Daily Archives: September 9, 2018

September 9: As the Lion Roars

Amos 1:1–4:5; Acts 8:26–9:19; Job 19:13–29

“Surely my Lord does not do anything unless he has revealed his secret to his servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who is not afraid? My Lord Yahweh has spoken, who will not prophesy? Proclaim to the citadel fortresses in Ashdod and the citadel fortresses in the land of Egypt and say: ‘Gather on the mountains of Samaria and see the great panic in her midst and the oppression in her midst!’ ” (Amos 3:7–9).

It’s easy to make excuses when we don’t know or understand something, and it’s equally hard to admit why. Amos declares that God’s plan and His work in the world are known to us—if we wish to learn. If we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we’re not trying hard enough to learn about Him and His work. God speaks through His prophets and through His Word in the Bible, so there is no reason for us to be unaware of how He is working and how He wants to use us in the process.

What was true for the ot prophets was also true for the apostles. Through Philip, we see how God intimately involves people in His work. An angel tells Philip, “Get up and go toward the south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza” (Acts 8:26). It took great faith for Philip to do as the angel instructed. The last part of verse 26 adds, “This is a desert place.” Few people have encountered an angel, as Philip did, but each of us has the opportunity to experience direction from our Lord.

If we ask, God will answer. If we seek to learn how God is speaking, our path will become clear. Often we make this idea more complicated than it should be, but the work of the prophets and the early church demonstrate otherwise: Amos continued to tell of a fate that indeed came to pass, much of it in his lifetime. Philip took that desert road and led an Ethiopian man to Jesus. There is great, enduring hope for us to be part of God’s work if we’re willing to seek His will, listen, and act in faith.

What does God wish for you to know today?

John D. Barry[1]


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

September 9 Attacks on God’s People

“Stand firm against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).

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Satan wants to catch you off-guard.

Yesterday we saw how Satan attacks God’s Word. Today we will see how he attacks God’s people. Persecution, peer pressure, and preoccupation are three weapons he employs with great effectiveness.

Persecution should never take Christians by surprise, because Scripture repeatedly warns us that it will come. For example, 2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” Yet, such warnings are often overlooked in the health, wealth, and prosperity climate of contemporary Christianity.

As the greed perpetuated by such a movement continues its assault on Christian virtue, many professing believers have come to expect a pain-free, trouble-free life. When trials come, they’re caught off-guard and are often disillusioned with the church or with God Himself. Some prove to be phony believers, whom Jesus described in His parable of the four soils—people who initially respond to the gospel with joy, yet fall away when affliction or persecution arises because of the Word (Matt. 13:21).

Satan also uses peer pressure as an effective weapon. Many people never come to Christ for fear of losing their friends or being thought of as different. Even Christians sometimes struggle with peer pressure, compromising God’s standards to avoid offending others.

Another weapon is preoccupation with the world. Often the hardest place to live the Christian life is in the easiest place. For example, becoming a Christian in America isn’t the life-threatening choice it is in some parts of the world. Some who stand boldly against persecution or peer pressure might falter in a climate of acceptance. Often that’s when the danger of spiritual complacency and preoccupation with the world is greatest.

To guard against those attacks, remember that God uses persecution to mature you and bring glory to Himself. Also, make a conscious choice each day to please God rather than people. Finally, evaluate your priorities and activities carefully. Fight the tendency to become preoccupied with things unrelated to God’s Kingdom.

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Suggestions for Prayer:  Ask God to keep you spiritually alert throughout this day, so the enemy doesn’t catch you off-guard.

For Further Study: Read Matthew 26:31–56. What might the disciples have done to avoid being caught off-guard?[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (1993). Drawing Near—Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith (p. 265). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.

Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte… — The Last Refuge

Bob Goodlatte is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; and also the lead chairman (w/ Gowdy) of the joint House Oversight and Judiciary Committee that is conducting the interviews of witnesses for the investigation into corruption by the FBI and DOJ.   The joint committee has interviewed: Bill Priestap, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr; no transcripts released (likely to avoid coordinated testimony).

In this morning’s interview with Maria Bartiromo Chairman Goodlatte discusses the need to interview Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson voluntarily or by subpoena.  Again, note the oft-repeated “sources and methods” declassification issue.

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Think about it.  What were the sources/methods for the Steele Dossier?  What were the sources/methods for the FISA application?  It’s the sources and methods that were/are corrupt. Declassification is futile without un-redacting the sources and methods.

via Sunday Talks: Maria Bartiromo Interviews Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte… — The Last Refuge

Mark Levin: ‘This is a silent coup’


President Trump reading NYTimes op-ed

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Thursday on his nationally syndicated radio program, LevinTV host Mark Levin discussed the New York Times’ anonymous op-ed, which the paper claimed was written by a member of the Trump administration. The writer claimed that he or she is working against the president’s agenda, with others in the administration.

“When a president is undermined from within, it is very difficult for that branch of government to function as it should, even with all the successes,” Levin said.

Levin pointed out that the number of people on whom the president can rely is getting increasingly small, since so many in the administration would rather seek self-promotion in the media.

“If there are people around the president who never have a negative story written about them, or never have any story written about them and they’re relatively senior … chances are they’re leakers,” he said.

Listen:

“And of course, any successes that the president has had is not due to him; it’s in spite of him. So in other words, the president can’t win. Even when he makes decisions, they’re not really his decisions, you know. They’re the staff’s decisions. … This is a mutiny. This is sabotage. This is a silent coup, and I’ve been talking about it since day one,” Levin said.

Source: Mark Levin: ‘This is a silent coup’

Google: Appeasing China, subverting America

Not only is Google working with the totalitarian Chinese government to get back into the search business in a country where no dissent is tolerated, the U.S.-based monopoly also is recommending that consumers use a security key developed by a Chinese company that is part of an “IT-Military Alliance” between the Chinese army and intelligence establishment!

So, while Google refuses to send executives to testify to the U.S. Congress about political bias, thumbs its nose at President Trump’s public concerns about the spread of “fake news,” denies any accountability regarding its search engine algorithms in the U.S. and continues its invasive privacy attacks on American consumers, the company is doing everything in its power to appease arguably the most oppressive major power on earth.

“Don’t be evil”? Don’t make me laugh.

Here are the facts:

“Our goal is to make sure that any user facing an increased risk of online attacks enrolls in the Advanced Protection Program,” says Dario Salice, advanced protection product manager at Google. What is the “Advanced Protection Program”? It uses a pair of security keys manufactured in China by Feitian, a company that is part of an “IT-Military Alliance” with the People’s Liberation Army. According to Freedom House, China is the “world’s worst abuser of internet freedom.”

In fact, Feitian’s technology has been certified as “military-use information security products.” On the company’s website Feitian boasts it “will inevitably provide earnest service to the giant military market under the grand strategy of ‘civil-military integration,’ and thus do our bit to help the construction of the nation’s informatized defensive infrastructure.”

Perhaps recommending military-approved Feitian hardware is the price Google must pay to play in the burgeoning Chinese marketplace firmly under the thumb of the fascist state where “private” corporations are tolerated as long as they do the government’s bidding.

Should any of this really surprise us?

From its genesis in the U.S., Google has demonstrated its willingness to work closely with – even for – the U.S. intelligence state to find ways to track individuals and groups online in the U.S.

As revealed in a 2017 report: “The intelligence community hoped that the nation’s leading computer scientists could take non-classified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public. They hoped to direct the supercomputing revolution from the start in order to make sense of what millions of human beings did inside this digital information network. That collaboration has made a comprehensive public-private mass surveillance state possible today.”

That’s right. This is how Google was formed – with research grants from the DEEP SURVEILLANCE STATE of the NSA and CIA.

Do I need to remind you how that shadowy world of American intelligence agencies has been at odds with the results of popular elections in the U.S.? Do I need to remind you how the U.S. intelligence apparatus has gone rogue on the Constitution and how it forms the very foundation of what we have come to call “the Deep State”?

Let me state this plainly: If we’re to destroy the Deep State, it’s going to require dismantling Google. Nothing short of that will do. It needs to be broken up. It’s a monopoly that doesn’t respect the rule of law and the will of the people for privacy and fair play. It isn’t accountable to the people. Google believes the people are accountable to it.

I have told you about the many ways Google is currently at war with the precepts of a free society. I have written hundreds of thousands of words about how Google is destroying the institutions of the free press, free speech and freedom of religion. Now you are beginning to hear the rest of the story of why Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Amazon represent, collectively and individually, the gravest of threats to the American way of life, liberty and prosperity.

Source: Google: Appeasing China, subverting America

Journo Says Damascus Has Moles in White Helmets, Info on Future Provocations

The Syrian army is preparing to take on the last terrorist stronghold in Idlib, Syria, as the US warns Damascus against the offensive and promises a “swift” response in case Bashar Assad uses chemical weapons. Sputnik spoke with Kevork Almassian, a journalist and founder of the analytical website Syrian Analysis, about the planned offensive.

Source: Journo Says Damascus Has Moles in White Helmets, Info on Future Provocations

New LAPD Chief Cancels Kamala Harris’ “Unprecedented” $50,000 Traveling Armed Bodyguards

Detailed expense reports obtained by NBC Los Angeles reveal that taxpayers footed the bill for Sen. Kamala Harris’ armed LAPD security detail on at least a dozen trips outside of Los Angeles under an “unusual arrangement” with former LAPD chief Charlie Beck that cost nearly $50,000 by NBC’s count.

While the LAPD routinely provides security details to dignitaries and officials visiting the city, “a senior retired department official said the courtesy extended to Sen. Harris for her travels to other cities was unprecedented” given her role as a State senator, reports NBC. 

LA taxpayers paid for airline tickets, hotel stays, car rentals, and meals, according to detailed expense reports obtained by NBC News. –NBC LA

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office claims that the Mayor was “unaware” of the arrangement until July, when new LAPD Chief Michel Moore shut the program down. Garcetti recently came under fire for a similar taxpayer funded security detail which his political action committee, the Democratic Midterm Victory Fund, has agreed pay for. This has left some to wonder if a similar entity will reimburse the city for her roving police shadow.

“We’re asking whether or not that same sort of arrangement might apply here, where somebody affiliated with Kamala Harris’ campaign or her Political Action Committees might consider reimbursing LA City taxpayers for the money, which now is nearing $50,000 by our amateur accounting,” reports Eric Leonard of NBC LA.

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office said the Mayor was, “unaware,” of this unusual arrangement until July, when it was shut down by new LAPD Chief Michel Moore.

“It was not until Chief Moore was sworn in, conducted a new assessment of the threat, determined that this arrangement was no longer needed, and informed Mayor Garcetti, that the mayor became aware of the state-wide detail,” Garcetti spokesman Alex Comisar wrote in an email Wednesday.

Garcetti said former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck was solely responsible for the program. –NBC LA

Chief of Police Charlie Beck assigned a security detail for US Senator Kamala Harris shortly before she was sworn into office in 2017, based on a threat assessment he believed to be credible,” said LAPD spokesman Josh Rubenstein. “Funding for the detail was provided by the Department budget.”

Former Chief Beck’s signature can be found on several LAPD documents authorizing the excursions, including one in which two officers flew to Oakland with Harris to a “retirement event” for a CA DOJ official – just 10 days after she was sworn-in to the Senate.

Meanwhile, records reveal that Harris flew to San Francisco at least seven times between January 2017 and July 2018, including an April 2017 trip in which Harris gave television interviews, and a March 2018 speech at a YMCA event. Also included were a June 2018 police escort to the San Francisco Pride Parade, where LAPD officers can be seen flanking the Senator.

LAPD officers have also traveled to Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego for Harris – whose communications director Lily Adams told NBC: “Since she became a protectee more than a decade ago, Senator Harris has always deferred to public safety experts on procedures, protocols and determinations,” adding “Our office did not request or question LAPD’s decision to provide protection and we are grateful for the ongoing work of officers in Los Angeles and across the state who risk their lives to keep all Californians safe.”

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Chief Moore canceled the program right around the time the Los Angeles Times filed a lawsuit demanding that Mayor Garcetti turn over records on his own taxpayer-funded security detail while traveling out of state, following the refusal by both City Hall and the LAPD to provide the documents through a California Public Records Act request.

“Unfortunately we are not able to give out this information, as it could potentially undermine the Mayor’s safety and security,” LAPD spokesman Rubenstein wrote in an email to the Los Angeles Times that was cited in the newspaper’s lawsuit.

The LA Times says in their lawsuit that the records are not exempt from public disclosure – noting that the US Secret Service have provided security detail costs for both Presidents Trump and Obama, while the cities of Seattle, Baltimore and Chicago have all produced similar mayoral expense records to the public.

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Source: New LAPD Chief Cancels Kamala Harris’ “Unprecedented” $50,000 Traveling Armed Bodyguards

SEPTEMBER 9 THE WORLD IS SCARED

Look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

Luke 21:28

A fear-stricken church cannot help a scared world; and it needs to be said that surely a fear-ridden Christian has never examined his or her defense!

No one can blame humans for being afraid. Beyond the continuing times of crisis and terror and violence, God has also warned that the world is in a baptism of fire, sooner or later. God has declared this by the voice of all of the holy prophets since time began—there is no escaping it!

Bible-reading Christians should be the last persons on earth to give way to hysteria. We have been given a prophetic preview of all those things that are to come to pass upon the earth. Can anything take us unaware?

We who are in God’s secret place of safety must begin to talk and act like it! We, above all who dwell on the earth, should be calm, hopeful, buoyant and cheerful. We will never convince the scared world that there is peace and assurance at the cross if we continue to exhibit the same fears as those who make no profession of Christianity!

Lord, I pray that Your peace will show through my behavior today. Give me an opportunity to help someone who is dealing with fear or pain.[1]


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