Daily Archives: September 29, 2019

September 29 Restored by Grace

Scripture Reading: Luke 15:11–16

Key Verse: Luke 15:14

But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want.

Independence is a highly valued quality. We teach it to our children, and we demand it for ourselves. There is even a statue called the Independent Man on top of the state capitol of Rhode Island. It stands as a tribute to self-sufficiency and freedom.

In the story of the prodigal son, we see a different aspect of independence in someone who takes charge of his own life and shuns his father’s care and protection. The account reveals both the downward spiral of sin and the restoring grace of God.

Sin means acting independently of God’s will. It begins with a desire that is outside His plan. Next comes a decision to act on the desire. When we act, we find ourselves, like the prodigal, in a distant country, which is anywhere outside the will of God.

To remain there requires deception. We deceive ourselves by thinking that we know better than God, and ignoring any consequences. Defeat follows. For a time, all will seem fine, but, like the reckless son in the story, we will find our way leads to defeat. Finally, we will arrive at despair resulting from famine of spirit, emotions, or relationships. That leads into desperation, where our choices are few, and all distasteful.

The prodigal son ended up there. But desperation is not the end of the prodigal’s story, nor is it the end of ours when we sin. Jesus gave this account of an earthly father’s forgiving love because He desired to point us to the restoring grace of our heavenly Father. God waits with open arms for us, His wandering children.

Father, thank You for the assurance of Your love—that You wait with open arms to welcome Your wandering children home.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 284). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 29 Your Place in the Marketplace

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:5–9

Key Verse: Colossians 3:23

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.

The slogan of a major automobile manufacturer is this: “Quality is job one.” The company tells customers that its priority is sending top-notch cars off the assembly line. Manufacturers know that consumers look for quality in everything they buy. You don’t want to purchase items you know are below par and don’t represent someone’s best effort.

The way you do your job every day reflects your personal quality standard. With each assignment or phone call or meeting, you tell others how you value your job and your employer. Do you work just enough to get by, or do you work at maximum capacity?

You can discover real and lasting motivation when you understand that your accountability is to Jesus Christ (Col. 3:24).

Perhaps your boss is unreasonable or your job doesn’t meet your expectations. Maybe you aren’t paid what you feel the position is worth. Remember, Jesus is the One who understands your needs and gives you the strength for every task, no matter how difficult or how trivial it may seem.

In every job, your goal is the same—to point those around you to your Savior and Master by working with a passion for excellence.

Dear Lord, help me work with a passion for excellence in all I do. Help me remember I am accountable to You. Let my personal standards point those around me to You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 284). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 29 Responding to Rejection

Scripture reading: Colossians 1:18–22

Key verse: John 1:22

Then they said to him, “Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?”

It is one of Satan’s favorite traps to get a child of God to feel belittled by himself. Often, when people feel a gnawing sense of rejection, it comes not from an outside source such as criticism, but from within. Many people feel rejected because they’ve rejected themselves.

The root of these feelings could be one of many factors: something that happened in the past, an overbearing or apathetic parent, perceived physical flaws. These feelings also can manifest themselves for decades. Well into their adult years, people who feel rejection may practice perfectionism or be domineering or seek isolation.

If you are a believer, you are a child of God. If Satan buffets you with feelings of rejection or the notion that you do not measure up, let your Father answer him:

  • John 1:12 declares, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.”
  • John 3:16 tells you that God loves you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for your sins.
  • In 1 John 3:1, you again learn the liberating truth that the only opinion that matters belongs to God.
  • And you belong to Him too: “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (1 John 3:1).

I am Your child, Father—a child of the King. Help me realize it and act like who I really am in You.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 284). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Limbaugh on Ukraine Drama: America in Middle of a ‘Cold Civil War’ | Newsmax

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh says America is in the middle of a “Cold Civil War,” and suggests the whistleblower complaint is another attempt to overturn the 2016 presidential election.

“Bottom line, there isn’t anything really new here,” Limbaugh said Friday on his show, “The Rush Limbaugh Show.”

“This is just the next phase of “Get Trump.”

Trump is readying himself to defend against impeachment proceedings, initiated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week following the release of a transcript between the president and Ukraine’s president in which Trump pressures the European leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden.

A complaint filed by an intelligence officer about Trump’s interactions with the leader of Ukraine was published Thursday. It reads, in part: “In the course of my official duties, I have received information from multiple U.S. Government officials that the president of the United States is using the power of his office to solicit interference from a foreign country in the 2020 U.S. election.”

The moves by Democrats are being made to make “sure the American people do not learn the extent of the corruption in the Obama administration and the Democratic Party at large, and particularly among these people in the deep state who did what they did to deny Trump his election victory,” Limbaugh said.

“It encompasses overturning the election results of 2016, it is also about protecting and defending the deep state, the Washington establishment going forward. Their careers, their fortunes, their corruption. There are terribly big stakes involved here for these people. And Trump is on the cusp of overturning it and exposing it. They cannot allow that to happen.”

Source: Limbaugh on Ukraine Drama: America in Middle of a ‘Cold Civil War’

Watch: Mark Levin Hammers FNC’s Ed Henry over Allegation of Trump ‘Illegal’ Behavior During Call with Ukraine President | Breitbart News

Conservative radio host Mark Levin, the author of “Unfreedom of the Press,” defended President Donald Trump against a whistleblower complaint on Sunday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.”

The interview got heated when co-Host Ed Henry asked if Trump did anything “illegal” during his call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Levin responded, “What crime was violated? It’s not illegal. The question is whether Biden did something illegal. The president didn’t do anything illegal. You know how I know? Because Nancy Pelosi’s been on every tv show and she can’t cite one section of the United States code where it’s illegal. My question is, why is Joe Biden above the law? Why is his son above the law? Where is Hunter Biden today? Where is the media? Don’t they want to know? Don’t they want to know if the leading contender for the Democrat nomination is a crook and if his son is a crook?”

Henry said, “I’m asking you are you OK with a president asking his counterpart — this is a simply yes or no —to dig up dirt on former vice president Joe Biden and his son? Are you OK with that?”

Levin shot back, “First of all, your question is not honest. So I don’t give yes or no.”

Henry interjected, “That’s a quote from the transcript, sir.”

Levis said, “Let me finish. You have all morning. I have two minutes. It’s not an honest question. Show me in the transcript where the president said that … nowhere.”

He continued, “The media have taken sides here and what I’m saying is this is an utterly corrupt political, partisan process. And it’s about time we had some real reporters who would try to get to the bottom of this.”

He added, “There’s going to be a huge backlash in this country one way or the other. You can’t disenfranchise 63 million people who are on to this, who have alternative forms of information. Real cover-up here. Gee, we have the letter, and we have the transcripts, and all I get are reporters trying to tell me what the transcript says as opposed to what I read with my own eyes and telling me it’s the offense of the century that the president of the United States dares to mention something that’s in the American newspapers to the Ukrainian president.”

“He doesn’t say get Biden,” Levin continued. “He doesn’t say I’m digging up dirt on Biden. He doesn’t say do me a favor and get Biden. He says, ‘Why don’t you talk to my attorney general, look into this. People have questions.’ Wow. And all the sleazy activity that’s going behind the scenes. I want to know. I want to know if Adam Schiff and his staff, working with this phony whistleblower. I want to know who the lawyers are who helped him write that complaint as I was the first to point out before. I want to know the whole activity that’s taking place in the shadows of this government to try and bring down a president of the United States.”

“Things are being done to this president that have never been done to prior presidents,” he added. “Where did they keep the transcript of the phone call? Who gives a damn! The president has a power to issue an executive privilege order. Doesn’t matter if he kept it in his pillow. He can still protect that, but he didn’t. He gave it up.”

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Source: Watch: Mark Levin Hammers FNC’s Ed Henry over Allegation of Trump ‘Illegal’ Behavior During Call with Ukraine President

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Speaks Out – Says Joe Biden’s Son Hunter Biden Should Be Investigated — The Gateway Pundit

The Democrat-media complex is outraged that President Trump discussed the deep state attempted coup against his administration.  The left is also outraged that President Trump would discuss the Biden Family $8 million pay-for-play scandal with the current Ukrainian president on a phone call.

Democrats want him impeached for discussing the Biden Crime Family.  Discussing the criminal activity of a Democrat politician running for higher office is strictly forbidden.

Now this…
Former Ukrainia Prime Minister Mykola Azarov called for an investigation of Hunter Biden this weekend.

Hunter Biden was placed on the board of Ukraine’s gas and oil company two months after he was kicked out of the US Navy for his drug use.

Reuters reported:

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is calling for an investigation into the son of 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden in order to assess whether Hunter Biden’s role in a Ukrainian gas company complied with the nation’s laws.

Azarov made the call in an interview with Reuters following a week in which revelations about President Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky prompted a formal impeachment inquiry in the House.

Azarov, who served as prime minister from 2010 to 2014, did not address any specific laws. No evidence has been provided that suggests Hunter Biden committed wrongdoing while serving on the board of Burisma Holdings Limited.

via Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Speaks Out – Says Joe Biden’s Son Hunter Biden Should Be Investigated — The Gateway Pundit

Lying fake news media edits out 500 words from Trump-Ukraine phone transcript … | Natural News

Image: Lying fake news media edits out 500 words from Trump-Ukraine phone transcript to make president look guilty of impeachable offense

(Natural News) We already knew that Democrats were playing the role of political low-lifes in fabricating yet another “scandal” involving President Trump, this time over a phone call he made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy over the summer.

But now we find that, once again, the garbage mainstream media, which serves as the propaganda wing of the Democrat Party, dutifully played its role in helping to fabricating the story.

At issue are claims made by Democrats and their media allies that Trump improperly asked a foreign leader to help dig up “dirt” on a political rival — 2020 presidential contender and former vice president Joe Biden. This is pretty much what Biden and his boss, Obama, did to Trump via the “Spygate” scandal.

The reality is that President Trump mentioned to Zelenskyy that there was some scuttlebutt his administration was hearing that Biden threatened to withhold $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees from a previous Ukrainian president if he didn’t fire a prosecutor investigating corruption tied to a company where Hunter Biden, Joe’s son, was being well-paid as a board member.

Biden’s guilt is not in question; he admitted as much during a forum last year sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations and it was caught on video.

But that’s about it. He didn’t threaten to withhold military aid from Ukraine, as was reported (based on the word of an anonymous whistleblower who wasn’t even around when Trump made the phone call).

He didn’t repeatedly press Zelenskyy for assistance — eight times — as was reported by the same fake news media.

In fact, according to a transcript of the phone call released by the White House, nothing that has been reported that Trump allegedly did and said has been accurate. So what did the media decide to do next? (Related: BUSTED: Democrats accusing Trump of “treason” for asking Ukraine to help with Biden probe did the SAME thing to find dirt on HIM.)

The Democrat-aligned media is SO dishonest

They omitted some 500 words of text from the transcript to make it appear as though the president did what they initially said he did.

Hey everyone!

If you are reporting on the “favor” line from the transcript, without mentioning that the VERY next sentence is about wanting an investigation into meddling in the 2016 election…

…you are being misleading.

It’s right here. Come on. pic.twitter.com/JRThTjAza9

— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) September 25, 2019

How media edited the Trump-Ukraine transcript. pic.twitter.com/DxEpHP8BKd

— Hans Mahncke (@HansMahncke) September 25, 2019

Even Fox News anchor Shepard Smith mislead viewers when he reported on the transcript.

Here’s Fox News Shep Smith going straight from “favor” to Biden and omitting a pretty critical 500+ word part of the transcript.

The “favor” was looking into 2016 election meddling. Not Biden. Why no mention of this? pic.twitter.com/T0rlpOSvTd

— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) September 25, 2019

In fact, that portion of the president’s conversation was centered around one objective: To learn more about Ukraine’s role in Spygate, which was launched by Obama and his administration to depose Trump and turn America into the world’s biggest banana republic.

Hey look, CNN just did it again.

Again, this is not an accurate reading of the transcript. pic.twitter.com/0vDmGSD2ma

— Andrew Clark (@AndrewHClark) September 25, 2019

The full portion of the transcript reads:

I would like you to do us a favor, though, because our country has been through a lot and Ukraine knows a lot about it. I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine, they say Crowdstrike… I guess you have one of your wealthy people… the server, they say Ukraine has it. There are a lot of things that went on the whole situation. I think you’re surrounding yourself with some of the same people. I would like to have the Attorney General call you and your people and I would like you to get to the bottom of it. As you said yesterday, that whole nonsense ended with a very poor performance by a man named Robert Mueller, an incompetent performance, but they say a lot of it started with Ukraine. Whatever you can do, it’s very important that you do it if that’s possible.

However, as The Federalist notes, mainstream outlets like CNN skipped some 540 words after “favor” to connect it with Trump asking the Ukrainian president to “look into former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s” very suspicious business dealings with a Ukrainian gas company that was under investigation.

CNN actually reported on-air: “I would like you to do us a favor… There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the prosecution so if you can look into it… It sounds horrible to me.”

That’s quite a bit of difference — and dishonesty — by the media.

Sources include:

TheFederalist.com

TheNationalSentinel.com

Source: Lying fake news media edits out 500 words from Trump-Ukraine phone transcript …

After Trump Accused Of Cover-Up, Susan Rice Admits Obama Put Transcripts On Top Secret Server Too | ZeroHedge News

After Trump Accused Of Cover-Up, Susan Rice Admits Obama Put Transcripts On Top Secret Server Too

After President Trump was accused of a cover-up for moving details about his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a separate, highly secured computer system, former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice admitted that Obama did the same thing.

The difference? Rice says that Trump’s conversation didn’t meet the threshold to justify that level of classification, according to The Federalist.

We never moved them over unless they were legitimately, in the contents classified,” Rice said at the Texas Tribune Festival when asked how often the Obama administration engaged in this practice – without explaining the methodology used to determine what qualified.

Rice’s revelation may soften arguments of a cover-up by the Trump administration to “lock down” the conversation.

The revelation from Rice comes amid media reports and comments from political leaders that have painted the use of this top secret server as proof that Trump was trying to cover up the contents of his conversation with the Ukrainian leader, a full transcript of which the administration has now released to the public.

While Rice admitted that the Obama administration also used this server to protect sensitive presidential phone calls, she left open the question of whether the Trump administration used the server in this particular case to save the president from damaging, perhaps even impeachable, comments he made to Zelensky regarding investigations into political rival Joe Biden. –The Federalist

What’s more, The Federalist notes that “reporting from ABC News shows that this practice of securing presidential phone transcripts has been in use in the White House since early 2017, after sensitive conversations with foreign leaders were leaked to the press.”

In an August 12 letter, a CIA ‘whistleblower’ claimed that President Trump had inappropriately pressured Zelensky to investigate Joe and Hunter Biden, after the elder Biden bragged about forcing Ukraine to fire its lead prosector ‘or else’ $1 billion in US loan guarantees would be pulled. Moreover, Democrats have also pointed to the Trump administration pausing nearly $400 million in US military aid as a bargaining chip.

Both Trump and Zelensky have denied that there was any pressure, which was made clear when Trump released a transcript of the call in question. In addition, Zelensky had no clue the $400 million was being withheld until a month after the call, according to the New York Times’ Kenneth Vogel in a Wednesday tweet.

The Trump administration says the call with Zelensky was only added to the top secret server after guidance from a National Security  Counsel attorney.

Source: After Trump Accused Of Cover-Up, Susan Rice Admits Obama Put Transcripts On Top Secret Server Too

Rasmussen: Voters Say Reelection Far More Likely Than Impeachment, Defeat | CNS News

Pres. Donald Trump (Screenshot)

Nearly three times as many U.S. voters now say the reelection of President Donald Trump is more likely than his impeachment, a new national Rasmussen Reports survey shows.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted September 25-26, reveals that voters also say Trump is far more likely to defeat his Democrat opponent – if his fate is left up to the 2020 national election.

“Which is more likely – that President Trump will be reelected in 2020, that he will be defeated by the Democratic nominee in 2020 or that he will be impeached before serving his full term in office?”

  • Reelected: 46%, unchanged from July
  • Defeated: 28%, down from 33% in July
  • Impeached: 17%, up from 11% in July (down from high of 29% in Dec. 2017)

Far more unaffiliated voters say it’s most likely that Trump will be reelected (43%) than think impeachment (17%) is the most likely outcome.

Unsurprisingly, four of five Republicans (80%) think Trump is more likely to be reelected next year, compared to 19% of Democrats and, conversely, 28% of Democrats and a mere 6% of GOP voters think impeachment is more likely.

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on September 25-26, 2019 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Source: Rasmussen: Voters Say Reelection Far More Likely Than Impeachment, Defeat

New anti-Biden ad will be devastating blow to Joe’s campaign | WND

If the Democrats looking for poster boys for white privilege, a viral political advertisement says, they should look no further than Joe and Hunter Biden.

The ad, released last Wednesday, is a concise, one-minute recapitulation of the exploits of Hunter Biden in both China and Ukraine — and how they seem to have a curious connection to the vice presidential activities of his father.

The spot comes from Great America PAC, a pro-Trump super PAC that’s been hitting Biden hard of late.

“What does white privilege really look like?” the ad begins.

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It then notes that “weeks after Joe Biden visits China as vice president, his son secures a private $1.5 billion deal with the Bank of China.”

It goes on to discuss Hunter’s appointment to the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma came shortly after Biden was named the top diplomat to that country. This came despite the fact that the then-vice president’s son had “no relevant experience” in the sector.

“And before Ukraine’s top prosecutor can investigate the shady dealings of Biden’s son, he gets the prosecutor fired, then brags about it,” the voiceover states.

Then, of course, comes Biden himself, bragging about the firing at a Council on Foreign Relations event in 2018: “I said, I’m telling you, you’re not getting the billion dollars … if the prosecutor’s not fired, you’re not getting the money. Well, son of a b—, he got fired.”

“Instead of another failed presidential witch-hunt, House Democrats should investigate one of their own,” the ad concludes.

A URL provided at the end of the ad, InvestigateBiden.com, directs users to a Great America PAC donation site.

According to Ballotpedia, Great America “spent six figures” on the ad. It’s unclear whether this total includes buying television airtime or in what markets the airtime was purchased in.

In terms of the scandals, the ad is certainly not wrong, although the details are rather thinly sketched out here.

Back in December 2013, according to the South China Morning Post, Hunter Biden traveled with his father on Air Force Two to China. Twelve days later, he joined the board of BHR Partners, a newly formed group that would raise $1.5 billion from the Bank of China.

Hunter Biden’s lawyers, however, have stated that at the time he was an unpaid board member that merely advised the board where to invest. According to The Washington Post, it wasn’t until 2017 that Hunter Biden acquired a 10 percent interest in the private equity company.

The timing has still struck many as suspicious, however, particularly given the Burisma scandal.

Whether or not fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin was dismissed simply for being incompetent and corrupt — a new report from The Hill’s John Solomon seems to question this, as well as the assumption that Shokin’s investigations into Burisma were wrapped up by the time of the firing — the former vice president clearly had a conflict of interest pressuring the Ukrainians to do so.

And then there’s that video clip. Oh, that video clip.

If only Joe Biden could stop himself from saying things he shouldn’t, my guess is that his lead in the Democratic primary race wouldn’t have evaporated quite as rapidly as it has. Sure, he would have regressed back to the mean, but not like this.

That’s the major problem this ad poses for Biden and his campaign.

If it’s strategically aimed at early primary states, Great America PAC isn’t just going to be reaching Republicans. It’s also going to unsettle Democrats who may be going for the former veep based on the electability factor. The beneficiary of this is likely to be a candidate far more liberal (and unelectable) than Biden is.

Furthermore, it’s yet another sign the Ukraine call could damage Biden more than it does Trump.

Democrats are hurtling toward impeachment even though the polling suggests the outcome would be electorally iffy at best. Meanwhile, the scandal has reignited voters’ interest in Burisma — if, indeed, they had any in the first place — and introduced them to Hunter Biden’s dealings in China.

This is one of the first major ads to attack Joe Biden on this angle. Rest assured, it won’t be the last. Next time, however, the spot could realistically be coming from the Democratic side of the aisle.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Source: New anti-Biden ad will be devastating blow to Joe’s campaign