Monday, February 10, 2014

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It is telling hearing the press gush over Corby's freedom. She kept quiet for nine years about the drugs found in her boogy bag. She was willing to endure the nine years because the alternative was worse. What was worse than spending nine years in a Bali Prison? She kept quiet after the death of her father. So her silence is not merely connected with concern for her father. It is telling that Corby would endure so much, and what it tells is what the ABC will endure before losing their bias. It is hard to know what can be done to make the ABC competent, because, like true communism, it has never been tried. Many people agree that there is a breach of charter, but the problem is it takes a limited number of people to be in charge to run the organisation. Personally, I would make John Howard (The former PM, not the actor) chairman of the board. I would make Sophie Mirabella CEO. Others I would place on the board would be conservatives from around Australia, to make it balanced. People like Zaya Toma, Charbel Saliba and Dai Le. Not because I would want a conservative agenda, but because I believe they would be fair and balanced. And would respect the charter. Something the current leadership has failed. Alternatively, leave the current people in place, and cut out the funding. Let them decide what they will cut off. I note Flannery is still faithfully lying about Global Warming, even though he is no longer on the public purse.

A protest was held recently in South Australia against shark culling which is happening in Western Australia. Activists pointed out that South Australia had no fatalities. Now, a twenty eight year old spear fisherman hobbyist teacher has been eaten by a shark. His Principal has praised him as an excellent teacher. A friend of his has declared he would not want there to be retribution against the shark, as he 'loved animals.' Is that why he was spear fishing?

In other excellent moral example news, a 'parent' pretends to throw their child in front of a train. Clearly they got off the wrong boat. Some five men are wanted for the gang rape of a fourteen year old girl. Anger is building in the community. The community does not accept such acts randomly, or by design. 
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NOT HIS PROBLEM

Tim Blair – Monday, February 10, 2014 (4:45am)

The mystery religion involved in a 12-year-old girl’s marriage is now revealed
The Muslim convert father of the 12-year-old girl at the centre of a child sex case following her “marriage” to a 26-year-old foreigner confessed his unhappiness at their union, but said “it was not my decision”.
But the fifth-generation Australian man, who allowed the pair to be married by an imam in his Hunter Valley home on January 12, now says he fears she is going to “die” from a broken heart.
He also addressed public outrage on the case following the 26-year-old Lebanese man’s arrest on Thursday, saying he might “cop a little bit of abuse off people but I will have to cope with that”. 
This bloke seems to be a few hadiths short of a full Koran: 
“My daughter was not going to change her mind, I couldn’t talk her out of it,’’ he said.
“Him being 26 was not a big concern to me because I was not marrying him. I was not happy with it but it was not my decision.” 
Despite hosting his underage daughter’s marriage, the father hasn’t been charged with any offences.
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LET THE INVESTIGATION BEGIN

Tim Blair – Monday, February 10, 2014 (4:33am)

God bless our caring, compassionate friends from the left, who are now calling for an official government investigation into an asylum seeker’s blistered hand. This is an excellent idea, although two conditions should apply.

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FINGERS CROSSED

Tim Blair – Monday, February 10, 2014 (4:27am)

prediction from the Age‘s Martin Flanagan: 
I fully expect the ABC to be destroyed in all but name within a few years. 
We can only hope, Martin. We can only hope.
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JUST YOUR BASIC CADILLAC

Tim Blair – Monday, February 10, 2014 (4:22am)

Eight cylinders, eight wheels, a spa and a BBQ. 
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MUCH HEALTHIER THAN DOUGHNUTS

Tim Blair – Monday, February 10, 2014 (4:22am)

“Just back from the supermarket where I discovered this amazing new product,” emails reader Smike. “Can’t wait until the AM to try them with coffee. Instinct tells me this combo might be a winner.”

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AT LEAST HE CAN READ

Tim Blair – Monday, February 10, 2014 (4:19am)

Saturday’s Daily Telegraph editorial took issue with Bill Shorten’s lame reaction to claims that Australian Navy personnel tortured asylum seekers: 
During this entire controversy, Labor leader Bill Shorten has kept a curious distance from the main issues at hand. Yesterday he said that Labor wasn’t “leaping to any conclusions” over the torture claims.
The Labor leader needs to find some courage and to support our men and women at sea. His weak evasiveness is plainly calculated to find some sort of political advantage by using an issue that should be above politics. 
This was his response
“Our navy servicemen and women do an outstanding job on the high seas,” a spokesman for Shorten said on Saturday.
“The opposition has every confidence in the skills and professionalism of our navy.” 
Meanwhile, a view from the US: 
Looking around the world, the search for what might be called a full-spectrum conservative government leader was, until recently, a depressing exercise …
Lately, however, there has been a sign of hope. And it comes in the form of Australia’s new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. Thus far Abbott has matched his open adherence to distinctly conservative convictions by implementing policies that reflect those principles.
Elected prime minister in September last year, Abbott is in many respects the left’s nightmare come true.
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INSTANT CONVERTIBLE

Tim Blair – Monday, February 10, 2014 (3:59am)

Ron Capps experiences an unrequested fresh-air surplus during a brief Californian drive:

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And if they dump Henderson, too, Insiders will be cleansed

Andrew Bolt February 10 2014 (12:14pm)

Spot the common factor in the cleansing of these two non-Leftists from Insiders.
In 2011:

POLITICAL commentator Glenn Milne has been sacked by the ABC as a panellist on The Insiders.
His sacking from the television program comes in the wake of the controversy surrounding his column in Monday’s The Australian.
The column, which reviewed 16-year-old allegations about Gillard’s one-time relationship with former unionist Bruce Wilson, was withdrawn after complaints from the Prime Minister that its contents were inaccurate.
Milne was informed by The Insiders’ executive producer, Kellie Mayo on Thursday night that the ABC’s news management committee had met and taken the decision that his services would no longer be required.
And now:
THE ABC has struck off one of its longest-serving political commentators on the Insiders program following a review of remarks made during the federal election about former prime minister Julia Gillard’s partner,
News Corp Australia commentator Piers Akerman was not informed of the review or given a right of reply.
Milne had made a trivial error in a column for The Australian which raised Julia Gillard’s involvement in the creation of a slush fund for her then boyfriend, a conman and union official, wrongly claiming she had lived with him in the house he bought with the slush fund’s money using a power of attorney Gillard witnessed. (Gillard says she did not know what her boyfriend did with that slush fund, and says she did nothing wrong.) Yet Milne was dumped by the ABC.
Akerman made no error at all in making comments during a discussion on Insiders in which he condemned Perth broadcaster Howard Sattler for falsely suggesting Gillard’s current boyfriend was gay:
AKERMAN: I thought it was probably the most stupid thing that I’ve ever heard on public broadcasting. But I wondered why is being homosexual in 2013 such an issue? Why wouldn’t if she slapped him down on the basis of – well even if he was, what’s so offensive?
TAYLOR: Because the point is that he was suggesting that her relationship was not genuine obviously.
AKERMAN: A lot of people in the Canberra gallery have been saying the same thing, Lenore.
TAYLOR: No…
FARR: I think you better name names .
CASSIDY: Are you seriously saying that…
AKERMAN: No no, I’m just saying it, I don’t go around talking about sources. But of course there was this sort of discussion. Whether you put it to the person involved or not is
TAYLOR: No, you don’t, you don’t.
AKERMAN: Precisely, that’s my point.
CASSIDY: You’ve just done precisely what Howard Sattler did and just passed on rumours and that’s just as pathetic, quite frankly…
AKERMAN: I passed on the same question that people said initially when she moved in and it was allayed.
TAYLOR: It’s not you saying it.
AKERMAN: And nobody took it any further and that’s why I’m saying that he was wrong, Barrie.
At the very worst you might say Akerman expressed himself poorly, but no one can seriously say he spoke with malice.
Still, this cleansing of conservatives has had its effect. On Insiders yesterday, the program’s three panelists agreed with the host that the Abbott Government was silly and unfair to attack the ABC over its responsible coverage of claims by boat people - well, of one, anyone - that our navy openly tortured seven four three men on a boat.
In that kind of discussion, no panelist need fear the sack from the ABC or a hard word from Labor.   
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Abbott gives up on ABC bias. And that is a threat

Andrew Bolt February 10 2014 (11:45am)

The ABC would be very, very stupid to take this as a comfort rather than a threat:

TONY Abbott has cast doubt on whether an independent inquiry could finish the debate over bias at the ABC, predicting the broadcaster’s “political correctness” would always make him want to occasionally “throw something at the television set”.
Amid debate about the ABC’s reporting of abuse allegations against the navy, the Prime Minister yesterday declined to support Defence Minister David Johnston’s call for an inquiry into editorial standards. 
ABC apologists will say good, no inquiry.
In fact, Abbott has concluded what I reluctantly have, too: that the ABC simply can’t and won’t redress its ingrained Leftist bias. That leaves conservatives with two options: to simply accept that a massive state-funded media will campaign forever for the Left in breach of its charter, or to cut the ABC down to a less threatening size for a healthy democracy.
Guess which of those two alternatives most appeals? 
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Why did warmist Matthew England deny the dud predictions he now concedes?

Andrew Bolt February 10 2014 (8:30am)

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April 2012: Warmist Professor Matthew England accuses sceptics of telling untruths when they say the planet hasn’t warmed as the IPCC predicted:
What Nick just said is actually not true.  The IPCC projections from 1990 have borne out very accurately.
December 2012:  England accuses sceptics of lying when they say the rise in global air temperatures has paused:
And so anybody out there lying that the IPCC projections are overstatements or that the observations haven’t kept pace with the projections is completely offline with this. The analysis is very clear that the IPCC projections are coming true.
February 2014 - England now admits there has been a “hiatus” in warming, after all, which the IPCC did not predict:
Lead author Professor Matthew England, a climate scientist and oceanographer at the University of New South Wales, says since 2001 global surface temperatures have remained steady despite an increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases…
“Even though there is this hiatus in this surface average temperature, we’re still getting record heat waves, we’re still getting harsh bush fires … it shows we shouldn’t take any comfort from this plateau in global average temperatures.”
And England suggests an excuse for this warming pause:
England said ...  the answer lies in stronger than usual trade winds whipping across the Pacific Ocean.
It was found the winds were churning the Pacific like a washing machine, bringing the deeper colder water to the surface and pushing the warmer water below…
“We want the community to have confidence in the climate models,” he said. “They are very good but in this instance the wind acceleration has been that strong and that much stronger than what the models projected.”
Those models have actually vastly overestimated the warming, but England still wants us to have “confidence” in them. Could his own “wanting” explain why England vilified sceptics as liars for saying what he now admits is true: that the warming of the world’s atmosphere has paused for at least 13 years, contrary to the IPCC predictions?
How can we trust him? And will he say sorry?
(Thanks to readers wiley, isobar and Straight Talk.) 
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Corby freed, Australia shamed

Andrew Bolt February 10 2014 (7:21am)

The new morality

HEAR that cheering — that soundtrack of our shame — as Schapelle Corby is released from a Bali jail?
See media outlets wave as much as $3 million at the convicted drug smuggler for her story, to add to the $270,000 her family earned from her autobiography?
See Corby, the heroine of last night’s Channel 9 biopic, whose writer sighs she feels “very much for Schapelle” and “I carry that compassion before being worried about legal things”.
See Labor’s leader, Bill Shorten, shamelessly tell the mob “I don’t know all the ins and outs of what she has done” but he, too, wants “that woman back in Australia as soon as possible” because “that’s what matters to me”?
So I don’t blame Indonesia’s Justice Minister, Amir Syamsuddin, for that curl to his lip when he announced on Friday that he’d granted Corby early parole, not through “generosity” but “the laws of the land”.
(Read full article here.) 
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Public snowed

Andrew Bolt February 10 2014 (6:04am)

Global warming - dud predictions

No more snow predicted, The Independent, March 2000:
However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers. According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.
Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.
Porter Fox, New York Times, February 2014:
If greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise — they grew 41 percent between 1990 and 2008 — then snowfall, winter and skiing will no longer exist as we know them by the end of the century.
Fact check:
Five Of The Six Snowiest Winters Have Occurred Since David Viner Declared The End Of Snow
Fact check:
Over two-thirds of the contiguous USA covered with snow
(Thanks to readers Grant and Davie S.) 
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More questions for the unions … and Labor

Andrew Bolt February 10 2014 (4:52am)

Labor should fear this royal commission:

FORMER leading union figures connected to the investigation into the Australian Workers Union “slush fund” scandal in the 1990s back the Abbott government’s royal commission and vow to give oral evidence and documents to the powerful probe.
Ian Cambridge, a serving Fair Work Australia commissioner and a former national secretary of the AWU, told The Australian yesterday: ... “...I have steadfastly maintained my firm view since 1996 that a royal commission into this should occur....  I would obviously co-operate in any way I can. If I am asked, I will co-operate fully.”
Mr Cambridge ... has named his former AWU boss, federal president Bill Ludwig, among those who should help police…

Another former AWU official, Ralph Blewitt, said from Malaysia yesterday that the royal commission...was essential to expose what he described as the corrupting influence of unions on Labor politics…
Former AWU Victorian president Bob Kernohan, who has given a statement to police about the slush fund...said he was glad that the matter would be covered by the royal commission and that he was ready to give evidence.
More than three unions may have questions to answer:

- The kickback scandal has spread to a second building union, with former plumbing union national president Tony Murphy implicated in a kickbacks for contracts racket.
- Convicted terrorist Khaled Sharrouf has been linked to the Sydney gangland violence that erupted over attempts by criminals to collect a disputed $9 million construction industry debt from billionaire property mogul Harry Triguboff.
- A building company owner has alleged he was encouraged by a senior CFMEU official to become a major sponsor of the South Sydney Rabbitohs in return for ‘’beneficial’’ backing by the union for job tenders.
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Boral CEO Mike Kane:

Since the middle of 2012, the CFMEU has run an orchestrated and very costly campaign against Boral for one simple reason: we have refused to give in to demands by the union that we stop doing business with one of our long-standing clients, the Grocon group, in Melbourne.The long-running dispute is between Grocon and the CFMEU, and we have been caught in the middle, as part of an unlawful secondary boycott.
Over that time, our trucks have been stopped, our workers have been intimidated, some of our drivers harassed and threatened, and many of our clients in Victoria have had a “friendly visit” from union officials essentially warning them not to do business with us… So far, this unlawful campaign has cost us over $10 million in lost sales and legal fees…
We had injunctions granted 12 months ago by the Supreme Court in Victoria, but these were simply ignored by the CFMEU – further proof that some in that union believe they are above the law.
UPDATE
Shorten shifts:

TONY Abbott and Paul Howes have forced Bill Shorten into a major concession on union corruption… Shorten’s proposal of a standing taskforce of specially designated police is a logical and political step away from the previous ACTU and Labor position that there are just a few “bad apples” in the union movement who can be handled by the police.

Not enough. Henry Ergas:
AFTER the 1983 election, when half the Australian workforce were union members, barely a third of the ALP’s new MPs thanked the unions in their maiden speech. By the 2013 election, union membership had fallen below 20 per cent of the workforce; but more than 90 per cent of Labor’s new MPs devoted part of their first speech to praising the union movement…
Yet these devotional eulogies are no laughing matter; rather, they reflect the complete inability of today’s ALP to distinguish its interests from those of the unions. The result is not merely Bill Shorten’s refusal to support a royal commission into union corruption; it is also Labor’s rejection of reforms to provisions of the Fair Work Act that have allowed union thuggery to become endemic…
Gillard did not just abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission. She also modified the definitions of lawless behaviour in the industrial relations laws to make it more difficult to prove, while dramatically reducing the ability of the workplace regulator to evidence illegal dealings.
The effect was to vastly expand the scope for, and return on, union malpractice.
Question: how did Labor Government enable union corruption, and why?
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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Labor wins Griffith, Shorten loses

Andrew Bolt February 10 2014 (12:20am)

OPPOSITION leader Bill Shorten will be shocked by Labor’s feeble win in the by-election for Kevin Rudd’s old seat.
How could Labor’s primary vote in Griffith actually fall 1.8 per cent, or even more after postal votes are counted? How could the Opposition go backwards in a by-election for only the fourth time in our history?
And now the heat goes on Shorten.
(Read full column here.
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God is more interested in changing your mind than changing your circumstance. JOIN ME LIVE ONLINE NOW http://t.co/oD7mOzzz6p
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“A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash." Prov. 15:14 (NLT)
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I often have A.D.D. when praying: "Teach us what to say to God. Our minds are blank and we have nothing to say!" Job 37:19
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Innovation is often just a matter of asking the right question. Why? How? What if?
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Honest feedback helps, so this young child reviewed last weekend's message … in crayon!
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Friends and Co-workers in ministry:

I invite all Southern California PASTORS to lunch with me, prescreen the SON OF GOD movie (coming to theaters on Feb.28), and meet the producers, Mark and Roma Burnett, this TUESDAY, beginning at noon at Saddleback's Lake Forest campus.

I look forward to fellowshipping with you.

Please RSVP at www.is.gd/GJCdz8 so I'll know how much BBQ to cook for you.

Please pass this info on to your pastor. Thanks!
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Never fear being different.
Be afraid of being just like everyone else.
"Do not conform to this world but be#transformed by changing the way you think." Rom. 12:2
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MADU Odiokwu Pastorvin
PRAY.
Father, I come humbly to You. I give You my past, my disappointments, my brokenness. I choose forgiveness and peace. Fill me with Your hope and expectation as You fulfill the dreams and desires that You have placed within me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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I Encourage You To Stir Up Your Dreams!
The Scripture says,“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you...”(2 Timothy 1:6, NKJV)

I say to you today,that it is time to stir up what God has placed on the inside of you. It’s time to stir up those gifts, stir up those dreams, stir up those talents inside. Start stretching yourself. This doesn’t just mean making New Year’s resolutions, this means tapping into the destiny God has placed in your heart.

Scripture tells us that without vision, people perish. If you don’t have a dream, you’re not really living the way God intends, you’re merely existing. Maybe at one time you had a dream, but you went through some disappointments or setbacks. Things didn’t turn out the way you planned. But here’s a key: when one dream dies, dream another dream. Just because it didn’t work out the way you had it planned doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have another plan. You cannot allow one disappointment or even a series of disappointments to convince you that your dream is over. It’s time to dig your heels in and hold on to the promises in your heart. As you stir up those God-given dreams and desires, He’ll pour out His favor and blessings and fulfill every desire in your heart.God bless you.
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Believe in Your Dream.
Heavenly Father,I thank You for the dreams You have given me. Today I will take steps toward seeing them come to pass. Help me to set goals and map out steps for victory so that I know where I’m going and how to accomplish my dreams. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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Can You Live and Love Like Jesus?
Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is the most profound and famous sermon in history. It contains the proclamation of God’s love,what He did on the cross for you and me, the call to a new way of life, a road map to salvation, and practical guidance for everyday living. Along the way, it unlocks a wealth of spiritual wisdom and insight. Transform your walk with God as you discover what it means to be “pure in heart” and how this helps you to live your daily life.

God doesn’t promise His followers that we will avoid the storms of life; He assures us that He will be with us through the storms. Delve into God’s Word and grasp more fully the hope of His promises and change the way you respond to depression, criticism and conflict. Don’t just survive life’s storms experience victory in their midst and beyond.God bless you.
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“We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing.” - 2 Thessalonians 1:3
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
February 9: Morning
"And David enquired of the Lord." - 2 Samuel 5:23
When David made this enquiry he had just fought the Philistines, and gained a signal victory. The Philistines came up in great hosts, but, by the help of God, David had easily put them to flight. Note, however, that when they came a second time, David did not go up to fight them without enquiring of the Lord. Once he had been victorious, and he might have said, as many have in other cases, "I shall be victorious again; I may rest quite sure that if I have conquered once I shall triumph yet again. Wherefore should I tarry to seek at the Lord's hands?" Not so, David. He had gained one battle by the strength of the Lord; he would not venture upon another until he had ensured the same. He enquired, "Shall I go up against them?" He waited until God's sign was given. Learn from David to take no step without God. Christian, if thou wouldst know the path of duty, take God for thy compass; if thou wouldst steer thy ship through the dark billows, put the tiller into the hand of the Almighty. Many a rock might be escaped, if we would let our Father take the helm; many a shoal or quicksand we might well avoid, if we would leave to his sovereign will to choose and to command. The Puritan said, "As sure as ever a Christian carves for himself, he'll cut his own fingers;" this is a great truth. Said another old divine, "He that goes before the cloud of God's providence goes on a fool's errand;" and so he does. We must mark God's providence leading us; and if providence tarries, tarry till providence comes. He who goes before providence, will be very glad to run back again. "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go," is God's promise to his people. Let us, then, take all our perplexities to him, and say, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Leave not thy chamber this morning without enquiring of the Lord.
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"Lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil [or, the evil one]." - Luke 11:4
What we are taught to seek or shun in prayer, we should equally pursue or avoid in action. Very earnestly, therefore, should we avoid temptation, seeking to walk so guardedly in the path of obedience, that we may never tempt the devil to tempt us. We are not to enter the thicket in search of the lion. Dearly might we pay for such presumption. This lion may cross our path or leap upon us from the thicket, but we have nothing to do with hunting him. He that meeteth with him, even though he winneth the day, will find it a stern struggle. Let the Christian pray that he may be spared the encounter. Our Saviour, who had experience of what temptation meant, thus earnestly admonished his disciples--"Pray that ye enter not into temptation."

But let us do as we will, we shall be tempted; hence the prayer "deliver us from evil." God had one Son without sin; but he has no son without temptation. The natural man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upwards, and the Christian man is born to temptation just as certainly. We must be always on our watch against Satan, because, like a thief, he gives no intimation of his approach. Believers who have had experience of the ways of Satan, know that there are certain seasons when he will most probably make an attack, just as at certain seasons bleak winds may be expected; thus the Christian is put on a double guard by fear of danger, and the danger is averted by preparing to meet it. Prevention is better than cure: it is better to be so well armed that the devil will not attack you, than to endure the perils of the fight, even though you come off a conqueror. Pray this evening first that you may not be tempted, and next that if temptation be permitted, you may be delivered from the evil one.
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Eli 
[Ē'lī] - jehovah is high or my god.
The high priest and judge of Israel of the family of Ithamar (1 Sam. 1-4; 14:3).
The Man Who Lacked Parental Authority
There are few Bible men in whose character we cannot find some great and glaring fault. There is usually a dead fly in the ointment, a rent in the garment, a spot on the whitest sheet. Eli was a good man whose life was pure. He loved and delighted in God's service, but was faulty in one point. He failed to exercise the proper authority of a parent over his children.
Eli belonged to the tribe of Levi, and for years acted as a judge and as High Priest in Israel. He lived at Shiloh in a dwelling adjoining the Temple for the greater portion of his life. We know little about him until he was well advanced in age. The first mention of him is when Hannah came to pour out her heart.
Eli's fault which brought sorrow upon his declining years was the conduct of his own two sons, Phinehas and Hophni, who, although lacking their father's character and qualities, were yet put into the priest's office. Their conduct disgraced their high calling and shocked the people so much that they "abhorred the offering of the Lord." While Eli warned them of their shameful ways, he did not rebuke them with the severity their evil deeds merited. He should have exercised the stern authority of a father and rebuked them as a judge. Instead Eli only mildly reasoned with his sons saying: "Why do ye such things?" But the sons disregarded such a weak and useless protest for their hearts were cold and callous and so they no longer heeded their father's feelings.
Although Eli had no power to change the hearts of his sons, he could have prevented their ministry before the Lord, but he "restrained them not." He wanted to be kind to them but it was a false and mistaken kindness. A seasonable correction would have saved them from ruin. Eli had no need to be harsh and severe, only firm and decided in the matter of obedience. Eli was twice warned that judgment would overtake him and his sons, but such warning was lost upon him. He dearly loved his sons and could not take action against them.
What a pitiable spectacle Eli presents! An old man of ninety, almost blind, waited to hear the result of the grim battle between the Israelites and the Philistines. How he trembled for his nation, his sons and also for the Ark of God which would be dishonored if it fell into enemy hands! Then the messenger came with news of the slaughter of his sinful sons and of the taking of the Ark. As Eli heard mention of the latter he fell off his seat by the side of a gate and died of a broken neck, yes, and of a broken heart! As is often the case, children bring down their father's gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
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Today's reading: Leviticus 6-7, Matthew 25:1-30 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: Leviticus 6-7

1 The LORD said to Moses: 2 "If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LORD by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor, 3 or if they find lost property and lie about it, or if they swear falsely about any such sin that people may commit-- 4 when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found, 5 or whatever it was they swore falsely about...."

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 25:1-30

The Parable of the Ten Virgins
1 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep...."


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