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The Daily Brief Friday, October 19, 2012
"But you are holy, O you that inhabit the praises of Israel." (Psalm 22:3)
Join us every night for ONE MINUTE OF PRAYER at 9:00 p.m. EDT (adjusted for your own time zone). Let's all cry out to God together for our nation! To learn more, go here.
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Plan now to join our ELECTION DAY PRAYER WATCH, from 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 6 through 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7.
During this 24-hour watch period, we are inviting the leaders of 24 ministries to direct our intercession over each hour, throughout election day and on into election night.
Mark your calendars now, and plan to join us, as you can, during this time of corporate prayer for our election and for our nation.
"Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power . . ."
(Psalm 119:3 NAS)
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The Daily Brief
1. Welfare spending jumps 32% during Obama's presidency - Washington Times
Federal welfare spending has grown by 32 percent over the past four years, fattened by President Obama's stimulus spending and swelled by a growing number of Americans whose recession-depleted incomes now qualify them for public assistance, according to numbers released Thursday.
- Abba, this is so sad because the number of people dependent on welfare is increasing due to unemployment, and a sluggish economy. It seems that this administration, who ran on a platform of "hope", has actually created more poverty and hopelessness. We cry out to You for a reversal of this trend. We pray You would help us, as citizens, to "connect the dots", and vote for candidates who will be fiscally responsible and accountable to the electorate, and be people of integrity. Hear the cry of Your people, O Lord, and provide "seed for the sower". Amen.
-" It is written in the Scriptures: 'He gives freely to the poor. The things He does are right and will continue forever.' (Psalm 112:9) God is the One who gives seed to the farmer and bread for food. He will give you all the seed you need and make it grow so there will be a great harvest from your goodness." (2 Corinthians 9:9-11)
2. Report: Welfare government's single largest budget item in FY 2011 at approx. $1.03 trillion - Daily Caller
The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone -- a price tag that makes welfare that year the government's largest expenditure, according to new data released by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.
- Father, we do cry out for Your mercy. Our hearts go out to those who are dependent upon the government for their survival economically. We pray that You would give them hope, to actually find jobs and be able to provide for their families apart from government intervention. We know that welfare was originally created to help those who cannot work, due to disabilities, and we do want to help them. We know that if welfare continues to grow, it will all implode, as those who pay taxes will find themselves unable to continue to do so. You have blessed this nation, and we pray that we will look to You concerning all our needs. Amen.
- "As for the rich in this world, charge them not to be proud and arrogant and contemptuous of others, nor to set their hopes on uncertain riches, but on God, Who richly and ceaselessly provides us with everything for [our] enjoyment." (I Timothy 6:17)
3. Finding Jobs, but Working for Less Pay - Wall Street Journal
Economists and business leaders are increasingly troubled by a trend in New York City employment statistics: The lion's share of job growth has come in high-wage and low-wage industries, while middle-income work has lagged. Ms Hawkins used to make $82,000 a year as an accountant for a health insurer before she was laid off two years ago. Earlier this week, the 47-year-old Bronx resident landed a part-time job installing computers. The pay: $10.25 an hour. Welcome to the job market in New York City, where the burgeoning ranks of the unemployed are grappling with a grim prospect: settling for lower-paying jobs than they once had.
- Again, Lord, we empathize with those folks who are in this difficult position, of having to find work for less pay. We thank You for their ingenuity and willingness to do this temporarily, until they can return to their former employment. We ask You to make up the difference in supplying those things they need, but cannot afford. May they look to You for wisdom, and practical solutions. You do not forsake us in our times of need. Amen.
- "Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be satisfied with what you have. God has said, 'I will never leave you; I will never abandon you." ( Deuteronomy 31:6)
4. Police: We don't expect Nov. 6 riots - The Hill
Police departments around the nation are not anticipating civil unrest on Election Day despite arguments between liberals and conservatives over whether President Obama's defeat could spark riots.
- O Jehovah Shalom, our Peace, we do pray for peace in the streets, regardless of the outcome of the election. We are not a "banana republic", where the winner is the one who is not murdered. We are a republic with free elections, and we need to accept the results of those elections, even if 'our' candidate does not win. We pray for Your supernatural protection over all the candidates and their families, regardless of whether they win or lose. We bind up spirits of violence, and civil disobedience from the people, and pray for the peace that passes all understanding. Amen.
- "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. And the God of peace will be with you." (Philippians 4:6-9)
5. Appeals court rules against Defense of Marriage Act - CNBC
A U.S. appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that a U.S. law defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman unconstitutionally denies federal benefits to lawfully married same-sex couples.
- Lord, we are amazed at how our Constitution has been abused. Did our Founding Fathers ever envision a situation like this? Probably not. We come to You and ask that our legislators will vote in accordance with Your plan. Surely, You have defined marriage in Your Word, and we ask that it be upheld for the good of all the people. We stand in agreement with You and Your Word. Amen.
- "He replied, Have you never read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be united firmly (joined inseparably) to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?" (Matthew 19:4,5)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto Your name give glory, for Your mercy, and for Your truth's sake. Why should the nations say, Where is their God? But our God is in the heavens. He has done whatever He has pleased." (Psalm 115:1-3)
1. Gazprom bids highest for Leviathan partnership - Globes
Russia's national gas giant Gazprom is a leading candidate to acquire a stake in the Leviathan gas field. Sources inform ''Globes'' that Gazprom submitted the highest offer in the process for picking a partner. However, sources connected with the negotiations say that there are differences in attitude between Gazprom and Leviathan's US and Israeli partners. Although the Israelis, led by Delek Group's Yitzhak Tshuva, are enthusiastic about Gazprom because of its geopolitical power, Nobel Energy prefers a Western partner, even at terms that are not as good as the terms offered by the Russian giant.
2. Revolutionary Guard commander: Israel will be destroyed if Iran is attacked - Ha'aretz
Israel will "definitely" face fierce retaliation if it attacks Iranian nuclear sites, the acting commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Thursday.
3. Largest US-Israel missile defense drill to kick off - Jerusalem Post
US military forces have begun arriving in Israel to take part in the largest joint missile defense exercise of its kind, which will begin next week.
4. Morsi's office confirms warm letter to Peres is authentic - Times of Israel
A spokesman for Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi confirmed on Thursday that the president had sent a letter to Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres calling him a good friend.
The Daily Jot
Figures Lie, Liars Figure
The day after the first presidential debate, the government released its new unemployment numbers at 7.8 percent, a somewhat surprising and drastic reduction from the previous 8.2 percent. The news media and the occupant of the Oval Office heralded the figures with comments that the economy is back on track and that the president's policies were working--people are going back to work. Not so. The figures didn't add up. Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch pointed out that the figures were cooked. Which caused a firestorm in the media because Welch was essentially accusing the president of manipulating the figures to make him look good after losing the debate. Who was right?
As time unfolded, the Labor Department admitted that the figures could have been lowered because a "large state" did not report. A day after the second debate, revised unemployment figures were released. The report indicated that unemployment benefits increased by 46,000 people to 388,000, "the highest in four months." And the mystery state was revealed: California--whose governor is quite friendly with the president. Reuters and CNBC buried their report: "Last week, California reported a large drop in applications, pushing down the overall figure to the lowest since February 2008. This week, it reported a significant increase as it processed applications delayed from the previous week."
The Department of Labor did not say what the "adjustment" meant in terms of overall unemployment--it is likely around 8.1 percent. Labor spokesmen tried to explain away the drastic dip after the first debate and the significant increase thereafter as technical seasonal adjustments. But if the job outlook was so rosy, there would be a corresponding drop in welfare. Just not so. The Washington Times reports that welfare spending has grown 32 percent in four years to $1.03 trillion, as reported by the Congressional Research Service and the Senate Budget Committee. The Census Bureau Current Population Survey indicates that during the current Administration's term, median household income dropped by $3,040.
2 Timothy Chapter 3 begins with: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of YHVH: Having the form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." Verse 13 says, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." Our Lord tells us not to be deceived. Let us always seek the truth, knowing that figures lie and liars figure.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
On the Campaign Trail
On the Campaign Trail:
18 Days Until Election Day
Don't Let Your Vote Be Canceled by Fraud
As we approach a major national election, we hear warnings about many kinds of vote fraud and possible recounts that might delay confirmation of who are the victors. We also hear from deniers who insist that vote fraud is a figment of the imagination of Republicans. It isn't; vote fraud is real. (by Phyllis Schlafly; Eagle Forum) Read more.
The Heart of It All
The Heart of It All
As a nation we must move past the partisan foolishness that has so imprisoned our ability to move forward. The first debate was civil, with Mitt Romney the clear winner. The VP debate was rancorous with obnoxious sidelines from our Vice President that created a muddled victory for both candidates. Monday's debate was a solid draw by most who measure such things. I will ask the obvious question . . . why?
Why are the American people so easily led astray? Why do we listen to deception and lies, and see what we want to see rather than the truth? We are so divided on contentious issues that we can't hear the truth because our opinions (judgments in disguise) get in the way. Abraham Lincoln once quoted Jesus in his "House Divided Speech" . . . "A house divided cannot stand." He wasn't kidding, and we're in it right now. Abraham Lincoln intended to give a prophetic thought for America in that speech. He believed strongly that we would not remain divided on the issue of slavery. He foresaw that we would eventually ban the evil practice and move on toward unity.
But I will ask you now . . . will we move on from this current rift? As long as attitudes remain self-serving, as long as self-seeking people remain in office, we have little hope of our society taking the strides toward solving America's problems. We need heart changes. The church needs heart changes to be more like Christ with less fear, anger and bitterness. All of us, Christians, Muslims and every other religion, every race (we're all part of the human race as a friend puts it) need to stand as Americans, not as separate little groups. A house divided cannot stand. Hatred, anger, distrust, fear, those words that carry such venom cannot be our heritage. Only God's love, His favor, His purpose for America, can become the legacy that lasts through eternity.
Pastor Faye Higbee
Post Falls, Idaho
Election Prayer: Day Nine
Election Prayer Point: Day Nine
Pray that all believers will do their civic and spiritual duty by seriously seeking God and turning out to vote. Pray that voter fraud and/or suppression will be exposed and prevented in any party.
(Psalm 11:3; Ephesians 5:17; 1 Timothy 2:1)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner
Prison Seminarians Under Study
"If voluntary participation in prison seminaries-at no cost to taxpayers-is found to be effective, it has the potential to fundamentally change the way we think about corrections," -Dr. Byron Johnson
(Waco, TX)-Nearly 80 inmates have become seminary students at a Texas maximum security prison in a program committed to sending "field ministers" to other prisons. Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR) has been awarded a $1.3 million grant to study the impact of that program and one like it at the Angola penitentiary in Louisiana.
"Seminaries in maximum security prisons are designed to rehabilitate prisoners and transform the prison environment itself," said Byron Johnson, Ph.D., director of Baylor's ISR and Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences. "We intend to test that proposition."
"If voluntary participation in prison seminaries-at no cost to taxpayers-is found to be effective, it has the potential to fundamentally change the way we think about corrections," he said.
Angola Bible College, initiated by Angola Warden Burl Cain, was begun in 1995.The prison houses more than 5,000 prisoners, with about 4,000 of those serving life sentences. The average length of sentence for those not serving life is 93 years.
"Before Cain's arrival as warden 17 years ago, Angola was known as one of America's most violent prisons," Johnson said. "The seminary, hospice, and re-entry programs initiated during Cain's tenure have gone a long way in dramatically changing the prison's reputation."
If such a program existed in a prison in which most prisoners had a chance at parole, skeptics might consider it a ploy to impress the parole board," Johnson said. "But in this case, the vast majority doesn't have a chance of getting out."
He called the program "a fascinating correctional experiment that will likely be viewed by some as a very bad idea, while others may see it as the ultimate correctional panacea. Is there any empirical evidence that might shed light on the likely success or failure of a seminary based in a prison? As it turns outs, there is."
(Source: Baylor University) Read more.
[Reported by Terry Goodrich, CitizenLink]
Worship with Us Today!
Worship with Us Today!
On Your Walls O Jerusalem
by Batya Segal
On your walls,O Jerusalem
I have set watchmen,I have set watchmen
On your walls,O Jerusalem
Who shall never hold their peace