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a National Day of Repentance on April 30th.
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and Texas for prayer AND announcing
a National Day of Repentance on April 30th.
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The Daily Brief Friday, April 19, 2013
"The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul." (Psalm 121:7)
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The Daily Brief
1. Boston Marathon bomber manhunt: One suspect dead, second on the run, police say - Yahoo News
A late-night police chase and shootout has ended with one marathon bombing suspect dead and another on the run here, Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis said early Friday morning. One police officer was killed and a transit officer seriously wounded during the pursuit.
~Father, we come to You, asking that You would reveal the "secret things" done under the cover of darkness of soul, and shine Your light into those places, and make them plain. We ask, that by Your Spirit, You will "arrest" those who perpetrated this evil, senseless attack on our citizens. Cause them to tip their hand, to become confused in their actions, and to be apprehended by the FBI and police officers safely. We ask for Your protection to be upon those engaged in this massive manhunt, that there would be no more deaths connected to this apprehension. We ask that all involved would be found and brought to justice. We come against this anarchy spirit that is stirring the pot, in causing such evil. We pray that these perpetrators, known and unknown would be apprehended by Your Spirit, and come to know You, the only one true God. In Your precious Name, we pray. Amen.
- "I the Lord have spoken. The time has come for Me to act. I will not hold back; I will not have pity, nor will I relent. You will be judged according to your conduct and your actions, declares the Sovereign Lord." (Ezekiel 24:14)
2. U.S. 'deporting Saudi person of interest' - WND
The Reuters news agency reported President Barack Obama met with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal on Wednesday, noting "the meeting was not on Obama's public schedule." After that meeting was mentioned, Emerson told Hannity, "That's very interesting because this is the way things are done with Saudi Arabia. You don't arrest their citizens. You deport them, because they don't want them to be embarrassed and that's the way we appease them." The foreign student from Revere, Mass., is identified as 20-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi."I just learned from my own sources that he is now going to be deported on national security grounds next Tuesday, which is very unusual," Steve Emerson of the Investigative Project on Terrorism told Sean Hannity of Fox News.
~Father, we bring this young man to You, and ask that You would intervene in his situation - reveal that which was/is done in secret, and expose any works of evil. We ask that You, Who search the hearts and minds, would bring glory to Yourself, and bring freedom to those trapped as pawns of the enemy. We ask Your light to shine and expose the works of darkness, and may many people put their faith and trust in You, and look to You for salvation and protection. In Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
- "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret." (Ephesians 5:8-12)
3. Special Prayers This Weekend - CHPP
After the amazing week we have just witnessed and endured, we now head into a weekend, not knowing what might yet lie ahead.
Our ministry team is concerned now for the safety of all who might be participating at the many sports events scheduled tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. The Lord has given us a prayer strategy, below. Thank you for praying in agreement with this request.
- Thank our Lord that He is the Omniscient One and, if any other terror events are planned for this weekend, He can and will protect our people, if we but ask Him to do so. Ask our Lord to cause heavy rains to fall in any area that is targeted, causing these sports events to be RAINED OUT. Ask, too, that if evil plans are yet afoot, that they be revealed to those in authority, and taken down. In Jesus Name, we ask this prayer, amen.
- "If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you." (Matthew 18:19)
4. Texas Waco fertilizer plant blast search for survivors - BBC
Emergency services are still searching for survivors after a blast at a US fertilizer plant that police say killed up to 15 people. More than 160 people were injured and dozens of buildings destroyed in the town of West, near Waco in Texas. The town's Mayor Tommy Muska said he believed at least 14 people were dead, including four firefighters who attended the original fire.
~Abba, it seems so surreal to be seeing these images of fire and destruction before us, reminding us of the Oklahoma City bombing that occurred on this date, and also the invasion of the compound in Waco. It seems almost like a replay of those incidents. Lord, we do pray that You would comfort all who are mourning their losses this week, bathe them in Your love, and apply the balm of Gilead into their wounded hearts and bodies. O Lord, truly You are our Rock, Stability, and Sanity in an insane world, reeling from acts of hatred and destruction. We ask that again, as we did after 9/11, to seek Your face and find our Rest and Hope in You. Amen.
- "Surely the wrath of man shall praise You; the remainder of wrath shall You restrain and gird and arm Yourself with it." (Psalm 76:10)
5. Gallup: Only 4% of Americans Think Gun Control is an Important Problem - CNS News
Only 4 percent of Americans think guns and gun control is an important problem facing the country, according to Gallup, and far more Americans are concerned about the economy, unemployment and the federal debt.
~Father, it seems this administration has its own agenda, and is not really in touch with what the people want on this issue of "gun control". We do pray that somehow our President will focus on the real problems in our society - of economics, debt, and unemployment. We thank You for revealing hidden agendas that seem to circumvent the will of the people, and our Constitutional rights. We ask that all those in our administration would be reminded and heed their vows to "protect and defend" our Constitution. In Your Name we pray, Amen.
- "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made." (Matthew 5:33)
6. Biden: 'The President Is Already Lining Up Some Additional Executive Actions' for Guns - The Weekly Standard
Vice President Biden told White House allies in the gun control fight Thursday that President Obama will be announcing new executive actions on gun violence in the days after the Senate voted down a gun violence bill.
~Father, we come against these unilateral "executive actions" that this President seems so intent on invoking against the will of Congress and the people he is to serve. We know that "executive orders" are meant to be used only when Congress is not in session, and when we are in a national crisis, such as an attack against us. We ask that both Congress and our Supreme Court would uphold our Constitution and its intent in securing that we maintain our system of "checks and balances", and there be no governing through the misuse of Executive Orders. We do not want to have a dictatorship, and we pray against the "spirit of lawlessness" that desires to thwart the will of the people. We pray that the restrictions on such actions be strengthened by our Congress, and enforced. Amen.
-"For the mystery of lawlessness (that hidden principle of rebellion against constituted authority) is already at work in the world, [but it is] restrained only until he who restrains is taken out of the way." (2 Thessalonians 2:7)
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:
"The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel." (Psalm 147:2)
1. PM: Israel ready to defend against Syrian WMDs - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the BBC on Wednesday that Israel is prepared to defend itself should Syrian President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons and anti-aircraft weapons fall into the wrong hands.
2. Iran: Israel incapable of launching military strike on us - Jerusalem Post
Israel is not capable of launching a military strike against Iran, the commander of Iran's military said Thursday as the country held its annual Army Day parade in Tehran.
3. Iran says it will 'raze Tel Aviv, Haifa' if attacked - Times of Israel
Two of Iran's top defense officials on Thursday launched a coordinated rhetorical attack against Israel, saying it couldn't carry out a successful military attack against the Islamic republic and restating their own ability to "raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground."
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
"Bow down Your ear to me,
Deliver me speedily;
Be my rock of refuge,
A fortress of defense to save me."
(Psalm 31:2) (Acts 4:29)
1. Christian Church Forcibly Demolished in Northeast China - CHINAaid News
A former Seventh-Day Adventist Church in northeast China's Liaoning province that was later taken over by the official Three-Self Church has been forcibly demolished after the government sold it to real estate developers.
The demolition of the Beilimen Church, next to the Hang Lung Plaza at Shenyang's Xiao Beimen in Liaoning province, began at about 1:30 p.m. on April 12. When it ended, all that was left was a shed. The church duty office was pushed over by an front-loader operated by seven or eight men in their 30s dressed in blue uniforms but with no identifying badges and who looked like hooligans.
Additionally, two women believers, one middle-aged and one nearly 70 years old, who were in the shed were forcibly dragged out and their cellphones were snatched from them so that they were unable to notify anyone or call for help.
2. Christian Florist Faces Two Lawsuits for Refusing to Provide Flowers at Gay Wedding - Charisma News
A Washington state florist who refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding has been sued by the American Civil Liberties Union, in the second legal action accusing the vendor of discrimination.
Florist Barronelle Stutzman already faced a consumer protection lawsuit over the incident filed against her last week by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. She maintained her Christian beliefs prevented her from selling the flowers for the same-sex wedding, according to court papers.
The plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit filed on Thursday are Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, who are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state.
The couple were longtime customers of Stutzman's southeast Washington state business, Arlene's Flowers, in Richland, their lawsuit said.
The legal battle follows a move by Washington state voters in November to allow gay marriage, but the ACLU's lawsuit is not based on the legality of same-sex marriage in the state.
Instead, it centers on the state's law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, said Doug Honig, spokesman for the ACLU of Washington state.
"Everybody is entitled to their own private religious beliefs and the ACLU respects that strongly," Honig said.
"But a business open to the public cannot use religion as a reason to justify discriminating," he said.
3. Nigeria Sets Up Amnesty Panel to Avoid Religious War - The Africa Report
Nigeria has set up a panel to work out an amnesty for members of the Muslim terrorist group, Boko Haram following threats by Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) to target Muslims in a violent campaign.
The move seeks to prevent a looming religious war after MEND released a statement threatening a religious war early this week.
"On behalf of the hapless Christian population in Nigeria, MEND will, from Friday, May 31, 2013, embark on a crusade to save Christianity in Nigeria from annihilation," the statement released by MEND spokesman Jomo Gbomo said.
For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
The Daily Jot
The shady shades of Benghazi and Boston
There has been enough time since the Boston bombings for the spin doctors to get their snarly tongues around the story. So now, the entire media is focused on suspects from Chechnya Russia, leaving the impression that it is the Russians that are behind the terrorist attack. Not so. Chechnyans have been fighting the Russians a long time. They are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslims and are responsible for some of the most horrific terror atrocities in Russia. The occupant of the Oval Office and his Administration is so predisposed to appeasing Islam that the American people may never know the truth about either Benghazi or Boston--Islamic-inspired terror attacks on Americans.
Islam is incompatible with representative government because it is a fascist theocracy that rules by fear, enslaves people, treats women and children like property, violently prosecutes its goals of worldwide Caliphate domination and it justifies its brutal actions by the very edicts in its "Holy" Koran. Problem is, the politically correct dogma of the Bush's and the occupant's administration want no one to tell the truth about Islam--these politicians have systematically disjoined the words "Islamic" and "terrorism" in their written material for intel and the military.
The occupant met with the Saudi Foreign Minister (Saudi Arabia is also Sunni), whose appointment was not on the public schedule. Then stories reveal that the first Boston bombing suspect, a Saudi national, will be deported because of national security reasons. The press doesn't question if the Saudis cut a deal to get their Islamist out of the mix. Then the next suspects are Russian? From Chechnya? No mention of the connection to Islam?
Meantime, Secretary of State John Kerry answered a question from California Repbulican Dana Rohrabacher about a Benghazi coverup of wrongdoing, saying, "I don't think anybody lied to anybody. And let's find out exactly together, what happened, because...we got a lot more important things to move on to and get done." This, after saying he believed he had all the answers to what had happened.
America has a "president" who has funded al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood and supported their takeover of several countries in the Middle East under the false pretense of democracy. He has refused to enforce border security, which leads to hundreds of millions spent on illegal aliens and ultimately terror acts such as Boston. Meanwhile, he is supporting disarmament, amnesty for illegals and millions more for al Qaeda operatives in Syria. A Psalm of David, 109, urges God to not hold His peace, "For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken with a lying tongue . . . and they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love . . . Let his days be few, and let another take his office." If these evil things are done, they are done against the people of America. Think about it.
Have A Blessed And Powerful Day,
Bombing Suspects Lauded Jihad
Bombing Suspects Lauded Jihad
While police in and around Boston hunt for 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspected Boston Marathon bombers, information gathered from various social media outlets indicate that he and his brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, harbored radical Islamic beliefs.
Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed overnight as police closed in on him and the hunt for Dzhokhar remains active. An MIT security officer was shot and killed in the firefight.
This is believed to be Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's Youtube page. Several of the posts feature radical Islamic rhetoric. In addition, a graphic video about Syria appears on Tsarnaev's page on a Russian version of Facebook.
. . . The bombs, reportedly packed inside pressure cookers, bear striking resemblances to instructions offered by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's Inspire magazine. One article suggested that pressure cooker bombs should be "placed in crowded areas and left to blow up. More than one of these could be planted to explode at the same time. However, keep in mind that the range of the shrapnel in this operation is short range so the pressurized cooker or pipe should be placed close to the intended targets and should not be concealed from them by barriers such as walls." (Steve Emerson; The Investigative Project on Terrorism) Read the entire article here.
- As we write this edition of the Daily Brief, the second bomber is still on the loose somewhere in the Boston area. Lift up your prayers in agreement with law enforcement personnel who, even now, are going house - to - house, trying to find him. Thank our God that, as we ask, every hidden thing will be revealed about this case.
In addition, pray too that if these two jihadists were in league with others, that this network, too, would be discovered and dismantled. Pray!
- "For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light." (Mark 4:22)
John Guandolo: "We are at war"
"We are at war"
By John Guandolo
About the author:
John Guandolo has been called a "true patriot"but has effectively been blacklisted by the Muslim Brotherhood within our own government from holding any trainings for our US military, Sheriffs and Police associations. He had been the former TOP FBI agent who understood the Islamic terrorist threat. He left the agency, started his own company and has since left it for other pursuits. His web site is here.
We must begin by understanding the ground truth about the threats we face today. In 2001, do you think Osama bin Laden could have imagined that by 2013:
Do you think we are really winning this war?
This is a "Movement" and the enemy's strategy is "Civilization Jihad." Subversion, political influence operations, recruitments of American leaders (political, military, religious, media), propaganda campaigns and the like.
Therefore, this is primarily a COUNTERINTELLIGENCE war - a war of information control, and less of a "counterterrorism" matter.
For more on this topic, please see the video by Walid Shoebat here.
In this video, Walid explains why he believes the Boston bombing is the work of Islamic terrorists.
In a separate video, released by the Western Center for Journalism, we can see how the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the White House. To view this video, go here.
[Hint: This one takes time to download . . .]
You Can Help West, Texas
You Can Help West, Texas
And: Prayers for West, Texas
As we receive more news on the horrific disaster in the city of West, Texas, we want to make sure that you are aware of what is being done to help. Please click here to see what is being done by Somebody Cares, a ministry founded by Doug Stringer that seeks to transform communities through evangelism, meeting needs, and unifying the Body of Christ to reach the world with the love of God.
I pray this encourages you, and compels you to discover how you can reach out to the devastated town of West with the love and healing of Christ!
Urgent prayer for West, Texas
(Published Thursday, April 18th)
Tragedy Strikes the Town of West, Texas
Millions across the nation awoke to headlines about the tragic explosion that rocked West, Texas; a small community of 2,600, approximately 20 miles north of Waco. Early yesterday evening, firefighters responded to a call at the West Fertilizer plant. Soon after that, a massive explosion illuminated the sky and sent shock waves for miles around.
Authorities are confirming fatalities due to the event with early numbers ranging between 5 and 15. Among the missing are some of the first responders and more than 160 others were injured. The blast severely damaged an area the size of four city blocks, and was felt as far away as Waxahachie, a city about 45 miles to the north. This tragedy hits particularly close to us here at Generals International's headquarters as West, TX is only an hour away.
To say the least, this has been an extremely difficult week for the United States. Just three days after the vicious bombings during the Boston Marathon, another tragedy is upon us. Especially during such times, we must continue to seek the face of God; believing that He is good in all things and is a merciful Father who will respond to the cries of His children!
Please join with us in prayer, not only for the city of West, and Boston, but for the entire nation.
1. Pray for the the people of this town. Pray that God will bring healing, restoration and comfort to every citizen that has been affected. (Zechariah 9:12)
2. Pray for God to bring peace and comfort to those who have lost friends and family members in the explosion. Also ask the Lord to bring divine healing to those who have suffered injuries to their bodies, emotions, and minds. (Psalm 46:1)
3. Ask God to give wisdom and protection to local authorities and city leaders as they begin to clean up a very toxic disaster site. (Job 12:13)
4. Pray that any other possible terrorist attacks or disasters such as this one, and the one in Boston, will not occur! Ask God to expose the hidden things that intend to do us harm so that the American people will be protected. (Psalm 91)
5. Pray for comfort, peace, and security for the United States as this has been an incredibly difficult week for the nation. (Psalm 34:18)
Thank you for praying with us!
Standing with you,
U.S. Reformation Prayer Network
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Courage amid Carnage: the Heroes that Rose out of the Boston Marathon Attack
"Moments like these-terrible as they are-don't show our weakness, they show our strength." -Daniel Conley, D.A.
Amid Monday's shock and sadness, and as is often the case in tragic situations, another storyline has emerged from numerous reports highlighting the bravery and heroism of those who rushed into the devastation to help.
Particularly noted by various media was the fact that after the blasts, while terrified people understandably ran from the carnage; there were many who immediately and courageously sprinted into the heart of the scene-not knowing if there would be another bomb-to assist the injured, and help in any way they could.
Among the first responders and police and medical personnel who were already present, were regular citizens, "men and women who rose to the occasion," according to the ABC News report.
"That's what Americans do in times of crisis; we come together and we help one another," said District Attorney Daniel Conley at a press conference.
One of those being hailed as a hero is Carlos Arredondo who had been in the VIP section passing out American flags when the bombs exploded right in front of them, according to the ABC News report.
Carlos sprang into action, stopping the bleeding of an injured bystander who lost both his legs in the blast, he "never left his side, holding his hand 'til help arrived."
Interestingly, Carlos had-back in 2004-almost lost his own life when he reacted to the news of his son, Lance Cpl. Alexander Arredondo, having been killed by a sniper in Iraq. Carlos was so distraught that he reportedly attempted to set fire to himself in a van.
Fast forward to Monday's tragedy and how Carlos just may have saved the life of the man he'd helped. Perhaps God spared Carlos for such a time as this.
And then there was former New England Patriot Joe Andruzzi, who was found helping as well, the image of him carrying an injured woman to safety is seen all over the internet.
These heroes' actions and stories of others can be viewed in the ABC News video at the link provided. (Source: ABC News.com) Read more.
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!
by Davis S. Taylor
I believe, I believe
With perfect faith my heart does see.
I believe, I believe
I believe with perfect faith.
ABOUT CAPITOL HILL PRAYER PARTNERS
Our Mission Statement
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners (CHPP) is a ministry which is positioned on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., helping members of the Body of Christ to "pray for those in authority over us" in our federal government. Our primary purpose is to offer intercession on site for the members of Congress and their staffs each day that the Senate and the House of Representatives are in session; and our chief prayer focus is that "God's will be done in earth, as it is in heaven" [Matthew 6:10].
Because Jesus Christ has shed His blood for all, we, too, pray for ALL, in a nonpartisan manner. Also, because the scriptures indicate that "the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much" (James 4:17), we are confident that fervent prayer, offered in the halls of the highest chambers of government in our land, can avail much for America. Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes those who feel called to join us, engaging in this strategic work of intercession for our nation: "For there is no power but of God; the powers that be are ordained of God." [Romans 13:1]
Friends may participate by receiving our daily prayer alerts. You may contact us at email@example.com for more information. CHPP is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt ministry. Thank you and God bless you!
Learn more about CHPP by going here.