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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
"But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, My glory,
and the One who lifts my head." (Psalm 3:3)
Today we are praising the Lord for the many of you who have quickly responded to our cry for a day of fasting, prayer, repentance and making a covenant with the Lord to not stray from His path again on THIS D-Day, Friday, June 6.
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The Daily Brief
1. Afghans say Taliban prisoners freed by U.S. will rejoin battle - Reuters
The release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for a U.S. soldier has drawn criticism from some Afghans, who say the detainees are dangerous and will rekindle ties with terrorist networks to resume fighting, just as most foreign troops leave.
"They will definitely go back to fight, if health-wise they are able to go," said a top official at Afghanistan's spy agency, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the topic. "They will be very dangerous people, because they have connections with regional and international terror organizations around the world." (Read more)
- Precious Lord, we ask, in the name of Jesus, that You would render these dangerous men impotent in all efforts to harm American soldiers or bring disorder to their country. Dear Lord, hem their steps in and alter their plans to reconnect with the workers of evil in the areas to which they are released. Bring them into salvation in Your Kingdom and may the influence of having been in the custody of a Christian country never leave them.
- "Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee." (Psalms 51:31)
2.Details Emerge About Taliban Prisoner Bowe Bergdahl That Are Truly Disturbing - Western Journalism
The Obama administration agreed to release five suspected terrorists from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the American, a move Republicans say could embolden Islamic militants. "What does this tell the terrorists?" Sen. Ted Cruz asked. "That if you capture a U.S. soldier, you can trade that soldier for tive terrorists."
GOP leaders also complained that Obama did not provide Congress with a required 30-day notice before approving such a transfer. As Sen. John McCain - himself a former prisoner of war - suggested, the five released prisoners were "the hardest of the hard core" terrorists, suggesting they could have been "responsible for the deaths of thousands." (Read more)
- A disaster of this magnitude -- one that has weakened the morale of our soldiers and strengthened the hand of our enemies - can only be corrected by a move of Almighty God. It is time for a new D-Day: time to rise up, repent of our sins, and forge a new covenant with our God that we will not stray from His path again. May He show us His mercy, in this hour. In Jesus' name, amen.
- "Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law." (Hosea 8:1)
3. Soldier Who Served With Bergdahl: He's At Best A Deserter, At Worst A Traitor - Breitbart
Monday on CNN's "The Lead," host Jake Tapper reported on the growing backlash from U.S. military members to the Obama administration for the deal that resulted in the swap of five terrorism suspects for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a prisoner of war who the Taliban had held hostage since 2009.
U.S. Army Sgt. Josh Korder joined Tapper under the threat of possible repercussions from the military to discuss Bergdahl's behavior while they served together in Blackfoot company, second platoon in Afghanistan. (Read more)
- We have been getting reports all day long in our office of the total disgust now being experienced by our men in uniform over this latest disaster. What a slap in the face to them all, and especially to the families of the six soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan, trying to find this deserter. Please pray today for our men and women in uniform around the world; only God can bring comfort, peace and order back into their lives. Pray in particular for those who command many; may they be graced with "wisdom from above" as they go forward from here. Pray!
- "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God." (Isaiah 40:1)
4. President Obama Proclaims June LGBT Month; Celebrates Extending Immigration, Family Benefits to Gay Couples - Christian Post
President Barack Obama on Friday proclaimed June as being the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride month, after celebrating that his administration is also extending family and immigration benefits to legally married gay couples and calling for more freedoms for gays in the workplace. (Read more)
- Stand in the gap for this nation, and cry out for mercy to the Most High God. This is the iniquity -- an abomination -- that destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Will we be next? Pray that the tares in our land will be visited by the God of Truth, and either cast out or be brought to salvation. Enough is enough.
- "His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:12)
5. Rickards: Afraid of USD devaluation China is buying gold for 3 trillion dollars - Inserbia
The collapse of the monetary system awaits the world in the near future, says financial expert James Rickards. Russia and China's desire to rid the US dollar of its global reserve currency status is an early sign of the "increasingly inevitable" crisis. (Read more)
- Our Father, we humble ourselves before You and ask that You would somehow turn back the plans of these two countries and any others that would join them to weaken the US, as we are at a difficult time in our history. We call on the Lord of the Universe to reverse the course that has been planned to destroy our economy and put us into bondage to foreign powers.
- "But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the Lord your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today." (Deuteronomy 8:11)
6. Colorado Now Seeing The Downside Of A Legal High - Inquisitr
Less than six months after Colorado became the first state to announce that it was legalizing the use of recreational marijuana, the battle between good and evil with the state's decision still rages on. The New York Times reported that law enforcement officers in Colorado and neighboring states, emergency room doctors, and legalization opponents have shed light on a series of recent problems as cautionary lessons for other states flirting with loosening marijuana laws. (Read more)
- Please pray that the powers that be in Colorado will come to their senses and repeal this foolish law.
- "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." (I John 5:14)
7. The Great Deception in the American Church - Charisma News
There has never been a society in the history of mankind whose moral values have deteriorated so dramatically, in such a short period of time, as those of Americans in the last 50 years. And so far it shows no sign of stopping. . .
But what is really at the root of this deception? This is what we need to carefully discern. In one word, it is humanism-the glorification of self. Humanism has crept into much of the modern-day church and is diluting the power of the real gospel. (Read more)
- The great falling away is another sign that we have now entered into the time of the end. Are you ready to meet your Savior when He returns? And have you told anyone else about our Lord today? The time is short; the harvest is at hand. Let's ask our Lord to grant us numerous opportunities to share the Good News of the Gospel with many others, while there is yet time. Amen.
- "Then He *said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." (Matthew 9:37,38)
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:
"He has shown His people the power of His works, to give to them the inheritance of the nations." (Psalms 111:6)
1. Bennett: PA Government Made Up of 'Terrorists in Suits' - Times of Israel
The swearing in of a new Palestinian unity government on Monday elicited strong reactions from Israeli leaders, with right-wing cabinet ministers condemning the alliance of "terrorists in suits," and centrists urging a more cautious approach.
2. Israeli ambassador rebukes US for backing PA unity - Times of Israel
In tough language rare for an Israeli diplomat in Washington, Israeli ambassador to the US Ron Dermer said Tuesday that Israel was "deeply disappointed" in the State Department's decision to continue dealing with the Palestinian Authority now that it has Hamas support.
3. West Will Continue to Fund Fatah-Hamas Government (Video)- Ynet News
The West is prepared to work with a new Palestinian government, US and European Union officials said Monday, despite Israeli concerns it gives power and influence to the radical Hamas movement.
4. Cabinet Votes on 'Terrorist Bill' - Israel Hayom
Prior to a vote on the so-called terrorist bill at the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett called on cabinet ministers to support the bill, which would legally prevent certain terrorists from being pardoned.
The Daily Jot
Of outrage and treason
The president on Saturday announced the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five of the most dangerous terrorists in custody. The elated father of Sgt. Bergdahl, Bob, took the podium at the White House and said, "I'd like to say to Bowe right now, who is having trouble speaking English, "bism allah alrahman alraheem. I am your father, Bowe." The president smiled his approval. No mainstream media, nor did the White House, translate the phrase. They all just put in parenthesis "(speaks in Pashto)." Father Bob, sporting a traditional Islamic beard, said from the White House: "In the name of allah, the most gracious, and most merciful." It is the phrase that opens every chapter of the Koran.
The details that have emerged since then are alarming. They appear to be pieces of a puzzle that implicate Bergdahl as a deserter and the president as a lawbreaker who may have committed treason. The Administration rolled out their faithful liar for the talk shows--National Security Advisor, the infamous Susan Rice of the Benghazi catastrophe, said, "Sergeant Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage; he was an American prisoner of war captured on the battlefield." Rice, who had said the attack in Benghazi was a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Mohammad video, was on point spinning another yarn for it seems that Bergdahl actually deserted and converted to Islam. His father would seem to have confirmed such.
The UK Daily Mail reports that Afghan intelligence officials say Bergdahl converted to Islam and was training his "captors" in US ambush tactics. The NY Times reports "Sometime after midnight on June 30, 2009, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life." There are reports that two soldiers were killed in an ambush while searching for Bergdahl. But there is a deeper issue than Bergdahl. The president, according to lawmakers and prosecutors, violated the laws which require him to notify Congress 30 days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay.
Rice's admission that Bergdahl was a prisoner of war also means that the president not only violated the law, but may have committed a treasonous act. He traded affirmed enemies of the state for a deserter who aided and abetted the enemy, notwithstanding his alleged conversion to Islam. The president appears to have committed a high crime and misdemeanor--an impeachable offense--and aiding and abetting the enemy during wartime, a treasonous offense. He also bragged about it from the White House, lending an approving smile while allah was being praised.
Is it not obvious what is going on here? Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." 2 John 7 says, "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist." Embracing allah means denying Christ. No two ways about it. Our nation has suffered a coup. Suspend your disbelief.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Bergdahl Backlash
The Bergdahl Backlash
If Obama was hoping for a bounce from Saturday's surprise Rose Garden announcement about the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, he didn't get it. Instead, he is facing a growing backlash -- from the troops, from members of Congress and even from the media.
Once again, the Obama White House sent Susan Rice to the Sunday talk shows to mislead the American people. On ABC's "This Week," Rice said, "Sergeant Bergdahl wasn't simply a hostage, he was an American prisoner of war, captured on the battlefield." Rice added, "He served the United States with honor and distinction."
Once again, Rice's statements do not square with the facts.
According to CBS News, the Pentagon never listed Bergdahl as a POW, but instead considered him "missing in action."
As for Rice's contention that Bergdahl was captured on the battlefield, the New York Times reports that he, "left behind a note in his tent saying he had become disillusioned with the Army, did not support the American mission in Afghanistan and was leaving to start a new life."
The Associated Press reports: "A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that the evidence was 'incontrovertible' that [Bergdahl] walked away from his unit."
So, who wrote Rice's talking points this time?
Moreover, the Washington Times reports that military officials had intelligence regarding Bergdahl's location, even "down to how many guys were guarding him." But, as one former intelligence officer said, "Military commanders were loath to risk their people to save this guy," whom they considered to be a deserter.
And that is perhaps the best case scenario. During a radio interview this morning, former Congressman Allen West questioned the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl's captivity. West cited a litany of situations in which captured American soldiers were tortured to death, shot or beheaded. Yet Bergdahl was held for years. What explains that?
Unfortunately, in 2010 members of the Taliban claimed Bergdahl had converted to Islam and joined their jihad. Maybe it was just clever propaganda. But Fox News reporter James Rosen adds that a senior Defense official confirmed that Bergdahl's conduct "has been thoroughly investigated by the U.S. intelligence community and is the subject of 'a major classified file.'" (Gary Bauer)
Soldiers Speak Out
Soldiers Speak Out
Soldiers from Bergdahl's platoon are speaking out too. They are furious that he is being portrayed as a victim or a hero, and they are outraged that Obama traded five Taliban leaders for a possible Taliban sympathizer.
Sgt. Josh Korder served with Bergdahl and knew some of the men who were killed trying to rescue him. Korder has the names of three of them tattooed on his back. This morning on the "Today" show, Korder said, "You're just going to let these guys go for somebody who . . . you know walked away? That's just not right."
One former member of Bergdahl's platoon told the Daily Mail, "Bergdahl deserted his men and should face the firing squad. People died trying to save him."
And the parents of those soldiers who died trying to find Bergdahl are demanding answers too. They are heartbroken to be learning that their sons may have died for a deserter.
Lt. Darryn Andrews was one of the soldiers killed looking for Bergdahl. His mother, Sondra, told the Army Times, "It gets really hurtful when I think, this guy was worth my son's life? . . . This guy was worth that? I don't think so."
Meanwhile, the Obama Administration appears completely clueless when it comes to the basic instincts of our men and women in uniform. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was in Afghanistan Sunday and tried to rally the troops by celebrating Bergdahl's release.
"This is a happy day. We got one of our own back," Hagel said to the soldiers assembled in the hanger at Bagram Air Force Base. A former spokesman for General David Petreaus described the response as "crickets, crickets." And he warned, "They're really underestimating the fury over this. It's a tidal wave of anger."
Responding to that tidal wave of anger today, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pledged, "Our Army's leaders will not look away from misconduct if it occurred." (Gary Bauer)
Obama Broke The Law
Obama Broke The Law; Apologizes (Sort Of)
At a press conference in Poland today, Barack Obama was asked about the Bergdahl controversy and whether or not he followed the law. Obama's response was defensive and flippant.
Obama declared, "We have consulted with Congress for quite some time about the possibility that we might need to execute a prisoner exchange in order to recover Sergeant Bergdahl." Not exactly.
The law requires Obama to give Congress 30-days notice of any plans to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay. Two liberal legal experts -- CNN's Jeffrey Toobin and Professor Jonathan Turley -- say Obama broke the law.
Harry Reid said he was told of the transfer "the day before or the day of. I don't remember for sure." Speaker Boehner's office said he was told of the deal "30 minutes before the news broke publicly." That's not exactly 30-days notice.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, wasn't told at all. Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken called her Monday night to apologize for the "oversight." She reiterated that the last time a prisoner release was discussed with congressional leaders in 2011, they were "virtually unanimous against the trade." Feinstein added, "I certainly want to know more about whether this man was a deserter."
House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon vowed to hold hearings on this latest violation of the law. "I don't know who they were talking to. I have not been a part of this and I'm the chairman of the committee," Rep. McKeon said. "Now we're 72 hours after the fact, and they still haven't told us how they're going to ensure that these five, top-level Taliban terrorists are not coming back into the fight."
And what about those Taliban terrorists? Reuters notes that Qatar is allowing them to "move around freely within the country."
I spoke to several media outlets today and condemned this latest Obama outrage. We are also calling friends in Congress and insisting on action. The American people deserve answers, and we are demanding them. (Gary Bauer)
Using five of the most dangerous terrorists as exchange material is complete lunacy. Not only are they now free, they will kill again. Obama literally violated the law by doing this, bypassing Congress.
This is a deadly situation. People are past angry and into enraged.
We agree with Gary Bauer's statement: it IS time to take action.
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A Call to Repentance:
Participate in the Prayer STORM on 70th Anniversary of D Day
What does it mean? (Commentary from HN News editor)
Truly, the gloves have come off. The mask has been taken off. The true heart and agenda of this current administration has been revealed. The man who occupies the Oval office is in bed with the enemy. In recognizing the new Unity govt that has been formed with Hamas, a known terrorist organization whose chief aim and goal is to "wipe Israel off the map" and drive all Jews into the sea . . . this says it all. Our state dept is recognizing them as legit? Our Commander in chief just released FIVE of the WORST of the Taliban terrorist leaders, like FIVE heads of the radical Islam snake in exchange for ONE of our own soldiers whose allegiance to the United States is questionable. Will anyone else state the obvious? Like the boy who called out that the emperor has no clothes? We have a rogue dictator in the Oval Office, we have a man whose programmed agenda is to advance the cause of Islam overseas and at home.
Please pray with me! Oh Abba, have mercy on our nation. We know that judgment is coming. In the midst of judgment, please remember mercy. Please protect your remnant believers wherever they are, scattered throughout the nations. Please lift up the hearts and spirits of our men and women in the armed forces this day Abba, who have bled and died and fought to take out the Taliban snake in Afghanistan, and now five heads of that Taliban snake have been loosed and released. Abba, please put our men and women in the armed forces under the shadow of your wing. Give them your wisdom and grace to know how to proceed, what next to do . . . guide and direct them, Abba.
If you would like to participate in a special D DAY PRAYER STORM happening on the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Beach invasion happening on FRIDAY, June 6th, click here. This is being sponsored by two national prayer networks, Dayofrepentance.org and by Capitol Hill Prayer Partners.
A PRAYER FOR D-DAY
To view this Prayer for D-Day,please go here. This will provide a GREAT OPPORTUNITY for believers to REPENT and ask for Abba's grace and mercy of the latest travesty with the release of the American soldier in exchange for five Taliban terrorist leaders.
(Submitted by: Laura Densmore, editor, Hebrew Nation News)
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This fight will be engaged on Friday, June 6th, by the "weapons of our warfare": prayer, fasting, repentance, and pledging a covenant to never stray from His path again.
The names of all ministry ALLIES will be posted on our D-Day edition of our Daily Brief: Friday, June 6th.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
"Floored by the Gospel"
Abortion Clinic Manager Gives Her Heart To Jesus
and Quits Her Job
"I pray for the patients. I pray so hard for the patients." -Terri
(Orlando, FL)-A woman who says she directed the All Women's Health Center in Orlando for ten-and-a-half years has publicly explained how God got her out of the abortion industry.
Identified by her first name, Terri, who spoke to pro-life activist John Barros while pro-life prayers are heard in the background of Barros' camera, said that she "thank[s] Him every day that I am no longer affiliated with a clinic. I thank God every day."
While she didn't go into details, Terri told Barros that while things are tough in a material sense-she says she "now [has] no job"-she is not alone. "Things are working out. God has helped me. God has rewarded me."
"I now go to Real Life Church," says Terri, who describes having dreams about her past work. "Two weeks ago, probably three nights in a row-I dreamt about that clinic."
Now that she is no longer in the business of killing the unborn, Terri says that she "pray[s] for the workers. They sometimes feel they have no other place to go and work, and they don't make much money for what they have to do and put up with. So I just pray for them that they can find the encouragement to leave these places."
"I pray for the patients. I pray so hard for the patients," says Terri. She also praised the prayerful activists in the area, saying that "the people that are out here singing now are doing such a good job. They may not realize it, but they are."
Watch Terri's video testimony by clicking here.
(Source: LifeSiteNews and Breaking Christian News)
Signs and Wonders
Signs and Wonders:
Apocalyptic dust storms provide a rare glimpse into life in secretive Iran
It was a storm which swallowed a city, left four people dead and more than 50,000 without power. Pictures that emerged from a dust storm in Iran's largest city Tehran have also provided a rare glimpse into the lives of people living in the secretive state. Social media was swamped with images and tweets of the massive dust clouds covering the capital, giving the city an almost apocalyptic-type feel as it plunged into darkness.
The freak weather which struck at 5.10pm (2240 AEST) last night, sent residents dashing for cover as debris swept across streets and snapped trees as the city was hit with 110 kilometre per hour winds.
Iran's chief emergency official Amin Sabernia said the four deaths occurred from falling trees and at least 27 people were injured, 10 of them in a road accidents, when the gloom suddenly descended.
Pictures of the dust storm, commonly called a "haboob" across the Middle East, were posted to social media, showing a massive dark cloud covering the city before it turned dark and the outside temperature plunged from 33C to 18C.
New York Times journalist and Tehran bureau chief Thomas Erdbrink said on Twitter that the storm struck suddenly. The short-lived storm caused massive chaos, with the cleanup work still continuing.
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"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."
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
"Fire In The Night" - by Rick Ridings