Thursday, January 08, 2015

Thu Jan 8th Todays News

It is remarkable how history is reflected in the current day. On this day in 1697, twenty year old Thomas Aikenhead, from Edinborough, was hanged for blasphemy. What he said, according to the indictment was
"That ... the prisoner had repeatedly maintained, in conversation, that theology was a rhapsody of ill-invented nonsense, patched up partly of the moral doctrines of philosophers, and partly of poetical fictions and extravagant chimeras: That he ridiculed the holy scriptures, calling the Old Testament Ezra's fables, in profane allusion to Esop's Fables; That he railed on Christ, saying, he had learned magick in Egypt, which enabled him to perform those pranks which were called miracles: That he called the New Testament the history of the imposter Christ; That he said Moses was the better artist and the better politician; and he preferred Muhammad to Christ: That the Holy Scriptures were stuffed with such madness, nonsense, and contradictions, that he admired the stupidity of the world in being so long deluded by them: That he rejected the mystery of the Trinity as unworthy of refutation; and scoffed at the incarnation of Christ."
Many would consider the words mild and salient. Of interest is the take on Islam. Had he been executed eighty five years earlier, he'd have been burned at the stake, as the previous convicted blasphemer had been. Thomas Babington Macaulay said of Aikenhead's death that "the preachers who were the poor boy's murderers crowded round him at the gallows, and... insulted heaven with prayers more blasphemous than anything he had uttered."
We live in different times, Thomas' hero prophet has apparently approved the use of terrorism to address alleged blasphemy of newspaper Charlie Hebdo. In England, Thomas' execution was the last state sanctioned one for blaspheme, although there are recent attempts by one death cult to bring them back. 

Todays atrocities were committed by three who claimed to be aligned with Al Qaeda. The youngest, 18 years old, turned himself in. Two brothers, one 32 years old and the other 34 are said to be holed up in a siege. Twelve were killed at Charlie Hebdo as the three came in with assault rifles and a grenade launcher. On exiting, they killed a police officer who also happened to be Muslim. One likes to think that the Islamic world will line up in support of the policeman against the death cult. One might not agree with what Charlie Hebdo wrote, but yet defends to the death their right to write it. #illwrite4u

Another thing worthy of noting on this day in 1835 was the US national debt was zero for the last time. Pax Obama has resulted in a lot of death and debt. 
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One can almost hear Shirley Bassey belting out in tribute to Al Gore "Mr Cold Finger" .. his heart is cold. For him to profit, the poorest die miserable deaths of deprivation when their basic needs are not met. Important resources, some $trillion internationally, is spent trying to reduce production world wide. This skews wealth away from the poorest .. which is the exact opposite of what socialists claim they want, but then their understanding of economics is weak. Economics is not a zero sum game where wealth can be redistributed from the rich and the economic pie is static in size. Wealth redistribution from rich to poor weakens investment and does not help the poor. Paradoxically, for socialists, secure wealth for the rich makes poor people better off. But in those circumstances, socialists find it hard to exploit the poor for political power. So it is in the interests of socialists to keep poor people poor. 
Historical perspectives on this day
In 307, Jin Huidi, Chinese Emperor of the Jin Dynasty, was poisoned and succeeded by his son Jin Huaidi. 387, Siyaj K'ak' conquers Waka. 871, Alfred the Great led a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings. 1297, François Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, led his men to capture the fortress protecting the Rock of Monaco, establishing his family as the rulers of Monaco. 1455, the Romanus Pontifex was written. 1499, Louis XII of France married Anne of Brittany. 1697, last execution for blasphemy in Britain; of Thomas Aikenhead, student, at Edinburgh. 1734, premiere performance of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. 1746, Second Jacobite Rising: Bonnie Prince Charlie occupied Stirling. 1790, George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address in New York, New York

In 1806, Cape Colony became a British colony. 1811, An unsuccessful slave revolt was led by Charles Deslondes in St. Charles and St. James, Louisiana. 1815, War of 1812: Battle of New OrleansAndrew Jackson led American forces in victory over the British. 1835, the United States national debt was zero for the only time. 1863, American Civil War: Second Battle of Springfield 1867, African American men were granted the right to vote in Washington, D.C. 1877, Crazy Horse and his warriors fought their last battle against the United States Cavalry at Wolf Mountain, Montana Territory.  1889, Herman Hollerith was issued US patent #395,791 for the 'Art of Applying Statistics' — his punched card calculator. 

In 1904, the Blackstone Library was dedicated, marking the beginning of the Chicago Public Library system. 1906, a landslide in Haverstraw, New York, caused by the excavation of clay along the Hudson River, killed 20 people. 1912, the African National Congress was founded. 1918, President Woodrow Wilson announced his "Fourteen Points" for the aftermath of World War I. 1920, the steel strike of 1919 ended in a complete failure for the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers labor union. 1940, World War II: Britain introduced food rationing. 1945, World War II: Philippine Commonwealth troops under the Philippine Commonwealth Army units entered the province of Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon and attacked Japanese Imperial forces. 1956, Operation Auca: Five U.S. missionaries were killed by the Huaorani of Ecuador shortly after making contact with them. 1961, in France a referendum supported Charles de Gaulle's policies in Algeria. 1962, the Harmelen train disaster killed 93 people in the Netherlands. 1963, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a "War on Poverty" in the United States. 

In 1971, bowing to international pressure, President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto released Bengali leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from prison, who had been arrested after declaring the independence of Bangladesh. 1973, Soviet space mission Luna 21 was launched. Also 1973, Watergate scandal: The trial of seven men accused of illegal entry into Democratic Party headquarters at Watergate began. 1975, Ella T. Grasso became Governor of Connecticut, the first woman to serve as a Governor in the United States other than by succeeding her husband. 1977, Three bombs exploded in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union within 37 minutes, killing seven. The bombings were attributed to an Armenian separatist group. 1979, the tanker Betelgeuse exploded in Bantry Bay, Ireland. 1981, a local farmer reported a UFO sighting in Trans-en-Provence, France, claimed to be "perhaps the most completely and carefully documented sighting of all time". 1982, the break up of AT&T: AT&T agreed to divest itself of twenty-two subdivisions. 1989, Kegworth air disaster: British Midland Flight 92, a Boeing 737-400, crashed into the M1 motorway, killing 47 of the 126 people on board. 1989, beginning of Japanese Heisei period. 1994, Russian cosmonaut Valeri Polyakov on Soyuz TM-18 left for Mir. He would stay on the space station until March 22, 1995, for a record 437 days in space. 1996, an Antonov An-32 cargo aircraft crashed into a crowded market in Kinshasa, Zaire, killing up to 237 on the ground; the aircraft's crew of 6 survived the crash. 

In 2002, president George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act. 2003, Turkish Airlines Flight 634 crashed near Diyarbakır Airport, Turkey, killing the entire crew and 70 of 75 passengers. Also 2003, US Airways Express Flight 5481 crashed at Charlotte-Douglas Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina, killing all 21 people on board. 2004, the RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, was christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. 2005,  the nuclear sub USS San Francisco collided at full speed with an undersea mountain south of Guam. One man was killed, but the sub surfaced and was repaired. 2009, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in northern Costa Rica killed 15 people and injured 32. 2010, Gunmen from an offshoot the Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda attacked the bus carrying the Togo national football team on its way to the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, killing three. 2011, the attempted assassination of Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords and subsequent shooting in Casas Adobes, Arizonaat a Safeway grocery store, for which Jared Lee Loughner is subsequently arrested, kills six people and wounds 13, including Giffords.
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This column welcomes feedback and criticism. The column is not made up but based on the days events and articles which are then placed in the feed. So they may not have an apparent cohesion they would have had were they made up.
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Editorials will appear in the "History in a Year by the Conservative Voice" series, starting with August https://www.createspace.com/4124406 or at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/1482020262/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_dVHPub0MQKDZ4 
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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

Or the US President at
https://www.change.org/p/barack-obama-change-this-injustice#
or
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-injustice-faced-david-daniel-ball-after-he-reported-bungled-pedophile-investigation-and/b8mxPWtJ or http://wh.gov/ilXYR

Mr Ball, I will not sign your petition as it will do no good, but I will share your message and ask as many of friends who read it, to share it also. Let us see if we cannot use the power of the internet to spread the word of these infamous killings. As a father and a former soldier, I cannot, could not, justify ignoring this appalling action by the perpetrators, whoever they may; I thank you Douglas. You are wrong about the petition. Signing it is as worthless and meaningless an act as voting. A stand up guy would know that. - ed

Lorraine Allen Hider I signed the petition ages ago David, with pleasure, nobody knows what it's like until they've been there. Keep heart David take care.


I have begun a bulletin board (http://theconservativevoice.freeforums.netwhich will allow greater latitude for members to post and interact. It is not subject to FB policy and so greater range is allowed in posts. Also there are private members rooms in which nothing is censored, except abuse. All welcome, registration is free.
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Happy birthday to those born on this day, across the years, along with
Herman Hollerith
Much can be achieved disguised as a monk. Herman has let your vote count. Steel should never be theft. Many were lost in the war on poverty. Togo still field their team. Let's party. 
Matches
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Paris attack has assailed our freedom

Piers Akerman – Thursday, January 08, 2015 (8:20pm)

ONCE again, masked murderers shouting “Allahu Akbar” have conducted a barbaric attack on a group of Westerners, slaughtering 10 civilians and two security officers. 

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PARIS ATTACK LATEST

Tim Blair – Thursday, January 08, 2015 (12:06pm)

Three suspects identified
They were named as brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, both French nationals in their early 30s, and 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality is unclear.
The brothers have been named in media reports as Saïd, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32. They are believed to have grown up in the same neighbourhood as the Charlie Hebdo newsroom.
It is understood the brothers returned to France from Syria last year. Cherif may have served prison time in 2008 for involvement in an Iraqi jihadist group operating out of France.
The youngest member, said to be Hamyd Mourad, 18, is believed to be on the run in Reims.
The regional newspaper L’Union-L’Ardennais in Reims states a search by heavily armed police and helicopters is continuing in the city and that one of the suspects is believed to be a local. 
Here’s today’s edition of German newspaper BZ.
UPDATE. Salman Rushdie
Religion, a mediaeval form of unreason, when combined with modern weaponry becomes a real threat to our freedoms. This religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today. I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity. ‘Respect for religion’ has become a code phrase meaning ‘fear of religion.’ Religions, like all other ideas, deserve criticism, satire, and, yes, our fearless disrespect. 
UPDATE I. The New Yorker‘s George Packer
A religion is not just a set of texts but the living beliefs and practices of its adherents. Islam today includes a substantial minority of believers who countenance, if they don’t actually carry out, a degree of violence in the application of their convictions that is currently unique. Charlie Hebdo had been nondenominational in its satire, sticking its finger into the sensitivities of Jews and Christians, too – but only Muslims responded with threats and acts of terrorism. 
Do read on.
UPDATE III. The police officer executed in the street by the Charlie Hebdo killers was a Muslim:

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PARIS ATTACKED

Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (11:57pm)

Ten people killed by Islamic terrorists in central Paris: 
At least 10 people have been killed by gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher, after they opened fire in the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, Paris prosecutors say ...
The French president Francois Hollande headed to the scene of the attack and the government said it was raising France’s security level to the highest notch.
“This is a terrorist attack, there is no doubt about it,” Mr Hollande said. 
Sky News reports that the killers screamed “Allahu Akbar” as they commenced their attack.
UPDATE. The death toll is now said to be 12, and the killers are on the loose. The murderers shouted “we have avenged the prophet” during the bloodshed.
UPDATE II. Fairfax seems to think there is some doubt about this being a terrorist attack:

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UPDATE III. The UK Telegraph
At least 12 people were killed, including cartoonists Charb, Wolinksi, Cabu and Tignous …

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The Islamic terrorists reportedly called out their victims by name. And then they killed cartoonists and writers.
UPDATE IV. Mike Carlton in August: 
“Every journalist in town will tell you that you cross the Jewish lobby, the Israel lobby, the Likud lobby at your peril.” 
Tell it to the staffers at Charlie Hebdo, Mike. If you can find any who are still alive.
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A police source told Libération newspaper that an “organised commando”, two “calm and determined gunmen, went directly up to the editorial room and knew their target in advance.”
“It was Charb they were targeting. The two attackers looked for him in the room, shouting, ‘Where is Charb?’ Where is Charb?’
“They killed him then sprayed everyone else,” he said … 
UPDATE VI. Claire Berlinski speaks for the West. (Via Instapundit.)
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Aussie Greens - for a better Australia through more government

The Australian Greens applaud this cold-blooded murder in the strongest possible terms.

We stand against the people of France and the global press today. We stand in defiance of freedom of expression and against the unspeakable and terrifying violence that was the Mohammad cartoon drawn by Charlie Hebdo.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those affected by this brutal drawing.

The cartoon was an inhumane and heartless atrocity that had no basis in our legal system and went against everything we stand for as a progressive society.

To all the staff of Charlie Hebdo, their families and friends and the people of Paris and France: you brought this upon yourselves the moment you decided to offend someone.

- The Aussie Greens

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Malcolm Turnbull

A century ago, Australians and Frenchmen were in the trenches of the Western Front fighting and dying to defend France and uphold the freedoms cherished by us both. And our servicemen and women are together in freedom's fight today.

We are heartbroken by the news from Paris and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the people of France whose liberty and security has been so grievously attacked in the terrorists' massacre of the staff of the newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris yesterday.

This attack was a murderous assault on civilisation and in particular on one of its key foundations - a free and independent press. It was an attack on every free society and on every journalist, every cartoonist, every newspaper, every broadcaster.

Thousands of Parisians have filled the Place de la Republique to show their solidarity, their compassion, their love of liberty and their determination not to be intimidated by terrorists and their cult of hate and death.

"Je suis Charlie" their signs read.

From Australia, and around the world, we can all say today "Nous sommes aussi Charlie."===

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The Government condemns the atrocity in Paris overnight.
The thoughts of all Australians are with the families of those who have lost their lives in this barbaric act.
Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of a free society.
The Government will continue to do all it can to protect our community from terrorism.
Our National Terrorism Alert level remains at High, which means a terrorist attack is likely.
Our security agencies are assessing the situation for security implications to Australia but there is no information to suggest that there is an imminent threat to Australia as a result of the Paris atrocity.
All Australians should remain vigilant, and again, I urge people who see or hear something that they feel is not right, to contact the National Security Hotline immediately on 1800 123 400.
Australia stands with the people and the government of France at this difficult time.
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regarding Palin/McCain/ Romney not directly challenging over the issues, I feel that political convention would have restrained them. They are spokespeople, not tyrants, and they would have to talk within agreed bounds. Without that, politics goes downhill very fast. This does not dispute the voracity of Shoebat, but positions it.
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TOO COLD FOR POLEYS

Tim Blair – Wednesday, January 08, 2014 (4:51am)

polar pig hits the US, and a polar bear moves inside.
UPDATE. In other bear news
Alright, Bao Bao, this is your big moment. The world is watching. Time to shine. Do your species proud! 
UPDATE II. This is what a millionaire American warmist looks like when you mock his religion:

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This anti-speeding ad from New Zealand will haunt you
http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/this-antispeeding-ad-from-new-zealand-will-haunt-you/story-fnixwvgh-1226797541715
WWW.NEWS.COM.AU
ANTI-SPEEDING ads have been done to death, which is perfectly appropriate when you consider how many people die every year because of speeding.
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http://m.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/australians-want-boat-arrivals-treated-more-harshly-poll-20140108-30g97.html
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" The country's biggest health insurer was valued at $4 billion during the Howard government years and its sale is expected to help pay down government debt, which is forecast to peak at $400 billion within four years.
"I strongly believe that the private sector owning commercial assets will bring about a lot more productive use of the assets than government ownership of the assets," Mr Sims said."

SELLING THE FARM TO PAY FOR GREEN LABOR'S SIX YEARS OF ECONOMIC VANDALISM.

www.smh.com.au

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Should the group be allowed to erect the statue?>

Well, they did vote for Obama .. ed
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 Joseph Campbell
"My general formula for my students is ‘Follow your bliss.’ Find where it is, and don’t be afraid to follow it … If the work you are doing is the work that you chose to do because you are enjoying it, that’s it. But if you think, 'Oh no, I couldn’t do that!' that’s the dragon locking you in. 'No, no, I couldn’t be a writer,' or 'No, no, I couldn’t possibly be doing what So-and-so is doing.' 

"Any world is a valid world if it’s alive. The thing to do is to bring life to it, and the only way to do that is to find in your own case where the life is and become alive yourself."

Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Yes Joseph. One can only wonder at all those who cheated themselves by not doing what they wanted. - ed
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"The suspects rounded up Tuesday are accused of scamming millions in disability benefits by falsely claiming to suffer from stress-relates illnesses."
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Tom Waits .. showing a horse drawing of a horse leaping to freedom http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FVp2ipKEJw
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Today in Rangoon, hundreds of Burmese journalists protested the unjust sentencing of a local reporter. Said organizer Myint Kyaw: "If we keep silent about this case, it will set a precedent and more journalists may be imprisoned later in similar circumstances under criminal charges.”

In related news, the Burmese government is warning a local journal that published pieces critical of President Thein Sein to abide by so-called "media ethics."


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Conservative politics isn't monolithic, like leftwing politics, but instead diverse in opinion and emphasis. It is ok to disagree on small things. Of course, the papers call such diversity disunity .. ed
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“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” -Ephesians 5:1-2
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Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon

January 7: Morning
"For me to live is Christ." - Philippians 1:21
The believer did not always live to Christ. He began to do so when God the Holy Spirit convinced him of sin, and when by grace he was brought to see the dying Saviour making a propitiation for his guilt. From the moment of the new and celestial birth the man begins to live to Christ. Jesus is to believers the one pearl of great price, for whom we are willing to part with all that we have. He has so completely won our love, that it beats alone for him; to his glory we would live, and in defence of his gospel we would die; he is the pattern of our life, and the model after which we would sculpture our character. Paul's words mean more than most men think; they imply that the aim and end of his life was Christ--nay, his life itself was Jesus. In the words of an ancient saint, he did eat, and drink, and sleep eternal life. Jesus was his very breath, the soul of his soul, the heart of his heart, the life of his life. Can you say, as a professing Christian, that you live up to this idea? Can you honestly say that for you to live is Christ? Your business--are you doing it for Christ? Is it not done for self- aggrandizement and for family advantage? Do you ask, "Is that a mean reason?" For the Christian it is. He professes to live for Christ; how can he live for another object without committing a spiritual adultery? Many there are who carry out this principle in some measure; but who is there that dare say that he hath lived wholly for Christ as the apostle did? Yet, this alone is the true life of a Christian--its source, its sustenance, its fashion, its end, all gathered up in one word--Christ Jesus. Lord, accept me; I here present myself, praying to live only in thee and to thee. Let me be as the bullock which stands between the plough and the altar, to work or to be sacrificed; and let my motto be, "Ready for either."
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"My sister, my spouse." - Song of Solomon 4:12
Observe the sweet titles with which the heavenly Solomon with intense affection addresses his bride the church. "My sister, one near to me by ties of nature, partaker of the same sympathies. My spouse, nearest and dearest, united to me by the tenderest bands of love; my sweet companion, part of my own self. My sister, by my Incarnation, which makes me bone of thy bone and flesh of thy flesh; my spouse, by heavenly betrothal, in which I have espoused thee unto myself in righteousness. My sister, whom I knew of old, and over whom I watched from her earliest infancy; my spouse, taken from among the daughters, embraced by arms of love, and affianced unto me forever. See how true it is that our royal Kinsman is not ashamed of us, for he dwells with manifest delight upon this two-fold relationship. We have the word "my" twice in our version; as if Christ dwelt with rapture on his possession of his Church. "His delights were with the sons of men," because those sons of men were his own chosen ones. He, the Shepherd, sought the sheep, because they were his sheep; he has gone about "to seek and to save that which was lost," because that which was lost was his long before it was lost to itself or lost to him. The church is the exclusive portion of her Lord; none else may claim a partnership, or pretend to share her love. Jesus, thy church delights to have it so! Let every believing soul drink solace out of these wells. Soul! Christ is near to thee in ties of relationship; Christ is dear to thee in bonds of marriage union, and thou art dear to him; behold he grasps both of thy hands with both his own, saying, "My sister, my spouse." Mark the two sacred holdfasts by which thy Lord gets such a double hold of thee that he neither can nor will ever let thee go. Be not, O beloved, slow to return the hallowed flame of his love.
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Magog 
[Mā'gŏg] - expansion or increase of family.
The second son of Japheth and founder of descendants occupying Magog, or Scythia (Gen. 10:21 Chron. 1:5Ezek. 38:2; 39:6;Rev. 20:8 ). The grandson of Noah was the father of those Josephus calls the "Magogites," and those the Greeks call "Scythians." When Ezekiel used the terms Gog and Magog, he used them in a historical sense of the future, referring to the Prince of the Northern Confederacy and his scope of rule, and they are thus literally to be understood. Gog is the symbolic designation for the future head of all nations embraced within the Northern Confederacy (Ezek. 38; 39 ). Magog is the symbolic territory covered. When the Apostle John uses the terms it is to describe the wicked on the earth at the close of Christ's millennial reign, and is thus to be symbolically understood. Gog and Magog in the Book of Revelation are to be thought of in a moral, not a geographical sense (Rev. 20:8).
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Today's reading: Genesis 18-19, Matthew 6:1-18 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: Genesis 18-19

The Three Visitors
1 The LORD appeared to Abraham near the great trees of Mamre while he was sitting at the entrance to his tent in the heat of the day. 2 Abraham looked up and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he hurried from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground....

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 6:1-18

Giving to the Needy
1 "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2 "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

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