What it Means to Fight to Win

Jul 21, 2023

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0:00- Intro

May 6, 2022: Pakistan Rules Out Refugee Status for Afghan Asylum-Seekers
https://www.voanews.com/a/pakistan-rules-out-refugee-status-for-afghan-asylum-seekers-/6560881.html

March 23, 2023: Pakistan steps up crackdown on Afghan refugees, adds new restrictions
https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/news-feature/2023/03/23/pakistan-crackdown-afghan-refugees

4:47- Fighting to Win

The medical learning curve about COVID-19

March 31, 2020: Houston Methodist performs the nation’s first plasma transfusion to treat COVID-19

Houston Methodist performs the nation’s first plasma transfusion to treat COVID-19

July 14 2020: Texas hospitals are running out of drugs, beds, ventilators and even staff
Many Texas hospitals are no longer accepting transfer patients in order to maintain space for a surge that’s expected to come. In some parts of the state, it’s already here.
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/14/texas-hospitals-coronavirus/

Texas Research Community Works Together to Combat COVID-19 (Summer 2020 Update)
https://tamest.org/news/texas-covid19-research-summer-2020

July 8, 2020: Doctors are better at treating COVID-19 patients now than they were in March
But they still don’t have good tools to help people who aren’t severely ill
https://www.theverge.com/2020/7/8/21317128/improved-covid-treatment-hospitals-remdesivir-dexamethasone

September 29, 2020: ‘Helpless’ doctors at start of coronavirus pandemic now have more treatments to save lives
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/29/coronavirus-doctors-now-have-more-treatments-to-save-lives.html

One of the first people in my area that received publicity for her case of severe COVID. She almost died, received a ton of publicity, and then later turned into a rabid anti-masker. Her loon of a friend (she took her kids to January 6th) went around claiming that the reason Topp survived was because she, the friend, went and prayed for her. Topp had the best medical experts in the world caring for her. That is why she survived.

August 28, 2020: ‘Let me tell you Mrs. Topp, you’re a miracle:’ Kingwood mom back at home after months on ventilator
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/kingwood-woman-2-months-ventilator-covid-15521938.php

July 8, 2020: ‘It was a miracle’: Mother of 4 recovers after fighting flu, COVID-19 at the same time
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/it-was-a-miracle-mother-of-4-recovers-after-fighting-flu-covid-19-at-the-same-time/33247783

9:26- Where the real spiritual battle is

Ephesians 6:10-13

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

1 Corinthians 9:24-26

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.

Psalm 51:10-13

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
so that sinners will turn back to you.

Psalm 119:29

Keep me from lying to myself;
give me the privilege of knowing your instructions

1 Corinthians 5:9-12

I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[a] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?

16:20- When you’re fighting impossible odds

Fighting battles you don’t think you can win takes courage

 

Video: Sermon on Faith by George MacDonald “Faith, Proof of the Unseen”

Hebrews 11:32-40

32 How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 33 By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. 35 Women received their loved ones back again from death.

But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36 Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 37 Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half,[a] and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. 38 They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

39 All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. 40 For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

21:25- Taliban’s Terroristic Actions

Journalist arrested by the Taliban because of association with the former government

July 7, 2023: Afghanistan: journalist Mortaza Behboudi detained by the Taliban (Article in French)
https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/afghanistan/afghanistan-le-journaliste-mortaza-behboudi-detenu-par-les-talibans_5937092.html#xtor=CS2-765-[share]-

Propaganda in schools

June 30, 2022: State education board members push back on proposal to use “involuntary relocation” to describe slavery
The Texas State Board of Education is fielding proposals to update the state’s public school social studies curriculum this summer.
https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/30/texas-slavery-involuntary-relocation/

Texas schools taught that “states rights” was the main cause of the Civil War until 2018

November 19, 2018: Texas Will Finally Teach That Slavery Was Main Cause of the Civil War
Slavery has been upgraded to the primary cause in the curriculum, however states’ rights and sectionalism will still be taught as “contributing factors”
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-will-finally-teach-slavery-was-main-cause-civil-war-180970851/

August 2, 2021: Texas Republicans to Ban Public Schools Teaching History of White Supremacy: “Legislators Need Their Own History Lesson”
“We need to tell students the full history. If we don’t, history repeats itself.”
—Texas state Rep. Erin Zwiener

Texas Republicans to Ban Public Schools Teaching History of White Supremacy: “Legislators Need Their Own History Lesson”

A letter from John Wesley to William Wilberforce in 1791 encouraging Wilberforce in his abolition efforts in English. Wesley also makes a comment on the brutality of slavery in the American South.
https://christianhistoryinstitute.org/magazine/article/wesley-to-wilberforce

24 February, 1791

Balam. England

Dear Sir:

Unless the divine power has raised you up to be as “Athanasius against the world,” I see not how you can go through your glorious enterprise in opposing that execrable villainy, which is the scandal of religion, of England, and of human nature. Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them stronger than God? O be not weary of well-doing! Go on, in the name of God and in the power of His might, till even American slavery (the vilest that ever saw the sun) shall vanish away before it.

Reading this morning a tract wrote by a poor African, I was particularly struck by the circumstance, that a man who has a black skin being wronged or outraged by a white man, can have no redress; it being a LAW in all of our Colonies that the OATH of a black man against a white goes for nothing. What villainy is this!

That He who has guided you from youth up may continue to strengthen you in this and all things is the prayer of, dear sir,

Your affectionate servant,

John Wesley

24:02- A Profile in Courage: Standing Up to the Taliban

The Cost of Dissent

Transcript:

Afther the British, the Russians came an bombed people’s houses … but the people did not leave their houses and did not flee to Iran, Pakistan, and Europe. But today, that the Taliban’s Emirate is here, people fall down and die from the bottom of planes while running away. People are fleeing. People are lining behind passport office. What is the reason people are desparate to flee their home? This country, this land has turned into hell for us.

26:24- The U.S. defeat in Afghanistan & the lies we tell

Doha agreement = Craven defeat

The lies we tell ourselves.

The lie that “Afghanistan has never been a unified country.”

Misery under the Taliban

Afghanistan under the Taliban = Texas under Greg Abbott

What Afghanistan once was

Broken Dreams

Interview with former Afghan interpreter

35:22- The Afghan Adjustment Act

July 14, 2023: Rep. Peters Helps Introduce Bill to Provide Pathway to Permanent Status for Afghan Partners
https://scottpeters.house.gov/press-releases?ID=099D0AA7-5DCF-421D-9C13-99D78C9037C7

In New Cour Filing, Biden Administration Moves to Abandon Its Obligations to Afghan and Iraqi SIV Applicants

In New Court Filing, Biden Administration Moves to Abandon Its Obligations to Afghan and Iraqi SIV Applicants 

37:40- Welcome Corp on Campus

Welcome Corp on Campus

On Campus

On Campus: Frequently Asked Questions

June 16, 2023: Biden told Marcos about US proposal for temporary stay of Afghans in Philippines

Biden told Marcos about US proposal for temporary stay of Afghans in PH

June 18, 2023: After escaping the Taliban, hundreds of Afghans languish in Albania in a prolonged U.S. visa process
https://www.politico.com/news/2023/06/18/escaping-taliban-afghans-languish-albania-visa-process-00102533

October 25, 2022: Qatar plans to suspend evacuation flights for U.S.-bound Afghan refugees while it hosts World Cup, sources say
The move would add to a massive backlog of tens of thousands of Afghan refugees who are trying to resettle in the U.S.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/qatar-suspend-evacuation-flights-us-bound-afghan-refugees-hosts-soccer-rcna53992

May 7, 2023: Thousands of Afghans escaped the Taliban with the help of private veteran groups. Today, many remain in limbo, held in a compound in the UAE
https://www.cnn.com/2023/05/07/politics/afghan-evacuees-stuck-uae-private-evacuation/index.html

46:04- Update on Kabul Hope

Do we really know English?

Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

History of Railway Children
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Railway_Children

48:48- English classes for Afghans

 

 

 

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