Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
P.O. Box 5152
Herndon, VA 20172-1970
The Daily Brief
Praying the Word of God . . .
in the Will of God . . .
over the Issues of the Day
Thursday, November 21, 2013
. . . He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners welcomes all who wish to pray for our leaders to join us in prayer for our nation. You may sign up to receive our alerts by sending an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, requesting that your name be added to our list of subscribers.
VISIT OUR BLOG!
CHPP's blog includes archives of past editions of all of our alerts, as well as features on praying for the government, Israel, and other key issues.
Come visit us by going here.
The Daily Brief
1. TEPCO clean-up boss says Fukushima's radioactive water will be dumped into Pacific Ocean - ABC
The man in charge of the clean-up at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant says growing stores of contaminated water from the site will eventually have to be dumped into the sea.
- Father, as You cleansed the waters of Marah, we ask You to do the same with the oceans. Have mercy on the waters of the sea, the creatures in them, and all of us who depend upon them for food.
-"So he cried out to the Lord and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet." [Exodus 15:25a]
2. Al Qaeda terrorists entered U.S. as part of refugee program - Washington Times
An ABC News investigation has unveiled that the United States accidentally welcomed al Qaeda terrorists into its borders as part of a refugee program.
- Father, the wicked cannot overcome You. We pray for Your protection against the wicked and the violent men who have entered our nation.
- "But the wicked will be cut off from the earth" [Proverbs 2:22]
3. Inside America's Plan to Kill Online Privacy Rights Everywhere - Foreign Policy
The United States and its key intelligence allies are quietly working behind the scenes to kneecap a mounting movement in the United Nations to promote a universal human right to online privacy, according to diplomatic sources and an internal American government document obtained by The Cable.
- Lord, place Your people under the shadow of Your wings in the secret place of protection. You are our fortress.
- "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." [Psalm 91:1]
4. Outrage Over Obama Omitting 'Under God' From Gettysburg Address -Breitbart
Many Americans are offended that on Tuesday, President Obama recited a version of the Gettysburg Address that omitted the phrase "under God" for a celebrity project created by progressive documentarian Ken Burns.
- Father, we are continually disgusted with this President's anti-Christian leanings. Lord, we pray for this man's soul, but failing that, we ask for his removal. We know that not even the President can remove You from us.
- "The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked." [Nahum 1:3]
5. Spy court says NSA exceeded bounds, but judges approved all data requests anyway - Washington Times
The federal government used the Patriot Act more than 500 times from 2005 through 2011 to secretly obtain records from businesses, including bulk telephone and Internet data, and never once did the secret court charged with oversight turn them down, according to the latest document dump from U.S. spy agencies.
- Lord, this administration continually goes against both common sense and the rules and laws of our land. We pray that You will intervene and help us to walk with You during this lawless time.
-"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work" (2 Thessalonians 2:7a)
6. FBI Video Shows Al Qaeda in Kentucky Handling Heavy Weapons -ABC News
An al Qaeda-linked terrorist, who was resettled in the U.S. as an Iraq War refugee after allegedly killing American soldiers, was caught on camera in Kentucky handling heavy weapons that the FBI said he believed would be sent to insurgents back in Iraq.
- Father, we again ask for Your protection against infiltrators who wish us harm.
-"that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men" (2 Thess. 3:2)
7. Illegal immigrants arrested protesting at Capitol - Washington Times
Activists said that illegal immigrants were arrested while protesting outside of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's office on Wednesday in the latest escalation of civil disobedience designed to pressure Congress to legalize them.
- Father, we pray against the agenda that seeks to tear our nation apart by allowing illegal immigration to overflow our borders. We pray for a solution that keeps our borders safe.
-"Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass" [Psalm 37:7b]
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 name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe." (Proverbs 18:10)
1. Netanyahu, Putin sharply divided over Iran nuclear deal - Jerusalem Post
Significant divisions over Iran were on clear display in the Kremlin on Wednesday as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin issued statements after nearly two hours of meetings.
2. Has the time come to accept Messianic Jews? - Times of Israel
The Messianic Jewish Bible Institute in Dallas had advertised Bush as the keynote speaker at its annual fundraiser on Nov. 14, prominently featuring the former president's appearance on its website alongside pages describing the group's mission to bring "Jewish people into a personal relationship of faith with Yeshua the Messiah."
3. Israel Says David's Sling Missile Interceptor Passes New Test - Washington Free Beacon
A new Israeli interceptor being developed in partnership with the United States to counter missiles held by Syria and Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hezbollah guerrillas passed its second live trial on Wednesday, officials said.
4. Iran's ayatollah: Israel's 'doomed to extinction' - Washington Times
Right around the time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was heading to Russia for an 11th hour attempt to influence a global deal with Tehran over nuclear development, Iran's top religious leader was emphasizing the fated fall of the Jewish nation.
5. Insults fly in U.S.-Israel showdown - Politico
One way to measure just how tense U.S.-Israeli relations have become: Look at how prominent proxies for both sides are duking it out in public.
6. Leading Fatah critic of Palestinian Authority's Abbas survives assassination attempt - World Tribune
A leading Fatah critic has been targeted in the West Bank. Sufian Abu Zaydeh came under fire outside his home in Ramallah on early Nov. 19. Fatah said a gunman shot some 20 bullets into Abu Zaydeh's parked car.
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
Then He said to them all, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." (Luke 9:23)
U.S. Government Looks to "Include Matters of Religious Freedom" in Relations with India - Asia News
The GCIC, an organisation that report cases of persecution against minorities, judges in a positive way the initiative by the two US politicians. For its president, Sajan George, this is an opportunity to get "Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and other Indian states with anti-conversion laws to repeal such legislation and ensure freedom to practice, propagate, and profess ones' religion as enshrined in the Indian constitution."
In particular, the "GCIC in conjunction with the resolution urges all political parties and religious organisations to publicly oppose the exploitation of religious differences and denounce harassment and violence against religious minorities, especially in the run-up to India's general elections in 2014.
In a historic development, 15 US Congressmen called on the Obama administration to have "religious freedom and related human rights to be included in the United States-India Strategic Dialogue".
The resolution also highlights the "divisive and violent agenda" of the Hindu nationalist movement that "has harmed the social fabric of India", which is "contrary to the tolerant and pluralistic traditions of the Hindu faith".
Commending the US administration in placing a visa ban on Narendra Modi, the resolution acknowledges that under Mr Modi's rule in Gujarat, "minorities have suffered horrific violence, as well as attacks on their religious freedom through draconian anti-conversion laws".
In addition to the GCIC, the US resolution was backed by several groups, including the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG), a group of more than 40 organisations representing overseas Indians, including Hindus.
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
The president's deadly partner
The President has opened the doors for a groundbreaking foreign policy partner to establish itself in the United States. This partner has been instrumental in the Administration's plans across the Middle East, especially in Libya, Tunisia, Egypt and, now, Syria. The US has funneled millions of hard earned tax dollars to support this foreign policy partner in advancing the Administration's goals. Now, it's offices in Kentucky were revealed by ABC News. They contain explosives, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and ammunition to be sent to the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq--to kill American soldiers. The offices are a self storage stall in Bowling Green and the partner is al Qaeda.
ABC News reports the FBI has revealed: "Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees." The Department of Homeland Security told ABC News that the US government is continuously improving its vetting procedures on immigrants and refugees. But in testimony before the House, a DHS senior official said that the Kentucky al Qaeda members names and fingerprints were checked by the FBI, the DHS and the Defense Department and they "came in clean." At first, DHS defended it's procedure. Then it said it was improving its procedure. Then it said it was a mistake.
But is it really a mistake? Or did the FBI just happen into something that this Administration was systematically allowing? It is widely documented that the White House was in league with al Qaeda in Libya, for example, when the Arab Spring was in full swing. Through the Muslim Brotherhood, also documented as having agents appointed to high places in the Department of Homeland Security, the Pentagon and State Department (remember Huma Abedin under Hillary Clinton?), al Qaeda is positioned as a foreign policy partner of the president. Al Qaeda is in the strange role of being a killer of American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, and a killer of American enemies in Libya, Tunisia, and Syria.
In January 2012, WorldNetDaily reported that there were 35 terrorist training camps across the US on hundreds of purchased or leased acres where organizations like Jamaat ul-Fuqra (Muslims in America) conduct "the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare," according to it's leader Sheikh Mubarak Gilani. Yet the State Department refuses to designate the organization as a terrorist group. What next, al Jazeera--the foremost terrorist propaganda arm--will become a credentialed news network in America? Oh, excuse me. That has already happened. Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Something is terribly amiss, and it all points to the White House.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Reid Announces Effort to Expand Iran Sanctions
Senate Majority Leader Announces Effort to Expand Iran Sanctions
Press Release Issued by AIPAC: The American Israel Public Affairs Committee
Just a few minutes ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced a bipartisan initiative to impose new sanctions on Iran. We welcome this announcement. The full text of Senator Reid's announcement is included below in this message.
This announcement, and the subsequent bill, is an important statement about the resolve of Senate Democrats and Republicans to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
Like all Americans, we hope the administration's efforts lead to a diplomatic resolution of this matter. . . .
. . . A nuclear weapons capable Iran is a grave threat to American national security and to that of our allies around the world. As the Majority Leader said this morning, we must ensure that the President has the tools he needs to effectively press Iran to end its nuclear weapons program. . .
. . .We will work with bipartisan Senate leaders to achieve that objective.
We want to thank you for your continued support of AIPAC and wish you and your family a very meaningful Thanksgiving and a Happy Hanukkah.
[ To read the entire statement by AIPAC, as well as the statement by Senator Reid, go here. ]
BREAKING NEWS: Reid Goes Nuclear
BREAKING NEWS: Reid Goes Nuclear
Moments ago, Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid invoked a parliamentary maneuver to change the Senate rules and restrict the rights of the minority party. Under normal Senate procedure, it requires a super-majority of 67 votes to change the Senate rules. But the tactic Reid deployed today is so controversial, it is known as the "nuclear option."
In fact, three Democrats voted with all 45 Republicans to oppose the rules change. But with 52 votes, Reid prevailed.
It wasn't that long ago when Republicans controlled the Senate. Frustrated by liberal Democrats who were repeatedly blocking conservative nominees, they threatened to do the same thing. Liberals and their media allies howled with outrage at the GOP's disrespect of minority rights and its alleged abuse of power.
My advice to Senate conservatives: Do not allow the Senate to conduct any business until this is corrected!
Sure, there will be criticism for shutting down the Senate and blocking votes. But Harry Reid is not allowing votes on legislation he does not like, such as the House-passed bill allowing individuals to keep the health insurance plans they like.
This vote is just the latest manifestation of the left's growing intolerance and its willingness to ignore, bend and break rules it finds inconvenient. Obama didn't like the Defense of Marriage Act, so he just ignored it. He didn't like our immigration laws, so he changed them. When parts of Obamacare started to cause trouble, Obama unilaterally altered them.
To the left, the ends justify the means. Harry Reid broke the Senate rules in order to make it easier for Obama to pack the courts with more left-wing judicial activists. (Gary Bauer)
A Statement by Initiatives for China
Citizen Power for China: Statement on CPC Decision
to Abolish Re-education Through Labor
After the Third Plenum of the Communist Party of China's 18th Central Committee, the regime promised to abolish its "re-education through labor" system and to initiate other related reforms. Citizen Power for China (aka Initiatives for China) cautiously welcomes the move and issues the following ten-point statement:
[To read this statement, please go here.]
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Texas Values Launches 'Merry Christmas Texas' Project
to Protect Christmas in Public Schools
This week, Texas Values announced the launch of the "Merry Christmas Texas" project, a state-wide effort to educate and protect the acknowledgement of Christmas in public schools and ensure the religious liberty of children, parents, teachers, and school administrators. The new effort builds upon the Merry Christmas Law (HB 308), authored by State Representative Dwayne Bohac, that was passed with bipartisan support by the Texas Legislature and was signed into law earlier this year.
At MerryChristmasTexas.com, Texans can educate themselves about their rights under the Merry Christmas Law and engage on this issue by downloading a summary of the law and sharing with their school district, signing a petition in support of the effort, and reporting how their schools are acknowledging Christmas.
"We hope our Merry Christmas Texas effort will educate millions of Texas public school students and parents and our over 1,200 school districts of their protections under the Merry Christmas Law," said Jonathan Saenz, attorney and president of Texas Values. "It's time to end the war on Christmas and end the fear caused by political correctness. This common sense law provides a solid roadmap for public school officials to follow and should help school districts respect First Amendment rights and avoid costly litigation," concluded Saenz.
Christmas has been recognized as a federal holiday by the United States since the 1870's. Landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases have made it clear that such expressions and displays are permissible. In recent years, Texas school districts have seen long and costly court cases over Christmas expressions in Plano and Katy, and controversy in Fort Worth over a Santa Claus appearance.
(CitizenLink) Read more.
Worship With Us Today!
"In Your Presence"
by Paul Wilbur
In your presence
That's where I am strong
In Your presence
O Lord my God
In Your presence
That's where I belong
Seeking Your face
Touching Your grace
In the cleft of the Rock
In Your presence O God.
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!