When Jesus saw the Temple being used as a place of business instead of a place of worship, He became enraged, throwing over tables, scattering money across the floor, and chasing out the merchants with a whip. Jesus then spoke of how the Temple was a place of worship, not a place of business (Matthew 21:12-13). Throughout His ministry, He frequently spoke out against the incorrect teachings by the Pharisees. Jesus provided correct translation and meaning of the Torah, contradicting what the Pharisees had preached for years. The Pharisees probably complained amongst themselves about how this “trouble-maker” never stopped talking! Yet, when the literal trial for His life came, Jesus stopped talking.
When Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly pleased. He had wanted to see Him for a long time because of what he had heard about Him, and was hoping to see some [miraculous] sign [even something spectacular] done by Him. And he questioned Him at some length, but Jesus made no reply. (Luke 23:8-9, AMP)
Just as words have power, lack of words can also have power. Jesus said nothing before Herod, who had the power to spare His life. Later, before Pilate, Jesus was also practically silent, offering few words that seemed to support His accusers instead of defending Himself. Yet, His silence was powerful!
His silence led the Pharisees into overconfidence; they thought they had this trouble-maker cornered. Jesus’ silence was not a signal of His defeat however, it was an expression of Authority. Herod was not interested in anything Jesus had to say. Herod wanted to see a miracle. Jesus’ silence said that Herod had no power over Him. Jesus had a greater authority.
March 18, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Corinthians 7-8
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Commentary: The Corinthians had asked Paul a specific question about marriage and sexual immorality. Paul reminds the Corinthians that they must ultimately answer to the Lord for their sins, therefore they should flee from all sin. The church also disagreed over whether is was acceptable to eat meat that had been sacrificed to an idol. The Roman church had also struggled with this question. Paul repeats his advice. Since some Christians feel that eating the meat is akin to idolatry, that is, eating the meat will mean they are eating it in the hopes that they will benefit from the idol, all should refrain so as not to lead their brothers and sisters into sin. If the meat had not been offered to an idol, it was allowable.
Focus Verse: 8:9-12 What are these verses saying? Are there actions in your life that could cause another believer to stumble? Are you aware of other’s struggles? Do you need to change your actions?
“The ship of democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those on board.” He was the first and only president to get married at the White House. He was also the first president to have a child born in the White House. The Baby Ruth candy bars are named for her. He did not like the press, refused to give them a working area within the White House (making them stand outside waiting for people to leave), and refused to attend the Gridiron Club dinner, an event held by Washington journalists. He is Stephen Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States of America, serving from March 4, 1885, until March 4, 1889, and again from March 4, 1893, until March 4, 1897. Grover, as he was always known, was born on March 18, 1837, in Caldwell, New Jersey, as the fifth of nine children. His father was a Presbyterian minister, who died when he was 16, forcing Grover to forgo his remaining education in order to help support his family. Eventually, Grover would work as a clerk and part-time law student in Buffalo. The knowledge gained on the job allowed him to pass the bar exam in 1858, without any formal study.
Grover began his own law practice and was appointed assistant district attorney of Erie County in January of 1863. Grover evaded the Conscription Act of 1863, which required able-bodied men to serve in the military during the Civil War if called upon, by hiring a substitute, which was permissible. Grover was one of two presidents who never completed formal education or served in the military. Grover earned a reputation of a hard worker and single mindedness as a lawyer.
Grover became Sheriff of Erie County on January 1, 1871. Grover did not believe in passing on less desirable tasks to others, and served as hangman for two executions during his tenure. Grover opted not run for re-election, instead returning to his law practice. It was during this time that the unmarried Grover began a relationship with a widow, Maria Crofts Halpin. The two had a child together, for which Grover eventually accepted responsibility, supporting both mother and child. This would later become a campaign issue during Grover’s first presidential run.
Grover became mayor of Buffalo, New York in 1882, and then governor of New York shortly thereafter. During his time as governor, he worked to cut needless spending and political corruption.
In 1884, with a weak Republican nominee, Grover Cleveland was selected to run as the Democratic nominee. The leading issue during the campaign was corruption in politics, as Grover’s opponent had been involved in several questionable deals. In an attempt to discredit Grover, his opponent brought up his illegitimate child. Grover insisted that his campaigners “tell the truth” about the affair. The election was close, with Grover winning. Grover delivered his inaugural address without notes, as he had an excellent memory.
One of his first acts as the 22nd President was reduce the number of federal employees. Grover refused to appoint individuals, or fire them, based solely on their political party. Ignoring the traditional spoils system, Grover instead evaluated their job performance, however, as his term went on, Grover replaced more and more Republicans with members of his own party. Grover became well known for his use of vetoes, vetoing hundreds of private pensions bills by Civil War veterans. Grover believed in the power of limited government, which was the reason behind many of his vetoes.
During his first term, Grover also became the first president to get married in the White House. He married his ward, the daughter of his former law partner, 21-year-old Frances Folsom. Frances was the youngest First Lady ever and despite the wide age difference between her and her husband, she was warmly welcomed by the public. Grover and Frances went on to have five children together. Also during his first term, Grover oversaw the dedication of the Statue of Liberty and saw the end of the Apache wars with the surrender of Geronimo.
Grover was easily nominated to run for re-election in 1888, however his campaign was poorly managed. He even lost his home state of New York in the election! In a narrow race, Grover’s opponent, Benjamin Harrison was elected president, while Grover returned to New York. Grover and his wife spent considerable time over the next four years at their vacation home, where Grover took up and became obsessed with fishing.
In 1892, Grover was once again selected to run for president, due to his favorable reputation, and he was once again running against Benjamin Harrison. Due to policies over the last four years, the price of imported goods had increased and tariff reform, an issue Grover supported, was gaining large general support. Grover easily won the election, making him the only two-term, non-consecutive president.
As 24th President of the United States, Grover had to deal with an economic depression as soon as he regained office. A falling stock market and a gold shortage worsened the situation. Grover also had to deal with the Pullman strike, where over 125,000 railroad workers went on strike due to long working hours and low pay.
Also during his second term, the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown, an act which was not supported by Grover, but set in motion during Harrison’s time in office. Grover also admitted Utah as a state during his second term. He continued his frequent use of the veto power, using it more than any other present except Franklin Roosevelt. Grover also opposed women’s suffrage, believing sensible women did not want to vote.
In 1893, in the midst of the economic panic, it was discovered that Grover needed to have surgery to remove noncancerous tumor. The surgery was done in secret, on a yacht, under the guise of Grover being on vacation. It was many years before the truth of the surgery was made public. Grover was succeeded in 1897 by William McKinley.
Grover and his wife returned to their home in New Jersey, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Grover stayed involved in politics, consulting with Theodore Roosevelt and writing for various publications. In 1907, Grover’s health began to fail. He died of a heart attack on June 24, 1908, at the age of 71.
As the son of a Presbyterian minister, Grover identified as a Presbyterian, although he was tolerant to nearly all religions. He had openly spoken of concern over admitting Utah as a state due to the high population of Mormons, although his chief objection seemed to be directed at a polygamous lifestyle as opposed to the religion itself. Following the death of his first daughter, Ruth, Grover took comfort, that his daughter was in Heaven with “her Savior.”
Happy Birthday Mr. President!
Updated: Monday, March 11, 2018 11:28 am EDT
Russell Earl Bucklew is scheduled to be executed at 6 pm CDT, on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Corrections Center in Bonne Terre, Missouri. He has been granted a stay of execution. Forty-nine-year-old Russell is convicted of killing 27-year-old Michael Sanders on March 21, 1996, at Hickory Hollow trailer park in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Russell also kidnapped, beat, and raped 21-year-old Stephanie Pruitt. Russell has spent the past 14 years on Missouri's death row.
Russell Bucklew, a former electrician, met Stephanie Pruitt in the summer 1995, while she was married to another man, with whom she had two children. By fall of 1995, Stephanie was divorced and dating Bucklew, whom she knew as Rusty. Around Christmas, Stephanie discovered she was pregnant, however, she lost the baby on Valentine's Day and the relationship between Stephanie and Bucklew was over. Stephanie claims they broke up and Bucklew moved back into his parent's house. Bucklew said they just needed a few days apart to cool off.
When Bucklew returned, he discovered that Michael Sanders was now living with Stephanie in Bucklew’s trailer. Bucklew was furious and put a knife to Mike's throat, telling him to get out or he would kill him. Stephanie moved in with Mike a few days later.
Stephanie and Bucklew had another confrontation when she retrieved some of her clothes from Bucklew's trailer. Stephanie, chained to a bed, agreed to meet Bucklew on March 21, 1996, and leave with him. Bucklew let her go. On March 21, 1996, Bucklew, after stealing guns, handcuffs, duct tape, and a car from his cousin, secretly followed and watched Stephanie all day. His goal was to catch her with Mike. When he saw return to Mike's trailer, he decided that she was not going to meet him and decided to kill Mike and kidnap her.
March 16, 2018
IDPN 2018 Issue 11
Bangladesh: Thirty-nine men have been sentenced to death for the brutal 2014 murder of a ruling party official, which occurred in broad daylight. Sixteen other men were acquitted. Executions are carried out by hanging. A lawyer for the men has said that they will appeal their sentence.
Botswana: President Ian Khama has announced that the nation has no intention of abolishing the death penalty. Human rights activists and the European Union have asked the nation to abolish the death penalty. The president defended the use of the death penalty, saying it was reserved for the most serious crimes and only takes place after a “thorough and exhaustive legal process.”
India: The Rajasthan State Assembly has passed an amendment which would allow those convicted of raping young girls below the age of 12 to be sentenced to death. A similar amendment had previously been added for gang rapes. Rajasthan has become the second state, after Madhya Pradesh, to pass such a bill.
The national government has asked state governments for their opinions on the death penalty in the nation. Of the 14, out of 29, states who have replied so far, only two support the abolishment of capital punishment. The remainder are in favor of keeping capital punishment.
Iran: On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Javad Golneyyat was executed by hanging at Khoy Central Prison. Javad was convicted and sentenced to death on rape charges. He never confessed to the crime and has insisted upon his innocence.
March 15, 2018
Carlton Michael Gary was executed by the state of Georgia on Thursday, March 15, 2018. Carlton was pronounced dead at 10:33 pm EDT, inside the execution chamber at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, Georgia. Carlton was 67 years of age. He was executed for the murders of 89-year-old Florence Scheible on October 21, 1977, 69-year-old Martha Thurmond on October 25, 1977, and 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff on December 28, 1977, all in Columbus, Georgia. Carlton spent the last 31 years of his life on Georgia’s death row.
Early in his childhood, Carlton allegedly showed signs of high intelligence, however he was malnourished and abused as a child. He was raised without a father, as his father wanted nothing to do with him. During his teenage years, he became a heavy drug user and was arrested for robbery, arson, and assault. He eventually served time for a burglary charge. Carlton was also responsible for sending another man, John Lee Williams, to prison when Carlton testified that John murdered a woman. He later recanted his testimony. Carlton was in and out of prison for several years, eventually escaping from a New York prison in August 1977, after which, he returned to his home in Columbus, Georgia.
Between September 1977, and April 1978, seven women in the Columbus area were raped and strangled to death in their homes: 60-year-old Ferne Jackson on September 15, 1977, 71-year-old Jean Dimenstein on September 25, 1977, 89-year-old Florence Scheible on October 21, 1977, 69-year-old Martha Thurmond on October 25, 1977, 74-year-old Kathleen Woodruff on December 28, 1977, 78-year-old Mildred Borom on February 12, 1978, and 61-year-old Janet Cofer on April 20, 1978. The man responsible for the crime was known as the “Stocking Strangler,” as stockings were frequently used as the method of strangulation. For years, police had few leads who had committed the rapes and murders.
Carlton Gary, meanwhile, was arrested and imprisoned in 1978 after committing a string of armed robberies. In 1984, he escaped from prison and began carrying out robberies again. He was eventually recaptured by police on May 5, 1984, in Albany, Georgia.