Daily Archives: January 7, 2020

January—7 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me, wherewith the Lord hath afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.—Lament. 1:12.

Dearest Jesus! I would sit down this evening, and looking up to thee, ask the instructions of thy blessed Spirit, to unfold some of the many tender inquiries wrapped up in this question of my Lord’s. Whatever the mournful Prophet’s views were of the church’s sorrow, when he wrote his book of Lamentations, surely sorrow never had its full potion poured out, but in the cup of trembling which thou didst drink. And as in all the afflictions of thy people thou wert afflicted, added to all thine own personal sufferings, theirs also thou didst sustain. And where shall I begin, dear Lord, to mark down the vast volume of thy sorrow? From the manger to the cross, every path was suffering. Indeed thou art, by way of emphasis, called “the Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Thorns and thistles the earth is made to bring forth, to human nature at large: but as in taking away this curse thou becamest a curse for thy people, none but thyself, dearest Jesus, was ever crowned with thorns; as if to testify the supremacy of thy sufferings. And did all our curses indeed fall upon thee? Was all the Father’s wrath, in the full vials of his anger against sin, made to light upon thee? Didst thou wade through all, and sustain all, and boat all, on purpose that thy redeemed might be delivered? Did great drops of blood in a cold night (when a fire of coals became needful to warm thy disciples) fall from thy sacred body, from the agony of thy soul’s suffering? Did the Son of God, who from all eternity lay in his bosom, the only begotten and dearly beloved of his affection, indeed die under amazement and exceeding sorrow, and the cry of his soul issue forth of his Father’s desertion? Were these among the sorrows of Jesus? And is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? Is it nothing to you, O ye that by disregard and indifference would crucify the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame? Come hither, ye careless and unconcerned; come hither, ye fools that make a mock of sin; come hither, ye drunkards and defiled of every description and character, whose cups of licentiousness and mirth have mingled for him the wormwood and the gall: behold Jesus, and say, is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? My soul, bring the question home to thine own heart, and never give over the solemn meditation. It is, indeed, to thee everything that is momentous and eternally interesting. Yes! precious Jesus! every wound of thine speaks; every feature, every groan, every cry, pleads for me, and with me. If I forget thee, O thou bleeding Lamb! let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; yea, if I prefer not the solemn meditation of Gethsemane and Calvary above my chief joy![1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 8–9). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

January 7 Streams in the Desert

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” (Phil. 4:11.)

PAUL, denied of every comfort, wrote the above words in his dungeon. A story is told of a king who went into his garden one morning, and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found it was sick of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was all out of heart because it could not bear grapes, like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and have as fine fruit as the peach tree. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac; and so on all through the garden. Coming to a heart’s-ease, he found its bright face lifted as cheery as ever. “Well, heart’s-ease, I’m glad, amidst all this discouragement, to find one brave little flower. You do not seem to be the least disheartened” “No, I am not of much account, but I thought that if you wanted an oak, or a pine, or a peach tree, or a lilac, you would have planted one; but as I knew you wanted a heart’s-ease, I am determined to be the best little heart’s-ease that I can.”

“Others may do a greater work,

But you have your part to do;

And no one in all God’s heritage

Can do it so well as you.”

They who are God’s without reserve, are in every state content; for they will only what He wills, and desire to do for Him whatever He desires them to do; they strip themselves of everything, and in this nakedness find all things restored an hundredfold.[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 7–8). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

Wisdom — Christian Research Network

“Freedom of thought doesn’t always lead to wisdom as Ben Franklin surely knew.  But lockstep rejection of different beliefs bolstered by loathsome propaganda does always lead to brutal tribalism.”   

(Bill O’Reilly)  Americans are in danger and it’s kind of complicated so please stay with me here. Way back in 1722, an anonymous source who called himself “Silence Dogood” sent a newspaper editor a few opinions.  One of them simply said: “Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom.”

Mr. Silence Dogood was really Benjamin Franklin.  And he was just 16 years old when he wrote that.  Incredible.

Today, there are groups that are paid big money by private individuals and political action committees to attack freedom of thought by designing propaganda campaigns that aim to silence opposition. Through his “Open Society Foundation”, far left billionaire George Soros funds some of this but he is not alone. Millions of dollars from both left and right wing zealots flow to the assassins of wisdom, something that would have appalled young Benjamin Franklin.  View article →

via Wisdom — Christian Research Network

No One Will Remember You! (Guinness)

The Reformed Reader

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We probably don’t think about it too much, but there is such a thing as an unbiblical and unchristian view of time and history. False religions often have erroneous views. For example, Mormonism teaches that matter is eternal. Many Eastern religions teach reincarnation. And so forth. However, Scripture teaches that God,who is not bound by time, created all things out of nothing. Time has a beginning. History has meaning and is moving forward. God is in total control of it all. He has a purpose and a goal for this world. And so on.

Speaking of time, Os Guinness’ 2019 publication Carpe Diem Redeemed is a great discussion of time and history from a solidly Christian perspective. Here are two paragraphs I marked up – they’re good ones to encourage you to get and read this book!

We are simply not at the center of existence. We will not always…

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January 7th The D. L. Moody Year Book

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.—Isaiah 65:24.

WE talk about heaven being so far away. It is within speaking distance to those who belong there.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (p. 11). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

4 Ways to Take Your Thoughts Captive | Lies Young Women Believe

by Liza Proch | 1/07/20

Happy New Year, friends. We can’t wait to spend another year with you. To kick off 2020, we’ve pulled your favorite posts out of the vault. Enjoy them again (or for the first time) with our “Best of” series all month long. 

What you think will determine how you live in 2020 (and beyond!) In this post, Liza gives you practical ideas for how to take every thought captive. 

Picture this . . .

It was springtime, and the streets were quiet. From the king’s elevated balcony, there wasn’t much movement to be seen. No wonder, since most of the men of the city had gone out to fight in battle. He decided not to go. Maybe he was tired. He’d fought so many battles in his time. Didn’t he deserve a little rest?

On a hot day, he got up and started to pace. The sun was glaring, and as he turned his eyes away from its blaze, he noticed a glint of sunlight from a rooftop, a reflection coming from a pool of water. And then he saw her: Bathsheba. His thoughts raced, but instead of reigning them in and turning away, he called for her. He made the biggest mistake of his life.

If you’re familiar with the story above, you know that after King David saw Bathsheba bathing on the roof, he made her come to his palace, and soon after she announced that she was pregnant with the king’s child. To cover his tracks, David arranged for Bathsheba’s husband to be killed in battle.

First, he saw her.

Then, he lusted in his mind.

Finally, he acted, committing adultery, which led to murder.

We can’t change history (and wouldn’t want to, since God used all of David’s mistakes in His redemptive plan), but let’s just imagine that David hadn’t given into his thought to stay home from battle. He never would have been in a situation to see Bathsheba bathing or would have had all that free time on his hands to bring her up to the palace! Even if he stayed home, what if the minute he saw her, instead of instantly lusting after her, he had turned away? What if, instead of summoning her, he went inside and prayed for God to help him resist temptation?

Have you ever thought about thoughts? Have you pondered, Wow, I have this thing in my head called a brain and it enables me to think, to weigh two decisions and come up with plans. The thoughts I think shape my whole life!

What we think about shapes who we are.

Listen to 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

We don’t have to live with impure or negative thoughts bouncing around in our head. Those thoughts don’t have to lead to action. Here are four ways to take your thoughts captive.

  1. Define them. Ask God to show you where your thought life is struggling (Ps. 139:23–24). Thoughts that we have to “take captive” aren’t necessarily “bad.” They may not be judgmental or unkind or lustful, but perhaps your thoughts are out of line with the truth of Scripture or God’s view of you. Sometimes it’s a “good” thought that is simply occupying too much of our time, distracting us from other, more important things. Think back over the last hour. Is there a thought that sticks out in your mind that’s been hanging around? Is it a healthy thought? Define the unwholesome thought process that led you there so you can capture it!
  2. Talk to yourself. In the psalms, David often talks to himself. (Check out Psalm 103 for an awesome example of this!) Once we’ve defined our impure thoughts, we can capture them by talking to ourselves and reminding ourselves of God’s Truth. An awesome way to do that is by memorizing God’s Word. Then you always have it on hand when those thoughts start barging in again!
  3. Hand ’em over. We would be stranded if we had these thoughts “captured,” but had nowhere to ditch them. But instead, we have somewhere to lay them down. Jesus’ patience and kindness toward our constant thick-headedness never gives up. Lay those impure thought patterns at his feet and leave them there. How? Pray and tell the Lord you want to hand the thoughts over to Him. Sometimes we get stuck in a rut if our negative thoughts have become habitual, but with Jesus’ help we can make it out of that rut.
  4. Replace that space. If we don’t replace an impure thought with a pure one, there’s nothing to stop another impure one from jumping right into its place (Matt. 12:43–45). We don’t just “take every thought captive.” We also “set [our] mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (Col. 3:2). We have to revise our mindset to have a truly God-honoring thought life.

Have you struggled with your thoughts? How has God given you victory? Let’s talk in the comments!

January 7, 2020 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

25 The second laying on of hands is unique in the healing ministry of Jesus. The result was a complete cure. Mark’s account of it graphically records that fact with three parallel clauses: “his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.” The word translated “clearly” (tēlaugōs) means “clearly at a distance” and indicates the completeness of the restoration of the man’s sight.

The healing method has raised questions, both because of the use of spittle for the healing and because of the gradual nature of the healing. Jesus’ first treatment appears to be only partially successful, so that he has to touch the man again. We have discussed the use of saliva at 7:33. Concerning the two-part healing, it is unlikely that Mark views this as a particularly difficult healing for Jesus, since elsewhere he portrays him as performing even more spectacular deeds with a single word or a touch—deeds such as raising the dead (5:41–42) and calming the sea (4:35–41). In 10:52 Jesus will heal Bartimaeus, another blind man, with a single command. Perhaps Jesus moved here only as quickly as the man’s faith would allow, since throughout Mark’s gospel faith is emphasized as requisite for healing (2:5; 4:40; 5:34, 36; 6:5; 9:23–24; 10:52; 11:22–24). One thing is certain: The episode is surely authentic, since the early church would hardly have created a story in which Jesus appears to be only partially successful on his first attempt.[1]


8:25 Then his eyes were opened. After Jesus touches the man again, Mark uses three clauses to show the progression to full sight: eyes opened, sight restored, sees clearly. There is no hint that Jesus is incapable or inept, perhaps with insufficient strength at the outset. No, Jesus has power over the situation throughout. Hugh Anderson states that in Jewish thought a two-stage miracle stresses even more the power of the healer. Perhaps the major emphasis, however, is to see the miracle also as a symbol of the gradual healing of the blindness of the disciples. Robert Guelich notes how the disciples, accused by Jesus of blindness in 8:18 and guilty of spiritual myopia, come to a glimmer of understanding in Peter’s confession of 8:27–30. The clear vision is connected with Jesus’s transfiguration (9:1–9) as proleptic of his resurrection. In 9:1–9 they are given a clear vision of who Jesus really is. They do not understand it fully at that time, and Jesus tells them to keep the event to themselves until the resurrection (9:9). Full restoration would take place at that time.[2]


25. Then he [Jesus] again laid his hands on the man’s eyes, and he opened them wide, was fully restored, and was seeing everything clearly. This time when the man focused his eyes intently, opening them wide, people no longer looked like trees. Vision had been fully restored. He saw and continued to see distant objects as if they were nearby.

It should be emphasized that this act of healing is by no means in line with slow present-day healings that require several visits to the “healer.” In the case here recorded the entire healing process was accomplished within a few moments, with the result: a change from complete blindness to perfect vision.

Exactly why it was that in this particular case the healing process occurred in two stages has not been revealed to us. Was it, perhaps, because especially this person was in need of understanding the inestimable nature of the blessing that was being bestowed upon him? The reason cannot have been initial lack of power on the part of Jesus. Surely, he who was able instantly to raise the dead was also able to impart instant recovery to this blind man. For a reason known to the Healer the present restoration occurred in two stages.[3]


8:25. Jesus placed his hands on the man again, and his sight was fully restored. The fact that this miracle took place in two stages shows that Jesus’ miracles are not formulaic and that healing can be a process. Perhaps Jesus used this miracle to show his disciples that their own “sight” was growing by stages. Because Jesus healed in many different ways, Christians should not try to reproduce the miracles through their own power. This two-stage miracle also shows us that Jesus will not give up on us. He who has begun a good work in us will bring it to completion (Phil. 1:6).[4]


[1] Wessel, W. W., & Strauss, M. L. (2010). Mark. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew–Mark (Revised Edition) (Vol. 9, p. 823). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

[2] Osborne, G. R. (2014). Mark. (M. L. Strauss & J. H. Walton, Eds.) (p. 137). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.

[3] Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. (1953–2001). Exposition of the Gospel According to Mark (Vol. 10, p. 323). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.

[4] Cooper, R. L. (2000). Mark (Vol. 2, pp. 134–135). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

Iran Has Terrorists Embedded Inside The United States And Across Our Border

So long as the world is entertaining worst-case scenarios, the media does Americans no favors in omitting that Iran-Hezbollah has for years prepared to strike in their own hometowns.

Source: Iran Has Terrorists Embedded Inside The United States And Across Our Border

7 Jan 2020 – Rapture Ready News

Major floods hit Israel after 20 percent of yearly rainfall in just 2 hours
Major flooding hit parts of Israel following days of heavy downpour on January 4 and 5, 2020, claiming at least four lives. The rain was so intense that the city of Tel Aviv received 20% of its yearly rainfall in just two hours.

Intense earthquake swarm shaking southern Puerto Rico, damage reported after today’s M5.8
Numerous moderate to strong earthquakes shook southern Puerto Rico over the past 9 days, with the strongest earthquake in the sequence — M5.8 on January 6, 2020. The quake struck 13 km (8 miles) SSE of Indios. “I’ve spent 29 years with Puerto Rico’s Seismic Network, and it’s the first time I observe this kind of activity,” director Víctor Huérfano told The Associated Press a couple of days ago.

Tropical Cyclone “Blake” forms near northern Western Australia, landfall expected January 8/9
Tropical Cyclone “Blake” formed at 00:00 UTC on Monday, January 6, 2020, off the northern coast of Western Australia, as the first tropical cyclone of the 2019/20 Australian region cyclone season. Landfall is expected in the vicinity of Wallal Downs along Eighty Mile Beach late on Tuesday or early Wednesday, January 8 or 9 (LT) as a Category 2.

New Laws to Take Effect in China: Total Submission by Religious Groups to Communist Party
Chinese Christians have expressed their concern after the Chinese government announced it will soon require all religious personnel of any faith to support total submission to the Chinese Communist Party.

United States And Canadian Embassies Warn Their Citizens Living In Israel About Possible Missile Attacks From Iran And Proxies In The Coming Days
When all this news first broke a few days ago about the hostilities between the United States and Iran over the killing of Qassem Soleimani, the first thing we told you was look to Israel. Why? Because the Bible is true and all world conflict will ultimately lead you straight to Israel’s doorstep. And here we are just 2 days later and what do we see? We see the US Embassy as well as the Canadian Embassy in Israel warning their citizens of a possible missile strike in the coming days.

Air Force Launches 52 F-35A Lightning II Jets In Training Exercise Say It Is ‘Completely Coincidental’ and Has Nothing To Do With 52 Strikes Trump Warned Iran With On Saturday
Two days ago, President Trump let Iran know in no uncertain terms that he had ordered the Pentagon to target 52 sites in Iran that the United States was planning on hitting is Iran retaliated for the killing of General Qassem Soleimani. Those 52 targets represented the 52 American hostages Iran held captive back in 1979.

Nearly 200 People Arrested Across Australia For Deliberately Starting Bushfires
Authorities in Australia have arrested close to 200 people for deliberately starting the bushfires that have devastated the country, yet the media and celebrities continue to blame “climate change” for the disaster.

Truckers’ transportation coalition warns of “super supply chain crisis” as America’s cities may collapse into war zones: food, fuel, medical supplies could all be disrupted
The Executive Director of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) — known as Truckers.com — has issued a stern warning about a “super supply chain crisis” that could severely disrupt trucking and transportation operations that bring supplies to all U.S. cities.

Source: 7 Jan 2020

AS DOCUMENTED IN DR. THOMAS HORN’S UPCOMING INVESTIGATIVE DISCLOSURE “SHADOWLAND” – Pelosi’s Impeachment Farce Is An Attempt To Distract From A Real “Deep State” Conspiracy

The real explanation for Pelosi’s sudden flip to move forward with an official impeachment inquiry related to President Trump is that those in the know — in the intelligence community, on congressional committees, and even in the Democratic mouthpiece media with their Deep State sources — warned her in early September of the potential political catastrophe that would ensue as a result of the devastating revelations in both the Inspector General’s report on the FBI’s abuse of the FISA process and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s more comprehensive investigation into the origins and perpetuation of the bogus “Russian collusion” narrative. That transparently preposterous conspiracy theory, cooked up by the Clinton campaign as an explanation for their disastrous loss, was then propagated with help from the exiting Obama administration, the intelligence community, anti-Trump operatives in the federal bureaucracy, and of course Democratic members of Congress and their lapdog allies in the mainstream media. Both of these reports will confirm every one of Donald Trump’s allegations of a baseless witch hunt orchestrated by the Deep State to overturn the results of the 2016 election. In order to preemptively mitigate the political fallout, Democrats had to go on the offensive and accelerate impeachment proceedings, no matter how flimsy the pretext… (READ MORE)

Source: AS DOCUMENTED IN DR. THOMAS HORN’S UPCOMING INVESTIGATIVE DISCLOSURE “SHADOWLAND” – Pelosi’s Impeachment Farce Is An Attempt To Distract From A Real “Deep State” Conspiracy

Nikki Haley: The Only Ones Mourning For Soleimani Are Democrats | The Daily Caller

‘You’re not hearing China. You’re not hearing Russia’

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley ripped Democrats on Monday night for opposing President Donald Trump’s order to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

Haley told Fox News host Sean Hannity that Democrats were the only people opposed to Soleimani’s killing. Soleimani was the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, and is estimated to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans. (RELATED: Trump: We Took Action To Stop A War, Not Start One)

“You’re not hearing China. You’re not hearing Russia. The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani are our Democrat leadership, and our Democrat presidential candidates,” Haley said.

Haley praised the Trump administration’s policy towards Iran, saying they caught the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism “flat-footed.”

Iran recently amped up their aggression against the U.S., killing an American contractor, and allegedly backing an attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. (RELATED: Iraqis Celebrate In Streets, Praise Trump after Soleimani Death)

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“What the president did left the Iranian regime completely flat-footed,” Haley said. “They did not see this coming.  They thought they could continue to do their multiple strikes. ”

Haley also urged Americans to stand united against the Iranian threat.

“And I will tell you right now, partisan politics should stop when it comes to foreign policy,” she said. “This is about America united.”

Source: Nikki Haley: The Only Ones Mourning For Soleimani Are Democrats

Iranian Diplomat Who Conspired With John Kerry Against Trump Denied Entry to US | LifeZette

The United States has denied a visa to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, barring him from attending a United Nations Security Council meeting in New York on Thursday.

Zarif has notably been advised over the years by John Kerry on how to circumvent the Trump administration.

Zarif’s attendance at the Council meeting had been scheduled prior to a US rocket attack that killed top Iranian terrorist General Qassem Soleimani, a man with the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands.

There is little doubt Zarif would have used the spotlight to criticize the United States over the military strike before a sympathetic United Nations audience on American soil.

Reuters reports that “the United States is generally required to allow access to the United Nations for foreign diplomats,” but the administration claimed it can deny visas for “security, terrorism and foreign policy” reasons.

RELATED: Trump: If They Want Us to Leave Iraq, Pay Us Back for Building an Expensive Airbase

Had Been Advised To Wait Out Trump

Zarif’s speech before the United Nations, likely filled with anti-American vitriol, would have been cheered by the attending body and Democrat lawmakers alike.

Now, he won’t get that chance to rant against America in the heart of New York City. What a shame.

Zarif has previously and repeatedly been advised on how to circumvent the Trump administration over the last few years by former Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry admitted in an interview in September of 2018 to conducting rogue diplomacy with the top Iranian official, unauthorized by the government.

“I met with him [Zarif] at a conference in Norway,” Kerry said. “I think I saw him in a conference in Munich at the World Economic Forum. So I’ve probably seen him three or four times.”

At those meetings, he urged Iran’s leaders to “wait out the Trump Administration.”

RELATED: Iranian Butcher Qaseem Soleimani Again Brings Death to His Own People

What Zarif Might Have Told the UN

We needn’t look too far into the past to surmise what Kerry’s friend may have told attendees at the United Nations.

This past June, Zarif claimed an American drone downed by Iran had violated airspace while his colleagues on the Iran Supreme National Security Council claimed the “U.S. has no right” to respond to their show of force.

We’re certain he would have railed against the United States claiming we ‘have no right’ to go after a terrorist responsible for the deaths of over 600 American military members.

Democrats would have cheered him. The United Nations would have cheered him. And the mullahs in Iran would have had their propaganda video to carry out further attacks against Americans.

Now he won’t get that chance. And Kerry is probably the one hardest hit.

This piece originally appeared on ThePoliticalInsider.com and is used by permission.

Source: Iranian Diplomat Who Conspired With John Kerry Against Trump Denied Entry to US

Was Soleimani Really As Popular as Iranian Leaders Say He Was?

Since the US assassinated Iranian Quds Force commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani last Friday, media reports have shown drone shots and footage of massive crowds of Iranians on the streets of Tehran and elsewhere ostensibly supporting the regime or mourning the death of Soleimani.

Source: Was Soleimani Really As Popular as Iranian Leaders Say He Was?

“We’re Going To War, Bro”: Elite 82nd Airborne In Largest ‘Fast Deployment’ In A Decade | ZeroHedge News

“We’re going to war, bro” — declared a young US soldier from the US Army’s celebrated 82nd Airborne Division. He gave reporters a confident two thumbs up as his unit moved out on its largest “fast deployment” in a decade at a moment Iran has promised to inflict a “historic nightmare” on the US in retaliation for the killing of Qasem Soleimani.

Reuters provided a detailed account of the uneasy yet somewhat jovial calm before the storm atmosphere that prevailed on the airport tarmac at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as 600 soldiers and many hundreds more support crew flew out.

While Kuwait is expected to be the first stop for most of the some 3,500 total paratroopers ordered to the region, the final destination is classified, and the Army is concerned over information leaks. For this reason the US Army confiscated the cell phones and any personal communication devices of those deploying on the transport planes.

82nd Airborne rolled out Sunday, Jan.5. Image source: Spc. Hubert Delany III/U.S. Army via AP

The departing soldiers, with the older generation described by Reuters as more somber and aware of the reality of entering conflict, were keenly aware that war is potentially on the horizon:

The older soldiers, in their 30s and 40s, were visibly more somber, having the experience of seeing comrades come home from past deployments learning to walk on one leg or in flag-draped coffins.

“This is the mission, man,” said Brian Knight, retired Army veteran who has been on five combat deployments to the Middle East…

“They’re answering America’s 911 call,” Knight said. “They’re stoked to go. The president called for the 82nd.”

“The guys are excited to go but none of us know how long they’ll be gone,” Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mike Burns said. “That’s the toughest part,” he added.

Reuters described that for each infantry combat fighter, there are seven support crew deploying, including cooks, medics, mechanics, transport personnel, and chaplains — with the only ones not carrying a rifle among them being the chaplains.

US Army via AP

Despite war rhetoric between the US and Iran dominating the news cycle over the prior days, many were surprised to receive the call over the weekend to muster and depart Sunday. The Reuters report related the following:

“I was just watching the news, seeing how things were going over there,” said the 27-year-old, one of several soldiers Reuters was allowed to interview on condition they not be named. “Then I got a text message from my sergeant saying ‘don’t go anywhere.’ And that was it.”

Risks seemed to be pushed to the back of the minds of the younger soldiers, though many packed the base chapel after a breakfast of eggs, waffles, oatmeal, sausages and 1,000 doughnuts.

Another soldier interviewed was actually on an authorized vacation the moment he got the call, and turned around from a trip to Daytona Beach.

“We just got there and I got the call to turn right around and head back to base,” he said. “My wife knows the drill. I had to go. We drove right back.”

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Burns commented, “We’re an infantry brigade. Our primary mission is ground fighting. This is as real as it gets.”

And just like that, Reuters noted, the reality began to set in: “On a single order, hundreds of soldiers jumped to their feet. They lined up single file and marched out carrying their guns and kits and helmets, past a volunteer honor guard holding aloft flags that flapped east in the January wind.”

Source: “We’re Going To War, Bro”: Elite 82nd Airborne In Largest ‘Fast Deployment’ In A Decade

WATCH: Mitch McConnell Defends President Trump’s Decision To Take Out Iranian General Qasem Soleimani — The Gateway Pundit

Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor to defend President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General and terrorist leader Qasem Soleimani.

McConnell also attacked Democrats who have attacked President Trump for killing a terrorist leader.

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via WATCH: Mitch McConnell Defends President Trump’s Decision To Take Out Iranian General Qasem Soleimani — The Gateway Pundit

Reversal Of Misfortune Taking Place For The S&P 500? — Kimble Charting Solutions

Is a bearish reversal pattern in S&P 500 taking place at a key Fibonacci level? Possible!

This chart looks at the S&P 500 on a weekly basis over the past few years, where Fibonacci was applied to the “weekly closing highs and lows” during 2018.

The rally off the lows around Christmas of 2018, has the S&P testing its 161% extension level of the 2018 highs/lows.

As it hit the 161% level last week, it might have created a “Doji Star” topping pattern.

Odds are high it will take a few weeks to prove if a topping pattern took place at this important extension level.

If this truly is a reversal pattern, it could become a reversal of misfortune for the bullish case.

Stay tuned friends, this is a very interesting price point the S&P faces to start out the new year!

via Reversal Of Misfortune Taking Place For The S&P 500? — Kimble Charting Solutions

I’m Praying for More Hatred

Unfathomable Grace

Hebrews 1:8-9    But of the Son he says … “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness ….”


In this first chapter of Hebrews, the inspired author reminds us of the brilliance of Jesus Christ. Jesus was better than …

  • The prophets
  • The angels

Why was he so grand? It is because Jesus was …

  • The heir of all things
  • The creator of the world
  • The image of the invisible God
  • The upholder of the universe
  • The perfect purger of our sins
  • The begotten Son of the Father
  • The one whom angels worshiped and served
  • The king who forever reigned
  • The king who loved righteousness and hated wickedness

Oh, how Jesus loved righteousness. He ..

  • Was born without any hint of sin
  • Grew in wisdom, stature, favor with man, and favor with God
  • Consumed with his Heavenly Father’s business
  • Was most serious about keeping all the rules of worship given…

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Dismantling fears with the truth — Tried With Fire

I don’t like unexpected change especially when the future outcome is unknown, and I was hit with a possible big change last week. As I wait, fear is trying to rise up even as I struggle to fight back. And it’s not just fear of the final result. It’s a fear that is directly related to my present actions. It’s trying to sow doubts like – Are you praying enough? Are you doing enough? Should you be doing more? Are you doing too much? What if you make a wrong decision? What if the outcome hinges on that decision? Will you miss out on God’s will? Can you really trust him to see you through this time?

This fear tries to remove God from the picture or at least minimize his active role as much as possible. Its intent is to make me feel alone like a lab rat in a maze. No maps or external help allowed. It’s all up to me to navigate my way, which would be terrifying if it was true. But there’s an added twist. Depending on which path I take, I could miss the grand prize that is waiting at the end and wind up with something 3rd rate. “If only you took the 4th left and the 2nd right, then you would have won the Hawaiian vacation and the jet ski. But don’t worry. You won’t go home empty-handed. You’ve won a rare Precious Moments lava lamp collection and a 6-month supply of canned sardines!” announces Monty Hall. (Cue the sad trombone music.)

If only, if only …  then (fill in the blank).

More than a decade ago, I went through an even tougher change. I didn’t have the lab rat mental image except for the terrifying “it’s all up to me” part. The memories of that trial have an almost flashback-like quality even though my present situation is far different. But it’s the same fear trying to rise up again, trying to get me to doubt God. It tells me that I have no one to turn to as I navigate the next few months (and all of life), and if I get something wrong along the way, I will lose out on what God really wanted for me. Fears are experts liars, and they fight dirty, punching and dragging down whatever they can grab whether it is emotions or thinking. But they are liars all the same. And they need to be dismantled lie-by-lie with the truth of who God is and what he has promised. So here goes:

The Triune God of the Bible – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit isn’t the god of the deists. He didn’t create the world and its inhabitants, wind it up like a clock, and then let it run its course while he sits back waiting to see what happens. He’s not the Researcher in the sky who observes his lab subjects run the maze of life. In the fullness of time, God the Son entered his creation, becoming a man to redeem those he called before they were even born. Jesus came to save his people from their sins. He is God with us.

Therefore, I am not alone. The Lord has promised to never leave me nor forsake me. The Holy Spirit indwells me. The Son intercedes for me, and I am united to Christ by faith.

There is no maze. I may not see what is ahead, but God does. In fact, he has planned it all out. He orders my steps. He even prepares good works for me beforehand. I don’t know the future, but he does.

The will of God is my sanctification. How could it possibly not be accomplished? He who began a good work is faithful to complete it, and all things work toward the end of conforming me to Christ. The joys, the trials, and the unexpected changes with unknown outcomes. And in all of them, nothing can separate me from his love which is in Christ Jesus.

I expect this fear won’t give up easily, but I will remind my soul again to think on these things. I am not a lab rat in the game show maze of life. I am not a nameless and faceless entity or a cog in a machine. I am an adopted, beloved child of my Heavenly Father because of what Christ has done. And I can cast this specific care on him, because he cares for me.

See: Matt. 1:23; Gal. 4:4-5; Heb. 7:25; Ps. 37:23; Eph. 2:10; 1 Thes. 4:13; Phil. 1:6; Rom. 8:28-38; 1 Pet. 5:7.

Photo attribution: Rose M. Spielman, PhD [CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)%5D

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FLASHBACK: Iranian Lawmaker: Obama Granted Citizenship to 2500 Iranians During Nuclear Talks — Including Family Members of Regime Officials — The Gateway Pundit

On Friday morning the United States killed General Qassim Soleimani, a top commander of Iran’s al-Quds Force, in an airstrike at Baghdad’s International Airport. The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces. Seven people were reportedly killed in the airstrike.

The Iranian regime is threatening retaliation against the United States following the death of their terror leader.

On Sunday the Iranian Regime offered an $80 million bounty for anyone who brings in the head of President Donald Trump for killing Qassam Soleimani.

And on Tuesday the Iranian parliament allocated 200 million euros or $223 million dollars to the al-Quds forces to avenge Soleimani’s death.

It may be easier than expected for the regime to attack targets INSIDE the United States.

In July 2018 Trump tweeted about Obama granting citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during the nuclear deal negotiations, including to government officials.

The liberal media accused Trump of making a false claim.

But Trump got the information from a top Iranian official as reported by FOX News.

The Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal, a senior cleric and member of parliament has claimed.

Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, who is chairman of Iran’s parliamentary nuclear committee and a member of its national security and foreign affairs committee, made the allegations during an interview with the country’s Etemad newspaper, cited by the country’s Fars News agency.

He claimed it was done as a favor to senior Iranian officials linked to President Hassan Rouhani, and he alleged the move sparked a competition among Iranian officials over whose children would benefit from the scheme.

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