Friday, June 24, 2016

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Thursday, June 23, 2016

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, June 23, 2016

"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"

" . . . if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Please note:

This week, we will publish three special editions of the Daily Brief. These will be "streamlined" editions and will include these sections:

1. The Daily Brief
2. The Middle East in Focus
3. Ramadan Prayers
4. Today's Worship

Today's edition also focuses on recent rulings by the Supreme Court.

Next week, we expect to be back to our regular format. Thank you!

"See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud . . ." (Isaiah 19:1)
Supreme Court News

Supreme Court News

Prayer Request:

The Supreme Court will end its judicial year next week, so many decisions are now being rendered and made public. For all the headlines listed below, please agree with us in prayer that, as we ask the Lord, He will perform His Word over this Court:

"I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city." (Isaiah 1:26)

"For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them." (Isaiah 61:8)

"I will make justice the measuring line And righteousness the level; Then hail will sweep away the refuge of lies And the waters will overflow the secret place." (Isaiah 28:17)

1. Deadlocked Supreme Court blocks Obama on immigration - The Hill

The Supreme Court dealt a critical blow to President Obama's immigration policies on Thursday, deadlocking in a 4-4 decision over two controversial programs the White House wants to implement.

The tied vote leaves in place a lower court ruling that blocks a program allowing undocumented immigrants who are parents of U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents to remain in the United States for three years and apply for work permits.

It also prevents the administration from otherwise expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program issued by Obama in 2012. (Read more)

2. Obama uses immigration ruling to blame GOP - PBS

President Barack Obama is using the deadlocked Supreme Court opinion on his immigration actions to hammer Republicans for refusing to confirm his nominee to the Supreme Court.

Obama says Republicans are allowing partisan politics to jeopardize critical issues. He says, "America should not let it stand."

The president says his immigration actions can't go forward until the court has a ninth justice to break the tie. (Read more)

3. Supreme Court upholds affirmative action program at Texas college - The Hill

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a 4-3 decision that it is lawful for the University of Texas at Austin to consider race when determining student admissions.

While the ruling is a win for supporters of affirmative action, the court did express some reservations about race-based admissions.

The court said the university's plan is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution, but cautioned that the school should continue "to scrutinize the fairness of its admissions program, to assess whether changing demographics have undermined the need for race-conscious policy, and to identify the effects, both positive and negative, of the affirmative-action measures it deems necessary." (Read more)

[Please note: this ruling was decided in a lower court]
4. Police driver acquitted in Freddie Gray case - POLITICO

A judge acquitted a police van driver of all charges including "depraved-heart" murder on Thursday in the death of 25-year-old arrestee Freddie Gray, whose broken neck on the way to the station set off Baltimore's worst riots in decades.

Six officers were charged in Gray's death, but only Officer Caesar Goodson was accused of murder. Gray was fatally injured after officers bound his hands and feet and Goodson left him unprotected by a seat belt that prosecutors say would have kept him from slamming into the van's metal walls.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams delivered his verdict after hearing five days of testimony in the non-jury trial. He also found Goodson not guilty of manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment. (Read more)

5. ALERT! "Texas Abortion Case" to Be Announced on Monday - Allan Parker; the Justice Foundation

Mr. Parker asked we please be in concentrated prayer concerning the Texas HB 2 case. The Supreme Court decision is said to come out on Monday. Three days of concentrated prayer is requested, through Monday, June 27th.

> > > "Pray without ceasing" using the verses above. Thank you! (- the editor)
The Middle East in Focus

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)

1. Israel seeks to postpone publication of Quartet report - YNET News

Israel has launched diplomatic efforts aimed at halting the publication of a report by the Quartet (an international diplomatic body comprised of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States, and Russia. Its purpose is to oversee the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and attempt to end the conflict), which is expected to blame Israel for the current impasse in the peace process with the Palestinians.

The report is set to be published on Thursday or Friday, but diplomats in Israel estimate that it will only be published after Prime Minister Netanyahu meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry. The two are set to meet in Rome early next week.
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2. NATO chief says upping cooperation with Israel 'essential' - Times of Israel

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The head of NATO called for ramped up ties with Israel Tuesday, as President Rueven Rivlin visited the alliance's headquarters ahead of the creation of a mission for the Jewish state there.

The new mission had been discussed for several years but was held up by opposition from Turkey, a key NATO member which is reportedly on the verge of normalizing ties with Israel, once its close regional ally, top officials said Tuesday.

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg said Israel had been an active alliance partner for 20 years and now it was "essential" to step up cooperation and go a step further.
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3. Abbas: Israel must end its regional hegemony if its serious about peace - Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Israel to end its regional dominance in advance of his address before the European Parliament on Thursday.

"If Israel seeks peace with its Arab neighbors it has to start by ending its hegemony on the region and to stop violating the rights of our people," Abbas said.

"Then we will be able to implement the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002," Abbas added. He spoke in Arabic and his words were translated into English by the EU.
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4. Israel to install its own cyber defenses on F-35 jets - Jerusalem Post

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Israel will install its own cyber defenses on the F-35 jets it will receive this year, the air force's Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Tal Kelman, said on Tuesday.

Kelman praised the jet across the board, saying it would significantly upgrade Israel's ability to defend itself, but added that he had been greatly disturbed by the issue of cyber defense for the stealth aircraft.

After negotiations with the US and the plane's manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, an agreement was reached enabling the Israel Air Force (IAF) to create Israeli cyber defense solutions.
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5. New red alert for tunnel digging into Israel - YNET News

Israel is taking an additional precautionary step against Hamas tunnels which is intended to draw the attention of southern residents surrounding the Gaza region to incidents of Hamas tunnel digging.

From now on, a red alert will be sounded not only when rockets are launched but also when information is received about the digging into Israeli territory from tunnels.

The alarm will sound identical to that when rockets are falling into Israeli territory. However, in order to distinguish between rocket warnings and tunnel digging, the southern residents will receive, in addition to the alarm, an SMS message instructing, "Due to terrorist digging, residents are requested to go into their homes and switch off the lights until further notice."
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The Daily Brief

Please note:
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1. Democrats end sit-in on gun control - The Hill

Democrats ended their sit-in on the House floor shortly after 1 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, after more than 24 hours of stalling proceedings to call for action on gun-control legislation. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) spoke while surrounded by his Democratic colleagues to close the protest, which lasted through the night after beginning shortly before 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. "We must come back on July 5 more determined than ever before," Lewis declared in anticipation of the House's return date after the Independence Day recess.

Democrats rallied on the Capitol steps after ending the sit-in, but their next move remains unclear. Party leaders are framing the sit-in - and the attention it attracted - as a turning point, both in the gun debate and in the manner that House business is conducted.

"There is a breaking point, and I think that this - Orlando - was a breaking point," said Rep. Sandy Levin (D-Mich.), referring to the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. Rep. Joe Crowley (N.Y.), vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus, echoed that message and warned of similar tactics to come. "A fire's been lit across our nation," Crowley said. "It's a new day in Washington, it's a new way to fight, as well. We're not going to sit back and do nothing anymore."

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday dismissed the sit-in as "a political stunt" and "a fundraising scheme" designed to churn up campaign cash for Democrats during a high-stakes election year. (Read more)

- Father God, we are not deceived. We see clearly that this "New Day" is the old lie . . . the one that was birthed at the beginning of time in the pit of hell. Guns do not kill people; people kill people. The actions of these Democrats in the House Chamber last night were simply anarchy: the spirit of lawlessness temporarily took over in this fight . . . one that simply said "I rule, my way."

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. We ask that the water of the Holy Spirit would wash over that Chamber, bringing cleansing and healing and putting out the flames of anarchy that burst forth. In Your Name, amen.

- 'This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt." (Job 38:11)

> > > To read Speaker Ryan's remarks on this episode, please go here.

2. McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns - The Hill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday cut the legs out from a bipartisan effort to keep suspected terrorists from buying guns. In doing so, McConnell, a master of the Senate's arcane rules, provided cover for vulnerable Republicans who wanted to be seen as supporting the effort, but did not want to cross the National Rifle Association.

"The scenario that Sen. McConnell set up was textbook McConnell," said Brian Darling, a former Senate Republican aide.

McConnell had promised a vote this week to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on her bipartisan measure barring people on two key terrorist watch lists from buying guns or explosives. But what he scheduled was not what she had in mind.

Instead of setting up a vote to add the Collins legislation to the pending appropriations bill on the Senate floor, McConnell scheduled a vote to discard it. The Collins bill survived that test in a 46-52 vote, but it fell far short of winning 60 votes, the threshold necessary to overcome procedural hurdles. (Read more)

- Father, we thank You for the wisdom shown by the Senate Majority Leader in blocking this vote. We know that there are so many loopholes in the "terrorist screening" process that no law can truly protect us from those who wish to harm us. Instead, there is much danger when our Second Amendment rights are taken away, judging solely by what history teaches us: Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, and Mao Tse Tung, to name only a few, have shown us what will happen when a government seizes the guns of its citizens. Thank You, O Lord, for this move in the Senate, amen.

- "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." (Proverbs 29:2)

3. Convicted House Democrat resigns - The Hill

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) is resigning effective immediately, he announced Thursday, after initially seeking to remain in Congress despite his conviction on corruption charges.

"In my previous letter I indicated a later resignation date in order to provide for an orderly transition of my office after 21 years in the House," he wrote in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan. "However, out of respect for the entire House Leadership, and so as not to cause a distraction from the House's work for the people, I have changed my effective date."

A Philadelphia jury on Tuesday convicted Fattah on 29 counts of bribery, racketeering, money laundering and fraud. Each conviction carries a possible sentence of 20 years in prison. (Read more)

- Father, thank You that this unfortunate episode has now come to a close. We ask that You grace this congressman with a spirit of repentance, leading to a deeper relationship with you. Congressman Fattah lists his religion as Baptist; may He come to know You in full measure, in Your name, amen.

- "For our offenses are many in your sight, and our sins testify against us." (Isaiah 59:12)

4. FBI 'revolt of Watergate proportions' if Hillary skates - WND

NEW YORK - A former U.S. attorney says there is no doubt that, before the November election, the FBI will recommend to Attorney General Loretta Lynch that she prosecute Hillary Clinton for mishandling of classified information, warning that intervention by the White House would provoke a revolt of Watergate proportions.

In an interview with WND, Joseph diGenova said that based "on all the available evidence, including what is publicly known and what is known in the law enforcement community, there is sufficient, credible evidence needed to meet the predicate to begin a grand jury - sufficient evidence for probable cause to believe various crimes have been committed. There is simply no doubt that the FBI is going to recommend a series of charges to Attorney General Lynch," he insisted.

DiGenova said he has been speaking with former FBI, Secret Service and intelligence people about the case. "Based on the information they have secured from their brothers and sisters in the law enforcement community, there is unanimity on the fact that charges are going to be recommended by the FBI," he said. "It is impossible for them not to, under the circumstances," he stressed. (Read more)

- Father, we commit this situation into Your hands. Your word says that everything hidden will be exposed. If actions have been hidden and crimes committed, we pray all truth be revealed and all parties be held accountable, no matter what positions they may hold. No one is above the law. We reap what we sow.

- "People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy." (Proverbs 28:13)

5. Anatomy of the terror threat: Files show hundreds of US plots, refugee connection - Fox News

Newly obtained congressional data shows hundreds of terror plots have been stopped in the U.S. since 9/11 - mostly involving foreign-born suspects, including dozens of refugees.

The files are sure to inflame the debate over the Obama administration's push to admit thousands more refugees from Syria and elsewhere, a proposal Donald Trump has vehemently opposed on the 2016 campaign trail.

"[T]hese data make clear that the United States not only lacks the ability to properly screen individuals prior to their arrival, but also that our nation has an unprecedented assimilation problem," Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told President Obama in a June 14 letter, obtained by (Read more)

- Father, we thank You that this information has now come to light, and we ask that You move upon the hearts of Congress to do all it can to curtail this influx of illegal refugees from entering our land. Keep us safe, O Lord, we pray, amen.

- "Deliver us from evil." (Matthew 6:12)

6. Heroin use at 20-year high in U.S. drug 'epidemic', U.N. says - Reuters

A heroin "epidemic" is gripping the United States, where cheap supply has helped push the number of users to a 20-year high, increasing drug-related deaths, the United Nations said on Thursday. According to the U.N.'s World Drug Report 2016, the number of heroin users in the United States reached around one million in 2014, almost three times as many as in 2003.

The rise could be linked to U.S. legislation introduced in recent years which makes it harder to abuse prescription opioids such as oxicodone, a powerful painkiller that can have similar effects to heroin, Me said. The law meant the texture of the pills was changed to make it more difficult to crush them and inject them into the blood stream, Me said.

"This has caused a partial shift from the misuse of these prescription opioids to heroin," said Angela Me, the chief researcher for the report which was released on Thursday. (Read more)

- Father, this is such sad news. People need a Savior. Thank You for providing Jesus to take our burdens. We pray for all those addicted to these drugs to be delivered, in Jesus Name. May they turn to Jesus, and be delivered and set free. We bind this "epidemic" in Jesus Name.

- "Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, [and] he delivered them out of their distresses." (Psalm 107:6)

7. Russia to reveal location of US military satellites in free space database - report - rt/com

Russia's own data on near-Earth objects - including military satellites not covered by the open catalog of the North-American warning system NORAD - could soon be made publicly available as a comprehensive database, Russian media report.

Russia is planning to set up a free database on thousands of near-Earth objects, including those not publicly listed in open catalogs of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Izvestia newspaper reported on Tuesday.

NORAD doesn't only track Santa at Christmas - its database also provides details on thousands of satellites launched, destroyed or still functioning. While the catalog does not disclose data on America's own military or dual-use satellites (or those of allies - Japan, France, Germany and Israel among them), as Izvestia says, it does feature Russia's defense satellites. (Read more)

- Father, we pray Russia's intentions will be made known for this database. We speak peace over all the military satellites that are launched by all countries.

- "Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these [things], that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that [he is] strong in power; not one faileth." (Isaiah 40:26)

8. Russia to deploy NUCLEAR-capable ballistic missiles in the heart of EUROPE -

Kremlin insiders say the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad - on the Baltic Sea wedged between Poland and Lithuania - will host the Iskander missile - dubbed the Stone by Nato. Crimea, which was annexed from the Ukraine in 2014, could also host a second Iskander missile base, Russian defence sources claim.

Russia has been accused of blatant acts of aggression in eastern Europe and the Baltics, with land grabs, military exercises and close fly-bys of its fighter jets. The move is in defiance of a US-backed Nato missile shield that was erected in Romania last month, with a second planned for Poland in 2018.

With a range of roughly 300 miles, the Iskander missile could hit targets as far away as eastern Germany, the entire Baltic region and Poland, as well as parts of Sweden. (Read more)

- Father, we pray that the Nations would hold Russia accountable for its actions. We pray our U.S. government will be strong to enforce consequences for the defiance of the U.S.-backed NATO missile shield .

- "Summon many against Babylon, All those who bend the bow: Encamp against her on every side, Let there be no escape. Repay her according to her work; According to all that she has done, so do to her; For she has become arrogant against the LORD, Against the Holy One of Israel." (Jeremiah 50:29)

9. US calls for swift UN condemnation of North Korea launches - Washington Post

The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting late Wednesday on North Korea's launch of two ballistic missiles and U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power called for "urgent and united condemnation."

The United States and Japan, after consulting South Korea, requested a closed-door briefing from the U.N. Secretariat on the North's reported firing of the two midrange missiles. One flew about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) high after five failed attempts in recent months.

Power told reporters as she headed into the council meeting that North Korea's repeated defiance of international law "underscores how important it is for us to come together to ensure consequences for this inherently destabilizing behavior, and this inherent and consistent and repeated threat to international peace and security." (Read more)

- Father, we continue to ask that You send forth Your word and heal the mind of the president of North Korea. Let this danger pass, we pray, amen.

- "He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions." (Psalm 107:20)

10. UK (Brexit) referendum: Latest updates

The polls in the UK have closed in a once-in-a-generation referendum that will determine if the United Kingdom remains in the European Union.

- Almost 46.5 million people registered in historic vote
- First results: Gibraltar, Newcastle and Orkney vote to remain, Sunderland votes to leave EU. (Read more)

- Father, as these results come in tonight from this historic vote in Britain, we pray in the Spirit. We ask for a true vote to be counted, in Your name, amen.

- "Keep watch and pray . . ." (Matthew 26:41a)

11. Iceland's Hekla volcano eruption could spark 'major disaster' at any moment, experts warn - The Independent UK

Readings from inside the volcano are higher than before its last two eruptions, meaning it could blow at any minute after 16 years of silence. "Hekla is a dangerous volcano," he told Icelandic news website "We could be looking at a major disaster when the next eruption begins if we are not careful. "Hekla is ready - at any moment." (Read more)

- Father, we pray for Iceland. We pray You stop this eruption of the volcano. Hold back this disaster, in Jesus Name.

- "I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, 'May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart." (Mark 11:23)

Have you noticed?

Have you noticed?

. . . as you scan the headlines in today's edition of the Daily Brief, you may note that there have been several victories on the side of Biblical righteousness in the past 24 hours . . .
Could it be that, now that a bill has been set before Congress, calling our nation to REPENTANCE, that the healing is already taking place??
For probably the first time in our history, we see a bill in Congress that includes that one word: REPENTANCE. That bill is H. Res.790: Calling for "A National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance."

And so . . . the healing has begun . . . praise the Lord.

For more information about H. Res. 790, please see today's bulletin from the National Day of Repentance, by going here -- or see yesterday's Brief.
We wish to thank Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado, Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, and Congressman Trent Franks of Arizona for their leadership in submitting Resolution 790 to the House of Representatives, and we encourage all of you to please call your own member and ask him or her to support this important piece of legislation. (Call 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to their office.)
Finally, thanks go, too, to our friends in AUSTRALIA who are now praying with us for the passage of H.Res. 790.
> > > To read the language of this bill, please go here. > > > To read the "Dear Colleague" letter that is now circulating Congress, please go here.
Final note: even though Congress is now out of session, you can still call in and register your own support for H. Res. 790. Thank you again.
Ramadan Prayers

Prayers During Ramadan:

Thursday, June 23, 2016: SUDAN

Pray with the Christians in Sudan as they strive to be the presence of Jesus in this land:

"Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, Neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; But you shall call your walls Salvation, And your gates Praise." (Isaiah 60:18)
- Since 1989, more than 2 million people have died as a result of the civil war. Sudan separated into two countries, and there is on- going fighting primarily in three areas: the Nuba Mountains, Darfur and the Blue Nile. Pray for the fighting to cease in Sudan and for the government to follow God's will.
- Pray for safety in these war-torn regions and for the salvation of the people of Sudan.
- At the end of the 2012 the government required approximately 200 Christian missionaries to leave the country. The government took their possessions: cars, houses, computers and phones. Local believers continue to meet, but have faced many struggles and church closures. Pray for the local church leaders to be more united and show God's love in this situation.
- Local Christian workers live in five different areas as 'tentmakers' and are focused on church planting. Pray for safety and a fruitful ministry in their country.

- Pray for God to use these local believers to mobilize more individuals for outreach among unreached people groups.

- The government has started arresting the local active Christian workers and has put some of them in prison, with the intent to stop Christianity in Sudan. Please pray for the Christians in prison and for their families.

- Pray God will protect Muslim background believers (MBBs) so they can take the message of the gospel to their people, tribes and families.

- Pray for the Sudanese church to show the love of God to Muslim neighbours in this difficult time.

- Due to the war, there are significant numbers of Sudanese refugees around the world. In Egypt there are approximately 5 million Sudanese. Please pray for God work among these people, for Sudanese to come to know Jesus as Lord, and also for their basic daily needs to be met.

(Source: Sudanese Christians forced to leave Sudan)
Finally: THANK YOU!

Finally: THANK YOU!

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have so graciously responded to the letter of appeal, written late last week, by our dear friend and technical support specialist, Pastor Bill Lee.

Even though our one-week campaign will close tomorrow, PLEASE CONTINUE TO REMEMBER US DURING THESE SUMMER MONTHS!
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Thank you again, and God bless you all!

Sara Ballenger, President
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners

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Election 2016: Prayer Resources

"Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you." (Deuteronomy 1:13)

> > > Please find below the Election Prayer Resources that have been recently added to our list. To view the archive section, go here.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Congressman Doug Lamborn Introduces
H.J. Res. 790: Calling for a National Day
of Personal Reflection and Repentance
Details below! (Action Requested)

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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"

"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8)

Please note:

This week, we will publish three special editions of the Daily Brief. These will be "streamlined" editions and will include these sections:

1. The Daily Brief
2. The Middle East in Focus
3. Ramadan Prayers
4. Today's Worship

Next week, we expect to be back to our regular format. Thank you!

"See, the LORD rides on a swift cloud . . ." (Isaiah 19:1)

The Middle East in Focus

"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)

1. IDF mistakenly kills 15-year old Palestinian, wounds another responding to stone throwing attack - Jerusalem Post

The IDF is investigating the shooting death of a 15-yearold and the wounding of four other Palestinians teens, who were driving near a violent stone-throwing incident early Tuesday.

Six teens and their driver, all cousins, were on their way home from a late-night swim at a pool in the Palestinian village of Beit Sira, not far from their home town of Beit Ur al-Tahta, located in the West Bank, five km. east of Modi'in.

The car had gone on a Palestinian road heading under Route 443, just as soldiers were shooting at what they believed to be suspects who had thrown stones and Molotov cocktails at cars on the Israeli road, which is a main artery between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
Read more

2. Israel wants someone to build a $5 billion island off Gaza - for a seaport, hotels, airport - Washington Post

JERUSALEM - The Israeli government is considering a proposal to build an artificial island off the Gaza Strip that a top official says would give Palestinians living in the besieged enclave their one and only seaport - and maybe a hotel and an international airport, too.

The Israeli minister of intelligence who is promoting the plan, Israel Katz, said the Jewish state is actively seeking financial partners for the $5 billion project.

Katz mentioned the Saudis and Chinese as possible builders of the port - or maybe a mysterious Israeli entrepreneur. He declined to name names.
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3. Israeli Party Leader Yair Lapid: UN Spends American Money, Resources on Propaganda Campaign for Annihilation of Jewish State - Algemeiner

The United Nations takes American money, resources and support and uses them for a propaganda campaign to further the annihilation of the Jewish state, an Israeli parliamentarian said on Monday, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.

MK Yair Lapid, chairman of the centrist Yesh Atid party, made this statement at the second annual "Towards a New Law of War" conference in Jerusalem, sponsored by Shurat HaDin-The Israel Law Center.

Calling for a halt in the flow of money into the international body, Lapid said, "The United States funds 22 percent of the UN's budget. In fact, six countries - the US, Japan, France, the UK, Italy and Germany - fund more than 65% of the organization's budget."

According to Lapid, "The UN has lost it where Israel is concerned. It has lost its credibility, its healthy logic and its most important asset - integrity."
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4. Israeli official optimistic about American aid agreement - Israel National News

An Israeli official on Monday evening expressed optimism about the chances of Israel and the United States reaching an agreement on the American military aid package to Israel.

"The gaps between the United States and Israel regarding the aid package are not significant," the official said, noting that in order to formulate a multi-year plan for the IDF, "it would be better to sign the agreement as soon as possible."

The official, who spoke following Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman's meeting at the Pentagon with his American counterpart Ashton Carter, added that the meeting was a very positive one and that Liberman was even flown from New York to Washington in the Pentagon's special plane.
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5. Jordan declares Syria border 'military zone' after bombing - Israel National News

Jordan on Tuesday evening declared the desert border regions with Syria and Iraq "military zones" barred to civilians, after a suicide bomber killed six Jordanian soldiers near the Syrian frontier earlier in the day.

King Abdullah II had earlier vowed to hit back with an "iron fist" after meeting top civilian and military officials to discuss the attack in an area where thousands of Syrian refugees are stranded.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Jordan is part of the American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) group in Syria and Iraq, and has been targeted by ISIS jihadists before.
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6. Insight for Intercessors - Weekly Update

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The Daily Brief

Please note:
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.

1. Thrilling Christian conservative audience, Trump vows to lift ban on politicking, appoint antiabortion judges - Washington Post

Donald Trump won a standing ovation from hundreds of Christian conservatives who came to New York City on Tuesday with a somewhat skeptical but willing attitude toward a man who has divided their group with comments on women, immigrants and Islam. In his comments, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said he would end the decades-old ban on tax-exempt groups' - including churches - politicking, called religious liberty "the No. 1 question," and promised to appoint antiabortion Supreme Court justices.

"I think maybe that will be my greatest contribution to Christianity - and other religions - is to allow you, when you talk religious liberty, to go and speak openly, and if you like somebody or want somebody to represent you, you should have the right to do it," Trump said. A ban was put in place by then-U.S. senator Lyndon Johnson on tax-exempt groups making explicit political endorsements. Religious leaders in America today, Trump said, "are petrified." (Read more)

- Father God, we pray for all candidates for president, that their policies and promises would line up with Your Word, and Your Word only. Father God, Your Word is the plumbline of all Truth, and we, as a people, are desperate to see Your Word honored in the public square.

- "For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3)

2. Today's [Yesterday's] Meeting With Trump - Gary Bauer

. . . - In this meeting, Trump recapped his basic agenda. But I must say he spoke far more emphatically than I have ever heard him. For example, he vowed to rebuild our military, saying it would be far more expensive if we failed to do so because weakness invites war.

- As one might expect, Trump took a number of questions about major religious liberty issues in the news. He consistently referred to his list of judges, which has been widely praised by leading conservative organizations. Trump noted that they were pro-life, and that the courts were the key to addressing this problem because left-wing judges were the ones forcing this nonsense on the country. He is absolutely right.

- Trump also brought up the 1954 Johnson Amendment to the tax code. The amendment was authored by then-Senator Lyndon Johnson to muzzle pastors. Trump said he would work to repeal the Johnson Amendment so that religious leaders would no longer be afraid to speak up.

- Trump expressed 100% support for Israel, and ripped Obama for tilting U.S. policy toward Iran and against our most reliable ally. He promised that would end on the first day of his administration.

- Addressing concerns about his proposal to restrict Muslim immigration, Trump was unapologetic. He reiterated the need to be absolutely certain that our immigration policies are not putting Americans at risk. That is not xenophobia or bigotry. It's just common sense! (Read more . . . and other articles by Gary Bauer, posted yesterday, here.)

- Father, we thank You for those from among us who have been eyewitnesses to this historic meeting yesterday. Their reports seem to have a consistent theme of quiet or enthusiastic support for this candidate. May we weigh each issue carefully before You, as the time draws near to each make our own decision when we cast our votes this fall. Amen.

- "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5)

3. Trump Announces New "Evangelical Advisory Board" - Breaking Israel News

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that his campaign is establishing an evangelical executive advisory board, composed of 25 faith leaders who will advise him on issues "important to evangelicals and other people of faith in America," read the statement. The announcement stressed that the advisors chosen were not asked to endorse Trump, but to meet his "desire to have access to the wise counsel of such leaders".

"I have such tremendous respect and admiration for this group and I look forward to continuing to talk about the issues important to evangelicals, and all Americans, and the common sense solutions I will implement when I am President," Trump said of the new board, which will convene on a "regular basis." (To read the list of these 25 members, please go here.)

- Lord God, we do thank You that Donald Trump is now reaching out to the evangelical community and is listening carefully to our concerns as citizens of this nation. We pray that this new relationship between Mr. Trump and this new committee would be productive and bear fruit for Your Kingdom purposes. Amen.

- "For want of counsel purposes are frustrated; but in the multitude of counsellors they are established." (Proverbs 15:22)

4. 'Glimmer of hope' seen for compromise U.S. gun control bill - Reuters

Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday they'll soon bring a compromise gun control bill to the floor, after lawmakers defeated four partisan gun measures in response to the latest in a string of mass shootings.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would schedule a vote on a bill by fellow Republican Senator Susan Collins that would prevent about 109,000 people on "no-fly" and other surveillance lists from purchasing guns. Collins said she expected a vote on the bill this week or next. (Read more)

- Father, we ask for Your wisdom to be given to those who need to understand the ramifications of such legislation, and make a decision regarding its passage.  We pray that they will not play politics, but would rather do what is best for their constituents, and the country as a whole.  We know the real culprit here is the evil in men's hearts, and pray for them to rethink their evil plans and submit to You, receiving You as their Savior and Deliverer.  In Your Name we pray, Amen.

  - "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (Psalm 32:8)

5. Senate Likely to Pass FBI Spying Bill After Orlando Shooting - Yahoo News The U.S. Senate on Wednesday is likely to pass a Republican-backed proposal to expand the Federal Bureau of Investigation's secretive surveillance powers after the mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub last week. The legislation would broaden the type of telephone and internet records the FBI could request from companies like Alphabet Inc and Verizon without a warrant. The bill, which the Obama administration has sought for years, "will allow the FBI to collect the dots so they can connect the dots, and that's been the biggest problem that they've had in identifying these homegrown, radicalized terrorists,'" Senator John Cornyn, the chamber's No. 2 Republican, said Tuesday. (Read more)

- Abba, we thank You for this piece of legislation before the Senate today, to expand the FBI's surveillance powers after the nightclub shooting last week. We pray that it may be implemented swiftly and be effective in identifying homegrown radicalized terrorists. We ask that You continue to comfort those who have been injured in this incident, and also the families and friends of those who lost loved ones. We ask You to expose the darkness in the souls of those who would commit such acts, and shine Your floodlights on the need for salvation and restoration upon them, for your glory and their good. In Your name we pray, Amen.

- "The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, According to the fruit of his doings." (Jeremiah 17:8-10)

6. Smithsonian will mount first-ever major US Quran exhibit - Yahoo News

The Quran will be the centerpiece of an American art exhibit for the first time this fall, when the Smithsonian will feature beautifully decorated manuscripts of Islam's central religious text. "The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts" will display 48 manuscripts and folios that span a millennium, from the 7th to the 17th century, and demonstrate a staggering variety of calligraphy and illumination styles. (Read more)

- Oh, Lord God of Israel, and our God, we praise You that You are our God, and there is none other! We ask, that as people view this display of the quran on display at the Smithsonian, that they will not be mesmerized and deceived by its apparent beauty, but will recognize that this is not the God of the Bible, and not worthy of their prayers or subservience. We ask You to reveal Yourself to these people as the One true God, Who loves them and died for them. May they be inspired and drawn by the Holy Spirit to worship You alone and serve You, we pray in Your wonderful name, Amen.

- "Who is a god like Me? I have always told you what will happen. You are My witnesses. There is no other God but Me. I know of no other Rock; I am the only One." (Isaiah 44:7-9)

7. In Southern California, Firefighters Jump from one Forest Blaze to the Next - LA Times

Improving weather conditions overnight have diverted resources from a brush fire burning in Santa Barbara County to a pair of blazes burning above communities in the San Gabriel Valley foothills and a third in San Diego County, where hundreds of homes . . . San Gabriel Complex fire remains at 10 percent containment. (Read more)

- Father, as these fires have now merged, we ask that You would send reinforcements to these firefighters, both human and angelic, to be able to bring this fire under control. We ask that no lives be lost, and for protection of the properties of those being threatened by this blaze. We ask You, especially, to send rain in abundance upon that dry land, and save lives, both human and animals, as well as vegetation and trees. You are the God of the whole earth, and we ask You to save Your people, and show Yourself strong on their behalf. In Your Name we ask, Amen.

"Because he loves Me, I will rescue him; because he knows My name, I will protect him. He will call on Me, and I will answer him. I will be with him when he is in trouble. I will extricate him and bring him honor. I will satisfy him with long life and show him My salvation." (Psalm 91:14-16)

8. Putin says Russia must strengthen as 'aggressive' NATO approaches - Jerusalem Post

"NATO is strengthening its aggressive rhetoric and its aggressive actions near our borders," Putin said in a speech in the lower house of parliament. "In these conditions, we are duty-bound to pay special attention to solving the task of strengthening the combat readiness of our country." (Read more)

- Lord, more "sabre rattling" by Russia in their on-going effort to restore dominance in that region of the world. We realize that Putin wants to return to their former policy of a dictatorship, and "glory". As they strengthen their combat ability, it is a threat to the nations around them and also to Israel. We pray for the salvation of Putin, and ask for Your protection of their enemies. Amen.

- "The king of the North will do whatever he wants. He will brag about himself and praise himself and think he is even better than a god. He will say things against the God of gods that no one has ever heard. And he will be successful until all the bad things have happened. Then what God has planned to happen will happen." (Daniel 11:36)

(Bonus) The Daily Jot

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The slippery slope of appeasing terror

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch tried to hide from the public the transcript of the Orlando terrorist's 911 call announcing that his killings were to the glory of allah and his allegiance to the Islamic State. Lynch told NBC News' Meet the Press Sunday, June 19, that a transcript of the call would be released, but it would not contain the references to "this man's pledges of allegiance to terrorist groups." The "president" also omitted any reference to radical Islam alluding to the Orlando, saying "there is no magic to the phrase 'radical Islam.'" Tuesday, Lynch addressed a crowd in Orlando saying that "Our most effective response to terror and to hatred is compassion, it's unity and it's love." Really?

This "president" and his administration took the US on a journey with Islam starting with the "president's" New Beginnings speech in Cairo on June 4, 2009. Among many false statements about the historic relationship between Islam and America, the "president" punctuated his falsehoods, saying, "America is not-and never will be-at war with Islam." The New York Post's Paul Sperry writes, "America has now averaged one serious Islamic terrorist attack a year on [sic] the president's watch, yet he still insists the threat from radical Islam is overblown and that he's successfully protecting the nation." The Administration's love, honor, respect, cover-up approach to defeating terror is only emboldening terror.

After public outcry, the Justice Department and the FBI had to reverse Lynch's course and release the full transcript of the Orlando terrorist's 911 call. In explaining why, the joint statement read: "The purpose of releasing the partial transcript of the shooter's interaction with 911 operators was to provide transparency, while remaining sensitive to the interests of the surviving victims, their families, and the integrity of the ongoing investigation. We also did not want to provide the killer or terrorist organizations with a publicity platform for hateful propaganda." When does a partial transcript provide transparency? Also within minutes of the attack, Islamists used it as propaganda without any transcript. Empty words.

The idea that Islam can be defeated with love; the pledge that the US will never be at war with Islam; the redacting of the words about Islam from terrorist transcripts; all point to an appeasement strategy that the history of Islam proves is impotent. Further, substituting "God" for "allah" only signals submission to Islam by the nation with the largest population of Christians on earth. This administration's policies on Islam are a death threat to every law-abiding citizen. As written in Jeremiah 6:14, "They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." Some translations say they offer only superficial treatment for the destruction of the daughter of my people. In short, this administration may not be at war with Islam, but Islam is at war with us. And, maybe, so is this administration.

Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!

Bill Wilson

BULLETIN: Congress Calls for Repentance

H. RES. 790:

Expressing support for designation of July 2, 2016, as the
''National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance''.
JUNE 16, 2016

Mr. LAMBORN (for himself, Mrs. HARTZLER, and Mr. FRANKS of Arizona) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform


Expressing support for designation of July 2, 2016, as the ''National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance''.

Whereas, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the language of the Declaration of Independence, and we now annually celebrate July 4 as Independence Day;

Whereas two days earlier on July 2, 1776, Congress voted to dissolve all ties with Great Britain and become an independent Nation;

Whereas John Adams said that July 2 ''ought to be commemorated as a day of deliverance by solemn act of devotion to God Almighty'';

Whereas this practice of offering ''solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty'' become an oft-repeated precedent across the centuries of our history;

[Read additional historic details here, including the decree of Abraham Lincoln calling our nation to a day of repentance] . . .

Resolved, That the House of Representatives, in following the numerous wholesome and positive examples set by previous Congresses and presidents-

H.RES. 790 IH

(1) supports the designation of a ''National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance''; and

(2) calls upon the people of the Nation to humble themselves as they see fit before our Creator to

(3) repent of our national sins and acknowledge our firm dependence upon Him.


> > > The three cosponsors of this resolution have now circulated a letter that is going through Congress, asking for more members to cosponsor H.Res.790. (This is standard protocol.)

With events within and without our land rapidly spinning out of control, only a time of nationwide, personal repentance . . . each in our own homes . . . may yet cause our Lord to have mercy upon our land and heal our people, according to 2 Chronicles 7:14.

It is written:

" . . . if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."


Capitol Hill Prayer Partners wishes to express our gratitude to Congressmen Lamborn for taking the lead on this bill. We ask all of our prayer partners to please call your own member of Congress TOMORROW and ask him or her to please sign onto this important bill. Call the Congressional switchboard and ask to be connected to your own member of Congress in the House of Representatives. That number is: 202-224-3121.

The target date, based upon the historic precedent set in place by James Madison on July 2, 1776, is at the end of next week: Saturday, July 2nd, 2016.
Praise God that, by an Act of Congress, this nation might yet fall to our knees in all 50 states, in the privacy of our' own homes, and confess our sins before our Mighty, Mighty God. Amen.
> > > Additional Resources:

To read the letter being circulated through Congress, asking support for H. Res. 790, go here.

To read the actual text of H. Res. 790, go here.

A Message from Rep. Lamborn

A Message from Rep. Lamborn:

Released by "Prayer Partners for Lamborn"

(Published by permission)
Please pray that Congressman Lamborn and his colleagues in the Congressional Prayer Caucus are able to successfully designate July 2nd as a National Day of Personal Reflection and Repentance. There will be no solemn assemblies or public gatherings; rather this is a call to all of us to personal reflect before the Lord and to repent for our national and our personal sins, and asking God to forgive us and to heal our land.
There is substantial historical precedent for national repentance and seeking God's forgiveness and favor. Presidents John Adams, James Madison, and Abraham Lincoln all declared days of repentance during their presidencies. As it is written in Chronicles 7:14 "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Ramadan Prayers

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Wednesday, June 22: IRAN

Known as Persia until 1935, today's Islamic Republic of Iran is predominately Muslim (98%), mostly Shi'ite. With its proximity to Arabic speaking countries, it is often perceived to be Arabic, but Iran is Persian. The Elamites, descendants of Noah's son Shem, first settled in the area and were followed by the Medes and Persians who established an ancient civilization and world empire. The Bible records the names of some of its most famous: Cyrus the Great, Darius, and Xerxes. Over the centuries, the Persian language (Farsi) and culture have prevailed even with many conquerors crossing through this land. Persians comprise over sixty percent of the 79 million people in Iran and it's as 'Persians' that many identify themselves. With coastlines on the Caspian Sea in the north and the Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman in the south, Iran's large land mass is politically strategic as it shares borders with Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Geographically in the Middle East and Central Asia, Iran is a recognized regional power.

The 1979 Islamic Revolution overthrew the twenty-five-hundred-year-old monarchy and converted Iran into a Shi'ite Muslim, cleric-ruled country. A year later, Iraq attacked Iran and an 8-year war followed, helping solidify the rule of the Muslim clerics (Ayatollahs) and worsening the already hurting economy. Currently, Iran's over dependence on the country's rich oil and natural gas exports, a significant increase in the birth rate in the 80's, and economic reforms that fell short of their targets have resulted in high unemployment and underemployment, double-digit inflation, and almost 20% of the people living in poverty. Furthermore Iran's questionable nuclear program along with its geographic location and attitude toward Israel has stirred up considerable worldwide political concerns for the stability of the region and has resulted in economic sanctions and continued close scrutiny of all Iranian political activities.
In Iran all ethnic Persians and those from Muslim backgrounds (even if not practicing) are considered Muslims. Anyone who converts to Christianity is declared an apostate and could face death. The Iranian constitution recognizes the historic minority religions of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Christianity, but it does not allow churches to preach or distribute materials in Farsi and proselytizing is forbidden. Yet, the number of Muslim background believers coming to Christ in Iran continues to grow greatly regardless of certain persecution. Believers and non-believers are having Holy Spirit-inspired dreams and visions and are seeing wonders. Many are curious about the Bible, but Bibles and Christian printed materials in Farsi are illegal. Smuggled Farsi Bibles and materials are quickly put to use. The Internet and broadcasts by radio and satellite TV are providing encouragement, resources, and training for believers as more come to Christ and more underground house churches are established.

Prayer Points:

- Pray for a great harvest resulting from faithful believers sharing bold accounts of their faith.

- Pray for the church to rapidly multiply and mature despite horrendous persecution against non-Muslim peoples.

- Pray for Christians to capitalize on unprecedented opportunities to spread the Gospel via Internet, TV, and media.

Today's Worship

Today's Worship:

We Dance

Steffany Frizell

Worship Him together . . . here . . .

Election 2016: Prayer Resources

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