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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 12:00 PM
We’ve been critical of the state Supreme Court over its anti-business ruling in the Costco matter by effectively making it illegal for economic developers to negotiate with developers — and now come the Board of Supervisors sending a surprisingly harsh message about ambulances.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 12: 29-32
    This is a solemn passage. It is a passage about God carrying out his warning to Pharaoh and Egypt. He had warned Pharaoh that if he did not let Israel go, he would put to death the first-born of Pharaoh and all of Egypt. We read in verse 29, “The Lord struck down all the firstborn of the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon…”
  • DUNCAN/The Book of Shem
    Turn to Genesis 11:10-32. In the previous genealogies we have been given a picture of what God was doing amongst the nations. In this genealogy we focus upon the believing line descended from Shem, down to the line of Abram. As we meet Abraham, we meet him not as the Hebrew of Hebrews, the father of the faithful, but we meet him as Abram, a pagan from Ur the Chaldeans. From this line God will forge the future of the human race. We’ll look at this passage in two sections. The book of Shem is in verses 10-26, and the book of Terah is in verses 27-32.
  • GETTING THE MESSAGE/Exodus 12:1-28
    In this passage, the Lord inaugurates the observation of the Passover. The Passover is in conjunction with the tenth and last plague; the death of the firstborn of Egypt. The Lord said (verse 12) he would pass through the land of Egypt and strike all the firstborn of Egypt. However, when he goes through Israel he “passes over” their homes; they do not die.
  • DUNCAN/Babel
    Turn in your Bible to Genesis 11:1-9. The picture that is painted in this passage is as fresh as today's newspaper and as ancient as the history of the fallen world. We see here a picture of the impotent but pretentious, self-glorifying, God-denying attempt of man to do things his own way. As we look at this passage, I want to point your attention to two specific things. From verses 1-4 we see the rebellion of man against God's creation ordinances, and in verses 5-9 we see God's response, his response of judgment and his response that restrains sin in the world.
  • EDITORIAL/This year, in Jerusalem
    The world did not end when President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate scheme, nor did the heavens fall when he insisted that the United States deserves a fair shake in the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement.
  • LOWRY/Trump’s Jerusalem triumph
     In the second century A.D., Jewish rebels who had stunned the Romans and liberated a portion of Judea overstruck imperial coins with images and a message of their own, “Year One of the Redemption of Jerusalem.”
  • BUCHANAN/Israel at 70
    For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph.
  • EDITORIAL/Criminalizing development
    Essentially criminalizing economic development, the State Supreme court’s Costco ruling striking down an attached fuel center will have a chilling effect statewide, as we’ve argued before.
  • This next week may determine whether President Trump extricates us from that cauldron of conflict that is the Middle East, as he promised, or plunges us even deeper into these forever wars.
  • Rudy Giuliani’s account of Donald Trump’s role in the payment to Stormy Daniels has collapsed into near-incoherence.
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