40 Years Ago This Month: Watergate
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The Daily Brief Tuesday, May 28, 2013
"Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth." (Rev. 3:10)
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The Daily Brief
1. Hezbollah should change name to 'Party of Satan,' Turkish Deputy PM says - Washington Times
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Sunday that Hezbollah, or "Party of God" in Arabic, should change its name to "Party of Satan," blaming the terrorist organization for killing thousands of civilians in Syria.
- Lord, we pray for Bekir Bozdag that he will have increased revelation of truth. We thank you that he had the courage to make this statement. We pray for his protection. We also pray for the Washington Times and especially for the report for having the courage to mention Satan. We pray for this reporter for protection and for increased courage and revelation of truth by the Washington Times media outlet. We also pray that no funds will be sent to Hezbollah. In the name of Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, we pray. Amen.
- "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven." (Matthew 18:19)
2. Syria fighting rages, more chemical attacks reported - Reuters
Heavy fighting raged around the strategic Syrian border town of Qusair and the capital Damascus on Monday and further reports surfaced of chemical weapons attacks by President Bashar al-Assad's forces on rebel areas.
- Lord, we pray for wisdom from You for the confusion and destruction in Syria. We pray for the intervention of the Prince of Peace, Jesus, in the fighting in Syria. We pray that those supporting this fighting would be stopped from aiding. We pray that evil be revealed and dealt with. We pray that Senator McCain who was or is there still there would not do anything outside of Your will concerning Syria. We pray for wisdom from the Holy Spirit for our leaders who are dealing with the problems there. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- "For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace." (James 4:16-18)
3. Wave of bombings in Iraqi capital kill at least 66 - AP
A wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of the Baghdad area starting Monday afternoon, leaving at least 66 dead in the latest outburst of an unusually intense wave of bloodshed roiling Iraq.
- Lord, we pray that this bloodshed be stopped and we pray for the plots of these terrorists to be brought to nothing. Lord, let not the sacrifices of those who gave their lives to free Irag be in vain. Teach the way of peace and fear of the true God. We pray for those who would to come to the Lord Jesus for salvation. In the name of Jesus, the only One Who can Save, we pray. Amen.
"Their feet are swift to shed blood; Destruction and misery are in their ways; And the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3:15-18)
4. High court poised for a month of high-stakes rulings - CNN
Four weeks. Four major legal rulings. What the Supreme Court decides by the end of June could fundamentally change lives and legacies on a range of politically explosive issues. Those cases are:
- Same-sex marriage: A pair of appeals testing whether gays and lesbian couples have a fundamental constitutional right to wed.
- Affirmative action: May race continue to be used as a factor in college admissions, to achieve classroom diversity?
- Voting rights: The future of the Voting Rights Act, and continued federal oversight of elections in states with a past history of discrimination.
- Gene patents: Can "products of nature" like isolated parts of the human genome be held as the exclusive intellectual property of individuals and companies, through government-issued patents? (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for the Supreme Court that the members would execute true justice. Let true justice that is right in Your eyes not be cut off. We pray for blessings on the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, and we ask for Your forgiveness for past rulings that are not right. We ask this prayer in Jesus' Name, amen.
- "Execute true justice." (Zechariah 7:9)
5. Americans gather to honor fallen service members - AP
Americans gathered at memorials, museums and monuments and the president laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery to honor fallen service members on Memorial Day, as combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindle.
- Lord, we thank You for the many who have given their lives and are risking them now for our freedom. Please protect them. We reflect this time of year on the veterans and their families. We ask for Your special blessings on them, and for healing as needed. Thank You that we have a nation who pays honor to those who deserve it. Lord Jesus, bless them and let not all their efforts be in vain. Amen.
- "Pay to all what is owed to them:. . . respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed." (Romans 13:7)
6. Issa Subpoenas Kerry for Missing Emails on Benghazi Attack - Fox News
Rep. Darrell Issa issues subpoena to Secretary of State John Kerry for internal emails on Benghazi terror attack, accusing department of 'withholding documents' despite release of 100 pages of material earlier this month.
- Offer praise to the Lord for those, like Rep. Darrell Issa, who are governing our nation with integrity and honor. Pray for the protection of Rep. Issa (Republican from California), his staff and his family as they work to pursue the truth in this critical matter. Let every detail of the Benghazi attack not be swept under the rug, but brought out into the open so that those who are truly accountable for the lives of the four Americans who have perished would be brought to justice in the end. Never give up! Never surrender!
- "Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true." (Psalm 119:142)
7. This Week: House and Senate Are in a District Work Period - CHPP
This week both the House and the Senate have gone into recess to allow members to work in their own districts and/or states. This is an excellent time to reach members "close to home," and to voice your own opinions on issues of the day.
To find the location of the offices of your two senators in your state, go here.
To find the location of the office of your own member of Congress, go here.
- As citizens of this great country, we still have the opportunity to let our voices be heard. Let's exercise that freedom this week; you can make a difference!
- "Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself." (James 2:17)
8. 40 Years Ago This Month: Watergate - U.S. Senate Website Homepage
Forty years ago this month, the Senate launched its best-known inquiry when chairman Sam Ervin of North Carolina gaveled to order the first public hearing of the Select Committee on Presidential Campaign Activities, commonly known as the Watergate Committee. Americans watched live televised broadcasts of the hearings as senators and staff questioned the president's closest advisors about the break-in and cover-up at the Watergate office complex and other "illegal and improper campaign practices and financing" that occurred during the presidential campaign of 1972. (Read more)
- Thank the Lord that our Constitution includes instructions to impeach a president if he does not fulfill his responsibilities to the nation. We also thank the Lord that the U.S. Senate has taken note of this historic fact on its website for the month of May. Let us be sure to teach our children not only biblical principles for living, but also lessons of citizenship, too. An informed public is a wise public. Take note; pray; and take action as the LORD may direct you to do.
- "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap." (Gal. 6:7)
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:
"Has YHWH's hand become short? You shall see now whether or not My word shall come to pass to you." (Numbers 11:23)
1. Rockets hit Hezbollah stronghold, raising fears of widening war - Christian Science Monitor
Two rockets struck a majority Shiite district of southern Beirut early Sunday, the latest indication of rising tensions in Lebanon generated by the war in neighboring Syria. The attack was the first of its kind in Beirut since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war.
2. Poll: Most Israelis back Arab Peace Initiative - Jerusalem Post
If Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu adopted the Arab Peace Initiative and reached a a final status agreement with the Arab states, the majority of Israelis would support the move, according to a poll whose findings were partially published on the Al-Monitor news website Monday.
3. Bennett: When we give up land, people are killed - Jerusalem Post
Withdrawal from land leads to deaths, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett said Monday, responding to President Shimon Peres' speech calling for a two-state solution.
4. Crisis averted as Netanyahu tells Ya'alon to back down on draft bill - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday asked Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon not to hinder the ultra-Orthodox conscription bill drafted by the Peri Committee, essentially ending a crisis that briefly threatened to fell the ruling coalition.
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
". . . lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
1. Daughter of Imprisoned Chinese Pastor Cries Out for Support As Her Father Faces Potential Death - Morning Star News
Gong Shengliang, imprisoned in China since 2001 for his leadership of a large house church movement, is suffering from lack of medical treatment after suffering a stroke, according to his daughter.
In an open letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping published on the Websites of China Ministries International and China Aid Association, Gong Huali states that her father suffered a "cerebral infarction" (ischemic stroke) late last year that has rendered him unable to walk or speak.
"Because the complete absence of minimal medical care, his cerebral and cerebellum functions have been severely affected," she wrote. "His life is in serious danger."
2. Christians Endangered in the Middle East - The Daily Star
The recent abductions of Syriac Orthodox Archbishop Yohanna Ibrahim and his Greek Orthodox counterpart, Paul Yazigi, reflect not only the increasing brutality of Syria's civil war, but also the escalating crisis for Christians across the Arab world - one that could end up driving them away altogether. According to the International Society for Human Rights, 80 percent of all acts of religious persecution worldwide in 2012 were directed against Christians. This surge in discrimination against Christian communities in countries where they have lived for many centuries can be explained largely by increasing Islamist militancy and the rise of political Islam in the wake of the Arab Spring. As Islamist parties have taken power in the region, a wave of intimidation and discrimination has been unleashed on Christian minority populations.
3. Christian Pastor Murdered as Nigeria Declares a State of Emergency - Morning Star News
Gunmen believed to be members of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram group yesterday killed the Rev. Faye Pama Musa, secretary of the Borno state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). He was 47.
The gunmen reportedly followed the long-time Christian leader from his church building, where he was holding an evening Bible study, to his house in the Government Reservation Area in Maiduguri, and shot him dead there, said the Rev. Titus Dama Pona, chairman of CAN's Borno chapter.
For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
Two Bills in Congress Block Funding for Abortions
1. The Carter Amendment
. . . the same Homeland Security that claims it doesn't have enough money for detention beds is ready to finance abortions. As Rep. Hal Rodgers (R-Ky.) pointed out, "These are grim budget times. We don't have carte blanche for even our most important security programs." All the more reason, says Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), to put the brakes on ICE's abortion funding. Last Wednesday, Congressman Carter, Chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, introduced language to stop the agency's $46 billion funding bill from getting bogged down with the President's radical social policy.
Under the Carter amendment, co-sponsored by our friends Reps. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) and Rep. Alan Nunnelee, (R-Miss.), Homeland Security would be barred from spending a single cent of government funding on abortion. The Committee passed a similar rider last year, but--like most appropriations measures--the abortion ban didn't carry over from the 2013 funding bill. A day after Rep. Carter offered the amendment, it passed: 25-21. Now it heads to the House floor--along with the rest of the 92-page budget. "I will always support and remain committed to preserving the sanctity of life," Carter vowed, "and as a committed member of the Pro-Life Caucus, I will continue to defend human life at all stages. The provision in this amendment will continue to ensure that federal taxpayer dollars will not fund abortion."
2. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7 and S. 946)
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood, who never met an abortion debate it didn't like to distort, criticized the bill for denying access to immigrant abortions. In a press release, the country's biggest abortion cartel intentionally mischaracterized Carter's amendment, claiming that it "prevents immigrant women . . . from making extremely personal, medical decisions."
False. It only prevents taxpayers from funding those decisions. Women in ICE's custody are not only free to abort at outside clinics--they're assigned government "escorts" for the trip. All House leaders have done is bring Homeland Security in line with the other federal appropriations provisions that block taxpayer dollars for abortion. So it's more than a little ironic when Planned Parenthood complains, "Abortion has no business being debated as a part of a Homeland Security funding bill." We agree! In fact, abortion has no business being debated as part of any government funding bill. That's why FRC supports the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (H.R. 7 and S. 946), just introduced by Rep. Chris Smith and Sen. Roger Wicker. And if Planned Parenthood were sincere about women's health, they'd join us.
(Source: Family Research Council)
S.C. Rep Blasts Hillary On Benghazi
S.C. Rep Blasts Hillary On Benghazi:
"You Can't Lie To Congress Whether You're Sworn In Or Not"
Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), who serves on several House committees including the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, discussed the Benghazi scandal in an interview with the Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas. Particularly, he dealt with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's role in the scandal and he questioned the method by which the administration has revealed to the American people what happened on September 11, 2012 in Benghazi.
Thomas said that some think that because Clinton was not sworn in by the Senate or the House makes the case for the need for a select committee that doesn't make any mistakes on the seriousness of investigating the attack in Benghazi.
"You can't lie to Congress whether you're sworn in or not," Gowdy said bluntly. "I know that some committees do swear in witnesses and some do not, but the reality is that you can't lie to Congress whether you're sworn in or not."
Gowdy went on to say that some committees don't like the custom of swearing in former members. Hillary Clinton would fall under that custom as a former member of the United States Senate. However, "It doesn't impact your ability, not with respect to her, but with respect to anyone, to say you did not . . . you were not honest with the committee of Congress," the South Carolina representative stated.
"I've never been on a committee that had the opportunity to question her," he added. "I've watched the questioning and I would like the chance to ask her some questions and hopefully I will get that chance at some point." (Freedom Outpost) Read more
1. Obamacare Backlash Grows
The implementation of Obamacare kicks into high gear on January 1, 2014. As the calendar counts down, even some of the president's liberal allies are finding it impossible to square Obama's rhetoric with reality. One labor union, the United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers, has already called for the "repeal or complete reform" of Obamacare. Now other unions are speaking out.
Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, essentially accused Obama of lying. Hansen told the Associated Press, "[Obamacare] makes an untruth out of what the president said -- that if you like your insurance, you could keep it. That is not going to be true for millions of workers now."
Union bosses assumed that their concerns would be addressed after the 2012 election. In January, a top Teamsters leader said, "We are going back to the administration to say that this is not acceptable." But despite private talks with administration officials, the unions have failed in their attempts to change the law.
As a result, they are warning that Democrats could suffer in next year's election. Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters, warned, "It started out with some anxiety, and I think it's translated into more anger."
I have no expectation that Mr. Schaitberger will become a card-carrying member of the Tea Party movement anytime soon. But Democrats should be worried. Union members who are just now learning the truth are not the only ones upset with Obamacare.
2. Obamacare Deeply Unpopular
Barack Obama and congressional Democrats rammed through Obamacare in 2010 after convincing themselves that the public would embrace the healthcare takeover legislation over time. But three years later, two recent polls indicate that Obamacare still remains deeply unpopular.
A CNN poll released yesterday found 54% of adults opposed Obamacare, while just 43% supported it. Last week a Fox News poll found that 56% of voters thought it would be better "to go back to the health care system that was in place in 2009." Just 34% felt we should keep Obamacare.
There was no good news for liberals. Looking ahead, only 26% voters expect Obamacare will make health care better, while 53% say health care will be worse off in the future if Obamacare remains in effect. Even voters 35 and under wanted to get rid of Obamacare by a 20-point margin of 55%-to-35%. (Source for both articles: Gary Bauer, End-of-Day, 5/28/13)
Perjury In Holder's Future?
Perjury In Holder's Future?
Attorney General Eric Holder may be in hot water. The House Judiciary Committee is investigating whether Holder committed perjury during his testimony on the Associated Press phone records scandal two weeks ago.
During an exchange with Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) on whether the Justice Department could use the 1917 Espionage Act to prosecute reporters, Holder said:
"In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material -- this is not something I've ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy."
But as we told you Friday, that is not true. NBC News reported that Holder personally signed off on the warrant authorizing the seizure of Fox News reporter James Rosen's email and phone records -- specifically citing the Espionage Act and labeling Rosen a possible criminal co-conspirator.
Attorney General Holder has already been held in contempt of Congress for refusing to release documents on Operation Fast and Furious. He has stayed in his position because the president supports him. But now even the liberals at the Huffington Post are demanding Holder step down. (Gary Bauer)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Canadian PM Rebukes Western Leaders for Not Being More Pro-Israel
Prime Minister Stephen Harper took Western leaders to task for not backing the Jewish state sufficiently enough, saying, "There's nothing more shortsighted in Western capitals in our time than the softening of support we've seen for Israel around the globe."
Canada last week once again demonstrated its unequivocal support for and friendship with Israel when Prime Minister Stephen Harper took other Western leaders to task for not backing the Jewish state sufficiently enough.
"There's nothing more shortsighted in Western capitals in our time than the softening of support we've seen for Israel around the globe," the Associated Press quoted Harper as saying during a visit to New York City last week.
The Canadian leader said that at a time of such turmoil, Israel has demonstrated that it is the "one stable, democratic ally" that the West can count on in the Middle East.
Harper went on to counsel "extraordinary caution" when considering whether or not the West should arm Syrian rebel groups. Echoing Israel's own concerns, Harper noted that many of the groups making up the Syrian Free Army are themselves extremists "whose objectives we don't understand." (Israel Today) Read more.
Reported by: Breaking Christian News
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.
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