Daily Archives: October 23, 2019

October 23 Something Beautiful

Scripture Reading: Psalm 139:1–12

Key Verses: Psalm 139:7

Where can I go from Your Spirit?

Or where can I flee from Your presence?

Under what circumstances do you most seem to notice God’s presence? When does your prayer life become more intense? When do you seek after God with every ounce of energy you can muster?

For most people, times of intense pressure and trials result in a greater awareness of the power of God. It is during these times—not during life’s greatest successes—that one’s utter dependence on God is at its zenith.

How odd that the hardships in life produce greater faithfulness. Would you not expect the opposite result? After all, it seems perfectly natural to praise God in times of joy; however, when your shattered life lies in ruins at your feet, what is there to be thankful for then?

During these trials, you quickly realize your own inability to positively impact your situation. The feeling of complete helplessness is a shocking eye-opener; in the face of desperation, the only alternative is to turn the matter over to God, who is more than able to meet the need.

It has been noted that those who cry, “A loving God would not allow that to happen,” are the people who have never experienced extreme trials themselves. Those who are familiar with pain through loss, famine, disaster, etc., are the ones who elevate the value of the lessons learned through hardships.

If you are facing insurmountable trials and you feel broken in spirit, bring your pieces to the foot of the cross. There you will find the One who can reshape your life into something beautiful.

Lord, when the rug is pulled out from under me and I am already on my knees, I find it easier to pray. Thank You for shaping my character during those times.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 310). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

The True Hero of the Reformation — Ligonier Ministries Blog

It is right to celebrate and remember the Reformation. In this brief clip, Burk Parsons explains how, in our celebration of Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others, we need to remember the true hero of the Reformation—God Himself.

This Reformation Month, watch a short video every day on the history and insights of the Protestant Reformation. And don’t forget that for this month only, you can request your free digital download of R.C. Sproul’s video teaching series Luther and the Reformation plus the ebook edition of The Legacy of Luther, edited by R.C. Sproul and Stephen Nichols at ligm.in/Reformation. Offer ends October 31, 2019.

Transcript

It is appropriate that we would come together to celebrate and remember the Reformation. It is right and good to do so. As soon as we draw our gaze to Luther and to Calvin and to the other magisterial Reformers of the sixteenth century, as soon as we begin talking about them and praising them, they would be the first to say you’re praising the wrong one. Luther and Calvin and the other Reformers would draw our attentions and our gazes to Christ alone. They would tell us to fix our attentions on the gospel of Jesus Christ. They would say it is right to see what God has done. It is appropriate to celebrate what the Spirit has done.

But they would be the first to say that they themselves were not by any means the heroes of the Reformation but that God was the hero of the Reformation. The Word of God was the hero of the Reformation. The Spirit of God was the hero of the Reformation. It was God who, by His sovereignty and by His grace and by his power, led these humble sinners to serve Him, giving them the stewardship and the message of the gospel to expound it and the whole counsel of God for the people of God so that God’s people from every tribe, tongue, and nation from all around the world might hear that gospel that had been hidden and bound and chained for so long.

via The True Hero of the Reformation — Ligonier Ministries Blog

October 23 Cherish the Word

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 6:1–9

Key Verse: Deuteronomy 6:6

These words which I command you today shall be in your heart.

Are you a list maker? Most people at least jot down their grocery items on a piece of paper before heading to the store. It’s so easy to forget the little details that we need to keep checklists to help us remember.

We’re just as forgetful concerning God’s Word many times. The Lord understands our natural weaknesses and our tendency to mentally push aside thoughts we don’t deem urgent at the moment. That is why He commanded His people to keep His words ever before them:

These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. (Deut. 6:6–9 nasb)

In other words, they were to put God’s Word in the paths of their daily lives, everywhere they went and as a part of all they did. How can you do the same today? Find some verses that pertain to your personal circumstances, and write them out on cards. Keep the cards with you or in a prominent place in your home. You’ll be surprised how quickly they become a part of your everyday thinking and you will learn to cherish His Word.

Dear God, write Your Word on my heart. O Lord, teach me to cherish it and make it a vital part of my everyday life.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 310). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

October 23 God is Talking

Scripture reading: Psalm 138:1–8

Key verse: Isaiah 49:1

Listen, O coastlands, to Me,

And take heed, you peoples from afar!

If you’ve ever wondered whether God still talks to people, allow Him to use today’s verse to give an answer: God calls for people to listen and take heed (Isa. 49:1). God wants people to listen. Therefore, He must be talking.

Although God was speaking primarily to the nation of Israel in Psalm 138, you can be sure that His voice still guides, confirms, disciplines, and assures His children. Generally, there are four reasons He speaks.

Reasons: (1) God desires to have fellowship with us, His most precious creation, and loves us just as much as He loved the saints of the Bible; (2) God knows that we need clear direction in a difficult world; (3) God realizes we need comfort and assurance just as much as did Abraham, Moses, Peter, Paul, and others; and, (4) God wants us to get to know Him.

But how do we know when God is speaking to us? Today, He uses four primary ways to share His heart with ours.

Methods: God speaks (1) through His Word, the foremost tool He uses to impart His truth; (2) through the Holy Spirit, who witnesses to our spirits; (3) through other believers who are walking in His Spirit; and (4) through circumstances He providentially arranges. It may be a still small voice, but it resounds loudly because of whose voice it is.

Dear Lord, speak to me today through Your Word, Your Spirit, other believers, and the circumstances of my life.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 310). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Hillary Clinton Accidentally Posts Condolences For Tulsi Gabbard’s Suicide One Day Early — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—Oops! A social media scheduling error apparently caused Hillary Clinton to post her condolences for Tulsi Gabbard’s suicide one day early.

This morning, Clinton posted that she felt “great sadness” at hearing that Gabbard had killed herself. In subsequent tweets, she detailed how “tragic” it was that Gabbard had broken her own kneecaps, stuck her feet in concrete, then tossed herself off the docks near a seedy warehouse.

“It’s just terrible what happened, and though we disagreed, I hope we can all take a few minutes to send thoughts and prayers to the family,” Clinton concluded.

The post was deleted several hours later after the Clinton team realized it was scheduled for October 23, not October 24 as originally intended.

At publishing time, Clinton had accidentally posted early condolences for the unfortunate suicide of the social media manager who had OK’d the post and subsequently posted more condolences for the new social media manager, etc.

via Hillary Clinton Accidentally Posts Condolences For Tulsi Gabbard’s Suicide One Day Early — The Babylon Bee

Serial Liar Adam Schiff Threatens “Ethics” Punishment on GOP Heroes Who Stormed SCIF Room and Secret Coup Headquarters — The Gateway Pundit

Republican lawmakers led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and the Freedom Caucus held a press conference on Wednesday morning in the basement of the US Capitol against the top secret star chamber impeachment proceedings by Democrat lawmakers.

Democrats are holding secret meetings and releasing only pieces of testimony to their liberal fake news media on the sham impeachment proceedings of President Donald Trump.

The liberal media once again is pushing the false narrative that Democrats have proof of a quid pro quo withe the Ukrainian government. This false narrative, like the Russia-collusion hoax is making headlines in the mainstream liberal media.

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) told FOX News on Tuesday that not a single Democrat Trump-hating witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aide was being withheld from them by President Trump. As Ratcliffe said, “You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo!”

Following the press conference on Wednesday the GOP House members attempted to enter the star chamber impeachment proceedings.
The Democrats had them removed.

The American public is NOT ALLOWED to observe the top secret impeachment proceedings.

Rep. Mark Warner said Coup leader Adam Schiff is threatening “ethics” punishment against the Republican lawmakers who stormed the SCIF Room.

via Serial Liar Adam Schiff Threatens “Ethics” Punishment on GOP Heroes Who Stormed SCIF Room and Secret Coup Headquarters — The Gateway Pundit

‘A 1950s show trial’: John Pilger describes ‘disgraceful’ courtroom treatment of Julian Assange by UK judge | RT – Daily news

Veteran British journalist John Pilger has blasted the “atrocious” and “appalling” treatment of Julian Assange by a judge who decided this week to reject the whistleblower’s request to delay his upcoming US extradition hearing.

“To say it is surreal is not enough, it is simply appalling,” Pilger, who was present in the courtroom on Monday, told RT’s Going Underground. Pilger accused District Judge Vanessa Baraitser of using “disgraceful” and “dictatorial gestures” toward Assange and said she was clearly biased in favor of the attorney acting on behalf of the US government.

“Her bias was incandescent,” Pilger said, adding: “I’ve never seen anything like this. It belonged in a show trial in the 1950s… Moscow, Prague, you name it.”

Also on rt.com

WATCH: Rare glimpse of Julian Assange INSIDE prison van

The decision [by the judge] was made simply because the decision had been preordained – this is what the state wants, and this is what the state will get; regardless of anything to do with the court, regardless of any defense argument.

Assange’s lawyer had been seeking to delay US extradition proceedings scheduled to begin in February, arguing that more time was needed to compile evidence. Pilger and other advocates for Assange who have visited him at Belmarsh Prison have repeatedly said that the journalist has been denied access to the tools he needs to prepare his case, including a computer, access to certain documents and is prevented from calling his US lawyer.

Pilger said Assange’s lawyer pointed out that the extradition treaty between Britain and the US has a specific section that says a person cannot be extradited if the offenses are said to be political. In Assange’s case, he said, the charges are clearly political “under law,” explaining that they are based on the 1917 espionage act which was then used to chase down conscientious objectors.

Also on rt.com

‘I can’t think properly’: Assange disoriented as court rejects delay for extradition proceedings

Assange is charged with possession and dissemination of classified information and could face up to 175 years in prison for what is essentially the crime of exposing US war crimes.

Pilger also slammed the lack of prominent coverage the day’s events received in major British media, saying it was “deliberately excluded” and minimized. The journalist slammed the Guardian newspaper in particular.

[The Guardian] has played an appendage role to the state in undermining WikiLeaks and everything it represented.

Reports from Pilger and others inside the room suggest the WikiLeaks co-founder looked weak and weary, his months behind bars at a maximum security prison – much of that time in solitary confinement – having had a significant deteriorative impact on both his physical and mental health. He reportedly held back tears as he told the judge he could not “think properly.”

Pilger said his condition was the result of having “no access to proper exercise, no access to proper intellectual stimulus and no access to the people around him.” Even convicted criminals responsible for “terrible crimes” at Belmarsh still “have a human social life” which is denied to Assange, he said.

Labour MP Chris Williamson told RT that with Assange’s solitary confinement, Britain was in contravention with the UN ruling on torture. “We’ve known about the impact of solitary confinement for well over a hundred years and here we are in the 21st century in Britain, we are effectively submitting somebody who is in my opinion and international hero to this level of maltreatment.”

Pilger said that there was a “glimmer of hope” in the UK justice system when Assange’s case goes to the High Court – but there is “no hope” in the United States, which he said is a “false democracy” where justice “doesn’t exist.”

Source: ‘A 1950s show trial’: John Pilger describes ‘disgraceful’ courtroom treatment of Julian Assange by UK judge

SHOWDOWN: Adam Schiff Literally Runs Away As Group Of 30 House Republicans Storm The Democrats Closed-Door Secret Sham Impeachment Proceedings — Now The End Begins

Adam Schiff runs out back door as 30 House Republicans stormed a secure hearing room where lawmakers are conducting impeachment proceedings and demanded entry but were denied by “Democratic leadership,” they said Wednesday.

The Democrats are in an increasingly-tough position as the sham Trump impeachment proceedings drag on. And despite the best efforts of the fake news media to publish endless “Bombshell!!” headlines of the “coming revelations” that are sure to sink President Trump, it’s becoming more and more obvious they have nothing. Zip. Nada. Zilch. Nothing at all. The best they can do is to present the appearance of an impeachment without actually ever voting to impeach. Which, I am pretty sure, is in violation of established US law and protocols.

“And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.” Leviticus 26:17 (KJV)

Today over 30 House Republican tried to gain access to these closed-door, third world-style sham impeachment proceedings but were denied access. DNC circus ringmaster Adam Schiff actually ran out the back door rather than face the Republicans. He ran away! Why? Because that’s what trickers, liars, con artists and other criminals do when confronted with the truth, they run, and that’s exactly what Adam Schiff did today. You can run, Adam Schiff, but you can’t hide.

GOP lawmakers storm closed impeachment proceeding and demand access

FROM WASHINGTON EXAMINER: The excluded GOP lawmakers sit on panels that are not officially invited to closed-door interviews of Trump administration officials whose testimony Democrats believe will show wrongdoing by the president. The lawmakers in the closed-door proceeding were interviewing Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper.

“A whole bunch of Republican Congress members who were duly elected just tried to get in to find out what is going on in their closed hearings, because we were elected to Congress and we don’t even know what is going on,” Republican Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona said.

Lesko sits on the House Judiciary Committee, which is one of the six committees originally tasked with conducting an impeachment inquiry by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

But Pelosi, a California Democrat, has narrowed access to the closed-door questioning to the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees, and the proceedings have been closed to the public and the press.

Republicans demanded House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who is running the proceedings, to allow them inside.

Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, refused to speak to the GOP lawmakers seeking admission.

“He left,” Republican Rep. Roger Marshall of Kansas said. “He just go up and left. He doesn’t have the guts to tell us why we can’t be in the room, why he doesn’t want this to be transparent.”

Marshall called the closed-door investigation “the biggest farce of my life,” and other Republican lawmakers lined up to condemn the secrecy.

“To disregard, to repudiate, close to 60 million Americans in the 2016 election, if they are going to do that, do it in public,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican. “Show your faces so we can all see the travesty you are trying to foist on America.”

Schiff and Pelosi have defended the process by equating the panels in the closed-door inquiry to a grand jury and Schiff to the role of prosecutor, acting much like former special counsel Robert Mueller. Schiff said public hearings will take place, and transcripts will be released at some point. READ MORE

via SHOWDOWN: Adam Schiff Literally Runs Away As Group Of 30 House Republicans Storm The Democrats Closed-Door Secret Sham Impeachment Proceedings — Now The End Begins

DUH: Biden Apologizes For Calling Clinton Impeachment A ‘Lynching’ After Ripping Trump For Calling His Impeachment A ‘Lynching’ — The Gateway Pundit

You can’t make this stuff up, people.

President Trump on Tuesday compared the impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.”

“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!”

Joe Biden, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, was incensed.

“Impeachment is not ‘lynching,’ it is part of our Constitution,” the former vice president said. “Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It’s despicable.”

Then it turned out that Biden said EXACTLY THE SAME THING in 1998, when Bill Clinton was impeached.

“Even if the president should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense,” Biden said.

As he’s been doing since he first got into the race, Biden was forced to apologize.

“This wasn’t the right word to use and I’m sorry about that,” Biden wrote on Twitter. “Trump on the other hand chose his words deliberately today in his use of the word lynching and continues to stoke racial divides in this country daily.”

So Trump chose his words “deliberately” and Biden just “accidentally” said the words? How is the same word OK when Biden utters it but racist when Trump says it?

Like we said, you just can’t make this stuff up.

via DUH: Biden Apologizes For Calling Clinton Impeachment A ‘Lynching’ After Ripping Trump For Calling His Impeachment A ‘Lynching’ — The Gateway Pundit

GOP Lawmakers Storm Secure Impeachment Chamber – Stage ‘Sit-In’ – Then Order Pizza! — The Gateway Pundit

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday barged into the secret impeachment chamber, defended President Trump and shouted at the lawless Democrats.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus such as Reps. Biggs, Meadows, Gohmert, Jordan and Gaetz led the way Wednesday.

The House Democrats brought in Pentagon official Laura Cooper for another secret hearing and the Republicans were not having it and stormed the SCIF [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility].

The Republicans staged a “sit-in” and ordered pizza!

GOP Reps. Scalise and Jordan bought Domino’s Pizza and offered some to the press.

Meadows delivered 14 boxes of Domino’s Pizza to the reporters who were camped out.

Reporters told Meadows they couldn’t accept gifts to which he replied, “There is no quid pro quo. You can eat it!”

House Intel Chairman Adam Schiff, who has been conducting secret impeachment hearings and denying Trump due process, left the room like a coward after Republicans stormed the chamber and began shouting at the lawless Democrats.

via GOP Lawmakers Storm Secure Impeachment Chamber – Stage ‘Sit-In’ – Then Order Pizza! — The Gateway Pundit

October 23, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

33:6 By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. This verse implies a familiarity with Genesis 1. The “word of the Lord” is an allusion to God’s speaking the world into existence, “And God said.” The psalmist mentions only the “heavens,” because he wants to call attention to their “starry host.” But immediately 33:7 turns our attention to the earth by reference to “the waters of the sea,” using the plural form of the word for “deep” (tehomot), which along with the phrase “breath [ruah] of his mouth” (33:6) brings to mind Genesis 1:2: “Darkness was over the surface of the deep [tehom], and the Spirit of God [ruah ’elohim, “Spirit of God” or “breath of God”] was hovering over the waters.” The implication of “breath of his mouth” seems to be the creative Spirit, which we may assume operates in and through the spoken word, “And God said.” “Spirit of God” and “breath of his mouth” are equivalent terms, virtually synonymous with the “word of the Lord.”[1]


6. “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made.” The angelic heavens, the sidereal heavens, and the firmament or terrestrial heavens, were all made to start into existence by a word; what if we say by the Word, “For without him was not anything made that is made.” It is interesting to note the mention of the Spirit in the next clause, “and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth;” the word “breath” is the same as is elsewhere rendered Spirit. Thus the three persons of the Godhead unite in creating all things. How easy for the Lord to make the most ponderous orbs, and the most glorious angels! A word, a breath could do it. It is as easy for God to create the universe as for a man to breathe, nay, far easier, for man breathes not independently, but borrows the breath in his nostrils from his Maker. It may be gathered from this verse that the constitution of all things is from the infinite wisdom, for his word may mean his appointment and determination. A wise and merciful Word has arranged, and a living Spirit sustains all the creation of Jehovah.[2] †


33:6 — By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

The Gospel of John calls Jesus “the Word” and says, “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3). Paul adds that everything was made for Him (Col. 1:16).[3]


33:6 God’s power and wisdom displayed in creation and in providence encourage praise and encourage hope in his salvation. Instances of temporal salvation look forward to eternal salvation in Christ (see 33:22; Matt. 1:21; Luke 2:30).[4]


33:6 By the word of Yahweh The word of Yahweh is both trustworthy and powerful. He created the heavens and earth by His word.[5]


33:6 This verse and what follows specify this psalm as a creation hymn (along with Pss 8 and 104). Even though they refer to different things, the word of the Lord here and in v. 4 are related in that they both originate with God. The Lord of creation is the God of revelation. This is distinctive from other ancient world religions that had myths of creation involving a “creative word” but did not tie that act to any subsequent history. In the biblical text, the God of history who interacts with his people is the same God who spoke the world into existence (see note at v. 9). This brings together the general revelation of creation and the special revelation that God gave to his people (see note at 19:7–9).[6]


6. By the word of Jehovah. That he may stir us up to think more closely of God’s works, he brings before us the creation of the world itself; for until God be acknowledged as the Creator and Framer of the world, who will believe that he attends to the affairs of men, and that the state of the world is controlled by his wisdom and power? But the creation of the world leads us by direct consequence to the providence of God. Not that all men reason so justly, or are endued with so sound a judgment, as to conclude that the world is at this day maintained by the same divine power which was once put forth in creating it: on the contrary, the great majority imagine that he is an idle spectator in heaven of whatever is transacted on earth. But no man truly believes that the world was created by God unless he is also firmly persuaded that it is maintained and preserved by him. Wisely and properly, therefore, does the prophet carry us back to the very origin of the world, in order to fix in our minds the certainty of God’s providence in the continual order of nature. By the figure synecdoche, he uses the term heavens for the whole fabric of the world, because, as I have elsewhere remarked, the sight of the heavens more than all the other parts of creation transports us with admiration. He therefore immediately adds, And all the host of them, by which phraseology, according to the usual method of Scripture, he means the stars and planets; for if the heavens were destitute of this ornament, they would in a manner be empty. In saying that the heavens were created by the word of God, he greatly magnifies his power, because by his nod alone, without any other aid or means, and without much time or labour,2 he created so noble and magnificent a work. But although the Psalmist sets the word of God and the breath of his mouth in opposition both to all external means, and to every idea of painful labour on God’s part, yet we may truly and certainly infer from this passage, that the world was framed by God’s Eternal Word, his only begotten Son. Ancient interpreters have, with considerable ingenuity, employed this passage as a proof of the eternal Deity of the Holy Spirit against the Sabellians. But it appears from other places, particularly from Isaiah 11:4, that by the breath of the mouth is meant nothing else but speech. For it is there said concerning Christ, “He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” As powerful and effective speech is there allegorically denominated the rod of his mouth; so in like manner, for another purpose it is denominated in the immediately succeeding clause the breath of his mouth, to mark the difference that exists between God’s speech and the empty sounds which proceed from the mouths of men. In proving the Divinity of the Holy Spirit, therefore, I durst not press this text against Sabellius. Let us account it sufficient that God has formed the heavens by his Word in such a manner as to prove the eternal Deity of Christ. Should any object that these divine persons would not appear distinct if the terms Word and Breath are synonymous; I answer, that the term breath is not employed here simply as in other places, in which there is evidently a distinction made between the Word and the Spirit; but the breath of his mouth is used figuratively for the very utterance of speech; as if it had been said, As soon as God uttered the breath of his mouth, or proclaimed in word what he wished to be done, the heavens were instantly brought into existence, and were furnished, too, with an inconceivable number and variety of stars. It is indeed true that this similitude is borrowed from men; but the Scriptures often teach in other places, that the world was created by that Eternal Word, who, being the only begotten Son of God, appeared afterwards in flesh.[7]


Ver. 6.—By the word of the Lord were the heavens made. God is to be praised, not only for his goodness, but also for his greatness, and especially for his greatness in creation (see Ps. 19:1–6). The heavens were made “by his word” in a double sense—by the Word, who is the Second Person of the Trinity (John 1:3; Heb. 1:2, 10), and by a mere utterance, without the employment of any mechanical means, as we learn from Gen. 1:6–8. And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. The “host of heaven” is here, undoubtedly, the host of heavenly bodies—the sun, moon, and stars—as in Gen. 2:1. These were made “by the breath of God’s mouth;” i.e. by his simple utterance of the command—“Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven, to divide the day from the night” (Gen. 1:14; comp. Job 26:13).[8]


[1] Bullock, C. H. (2015). Psalms 1–72. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (Vol. 1, pp. 246–247). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[2] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 27-57 (Vol. 2, pp. 105–106). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ps 33:6). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[4] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 977). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[5] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ps 33:6). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[6] Warstler, K. R. (2017). Psalms. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 845). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[7] Calvin, J., & Anderson, J. (2010). Commentary on the Book of Psalms (Vol. 1, pp. 542–543). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[8] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 246). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

‘Corruption Is Your Power’: Fiery Backlash as Hillary Clinton Quotes Beyonce Amid 2020 Bid Rumours | Sputnik International

As the US presidential primaries are to be held from February to June 2020, rumours are running high if Hillary Clinton will indeed enter the fray at the last minute, with even POTUS Trump welcoming her to do so provided she “explains her misdemeanours”.

Source: ‘Corruption Is Your Power’: Fiery Backlash as Hillary Clinton Quotes Beyonce Amid 2020 Bid Rumours

FINALLY! GOP Lawmakers Storm Secure Impeachment Chamber, Defend Trump, Shout at Lawless Dems – Coward Schiff Leaves Room! — The Gateway Pundit

Finally!

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday barged into the secret impeachment chamber, defended President Trump and shouted at the lawless Democrats.

The House Democrats brought in Pentagon official Laura Cooper for another secret hearing and the Republicans were not having it.

Things got so heated that the cowardly House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) left the room.

GOP lawmakers barged into the room and began shouting.

Cowardly Schiff got up and left the room!

Kansas GOP Rep Marshall said Schiff “just got up and left. He doesn’t have the guts to tell us why we can’t come in the room. Why he doesn’t want this to be transparent. It’s the biggest facade. The biggest farce”

About 30 Republican lawmakers staged a “sit-in” inside of the secure House Intel Committee rooms.

30 Republicans flooded the room before Cooper was about to begin.

Some of the Republican lawmakers brought their cell phones into the SCIF [Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility] so the Dems are sweeping the area.

via FINALLY! GOP Lawmakers Storm Secure Impeachment Chamber, Defend Trump, Shout at Lawless Dems – Coward Schiff Leaves Room! — The Gateway Pundit

Thousands of Witches Are Organizing a Ritual to Cast Spell on Donald Trump — Pulpit & Pen

Witches and other occultists have planned to curse Donald Trump by casting a “binding spell” on him.

Before Halloween on October 25th at 11:59 PM, these witches are planning to perform a ritual to “bind” the President. Witches have been trying to cast spells on Trump since his inauguration in 2017.

A Facebook group with roughly 13,000 members was casting “spells” on the President regularly. When Supreme Court Justice, Brett Kavanaugh, was appointed witches gathered in New York to perform a cursing ritual on him and the administration.

By performing this ritual and putting a “Bind” on President Trump, the witches believe they are channeling energy that can limit Trump’s power.

Kate Douchette, a self-proclaimed “resistance witch,” told Vox that for her practicing a binding spell is “very similar to prayer — which I’ve had no use for, for most of my life”

The rise in occultism, Wiccan, and pagan ideologies, in the US and among “Christians” is not new.

In 2014, the Pew Research Center, revealed that 0.4% (1 in 1.5 million) of Americans identify as pagan or Wiccan.

Read more: Thousands of Witches Are Organizing a Ritual to Cast Spell on Donald Trump — Pulpit & Pen

HILLAWEEN 3: Clinton Rises From Dead, Still Might Make 2020 Run — The Gateway Pundit

Like an unkillable zombie, she’s back.Well, she never really left, did she?

Hillary Clinton is the undead. Nearly three years after her humiliating defeat to President Trump, the two-time loser is the talk of the political world. Everyone wants to know one thing: Will she or won’t she? Even conservative blogger Matt Drudge got in on the act Tuesday, posting a picture of Clinton wearing a witch’s hat with the all-capitals headline: “Dem Halloween: Hillary leaves door open.”

Just days before All Hallow’s Eve, Clinton is rising from the dead to skulk across the misty moors.

Clinton and daughter Chelsea were at Revolution Hall in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday hawking their new book when a moderator brought up 2020. “All that matters is that we win,” Clinton said, according to KGW8-TV.

“I hate to be so, you know, simplistic about it. We have to nominate the best —” she said. Just then, an audience member interrupted, yelling: “You!”

“Oh, my. Well, thank you,” Clinton said with a smile. But instead of shooting down the notion, she plowed straight into a campaign speech. “I just feel so strongly that, look, I just want to say a little bit more about this, because what’s going on now with the impeachment inquiry is not a choice; it was an obligation under the Constitution.”

This has become an annual ritual. Back in 2018 — right around Halloween — Clinton was asked, “Do you want to run again?”

“No, no,” she replied, prompting laughter. Then she added: “I’d like to be president.” Uh

But by March she was definitely back out. Now, though, the stories are coming with a furious pace. “Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, ‘Is There Anybody Else?’” The New York Times wrote on Tuesday.

“When a half-dozen Democratic donors gathered at the Whitby Hotel in Manhattan last week, the dinner began with a discussion of which presidential candidates the contributors liked. But as conversations among influential Democrats often go these days, the meeting quickly evolved into a discussion of who was not in the race — but could be lured in,” the piece said, before offering up former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Clinton.

“Democrats’ 2020 race has a new shadow: Hillary Clinton,” The Associated Press also wrote Tuesday.

“The first woman to win a major party presidential nomination — and the national popular vote leader with almost 3 million more votes than Trump — Clinton remains a popular figure in her party, even after enduring criticism for losing key Midwestern states to Trump,” AP wrote.

On Monday, The New York Times wrote a fawning piece headlined, “Hillary Clinton, Master Troll?” The piece included this subheadline: “Freed of the constraints of public office, Clinton seems to be living her best life.”

And Clinton has been out there pitching herself — as she has been for nearly three years — with endless book tours and repeated appearances on networks controlled by friendly liberals.

“We have very admirable candidates vying for the nomination, but at the end of the day there are a lot of forecasters that are saying, ‘Look, if the economy stays in good shape and he’s not impeached or he’s impeached but not convicted, it’s going to be very, very hard because of all of the advantages he will have,’” Clinton said in Portland.

Last week, Clinton went further, saying “maybe there does need to be a rematch. Obviously, I can beat him again,” referring to her pulling in 3 million more votes than Trump (although he crushed her in the Electoral College by 304-227).

Not everyone is excited about the prospect of  Clinton entering the 2020 race. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey said Monday in New Hampshire: “We need to focus on winning this election talking about the urgencies that we have before us.

Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, meanwhile, thinks Clinton will jump in. “She is running. She’s just throwing to decide how to fit her way in,” he said. “She is a very formidable candidate.”

Dick Morris, a former longtime adviser to Bill Clinton, also now says Clinton is likely running.

“There’s a test you can do at home,” Morris said Sunday on “The Cats Roundtable” on New York AM 970 radio. “Just put your fingers on her wrist, and if you feel a pulse, you know she’s going to run.”

If it’s Halloween, the undead come out to play. And that includes Hillary Clinton.

She really might have one more life after all.

*Joseph Curl ran the Drudge Report from 2010 to 2014 and covered the White House for a dozen years. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twitter at @JosephCurl. A version of this article ran previously in The Washington Times.

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Turks appeased, Kurds saved, US gets breathing space: ‘Russia takes on job that US failed at’ in Syria | RT World News

A Russian-Turkish deal on security arrangements in northeastern Syria is a major win for Moscow’s diplomatic approach, but Washington was hardly crushed by it, Middle East experts tell RT.

On Tuesday the security crisis in northeastern Syria, which was triggered by US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops embedded with Kurdish militias in the face of a looming Turkish crackdown, deflated. The breakthrough comes from Russia, where Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian host Vladimir Putin signed a short agreement on how security should be provided along the Syrian-Turkish border. So apparently Washington’s threat to use military force against its NATO ally Turkey won’t have to be backed by actual Tomahawk missile barrages.

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The agreement provides for the withdrawal of Kurdish militias, whom Ankara considers terrorists, back from a border zone, with Syrian government forces stepping in as border guards. Turkey gets to keep, for now, the part of territory that it seized over the previous days, but is no longer trying to seize the entire length of the border with its many Kurdish settlements. Russian military police will be deployed as well, including for joint patrols with Turkish soldiers to ensure that everybody keeps calm and stays away from their enemies.

A win for Russian brand of diplomacy

The arrangement has proven that Russia can act as a mediator in a very complex situation and avert the worst outcomes, like massive loss of civilian life that many predicted could happen if the situation in northeastern Syria escalated, Grigory Lukyanov, senior lecturer at the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics, told RT.

“Russia is taking upon itself certain responsibilities that the United States failed to deliver, both to the Syrian Kurds and to Turkey,” he said. “That was taken in all seriousness in the region and elsewhere.”

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Trump ‘fully prepared’ for military action against Turkey – Pompeo

The Syrian Kurds enjoyed American protection from Turkey after playing the role of ground forces for the US-backed military campaign targeting jihadists in Syria. But Ankara was irritated by the US arming and training Kurdish militias, seeing them as a threat to its national security. Washing hands of them subjected Trump to fierce criticism at home, with commenters accusing him of greenlighting a massacre. The Russian-Turkish deal seems to have averted that scenario.

“The main goal of the agreement was to suspend the military aspect of the Turkish Operation Spring of Peace,” Lukyanov said. “We’ll see how the deal is implemented in practice. As far as we know, both Turkish and Russian leadership have vested interest in the deal to work.”

Not much of a defeat for Washington

The expert warned against treating the development as a humiliating defeat for Washington, contrary to what some observers in the United States and in Russia say. “Seeing everything in the context of Russian-American relations is counterproductive. The situation in Syria proves it,” he explained.

The surprise American pullout puts it into a stronger negotiation position with Turkey and is actually half-hearted. Washington seems to have no intention to evacuate its military base from the Syrian-Jordanian border. And it will even keep military presence in the Kurdish lands, just not at the border with Turkey.

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Of course “securing the oil” is morally a far worse justification for having boots on the ground than “defeating terrorists” or “protecting our allies,” Ruslan Mamedov, a Middle East analyst from the Russian International Affairs Council, a Moscow-based think-tank, told RT. The US president may try to score a few political points from taking those troops out closer to the 2020 election in the US.

“Trump may declare another withdrawal of troops from Syria as part of his reelection strategy just to say ‘I promised it and I have delivered.’ Even if in practice some of the troops stay,” he said.

The continued American military presence in Syria no longer serves the goals of US foreign policy, Lukyanov said. After all, Washington seems uninterested in how the post-war transition in the country will unfold.

“The Russian-Turkish deal, on the contrary, was signed by the sides directly involved in determining Syria’s future and interested in an expedited resolution of the conflict,” he said.

Source: Turks appeased, Kurds saved, US gets breathing space: ‘Russia takes on job that US failed at’ in Syria

‘Impeach Pelosi’ Petition Surpasses Quarter-Million Signatures on White House Website | CNS News

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Getty Images/Alex Wong) A White House website “We the People” petition calling on Congress to “IMPEACH Pelosi for treason!” has garnered more than a quarter-million signatures to-date.

Source: ‘Impeach Pelosi’ Petition Surpasses Quarter-Million Signatures on White House Website

Pence, on ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ Pushes Back on Democrats’ Impeachment Fury | LifeZette

In an in-depth interview on Tuesday night with host Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle,” Vice President Mike Pence touched on a wide range of topics both domestic and international.

Regarding the situation with the Kurds in northern Syria, he commented, “We hope that literally before the day is out tomorrow, that we’ll be moving into a permanent ceasefire.”

And he was right — as Trump has just announced a permanent ceasefire.

See the tweets just below on this:

Pence also acknowledged that there has been GOP criticism of the redeployment of U.S. troops in the area, most notably from consistent presidential detractor Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

Pence said Romney’s statement that it was “too late” to impact the situation and other criticisms of the president on this issue were “quite beyond me” — and that the senator’s take on this was “disappointing.”

Related: Why Trump Is Right About the Kurds, Period

On the USMCA — the trade agreement between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to replace NAFTA — Pence put the blame for the delay in implementation squarely on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), noting, “It’s been sitting on her desk.”

What he did not mention is that Pelosi doesn’t want to give the Trump administration an economic victory, regardless of the potential positive consequences for working Americans — she knows it would play well in the battleground states the Democrats need to recapture to beat President Donald Trump.

Pence touched on deep-state power at the State Department when Ingraham asked him about the number of diplomats willing to break protocol and tradition — and march up to Capitol Hill to publicly criticize the president.

This is in direct contravention of an order by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: “There’s no question that when President Trump said we’re going to drain the swamp, that an awful lot of the swamp has been caught up in the State Department bureaucracy.”

And on the large elephant in the room — impeachment — Pence vigorously defended the president and added, “We’re going to be out there telling the truth about this president’s record, and we’re going to be telling the truth about this partisan impeachment.”

Mike Pence has a reputation in his home state of Indiana and in D.C. as a straight shooter and an upfront guy.

He’s not naïve or gullible, however. Unlike most of elected Washington, he tries to do what is right on a regular basis.

Related: GOP Lawmaker ‘Destroys’ Key Part of Trump Impeachment Witness Testimony, McCarthy Says

That context makes this interview interesting.

While other veeps would be sending out half-signals and trimming their sails, knowing that impeachment could go a long way to putting them in the big chair, Pence is firmly loyal to Trump — the man and his office.

He doesn’t seem to have the local malady of “Potomac fever,” which would be the unbridled and overweening need to be president.

That would make him a rarity in the nation’s capital — and is yet another reason he is taken at his word.

Pence’s strong presence and his thoughtful comments last night were proof he will be a valuable asset to the president and the country in the tumultuous days ahead.

Source: Pence, on ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ Pushes Back on Democrats’ Impeachment Fury

Republicans Blast ‘Illegitimate’ Impeachment Fueled by ‘Triple Hearsay’ as Dem ‘Lynching’ Hypocrisy Exposed — CBN News feeds

The fierce feud over Democratic efforts to impeach President Donald Trump is heating up to new levels this week as Republicans label the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry “illegitimate”. And President Trump is describing the impeachment probe as a “lynching”, sparking a whole new debate.

Democrats say that term is offensive, but critics are saying those claims are hypocritical, pointing out that Joe Biden, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, and other Democrats used similar “lynching” terms in the 90’s when they were opposing the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

Some Republican lawmakers are defending the president’s comment, saying the closed-door sessions deprive the president of the opportunity to defend himself.

In fact, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) plans to introduce a resolution condemning the closed-door impeachment inquiry, which he calls “illegitimate.”

“We cannot allow future presidents and this president to be impeached based on an inquiry in the House that’s never been voted upon, that does not allow the president to confront the witnesses against him, call witnesses on his behalf and cross-examine people who are accusing him of misdeeds,” Graham said on Fox News’ Hannity.

One of those witnesses, acting US ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, testified Tuesday that he was told that if the president of Ukraine did not announce he was launching investigations into Joe Biden and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election, Trump would not release aid to Ukraine or agree to a White House meeting.

The testimony also said Trump repeatedly told officials he wasn’t after a “quid pro quo,” but established a trade between the US aid and the investigations.

A White House statement calls Taylor’s testimony a “triple hearsay” and said the career diplomat is a “radical unelected bureaucrat”.

Vice President Mike Pence insisted there was no “quid pro quo.”

“The American people can read the transcript of the phone call the president had with President Zelensky, and they will see there was no quid pro quo,” Pence told Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle.

But Democratic Rep. Andy Levin of Michigan found Taylor’s testimony troubling. “In my ten short months in Congress – it’s not even noon, right? – and this is my most disturbing day in Congress so far,” Levin said.

Meanwhile, the president is under fire for describing the impeachment inquiry as a “lynching”.

“How dare he compare our constitutional obligation for oversight to a hate crime,” said Democrat Rep. Karen Bass who is the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.

But on CBN News’ Faith Nation, a member of the Trump Leadership Council, Dr. Bill Bennett, said it was not a problem to use that word.

“The president is visceral in his reactions – I don’t know if you’ve noticed that – but he tends to say the first thing that comes into his head,” Bennett said. “Yeah, I think it’s okay, as I think you pointed out, ‘high-tech lynching’ is what Clarence Thomas said.”

“The Clinton protestors talked about lynching; lynching has become a term much more broadly in use,” he continued.

Still, Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden blasted Trump for using the term, and he was then exposed in viral videos showing him using the same word in the Clinton impeachment era.

Meanwhile, on the issue of those closed-door hearings, Democrats say they plan to hold public hearings in coming weeks.

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