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The Daily Brief Friday, March 29, 2013
The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you." (Matthew 28:2-6)
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The Daily Brief
1. Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward - The Hill
The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system - and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership. The executive steps will give federal law enforcement - access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and lay the groundwork for future legislative efforts.
~ Abba, we are concerned about this president making unilateral decisions, when Congress is not in session. Regardless of the particular issues, our founding fathers set up a system of "checks and balances", whereby there would be accountability among our three branches of government; legislative, judicial, and executive. In addition, it would make it difficult for a dictatorship to evolve. We ask that there will be a review of these "executive orders" by Congress, to insure that they are in line with the will of the people. Thank You, Lord, for watching over this procedure, and protecting our Constitutional rights.
~"By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established."(2 Corinthians 13:1)
2. Obama steps up pressure to pass gun measures - Washington Times
With polls showing waning support for new gun control measures, President Obama delivered an emotional and forceful plea aimed at ratcheting up pressure on Congress to pass a broad bill more than 100 days after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
~Father, we understand the desire to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, however, no matter how many laws are passed, criminals do not abide by the law. They are lawless, so we, the potential victims of their crimes, ought to be able to defend ourselves, and our property. We ask that Congress not "throw out the baby with the bath water", but protect and defend our constitutional right to bear arms. Amen.
~ "Or how can a person go into a strong man's house and carry off his goods (the entire equipment of his house) without first binding the strong man? Then indeed he may plunder his house." (Matthew 12:29)
3. FBI prepares to defend 'Stingray' cell phone tracking - CNet
The Federal Bureau of Investigation's secretive "Stingray" surveillance technology that allows police to surreptitiously track the locations of cell phones and other mobile devices will itself go on trial in an Arizona courtroom tomorrow afternoon.
~Abba, as our technology grows, so does the creative crime, identity theft, and cyber crimes. We thank You that we do now have such technology, and we pray it will be used for good. We know that crime has more to do with the heart of mankind, than the weapons used, and so we do pray for waves of revival and repentance to sweep this nation, and that many will give their hearts and lives to You. We pray that these "surveillance" activities will be used to track criminals, and not private citizens. 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 17:9,10)
4. Terrorists' 'Black Summer' - Washington Times
U.S. national security officials are warning that jihadists are planning a major cyber attack against vital infrastructure soon.
~Lord, we thank You for revealing the plans of the enemy against Your people. We thank You that You are our Provider and Protector, our Refuge, and High Tower. May we continue to dwell under Your "wings" (tallit) and be safe. We ask that You will expose these terrorists' plots and stop them. We pray for the terrorists themselves, that as they are exposed, they will see You for Who You are, and fall on their faces before You, repent, and accept You as Lord and Messiah, we pray. Amen.
~"And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience." (Ephesians 2:1,2)
5. Economy expanded at 0.4 percent rate at end of 2012 - Fox News
The U.S. economy is teetering further on the edge of recession, with revised numbers showing economic growth clocking in at an anemic rate at the end of 2012.
~Father, we thank You for this expansion - as small as it is - that is pointed toward growth of our economy. We are grateful to You for Your provision. As these increased taxes, and increased costs of "affordable" health care continues to bite into our resources, we thank You that You do not change. You are faithful, and we praise You for that, and Your steadfast love. Nothing is too difficult for You. We continue to ask for wisdom, for ourselves, and also for our governmental leaders, to prioritize, and discretion to carry out the changes necessary to recover our economic footing. Amen.
~"I have been young; now I am old; yet not once have I seen the righteous abandoned or his descendants begging for bread. All day long he is generous and lends, and his descendants are blessed." (Psalm 37:25,26)
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:
"Be exalted, O God - That Your beloved may be delivered, save with Your right hand, and answer me - Give us help from trouble - for vain is the help of man." (Psalm 108:6)
1. 'Hacktivists' Vow to 'Erase Israel From Internet' - Arutz Sheva
A group of international hackers, dubbed "Hackers Anonymous," has vowed to "erase Israel from the Internet" in a coordinated attack against the Jewish state scheduled to take place on April 7.
2. IDF treats Syrian wounded as UN voices concerns - ICEJ News
IDF Medical teams again provided first-aid to several wounded Syrians who approached the border on Wednesday. One of the wounded Syrians, who had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, died despite the best efforts of doctors at the Western Galilee Government Hospital in Nahariya. Meanwhile, the UN Security Council issued a statement of concern about recent incidents of cross-border fire which have violated the ceasefire line between Syria and the Golan Heights, as well as the danger to UN peacekeepers in the area. "The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at all violations of the Disengagement of Forces Agreement," the council said, adding its "grave concern at the presence of the Syrian Arab Republic Armed Forces inside the area of separation.
3. IDF arrests Hamas operatives in West Bank PA opposes Erdogan visit to Gaza - Jerusalem Post
An IDF detention center (IDF Spokesperson's Office photograph) The IDF and Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) arrested five operatives for the Islamist terror militia Hamas in Hebron overnight Wednesday, including Muhammad Natsha, a member of the Palestinian Legislative Council. Israeli military intelligence believes Hamas is trying to gain control of the West Bank through reconciliation with the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, and is also trying to increase its strength in the West Bank through an underground terrorist buildup in the area. "It's part of the 'lawn mowing' that is required to stop Hamas from converting street popularity and its motivation into organizational achievements," a defense source told The Jerusalem Post at the time of the arrests
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
"But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you." (Psalm 5:11)
1. Christians in Pakistan Won't Allow Persecution to Stop Them from Celebrating Easter - ICN
Fear and violence will not prevent Christians of Pakistan to celebrate with great devotion, and massive presence, Easter. Mgr Joseph Coutts, Archbishop of Lahore and President of the Episcopal Conference, said: "At Easter, our churches will be packed. The faith of the faithful is alive and strong: violence or attacks, such as that of Joseph Colony in Lahore, have the effect of strengthening it even more."
Archbishop Coutts is convinced that Christians in Pakistan will continue to give a strong testimony: "Let us not lose hope, we know that the Lord is with us and the faithful themselves, even in difficult moments, encourage all priests: the Catholic laity in Pakistan is growing."
2. Christians in Libya Tighten Security at Churches - Bloomberg
Churches in Libya's capital, Tripoli, are tightening security measures before Easter celebrations on concern that Christians will be targeted by Islamist militants.
The doors of the Christ the King Church in the city's Old Town will be closed during services, Reverend Vasihar Baskaran, vicar at the Anglican church, said in an interview. In previous years they were left open, with people free to come and go, he said.
"I asked the congregation not to linger in the courtyard, and just to go home after the service," Baskaran said. "We do not want to provoke any distractions."
3. Christians in Eritrea Dies in Prison - Charisma News
Another Christian has died while in detention in Eritrea, Open Doors learned last week.
This report follows several others in recent months. Sources reporting the death indicated that about 45 other believers are held in horrendous circumstances in dungeon-like cells at Ala. They are enduring severe military punishment because they are unwilling to stop their Protestant religious practices.
For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Pray for the Harvest!
Pray for the Harvest!
"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." (John 4:35)
Every day, in every nation on earth, tens of thousands of men and women are making decisions for Christ. Now, you can monitor this amazing fact online by literally "watching" as these souls are born again into the Kingdom.
Of course, the identities of those who are coming to the Lord are never revealed, but our God knows who they are!
Join us as we monitor these "names" daily, praying over each one to be mentored and to grow in his or her faith . . . even in these perilous times. You may visit either or both of the sites below, to pray for fields that are ripe for harvest.
> > > OPTION ONE: AboutJesus.net
> > > OPTION TWO: The Great Commission Map!
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
"Yeshua Hu Adonai"
by Deborah Kline and Vince Iantorno
Who is He that overcomes the world?
Only he who believes Yeshua is the Son of God.
All praises, glory, honor unto Him.
Lamb of God, Yeshua - found worthy - to cover all sin.