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.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

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.
And he JUST COULDN’T STOP TALKING!

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?”

(mumbling)

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

(mumbling)

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

(mumbling)

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.

OMG! SOOOOOO GOOD!

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?

**Silence**

They sat in silence. They could not answer.

This was DEVASTATING!

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:

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FIRST, KNOW THIS

“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.

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… AND THIS

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.

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THE SPIN

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.

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THE SPARK

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.

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‘INVESTIGATIONS, BIDEN and CLINTON’

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.

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THE RINGER

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