The Wire from S2 Underground

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//The Wire//1600Z June 19, 2024//

//ROUTINE//

//BLUF: TENSIONS CONTINUE ON KOREAN PENINSULA. ATTACKS CONTINUE ON U.K. INFRASTRUCTURE.//

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-International Events-

United Kingdom: Attacks on critical infrastructure continue. A few days ago, self-described “direct actionists” infiltrated a facility in Kent that is allegedly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Elbit Systems, a major Israeli defense company known for their production of night vision equipment. After gaining entry to the facility, the pro-Palestine infiltrators destroyed a substantial amount of equipment within the factory. This comes a few weeks after similar efforts were allegedly made to cut the power/data cables to the facility.

Far East: Russia’s state visit to North Korea continues amid increasing border tensions in the South.

-HomeFront-

Massachusetts: 911 call center services throughout the state have reportedly been restored. No cause for yesterday’s outage has been provided.

Illinois: A large fire broke out at a pallet manufacturing facility in West Town, Chicago. The multiple-alarm fire totally consumed the facility.

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Analyst Comments: Over the past few weeks, South Korea has accused the North of incursions into the Demilitarized Zone between the two nations. Satellite imagery over the past few months has indicated land clearance operations in some areas within the DMZ. Yesterday, South Korea allegedly observed the explosion of several landmines, possibly injuring or killing North Korean soldiers working within the DMZ. This follows several days of questionable skirmishes along with border, by which North Korean soldiers allegedly fired off a few small arms rounds toward South Korea, before running away. As is typical of the Korean conflict, these claims are made solely by the government of South Korea and therefore cannot be independently verified with any accuracy. These border tensions, while not completely out of the ordinary considering the history of the Korean peninsula, are still likely to cause concern in the west, especially considering the timing of such incidents occurring nearly simultaneously with Russia’s state visit.

Analyst: S2A1

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Spiritual Preparedness Comments

After another long hiatus on these comments, I’m back. There was a week of illness that sidelined me. After that, I have to admit, I’ve been in a funk of sorts. This is a comment regarding lies. The lies we believe.

Angela, wonderful wife that she is, refused to let me stay in a funk. She gave me a couple books, the first of which I’m working through now. It’s the workbook, The Daily Guide to a Joy Filled Life by Tommy Newberry. Forty days of study on Philippians 4:8 and exercises to repent of unbiblical thinking. Just what Holy Spirit ordered.

Paul tells us in this verse to “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

There is evidence of evil, darkness, corruption, a fast cultural slide into idolatry, and the approaching last of the last days if you pay attention to current events. Additionally, we have troubles in our families, in our plans, and day to day life.

At the same time, God is actively at work in every aspect of our lives and the world at large. If we only pay attention to the bad, we have a partial picture of reality. I don’t think Paul intends us to ignore or deny the evil in our midst. He intends us to focus our attention on the good. It’s not that we have good days and bad days, good times and bad times. The good and the bad happen at the same time. Biblical thinking “takes thoughts captive” and focuses attention on the good in the midst of the bad. The feasting table God has set before us in the midst of our enemies should be our focus. It should be my focus.

Spiritual maturity, and spiritual preparedness, I’ve discovered, demands a heart filled with joy because the mind is set on the evidences of God’s grace. This means that preparing for tougher times is first an exercise in mentally focusing on the goodness God continually brings to us, his children. Otherwise, spiritually and then physically, we have no resilience in the truly trying times.

This takes work, beloved. It leads to the other fundamentals of the Christian life–forgiveness, grace, long-suffering, and the fruits of the Spirit. If you’re like me, prone to let the mind spiral down the drain of dark thinking, I suggest you take on this project yourself. I have found Tommy Newberry’s books to be a fresh spring of living water to the soul. I recommend them to you. Look him up wherever you prefer to get your inspiring books.