Friday, February 28, 2014

Fri Feb 28th Todays News

Sixty one years ago, on this day, two scientists told their friends they had discovered the building code of life, DNA. Sixty one years later, scientists claim to have found a way of keeping mice from biological ageing, rejuvenating to an equivalent state in a person being about thirty forever. We don't yet have a cure for all cancers, but we have a way to attack them. Watson and Crick will probably not live to see the full flowering of their discovery, but my, they have seen some wonderful things. Even before they made their discovery known, man and nature meddled with DNA. For nature, it is part of evolution, and natural. For people too. We exercise choice in selecting our mates. Primate genitals on males are disproportionately large, probably down to natural selection from a time before clothes. Gene shear technology is found in nature, with viruses doing it among other life forms adapted to exploiting it. Some people fear what might happen with scientists thinking about how to make effective change. I feel a bigger threat is an unintended change. It took some sixty five years between the Wright brothers inventing powered flight, and man landing on the moon.

By way of contrast, a doom merchant, Malthus, predicted the end of the world through overpopulation in 1798. Sixty one years passed. Then another sixty one. Then another sixty one. By 1981. hysterics were still proclaiming the end of the world from overpopulation. Global Warming hysteria is based on the belief there are too many people. Popular former Greens Leader Brown published books on how to deal with too many people. The hysterics that fear small government, beg for big ones. They fear GMO food. And power boxes. They call themselves Progressives.
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Hatches
Happy birthday and many happy returns Allison PhanDennis Jensen and Ngan Faye Leung. Born on the same day, across the years, along with
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The Bolt Report on Sunday

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (12:52pm)

The Bolt Report returns - longer and even sparklier - on Sunday.
Joining me - Prime Minister Tony Abbott, former Treasurer Peter Costello and former NSW Treasurer Michael Costa. 
And our new NewsWatch segment, this week with Gerard Henderson.
So much to go through - on Qantas, bloody-minded unions and ending the great handout culture. On the free speech police, the Abbott haters and the biggest political joke of the week.
And “Your Say” - where you get your say read out (or shown if it’s a clever clip.) Bung in some now here on the show you haven’t actually yet seen or on the topics above.
On Network 10 and 10am and 4pm. 
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Help!

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (12:40pm)

Help!
Does anyone know how I can get video of Tim Flannery’s lecture this week - the bit about the Brisbane floods and the first carbon levy?  The link that worked before no longer produces a video that works.
UPDATE
Thanks, readers. It seems it’s just here at Channel 10 I can’t get it. Working on it now with your advice. 
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Why this dumb website anyway?

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (10:43am)

James Morrow pricks the real problem in the Fiona Nash “scandal” - the stupidity of the webpage she ordered taken down:
ANY new opposition is keen to take its first scalp and it is clear that Labor smells blood in Assistant Minister Fiona Nash’s axing of a “star chart” website designed to rank foods by their relative healthiness…
Amazingly, however, neither the government nor much of the press is focusing on the most important question in the story. That is, would such a website — or any other star-rating system for food — do any good?
Or, as is so often the case, would such a scheme be just one more expensive intrusion by the state into ordinary citizens’ shopping trolleys, designed to show the government was “doing something” while encouraging society’s dependence on headline-hungry public health mandarins?
Would this website make the slightest difference to anything? And at what cost would it do its little good? 
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Get your name on the cover of this defiant book

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (10:34am)


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The IPA is after your help to get out the word:
The Institute of Public Affairs is bringing together the biggest names in the climate change debate. Make a tax-deductible donation today to help the IPA publish a new book of research, Climate Change: The Facts 2014,and continue to influence the climate change debate in Australia.
If you donate $400 or more you will have the option of being prominently acknowledged on the back cover of Climate Change: The Facts 2014.

Here’s why contributors to Climate Change: The Facts 2014 want you to make a tax-deductible donation to the IPA today: 

“This is a crucial year in the climate debate. Australia needs the IPA’s Climate Change: The Facts 2014 so our politicians get to see the evidence – such as the failure of the planet to warm since 1998, and the immeasurably small effect Australia’s global warming policies will actually have on world temperatures.”
– Andrew Bolt, contributor to Climate Change: The Facts 2014
I shouldn’t need to add that I won’t get a dollar of your donations. In fact, I’m rather daunted by the challenge of finding time to write my own contribution. But just check some of the great names already signed up.  To have the likes of Professor Richard Lindzen on board is a real coup.
To donate and join us on the cover go here
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Ackland damns the government for stopping the boats and the deaths

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (10:17am)

Richard Ackland does an Elizabeth Farrelly - peopling the set of Australia with cartoons dredged from the smuggest depths of a lurid imagination:
Before our eyes, day by day, Scott Morrison becomes the hollow man. His face tightens and twists, his eyes are dead, and his words strangled with jargon.
We’ve seen this before. Remember Philip Ruddock gradually turning into a stick of chalk, as immigration minister and later attorney-general, while he plodded his way through the ‘’Pacific solution’’ and the vilification of David Hicks?
This is what happens to human beings who believe the ends justify the means. Ends that are wretched will invariably produce bad means.
Ackland never protested at Labor’s policies luring 1100 people to their deaths. The ends (the Left’s self satisfaction at its superior morality) trumped the bad means (1100 corpses in the ocean). Does that explain Ackland’s hideous squint, and his face tightened and twisted into a permanent sneer?
Reader Peter of Bellevue Hill:
Ackland’s bitter and twisted bile shouldn’t surprise. As Janet Albretchtsen wrote on Wednesday:

The return of a conservative government in Canberra under Tony Abbott has reminded the Left of their retreat from reality. And just as they detested then immigration minister Philip Ruddock, they have targeted Morrison as their new bete noir… Ruddock dealt in outcomes, not empty gestures. Morrison is the same. No wonder a sense of deja vu has set in.
(Thanks also to reader Baden.) 
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Martin Ferguson’s message to Labor: free our workplaces and cut subsidies or we’ll sink

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (9:49am)

A former ACTU president and Labor Minister says what he really thinks now that - unlike Bill Shorten - he no longer needs to play politics:
FORMER Labor frontbencher and union leader Martin Ferguson today will back changes to industrial relations laws, including allowing the use of contractors and restoring the building watchdog, warning that productivity must improve or unemployment will rise and living standards will fall.
Mr Ferguson, a former ACTU president and leader of the factional Left, will support elements of Tony Abbott’s industrial relations and deregulation agenda and reject government subsidies for “unsustainable industries”.
His comments, in a speech to be delivered today in Perth, are at odds with Bill Shorten’s opposition to the government’s plan to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission and with criticism of the government’s refusal to provide subsidies to SPC Ardmona and further assistance to General Motors Holden.
Many Labor frontbenchers will know the truth Ferguson speaks. Our living standards will fall if we don’t worker smarter and sharper.  And just demanding government pay us what the market won’t is a shortcut to Greece.
Labor’s current leadership must know this. But it would rather win the cheap votes of the mob with lies than to save them from what they fear.
UPDATE
Like this part of Ferguson’s speech, too, and look forward to the day he outs himself as a climate sceptic:
He says that veteran manufacturing sectors have returned to calls for protectionism and “a radical environment movement has arisen that despises market economics”.
“It is adept at creating fear campaigns to advocate for new layers of unnecessary regulation,” Mr Ferguson will say.
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Former Labor leader Mark Latham, also freed from the deadly union ties that have corrupted the party, speaks an eloquent truth - the days of subsidies and Big Government are over:
The wonder of Australian car manufacturing is not that it’s closing down; it’s that governments wasted so much public money ($30 billion since 1998) on unsustainable jobs in an unsustainable industry…
The industry’s demise is a tipping point in Australia’s political economy. It’s a victory for consumers over the ineffectiveness of subsidisation… . Cashed-up shoppers are exercising greater purchasing muscle than the feeble industry plans of union hand-maidens like Carr. Consumerism has finally beaten interventionism.
The political class does not want to hear this, but we have entered an era of marginalised government. Each day, the big news in the Australian economy is the strength of millions of consumer decisions, but this is essentially unreported in the electronic media. Where’s the headline or controversy in people shopping? If politicians focused on the importance of consumer decision-making, how could they blame each other for economic uncertainty and unemployment?
In Canberra, it’s business-as-usual. The opposition has latched onto a fear campaign, holding out false hope for “jobs plans”. The media have a new round of conflict-based stories to report, interviewing workers and managers from ailing industries. No one’s told them the war is over. Consumers have won.
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“Progressive” is the new label of the ashamed Left

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (9:35am)

Culture wars

Have we made the Left unfashionable? Have we made the Left finally too embarrassed to out themselves?
I freely admit to being conservative, yet almost no presenter on the ABC dares to likewise admit they are of the Left.
Indeed, presenters such as Jonathan Green feign outrage when a columnist calls them what they clearly are:

How does Greg Sheridan have any clue what my politics are? We’ve never met. Never had a conversation. Beyond parody.
Today an even more bizarre example of the Left’s shame of the word “Left”.
Morry Schwartz is the property developer who funds the Leftist The Monthly (this month’s lead story: The future of the Greens). Tomorrow he has a new Leftist publication on the market, the Saturday Paper, aimed at the readers of the Leftist Age and Sydney Morning Herald who won’t like the new tabloid size those papers will have from this weekend.
Schwartz’s editor introduces the talent:
Christos Tsiolkas is our film critic, Helen Razer will write on television and the painter Patrick Hartigan is our art writer. David Marr joins us as a columnist. Mike Seccombe will write for us from Sydney and Martin McKenzie-Murray is our correspondent in Melbourne.
When Schwartz went through the same names on Jon Faine’s ABC program this morning, Faine drew the obvious conclusion, and said the Saturday Paper was a Leftist publication:
Schwartz suddenly sounded flustered, and gave a laughable no-but-yes answer to dodge the dead “Left” tag. No, he insisted, it was not of the Left but middle of the road. Then, realising he did still need those Leftist readers who admire the likes of Marr, Razer Tsiolkas and Seccombe, added:
It will be progressive but not lean in either direction.
“Progressive”, then, is the last refuge of the Leftist scoundrel. 
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It’s Don’s party at the ABC, and only riff-raff would object to the vomit jokes

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (8:50am)

Former Labor speechwriter Don Watson says critics of the ABC’s Leftist bias are simply not as cultured as, well, Leftist Watson himself:
The so-called “conservatives” who berate the ABC are not conservatives but heretics, radicals, vulgarians ... it is their fate to feel marginalised, denied, unfulfilled ... like fringe-dwellers excluded from something essential at the centre of Australian life - namely ... the ABC.
This is not argument but preening; not analysis but self-admiration - and of the most self-deluding kind.
I’m a conservative who “berates” the ABC for its astonishing bias to the Left. Let’s see if Watson’s self-pleasuring fantasy holds up to scrutiny.
“Excluded” from the ABC? No, I am not.

The ABC’s critics are the vulgarians?  Unlike ABC TV, say?
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Last week the ABC broadcast a Photoshopped picture of Chris Kenny, a conservative critic of the ABC, showing him with his trousers around his ankles while copulating with a dog, under the sign that said “Chris ‘Dog F---er’ Kenny"…

Here, instead, is the ABC’s official excuse for the shot, screened on The Chaser’s The Hamster Decides: “While strong in nature, the segment was… in line with the target audience ...”
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Unlike ABC 24?:

Unlike the ABC’s New Year’s Eve coverage?
The three-and-a-half hour telecast leading up to the midnight fireworks was littered with references to penises, vomit and offensive comments about Prime Minister Tony Abbott, numerous other Australian politicians, the Pope and even the Duchess of Cambridge…
In a segment reviewing events of 2013 references were made about Mr Abbott having “duck feet” and “cocktail frankfurts” as a photo was displayed of the PM wearing budgie smugglers on the beach…
Compere Stephanie Brantz had to warn her co-host Lawrence Mooney that the show was “moving into inappropriate land” ... When Mooney asked Brantz if he was going to get a “cheeky pash” from her at midnight she rebuffed him with a firm “No”.
Unlike the ABC’s science presenter and global warming evangelist Robyn Williams?
What if I told you pedophilia is good for children, or that asbestos is an excellent inhalant for those with asthmatics, or that smoking crack is a normal part and a healthy one of teenage life, to be encouraged? You’d rightly find it outrageous, but there have been similar statements coming out of inexpert mouths, distorting the science.
Unlike ABC book critic Marieke Hardy?
Tony Abbott, I hope your cock drops off and falls down a plughole.
Now, if we could tear you from the mirror for a second, Don, could I interest you in a real debate on the ABC? 
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Don Watson should now write his own apology

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (8:40am)

Former Labor speechwriter Don Watson might care to write out a real apology - for himself. Here’s the fake one he drafted for Tony Abbott last November:

FOR saying we would “turn back the boats”, I (Tony Abbott) also say sorry. We should have added something like “where possible and appropriate having regard to the sensibilities of the Indonesians and other factors”. And “so long as they go along with it”, not that they ever were going to go along with it. I thought you’d know that. Anyway, I’m sorry.
Sydney Morning Herald:
Australia has returned its seventh boatload of asylum seekers to Indonesia...
Dennis Shanahan today:
... 70 days without an illegal boat arrival in Australia… backed with Abbott’s determined “tow or turn back” people-smuggler boats...
Feel free to draft Watson’s apology for him in comments below. 
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Ex-Greenpeace founder: where’s the proof of man-made warming?

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (7:30am)

Global warming - general

Former Greenpeace co-founder Dr Patrick Moore attacks the global warming faith in testimony to the US Senate:
There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see....
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states: “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century."…
The IPCC defines “extremely likely” as a “95-100% probability”. But upon further examination it is clear that these numbers are not the result of any mathematical calculation or statistical analysis. They have been “invented” as a construct within the IPCC report to express “expert judgment”, as determined by the IPCC contributors.
These judgments are based, almost entirely, on the results of sophisticated computer models designed to predict the future of global climate. As noted by many observers, including Dr. Freeman Dyson of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies, a computer model is not a crystal ball…
The IPCC states that humans are the dominant cause of warming “since the mid-20th century”, which is 1950. From 1910 to 1940 there was an increase in global average temperature of 0.5°C over that 30-year period. Then there was a 30-year “pause” until 1970. This was followed by an increase of 0.57°C during the 30-year period from 1970 to 2000. Since then there has been no increase, perhaps a slight decrease, in average global temperature. This in itself tends to negate the validity of the computer models, as CO2 emissions have continued to accelerate during this time.
The increase in temperature between 1910-1940 was virtually identical to the increase between 1970-2000. Yet the IPCC does not attribute the increase from 1910- 1940 to “human influence.” They are clear in their belief that human emissions impact only the increase “since the mid-20th century”. Why does the IPCC believe that a virtually identical increase in temperature after 1950 is caused mainly by “human influence”, when it has no explanation for the nearly identical increase from 1910- 1940?  
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Abbott’s problem: Labor wants to save Qantas unions, not Qantas

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (7:18am)

Tony Abbott is absolutely right on the economics. The politics, though, will be tricky:

Tony Abbott escalates pressure on Labor to respond to the airline’s woes by helping to repeal its foreign ownership limits.
Setting up a bruising political fight, the Prime Minister dashed the airline’s hopes for a commonwealth debt guarantee and demanded instead that federal parliament vote to remove the “ball and chain” on the company…

Challenged by Bill Shorten to offer the standby debt facility, the Prime Minister countered the idea and sought to shift the focus to the 49 per cent foreign-ownership cap in the Qantas Sale Act. “The difficulty is this: what we do for one business, in fairness we have to make available for all businesses,” Mr Abbott told question time.
The problem: Labor is desperate to protect the powerful Qantas unions, and will not agree to a change that will allow jobs to go overseas or wages to fall to market rates. It would rather Qantas destroy itself with losses or get a government handout to help Qantas pay Qantas unionists more than any other airline would give them:
The Opposition Leader insisted yesterday Labor would defend the ownership limits and warned against the threat to national security and the Australian economy from the loss of the airline. “We would be the bunnies if we just waved goodbye to an Australian icon,” he said.
This highlights again the Abbott Government’s essential powerlessness to act - and especially to act on the economy. Any change to the Qantas Sale Act will be blocked in the Senate, where the Greens and Labor have already blocked the repeal of the carbon tax and of the mining tax.
UPDATE
The Labor way - a union facing job losses threatening a strike to cost a boss even more of the money he hasn’t got:
Transport Workers Union national secretary Tony Sheldon called on the federal government to meet with the airline to find ways of avoiding the job cuts.
“But if (Treasurer) Joe Hockey’s not prepared to do that, then it’s industrial action the workforce should be considering,” he said.
UPDATE
Andrew Carswell says, yes, Qantas boss Alan Joyce has made mistakes, but the problems he faces cannot be denied:

Joyce has watched as foreign carriers who care less for their bottom line pour excess capacity into the Australian international market — nine per cent in the last year alone.
He has inherited mismanagement from the past — the purchase of double-decker A380s that have proved to be duds on Qantas’ point-to-point operation and excessive pay and entitlements rates won by unfettered unions.
He has been hamstrung by the Qantas Sale Act preventing foreign ownership jumping above 49 per cent and forcing the airline to do the bulk of their heavy maintenance in Australia, while Virgin Australia does it overseas. The field is not level. Not even close.
Which is why Joyce ­deserves the chance to transform his legacy carrier into a lean, fighting machine that can compete on just terms with its peers — but the clock is ticking.
Labor is joining with the Greens (now where have we heard that before?) to stop this publicly-owned company from saving itself. The options then are only two: more Qantas will jobs will go as the company crumbles under the competition, or taxpayers must keep Qantas workers in the luxury to which their unions have accustomed them:
The average salary at Qantas is $100,000, according to stockbroker CLSA.
AirlineRatings.com has a lower figure but a more damning comparison:
... the average wage cost at Qantas is $92,000 while at Emirates it is $47,000 and for Singapore Airlines $42,000. And one would guess that the productivity at those two foreign airlines is significantly higher.
Or put it this way:

The unions have been - they’ve stonewalled Qantas at every turn when they’ve tried to get productivity. Some have been very co-operative. Other ones have been extremely belligerent and it’s time that some of these unions smelt the aviation coffee, if you like, of global aviation, and that is: you’ve got to be competitive.... Their average wage cost was $92,000. In the international space, Emirates’ wage cost average is $47,000, Singapore Airlines: $42,000. So Qantas is way out of step with their international competitors, and in the domestic space, their wage cost is about 16, 17 per cent higher than Virgin Australia.
If Qantas unions want those higher wages to keep flowing, they’ll have to offer a whole lot more cooperation and smarts. 
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It shouldn’t be this dangerous to disagree

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (7:11am)

I share Simon Breheny’s concern:
IT’S concerning that the Abbott government is walking away from its promise to repeal the law that sent Andrew Bolt to court.
Worse, the government has said it is considering laws that would jail people for inciting “hatred” - a vague and ambiguous term - on the basis of race, religion or political opinion…
Of course, provisions against inciting violence are appropriate. But Attorney-General George Brandis recently said: “It seems that section 80.2A of the Commonwealth Criminal Code is probably too narrowly drawn.” He appears to be suggesting that he will broaden section 80.2A to make it illegal to incite hatred of someone on the basis of political opinion.
A person can have a political opinion about anything. It’s a term that applies to politics, as much as economics, morality, the environment and everything else.
Such a law would shut down debate. 
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Tim does a Turney. But can he escape?

Andrew Bolt February 28 2014 (6:58am)

Tim Blair, having had a good laugh at Chris ”Ship of Fools” Turney, then re-enacts the same disaster using a VW Touareg.
Don’t worry, Tim. While you’re waiting for rescue, here’s some reading material from home. 
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MADU Odiokwu Pastorvin
PRAY.
Father,I thank You for Your refreshing rain on the dry places in my life. Thank You for raining down provision, blessing, hope, wisdom, joy and peace. Give me strength to stand strong in You as Your plan unfolds for my life in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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This Year Is The End Of Your Drought!
The Scripture says,“You, O God, sent a plentiful rain...”(Psalm 68:9, NKJV)
Every person goes through times of drought, or dry seasons, when we don’t see the changes we hoped for. We’ve got big dreams, we’re standing on God’s promises, but things stay the same. It’s dry and barren. Maybe you are blessed in one area and in a drought in another. It’s easy to think, “This is the way it’s always going to be.Please remember John 15;5 which says,without Me,you can do nothing. I’ll always have this struggle.” No, in 2014 that drought is coming to an end. Any area of brokenness, dryness, loneliness, no spouse, if you will stay in faith, God is going to rain down favor, healing, and restoration.It is not late.

2014 is the year you are waiting for.You are going to see an abundance of rain. Every drought is only temporary. That dry season is not going to last forever. Struggle and lack is not your destiny. It’s temporary. Rain is headed your way. Declare it by faith, “Father, thank You that the drought is ending and the rain is coming; and in 2014, I will see an abundance of Your goodness in my life!” He will answer you this year in Jesus Name,Amen.
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Everything in the Kingdom works by faith, so make sure that you are trusting in Jesus, trusting the word of God and following the Holy Spirit.
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He can make impossible to become possible in our lives because with God nothing shall be impossible.To experience the impossible becoming possible we must believe the promise of God . The promise of God is a revelation of His will and purpose . When we act in obedience to His will He will back us up. We can be sure that God will fufill His promises. We should not step out recklessly in attempting the impossible but should ensure that we have the promise of God in that situation.To experience the impossible we must believe the promise of God with all our heart.

To experience the impossible becoming possible we must have an effectual and fervent prayer which availeth much . Elijah prayed earnestly and nature responded to his prayers. Jesus told us to pray and not give up until we get the answer.To experience the impossible we must pray fervently and persistantly. Confess your sins and believe in His words.Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.Isaiah 59 1;2.God bless you.
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May your day be filled with joy and the presence of God!
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Heavens shall fight for you!
The LORD said to Joshua, “Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand.” And Joshua stretched out the spear that was in his hand toward the city. – Joshua 8 vs.18
May the spear of the Lord, fight for you in Jesus name.May the Lord of Israel fight your battles in Jesus name.Hosts of Heavens, fight for you in Jesus name,receive divine wisdom to defeat your adversaries in Jesus name,Lord of Israel make my enemies as foolish as the people of Ai in Jesus name,A Big Amen.
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PRAY.
Father, right now, I declare by faith that I receive all that You have for me. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus to die for me so that I can live with You. I declare that He is my Lord and Savior, and I receive all that You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Pastor Rick Warren
I just hugged about 5,000 of the MOB of people who showed up tonight to watch #SonOfGodmovie at one of the many theaters across Southern California that Saddleback reserved for a one-day early advanced screening. It's a PARTY!!! I haven't seen this much enthusiasm for ANY film since Star Wars Episode 1 midnight showing! Every screen in the theater was SOLD OUT, on Friday I recommend you RUN to the nearest of the 3,000 theaters showing #SonOfGod and buy your tickets EARLY! People are buying them in bulk! I talked to one person who had purchased 80 tickets! This is gonna be huge. Get ready America. Jesus is on the Big Screen.
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Go see #SonOfGod as it hits theaters THIS WEEKEND! It’s the first theater-released movie on the full life of Jesus in 49 years! A 20th Century Fox release. What is your small group or church planning to do to take advantage of this weekend? Don't miss this opportunity! Saddleback has bought out screen across SoCal tonight so thousands of our people can take friends to see #SonOfGod early. We sold 5,000 tickets the first day. Don't wait! Please tell everyone to go see it this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Send a message to Hollywood.
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I named my bed "The Word" so many nights I spend 7 hours in the word!
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February 28Kalevala Day in Finland
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“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” - 1 John 3:18
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
February 27: Morning
"Thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation." - Psalm 91:9
The Israelites in the wilderness were continually exposed to change. Whenever the pillar stayed its motion, the tents were pitched; but tomorrow, ere the morning sun had risen, the trumpet sounded, the ark was in motion, and the fiery, cloudy pillar was leading the way through the narrow defiles of the mountain, up the hill side, or along the arid waste of the wilderness. They had scarcely time to rest a little before they heard the sound of "Away! this is not your rest; you must still be onward journeying towards Canaan!" They were never long in one place. Even wells and palm trees could not detain them. Yet they had an abiding home in their God, his cloudy pillar was their roof-tree, and its flame by night their household fire. They must go onward from place to place, continually changing, never having time to settle, and to say, "Now we are secure; in this place we shall dwell." "Yet," says Moses, "though we are always changing, Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place throughout all generations." The Christian knows no change with regard to God. He may be rich today and poor to-morrow; he may be sickly today and well to-morrow; he may be in happiness today, to-morrow he may be distressed--but there is no change with regard to his relationship to God. If he loved me yesterday, he loves me today. My unmoving mansion of rest is my blessed Lord. Let prospects be blighted; let hopes be blasted; let joy be withered; let mildews destroy everything; I have lost nothing of what I have in God. He is "my strong habitation whereunto I can continually resort." I am a pilgrim in the world, but at home in my God. In the earth I wander, but in God I dwell in a quiet habitation.
Evening
"Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" -Micah 5:2
The Lord Jesus had goings forth for his people as their representative before the throne, long before they appeared upon the stage of time. It was "from everlasting" that he signed the compact with his Father, that he would pay blood for blood, suffering for suffering, agony for agony, and death for death, in the behalf of his people; it was "from everlasting" that he gave himself up without a murmuring word. That from the crown of his head to the sole of his foot he might sweat great drops of blood, that he might be spit upon, pierced, mocked, rent asunder, and crushed beneath the pains of death. His goings forth as our Surety were from everlasting. Pause, my soul, and wonder! Thou hast goings forth in the person of Jesus "from everlasting." Not only when thou wast born into the world did Christ love thee, but his delights were with the sons of men before there were any sons of men. Often did he think of them; from everlasting to everlasting he had set his affection upon them. What! my soul, has he been so long about thy salvation, and will not he accomplish it? Has he from everlasting been going forth to save me, and will he lose me now? What! Has he carried me in his hand, as his precious jewel, and will he now let me slip from between his fingers? Did he choose me before the mountains were brought forth, or the channels of the deep were digged, and will he reject me now? Impossible! I am sure he would not have loved me so long if he had not been a changeless Lover. If he could grow weary of me, he would have been tired of me long before now. If he had not loved me with a love as deep as hell, and as strong as death, he would have turned from me long ago. Oh, joy above all joys, to know that I am his everlasting and inalienable inheritance, given to him by his Father or ever the earth was! Everlasting love shall be the pillow for my head this night.
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Today's reading: Numbers 15-16, Mark 6:1-29 (NIV)

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Today's Old Testament reading: Numbers 15-16

Supplementary Offerings
The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'After you enter the land I am giving you as a home 3 and you present to the LORD food offerings from the herd or the flock, as an aroma pleasing to the LORD--whether burnt offerings or sacrifices, for special vows or freewill offerings or festival offerings....

Today's New Testament reading: Mark 6:1-29

A Prophet Without Honor
1 Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.
"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3 Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him....



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