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The Daily Brief Thursday, May 9, 2013
Most blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. (Jeremiah 17:7)
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The Daily Brief
1. Five reasons Syria's war suddenly looks more dangerous - CNN
While the world's attention was focused on Boston and North Korea, the conflict in Syria entered a new phase -- one that threatens to embroil its neighbors in a chaotic way and pose complex challenges to the Obama administration.
- Father we pray for Your Spirit to stay any actions in the Middle East that are outside of Your perfect will and plan for the people.
- "If you will not believe, surely you will not be established." [Isaiah 7:9b]
2a. Rep. Issa seeks more whistle-blowers after dramatic Benghazi hearing - Fox News
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa said he will continue to seek whistle-blowers to "come forward" with accounts from the Benghazi terror attack, making clear that Wednesday's bombshell testimony from three witnesses could be the beginning of a new wave of testimony that challenges the administration's claims. Read more.
2b. Boehner Calls for Release of Benghazi Emails
Pressure on the Obama administration to release more information about the Benghazi attack grew Thursday, as House Speaker John Boehner demanded officials turn over emails pertaining to the controversial "talking points" and another top Republican appealed for more whistle-blowers to come forward. (Read more)
- Lord, we ask the all revelations of truth be heard by the American people. We pray that You would remove the blind eyes and deaf ears from their lives.
- "Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears." [Isaiah 43:8]
3. Gun crime has plunged, but Americans think it's up, says study - LA Times
Gun crime has plunged in the United States since its peak in the middle of the 1990s, including gun killings, assaults, robberies and other crimes, two new studies of government data show.
- Lord, we again ask that the people of America would not continue to be led in deception by the media and the government. Open their eyes and ears to see and hear truth!
- "The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful." [Proverbs 12:5]
4. Delaware becomes eleventh state to approve same-sex marriage - CNN
Delaware became the eleventh state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage Tuesday after the State Senate approved the measure and the state's governor signed it into law.
- Father, we are so broken at the seemingly unstoppable march toward approval of same-sex marriage. While You have commanded us to love the sinner, our nation should not be condoning the sins of the people. We pray for mercy, repentance, and the turning of this tide.
- "He shall see the travail of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities." (Isaiah 53:11)
5. Texas cheerleaders win in court again over Bible banners - CBS News
A judge has ruled that cheerleaders at a Southeast Texas high school can display banners emblazoned with Bible verses at football games.
- Thank You, Lord, for this victory for the cheerleaders in Texas. We pray that Your Word and Your Name would be proclaimed throughout America in ways that touch the hearts of all.
- "For My Name shall be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts." [Malachi 1:11c]
6. Senate bill aims to toughen Iran sanctions - LA Times
A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would sharply toughen U.S. economic sanctions on Iran despite administration calls for Congress to delay penalties that could disrupt diplomacy aimed at resolving the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
- Father we pray that Your will prevail in the passage of this bill in the Senate. While we do not know if sanctions will truly do anything to stop Iran, we pray that Your Spirit will take this opportunity to flood Iran with the knowledge and vision of Jesus Christ.
- "I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me." [John 5:30b]
7. Major Terrorist Attack Halted in Israel- A7 News
The Shabak, along with the IDF, discovered and halted a major terrorist conspiracy that was being formed in the Binyamin region. The conspiracy was being organized from Gaza, via the Internet. Several members of the conspiracy, including two leaders, were arrested, preventing the group from carrying out its plans. According to the Shabak, the group was preparing to carry out several types of attacks, including setting bombs, kidnapping soldiers or residents, and the manufacturing of rockets and missiles.
- Father, we praise the holy faithfulness of the Lord God of Israel who revealed the things that were hidden and stood over Israel with Your mighty power of protection by preventing this major attack. You sent out Your light and Your truth and unveiled the darkness of the enemy. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' Name.
- "Blessed is He who wisely acts toward the poor in the evil day. Jehovah will deliver him and Jehovah will watch over him and keep him alive. He shall be blessed on the earth and You will not deliver him to the soul of his enemies." (Psalm 41:1-2)
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:
"And it shall be in that day that I will make it My aim to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem" (Zechariah 12:9)
1. U.S. Calls for 'Restraint' Over Temple Mount - Arutz Sheva
The United States on Wednesday called for both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to exercise restraint amid tensions over a disturbance at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
2. PA Official: If We Had Nuke, We'd Have Used It This Morning - Arutz Sheva
A senior Palestinian Authority has praised the use of violence against Israel, asserting that if the PA had the military wherewithal to rise up against the Jewish state, it would not hesitate to do so.
3. Obama phones Netanyahu over 'regional security issues' - Times of Israel
US President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone Wednesday to discuss regional security issues and Middle East peace, the White House said.
4. Billions of locust eggs hatch in the Negev - Times of Israel
The locust swarms that entered Israel in March and April, although prevented from causing major crop damage by an intensive spraying campaign, still left behind billions of eggs that are now hatching.
5. Lapid nixes Netanyahu-backed referendum on peace - Times of Israel
The centrist Yesh Atid party on Monday came out against the idea of legislating a national referendum on any future peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority, effectively stymieing the initiative, which was being championed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
6. Israel to buy new missiles, refueling planes from US - Ynet News
The US Defense Department is expected to finalize a $10 billion arms deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates next week that will provide missiles, warplanes and troop transports to help the Mideast countries counter any future threat from Iran, the New York Times reported Friday.
7. US-led Gulf naval exercises underway - AP
The US Navy says envoys from 41 nations have gathered in Bahrain to begin anti-mine drills in the Persian Gulf amid efforts by Iran to expand its naval presence there.
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
"You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men. Brethren, let each one remain with God in that state in which he was called." (I Corinthians 7:23,24)
1. The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim world - Fox News
A mass exodus of Christians is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other.
We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom recently said: "The flight of Christians out of the region is unprecedented and it's increasing year by year." In our lifetime alone "Christians might disappear altogether from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Egypt." Read more.
2. Escalating Violence Against Christians in Tanzania Raises Many Concerns- Christian Today
Christian Solidarity Worldwide is calling for "decisive action" after the deadly bombing of a cathedral in Arusha, Tanzania, on Sunday. The explosion happened during an inaugural Mass at the cathedral, killing three people and injuring more than 60.
The Vatican's ambassador to Tanzania, Archbishop Francisco Montecillo Padilla, and the Archbishop of Arusha, Josaphat Louis Lebulu, were at the Mass but escaped unharmed.
President Kikwete has described the attack as "an act of terrorism" and vowed to catch the perpetrators. (Read more)
3. Nigerian Christians Remember 2011 Post-Election Violence as They Open a New Church - Premium Times
Pray and fast to end terrorism in Nigeria, Pastor Adeboye says to Christians.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Enoch Adeboye, said the denomination lost 46 of her churches across Nigeria, particularly in the Northern part of the country, during the post presidential election crisis.
The cleric said this in Jos on Wednesday while declaring open the newly built Maranatha Covenant Church located in Jos. The event also witnessed consecration of the founder, Maranatha Church, Jonas Katung.
For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
The Madison Report
The Madison Report
The Legislative Bulletin for Conservatives
Week of May 6 - 10, 2013
Just two weeks after releasing the 844-page amnesty bill (S.744), which was written behind closed doors, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin a marathon markup of the bill this Thursday. The Senate Homeland Security Committee will also hold a hearing on the border security aspects (or lack thereof) of the bill. In addition to forcing this super-complex legislation down the throats of Republican members so quickly, the drafters of the bill plan to introduce a 350-page managers' amendment. Taken as a whole, Republican members on the committee, most of whom were shut out of the entire process, are flummoxed and struggling to understand the ramification of this bill, let alone any new amendments. For a detailed critique of how this bill will break our immigration system for years to come, please read this analysis by Daniel Horowitz over at the Madison Project.
Meanwhile, conservatives are now getting a handle on how many immigrants would be brought in under this bill. According to Senator Sessions, this bill would bring in 32.7 million immigrants over the next 10 years, not including the 25 million new guest workers. This is on top of our current record levels of between 1 and 1.1 million new green cards annually. The bill will essentially bring in 2 million new immigrants every year. Also, the Heritage Foundation is published a study today pegs the price tag for amnesty at $6.3 trillion when all the welfare costs associated with such a low-skilled population are factored in.
After spending two weeks denying the flaws in the bill as laid out by conservatives, Marco Rubio is finally admitting that the bill should be changed. However, here's how we see this playing out. Republicans will offer some good amendments -both in committee and on the floor - to strengthen the border triggers and limit the amnesties. Undoubtedly, Senator Rubio and most of the Republicans (and even some Democrats) will support those amendments, knowing that they will be voted down. Then, after feigning concern for our security with their show votes, these senators will ultimately vote for the final bill.
Ultimately, it's hard to see how this bill, no matter how odious the final product, will fail to get 60 votes on the floor. Almost every Democrat will vote for it along with the GOP gang members. There is very little margin for error.
The real fight will commence in the House. There is a parallel Gang of 8 in the House that is working on a very similar bill. They will add in one or two shiny objects to attract more Republican votes, but from what I've seen of the rough draft, this bill will be very similar to the Schumer/Rubio amnesty. Conservatives must work closely with the good members on the Judiciary and Homeland Security committees in an effort to block any mass amnesty bill, while focusing on national security, enforcement, and targeted legal immigration reforms.
What's Next On Benghazi?
What's Next On Benghazi?
Yesterday's Benghazi hearing was extraordinary, but you wouldn't know it if you depended on Big Media. Major networks like CNN and MSNBC did not cover yesterday's whistle-blower testimony on the Benghazi scandal. Instead they chose to follow Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, who were held captive in an Ohio home for ten years, as they returned to their families.
In contrast, Fox News covered the vast majority of Benghazi hearing. Also today's Washington Post had a relatively balanced story, noting that the witnesses "provided a riveting, emotional account of last year's fatal attack" and "accused senior government officials of withholding embarrassing facts."
Are Obama and Hillary in real trouble? It's too early to know for sure. The fact that some of the witnesses appeared to contradict Hillary Clinton's testimony does not by itself prove that Hillary committed perjury. You have to prove that she intentionally lied using sources other than someone else's statements.
That said, I continue to believe the Benghazi scandal has legs and that more disclosures are forthcoming. At a press conference today House Speaker John Boehner called on the Obama White House to release more information on Benghazi. Referring specifically to an email to the Libyan ambassador, Boehner said:
"I hope you all tuned in to yesterday's hearing on the tragedy in Benghazi. We learned that on September 12 -- the day after the attacks and four days before Susan Rice's TV appearances -- a senior State Department official emailed her superiors to relay that . . . she had told the Libyan Ambassador that the attack was conducted by Islamic terrorists.
"The State Department would not allow our committees to keep copies of this email when it was reviewed. And I would call on the president to order the State Department to release this email so that the American people can see it."
During an interview this morning, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said, "Having sat on the Intelligence Committee and seen the review of emails that went back and forth as they developed the list, there is a glaring problem there that will eventually come out." Stay tuned! (Gary Bauer)
Democrats Duck Gosnell Debate
Democrats Duck Gosnell Debate
Kudos to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). The liberal media may not want to talk about Kermit Gosnell, but Senator Lee is forcing Senate Democrats to confront the reality of their abortion-on-demand agenda. Lee introduced a resolution demanding an investigation and legislation to "correct abusive, unsanitary and illegal abortion practices." His resolution now has 21 co-sponsors.
When he tried to bring up his resolution, Senate Democrats objected. Lee said, "It is difficult to imagine why anyone would object . . . The resolution is simply an affirmation that we as a country -- a moral and compassionate society -- have an interest in acting to save the lives of innocent women and children, and to prevent these kinds of heinous acts from happening to anyone again."
Senator Lee is right. This is a debate the country should have, and I encourage him to bring up his resolution again and again and again, each time exposing the pro-abortion extremism of Senate Democrats. (Gary Bauer)
NDP Report (One Week Later!)
National Day of Prayer 2013:
A Summary Report
Source: John Bornschein, Vice Chairman, National Day of Prayer Task Force, " America Mobilized in Prayer"
Reported by Rev. Pierre Bynum, Family Research Council
Dear Praying Friends, Here is a great report regarding last Thursday's nationwide observance of the National Day of Prayer! To God be the glory!
All 50 Governors and the President of the United States proclaimed the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer as millions of Americans gathered from coast to coast in solemn assembly. It was the single, largest mobilized effort to prayer in the history of our nation with more than 42,000 events taking place at courthouse steps, parks, offices, government buildings, churches and homes symbolizing a single prayer - one voice - one cry - for such a time as this.
Stadiums were filled from Pennsylvania to Minnesota with shouts of prayer and adoration. Parades, motorcycle rallies, hot air balloon launches and more were parts of the celebration. In Washington D.C., the day was marked by standing room only events with extended lines . . . "Revive us again" was the popular theme of the season as millions united in prayer.
Revival is not new - God has always intervened trying to get us out of our stagnation and apathy. The Old Testament is a history of revival. In fact, one scholar indicated 7 major revival periods with over 16 clear cultural moves of God during that time. . .
Following the church from the 14th century throughout modern times, we can document 54 revivals according to many theological sources. In the United States we have seen 3 great times of revival . . .
Evidence that God is calling his people to revival is overwhelming... The formula is written for us clearly in II Chronicles 7:14 and God's people are responding . . . He has called his church to: 1) Return to Him with humility; 2) Pray unceasingly; 3) Seek His face unconditionally; 4) Turn from our wicked ways; 5) Live in unity: 6) Persevere until His return!
Many will watch the headlines to see if there is instant change in America as a result of this massive public outcry. What we must remember is that God will respond in His timing. Our prayers will not go unanswered. Like the disciples who waited 50 days for the promise of Christ to be fulfilled on Pentecost, we must be patient and remain mobilized and confident that the prayers of His people are powerful and effective. Generations not yet born will praise the Lord (Ps 102:18).
May God bless America yet once more!
- Thanks be to God for the NDP, the tireless labors of the NDP Task Force, and for this great report which offers hope to the prayer movement and America! We are troubled on every side, yet praise God for the growing number of men, women, boys and girls who are crying out to God in repentance for revival! Leaning on the Lord, may we build on the faith and prayer of the National Day of Prayer! God is our HOPE!
- "This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the Lord." (Psalm 102:18)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Man raised from the dead in ER
Back from the Dead, Reborn Into the Light
They called a time of death on Jeff. Then, his doctor heard the Lord say, 'Pray for him.'
> > > Editor's note: We shared this good news, miracle report with all of you sometime ago, but this testimony still stands. Join us in rejoicing over this good report as you go here to watch this YouTubevideo of Jeff Markin's brush with death. Praise the Lord!
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!
Jerusalem - Eye of the Universe
A passionate music video takes you on tour of the most stunning views of the most beautiful city. Breathtaking videography brings out the power of the lyrics and music of singer/songwriter, David Green's, unexplainable feelings for Jerusalem. The song is from Dovid's album, "Journey to the Real You" available on CD and MP3 from www.dovidmusic.com, iTunes, amazon and many other online stores. The music features many of Israel's most talented musicians as they perform a refreshing new sound in spiritual music. Scenes include the old city, Mahane Yehuda, Mamila, Jafa gate, Jewish quarter, motel (western wall) mount of olives, Mir Yeshiva, Aish Hatorah, musicians performing, Har Menuchos, city of David, aerial views and more.
To view this video, please go here. We continue to celebrate Jerusalem Day with our friends in Israel all week, this week!