Daily Archives: February 2, 2020

February—2 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?—John 3:12.

Was there ever condescension like that of Jesus, to accommodate himself to the dull and senseless capacities of his people? Kind, compassionate, indulgent Teacher, I would say, how shall I sufficiently admire or adore thy love? Oh! that a consciousness of my ignorance would endear to me thy wisdom! And oh! that a sense of the deep things of God would induce in me a temper and frame of mind suited to the docility and humbleness of a weaned child! Now, my soul! mark from these words of thy Jesus to that master in Israel, Nicodemus, that so sublime are the wonders of redemption, even in that part of it which is connected with earthly things, that our capacities, until opened and fitted for the apprehension of divine truths by grace, cannot enter into the enjoyment or belief of them. And how then shall the glories of eternity, which are reserved for unfolding on the other side of Jordan, be brought within the grasp of our intellect? And yet are there some, yea many, who, with the incredulity of Thomas, refuse conviction, unless they receive what, in the present state of things, cannot be granted. Blessed Master! I desire to praise thee for that proportion of faith thou hast given me, to believe the things which are freely given to me of God; and I beseech thee, Lord, to grant me increasing proportions of faith and grace, that I may both believe the earthly things of salvation, and the heavenly things to be revealed. I would pray for grace and faith in lively exercise, to connect and bring into the same view both worlds, as they concern thee and thy great salvation. Yea, Lord, I would pray for increasing knowledge of, and delight in all the great things of salvation, among the transactions of earth here below; such as the momentous truths of regeneration, justification by thy blood and righteousness, and the eternal acceptance of thy people in thee, and in thee only, the beloved. And I would pray also for the most enlarged and enlarging views of faith, concerning the glories which shall be revealed, which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man to conceive. Lord, increase my faith, and prepare me for the everlasting enjoyment of thyself in glory, when faith shall be swallowed up in sight; when I shall see thee as thou art, and know even as I am known.[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 38–39). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

February 2 Streams in the Desert

In the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft: in his quiver hath he hid me.” (Isa. 49:2.)

IN the shadow.” We must all go there sometimes. The glare of the daylight is too brilliant; our eyes become injured, and unable to discern the delicate shades of color, or appreciate neutral tints—the shadowed chamber of sickness, the shadowed house of mourning, the shadowed life from which the sunlight has gone.

But fear not! It is the shadow of God’s hand. He is leading thee. There are lessons that can be learned only there.

The photograph of His face can only be fixed in the dark chamber. But do not suppose that He has cast thee aside. Thou art still in His quiver; He has not flung thee away as a worthless thing.

He is only keeping thee close till the moment comes when He can send thee most swiftly and surely on some errand in which He will be glorified. Oh, shadowed, solitary ones, remember how closely the quiver is bound to the warrior, within easy reach of the hand, and guarded jealously.—Christ in Isaiah, Meyer.

In some spheres the shadow condition is the condition of greatest growth. The beautiful Indian corn never grows more rapidly than in the shadow of a warm summer night. The sun curls the leaves in the sultry noon light, but they quickly unfold, if a cloud slips over the sky. There is a service in the shadow that is not in the shine. The world of stellar beauty is never seen at its best till the shadows of night slip over the sky. There are beauties that bloom in the shade that will not bloom in the sun. There is much greenery in lands of fog and clouds and shadow. The florist has “evening glories” now, as well as “morning glories.” The “evening glory” will not shine in the noon’s splendor, but comes to its best as the shadows of evening deepen.

If all of life were sunshine,

Our faces would be fain

To feel once more upon them

The cooling plash of rain.

Henry Van Dyke.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 37–38). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Trump, in Super Bowl interview with Sean Hannity, predicts fall of Pelosi: ‘Radical left is gonna take over’

In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity during the Super Bowl LIV pregame show, President Trump said the State of the Union would go ahead as scheduled on Tuesday — just a day before the Senate is set to acquit him after a months-long impeachment process.

Source: Trump, in Super Bowl interview with Sean Hannity, predicts fall of Pelosi: ‘Radical left is gonna take over’

John Kerry overheard discussing possible 2020 bid amid concern of ‘Sanders taking down the Democratic Party’

Former Secretary of State John Kerry was overheard discussing a possible 2020 run, suggesting prominent members of the Democratic Party remain deeply unsettled by the current field.

Source: John Kerry overheard discussing possible 2020 bid amid concern of ‘Sanders taking down the Democratic Party’

GOP Sen. Joni Ernst warns Republicans could impeach Biden if he’s elected president | Axios

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) told Bloomberg in an interview Sunday that Republicans could immediately try to impeach Joe Biden over his actions in Ukraine if he’s elected president, despite no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president.

Why it matters: Republicans have argued that attempting to remove President Trump from office in a partisan fashion sets a dangerous precedent of politicizing impeachment. Ernst, who said earlier Sunday that she will vote to acquit Trump, told Bloomberg that “this door of impeachable whatever has been opened” and that “Joe Biden should be very careful what he’s asking for.”


The big picture: Biden, who was tasked by President Obama with fighting corruption in Ukraine, demanded the firing of former prosecutor general Viktor Shokin in 2016. At the time, Biden’s son Hunter was serving on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma, which was owned by an oligarch who had been investigated for corruption.

  • The removal of Shokin was a policy supported by the International Monetary Fund, the European Union and many bipartisan members of Congress. However, Republicans have alleged that Biden had Shokin fired because he was investigating Burisma.
  • There’s no evidence to support this claim, and no members of Congress expressed concern about Shokin’s ouster until last year, when the allegations were first promoted by Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Between the lines: Iowa, Ernst’s home state, will host its Democratic caucuses Monday. Polls show a tight race between Biden, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

  • Ernst suggested last week that information about the Bidens surfaced during the impeachment trial could hurt his chances.
  • “I’m really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers,” she said. “Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point? Not certain at that.”

Go deeper … Fact check: What Joe and Hunter Biden actually did in Ukraine

Source: GOP Sen. Joni Ernst warns Republicans could impeach Biden if he’s elected president

For The First Time Ever, A Majority Of The World’s Population Is Dissatisfied With Democracy | ZeroHedge News

Submitted by Eric Peters, CIO of One River Asset Management

“2005 marked the beginning of the global democratic recession,” wrote Cambridge University’s “Global Satisfaction with Democracy 2020″  report.

“That year also marked the all-time high point for satisfaction with democracy.” In 2005, just 38.7% of citizens globally were dissatisfied with democracy. “Since then, the proportion of dissatisfied citizens has risen by 18.8% to an all-time 57.5% high.”

This leap in dissatisfaction is led by the US, Brazil, Nigeria and Mexico. But America’s surge has been most pronounced. Having spent many post-war decades with fewer than 25% of our citizens reporting dissatisfaction, a 55% majority are now dissatisfied with democracy.

The problem with that is twofold. A healthy democracy requires the vast majority to believe in fair elections. Checks. Balances. Institutions of integrity. Rule of law. Respect by the majority for rights of the minority. If that faith is lost, then each faction quite rationally fights to dominate its opponents at all costs, by any means. That is tribalism.

Which leads to the second problem – America was built by immigrants who left tribalism behind. Working together we’ve shown humanity the great wonders achievable through cooperation, integration, assimilation. Optimism. Idealism.

“For much of its modern history, America has viewed itself as a ‘shining city on a hill’ – a model democracy, and one that can serve as an example unto others that wish to emulate its success,” wrote the report’s authors. “Following the 2008 financial crisis, however, that has begun to change, with Americans’ evaluation of the functioning of their political system continuing to deteriorate year on year.

Rising political polarization, government shutdowns, the widespread use of public office for private gain, a costly war in Iraq, and growing spatial and intergenerational inequality have all weighed against Americans’ view of the ability of their democracy to deliver.”

What will happen when a majority of citizens in the world’s leading democracy, its largest economy, and mightiest military, lose faith in its very foundation?

Source: For The First Time Ever, A Majority Of The World’s Population Is Dissatisfied With Democracy

Sunday Talks: Lindsey Graham Discusses Impeachment ‘Next Steps’ With Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the impeachment proceedings, the likely continuance of resistance investigative efforts, and Graham’s role in any Senate proceedings.

Despite never having a single investigative hearing since he starting promising hearings at the conclusion of the Mueller probe in April 2019, Senator Graham promises hearings to get to the bottom of the Biden-Burisma issue.  Not likely.  Bartiromo pushes the Senator on whether he will investigate the origin of the Whistleblower complaint, Graham avoids.

Graham promises hearings on FISA abuse. You decide if they will ever happen.  The FISA bulk metadata collection re-authorization vote is next month around March 15th.

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via Sunday Talks: Lindsey Graham Discusses Impeachment ‘Next Steps’ With Maria Bartiromo… — The Last Refuge

Sunday Talks: Steve Bannon Discusses “The Crime of the Century”, the “Soft Coup”… — The Last Refuge

Steve Bannon appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss ongoing political events.  At the beginning of the interview Bannon focuses exactly on the issue that is paramount to the American population but is being avoided by politicians like Senator Lindsey Graham and institutional leaders like AG Bill Barr.

Until there is a process to bring a formal reckoning, sunlight upon the entire enterprise, there will be unending attacks by resistance operatives within the administrative state.

Steve Bannon also highlights the plan of the administrative state to diminish the successful accomplishments of President Trump and weaponize the Senate floor speeches to cast a cloud on the State of the Union speech. Indeed, Mitch McConnell has set up the schedule for maximum damage before acquittal.  Good Interview- Multiple Aspects:

 

via Sunday Talks: Steve Bannon Discusses “The Crime of the Century”, the “Soft Coup”… — The Last Refuge

February 2d The D. L. Moody Year Book

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.—2 Corinthians 5:17.

ALL the infidels in the world could not convince me that I have not a different spirit than I had before I became a Christian. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit,” and a man can soon tell whether he is born of the Spirit by the change in his life. The Spirit of Christ is a Spirit of love, joy, peace, humility and meekness, and we can soon find out whether we have been born of that Spirit or not; we are not to be left in uncertainty.[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.) (pp. 27–28). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

Barr: ‘Militant secularists’ trying to impose values on believers | WND

U.S. Attorney General William Barr (video screenshot)

“Militant secularists” across America long have charged that religious people are “imposing” their views on them.

But it’s actually the other way around, contended Attorney General William Barr in an interview with Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sirius XM.

“I feel today religion is being driven out of the marketplace of ideas and there’s a organized militant secular effort to drive religion out of our lives,” Barr told Dolan, the Federalist reported.

“To me the problem today is not that religious people are trying to impose their views on nonreligious people, it’s the opposite — it’s that militant secularists are trying to impose their values on religious people and they’re not accommodating the freedom of religion of people of faith.”

Barr was excoriated by the left for a speech last October about religious liberty to Notre Dame Law School, warning students against depending on the government and unlimited licentiousness.

See the interview:

The Federalist noted that since “developing similar ideas in depth in several public talks, Barr has been the subject of a series of hit pieces in publications including The New York Times and The New Yorker.”

“It’s not just his full-throated defense of the natural right to obey one’s conscience above one’s government that gets their goat. Barr’s concern for the rule of law, fair play, and due process especially about Russian collusion and impeachment have also brought out the knives,” the Federalist said.

The report said a 10,000-word New Yorker article by David Rohde may have made one accurate assessment: “Barr is the most feared, criticized, and effective member of Trump’s Cabinet.”

“There is certainly some relationship between the left’s fear and the right’s effectiveness, and thus the neutering attempts,” the Federalist said. “As Sohrab Amari noted, Barr has been ridiculously labeled an ‘extremist Catholic’ associated with a ‘secretive, ultra-orthodox Catholic sect.’

“Of course, the point of flak like this is to polarize the target and thus make him ineffective through clouds of mistrust. A parallel effort has been underway much longer against the nation’s first freedom: the duty to obey God before men. Thus in her own attack article against Barr last month in The New York Times, Katherine Stewart put the words religious liberty and religious freedom in scare quotes, even though these are longstanding natural rights that enjoy U.S. legal protection for very good reasons that include staunching bigotry. The ignorant scare quotes are becoming common in even outlets that style themselves objective news sources.”

Stewart accused Barr of embracing “wholesale the ‘religious liberty’ rhetoric of today’s Christian nationalist movement.” She cited efforts to protect the rights of Christians to be given equal access to a program to help needy children.

The Federalist said Stewart is “doing exactly what Barr says she’s doing, while pretending that she is not.”

“Stewart is making a ‘secular effort to drive religion out of our lives’ and trying to impose her values on religious people while ‘not accommodating the freedom of religion of people of faith.'”

The Federalist said her values “say that only pagans — people with atheist, pantheist, syncretist, or agnostic religious beliefs — may fully access public goods.”

“People with theistic religious beliefs may not. This is not equality or tolerance — it is prejudice.”

Source: Barr: ‘Militant secularists’ trying to impose values on believers