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The Daily Brief Thursday, October 24, 2013
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
"If God be for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31)
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1. Angry at U.S. policies, Mideast allies chart own course - USA Today
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, unhappy with a U.S. pivot from a leading role in the Middle East, are taking more active roles in the influencing of foreign affairs, such as arming al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war and bankrolling the Egyptian military takeover.
- Lord, we pray for Your perfect will over the Middle East, and that You would bring to light all persons with wisdom and forethought to lead America at this dangerous turn of events. We pray that You will do whatever it takes to stop this administration from the course of chaos they have taken with our allies.
- "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." [Joel 3:14]
2. Millions of Americans Are Losing Their Health Plans Because of Obamacare -Weekly Standard
While the Affordable Care Act was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, President Obama famously promised the American people over and over again that if you like your health plan, you can keep it.
- Lord literally thousands of Americans have received the cancellation letters for insurance plans. We ask that You cause people on both sides of the political spectrum to rise up and fight this socialist plan.
- "My soul, wait upon God; for my expectation is from Him." [Psalm 62:5]
3. 'System Is Working'? Contractors play down ObamaCare site problems, pass blame - Fox News
Under heated questioning from lawmakers, contractors behind the botched ObamaCare website on Thursday played down the problems with HealthCare.gov while shifting blame to the government and each other for the troubled launch. "The system is working. People are enrolling," Cheryl Campbell, senior vice president with contractor CGI Federal, testified, acknowledging the system is still too slow.
- Father, the mess seems to continue with regard to the Obamacare website. We ask that You reveal this law for the problems it's causing, to include every glitch.
- "Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." [Psalm 55:22]
4. White House Extends 'Individual Mandate' Deadline - Newsmax
The Obama administration is giving individuals who buy health insurance through government-run marketplaces until the end of March to enroll in a plan without a penalty, an administration official said. The administration plans to issue guidelines soon to clear up confusion over deadlines under President Barack Obama's healthcare law, according to the official, who asked for anonymity Wednesday because the change hadn't been formally announced.
- Father, we ask that You intervene to protect the American people from the hidden agendas in this healthcare law.
- "The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous." [Proverbs 14:19]
5. Report: U.S. Spent $3.7 Trillion on Welfare Over Last 5 Years - Weekly Standard
New research from the Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee shows that over the last 5 years, the U.S. has spent about $3.7 trillion on welfare.
- Lord, the entitlement programs are costing American taxpayers overwhelming amounts of money. We bind up this socialist agenda and plead the Blood of Jesus against it. We pray for a solution that will help people on welfare get off the system and into jobs. We pray that You will help those who cannot help themselves as well.
- "Blessed is he that considers the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble." [Psalm 41:1]
6. Reports: Pirates kidnap Americans off Nigerian coast - CNN
Pirates have attacked an oil supply vessel off the Nigerian coast and kidnapped the captain and chief engineer, both Americans, according to media reports.
- Lord we pray for the protection and release of this ship and all who are aboard.
- "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God." [Psalm 20:7]
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah" (Psalm 24:7-10)
1. Palestinian Authority kids' mag publishes bogus wit and wisdom of Adolf Hitler - Fox News
A children's educational magazine sponsored by the Palestinian Authority extols the wit and wisdom of Adolf Hitler -- by wrongly attributing 10 quotes to the Nazi leader.
2. Israel to blame if peace talks collapse over borders: Abbas - AFP
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas warned Tuesday Israel would be to blame if ongoing peace talks collapsed over its military control of a border with Jordan.
3. U.S., Israel differ on how to resolve Iran nuclear issue - Reuters
U.S. and Israeli officials differed over Iran's nuclear program on Wednesday as Israel called for its effective dismantlement and the United States suggested better safeguards could assure that it is peaceful rather than military in nature.
4. Israel rattled by sixth minor quake in under a week - AFP
Two minor earthquakes rattled northern Israel on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of such incidents in less than a week, a spokeswoman for the Israel Geophysical Institute said.
5. Israel strikes Hezbollah-bound missile shipment - Times of Israel
Israeli warplanes hit a convoy of advanced missiles heading out of Syria and into Lebanon where they were to be delivered to Hezbollah, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported on Wednesday.
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
"The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17)
Reporter in Pakistan Receives Death Threat for Writing about Christian Persecution - Index on Censorship
Early this month, he received a one-page letter, in the Urdu language, terming him an apostate and accusing him of writing in favour of Ahmadis and Christians.
"It warned me to stop writing 'against' Islam and seek 'forgiveness' from God," he said over the phone from his home in the Punjab province.
It further warned him that if he did not desist, he would be killed - since that is the punishment of a person declared an apostate.
"I can't work like this; no reporter can, if he cannot roam about freely," said Tanveer.
Initially, he did not take the letter too seriously, but a week after he received the letter, he felt he was being followed on a motorbike. "It's a scary experience," he conceded, adding: "I made a few turns just to be sure that this was not a figment of my imagination, but the man on the motorbike persisted. I knew then that this was no joke and I had to do something."
His seniors at work advised him to at least file a complaint with the police, which he did, but he did not name anyone "due to security reasons".
"My editor told me to keep a low profile and not to report on minority issues for a while, and if I had to, it would go without by byline," said the journalist.
Farahnaz Zahidi, features editor in the same paper as Tanveer's feels very strongly about one's byline being taken away. "As a journalist, perhaps the biggest satisfaction in this otherwise perilous and often under-paid profession is one's by-line; it also lends credibility."
However, she added, by shooting the messenger, society loses out. "The right to information is threatened when media persons threatened."
Tanveer finds a plethora of minority rights abuses strewn around his city but says few journalists feel inclined to take up these issues.
"Mine seems to be a lone battle," he said. "I am often scorned by my colleagues for reporting 'chooras' (derogatory term used for Christians, also among the poorest sections of society and consigned to menial janitorial jobs) and 'Qadianis' (also a derogatory name for those belonging to the Ahmadi faith, declared non-Muslims by state in 1974)," he said.
But it's not indifference to these rights issue alone that keeps journalists from reporting on them. Senior journalist and communication expert, Babar Ayaz, says it is also quite dangerous to write about "the victimisation of Ahmadis, Christians or Hindus".
Nevertheless, he added: "Journalists have to write what is right. Threats and killings are hazards of this job living in an increasingly intolerant society."
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
Evil government: to submit or not to submit
Thursday, October 24, 2013
There has been some discussion about submitting to the governing authority in America even though it may go against God's laws. Pastors are preaching Romans 13 where the Apostle Paul is saying to submit to the ruling authorities, pay your taxes, and obey the law because these things are put in place to not be a terror to good works, but to evil. There are two mentions in this passage about the higher powers being ministers of God. Pastors often use it to teach that we must be submissive to the government even though it may be an evil one. But Peter himself said in Acts 5:29 that, "We ought to follow God rather than men" when he was facing persecution and unjust demands from the ruling authorities.
As I see it, the context of Romans 13 was about the religious leaders that were the Roman-appointed governing body over the Jews. In any case, if those leaders are corrupt by Biblical terms it is self evident that you do not follow or support them. Governments are established for the good and protection of the people. In that, people give up some rights for those protections. Laws are established also to protect the people. As Christians, we know that we are to be a law abiding people. But when a law goes against God's law; or a government goes against God's law, to whom do we submit as the higher authority? Peter answered that question when the ruling Sadducees threw him in prison for preaching Jesus in the Temple.
When this country was established, the Founders were well aware that they were going against the prevailing world view--that God appointed the ruler (the king) and that the people should blindly follow even if that ruler was unjust. We can see the Founders' thinking by reading the Declaration of Independence in its entirety. Their mantra at Concord and Lexington was "No King but Jesus." So in our form of government, we the people have the say over who rules us. To passively submit to evil rulers, especially in this nation where God blessed us with the freedom to choose, is beyond the bounds of God-given common sense and self preservation.
No man will convince me that the president is a minister of God to me for good as stated in Romans 13:4. But I do know that if I break the laws of the nation, there will be consequences. If I am to overcome that evil, I must overcome it with good (Romans 12:21). In my opinion, this should be done without breaking the higher laws--those just and right laws of God. I also believe we in America are held to a higher standard because of the freedom the Lord blessed us with when this nation was formed. We are to follow the higher laws of God as we are members first of His kingdom. Perhaps the best way to begin overcoming evil in high places is by cleansing the pulpit of those who condone it.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners is proud to host:
"An Evening with Dr. Suuqiina"
Teaching on: "A HEBRAIC APPROACH TO THE BIBLE"
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
The following message is from Eric Teitelman, House of David Ministries and a member of the Board of Directors of Capitol Hill Prayer Partners.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:
Many of you may have met or heard of Dr. Suuqiina, our amazing Native American friend who teaches the Hebraic roots of the Bible. I remember the first time I listened to Dr. Suuquiina about four years ago at Whole Word Fellowship Church in Oakton. Now keep in mind that I grew up in Israel and studied the Old Testament scriptures in Hebrew. You would think that I would know the stuff he teaches, but let me tell you, a gift from the Lord is a gift from the Lord. His understanding of the Hebrew root dialect is beyond anything I have ever encountered. You just have to experience his teachings to believe them. We are blessed and highly favored of the LORD to welcome this mighty man of God into our midst that evening. Come and enjoy a time of WORSHIP as Suuqiina leads us in song with Native American instruments, and then offers another teaching from (and about) the Hebrew language.
Many blessings to you, in Christ Yeshua,
Eric M. Teitelman
Church on the Rock
14310 Sully Field Circle, Suite #350
Chantilly, VA 20151
November 2, 2013
For more details and to see directions to the Church on the Rock, go here.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Yale Hosts Inaugural Pro-Life Conference
It's not something you see every day: A student-led pro-life conference at one of the nation's Ivy League universities. But with the success of the inaugural event, members of Choose Life at Yale (CLAY) are hoping to see others like it.
"Vita et Veritas: Promoting a Culture of Life and Truth" ran from Thursday through Sunday. Some of the speakers included Sally Winn, vice president of Feminists for Life and Clarke Forsythe and Bill Saunders of Americans United for Life.
"In an institution that is so pro-choice, it's important to have that alternative view," said CLAY member Courtney McEachon, the organization's out-going president. She described Yale as "hostile" to the pro-life view. (Citizenlink) Read more.
Worship With Us Today!
There is None Like You
"Lord, there is no one like you! For you are great,
and your name is full of power. Who would not fear
you, O King of nations? That title belongs to you alone!
Among all the wise people of the earth and in all the
kingdoms of the world, there is no one like you.
But the Lord is the only true God. He is the living God
and the everlasting King! The whole earth trembles at his
anger. The nations cannot stand up to his wrath."
(Jeremiah 10:6, 7, 10 NLT)
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!