URGENT MESSAGE FROM TONY PERKINS
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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Monday, October 20, 2014
"For You light my lamp; The Lord my God illumines my darkness."
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Please note: We will track either Ebola or ISIS on alternating days.
". . . the glory of the LORD filled the temple. . ." (2 Chronicles 5:14)
The Daily Brief
1. Iraq crisis: Wave of attacks in Baghdad leave 40 dead - BBC News
More than 40 people have been killed and dozens wounded in a series of attacks in mainly Shia areas of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, officials say. In the deadliest incident, two car bombs exploded simultaneously in the western district of Dawlai, killing 14. No-one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they bore the hallmarks of previous operations by Islamic State. (Read more)
- Father God, we continue to monitor the actions of ISIS, so as to take them down and with You, cause their defeat. We thank You for a good word we received tonight from private sources that ISIS is now backing down from their attack on Kobane, and we ask that the same would happen now in Baghdad. Please, Lord, comfort those who mourn tonight, in Jesus' name, amen.
- "O Sovereign LORD, the strong one who rescued me, you protected me on the day of battle." (Psalm 140:7)
2. Lebanon pulled into war with Islamic State group - Ynet News
With all eyes on the Islamic State group's onslaught in Iraq and Syria, a less conspicuous but potentially just as explosive front line with the extremists is emerging in Lebanon, where Lebanese soldiers and Shiite Hezbollah guerrillas are increasingly pulled into deadly fighting with the Sunni militants along the country's border with Syria. (Read more)
- Lord God Almighty, we turn to You, Mighty Warrior God, and ask that You intervene on this border to see the defeat of the ISIS armies. Let them come no further into the camp of the righteous. We ask this prayer in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name." (Exodus 15:3)
3. Judicial Watch: Obama to Admit Non-Citizens for Ebola Treatment - Newsmax
The Obama administration is formulating plans to admit Ebola-infected non-U.S. citizens into the United States for treatment.
The group, which cited one unidentified source, said the administration would aim to bring Ebola patients into the United States for treatment within the first days of diagnosis, and that it's not clear who'd pay either for the transportation or treatment.
The group alleged the plan for treatment includes special waivers of laws and regulations that ban the admission of non-citizens with a communicable disease; Judicial Watch cited its source saying the administration has not told Congress about the plan. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we do not understand why our governmental leaders are bringing in foreigners who are ill with Ebola for treatment when it has been reported that there are very few places ready to treat people already here who become ill with Ebola. Help us, Father, by rising up and confronting those in positions of authority to make wise decisions that will not harm or endanger our people. We are praying this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid." (Proverbs 12:1 NKJV)
4. General: US Troops Who Contract Ebola Will Be Quarantined in Liberia - Breitbart
If any American soldiers in Liberia contract the deadly Ebola virus, they will be quarantined, stabilized, and evacuated to a medical facility for treatment, said the Ebola mission commander, adding that the U.S. military hospitals that will admit potentially infected troops have not yet been identified.
"If, God forbid, one of these soldiers, sailors, airmen, or marine contracted this disease, as I mentioned, they would be stabilized, they would be quarantined, we would go through the appropriate protocols," Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, commander of U.S. Army Africa, said on October 16 while briefing reporters in the Pentagon by telephone from Liberia. "People would be attending to them in the appropriate PPE [personal protective equipment]."
"As of today, no one has shown those symptoms. ... I've been here 30 days as of today," he added. "And so they would be quarantined and then we would synchronize and work those actions so they would go back to the appropriate medical facility." (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we first praise You that none of the US military troops sent to Africa to deal with Ebola have shown any symptoms of having contracted this dangerous disease. However, it has been stated that while foreigners with the disease will be received into the US for treatment, our own military personnel will be kept in Africa if they become ill with it. Father, we do not understand how to respond to what is happening as to the handling of Ebola by our governmental leaders. Have mercy upon Your people here and direct us how to respond. We pray this in the Name of Jesus and under His Shed Blood, Amen and Amen.
- "Help us, O God of our Salvation, for the glory of Your name; and deliver us, and provide atonement for our sins, for Your name's sake!" (Psalm 79:9 NKJV)
5. Fauci tries to calm US after missteps on Ebola, amid concerns Americans have lost faith - Fox News
America's top infectious disease expert on Sunday again acknowledged that the safety protocols used for the nation's first Ebola patient were inadequate, and that the Obama administration overstated the country's readiness for the deadly virus, amid concern that Americans have already lost faith in the government.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told "Fox News Sunday" that the adopted World Health Organization protocol for handling an Ebola patient was better suited for field work than confined hospital care. As a result, two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas were infected with Ebola while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian national who arrived from West Africa with the virus and later died. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we offer praise that Dr. Anthony Fauci admits that the protocols for treating Ebola were not working. Many people have seen what happened in the Dallas hospital and are responding by avoiding this hospital when possible. May all leaders and the medical establishment understand what is being shown from these responses by 'potential' patients and revise their procedures and protocols accordingly. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who deal truthfully are His delight." (Proverbs 12:22 NKJV)
6. Russia, Ukraine, EU Leaders End Summit With No Breakthrough - VOA News
A high-stakes meeting between the presidents of Ukraine and Russia ended Friday with few outward signs of progress in ending a months-long pro-Russian separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine. However, Russian President Vladimir Putin told reporters at a summit in Milan that a deal had been reached - "at least for the winter" - to restart the flow into Ukraine of Russian natural gas. He did not elaborate.
Moscow stopped gas shipments to its energy dependent neighbor in June over what it says are nearly $5 billion in unpaid gas bills. Putin, speaking after talks with Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, urged European countries to help the Kyev government pay off the debt.
Putin repeatedly referred to the embattled Ukraine region near the Russian border as Novorossiya, or New Russia, while again rejecting Western charges that the Kremlin has fueled the six-month rebellion with troops and weapons. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we thank You that for the winter Ukraine's supply of gas from Russia has been restarted. We bring the unresolved conflicts between Russia and the Ukraine plus its western supporters before Your throne, as You alone know the truths of each side and what their plans are. We ask You to rise up and expose all that is hidden for the world to see and understand. We ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light." (Luke 8:17 NKJV)
7. Supreme Court allows Texas to enforce new voter ID law for November election - Fox News
The Supreme Court said Saturday that Texas can use its controversial new voter identification law for the November election.
A majority of the justices rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.
The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold. The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.
The Supreme Court's order was unsigned, as it typically is in these situations. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented, saying they would have left the district court decision in place. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we offer praise that the Supreme Court chose to not shut down right the new Texas voter ID law before the election. We ask that voter ID laws arise all over this nation to counter the rising tide of massive voter fraud. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "For with God nothing will be impossible." (Luke 1:37 NKJV)
8. Courts knock down gay marriage bans in Arizona, Alaska, Wyoming - Yahoo News Barriers to gay marriage fell in Arizona, Alaska and Wyoming on Friday following a series of federal court actions in the latest in a series of legal victories for supporters of same-sex matrimony in America.
In Arizona, U.S. District Judge John Sedwick wrote in a ruling made public on Friday that the state's curbs on gay marriage were "unconstitutional by virtue of the fact that they deny same-sex couples the equal protection of the law."
Separately, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a last-minute request from Alaska seeking to block a ruling by a federal judge that struck down that state's ban, and a U.S. district judge overturned a gay marriage ban in Wyoming. . .
The court actions will bring to 32 the number of states that allow gay marriage. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we stand in the gap and repent for what these activist judges are doing by overriding what the majority of citizens in these states voted on as to marriage being between one man and one woman only. Most importantly we repent for the violation of Your truths by these judges. We agree with the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, that these actions are not just disappointing but quite troubling for the future of our nation and its laws. Father, we desperately need Your ways to be restored to this nation, and pray for this in the Name of Jesus and under His Shed Blood, Amen and Amen.
- "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 14:11)
9. Does GOP really have 96% chance of taking Senate? - WND
If the GOP wants to roll back what it regards as President Obama's attempt to fundamentally transform America, the party must retake power: the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016. The House looks secure for the GOP, where analysts predict it will keep, and maybe even increase, its majority. Attention is now riveted on the Senate, where 35 seats are up for election on Nov. 4., and Republicans must make a net gain of six seats to achieve a majority over Democrats. And, suddenly, the prize of Senate control appears tantalizingly close for Republicans. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You that we live in a nation which allows us the privilege to vote into power those who Will govern over us. We ask that You help our people to not squander this amazing opportunity, but to be diligent to study the qualifications of each candidate in his or her own district and to go to the polls and vote on November 4th. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer. We know that the only poll that counts is the one that is taken on Election Day. May that vote be "true" and free of fraud. We ask in Jesus' name, amen.
- "Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power . . ." (Psalm 110:3)
10. Hurricane Gonzalo scores bull's eye hit on Bermuda - Yahoo News
Hurricane Gonzalo slammed directly into Bermuda on Friday, knocking out most of the electricity there as it lashed the tiny Atlantic island chain with pounding surf, torrential rains and howling winds, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.
The strongest storm to sweep the subtropical British territory in a decade made full landfall at about 8:30 p.m. as the 35-mile-wide (56 km) eye of the storm crossed the south-central coast of Bermuda, the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami reported. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, have mercy on this set of islands who have been hit hard by a strong hurricane. Their food supply has to be shipped or flown in and the lost of all electricity causes much of the food that they have to be lost. Since they are out in the Atlantic Ocean, they have no nearby resource as backup. We thank you in advance for Your care and comfort for this small group of islands and it's people. We pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "And do not hide Your face from Your servant, for I am in trouble; hear me speedily." (Psalm 69:17 NKJV)
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways." (Psalm 91:11)
1. Abbas Calls Jews Visiting Temple Mount 'Herd of Cattle' - Israel National News
Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman called Jews visiting the Temple Mount a "herd of cattle" on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he incited violence against Jews visiting Judaism's holiest site and called to prevent their access "by all means."
"The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party. "We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque," he added, referring to Jews visiting the site as a "herd of cattle."
On Saturday, Abbas called all Israelis "settlers" for visiting the site, which is besieged by Arab rioters who have forced Israel's police to close the Mount to Jews over the past several weeks on multiple occasions. "It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa... and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it," Abbas said. The Chairman's words have already evoked outrage from Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), who called Abbas an "anti-Semite" on Saturday night. (Read more)
- Abba Father, increasingly the PA leader Abbas is announcing to the world how twisted with total hatred he is towards Your special land and people. Father, defend Your name and Your people, and cause more of the world's ears to 'unplug' and to hear what is being said. Then arise and deal with the evilness in this man. We ask this in Jesus' Name and under His Shed Blood, Amen and Amen.
- "There is no one like the God of Jeshurun (Israel), who rides the heavens to help you, and in His excellency on the clouds. The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms; He will thrust out the enemy from before you, and will say, 'Destroy!'" (Deuteronomy 33:26-27 NKJV)
2. Intercessors for Israel: Weekly Prayer Update
To read this week's update, please go here.
3. Bridges for Peace: Israel Prayer Update To read this update from BFP, please go here.
4. Abbas is inciting jihad, has joined ranks with IS, Liberman says - Times of Israel
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Saturday compared PA President Mahmoud Abbas to the Islamic State and said that the Palestinian leader's call to defend the Temple Mount from "settlers" is evidence of his attempt to fan the flames of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and turn it into a religious war.
The foreign minister was responding to remarks by Abbas on Friday, in which the Palestinian Authority leader said that Israeli "settlers" had no right to "desecrate" the Temple Mount and should be prevented from accessing the site deemed holy to both Judaism and Islam.
Abbas reiterated those statements Saturday, saying his people should guard a Jerusalem holy site against visiting Jews, whom he referred to as a "herd of cattle." (Read more)
5. Report: Islamic State flying three jets in Syria - Reuters
Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air.
The group, which has seized swathes of land in Syria and Iraq, has been flying the planes over the captured al-Jarrah military airport east of Aleppo, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Reuters was not immediately able to verify the report and U.S. Central Command said it was not aware of Islamic State flying jets in Syria. (Read more)
6. Palestinians demand Israeli pullout vote by end of year - Times of Israel
The Palestinian UN ambassador said Friday his government wants the UN Security Council to vote on a resolution before the end of the year that would set November 2016 as the deadline for Israeli troops to withdraw from all Palestinian territories.
Riyad Mansour said Friday that if the resolution is defeated - which is almost certain because of opposition from Israel's closest ally the United States and others - the Palestinians have other options. (Read more)
7. US: Kerry didn't 'link' Israel, Islamic State growth - Israel National News
US Secretary of State John Kerry "didn't make a link between growth of ISIL and Israel, period," a spokesperson for the US State Department said Friday after heavy criticisms from Israeli politicians led to yet another political clash between the US and Prime Minister Netanyahu's government.
Responding to the claims, Marie Harf, the US State Department spokeswoman, said Kerry's comments did not make the link between the two, but only made the point that peace would increase regional stability.
This is not the first time the two administrations have been at odds with one another over comments made by Kerry and senior Israeli officials. During peace talks, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon was quoted as saying that Kerry's peace efforts were "obsessive" and even "messianic." Later, a day before peace talks were set to end, Kerry was quoted as warning foreign leaders in a private discussion that Israel risked becoming "an apartheid state" should it fail to reach a two state solution. (Read more)
Updates from Kobane
Updates from Kobane:
Good News! Jihadists Are Retreating!
U.S.-led coalition jets strike Kobani after Islamic State shelling
MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - U.S.-led coalition jets struck suspected Islamic State targets at least twice in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday after fierce shelling by the insurgents hit the town center. Shelling continued after the strikes, according to witnesses.
Islamic State militants have been battling Kurdish fighters for a month to take control of the town near the Turkish border, but stepped-up coalition air strikes have helped Kurds fend off the advance.
The coalition has been bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq since August and extended the campaign to Syria in September. (Read more)
Jihadists take heavy losses in battle for Syria's Kobane
Mursitpinar (Turkey) (AFP) - The Islamic State group took heavy losses Sunday in the Syrian battleground of Kobane as Iraqi forces fought the jihadists buoyed by US backing for top government security appointments.
Secretary of State John Kerry said the appointment of defence and interior ministers after weeks of delay was a "very positive step forward" in the fightback against IS in Iraq, which Washington has made its priority.
American-led warplanes launched 11 air strikes near Kobane on Saturday and Sunday, US Central Command said, helping Kurdish fighters repulse a new IS attempt to cut their supply lines from Turkey.
Kobane's Kurdish defenders have been under IS assault for more than a month. They weathered fierce street fighting and at least two jihadist suicide bombings but the front line remained unchanged on Sunday, a Kurdish official said.
"(IS) brought in reinforcements... and attacked hard," Idris Nassen told AFP by telephone. "But thanks to air strikes and (the Kurdish fighters') response, they did not make any progress."
The IS fighters suffered heavy losses in Kobane, which has become a key prize as it is being fought under the gaze of the world media massed just across the border in Turkey.
From Saturday into Sunday morning, 31 jihadists died in the battle, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Coalition air strikes near Kobane hit 20 IS fighting positions, five IS vehicles and two IS-held buildings, said Central Command.
[Read more and view photos here.]
- Lord God in Heaven, we offer You all the praise, all the honor and all the glory for news of this marvelous victory! Late last week, dear God, it seemed that all hope was lost to save the lives of the 50,000 Kurds and Christians living in Kobane, but we prayed and You have answered. Thank You, Lord!- "I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain."
In Jesus' name, amen!
In Jesus' name, amen!
Tracking the Virus
Tracking the Virus
"And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them and healed their sick." (Matthew 14:14)
1. Hagel orders military medical team to train, get ready for quick response to more Ebola cases in US - Fox News
The Defense Department said Sunday that it is preparing a quick-response medical team to help health-care professionals should the Ebola virus spread in the United States.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the training of the 30-member team and said the effort was in response to a Department of Health and Human Services request.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said the move is "an added, prudent measure to ensure our nation is ready to respond quickly, effectively and safely in the event of additional Ebola cases." (Read more)
2. NIH chief admits inadequate Ebola protocols, gov't overstated readiness - Fox News
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, says the Obama administration overstated US readiness for Ebola and the adopted World Health Organization protocol for handling patients with the virus is better suited for field work than confined hospital care. (Read more)
3. CEO of Dallas hospital's parent company apologizes for Ebola response - Fox News
The CEO of the parent company of the Dallas hospital where two nurses have contracted Ebola from a patient who died there earlier this month has apologized for some aspects of the hospital's response to the deadly virus.
Texas Health Resources CEO Barclay Berdan issued the apology in the form of a full-page letter published in Sunday's editions of The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
In the letter, Berdan thanks the staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for their "dedication, compassion, and tireless work" before acknowledging that "as an institution, we made mistakes in handling this very difficult challenge." Among those mistakes are hospital staff not communicating that Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan had recently traveled to Texas from Africa when he made his initial visit to the hospital's emergency room on the night of Sept. 25-26. Berdan also says that the hospital's Ebola training and education programs had not been fully deployed at the time of Duncan's visit.
"In short, despite our best intentions and skilled medical teams, we did not live up to the high standards that are the heart of our hospital's history, mission and commitment," Berdan said. (Read more)
4. Cruise ship docks with Ebola-watched health worker - Fox News
GALVESTON, Texas - A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who was being monitored for Ebola returned to port Sunday after an eventful seven-day trip in which passengers had their vacations briefly disrupted with an infectious disease scare.
A lab supervisor who handled a specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas showed no symptoms during the cruise but self-quarantined out of caution.
The Galveston County Health Department said the woman's lab test results indicated there was no risk to the public, and passengers of the cruise said they learned over the public address system she had tested negative. Carnival Cruise Lines didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the lab tests. (Read more)
5. Friends, family of Ebola patient reach milestone - Fox News
As her boyfriend Thomas Eric Duncan lay dying of Ebola in a Dallas hospital bed, Louise Troh battled loneliness and fear that she too had contracted the disease while confined to a stranger's home under armed guard. Troh's confinement was ending Sunday night, along with several friends, family and others who had contact with Duncan after he first became infectious. Ebola has a maximum 21-day incubation period, and the people who interacted with Duncan after he first arrived in Dallas from Liberia will be in the clear. (Read more)
6. GOOD NEWS! WHO 'Officially Declares Ebola Outbreak in Senegal OVER' - CNSNews.com
The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared the Ebola outbreak in Senegal done.
Their decision comes after the organization released a statement saying that there are no new cases in Senegal since the first case in the country was diagnosed August 29. (Read more)
7. MORE GOOD NEWS! Ebola crisis: Tests show Spanish nurse Teresa Romero no longer has the virus - ABC.net
Medical tests have shown that a Spanish nurse who was the first person to catch Ebola outside of Africa no longer has the virus. The special committee responsible for monitoring the virus in Spain said initial tests showed Teresa Romero had tested negative and she would be given another test soon to confirm the results. (Read more)
8. U.S. to issue new Ebola care guidelines, watch lists to shrink - Reuters
GALVESTON Texas (Reuters) - The United States will issue strict new guidelines telling American health workers to cover their skin and hair when dealing with Ebola patients, a top health official said on Sunday, while some of the dozens of people being watched for possible exposure to the virus are expected to be cleared. (Read more)
9. EBOLA: Lack of Common Sense, Money or Conspiracy? - Canada Free Press
Government corruption, lies makes it impossible to trust our elected officials. Is Ebola is here due to a lack of common sense, preparedness, lack of funds, conspiracy. (Read more)
10. Obama names Ebola 'czar,' bolsters Texas response - Reuters
President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as Ebola "czar" on Friday and named officials to bolster the response to the disease in Texas, the center of U.S. Ebola cases, as the death toll in three West African nations topped 4,500.
Obama appointed Ron Klain, a lawyer who had served as chief of staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, to oversee the US Ebola response. (Read more)
Pray for Pastors in Houston
Pray for Pastors in Houston:
AN URGENT MESSAGE FROM TONY PERKINS
I am writing at the request of FRC President Tony Perkins, to ask you, as one of America's Prayer Movement Leaders, to urge those in your in your prayer networks to appeal to heaven on behalf of 5 pastors in Houston, Texas, who have been ordered by city officials, under threat of fines and jail, to turn over all copies of speeches, presentations, and any other communications, public or private, having to do with homosexuality, transgender identity, the Mayor of Houston, or Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (H.E.R.O).
A coalition of over 400 area ministers is opposed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance ("HERO" - a homosexual rights "bathroom" ordinance like others that have passed in a number of jurisdictions across America. It would allow transsexual, transgender and transvestite boys and men to use the girl's and women's bathrooms and locker rooms, etc. and vice versa.
Following a remedy provided by city and state law, the ministers organized a petition and obtained over 50,000 signatures, for the ordinance to go on the ballot for Houston voters to approve or reject in November. The pastors gathered three times the number of voter signatures required for such a referendum, but the city rejected the petition. Representatives of the coalition filed lawsuit. Then, Houston Mayor Annise Parker had the above-mentioned unconstitutional subpoenas issued.
Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) lawyers are on the case, but the city has, so far, not backed down in its effort to intimidate the pastors.
Tony has conferred with subpoenaed pastors and other coalition leaders who are willing to go to jail rather than comply with the Mayor's demands. Fox News Commentator Todd Starnes has been covering the story extensively. Except for Fox News - the national media is mostly ignoring the story. But we have gathered 40,000 online petitions during the last two days in support of the pastors and calling on the Mayor to rescind the subpoenas.
Tony would appreciate if you would both ask the members of your prayer network both to pray over this continuing effort and to sign and champion the signing of our petition. We would like to boost the number so large, that the mainstream media cannot ignore it. Todd Starnes shared our petition on his Facebook page and we are asking if you might be willing to share the petition or Todd's post on your social media platforms.
Here is Todd Starnes' Facebook post.
We have also posted the petition here.
A Tweet from Tony is here.
See also iStandSunday. On Nov 2nd, pastors from across the nation will travel to Houston to rally in support of the targeted Houston Pastors. That evening, we will air a nationwide Webcast to acquaint Christians nationwide with what is happening in Houston!.
Please urge your prayer team to:
1. Pray for the pastors who are under fire - and that the City will back down.
2. Pray for and sign the Petition;
3. Pray for the people of Houston to prevail over this "Bathroom Bill" and for the Mayor and other city officials to cease its hostility toward the churches;
4. Pray for the Pastors Rally in Houston on November 2; and that Christians and Churches will participate in iStandSunday by viewing the Simulcast that will be aired live that evening.
5. Pray that unprecedented numbers of Christians will vote in the November 4th Election, and that they will support candidates who will champion Life, Faith, Family and Freedom, especially religious freedom, during this critical decision time for America
On Tony's and my own behalf, and on behalf of a growing coalition of pastors across our nation, Thank you.
Sincerely, in Christ,
Rev. Pierre Bynum
Chaplain & National Prayer Director
Family Research Council
801 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-393-2100, Fax: 202-393-2134
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.frc.org
Pray for the Election (Part Four)
Pray for the Election (Part Four)
This is Part Four in our series of articles to help you pray for the election. Today's reading was published by Cindy Jacobs, citing FRC's ongoing action since iPledge Sunday two weeks ago.
The 2014 elections are only two weeks away! As we prepare to exercise our civil right of voting, it is also vital to remember that we as believers should encourage other brothers and sisters in the Lord to vote--and vote righteously. One organization that has been working on mobilizing the Body of Christ to vote on November 4 is the Family Research Council. The FRC recently launched a project called iPledge in order to empower the Church to take a righteous stand for our nation and vote for candidates who will uphold biblical values. This last Sunday, October 12, the FRC began this initiative by providing a webcast for views where FRC leaders and other men and women of influence shared on various issues regarding the United States, including the elections.
For more information, you can visit the iPledge website by clicking here.
As we are a mere two weeks away from election day 2014, let's pledge, along with hundreds of thousands of other believers across the nation, to vote for righteous candidates and stand for godly principles.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Aliyah for the "Lost Tribes"
Michael Freund, founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (Israel Returns) spoke to a gathering of Christian and Jewish people on Tuesday, October 14. His address was given in the lovely, large sukkah at the Center for Jewish & Christian Understanding & Cooperation (CJCUC) in Ephrat.
"Though no one is ever lost in God's eyes," Freund stated that Shavei Israel reaches out to assist the "Lost Tribes" in their return to Israel. He shared about the Bnei Menashe together with Zvi, a member of the tribe. Descendants of Manasseh, a tribe of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, they were exiled from Israel in 722 BCE by the Assyrians. It appears that this "Lost Tribe" found their way to China then migrated into northeast India over a period of 2500 years.
In the 1890s, British Christian missionaries came to India. They translated Bibles from English into the native language, Zvi explained, and some of the Bnei Menashe converted to Christianity. However, as a number of them read the Tanakh (Genesis-Malachi), the translation became a "blessing in disguise." They discovered their Hebraic roots amongst those pages and understood more clearly their Jewish heritage..It also revealed why they had the longing to return to Zion. Zvi expressed gratitude to those 19th century Christians whose translation of the Tanakh actually helped the Bnei Menashe to become better Jews.
. . . Approximately 2900 of the Lost Tribe of Bnei Menashe have returned to Israel; another 6500 are still waiting for the opportunity. Freund has stated, "After 2,700 years, the Bnei Menashe are returning to our people and our land, and we won't stop until all the remaining community members still in India will be able to come here." (Source: Bridges for Peace)
Read the entire article here.
Signs and Wonders
Signs and Wonders
Polar vortex could return to parts of US this winter, according to forecasters
The polar vortex that brought even the Niagara Falls to a halt in the US last winter could make a return in the coming months. Forecasters at AccuWeather.com predicted another harsh season for north-eastern states with more ice, snow and arctic winds causing below-freezing temperatures. (The Independent UK) 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."
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
"Sing Praises To The Lord" - Psalm 145
Today's Birthdays on the Hill
Almost every day of the year, a member of Congress or a Senator is celebrating a birthday. Let's lift up these men and women, day by day in prayer on their special day, that God might bless them and show them His love for each one. Indeed, let's move together in obedience to the Lord's mandate in I Timothy 2:1-4. It is written:
"I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."
Today's Birthday Greetings go to:
Rep. Patrick Meehan (PA)
Sen. Brian Schatz (HI)
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (RI)
(Source: Bible Pathways Ministries. www.biblepathway.org)
Our Prayer for You Today
Our Prayer for You Today
Lord You created our inmost being & you knit us together in the womb, creating us in Your image. Give us the strength, the courage, and the wisdom needed for each day and the faith to know in the end we will dwell in your heavenly Eden.
All faith and trust in God almighty and that his protection cover all our membership in the difficult days and weeks ahead. In Jesus' name, amen.
AN INVITATION FOR YOU!
Would you like to write a prayer for our network of Prayer Partners? Let's begin praying for each other to be strengthened as we STAND together in these perilous times.
To do so, simply write out what the LORD places on your heart, and send in your message to:
Please title your subject: "A Prayer for Our Network". Also, when you write in, kindly include your own name and the state you live in, so we may thank you for your contribution to this very special effort!
May you each be blessed as you seek His face for His prayer for our wonderful, faithful network of CHPP intercessors! Amen and amen!
In His Amazing Grace,
Sara Ballenger, President
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners