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donkey hoteyToo bad tough guy Donald Trump never had the guts to debate Ted Cruz one on one; it might have helped him avoid last night’s miserable, meandering performance against a far weaker foe.

If fresh momentum in the polls and the prospect of 100 million viewers couldn’t persuade Trump to do his homework for last night’s debate with Hillary Clinton, what makes us think he ever will–either in this campaign, or in the Oval Office?

Trump is what he is, folks–an ignorant blowhard. I am left wondering what Ted Cruz, a champion debater, could have done against Clinton. I also wonder if he’s regretting his endorsement.

Image credit: Donkey Hotey.

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Endorsing

Voting for someone without endorsing him is no more possible than not voting for him while endorsing him. A vote is an endorsement.

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Today’s Scripture

“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.”
— Phil. 3:20-21

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Liar

In politics, what do you get when you cross a congenital liar with a pathological liar?

Our next president.

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Pathological

A few months ago, Ted Cruz (accurately) called Donald Trump a “pathological liar.” Now he says it’s OK to vote for him.

It’s OK to vote for a pathological liar?

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Principles

16536540067_c42bf9085a_nTed Cruz’s expedient, Johnny-come-lately decision to endorse Trump with the rest of the wishful thinkers is not just a disappointment. He has hung out to dry all of us who stood with him and took all that pro-Trump abuse, based on our conservative principles. It appears the Texas senator has none.

I wonder what his wife and father, smeared and mocked by Trump, think now.

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Trinity

Dennis Prager calls the long-held values of Liberty, In God We Trust, and E Pluribus Unum the “American Trinity,” contrasting them with the Left’s anti-Trinity: Egalitarianism, Secularism, and Multiculturalism.

The three values I see ascendant in America today are similar: Sexual Freedom, Diversity, and Tolerance, leading to the cultural chaos we see daily.

What do you think the reigning three values are in America today?

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Today’s Scripture

“But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith.”
— Phil. 3:7-9

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The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations

978-1-4964-0576-0As the author of All That Jesus Asks, I can heartily recommend this book, The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations, by my friend Mary Schaller and John Crilly. To learn more, please note that VITAL 2016 Chicago is coming soon.

Here is a good interview on Moody Radio Cleveland.

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On the Radio: Five Fundamentals for an Evangelical Future

micDid you know you can hear me nearly every Thursday morning in Lakeland, Tampa Bay, Naples, Fort Myers, Crystal River, Ocala, Sarasota, and Bradenton on Moody Radio Florida? Here’s my latest interview with the estimable John Blok, in which we discuss Ed Stetzer’s CT article, “Five Fundamentals for an Evangelical Future.”

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