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What No One is Telling You About Iran
Jan 3rd
Categories: Contemporary Issues

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It's true that CNN and the New York Times, among other liberal outlets, have rightly been called out for their failure to report accurately on the protests in Iran. But there's something that not even the conservative media is telling you today, an important backstory that might be playing a role in this rising protest movement.

As for the leftwing media, Caroline Glick noted in her article in the Jerusalem Post that, "Given the earth shattering potential of the protests it is extraordinary to see the liberal media in the US and Europe struggle to downplay their significance." And here in the US, "the US, former members of the Obama administration and the liberal media have determinedly downplayed the importance of the protests."

Similarly, writing for the Daily Wire, Ryan Saavedra stated that, "The media initially ignored what was going on in Iran, likely because it reflected negatively on former President Barack Obama, whose Iran nuclear deal was supposed to help Iran's economy, and because the Trump administration's response was night-and-day better than Obama's response in 2009.

"CNN and The New York Times did a terrible job of covering the protests, while ABC News' Matthew Dowd declared that the U.S. did not have the moral authority to talk about Iran because 'we' don't talk about Russia."

So, again, the liberal media has been taken to task for its unfair coverage of the Iranian protests, and rightly so. In fact, it would be hard to find a greater contrast than that between the courageous protesters and the cowardly media.

But there's something else going on in Iran that could well be playing an important role in the rising Iranian discontent.

It's something that has been building and growing under the surface and behind closed doors. And it remains one of the best kept secrets in the world, despite occasional media reports in the last few years: Iranian Muslims are converting to Christianity at an unprecedented pace, perhaps by the thousands every day.

I've heard this firsthand from Iranian converts. I've heard it firsthand from Christian leaders who have worked with these converts inside and outside of Iran. And I've heard it from missiologists whose job it is to track such things.

And it's reminiscent of the conversion of tens of millions of Chinese behind the cover of the Bamboo Curtain. Missiologists were reporting it for years before the rest of the world found out about it. Now, it is an open secret, leading to headlines like this, from April 14, 2014, in the UK Telegraph: "China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years. The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America."

When it comes to Iran, already in 2006, Reza Safa could write a book titled The Coming Fall of Islam in Iran: Thousands of Muslims Find Christ in the Midst of Persecution.

The website of Safa, himself a former Iranian, Shiite Muslim but now an evangelical pastor, declares, "Despite severe persecution by the Iranian government against underground churches, God's Word is spreading like a wildfire all over Iran. Pastor Safa believes that Iran will be the first Islamic nation to convert to Christianity."

This may sound like a pipe dream, but consider that a 2012 Pew Research report claimed that, "The share of the population that is Christian in sub-Saharan Africa climbed from 9% in 1910 to 63% in 2010." And much of this growth occurred in the midst of Muslim-majority populations.

The same thing is happening throughout the Muslim world, confirming an article on the National Catholic Register which claims that, "Muslims Are Converting to Christianity in Record Numbers." This too has been an open secret for many years now.

When it comes to Iran, the article repeats the claim that there are now three million Iranian Christians, which would mean a massive jump from the numbers posted in the respected prayer guide, Operation World. It claimed a total of 384,897 Christians from all backgrounds in Iran (compared to 74,054,491 Muslims), with just 117,678 listed as evangelicals. Getting from here to three million is extraordinary.

That's why Mohabat News (the Iranian Christian News Agency), reported in August, 2017, that, "Christianity has been growing at an exponential rate in the last couple of decades in Iran, causing the Islamic government a great deal of concern. 

In a most recent expression of their distress, one of the high profile Islamic seminary officials, Ayatollah Alavi Boroujerdi, stated 'accurate reports indicate that the youth are becoming Christians in Qom and attending house churches'."

And, the article continues, "this is not a new development. Earlier reports had also shown a surprising rise in the number of Iranians turning away from Islam and converting to Christianity."

That's why Fox News could report in 2016 that, "The number of Muslim converts who are risking prison or death by secretly worshipping as Christians in Iran's house church movement has grown to as many as 1 million people, according to watchdog groups."

Something powerful is happening in Iran, despite the intense persecution Christians are facing.

My sources have been telling me that: 1) it's only a matter of time before the number of these conversions reaches a critical mass, allowing these new Christians to emerge from the underground into the public eye; and 2) it is the Iranian regime that is our enemy, not the Iranian people, many of whom love America and hate what the radical Islamic leadership has done to their country.

We should pray for these courageous Christians, and, more broadly, stand with these Iranian protesters. It could well be that there many secret converts among them. And we should applaud our government for letting Iran know that we are watching them carefully right now.

It could be time for this great, hidden story to be known to the whole world.

What is Your Spiritual Condition for 2018? - How to Prevent Spiritual Anorexia
Jan 3rd
Categories: Exhortation

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Anyone who has worked in orthopedic physical rehabilitation can relate to the common experience of patients who enter the clinic. They are weak, temporarily physically disabled and in need of some significant guidance and direction to get back onto their feet. Often, their physical problems are directly associated to personal neglect, which precipitates weakness, instability, pain and often injuries.

Most if not all their complaints can be resolved with the appropriate guidance. However, there is considerable frustration with a large portion of this population group because they tend to recycle through physical rehabilitation with the same complaints year after year. Why? Because they fail to follow through on their own with the instructions they were given when they left the clinic, relating to the proper exercise, time, persistence, discipline, patience and nutrition. In other words, they fail to be responsible. For anyone who has ever participated in athletics, this is common sense. There are simply some basic principles that enhance physical development which must be followed, or you will remain deconditioned, weak and futile in your effort to participate athletically.

So, how do these same basic physical development principles correlate to our spiritual development? Just how many Christians are in a constant need of spiritual rehabilitation due to neglect, remain deconditioned spiritually, weak in their walk and futile in their effort to be a light on the hill (Matthew 5:14)?

Nutrition and exercise: When an athlete is poorly fed or spends very little time training, he fails to develop. These type athletes are not physically consuming or doing what they need to do to be competitive. Spiritually, the Christian walk is the same. When Christians fail to read Scripture (nutrition) and study (exercise), they fail to develop spiritually. They fail to grow. They become Christian anorexics and erode spiritually. Just as our physical neglect leads to physical weakness and our inability to assist anyone physically, our spiritual neglect and erosion results in our inability to spiritually assist others and limits our ability to positively influence those around us – a light on the hill vs. a flicker.

When you are hungry or suffer from a lack of nutrition, you become easily distracted due to your physical weakness and need for healthy food. Spiritually, when you do not read and study Scripture, your spiritual strength wanes, you become spiritually deconditioned, and you become easily distracted by worldly things and personal issues.

Time: Successful athletes understand the amount of time and effort it takes to develop the physical requirements to effectively compete against an opposing team or individual. They understand that just setting aside five or 10 minutes of their time each day will never allow them to compete effectively. They must put in the appropriate time each day. Spiritually, the same holds true for Christians. If you spend very little time in God's Word, you will never reach the level of maturity required to be the most effective witness. You become more of a bystander than a participant, due to lack of development.

Discipline: Those who exercise routinely throughout the week, month after month, year after year, understand that there are many days when that time of day approaches to exercise, and you can find 1 million things you would rather do with your time than disciplining yourself to change your clothes and simply "get it done." You keep telling yourself on those lazy days that you know if you just make yourself do it, you will feel much better afterward and be thankful that you did, which is true. This is just as true with reading and studying Scripture. There are many days, when, due to a wide variety of reasons, you simply are not in the mood for it. Again, as with exercise, you know that if you discipline yourself to sit down and "get it done," you are going to feel much better afterward, and you do. The clarity of your view on life becomes clearer when you study.

Persistence: Often, with physical training, a measurable change in our physical function may not become apparent for some time. When this happens, we can lose sight of the big picture as to why our efforts to maintain ourselves physically is necessary. The small daily gains or benefits may not be that noticeable or measurable, so your persistence may wane, due to what you feel is an insignificant physical impact from the effort you may have put into it.

This is true spiritually as well. There are some days when you may feel Scripture may not have necessarily spoken to you the way you would have liked. You may feel there has not been a measurable spiritual growth or development from your efforts. But there does not have to be. As with physical exercise, which maintains our strength, the same holds true spiritually. In the absence of what you feel may be a lack of spiritual development or growth, there will always be a level of spiritual maintenance. This preservation of our spiritual walk inhibits spiritual deconditioning.

Due to the growing assault on Christianity and the infinite number of worldly distractions, Christians can not afford to be spiritually deconditioned. With athletics, you are going to be physically challenged, so you prepare yourself to bring your best game to the field. Spiritually, the same holds true. Daily you are going to be challenged with all the false doctrines, ideologies and hatred for Christianity itself, so you had better be prepared daily to bring your best game to the field. You simply cannot show up spiritually deconditioned and weak. Consider this for your New Year's resolution, compared to ones that are of little benefit eternally.

Watching Turkey's Descent Into Islamist Dictatorship
Jan 3rd
Categories: Contemporary Issues

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"Deep trouble" in Turkey's relationships with Europe and the United States was a recurring theme in the December address of Michael Meier -- representative to America and Canada for Germany's Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), or the Foundation for Social Democracy. 

His introduction to the Middle East Institute (MEI) and FES' eighth annual Turkey Conference, at Washington, DC's National Press Club was an appropriately gloomy preface to the discussion of Turkey's troubled past and present.

During the event, San Diego State University political science professor Ahmet Kuru examined how Turkey had become increasingly undemocratic under 15 years of rule by the AK Party (AKP) and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. 

"I don't really think that elections matter in Turkey," Kuru stated, given that President Erdogan can manipulate or cancel elections at will. Such authoritarianism in Turkey and elsewhere means that those who study elections in Central Asia and the Middle East "study something which does not matter at all."

"Turkey is taking an Islamist, populist path" under Erdogan and his AKP, Kuru stated; the Turkish "understanding of Islam is more and more becoming a political Islam, rather than Sufism, mysticism." 

As a result, he added, Turkey's "educational system is already Islamicized," while YouTube videos have shown police officers taking Islamic oaths. Furthermore, television shows on Turkey's Ottoman Empire past are "creating a fantasy; Ottoman in wonderland."

Kuru views Erdogan's Islamist rule as more threatening than prior secular authoritarianism under the followers of the Turkish republic's post-World War I founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. "This regime is more dangerous than Kemalism, because Kemalism did not have religious legitimacy; it never claimed that the opposition is infidel," he noted.  

Meanwhile, he continued, "political morality is totally gone," as corruption in the country presents an "unprecedented ethical crisis ... with a constituency, which claims to be very moral" because of Islamic and nationalist convictions.

Fellow panelist, Foundation for Defense of Democracies senior fellow Aykan Erdemir, confirmed Kuru's analysis from the perspective of a former Turkish parliamentarian. Erdogan has been able "to criminalize the opposition," Erdemir declared, with judicial harassment techniques like the false charges aimed at discrediting the former lawmaker in Turkey. 

Yet, Erdemir added, Erdogan is deeply interested in "keeping the illusion going that Turkey is not a dictatorship," so he "has to come up with some sort of opposition-like looking actors so that there can be a ballot box at the end."

"The next important stage in Turkish political history is how to reconstitute polyarchy," he concluded gravely.

Erdemir reflected upon the legacy of the one-time alliance between Erdogan's AKP and the shadowy Turkish Islamist movement of Fethullah Gülen, which are now bitter rivals. The "lasting legacy of 11 years of Erdogan-Gülen alliance, from 2002 to December 2103, will be hollowed-out institutions," which "will remain with Turkish citizens beyond the life-term of these two individuals." 

Fellow panelist, University of Central Florida Chair of Kurdish Political Studies Güneş Murat Tezcür, concurred that the Gülen movement had contributed to Turkey's "huge institutional decay."

National Defense University Professor Ömer Taspinar examined the historically weak basis of Turkey's market economy: "If you want to get government contracts, good luck being an independent newspaper in Turkey; there is this cronyism." 

Currently the AKP-run government has seized billions in investments from the Gülen movement, but "that's not a new story; the Turkish state has been doing that against enemies that it considers for a long time."

Turkey has a "political culture where you really don't have an independent business community," Taspinar remarked. Meanwhile, he added, the lack of "secure property rights" has been" a "deeply-rooted problem." Government confiscation of property from Turkey's minorities, such as the 1942 wealth tax, has recurred throughout its history.

Taspinar summarized Turkey's predatory economic development as follows: "From the get-go, Turkish industrialization, the emergence of the Turkish business community ... required the appropriation of the wealth and real estate of non-Muslim minorities."

"Turkey had a business community," he added and "some level of capitalism in the 19th century, but it was primarily the non-Muslim community -- Armenians, Jews, and Greeks."

Thus, Taspinar concluded, "Turkish nation-building ... tragically, is partly a product of the de-Hellenization of Turkey -- there are no more Greek communities left," and of "Armenian massacres, genocide; basically, there are no more Armenians, and the Jewish community has shrank."

The final panel followed suit with a somber discussion of Turkey's foreign policy. Al-Monitor columnist Amberin Zaman noted that "Turkey has gone from being a very stable, predictable, Western ally, and a critical member of the NATO alliance, to an increasingly unpredictable and unstable one."  

Given this "astonishing sort of sea change" for "Turkish-American relations, people are writing obituaries about them."

The speakers with soberly realistic assessments truly reflected the austere mood of the event. As Kuru concluded: the "best scenario possible is that each and every group in Turkey will take lesson ... from the immoral things that they have done ... and Turkey will become an electoral democracy again."

One can only hope he's right, but the diagnosis offered at the conference was not optimistic. Turkey remains the sick man.  

Meet the New Crimefighter: AI
Jan 3rd
Categories: World Government

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is in the headlines every week now from driverless cars to high-frequency stock trading algorithms that outperform any human. Computers now beat the best human players at chess and almost any other game and have even begun to interpret emotions from facial expressions and create works of art. 

AI has also surprised human doctors at diagnosing difficult-to-spot eye conditions on scans. Yet as much as these advances may make our lives easier, it is this last area, visual recognition, that corporations and governments around the world are now using to build an unprecedented surveillance state.

There are between 5 and 5.9 million surveillance cameras in the United Kingdom and over 176 million now in China.  But for this vast network of recording devices to be truly effective, they would need an equally vast number of humans watching them in real time, around the clock. 

It would be impossible to monitor every camera in real time and experiments have demonstrated that human attention spans reduce significantly after only 20 minutes of video footage, and dramatically so if they attempt to watch more than one screen. Artificial intelligence trained to detect human activity, recognize faces, identify silhouettes and track movement in shadows has no such limitation.

Not only will artificial intelligence monitor tens of millions of video feeds in real time, but it will enter the data into a predictive matrix. 

When computer recognition for video footage, by itself, is combined with the vast pattern-matching potential of artificially intelligent algorithms, the system begins not only to detect crimes in progress but predict them before they occur and send law enforcement or security resources there ahead of time. 

Though this idea may sound farfetched, a location-based variant is already in use in Milan, Italy and Los Angeles, California. 

By mapping very specific crime statistics (time of day, type of crime, location) onto a map and creating a complex pattern of associations within the data, the algorithm is able to predict the probable time and location of the next crime. Whereas it remains simply a general prediction, this crude system allows law enforcement better to deploy their resources.

The system employed in Milan is known as KeyCrime and has been predicting robberies for more than ten years. The American version, PredPol, is now hard at work in 40% of the nation’s largest police

departments, again providing estimates of the time and location for future crimes. But the systems now coming online in China and elsewhere go much further.

With the use of video-linked artificial intelligence, the system grows exponentially more powerful and can operate in real time. By linking security camera footage to individuals and feeding it with thousands of data points about each subject, the goal becomes not simply to predict when and where a crime might occur, but who will be responsible. 

The artificial intelligence watches you purchase a kitchen knife and it files the information away and does not act. But a week later, if you buy a roll of tape and a set of gloves, the system may consider this alongside a variation in your daily traffic patterns to flag your behavior for analysis.

The Chinese company Uniview is tasked with identifying Chinese citizens who travel to specific countries, such as Vietnam and Myanmar, and then marking them for more intensive data collection. In July of this year, the Chinese government announced that it plans to spend $150 billion to construct an artificial intelligence industry by the end of 2030. 

With the ability to design new products, develop, build more advanced AI systems, and surveil citizens, the use of AI in policing is set to become pervasive. 

Li Meng, the vice-minister of science and technology in China, pointed to crime prediction as a task for AI within the government, "If we use our smart systems and smart facilities, we can know beforehand... who might be a terrorist, who might do something bad," the vice-minister said. Bad, such as opposing

In Russia, VisionLabs is providing advanced, real-time facial recognition software to the government and in the United States, the software and hardware company Nvidia is doing so as well. Marc Rotenberg is the President of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. 

He has been active in pointing out how the accelerated growth of these technologies raises privacy risks. "Some of these techniques can be helpful, but there are huge privacy issues when systems are designed to capture identity and make a determination based on personal data,” Rotenberg believes. "That's where issues of secret profiling, bias and accuracy enter the picture."

With traditional computer programming models, the code may be complex but is still decipherable to human programmers. With trainable and evolved artificial intelligence systems, the code is now becoming a black box because it is modified not by the programmers but by its own interaction with the environment. 

With such systems as are being developed to match patterns among vast seas of complex data, there really is no way to understand how it thinks, and thus controlling or policing such a system becomes impossible for humans. 

It is entirely possible that we are building the perfect police state and its level of control will be both absolute and outside of the reach of its human masters.

Let the Headlines Speak
Jan 3rd
Daily News
From the Internet
Categories: Today's Headlines

Franklin Graham offers Rosie O’Donnell salvation in Jesus after she condemned Paul Ryan ‘to hell’
Rev. Franklin Graham offered Liberal comedienne and lesbian Rosie O’Donnell a chance to be saved by Jesus Christ after she told Republican Paul Ryan that he would go “to hell” for voting for tax cuts. The outspoken minister then directly appealed to the vulgar actress. “I hope one day you will put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and let him heal your heart, clean up your mouth, and forgive your sins,” the reverend concluded.

Germany to Censor Media in Upcoming Nazi-Style Purge
German government using Hitler-style law to censor news reports. German officials will start censoring Infowars and other media that report on Germany’s migrant crisis which makes Chancellor Merkel look bad. Germany is ramping up enforcement of a Nazi-style censorship law that will pressure Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites to remove content the government considers “hate speech.”

Hawkins: I Bet Freedom-Starved Iranians Wish They Had a Second Amendment
As we watch freedom-starved Iranians stand against an extremist regime bent on retaining power, it is a safe bet that Iran’s rank and file would benefit from a Second Amendment. The power structure in Iran right now is such that the right to keep and bear arms is not guaranteed by law. Additionally, only certain types of guns are allowable for private ownership, and those guns only go to people with special permission to own them.

Probe Uncovers “Laws Broken, False Statements” In FBI Handling of Clinton Emails
In what could be a major black eye for the deep state and yet another nail in the Clinton legacy coffin, The Hill’s John Solomon reports that Republicans on key congressional committees say they have uncovered new irregularities and contradictions inside the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server. “This was an effort to pre-bake the cake, pre-bake the outcome,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), a House Judiciary Committee member who attended the McCabe briefing before the holidays. “Hillary Clinton obviously benefited from people taking actions to ensure she wasn’t held accountable.”

A “Bomb Cyclone” Is Set To Detonate Off The East Coast
“This storm developing off the Southeast coast will meet the meteorological criteria of a “bomb” as it rapidly intensifies. The signal for a storm has been evident since last week, but as the track has been fine-tuned, impacts to the I-95 corridor are now expected. Snow, strong winds, and very cold temperatures are expected particularly the further east one heads,” said Ed Vallee, meteorologist at Vallee Weather Consulting LLC.

Geologists See 2018 As Year Of Monster Quakes
Geophysicists who studied seismic activity over the past 117 years report 2018 could be shaping up as a year of monster earthquakes – especially around the equator. Why? The signal that causes the alarm from a historical pattern, they say, is the slowing of the Earth’s rotation.

Nikki Haley Says Palestinians Could Lose US Aid if They Reject Negotiations With Israel
Haley told reporters at the U.N. on Tuesday that the U.S. remains committed to the peace process, but implied that America would cut off aid to the U.N. Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) if the Palestinians refuse to participate in negotiations.

Trump: My nuclear button is bigger than Kim’s
“North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!” tweeted Trump.

Putin’s Titanic has hit a fatal Middle East iceberg
In 1912, imagine buying a super-expensive ticket on the unsinkable Titanic only to find out halfway across the Atlantic Ocean that not only is the Titanic sinking, but you are going to die drowning in the frigid waters. It’s 2018 and that’s exactly how Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Foreign Minister Lavrov are feeling at this exact moment about their buy into Iranian debt and Iranian “hegemony.” Iran’s genocidal Islamo-Fascist Regime is slowing or at the least, going up in flames. The problem for Putin is that Putin has put all his Middle East eggs in the Shiite Ayatollah’s basket, and that basket has just crashed to the ground.

UNESCO Produces Lion Idol, Consort of Goddess of Adultery
A UNESCO funded project reproduced a statue of a lion, the third project of its kind the organization has supported, leading at least one rabbi to conclude that the real goal of the political organization is to promote an agenda that has always stood as Israel’s nemesis: idolatry. Early pagans believed the lion was the consort of the goddess al-Lat. It has been conjectured that al-Lat was the pre-Islamic consort of the Arabian god Allah.

‘Frozen America’: 92% of Country Below Freezing
With temperatures dropping 15 to 25 degrees below average in vast areas of the US breaking century-old records, citizens and authorities are taking unusual measures to stay warm and to keep facilities running.

Planned Parenthood: We Did 321,384 Abortions; Got $543.7 Million in Tax Dollars
Planned Parenthood says its affiliates did 321,384 abortions in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2016, according to its newly released 2016-2017 annual report.

Boom! US To Withhold Funding From Palestinians Until They Agree To Join Peace Negotiations
United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nicki Haley held a press conference on Tuesday regarding the Iranian democracy protests. Haley also touched on the North Korean threat and the Trump administration decision to withhold funding to Pakistan.

Germany To Censor Media In Upcoming Nazi-Style Purge
German officials will start censoring Infowars and other media that report on Germany’s migrant crisis which makes Chancellor Merkel look bad. Germany is ramping up enforcement of a Nazi-style censorship law that will pressure Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites to remove content the government considers “hate speech.”

Baltimore Sets New Per-Capita Homicide Record
Population shrinks while murder rate explodes in Democrat stronghold

Turkish State Institution Says Girls Can Marry & Get Pregnant Aged 9
Turkey’s top state religious institution has issued a new fatwa on marriage announcing that girls can get married and become pregnant as young as 9 years old.

PHOTOS=> Sanctuary State Signs Pop Up on California Highways for the New Year: “Felons, Illegals and MS13 Welcome!”
Anonymous Street artists moved out to highways once again to ring in the new year by posting messages to the “Welcome to California” highway signs.

Tables turn: Now FBI probed for election interferenceWhat began as an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election has now become a probe into how federal law enforcement conspired to stop Donald Trump from becoming president.

Bone-Chilling Cold Grips Wide Swath of US, at Least 2 DeathsBone-chilling cold gripped much of the U.S. as 2018 began, breaking century-old records and leading to at least three deaths attributed to exposure to the dangerously low temperatures.

Pope Francis: Opponents of Mass Migration Sow ‘Violence, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia’
In his new message for the World Day of Peace, Pope Francis has denounced those who question the wisdom of mass migration, accusing them of demagoguery and promoting xenophobia.

Pakistan Summons US Envoy, Calls Emergency Meetings After Trump’s ‘No More’ Tweet
Islamabad called an emergency cabinet meeting to establish the “difference between facts and fiction,” and summoned the US ambassador after Trump targeted Pakistan in his first tweet in 2018, accusing it of “lies and deceit.”

Trump Accuses Obama Administration of Helping Fund Iran’s ‘Terrorism,’ Praises Protests
“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their ‘pockets.’ The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!” Trump tweeted early Tuesday.

As Deceivers, and Yet True - 2 Corinthians 6:8
Jan 3rd
Morning Meditation
F.B. Meyer
Categories: Commentary;Inspirational;Book Study

This is the first clause in one of the most wonderful series of paradoxes in all literature. Let us class together these different conceptions of the apostle, as held by those who judged him by his outward and inward life respectively.

Judged from the view-point of this age he was a deceiver, intent on some purpose of his own, misleading and hoodwinking his converts. In the annals of this world he was utterly unknown, and there was no attempt to chronicle his doings or record his words. His life seemed to the gay and worldly a prolonged death, whilst to his close associates and friends it was a perpetual chastening. Very sorrowful, very poor, very destitute--such was his appearance as seen from the outside. And many must have turned from it and felt thankful that the lines had fallen to them in pleasanter places.

Judged from the view--point of eternity he was known to be true, and building the temple of truth. By every new dying to the world around, his inner life was being recruited, deepened, and purified. His sufferings were chastening and pruning him, that he might bear more fruit. Amid his outward griefs he was ever drinking at the wells of purest joy; amid his poverty he was enriching the world with the most precious wealth; amid his utter destitution he was handling the imperishable riches of eternity.

The monks of Chartreux, when they first erected their monastery, made all their windows look in on the small inner court, but had none commanding the sublime mountains and glaciers around. So, too, many lives are always contemplating the trifles of earth's court-yard! Oh that such would take into their view the unseen and eternal!

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