Daily Archives: January 21, 2021

January 21 Evening Quotes of the Day

God’s Word Is Truth
2 Timothy 3:16

Common reason tells us that we must first have a general proof that Scripture is God’s word, and argue thence, to the verity of the parts, and not begin with a particular proof of each part. It seems that you would argue thus: This and that text of Scripture are true, therefore they are God’s word: but reason tells you, you should argue thus: This is God’s word, therefore it is true.

RICHARD BAXTER

Ritzema, E., & Vince, E. (Eds.). (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Puritans. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Be of Good Comfort at the Time of Death
1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Revelation 19:9

Be of good comfort, brother; for we shall have a merry supper with the Lord this night.

JOHN BRADFORD

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Reformation. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

January 21 Evening Verse of the Day

1:32 “Son of the Most High” may merely be a designation of the royal Messiah (2 Sm 7:14; Ps 2:7; Mk 14:61), but the further explanation of conception by the Holy Spirit in verse 35 argues that the title refers ultimately to Jesus’ divinity.[1]


1:32 “Highest” is a favorite name or title for God (1:35, 76; 6:35; Mark 5:7; Acts 7:48; Heb. 7:1). “His father David” is held by some to indicate that Mary, too, was descended from King David. Joseph, however, being a descendant of David, would legally have passed this right to rule to Jesus.[2]


1:32 great. There is a fuller meaning here than when the term was applied to John (v. 15). Jesus will be “the Son of the Most High.”

the throne of his father. Luke points to the Messiah as a descendant of David (2 Sam. 7:12–16; Ps. 89:29).[3]


1:32 Son of the Most High Highlights Jesus’ divinity and royalty (compare Luke 1:35, 76).

give him the throne of his father David Gabriel implies that Jesus will fulfill the Davidic covenant (2 Sam 7:12–13).[4]


1:32 Most High. This name for the true God comes from Gen. 14:18–22 (see note on Gen. 14:18), where Melchizedek, king of Salem, identifies Yahweh as “God Most High” (cf. Balaam [also a Gentile], Num. 24:16: “the Most High”; “the Almighty”). It became a common title for the Lord among the monotheistic Israelites, especially in the Psalms. (In Dan. 3:26; 4:24, 34 it is the title for God that both Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar hold in common, and is a favored name in the intertestamental book of Sirach.) Whereas John is the “prophet of the Most High” (Luke 1:76), Jesus is the “Son of the Most High.” He is the promised successor to the throne of David (see 2 Sam. 7:12–13, 16).[5]


1:32 He will be great. This same promise was made of John the Baptist. However, the subsequent title is what set Jesus apart. the Son of the Most High. Cf. v. 76, where John the Baptist is called “the prophet of the Most High.” The Gr. term Luke uses for “Most High” is the one employed in the LXX to translate the Heb., “The Most High God.” Since a son bears his father’s qualities, calling a person someone else’s “son” was a way of signifying equality. Here the angel was telling Mary that her Son would be equal to the Most High God. His father David. See note on Mt 9:27. Jesus was David’s physical descendant through Mary’s line. David’s “throne” was emblematic of the messianic kingdom (cf. 2Sa 7:13–16; Ps 89:26–29).[6]


1:32. The angel Gabriel now provides more specifics about this special Son: “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest.” The Sonship enjoyed by Jesus knows no close parallel on the pages of Scripture or in the universe itself (cf. Hebrews 1). In addition to the exclusive and intimate Sonship relationship that Jesus enjoys with the Father he also sustains a regal human sonship as David’s Descendant par excellence and supreme Heir of his throne (cf., 2 Sam 7; Pss 2; 89).[7]


1:32 “the Son of the Most High” In the OT the King is called a “son” (cf. 2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 2:7). For a note on “Most High” see 1:76.

“the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David” That Jesus is a descendant of David is a major Messianic affirmation (cf. 2 Sam. 7; Ps. 89:3–4; 132:11; Isa. 9:6–7; 11:1; Jer. 23:5; 33:15–18; Micah 5:2); it is a recurrent theme of the Gospels (both Matthew’s and Luke’s genealogies, cf. Luke 1:32, 69; 2:4; 3:31; Acts 2:29–31; 13:23; Matt. 15:22; 20:3; 21:9, 15; John 7:42), Paul’s Epistles (cf. Rom. 1:3; 2 Tim. 2:8), and the book of the Revelation (cf. 3:7; 22:16).[8]


Ver. 32. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest.

The greatness of Jesus:—The title of “Great” is one which the wisdom of this world recognizes, though I am not sure that it always gives the title fairly. We have Alexander the Great, Charles the Great, Frederick the Great, and so on. The epithet has usually been applied to those whose great powers have been manifested chiefly in the subjugation of their fellows to their own will. This kind of manifestation is the most conspicuous, it involves the most open exercise of power, and is most mixed up with the gratification of human ambition, and pride, and vanity; but, undoubtedly, those who have most permanently and extensively influenced their fellows, have been those whose conquests have been in the regions of thought, in things spiritual—the founders of religions, the authors of philosophies, the great discoverers, the great teachers. A man like Alexander has ceased for centuries to be a living power in the world; but the great founder of Buddhism, e.g., is still affecting the daily lives and habits of something like a quarter of the whole population of the world. A great captain is like a brilliant meteor, but the author of a new thought, or a new system of thought, is like a fixed star.

  1. Think of Christ’s greatness as a man. Estimate in any just way the influence produced upon the world’s history by His life and deeds; can there be any doubt that He is the greatest man who ever lived? Whose life has been the most like a seed in this world, rising up with the irresistible power of growth, and bringing forth fruit after its kind? Whose religious teaching has been practically most potent in subduing to itself the highest intellects the human race has produced? In the most tattered rags of humanity, Jesus Christ stands forth so conspicuously as the King of men, that there are few, who do not, in Some form or another, bow the knee before Him.
  2. Christ’s greatness as God. It is the light of Divine majesty and condescension shining through the rags of humanity, that makes the whole history intelligible. “He shall be great! “nay, He is great in the midst of the humiliation of the Cross itself. That humiliation was self-sought, and only adds emphasis to the declaration and promise of the text.

III. Christ’s greatness is to increase. He is great now. But He is to be greater still—not absolutely, but relatively—in the magnitude of His Kingdom and the universality of His sway.

  1. All may promote the greatness of Christ. This is the noblest aim of man. Men are willing enough to make themselves great, to get themselves on in the world, to promote their own interests, wealth, glory, and within reasonable limits it is right that this should be so but the privilege of the believer is to transfer his zeal for promoting his own greatness to the promotion of the greatness of Christ. (Bishop Harvey Goodwin.)

The grandeur of Christ:—This subject far transcends all utterance. Jesus is such a One that no oratory can ever reach the height of His glory, and the simplest words are best suited to a subject so sublime. Fine words would be but tawdry things to hang beside the unspeakably glorious Lord. I can say no more than that He is great. If I could tell forth His greatness with choral symphonies of cherubin, yet should I fail to reach the height of this great argument. I will be content if I can touch the hem of the garment of His greatness.

  1. He is great from many points of view. I might have said, from every point of view; but that is too large a truth to be surveyed at one sitting Mind would fall us, life would fall us, time would fail us; eternity and perfection will alone suffice for that boundless meditation. But from the points of view to which I would conduct you for a moment, the Lord Jesus Christ is emphatically great. 1. In the perfection of His nature. Peerless and incomparable; Divine, and therefore unique. He is all that God is; and He is all that man is as God created him. As truly God as if He were not man; and as truly man as if He were not God. 2. In the grandeur of His offices. He comes to rebuild the old wastes, and to restore the fallen temple of humanity. To accomplish this He came to be our Priest, our Prophet, and our King; in each office glorious beyond compare. He came to be our Saviour, our Sacrifice, our Substitute, our Surety, our Head, our Friend, our Lord, our Life, our All. He is the Standard-bearer among ten thousand. Who is like unto Him in all eternity? 3. In the splendour of His achievements. He is no holder of a sinecure; He claims to have finished the work which His Father gave Him to do. Is it not proven that He is great? Conquerors are great, and He is the greatest of them. Deliverers are great; and He is the greatest of them. Liberators are great, and He is the greatest of them. Saviours are great, and tie is the greatest of them. They that multiply the joys are men truly great, and what shall I say of Him who has bestowed everlasting joy upon His people, and entailed it upon them by a covenant of salt for ever and ever? 4. In the prevalence of his merits. He has such merit with God that He deserves of the Most High whatsoever He wills to ask; and He asks for His people that they shall have every blessing needful for eternal life and perfection. 5. In the number of His saved ones. 6. In the estimation of His people. 7. In the glory of heaven. 8. On the throne of the Father.
  2. “He shall be great,” and He is so, for He deals with great things. 1. It was a great ruin He came to restore, great sin that He came to do away, great pardon that He came to bestow. 2. He has great supplies to meet our great wants. 3. He is a Christ of great preparations. He is engaged before the throne, to-day, in preparing a great heaven for His people; it will be made up of great deliverance, great peace, great rest, great joy, great victory, great discovery, great fellowship, great rapture, great glory.

III. His greatness will soon appear. It now lies under a cloud to men’s bleak eyes. They still belittle Him with their vague and vain thoughts; but it shall not always be so. (C. H. Spurgeon.)

The greatness of Christ:—The Saviour of men, and the example for all, must be the isolated one, the unparalleled Man in human history. He must be both like us and unlike us—like us in so far as His human nature is concerned: He must be born, He must increase in stature, be in subjection to His parents, and be subject to all the ordinary conditions of human nature as it develops itself from infancy to manhood. In all this He is like us—for otherwise He could not be our pattern and our Saviour. Then, again, He must be unlike us, or how could He be that One whom we are to imitate, and of whose fulness we must all partake? Christ as a Man was unlike all other men. He alone of all great men is the unparalleled One of all history; and the conviction of this truth suggests that more than man is here—more than a great and unparalleled man: it is none other than the “Son of the Highest.” (Bishop Martensen.)

The Incarnation:—The plan of salvation is likened unto a vine which has fallen down from the boughs of an oak. It lies prone upon the ground; it crawls in the dust, and all its tendrils and claspers, which were formed to hold it in the lofty place from which it had fallen, are twined around the weed and the bramble, and, having no strength to raise itself, it lies fruitless and corrupting, tied down to the base things of the earth. Now, how shall the vine arise from its fallen condition? But one way is possible for the vine to rise again to the place from whence it had fallen. The bough of the lofty oak must be let down, or some communication must be formed connected with the top of the oak and at the same time with the earth. Then, when the bough of the oak was let down to the place where the vine lay, its tender claspers might fasten upon it, and, thus supported, it might raise itself up, and bloom, and bear fruit again in the lofty place from whence it fell. So with man: his affections had fallen from God, and were fastened to the base things of earth. Jesus Christ came down, and by His humanity stood upon the earth, and by His divinity raised His hands and united Himself with the Deity of the Everlasting Father: thus the fallen affections of man may fasten upon Him, and twine around Him, until they again ascend to the bosom of the Godhead, from whence they fell. (Watts.)

The higher life:—In one of his essays upon the phenomena of nature, Bacon tells of a mountain so high that no storm ever disturbs its air. Its climate knows little vicissitude. The clouds cannot float so high. The sunshine is constant by day, and the night comes late and the morning comes soon. So peaceful is that summit that a traveller having written some words in the white ashes of his camp fire, found the words still there after a score of years had passed. What an Elysian field is that I far above tornado and lightning shafts, and the miasma of the marsh and the battlefields of men. A fable in part, but an emblem of those heights where dwell those mortals who have reached the widest and deepest education and affections and the purest ethics. As in classifying physical beauty we feel constrained to make distinctions between a violet and an oak, or between a cascade with its murmur and mist, and a cathedral with its spire and arches, and between a trailing vine and a range of mountains, and must change our words with the change of feeling in the soul, and to the rose say “beautiful,” to the oak “grand,” “pretty” to the violet, and “sublime” to the mountain, so we must divide into many parts the attractiveness of humanity, and must confess some to be witty, some pretty, some beautiful, some learned, and then when already the heart is full of admiration it perceives one more class rising above all other grades of mortality—those morally and mentally great. In this grouping all ages may meet. The infinite love of the Creator is in nothing more manifested than in this, that He has made this moral height accessible to all. Not all can be rich, beautiful, witty, young; but all can climb upward to the higher life. It is not the mere privilege of all, but the pressing duty of all. The heights are large, and voices full of mercy and of alarm are bidding those in the valley to “go up higher.” God is represented as being in the holy mountains, and thither He expects His children to come. The heights are everywhere. They are seen in each profession and pursuit. There are merchants who grovel in the mire and whose gains stand for fraud, and there are merchants whose wealth tells of the industry, and growth, and welfare of the people. There are lawyers low and high—lawyers who are always upon the side of criminals, and concerning whose health and presence criminals are said to make inquiry before they plan a new crime; other lawyers, to whom men repair for help when they feel that their cause is just, and the points of law and equity must be placed clearly before jury or bench. There are writers low, and writers who are lofty. The former are witty and verbose in the defamation of character and in detailing the sins of society—these are the remains of human coarseness that are being slowly but steadily eliminated from all written thought, and therefore in greater multitude appear the writers of the pure school whose editorials, or essays, or books, or poems come into all homes as welcome as the beams of the morning sun … Said one of the greatest poets: “On every height there lies repose.” This peace is not found elsewhere. It is not a sleep, not an easy existence of inaction, but a repose that comes from the sublimity of the landscape, and from the matchless purity of the air. It is not to be wondered at that the human mind, while sitting in the long past ages at the loom of thought, wove for the Deity such an attribute as “The Highest.” And it is not robe wondered at, that when Christ came with His faultless words and deeds, with His boundless friendship and upper forms of thought, the admiring world felt that He was a Son of the Highest—figures of speech which should be taken up afresh by our far-off age. We have read in the ocean and in the storm and in the stupendous size of the universe, that the Creator has power. We have seen in the marvellous laws of mind and material that He has wisdom. We read the Divine love in the entire pageant of life, animal and rational, and we read the Divine eternity in the awful age of the universe, which drinks up millions of years as the sun dries up dewdrops; but we have omitted to learn from the high in thought, and industry, and art, from their eternal beauty and repose, that God is also “The Highest.” Far above the sun, far above the suns to us unseen, is enthroned the world’s God—the God of all worlds—on a height undreamed of by mortals. His mansions are there. Compared with this summit, the mount in the poetic philosophy of Lord Bacon sinks down and becomes a part of time’s vale of tears. God is on the heights, and all those minds in this lower world which love the higher life arc steadily walking up the slope of this range, hidden now perhaps by mist, but covered with light beyond the clouds. (David Swing.)

Forgotten great ones:—What a roll of greatness should we have were there tables of marble, or brass, or gold in which were engraven the names of those who in all times and places have attempted to attain mental and spiritual excellence. It is a sad thought that what is called history is only a page from a vast, grand, but lost, volume. Violence and reckless ambition impressed into service all the chroniclers of the past, and that kind of greatness we see in Christ was not often asked to sit for its picture, It was too high for the surrounding kings and their hosts of sycophants. It would require a whole London of Westminster Abbeys to hold the urns of the noble ones whose very names are forgotten. The loss is great to the present, for many minds see a preponderance of evil in our age, and are not sure that our world was planned by benevolence, to which desponding minds an adequate conception of the continuous glory of man would be a welcome inspiration. There has been a succession of minds on the heights, and these have signalled to each other in all the years of man upon our globe. What ones are visible, are visible, are only a few wanderers from the mighty herd. Solon and Moses studied at the Egyptian Heliopolis indeed, but of the many thousands of men always studying there, it cannot be possible that the honours were all borne away by a Hebrew and a Greek. At that educational centre, thousands and tens of thousands came and tarried and went while centuries passed along. It must be that the few names that have come to us are only types of a great army which was scattered over the prolific East. Aspasia was not the only intellectual powerful woman of the age of Pericles. She was the one brought into the foreground by her alliance with a powerful king; others having her education and her beauty and power lived and died in a fame that could not cross the gulf of many centuries. Nor was Cleopatra the only Greco-Egyptian woman who could speak and write in all the tongues of the Mediterranean coast, but she was one made historic by the accidents of crowns and vices, leaving us to assume that there were other women, many who equalled her in learning, and passed far above her in all higher worth. Thus history is only a page out of a lost volume. As those who dig in the sands of the Swiss lakes, or in the deserted cave-homes of man and beast, or who explore the ruins of Mycenæ, toss out a few implements or a few carved bones or a few jewels worn once by beauty, so history casts up out of the vast sepulchre where the ages sleep traces only of an absent world. (Ibid.)

Jesus not a fabrication:—“We can learn,” says Theodore Parker, “but few facts about Jesus. But measure Him by the shadow He has cast into the world, and by the light He has shed upon it, and shall we be told, that such a man never lived—that the whole story is a lie? Suppose that Plato and Newton never lived, that their story is a lie; but who did their works, and thought their thoughts? It takes a Newton to forge a Newton. What man could have fabricated a Jesus? None but a Jesus.”

Christ the ideal representative of humanity:—It is no use to say that Christ, as exhibited in the Gospels, is not historical, and that we know not how much of what is admirable is superadded by the tradition of the followers. Who among His disciples, or among their proselytes, was capable of inventing the sayings ascribed to Jesus, or of imagining the life and character revealed in the Gospels? Certainly not the fishermen of Galilee; as certainly not St. Paul, whose character and idiosyncrasies were of a totally different sort; still less the early Christian writers, in whom nothing is more evident than that the good which was in them was all derived from the higher source. About the life and sayings of Jesus there is a stamp of personal originality combined with profundity of insight, which, if we abandon the idle expectation of finding scientific precision where something very different was aimed at, must place the Prophet of Nazareth, even in the estimation of those who have no belief in His inspiration, in the very first rank of the men of sublime genius of whom our species can boast. When this pre-eminent genius is combined with the qualities of probably the greatest moral reformer and martyr to that mission who ever existed upon earth, religion cannot be said to have made a bad choice in pitching on this man as the ideal representative and guide of humanity; nor even now would it be easy, even for an unbeliever, to find a better translation of the rule of virtue from the abstract in the concrete than to endeavour so to live that Christ would approve our life. (John Stuart Mill.)

Divine humanity realized in Christ:—Dr. Philip Schaff mentions the testimony of Dr. De Wette, one of the ablest and most learned sceptical critics of Germany. After all his brilliant scepticism Dr. De Wette wrote, a few months before his death: “I know that in no other name can salvation be found than in the name of Jesus Christ, the Crucified; and there is nothing loftier for mankind than the Divine humanity realized in Him, and the kingdom of God planted by Him.[9]


32. He shall be great. The angel had said the same thing about John the Baptist, and yet did not intend to make him equal to Christ. But the Baptist is great in his own class, while the greatness of Christ is immediately explained to be such as raises him above all creatures. For to him alone this belongs as his own peculiar prerogative to be called the Son of God. So the apostle argues. Unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? (Heb. 1:5.) Angels and kings, I admit, are sometimes dignified with this title in Scripture; but they are denominated in common the sons of God, on account of their high rank. But it is perfectly clear and certain, that God distinguishes his own Son from all the others, when he thus addresses him particularly, Thou art my Son, (Ps. 2:7). Christ is not confounded either with angels or with men, so as to be one of the multitude of the sons of God; but what is given to him no other has a right to claim. The sons of God are kings, not certainly by natural right, but because God has bestowed on them so great an honour. Even angels have no right to this distinction, except on account of their high rank among creatures, in subordination to the Great Head, (Eph. 1:21.) We too are sons, but by adoption, which we obtain by faith; for we have it not from nature: Christ is the only Son, the only-begotten of the Father, (John 1:14.)

The future tense of the verb, he shall be called the Son of the Highest, is tortured by that filthy dog Servetus to prove that Christ is not the eternal Son of God, but began to be so considered, when he took upon him our flesh. This is an intolerable slander. He argues that Christ was not the Son of God before he appeared in the world clothed with flesh; because the angel says, He shall be called. On the contrary, I maintain, the words of the angel mean nothing more than that he, who had been the Son of God from eternity, would be manifested as such in the flesh, (1 Tim. 3:16;) for to be called denotes clear knowledge. There is a wide difference between the two statements,—that Christ began to be the Son of God, which he was not before,—and that he was manifested among men, in order that they might know him to be the person who had been formerly promised. Certainly, in every age God has been addressed by his people as a Father, and hence it follows, that he had a Son in heaven, from whom and by whom men obtained the sonship. For men take too much upon them, if they venture to boast of being the sons of God, in any other respect than as members of the only-begotten Son, (John 1:18.) Certain it is, that confidence in the Son alone, as Mediator, inspired the holy fathers with confidence to employ so honourable an address. That more complete knowledge, of which we are now speaking, is elsewhere explained by Paul to mean, that we are now at liberty not only to call God our Father, but boldly to cry, Abba, Father, (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6.)

The Lord God will give unto him the throne of his father David. We have said that the angel borrows from the prophets the titles which he bestows on Christ, in order that the holy virgin might more readily acknowledge him to be the Redeemer formerly promised to the fathers. Whenever the prophets speak of the restoration of the church, they direct all the hope of believers to the kingdom of David, so that it became a common maxim among the Jews, that the safety of the church would depend on the prosperous condition of that kingdom, and that nothing was more fitting and suitable to the office of the Messiah than to raise up anew the kingdom of David. Accordingly, the name of David is sometimes applied to the Messiah. “They shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king,” (Jer. 30:9.) Again, “my servant David shall be a prince among them,” (Ezek. 34:24; 37:24.) “They shall seek the Lord their God, and David their king,” (Hos. 3:5.) The passages in which he is called “the son of David” are sufficiently well known. In a word, the angel declares that in the person of Christ would be fulfilled the prediction of Amos, “In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen,” (Amos 9:11.)[10]


1:32 will be called the Son of the Most High. (Cf. 1:35: “will be called the Son of God.”) Jesus’s status as Son of God is not dependent on his supernatural conception: Mark and John lay great stress on the title without ever mentioning Jesus’s virginal conception. But the linking of the title here with the power of the Holy Spirit (1:35) makes it clear that “Son of God” is not being used merely honorifically, as it was in some cultures for kings or even specially holy people, but rather denotes a unique relationship with God. It is a pointer to Jesus’s own divinity.

the throne of his father David. The prediction echoes the language of Nathan’s prophecy in 2 Samuel 7:8–16, which was widely recognized as looking beyond Solomon to the ultimate messianic “son of David.”[11]


1:32 / He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High: An Aramaic fragment found at Qumran (Cave 4) reads: “(he) shall be great upon the earth, [O King!] … he shall be called [son of] the [g]reat [God], and by his name shall he be named. He shall be hailed (as) the Son of God, and they shall call him Son of the Most High” (Fitzmyer, p. 347). To whom reference is made, however, is not clear due to the fragmentary condition of the text. The angelic annunciation, of course, in 1:32b alludes to the Davidic covenant of 2 Samuel 7 and applies it to Jesus. Elsewhere in the infancy narrative Jesus’ Davidic descent is emphasized (Luke 1:69; 2:4, 11). On the expression, “Most High,” see Jub. 16:18; 1 Enoch 9:3; 1QapGen 12:17; as well as Luke 1:76.[12]


[1] Cabal, T., Brand, C. O., Clendenen, E. R., Copan, P., Moreland, J. P., & Powell, D. (2007). The Apologetics Study Bible: Real Questions, Straight Answers, Stronger Faith (p. 1510). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., Lk 1:32). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3] Sproul, R. C. (Ed.). (2005). The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version (p. 1454). Orlando, FL; Lake Mary, FL: Ligonier Ministries.

[4] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Lk 1:32). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1943). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

[6] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (Lk 1:32). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[7] Valdés, A. S. (2010). The Gospel according to Luke. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (pp. 226–227). Denton, TX: Grace Evangelical Society.

[8] Utley, R. J. (2004). The Gospel according to Luke (Vol. Volume 3A, Lk 1:32). Marshall, TX: Bible Lessons International.

[9] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: St. Luke (Vol. I, pp. 41–44). London: James Nisbet & Co.

[10] Calvin, J., & Pringle, W. (2010). Commentary on a Harmony of the Evangelists Matthew, Mark, and Luke (Vol. 1, pp. 36–38). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[11] France, R. T. (2013). Luke. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 16). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[12] Evans, C. A. (1990). Luke (p. 29). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

January 21 Afternoon Quotes of the Day

Christians Against Both Abortion and Murder
Genesis 9:5–6; Exodus 20:13; Psalm 139:13–16

When we say that those women who use drugs to bring on abortion commit murder, and will have to give an account to God for the abortion, on what principle should we commit murder? For it does not belong to the same person to regard the very fetus in the womb as a created being, and therefore an object of God’s care, and when it has passed into life, to kill it; and not to expose an infant, because those who expose them are chargeable with child-murder, and on the other hand, when it has been reared to destroy it.

ATHENAGORAS OF ATHENS

Ritzema, E. (2013). 300 Quotations for Preachers from the Early Church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

God’s Glory Pierces the University
Psalm 19:1; 57:5, 11; 108:5

His glory, by whose might all things are moved,
Pierces the universe, and in one part
Sheds more resplendence, elsewhere less.

DANTE ALIGHIERI

Ritzema, E., & Brant, R. (Eds.). (2013). 300 quotations for preachers from the Medieval church. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

Biden’s Lackluster Unity Speech Can’t Outshine His Continued Contempt For MAGA Americans

The 46th president’s address lacked American gusto, but no amount of presidential enthusiasm could have accomplished what Biden set out to do Wednesday: unify a deeply divided country.

Source: Biden’s Lackluster Unity Speech Can’t Outshine His Continued Contempt For MAGA Americans

CNN Praises Biden For Causing Sun To Rise In East This Morning — The Babylon Bee

U.S.—CNN and other media outlets praised President Biden for causing the sun to rise this morning. 

“The sun rose again this morning after a long absence,” said CNN anchor Don Lemon. “As the sunlight peaked over the mountains, bathing the earth in its warm, shimmering light, like the loving embrace of America’s new president, I felt a tingling sense of bubbling peace spring up in my soul and shoot out my fingertips as if I were an empty vessel being filled with some kind of intergalactic energy source used to power alien spaceships. I am a soul reborn. America has been made anew.”

According to every credible journalist on TV, President Biden has ushered in an era of hope and light after 4 years of darkness.

Chris Cuomo, in a morning address to the nation, echoed these sentiments, saying: “The midnight rains have washed away the hate and division of the past, like that one scene in The Lion King where Simba roars and Pride Rock is restored to its former glory. As my spirit briefly reflected on the pain and darkness of the last 4 years, I shed a single tear. The restoring rain, falling from the open skies, washed my tear away, never to be seen again. Hope has been reborn, and its name is Joe Biden.”

Cuomo then went on to promise he would do his duty and cover the Biden Administration with the same journalistic toughness he had with the Trump Administration. 

Some scientific experts contested the idea that Biden had actually caused the sun to rise, instead suggesting that journalists had never bothered to notice the sunrise over the last 4 years because they were so preoccupied with how much they hated Trump.

The scientific experts were quickly dismissed as bigots and have since been suspended from Twitter.

CNN Praises Biden For Causing Sun To Rise In East This Morning — The Babylon Bee

Greenwald & the ‘Squad’ agree: Neoliberal thought police have set their sights on ‘domestic extremists,’ putting dissent at risk | RT – Daily news

Greenwald & the ‘Squad’ agree: Neoliberal thought police have set their sights on ‘domestic extremists,’ putting dissent at risk

The neoliberal centrist establishment is eager to turn the deadly machinery of the War on Terror against American citizens, journalists and even some lawmakers have observed, warning civil liberties may not survive.

Former CIA director John Brennan hinted that the Biden administration was poised to declare war on American dissidents, praising the incoming team for “moving in a laser-like fashion” to rout out what he referred to as “an unholy alliance of religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians” in an MSNBC appearance on Wednesday.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald urged Americans not to take such a threat lightly, explaining that the former spy chief was “defining the insurgency as anyone who has an ideology other than neoliberalism – the ruling class view that is about to congeal and merge with the power of the state” and unleashing the full force of the American military apparatus previously leveled against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) domestically.

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Biden or Bush? Democrats and neocons clamor to bring the ‘war on terror’ home, targeting Trump supporters as ‘domestic terrorists’

There is literally nothing that could be more dangerous,” Greenwald told FoxNews host Tucker Carlson on Wednesday, reminding him that “the first war [on terror] ended up eroding not just civil liberties elsewhere but here at home as well” and that the program taking shape was “designed to essentially criminalize any oppositional ideology to the ruling class.

bill introduced by House intelligence committee chair Adam Schiff “would take existing War on Terror legislation and simply amend it to say we can now do that within the US,” the former Intercept journalist added. Combined with previous legislation, including former president Barack Obama’s infamous 2012 National Defense Authorization Act which allowed the military to indefinitely detain American citizens suspected of terrorism without a trial, and that same president’s self-appointed right to act as judge, jury and executioner condemning American citizens to death without a trial, such a bill would free the Pentagon’s hands even more.

Not all Democratic lawmakers are banging the drum for criminalizing dissent at home, however. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) and nine colleagues broke with their party leadership on Tuesday, penning a letter to senior congressional figures demanding they “resist the erosion of our civil liberties and Constitutional freedoms, however well-intentioned proposed security reforms may be,” and refrain from passing a raft of domestic terror legislation.

The national security and surveillance powers of the US government are already too broad, undefined, and unaccountable to the people,” the letter continues, warning that “to further degrade those rights and liberties in reaction to this attack would undermine our democracy at a time when we must join together to defend it with all our collective might.”

 

The group of lawmakers specifically called out attempts to weaponize the Trump supporters’ raid on the Capitol earlier this month, predicting the demonstration –  which left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer and a female Air Force veteran – would be used to justify eviscerating civil liberties and criminalize protesting. The letter name-dropped past US dalliances with totalitarianism, from the House Un-American Activities Committee to the FBI’s infamous COINTELPRO and the original Patriot Act.

Certainly the Capitol raid has been held up to justify a severe crackdown on supporters of the former president. Students at Harvard University have even petitioned to revoke the degrees of graduates who worked in the Trump administration, building on the threats of the (unaffiliated, except in spirit) “Trump Accountability Project.” The latter was unveiled last month with the aim of ensuring Trump administration employees would be unable to get jobs in the future.

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The ‘democracy’ and ‘unity’ of Biden’s inaugural address have fine print: ‘After dissent is silenced’

On Tuesday, writer Don Winslow even called on his fellow Trump-haters to form an “army of citizen detectives” to monitor the behavior of Trump supporters –  whom he denounced as “radical extreme conservatives, also known as domestic terrorists” – and report it to the authorities.

In line with Brennan’s comparison of MAGA types to terrorists, he creepily likened the mission of these “citizen detectives” to that of the “CIA analyst working on a computer thousands of miles away” who pinpointed the location of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Source: Greenwald & the ‘Squad’ agree: Neoliberal thought police have set their sights on ‘domestic extremists,’ putting dissent at risk

Covid lockdowns leave one third of US small businesses (& almost HALF minority-owned businesses) unable to pay rent | RT USA News

Covid lockdowns leave one third of US small businesses (& almost HALF minority-owned businesses) unable to pay rent

A third of American small business owners were unable to pay rent this month, a recent survey has found. Women and minority-owned businesses were hit particularly hard, and more sectors than ever are coming up short.

Fully one third of American small business owners were unable to pay rent for January, according to the survey published on Wednesday by Alignable showing the devastating economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic shutdowns has yet to be fully realized.

The financial strife wasn’t evenly distributed – almost half of minority small business owners were unable to pay, and 35 percent of women small business owners couldn’t make ends meet.

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Worst hit among the 10 sectors tracked by the survey were restaurants and bars – a whopping 57 percent of which failed to make rent for January. Yoga studios, retail stores, massage and beauty salons, and gyms were among the other markets most severely hit. The economic fallout has broadened significantly since November, when only beauty salons, restaurants and bars had a rent delinquency rate of over 40 percent.

A September report by crowdsourced business directory Yelp found New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Dallas had experienced the most permanent closures, with all but Dallas located in states with unusually strict pandemic policies. Alignable’s survey found businesses in New Jersey, Georgia, and Maryland were the least likely to be able to pay their January rent.

Alignable has been tracking the economic impact of pandemic shutdowns since March and noted that January’s numbers – obtained by a survey of 10,325 small business owners earlier this month – are the worst since the outbreak began. Even more alarmingly, most business owners don’t expect to see real economic recovery until May at the earliest. Nearly half reported that Covid-19 was “really impacting [their] business,” with just 18 percent stating they were either unaffected or that the worst had passed.

Of those restaurants and bars that closed their doors at some point during the pandemic, over three out of five surveyed in September expected they would be unable to reopen at all. Of those still in operation, many are placing their hopes with Covid-19 vaccine distribution to increase customers’ confidence and bring them out of their homes – even though the vaccine manufacturers have acknowledged their clinical studies were not designed to evaluate whether their jabs can slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden has nevertheless promised to vaccinate 100 million Americans in his first 100 days in office.

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Biden warns of ‘DEVASTATING CONSEQUENCES’ if Trump doesn’t sign Covid-19 relief bill – which he says would waste BILLIONS of $USD

Over 400,000 Americans have died with Covid-19 since the outbreak began, according to statistics collected by Johns Hopkins University. The World Health Organization recently revised its criteria for diagnosing coronavirus cases, however, acknowledging that the most popular testing method was being used incorrectly and could have caused a raft of false positives.

The Biden administration has already unveiled a $1.9 trillion “American Rescue Plan” aimed at propping up state governments and small businesses as well as strengthening the safety net in order to ensure those driven out of work by the shutdowns are not also driven out of their homes.

However, with so many businesses already closed for good after 10 months of shutdowns and other virus-related restrictions, some critics have pointed to the plan as too little, too late.

Source: Covid lockdowns leave one third of US small businesses (& almost HALF minority-owned businesses) unable to pay rent

Americans’ trust in media crashes to new low

What began decades ago as a steady drip of declining confidence in media has become a torrential downpour of distrust. According to Edelman’s yearly “trust barometer,” fewer than half of all Americans put any trust in what they hear from traditional media.

Source: Americans’ trust in media crashes to new low

Joe Biden’s First Executive Order Mandates Boys Can Use Girls Restrooms, No Religious Exceptions

As Evangelical leaders lined up to cheer for the inauguration of America’s first official Chinese Communist president, it’s unclear if they knew exactly what they were getting into. It wasn’t because they weren’t warned — any rational-thinking person knew this was coming.

Source: Joe Biden’s First Executive Order Mandates Boys Can Use Girls Restrooms, No Religious Exceptions

CRINGE ALERT | US Media couldn’t hide its joy at President Biden Arrival

Objectivity wasn’t strong in the US mainstream media during its coverage of the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Relief at seeing the back of Donald Trump (the man who the likes of CNN clearly didn’t notice actually boosted their ratings) led to some seriously cringe coverage.

Biden to allow transgender people to openly serve in U.S. military

The Biden administration will work soon to allow people who identify as transgender to openly serve in the U.S. military, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Wednesday.

Source: Biden to allow transgender people to openly serve in U.S. military

Two of the World’s Most Tyrannical Regimes Are Celebrating Trump’s Departure

Two of the world’s most dangerous regimes, known for violating human rights on a broad scale and threatening U.S. national security and global peace, couldn’t be happier that President Trump is no longer in office, clearly relieved that he’ll no longer be around to hold them accountable.

Source: Two of the World’s Most Tyrannical Regimes Are Celebrating Trump’s Departure

Here Is A Terrifying List Of Biden’s First Executive Orders As President — The Babylon Bee

We knew it was coming, but it still stings. From his very first minute in office, Biden wasted no time in undoing American greatness with a stroke of his pen. We still have 4 years left. God help us all. Here is a list of the executive orders Biden signed on day 1: 

  • Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline – From now on, all our oil must be purchased from ISIS.
  • All jobs that Trump created are now illegal – We can’t have our jobs tainted with white supremacy. Don’t worry, you’ll get your stimulus check. 
  • Every family home must now have a transgender bathroom – Also, every family will be required to have at least one transgender child.
  • Tear down the entire border wall – Everyone can now come and go whenever they want. The kids in the cages have to stay though. Pure evil. 
  • Arrest Donald Trump on one count of being Donald Trump – Also calls for the arrest of 75 million people for accessory to being Donald Trump. 
  • Homeschooling now outlawed – All children must now be indoctrinated from 6 months old by a professional Marxist.
  • Anyone who mispronounces “Kamala” will be thrown in prison – Like a common pot smoker.
  • All guns must be converted to shoot only NERF bullets – Much safer that way. Could save millions of lives. 
  • Metamucil is now a human right – As is prune juice and naptime. 
  • Gyms must now encourage body positivity and serve free pizza – Just like Planet Fitness.
  • Extra stimulus check to whoever reports a Trump donor – Do your duty!
  • Emergency federal aid to all people whose first name is “Hunter” and whose last name is “Biden” – Doesn’t seem fair. 
  • Misgendering someone will now be punished with death by firing squad – Deadnaming someone will get you an even worse punishment.
  • Calling an unnecessary meeting at work now punishable by 15 years in Gitmo – Actually, we’re ok with this one. Come to think of it, maybe Biden is the greatest president ever. 

Either way, it looks like we’re in for a long 4 years. 

Here Is A Terrifying List Of Biden’s First Executive Orders As President — The Babylon Bee

January 21 Afternoon Verse of the Day

5:8 Christ died for us The proof and revelation of God’s love for His people. Paul occasionally personalizes Christ’s death (e.g., Rom 8:32; Eph 5:2; Gal 2:20).[1]


5:8 — But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus did not die only for “nice” people. He gave His God-honoring life for our God-dishonoring lives. He did this because of God’s amazing love.[2]


5:8 The love of God is completely supernatural and otherworldly. He demonstrated His marvelous love toward us by sending His beloved Son to die for us while we were still sinners. If we ask why He did it, we must look for the answer in the sovereign will of God Himself. There was no good in us to call forth such love.[3]


8. But God confirms, &c. The verb, συνίστησι, has various meanings; that which is most suitable to this place is that of confirming; for it was not the Apostle’s object to excite our gratitude, but to strengthen the trust and confidence of our souls. He then confirms, that is, exhibits his love to us as most certain and complete, inasmuch as for the sake of the ungodly he spared not Christ his own Son. In this, indeed, his love appears, that being not moved by love on our part, he of his own good will first loved us, as John tells us. (1 John 3:16.)—Those are here called sinners, (as in many other places,) who are wholly vicious and given up to sin, according to what is said in John 9:31, “God hears not sinners,” that is, men abandoned and altogether wicked. The woman called “a sinner,” was one of a shameful character. (Luke 7:37.) And this meaning appears more evident from the contrast which immediately follows,—for being now justified through his blood: for since he sets the two in opposition, the one to the other, and calls those justified who are delivered from the guilt of sin, it necessarily follows that those are sinners who, for their evil deeds, are condemned.

The import of the whole is,—since Christ has attained righteousness for sinners by his death, much more shall he protect them, being now justified, from destruction. And in the last clause he applies to his own doctrine the comparison between the less and the greater: for it would not have been enough for salvation to have been once procured for us, were not Christ to render it safe and secure to the end. And this is what the Apostle now maintains; so that we ought not to fear, that Christ will cut off the current of his favour while we are in the middle of our course: for inasmuch as he has reconciled us to the Father, our condition is such, that he purposes more efficaciously to put forth and daily to increase his favour towards us.[4]


8 In contrast to the very best of human love is God’s love; for he “com-mends96 his own love for us,98 in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.” The language of Christ “dying for us/our sins” is a basic early Christian statement of the meaning of Christ’s death (see esp. 1 Cor. 15:3; 1 Thess. 5:9–10; 2 Cor. 5:14; Rom. 14:15; see also 1 Pet. 3:18). Again we see the assumption that God’s love is shown in Christ’s death (see v. 6). Gorman rightly notes, “The interweaving of God’s grace/love and initiative (a theological claim properly speaking) and Christ’s grace/love and self-gift (a christological claim) is certainly one of the richest and most profound contributions of Paul to Christian theology.” We notice also that Paul finds a basic unity, even identity, between the love of God as it is shown in the objective, factual event of Christ’s death on the cross and as it is experienced in the heart by the believer (v. 5b). An emotional feeling of God’s love, in itself, is little comfort to the person who is lost, condemned, doomed for hell. But a cold, sober, historical interpretation that indeed God “loved the world” on the cross is of little benefit to a person until that love is experienced, is received, by faith in Christ. It is when these are properly experienced as two aspects of one great love, ultimately indivisible, that our assurance that “hope will not put us to shame” (v. 5a) will be strong and unshakable.[5]


[1] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., … Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (Ro 5:8). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

[2] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (Ro 5:8). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.

[3] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments. (A. Farstad, Ed.) (p. 1697). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[4] Calvin, J., & Owen, J. (2010). Commentary on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (pp. 196–197). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.

[5] Moo, D. J. (2018). The Letter to the Romans. (N. B. Stonehouse, F. F. Bruce, G. D. Fee, & J. B. Green, Eds.) (Second Edition, pp. 336–337). Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.

Mid-Day Snapshot · Jan. 21, 2021

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“The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people.” —Thomas Jefferson (1801)

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Civility, Not Unity

Thomas Gallatin

In those indelible words of Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” Just because Joe Biden repeatedly referenced “unity” in his inaugural speech doesn’t make his agenda a unifying one. That fact was made clear by the actions he took immediately after entering the Oval Office. You see, when Biden and the Democrats call for “unity,” what they really mean is acquiescence to their leftist agenda. Unity should never be an end in and of itself. Of far greater importance is the ideal or agenda to which one is being called to conform or agree.

Biden issued 17 executive actions and orders on Day One, none of which did anything to promote “unity.” Rather, they all were blatantly political, as they reversed Donald Trump’s policies and reinstated Barack Obama’s. This was entirely expected, of course, but it’s absolutely false to paint these actions as “unifying” — they are just as divisive today as when Obama first ordered them.

Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw responded to Biden’s orders by succinctly exposing who they actually benefit:

Who this agenda helps.

Paris Agreement -> China, European diplomats

Cancel Keystone -> Russian oligarchs

No wall -> illegal immigrants

Working class American priorities, small businesses reopening and recovering…nowhere to be found.

For Biden and the Democrats, it’s clear that the call for “unity” is the bludgeon they will use to demand capitulation to their agenda, a theme Biden repeated last night. “And to overcome the challenges in front of us requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy: unity,” he said. “It requires us to come together in common love of what defines us as Americans: opportunity, liberty, dignity and respect, and to unite against common foes: hate, violence, disease and hopelessness.”

Once again, this rhetoric comes from the guy who on the campaign trail publicly boasted that if he were in high school with Donald Trump, “I’d take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” This from the guy who disgustingly blamed Trump for the coronavirus-related deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans. This from the guy who repeatedly demonized Trump as a racist and a white supremacist. And even in his “unity” speech, Biden purposefully insinuated that Trump supporters were “white supremacists” and “domestic terrorists.” Unity? What unity?

As Heather Mac Donald observed, “Biden rattled off a litany of white America’s sins: the ‘harsh, ugly reality’ of ‘racism, nativism, fear, [and] demonization’; ‘anger, resentment, hatred, [and] extremism.’ He did not name white Americans as such, but he did not need to. That qualifier is inherent in the language he chose to adopt.”

If Biden had issued a unified call for civility in the face of deep political divisions, and if he had demonstrated that civility by refusing to label and demonize his political opponents as racists, nativists, and fearmongers, he would have gone a long way toward what he called the need to “lower the temperature.” In fact, his remarks did little but ensure that it remains high.

On the other side of the “unity” theme, political analyst David Harsanyi concludes: “Political unity is an ugly, authoritarian idea. No free nation has domestic political unity, nor should it aspire to it. What ‘unity’ really means is capitulation. … Unity is found in comity with your neighbors, in your churches and schools, in your everyday ­interactions with your community. Politics is not a place for unity. It is a place for airing grievances. And we’ve got plenty.” And as policy analyst Josh Lawson notes, “If Biden really wants unity, he will affirm equality under the law like [Abraham] Lincoln and [Thomas] Jefferson did.”

As Mark Alexander observed, “There is a distinction between political ‘unity’ and ‘civility.’ Biden’s use of political unity is tantamount to political submission, the conformity associated with tyranny. To that end, we should not confuse political unity with civility.”

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Here’s What Awaits Joe Biden

Douglas Andrews

To say that the nation Joe Biden now leads is older, polarized, and financially insecure isn’t particularly insightful. We already know those things. Still, it’s helpful to review some of the data and to contemplate just what he and Kamala Harris have gotten themselves into.

“Key metrics of financial and social well-being show the challenges Mr. Biden faces as he moves into the White House on Wednesday,” write Paul Overberg and Janet Adamy in The Wall Street Journal. “The coronavirus pandemic halted the 11-year economic expansion and drove up unemployment just as the typical American household was starting to enjoy sustained income growth. Americans were living longer — an improvement from a period when the opioid crisis eroded life expectancy — until the pandemic exacted a swift, deadly toll. One government official said life expectancy could decline by the largest amount since World War II once the government completes last year’s mortality figures.”

As Biden correctly noted in his brief inaugural address, “A once-in-a-century virus silently stalks the country. It’s taken as many lives in one year as America lost in all of World War II. Millions of jobs have been lost. Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed.”

That pretty much sums up the serious part of the speech. He would utter the word “jobs” just twice more, and the word “economy” doesn’t appear even once.

As the Journal article notes, the stock market bequeathed to Biden by Donald Trump is at record highs, but only half the nation is in the market and reaping the rewards. Consumer debt is surging. And, thanks to a temporarily tanked economy and profligate coronavirus relief spending, our national debt, as compared with the size of the economy, “reached its highest point since the end of World War II.”

These are the realities that folks are feeling, but Biden gave them short shrift. Instead, perhaps just two minutes into his address, our 46th president landed on what he thinks are the most pressing issues we face: “A cry for racial justice some 400 years in the making. … A cry of survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear. And now a rise of political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism that we must confront and we will defeat.”

If Joe Biden thinks passing the Green New Deal and cracking down on those 19 white supremacists will cure what ails us, we’re in for a rough four years.

We’re more racially diverse, the Journal article notes. The nation’s non-Hispanic white population has shrunk, while its Hispanic, black, and Asian populations continue to grow. Our fastest-growing demographic is people of two or more races, which would seem to augur well for race relations. But it’s clear that we’re also racially polarized — which is what a country gets when its media beats an incessant drum about inequality, white supremacy, and police brutality, and gushes adoringly and uncritically about a Marxist pressure group called Black Lives Matter.

We’re a deeply fractured nation — there’s no getting around it. As the Journal notes, “The share of Americans who identify as conservative or liberal hasn’t changed much over the past decade. But within the parties, there has been a slight movement toward the more ardent corners of each ideology. Among GOP registered voters, 37% identified as very conservative in 2020, up from 33% in 2010. … Among Democratic registered voters, 25% considered themselves very liberal in 2020, up from 16% in 2010.”

As conservative author Conrad Black recently put it, “American democracy is at the lowest point in its post-segregation history: corrupt elections, abdicated courts, cowardly legislators, dishonest media, a prosecutocracy that terrorizes the whole country and wins 99 percent of its cases (95 percent without a trial), crumbling standards of education, skyrocketing crime rates, and a president-elect who looks and sounds like a waxworks dummy who has in his over-long career faced in all four directions on every major issue.”

“We need to come together as one nation,” a seemingly undeterred Joe Biden said yesterday. It was the most platitudinous of platitudes. A child could’ve written it.

“Unity, unity,” he preached, as if trying to one-up himself. But what he and his party and their Big Tech censors and corporate cancelers really want is uniformity. Good luck with that.

Joe Biden always wanted to be president. To him we say, Bless your heart. And to his hard-left agenda we say, Fail early and often.

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We Hope He Fails

Nate Jackson

In January 2009, Rush Limbaugh ruffled more than a few feathers when he said of Barack Obama’s incoming administration, “I hope he fails.”

Why would you say that? gasped media pundits everywhere. Simple, Rush explained: “I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed.”

The same is true in January 2021 as Joe Biden embarks upon his own presidency, which itself is primarily an attempt to restore the “glory” of the Obama years and utterly dismantle all the outstanding successes of Donald Trump.

We hope Biden fails.

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the rest of the Democrat Party that will be running the show in Washington, DC, have no intention of upholding their solemn oaths “to support and defend” the U.S. Constitution. They have no intention of enacting policies that will benefit most Americans, whether economically, culturally, or any other way. We flat-out disagree with their plans, and we want nothing to do with their divisive agenda — even as they wrap it in a faux package of Unity™.

Fortunately, we’re not alone. There are tens of millions of Americans who vehemently oppose the Left’s radical agenda. Millions more may have hated Trump enough to vote for Biden, but that doesn’t mean they support Biden’s plans. We don’t want the Green New Deal or government healthcare for all. We don’t want to pay higher taxes that are redistributed for all kinds of things we oppose, sometimes on grounds of it violating our religious faith. We don’t want speech codes and pronoun police. We don’t want racist indoctrination in our schools corrupting the minds of our children.

Democrats plan all of these things under the banner of unity acquiescence, and we hope they fail.

Yet we have an uphill battle. Democrats control Washington, of course, but the mainstream media still holds sway over public opinion. It’ll parrot Joe’s talking points on the planet’s “cry for survival” with climate, and it’ll trumpet the idea that white Americans are racist rubes who need to be reeducated. Social media companies will continue to suppress free speech and dissent from Big Brother’s line. And far too many Americans fall for these narratives. They’re built on just enough shreds of truth to sound plausible.

Moreover, conservatism is hard. Which is the easier marketing strategy: to tell voters they’re responsible for their own economic advancement without government in the way, or that the government is the best available instrument for “helping” people? Which is more appealing to a miseducated and misinformed public: that Liberty comes with responsibility for your own actions, or that you’re part of a victim class that absolves you of that responsibility?

Truth is sometimes harder than lies, but lies are always worth opposing and truth is always worth fighting for.

All that said, conservatives should be fair, honest, and civil in our opposition. Christians should pray for Biden, Harris, and Congress. Pray that fairness, honesty, and civility will crowd out division and that integrity will take the place of self-aggrandizing posturing. Pray for an educated citizenry to hold our representatives accountable. Miracles, we know.

You might also say today is the unofficial start to the 2024 presidential race. Several Republicans have already shown an interest in running against all the coming failures (or is it “successes”?) of the Biden administration. Barring those miracles we mentioned, they will have plenty of fodder.

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Making America Energy Dependent Again

Arnold Ahlert

During his presidency, one of the best things Donald Trump did was make America energy independent. Joe Biden plans to undue that agenda, ASAP. Among the 17 executive orders or actions the newly inaugurated president signed Wednesday afternoon was one revoking the permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

We knew it was coming. The phrase “Rescind Keystone XL pipeline permit” was part of the list of executive actions contained in a briefing note circulated by Biden’s transition team last weekend, after first being shared with U.S. stakeholders. The cancellation of the permit would undo one of Trump’s first executive actions and return America to the Obama administration’s stance against a pipeline that would transport oil from the Canadian province of Alberta into Nebraska.

Barack Obama had rejected the permit in 2015 saying it would conflict with his administration’s global warming agenda. When Trump issued an executive order in 2017 allowing it to proceed, U.S. District Court Judge Brian Morris, an Obama appointee, rejected it by claiming that the State Department’s environmental analysis of the pipeline “fell short of a hard look” at the cumulative effects of greenhouse gases and the impact of pipeline construction on Native American land resources. Morris agreed with environmental groups who asserted that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit would allow companies to skirt responsibility for damage done to rivers and streams.

Morris made his ruling in November of 2018. In July of 2020, it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Sunday, TC Energy, the Canadian company working on the project, released a statement addressing climate concerns. Richard Prior, president of Keystone XL, insisted the pipeline is “not only the safest and most reliable method to transport oil to markets, but the initiatives announced today also ensures it will have the lowest environmental impact of an oil pipeline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.” He added, “Canada and the United States are among the most environmentally responsible countries in the world with some of the strictest standards for fossil fuel production.”

The people who believe the transition from fossil fuels to a Green New Deal can simply be mandated, irrespective of technological and scientific realities, couldn’t care less.

The move apparently doesn’t sit well with Canada’s equally progressive leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In what seemingly amounts to progressive environmental heresy, Trudeau has long supported the $9 billion project because he thinks that creating jobs and reducing reliance on foreign energy sources is a commendable ambition.

How inane is it to cancel the deal? “Construction is well under way, with the cross-border portion of the line already completed,” explains columnist John Ibbitson. “Cancelling the project will cost thousands of jobs in both countries. TC Energy is committed to reducing carbon emissions, while the oil that replaces what Keystone would provide American refineries comes from countries with little or no commitment to fighting global warming.”

American labor unions are also less than enthused. Last August, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA), and the United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters reached a deal with TC Energy. Yet an oil and gas lobbyist who requested anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the press spelled out reality in no uncertain terms. “The only question has always been whether labor can stave off the death sentence,” the lobbyist stated. “And they never had a chance.”

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is also distressed. He notes that canceling the pipeline deal “will kill jobs on both sides of the border, weaken the critically important Canada-U.S. relationship, and undermine U.S. national security by making the United States more dependent on OPEC oil imports in the future.”

For the environmental religionists, killing jobs and a return to relying on foreign energy providers who hate us is a small price to pay for “saving the planet.”

And for eliminating racism to boot. Two incoming White House environmental aides — Maggie Thomas, who will be chief of staff for the Office of Domestic Climate Policy, and climate advocate Cecilia Martinez, billed as “senior director for environmental justice” — insist climate change is driven by systemic racism. In 2019, Martinez asserted that the nation’s only path forward “is to design national climate policies that are centered on justice.” Thomas’s scheme demands “trillions” in public investment, aimed at a “crack down” on oil production and a shift away from the nation’s “fossil fuel economy” — as well as funding for welfare programs, including rent and utility relief.

In other words, the Biden administration will precipitate skyrocketing energy prices, and then print trillions of additional dollars to subsidize the millions of Americans who can’t afford them. Anyone who disagrees with this double dose of ideologically driven stupidity?

Shut up — racist.

Keystone is just the beginning, and Americans will soon discover all of the other equally pernicious agendas an unchecked Democrat Party will inflict upon them. As columnist Steve Milloy warned last October, fracking, one of America’s most successful job-producing industries, can’t be killed by an executive order. Instead, it will be killed by thousands of regulations aimed at producing the same outcome.

“[Biden] has also committed to reversing President Trump’s deregulatory efforts,” Milloy wrote, “including the rollback of an Obama administration Environmental Protection Agency rule requiring the oil-and-gas industry to pay to limit methane leaks from fracking wells.”

Why? “Big oil companies support the Obama rule because it puts the squeeze on smaller players,” he continues. “If the rule is reinstated, struggling independent frackers will either close up shop or sell themselves to larger companies, whose profits have been harmed by a production glut. With the ability to control and limit overall production, those larger frackers could reduce the glut and increase their profits. There would be less fracking — and higher energy prices for consumers.”

In other words, in tandem with the economic destruction wrought by coronavirus lockdowns, more small businesses will be regulated into elimination, in service to a corporate oligarchy intent on eliminating any and all challenges to its hegemony.

In the next two years (at least), Americans are going to learn a very sobering lesson about the difference between a Trump administration’s aspiration to create economic abundance and a Biden administration’s socialist/Marxist effort to manage decline — the very same decline promoted as the “New Normal” during the Obama administration.

“This is just the beginning of an energy agenda that will cripple us on so many levels: jobs, cost of living, and opportunity,” warns columnist Daniel Turner. “It will hurt our critical allies in Canada and Europe. It will benefit our enemies Russia and China. And it will do absolutely nothing for the environment.”

No one should be surprised. It’s what happens when the electorate puts people who hate this nation in charge of it.

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Biden Disbands Trump’s 1776 Commission

Lewis Morris

Earlier this week we witnessed one of the concluding achievements of Donald Trump’s presidency — the report from his 1776 Commission. Given life by executive order the day before the 2020 election, the commission’s role was to give future generations a chance to understand the principles and history of America’s founding.

The 1776 Commission provided a counterbalance to the overwhelming trend of anti-Americanism in the teaching of history and civics in our schools. It’s as important for people to learn the troubling facts of America’s past as it is to learn of the nation’s successes, but the Left focuses only on the bad.

Ever since leftists began infiltrating America’s education system in the 1960s and ‘70s, they have been pushing a politically charged narrative of the nation’s history that paints a distorted and often false picture of a racist, imperialist nation. Now that public education and institutions of higher learning are predominantly run by the Left, that narrative has become part of the curriculum. The New York Times’s 1619 Project, an anti-American polemic that traded scholarship for propaganda, is the culmination of the leftist reeducation movement in America.

The result of that miseducation? Only 24% of 8th graders are at least “proficient” in U.S. history, while only 15% are proficient in government and civics.

The 1776 Commission is about more than providing “patriotic education,” as Trump termed it. It’s about studying American history in context and learning about America’s founding, recognizing that a country that does not possess a true understanding of its founding will not long survive.

The commission submitted its report Monday, but it will be the last report of the group. By 1:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, just one hour after Trump officially left office, the White House website had been scrubbed of all mentions of the commission. President Joe Biden signed an executive order to kill the commission as one of his first acts in office. The media predictably savaged the report, misrepresenting it in headlines and stories.

Unity.

Fortunately, The Heritage Foundation has the full report and will continue to host it.

But the commission’s work is out there now, and it cannot be wished away. In a meeting conducted on January 5, the group discussed how best to understand and communicate the nation’s founding principles. Among the conclusions they reached was that religion and Judeo-Christian tradition needed to be part of any effort to understand the country’s history.

“There’s no way you can look at the constitutions of the 13 colonies … and say that our nation was not deeply influenced by religion,” said Dr. Carol Swain, a former law professor at Vanderbilt University. “And that is a part of who we are, part of history, we shouldn’t try to erase.”

The report is worth reading and sharing. It lays out an honest and reasoned approach to the study of America’s founding and what that means for each of us. It’s hard to encapsulate all that is shared in this document and convey its importance, but this statement in the conclusion comes close:

“America’s founding principles are true not because any generation — including our own — has lived them perfectly, but because they are based upon the eternal truths of the human condition. They are rooted in our capacity for evil and power for good, our longing for truth and striving for justice, our need for order and our love of freedom. Above all else, these principles recognize the worth, equality, potential, dignity, and glory of each and every man, woman, and child created in the image of God.”


Footnote: Historian Victor Davis Hanson, a member of the commission, gives his thoughts here.

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Biden’s ‘Illegals First’ Amnesty Plan

Thomas Gallatin

Joe Biden plans to put the concerns of American citizens and their interests in the back seat as he will return to the disastrous Barack Obama-era immigration policy. Noncitizens and those who gained access to this country illegally will now receive priority treatment as if they were not only welcomed guests but were themselves citizens of the republic.

Biden has proposed a plan that will put an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country on an eight-year path to U.S. citizenship. The Washington Post reports, “To qualify, immigrants must have been in the United States as of Jan. 1, a move meant to blunt any rush to the border.”

Well, so much for preventing that border rush. A migrant caravan that has formed in Honduras is not only expecting but demanding that Biden open the border for them. As one migrant stated, “I just want patience and prayers that we can get to the U.S. because they have a new president, Biden. He’s going to help all of us, he’s giving us 100 days to get to the U.S. and give us [legal] papers, so we can get a better life for our kids, and for our families.” Who can blame these migrants? Biden has essentially laid out the welcome mat by eliminating Donald Trump’s “wait in Mexico” asylum policy and suspending deportations.

Meanwhile, American citizens, especially lower-income working-class Americans, will be the ones feeling the brunt of Biden’s amnesty policy as they see their wages and job opportunities diminish due to an influx of illegal aliens.

Of course, for Biden and company, the prospect of gaining 11 million new Democrat voters outweighs any concerns over the plight of the American working class. As Breitbart reports, “Under current rules, legal immigrants can get citizenship and voting rights five years after getting green cards. But the Biden bill would allow the migrants to convert their green cards into citizenship in just three years.”

By the way, aren’t we still in the middle of a “dark winter” of a global pandemic? Why fling the immigration door open wide right now? Well, because the Democrats’ agenda on immigration has not changed. It is what it always has been — making more Democrat voters.

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Let’s Make an Impeachment Deal?

Douglas Andrews

In David Mamet’s 1987 film “The Untouchables,” Sam Malone, the salty old Irish cop played by Sean Connery, says of Al Capone’s Chicago, “This town stinks like a [something or other] at low tide.”

Mamet’s characters always had a way with words.

And speaking of towns that stink, Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer met in DC on Tuesday. Apparently, they spoke for 30 minutes about a power-sharing arrangement in their brand-new 50-50 Senate.

It was, in McConnell’s words, “a good discussion.”

That’s it. That’s all he said about their meeting. Chuck Schumer didn’t say much, either. This alone tells us just how sensitive the discussions were. Because the most dangerous place in DC isn’t in the midst of an antifa mob or a BLM mob or a Capitol mob; it’s between Schumer and a live mic. If all we can get out of him is that they “discussed a whole lot of issues,” then we can safely assume this is the start of some serious sausage-making. So maybe it’s best that they keep their lips buttoned.

Still, it’d be nice to know what they talked about.

The weather, perhaps? The inauguration ball? Senate rules and traditions? The filibuster? DC statehood? The Supreme Court? The Green New Deal? Whipping up enough Republican votes to help the Democrats convict Donald Trump in a Senate impeachment trial and thereby ensure he can never again run for the presidency?

On this last topic, we can think of one Republican who’s already got his mind made up — the guy who said this: “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”

That was Mitch McConnell — the man who himself took a full month before acknowledging Joe Biden’s win. Presumably, he wasn’t referring to the moments just before the Capitol mayhem when the inciter-in-chief roared to a flag-wielding mob, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

Setting aside the sad fact that where impeachment is concerned, McConnell has more in common with Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Maxine Waters than he does with Senate colleagues Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, perhaps the most pathetic part of his eagerness to convict the former president is the unconstitutionality of it all. And this is a man who — throughout his Senate career and to his great credit — has invoked the Constitution as much as anyone. But as Judge Michael Luttig correctly pointed out more than a week ago, “It appears that even if the House of Representatives impeaches President Trump … the Senate trial on that impeachment will not begin until after Trump has left office and President-Elect Biden has become president on Jan. 20. That Senate trial would be unconstitutional.”

Luttig, who was once on George W. Bush’s Supreme Court short list, continued: “Trump would no longer be incumbent in the Office of the President … and would no longer be subject to ‘impeachment conviction’ by the Senate, under the Constitution’s Impeachment Clauses. Which is to say that the Senate’s only power under the Constitution is to convict — or not — an incumbent president” (emphasis ours).

Schumer, of course, couldn’t care less about the Constitution. “After what he has done,” Schumer said, “the consequences of which we were all witness to, Donald Trump should not be eligible to run for office ever again. … There will be a vote on barring him from running again.”

Schumer needs 67 votes. That means he needs 17 Republicans. And it sounds like he already has McConnell in his pocket. And, as New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin notes, a “yes” vote from McConnell would likely open the floodgates — or at least embolden 16 others.

True, a power-sharing deal would likely help the GOP stave off the worst of the Democrats’ designs. But at what cost? Throwing Trump under the impeachment bus? No thanks. Besides, as Goodwin points out, “McConnell was just re-elected, so his seat is safe, but the GOP will get slaughtered in the 2022 midterms if Trumpers stay home, giving Dems at least four years of complete control of Washington.”

We think Goodwin is onto something. As is Kentucky’s junior senator, Rand Paul, who warns of a mass exodus from the GOP if Republican senators throw in for conviction.

To be sure, McConnell was a conservative stalwart during his years as Senate majority leader. His efforts to seat conservative judges during the past four years will have long-lasting consequences for Liberty. And his resolute stand against Barack Obama’s attempt to place Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court gave us Justice Neil Gorsuch instead. A case can even be made that by making the Supreme Court a key campaign issue in the 2016 presidential campaign, McConnell might’ve helped move just enough votes from Hillary Clinton’s column into Donald Trump’s.

But here we are. And he’s dead wrong on this. Power sharing for the sake of power and at the expense of constitutional principles is conduct unbecoming. Trump is out of office. The impeachment door has closed. And even if it hadn’t closed, his January 6 speech was not an incitement to insurrection, which is the impeachment charge.

Please choose wisely, Senator McConnell, and decide whether you’re with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer or the 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump. It can’t be both.

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EXECUTIVE NEWS SUMMARY

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Government & Politics

  • Senate confirms Avril Haines 84-10 to be director of national intelligence (CBS News)
  • Democrats take control of Senate as Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff are sworn in (National Review)
  • Joe Biden signs executive orders ending Donald Trump’s travel ban and stopping border wall construction (National Review), disbanding the 1776 Commission (National Review), and rejoining the Paris climate accord (CNBC)

Examine all 17 executive orders, memorandums, and proclamations here.

  • If not for double standards… Biden doesn’t wear a mask at Lincoln Memorial after signing mandate requiring masks on federal land (Daily Wire)
  • So woke! White House adds preferred pronouns dropdown to contact form (Examiner)

National Security

  • Department of Homeland Security suspends deportations, stops “Remain in Mexico” policy (NPR)
  • China sanctions 28 Trump team members, including Mike Pompeo and Peter Navarro (National Review)
  • Evidence shows well-laid plan by some Capitol rioters (Politico)

Odds & Ends

  • Workers file 900,000 new jobless claims as COVID total tops 75 million (NY Post)
  • “Anti-Facebook” MeWe social network adds 2.5 million new members in one week (ZDNet)
  • Colleges lobby Biden to halt federal probe into foreign donations; Education Department has already found $6.5 billion in unreported gifts (Free Beacon)
  • Unsatiated antifa anarchists trash Oregon Democrat Party HQ to mark Biden’s inauguration (Post Millennial)
  • Pro-Trump protests fizzle out across the country (Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Disbanding of 1776 Commission shows Left’s war on U.S. history (Daily Signal)
  • Policy: Trump’s Top 10 triumphs (Issues & Insights)
  • Humor: Biden sees own shadow, predicting just six weeks of being president (Babylon Bee)
  • Relate humor: Biden and Harris rushed to burn ward after touching Bible (Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

Six Stories the MSM Refused to Cover — Joe Biden is advocating in favor of systemic racism, antifa is targeting small businesses, and Twitter is purging accounts for wrongthink.

Jacob Blake Admits Having a Knife in Kenosha — The Leftmedia erroneously asserted that Blake was unarmed, using the incident to fuel the BLM “racist police” narrative.

Biden Plans a Deluge of Executive Orders — His administration just offered leftists their opportunity to decry what they claimed they opposed: the “dictatorial” presidency.

Apple vs. Parler — Apple CEO Tim Cook explains the banning of Parler … or doesn’t, actually.

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SHORT CUTS

Upright: “According to Statista.com, the United States has 223 million Facebook users, almost the size of the entire U.S. population over age 18. Per Pew, 22% of U.S. adults use Twitter. These developments have put enormous power at the disposal of technology firms over what we see and read. Power alone doesn’t worry me. Exclusive power, power to control, does. … If Donald Trump broke the law, this should be determined through legal channels, not by the subjective decision of a businessperson with a net worth of some $12 billion accrued because of American freedom.” —Star Parker

Tongue-in-cheek: “I think the lesson of the past few decades is that basically anyone can be president.” —David Harsanyi

With friends like these, who needs enemies? “The Republican Party needs to be burned down or changed. … Who would want to be part of an organization that at its core is built on lies and racism and know-nothingism? It’s just not a healthy political organization.” —James Comey

Braying jackass: “I consider Trump the biggest threat to American democracy since Robert E. Lee — a terrorist who had at his disposal a great army and used it to great effect. … Opportunistic amnesia is, like terrorism, a manageable problem. Far worse — and, I believe, nearer to the source of the disease — is a mental defect afflicting MAGA extremists as well as normal people: a near-total vulnerability to the hyperstimulation of our political senses. The proper response to these extremists isn’t counterterrorism. It is mental hygiene.” —The Atlantic’s Graeme Wood

Alpha jackass I: “We’ve never taken domestic extremism seriously, because white, Christian men are not seen as a threat in the same way that people who look like you and me are. That’s been a tragedy for America.” —MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan

Alpha jackass II: “Al Qaeda after 9/11 was not as much of a threat to us [as] this domestic movement of Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, militia men, neo-Nazis, Qanon types — what I would call ‘MAGA terrorists.’” —Mehdi Hasan

Grand delusions: “I’ve been listening to these inaugural addresses since 1961. John F. Kennedy, ‘Ask not.’ I thought [Biden’s] was the best inaugural address I have ever heard.” —Fox News anchor Chris Wallace

Non compos mentis: “I think we’ll have more to say on the Mexico City policy in the coming days, but I will just take the opportunity to remind all of you that [Biden] is a devout Catholic and somebody who attends church regularly. He started his day attending church with his family this morning, but I don’t have anything more for you on that.” —New White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

And last… “Get married. Have kids. Buy guns. Buy books. Buy land. Turn off the TV. This is the way.” —Matt Walsh

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Headlines – 1/21/2021

Uproar as US Ambassador to Israel Twitter account temporarily adds West Bank and Gaza too

‘We stood tall against the bully’: Palestinians hail end of Trump, welcome Biden

Israel promotes over 2,000 settler units prior to Biden inauguration

Israel to name Train stop at Temple Mount after Trump

PA premier: Abbas to run as Fatah candidate in Palestinian presidential election

IDF to hold massive exercise this summer, simulating full-scale, multi-front war

UAE reportedly signs for purchase of F-35s an hour before Biden sworn in

Congratulating Biden, Netanyahu urges him to build on peace deals, confront Iran

Israel warns ‘nothing to discuss’ with Biden if returns to Iran deal as is

Iran’s Rouhani hopes Biden will return to Obama-era nuclear deal as he dubs Trump a ‘tyrant’

Egypt and Qatar Agree on Resuming Diplomatic Relations: Cairo

India: Axe-wielding tribal animists attack Christians during worship service, destroy church

Russia says militant commander linked to 2011 Moscow airport bombing killed in Chechnya

Madrid explosion: 3 dead, several injured as explosion rocks Spanish capital

A Chinese hacking group is stealing airline passenger details

Chinese Officials Raid Home of Children in a Christian Homeschool Co-Op

Twitter locks China’s US embassy account for Xinjiang-related tweet

World leaders hail ‘new dawn’ under Biden as Chinese media says ‘good riddance’

China announces sanctions against ‘lying and cheating’ outgoing Trump officials

Globalists Hail Biden: EU Celebrates Having a ‘Friend’ Back in the White House

‘Really quite shocking’: Inside the ugly transition at the Pentagon – The effort to obstruct the Biden team is unprecedented in modern presidential transitions

Biden takes office, stressing national unity at a time of marked divisions

President Biden Quotes Bible as He Urges Unity: ‘We Must End This Uncivil War’

Pope says he prays God guides Biden’s reconciliation efforts

George W. Bush Gushes Over ‘Savior’ Jim Clyburn at Biden Inauguration

James Comey: ‘Republican Party Needs to Be Burned Down or Changed’

17 GOP Representatives Tell Biden They’re Committed to Working With Him

Cindy McCain says she’s open to serving in Biden administration

Feinstein Defends Cruz, Hawley Over Electoral College Objections

Graham Calls on McConnell to ‘Unequivocally’ Denounce Trump Impeachment

Biden Leaving Impeachment Mechanics to Senate: WH

Sen. Chuck Schumer Becomes New Senate Majority Leader

Democrats control Senate after three new senators are sworn in

Pelosi ‘Not Concerned’ About Contents of Laptop Stolen From Office

Bomb threat made against Supreme Court ahead of inauguration

Lincoln Project Ad Predicts Post-Presidency Lawsuits and Jail for Trump

Left Calls for ‘Army of Citizen Detectives’ to Monitor & Report Trump Supporters

Trump Leaves Washington, Tells Supporters: ‘We Will Be Back in Some Form’

Collaboration Between Government and Big Tech Giving Rise to Totalitarianism, Experts Warn

Social Media Faces Reckoning as Trump Ban Shatters ‘Neutral’ Facade

Election Lawsuits Move Forward Despite Silencing Crusade

Arizona Senate president: Maricopa County supervisors will hand over election material

Joe Biden to Issue Executive Order Ending Border Wall Construction

Biden to Cancel Trump’s 1776 Commission That Promotes American Founding Values

Biden Revokes Trump’s Anti-Terrorism Travel Ban

Antifa trashes Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters to mark Biden’s inauguration

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits the Sea of Okhotsk

5.5 magnitude earthquake hits near Minas de Marcona, Peru

5.3 magnitude earthquake hits near Changuillo, Peru

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Changuillo, Peru

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 19,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Raung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 12,000ft

Sakurajima volcano on Japan erupts to 11,000ft

Sinabung volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

Merapi volcano in Indonesia eurpts to 10,000ft

Eloise makes landfall over Madagascar, conditions conducive for rapid re-intensification in the Mozambique Channel

Severe floods hit Bolivia and Paraguay

Biden, in a Burst of Climate Orders, Rejoins the Paris Agreement

Hungary orders LGBT publisher to print disclaimers on children’s book

Federal Court Blocks Obamacare Mandate Forcing Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery

White House Website Adds LBGT Friendly ‘Pronouns’ to Contact Form

After Unity Speech, Biden Plans To Immediately Reinstate Taxpayer Funding For Abortions Here And Abroad

Chinese scientists develop gene therapy which could delay aging

Pence Hands CCP Virus Task Force Report to Biden: China ‘Seeded the Infection Globally’ and Inhibited Research

China Takes on New Rhetoric to Blame the US for Pandemic

China Shuts Down at Least 11 Regions Over CCP Virus Explosion: Officials

China builds massive Covid-19 quarantine camp for 4,000 people as outbreak continues

U.K. Suffers Deadliest Day, Some Hospitals ‘Like a War Zone’

Italy Reports ‘Alarming’ Spike in Attempted Suicides Among Youth During Lockdowns

Small-Business Owner: ‘Fallout by Next Year Will Be Shocking’

Dr. Fauci Predicts Singing in Churches Will Resume in the Fall following COVID-19 Vaccinations

Israeli virus experts: ‘We may need vaccine updates every year or two’

Nurses in Kansas county refuse to give COVID-19 vaccine

Source: Tracking the Birth Pangs – News and Links (trackingbibleprophecy.org)


Apostasy Watch Thursday 1-21-21

Doug Giles – Jesus’s Preaching Versus Today’s Blather

Gary DeMar – Poking Holes in the Prophetic USA Titanic

J.D. Greear’s Church Announces Investigation Into Allegations Bryan Loritts Covered Up Sex Crimes

Relentless Church files motion against Redemption Church in ongoing real estate dispute

It Begins. CBS Reporter Likens Biden’s Inauguration Speech to a Priest Reading ‘From the Bible’

Court Blocks Biden HHS From Forcing Catholic Doctors to Perform Transgender Surgery

‘Good Riddance!’: China’s State-Run Media Celebrates End of Trump Presidency

Source: Daily News and Commentary (apostasywatch.com)