Daily Archives: July 8, 2018

July 8: Honor, Credit, and Godly Wisdom

1 Samuel 15:1–35; James 3:13–18; Psalm 119:121–136We’re primed to seek validation. Earning “likes” on our social media outlets gives us a sense of self-worth. Getting kudos for a good idea at work makes us feel important. When this is how we derive our self-worth, the opposite will also be true: Being overlooked can crush us, making us angry and jealous if others have stolen the limelight.If we’re not careful, we can easily become ruled by our need for validation. James calls this mindset and behavior “earthly,” “unspiritual,” and even “demonic” (Jas 3:15). When we are guided by it, chaos reigns: “For where there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and every evil practice” (Jas 3:16).We may be aware of how often we are tempted to follow our earthly responses, and we might try to practice restraint. We try to filter the forces at work inside us, but this won’t solve the heart of the problem, as James shows us. He contrasts human ambition with godly wisdom, which “comes from above” (Jas 3:15). He lists the virtues that display godly wisdom: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, obedient, full of mercy and good fruits, nonjudgmental, without hypocrisy” (Jas 3:17).We can’t attain these virtues on our own. When we’re tempted to follow our gut response, to protect and promote our own image, we have to examine our hearts and confess our earthly desires to God. Then, we should seek the wisdom from above—the wisdom found in Jesus. Only He can make us new, and His Spirit can enable us to intentionally follow Him and seek godly wisdom.How are you seeking and praying for godly wisdom?Rebecca Van Noord[1]

[1] Barry, J. D., & Kruyswijk, R. (2012). Connect the Testaments: A One-Year Daily Devotional with Bible Reading Plan. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.

July 8 Offering Spiritual Sacrifices

“You … are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5).✧✧✧Spiritual sacrifices are acts of praise and worship offered to God through Jesus Christ.The primary mission of a Hebrew priest was to offer acceptable sacrifices to God. That’s why God gave detailed instructions regarding the kinds of sacrifices He required. For example, if a lamb was offered, it had to be perfect—without deformity or blemish. Then it had to be sacrificed in a prescribed manner. It was a serious offense to offer sacrifices in an unacceptable manner—a mistake that cost Aaron’s sons their lives (Lev. 10:1–2).The Old Testament sacrificial system pictured the supreme sacrifice of Christ on the cross. When He died, the veil that separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the Temple split in two, signifying personal access to God through Christ. From that moment on, the Old Testament sacrifices ceased to have meaning. As the writer of Hebrews said, “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins; but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God. … For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified” (Heb. 10:10–14).Christ’s sacrifice was complete. Nothing further is needed for salvation. The spiritual sacrifices that believers are to offer aren’t sacrifices for sin, but are rather acts of praise and worship that flow from a redeemed life. They’re the fruit of salvation and are acceptable to God because they’re offered through His Son.Since Jesus is the only mediator between God and man, your access to God is through Him alone. Anything that pleases Him is acceptable to the Father. Seeking His will, His plans, and His Kingdom all are aspects of offering up acceptable spiritual sacrifices. In effect, your entire life is to be one continuous sacrifice of love and praise to God. May it be so!✧✧✧Suggestions for Prayer:  When you pray, be sure everything you say and every request you make is consistent with Christ’s will.For Further Study: Read Hebrews 10:1–18, noting how Christ’s sacrifice differed from Old Testament sacrifices.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 202). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.


They…are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.Luke 8:14 I believe we are mistaken in Christian life and theology when we try to add the “deeper life” to an imperfect salvation obtained through an imperfect concept of the entire matter.Under the working of the Spirit of God through men like Finney and Wesley, no one would ever have dared to say, “I am a Christian” if he had not surrendered his whole being, taking Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior!Today, we let them say they are saved no matter how imperfect and incomplete the transaction, with the proviso that the deeper Christian life can be “tacked on” at some time in the future.Brethren, I believe we must put the blame on faulty teaching—teaching that is filled with self-deception.Let us look unto Jesus our Lord—high and holy, wearing the crown, Lord of lords and King of all, having a perfect right to command full obedience from all of His saved people! O Lord, it is a real challenge in today’s world to filter out all the worldly “stuff” from our lives. Lord, help me to surrender the things in my life that are hindering the production of fruit for You.[1]

[1] Tozer, A. W. (2015). Mornings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Brannon Howse: July 6, 2018

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Guest: Jimmy DeYoung. Topic: Putin to meet with Netanyahu five days before Putin meets with President Trump. Topic: Russia: Iran withdrawal from Syria is unrealistic. Topic: Poll: Israeli’s have little hope for the trump peace plan. Topic: More Jews in Israel then in the United States; key to the end times scenario. Topic: What is the Biblical description of the Antichrist and do we see any world leaders that come to to this description? Brannon nor Jimmy are declaring that any world leader is the Antichrist. What they are saying is that Satan does not know when they end of days will be and must work to have an Antichrist figure for each generation.

Source: Brannon Howse: July 6, 2018

July 8, 2018 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

22  The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23  they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24  “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (La 3:22–24). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

3:22–24 / Het. The eighth stanza is the most optimistic of the entire poem. Indeed, it is the most optimistic of the entire book. The fact that it is found in the middle indicates that while hope is present, it is neither the beginning nor the final thought. The pain is still too fresh and the end is not yet in sight. Even so, this stanza, though brief, indicates that the poet is has not completely abandoned himself to hopelessness.The first line (v. 22) initially strikes one as odd. After all, the poet has repeatedly expressed the sentiment that his/their suffering is deep and pervasive. The destruction is nearly total. But here the poet acknowledges that though he and those he speaks of are deeply afflicted, they are still there. They are not completely consumed, and he attributes this to God’s grace as expressed in his khesed (covenantal love) and his rekhem (compassion). Psalm 77 is the poem of a desperate person who attributes his suffering to God. He accuses God of betraying his khesed and rekhem in verses 8–9. The poet in Lamentations sees the fact that anyone survived the debacle as evidence of God’s love and compassion.Not only do God’s love and compassion not wear out, grow weak, or vanish over time, they are new every morning. That is, they are renewed as vital as ever before. In addition, verse 23 introduces yet a third quality of God’s covenantal love toward his people, his faithfulness (ʾemuna). This word refers to God’s persistence in his relationship with his people. God is often praised as displaying faithfulness in the Psalms (33:4; 92:2 [3]; 143:1).Because of God’s love, compassion, and faithfulness, the poet, on behalf of the community, expresses his willingness to wait for him. Now things are bad, but God will make them good again. The metaphor of portion comes from land distribution. Joshua 19:9 refers to the land allotted to the tribes as their portion and associates the word with the word “inheritance” (nahala). The Levites had God as their special portion (Deut. 10:9), since they did not receive land, and now the man of affliction on behalf of the community lays claim to the same type of relationship.[1]

3:22 This verse seems to contradict all that had been written up to this point (2:1–5). Yet the fact that there was a prophet left to write these words and a remnant left to read them show that not every person in Jerusalem had been consumed. The fact that there was a remnant at all was due to the mercies and compassions of God. Even in His wrath (2:1–4), God remembers to be merciful.3:23 new every morning: Every day presents us with a new opportunity to discover and experience more of God’s love. Even in the midst of terrible sorrow, Jeremiah looked for signs of mercy. Great is Your faithfulness: Here is the heart of the Book of Lamentations. The comforting, compassionate character of God dominates the wreckage of every other institution and office. God remains “full of grace and truth” in every situation (Ex. 34:6, 7; John 1:14).3:24 The Lord is my portion: This expression is based on Num. 18:20, in which Aaron was denied an inheritance in the land but was told instead that the Lord Himself was his portion and inheritance. The same idea is also found in Pss. 16:5; 73:26; 119:57; 142:5. I hope in Him: Hope is not a wishful thought, but a confident expectation in Lord. The Hebrew verb rendered hope suggests the idea of a “waiting attitude” (v. 21).[2]

3:22 — Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.Do you know the Lord as trustworthy, reliable, and consistent? Or do you question whether God will be there for you in your hour of need? From cover to cover, the Bible proclaims, “God is there, and He cares!” He never abandons us.[3]

3:22 lovingkindnesses. This Heb. word, used about 250 times in the OT, refers to God’s gracious love. It is a comprehensive term that encompasses love, grace, mercy, goodness, forgiveness, truth, compassion, and faithfulness.3:22–24 His compassions never fail. As bleak as the situation of judgment had become, God’s covenant lovingkindness was always present (cf. vv. 31, 32), and His incredible faithfulness always endured so that Judah would not be destroyed forever (cf. Mal 3:6).3:23 Great is Your faithfulness. The bedrock of faith is the reality that God keeps all His promises according to His truthful, faithful character.[4]

3:22 God’s steadfast love (his “covenant mercy” or beneficial action on his people’s behalf) never ceases, even in the face of Judah’s unfaithfulness and the resulting “day of the Lord” (cf. Joel 2:1–2; Amos 5:18; Zeph. 1:14–16). mercies. Or “compassion.” This type of mercy goes the second mile, replacing judgment with restoration. never come to an end. God is willing to begin anew with those who repent.3:23 new every morning. Each day presents another opportunity to experience God’s grace. faithfulness. God’s covenantal fidelity and personal integrity remain intact no matter what happens.3:24 my portion. As with the Levites (Num. 18:20), God is the speaker’s only inheritance (see Ps. 73:26). says my soul. This is what the speaker remembers in Lam. 3:21. I will hope in him. God daily offers fresh opportunities for reconciliation (cf. v. 18).[5]

3:22 Jeremiah’s realization of Judah’s defilement in the presence of a holy God moves him to one of the more poignant expressions of the grace of God found anywhere in the Bible. The wonder to Jeremiah is not that some are lost, but that any are saved. All would be consumed were it not for God’s mercies. The word “mercies” is a translation of the Hebrew word hesed, sometimes rendered “lovingkindness” (cf. Jer. 2:2, note). The word captures the spirit of the term “grace” in the N.T. (cf. Eph. 2:8, note). “Mercy” and “compassion” alone stay the hand of God’s righteous and just indignation. Nor is this to be construed as an initial occurrence only. Each morning His mercies are fresh, verifying God’s great faithfulness to us (v. 23). Man’s only hope rests on this truth.[6]

[1] Longman, T., III. (2012). Jeremiah, Lamentations. (W. W. Gasque, R. L. Hubbard Jr., & R. K. Johnston, Eds.) (pp. 368–369). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.[2] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (pp. 951–952). Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers.[3] Stanley, C. F. (2005). The Charles F. Stanley life principles Bible: New King James Version (La 3:22). Nashville, TN: Nelson Bibles.[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (La 3:22–23). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.[5] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 1487). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.[6] Criswell, W. A., Patterson, P., Clendenen, E. R., Akin, D. L., Chamberlin, M., Patterson, D. K., & Pogue, J. (Eds.). (1991). Believer’s Study Bible (electronic ed., La 3:22). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

President Trump Slams the “Rigged” Mueller Witch Hunt – a “Democrat Con Job” — The Gateway Pundit

President Trump hurled a few insults at the Mueller witch hunt on Sunday morning.

The president posted several tweets attacking Mueller, lovebird Peter Strzok and the 13 angry Democrats that make up special counsel.

President Trump slammed the “ridiculous” Mueller investigation on non-existent Russian collusion.

President Trump then went off on the real Washington scandals being ignored by the Department of Justice.

via President Trump Slams the “Rigged” Mueller Witch Hunt – a “Democrat Con Job” — The Gateway Pundit

Nigeria’s Fulani Jihadis Grow Deadlier than Boko Haram, Killing Hundreds of Christians in Days [Extreme Content Warning]

Terrorists from the Fulani herdsmen group in Nigeria used machetes and firearms to massacre more than 200 people in a predominantly Christian region over a two day period in June, a testament to the group’s growing lethality that has far surpassed Boko Haram’s.

Source: Nigeria’s Fulani Jihadis Grow Deadlier than Boko Haram, Killing Hundreds of Christians in Days [Extreme Content Warning]

MEF Organizes 25,000 Strong Protest in Support of Tommy Robinson; Plans Additional Rallies


PHILADELPHIA – July 8, 2018 – Tommy Robinson, the imprisoned English counter-Islamist activist, journalist, and book author, justifiably titled his autobiography Enemy of the State, for he has long been a target of the U.K. authorities impatient with his criticism of Islamism.

The Middle East Forum (MEF) is helping Robinson in his moment of danger. It does so in the context of its Legal Project which since 2007 has defended activists, journalists, politicians, et al. who face harassment, fines, or imprisonment because of their views concerning Islamism and related topics.

MEF is sponsoring and organizing the second “Free Tommy Robinson” gathering in London on July 14. MEF previously provided all the funding and helped organized the first “Free Tommy Robinson” event held June 9 in London.

MEF, along with a coalition of UK advocacy groups and international figures will assemble to advocate for Mr. Robinson’s release and demand greater protections for freedom of speech and freedom of the press in the United Kingdom. MEF is arranging for U.S. Congressman Paul Gosar (Republican of Arizona) to travel to London to speak alongside the Dutch political leader Geert Wilders, and others.

The latest incident began on May 25 with Mr. Robinson reporting on a rape-grooming trial involving Muslim defendants in Leeds, England, for which he was arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced to 13 months prison, and jailed – all in the course of a few hours. To make matters worse, he was tricked out of the right to confer with counsel. Now, he has been moved to historically violent Olney prison, where he is a potential target of Islamist gangs.

“The police allow rape gangs to operate for decades but swoop down within minutes on Tommy Robinson for a peccadillo,” notes Forum president Daniel Pipes. “We worry that his life is now in immediate peril.”

Forum director Gregg Roman adds: “Western democracy requires a robust public discussion of Islam – including terrorism, terrorist funding, Islamism, immigration and related matters – not its suppression. No matter one’s views of Mr. Robinson, all decent people must support his right to discuss controversial matters without fear of arrest, secret trial, and imprisonment.”

The Middle East Forum is aiding Mr. Robinson’s defense in three main ways:

  • Legally – By using Legal Project monies to fund his legal defense.
  • Diplomatically – By bringing foreign pressure on the UK government to ensure Mr. Robinson’s safety and eventual release.
  • Politically – By organizing and funding the 25,000-person “Free Tommy” London rally on June 9 and now the July 14 protest, also taking place in London.
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The Middle East Forum promotes American interests in the Middle East and protects Western civilization from Middle East threats.

For immediate release
For more information, contact:
Gregg Roman, Director

WATCH: Candace Owens Predicts There Will Be a ‘Major Black Exit’ From the Democratic Party

As seen on Fox & Friends

Candace Owens said Thursday she believes the Democratic Party will see a “major exit” by black voters leading up to the 2020 presidential election.

MORE: http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/07/05/candace-owens-there-will-be-major-black-exit-democratic-party-2020

SOURCE: Fox News Insider

Source: WATCH: Candace Owens Predicts There Will Be a ‘Major Black Exit’ From the Democratic Party

Something To Look Forward To

The Outspoken TULIP

Tomorrow, in our study of 1 Corinthians 15, we’ll see a connection between Christ’s resurrection and His Second Corning. I can’t tell you how excited I am about the two verses we’ll cover!

To whet your appetite, enjoy this lesser known hymn celebrating the Lord’s return and anticipate that glorious day.

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July 8 Similarities between Wise and Foolish Builders

Everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.… Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.—Matt. 7:24, 26An important way to discern between true believers and those who merely profess faith in Christ is to consider Jesus’ illustration of the hearers and builders. The crucial element to understand is the foundations upon which people build hopes. While there are clear distinctions, there are also some interesting similarities. First, both kinds of builders hear the gospel. They both outwardly recognize the way of salvation.Second, hearing the gospel both groups build a house, which represents their lives. Each type of builder has confidence that his or her house will stand. Each also believes their manner of living is right and pleasing to the Lord—“Christian” in form and manner.Third, both parties erect their houses in the same general location. That is, their life situations are basically the same. Perhaps they are members of the same church, hear the same preaching, attend the same Bible study, and have fellowship with the same friends.In summary, so much seems to be alike for the builders Jesus describes. By inference, we could say both live much the same sorts of lives—morally respectable, acceptably religious, theologically orthodox, good supporters and servants in their church, and even good community citizens. But the ultimate outcome of life will be radically different for the two.


How do these similarities cloud people ’s awareness of spiritual need? What distinctions should be visible and obvious when comparing the lives of believers and unbelievers?[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2008). Daily readings from the life of Christ (p. 198). Chicago: Moody Publishers.


Then cried Jesus in the temple…I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not.JOHN 7:28Too many people believe that truth is something that can be received and held by the intellect and that truth can be reduced to a code—just as we know and accept that two times two is four.Two thousand years ago, the theological leaders marveled at Jesus. They said to one another, “How does this man know letters, having never learned?” and “How does He get His wonderful doctrine? He has never been to the schools of the rabbis.”This tells us that those Jewish leaders held “the truth”—and you can spell it with capital letters if you please—to be intellectual merely, capable of being reduced to a code.To them, there was no mysterious depth in divine Truth, nothing beneath and nothing beyond—two times two made four!It was exactly here that they parted company with our Saviour, for the Lord Jesus constantly taught the “beyond” and the “beneath.” He showed them that He was simply a transparent medium through which God spoke.He said, “My doctrine is not mine—I am not a rabbi just teaching doctrine that you can memorize and repeat. I say nothing for myself—what the Father speaks, that I speak!”In His day or in our day, the rationalist sees no beyond and no mystic depths, no mysterious heights, nothing supernatural or divine. He holds the text and the code and the creed and passes it on to others. The result is we are dying spiritually![1]

[1] Tozer, A. W., & Smith, G. B. (2015). Evenings with tozer: daily devotional readings. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

International Community Ignores Genocide of Christians in Nigeria

This brings the death toll of Christians to more than 6,000 since the start of 2018. “The Islamists of northern Nigeria seem determined to turn Nigeria into an Islamic Sultanate and replace Liberal Democracy with Sharia as the National Ideology.

Source: International Community Ignores Genocide of Christians in Nigeria

We’re Goin’ to Hear His Word! — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

We’re Going to Hear His Word!
(1 Chron. 16:29, Psalm 29:2, 139:23, Phil. 4:4, 1 John 1:3-4)

We’re Going to hear His Word!
We’re going to hear His Word!
Hallelujah preach it brother!

We’re going to hear His Word!
We’re Going to Hear His Word!
Hallelujah preach it brother!
We’re going to hear His Word!

We gather in Thy presence, with joy and great laud
As we open, the precious ,Word of our God
Dear Spirit ETERNAL, the Lord of all that’s true
Anoint our dear preacher, as he brings forth Thy Word

We’re Going to hear His Word!
We’re going to hear His Word!
Hallelujah preach it brother!

We’re going to hear His Word!
We’re Going to hear His Word!
Hallelujah preachit brother!
We’re going to hear His Word!

Hear His Word!

Our hearts are before Thee as fields in planting time

Ready for Thy working, O Spirit Divine
Move us and change us to know Thy righteous paths
And bring forth Thy harvest for Thy glory and Thy Name

We’re Going to hear His Word!

We’re going to hear His Word!
Hallelujah preach it brother!
We’re going to hear His Word!
We’re Going to hear His Word!
We’re going to hear His Word!
Hallelujah preach it brother!
We’re going to hear His Word!


via We’re Goin’ to Hear His Word! — The Ignorant Fishermen Blog

There Is a Fountain — The Upward Call

There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel’s veins,
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains:
Lose all their guilty stains,
Lose all their guilty stains;
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains.

The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day,
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away:
Wash all my sins away,
Wash all my sins away;
And there may I, though vile as he,
Wash all my sins away.

E’er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die:
And shall be till I die,
And shall be till I die;
Redeeming love has been my theme,
And shall be till I die.

When this poor lisping, stamm’ring tongue
Lies silent in the grave,
Then in a nobler, sweeter song
I’ll sing your power to save:
I’ll sing your power to save,
I’ll sing your power to save;
Then in a nobler, sweeter song
I’ll sing your power to save.

Words by William Cowper

This rendition with a different tune is pretty:

This is the usual tune:

via There Is a Fountain — The Upward Call

This Is What Modern War Propaganda Looks Like | Zero Hedge

“Whenever you see the sudden emergence of an attractive media campaign that is sympathetic to the plight of civilians in a resource-rich nation unaligned with the western empire, you are seeing propaganda.”

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via Medium.com,

I’ve been noticing videos going viral the last few days, some with millions of views, about Muslim women bravely fighting to free themselves from oppression in the Middle East. The videos, curiously, are being shared enthusiastically by many Republicans and pro-Israel hawks, who aren’t traditionally the sort of crowd you see rallying to support the civil rights of Muslims. What’s up with that?

Well, you may want to sit down for this shocker, but it turns out that they happen to be women from a nation that the US war machine is currently escalating operations against. They are Iranian.

Whenever you see the sudden emergence of an attractive media campaign that is sympathetic to the plight of civilians in a resource-rich nation unaligned with the western empire, you are seeing propaganda. When that nation is surrounded by other nations with similar human rights transgressions and yet those transgressions are ignored by that same media campaign, you are most certainly seeing propaganda. When that nation just so happens to already be the target of starvation sanctions and escalated covert CIA ops, you can bet the farm that you are seeing propaganda.

Back in December a memo was leaked from inside the Trump administration showing how then-Secretary of State, DC neophyte Rex Tillerson, was coached on how the US empire uses human rights as a pretense on which to attack and undermine noncompliant governments. Politico reports:

The May 17 memo reads like a crash course for a businessman-turned-diplomat, and its conclusion offers a starkly realist vision: that the U.S. should use human rights as a club against its adversaries, like Iran, China and North Korea, while giving a pass to repressive allies like the Philippines, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“Allies should be treated differently — and better — than adversaries. Otherwise, we end up with more adversaries, and fewer allies,” argued the memo, written by Tillerson’s influential policy aide, Brian Hook.

The propaganda machine doesn’t operate any differently from the State Department, since they serve the same establishment. US ally Saudi Arabia is celebrated by the mass media for “liberal reform” in allowing women to drive despite hard evidence that those “reforms” are barely surface-level cosmetics to present a pretty face to the western world, but Iranian women, who have been able to drive for years, are painted as uniquely oppressed. Iran is condemned by establishment war whores for the flaws in its democratic process, while Saudi Arabia, an actual monarchy, goes completely unscrutinized.

This is because the US-centralized power establishment, which has never at any point in its history cared about human rights, plans on effecting regime change in Iran by any means necessary. Should those means necessitate a potentially controversial degree of direct military engagement, the empire needs to make sure it retains control of the narrative.

Women in Iran are recording the abuse they suffer at the hands of men for not wearing religious clothing. May the good people of Iran free themselves from the shackles of the tyrannical mullah theocracy. pic.twitter.com/QWcPI5wylR

— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) July 4, 2018

This is what war propaganda looks like in the era of social media. It will never look ugly. It will never directly show you its real intentions. If it did, it wouldn’t work. It can’t just come right out and say “Hey we need to do horrible, evil things to the people in this country on the other side of the world in your name using your resources, please play along without making a fuss.” It will necessarily look fresh and fun and rebellious. It will look appealing. It will look sexy.

And it’s working. I am currently getting tagged in these videos multiple times a day by Trump supporters who are eager to show me proof that I’m on the wrong side of the Iran issue; the psyop is so well-lubricated with a combination of sleek presentation and confirmation bias that it slides right past their skepticism and becomes accepted as fact, even the one with the Now This pussyhat propaganda logo in the corner.

Be less trusting of these monsters, please. The people of Afghanistan haven’t benefitted from the interminable military quagmire that has cost tens of thousands of their lives. The invaders of Iraq were never “greeted as liberators” by an oppressed population. The humanitarian intervention in Libya left a humanitarian catastrophe in its wake far more horrific than anything it claimed to be trying to prevent. Saving the children of Syria with western interventionism has left half a million Syrians dead.

If the Iranians do in fact wish to change their government, it should happen without crippling sanctions, collaboration with extremist terror cults, or the rapey tentacles of the CIA manipulating the situation. There has never been a US-led regime change in the Middle East that wasn’t disastrous. People should be screaming at the US and its allies to cease these interventions, not applauding propaganda that is clearly being manufactured by that same empire.

— Read on www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-07-06/what-modern-war-propaganda-looks

July 8 Believers Hate Evil

Hate what is evil.Romans 12:9, niv Evil is the antithesis of holiness and therefore the antithesis of godliness. So the child of God hates evil because God hates evil (paraphrase of Prov. 8:13).If you truly love God you will fervently hate every form of evil. Because he loved God so much, David resolved that “a perverse heart shall depart from me; I will know no evil” (Ps. 101:4, nasb). The faithful Christian should never compromise with evil.[1]

[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 209). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.