Daily Archives: November 8, 2018


Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

—2 Peter 1:4

I repeat my view of worship—no worship is wholly pleasing to God until there is nothing in me displeasing to God….

There is nothing in either of us that can be made good until Jesus Christ comes and changes us—until He lives in us and unites our nature with God, the Father Almighty. Not until then can we call ourselves good.

That is why I say that your worship must be total. It must involve the whole you. That is why you must prepare to worship God, and that preparation is not always pleasant. There may be revolutionary changes which must take place in your life.

If there is to be true and blessed worship, some things in your life must be destroyed, eliminated. The gospel of Jesus Christ is certainly positive and constructive. But it must be destructive in some areas, dealing with and destroying certain elements that cannot remain in a life pleasing to God. WHT125

Search me, O God, and know my heart. May there be nothing in me displeasing to You, that I may worship You totally. If there is anything to be destroyed within me, I yield myself to the Holy Spirit’s work. Amen. [1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

November 8 Avoid Personal Conflict

I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.

Philippians 4:2

Paul faced many conflicts in the church, but some were important enough for him to deal with in his epistles, and thus are important enough for our instruction. Evidently the two women in today’s verse were leading two opposing factions in the church. We don’t know what their specific complaints were, but we can surmise it was a personal conflict.

We do know the two women were prominent church members because they had worked with Paul in the cause of the gospel (Phil. 4:3). And we know they were creating havoc in the church because it apparently was not united (Phil. 2:2). Recognizing the issue to be a lack of love—which indicates the presence of pride and the absence of humility—Paul pleaded for the women “to be of the same mind in the Lord” (4:2). Each was demanding her own way rather than being concerned about the other. But as Paul encouraged them and us, a right relationship with the Lord will resolve any discord.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 337). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

November 8, 2018 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


A gunman killed 12 people including a sheriff’s deputy after he walked into a Southern California bar and started shooting late on Wednesday night, police said.

When the U.S. Congress reconvenes on Nov. 13, it will face a deadline less than a month later to fund parts of the federal government and a possible showdown over money for President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.

The new Democrat majority in the U.S. House of Representatives is likely to back President Donald Trump’s trade war with China and could even egg him on, but will offer tougher scrutiny of his negotiations with allies, trade experts and lawmakers say.

From getting rid of some Muslim names of places to promising a “grand” statue of the Hindu god Ram, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party is making passionate appeals to its hard-core Hindu nationalist base in the most politically important state ahead of a national election next year.

The Syrian army has rescued a group of 19 women and children who were abducted by Islamic State in the Syrian city of Sweida in July, Syrian state television reported on Thursday.

Britain’s Prince Harry visited a Field of Remembrance at London’s Westminster Abbey on Thursday to plant a memorial cross, part of a series of events to commemorate the end of World War One a century ago.

New applications for U.S. unemployment fell slightly last week and the number of Americans receiving benefits remained at a 45-year low as strong labor market conditions continued. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 214,000 for the week ended Nov. 3.

Chinese companies and individuals are selling more used private planes than in previous years as economic growth slows in China, and U.S. buyers are snapping up hard-to-find models.

Samsung Electronics unveiled its much-anticipated foldable phone in San Francisco on Wednesday, urging Android developers to start writing apps for it.

AP Top Stories

Eighty-five-year-old Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg fractured three ribs in a fall in her office at the court and is in the hospital, the court said Thursday.

The Trump administration had been accused of using the deployment of more than 7,000 troops at the U.S.-Mexico border as a political ploy. The Pentagon has defended the mission but announced Wednesday it would no longer be known as Operation Faithful Patriot. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jamie Davis confirmed the name change. “We are not calling it ‘Operation Faithful Patriot,’ we are calling it ‘border support,'” Davis said.

San Francisco voters have passed Proposition C after a heated campaign to tax the city’s wealthiest businesses in order to double funding for its overstretched homelessness services.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday issued an emergency airworthiness directive on about 250 Boeing 737 Max aircraft after the U.S. aircraft manufacturer sent a bulletin to carriers in the aftermath of a deadly Lion Air flight.

Taiwan’s president on Thursday commissioned a pair of guided missile frigates that are expected to boost the island’s ability to counter Chinese submarines amid rising military threats from Beijing.

Colorado voters elected Jared Polis on Tuesday, making him the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States, NBC and ABC reported. The five-term congressman defeated Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, a second cousin of President George W. Bush.

Three countries (Netherlands, Sweden and Peru) at the UN Security Council on Wednesday blocked a statement calling for an end to the war in Yemen and instead demanded a full-fledged resolution be adopted to bring warring sides to the negotiating table.

The freshman class of the new Congress will boast the largest number of military veterans in nearly a decade, including a record number of former servicewomen, bolstering a corps of ex-military lawmakers that has been depleted in recent years. More than 150 military veterans ran as either Republicans or Democrats for the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s midterm election, at a time when the number of former servicemen and women in Congress is near a historic low as older members retire or have left for roles in the Trump Administration. Voters elected more than 75 veterans to Congress.


China’s Xinhua news agency says it has developed an artificial intelligence news presenter, ready to take over 24/7, every single day of the year.

Ten of thousands of people have been disappointed trying to get tickets for an audience with Michelle Obama at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Many on social media have said there were more than 40,000 people in the tickets queue. The former US First Lady is appearing at the 2,900-seat venue on 3 December.

A Dutch “positivity trainer” has launched a legal battle to change his age and boost his dating prospects. Emile Ratelband, 69, wants to shift his birthday from 11 March 1949 to 11 March 1969, comparing the change to identifying as being transgender. “We live in a time when you can change your name and change your gender. Why can’t I decide my own age?” he said.


Christmas holiday retail sales in the U.S. are expected to climb above the $1 trillion mark for the first time this year, on the back of low unemployment, solid income growth and higher consumer confidence, according to a study released Tuesday.

For months, gun control advocates in Washington State have peddled initiative 1639, which moves to create stricter firearms laws. On Tuesday, 60 percent of Washingtonians voted in favor of ballot measure, the Seattle Times reported. Specifically, i-1639 will: • Raise the age someone can purchase a rifle to 21. • Create an “enhanced background check system similar to what is used for handguns.” • Require a person to complete a firearms safety training course. • Create a common stand for secure gun storage.

News – 11/8/2018

Sanhedrin Urges Candidates for Jerusalem Mayor to Prepare for Third Temple
Jerusalem will have a new mayor next week and more than any other election this year will decide the religious nature of Israel’s capital. The nascent Sanhedrin has addressed a letter to the two candidates emphasizing the role of the Third Temple in municipal current policy. “With God’s merciful approval, one of you will be chosen as head of the city, may it be built and made ready for its ultimate purpose,” the Sanhedrin wrote.

White House revokes press pass for CNN’s Jim Acosta
In the wake of the epic news-conference showdown between President Trump and CNN’s Jim Acosta, the White House late Wednesday suspended the reporter’s press credentials, effectively banning him from White House access. “I’ve just been denied entrance to the WH,” Acosta said on Twitter. The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it’s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this administration. As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”

Pro-Life Win in West Virginia
Abortion supporters suffered a major setback in West Virginia after voters amended the state constitution. On Tuesday 52 percent of the state’s voters approved Amendment 1, which overturned a 1993 court ruling that allowed taxpayer-funded abortions. The ballot measure specifically said that the West Virginia constitution does not include the right to kill a baby in the womb, opening the door for restrictions on the practice, as well as prohibition if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. Pro-lifers celebrated the result.

12,000+ corpses of ISIS victims discovered in 200 mass graves across Iraq
The remains of thousands of ISIS victims have been discovered sprawled out over 200 mass graves in the Iraqi provinces of Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salah al-Din and Anbar. The information was released on Tuesday by a joint report from the United Nations to Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights…. As many as 12,000 corpses have been recovered so far but more are expected to be found.

Report: Al-Sisi persuades Abbas to agree to Hamas-Israel ceasefire terms
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has persuaded Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to agree to a ceasefire understanding between Israel and Hamas, which the Egyptian intelligence has worked for months to achieve… Abbas agreed that the ceasefire understanding, which gives Gazans “an opportunity to breath,” would take effect two stages: the first within two weeks and the second within six months, Al-Hayat reported.

In nod to Palestinian statehood, Belgium upgrades PLO mission
In a nod to its support for unilateral Palestinian statehood, Belgium on Wednesday upgraded the status of the PLO mission in its country. Belgium Foreign Minister Didier Reynders tweeted about the upgrade, after meeting in Brussels with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki, but did not provide further details of the upgrade.

Australia ramps up Pacific spending amid China debate
Australia will create a multi-billion dollar fund for Pacific island nations to build infrastructure, in a move seen as a bid to counter China’s influence. Delivering a major policy speech, PM Scott Morrison said he aimed to restore the Pacific to the “front and centre” of Australia’s foreign outlook. Australia will offer up to A$2bn (£1.11bn; $1.45bn) in grants and loans to strengthen ties, he said.

China ‘will move clouds and make it rain in different places using satellites’ in terrifying weather control plan
CHINA is launching a bizarre bid to control Earth’s weather so it can shift rain clouds thousands of miles from its soaking south to its parched north. Six satellites will form a ring to spot water-laden clouds and create an atmospheric corridor to allow them to move to the arid regions, state media said. Tianhe which translates as “Sky River” is being developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology and will reportedly be launched in 2020.

China unveils stealth combat drone under development
A Chinese state-owned company says it is developing a stealth combat drone in the latest sign of the country’s growing aerospace prowess. The CH-7 unmanned aerial vehicle also underscores China’s growing competitiveness in the expanding global market for drones. China has won sales in the Middle East and elsewhere by offering drones at lower prices and without the political conditions attached by the U.S.

U.S. crude output at new record with oil at lowest price since March
The U.S. stockpile of commercial crude oil continued to rise with the country’s record oil production estimated at 11.6 million barrels a day, and domestic oil prices are now down to their lowest levels since March. The U.S. Energy Department said commercial crude inventories rose by 5.8 million barrels last week and gasoline stocks jumped by 1.9 million barrels.

Canada joins effort to counter China with Asian warship drills
Built to hunt Russian submarines, Canadian frigate HMCS Calgary is instead chasing Japanese and U.S. subs in western Pacific drills as Canada joins other maritime nations in seeking to contain Chinese influence in the Indo Pacific. “The expectation is to see one, if not two ships, on a year round basis doing a variety of things with a variety of partners in the region,” Commander Blair Saltel, the captain of Calgary, said in Yokosuka, Japan.

Newly emboldened Democrats want healthcare protected – and Trump impeached
Democrats have a clear message for party leaders who will take control of the U.S. House of Representatives next year, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll: Protect their healthcare and impeach President Donald Trump. The poll released on Thursday found that 43 percent of people who identified as Democrats want impeachment to be a top priority for Congress.

Obama Applauds Voters for Choosing Leaders Who ‘Look Like America’
Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised Americans for electing leaders that reflect the growing diversity of the nation, the Washington Examiner reported.

With Mideast peace plan, Kushner prepares his debut
At a standing desk in his cramped, high-ceilinged West Wing office, US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser has labored for nearly two years over a detailed plan for peace in the Middle East. Along the way he has granted a mere handful of interviews, none of which have provided much in substance of a plan that has, up until now, remained the administration’s most closely guarded secret.

Chinese ‘gait recognition’ tech IDs people by how they walk
Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: “gait recognition” software that uses people’s body shapes and how they walk to identify them, even when their faces are hidden from cameras.

Italy storms: Death toll rises in the country’s worst storms and flooding in decades
FIERCE winds and rains have devastated tourist icons in Italy and claimed the lives of more than 30 people including nine members of one family.

Catholic Mexican bishop says that the world needs to tear down their walls and support migrants
The Bishop of Ciudad Juarez urged the faithful Sunday to tear down the walls that have been built against migrants, exhorting them to lend their full support to migrants.

Christianity is dying out all over Britain, Islam is the future
Demographically, Britain has been acquiring an Islamic face, especially in cities such as Birmingham, Bradford, Derby, Dewsbury, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Sheffield, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets.

20,000 armed Muslim migrants are attacking the border of Croatia, in order to stream into Europe – why is this not in the news?
The Bosnian-Croatian border is under continuous attacks by an armed mob of more than 20,000 migrants, an official tells Austria’s Kronen Zeitung.

Christians Have Good Night at Polls
It was a good night for Christians. In two of the three states that had ballot initiatives protecting the rights of the unborn, they won: Alabama and West Virginia affirmed the right to life of children in the womb, and they also banned public funding of abortion; Oregon made it easier for a woman to abort her child.

Blue Wave: Los Angeles Typhus Cases Hit 100 as Rat-Infested Slums Spread Disease
If we want to see the blue wave in full effect, we only need to take a look at liberal Los Angeles, where millionaire celebrities lecture the rest of the population from their mansions, surrounded by rat-infested slums.

Macron praises WWI general who later collaborated with Nazis
 French President Emmanuel Macron has waded onto controversial ground by praising a World War I general who subsequently collaborated with the Nazis in World War II.

Here’s why, despite it all, Israelis live longer
A recent study published shows that Israel is among the top 10 countries in longevity, projected to 2040. Israel already ranks high in other indices for longevity, with an average lifespan of 82.5 as of 2016.

 Mid-Day Snapshot

The Foundation

“No mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” —George Washington (1789)

Sessions Fired in First Post-Election White House Move

Trump goes on the offensive to end the year-and-a-half-long Mueller investigation.

The Battle for the ‘Burbs

The darkest electoral cloud for Republicans is in the suburbs. That must change.

A (Drug) War by Any Other Name

Drug cartels are terrorist organizations that pose a threat to American national security.

Girl Scouts Sue the Boy Scouts

The Boy Scouts changed their name to include girls, and the Girl Scouts aren’t happy about it.

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Video: Trump Calls Acosta ‘Rude, Terrible Person,’ Suspends Press Pass

It was quite a testy exchange between the president and CNN’s arrogant talkinghead.

Video: Betomania Crashes and Burns

Beto O’Rourke goes down in Texas, despite Leftmedia hoopla and $70 million.

Gun Owner Saves Mother From Violent Attack

He heard “blood-curdling screams” coming from the direction of a nearby intersection.

Thursday Short Cuts

“There are no reports of Republicans rioting or burning down cities or pillaging and plundering [Tuesday] night.” —Todd Starnes

Thursday Top Headlines

12 murdered in CA, confirming judges, Trump’s epic presser, House leadership battle, and more.

Today’s Opinion

Gary Bauer
A Split Decision
Tony Perkins
Midterm Voters Go Their Separate Waves
Larry Elder
Midterms: Republicans Had a Great Story to Tell — and It Staved Off Disaster
Victor Davis Hanson
The 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month — 100 Years Ago
R. Emmett Tyrrell
Gary Hart and an Outbreak of Fake News

Today’s Meme

Today’s Cartoon

Headlines – 11/8/2018

Supreme Court okays discrimination against Jews on Temple Mount and rejects petition against use of metal detectors against Jewish visitors to Temple Mount, while Muslims ascend without checks

There Is No Political Solution for Gaza

UAE minister scolds Hamas over its ‘solidarity’ with Iran

Palestinian Authority slams Qatari role in Gaza

Palestinian Threats to Arab Normalization with Israel

Palestinians say Gaza fisherman shot dead by Egyptian forces

Netanyahu thanks Merkel for helping Israeli security, after she says she’ll quit

Trudeau issues apology for Canada’s refusal to let in Jews fleeing Holocaust

Poll: 40 percent of British Jews considering leaving UK ?over anti-Semitism

In nod to Palestinian statehood, Belgium upgrades PLO mission

US hopes Russia remains ‘permissive’ of Israeli strikes in Syria

New U.S. sanctions over chemical weapons would be ‘illegal’: Kremlin

US report: Iran provoking and threatening the US in Syria and Iraq

U.S. Envoy to Syria: We Will Mount Financial Pressure on Iran, Contest Its Actions in the Middle East

US warns nations not to allow Iranian oil tankers into their territorial waters

Iran able to flourish under sanctions: Revolutionary Guard

Contradicting His Iranian Hosts, Antisemite Louis Farrakhan Denies Leading ‘Death to America’ Chant in Tehran

The UN Wants to be Our World Government By 2030

Jeff Sessions forced out as US attorney general by Trump

With Sessions out, Rod Rosenstein no longer watching over the Russia probe

New acting US attorney general has questioned Mueller investigation

Dems plan to bring in Mueller for televised hearings if Trump fires him: report

Trump scolds CNN reporter for being rude as WH staffer wrestles microphone away during presser

White House suspends CNN’s Acosta after Trump confrontation

Jim Acosta tells Anderson Cooper ‘I think they’re trying to shut us down’

Trump endorses Nancy Pelosi for speaker of the House

Trump rips Republicans who defied him, threatens to retaliate over Dem investigations

Trump tweets challenge to Dems over possible probes – If the party wastes ‘Taxpayer Money investigating us,’ he would be forced to investigate the Dems.

Democrat-run House may put Trump, Kushner business ties abroad under microscope

More than 75 percent of Jews voted for Democrats in the midterm

The Democrats Are Heading for a Clash Over Israel

Palestinians in West Bank Celebrate as Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib Elected as first Muslim to Congress

Sinead O’Connor converts to Islam, now says white people ‘are disgusting’

Bolsonaro says he cannot save Brazil alone

South Korean minister: US says N. Korea canceled meeting

China unveils stealth combat drone under development

China’s brightest children are being recruited to develop AI ‘killer bots’

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Mamasa, Indonesia

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Taitung City, Taiwan

5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Nevado De Chillan volcano in Peru erupts to 23,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 23,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 14,000ft

Planchon Peteroa volcano in Chile erupts to 14,000ft

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica erupts to 13,000ft

Terrawatch: Katla volcano may erupt – but not just yet

Cyclone Alcide to threaten Madagascar later this week

Heavy rain causes havoc and widespread disruption across Northern Ireland

Chinese rain satellites give giant leak for mankind

What is cloud seeding and can it end Delhi’s pollution?

Is The Pentagon Modifying Viruses To Save Crops – Or To Wage Biological Warfare?

Watch tiny robots swim through an eyeball to deliver medicine

Indonesian ‘vaccine fatwa’ sends measles immunization rates plummeting

Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War and Ebola in Eastern Congo

Superbugs could ‘kill millions’ by 2050 unless countries act, warn experts

Superbugs pose a dangerous, $65 billion threat to the US health-care system

Alabama votes to uphold ‘rights of unborn’ in state constitution

Digital footprint starts in the womb, Children’s Commissioner warns

Self-driving cars could function as moving brothels, academics predict

At least 11 injured at shooting in California bar

Apostasy Watch Daily News

Mike Ratliff – The Cost of Sin

The Stark Difference between Being Charismatic and Charismaniacal

Is Critical Race Theory Anti-Christian? Yes

Ontario woman in same-sex relationship told by church she’s not welcome

OC District Attorney investigates LA-based faith healers for suspected fraud

President Trump Issues New Rule to Protect Americans From Funding Abortions Under Obamacare

Greece Church agreement to take 10,000 priests off payroll

Trump Sends State Department to Nigeria Amid Massacre of Hundreds of Christians by Islamic Radicals

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November 8, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day


And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour? Keep watching and praying, that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” He went away again a second time and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Thy will be done.” And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. And He left them again, and went away and prayed a third time, saying the same thing once more. Then He came to the disciples, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?” (26:39–45a)

These verses focus alternately on Jesus’ supplication to His heavenly Father and on the three disciples’ falling asleep. On the one hand is Jesus’ intense, self-giving desire to do His Father’s will, even to the point of becoming sin to save sinners and by prayer to deal with temptation cast at Him. On the other hand is the disciples’ indifferent, self-centered inability to watch and to confront the conflict and danger with intercession on their Lord’s behalf. While Jesus, understanding the power of the enemy, retreated to prayer, they retreated into sleep.

Again going a little beyond the three disciples, Jesus fell on His face and prayed to His Father. Except at the time when He quoted Psalm 22:1 as He cried out from the cross, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46), Jesus always addressed God as Father. In so doing He expressed an intimacy with God that was foreign to the Judaism of His day and that was anathema to the religious leaders. They thought of God as Father in the sense of His being the progenitor of Israel, but not in the sense of His being a personal Father to any individual. For Jesus to address God as His Father was blasphemy to them, and “for this cause therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18).

Although Jesus consistently called God His Father, only on this occasion did He call Him My Father (cf. v. 42), intensifying the intimacy. The more Satan tried to divert Jesus from His Father’s will and purpose, the more closely Jesus drew into His Father’s presence. Mark adds that Jesus also addressed Him as “Abba! Father!” (Mark 14:36), Abba being an Aramaic word of endearment roughly equivalent to “Daddy.” Such an address would have been unthinkably presumptuous and blasphemous to Jews.

Jesus implored the Father, “If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.” By asking, “If it is possible,” Jesus did not wonder if escaping the cross was within the realm of possibility. He knew He could have walked away from death at any time He chose. “I lay down My life that I may take it again,” He explained to the unbelieving Pharisees. “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again” (John 10:17–18). The Father sent the Son to the cross, but He did not force Him to go. Jesus was here asking if avoiding the cross were possible within the Father’s redemptive plan and purpose. The agony of becoming sin was becoming unendurable for the sinless Son of God, and He wondered aloud before His Father if there could be another way to deliver men from sin.

God’s wrath and judgment are often pictured in the Old Testament as a cup to be drunk (see, e.g., Ps. 75:8; Isa. 51:17; Jer. 49:12). This cup symbolized the suffering Jesus would endure on the cross, the cup of God’s fury vented against all the sins of mankind, which the Son would take upon Himself as the sacrificial Lamb of God.

As always with Jesus, the determining consideration was God’s will. “I did not speak on My own initiative,” He declared, “but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandment, what to say, and what to speak” (John 12:49; cf. 14:31; 17:8). He therefore said submissively, “Yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” This conflict between what I will and what Thou wilt reveals the reality of the amazing fact that Jesus was truly being tempted. Though sinless and unable to sin, He clearly could be brought into the real conflict of temptation (see Heb. 4:15).

But when the Lord returned to the three disciples, He found them sleeping. That discovery, though not unexpected, must have added greatly to His grief and distress. No one can disappoint and hurt us so deeply as those we love. Jesus was not surprised, because in His omniscience He was perfectly aware of their weakness and had predicted that it would, that very night, be manifested even in desertion (see v. 31). But that knowledge did not alleviate the pain caused by their not being sensitive enough or caring enough to watch and pray with Him in the last hours of His life.

Just as these same three disciples had slept when Jesus was transfigured (Luke 9:28, 32), they were sleeping at the moment of the greatest spiritual conflict in the history of the world. They were oblivious to the agony and need of their Lord. Despite His warnings of their abandonment and of Peter’s denial, they felt no need to be alert, much less to seek God’s strength and protection. (How we can thank the Lord for the gift of the Holy Spirit, who continually prays for us! See Rom. 8:26–27.)

It was probably after midnight, and the need for sleep at that hour was natural. Jesus and the disciples had had a long and eventful day, and they had just finished a large meal and walked perhaps a mile or so from the upper room to the Mount of Olives. But even the disciples’ limited and confused perception of His imminent ordeal and of their desertion of Him that He had predicted should have motivated and energized them enough to stay awake with Him at this obviously grave time.

In fairness, it should be noted that sleep is often a means of escape, and the disciples may have slept more out of frustration, confusion, and depression than apathy. They could not bring themselves to face the truth that their dear friend and Lord, the promised Messiah of Israel, not only would suffer mockery and pain at the hands of wicked men but would even be put to death by them. As a physician, Luke perhaps was especially diagnostic in viewing their emotional state, and he reports that, as we might expect, they were “sleeping from sorrow” (22:45).

But even that reason did not excuse their lack of vigilance. They did not fully believe Jesus’ predictions of His death and of their desertion primarily because they did not want to believe them. Had they accepted Jesus’ word at face value, their minds and emotions would have been far too exercised to allow sleep.

The startling events and controversies of the last few days-the institution of the Lord’s Supper, Jesus’ repeated predictions of His suffering and death, the prediction of their fleeing in the time of trial, and the obvious anguish He now experienced-should have provided more than sufficient motivation and energy to keep them awake. But it did not. Had they sought the Father’s help in prayer as Jesus did and as He exhorted them to do, they not only would have stayed awake but would have been given the spiritual strength and courage they so desperately needed.

The disciples’ predicted desertion of Jesus began here, as they left Him alone in His great time of need. His heart must have broken when He said to Peter, but also for the benefit of James and John, “So, you men could not keep watch with Me for one hour?”

Considering the circumstances, the rebuke was especially mild. It was not Jesus’ purpose to shame the disciples but to strengthen them and teach them their need for divine help. “Keep watching and praying,” He implored, that you may not enter into temptation.”

The Greek verbs behind keep watching and praying are present imperatives and carry the idea of continuous action, indicated in the NASB by keep. The need for spiritual vigilance is not occasional but constant. Jesus was warning His disciples to be discerning enough to know they were in spiritual warfare and to be prepared by God to resist the adversary. He was warning them of the danger of self-confidence, which produces spiritual drowsiness.

The only way to keep from being engulfed in temptation is to be aware of Satan’s craftiness and not only to go immediately to our heavenly Father in prayer when we are already under attack but to pray even in anticipation of coming temptation. Peter perhaps first began to learn that lesson on this night in the garden. And after serving faithfully as an apostle for many years, he admonished Christians: “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Pet. 5:8). He also gave the assurance, however, that “the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation” (2 Pet. 2:9).

We cannot overcome Satan or the flesh by our own power, and we risk serious spiritual tragedy when we think we can. When a military observer spots the enemy, he does not single-handedly engage him in battle. He simply reports what he saw and leaves the matter in the commanding officer’s hands. In the same way, believers dare not attempt to fight the devil but should immediately flee from him into the presence of their heavenly Father. As our Lord taught, we are to pray for God not to “lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil” (Matt. 6:13).

As Jesus here acknowledges, doing what is right is often difficult, because although the spirit is willing, … the flesh is still weak. Regenerated people who truly love God have a desire for righteousness, and they can claim with Paul that they genuinely want to do good. But they also confess with Paul that they often do not practice in the unredeemed flesh what their regenerated spirits want them to do. And, on the other hand, they sometimes find themselves doing things that, in the inner redeemed person, they do not want to do (Rom 7:15–20). Like Paul, they discover that “the principle of evil is present in [them],” that there is a law of sin within their fleshly humanness that wages war against the law of righteousness in their redeemed minds (vv. 21–23).

In light of that troublesome and continuing conflict, Paul then lamented, “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” Answering his own question, he exulted, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin” (vv. 24–25). The only source of victory is the power of Jesus Christ.

The fact that Jesus again … came and found them sleeping indicates that the disciples fell asleep even after He had awakened and admonished them. Their eyes were heavy, and because they would not seek the Father’s help they found themselves powerless even to stay awake, much less to offer intercession for or consolation to their Master.

After He found the disciples sleeping the second time, Jesus left them again, and went away and prayed a third time. Although the gospels do not indicate it specifically, it would seem possible that, as already mentioned, Jesus had three sessions of prayer in response to three specific waves of Satanic attack, just as in the wilderness. It took three attempts for Satan to exhaust his malevolent strategy against the Son of God. Each time Jesus suffered more extreme torment of soul, but each time He responded with absolute resolution to do the Father’s will. After the third siege, our Lord said the same thing once more to His heavenly Father, that is, “Thy will be done” (see v. 42).

In these prayers, as in all His others, Jesus gives His followers a perfect example. Not only do we learn to confront temptation with prayer but we learn that prayer is not a means of bending God’s will to our own but of submitting our wills to His. If Jesus submitted His perfect will to the Father’s, how much more should we submit our imperfect wills to His? True prayer is yielding to what God wants for and of us, regardless of the cost—even if the cost is death. The nature or character of our praying in the face of temptation should be to cry out to the Lord for His strength to resist the impulse to rebel against God’s will, which is what all sin is.

We can be sure that the more sincerely we seek to do God’s will, the more severely Satan will attempt to lure us from it, just as he did with Christ. And like our Lord, our response should be prayerful, single-minded determination to draw near to God.

After the third time of supplication Jesus was the victor and Satan was the vanquished. The enemy of His soul was defeated, and Christ remained unscathed in perfect harmony with the will of His Father, calmly and submissively ready to suffer and to die. And in that death He was prepared to take upon Himself the sins of the world. If the very Son of God needed to cry out to His heavenly Father in time of temptation and grief, how much more do we? That was the lesson He wanted the eleven, and all His other disciples after them, to learn.

After the third session of prayer, Jesus came to the disciples, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest?” Even after the two rebukes and heartfelt admonitions from the Lord, the three men were still sleeping. Their eyes were still heavy (cf. v. 43) because they were controlled by the natural rather than by the spiritual. They were so totally subject to the flesh and its needs that they were indifferent to the needs of Christ. They were even indifferent to their own deepest needs, because, just as Jesus had warned a short while before, they were about to be overwhelmed by fear for their own lives and by shame of Christ. Yet instead of following their Master’s example through agonizing in prayer, they blissfully rested in sleep.

Jesus was teaching the disciples that spiritual victory goes to those who are alert in prayer and who depend on their heavenly Father. The other side of that lesson, and the one the disciples would learn first, was that self-confidence and unpreparedness are the way to certain spiritual defeat.[1]

Alone in the Garden

Matthew 26:36–46

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”

Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.

Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour is near, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

The Bible contains passages that we often handle lightly, thinking either rightly or wrongly that they are not of first importance. But other passages draw us up short and seem to cry out sharply, “Take off your shoes, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

This is especially true of the accounts of Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane in which he asked that if it were possible, the cup that he had been given to drink might be taken from him. The account is in each of the first three Gospels (Matt. 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39–46), which indicates that the writers felt this event was of great importance.

Charles H. Spurgeon wrote of this passage, “Here we come to the Holy of Holies of our Lord’s life on earth. This is a mystery like that which Moses saw when the bush burned with fire, and was not consumed. No man can rightly expound such a passage as this; it is a subject for prayerful, heart-broken meditation, more than for human language.” William Barclay said, “Surely this is a passage we must approach upon our knees.”2 D. A. Carson declared, “As his death was unique, so also was his anguish; and our best response to it is hushed worship.”

Yet we are also to learn from this story. That is why it is present in the Gospels. We must learn from it precisely so that we may be moved to prayerful awe and bow before God in hushed worship.

The Lord’s Humanity

The first thing we can learn from this story is that the Lord Jesus Christ was fully human. Nowhere else in the Gospel accounts of his life on earth do we see him more pressed down—more vulnerable—than when he took Peter, James, and John, his three closest friends, aside and said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me” (v. 38).

True, this is not the only place in Scripture where we see the human side of Jesus. We read that he was born of a woman and was laid in a crude manger at his birth. He would have been nursed like other babies. We are told that he “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). Jesus got hungry, especially when he was driven into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. When he sat at Jacob’s well he asked the Samaritan woman for a drink because he was thirsty. He was thirsty on the cross (John 19:28). On one occasion he was so tired that he fell asleep in the stern of a wildly rocking boat in a storm on the Sea of Galilee. When he approached Jerusalem on the day of his triumphal entry, he wept over the city, knowing that the day of its destruction was not distant (Luke 19:41–44). Still, there is no place in which Jesus appears more like us in our humanity than when he experienced sorrow and anguish in the garden.

His was a very great sorrow. It was so great that he wanted to have his closest friends with him in his trouble. He needed to share it with them, which he did by explaining that his grief was so great it was almost killing him. But conversely, it was also so great that he had to bear it alone. He was fulfilling Isaiah 63:3, where the warrior from Bozrah cries, “I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me.” Ben H. Price captured Jesus’ acute isolation when he wrote:

It was alone the Savior prayed

In dark Gethsemane;

Alone he drained the bitter cup

And suffered there for me.

Alone, alone he bore it all alone;

He gave himself to save his own,

He suffered, bled, and died alone, alone.

Jesus was like us in his sorrow, but we have to remember too that his sorrow was also not like ours. It was greater than anything we will ever bear, since what pressed on him so heavily was the task of bearing the world’s sin and its punishment on our behalf. “Cup” is a biblical image for God’s wrath, and the wrath of God for sin troubled Jesus when he asked that the cup might be taken from him. Psalm 75:8 reads,

In the hand of the Lord is a cup

full of foaming wine mixed with spices;

he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth

drink it down to its very dregs.

Isaiah 51:22 describes the cup as “the goblet of my wrath.” Jeremiah 25:15 calls it “the wine of my wrath.” Ezekiel 23:31–34 talks about “the cup of ruin and desolation” that was brought upon Samaria. Jesus drank from the cup of God’s wrath so we might never have to drink it. In place of that cup we have the communion cup, which is the cup of the new covenant in Christ’s blood.

The Importance of Prayer

The second lesson we can learn from this passage is the importance of prayer. Prayer is important at all times. Paul instructed the Thessalonians to “pray continually” (1 Thess. 5:16). He told the Ephesians to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph. 6:18). But especially we must pray in times of great sorrow. Jesus did! He prayed at length and fervently. John Ryle said that “prayer is the best practical remedy that we can use in time of trouble.” Should we suppose that we have a better cure for it than Jesus?

Hezekiah was one of the godly kings of Judah, who lived in a dangerous age. The kingdom of Assyria had been rising in power, and Shalmaneser, the king of Assyria, had marched against Samaria and destroyed it. His successor, Sennacherib, attacked Judah, captured many of its cities, and shut up Hezekiah and his people in Jerusalem. In a monument erected after the battle, now in the British Museum, he boasted that he had confined Hezekiah in his walled city like a caged bird. Sennacherib sent a letter to the king demanding his surrender. In the midst of this great trouble, Hezekiah took the letter to the temple and “spread it out before the Lord” (2 Kings 19:14). Hezekiah took his trouble to God, and God answered through the prophet Isaiah, saying that before morning the enemy would be gone. That night an angel of the Lord struck down 185,000 of Sennacherib’s soldiers, and the king returned to Nineveh.

That is what you need to do when trouble assails you. Jesus brought his trouble to the Father and was heard. Luke says an angel came and “strengthened him” (Luke 22:43). God will also strengthen you.

How to Pray

The third lesson in these verses is actually a set of lessons, a manual that explains what it really means to pray. There are four things we should learn about prayer from this passage.

  1. True prayer is prayer to God the Father. I do not mean by this that prayer cannot also be offered to Jesus, who is God the Son, or to the Holy Spirit, who is the Third Person of the Trinity. Prayer to any member of the Trinity is prayer to God. Rather, I mean that true prayer is always prayer to God and that, in addition, it is prayer to the God Jesus said we can address as Father (Matt. 6:9).

The problem here is that probably one prayer in a thousand is a true prayer to God. Prayer to any god other than the God of the Bible is not true prayer, because a god other than the God of the Bible is an imaginary being. He is no true God. Even people who are Christians and who believe they are praying to the Bible’s God may actually be praying only as a formality. They are not conscious of being in God’s presence; they are often praying merely for show! Their prayers are like the prayer of a fashionable Boston preacher some years ago whose Sunday morning prayer was described by a Boston newspaper as “the most eloquent prayer ever offered to a Boston audience.” Reuben Torrey wrote a helpful book about prayer in which he advised, “We should never utter one syllable of prayer either in public or in private until we are definitely conscious that we have come into the presence of God and are actually praying to him.”

The other problem is that we do not know God very well and therefore do not pray as we are privileged to pray and should pray. Jesus taught us to pray to God as children coming to our Father in heaven. He did so explicitly in the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9). He does so here by his example.

To call God “father” was a striking, almost blasphemous thing in Jesus’ day, when the Jews of the time would not even pronounce God’s name (Yahweh or Jehovah), avoiding it out of misplaced reverence. They referred to God as Adonai (Lord) instead. By contrast, Jesus always referred to God as his Father. In fact, he used the endearing term abba, which some would translate “daddy.” This was so novel that the disciples remembered it and preserved it in their accounts of Jesus’ prayers. Mark does so in this account, writing that Jesus prayed, “Abba, Father, everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36).

  1. Effective prayer is according to God’s will. That brings us to the second lesson about prayer in this passage: Effective prayer is prayer that deliberately submits to God’s will. In this account, Jesus’ immaculate soul shrank from bearing our sin and experiencing the painful alienation from the Father, which was its punishment. He was not playacting when he said, “If it is possible, may this cup be taken from me.” The cross must have been a horror for him infinitely beyond anything you or I can ever imagine. Nevertheless, he prayed, “Not as I will, but as you will.”

What does it mean to pray according to God’s will? First, it means putting God and his interests first in our lives. Jesus taught us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10). Our concern should be for God’s kingdom and God’s glory rather than our own. If it is, many of the things that trouble us will fade away, and we will even willingly embrace things that are themselves undesirable, difficult, or painful. Jesus accepted the cross and its horrors because he had learned by praying that it was the determined will of God.

Second, praying according to God’s will means praying according to what is in the Bible because that is where the will of God is made known to us. Not everything we might want to know is in the Bible. The Bible does not tell us what job we should take, whom we should marry, or where we should live. But it does give us principles that are quite specific. If we are serious about following what is disclosed in the Bible, we will find answers to most of what disturbs or puzzles us.

Are we to suppose that Jesus ignored Scripture during these moments of prayer in the garden? Hardly. His mind was always filled with Scripture, and he would have been thinking through the biblical passages that describe the Messiah’s work as he wrestled before his Father with what was coming. We have evidence that he was thinking of Scripture here, because a few moments later, when Peter tried to protect him by striking out at a member of the party that had come to arrest him, Jesus told Peter to put his sword away, saying, “How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” (Matt. 26:54).

  1. We must be persistent in some prayers. The third thing we learn about prayer from this passage is that we must be persistent in our prayers. Some people have argued that we need to offer a specific prayer only once on the grounds that God hears us, will do what is best, and does not need to be badgered into doing what we want. But we can hardly miss the fact that Jesus prayed for the same thing over and over again in this passage. The apostle Paul did the same thing. He told the Corinthians that he had prayed three times for his “thorn in the flesh” to be removed. It was not, but he testified that God gave him grace to bear it (2 Cor. 12:7–9).

That leads to something very important. Persisting in prayer did not get God to change his mind, but it did change Paul’s mind so that he saw his weakness differently and was able to praise God for it. He learned that God’s power was made perfect in his weakness (v. 9). Was that not also true of Jesus’ prayer in the garden? We must be careful that we do not read too much into these accounts, but we can notice a significant progression in Jesus’ three requests. In his first prayer, Jesus asked that the cup might be avoided (“may this cup be taken from me,” v. 39). In the second prayer, he seems to have recognized that the cup could not be avoided and adds this negative: “If [or since] it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it” (v. 42, emphasis added). Matthew does not give the wording of the third petition, but we can suppose it was something like this: “Since the cross is your will and since it cannot be avoided, I ask for strength to bear it for your glory.” I suggest that Jesus prayed along these lines because of Luke’s account. Luke says that “an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him” (Luke 22:43).

How long did this take? We can read these verses in a few seconds, but we have a clue that it took a great deal longer. After Jesus returned the first time he asked, “Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” (v. 40, emphasis added). Bible references to time are imprecise, of course. No one had watches. But Jesus’ question suggests that he prayed for an hour and that he probably did so the second and third times as well. This adds up to several hours of intense prayer. We should not suppose that we can get by with a few short minutes.

  1. We should pray in faith, expecting an answer. The fourth thing we can learn about prayer from this account is that we need to pray in faith, expecting an answer. The answer will not always be what we anticipate, for God’s ways are not our ways nor are his thoughts our thoughts. But we should expect God to answer somehow. The Father answered Jesus because he went to his arrest, trial, and crucifixion with no hint of fear or wavering from this point on. He was settled in his mind and had been given strength for the ordeal. This is also taught by a text in Hebrews that refers to this event. The author of Hebrews wrote, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (Heb. 5:7).

This also seems to be the basis for the challenge to pray that the author of Hebrews gave earlier:

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:14–16

Jesus had more to say about prayer than about almost any other subject, and the point he seems to have made most is simplicity itself: Just pray. There is much about prayer we do not understand and may never understand, but these things we do know: (1) God hears prayer, (2) God answers prayer, (3) we are commanded to pray, (4) prayer matters, and (5) Jesus himself prayed, giving us an example. So pray. Jesus told Peter, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation” (v. 41).

The Weakness of Our Flesh

That leads to the last lesson we need to draw from this passage, namely, the weakness of our flesh. Did Jesus need to pray? He obviously did, and he was the sinless Son of God. He was the Rock of Ages, an unshakable pillar of strength compared to those around him. But if he needed to pray, how much more do we who are weak and sinful and ignorant and usually oblivious to the temptations that surround us every day?

“The flesh is weak,” Jesus said. But not only weak. It is a pit of corruption and rebellion too. The New International Version translates the Greek word sarx (“flesh”) as “body” in verse 41, but that greatly weakens the word in my opinion. In the New Testament, flesh usually means “mere flesh,” that is, the whole person as he or she is apart from the regenerating and purifying Spirit of God. Flesh stands for “man the sinner,” and man the sinner is more than physically weak. He is corrupt, sinful, and rebellious in his soul.

What is the solution? It is staring us in the face. “Watch and pray,” said Jesus. Why? Because apart from prayer we will certainly “fall into temptation” (v. 41). The only way we can stand is in the power of Jesus, who was himself able to stand and who intercedes for us to enable us to stand, even as we pray.

Peter thought he was strong. When Jesus spoke of his impending death, indicating that the disciples would forsake him and scatter, Peter protested. Although that might be true for the others, it would not be true for him since he was willing not only to suffer but even to die for Jesus’ sake. Peter meant it. He loved the Lord. He thought he could stand by him. But Peter was weak in the flesh, and he was not able even to keep awake long enough to pray.

Peter also fell into temptation, and he would have fallen away utterly if Jesus had not prayed for him that his faith might be strengthened. Jesus said, “I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith might not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers” (Luke 22:32).

John H. Gerstner suggested at one of the Philadelphia Conferences on Reformation Theology that it must have been Peter who composed the song found in some of today’s hymnbooks. It has the recurring chorus line, “Lord, we are able.” That is what Peter sang before his fall. But Gerstner suggested that after Peter had fallen and been restored by Jesus, he rewrote his self-confident hymn to read, “Lord, we are not able.” Peter was not able, and neither are we. In the flesh we will fall, but we can stand in Christ if we come to him and pray, seeking the strength he makes available. So pray. If you have trouble praying, remember that Jesus prayed and that he is praying for you right now.[2]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1985). Matthew (Vol. 4, pp. 173–178). Chicago: Moody Press.

[2] Boice, J. M. (2001). The Gospel of Matthew (pp. 564–571). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

WOW! LIBERAL MEDIA HACKS Defend Jim Acosta — Insist WH Video Was Doctored — Attack Infowars — THEN PROVEN WRONG! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Wednesday CNN’s Jim Acosta was suspended from covering the White House over his disruptive and abusive conduct during the president’s press conference.

Video shows Acosta hacking a White House intern’s arm with enough force to push her arm down and knock her off balance.

CNN said the video of Jim Acosta was doctored.

The White House video originally posted by Paul Joseph Watson at Infowars — WAS CLEARLY NOT DOCTORED!

The liberal reporters not only defended Jim Acosta — The deny the reality that he had contact with the White House intern even with video!

Axios says the video was doctored:

Newsweek says the video was doctored (It wasn’t.)

Liberal hack Maggie Haberman from the NY Times.

MSNBC and New York Times reporter Peter Baker:

ABC7 Chicago reporter Rob Elgas:

Katie Rogers NY Times:

Ben Jacobs from the Guardian:

Paul Joseph Watson proves his video that came under attack by the liberal media WAS NOT DOCTORED!

So when will the media mob apologize?

WOW! LIBERAL MEDIA HACKS Defend Jim Acosta — Insist WH Video Was Doctored — Attack Infowars — THEN PROVEN WRONG! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

November 8 Submitting to Wisdom

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good understanding have all those who do His commandments.”

Psalm 111:10


Saving faith is obedient faith.

The wisdom of God resulting from the fear of the Lord leads to obedience. When we fear the Lord, we submit to His wisdom and commit ourselves to keeping His commandments. In the New Testament Jesus said the same thing: “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15). We aren’t always as obedient as we ought to be, but the pattern of our lives turns from disobedience to a submissive heart of obedience. First John 2:3 says, “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.” A person’s claim to be a Christian is meaningless if he’s not obedient.

From a positive perspective, fearing the Lord involves obeying His commandments; from a negative perspective, it involves turning away from evil. Job 28:28 says, “The fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.” Equal to wisdom is understanding, and equal to fearing the Lord is departing from evil. Proverbs 8:13 says, “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil.” Obeying the Lord’s commandments and shunning evil are dynamics that work in the soul of one who truly fears God. The fear of the Lord is not some feeling you try to generate within yourself; it’s the result of believing in the true God and living a life of love and obedience to Him. What about you? Does obedience to God’s Word characterize your life?


Suggestions for Prayer: Jesus Christ paid the price for your sin and ushered you into a relationship with God. Honor His work by obeying His Word, and ask Him to help you see evil from His perspective.

For Further Study: Read the following verses: Deuteronomy 6:1–2, 13–15, 24; 8:6; 10:12–13; 13:4; 17:19; 28:58–59; 31:12. What characterizes the life of a person who fears the Lord?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (1997). Strength for today. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Alt-Left Domestic Terror Group ‘Smash Racism’ Chant Death Threats At Home Of Fox News Host Tucker Carlson — Now The End Begins

A group of domestic terror protesters congregated outside what they claimed was Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s home in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday night to chant threatening messages.

This mob of domestic terrorists travels in packs, they wear masks to conceal their identities, they chant vile obscenities and issue death threats, and they are brimming over with intense and illogical hatred for their fellow man. Who and I talking about? If you guessed the KKK, you would be quite wrong.

Meet homegrown terror group ‘Smash Racism’, an ugly offshoot of the other main domestic terror group ANTIFA. Last night, some of their members surrounded the homeof Fox News host Tucker Carlson, and issued threats to kill him while he sleeps in his own bed next to his wife.

Fun fact about the ‘Smash Racism’ people. Like ANTIFA, they are all Liberal Democrats. They are easy to find online, Facebook is more than happy to give them room to recruit and operate. Guess being a domestic terrorist doesn’t violate Facebook’s ‘community standards’ if you’re a Liberal?

Protesters Send Message to Tucker Carlson outside His Home: ‘We Know Where You Sleep at Night’

FROM THE NATIONAL REVIEW: Smash Racism D.C., a self-described “anti-fascist” group, posted a video of their members screaming obscenities at Carlson’s house and blaming his “policies” for the deaths of thousands of people.

“Tucker Carlson, we will fight!” the protesters chanted. “We know where you sleep at night!”

In the first video posted to Twitter, one protester can be seen ringing Carlson’s doorbell before running away. One tweet posted a few minutes after 7p.m. — less than an hour before the beginning of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” — accuses the host of hiding because he didn’t answer his door.

“Racist scumbag, leave town!”

Every night you spread fear into our homes—fear of the other, fear of us, and fear of them. Each night you tell us we are not safe. Tonight you’re reminded that we have a voice. Tonight, we remind you that you are not safe either.#KnockKnockTuckerpic.twitter.com/QlNVKS4oxN

— Smash Racism DC (@SmashRacismDC) November 7, 2018

One of the group’s tweets, which included Carlson’s address, was removed by Twitter soon after it was posted.

This particular group of left-wing agitators has previously targeted a number of prominent Republicans for public harassment, including most recently Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, who was chased out of restaurant in downtown Washington, D.C., along with his wife in late September.

The group also harassed Department of Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, forcing her to leave a restaurant in June, as a group of men berated her for her role in implementing the administration’s zero-tolerance immigration-enforcement policy.

Carlson described coping with public harassment during a recent appearance on National Review’s The Jamie Weinstein Show.

“I can’t really go to a lot of restaurants anymore because I get yelled at,” Carlson said. “I don’t feel threatened, but having someone scream,‘F*** you!’ at a restaurant, it just wrecks your meal.” READ MORE

ANTIFA Terror Group ‘Smash Racism’ Chants Death Threats At Home Of Tucker Carlson

Twitter removed the video, but we grabbed a copy of it before the Liberals who run social media could cover for their fellow domestic terror soldiers in the Democratic Party. Share this video with as many people as possible. 

Alt-Left Domestic Terror Group ‘Smash Racism’ Chant Death Threats At Home Of Fox News Host Tucker Carlson — Now The End Begins

How to survive the next stock selloff without getting your face ripped off – MarketWatch

Our call of the day says the recent stock selloff isn’t necessarily over and a looming recession could pair with a bigger meltdown for stocks.
— Read on www.marketwatch.com/amp/story/guid/00747F1A-E31A-11E8-AACB-D25BA978757B

Gartman: “We Are Officially Recommending Shorting This Rally” | Zero Hedge

“It is time to sell… finally… patience having been rewarded. At the same time, we are not prepared to risk more than 1-2% on this initial test of the short side.”

JPMorgan’s Marko Kolanovic and Nomura’s Charlie McElligott were not the only one who were calling for a bounce near the October lows: so was, correctly, Dennis Gartman. Which begs the question: has the “Gartman sentiment indicator” finally turned? Perhaps: it is too early to know right now. However, it is notable that unlike Kolanovic, who is calling for continued market upside into year end, Gartman is now the contrarian voice and urges readers of the Gartman letter to start offloading shares and short the market, to wit:

we are “officially” going to recommend short sales of equities on this rally, something we’ve obviously refrained from doing thus far and something we have been correct in avoiding to date… we do not make this recommendation lightly, but we are making it nonetheless. It is time to sell… finally… patience having been rewarded.

Below we excerpt from Gartman’s latest letter on why his sentiment has shifted back to bearish:

[B]efore we all become far too enthralled by the strength…and we have to admit that the rally in the US markets was indeed enthralling… let’s do remember that for the year-to-date, even after the eight session rally we’ve seen, stocks as measured by our Index are still down… and are down rather materially.

Now, we shall grant that the “internals” yesterday were positive; indeed they were very so. On the aggregated NYSE and NASDAQ markets, 4,439 stocks rose while only 1,663 stocks fell, or 2.66 stocks rose for every one that fell. That is reasonably impressive. Too, the volume on the upside was far higher than was the volume on the downside for on the aggregated exchanges 4.837 billion shares traded higher while a scant 1.688 billion traded lower, for a ratio of 2.86:1 to the upside. Again, this was and is impressive, but even these ratios lag far behind the much more severe ratios in the bearish direction that evolved two and three weeks ago as share prices were falling.

This then brings us yet again to a discussion of “The Box” marking the 50-62% retracements which we believe are common in bear markets. Having made its last interim inter-day high of 2941 on the 21st of September and having fallen to its interim, inter-day low of 2603 on the 29th of October, the S&P’s “Box” marking the 50-62% retracement zone has been bounded by 2772 on the low side and by 2812 on the high side. Thus, the market has only now made its way into “The Box” and It has taken perhaps the most exuberant rally of the past several years to have done so.

And the punchline:

All of this brings us to this final point: after a week and one half of what we consider to be a marked, sharp, violent bear market rally we are going on the record as stating in the most certain of terms that those who are long of equities must… absolutely must… reduce their exposure materially by selling into this strength. Secondly, we are “officially” going to recommend short sales of equities on this rally, something we’ve obviously refrained from doing thus far and something we have been correct in avoiding to date. Thirdly, we do not make this recommendation lightly, but we are making it nonetheless. It is time to sell… finally… patience having been rewarded. At the same time, we are not prepared to risk more than 1-2% on this initial test of the short side for if we’ve learned anything at all in our nearly four- and one-half decades of being in the markets it is that risking more than that sum is a loser’s game and we chose never to play upon that larger, more extreme field.

So who will be right: Kolanovic, and the balance of the newly hatched bulls who now see gridlock in Congress as bullish, or Gartman? We look forward to the answer.
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-08/gartman-we-are-officially-recommending-shorting-rally

With the rise of seeker-sensitive churches, how do we understand biblically “seeking” God? | Monergism

— Read on www.monergism.com/content/rise-seeker-sensitive-churches-how-do-we-understand-biblically-seeking-god

For the Democrats, Star Power Only Goes So Far

I tell my fellow conservatives all the time, for better or worse, that Barack Obama is a once-in-a-100-years type of politician.

There is no “next” Obama on the way, just as there is no “next” Kennedy, Reagan or even Trump. These historic figures aren’t just grown in an apple orchard. Of course the media is obsessed with these parallels, many of whom are still waiting for Lebron James to morph into Michael Jordan.

President Barack Obama and Hollywood executed a perfect liberal union over eight years, but that doesn’t mean it can be duplicated.

In 2018, does box office draw (or record sales) translate into success at the ballot box? The answer is no.

In almost all the big-ticket races Hollywood hoped to influence — especially the senate races in Texas and Tennessee and the gubernatorial contest in Georgia and Florida — things went right rather than left.

Taylor Swift’s handpicked choice — former Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen — lost to Marsha Blackburn.

Apparently, Tennesseans didn’t want to vote for Bredesen — who wasn’t swept back into office by a wave of colored-bracelet-wearing Millennials. Will they be able to “shake it off”?

Earlier in the year, Swift condescendingly urged voters to “educate themselves” and said that Blackburn’s”voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me.” But it didn’t appall or terrify her fellow Tennesseans, most of whom rejected the political counsel of the 28-year-old singer by a a devastating repudiation of them both.

For this dubious achievement, Swift received the Biggest Loser award from my old boss, radio and TV star Laura Ingraham.

Along with Oprah Winfrey — and former President Barack Obama — both of whom also poured the proverbial coals to the losing campaigns of what were supposed to have been Democratic shoe-ins.

Oprah, a resident of Atlanta, strongly backed Stacey Abrams against Republican challenger Brian Kemp in the Georgia gubernatorial race. But Oprah’s personal appeal didn’t translate into political success for Abrams, who lost what was supposed to have been a sure thing.

The conventional wisdom, as purveyed by the amen chorus in the media, held that Georgia was about to turn blue.

Instead, it went red — and while the decision was close it was nonetheless an impressive victory for Kemp given the weight arrayed against him.

A fuming post-election Oprah attributed “racist robo-calls” as among the reasons for Abram’s loss. But arguably, the Titanic hit the iceberg because of Abrams’ far-Left politics. Just a few weeks before the election, she openly talked about gun confiscation — and had previously pushed legislation HB 731 that would have transformed tens of thousands of law-abiding Georgians into instant felons and put the Georgia Bureau of Investigation onto them.

Most semi-automatic handguns and even shotguns would have been outlawed by Abrams’ bill — and their owners faced with the choice of either turning them in or risking SWAT raids on their homes.

That scared voters even more than being accused by Oprah of politically incorrect thought.

Speaking of Chosen Ones, Obama barnstormed for Democrats during the final weeks prior to the midterms, breaking with “wise tradition” of “ex-presidents gracefully exiting the political stage and making room for new voices and new ideas.”

Obama’s pitchmanship didn’t help Abrams in Georgia or Gillum in Florida.

Andrew Gillum, Obama’s pick for Florida governor, also lost to Republican Ron DeSantis. It sucked now-ex Sen. Claire McCaskill out to sea in favor of GOP challenger Josh Hawley, who defeated her soundly by 51.5 percent to 45.5 percent.

McCaskill probably committed political suicide by voting not to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — apparently on the basis of Christine Blasey Ford’s fact-free assertions about Kavanaugh.

“I made my decision on Kavanaugh before the allegations surfaced,” she said, but it was subsequently revealed that she had known about them when she made that statement, but misrepresented the facts to voters during an October 25 debate with Hawley.

Another key race where star power was applied without effect was the critical race in Texas between incumbent GOP Senator Ted Cruz and the rising star of the progressive Left, Democratic Rep. Beto (Francis) O’Rourke.

Related: Desperate Hollywood Celebs Are Now Pushing Beto O’Rourke for 2020

Cruz won a convincing victory — 50.9 percent to 48.3 percent for Beto (with about 1 percent going to a Libertarian third party candidate) — much to the disappointment of Hollywood leftists such as Alyssa Milano, Olivia Wilde, Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Rock.

Some of these lent more than their names, and public megaphones, to the lost cause. Despite it all, Cruz preserved a victory over the Democrats’ (and Hollywood’s) anointed alternative.

Looks like star power only goes so far. Abrams, Gillum and Beto all lost, so the future for the Democratic Party is yet to arrive.

Until then, they will have to settle for fresh faces — like Biden, Pelosi and Schumer.

A.J. Rice is the CEO of Publius PR. In his media career he has produced or promoted Laura Ingraham, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Monica Crowley, Steve Hilton, Anthony Scaramucci, George P. Bush, Melissa Francis, Coach Howard Schnellenberger, and many others. 

— Read on www.lifezette.com/2018/11/for-the-democrats-star-power-only-goes-so-far/

November 8 Daily Help

TO know Christ and be found in Him—oh, this is life, this is joy, this is marrow and fatness. His unsearchable riches will be best known in eternity. He will give you, on the way to heaven, all you need; your place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks, your bread shall be given you, and your waters shall be sure; but it is there, there, where you shall hear the song of them that triumph, the shout of them that feast, and shall see the glorious and beloved One. The unsearchable riches of Christ! Lord, teach us more and more of Jesus, and we will tell out the good news to others.[1]

[1] Spurgeon, C. H. (1892). Daily Help (p. 316). Baltimore: R. H. Woodward & Company.

Christians are People of Truth — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

It was Daniel Webster who once remarked,There is nothing so powerful as truth—and often nothing so strange.” We live in a culture of lies. The devil is the father of all lies and this world is filled with a web of lies. When it comes to life in general, people expect to be told lies. We anticipate it at the car dealership, in the world of sales, and certainly in the world of politics.

In 1988, Gary Hart was the man to beat in the presidential campaign. He was smart, charismatic, and he possessed a political savvy that enabled him to answer key questions with clarity. However, a story was told that he was committing adultery on his wife and it spread like wildfire. Gary Hart insisted that it was a lie. He even said the following, “Follow me around. I don’t care. I’m serious. If anybody wants to put a tail on me, go ahead. They’ll be very bored.” Sure enough, the media did follow him around and soon enough they found him with his mistress on a boat named, “Monkey Business.” Gary Hart was mixed up in a web of lies. Those lies ruined his chance to be president and left deep scars on his personal life.

In Jesus’ sermon on the mount (Matt. 5:33-37), we find him spotlighting the loopholes of the Jews who would swear by all sorts of things other than God himself in order to provide an opportunity to break their oath. They had arranged a system of deceit filled with loopholes in order to avoid breaking Leviticus 19:12 which reads, “You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” So, they would swear by heaven because that sounded spiritual. They would swear by the earth because that sounded big. They would swear by Jerusalem because that sounded official. They would even swear by their own head, because that sounded sacred. It was all a scheme and Jesus knew it. So, he confronted that in his sermon and said, “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil” (Matt. 5:37).

One clearest marks of a Christian is that he or she is marked by truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). The Scriptures reveal that Jesus is the truth and that the devil is the father of all lies (John 8:58). In a more sobering warning, Jesus stated the following, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt. 12:36-37). The fact is, when we see a list of vile sinners such as whoremongers, sorcerers, adulterers, and murderers—we likewise see liars included in that list of people who will not be welcomed into heaven and who will be sent to hell (Rev. 21:8).

Tell the truth. Be marked by truth. The only way this is possible is to have a life that is transformed by Jesus Christ. When you are born again, you have a new heart with new motives and suddenly your loophole deceitful schemes violate your heart in a way that they never did before. Not only will you go to hell as a liar, but a life filled with lies will likely turn into a living hell on earth as well. Ruined marriages, broken relationships, failed jobs, and a name that is worthless in the community because you’re known to be a liar. Submit to Jesus, walk in the light, and tell the truth for the glory of God.

J.C. Ryle once said,Think about how much falsehood and deceit there is in the world! How much exaggeration! How many untruths are added to a simple story! How many things are left out, if it does not serve the speaker’s interest to tell them! How few there are around us of whom we can say, that we trust their word without question!

Christians are People of Truth — Christian Blogs – Delivered By Grace

Larry King Says RT One of Few Channels in US ‘Doing News’ – Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US TV host Larry King told The News with Rick Sanchez that RT was “one of the few channels doing news” in the United States, while many other broadcasters were too focused on President Donald Trump.
— Read on sputniknews.com/amp/world/201811081069629113-larry-king-rt-news/

Larry King Hits Network: CNN ‘Stopped Doing News a Long Time Ago’

Ex-CNN host Larry King mocked his former network in an interview, saying his past employer “stopped doing news a long time ago.”
— Read on www.breitbart.com/politics/2018/11/07/watch-larry-king-hits-former-network-cnn-stopped-doing-news-a-long-time-ago/amp/

Real threat to freedom of the press as mob attacks Tucker Carlson’s home while CNN whines about Acosta the accoster losing White House access

Relatively little media coverage and support against a genuine threat to freedom of the press. CNN’s hypocrisy is pungent.
— Read on www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/11/real_threat_to_freedom_of_the_press_as_mob_attacks_tucker_cartlsns_home_while_cnn_whines_about_acosta_the_accoster_losing_white_house_access.html

Peter Schiff: “The Truth Is We Don’t Have A Booming Economy” | Zero Hedge

“The fact that there is no fear, to me, shows that it’s more likely that this is not the end of the correction, but the beginning of the bear market and that this rally is a correction…”

Peter Schiff doesn’t mince words when he declared the precarious state the United States economy has found itself in. As SHTFplan.com’s Mac Slavo notes, Schiff says “the truth is we don’t have a booming economy,” and he’s not the only one who has noticed.

October was the worst month for global equities in more than six years. Globally, stock markets lost 7.5%, their worst month since May 2012. Even with the late rally, it was the biggest monthly decline in the Nasdaq since 2008.

“All of the bulls were out in force on the financial networks claiming that the correction is over. Everybody was confident that the lows are in, that the big back-to-back rally is proof and you better buy now, otherwise you’re going to miss the rally, and this is the typical correction and now it has run its course. And you know what? If this really was the end of the correction, most likely there wouldn’t be so many people that were so confident that it’s over. You’d have a lot more fear, especially on Halloween. The fact that there is no fear, to me, shows that it’s more likely that this is not the end of the correction, but the beginning of the bear market and that this rally is a correction.” –Peter Schiff via Seeking Alpha


Schiff is well-known for predicting the 2008 financial crisis, but that becomes slightly more real when hearing him say that the job market if a gigantic bubble. Schiff says that jobs are just one more bubble that’s about to burst.


Two hundred thousand jobs a month in an economy the size of ours, especially given how few people, or what a large percentage of the workforce is not working, we should be creating a lot more than 200,000 jobs per month. But we’re not.”

Even though wages are rising for people that have jobs, the cost of living is rising faster. But the cost of servicing their debt is rising even faster than that.”

As far as the job growth goes, the mainstream keeps pointing to it as a sign of a booming economy. But as Peter pointed out, we’re borrowing a tremendous amount of money to get this jobs growth.

Clearly, if we’re running record budget deficits, and record trade deficits, and everybody is levered up, you know, spending all of that borrowed money creates some jobs. But those jobs are not sustainable because the debt is not sustainable. The consumption based on debt is not sustainable.”

Increasing prices is a direct result of a decade of Federal Reserve easy money policy, Schiff accurately says. Over the last 10 years, the Fed has printed trillions of dollars out of thin air.

The point is we’re running record trade deficits. We’re running huge government budget deficits. The GOP cut income taxes. We’re giving everybody money to spend, so people are spending.

And in the short-run, yes, you can goose up the economy and you can create some unsustainable jobs. But just because we have these jobs today doesn’t mean these jobs are going to be here tomorrow.”

And remember, Schiff concludes: “that every boom has been followed by a bust.”
— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-11-08/peter-schiff-truth-we-dont-have-booming-economy

Trump Sends State Department to Nigeria Amid Massacre of Hundreds of Christians by Islamic Radicals

The U.S. State Department is headed to Nigeria this week amid the massacre of hundreds of Christians at the hands of various Islamic radical factions. Killings had spiked in October.
— Read on www.christianpost.com/amp/trump-sends-state-department-to-nigeria-amid-massacre-of-hundreds-of-christians-by-islamic-radicals-228422/

New Acting AG Matthew Whitaker is a Former Iowa Hawkeye Tight End – And Ready to Pancake Deep State — The Gateway Pundit

Matthew Whitaker, the new Acting AG who replaced Jeff Sessions after Sessions turned in his resignationWednesday afternoon, is a former Iowa Hawkeye Tight End in college who played in the Rose Bowl.  Let’s hope he pancakes the Deep State defenders. 

Whitaker is also taking over Rosenstein’s job overseeing the Mueller witch hunt.  He is described as a “Trump loyalist” who has been privately described as the West Wing’s “eyes and ears” in the Justice Department, says the New York Times.

In August of 2017, Matthew Whitaker penned an op-ed for CNN titled, “Mueller’s Investigation of Trump is Going Too Far” wherein he argued the Special Counsel is roving outside of his jurisdiction to investigate Trump-Russia collusion.

And there’s more…
in July 2016, before the presidential election, Matthew Whitaker penned an opinion piece for USA today where he argued that Hillary Clinton should be locked up.

Whitaker wrote:

According to FBI Director James Comey’s statement on Tuesday, former secretary of State Hillary Clinton could have been charged with violating several different code sections, and he detailed the evidence that supports bringing criminal charges.

Yet, Director Comey’s judgment was that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring the case. I disagree. I believe myself to have been a reasonable prosecutor, and when the facts and evidence show a criminal violation has been committed, the individuals involved should not dictate whether the case is prosecuted

…A reasonable prosecutor may ask, if on numerous occasions, an unknown State Department employee had taken top secret information from a secured system, emailed that information on a Gmail account, and stored the information on a personal server for years, would that individual be prosecuted? I believe they would.

Whitaker was on CNN and he questioned the wisdom of the Mueller team knocking down former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s door at 4 in the morning –

He also found it ironic that former FBI Director James Comey could be investigated for midhandling classified information.

In 2015 he pointed out the obvious that Obama’s Administration was the most corrupt ever –

But perhaps most important is that Whitaker is a former University of Iowa Tight End.  Not only was Whitaker a starting Tight End for Iowa in the 1991 Rose Bowl, he also was a scholar athlete –

Whitaker was a top scholar at the University of Iowa. He graduated in three years with a bachelor’s degree in communications, starting his first year of law school during his senior year as a football player, which was considered an extraordinarily difficult task.  Besides a law degree, he has a masters in business administration.

Let’s hope Whitaker uses his strength gained on the football field to pancake Deep State criminals and bring them to justice.  Time will tell.

New Acting AG Matthew Whitaker is a Former Iowa Hawkeye Tight End – And Ready to Pancake Deep State — The Gateway Pundit

Midterm Election Stats: 113 Million People Voted; 110 Female Winners; $5.2 Billion Spent; 33 Seats Flipped | BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

Bottom line, elections are about how many votes candidates get, but other numbers can also tell us a lot about the trends that make up the two-year election cycle.

Here are five of the most memorable from this election:

1. 113 million people voted

About 113 million Americans are estimated to have come out to exercise their right to vote on this election, according to an initial turnout estimate from Edison Research. That’s 49 percent of the total population eligible to vote, a record for a midterm election in the U.S.

2. 38 percent Democrats, 32 percent Republicans, 30 independents

Democrats account for 38 percent of voters in preliminary exit poll results so far, while Republicans made up 32 percent and 30 percent responded as independent. This compares with 36-37-27 percent in 2014 and 37-33-29 in 2016.

3. 33 flipped seats

According to ABC News’ projections, 30 House seats have changed color so far, with Democrats flipping 29 Republican-held seats blue and Republicans flipping one Democrat-held seat.

Fourteen of those seats came from districts Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Of 25 Republicans running in Hillary’s districts, only three have been able to defend their seats so far, and eight seats in California and Washington are still too close to determine.

Republicans have managed to pick up at least three seats in the Senate, including in Indiana, North Dakota and Missouri. Three races in Montana, Florida and Arizona have not been called yet, but Republicans are leading in all three. A runoff will be held in Mississippi.

Despite the president’s party’s strong reaffirmation of the Senate control, the voter count shows that Democrats lead the Senate popular vote by more than 9 million as of early Wednesday morning, with many more still outstanding in California and Washington, where both candidates are Democrats.

This again brings up a growing government-reform movement within some Democratic party circles to re-design the Senate to be more proportionally representative, a call that resurfaced following the Kavanaugh vote, in which senators opposing confirmation represented a larger portion of the U.S. population.

In statewide elections, Democrats flipped at least seven governorships from red to blue Tuesday night.

4. 110 female winners

It was a historic night for female candidates, with a record number of women elected to Congress.

According to ABC News’ projections, at least 98 women will join the House of Representatives, with 84 Democrats and 14 Republicans, and 12 will join the Senate, 10 of whom will be Democrats and two are Republicans.

Tuesday’s big win for women comes as an unprecedented number of women ran and won for the first time.

Of the 98 female winners in the lower chamber, 42 were non-white women, including Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, who will be the first Muslin-American women in Congress. In the upper chamber, Hawaii Democrat Mazie Hirono was the only non-white woman of the 12 female winners.

5. $5.2 billion spent

The historic election came with record-breaking spending in the election cycle.

According to an analysis of Federal Election Commission data by the Center for Responsive Politics, the total amount of money spent on federal races in this election cycle is expected to reach $5.2 billion, a 35 percent increase from the 2014 midterms.

This includes spending from candidate campaigns party committees and more than 3,200 outside groups, including super PACs and political nonprofits, which have reported spending at least $1.3 billion, a 60 percent increase from 2014.

A straggler Senate race between Democrat Bill Nelson and Rick Scott in Floria, still too close to be called, turned out to be the most expensive congressional race this election, bringing in more than $181 million from candidate campaigns and outside groups.

The most expensive House race came from a California district with high percentage of immigrant population. A race still too close to call, candidates, including Democrat Gil Cisneros and Republican Young Kim, have spent $21 million throughout the election cycle, and outside groups have $14 million.

ABC News
— Read on blackchristiannews.com/2018/11/midterm-election-stats-113-million-people-voted-110-female-winners-5-2-billion-spent-33-seats-flipped/

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