isn't important. What IS important is that you always respond in love. #ItsATest
Leaders always start with WHY before modeling HOW. People quit when they forget WHY. Preach WHY and HOW and you get WOW.


fair work means no work ..
Obama needs former QLD Premier Beatty? - ed
Jason FoNg Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. It's deny, deny and deny and if caught out, lie. My law professor Ms Gillard taught me that.
Class warfare hurts everyone.

"My point here is that many Europeans behaved with incredible cowardice and indecency. No matter what they pretended later, they pretty much knew what Hitler had in store for a bunch of innocent men, women and children whose only crime was that they were Jews, and they only thing they cared about was looking out for number one and dividing up any spoils that were left over.">

Read more here :

Auditions for Dr Phil? ed
Enjoy feeling proud of the Jewish State of Israel:

I heard a story of injustice by Stephen Fry on QI recently. In the dark ages of England, a peasant looked like a pig .. straggly hair,, obese .. one eye .. ears raised .. worse, there was a pig with the same one eye. He was accused of unnatural acts with the pig's sow-mum. He denied it. Finally the accusers said "We could show you mercy if you only admitted it." He'd been tortured and confessed. Whereupon he was told that the mercy would be shown by G-d. To execute him, they required two witnesses. His confession meant he was one witness. The pig was considered the other. The pig was executed too. I would like to show Obama mercy .. ed

BDS is bullying "EcoStream" a small business in Brighton, Sussex, UK for stocking Israeli produce. 

The "Sussex Friends of Israel" have been doing great work in engaging the BDSholes and keeping the business safe. In appreciation and as a show of support, we would like to ask you to "Like" this page:
Why Europeans Will Never Forgive The Jews For Auschwitz

"My point here is that many Europeans behaved with incredible cowardice and indecency. No matter what they pretended later, they pretty much knew what Hitler had in store for a bunch of innocent men, women and children whose only crime was that they were Jews, and they only thing they cared about was looking out for number one and dividing up any spoils that were left over."

Read more here :

Daniel Katz
I am seeing pictures of grieving Israeli Jewish families pouring their hearts out over the coffins of their loved ones before burial.

These emotive scenes should not be photographed and published to fullfil the blood lust of news thirsty media.

It encourages future murderers and gives their supporters satisfaction.

The father of the young cowardly Arab boy who stabbed to death an innocent sleeping young Israeli soldier last week in a bus has praised his son for the murder.

You can not reason with such disgraceful people. Diplomacy has failed and will continue to fail.

Indeed all decent people are under attack, Muslim or non Muslim.

Either the jihadist scum are hunted down like dogs and killed or be prepared to be killed by them.

These barbarian douche bags are the people the apostate Muslim anti POTUS Barry Soetoro wants Israel to have a two state solution with.

It takes only one filthy lying douche bag like Obama's support of these Arabs to promote more murders in the future.

It's time Israel cuts their umbilical chord from the USA and stands alone because they will be standing alone anyway as we saw in the past and we now see in the future with increasing anti Semitism while countries are infiltrated by Islamist invaders spreading their poison with the left wing socialist alliance.

History has shown what happens to those nations that attack their Jews and we are now witnessing the self destruction of the American empire filled with dumb downed ferals who re elected the most treacherous evil POTUS undermining the USA and it's constitution by allowing the Muslim Brotherhood a voice.

One can only unbelievably admire the efforts of the Egyptian army for recognising and eliminating the same problem that the USA now protects and supports.

Benghazi was not an omen. It was an attack on the USA and Obama and his goons did nothing.

 ... Just another bribe making the corrupt Phallistinean Authority richer in the West Bank.

How many millions of Americans now live below the poverty line while their money is being given away to people who hate them ?

And how can a country that is close to USD$18 trillion in debt keep giving away money ?

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“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.” Psalm 119:18NIV
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon


"The Lord is my portion, saith my soul."
Lamentations 3:24
It is not "The Lord is partly my portion," nor "The Lord is in my portion"; but he himself makes up the sum total of my soul's inheritance. Within the circumference of that circle lies all that we possess or desire. The Lord is my portion. Not his grace merely, nor his love, nor his covenant, but Jehovah himself. He has chosen us for his portion, and we have chosen him for ours. It is true that the Lord must first choose our inheritance for us, or else we shall never choose it for ourselves; but if we are really called according to the purpose of electing love, we can sing--
"Lov'd of my God for him again
With love intense I burn;
Chosen of him ere time began,
I choose him in return."
The Lord is our all-sufficient portion. God fills himself; and if God is all-sufficient in himself, he must be all- sufficient for us. It is not easy to satisfy man's desires. When he dreams that he is satisfied, anon he wakes to the perception that there is somewhat yet beyond, and straightway the horse-leech in his heart cries, "Give, give." But all that we can wish for is to be found in our divine portion, so that we ask, "Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee." Well may we "delight ourselves in the Lord" who makes us to drink of the river of his pleasures. Our faith stretches her wings and mounts like an eagle into the heaven of divine love as to her proper dwelling-place. "The lines have fallen to us in pleasant places; yea, we have a goodly heritage." Let us rejoice in the Lord always; let us show to the world that we are a happy and a blessed people, and thus induce them to exclaim, "We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."


"Thine eyes shall see the King in his beauty."
Isaiah 33:17
The more you know about Christ the less will you be satisfied with superficial views of him; and the more deeply you study his transactions in the eternal covenant, his engagements on your behalf as the eternal Surety, and the fulness of his grace which shines in all his offices, the more truly will you see the King in his beauty. Be much in such outlooks. Long more and more to see Jesus. Meditation and contemplation are often like windows of agate, and gates of carbuncle, through which we behold the Redeemer. Meditation puts the telescope to the eye, and enables us to see Jesus after a better sort than we could have seen him if we had lived in the days of his flesh. Would that our conversation were more in heaven, and that we were more taken up with the person, the work, the beauty of our incarnate Lord. More meditation, and the beauty of the King would flash upon us with more resplendence. Beloved, it is very probable that we shall have such a sight of our glorious King as we never had before, when we come to die. Many saints in dying have looked up from amidst the stormy waters, and have seen Jesus walking on the waves of the sea, and heard him say, "It is I, be not afraid." Ah, yes! when the tenement begins to shake, and the clay falls away, we see Christ through the rifts, and between the rafters the sunlight of heaven comes streaming in. But if we want to see face to face the "King in his beauty" we must go to heaven for the sight, or the King must come here in person. O that he would come on the wings of the wind! He is our Husband, and we are widowed by his absence; he is our Brother dear and fair, and we are lonely without him. Thick veils and clouds hang between our souls and their true life: when shall the day break and the shadows flee away? Oh, long-expected day, begin!

Today's reading: Ezekiel 3-4, Hebrews 11:20-40 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Ezekiel 3-4

1 And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” 2 So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.
3 Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth.
4 He then said to me: “Son of man, go now to the people of Israel and speak my words to them. 5 You are not being sent to a people of obscure speech and strange language, but to the people of Israel— 6 not to many peoples of obscure speech and strange language, whose words you cannot understand. Surely if I had sent you to them, they would have listened to you. 7 But the people of Israel are not willing to listen to you because they are not willing to listen to me, for all the Israelites are hardened and obstinate. 8 But I will make you as unyielding and hardened as they are. 9 I will make your forehead like the hardest stone, harder than flint. Do not be afraid of them or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people....”

Today's New Testament reading: Hebrews 11:20-40

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel....

[Dē'mas] - popular or ruler of people.A companion of Paul during his first Roman imprisonment (Col. 4:14; Philem. 24).

The Man Who Forsook His Friend

This seems to be an indication that this native of Thessalonica was not fully trusted even when he was near to Paul (Phil. 2:20). Scripture has this against him, that he forsook Paul for this present world ( 2 Tim. 4:10). It is amazing how a student of Comparative Anatomy can build up a whole unknown structure from one or two known bones. In the same way we can sketch the character of Demas from the few references to him in the Bible's portrait gallery.
Before he met Paul we can picture him as an agreeable young man with no particular vice. The material of his character had no rent in it. It was only shoddy throughout. Under the strong influence of Paul's personality, Demas was like a piece of soft iron, temporarily magnetized by the presence of a magnet. Becoming a disciple, he was carried away by the enthusiasm of sacrifice. He wanted to live with Paul and die with him, and have a throne and a halo among the martyred saints.
But when Demas came up to the great capital of the then known world in company with the Lord's prisoners, Paul and Epaphras, it was a different story. He was not a prisoner, and gradually the contrast between the cell and the outer world became intolerable to him. He saw the magnificent halls of the Caesars, the gorgeous homes of the rich and the glitter of a world of music, venal loves, jest and wine. Such a gay world cast its glamor over Demas, and he yielded to its charms. The prison where his friends were languishing seemed wretched alongside the music-haunted, scented, dazzling halls of Rome. Thus Paul had to write one of the most heartbreaking lines in his letters:
"Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world." This man of wavering impulse who surrendered the passion of sacrifice and sank in the swirling waters of the world, is a true reflection of the thought that where our love is, there we finally are.
November 16, 2011
A Courageous Beauty Queen
Today's Truth
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God ... (2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Katie was born in Wichita, Kansas, a petite blond-headed pride and joy to the Signaigo family. In the following years, two more baby girls were born, and the Signaigo quiver was full. Katie grew up enjoying all the frills and thrills of childhood. She loved school and church activities, swimming and running, and most of all, she loved her friends.
Katie was only nine years old when she noticed a lump by her left ankle that wouldn't go away. The soreness would come and go, but the lump remained. For more than a year she and her mom were in and out of doctors' offices trying to figure out what this mysterious lump was all about. Two years later, eleven-year-old Katie was diagnosed with cancer, and her leg was removed just below the knee. She felt as though her life was over.
"No one will ever love me or want to marry me!" young Katie cried to her mom. "My life will never be the same. What am I going to do? People will laugh at me and make fun of me. I'll never be able to walk or run again. I'm going to have to live the rest of my life in a wheelchair!"
"Oh, precious," her mother spoke in assuring tones. "You will get married one day. You are a beautiful girl. You will run and swim and do all the things you've always loved doing. You are not going to be in a wheelchair, but have a prosthetic leg that will allow you to do all the things you did before. No, your life will not be the same, but it will be great. You'll see. We'll get through this together."
As a precaution, Katie went through chemotherapy for one year. Besides losing her leg, Katie also lost all of her beautiful blond hair. "When is this ever going to end?" she cried.
Eventually, Katie's hair grew back, she learned to walk with a prosthesis, and life returned to a new kind of normal. However, no one-absolutely no one but her immediate family-saw Katie's leg. She kept her prosthesis hidden from the world.
But then God began nudging Katie to return to the hospital where she had her surgery to talk to other children facing similar ordeals. She put her fears aside and visited the cancer ward and showed her leg to a girl named Amanda.
"Here, go ahead and touch it," Katie said. "It's okay." And Katie saw something flicker in Amada's eyes. It was hope.
Since that time Katie and her mom have made many visits to the hospital, telling children and their parents about what to expect and sharing hope. Together they are taking their scars, both physical and emotional, and investing in others.
Katie graduated from high school and attended the University of Central Arkansas. While there, she watched an Oprah program that featured Aimee Mullins, a double amputee who had become an athlete and a model. This amputee even showed various prostheses she used for different occasions.
So Katie decided it was time to stop hiding her leg from the world, and she did it in a big way. She entered the Miss University of Central Arkansas pageant! She participated in the talent, evening gown, and interview competitions. But Katie won the hearts of the crowd when she proudly walked down the catwalk in the bathing suit competition. There have been many tearful moments as pageant sponsors have placed the crowns on a winner's head, but I dare say there was never a more precious moment than when Katie Signaigo was crowned Miss UCA.
"We are all cracked pots in some way or other," Katie told a group of ladies at a women's gathering. "We all have our unique flaws. Don't be afraid of your flaws. Look for the positive things in life. Don't let yourself dwell in the bad things. This has been the greatest blessing in my life."
Like with Katie, often God uses our biggest struggles as a springboard for ministry. Listen closely. Is God calling you to use what you've gone through to encourage others with the hope and healing of Jesus Christ?
Let's Pray
Dear Lord, sometimes I get stuck when life doesn't turn out the way I thought it would. Help me to be a woman who refuses to say, "Why me?" but rejoices in saying "What now?" Show me how to turn my pain into purpose and my miseries into ministry.
In Jesus' name,
Now It's Your Turn
What does 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 tell you about how God wants you use what you have gone through to help other people. Are you willing to do that? I hope so!
Today, pray that God will show you what He wants you to do with what you've learned in difficult times. If you feel God calling you to minister to others, but aren't sure how to begin,Your Scars are Beautiful to God will walk you through the steps to begin.
I'd love to hear how God has taken a painful situation in your life and turned it into a ministry to help others. Let's share
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November 16, 2011
The Little Things
Marybeth Whalen
"My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly." Psalm 38:5 (NIV)
It was just a little thing. A small stone or piece of shell I'd stepped on at some point during my walk on the beach. I figured I didn't need to worry about it. Eventually it would work its way out. So I ignored it and went on with life.
But weeks later my plan wasn't working. The little thing hadn't gone away. It had only worked its way deeper into my foot. I was having more and more trouble walking. And my little thing had become harder to ignore.
At my husband's insistence, I finally visited the doctor, who told me that something that could've been handled easily at the beginning had now turned into a much bigger problem. What could've been as simple as removing a splinter now involved cutting into my foot.
I thought of the little things in my life I've ignored, letting them work their way deeper instead of plucking them out while they were still easy to get to. Resentment, anger, jealousy, gossip, unforgiveness and unkind thoughts can be plucked out the moment we realize they're there. But leave them untended and they go deeper.
What could be a matter of prayer and accountability becomes a full blown life issue that controls us and causes pain-not just for us, but for others as well. Ignore the little things and they become big problems; plucking becomes carving. Like our verse today, our sinful folly causes wounds that fester instead of heal.
I didn't take the time to go to the doctor. I didn't want to mess with the inconvenience or the pain of having my little thing dealt with. I thought I could handle it on my own. But I couldn't. I needed a physician to do what I could not. It is the same for those little things in my thought life as well. I need the Great Physician to remove what I can't reach - and do it before it becomes so deep that it's part of who I am.
When I'm struggling with little things, I've learned to ask God to help me see what is going on through His Word and prayer. Then I listen to the Holy Spirit's convictions and seek honesty from friends and family.
As a friend of mine says, "The truth might hurt, but the truth also heals." We must be intentional about being honest with ourselves and do whatever it takes to identify and remove the potentially damaging little things in our hearts and in our thought lives.
Dear Lord, please show me those little things in my life I am ignoring - whether it's a behavior like gossip or a thought like envy. I try to convince myself that there's such a thing as a "little sin" but I know deep down that little things can become big problems if left unchecked. Convict me through Your Holy Spirit and let me respond as You would want. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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Application Steps:
Write down some little things you've ignored in the past or know you're ignoring right now. Find some verses that speak to those particular issues and meditate on those verses as you seek God's healing.
Why do I tend to ignore little things? How can a little inconvenience or discomfort now save me from bigger hurt later?
Power Verses:
Isaiah 57:14, "And it will be said: Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people." (NIV)
Isaiah 62:10, "Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations." (NIV)
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Lyrics for the Living God

Today's reading: Psalm 33
The psalms were meant to be sung-and shouted
Psalm 33:3Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
William Booth, believing the 19th-century English church had become too refined to reach the cities' poor, took the gospel into the streets. He organized his workers into a "salvation army," complete with uniforms and military rank.
With hecklers and drunks abounding, the "army" didn't always find preaching easy or safe. A local builder, Charles William Fry, offered himself and his three sons as bodyguards. As it happened all four played brass instruments, which they carried along to accompany singing.
Booth's rowdier supporters were soon dragging along concertinas, bells, hunting horns, banjos, tambourines and drums to praise the Lord. Said one leader, "It sounds as if a brass band's gone out of its mind."
Salvation Army recruits did not stick to traditional hymns but invented their own words for rousing popular tunes. "Here's to Good Old Whiskey" became "Storm the Forts of Darkness." Booth had his doubts about this trend until one night, hearing a beautiful rendition of "Bless His Name, He Sets Me Free," he asked about the tune. "Why, Mr. Booth, that's 'Champagne Charlie Is My Name,' " the embarrassed singer replied.
"That settles it," Booth said. "Why should the devil have all the best tunes?" Soon 400 bands were crashing about England, playing hit tunes with Christian words.
The Best Music Available
David and his people would have liked that spirit. Many of the psalms were meant to be sung, and sung joyfully. Modern church formality seems far removed from their frequent command: "Sing for joy! Shout aloud!" Their instruments included cymbals, tambourines, trumpets, rams' horns, harps and lyres. Sometimes dancing erupted. The world, in the psalmist's imagination, can't contain the delight God inspires. A new song must be sung. "Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music" (Psalms 98:4).
First Chronicles 15:16 and 23:5 report that David appointed 4,000 professional musicians to provide their services to the temple. They offered the best music available, and the congregation joined in. Nobody knows exactly what it sounded like, but scholars doubt it was all soft and soothing. Musicians improvised. Most of the instruments used suggest rousing, rhythmic sound.
Every generation of Christians renews the discovery of this "new song," sometimes through the music of its forebears, sometimes in a form that shocks the solemn elders. The Salvation Army did, as did the Jesus Movement in the 60s and Christian rock music in our own day. David would not have been surprised. He jolted his own wife with his spontaneous dancing (see 1 Chronicles 15:29). When people know God, they approach life with a jubilant song on their lips.

Life Question

When you sing to God, what kinds of emotions do you hope to feel? What kind of music contributes to that?
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At Issue - Purpose

Today's reading: Exodus 3:7-12
When we really want to do something, we come up with a million reasons why we should. We become the world's greatest saleswoman, convincing God why our plans are so rational. But when we don't want to do something God's asked us to do, we reverse the process. We criticize. We nitpick. We search for the irrational or the impossible in God's plan. Our own weaknesses loom large in our vision. When Moses heard God's plan, he immediately started the excuses. And God immediately shut him down. God doesn't want your excuses-he wants your open heart.

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