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Saudis Snub Obama Summit
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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
"This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him." (I John 5:14,15)
A Rainbow Over the Supreme Court
Monday, April 27, at sunset. Please remain with us in prayer over the pending decision on traditional marriage until the verdict has been rendered.
" . . . from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. . . What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder." (Mark 10: 6,9)
Thank You, Lord, for watching over this Court. In Jesus' name, amen.
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. Israel, US tight-lipped on Kerry's curious TV plea for help on UNESCO vote - Times of Israel
A week after US Secretary of State John Kerry bizarrely asked Israel to intervene to enable the United States to regain its voting rights in UNESCO, Israeli and American officials won't say what the secretary meant by the plea or what they are going to do about it.
Kerry made the curious request during an interview with Israel's Channel 10 TV aired on May 3.
Most of the interview was devoted to Kerry arguing in favor of the emerging deal on Iran's nuclear program, which is vehemently opposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but which the secretary promised would guarantee that Iran could not attain nuclear weapons. Kerry also used the conversation, however, to highlight what he said were the Obama administration's relentless efforts to defend Israel at the United Nations and other international forums. (Read more)
2. Challenging week ahead for Netanyahu's new coalition - Israel Hayom
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a politically challenging week during which his new government, based on a narrow 61-member coalition, is set to be sworn in. Two tough tests the prime minister faces this week are passing a bill that would permit an increase in the number of government ministers and distributing ministerial portfolios among Likud members.
On Sunday, the cabinet, which currently comprises only Likud and Habayit Hayehudi ministers from the last government, approved a bill that would enable the incoming government to have 20 ministers, instead of the 18 mandated by a law passed by the last government. With the cabinet's approval, the bill will be sent to the Knesset on Monday.
The Knesset is where the real battle will begin, as nothing is assured there given the incoming coalition's mere one-seat majority. The absence of only one coalition MK could thwart the passage of the bill, so a concerted effort is being made to ensure that all Likud, Habayit Hayehudi, Kulanu, Shas and United Torah Judaism MKs will be present for all the votes on the bill. (Read more)
3. PM's move to expand cabinet narrowly passes first Knesset hurdle - Times of Israel
The Knesset on Monday evening passed by a slim margin the first reading of a bill that would allow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appoint more than 18 ministers to his cabinet.
All 120 MKs were present in the Knesset plenum during the vote, which was approved with 61 in favor and 59 against. The opposition, which had earlier promised to stage filibusters to block the vote, held out for five hours of fierce debate before Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, a Likud member, insisted the vote be held.
The Knesset members were called upon to vote on a proposal to freeze implementation of an earlier amendment to a constitutional law that capped the number of government ministers at 18. The amendment to Basic Law: Government was approved in the last government - effectively limiting the cabinet to 19 members, including the prime minister, plus four deputy ministers, and outlawing the institution of ministers without portfolio - and was touted at the time as a major reform. (Read more)
4. Opposition to put up fierce fight against bill to expand cabinet - Times of Israel
Knesset bill allowing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to appoint more than 18 ministers to his cabinet is expected to go to second and third readings on Wednesday night, having passed a first reading Monday by a slim majority of 61-59. The opposition is set to put up a fierce fight against the bill, and submit numerous objections to the amendment on Tuesday.
It was a first test for Netanyahu's emerging government coalition made up of the Likud (30 seats), the center-right Kulanu (10 seats), Jewish Home (eight) and the two ultra-Orthodox parties Shas (seven) and United Torah Judaism (six).
All 120 MKs were present in the Knesset plenum during the vote, and all 61 members of the coalition voted in favor of the proposal to freeze implementation of an earlier amendment to a constitutional law that capped the number of government ministers at 18. The amendment to Basic Law: Government was approved in the last government - effectively limiting the cabinet to 19 members, including the prime minister, plus four deputy ministers, and outlawing the institution of ministers without portfolio - and was touted at the time as a major reform. (Read more)
5. Netanyahu: Israel foiled Iran's efforts to open new front on Golan - Jerusalem Post
Preventing Iran from opening an additional front against Israel on the Golan Heights, as well as delivering Hamas the blow of its lifetime last summer, were among the outgoing government's chief accomplishments, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday at the last meeting of the 33rd government.
At a brief cabinet meeting, Netanyahu summarized the outgoing cabinet's achievements with a special emphasis on what he said were the government's success - for the most part - at keeping the region's tumultuous events from spilling over Israel's borders.
The bulk of the cabinet meeting dealt with passing legislation that will raise the number of government ministers from 18 to 20. (Read more)
6. Ethiopian protest leaders threaten to return to the streets - Jerusalem Online
Exactly one week after the stormy demonstration in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv injured dozens of police officers and demonstrators, the Ethiopian Jewish community's protest leaders held a press conference announcing the continuation of their struggle and displaying their demands.
They clarified that they are not satisfied with the establishment of a ministerial committee by the Prime Minister, declaring: "The decision makers neglected the Ethiopians and ignored the difficult reality where a whole generation feels that they are not a part of society and have no place in it." (Read more)
The Daily Brief
1. Ex-CIA leader Morell critical of Obama administration colleagues - Fox News
Former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell criticized former colleagues in the Obama administration Monday over everything from the 2012 Benghazi attack to their description of the Al Qaeda threat, during an exclusive interview with Fox News' "Special Report."
Referring to the Sep. 11, 2012 fiery attack on the CIA annex in Tripoli that killed four Americans, including U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, Morell said that security at the CIA annex was "far superior" to security at the State Department annex and there was "no doubt in my mind that there was a failure at the State Department. No doubt about it."
. . . As for security in the United States, Morell said the country faces unprecedented national security challenges and terror threats on American soil will "remain significant for a long time. . . I've never seen more threats to our country at any one time in my 33 years in the business . . . I think in the history of our country," Morell said. "These are very dangerous times. . . . I think we are at risk of another attack here, and I want Americans to know that." (Read more)
- Father, more and more hidden items are now being revealed by various former administration officials. We cry out for mercy on the American people. Protect us from the wrong doing of our government. We cry out for righteous leaders so that we may live a peaceful life. In Jesus name.
- Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. (1 Timothy 2:2)
2. Fast track? How about a pro-America track? - WND
TPP means Congress giving away its authority to 'global busybodies'
Congress, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is preparing to betray American workers, and the grass roots should rise up and say, "No, you don't." The secretive underhanded deal is called "fast track," and that's an appropriate title because, indeed, it puts Americans on a fast track to lower wages and fewer available jobs.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., one of the few Members of Congress who has actually read and studied fast track plus its companion trade bill called Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), has compiled a list of objections to it that are downright frightening. They should be read by all who care about their own future and the future of our once-prosperous nation. Here are some of the ways fast track and TPP will betray us.
The text of TPP emphasizes that it is a "living agreement." Translated out of bureaucratese code language, that means the text of TPP can be changed in major and minor ways by executive action after Congress OKs the document. The TPP could, for example, add additional countries such as Communist China, which for years has been cheating America coming and going. (Read more)
See also an article from News with Views here.
- Father, we thank You that WorldNetDaily has published this article, as there has been so little news about the TPP treaty in the mainstream press. Its provisions may be a secret to the public, but they are not a secret to You. Lord God, we ask that this "fast track" bill be STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS until all aspects of this dangerous treaty have come under the scrutiny of all. We issue a "stay order" now against this treaty, by means of the Blood of the Lamb. In Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- " . . . the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped." (Psalm 63:11)
3. Update: H.R. 36, the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" - CHPP
The bill is scheduled for consideration this week. We currently expect it to be considered on the floor on Wednesday, two years after Kermit Gosnell was convicted of killing children born alive in his "abortion clinic" and taking the life of an adult patient.
The new text of H.R. 36, the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" can be viewed here.
- We continue to lift up H.R. 36 for passage in the House this week, and in the Senate later this year. Amen.
- "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phil. 1:6)
4. Defense Department warns of China's 'extensive,' expanding island-building - Fox News
China's mysterious campaign to build artificial islands in disputed waters of the South China Sea has grown to cover roughly 2,000 acres, a senior defense official said Friday, as the Pentagon issued a report warning the sites could be used to bolster the country's military infrastructure. . . According to the report, China's government says the projects "are mainly for improving the living and working conditions of those stationed on the islands. However, most analysts outside China believe that China is attempting to change facts on the ground by improving its defense infrastructure in the South China Sea."
The wide-ranging report also details Chinese government-backed cyberattacks against the U.S. government to collect intelligence and steal high-tech data from defense programs to support China's industry. And it warns that China now "boasts the most dynamic space program in the world today." The document also repeats persistent U.S. concerns about China's growing capacity to project military power beyond its borders, with continued investments in new missiles, ships, and aircraft as well as cyber, space and electronic warfare. (Read more)
- Lord, we ask Your wisdom to rest upon our leaders, as they seek to assess correctly and to respond correctly to these new movements by the nation of China. Help us, Lord, we pray, in Jesus' name, Amen and amen.
- "Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision." (Psalm 2:1 & 4)
5. White House hosts US-Palestinian teen beaten by Israeli cops - Times of Israel
White House National Security Council staffers recently hosted a US-Palestinian teenager who was beaten by Israeli riot police last year to review "pending issues related to his case," CNN reported on Monday.
Tariq Abu Khdeir, 16, met with officials at the White House on April 15 to discuss matters related to his family's planned visit to Jerusalem later this year.
"The US government has remained closely engaged with Tariq and his family since his return from Jerusalem," a White House official told CNN. "As part of the follow-up on pending issues related to his case, National Security Council staff met with the Abu Khdeirs recently." (Read more)
- Father, reveal the truth regarding this teen. If the teen has involvement in the rioting, we pray he will be held accountable for his actions also. We also pray that our government would get involved in other cases such as Pastor Saeed who is being held in Iran unjustly. In Jesus name.
- For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality. (Colossians 3:25)
6. Montana governor signs bill to protect residents from asset forfeiture - Fox News
The legislature passed the bill last month and Tuesday was the last day the governor could sign or veto the legislation.
Civil asset forfeiture allows police to take and keep your property if they suspect it is connected to criminal activity- all without convicting or charging you with a crime. The new law enacts major reforms in the practice.
The law now requires a criminal conviction before forfeiture of property, which is a key element for reform advocates. Police can still take your property if they suspect it's tied to criminal activity, but without a conviction, they must return it.
"Thanks to Governor Bullock's signing today of HB 463, the due process protections that our founders envisioned when authoring the 5th Amendment are now much stronger," Montana Representative Kelly McCarthy, who helped lead the reform, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. "Innocent Montanans do not have to fear losing their assets to the state when they've not committed a crime and those facing forfeiture are now assured fair treatment in Montana court rooms." (Read more)
- Father God, we thank you that Montana's Governor Bullock has now signed this bill into law, thereby protecting the 5th Amendment rights of its citizens. We ask that many other states would follow this lead, even as we understand that New Mexico has already done so, too. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." (Matthew 21:22)
7. Iraqi nun initially denied visa because ISIS drove her from home now headed for US - Fox News
Religious freedom advocates rejoiced Friday when the State Department reversed a controversial decision denying a visa for an Iraqi Catholic nun who sought to tell Americans about ISIS' violent persecution of Christians.
Sister Diana Momeka is a leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and chased from their homes in and around Mosul by ISIS.Momeka, who has been likened to Mother Teresa for her work with the poor and persecuted, was turned down, she said, because she was "internally displaced" in Iraq, and deemed a risk to stay in the U.S., where she once lived and studied for six years. Ironically, her displacement came at the hands of ISIS, and is the very subject she hopes to discuss during her trip.
Now that her visit is back on, Sister Diana plans to come to Washington later this month to meet with the Senate and House foreign-relations committees, the State Department, USAID and various NGOs to describe the atrocities in her area. (Read more)
-Heavenly Father, we lift up praise that this nun has now been granted a visa to come to the US and that she will be allowed to meet with US congressional foreign-relations committees to share her first hand experiences with ISIS. We ask that those who listen to her testimony would listen carefully, and issue policy statements to follow that would bless and equip the Nineveh Christians still in Iraq. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- [For Sister Momeka] " . . . open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it." (Psalm 81:10)
"Oh, give thanks to the Lord for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of heaven! For His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 136:1 and 26)
8. Americans Not In The Labor Force Rise To Record 93,194,000 - Zerohedge
In what was an "unambiguously" unpleasant April jobs payrolls report, with a March revision dragging that month's job gain to the lowest level since June of 2012, the fact that the number of Americans not in the labor force rose once again, this time to 93,194K from 93,175K, with the result being a participation rate of 69.45 or just above the lowest percentage since 1977, will merely catalyze even more upside to the so called "market" which continues to reflect nothing but central bank liquidity, and thus - the accelerating deterioration of the broader economy.
End result: with the civilian employment to population ratio unchanged from last month at 59.3%, one can easily on the chart below why there will be no broad wage growth any time soon, which will merely allow the Fed to engage in its failed policies for a long, long time. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, this report is stating that about one third of Americans who should be in the work force do not have a job. This is much higher than what is usually reported and does not bode well for the future of these citizens and for the country overall. Help us Lord Jesus. May the true statistics be reported and may our leadership be challenged to evaluate ways to truly improve this ratio. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty." (Proverbs 22:16)
9. Tornadoes kill at least 5 in Texas and Arkansas - Fox News
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Emergency responders searched through splintered wreckage Monday after a line of tornadoes battered several small communities in Texas and Arkansas, killing at least five people, including a young couple who died trying to shield their daughter from the storm.
The couple, both in their late 20s, died when a twister hit their mobile home late Sunday in the Arkansas town of Nashville. Michael and Melissa Mooneyhan were trying to protect their daughter when the parents' trailer flipped over and "exploded," Howard County Coroner John Gray said. "I had wondered if they were in an enclosed space like a hallway or a bathroom just sheltering the little girl when it hit," Gray said. "It's a miracle that little girl survived." (Read more)
- Father, we pray for all those in Texas and Arkansas who have experienced loss and injury. We pray restoration to all lost property. We pray comfort on all who have lost loved ones. We especially pray for the families of the couple who died while shielding their daughter. In Jesus name.
- The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
10. Scientists begin monitoring tremors on San Andreas Fault - Phys.org
UC Berkeley seismologists were surprised last August to see a dramatic increase in faint tremors occurring under the San Andreas Fault near Parkfield, in Central California, about 10 hours after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Napa. Somehow, that quake triggered tiny rumblings 250 miles away that lasted for about 100 days before dropping off. These same researchers have recently found two other places in California where tremors are happening below the zone where earthquakes normally occur, and have now embarked on a comprehensive search for tremors throughout the state. (Read more)
- Lord, in this season, when everything that can be shaken is being shaken, we ask for Your Hand to rest upon the State of California. In wrath, dear Lord, please remember mercy. If the great quake is indeed on the horizon that many believe to be true, we ask that a warning be given to citizens can find safety. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not." (Jer. 33:3)
The Daily Jot
Monday, May 11, 2015
Of Fear and Prophetic Abundant Life
Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." Who is the thief in your life today? Who or what are you looking at that brings fear that something wrong is about to happen or is happening? Why do you feel you have to look behind you to see what is following? Jade Helm? Martial law? Changes in marriage? Islamic terrorism? The bill collector? A family member or friend who is ill? The type of nation our children will face? What? The anxieties and stress of fear steal and destroy life. But remember who you are. As a disciple of Jesus, you are to have life, even more abundantly!
Many write the Daily Jot expressing their anxiety over the current conditions of this country and of the world. For several, the bottom line is the fear of the unknown, what will happen next, as they see society worsen both morally and ethically. They see a "president" conducting illegal policies and getting away with it. They see the threats of Islam activating in our streets. They see the possibilities of destruction based on the experience of life. Much of this culminates in fear. Fear has a way of setting in, if you allow it. When fear comes knocking at the door of your mind, you have a choice. You can allow it in, or you can lock it out. You are a prophetic person living in a prophetic time. You have nothing to fear. God is with you.
1 Peter 3:14-16 says, "But if you suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are you: and, Be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear [respect, reverence]: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good behavior in Christ." If you live in fear, those observing you see that your hope is damaged. If you are a known follower of Christ, being fearful is a testimony in of itself to those who expect your hope to be in Christ.
"Yes," you may say, "but the events surrounding us are frightening." Christ is not a weakling. He took all the sins of mankind, died on the cross, overcame death that you may have everlasting life--that you may have life and have it more abundantly. The devil is a liar and a bully. He will take what you give him. He seeks to steal, kill and destroy. You don't have to take it. These evil times have nothing over you, unless you allow it. Romans 8:31 says, "If God be for us, who can be against us?" 2 Timothy 1:7 says, "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." For me, that "sound mind" part means that I have to lock out fear when it comes a-knocking. I want to encourage you this week to be that prophetic person, living in a prophetic time, showing the reason of hope within you.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
A Decree Over ISIS Threats
A Decree Over ISIS Threats
Editor's note: Yesterday morning, we received the following alert via text message from ThreatsUSA -- a credible source of intelligence with a proven track record. Here is their message:
BREAKING: ISIS threatening major cyber attack on multiple unidentified targets today @ 2 PM EST. Promises something "surprising" that "will frighten America".
Our intercessors immediately went on High Alert and convened a conference call with leadership from several other ministry teams, to begin at 1:30 p.m. -- one-half hour before the alledged ISIS cyber attack was to take place.
One of our sisters from the HAPN Prayer Network in Louisiana then sent in this decree:
The DECREE of the LORD:
WOE to you who covet evil gain for your house that you may set your nest on high thinking you will be delivered from the power of disaster. You bring shameful counsel to your house cutting off many with you and you sin against your soul.
We declare that there is a stone built in sin in your wall that will cry out in accusation against you and there is a beam in those works that will be in agreement with the stone. It is by appointment of the GOD OF ANGEL ARMIES that you toil only to satisfy the fire that will consume your work, and that you have wearied yourselves in futility.
FOR THE TIME IS NOW HERE THAT THE EARTH WITH CYBER AND ALL ITS SPACE IS FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF JUDGMENT THAT MANIFESTS THE GLORY OF THE LORD AS THE WATERS COVER THE SEA. Hab 2
> > > Today we remain in a state of HIGH ALERT over this warning, grateful that this decree STANDS and that the original warning did not come to pass.
We invite all of you to join us in "decreeing this decree" against any plots that ISIS plans to disrupt cyberspace in America, and to decree that these hackers will be EXPOSED and apprehended by those who have the authority to do so.
In Jesus' name, amen.
Saudis Snub Obama Summit
Saudis Snub Obama Summit
President Obama's efforts to reassure nervous Middle Eastern allies that he can handle Iran aren't going well. The White House is hosting a highly anticipated summit of Middle Eastern leaders this week at Camp David to discuss Obama's outreach to Iran and the wave of Islamic extremism that is destabilizing the region.
But there's just one problem: Four of six invited leaders, including the king of Saudi Arabia, are not coming.
Multiple press reports suggest the Obama White House is now "scrambling to put on a positive face." According to Reuters, "Analysts and diplomats in the Middle East described King Salman's decision to skip the meeting at Camp David this week as a snub."
Secretary of State John Kerry was in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, last week and met with King Salman. As late as Friday, the White House was crowing about a special one-on-one meeting that was set to take place between Obama and King Salman prior to the summit.
Suddenly, the king claims he's too busy overseeing the ceasefire with Yemen. But few are taking that lame excuse seriously. Most analysts see it as the Saudis' way of signaling how upset they are -- not with America's backing of Israel, but with Obama giving Iran a free hand to run the Middle East.
Professor Abdulkhaleq Abdullah told the Associated Press:
"I don't think they [Gulf leaders] have a deep respect, a deep trust for Obama and his promises. There is a fundamental difference between his vision of post-nuclear-deal Iran and their vision. They think Iran is a destabilizing force and will remain so, probably even more, if the sanctions are lifted. . . They're just not seeing things eye to eye."
By the way, Ali Saeedi, one of the ayatollah's top advisors, over the weekend reiterated the regime's opposition to international inspections of Iran's military bases. "There is no possibility for the inspection of military centers," Saeedi said. "It will be against our national interests and security, and neither the Supreme Leader nor the parliament will allow this to happen."
But without unannounced inspections of Iran's military bases, any deal regarding the Islamic Republic's nuclear program is meaningless.
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS
"Do not be discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's." (2 Chronicles 20:15)
Onward Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See, His banners go!
(Refrain) Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus,
Going on before.
At the name of Jesus[To read the remaining three stanzas, please go here.]
Satan's host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver
At the shout of praise:
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!
Satan's host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundations quiver
At the shout of praise:
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!
Please go here.
About the Author:
Words: Sabine Baring-Gould, 1865.
Music: Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871.
About the Hymn:
Baring-Gould wrote about this hymn:
Whit-Monday is a great day for school festivals in Yorkshire. One Whit-Monday, thirty years ago, it was arranged that our school should join forces with that of a neighboring village. I wanted the children to sing when marching from one village to another, but couldn't think of anything quite suitable; so I sat up at night, resolved that I would write something myself. "Onward, Christian Soldiers" was the result. It was written in great haste, and I am afraid some of the rhymes are faulty. Certainly nothing has surprised me more than its popularity. I don't remember how it got printed first, but I know that very soon it found its way into several collections. I have written a few other hymns since then, but only two or three have become at all well-known.
This hymn was sung at the funeral of American president Dwight Eisenhower at the National Cathedral, Washington, DC, March 1969.
Our Weekly Bible Study
Our Weekly Bible Study
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Denzel Speaks to the Grads
Denzel Washington Tells Dillard University Grads to 'Put God First' in Everything You Do
Speaking to graduates of Dillard University in New Orleans on Saturday, Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington advised those at the ceremony to "put God first" during his 10-minute commencement speech to the graduating class.
"Number one: put God first," said Washington, getting a loud ovation from those gathered. "Put God first in everything you do. Everything that you think you see in me and think that I have accomplished, everything that you think I have . . . everything that I have is by the grace of God. Understand that. It's a gift."
Washington also told those gathered at the graduation ceremony about how back in 1975 a woman at his mother's beauty parlor had predicted that he would travel the world and speak to millions of people.
"I've been protected, I've been directed, I've been corrected, I've kept God in my life and He's kept me humble," continued Washington. "I didn't always stick with Him but He always stuck with me. So stick with Him in everything you do. If you think you want to do what you think I've done, then do what I've done." (Christian Post) Read more here.
> > > More on this commencement address from The Huffington Post:
Washington's speech had heavy religious overtones, and was well-received among those in attendance at the historically black university in New Orleans. He broke his speech into four takeaways:
1. Put God first: "Everything that I have is by the grace of God, understand that. It's a gift. I didn't always stick with Him, but He stuck with me."
2. Fail big: "Don't be afraid to fail big, to dream big, but remember, dreams without goals, are just dreams. And they ultimately fuel disappointment. I try to give myself a goal every day, sometimes it's just not to curse somebody out."
3. You'll never see a U-Haul behind a hearse: "I don't care how much money you make, you can't take it with you. It's not how much you have, it's what you do with it."
4. While you're on your knees in the morning, say thank you: "Say thank you in advance for what is already yours. True desire in the heart for anything good is God's proof to you sent beforehand that it's already yours. When you get it, reach back, pull someone else up. Each one, teach one. Don't just aspire to make a living, aspire to make a difference."
(Read more here)
- Father, we thank You that this Hollywood star is speaking words of truth to the next generation. We ask for more and more Hollywood figures to come forth with a bold witness for You; and that those who hear these words would take them to heart, repent if needed, and find You as their own Savior and Lord. Amen and amen.
- "Timely advice is lovely, like golden apples in a silver basket." (Proverbs 25:11)
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
On Eagle's Wings
And He will raise you up on eagles' wings
bear you up on the breath of dawn
make you to shine like the sun
and hold you in the palm of His hand.
Worship Him here!
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!