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The Daily Brief Thursday, November 8, 2012
"As for Me, this is My covenant with them," says the Lord: "My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring's offspring," says the Lord, "from now and forever." (Isaiah 59:21)
The Daily Brief
1. a) US election: America goes liberal with gay marriage, abortion and cannabis votes - UK Telegraph
US states backed legalizing marijuana for recreational use, allowing gay marriage and rejected a call to ban public funding for abortions, in a swathe of statewide ballots Tuesday.
b) France pushes forward with controversial bill to legalize gay marriage
- Fox News
President Francois Hollande's Cabinet pushed ahead with a controversial French bill Wednesday that could see gay marriage legalized early next year, defying vocal opposition in the majority Catholic country from religious leaders, the rural heartland and the conservative opposition.
- Father we have no righteous leg to stand on in our world. Sin has overtaken us on every side. We pray for Your mercy over the people of the earth, and the moving of Your Spirit throughout.
- "All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. For Your Name's sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity, for it is great." [Psalm 25:10-11]
2. Muslim Brotherhood: Obama Needs To 'Accept The Will Of The Arab People' - AP
Islamists in the Middle East are speaking out following President Barack Obama's re-election Tuesday night.
- We trust in You, Lord to break the arm of the wicked who rise up against us. We will not bow our knee to false gods.
- "When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him." [Isaiah 59:19b]
3. Triumphant Obama Faces New Foe in 'Second-Term Curse' - NY Times
Now that President Obama has overcome Mitt Romney, "super PACs" and a sluggish economy, he faces a challenge with deep roots in political history: what historians and commentators call the "second-term curse."
- Father we pray for this man who desperately needs to know You personally. We ask that You bless his soul and bring him into the saving knowledge of Your Son Jesus.
- "As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." [Romans 14:11]
4. a) Wall Street sinks after election as "fiscal cliff" eyed - Reuters
The Dow industrials lost more than 300 points in a sell-off on Wednesday that drove all major stock indexes down over 2 percent in the wake of the presidential election as investors' focus shifted to the looming "fiscal cliff" debate and Europe's economic troubles.
b) Global stocks sink on fiscal angst after U.S. vote, euro slips - Reuters
Shares on world markets slumped and the euro slid further on Wednesday as investors worried that the fiscal challenges facing U.S. President Barack a day after his re-election could lead to a new recession.
- Father we are aware that the hidden agendas of these leaders are a pathway to one world government. We do not know Your timetable, but we ask that You prepare us, protect us, and show us the way to bring harvest in for Your Kingdom in the midst of trouble around us.
- "Good understanding gains favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard." [Proverbs 13:15]
5. Tens of thousands of homes and businesses lose power again. - Fox News
Some transit services suspended as nor'easter hits a week after Sandy
Tens of thousands of homes and businesses who just recently regained power are again in the dark after a new storm hit the Northeast, a week after Superstorm Sandy knocked out power to millions in the region and left dozens dead. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for Your comfort and mercy over these people who have been in the path of deadly storms. We pray for Your help for the relief workers who have tirelessly helped those in need. Lord we ask that Your Spirit would hover over these precious ones and touch their lives for Your Kingdom.
- "Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn your servant away in anger; You have been my help. . . " [Psalm 27:9a]
6. a)7.4 earthquake kills at least 39 in Guatemala - L.A. Times
The earthquake along Guatemala's Pacific coast causes widespread damage. Many people are missing.
b) 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes near Vancouver Island - CTV News, Canada
The U.S. Geological Survey reports that the quake occurred about 182 kilometers southwest of Port Hardy, B.C. around 9 p.m. ET. There were no immediate reports of any damage. No tsunami warnings have been issued.
- Lord as we move through this prophetic time in history, we pray for wisdom and discernment. We also pray for the ability to hear You more clearly than ever before. Draw us close to Your heart, Lord, and grant us peace.
- ". . . And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places." [Matthew 24:7]
7. IRAN FIRES ON US DRONE - Fox News
Attacked 'over international water'
Iran fired on an unarmed U.S. drone last week as it was hovering in international airspace, the Pentagon announced Thursday.
Spokesman George Little said the incident occurred Nov. 1 at 4:50 a.m. ET. He said the unarmed, unmanned drone was conducting "routine surveillance" over the Persian Gulf when it was "intercepted" by Iran. He said the MQ1 Predator drone, which was not hit, was not in Iranian airspace.
Little said the U.S. government has protested to the Iranians. Asked about how the U.S. could respond, he said: "We have a wide range of options from diplomatic to military." (Read more.)
- Pray that godly wisdom be granted to the President and his military advisors as they decide how best to respond to this attack. Offer praise that no lives were lost in this episode.
- "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you." (Psalm 32:8)
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:
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21))
1. Blair: Obama win opens way for new Mideast push - Ynet News
President Barack Obama's election victory opens the way for renewed efforts to revive moribund peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Middle East envoy Tony Blair said on Wednesday.
2. Israeli Official: 'We will not capitulate before Obama" - WND
The state of Israel will not capitulate before President Obama, whose "naive" leadership has hurt the U.S., stated Danny Danon, deputy speaker of Israel's Knesset. He stated, "Obama's victory demonstrates that the state of Israel must take care of its own interests. We cannot rely on anyone but ourselves. Obama has hurt the United States by his naive leadership in foreign policy, which prefers the Arab world over the Western world, along with Israel. The state of Israel will not capitulate before Obama."
3. Obama victory spells trouble for Israel's Netanyahu - Reuters
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energized critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the U.S. presidential election.
4. Israel asks UN to act on Syrian tanks in Golan Heights - Reuters
Israel has asked the U.N. Security Council to act on a "dangerous escalation" by Syria, which has sent tanks into a demilitarized zone in the Golan Heights patrolled by U.N. peacekeepers to maintain a ceasefire between the neighbors.
5. Israel mulls steps against the Palestinians over U.N. bid - Reuters
Senior members of Israel's cabinet on Tuesday weighed punitive steps that could be taken against the Palestinians if they pursue a campaign to upgrade their status to "observer state" at the United Nations this month.
6. Well done, now support our statehood bid, Palestinians tell Obama - Times of Israel
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday issued a statement congratulating US President Barack Obama on his election victory and encouraging him to continue his efforts to achieve peace in the Middle East.
The Daily Jot
The best is yet to come
The re-elected occupant of the Oval Office said in his victory speech, "While our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back, and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to come." Americans need to digest just what this means. Many have an image for America. It is determined by our world view. When an Islamist says, for example, that his is a religion of peace, he means the "Peace of Islam" or the submission of all Americans to the false god Allah. When a socialist says the best is yet to come, he means the very institutionalization of humanist socialism is to be established. Already we are seeing what the president meant.
Within 24 hours after winning the White House, the best of overreaching government is coming to us hard and fast. It is not from just the newly reelected president. Republican House Speaker John Boehner (from the "swing" state of Ohio) said, "Mr. President, this is your moment. We're ready to be led, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans...We want you to succeed. Let's challenge ourselves to find the common ground that has eluded us." Then he clearly said that Republicans are "willing to accept new revenue, under the right conditions." Translated, this means tax increases and submission to big government socialism, throwing in the towel on any traditional accountability of an opposing party.
Already, the Environmental Protection Agency is issuing new regulations on coal emissions and there are expectations that there will be a carbon tax on businesses under the auspices of reducing the theoretical global warming. Energy prices will increase. The White House has backed a UN committee's draft of an international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global conventional arms trade. Americans can expect a huge tax increase when the full impact of socialized health care takes effect in the near future. The stock market is reacting to the financial "cliff" faced by the largest national debt in history. The political party's best to come will be more government, more spending, greater debt, and more burden on citizens.
Currently, the elected US government is comprised of a majority of globalists. The end time anti-Christ government is accelerated by this election. Christians must aggressively engage this society, or our prophetic destiny may be one of great persecution as our rights are quickly taken away or mitigated. Our ability to evangelize will be reduced drastically. We must become an Ephesians 6 people in order to survive--pray and stand. Verse 13: "Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of YHVH, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Verse 18: "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints." If we do these things, the best IS yet to come.
Have A Blessed And Powerful Day,
A Commentary by Michelle Malkin
20 things that went right on Election Day
1. Republicans retained control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
2. Voters in Alabama, Montana, and Wyoming all passed measures limiting Obamacare.
3. Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, one of the conservative movement's brightest rising stars, overcame establishment GOP opposition to clinch a U.S. Senate victory in Texas.
(To read all 20 . . . go here.)
A Commentary by Joel Rosenberg
More than 6 million self-described "evangelicals" voted for Obama.
Why & what else do the exit polls tell us about how Christians voted?
As the smoke clears from the wreckage of the Romney defeat on Tuesday, some intriguing yet disturbing facts are coming to light. * Fewer people overall voted in 2012 (about 117 million) compared to 2008 (about 125 million). * President Obama received some 6.6 million fewer votes in 2012 than he did in 2008 (60,217,329 in 2012 votes compared to 66,882,230 votes in 2008). * One would think that such a dynamic would have helped Romney win - clearly it did not.
Incredibly, Governor Romney received nearly 1 million fewer votes in 2012 than Sen. John McCain received in 2008. (In 2008, McCain won 58,343,671 votes. In 2012, Romney won only 57,486,044 votes.) Why? How was it possible for Romney to do worse than McCain? It will take some time to sift through all of the data. But here is some of what we know from the 2012 election day exit polls: The President received a whopping 71% of the Hispanic vote (which was 10% of the total votes cast), compared to only 27% for Romney (McCain got 31% of the Hispanic vote in 2008). Obama also won 56% of the moderate vote, which was interesting given that Romney (who got 41%) was widely perceived by the GOP base as being a "Massachusetts moderate." The President lost married women (getting only 46% of their vote to Romney's 53%). But won decisively among unmarried women (67% to Romney's 31%).
. . . It is stunning to think that 25 million self-described evangelical Christians would vote for a President who supports abortion on demand and was on the cover of Newsweek as America's "first gay president." Did these self-professed believers surrender their Biblical convictions in the voting booth, or did they never really have deep Biblical convictions on the critical issues to begin with?
Whatever their reasons, these so-called evangelicals doomed Romney and a number of down-ballot candidates for the House and Senate. This is what happens when the Church is weak and fails to disciple believers to turn Biblical faith into action.
Now consider this additional data . . .
Commentary by FRC
Coming Two Terms with Obama's Win
This was supposed to be the morning when Americans got up and shook off the nightmare of the last four years. Instead, they awakened to a new one: a profound drubbing of the Republican Party that is supposed to be the guardian of the conservative vision our nation so desperately needs. On every level--presidential, congressional, social--it was a bruising day for our movement that no amount of spin can improve. Americans had a choice, and they made it. Is the outcome what we want? Obviously not. In fact, there are only a few positive highlights from yesterday's election. But despite this election setback, there is no evidence to suggest that the transcendent values our nation has rested on for the last 237 years have been revoked or disproved. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, "Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat." In all the years that I have been involved in this movement, we have never staked our future on political success. As Christians, we hold an eternal perspective--and that means standing for truth whether it's winning or losing.
"If we thought we could wake up and feel safe about [social] issues because Romney got elected then we'd be as foolish as those on the other side of these issues who think Obama is the 'savior,'" Bob Rice wrote today. "We can't depend on the government for our spiritual welfare. We've got to go out and proclaim God's truth with our lips and share His love from our hearts." God's Word and His purposes are not altered by what happens at the ballot box. Our call is to fight for truth in an increasingly dark and hostile world--no matter what the outcome.
Of course, there will be a temptation after this election for people to despair and disengage, believing that America is beyond hope. It isn't. Despite the devastation of these last 24 hours, there is no reason to apologize, back away from, or rethink what we stand for. If anything, this election emphasizes our mission and what FRC has said all along: the way to renew our nation's commitment to those founding principles is through the church's transformation of hearts and minds. That requires us standing as salt and light through some of the bleakest times in our nation.
Among the more demoralizing losses yesterday were the outcomes in Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, and Maine, where natural marriage lost for the first time in America by popular vote. It was a significant moment for the radical Left, which was helped to victory by the most pro-gay President in American history. But contrary to what the Left will say, the narrow margin for victory in these four states offers plenty of evidence that a solid majority of Americans still opposes same-sex "marriage." Despite being outspent 8-to-1 in some of the most liberal states in the country, we witnessed record-setting petition efforts that crossed every racial, party, and socioeconomic divide. And while homosexuals may be celebrating an end to our movement's perfect record, they still have a long way to go to match the 32 states where Americans voted overwhelmingly to protect the union of a man and woman. And that includes North Carolina, where President Obama's endorsement of same-sex "marriage" likely cost him the state's electoral votes.
Herman Cain Calls for Third Party
Herman Cain Calls for Third Party
Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is calling for the creation of a third political party - saying it is clear to him that neither major political party is willing to address the nation's economic problems.
"We need a third party to save this country," Cain told American Family Radio host Bryan Fischer. "This country is in trouble and it is clear that neither party - is going to fix the problems we face."
Cain agreed with Fischer's assessment that conservatives are growing tired of being ignored by Republican party leadership - and that many believe the GOP no longer speaks for them.
Cain said it was troubling that Mitt Romney received fewer votes than John McCain did in 2008 - suggesting that many conservatives did not vote on Tuesday.
"I don't believe the Republican Party has the ability to rebrand itself against the mainstream media machine that blatantly works to support this president and other liberals as well as the Democrats," Cain told the radio host.
Cain said it would take money, leadership and at least 50 coalitions to create a viable third political party.
(Fox News) Read more.
Netanyahu calls Obama
Netanyahu calls Obama
Can this relationship be repaired? Let's pray yes. "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called US President Barack Obama Thursday to congratulate him on his reelection victory two days earlier, seemingly extending an olive branch amid claims that the two leaders would find it hard to cooperate going forward," reports the Times of Israel. "Netanyahu told Obama he looked forward to continuing to work with him to "address the great challenges facing the US and Israel and to advance peace and security in our region," according to a press release sent by Netanyahu's office. He added to Obama that that the election victory was a 'vote of confidence in your leadership.'" (Source: Joel Rosenberg)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner
Science: No More Need for Destruction of Embryonic Stem Cells
EDITOR'S NOTE: While those who value every life have always maintained there is nothing that warrants the destruction of human embryos, it's nice to see the scientific community come to a similar conclusion. -Aimee Herd, Breaking Christian News
"Yamanaka will be remembered in history as the man who put human embryonic stem-cell research largely out of business . . ."
According to a recent CNA report shared on ChristianWeek.org, the two cell biologists who recently won a Nobel Prize for their research, have put "embryonic stem-cell research largely out of business."
Kyoto University professor Shinya Yamanaka and Cambridge professor John Gurdon received the coveted award for their scientific studies on the way stem cells are generated.
Yamanaka's paper, published in 2006, showed that there was no longer any need to destroy human embryonic stem cells, because mature stem cells-such as those derived from the patient himself-could be manipulated into becoming immature, so they can be used successfully in treatments and studies.
Theologian Thomas Berg noted, "Yamanaka will be remembered in history as the man who put human embryonic stem-cell research largely out of business, motivated by reflection on the fact that his own daughters were once human embryos."
(Source: Christian Week) Read more.
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