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Here’s The ‘Censored’ Biden Story That Forced Glenn Greenwald To Quit The Firm He Founded | Zero Hedge

An attempt to assess the importance of the known evidence, and a critique of media lies to protect their favored candidate, could not be published at The Intercept…

Via Glenn Greenwald’s substack,

I am posting here the most recent draft of my article about Joe and Hunter Biden – the last one seen by Intercept editors before telling me that they refuse to publish it absent major structural changes involving the removal of all sections critical of Joe Biden, leaving only a narrow article critiquing media outlets. I will also, in a separate post, publish all communications I had with Intercept editors surrounding this article so you can see the censorship in action and, given the Intercept’s denials, decide for yourselves (this is the kind of transparency responsible journalists provide, and which the Intercept refuses to this day to provide regarding their conduct in the Reality Winner story). This draft obviously would have gone through one more round of proof-reading and editing by me – to shorten it, fix typos, etc – but it’s important for the integrity of the claims to publish the draft in unchanged form that Intercept editors last saw, and announced that they would not “edit” but completely gut as a condition to publication:

An attempt to assess the importance of the known evidence, and a critique of media lies to protect their favored candidate, could not be published at The Intercept

THE REAL SCANDAL: U.S. MEDIA USES FALSEHOODS TO DEFEND JOE BIDEN FROM HUNTER’S EMAILS

Publication by the New York Post two weeks ago of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop, relating to Vice President Joe Biden’s work in Ukraine, and subsequent articles from other outlets concerning the Biden family’s pursuit of business opportunities in China, provoked extraordinary efforts by a de facto union of media outlets, Silicon Valley giants and the intelligence community to suppress these stories.

One outcome is that the Biden campaign concluded, rationally, that there is no need for the front-running presidential candidate to address even the most basic and relevant questions raised by these materials. Rather than condemn Biden for ignoring these questions — the natural instinct of a healthy press when it comes to a presidential election — journalists have instead led the way in concocting excuses to justify his silence.

After the Post’s first article, both that newspaper and other news outlets have published numerous other emails and texts purportedly written to and from Hunter reflecting his efforts to induce his father to take actions as Vice President beneficial to the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, on whose board of directors Hunter sat for a monthly payment of $50,000, as well as proposals for lucrative business deals in China that traded on his influence with his father.

Individuals included in some of the email chains have confirmed the contents’ authenticity. One of Hunter’s former business partners, Tony Bubolinski, has stepped forward on the record to confirm the authenticity of many of the emails and to insist that Hunter along with Joe Biden’s brother Jim were planning on including the former Vice President in at least one deal in China. And GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who appeared in one of the published email chains, appeared to confirm the authenticity as well, though he refused to answer follow-up questions about it.

Thus far, no proof has been offered by Bubolinski that Biden ever consummated his participation in any of those discussed deals. The Wall Street Journal says that it found no corporate records reflecting that a deal was finalized and that “text messages and emails related to the venture that were provided to the Journal by Mr. Bobulinski, mainly from the spring and summer of 2017, don’t show either Hunter Biden or James Biden discussing a role for Joe Biden in the venture.”

But nobody claimed that any such deals had been consummated — so the conclusion that one had not been does not negate the story. Moreover, some texts and emails whose authenticity has not been disputed state that Hunter was adamant that any discussions about the involvement of the Vice President be held only verbally and never put in writing.

Beyond that, the Journal’s columnist Kimberly Strassel reviewed a stash of documents and “found correspondence corroborates and expands on emails recently published by the New York Post,” including ones where Hunter was insisting that it was his connection to his father that was the greatest asset sought by the Chinese conglomerate with whom they were negotiating. The New York Times on Sunday reached a similar conclusion: while no documents prove that such a deal was consummated, “records produced by Mr. Bobulinski show that in 2017, Hunter Biden and James Biden were involved in negotiations about a joint venture with a Chinese energy and finance company called CEFC China Energy,” and “make clear that Hunter Biden saw the family name as a valuable asset, angrily citing his ‘family’s brand’ as a reason he is valuable to the proposed venture.”

These documents also demonstrate, reported the Times, “that the countries that Hunter Biden, James Biden and their associates planned to target for deals overlapped with nations where Joe Biden had previously been involved as vice president.” Strassel noted that “a May 2017 ‘expectations’ document shows Hunter receiving 20% of the equity in the venture and holding another 10% for ‘the big guy’—who Mr. Bobulinski attests is Joe Biden.” And the independent journalist Matt Taibbi published an article on Sunday with ample documentation suggesting that Biden’s attempt to replace a Ukranian prosecutor in 2015 benefited Burisma.

All of these new materials, the authenticity of which has never been disputed by Hunter Biden or the Biden campaign, raise important questions about whether the former Vice President and current front-running presidential candidate was aware of efforts by his son to peddle influence with the Vice President for profit, and also whether the Vice President ever took actions in his official capacity with the intention, at least in part, of benefitting his son’s business associates. But in the two weeks since the Post published its initial story, a union of the nation’s most powerful entities, including its news media, have taken extraordinary steps to obscure and bury these questions rather than try to provide answers to them.

The initial documents, claimed the New York Post, were obtained when the laptops containing them were left at a Delaware repair shop with water damage and never picked up, allowing the owner to access its contents and then turn them over to both the FBI and a lawyer for Trump advisor Rudy Giuliani. The repair store owner confirmed this narrative in interviews with news outlets and then (under penalty of prosecution) to a Senate Committee; he also provided the receipt purportedly signed by Hunter. Neither Hunter nor the Biden campaign has denied these claims.

Publication of that initial New York Post story provoked a highly unusual censorship campaign by Facebook and Twitter. Facebook, through a long-time former Democratic Party operative, vowed to suppress the story pending its “fact-check,” one that has as of yet produced no public conclusions. And while Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized for Twitter’s handling of the censorship and reversed the policy that led to the blocking of all links the story, the New York Post, the nation’s fourth-largest newspaper, continues to be locked out of its Twitter account, unable to post as the election approaches, for almost two weeks.

After that initial censorship burst from Silicon Valley, whose workforce and oligarchs have donated almost entirely to the Biden campaign, it was the nation’s media outlets and former CIA and other intelligence officials who took the lead in constructing reasons why the story should be dismissed, or at least treated with scorn. As usual for the Trump era, the theme that took center stage to accomplish this goal was an unsubstantiated claim about the Kremlin responsibility for the story.

Numerous news outlets, including the Intercept, quickly cited a public letter signed by former CIA officials and other agents of the security state claiming that the documents have the “classic trademarks” of a “Russian disinformation” plot. But, as media outlets and even intelligence agencies are now slowly admitting, no evidence has ever been presented to corroborate this assertion. On Friday, the New York Times reported that “no concrete evidence has emerged that the laptop contains Russian disinformation” and the paper said even the FBI has “acknowledged that it had not found any Russian disinformation on the laptop.”

The Washington Post on Sunday published an op-ed — by Thomas Rid, one of those centrists establishmentarian professors whom media outlets routinely use to provide the facade of expert approval for deranged conspiracy theories — that contained this extraordinary proclamation: “We must treat the Hunter Biden leaks as if they were a foreign intelligence operation — even if they probably aren’t.”

Even the letter from the former intelligence officials cited by The Intercept and other outlets to insinuate that this was all part of some “Russian disinformation” scheme explicitly admitted that “we do not have evidence of Russian involvement,” though many media outlets omitted that crucial acknowledgement when citing the letter in order to disparage the story as a Kremlin plot:

Despite this complete lack of evidence, the Biden campaign adopted this phrase used by intelligence officials and media outlets as its mantra for why the materials should not be discussed and why they would not answer basic questions about them. “I think we need to be very, very clear that what he’s doing here is amplifying Russian misinformation,” said Biden Deputy Campaign Manager Kate Bedingfield about the possibility that Trump would raise the Biden emails at Thursday night’s debate. Biden’s senior advisor Symone Sanders similarly warned on MSNBC: “if the president decides to amplify these latest smears against the vice president and his only living son, that is Russian disinformation.”

The few mainstream journalists who tried merely to discuss these materials have been vilified. For the crime of simply noting it on Twitter that first day, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman had her name trend all morning along with the derogatory nickname “MAGA Haberman.” CBS News’ Bo Erickson was widely attacked even by his some in the mediasimply for asking Biden what his response to the story was. And Biden himself refused to answer, accusing Erickson of spreading a “smear.”

That it is irresponsible and even unethical to mention these documents became a pervasive view in mainstream journalism. The NPR Public Editor, in an anazing statement representative of much of the prevailing media mentality, explicitly justified NPR’s refusal to cover the story on the ground that “we do not want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories . . . [or] waste the readers’ and listeners’ time on stories that are just pure distractions.”

To justify her own show’s failure to cover the story, 60 Minutes’ Leslie Stahl resorted to an entirely different justification. “It can’t be verified,” the CBS reporter claimed when confronted by President Trump in an interview about her program’s failure to cover the Hunter Biden documents. When Trump insisted there were multiple ways to verify the materials on the laptop, Stahl simply repeated the same phrase: “it can’t be verified.”

After the final presidential debate on Thursday night, a CNN panel mocked the story as too complex and obscure for anyone to follow — a self-fulfilling prophecy given that, as the network’s media reporter Brian Stelter noted with pride, the story has barely been mentioned either on CNN or MSNBC. As the New York Times noted on Friday: “most viewers of CNN and MSNBC would not have heard much about the unconfirmed Hunter Biden emails…. CNN’s mentions of “Hunter” peaked at 20 seconds and MSNBC’s at 24 seconds one day last week.”

On Sunday, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour barely pretended to be interested in any journalism surrounding the story, scoffing during an interview at requests from the RNC’s Elizabeth Harrington to cover the story and verify the documents by telling her: “We’re not going to do your work for you.” Watch how the U.S.’s most mainstream journalists are openly announcing their refusal to even consider what these documents might reflect about the Democratic front-runner:

These journalists are desperate not to know. As Taibbi wrote on Sundayabout this tawdry press spectacle: ” The least curious people in the country right now appear to be the credentialed news media, a situation normally unique to tinpot authoritarian societies.”

All of those excuses and pretexts — emanating largely from a national media that is all but explicit in their eagerness for Biden to win — served for the first week or more after the Post story to create a cone of silence around this story and, to this very day, a protective shield for Biden. As a result, the front-running presidential candidate knows that he does not have to answer even the most basic questions about these documents because most of the national press has already signaled that they will not press him to do so; to the contrary, they will concoct defenses on his behalf to avoid discussing it.

The relevant questions for Biden raised by this new reporting are as glaring as they are important. Yet Biden has had to answer very few of them yet because he has not been asked and, when he has, media outlets have justified his refusal to answer rather than demand that he do so. We submitted nine questions to his campaign about these documents that the public has the absolute right to know, including:

  • whether he claims any the emails or texts are fabricated (and, if so, which specific ones);

  • whether he knows if Hunter did indeed drop off laptops at the Delaware repair store;

  • whether Hunter ever asked him to meet with Burisma executives or whether he in fact did so;

  • whether Biden ever knew about business proposals in Ukraine or China being pursued by his son and brother in which Biden was a proposed participant and,

  • how Biden could justify expending so much energy as Vice President demanding that the Ukrainian General Prosecutor be fired, and why the replacement — Yuriy Lutsenko, someone who had no experience in law; was a crony of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko; and himself had a history of corruption allegations — was acceptable if Biden’s goal really was to fight corruption in Ukraine rather than benefit Burisma or control Ukrainian internal affairs for some other objective.

Though the Biden campaign indicated that they would respond to the Intercept’s questions, they have not done so. A statement they released to other outlets contains no answers to any of these questions except to claim that Biden “has never even considered being involved in business with his family, nor in any business overseas.” To date, even as the Biden campaign echoes the baseless claims of media outlets that anyone discussing this story is “amplifying Russian disinformation,” neither Hunter Biden nor the Biden campaign have even said whether they claim the emails and other documents — which they and the press continue to label “Russian disinformation” — are forgeries or whether they are authentic.

The Biden campaign clearly believes it has no need to answer any of these questions by virtue of a panoply of media excuses offered on its behalf that collapse upon the most minimal scrutiny:

First, the claim that the material is of suspect authenticity or cannot be verified — the excuse used on behalf of Biden by Leslie Stahl and Christiane Amanpour, among others — is blatantly false for numerous reasons. As someone who has reported similar large archives in partnership with numerous media outlets around the world (including the Snowden archive in 2014 and the Intercept’s Brazil Archive over the last year showing corruption by high-level Bolsonaro officials), and who also covered the reporting of similar archives by other outlets (the Panama Papers, the WikiLeaks war logs of 2010 and DNC/Podesta emails of 2016), it is clear to me that the trove of documents from Hunter Biden’s emails has been verified in ways quite similar to those.

With an archive of this size, one can never independently authenticate every word in every last document unless the subject of the reporting voluntarily confirms it in advance, which they rarely do. What has been done with similar archives is journalists obtain enough verification to create high levels of journalistic confidence in the materials. Some of the materials provided by the source can be independently confirmed, proving genuine access by the source to a hard drive, a telephone, or a database. Other parties in email chains can confirm the authenticity of the email or text conversations in which they participated. One investigates non-public facts contained in the documents to determine that they conform to what the documents reflect. Technology specialists can examine the materials to ensure no signs of forgeries are detected.

This is the process that enabled the largest and most established media outlets around the world to report similar large archives obtained without authorization. In those other cases, no media outlet was able to verify every word of every document prior to publication. There was no way to prove the negative that the source or someone else had not altered or forged some of the material. That level of verification is both unattainable and unnecessary. What is needed is substantial evidence to create high confidence in the authentication process.

The Hunter Biden documents have at least as much verification as those other archives that were widely reported. There are sources in the email chains who have verified that the published emails are accurate. The archive contains private photos and videos of Hunter whose authenticity is not in doubt. A former business partner of Hunter has stated, unequivocally and on the record, that not only are the emails authentic but they describe events accurately, including proposed participation by the former Vice President in at least one deal Hunter and Jim Biden were pursuing in China. And, most importantly of all, neither Hunter Biden nor the Biden campaign has even suggested, let alone claimed, that a single email or text is fake.

Why is the failure of the Bidens to claim that these emails are forged so significant? Because when journalists report on a massive archive, they know that the most important event in the reporting’s authentication process comes when the subjects of the reporting have an opportunity to deny that the materials are genuine. Of course that is what someone would do if major media outlets were preparing to publish, or in fact were publishing, fabricated or forged materials in their names; they would say so in order to sow doubt about the materials if not kill the credibility of the reporting.

The silence of the Bidens may not be dispositive on the question of the material’s authenticity, but when added to the mountain of other authentication evidence, it is quite convincing: at least equal to the authentication evidence in other reporting on similarly large archives.

Second, the oft-repeated claim from news outlets and CIA operatives that the published emails and texts were “Russian disinformation” was, from the start, obviously baseless and reckless. No evidence — literally none — has been presented to suggest involvement by any Russians in the dissemination of these materials, let alone that it was part of some official plot by Moscow. As always, anything is possible — when one does not know for certain what the provenance of materials is, nothing can be ruled out — but in journalism, evidence is required before news outlets can validly start blaming some foreign government for the release of information. And none has ever been presented. Yet the claim that this was “Russian disinformation” was published in countless news outlets, television broadcasts, and the social media accounts of journalists, typically by pointing to the evidence-free claims of ex-CIA officials.

Worse is the “disinformation” part of the media’s equation. How can these materials constitute “disinformation” if they are authentic emails and texts actually sent to and from Hunter Biden? The ease with which news outlets that are supposed to be skeptical of evidence-free pronouncements by the intelligence community instead printed their assertions about “Russian disinformation” is alarming in the extreme. But they did it because they instinctively wanted to find a reason to justify ignoring the contents of these emails, so claiming that Russia was behind it, and that the materials were “disinformation,” became their placeholder until they could figure out what else they should say to justify ignoring these documents.

Third, the media rush to exonerate Biden on the question of whether he engaged in corruption vis-a-vis Ukraine and Burisma rested on what are, at best, factually dubious defenses of the former Vice President. Much of this controversy centers on Biden’s aggressive efforts while Vice President in late 2015 to force the Ukrainian government to fire its Chief Prosecutor, Viktor Shokhin, and replace him with someone acceptable to the U.S., which turned out to be Yuriy Lutsenko. These events are undisputed by virtue of a video of Biden boasting in front of an audience of how he flew to Kiev and forced the Ukrainians to fire Shokhin, upon pain of losing $1 billion in aid.

But two towering questions have long been prompted by these events, and the recently published emails make them more urgent than ever: 1) was the firing of the Ukrainian General Prosecutor such a high priority for Biden as Vice President of the U.S. because of his son’s highly lucrative role on the board of Burisma, and 2) if that was not the motive, why was it so important for Biden to dictate who the chief prosecutor of Ukraine was?

The standard answer to the question about Biden’s motive — offered both by Biden and his media defenders — is that he, along with the IMF and EU, wanted Shokhin fired because the U.S. and its allies were eager to clean up Ukraine, and they viewed Shokhin as insufficiently vigilant in fighting corruption.

“Biden’s brief was to sweet-talk and jawbone Poroshenko into making reforms that Ukraine’s Western benefactors wanted to see as,” wrote the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler in what the Post calls a “fact-check.” Kessler also endorsed the key defense of Biden: that the firing of Shokhin was bad for Burima, not good for it. “The United States viewed [Shokhin] as ineffective and beholden to Poroshenko and Ukraine’s corrupt oligarchs. In particular, Shokin had failed to pursue an investigation of the founder of Burisma, Mykola Zlochevsky,” Kessler claims.

But that claim does not even pass the laugh test. The U.S. and its European allies are not opposed to corruption by their puppet regimes. They are allies with the most corrupt regimes on the planet, from Riyadh to Cairo, and always have been. Since when does the U.S. devote itself to ensuring good government in the nations it is trying to control? If anything, allowing corruption to flourish has been a key tool in enabling the U.S. to exert power in other countries and to open up their markets to U.S. companies.

Beyond that, if increasing prosecutorial independence and strengthening anti-corruption vigilance were really Biden’s goal in working to demand the firing of the Ukrainian chief prosecutor, why would the successor to Shokhin, Yuriy Lutsenko, possibly be acceptable? Lutsenko, after all, had “no legal background as general prosecutor,” was principally known only as a lackey of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, was forced in 2009 to “resign as interior minister after being detained by police at Frankfurt airport for being drunk and disorderly,” and “was subsequently jailed for embezzlement and abuse of office, though his defenders said the sentence was politically motivated.”

Is it remotely convincing to you that Biden would have accepted someone like Lutsenko if his motive really were to fortify anti-corruption prosecutions in Ukraine? Yet that’s exactly what Biden did: he personally told Poroshenko that Lutsenko was an acceptable alternative and promptly released the $1 billion after his appointment was announced. Whatever Biden’s motive was in using his power as U.S. Vice President to change the prosecutor in Ukraine, his acceptance of someone like Lutsenko strongly suggests that combatting Ukrainian corruption was not it.

As for the other claim on which Biden and his media allies have heavily relied — that firing Shokhin was not a favor for Burisma because Shokhin was not pursuing any investigations against Burisma — the evidence does not justify that assertion.

It is true that no evidence, including these new emails, constitute proof that Biden’s motive in demanding Shokhin’s termination was to benefit Burisma. But nothing demonstrates that Shokhin was impeding investigations into Burisma. Indeed, the New York Times in 2019 published one of the most comprehensive investigations to date of the claims made in defense of Biden when it comes to Ukraine and the firing of this prosecutor, and, while noting that “no evidence has surfaced that the former vice president intentionally tried to help his son by pressing for the prosecutor general’s dismissal,” this is what its reporters concluded about Shokhin and Burisma:

[Biden’s] pressure campaign eventually worked. The prosecutor general, long a target of criticism from other Western nations and international lenders, was voted out months later by the Ukrainian Parliament.

Among those who had a stake in the outcome was Hunter Biden, Mr. Biden’s younger son, who at the time was on the board of an energy company owned by a Ukrainian oligarch who had been in the sights of the fired prosecutor general.

The Times added: “Mr. Shokhin’s office had oversight of investigations into [Burisma’s billionaire founder] Zlochevsky and his businesses, including Burisma.” By contrast, they said, Lutsenko, the replacement approved by Vice President Biden, “initially continued investigating Mr. Zlochevsky and Burisma, but cleared him of all charges within 10 months of taking office.”

So whether or not it was Biden’s intention to confer benefits on Burisma by demanding Shokhin’s firing, it ended up quite favorable for Burisma given that the utterly inexperienced Lutesenko “cleared [Burisma’s founder] of all charges within 10 months of taking office.”

The new comprehensive report from journalist Taibbi on Sunday also strongly supports the view that there were clear antagonisms between Shokhin and Burisma, such that firing the Ukrainian prosecutor would have been beneficial for Burisma. Taibbi, who reported for many years while based in Russia and remains very well-sourced in the region, detailed:

For all the negative press about Shokhin, there’s no doubt that there were multiple active cases involving Zlochevsky/Burisma during his short tenure. This was even once admitted by American reporters, before it became taboo to describe such cases untethered to words like “dormant.” Here’s how Ken Vogel at the New York Times put it in May of 2019:

“When Mr. Shokhin became prosecutor general in February 2015, he inherited several investigations into the company and Mr. Zlochevsky, including for suspicion of tax evasion and money laundering. Mr. Shokin also opened an investigation into the granting of lucrative gas licenses to companies owned by Mr. Zlochevsky when he was the head of the Ukrainian Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources.”

Ukrainian officials I reached this week confirmed that multiple cases were active during that time.

“There were different numbers, but from 7 to 14,” says Serhii Horbatiuk, former head of the special investigations department for the Prosecutor General’s Office, when asked how many Burisma cases there were.

“There may have been two to three episodes combined, and some have already been closed, so I don’t know the exact amount.” But, Horbatiuk insists, there were many cases, most of them technically started under Yarema, but at least active under Shokin.

The numbers quoted by Horbatiuk gibe with those offered by more recent General Prosecutor Rulsan Ryaboshapka, who last year said there were at one time or another “13 or 14” cases in existence involving Burisma or Zlochevsky.

Taibbi reviews real-time reporting in both Ukraine and the U.S. to document several other pending investigations against Burisma and Zlochevsky that was overseen by the prosecutor whose firing Biden demanded. He notes that Shokhin himself has repeatedly said he was pursuing several investigations against Zlochevsky at the time Biden demanded his firing. In sum, Taibbi concludes, “one can’t say there’s no evidence of active Burisma cases even during the last days of Shokin, who says that it was the February, 2016 seizure order [against Zlochevsky’s assets] that got him fired.”

And, Taibbi notes, “the story looks even odder when one wonders why the United States would exercise so much foreign policy muscle to get Shokin fired, only to allow in a replacement — Yuri Lutsenko — who by all accounts was a spectacularly bigger failure in the battle against corruption in general, and Zlochevsky in particular.” In sum: “it’s unquestionable that the cases against Burisma were all closed by Shokin’s successor, chosen in consultation with Joe Biden, whose son remained on the board of said company for three more years, earning upwards of $50,000 per month.”

The publicly known facts, augmented by the recent emails, texts and on-the-record accounts, suggest serious sleaze by Joe Biden’s son Hunter in trying to peddle his influence with the Vice President for profit. But they also raise real questions about whether Joe Biden knew about and even himself engaged in a form of legalized corruption. Specifically, these newly revealed information suggest Biden was using his power to benefit his son’s business Ukrainian associates, and allowing his name to be traded on while Vice President for his son and brother to pursue business opportunities in China. These are questions which a minimally healthy press would want answered, not buried — regardless of how many similar or worse scandals the Trump family has.

But the real scandal that has been proven is not the former Vice President’s misconduct but that of his supporters and allies in the U.S. media. As Taibbi’s headline put it: “With the Hunter Biden Exposé, Suppression is a Bigger Scandal Than the Actual Story.”

The reality is the U.S. press has been planning for this moment for four years — cooking up justifications for refusing to report on newsworthy material that might help Donald Trump get re-elected. One major factor is the undeniable truth that journalists with national outlets based in New York, Washington and West Coast cities overwhelmingly not just favor Joe Biden but are desperate to see Donald Trump defeated.

It takes an enormous amount of gullibility to believe that any humans are capable of separating such an intense partisan preference from their journalistic judgment. Many barely even bother to pretend: critiques of Joe Biden are often attacked first not by Biden campaign operatives but by political reporters at national news outlets who make little secret of their eagerness to help Biden win.

But much of this has to do with the fallout from the 2016 election. During that campaign, news outlets, including The Intercept, did their jobs as journalists by reporting on the contents of newsworthy, authentic documents: namely, the emails published by WikiLeaks from the John Podesta and DNC inboxes which, among other things, revealed corruption so severe that it forced the resignation of the top five officials of the DNC. That the materials were hacked, and that intelligence agencies were suggesting Russia was responsible, not negate the newsworthiness of the documents, which is why media outlets across the country repeatedly reported on their contents.

Nonetheless, journalists have spent four years being attacked as Trump enablers in their overwhelmingly Democratic and liberal cultural circles: the cities in which they live are overwhelmingly Democratic, and their demographic — large-city, college-educated professionals — has vanishingly little Trump support. A New York Times survey of campaign data from Monday tells just a part of this story of cultural insularity and homogeniety:

Joe Biden has outraised President Trump on the strength of some of the wealthiest and most educated ZIP codes in the United States, running up the fund-raising score in cities and suburbs so resoundingly that he collected more money than Mr. Trump on all but two days in the last two months….It is not just that much of Mr. Biden’s strongest support comes overwhelmingly from the two coasts, which it does…. [U]nder Mr. Trump, Republicans have hemorrhaged support from white voters with college degrees. In ZIP codes with a median household income of at least $100,000, Mr. Biden smashed Mr. Trump in fund-raising, $486 million to only $167 million — accounting for almost his entire financial edge….One Upper West Side ZIP code — 10024 — accounted for more than $8 million for Mr. Biden, and New York City in total delivered $85.6 million for him — more than he raised in every state other than California….

The median household in the United States was $68,703 in 2019. In ZIP codes above that level, Mr. Biden outraised Mr. Trump by $389.1 million. Below that level, Mr. Trump was actually ahead by $53.4 million.

Wanting to avoid a repeat of feeling scorn and shunning in their own extremely pro-Democratic, anti-Trump circles, national media outlets have spent four years inventing standards for election-year reporting on hacked materials that never previously existed and that are utterly anathema to the core journalistic function. The Washington Post’s Executive Editor Marty Baron, for instance, issued a memo full of cautions about how Post reporters should, or should not, discuss hacked materials even if their authenticity is not in doubt.

That a media outlet should even consider refraining from reporting on materials they know to be authentic and in the public interest because of questions about their provenance is the opposite of how journalism has been practiced. In the days before the 2016 election, for instance, the New York Times received by mail one year of Donald Trump’s tax returns and — despite having no idea who sent it to them or how that person obtained it: was is stolen or hacked by a foreign power? — the Times reported on its contents.

When asked by NPR why they would report on documents when they do not know the source let alone the source’s motives in providing them, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Barstow compellingly explained what had always been the core principle of journalism: namely, a journalist only cares about two questions — (1) are documents authentic and (2) are they in the public interest? — but does not care about what motives a source has in providing the documents or how they were obtained when deciding whether to reporting them:

The U.S. media often laments that people have lost faith in its pronouncements, that they are increasingly viewed as untrustworthy and that many people view Fake News sites are more reliable than established news outlets. They are good at complaining about this, but very bad at asking whether any of their own conduct is responsible for it.

A media outlet that renounces its core function — pursuing answers to relevant questions about powerful people — is one that deserves to lose the public’s faith and confidence. And that is exactly what the U.S. media, with some exceptions, attempted to do with this story: they took the lead not in investigating these documents but in concocting excuses for why they should be ignored.

As my colleague Lee Fang put it on Sunday: “The partisan double standards in the media are mind boggling this year, and much of the supposedly left independent media is just as cowardly and conformist as the mainstream corporate media. Everyone is reading the room and acting out of fear.” Discussing his story from Sunday, Taibbi summed up the most important point this way: “The whole point is that the press loses its way when it cares more about who benefits from information than whether it’s true.”

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/political/heres-censored-biden-story-forced-glenn-greenwald-quit-firm-he-founded

If Christians Vote Policy over Personality, Trump Will Win — David Fiorazo


How do you respond when people are shocked that you could actually vote for President Trump? Hopefully, you respond with facts and policy if they’re really willing to listen. A majority of Bible-believing Christian voters supported Donald Trump in 2016 – not because they liked him as a person – but because they support his policies.

So please – don’t fall for the propaganda campaign and tedious talking points about how horrible a human being Trump is. When you discuss voting in this election, focus on policies and party platforms, not personality!

I saw a great post on Kevin Sorbo’s Facebook page about responding in that moment when someone says, “I can’t believe you would vote for Trump.” I also came across an outstanding article by Wayne Grudem at the Stream, Letter to an Anti-Trump Christian Friend.

Both Sorbo and Grudem give you some ammo when having conversations about what you support and why, because most people can only talk about what they’re against.

So when someone asks, throw them off balance by saying, “I’m not voting for Trump.”
I’m voting for unborn babies that have a right to live, for pro-life policies, and for valuing every single human life.

I’m voting for originalist judges and the next Supreme Court Justice to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; for continued appointments of conservative judges.

I’m voting for the First Amendment, especially freedom of religious expression and freedom of speech. I’m voting for the Second Amendment and the right for citizens to defend our lives and family.

I’m voting for strong support of Israel because the Bible says God will bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel (Genesis 12:3); for the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem, and I’m voting for continued historic peace efforts in the Middle East.

I’m voting for school choice, for true history to be taught again, and for parents to have more rights when it comes to the sexual indoctrination in public school curriculum.

I’m voting for a rare president that did not start a war, who is strong on national defense, rebuilt the U.S. military, and truly cares about our Veterans; for an end of America’s involvement in foreign conflicts and the return of our troops.

I’m voting for secure borders, for the wall, and to reform of our immigration system.

I’m voting for the police to be respected once again and to ensure Law & Order in our cities and streets; for criminals to be prosecuted and not bailed out; I’m voting in favor of the defeat of ISIS and the killing of radical terrorists who hate America.

I’m voting a free market economic system and against socialism; for lower taxes, and for our jobs to remain in America and not be outsourced again to China, Mexico and other foreign countries; for the president who ushered in a record high number of jobs for minorities and presided over historic low unemployment.

I’m voting to keep America first, for lifting up American workers and families, for fewer government regulations, and unleashing American energy production.

I’m voting for the Electoral College & the free Republic we live in; to not be forced, fined, or taxed by government for not having health insurance or having the wrong kind.

I’m voting to expose evil and fight against child trafficking; for restrooms, locker rooms, and single-gender sports teams should be restricted to people of one biological sex or the other; for truth and science to prevail over delusions and moral relativism.

I’m voting for freedom of conscience because government should not force Christians to use their business or artistic skills to convey a message approving of same-sex marriage or to use their medical skills to perform an abortion, or to use pharmacies to distribute drugs that cause abortion.

I’m voting for the right to speak, share my opinion and not be censored.

I’m not just voting for one person, I’m voting for the future of my country and God-willing, generations to come! 

Period. And if they’re still listening, ask them, “What are you voting for?”

Let’s look at the other side. In what sane universe can an evangelical Christian or someone who believes in the moral values taught in the Bible, support progressive Joe Biden, radical Kamala Harris, and the far-left Democrat Party platform?

How could Christians – in good conscience – support a party that promotes laws and policies that:

•allow abortion up to the moment of birth, authorize the use of our tax money to pay for     abortions and gender reassignment surgery,

•cripple our economy with ever-increasing government control and taxes, including expensive   Green New Deal energy regulations,

•increase unemployment, weaken our military, and promote a Jimmy Carter-like foreign policy of appeasement, and most importantly, abandon Israel to fend for itself,

•nullify the Senate filibuster rule so all legislation can be passed with only 50 senators plus the vice president casting the tie-breaking vote,

•support the rising influence of judges who are not constrained by the original meaning of the words of the Constitution, perhaps even adding six additional seats to the Supreme Court in order to be able to give the court a new 10-5 majority of such justices (this could be done with control of the House, the Senate and the presidency)

•grant statehood to both Washington DC and Puerto Rico, thus adding four more Democrats to the U.S. Senate (three US senators already predict that the Democrats would do this if they had the votes)

•support draconian laws that compel an artistic professional or a professional counselor to affirm the validity of same-sex marriage even when that is contrary to the professional person’s conscience,

•reinstate the Obama-era guidelines that required schools to allow biological males who claim to be transgender females to use girls’ bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers (the guidelines were canceled by Trump),

•allow biological males to compete in women’s sports, setting new statewide records in women’s track events and other sports

•pass multiple new, extremely strict green energy laws that will massively increase energy costs and therefore will also increase the cost of everything that is made or transported with the use of energy,

•seek to defund the police (to be precise, Biden has said he favors “redirecting” some police funding to other programs, which is a partial “defunding” of police, which will lead predictably to a substantial increase in crime),

•use violence and intimidation to nullify freedom of speech (in practice) for those who disagree with them politically,

•support open borders and sanctuary cities in defiance of the law, and that promote a complete federal government takeover of our healthcare system.

How can you support all this– unless you hate God and America or are deceived? We need to understand the modern Democrat party is hostile toward religion, and Christians in particular.

The above policies and principles shape the platforms of two competing belief systems. Don Feder explains why Christians and Jews are Public Enemy #1 for progressives. It’s because the clash was inevitable.

In an article, “Why the Left Hates Religion,” he states:
 

  1. Judeo-Christian (or Biblical) morality teaches objective ethics — applicable for all time and in all places. Leftism teaches that morality is subjective (in a constant state of flux) and that anything can be justified if it advances the revolution.
  2. Religion puts God above the state. Leftism says the regime is God – the source of all blessings.
  3. Judeo-Christian ethics says the natural family is essential for social cohesion. Leftism says the family is whatever we say it is, and really not that important, anyway.
  4. The Judeo-Christian worldview says God created man and woman and intended for them to complement each other. Leftism says male and female are meaningless concepts, and that to believe otherwise is bigotry.
  5. Judeo-Christian morality encourages procreation as the First Commandment. Leftism says that in a world of global warming, having children is irresponsible and should be limited by law, if individual choice isn’t enough.

We could go on, but please get this to reasonable people who need to hear or read truth. It’s up to us to decide! Christ or chaos, liberty or liberalism, discipline or destruction, religious freedom or reprobate revolution, truth or tyranny.

Vote in person (if possible) November 3 and may God save the United States of America.

*Video courtesy of Freedom Project Media

If Christians Vote Policy over Personality, Trump Will Win — David Fiorazo

Businesses are boarding up windows and pulling guns off the shelves in anticipation of widespread election unrest — End Of The American Dream

A storm is coming in, and soon it will envelop the entire nation.  We are accustomed to seeing businesses board up their doors and windows in coastal cities that are about to get hit by a hurricane, but I can’t think of another time when businesses all across America have been boarding up their doors and windows all at the same time.  There is widespread fear that this election could be the spark that sets off another round of horrifying civil unrest in cities all over the United States, and business owners are taking measures to protect their businesses from the violence.  The fact that we are even talking about the possibility of widespread violence after a presidential election shows just how much our country has fallen already.  Our society is literally coming apart at the seams all around us, and at this point even Forbes is urging everyone to prepare for a worst case scenario…

If we don’t have a clear winner, things could get ugly. Since we’ve witnessed months of mayhem, riots and civil unrest in large U.S. cities, it’s reasonable to conclude that we’ll have a frightening level of violence, destruction and unrest after the election. Both sides may claim victory, which could lead to actions that we don’t want to even consider, as it would rip apart the country.

That paragraph was not pulled from some ridiculous tabloid.  This is Forbes that we are talking about, and it is crazy that even they are warning that there could be “a frightening level of violence, destruction and unrest after the election”.

How in the world is it possible that we have sunk so low?

Violence is not going to solve anything.  It boggles my mind that so many Americans would be willing to engage in senseless violence, and we should all be grieved by what has been happening in the streets of Philadelphia over the past few nights.

Many desperate business owners are extremely concerned that their businesses could be vandalized and looted in the aftermath of the upcoming election, and they have been boarding up their storefronts to try to prevent that from happening.  For example, here is what has been happening in downtown Washington

Large swaths of downtown Washington, within blocks of the White House, resembled a coastal community girding for a powerful hurricane. Hotels, office buildings, coffee shops and restaurants were sheathed in plywood, with some of the makeshift barriers stretching nearly entire blocks.

And at this point large portions of downtown Chicago are boarded up as well

Restaurants and luxury retailers are operating through windows covered in plywood or other barriers, and shoppers pass through entryway cut-outs. City officials have been holding workshops in recent months to prepare for possible civil unrest after Election Day.

If I owned a business in a core urban area, I would undoubtedly be doing the exact same thing.

When things get crazy, the looters are going to follow the path of least resistance, and they are going to prey on easy targets.

Just look at what looters just did to a Walmart in Philadelphia.  Watching that footage should chill you to the core.

On Thursday, we learned that Walmart has decided to pull all guns and ammunition from the sales floors of all their stores nationwide due to concerns that the upcoming election could spark even more civil unrest

“We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution,” Walmart said in a statement.

There is still a small chance that there could be some sort of a landslide that would bring a quick end to the presidential race, but that does not seem likely.

Instead, it appears that the election results could be bitterly contested, and law enforcement authorities in some states are preparing for the worst.

For instance, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that he will be deploying National Guard troops to cities all over Texas prior to Election Day…

In Texas, National Guard troops are expected to be sent to Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio before Election Day. During a Wednesday news conference, Texas Governor Greg Abbott said during a Wednesday event that the Texas National Guard were being deployed “in the event that there are any protests after the elections are concluded, that we will have adequate personnel in place to make sure that we will be able to address any protest that could turn into riots.” Abbott declined to reveal the number of troops being sent throughout the state.

I wish that more governors were taking similar steps, but a lot of politicians in blue states don’t seem particularly eager to crack down on rioters, and that is extremely unfortunate.

Because the truth is that most Americans can see what is coming and they are extremely concerned about what may happen.  According to one recent survey, three out of every four voters is “worried about possible violence”

Across the country, Americans are increasingly worried about the possibility of violence over the high-stakes presidential election, which analysts say could be marred in chaos as an anxious country waits days or weeks for the results. Three of 4 voters say they’re worried about possible violence, while only 1 in 4 say they’re “very confident” the country will see a peaceful transfer of power if Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds.

Personally, I am still hoping that a way can be found to minimize the unrest and that we can get through this election with as little violence as possible.

But sticking our heads in the sand isn’t going to do any good.  There have been endless riots since the tragic death of George Floyd earlier this year, and this election has the potential to spark chaos that is unlike anything that we have seen so far.

Hopefully it won’t happen.

Hopefully the votes will be counted as quickly as possible and the vast majority of Americans will be willing to peacefully accept the results.

But the closer that we get to Election Day the less likely that outcome appears to be, and at this point many of us are bracing for the worst.

Businesses are boarding up windows and pulling guns off the shelves in anticipation of widespread election unrest — End Of The American Dream

A Nation at War: The Globalist Conditioning of America—Part-1 — VCY America

Date:  October 29, 2020  
Host:  Dalton Windsor   
​Guest: Gary Kah 
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On this broadcast, derived from the October 24th VCY America rally, Gary set the stage for his presentation by reading 1 Peter 1:3-7.  He highlighted this text because he believes we’re headed into a period where all of us will go through various trials, some that will be quite challenging.  Great discernment is necessary and we need to walk more closely with Jesus than we ever have.

In January, the World Health Organization, headed by Ethiopian socialist revolutionary Tedros Ghebreyesus, tried to downplay the severity of the coronavirus even though he knew what was taking place in China.  Gary believes he wanted to protect the interests of China.

Could it be that Ghebreyesus wanted the virus to spread so that it would become a global problem requiring a global response and solution?   

In October of 2019, less than 2 months before the virus began spreading in China, a globalist strategy session was held in New York City.  Called Event 201-A Global Pandemic Exercise, this private meeting was an opportunity to ‘game-out’ the response to a global virus pandemic.  Those who were in attendance included: The United Nations Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, NBC, the CIA, the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine/Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gary communicated that the goal is to control the entire narrative of a global pandemic from the top down.  He cited as proof the event’s strategy session where they called this process, ‘flooding the zone.’  If they say the same words and ideas, coming at the public from every direction (university professors to mass media to social media, etc.) people will begin to believe it and the public will go in the intended direction.

Other key players and their efforts to use the coronavirus to establish world government include: 

–Gordon Brown, the former British Prime Minister and the current U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education.  

–U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres

–Pope Francis and his Global Compact on Education   

As this Crosstalk progressed, Gary also dealt with the following:

–The coronavirus, the I.D. 2020 Summit and what this might mean in relation to developing a cashless society where everyone has a digital I.D. 

–The suppression of hydroxychloroquine to maintain the globalist narrative.

–The technological developments behind making a global COVID-19 vaccine a platform for digital identity.

…and much more.

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A Nation at War: The Globalist Conditioning of America—Part-1 — VCY America

Tucker Carlson Updates the Mysterious Case of UPS and the Missing and Reappearing Hunter Biden/Bobulinski Documents… — The Last Refuge

During tonight’s Tucker Carlson segment the Fox News host updates the mysterious case of the missing flash drive that was shipped overnight via UPS that disappeared, then reappeared, and no one seems to know how…. WATCH:

When it absolutely, positively, has to be copied by the FBI overnight…

FBI integrity?  Honorable rank and file?  Please, spare me the oxygen…

I review this story from a position that I cannot fully explain. However, I have personal experience -recent experience- with a similar and rather unusual situation that cannot be explained by any method other than DHS surveillance.

So here’s what I think took place.

The package, likely a Fed-X  or UPS overnight delivery, was intercepted by FBI agents using mechanisms for tracking and surveillance that open targeting through portals connected to DHS.

As an outcome of the U.S. Patriot Act, the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security has an agreement in place with mail shipping companies, public/private services, that essentially allows them a link to the proprietary portal to track all in-state and interstate mail deliveries.

The FBI has access to this data network in the same way the FBI has access to federal transportation records.  When you book a flight and DHS portals are open that allow FBI to track your movements domestically. This type of portal is also accessed in private company transportation like Uber, Lyft etc. DHS, and as a consequence the FBI, can easily track your whereabouts using public or private transportation.  You willingly carry a transponder -called a cell phone- that assists them with their tracking.

Without much hesitation I will bet the FBI was legally monitoring the communication of Tony Bobulinski, and by extension the entire Tucker Carlson production network. Once the Hunter Biden records shipment was known to be taking place, the DHS portals are opened; the package containing the flash drive is tracked; and the FBI moves in to intercept the delivery.

The transport company (all of them) doesn’t need to be participating because they are essentially unneeded. Their system network is connected to DHS and by extension the FBI.  Once the flash drive is copied it then mysteriously reappears… go figure.

That’s the likely scenario.

Wanna bet?

Tucker Carlson Updates the Mysterious Case of UPS and the Missing and Reappearing Hunter Biden/Bobulinski Documents… — The Last Refuge

BREAKING: DOJ Official Confirms FBI Opened Criminal Investigation Into “Hunter Biden and Associates” Focused on Money Laundering – Probe Remains Active — The Gateway Pundit

A Justice Department official confirmed with Sinclair reporter James Rosen that in late 2019, the FBI opened up a criminal investigation into “Hunter Biden and his associates,” focused on allegations of money-laundering, and that it remains open and active today.

Fox News reported last week that Hunter Biden’s laptop was linked to a FBI money laundering probe.

Fox News however was unsure if the investigation was ongoing or if it was directly related to Hunter Biden.

The FBI’s subpoena of a laptop and hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden came in connection with a money laundering investigation in late 2019, according to documents obtained by Fox News and verified by multiple federal law enforcement officials who reviewed them.

It is unclear, at this point, whether the investigation is ongoing or if it was directly related to Hunter Biden.

Now we know the FBI investigation is directly related to Hunter Biden and his money laundering scheme and that the probe is open and active.

Emails released from Hunter Biden’s laptop from hell revealed Hunter and his associates, including Joe Biden, AKA “The Big Guy” were raking in cash from Ukraine, Russia, China, Romania etc.

UKRAINE:

Around the time the FBI opened its investigation into Hunter Biden and his associates, Rudy Giuliani dropped a bombshell revealing a huge money laundering operation involving the Bidens and Burisma Holdings.

Giuliani described how Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor general investigating Burisma discovered Hunter’s money laundering scheme.

“All of a sudden Shokin gets this communique from Latvia that shows a $16 million laundering transaction — classic laundering transaction,” Giuliani said. “It goes from Ukraine, to Latvia, it’s disguised as a loan to another company to ‘Wirelogic’ I believe — it then goes to Cyprus, gets disguised as another loan — this is called “Digitech” then it’s dispersed as payment as board fees,” he added.

Giuliani added, “Now you don’t make two loans to make board fees unless you’re laundering the money. $3 million gets to Hunter Biden in that way.”

“That is a straight out violation of a money laundering statute,” he said.

CHINA:

Emails released by Hunter associate and whistleblower Tony Bobulinski revealed a shady “interest free loan” given to Hunter Biden from a Chinese energy firm.

On August 8, 2017, $5 million was wired from a CEFC-affiliated investment vehicle to the bank account for Hudson West III, which spent the next year transferring $4,790,375 million directly to Hunter Biden’s firm, Owasco, according to Senate documents.

Senate investigators described how the Chinese state owned energy company wired the $5 million “loan” to Hunter’s firm through an investment vehicle — to the bank account for Hudson West III –which then dispersed the money to Hunter’s firm (money laundering).

“On August 8, 2017, CEFC Infrastructure Investment wired $5 million to the bank account for Hudson West III. These funds may have originated from a loan issued from the account of a company called Northern International Capital Holdings, a Hong Kong-based investment company identified at one time as a “substantial shareholder” in CEFC International Limited along with Ye. It is unclear whether Hunter Biden was half-owner of Hudson West III at that time. However, starting on August 8, the same day the $5 million was received, and continuing through September 25, 2018, Hudson West III sent frequent payments to Owasco, Hunter Biden’s firm. These payments, which were described as consulting fees, reached $4,790,375.25 in just over a year.”

This is just the tip of the iceberg.

Hunter was getting billions from China, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Kazakhstan and more and gave between 10% to 50% to Joe Biden, AKA “The Big Guy.”

BREAKING: DOJ Official Confirms FBI Opened Criminal Investigation Into “Hunter Biden and Associates” Focused on Money Laundering – Probe Remains Active — The Gateway Pundit

Judgment is Here: Seventy Percent of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage — Christian Research Network

“It needs to be clear that America is not under judgment  because  of rampant abortion and homosexuality, but that rampant abortion and homosexuality are the actual judgment.”

(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  God has no doubt unleashed his wrath and judgment upon this nation. While many of us are struggling to hang on to the last thread of conservatism in this country — hoping that Donald Trump can pull off one more election — the country has undoubtedly already been given over to a debased mind.

Earlier this week, we reported that the vast majority of Roman Catholics and an increasing number of Protestant Christians now believe that abortion should remain legal. Despite the fact that the Scriptures are clear — those who hate God love death (Proverbs 8:36) — those who profess the name of Christ continue to rot away like corpses in the muck and mire of anti-God, anti-life politics.  View article →

Judgment is Here: Seventy Percent of Americans Support Same-Sex Marriage — Christian Research Network

October 29th The D. L. Moody Year Book

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.—Revelation 14:13.

THINK of Paul up yonder. People are going up every day and every hour, men and women who have been brought to Christ through his writings. He set streams in motion that have flowed on for more than a thousand years. I can imagine men going up to him and saying, “Paul, I thank you for writing that letter to the Ephesians; I found Christ in that.” “Paul, I thank you for writing that epistle to the Corinthians.” “Paul, I found Christ in that epistle to the Philippians.” “I thank you, Paul, for that epistle to the Galatians; I found Christ in that.”

When Paul was put in prison he did not fold his hands and sit down in idleness! No, he began to write; and his epistles have come down through the ages and brought thousands on thousands to a knowledge of Christ crucified.[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. 192). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

10/29/2020 — Wretched

WR2020-1029

  • Election 2020
  • There’s a push to tell you it’s ok NOT to vote.
  • The life issue is paramount, but it’s not the only issue at hand.
  • Every Christian church should look around at churches in socialist countries before they vote.
  • Socialism is a dangerous, Godless ideology.
  • Babies WILL die in greater numbers if one man wins.
  • These are Gospel issues.

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10/29/2020 — Wretched

How to Finally Have Assurance That You’re Saved — Wretched

Episode #2746 In today’s episode Todd shows us how to know for sure if we are saved by taking attention off of ourselves and remembering what Jesus said in His Word about being secure in our salvation.

How to Finally Have Assurance That You’re Saved — Wretched

October 29 – Habits of Holiness in Psalm 101 — VCY America

October 29
Lamentations 1:1-2:22
Philemon 1:1-25
Psalm 101:1-8
Proverbs 26:20

Lamentations 1:1 – From TTB:

Dr. Alexander Whyte, one of the great expositors of the Word of God of days gone by, has said: “There is nothing like the Lamentations of Jeremiah in the whole world. There has been plenty of sorrow in every age, and in every land, but such another preacher and author, with such a heart for sorrow, has never again been born. Dante comes next to Jeremiah, and we know that Jeremiah was the great exile’s favorite prophet.”

Lamentations 1:12 – From Spurgeon:

I, too, share the sympathetic avarice of Jeremiah’s pity. Do you ask what grief I have and for whose woes I am a mourner? I point you to the cross and to the Man of Sorrows there.

Lamentations 2:7 – The LORD who so detailed the instructions for the altar in Exodus 30 now has cast it off. “He hath fulfilled his word” (Lamentations 2:17).

Philemon 8-9 – Paul begs for love’s sake rather than declaring by his authority as an apostle.

Philemon 12 – Paul continues to put relationships above rights. Requesting not ordering (Philemon 8-9). Relinquishing his friend (Philemon 13). Demonstrating by presumably begging Onesimus to give up his freedom to build a relationship with a brother. This is what Paul had taught previously in 1 Timothy 6:2, specifically about believing masters.

Philemon 21 – According to tradition, Onesimus later became bishop of Ephesus, and was martyred by stoning.

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Psalm 101:3 – God wants purity in behavior (Psalm 101:2), in heart (Psalm 101:2), in sight (Psalm 101:3), in friends (Psalm 101:4), in speech (Psalm 101:5), in attitude (Psalm 101:5).

Proverbs 26:20 – Let’s cut the fire out!

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October 29 – Habits of Holiness in Psalm 101 — VCY America

October 29 Life-Changing Moments With God

He is altogether lovely.

Lord God, may my meditation be sweet to You. My Beloved is chief among ten thousand. Jesus is a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and I believe on Him and will by no means be put to shame. You are fairer than the sons of men; grace is poured upon Your lips, Lord God, You have highly exalted Jesus and given Him the name which is above every name. It pleased You, Father God, that in Him all the fullness should dwell.

I have not seen Jesus yet I love Him. Though now I do not see Him, yet believing, I rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.

I count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from You, Lord God, by faith.

Lord, Your Son is altogether lovely and altogether worthy of my devotion. May I honor Him by living a life of joy that glorifies Him.

Song of Solomon 5:16; Psalm 104:34; Song of Solomon 5:10; 1 Peter 2:6; Psalm 45:2; Philippians 2:9; Colossians 1:19; 1 Peter 1:8; Philippians 3:8–9[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2007). Life-Changing Moments With God (p. 324). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Points to Remember When Making the Case for God’s Existence (Free Bible Insert) — Cold Case Christianity

There are several evidential arguments for the existence of God from Cosmology, Teleology, Axiology and Logic. I’ve described these arguments and created a Bible Insert to help you recall the detailed steps necessary to make the case for God’s Existence. This month, I’d like to provide you with a second Bible Insert to supplement the first one. Here are some additional points to remember when making a case for the Existence of God:

God’s Existence Is Demonstrated in the Cosmos
The following points support the Cosmological Argument for the existence of God:

The Universe Began to Exist As Described in the Standard Cosmological Model
The science of cosmology agrees with the Bible. The overwhelming body of scientific evidence points to a universe with a beginning just as described in the Old Testament.

The Bible Affirms the Standard Cosmological Model
Scientists believe the universe came into existence from nothing at a point in the distant past. Several verses from the Old and New Testament affirm and acknowledge the scientific evidences supporting the Standard Cosmological Model.

Alternatives to the Standard Cosmological Model Fail
Scientists uncomfortable with theistic inferences have been searching for a way to avoid a universe with a beginning. But, all the alternative explanations are evidentially inferior and deficient.

The Standard Cosmological Argument Points to a Creator God
The evidence from cosmology points to the existence of an uncaused, first cause of the universe, capable of creating everything from nothing. The best inference for the uncaused, first cause is the Being we call God.

A Personal Creator God is the Best Explanation for the Beginning of the Universe
The cause of the universe is an uncaused, non-spatial, a-temporal, immaterial force possessing incredible power. There are also good philosophical reasons to believe this cause is personal.

God Created “Everything From Nothing”
The Christian worldview provides an explanation for the cosmological singularity described by the Big Bang

God’s Existence Is Demonstrated in the Design of Biological Organisms
The following points support the Teleological Argument for the existence of God:

Biological Micro-Machines Display the Appearance of Design
Incredible biological machines like the bacterial flagellum display evidence of design. They are irreducibly complex, functionally specific machines resembling other designed motors.

The Appearance of Design is Good Evidence for a Designer
Purposeful, intentional, irreducibly complex design features such as those we observe in bacterial flagella are most reasonably explained as the result of a Designer.

Three Attributes of Design Point to the Existence of God as a Designer
Only God can achieve the naturalistically improbable, informationally specific, irreducible complexity we see in biological micro-machines such as bacterial flagella.

Alternative Naturalistic Explanations for the Origin of Life Fail
Attempts to create artificial life in laboratories fail to provide a natural pathway to living organisms eliminating the need for God. Instead, these experiments simply illustrate the need for intelligent intervention.

God’s Existence Is Demonstrated in Objective, Transcendent Moral Truths
The following points support the Axiological Argument for the existence of God:

Objective Moral Truths Are Self-Evident
Transcendent, objective moral truths are obvious to anyone who fairly examines their own experiences and moral intuitions.

Objective Transcendent Moral Laws Require an Adequate Law Giver
Transcendent, objective laws require transcendent, objective moral law givers. Only god transcends history, location and people groups.

Common, Objective Moral Standards Are an Evidence of God’s Existence
The existence of a commonly experienced objective moral standard is yet another evidence of God’s existence.

God is the Best Explanation for Objective Moral Laws
Efforts to explain the existence of transcendent, moral laws from individual preference (moral subjectivism), cultural acceptance (moral relativism) or biological origin simply fail. The insufficiency of the alternative explanations strengthens the argument for the existence of God

God’s Existence Is Demonstrated in Transcendent Laws of Logic
The following points support the Transcendental Argument for the existence of God:

The Transcendent Laws of Logic Require a Transcendent Source
The Laws of Logic provide evidence establishing the most reasonable inference: A transcendent, unchanging source for such laws.

The Laws of Logic Are More Than Simple Human Conventions
The Laws of Logic cannot be explained as human conventions. They precede and supersede the existence of humans altogether.

The Laws of Logic Are More Than “Brute Realities”
The Laws of Logic cannot be explained away as simple “brute realities” of the universe. Statements like “that’s just the way it is” fail to sufficiently explain the existence of these transcendent truths.

The Laws of Logic Are Best Explained by God’s Existence
The Laws of Logic provide evidence establishing the most reasonable inference: God exists, and the Laws of Logic are a reflection of his nature.

God’s Existence Is Demonstrated in the Person of Jesus
The Reliability of the New Testament presents us with the following additional evidence:

God Appeared to Us in Jesus
Jesus’ life demonstrates the existence of God. If the gospels are true, none of us need any additional proof. Jesus is sufficient evidence that God exists.

Conversations related to the existence of God can be challenging. It’s tempting to offer every possible evidence when trying to make a case for something, but I’ve learned to use only those evidences I think will be powerful to the jury I am addressing. These additional points are meant to supplement the classic arguments for God’s existence. Take the time to learn about your “jury” and after mastering every evidential category, use only those points and arguments needed to move the conversation forward. Be informed, but be patient and purposeful in your approach. Be sure to visit the ColdCaseChristianity.com home page to download this free Bible Insert.

For more information about the scientific and philosophical evidence pointing to a Divine Creator, please read God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe. This book employs a simple crime scene strategy to investigate eight pieces of evidence in the universe to determine the most reasonable explanation. The book is accompanied by an eight-session God’s Crime Scene DVD Set (and Participant’s Guide) to help individuals or small groups examine the evidence and make the case.

J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline featured Cold-Case Detective, Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, Adj. Professor of Christian Apologetics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, author of Cold-Case ChristianityGod’s Crime Scene, and Forensic Faith, and creator of the Case Makers Academy for kids.

Points to Remember When Making the Case for God’s Existence (Free Bible Insert) — Cold Case Christianity

October 29, 2020 Evening Verse Of The Day

12 The stone Ezer (’eben hā‘āzer; or “Ebenezer”; lit., “ (the) Stone of Help”) is the name of the stone which Samuel set up between Mizpah and Jeshen. There is also a town or city by that name located near Aphek, where Israel was earlier defeated by the Philistines (4:1; 5:1), but there is no reason to identify these as one in the same. Perhaps Samuel named the stone after the place-name “Ebenezer” with the earlier experience in chs. 4–5 in mind so that the people might always be reminded of God’s special help (‘ēzer) in this time and at this place. The name “the stone Ezer” is not unusual as a place-name, and it is certainly a reminder of God’s powerful intervention in the history of Israel as well as her former failure at the other “Ebenezer.”

Up to this point/time or “Thus far” (‘ad-hēnnāh) has both spacial and temporal significances. While McCarter accepts only a spacial meaning (“To this point”) for this context, R. P. Gordon takes it as temporal and explains that “until this point in Israel’s history Yahweh has been her helper.” Both interpretations are not only possible but also probably intended by Samuel.[1]


7:12 Ebenezer. The name means “stone of help.” It is a reminder that the Lord has helped his people by giving them a liberating victory. The name is ironic because it was at a (different) place named Ebenezer that Israel lost an earlier battle to the Philistines (4:1; 5:1). On that first occasion, Israel took the ark into battle but still lost despite God’s presence. On this second occasion, they do not take the ark into battle, yet God is with them, and they win a great victory. This also contributes to the contrast between Samuel and the house of Eli. When associated with the house of Eli, the name Ebenezer recalls defeat and humiliation, but for spiritually renewed Israel under Samuel’s leadership, the name becomes a reminder of God’s saving intervention.[2]


12. This spot between Mizpeh and Shen, was rendered the more memorable because this was the very spot where 20 years before the Philistines had defeated Israel. See chap. 4:1, 2. Reader! how many Ebenezers have you and I erected of deliverances and mercies? Alas! if we cannot point to very, very many, it is not because our gracious God hath afforded no remarkable occasions for them; but because they have passed by unnoticed and disregarded from our ungrateful and unworthy minds. How much owest thou unto my Lord? is a question, I would pray for grace to put to my soul in the close of every day and night.[3]


Ver. 12.—Then Samuel took a stone, and … called the name of it Eben-ezer. We saw on ch. 4:1 that the place where Israel then suffered defeat, but which now received a more happy name, was an open plain, over which the people now chased their then victorious enemies. Here, then, Samuel set up a memorial, according to Jewish custom, and called its name Help-stone. In giving his reason for it, hitherto hath Jehovah helped us, there is a plain indication of the need of further assistance. There was a long struggle before them, and Jehovah, who had aided them so mightily at its beginning, would also help them unto the end. The memorial stood halfway between Mizpeh and Shen, both which names have the article in Hebrew, because one signifies the watch-tower, the other the tooth. It was a steep, pointed rock, but is not mentioned elsewhere. Dent, the French for tooth, is a common name for mountains in the Alps and Pyrenees.[4]


12. So remarkable a deliverance could not be allowed to sink into oblivion, hence Samuel’s memorial-stone, set up like our war memorials in a prominent place. But Samuel’s stone recalled not the names of the dead but the living Lord God, the Helper of his people. Ebenezer means ‘stone of help’ or ‘stone of the Helper’, a name frequently applied to the Lord (e.g. the refrain ‘He is their help and their shield’ in Ps. 115:9–11). The explanation of the name, Hitherto the Lord has helped us, can mean either ‘as far as this geographical spot’, which fits the context well, or ‘until now’; the Hebrews loved to use words and expressions with double meanings, and most likely kept both senses here. The reminder of prayer answered in the past would encourage faith in God for further blessing:

We’ll praise Him for all that is past.

And trust Him for all that’s to come.

Jeshanah is a correction of the Hebrew, which reads hăšēn, ‘the tooth’, probably with reference to a tooth-like crag. ‘Jeshanah’ is supported by the lxx and Syriac readings, and could be identified with the Jeshanah mentioned in 2 Chronicles 13:19.

There is a problem over the naming of Ebenezer in this chapter, raised by the occurrence of the name in 1 Samuel 4:1b. Two different places may have been called by the same name. This simple explanation is adopted in the marginal note of the jb, for example; in which case the name would have served to recall the original battles against the Philistines, which ended in defeat, alongside this later incident, which reversed past failure. The two encounters with the Philistines were intended to be seen in relation to one another, and the totally different outcome vividly illustrated the importance of Israel’s relationship to the Lord. Even an apostate people could find the Lord again if they truly came in penitence and faith.[5]


Ver. 12. And Samuel took a stone.The everlasting memorial:—

How few of Egypt’s modern inhabitants know who built those works of wonder that still draw crowds of travellers! It might be said, in the words of one who longed for posthumous fame, and had done much to merit it, but who knew what had been the experience of departed greatness—it might be said with Solomon: “There is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever: seeing that which now is, in the days to come shall all be forgotten.” (Eccles. 2:16.) But there is a memorial which shall never be erased—a monument that shall never crumble into dust, and persons who shall never be forgotten. The events connected with the life everlasting have all their stones of remembrance, and the righteous shall ever shine as the sun in the kingdom of the Father. The providences which ministered to the children of God are all recorded in the heart, and will ever be recalled with thanksgiving to the God of grace who ordered them. In the history of His Church God has commemorated the interpositions and providences of His hand. Many a monumental stone stands in the chronicles of Israel. Ararat is ever associated with Noah’s thank-offering after the Deluge. Mount Moriah has been embalmed in believing hearts since Abraham built there his altar and called it Jehovah-jireh—“The Lord will provide.” Since Jacob set up the stone which had been his pillow on that memorable night when he saw the ladder, Bethel has been fondly cherished by all who love the House of God. When Jordan was crossed by the pilgrim Church twelve stones marked out the spot where the priests’ feet had stood; and Bochim became associated with the record of a nation’s tears. So when Samuel and the children of Israel received such a token of the Lord’s love and help in their victory at Mizpeh in answer to prayer they erected a stone and called it Ebenezer, to perpetuate their gratitude. Thus has the Church of God advanced. Constituted a pilgrim through this wilderness to the land of promise, every step of progress marks her gratitude. Commissioned to war against sin, every conquest becomes a spiritual march in music. Sent to evangelise, every convert is a trophy and “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us” is the chorus of every stanza in her progressive song. Thus David set to music the history of Divine mercy to His people, and recalled the past in their daily praises, while the experience of his own soul became the “Hitherto” of the common chorus. The perils to which the children of Israel were exposed were beyond their own strength to overcome. They were weakened by oppression. They were faint by backsliding. They needed help from the hand of God. They had met together at Mizpeh, and, amidst general weeping, had confessed their sins, and renewed their covenant with God. But as they were paying their vows, and joining in a religious service, they were wantonly attacked. Their new-born zeal was put to an early test; but as their penitence was sincere, their vow hearty, their prayer believing, so was the faithfulness of God availing in their need. How many hearts were that day restored to God, confirmed in faith, and revived to prayer! Temporal deliverance and spiritual restoration went hand in hand, and a common Ebenezer marked the rare experience. The Church was blessed with a revival, and the State with liberty; souls were awakened, and citizens restored to patriotism. The spiritual man became the truest patriot, the best subject of the laws, and the most courageous defender of the State. Thus they had reason for this stone of remembrance and this eucharistic inscription. But they teach us a lesson—both in temporal and spiritual things to recognise the answer to our prayer, and to give thanks. Have you experienced the providential mercies of God? They demand recognition—a stone of memorial, and an Ebenezer—a psalm of thanksgiving. Have you been brought onward in life to this day, finding daily bread and watchful care? But there are other blessings of greater importance to the soul, and which call for special notice and unceasing gratitude—the helps vouchsafed in grace. The deliverance of the soul from sin is a Divine interposition of the grandest kind. The recovery of the soul from backsliding is an appropriate occasion for an Ebenezer. It was this especially which was Israel’s national blessing. Their deliverance from the Philistines followed their restoration from the backsliding of twenty years. It was a touching token of the Lord’s acceptance of their tears and of their prayers. It was a manifest pledge of His unchanging love. After a season of carelessness, spiritual sloth, and coldness in prayer, have you been revived? Has your first love returned? Then, have you returned to give God thanks, and in a more consistent devotedness inscribed the Ebenezer of your soul? These Ebenezers are useful to the believer. They remind him of dependence, and recall his confidence in the strength of God. They encourage him by the past, to trust and not be afraid in all future trials. (R. Steel.)

Ebenezer:—

It is certainly a very delightful thing to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in our own lives? Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of His truth, as much a proof of His faithfulness and veracity as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? Have you had no deliverances? Have you passed through no rivers, supported by the Divine presence? Have you walked through no fires unharmed? Have you had no manifestations? Again, it is a very delightful exercise to remember the various ways in which the grateful saints recorded their thankfulness. Who can look without pleasure upon the altar which Noah reared after his preservation from the universal deluge? Would it not be quite as pleasant, and more profitable for us to record the mighty acts of the Lord as we have seen them? Should not we set up the altar unto His name, or weave His mercies into a song?

  1. The spot where the stone of Ebenezer was set up.
  2. Twenty years before on that field Israel was routed. Twenty years before, Hophni and Phineas, the priests of the Lord, were slain upon that ground, and the ark of the Lord was taken, and the Philistines triumphed. It was well that they should remember the defeat they had sustained and that amidst the joyous victory they should recollect that the battle had been turned into a defeat unless the Lord had been upon their side. Let us remember our defeats.
  3. The field between Mizpeh and Shen would also refresh their memories concerning their sins, for it was sin that conquered them. Had not their hearts been captured by sin, their land had never been captured by Philistia. Had they not turned their backs upon their God, they would not have turned their backs in the day of conflict. Let us recollect our sins; they will serve as a black foil on which the mercy of God shall glisten the more brightly.
  4. Again, that spot would remind them of their sorrows. What a mournful chapter in Israel’s history is that which follows their defeat by the Philistines.
  5. While dwelling upon the peculiarity of the locality, we must remark that, as it had been the spot of their defeat, their sin, their sorrow, so now before the victory, it was the place of their repentance. You see, they came together to repent, to confess their sins, to put away their false gods, to cast Ashtaroth from their houses and from their hearts. It was there that they saw God’s hand and were led to say, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” When you and I are most diligent in hunting sin, then God will be most valiant in routing our foes.
  6. You must remember, too, that Ebenezer was the place of lamentation after the Lord. They came together to pray God to return to them. We shall surely see God when we long after Him.
  7. On that day, too, Mizpeh was the place of renewed covenant, and its name signifies the watch-tower These people, I say, came together to renew their covenant with God, and wait for Him as upon a watch-tower. Whenever God’s people look back upon the past they should renew their covenant with God. Put your hand into the hand of Christ anew, thou saint of the Most High, and give thyself to Him again.
  8. The occasion of the erection of this memorial. The tribes had assembled unarmed to worship. The Philistines, hearing of their gathering, suspected a revolt. A rising was not at that time contemplated, though no doubt there was lurking in the hearts of the people a hope that they would somehow or other be delivered. The Philistines being as a nation far inferior in numbers to the children of Israel, they had the natural suspiciousness of weak oppressors. If we must have tyrants let them be strong ones, for they are never so jealous or cruel as those little despots who are always afraid of rebellion.
  9. The victory obtained was by the lamb. As soon as the lamb was slaughtered, and the smoke went up to heaven, the blessing began to descend upon the Israelites, and the curse upon the foes. “They smote them”—note the words—they “smote them until they came under Bethcar,” which, being interpreted, signifies “the house of the Lamb.” At the offering of the lamb the Israelites began to fight the Philistines, and slew them even to the house of the lamb. If we have done anything for Christ, bear witness that it has been all through the Lamb.
  10. As in this occurrence the sacrifice was exalted, so also was the power of prayer acknowledged. The Philistines were not routed except by prayer. Samuel prayed unto the Lord. They said, “Cease not to cry unto the Lord for us.” Let us bear our witness that if aught of good has been accomplished it has been the result of prayer.
  11. Again, as there was prayer and sacrifice, you must remember that in answer to the sweet savour of the lamb and the sweet perfume of Samuel’s intercession, Jehovah came forth to rout his foes.

III. The inscription upon the memorial, “Ebenezer, hitherto the Lord hath helped us.” The inscription may be read in three ways. You must read first of all its central word, the word on which all the sense depends, where the fulness of it gathers. “Hitherto the Lord hath helped us.” Note that they did not stand still and refuse to use their weapons, but while God was thundering they were fighting, and while the lightnings were flashing in the foeman’s eyes they were making them feel the potency of their steel. So that while we glorify God we are not to deny or to discard human agency. We must fight because God fighteth for us. I said this text might be read three ways. We have read it once by laying stress upon the centre word. Now it ought to be read looking backward. The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing in that direction. Look back, look back. Then the text may be read a third way—looking forward. For when a man gets up to a certain mark and writes “hitherto,” he looks back upon much that is past, but “hitherto” is not the end, there is yet a distance to be traversed. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

A New Year’s Sermon:—

That battle was won before a single blow was struck. That victory was achieved at the Throne of Grace, where many a glorious triumph has been gained which never could have been secured elsewhere. Prayer was the mighty weapon which Israel wielded to the utter discomfiture of the Philistine hosts. The power of prayer lies in the power which prayer commands: the power of God.

  1. The principles of the text, as they enter deeply into religious experience. We are taught:
  2. That we all need help from God. Christians need assistance from a power superior to their own as certainly as did Israel at this crisis. Sin, which has robbed man of his original rectitude, has also deprived him of strength. Unrescued by Divine grace, he is utterly powerless. Nor does the most matured Christian possess the least spiritual energy but as he receives it from on high. There is no equality between the power of the Christian’s enemies and his own unaided efforts. There are times when the Christian becomes so painfully conscious of this that he is almost ready to quit the field, but this, instead of driving us to despair, should operate powerfully in leading us to God for help, so as to feel with the Apostle: “When I am weak, then am I strong.”
  3. The help of God is bestowed in connection with the use of the means appointed by God, and it is only in their employment that we can reasonably expect Divine aid. Neither the fact of our weakness nor the promise of Divine assistance has been revealed to lead to the exclusion of human exertion. The text implies that it is “help” that is promised, not the performance of the work for us, but assistance by which we shall be enabled to do our duty.
  4. The actual bestowment of this help. The text records a fact: “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” It was not help promised or provided merely, but help actually bestowed. Help implies just that amount of assistance which the case requires, and by which the Christian shall be sustained under every trial, and delivered out of the last.
  5. The character of the help which God supplies.
  6. Suitable and efficient. Without adaptation in the remedy the case must remain unrelieved. The source of the Christian’s help stamps its character. It is Divine.
  7. Divine help is certain. Human aid, feeble as it is, is very uncertain in its bestowment. By a sad perversity of human nature, there is a disposition to confer favours with a liberal hand on those who are already affluent, while the indigent are sometimes allowed to drag out a miserable existence and pine away in penury. If a man once opulent should be ruined by misfortunes, persons who proudly recognised him when on the height of prosperity pass him by as if the man’s calamities had so altered every feature of his countenance that they cannot recognise him. Should an individual fall a prey to his own folly, pride and extravagance, he must struggle with his self-caused miseries alone. And not infrequently a cold, inactive, good-for-nothing sympathy is all that is manifested toward the most deserving. But the causes which render human aid so uncertain cannot affect God. The relation which He sustains to His Church renders it impossible for Him to regard the interests of any of its members with indifference: “God is in the midst of her; … God shall help her, and that right early.”
  8. This help is seasonable. It comes at the right time to a moment. It may not be given just when it is expected, nor when to human eyes it would seem most desirable. But are the Divine plans and arrangements to be precipitated and thrown into confusion just to meet human fretfulness and impatience? The God by Whom help is bestowed knows the most opportune season for its bestowment. God is attentive to “times and seasons;” and the Divine slowness has never been opposed to the Divine punctuality.
  9. The help of God is constant and unfailing. “Hitherto,” wrote Samuel, “the Lord hath helped us.” This was at a protracted period in the history of God’s people, and up to that time there had nothing failed of all that the Lord had spoken. Whenever they were defeated it was not the result of failure in the Source of their supplies, but of their own unfaithfulness and sins. The promise of Divine help is conditional; and only let the conditions of the promise be fulfilled, and the help shall be continued. The last soldier on the field of Christian warfare; the last labourer in the vineyard of the Lord; the last pilgrim in the toilsome way to heaven, will need help from God as we do at this moment; and all shall have it.

III. This conduct to which this help should lead on our part.

  1. Grateful acknowledgment of past favours. The expression of gratitude was public and monumental. There is a way of making the expression of our gratitude monumental and lasting by making it practical. Seize every opportunity of testifying to the goodness and faithfulness of God. Let the world know what a wise and almighty Helper ours is. Strive to spread the truth of God; and labour to perpetuate the institutions and auxiliaries of the Christian Church.
  2. Past help should lead to confidence in God at the present moment. The words of Samuel were retrospective; but this recognition of past help was designed to teach the practical lesson: “Have faith in God” now. When friends meet who have a past to look back upon they soon talk over the difficulties and trials with which they have had to struggle, memory generally recalls them first. At a deeply afflictive crisis in David’s life, when our harps would have been unstrung and mute, the Psalmist swept his and pealed forth: “I will sing of mercy and judgment.” He saw that the two were blended, and he would sing of both; but as “mercy” greatly predominated, he placed that first in his song.
  3. Inspire hope as to the future. (Samuel Wesley.)

Ebenezer:—

God must be acknowledged in all our mercies, and it is delightful to be able to see in them the answer of believing and fervent supplication. “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name give glory.”

  1. Let us consider what we have to record.
  2. Let us now consider with what views and feelings our stone of memorial should be set up, and this expressive word, Ebenezer, inscribed upon it.
  3. With sincere piety. To ascribe the honour and power of a work of grace to ministers instead of God the Spirit, is about as irrational as it would be to give praise and glory to the pen with which Milton wrote his immortal poem, instead of giving it to the sublime genius of the bard himself. O let me be forgotten as far as possible, and Christ only thought of.
  4. This expression, Ebenezer, must be uttered by us, as it was by Samuel and the Jews, with adoring wonder.
  5. Can joy be absent or unsuitable on this occasion? Impossible!
  6. A sense of unworthiness should make our gratitude the more intensely fervent. (J. A. James.)

Ebenezer:—

Monuments generally have two objects They are intended to ornament a country or town, and to celebrate the glories of the hero to whose memory they are raised. A monument is erected after a successful battle, in order to glorify the leader under whose auspices the battle was fought and the victory won. The cathedral of St. Paul’s is, by the inscription above the doorway, a perpetual proof how even a great man may be thinking rather too prominently about himself when he is rearing a temple to the Most High God. But Samuel, though he has been instrumental in achieving very much more than a triumph in battle—for he has effected a great moral revolution and revival—never thinks about himself. Two thoughts and purposes vividly occupy and fill his mind. One is to magnify Jehovah, to exalt His name, to keep Him before the people; and the other is to be useful to the people. He wants to assist them to be trustful and brave, because relying on God.

  1. Ebenezer is the landmark of work accomplished. There are some people, as you know, or perhaps I ought to say that it is a peculiarity which characterises all people more or less, that they have a very keen sense of evils and disadvantages which belong to the present, and a very dull perception of the privileges secured and the progress which has been made. Of this we have a familiar illustration in the Israelites themselves. Men are constantly looking with affectionate regret upon the past—

“That past which always wins a glory from its being far,

And orbs into the perfect star we saw not when we moved therein.”

Whatever millennium there may be is there in the “good old times.” Hence, the world is always standing still or going back. Now against such tendencies as these Ebenezer is a needed and useful protest. There may be other hills to climb, and they may be hills which will try our strength to the very utmost; but let not this prevent our acknowledging with joy and thankfulness that one hill has, at least, been climbed. The Church is a long, long way from perfection, I know. The grey dawn is not breaking at this very moment into the golden tints of the millennial morning; nay, the clouds may be as thick as they were in Israel under Ahab and Jezebel. Nevertheless, let Elijah remember that that glorious scene did take place on Carmel, the fire did come down from heaven, and the king of darkness did receive a staggering blow. Say what you will, the Lord did thunder in the heavens with a great thunder, and the Philistines were discomfited by it, therefore set up a stone and call it Ebenezer. The world is bad enough, God knows, but thank God it is not without its Ebenezers. In those good old times to which you are looking back there were not so many cases of drunkenness recorded; but neither were there so many people to get drunk nor so many newspapers to bring the sin to light. In those good old times the English artisan and the English yeoman were little better than serfs; and though the day of emancipation is bringing out a generation as demoralised (or so they say) as that which followed Moses out of Egypt, and is marked by excesses as wild as those which raged at Meribah and Massah and under the mount, still the day of emancipation has dawned, and my firm expectation is that the womb of the future is bearing within it a race of Israelites indeed, who will enter into the promised land. In those good old times the traffic in human souls, which degrades man to the level of goods and chattels, was not only tolerated, but defended on Christian principles. In the good old times war was an expedient to which any tyrant who felt himself strong enough would resort without compunction, and without exciting any deep indignation. Now a moral sense in regard to war has grown up, which can compel even the most powerful of tyrants to pause ere he wantonly draws the sword. Yes; the Philistines may not be driven out of the country; they may not be utterly annihilated; but their grip, which was at our throat for more than twenty years, has been shaken off. They have been heavily smitten; they are at least quiet. Raise then a stone, and call it “Ebenezer,” for hitherto hath the Lord helped us.

  1. This stone is a monumental memorial of the secret of success. Come near to it and read what is written thereon, and you will find—not some inflated bombast extolling the valour of the Israelites, but—a very simple sentence, giving glory to Jehovah of Hosts. And see how the future which is briefly epitomised in the next verse confirms this “hitherto.” “The hand of the Lord was against them all the days of Samuel.” And what was Samuel?—a mighty man of valour? a Moltke among generals? a Bismarck among statesmen? Nay; but a judge who built up a kingdom of righteousness, and pre-eminently a man who could pray. Praying, as his very name implies, was his forte. It was as one who called upon the Lord that he was distinguished. And it was under the régime of prayer that the Philistines were held in such complete subjugation. The truth which is thus condensed in the word Ebenezer is of the utmost practical importance. There is a Divine Ruler who providentially governs and personally superintends the lives of individuals and the histories of nations. We are not living under a reign of abstract law or inexorable fate; we are not moved round by a mechanism of wheels, revolving in predestined cycles, and grinding out an unalterable sequence of causes and effects. Let devout faith set up then a stone and write upon it, Ebenezer, and with what awful and yet rapturous solemnities life becomes invested. I have often stood with a feeling of almost reverence upon me, high up on some mountain-side, looking at vast mysterious boulders, once deposited there by forces which it is hardly possible to conceive, but to the existence of which these mighty masses of rock are the indisputable testimony. But when I come upon Ebenezer, I come upon a stone which says to me, “The mighty God, even Jehovah Himself, has been here. Here the sword of the Lord has been flashing unsheathed, and here the banner of the Lord has been waving unfurled.” Let devout faith set up a stone and write upon it Ebenezer, and with what calm, persistent, uncompromising steadiness we are inspired to advance, just living and working out the everlasting will of righteousness, and simply do that which is just and true and acceptable to God. The only peril you have really to fear is the extinction of Samuel as a reigning influence; for then you will be on the same footing as the other nations of the earth, and the question will be: Can you send as many battalions as they can into the field? So long as Samuel, the man of righteousness and the man of prayer, is influential, you will come safe out of every crisis, under the banner of the God of battles. Remember Ebenezer, and let that keep you from meddling, hasty tactics, as well as from despondency or dismay; and let the believer come and rest his soul upon this stone. (R. H. Roberts, M.A.)

God’s past mercies the encouragement to future trust:—

In forming our opinion of certain actions, and in pronouncing them to be either good or bad, useful or injurious, their character must be ascertained from the principle on which they are wrought. A splendid deed, which mankind would applaud, may, in the sight of God, be almost as strong an indication of a corrupt heart, as a foul transaction, which all would unite in condemning. The fact is, man regards the outward appearance only, the Lord looks on the heart. A simple stone set up in the name of the Lord, may as effectually denote the overflowings of gratitude, as a costly magnificent temple, dedicated with all the pomp and solemnity of modern architecture. Such was the case in the instance recorded in the text. The prophet Samuel, though dead, still speaks to us; he seems to afford a practical illustration of Solomon’s admonition, “In all thy ways acknowledge God, and He shall direct thy path.” This is the duty inculcated, which we would earnestly desire to see transcribed in your lives If, then, we add our wonderful preservation from seen and unseen dangers; the way in which the Lord hath helped us over our mountains of difficulty, or out of the depths of tribulation, smoothing our path when it was rugged to our step, or straightening it when it was crooked; if we have experienced that a blessing hath rested on the operation of our hands, or on the meditation of our hearts; if, in the domestic relations of life, we have been favoured with any special tokens of God’s superintending providence and fostering protection (and who has not had them?), what gratitude ought to be ours; what abundant occasion have we to adopt—what demons of darkness should we be if we did not adopt—the sentiment of Samuel, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” But this may be a mere empty expression of the lips, or, at least, a mere transitory ebullition of feeling, evaporating with the event which has called forth the sentiment. We would wish that the impression should be permanent, such as would only terminate with our lives; we would wish to see erected some standing memorial of the loving kindness of the Lord, which should declare his goodness, and bespeak our gratitude. How is this to be effected in the present day, since such a rude memorial of Divine mercy would be inconsistent with the notions of modern refinement? It may be accomplished in two ways. Those who have omitted to do so, may lay the foundation-stone of a domestic altar, and rear a structure in their houses, on which may be placed the morning and evening sacrifice of prayer and praise. But the conduct of Samuel may be imitated in another point of view, by the reception of Christ Jesus in our hearts; thus to erect a spiritual edifice in our souls, and to make our bodies the temple of the Holy Ghost. Christ is indeed that living stone, which we would see the tenant of every bosom testifying in a lively way of providential and redeeming mercies: a “stone disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious;” a “tried stone,” a “sure foundation;” but to “some a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence:” a stone, which the builders, in their impiety and folly, rejected, which is now become the head of the corner; yes, it is indeed this Rock of Ages, which we desire to see set up in all our hearts, at all times, and upon all occasions, as the stable basis on which to erect a structure of temporal or eternal blessedness; as the sure refuge and hiding-place from the storm of adversity, or the gale of prosperity. Here, then, we have the line of conduct we earnestly recommend for your adoption, strongly enforced by the patriarch of old: receive Him into your hearts, whom we preach unto you as the author and finisher of your salvation. Let the idol-altar be thrown down, and the name of Jesus Christ be inscribed thereon; may that natural, dead, indurated heart yield its place to the living stone, which will impart new life and vigour to all its energies and emotions, and gratefully record the achievements of Divine grace to the glory of God the Father. (H. S. Plumptre, M.A.)

Memorials of Divine Mercy:—

There is a distinct recognition, here, of the hand of God in providence; and there is a marking of the event of God’s interference in their behalf by some visible outward sign which would serve to bring it back to them. For no man, after the battle and the victory, returning that way, and beholding this stone, would forget it. They would cherish it in their memory, and tell their children of it. And if their occasions or needs ever took any of them again through the region of their old captivity, their old fear, the old battle and the old victory, that outside memorial would stand to remind them, not merely of each external event but also of the interior moral truth that it was of the Lord’s mercies that they were preserved, and that it was of God’s interposing providence that they were victorious. Now, we are in many respects like the Israelites. There are, in the history of every man, certain remarkable events that are worthy to be remembered. The gracious and providential interference of God in our behalf deserves to be noted. The memory of all His mercies ought to be perpetuated. Every critical period, as the turning of the year; every point of success in any enterprise of life; every point where we gain a higher joy, whether it be secular, or social, or spiritual; every new relation which promises great blessedness to us; every business achievement which seems to lift us out of darkness and out of difficulties; every great mischief that impended as a threatening sky, but that is rolled away—every such event or experience ought to have a distinct recognition. We should think of them in their individuality, and in their sequences; and it would be well for us if we could set up some memorial, and be able to say to one and another, “Hitherto the Lord hath helped me It is the Lord—not my skill, not my wisdom, not my prowess—that hath helped me hitherto.” Our true life is the inward life. It deserves, therefore, to be specially watched and recorded. No other thing deserves such celebrations as a man’s inward victory—his inward deliverance. A blessing that comes from God should be recognised by us, though it comes in no visible form. No one who has a constant succession of good fortune, keeps any ideal in his mind of the number of Divine mercies of which he is the recipient. If God were to recount what He has done for us, it would seem as though our life were a golden chain, in which one golden link clasped another, every hour being a link, and every day lengthening the chain. I sometimes think, of a night, that it is a sin to go into the house and leave God’s glory flashing abroad in the Northern Lights, or in the stellar exhibitions in all the broad expanse above, without a witness—certainly without my witnessing them. I feel as though it were a stupidity to retire to sleep with all this amazing display going on. For, what are men’s inventions and ingenuities compared with those astonishing developments which every summer’s day shows us in the clouds, in the storms, and in frescoes of light and beauty? Every single day there is enough in the silence of nature, and in the might of nature, enough to fill the soul with joy and gratitude. But, while day tells it to day, and night repeats it to night, man sees but little of it. There may be kept a calendar of dates. It is astonishing how much one can preserve in this way with very little trouble. When travelling in Europe, I was so full of excitement and enjoyment that I had not time to keep a journal; so I just put down under each date one single word—the name of the city; or the name of the picture; or the name of the mountain; or the name of the pass; or the name of some person whom I had met; and now I can go back over a month’s travels, and, though there are but these single words, that whole history starts up when I look at them. If you regularly take a memorandum book, at night, and think back through the day, and bring up before you what God has done for you, what He has shown you, what significant thing has happened, and put down the caption of it under the proper date, you will be surprised to find what a calendar your book will become at the end of every year. In some of the German houses there is a charming habit of this sort. Instead of papering their rooms, or frescoing them in the ordinary way, they employ the ablest artists of their times to paint their walls with the most exquisite landscapes, which are to stand there for ages. And in these landscapes are representations of their own family here and there. Here, for instance, are the grand-parents; there are the children; and here are the friends and neighbours. And so, one has in his house, a kind of memorial of his social relationships, and of everything significant in his family history. It is a most charming idea if it be executed fitly. But I would not recommend to you any such custom as this, which is very expensive, and unfitted to our habits and manners And yet, it is quite possible for one to have objects on his wall, which shall answer very much the same purpose. A leaf here, an anchor there, or a little flower, plucked, dried, and hung in its proper place, may mark some significant passage in one’s history This may be seen in castles. The man of the castle says, “Do you see those antlers? Do you see that frontal? I will give you a history of that hunting expedition.” They are memorials which he has preserved of various experiences in hunting. Why should not every dawning mercy have a star blazing from the wall, and saying to every one that looks upon it, “Hitherto the Lord hath helped me?” Why should our houses be so barren of our own history? Why should we leave our eyes so entirely without the aid of interpreting symbols? I know not why a person’s house should not become a kind of memorial of personal history. Or, a journal might be made of the Bible. If you keep a kind of register, so that the text refers to and is associated with the event, your Bible becomes a memorial. You are setting up all the way through it stones of remembrance, as it were. You are providing a record for your old age. And by and by, when you take down your Bible, and put on your glasses, and look back upon your past life, not only will it be the word of God, but you will find how the word of God fed you in the wilderness, strengthened you in sickness, and comforted you in circumstances of discouragement. How many things a man can record on the fly-leaves of his Bible which will afford him pleasure and profit in after life! And how precious that Bible will become to him when he has woven it into his experience as a kind of epitomising of his life. Or, one might, if blessed with means, take the occasions of God’s hopefulness to him, and make them also occasions of charity. There are what are called “memorial windows” in churches Such windows are put in often, by affection, to be the memorial of a wife, or sister, or parent, or child, or friend. In the old country there are a great many of them. One of the most affecting things I ever saw in my life was in the church of the “Succouring” Virgin—that is, of Mary, the Succourer. It was, I believe, in one of the French cities. The whole church was filled with tablets. Here was one of an officer, for three days’ deliverance, on such, and such, and such dates. It was a little marble slab let into the wall, inscribed with letters of gold. On inquiring and comparing dates, I found it was during the battle of Inkerman, at a time when the French army were in great danger. The man had been preserved; and when he came back, he put up in this church this tablet, recalling the mercy of God in sparing his life. Another inscription was, “My babe was sick; I called to the Virgin; she heard me; and my child lives.” There was the tablet that celebrated that event. And I could not read these inscriptions without having tears fall from my eyes like drops from a spice bush when shaken in a dewy morning. Now, everybody ought to have a church somewhere for himself—not a literal church; but some place where he can celebrate God’s special goodness to him. (H. W. Beecher.)

The place of memorials in the Christian life:—

  1. What the memorial commemorated. It was erected on a battle field where they had been twice defeated. Thus it reminded them of their own
  2. Helplessness. But it was also erected on a spot where they had witnessed a great victory, won by God’s help. It therefore also reminded them
  3. God was their Helper. The stone also commemorated
  4. The extent of their victory. “Hitherto hath the Lord helped them,” as far as this place. It was a kind of border stone marking their advance on a former position.
  5. How it helped them. They called it “Help Stone.” In commemorating past help it proved a present help.
  6. By keeping them from self-trust.
  7. By stimulating their activity. The sight of this stone aroused their patriotism and religious fervour. It was like the flag which stirs the soldier’s martial spirit.
  8. It deepened their sense of obligation. To retreat from the position marked by this memorial would have been as disgraceful as for an army to lose its standard.

III. The place of memorial is a Christian life. A written pledge or a spoken vow is for us what “Help Stone” was for Israel. By that act we warn the enemy that he has no more claim upon the territory of our hearts. And each subsequent communion is a gazing afresh upon the memorial of victory won by Christ. (R. C. Ford, M.A.)

God’s help:—

  1. Observe, the language here of the writer is retrospective. It takes in the wide sweep of the Jewish history.
  2. Thus it becomes the language of gratitude.
  3. Then, too, consider how the inscription on the stone set up by Samuel, lays a good foundation for hope and trust. And it is upon this help we ground too our faith. The true Christian must always feel deeply humbled at the remembrance of his transgressions, but in the effort of a true repentance he is conscious of God’s merciful aid and compassion. The text furnishes a motive for future perseverance.
  4. The text indicates that those who are Divinely assisted in their undertaking, will find in the end that their life of labour and of uprightness, as regards both character and conduct, has not been in vain. No. In some matters of an outward kind, at first sight, it may seem that even the most exemplary career has ended in disappointment, in perfect uselessness.
  5. Hence arises the duty of co-operation with the help of the Almighty. The builder when furnished with proper materials must use them. It would be downright folly for him to fold his hands, to make no exertion, and only to call aloud for help. The Christian too must take his place in the Church, as in a city, and although he knows that without God’s help his watchfulness will be of no use, still he must not sleep at his post. (W. G. Horwood.)

The Lord’s Helping His people:—

Doctrine.—

It is the duty of the Lord’s people to keep the memorial of the experience which they have of the Lord’s helping them. I shall discuss this point under two general heads.

  1. The Lord’s helping His people.
  2. How doth the Lord help His people?

(1.) Sometimes the Lord helps His people, by working all for them, they themselves contributing nothing to their deliverance. Moses said unto the people, “Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will show you to-day; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”

(2.) Sometimes the Lord assists His people in working. They endeavour their own deliverance in God’s way, and He fits them to act, and blesseth their exertions, crowning them with success.

(3.) Sometimes God helps His people by appointing means. Thus in the case of Hezekiah, Isaiah said, “Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaster upon the boil, and he shall recover.” If He intends having His people brought out of Babylon, He raiseth up Cyrus for that purpose. If Elijah must be fed in his hiding place, the ravens shall be employed rather than he suffer want.

(4.) Sometimes without means. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts.”

(5.) Sometimes by contrary means, as our Lord cured the blind man by laying clay upon his eyes.

  1. Let us inquire why the Lord helpeth His people.

(1.) Because they are in covenant with Him.

(2.) Because of their special relation to Him. Christ is the believer’s head. Hence if the foot be hurt, the Head in heaven cries out (Acts 9:4).

(3.) Because they look to Him and trust in Him for their help. The 91st psalm has in it a great many blessed promises, but see to whom they belong.

(4.) Because the Lord brings His people into straits for this very end, that He may have the glory of helping them; and that they may get the greater experience of His kindness.

  1. To speak of the keeping up of the memorial of the experiences which they have had of the Lord’s helping them.
  2. What it is to keep up the memorial of the Lord’s helping us.

(1.) It implies an observing of the dispensations we meet with, for our help in the course of our life. If the thing itself be not observed, we cannot keep up the memorial of it.

(2.) A discerning of the Lord’s hand in the help we receive.

(3.) Laying up these experiences and recording them, if not in a book yet in a faithful memory. “And all they that heard them (the things said of John the Baptist at his birth) laid them up in their hearts, saying, what manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.” Many instead of laying such things up, lay them down in the grave of forgetfulness, and instead of setting up a stone, lay a stone upon them, burying them out of sight.

  1. Inquire what of these experiences of the Lord’s helping should be recorded and kept in memory.

(1.) We should record the timing or seasonableness of them. There is often a weight lies on this very circumstance, that the help came at such a time and not another is worthy to be remembered.

(2.) The effects of them on our spirits How we are affected with them when they come. “Then,” says the Church,” was our mouth filled with laughter and our tongue with singing” Many times the Lord helps His people in such a manner that the experience of His goodness fills them with shame, looks their doubts and fears out of countenance, proves their unbelief to be a false prophet, and makes them resolve never to distrust God again and fills them with thankfulness. (Isaiah 38:10, 12, Psal 73:22, 23; and 116:11, 12) O how useful would this be afterwards to the Christian.

(3.) Their harmony and agreement with the promise.

(4.) Their agreement with their prayers. (Gen. 24:45.) What are the Christian’s experiences but returns of prayers. Such was that in the text. This seems to be the ground of that conclusion; “By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.” Even the very place of our experiences should be recorded. “I will remember thee,” says David, “from the land of Jordan and of the Hermonites, from the bill Mizar,” (Gen 28:11–19.). And the Lord loves to have His people remember these blessed places, (Gen. 31:13; and 35:1). Let us now,

  1. Inquire why we should keep up the memorial of these things

(1.) We owe this to God: In point, of obedience, when we meet with experiences of His goodness He calls us to set up our Ebenezer. O monstrous ingratitude to forget experiences. We owe it to Him also, in point of compliance with His design in giving experience of His help to His people. God intends His people more comfort by a mercy, than the mercy itself singly considered He intends it as a ground to hope for more He gives the valley of Achor for a door of hope.

(2.) We owe this to ourselves in point of interest. If we would consult our own advantage, we would not let them slip. For former experiences of the Lord’s help are very supporting to the soul in a dark night These experiences are pledges of further mercies. Some promises have their day of payment here, others after this life. The performing of the former, is an earnest given to faith to look for the other. (T. Boston, D.D.)

The Lord our Help:—

From this passage we are forcibly taught, in the first place:

  1. that it is our especial duty, under the apprehension of any impending calamity, to seek unto God for deliverance by fervent believing prayer.
  2. We are taught by this portion of sacred history, that God will hear the believing prayers of His servants. We are far from affirming that prayers, offered up in faith, and “for things agreeable to God’s will,” will always be granted in the season or in the manner that the supplicants might either desire, or in their fallible judgment might deem most proper No! This would be to usurp God’s prerogative, and to substitute our own erring judgments in the place of His wise and all-disposing sovereignty. All that God permits us to do, is to approach Him in importunate, believing prayer, leaving the result to His own unerring disposal.

III. It is our duty to recognise the hand of God in every deliverance.

  1. A public acknowledgment of gratitude is due to Almighty God for mercies received, and for deliverance from impending evils. In perusing the history of the heathen world, we are particularly struck with the practice of perpetuating the memory of great events to future generations. When nations were delivered from impending calamities or favoured with unlooked-for blessings, they raised the song of gratitude to those whom they esteemed their preservers. The praises of their deliverers were sung by the poet, and extolled by the historian; their statues adorned the cities which gave them birth; and other striking memorials were instituted to convey to future generations an abiding sense of the value of their services. If, from the heathen, we turn to the enlightened world, we shall find that the memorials which, in the one, were erected to the statesman or the conqueror, were, in the other, expressly instituted in token of gratitude to God—the great and only Deliverer.
  2. Let your recollection of God’s past mercies inspire you with the feelings of future, unreserved confidence.
  3. Let me call upon you to testify your sense of the Divine mercies, by an increasing devotedness to the service of your God. (Robert Cook.)

Retrospection and Gratitude:—

The character of Christian gratitude, &c. “Hitherto the Lord hath helped us.”

  1. Christian gratitude is retrospective.
  2. Christian gratitude is devout. It connects the thought of God with the travelled past. There may have been second causes: gracious interpositions and friendly agencies; but above and beyond all, the good man recognises the hand of God, and in real devotion says, “Hitherto the Lord hath helped me.”
  3. Christian gratitude is joyful. Every event in the providence of God has a message of mercy in it to the good man. Day unto day is saying to him, “Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous, and shout aloud for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.”
  4. Christian gratitude is ever trustful. It speaks thankfully of the past, and looks forward hopefully to the future; hitherto sounds the key-note of hereafter. (W. G. Barrett.)[6]

[1] Tsumura, D. (2007). The First Book of Samuel (p. 238). Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[2] Chisholm, R. B., Jr. (2013). 1 & 2 Samuel. (M. L. Strauss, J. H. Walton, & R. de Rosset, Eds.) (p. 47). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Hawker, R. (2013). Poor Man’s Old Testament Commentary: Deuteronomy–2 Samuel (Vol. 2, p. 496). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[4] Spence-Jones, H. D. M. (Ed.). (1909). 1 Samuel (pp. 123–124). London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[5] Baldwin, J. G. (1988). 1 and 2 Samuel: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 8, pp. 86–87). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

[6] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: I Samuel (pp. 179–189). New York; Chicago; Toronto; London; Edinburgh: Fleming H. Revell Company.

What are the fruits of the flesh and why are these fruits such a serious warning sign for professing Christians? | What Christians Want To Know

What are the fruits of the flesh and why are these fruits such a serious warning sign for professing Christians?

Fruits of the Spirit

What are the fruits of the flesh and why are these fruits such a serious warning sign for professing Christians? First off, you cannot produce fruits of the Holy Spirit unless the Spirit of God is in you. That means, there was a time when God brought you to repentance and you placed your trust in Christ. After that new birth, the Christian should naturally produce godly fruit like a good olive tree produces good olives. If it doesn’t, something’s wrong. The fruits of the Holy Spirit include “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law” (Gal 5:22-23). That’s because “those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires” (Gal 5:24).

Fruits of the Flesh

You can be an unsaved person and a Christian and still recognize a person’s fruit, and the person who has not been born again will naturally produce ungodly fruit. The Bible clearly reveals the works of the flesh and “the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Gal 5:19-21). A saved person can still produce these ungodly fruits, but the vast majority of their fruit should be associated with the Holy Spirit.

Good or Bad Fruit?

Whatever fruit is produced the most shows where the root is, or “the fruit reveals the root” because Jesus said a good tree cannot possibly produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit (Matt 7:17-18). Being a “fruit inspector” allows us to know if someone is a godly preacher or a wolf in sheep’s clothing as Jesus said, “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits” (Matt 7:16-20). You can’t really see the root…but you can see the fruit. And that reveals the root!

The Dominate Fruit

One man said he had two natures….one spiritual and the other carnal. He said one produces good fruit and the other bad fruit. I asked, “Which dominates the most?” He said, “The one I feed the most.” Good point. Whatever we allow to enter our minds impacts our minds and that impacts those around us. Garbage in, garbage out, as they say. There is truth to that. When Jesus Christ comes to judge the world and take over the world as King of the Kingdom, sadly, “many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness” (Matt 7:22-23). Notice, it’s not just a few or some who get this wrong, but “many” will profess Christ and these same “many”will be turned away and forever separated from the Kingdom of Heaven…and the King of that Kingdom.

Self-Examination

The Apostle Paul admonishes every one of us, “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test”(2 Cor 13:5)! Why would he want us to do that? To make our election and calling sure, or as the Apostle Peter said, “Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall” (2 Pet 1:10)! The sobering fact is that “many are called, but few are chosen”(Matt 22:14). Need help with that spiritual self-examination? Do you doubt your own salvation? Pray to God what the Psalmist did and ask God, “Prove me, O LORD, and try me; test my heart and my mind” (Psalm 26:2), and understand the biblical truth that God wants you to have assurance of your salvation. Jesus’ half-brother wrote about a God “who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 1:24-25).

Is There Really A Place Called Hell

Conclusion

Are you ready to see the Lord? Has God brought you to repentance and faith in Christ, as God commands? The Day of God’s judgment is coming, and it is coming when no one expects it (Rev 1:7), “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt 24:44). Tragically, for many, it will be too late. As for you, if you’ve never trusted in Christ, the only thing that awaits you is the wrath God, so I pray, no…I plead with you today, make today your day of salvation (2 Cor 6:2). To wait, may make it too late…and that would be dreadful beyond description (Rev 20:12-15; Rev 21:8).

Here is some related reading for you: 5 Differences Between Walking in the Flesh and Walking in the Spirit

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), Crossway Bibles. (2007). ESV: Study Bible: English standard version. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway Bibles. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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October—29 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

I have said to corruption, Thou art my father: to the worm, Thou art my mother, and my sister.—Job 17:14.

My soul! take a turn, now and then, to the grave. It will be profitable to look at the bed where thou art shortly to take up thy residence, before thou art sent there to remain. Nothing so profitable to allay all that heat and folly, which keep men in a continual ferment, as a solemn view of “the house appointed for all living.” To be sure, nothing can be more humbling than what Job here speaks of his relations: great men and nobles will not be very fond of the alliance; but in reality, all the other affinities of life are imaginary. Corruption is the common father of all. In this we all are formed: for corruption, when dried, becomes the original dust it was before it was animated. And as corruption is the father, so the worm is both mother and sister; for here they burrow, and this is their proper element. But, my soul, while thou knowest these things, art thou living as one under the influence of them? Every man may say, as Job said, and call corruption his father, and the worm his mother and sister: but thousands, while they say it, do not live as though they believed it. To say to corruption, “Thou art my father,” in a scriptural sense, implies a heartfelt knowledge of a man’s own corrupt, fallen, and sinful state; and under a sense of sin, and a consciousness of salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ, that soul hath attained a self-loathing and abhorrence, so as to look to corruption and the worms of the earth with complacency, as the blessed asylum where will be deposited a vile body that shall harass the soul no more. Art thou, my soul, so looking at the grave? Dost thou so view it, as to love it for the blessed property contained in it? Precious Jesus! thou didst take pleasure in thy relationship with our nature, though thy holy body, untainted by sin, was liable to no corruption; yet in the affinities of humanity thou called thyself a “worm, and no man, a reproach of men, and despised of the people!” Oh! the transporting thought, to know, like Job, that thou my kinsman-Redeemer liveth! And to know also, from a well-founded hope and assurance in thee, that “though after my skin, worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold for myself, and not another for me!”[1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 308–309). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

True Theology | Tabletalk

In a sermon on Hebrews 8:10 published on October 31, 1912, the English Baptist pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon declared: “The doctrine of the divine covenant lies at the root of all true theology. It has been said that he who well understands the distinction between the covenant of works and the covenant of grace is a master of divinity. I am persuaded that most of the mistakes which men make concerning the doctrines of Scripture are based upon fundamental errors with regard to the covenants of law and of grace.” Spurgeon was exactly right, and just as the church at the beginning of the twentieth century needed to hear his words, the church in the twenty-first century desperately needs to hear them as well. The church in our day has largely forgotten, ignored, or denied many of the tenets of covenant theology. But to understand the unity of God’s Word rightly, we must understand covenant theology accurately.

To understand the unity of God’s Word rightly, we must understand covenant theology accurately.

The doctrine of covenant is foundational not only to our understanding of God’s promises throughout history, but also to our understanding of everything—in Scripture and in life. Covenant is not only a topic of theology; it is at the core of all theology. When we talk about covenant theology, we are talking not only about one aspect of what we believe as Christians, but we are also talking about that which constitutes part of the bedrock of everything we believe. If we fail to grasp the all-encompassing covenant theology of Scripture, we will fail to accurately grasp the Word of God, the character of God, the plan of God, the prophecies of God, the mission of God, and the redemption of God.

While Christians may differ on our understanding of the nature of covenant theology, all Christians must possess at least some basic understanding of covenant theology if we are to understand what it means to be a Christian. For if we do not grasp that we are sinners who broke the covenant of works in our first father, Adam, and died in our sin, we cannot grasp how Christ, the last Adam, fulfilled the covenant of works so that we might have life. What’s more, if we fail to grasp that after our fall into sin we deserved the eternal condemnation and wrath of God, we will be unable to understand the eternal significance of God’s covenant of grace that He established after the fall. Covenant theology rightly understood is foundational to our faith, and those who meddle with either the covenant of works or the covenant of grace will soon meddle with the gospel of God, the assurance we have in God, and the full and final redemption that is ours in Jesus Christ. 

Dr. Burk Parsons is editor of Tabletalk magazine and serves as senior pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla. He is editor of Assured by God: Living in the Fullness of God’s Grace. He is on Twitter at @BurkParsons.

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October 29 Thoughts for the quiet hour

He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded

John 13:4, 5

Acts are common and mean because they are ordinarily expressive of the common and mean thoughts of men. Let us not accuse the acts that make up our daily life of meanness, but our ignoble souls that reveal themselves so unworthily through those acts. The same act may successively mount up through every intermediate stage from the depth of unworthiness to a transcendent height of excellence, according to the soul that is manifested by it. One of the glorious ends of our Lord’s incarnation was that He might propitiate us with the details of life, so that we should not disdain these as insignificant, but rather disdain ourselves for our inability to make these details interpreters of a noble nature. Oh, let us then look with affectionateness and gratitude upon the daily details of life, seeing the sanctifying imprint of the hand of Jesus upon them all!

George Bowen[1]

 

[1] Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.

Tucker Carlson’s explosive Bobulinski interview draws 7.6M viewers as mainstream media ignores it

“Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged a whopping 7.6 million viewers on Tuesday for its exclusive interview with Tony Bobulinski, proving Americans are interested in the ongoing scandal despite other news organizations dismissing it.

Source: Tucker Carlson’s explosive Bobulinski interview draws 7.6M viewers as mainstream media ignores it

Mid-Day Snapshot · Oct. 29, 2020

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Senate Grills Big Tech for Censoring Conservatives

Thomas Gallatin

On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce Committee conducted a hearing on Big Tech’s increasing censorship practices. The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google testified, and two things became crystal clear during the often-heated exchanges.

First, Big Tech has absolutely no remorse over nor any plan to end its blatant censorship practices. This reality was hit home in a tense exchange between Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. After noting Twitter continues to lock the New York Post account over its bombshell story on Hunter Biden’s laptop, Cruz blasted, “Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear? Why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?”

Dorsey, whose long beard and long hair made him look as if he’s been living on the streets of San Francisco, dully responded, “We’re not doing that.” However, he then immediately contradicted himself: “We realize we need to earn trust more.” Later in the exchange, Cruz asked, “You’re testifying to this committee right now that Twitter, when it silences people, when it censors people, when it blocks political speech, that has no impact on elections?” Dorsey answered, “People have choice of other communication channels.” Cruz shot back, “Not if they don’t hear information. If you don’t think you have the power to influence elections, why do you block anything?”

Meanwhile, the Leftmedia has repeatedly gone to bat for Big Tech, repeatedly arguing that since social media is dominated by conservative content, the conservative complaint of censorship is therefore a nonissue. It is not. We in our humble shop have seen our social media reach throttled by 80%. Whether conservatives have a greater presence on social media than the Left is an irrelevant and disingenuous objection to the issue of censorship. Censorship of free speech is still censorship of free speech, no matter how much or little is spoken.

Twitter still has not unlocked the New York Post account because, as Dorsey argued, the Post has not pulled its Hunter Biden story.

Republican senators noted that conservatives have been unfairly targeted for censorship by Big Tech, a charge that Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sought to deny. However, neither was able to provide even a single example of a “high-profile person or entity from a liberal ideology” who has been censored or throttled by their platforms. Zuckerberg sought to conflate the issue of protecting free speech with the “need” to prevent the spread of misinformation. “But there are certainly many issues on both sides of the aisle where people think we are making content-moderation decisions that they disagree with,” he asserted.

Which leads to the second issue. Senate Democrats were no less critical of Big Tech leadership than were Republicans, though for the exact opposite reason. Democrats contend that Twitter and Facebook have not done enough censoring of content they deem, in the words of Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), “dangerous and lethal misinformation and disinformation.” Blumenthal, himself the perpetrator of an autobiographical fiction about serving in Vietnam, once again trotted out the Democrats’ favorite and thoroughly debunked allegation of Russian election interference being responsible for President Donald Trump’s 2016 victory.

Democrats want more censorship of Americans’ speech in the name of fighting against “misinformation.” It’s a position that stands in blatant violation of the First Amendment. But since when has the Constitution ever been embraced by the Left?

The crux of the issue with Big Tech hangs on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) hit upon it by arguing, “This liability shield … has been pivotal in protecting online platforms from the endless and potentially ruinous lawsuits, but it has also given these internet platforms the ability to control, stifle, and even censor content in whatever manner meets their respective standards. The time has come for that free pass to end.”

In the end, it boils down to who wins in November. Should Joe Biden win and Democrats gain full control of Congress, Americans can kiss goodbye any hope of correcting Big Tech’s censorship abuses. Furthermore, Democrats will likely work to ensure that greater speech controls are imposed on Internet platforms, ironically all in the name of protecting Americans.

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It’s Still the Economy, Stupid

Douglas Andrews

In 1992, former Bill Clinton strategist James Carville famously said, “It’s the economy, stupid.” It’s true: People vote their pocketbooks. And this election year, as weird as it’s been, still bows to those fundamentals. If folks have food on their table and money in their wallet, they’re going to look favorably upon the person or party in power.

That person would be Donald Trump, that party would be the Republicans, and both of them were buoyed this week by some favorable eleventh-hour economic news.

First of all, U.S. GDP exploded in the third quarter, growing at a 33.1% annualized rate. That both exceeded expectations and doubled the previous record of 16.7% in 1950. Obviously, that spike is largely because we’re coming off the worst quarter in U.S. history amidst the COVID shutdowns — shutdowns that were always at least partly meant as a way for Democrat governors to hurt a Republican president. While losing 30% and then gaining 30% still leaves the country behind where we were when 2020 began, an economy that was roaring before the pandemic has showed enduring strength in spite of it all, and that’s incredibly encouraging … so long as we stay the course.

Meanwhile, there’s more good news. “American factories are humming again” writes James Freeman of The Wall Street Journal. “Now if politicians can just avoid returning to the blunt lockdown instrument that imposed such heavy costs last spring and provided such uncertain benefits, the U.S. revival can continue. The good news for today is that last month was much better than economists expected for people who make and build things.”

Clearly, Americans are getting back on their feet, and they’re doing so at a far faster pace than they did when Barack Obama and Joe Biden were at the helm. As researcher Douglas Carr points out, “The two great recessions, similar in many respects, also have differences, so their courses may not be entirely comparable, but they don’t need to be precisely compared. The sluggish first five months of the Obama-Biden recovery led to the slowest recovery in U.S. history. While there remains a long distance to full recovery from the pandemic (and the implications of a second wave remain, for now, unknowable) the Trump administration’s first five months of recovery are the nation’s fastest ever.”

This is all great economic news about the Trump economy and our V-shaped recovery, but it’s not really intended for you. No, this article is intended for your friend.

You know, your friend. The Persuadable One. That one-time Never-Trumper who’s finally coming to grips with the grim-and-grimmer possibilities of a hard-left Biden economy and what it’ll do to that small business of his. That neighbor whose son plays football with yours and who happens to be black but who seems skeptical of all the Leftmedia lies about Trump being a racist. That suburban mom with the three young kids who saw the months-long rioting on TV and is seeing it again now in Philly, but definitely doesn’t want it coming to her neighborhood.

These are the ones who might benefit from this information before casting their vote.

Donald Trump got around three million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton in 2016, but he won the presidency because of some 70,000 votes cast across Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Heck, Hillary won California alone by some four million votes. But the popular vote, to borrow a phrase, is for “suckers” and “losers.” The Electoral College is what the president and his team are focused on. And every vote matters.

So if these friends of yours can’t stand the prospect of voting for Trump, tell them to vote for jobs. For their 401(k). For manufacturing here at home. For a tough-on-China policy. For law and order. For the police. For secure borders. For a faster vaccine. For better therapeutics. For freedom from another lockdown. For a more fair and honest media. For our military. For peace through strength. For freedom of speech. For freedom of religion. For the right to keep and bear arms. For the Bill of Rights. For the Constitution. For the unborn. For their children. For their grandchildren.

Tell them to vote for whatever works. On November 3, remember: It’s Donald Trump or the mob.

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Biden’s Utter Lack of Character

Douglas Andrews

Show of hands: Who knows someone who’s voting against Donald Trump and in favor of Joe Biden because he’s “a good and decent man” or because “character counts”?

That’s what we thought — a lot of you. Unfortunately, that narrative isn’t true. In fact, the opposite is true. Biden is a slippery, self-serving eel of a man, a money-grubbing backslapper, and a pathological liar.

Before we begin: This column isn’t about Trump. His myriad character flaws have been amplified and Chinese-water-tortured into our heads for the past four years by a hate-filled mainstream media. Rather, this column is about the 77-year-old career pol whose deeply suspect character has gone largely unexamined by that same mainstream media.

Biden has, unwittingly, told us plenty about his character over the years. Few of us have been listening, though. Perhaps the clearest window we have into his fundamental indecency is the lengths to which he’ll go in order to curry favor, gain sympathy, and win votes.

We brought this “character” case against Biden about a month ago, but Exhibit A bears repeating. We’re talking about the fundamental lie of his adult life, the one that he told over and over again without regard to the damage it was doing to an innocent man and his family. For years, Scranton Joe falsely and repeatedly blamed the death of his first wife and daughter on a truck driver, a citizen and a father, who Biden said “drank his lunch.”

The truth could always be found in the police report, which made clear that the truck driver in question hadn’t been drinking and wasn’t even at fault — that, in fact, Mrs. Biden “drove into the path” of his tractor-trailer.

Not all lies are the same. Some are utterly harmless, even comical.

“The driver of that truck,” wrote Kevin Williamson back in March, “went to his grave haunted by Biden’s lies, to the point where his children were forced to beg the vice president to stop defaming their late father. The casual cruelty with which Biden is willing to subordinate the lives of ordinary people to his political ambitions — for the sake of a petty tear-jerker line in one of his occasionally plagiarized stump speeches — is remarkable.”

Williamson, who’s anything but a fan of Donald Trump, calls Biden “a vicious, self-serving political hack … whose ambition leads him from time to time into shocking indecency.” This sounds about right.

After that tragic accident? Biden allegedly had an affair with his now-wife Jill while she was still married. You’ll never hear that in the mainstream media, much less Jill’s ad telling us what a wonderful family man Joe is.

Perhaps former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (remember him?) doesn’t read Kevin Williamson. This, in addition to his well-documented disdain for President Trump, would help explain why a man who’s “been a conservative Republican” all his life decided to cut an eleventh-hour ad endorsing for president an anti-Republican of such low character as Biden. The aptly surnamed Flake, whose idea of conservative Republicanism includes well-documented support for open borders and amnesty, urges us to put “country over party” and support the Democrat presidential nominee.

Worse yet, Flake keeps a straight face while invoking words like “principle,” “conscience,” “character,” “integrity,” and “moral leadership” on behalf of Joe Biden — a man who no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, which protects pro-life Americans from having their tax dollars directly support abortion. Did anyone bother to tell Mr. Flake that Biden now supports taxpayer funding for the killing of the preborn? What could be more monstrous and less emblematic of “moral leadership”?

Enough of Jeff Flake.

Joseph Robinette Biden first campaigned for president way back in 1988. It didn’t last long. He got caught plagiarizing speech material from Neil Kinnock, a British member of Parliament, but he didn’t learn any lessons. As Valerie Richardson wrote in The Washington Times, “Since the start of the 2020 campaign, Mr. Biden has been caught on numerous occasions spinning false and even ludicrous yarns, a tendency that has prompted head-scratching from his supporters and exasperation from conservatives stunned that his tall tales have yet to torpedo his salt-of-the-earth image.”

These yarns include the lie that he told to South Carolina voters about having attended Delaware State University, a historically black college. And the lie about having met with survivors of the Parkland school shooting when he was vice president — a remarkable feat of time travel given that the incident happened more than a year after Biden was out of office. Then there’s his bizarre lie about having headed into a combat zone in Afghanistan to pin a Silver Star medal on a gravely wounded Navy captain’s chest.

Like a lot of events in this Mittyesque character’s life, it never happened. But certain less flattering events have happened in Biden’s life, even if his mainstream media Praetorian Guard refuses to report on them. This very week, in fact, we’re learning about his family’s rank influence peddling with the communist Chinese, and we’re learning about the lies he’s told to cover it up. If you haven’t yet seen Tucker Carlson’s interview with former Biden business associate Tony Bobulinski, you should.

And we could go on and on about Biden’s troubling history with race — a history that includes denying the racial authenticity of black people who aren’t sure whether to vote for him.

Suffice it to say that there are plenty of reasons for a person to prefer Joe Biden over Donald Trump. Perhaps some of those reasons even have merit. Honesty, though, isn’t one of them. Neither is character.

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The Most Important Election in History?

Lewis Morris

We’re just a few days away from the 2020 presidential election, a contest that some are calling the most consequential presidential election of our lives. Then again, we’re told the same thing every four years. It’s a well-worn political cliché designed to motivate citizens to exercise their constitutional right and civic duty.

The whole idea of elections is to get as many people to the polls as possible. It’s nice when a candidate can do that by virtue of their ideas and their character. Short of that (and our candidates are often short of both these days), voters can always be motivated by being frightened into believing that not voting means the downfall of the Republic. Naturally, this is not always the case. In fact, it rarely has been. But let’s face it: You’re never going to hear a campaign manager tell voters, “The stakes are medium. Feel free to vote or to sit this one out.”

Of the 58 presidential elections that have taken place in American history, only a handful can truly qualify as being transformational.

The election of 1800 between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson proved that candidates from opposing parties could fight tooth and nail for the presidency without resorting to violence and civil strife. The election of 1824 was the first in which the winner of the election did not win the popular vote. It was a bitter contest, but the Republic persevered.

The election of 1860 was a monumentally consequential election, perhaps the most consequential in American history. Republican Abraham Lincoln was pitted against Democrat Stephen Douglas, Southern Democrat John Breckenridge, and Constitutional Unionist John Bell. The future of the Union was at stake, and this was not hyperbole. Southern states vowed to secede if Lincoln won, fearing he would abolish slavery, even though the Republican candidate had made no such pledge to that point. The crowded field worked to Lincoln’s electoral advantage but led to secession and war.

The 1864 contest was no less important. It was only the second election in history to take place during wartime, the first being James Madison’s bid for reelection during the War of 1812. There was talk of postponing the election because of the war, but Lincoln insisted it must go forward. “We cannot have free government without elections,” Lincoln said, “and if the rebellion could force us to forego or postpone a national election, it might fairly claim to have already conquered and ruined us.” It was an ugly contest filled with racist attacks and misinformation, but Lincoln handily won reelection.

The election of 1876 was consequential in that it may have been the most openly corrupt presidential contest in American history. Ballot stuffing, unfaithful presidential electors, voter intimidation, and open violence were all employed to sway a contest whose outcome was ultimately decided in a back room among high-placed Washington power brokers. The result of the election was the premature end of Reconstruction and the establishment of institutionalized racism across the South that would last for a hundred years.

The election of 1896 between Republican William McKinley and Democrat William Jennings Bryan led to a major political realignment in which the Republican Party dominated the political landscape for the next 36 years. This was a period in which significant changes took place, including the establishment of the federal income tax, the direct election of U.S. senators, the battle with corporate trusts, and women’s suffrage.

1932 also led to a monumental shift in American politics. Franklin Roosevelt won the first of four presidential elections, ushering in an era of unprecedented government growth that we still live with today. Roosevelt’s 12 years in office led to an activist government mindset that conditioned Americans to believe that the government could achieve any public goal and be counted on to solve any public problem.

The election of 1980 reintroduced the concept of limited government. Republican Ronald Reagan’s sound victory over Democrat incumbent Jimmy Carter led to a return to the traditional ideas of capitalism that left the private sector free to pursue new ideas and innovate. Reagan’s adherence to a stronger, more committed foreign policy led to the downfall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.

Only history will tell whether next Tuesday’s election will rise to the impactful level of those listed here. We naturally tend to believe that the current election is the most important of our lives because we are living in this moment. Our nation’s sad lack of historical perspective doesn’t help. The fact that Donald Trump was labeled the worst president in American history before he was even inaugurated in 2017 proves not only this dearth of context but also the bitter rancor that pollutes our ability to view history objectively. Go vote; just maintain perspective.

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‘Anonymous’ Comes Forward, Hit for Lying

Nate Jackson

In September 2018, an “anonymous” deep-stater wrote a New York Times op-ed about the “resistance” within the administration. He explained how he and other “adults in the room” were acting inside the White House to mitigate through insubordination if necessary President Donald Trump’s “misguided impulses,” “amorality,” and lack of “discernible first principles.” The op-ed itself was meant to sabotage the president, win votes for Democrats in the midterm elections, and help Bob Woodward sell books on the same theme. In 2019, “Anonymous” sang the same refrain to sell his own book.

As we wrote at the time, the article lacked credibility until the author was known. On Wednesday, we learned his identity: Miles Taylor, former Department of Homeland Security official (he was promoted to chief of staff months after the op-ed), Google employee, and campaign activist for Joe Biden, finally decided to come “out of the shadows.”

The kicker? Taylor is also a paid contributor on CNN, where he will remain despite lying on-air about his status. Asked by Anderson Cooper in August whether he was aware of the identity of “Anonymous,” Taylor smugly retorted, “I’m not. Look, that was a parlor game that happened in Washington, DC. You have a lot of folks trying to think of who that might be. I’ve got my own thoughts about who that might be.”

“You’re not Anonymous?” Cooper pressed. Taylor replied, “I wear a mask for two things, Anderson: Halloweens [sic] and pandemics, so no.”

After learning the truth, CNN showman Chris Cuomo, who spent much of this year laughing it up with older brother Andrew Cuomo over his, er, governance of New York during COVID, was indignant. “You lied to us, Miles,” Cuomo said Wednesday. “Now, why should CNN keep you on the payroll after lying like that?”

This is CNN, Chris. Lying is a credential.

Indeed, that was more or less Taylor’s answer. “When I published A Warning, I said in the book that if asked, I would strenuously deny I was the author,” Taylor told Cuomo. “We have seen over the course of four years that Donald Trump’s preference is to find personal attacks and distractions to pull people away from criticisms of his record. I wrote that work anonymously to deprive him of that opportunity and to force him to answer the questions on their merits.” Actually, he didn’t put his name on it because, if he had, most Americans would have asked Who? and moved on with their day.

As for lying, Taylor says, “I owe Anderson Cooper a beer.”

By the way, we don’t recall any news outlets treating Taylor’s allegations as anything less than the principled resistance he claimed back in 2018. Contrast that with the virtual media blackout and social media suppression of information regarding the Biden Crime Family. CNN’s Jake Tapper says that story is “too disgusting to even repeat here.”

“Anonymous” had far less credibility than the people confirming Joe Biden’s corruption, yet he enjoyed accolades and atta-boys that he parlayed into some sweet money-making gigs.

Come to think of it, it’s no wonder he’s voting for Biden.

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Acceptable Anti-Semitism?

Arnold Ahlert

Last Sunday, a “Jews for Trump” convoy of hundreds of cars draped with American flags and Trump 2020 banners paraded from Coney Island in Brooklyn to the Trump Tower in Manhattan, prior to heading for a rally at Brooklyn’s Marine Park. The rally was organized by Boris Epshteyn, an adviser to the Trump campaign and co-chair of Jewish Voices for Trump.

And how did a city where 68% of registered voters are Democrats — Democrats who view themselves as some of the most “tolerant” people in the nation — react?

“Vehicles in the convoy were attacked at certain points along the route, some of which was documented,” World Israel News reported. “Eggs and rocks were thrown at cars, a car window was punched by an angry bicyclist and in one case a family of seven was pepper-sprayed on 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The suspect was arrested.”

That family of seven included four kids, and one member of the family stated they were driving down 5th Avenue in Manhattan with their car’s windows rolled down and sporting a Trump flag. A car pulled up alongside and spewed pepper spray into the family’s car. “Immediately the kids started crying and screaming and I jumped out of the car after I was peppered [sic] sprayed as well,” the victim said. The victim also said the attacker pursued him down the avenue trying to pepper-spray him again. At that point, his mother flagged down a cop who arrested the suspect. Following the incident, the man said that his kids were “left traumatized” and “coughing from” the residue.

Contemptible? Undoubtedly. Yet far more troubling — and far more indicative — was the fact that the man would only speak to Fox News on condition of his anonymity, because he feared his family could be targeted for reprisal.

video shows the equally tolerant behavior directed at rally participant and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who had his own vehicle pelted with eggs, even as “protesters” shouted obscenities including “F—ing scum,” “F—k you, Rudy,” and “You f—ing coward. Go back to f—ing Long Island.” Another video shows Trump supporters being attacked in Times Square, while yet another shows a Trump supporter being attacked and his vehicle vandalized by red paint while cops struggle to maintain order.

All of them show how comfortable leftists are with shutting down opposing points of view — even to the point of violence.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department stated that 11 people were taken into custody. Six were charged with disorderly conduct, obstruction of government administration, and harassment. A seventh person was charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest. Apparently still at large is a gang of thugs in Brooklyn that hurled rocks at cars from a Prospect Expressway overlook as the convoy passed beneath it.

According to the Associated Press, the Jews for Trump website indicated that Sunday’s rally was aimed at showing solidarity with “the beleaguered Red Zone community,” a reference to the coronavirus hot spots designated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as areas where schools and what the city deems nonessential businesses are required to close to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “The rally follows weeks of tensions in Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods over the coronavirus restrictions,” the AP adds.

Perhaps those tensions have something to do with the capriciousness of Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, who have both made it clear that “nonessential” applies far more forcefully to people seeking religious freedom than those protesting “systemic” racism.

On Monday, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser and himself Jewish, called for Joe Biden to condemn the thuggish response to people exercising their First Amendment rights. “I really hope that Joe Biden, his campaign, will come out and condemn these anti-Semitic actions that were taken against Trump supporters and be respectful again,” Kushner stated.

That’s not likely to happen for a number of reasons. First, reports indicate that Biden has only one in-person event (in Georgia) scheduled between now and the election, along with several online events that won’t require him to leave his home. All of those will be tightly scripted. Yet more to the point, even though religious Jews support Trump by a margin of 83% to 13%, Jewish Americans overall, most of whom are secular, support Biden by a margin of three to one. Since neither camp is likely to see any mass defections at this point, it’s hardly necessary for Biden to weigh in at all.

Rudy Giuliani believes the Trump campaign should put the issue front and center. “I would love to have had a campaign commercial of it and put it on in the middle of America and say, ‘Who would you prefer for the next four years?’” he stated. “This group of foul-mouthed people who don’t seem to have a vocabulary beyond three words, or these very nice Jewish people who are driving in the car and not saying anything back and not doing anything other than exercising their right to say they’re for Donald Trump”?

Giuliani is naive. At the 2012 Democrat National Convention, party efforts to insert references to “God” and “Jerusalem” back into the party platform were met with a loud chorus of boos. Moreover, two different surveys reveal astonishing realities. In New York City, which has the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel, the first survey showed that nearly 20% of Millennials and Gen Z-ers believe Jews caused the Holocaust. The second survey revealed that nearly half of all Americans in the entire nation don’t know what the phrase “anti-Semitism” means.

Thus, ignorance is as great a pandemic as coronavirus — if not more so.

Yet far more ominous is the progressive mindset inadvertently revealed by Jewish comedienne Sarah Silverman. In her recently launched podcast, Silverman criticizes progressives for refusing to offer redemption to victims of the Cancel Culture. Victims, she explained, who will ultimately “go where they are accepted, which is the motherf—ing dark side.”

The arrogance is breathtaking. Silverman believes she and other progressives own the franchise on “enlightened” thinking to the point where everyone else requires their forgiveness, lest they be “canceled.”

Canceled to what degree? Columnist Jennifer Fitz, who finds Trump “abhorrent” but is “probably” voting for him anyway, offers a warning. “From the right, I continue to see the usual callous indifference to the lives of ordinary people, but it’s just indifference,” she writes. “The message I am getting from the left is that I am a target they mean to destroy.”

Jewish New Yorker Dov Hikind, who served as a Democrat state assemblyman for three decades, attended the Jews for Trump rally in Marine Park, and didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, gets the same feeling. “The values of this country,” he asserts, “are being destroyed by a small group of people on the radical left who are deciding what you can say, what you can believe in, and what’s right for everyone.”

Not just deciding. Enforcing — to the point of violence. And if that sounds familiar, it’s because those who know history have heard it all before:

“First they came for the Jews…” —Martin Niemöller

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Trump’s Impressive Foreign Policy Successes

Thomas Gallatin

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his latest foreign policy success as he noted that Sudan and Israel had agreed to a deal to normalize relations. This marks the third Muslim-majority country (the other two being the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) that Trump has helped in brokering a peace deal with Israel. Critics like John Kerry have long declared this impossible. Now, though, what many Americans may have believed they would never live to see may quickly be becoming a reality — peace in the Middle East.

So impressive have Trump’s foreign policy decisions been — he’s now been nominated four times for a Nobel Peace Prize — that it’s truly sad much of the American public is essentially missing one of the most seminal moments in recent history. And for that, you can thank the mainstream media that’s so dedicated to seeing Trump removed from office.

In Europe, Trump has been successful in challenging and getting more NATO allies to meet their pledged obligations of spending 2% of their GDP on defense.

Trump has also made progress in his efforts to confront China’s trade abuse. While many conservatives have disagreed with his tariff approach, there is little disagreement that Trump’s confrontation with China was needed and has produced results. And unlike what Joe Biden and his fellow Democrats contend, China more so than Russia represents the greatest geopolitical threat to the U.S.

Finally, Trump’s reworking and updating of the North America Free Trade Agreement, now known as the USMCA, both fulfills a campaign promise and works to bring more jobs back into the country, expanding the American manufacturing sector while increasing agricultural exports.

Trump may have come into office as a boasting businessman with little foreign policy experience, and we don’t wish to overstate his accomplishments. But the president has made substantial progress in advancing America’s interests around the world. Can Joe Biden, the man who former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said has been “wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,” really be an improvement?

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A Time to Choose: Part II

Roger Helle

This is my last post before the majority of Americans head off to the polls next week. Much is at stake in the most critical election in my lifetime. I know, some of you are thinking, I’ve been hearing that for years now. But each election becomes more critical because millions of conservative and Christian voters have sat on the sidelines and not participated. Each time these voters sit it out, the far Left gets closer to obtaining its goal of complete control of our country.

More than 70 million early votes have been cast. It’s likely many of these voters are unaware of the Biden Crime Family’s “pay to play” scandal and Hunter Biden’s laptop and incriminating emails. The mainstream media hopes to keep it that way. It has done a masterful job so far “protecting the Left” by trying to make their gaffes and lies hard to find.

It comes down to this: What sort of country do we want to live in going forward? Here’s what I see leftists offering to us if we buy into their propaganda.

The list is long, but let me hit the high points. A Biden administration will raise everyone’s taxes, send our jobs back to China, probably make a deal with Iran like Barack Obama did, and end the peace deals Trump has made in the Middle East. Israel will lose a friend and ally in the war on terror. Biden WILL end fracking and do away with fossil fuels. Your utility bills will go up and your comfortable SUV will be parked. Don’t worry though, Nancy Pelosi will have electricity for her ice cream freezers.

School choice, which many parents in failing inner-city school districts want, will be eliminated. College tuition will continue to go up and your child will know less than when they left home. But these are just bumps in the road compared to the real damage done if Democrats gain control over the House, Senate, and White House.

They will pack the Supreme Court with leftist judges to keep obtaining victories through a left-leaning Court that they could never obtain at the ballot box. They will make DC and Puerto Rico states to add four more Democrat senators, obtaining a Senate majority. They will make a path for citizenship for close to 20 million illegal immigrants, giving them the right to vote (how do you think they will vote?). Leftists hate to lose! They lose because conservatives want to live their lives in freedom as citizens, not serfs to our “betters.”

Leftists have tipped their hand. They are going all out to win this election any way they can. If you have not voted in the past several elections because you didn’t like the candidate or THOUGHT your vote won’t make a difference, vote anyway. If every conservative and Christian who has not voted in the past shows up Election Day, there will be NO doubt who won!

If I had to pare it all down to one reason, it would be this: The courts! Trump is changing the balance in the courts all across the country. Allowed to continue, he could add one more justice to the Supreme Court, maybe two. And maybe the abomination called abortion could finally be overturned!

Something to think about?

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Top of the Fold

  • Supreme Court bafflingly allows North Carolina to extend deadline for receiving absentee ballots to nine days after election (Fox News)
  • Twitter suspends border chief for celebrating wall’s protection from illegal aliens (The Federalist)

Politics

  • Senate committee successfully verifies all Tony Bobulinski materials reviewed to date (The Daily Caller)
  • Joe Biden stays silent on Bobulinski claims about family’s business ventures (Fox News)
  • Tucker Carlson reveals damning Hunter Biden documents have suddenly vanished (The Post Millennial)
  • Disgruntled Russian in Cyprus was behind key parts of discredited dossier on Trump (The Wall Street Journal)
  • “They want to help Biden”: Project Veritas exposes massive voter fraud effort (The Post Millennial)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Philadelphia police “discover van loaded with explosives, suspicious equipment” (The Daily Wire)
  • 1,000 looters turn Philly retail zone into “total loss” (Police Magazine)
  • Expensify CEO tells 10 million customers to vote for Biden or face possible “civil war” (The Daily Wire)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center releases guide for managing “white fragility” (The Washington Free Beacon)

Around the Nation

  • Hurricane Zeta sweeps through South with damaging winds and flooding rains on path to Northeast (Fox News)
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin, auto dealer says insurer won’t cover riot damage (The Daily Signal)
  • On second thought… Portland delays vote on $18 million in police cuts (Fox News)
  • Harvard creates committee to weigh removal of “historical figures” (The Daily Caller)

Around the World

  • Attacker screaming “Allahu Akbar” decapitates one, kills two others at French church (The Daily Caller)
  • Germany and France prepare new lockdowns as COVID sweeps Europe (Reuters)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • 2020 election to cost $14 billion, blowing away spending records (OpenSecrets.org)
  • Girl Scouts deletes social media congratulations to ACB on Supreme Court seat after angry backlash (CNBC)
  • Democrats like Cuba more than Israel, new poll shows (The Washington Free Beacon)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Four big takeaways from Senate hearing on tech bias (The Daily Signal)
  • Policy: The West is surprisingly well equipped for gray-zone deterrence (Defense One)
  • Humor: Two birds with one stone: Man protests racial injustice, completes Christmas shopping in one trip (The Babylon Bee)

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Tony Bobulinski Tells All About the Biden Family — Hunter’s ex-business partner divulges information after three years in the Bidens’ world.

Humor: The Most Dangerous Disease in the World — JP Sears sounds the alarm on — brace yourself! — intelligence.

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Socialists desire to practice legal plunder, not illegal plunder. Socialists, like all other monopolists, desire to make the law their own weapon. And when once the law is on the side of socialism, how can it be used against socialism? For when plunder is abetted by the law, it does not fear your courts, your gendarmes, and your prisons. Rather, it may call upon them for help.” —Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

For the record: “President Obama made Vice President Biden the point-man for administration foreign policy in Ukraine, China, and Russia. There is a lot that divides those three countries. The one thing that unites them is that, while Joe Biden was directly influencing American policy towards them, they all found it expedient to pay Hunter Biden millions of dollars.” —Andrew McCarthy

Fair question: “Why are Never Trumpers dismissive of the Biden-China bombshells? Is it because Trump posts mean tweets? Or is it because they are so intoxicated with Trump hate they can’t see a real scandal and don’t care about the scandalous coverup by the liberal media oligarchy?” —David Limbaugh

Braying jenny: “These are the same people saying that we can’t have tuition-free public colleges because there’s no money when these motherf–ers are only paying $750 a year in taxes.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Non sequitur: “Our hearts are broken for the family of Walter Wallace Jr., and for all those suffering the emotional weight of learning about another Black life in America lost. … Walter Wallace’s life, like too many others’, was a Black life that mattered…” —Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (That’s so special given that the Democrat Party is responsible for generations of policies that have resulted in the loss of countless black lives.)

From the “too little too late” files: “There is no excuse whatsoever for the looting and the violence — none whatsoever.” —Joe Biden

And last… “Rioting is not ‘the language of the unheard.’ It’s the language of criminals who are nothing but a net drain on society.” —Steven Crowder

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