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The Daily Brief: Part Two
"Praying for All in Authority"
Monday, November 24, 2014
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The Daily Brief
1. NO CHARGES - Grand jury in Ferguson case does not indict officer in Michael Brown shooting - Fox News
A grand jury declined to indict the Ferguson police officer on Monday who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August in a case that touched off nationwide protests and cries of police brutality.
Almost immediately, the decision ignited protests in the Missouri city, as demonstrators clashed with police. Gunshots were reported near the Ferguson Police Department, and authorities used smoke and pepper spray to disperse crowds near the building after some protesters smashed the windows of a police car and threw rocks and other items at authorities. Looters were visible inside at least one Ferguson store.
It was not immediately clear if there were any injuries or if anyone had been arrested.
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision not to indict Darren Wilson on Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. The panel met for 70 hours and heard from 60 witnesses. (Read more)
- Lord God, this could be a long night, not only in Ferguson but perhaps throughout our land. We ask, Lord, that Your angels would come down and abide among us on the streets of our cities, bringing peace to all whose souls are troubled. We ask for a miracle for America, in Jesus' name, amen.
- "Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." (Jer. 32:17)
2. Obama calls anger over Ferguson decision 'understandable,' but urges peace - CNN
President Barack Obama called for calm Monday night, moments after a Missouri prosecutor announced there would be no indictment against the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
His measured tone stood in stunning contrast to the images of violence on the streets of Ferguson that intensified on a split screen. As the President spoke -- warning protesters that throwing bottles and smashing car windows won't help -- some members of the crowds of hundreds in Ferguson were doing just that. Police responded by firing tear gas.
Obama said anger over a grand jury's decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson an "understandable reaction." But he urged protesters to remain peaceful and called on law enforcement officers in the city of Ferguson to exercise "care and restraint in managing peaceful protests that may occur." (Read more)
- Lord God Almighty in Heaven, we ask that this administration continue to speak words of true healing, calm and meaningful dialogue after the tragedy that has happened in Ferguson. We come against the spirit that would cause racial division, and we ask that the Branch (Jesus, our Messiah) would touch all bitter waters in our nation tonight, bringing Your peace. In Your Name, amen and amen.
- "Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, "What shall we drink?" So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet." (Exodus 15:23-25)
3. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down - Fox News
President Obama has announced that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning, in a development that seemed abrupt yet came amid growing pressure from the White House over his handling of several international issues.
Sources told FoxNews.com that Obama's dissatisfaction with Hagel, as well as a desire to shake up the cabinet following the devastating midterm elections, played a role in the president seeking Hagel's ouster.
"Make no mistake, Secretary Hagel was fired," a senior U.S. official with close knowledge of the situation told Fox News. (Read more)
- Whatever the reasons for this sudden news, we do pray God's blessing tonight over Chuck Hagel, who has stood strong for our military and who has confronted the president over the egregious slashing of the budget at the Department of Defense - one that cannot support the strong military needed to defend our nation. Thank You, Lord, for the work of Chuck Hagel. We ask peace for him tonight, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)
4. Five candidates to replace Hagel - The Hill
The surprise resignation Monday of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stirring rampant speculation about who might take his place in President Obama's Cabinet.
While Obama has several possible candidates, the choice is complicated by the fact that he will have to get his nominee past a Republican-controlled Senate next year.
Here are five people who could be in the running for the Pentagon job. (Read more)
- Lord God, we lift up before Your Throne of Grace the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who will choose the next nominee to serve as the Secretary of Defense. Lord God, may each one be graced with Your wisdom as this key decision is made. We ask this prayer in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." ( Proverbs 9:10)
5. Hey, Look Whose 'Missing' Emails Were Recovered - TownHall.com
Earlier this month, Judicial Watch discovered that the IRS never even bothered looking for Lois Lerner's "missing" emails, which they claimed were lost as a result of a computer crash in 2011.
Not to worry, it seems that as many as 30,000 emails have now been recovered by the IRS inspector general.
The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of "disaster recovery tapes" that were used to back up the IRS email system. "They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes," a congressional aide told theWashington Examiner.
The IRS, in a statement provided to the Examiner, said the agency and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is fully cooperating with the investigation."As Commissioner Koskinen has stated, the IRS welcomes TIGTA's independent review and expert forensic analysis." The IRS statement said. "Commissioner Koskinen has said for some time he would be pleased if additional Lois Lerner emails from this time frame could be found." (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we lift up praise that these 'lost' emails have been 'found' and recovered so that the investigation can continue into how the IRS treated conservative groups seeking nonprofit tax status. We ask that You continue to rule over all aspects of this investigation, praying in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it." (Psalm 37:34 NKJV)
6. Obama Claims 'Borders Mean Something,' Illegal Immigrants Shouldn't Get Rewarded - Breitbart
On Friday, at the Las Vegas, Nevada high school where then-candidate Barack Obama pivoted to his "Si, Se Puede" (Yes, we can) message in 2008, President Barack Obama celebrated his executive amnesty in which he essentially declared, "Yes, I can."
After announcing his executive amnesty at the White House on Thursday evening that will give temporary amnesty and work permits to millions of illegal immigrants, Obama went to Del Sol High School in Nevada and became the salesman-in-chief. Obama will reportedly try to "aggressively" sell his executive amnesty in the coming weeks across the country, including next Tuesday in Chicago with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
He sold his executive overreach by claiming that his executive amnesty was not "amnesty" but actually "accountability" for illegal immigrants. "It's not amnesty," Obama claimed. "What we are offering is accountability."
Obama also said that illegal immigrants "shouldn't get rewarded for cutting in line" and conceded that "undocumented workers broke our immigration laws." He even conceded that "some are dangerous" criminals.
Obama said that since illegal immigrants who qualify for his executive amnesty will have to register with the federal government, pass a background check, pay their fair share of taxes, they will be held "accountable" even though Obama is rewarding them for breaking the country's immigration laws and treating them differently under the rule of law. All that was still not enough for a heckler who felt Obama did not go big enough on his executive amnesty. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, verbal games are being used to 'rationalize' massive amnesty, no matter how that fact is denied. Have mercy, Father, for our nation and Your remnant, we ask in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand all." (Proverbs 28:5 NKJV)
7. Conservatives, States Set to Launch Legal Blitz Against Obama Over Immigration - Townhall.com
The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan. Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama's moves: Congress could sue the president for constitutional overreach, states could file lawsuits arguing the action strains local finances, or individuals could try to prove they've been harmed by the order. Just hours after the speech, an Arizona sheriff filed suit arguing the reform is unconstitutional. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we offer praise that various states and conservative groups who support and believe in the US constitution are planning and organizing to oppose the implementation of this illegal immigrant amnesty executive order. Father, we ask that You direct and support their efforts to protect this nation from this illegal act. We ask this in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all."(Psalm 34:19 NKJV)
8. US 'to expand' 2015 Afghanistan combat role - BBC
US troops in Afghanistan will be allowed to target Taliban fighters in Afghanistan from 2015, US officials say, expanding their role after the end of major combat operations. Guidelines approved by President Barack Obama will also provide air support for Afghan missions, US media report.
The US force in the country is be cut to 9,800 by the end of 2014. Previous plans had limited their role to training Afghan troops and tackling the remnants of al-Qaeda. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, may our military be empowered to correctly defend themselves against the assaults of the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and not just allowed to respond once fired upon by the enemy. We ask this as so many deaths and injuries have occurred under this latter policy. We ask that You keep Your hand upon our military, protecting all who belong to You now and redeeming all who will come. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them." (Psalm 34:7 NKJV)
9. Iran nuclear talks extended seven months after failing to meet deadline - Reuters
Iran and six powers failed on Monday for a second time this year to resolve their 12-year stand-off over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, and gave themselves seven more months to clinch an historic deal.
Western officials said they were aiming to secure an agreement on the substance of a final accord by March but that more time would be needed to reach a consensus on the all-important technical details.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, trying to win relief from crippling international economic sanctions by patching up relations with the West, said the gap between the sides had narrowed at the latest round of talks in Vienna.
"It is true that we could not reach an agreement but we can still say that big steps have been taken," he told state television. (Read more)
- Father God, as these "talks" drag on, Iran is buying more and more time to develop its nuclear arsenal, even as we watch. Forgive us, Lord, for our ignorance and help those who govern us to work aggressively to end this nuclear program in Teheran - Israel's worst enemy. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness." (Proverbs 21:12 NKJV)
10. NORAD to Buzz Washington, D.C. with F-16s Tonight - Washington Free Beacon
The North American Aerospace Defense Command and NORAD will fly "Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s, an Air Force C-38, and a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter" over the nation's capitol late tonight.
"The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 15-02 Monday night into Tuesday morning, in the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C," CONR said in a press release.
"Flights are scheduled to take place between midnight and 2 a.m. (EST)." [Read more]
- Father God, we trust that this announcement is referring only to a planned drill or exercise to keep our nation's capital city safe, rather than the sending of some kind of signal. We ask that this exercise be used for the blessing of our people, and that citizens will not be alarmed late tonight when they hear these military jets flying over Washington, D.C. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- "In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety." (Psalm 4:8)
Headlines in Tonight's News
For all headlines below, DECLARE AND DECREE:
"No longer will violence be heard in your land, nor ruin or destruction within your borders, but you will call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise." (Isaiah 60:18)
1. A hospital is preparing for mass casualties - Natural News
2. Protests planned in nearly 100 cities across the nation - The Atlantic.com
3. Protests spread far beyond Ferguson - CNN
4. Frustration, Months in the Making, Boils Over on the Streets - New York Times
5. How One Ministry Is Bridging Ferguson's Race Divide - CBN News
"When you walk into these doors or, as I like to say, when we walk into your life or you walk into ours, what you will encounter is the true God who is without prejudice," said Bishop Raphael Green who pastors the Metropolitan Christian Worship Center in south St. Louis.
For nearly 30 years, Bishop Green has hosted the Urban World Summit, a rally to prayer and action to heal across racial and cultural divides.
Green's prayer is that the lessons learned at the summit will be applied beyond the walls of the church and into the community.
He believes it's the first step toward overcoming the dividing walls with faith, forgiveness and love. (Read more)
The Daily Jot
Prophecy clock--Islamic colonization in America
Monday, November 24, 2014
One needs to look no further than parts of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Dearborn, Michigan to see the wave of Islamic colonization hitting the US. Islam is incompatible with representative government, yet it remains protected, even revered by some, as a religion of peace. Just ask children in Iraq and Syria how peaceful it is to witness their parents and friends being burned alive and beheaded because they disagree with the religion of peace. The religion of peace is built upon modern slavery and drug trade and Muslim nations are among the most egregious violators of human rights around the world. Yet American politicians protect this invasion under the First Amendment, and amnesty will accelerate colonization.
Consider a Washington Post report that the Border Patrol's annual statistics were posted on the US Customs and Border Protection Web site for about five hours on Oct. 10, then taken down--53% of migrants--some 252,600--caught on the border in 2014 were not Mexican. Past Governor of Texas Rick Perry repeatedly has said that Muslims and terrorists are crossing the borders as evidenced by the prayer mats and Korans that are left behind. A Washington Times story documents four men who flew from Turkey to Paris to Mexico where they were kept in a safe house until trying to sneak into the US. Congressmen say these men had terrorist links. The White House says they were freedom fighters.
Now the president says he will take unilateral action to give amnesty to some five million illegals. Of course, he will play on the uninformed's heart strings that these people have children already here in the US. This means that if you have an anchor baby, you're in. Most Americans tend to think those are Mexicans. But how many are Islamic colonists who intend harm to the nation? There is no way of telling. Even so, La Raza, a Mexican nationalist organization that believes America stole its land from the Mexicans, and has mutually beneficial ties to the "president," is also sending people across the border. In the last election La Raza encouraged illegals to vote where there were no voter ID requirements.
The impact of Islamists in America is being seen at the local level. Maryland's Montgomery County schools have outlawed Christmas now because Muslims are offended by it. Sharia law has been proposed at several locations across the US, but to date has been denied. Some states are actually passing legislation to prevent Sharia as a substitute for US law in Muslim communities. Islam is an enemy of the United States. It is neither peaceful, nor a religion. The president's policies are allowing it to spread, and American's are deceived into believing it is protected as a religion. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." America is being filled with men as like locusts, and they are about to bring a battle cry against her. Amnesty by executive order will accelerate it. Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!