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The Daily Brief Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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The Daily Brief
1. U.S. still in fiscal deadlock, but glimmers of hope emerge - Reuters
A few faint glimmers of hope surfaced on Monday in the U.S. fiscal standoff, both in Congress and at the White House, with President Barack Obama saying he would accept a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing authority to avoid a default. (Read more)
- Lord, may all of our leaders realize that only You can sustain life, and can provide for our very needs. Please visit us in our helpless estate, and please show those in authority the way out of this fiscal crisis. In Your Name, we pray, amen.
- " I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you." (Psalm 32:8)
2. IG That Watchdogs IRS--And Uncovered Targeting of Tea Party--'Shut Down' - CNSNews.com
While the Treasury Department has continued its basic operations since the government "shutdown" last Tuesday--collecting tens of billions in taxes and spending even more--the Office of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), which conducts audits and investigations of the IRS, and which uncovered the IRS's targeting of Tea Party groups, has been "shut down." (Read more)
- How sad. Please pray that all who are working in this strategic office will, indeed, have their needs met during this time of the "slimdown." Offer praise to the Lord for their valuable work. Amen.
- "And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19)
3. Priests Risk Arrest for Offering Sacraments to Catholic Troops During Shutdown - CNSNews.com
Some Catholic priests under contract or GS (general schedule) to the military are not allowed to offer the Catholic sacraments--including saying Mass, consecrating marriages, or performing baptisms--on military property during the government shutdown, and if they do, even on a volunteer basis, they risk being arrested, according to the general counsel for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.
About 25% of the U.S. military is Catholic, some 275,000 service members, but there are only 234 active-duty priests. To fill the gap, contract or GS priests are brought in. But under the rules of the shutdown, many of those priests cannot perform their religious duties on military bases unless their contracts allow it. (Read more)
- Bind the spirit of python that seeks to strangle all necessary resources during the time of this shutdown. Next, loose the spirit of grace. Man cannot shut down the work of the Lord; His grace will be sufficient. In His Name, amen.
- "Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 18:18)
4. DOJ: AMBER Alert Site Was Never Down - Except the 'Informational DOJ Site' - CNSNews.com
The Amber Alert website was reportedly closed due to the government shutdown. But, DOJ spokesman Brian Fallon assures the public that the system itself was never suspended - just the "informational DOJ site."
And, Fallon says that now even the "information DOJ site has been restored." He also noted that the DOJ "offers information about the system, but alerts get issued by the states/counties." (Read more)
- In 1996, the government suffered a shutdown that lasted two weeks, while President Clinton and House Speaker Newt Gingrich were working to resolve that crisis. But at that time, we were in a different season: one devoid of hate-filled rhetoric, threats of "painful cuts", and efforts to even endanger the lives of our children. Come before the Lord in acts of repentance; we have fallen so far from His grace in this generation. Pray that we might find our way home to Him and to His ways, for in His ways we shall know peace. Amen.
- "Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name." (Psalm 86:11)
5. OIG: 6,400 Foreigners Had Access to Nuclear Lab's Restricted Areas - CNSNews.com
As many as 6,400 foreign visitors from China, India, Egypt, Pakistan, and other countries were allowed "unaccompanied access to numerous buildings" at a nuclear lab in Tennessee that is "the nation's central repository for bomb-grade uranium" and is currently working on a $10 billion project to refurbish hundreds of B61 nuclear bombs. (Read more)
- The grace and the blessings of our Messiah are totally amazing, for it is only by His Hand that we have been kept safe from disaster. Praise Him for His goodness among men, and ask Him to forgive those who allowed unfettered access to this site for our enemies. Amen.
- "The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul." (Psalm 121:7)
6. China warns US as superpower expresses concern for $1.3tn of investments - UK Independent
China, the biggest foreign creditor of the United States, has waded into the American budget crisis, warning Congress that it must resolve the political impasse over the debt ceiling without further delay. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray that the U.S. will take responsible action to meet their obligations. We also pray that we can again become lenders instead of borrowers. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- "Owe no man anything, but to love one another, for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:8)
7. Report: Syria transferred chemical weapons to Hezbollah - Israel Hayom
As Syria prepared to surrender its chemical weapons in compliance with international efforts, the Saudi newspaper Al Watan quoted a Lebanese parliamentarian on Sunday as saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad has already transferred large stores of chemical weapons to his ally, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray that these chemical weapons be found and dismantled. We pray that those who are slaves of corruption and in bondage to it be brought to the liberty that is in Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
- "And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." (Col. 2:15)
8. Kerry appears to reject Iran's call for new nuclear proposal
- Washington Post
Warming relations between the United States and Iran do not mean that the United States will back off its demands about Iran's nuclear program or roll back missile defenses in Europe aimed at intercepting an Iranian attack, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Monday. (Read more)
- Lord, we pray for John Kerry to be granted wisdom as he communicates with Iran's leaders. May he have discernment in all he says and does. Bring his heart into alignment with Yours, Lord. We pray for a peaceful resolution to be sustained in the face of this catastrophic nuclear threat. We offer our prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
- "And a wise man's heart discerns both time and judgment." (Ecclesiastes 8:5)
9. UK: Bible oath could be scrapped from courts - UK Telegraph
Magistrates will debate scrapping the religious oath for witnesses and defendants, but critics have raised fears the move could further erode the Christian heritage of Britain. (Read more)
- Father God, we have believed that the Christian oath helps people realize they are accountable to You for what they say in court. We ask that you bring clarity to this issue in Britain and elsewhere. We pray that the Christian faith would grow in Britain and not be eroded. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
- Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord." But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your "Yes" by "Yes," and your "No,' "No." For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. (Matthew 5:33-37)
10. Christians pray in Jerusalem for Israel and the Jews - Watch.org
The scene would have been unimaginable throughout the vast majority of Jewish history. Row upon row of Christians shouting and swaying, fervently proclaiming their faith right in the heart of Jerusalem. But these Christians, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, were not denouncing the scattered Jews in the room, or preaching of a time when control of the holy city would be wrested from Jewish hands.
They were cheering the Jews in the audience, singing in Hebrew, and proclaiming God's love for the Jewish people and the Jewish state.
From Malaysia and the Philippines, the Netherlands and Ireland - even the West Bank - hundreds of Christian Zionists gathered in the Clal Building on Jaffa Road Sunday night. They had come for the 10th annual Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem, broadcast around the world. (See our Good News Report for more on this news, below.)
- Offer a tremendous chorus of PRAISE for the amazing groundswell of support being demonstrated for the Peace of Jerusalem by evangelical Christians across the globe. Praise God!
- "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee." (Psalm 122:6)
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:
The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war. He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies.(Isaiah 42:13)
1. Netanyahu lowers expectations for Israeli-Palestinian peace - Jerusalem Post
The last time Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave a speech at Bar-Ilan University's BESA Center for Strategic Studies, dozens of far-right protesters picketed the event in anticipation of the prime minister making concessions -- and they were right.
2. Netanyahu: For peace, Palestinians must recognize Jewish homeland - Jerusalem Post
There will be no peace with the Palestinians until they recognize the Jewish right to a homeland in Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Sunday night at Bar-Ilan University.
3. Analysis: Upsurge in West Bank violence is unmistakable warning - Jerusalem Post
As the investigation into the terror attack in Psagot -- which targeted a nine-year-old girl -- continues, it's worth zooming out and looking at the wider situation in the West Bank, where recent weeks have seen an unmistakable increase in violent attacks.
4. Over 700,000 mourn influential Israeli rabbi - AFP
More than 700,000 people took to Jerusalem's streets on Monday to mourn the spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardic Jews, in an unprecedented procession for an influential figure who died after surgery. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, wielded enormous influence among Israeli Jews of Middle Eastern and North African ancestry but courted controversy with his outspoken views. He had been in and out of hospital for months and undergone heart surgery, before dying in hospital on Monday. (Read more here; including photos of this amazing event on the streets of Jerusalem today.)
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
" . . . the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." (2 Timothy 2:9,10)
Iranian Christian Prisoner in Evin Transferred to Hospital - Mohabat News
Mohabat News - Maryam Naghash-Zargaran (also known as Nasim), is an Iranian Christian convert currently serving her four year prison sentence in the women's ward of Evin prison.
She was transferred to Modares hospital on Sunday, September 29, to be treated for her heart disease. Having had heart surgery before, mental pressures in prison resulted in her heart attack, and as a result she was transferred to hospital. As of now, there is no detailed news about her condition.
In addition to that, she suffered depression due to inappropriate conditions in prison.
The 35 years old Christian lady was first arrested in the winter of 2013 for "acting against national security". On the day of her arrest she received a phone call from the intelligence police on Vozara Street in Tehran and summoned there, where she was immediately arrested and kept for three days. Then she was transferred to Evin prison and remained there for 19 days. After that she was released on bail.
Since the time of her arrest, security authorities have searched her house several times, confiscating her personal belongings as well as any Christian related material.
Later she was called for her trial at branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran. There, Judge Mohammad Moghiseh sentenced her to four years in prison for "propagating against the Islamic regime, and colluding to undermine national security". She appealed the ruling but the appeals court upheld her sentence. Nasim was summoned to prison to start serving her sentence on July 15, 2013 in the women's ward of Evin prison.
Her name hadn't been published before among Christian prisoners in Evin, which raises speculation that there are more unknown Christian prisoners in Iranian prisons.
At the same time, reports indicate that three other Christian convert activists, Somayeh Bakhtiari, Ronak Samavat, and Nasim Zanjani are still being held in prison. These Christian convert women had been arrested and imprisoned in the first half of the Persian year (March - September). They were accused of holding prayer and worship meetings in house-churches.
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 (1)
The Wrath of Government
Monday, Oct. 7, 2013
The president is angry because the Republicans are trying to use budget talks to defund his flagship socialist program--the Affordable Healthcare Act. House Republicans, feeble as they are as an opposition party, have refused to fund the government unless the president negotiates on delaying socialist healthcare. Never mind that the House of Representatives has the sole Constitutional authority to defund the program without the president's or the Senate's approval. In the process there are many temper tantrums being thrown. Among them is the president wanting to inflict as much pain on the American people as possible to show that government should never be shut down.
The Board of Directors may instruct how the company should operate generally, but the Chief Executive Officer of the company can determine the specific budget items. This is similar to how Congress and the office of the President operate. If you are a discerning person, you will be able to decide for yourself how this current president feels about the people he represents. He has decided to cut where it is most inconvenient for the people, rather than operating the government in the best interest of the people. Things like not airing professional football to our military overseas; shutting down parks and telling park rangers to make it as difficult on the people as possible.
When the House passes legislation to keep giving life-sustaining treatment to cancer patients in research programs and the president and the Senate Majority leader refuse to allow it; or when the White House shuts down the AMBER Alert website for missing children while the First Lady's "Let's Move" website remains up and running; or when the White House orders public grounds to be closed due to the shutdown and barricades out World War II veterans who were responsible for our modern freedoms; or seeks to arrest fishermen and boaters in so-called public waters; Americans get a real clear view of the heart of our leadership. The White House seeks to punish Americans.
Let us remember who is the government and who owns the infrastructure. In a government of the people, by the people and for the people, the citizens own the public lands, the roads, and their freedom. The government has been entrusted with stewardship of those citizen-owned assets and the protection of them. The "government" has no right to punish its citizens because the representatives of the people are trying to hold government accountable. Americans are experiencing the unjust wrath of government. But government is not God. Romans 1:18 says, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness." May the Lord not tarry in his revelations.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot (2)
A non-prophetic prophecy
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Often times in Christianity common sense is considered prophecy. I think it is a non-starter. If you see a guy standing in line who is 6'4" 240 lbs wearing a football jersey, it is not really prophetic to say that he is going to play football. He likely already does. So here is a non-prophetic prophecy for America: If socialized healthcare is allowed, the American middle class will essentially disappear. The American middle class is the partnership in the Republic that economically made this country great, held it together morally, and was the key stakeholder in keeping it great and sustaining the future. In every dictatorship or emerging growth country, the middle class is missing. America is heading in that direction fast.
Former President Jimmy Carter, heretofore arguably the worst president in contemporary American history until the current man moved into the Oval Office, told AP that the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty "when he occupied the White House." I guess we could say that the current president finally accomplished the socialist goal toward which Carter worked so hard. I remember the gas lines, the double digit unemployment, the double digit mortgage rates, the double digit inflation under Jimmy Carter. In short, he was a horrible president. His presidency started the modern demise of the middle class.
But that is the keystone of socialism and communism. It brings everyone down to the lowest common denominator because that is the group easiest to control. Therein, those who support the socialist government, including the "elected" leadership, all make out like bandits. Largely because they are bandits. They rob from those who have money and pocket the bulk of it while saying they are redistributing it to the poor. In many countries like Nicaragua, for example, they convince the church that socialism is God's way. The church "buys in" because its corrupt leadership gets a cash haul for convincing the poor to become poorer in the name of Christ. At least that is not happening yet in America, or is it?
In looking closely at how socialized healthcare is set up for the US, there are high deductibles and high premiums. For people who don't go along with it, there are taxes called fines. Those who will use it least--the young and healthy--have the most expensive premiums and highest deductibles. They will pay the most over the years, and receive the least--the disappearance of the middle class. This, combined with the qualitative easing policies of printing money to prop up Wall Street, will erode the middle class through inflation and joblessness. Government becoming god. Psalm 33:12 says "Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance." With the government god, there is no blessing for the nation, nor inheritance for its people."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
News from the CPC Foundation
Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation - Weekly Prayer Update
Part One: National Religious Liberty Issues
1. The Long Line Of Conservatives Targeted By The IRS
"Tea party groups, Franklin Graham, Christine O'Donnell, a pro-marriage group. And now Dr. Ben Carson.The list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, tax-exempt reviews or tax privacy breaches keeps growing, raising fresh questions in Washington about whether a scandal the Obama administration has blamed on bureaucratic incompetence and coincidence may in fact involve something more nefarious." (Read more)
(Source: Washington Times)
2. Christians And Cretins: Scalia Visits U. VA
"The conclusion of Scalia's speech focused on Thomas More, a 16th-century Renaissance thinker. Scalia said More's execution due to his insistence that King Henry VIII receive approval for his divorce from the pope is a 'prime example of Christian as cretin.' He pointed out More's fellow intellectuals viewed him to be a fool, but More was insistent upon remaining consistent with Christian orthodoxy.
'More was not seeing with the eyes of man, but with the eyes of faith,' Scalia said. In his final remarks, Scalia reached out to Christians in the audience and asked them to have strength of faith and 'the courage to have their wisdom regarded as stupidity.'" (Read more)
(Source: Cavalier Daily)
Ongoing National Prayer Issues
NDP Hosts PrayerCast Event: Oct. 18,19
National Day of Prayer Hosts PrayerCast Event:
October 18th and 19th
On October 18-19, the National Day of Prayer will broadcast a 27-hour PrayerCast, featuring the foremost teachers on prayer to equip and mobilize via streaming video. This special event will be FREE but you are encouraged to form, or join, a group in your area at a local prayer meeting or church assembly. The goal is to reach the masses across the globe with the knowledge and understanding of prayer and its application. Will you join us?
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The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Millions of Global Christians Unite in Prayer on Sunday, October 6
during the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Buffalo, NY: Oct. 7, 2013
Millions of Christians united across denominational, cultural, and political differences on Sunday, October 6th, as part of the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem (DPPJ) (www.daytopray.com) to intercede for the city God calls His own, and to invoke God's blessing, purposes, and provision upon all of Jerusalem's people. From over 175 nations, believers gathered to pray in their worship services, in their homes, on college campuses, in regional gatherings, and on a 24-Hour Prayer Conference Call.
Broadcast by GOD TV to 900 million, Christians in over 200 nations were also able to join the special DPPJ Celebration at The Pavilion on Jaffa Road in Jerusalem. It was co-hosted by Pastor Wayne Hilsden, Senior Pastor of the King of Kings Community Jerusalem. Before the packed audience, he prayed that God would bring a peace that "was not just something agreed upon diplomatically or written on paper, but a peace beyond human understanding . . . a peace that only God could bring."
. . . Orthodox Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin told the Christian audience from many nations: "We are living in apocalyptic and fateful times and our response to them is critical. Very often we [in Israel] feel as though we stand alone, but Evangelical Christians are our best friends in the whole world. We are eternally grateful that you are standing with us."
Christians participating in the DPPJ observances not only pray for Jerusalem, but also add practical action to their intercession. This year a check of $15,000 was given from the DPPJ offerings to support two Eagles' Wings Feeding Centers in Israel, which feed both Arab and Jewish poor in Jerusalem and Tiberias.
Additionally, millions participated by praying in their churches, homes, and special services throughout October 6 - from cities and rural villages, from huts and mansions, from cathedrals and simple church buildings, and from college campuses to underground churches in China and seven Muslim countries.
Throughout the 24 hours of October 6, believers from around the world also prayed together through an internet "virtual prayer room" created by the 24-Hour DPPJ Prayer Conference Call (www.greatercalling.org). Callers representing most of the states in the U.S. were joined by believers from many nations, including Canada, Kenya, United Kingdom, Venezuela, Papua New Guinea, British Virgin Islands, and Italy. The Lord was praised, shofars were blown, and the people raised their diverse voices in one accord as they prayed for Jerusalem and her people groups.
> > > Capitol Hill Prayer Partners wishes to thank all of you who also participated in this great move of global intercession for the peace of Jerusalem. May each one of you be blessed in return, for it is written: "I will bless those who bless you (Jerusalem) . . ." (Gen. 12:3). Amen.
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