Daily Archives: March 5, 2023

March 5 Evening Verse of The Day

4:11 The phrase God loved us in this way means that Jesus was obedient to the point of death.[1]

4:11 we also ought to love one another John links together the two main issues that the false teachers have misconstrued: love of God and love of neighbor. For John, the two expressions of love are inextricably tied together (see 2:8 and note; 2:10 and note).[2]

4:11 Here and in v. 7 John uses a strong term of endearment, beloved (Gk. agapētoi), evidence that he himself has been mastered by the love he calls for. He uses the same word also at 2:7; 3:2, 21; 4:1. See also note on 2:1, “my little children.”[3]

4:11 God’s sending His Son gives Christians not only salvation privilege, but obligation to follow this pattern of sacrificial love. Christian love must be self-sacrificing like God’s love.[4]

4:11 An exhortation to remember when we are tempted to be unloving. Our love must not be a mere sentiment. God asks us to give ourselves for the good of others, just as He gives.[5]

4:11. The use of the word so makes the total phrase, God so loved us, redolent of the words of John 3:16, “For God so (houtō[s]) loved the world.” Since the Lord spoke these words in John’s hearing so many years before, they no doubt had become richly valued by John and by those he taught. He thus chooses an echo of John 3:16 on which to ground his insistence that we also ought to love one another.[6]

4:11 John now enforces the lesson of such love on us: “If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” The if here does not express doubt, but rather is used in the sense of “since.” Since God so showered His love on those who are now His people, we also ought to love those who are members with us of His blessed family.[7]

4:11 “if” This is a FIRST CLASS CONDITIONAL SENTENCE which is assumed to be true from the author’s perspective or for his literary purposes. God does love us (cf. Rom. 8:31)!

© “God so loved us” This should be understood as “in such a manner,” as in John 3:16.

© “we also ought to love one another” Because He has loved us we must love one another (cf. 2:6; 3:16; 4:1). This statement of necessity reflects the disruptive actions and attitudes of the false teachers.[8]

The obligation to love (verse 11). In verse 11 John returns to the thought of reproducing God’s love in our own lives (cf. verse 7). There is, however, a slight difference in the statements of verses 7 and 11. Verse 7 is an exhortation: “Let us love one another.” Verse 11 is not an exhortation, but the statement of a fact: Beloved, if God so loved us, we [emphatic] also ought to love one another (asv).

The key word in verse 11 is “ought.” Used twice already in this epistle (2:6; 3:16), it is a very strong term expressing moral obligation. “We are bound” conveys something of its meaning.

John enforces the thought of our obligation to love by pointing to the matchless love of God for us: “If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” His love supplies the incentive, the motivation, and the example for ours. Conner has written: “If we do not love one another, we are not making the response to the love of God that we ought. If God’s love were only an abstract proposition without definite evidence to substantiate it, then the obligation to love on our part would not be so definite. But in response to such definite love manifested in what the Son of God did for us, there is a definite and inescapable obligation on our part to love one another” (p. 63).

In the phrase “so loved,” identical with the phrase used in John 3:16, the stress is on “so.” The idea is both quantitative (so much) and qualitative (in such a manner), but the emphasis is on the latter. God’s self-giving love was drawn forth by our need, not by any good within us, and it found in our sin the occasion for its fullest expression.[9]

Ver. 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

The Doctrine love a pattern for the human:—“God is Beauty,” said the Greek; “God is Strength,” said the Roman; “God is Law,” said the Jew; “God is Love,” says the disciple. “It came to this that the Son of God had for love to lay down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” St. John seems to say, “Yes; but you will not be much called on to do that when things are settled. You will not be asked for your life—will you then give up something of your living? There is more call for that. Whoso hath the world’s livelihood (βίος) and looks on his brother in want, and locks his compassions out of his reach—how is God’s love imminent in him?” The barbed question is followed up by a glowing indignation, called for it would seem, even in those days of first love. Ah! “Little children of mine, do not let us be loving in word, nor even in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” Not so much theory, not so much even of warm expression, but reality. “If God so loved us, as now we know He did, we owe it to love one another.” It is a debt. That life was given, and given to us. There must be some obligations growing out of that utterly unearned increment. Surely it is by our working that God will cease to permit the misery that He has not made. Repay, redress, rebalance, we cannot by mere almsgiving, however liberal. But “this world’s goods”—“the life of this world (βίος κοσμου)” of which St. John asks us to give him some—“this world’s life” is more than its spare monies. Breath, light, space to be decent, and healthful food; order and peace and rest, and beautiful sights and sounds; knowledge and the power to care for it, time to consider, religion, and a belief that religion and worship are for the likes of them, and not a form of luxury; these are regions of “the life of this world” which we inherit, but which have been fenced and walled from millions. When we with the best intent are building, broad and high, castles of dwellings for artisans we still are not working on the lines of nature and society. Sanitation and accommodation, with even recreation added, are not all that the simplest society claims. Society, to be society, must have society. It cannot be all of one grain. The simplest must have some little range of ranks. It must have some elements of inspiration from without it, and from above it, in force sufficient to be felt. Some loving spirits must go and dwell among them; who will not hear of brutality being regarded as the natural law even of the lowest; who will begin by expecting of them, even as of others, soberness and honesty and care for the family, and through expecting patiently will create. There are the ἀρχηγοὶ of a new society, and there is no form of influence fuller of power, fuller it may be of trial, but also fuller of reward, and richer for the future. What the few bear who live thus, what discouragements, what broken pledges, what fallings back, what mad sounds by night, what sights by day, no novel and no visitor can describe. None know but they who live there. And yet there are the elements of society. There is duty constantly scorning selfishness, suffering brutality rather than wrongly escape from it, working itself to death for the children rather than take them to the workhouse. There are sacrifices as strange as the sins that impose them. Again, there are ears that will hear, men and families that will advance their whole standard of life, under the influence of those whom they have seen loving them for nought. (Abp. Benson.)

The Divine example of love:

I. Love should be exercised by us after the example of the love of God (ver. 11). What, then, were the features of the Divine love, and what ought to be those of our love? 1. The love of God was universal. He expressed it to all, good and bad, worthy and unworthy. 2. More than this, the love of God has been conspicuous toward His enemies (Rom. 5:6, 8, 9). In this respect also we are bound to imitate the Divine example. 3. This is farther demanded, though it should be at the cost of the greatest self-denial. It need not be asked at what expense did God express His love for sinners? What, then, shall we refuse to suffer for the benefit of others? 4. Nor let us overlook that our love, like God’s, should be aggressive. We are not to wait until we are besought. God did not so deal by us. 5. To complete all, love should be constant. Nothing should weary it or cause it to relax.

II. In the exercise of this love we enjoy communion with God (ver. 12). “No man hath seen God at any time.” It is as if it had been said, although “no man hath seen God at any time, yet, if we love one another, God dwelleth in us.” 1. When we engage in duties of brotherly love we are conscious of the Divine approval. And this applies to all duties of brotherly love, whether those that relate to our immediate connections, or the Church of Christ, or the world. 2. There is a sustaining sense of the Divine co-operation. God is with us in them. 3. He will bless us and our work!

III. Thus also “his love is perfected in us.” This expression may be understood either of the love of God, as it is perfected when it produces love in us, or of our love when it is perfected in the exercises of brotherly love. 1. The love of God is perfected in us. From the beginning He had a design of love toward every one of His people. But that design is not carried out into completion until His grace secures the heart, and fills it with His love. 2. Or the saying may be understood of our love when it is perfected in the exercises of brotherly love. The Divine love is perfected when it inflames our souls, and makes us like God in love. And our love, thus kindled by the love of God, is perfected in the deeds of charity.

IV. In our brotherly love we are furnished with the evidence of our fellowship with God, as it is seen to arise out of the indwelling of the Spirit. “Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.” These fruits do not grow on the soil of nature. They are the plants of grace alone, and proclaim their heavenly origin. (J. Morgan, D. D.)

The love of the Father:

I. The love of the Father an incentive to mutual love among Christians. 1. On the principle that like begets like—(1) spiritual love is the Divine nature; (2) The manifestation of Christly love is an evidence of spiritual regeneration; (3) The incentive to mutual love among Christians thus becomes all-inspiring and important. 2. On the principle of Christian professions—(1) Every professing Christian professes to “know” God; (2) But “he that loveth not, knoweth not God”; (3) Not to manifest the spirit of love is thus inconsistent with the profession a Christian makes of knowing God.

II. The love of the Father in its marvellous example.

III. The possession of this Divine love is an assurance of richest spiritual blessings—the Divine indwelling and perfection of love. Lessons: 1. The revelation of the Divine love in Christ and in Christianity the highest truth, and its demonstration most scientific and clear. 2. The leading design of the manifestation of God’s love in the new birth of souls into the same love the sublimest and most blessed of all possible objects. 3. The importance of each Christian being an exemplification of the reality of God’s love and of the gift of His Son is thus seen to be most vital, as constituting one of the leading features in Christian apologetics—an unanswerable argument for the fundamental fact of Christianity. 4. As love is the most essential force for elevation and regeneration of the human race, Christianity is the only spiritual force yet discovered for that most-devoutly-to-be-wished-for consummation. (D. C. Hughes, M.A.)

Brotherly love:

I. What relation we stand in to God.

II. The relation we bear to one another. 1. We are all creatures made of the same ignoble materials, and derived from the same Hand. 2. We all agree in one common nature. 3. We have all of us occasion for the assistance of one another. 4. As to the injuries we may receive, they do not come up to our sinning against God. (1) Our sins against God are more numerous than the injuries one man offers to another. (2) Another difference is the greatness as well as multitude of our sins. 5. Let us consider the relation we bear to one another as being united in one common Christianity, and having embraced the same profession of faith. A motive this, to love, the most prevailing that can possibly be urged.

III. What benefits God hath conferred upon us. Were our minds fully possessed of a hearty sense of the extreme bounty of God, we could not be so base as to deny Him the only returns we are capable of making, that is love and compassion for one another.

IV. The kindness and love we are capable of showing those of the same frame and constitution with ourselves, comes prodigiously short of the marvellous favours and repeated kindnesses we have received from God. (R. Warren, D. D.)

God’s love the pattern for our love:—“If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” 1. Because ignorance of what God means by love must now be wilful. 2. Because doubt and uncertainty as to the objects of love are for ever excluded. 3. Because the power of love to conquer obstacles and impediments is, in God’s case, most gloriously shown. 4. Because the restoration of love between man and man is one of God’s objects in that redemption which so proves His love for us. 5. Because we are required to be followers of God as dear children. 6. Because love on our part must be pleasing to God. 7. Because “hereby we express our love towards God.” (S. Martin.)

The Divine prototype of love:—“If God so loved us.” How? The preceding verse shows us some of the glorious traits of this love. 1. Its greatness and depth. One may dip out the ocean with a shell sooner than exhaust the ocean of God’s love with the little bucket of human conceptions. It is as boundless as God Himself, for “God is love” (ver. 8). But the apostle puts into our hand a scale to measure even such greatness (ver. 9). Is there for a father a greater offering than to give up his only son? “If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” The greatness of this Divine love ought also to be the motive to and the example for our love to our neighbour. (1) Surely the motive. How often are we stirred to love by beauty merely, by talent, or other excellences, or even sometimes by pleasing weaknesses; but not first and foremost by the thought that God the Lord in Christ went after him in love! (2) And our example. We are by nature egoists. “For all seek their own” (Phil. 2:21). The soul of God’s whole activity, from the creation to the new creation, is love. And now has God, indeed, opened “the bowels of His mercy and compassion” (Luke 1:78), and in Christ given Himself, His best, His heart, to men for their own; so that “whosoever receiveth Christ receiveth the Father that sent Him” (Luke 9:49). But we? Even when we make our loving sacrifices, we keep back to ourselves the greater part of ourselves. Do thou, my hard, selfish heart, with thy scanty, wretched love, which scarcely ever deserves the name, be transformed after this great, Divine pattern! But love shames us yet in many other things. We are further amazed at—2. The all-embracing extent of this love. God sent His Son into the world. He gave Him not to some few, but to all. How often our love suffers from a miserable straitness of heart! Towards some, sometimes towards those who love us, we are very kind and pleasing, but towards others indifferent. Some attract us, numberless others are repulsive. And oh! what wretched pettinesses often suffice to lock up our hearts so that not the least drop of love can flow out! God’s love did not suffer itself to be held back, nor to set itself any bounds: it embraced all, even its enemies. God finds people enough to love His beautiful and richly-gifted children; but few whose love goes far enough to receive the miserable ones also. If we desire to do what is pleasing to God’s heart, let us also love those whom no one else is likely to love! And if our courage fails us for this—for such love requires much courage—let us look up to the primal example of God’s love, which condescended to this miserable world. 3. The clearness and calmness of God’s love. The greater and stronger the love of men, so much the harder for it to remain clear and calm. The bleeding Lamb of God on Calvary shows not only how deeply and all inclusively, but also how clearly, and soberly, and holily God loves the world. He will heal its sin and guilt, and therefore He suffers the Lamb to bleed. He must judge while He heals, and He heals while thus judging. Thus clear and calm, too, was the love of Christ, in all its greatness. How He loved His disciples, and yet how soberly and calmly He pointed out to them their errors! “If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” Do we do it? Alas, how rare among us is that great and therefore sober love which steadily seeks to make our neighbour better! Either we continue clear and calm, and our love is, commonly, very lukewarm; or else it is great and warm, while we are as it were blind and dull. 4. Its unselfish disinterestedness. We love those who please us, who love us, or from whom we expect love. Therein appears the interestedness of our love. God loves those who love Him not; from whom, moreover, He can have no great hopes of love. Just as unselfish, too, is Christ’s love. In all His life of love He never seeks His own gain—not His honour, not His advantage, not His proper esteem, but only the honour of the Father and the salvation of the world. He puts away all self-help from His love (Matt. 4:3, &c.; 26:53, &c.); renounces the applause of the great masses, especially of the rulers; and walks the way of self-abnegation and the Cross. “If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another”—so unselfishly, so disinterestedly. How rare is the love in which one thinks not of himself, but only of the welfare of another; which forgets one’s self, seeks stillness and retirement, lets not its left hand know what its right hand doeth; yes, even expects nothing for itself, because it has its own reward in itself; which therefore rewards evil with good, which blesses them that curse us, and does good to them that hate us! 5. The steadfastness and faithfulness of the love of God; which is not less worthy of imitation. Only the unselfish love “never faileth.” Selfish love, in its very selfishness, has a worm in itself which speedily gnaws away its life. The purer love is, the less it changes. Because God’s love is without any mixture of impure self-seeking, therefore is it so steadfast. (Prof. T. Christlieb.)

Reflected love:—Observe clearly this line of thought. “If God so loved us, we ought also so to love Him.” That is the first plain inference. But how? There is only one way—“loving one another.” To love God as He is, in Himself, is an abstract thing. This is only a feeling. To “love one another” in Him, and Him in “one another,” is action, and love is action, and action tests reality. “We ought”—we are under a debt to love one another. God’s love has placed us under this obligation. Whom are we to “love”? “One another.” Who is “one another”? All the great brotherhood; in the family of God. And if it be asked, What! all? All! The poorest, the meanest, the most wicked, the vilest? Find your answer in that “us”; or rather, for so each one of us ought to do—in the “me,” which goes to make the “us.” But “to love one another”—one another! It is, by reciprocity, not only to love, but to be loved. Now, am I wrong in thinking that to some of us it is a harder thing to consent to be loved than it is to love? There is a feeling of superiority in being kind to a person. It is pleasant to nature. It is a sort of patronising. But to receive kindnesses, especially from some persons, is an act of great humiliation. But you must love, and be loved, if you would fulfil the duty. You must so speak and act as to make yourself lovable to everybody. But there is a little word in the text which teaches us great lessons. “God so loved us.” How did God love us? That is our copy. 1. I notice that God’s love was originating love. He completely took the initiative. We should do the same—not wait to be loved. 2. And I notice that God’s love is a wise and thoughtful love. Our love is often very unwise and unthoughtful. There is very little mind in it; no consideration; therefore our love often does harm where it is meant to do good. God’s love is so carefully, so exquisitely adjusted. It is so very wise. 3. And God’s love, tender as it is, is always faithful. So far as reproof is faithful, God’s love is faithful. An unfaithful love is worse than hatred; and I may say very unlike God’s! 4. And God’s love is self-sacrificing love. “He spared not His own Son.” 5. And God’s love is never capricious. It never changes, except to deepen. Is your love so? Concerning love, let me further observe this—God always looks to the reflection of Himself in all His creatures. He expects to find the image of one or other of His attributes. If He finds it not, He passes unsatisfied. If He finds it, He “rests.” There He is content. Many different gifts and graces reflect different parts of the character of God; but God reflects all. Love gives back God to Himself, for “God is love.” 6. And love is the atmosphere of heaven. We are all to love now, that we may be ready to go forward. (J. Vaughan, M.A.)[10]

11. The historical manifestation of God’s love in Christ not only assures us of his love for us, but lays upon us the obligation to love one another. No-one who has been to the cross and seen God’s immeasurable and unmerited love displayed there can go back to a life of selfishness. Indeed, the implication seems to be that our love should resemble his love: since God so loved us, we also ought—in like manner and to a like degree of self-sacrifice—to love one another. Cf. 3:16, where the duty of Christian self-sacrifice is deduced from the self-sacrifice of Christ.[11]

Ver. 11.—Beloved introduces a solemn exhortation, as in vers. 1, 7. The “if” implies no uncertainty (see on ch. 5:9); it puts, the fact more gently, but not more doubtfully, than “since.” The “so” (οὕτως) covers both the quality and the quantity of the love. Καὶ belongs solely to ἡμεῖς: “we also on our part ought to love one another.” We should have expected as the apodosis, “we also ought to love God.” But this link in the thought the apostle omits as self-evident, and passes on to state what necessarily follows from it. In ver. 12 he shows how loving God involves loving one’s fellowman (comp. ch. 2:5 for a similar passage over an intermediate link).[12]

4:11 / Now the Elder draws the ethical consequences from God’s great act of love, of which he has been writing since v. 7. Dear friends (lit., “Beloved,” agapētoi) reminds the readers that they are loved, not just by the author but by God. Since is the correct translation of ei, not “if”; the case has been demonstrated in vv. 9–10. God loved: the aorist tense indicates the absolute and definitive quality of God’s love. As above, us is, for the Elder, primarily “we” who have come to know God’s love, without forgetting that God does love the whole world. The little word so (houtōs) deserves special attention. It can mean both “in this way” (as seen in God’s love in the previous verses) or “so much, excessively.” Both are true and make good sense in the present context. God’s love, not human love, is the model of authentic love (v. 10), and God’s gift of his only Son is an extreme act of love. God so loved us, both as to manner and as to intensity. This verse closely resembles John 3:16, and the entire passage (vv. 7–11) may be read as a commentary on it (Brown, Epistles, p. 519).

With God’s manifested (v. 9) love as the model and motivation, the community’s mandate is clear: we also ought to love one another. This resumes the thought of v. 7 and applies the lesson of vv. 7–10 to the relationships expected among God’s people. While those who have not experienced God’s love in Christ cannot be expected to love, we, the believing community, can and are. The verb ought (opheilomen) emphasizes love as our Christian obligation; we owe it as a debt (Rom. 13:8).[13]

11 The recipients of such love have no choice as to their response. Their sins have been taken away by this gracious act of God. He has loved them in such a way as to arouse adoring wonder at the magnitude of his sacrificial giving. They cannot do anything else but show love to one another.

Moralists have long puzzled over the problem of how a command can be generated out of a statement. How can “we ought to love one another” be logically based on “God loved us”? John was no doubt unconscious of this problem. It was sufficient for him to claim that the recipients of divine love must demonstrate the same love. He could not understand how a person could experience divine love and remain unmoved by the obligation to love other people in the same way as God had loved him; the connection is not so much through the logic of moral philosophy as through the constraint of experienced love which generates fresh love. It is significant that John does not say that experience of God’s love should constrain us to love him in return; rather he speaks of our obligation to love others. Although he is thinking primarily of love within the Christian fellowship, the fact that he starts from a statement of God’s love for sinners strongly suggests that his vision is not limited to the church but extends to the world.[14]

11 With this verse, John begins to develop the ethical implications of the incarnation. Those who, unlike the Antichrists, accept God’s love as expressed in the sending of the Son ought to love one another (cf. 1 Jn 3:16). The logic of this conclusion is similar to that underlying John 13:12–17. After washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus instructs them that they should do the same for one another because, if “I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet” (13:14). If Jesus served the disciples in a sacrificial way, they should follow his example by serving one another sacrificially. Similarly, if God has defined perfect love by sending his Son as a sacrifice, we should love other believers the way God does.[15]

[1] Yarbrough, R. W. (2017). 1 John. In E. A. Blum & T. Wax (Eds.), CSB Study Bible: Notes (p. 1998). Holman Bible Publishers.

[2] Barry, J. D., Mangum, D., Brown, D. R., Heiser, M. S., Custis, M., Ritzema, E., Whitehead, M. M., Grigoni, M. R., & Bomar, D. (2012, 2016). Faithlife Study Bible (1 Jn 4:11). Lexham Press.

[3] Crossway Bibles. (2008). The ESV Study Bible (p. 2435). Crossway Bibles.

[4] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. (1 Jn 4:11). Thomas Nelson Publishers.

[5] Radmacher, E. D., Allen, R. B., & House, H. W. (1999). Nelson’s new illustrated Bible commentary (p. 1714). T. Nelson Publishers.

[6] Hodges, Z. C. (2010). The First Epistle of John. In R. N. Wilkin (Ed.), The Grace New Testament Commentary (p. 1218). Grace Evangelical Society.

[7] MacDonald, W. (1995). Believer’s Bible Commentary: Old and New Testaments (A. Farstad, Ed.; p. 2321). Thomas Nelson.

[8] Utley, R. J. (1999). The Beloved Disciple’s Memoirs and Letters: The Gospel of John, I, II, and III John: Vol. Volume 4 (p. 231). Bible Lessons International.

[9] Vaughan, C. (2011). 1, 2, 3 John (pp. 106–107). Founders Press.

[10] Exell, J. S. (n.d.). The Biblical Illustrator: I. John (pp. 333–336). James Nisbet & Co.

[11] Stott, J. R. W. (1988). The Letters of John: An Introduction and Commentary (Vol. 19, pp. 163–164). InterVarsity Press.

[12] Spence-Jones, H. D. M., ed. (1909). 1 John (pp. 103–104). Funk & Wagnalls Company.

[13] Johnson, T. F. (2011). 1, 2, and 3 John (pp. 104–105). Baker Books.

[14] Marshall, I. H. (1978). The Epistles of John (pp. 215–216). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

[15] Thatcher, T. (2006). 1 John. In T. Longman III & D. E. Garland (Eds.), The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Hebrews–Revelation (Revised Edition) (Vol. 13, pp. 479–480). Zondervan.

Preserved to Work’s End — VCY America

The Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome. (Acts 23:11)

Are you a witness for the Lord, and are you just now in danger? Then remember that you are immortal till your work is done. If the Lord has more witness for you to bear, you will live to bear it. Who is he that can break the vessel which the Lord intends again to use?

If there is no more work for you to do for your Master, it cannot distress you that He is about to take you home and put you where you will be beyond the reach of adversaries. Your witness-bearing for Jesus is your chief concern, and you cannot be stopped in it till it is finished: therefore, be at peace. Cruel slander, wicked misrepresentation, desertion of friends, betrayal by the most trusted one, and whatever else may come cannot hinder the Lord’s purpose concerning you. The Lord stands by you in the night of your sorrow, and He says, “Thou must yet bear witness for me.” Be calm; be filled with joy in the Lord.

If you do not need this promise just now, you may very soon. Treasure it up. Remember also to pray for missionaries and all persecuted ones, that the Lord would preserve them even to the completion of their lifework.

Preserved to Work’s End — VCY America

Joy of Your Salvation — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me”  Psalm 51:12


In the face of sin and separation from God, grace is a refreshing stream that restores salvation. But the joy of salvation is found only when we realize and accept the forgiveness, grace, and restoration God has given us — when we drink from the stream of grace. The joy of salvation is sustained in a changed lifestyle and an ongoing recognition that we walk with God.


Holy and Righteous Father, I long for the outbreak of joy in your salvation like I see in the book of Acts. I pray for your Spirit to lead us into another era of outreach, conversion, and celebration. I pray for wisdom to know and for eyes to see those around me who are most open to the Gospel. I want to be a partner with you in your ongoing work of salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

By Phil Ware
Used by Permission
From: http://www.verseoftheday.com

Further Reading

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Joy of Your Salvation — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Suppressing the Holy Spirit — Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption”  Ephesians 4:30

The Holy Spirit is a mighty and wonderful presence in the life of the believer. He guides us to do what is right and convicts us when we do wrong. The culture of Christianity today though seems to forget that what we put into our minds, what we allow ourselves to consume, can affect us greatly, for better or for worse.

Because of the pull from the world, we tend to be sucked in to seeing things that we should not necessarily be seeing, hearing, or reading. I can remember setting my boundaries on movies: nothing with sexual content or nudity, and while I wanted to avoid it, I was not as strict about cussing. I was blind to the fact that I deemed one sin as “ok” over another sin. I was compromising my values. I would never use that language myself, so why would I listen to it? I didn’t think about it at all for a very long time, until I was convicted once again by the Holy Spirit.

I realized I had been okaying sin to enter into my life instead of putting it all aside. I had to make a difficult decision and stop watching movies that had cussing.

What kind of limits, if any, do you put on yourself as you consume entertainment? Have you, like me, compromised on what we know displeases God? It’s time for us to stop suppressing the Holy Spirit. When we allow ourselves to live like the world, it makes it difficult to live. God calls us to be holy as he is holy, and he gives us the Holy Spirit to guide us into doing just that.

Dear Lord, give us the strength we need to conquer the sin in our life that we have ignored. Allow the Spirit to win over the flesh and forgive us of our sins. Amen.

Make a list of all the sources of media that you use, such as TV, the internet, books, etc. Write down what you specifically watch, read, or see and do a little examination of conscience. Would God condone what you are reading or seeing? Make a concerted effort to avoid content that might draw you away from Jesus. Explore media which might have a positive effect on your life!

By Ashley Massie
Used by Permission

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5 Mar 2023 News Briefing

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Abby Johnson describes abortion pill horrors at CPAC: ‘Fully formed babies’ are ‘floating in the toilet’
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Emmanuel Macron ‘abandons EU army dreams’
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The Italian far-right wants you to believe Italy’s new Democratic party leader is the Antichrist
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Iran schoolgirls targeted by more poison attacks, sparking protests
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Matt Hancock’s plan to ‘frighten the pants off everyone’ about Covid
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Abby Johnson describes abortion pill horrors at CPAC: ‘Fully formed babies’ are ‘floating in the toilet’ 

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DEVELOPING: Residents Told to Shelter in Place After Train Derailment in Sringfield, Ohio
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Trudeau gov’t to fund $75k of trans surgeries for each federal employee
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Air Force vets testified to witnessing UFOs TURN OFF nuclear warheads
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Germany cannot protect itself in war, says defence minister
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‘The problem is not with the tomatoes they’re rationing. The problem is the surplus of lies they keep selling. Stop buying them!’

Ohio train disaster: blame game takes a very strange twist
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Christian school that embraced the LGBTQ community is forced to close its doors 
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UK GOV. confirms Unvaccinated had lowest Mortality Rate per 100k in 2022
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Proposed legislation in Montana would ban vaccinated people from donating blood 
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Headlines – 3/5/2023

UK, France, Germany, others condemn West Bank violence, call to ‘restore calm’

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Escalation: Biden Admin Responds to Russian Warning by Handing Zelensky Another $400 Million

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China proffers ‘peaceful reunification’, Taiwan says respect our democracy

China to increase defense spending by 7.2%

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Trump Collaborates with Jan. 6th Prisoners to Release Song Ahead of Key Note Speech – ‘Justice for All’

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5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Hihifo, Tonga

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 26,000ft

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Cyclone Kevin leaves trail of destruction in Vanuatu

4 dead, 40,000 flee homes as floods hit Malaysia

‘Epic’: Extreme storms have California near an all-time snowpack record set 40 years ago

In Southern California, Snow Has Trapped People for Days

At least 12 dead after winter storm slams South, Midwest

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New Easter Island statue discovered as drought conditions worsen

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East Palestine containment dam overflows; EPA, Norfolk Southern respond

Norfolk Southern train derails in Springfield, Ohio; no hazardous materials aboard, railway company says

Residents Told to Shelter in Place After Train Derailment in Springfield, Ohio

Homes Evacuated After ‘Suspicious’ Disaster at Grain Processing Plant in Gisborne, New Zealand

Protests grow after Greece train crash

‘Furious grief’ and demands for answers as Greece train crash funerals begin

Number of Illegal Migrants Evading Arrest Exploded by 900 Percent Along Northern Border Region

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A Philippine governor and 5 other people are killed in a brazen attack

Pelosi suggests White House gave no ‘heads up’ on DC crime bill flip flop

Biden’s D.C. crime stunner strains relations with House Dems

DNA from 1994 Rape Kit Leads to Arrest in 43-Year-Old California Murder Case

Satanic Temple’s ‘Weekend of Blasphemy’ Sells Out in Boston

Hindu nationalists protest distribution of Bibles at World Book Fair

Sununu pushes back on DeSantis’ crusade against ‘woke’ corporations: ‘That’s not what Republicans are about’ – ‘government doesn’t solve a cultural problem’

CPAC Speaker Calls for Transgenderism to Be ‘Eradicated’

Senator proposes bill giving state “emergency jurisdiction” over custody of kids with trans parents

New York Times embroiled in debate over transgender coverage

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31-Year-Old Colorado Woman Accused of Becoming Pregnant by 13-Year-Old Will Face No Prison Time

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Prince Harry says psychedelics are ‘fundamental’ part of his life

Police Thwart Attempts to Smuggle $1 Billion Worth of Cocaine Into Australia

CDC issues advisory after confirmed measles case in Kentucky

CA to end mask requirement, vaccine mandate for health care workers

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Pfizer Whistleblower on Coming Forward: ‘I Was Worried That I Would End Up in a Body Bag’

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Why Is Merrick Garland in Ukraine While We Go On a War Footing? | Independent Sentinel

In case you didn’t hear, the US and EU might go on a war footing to send arms to Ukraine. It means we open factories to produce weapons, ammunition, and all things war.

This is a war that many believe should have never happened. Is a war footing stance going to fly as Americans increasingly realize what is happening?

Only 26% of Americans believe we should have a major role in the Ukraine War. Only 40% of Democrats and 17 % of Republicans want America to be fully involved.



At the same time, US infrastructure is collapsing, our country is under invasion, and we are nearly $32 trillion in debt as foreign countries leave the petrodollar. Additionally, our leaders are incompetent.

Joe Biden recently went to Ukraine with $500 million for Mr. Zelensky, followed by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen with $1.25 billion as an initial down payment of the $10 billion she promised. Then, US Attorney General Merrick Garland went to Ukraine, allegedly to help them plan their war crimes cases after they have won the war [that they are currently losing].

You are right if you think there is more to this than they say. When the US invaded countries, there was a global demand to try US leaders as war criminals. We know how that was handled. Nothing happened. We fought the idea of it.

It is immoral to decide guilt before the evidence, and the process are complete.


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The hyperbole we hear every day is now part of our foreign affairs policies. They want to hold a Nuremberg trial as if Russians are Nazis. This is a war, not genocide. That’s simply not true.

There are the usual war atrocities on both sides, so we must end this war.

Garland should do his job and has no business being in Ukraine. Do you agree?


Will Americans tolerate their boys and girls drafted to fight in Ukraine and possibly occupy Russia?

Source: Why Is Merrick Garland in Ukraine While We Go On a War Footing?

70 years after Stalin’s death: How Western propaganda has rebranded the Soviet dictator from villain to hero, and back again | RT Russia & Former Soviet Union by RT

The Georgian Bolshevik has been portrayed as a mass murderer, a vital friend, and a dangerous tyrant, depending on the mood of the day

70 years after Stalin’s death: How Western propaganda has rebranded the Soviet dictator from villain to hero, and back again

Joseph Stalin died on the 5th of March 1953. The Soviet leader was one of the “big three” winners of World War II, and his life, political career, and the effects of his policies have been extensively researched by Russian and Western scholars. 70 years later, the Georgian remains a problematic political figure in Russia, and many other former Soviet states, and his legacy is frequently at the center of fierce debates. In the West, the condemnation of Stalin’s policies is now absolute, but that has not always been the case.

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The problem of Stalin’s legacy

The decades of Stalin’s rule over the largest country in the world were filled with terror that led to millions of deaths. After the Bolshevik revolution and the civil war, the Soviet power struggle went on for years and contributed to the subsequent instability of the country. Following the Ukrainian-born Leon Trotsky’s political defeat in 1927, Stalin consolidated his power. Trotsky had wanted a world revolution; whereas, Stalin intended to build socialism in one country. He introduced the collectivization of the agricultural sector, which involved the repression of kulaks (private farmers) and led to famine and the deaths of millions.

The wave of political repression from 1936-1938, also known as the Great Terror, is one of the most significant elements of Stalin’s legacy. In the West, this period is usually seen through the prism of British historian Robert Conquest, who has been accused by others – such as American historian J. Arch Getty – of constant extrapolation of casualty figures and of omitting the beginning of the purges under Lenin. These figures are constantly reviewed by historians, but the West has focused more on this period than on anything else. Nonetheless, the fact remains that Stalin’s policies were extremely harsh.

He has also been held responsible for causing forced famines in Ukraine, southern Russia and Kazakhstan, which killed millions of people.

The way in which Stalin conducted the war against Nazi Germany would also be a source of criticism, after the war’s conclusion. The leader had ruthlessly sent millions of soldiers to their deaths following his “not a step back!” proclamation in order to break Hitler’s war machine.

Soviet “not a step back!” poster ©  Wikipedia

His approach inflicted the greatest amount of damage on the Axis armies but at a tremendous cost. Such a sacrifice of life was anathema to Western leaders seeking reelection even during wartime. According to many historians, including Gil Meron, this was a major factor in the Allies continual postponement of opening a second front in Europe and one that enraged Stalin, as evidenced by his correspondence with Churchill. Essentially, the sacrifice made by the Soviets was both welcome and appalling from the Western point-of-view.

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Currently, Stalin is known in the West mostly for his brutality, and few academics and writers have taken the time to explore the man, the era, and the circumstances during his time in power. However, historians such as J. Arch Getty and Matthew E. Lenoe are more pragmatic in evaluating the leader’s role in the events of the 1930s and 1940s. Likewise, Karl Schlögel’s book ‘Moscow 1937’ provides a more complete picture of Stalin’s leadership of the Soviet Union. These researchers thoroughly describe the events of the purges and political oppression, but also note the unprecedented modernization and technological progress that occurred in tandem during the period.

When Stalin won his political battle against Trotsky, the country was already completely shattered following the Bolsheviks’ merciless seizure of power, the subsequent civil war and Red Terror. The country had never been an industrial power and understanding that an important war was coming, Stalin famously explained the situation in a speech to industrial managers in 1931: “We are fifty or a hundred years behind the advanced countries. We must make good this distance in ten years. Either we do it, or we shall be crushed.” 

As a general rule, historians work without a moral bias and a political figure is usually analyzed according to the state of the country when he came to power versus when he left. The industrialization of the Soviet Union led to disastrous casualties among the population, however it did modernize the country. As Isaac Deutscher said, (though the quote is frequently attributed to Winston Churchill) “The core of Stalin’s genuine historic achievement lies in the fact that he found Russia working with the wooden plough and left her equipped with atomic piles.”

FILE PHOTO. A reproduction photo of Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks), in his office. ©  Sputnik

Stalin’s image before and after the war

What Western historians and journalists write today about Stalin is one thing, but one should not forget how the Soviet leader was seen at the time. For many in the West, the Russian Revolution and the “dictatorship of the proletariat” were a shining light in the East, a promise of better days, a real source of hope. And for a long time, Stalin was the incarnation of this light. Hence the nickname “Father of nations”, that Soviet propaganda and communists all over the world gave him. The weight of communist parties in countries such as France or Italy, controlled by the Communist International (Komintern) was a trump card in the hand of the USSR to propagate a favorable image of its leader among Western populations. The fascination was such that European communists were reluctant to engage in resistance against Hitler until Stalin gave a green light, following the beginning of Germany’s invasion of the USSR. But the masses were not the only ones to be fascinated by Stalin and what he incarnated.

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The work of the genius German publisher and communist activist Willy Münzenberg had a supreme influence on intellectuals and poets all over Europe. Playing on the primordial fascination with this new economic model being built in the USSR, he monitored and/or created many “useful idiots” (or “fellow travelers”). Some, like André Gide or Arthur Koestler, went on to be quickly disillusioned, but it was not the majority. With the appearance of popular fronts in Europe and the turmoil of the Spanish civil war, many left-wing intellectuals maintained their position for a long time while enjoying an excellent reputation in elite circles. Louis Aragon, Jean-Paul Sartre, Louis Althusser, New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty, Pablo Neruda, Ernest Hemingway, André Malraux, Romain Rolland… quite a lot of respected voices. Because of their left-wing sensibility, anticolonial stance, pacifism or idealism, they fostered a positive image of Moscow, and, consequently, of Stalin. Arthur Koestler’s novel “Darkness at noon”, which depicts the politico-psychological process of the 1930’s purges, was not followed by many of these intellectuals. Jean-Paul Sarte, for example, later moved from Stalinism to Maoism.

Furthermore, people, such as the “Cambridge five” or physicist Klaus Fuchs, actively spied for the USSR. And it was to fight for a cause, not for money. Their contribution to the reinforcement of Moscow’s power and the creation of the first Soviet atomic weapons can not be underestimated. On yet another level, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill had been sincerely impressed by the Soviet leader, with whom the American president had a courteous correspondence. An Ifop poll conducted at the end of World War II showed the majority of the French population believed that the Soviet Union had won the war, not Western powers. Stalin’s popularity was at its peak and he was arguably the most powerful man in the world.

FILE PHOTO. Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin at the Yalta Conference, February 1945. ©  Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In 1956, Nikita Khrushchev – who himself had an important role in the political oppression of the Great Terror – made a move which ultimately had an enormous influence on Stalin’s image. During the 20th Party congress, in order to consolidate his own power, the new leader of the USSR denounced the crimes of his former boss and the cult of personality he enjoyed during his reign. His speech and was a shock for communists in Europe who were now more divided than ever, but liberals could only rejoice. The USSR’s two main assets in Western Europe were subsequently fragmented. The Italian communist party sought domestic political integration, while the French communist party was paralyzed. The Congress triggered the beginning of a crisis of confidenceregarding the Soviet Union. In a way, one can look at Krushchev’s political maneuver against Stalin’s image as the first blow to the entire Soviet structure.

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Stalin’s reputation would continue deteriorating as dissidents published books in the West, and his former Western intellectual admirers were denounced for their blindness. Furthermore, it is true that Stalin won a political victory over Trotsky, but the latter is better judged by history. Trotsky is now considered more as an intellectual and a victim, regardless of the atrocities he committed when in power – particularly in his Ukrainian homeland – and his ideas have not vanished. Irving Kristol, the “godfather of neoconservatism” in the USA, was a former Trotskyist, and the political views of the architects and proponents of globalized financial capitalism mesh with Trotsky’s internationalist views. Whereas Stalin, with the disappearance of communist parties as propaganda tools and the fall of the Soviet Union, has simply become another bogeyman. It is still possible to encounter Western Stalinists, but those are usually Marxist intellectuals with no influence on the broader public.

Stalin and Western rhetoric towards Russian leaders

Ivan the Terrible has been considered a monster for many centuries, because of his ruthlessness in internal politics, but also down to how he conquered vast territories and became a threat to the West’s own imperialism. The fact that he was a very important reformer is somehow ignored. Peter the Great, was no softer, but on the contrary, he is considered an interesting personality mainly because he opened “a window to Europe” and incorporated Western elements into Russian civilization. When it comes to Stalin and Trotsky, Western views favor the internationalist. Gorbachev and Yeltsin, with their wish to adapt to Western standards, are also considered “good” Russian leaders. Currently, the Western position has moved in the other direction with Vladimir Putin in power, who stated with his Munich speech back in 2007, that the times of a weak Russia were over.

FILE PHOTO. Josef Stalin, 1937, Moscow, Russia. ©  AFP PHOTO

The Georgian is maybe the only one who has managed to be the object of both praise and loathing from the West. Stalin had become a problem for liberal democratic propaganda during the war. Just as Soviet agitprop had to justify its sudden alliance with capitalist countries, the Anglo-Saxon media had to explain why Stalin was a great statesman and a good ally. Pro-Soviet movies were produced, on the personal request of the American president, and the feature film “Mission to Moscow” was created in order to justify the purges. Stalin was twice named Time magazine’s “Person of the year” within three years, and even the publication of George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” was postponed. A positively biased campaign was actively nurtured around him.

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Only progressively, during the Cold War, did the narrative change. However, it was very difficult to put Stalin in the same basket as Hitler, since the war had cost the USSR the death of roughly 27 million people and gave it a place at the table of victors. Traditionally, victors are the ones who write and rewrite history, but 70 years later, the West is more confident in its capacity to rewrite the story of the 20th century. And Stalin is more often now presented as an accomplice of Hitler who helped him organize chaos and terror in Europe.

Something which is clearly nonsense.

This apparently incoherent attitude is better explained if we examine the power structures in liberal democracies. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the West has developed a system in which strong incarnations of power are not desired. By 1900, according to the American philosopher Sheldon Wolin, the US was already living under an “inverted totalitarianism”, that is to say a system where corporations and lobbyists rule while the government acts as a servant. In his famous 1928 book “Propaganda”, Edward Bernays explained: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

If Bernays’s conclusions are correct, it implies that the Western system doesn’t need statesmen and political reformers with a vision for specific nations but administrators and managers with short mandates. Angela Merkel’s 16 year tenure marks a notable exception in contemporary liberal democracies. However, Merkel has working as part of the European Union, with its sophisticated institutions, and heavy bureaucracy. This may explain why the length of her time in office has never been criticized, whereas the West frequently expresses its concern towards men like Putin or Xi remaining in office for long periods.

However, as various crises have shown, liberal democracies temporarily embrace “strongmen” when it fits the political agenda. Pierre Conesa, a French specialist in geostrategy, is the author of ‘The fabrication of the enemy’ and ‘Hollywar: Hollywood, weapon of mass propaganda’. He explains how Western messaging resorts to a fickle cinematographic process of demonizing its enemy and presenting its side as heroic. Stalin fits this pattern, as he is the only man in the Kremlin who was ever treated as a dangerous man, then as a hero, and eventually rebranded as an incarnation of evil.

Source: 70 years after Stalin’s death: How Western propaganda has rebranded the Soviet dictator from villain to hero, and back again

This is the biggest scandal in American history | FOX news by Newt Gingrich

We are living through the largest, deadliest scandal in American history, but the elite media refuses to connect the dots and analyze it.

COVID-19, a disease no one disputes came from Wuhan, China, has killed more than 1.1 million Americans and more than 38 million people worldwide. It has left millions of others with chronic health problems.

Because of the teachers’ unions and totally misguided, destructive public health policies, children who were under virtually no risk from COVID-19 have lost at least a year of education. Many children are suffering from depression and other mental health challenges from the forced isolation and lack of social contact.

Now, it is becoming more clear that much of this pain was avoidable – and the result of powerful government employees protecting themselves. As Jarrett Stepman in The Daily Signal wrote:


“In 2020, if you thought it was possible COVID-19 came from a lab in China you were labeled a conspiracy theorist, a peddler of misinformation, ‘bonkers,’ and a racist.

“Facebook and other social media removed the lab leak claim from their apps or slapped ‘misinformation’ labels on it. Facebook did so in lockstep with the government.

“So according to the standard set in 2020, the Department of Energy just came out as a racist purveyor of misinformation this week.

“The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that, according to a classified intelligence report provided to the White House and Congress, the Department of Energy concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic likely came from a lab leak.

‘”The Energy Department’s conclusion is the result of new intelligence and is significant because the agency has considerable scientific expertise and oversees a network of U.S. national laboratories, some of which conduct advanced biological research,’ the Wall Street Journal report said.”

President Donald Trump called it “the Chinese Virus” and was intensely attacked. Somehow the word “Chinese” was deemed racist. No one disputes that the virus originated in China. But calling it COVID-19 rather than the Chinese virus was more polite. (After all, it’s important to indicate an appropriate sensitivity to the totalitarian dictatorship that is trying to defeat the United States and become the world’s leading power.)

We now know this censorship and speech silencing was part of a systematic effort of senior scientists to mislead the American people. When COVID-19 first became a threat in early 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci already knew the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) had funded research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology via EcoHealth Alliance. He knew the WIV was a subgrantee of EcoHealth Alliance – and that EcoHealth Alliance was not in compliance with its grant reporting. Specifically, the organization was out of compliance for a project that NIAID knew could potentially make novel bat-borne coronaviruses much more dangerous.

Fauci knew all this.

According to Kentucky Rep. James Comer, who is chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, on Feb. 1, 2020, “Dr. Fauci, Dr. Collins, and at least eleven other scientists convened a conference call to discuss COVID-19. On the conference call, Drs. Fauci and Collins were first warned that COVID-19 may have leaked from the WIV and may have been intentionally genetically manipulated.”

The scientists decided to remain silent to avoid controversy (which would have ultimately fallen back on themselves).

So, the same experts who are paid by the American people and given tens of billions of dollars to invest in research decided that they would deliberately mislead the American people.

This perfectly captures the arrogance of the aristo-bureaucrats, who believe they are intellectually and morally superior to the people to whom they are supposed to be accountable. They believe they have the right and duty to censor what we think and say – and to feed us falsehoods in the name of some higher duty.

This scandal of many of our best professional researchers lying to the American people is compounded by the absolute failure of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Why there has not been a scathing and thorough investigation – and set of hearings on the absolute inability of the bureaucrats in Atlanta to do their jobs – and the general failure of the public health system across the country is a mystery to me. This lack of introspection or investigation should itself be a scandal.

Driven by the economic impact of the Chinese virus, the American government spent trillions of dollars propping up the economy, sparking inflation, massively increasing the national debt, and permitting hundreds of billions in theft and corruption.

Finally, there has been no serious effort to hold the Chinese Communist dictatorship accountable for the damage it has done around the world. There is ample precedent for holding governments responsible for the damage they have done to others (the Lockerbie bombing, the Iranian hostage crisis, 9/11, and other cases).

The Chinese Communists have continuously focused on stopping us from understanding the origins of the pandemic. As Dave Boyer reported in the Washington Times, FBI Director Christopher A. Wray confirmed his agency believes the COVID-19 pandemic likely started from a lab leak in Wuhan, China. He told Fox News on Tuesday that “the FBI has for quite some time now assessed that the origins of the pandemic are most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan… Here you are talking about a potential leak from a Chinese government-controlled lab.

As Boyer reported, “Mr. Wray also slammed Beijing for stonewalling international efforts to find out what happened. ‘I will just make the observation that the Chinese government, it seems to me, has been doing its best to try to thwart, and obfuscate the work here, the work that we’re doing, the work that our U.S. government and close foreign partners are doing. And that’s unfortunate for everybody,’ he said.”


Clearly there ought to be a mechanism for making the Chinese Communist dictatorship pay COVID-19 victims for the disaster it caused. One step might be a COVID-19 tariff on all Chinese imports (the proceeds of which would go into a COVID-19 Compensation Fund that every American family affected by the pandemic could apply to).

Other countries could be urged to establish similar tariffs. Then Xi Jinping and his dictatorship would learn that lying, covering up, and hiding the truth has enormous costs for those guilty of killing millions and forcing the spending of trillions.

This scandal is so large, and covers so many areas, it will be a major factor in politics and government for the next decade. It will go down in history as a turning point in our lives and the life of our country.

We just need to decide what direction we turn: toward clarity and accountability, or toward lies and chaos.


Source: This is the biggest scandal in American history

Chris Rock rips Will Smith while addressing Oscars slap and Jada’s ‘entanglements’’ | FOX news

Chris Rock didn’t hold back as he publicly spoke out on the controversial Will Smith Oscars slap incident for the first time on Saturday night.

The 58-year-old comedian unleashed a blistering barrage of attacks on the 54-year-old actor and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in the final minutes of his Netflix special “Selective Outrage,” nearly a year after Smith walked onstage at the Academy Awards and slapped him across the face.

More than an hour into his set, the three-time Grammy Award winner directly addressed the infamous incident as he referenced former rapper Suge Knight, who is serving a 28-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter in 2018.

“You all know what happened to me, getting smacked by Suge Smith,” he began. “Everybody knows! Everybody f—— knows! Yes, it happened. I got smacked. A year ago, I got slapped at the f—— Oscars by this motherf—— and people are like, ‘Did it hurt?’ It still hurts! I got ‘Summertime’ ringing in my ear! But I’m not a victim. You will never see me on Gayle, Oprah, crying.”

He went on to remark on their size difference, noting, “Will Smith is significantly bigger than me. We are not the same size.”


“This guy does his movies with his shirt off!,” Rock exclaimed. “You’ve never seen me do a movie with my shirt off. If I’m in a movie getting open-heart surgery, I got on a sweater. Will Smith played Muhammed Ali in a movie. You think I auditioned for that part? I played Pookie in ‘New Jack City.’ I played a piece of corn in Pootie Tang…even in animation, he’s bigger. I’m a zebra, he’s a shark.”

Rock name-checked the title of his special as he accused Smith of practicing “selective outrage” and referenced Jada’s “entanglements.”

“And for people who don’t know what everybody knows — Will Smith, his wife was f—— her son’s friend,” Rock said.

The comedian then mocked Smith for his appearance on Jada’s Facebook Watch Show “Red Table Talk” in which they discussed her infidelity.

“We all been cheated on. Everybody have been cheated on. None of us have ever been interviewed by the person that cheated on us on television,” he said. “She hurt him way more than he hurt me.”

“Everybody in the world called him a b—-,” he added. “I tried to call the motherf—– and give him my condolences; he ain’t pick up for me. Everybody called that man a b—-, f—— Charlamagne [tha God] called him a b—-, “The Breakfast Club” called him a b—– and “The View” and “The Talk,” and every rapper, they called him a b—-, his wife a predator, everybody called him a b—-. Everybody! Everybody! And who does he hit? Me!”


Rock accused Jada of telling him that he shouldn’t host the Oscars after Smith wasn’t nominated for his performance in 2015’s “Concussion.”

“So did I do some jokes about it, who gives a f—?” he said. “That’s how it is. She starts it, I finish it. That’s what the f— happened. Nobody’s picking on this b—-. She started this s—.”

He reiterated that Jada told him that he should “quit his job” because her husband didn’t get nominated for “Concussion.”

“And then this n—- gives me a concussion,” he quipped.

Rock recalled how much he previously admired Smith’s music and movies, saying that he “loved” him. “I rooted for Will Smith my whole life,” he said. “And now I watch ‘Emancipation’ just to see him whooped.” The comedian was referring to Smith’s 2022 Apple+ movie, in which he plays a slave.

In the closing moments of his show, Rock explained why he didn’t physically retaliate after being slapped by Smith.

“A lot of people go, ‘Chris, how come you didn’t do, nothing back?’ ‘How come he didn’t do, nothing back that night?’ Because I’ve got parents. That’s why. Because I was raised.”

“You know what my parents taught me? Don’t fight in front of White people!”

Rock’s special, which was Netlfix’s first live-streaming event, took place at Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland.

During the show, he lobbed jokes at a number of famous figures including Meghan Markle, the Kardashians, O.J. Simpson, Elon Musk, Snoop Dogg, Dave Chappelle, Beyoncé, Doja Cat and Draymond Green. He touched on “wokeism,” “cancel culture,” transgenderism, abortion, politics, victimhood and the division in America among other topics.

Ahead of the show, Netflix promised the “seven-second delay button is taking a night off” for “Selective Outrage” in a press release earlier this month.

Rock’s special was flanked by a pre-show at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles that was hosted by Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng and featured performances from Arsenio Hall, Leslie Jones and J.B. Smoove.

The event also featured a compilation of pre-recorded messages from a number of big names including Amy Schumer, Paul McCartney, George Lopez, Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Ice-T, Jerry Seinfeld and Matthew McConaughey among others. Following the special, Dana Carvey and David Spade hosted “The Show After the Show” with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Yvonne Orji, Smoove and Hall.

Almost a year ago, the infamous incident unfolded live onstage in front of a global audience at the 95th Academy Awards.

Smith, who won the best actor award for his performance in “King Richard” later that night, was offended over a joke that the comedian made about Jada.

“Jada, I love you. ‘G.I. Jane 2,’ can’t wait to see it, all right?” Rock had joked while presenting an award. He was referring to the 1997 film “G.I. Jane,” starring Demi Moore, who shaved her head to portray a fictional Navy SEAL candidate.

“The Nutty Professor” actress suffers from alopecia, an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss. Following Rock’s joke, Smith stunned the audience when he walked up onstage and smacked Rock across the face.

Prior to the special, the “Spiral” star had mostly stayed mum on the attack except for jokes he tried out on stand-up audiences in his “Ego Death World Tour.” Some of the material made it into his special on Saturday night.


Smith first publicly apologized to Chris Rock and the Academy in a statement he released on Instagram the day after the Oscars. In August, he shared a five-minute-long video on Instagram in which he apologized to Rock and others — including Chris’ mother Rose Rock.

The “Bad Boys For Life” star revealed he reached out to Rock to talk about the incident, but claimed the comedian is not ready to sit down with him. Last week, Smith appeared to joke about the slap in a video that he shared on Instagram.

Meanwhile, the Academy Awards will air next weekend on March 12, but Smith will not be there as he was banned for 10 years following the slap.

Source: Chris Rock rips Will Smith while addressing Oscars slap and Jada’s ‘entanglements’’


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 • https://www.rumormillnews.com, By Michael Baxter

Although Putin has not made a formal announcement, he has tasked his right-hand man, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, with purging hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies of the Sputnik and CoviVac vaccine variants. The military will ensure compliance by auditing vaccine repositories and performing spot inspections.

Like President Trump, Putin was deceived by a lie; a global consortium of devious doctors, health professionals, and government stooges spun a convincing yarn about a virus that would ravage the world unless vaccines were developed to inoculate the population as soon as possible. The WHO had infiltrated the Russian Ministry of Health and planted agents of evil within the Council of Ministers and State Duma, and Western propaganda—fables of people sick with Covid falling dead on the street—seeped through Russia’s once secure borders. No nation was immune to the most elaborate disinformation campaign in the history of humanity.

A True Christian Statesman: William Wilberforce | D. James Kennedy Ministries

We recently relaunched our D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship in Washington D.C. It’s a vital ministry you’ll be hearing more about in upcoming days. But why are we doing this? And what is a Christian statesman, anyway?

On today’s program, we’ll explain. Dr. Kennedy recognized that our nation was perishing for a lack of Christian statesman. As we carry out his vision and mission, a renewed commitment to his Center for Christian Statesmanship has become a priority.

Source: A True Christian Statesman: William Wilberforce

Ex-minister wanted to ‘frighten’ Brits into Covid compliance – leaked messages | RT – Daily news by RT

Texts reveal that Matt Hancock wanted his announcement of a new Covid variant to have ‘maximum impact’

Ex-minister wanted to ‘frighten’ Brits into Covid compliance  – leaked messages

Former UK health secretary Matt Hancock wanted to “frighten the pants off everyone” to ensure compliance with the government’s Covid-19 restrictions, a trove of leaked text messages has revealed.

More than 100,000 text messages were leaked to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper. Among them is a purported exchange between Hancock and Cabinet Secretary Simon Case in which Case suggested in January 2021 that “fear” would be a “vital” factor in ensuring UK citizens’ compliance with Covid restrictions.

They also appear to show that Hancock discussed when to reveal information to the public about the discovery of a new strain of the virus in the hope of maximizing the impact of lockdown rules.

“Rather than doing too much forward signalling, we can roll pitch with the new strain,” a purported message from Case reads. Hancock reportedly responded: “We frighten the pants of (sic) everyone with the new strain.”

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“When do we deploy the new variant,” Hancock apparently asks in a subsequent message.

The alleged text message conversation, which took place on December 13, 2020, came at a time when concerns were rising about a sharp increase in Covid cases in southeast England. Hancock revealed a day later, on December 14, that a new variant of Covid-19 had been identified in the country.

Five days later London and southeast England entered a so-called tier 4 alert status which imposed increased Covid restrictions over the Christmas period, as Boris Johnson’s Conservative government axed plans to relax rules. On January 6 2021, England entered what was a third national lockdown.

The reported messages also revealed that Hancock and other government figures were concerned that London mayor, Sadiq Khan, may resist plans to impose a strict lockdown on the English capital. The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, had previously clashed with the government over its plans to introduce strict lockdown rules in the area.

Hancock has responded to the leaks saying that there is “absolutely no public interest case” for the “huge breach” of text messages, which he described as a “massive betrayal”.

“As we have seen, releasing them in this way gives a partial biased account to suit an anti-lockdown agenda,” Hancock said on Thursday.

The messages were given to the Sunday Telegraph by journalist Isabel Oakeshott, a prominent critic of lockdowns who had been collaborating with Hancock on his memoir. Oakeshott has maintained that the leaks of the text messages are in the public interest.

Source: Ex-minister wanted to ‘frighten’ Brits into Covid compliance – leaked messages

Education Today is Barbarism — Daily Declaration

Professor James Tooley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Buckingham, discusses the role of education in the modern age, and the relationship between parental and government oversight in our education systems.

Buckingham University is the oldest of only six private higher education institutions in the UK that award degrees. It started with an idea in 1969 that the country should have a university free from state funding and state regulation.

The Birth of a Private University

Seven years later, the university was opened by Margaret Thatcher in 1976. At the time she was the leader of the opposition and three years out from becoming prime minister of the United Kingdom.  This is part of what she said in the inauguration speech for the university:

To a free people, accustomed to a great richness of private initiative, there is something undesirable, indeed debilitating about the present mood in the country in which so many look not to themselves or their fellows for new initiatives but to the state…

I, as a politician must not prescribe to you. Independence is not a gift, it is not something that governments confer but something that the people enjoy and use…

Unless we are worthy and able to take advantage of a freedom not yet extinguished in our land, we shall become pale shadows like civilisations before us who are eventually thrust aside and disposed of by more vigorous rivals.

What a powerful philosophy! It is wonderful to hear a politician extolling the virtues of freedom of thought and action, with no need or desire for government control over education.

In Loco Parentis

James extolled the virtue of ‘in loco parentis’:

The term “in loco parentis” is a Latin phrase that translates as “in place of a parent” or “instead of a parent” and refers to how schools and school administrators are expected to act with reference to students and other minors. In other words, the employees of a school are charged, by the parents of the students, to act on their behalf while the students are there.

In other words, the educational institution is primarily responsible for carrying out the wishes of the parent. The phrase is used to help the teacher make a judgement call: ‘What would the parent do in this situation? They are at work, I have the responsibility for their child — I need to act in loco parentis’.

John followed up with his phrase that ‘governments should be downstream from culture, not the other way about’. In other words, the government’s primary responsibility is to listen to the culture and enact what is best, rather than to dictate what they believe is best for the people.

The Difference Between Boys and Girls

Then the conversation moved on to the proportion of young people that should go to university in any given society. From my own experience, I have seen governments seek to push this proportion as high as possible to minimise youth unemployment statistics. But is university the best avenue for every young person?

James talks about the shortage of skilled tradespeople, electricians, plumbers, and welders. He argues that university is not the best pathway for these invaluable members of society. Their discussion goes on to cover the alarming dropout rate from the education of white males in the USA, with the effect that this push towards university has now created an underclass of disaffected, underproductive, white young males intent on destabilising society.

The discussion also covers the styles of learning that have become most prevalent in universities. There are now fewer high-pressure summative exams that favour boys’ learning styles, and more small-scale continuous assessments favoured by girls, arguably disenfranchising the boys.

Low-Cost Private Education

In addition to his role as Vice-Chancellor of his university, James has also pioneered some astonishing work on the demand for and viability of low-cost private education, firstly in the developing world and more recently in the West.

His research, in some of the most dangerous places on earth, found that upwards of 70% of children in developing world nations are being educated in private schools. These schools might have been started by a passionate mother with a teaching gift who then established a school around her as her own children grew.

Or the school might have been a tutor group that was set up to help more senior students pass public exams, then it grew a school, backwards, down through the grades. While yet other schools have been established as small businesses, so-called ‘for profit’, but only generating enough income for the founder to clothe, house and feed his own family.

James recounts his own experience in Durham, England, where he established a low-cost private school. The fees are £3,000 per student per year. The class sizes are 20, therefore generating £60,000 per year, £30,000 for the teacher’s salary, typical for the UK, and £30,000 for buildings, utilities and resources. The low-cost model works, and they don’t need or want government involvement or interference.

Education Should Be the Foundation of Civilisation

The developing world demonstrates that without the intervention of governments, parents can make education happen. James Tooley has demonstrated that it can also happen in the West without the intervention of the state. And in this regard, Margaret Thatcher extolled the virtues and advantages of freedom of choice for parents in the education of their children.

It seems to me that the only motivation for state control of education is to control and homogenise society by dumbing down education, alongside the removal of debate.

Education must provide the tools to think and learn, rather than telling children what is right and wrong. The latter is for the parents to teach in the home.

Sadly, Mrs Moira Deeming MP, Liberal Member for the Western Metropolitan Region, Melbourne, Victoria, had to give up her teaching career on account of excessive state control of education. In her maiden speech to parliament, she highlights the excesses and evils that result from disproportionate state control of education.


Photo by Max Fischer.

Education Today is Barbarism — Daily Declaration

The UK Lockdown Files: Text Messages Reveal How Top British Health Officials Conspired to “Scare the Pants Off Everyone” and Asking “When Do We Deploy the New Variant?” — The Gateway Pundit

The Daily Telegraph released WhatsApp messages from ex-UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who resigned 2021 over an office affair

The British Telegraph has obtained 100.000 text messages from former UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock, showing how the British government conspired to “frighten the pants off everyone” and asking “when do we deploy the new variant?”

The Telegraph received the WhatsApp messages from journalist Isabel Oakeshott, who wrote a book with Hancock called “The Pandemic Diaries”. They show former Health Secretary Matt Hancock discussing with his media advised Damon Poole on Dec. 13, 2020, who warned that Tory MPs were “furious already about the prospect” of stricter lockdown measures over Christmas and suggested “rather than doing too much forward signalling we can roll pitch with the new strain.”

“We frighten the pants off everyone with the new strain,” Hancock wrote back.

“Yep that’s what will get proper bahviour [sic] change,” Poole replied.

“When do we deploy the new variant?” Hancock asked.

“Been thinking about this and think we need to be more cautious. The strain that is,” Poole wrote back. “Think you made the point earlier, but we need to keep schools off paperwork / agenda.” The Christmas lockdown 2020 was surprisingly announced Dec. 19.

In Jan. 2021, Hancock was discussing further measures with Cabinet Secretary Simon Case, including “more mask wearing … in all settings outside home”.  Case wrote that “the fear/guilt factor” is “vital” in getting more lockdown compliance.

“Basically, we need to get compliance up,” Case wrote, but said some measures – like a ban on fishing – “will be parodied galore if it looks like we have suddenly decided fishing is the first step towards tier 5!”

“I honestly wouldn’t move on any small things unless we move on a lot. The only big reamaining [sic] things are nurseries and workplaces,” Hancock wrote.

“I agree – I think that is exactly right. Small stuff looks ridiculous.  Ramping up messaging – the fear/guilt factor vital”, Case replied.

In June 2021, Hancock had to step down as Health Secretary after photos emerged showing he had violated social distancing rule to pursue an extramarital affair with UK Department of Health employee Gina Coladangelo, who was earning £15,000 a month. Hancock and Coladangelo were both married at the time and have since left their families.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had to resign Sept. 6, 2022, over the so-called Partygate affair, after his employees held parties at 10 Downing Street as the country was ordered into complete lockdown.

The UK Lockdown Files: Text Messages Reveal How Top British Health Officials Conspired to “Scare the Pants Off Everyone” and Asking “When Do We Deploy the New Variant?” — The Gateway Pundit

WEF Seeks To Control All Resources And All People

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 • https://www.technocracy.news by J.B. SHURK

The mission objective of the World Economic Forum (WEF) is remarkably simple: the smartest, best people in the world should rule everyone else. In WEF parlance, their schemes of total supervision and behavioral modification will create a “sustainable” future for humanity. Humans become nothing more than “things” to be counted, shuffled, categorized, tagged, monitored, manipulated, and controlled. They become nothing more than cogs in the WEF’s great trans-humanist, technocratic machine.

When Sir Thomas More wrote his socio-political satire about a fictional island society in the New World, he gave it the fabricated name, Utopia, derived from simple Greek and meaning, “no-place.” Although More was humorously telling his audience that his idealized community existed nowhere, centuries of central planners chasing the fantasy of utopian societies have failed to get the joke. Worse, for every peaceful religious community seeking separation from modern civilization, there is a power-hungry tyrant seeking to impose his will upon everyone else.

It seems as if not a generation goes by when some megalomaniac does not rise to proclaim, “If only the world does exactly as I demand, I will deliver you paradise here on Earth.” Usually, these same narcissists go down in history remembered as either vainglorious buffoons or bloodthirsty tyrants — often both.

Biden’s Executive Order Nightmare: Government Will Track Every Dime You Spend | ZeroHedge News

Authored by Lawrence Kadish via The Gatestone Institute,

When I was a sparring partner for professional boxers many, many years ago, I was taught to be wary of the jab. It is a tactic used to distract an opponent while setting him up for a devastating power punch that takes him down for the count.

Biden is throwing jabs.

The power punch is a little noticed Executive Order with the innocuous number 14067 and its title, “Ensuring Responsible Development of Digital Assets.”

In a 21st Century world where cryptocurrency and cybercrime are now embedded threats to our collective financial security, this Executive Order would seem to address these issues. That is the jab.

In fact, this order includes language that allows the Federal Reserve System to “explore” the possibility of introducing digital currency into the United States. This means that your cash becomes so much colored paper. That would not be the only catastrophic impact on our society and the nation’s economy.

Under this new digital currency, any transfer of funds to family, friends, charities, or clients would be able to be tracked by the nation’s central bank that issued this virtual money. Big Brother will be in your wallet every hour or every day. 

You will not be able to buy a stick of gum without a Federal Reserve computer knowing where, when, and to whom you just put down a buck.

Like any jab, its starts with a feint.

“At this stage, the Fed is just introducing the subject into the public debate and is weighing the options,” according to Eswar Prasad, a Cornell University economics professor who was interviewed by the Associated Press in an Aug. 24 story.

Apologists for the White House insist that the Executive Order does not implement digital currency or give Washington the power to control it.

Assuming that is true, what it does accomplish is to introduce the possibility of even considering a currency move so radical, so profound, and so disruptive that it make George Orwell’s “1984” nightmare novel a day in the park?

We should be rightfully concerned about inflation, energy independence, aggressor nations armed with nuclear weapons, and woke public policies that denigrate the very foundation of this great country.

But these are jabs compared to the enormous destructive power of a digital currency “option” slipped into Executive Order 14067.

Nations have risen and fallen far from the battlefield, their destinies determined by their economic policies.

We should bring our collective outrage to confront even the idea of introducing digital currency in America’s future: if it becomes reality, we will not recognize our democracy.

Source: Biden’s Executive Order Nightmare: Government Will Track Every Dime You Spend

Iranian Nuclear Nightmare

Terry James Prophecy Line

The last time we looked in this column at the prophecy about an apparent Persian/Iranian nuclear-type disaster was a number of years ago. At the time, it looked very much like the Iranian regime was on the verge of attaining the technology and obtaining the fissionable materials in sufficient amount to produce a nuclear weapon.

Israel looked to be at that time about to take out Iran’s nuclear production centers within the Bushehr Mountains by military strikes. However, the program seems to have been disrupted by something called a Stuxnet worm—a cyber virus introduced by Israel’s IDF into Iran’s nuclear development computer system.

Still the rumors persisted that the Iranians were on the verge of producing a nuclear bomb. The claim always seemed to indicate it would happen within several months, at most.

The bomb, of course, was never demonstrated to have become fact, and yet the same claims are…

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