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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, April 9, 2015
"There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men." (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
The Daily Brief
1. IsraAID seeks to help Kenya deal with grief management after mass killing - Jerusalem Post
Following the horrific massacre by the radical Muslim terror group al-Shabab from Somalia which killed over 150 Christian students in Kenya, the Israeli relief group IsraAID is helping Kenyan government officials deal with the tragedy. "IsraAIDs focus would be to provide post trauma training and treatment to help the affected community and service providers cope with their grief." (Read more)
- Abba Father, we lift up praise for the mercy and graciousness of Your people in Israel who so quickly respond to assist those in need, wherever they are on the earth. The people of Kenya most certainly need this assistance and concern right now so we are grateful that the Israelis are there helping them. We ask based upon Your Word, that You will return seven fold the blessings back upon Your special nation for what they are doing, praying this in Jesus' Name and under His Shed Blood, Amen and Amen.
- "As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever." (Psalm 125:2 NKJV)
2. Obama calls for end to 'gay conversion therapies' - BBC
US President Barack Obama has condemned psychiatric therapies designed to "repair" gay, lesbian and transgender youth. Mr Obama's statement was in response to an online petition calling for a ban on conversion therapies. It gained over 120,000 signatures in three months. The petition was inspired by Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender youth who committed suicide in December. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, have mercy upon us and release us from this form of tyranny where all kinds of personal health and lifestyle decisions appear to be increasingly dictated by the government. We feel sorrow for this young person who committed suicide, but we come before You alone to help us be allowed to choose this kind of treatment as a personal decision and not be dictated via a governmental rule. We pray this in Jesus' Name and under His Shed Blood, Amen and Amen.
- "I will lift up my eyes to the hills-from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV)
3. Pentagon Moves More Communications Gear into Cheyenne Mountain - Defense One
The gear is being moved into Cheyenne Mountain to protect it from electromagnetic pulses, said Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD. "[T]here is a lot of movement to put capability into Cheyenne Mountain and to be able to communicate in there," Gortney said Tuesday during a news briefing at the Pentagon. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we know that our government has many 'cities' and 'roads' underground which is unknown to the average citizen. According to this report, even more material and supplies are being shipped to these secret locations, ostensibly to protect Pentagon communications from an EMP attack or solar flares or any other kind of electromagnetic attack. We can understand the need for that protection, but we do not see any plans to protect the electrical grid that the average citizen needs and depends upon for life to be sustained. It is becoming increasingly clear we are of no concern. Help us Lord. Have mercy on Your remnant and Your special people, by rising up and crushing down any dark, evil schemes that are in process that would harm our people. We pray this in Jesus' Name 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)
4. China urges caution from U.S. on dispute with Japan - Reuters
China's Foreign Ministry urged the United States on Thursday to act and speak cautiously after the U.S. defense chief repeated Washington's opposition to any "coercive unilateral" actions by China over a group of islets disputed with Japan. Visiting Tokyo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter expressed opposition to any moves by China to undermine Japan's administrative control of uninhabited islands. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, it appears that China is repeating back to the US the same advice the US gave to them. China is in a dispute with Japan over the ownership of these tiny islands. Have mercy, Father, and rise up to confront in the night hours the US leadership to understand the conflict and consequences of their contradictory behavior. We ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31 NKJV)
5. North Korea fires missiles into sea as U.S. defense chief visits region - Reuters
North Korea has fired two surface-to-air missiles off its west coast, South Korea said on Thursday, with the latest in a string of short-range firings by the North coming shortly before the U.S. defense secretary arrived in the region.
The two short-range missiles were fired on Tuesday, South Korea's defense ministry said, and followed the launch on Friday of four short-range missiles off the west coast of North Korea.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter arrived in Japan on Tuesday afternoon and traveled to South Korea on Thursday, where he was expected to discuss a response to North Korea's growing missile and nuclear threat. "It's just a reminder of how tense things are on the Korean peninsula. That's the reason I'm going," Carter told reporters at Yokota air base in Japan before departing for South Korea. "If it was a welcoming message to me, I'm flattered."
A senior U.S. official described the missile test as a provocative act ahead of Carter's visit. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that, even as this activity was taking place this week in South Korea, You have had a team of skillful intercessors from the International Prayer Council in place to cry out that the two Koreas become one. We choose to ignore these threats from Satan and turn our faces unto You, in faith, believing that as we repent and pray, You do hear, and You will answer. Thank You, Lord, in Your name, amen. - "For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility." (Ephesians 2:14-17)
6. US military commander: Russian military 'far more capable' than Soviet Union's - Fox News
A top U.S. military commander warned that Russia's modern military is now "far more capable" than that of the Soviet Union, saying Moscow is "messaging" the United States that "they're a global power."
The warning over Russia's military might from Adm. William Gortney, head of U.S. Northern Command, is the second in as many months. Gortney disclosed to Congress in March that Russian heavy bombers flew more "out-of-area patrols" last year than in any year "since the Cold War." On Tuesday, he affirmed that Russia's "long-range" flights are rising - and occurring in places they haven't before, like near Canada, Alaska and the English Channel.
He also confirmed there are two Russian Navy ships off the shores of the United States, reportedly near Cuba and Venezuela. (Read more)
- Lord God, we thank You that a whistleblower has surfaced, with excellent credentials, to warn our people of the true danger that Russia poses in our time. Lord God, we ask that You grant Your wisdom to the command and control structure within our military, and to our Commander-in-Chief, the president, to know how to position ourselves given this growing threat to our national security. We ask this prayer in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you." (James 1:5)
7. UN paid Russian air charters hundreds of millions while Putin invaded Ukraine - Fox News
EXCLUSIVE: In the 14 months since Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea and sent proxy fighters to invade eastern Ukraine, Russian companies have won more than $212 million in United Nations contracts to ferry troops, supplies and equipment -- on peacekeeping missions.
The tally amounts to nearly one-third -- 32 percent -- of the money U.N. headquarters has spent on peacekeeping air transport during that time, according to the U.N.'s procurement website. The U.S. pays 28.4 percent of all U.N. peacekeeping expenses, so the Obama administration's contribution to the Russian bottom line amounts to more than $60 million. (Read more)
- Lord God, we ask that You would turn the hearts of the officials at the United Nations to review this policy, and to cease awarding these contracts to Russia until the situation in the Crimea has been settled. Thank You, Lord, amen and amen.
- "Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." (Matthew 18:19,20)
8. Yemen crisis: Kerry warns Iran over Houthi rebel 'support' - BBC
US Secretary of State John Kerry has warned Iran over its alleged support for Houthi rebels in Yemen. He said the US would support any state in the Middle East that felt threatened by Iran, and would not "stand by" if Iran destabilised the region. The US is backing a Saudi-led coalition seeking to drive back the rebels and restore President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi, who fled the country last month. (Read more)
- Abba Father, we come before You to repent for the mixed messages that our government appears to be declaring. Our governmental leadership has been actively involved within Yemen, but now our leadership turns to Iran and tells Iran to stay out of Yemen and their issues. Father, we need Your mercy and intervention in this situation as we know Iran is an extremely dangerous nation. Direct our leadership to respond based upon Your will and plans for the future of Yemen. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 124:8)
9. ISIS to be wiped out by deadly flesh-eating disease? - WND
The fearsome Islamic State fighters are getting a dose of their own medicine, with many falling to an enemy no bigger than a fly. In fact, it is a fly - a particular species of parasite-carrying sandfly that transmits a deadly flesh-eating virus.
Large numbers of ISIS militants have been infected and now sport large open wounds that can be fatal if not treated, reports the London Daily Mirror. While the disease, known as Leishmaniasis, is easily treatable, the fighters have been refusing medical treatment. The large pool of infected militants has meant the disease, associated with poor hygiene, is spreading quickly. Leishmaniasis can result in "skin ulcers, fever, low red blood cells and enlarged spleen and liver," reported the Mirror. (Read more)
- Cry out to God and ask Him to visit these ISIS terrorists in the darkness of their souls and in their helpless estate, revealing Himself to them as He promises to do in His Word, amen.
- "Vengeance belongs to Me; I will repay. In time their foot will slip, for their day of disaster is near, and their doom is coming quickly." (Deuteronomy 32:35)
"I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.' (Isaiah 65:1)
10. Supercell Storms Rip Through Midwest on Their Way East - NBC News
As many as 30 million people were in the path of the spring's biggest storm yet - a monster stretching Wednesday from the Gulf of Mexico to Canada and east to the Atlantic Ocean that threatened tornadoes. It dropped giant hail on parts of the Midwest and an Ohio college student was seriously injured when he was struck by lightning Wednesday night.
Brief tornado warnings dotted Missouri and Indiana as the system began coalescing into what meteorologists call "supercells" - intense thunderstorms buoyed by cyclone-like rising winds. They're they least common but most dangerous kind of thunderstorm, the National Weather Service said.
"There'll be a lot of supercells," said Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. "That's why we have the tornado threats. That's why we have the hail threats."(Read more)
- Father God, we pray for safety for all who are in the path of these storms, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!" (Mark 4:431)
The Middle East in Focus
"Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed," says the LORD, who has compassion on you." (Isaiah 54:10)
1. Iran supreme leader: Nuclear framework no guarantee of deal - The Times of Israel
"What has been done so far does not guarantee an agreement, nor its contents, nor even that the negotiations will continue to the end," Khamenei, who has the final word on all matters of state, said on his official website.
In the first comments by the supreme leader since the Lausanne framework agreement, an evasive Khamenei said he was "neither for it or against it."
The supreme leader also addressed the discrepancies between the US and Iranian accounts of the terms of the framework agreement, accusing the White House of lying.
"I trust our negotiators but I'm really worried as the other side is into lying and breaching promises; an example was White House fact sheet," he wrote on Twitter. "Hours after the talks, Americans offered a fact sheet that most of it was contrary to what was agreed. They always deceive and breach promises." (Read more)
2. After Khamenei comments, France says long road ahead to nuke deal - Times of Israel
Comments made by Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei downplaying a nascent framework agreement between Tehran and world powers shows that the nuclear accord is far from a done deal, France's foreign minister said Thursday
Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told lawmakers that the sides still needed to hash out a number of key issues, as top Iranian officials continued to demand that sanctions be dropped immediately.
"Subjects still remain that we aren't agreed on, notably on economic sanctions, and the Supreme Leader has made statements that show there is still a lot of work to be done," Fabius said according to Reuters. (Read more)
3. Peace move, or just business? Israel, Iran join China's fund - Times of Israel
Just a few days ago, Israel joined a new major investment fund - the China-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) - and on Wednesday, China announced that Iran would be joining the bank as well.
It's all part of China's "Live and let live" policy, according to China analyst Sam Chesner of Clarity Capital. "China's approach to the Middle East has been defined by what I would call an omnidirectional friendship policy. They work with everyone, and try to give each country they work with the feeling that they are a great friend. Israel and China have a close relationship, as do Saudi Arabia and China, Egypt and China, Iran and China, etc."
The AIIB is designed to be an investment vehicle that will push infrastructure development throughout Asia, an Asian (and China-sponsored) alternative to established international financing organizations like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. "The Chinese weren't necessarily going to go ahead with this, but they felt they had no choice," said Chesner. "The US was dragging its feet on promised quota reforms" that would have given developing countries more shares in deciding how the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank allocates loans. Those reforms were supposed to be implemented in 2010, but the US, which dominates the institutions, has failed to follow through. "As a result, China decided to act on its own," added Chesner. (Read more)
4. US mimics Netanyahu's cartoon bomb to sell nuke deal - Times of Israel
The White House on Wednesday appeared to take a swipe at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in its attempt to promote the merits of the framework nuclear agreement with Iran, using an updated revamp of the Israeli leader's diagram of the Iranian bomb to point out the virtues of the emerging accord.
With diplomatic sparring between Israel and the US over the worth of last week's Lausanne deal in full swing, the White House published a sketch of a cartoon bomb listing the advantages of the agreement - a text-heavy lookalike of the prop used by Netanyahu in his 2012 address to the UN General Assembly. (Read more)
5. Palestinians expand security control in West Bank - YNET News
Palestinian police said on Wednesday they had extended their security control in parts of the West Bank following a deal with Israel, launching armed patrols for the first time in towns near Jerusalem.
Louy Izriqat, spokesman for Palestinian police, said 90 officers had deployed in Abu Dis, A-Ram and Biddu, towns that had been largely under Israeli security control since a 1993 interim peace accord. (Read more)
6. Former Israeli PM Barak Compares Attack on Iran Nuclear Program to Killing of Osama Bin Laden: 'It's a Fraction-of-a-Night Operation' (VIDEO) - Algemeiner
Israel's dovish former prime minister Ehud Barak said on Wednesday that a military operation to eliminate Iran's nuclear weapons program is more comparable to the pinpoint mission to kill Osama bin Laden that to a full scale war.
In an interview on CNBC, Barak said the operation would take only "a fraction of one night" and added that "the Iranians can do nothing about it, except for attacking Israel."
"The administration uses the term 'war,'" Barak said "and people are thinking that probably it is something like a war on Iraq or a war on Afghanistan, [but] that's not the case. Technically speaking, the Pentagon and the armed forces of America under the backing and probably directive of the [US] president [could] create an extremely effective means to destroy the Iranian nuclear military program over a fraction of one night." (Read more)
7. Israeli minister: 'Non-deal' fails to fully freeze or inspect Iran nuclear activity - Times of Israel
Israel's minister of intelligence and strategic affairs, Yuval Steinitz, is at the forefront of his government's very high-profile effort to expose perceived flaws and close loopholes in the world powers' new framework nuclear deal with Iran. There's just one problem, he says: There is no deal. In fact, there isn't even a written framework.
Asked for his overall assessment of a deal hailed by the US as "historic," Steinitz responded with a sigh and the plaintive lament: "The deal? I don't understand anything about it."
He then suggested that the framework was foggy and marked a pitiful precedent for international diplomacy: "Usually there's a signed document, and then the sides argue about the interpretation. Now, they're not arguing about the interpretation, but over the text. Because nothing was agreed. There is no text. In Lausanne, they didn't manage to reach an agreement. So, to an extent, they fabricated understandings. Some are less clear. Some are more clear. But they weren't written. And so there are different narratives. I don't think there's been an international agreement in the past that wasn't written and signed." (Read more)
8. Security officials: Abbas' actions causing escalation in the West Bank - Jerusalem Post
As relations with the Palestinian Authority get worse, the security and stability in the area is further undermined, defense officials believe.
Recent intelligence appraisals suggesting a possible escalation of violence in April seem to have a firm footing in reality following Wednesday's terror attack against two soldiers in the West Bank. Last month the IDF arrested more than 200 people suspected of violent terror activity and the anger in the Palestinian Authority over Israel's freezing of tax transfers to the West Bank government have served to add fuel to the fire.
Last month it was reported that the security establishment was preparing for a possible escalation at the beginning of April. The IDF's preparations for a possible uptick in violence reached a climax with a surprise General Staff drill commanded by IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot. (Read more)
9. 'Homes in Lebanese villages won't be standing after next Israel-Hezbollah war' - Jerusalem Post
The homes in Lebanese villages along the border with Israel "will no longer stand" in the event that the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah launches a ground offensive against Israel, the commander of the IDF's Galilee Formation, Brig.-General Moni Katz told Army Radio on Wednesday.
The officer said that he anticipated that the relative calm that has taken hold along the Israeli-Lebanese frontier will continue for the foreseeable future. (Read more)
10. Hungary Suffers Two Anti-Semitic Attacks in Less Than a Week - Israel National News
Hungary has suffered two anti-Semitic attacks in the past week, mere days after the Jewish community's watchdog on anti-Semitism reported that anti-Jewish attitudes were decreasing in the European nation.
An open-air Holocaust exhibition in Budapest was defaced Saturday, the Action and Protection Foundation (TEV) reported on Sunday. News sites picked up the story Wednesday. According to the TEV report, a group of unknown vandals splashed red paint on 14 separate portraits showing Holocaust survivors together with members of their families.
The exhibition was organized by the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation and consisted of 24 portraits total. It was set up near the Madach Theater in the capital city's center. (Read more)
11. Iran will sign nuclear deal only if all sanctions lifted, Rouhani says - Jerusalem Post
Iran will only agree to a final nuclear accord with six major powers if all sanctions imposed on the country over its disputed nuclear work are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Thursday. "We will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day ... We want a win-win deal for all parties involved in the nuclear talks," Rouhani said. (Read more)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, April 9, 2015
"President's" Christianity questioned
Against the backdrop of the US "president" insulting Christians at two recent gatherings--the National Prayer Breakfast in February and the Easter Prayer Breakfast last week--Fox News tackled the question of the "president's" Christianity. The "president," ending his Easter message, was tempted with "veering off" on lecturing Christians about their lack of love, saying, "On Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less than loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned." On Fox News, conservative radio host Kevin Jackson took the "president" to task for his duplicity of criticizing Christianity and giving Islam a pass.
Jackson said, "On the day that he was doing that [Easter Prayer Breakfast remarks], 147 Christians were killed in his home country [sic Kenya]. So what is he talking about? Look, the level of dichotomy with this guy, talking out of both sides of an issue, but never, ever mentioning the nature of Islam, but constantly telling Christians how bad we are." The context of the "president's" remarks on Easter reveal that he was actually tempted to lecture the gathering about the lack of love shown by Christians, saying, "But that's a topic for another day. Where there is injustice--I was about to veer off. I'm pulling it back." Meanwhile, as Jackson pointed out, Islamists slaughtered 147 Christians in Kenya, purposely on Easter.
The "president" was once again trying to make the case that Christians often do not truly represent their religion. Yes, there were and are wrong-minded people who conduct evil in the name of Jesus Christ. Christians, however, are not massacring people on high holy days to make a point. Nowhere in the Bible does it instruct followers of Jesus Christ to kill those who do not follow him. The "president" is twisting the words of Jesus and showing his distaste for Christianity. Jesus said in Matthew 5:44, "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." He gave us a new commandment to love one another as he has loved us.
This is a stark contrast to the writings of the false prophet Mohammad who said in Sura 9:5 "...slay the infidels wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush." Sura 8:12 says, "Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes." These are just two examples of how Islam is instructed to handle Jews and Christians. While only God knows men's hearts, we know men by their fruits. The "president's" remarks are extremely offensive and certainly do not represent the "love" he demands others to exercise.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson www.dailyjot.com
The Obama Administration has got the "pedal to the metal" selling the Iran nuclear deal to a skeptical public and Congress. It may as well be trying to sell disappearing ink because in reality there is no deal. After two years of negotiations, there is only a "framework" to serve as the basis for three or six more months of negotiations.
While Obama does a hard sell, Iran is not dismantling its nukes but instead is taking apart the framework of the elusive deal. Last night Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country "will not sign any deal unless all sanctions are lifted on the same day" they sign it.
But once sanctions are lifted the U.S. will have little leverage. Once European, Russian and even U.S. companies invest in Iran, sanctions will never get through the U.N. again.
Rouhani also spiked the football, bragging that "The Iranian nation has been and will be the victor in the negotiations."
What about the "tough" and "unprecedented" inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities that Obama has trumpeted as a "win" in the talks for the U.S.? Brigadier General Hossein Dehgan, Iran's defense minister, asserted yesterday that no inspections will be allowed at military centers. Seems basic doesn't it? How can there be any assurance Iran is not developing a military nuclear program if inspections can only take place at "civilian" power plant sites?
Several weeks ago, an Iranian dissident group accused the regime of operating a secret nuclear facility at a military base in the Tehran suburbs. This group has considerable credibility as it exposed other secret sites in the past.
Obama said yesterday that "Iran will not get a nuclear weapon on my watch." But Obama's concessions will allow Iran to get nuclear weapons after he leaves office Jan. 20, 2017. (In fact, he even admits it.) At that point another U.S. president may have to take military action against a regime that will be more powerful. (Gary Bauer)
Liberty Institute Files Free Speech Amicus Brief On Behalf Of Religious Leaders In Supreme Court Marriage Case
National Religious Broadcasters, The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Samaritan's Purse, and Several Others Join Liberty Institute in Urging Supreme Court To Affirm Free Speech Rights
WASHINGTON, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, on behalf of prominent religious organizations, public speakers, and scholars, Liberty Institute filed an amicus brief in the historic United States Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, which could determine the future of marriage laws in the United States. In the brief, Liberty Institute asks the Justices to affirm the Sixth Circuit decision upholding marriage laws in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee, and to expressly affirm the First Amendment free speech rights of Christian ministers, teachers, and leaders who are compelled by faith and conscience to preach and speak aloud their millennia-old and sincerely held religious view that marriage is the sacred union of one man and one woman. Read the brief here.
(SOURCE Liberty Institute)
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Prayer Requests from a Member of Congress
Prayer Requests from a Member of Congress:
Representative Doug Lamborn (CO-5)
About once each month, we receive an email for "Prayer Partners for Lamborn" - a volunteer group of friends of Congressman Lamborn who regularly lift up the prayer requests they receive.
Below, please find this week's prayer requests from Congressman Lamborn. It is important to note, too, that Rep. Doug Lamborn is serving as a Co-chair of the Congressional Israel Allies Caucus: members of Congress who work with legislation to support the nation of Israel.
We are honored to be able to bring these prayer requests to you this evening, published with permission. Thank you.
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem;
May they prosper who love you . . .
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God
I will seek your good." (Psalms 122:6, 9)
This is quite possibly a turning point in history. The negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program seem to be heading toward a weak and poorly defined conclusion, one which allows Iran to achieve their nuclear dream, America becomes even less influential, and forces Israel to choose between the prospect of annihilation and the scourge of war.
Please pray . . .
- Please pray that the Obama administration actually and honestly comes to the view that a bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all. This is a position Obama has stated so many times before, but in his eagerness to strike a deal now appears to ignore.
- Please pray that Israel be protected by God's outstretched hand and mighty arm from the evil intentions of those in this world that seek to do it harm.
- Please pray that Congress, both the House and the Senate, stands strong against any Iran deal that sells Israel down the river, and that each member of Congress, including Congressman Lamborn, remain absolutely true to the vital U.S.-Israel relationship. Pray the American people do so as well.
Also . . .
- Pray that Congressman Lamborn and his family will be mindful of God's presence each and every day.
- Pray that Congressman Lamborn and his family recognize that they are accountable before God for each and every decision they make.
- Pray that this country and the people who live in it prepare to give an account to Almighty God.
[Editor's note: we also extend these requests for every member of Congress and their families, too. Amen!]
The Good News Corner
November 23, 1996
Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 Crashed near Comoros Islands:
Evangelist Andy Meakins kept preaching until the plane crashed into the Indian ocean
Andy Meakins was a gentle giant of the faith, an Englishman who loved Jesus Christ and served Him in Africa for many years. In 1996 an Ethiopian Airlines flight was hijacked and crashed into the ocean just off the Comoros Islands after running out of fuel-you may have heard the story. The dramatic moment of impact was caught on home video and broadcast around the world. Only later did we learn of something even more dramatic happening in the cabin as the plane headed for disaster.
Andy Meakins and his wife were on that plane, seated together. The hijackers demanded to be flown to Australia even though there wasn't nearly enough fuel for that distance. As they neared the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, one engine flamed out, and the pilot told passengers that the remaining engine would soon run out of fuel as well. Immediately, Andy's wife heard the snap of a seatbelt being unbuckled and turned to see her husband stand up.
"Many of us might die in this crash," he called out, "so there's something you need to know." Andy then began explaining the Gospel simply and urgently, moving to each part of the cabin so that everyone would hear. He invited people to place their trust in Jesus Christ in repentance and faith.
A flight attendant heard Andy's words, bowed her head, and asked Jesus to forgive her sins and come into her heart. She watched many more respond and, along with another survivor, later told the story.
Of the 175 people on board, 125 died, including Andy, who was still on his feet preaching the Gospel as the plane hit the water.
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Songs Our Grandmothers Sang
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
JESUS CHRIST IS RISEN TODAY
"He has risen, just as He said." (Matthew 28:6)
In these perilous times, when all that can be shaken is being shaken, let us return to the "faith of our fathers" and sing the hymns and songs of old.
May we each draw strength in our own time, as we "dig the wells of treasure" to draw upon the strength that carried our ancestors through their own perilous times. Amen.
Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once, upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss, Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save, Alleluia!
But the pains which He endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation hath procured, Alleluia!
Now above the sky He's king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing, Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!
Praise Him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!
About the Author:
Words: 14th Century Bohemian Latin carol
(Stanza 4 is by Charles Wesley)
Music: Robert Williams, 1817
Signs and Wonders
Double Earthquakes On San Andreas Fault
Rock California-Mexico Border
(CBS SF) - The U.S. Geological Survey says two magnitude 4.0-plus earthquakes have struck the San Andreas fault on the California-Mexico border.
The first one, a magnitude 4.2, struck at 12:30 p.m. PDT 7 miles southwest of Delta, B.C., Mexico at a depth of 16.1 miles.
The second quake, measuring in at a magnitude of 4.5, struck the same area about three minutes later, but only at a depth of .44 miles. Quakes just below the earth's surface, in the 0 to 10 miles range, can cause even more damage at lower magnitudes.
Several people reported feeling the quakes in Mexicali, Mexico and Calexico in California.
There were no immediate reports of damage. (CBS/San Francisco) Read more.
- Father, see Your hand of mercy resting upon this event, as there was no damage nor was anyone injured. Lord God, You always graciously give warnings to a nation that needs to repent and to return to You. May we each heed this warning today in California, asking for Your grace to be upon us in our time of need. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven." (Luke 21:11)
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
Jesus Christ is Risen Today
Kings College Cambridge
Rejoice with Him everyday!!
Two Daily Conference Calls
Two Daily Conference Calls
TO PRAY IN THE NIGHT:
Please note that the national prayer call continues every night with different leaders from different intercession ministries each night.
These prayer calls will be held nightly at 9PM EST. Please join us by calling 1-857-232-0156; access 377054. Please sign on 15 minutes early so we can be ready to pray at 9PM.
This call sponsored by Breaker of Dawn has been going on since Sept 9, 2014 and every night it is a Psalm 133 call with different ministries joining together and most every night there are intercessors that represent our entire nation.
For details, go here.
TO PRAY IN THE DAY:
A second conference call is now available daily (except on Sundays) at 11:30 a.m. EST. Sponsored by the Salt and Light Council, the focus of the daily "Repentance and Reformation" calls is to pray for all in authority.
You are cordially invited to join these calls by dialing 712-432-1699/ Access code 338083#
To learn more, please visit their website at:
> > > Day and night, in these perilous times, let's join forces on these calls to cry out unto God for His mercy to be shown to America and to Israel. Thank you!