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Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6:05 PM
By failing to properly notice a special called December meeting regarding the Karl Banks election challenge, the Madison County Election Commission was recently cited by the state Ethic’s Commission for violating the Open Meetings Act because members discussed topics not listed and entered into an executive session illegally.
  • The Christian should always be mindful of being faithful to his Lord. The faithfulness of the Christian is to proceed from remembrance of Christ’s death for his sins. There are obstacles to being faithful, but they are there to be overcome. Paul tells Timothy in verse one to “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” In order to be strong in the face of opposition, temptation, and hardship, Timothy must yield himself to the power of the truth of Christ.
  • We continue our way through Luke’s Gospel today by looking at Luke 11:37-54, which contains the outline of a very awkward dinner conversation. Jesus has been invited into the home of a Pharisee, a respected leader. For us, the very word Pharisee tends to churn up in us a condescending contempt. That word would not have evoked that kind of a response in Jesus’ day. People in Jesus’ day would have revered the Pharisees. They were religious leaders, lay leaders of synagogues throughout the land who were calling Jewish people back to the Bible, to live by the Book, to not cave in to the cultural corruption of the occupying Romans the way the Sadducees were caving in at every turn and giving cultural ground. And so the people revered the Pharisees as among the holiest of all those in Israel.
  • The influence that Colin Powell has over Hillary Clinton is something to behold. His word is her command. When he tells her to break the law and endanger the nation’s secrets, she doesn’t hesitate. She salutes smartly and does as she is told.
  • Happy birthday, welfare reform. Twenty years ago today, August 22, leaders of both political parties gathered in the White House Rose Garden to watch President Clinton sign the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which represented the most extensive revision of federal anti-poverty policy in more than 30 years.
  • We’ve clearly had a failure of leadership in this country. The political system is not working as it should. Big problems are not being addressed.

    But what’s the nature of that failure? The leading theory is that it’s the corruption: There is so much money flowing through Washington that the special interests get what they want and everyone else gets the shaft. Another theory has to do with insularity: The elites spend so much time within the Acela corridor that they don’t have a clue about what is going on beyond it.
  • PERRY/Lott, Meacham on 2016
    Pulitzer Prize winning author Jon Meacham and former U.S. Senate Republican Majority Leader Trent Lott spoke at an afternoon session at the second annual Mississippi Book Festival this past weekend.
  • Paul has been speaking of what a great salvation God has given. This salvation is through a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. He has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to sinful men. This “good news” is what we call the gospel, and Paul here in verse 11 says he has been appointed a “herald, an apostle, and teacher” of this gospel.
  • We’re in Luke 11:29-36 today. How are your eyes? I'm talking about your spiritual eyes. How clearly are you seeing things in life? How clearly are you seeing yourself? Are you able to see your sin and your need? Are you locked in on the true wisdom? When you hear true, heavenly wisdom does it resonate with you? And how about Jesus and the Gospel? Are the eyes of your heart fixed on Him?
  • WASHINGTON — Speaking of crazy. ...

    All these woebegone Republicans whining that they can’t rally behind their flawed candidate is crazy. The GOP angst, the gnashing and wailing and searching for last-minute substitutes and exit strategies, is getting old.
  • PERRY/Reeves vs. Hood
    In a short 166 weeks Mississippi will elect our next governor.  The unofficial public kick-off for the 2019 gubernatorial campaign may have been July 27, 2016 at the Neshoba County Fair. Republicans expect Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves to make a run for the top office. Democrats hope Attorney General Jim Hood does the same. Reeves forecast the campaign in his Wednesday Neshoba speech, “This is my fourteenth year on this podium but, more importantly in this Presidential election year, this is my second day in a row to be at the Fair. You see, yesterday, [Hood] and his friends were in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania while I was here in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He was working to make Hillary Clinton President while I was here working against Hillary Clinton.” Reeves criticized Hood’s positions on the state budget and religious liberty and said, “He sounds to me like he’s auditioning to be Hillary’s attorney general.”
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