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The Daily Brief Tuesday, July 1, 2008
1. Bush Applauds Supreme Court Decision On Second Amendment Rights - Washington Post
The Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's ban on handgun possession yesterday and decided for the first time in the nation's history that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to own a gun for self-defense. The Bush administration had asked the court to recognize the individual right, and Scalia's broad, history-filled opinion went further. But the administration wanted the case sent back to a lower court for a fuller hearing on whether the D.C. law violated such a right. Still, President Bush seemed pleased with the result. 'As a longstanding advocate of the rights of gun owners in America, I applaud the Supreme Court's historic decision today confirming what has always been clear in the Constitution: The Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear firearms,' he said in a statement.
· Thank You, Lord that the Supreme Court handed down this decision to protect citizens from an overzealous government that could possibly become federal tyranny if gun ownership were denied to its citizens. We pray that our rights of freedom of religion, speech, and the right to keep and bear arms will continue to be protected.
· When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan. (Proverbs 29:2)
2. Bush: Faith-Based Initiatives Will Go On After He Leaves Office - AP
President Bush says he's confident that the faith- based initiative he launched almost 8 years ago will survive his presidency. The president told a conference of more than 1,000 government and private social service providers that the initiative has become a grassroots movement that's 'bigger than politics or any political party.' He noted that 35 states, the majority of them with Democratic governors, have established their own faith-based offices and programs. In supporting the social work of religious charities, Bush said, 'Government should never fund the teaching of faith, but it should support the good works of the faithful.' He predicted that faith-based initiatives will continue 'long after' he leaves the White House.
· We pray, Lord, for President Bush's initiatives of faith-based programs which provide critical roles in helping religious charities in the communities that care for people who have limited resources to continue after the elections.
· Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' (Matthew 25:44)
3. President Bush Nominates First Female Four-Star General - New York Times
For more than a decade, Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody has delighted in leaping through the doors of military planes and plunging into the night with a parachute on her back. But one of the biggest joys of her 33-year military career has been jumping out of airplanes and into roles previously unimaginable to generations of women in the Army. Last week, President Bush asked General Dunwoody to take over a new Army command as a four-star general. If confirmed by the Senate, she will become the first woman in the armed services to achieve that rank. 'I grew up in a family that didn't know what glass ceilings were,' General Dunwoody said in a statement. She declined to comment for this article, saying through an Army spokeswoman that she preferred to wait until after her Senate confirmation hearing. Senate Democrats said a hearing date had not been scheduled.
· We thank You, Lord, for the progress that has been done in women's roles and jobs in our nation. We pray that one day soon there will be no discrimination of race, gender, age, physical ability, and religion.
· There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
4. In California: Gays March; Fires Blaze Out of Control - AP
a. Gay revelers celebrate pride, marriage rights - AP
A lesbian motorcycle group dressed in bridal veils, wedding gowns and leather lent a matrimonial touch to San Francisco's gay pride parade Sunday as revelers celebrated their newfound freedom to marry.
b. Firefighters in stalemate against Calif. wildfires - AP
Firefighters are making slow progress against more than 1,000 wildfires throughout Northern California as the region braces for more lightning storms.
· Lord, we know that those who have chosen to ignore God's laws will suffer the consequences of their decisions. Among those consequences are the devastation in our land with floods, fires, disasters, and other calamities. We pray for them to have repentant hearts and to turn back to God with fidelity and obedience.
· I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live . . . (Deuteronomy 30:19)
5. Losses Sink in for Midwest as Flooding Ebbs - ABC News
Farmhouses appear to float on lakes, and farmers use boats to get to their barns. Businesses are shuttered as flooded roadways cut off customers. Rail lines, factories, river locks are shut down. Homeowners, who watched and waited and prayed, have seen dreams drowned.
· Heavenly Father, even in a famine You said that You would provide if we run to You as our refuge. We look to You for the promises that You will care for us in this life during these trials and tribulations.
· When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. (Isaiah 43:2)
6. Five Million Acres of Corn, Soybeans May Be Lost to Floods - NewsMax
The cresting Mississippi River washed over more flood barriers on Saturday but drier weather fed hopes of relief as the worst Midwest floods in 15 years added to billion-dollar losses, global food inflation fears and the political temperature in a U.S. election year.
· Lord, we pray for these areas that have received so much destruction. In Jesus' name, we ask You to move the clouds from areas of flooding to areas of drought. We ask this by the power of Your Holy Spirit, as You move with gentle winds upon the earth. We bind the spirit of destruction, and we loose the spirit of life, in Jesus' Name, amen.
· "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19)
News from the Middle East
The Middle East in Focus This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:"I will praise you, O LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. " (Zech.12:6)
1. Israeli government under fire for transferring millions to Hamas - World Tribune
The Israeli government has acknowledged the transfer of more than $100 million to the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip.
2. Bill banning those who visit enemy states from Knesset duty approved - Ynet News
The Knesset passed a bill on Monday determining that any Israeli citizen who visits enemy territory without a proper permit will not be able to serve in the Knesset for seven years.
3. Truce violated once again as Qassam hits Negev - Ynet News
A Qassam fired from northern Gaza Monday evening landed in an open field within Shaar Hanegev Regional Council limits in yet another violation of the ceasefire between Israel and the armed Palestinian groups in the Strip. No injuries or damage were reported in the attack.
4. Golan referendum bill passes first hurdle - Jerusalem Post
A bill designed to make it difficult to return the Golan Heights to Syria passed its first reading in the Knesset Monday evening, and its sponsors said they hoped the legislation would also stop any government seeking to hand over other areas of the country.
5. ALERT!! Goverment Approves Agreement on Release of Israeli Soldiers in Lebanon - Statement Released by the Embassy of Israel, Washington, D.C
The Israeli government on Sunday, 29 June 2008, approved the outline for the agreement on releasing the abducted soldiers in Lebanon:The abducted soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev will be returned to Israel, a report on the disappearance of Ron Arad will be delivered to Israel and remains from the Second Lebanon War will also be received.
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