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"Praying for All in Authority"
Monday, July 14, 2014
"It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your face, for You loved them." (Psalm 44:3)
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The Daily Brief
1. Obama calls GOP lawsuit over executive overreach a 'political stunt' - Washington Times
President Obama on Saturday unloaded on House Republicans' plan to sue him for executive overreach, calling the move 'a political stunt' and a waste of time and money.
In his weekly address, the president tried to paint Republicans as detached from reality and attempted to pit average Americans against GOP leaders such as House Speaker John A. Boehner. As evidenced by the president's words Saturday, the White House has come out swinging against the Republican lawsuit, and the Democratic party has been using it as a key part of its fundraising pitch heading into the crucial midterm elections in November. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, the laws of this nation are being violated over and over again. May this lawsuit show to the court that something needs to be done to support the processes put in place by the Constitution of this nation. We ask You, Father, to be in the midst of this lawsuit, raising up Your truth and justice. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen and Amen.
- "Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly." (Psalm 6:10)
2. U.S. anthrax probe reveals new bird flu mishap, widespread safety lapses - Reuters
Federal health officials on Friday disclosed a new safety breach at a high-security U.S. government laboratory involving dangerous avian flu, a lapse that came to light as they investigated the potential exposure of researchers to live anthrax bacteria.
- Heavenly Father, this article reflects how lots of things are occurring that should not be done if human safety and lives are valued. This is not the first report of dangerous viruses being found in or 'lost' from laboratories. We stand in the gap and ask for Your mercy, Father, due to the irresponsible schemes being reported here. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen and Amen.
- "Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause." (Psalm 25:3)
3. US Attorney: 1 in Every 100 US Adults Are in Prison or Jail - CNSNews
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia Timothy Heaphy told the House Judiciary Committee's Over-Criminalization Task Force Friday that nearly one in every 100 adults in the U.S. is in prison or jail - a rate five to 10 times higher than western Europe and other democracies. "Incarceration rates in this country have skyrocketed. Our nation now has the greatest number of prisoners of any country in the world," said Heaphy. "Nearly one in every 100 adults in America is in prison or jail - a rate that's five to 10 times higher than rates in Western Europe and other democracies. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, this article presents statistics that are shocking. We fear this reflects just how far we as a people and nation have fallen away from You and Your ways. Have mercy, Father, and forgive us, we pray in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, but righteousness delivers from death." (Proverbs 10:2)
4. ENGLAND: Assisted dying: Ex-Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey backs bill - BBC
Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey says he will support legislation that would make it legal for terminally ill people in England and Wales to receive help to end their lives. Lord Carey writes in the Daily Mail that he has dropped his opposition to the Assisted Dying Bill "in the face of the reality of needless suffering". But the current Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has called the bill "mistaken and dangerous". Peers will debate the bill on Friday, July 18. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we fall before You in repentance for this church leader saying that the taking of life by euthanasia is okay. We are saddened that there is more and more a breakdown of the values and morality that Your Word teaches, and that people are being led further away from the truths of Your ancient pathway. We pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape." (Proverbs 19:5)
5. A 'new Cold War': China's top paper warns of 'slippery slope' towards conflict with U.S. - Washington Times
As diplomatic talks in China come to a close, one of the country's biggest newspapers is warning citizens against a "new Cold War" with the United States. "Both China and the United States realize that today's world has already undergone profound changes, and there is no longer a market for a 'new Cold War'", the People's Daily, the ruling communist party's official paper, said Saturday.
The commentary was written under the pen name "Zhong Sheng," which means "Voice of China" and is often used for bylines on foreign policy op-eds, Reuters reported Saturday. "If we deal with (the relationship) well, it could benefit both sides. But if we deal with this badly, that could be a slippery slope to terrible competition and even conflict," the writer said. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, this article appears to warn the US of a serious breakdown between China and the United States. Have mercy, Father, and confront our national leaders to the seriousness of this issue. Direct them how to deal with this challenge correctly so that this issue is defused, and a Cold War is not begun again between our two countries. We ask this prayer in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished." (Proverbs 27:12)
6. Perry: Rand Paul Is 'Curiously Blind' to ISIS Threat - Newsmax
Americans have grown tired of war, but turning to isolationism and ignoring what's happening overseas will endanger the United States' national security even more, says Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
"Many people are tired of war, and the urge to pull back is a natural, human reaction," writes the onetime Republican presidential candidate in an opinion piece for The Washington Post Saturday.
Perry, who is being mentioned for a possible 2016 presidential run, took offense with fellow Republicans like Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, another possible candidate, who "suggest that our nation should ignore what's happening in Iraq." Ignoring Iraq means blocking out the threat posed by the militant Islamic State group, which could pose danger for not only the United States but for the world, said Perry.
"In the Islamic State, which came to prominence in Syria and now controls ample territory, weapons and cash in both that country and Iraq, the world is confronting an even more radicalized version of Islamic extremism than al-Qaida," said Perry. "This group is well-trained, technologically sophisticated and adept at recruitment, with thousands of people with European passports fighting on its side, as well as some Americans." (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, awaken Your people that what Governor Perry is saying is true - that ISIS is a threat not only to middle eastern nations but to the world as a whole. We know that some ISIS terrorists have been crossing over our southern borders and they have clearly spoken threats against our nation. Have mercy, Father, and cause more citizens in this nation and their leaders to acknowledge what is happening and where we are as a country. We pray in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths." (Proverbs 5:21)
7. Philippines arrests Australian over ties to militant group ISIL - Yahoo.com
The Philippines on Friday arrested an Australian national with suspected links to foreign Islamist militants after he urged Philippine Muslims on social media sites to support conflicts in Iraq and Syria, recruiting them to go to the Middle East. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, here is an article that clearly states that ISIS / ISIL is a threat to all of us in the world and is not limited to Iraq and Syria. We ask You to rise up and keep Yourself in the midst of all they do, directing Your people and remnant how to be prepared. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God."
The Middle East in Focus
OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE: DAY SEVEN
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"There is . . . a time for war . . ." (Eccl. 3:8)
[Note: To read more, click on the source cited -- i.e, Fox News, Reuters, WND, etc.]
1. Israel deploys ground troops in Gaza - Fox News
For the first time, Israel deploys ground troops in Gaza early Sunday as its military warns northern Gaza residents to evacuate their homes - in a move Israel's military spokesman said would be a 'short and temporary' campaign - as neither Israel nor Palestinian militants show signs of agreeing to a cease-fire.
2. Thousands of Gaza civilians flee after Israeli warning - Reuters
Thousands fled their homes in a Gaza town on Sunday after Israel warned them to leave ahead of threatened attacks on rocket-launching sites, on the sixth day of an offensive that Palestinian officials said has killed at least 160 people.
3. Israel deploys more missile interceptors, Gaza death toll up to 125 - Reuters
Israel rushed an eighth missile interceptor battery into service on Saturday to counter stronger-than-expected rocket fire from Gaza as the military pounded positions in the Palestinian enclave for a fifth day, killing 19 people, medics said. The U.N. Security Council, after days of discussion, issued a statement calling for a ceasefire and expressed serious concern about the welfare of civilians on both sides. "The Security Council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm and reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire," the 15-member body said.
4. Israel expands bombing targets despite UN calls for cease-fire - Fox News
Israel expanded its Gaza bombing targets Saturday to include civilian institutions with suspected Hamas ties, despite U.N. calls for a cease fire, and announced it would hit northern Gaza "with great force" to prevent rocket attacks from there on Israel. In a statement Saturday, the Israeli military announced it was sending messages to Palestinians in the northern Gaza Strip to evacuate for their own safety. Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, the chief military spokesman, said Israel planned to hit the area with heavy force in the next 24 hours as it steps up an offensive against Gaza militants as the area has been used to fire a barrage of rockets at Tel Aviv.
5. Rockets Launched at Israel from Sinai, Too - Israel National News
The Ansar Bayt Al-Makdis terror organization, which identifies ideologically with Al Qaeda, published a video Friday allegedly documenting the launching of five 107 mm rockets at Israel. The launch took place in the Sinai peninsula, south of the Egyptian city of Rafah. The rockets were apprently fired on Wednesday, and were aimed at an Israeli community in the Negev desert. A complex terror infrastructure operates in Sinai. It is linked with the Palestinian terror organizations in Gaza, including Hamas and Al Qaeda's ideological offshoots. The infrastructure is largely based on the local Bedouin community, as well as "mujahedeen" volunteers from neighboring Arab states. Some of these participated in terror attacks on Israel and on the Egyptian security forces in Sinai.
6. Iran Teams Up Terrorists to Attack Israel - WND
In the last 24 hours, the Iranian-backed Hezbollah group reopened an operational room with Hamas to coordinate regional militant developments, including attacks against Israel, informed Middle Eastern defense officials told WND.
The operational room, commissioned at the direction of Iran, is located in Lebanon and is coordinating with the Hamas command and control in the Gaza Strip, the defense officials said.
7. 'Israel should deal a mortal blow to Hamas' - WND
A former Clinton administration official believes President Obama is doing a pretty good job responding to the immediate Middle East crisis, but is decidedly unimpressed with the administration's overall Middle East policy and its attempt to establish a moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians. Larry Haas was spokesman for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Clinton administration. He is now a columnist who writes frequently about the Middle East and is also the author of "Sound the Trumpet: The United States and Human Right Promotion."
Haas told WND it's only a matter of time before the Obama administration and other world leaders declare the Israeli military action has gone on long enough and demand a cease-fire. He says Israel should ignore those calls until Hamas is dealt a "mortal blow" and other long-term goals are met. "It has to send a signal to its own people in southern Israel that it's going to protect them. That is the fundamental thing a government needs to do for its own people, provide them safety and security. So I hope that Israel does not let up until it really delivers a blow that Hamas either will never recover from or will not recover from for a very long time," he said.
8. France Speaks the Truth about Hamas and Israel -American Thinker
. . . the strongest, unequivocal support it has received in the current fighting with Hamas has come from French President François Hollande.
9. Hamas Rocket Strikes Gaza Electric Supply, Israel not Fixing It - Israel National News
Seventy thousand Gazans from Khan Younis and Deir el-Balah were in the dark Sunday night after a Hamas rocket hit the power line that supplies electricity to those places. It's not clear when Israel Electric Company workers will be able to repair the system, but they are apparently in no rush to do so. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has asked the IEC not to risk the lives of its employees in trying to restore power to the affected sector in Gaza, an operation that could take hours. (Read more)
- "For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head." (Obadiah 1:15)
10. TODAY'S PRAYERS FOR ISRAEL - CHPP
To view today's prayer update from the land, please go here.
Praying over the invasion of illegal immigrants on our southern border
[Note: Recently, the Minuteman Organization has put forth a call to bring 3,500 unarmed volunteers to man 2,000 miles of our southern border, protecting us from the invasion of illegal aliens now crossing that line. They are calling this project OPERATION NORMANDY - reminiscent of the time, 70 years ago last month, that the Allied forces landed on Normandy Beach, and turned back the tide of evil of Hitler's Germany.
Now, through acts of prayer and repentance, we too desire to see the end of this invasion of illegal immigrants now flooding our southern border, with our own "Operation Normandy." Below you will find headlines each day, with links to original sources, so that we can pray together point by point as we monitor these developments together. Thank you.]
This week please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE over the headlines below:
"When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." (Isaiah 59:19)
1. Mexico, Guatemala fast-track delivery of illegals to U.S. - WND
New 'Regional Visitor Card' grants permission to travel to Rio Grande. Mexico has long exported its own unemployment and poverty across its northern border while jealously guarding its southern frontier, denying poor Central Americans the opportunity to become illegal aliens in its country. No more -- Mexico's southern border is officially swinging wide open. But you didn't think Mexico was going to let those surging masses stay in Mexico, did you? (Read more)
2. 'Be a leader' - Perry tells Obama to confront border crisis - Washington Times
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday called on President Obama to "be a leader" and stop blaming House Republicans or anyone else for the flood of unaccompanied children streaming across the U.S.-Mexico border. Three days after Mr. Perry, a Republican, met with the president in Dallas, he repeated his call for National Guard troops on the border as a show of force and a deterrent against illegal immigration. The governor also said Mr. Obama's poor track record on immigration has contributed to the growing problem of thousands of children from Central America and elsewhere seeking safe haven in the U.S. (Read more)
3. White House urges GOP to act 'urgently' on $3.7 billion request for illegal immigrants - Washington Times
The White House said Friday that President Obama is willing to negotiate with Congress on the cost of his requested $3.7 billion emergency aid for illegal child immigrants, but the administration urged Republican lawmakers to act quickly on the spending. The proposal would provide more money to social workers to house the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children, add immigration judges to speed up deportation cases and boost funding for immigration agents.
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, Kentucky Republican, said Friday that Mr. Obama's request is too big and the House won't approve it as is. "It's too much money. We don't need it," Mr. Rogers told reporters. "There are pieces of it that need to be dealt with immediately and that's what we're working on." (Read more)
4. Violent gang taking advantage of immigration crisis, using border as recruiting hub - Washington Times The infamous gang MS-13 is reportedly taking advantage of the immigration crisis along the U.S. border.
"They're now using the Nogales processing center as a recruitment hub for new members to come in," Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich reported Friday. "They're trying to recruit other teenage boys that are sharing cells with them and they're using the phones that the Red Cross has set up. They're supposed to be using those to call back home or to call family members in the United States. They're also using those as a way to communicate with gang members already in U.S. cities. (Read more)
5. Report: Illegals With No ID Flying Commercial Unimpeded - Newsmax
Illegal immigrants picked up after sneaking across the U.S.-Mexico border - and then released to await hearings - are reportedly getting onto commercial planes without any ID other than "a simple paper document that anyone can easily alter or reproduce." An outraged local spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, Hector Garza, told Breitbart News the security threat from the lax policy "is absolutely unacceptable." "The aliens who are getting released on their own recognizance are being allowed to board and travel commercial airliners by simply showing their Notice to Appear [hearing] forms," he told Breitbart in an interview posted Friday. "We do not know who these people are. We often have to solely rely on who they say they are, where they say they came from, and the history they say they have. "We know nothing about most of them. [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] releases them into the American public, and now they are boarding aircraft at will with a simple paper document that anyone can easily alter or reproduce themselves." Allowing them unrestricted travel access "just adds insult to injury," he said. (Read more)
6. McCain wants ankle bracelets for those awaiting deportation hearings - Fox News
Arizona's two Republican senators are set to introduce legislation next week to deal with unaccompanied children and others illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border that includes ankle-bracelet monitors for those awaiting deportation hearings, an alternative to President Obama's request for an additional $3.7 billion to help with the continuing surge of illegal immigrants. "Today we face a humanitarian crisis along our southern border," said senior Sen. John McCain. "Congress must act to amend our immigration law and provide law enforcement the ability to return these children home as safely and expeditiously as possible."(Read more)
7. Nebraska gov, Illinois senator say White House sending illegal immigrant children to their states without notice - Fox News
Elected officials in two states far from the U.S.-Mexico border have claimed that the Obama administration has resettled hundreds of unaccompanied illegal immigrant children without adequate notice and has refused to detail the exact locations where the children are being kept.
Fox News has learned that 748 unaccompanied minors have been transferred from areas near the border to the Chicago area. Of the original group of 748 kids, 319 have been placed with family members or sponsors while they await an immigration hearing. The other 429 have been placed in facilities run by the Heartland Alliance, a nonprofit organization that receives grants from the Department of Health and Human Services.
Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., told Fox News Friday that he did not know the exact locations of the facilities where the children were being kept, and stated his belief that the White House did not want the children's living conditions to be made public. (Read more)
The Good News Corner
Once-Conjoined Twins in Danger of Abortion are Now Co-Valedictorians with Big Dreams
"[When] we got the diagnosis, it was an extremely dark time. I had always prayed, all my life, and I prayed heavily that weekend, when we were waiting to find out what the surgeons thought when they looked at the ultrasound video." -Crystal Copeland, mother of conjoined twins Emily and Caitlin
(Houston, TX)-Just over 18 years ago, Emily and Caitlin Copeland left their mother's womb, conjoined. Now, the girls are set to leave their hometown of Houston, Texas to different universities after graduating from high school as co-valedictorians. This will be only the second time in their lives that they will be apart from one another.
Days after Emily and Caitlin turned 18, their mother, Crystal Copeland spoke with LifeSiteNews about how the dark time of finding out the girls were conjoined, and considering the possibility of aborting them, turned into a blessing and the knowledge that she and her family "wouldn't change a thing."
"Neither my husband nor myself were raised in a church," Copeland told LifeSiteNews. "At the time that my husband and I found out that we were pregnant, we were not part of a church, we did not study the Bible. We both believed in God, but didn't really understand what we were believing."
Crystal says that choosing life for her babies, and raising Emily and Caitlin in difficult circumstances helped her and her husband realize their inner strength.
Raising Emily and Caitlin also helped the Copeland's marriage, she said. "It really made us stronger. I know a lot of marriages that are tested can't handle the pressure. It really brought us a lot closer together, and really solidified our marriage in a good way."
This Week's Bible Study
This Week's Bible Study: Week of Sunday, July 13 - Saturday, July 19, 2014
Written by Susan L. Turner
> > > To read the "One Year Bible" weekly letter, go here.
> > > To read the Shabbat Torah readings, go here.
Signs and Wonders
Signs and Wonders:
Too hot: Yellowstone road melts
Underground heat from the park's super volcano combined with the warm summer sun have melted a section of a road in Yellowstone National Park, forcing its temporary closure.
The 3.3-mile-long Firehole Lake Drive is closed because the road has turned into a soupy mess, said park spokesman Dan Hottle. Yellowstone spans portions of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
The road itself is off Grand Loop Road between Old Faithful and Madison Junction in the park's Lower Geyser Basin, and takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake. The same heat that feeds the geysers softened the pavement too much to drive on.
"It basically turned the asphalt into soup," said Hottle. "It turned the gravel road into oatmeal."
The road was closed Monday and will remain closed to drivers until workers can scrape off the damaged section and replace it. A recorded information line updates visitors. Park officials also are asking hikers to stay out of the area.
Yellowstone sits atop the caldera of an ancient super volcano, and Hottle said road problems caused by underground heat and shifting Earth are common. "We see this kind of thing quite a bit," he said. (USA Today)Read more here.
"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."
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