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"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13)
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you . . ." (John 14:27a)
The Daily Brief
1. Russia launches 'wartime government' HQ in major military upgrade - rt.com
The new top-security, fortified facility in Moscow includes several large war rooms, a brand new supercomputer in the heart of a state-of-the-art data processing center, underground facilities, secret transport routes for emergency evacuation and a helicopter pad, which was deployed for the first time on Nov. 24 on the Moscow River.
- Precious Lord, we see how men and governments hostile to You make their own plans to either defend themselves or take over other countries in a way not of Your making. Dear Lord, protect our country from evil plans and be our defense. We pray that these Russian facilities will only be used in defense of peace.
- "Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." (Proverbs 19:21)
2. Israel's Radical Left Is Allied With Europe to Establish an Islamic State - emetnews
Sweden and the United Kingdom have, at least on paper, recognized a Palestinian [sic] state. This recognition has no practical significance but its reverberations undermine the foundations of the State of Israel.
- Oh, Lord, we pull down this wicked plan in the name of Jesus and declare the State of Israel to be free and independent of Islamic control. We bless what God has blessed and call for the whole world to recognize the significance of God's plan to set the boundaries of nations.
- "I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed." (Genesis 12:3)
3. Khamenei tells Iran armed forces to build up 'irrespective' of diplomacy - Yahoo
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday the armed forces should increase their combat capability regardless of political considerations, in an apparent allusion to continuing nuclear talks with the West aimed at easing tension in the Middle East.
- Father, grant our leaders wisdom in their dealings with Iran. Give them insight into Iran's intentions, and grant them plans and strategies to combat Iran's every move.
- "I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16)
4. China warns Britain to stay out of its affairs - Telegraph
Beijing has rejected criticism of its decision to bar a group of British MPs from travelling to Hong Kong, warning that foreign nations had no right to meddle in what China considered its "domestic affairs". ...The Foreign Affairs Committee is currently holding an inquiry into the pace of political reform in Hong Kong, 30 years after the Sino-British joint declaration was signed, something that has infuriated Beijing. . .
- Father, we pray peace over China-British relations. Give both sides insight and understanding over the decision to send a group of British MPs into Hong Kong.
- for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. (2 Timothy 2:7)
5. Fed rattled by elusive inflation, but loath to sound alarm yet - reuters
Interviews with Fed officials and those familiar with its thinking show the mood inside is more somber than the central bank's reassuring statements and evidence of robust economic health would suggest. The reason is the central bank's failure to nudge price growth up to its 2 percent target and, more importantly, signs that investors and consumers are losing faith it can get there any time soon.
- Father, we pray for You to give Your wisdom to our country's financial officials so that we may live a stable and well planned life. In spite of any ill conceived plans, we ask You to keep Your hand of blessing on our country's finances and our individual pocketbooks.
- "If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures." (Job 36:11)
6. Boehner backs two-step plan to prevent government shutdown - The Hill
With the shutdown clock ticking, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday pitched a two-step plan to House Republicans that would keep the government funded and also fight back against President Obama's executive action on immigration. Boehner told lawmakers in a closed-door meeting he plans to bring a bill to the floor this week pushing back on Obama's unilateral move on immigration, a GOP source inside the room said. The largely symbolic bill, introduced by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), would state that the executive branch doesn't have the authority to delay deportations of undocumented immigrants. (Read more)
SEE ALSO: U.S. House moves to undo Obama amnesty for illegals - WND
- Lord God, we offer praise unto Your Holy Name that Congress is finding a way to block the implementation of the president's amnesty executive action order. Thank You, Lord! We ask for great wisdom for the new Congress when they are inaugurated into office in January, as they work to pursue this course of action. We do this in Jesus' mighty name, amen and amen.
- "Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert." (Isaiah 43:19)
7. Pope prays in Turkish mosque for respect between Islam and Christianity - The Blaze
His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis on Saturday stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul's most important religious sites, as he shifted gears toward more religious affairs on the second leg of his three-day visit to the mainly Muslim nation. (Read more and see photos here.)
- Lord God, as the forces of "Chrislam" continue to move forward, we see that the time of Your coming is drawing near. We ask Your Grace that we each might be found worthy when that day arrives, having not yielded to false doctrines, but rather remaining "true to the true" until the end of our time on the earth. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it." (Matthew 7:14)
The Middle East in Focus
This week, for all the headlines cited below, please join us in proclaiming THIS DECREE:
"Behold, I am YHWH, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27)
1. UN Security Council to consider 'Palestine' resolution - Times of Israel
A draft resolution demanding an Israeli withdrawal to the 1967 lines by 2016, as part of a wider agreement to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, will be presented to the UN Security Council by the middle of the month, the Palestinian envoy to the United Nations said Monday.
Palestinian representative Riyad Mansour said the text, being shepherded by France, is expected to lay out a timeframe for negotiations on a final peace deal and possibly a second deadline for Palestinian statehood.
The French-led European initiative is expected to be discussed in Brussels on Tuesday when US Secretary of State John Kerry holds talks with European ministers during a NATO meeting. The position of the United States, which has repeatedly vetoed UN resolutions seen as pressuring Israel, will be crucial in deciding if the latest push at the United Nations stands a chance. (Read more)
2. France vote on Palestine 'lost cause' for Israel supporters - Ynet News
Israel supporters in the French parliament said on Monday that the fight against legislation that would put pressure on the French government to recognize a Palestinian state is a lost cause. The vote on the issue is set to take place on Tuesday.
"The French parliament is without a doubt anti-Zionist," member of French parliament Meyer Habib told Ynet. "Its members hide behind this concept, but it is clear to everyone that there is anti-Semitism here," Habib continued.
"I tried to explain to them that it only strengthens terrorism, but they do not understand," said Habib, who was elected to the National Assembly last year, the lower house of the French Parliament. (Read more)
3. France calls for international Israeli-Palestinian peace conference - Times of Israel
President Francois Hollande says Paris has role to play in renewing stalled talks
French President Francois Hollande said Thursday that France has a role to play in renewing stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and was seeking to organize an international peace conference for the purpose. "France must take the initiative to find a diplomatic solution" to the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict "that has been going on for decades," the French president said in a joint interview to France 24, TV5 Monde and RFI. (Read more)
4. New IDF chief: Cool and calculated, will strike hard and fast - but only if he must - YnetNews
Gadi Eizenkot, the second Golani-bred army chief, is credited with rehabilitating the Northern Command following the Second Lebanon War and is described as a level-headed and modest commander. (Read more)
5. Harsh Netanyahu-Lapid meeting heralds likely elections - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Finance Minister Yair Lapid Monday night in what was initially described as a last-ditch effort to salvage his coalition. However, a list of stiff demands presented by Netanyahu to Lapid during the meeting, along with a harsh statement issued by him afterward, indicated that Israel may well be headed for early elections.
Netanyahu presented five demands to Lapid, the statement said, including that he "stop undermining and lashing out at the government of which he is a member," specifically with regard to construction plans in Jerusalem and Israel's relations with the United States, regarding which Lapid has aired public criticism. (Read more)
6. Likud to support dissolving Knesset, heralding new elections - Times of Israel
The ruling Likud faction has formally decided to vote in favor of opposition-proposed bills on the Knesset docket that would dissolve the Knesset and bring about early elections, party sources told The Times of Israel Tuesday.
The preliminary vote on the dissolution bills will take place Wednesday, with the third and final vote formally setting a date for the dissolution of the 19th Knesset expected as early as Monday next week.
Elections are expected in March or April. The final date will be set in the dissolution bill. By law, elections must take place no earlier than three months after the Knesset's dissolution but no later than five months. (Read more)
7. Egyptians protest as Mubarak cases dismissed by courts - ICEJ News
Small but angry protests broke out at several universities in Egypt on Sunday following an announcement that the courts had dropped criminal charges against ousted former president Hosni Mubarak relating to the deaths of several protesters during the 2011 uprising which led to the toppling of his regime. Charges of corruption and other offenses against Mubarak's sons and some of his senior aides were also dismissed over the weekend in what many analysts said was a sign that the current regime of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi wants to finally put the tumult of the last few years behind it, regardless of the cost. In related news, the self-described human rights group Amnesty International released a report last week accusing the Sisi regime of violating international law by forcing hundreds of families from their homes in order to clear a "buffer zone" along Egypt's border with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.
8. Egypt investigating IS plot to attack Israel - ICEJ News
Egyptian authorities are investigating an incident last month in which operatives from the Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS) terror militia hijacked an Egyptian naval vessel as part of an attempt to hijack an even larger Israeli naval vessel and use the crew as hostages to exchange for Palestinian terrorists held in Israeli prisons. The Egyptian navy and air force intercepted the hijacked missile boat and killed several of the hijackers, arresting 32 others. "The Egyptian security forces are looking into the possibility that a foreign country gave logistical assistance to the Islamic State militants," Egyptian military sources said, in a likely reference to suspicions of involvement by Iran.
9. Turkish cleric blames Israel for rise of IS - ICEJ News
Israel's troubled relations with Turkey took another bizarre turn this week when Sheikh Salahuddin Ozgunduz, one of Turkey's most prominent Shi'ite clerics, told Iran's Tasnim News Agency that Israel is responsible for the creation of the Islamic State (IS, formally ISIS) terror militia. "By forming and supporting the Islamic State Takfiri group, the Zionists are now employing that as an instrument, and pursuing their objectives in this way," Ozgunduz insisted. In related news, the Islamization programs in Turkish schools which were initiated by the consecutive governments of President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan has drawn alarm from secular Turks who increasingly feel unwelcome in their own country.
"We are against the governance of education by religious rules," said Ilknur Birol, spokeswoman for the "Don't Touch My School" initiative, an umbrella grouping for concerned parents. "This system is not rooted in youth with a forward-looking perspective enlightened by science, but in a generation that values obedience."
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
1. St. Louis' Bosnian community sees hammer murder as hate crime
- Fox News
Insistence by St. Louis officials that the beating death of a Bosnian man was not a hate crime is being met with skepticism and anger, according to leaders of the city's 70,000-strong Bosnian community, and the victim's brother is calling on authorities to "investigate every possible motive."
The murder early Sunday of Begic has sparked protests, some consciously patterned after those taking place just 20 miles away in Ferguson . . . But the St. Louis Police Department and Mayor Francis Slay are insisting Begic's death, allegedly at the hands of black and Latino teenagers, was not based on racial or ethnic hate. (Read more)
2. Ferguson police chief says his officers are 'pursuing' an investigation into whether Michael Brown's stepfather incited the riots that left the city a burning ruin last week - Daily Mail UK
Michael Brown's step father Louis Head could face charges for inciting the mob violence that left parts of Ferguson a smouldering wreck this time last week, claims the city's police chief. (Read more)
3. Obama: 'Simmering Distrust' Between Police, Minorities Is a 'National Problem' - CNSNews.com
"I think Ferguson laid bare a problem that is not unique to St. Louis or that area, and is not unique to our times," President Obama said on Monday. "And that is a simmering distrust that exists between too many police departments and too many communities of color." (Read more)
4. Black Lawmaker on Ferguson Aftermath: 'Now Is the Time . . . to Register to Vote' - CNSNews.com
One by one, members of the Congressional Black Caucus took to the House floor Monday, explaining why they and other black Americans are outraged by the police shooting of the "unarmed" Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
One of the lawmakers, Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), suggested that today's protesters can become tomorrow's voting bloc: "Now is the time, my friends, to register to vote. Because soon, very soon, it will be time to act at the ballot boxes." (Read more)
5. St. Louis Rams, police squabble over apology - Fox News
Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Chris Givens, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin made the "Hands up. Don't Shoot!" gesture protesters in Ferguson - a suburb of St. Louis - have been using since a grand jury did not indict police officer Darren Wilson over the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, who was black. Some witnesses said Brown had his hands up before being shot by officer Wilson. Wilson, who is white, told the grand jury that he shot Brown in self-defense.
Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that neither the team nor the NFL would discipline the players. He said it was their "choice to exercise their free speech," but he would not comment further on their actions.
"It's my personal opinion, I firmly believe, that it's important that I keep sports and politics separate," Fisher said. "I'm a head coach. I'm not a politician, an activist or an expert on societal issues, so I'm going to answer questions about the game." (Read more)
6. Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson resigns - Fox News
Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed teenager Michael Brown, resigns from the Ferguson Police Department nearly four months after the confrontation that fueled protests in the St. Louis suburb and across the nation. (Read more)
7. Ferguson Thugs Beat, Carjack Elderly White Man on Oxygen - WND
While businesses burned to the ground and black mobs ran wild through the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night, an elderly white man, dependent on oxygen to breathe, strolled out to his car in the parking lot of a pizza joint to retrieve an oxygen tank from his car.
Moments later, he was brutally attacked by marauding thugs "seeking justice" for Mike Brown.
A TV news crew looking to capture scenes of the protesters' carnage along a main thoroughfare in town, Florissant Road, drove up to Faraci Pizza before emergency crews arrived and videotaped the victim lying crumpled on the pavement, his oxygen tank perched across his body. (Read more here.)
Hands Up, Truth Down
Hands Up, Truth Down
This comes from the original "eyewitness accounts" of how Michael Brown was supposedly "executed" by Officer Darren Wilson as Brown was on his knees with his hands up.
During Sunday's NFL games, five members of the St. Louis Rams walked onto the field holding their hands up to show their solidarity with the Ferguson protestors.
Yesterday, four liberal Democrats did the same thing on House floor. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) put his hands up as he condemned what he called "this epidemic, this scourge of police violence all across America."
Of course, as you know, a grand jury made up of black and white Missourians deliberated for weeks and determined that the physical evidence did not prove that Michael Brown had his hands up and was shot in the back. The embrace of Michael Brown as a victim and Ferguson as the new Selma speaks volumes about the left's mindset. As one liberal columnist once said about the infamous Duke lacrosse rape case, "The narrative was right but the facts were wrong.""Hands up, don't shoot" is a total fraud, yet the truth doesn't matter to the left. It has its narrative of police violence and it's sticking to it. When the truth and ideology collide, the left demands that the truth must bend. (Gary Bauer)
The Daily Jot
Getting to the heart of Ferguson
In recent weeks, I have seen no small number of readers unsubscribe from The Daily Jot when I write about Ferguson. It seems that many Christians just don't want to hear about it. They have their opinion and are not open to anything further. We can't solve our problems by ignoring them. The Lord puts challenges in front of us to mature us, and in the process, to glorify Him. Relationships between people of color and white folk are something we all can work on improving. A little love, understanding and consideration goes a long way. What does Proverbs 15:1 say? "A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." Let me share with you what a friend of mine is doing in Ferguson.
Aeneas Williams was recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams. He is a strong advocate of building character in young men. He is founding pastor of Spirit of the Lord Family Church which meets at a high school in Ferguson. In the days after the Mike Brown shooting, Aeneas was in the streets listening and speaking the light of Christ. He said, "I spoke to people, I listened. I wanted to get the pulse. People just wanted to express themselves, they wanted to voice things. It was people on both sides, the community and those who are law enforcement. There was confusion, there was hurt. It was a scary time."
His church moved to Ferguson about a year ago. At the time, Aeneas wasn't sure why the Lord was putting him there. He says, "Looking back, looking at it now, I can understand and see the how and why of it all. But at the time, I didn't question it. I heard Apple founder Steve Jobs say at a commencement speech at Stanford a few years ago that 'You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.' I now know what that means." Today, Aeneas can be seen working with diverse folks to help rebuild the small businesses that were destroyed by rioters. He is an encourager, saying, "Its exciting to be here and to do anything we can do to help people get back to normalcy."
We often view things in terms of skin problems. But Ferguson and other issues that divide us as a people and as a nation are not skin problems. They are, as New Orleans Saints Tight End Benjamin Watson says, "Sin problems." Maybe we don't understand, so we get angry. Maybe our ethnic background or culture isn't the same as someone else's, so we criticize. Maybe a bad experience leads to a prejudice. But maybe we need to look at things in terms of race--that there are no races, we are all part of the human race created by God. As 1 Samuel 16:7 says, "for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Farrakhan Threatens Race War
Farrakhan Threatens Race War
Normally, I am inclined to ignore the rantings of Louis Farrakhan, a Jew-hating bigot. But since the Nation of Islam leader was given an award by Jeremiah Wright's church, I think it is relevant to remind readers of who Barack Obama's pastor and mentor was hanging out with before Obama became president.
During a recent speech at a historically black college in Baltimore, Maryland, Farrakhan justified the violence and rioting in Ferguson based on "the law of retaliation." Here's how Farrakhan closed his remarks before the cheering audience:
"We going to die anyway. Let's die for something. . . As long as they [whites] kill us [blacks] and go to Wendy's and have a burger and go to sleep, they'll keep killing us. But when we die and they die, then soon we're going to sit at a table and talk about it! We're tired! We want some of this earth or we'll tear this godd-mn country up!"
Fortunately, there are sane voices speaking up too. Former NBA star Charles Barkley condemned the rioters, saying during a recent interview: "Those jack-sses who are looting those aren't real black people, those are scumbags. The real black people are not looting. . . . the true story came out of the grand jury investigation. . . .
"I know I'm black, but I'm always going to try to be honest and fair. We have to be really careful with the cops. If it wasn't for the cops, we'd be living in the wild, wild west in our neighborhoods. We can't pick out certain incidentals that don't go our way and act like the cops are all bad." (Gary Bauer)
The Good News Corner
The Good News Corner:
Secret British Military Team Saves Christian Town From ISIS Massacre
"When the invasion came, a line of vehicles split off and headed for Ras Baalbek. Then they stopped and looked up at the watchtower and all its artillery waiting for them. They turned around." -Eyewitness report from a British soldier
(Ras Baalbek, Lebanon)-Advancing ISIS forces failed in an attempt to capture the small Christian town of Ras Baalbek in Lebanon after a secret British military squad helped build 12 defense towers near different villages and locations along the border with Syria to prevent invading forces from massacring its inhabitants.
According to a report in the Telegraph, "The lookout points allowed the Lebanese army to stop [ISIS] storming west to the Mediterranean at the same time that the terror group invaded Iraq to the east."
A report in Breitbart added that more towers are planned in the future.
As for the present towers, the report noted that construction began "after Prime Minister David Cameron received a direct appeal from Najib Mikati, former Prime Minister of Lebanon during a visit to Downing Street in October 2011. Tom Fletcher, the British ambassador to Lebanon said, David Cameron said to him, very clearly, 'We are allies. Tell us what you need and we will deliver it. Mr. Mikati asked for watchtowers, kit, and training. All were delivered."
Source: Breaking Christian News
Signs and Wonders
ELECTRIC-BLUE CLOUDS SPREADING OVER ANTARCTICA
Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) around the south pole are spreading and brightening. The latest preliminary image from NASA's AIM spacecraft shows more than 4 times the coverage of just a few days ago:
The season for southern hemisphere noctilucent clouds (NLCs) began on Nov. 22nd with just a few puffy clouds over the frozen continent. Once NLCs first appear, AIM has shown that they rapidly multiply. Indeed, this is happening now, and much of Antarctica soon could be blanketed in electric blue. (Source: Spaceweather.com)
"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." (Luke 21:25-28)
Today's Birthdays on the Hill
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