Naghmeh Abedini will appear before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs today at 10:00 a.m. Go here for details. (ASSIST News)
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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:28)
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 reassures Iran, Hezbollah: Mass drill is not cover for attack - YNET News
Israel has in recent days sent calming messages to Iran and Hezbollah, Ynet has learned, stressing that the drills being held this week across the country are purely to practice emergency situations.
The messages aim to prevent a mistaken assessment of Israeli intentions, given the current difficulties experienced by Hezbollah and the Assad regime in Syria, and the possibility of a nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers at the end of June.
The Syrian, Iranian and Hezbollah intelligence agencies have undoubtedly seen the preparations for the exercise, and Israel is concerned that they will interpret it as Israeli preparations for a surprise attack. (Read more)
2. Time to negotiate with Israel, says Hamas journalist - Times of Israel
Hamas should realize its regional weakness and engage directly with Israel, a Gaza-based journalist close to the Islamic movement argued in an article last week.
In an opinion piece published by the Hamas daily al-Resalah on May 25, and titled "Why should there be no negotiations?" Mustafa Sawwaf, who writes a weekly column with the movement's daily Falasteen, said that Hamas should learn from Fatah and adapt to the changing circumstances in relation to Israel.
"Will the day ever come when we shall see you sitting at the negotiating table with Israel to discuss [our] rights and principles, given the realistic logic of 'something is better than nothing?'" wondered Sawwaf. "Or will you capitulate to the schemes of our enemies, who will continue their pressure until you wave the white flag and give in to all their demands and end up recognizing Israel's right to exist?" (Read more)
3. Report: Hamas Fires 2 Rockets into Sea, One Week After Attack - Israel National News
Two rockets were fired from the Hamas stronghold of Gaza into the Mediterranean Sea early on Monday morning as part of the testing process in developing new lethal projectiles for the region's terrorist groups.
The test rockets were fired in the early morning hours, with reports of the launch reaching Israeli media around 7 a.m.
According to the Hebrew language 0404 News, the rockets were fired by Hamas as part of its research and development.
The news site added that the launch took place from the Gush Katif area of Gaza, where the Jewish community resided until it was forcibly expelled by the Israeli government in the 2005 Disengagement plan, which set the stage for Hamas to seize power in 2007 and launch rockets at Israel.
Monday's rocket testing comes just under a week after Gazan terrorists last Tuesday fired a Grad rocket at Israel, hitting near Ashdod. (Read more)
4. German Foreign Minister to Make Rare Visit to Gaza - Israel National News
Germany's foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on Sunday said he will visit Gaza, in a rare trip to the Hamas-ruled territory by a Western leader, reports The Associated Press (AP).
In meetings with Israeli and Palestinian Arab officials Sunday, Steinmeier said he was concerned about the situation in Gaza, which is struggling to recover from last year's war with Israel.
Steinmeier told President Reuven Rivlin that "concrete steps" are needed to improve daily life in Gaza. He also visited the Palestinian Authority (PA)-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria, where he called for quick reconstruction of Gaza while also saying that rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel must be stopped.
The German foreign minister said he would head to Gaza on Monday. No talks with Hamas are planned, noted AP. (Read more)
5. Indian PM set to make historic first visit to Israel - Times of Israel
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to visit Israel during the coming year, in what will be the first state visit by an Indian prime minister to the Jewish state. No firm date has yet been fixed for the trip.
The visit was announced by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who revealed she is also planning on traveling to the region in the near future, with stops in Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. Swaraj said the purpose of the tour was to strengthen India's ties with regional governments.
The Modi trip would culminate a steady improvement in bilateral ties since Israel and India formalized full diplomatic relations in 1992. (Read more)
6. Palestinians to submit data on settlement expansion to ICC this month - Times of Israel
The Palestinian Authority will submit files on 145 Israeli settlements in the West Bank to the International Criminal Court in The Hague this month, a Palestinian cartographer said on Monday.
Speaking to Jordanian daily al-Ghad, Khalil Tufakji, head of the Maps and Survey Department at Jerusalem's Orient House, said that a team of geographers and legal experts is currently assembling maps, Israeli military orders and aerial photographs documenting settlement construction from 1997 until today as part of a legal case being prepared against Israel.
"The Israeli occupation steals Palestinian land under the pretext of establishing 'nature reserves,' 'green areas,' or what's known as 'state property' or 'military zones,'" Tufakji told al-Ghad. "We will submit 160 files on 145 settlements in the West Bank, encompassing some 400,000 settlers, in addition to 15 settlements in occupied Jerusalem encompassing some 200,000 settlers. Altogether, [the files] will cover over half a million settlers living on land designated for the future Palestinian state." (Read more)
7. UN: Plight of Palestinian refugees in Syria critical - Times of Israel
UNITED NATIONS - The head of the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees says the situation for thousands of refugees in the Yarmouk camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital is "absolutely critical," with no aid deliveries since March 28 because of fighting.
Pierre Krahenbuhl said Monday the situation in Yarmouk reflects "the catastrophic cost" of the Syrian conflict for Syrians as well as Palestinian refugees.
He said that before the Syrian war began in 2011 there were 160,000 Palestinians in Yarmouk, many who held jobs. Before the Islamic State extremist group entered the camp in early April there were 18,000 refugees, but "it's very clear several thousand have fled since then." (Read more)
The Daily Brief
1. Justices rule for Muslim denied job over headscarf - Fox News
The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a black headscarf. The justices said that employers generally have to accommodate job applicants and employees with religious needs if the employer at least has an idea that such accommodation is necessary.
Job applicant Samantha Elauf did not tell her interviewer she was Muslim. But Justice Antonin Scalia said for the court that Abercrombie "at least suspected" that Elauf wore a headscarf for religious reasons. "That is enough," Scalia said in an opinion for seven justices. (Read more)
- Father, there are remaining questions over this article. Businesses have the right not to hire someone, and potential candidates interviewing have the freedom to interview with other employers who may not have a strict dress code. We pray for the ultimate decision on this case. There is a delicate balance to be weighed in the case of the business and the potential employee. We don't want to see any discrimination towards the individual with the headscarf, and we don't want businesses to be required to bend the rules to accommodate each individual with different dress code needs based on any religion.
- "Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise." (Proverbs 19:20)
2. Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini's Wife Urges Officials in Europe to Raise His Case With Iran - Christian Post
Will testify tomorrow morning at a House hearing on the Hill
"Immediately following the hearing, the committee will vote on H.Res. 233, calling on Iran to immediately release the three imprisoned U.S. citizens and provide information on any American citizens who have disappeared within its borders."
Naghmeh, the wife of U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, recently traveled to Europe and urged officials there, including at the European Parliament, to raise the case of her husband, who has been in a jail in Iran for his Christian faith. Most officials promptly called for Saeed's release.
During her trip, Naghmeh first went to the German Parliament, where she addressed the Federal Human Rights Committee and met with numerous lawmakers committed to advocating for religious freedom, according to the American Center for Law and Justice.
Naghmeh then met with leaders from Germany's two leading parties, the Protestant Committee of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union, ACLJ said Saturday. The two parties issued a joint press release calling for Pastor Saeed's release. (Read more)
- Lord, we ask prayer this morning for Mrs. Saeed, as she prepares to speak before this congressional panel later today. We ask that the bill before Congress, which states "that Iran should immediately release the three United States citizens it holds, as well as provide all known information on any United States citizens that have disappeared within its borders" be passed quickly, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "For the Lord will not abandon His people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance." (Psalm 94:14)
3. Minnesota Muslims brutally honest: 'We want Shariah' - WND
The Cedar Riverside section of Minneapolis is home to the University of Minnesota, some tasty ethnic foods and brutally cold winters. It's also a known hotbed of Islamic terror recruitment.
Al-Shabab, the Islamist group based in Somalia, has had a field day there over the past six or seven years. Dozens of young Muslims have left the streets of Cedar Riverside, referred to by some Minnesotans as "Little Mogadishu" for its high concentration of Somali refugees, to travel abroad and fight for terrorist groups. Some have joined Somalia's notorious al-Shabab, which slaughtered 147 Christians at a university in Kenya last month, while others have opted for ISIS in Syria. Their goal is the same - to join their brothers in the fight to establish a Shariah-compliant utopia known as a caliphate. (Read more)
- Lord God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, we bring this need before Your Throne of Grace, and we ask that Your hand of divine intervention would reach out to protect our people from this growing threat to our homeland. Abba, our nation was founded to serve You and to serve as a witness of Your Kingdom to the nations . . . not the other way around. We take the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, and we bind the antichrist spirit of Islam from encroaching further upon our land, and we loose the spirit of TRUTH to come forth, in Jesus' name, amen and amen. We pray, too, for the souls of those who are lost in the world of Islam, that they might come to faith in You, our Messiah. In Your name, amen.
- "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3 NKJV)
Please see also: Matthew 18:18 and Isaiah 65:1.
4. Obama signs disaster declaration for Texas as storm's death toll increases - Fox News
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Texas late Friday after the state suffered severe flooding throughout the week.
The White House said Obama ordered federal aid to supplement other recovery efforts affected by the severe weather since May 4. Texas Gov. Greg Abbot had requested a presidential declaration to get federal help for the affected counties earlier Friday after declaring a state of emergency for 24 more counties. At least 30 people have been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend. Twenty-six of the deaths have been in Texas alone, and 11 people were still missing Saturday. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the people of Texas. We pray for the waters to subside and return to normal levels. Restore what has been lost in the counties affected. We speak peace to those who have lost loved ones.
- "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song . . ." (Isaiah 12:2)
5. Administration preps new gun regulations - The Hill
The Justice Department plans to move forward this year with more than a dozen new gun-related regulations . . . to enact before the end of the Obama administration. The regulations range from new restrictions on high-powered pistols to gun storage requirements. Chief among them is a renewed effort to keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable or have been convicted of domestic abuse. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for these plans to never be implemented and put in place to hinder our freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution. We bind up the evil one from coming against a free people who worship the One True God, with this evil maneuver. In Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whoever controls you." (2 Peter 2:19)
6. South Korea fights to contain MERS outbreak, considers tough measures - Reuters
South Korea struggled to contain an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) on Monday as health authorities announced three more cases, bringing the number of infections to 18 in just over 10 days. (Read more)
- Father God, we cry out for mercy as reports of South Korea's struggle to contain this virus come in. We ask You to raise up a standard against this deadly syndrome so that many lives may be saved. We pray that the health officials will seek out You and Your wisdom for creative ways to combat this pestilence. Praise You, Father, for Your love and care for Your people. In Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague." (Mark 5:34)
7. U.S. says China's island-building erodes security; Beijing angered - Reuters
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday that China's island-building in the South China Sea was undermining security in the Asia-Pacific, drawing a scathing response from the foreign ministry in Beijing.
Carter, speaking to top defense officials from the Asia-Pacific at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, acknowledged that several countries had created outposts in the region's disputed islands, but he said the scope of China's activity created uncertainty about its future plans. "China has reclaimed over 2,000 acres, more than all other claimants combined . . . and China did so in only the last 18 months," Carter told the Shangri-La Dialogue security forum. "It is unclear how much farther China will go."
He said the United States was "deeply concerned" about the scale of China's land reclamation and the prospect of further militarization of the islands, saying it would boost "the risk of miscalculation or conflict." A Chinese delegate at the forum initially gave a measured response, in which he said Carter's comments were not as hostile as those made at the Shangri-La Dialogue in previous years, but the foreign ministry reacted strongly.
"The United States disregards history, legal principles and the facts," spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. "China's sovereignty and relevant rights were established a long time ago in the South China Sea." (Read more)
- Lord God, the increasing animosity between the U.S. and China in the South China Sea may lead us into war, unless You intervene. Abba Father, we ask that You raise Your mighty right hand and arm to defuse this escalation, causing our leaders to come to their senses. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil." (Proverbs 3:7)
8. Russian military jets and US destroyer clash in Black Sea 'posing danger to stability' - Independent
Russia has scrambled military jets in response to an American navy destroyer which, it has been reported in Russian media, was acting "aggressively" in the Black Sea. The Russian defence minister, speaking at a security summit in Singapore, said US missile ships operating near Moscow's territorial waters "pose a danger to strategic stability" between the two countries. (Read more)
Video: Russian planes, U.S. warship have close encounter near Crimea - CNN
The U.S. Navy took the unusual step Monday of releasing video of a Russian Su-24 aircraft flying past the right side of the guided missile destroyer USS Ross in the Black Sea.
The video was distributed to make clear that the airplanes and ship had a routine encounter, contrary to Russian reports. It shows a warplane approaching from the distance and then quickly zooming past the American vessel.
The Ross was 25 miles off the coast of Crimea in international waters when six Russian Su-24s went by. (Read more)
- How interesting, Lord, that the Russians would consider a US destroyer a threat to their country's territory since Russia has been so threatening in this area and other areas already. Lord, we speak Your Shalom over this situation and ask that You would provide protection for all our ships and troops all over the world from aggressive countries like Russia. In Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Stretch out Your hand from above; rescue me and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of foreigners, who mouth speaks lying words, and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood." (Psalms 144:7-8)
9. Opec under siege as Isil threatens world's oil lifeline - The Telegraph
Thick black smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery could be seen as a dirty smudge on the horizon as far away as Baghdad after fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) set fire to the enormous processing plant just over 100 miles north of the capital last week.
The decision to torch the refinery, which once produced around a third of Iraq's domestic fuel supplies, was made as the insurgents prepared to pull out of Baiji, which they captured last June in a victory that sent shock waves across world oil markets.
A year on from the start of the siege and a shaky alliance of the Middle East's major Arab powers, with the limited support of the reluctant US government, has failed to contain the expansion of Isil.
The problem for the US and the rest of the industrialised world is that the Middle East controls 60pc of proven oil reserves and with it the keys to the global economy. Should Isil capture a major oil field in Iraq, or overwhelming the government, the consequences for energy markets and the financial system would be potentially catastrophic. (Read more)
- "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."
10. Water Emerging as a Chief ISIS Weapon - WND
Just as ISIS has targeted oil refineries in its takeover of half of Syria and one-third of Iraq to finance its operations, the self-declared Islamic caliphate is looking to control access to something more vital - water - as it expands to North Africa, sources tell Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin.. With control of water sources in the north, the jihadist Arab has the potential to wield influence over the entire African continent.
ISIS' experience in Syria and Iraq demonstrates the power of controlling water sources. Its seizure of key facilities on the Euphrates and Tigris rivers has enabled it to control water access for its Shiite enemies in the south of Iraq. Al-Qaida affiliates that have sworn allegiance to ISIS in Egypt, Ethiopia and the Maghreb countries of western North Africa similarly could capture vital sources of water that affect the whole continent.
In its own map, ISIS has declared its intention to expand into Africa.
"Control over the Nile headwaters in South Sudan and Ethiopia are highly central to Sudanese and Egyptian geo-strategic concerns," one African specialist told G2 on condition of anonymity. "Ethiopia has a big hydro-project where I believe they gave sufficient assurances to Sudan and Egypt about their concerns of Nile flow into their respective countries," he said. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, these demonically inspired actions by the Islamic group ISIS to control and manipulate more and more people groups must be stopped. This time ISIS wants to manipulate the water supply sources to many nations within the African continent if they do not have their way. We ask You Father to have mercy, mercy, mercy upon Your remnant and people groups, and for You to supernaturally destroy the plots and schemes of the enemy's plan to deprive water from so many people. We pray this in the Name of Jesus and under His Shed Blood, Amen and Amen.
- "Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble. Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, 'You will not require an account.' But You have seen, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man; seek out his wickedness until You find none." (Psalm 10:12-15 NKJV)
The Daily Jot
Monday, June 1, 2015
The USA Freedom Act, really?
Stories abound about how drones have been found hovering over people's heads while they are giving speeches and news conferences; looking in people's windows as they are getting dressed or using the bathroom; flying around backyards; at football games; and the list goes on. With the "selfie" generation and all the technology that can record everything that happens, Americans are faced with a government that has been monitoring our phone calls everyday, has the power to track persons not affiliated with terrorism, and can ruin someone's life with a mere suspicion. Doesn't sound too patriotic, does it? But this is part of the Patriot Act and it expired Sunday at midnight.
The government still has much in place to detect terrorists and try to stop them--if it will use its tools. With all the millions upon millions of phone records the government has collected, the most recentTexas terrorist attack wasn't thwarted, even though the terrorist was known to law enforcement. The Patriot Act didn't stop the Boston Marathon bombing either, or Fort Hood. We really do not know how these phone records played in preventing any number of terrorist attacks. But you can bet Americans have paid the price of the Patriot Act by the shear number of innocents who have been harassed by the government trying to transfer funds to needy relatives or to ministries they support, no-fly mistakes, and the soft tyranny it has created.
Never fear, though. The Big Brother enthusiasts in the federal government and in Congress have a plan to bring the Patriot Act back in full swing. It's been re-labeled and rebranded as the USA Freedom Act. While this act eliminates the illegal collection of your phone records by the government and allows some legitimate tools to fight terrorism, it is far from the implications of its moniker. Ultimately, all Americans are suffering a loss of freedom and their Constitutional rights because a terrorist sponsoring, slave trading, drug smuggling, civil rights suppressing worldwide crime organization is masquerading as a religion and getting away with it. It is called Islam. It is antithetical to freedom and what is right.
Another path should be taken for fighting terrorism in America--that is, to crack down on Islam, a death cult that threatens the very security of every man, woman and child. Moreover, it threatens the eternal security of all of its members. All Americans are adversely impacted by a minority seeks to establish a Sharia world order and to kill all Christians and Jews who do not convert or submit. Its pretty clear. Islam's holy book says in Sura 8:12, "I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them" This is a far cry from Jesus who said in John 15:12, "This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you." That is a real act of freedom.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Obama v. the 2nd Amendment
It Must Be Great To Be King
News broke over the weekend that the Obama Justice Department is working to finalize "more than a dozen new gun-related regulations." Given the propensity of government to overreach, there is already great alarm over the potential for abuse.
But this much is clear: President Barack Obama is again abusing his power to create new law. He is circumventing the legislative process, empowering unelected bureaucrats at the Justice Department and counting on liberal judges to further restrict the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Consider this excerpt from The Hill:
"Congressional efforts to expand background checks and keep guns away from dangerous people have failed in recent years, but the legislative defeats won't stop the Justice Department from regulating. The Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is looking to revive a rule . . . that would block domestic abusers from owning guns. As proposed, the regulation makes it illegal for some who has been convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense to own a gun."
Let me be absolutely clear: No one wants insane people to have firearms. But restrictions on constitutional rights should require public debates and votes by our elected representatives. Such decisions should not be left to the whims of unelected bureaucrats.
By the way, many on the left who are so gung-ho about limiting the Second Amendment claim that they are motivated to save innocent lives. Yet they are the same people who will fight to the death any regulation of the practice that takes the most innocent human lives and it has nothing to do with guns. It's called abortion.
If this president and his allies really cared about saving lives, perhaps they should start regulating the abortion industry that claims nearly one million lives a year. (Gary Bauer)
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR
"Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." (Hebrews 4:16)
I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.
I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessèd Son.
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About the Author:
Words: Annie S. Hawks, 1872.
Music: Robert Lowry
About the Hymn:
Annie Hawks wrote:
One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, "I Need Thee Every Hour," were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me.
After writing the lyrics, Hawks gave them to her pastor, Robert Lowry, who added the tune and refrain. The hymn was first published at the National Baptist Sunday School Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, in November 1872. Some years later, after the death of her husband, Hawks wrote:
I did not understand at first why this hymn had touched the great throbbing heart of humanity. It was not until long after, when the shadow fell over my way, the shadow of a great loss, that I understood something of the comforting power in the words which I had been permitted to give out to others in my hour of sweet serenity and peace.
Signs and Wonders
Lightning strikes One World Trade Center (again);
second time in just over a month
The strong storms that rolled through the New York City area on Sunday night produced torrential rain, flash flooding and some spectacular lightning.
Anthony Quintano, a photographer and self-proclaimed "weather geek," captured footage of lightning striking the One World Trade Center building from Liberty State Park in New Jersey.
Quintano caught several bolts hitting the building's spire and streamed live video of the storm using Periscope.
The One World Trade Center observatory opened to the public on Saturday.
Of course, it's not the first time the 1,776-foot building has been hit by lightning - it also happened a little over a month ago. (Yahoo News) Read more.
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
The Good News Corner
Sunday best: Flocks don orange to support Middle East Christians
Orange is the new color for Sundays, as the movement to wear the color either in clothing or on ribbons - to raise attention to the Christians executed by ISIS.
The trend was popularized by several Christian leaders, including Catholic writer Rey Flores, who declared 'Orange is the New Color of Martyrdom' in an article for The Wanderer. Flores has worked to draw attention to the #orangejumpsuit project run by Rev. Patrick Mahoney, who leads the Church on the Hill in Washington, D.C.
Pastor Frank Bolella, of Living Word Community Church, in Dumont, N.J., said his church is participating because the campaign is a good way to get parishioners talking about persecution of Christians.
"Americans need to be aware first of all what is happening," he said.
One congregant, John Estrada, said wearing orange made him feel like he was taking action.
"The reason why I am wearing an orange shirt is to represent the Christian brothers and sisters that are being persecuted," Estrada said.
Lydia O'Leary, of Ribbons for Rescue, aims to encourage people to call on lawmakers to provide more financial assistance for Christian refugees in the Middle East and offer them safe havens in the U.S. Her group advocates Christians wear orange every day to draw more attention to Christian prisoners persecuted for their religion.
"We call on people to wear orange daily," O'Leary told FoxNews.com. It says "we're standing with you on this-you're not alone." (Fox News) Read more.
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
HE IS MY DEFENSE . . . I SHALL NOT BE MOVED
by Marty Goetz
A powerful song sung by Marty Goetz of the awesome power of God and how His promises to protect both Israel, the Jew and those who believe in Him will be upheld no matter what befalls any of them . . .or what enemies try to come against them.
Worship Him here . . . lyrics included!!
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#
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> > > 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!