Nationwide Christmas Caroling
Begins this Friday: 28 Days to
Praise the Lord! (Go here)
Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
"A National Prayer Alliance"
P.O. Box 5152
Herndon, VA 20172-1970
The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise." (Psalm 100:4)
The Daily Brief
1. Now ISIS expected to snub al-Qaida - WND
Al-Qaida leadership's long-simmering rift with ISIS has grown wider as ISIS seeks allegiance from additional al-Qaida-affiliated groups while amassing more territory for its caliphate. However, Middle East sources tell WND that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is expected to reject the latest rebuke from a senior official of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, just as he did a public admonishment last year from al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
- Oh Lord God, how great thou art! Thank You for setting ambushes, chaos and confusion in their camps. Thank You Father that there is discord and disagreement in their camps. These are evil people and they deserve Your judgment. In His Name, Amen.
- Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity. Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You. (Nehemiah 4:4-5)
2. ISIS puts bull's-eye on other Muslims - WND
Shiite Iran appears to be the ultimate target of the ISIS effort to create a Sunni caliphate, reports Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. ISIS, which now calls itself the Islamic State, is enlisting help from Sunni jihadist fighters from neighboring Pakistan's predominantly Sunni Balush province to step up attacks.
In recent months, Sunni fighters have ambushed Iranian border guards and committed atrocities against hundreds of Shiites, as documented by Human Rights Watch. As a result, ISIS is turning its conquests into a full-fledged Sunni-Shiite conflict.
- Lord, let there be war between the Shiite and the Sunni until they are no more. In His Name, Amen.
- There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. (1 Kings 14:30)
3. Where was the National Guard? Critics question Missouri authorities' handling of Ferguson riots - Fox News
Missouri's lieutenant governor demanded answers Tuesday morning after violence exploded overnight in Ferguson, Mo. following a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August. Appearing on Fox News Channel's "America's Newsroom," Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder took aim at Missouri's chief executive: "If you are going to have the National Guard deployed and a state of emergency declared and then hold them back, I say the governor owes the people of Missouri a lot of explanations."
- Dear Heavenly Father, we ask forgiveness for Governor Nixon of Missouri. Though he has denied any involvement of the White House in his not dispatching the National Guard, we ask that You Abba Father would shed light on this travesty that led to the loss of many businesses owned by blacks, whites and Asians. Abba, we pray that the peace that surpasses all understanding would envelop Ferguson and that the rioters would go home. In His Name, Amen
- And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:7)
4. Ferguson protesters rally across US for second day - Fox News
People protesting the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury decision took to the streets in cities across the U.S. for a second day Tuesday, showing that the racially charged case has inflamed tensions thousands of miles from the predominantly black St. Louis suburb. Peaceful demonstrators marched in Seattle and disrupted traffic in St. Louis and Cleveland. Rallies also formed in Michigan, Maine, Georgia and mid-Atlantic states.
- Lord God, only You know what really happened that day in Ferguson when Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson. The Grand Jury's decision to not indict Officer Wilson has caused protests all over America. Lord, we ask that Your hand would be on these demonstrators and that Your peace would keep the calm. In His Name, Amen
- For I have taken all this to my heart and explain [a]it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything [b]awaits him.(Ecclesiastes 9:1)
5. The trouble with the timing of Ferguson decision - BBC
The announcement that a St Louis County grand jury would not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown came a little after 20:00 local time, under the cover of darkness. What followed next was something protestors and law enforcement officials had assured the public they were dedicated to avoiding.
- Father God, the timing of the announcement to not indict Officer Darren Wilson was poorly chosen. Forgive the police for not asking You for Your right timing to announce. In His Name, Amen.
- There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every [a]event under heaven.(Ecclesiastes 3:1)
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. Rivlin comes out against Netanyahu's 'Jewish state' bill - Times of Israel
Proposed legislation that would enshrine in law Israel's identity as a Jewish state is unnecessary and casts doubt on the state's Jewish character, President Reuven Rivlin said Tuesday, registering for the first time his opposition to the measure and taking a position diametrically opposed to that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Read more)
2. Herzog: Netanyahu government endangering the basic interests of Israel - Jerusalem Post
Opposition leader Issac Herzog on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government of "endangering the basic interests of Israel."
Speaking at the Sderot Conference, Herzog said that "only a prime minister who lacks confidence needs a Jewish state bill to justify himself. The bill itself is a farce," he said (Read more)
3. Police: Old City stabbing was terror attack, not brawl - Times of Israel
A stabbing in Jerusalem's Old City Monday evening was nationalistically motivated, police said Tuesday, rejecting reports the violence had been the result of a brawl.
The preliminary findings of the attack on Monday showed that two Orthodox men had left the Shuvu Achim yeshiva in the Old City and headed toward Jaffa Gate when they were assaulted by four Palestinians. (Read more)
4. EU Parliament Postpones Vote on Recognition of 'Palestine' - Israel National News
A senior Fatah official on Tuesday said that a European Union parliament vote to recognize "Palestine" as a state has been postponed due to an issue of wording.
"The right-wing parties, who represent a majority in the European parliament, wanted a wording similar to the Spanish decision, which reads that recognition will be declared after Palestinians and Israelis reach a peace agreement," Nabil Shaath told the Ma'an news agency. (Read more)
5. Jordan Angry with Israeli Ambassador - Israel National News
Jordan's government reacted angrily on Tuesday to comments made by Israel's ambassador to Jordan, Daniel Nevo, during an interview this week on Army Radio. During the interview, Nevo was asked to comment on the Jordanian parliament holding a special prayer in honor of the two terrorists who carried out the massacre at a synagogue in Jerusalem last week, who MPs hailed as "heroes".
Nevo responded by saying that Jordanian MPs are seen among locals as taking care only of themselves, and that they tend to sometimes engage in minor issues.
In response, a spokesman for Jordan's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that "the ambassador's words are unacceptable and are not true." (Read more)
6. Al-Sisi's peace plan - ynet news
Analysis: The general-turned-president would like to send Egyptian forces into the West Bank and Gaza, as a temporary measure until Israel and the Palestinians strike a peace deal; as tempting as it sounds, Israel would do well to be cautious for now. (Read more)
7. Abbas' book reveals: The 'Nazi-Zionist plot' of the Holocaust - ynet news
1982 doctorate, Palestinian president not only doubts existence of gas chambers, number of Jews perished, he also accuses Zionist movement of secretly colluding with the Nazis and supporting the genocide of the Jews of Europe.
"The Zionist movement did not send any assistance, financial or otherwise, for the victims of Nazism and it did not allow any other side to provide any kind of aid. The Zionist movement concealed the information that came from within the ghetto walls and concentration camps, news that shed light on what was really happening. If it had to publish anything, it did so by questioning that information and diminishing its importance." (Read more)
8. SPECIAL MIDDLE EAST PRAYER UPDATE - THE WIDOW SISTERHOOD MINISTRY (Syria)
See! The abode of God is with man, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God. (Revelation 21:3)
To read this report, go here.
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Knowing your Thanksgiving Heritage
Note: Over the next few days, I hope that you will indulge me in considering your heritage. I want to share with you some of my heritage which has become part of the heritage of America. My grandfather 14 generations back was William Bradford, co-writer of the Mayflower Compact, inventor of the free market system, and governor of the Plymouth colony for over 30 years. This week, I would like to share some insights of and from his writings in "Of Plymouth Plantation."
In the days leading up to the first "Thanksgiving" of the Pilgrims, they had dispatched a group of ten men to "explore the bay and trade with the natives." They were guided by the English speaking Squanto, who also served as an interpreter. When the men returned, they were very impressed with the land around the bay and wished they could have settled there instead of Cape Cod. William Bradford, wrote however, "But it seems that the Lord, Who assigns to all men the bounds of their habitations, had appointed it for another use. And thus they found the Lord to be with them in all their ways, and to bless their outgoings and incomings, for which let His holy name have the praise forever, to all posterity."
This "Thanksgiving" to the Lord offered by Bradford in his history "Of Plymouth Plantation" indicates that Jesus was at the center of his thoughts about all things--even the land they were allocated by God to begin their colony. It also forebears testimony to the very positive Christian witness and relations the Pilgrims maintained with the Indians. This comment was followed immediately by Bradford's account of the harvest in October 1621. Bradford writes,"Each person had about a peck of meal a week, or now since harvest, Indian corn in that proportion; and afterwards many wrote at length about their plenty to their friends in England--not feigned but true reports."
One of those true reports is found in "Mourt's Relation" by Pilgrim Edward Winslow--the only account of the first "Thanksgiving." Winslow writes: "our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labors...at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others."
Winslow concluded, "And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want, that we often wish you partakers of our plenty." Thanks to the godly men and women who came before us, even in our decline we remain blessed more than any other nation on earth. Jeremiah 4:2 says that if God's people return to Him, "And thou shalt swear, The Lord liveth, in truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; and the nations shall bless themselves in Him, and in Him shall they glory." This is a promise to the nations. So today, as should be our practice each day, may you have a Psalm 103:2 day, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Not ALL the Protests are Violent;
Many Are Heeding Michael Brown's Parents' Call to Keep it Peaceful
This week of Thanksgiving, will the media continue to feed the frenzy of violence, or switch to covering the stronger voices of peace?
It didn't take long for protests in Ferguson to take a violent turn following the announcement of "no indictment" against Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. . . By nightfall, numerous businesses in Ferguson had been damaged and looting was rampant; many of them were on fire-and the media cameras were breathlessly taking it all in and spewing it out on news reports.
However, as a Huffington Post article notes, there WERE many protests across the nation that were NOT violent, and as a result, they will likely prove to be a much louder voice for change, in the end.
I-for one-appreciate the fact that these non-violent demonstrations took place; as the right to gather PEACEFULLY, and voice our opinions as the people of this country is part of its very fabric-not to mention the First Amendment to the US Constitution.
So, regardless of agreement or non-agreement with those who chose and are choosing to protest and demonstrate peacefully, I absolutely respect them for their commitment to taking the high road.
As a member of the media, perhaps it's more "acceptable" for me to note that if the cameras and reporters packed up and left the areas of violent protests, and focused only on those that are peaceful-the chaos would quickly die down.
I might even venture to remind the various networks and cable news moguls that the media carry a (potentially dangerous) power to influence those whom they reach. This week of Thanksgiving, will they continue to feed the frenzy of violence, or switch to covering the stronger voices of peace?
In an effort to bring to attention those non-violent voices; Click Here to read about and view photos of the many peaceful protests around the nation, which have been highlighted by the Huffington Post.
(Written by: Aimee Herd, Breaking Christian News. Read more here.)
We agree with this article and we are quietly rejoicing that no lives have been lost this week in the turbulence that has followed the Grand Jury's decision in Ferguson, and that we have yet enjoyed peace in our cities. Please continue to praise the Lord with us as He hovers over our land, and join us in praying for the salvation of many lost to come to Christ in this Christmas season. Amen.
"Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous." (Psalm 112:4)
Peace in our Land!
These Peaceful Responses To The Ferguson Decision
Show The U.S. At Its Best
(Excerpts . . .)
Protesters Join Hands at the White House
About 100 protesters mobilized at the White House on Monday evening to join hands and sing, "We Shall Overcome." Smaller groups also chanted, "The people, united, will never be divided!" and stood in silence for four-and-a-half minutes, paying heed to Michael Brown's parents' request.
"On CNN and all the other networks, they're gonna show people burning things or flipping over a car," Jevon Myles, a 27-year-old computer programmer, told Bloomberg. "But they're gonna cover that before they cover anything like this. Peaceful."
Supporters Urge Action on Supreme Court Steps
The growing group marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., snaking through Union Station, the Capitol and finally up the steps of the Supreme Court.
"Obama says, 'I support Trayvon Martin's parents, I support Michael Brown's parents,'" one speaker announced into a microphone, according to Bloomberg. "He should support us. He sent us a cease and desist. He should say, 'This is wrong!'"
(Source: Huffington Post)
To read the whole article, including peaceful activities in many cities across the nation and a prayer vigil at Ohio State University, go here.
[EDITOR'S NOTE - DON'T MISS THIS ONE . . . THIS REPORT IS AWESOME!]
SHINE, JESUS SHINE
SHINE, JESUS SHINE!
[The following is a note received this morning from one of our CHPP Prayer Captains.]
Sara - while the 5-6 AM Dawn Breakers were praying the above word from you, this song came up in my spirit and became our DECLARATION:
Lord the light of your love is shining
in the midst of the darkness, shining . . .
Jesus Light of the world, shine on us . . .
Set us free by the truth You now bring us . . .
SHINE, JESUS SHINE
FILL THIS LAND WITH THE FATHER'S GLORY
BLAZE, SPIRIT BLAZE - SET OUR HEARTS ON FIRE
Flow river flow
Flood the nation with Your grace and mercy
Send forth Your word Lord, and let there be LIGHT!
Lord, I come into Your awesome presence
From the shadows into Your Radiance
By the Blood I may enter Your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
SHINE ON US -- SHINE ON US!!
[Adapted from the original written in 1987 by Graham Kendrick]
HAPN Ferguson Report
HAPN Ferguson Report
by Kingsley Walker
Released by the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network
Please see the update and prayer alert below from Kingsley Walker, HAPN Missouri State Leader.
We agree wholeheartedly with Kingsley's report, especially with his closing statement:
Sing over Ferguson, sing over your city, and let's see the atmosphere shift in a tangible way. Let's raise all of our voices with such strength that as we sing together, we change the sound in the streets and we change the sound of our nation. Let's continue to sing through Ferguson to our cities and our nation.
Singing Shalom and Holy over America,
[Excerpt from original report follows . . . to read the entire report, please go here.]
Whatever we do, we must not stop praying. The battle is on and it's not with flesh and blood, protesters in the streets, or leadership in Washington D.C. The weapons of our warfare are not conventional weapons . . . but they are nonetheless powerful and mighty through God. Only these spiritual weapons can bring down the strongholds that are in place and expose the imaginations and fabrications that are easy to believe, as well as every high-ranking spirit that would raise up and place itself higher than God and His ultimate wisdom and understanding. We must not back off or quit . . . for the sake of our children and grandchildren . . . for the sake of our nation. The apostle Paul said, in Ephesians 6:13, 14 - ". . . put on the whole armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then,. . ." Now, more than ever we must worship and let our worship bring forth strategies and strength for our immediate situations, but also for future breakthrough and advancement.
In this dark time, we stand on the word of God that will not return void, we stand on and believe the word of the prophet and the revelation from heaven, we believe that if we are His people and are called by His name and we humble ourselves, pray, and turn from our wicked ways that heaven hears us and the Father will heal our land. Jesus continually moved among riotous crowds and unruly gatherings. Sometimes he escaped, other times he worked miracles, in additional situations he taught, released truth, or confronted the powers of the day. But in each circumstance he knew what his Father wanted.
Holy Spirit, we need you to breathe into us the heart of our Father for Ferguson and the cities of America. We need to know His blueprint and His game plan for this day and what we will need to fulfill His purpose in it. We ask for angelic assistance, because we are up against rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. We need Your help God. We ask for a display of Your power to be manifested in the streets of St. Louis and for Your release of miracles, signs, and wonders. We declare truth will be released in greater measure and that the veil of lies that the enemy has spread will disintegrate in Your presence as Your kingdom comes in earth.
Let's righteously keep standing. Let's continue to pray for the law enforcement officers returning to the streets tonight. Pray for their continued protection, their discernment, and their strength. Bless their efforts to bring order and sustain life.
Pray for the spirit of lawlessness to be dismissed and those that would carry anarchy to be exposed and removed. Release the shalom of God into the streets of St. Louis, and all of our streets. And keep singing! Sing over Ferguson, sing over your city, and let's see the atmosphere shift in a tangible way. Let's raise all of our voices with such strength that as we sing together, we change the sound in the streets and we change the sound of our nation. Let's continue to sing through Ferguson to our cities and our nation.
Published by the Heartland Apostolic Prayer Network, P.O. Box 720006, Oklahoma City, OK 73172
WHY WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING
WHY WE CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING
Innumerable blessings have been bestowed upon the United States of America. Concerning these blessings President Lincoln wrote: "No human counsel hath devised, nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God." President Lincoln went on to set apart the last Thursday of November as "a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens."1 While President Lincoln established America's official Thanksgiving holiday in 1863, it was the Pilgrims who first celebrated a day of Thanksgiving in this land in 1621 and who set an example that many followed in the succeeding years.
This article from our friends at Providence Foundation is a great encouragement to give thanks and praise to God our Father. We at IFA give thanks for all of you who pray and intercede with us in faith week after week. This is not easy work. The articles themselves do not edify. Intercessors do not see "instant results." We find joy in praying because God will do all things well. Pray that the truth about the origin and remembrance of Thanksgiving will not be filtered out of the American educational system. It has already been adulterated and diluted by secular thinking. Pray that Christian parents and church leaders will strive to emphasize the value of maintaining a grateful heart.
"In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
(1 Thess. 5:18)
> > > CAPITOL HILL PRAYER PARTNERS JOINS WITH OUR FRIENDS AT INTERCESSORS FOR AMERICA AND THE PROVIDENCE FOUNDATION IN WISHING EACH ONE OF YOU A BLESSED THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.
We will stand down now, to return next Monday, December 1, 2014.
All Glory, Praise and Honor be to our King of Kings, in His Name, amen.
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Ferguson Churches Offer Beacon Of Hope Amid Erupting Violence!
While few are surprised at the rioting, given the intense media attention focused on activists since the Brown killing, churches have been preparing for the day, lining up food, counselors and shelter in hopes of being a beacon of light in a dark chapter from which the city and region want to turn the page.
(Ferguson, MO)-[CBN News] Violent protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night after a grand jury found no probable cause to indict a white police officer in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
In a scene reminiscent of the "Twilight Zone," one 'season's greeting' sign hung over Ferguson's main drag, a street dominated by police and protesters.
Agitators forced police to fire tear gas to disperse the crowd in front of the police station, where emotions ran high.
Shortly after the announcement, President Barack Obama urged residents to remain calm.
"We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury's to make," the president said. "I join Michael's parents in asking anyone who protests this decision to do so peacefully."
A dozen buildings were set ablaze, cars were torched, businesses were looted, and gunshots fired.
Signs and Wonders
Monster Sunspot May Unleash Powerful Solar Flares
The largest sunspot to appear on Earth's nearest star in more than two decades is once again pointed at the planet, and it will likely kick-start solar storms, NASA scientists say.
The massive sunspot, previously known as Active Region 12192, was turned toward Earth in October and early November, but rotated out of view. While it was on the Earth-facing side of the sun, the sunspot did not produce any coronal mass ejections - hot bursts of material ejected into space at 4 million mph (6.4 million km/h) - which have the potential to damage satellites and power grids. Now the active region has rotated back around to face Earth again, and although the sunspot has shrunk in size, it will likely be disruptive, NASA scientist Holly Gilbert told Space.com during a video interview about the massive sunspot.
"This time around, it's more likely to have some coronal mass ejections associated with it, even though the solar flares might be smaller," said Gilbert, chief of the Solar Physics Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. "We have a good idea, based on the structure of that magnetic field and the sunspot, that it's very possible that it will create some midlevel flares." (Space.com) Read more.
Today's Birthday on the Hill
Today we want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (WV)
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
"I AM The God That Healeth Thee"- Don Moen
Daily Conference Calls
Daily Conference Calls
Prayer calls will be held nightly at 9PM EST.
857-232-0156; access 377054#
> > > Please begin calling in at 8:45 p.m. each night.
Sponsored by Breaker of Dawn Ministries
For details, go here.
[A note of apology from Sara Ballenger:
I have been asked to host these terrific calls every Friday through January 11th, which I am pleased and honored to do.
Last Friday, though, many of you called in, but I "wasn't there." (I was there; you just could not hear me!)]
This technical difficulty has now been resolved, so I look forward to welcoming all of you to join me this week as together, we "push back the darkness. Thank you!