Daily Archives: November 10, 2022

Following Leads to Honor — VCY America

If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.John 12:26

The highest service is imitation. If I would be Christ’s servant I must be His follower. To do as Jesus did is the surest way of bringing honor to His name. Let me mind this every day.

If I imitate Jesus I shall have His company: if I am like Him I shall be with Him. In due time He will take me up to dwell with Him above, if, meanwhile, I have striven to follow Him here below. After His suffering our Lord came to His throne, and even so, after we have suffered a while with Him here below, we also shall arrive in glory. The issue of our Lord’s life shall be the issue of ours: if we are with Him in His humiliation we shall be with Him in His glory. Come, my soul, pluck up courage and put down thy feet in the blood-marked footprints which thy Lord has left thee.

Let me not fail to note that the Father will honor those who follow His Son. If He sees me true to Jesus, He will put marks of favor and honor upon me for His Son’s sake. No honor can be like this. Princes and emperors bestow the mere shadows of honor; the substance of glory comes from the Father. Wherefore, my soul, cling thou to thy Lord Jesus more closely than ever.

Following Leads to Honor — VCY America

A River that Flows From the Throne of God — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Such a one is like a tree planted near streams; it bears fruit in season and its leaves never wither, and every project succeeds.” Psalms 1:3 (NJB)


There is a river that flows from the throne of God, down the celestial main street and into the hearts of those who believe in the lamb (Revelation 22). And then the river flows like streams of living water from within those who are one with Jesus (John 7).

We hear the river whispering, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” (John 7:37, NIV) We feel its moisture hanging cool in the air, and we stretch and then we stretch again to reach the river’s edge.

It woos us to dwell within it, to dig deep with determined roots, gnarled fingers inching, bit by bit, toward the source of life. Our thirst brings us to the river and in the river we abide. We hear its song, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” (John 15:4, NKJV)

In the river we abide and living water flows inside – of us — and in this God-nurtured state, we no longer need the sun-splotched leaves of cynicism or the lifeless branches of sin that drain away the Jesus joy within us.

In the river, our counsel now comes from deep unto deep. Rooted in the river, we stand firm in spite the storms and we sip sweetly in times of drought. Otherwise, we would simply blow away or burn up when faced with the dry and dusty, nasty, now-and-now of life. Otherwise, we would have no root, no direction, no purpose.

Yet, as for us; we hear the river’s song: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself …” (John 15:4, NKJV)

And, nourished by the river of life, the fruit we produce is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23a, NIV)

By Jon Walker
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   God Is…

  The Lord is My Shepherd

•  Salvation Explained

A River that Flows From the Throne of God — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

I Want to Experience More of God’s Love — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it.  Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” (Ephesians 3:19 NLT).


Most of us have sung, “Jesus loves me this I know,” and recited “For God so loved the world,” since we were children. Yet, we don’t experience God’s love. Why is that?

We may have been desperately disappointed by people who claim to love us, and now we are skeptical of love–even God’s love.

When we look to any other person besides God to meet all our love needs, we set ourselves up for disappointment. There is no human being alive that can love us as completely and as fully as we need to be loved, and there never will be. Only God can do that.

On the other hand, we may feel betrayed by God Himself. Maybe we’ve prayed fervently for a need and, instead of the situation getting better, it got worse.  It’s like God doesn’t care.

Now stubborn independence and pride have taken over.  We’re like a pebble in a brook bathed in life-giving water, but because it remains unyielding, it can’t absorb the water.

The Bible tells us that God’s love is available to all:

But God shows and clearly proves his love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 Amp).  “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:9, 10).

But love is also relational. For us to benefit from God’s love, we need to respond to it in faith and obedience. We need to make our hearts soft so the love of God can penetrate.

“But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him…to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments” (Psalm 103:17 NRSV).

God’s abundant love is swirling all around us, but we need to reciprocate. How? “By fearing the LORD and obeying His commandments.”

But aren’t we then earning God’s love? No, we are tuning our hearts to be receptive to God’s love. By faith we affirm His love and by our obedience we respond to his love. As we do so, it becomes a heart-felt reality.

Dear God, thank You that You love me always. I want to tune my heart to receive Your love. I want to be alert to all the reminders of your love you scatter throughout the day.  In Jesus name, amen

By Helen Lescheid
Used by Permission


Further Reading

•   God Is…

•  More than a Father

•  Salvation Explained

I Want to Experience More of God’s Love — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

10 Nov 2022 News Briefing

Israel attacks Iranian convoy in Syria
Behold, Damascus shall cease to be a city; It shall become a heap of ruins. According to the people familiar with the matter and Iraqi militia members, the attack late Tuesday near Abu Kamal—a Syrian border town frequently used as a transshipment point by militant groups with ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—destroyed several vehicles and killed at least 10 people, including an unknown number of Iranians.

Government of the Antichrist
Biblical prophecy foretells of a coming seven-year Tribulation Period in which one man – the Antichrist, controls the world. This column is a summary of the government and character of the future world leader.

Regardless Of Who’s Elected, Imperial Corruption Rules The Nation
While the much-touted differences between America’s political parties get obsessive, hysterical attention, the sameness of Imperial corruption, waste and squalor regardless of who’s in power gets little notice. Scrape away the differences–mostly in domestic issues–and we see the dead hand of Imperial Corruption is on the tiller. The core of Imperial Corruption is the disconnect between the nation’s ideals of representational democracy and open markets and the sordid reality: elites serve their interests by corrupting both democracy and open markets.

India Pledges To Buy More Russian Oil, Mulls Joint Weapons Production
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar says his country has no plans to stop importing Russian energy. The statement was made as Western countries plan to roll out price caps on Moscow’s oil exports next month.

World’s Top Chipmaker To Build Another US Plant In Arizona
Currently, US semiconductors are a measly 10% of global production. Most chips are produced in Asia, particularly South Korea and Taiwan, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s largest contract chipmaker, is laying the groundwork for a second US factory in Arizona. People familiar with the plans told WSJ that TSMC would soon announce one of the most advanced semiconductor plants just north of Phoenix, Arizona,

The Deep State Is What Disables Democracy
Many totalitarian societies have figured out over time how to appear to be democratic without actually being so. When I was growing up, we used to laugh about how the Soviet people had a vote. What possibly could that mean or why would it matter in the slightest if the vote only ends up changing the face and name of the marionette on the balcony reading prepared propaganda? We as Americans sneered at such a fake democracy. It exists in name only over there, whereas here we have the real thing! Or so we thought. Every American must absolutely learn the lesson of these last 31 months. Not one person in this entire country voted for a single one of these things to happen.

In major retreat, Russia orders troop withdrawal from Kherson
The retreat of Russian forces from the west bank of the Dnipro River was ordered by Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Wednesday in the face of Ukrainian attacks near the southern city of Kherson, according to Russian state media. “The decision on the defense on the eastern bank of the Dnieper is not easy,” Shoigu said, “at the same time we will preserve the lives of our soldiers and the combat capability of military formations.”

Undead, unknown: Scientists discover identity of 19th century vampire
In 1990, the body of an unknown man was dug up in Griswold, Connecticut, and it was clear to those who discovered him that something about him was unusual, due to the way in which he was buried. The man had been dug up from his grave several years after his death and then re-buried,

What’s the Russia-Iran connection in a mysterious airstrike on Iraq-Syria border? -analysis
On Tuesday evening, sometime after midnight Iraqi time, reports came in that airstrikes struck in the Iraq-Syria border area.Videos circulating showed fire at the border crossing between Albukamal in Syria and Al-Qaim in Iraq. It remained unclear if an airstrike had taken place or if something else happened. The crossing is a key location and, since late 2017, has been a conduit for Iran to extend its influence across Iraq into Syria and to Lebanon.

Increased activity under Villarrica volcano, Alert Level raised to Yellow, Chile
The Alert Level for Villarrica volcano, Chile has been raised from Green to Yellow on November 8, 2022. The decision was made due to increased activity detected at the volcano over the past 30 days. The current eruptive episode began in December 2014.

Swarms of insects came at His command, lice, throughout their country.
“This is the first sentence ever found in the Canaanite language in Israel,” Hebrew University of Jerusalem Professor Yosef Garfinkel said. the comb was considered a luxury object, carved in ivory that was most likely imported from Egypt. While damaged, the artifact still shows the base of six large teeth on one side and 14 very fine teeth on the other.

Sea of Galilee parasite may cause blindness, Health Ministry warns
Israel’s Health Ministry issued a warning on Tuesday that several cases of cornea infections may be linked to a parasite in the Kinneret, also known as Sea of Galilee. A professor specializing in ancient medicine noted that this modern infection may have ancient roots that appear in the Talmud as well as the New Testament. So far, 29 Israelis were hospitalized with cornea lesions that characterize microsporidiosis that could cause severe inflammation of the cornea,

Very deep M6.8, M7.0 and M6.6 earthquakes hit south of the Fiji Islands 
A very deep earthquake, registered by the USGS as M6.8, hit south of the Fiji Islands at 09:38 UTC on November 9, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 630 km (391 miles). The quake was followed by M7.0 earthquake at 09:51 UTC at a depth of 670 km (416 miles). EMSC reports M6.8 at a depth of 629 km (390 miles) and M6.8 at 655 km (406 miles).

At least 6 people killed after M6.6 earthquake hits Nepal 
A strong and shallow earthquake registered by Nepal’s National Earthquake Monitoring and Research Center (NEMRC) as M6.6 hit the Doti district in the Sudurpaschim Province, Nepal at 20:27 UTC on November 8, 2022 (02:12 LT, November 9). The National Center for Seismology in India is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS and EMSC are reporting M5.6 at a depth of 15.7 km (9.7 miles) / 10 km (6.2 miles).

M5.6 earthquake and series of aftershocks hit near the coast of Rimini, Italy
A shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as M5.6 hit near the coast of Rimini, central Italy at 06:07 UTC on November 9, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The USGS is reporting the same magnitude and depth.

Globalists Rebrand Illegals as ‘Climate Migrants’ to Further Their Population Replacement Scheme
For years Globalists have been trying to use the weather to further their population replacement scheme. But, as the United States and European countries grow tired of welcoming illegal migrants who are often dangerous people with values and ambitions that oppose Western values and laws, Globalists are trying to rebrand them as “Climate Migrants” to gain them entry.

Another 28 Reports in October From China of People Imprisoned for Their Spiritual Belief: Report
The Chinese communist regime has been persecuting a group of spiritual believers across China since 1999, and the massive suppression is still going on.

South Korea expedites efforts to establish Iron Dome-style air defense system 
The administration of South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol is expediting efforts to develop an advanced air defense system to counter North Korean rocket launches.

Turkey’s inflation hits 24-year high of 85.5% after rate cuts
Turkish annual inflation climbed to a new 24-year high of 85.51% in October, official data showed on Thursday, slightly below forecast, after the central bank cut its policy rate despite surging prices.

Cash-strapped Americans hit by high inflation are turning to second jobs to supplement their incomes
More Americans are turning to second jobs as the holidays approach and inflation rates continue to soar, making many pinch pennies.

Report: Pedophiles Can Exploit Trans ‘Loophole’ To Hide Criminal History When Applying To Work With Children
Criminals who identify as transgender can use a “loophole” in the UK’s background check system to hide their previous convictions when applying to work with children, according to a report by a watchdog group.

State Department gives intelligence agencies unrestricted access to personal data of US citizens
According to a letter US Senator Ron Wyden has sent State Secretary Antony Blinken, in excess of 145 million Americans have their personal data exposed to unfettered access of a variety of law enforcement and federal intelligence agencies.

Fuel supply emergency declarations issued in Nebraska and South Dakota
Authorities in two states are relaxing certain trucking regulations in order to address fuel supply shortages.

U.S. patent describes “toxic mosquito aerial” chemtrails program to spread chemical and biological weapons for killing people

In 2014, a patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that outlines the future – which is now the present – of chemical and biological warfare.

Climate Change is a Malicious, Dangerous Myth 
The Chief Climate Loonies (all 20,000 of them if COP26 is anything to go by) are meeting in a lovely holiday resort town in Egypt for COP27. My guess is that around 19,900 of them will have got there by aeroplane. I wonder how much electricity they will use for their laptops, iPads and magic telephones. (They never meet in Wolverhampton or Milton Keynes, do they? Maybe next time.)

SADS? – England has now suffered 300k Deaths since May resulting in over 34k Excess Deaths – Why are so many people dying? 

…With further ONS figures proving 94% of all Covid-19 deaths since April have been among the triple/quadruple vaccinated, and also proving mortality rates per 100,000 are highest among the vaccinated population in all age groups, this strongly suggests that the Covid-19 vaccines are to blame for why so many people are dying.

WHAT’S GOING ON? New Mexico Secretary of State Site Shows 16 Million Registered Voters Drop Overnight
What’s going on at the Secretary of State website in New Mexico? Yesterday when you went to the Secretary of State’s website in New Mexico you could see that over 17 million people were reported as registered in the state.  This had been showing for days.

BLOOD MOON BLOODBATH… Democrats Steal Midterms, Communism Comes Home to America… Crime, Inflation, Record Gas Prices, War, Open Borders and Corruption WIN BIG
In a normal time, in a normal country, voters would reject record gas prices, record inflation, record crime rates, war and corruption. But not today.

First RSV Emergency Declared as Pfizer and GSK Race to Get Vaccines Approved 
Southern California’s Orange County Health Department this month declared a local health emergency over concerns around the rising number of pediatric cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV).

Italy’s New Government Stops ‘Healthy’ Migrants on Soros-Funded NGO Trafficking Ships from Disembarking 
Newly-elected Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni leads a conservative coalition that has vowed to crack down on illegals crossing the Mediterranean. Now the country has stopped migrants aboard globalist-funded ships from disembarking on Italian soil. The government has allowed only children and sick or “vulnerable” people to enter.

Source: https://www.raptureready.com/2022/11/10/10-nov-2022/

Headlines – 11/10/2022

Outgoing defense minister: I expect Netanyahu to be ‘levelheaded’ about Iran strike

Parties report ‘significant progress’ in coalition talks with Netanyahu

Likud says it will form government ‘quickly,’ as Herzog consults parties on PM pick

Herzog heard on hot mic saying ‘entire world’ anxious about Ben Gvir

Palestinian shot dead during alleged attempt to damage West Bank barrier

Armed military drone crashes in southern Israel, sparking a fire

Israel blamed for deadly strike on Iranian convoy at Syria-Iraq border

After Israel agreement, Lebanon seeks maritime border talks with Syria

US to give Lebanon $80.5 million in aid amid economic crisis

Ukraine urging globe to ‘force Russia into peace talks,’ hard turn from previous stance

In major blow to Putin, Russia orders retreat from key city in southern Ukraine

Russia announces retreat from occupied Kherson; Ukrainian officials doubtful

Putin Gags Russian Officials Who Dared to Criticize War

Russian Ambassador: Ukraine Dirty Bomb Would Cause ‘Radiation Disaster’

Gantz: Israel doesn’t have production capacity to supply air defense systems to Ukraine

Ukraine To Seize Firms With Links to Hunter Biden

Biden wishes Republicans ‘lots of luck’ in plans to investigate son Hunter if they take the House

China’s Security Increasingly Unstable, Uncertain – China’s Xi

Claim: Canadian Intelligence Warned Trudeau Chinese Communists Were Funding Political Candidates

‘Chaos and Division’: China Predicts Republicans Will Impeach Biden After Midterms

Rep. Jim Jordan: Whistleblowers Tell Us ‘FBI Leadership’ Is ‘Rotted to Its Core,’ GOP Majority Will Investigate

‘Brazil was stolen’: the Bolsonaro supporters who refuse to accept election result

Maher: It Shouldn’t Take Days for Us to Get Election Results, We’re Getting Beaten by Brazil

Alaska Results Won’t Be Decided for Two Weeks Under ‘Ranked Choice’

‘Actual threat to democracy’: Tucker Carlson calls for end to electronic voting machines

AZ State Representative-Elect Austin Smith In Victory Speech: “What Happened In Maricopa County Is Criminal” – “Get Rid Of These STUPID Dominion Voting Machines”

Commentary: Democrats’ risky midterm strategy to elevate election deniers appears to pay off

Conservatives point finger at Trump after GOP’s underwhelming election results: ‘He’s never been weaker’

Shares of Truth Social merger partner fall after Trump’s candidates underwhelm in midterm elections

Carville: Dems Should Have Lost 57 Seats – Trump Is Reason We Didn’t

Trump: Midterms ‘somewhat disappointing’ but still ‘very big victory’

Big Day for Trump-Endorsed Candidates that Fake News Media Will Not Report – 9 Losses and 174 Wins So Far

“Definitely Not a Republican Wave… Hats Off to the Democrats…” – Lindsey Graham on Stolen Midterms

Biden White House cheers ‘red ripple’ as Republicans underperform midterm forecasts – Biden says he plans to run again

US Exit Polls: 73% of Voters Angry About Direction of Country – So They Voted Democrat?

Publius 2.0: It Feels Like We Are Watching the First Wholly Manufactured Election in Our History in Which All Key Competitive Races Were Programmed By Langley

Runoff election in Georgia may decide fate of U.S. Senate, again

How Could John Fetterman Have Won? Every Possible Answer Is Bad in a Different Way.

Pennsylvania state representative reelected despite being dead

Dems Blow Nearly $200 Million on Perennial Losers Beto O’Rourke, Stacey Abrams

Another Jan. 6 Show Trial Member Ousted: Democrat Elaine Luria Defeated in Virginia, Will Leave Congress with Liz Cheney

House select committee interviewed Secret Service driver of Trump’s vehicle on Jan. 6

Biden-nominated US Attorney Rachael Rollins under multiple investigations for possible Hatch Act violations, could face removal

Elon Musk on Silicon Valley’s Leftist Bias: ‘Borderline Illegal’ to Support GOP in San Francisco

EU antitrust regulators to probe Microsoft’s $69 billion Activision bid

Facebook parent company Meta to lay off 13% of employees in ‘most difficult change’

Mark Zuckerberg Picks Wild Billionaire Metaverse Fantasy Over 11,000 Jobs

Disney Stock Plunges 13% To New Multi-Year Low On Earnings Miss, Weak Profit Outlook

Dow closes more than 600 points lower after indecisive midterms, crypto selloff

Redfin Shuts Home-Flipping Business, Lays Off 13% of Staff in Slumping Housing Market

FedEx Parks Planes, Maersk Cancels Sails: World Trade Appears to Be Rapidly Deteriorating – Economic storm clouds are gathering worldwide

Biden says ‘we’re not anywhere near a recession’ right now

“The Overwhelming Majority of the American People Support my Economic Agenda” – Biden to Reporters as 75% of People Say They Are Unhappy

Gas Crisis Wipes $100 Billion off German Economy

The civil war inside the government over… UFOs?

6.6 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

5.1 magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 22,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 20,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 20,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 16,000ft

Fuego volcano in Guatemala erupts to 15,000ft

Ebeko volcano in the Kuril Islands erupts to 15,000ft

Nicole strikes the Bahamas and is expected to become a hurricane before hitting Florida overnight

Building collapses at Daytona Beach Shores as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches Florida

Very large waterspout forms in Datca, Turkey

Jordan is on the edge of a water disaster – the home of Jordanians and Arab refugees could run out of fresh water in the next few decades

Norway’s Princess Gives Up Royal Duties to Pursue “Alternative Medicine” Business with American Witch Doctor Fiance Who Says He Rose From the Dead

Biden Admin Gives $41M to Help Illegal Immigrants Fight Deportation

Iowa Voters Pass Public Measure 1, Designating the Right to Bear Arms ‘A Fundamental Individual Right’

NBC News: Midterms ‘Not Final’ but They Prove Gun Control a Winner for Democrats

“Fact checkers:” Red flag laws are not “confiscation”

AOC apologizes for not listing her pronouns on Instagram: ‘They fell off’

LGBTQ candidates have historic night in ‘Rainbow Wave’

Exit Poll: Midterm Voters Oppose Transgenderism by Two to One

California Enshrines Abortion Until Birth, Rejects Sports Gambling

Vermont Votes to Enshrine Constitutional Right to Abortion

Planned Parenthood Revenue Trending Up as Taxpayer Funding Increases

Pfizer and BioNTech start early study of combination vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and influenza

Pfizer profits from COVID vaccines and treatments, reaping almost $100 billion in sales

Source: http://trackingbibleprophecy.org/birthpangs.php

Mid-Day Snapshot · Nov. 10, 2022

“From The Patriot Post (patriotpost.us)”.

THE FOUNDATION

“Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.” —James Madison (1787)

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Joe Biden’s ‘Good Day for Democracy’

In a rare press conference, the divider-in-chief gloated about his party not having lost too badly.

Douglas Andrews

“Nothing.” Zip, zilch, nada.

That was Joe Biden’s response yesterday when asked during a rare press conference what he planned to do differently during the final two years of his one and only term. If Biden’s response doesn’t already seem arrogant enough, consider the exact question that was asked: “Seventy-five percent of people say the country is heading in the wrong direction. What do you intend to do differently?”

“Nothing”? Really?

Biden then explained: “Because they’re just finding out what we’re doing. The more they know about what we’re doing, the more support there is.”

That can’t be so — not unless soaring inflation, a looming recession, a surge in violent crime, a wide-open southern border, a failing educational system, a war on American energy, and a weaker military are more popular than we’d thought. Nevertheless, by doubling down on his ruinous policies, Biden reaffirms H.L. Mencken’s well-worn quip about democracy being the belief that the people know what they want, and that they deserve to get it good and hard.

Asked specifically about the midterm elections, whose votes are still, maddeningly, being counted in close races across the land, Biden said: “We’ve lost very few seats for certain. It was a good day for democracy.”

He continued: “While the press and pundits were predicting a giant red wave, it didn’t happen. I felt good during the whole process. While any seat lost is painful, we lost fewer seats in the House of Representatives than any president’s first term in last 40 years.”

He’s right about that, but mostly because the continual gerrymandering of congressional districts by both political parties has left fewer and fewer seats up for grabs. On top of that, the Republicans were starting from a high floor in the House to begin with — meaning that they were already just five seats from being in the majority — so the wild predictions of a 30- to 40-seat bloodbath were, in retrospect, idiotic. (Here, we’ll admit to being swept up in the moment, and we’ll vow to be better going forward.)

As for yesterday being “a good day for democracy,” Biden clearly meant “a bad day for Republicans,” who couldn’t seem to convince enough voters that myriad other issues were a graver threat to their way of life than overturning Roe v. Wade’s incorrectly adjudicated federal guarantee of abortion on demand.

But November 8 might not end up having been such a bad day for Republicans, except in terms of poorly managed expectations. How so? In Nevada, Adam Laxalt is hanging on to a narrow 1.8% lead with 83% of the votes counted in his bid to unseat incumbent Senator Catherine Cortez Masto. If Laxalt wins, control of the Senate will come down to a December 6 runoff in Georgia between Republican Herschel Walker and Democrat incumbent Raphael Warnock.

Thus, the Republican hopes of wresting control of both houses of Congress aren’t yet dead — far from it. Under-promise and over-deliver, as they say — not the other way around.

The other blessing that Republicans might draw from Tuesday’s middling results is a slightly strengthened Joe Biden, who didn’t lose as badly as was expected. We say this because it might make him even harder to usher off the stage between now and 2024.

Unlike just about everyone else on both sides of the aisle, Biden hasn’t ruled out a potential 2024 reelection bid. We can dream, of course. We can root for him to run because we don’t see how an octogenarian whose approval rating is stubbornly stuck in the low-40s can possibly win reelection.

Then again, we didn’t see how nearly three million Pennsylvanians could vote to send John Fetterman to the U.S. Senate, so we should probably shut our lousy soup cooler.

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Abortion in the Election

For Democrats, this was an effective rallying cry this midterm.

Emmy Griffin

The overturning of Roe v. Wade marked the beginning of a successful propaganda narrative that Democrats constructed in order to rally their pro-abortion base for the midterm elections. The results are somber for pro-lifers.

The Washington Post crowed about the exit polls on this matter, stating the polls found that “almost 3 in 10 voters nationally said abortion was the most important issue in their vote, and that about 4 in 10 voters nationally said they were ‘angry’ that Roe was overturned.” Hillary Clinton likewise weighed in, “It turns out women enjoy having human rights, and we vote.”

But there are other indicators that abortion played a major role in voting this election.

Five states had abortion on the ballot, and all of the proposals went in favor of abortion.

Michigan’s infamous Proposal 3 — which makes abortion a part of the state constitution and allows for the termination of a baby at any point during the nine months of pregnancy — passed with 56.2% of the vote.

In Vermont, voters overwhelmingly enshrined abortion in their state constitution with more than 78% of the vote, which, according to LifeSiteNews, makes Vermont “the first state to formally enshrine abortion ‘rights’ in its constitution.”

Unsurprisingly, California also voted for abortion to be added to the state constitution.

Montana’s proposition asked voters if there should be medical care provided to babies who survive abortions. As of this writing, with 89% of the vote in, the “Nos” are winning at 52.57%. Horrific.

Kentucky’s proposal was an amendment to say there was no right to abortion. As of this writing, with 99% of the vote counted, the “Nos” are at 52.4%.

Pro-abortion advocates are celebrating their victory in the red state of Kentucky, which was largely viewed as an anti-abortion stronghold. But the voters said they didn’t want a ban in the state constitution, which leaves the state open for overturning some of the abortion restrictions there. Tamarra Wieder, state director for Kentucky Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates, said, “Abortion transcends party lines.” That is not the sort of unifying statement that inspires anything but deep sadness.

Many factors played into these tragic results, but the biggest of those factors was how close the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision was to the midterm elections. The mainstream media was able to sell lies and euphemisms to an already angry and suspicious electorate.

One of the lies the pro-abortion crowd was able to sell was: “The loss of Roe means your children and grandchildren have less rights than you did.” This implies that women not fighting for abortion rights were anti-feminist and retrograde. This right was never in the Constitution in the first place, and reverting abortion policy back to the states is the correct course of action by SCOTUS.

Pro-abortion activists also said that if abortion is outlawed, women who have miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies might be investigated for breaking abortion laws and/or prevented from receiving treatment. This is just a flat-out lie. Miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies are not abortions. Not receiving care would result in medical harm to the mother. No pro-lifer in their right mind would object to medical intervention in these circumstances. Yet this lie was so ardently championed by the leftist propaganda machine that an elderly canvaser in Michigan was shot for contradicting that lie.

The icing on the cake in this deadly campaign was how Democrat candidates, in conjunction with the media, successfully avoided airing their extreme abortion views to the voters. Katie Hobbs, who is in a close race for governor of Arizona, would not say when she thought abortions should be illegal. The platform of the Democrat Party is that abortion is okay during all nine months of pregnancy for any reason (Michigan’s Proposal 3 is a perfect example). This position is more extreme than any abortion law in Europe and is on par with tyrannical dictatorships like China and North Korea. Not a good look.

Perhaps the results would have been different if pro-lifers had an equal hearing in the MSM. Sadly, pro-life advocates have an uphill battle in this arena.

Pro-life activists and crisis pregnancy centers have been crippled when it comes to getting out their life-saving message. Big Tech is censoring them and their advertising. Furthermore, the DOJ has decided to use its power to attack pro-life activists and ignore the many cases of arson, vandalism, and threats made to these crisis centers.

Ultimately, abortion — not typically a factor for deciding on candidates for elections — was a key issue for many Democrats. They outflanked pro-life Republicans on messaging, and now the unborn babies in those states are more vulnerable than ever.

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Patriots, How Will You Respond?

On Tuesday, we lost some battles, but it is time to regroup and redouble our vigilance and our actions.

Since the dawn of our nation, Liberty has been threatened by those who promote tyranny, and those who seek to empower themselves. It will take more than one election cycle to pull our nation out of the ditch we are in — but there has been a great awakening among our fellow Patriots in the last decade, and our ranks have grown rapidly during that time.

We rise every day tasked with a mission to “support and defend” our Constitution and the Liberty it enshrines. The future of Liberty rests on all our shoulders, and with God’s help we will keep moving the line forward.

Do not dare withdraw from the battle. Today, please support our mission so that we can continue to grow our ranks, and meet the enemies of Liberty on the next field of battle with force and resolve.

Thank you for all you do to sustain Freedom for the next generation.

Executive News Summary

Stock market was hoping for a red wave, conservatives won in New York, Russians are slowly retreating in Ukraine, and more.

Thomas Gallatin & Jordan Candler

Cross-Examination

  • The stock market was hoping for a red wave: Following the midterm election results, Wall Street saw a deflation in stock values as the anticipated red wave failed to arrive. The Dow Jones dropped 530 points and the NASDAQ fell 229 points. The biggest factor in the market slump was due to uncertainty as to which party ends up controlling the House and Senate. While the House looks likely to come under Republican control, the Senate leaves a lot of questions up in the air for investors. The lack of a clear mandate from the electorate against the Democrat agenda further breeds a sense of unease in the market, as the notion that any big changes will be coming from Washington appears to be limited. Ironically, at the end of the day, Republicans may have won, but it feels like defeat because expectations weren’t met.
  • Conservatives won in New York: The Empire State gubernatorial race appeared to be reaching tossup territory in the final week leading up to the election, but Democrat incumbent Governor Kathy Hochul was able to defeat a serious challenge from Republican Representative Lee Zeldin. The thought that Zeldin even had a chance against Hochul in reliably blue New York was remote. However, while Zeldin didn’t win, Republicans did better across the state, effectively eroding Democrat dominance there. What put New York in play for Republicans has much to do with the Democrats’ poor record on crime. As violent crime has been rising, especially in New York City, voters were motivated to look to Republicans for solutions. On the national scene, Republicans netted at least three U.S. House seats from New York, which included the surprising defeat of the Democrats’ House campaign chief, Sean Patrick Maloney. So, while states like Florida got redder, New York’s blue has a decidedly more purple hue.
  • Russians are slowly retreating in Ukraine: For the past several months, the tide of Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine has clearly turned against the Russian strongman. Following the collapse of Russian military forces in northeastern Ukraine near the major city of Kharkiv in late summer, Putin’s forces have been slowly losing the ground they gained early in the war. Now, after months of sustained pressure and heavy loses inflicted by Ukraine’s military in the southeast, Russian military leadership announced a planned withdrawal of forces from the key regional city of Kherson. The loss of Kherson for the Russians would be a major blow for their military strategic capabilities, and it serves to continue to increase pressure on a military that is clearly struggling to adapt to an increasingly superior-armed Ukraine. The exfiltration from the Kherson region of an estimated 40,000 Russian troops will be no easy feat. The few bridge crossings over the large Dnipro River have been severely damaged by Ukraine, forcing the Russians to use barges to move men and equipment across. With winter fast approaching, the prospects of any success for Putin from this war continue to dim.

Headlines

  • Georgia Senate race will go to a runoff (PJ Media)
  • GOP grows support among black, Hispanic, youth voting blocs (Daily Wire)
  • Exit poll shows nearly 70% of single women voted Democrat in midterms (Daily Wire)
  • Don’t blame Gen Z for voting Democrat; blame the people who told them to (RedState)
  • How accurate were the polls in the 2022 elections? (Intelligencer)
  • Inventories of diesel in the United States are the lowest they have been heading into winter in 70 years (Washington Post)
  • Biden courted oil companies before threatening them with windfall tax (Washington Post)
  • Biden says Elon Musk’s Twitter deal “worth being looked at” (The Hill)
  • Trump attacks DeSantis: I got more votes than him, needs to be “more gracious” to me (Daily Wire)
  • Mike Pence suggests a Lincoln Project ad convinced Trump he could overturn the 2020 election on January 6 (Fox News)
  • Policy: Heritage Foundation releases top seven priorities to promote conservatism in next Congress (Fox News)
  • Humor: Millions of Americans struggle to fill the void in their lives left by absence of political commercials (Babylon Bee)

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Will the Election Change Inflation?

Gridlock at least can’t hurt, but “transitory” inflation will continue to persist for the foreseeable future.

Nate Jackson

One subsiding red wave is actually good news — the red ink in your budget caused by inflation, which might have peaked and be on its way back down. Today’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) report brings some welcome news, given that inflation in October came in below those always-entertaining expert expectations. But…

CPI increased 0.4% in October, and it’s now 7.7% for the year. The latter number is the best rate since January. It’s down from 8.2% in September and continues an overall downward trend in the annual rate from June’s peak of 9.1%. But cumulative inflation since Joe Biden signed the inflationary American Rescue Plan is still nearly 13%, month-over-month inflation is still expanding faster than July and August when Biden was touting 0%, and even an annual rate of 7.7% is a far cry from the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%.

There’s also the fact that much of the slowdown was caused by a decline in prices for a few things like medical care, apparel, and used cars. On the flip side, shelter costs increased 0.8%, the most since 1990. “Also, fuel oil prices exploded 19.8% higher for the month and are up 68.5% on a 12-month basis,” CNBC reports. “The food index rose 0.6% for the month and 10.9% annually, while energy was up 1.8% and 17.6%, respectively.” Gas prices were up 4% for the month and 17.5% for the year.

Thanks to inflation, wages are also down 0.1% for the month and 2.8% for the year. And the Federal Reserve is on track to continue raising interest rates, having already done so five times in 2022 for a cumulative hike of three percentage points. That has greatly slowed the housing market and could tip the country back into recession.

Finally, price increases may slow down, and many months (or years) from now inflation may return to 2%, but we’re unlikely to ever return to pre-inflation prices on much of anything.

Meanwhile, Biden is obstinately insisting he won’t change course after the midterm elections, when many voters did indeed stubbornly choose to stick with Democrats because they’re more afraid of Donald Trump or losing the “right” to terminate preborn babies than they are about the economy or their own family budget.

However, there’s still some good news. Republicans have almost certainly won control of the House, and the Senate is still in play. That means gridlock in Washington instead of the “progressives” passing their destructive legislative agenda. That may give stock markets time to recover as businesses can plan for not much happening in DC. Maybe the economy can regain its legs without major Democrat agenda items as well.

Besides, as Biden said of inflation Wednesday, “I am optimistic.” What could go wrong?

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COVID’s Continued Hit on America’s Workforce

Exploring the mystery of America’s “missing workers” two and a half years later.

Thomas Gallatin

While the overwhelming majority of Americans who have been sickened by COVID have recovered, the American economy has yet to fully recover from the pandemic. The current employment number is still roughly one million workers shy of pre-pandemic levels, and that’s two and a half years after the novel virus hit. The question is why, since the pandemic has ended. Although people are still coming down with COVID infections, the hospitalization rate and mortality rate have declined significantly — now producing numbers comparable to the annual flu.

So, what explains the lingering slump in the American workforce? The number of working-age Americans who died from COVID was approximately 300,000, a number that doesn’t explain the million-plus loss in workforce.

Recent research conducted by two economists, Gopi Shah Goda of Stanford University and Evan J. Soltas of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found that despite the fact that COVID deaths don’t explain the loss in the number of workers, the virus has still sickened many workers for longer periods of time than prior to the pandemic. This led to losses in productivity as well as wages.

In an average month this year, roughly 630,000 more workers have missed at least a week of work due to COVID-related issues than missed a week due to illness in the years prior to the pandemic. This represents a 0.4% reduction in workforce efficiency over pre-pandemic numbers. The lack of work efficiency has a domino effect down the chain, slowing work flow.

When a worker or a worker’s child is sickened by COVID, this often results in days off and lost productivity. In some instances, the loss of work hours prompted some workers to change jobs or to become self-employed. The self-employment decision has been made by a significant number of workers who either wanted to avoid COVID-related mandates or who wanted to avoid a situation where they couldn’t set their own work schedules and more easily take on dynamic situations with children getting sick.

Then there are those suffering from what has been termed “long COVID,” where months after getting infected they find themselves still suffering from various debilitating symptoms. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that approximately 7.5% of the adult population is suffering from long COVID. This produces a negative impact on work efficiency as well as employment numbers.

Finally, there are those who have simply taken advantage of the COVID-related relief programs, electing not to return to the workforce because there are other ways to pay for groceries, even after some of those programs were reduced or ended.

All these factors are contributing to the seemingly stagnate employment number. Furthermore, it doesn’t look like things will be changing anytime soon, despite the fact that the pandemic is over.

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The Looming Trump-DeSantis Battle

It’s the elephant in the Republican room, and it won’t go away if we simply ignore it.

Douglas Andrews

On Saturday, at a rally in western Pennsylvania, we saw the opening salvo of the battle yet ahead: “Ron DeSanctimonious.”

That’s what former President Donald Trump called his fellow Republican, the wildly successful governor of the Free State of Florida, Ron DeSantis — a man who would days later go on to win his reelection race in a stunning blowout of nearly 20 points.

It was a nasty swipe from Trump, utterly unnecessary and in full violation of Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

Trump, of course, doesn’t do Reagan. The classy, affable Gipper isn’t his style. Trump made his bones in the brass-knuckled world of Manhattan real estate, and he’s never taken any prisoners in the political arena.

So the “DeSanctimonious” comment was a shot across the bow — a warning from the 76-year-old Trump to the 44-year-old governor to wait his turn. Further proof could be seen Tuesday night at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where he refused to acknowledge DeSantis’s remarkable victory even while acknowledging the big statewide win of fellow Floridian Marco Rubio, who won his Senate reelection race by 17 points.

“Marco had a fantastic evening at 58 to 41. That’s really — that’s really tremendous,” Trump said, turning heads after DeSantis outperformed Rubio and delivered a rousing victory speech hailing his “win for the ages” and laying out a national message.

Later, Trump belittled DeSantis’s results while touting his own: “Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?” Funny that he didn’t mention DeSantis’s 59-40 margin, or his own 2020 spread of just 51-48.

On Sunday, the day after his “DeSanctimonious” swipe, Trump had this to say when asked about the prospect of DeSantis running for president in 2024:

I don’t know if he is running. I think if he runs, he could hurt himself very badly. I really believe he could hurt himself badly. I think he would be making a mistake, I think the base would not like it — I don’t think it would be good for the party.

Any of that stuff is not good — you have other people that possibly will run, I guess. I don’t know if he runs. If he runs, he runs.

Trump went on to say that if DeSantis does run, he’ll treat him the way he treated his other fellow Republicans during the 2016 primary. And maybe worse: “I would tell you things about him that won’t be very flattering,” he said. “I know more about him than anybody — other than, perhaps, his wife.”

In that same Fox News interview, Trump also said DeSantis is “a fine guy.” So go figure.

This is it for Donald Trump. It’s 2024 or never again. He believes in his heart — as do tens of millions of his supporters — that the 2020 election was rigged, was stolen from him, and he wants to reclaim the presidency that he believes is rightfully his. Further, he’s given every indication that he’s running, and he wants to clear the deck of any opposition.

As for DeSantis, his stock has never been hotter. He’s almost singlehandedly turned purple Florida solid red. Indeed, in recent years the Sunshine State has registered some 600,000 new Republicans, while the Democrats have registered fewer than 50,000 of their own. And DeSantis’s Tuesday night speech was a stemwinder, as rousing an indication yet that the Florida governor has plans for national office.

“USA! USA!” some supporters chanted. “Two more years! Two more years!” others shouted, in a not-so-subtle call for DeSantis to throw his hat into the ring for 2024. The speech itself is just a bit more than nine minutes long, but it has the “big picture” feel of Reagan’s 1964 “A Time for Choosing” speech — only with sharper elbows and a Churchillian throat punch: “We fight the woke in the legislature,” DeSantis intoned. “We fight the woke in the schools. We fight the woke in the corporations. We will never ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die!”

It was an unmistakable battle cry, and it was filled with fightin’ words.

Near as we can tell, there are three ways to avoid an ugly and prolonged and damaging brawl between the Republican Party’s current standard-bearer and its future one. The first would be for Trump to announce that he’s not running in 2024. (Yeah, we know: What are the odds?) The second would be for Trump to invite DeSantis onto the ticket as his running mate for 2024. That too seems unlikely.

Then there’s the third possibility, which Al Cardenas, a former chair of the Republican Party of Florida, has suggested. As the Miami Herald reports:

“Ron DeSantis is 44 years old. He’s been traveling the country, campaigning for candidates for governor and Senate and, for the first time, building up a pretty good Rolodex of IOUs — which is good for him,” Cardenas said. “Donald Trump can’t run for reelection if he wins so, if you’re 44 years old, and you’ve got a pretty good runway, why not be governor for two years and then start running for president two years from now? You’re still gonna be only 47 years old.”

Time is certainly on Ron DeSantis’s side — certainly more so than it is for Donald Trump. But there’s a sense among many Republicans that Trump can’t win again; that while his base is highly committed and highly enthusiastic, it represents considerably less than 50% of the country; and that while Trump can pack ‘em in at a campaign rally like no one else can, he also energizes and mobilizes the opposition like no one else can.

“There are huge pitfalls to Trump 3.0 that would be easily and nearly completely avoided by nominating and electing DeSantis, or any other Republican alternative,” writes National Review’s Rich Lowry, whose magazine has never failed to make clear its Never-Trumpism.

He’s right about the chaos and tumult that another Trump run would inevitably bring with it. But we think he’s dead wrong about today’s Democrats being somehow more accepting of a DeSantis candidacy. Joe Biden has already called him “Trump incarnate.” See how this works?

The modern Democrat Party is as vicious and hate-filled as any in American history. To think that Ron DeSantis or anyone else can somehow avoid its enmity is folly. The Left will eventually ramp up the hate machine regardless of who the next Republican nominee is. It’s only a matter of time.

In this respect, perhaps the best thing about Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis is that they’re both great counterpunchers. Because they’ll need to be.

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For the Record

“Imagine someone close to you has a drinking problem. Night after night, he goes out to the bars on wild binges, chugging down 10 to 12 beers a night. But then, in a supreme effort to reform himself, the drunkard cuts his consumption down to a six-pack every night. He starts boasting of his amazing self-control and good behavior. That’s analogous to President Joe Biden’s tall tale that he’s one of the greatest paragons of fiscal responsibility in modern times. … Biden’s administration has led the federal government in spending and borrowing more money in his first 20 months in the White House than any other president in history. No one else comes close to his record of fiscal recklessness. Biden is not even halfway through his presidential term, and he’s already signed into law federal spending over the next decade that will exceed $4 trillion. … Biden has turned the Potomac River into a sea of red ink. But sure, he’s the No. 1 deficit-cutter of our time.” —Stephen Moore

Upright

“Florida … demonstrated how to run an election. Florida has a ‘find my ballot’ app that allows voters to track their ballots, like one can track a letter or package, or a checked bag on an airline. The software tells voters when their ballot arrives at the counting station, when it is opened and when it is counted. This process greatly enhances election integrity and faith that the outcome is legitimate, protecting against conspiracy theories. Florida should be the model for the nation. They’ve come a long way from ‘hanging chads’ in the 2000 presidential election.” —Cal Thomas

Observations

“[Tuesday] night was not a referendum on Democrats’ excellence in governance; it was a referendum on Republicans lack of seriousness. Democrats will misread this and keep doubling down. So if Republicans get serious and drop the frivolous [crap], 2024 could look very different. IF. Culture war isn’t frivolous [crap], by the way. It’s key. But it’s the icing on the cake of competent governance and earning trust with voters (see DeSantis, Ron and Youngkin, Glenn). Icing on a bag of weird ain’t gonna win you elections.” —Ben Shapiro

“The nation, deeply dissatisfied with the way the Democrats were running things, looked at what the GOP offered as the alternative and concluded, ‘Nope, I’ll stick with what the Democrats are giving me’ in a lot of key places. If you can’t elect a lot of Republicans in an environment like this, when can you?” —Jim Geraghty

“What concerns me the most about the election is that all these angry explanations for why we lost, i.e., we came off as angry and extremist, including on abortion don’t ring true to me. What does is the possibility that the electorate has permanently changed.” —David Limbaugh

“Americans long for calm and normalcy more than they want to burn things down.” —Ben Domenech

“For all the affection Trump enjoys from his base, there’s a reason why it’s Democrats who are the most eager to make him the face of the GOP.” —Jonathan Martin

Non Compos Mentis

“Well, I think if [candidates I endorsed] win, I should get all the credit, and if they lose, I should not be blamed at all.” —Donald Trump

“I got [Ron DeSantis] the nomination. He didn’t get it. I got it. And I thought that he could have been more gracious, but that’s up to him.” —Donald Trump

“Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D[eSantis] got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?” —Donald Trump (“It is impossible to compare the turnout for midterm elections to the turnout for presidential elections because the turnout for presidential elections is always higher. What can be compared, though, is the margin of victory. In 2020, Trump won the state by 3.3 points or 371,686 votes. DeSantis won the state [Tuesday] night by 19.4 points or 1,507,081 votes.” —The Daily Wire)

Dumb & Dumber

“The Latino vote is not the same everywhere! There are huge generational differences and in Florida [the] population of older voters (more likely Rs) [is] much larger than younger. Socialism does not play there. And there is a massive disinformation problem in Spanish language media.” —former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki

“[John] Fetterman as a nominee at some point for president — um, I know there are some variables, obviously. But I just, you know — what he did in the super-red, deep-red parts of Pennsylvania, and the way that he ran ahead of Biden, as you were saying, ran ahead of Trump, I mean, it just makes you wonder about his future.” —MSNBC’s Katy Tur

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America’s ‘Ministry of Truth’ hasn’t gone away: Official Washington hasn’t abandoned its plan to ​​control social networks | RT World News

Leaked documents reveal the ‘paused’ ‘Disinformation Governance Board’’ is back online

America's ‘Ministry of Truth’ hasn't gone away: Official Washington hasn't abandoned its plan to ​​control social networks

The US Department of Homeland Security is secretly ramping up its efforts to censor and suppress information it considers dangerous – in other words, it’s focussed on inconvenient, but true, facts. A body originally created to defend Americans from terror is now threatening free speech everywhere online – and doing so with the active help of major tech firms.

This is all revealed in leaked documents obtained by journalists Ken Klippenstein and Lee Fang. Perhaps the most worrying papers are those that show that the highly controversial and widely condemned DHS (or “Disinformation Governance Board”) – and the serious threat it poses to free speech – hasn’t gone anywhere.

How it started…

The body was announced with much fanfare on 27 April. Government officials, pundits, and mainstream journalists fell over themselves to praise the news, and the Board’s chief, former Ukrainian government communication adviser Nina Jankowicz.

Just three weeks later, the DGB was placed on indefinite hold, and Jankowicz resigned. The rapid turnaround was said by the Washington Post to itself be the result of dangerous disinformation that had been spread about the Board and about its boss, who it was also claimed had fallen victim to a concerted campaign of misogynistic abuse.

The truth is that many valid criticisms and concerns were raised about the DGB and Jankowicz herself, with free speech advocates understandably afraid the Board would serve as a state censorship unit, dictating what is and isn’t true, what citizens are allowed to think, and which sources of information should be silenced and deplatformed.

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Many critics equated the body to Orwell’s Ministry of Truth, as described in the dystopian nightmare novel 1984. DHS officials mocked these comparisons, but struggled to define what the board and its actual purpose was, as much as what it wasn’t. In the days before its 18 May closure, they frequently promised that the DGB wouldn’t have any “operational authority,” in other words power to make and enforce policy.

The 22 days of scandal surrounding the Board have been largely forgotten half a year later, and DHS Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas officially closing the institution for good in August may have created the impression among critics that the danger had been vanquished permanently. The new leaked documents point to talk of a “pause” and shutdown having been a ruse all along, designed to throw them off the scent.

The Board might be no more on paper, but all its functions have been passed over to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a division of the DHS. And it is obvious that among those responsibilities is policing online content, and establishing rules that social media platforms, search engines and websites must follow. Setting and executing policy, in other words. So Department chiefs who claimed otherwise were lying all along.

…and how it’s going.

report produced by the Agency’s advisory committee in June this year is among the leaked papers. It declares that CISA “is positioned to play a unique and productive role in helping address the challenges” of “disinformation.”

Noting that the internet and “in particular social media platforms” have disrupted the role of “traditional ‘gatekeepers’ in the dissemination of information,” the report advises that CISA approach the disinformation “problem” with “the entire information ecosystem in view.” This would include patrolling and regulating “social media platforms of all sizes, mainstream media, cable news, hyper partisan media, talk radio, and other online resources,” and effectively controlling their content.

The CISA committee included Vijaya Gadde, Twitter chief of legal policy, trust, and safety. The report shows that she played an active role in shaping CISA’s anti-disinformation activities, providing “a list of civil society groups” with which Twitter has partnered in the past, should the committee “like to reach out to any additional individuals” about its disinformation “recommendations”.

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The reason the CISA would wish to “reach out” to people about its censorship work is clear from leaked minutes of its committee meetings throughout June. Again and again the need to “socialize the existence” of the DGB successor, and its “taskings,” among NGOs, rights groups, and journalists is discussed.

This is a euphemism for getting the very elements who undermined the DGB after its launch on board with the replacement, which has a new name “so as not to conflate” the two identical bodies.

Before “reaching out” to these people though, one committee member, their name redacted, “provided recommendations” on how CISA could best answer uncomfortable questions about “surveillance and monitoring” if they were asked by their targets, or the media. Twitter’s Vijaya Gadde “affirmed this course of action,” and at another meeting “recommended” the rebranded DGB have “broad scope” in terms of what media it polices, rather than “limiting” its activities to “just social media.”

Vijaya Gadde’s contributions did not stop there. At numerous CISA committee meetings she shared insider information about the Twitter platform, revealing that the social network “evaluates the level of harm done” in alleged disinformation “incidents”, and “utilizes a ‘three-strike system’ to de–amplify bad actors.” Gadde also “recommended” that the new DGB consider carefully “how many counter-narratives” it can issue in response to individual incidents.

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Business as usual

Readers will understandably be shocked that a senior staff member of a major social network would openly assist the US government in destroying free speech, not only on the platform they work for, but across traditional and social media. But this is in fact normal, and has been going on for years.

Elsewhere in the leaked minutes is a reference to a meeting in advance of the 2020 US Presidential election, which featured DHS participants. Tech industry representatives included figures from Google, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Microsoft, Verizon Media, Pinterest, and Linkedln. On the government side was CISA, the FBI, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence(ODNI).

“Since 2018 the tech industry and US government agencies…have been regularly meeting” so as to “counter information operations across the internet,” an accompanying statement reads.

In a statement to Lee Fang and Ken Klippenstein, Twitter claimed: “We do not coordinate with other entities when making content moderation decisions, and we independently evaluate content in line with the Twitter Rules.”

Vijaya Gadde; Elon Musk. © Wikipedia / Wikipedia; Kevin Mazur/MG22/Getty Images for The Met Museum

That may be the case now that Vijaya Gadde has lost her job – she was one of many people fired by the social network’s new owner Elon Musk on 28 October. But the same cannot be said for other social networks. There is a formal portal for government officials to directly flag content on Facebook or Instagram and request that it be removed or suppressed, and a guide to using it is among the leaked files.

One passage in the leaked June CISA report states that the DHS defines disinformation as “false or misleading information that is purposefully seeded and/or spread for a strategic objective.” It is a very sick joke indeed that the biggest fake news stories of this year have been about the Disinformation Governance Board. In particular that it would simply be advisory body, have no power, and eventually be closed down.

It’s possible that in light of these leaks, the DHS could simply be renamed to something else again, and carry on as before.

Source: America’s ‘Ministry of Truth’ hasn’t gone away: Official Washington hasn’t abandoned its plan to ​​control social networks

Blaming Trump for the Collapse of the Red Wave

➛Lionel appearing at the fabled and storied Cutting Room in NYC (January 14 2023) Doors open at 6 PM. Curtain at 7 PM. Special Guest: You. https://bit.ly/3TNMfEc The NYT reports that Donald Trump “faced unusual public attacks from across the Republican Party on Wednesday after a string of midterm losses by candidates he had handpicked and supported, a display of weakness as he prepared to announce a third presidential campaign as soon as next week.” Let’s discuss.

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CBN NewsWatch AM: November 10, 2022

The Waiting Game: it may be December until we know which party controls the Senate, as the Georgia race between Senator Raphael Warnock and GOP challenger Herschel Walker heads to a runoff, while Republicans appear on track to retake the House, and President Biden speaks about the midterm results; election notes: pollsters apparently wrong again, the Democratic Congressional Campaign chief Sean Patrick Maloney, loses his seat, and Democratic Pennsylvania state lawmaker, Tony DeLuca, wins re-election, even though he died in October- officials didn’t have time to change the ballot; Hurricane Nicole hits the coast of Florida before being downgraded a tropical storm; cybersecurity analyst Julio Rivera talks to CBN’s Global Lane program about the dangers artificial intelligence (AI) pose to our privacy, and the steps that need to be taken to protect our personal data; how churches meet and worship in the Metaverse; and an ancient comb found in Israel includes a historically significant inscription.

Source: CBN NewsWatch AM: November 10, 2022

Biden slammed for ‘hypocritical’ comment on investigating Elon Musk

Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., joined ‘Fox & Friends First’ to discuss Republicans’ vow to investigate Hunter Biden for potential influence peddling and Elon Musk’s deadline for turning over Hunter Biden documents. #FoxNews Subscribe to Fox News!

Source: Biden slammed for ‘hypocritical’ comment on investigating Elon Musk

The Post-Election Lessons Learnt | Lionel Nation

#LionelNation #Subscribe #Midterms2022 With the election today both parties are looking for some advantage in the economic news inter alia. Candidates are also fanning out on the campaign trail with support from their respective parties’ biggest names, the NYT reports. https://nyti.ms/3WznrSs Lionel appearing at the fabled and storied Cutting Room in NYC (January 14 2023) Doors open at 6 PM.

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Identity Politics Stems From Young People’s Quest To Answer The Question, ‘Who Am I?’ — Conservative Review

Youth have to deal with multiple competing narratives, some that are inconsistent even within themselves, fed to them by the education establishment and by propagandists.

Identity Politics Stems From Young People’s Quest To Answer The Question, ‘Who Am I?’ — Conservative Review

John Haller on Midterms: Politics, Prophecy, Global War on God — Stand Up For The Truth

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TODAY’S GUEST: Pastor John Haller – lawyer, elder, and teacher known for his weekly prophecy updates; a trial lawyer for almost 40 years, John is pastor and elder of Fellowship Bible Chapel. His prophecy updates are available on the FBC YouTube channel and cover Bible prophecy, news, discernment, apologetics and worldview issues.

David Fiorazo, Mary Danielsen, and John Haller discuss national and world events in light of Bible prophecy. Today’s topics include the U.S. Midterm election results, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, CA, abortion advances, U.N. Climate Summit, fading Christian influence worldwide, and the global war on energy, biology, and truth. 

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Powerful Quotes on Biblical Faith – Bible Apologetics – A DAILY DEVOTIONAL

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”1 ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” ~ Oswald Chambers

“Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future. It’s simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

“True faith is not a leap into the dark; it’s a leap into the light.” ~ Eric Metaxas

“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” ~ George Muller

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you cannot understand at the time.” ~ Oswald Chambers

“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven; a great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.” ~ Blaise Pascal

“God is more concerned with conforming me to the likeness of His Son than leaving me in my comfort zones. God is more interested in inward qualities than outward circumstances – things like refining my faith, humbling my heart, cleaning up my thought life and strengthening my character.” ~ Joni Eareckson Tada

“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the windows which hope has opened.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” ~ C. S. Lewis

“My hope lives not because I am not a sinner, but because I am a sinner for whom Christ died; my trust is not that I am holy, but that being unholy, HE is my righteousness. My faith rests not upon what I am or shall be or feel or know, but in what Christ is, in what He has done, and in what He is now doing for me. Hallelujah!” ~ Charles Spurgeon

“Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that the believer would stake his life on it a thousand times.” ~ Martin Luther

“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials.” ~ George Muller

“All he asks is that we trust Him, that we stand before Him in integrity and faith. God is just waiting for us to trust Him.” ~ Charles R. Swindoll

“Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.” ~ Blaise Pascal

“Each time, before you intercede, be quiet first, and worship God in His glory. Think of what He can do, and how He delights to hear the prayers of His redeemed people. Think of your place and privilege in Christ, and expect great things!” ~ Andrew Murray

“True faith always produces real conformity to Christ.” ~ R. C. Sproul

“Belief in God is an act of faith. But so is believing our existence is simply the result of chance.” ~ Eric Metaxas

“Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.” ~ Aiden Wilson Tozer

“True faith means holding nothing back; it bets everything on the hope of eternity.” ~ Francis Chan

1 All of these quotes are from the following website:

 TOP 25 FAITH QUOTES (of 1000) | A-Z Quotes (azquotes.com)

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In the World of the End, BE DETERMINED | Dr. David Jeremiah | Matthew 24:13 – YouTube

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As the events of the End Times unfold in today’s world, Christians need to be faithful, strong and steadfast. Does that describe you? Learn practical, biblical steps you can take to build these qualities into your life.

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WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE? WHY SHOULD I BELIEVE IT? – Wretched

It’s a Witness Wednesday at Georgia Tech! Today we meet a Hindu, Methodist, Agnostic, Christian and Buddhist. Will any of these students have success converting Todd to their religion?

Wretched Radio | Air Date: November 09, 2022

It’s a Witness Wednesday at Georgia Tech! Today we meet a Hindu, Methodist, Agnostic, Christian and Buddhist. Will any of these students have success converting Todd to their religion?

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Psalm 62 & 63 Devotion / God Alone is Our Rock & Salvation – Pastor Hines Reformed Christian Podcast – YouTube

1Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my [a]defense;
I shall not be greatly moved. (Psalm 62:1-2)

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory. (Psalm 63:1-2)

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We subscribe to the Westminster Standards as our doctrinal statement. It consists of the following documents:

The Westminster Confession of Faith
The Westminster Larger Catechism
The Westminster Shorter Catechism

We also believe that Christian Worship is to be regulated and defined by God’s Word, the Bible.

Our worship services are designed to please and honor the Triune God of the Bible. We place Scripture reading and the preaching of the word of God at the center of worship along with Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. These are God’s gifts to His church and ought to always be at the center of Christian worship. We are a congregation that loves to sing God’s praises, recite His Word back to Him, and actively engage in hearing and learning from God’s Word.

We embrace and promote a comprehensive Christian world and life view.

There is no area of life which is not under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is to God and His law which all people, including governments and civil rulers, will answer. The Word of God embraces and informs the way we view marriage, the family, children, education, politics, worship, law, government, war, the church, missions, evangelism, and worship. In the world today there is a battle of opposing worldviews. There are basically only two positions: God’s Word and man’s ideas. We stand positively for Biblical truth and negatively against man’s ideas which are opposed to Biblical truth.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only hope for mankind.

Because all men fall short of obeying God’s law, all men everywhere are in need of divine grace and salvation from God. This salvation is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ who died for sinners, was buried, rose again, and is alive today seated at God the Father’s right hand.

We Worship God Together as Families.

We offer nursery during morning worship service for newborns and infants but encourage people to keep as many of their children as they can with them for morning worship. The audio of the service is in the nursery via speakers. There is also a crying room with a video screen and audio of the sermon. We offer Sunday school classes for all ages but worship together as families. We do not offer “children’s” church. Children need to be in morning worship as soon as possible so they can learn how to participate as active worshipers of God which includes the singing of His praises and listening actively to sermons.

Devotion on Psalm 62 & 63 / God Alone is Our Rock and Our Salvation – Pastor Patrick Hines Reformed Christian Podcast

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To Follow Jesus, You Have to Persevere. But How? — Truth For Life Blog

During Jesus’ ministry on earth, while people answered His call to follow Him, not all became lifelong followers. The Gospel of John tells us of at least one incident when many who had been His disciples “turned back and no longer walked with Him” (John 6:66). Nevertheless, some stood with Him through thick and thin, repenting and seeking His forgiveness on the occasions when they did fall away.

What does it mean to follow Jesus? Among other things, it means to leave your old way of life in the past and to continue in faith and obedience even in the face of waiting, of hardship, and of persecution. To follow Jesus, in other words, means to persevere.

As Jesus became more well-known and His public ministry became more celebrated, He recognized that it was important to teach the vast crowds that perseverance is essential to following Him. And so He told them a parable about a farmer who sowed seed in four different kinds of soil. Whether the seed sprouted in each soil and how it sprouted represents the way the Gospel is received in the hearts of those who hear it. As Jesus explained, there are many ways to fall away from His word, but only one way to follow: through persevering, obedient faith. And this faith is a gift from the Lord.

The Followers and the Hangers On

 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” (Luke 8:5–8)

In first-century Israel, it was customary to sow wheat and barley by hand. Inevitably, the seed would fall in all kinds of places, and where it fell would in large part determine whether it would yield a crop. In the parable, Jesus describes three bad soils that fail to yield and only one good soil that produces fruit. These, he explains, are four different kinds of hearers of the word of the Gospel. Only one kind becomes a follower of Jesus Christ. The others are mere hangers on.

The Professional Hearers

Some seed fell on the path and was trampled and eaten. This, Jesus says, represents those for whom “the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved” (Luke 8:12).

Among those who may seem to follow Jesus, these are the professional hearers. Though they may listen to the Gospel being proclaimed again and again, each time they become more and more indifferent. They sit in the same seats, hear the same words, and repeat the same professions as others, but their hearts remain unmoved. In the words of Hebrews 4:2, “the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.”

Merely hearing is not enough for who do not put their trust in Jesus Christ. The Gospel is effective when it produces faith in its listeners. Professional hearers are not followers; they are complacent spectators enjoying themselves at the edge of the crowd.

The Impulsive Professors

Other seed fell among rocks and developed weak roots. This represents those who “receive [the word] with joy” but “in time of testing fall away” (Luke 8:13).

These are the impulsive professors. There are many people who will hear the Gospel and make professions of faith in Jesus Christ, but within a very short period of time, they are nowhere to be found among the body of believers. They were caught up in the song, they agreed with all of the slogans, they thought they were a part of the movement, but once something is actually asked of them, it’s easier to simply go home.

When the Word of God comes to us in its truth, however, it not only creates joy in the hope of salvation, but it reveals to us that we are sinners in need of repentance and a change of heart. Many have said a “sinner’s prayer” on a whim, but only the Holy Spirit can bring genuine sorrow for sin and a new birth. Only those whom God creates anew can follow Christ in obedience.

The Preoccupied Hearts and Minds

Still other seed fell among soil filled with weeds, which ate up all the nutrients they needed. This represents those who “are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life” (Luke 8:14).

Such individuals are preoccupied with their surroundings. They have made professions, and they have stuck around, playing the religious game, but they are too concerned with the things of this world to follow the Lord on His narrow path. Whether or not they actually have worldly wealth and pleasure, these things have become their gods, and they will not follow Christ in obedience when His path diverges from them. They enjoy the march and seem to benefit from it, but they are only there to benefit from it. They love the world first of all, and so “the love of the Father is not in them” (1 John 2:15).

The Persevering Followers

Only one type of soil produces a fruitful crop. Jesus says, “As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15, emphasis added).

These are the persevering followers. Jesus makes it very clear that those who continue in the word are His disciples indeed. They have combined their hearing with faith, they obey their Lord’s word even when it is costly to do so, and they keep doing so even when the hardships seem unrelenting. When the crowd’s songs have ended and most have dissipated, they are still there with their Lord. And even when they fall away, as the disciples did on the night of Jesus’ arrest, they come back repenting, and they follow again despite the high cost.

 Perseverance is evidence of the salvation that Christ has accomplished, and it is enabled by the Holy Spirit.

These show by their perseverance that they are actually born again—people whom the Spirit has changed into followers of Jesus Christ.

The Lord’s Perseverance and Ours

 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” (John 10:27–29)

Christians show themselves to be true followers of Christ when they persevere in obedient faith through all the trials and temptations of this present age. Yet perseverance doesn’t mean perfection. The life of a believer is a life filled with repentance. Nor is perseverance the ground of salvation, which is born of grace alone, by faith alone. Like obedience, however, perseverance is evidence of the salvation that Christ has accomplished, and it is enabled by the Holy Spirit.

We keep on in faith because God keeps us. Those whom Christ has called and to whom the Spirit has given new birth may be encouraged by Paul’s word to the Philippian church: “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). No one, Jesus says, can snatch His sheep from His hand.

 We keep on in faith because 
God keeps us.

Nevertheless, God does not do His work of perseverance apart from our obedient faith. God at work in us means us at work for God. So when we are tempted to fall away from walking in the footsteps of our Lord, we can remember the promise that “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability.” But we must also be aware that “with the temptation he will … provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13). And among the many ways of escape from temptation that God provides to His people, we ought to remember three that He has given to all Christians so that they may persevere in obedient faith.

The Word of God

First and foremost, God has given us His Word, the Bible, so that we can hide it in our hearts to prevent us from sinning.

Scripture contains all kinds of warnings to prevent us from being flippant and careless. It explains the pattern of God’s purposes for us so that when life is difficult, we don’t understand things, and we think that God has forsaken us, we’re able to keep going in the knowledge that He walked the path of suffering before He called us to follow Him on it. It also provides us with great and precious promises to encourage us in all circumstances, so that we may know that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Rom. 8:18).

As we read and hear God’s Word and take it to heart, His Spirit will enable us to persevere, not because of how we feel but because of who God is and what His Word says.

The Duties of Obedience

How we obey God’s Word is most often a matter of duty. Obedience is not sporadic and circumstantial but regular and habitual. When we begin to slide back from following Christ, the great temptation is to neglect the everyday duties of obedience. It’s to say, “I’ll let my Bible reading slip.” It’s to say, “I won’t go to worship this week.” It’s to say, “I’m not going to share the Gospel with this neighbor, because I don’t feel like it.”

 As we read and hear God’s Word and take it to heart, His Spirit will enable us to persevere, not because of how we feel but because of who God is and what His Word says.

Just as it was in neglecting his duties as king that David gave in to his temptation with Bathsheba and Uriah (2 Sam. 11:1), so it is that in neglecting our duties of worship, we will face our greatest temptations. The hour that we feel least like praying, least like witnessing, least like doing what we know we ought to do is the very hour that we need God most.

The Fellowship of Believers

Christian fellowship is a gift from God. He has called us not into isolation but into fellowship with one another, so that when we hurt, there will be those who can bind up our hearts, and when we rejoice, there will be those who share that joy with us (Rom. 12:15).

 God at work in us means us at work for God.

During seasons of busyness or weariness, it’s tempting to skip the corporate gatherings of the church and make the excuse that “after all, God is with me wherever I am, and I can worship Him here at home.” But when the author of Hebrews encouraged his audience to persevere in obedient faith, he wrote, “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Heb. 10:24–25). God has made fellowship available to us to help us persevere through the stirring up and encouragement we provide to one another.

“No Turning Back”

Hebrews 3:14 says, “We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” Our perseverance is the evidence of God’s continuing grace in our lives, which has its inception “before the foundation of the world,” when God “in love … predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ” (Eph. 1:4–5). What God conceived then He will not renege on now. If you would put your trust in Christ, trust that He will carry you through to the end. Then set your feet firmly on the path that He has established, and sing together with the saints, “I have decided to follow Jesus—no turning back, no turning back.”

Perseverance of the Saints
To Follow Jesus, You Have to Persevere. But How? — Truth For Life Blog

November 10: Lamentations 1–2; Hebrews 7 | ESV: Read through the Bible

Morning: Lamentations 1–2

Lamentations 1–2 (Listen)

How Lonely Sits the City

  How lonely sits the city
    that was full of people!
  How like a widow has she become,
    she who was great among the nations!
  She who was a princess among the provinces
    has become a slave.
  She weeps bitterly in the night,
    with tears on her cheeks;
  among all her lovers
    she has none to comfort her;
  all her friends have dealt treacherously with her;
    they have become her enemies.
  Judah has gone into exile because of affliction1
    and hard servitude;
  she dwells now among the nations,
    but finds no resting place;
  her pursuers have all overtaken her
    in the midst of her distress.2
  The roads to Zion mourn,
    for none come to the festival;
  all her gates are desolate;
    her priests groan;
  her virgins have been afflicted,3
    and she herself suffers bitterly.
  Her foes have become the head;
    her enemies prosper,
  because the LORD has afflicted her
    for the multitude of her transgressions;
  her children have gone away,
    captives before the foe.
  From the daughter of Zion
    all her majesty has departed.
  Her princes have become like deer
    that find no pasture;
  they fled without strength
    before the pursuer.
  Jerusalem remembers
    in the days of her affliction and wandering
  all the precious things
    that were hers from days of old.
  When her people fell into the hand of the foe,
    and there was none to help her,
  her foes gloated over her;
    they mocked at her downfall.
  Jerusalem sinned grievously;
    therefore she became filthy;
  all who honored her despise her,
    for they have seen her nakedness;
  she herself groans
    and turns her face away.
  Her uncleanness was in her skirts;
    she took no thought of her future;4
  therefore her fall is terrible;
    she has no comforter.
  “O LORD, behold my affliction,
    for the enemy has triumphed!”
10   The enemy has stretched out his hands
    over all her precious things;
  for she has seen the nations
    enter her sanctuary,
  those whom you forbade
    to enter your congregation.
11   All her people groan
    as they search for bread;
  they trade their treasures for food
    to revive their strength.
  “Look, O LORD, and see,
    for I am despised.”
12   “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
    Look and see
  if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
    which was brought upon me,
  which the LORD inflicted
    on the day of his fierce anger.
13   “From on high he sent fire;
    into my bones5 he made it descend;
  he spread a net for my feet;
    he turned me back;
  he has left me stunned,
    faint all the day long.
14   “My transgressions were bound6 into a yoke;
    by his hand they were fastened together;
  they were set upon my neck;
    he caused my strength to fail;
  the Lord gave me into the hands
    of those whom I cannot withstand.
15   “The Lord rejected
    all my mighty men in my midst;
  he summoned an assembly against me
    to crush my young men;
  the Lord has trodden as in a winepress
    the virgin daughter of Judah.
16   “For these things I weep;
    my eyes flow with tears;
  for a comforter is far from me,
    one to revive my spirit;
  my children are desolate,
    for the enemy has prevailed.”
17   Zion stretches out her hands,
    but there is none to comfort her;
  the LORD has commanded against Jacob
    that his neighbors should be his foes;
  Jerusalem has become
    a filthy thing among them.
18   “The LORD is in the right,
    for I have rebelled against his word;
  but hear, all you peoples,
    and see my suffering;
  my young women and my young men
    have gone into captivity.
19   “I called to my lovers,
    but they deceived me;
  my priests and elders
    perished in the city,
  while they sought food
    to revive their strength.
20   “Look, O LORD, for I am in distress;
    my stomach churns;
  my heart is wrung within me,
    because I have been very rebellious.
  In the street the sword bereaves;
    in the house it is like death.
21   “They heard7 my groaning,
    yet there is no one to comfort me.
  All my enemies have heard of my trouble;
    they are glad that you have done it.
  You have brought8 the day you announced;
    now let them be as I am.
22   “Let all their evildoing come before you,
    and deal with them
  as you have dealt with me
    because of all my transgressions;
  for my groans are many,
    and my heart is faint.”

The Lord Has Destroyed Without Pity

  How the Lord in his anger
    has set the daughter of Zion under a cloud!
  He has cast down from heaven to earth
    the splendor of Israel;
  he has not remembered his footstool
    in the day of his anger.
  The Lord has swallowed up without mercy
    all the habitations of Jacob;
  in his wrath he has broken down
    the strongholds of the daughter of Judah;
  he has brought down to the ground in dishonor
    the kingdom and its rulers.
  He has cut down in fierce anger
    all the might of Israel;
  he has withdrawn from them his right hand
    in the face of the enemy;
  he has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob,
    consuming all around.
  He has bent his bow like an enemy,
    with his right hand set like a foe;
  and he has killed all who were delightful in our eyes
    in the tent of the daughter of Zion;
  he has poured out his fury like fire.
  The Lord has become like an enemy;
    he has swallowed up Israel;
  he has swallowed up all its palaces;
    he has laid in ruins its strongholds,
  and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah
    mourning and lamentation.
  He has laid waste his booth like a garden,
    laid in ruins his meeting place;
  the LORD has made Zion forget
    festival and Sabbath,
  and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.
  The Lord has scorned his altar,
    disowned his sanctuary;
  he has delivered into the hand of the enemy
    the walls of her palaces;
  they raised a clamor in the house of the LORD
    as on the day of festival.
  The LORD determined to lay in ruins
    the wall of the daughter of Zion;
  he stretched out the measuring line;
    he did not restrain his hand from destroying;
  he caused rampart and wall to lament;
    they languished together.
  Her gates have sunk into the ground;
    he has ruined and broken her bars;
  her king and princes are among the nations;
    the law is no more,
  and her prophets find
    no vision from the LORD.
10   The elders of the daughter of Zion
    sit on the ground in silence;
  they have thrown dust on their heads
    and put on sackcloth;
  the young women of Jerusalem
    have bowed their heads to the ground.
11   My eyes are spent with weeping;
    my stomach churns;
  my bile is poured out to the ground
    because of the destruction of the daughter of my people,
  because infants and babies faint
    in the streets of the city.
12   They cry to their mothers,
    “Where is bread and wine?”
  as they faint like a wounded man
    in the streets of the city,
  as their life is poured out
    on their mothers’ bosom.
13   What can I say for you, to what compare you,
    O daughter of Jerusalem?
  What can I liken to you, that I may comfort you,
    O virgin daughter of Zion?
  For your ruin is vast as the sea;
    who can heal you?
14   Your prophets have seen for you
    false and deceptive visions;
  they have not exposed your iniquity
    to restore your fortunes,
  but have seen for you oracles
    that are false and misleading.
15   All who pass along the way
    clap their hands at you;
  they hiss and wag their heads
    at the daughter of Jerusalem:
  “Is this the city that was called
    the perfection of beauty,
    the joy of all the earth?”
16   All your enemies
    rail against you;
  they hiss, they gnash their teeth,
    they cry: “We have swallowed her!
  Ah, this is the day we longed for;
    now we have it; we see it!”
17   The LORD has done what he purposed;
    he has carried out his word,
  which he commanded long ago;
    he has thrown down without pity;
  he has made the enemy rejoice over you
    and exalted the might of your foes.
18   Their heart cried to the Lord.
    O wall of the daughter of Zion,
  let tears stream down like a torrent
    day and night!
  Give yourself no rest,
    your eyes no respite!
19   “Arise, cry out in the night,
    at the beginning of the night watches!
  Pour out your heart like water
    before the presence of the Lord!
  Lift your hands to him
    for the lives of your children,
  who faint for hunger
    at the head of every street.”
20   Look, O LORD, and see!
    With whom have you dealt thus?
  Should women eat the fruit of their womb,
    the children of their tender care?
  Should priest and prophet be killed
    in the sanctuary of the Lord?
21   In the dust of the streets
    lie the young and the old;
  my young women and my young men
    have fallen by the sword;
  you have killed them in the day of your anger,
    slaughtering without pity.
22   You summoned as if to a festival day
    my terrors on every side,
  and on the day of the anger of the LORD
    no one escaped or survived;
  those whom I held and raised
    my enemy destroyed.

Footnotes

[1] 1:3 
[2] 1:3 
[3] 1:4 
[4] 1:9 
[5] 1:13 
[6] 1:14 
[7] 1:21 
[8] 1:21

(ESV)

Evening: Hebrews 7

Hebrews 7 (Listen)

The Priestly Order of Melchizedek

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace. He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever.

See how great this man was to whom Abraham the patriarch gave a tenth of the spoils! And those descendants of Levi who receive the priestly office have a commandment in the law to take tithes from the people, that is, from their brothers,1 though these also are descended from Abraham. But this man who does not have his descent from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. It is beyond dispute that the inferior is blessed by the superior. In the one case tithes are received by mortal men, but in the other case, by one of whom it is testified that he lives. One might even say that Levi himself, who receives tithes, paid tithes through Abraham, 10 for he was still in the loins of his ancestor when Melchizedek met him.

Jesus Compared to Melchizedek

11 Now if perfection had been attainable through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need would there have been for another priest to arise after the order of Melchizedek, rather than one named after the order of Aaron? 12 For when there is a change in the priesthood, there is necessarily a change in the law as well. 13 For the one of whom these things are spoken belonged to another tribe, from which no one has ever served at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, and in connection with that tribe Moses said nothing about priests.

15 This becomes even more evident when another priest arises in the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become a priest, not on the basis of a legal requirement concerning bodily descent, but by the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is witnessed of him,

  “You are a priest forever,
    after the order of Melchizedek.”

18 For on the one hand, a former commandment is set aside because of its weakness and uselessness 19 (for the law made nothing perfect); but on the other hand, a better hope is introduced, through which we draw near to God.

20 And it was not without an oath. For those who formerly became priests were made such without an oath, 21 but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him:

  “The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind,
  ‘You are a priest forever.’”

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost2 those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was indeed fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people, since he did this once for all when he offered up himself. 28 For the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect forever.

Footnotes

[1] 7:5 
[2] 7:25

(ESV)

https://www.esv.org/plans/through-the-bible/314/

November 10 Morning Verse of The Day

3:22 the world. Although the universe is now in Satan’s grip, it is still the God-given and God-made possession of Christians (2Co 4:15; 1Jn 5:19). In the millennial kingdom and throughout eternity, however, believers will possess both the recreated and eternal earth in an infinitely more complete and rich way (Mt 5:5; Rev 21). life. Spiritual, eternal life (cf. Jn 14:23; cf. 2Pe 1:3, 4). death. Spiritual and eternal death (15:54–57; Php 1:21–24). things present. Everything the believer has or experiences in this life (cf. Ro 8:37–39). things to come. All the blessings of heaven. Cf. 1Pe 1:3, 4. all things belong to you. In Christ, all good and holy things are for believers’ blessing and for God’s glory. Cf. Eph 1:3; 2Pe 1:3. 3:23 Christ … God. Knowing that believers belong to Christ and therefore to each other is the greatest incentive for unity in the church (6:17; Jn 9:9, 10, 21–23; Php 2:1–4).

MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Co 3:22–23). Thomas Nelson Publishers.


3:22 Someone has called verse 22 “an inventory of the possessions of the child of God.” Christian workers belong to us, whether Paul the evangelist, or Apollos the teacher, or Cephas the pastor. Since they all belong to us, it is folly for us to claim that we belong to any one of them. Then the world is ours. As joint heirs with Christ, we will one day come into possession of it, but in the meantime it is ours by divine promise. Those who tend its affairs do not realize that they are doing so for us. Life is ours. By this we do not mean merely existence on earth but life in its truest, fullest sense. And death is ours. For us it is no longer a dread foe that consigns the soul to the dark unknown; rather it is now the messenger of God that brings the soul to heaven. Things present and things to come—all are likewise ours. It has been truly said that all things serve the man who serves Christ. A. T. Robertson once said: “The stars in their courses fight for the man who is partner with God in the world’s redemption.” 3:23 All Christians belong to Christ. Some in Corinth were claiming to belong to Him to the exclusion of all others. They formed the “Christ-party.” But Paul refutes any such contention. We are all Christ’s, and Christ is God’s. By thus showing the saints their true and proper dignity, Paul reveals in bold relief the folly of forming parties and divisions in the church.

MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.; pp. 1756–1757). Thomas Nelson.


22. All things are yours. He proceeds to show what place and station teachers should occupy—such as not to detract in any degree from the authority of Christ, the one Master. As therefore Christ is the Church’s sole master, and as he alone without exception is worthy to be listened to, it is necessary to distinguish between him and others, as even Christ himself has testified respecting himself, (Matt. 23:8,) and no other is recommended to us by the Father with this honourable declaration, “Hear ye him.” (Matt. 17:5.) As, therefore, he alone is endowed with authority to rule us by his word, Paul says that others are ours—meaning, that they are appointed to us by God with the view of our making use of them—not that they should exercise dominion over our consciences. Thus on the one hand, he shows that they are not useless, and, on the other hand, he keeps them in their own place, that they may not exalt themselves in opposition to Christ. What he adds, as to death, life, and the rest, is hyperbolical, so far as concerns the passage before us. He had it in view, however, to reason, as it were, from the greater to the less, in this manner: “Christ having put in subjection to us life and death, and everything, can we doubt, whether he has not also made men subject to us, to help us by their ministrations—not to oppress us by tyranny.” Now if any one takes occasion from this to allege, that the writings both of Paul and of Peter are subject to our scrutiny, inasmuch as they were men, and are not exempted from the common lot of others, I answer, that Paul, while he does not by any means spare himself or Peter, admonishes the Corinthians to distinguish between the person of the individual, and the dignity or distinction of office. “As for myself, viewed as a man, I wish to be judged of simply as a man, that Christ alone may have distinction in our ministry.” This, however, in a general way, we must hold, that all who discharge the office of the ministry, are ours, from the highest to the lowest, so that we are at liberty to withhold our assent to their doctrine, until they show that it is from Christ. For they must all be tried, (1 John 4:1,) and we must yield obedience to them, only when they have satisfactorily shown themselves to be faithful servants of Christ. Now as to Peter and Paul, this point being beyond all controversy, and the Lord having furnished us with amply sufficient evidence, that their doctrine has come forth from Him, when we receive as an oracle from heaven, and venerate everything that they have delivered to us, we hear not so much them, as Christ speaking in them. 23. Christ is God’s. This subjection relates to Christ’s humanity, for by taking upon him our flesh, he assumed “the form” and condition “of a servant,” that he might make himself obedient to his Father in all things. (Phil. 2:7, 8.) And assuredly, that we may cleave to God through him, it is necessary that he have God as his head. (1 Cor. 11:3.) We must observe, however, with what intention Paul has added this. For he admonishes us, that the sum of our felicity consists in this, that we are united to God who is the chief good, and this is accomplished when we are gathered together under the head that our heavenly Father has set over us. In the same sense Christ said to his disciples, “Ye ought to rejoice, because I go to the Father, for the Father is greater than I,” (John 14:28,) for there he set himself forth as the medium, through which believers come to the original source of every blessing. It is certain, that those are left destitute of that signal blessing, who depart from the unity of the Head. Hence this order of things suits the connection of the passage—that those subject themselves to Christ alone, who desire to remain under God’s jurisdiction.

Calvin, J., & Pringle, J. (2010). Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians (Vol. 1, pp. 146–148). Logos Bible Software.


Ver. 22.—Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas. All were their servants for Jesus’ sake (2 Cor. 4:5). Instead of becoming partisans of either, they could enjoy the greatness of all. Or the world. The sudden leap from Cephas to the world shows, as Bengel says, the impetuous leap of thought. There is a passage of similar eloquence in Rom. 8:38, 39. The “hundredfold” is promised even in this world (Mark 10:29, 30). Or life. Because life in Christ is the only real life, and Christ came that we might have life, and have it more abundantly (see Rom. 8:38). Or death. To the Christian, “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21). So that death is no more than “The lifting of a latch; Nought but a step into the open air Out of a tent already luminous With light which shines through its transparent folds.” Or things present, or things to come. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things” (Rev. 21:7), because Christ has received all things from the Father. Ver. 23.—And ye are Christ’s (see ch. 6:19; 15:23; Rom. 14:8; Gal. 3:29). Christians possess because they are possessed by Christ (Meyer). Christ is our Master, and God our Father (Matt. 23:10). And Christ is God’s; because “Christ is equal to the Father as touching his Godhead, but inferior to the Father as touching his manhood.” Hence in ch. 11:3 he says, “The head of Christ is God;” and in ch. 15:28, we read of Christ resigning his mediatorial kingdom, that God may be all in all. Perhaps St. Paul implies the thought that Christ belongs, not to a party, but to God, the Father of us all. But the ultimate climax from Christ to God is found also in ch. 4:1; Rom. 15:5, etc.

Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. (1909). 1 Corinthians (pp. 95–96). Funk & Wagnalls Company.


22–23 It is probably best to work in reverse from the way Paul expresses himself here. The ultimate basis for Paul’s statement that “all things are yours” is the unwritten assumption stated in many parts of the OT but perhaps summarized best in Psalm 24:1: “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” Everything in the world belongs to God, for he is its Creator. The next step is to realize that Christ belongs to God; he is God’s Son. By virtue of that fact, therefore, everything also belongs to Christ. But we belong to Christ; we are his people, and we live in him. Thus, by extension, everything belongs to us as we live in him. The apostle is not content, however, simply to leave this principle in generalities; he goes on to state specifically some of the things that belong to us in Christ, who belongs to God: the world, life, death, things that are present, and things that are yet to come. Most of these things are obvious when we realize that Christ conquered death by the victory of his resurrection life. Since he is Lord, we can now have security about the present and the future (cf. Ro 8:38–39). And, yes, human beings belong to believers too—including Paul, Apollos, and Peter. The Corinthians are therefore short-changing themselves if they claim that they belong to Paul or Apollos or Peter. They are giving up their freedom in Christ and their ultimate possessions in Christ. They do not exist in order to serve the interests of some human leader. Rather, these human leaders, in Christ, are there to serve them—and the goal of all three of these leaders is the same: to make sure that believers see the abundant riches they have in Christ. In other words, Paul and Apollos, rather than being champions of rival groups, have the same goal with the Corinthian believers—to serve their spiritual needs and to point out their wealth in Christ.

Verbrugge, V. D. (2008). 1 Corinthians. In T. Longman III &. Garland, David E. (Ed.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Romans–Galatians (Revised Edition) (Vol. 11, pp. 288–289). Zondervan.

November 10 – Overturn, Overturn, Overturn! — VCY America

November 10
Ezekiel 21:1-22:31
Hebrews 10:1-17
Psalm 108:1-13
Proverbs 27:12

Ezekiel 21:27 – No, the three “overturns” (עַוָּ֥ה) do not symbolize the power going from Judah to Queen Elizabeth as UCG.org states.  The key to the verse is not overturning – but “until he come whose right it is.” Ellicott says that it’s referring to Genesis 49:10 “until Shiloh come.” We will read more in Ezekiel 34:23, and in the righteous Daniel’s prophecy more about He who comes (Daniel 7:14).

Ezekiel 22:3 – Again we see the top commandments of the two tablets. False gods / 1st Commandment and Murder / 6th Commandment. God isn’t focusing on shaving the corner of the beard (Leviticus 21:5) – but just the big ones. Perhaps it was the same problem that the Pharisees had (Matthew 7:3, Matthew 23:23) – observing the smaller commands of the LORD but neglecting to simply worship Him!

Ezekiel 22:15 – “Thy filthiness” – we’ve just seen a list of sins from Ezekiel 22:6-13. Bloodshed, oppression, vexation, lewdness, nakedness, abomination, defilement, fornication, usury, extortion, and dishonest gain. As we justify one sin it becomes easier to justify another – and at the root “thou…hast forgotten me, saith the Lord GOD” (Ezekiel 22:12).

Ezekiel 22:30 – How can we stand in the gap? Humble, Pray, and Seek His face (2 Corinthians 7:14).

Hebrews 10:1 – Compare with what we just read in Ezekiel – God repeated His laws – and yet the people were not perfect. The sacrifices did not take away sin (Hebrews 10:4).

Hebrews 10:12 – There were no chairs in the temple – the work was never done. Yet Jesus Christ sat down at the right hand of God (Ephesians 1:20, Colossians 3:1, Hebrews 1:3, Hebrews 8:1, Hebrews 12:2, Revelation 3:21, Matthew 22:44). Interestingly there is one time that Jesus is recorded standing (Acts 7:55) – to welcome Stephen home. Stephen stood for Jesus Who died for him, and Jesus stood to welcome Stephen as he died for Him.

Hebrews 10:17 – The New Covenant doesn’t cover sins – it makes the God who knows everything forget my sins!

Psalm 108:5 – Be thou exalted forever and ever!

Proverbs 27:12 – No this verse isn’t talking about the economists who have predicted 9 of the last 5 recessions. And the prudent man isn’t just about how to hoard wealth better than the simple. Live holy and let God worry about your finances!

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November 10 – Overturn, Overturn, Overturn! — VCY America