Today’s Scripture

“The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.”
— Psalm 19:7-11

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Today’s Scripture

“For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?—
the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights.
He trains my hands for war,
so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
and your right hand supported me,
and your gentleness made me great.”
— Psalm 18:31-35

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Obedience

“Obedience to God is always possible. It is a deadly error to fall into the notion that when feelings are extremely strong we can do nothing but act on them.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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Hands

“Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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Today’s Scripture

“Arise, O Lord! Confront him, subdue him!
Deliver my soul from the wicked by your sword,
from men by your hand, O Lord,
from men of the world whose portion is in this life.
You fill their womb with treasure;
they are satisfied with children,
and they leave their abundance to their infants.
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness;
when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.”
— Psa. 17:13-15

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Brazen

The Democratic Party’s brazen disregard for consistency–not to mention the good of the country–truly is mind-boggling. After warning during the campaign that the nation would be at risk if Donald Trump didn’t “accept the results” of a Clinton victory, leading figures are now refusing to do just that because Trump won.

John Lewis, a civil-rights hero who has become an old fool, claims without evidence that the results are “illegitimate” and says he will boycott the inauguration. I’m sure Rep. Lewis will be among the the first to demand that Republicans show up the next time a Democrat is elected. Such shameless and divisive behavior is unpatriotic.

The fact is, Donald Trump will be the president of all of us, and such partisan shenanigans do the country no good at all. Trump is breathtakingly ignorant on a whole host of issues, and making matters worse, he doesn’t know what he doesn’t know. So does it make any sense for the Democrats to further isolate, vilify, and enrage him?

Trump will need all the help he can get–from Republicans and Democrats. His mistakes will be our mistakes. One of the biggest reasons for Barack Obama’s many failures was his refusal to work with Republicans, to compromise in any meaningful way. The Democrats, by their childish mendacity, are apparently begging Trump to do the same. And more than likely he’ll be happy to oblige.

The Democrats’ nastiness may have another unintended consequence. It may drive people like me into the arms of Trump. Unbelievable.

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Relinquish

“What God gives us is not necessarily ‘ours’ but only ours to offer back to him, ours to relinquish, ours to lose, ours to let go of, if we want to be our true selves. Many deaths must go into reaching our maturity in Christ, many letting goes.”
― Elisabeth Elliot

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Sick

Last week the Chicago Bulls lost three games in a row, in large part because key players were out sick with the flu. Now flu in the winter is a foreseeable challenge. I find it incredible that a franchise that invests millions in its players is not smart enough to spend a few dollars getting them vaccinated.

Then again, this is the Bulls.

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Legacy

The other day Barack Obama was trying to frame his legacy for obedient leftwing journalists and historians. Here’s what the president’s legacy really is: (1) internationally–chaos, weakness, and failure; (2) domestically–an economy in shackles, huge deficits, worsening race relations, and anti-Christian social engineering; (3) politically–further division, the hollowing out of an increasingly radical Democratic Party, the strengthening of an imperial executive branch, and the election of Donald Trump.

One other item: Despite the manifest failure of Obamacare, the president has at least succeeded in turning health insurance from an ought to to a must. We’ve stopped talking about access to affordable, quality coverage and simply assume that everyone must be covered. As one who would never go without health insurance, I’m not sure that’s a good thing … but that’s where we are. As with “gay marriage,” I’m not sure that bell can be unwrung.

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Sins

According to 1 Peter 2:24a, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” I think it’s fair to say that Jesus also bore the sins of those who have hurt us–so there is no need for us to carry them around.

Put them down.

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