Salon Creates A Strawman To Tout Food Stamp Program!!! Since When Have Grocers Been Uber Conservatives?

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This is pretty funny if one looks at it properly.  Salon creates a strawman, calls it “the right’s food stamp embarrassment”, and then writes about a flailing leftarded icon, FDR.

The right’s food stamp embarrassment: A history lesson for the haters

Food stamps became part of American life 50 years ago this Sunday when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act into law on Aug. 31, 1964. The program has been a whipping boy almost ever since, especially from conservatives who call the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, the contemporary name for food stamps) a costly and demoralizing example of government overreach.

But SNAP was not an idea first created by liberal do-gooders of the 1960s. Food stamps emerged three decades earlier with active participation of businessmen, the heroes of the exact group of people who want to see the program dissolved today.

The early Great Depression was marked by a “paradox of poverty amidst plenty.” Massive crop surpluses led to low prices for farmers. At first, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration tried paying farmers to plow under surplus crops and kill livestock. In theory, decreasing the supply would raise farm prices incentivizing farmers to get their crops to market. But the plan was met with outrage from hungry citizens who said they could have put the destroyed “surplus” food to good use.

After this failed start, Roosevelt tried another plan. Government purchased excess crops at a set price and distributed them at little or no cost to poor Americans. But this system was also met with criticism, this time from the sellers of food goods. Wholesalers and retailers were upset that government distribution bypassed “the regular commercial system,” undercutting their profits.

The Roosevelt administration started the first pilot food stamp program in 1939 to integrate businesses in getting food to the hungry. However, there were concerns about the food stamp program’s success. A newsmagazine at the time reported, “there was no difficulty in selling the idea to grocers,” but some feared that the “real beneficiaries” wouldn’t cooperate. Unlike the image conjured up today of the poor clamoring for government aid, in the time of perhaps the greatest need in the past century, businesses were more excited about the federal assistance than the hungry individuals who were to benefit.

And, then, shocks of all shocks, when businesses were to receive payments from the government for the goods they sold to people, they liked the idea!!! 

Well, what businessman wouldn’t like the idea of a guaranteed check from the government for doing something they want to do anyway?  In this instance, the grocers liked the idea that Uncle Sam was going to give them money for selling things people otherwise couldn’t afford to buy.  Whodda thunk it?

But, I thought this was funny that they had to detail FDR’s idiocy and misanthropy in order to build the strawman.   

What moron, in the depths of a depression thinks it’s a good idea to destroy crops and kill farm animals?  What moron, in the depths of a depression with unemployment through the roof, thinks its a good idea for the government to set up a program which directly harms businesses which provide jobs and feeds people?  The left’s uber hero, FDR,that’s who.  Continuing ……

And it turns out businessmen had good reason for their glee; in the first months of the pilot program, grocery receipts were up 15 percent in the dozen “stamp towns.” Conservatives appreciated people “going through the regular channels of trade” and not relying on “government machinery” to bring food to people. The program proved to be so successful that it expanded to half of the counties in the nation by 1943. But the conditions that led to the program’s creation, high unemployment and large agricultural surpluses, disappeared in the WWII economy and the pilot program was shelved

Oh, wait!!!  You mean government programs can go away?  So, what happened to food stamps when we had the economic resurgence during the Reagan era?  The Clinton era?  And, even W’s?

Salon finishes with this ……

SNAP recipients, then, are not the program’s only beneficiaries. Businesses profit handsomely from them, too. How ironic that in today’s concentrated grocery-retail market, the chains most ideologically opposed to welfare spending benefit the most from this welfare program. Even more ironic is the fact that the idea behind SNAP originated with grocery men in the 1930s who saw a way to route welfare spending through their businesses. When will today’s conservatives claim as their own these daring and entrepreneurial businessmen who, in part, made the Food Stamp Program possible?

What grocery chain is most ideologically opposed to welfare spending?  Name one!  Every one of the retail chains are for welfare spending, and grocery stores are squarely for the food stamp program.  And, as far as I can remember, it’s always been this way. 

Salon, it isn’t daring to have a business which much of their profits are derived from guaranteed government checks being sent to them.   It’s simply business. 

Further, the left’s characterization of many on the right’s perspective on things such as food stamps is beyond parody. 

Very few, if any actually are, advocate the abrupt shutdown of the food stamp program without something to replace it which works better.  Pretending the SNAP program isn’t rife with fraud doesn’t make the problem go away.  Pretending the SNAP program doesn’t disincentive success at the work place doesn’t make the problem go away. 

Also, clearly, what was meant as a hand up, and not a hand out, has failed, miserably, in that regard.  We now have 4 and 5 generations of families who have used food stamps.  It’s become a way of life for millions of Americans. 

No one wants to see the hungry starve ….. well, except FDR, he seemed rather malicious when it came to that.  But, the rational people of the world wants to see the hungry fed.  But, we also want them to be able to gain and grow from our largess, rather than be entrapped in a perpetual world of need.  Clearly, food stamps/SNAP is wanting in this regard.  To continue on, with this madness, instead of even acknowledging the problems, much less addressing them, does a horrible disservice to the poor of this nation. 

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Idiot Tweet Of The Day!!!!

Eric Roberts ✔ @EricRoberts

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W killed James Foley.George W Bush.He is the forgotten president as we forget & block severe trauma. @BarackObama stands for compassion.

Forget the fact that ISIS didn’t exist during W’s terms. 

As far as Zero standing for compassion, I wish he’d show the American people some and step down. 

h/t Twitchy

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In Britain, Hope Is Nearly Gone …… Woman Who Raised The Alarm About The Sexual Abuse Of 1400 Children Forced To Take Diversity Course

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So, the other day, I posted about Rotherham, where 1400 children were drugged and raped by a bunch of mostly Pakistani animals. 

The woman who raised the alarm was forced to take a 2 day diversity course …….. 

 

Utter madness.

h/t Twitchy

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LOL!!!! Arctic Hasn’t Lost Any Ice Extent In Last Three Days!!!

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Source is JAXA

Now, as one can see, this isn’t unprecedented.  I note 2005, 2006, and 2010 all had periods of time, before the minimum in which the “melt” paused. 

Right now, if I had to guess, and a guess would be all that it would be, is that 2014 is going to finish between 2009 and 2010.  That said, I don’t think it unreasonable that 2014 would finish even above 2009, though I wouldn’t bet on it. 

So much for the death spiral. 

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Gems 2014 — September 1 Scripture Selection: John 8:39-59

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

September 1 Scripture Selection: John 8:39-59

Food for Thought: John 8:38-44, 47

In the spirit, there are only two fathers: God the Father or the devil. And there is no gray area between the two. It is either one or the other. That is why it is so dangerous to “yoke up” with a person who does not honor the Father God in word and deed.

The Word is very clear on this admonishment: “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: ‘I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’ Therefore ‘Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean,
and I will receive you’ (2 Cor. 6:14-17).” Many of the problems in marriages, friendships, and business partnerships could be avoided completely if all believers would understand that we are spirit beings, and our Father is God because we have been born again, but not all people—even those who seem to be “good people”—can claim Him as their Father.

This does not mean that we should never have anything to do with unbelievers. Jesus, in John 17:15, makes this point clear: “I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.” There is a difference between “yoking up” in soul and spirit with unbelievers and just being light to them. Being yoked to another binds you together with them. This eventually causes moral compromises or brings the believer to fall victim to the other’s ungodly influences in one way or another.

A believer who is so eager to enter a relationship with an unbeliever needs first to take a step back, pray for the other, share Christ boldly with him/her, and wait for the Lord to become his/her Father. It is well worth the wait. The damages to the soul and spirit are avoided, and the relationship can start on an even plain. “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? (Amos 3:3)”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God…)

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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Sad About The Leftard’s Unpatriotic Billionaire Idol ……….

 

This article was so well written, I thought it needed shown here.

Warren Buffett Betrays America

It must have been a bitter moment for President Barack Obama when he got the news that his favorite economic guru not only doesn’t like paying taxes but hates America.

Warren Buffett, whose eponymous rule was a staple of Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, is underwriting Burger King’s proposed move to Canada that the left is denouncing as practically the most dastardly plot since the Rosenbergs helped the Soviets get the atomic bomb.

Burger King is acquiring the Canadian coffee and doughnuts chain Tim Hortons in what is called a “corporate inversion.” At least that’s the technical term for it. Obama and the left prefer to call it by names usually reserved for spies and AWOL soldiers before they get a last cigarette and a blindfold.

The practice of corporate inversion, or relocating overseas to avoid the burden of U.S. taxes, offends the president’s sense of “economic patriotism,” as he put it in a speech a few weeks ago. He referred to firms that make this move as “corporate deserters” taking advantage of an “unpatriotic tax loophole.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the socialist from Vermont, says companies like Burger King are betraying America’s veterans, and “have absolutely no loyalty to the people of the United States and our government.” Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, has called for a boycott. Online petitions are targeting the chain for its rank abandonment of the United States.

This outpouring of patriotic fervor is something to behold, especially from the same sort of people who used to think expecting a politician to wear a flag lapel pin was a crudely nationalistic imposition.

The left almost universally scorns the idea that a closely held family business might have religious motivations — and was outraged by the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision for this reason — yet believes that enormous globe-bestriding corporations should have patriotic feelings.

Burger King is owned, by the way, by a Brazilian private equity firm. Its Brazilian patriotism should be in doubt, too, since it showed no sign of sinking into a months-long funk after Germany crushed Brazil in the World Cup semifinal.

In most other contexts, Obama is a proud “citizen of the world.”

Except when it come to taxing businesses. Then, he is transformed into the Giuseppe Garibaldi of American progressivism. For him, patriotism is the last refuge of the taxman.

It should give him and his allies pause that Canada — boring, socialistic Canada — is a tax haven compared to the United States. How did that happen?

We now have a corporate tax system that combines the highest nominal rate in the developed world, at 35 percent, with loopholes that benefit special interests and the politically connected. Two Obama-appointed commissions have suggested major reform. On top of this, the U.S. — in a rarity for the developed world — imposes its tax rate on overseas earnings.

It is this latter factor that, as Matt Levine of Bloomberg View explains, was probably decisive. As he writes, the thought process is, “If we’re incorporated in the U.S., we’ll pay 35 percent taxes on our income in the U.S. and Canada and Mexico and Ireland and Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, but if we’re incorporated in Canada, we’ll pay 35 percent on our income in the U.S. but 15 percent in Canada and 30 percent in Mexico and 12.5 percent in Ireland and zero percent in Bermuda and zero percent in the Cayman Islands.”

Burger King says it is making a purely business decision, and it is true that the merger makes sense on the merits outside of any tax considerations.

But Burger King could have made exactly the same business decision and kept its headquarters in Miami. For that matter, it could move its headquarters to New York City and pay higher taxes still, in an awe-inspiring act of patriotic commitment.

It is not that Burger King is “shirking” on taxes on its U.S. business through its move. It will have to pay U.S. rates on that regardless. It is avoiding paying the high U.S. taxes on its overseas business, and avoiding what would in effect be a tax increase for Tim Hortons by making it subject to the U.S. system.

If this seems unscrupulous, consider the wisdom of the Sage of Omaha, Obama’s go-to economic mascot, whom he has used many a time to make arguments from authority.

Despite his support for the “Buffett rule,” which would impose a 30 percent minimum tax rate on the wealthy, Warren Buffett has no use for taxes himself and will undertake any lawful expedient to avoid them.

“I will not pay a dime more of individual taxes than I owe, and I won’t pay a dime more of corporate taxes than we owe,” he told Fortune magazine earlier this year. He was emphatic: “I will do anything that is basically covered by the law to reduce Berkshire’s tax rate.”

So it shouldn’t be a surprise that he evidently has no compunction about helping to finance a deal widely derided for minimizing Burger King’s taxes.

Despite all the yowling and patriotic chest-beating, our corporate tax system isn’t the Declaration of Independence. It isn’t Yosemite Park or the Golden Gate Bridge. It isn’t the Four Freedoms or the GI Bill. It is an ungainly, politicized disgrace that is a burden on American business.

The best way to keep American companies from wanting to flee it is simply to reform it. It’s either that, or try Warren Buffett for treason.

Rich Lowry is editor of National Review.

 

There’s more to say, of course, but, then that would detract from the fine article written, so, we’ll leave it at that, and let the comments add or detract from the thoughts.

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Shock News!!!!! Euro-zone Inflation Not High Enough!!!!!

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Worrying eurozone inflation sags again to 0.3 pct

The idiocy in this article is too much for a ratoinal person.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation in the 18 countries that use the euro sank to an annual 0.3 percent in August, a sign of economic weakness that is putting pressure on the European Central Bank to take drastic steps to save a stalling recovery.

The figure was down from 0.4 percent in July, the EU statistics agency said Friday, and is the lowest since October 2009. Back then the eurozone was deep in recession after the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers threw global markets into a tailspin.

Italy, the eurozone’s third-largest economy, said it is seeing deflation for the first time since 1959, with prices dropping 0.1 percent in the year to August.

The figures heighten concern over the health of the modest recovery in Europe’s currency union, a major pillar of the global economy with some 17 percent of world output. The eurozone showed no growth at all in the second quarter as fears about the Ukrainian crisis weighed on consumers and investment decisions. Unemployment remained high at 11.5 percent in July, unchanged from the month before.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy, sent only a modestly brighter signal as it rose to 0.9 percent from 0.8 percent.

ECB President Mario Draghi has warned that inflation expectations are worsening and says the bank will add more stimulus if needed.

Many analysts predict the ECB will eventually launch large-scale purchases of financial assets to pump more money into the economy. The bank’s governing council meets on Thursday, but experts generally think it will hold off for several more months as it waits to assess the impact of earlier stimulus efforts.

The bank has already taken steps to boost growth and prices, cutting its key interest rate in June to 0.15 percent and offering cheap loans to banks on condition they lend more to companies.

Consumers like low inflation because it makes their paychecks go further in stores. But it is a sign of overall weak demand. And it has been so low for so long that it has raised fears of deflation, a crippling downward price spiral that comes about when people hold off buying things because they think prices will fall further.

Europe’s economy grew for four quarters but then the recovery came to a halt in the second quarter of this year as core economies France and Germany stalled. Most economists predict growth will resume in coming quarters but it is feared that uncertainty over the crises in Ukraine and the Middle East will keep the recovery too weak to reduce high unemployment.

Draghi has said that if needed the bank could make large-scale purchases of financial assets, known as quantitative easing, or QE. That step adds newly created money to the economy and in theory can lower longer term borrowing costs for companies and increase the rate of inflation.

“Today’s data should provide fresh fuel for speculation about broad-based bond purchases (QE) by the ECB,” wrote analyst Christoph Weil at Commerzbank. “We now put the probability of QE at 60 percent.”

By considering more stimulus, the ECB is leaning in the opposite direction from that of the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is expected to halt its asset purchases later this year as the U.S. economy grows more strongly.

Fascinating.  So, the ECB knows what the inflation rate of August is for the Euro Zone.  As I write this, it is Aug, 31. 

I don’t believe “fears about the Ukrainian crisis weighed on consumers” 

If anything, fears about war, and rumors of war, causes people to spend money, not save it. This is entirely demonstrable, and has been demonstrable for centuries.

Don’t you find it funny how we think we can extricate energy and food prices from our “core inflation rate”?  Energy doesn’t control our prices?  They’re volatile, but, stable, is what they’re saying, or something.

In my study of history and economics, I cannot find an example of what these lunatics are saying.  To my knowledge, there’s never been a time where people quit buying because things may be cheaper next year.  It is complete and utter idiocy to suggest this dynamic occurs or ever has occurred.  One still has to eat.  One still has to be clothed.  One, still, must by gas and electricity  for warmth and cooling.  Shoes?  …. the same concept.

Here’s the brass tacks.  The EU economy didn’t grow at all during the last quarter, but, inflation rose at 0.3%. 

This means, in toto, every person living in the Euro-Zone lost value. 

Let’s say you have a job which pays 20 Euros/hr.  You’d like to save money, but, it’s difficult with the mouths you have to feed. So, this last quarter happened to you.  The economy didn’t grow, so, you didn’t get a raise, unless you’re working for a company which is soon to be out of business.  But, inflation grew at 0.3% this quarter.  This means the value of your 20 Euro/hr is now 19.94 Euro/hr. Worse, let’s say we have a pitiful savings account, in which we have 40,000 Euros.  But, because times are hard, we didn’t put any in last quarter.  That money, while still nominally is worth 40,000, it’s really only worth 38,8000 Euros, because of the inflation rate.

The AP, in this story, let something out which I’m sure they meant to keep hidden.  They said ……….

Consumers like low inflation”

Indeed. When consumers are happy the economy grows, always.  Not if or when “inflation” is occurring or not.  Inflation is a symptom, not a cause.

Steady growth, with low inflation, is key to people’s prosperity.  Always!!!!!

It doesn’t, and never works otherwise.

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I Agree ….. Cruz Says Bomb Them Back To The Stone Age

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Cruz calls for US to bomb Islamic
State jihadists ‘back to the Stone Age’

Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, made clear this weekend his foreign policy strategy for dealing with the militant group Islamic State: “bomb them back to the Stone Age.”

“They want to go back and reject modernity,” he said. “Well, I think we should help them. We ought to bomb them back to the Stone Age.”

Cruz made his remarks Saturday in Dallas at a summit for Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of the billionaire GOP donors Charles and David Koch.

The influential gathering of conservatives also included speeches by a few other potential 2016 GOP White House candidates — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Cruz also staked out his position on such domestic issues as the U.S. border-illegal immigration crisis and the Affordable Care Act.

“In the year 2017, a Republican president in the Rose Garden is going to sign a bill repealing every word of ObamaCare,” he said.

Cruz joked about inviting President Obama to the southern border to see where thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children have poured into the country. The president declined such an invitation from Perry.

“I figured out the only way there is a chance in heaven he might come (is if) I’m inviting him to come to a golf course,” Cruz said.

A crowd of more than 3,000 at a hotel ballroom serenaded him with calls of “Run Ted, Run.”

However, Cruz ignored direct questions about a presidential campaign when he met with reporters after the speech.

He told conservatives in the audience, “Each of you is here because we are part of a grassroots fire that is sweeping this country. … We are building an army.”

On Friday, Perry and Paul pounced on Obama’s “we don’t have a strategy yet” comments earlier in the week regarding the violent militant faction of Islamic State attacking cities in Iraq.

“Yesterday, the president admitted he had no strategy to deal with ISIS,” Perry said, drawing hoots and hisses from a packed convention hall. “The deepening chaos in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, and Ukraine is all the clear and compelling evidence the world needs of a president one step behind, lurching from crisis to crisis.”

Paul fired up the audience by suggesting that Obama’s lack of leadership showed he’d been on the job too long.

Republicans criticizing Obama’s foreign policy is nothing new, but there are deepening divisions within the GOP over how to move forward.

The broader debate pits those who favor the GOP’s traditional muscular foreign policy — a group that includes Perry and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — and those, like Paul and Cruz, who prefer a smaller international footprint. The so-called isolationist approach plays well with grassroots activists and a war-weary public, but worries many Republican officials and donors who prefer an aggressive American role in world affairs.

The intra-party divisions largely weren’t much on display at the Americans for Prosperity event, but will become clearer as the crowded group of possible presidential candidates tries to distinguish themselves in the coming months.

Pence didn’t mention Obama’s comments. He told the Associated Press afterward only that “the president of the United States is the commander of chief of our armed forces. I wouldn’t want to prejudge what his military advisers counsel.”

Cruz is a non-interventionist, and so am I. But, those animals?  I agree, let them have the world they so desperately desire.

Here’s a sad fact.  For the most part, these animals are funded by the oil we buy.  We could make Canadian oil more prominent, but, leftards are much chagrin to do so.

In the meantime, cultural diversity, in the form of animals such as ISIS/ISIL is stoning, crucifying, beheading, and assassinating people whom they disagree with.

Like a rabid dog, they need put down.  Anyone, including our great golfer, if they supported them, they need put down, like the dogs they are.     

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Open Thread NFL Fantasy Picking!!!

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Okay, so, I won’t be posting for a few minutes.  I’m in this weird fantasy football thingy.  We’re drafting in 3 minutes. 

The pic is of Jason Whitten, who is, in my estimation, the best tight end who ever laced his cleats.  He’s not just a receiver, he’s not just a blocking tight end, he’s both, an he does both very well.  He’s big, but, his speed is deceptive.  And, he’s tough.

Unfortunately, his value in the fantasy league isn’t so much.   Why?  Because he’s a tight end.  But, if I had a choice, in real football, my team would have nothing but Jason Whitten’s.  We’d win every game.  

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Gems 2014 — August 31 Scripture Selection: John 8:21-38

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

August 31 Scripture Selection: John 8:21-38

Food for Thought: John 8:31, 32, 36

There are those who believe that Jesus is their Savior, but they are not His disciples. And because they are not His disciples, they do not abide in His Word and do not know the truth. And because they do not know the truth, they are not completely free.

Remember, Jesus and His Word are one and the same. John 1:1, and 14 explains this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus said, “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

Jesus makes us free through the power of His Word. If a person is not free in some area of his/her life (whether it is an addiction, bitterness, fear, or whatever the case may be), then it is because His Word is not abiding in him/her in that particular area. Knowing Jesus, knowing the Word, makes people free. The answer is in Him and in His Word. It is just a matter of digging into the Word for it and abiding (remaining) in it.

Abiding in the Word does not begin and end with a daily devotional. To abide in the Word, you consume it and continually keep it. You hear it through messages from the pulpit, conversations, and even songs. You meditate on it. You declare it as your own. You live it. You grow by it. You believe it. And you let it change you. (See Mat. 4:4, Joshua 1:8, I Pet. 2:2.)

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God,

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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