Daily Archives: January 30, 2020

January—30 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.—Psalm 45:2.

I admire this blessed portion, as well as the method in which the sacred writer hath introduced it. He opens the Psalm, professing his design of speaking of the King; but in a moment, as if beholding him, he breaks off, and speaks to the King. The verse now quoted contains but three short sentences; but, indeed, within its bosom, there are folded up as many volumes. For who so fair, so lovely, so engaging, as Jesus? He is the brightness of his Father’s glory, and the express image of his person: and, if all the accomplishments and perfections which can constitute excellency be among the recommendations of beauty and loveliness, then it will be found that in the person of Jesus they all centre, and shine in one full constellation. Well might the prophet therefore speak of him in this character, for he is a perfection of loveliness. Every thing in him is lovely, nor can any thing but loveliness be derived from him. “Thou art comely,” saith Jesus to the Church, “from the comeliness that I have put upon thee.” My soul! never lose sight of this view of thy Jesus. And let it be everlastingly impressed upon thy mind, that whatever is fair, or amiable, or lovely in the Church of Jesus, or in any individual member of it, ordinances, or means of grace, all are so only as beheld in him. Nothing can endear or recommend them to God, but as they are accepted in Him, the beloved. This is the first volume of beauty contained in the bosom of this verse of scripture. And the second is like unto it; for, next to the glory of Christ’s person, we are called upon to admire the glories of his work. “Grace is poured into his lips.” Not a fulness of grace in his heart only, or in the purity and holiness of his nature; but it is poured into his lips, to give out to his people. And no wonder, therefore, that the Church, under this view of her Lord, cried out with an earnestness of holy longings and desires, “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth,” as if conscious that by those means grace would be communicated in fulness and abundance. Let those who know the blessedness of these communications, explain the justness of the Church’s breathings for those tokens of the love of Christ; for such only can fully explain their meaning. But, my soul, do thou judge for thyself, whether thou hast so tasted of the Lord’s graciousness, from the fulness poured into his lips, as to have received those frequent manifestations of his love. There is one word more in this delightful verse to be noticed, and which indeed gives a finishing beauty to the whole, namely, “God hath blessed him for ever.” Yes; Jesus, as the glorious Head and Mediator, is blessed for ever, and is Jehovah’s salvation to the ends of the earth. “Men shall be blessed in him,” is the sovereign decree, and “all nations shall call him blessed.” My soul! behold what a blessed subject for endless delight the Holy Ghost hath opened to thee, in this one short verse of scripture. Take it with thee to thy bed: let it lie down with thee, and arise with thee, for it will give thee songs in the night; and under the Holy Spirit’s teaching, it will so open to thy view the glories of thy Jesus, as to make thy constant “meditation of him sweet.”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 35–36). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

Throwback Thursday ~ 9 Things that Are Still Sins Whether We Agree or Not — Michelle Lesley

I do it all the time, Mother, and I’ve decided something-
it’s not a sin.

I heard this line several years ago on a popular sitcom, spoken by an adult daughter to her Christian mother about a behavior the Bible unambiguously calls a sin. I mean, it’s right smack dab in the middle of the Big 10; “thou shalt not” and everything.

It’s one thing to say, “I know it’s a sin, but I don’t care. I’m going to do it anyway,” but how depraved is the world when they think they – in God’s place – are the ones who get to define what sin is? And what’s even worse is that the church has begun to adopt this audacious depravity as well, whether approving of sin by fiat or by simply ignoring God’s word and letting sin slide without rebuke.

When it comes to what’s a sin and what’s not, God made up His mind a long time ago. And He’s not changing it, regardless of what you or I or Joe Politician or Jane Celebrity might think. Maybe we all need a remedial course in hamartiology, so let’s start with the basics. These things are all still sins whether the world and the church agree with God or not:

1. Homosexuality

Let’s just get it out of the way right up front. I don’t care how many celebrity “pastors” and “Christian” authors twist God’s word to say otherwise, or how many people declare themselves to be (unrepentant, practicing) “gay Christians,” or how many homosexuals declare that God made them that way, God’s word is clear: homosexual lust and behavior are sins.

2. Abortion

Abortion is the taking of an innocent human life. We don’t murder people because they’re small or sick or inconvenient or will hinder our sucess. God didn’t say, “You shall not murder, except when…” He said, “You shall not murder.” Period.

3. Extra-Marital (Heterosexual) Sex

Adultery, fornication, whatever form it might take, if you’re not legally married to the person you’re engaging in sexual activity – up to and including actual intercourse – with, you’re sinning.

4. Cohabitation

See #3. And don’t try to whitewash it by saying you’re living together but not sleeping together. A) The Bible says we’re to flee temptation, not move in with it, and B) we’re supposed to avoid every form of evil, even the appearance of it. If you call yourself a Christian and you’re shacking up, you’re living in sin (that’s why they call it “living in sin”). Repent and move out or marry up.

5. Divorce

Yep, still a sin, except in two cases: unfaithfulness or an unsaved spouse leaving a saved spouse. In those two cases the spouse who was wronged is not sinning and is free to marry again.

6. Swearing

The air is saturated with it. Foul language coming from our TVs, music, movies, social media, and the people we’re around all day. But expletives have no place in the vocabulary of a Christian. Is your potty mouth on Saturday the same one you praise God with on Sunday?

7. Taking God’s Name in Vain

It’s gotten to the point where we think so little of casually punctuating our sentences with, “Oh my G-d,”  or using the name of Jesus as an exclamation that pastors are even doing so from the pulpit these days. God’s name is high and holy and should be spoken only reverently and worshipfully. How can we look people in the eye and call them to repentance and faith in a Person whose name we use as a cuss word?

8. Gluttony

We have almost completely amputated gluttony from the spiritual realm by cordoning it off as merely a physical or medical issue. We’ve renamed it “overeating,” but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a sin. God created good food for us to enjoy, but just as with all the other good gifts He gives us, He expects us to exercise Spirit-enabled self control when we receive it.

9. Female Usurpation

God makes it abundantly clear in His word that women are not to instruct men in the Scriptures or hold authority over them in the church. Women sin when they pastor churches, preach sermons in church, teach men in Sunday School classes, and hold other positions of authority over men in the church. Men, however, bear the primarily responsibility for this when they sin by failing to rebuke usurping women, or when women feel they have no other choice but to take on male responsibilities in the church because men are shirking their own duties before God.

 

We don’t get to decide what sin is. That’s God’s job. And all of us – whether we’ve committed one of these nine sins or not – are guilty of sinning against Him. That’s the bad news.

But, in Christianity, we never give the bad news without following it up with the good news. And, oh what wonderfully good news it is: forgiveness. Jesus paid for our sin at Calvary so that if we will only turn from it and trust Him, He will forgive us for all nine of these sins and countless others.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9

via Throwback Thursday ~ 9 Things that Are Still Sins Whether We Agree or Not — Michelle Lesley

January 30 Streams in the Desert

I will be as the dew unto Israel.” (Hosea 14:5.)

THE dew is a source of freshness. It is nature’s provision for renewing the face of the earth. It falls at night, and without it the vegetation would die. It is this great value of the dew which is so often recognized in the Scriptures. It is used as the symbol of spiritual refreshing. Just as nature is bathed in dew, so the Lord renews His people. In Titus 3:5 the same thought of spiritual refreshing is connected with the ministry of the Holy Ghost—“renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

Many Christian workers do not recognize the importance of the heavenly dew in their lives, and as a result they lack freshness and vigor. Their spirits are drooping for lack of dew.

Beloved fellow-worker, you recognize the folly of a laboring man attempting to do his day’s work without eating. Do you recognize the folly of a servant of God attempting to minister without eating of the heavenly manna? Nor will it suffice to have spiritual nourishment occasionally. Every day you must receive the renewing of the Holy Ghost. You know when your whole being is pulsating with the vigor and freshness of Divine life and when you feel jaded and worn. Quietness and absorption bring the dew. At night when the leaf and blade are still, the vegetable pores are open to receive the refreshing and invigorating bath; so spiritual dew conies from quiet lingering in the Master’s presence. Get still before Him. Haste will prevent your receiving the dew. Wait before God until you feel saturated with His presence; then go forth to your next duty with the conscious freshness and vigor of Christ.—Dr. Pardington.

Dew will never gather while there is either heat or wind. The temperature must fall, and the wind cease, and the air come to a point of coolness and rest—absolute rest, so to speak—before it can yield up its invisible particles of moisture to bedew either herb or flower. So the grace of God does not come forth to rest the soul of man until the still point is fairly and fully reached.

“Drop Thy still dews of quietness,

Till all our strivings cease:

Take from our souls the strain and stress;

And let our ordered lives confess

The beauty of Thy peace.

“Breathe through the pulses of desire

Thy coolness and Thy balm;

Let sense be dumb, its beats expire:

Speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,

O still small voice of calm!”[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 33–34). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

How Do We Know We Can Trust a Biblical Authority on Any Given Topic? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

In this video, J. Warner joins Stand to Reason’s Amy Hall to answer questions in an episode of #STRAsk. They answer a question submitted through Twitter: How do we know which scholars to trust when examining important questions related to the Bible or to Christianity? What criteria should we use and where should we look? Be sure…

via How Do We Know We Can Trust a Biblical Authority on Any Given Topic? (Video) — Cold Case Christianity

January 30th The D. L. Moody Year Book

And he said, I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.—Genesis 3:10.

MOST of us live away from home. We are hiding as Adam did in the bushes of Eden. There was a time when God’s voice thrilled Adam’s soul with joy and gladness, and he thrilled God’s heart with joy. They lived in sweet fellowship with each other. God had lifted Adam to the very gates of heaven, had made him lord over all creation. I haven’t a doubt that He had plans to raise Adam still higher—higher than the angels, higher than seraphim and cherubim, higher than Gabriel, who stands in the presence of Jehovah, and Michael, the archangel. But the man turned and became a traitor to Him who wanted to bless him.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 26). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

BRUTAL! Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow DESTROYS Adam Schiff and Democrat Senators on their Ukraine Hypocrisy (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

On Thursday House Democrat Managers were asked by a Democrat Senator to weigh in on Rudy Giuliani’s travel costs to Ukraine to seek information on the Biden Crime Family.

Adam Schiff went over on these horrid travel costs Rudy rang up while investigating US corruption in Ukraine.

Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow then blasted Adam Schiff and Democrats for their hypocrisy!

Democrats SAID NOTHING about the Biden Family Corrupion in Ukraine.
And Democrats SAID NOTHING when Democrat Senators threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine in 2018 if Ukraine did not investigate President Donald Trump.

These Democrats really are pure evil.

In September Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced impeachment investigations against President Donald Trump for allegedly putting pressure on Ukrainian President Zelensky to investigate the Biden Crime Family for laundering hundreds of thousands of dollars from Ukraine. The bogus accusations were based on hearsay from an anti-Trump “whistleblower” who supports a rival political opponent.

President Trump did not put pressure on the Ukrainian leader and did not even bring up the subject with the Ukrainian leader during their much publicized call.

However, in 2018 three Democrat Senators urged the Ukrainian government to investigate President Trump and THREATENED TO WITHHOLD AID if they refused to investigate Trump!


Durbin, Leahy, Menendez Getty

It is clear, by the new Democrat rules, Senators Menendez, Leahy and Durbin must resign in disgrace for using foreign operatives to influence a US election.

Via Mike Cernovich:

via BRUTAL! Trump Attorney Jay Sekulow DESTROYS Adam Schiff and Democrat Senators on their Ukraine Hypocrisy (VIDEO) — The Gateway Pundit

Quit Looking Around

Unfathomable Grace

In Luke 18, Jesus addresses a group of arrogant spiritual leaders. These men have high morals, diligent spiritual practices, keen intellects, and solid reputations. All these things are good and not to be despised. However, the wise and gracious teacher wishes to draw their attention to two specific sins. These arrogant spiritual leaders:

  1. Trust in their own self-righteousness.
  2. Treat others with contempt. (Luke 18:9)

Therefore, to them Jesus presents this parable:

Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God…

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Scot McKnight on the Politicization and Decline of the Church in America — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

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Scot McKnight is an American New Testament scholar, historian of early Christianity, theologian, and author who has written widely on the historical Jesus, early Christianity and Christian living. He is currently Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, IL. The views expressed in this commentary do not necessarily represent those of BCNN1.


I have been reading the novel of Eugene Vodolatzkin, called Laurus, where a pious charismatic healer is on a 15th Century but timeless journey of redemption as he ministers the graces of God to those in need of healing. Along with Vodolazkin’s wondrous novel, I have seen the news that Marilynne Robinson’s got a new one coming, called Jack, and that got me to think about Gilead and the two pastors musing about pastoring in Gilead. [#ad]

What has me pondering is the role the church plays in these novels. A role of centrality, of pious strength, and of moral direction.

Visit most any city in Europe and you will see a church, often domed and large, in the middle of the city plan. The big cities in the USA, too, often have large historic churches in the center of the city.

Why? Because the church was central. As these cities grew more churches were built because these historic cities grew with historic churches. People walked to church so there were churches in each neighborhood.

Even more, authentic spirituality was not only respected but valued. Authentic spirituality at the heart of these churches formed into Christian virtue being embodied in the church, its leaders, and its communitiy life.

This isn’t nostalgia, and we aren’t pretending to some kind of pristine America.

What I want to point to is the centrality of church in the cities of America.

No longer.

We could ask Why?

I ponder Why? because of this last Fall’s report from Pew.

The religious landscape of the United States continues to change at a rapid clip. In Pew Research Center telephone surveys conducted in 2018 and 2019, 65% of American adults describe themselves as Christians when asked about their religion, down 12 percentage points over the past decade. Meanwhile, the religiously unaffiliated share of the population, consisting of people who describe their religious identity as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular,” now stands at 26%, up from 17% in 2009.

Both Protestantism and Catholicism are experiencing losses of population share. Currently, 43% of U.S. adults identify with Protestantism, down from 51% in 2009. And one-in-five adults (20%) are Catholic, down from 23% in 2009. Meanwhile, all subsets of the religiously unaffiliated population – a group also known as religious “nones” – have seen their numbers swell. Self-described atheists now account for 4% of U.S. adults, up modestly but significantly from 2% in 2009; agnostics make up 5% of U.S. adults, up from 3% a decade ago; and 17% of Americans now describe their religion as “nothing in particular,” up from 12% in 2009. Members of non-Christian religions also have grown modestly as a share of the adult population. …

The data shows that just like rates of religious affiliation, rates of religious attendance are declining. Over the last decade, the share of Americans who say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month dropped by 7 percentage points, while the share who say they attend religious services less often (if at all) has risen by the same degree. In 2009, regular worship attenders (those who attend religious services at least once or twice a month) outnumbered those who attend services only occasionally or not at all by a 52%-to-47% margin. Today those figures are reversed; more Americans now say they attend religious services a few times a year or less (54%) than say they attend at least monthly (45%).

Some think – Greeley and Houk – much of church decline in the mainline can be explained by decline in the number of children church goers have. The same trend is now being seen among evangelicals. For instance, Liuan Huska at CT:

Lily Jones Howard grew up in a church in southern California with a burgeoning children’s and youth ministry. The church held afternoon and evening AWANA clubs and ran separate junior high and high school youth groups. She compares that to the church she and her husband and two children attend now. The median age of members, she guesses, is about 65 or 70. “The pastor has said explicitly that children are the lifeblood of the church,” Howard said. The congregation makes an effort to welcome young families like hers.

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Source: Christianity Today

via Scot McKnight on the Politicization and Decline of the Church in America — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network

17 Biblical Counseling Resources on Addiction | Bob Kelleman

A Word from Bob: I’ve collated today’s post from The Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources: 2020 Edition. This guide provides 230 pages that collate 920 biblical counseling resources.

Addiction: Booklets and Study Guides for Groups or Individuals

Note: Also see the category: “Pornography, Sexual Addiction, Sexual Sin, & Sexual Purity” from The Annual Guide to Biblical Counseling Resources: 2020 Edition.

Daugherty, Jonathan. Grace-Based Recovery: A Safe Place to Heal and Grow

Grace-Based Recovery is a resource for addiction support and recovery groups. Daugherty designed it to help people suffering from addiction and those close to them understand God’s grace and why it is the only path to true freedom. With nine easy-to-use lessons, Grace-Based Recovery highlights the differences between a performance-based approach to recovery and a grace-based approach. It seeks to establish a safe environment where addicts can learn from their mistakes rather than be punished for them.

Dunham, David. Addictive Habits: Changing for Good

Open a newspaper, browse the Internet, or talk to a friend, and you’ll hear story after story of the horrors of enslavement to addiction. This daily devotional by Pastor David Dunham addresses these addictive habits, reminding readers of God’s truth and helping them apply it to their lives. Pastor Dunham discusses the addicted person’s responsibility, their relationship with the God who can free them, and approaches for restructuring their lives and remaining faithful long-term.

Guzman, Eric. The Gift of Addiction: How God Redeems Our Pain

Erik Guzman explains that when we think it’s up to us to rise above our suffering or sin, we alienate ourselves from our only source of help. When we come to the end of ourselves, realize that our addictions have controlled us, and turn in desperation to God, then we see that coming to the end of what we can do is the beginning of faith. That is the gift of addiction. 

Monroe, Phil. When You Love an Addict: Wisdom and Direction

Loving an addict is incredibly painful. Not only do you have to watch them make the same mistakes over and over again, but along the way they often lie to you, hurt you, and betray you. And yet, against all odds, you still love them and hope and pray for change. Drawing on his years of counseling experience, Phil Monroe helps you to see beyond the confusion that so often swirls around addiction and into the truths about the struggle and what the road to recovery really looks like. Along the way, he reminds you that God cares deeply for you and for the addict in your life and is working to bring redemption and healing.

Powlison, David. Breaking the Addictive Cycle: Deadly Obsessions or Simple Pleasures 

You are bored or stressed or hurt. Something is hard in life and you want a break. What do you grab for that you hope will protect, soothe, and comfort? Whatever it is—shopping, overeating, drinking, drugs—promises relief, but never delivers. Instead, you are left feeling empty, anxious, guilty, and wanting more. In Breaking the Addictive Cycle, David Powlison shares that God made us for rest and pleasure, not for an obsessed and unsatisfied life. Understanding the true pleasure that comes from loving God and enjoying the good gifts He has given us will reorder your thinking and bring you freedom from your obsessions. Take the practical suggestions that Powlison outlines here and see how your pleasures increase and your obsessions decrease.

Shaw, Mark. Hope & Help for Video Game, TV & Internet “Addiction 

Mark Shaw provides insight into the problems of excessive TV, video gaming, and Internet activity from a biblical perspective, and offers a practical plan of action.

Welch, Ed. Choices: Why Do I Do What I Do? 

Why did I do that? Behind every choice is a motive—like pleasure, comfort, or control. Motives can be hard to identify and even harder to change. Ed Welch shows all who are perplexed by their own choices that God’s Word alone can transform our motives and move us toward the lasting change we desire. Pointing us to the Bible for practical help, Welch suggests three manageable steps toward change.

Welch, Ed. Crossroads: A Step-by -Step Guide Away from Addiction 

Crossroads is designed as a small group study for those struggling with addiction. These ten steps provide a biblical and practical framework for change. Along the way, they will learn to recognize the patterns of addiction, to choose wisdom over foolish desires, and to cling to the hope they have in Jesus, who sets captives free.

Welch, Ed. Freedom from Addiction: Turning from Your Addictive Behavior

You’ve tried to stop more times than you can count. Now you’ve given up. Can someone who can’t “just say no” really change? There is hope—if you’re willing to look deeper than your addictive behavior. Ed Welch helps you face what fuels your addiction and takes you to the heart of what your addiction reveals about you and your relationship with God. You’ll discover your motives and discover that change is possible—one small step at a time.

Welch, Ed. “Just One More”: When Desires Don’t Take No for an Answer

“I hate it. I love it.” Sometimes our desires can be cruel lovers. We think we should be rid of a particular desire, but we feel stuck. “What’s the use of trying to rid my life of this desire?” we ask ourselves. “I’ve tried, but there’s just no way out for me.” Or is there? The problem may be more complicated than just being stuck. Might there be a path to true change? Ed Welch may surprise you with his answer. Along the way, he will introduce you to someone with words of comfort and hope you may never have heard before.

Wilson, Eamon. Opiate-Related Disorders: Helping Those Who Struggle

Is someone you love struggling in the grip of opioid addiction? Is the person you once knew now obscured by a fog of half-truths, unfamiliar behaviors, and outright lies? As the opioid crisis in the United States intensifies, thousands upon thousands of families and friends each year are left wondering what happened to their loved ones, and what, if anything, they can do to help. Eamon Wilson explores the nature of addiction, helping loved ones understand that addiction is at the same time biological, sinful, and painful, but it is also an opportunity for redemption. This understanding informs family members and friends of the various levels of help, healing, and repentance that need to take place in an addict’s life, and it also helps them recognize the common pitfalls of avoidance and over-control that they can stumble into as they respond to their loved one’s destructive choices.

Addictions: Books 

Coats, David. Soul Purity: A Workbook for Counselors and Small Groups

Christians are crashing and burning on the runways of life. Through the TV, Internet, cell phones, newspapers, books, and magazines we are bombarded by the world’s temptations and attractions. The response of choosing isolation from the world doesn’t work: we fail to reach the people God has called us to reach, and we find that the problem comes with us in the sinful desires of our hearts. The opposite extreme, becoming like the world, turns Christians into people who are irrelevant. So, how can we build pure lives in this generation? The Word of God has the answers.

Farmer, Andy. Trapped: Getting Free from People, Patterns, and Problems

We all know someone who feels trapped. Maybe that someone is you. With over two decades of counseling experience, Andy Farmer takes his unique gift for simplifying-the-complex and escorts the reader from the trappings of slavery to the soul-satisfying vistas of freedom. If you or someone you care about needs liberation, then fresh hope and practical help await between these pages.

Shaw, Mark. Cross Talking: A Daily Gospel for Transforming Addicts

Cross Talking is a 45-day devotional filled with Scriptures that will help you stay focused on the Word of God as you continue in the transformation process God has begun in your life. Each daily devotion is designed to teach you God’s perspective on “what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Shaw, Mark. The Heart of Addiction: A Biblical Perspective

This book makes the distinction between what the world terms a “disease” and what the Bible demonstrates is a life-dominating sin problem. You will find biblical tools to help examine your heart’s motives at the root of your addiction.

Shaw, Mark. Relapse: Biblical Prevention Strategies

Relapse by Dr. Mark Shaw offers a biblical approach to help addicts who have relapsed in their addiction, or those who wish to develop tools to prevent relapse in the future.

Welch, Ed. Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel

A worship disorder: this is how Ed Welch views addictions. “Will we worship our own desires or will we worship the true God?” With this lens, the author discovers far more in Scripture on addictions than just passages on drunkenness. There we learn the addict’s true condition: like guests at a banquet thrown by “the woman Folly,” he is already in the grave (Proverbs 9:13-18). Can we not escape our addictions? If we’re willing to follow Jesus, the author says that we have “immense hope: hope in God’s forgiving grace, hope in God’s love that is faithful even when we are not, and hope that God can give power so that we are no longer mastered by the addiction.”

Source: 17 Biblical Counseling Resources on Addiction

Barr: The Real People Trying To ‘Impose Their Values’ On Others Are ‘Militant Secularists’

It has been long convenient for secularists to insist that it is possible for government to be neutral about religion by imposing their religion on everyone.

Source: Barr: The Real People Trying To ‘Impose Their Values’ On Others Are ‘Militant Secularists’

Ten Truths about a Liar — Christian Research Network

“In Revelation 2:10, Jesus states that Satan is in the process of influencing Smyrna’s legal proceedings by throwing a collection of Christians into prison. Likewise, in Job 1:17, he manipulates the Chaldeans, encouraging them to steal Job’s livestock. Though we are not told how he exerts his influence, we surmise he is the agent of these activities.” 

(Sam Bierig – For The Church)  Is Satan capable of inception? Does he whisper temptations in our ear? Is Satan’s authority, power, and relationship to unbelievers the same or different from Christians? These are all valid and, frankly, somewhat haunting questions….

I am not left emotionally unmoved by the many destroyed marriages and ministries around me Satan has devoured. I trust your experience is comparable. It is vital that you and I rightly discern and evaluate Satan. He is not to be trifled with nor buffooned, but in Christ, his back was utterly broken on Calvary’s hill. Therefore, it is important we establish a few implications that help us to discern the person and activity of Satan:

1.) Satan is not omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, nor eternal.

There was a time when Satan was not. In contrast, there was never a ‘time’ when the Son of God was not (i.e., The Son is eternal). Satan is created and contingent just as humans are (Col 1:16-17). In Job 1:6, the Lord asked Satan, “Where have you come from?” to which he responded, “From roaming through the earth.” He is physically positioned in the universe. He is not omnipresent and thus is unlikely to be personally tempting individual Christians. In Matthew 4 and Job 1-2, he fails to know the future and his potency is shown to be limited by God.  View article →

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Dems Who Ran Sham Impeachment Hearings Shocked As Republicans Run Sham Impeachment Trial — The Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democratic leaders in the House called on their Republican colleagues in the Senate to run a fair and thorough impeachment trial instead of a farce as they did when they held impeachment hearings.

“We demand Republicans take this seriously and not make this into a circus as we did,” Pelosi said sternly. “I would hope the Senate would carry out their solemn duty and not make this a big charade, you know, as we did in the House.”

“This is a very solemn occasion, and Senate Republicans have a duty to treat it as such.”

She then handed out big, commemorative foam fingers reading “IMPEACH 45.”

Other Democrats echoed Pelosi’s sentiments, with Adam Schiff saying, “Any impeachment trial that does not immediately railroad the president out of office despite the lack of any impeachable crimes is clearly a sham.”

“How did I do?” he asked, concerned his performance wasn’t up to snuff. “Can we do another take? I didn’t really feel it that time. Let’s try it again and I’ll really sell it this time.” He tried another take, but in a minor wardrobe malfunction, his eye popped out of its socket.

Ocasio-Cortez could not be reached for comment as she had somehow tied herself up with her own shoelaces (because she is dumb).

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Rand Paul Releases Impeachment Trial Question Censored by John Roberts — The Gateway Pundit

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has released the question that was blocked Wednesday and Thursday by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Paul’s question deals with the origins of the impeachment inquiry and employs the name of the alleged whistleblower, not in that context but with regard to his relation with a NSC co-worker who moved on to the staff of Lead House Manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and whether they plotted to impeach Trump before the House impeachment proceedings started.

My question today is about whether or not individuals who were holdovers from the Obama National Security Council and Democrat partisans conspired with Schiff staffers to plot impeaching the President before there were formal House impeachment proceedings.

My exact question was:

“Are you aware that House intelligence committee staffer Shawn Misko had a close relationship with Eric Ciaramella while at the National Security Council together and are you aware and how do you respond to reports that Ciaramella and Misko may have worked together to plot impeaching the President before there were formal house impeachment proceedings.”

My question is not about a “whistleblower” as I have no independent information on his identity. My question is about the actions of known Obama partisans within the NSC and House staff and how they are reported to have conspired before impeachment proceedings had even begun.

Note: There is no legal requirement for the name of the alleged whistleblower to be kept secret, except by the Intelligence Community Inspector General to whom he reported Trump’s alleged Ukraine issues.

via Rand Paul Releases Impeachment Trial Question Censored by John Roberts — The Gateway Pundit

Why the Bible IS the Word of God | Beyond Evangelical

Over the years, I’ve met numerous Christians who rejected the authority, inspiration, and reliability of the Bible (mostly younger progressives).

At the same time, I’ve met numerous Christians who idolized the Bible, making it the fourth member of the Trinity, a few millimeters above the Holy Spirit (mostly older fundamentalists).

In reaction to this second group, some have jealously sought to protect the uniqueness of Jesus and distance themselves from bibliolatry by saying things like “Jesus is the Word of God and the Bible is not.”

But is this statement true? And is such a notion necessary to debunk the idolization of Scripture?

The Bible itself answers this question.

Paul wrote that the Scriptures are God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16). And according to Jesus, from Genesis all the way to the genuine leather, they reveal, glorify, and present Christ (John 5:39. Jesus: A Theography takes a deep dive into how this works).

Jesus is God’s autobiography in human flesh. The Bible is God’s autobiography in written form.

For this reason, from the earliest days of our faith, Jesus-followers have called Scripture the written Word of God while calling Jesus the living Word of God.

Because Scripture is God breathed, the words of God are recorded therein. Thus the Scriptures have been called “God’s Word,” even by the biblical authors themselves.

Some examples:

Jesus Himself called the Scriptures “the Word of God” in Mark 7:13.

If you read the context, in verses 6 – 12, Jesus quotes the Old Testament. And He calls those Old Testament quotes “the Word of God.”

Jesus also used the phrase “the Word of God” to refer to the gospel that He preached, namely, the gospel of the kingdom (Luke 8:11, 21).

In John 8:34-35, Jesus connects “the Word of God” with Scripture.

Throughout the book of Acts, after Jesus ascended, “the Word of God” is spoken by humans, heard by humans, received by humans, and spread by humans.

In Acts, the phrase “the Word of God“ mainly refers to the gospel of the kingdom, which is recorded in Scripture (Acts 4:31; 6:2, 7; 8:14; 13:5, 7, 46; 18:11).

Paul spoke the Word of God to people and some received it (1 Thessalonians 2:13).

The writer of Hebrews speaks about the elementary teachings of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 6:1). He then speaks of “the Word of God,” distinguishing it from the Holy Spirit (6:4).

The Old Testament prophets use the phrase “Word of God” (1 Samuel 9:27; 1 Kings 12:22, etc.) many times to refer to a word that God has spoken (“the word of the Lord came to me”) and those words are recorded in Scripture.

Therefore, it is NOT an error to say that the Scriptures are God’s Word because Jesus and the apostles did so.

Of course, it IS an error to idolize the Bible and have it replace a living relationship with Christ. It’s also an error to say that the ONLY way God speaks to us is through the Bible.

But every great Christian, past and present, who believed Scripture to be God’s Word also believed in a living relationship with Christ. And none of them worshipped the Bible.

Again, the Scriptures themselves testify that they are God’s Word.

Jesus is the INCARNATION of the Word of God, which is also said to be “written in the volume [scroll] of the Book” (Hebrews 10:7).

Two more things to note.

1) I’ve heard some charismatic Christians say that when God speaks through His written word the Greek word logos is used but when He gives a prophetic word to someone (outside the Bible) the Greek word rhema is used.

I know of no Greek scholar who supports this conclusion. In fact, the foremost New Testament scholar of our time – Craig Keener (who is also a charismatic) – says this about it:

“The book of John simply (with one exception) used logos for the singular and rhema for the plural. In Koine Greek, they are often interchangeable. Of course, there is a difference between mere knowledge of Scripture and us experiencing the Spirit speaking to us through Scripture (contrast, e.g., the Pharisees and Jesus!) But I wouldn’t rest that distinction primarily on those two Greek terms.”

Biblical scholar John Nugent observes the same saying,

“Both words (logos and rhema) refer to prophetic speech and ordinary speech, from God and from humans. In that sense, they are used interchangeably.”

2) Those of us who take our stand with the Christians over the centuries who have called Scripture “the Word of God” do NOT believe that God speaks to us only through the Bible.

We believe He speaks to us in numerous ways. But if it’s a true word from God, it will never contradict the written Scriptures.

In Jesus Speaks, I discuss how to practically hear and recognize the voice of Jesus today, within Scripture, through others, and internally.

Bottom line: the next time someone rakes you over the coals for calling the Bible “God’s Word,” you have solid footing. For you are standing on the shoulders of Jesus Himself, the living Word who referred to Scripture as “the Word of God.”

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January 30, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

24  Joseph may live to see his great-grandchildren, but he will not live forever. He speaks to his brothers (all of them?). Although he is the second youngest of thirteen children, some of his siblings may outlive him. For all his obedience and faithfulness to God, he does not enjoy longevity beyond that of his brothers.

Joseph’s last words to his family are a testimony: God will surely come to your assistance [lit., “visit,” pāqaḏ], and bring you up from this land to the land that he promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac, to Jacob (i.e., his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father). There is not a hint that God will give the land to Joseph’s family because of any merits they have. The land is theirs because of divine grace and promise only. Gen. 50:24 is much like Deut. 6:10, “And when the Lord your God brings you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.…” This kind of verse is more striking in Deuteronomy than it is in Genesis. Deuteronomy, we recall, brims with the teaching that land acquisition is a reward, a blessing for obedience. But is this always the case? Deut. 6:10 suggests there are other explanations—unmitigated grace and promise, for example.[1]


50:24. And Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am about to die; but God will certainly visit you and bring you up from this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.’

In his final statement, Joseph tells his brothers of his impending death, and the fact that there will one day be an exodus out of Egypt. The content is the same as that of Jacob’s speech at the end of his life (see commentary on 48:21). Joseph’s language is forceful when he announces that God ‘will certainly visit’ them; this phrase is constructed of an infinitive and an imperfective of the same verb and literally reads, ‘Visiting, he will visit.’ Such a construction is emphatic in Hebrew. Here is a prophecy that Joseph believes will be fulfilled. And that fulfilment occurs during the period of the Exodus: when God tells Moses to deliver Israel, he instructs him to gather the elders and say on God’s behalf ‘I have certainly visited you’! (Exod. 3:16).

Hebrews 11:22 confirms the prophetic word and its fulfilment at the Exodus. The biblical writer says, ‘By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the exodus of the sons of Israel …’

The phrase, ‘to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob’, is found here for the first time in the Bible. It becomes idiomatic for the promises of the covenant that God made to the patriarchs—see commentary on Exodus 2:24; 3:6, 15; 4:5.[2]


24. It was thus the fathers in the faith comforted their descendants with an assurance of God’s promises. One saint relates to another God’s covenant promises, and their dependance upon them. Thus Abraham to Isaac: and Isaac to Jacob: and Jacob to Joseph: and Joseph to his descendants. Reader! if believers now had faith in equal exercise, such would be our comforts in dying hours. Exod. 4:31. Psm. 27:13, 14.[3]


50:24 God will surely visit you: On his deathbed, Joseph expressed continuing faith in the promises of God. He reassured his relatives that God would continue to work in the family. In His time (15:12–16), God would keep His promise to give Canaan to Abraham’s descendants (12:7; 26:3; 35:12; 46:4). to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob: This phrase is the standard way of referring to God’s covenant to Abraham’s family (48:15; 49:25; Ex. 2:24; 3:16). The recital of the three names reaffirms the certainty of the promise and God’s commitment to fulfill it.[4]


50:24 God will surely take care of you. Joseph died just as he had lived, firmly trusting in God to carry out His promises (cf. Heb 11:22). Almost 4 centuries later, Moses took Joseph’s remains out of Egypt (Ex 13:19) and Joshua buried them at Shechem (Jos 24:32). to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. The death of Jacob had finally allowed for the 3 patriarchs to be mentioned together.[5]


50:24 God’s promises stand firm through generations (12:7; 15:13–14). His faithfulness is expressed climactically in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20).[6]


50:24 God will visit you. Like his father Jacob on his deathbed (48:21), Joseph expressed firm confidence in God’s covenant promises and His gracious visitation. The Hebrew verb translated “visit” denotes a divine encounter that will change one’s fortunes for good or ill. For other instances of God’s gracious “visitation” see 21:1 (Abraham and Sarah); Ex. 3:16 and 4:31 (the Exodus); Luke 1:68, 78 (the birth of Jesus); and Acts 15:14 (the extension of the gospel to the Gentiles).

Abraham … Isaac … Jacob. For the first time the three patriarchs are mentioned together; that era passed, but not its hope (Ex. 3:6; Deut. 30:20; 1 Kin. 18:36; 2 Chr. 30:6).[7]


24. And Joseph said unto his brethren. It is uncertain whether Joseph died the first or the last of the brethren, or whether a part of them survived him. Here indeed Moses includes, under the name of brethren, not only those who were really so, but other relations. I think, however, that certain of the chiefs of each family were called at his command, from whom the whole of the people might receive information: and although it is probable that the other patriarchs also gave the same command respecting themselves, since the bones of them all were, in like manner, conveyed into the land of Canaan; yet special mention is made of Joseph alone, for two reasons. First, since the eyes of them all were fixed upon him, on account of his high authority, it was his duty to lead their way, and cautiously to beware lest the splendour of his dignity should cast a stumblingblock before any of them. Secondly, it was of great consequence, as an example, that it should be known to all the people, that he who held the second place in the kingdom of Egypt, regardless of so great an honour, was contented with his own condition, which was only that of the heir of a bare promise.

I die. This expression has the force of a command to his brethren to be of good courage after his death, because the truth of God is immortal; for he does not wish them to depend upon his life or that of another man, so as to cause them to prescribe a limit to the power of God; but he would have them patiently to rest till the suitable time should arrive. But whence had he this great certainty, that he should be a witness and a surety of future redemption, except from his having been so taught by his father? For we do not read that God had appeared unto him, or that an oracle had been brought to him by an angel from heaven; but because he was certainly persuaded that Jacob was a divinely appointed teacher and prophet, who should transmit to his sons the covenant of salvation deposited with him; Joseph relies upon his testimony not less securely than if some vision had been presented to him, or he had seen angels descending to him from heaven: for unless the hearing of the word is sufficient for our faith, we deserve not that God, whom we then defraud of his honour, should condescend to deal with us: not that faith relies on human authority, but because it hears God speaking through the mouth of men, and by their external voice is drawn upwards; for what God pronounces through men, he seals on our hearts by his Spirit. Thus faith is built on no other foundation than God himself; and yet the preaching of men is not wanting in its claim of authority and reverence. This restraint is put upon the rash curiosity of those men, who, eagerly desiring visions, despise the ordinary ministry of the Church; as if it were absurd that God, who formerly showed himself to the fathers out of heaven, should send forth his voice out of the earth. But if they would reflect how gloriously he once descended to us in the person of his only-begotten Son, they would not so importunately desire that heaven should daily be opened unto them. But, not to insist upon these things; when the brethren saw that Joseph,—who in this respect was inferior to his fathers, as having been partaker of no oracle,—had been imbued by them with the doctrine of piety, so that he contended with a faith similar to theirs; they would at once be most ungrateful and malignant, if they rejected the participation of his grace.[8]


[1] Hamilton, V. P. (1995). The Book of Genesis, Chapters 18–50 (p. 711). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Currid, J. D. (2003). A Study Commentary on Genesis: Genesis 25:19–50:26 (Vol. 2, pp. 400–401). Darlington, England; Carlisle, PA: Evangelical Press.

[3] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Genesis–Numbers (Vol. 1, p. 224). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 84). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.

[5] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Ge 50:24). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[6] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 137). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[7] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 90). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[8] Calvin, J., & King, J. (2010). Commentary on the First Book of Moses Called Genesis (Vol. 2, pp. 490–492). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

No One Is Above The Law? Hillary Clinton Refuses To Be Served Tulsi Gabbard Lawsuit | ZeroHedge News

Hillary Clinton has ducked a process server trying to serve her with Tulsi Gabbard’s defamation lawsuit on two occasions, according to Gabbard’s attorney, Brian Dunne.

“I find it rather unbelievable that Hillary Clinton is so intimidated by Tulsi Gabbard that she won’t accept service of process,” Dunne told the New York Post, adding “But I guess here we are.”

Dunne said their process server first attempted to effect service at Clinton’s house in Chappaqua on Tuesday afternoon — but was turned away by Secret Service agents.

The agents directed the server to Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, who on Wednesday claimed at his Washington, DC, firm, Williams & Connolly, that he was unable to accept service on Clinton’s behalf, said Dunne. –New York Post

Gabbard filed a lawsuit against Clinton last week, accusing the former Secretary of State of defamation for remarks characterizing the Democratic presidential candidate as a Russian asset.

“Rep. Gabbard’s presidential campaign continues to gain momentum, but she has seen her political and personal reputation smeared and her candidacy intentionally damaged by Clinton’s malicious and demonstrably false remarks,” reads the lawsuit.

We thought no one was above the law?

Tyler Durden Thu, 01/30/2020 – 12:05

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Another ‘Little Ice Age’ in the Future? NASA’s Solar Activity Forecast Might Surprise You

With all the talk about climate change and rising temperatures, it might be hard to imagine a “Little Ice Age” in the future. But NASA’s forecast for solar activity over the next decade could mean we’re in store for a cool-down.

Source: Another ‘Little Ice Age’ in the Future? NASA’s Solar Activity Forecast Might Surprise You

Controversy Erupts After Chief Justice Roberts Shuts Down Rand Paul ‘Whistleblower’ Question | ZeroHedge News

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was spitting mad Wednesday night after Chief Justice John Roberts blocked his question concerning the CIA whistleblower at the heart of the impeachment of President Trump.

According to both Politico and The Hill, Roberts told Senators that he wouldn’t read Paul’s question, or any other question which would require him to publicly say the whistleblower’s name or otherwise reveal his identity – which has been widely reported as CIA analyst Eric Ciaramella, who worked for the National Security Council under the Obama and Trump administrations – and who consulted with Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) staff prior to filing the complaint.

A frustrated Paul was overheard expressing his frustration on the Senate floor during a break in Wednesday’s proceedings – telling a Republican staffer “If I have to fight for recognition, I will.

Roberts signaled to GOP senators on Tuesday that he wouldn’t allow the whistleblower’s name to be mentioned during the question-and-answer session that started the next day, the sources. Roberts was allowed to screen senators’ questions before they were submitted for reading on the Senate floor, the sources noted.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other top Republicans are also discouraging disclosure of the whistleblower’s identity as well. Paul has submitted at least one question with the name of a person believed to be the whistleblower, although it was rejected. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) composed and asked a question regarding the whistleblower earlier Wednesday that tiptoed around identifying the source who essentially sparked the House impeachment drive. –Politico

“We’ve got members who, as you have already determined I think, have an interest in questions related to the whistleblower,” said Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-SD), adding “But I suspect that won’t happen. I don’t think that happens. And I guess I would hope it doesn’t.”

That said, Paul says he’s not giving up – telling reporters “It’s still an ongoing process, it may happen tomorrow.”

Does Ciaramella deserve ‘anonymity’?

Of note, Roberts did not offer any legal argument for hiding the whistleblower’s identity – which leads to an interesting argument  from Constitutional law expert and impeachment witness Johnathan Turley concerning whistleblower anonymity.

Via Jonathan Turley  (emphasis ours)

Federal law does not guarantee anonymity of such whistleblowers in Congressonly protection from retaliation. Conversely, the presiding officer rarely stands in the path of senators seeking clarification or information from the legal teams. Paul could name the whistleblower on the floor without violation federal law. Moreover, the Justice Department offered a compelling analysis that the whistleblower complaint was not in fact covered by the intelligence law (the reason for the delay in reporting the matter to Congress). The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel found that the complaint did not meet the legal definition of “urgent” because it treated the call between Trump and a head of state was if the president were an employee of the intelligence community. The OLC found that the call “does not relate to ‘the funding administration, or operation of an intelligence activity’ under the authority of the Director of National Intelligence . . . As a result, the statute does not require the Director to transmit the complaint to the congressional intelligence committees.The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and EfficiencyCouncil strongly disagree with that reading.

Regardless of the merits of this dispute, Roberts felt that his position allows him to curtail such questions and answers as a matter of general decorum and conduct. It is certainly true that all judges are given some leeway in maintaining basic rules concerning the conduct and comments of participants in such “courts.”

This could lead to a confrontation over the right of senators to seek answers to lawful questions and the authority of the presiding office to maintain basic rules of fairness and decorum. It is not clear what the basis of the Chief Justice’s ruling would be in barring references to the name of the whistleblower if his status as a whistleblower is contested and federal law does not protect his name. Yet, there are many things that are not prohibited by law but still proscribed by courts. This issue however goes to the fact-finding interests of a senator who must cast a vote on impeachment. Unless Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can defuse the situation, this afternoon could force Roberts into a formal decision with considerable importance for this and future trials.

Source: Controversy Erupts After Chief Justice Roberts Shuts Down Rand Paul ‘Whistleblower’ Question

Carter Page Sues DNC, Fusion-Linked Law Firm Over Bogus Steele Dossier — The Gateway Pundit

Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Democratic National Committee, the law firm Perkins Coie, declaring “This is only the first salvo.”

Lawyers for Page filed the suit in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois’ Eastern Division, saying it is the “first of multiple actions in the wake of historic” Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse. The suit involves funding of bogus Steele dossier, which Obama administration officials and the FBI used in order to secure surveillance warrants from the FISA court.

“This is a first step to ensure that the full extent of the FISA abuse that has occurred during the last few years is exposed and remedied,” attorney John Pierce said Thursday, Fox News reported. “Defendants and those they worked with inside the federal government did not and will not succeed in making America a surveillance state.”

He added: “This is only the first salvo. We will follow the evidence wherever it leads, no matter how high. … The rule of law will prevail.”

Said Fox:

Page first filed a defamation suit on his own against the parties in October 2018 in federal court in Oklahoma, but that suit was dismissed in January 2019 after the judge ruled the court lacked jurisdiction over the case because neither Page nor the DNC had strong enough ties to the state.

Page is now represented by Pierce, the global managing partner of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. They filed in Illinois because they allege the relationship with the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, was “orchestrated” through law firm Perkins Coie’s Chicago office. The suit also claims the DNC “has a historical pattern” of making Chicago its principal place of business. …

The suit alleges that the DNC, Perkins Coie and partners Marc Elias and Michael Sussman “used false information, misrepresentations and other misconduct to direct the power of the international intelligence apparatus and the media industry against” Page “to further their political agenda.”

The dossier in question was filled with salacious claims about Trump and his associates and has been the subject of fierce controversy ever since its public emergence around the time of President Trump’s inauguration. The document was authored by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, and funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign through law firm Perkins Coie.

The Justice Department last week declared two of the four surveillance warrants against former Page invalid, the FISA court said.

That move followed fallout from December’s brutal inspector general report, which found the FBI at fault for a series of misstatements and omissions in FISA court applications to secure secret court warrants to eavesdrop on Page.
“The Justice Department’s concession to the court means the department now believes, at a minimum, the surveillance of Page should have ended after the second warrant expired in early 2017,” CNN reported.

via Carter Page Sues DNC, Fusion-Linked Law Firm Over Bogus Steele Dossier — The Gateway Pundit

Senator Rand Paul to Insist on His Question That Would Reveal Identity of the Whistleblower — The Gateway Pundit

Rand Paul

Senator Rand Paul on Thursday afternoon at 1 PM ET will insist on his question rejected by Justice Roberts.

Chief Justice John Roberts blocked a question from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) from being asked at the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump on Wednesday.

Senator Paul’s question had to do with the whistleblower’s contact and coordination with Adam Schiff’s office.

Roberts is refusing to mention Eric Ciaramella’s name and will not allow anyone to say the whistleblower’s name during the question-and-answer session.

Senator Paul was furious for being gagged by Justice Roberts and will put up a fight on Thursday.

“Senator Paul believes it is crucial the American people get the full story on what started the Democrats’ push the impeach President Donald Trump…” Rand Paul’s office announced.

via Senator Rand Paul to Insist on His Question That Would Reveal Identity of the Whistleblower — The Gateway Pundit