Daily Archives: December 10, 2018

DECEMBER 10 TO PERFECTLY LOVE AND WORTHILY PRAISE

O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

—Psalm 108:1

I will refer to one of God’s great souls of the past and his book, The Cloud of Unknowing. We do not know the name of the devoted saint who more than 600 years ago wrote in his pre-Elizabethan English for the purpose, as he declares it, “that God’s children might go on to be ‘oned’ with God.”

At the beginning of his book, he breathed a brief prayer of longing and devotion, and I come back to it often for the good of my own spirit.

He said, “Oh God, under whom all hearts be open, and unto whom all will speaketh, and unto whom no privy thing is hid, I beseech Thee, so for to cleanse the intent of my heart with the unspeakable gift of Thy grace, that I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee!” …

I can discern no trace of theological fault or error in this prayer of devotion and desire breathed long ago by this saint of God.

“Oh God, fix my heart so I may perfectly love Thee and worthily praise Thee!” Nothing extreme and fanatical there. The true child of God will say “Amen” to this desire within the being to perfectly love God and worthily praise Him. ITB033-034

Father, may I love You and praise You with the same devotion; may I be one with You. Amen. [1]


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

Trump Paid Stormy Himself. Congress Paid Its Victims $17 Million out of Treasury. Who’re the Real Criminals?

The one person who seemed to sum up the Democrats’ reaction to Michael Cohen’s guilty plea — and subsequent allegations against President Donald Trump — was Rep. Jerry Nadler.

There’s long been speculation that the New York Democrat is considering impeachment hearings against Trump and anyone around him regardless of what the evidence might entail. A report from the day after the midterms had the powerful ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee ranting on a train about impeaching Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also talked about going “all in” on Russia.

Well, Russia might not work out, but how about Cohen? On TV this weekend, Nadler talked in grave terms about Cohen’s claim that Trump directed him to pay Stormy Daniels as part of a non-disclosure agreement and paid him back. This would, according to Nadler, be a sufficient reason to remove Trump from office.

“They would be impeachable offenses. Whether they’re important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question,” Nadler said in an appearance on CNN.

“Certainly, they’re impeachable offenses, because, even though they were committed before the president became president, they were committed in the service of fraudulently obtaining the office.”

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This is hardly a surprise; from Day One, Nadler has called Trump “not legitimate” as a president. But the media is lapping it up.

They seem to forget two things. One, campaign finance issues — and it’s questionable as to whether this falls under the aegis of campaign finance — are generally settled without impeachment proceedings, mostly because they aren’t important enough to justify an impeachment.

The second is, well, how does Congress have any room to talk?

Is Congress going to release the names of everyone in Congress who has been implicated in a sexual harassment claim which was kept silent by a taxpayer funded shush fund–before or after they try to impeach President Trump for using his own money for something perfectly legal?

— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) December 10, 2018

Do you think that Donald Trump will be impeached?

Yes, $17 million of taxpayer money has been spent on settling, among other things, sexual harassment claims in Congress, and we pretty much don’t know anything about the cases. As CNN noted, the names of those involved are withheld not only from the public but also from party leadership.

“A source in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office told CNN that Ryan is not made aware of the details of harassment settlements. That source also said that the top Democrat and Republican on the House administration committee review proposed settlements and both must approve the payments,” the network  reported in November 2017.

“Similarly, a source in Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s office told CNN that Pelosi also is not made aware of those details, and that they are confined to the parties of the settlement and the leaders of the administration committee.”

This is essentially the cozy system that the establishment has set up so that it doesn’t have to face repercussions from sexual harassment lawsuits, discrimination suits and the like. There are also other rebarbative elements of how the system is set up, too long to detail here but enraging in their own right.

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But this is perfectly legal.

Trump, meanwhile, paid a much smaller sum to women who allege he had consensual sex with him in order to obtain an NDA. Because of the methodology of obtaining it and the question of whether or not it should have been included in campaign finance reports, we’re now talking impeachment.

Apparently, Nadler isn’t going all-in on Russia, he’s going all-in on Stormy. I guess it’s easier.

So, yes, Nadler can continue to claim that “the president was at the center of a massive fraud — several massive frauds against the American people.” That doesn’t actually mean anything. If we scrutinized the campaign ledgers of everyone in high office for any sort of problem, we’d probably have to extirpate at least half of them from their position.

Now, here’s the thing: I haven’t seen the Mueller report. Neither has Nadler. For all I know, Trump is implicated in a panoply of heinous crimes and his ties with Russia were way more extensive than we thought. Or it could be a very big nothingburger, albeit a nothingburger dressed up like a very appetizing somethingburger and advertised incessantly in the media like it was the Arch Deluxe circa 1992.

I still have my money on the latter, and I think Nadler does too. He heavily qualified whether the alleged campaign finance violations rose to the level of impeachability.

“You don’t necessarily launch an impeachment against the president because he committed an impeachable offense,” he said. “There are several things you have to look at.”

“One, were impeachable offenses committed, how many, et cetera. Secondly, how important were they? Do they rise to the gravity where you should undertake an impeachment? An impeachment is an attempt to effect or overturn the result of the last election and should do it only for very serious situations. That’s the question.”

My guess is that Nadler finds they were very important, committed with great frequency and rise to the gravity where one should undertake an impeachment — an impeachment which would overturn the result of the last election, which elected a president Nadler has already declared as “not legitimate.”

The rest of us might look at the report and realize this has nothing on what Congress has been doing for years. Whether that makes it right is an entirely different question, but the contrast will still make a huge difference in terms of how Americans view any attempts at impeachment.

After all, Trump used his own money to pay for an NDA through a liaison, which would generally garner a minor fine at most if you even concede it was a campaign-related expense. Congress used $17 million of your money to pay for its mistakes, some of which involved sexual harassment. They took every possible step to make sure you didn’t know about it.

And they made it all perfectly legal.

Source: Trump Paid Stormy Himself. Congress Paid Its Victims $17 Million out of Treasury. Who’re the Real Criminals?

Desperate times: Clinton tour tickets slashed by 90%

Hillary and Bill Clinton

Ticket prices for Bill and Hillary Clinton’s 13-stop paid speaking tour that kicked off in Canada last week have been cut in half, with some going for less than 10 percent or their original price.

As twice-failed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton eyes another run for the White House in 2020, she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are finding that they are becoming as increasingly unpopular in Canada as they are in the United States.

Anyone coming?

Failing to draw the crowds they anticipated in America’s liberal neighbor north of the border, the former first lady and her husband’s “An Evening with the Clintons” have seen the going rate for their tickets plummet on Groupon from $70 to $35.

In fact, huge vacated sections of arenas hosting the Clinton tour throughout Canada resembled empty patches in NFL stadiums after football fans got fed up with the league’s tolerance of players’ anti-American grandstanding of kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police.

The fall from popularity of the once-magnetic couple — especially since Hillary’s lackluster 2016 presidential campaign –has been witnessed not only through dirt cheap prices, but through gaping holes in seats, as half-filled stadiums became the norm – rather than the exception – in Canada’s largest cities.

“There were empty seats both in upper level seats and on the ground floor – where tickets were pricier,” the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail reported. “One ticket was going for $6.55 in the final minutes before the Toronto event.”

Desperate times call for desperate measures

To keep their events from looking like private meetings, the Clintons have had to resort to letting ticket prices drop to clearance prices so that at least some seats are filled.

“Ticket prices were plummeting shortly before the event, with the cheapest seats selling on Stubhub for single-digits –  $6.55 Canadian dollars, or less than $5 (U.S.),” the Daily Mail announced. “Now, the couple are taking drastic action to avoid another embarrassment on the next stop on their ‘An Evening With the Clintons’ tour. They have slashed tickets by up to 60 percent – and even offered them on Groupon to try and entice more fans to come and listen to them speak.”

Even after using high-pressure sales strategies to get rid of the tickets – including trying to scare Clinton fans that seats will be gone if they don’t immediately purchase them – the Clintons still found it extremely difficult to fill seats.

“They were struggling to get people to their shows, so they were selling tickets for as low as $6.55 before the show began,” Townhall informed. “Their new marketing plow – more like last ditch effort – at getting people to attend their event is by selling tickets on Groupon. Tickets on the Clintons’ website go between $89 and $399, but, if you’re looking for a real steal, Groupon has them for $35.”

The first Clinton event that was held at a Canadian hockey area – which houses nearly 20,000 seats – saw a mere 3,300 tickets sold, and more seat backs than Clinton fans were visible when the lights dimmed and the couple started talking.

As unpopular in the U.S. as in Canada?

With the tour currently taking a break for the holidays before it picks up again in New York City, New York, next year on April 11, other major U.S. cities will host the Clintons’ road show, including Los Angeles, California; Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, Nevada and; Boston, Massachusetts, but it appears that their cold Canadian reception will follow them to liberal strongholds in their home country – where one would expect them to have huge followings.

“For their May 19 show at The Forum in Inglewood, California, – which seats more than 17,000 – tickets usually priced at $77 are now going for $35, with $120 tickets discounted to $50, and $175 seats down to $72,” the U.K. daily informed. “Despite the site telling customers that ‘tickets are selling fast!’ with ‘limited time remaining,’ it appears that less than 450 discounted tickets have actually been sold.”

Feeling sorry for the Clintons …

Even liberal columnists believe that the dismal sales signify an early end for once-popular couple.

“My thoughts are racing darkly … I’m feeling something foreign – something I’ve never felt before – [and] it takes me a moment to identify it … I’m feeling sorry for the Clintons,” New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd wrote in her piece titled “Curtains for the Clintons.” “In the 27 years I’ve covered Bill and Hillary, I’ve experienced a range of emotions – they’ve dazzled me, and they’ve disgusted me, [b]ut now, they’re mystifying me.”

She noticed that a venue of the National Hockey League (NHL) could not mask the Clinton’s unpopularity north of the border.

“I’m looking around Scotiabank Arena – the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs – and it’s a depressing sight,” Dowd expressed. “It’s two-for-the-price-of-one in half the arena. The hockey rink is half curtained off, but even with that, organizers are scrambling at the last minute to cordon off more sections behind thick black curtains, they say due to a lack of sales. I paid $177 weeks in advance – I passed on the pricey meet-and-greet option. On the day of the event, some unsold tickets are slashed to single digits.”

Efforts to hide Toronto’s cold reception of the Clintons were witnessed by organizers attempting to make the event more snug and cozy by snipping seats here and closing off sections there.

“In Toronto, organizers blocked off the upper deck of seats,” the Daily Mail noted. “Officials said the Clintons sold about 3,300 seats in a venue that can hold about 19,000 for a big hockey game when the Maple Leafs play. About 1,000 people bought closer seats on the floor. There were empty seats in lower level seats and on the ground floor, where tickets were pricier. An entire bank of seats on the floor – where tickets that were being sold for $111 on an official ticketing site – remained empty during the event.”

Dowd shared her embarrassment for the couple’s fall from fame and glory.

“I’m still looking at large swaths of empty seats – and I cringe at the thought that the Clintons will look out and see that, too,” Dowd continued. “It was only four years ago, after all, that Canadians were clamoring to buy tickets to see the woman who seemed headed for history.”

The Clintons’ lack of ingenuity in putting together their latest tour was also noted.

“I can’t fathom why the Clintons would make like aging rock stars and go on a tour of Canada and the U.S. at a moment when Democrats are hoping to break the stranglehold of their cloistered, superannuated leadership and exult in a mosaic of exciting new faces,” she continued. “What is the point? It’s not inspirational. It’s not for charity. They’re not raising awareness about a cause – like Al Gore with global warming. They’re only raising awareness about the Clintons.”

This fall from fame and lack of funds from the tour – also evidenced through the modest stage setup – contrasted from the millions of dollars the couple took in between the turn of the century and last presidential election.

“The Clinton’s took heat during Hillary’s 2016 campaign for their $153 million in paid speeches dating back to 2001 –drawing fire from Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and in media reports,” the Daily Mail recounted. “But those events were bankrolled by major corporations – not individual donors who are ponying up to see the famous pair together on stage.”

Source: Desperate times: Clinton tour tickets slashed by 90%

Kavanaugh sides with liberals in Planned Parenthood case

Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 27, 2018

Newly seated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined Chief Justice John Roberts and the court’s progressive wing on Monday in declining to review three cases centered on Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood at the state level.

In dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas accused the majority of “abdicating” its duty for political reasons.

“So what explains the Court’s refusal to do its job here?” Thomas wrote. “I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named ‘Planned Parenthood.’”

Thomas asserted that a “tenuous connection to a politically fraught issue does not justify abdicating our judicial duty.”

“If anything, neutrally applying the law is all the more important when political issues are in the background,” he wrote.

Associate Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch joined the Thomas dissent.

The fierce opposition from the left to Kavanaugh’s nomination by President Trump was fueled in part by the prospect of him becoming the deciding vote in a case that would overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The Supreme Court was considering an appeal of a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that sided with Planned Parenthood after Republican state leaders in Louisiana and Kansas stripped the abortion provider of state Medicaid funds.

A pro-life advocacy group had presented evidence that Planned Parenthood was harvesting and selling fetal materials.

In response, Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of several clients. The 5th circuit ruled that Medicaid recipients can challenge the disqualification of a provider under the Medicaid law.

Source: Kavanaugh sides with liberals in Planned Parenthood case

December 10 A Servant’s Attitude

Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.

Luke 14:33

Few in today’s church are as committed to Jesus Christ as the apostle Paul was. Paul exemplifies what Christ was talking about when He said, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me” (Luke 9:23). Paul was so given over to our Lord that he didn’t care whether he lived or died. That’s an attitude practically unheard of in our materialistic, self–centered, selfish day. Most people today live for everything except what Paul was focused on.

Paul remained joyful as long as his Lord was glorified, even when he was threatened with death. All that mattered to him was that the gospel was advanced, Christ was preached, and the Lord was magnified. The source of his joy was entirely related to the kingdom of God.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 371). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.

Ken Starr on his faith, the Mueller investigation, the Clintons and refugees

(RNS) — Growing up the son of a minister in Texas, Ken Starr learned two principles for how to live his life.

Do the right thing.

Always do it the right way.

“You’ve got to turn square corners,” said Starr. “You can’t lie, cheat and steal.”

Those principles, said Starr, guided his law career and later his work as independent counsel from 1994 to 1999, heading the controversial investigation that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

Starr, who later would become a law professor and dean at Pepperdine University and then president of Baylor University, has said he tried to live by one of his “life verses” from the Bible, Micah 6:8: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

That call for mercy has shaped how Starr sees U.S. immigration law, which he says should make it easier for people to seek asylum. He considers it a failure that he could not convince former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to share that view.

Last month, Starr spoke with freelance reporter Maina Mwaura for Religion News Service about his faith, his new book on the Clinton investigation, his advice for his independent counsel Robert Mueller, his departure from Baylor and his views on U.S. immigration policy.

 

Source: Ken Starr on his faith, the Mueller investigation, the Clintons and refugees

‘Evangelicals’ Sold Their Souls to Satan to Elect a President Who Would Appoint Anti-Abortion Justices… — Zwinglius Redivivus

And they got Brett Kavanaugh- a man of questionable morals who doesn’t have any intention of overturning Roe v. Wade.

‘Evangelicals’, you’re idiots.

via ‘Evangelicals’ Sold Their Souls to Satan to Elect a President Who Would Appoint Anti-Abortion Justices… — Zwinglius Redivivus

The Devilish Ministry of Joel Osteen

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Author of “Your Best Life Now” Joel Osteen is well known as a motivational speaker.  But I had no idea of how Satan is using this man to completely mislead his congregation.

I don’t watch Osteen because I don’t need to be “motivated.”  But a reader of my articles wrote to me yesterday about Osteen and was very angry at what she witnessed.  She listens to him occasionally – just to see what he is up to.

I asked if she would send me a link to the sermon.  She did, and after watching as much as I could stand, I realized that this man is truly a WOLF and is taking so many to hell with him.

I was enraged.

Here is part of the email sent to me:

“As I listened today, I was horrified to hear what sounded like him calling all who follow him to come…

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