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"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
"All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name. For You are great, and do wondrous things;
You alone are God." (Psalm 86:9,10)
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse . . ." (Rev. 19:1)
The Daily Brief
1. Full Coverage: U.S. Begin-s Bombardment of 'Islamic State' - Worthy News
As the Islamic State continues to spread across Syria, Iraq and Lebanon seizing a Syrian base over the weekend, President Barack Obama authorized strikes against the jihadist organization throughout the region. U.S. spy agencies have begun to see militants abandoning al-Qaeda affiliate groups in Yemen and Africa to join the Islamic State, as the terrorist organization promised to raise the "flag of Allah in the White House'. (Read more)
- Father, stop the Islamic State, in Jesus Name. May all their plans suddenly fail, and their leaders experience confusion and chaos. Bring them down, in Jesus Name.
- During the last watch of the night the LORD looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud at the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites! The LORD is fighting for them against Egypt." (Exodus 14: 24-28)
2. 5-year-old Christian boy cut in half by ISIS - WND
The sheer horror against Christians in the Mideast is spiraling out of control.
There are now unspeakable atrocities taking the lives of even young children, including one boy "cut in half."
WARNING: Some images in this story are extremely graphic.
- Fellow saints of the Most High God, we cringe to have to report such horrific news to you tonight, but the mask has now come off and the whole world now sees, and cannot deny, that the "religion of peace" is a "religion of barbarity." True, ISIS does not represent all of Islam, but the fact remains that the fundamental agenda of this hell-bound religion is to cause all mankind to submit to allah, or submit to the sword. Enter into "violent, aggressive prayer," casting down this wicked, evil, deadly principality and raising up the' Cross of Christ. Offer tender prayers of comfort too for those who now mourn . . . In His Name, Amen. - "From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force." (Matthew 11:12)
[Editor's note: we are receiving similar reports now, almost hourly, about the crimes of ISIS. We will refrain, though, from sharing these details after tonight, preferring to fix our gaze upon Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith. Thank you.]
3. Iraq militants changing tactics, complicating US airstrike mission - Fox News
Islamic militant forces in northern Iraq appear to be shifting tactics in the face of the newly launched U.S. airstrike campaign, Defense officials say, posing a new challenge to the Obama administration as it seeks to at least slow the terrorists' advances.
"One of the things that we have seen with the [IS] forces is that where they have been in the open, they are now starting to dissipate and to hide amongst the people," Lt. Gen. William Mayville Jr., director for operations with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. "The targeting in this is going to become more difficult." (Read more)
- Lord God, we ask You in earnest prayer to grant Your wisdom to our own military leaders, as they seek to confront ISIS in this new tactic. Let the citizens of Iraq serve as whistleblowers, and let the true Iraqi military bring swift and accurate force against these infiltrators. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen.
- "Bring to an end the violence of the wicked and make the righteous secure-- you, the righteous God who probes minds and hearts." (Psalm 7:9)
4. Russia Bombers At Least 16 Incursions of U.S. Air Defense Zones - Free Beacon
The numerous flight encounters by Tu-95 Russian Bear H bombers prompted the scrambling of U.S. jet fighters on several occasions, and come amid heightened U.S.-Russia tensions over Ukraine.
Also, during one bomber incursion near Alaska, a Russian intelligence-gathering jet was detected along with the bombers.
"Over the past week, NORAD has visually identified Russian aircraft operating in and around the U.S. air defense identification zones," said Maj. Beth Smith, spokeswoman for U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
However, other defense officials said the large number of aerial incursions is very unusual and harkens back to the Cold War, when Soviet bombers frequently sought to trigger air defenses along the periphery of U.S. territory as preparation for a nuclear conflict. (Read more)
- Lord God, here we are, 100 years later, and we have not yet learned our lesson about the need to avoid unnecessary war and conflict. We ask that Your hand of protection would indeed rest upon our men and women in uniform, and that they be guided by You as they engage in this growing conflict. We ask You, Lord, for mercy, in Jesus' name, amen.
- "I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
5. 75 Percent of Syria's Chemical Weapons Destroyed- Sky News
Nearly 75 percent of Syria's entire chemical weapons stockpile, 190 tons of agents, has been destroyed in Britian, according to the world's chemical weapons watchdog group. (Read more)
- Father, we offer You praise for this good report, and we rejoice that these weapons have been discovered and destroyed. Lord God, as Your intercessors, we will not rest, however, until ALL these horrific weapons have been located and destroyed. Thank You, Lord, by Your grace this job will be completely finished. In Your Name, amen.
- " . . . being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ . . . "(Phil. 1:6)
6. Russia Signs Historic $20 Billion Deal with Iran to Bypass Sanctions - The Telegraph
Russia has agreed a five-year, $20 billion, trade deal with Iran that will help the Islamic republic to sidestep Western sanctions on its energy sector. Under the terms of a five-year accord, Russia will help Iran organise oil sales as well as "cooperate in the oil-gas industry, construction of power plants, grids, supply of machinery, consumer goods and agriculture products", according to a statement by the Energy Ministry in Moscow.
A deal could see Russia buying 500,000 barrels of Iranian oil a day, the Moscow-based Kommersant newspaper has previously reported. That would be about a fifth of Iran's output in June and half its exports (Read more)
- Lord God in heaven, we ask You to forgive President Putin for his devious ways. We ask that, by Your hand, this deal will fail. In Jesus' name, we pray, amen.
- "Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; Speak the word, but it will not stand, For God is with us." (Isaiah 8:10)
7. Russia, China Bypassing Dollar With Currency Agreement - RT
The Russian and Chinese central banks have agreed on a draft currency swap agreement, which will allow them to increase trade in domestic currencies and cut the dependence on the US dollar in bilateral payments.
"The draft document between the Central Bank of Russia and the People's Bank of China on national currency swaps has been agreed by the parties," and is at the stage of formal approval procedures, ITAR-TASS quotes the Russian regulator's office on Thursday.
The Russian Central Bank is not giving precise details on the size of the currency swaps, nor when it will be launched. It says this will depend on demand. (Read more)
- Father, we intercede over this move by Russia and China. We pray over the effect this may have over America's economy. We seek protection from You, Father, in Jesus Name.
- "[There is] treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up." (Proverbs 21:20)
8. NIH Spends $38K to Study 'Social Patterns' of HIV Care Among Transgender Women - CNSNews.com
The federal government is spending $37,533 in taxpayer dollars to study the social patterns and pathways of HIV care among HIV positive transgender women. The National Institute of Nursing Research, a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded the grant to the Indiana University - Purdue University at Indianapolis for the project that began on July 3, 2012 and will end on July 2, 2015.
- Father, we repent for having a government agency that spends our hard-earned money on foolish pursuits. Lord, we pray for this study to end early and for the money to be spent on topics more worthwhile. We bind up, in the name of Jesus, all further studies that attempt to legitimize this aberration which God has condemned. We seek salvation and deliverance for these poor misguided souls who desperately need Jesus in their lives. Show them who they really are in You, O Lord!
- "Be very careful to obey all the commands and the instructions that Moses gave you. Love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul." (Joshua 22:5)
9. Satanists' Plan to Stage 'Black Mass' in Oklahoma City - Fox News
Satan worshippers are planning to stage a"black mass" next month in Oklahoma City, prompting outrage from the leader of the city's 120,000 Catholics, who also condemns municipal officials for allowing the event to be held in a public venue. The event is being staged by the satanist group Dakhma of Angra Mainyu at the Oklahoma City Center Music Hall on Sept. 21. The group's leader is a registered sex offender. Lawyers for Oklahoma City's municipal government say the occultists have a right to lease the public space under the First Amendment.
"I'm disappointed by their response," Archbishop Paul Coakley of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City told FoxNews.com Friday. "If someone had come to them to rent the Civic Center to stage a burning of the Koran or to hold an event that was blatantly and clearly anti-Semitic, I think they might find a way to prevent it. "Not all speech is protected if there is hate speech and it is intended to ridicule another religion," he said. "I don't believe it is a free speech matter."
- Dear Lord, how the heathen rage and declare vain things! Father God, we ask that Your Presence would invade their ceremonies that are in defiance of You and that conviction would fall on all who have approved of this event. Lord, bring salvation and light into this area. In the name of Jesus, we bind up all lingering effects after this activity and pray for the Body of Christ in this area to be strengthened and unified against the enemy.
- "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." (Psalms 2:12)
10. 'Harbinger' author says loss of 'Tree of Hope' a warning - WND
The author of "The Harbinger," the inspiration behind the "Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" documentary, says the seventh harbinger is no more. A tree that was placed at the site of the 9/11 Muslim terror attack in New York City has died, has been removed, and destroyed. "The ancient sign of nearing national judgment has been manifested. The erez tree has fallen. The seventh harbinger now speaks of impending judgment. The Tree of Hope, the symbol of America's resurgence. . . is dead," he explained.
- Mighty Lord, in the midst of signs of Your displeasure with our country, we continue to look to Your Son Jesus as the hope for our future, which You have promised to Your people. We earnestly and humbly ask You to forgive us as a country for turning from You in so many ways and not acknowledging You in our public life. Look upon us with mercy, O Lord; and we pray for vast multitudes to turn to Your Son for salvation during this time.
- "And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait upon him." (Isaiah 30:18)
The Middle East in Focus
The Middle East in Focus
OPERATION PROTECTIVE EDGE
"For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways." (Psalm 91:11)
1. Hebrew Nation News Alert - CHPP
To view this week's HNN report, go here.
2. Prayer Update From Israel (August 11, 2014) - Martin and Norma Sarvis, Jerusalem
To read this week's alert from Jerusalem, go here.
3. THE KLEIN FAX - Arni and Yonit Klein
To read this week's edition of the Kleinfax, go here.
4. Liberman to 'Jerusalem Post': First get rid of Hamas, then hold PA elections, then pursue regional accord - Jerusalem Post
Getting rid of Hamas is a necessary condition for any wider diplomatic breakthrough, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman told The Jerusalem Post in an interview on Tuesday.
"In order to make a diplomatic process possible, we have to get rid of Hamas," he said. "As long as Hamas is strong on the ground, controls Gaza, and is popular in Judea and Samaria, a diplomatic process is simply impossible."
The foreign minister, during the interview conducted in his Jerusalem office, said it would be a mistake to build any process right now based on PA President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Abu Mazen's [Abbas's]legitimacy does not exist," he said. "After we get rid of Hamas, the next stage is elections... We have to sign an international agreement with somebody with whom there is no doubt whether he has the authority to sign an agreement with us." (Read more)
5. Is Israel Indiscriminately Killing in Gaza? Data says No - Times of Israel
While protests around the world condemned Israel's "indiscriminate" killing of civilians, the hard data does not support their assessment. In the latest figures coming from Gaza, a disproportionate number of men ages 20 to 29 -- which represent a mere 9 percent of the population, represented nearly 35 percent of those killed in the Gaza Strip over the past month. At the same time, 725 men were killed compared to 214 women. (Read more)
6. Wave of World Protests Against Israel - Worthy News
Anti-Israel rallies took place all across the world condemning Israel's military action against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Thousands of protesters took to the streets in major cities of London, Cape Town, Santiago, Melbourne, Berlin, and New York. As antisemitism rises around the world, Bible scholars point to the fulfillment of prophecy as God is using hatred towards the Jews to drive them back to their ancient homeland. (Read more)
- "'As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he had driven them.' For I will bring them back to their own land that I gave to their fathers. "Behold, I am sending for many fishers, declares the LORD, and they shall catch them. And afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks." [Jeremiah 16:15-16]
7. Day 37: Egypt presents ceasefire proposal; Israeli delegation heads home for consultations -
London to nix some arms sales to Israel if fighting resumes; Europe said to propose shipping route to Gaza via Cyprus; defense minister warns Hamas attacks could restart after truce ends Wednesday midnight (Read more)
8. Evangelical leaders plan solidarity trip to Israel - Times of Israel
NEW YORK - Several prominent American evangelical Christian leaders will travel to Israel to demonstrate their support.
The Aug. 17-22 trip, called "Christians in Solidarity with Israel," was organized by the National Religious Broadcasters.
In an NRB news release, the group's president and CEO, Jerry Johnson, said the tour will be "visiting the land, the people, and the leadership of Israel to stand in support of the nation's right to defend itself from those who would deny their right to exist." [Also reported on last night's Brief]
9. Glass doors vandalized at House of Israel - UT San Diego
Glass doors were shattered by rocks at a cottage that showcases Israeli history and culture in San Diego, a regional director for the Anti-Defamation League said Sunday. The damage was first discovered Saturday morning at the House of Israel in Balboa Park, according to Tammy Gillies of the Anti-Defamation League. She said there was no message left behind and nothing else to indicate the reasoning behind the actions. (Read more)
10. 'Dead End' in Cairo Ceasefire Talks - Israel Hayom
Israel Hayom cited "an official diplomatic source" as saying the talks had reached "a dead end" and the gaps were too wide. His remarks came as the Egyptian-mediated talks entered their second day and a 72-hour truce held on the ground, bringing relief to millions on both sides of the Gaza border. The truce ends Wednesday at midnight.(Read more)
"Flash forth lightning and scatter them; Send out Your arrows
and confuse them." (Psalm 144:6)
1. Islamic State Funds Caliphate With Mosul Dam as Terror Spreads - Bloomberg
Islamic State militants who last week captured the Mosul Dam, Iraq's largest, had one demand for workers: Keep it going. Islamic State's rampage through northern Iraq has inspired terror as stories spread of beheadings and crucifixions. At the same time, its fighters are capturing the strategic assets needed to fund the Islamic caliphate . . . and strengthen its grip on the territory already captured.
2. Iraq crisis: My night on the mountain of hell with dying Yazidi refugees - The Telegraph
The lights of their towns, controlled by jihadists, twinkle beneath them in the moonlight. The people of the mountain can see their towns and villages, and the headlights of the jihadi patrols snaking through the streets they have abandoned, and know they cannot return. (Read more)
3. Obama says Iraq took 'promising step' nominating new PM - BBC
US President Barack Obama has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq's prime minister-designate is a "promising step forward". He acknowledged that Iraq had been through "difficult days", and urged its political leaders to work together. Earlier on Monday, Iraq's president asked Mr Abadi to form a new government, snubbing the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki. (Read more)
4. Kurdish fighters hold off Islamic State, await more help from US, Baghdad - Fox News
Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq are desperate for arms from Baghdad or even the U.S. to help fend off an onslaught from Islamic militants that may be aimed at creating a corridor for jihadist reinforcements from Turkey.
Despite U.S. air strikes aimed at fighters from Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS, Kurdish fighters known as Peshmerga say they remain under sustained attack on multiple fronts. Rumors of weapons and ammo en route from Baghdad and the U.S. are rife, yet a number of sources confirm they have not yet been seen.
"We hear about them, yes, but we don't see them," a Kurdish officer in Kirkuk told FoxNews.com. "They simply haven't arrived." (Read more)
Tracking the Virus
Tracking the Virus
" . . . if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." (Mark 16:18b,c)
1. Spanish Priest With Ebola Dies; West Africa Death Toll Passes 1,000 - WRIC.com
Pajares died Tuesday at Carlos III Hospital, the hospital and his order said. The hospital would not confirm that he had been treated with the drug, but his order said earlier that he would be. He is one of only three Ebola patients thought to have received the experimental drug. The others are two Americans evacuated to Atlanta. (Read more)
2. Ethical to use untested Ebola drugs, says WHO - BBC News
Untested drugs can be used to treat patients infected with the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization says. The WHO said it was ethical in light of the scale of the outbreak and high number of deaths - over 1,000 people have died in west Africa.. The statement was made after its medical experts met in Switzerland on Monday to discuss the issue. (Read more)
3. Nigeria confirms new Ebola case in Lagos: minister- AFP
President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday branded a Liberian-American a "madman" for bringing Ebola into Nigeria, as the country announced its 10th confirmed case of the deadly virus. (Read more)
4. Eight Chinese quarantined as panic grips Ebola-hit west Africa - AFP
Eight Chinese medical workers who treated patients with Ebola have been placed in quarantine in Sierra Leone, but China's state news agency Xinhua said they showed no signs of Ebola symptoms as yet, citing the embassy in Freetown.
In addition, 24 nurses have been quarantined, health officials said, while a physician had contracted Ebola but was responding well to treatment. (Read more)
5. The One Question About Ebola That Nobody Can Seem To Answer - Right Side News
How in the world is it possible that more than 170 health workers have been infected by the Ebola virus? That is the one question about Ebola that nobody can seem to answer. The World Health Organization is reporting this as a fact, but no explanation is given as to why this is happening. We are just assured that Ebola "is not airborne" and that getting infected "requires close contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person." (Read more)
The Daily Jot
Good News: Your witness in West Africa
The Daily Jot thanks readers for their prayers and gifts in response to our August 4 bulletin asking for assistance in preventing Ebola at our rural churches in Ghana, West Africa's bush country. The threat remains and the nation is still on alert, but Christians in predominantly Islamic areas are now equipped with both sanitization supplies and direct education on how to prevent Ebola. Because of your generosity--your prayer and action (and those who are praying and those who are acting), we are able to conduct prevention measures rather than reaction to crisis. Lives of those who the large churches refuse to touch are protected from unnecessary risk. And we are able to provide strong witness to Muslims.
"For the records, the village folks confessed that the exercise was the first of its kind in the life of the entire village, and wondered why the Government of Ghana has not been able to reach them with such help. By now, the news has spread far and wide; giving glory to God. We will carry out a follow-up exercise for some 10 more families from the outskirts of the village, next Sunday. Also, I will be going to a Muslim-dominated slum in Accra to distribute 10 more systems to deprived families, bringing the total to 30 families or households." This type of outreach is made possible by the tenacity of Pastor Agbeti (whose name means Tree of Life) and the commitment of Daily Jot readers and our small Living Spring Church.
I say this because we have been working some 22 years in Ghana. The process has been slow. For example, it took us three years to save up enough money to buy a used pick up truck for William to utilize for ministry work. We have had little or no support from the very wealthy mega churches in Ghana. This is a labor of love toward those who are often shown no love. These days, they are also having to contend with a hostile Islamic threat similar to that in Nigeria and most everywhere there are large concentrations of Muslims. I am reminded of the words of Christ in Matthew 25:40, "Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Thank you, and may the Lord bless and keep you as through this small ministry that you support in prayer and action, great is His hand!
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Navy v. the Bible
Navy Goes Overboard with Bible Purge
There wasn't room at the inn for Jesus -- and now there isn't room at the Navy's Lodges either! After a string of good news on the religious liberty front, the Navy seems to be falling back into the military's bad habits on anti-faith censorship. Despite a longtime partnership with the Gideons, the director of the Navy Lodge program is tossing the nightstand Bibles, explaining that the giveaways will now be at the commanders' discretion. (Family Research Council) Read more here.
Update: Lois Lerner's "Missing" Emails
Update: Lois Lerner's "Missing" Emails
The only thing more difficult to salvage than the IRS's reputation may be Lois Lerner's hard drive. For months, tech experts testified that they tried to crack the computer of the disgraced head of the IRS's tax exempt office -- to no avail. This week, the computer team behind the city's single most important recovery process submitted sworn statements to court insisting that they did everything in their power to restore the lost data but failed to find two years of Lerner's emails -- messages crucial to Congress's investigation of the conservative targeting scandal.
Both technicians testified that they didn't see "any sign of physical damage" to the hard drive but were still unable to do what IT specialists across the country explain is not nearly as difficult as liberals are making it out to be: retrieve the incriminating messages. The statements, which the IRS is hoping will head off a lawsuit from Judicial Watch, are the latest in a string of embarrassments for the agency, which is either criminally incompetent, dishonest -- or both.
Unfortunately, "sworn statements" don't mean much in an administration that harbors an Attorney General who lies to Congress under oath -- and Lerner, who testified that she did nothing wrong. "This IRS filing seems to treat as a joke Judge Sullivan's order requiring the IRS to produce details about Lois Lerner's 'lost' emails and any efforts to retrieve and produce them to Judicial Watch," said the nonprofit's president, Tom Fitton. "Frankly, it seems the cover-up continues." (Family Research Council)
Urgent Prayer Needed for St. Louis
Urgent Prayer Needed for St. Louis
The shooting death of an unarmed, 18-year old African-American teen by a police officer in St. Louis has sparked intense rioting. Recent reports surfaced on Monday night of police combating angry crowds with tear gas and riot gear. Shops and convenience
stores have been broken into and looted. Please go here to read prayer request from our state prayer leader in Missouri, Kingsley Walker. Please read his alert and pray for this situation.
Mike and Cindy Jacobs
Islam is Spreading
Islam is Spreading . . .
Outgoing chief of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn disclosed this week that there are now 41 Islamic terrorist groups spread out in 24 countries, a major increase from 2004 under then-President Bush.
Their ideology is the same one that drove the grand mufti of Jerusalem to embrace Adolf Hitler, that led Arab nations to repeatedly attack Israel, that caused the mass murder of 3,000 Americans on 9/11, that led to the beheading of Daniel Pearl, that causes Hamas to fire rockets at Israeli civilians, that results in young girls being mutilated and sold into sex slavery and that is motivating the genocide of Christians throughout the Middle East today.
If only the political left in America fought the real bigotry of Islamofascism with the same vigor that it fights Judeo-Christian values, we might actually win this long struggle and save Western Civilization. (Gary Bauer)
Reaching Out To Moslems
10 Keys to Unlocking Muslim Strongholds
By Don Newman
Islam stands as the strongest giant against the planting of a church for every people by the year 2000 (Otis). One out of every five people on earth is a Muslim. The heart of Islam and most of its followers live in the part of Africa and Asia known as the "10-40 window."
Muslims make up the most resistant and most neglected block of people in the world. There is only one missionary for every one million Muslims.
How can we hope to plant a church in each of the 4,000 unreached Muslim people groups and clearly present the Gospel to the billion Muslims by AD 2000? Here is a ring of 10 keys that just might open up the Muslim world to the Gospel.
[To read all ten keys in detail, please go here.]
There are, no doubt, other keys which can help unlock the door to Muslim cultures so that the Church can be planted in their midst. Let us know what you have found useful so that the lessons learned in one part of the Muslim world can be shared with those working in other areas that Christ may be glorified and the last of the giants can be overcome.
Now They Tell Us
Now They Tell Us
During the fighting in Gaza over the last several weeks, we repeatedly reported that journalists were being threatened and intimidated to promote the Hamas-approved narrative. Stories out of Gaza never showed Hamas fighters, missile launching sites or Hamas military operatives. Every image was of Gaza civilians suffering from Israeli attacks.
Now, too late, the facts are becoming public. The Foreign Press Association (FPA), representing foreign journalists, has issued a statement which says in part:
"The FPA protests in the strongest terms the blatant, incessant, forceful and unorthodox methods employed by the Hamas authorities and their representatives against visiting international journalists in Gaza over the past month."
Those abuses prevented viewers and readers from getting, as the statement notes, "an objective picture from the ground."
Few of the hundreds of millions of people who absorbed the Hamas propaganda and concluded that Israel was the aggressor will ever read the press organization's statement about propaganda masquerading as news. (Gary Bauer)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
"Vicar of Baghdad" Canon Andrew White Refuses to Leave Iraq,
Despite the Vicious Christian Persecution by Islamic State
"I'm almost in tears because I've just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half. I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me-he was called Andrew." -Canon Andrew White
(Baghdad, Iraq)-Canon Andrew White, known around the world as the "Vicar of Baghdad," is refusing to leave Iraq, despite the ever-worse persecution and killings by the terror-group formerly known as ISIS, and now known as Islamic State (IS).
UK-born Canon White, who bravely continues his ministry despite suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, is the leader of St George's Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq, which is the country's last Anglican Church.
Situated on Haifa Street in Baghdad's Red Zone-St George's Church has been damaged by five bombs in the past three years.
He estimates that his flock used to number around 6,000 people, but in the last decade over 1,200 have been killed, according to CNN's Arwa Damon.
"One of things that really hurt was when one of the Christians came and said, 'For the first time in 1,600 years, we had no church in Nineveh,'" he told Damon.
He has now issued a plea for prayer and support and described the disastrous situation in Iraq.
"Every day, we think that the crisis here cannot get worse and every day it does," he said in a media interview. "Yesterday, over 1,500 people were killed.
"Iraq seems like old news, yet things just get worse and worse here. It is as if Hell has broken out here and nobody cares; that is apart from you, our supporters, who never leave us and keep supporting us in every way and to you I simply say thank you."
Canon White said many Christians have left or are planning to leave.
"Even here in Baghdad, people are terrified of what is happening around us," he said. "The IS has established their hidden cells within Baghdad, and people are seriously under threat even though they are not in the areas controlled by the IS. The number of kidnappings here has soared and people simply do not know what is going to happen next."
In a BBC interview, Andrew White says that people are being "slaughtered." Speaking to the BBC on Thursday night from northern Iraq, he said that the international community needed to take seriously the needs of the Christian community in the country "so they are not left on the side."
Asked if he could envisage a day when he would advise his own congregation to leave Iraq, Canon White replied: "I have always said to our people 'I'm not going to leave you, don't you leave me.' Now I can't say that any longer. If I tell them not to leave I'm saying: 'You've got to be prepared to die for your faith.'"
Source: Breaking Christian News
Signs and Wonders
Signs and Wonders
Eastbourne Cliffs have seen seven years' of erosion in six months
thanks to storms
The views are breathtaking but it hardly seems to be the safest place to sit at the best of times. Yet these walkers dangling their legs over a drop of several hundred feet don't seem to mind the added risk - a huge crack in the cliff edge.
And the holidaymakers on the beach seem oblivious to the dangers, too. For the cliffs at Birling Gap, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, are known to be crumbling.
The Birling Cliffs, near Eastbourne, have seen seven years' worth of erosion in six months after winter storms battered them. However walkers seem content to ignore warnings in place as they dangle their feet off the top Vast chunks have regularly fallen and the 30ft-long crack in the pictures appeared earlier this year, after winter storms caused seven years' worth of erosion in only two months.
However that wasn't putting off the many visitors enjoying the sunshine this week who were more than happy to sit near - or under - the crack.
Walkers along the beach are content to stroll underneath the giant chalk cliffs, despite the fact that they could fall down on top of them at any moment. (Telegraph Co. UK) Read more and view photos 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."
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
"Healer" - Hillsong
You hold my every moment
You calm my raging seas
You walk with me through fire
And heal all my disease
I trust in You
I trust in You