Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Wed May 7th Todays News

The debate is heating up as the budget nears. The question posed is "Will Mr Abbott keep his election promise?" ABC are adding piquancy to the discussion by claiming that if Abbott fails, it will just be like Gillard's failed promise. It is worth noting a few things as the left try to inflate the situation to resemble something other than what it is. Prior to the '10 election, Abbott and Hockey claimed Gillard would initiate a Carbon tax. Gillard said that she wouldn't. Swan said that such claims were hysterical fear mongering. Then came the election and soon after Gillard took steps to implement the tax. She did not have to. She would have had ample parliamentary support to not implement the tax, but she chose to. When Gillard was finally deposed, Rudd claimed he had finished the tax. When Shorten became leader, he said he would protect the tax. And so the ALP have lied to the Australian electorate on several occasions and continue to do so to preserve a useless tax that obstructs business. Compare that with Abbott's promise to fix the budget. The short term levee will not impede business long term because it won't exist long term. But if nothing is done to begin repaying ALP debt, it will be very bad for all of Australia, moving forward. In such stark terms, there is no equality in election betrayal claims. Fact check.

Herod the Great is tied to this day from a modern discovery of his tomb in 2007. Only, as was a frequent problem in antiquity, he is not buried in his tomb. Herod was a great builder as exemplified by the remaining wall of the second temple. Herod was also a high order bastard who added a twist to the modern practice of a man calling their loved one honey. Also on this day in 351, there was a Jewish uprising against their persecutors. Only the persecution was not imaginary, and the advantages resulted in slaughter. In 1429, Joan of Arc plucked an arrow out of her shoulder and led a charge at the siege of Orleans, winning and turning the tide in the hundred year war. 

On this day, prototypical leftist Robespierre, in 1794, tabled to the national convention in France, the plans for a cult of a supreme being. He had wanted to reject Catholicism and institute a worship of reason that was different to the Atheism he witnessed and did not like. Thirty years later, Ludwig Van Beethoven produced his supremely glorious ninth symphony. Today is Radio Day because in 1895 in Russia, AS Popov invented and demonstrated a radio receiver. On this day in 1940, a dying Neville Chamberlain was replaced with Winston Churchill as PM. In 1952, plans for the integrated chip were first tabled. In 2000, Putin was inaugurated President of Russia. 

For twenty two years I have been responsibly addressing an issue, and I cannot carry on. I am petitioning the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to remedy my distress. I leave it up to him if he chooses to address the issue. Regardless of your opinion of conservative government, the issue is pressing. Please sign my petition at https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/tony-abbott-remedy-the-persecution-of-dd-ball
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Happy birthday and many happy returns Jak Nu. Born the same day as the artistic tour de force known as "Heelys before you" (http://www.jakbox.co.nr/ ) because that is you. I am in awe of your talent http://www.youtube.com/feed/UCoRKL08V3O6pwzBahsAWxEA
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No retreat on the tax

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (2:46pm)

Suddenly I’m less sure of my claim that they won’t get away with breaking an implicit promise:

THE Abbott government will proceed with a “temporary” tax increase on high-income earners in the face of growing business warnings against the idea.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann emerged from a federal cabinet meeting on Wednesday to confirm there would be a “special” measure in the budget to help balance the budget.
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Ralph Blewitt to testify on the AWU scandal next week

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (2:41pm)

The AWU scandal

After two or three bad weeks for the Liberals, Labor’s long agony is about to begin:
THE corrupt former AWU official who has confessed to fraudulently using a slush fund that was set up two decades ago based on advice from his friend and lawyer, Julia Gillard, is set to be the first witness in public hearings of the national Royal Commission into union graft and wrongdoing.
Ralph Blewitt’s legal associate and adviser, Harry Nowicki, told The Australian today that Mr Blewitt has been asked to be in Sydney on Monday morning for at least a day of testimony at retired High Court justice Dyson Heydon’s Royal Commission.
Mr Blewitt, who returned to Australia from his home in Malaysia this week to help the Royal Commission, intends to admit that he was part of a criminal fraud in the 1990s and that he and his then boss, Bruce Wilson, siphoned hundreds of thousands from building company, Thiess, to the union slush fund, which was misleadingly called the Australian Workers’ Union Workplace Reform Association…
Mr Blewitt, 69, who was a state secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union and an ally of Ms Gillard’s boyfriend, the union boss Mr Wilson, has also told of burying wads of ill-gotten cash in the backyard of his home. He also claimed that money was taken from the slush fund to pay for renovations at Ms Gillard’s home, and to buy a terrace house in Melbourne for Mr Wilson to live in. The former prime minister has insisted that she paid for the renovations at her home.
Victoria Police, detectives who have been running an 18-month investigation with Mr Blewitt’s co-operation, intend to charge him with fraud-related offences, to which he will plead guilty. He is expected to give evidence against others. is understood that in return for his co-operation and guilty plea, police will make courtroom submissions that Mr Blewitt should not be sentenced to jail…
In 2012, Ms Gillard attacked Mr Blewitt, who was once her client, as a complete idiot, a stooge, imbecile and sexist pig. The former salaried partner of Slater & Gordon has insisted that she did not know that the AWU Workplace Reform Association, which she told her legal partners in a confidential interview was really a “slush fund” for union elections, would be used as a vehicle for a fraud.
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Waleed Aly refuses to say what Boko Haram’s leader will: these terrorists are Muslims

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (10:18am)

ABC presenter Waleed Aly, a Muslim, is often used by Channel 10 and Fairfax to explain away Muslim terrorism. He is the media Left’s acceptable face of Islam, but how acceptable is he really?
With the jihadist bombing of the Boston marathon, for instance, he initially informed Age readers:
...  the very real suspicion that the perpetrators here are self-styled American patriots. At this point, most analysts are leaning that way. And while it’s entirely possible they are wrong, there’s something chilling about realising that this violence might not be something that can be assigned to a demonic other. Maybe we’re speaking in more hushed tones because our own societies might just be implicated.
Yesterday on The Project he was asked as an alleged “an expert on terrorism” to tell us something about Boko Haram.
Boko Haram’s leader himself has been taped saying Allah commands him to sell into slavery the Nigerian school girls his Islamist terrorists have kidnapped. A Muslim intermediary says some of the Christian girls have already forced to convert to Islam.
But Aly, asked to explain who Boko Haram actually was, could not bring himself to describe them as Muslim or even use the word “Muslim” once:
Rove McManus: 
So who is this group exactly?…
Waleed Aly:
They are a really, really hard group to define because they are so splintered and so diverse. It started as a fairly coherent group - this is a long time ago, over 10 years ago - and since then they’ve splintered off into all these other little groups. What we do know though is that the broader movement is a terrorist movement and they’ve been wanting to overthrow the Nigerian government and establish a government of their own. But beyond that, this particular group, who have done this particular thing, it’s hard to identify who they are and they might just be vigilantes.
Really?  Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, says he took the girls and adds what Waleed Aly won’t:
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Shekau explains his Islamic mission. Nothing hard to define about him at all:
And here’s what Boko Haram does, killing Christians, which Aly failed to mention, too:
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Labor and Greens are more Indonesian than Indonesia

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (9:49am)

Labor and the Greens seem intent on being more outraged on Indonesia’s behalf than is Indonesia itself:
TANYA PILBERSEK (Labor’s foreign affairs spokesman) We understand that the president of Indonesia has issued a personal invitation to the Prime Minister and, ironically, it’s to attend an open government forum but we don’t know the reason that the Prime Minister is not attending.
It’s not credible to suggest that he’s required in Australia for budget preparations. The budget would basically be at the printers now, unless there’s a great deal more chaos than you’d normally expect around budget time.
So, I think it does put lie to the claim that the Government makes - that the boat turn-back policy is not affecting the relationship with Indonesia…
I think overall our relationship is a strong one, but it is absolutely off-track at the moment, and Labor wants to see it back on track.
The Greens are even worse:

The Greens on Saturday said Mr Abbott was already an embarrassment and that the Liberal government’s “cruel refugee policy” had condemned Australia to a poor relationship with Indonesia.
“This is Tony Abbott in action. He is an embarrassment internationally and at home,” Greens leader Christine Milne said in a statement…
“It is very clear that Indonesia wants to heal the relationship as does Australia, but while the Abbott government continues to tow life boats back into Indonesian waters with a view to them drifting back to the coast somewhere, it will continue to jeopardise the relationship,” she said.
As for the President himself, no worries:
PRESIDENT Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has moved to prevent another quarrel arising from Tony Abbott’s no-show in Bali this week by inviting the Australian leader to Indonesia in June… The Indonesian leader also welcomed progress on developing an Australia-Indonesia intelligence gathering code of conduct, or protocol, and “stressed” he hoped it would be agreed by August at the latest.
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Business will get its tax cut, but “the rich” will probably pay

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (9:44am)

Rebooting the economy is the Abbott Government’s best hope - and ours, too. So this is good, albeit countered in part by the paid parental leave levy:
THE Abbott government has cemented a $4 billion company tax cut in next week’s federal budget, despite a renewed search for savings to offset a “deficit tax” that is set to be scaled back or scrapped. Firewalling one of its flagship pledges, the government will proceed with the tax cut for employers as part of a “growth agenda” to counter fears that deep spending cuts will weaken the economy…
The government’s policy to cut the company tax rate from 30 to 28.5 per cent will sacrifice about $4bn in 2016-17 but the idea was put forward when the budget ¬papers showed a small surplus in that year.
Toying with a deficit tax plan is less promising:
THE Federal Government is expected to sign off on a pared-down version of its deeply unpopular debt tax, lifting its threshold so only high-income earners pay.
A Cabinet meeting today is likely to endorse a proposal to impose the levy for four years from next financial year.  But it is likely to be amended to apply only to those earning more than about $150,000 a year.
But a Reachtel poll suggests Abbott is right to think there’s an anti-rich sentiment than needs a gesture tax:
A Reachtel opinion poll shows 34.2 per cent of respondents supported a 1 per cent levy on earnings over $80,000 but 59.3 per cent backed a 2 per cent levy on earnings over $180,000.
(Thanks to readers Peter of Bellevue Hill and Mr Jordan.) 
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Victorian Government took the hits for not spending big. Now comes its reward

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (8:04am)

The Victorian Liberal Government has been savaged in the Left-wing media for being stingy in its spending, especially on public servants.
Yet virtue has its reward. The Government is the only one in the country to post a Budget surplus and now has the money to do good things. Terry McCrann:
[Victorian Treasurer] Michael O’Brien ...  was able to promise a series of big headline projects, plus the smaller ones crucial to everyday service delivery for Victorians, cut the business tax most critical for especially small and medium-sized businesses AND still produce a thumping billion dollar plus bottom line surplus.
He and even more his predecessor Kim Wells did largely make the luck — by hauling back the growth in government spending from Labor’s extravagant 8 per cent a year to just 3.1 per cent a year over the life of this government.
There is something sick in our polity - and the coverage of it - that there is usually more praise for a government that spends than for a government which saves. It’s no coincidence that every other government is in the red.
Even better, the spending now announced is an investment in our future:

The Napthine government has an unprecedented $72 billion worth of infrastructure projects on its books, much of it funded through private-sector investment.
Of that, a whopping $27 billion has been announced in this budget, including a new city rail tunnel, an airport rail link, the second stage of the East West Link, a significant upgrade to the Cranbourne/Pakenham rail corridor, numerous level-crossing removals and new schools.

Former premier Ted Baillieu was widely mocked as a do-nothing Premier, too slow to act. In fact he was a spend-little Premier who has provided his colleagues with much of the money they can now afford to spend - and spend in a way that best helps their re-election. Congratulations to the man now on the backbenches. 
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Beware the nation of tribes

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (7:56am)

Parts of America - notably in Florida and California - herald a new phenomenon in the West, of the creation of nations of tribes:
Americans now are being blasted as “racist” for the simple act of waving an American flag.
It happened Monday in California to a small group of protesters who waved U.S. flags in front of a school where officials had banned the practice to avoid violence threatened by Hispanic students celebrating Cinco de Mayo.
The controversy developed in 2010, when school officials ordered students not to wear U.S. flag-themed shirts on the Mexican holiday. The ban has been upheld by a federal appeals court.
I cannot understand why governments such as our own encourage the ethnic-identity fashion when we see - in an extreme form - what that can lead to under stress:
In Odessa, a previously peaceful, multi-ethnic Black Sea port where more than 40 people were killed on Friday in the worst day of violence since a February revolt toppled Ukraine’s pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, pall-bearers carried the open casket of Andrey Biryukov from a van to the street corner where he was shot.
A pro-Ukrainian activist, Biryukov, 35, was killed during a day that began with hundreds of pro-Russian sympathisers armed with axes, chains and guns attacking a Ukrainian march, and ended later that night with the pro-Russians barricaded inside a building that was set on fire, killing dozens.
Should Australia one day find itself at war with a major foreign power how will that play out in our streets? 
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This sense of entitlement must change

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (7:47am)

Why are taxpayers paying decades of age pension cheques to a woman with a $2 million home?
ZARA Grayspence is one of the unlikeliest pensioner millionaires in Australia, whose Sydney house, like one of the flowering seeds in her immaculate garden, grew in value around her.
The 92-year-old painter and former Mosman councillor told The Australian the two-storey house, by Reid Park in the exclusive suburb, was anything but an asset.
“It is not an asset to me; it is a home...”
Her home, worth more than $2 million in the current market, is safe but the government is being urged to think about the asset trap for future generations.
But no government yet dares do anything to fix this ludicrous welfarism - not even by imposing a reverse mortgage so taxpayers can be repaid at least something from the eventual sale of the house. 
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How could Labor have wasted so many borrowed billions?

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (7:33am)

If true, truly disgraceful:
SPENDING commitments of up to $38 billion on the National Broadband Network were locked in under Labor and the “overwhelming majority” must now be met to complete it, the Coalition has warned ahead of an overhaul of the project in the bush.
The Australian can reveal that a landmark review finds hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in rural and regional areas could miss out on super-fast broadband because NBN Co badly underestimated demand, although the review rules out costly plans to build and launch a third satellite to serve them....
Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused Labor of locking in $34bn-$38bn of spending commitments on the NBN between 2011 and 2021 — before a “single cent” is spent upgrading the fixed-line network that will serve the other 93 per cent of Australia.
Turnbull needs to find a simple and unarguable way to quantify and illustrate the waste - and hang the responsibility for it on Labor before this becomes old history. 
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That great sucking sound of fat piglets dragged off the teat. UPDATE: And of Labor spitting a dummy

Andrew Bolt May 07 2014 (6:50am)

Janel Albrechtsen on the wild squeals of outrage from a generation grown too dependent on handouts:
A suggested Medicare co-payment of $6, with the aim of saving $750 million over four years, has been depicted as the “end of Medicare”. Lifting student contributions to their university educations, paid for by 60 per cent of the taxpayers, will be labelled as Americanising our higher education system. Reining back benefits payable to families earning up to $175,000 will be portrayed as an attack on families. Increasing the pension age to 70 because it is the biggest, fastest growing item on the budget, requiring an extra $93 billion by 2030, will be attacked as an assault on old people. Tightening eligibility for the disability support scheme, where numbers have skyrocketed 22 per cent to 821,000 in the past decade, will be depicted as cruel hearted…
Abbott and Hockey must trust the quiet wisdom of enough voters to support reform now. If the PM and the Treasurer plan to seek a mandate for reform at the next election, they must first prove they have the mettle to tackle reform now. If they cannot find the political courage to do it now… they will never do so.
Paul Kelly says a public too convinced by lying words needs action to convince them change is needed:


The smell of irrationality is heavy in the air. Resentment, emotionalism and payback loom large in the pre-budget drumbeats. After years of rhetoric about the top 1 per cent, Greens and political progressives denounce a tax levy on the better-off, repudiate talk about curbing middle-class welfare and are appalled at suggestions the asset rich should have their pensions cut back…
Don’t be confused about the latest hypocrisies because there is a universal explanation: the quest for political advantage.
You cannot miss the pre-budget denials and deceptions: don’t be intimidated into thinking anything really needs to change. In this climate the job of Abbott and Joe Hockey is not to soft peddle but to act. Actions count because they are transformative.
UPDATE
I’ve been appalled that Labor, one of the country’s two great political parties, could be so dead to its duty to protect the country from harm that it would pretend there’s no budget problem to fix.
Maurice Newman, for Australian Stock Exchange chairman and now head of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council, has a shocking anecdote:
IN Canberra a few weeks ago, I caught up with a senior Labor frontbencher. I put it to him that ... by frustrating the government’s initiatives ... the opposition was delaying ­urg­ently needed fiscal repair and putting the economy at risk.
“What you have to understand,” he shot back, “is that Tony Abbott played things very hard in opposition and some of my colleagues are giving it back to him.” He added reassuringly, “They’ll get over it in time.”
I confess I was not reassured. That the parliament should be reduced to a teenage sulk for whatever reason, and for however long, is hardly comforting news....
Still, the opposition and the minor parties may, for base political reasons, take the bet and stare down the government’s reform agenda. For a Labor Party that genuinely cares, that would be a mistake. It may skewer Tony Abbott’s career, but it would also be recklessly risking the welfare of the most vulnerable in our ­society. Make no mistake, economic ground lost through inaction now will require more painful adjustments later, especially for the poor. Australia is much less prepared today for an external shock than in 2008. This adds an urgency to the task.
Even Mark Kenny:
....the ALP’s understandable sense of schadenfreude and revenge are not sound bases for public policy.
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Quick Pix: Judy Garland w/Video

http://independentfilmnewsandmedia.com/quick-pix-judy-garland-wvideo/

Judy Garland (born Frances Ethel Gumm; June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress, singer and vaudevillian. Described by Fred Astaire as “the greatest entertainer who ever lived” and renowned for her contralto voice, she attained international stardom throughout a career that spanned more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist and on the concert stage. Respected for her versatility, she received a Juvenile Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award as well as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the remake of A Star is Born and for the Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. She remains the youngest recipient (at 39 years of age) of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry.
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"Will you take the path of ease?
Or will you choose a road filled with uncertainty and adventure?

Will you wilt under criticism?
Or will you carry on with conviction?

When it's tough will you give up?
Or will you be relentless?"

I heard these words spoken at a graduation ceremony today, the only words to click in my mind from the entire 1.5 hour event. CHARACTER DETERMINES DESTINY. Ali Kadhim
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NASA's newest rover won't be exploring another planet, as the rover will stay close to home and explore Greenland's ice sheets to better understand how they form, and how quickly they may be melting. http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4oq5

Here, a prototype of the rover, GROVER, minus its solar panels, was tested in January 2012 at a ski resort in Idaho.
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Don't give up - ed
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From Area 51 to the Nazca lines, seen below, here are 10 of the strangest places on Earth:http://oak.ctx.ly/r/4rw0

Are there any other places that should have made the list?
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Architect proposes disguising gas power station as a "green mountain"

Source: http://techandfacts.com/architect-proposes-disguising-gas-power-station-green-mountain/

-C.R

For more AMAZING stuff visit New Inventions, Modern Technology And Interesting Facts of 21st Century
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A brilliant illustration of why Keynesian economics fails. Government finance is not a zero sum game. Decreased regulation has often improved business outlook. - ed
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Determination will set you apart from the dreamers.
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Albert Ball circa 1917
Albert Ball (1896–1917) was an English fighter pilot during the First World War. At the time of his death he was, with 44 victories, the United Kingdom's leading flying ace. Raised in Nottingham, Ball was commissioned as a second lieutenant in October 1914. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) the following year, and gained his pilot's wings in January 1916. He then joined No. 13 Squadron RFC in France, flying reconnaissance missions before being posted in May toNo. 11 Squadron, a fighter unit. From then until his return to England on leave in October, he accrued many aerial victories, earning two Distinguished Service Orders and theMilitary Cross. He was the first British ace to become a popular hero. After a period on home establishment, Ball was posted to No. 56 Squadron, which was sent to the Western Front in April 1917. He crashed to his death in a field in France on 7 May, sparking a wave of national mourning and posthumous recognition, which included the award of theVictoria Cross for his actions during his final tour of duty. His most renowned enemy,Manfred von Richthofen, remarked upon hearing of Ball's death that he was "by far the best English flying man". (Full article...)
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1864 lithograph of the City of Adelaide
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“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” - James 5:16
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

Morning

"We dwell in him."
1 John 4:13
Do you want a house for your soul? Do you ask, "What is the purchase?" It is something less than proud human nature will like to give. It is without money and without price. Ah! you would like to pay a respectable rent! You would love to do something to win Christ? Then you cannot have the house, for it is "without price." Will you take my Master's house on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the ground-rent of loving and serving him forever? Will you take Jesus and "dwell in him?" See, this house is furnished with all you want, it is filled with riches more than you will spend as long as you live. Here you can have intimate communion with Christ and feast on his love; here are tables well-stored with food for you to live on forever; in it, when weary, you can find rest with Jesus; and from it you can look out and see heaven itself. Will you have the house? Ah! if you are houseless, you will say, "I should like to have the house; but may I have it?" Yes; there is the key--the key is, "Come to Jesus." "But," you say, "I am too shabby for such a house." Never mind; there are garments inside. If you feel guilty and condemned, come; and though the house is too good for you, Christ will make you good enough for the house by-and-by. He will wash you and cleanse you, and you will yet be able to sing, "We dwell in him." Believer: thrice happy art thou to have such a dwelling-place! Greatly privileged thou art, for thou hast a "strong habitation" in which thou art ever safe. And "dwelling in him," thou hast not only a perfect and secure house, but an everlasting one. When this world shall have melted like a dream, our house shall live, and stand more imperishable than marble, more solid than granite, self-existent as God, for it is God himself--"We dwell in him."

Evening

"All the days of my appointed time will I wait."
Job 14:14
A little stay on earth will make heaven more heavenly. Nothing makes rest so sweet as toil; nothing renders security so pleasant as exposure to alarms. The bitter quassia cups of earth will give a relish to the new wine which sparkles in the golden bowls of glory. Our battered armour and scarred countenances will render more illustrious our victory above, when we are welcomed to the seats of those who have overcome the world. We should not have full fellowship with Christ if we did not for awhile sojourn below, for he was baptized with a baptism of suffering among men, and we must be baptized with the same if we would share his kingdom. Fellowship with Christ is so honourable that the sorest sorrow is a light price by which to procure it. Another reason for our lingering here is for the good of others. We would not wish to enter heaven till our work is done, and it may be that we are yet ordained to minister light to souls benighted in the wilderness of sin. Our prolonged stay here is doubtless for God's glory. A tried saint, like a well-cut diamond, glitters much in the King's crown. Nothing reflects so much honour on a workman as a protracted and severe trial of his work, and its triumphant endurance of the ordeal without giving way in any part. We are God's workmanship, in whom he will be glorified by our afflictions. It is for the honour of Jesus that we endure the trial of our faith with sacred joy. Let each man surrender his own longings to the glory of Jesus, and feel, "If my lying in the dust would elevate my Lord by so much as an inch, let me still lie among the pots of earth. If to live on earth forever would make my Lord more glorious, it should be my heaven to be shut out of heaven." Our time is fixed and settled by eternal decree. Let us not be anxious about it, but wait with patience till the gates of pearl shall open.
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Jehoahaz, Joahaz

[Jēhō'ahăz] - jehovah upholds, hath laid hold or the lord that sees.
  1. A son and successor of Jehuand father of Joash who reigned for seven years (2 Kings 10:35; 13; 14; 2 Chron. 25:17, 25). We know little of this king of Israel apart from the length of his reign and the low estate of his kingdom owing to Syrian aggression.
  2. The son and successor of King Jehoram and father of King Joash, of Judah ( 2 Chron. 21:17; 25:23). Called Ahaziah.
  3. A son of Josiah who was deposed by Pharaoh-nechoh and who only reigned for three months (2 Kings 23:30-34; 2 Chron. 36:1-4). Also called Shallum (1 Chron. 3:15).
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Today's reading: 1 Kings 21-22, Luke 23:26-56 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: 1 Kings 21-22

Naboth's Vineyard
1 Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 Ahab said to Naboth, "Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth."
3 But Naboth replied, "The LORD forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors...."

Today's New Testament reading: Luke 23:26-56

The Crucifixion of Jesus
26 As the soldiers led him away, they seized Simon from Cyrene, who was on his way in from the country, and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27 A large number of people followed him, including women who mourned and wailed for him. 28 Jesus turned and said to them, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, 'Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!' 30Then
"'they will say to the mountains, "Fall on us!"
and to the hills, "Cover us!"'


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