“I Spent Fifteen Minutes Writing Stand By Your Man And A Lifetime Defending It” -Tammy Wynette
“But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it….”
~ Nancy Pelosi
Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, on passing the unconstitutional Obamacare/The so called “Affordable” Care Act.
Here is Moscow’s response to President Obama’s attempts to box in President Elect Trump, and our relationship with Russia:
Moscow (Vladimir Putin) calls Obama’s team a “bunch of geopolitical losers” engaged in a last-ditch effort to inflict the maximum possible damage to U.S.-Russia ties to make it more difficult for Trump to mend the rift.
In a clear effort to avoid risking a rapprochement with Trump, Putin showed remarkable restraint when the U.S. expelled 35 Russian diplomats over accusations of meddling in the U.S. election campaign. Instead of a usual tit-for-tat response, Putin invited U.S. diplomats’ children to a New Year’s party at the Kremlin.
Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. were in frequent contact in recent weeks, including on Dec. 29, the day Obama hit Moscow with sanctions in retaliation for election-related hacking, according to a senior U.S. official.
Moscow similarly refrained from retaliation when the White House last week added five Russians, including the chief of Russia’s top state investigative agency, to the U.S. sanctions list.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31 New King James Version (NKJV)
Glory Only in the Lord
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”[a]
We have all noted how Very Important Persons (VIPs) usually do not glue with spiritual truths. If you speak with people who are full of themselves, there remains little room to put anything else in their reservoir of knowledge. This includes most famous celebrities, Hollywood socialites, politicians and dignitaries. Paul was a rare exception. He was a trained rabbi and teacher who learned at the feet of Gamaliel, he was from the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, a student from the universities in Tarsus, and a Roman citizen. The Lord stripped Paul of all of his pride in order to use him.
Also consider the mathematical and scientific genius Albert Einstein and the following quotation:
In a 1929 Saturday Evening Post interview, Albert Einstein said, “As a child I received instruction both in the Bible and in the Talmud. I am a Jew, but I am enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene…. No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus. His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life.”
~ Very wise words from a very wise man.
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has encouraged, allowed, and enhanced massive immigration of Muslims into Europe. She is responsible for the over one million recent Islamic immigrants, mostly from Syria. There is a You Tube on this blog site that went viral in Europe, highlighting the massive immigration of Syrians into Europe. Merkel is President Barack Obama’s bookend in reference to her desire to allow huge blocks of Muslims into western nations. She and Obama are political soul mates. She KNEW that 2% of these immigrants would be radical Islamic extremists, yet allowed them! Crunch the numbers. 2% of one million is 20,000 terrorists. Angela Merkel has blood on her hands. Whether you like Donald Trump or not, he is the only leader I have heard who could care less about political correctness. He just said that “Radical Islamic terrorists must be exterminated.” It sounds like the Orkin man going after cockroaches. I personally believe that terrorists are demon possessed. Their dogma is certainly a doctrine of demons.
*** In an unrelated series of political current events to the topic of this particular article, it has just been learned that the outcome of the December 19 Electoral College vote has once again backfired on the Democrats. Instead of gaining Electoral Votes in order to oust President Elect Donald Trump, Trump has gained four more votes who went from the Democrats to the Republican. To refresh your memory, the same thing happened in the vote recounts… Trump received more votes after the recounts. When we were children, we used to call these situations cheater’s proof. ***
Because of Him, Pastor Steve
BERLIN (AP) — Germany must assume a truck plowing through a crowded Christmas market in Berlin was a “terrorist attack,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, while authorities expressed uncertainty over whether they had arrested the correct suspect.
Twelve people were killed and nearly 50 others injured when the truck drove into the popular Christmas market filled with tourists and locals outside the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church near Berlin’s Zoo station late Monday.
Police detained an asylum-seeker from Pakistan shortly afterward, but he denied involvement, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said. The man had entered Germany on Dec. 31 last year and arrived in Berlin in February.
Berlin police chief Klaus Kandt said Tuesday it wasn’t clear whether the man detained was really the driver.
“We haven’t been able to confirm it yet,” he told reporters.
Berlin police urged people to remain “particularly vigilant” and to report “suspicious movement” to a special hotline.
In a statement widely broadcast on German television, Merkel described herself as “shocked, shaken and deeply saddened.”
“There is still a lot that we don’t know about this act with sufficient certainty,” she said. “But we must, as things stand, assume it was a terrorist attack.”
Merkel, who has been criticized for allowing in large numbers of migrants, addressed head-on the possibility that an asylum-seeker was responsible.
“I know that it would be particularly hard for us all to bear if it were confirmed that a person committed this act who asked for protection and asylum in Germany,” Merkel said. “This would be particularly sickening for the many, many Germans who work to help refugees every day and for the many people who really need our help and are making an effort to integrate in our country.”
Authorities arrested a man about 2 kilometers (1½ miles) from the crash site on suspicion of having been at the wheel of the truck. Footage showed the suspect, his head covered in a white sheet, being pushed into a police car shortly after the attack. Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper reported that the man was known to police for minor crimes.
A spokesman for Berlin’s office for refugee affairs said police conducted a large-scale search overnight at a large shelter for asylum-seekers at the city’s now-defunct Tempelhof airport. Four men in their late 20s were questioned but nobody was arrested, Sascha Langenbach told The Associated Press.
Among the dead was a man in the truck, who succumbed as paramedics treated him, Berlin police spokesman Winfried Wenzel said. Police said later that the man was a Polish national, but didn’t give further details of who he was or what happened to him.
The Polish owner of the truck said he feared it may have been hijacked. Ariel Zurawski said he last spoke with the driver, his cousin, around noon, and the driver told him he was in Berlin and scheduled to unload Tuesday morning. “They must have done something to my driver,” he told TVN24.
Germany has not so far experienced any mass-casualty attacks by Islamic extremists, but has been increasingly wary since two attacks by asylum-seekers in the summer that were claimed by the Islamic State group. Five people were wounded in an ax rampage on a train near Wuerzburg and 15 in a bombing outside a bar in Ansbach, both in the southern state of Bavaria. Both attackers were killed.
Those attacks, and two others unrelated to Islamic extremism in the same weeklong period, contributed to tensions in Germany over the arrival last year of 890,000 migrants.
De Maiziere said that as far as officials know, the Islamic State group has not claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack in Berlin.
Far-right groups and a nationalist party seized on it, blaming Merkel for what had happened.
“Under the cloak of helping people Merkel has completely surrendered our domestic security,” Frauke Petry, the co-chairwoman of the Alternative for Germany party, wrote.
Manfred Weber, a member of Merkel’s conservative bloc and leader of the European Parliament’s biggest political grouping, cautioned against sweeping verdicts but said it was important to ensure that extremists didn’t enter the country.
The German government said Merkel spoke Tuesday with President Barack Obama, who expressed his condolences. In Washington, White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said the United States was ready to help in the investigation and response.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said Islamic extremists must be “eradicated from the face of the earth” and pledged to carry out that mission with all “freedom-loving partners.”
The attack came less than a month after the U.S. State Department warned that extremist groups including Islamic State and al-Qaida were focusing “on the upcoming holiday season and associated events” in Europe.
The Islamic State group and al-Qaida have both called on followers to use trucks in particular to attack crowds. On July 14, a truck plowed into Bastille Day revelers in the southern French city of Nice, killing 86 people. Islamic State claimed responsibility for that attack, which was carried out by a Tunisian living in France.
Merkel said Monday’s attack would not cause Germany to live in fear.
“Even if it’s difficult at this hour we will find the strength to live life the way we want to live it in Germany. Free, together and openly,” she said.
Associated Press writers David Rising and Geir Moulson in Berlin and Angela Charlton in Paris contributed to this report.
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An Attitude Of Gratitude
Thanks for prayers that Thou hast answered; Thanks for what Thou dost deny!
Thanks for storms that I have weathered; Thanks for all Thou dost supply!
Thanks for pain, and thanks for pleasure; Thanks for comfort in despair!
Thanks for grace that none can measure; Thanks for love beyond compare.
The Preacher Who Never Failed To Give Thanks
John Gray, a circuit-riding preacher, never failed to thank God for something, no matter how bad the times or how severe the trial.
One day when Gray had had to battle through wind and sleet to his preaching appointment at a distant village chapel, the small congregation waiting for him wondered what he could be thankful for in such weather.
When it came time for prayer, John prayed, “This is a wretched day, dear Lord, no doubt about it; but we thank Thee, Lord, that every day isn’t as bad as this one!”
When Matthew Henry Was Robbed
A man once stole Matthew Henry’s wallet. In reflecting on the incident, Henry said, “1.) I am thankful that he never robbed me before. 2), I am thankful that although he took my wallet, he did not take my life. 3) Although he took all I had, it was not much. And 4), I am glad that it was I who was robbed, not I who did the robbing.” Matthew Henry knew how to make lemonade out of a lemon — how to be grateful despite a bad experience. That is how mature people react in tough times. They learn to be grateful even for small blessings. They realize that ingratitude toward God is the first step toward backsliding from God. We see this in Romans 1. The Apostle Paul described the path people take in departing from God. The first step is an attitude of ingratitude. Paul says, “Although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him.” Ingratitude leads to many bad choices. Even for believers, when we take God’s’ blessings for granted and neglect to give him thanks, we slowly have little time for God, little time for worship, and little time to help others. We become self-centered. Before we know it, we have wandered far away from God, and we wonder what happened to that glowing relationship we once enjoyed with God. That is why we must worship and give thanks to God. Gratitude toward God leads to peace, joy, and satisfaction.
Gratitude is an offering precious in the sight of God, and it is one that the poorest of us can make and be not poorer, but richer for having made it. -A.W. Tozer
Habakkuk 3:17-19 King James Version (KJV)
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Psalm 105:1-5 King James Version (KJV)
105 O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
4 Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth…
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 King James Version (KJV)
16 Rejoice evermore.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
…and one more for the road
You don’t need a bank full of cash to be thankful; Be thankful you have what you do. Don’t envy your neighbors the fruits of their labors; Your fortune rests solely with you. Here’s cause for thanksgiving: The fact that you’re living
Where freedom of enterprise reigns, Where all can aspire to what they desire, Each welcome to what he attains. If you have what’s needed, you can’t be impeded By limits on courage and skill. No blessing is greater, so thank your Creator And ask His guidance and will.
Donald Trump And His Basket Of Deplorables, Pull Off An Upset Against The Washington Elitists, Similar To The Recent Brexit Vote In Great Britain. This Election Was A Referendum Of American’s Disgust Of Rank And File Politicians On Both Sides Of The Aisle. Americans Are Absolutely Fed Up With The Bipartisan Ruling Class.
Remember this quotation from Ted Cruz during the Republican primaries? “No one named “The Donald” can ever win the presidency.”
Fast Polling Facts: White women and evangelicals won the day and were Donald’s Trump card (pun intended). 82% of evangelicals voted for Donald Trump. 77% of voters angry with how the federal government is working voted for Donald Trump. The ONLY poll that got it right was that of the Los Angeles Times. It goes without saying, there will be a lot of study to see why this was so.
Observations about the elections: Donald Trump won the presidency, never having served in the military or held public office. This is the first time that has ever happened. This is bigger than Ronald Reagan’s election, and may be the greatest single political event in American history. I feel euphoria and hope for this nation in so many ways now. President Obama’s executive orders will be overturned and nullified. The failed and unconstitutional Obamacare will be repealed. Our war veterans and police officers will be supported and held in esteem. Our religious freedoms will remain secure and in tact. The swamp in Washington D.C. (i.e. corruption) will be drained. Godly Supreme Court Justices will be selected. The broken down infrastructure of urban cities will be addressed. The integrity of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Justice Department, State Department and Attorney General will be restored. There will be no gridlock in Washington D.C., given the Republican majority in the White House and Congress. Our nation’s military will be built up, and will be better able to defend our country. Jobs will be created in America and brought home from overseas. The borders will be closed to those who desire to harm our country and citizenry. Immigration will be controlled. Donald Trump himself, is very receptive to the Gospel, and I was told he made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ this past June. Unborn babies will be protected. Restrooms will be for men and women respectively. Marriage will be acknowledged as between one man and one woman. Our foreign policy will become so much better – our allies will trust us and our enemies will respect us. Israel will once again be our friend and ally! Radical Islam will be called for what it is. Isis will be pursued to the ends of the earth. Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will have a mutual respect for each other. America will become great again!
Donald Trump is a 70 year old billionaire who pulled off the greatest upset and victory in American history.
I am thankful for our church, and our resilient prayer warriors for the outcome of this election. There were teams who prayed for this election throughout the nation on Facebook every night at 9 o’clock. My wife and I prayed daily without ceasing. This was the largest evangelical vote turnout in decades. There is no doubt that the outcome of this election was a “God thing.” We need to pray for Donald Trump as our forty fifth president elect. That is the sacred duty and obligation of every American to pray that our leader is successful, wise, and brings peace and prosperity to the country.
Blessings, Pastor Steve
Pray For Revival In America!
2 Chronicles 7:14 King James Version (KJV)
14″ If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
The ministry of many a man today is lifeless and dead because the Lord has departed from him, though he, like Samson, may not know it. And the Gospel we preach too often has a barren womb; sons and daughters are not brought forth into the kingdom of God, and the starving saints are not fed! Oh, for fire from heaven! -John R. Rice
If you do not know how to stand fast against the world, you will find the world will stand fast against you. -C.H. Spurgeon
Elijah was not on Carmel to demonstrate what he could do but what God could do. -Vance Havner
I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven. -A.W. Tozer
You might as well try to hear without ears or breathe without lungs as try to live a Christian life without the Spirit of God in your heart. -D.L. Moody
When gratitude dies on the altar of a man’s heart, that man is well-nigh hopeless. Bob Jones, Sr.
That which we do for ourselves is forgotten; that which we do for Christ is immortal. -T. DeWitt Talmage
Success in marriage consists not only in having the right mate but also in being the right mate. Keep the eyes wide open before marriage and half shut afterward. -Benjamin Franklin
The Gospel is the good news of how Jesus came to this earth, how He died on a cross in our place for our sins, how He was buried and rose again the third day. -Curtis Hutson
The following was said by Hillary Clinton in reference to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, doing their job, and reopening the email investigations as Director Jim Comey said they would if more information became available:
“It is not just strange. It is unprecedented and deeply troubling.”
Yes, Hillary, I would be deeply troubled as well, if I were involved in your scandals and there was danger of them coming to light. What is unprecedented is Hillary’s plethora of scandals. She has so many, that it is no surprise for another one to surface on the threshold of the election. People are calling Director Comey’s timing both negligent and criminal. Is it his fault that information came to light at this time? You can’t make this stuff up. Pastor Steve