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1. PUTIN GREETS OBAMA WITH SYRIA THREAT - Fox News
President Obama arrived in Russia today to find the already failing relations with his host in even worse condition. Russian President Vladimir Putin's threat to provide his Syrian allies with a missile shield in the event of U.S. airstrikes further complicates Obama's flagging effort to win international support for an attack on Damascus. As the Guardian reports, Putin's warning that an attack without UN backing would provoke military aid from Russia may drive away the handful of international partners for Obama's proposed attack. (Read more)
- Father, as even the seating at this G20 summit has been shifted to move the two leaders even further apart, we pray that You will use whatever means necessary to change Obama's heart and restore America's relations with the world.
- "Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God." (Psalm 55:19b)
2. Senate Panel Backs Use of Force Against Syria - Wall Street Journal
A key Senate panel on Wednesday backed President Barack Obama's request to strike Syria, while the Pentagon prepared to employ greater firepower to reach a shifting array of military targets.
- Lord, we are appalled at the lack of wisdom coming out of Washington regarding who the US is backing in Syria. We plead Your mercy over our foolishness, and a revelation of truth before the main Senate debates begin tomorrow.
- "Wise people store up knowledge, but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction." (Proverbs 10:14)
3. As US strike looms, al-Qaida-linked rebels attack regime-held Christian village - Washington Post
Al-Qaida-linked rebels launched an assault Wednesday on a regime-held Christian village in the densely populated west of Syria and new clashes erupted near the capital, Damascus -- part of a brutal battle of attrition each side believes it can win despite more than two years of deadlock.
- Lord we ask for mercy and protection over those who belong to You in Syria.
- "Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me." (Psalm 18:8-9)
4. Senate-crafted Syria resolution riddled with loopholes for Obama - Washington Times
Senators on Wednesday tried to write a tight resolution authorizing President Obama to strike Syria under very specific circumstances, but analysts and lawmakers said the language still has plenty of holes the White House could use to expand military action well beyond what Congress appears to intend.
- Father, we pray that You will stop this resolution and grant our legislators eyes to see the loopholes and the wisdom to say no to the President.
- "The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts." (Psalm 10:4)
5. Pledge of Allegiance challenged in Massachusetts Supreme Court - NBC News
A family in suburban Boston hopes to change the phrasing of the Pledge of Allegiance to remove two words they claim violate students' rights. The family is challenging the pledge, which students recite daily in U.S. public schools, claiming the words "under God" violate the state's equal rights laws.
- Lord we pray once again that You will protect the Pledge from the attacks of atheists.
- "The Lord will destroy the house of the proud. . ." (Proverbs 15:25a)
6. City of Raleigh Considers Law Banning Christians From Feeding the Hungry -Christian Post
This past Saturday, a group of volunteers from Love Wins Ministries -- a Christian ministry dedicated to helping the homeless in Raleigh, North Carolina -- gathered at Moore Square, a downtown park, to hand out free biscuits and coffee. They were grateful for the opportunity to share the love of Christ. They were also grateful they didn't get arrested for it.
- Lord, as the attacks against Christianity continue to rise, we pray for strategy, so that we can accomplish Your purposes on the earth.
- "So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void." (Isaiah 55:11a)
7. New Survey On State Of the Bible Released - Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation
The American Bible Society this week released a survey titled State of the Bible in 2013. (Full text.) (Summary of findings.) Among its findings: 66% of adults see it as important to teach the values found in the Bible in public schools. 31% of adults say that their political views are greatly influenced by their faith, while 69% say their faith has at least a little influence on their political views. 54% of adults agreed with the statement, "the Bible and politics do not mix." 22% of adults believe the Bible should be taken literally, word for word.
- Father, we pray for revival for America. Lord, bathe this nation from sea to sea in the Presence of Your Holy Spirit. Let people know that Your Word is true and powerful!
- "I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your Word." (Psalm 119:16)
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:
"Yahweh has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all." (Psalm 103:19)
1. 'Sinai jihadis want to overthrow Egypt, then they'll come for Israel' - Israel Hayom
In an exclusive interview with Israel Hayom, GOC Southern Command Maj. Gen. Sami Turgeman says Israel is preparing for every scenario in Gaza and Egypt He warns that the turmoil in Sinai may create a new security reality along the southern borders.
The Israel Defense Forces is on double duty in the southern sector, as it works to both maintain the peace treaty with Egypt and deter Gaza's terror groups. The troops deployed in the south face three major and constant threats: Gazan rocket fire on Tel Aviv and Sinai fire on Eilat; potential terror attacks against civilians and security forces along the southern borders; and perhaps the greatest threat of all -- the loss of strategic relations with Egypt.
2. Assad's arsenal: 100,000 missiles and rockets- Ynet News
US attack in Syria may lead to regional war that will not pass Israel by. Despite fierce war against rebels, Assad army continues to army itself with Russian weapons. What is the Syrian army preparing for the IDF? And how will Israel's initial blow look like?
While the US is bolstering its naval force in the Mediterranean with additional warships ahead of a possible strike in Syria, the Middle East is preparing for the aftermath of such a strike, if and when it occurs. Israel in particular is raising its alert level, as Syria's retaliation may include an attack on Israeli targets.
According to estimates, the Syrian army has in its possession some 100,000 missiles and rockets. Several thousand of them, such as the Scud-D missiles, are considered very powerful and accurate and can reach any target in Israel. President Bashar Assad's army also has Russian-made SS-22 medium-range surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, which can carry some 120 kilograms of explosive material.
3. Hamas dismisses talk of strike by Egypt against Gaza - The Jerusalem Post
"Gaza has always been known as a burial site for anyone who dares to invade or attack it," Hamas official says in light of rumors.
Hamas officials on Tuesday urged Palestinians to ignore rumors to the effect that the Egyptian army is preparing a military offensive against the Gaza Strip.
"The talk about a possible Egyptian military operation in the Gaza Strip is baseless," a Hamas official said. "We urge our people not to pay attention to the rumors flying around."
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love." (I Peter 1:6-8)
As Syrian Refugees Flood Lebanon, Security Worries Grow - McClatchy
BEIRUT - With more than 700,000 Syrian refugees jammed into a country of fewer than 4 million that already was hosting an estimated 500,000 Syrian guest workers, tensions are rising in Lebanon, which was deeply divided even before civil war broke out in its neighbor to the east.
Three major security incidents involving car bombs, as well as a slew of smaller or unreported incidents throughout the country, have put the Lebanese back into familiar territory of not only fearing a wave of disruptive refugees - the last came in 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who've never left fled the creation of Israel - but also facing political uncertainty that many here blame on foreigners pressing their regional aspirations.
"They're everywhere," Michel Abukhayr said of the refugees. "Are they ever leaving? Or will they stay forever like the Palestinians did and force their wars and culture on us?
For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
Joel Rosenberg: Why I Cannot Support an Attack on Syria
WHY I CANNOT SUPPORT THE RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE THIS PARTICULAR PRESIDENT GOING TO WAR IN SYRIA.
by Joel C. Rosenberg
(Washington, D.C., September 5, 2013) -- I cannot in good conscience support the Congressional resolution to authorize this particular President with the power to use U.S. military force in Syria for 60 days, much less 90 days.
1.) The United States does not currently have a President who is trustworthy, principled, steady and wise -- to the contrary, Mr. Obama is weak, vacillating, dithering, and devoid of a clear, compelling and principled policy in the Middle East. He doesn't inspire confidence, not with our allies, not with Congress, and most importantly, not with the American people. It is clear that he drew his "red line" without thinking it through. He doesn't have a plan. He hasn't built Congressional or international support. He is winging it. And that is incredibly dangerous.
2.) Nobody is with us -- President Obama has been unable to build even the limited international coalition for action that President George W. Bush built going into Iraq in 2003.
3.) The unintended consequences of becoming engaged in the war in Syria with an undependable President could be catastrophic, and this could draw our government, and thus us, in even deeper, with no exit strategy -- What if a U.S. military strike in Syria leads to the fall of Assad and to al Qaeda or other Radical Islamic groups coming to power? What if Syria's chemical and biological weapons fall into the hands of al Qaeda or other terrorists? What if those terrorists use those weapons against the American people and/or our allies? What if Assad, in a desperate last gasp of vengeance, unleashes a chemical weapons attack against Israel?
Under a different President -- one who was trusted and respected deeply by the American people, and our allies; one with foreign policy experience; one with solid principles and a steady hand -- I could support this resolution because I would believe that the President would be ready to handle any unintended consequence. As it stands, I agree with most of the language in the resolution. But I do not have any confidence that President Obama is up to this enormous challenge. And since the downstream effects of what could be unleashed by a mishandling of this crisis are so horrible, I would not be able to vote in favor of the resolution if I were a member of the House or Senate.
It is a dangerous thing to have an American President that the nation does not trust to lead us into battle, or that we can depend upon in times of crisis. But that is where we are. (Read more here)
The Daily Jot
The prophetic impact of an Islamic-raised president
Having an Islamic-raised president hasn't helped America at all in dealing with the hostile Caliphate-building Muslim Brotherhood and its military partner al Qaeda. But since his very first major speech on foreign policy in Cairo, Egypt on June 4, 2009, Americans should have known that there would be, as he put it, "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition." He held the speech at Cairo University and against the wishes of Egyptian leadership, invited key members of the then-banned Muslim Brotherhood.
This speech signaled to the world that things were about to change. The United States' longstanding policy of supporting Israel over Islam would be reversed in the coming years--not necessarily as much in form as in substance. One example is the blackmail foreign policy of requiring Israel to give up its land to the Palestinian terrorists--supported by the Muslim Brotherhood--in exchange for the US dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue. Holding true to form, nothing has happened. There are several examples where this US president has snubbed Israel and its leadership, even treating Israel's prime minister like an enemy by making him wait hours for an official dinner, and having him leave via the trash alley.
All along, streams of Muslim Brotherhood activists visited the White House as never before. The Secretary of State's closest advisor was firmly entrenched in the Muslim Brotherhood. Several Muslim Brotherhood-related activists have been appointed to high levels in our nation's security and White House advisory positions. Then there was the so-called Arab Spring where cries for democracy were hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood and its military partner al Qaeda--an entity that the United States is at war with. This president supported the Muslim Brotherhood and al Qaeda with military assistance and funding in Libya. He materially supported the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Egypt.
The Muslim Brotherhood is dedicated to building a worldwide Caliphate to bring the apocalyptic "peace of Islam." Prophetically, the Bible shows us in great detail the end time nations that come against Jerusalem in the Day of the Lord and the return of Jesus Christ the Messiah. They are all part and parcel to the organizational efforts of the Muslim Brotherhood in this day and time. The Lord promises in Zechariah 12:9, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." This is the fate of having an Islamic raised-president who has successfully pulled off a non-violent coup for the Muslim Brotherhood over the most powerful nation in the world. We can argue the veracity of this statement, but the actions of this administration speak volumes of truth.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
San Antonio: The Fight Begins
San Antonio: The Fight Begins
Breaking News: San Antonio City Council approves ordinance for LGBT, veterans protections
The City Council voted 8-3 Thursday to approve adding sexual orientation andgender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination in San Antonio. . . Because there were eight affirmative votes, the ordinance takes effect immdeiately. . . (San Antonio Express) Read more.
FRC Praises Texas Leaders for Standing for Religious Freedom, Opposing San Antonio's anti-Christian Ordinance
September 05, 2013
Family Research Council (FRC) expressed strong opposition today to a new ordinance approved by the San Antonio city council that is the first step toward banning orthodox Christians from holding public office in the city.
Of the city council vote FRC President Tony Perkins said:
"This ordinance is a vicious attack on Christians that could be the first step to banning believers from local boards and commissions.
"The ordinance would bar anyone who would exercise their beliefs in natural marriage or biblical sexuality from doing business with the city. Not only does the measure contradict Texas's Constitution (which outlaws religious tests), it's a gross infringement on free speech for people serving in council-appointed positions.
"Thankfully, Texas leaders from Senator Ted Cruz to state Attorney General Greg Abbott are standing up to the city council's contempt for free speech and religious freedom. We can all be encouraged that leaders like Sen. Cruz, Greg Abbott, and a myriad of churches are stepping up to challenge the city's lawlessness.
"We fully expect that this anti-Christian ordinance will be a magnet for lawsuits and will ultimately be struck down for violating the First Amendment rights of San Antonio residents," concluded Perkins
A PRAYER OF REPENTANCE:
Oh, Abba Father! We cry out to you for MERCY in the midst of judgment! Our nation has fallen into such a state of depravity . . . we continue to call good evil, and evil good.
Help us, O Lord. Please soften the hearts of the wicked with a mighty visitation of Your Love, Your kindness, Your mercy, and Your salvation. Please reach them, Father, for only You can do this work among the heathen. Abba, please hear our prayer today, we cry, amen.
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 32:34)
While we debate possible hostilities in Syria, the culture war in America continues. Sadly, the pro-abortion left has reached new lows of what can only be described as a sickness.
I am pro-life. Occasionally I have debated people who feel abortion is a necessary evil. Most liberals deny the "pro-abortion" label. But seldom does the pro-abortion side expose itself so openly as it recently did during a protest at the Iowa state capitol.
With two Democrat candidates for governor in attendance, a liberal activist offered a prayer to God in which she described abortion as a "blessing." She added, "we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal."
There was no mention in the prayer of God's actual view on life. He states clearly in Deuteronomy 30:19, "I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse, therefore choose life, that you and your children may live." (Gary Bauer)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Miracles on the border: Syrians encounter Jesus
BEIRUT - The Christian relief team heard about the needy Syrian widow living outside a Lebanese Muslim village near the Syrian border. So they took food to her.
Apparently, Jesus had been there first.
A refugee from the civil war in Syria, the Muslim widow, along with her three children, had sought shelter in Lebanon - like more than 100,000 other Syrians. She was observing a traditional 40-day period of solitude to mourn her dead husband, so she had received nothing from the local Islamic aid society.
When the Christians knocked at her door, the widow appeared fully covered in black, including an opaque veil over her face. She explained her period of self-isolation. They offered to leave the food outside, but she unexpectedly invited them in. They sat with her and her children on the floor of the temporary dwelling.
"Who are you?" she asked anxiously.
"You don't know us, but we have great love in our hearts toward you," the team leader answered, explaining their reasons for helping Syrian refugees. "That love comes from God, who has worked in our lives."
To their amazement, she responded by removing her veil - unheard of in her conservative Muslim culture. Then the words came flooding out.
"I want to tell you what happened to me yesterday," she said, her voice trembling with emotion. "As I was sleeping during the night, someone knocked on my door. I was so scared, but I opened the window to see who it was. No one was there. After a while, I heard the same knocking. My heart was beating so fast, so I went and sat beside the door, and I fell asleep there.
"As I was sleeping, someone put His hand on my shoulder. He said, 'You don't know Me. You have passed through a great pain. I experienced a great pain, also. But I will not leave you alone. Tomorrow I will send you someone who will tell you about Me. Listen to him.'"
When she finished the story, she began to weep. She turned to the team leader and said, "Tell me about this person that I saw in my dream."
Through his own tears, the leader told her about Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the friend of widows, orphans and outcasts. "This Book that I'm going to give you will explain to you about God's love," he promised, giving her a Bible along with additional aid to help her and her children survive the mourning period.
The widow later returned to Syria. No one knows for sure what has become of her. But God knows. (The Minnesota Christian Examiner) Read more here.
> > > How wonderful it is, indeed, to share a GOOD NEWS report with you today from the nation of Syria! Please continue in prayer for that beleaguered nation, lifting up all Christian workers for safety, and thanking our Lord for the move of His Spirit on that land. Nothing is too difficult for him! Praise God!
Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call
Billion Souls Revival Prayer Call:
Devotional for Day 31:
5 September 2013
Pastor Daniel Ko, Suwon Hana Baptist Church
God can choose to send a great revival quickly when His people obediently pray and proclaim His truth.
Jonah obeyed the word of the LORD and went to Nineveh. Now Nineveh was a very important city--a visit required three days. On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned." The Ninevites believed God. They declared a fast, and all of them, from the greatest to the least, put on sackcloth. (Jonah 3:3-5 NIV).
When God planned a revival for the Gentile city of Nineveh, the first thing He did was look for a person He could work through. Jonah was that one so God shared His plan with him.
However, Jonah was not happy with this plan. Perhaps he protested, "Lord, destroying Nineveh is more reasonable than saving Nineveh. If Nineveh prospers, then the Israelites will perish." So, Jonah arose to flee from the presence of the Lord by ship to Tarshish. God had a passion for Nineveh and chased Jonah in order to fulfil His plan.
Jonah found himself in the belly of a great fish and submitted to the plan of God. After that something amazing happened. Jonah went into the city and on the first day began to proclaim the destruction that God would bring in 40 days (verse 3). Surprisingly, the people of Nineveh repented and turned their hearts toward God. Even the king of Nineveh heard about this amazing event, and he publicly proclaimed a fast throughout the country. Great transformation started in Nineveh.
Yes, revival belongs to God. But the question is, who is going to submit to God's will and pray? Compare the time of God's preparation for Jonah to pray for the revival to the time when revival really did happen. Revival was not difficult for God, but it was the matter of finding that one person fully submitted to God's will and ready to pray and proclaim.
Today, God is able to save people and bring revival, even in just one day. However, who is going to pray and submit to His will? That is the question.
Lord God, we pray for revival in the great cities of our day. You're looking for your 'Jonahs' to use them to bring revival today, as you did in Nineveh. Please forgive us for any times we have wished that judgment and destruction would come upon sinful people and wicked cities. We believe you are a merciful God who desires that none should perish. We believe that you have the power to bring revival even quickly as in Nineveh. So we ask you to do that in our day around the world. In your great mercy we ask you to do that today. Amen.
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