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The Daily Brief Tuesday, July 30, 2014
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1. With dozens dead, U.S. tells Egypt to pull 'back from the brink' - Reuters
The United States urged Arab ally Egypt to pull "back from the brink" after security forces killed dozens of supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and opened a dangerous new phase in the army's confrontation with his Muslim Brotherhood.
- Lord, we ask for forgiveness for wrong decisions by our leaders regarding Egypt. We have the faith to believe You can make right the problems in Egypt and we ask You to give the people of Egypt and their leaders the revelation to call on You, the one true God and realize that their god is not making right these problems. They are aliens to You and have no revelation of You. Open spirits, hearts, eyes, ears, and minds to realize You are the only one who can turn to flight armies of aliens, quench the voilence, and give them hope. Bring them to faith in You. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the voilence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turrned to flight the armies of the aliens. (Hebrews 11:33-34)
2. Syria rebels meet U.N. Security Council, urge Russia to end Assad support - Reuters
Syrian rebel leaders met with the U.N. Security Council for the first time on Friday to discuss the country's two-year war and appealed to Russia to stop its powerful political and military support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government.
- Lord, we pray for the rebel leaders, for Syria's leaders,the U.N Security Council and the leaders of Russia for salvations and for godly wisdom in discussions. We stand in the gap and pray so that Syria's people may come to lead a quiet and peaceable life.
- I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (! Timothy 2:1-5)
3. Scientists discover what's killing the bees and it's worse than you thought - Quartz
The mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America's apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought. (Read more)
- Lord, we repent for the unbelief in You, which has caused many things to not be as they were created to be. Raise up faith, Lord. May the bees come into alignment with Your purpose and destiny. May we be good stewards in taking care of the bees. Give our people wisdom to know what to do. We pray for provision from crops, for the crop growers, and that the weather would give them needed growth. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, reomove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. (Matthew 17:20)
4. Obama again waives ban on Palestinian aid - Washington Times
President Obama on Friday afternoon ordered another waiver of congressional restrictions on direct funding of the Palestinian Authority, clearing the way for more U.S. aid.
- Lord, forgive him and change his heart toward You and give him Holy Spirit revelation. We pray for a cutting off of aid that supports evil. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
- For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)
5. America No Longer Has a Functioning Judicial System - EU Times
The Department of Justice told a federal court this week that the NSA's spying "cannot be challenged in a court of law".
- Lord, we ask that the way of the ungodly perish in our judicial system, starting with our U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. We ask for godly men to stand in the seats of judges. We pray for righteous judgements. We pray that what is not right in the NSA be held accountable and correctable. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. (Psalm 1:5-6)
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:
"Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised
In the city of our God,
In His holy mountain.
Beautiful in elevation,
The joy of the whole earth,
Is Mount Zion on the sides of the north,
The city of the great King."
1. Obama welcomes renewal of Israeli-Palestinian talks, but says 'hard choices' lie ahead - Ha'aretz
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday set the wheels into motion for the first direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in almost three years, and appointed former U.S. ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk as Washington's special Middle East peace envoy.
2. Israelis, Palestinians agree to 9-month timeline for negotiations - Times of Israel
Israelis and Palestinians have agreed to a nine-month timeline for final-status negotiations, a US State Department official revealed early Monday afternoon, hours before peace talks were set to officially begin in Washington.
3. Familiar cast as US launches new Mideast peace bid - Times of Israel
With a cast of characters that has presided over numerous failed Middle East peace efforts, the Obama administration launched a fresh bid for an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal with the resumption of substantive negotiations.
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
"Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:11-12)
1. Islamic Hard-Liners Call for Execution of Christian Convicted of Blasphemy in Pakistan - Charisma News
Tensions are high in the Punjabi city of Gojra after a court sentenced a Christian man, Sajjad Masih, to life imprisonment for blasphemy, only weeks before the fourth anniversary of an outbreak of extreme violence against Christians in the same city.
In August 2009, seven Christians from the same family were killed-six burned to death-and more than 100 Christian homes set alight by angry Muslims, again over an accusation of blasphemy.
Now, even as local Islamists demanded that Masih's life imprisonment sentence be exchanged for the death penalty, a further blasphemy case was lodged on July 20; police arrested a Christian couple who were sent to jail the next day.
On July 13, the Gojra Additional Sessions Court convicted Masih of committing blasphemy under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code; for insulting Muhammad, which carries the death penalty.
Masih had been accused of sending blasphemous text messages in a case first lodged in December 2011. Despite an absence of evidence, the court sentenced Masih to life imprisonment (25 years in Pakistan).
The alleged text messages were sent from a SIM card registered in the name of Masih's former fiancée, Roma. Neither the cell phone nor the SIM was recovered from Masih during police investigation. Nor was there any eyewitness or forensic evidence available.
2. State Department Opens New Office to Broaden International Religious Focus - Washington Post
The State Department announced this week the creation of its first office dedicated to outreach to the global faith community and religious leaders.
The project, born in part of recommendations by its working group on religion and foreign policy, will be headed by Shaun Casey, a United Methodist member and professor at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.
Casey, an activist and scholar on religion and politics, said he expects the office to focus on three areas: religion and development, international religious freedom, and conflict prevention and resolution.
"I'm not naive," Casey said. "I understand that this territory is fraught. But having said that, I think we ignore the political impact of religion at our peril."
Secretary of State John F. Kerry called Casey, who has served for many years as an adviser to the former senator, the "perfect" person for the role.
3. 24 Killed in Bombing on Christian Neighborhood in Northern Nigeria - USA Today
Multiple explosions at a bar and entertainment area in a Christian quarter of Nigeria's northern and mainly Muslim city of Kano killed at least 24 people, a hospital official said Tuesday.
Lt. Ikedichi Iweha, a spokesman for the Military Joint Task Force, said earlier Tuesday that 12 people died at the scene and "a couple" of people were wounded in Monday night's attack, which he blamed on suspected members of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram network.
But the spokesman for Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital said their mortuary had 24 bodies brought from the scene and from the city's Murtala Muhammad Specialists Hospital.
The teaching hospital also was treating nine people wounded in the blasts, said spokesman Aminu Inuwa. It was unclear how many others might be in treatment at other hospitals.
More than a hundred people gathered outside the hospital morgue, weeping and screaming in anguish Tuesday afternoon. Military officials would not allow them into the morgue, so many said they have no idea if missing loved ones are dead or alive.
For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
The Daily Jot
Know the word before you speak
Friday, July 26, 2013
There are a lot of opinions out there about what the Bible says and what Christians should be doing or should not be doing. There are a lot more opinions out there about the end times, when there is a rapture, who the real Israel is, whether the United States or other countries have entered God's judgement and a lot more. Opinions on the Holy word of God are so diverse that it is no wonder that Christians can't agree on much. In fact, many are very opinionated on their opinions and are quick to judge others about what they believe. Just remember before getting all high and mighty on what you think you believe that Proverbs 16:18 says, "Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall."
People have told me that they don't believe we should be witnessing to others about the gospel because we are not worthy to doing so. Others have said there is no use in making disciples because things are just getting worse. Others have said that the occupant of the Oval Office is the antichrist. I think before making such emphatic statements that one is willing to bet their salvation on their rightness, folks should know what is true--not just what some preacher or teacher or prophet has told them is true. You need to know for yourself. Acts 17:11 describes the Berean Jews, "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."
. . . If one is going to claim they know the word of God and what the Lord is telling them, they better know for sure and not allow another to sway them.
The Lord says in Matthew 7:21-23, "Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock." Make sure that you know the word for yourself, study it, prove what others are saying. Don't accept every doctrine based on some teacher's word. Find out for yourself and then be doers of it.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
CAIR Director: Muslims Are Above The Law
CAIR Director: Muslims Are Above The Law
According to the leader of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Muslims living in America should not be bound by U.S. law. "If we are practicing Muslims, we are above the law of the land," said Herman Mustafa Carroll, executive director of the Dallas-Fort Worth CAIR branch.
I suppose at the very least, Carroll is being honest about what practicing Muslims believe. This is what we've been telling people all along. Now CAIR is becoming a bit more vocal about what they are really about.
Carroll made the statement at a rally in Austin, Texas as part of a nationwide effort to hold "Muslim Capitol Day" events. According to the event website Muslims came to the Texas capitol to "promote civic and political activism throughout the wider Muslim community.
It appears to me that they are promoting jihad and lawlessness. "We tried to downplay Sharia, because we didn't want to give the other side any excitement for being here," he said.
He then attempted to dismiss his critics as "anti-foreign." I wonder if we should just out him now as "anti-American," since he thinks he is above the laws of America. "When you even say the word Sharia, people get nervous. We are not advocating for Sharia. We are not trying to make Sharia the law of the land," he said. . .
They discussed "the recent House and Senate bill proposals involving the implementation of 'anti-Sharia' legislation, where the First Amendment rights and freedoms of Muslims would ultimately be hindered."
Carroll attempted to downplay Sharia law, despite joining with the ACLU to oppose the anti-Sharia legislation in Texas.
I told you about how the federal government was seeking to close the mouths of free speech in regards to Islam back in June. I don't recall Mr. Carroll standing up and opposing that. In fact, his organization didn't make a peep about that, which simply means they are complicit in it.
. . . However, Carroll has also defended terrorists on the same grounds as his statement above; Muslims are above the law of the land. . . (Freedom Outpost) Read more.
> > > IT IS WRITTEN: "And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming." (2 Thessalonians 2:8)
Nigeria's Christians Plead for Help
Nigeria's Christians Plead for Help Against Islamist Onslaught
"We are in the vineyard of Allah," Abubaker Schekau, the leader of the Nigerian Islamist terrorist organization Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad ("People Committed to the Propagation of the Prophet's Teachings and Jihad") has stated. Nigerian Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) representing a claimed 80 million Nigerian Christians, quoted Schekau during the second of two successive briefings last Thursday at the Rayburn House Office Building and the National Press Club. The chilling accounts of today's Nigeria facing Islamist terror by Oritsejafor and his associates gave rise to a cry for American help.
The ravages of Shekau's group, commonly known by its Hausa nickname Boko Haram (BH) or "Western education is forbidden," was a central concern for Oritsejafor. He described a Nigeria in which "every week I get a text message-a church was burnt or a pastor was murdered or Christians were randomly rounded up on a roadside and summarily executed." More than 100 Christians died a month on average during 2012, amounting to about 70 percent of all Christians killed around the world that year. Whether by machete-wielding mobs or Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIED) suicide bombing attacks on churches, "it is open season on Nigeria's Christians."
CAN's secretary for Borno state in northeastern Nigeria, Reverend Faye Musa Pama, was one such victim on May 14. That same day, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency (SOE) in Borno and neighboring Yobe and Adamawa states. Oritsejafor stated that Pama's "children pleaded for his life; they refused, they killed him."
Oritsejafor also received a call from another pastor in neighboring Yobe describing his imminent murder by a BH mob. "They are coming, they are shooting," the pastor said. "I couldn't do anything until they shot him," Oritsejafor recounted. "That was the end, gone." The Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist Emmanuel Ogebe, meanwhile, described a Yobe state that has "been so de-Christianized" with "entire villages run out of town."
Church attendance "is down . . . drastically" in the Muslim-majority north, Oritsejafor noted. Nigeria's 175 million people are almost evenly split north-south between Muslims and Christians. Oritsejafor cited one congregation dropping from 500 to 13 members. In some instances, a "pastor can come and sit there alone" in church on Sunday while his family remains home because of safety concerns. Even in Nigeria's south, weekly church attendance has declined while many churches now feature metal detectors at their entrances.
BH also targets modern, Westernized schools because, as Oritsejafor stated, BH terrorists "see the West as Christian." Fifty of Borno's 175 schools now lie in ruins. Fears that BH "will do more" have resulted in parents not sending their children to school. Christian girls face the further danger of abduction into coerced Muslim marriages. (Steve Emerson; Investigative Project on Terrorism) Read more.
Prayers During Ramadan
World's biggest camp persecutes Christian refugees
For Wednesday July 31, Ramadan 2013 - Day 23.
"Loving Muslims Through Prayer"
Here and there you will find some Christians among the Kenyan UNHCR camp Dadaab. But it isn't easy. Many Christians have been killed already by Al-Shabaab militias. The Muslims simply cut the throats of whoever they find with a Bible or anyone attending an underground church.
We seek God's intervention for Somalia. May He grant peace for this suffering nation! May the time come when many Somalis entrust their lives into the loving hands of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour!
- Pray for openness for the gospel and that believers can meet in peace in Dadaab and in Somalia.
- Pray that believers can grow strong spiritually; only those who stand firm in their faith are able to cope with the pressure of persecution and isolation.
- Pray for evangelistic work through personal contacts, but also by radio, literature and the Internet.
Complete article, video, audio, comments is here.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Oklahoma Church Helps Teachers Stock Classrooms
Elevate Church in Moore, Okla., has donated $25,000 to area teachers to help them stock their classrooms for the school year.
In May, an EF5 tornado hit the area, destroying two schools. Teachers bravely helped children to safety and stayed with them until they could be reunited with their parents.
Pastor Steven Earp said the church of about 300 wanted to show their gratitude in a tangible way.
"This helps further a culture of generosity at Elevate that will last many years," he told Fox 25 News. "These teachers lost thousands of dollars in personal teaching supplies. They protected our kids. They rode out the storm in the schools experiencing the scariest thing most will ever endure. They are heroes." (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!
Be Still My Soul
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.