Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Should is a powerful word. Teachers should be competent. Politicians should be honest. Police should be fair. On the whole, I find should matches those I respect. The Liberal Party does what it should in Australia. Many teachers I know do the work they should. Police do the work they should. When an exception occurs, you'd think that people would note the exception. They should. But, there are excuses instead. And diversions. One tradesman I met recently is a lifelong ALP supporter. He still supports them. But he doesn't think politicians do what they should. Policemen apprehending a dangerous high thief shot him multiple times with a non lethal weapon which killed him. They should not have done that. A teacher defended himself against a student, but not in the way he should. 
It isn't balanced to have a double standard. It should not happen. Don't expect the media to behave as they should. Demand it. Make them. You might not think it matters, but you should. 

Happy birthday and many happy returns Magda Kowalska and Hang Nguyen. Born on the same day, across the years, along with

New Zealand is simply beautiful

Andrew Bolt January 15 2014 (12:20am)

Even its weeds by the road sides are beautiful - lupins, vipers bugloss, briar rose, tobacco plant, broom, poppies and more. I’ve even see hollyhocks. In the north, of course, the lushness is a knockout.
Why did I never before consider visiting the place? Now I even lazily dream of buying a cottage just north of Queenstown, lake below, mountains above. In fact, had I millions I would knock on the door of Paradise itself.
Sigh. Back home today
Reader Doc is right about the loveliest ferry ride I’ve ever had - outside perhaps Piraeus to Corfu:
Try beating Picton where ‘the boats come in’!
You would be mad as a tourist to fly from Wellington to the South Island when you can cruise through the Marlborough Sounds.  
<Well-played, Hurley and Abetz, well-played We don't need more ambulance chasers trying to sue our military personnel defending our borders and cleaning up Labor's mess.>

Stripe Seekers! Where are Wally, Wenda, Wizard Whitebeard and Odlaw? Can you find all four?













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Tu B'Shvat is the Jewish "New Year" of the trees.
<The following report recently appeared on Israel’s Channel 10 in the wake of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman’s proposal for land and population swaps with the PA as a part of a peace accord with Israel (a proposal that had even treacherous Israeli-Arab MK Ahmed Tibi plutzing in his pants).>

Israel Defense Minister: Kerry 'Messianic and Obsessive'
Israel's defense minister called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's quest for Israeli-Palestinian peace messianic, a newspaper said on Tuesday, reporting what it described as remarks made behind closed doors.

Madu Odiokwu Pastorvin
Heavenly Father, I thank You for the gift of life.I want to grow spiritually and be more like You. I choose to trust You in times of adversity knowing that You are working things out for my good. Renew a right attitude in me by Your Spirit in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.(Habakkuk 3:17–18, NIV)

We all face challenges, difficulties and times when things don’t go our way. God doesn’t send these storms, but He will allow us to go through certain things in order to shape our character and prove our faith. Really, it’s in our times of difficulty that we grow and develop.

God wants to use the tough times in our lives to do a work in us. He wants to strengthen and develop us. Our attitude in times of adversity is the evidence of our maturity. Are we going to treat people right even when we’re being mistreated? Are we going to stay full of joy even when the bottom falls out? Are we going to be faithful even in the dry seasons of our lives when we don’t see anything good happening?

It may take more effort. You may have to work harder to keep a good attitude, but remember that attitude and faith in God is the key to your promotion. As you keep that positive attitude of faith and expectancy, even in times of adversity, God will deliver you and move you forward into the destiny He has prepared for you.God bless you.
Pastor Rick Warren

Warren Truss

Federal Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, State Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, and NSW Acting Premier Andrew Stoner, and I turned the first sod on the $780 million 22 kilometre upgrade of the Pacific Highway from Nambucca Heads to Urunga.

The project will build a straighter, four-lane divided highway with grade-separated interchanges that separate local traffic from highway movements, and also involves construction of a new rest area at the Nambucca Heads interchange to give both heavy and light vehicles more opportunities to take regular breaks and reach their destinations safely.

The Australian Government has committed $5.64 billion to complete the Pacific Highway duplication within the decade. This Nambucca Heads to Urunga section is a $780 million project equally funded by the Australian and NSW governments and should be completed and open to traffic in 2016.

Women's League of Burma exposes the Burmese military's continuing use of rape as a weapon of war in its new report, demonstrating that "Sexual violence is used as a tool by the Burmese military to demoralize and destroy ethnic communities."

Of the 100+ rape cases included - mainly from Kachin and Shan States - almost half of the women were gang-raped, and several victims were as young as eight.

Sarah Palin


Patriot Voices Radio today at noon ET
Join me today at 12 noon ET forPatriot Voices Radio.  I'll talk about March for Life, my appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday, the controversy over Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey and more.  Also joining the show are Josh Duggar, FRC Action Executive Director, and Maria Lancaster, Founder of Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park.  Tune in online at on your phone by calling (347) 857-3462. 
Also, take a minute to call our Shout-Out Line before the show at (512) 827-0033 and tell us in 20 seconds or less why you support Patriot Voices.
Rest in Peace, Ariel Sharon
I was saddened to learn of the passing of Ariel Sharon.  I was pleased to have had the opportunity to meet with him personally both here and in Israel.  He was a fighter for his people and had a steadfast commitment to protecting the strong allegiance between Israel and the United States.  May he rest in peace. 
You're Invited to our March for Life Meet and Greet
I'd like to invite you to join our family and the Duggars for a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, January 22 at 8:30 AM ET at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill prior to the March for Life in Washington, DC. RSVP HERE to obtain your complimentary ticket.  After the reception, we'll make our way down to the March and gather under the Patriot Voices banner at 11:30 AM ET. 
If you don't know what the March for Life is all about, I encourage you to watch thisshort video from last year.  The March is an inspiring opportunity to show our collective voice and stand for life! Check out our photo album from last year's March HERE.
March for Life Contest
Our March for Life Facebook Contestends this Wednesday at midnight EST.  If you haven't already entered to win a trip for two to Washington, DC for the March for Life on January 22, do so now.  We'll provide round-trip airfare and two nights' hotel accommodations for the winner and a guest, getting you close to the action of the March.  Click HERE to enter the contest.
Keep fighting for Pastor Saeed Abedini
We need to keep the pressure on President Obama to demand the release of American Pastor Saeed Abedini who is wrongfully imprisoned in Iran for sharing his Christian faith.
Pastor Abedini, an American from Idaho, has been held in a horrific Iranian prison for more than a year since being arrested, and due to brutal beatings is in need of critical medical attention.
Click HERE to quickly create a personalized email to President Obama at the White House calling on him to demand the release of Pastor Abedini.
CRPD update
I wanted to share some exciting news with you that first developed over the winter break regarding the United Nations disabilities treaty, CRPD.  Two more U.S. Senators from Tennessee - Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander - announced their opposition to this treaty, making it very difficult for CRPD to be ratified in the U.S. Senate.  If anything changes on this, I'll be sure to update you, but for now this is an exciting step for all of us who oppose this dangerous treaty. 
ICYMI: Video from my appearance on Meet the Press last Sunday 
I had the pleasure of appearing on NBC's Meet the Press last Sunday to discuss the Chris Christie controversy and former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' new book, "Duty."  You can watch two video segments of my interviews HERE andHERE (advance to 3:00).
On the matter surrounding Governor Christie, I said:
"You know, you first have to compliment [Governor Christie] for facing the issue, which is, again, I agree with [RNC Chairman} Reince [Priebus], what the president has not done in a lot of these struggles that he's had and conflicts. Chris Christie went up, manned up, and took it on and was decisive."
"I have several concerns about it, and one of the concerns I have is the-- Richard Viguerie, a good friend of mine, always used to tell me, 'Personnel is policy. And the people that you hire are the policies that are implemented.' And what we've seen is two, three, four, I mean there's now more e-mails, I don't know how many more have come out. But it's very clear that the personnel there was not sensitive to what seemed to be a fairly obvious wrong thing to do."
President Obama's new carbon emission proposal
Last week, the Obama administration proposed new standards for carbon emissions from new coal-fired power plants.  I believed this is yet another attempt by this Administration to stop the expansion of good-paying manufacturing jobs for the sake of pacifying the radical environmental lobby.  These new regulations would put more than 40,000 Pennsylvania jobs in jeopardy, and thousands more across the country, that depend on the coal industry, will be at risk.
By proposing regulations that are neither achievable nor effective, President Obama and his appointees at the EPA have chosen to put environmental politics above the energy security and economic prosperity of our nation's workforce.  This is a sad day for workers across the Rustbelt in particular, and for consumers of electricity across the nation.  The pocketbooks of average Americans, the same Americans this President has rhetorically called for equalizing the playing field in favor of, will pay the price of President Obama's shortsighted political chess moves.
It is time this Administration finally recognizes the great energy resources available to us and the technological advantages we possess, and call for an all-of-the-above energy strategy.  The United States has the potential to be a self-sufficient energy nation because of great deposits of coal, natural gas, and oil found here.  American ingenuity, technological know-how, and entrepreneurial spirit have always seized the day, but it is up to this President to decide whether he wants to continue to support the fringe elements of his Party or stand with the American worker to make America energy independent.
We'll be watching this issue closely and keep you informed with any developments.
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Hi everyone! Here's the newsletter for January 14th. Enjoy!

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January 15Mattu Pongal (Tamils, 2014); John Chilembwe Day in Malawi; Korean Alphabet Day in North Korea
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“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” - 1 John 4:20-21
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January 14: Morning
"Mighty to save." - Isaiah 63:1
By the words "to save" we understand the whole of the great work of salvation, from the first holy desire onward to complete sanctification. The words are multum in parro: indeed, here is all mercy in one word. Christ is not only "mighty to save" those who repent, but he is able to make men repent. He will carry those to heaven who believe; but he is, moreover, mighty to give men new hearts and to work faith in them. He is mighty to make the man who hates holiness love it, and to constrain the despiser of his name to bend the knee before him. Nay, this is not all the meaning, for the divine power is equally seen in the after-work. The life of a believer is a series of miracles wrought by "the Mighty God." The bush burns, but is not consumed. He is mighty to keep his people holy after he has made them so, and to preserve them in his fear and love until he consummates their spiritual existence in heaven. Christ's might doth not lie in making a believer and then leaving him to shift for himself; but he who begins the good work carries it on; he who imparts the first germ of life in the dead soul, prolongs the divine existence, and strengthens it until it bursts asunder every bond of sin, and the soul leaps from earth, perfected in glory. Believer, here is encouragement. Art thou praying for some beloved one? Oh, give not up thy prayers, for Christ is "mighty to save." You are powerless to reclaim the rebel, but your Lord is Almighty. Lay hold on that mighty arm, and rouse it to put forth its strength. Does your own case trouble you? Fear not, for his strength is sufficient for you. Whether to begin with others, or to carry on the work in you, Jesus is "mighty to save;" the best proof of which lies in the fact that he has saved you. What a thousand mercies that you have not found him mighty to destroy!
"Beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me." - Matthew 14:30
Sinking times are praying times with the Lord's servants. Peter neglected prayer at starting upon his venturous journey, but when he began to sink his danger made him a suppliant, and his cry though late was not too late. In our hours of bodily pain and mental anguish, we find ourselves as naturally driven to prayer as the wreck is driven upon the shore by the waves. The fox hies to its hole for protection; the bird flies to the wood for shelter; and even so the tried believer hastens to the mercy seat for safety. Heaven's great harbour of refuge is All-prayer; thousands of weather-beaten vessels have found a haven there, and the moment a storm comes on, it is wise for us to make for it with all sail.

Short prayers are long enough. There were but three words in the petition which Peter gasped out, but they were sufficient for his purpose. Not length but strength is desirable. A sense of need is a mighty teacher of brevity. If our prayers had less of the tail feathers of pride and more wing they would be all the better. Verbiage is to devotion as chaff to the wheat. Precious things lie in small compass, and all that is real prayer in many a long address might have been uttered in a petition as short as that of Peter.

Our extremities are the Lord's opportunities. Immediately a keen sense of danger forces an anxious cry from us the ear of Jesus hears, and with him ear and heart go together, and the hand does not long linger. At the last moment we appeal to our Master, but his swift hand makes up for our delays by instant and effectual action. Are we nearly engulfed by the boisterous waters of affliction? Let us then lift up our souls unto our Saviour, and we may rest assured that he will not suffer us to perish. When we can do nothing Jesus can do all things; let us enlist his powerful aid upon our side, and all will be well.
[Ăsh'ûr] - happy.
The eighth son of Jacob and second of Zilpah, Leah's maid and progenitor of a tribe (Gen. 30:13, 35:26; 49:20;Deut. 33:24, 25). The New Testament form is Aser (Luke 2:36Rev. 7:6). Asher was the founder of the Asherites (Num. 1:13Judg. 1:32). Also the name of a town east of Shechem ( Josh. 17:7).
The Man with Shoes of Iron and Brass
In the blessings of Jacob and Moses, Asher is described as being not only acceptable to his brethren, but as one blessed of God with royal dainties or bountiful supplies. Of all the tribes of Israel the tribe of Asher has the least eventful history. It never produced a great warrior, judge, king or counselor. The land of Asher was as uneventful as the tribe itself. No great battles were fought there in Israel's time.
I. Asher and his bounties. Asher was the tribe of rich pastures. Asher dwelt in the midst of plenty and being willing to share what he had, was most acceptable to his brethren. Dipping the foot in oil may refer to the olive-trees, so plentiful in that thickly wooded part of Palestine. Acre, the port and town given to Asher, has been regarded as the key of Palestine, and as oil has been recently discovered near by, perhaps the fatness of the prophecies of Jacob and Moses is about to be realized to the full.
II. Asher and his female representative. No other tribe of Israel is represented in Scripture by a woman. One member of the tribe, a widow, represents the individual history of the tribe. "One Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher" (Luke 2:36-38). It was Anna who confessed Christ, at His birth, on the part of Israel.
III. Asher and his love of ease. The chief defect in the character of Asher was his unwillingness to drive out the Canaanites. He was content to dwell among them. The command was to utterly drive them out and make no terms with them. "Live and let live," seems to have been Asher's policy. Asher's rich bounties had an enervating effect upon the tribe. The people were conspicuous by their absence during the war with Sisera (Judg. 5:17). Apart from Anna, none of the tribe appear to have been eminent for prowess or piety. Prosperity resulted in ease and declension.
IV. Asher and the promise of endurance. Completing the blessing of Moses was a wonderful promise of endurance for the days of pilgrimage. "Thy shoes shall be iron and brass, and as thy days so shall thy strength be." The words for shoes and strength are peculiar to this verse, and are found nowhere else in the Bible. Many guesses have been made as to the true meaning of these words. Such a promise was well understood by those who, as they journeyed through the great and terrible wilderness had raiment that waxed not old upon them and feet that did not swell. Anna is a fitting illustration of the promised endurance, seeing that she was long past eighty years of age when she saw the Saviour.

Today's reading: Genesis 33-35, Matthew 10:1-20 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 33-35

Jacob Meets Esau
1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.
4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked.
Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant...."

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 10:1-20

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve
1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give....

Bible Gateway's 2010 in Review
The New Year is well underway now, and all of us at Bible Gateway hope it's off to a great start for you and yours! Looking back, we are happy to say that 2010 was a good year for us at Bible Gateway. We are blessed to be part of an extraordinary community of people-people who visit Bible Gateway to undergo the life-changing experience of reading God's Word.
You might be interested to know that, in 2010:
  • More than 70 million people visited Bible Gateway.
  • We spent more than 23 million hours (over 1.4 billion minutes!) reading Scripture on Bible Gateway.
  • More than 18 million people visited Bible Gateway from outside the United States.
  • We had visitors from more than 236 countries or territories.
  • Three of our top ten most popular Bible translations were Spanish language versions.
  • People visiting Bible Gateway on mobile devices increased by 83% over last year, and by 51% for mobile device visits from outside the United States.
It is clear that Bible Gateway continues to be a favorite online destination for people who want to read God's Word, and more people than ever are finding Bible Gateway on their mobile devices or from countries around the globe, some of which offer only restricted access to the Bible, if any at all. Praise the Lord!
What's in Store for 2011
We are immensely blessed by this opportunity to share the Bible with people in as many languages and translations as we are allowed. With this opportunity comes great responsibility, and we take it very seriously. In 2011, we are in a position to continue growing and become an even more powerful force for God in the world, and we aim to be worthy stewards of such a responsibility.
Here are some of the things we are working on to continue making Bible Gateway a home for all those who wish to engage with the Holy Scriptures:
  • The new design. You can see our work in progress at This new design focuses on keeping Bible search and reading as easy to use as ever, while offering some enhanced features like improved parallel viewing, integrated Bible audio. Eventually, we'll add features that allow you to personalize your Bible Gateway experience.
  • New translations. We are constantly working on adding new translations and enhancing existing ones. We recently added the Common English Bible and the Chinese Contemporary Bible. The Nuevo Traduccion Viviente is nearly ready to go live, as are the SBL Greek New Testament and the Phillips New Testament. We are so very grateful to our many publishing partners who allow us to license these translations and share them with you online.
  • More newsletters. In 2010, we introduced email newsletters to Bible Gateway for the first time. In 2011, we plan to bring you more newsletter options to choose from, including devotionals, verses-of-the-day in other languages and translations, and even an exclusive apologetics newsletter we will talk more about in the coming months.
  • A mobile app. That's right! We're working on it. Stay tuned in the coming months for news on this.
I want to take a moment to thank you, our dear visitors and readers. We are here for you by God's blessing because you have supported us over the years-by praying for us, by visiting the site, and by holding us accountable when we've gone astray. We humbly ask you to continue upholding us in these ways in the coming days, months, and years.
As we endeavor to make Bible Gateway an ever better place to read and study Scripture, we remain committed to the core of what makes us tick: the transforming Word of God. Scripture tells us to
"Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord's people who are in need." (Romans 12:11-12, NIV)
By God's grace, may we be blessed to continue zealously sharing with the Lord's people around the world-both online and off-the living, breathing Word of God, every day, for as long as we are able.
Richest blessings for a Word-filled 2011!
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It was the book that shocked the nation. After surviving 14 years in communist prisons, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand came to America to proclaim the trials and testimonies of our persecuted brothers and sisters.

In Tortured for Christ, Wurmbrand tells of his imprisonment for his work with the underground church and introduces the work of The Voice of the Martyrs. Forty years later, The Voice of the Martyrs remains true to its calling to be a voice for persecuted Christians, to serve with them in their time of need and to assist them in their efforts to proclaim the gospel.
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