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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. Ahead of US-South Korea summit, North Korea issues warning over naval drills - Fox News
North Korea on Tuesday threatened the United States and South Korea over joint naval drills taking place this week in tense Yellow Sea waters ahead of a Washington summit by the allies' leaders.
In a highly conditional warning, the section of the Korean People's Army responsible for operations in North Korea's southwest said it will hit back if any shells fall in its territory during the drills, which began Monday and will end Friday. Should the allies respond to that, the statement said, Pyongyang's military would then strike five South Korean islands that stand along the aquatic frontline between the countries.
- Lord, may North Korea's threats fall null and void. Silence their leader who is out of control. Reveal to him that he is but a man, and under the authority of the Lord of Hosts. In Jesus Name.
- And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God (Luke 12:19-21).
2. Egypt mob lynches teenage son of an Islamist leader - AFP
An angry Egyptian mob has lynched the teenage son of a Muslim Brotherhood leader, accusing him of killing a man over Facebook comments critical of the Islamist movement, security sources said Saturday.
- Lord, we are grieved to hear of the silencing and death of someone who was speaking truth about Islam. We pray protection for those who will speak out. We also pray for Your justice on those who will speak another gospel than Yours, and who will come against those speaking truth. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)
3. WSJ: U.S. beefs up super bomb to wipe out Iran nuke site - UPI
The Pentagon has beefed up its biggest "bunker buster" bomb so it can destroy Iran's most heavily armed and protected nuclear site, U.S. officials said.
- Lord, we thank You for the efforts of the Pentagon, and our military to protect us. We pray for them. Let no weapon formed against them prosper. In the name of Jesus we ask. Amen.
- No weapon formed against you shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)
4. Guantanamo camp burns through $900,000 a year per inmate - Reuters
It's been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth and President Barack Obama cited the cost this week as one of many reasons to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which burns through some $900,000 per prisoner annually.
- Lord, we lift up the prisoners to You. We pray that Your justice will be done. We pray that none will be released that would cause harm. We pray guidance in the decision to shut down this facility. Bring wise counsel in this situation. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." (James 1:5)
5a. State Department official knew Benghazi 'was a terrorist attack from the get-go' - Washington Times
A top State Department official scheduled to give congressional testimony Wednesday on the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, says he knew immediately the attacks were terror strikes, not a protest turned violent, according to interview transcripts released Sunday, Fox News reports.
5b. White House tries to deflect criticism from Benghazi whistle-blowers - Washington Times
The White House on Monday attempted to deflect new criticism on the administration's handling of the Benghazi attacks from a firsthand witness and an additional whistle-blower, arguing that an internal State Department review charged with investigating the September attacks was led by an "unimpeachable" team.
- Lord, we pray that truth would come forth from the Benghazi hearings Wednesday. We pray for courage, no fear, and protection of those who will testify. Please protect them, their families, and their jobs. We pray that the guilty will be exposed. Please be with those in Congress who are holding the hearings. Protect and guide them by the Holy Spirit as they do their questioning. We thank You for these who have finally stepped forward, and we pray Your blessings upon them. Raise up the intercession for them. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- Since the days of our fathers to this day we have been very guilty, and for our iniquities we, our kings, and our priests have been delivered into the hand of the kings of the lands, to the sword, to captivity, to plunder, and to humiliation, as it is this day. (Ezra 9:7)
6. Senate passes Internet sales tax bill by 2-to-1 margin - CNet
The U.S. Senate on Monday approved a controversial bill by more than a 2-to-1 margin that would allow states to levy taxes on Internet purchases.
- Pray that this bill is stopped in the House of Representatives when Congress takes up this initiative later this month. Watch the Madison Report on Thursday for more on this topic. The internet sales tax will place an undue burden on millions of small businesses throughout the nation -- a burden we do not need to carry. Pray!
- ""Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise," says the Lord. "I will protect them from those who malign them." (Psalm 12:5)
7. Jihadis, hackers join forces to launch cyberattacks on United States - Washington Times
Middle East and North Africa-based criminal hackers are preparing cyberattacks this week against the websites of high-profile U.S. government agencies, banks and other companies, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
- Our office has been receiving scores of alerts on this issue, so we wanted to bring this to your attention for prayer. The skill and expertise of these hackers is intimidating, but their power is nowhere near the Power of our Almighty and Omniscient God. So far, none of these threats have come to pass. Ask our Lord to continue to intervene on behalf of our cyber networks, so that the plans of the wicked will be thwarted. In Jesus' Name, amen.
- "He will repay them for their sins and destroy them for their wickedness; the Lord our God will destroy them." (Psalm 94:23)
8. Even abortion industry insiders 'freaked out' by Gosnell - WND
As the nation awaits a verdict in the abortion murder case against Kermit Gosnell, new revelations of his 40-year career continue to surface. And what they reveal about the abortion industry isn't a pretty picture.
- God's ways are never our ways. As the public learns of the actions of this (we believe) demon-possessed man, God's redemptive purpose is coming forth: let the nation recoil now in horror not only at the actions of Dr. Gosnell, but also at the realization that, after 40 years of legalized abortion in America, the lives of more than 55 MILLION unborn babies have been taken by murder. May God have mercy on our land, and may this case in Philadelphia serve as the final wakeup call that will release the "death knoll" of the end of abortion in the United States of America!
- "Nothing can heal you; your wound is fatal. All who hear the news about you clap their hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?" (Nahum 3:19)
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. China unveils peace plan based on 1967 lines - Times of Israel
China launched a peace proposal Monday amid visits from the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, in a sign of its desire for a larger role in the Middle East.
- Pray for P.M. Netanyahu, as he is now receiving pressure from both the Obama administration in the West, and China in the East, to "cave in" on these demands. Call forth the strength of the LORD to help him hold the line so that only the true borders of the land of Israel are recognized.
- "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power." (Eph. 6:10)
2. Report: Syria aims missile batteries at Israel - Jerusalem Post
Syria has stationed missile batteries aimed at Israel in the aftermath of alleged Israeli air strikes in the country, the website of Lebanon's Al Mayadeen TV, considered close to the regime of President Bashar Assad, quoted a top Syrian official as saying on Sunday.
3. Syria Warns Israel of 'All Possibilities' After Strikes - ABC News
Syria responded angrily to the overnight air strikes on military targets that it accused Israel of carrying out, warning that the attack "opens the door to all possibilities."
4. Israel 'Opting to Contain' Nuclear Iran? - Arutz Sheva
Israel is considering partnering with several Sunni-Muslim Arab states in a U.S.-brokered defense alliance that would be aimed at containing a nuclear Iran, the Sunday Times reported, citing an unnamed Israeli official.
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. East Africa--Pastor Murdered in Tanzania - Voice of the Martyrs
Persecution of Christians by Muslim extremists continues to increase in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Pastor Mathayo Kachili was killed in Buseresere, Tanzania, recently by radical Muslims who attacked him with machetes. Pastor Mathayo was a husband and father of 12 children. VOM workers met with his wife, Generosa, to encourage and comfort her, and also helped provide some of her needs, including shelter, food, clothing and seed money to start a small business.
Christianity is still the majority religion in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania, and church growth has been remarkable in the last 20 years. But Islamists in the north have been pouring resources into East Africa to radicalize the Muslim population and drive out Christians. (Isaiah 57:1-2)
2. Southeast Asia--New Believer Persecuted for Holding Christian Fellowship
Brother "Keon" and his wife have suffered intense persecution since opening their home to other Christians last Christmas, a VOM worker reports. The family accepted Jesus Christ after their son was miraculously healed from an illness. But after converting to Christianity, Brother Keon was forbidden to associate with anyone in the village. The village leaders were angry because Brother Keon received Christians into his home without asking their permission, which they would have denied.
Brother Keon is now concerned about his family's safety and his own safety, as other believers have been kidnapped or have disappeared. Brother Keon and his family are standing firm in the Lord despite the dangers and remain in their village, where they feel called to minister. (1 Corinthians 7:23-24)
3. GOOD NEWS! International Day of Prayer and Fasting for Syrian Church
As the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate, an estimated 7 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance. Syrian Christians suffer not only from the humanitarian and political crisis but also from anti-Christian persecution in a country that is 90 percent Muslim. VOM workers and others have been notified of an International Day of Prayer and Fasting for the Syrian Church to be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Syrian churches from all denominations will be unified in seeking God for mercy on their country. They are asking Christians worldwide to join them by praying for divine protection of the Church in Syria.
- "When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple." (2 Chronicles 7:1)
> > > Source for all articles posted today is the Voice of the Martyrs.
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
Fellow conservative patriots,
After voting for the largest income tax increase in American history earlier this year, the Senate is slated to pass the largest de facto sales tax increase this week. Meanwhile Republicans in the House will continue to flounder around trying to find a strategy for the upcoming debt ceiling fight. Concurrently, the fight over the future of our country will reach a new level as the amnesty bill begins to wind its way through the Senate committees.
The Honorable Jim Ryun
Chairman of the Madison Project
In January, Congress voted to suspend the debt ceiling ($16.394 trillion, at the time) until May 18. However, given that the Treasury has the ability to shift payments and employ "extraordinary measures," that de facto debt ceiling will not be reached until the end of the summer or early fall. Meanwhile the gross debt stands at roughly $16.8 trillion. In preparation for the fight over raising the debt ceiling yet again, GOP leaders have finally caved to conservative demands to pass the Full Faith and Credit Act, H.R. 807. This bill will force the Treasury to prioritize payments for interest on the debt and social security in the event that the debt ceiling is reached. The bill will come to the floor on Wednesday.
Conservatives have long advocated that we take default off the table so we can fight for transformational change while refusing to raise the debt ceiling without concessions from the Democrats. There is more than enough revenue coming in to the Treasury to pay the vital bills.
Conservative concerns: 1) A shell game: Leadership is not bringing this bill to the floor because they have undergone a cathartic change and are suddenly willing to fight the debt limit increase. This is just a bone being thrown to conservatives in return for their agreement to vote for the January debt limit suspension and the CR that funded Obamacare in March.
2) De facto Debt Increase: Unlike the original version of the Full Faith and Credit Act sponsored by Rep. Tom McClintcok (R-CA), this iteration was dramatically altered by the Ways and Means Committee. The original bill would have prohibited any new issuance of debt, forcing the Treasury to use only the incoming tax revenue (which covers about 65% of outlays) to prioritize interest payments. This version would allow the Treasury to issue more debt in order to cover interest payments and Social Security interest expenditures. This means that the tax revenue can be used to pay for almost all other functions of government, while using new debt to pay for the priorities. This is a debt limit increase.
Sebelius Backs Down on Key Part of Obamacare
Obama Administration Drops Appeal in Christian Publisher HHS Mandate Case
The Obama administration has surrendered its appeal against a Christian publishing company challenging a government mandate requiring that it offer potential abortion-inducing drugs in its employee health insurance plans. This marks the first complete victory in an order temporarily halting the mandate at the appeals court level.
Tyndale House Publishers, which publishes Bibles and other Christian materials, filed a lawsuit against the administration in October. A month later, a federal court temporarily halted the mandate as litigation in the case continues. The government filed an appeal in January.
"The government dismissed its appeal because it knows how ridiculous it sounds arguing that a Bible publisher isn't religious enough to qualify as a religious employer," said Matt Bowman senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), representing Tyndale. "For the government to say that a Bible publisher isn't religious is outrageous, and now the Obama administration has had to retreat in court." (Source: CitizenLink) Read more.
> > > See also: "Obama surrenders in Obamacare battle" on WorldNetDaily by going here.
Dearborn Apologizes to Believers
U.S. city pays up for harassing Christians
Police arrested believers at public event in Dearborn, MI
The city of Dearborn, Mich., has agreed to pay Christians who were arrested at its Arab International Festival in 2010, remove all criticism of them from a city website and post a public apology that will remain online for years, according to a legal team on the case.
The American Freedom Law Center said today that the settlement follows more than two years of court negotiations and resolves the Christians' claims against the city.
It does not, however, remove the Dearborn Arab Chamber as a defendant in the case, which will continue.
The Christians were arrested in 2010 by city authorities for preaching peacefully to Muslims at the city festival.
Christian missionaries Nabell Qureshi, David Wood and Paul Rezkalla were jailed by the city June 18, 2010, and charged with "breach of the peace."
Robert Muise, AFLC co-founder, represented the team in a five-day criminal trial in which they were acquitted by a jury.
The Christians then filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city, naming Dearborn, Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Police Chief Ronald Haddad, 17 officers and two executives from the American Arab Chamber of Commerce. The Arab Chamber itself later was added.
The case alleged an egregious violation of the Christians' rights.
The AFLC said the city now has agreed to a settlement, including a public apology "that will be posted on the city's website for three years," the removal of other information about the case from the website and the payment of a confidential amount to the Christians.
"For too long our clients have been vilified for simply exercising their constitutional right to evangelize on a public street during the Arab Festival," Muise said. "And despite their acquittal, they continued to be treated as if they had committed a crime. With this settlement and apology, our clients have been vindicated and this dispute with the city will finally be put to rest." (WND) Read more.
The Good News Corner
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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!
"WHO AM I?"
An accapella hymn by an Amish Choir!
Absolutely beautiful. Turn your speakers up and enjoy this heavenly choir.
The LORD is my strength and song. . . Ex.15:2
Since most conservative Mennonite and Amish churches sing only acapella hymns in their churches, it is not surprising to find that there are numerous Mennonite and Amish acapella choirs, quartets, and family singing groups. Most of these groups sing in simple four-part harmony.
Altar of Praise Chorale is a mixed acapella group, comprised of some of the best male and female singers in the conservative Anabaptist world. Members of the group come from various Anabaptist backgrounds: Beachy Amish, Mennonite, and Charity Christian Fellowship.
"WHO AM I?"
Click here: YouTube - Who Am I
Extra! The Daily Jot
Benghazi: A time to lie, a time for truth, a time for impeachment
If the left-leaning Washington Post is starting to publish the details of the Benghazi cover up, you know it has to be bad. New information provided by US Diplomat Gregory Hicks, who was dealing with the attack 600 miles away in Tripoli, indicates that the several military options available were purposely told to stand down by Hillary Clinton's State Department and the Pentagon. Now the Democratic leadership is trying to say that a Republican-led inquiry are politically motivated. The White House is touting the credentials of the men charged with conducting the State Department Investigation of Benghazi--as if the government investigating itself was remotely credible.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was ducking and dodging reporters questions by saying, "There was an accountability review board led by two men of unimpeachable expertise and credibility who oversaw a process that was rigorous and unsparing, that was highly critical in some areas and that produced a series of recommendations that have all been acted on by the State Department as the president insisted be the case." But Hicks criticized the review saying that it let people "off the hook." Someone is lying about Benghazi. There are two different stories being told and they were told from the beginning of the event. Each time this administration has been on the wrong side of documentation.
It was only after State Department officials leaked to the public that the White House story was a fabrication that Clinton admitted "that information has changed...that's not surprising. That always happens." The occupant was out of contact with Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, according to Panetta's testimony, from an hour, 18 minutes after the attack began at 5:30 pm until 5:15 the next morning. Yet Carney says the president was "regularly updated." When pressed for more information at a Congressional hearing, Clinton responded: "What difference at this point does it make?" A Congressional report from five House committees said that Clinton and the White House "perpetuated a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative..." In other words, they lied.
In his wisdom Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance...A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace." It is time for We the People to stand up and as Ephesians 6:20 says to make known the mystery of the gospel and "speak boldly as I ought to speak." There is a time for impeachment and a time to put away unrighteousness. Perhaps that time is now.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Extra! Forbes, Lipinski Put Patients First
Forbes, Lipinski Put Patients First
Washington, D.C. - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) announced today that he and his Democratic colleague, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03), have reintroduced the Patients First Act, H.R.1740, to intensify research and human clinical trials using ethically obtained stem cells that show evidence of providing near-term clinical benefits for human patients. The Patients First Act prioritizes funding for promising stem cell research without authorizing any new spending.
"Protecting life and promoting scientific progress are not mutually exclusive, and the Patients First Act proves that. While we must work to advance medical research that can treat and cure diseases afflicting many Americans, it is equally important that we pay attention to the moral concerns raised by human embryonic stem cell research," Forbes said. "Instead of spending time in gridlock over divisive political battles, we need to focus on prioritizing research with proven clinical success, and that is what this legislation accomplishes."
In recent years, significant progress has been made in adult stem cell research, including the successful treatment of diseases such as spinal cord injury, breast cancer, Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Advances of this nature provide clear evidence that stem cells can provide benefits to patients, while being ethically obtained. To focus funding on similar promising research, the Patients First Act would specifically:
- Promote the creation of pluripotent stem cell lines without the creation of human embryos, or the destruction, discarding of, or risk of injury to human embryos;
- Intensify stem cell research that may result in an improved understanding of, or treatments for, diseases and other adverse health conditions;
- Promote research and human clinical trials using stem cells that are ethically obtained and show evidence of providing clinical benefit for human patients; and,
- Direct the National Institutes of Health to prioritize stem cell research that has the greatest potential for near-term clinical benefits, by directing both basic and clinical research towards what is currently showing benefits in treating patients.
Congressman Forbes and Congressman Lipinski previously introduced this legislation during both the 111th and 112th Congresses. The Patients First Act, H.R.1740, text is available here.
-- Pray for the successful passage of the Patients First Act in the House; and for a member of the Senate to step forward with a companion bill for passage in that chamber. Pray!
- ". . . he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phil. 1:6)