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The Daily Brief Monday, July 8, 2013
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The Daily Brief
1. NTSB chief Hersman: San Francisco crash could have been much worse - The Hill
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairwoman Deborah Hersman on Sunday said investigators were in the initial stages of their probe into the deadly crash of a Boeing 777 at San Francisco International Airport and said they were thankful the disaster was not worse.
- Father, we offer a quiet word of praise tonight that, in the wake of this disastrous tragedy, 305 "souls" made it out of that plane alive; and ony two perished. We pray for the families of the two Chinese girls who died, and ask You to comfort them in the way only You can do. In Jesus' Name, amen.
- "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You [are] with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)
2. Did Asiana pilot have enough 777 experience? - CNN
As Asiana Airlines Flight 214 flew into San Francisco, the Boeing 777's 219 passengers didn't know that the man at the controls had never landed this kind of plane at this airport before.
- Hour by hour, more evidence is being revealed, pointing to the exact cause(s) of this horrible crash. The NTSB is always slow and thorough in its investigations, so prayer covering on this case will be needed for some time to come. Again, pray that all hidden things be revealed so that a crash like this one will never happen again in aviation history. Amen.
- "For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open." (Mark 4:22)
3. 13 dead, 37 missing after runaway train explodes in Quebec - CNN
t least 13 people were killed and an estimated 37 others are still missing in the small town in Quebec where a runaway train exploded Saturday, Canadian police said at a news conference on Monday.
The unmanned train was carrying 72 tankers of crude oil when it plowed into the heart of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, on Saturday. The crash and a series of explosions flattened 40 buildings and forced nearly 2,000 people to evacuate the town, 130 miles east of Montreal. Read more.
- Heavenly Father, we ask You to be in the midst of this horrific tragedy with the peace and comfort that can only truly come from You, Lord. Direct those seeking the reasons for this event to find the actual facts for the crash, and for the intense destruction of this small town. Pour out Your healing balm upon all those injured, and abide with those who are grieving. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen and Amen.
- "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)
4. Obamacare economy pushes workers into part-time jobs - Daily Caller
There's one clear growth area in the Obamcare economy - the share of the nation's workforce that is stuck in part-time jobs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' monthly survey of households says the economy actually lost 240,000 full-time jobs in June, but gained 360,000 part-time jobs. The household survey produces somewhat volatile monthly results, so most economic forecasters focus on the BLS' monthly employer survey. (Read more)
- Abba Father, many citizens have no job and many more have to work multiple part time jobs just to survive. With rising costs, taxes and regulations this will only increase the hardship. Lord, we repent as we know we failed as a church and as a nation. Your judgment is deserved but we are asking for You to have mercy and direct us clearly what to do. This so called 'heath care' bill will bankrupt so many families. Lord forgive us, in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death." (Proverbs 16:25)
5. Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia offer asylum to Edward Snowden - The Guardian
Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua have offered asylum to Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower who is believed to have spent the past two weeks at a Moscow airport evading US attempts to extradite him. The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, and his Nicaraguan counterpart, Daneil Ortega, made the asylum offers on Friday, shortly after they and other Latin American leaders met to denounce the diversion of a plane carrying the Bolivian president, Evo Morales, due to suspicions that Snowden might have been on board. (Read more)
- Abba Father, there is a huge debate as to whether this man is a positive whistleblower or is a treasonous felon, depending on whom is speaking. He saw intrusion into citizens' and countries' privacy which greatly troubled him, so he rose up to report and expose it at great cost. May he somehow find a place to stay, obtain some honest legal justice, and not just be removed and silenced. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen and Amen.
- "As in water face reflects face, so a man's heart reveals the man." (Prov. 27:19)
6. White House won't call Egypt a coup - at least for now - The Hill
The White House on Monday said the U.S. is not calling the Egyptian army's ouster of that country's president a coup.
Press secretary Jay Carney said the administration is reviewing the situation in Egypt carefully, and noted that the army's actions appeared to have popular support in the country. "This is a complex and difficult issue with significant consequences," Carney said. "It is not in our interests to move unnecessarily quickly in making a determination like that, because we need to be mindful of our objective here, which is to assist the Egyptian people in their transition to democracy." Calling it a coup in Egypt would require the U.S. to curtail $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt under U.S. law, though administrations have found ways in the past to get around eliminating aid. (Read more)
- Offer a prayer that this president will stand by his word in giving aid to Egypt, no matter who is in charge. Egypt has been a strong ally for America among the Arab nations; pray that this alliance will "hold" in the midst of the shaking now going on in the nation of Egypt. Amen.
- "Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil." (Matthew 5:37)
7. Perry vows Texas will pass abortion bill - The Hill
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Sunday promised his state will push through a law restricting abortion rights, which has gained national attention, within the next 10 days.
"We have a special session with some important issues in front of us. We're going to pass some restrictions on abortion in Texas so that Texas is a place where we defend life. That's the powerful message here, that's what we're focused on," Perry said on "Fox News Sunday." "We can be in and out of here in another 10 days . . . we will get this done and get Texas back focused on the economic interests." (Read more)
- Please remember to lift up all the hearings going on now in Austin, Texas over this critical bill. Bind spirits of chaos; loose peace. Ask our Lord to grant His favor to those who will be speaking -- and voting -- for life; and ask Him to forgive those who are still blinded by the enemy of the Cross. Pray!
- "When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him." (Proverbs 16:7)
7. Moslems Around the World Enter into the Month of Fasting Tomorrow - CHPP
Tonight all around the world, seven billion Moslems will join together to launch their month of Ramadan.
- Cry out for the deliverance of the souls of all who are bound in the lies of Islam, that they might come to the truth and find new life in our Lord Jesus Christ. We thank You, Lord, for the promises in Your Word that You will reach out to these souls if we pray. We call forth a huge harvest of souls from Islam, and that this Ramadan will be like no other. We claim all these promises in Your Name, amen and amen!
- "You will pray to him, and he will hear you . . . He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands." (Job 26b, 30)
- ""I permitted Myself to be sought by those who did not ask for Me; I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, 'Here am I, here am I,' To a nation which did not call on My name." (Isaiah 65:1)
- [You are being sent] . . . "to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.' (Acts 26:18)
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:
""Praise YHWH; for it is good to sing praises to our God; for praise is delightful and becoming. YHWH builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel." (Psalms 147:1-2)
1. Israel ministers okay draft law on ultra-Orthodox - Fox News
The Israeli government on Sunday approved a draft law which will spell the end of a system which has seen tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox exempt from military service.
2. Report: Kerry plan calls for settlement freeze, prisoner release - Jerusalem Post
US Secretary of State John Kerry's plan to resume peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority calls for a cessation of settlement construction outside settlement blocs in the West Bank and the release of 103 Palestinian prisoners, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Saturday.
3. Amid Egypt turmoil, Israel casts its eyes on troubled Sinai - Israel Hayom
Israel should do all it can to help the new secular government in Egypt beat the Muslim Brotherhood, even if that means amending the Military Annex of the Camp David peace accords to allow more Egyptian military assets into the Sinai Peninsula, the former director of the Counter-Terrorism Bureau in the Prime Minister's Office Brig. Gen. (Res.) Nitzan Nuriel said Sunday.
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
"Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering." (Hebrews 13:3)
1. Imprisoned Christian Human Rights Activist Denied Medical Parole in China - CSW
Imprisoned Chinese housing rights activist Ni Yulan has been denied medical parole despite suffering from a number of serious health problems including an untreated thyroid tumour, her daughter has said. Ni, who is a Christian, is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for "causing a disturbance".
Ni began practising law in 1986. She worked on a variety of rights-related cases, including a number relating to religious freedom. From 2001 onwards she specialized in housing rights. In 2002, she was beaten and tortured for more than 50 hours while in police detention. As a result, she has been left permanently disabled and is unable to walk without crutches.
After her release, Ni continued to represent petitioners, despite having been disbarred, and was detained on several occasions between 2004 and 2008. On 14 April 2010, Ni was released but left homeless, living with her husband in a donated tent near Tiananmen Square. On 7 April 2011 Ni and her husband were detained by police and she was formally charged with "provoking trouble" in 2012.
In October 2012 Ni's family and lawyer submitted an application for medical parole which the authorities rejected in March 2013. On a visit to Ni in June this year, her daughter noticed that an untreated thyroid tumour detected in 2012 had swollen considerably.
In December 2011 Ni was awarded the Dutch Government's Tulip Award for Human Rights Defenders following her nomination by Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and China Aid. Her daughter, who planned to attend the ceremony on her behalf, was stopped at the airport en route to Amsterdam and prevented from attending.
CSW's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas said, "CSW is deeply concerned at the Chinese authorities' refusal to grant medical parole to Ni Yulan. CSW believes that Ni has been detained for her defence of basic rights and that the charges brought against Ni are unjust. In light of her deteriorating condition, CSW calls on the Chinese government to grant her access to appropriate medical care. In addition, we urge the government to review her case without further delay".
2. Obama Admin: German Christian Family Forced to Send Children to Public School is Not Persecuted - Christian News
The Obama administration has replied to a request for rehearing of a case involving a Christian homeschooling family seeking asylum in the United States, asserting that the couple has not been able to prove that they have been persecuted by being forced to send their children to public school.
As previously reported, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the United States Department of Justice to respond to a rehearing request filed by attorneys for Uwe and Hannelore Romeike last month. The court had previously ruled against the Romeike family, opining that the requirement that their children be sent to public school in their homeland of Germany under penalty of law - and at the risk of losing their children - is not tantamount to persecution.
3. Bill to Legalize Forced Conversion of Children in Malyasia Dropped, but not Dead - MNN
A controversial bill in Malaysia was dropped after the Cabinet revolted.
Ian Chai, our Facebook friend in Malaysia, has been keeping us up-to-date. Even though the bill was withdrawn, it's not dead yet. We spoke with Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs USA.
"There's already significant challenges to evangelism," Nettleton says. "This [bill] just potentially adds another wrinkle to the challenges and even oppression and persecution that are already there."
As it was written, the bill allows one parent to change a child's religion without the other parent's consent.
Submitted and tabled in late June, the bill soon ruffled feathers. According to a June 29 article from the Malaysian Chronicle, a Catholic leader called the amendments a "flagrant violation of the equality of persons' provisions of the federal constitution."
"I understand this amendment contravenes a decision by the cabinet announced on April 23, 2009 that a single parent cannot convert a minor," the bishop said in a quote to the Malaysian Chronicle.
"If so, this would not be the first time that the cabinet is overridden by civil service functionaries--the main drivers of creeping Islamisation in this country."
Nettleton says the ramifications of this proposed amendment could be like a cultural tidal wave, if its core concepts are eventually passed.
For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
Praying for 2 Girls Who Died in the Plane Crash
Two Deaths from San Francisco Plane Crash Were Chinese Teens on Way to Church Camp
Prayer Vigil Scheduled for Thursday, July 11 at 7:00 p.m.
"Dear Lord, give grace to their moms and dads, brothers and sisters. Give us wisdom and compassion as we care for our guests from China." -Prayer from West Valley Christian Church and School in West Hills, California, where the two victims were headed.
(San Francisco, CA)-The two 16-year-old Chinese girls who died in the fiery crash at San Francisco International Airport of Asiana flight 214 on Saturday, were planning to attend a three-week academic church camp in Southern California.
The teenagers, Wang Linjia and Ye Mengyuan, students at Jiangshan Middle School in China's eastern Zhejiang province, were among a group of Chinese students traveling to the U.S. to take part in the camp organized West Valley Christian Church and School (WVCS), in West Hills, California, when their plane crash-landed at the "City by the Bay."
The two girls died when their plane came in low and the tail hit the ground near the edge of the bay, breaking up the Boeing 777 and engulfing it in flames. The plan was carrying 291 passengers and 16 crew.
The bodies of the two teenage victims were found on the runway, said San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White. It was not clear whether they had been pulled from the plane or ejected.
However, Reuters is reporting that an emergency vehicle rushing to the scene of the Asiana Airlines crash may have run over one of the two teenage Chinese girls killed in the incident, the local fire department said on Sunday.
San Francisco's medical examiner is now conducting an autopsy to determine the cause of the girl's death, fire department spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said. "One of the deceased did have injuries consistent with those of having been run over by a vehicle," Talmadge said. "Many agencies were on the field yesterday."
A message posted on West Valley Christian School's website said: "En route to WVCS were 35 Chinese students who were on the airplane that crash-landed in San Francisco. They were scheduled to be here on Tuesday for three weeks. Now, we are unsure what their next steps will be . . . but we are certain that God knows and will help us care for them in this time of crisis.
"Please join us as we learn how to care for them. Gift cards to pay for missing items in luggage can be delivered to church and school offices. Sympathy cards and other gestures of care are welcomed."
The message added, "Dear Lord, give grace to their moms and dads, brothers and sisters. Give us wisdom and compassion as we care for our guests from China."
West Valley Christian Church and School also announced that they will hold a prayer vigil on Thursday, July 11 at 7 p.m., and added that this is "to remember the two precious girls who died from our group of 35."
The church's senior minister, the Rev. Glenn Kirby said, between morning services on Sunday, that all of them we're "like stunned and kind of numb."
He went on to say, "We didn't know them, hadn't met them yet, but we can imagine what it's like to lose teenagers and our hearts go out to the families."
(Breaking Christian News) Read more.
Your help is needed in Texas
Your help is needed in Texas
This evening I'll be joining conservative leaders from around the nation for a rally at the Texas State Capitol here in Austin. We will be speaking out for those who are unable to speak for themselves -- the unborn children. The goal of this rally is to encourage passage of HB2, the bill that will protect the unborn after 20 weeks while also protecting women by placing reasonable regulations on abortion providers in Texas.
We are here today to show our support for the courageous efforts made by leaders in the Texas legislature and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who called a special session, which allows a vote on this crucial bill. Join us in telling Gov. Perry and Texas leadership that we appreciate their willingness to take a stand for life!
Tonight is very special for me personally as well. I'm honored to be able to stand alongside my parents, Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar and my 3 year old sister, Josie. Many of you know that Josie was born at 25 weeks gestation, and by God's grace she is with us today. I vividly remember walking into the hospital and seeing her for the first time. Those little hands and feet, complete with fingers and toes -- each so small, yet so perfectly formed. She even had that look on her face and occasionally a little grin would break out. Staring life in the face through that tiny person, it's almost impossible to imagine that someone would want to bring harm to the most vulnerable of us -- but that's exactly what some people want to do.
That's why we are here today. We have an opportunity to stand with those who are taking bold steps to make sure that others, like Josie, have an opportunity -- to be born.
So today, I'm asking for a couple things from you. We need your prayers. We face some relentless opposition, but we serve a big God. And we also need your support so we can continue to support those fighting on the frontlines.
When I look at Josie today, I don't see a 3 year old little girl, I still see those tiny eyes in the incubator staring up at me, unaware of what her future has in store. If we sit back and allow our opposition to have their way, there will be no future for countless children like Josie. This fight is not just about Texas, it is about our most basic God-given right -- life itself.
> > > Click here to sign the petition today to support Texas HB2 and Gov. Rick Perry for standing up for life!
The Daily Jot
Russian troops to "protect" Washington, DC area
The European Union Times and the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry have announced that Russian troops, at the invitation of the occupant of the Oval Office, will come to American soil to police natural disasters and provide security at events such as the Super Bowl. On June 25, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry signed an agreement to exchange "experts" during joint rescue operations in major disasters. The EU Times translates this agreement into Russia providing some 15,000 troops to keep the peace in FEMA's Region III, which includes Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
The Russia news agency Itar-Tass reported June 26, "EMERCOM spokesperson Irina Rossius told Itar-Tass, "The delegations expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation between the RF and the US in the prevention and elimination of the aftermath of emergencies, and agreed to develop it with a with a view to responding effectively to all kinds of calamities." The sides also approved a working plan for Russia-US cooperation in this respect for the 2013-2014 period. The Plan presupposes the sharing of experience, including that in the fields of monitoring and prediction of emergencies, the training of rescuers, the development of rescue business, and ensurance of security during mass events."
FEMA has nothing on its website except a picture of FEMA and Russian officials meeting. The EU Times reported on June 27: "An unsettling report prepared by the Emergencies Ministry (EMERCOM) circulating in the Kremlin today on the just completed talks between Russia and the United States in Washington D.C. says that the [sic White House] has requested at least 15,000 Russian troops trained in disaster relief and "crowd functions" [i.e. riot control] be pre-positioned to respond to FEMA Region III during an unspecified "upcoming" disaster." Russian news agency, RIA Novosti, however, quoted an unnamed FEMA spokesman saying there will be "no exchange of security or military personnel" under the partnership.
Russia's EMERCOM website has three releases about the FEMA meeting speaking of documents being signed, but there are no texts of those documents. In 2 Kings 20:13, Hezekiah opened his country to envoys of his enemies: "And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and showed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed them not." Isaiah told Hezekiah that the day will come when all of his kingdom will be carried into Babylon, and Hezekiah replied: "Is it not good, if peace and truth be in my days?" Is the bulk of America like Hezekiah?
FEMA photo of meeting with Russia in Washington, DC: -- go here.
Russian Emergency Situations Ministry -- go here.
EU Times story -- go here.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Ramadan Begins Tomorrow
30-Days of Prayer for the Muslim World
For Tuesday July 9, Ramadan 2013 - Day 01. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"
The Arab Spring: two years and counting...
The reality of the Arab Spring is that though societies united in their desire to overthrow corrupt governments, their people were carrying some very different dreams for their future. One group saw freedom and democracy as the answer; another saw greater commitment to Sharia law and strict Islam as the answer. Increasingly, these differing agendas are conflicting in the homes and on the streets of the Arab world.
Yet in the midst of this turmoil, another set of stories is being written. Many in the Christian community have found new passion and commitment to see God's kingdom come in their nations. In November 2012, 70,000 Christians from all denominations gathered in Cairo to pray for their nation. Others are finding increasing boldness as they lovingly reach out to their Muslim neighbours in new ways during these uncertain times.
- Pray for citizens and political leaders in the Arab world. May their eyes be opened to discern truth, and to pursue it courageously.
- Pray that believers in Christ will be islands of true peace in the midst of this tumultuous season (Psalm 46).
- Pray that both new and old believers would boldly witness to the "hope that is within them" so that many can come to faith in Jesus (1 Peter 3:15).
- Pray that believers in the Arab world would have safety and courage, and for the right to freedom of religion.
Complete article is here.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Wisconsin Gov. Signs Pro-Life Bill into Law
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law Friday requiring that women seeking abortions be given the opportunity to see their preborn babies via ultrasound. Senate Bill 206, or Sonya's Law, also requires that an abortionist have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion facility.
"Sonya's Law will empower women to make truly informed decisions regarding how they will proceed with their pregnancies and will protect the lives of women who experience complications after their abortions," said Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Director Susan Armacost.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services announced plans to file suit against the law.
This announcement is no surprise to anyone, Armacost said. "It appears that the court challenge will focus on the hospital admitting privileges," she explained. "Apparently, Wisconsin's abortion clinics don't believe their abortionists need to have hospital privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of their clinic - or anywhere at all.
Laws requiring hospital admitted privileges have been enacted in North Dakota, Alabama and Mississippi, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a pro-abortion organization.
Currently, when a woman in Wisconsin experiences life-threatening complications after an abortion, the abortion seller sends her to a hospital alone. She must then explain her medical issues to the emergency room staff. "The abortionist who performed the abortion is nowhere to be seen," Armacost explained. "This deplorable situation must change." (CitizenLink)
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!
All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name