WATCHMAN ALERT! [See below]
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Capitol Hill Prayer Partners
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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, June 25, 2015
"I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand on the earth." (Job 19:25)
The National Day of Prayer Task Force is sponsoring a conference call, every day at noon, EDT, until Saturday, 6/27 to pray for Charleston. You may join this conference by dialing: 712-432-0075, code 4961322#
Tonight, CHPP is issuing our first-ever WATCHMAN ALERT for tomorrow,
Friday, June 26.
Please remain especially prayerful over the funeral for Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston AND (at the same time) over the press office at the Supreme Court, which is likely to release the verdict on gay marriage at that hour.
Pray without ceasing! Thank you! (Habakkuk 2:1)
" . . . pray without ceasing . . ." (I Thess. 5:17)
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.
"In a dream, a vision of the night,
When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds,
Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction,
That He may turn man aside from his conduct,
And keep man from pride;
He keeps back his soul from the pit,
And his life from passing over into Sheol." (Job 33:15-18)
"I will bless the LORD who has counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night." (Psalm 16:7)
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. Poll finds massive drop in Israelis' approval of Obama - Times of Israel
Israelis have increasingly lost faith in US President Barack Obama, with the commander-in-chief taking a greater hit to his image in the Jewish state than in any other country in the world, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Confidence in Obama slipped in Israel from 71% in 2014 to 49% in 2015, while half of Israelis said they have no confidence in the president's leadership in international affairs, according to the 2015 Spring Pew Global Attitudes Survey.
The findings reverse a several-year trend of rising support for Obama in Israel, amid increasingly cool relations between the two states over US foreign policy in the Middle East and tensions between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran's nuclear program.
According to the survey, which spoke to 1,000 people in the country during April and May, 80% of Israelis disapprove of how Obama is dealing with Iran's nuclear program. (Read more)
2. US Congress passes rare law targeting boycotts of Israel - Jerusalem Post
Four decades have passed since Congress last agreed on a law pushing back against boycotts of Israel worldwide. That streak was broken by the Senate Wednesday, at a moment perhaps prescient, as European capitals consider new measures to highlight and punish Israel's continued "occupation" of the West Bank.
The vehicle chosen, as one congressman told The Jerusalem Post, comes around too infrequently for lawmakers to have passed up the opportunity. (Read more)
3. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu calls for calm after Druze mob kills wounded Syrian thought to be Islamist fighter - The Independent
The Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has urged calm from Israel's Druze minority after a Druze mob murdered a wounded Syrian who was being transported by military ambulance to an Israeli hospital. The incident came amid anger among the Druze in Israel over Israeli provision of medical treatment to what they say are Islamist fighters from Syria, who have posed a threat to the Druze, and a broader failure on Israel's part to help the Druze in Israel. (Read more)
4. Gaza rocket shatters quiet in southern Israel - Israel Hayom
A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in an open area near Yad Mordechai on Tuesday night, following two weeks of quiet in southern Israel.
While no injuries or damage were reported, the rocket launch prompted warning sirens to sound in the southern Israeli communities of Zikim, Karmia, Netiv Haasara and Yad Mordechai.
Arab media outlets reported that an Islamic State-affiliated Salafi group in Gaza took responsibility for the rocket fire. (Read more)
5. IAF strikes Gaza rocket launcher after projectile attack on southern Israel - Jerusalem Post
The Israel Air Force carried out an air strike of a rocket launcher in northern Gaza used by terrorists to fire on Israel earlier on Tuesday night, the IDF said. The military placed the onus on Gaza's ruling Hamas faction to take responsibility for projectile fire emanating from the coastal Palestinian enclave. (Read more)
6. Chaos erupts in Knesset after deputy minister says Arab MKs should hand in Israeli ID cards - Jerusalem Post
All Israeli citizens have the right to vote, but all must obey the law, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday, after pandemonium broke out in the Knesset during an exchange between Deputy Interior Minister Yaron Mazuz and Arab MKs.
Mazuz took the stand in the plenum to explain the government's position, rejecting bills by MKs Aida Touma-Sliman (Joint List) and Zehava Gal- On (Meretz) that would allow Palestinians married to Israelis become citizens.
After continuous heckling from Joint List MKs, Mazuz said to them: "We're doing you a favor by letting you sit here. (Read more)
7. In absurd finding, UNHRC report dubs terror tunnels 'legitimate' - Israel Hayom
Much like previous U.N. inquiries into Israeli military campaigns in the Gaza Strip, the U.N. Human Rights Council report into Operation Protective Edge, which was released Monday, featured harsh accusations against Israel alongside several absurd findings. The report concluded, for example, that Hamas' threats to fire rockets on Israel constituted sufficient warning to the residents of central Israel, as well as to authorities running Ben-Gurion International Airport. (Read more)
The Daily Brief
1. Supreme Court approves Obamacare subsidies on HealthCare.gov - CNBC
Obamacare just survived a potentially fatal heart attack.
In a major decision, the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled 6-3 that the federal subsidies that help nearly 6.4 million people pay for their Obamacare health plans are legal under the Affordable Care Act.
The ruling avoids what many analysts predicted would be a nightmare scenario had the plaintiffs won: individual plan insurance prices skyrocketing in two-thirds of the United States and the loss of health coverage for upwards of 8 million people in states served by the federal insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov by next year. (Read More)
- Father, You know how much Obamacare has cost the American taxpayers. We pray intensely for America. We once loved You, Lord, and we pray for revival and restoration of our republic. We beseech You for changed hearts and hope.
-"Your watchmen shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together, for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion" (Isaiah 52:8)
2. Scalia leads scathing dissent on ObamaCare ruling, dubs law 'SCOTUScare' - Fox News
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and his conservative colleagues may have been overruled in Thursday's decision upholding ObamaCare subsidies, but they didn't go down without a fight.
The firebrand conservative justice delivered one of the most scathing and linguistically creative dissents in recent memory. In a 21-page rebuttal, Scalia and two other justices tore into the Affordable Care Act and the court's handling of it over the years -- effectively accusing their colleagues of twisting the law for the sake of preserving President Obama's signature policy.
"Today's interpretation is not merely unnatural; it is unheard of," Scalia wrote, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You for Justice Scalia, a man who honors Your law and the law of our land -- the United States Constitution. We thank You that He serves as a voice in the wilderness of the U.S. Supreme Court, calling forth truth to power. We thank You, too, that Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito joined with Justice Scalia in issuing this dissent. May their voices be heard throughout our land. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen and amen.
- "Many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the temple of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths." The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem." (Isaiah 2:3)
3. Supreme Court Guide: Six Big Decisions Remain - Wall Street Journal
The Supreme Court is scheduled to issue decisions Thursday, with six major cases remaining on the docket, and is expected to release opinions again on Friday and perhaps next week. Still to be decided are the health-law subsidies and gay-marriage cases, along with closely watched rulings involving congressional redistricting and power plant emissions.
- Lord with one decision down this morning and more on the way, we stand firmly in Your Word and in Your strength for what is to come.
-"The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears open to their cry."
4. Pacific Trade Authority Bill Wins Final Approval in Senate - NYT
The Senate on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation granting President Obama enhanced power to negotiate major trade agreements with Asia and Europe, sending the president's biggest end-of-term legislative priority to the White House for his signature. Senators then approved a bill that provides assistance to workers displaced by international trade accords, attaching it to a popular African trade measure that will go to the House for a final vote Thursday morning. House Democrats signaled they would support the measure, which they had voted down two weeks before.
The Senate cleared the so-called trade promotion bill 60 to 38, with 13 Democrats joining all but five Republicans. After the Senate voted 76 to 22 to cut off debate on the worker aid and African trade bill, senators agreed to pass it by voice vote.
The burst of legislative action secured a hard-fought victory for Mr. Obama and the Republican congressional leadership. It kept on track an ambitious agenda to complete a broad trade agreement joining 12 countries - from Canada and Chile to Australia and Japan - into a web of rules governing trans-Pacific commerce. Negotiators will also move forward on an accord with Europe, knowing that any agreement over the next six years will be subject to a straight up-or-down vote, but cannot be amended or filibustered in Congress. (Read more)
- Father, we are grieved that the Republicans have sided with the President on a bill which literally destroys our Sovereignty as a nation. We pray that You will help us, Lord, and protect Your people against the international laws so repugnant to Christian values.
- "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him." (Job 13:15)
5. Charleston shooting sets off chain reaction in faith communities - Times of Israel
With vigils, prayer services and visits to each others' congregations, America's believers are spreading solidarity in the face of hate.
Some 3,000 people were needed to create a human chain on the Ravenel bridge Sunday night, and the organizers easily met that goal. While individuals linked arms on the two-mile bridge, dozens of boats in the river below sounded air horns while passing cars honked in support.
Elsewhere in America, Jewish and Christian communities have sought solace together in prayer. "This last week was a difficult one. Even though we're in Detroit, not South Carolina, it's the sort of news that shakes people across the country," said Rabbi Mark Miller from Michigan's oldest Jewish congregation, the Reform Temple Beth El. (Read more)
- Father, we are happy that Christians are joining together over the suffering of the Body of Christ. We do ask that You bring wisdom and revelation into the process so that hearts will be changed by it.
-"Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" (Psalm 133:1)
6. Jefferson Memorial, Confederate Statues, enter National Race Debate- LA Times
This week, the Jefferson Memorial was drawn into the national debate about race following the shooting deaths of nine people in a predominantly black church in South Carolina last week. It joins other public statues depicting Southern or Confederate figures, including Jefferson Davis and Robert E. Lee, that some are arguing represent the country's racist past and should be removed. (Read More)
- Father, we are headed for another civil war, as people attempt to re-write America's history. We cry out for Your mercy and help - and peace over this nation.
- "Seek peace and pursue it" (Psalm 34:14b)
7. Vicar of Baghdad Says Christians Are 'Desperate' and 'Petrified' by ISIS, but Worship and Love for Jesus Sustains Persecuted Believers - Christian Post
The Rev. Canon Andrew White, known as the "Vicar of Baghdad," has said that persecution of Christians at the hands of ISIS in Iraq has passed all expectations of extreme brutality. White said that while Christians have lost everything, it's their faith in Jesus that's keeping them going.
"It is happening now in our midst and the persecution of Christians is like we'd never expect would happen," White told the audience at the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St. Mark in Salt Lake City, according to Deseret News. "All I know is we are not (ceasing) to love Jesus. We are still serving him." He added that Christians in Iraq are in constant fear of attacks. "They're all petrified. They're all desperate. They all think they have no future," he said. (Read More)
- Lord, we pray for Your mercy, strength, and the gift of faith for our brothers and sisters in Iraq and throughout the war-torn areas of the Middle East. Difficult times are when You reveal Yourself the most, Lord, so we pray for a revelation of Your power to help them.
-"Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake." (Matthew 24:9)
8. Iran's Forces and U.S. Share a Base in Iraq - BloombergView
The U.S. military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are getting closer and closer in Iraq, even sharing a base, while Iran uses those militias to expand its influence in Iraq and fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime in neighboring Syria.
Two senior administration officials confirmed to us that U.S. soldiers and Shiite militia groups are both using the Taqqadum military base in Anbar, the same Iraqi base where President Obama is sending an additional 450 U.S. military personnel to help train the local forces fighting against the Islamic State. Some of the Iran-backed Shiite militias at the base have killed American soldiers in the past.
Some inside the Obama administration fear that sharing the base puts U.S. soldiers at risk. The U.S. intelligence community has reported back to Washington that representatives of some of the more extreme militias have been spying on U.S. operations at Taqqadum, one senior administration official told us. That could be calamitous if the fragile relationship between the U.S. military and the Shiite militias comes apart and Iran-backed forces decide to again target U.S. troops. (Read more)
- Father, the US has allowed those who wish to kill us close proximity to our troops. We cover them with the Blood of Jesus, and declare "no weapon formed against you shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17)
6. U.S. Power Grid Being Hit With 'Increasing' Hacking Attacks, Government Warns - Free Beacon
Potential to 'take down' U.S. power grids, water systems and other critical infrastructure.
Major attacks on the U.S. power grid system are "increasing," with hackers stepping up efforts to penetrate critical systems and to implant malicious software that could compromise the power grid and result in a nationwide crisis, according to a government report. (Read More)
- Lord, we pray a hedge of protection around the US power grid, and a canopy of the Blood of Jesus over and around it in all places where it may be vulnerable.
-"Let my prayer come before You; incline Your ear to my cry." (Psalm 88:2)
10. Russia Tested Hypersonic Glide Vehicle in February - Free Beacon
Moscow is developing a new, ultra-high speed strategic attack vehicle similar to China's hypersonic weapon, according to military analysts.
However, unlike high-profile strategic bomber flights and large-scale nuclear war games that U.S. military commanders have called provocative, details about the Russian hypersonic vehicle remain one of Moscow's closely held military secrets.
The Russians have been developing the new Yu-71 vehicle for several years and conducted the most recent flight test in February, according to an article published this month in Jane's Intelligence Review.
A Pentagon spokeswoman declined to comment on the Russian hypersonic test. (Read more)
- Father God, we cry out for mercy for our nation, in spite of our many, many sins. Abba, we have lost our way, and we need to return to you with repentant hearts. Lord God, would You show Your hand to be mighty on our behalf, protecting us from all enemies? We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Praise be to the Lord,
for he has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him." (Psalm 28:6-8)
The Daily Jot
Prophetic Iran nuclear deal modeled after North Korea
AP reports that it has obtained confidential documents confirming the "president's" intent to offer Iran high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment "if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms." AP says, "the draft, entitled "Civil Nuclear Cooperation," promises to supply Iran with light-water nuclear reactors instead of its nearly completed heavy-water facility at Arak, which would produce enough plutonium for several bombs a year if completed as planned." AP says, the US has also offered "arrangements for the assured supply and removal of nuclear fuel for each reactor provided," and offers help in the "construction and effective operation" of the reactors and related hardware.
Let's roll back the clock to October 1994, where after 17 months of negotiations, President Bill Clinton committed the US to a nuclear deal with communist North Korea. Clinton is quoted as saying, "This US-North Korean agreement will help to achieve a long-standing and vital American objective: an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean peninsula." Heritage Foundation archives document in an October 20 letter to North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il, Clinton vastly expanded America's commitments under the formal agreement to finance fuel shipments and reactors, and to ease its long-standing trade embargo and move toward first-ever diplomatic relations with the North.
Within 13 years on January 6, 2007, North Korea confirmed it had nuclear weapons. It had leveraged Clinton's agreement to develop technology and fund a nuclear weapons program. It's a sure fire bet that Iran will have nuclear weapons once yet another Democratic "president," this one a Muslim sympathizer, hands the technology and reactors to one of the Middle East's greatest sponsors of terrorism. History is repeating itself. This time, however, it is with a nation mentioned prominently in Ezekiel 38-39 as coming against Israel in a colossal end time battle. The "president" has admitted that the agreement will only slow Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon, effectively kicking the nuclear can down the road apiece.
The "president" is taking giant steps toward giving nuclear weapons to an end time player and a terrorist sponsoring state. While many will continue to point to the schism between Sunni and Shiite, Islam is first Islam and its unification is evident in the Ezekiel 38 passages. Even when the Lord returns and is defeating the forces against Israel, the division between Shia and Sunni is evident. Ezekiel 38:21 says, "And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord God: "every man's sword shall be against his brother." Notwithstanding, the US will suffer consequences for the decisions of its president to support Islam at the expense of Israel. Zechariah 12:9 says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem."
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Christian Prayers for Ramadan
Christian Prayers for Ramadan
Chad: opportunity in the heart of Africa
musa lives with his extended family in a small village in Chad. He is in the first year at school and shares his teacher and classroom with 210 other students. Most of the time he has to sit on the ground because there are not enough benches. Unfortunately, Musa's teacher speaks to him in French, a language that he doesn't understand very well - he speaks Chadian Arabic.
Many days, Musa and his friends go to school in vain because his teacher does not show up. When the teacher is there, however, they spend most of the time repeating what the teacher says. While Musa is good about memorising his lessons, he doesn't always understand what he is repeating. Will he leave the primary school, like most Chadian children, without ever having learned actually to read or write?
Musa's cousin, Abdallah, lives in another village. Abdallah's father is the imam of their village. His many children and their education are important to him, but public schools in the area failed to meet his standards. So he asked a Christian worker to come and start a school for his children. Abdallah loves his school. He is one student among 20 (his siblings and a few neighbourhood kids who can afford the private school fees). His teacher is able to instruct in both French and Chadian Arabic. He also enjoys listening to the Bible stories that the teacher tells them every morning. It is so different from reciting without understanding!
The catastrophic situation of Chad's public educational system has led Muslims throughout the country to ask for Christian schools for their children, welcoming a good education for their children as part of the blessings of the kingdom of God.
How can we pray?
- For more good educational opportunities for the children of Chad.
-- That teachers will have wisdom and courage as they teach and demonstrate the message of Christ.
- That the seed of God's Word will grow and bear fruit and that many families will come to follow Jesus.
A Verse to Decree:
"But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 19:14 KJV)
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
"Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith." (Hebrews 10:21-22)
Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.
Perfect submission, all is at rest
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
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About the Author:
Words: Fanny Crosby, 1873 Music: Phoebe P. Knapp
About the Hymn:
(From Fanny Crosby) My friend, Mrs. Joseph F. Knapp, composed a melody and played it over to me two or three times on the piano. She then asked what it said. I replied, "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!"
Signs and Wonders
Why Is NASA Working On A Way To Destroy Asteroids Using Nuclear Weapons?
Yes, I know that headline sounds like it comes from the 1998 movie "Armageddon" starring Bruce Willis, but this is actually happening. NASA and the National Nuclear Security Administration are teaming up to try to figure out a way to use nuclear weapons to either destroy threatening asteroids or to at least nudge them off course. This seems very odd considering the fact that just a couple of weeks ago NASA publicly announced that it knew of "no asteroid or comet currently on a collision course with Earth" and that "no large object is likely to strike the Earth any time in the next several hundred years".
If what NASA told us previously is true, then it would seem that it would be a tremendous waste of time, money and resources to work on a way to destroy asteroids using nuclear weapons. Why is NASA suddenly so interested in the threat of large asteroids if one is not likely to hit us "any time in the next several hundred years"? Could it be possible that they know something that they are not telling us?
When I first heard that NASA was teaming up with the National Nuclear Security Administration to figure out a way to use nuclear weapons against asteroids, I immediately had flashbacks to two of my favorite movies from the 1990s - Deep Impact and Armageddon. But it disturbs me that our "best minds" haven't come up with any better ideas since those films first came out. The following is from a New York Times article about this new development . . . (EndoftheAmericanDream.com)
Read more here.
(Article draws from numerous sources . . .)
The Good News Corner
"Faith It Forward" Washington Prayer Initiative to Inspire American Communities to Celebrate Faith
"Perhaps no group of stories have had a greater impact on our country than stories of faith. Unfortunately, amidst policy debates, we sometimes lose sight of those stories. The goal of #FaithitForward is to tell these stories in a central place for policymakers and the world to see." -Congressman Randy Forbes
(Washington, DC)-Congressman Randy Forbes, Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, has announced a new initiative.
The purpose of the initiative, called #FaithitForward, is to unite the country around celebrating the positive impact of faith in local communities. Members of Congress across the nation are participating by highlighting inspiring stores of how people of faith in their districts are a force for good in their communities.
"Policies are often generated because of real life stories of how those policies impact the lives and direction of a nation," said Congressman Forbes. "Perhaps no group of stories have had a greater impact on our country than stories of faith. Unfortunately, amidst policy debates, we sometimes lose sight of those stories.
"The goal of #FaithitForward is to tell these stories in a central place for policymakers and the world to see."
(Source: Breaking Christian News) Read more here.
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
"Mighty to Save" - Hillsong
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 & Light Council, the focus of the daily "Repentance and Restoration" 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!