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The Daily Brief
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
"I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:4)
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The Daily Brief
1. In Iraq, a Sunni revolt raises specter of new war - Washington Post
An eruption of violence in Iraq is threatening to undo much of what U.S. troops appeared to have accomplished before they withdrew, putting the country's stability on the line and raising the specter of a new civil war in a region already buckling under the strain of the conflict in Syria.
-Oh, Father God, how weary the people of Iraq must be of dwelling in the midst of a troubled area. We ask, in the name of Jesus, that You would do a miracle to maintain the accomplishments of the U.S. in this area. Please speak peace into the land, and blow Your Holy Spirit into this area, and Syria where evil is working. Please give our leaders Your wisdom to deal with these realities.
-"When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:" (Psalms 92:7)
2. Iranian Cleric: 'Having a Nuclear Bomb is Necessary to Put Down Israel' - Washington Free Beacon
A top Iranian lawmaker and cleric said that the country's uranium enrichment program could allow it to build a nuclear weapon "in two weeks" in order to "put down Israel," according to multiple reports in the Farsi language press.
- Dear Lord, we call for a hindering of all nuclear activity in Iran that would lead to a bomb being made that could harm Israel. We pray that all plans to harm Israel fail, in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Lord for Your supernatural protection of the land of Israel.
-"Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep." (Psalms 121:4)
3. US speeds up drone and missile deliveries to Iraq - UK Telegraph
The United States said it would speed up its deliveries of missiles and surveillance drones to Iraq as the Baghdad government battles a resurgence of Al-Qaeda linked militants.
- Give our leaders a successful strategy to isolate al-Qaida-affiliated groups so that the tribes working with the security forces can drive them out of the populated areas." We speak peace, peace to this situation.
- Strategic planning is the key to warfare; to win, you need a lot of good counsel. (Proverbs 24:6)
4. Shockingly Cold 'Polar Vortex' Moves Into Midwest - CBS News
Frigid, dense air swirled across much of the U.S. on Monday, forcing some cities and their residents into hibernation while others layered up and carried on despite a dangerous cold that broke decades-old records.
-Gracious Lord, we ask for mercy for those who are enduring record low temperatures during this difficult time in our nation. We pray that all will turn to You for the provisions they need during this time. Forgive any haughtiness in thinking we are self-sufficient from You.
- " For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall." (Isaiah 25:4)
5. Brooklyn Man Busted for Hate Crimes in Seven Knockout Attacks - Breitbart
Barry Baldwin, a 35-year old Brooklyn, NY resident, was arrested by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force for at least seven alleged "knockout" attacks. The "game" has been rampant in cities throughout the nation, played predominantly by black male teens attempting to knock out unsuspecting victims with a punch to the face or head. The alleged assaults took place between November 9th and December 27th, and all the reported victims were white women, most of them Jewish. Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind was relieved that Baldwin was arrested and taken off the street. "Everyone will sleep a little easier," he said, adding, "No one in our community should live in fear."
- Heavenly Father, we lift up praise that someone alleged to be involved with these serious and often deadly 'knockout' attacks is now being charged for what it is - a hate crime. This has been ignored for so long in the 'politically correct' environment of our news media and legal system. Father, we ask that You be in the midst of this trial so that equal justice is administered. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen and Amen.
- "Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is His delight." (Proverbs 11: 1)
6. Bill to extend jobless benefits clears Senate test vote - Fox News
Senate Democrats win key test vote on bill to extend jobless benefits over Republican objections that the $6 billion measure is not paid for. Senators voted 60-37 to advance the bill extending long-term jobless benefits, which expired Dec. 28. Democrats needed 60 votes to move the bill forward.
Republicans blasted Democratic leaders for pushing the bill without any plan to offset the cost elsewhere in the budget. "This is all borrowed -- every penny of it," Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told Fox News.
Backers of the extension still need to clear several additional votes in the Senate, before the GOP-controlled House can even consider it. (Read more)
- If families need to balance their budgets, why does Congress get a pass? We ask that the Congress would take heed to the wise words of Senator Sessions on this volatile issue and therefore "look before it leaps." And in the meantime, we do thank our Lord, who has His own "ways and means committee," for providing for the needs of His children in creative ways. Pray for wisdom, amen.
- "A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences." (Proverbs 22:3)
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:
"Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge
in him." (Psalm 34:8)
1. Ex-navy chief: Israel has defenses against Russian missile coveted by Hezbollah - Jerusalem Post
Israel has defenses in place against the supersonic Russian- made Yakhont anti-ship missile, ex-navy chief Vice-Admiral (res.) Eliezer Marom told The Jerusalem Post on Sunday, days after The Wall Street Journal reported that Hezbollah has been smuggling the weapon to Lebanon in pieces to evade Israeli strikes.
2. Netanyahu vows to fight for Israeli control over settlement blocs, Hebron - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is using his meetings with US Secretary of State John Kerry to persuade him that Israel must maintain settlement blocs and areas of national and strategic importance, Netanyahu said Monday in a closed door meeting with Likud MKs.
3. Saudi King backs Israeli-Palestinian push, Kerry says - Reuters
Saudi King Abdullah offered his "enthusiastic support" to U.S. efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday.
4. Palestinian red lines make chances of US-mediated settlement slim - Times of Israel
US Secretary of State John Kerry met on Friday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah for a talk that lasted several hours. On Saturday, Kerry was heading back for another round of talks with Abbas and his negotiating team, including chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.
5. Kerry leaves region after 5-day visit empty handed - Jerusalem Post
US Secretary of State John Kerry left Israel on Monday following a five-day visit to the region.
The Persecuted Church
Today's Focus: The Persecuted Church
"The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." (Psalm 34:7)
Why Christians Are Crucial to the Middle East's Future - National Catholic Register
In December, the Religious Freedom Project hosted a Rome-based conference titled "Christianity and Freedom: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives."
"From Cairo and Damascus to Tehran and Beijing, religious freedom is under siege. Ironically, it is Christianity - a faith that contributed decisively to the rise of religious liberty - that now finds itself increasingly persecuted around the world," the conference organizers noted.
Christianity in the Middle East is under siege, but it is also under great pressure elsewhere, including in China, Pakistan, some parts of India, Sudan and Nigeria. I would add that, while Christians in the West are not subject to violent persecution, the public presence and influence of Christian ideas is rapidly diminishing, in part because of the decline of religious liberty in the West. These phenomena help to explain why the West in general and the U.S. in particular have been so ineffective in opposing religious persecution and advancing religious freedom in the Middle East and elsewhere.
URGENT!! More prayer needed for South Sudan and the Central African Republic!!
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For more news about the Persecuted Church, and how you can be more involved in intercession for these precious saints, go here.
The Madison Report
The Madison Report
The Week of Jan. 6th-10th
Fellow conservative patriots,
They're back. Grab your wallets and hide your possessions. Congress is ready to kick off the 2014 session. Democrats are desperately trying to change the subject from Obamacare by pandering with issues such as the minimum wage and unemployment benefits. Unfortunately, Republicans are already showing signs of caving on the failed policy of extending unemployment benefits, so long as the cost is offset. House Republicans will take up legislation dealing with Obamacare's implementation, but will they keep the proper focus on the issue? This week will start off slowly but in the coming weeks there will be some major showdowns, which as always, will require vigilance from the conservative movement.
Pursuant to the agreement that ended the government shutdown in October, the debt ceiling law will go into effect again on February 7th. It is unclear when the Treasury will exhaust its ability to circumvent the debt ceiling with "extraordinary measures." Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is suggesting the deadline will be some time in early March, while CBO believes we might have a few more months. Conservatives must begin working on party leadership to utilize our last leverage point before the midterm elections to fight Obamacare.
The Daily Jot
Prophetic arctic freeze across America
It was Wednesday January 1 that Secretary of State John Kerry went to Israel on another "peace" mission and now he is returning to the US empty handed on peace, but with a full basket of destruction. Xihnua press reported that Kerry proposed the return of some 80,000 "Palestinian" refugees to Israel, but that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas insisted on 200,000. Kerry also talked up his idea of handing over parts of Jerusalem to the terrorist entity and giving Jordan jurisdiction over holy sites in the city, according to Xinhua. Even so, Abbas and his terror-sponsoring handlers continued to refuse to recognize Israel's right to exist.
The UK Telegraph reported that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu "launched an angry tirade of complaints to Mr Kerry...linked the issue to what he said was a campaign of Palestinian incitement against Israel." He told Sunday's cabinet meeting, "The Palestinians are continuing their campaign of inciting hatred, as we have seen in the last few days with their refusal to recognize Israel as a state for the Jewish people...We are not foreigners in Jerusalem, Beit El [a West Bank settlement] or Hebron. I reiterate that, in my view, this is the root of both the conflict and the incitement - the non-recognition of this basic fact."
Last month reports surfaced in the Jerusalem Post that Kerry offered to post Israeli soldiers in a decade-long protection of a new Palestinian state until Palestinian security officers could be trained--an offer that was reportedly rejected outright. On this trip, Kerry reportedly offered US troops to protect the borders from "anti-Israel" activities, according to Debkafile and the Christian Science Monitor. If the president protects the Israeli border as he does the US border, Israel would be overrun. This administration's efforts to empower the Islamic forces in the Middle East is unprecedented in American history. This has prophetic implications as the world hurls toward the return of Christ.
For example, Kerry comes home to a cold reception. According to the National Climatic Data Center, there were 183 low temperature records set from January 1 to 5 (the time of Kerry's trip), with 9 minimum temperature records broken on January 5, primarily on the East coast (Washington DC, New York, Boston). With the economic climate, the physical climate, and the moral climate, it would appear that the Lord is sending a pretty clear prophetic message to Americans: The Lord says of Israel in Genesis 12:3, "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses thee." Obadiah 1:15: "For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen: as you have done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." We need to choose leaders that reflect our beliefs, or the rain will come upon the just as well as the unjust.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
DEBKA report on January 1, 2014:
"US prepares to pay Netanyahu back for Iran campaign, using Palestinian issue as bludgeon"
Al Qaeda Rising
Al Qaeda Rising
While the failures of Obamacare, the president's signature initiative, have dominated the headlines, one area that gets too little attention is Obama's record on foreign policy. Obama has stated repeatedly that Al Qaeda has been decimated and is on the run. It is on the run, all right -- it is charging forward rather than retreating.
When Obama abandoned Iraq, leaving no significant security force behind, Al Qaeda filled the vacuum. For many months now, the Iraqi government has struggled in its fight against a resurgent jihadist movement. Over the weekend, Al Qaeda terrorists seized control of Fallujah, a city that U.S. Marines fought valiantly to liberate under President George W. Bush. Major portions of Ramadi are also reportedly under Al Qaeda's control.
According to the Associated Press, Iran is increasing its influence in Iraq.
Meanwhile, the bloody civil war in Syria continues. Iran continues to pursue its nuclear enrichment program. Libya has no functioning government. The Saudis have told us that they are no longer counting on us. And as the Middle East falls apart, Obama seems obsessed with creating yet another terrorist state by carving a "Palestine" out of Israel.
For a variety of reasons, I desperately want a conservative in the Oval Office in 2016. But what a mess he or she will have to clean up! (Gary Bauer)
Back To Obamacare
Back To Obamacare
Democrats can try to run from Obamacare, but the monster they created isn't going away.
- Last week we reported that thousands of Iowans and West Virginians who thought they had enrolled in Obamacare were told that they had to start all over again due to a glitch. Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that this particular problem affects more than 100,000 Americans.
- Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) announced yesterday that he is going to court to try to block the Obamacare waiver for members of Congress. House Republicans tried to repeal it, but the effort was killed in Harry Reid's Senate.
This waiver was one of many unilateral "fixes" Obama has used to circumvent the legislative process. If Johnson's lawsuit succeeds, it may provide the template for challenging more of Obama's actions, thereby restoring the balance of power between the branches of government.
- Larry Sabato, a widely-respected political scientist at the University of Virginia, writes today that 2014 should be a "good election year for the GOP." Among the reasons he cites: "the major national issue of the moment is Obamacare, which at this point is a loser for Democrats."
Indeed, opposition to Obamacare may even be growing. The latest Rasmussen poll finds that 58% of likely voters oppose Obamacare's individual mandate, "the highest level of opposition to date."
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Israel Set Apart:
The Incredible Story Behind the Commander
of Israel's Field Hospital Unit
The next time you read about an Israeli medical team rushing to the scene of a disaster, remember the son of a little boy thrown off a train by his mother on the way to her death (and ultimately saved by a Christian woman) and his passion to save the world one life at a time.
(Israel)-Dr. Ofer Merin, commander of the IDF Field Hospital Unit in Israel, has led his team on medical rescue missions to Haiti, Japan, and the Philippines. As head of the trauma unit at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and its emergency preparedness for mass casualty program, Dr. Merin is an expert on helping people survive.
No wonder, as Merin himself is the product of a horrific incident of survival.
Breaking Israel News published the doctor's testimony. It goes like this:
"During the Holocaust, in a ghetto in Poland, all the Jews were rounded up and put on trains by the Nazis. One mother knew the final destination of the trains: Auschwitz. With one last look at her children, a son aged 8 and a daughter aged 6, this mother threw her children out of the train. The children ran away to a small Polish village and there a young Christian lady hid these two children for the duration of the war. The war ended and the children survived. A few years after the war, with the founding of the State of Israel, the children made their way to Israel and began their lives here. The boy eventually got married and had three children. Dr. Merin is the second son of this boy who was saved by the kindness of the young Christian woman."
(Breaking Christian News) Read more here.
Signs and Wonders
Signs and Wonders:
Shattering power of the waves:
As storms continue to lash Britain,
a huge chunk of Cornwall is reduced to rubble overnight
Deep depression across the Atlantic dubbed Winter Storm Hercules
Fierce storms tore through flood defences and ripped apart age-old cliffs as Britain endured another day of dramatic weather.
Hundreds of homes were flooded as the worst storms in 20 years continued to cause misery across the country, and a flood siren warning of extreme danger to people was sounded in Dorset as tidal surges and storms batter the coast.
A landmark rock arch that has stood for centuries above Porthcothan Bay in Cornwall was reduced to rubble by towering waves and 70mph winds. Porthcothan Bay is famed for its picture-postcard beach and caves - but its massive stone archway has now collapsed into the sea.
The towering outcrop once resembled a giant rocky doughnut, however it now looks like someone has taken a huge bite out of it. (Source: Daily Mail UK) Read more here, including dramatic photos
"And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 11:25-28)
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