Sunday, November 03, 2013

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The way wharf side unionists behaved in WW2 was despicable. Protected by leftwing media from questioning, it is too late to do anything about it, except to correct history. Another shameful period in the history of unions. I feel that the success of unions 120 years ago is over stated. Stand over tactics did not make mining safer. The reason for conditions is more political and less union action .. but it is a moot point. They are worse than useless today .. they weaken worker conditions through corruption. In contrast is the diggers work in Afghanistan. The longest engagement in Australian history, one is able to see how administrations affect soldiers. forty died under ALP government, none under Liberal administrations. If the ALP were not going to support them, they should not have kept them there. Regardless, they served with honour. Why would Burnside spit on them? 
Clearly the media are not reporting on issues in a way that readers want. The result is falling readership. The media would rather cut their own throats rather than give up preaching to the left. There are too many cats paws in this world. 
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Remy IlonaPetra Borén SupparoAllan Joe Blo and Betty Nguyen. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
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PM brings diggers home with honour

Piers Akerman – Sunday, November 03, 2013 (12:42am)

AUSTRALIANS troops are preparing to bring home their battle flags from Afghanistan, a withdrawal with honour after an engagement that became our longest war. 
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Unions exposed as war saboteurs

Miranda Devine – Sunday, November 03, 2013 (12:44am)

AS the Abbott government begins to take on union power and corruption, a timely new book reveals the union movement’s role in one of the most shameful periods of Australian history.
What the wharfies did to Australian troops - and their nation’s war effort - between 1939 and 1945 is nothing short of an abomination.
Perth lawyer Hal Colebatch has done the nation a service with his groundbreaking book, Australia’s Secret War, telling the untold story of union bastardry during World War 2.
Using diary entries, letters and interviews with key witnesses, he has pieced together with forensic precision the tale of how Australia’s unions sabotaged the war effort, how wharfies vandalised, harassed, and robbed Australian troop ships, and probably cost lives.
One of the most obscene acts occurred in October, 1945, at the end of the war, after Australian soldiers were released from Japanese prison camps. They were half dead, starving and desperate for home. But when the British aircraft-carrier HMS Speaker brought them into Sydney Harbour, the wharfies went on strike. For 36 hours, the soldiers were forced to remain on-board, tantalisingly close to home. This final act of cruelty from their countrymen was their thanks for all the sacrifice.
Colebatch coolly recounts outrage after outrage. There were the radio valves pilfered by waterside workers in Townsville which prevented a new radar station at Green Island from operating.
So when American dive bombers returning from a raid on a Japanese base were caught in an electrical storm and lost their bearings, there was no radio station to guide them to safety. Lost, they ran out of fuel and crashed, killing all 32 airmen.
Colebatch quotes RAAF serviceman James Ahearn, who served at Green Island, where the Australians had to listen impotently to the doomed Americans’ radio calls:
“The grief was compounded by the fact that had it not been for the greed and corruption on the Australian waterfront such lives would not have been needlessly lost.”
Almost every major Australian warship was targeted throughout the war, with little intervention from an enfeebled Prime Minister Curtin. There was the deliberate destruction by wharfies of vehicles and equipment, theft of food being loaded for soldiers, snap strikes, go-slows, demands for “danger money” for loading biscuits.
Then there were the coal strikes which pushed down coal production between 1942 and 1945 despite the war emergency.
There were a few honourable attempts to resist union leaders, such as the women working in a small arms factory in Orange, NSW, who refused to strike and “pelted union leaders with tomatoes and eggs”.
This is a tale of the worst of Australia amid the best, the valour and courage of our soldiers in New Guinea providing our last line of defence against Japanese, only to be forced onto starvation rations and to “go easy on the ammo” because strikes by the wharfies back home prevented supplies from reaching them.
A planned rescue of Australian PoWs in Borneo late in the war apparently had to be abandoned, writes Colebatch, because a wharf strike in Brisbane meant the ships had no heavy weapons.
There was no act too low for the unionists. For instance, in 1941, hundreds of soldiers on board a ship docked in Freemantle entrusted personal letters to wharfies who offered to post them in return for beer money. The letters never arrived.
At one point in 1942 a US Army colonel became so frustrated at the refusal of Townsville wharfies to load munitions unless paid quadruple time, he ordered his men to throw the unionists into the water and load the guns themselves.
In Adelaide, American soldiers fired sub-machine guns at wharfies deliberately destroying their aircraft engines by dropping them from great heights. Australian soldiers had to draw bayonets to stop the same Adelaide wharfies from stealing food meant for troops overseas.
You will read this book with mounting fury.
Colebatch offers various explanations for the treasonous behaviour of the unions. Many of the leaders were Communists obsessed with class warfare. Fervent “identity politics” led them to believe they were victims, and that servicemen and women were “puppets of capitalism whose lives were of no consequence”.
Contrary to popular belief, strikes and sabotage continued to the end of the war, even after the Soviet Union became an ally, writes Colebatch, who contends that the Australian Left may have wanted to undermine the military in preparation for revolution after the war.
Whatever the reasons for the defective morality of those unionists who sabotaged our war effort, the traitors have never been brought to account. This story has been largely suppressed for 70 years because Labor and the Left have successfully controlled the narrative of history.
No more, thanks to Colebatch.
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BLOGGING FOR LITTLE KIDS

Tim Blair – Sunday, November 03, 2013 (12:40am)

Despite some honourable Twitter exceptions, this is true.
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SOMEONE ELSE LOVES HIM

Tim Blair – Sunday, November 03, 2013 (12:38am)

Advertising millionaire Todd Sampson blames capitalism for a grotesque cultural aberration: 
I don’t know anyone who likes Kyle Sandilands but I do know someone that loves him – capitalism. 
Sampson has forgotten about Kyle’s best friend – a certain former Prime Minister.
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EMILY SHOCKED

Tim Blair – Sunday, November 03, 2013 (12:36am)

“Something shocking has happened to US journalism,” writes the Guardian‘s Emily Bell. “It has parted company with the free market.”
Philosophically, US journalism parted company with the free market some time ago. Now we’re just seeing how that works out.
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Burnside spits

Andrew Bolt November 03 2013 (5:53am)

“Human rights” lawyer Julian Burnside wants everyone treated with respect. Except Liberals like the Immigration Minister, of course:
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Why does Burnside contract out the spitting to children? Why does he not set the example - either in civility or brutality?
(Thanks to reader Correllio.) 
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Palmer loses Dio Wang. Abbott wins

Andrew Bolt November 03 2013 (5:04am)

This farce could help Tony Abbott:
THE Greens’ Scott Ludlam and the Australian Sports Party’s Wayne Dropulich have won final spots in a controversial Senate recount in Western Australia that may go to the High Court and even result in a new election.
Their election, declared late yesterday, means the Palmer United Party’s Zhenya Wang and Labor’s Louise Pratt will miss out despite having been successful in the initial count.
However, the state now faces the prospect of a rerun after 1375 ballot papers were lost by the Australian Electoral Commission after a recount of the September voting ordered last month at the urging of the Greens.
To get legislation past a Labor/Greens block in the new Senate, the Government needs the votes of at least six of the eight remaining Senators. Palmer now has just two Senators, with the Australian Sports Party beating out Palmer’s Dio Wang, and that means the Government could get bills through without him, But that’s provided it can peel off the Motoring Enthusiasts’ Ricky Muir, who has signed some kind of deal with Palmer.
That in turn depends, of course, on no new election being ordered.  
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On The Bolt Report today

Andrew Bolt November 03 2013 (12:03am)


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Unbelievable facts
Only 20 people are known to have Hyperthymesia. A condition that allows them to remember every detail of their lives.
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Your gut feelings are usually accurate and correct. If you truly feel there's something, chances are there is.
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Over 80% of people remain quiet even when they really want to say something in order to avoid an argument with someone they care about.
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Joey Duong
Head to toes. Toes to head. Hehe.
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Samuel Reshevsky, at age eight, defeating several chess masters
in France !!! Reshevsky won the U.S. Chess Championship in
1936, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1946, and 1969.
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Aprille Love
Finally got around to opening the godie bag from#socialdiary! Now thats what I call a goodie bag#boohoosocialdiary #goodiebag #amazing #love
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Another courageous heroine....

Afghan Schoolgirl Scarred in Acid Attack, Defies Taliban, Becomes a Teacher - upww.us/vinienco 

More......http://paper.li/allysonchristy/1378777884
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Also check out this creepy vid comparing Obama to Carter…>

Here is what Jimmah Carter said to Parade magazine when asked how to evaluate how Barack Obama has done while in the Oval Office:
He’s done the best he could under the circumstances. His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best.
Considering the source, that’s the most damaging criticism Barack Obama has ever faced. Five years into a “recovery” where 95% of the gains are being made by the top 1%, the labor force participation is at Jimmy Carter levels, and America is experiencing record poverty unseen since the 1960s, it’s time for Carter to turn over the mantle for worst president in modern times.
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You are missing essential food groups .. chocolate eggs .. chocolate milk .. Chocolate rabbits .. ed
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Photographer Jimmy Nelson finds the last tribes on earth
http://bit.ly/HmogHn
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Timmy Lingy
They told me I could be anything. So I became a piano tuner. ;__;
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"The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more things you'll have to express gratitude for."- Zig Ziglar 
more at The Zig Ziglar Foundation
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Don't confuse teaching and learning. Unless the students raise the hops and build the still .. it is only words - ed
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Meh, propaganda .. ed
  • Mandy Mclean they got the colours wrong!
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  • David Daniel Ball The colours are a longstanding thing .. Libertarians approval of drug use is not the solution they claim. Their opposition to zero tolerance is stupid. But I get it they are trying to appeal to hipsters
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  • Mandy Mclean I agree with you on that!
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  • Jason FoNg If this is a US chart, technically, the blue overlap with the left are moderate "left-liberals", not libertarians. Libertarians are a right-wing concept and are not the same as liberals. Left-liberals focus more on civil liberties and individual freedoms relating to the person like privacy, sexual freedom etc while (right) libertarians focus more on the economic: lower taxes, less regulation and proprietary rights. Unlike left-liberals who believe more in the state intervening to protect their freedoms while (right), libertarians believe in zero or minimal government. Ron Paul is a great example of a pure libertarian. I personally stand right in the border between libertarian and right.
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  • Jason FoNg In Australia of course, it gets very confusing with "liberal"meaning conservative.
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Which is why children grow, but adults don't? - ed
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Dai Le
In Canley Heights supporting the Vietnamese Community in Australia (VCA) Bushfire Appeal with Son Brown and his team.
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The Real Popeye the Sailor Man
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Tune-In Tuesday: In an exclusive two-part interview, Ariel Castro’s first victim, Michelle Knight, tells her story of the horrifying 11 years she spent as his captive.
http://bit.ly/ClevelandKidnappings #DrPhil
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Genius. Where's Wally? wallpaper:http://bit.ly/1cu4Xdl
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David Bowles
Ender's Game: better than it had any right to be, but not quite as good as fans would have liked. Given that the much slimmer Hobbit is being made into THREE movies, I'd have liked another 30 minutes of character development and battle room stuff (and a less ADHD editor). The last half hour was really compelling.
I like the writer's short stories "Maps in a mirror" I didn't take to Ender's game for no good reason .. I didn't like the hyper awareness of characters to nuance .. same thing made Dune series dull for me .. but a ripping yarn with excellent character - ed
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Aprille Love
Fun on set! #atomickingdom #letsdothis #kickass
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Andy Trieu
Opportunity doesn't seem to knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
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Aprille Love
Snapped in the Sunday Telegraph with Tim Wall for Social Diary Halloween.
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If you must lose, lose well. - ed
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JOHN WAYNE
November 1, 1928 ~ "Noah's Ark" was released to movie theaters 85 years ago today. The Biblical story of Noah and the Great Flood, with a parallel story of soldiers in the First World War. JOHN WAYNE along with his pal Andy Devine played uncredited flood extras/stunt swimmers in this film.
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Incredible! This dad created a prosthetic hand for his son using 3-D technology. Paul and Leon McCarthy shared their story today on FOX & Friends Weekendhttp://tinyurl.com/pl3uw5g
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Every new collab with Grathy is a gift ! 
Once again 
Thank you, Mary !
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Chaque nouvelle collaboration avec Mary est toujours aussi agréable 
Merci encore à elle pour sa gentillesse et sa disponibilité (sans oublier le talent ...).
- LaFayette
Every new collab with Grathy is a gift!
Once again :)
Thank you, Mary!
-Each new collaboration with Mary is always enjoyable :)
Thanks again to it for his kindness and availability (not to mention the talent...).
-LaFayette (Translated by Bing)


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The Night Train 

Commuters fly by at night back to their homes at seeming light speed in this thirty second exposure.
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Pity. Run right, such a school could contribute much. How does Israel do it? They integrate well. - ed
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Bob Carroll
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Darth Obama...
http://liberallogic101.com/?p=3404
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 I gather they were all 18-20. I'd be proud if my daughter looked like any of 'em - ed
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Mary Cagalitan Photography
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Pastor Rick Warren

Quiet prayer doesn't always end the storm, 
but it always steadies me in the storm until it passes.
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When you be who God made you to be, you compete with no one.

(great photo by Dietmar Rogaki)
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How do I know when I'm a legalist? When I'm harsh on others. 
How do I know when I'm living by grace? I'm gracious to others
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The UNHRC Charter has a special article (Article 7) which stipulates that any conference on human rights must hold a separate discussion on Israel. This stipulation applies only to Israel, and no other country in the world is subject to such treatment – not even actual and horrendous human rights abusers such as Syria, Saudi Arabia, China or Sudan. This “Israel-only” clause was adopted by the UNHRC in 2007. http://calevbenyefuneh.blogspot.co.il/2013/11/when-it-comes-to-israel-and-human.html
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I thought you might find this article interesting. You can also see the video segment of my appearance on the CBN News show "The Watchman with Erick Stakelbeck," where I showcased my 3-D Topographic Map of Israel. I look forward to any comments. Mark
Palestinian State' Would Leave Israel 'Indefensible'
Security expert breaks down the security threat posed to Israel by any future "Palestinian State" in Judea and Samaria ("West Bank").
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/173405#.UnXYF_meZHJ
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faulty analysis is behind lots of bad policy. An illusion got Reagan to panic spend on education when statistics showed a fall in standards, Thing was .. every single ethnic subgroup .. and 'other' improved in those categories. The difference in results highlights a fact of math .. averages don't compare across different populations .. what had happened was the number of low performing ethnic subgroups had increased relative to high performers (more blacks and hispanics, fewer Asias and caucasian). Another truth is that people look for what they want to see .. ed===
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“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9 NIV
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"I am the Lord, I change not."
Malachi 3:6
It is well for us that, amidst all the variableness of life, there is One whom change cannot affect; One whose heart can never alter, and on whose brow mutability can make no furrows. All things else have changed--all things are changing. The sun itself grows dim with age; the world is waxing old; the folding up of the worn-out vesture has commenced; the heavens and earth must soon pass away; they shall perish, they shall wax old as doth a garment; but there is One who only hath immortality, of whose years there is no end, and in whose person there is no change. The delight which the mariner feels, when, after having been tossed about for many a day, he steps again upon the solid shore, is the satisfaction of a Christian when, amidst all the changes of this troublous life, he rests the foot of his faith upon this truth--"I am the Lord, I change not."
The stability which the anchor gives the ship when it has at last obtained a hold-fast, is like that which the Christian's hope affords him when it fixes itself upon this glorious truth. With God "is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." Whatever his attributes were of old, they are now; his power, his wisdom, his justice, his truth, are alike unchanged. He has ever been the refuge of his people, their stronghold in the day of trouble, and he is their sure Helper still. He is unchanged in his love. He has loved his people with "an everlasting love"; he loves them now as much as ever he did, and when all earthly things shall have melted in the last conflagration, his love will still wear the dew of its youth. Precious is the assurance that he changes not! The wheel of providence revolves, but its axle is eternal love.
"Death and change are busy ever,
Man decays, and ages move;
But his mercy waneth never;
God is wisdom, God is love."

Evening

"Horror hath taken hold upon me because of the wicked that forsake thy law."
Psalm 119:53
My soul, feelest thou this holy shuddering at the sins of others? for otherwise thou lackest inward holiness. David's cheeks were wet with rivers of waters because of prevailing unholiness, Jeremiah desired eyes like fountains that he might lament the iniquities of Israel, and Lot was vexed with the conversation of the men of Sodom. Those upon whom the mark was set in Ezekiel's vision, were those who sighed and cried for the abominations of Jerusalem. It cannot but grieve gracious souls to see what pains men take to go to hell. They know the evil of sin experimentally, and they are alarmed to see others flying like moths into its blaze. Sin makes the righteous shudder, because it violates a holy law, which it is to every man's highest interest to keep; it pulls down the pillars of the commonwealth. Sin in others horrifies a believer, because it puts him in mind of the baseness of his own heart: when he sees a transgressor he cries with the saint mentioned by Bernard, "He fell today, and I may fall to-morrow." Sin to a believer is horrible, because it crucified the Saviour; he sees in every iniquity the nails and spear. How can a saved soul behold that cursed kill-Christ sin without abhorrence? Say, my heart, dost thou sensibly join in all this? It is an awful thing to insult God to His face. The good God deserves better treatment, the great God claims it, the just God will have it, or repay His adversary to his face. An awakened heart trembles at the audacity of sin, and stands alarmed at the contemplation of its punishment. How monstrous a thing is rebellion! How direful a doom is prepared for the ungodly! My soul, never laugh at sin's fooleries, lest thou come to smile at sin itself. It is thine enemy, and thy Lord's enemy. View it with detestation, for so only canst thou evidence the possession of holiness, without which no man can see the Lord.
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Today's reading: Jeremiah 27-29, Titus 3 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Jeremiah 27-29

Judah to Serve Nebuchadnezzar
1 Early in the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 This is what the LORD said to me: “Make a yoke out of straps and crossbars and put it on your neck. 3 Then send word to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre and Sidon through the envoys who have come to Jerusalem to Zedekiah king of Judah. 4 Give them a message for their masters and say, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Tell this to your masters: 5 With my great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please. 6 Now I will give all your countries into the hands of my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; I will make even the wild animals subject to him.7 All nations will serve him and his son and his grandson until the time for his land comes; then many nations and great kings will subjugate him.
8 “‘“If, however, any nation or kingdom will not serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon or bow its neck under his yoke, I will punish that nation with the sword, famine and plague, declares the LORD, until I destroy it by his hand. 9 So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your interpreters of dreams, your mediums or your sorcerers who tell you, ‘You will not serve the king of Babylon.’ 10 They prophesy lies to you that will only serve to remove you far from your lands; I will banish you and you will perish. 11 But if any nation will bow its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will let that nation remain in its own land to till it and to live there, declares the LORD....”’”

Today's New Testament reading: Titus 3

Saved in Order to Do Good
1 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.
3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned....
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Naboth
[Nā'bŏth] - prominenceA Jezreelite of the tribe of Issachar, whom Jezebel, wife of Ahab, caused to be put to death to obtain his vineyard adjoining the palace (1 Kings 21; 2 Kings 9:21-26).
For this dastardly act doom was pronounced upon Ahab and his house by Elijah. "The murder of Naboth seems to have deeply impressed the popular mind," comments W. F. Boyd, "and the deaths of Joram and Jezebel near the spot were regarded as Divine retribution on the act."
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November 2, 2011
Are You Ready for the Holidays?
Today's Truth
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen which were just as they had been told (Luke 2:16-20, NIV).
Friend to Friend
Are you ready for the holidays? For some people, that question spurs exciting thoughts of beautifully decorated tables filled with scrumptious meals, festive shopping trips, extended family time, brightly wrapped gifts under a tree ... the "Walton" kind of holiday. For others, the holiday season is a very difficult and dark time that is to be endured rather than enjoyed. According to the American Institute of Stress, more than 110 million Americans take medication for stress-related causes each week. During the holiday season, another one million people battle what experts refer to as the "holiday blues." I am very familiar with depression and the pain it holds and must constantly battle to stay out of that pit.
Depression is an emotional, mental, physical and spiritual disorder. Something is out of balance. We have buried some pain instead of confronting it. We have misplaced our trust and sought help from impotent sources. In order to deal with depression, we must first come to a place of total and complete surrender to God and His plan of healing - even if we cannot see or do not understand that plan. The bottom line of God's heart toward His children is always restoration and healing.
While I am not a big fan of television, I do enjoy watching a few select home improvement shows. On one particular program, an interior decorator and home owner were discussing a list of changes that needed to be made in order to update the home. "First, we have to do something about those windows," the decorator announced. I was surprised she had listed that task first - until I saw the house. The existing glass was not only an ugly shade of gold, but was thick and chunky as well. The windows let in no light and made it virtually impossible to see in or out. The result was a dark and isolated home. The distressed homeowner protested, "But I like my privacy. And if I thought anyone could see in, I would feel totally exposed." When it comes to dealing with depression, many people feel the same way.
We construct walls over which no one can climb because the cost of friendship is too high. We fill the windows of our soul with emotional excuses in order to avoid dealing with pain. The result is darkness, loneliness and missed opportunities for restoration. We don't want to understand depression or find the treasures of that darkness; we simply want to be rid of it. Many people try to understand and deal with depression on a surface level - refusing to face painful experiences, difficult relationships and, in general, the broken places where darkness lives. We look for the nearest exit, hoping to bypass transparency because the price is just too much to pay. Emotional integrity is an essential step to recognizing, understanding and dealing with depression. We must be real before we can be right, and until we are willing to risk being transparent, we can neither understand nor effectively deal with depression during the holidays or any other time of the year.
The holidays seem to tug at the masks we carefully hold in place or push the emotional buttons we desperately try to hide. The arrival of family members can resurrect painful issues that have never really been resolved. Financial pressure opens up like a sink hole waiting to steal our joy and destroy our peace. Schedules demand every ounce of energy and false expectations leave us empty and hollow. Before we realize it, the dark, slimy pit swallows us up. It is not supposed to be that way, girlfriend! Now is the time to do something about it!
Thanksgiving can be a time of praise if we choose to focus on the victories and joys we have experienced during the year then find ways to share that victory and joy with others. Christmas can be a true celebration of fresh starts and new beginnings - if we choose to focus on a tiny baby born in a manger, come to save us and give us true life. The darkness can be destroyed if we choose to face and deal with whatever it holds. Right now, get ready for the holidays by choosing an attitude of joy, by focusing your mind on the things of heaven - not earth - and by fixing your heart on Jesus Christ.
Let's Pray
Father, I want this holiday season to be one that is filled with light instead of darkness. Please help me discard my emotional masks and be real before You as well as with my family and friends. Give me the courage to be obedient to You in every holiday setting. Give me eyes to see those You bring into my life that need my encouragement because they are on the same journey. Father, prepare and enable me to make this holiday season an offering of praise to You.
In Jesus' name,
Amen.
Now It's Your Turn
Take a few moments to re-visit the holiday season from last year.
  • What was the best part of those holidays for you? Why?
  • List three changes you would like to make this year.
  • What is the first step you need to take to make those changes happen?
Read Luke 2:1-16. Answer the following questions after reading the Christmas story.
  • What was the attitude of Mary and Joseph as they traveled to Bethlehem?
  • How did the shepherds react to the news of Jesus' birth? What did they do?
  • How would you describe the emotions and thoughts of Mary? How can your choice to "ponder" on the miracles of Jesus' birth change your perspective of the holidays?
Write a letter of commitment to Jesus, asking Him to empower the choices you have made concerning this holiday season. Make a step-by-step plan or a list of "dos" and "don'ts" that will help you experience the best holiday season of your life. Include your family in making this plan and make the commitment to hold each other accountable.
More from the Girlfriends
Can you believe the holidays are just around the corner? If you need help learning how to prevent and control holiday stress, check out Mary's MP3 ... How to Have a Joy-Filled Christmas.
Need help learning how to study the Bible? Check out Mary'sE-Book Bible Studies that you can download for your personal use and/or for a small group study. Are you or someone you love battling the darkness? Get Mary's book,Hope in the Midst of Depression, and discover how God delivered her from the pit of depression.
Mary's weekly online Bible study, Light for the Journey, is a great Bible study tool as well. Check it out! The current topic isCome As You Are.
Need a friend? Connect with Mary on Face book or throughemail. She loves hearing what God is doing in your life!
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Glynnis Whitwer
November 2, 2011
What I Don't Believe
Glynnis Whitwer
"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." James 1:22 (NIV)
Every parent knows the frustration of warning a child against something ... only to have him walk right into trouble, and suffer the consequences. "I told you so" doesn't bring as much pleasure as we might have thought.
When my first son started driving, he decided that speed "limits" were speed "suggestions." Friends told him just how far above the posted limits he could drive without getting a ticket, and he nudged past that. The police, however, have a different view of the rules. And my son learned that the cost of speeding isn't worth the few minutes gained or the momentary adrenaline rush.
My son deceived himself. He talked himself into believing the rules didn't apply to him. And for awhile he got away with it. But eventually the consequences caught up with him.
I'm not much different. I've been guilty of doing the same thing, only not with traffic rules. I've read Scripture and decided parts of God's Word didn't apply to me. I could not have been more wrong.
Growing up, I attended church faithfully and was taught from the Bible. But there were bits and pieces I ignored because they didn't seem relevant. Like honoring and submitting to my husband (Colossians 3:18). Or really forgiving someone who had offended me (Matthew 6:14-15). Or staying away from horoscopes (Isaiah 47:12-14).
It's not that I stomped my foot and demanded my own way. I simply ignored God's teaching, and quietly went about creating a faith based on my opinions and beliefs. Basically I created Christianity according to Glynnis.
Isn't it tempting to define God by our own understanding? It's so easy to say, "God would never ..." and then fill in the blank with how we think He should behave. Instead of checking that belief against the entire counsel of Scripture, we create a very safe and non-threatening God. We bring God down to our level, and forget His holiness.
James 1:22 says we deceive ourselves when we hear but don't obey God's Word. I don't know about you, but I don't like to be deceived - even by myself.
So what changed for me? I got honest and admitted this tendency to go my own way. I confessed that I didn't fully trust God's wisdom. Then I decided to accept God the way He is. It was a simple (not always easy) decision to trust that God's character is perfect, that His ways (not mine) are really best for me.
Choosing what I don't want to believe is dangerous. I might not get a ticket, but it has opened doors of consequences that took years to live through. But choosing Whom to believe is the wisest thing I've ever done.
Dear Lord, You are perfect and holy in all Your ways. Forgive me when I try to put You in a box, or make You into who I think You should be. Help me to accept that I won't understand everything this side of heaven, and that I should just trust You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Related Resources:Are you ready to stop doing life on your terms? If so, you can make a decision today follow God. Click here for more: Do You Know Him?
Did Glynnis' comment about horoscopes surprise you? To hear why Glynnis stays away from astrology, visit her blog.
For help on finding more order and peace in your life God's way, check out Glynnis' newest book, I Used to Be So Organized.
When you purchase resources through Proverbs 31 Ministries, your purchase supports the many areas of hope-giving ministry we provide at no cost. We can't compete with prices offered by huge online warehouses, therefore, we are extremely grateful for each and every purchase you make with us. Thank you!
Application Steps:
Identify one question you've had about the Bible, and commit this week to researching it. An easy way is to visitBiblegateway.com and do a search for a specific topic.
Reflections:
Our culture wants us to believe truth is relative. Can I identify one of God's truths that has commonly been denied?
How have I personally benefited by believing and obeying some of God's hard truths?
Power Verses:
2 Timothy 4:3, "For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear." (NIV)
1 Corinthians 2:3-5, "I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God's power." (NIV)
© 2011 by Glynnis Whitwer. All rights reserved.
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The Influence of a Story

Here’s how one person’s testimony pointed me toward Christ – and why your story can do the same with others.

He was a hard-drinking, glue-sniffing, drug-abusing, hate-filled urban terrorist who had been in and out of the court system ever since he threw a hammer at someone’s head when he was eight years old. He rose to second-in-command of the Belaires, a vicious street gang that ruled parts of Chicago. And ironically, he became a significant influence in my journey toward Christ.

How did he do it? As you’ll see, Ron Bronski merely did something that anyone – even you or I – can emulate and which God can powerfully use as we reach out to others.

After various scrapes with the law, Ron got into big-time trouble when he was twenty-one. A member of a rival street gang brutally assaulted one of Ron’s friends, and Ron vowed revenge. Soon he tracked down the assailant’s brother, whose name was Gary. Ron thrust a gun in Gary’s chest – and quickly pulled the trigger.
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Questions from readers:
  • Are there ancient secular references to Jesus?
  • Whatever happened to Joseph?
Q. I have a friend who's a skeptic. He asked me why there aren't any references to Jesus in non-Christian writings from the ancient world. Can you help me with an answer? - Nadine
A. That's a great question, Nadine. Actually, there are several references to Jesus in ancient secular writings. Historian Edwin Yamauchi (Ph.D., Brandeis) discussed these in my interview with him for my book The Case for Christ. Specifically, he cites references by Josephus, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Thallus and others.

One of two references to Jesus by Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian who worked for the Romans, is controversial. However, Yamauchi argues persuasively that we can still confidently glean information about Jesus if we pare away Josephus' comments that are considered problematic. Historian Paul Maier recently wrote an article called Josephus and Jesus that does a great job of summarizing what this important historian wrote...

Read the rest of this answer and the answer to the other question!

Have a question? Drop me a line atAskLee@Leestrobel.com. We'll answer the ones with the broadest interest in upcoming newsletters. Thanks to Sam Wall, former chief researcher for the Bible Answer Man radio show, who heads the "Ask Lee" response team.
Lee's Notes

• My friend Sean McDowell (whose dad, Josh, recently celebrated 50 years of ministry!) has produced an excellent six-week study and set of books that deal with some of the most critical challenges facing people on their spiritual journey. In a world where spiritual confusion is increasing,GodQuest helps bring clarity and conviction. This is a terrific resource, published by Outreach, to help people develop a solid foundation for faith. I was glad to have contributed a short segment to the DVD that accompanies Sean’s course.

• “If I am asked to break the gospel and a gospel culture down into simple statements, I would borrow imagery from the man from Northern Ireland, from Belfast, C. S. Lewis. From The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where we first meet the story of Aslan, we will find a few central themes about Aslan. It’s the story of Aslan, which is how Lewis told the Story of Jesus: Watch the Lion roam. Watch the Lion die on the Stone Table. Watch the Stone Table crack with new creation powers. Listen to the Lion’s Roar. Trust the Lion. Love the Lion. Live for the Lion.” – Scot McKnight in The King Jesus Gospel 


Read the rest of Lee's Notes!

Is Jesus the only way to God?
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In this short video, I summarize why it makes sense to believe Jesus is the only path to salvation and why Christians aren't being narrow-minded when they believe so. (Okay, yes, I was a little young when I did this particular video!)

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At Issue - Conflict

Today's reading: Genesis 13:1-12
What do you do when you find yourself going head-to-head with a coworker, a friend or your husband? Some would advise: "Fight to get what's yours, to get what you deserve." But Abram demonstrates another way. It's the way of peace. This way involves looking out for the other person's interests and not just your own. It forces you to remember that everything in this world belongs to God. He'll make sure you get all that you need and more, so you can quit fighting for your "rightful" share.
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Rome at Last: Paul finally makes it to the capital-in chains

Today's reading: Acts 28
Acts 28:23He witnessed to them from morning till evening, explaining about the kingdom of God, and from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets he tried to persuade them about Jesus.
The future of the Gentile church depends in large measure on what happens to Paul, God's chosen Apostle to the Gentiles. The last few chapters of Acts portray a spiritual tug-of-war in which God turns apparent tragedy into good. Paul gets arrested; he's sent at last to Rome. The ship wrecks; they all survive. A poisonous snake bites Paul; he shakes it off and starts a healing ministry. The voyage ends at last in Rome.
Paul knows that if Christianity is to gain a foothold anywhere, it has to be in Rome. "All roads lead to Rome" is more than a figure of speech. Like a center of gravity, the city attracts all the roads of commerce, all the leaders and thinkers and fortune seekers of the empire. Political and military power fan out from Rome. It is the indisputable capital of the world.
House Arrest
Ironically, the greatest spokesman for the Christian faith arrives at his ultimate destination as a prisoner. Paul is exhausted, having just survived a harrowing shipwreck. No doubt the reputation he has gained on the voyage helps convince authorities to treat him leniently. He lives by himself under a kind of house arrest. A soldier is always present, possibly chained to the apostle.
Despite the circumstances, Paul keeps busy. During his very first week in Rome, he calls in Jewish leaders and explains to them the Christian "sect" everyone is talking about. Over the next months and years Paul gets hours of quiet solitude to work on fond letters to the churches he has left behind.
Unfinished Story
Paul can no longer choose his audience; they have to seek him. But boldly, in the heart of mighty Rome, he proclaims a new kingdom and a new king. Before long, some of Caesar's own household staff convert to the new faith. Christianity has made the journey and the transition from Jerusalem to Rome.
Luke breaks off the story with Paul's fate still undecided. Most scholars believe that Paul was released from this imprisonment and went on to take his message to new frontiers. Luke records nothing of these journeys and nothing about Paul's trial or sentencing. He ends with a single memory, frozen in time: Paul, confined to his house, preaching to all his visitors.

Life Question

  • Do you, like Paul, strive to make the best of bad situations?
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