1. Al Qaeda Claims Victory Against U.S. - AP
Al-Zawahiri says group is winning in Iraq, Afghanistan in video that also previews threat against Musharraf.
· Thank You Lord, that Your victory is assured and the plans of Your enemies will come to nothing.
· "But the One who rules in the heavens laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger He rebukes them, terrifying them with His fierce fury."(Psalm 2:4,5 NLT)
2. Bin Laden Takes Aim at U.S. Ally Musharraf - AP
Latest propaganda message from Al Qaeda says leader will call for jihad against Pakistani president.
· Thank You, Lord for causing confusion in the camp of the enemy.
· "They make trouble, but it backfires on them. They plan violence for others, but it falls on their own heads." (Psalm 7:16 NLT)
3. Ground Zero Visit Denied
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's request to visit WTC site during U.N. General Assembly next week rejected by officials
· Thank You, Lord that this visit to the WTC grounds will not take place. Father we continue to pray that Mr. Ahmadinejad's visit will be denied, that all visas will be canceled, and that he will look even more foolish than he has already.
· "My enemies turn away in retreat; they are overthrown and destroyed before You. For You have judged in my favor. . ." (Psalm 9:3) NLT
4. Iranian Arrested for Smuggling Roadside Bombs into Iraq - AP
An Iranian officer accused of smuggling powerful roadside bombs into Iraq was arrested Thursday in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.
· Thank You Lord for revealing the hidden plans of our enemies!
· "For everything that is hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light and be made plain to all." (Luke 8:17 NLT)
5. Senate Kills Bill to Curb Deployment - AP
The Senate blocked legislation Wednesday that would have regulated the amount of time troops spent in combat, a blow for Democrats struggling to challenge President Bush's Iraq policies.
· Thank you Lord, for this small victory in the on-going political attempts to cut off troop movements to Iraq. We continue to pray for a change of heart for our leadership in Congress, that truth, righteousness, and courage would prevail.
· "Be strong and take courage, all you who put your trust in the Lord!" (Psalm 31:24 NLT)
6. President Bush Calls for Expansion of Spy Law - Fox News
President Bush said Wednesday he wants Congress to expand and make permanent a law that temporarily gives the government more power to eavesdrop without warrants on suspected foreign terrorists.
· Father we ask for Your wisdom in the administration of these laws. Protect people from misinformation and false witness; let the law be used to bring justice to those who would harm our nation.
· "Your throne is founded on two strong pillars - righteousness and justice." (Psalm 89:14 NLT)
7. Democrats Framing the 'Betrayal' Argument - CNSNews.com
MoveOn.org has released the latest ad in its controversial "betrayal series" -- this one, criticizing Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans for a "betrayal of trust."
· Lord we take authority over the contention and dissention that is creating havoc in our nation. We bind these works of the flesh in Jesus Name and loose Your Holy Spirit to move throughout the entire political arena.
· "But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, He will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control."(Galatians 5:22 NLT)
8. Gulf Coast Watches Florida Storm" - MSNBC
Gulf Coast residents were on watch and oil companies evacuated hundreds of nonessential workers as forecasters said Thursday that a storm system now off Florida could strengthen as it moves west.
· Lord we command this storm to dissipate in the Name of Jesus, that its winds will have no detrimental effect on the Gulf Coast.
· "When He woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the water, 'Quiet down!' Suddenly the wind stopped and there was a great calm." (Mark 4: 39 NLT)
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned His ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live." (Psalm 116:1-2)
The Middle East in Focus
1. Iran: Retaliation for Any Israeli Attack - AP
Iran has drawn up plans to bomb Israel if the Jewish state should attack, the deputy air force commander said Wednesday, adding to tensions already heated up by an Israeli airstrike on Syria and Western calls for more U.N. sanctions against Tehran.
2. Israel declares Gaza "hostile entity"; Hamas says the decision is an act of war - Israel Insider
The security cabinet voted unanimously to declare the Gaza Strip a "hostile entity," a headline that dominated the local press on Wednesday. The new status, which was imposed following an escalation of Qassam rocket strikes against Israel, will likely allow Israel to cut off electricity to the Strip as a retaliatory measure against attacks.
3. Netanyahu admission of IAF strike enrages J'lem - Ha'aretz
The political and defense establishments reacted with fury on Thursday to opposition leader MK Benjamin Netanyahu's apparent confirmation of an Israeli operation in Syria two weeks ago.
4. Palestinian Authority celebrates 9-11 terror attacks - Worthy News
The Palestinian Authority continues a long tradition of celebrating the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks by publishing cartoons in its official daily that glorify Osama Bin Laden and the attacks, or mock the suffering of the U.S.
5. Israel to launch spy satellite in India - Jerusalem Post
Israeli space capabilities will take a giant leap this week when an Indian missile launches the IDF's most-advanced satellite to date, capable of transmitting tiny images in all weather conditions.
6. Syria voted co-chairman of the IAEA - Jerusalem Post
Two weeks after Israel's alleged bombing raid in Syria, which some foreign reports said targeted North Korean nuclear material, the UN's nuclear watchdog elected Syria as deputy chairman of its General Conference on Monday
PROTEST PLANNED AT U.N. On Monday, September 24th, the face of evil in the modern world will be coming to America and entering our Metropolitan area on our Watch. On that day, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must be met with the loudest of protests by not only the Jewish community, but also by The Church - Christian leaders and lay people - from all over this greater metropolitan area and beyond. So next MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, as Ahmadinejad speaks at the UN, there will be a MASSIVE PROTEST RALLY across the street. The rally will be AT DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA ON 47TH STREET BETWEEN 1ST AND 2ND AVENUE IN MANHATTAN, RAIN OR SHINE. It is urgent that as Christian leaders - given the responsibility before God for our people, our cities, our nation - that we mobilize our congregations and networks to take a stand against genocide and anti- Semitism by participating in this united protest. Get the word out NOW! Begin the essential prayer coverage - individually and corporately - as soon as you read this. Urge your people to TAKE OFF WORK for this! Encourage them to TAKE THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEM! Announce this NEED FOR A VISIBLE CHRISTIAN PRESENCE AND UNITED STATEMENT on September 24th to your church this Sunday, and make the practical arrangements to physically get them there as well. It is URGENT as Disciples of Christ - that we ACT as "salt and light" in this age -- that we visibly and vocally reflect the God that we worship in both spirit AND in deed. WHERE: PICK UP FREE SIGNS TO IDENTIFY YOURSELVES AS CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL AT 2ND AVE. & 45TH STREET. TIME: 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Iran President Ahmadenijad Scheduled to Speak to General Assembly on Monday
This man must not be permitted to enjoy the dignity that will accompany the visits of other world leaders. We must show Ahmadinejad that we do not forget his persistent denials of the Nazi Holocaust and his repeated threats to perpetrate a second Holocaust by wiping Israel off the map. We must show him that we do not forgive his energetic support of Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists. And we must demonstrate to him that we will not permit him to achieve his dream of developing nuclear weapons which he has threatened to use not only against Israel, but also against America.
Across from the United Nations at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan. (Subways: 4, 5, 6, or 7 to Grand Central Station)
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PROTEST PLANNED AT U.N.
On Monday, September 24th, the face of evil in the modern world will be coming to America and entering our Metropolitan area on our Watch. On that day, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is scheduled to arrive in New York to address the United Nations General Assembly.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad must be met with the loudest of protests by not only the Jewish community, but also by The Church - Christian leaders and lay people - from all over this greater metropolitan area and beyond. So next MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, as Ahmadinejad speaks at the UN, there will be a MASSIVE PROTEST RALLY across the street. The rally will be AT DAG HAMMARSKJOLD PLAZA ON 47TH STREET BETWEEN 1ST AND 2ND AVENUE IN MANHATTAN, RAIN OR SHINE.
It is urgent that as Christian leaders - given the responsibility before God for our people, our cities, our nation - that we mobilize our congregations and networks to take a stand against genocide and anti- Semitism by participating in this united protest. Get the word out NOW! Begin the essential prayer coverage - individually and corporately - as soon as you read this. Urge your people to TAKE OFF WORK for this! Encourage them to TAKE THEIR CHILDREN WITH THEM! Announce this NEED FOR A VISIBLE CHRISTIAN PRESENCE AND UNITED STATEMENT on September 24th to your church this Sunday, and make the practical arrangements to physically get them there as well. It is URGENT as Disciples of Christ - that we ACT as "salt and light" in this age -- that we visibly and vocally reflect the God that we worship in both spirit AND in deed.
PICK UP FREE SIGNS TO IDENTIFY YOURSELVES AS CHRISTIANS UNITED FOR ISRAEL AT 2ND AVE. & 45TH STREET.
TIME: 11:15 AM - 2:00 PM
Islam Must Be Resisted In US As A Matter Of National Security
Islam is using First Amendment guarantees of freedom of religion to implement a strategic plan to eliminate and destroy the United States of America, according to an analysis of documents submitted by the government as evidence in the Dallas, Texas Holy Land Foundation terror trial. A strategic planning document for North America written by the Muslim Brotherhood in May 1991 indicates that Islam's plan is well under way to "settle" the United States by possessing "a mastery of the art of "coalitions," the art of "absorption" and the principles of "cooperation.""
The plan, already 16 years in implementation, identifies eight historical stages of development that the Muslim Brotherhood in America already had accomplished by the plan's introduction in 1991. They included the stages of 1) searching for self identity; 2) building the inner organization; 3) first phases of building mosques and Islamic centers; 4) first phases of building Islamic organizations; 5) first phases of building Islamic schools; 6) first phases of the overt Islamic movement; 7) first phases of openness to other Islamic movements; and 8) the second phase of reviving and establishing the Islamic organizations.
The plan calls for the establishment of Islamic Centers in every town in America which would serve as the "axis" of the Islamic movement and a "base" to "educate us, prepare us and supply our battalions in addition to being the "niche" to our prayers." The plan says, "This is in order for the Islamic Center to turn-in action not in words-into a seed for 'a small Islamic society' which is a reflection and a mirror to our central organizations. Thus the Islamic Center would turn into a place for study, family, battalion, course, seminar, visit, sport, school, social club, women gathering, kindergarten for male and female youngsters, the office of domestic political resolution, and the center for distributing our newspapers, magazines, books and our audio and visual tapes."
The "heart and the core" of the plan is then to unite all Muslim organizations in America to complete the "settlement process." Rather than being a peaceful religion protected by the Constitution, Islam is a Trojan Horse religion set on performing in its own words a "Civilization Jihad" to eliminate and destroy America. Resisting Islam in America should therefore not be constrained by religious freedom, but rather be unleashed as a duty of every American citizen in the name of national security. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Do not be deceived by the wicked who would twist the intent of law and Constitution to conquer a law abiding people and destroy a nation.
Word of Life Ministry
Storm Clouds on the Horizon
The headlines in recent days have certainly been eye- catching - especially if you follow events in the Middle East. After all, it's not everyday that the French talk openly about preparing for war with Iran. But, here's a sampling of headlines in case you missed them:
-- Israelis 'blew apart Syrian nuclear cache'
-- Dozens died in Syrian-Iranian Chemical Weapons Experiment
-- Israel Seals Off Gaza Strip, Declares It 'Enemy Entity'
-- Christian Politician Among 7 Killed in Beirut Blast
-- Iran: Missiles aimed at U.S., Israel sites
The first two stories are particularly disconcerting. Evidence of the alleged Israeli strike on Syria was first reported several weeks ago when news broke that the Syrians were claiming to have opened fire on Israeli jets that entered Syrian airspace on September 6th.
For the most part, the reaction from the "world community" was surprisingly muted. There was virtually no reaction from Israel or Washington. A few stories began to trickle out and, then over the weekend, a detailed article appeared in Britain's Sunday Times.
According to that report, the Israelis have been extensively monitoring a particular facility in Syria for some time. Several months ago, Israeli intelligence presented evidence to Prime Minister Olmert that Syria was attempting to buy nuclear material from North Korea. The alleged strike was ordered three days after a North Korean ship arrived carrying what was labeled as "cement."
Syria is known to possess North Korean-made Scud missiles and chemical weapons (more on that below). But the Israelis could not tolerate a nuclear weapon in Syrian hands. Moreover, some analysts have speculated that Syria may not have been the final destination, but merely a transfer point on the way to Iran.
Now, you should probably sit down for this. Proving the utter futility of relying upon the United Nations and the "world community" to safeguard our vital national interests, Syria has just been voted co- chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or the IAEA. That's right - the same U.N. "watchdog" agency that is supposed to prevent rogue regimes from acquiring nuclear technology, which is being asking to "police" Iran's nuclear program, is now co-chaired by Iran's "partner in crime," Syria! Talk about the fox guarding the hen house.
The second headline appeared in the Jerusalem Post yesterday summarizing a report this week from Jane's Defence Weekly. According to Jane's, a joint Syrian- Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical weapon to a Scud missile in July when something exploded, killing 15 Syrian officers and dozens of Iranian engineers.
Meanwhile, there are reports today that yet another anti-Syrian Christian politician in Lebanon has been assassinated in a car bombing that also killed six others and injured at least 20. This is the eighth assassination of an anti-Syrian politician in Lebanon since 2005.
Also happening today, Israel declared the Gaza Strip an "enemy entity" and imposed a blockade of sorts, cutting off power, fuel and most trade. The action was taken "in response to incessant Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza," which has been going on ever since the terrorist group Hamas seized control of the territory in a violent coup against the Palestinian Authority.
In my view, this proves the danger of creating yet another terrorist Islamic state carved out of Israel. Hamas' "experiment" in governance has been a disaster, and Israel has come under constant attack ever since it withdrew from Gaza.
The world is a very dangerous place, my friends, and evil men are feverishly seeking to bring more death and destruction to our shores. No amount of wishful thinking from Hollywood celebrities, ivory tower academics or radical peace activists is going to change that. But their mushy-headed, politically correct policies could well destroy us. And just like previous generations that made great sacrifices to secure our freedom, today's Americans must find the courage to confront this enemy and defeat it for the sake of our children and grandchildren.
This is why, in addition to demanding that the candidate we support for president be pro-life and pro- family, we must also demand that he understand the moral dimension to winning the war against Islamofascism, to defeating this vicious enemy of freedom. Our next president will have to confront this evil, and he will be required to make hard decisions. The Republican nominee had better be able and willing to make the case in a debate against Hillary Clinton that he is the candidate who can stand up to the radicals at MoveOn.org and keep America safe, free and prosperous.
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