Daily Archives: November 13, 2019

November 13 Forging Ahead

Scripture Reading: John 12:23–26

Key Verse: John 12:26

If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

The world is constantly vying for our attention. On the left, on the right—its relentless assault can cause us to lose our way quickly if we are not careful. But clinging to God no matter how good or bad our circumstances are keeps us walking closely with Him.

God is the guiding light in our lives, leading us by the voice of His Holy Spirit to a place of life. However, what we forget in our relationship with Him is that we are followers—He is the one leading us.

Whenever the distractions disorient us, we forget that God is our leader. Instead, we try to coerce Him to follow us, getting out of step with what He wants for our lives. Jesus told His disciples that following Him meant staying with Him (John 12:26). Serving the Lord does not happen if we are not walking with Him. And we cannot walk with Him if we are racing ahead of the pace He sets for us. Sometimes getting ahead of God and forging ahead on our own conveys the message that we do not need His help.

As His beloved children, we know that to serve and honor Him as He deserves, we must listen closely to His guidance for our lives through His Word, His Holy Spirit, and other wise believers around us.

Remove all the distractions, Lord. Help me to keep my eyes focused on You so I can keep in step with You.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 332). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

November 13 Seeking God’s Guidance

Scripture Reading: Psalm 16:7–11

Key Verse: Proverbs 8:11

Wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her.

When we talk about the wisdom of man, we’re usually referring to mental ability, the capability to know and to achieve. We also use the word wisdom to refer to spiritual perception and insight on living.

The wisdom of God encompasses a far different realm. As Paul expressed it, His wisdom is so far above ours, there is no rational comparison: “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Cor. 1:25 nasb). Paul was speaking in figurative terms to say that if there were anything about God’s thinking that could be called foolishness, even that would be superior to our highest wisdom.

Jerry Bridges explains the significance of God’s wisdom to our faith in his book Trusting God:

When we stop and think about it, we know in our heart of hearts that God does not make any mistakes in our lives … God does know what He is doing. God is infinite in His wisdom. He always knows what is best for us and what is the best way to bring about that result …

We all recognize that human wisdom at its best is fallible … All of us from time to time agonize over some important decisions, trying to determine the best course of action. But God never has to agonize over a decision … His wisdom is intuitive, infinite, and infallible … (Psalm 147:5).

Father God, Your wisdom is intuitive, infinite, and infallible. I need wisdom for my spiritual journey. On the basis of Your Word, I claim it right now![1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 332). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

US budget deficit jumps above $1 trillion for the first time in more than 6 years | Business Insider

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  • The gap between federal expenditures and receipts grew 34% from a year earlier to $134 billion in October.
  • Lawmakers typically have more tools to reduce the national debt when the economy is in a solid place.
  • But recent legislation, including sweeping tax cuts that took effect last year, has continued to take it the opposite direction.
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The US budget deficit continued to swell at the start of the fiscal year, as government spending outpaced revenue despite solid economic growth.

The gap between federal expenditures and receipts grew 34% from a year earlier to $134 billion in October, the Treasury Department said in its monthly budget statement Wednesday. That brought the 12-month deficit above $1 trillion for the first time in more than six years.

Receipts last month were down about 3% from the same month a year ago to $246 billion, partly due to calendar quirks that affected the time of payments. Outlays rose 8% to $380 billion.

In congressional testimony hours earlier, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned that such a pace was unsustainable and would undermine the country’s ability to fight a recession.

“Even with lower rates and even with decent growth, there is still going to be a need to reduce these deficits,” Powell told the Joint Economic Committee. “Frankly, if we don’t do it, what happens is our children will wind up spending their tax dollars on interest rather than things they really need.”

Lawmakers typically have more tools to reduce the national debt when the economy is in a solid place. But recent legislation, including sweeping tax cuts that took effect last year, has continued to take it the opposite direction.

In June, a Republican congressman who helped craft the $1.5 trillion package walked back the longstanding claim that a tax cut would pay for itself. The GOP had argued that lower taxes would lift the economy enough to make up for the loss in federal revenue.

A bipartisan budget agreement President Donald Trump signed into law in August lifted the debt ceiling and increased spending by about $320 billion. That could amount to a $1.7 trillion increase in projected debt levels over the next decade, according to estimates from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.

With growth set to slow in the coming months, deficit projections are poised to increase further.


Source: US budget deficit jumps above $1 trillion for the first time in more than 6 years

Capitol Building To Be Decorated As Giant Circus Tent For Duration Of Impeachment Hearings — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In honor of the impeachment hearings beginning this week, the Capitol Building has been decorated to look like a giant circus tent.

As soon as congressional maintenance staff heard that the impeachment hearings were going to begin, they went into storage and got out “the Big Top,” also used during the Kavanaugh hearings last year.

“We keep the Big Top on hand for certain situations,” said one staff member. “Usually these big inquisition-style trials, that kind of thing. They’re great entertainment. And the kids love the monkeys.”

Congressional vendors will be selling peanuts, popcorn, programs, and those big foam fingers to enhance viewers’ experience.

Rep. Adam Schiff was furious with the changes, saying they make a mockery out of a serious show trial.

“These are serious proceedings, and we will not have them mocked!” Schiff cried, wearing a clown nose, riding an elephant, and juggling fourteen flaming bowling pins. “The American public needs to know how super serious we are about this.”

“And now for my last stunt, I will create evidence for impeachment out of thin air!”

via Capitol Building To Be Decorated As Giant Circus Tent For Duration Of Impeachment Hearings — The Babylon Bee

Adam Schiff’s Star Witness Just Admitted Burisma Should Be Investigated For Corruption — The Federalist

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent made the case for launching an investigation into the Bidens and their involvement in Ukraine.

via Adam Schiff’s Star Witness Just Admitted Burisma Should Be Investigated For Corruption — The Federalist

Rush Limbaugh on Today’s Snoozer: Democrats Debut Boring Impeachment Show Starring Self-Important Deep State Nerds — The Gateway Pundit

SCHIFF’S star witness and BLOWHARD Ambassador Taylor COULDN’T STOP TALKING!

Ambassador Taylor started speaking at 10:52 Eastern Time.

Taylor spoke for 41 minutes in his opening statement!

He lost EVERYONE! And said NOTHING!
Taylor did not stop talking until 11:33 ET!

America’s radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on Schiff’s snoozer.

Via The Rush Limbaugh Show:

RUSH: All right. Has Nancy Pelosi started to panic yet? ‘Cause, folks, I have to tell you, based on the buildup and all morning today I was watching cable news, I’m going back and forth, and I’m hearing: The opening hour is gonna be a blockbuster. Schiff has got his two most powerful witnesses coming up, and it’s gonna be a blockbuster. You’re not gonna want to miss this.

And they lost the audience in the first 10 minutes of this thing after Schiff and Nunes finished their statements. I mean, it has been flat-out boring as a television show. Now, you may say, “Rush, that’s not the way to look at this.” But it is because that’s how it’s been promoted. It’s been promoted as a blockbuster hour, a blockbuster opening. And I’m telling you, folks, that’s not what this has been.

What we have here, what we really have here is exactly what I said yesterday. This is opening up for the American people to see exactly what this deep state is, whatever you want to call it. We have here a bunch of professional nerds who wear their bow ties and they have their proper diplospeak. And what are they upset about? They’re upset that Donald Trump used irregular channels on foreign policy, that he might have used — and they spit the name out — Rudy Giuliani, ew, yuk.

These guys are simply ticked off that they were not listened to. They are ticked off that they were not heard. I’ve been watching the questioning of Ambassador Taylor here. He is the big gun of the day. And the lawyer that Schiff hired to come in is actually an MSNBC contributor. This lead council, this Goldman guy, is from MSNBC, and he’s having to lead Taylor through every question. “Well, now, but then what did you say?”

“Well, I was…” (mumbling)

“But why did you say that?”


“And then after you said that, what did you say next?


“And then look at this text that you sent. What you mean by this text?”


Read the rest here.

The post Rush Limbaugh on Today’s Snoo

via Rush Limbaugh on Today’s Snoozer: Democrats Debut Boring Impeachment Show Starring Self-Important Deep State Nerds — The Gateway Pundit

“And You’re Their Star Witness?” – BOOM! Jim Jordan RIPS TO SHREDS Schiff’s Star Witness Anti-Trumper Ambassador Taylor (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

“I’ve seen church prayer chains that are easier to understand than this!”

— Rep. Jim Jordan.

BOOM! Jim Jordan just destroyed Schiff’s star witness Ambassador Taylor.


Jim Jordan got Ambassador Taylor to admit that everything he has said in his testimony is based on second-hand, third-hand and fourth-hand information!

via “And You’re Their Star Witness?” – BOOM! Jim Jordan RIPS TO SHREDS Schiff’s Star Witness Anti-Trumper Ambassador Taylor (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

**DEAD SILENCE!** – Rep. John Ratcliffe STUMPS SCHIFF’S TOP WITNESSES — They Can’t Name a Crime Trump Committed!! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) tore into Adam Schiff’s top witnesses today.

Rep. Ratcliffe, a former US Attorney from Texas, destroyed the Democrats’ star witnesses.

At one point Ratcliffe asked Ambassador and George Kent to name the crime that President Trump committed on his call with President Zelensky?

Rep Ratcliffe: So in this impeachment hearing today where we impeach presidents for treason or bribery or other high crimes, where is the impeachable offense in that call? Are either of you here today to assert there was an impeachable offense in that call?


They sat in silence. They could not answer.


via **DEAD SILENCE!** – Rep. John Ratcliffe STUMPS SCHIFF’S TOP WITNESSES — They Can’t Name a Crime Trump Committed!! (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Adam Schiff Begins Public Hearings For Impeachment Sham In Kangaroo Court Today As He Shuts Down Republicans From Speaking To Witnesses — Now The End Begins

Americans and the world can decide for themselves as House Democrats let the public in to the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Adam Schiff got his impeachment sham hearings off to a rousing start today by doing his level best to shut down due process from the Republican side of the aisle. It is beyond obvious to anyone watching that the only point to this kangaroo court is to find something, anything, with which they can ‘stop Trump!’ from winning in 2020. History will not be kind to the Democratic Party, and this pathetic mockery of our judicial system.

He has the huge, bug-eyed look of someone who looks like he would be more at home in the Reichstag than in the Congress of the United States. The Democrats lied about the Russian Dossier, they lied about Russian Collusion, the lied about the Mueller Report and now, they are lying about Ukraine and covering for Joe and Hunter Biden. How does this end? It doesn’t. If they fail to impeachment President Trump, they will immediately move to the next made up hoax that they will attempt to smear him with. If Trump wins in 2020, expect 4 more years of endless lies from Adam Schiff the Democrats. Also, expect at some point the attempted assassination of the president which is what they will do when they have exhausted all other avenues.

America is crumbling because America has finally come under the judgment of God.

‘Sad day’ or ‘scam’?

FROM THE AP: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff opened the first hearings Wednesday into Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden’s family.

“Must we simply ‘get over it?’” Adam Schiff asked in the hearing’s first moments.

Other big questions loom, including how strongly officials connected what Trump called that “favor” to U.S. military aid for Ukraine. Impeachable offenses? Worthy of Trump’s removal? And, critically, will a parade of diplomats and their accounts nudge more Americans behind formally charging Trump in the shadow of the 2020 elections?

Here’s what to know about the first hearing, with the charge d’affaires in Ukraine, William Taylor, and a career diplomat, George Kent, at the witness table:



“The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Expect numerous mentions of Article 2, Section 4 of the Constitution, especially on whether Trump’s own words and actions meet the vague threshold of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Some Democrats and diplomats say conditioning U.S. aid on whether Ukraine goes after Biden’s son Hunter sounds like “bribery.” Republicans deny that, saying Trump did not explicitly offer aid for the Biden probe.

What it’s not: a trial, which would be conducted by the Senate if the House approves articles of impeachment. So no matter what the president tweets, he is not entitled to a defense attorney. The proceedings are the due process he says he’s being denied, though they are controlled by Democrats in ways Republicans will say is unfair.



It’s only the fourth time in American history that Congress has launched impeachment proceedings against a sitting president. Two of those — against Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton 130 years later — resulted in their impeachments, or formal charges approved by the House. Both were acquitted by the Senate.

President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 before the House could vote to impeach him.



With only hours to go before the hearing, Republicans and Democrats from Congress to the campaign trail were spinning their points of view.

“Well, it’s a calm day, it’s a prayerful day, it’s a solemn day for our country,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday night on the eve of the hearings. “It’s a sad day, which I wish we never had to face.”

“A phony show trial,” Trump groused a few hours later.

Trump also has called the process a “total impeachment scam.” He’s offering his own counterprogramming with a White House visit from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which is its own story of war, trade and tension.



whistleblower’s complaint about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy ignited the impeachment investigation. Trump responded on Sept. 24 by releasing a rough transcript.

During the hearing Wednesday, listen for discussion about a key exchange during that 30-minute call, in which Zelenskiy invokes the still-blocked military aid and the U.S. president responds: “I would like you to do us a favor though.” Trump then asks Zelenskiy to investigate a debunked conspiracy theory about the 2016 election and later explicitly mentions the Bidens.

Trump says the call was “perfect” and contained no “quid pro quo,” or this for that.

Democrats say it shows Trump using his office to pressure a foreign government to help him politically.



Democrats chose Taylor and Kent to start the storytelling of public hearings. They will describe a parallel foreign policy toward Ukraine led by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and other White House officials.

“I discovered a weird combination of encouraging, confusing and ultimately alarming circumstances,” Taylor testified in an Oct. 22 statement. He is a West Point graduate and Vietnam War veteran who has served under every presidential administration, Republican and Democrat, since 1985, and worked for then-Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J.

Kent, the bow tie-wearing career foreign service officer, testified on Oct. 15 that there were three words Trump wanted to hear from the Ukraine president: “Investigations, Biden and Clinton.”

He also told the investigators about the “campaign of lies” against former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch that he said was waged by Giuliani and contributed to her being recalled from the position.



Republicans have added House Rep. Jim Jordan to the Intelligence Committee. Although Nunes is the senior Republican, look for the congressman from Ohio to act as an especially fierce attacker of the witnesses’ credibility and the Democrats’ case for impeachment.

At its heart, the GOP argument is that the impeachment effort is unfair and sparked because “unelected and anonymous bureaucrats disagreed” with Trump’s decisions on Ukraine.

Some Republicans have urged the outing of the whistleblower.

U.S. whistleblower laws exist to protect the identity and careers of people who bring forward accusations of wrongdoing by government officials. Lawmakers in both parties have historically backed those protections. READ MORE

Adam Schiff Tries To Prevent Republicans From Calling Certain Witnesses

Before the witnesses even got a chance to speak, Adam Schiff shut down Republican efforts to call the whistleblower.

Devin Nunes Lists Everything The Dems Have Done To Push Impeachment

In his opening statement to the impeachment process, Devin Nunes listed all the actions that the Democrats have taken in an attempt to impeach President Trump.

via Adam Schiff Begins Public Hearings For Impeachment Sham In Kangaroo Court Today As He Shuts Down Republicans From Speaking To Witnesses — Now The End Begins

November 13 The Comfort of God

Scripture reading: Psalm 23:1–6

Key verse: Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you;

Be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,

Yes, I will help you,

I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

As Catherine Marshall turned to leave the room where her husband, Peter, had died, a portion of the Twenty–third Psalm came to mind, “Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life.” Those were words she had come to love and claim throughout the years. Now she felt it was God’s personal pledge to her.

She wrote,

During the funeral preparations and all the myriad decisions to be made, it was as though I were taken over and managed. In addition, a sort of protective shield was placed over my emotions. Somehow for those days I was lifted into a higher realm …

Then about eight days after Peter’s death, suddenly that higher realm in which I had been so lovingly enveloped was gone, and I plummeted to earth to stand again on feet of clay in the valley where salt tears and loneliness and the fear of coping alone with the problems of everyday life are all too real …

There is another side to God’s comfort for His ways are never man’s ways. It is not the feather-cushion kind or pat on the cheek … It does not tiptoe into the chamber of grief with its shuttered windows: it marches in. There is steel at its backbone. It is a bugle call for reinforcements … God comforts us with strength by adding resources. His way is not to whittle down the problem but to build up our ability to cope with it.

I praise You for Your comfort, Lord, which consoles me in times of need. Thank You for giving me the ability to face every adversity in Your strength.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 332). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Video: “The Spirit, Descending and Departing” by Alistair Begg — Truth For Life Blog

God chooses to use unlikely people for unlikely tasks in unlikely places. To serve the Lord, we’re not expected simply to muster up adequate inner strength. Rather, God Himself enables us through His Spirit. We see this illustrated in 1 Samuel when the Holy Spirit descended upon David and departed from Saul, radically altering both lives. To do God’s work, cautions Alistair Begg, we need the Spirit’s empowering. His presence is crucial, even as His absence is dreadful.

via Video: “The Spirit, Descending and Departing” by Alistair Begg — Truth For Life Blog

Joel Osteen Leads Kanye West To Top Of Lakewood Church To Tempt Him With All The Kingdoms Of The Earth In Their Splendor — The Babylon Bee

HOUSTON, TX—Joel Osteen, pastor of America’s largest megachurch immediately called up Kanye when he heard about the musician’s newfound Christian faith and immense star appeal.

Kanye was invited to a Sunday service at Lakewood Church. Meeting with West earlier this week, Osteen promised something “really flashy that I know you will like.” Lakewood Church is known to draw 45,000 attendees every week as well as tens of millions of viewers from home. Celebrities such as Oprah have been known to pop in from time to time to be encouraged with positive words of affirmation in attaining wealth, a sure sign of God’s blessing.

Reportedly, Osteen showed Kanye his 17,000-sf, $10 million River Oaks mansion, his sports cars, and his private jet and made several offers to Kanye that he should join Lakewood Church where all these things were possible for Kanye. None of this really impressed Kanye however. Osteen then had an idea. “Let’s head over to the church where there is a really great view.”

Reportedly, it was a very clear day as both men were able to see “all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.” Eyewitnesses say Osteen made Kanye an offer to join Lakewood church and “all this would be yours.”

“To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will,” said Osteen with a subtle “hiss” in his voice. “If you will just worship me, it will all be yours.”

At publishing time, the nation’s Christians were pleading that Kanye would make the right choice.

via Joel Osteen Leads Kanye West To Top Of Lakewood Church To Tempt Him With All The Kingdoms Of The Earth In Their Splendor — The Babylon Bee

Rand Paul Goes There – Drops ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella’s Name on Live Broadcast – Demands Testimony (AUDIO) — The Gateway Pundit

Rand Paul

Rand Paul finally went there — after threatening to out the CIA whistleleaker, the Kentucky Senator dropped Eric Ciaramella’s name during an interview on DC-based WMAL.

“I think Eric Ciaramella needs to be pulled in for testimony, and then I think it will be ultimately determined at that point,” Rand Paul said.

“But I think he is a person of interest in the sense that he was at the Ukraine desk when Joe Biden was there when Hunter Biden was working for the Ukrainian oligarch. So simply for that alone, I think he’s a material witness who needs to be brought in.”


“I think the whistleblower needs to come in because he needs to be asked about, did he know about the conflict of interest?” Paul added.

“He was there during the time of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden working for $50,000 a month for a Ukrainian oligarch, so he needs to be asked about that.”

Pencil neck Schiff isn’t going to be too happy about this!

Far left activist Attorney Mark Zaid, who represents the so-called ‘whistleblower’ in the Ukraine impeachment inquiry, warned Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) last Tuesday against publicizing the name of the ‘whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella.

Zaid said Rand Paul and President Trump would be responsible for any harm that befalls his client.

Senator Paul joined Bret Baier last Tuesday and said there is NO LAW that prevents him from disclosing the identity of the leaker.

Rand Paul also argued that the 6th Amendment of the Constitution affords you the right to confront your accuser in court.

Freshman Republican Dan Bishop also dropped Eric Ciaramella’s name this week arguing “He’s not Voldemort…he’s a Deep State conspirator.”

Thank you Senator Paul and Rep. Bishop!

via Rand Paul Goes There – Drops ‘Whistleblower’ Eric Ciaramella’s Name on Live Broadcast – Demands Testimony (AUDIO) — The Gateway Pundit

Former Clinton Adviser Has 2020 Advice for Hillary: ‘Go Home’ and ‘Shut Your Mouth’ | The Western Journal

Let’s hope Hillary was listening.

Fox News host Laura Ingraham closed out her show Tuesday night with a look at how 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is still flirting with the possibility of a 2020 rematch with President Donald Trump.

After playing excerpts of a Clinton interview with the BBC, where Clinton claimed that she was being pressured by supporters to consider another presidential run, Ingraham turned to veteran Democratic strategist Doug Schoen for his take on Clinton’s potential.

What he had to say wasn’t what Clinton backers wanted to hear.

But it likely had most of his viewers cheering.

In a nutshell, Schoen told Clinton to hang it up.

“My advice would be, ‘go home, close the door, shut your mouth, be quiet, and just forget about this,’” Schoen said.

“I mean, she lost when she shouldn’t have lost. Everything she’s said recently has been nuts.”

Check it out here.

Even the most die-hard Clinton supporters would have to admit Schoen has a point.

Not only has an unwieldy Democratic 2020 primary field drowned out any potential surge of Clinton support at this point, but the former secretary of state’s own actions also haven’t been exactly reassuring to the relatively few Democrats who might be pining to see her back on center stage.

Her comments branding Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard a Russian “asset” drew fire from all sides of the political spectrum – as well as a nasty letter from Gabbard’s lawyer.

RELATED: Did ABC Spike Epstein Story To Protect Hillary’s Campaign? The Time Frames Match

Clinton’s performance at the October memorial service for the late Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland – where she likened Trump to a modern “King Ahab” — was a disgrace.

And her decision to make a bizarre appearance in September, posing behind a mock-up of the desk in the Oval Office for an Italian art exhibit, was simply embarrassing — to herself and her country.

Schoen served as an adviser and pollster for Bill and Hillary Clinton during their years in the White House.

For the 2016 election, he couldn’t support Clinton because, as he wrote in a column for The Hill at the time, the scandals surrounding her – including her private email use as secretary of state – gave her too much baggage to be effective as president.

“I remain a Democrat and proud of the work I did for six years for President Bill Clinton between 1994 and 2000 and I write with extreme sadness. But I cannot in the waning days of the election make the case that Secretary Clinton should be elected,” Schoen wrote.

He couldn’t support her then, he can’t support her now — and the reasons are even better than before.

Let’s just hope Hillary was listening.

Source: Former Clinton Adviser Has 2020 Advice for Hillary: ‘Go Home’ and ‘Shut Your Mouth’

Democrats So Scared of Facing Trump in 2020, ‘They’re Trying to Frame Him:’ House Minority Leader | The Epoch Times

The Republican House leader says that Democrats’ fear of facing President Donald Trump in the upcoming election is spurring the impeachment inquiry and that “they’re trying to frame him.”

“We’ve never had an impeachment in the first term. They are so afraid of facing the president in the election, they’re trying to frame him,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House minority leader, said during a Nov. 13 appearance on “Fox & Friends.”

“They’ve already accused him of being guilty and they keep changing the term because they’re trying to find a crime.”

McCarthy’s appearance came shortly before the first public impeachment hearings were slated to be held on Capitol Hill, overseen by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

Schiff ordered fellow House members in a memo not to disrupt the hearings and said only members of his committee could speak during the hearing. Other members were welcome to sit in the audience, he said.

Schiff and House Democrats are probing Trump over his requests to Ukraine to “look into” 2016 election interference, citing possible corruption by former Vice President Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter Biden.

President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

Then-Vice President Joe Biden arrives for a meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Kyiv on Jan. 16, 2017. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Joe Biden in 2016 threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid from Ukraine unless its top prosecutor was ousted; that prosecutor had been probing Burisma, which employed Biden’s son from 2014 to 2019. Both Bidens have denied wrongdoing. Democrats say the request to see what happened with the Bidens amounted to interference in the upcoming election since Joe Biden is a Democratic presidential contender.

McCarthy on Fox said that the hearings Schiff has set up leave Trump without a proper defense.

“There’s no due process, the president’s attorney is not in the room, cannot cross-examine, we can not have our witnesses, we can’t have a whistleblower who this all started from, an individual who was not even on the phone call,” McCarthy said.

Republicans requested a number of witnesses over the weekend. Schiff has vetoed one request—the person who filed a complaint against Trump over the president’s July call with Ukraine’s president. Tim Morrison, a former National Security Council official, was one of the GOP requests and will be testifying on Nov. 19. Schiff is processing the others, he said over the weekend.

The GOP also wants Hunter Biden, Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, and Democratic National Committee contractor Alexandra Chalupa to testify. Chalupa said she wants to appear before Congress.

Ambassador William Taylor, a diplomat to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary for European affairs, will testify on Nov. 13 and Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will testify on Nov. 15, Schiff said.

Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, director for European Affairs at the National Security Council, will appear on Nov. 19 along with Morrison and Kurt Volker, the former U.S. special envoy to Ukraine.

Nov. 20 will feature Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, Laura Cooper, deputy assistant secretary of defense, and David Hale, under secretary of state for political affairs. Fiona Hill, the former National Security Council senior director for Europe and Russia, is slated to appear on Nov. 21.

Source: Democrats So Scared of Facing Trump in 2020, ‘They’re Trying to Frame Him:’ House Minority Leader

Rand Paul Drops The ‘C’-Word: Names Whistleblower, Demands Testimony | ZeroHedge News

A week ago, Senator Rand Paul said that he might release the whistleblower’s name.

Over the weekend, Senator Paul said the whistleblower’s name should be released.

And today, Senator Paul has named the whistleblower publicly…Eric Ciamerella

During a Wednesday interview on Washington, D.C.-based WMAL, Paul named Ciaramella himself and said he should be brought in testify to clarify whether he is indeed the whistleblower.

“I think Eric Ciaramella needs to be pulled in for testimony, and then I think it will be ultimately determined at that point,” said Paul.

“But I think he is a person of interest in the sense that he was at the Ukraine desk when Joe Biden was there when Hunter Biden was working for the Ukrainian oligarch. So simply for that alone, I think he’s a material witness who needs to be brought in.”

“I think the whistleblower needs to come in because he needs to be asked about, did he know about the conflict of interest?” said Paul.

He was there during the time of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden working for $50,000 a month for a Ukrainian oligarch, so he needs to be asked about that.”

As The Washington Examiner reports, Paul also said he wants answers about Ciaramella’s ties to the Democratic Party and Rep. Adam Schiff, whose staff knew about the whistleblower’s report before it was filed.

Now the name is out there in the public (as if it wasn’t earlier), will Mark Zuckerberg allow it to be mentioned on his platform?

All of which is worth noting since Rep. Schiff told Congress this morning that “I do not know the identity of the whistleblower.” – Seemingly a total lie, given what we know about their pre-hearing meetings…

Adam Schiff is not going to be happy…

Source: Rand Paul Drops The ‘C’-Word: Names Whistleblower, Demands Testimony

November 13, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

2 Next, the one speaks of his own trust in God. It is this personal testimony that gives the words that follow trustworthiness. He speaks from a position of deep personal faith. The theme is the same as v. 1: God protects. This first person speech also provides a frame for vv. 3–8 and divides this section into two messages.[1]

the response (v. 2)

The psalmist determines that he will seek this wonderful blessing. He will make the Lord his refuge and fortress. He will trust in him.[2]

Ver. 2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust.The soul’s experience of God:

  1. A soul’s experience of God. The humblest child of God has as great a weapon forged for his defence of spiritual truths as has the most learned: they each have an experience of God, and that is a weapon which can never be blunted by any intellectual parrying.
  2. The wealth of such a soul-experience of God.
  3. He is my refuge—from trouble, sorrow, despair.
  4. He is my fortress. The forces arrayed against the soul are not merely powers which need to be coerced if they are to yield their best, but some of the forces are in antagonistic opposition to the soul. At such times as these, what a fortress was to the people of ancient days—a place of secure defence—so God was to the psalmist.
  5. He is my God. This is an advance upon the other two utterances. It is a grand thing to be able to say of any one, “He is my refuge.” It is a better thing to be able to say, “He is my fortress, my protector.” But it is the acme of happy experience to say, “He is my friend, my companion, my confidant.”

III. The result of his soul-experience of God. “In Him will I trust!” Trust, or faith in God, is the experiment of the soul in spiritual things, and the only way to a fuller knowledge and a more blessed experience. No longer need the scientist sneer at the faith, the experiment of the Christian, for the man who trusts God in all the circumstances of life is as rational, and proceeds from as rational a basis, as the scientist who, starting from the known, goes on by experiment to discover the unknown. Let your experience of God, of the Christ, of the Holy Spirit, never alter, except to be enlarged, purified, and intensified. This is the will of God concerning you. What are you to do in order to obtain that better experience? Why, this: you must experiment with God—“In Him will I trust”—along the lines He shall reveal. (W. A. Todd.)

My God.My God:

To try and preach from this text is like trying to carry honey in your hands. Ere you can reach your friends to whom you would give it, you will find that a large part of it has oozed out between your fingers: or that you failed to convey to others what was so delicious to yourself. My text has been to my own heart sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. Have you been in the Alps, or in some other region where the scenery is peculiarly impressive, and where you have witnessed some transcendently beautiful and sublime view, have you tried to tell your friends what you have seen? How utterly you have failed, your words are all inadequate to give them any satisfactory idea of the glorious spectacle you have seen. Now, the unspeakable beauty of these two words is such that I feel I cannot fully convey it to you. I have seen in these two words such a wonderful display of the Lord’s condescension, of His favour to His chosen, and of the intense delight which springs therefrom, that I feel all incompetent to set it forth to you. However, may God the Holy Spirit give His help, and our meditation shall be sweet. Think—

  1. Of these two words together. Now, to get at them, let us think of some of the special occasions in which God’s children have used them and have said, “My God.”
  2. This is the young convert’s early confession. See Ruth’s word to Naomi—“thy God, my God.”
  3. The statement of the Christian belief. There is one creed and confession of faith. See Thomas—“My Lord and my God.”
  4. They have often been used to declare the determination of the believer when he has been surrounded by opponents and persecutors. See old Micaiah when the false priests were around him. “As the Lord my God liveth.”
  5. They express the secret vow of the believer as he consecrates himself to the Most High. See Jacob at Bethel—“then shall the Lord be my God.”
  6. They have been the deepest possible comfort to children of God in times of terrible trouble. See our Lord upon the cross, when all the waves and billows of judgment were going over His soul—“My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?”
  7. And in times of great deliverance. Hear Miriam’s song—“He is my God and I will exalt Him.” Daniel to Darius—“My God hath sent His angel,” etc. May these words be the frequent language of our lips.
  8. The first word, “my.” “My God.” How can I call God mine? How can I call that mine which I cannot even conceive? If my thoughts cannot compass it, my heart shall possess it. Love possesses what reason cannot even look upon. But this daring appropriation means—
  9. That I own God to be my God.
  10. That I do personally recognize him. He is not a god in cloudland to us; He is intensely real and true.
  11. That we have come into personal relations with Him, and—
  12. That we have appropriated Him to ourselves.

III. The last word, “God”—what does it mean? But that is more than I can answer. There is no defining the Incomprehensible One. Yet we can call Him “My God.” But reflect upon His being near as to—

  1. His nature, His person, His essence.
  2. His attributes.
  3. In what He has done I do not know, but I seem to myself to have talked away and to have missed my aim and object altogether, compared with what I have felt in meditating in private upon these dear and blessed words, “My God.” It is a deep well, but the water is cool and sweet if you can draw it up. “My God”—there is more than satisfaction in the words. If you have no money, never mind; you are rich if you can say, “My God.” If the husband is buried, if the children have gone home to heaven, do not despair, thy Maker is thy husband, if you can cry, “My God.” If your friends have forsaken you, if the unkindnesses of men drive you to say, “My God,” you will be a gainer by them. Anything which weans from earth and leads to heaven is good. I saw yesterday a park in which they were felling all the trees, and yet there were the poor crows building on elms that were marked to be cut down. I thought to myself, “You foolish birds to be building your nests there, for the woodman’s axe is ringing all around, and the tall elms are tumbling to the ground.” We are all apt to build our nests in trees that will be cut down. We get to love the creature, and to say, “My this,” and “My that,” and from this weakness our sharpest sorrows arise. If you build nowhere but on the tree of life, which can never be felled, your happiness will be eternal. For this you must be able to say, “My God.” (C. H Spurgeon.)[3]

2. “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress.” To take up a general truth and make it our own by personal faith is the highest wisdom. It is but poor comfort to say ‘the Lord is a refuge,’ but to say he is my refuge, is the essence of consolation. Those who believe should also speak—“I will say,” for such bold avowals honour God and lead others to seek the same confidence. Men are apt enough to proclaim their doubts, and even to boast of them, indeed there is a party nowadays of the most audacious pretenders to culture and thought, who glory in casting suspicion upon everything; hence it becomes the duty of all true believers to speak out and testify with calm courage to their own well-grounded reliance upon their God. Let others say what they will, be it ours to say of the Lord, “he is our refuge.” But what we say we must prove by our actions, we must fly to the Lord for shelter, and not to an arm of flesh. The bird flies away to the thicket, and the fox hastens to its hole, every creature uses its refuge in the hour of danger, and even so in all peril or fear of peril let us flee unto Jehovah, the Eternal Protector of his own. Let us, when we are secure in the Lord, rejoice that our position is unassailable, for he is our fortress as well as our refuge. No moat, portcullis, drawbridge, wall, battlement and donjon, could make us so secure as we are when the attributes of the Lord of Hosts environ us around. Behold this day the Lord is to us instead of walls and bulwarks! Our ramparts defy the leaguered hosts of hell. Foes in flesh, and foes in ghostly guise are alike baulked of their prey when the Lord of Hosts stands between us and their fury, and all other evil forces are turned aside. Walls cannot keep out the pestilence, but the Lord can.

As if it were not enough to call the Lord his refuge and fortress, he adds, “My God! in him will I trust.” Now he can say no more; “my God” means all, and more than all, that heart can conceive by way of security. It was most meet that he should say “in him will I trust,” since to deny faith to such a one were wilful wickedness and wanton insult. He who dwells in an impregnable fortress, naturally trusts in it; and shall not he who dwells in God feel himself well at ease, and repose his soul in safety? O that we more fully carried out the Psalmist’s resolve! We have trusted in God, let us trust him still. He has never failed us, why then should we suspect him? To trust in man is natural to fallen nature, to trust in God should be as natural to regenerated nature. Where there is every reason and warrant for faith, we ought to place our confidence without hesitancy or wavering. Dear reader, pray for grace to say, “In him will I trust.”

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.[4]

[1] Tanner, B., & Jacobson, R. A. (2014). Book Four of the Psalter: Psalms 90–106. In E. J. Young, R. K. Harrison, & R. L. Hubbard Jr. (Eds.), The Book of Psalms (p. 700). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

[2] Ellsworth, R. (2006). Opening up Psalms (p. 39). Leominster: Day One Publications.

[3] Exell, J. S. (1909). The Biblical Illustrator: The Psalms (Vol. 4, pp. 83–84). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company; Francis Griffiths.

[4] Spurgeon, C. H. (n.d.). The treasury of David: Psalms 88-110 (Vol. 4, pp. 89–90). London; Edinburgh; New York: Marshall Brothers.

Adam Schiff Puts Gag Order on GOP Questioning: Live Impeachment Hearings | LifeZette

Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) told GOP members of the Intelligence Committee on Wednesday morning during a live, televised hearing that he would not permit questions that he does not believe advance his agenda for the committee.

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Various GOP committee members tried to get clarification on points early on in the morning’s proceedings — but Schiff swiftly shut them down.

It’s clear he will not tolerate anyone going off his script.

He also again stated that he would not permit witnesses that Republican lawmakers and members of the committee have requested come before the group.

Witness George Kent led off with a recitation of his family history — and a European history lesson.

Gratuitously complementing Congress, Kent — the deputy assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eastern Europe — compared congressional aid to Ukraine to French and Allied help for America during the U.S.’s War for Independence.

Clearly taking Democrat cues, Kent went after Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.

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That seems to be the Democrat message of today’s public hearings: Giuliani did the president’s dirty work.

So they’re going for a guilt-by-association theme in Kent’s opening statement.

It next was Bill Taylor’s turn to share his opening remarks — during which he also mentioned Giuliani.

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And after that, questioning was set to begin by the committee — led off by Schiff, the chairman.

Taylor was the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.

Stay tuned for more on these proceedings.

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