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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
"The Lord has heard my supplication, The Lord receives my prayer." (Psalm 6:9,10)
"For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways."
Focus on the Iranian Deal
Focus on the Iranian Deal
It is written:
The Lord said to my Lord,
"Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool."
The Lord shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion.
Rule in the midst of Your enemies!
1. Peace for Our Time' - Iran Nuclear Deal Announced on 'Black Tuesday' - Jewishpress.com
Iran and the P5+1 powers announced a final agreement shortly after noon (Israeli time) on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. It will take a year to understand if the deal actually stops helping Iran get its hands on a nuclear weapon. (Read more)
- Father, we cry out for mercy. Help us, Lord, for we know not what we are doing. Have mercy on the American people for the decisions that our leaders make on our behalf.
- "If a ruler listens to falsehood, all his officials will be wicked." (Proverbs 29:12)
2. Obama faces tough sales job in Congress as critics blast 'capitulation'
to Iran - Fox News
Now, it's Congress' turn.
The announcement Tuesday of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran shifts the debate from the negotiating table in Vienna to the floors of Capitol Hill, where a rebellion already is brewing over elements of the deal that critics call a "historic capitulation."
President Obama, speaking early Tuesday morning from the White House, touted the agreement as a breakthrough that has "stopped the spread of nuclear weapons" in the region. The deal would curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for significant sanctions relief.
But Congress, under legislation approved earlier this year, has a say and will be able to approve or reject the terms after a 60-day review period. While lawmakers wouldn't necessarily be able to block the entire deal, they could keep U.S. sanctions in place.(Read more)
- Father God, if we ever needed to see Congress do its job, that time is now. Lord God, we ask for a bold move by this Congress, and for a margin-proof vote to develop during this 60-day period of review. We thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayer, in Jesus' name, amen.
- "Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence." (I Timothy 2:1,2)
3. Sen. Cotton Sees 'Open Congressional Rebellion' Over Imminent Iran Nuclear Deal - CNSNews.com
Amid indications that marathon negotiations over Iran's nuclear program will deliver a final agreement on Monday, Republican - and some Democratic - critics on Capitol Hill expressed deep misgivings about the looming deal. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) warned there could be a "congressional rebellion."
"I wouldn't be surprised if we see an open congressional rebellion, to include congressional Democrats," Cotton told Arkansas ABC-affiliate KATV's Talk Business & Politics program on Sunday. "I think that many congressional Democrats are very worried about the path the president has taken, especially in these last two or three weeks," he added, "and that you're apt to see an open congressional rebellion and perhaps a veto-proof majority to stop the deal from going forward."
If a deal is finalized at the talks in Vienna, Congress will have 60 days to review it under a law signed by President Obama last May. During that period the president may not order any sanctions relief, and Congress may vote on a joint resolution of approval, or a joint resolution of disapproval. It may also choose to take no action. Should a resolution disapproving the agreement be passed, Obama is expected to veto it. Thirty-four votes in the Senate would be enough to uphold the veto. (Read more)
- Father, we ask that Congress would have the fullness of your wisdom in reviewing this deal. We ask that they would be thorough in reviewing the full measure of each detail in this agreement. Give them understanding in how these details affect other details in the agreement. May this document be reviewed in the full light of present reality in Iran and its relationships with other countries in the Middle East, especially Israel. May due consideration be given to the effects this agreement have in the present, over the next 10 years, and beyond.
We ask for determination among a resounding majority in Congress to make Your will known, heard, understood, and acted on in this Congress. Father, we ask that this would penetrate the heart of the President and be able to overcome it if necessary. May America have no part in turning away from your people and your will in the Middle East.
- "Their Redeemer is strong; the LORD of hosts is his name: he shall thoroughly plead their cause, that he may give rest to the land, and disquiet the inhabitants of Babylon." (Jeremiah 50:34)
4. Obama urges Iran to end calls to eradicate Israel; as if they will listen - Times of Israel
Hailing American diplomacy and asserting that the deal struck with Iran cuts off "all of Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon," President Barack Obama also sought to address Israel's concerns over the accord.
He said the US shares the concerns of Israel and other regional allies over Iran's support for terrorism, "but that is precisely why we are taking this step: Because an Iran armed with a nuclear weapon would be far more destabilizing and far more dangerous to our friends and to the world."
"We will continue our unprecedented efforts to strengthen Israel's security, efforts that go beyond what any American administration has done before," Obama vowed in early morning remarks from the White House.
He said it was incumbent on the US to "continue to test whether this region, which has known so much suffering, so much bloodshed, can move in a different direction."
"It is possible to change," he said, castigating Iran's hardline stance to date, including its threats to "attack your neighbors or eradicate Israel." This approach, he said, was "a dead end." What was needed from Iran, he said, is a "different path . . . This is an opportunity, and we should seize it." (Read more)
- Father God, we find it difficult to even read this report. Lord God, a nation is known by its fruit, and ever since the ayatollahs seized power in the nation of Iran, there has been nothing but evil fruit coming from this regime. We stand in the gap and repent for the dangerous naievete of this president, and we ask for great wisdom for Congress as they seek to block further American action on this treaty. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Ye shall know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:16)
5. Netanyahu calls Iran deal an historic mistake for world' - Times of Israel
Israeli lawmakers voiced strong opposition to a landmark nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers Tuesday morning, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning the agreement was "a historic mistake."
Criticism of the deal came from both sides of Israel's political spectrum as the pact, long feared in Israel as paving Iran's path to a nuclear weapon, was clinched by the sides after years of talks.
"From the initial reports we can already conclude that this agreement is an historic mistake for the world," Netanyahu said at the start of a meeting with Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders. "Far-reaching concessions have been made in all areas that were supposed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons capability." (Read more)
- Father, Netanyahu has continually warned the U.S. about the dangers of this Iran deal. Our leaders have not listened to wise counsel. Now we have a deal that can take a year to understand if Iran will be able to get their hands on a nuclear weapon. Father, this is unfathomable! We turn the care of this decision on You. We look to You for our protection from unwise decisions from our leaders.
- "Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand." (Proverbs 19:20-21)
6. What's Israel to do now? - Times of Israel
If the Iran deal announced Tuesday has any silver lining, from an Israeli perspective, it is that a usually bitterly divided country is joining hands in rejecting it. In unfamiliar unison, both the coalition and opposition denounce the agreement the six world powers struck with the Islamic Republic, lamenting that it will allow it to become a legitimate threshold nuclear state within the foreseeable future. (Read more)
- Father, we know and we thank You that this was not a deal of Israel's choosing. We ask that you give her wisdom and determination in handling not just one new threat, but many new threats to which the door is now being opened around her. We ask that You would indeed strengthen her resolve, thread together their unity in You, and give them one voice from which to speak Truth to Iran, their neighbors, and the whole world. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
- "We will not return to our homes until every one of the children of Israel has received his inheritance." (Numbers 32:18)
7. What the Iranian President Thinks About the Nuclear Deal - National Journal
In his morning speech, Rouhani explained that Iran "has never sought to manufacture a nuclear weapon" and never will, and said that "God has accepted the nation's prayers." But his advocating for "greater brotherhood" came after a characteristically anti-Israel message, which could feed into worries that a sanctions-less Iran is a threat to Israel. Those worries are of particular concern to those in Congress, who now have 60 days to review the Iran deal. "To our neighbours: Do not be deceived by the propaganda of the warmongering Zionist regime. Iran and its power will translate into your power." (Read more)
- Father, it is nearly laughable if it were not so sad that the power Iran wishes to translate into its neighbors' power is obviously not electricity, even from the accusatory nature of a single Tweet. Father, You are the God of Israel and of Iran. There is no God but You, and no other god hears or accepts the prayers of a nation.
Father, hear and accept our prayers from our nation on behalf of Iran. Whether they truly intend to or not, may they never manufacture or get anywhere near manufacturing a nuclear weapon. To any extent Iran or any of its allied neighbors harbor hostility to Your people in Israel and around the world, may their efforts be scattered and come to nothing. May their hearts be turned toward You. Until that happens, may their true intent and its possible results be known to the rest of the world. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
- "Then the men of Israel said to the Hivites, 'Perhaps you dwell among us; so how can we make a covenant with you?'" (Joshua 9:7)
8. Lavrov: Russia expects US to abandon Europe Anti - Missile Defense plans after Iran deal - rt.com
Moscow hopes the US will fulfill its promise not to develop a system of missile defense in Europe after a deal with Iran has been reached, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Vienna on Tuesday.
"We all probably remember that in April 2009 in Prague [US] President [Barack] Obama said that if the Iran nuclear program issue is sorted out, then the task of creating the European segment of the missile defense system will disappear," Lavrov said at press conference in Vienna.
He said that Tehran and the P5+1 powers (the United States, the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China) have agreed on "joint all-inclusive plan of actions, which consists of the main document and five very detailed technical appendices." (Read more)
- Lord God, here come the Russians. As the impact of this Iranian deal begins to fall upon the nations, we ask for only Your good and perfect will to prevail upon men. This quagmire of a treaty has many, many hidden agendas; we bring them all before Your Throne and thank You that, once again, You are in control of all things. In Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "I make a decree that in every dominion of my kingdom men must tremble and fear before the God of Daniel. For He is the living God, And steadfast forever; His kingdom is the one which shall not be destroyed, And His dominion shall endure to the end." (Daniel 6:26)
9. Netanyahu convenes security cabinet: Israel not bound by deal with Iran - watch.org
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday said the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers has made the world a much more dangerous place today than it was yesterday.
Netanyahu's comments came as he was set to convene his Security Cabinet to discuss Israel's response to the deal.
"The world powers bet our collective future on a deal with the world's number one sponsor of terror," the prime minister said.
He accused the world powers of gambling that Iran's regime will change in ten years' time when aspects of the deal expire. "The deal gives Iran every incentive not to change," he said. The deal will give Iran a cash bonanza of hundreds of billions of dollars which will fuel its efforts to destroy Israel, he said. (Read more)
- Father God, in this hour of imminent peril for Your precious nation, Israel, we lift up a prayer for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The world's leaders have not given heed to his warning, that "no deal with Iran is better than a bad deal." Lord God, this is a very bad deal. We thank You that, when all nations round about Israel stand against her, You will stand and fight for her. We thank you for hearing our prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen and amen.
- But now many nations are gathered against you. They say, "Let her be defiled, let our eyes gloat over Zion!" (Micah 4:11)
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. PM: Iran's ongoing incitement shows US will sign deal 'at any price'
- Times of Israel
With indications that a final nuclear deal with Iran is imminent, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused world leaders of pursuing an agreement no matter what the cost.
Speaking in Jerusalem, Netanyahu did not name the US or any other countries negotiating with Iran in talks aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for easing crippling economic sanctions. But he said fiery anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric heard in Tehran over the weekend should have put the brakes on negotiations, which some officials say could wrap up as early as Monday. (Read more)
2. Netanyahu: No stopping deal if 'death to America' chants didn't kill talks - Times of Israel
Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett says the nuclear deal with Iran will be remembered as a dark moment in world history.
"Friends, even in dramatic days for the State of Israel, the sun shines, the birds tweet and a global terror power is born," he says. "It all looks the same, but nothing will be the same starting today. These are crucial days for Israel."
Bennett says that the deal about to be signed will transfer half a trillion dollars to a new terror superpower. "They are going to sign an agreement with the world's most dangerous country and they do it with a country that says quite openly it wants to destroy states and peoples," he says.
"Sometimes, when we read the history books of the last hundred years, we cannot seem to understand how terrible processes took place, how the world failed to see what is about to happen. Today, we can understand. The Western world is going to commit international hara-kiri and we are trying, with our feeble powers, to stay its hand," Bennett says. (Read more)
3. Netanyahu tweets in Farsi against Iran nuclear deal - Reuters
In an 11th-hour escalation of his lobbying against an expected nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu turned to the Iranian public on Monday with a new Farsi-language Twitter account.
An Israeli official said Netanyahu aimed to persuade ordinary Iranians they stood to lose from a deal that limits, but does not eliminate, Tehran's nuclear programme because "the more the regime feels strong and impervious to foreign pressure, the more it increases domestic oppression". (Read more)
4. Haredim threaten to topple government over proposed budget cuts
- Israel Hayom
The approval of the biannual government budget has led to a crisis between Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and the ultra-Orthodox parties after Economy and Trade Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas), Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) and Knesset Finance Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) rejected a proposal to concede some of the coalition agreements they had signed.
Talks ran late into Saturday night as Finance Ministry Director General Shay Babad, Prime Minister's Office Director General Harel Locker and Litzman attempted to find a solution. The ministry directors spoke on the phone with Deri, as well as with Gafni. Close to midnight, it was announced that both sides were refusing to budge.
"They shouldn't test us," Litzman said, before adding, "I won't allow anything we signed off on to be changed. I will stand firm on the allocations for children's stipends, yeshiva budgets and everything [else] that was promised." (Read more)
5. IDF 'heavily involved' in Israeli efforts to reach long-term arrangement with Hamas - Jerusalem Post
The IDF is "deeply involved" in Israeli efforts to reach a long-term truce with Hamas in Gaza through talks via mediators, a senior security source told military reporters recently.
Military officials view an arrangement that paves the way toward years of quiet on the Gaza border as one of a number of possible tools that can push back conflict with the terrorist organization as far as possible, contributing to stability and serving Israel's security interests. (Read more)
6. Computer hack reveals identity of Syrians in contact with Israel
- Times of Israel
Computer hackers likely working for the Syrian regime and Hezbollah have managed to penetrate the computers of Israeli and American activists working with the Syrian opposition, exposing sensitive contacts between the sides.
Al-Akhbar, a newspaper serving as Hezbollah's mouthpiece in Lebanon, published a series of articles over the weekend purporting to divulge correspondence between Mendi Safadi, a Druze Israeli and former political adviser to Deputy Regional Cooperation Minister Ayoub Kara, with members of the Syrian opposition around the world, taken from taken from Safadi's computer. (Read more)
7. Iranian court orders US to pay $50 b. in 'damages'- Times of Israel
An Iranian court on Monday ordered the US to compensate the Islamic Republic with $50 billion for damages incurred since the 1979 revolution, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported. The verdict was announced by Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei, formerly the attorney general, as world powers and Iran in Vienna were working to finalize a nuclear deal. (Read more)
8. Ya'alon on 'bad deal' with Iran: Israel must be prepared to defend itself - Jerusalem Post
The world powers' deal with Iran is a bad one, ignoring that Tehran continues to develop long-range missiles and sponsor terrorism, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said at the opening of a Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee meeting Monday.
"Even if there are some last-minute improvements, the agreement as we understand it is bad, allowing Iran to legitimately be a nuclear-threshold state, with all that implies," Ya'alon said. (Read more)
The Daily Brief
1. Greece reaches deal with creditors, avoids euro exit - AP
After grueling, often angry negotiations that tested the limits of European unity, Greece on Monday won a preliminary deal that averts financial catastrophe but also guarantees years more of hardship and sacrifice for its people. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras flew home to sell the plan to skeptical lawmakers and political allies, some of whom accused him of putting Greece at the mercy of its foreign creditors. To close the deal with its partners in the euro currency, Greece had to consent to a raft of austerity measures, including sales tax hikes and reforms to pensions and the labor market. (Read more)
- Father, we know that the borrower is the slave of the lender. The whole world can see that Greece's overextended economics of the past have caught up to them in the present. We ask that as Greece heads off into financial probation, that you would make your plans clear to your people in Greece. May the stripping away of broken promises leave them with a clearer picture of Who You are and your purposes for them. May they be faithful to pay back what they have owed, and may their name be redeemed in You.
- "All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name." (Psalm 86:9)
2. Communist crucifix for Pope Francis who lashes out at capitalism on Bolivia tour - rt.com
Pope Francis has urged the people of Latin America to stand up to the world's capitalist system and change the world economic order by creating a "truly communitarian economy" based on distribution of goods among all. Starting his speech with the need to instigate change, he called on the faithful to fight to protect human dignity in a "system" where farm workers end up without land or home and laborers without rights. "Do we realize that that system has imposed the mentality of profit at any price, with no concern for social exclusion or the destruction of nature?" he asked at a powerful speech before a gathering of social movements in Bolivia.
(During his visit) Bolivia's President Evo Morales presented a wooden hammer and sickle, with a figure of a crucified Christ resting on the hammer, as a gift to Pope Francis at the presidential palace in La Paz, July 8, 2015. (Read more)
- How shocking, O Lord, for a world religious leader to attack a Biblically based system of economics that has always worked when guided by Godly men. We ask You to visit this pope and give him revelation about the harm his new policy will do. We bind up all associations with the murderous communistic system in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
- "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matthew 11:12)
3. Vatican Claims Jerusalem - Hebrewnationonline
What we have on our plates right now is Israel asking for a 5-7 year treaty and Obama pushing for a 7-year treaty. Is the answer that Jerusalem has already been established as an international city, sovereign from Israel and under another's rule and authority? (Read more)
- "Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem." (Zechariah 12: 2)
4. McConnell: Sanctuary Cities 'Should Not be Receiving Federal Criminal Assistance Money' - CNSNews.com
During an interview on Fox News Sunday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that sanctuary cities, "should not be receiving federal criminal assistance money - period." Host Chris Wallace asked McConnell, "In the wake of all the attention of sanctuary cities, after this murder of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in San Francisco authorities say, at the hands of an illegal immigrant - five-time deportee - will Congress move on sanctuary city legislation?" McConnell replied, "We should. I think any sanctuary city - for your viewers, that means that these are places where they choose to ignore the law, should not be receiving federal criminal assistance money, period." (Read more)
- Thank You, Our Lord, for this statement made by the Senate Majority Leader. Although the establishment of "sanctuary cities" may seem to be an act of mercy, we now see in light of Kate Steinle's death that, in reality this policy is actually aiding and abetting criminal behavior. We pray that Congress will take quick action to pass this law and to stop one way that murderers are finding refuge in our country. Please send angels to escort this through the process to be made into a law. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
- "Do not lie in wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; do not plunder his resting place." (Proverbs 24:15)
5. Pentagon announces plan aimed at lifting transgender ban - CNSNews.com
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military are outdated, and anyone willing to serve the country should be able to do so. Carter is creating a working group to do a six-month study on the impact of lifting the ban. Carter says the group will begin with the presumption that transgender people should be able to serve openly. The plan, which was first reported by The Associated Press, gives the services time to work through questions about health care, housing, physical standards, uniforms and costs associated with the change. During that time, transgender individuals would still be unable to join the military, but decisions to force out those already serving would be referred to the Pentagon's acting undersecretary for personnel. (Read more)
- Forgive us, Dear Lord, for placing morally blinded military leaders in authority who are doing a study to supposedly evaluate welcoming transgender individuals into the service. We pray that You would take over this study and cause this to serve as a wakeup call to those in authority in the Department of Defense, that this new policy is unworkable and detrimental to strengthening our military forces. We ask this prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen and amen.
- "Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools . . ." (Romans 1:22)
6. Son of Boston police captain allegedly involved in terror plot - Fox News
The son of a Boston police captain was an ISIS supporter who planned to set off an improvised explosive device and was arrested after illegally purchasing four firearms on July 4, according to a Justice Department press release and MyFoxBoston.
Authorities say 23-year-old Alexander Ciccolo, who also went by the name Ali Al Amriki and posted about martyrdom on Facebook, spoke about setting off an explosive device "in places where large numbers of people congregate, such as college cafeterias." He was seen purchasing a pressure cooker similar to the kind used by the perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Ciccolo's father reported his son to the FBI after noticing suspicious behavior, according to MyFoxBoston. (Read more)
- We are saddened to hear that yet another youth has been deceived into joining this murderous, anti-Christian group. We thank You, though, that this plot was caught before damage was done and lives were lost. We thank You, too, for the courage demonstrated by his own father -- a police captain -- by taking action to apprehend his son. We pray for young men like Alexander Ciccolo to be won to the Lord and live productive lives to counter this growing anti-Christ spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
- "Blessed is the man who walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." (Psalms 1:1)
The Daily Jot (Part One)
Monday, July 13, 2015
White House close to deal giving Iran nuclear arms
The White House is expected to soon announce a deal with Iran claiming it will prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. In reality, it will enable the terrorist sponsoring state to go nuclear. The "president" has crossed into the prophetically dangerous waters of assisting a nation who comes against Israel in the end time Ezekiel 38 battle. The Iranians have made it clear their goal, even during the nuclear negotiations, holding demonstrations in Tehran chanting "Death to America" and "Death to Israel." The Weekly Standard revealed that two separate reports, one from the UN and the other from Germany, confirm Iran continues to build its nuclear and ballistic missiles program.
Flashback to June of 2009. A foreign policy analysis of the first six months of the current Administration revealed that its foreign policy favored the sponsors of terrorism and nations unfriendly to Israel while snubbing traditional American allies. It started with the White House snubbing the longstanding relationship with Great Britain. At the same time, the White House extended the diplomatic olive branch to the world's foremost sponsor of terrorism, Iran, by signaling a willingness to open diplomatic discussions--even as the strong-armed, Sharia law, government cracked down on protestors of a rigged election by killing them in cold blood in the streets and threatening to execute members of the opposition party.
But the most appalling foreign policy change by the White House is its treatment of Israel. The Administration used its influence to collapse the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When that didn't work, foreign policy blackmail was used tying America's opposition to Iranian nuclear weapons to Israel's acceptance of a terrorist Palestinian state dividing in two the nation of Israel. There are many more examples of how in the very first months of this Administration, the White House sided with Islamists while throwing traditional allies, such as Israel, under the bus. This ignores the warning of the Lord regarding Israel in Genesis 12:3 that He will "curse him that curses thee."
Seven years later, there is still no "Palestinian" state and the White House is true to its word. It is negotiating a deal with Iran that will lead to Iran having nuclear weapons. The news reports will hail this deal as landmark toward limiting nuclear weapons and Secretary of State John Kerry will likely be touted for the Nobel Peace Prize. Reality, however, is that the world became a far more dangerous place as Iran will continue to develop its nuclear technology with deadly aims toward Israel and the US. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24, "No man can serve two masters." Neither can this nation serve God by pressuring Israel and bowing to satan by appeasing Islam and Iran.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot (Part Two)
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Having done all, stand
The hostility toward Christianity, fueled by the Supreme Court's decision redefining marriage, is hitting a stride in America where religious freedom and freedom of speech are also being redefined as hateful and supremacist. Already, the secular anarchists are demanding that the government tax churches like any other business, that Christian chaplains who teach biblical marriage should be removed from the military, and that husbands and wives should be referred to as "partners." A rainbow cross, for example, signifies the "Queen James" bible, with this description on Amazon: "The Queen James Bible is based on The King James Bible, edited to prevent homophobic misinterpretation." More is to come for sure.
This display of soft tyranny--where one experiences pressure to not exercise rights such as freedom of speech or religious expression because of fear of retribution by society or the government--has many Christians perplexed. Some want to draw the sword and harshly attack, others--probably most--want to shrink back and cede the ground to the intolerant crowd that demands tolerance. In short, we as Christians must find our war footing. The atmosphere is such that a harsh response only fans the flames of those pointing their hypocritical fingers at Christians who have been labeled religious supremacists, racists, bigots, hypocrites, etc. Too soft a response is surrendering good to evil.
Washington Times contributor Robert Knight warned Christians against complacency in his recent column "The Danger of Complacency": "Taking leave as "outsiders" might have made sense in an authoritarian regime like ancient Rome, but America was created as a self-governing republic where "we the people" are Caesar. When people of faith shrug and let the God-hating secular left dominate the public square, they're not only being bad citizens but, as Edmund Burke noted, aiding the advance of evil. Sharing the Gospel and actively engaging in citizenship are not mutually exclusive. Recent events should shake people from complacency and spur them to get more involved in public policy, not less."
Herein is a dilemma. What is the balance between aggressively fighting a political agenda and showing the light of Christ to a very dark and dying world? We cannot give up. But it is all in how we present ourselves. We need to change the conversation and take a stand or we are going to lose our freedom. In doing so, we cannot be haughty and belligerent, rather we must present the truth in love. That doesn't mean being submissive and walking around like we are on a different planet. It means we must engage society as Jesus has instructed. Our lack of proper engagement has resulted in this slippery slope of tyranny. Remember Romans 12:21, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Study the depth of these words and then speak boldly as you ought to speak, and having done all, stand.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
A Word for Today
A Word for Today
from Marsha Burns, "Small Straws in a Soft Wind"
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Find your place of peace even in the midst of turmoil. Be calm and collected regardless of what is going on around you. Rise above the darkness of the earth and live as a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven, says the Lord. Refuse to be troubled by what you hear. You belong to Me, and I will protect My own.
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (John 14:27)
A Warning Dream
WARNING DREAM AS NUCLEAR ACCORD NEARS
Posted on Monday, July 13th
Published by Jon Hamill, Lamplighter Ministries
To the watchful and the wise, greetings and covenant blessings. This morning I awoke at 5:30 am to an unsettling dream. Most news reports are saying the nuclear deal with Iran will be sealed by today, and I strongly believe this warning dream is a direct response from the Lord.
While praying over the dream, I felt the Spirit of God directing me to convey this warning immediately. And as a spiritual Paul Revere, I'm doing my best to follow through. You will see, though, that my own midnight ride was hindered. Please pray for us, that the Lord will establish us and empower us to successfully retain the full capacities to continue strong through coming challenges.
Final thought. We as a culture are being programmed to disbelieve there are consequences to our actions, especially in context with God's heart and word. Perhaps the greatest challenge is actually believing what our own eyes are seeing.
[To read Jon's dream and its interpretation, go here.]
Please note the following two points from the interpretation of Jon's dream:
-- The hill-perhaps Capitol Hill-is our last barrier of defense regarding decisions that can adversely affect our future. It was and is the gate. But in the dream it seemed that very hill itself was about to be overrun by the force of coming torrents. Take the Hill, and it's all downhill from there!
-- WE MUST PRAY FOR CAPITOL HILL. This hilltop barrier must withstand the unrelenting pressure of the rising tide. Otherwise the city and even nation is at risk of being flooded.
Our Weekly Bible Study
Our Weekly Bible Study:
Week of Sunday, July 12 - Saturday, July 18, 2015
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Christian Prayers for Ramadan
Christian Prayers for Ramadan
Day 27: "Faith for the miraculous"
Syrian refugees have flooded the safe borders of Jordan, and are filling our neighbourhoods. The church I attend with local Arab Christians is embracing, loving and helping these precious people who have lost so much. Groups of Syrians now beg to be prayed for in the name of Jesus! They're experiencing His power to answer prayer, and growing in openness to Him.
Not long ago I met "Umm Bader", a Muslim Syrian lady who sits in the second row in church every Sunday, head covered, unashamed of how she is different from the Christians sitting around her. She is an older widow, bowed over with a crooked back and gnarled hands, perhaps from all the hardships she's endured. Some of her children are dead; some are still in Syria, recently found because Jesus answered her prayers to locate them.
The following is a miraculous story she shared:
Recently, someone named Isa came to Umm Bader's house at 2:30am and gave her 100 Jordanian dinar (about £90). She thought it was a man called Isa from church, but when that man said he had most certainly been at home sleeping next to his wife at that hour, she realised it must have been Isa Al-Maseeh. Jesus the Messiah!
That same morning she requested prayer at church because her grandson had been taken by the extremist group ISIS and was scheduled to be triedby them - a fate that meant certain death. She discovered later that at the very same hour Jesus visited her in the night, her grandson was released by ISIS. The extremist judging him gave no reason; he simply looked at him and told him to leave. Those who were tried before him were slaughtered. Her grandson arrived home the same day. Impossible. It was a complete miracle!
Often, Umm Bader stands up boldly in a church full of Arab Christians, modestly dressed in Muslim garb, and glorifies Jesus for answering her prayers. Our Arab pastor keeps exhorting the flock, saying we should all have faith like Umm Bader.
How can we pray?
That Jesus will appear to many Syrian refugees and show them His love and Lordship.
That believers in Jesus all over the world will open their arms to love the refugees and open their mouths to share the good news with them.
For rapidly multiplying church-planting movements to break out and spread among Syrian refugees.
A Verse to Decree:
"Nothing is too difficult for Thee!" (Jeremiah 32:17)
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
JESUS SHALL REIGN
"The Lord is my Rock, and my Fortress, and my Deliverer." (Psalm 18:2)
Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
Behold the islands with their kings,
And Europe her best tribute brings;
From north to south the princes meet,
To pay their homage at His feet.
There Persia, glorious to behold,
There India shines in eastern gold;
And barb'rous nations at His word
Submit, and bow, and own their Lord.
To Him shall endless prayer be made,
And praises throng to crown His head;
His Name like sweet perfume shall rise
With every morning sacrifice.
Where He displays His healing power,
Death and the curse are known no more:
In Him the tribes of Adam boast
More blessings than their father lost.
Let every creature rise and bring
Peculiar honors to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,
And earth repeat the loud amen!
The scepter well becomes His hands;
All Heav'n submits to His commands;
His justice shall avenge the poor,
And pride and rage prevail no more.
With power He vindicates the just,
And treads th'oppressor in the dust:
His worship and His fear shall last
Till hours, and years, and time be past. (Excerpt. To read all lyrics of this magnificent hymn, please go here.)
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About the Author:
Words: Isaac Watts, 1719
Music: John Hatton, 1793
About the Hymn:
Perhaps one of the most interesting occasions on which this hymn was used was that on which King George, the sable, of the South Sea Islands, but of blessed memory, gave a new constitution to his people, exchanging a heathen for a Christian form of government. Under the spreading branches of the banyan trees sat some thousand natives from Tonga, Fiji, and Samoa, on Whitsunday, 1862, assembled for Divine worship. Foremost amongst them all sat King George himself. Around him were seated old chiefs and warriors who had shared with him the dangers and fortunes of many a battle-men whose eyes were dim, and whose powerful frames were bowed down with the weight of years. But old and young alike rejoiced together in the joys of that day, their faces most of them radiant with Christian joy, love, and hope. It would be impossible to describe the deep feeling manifested when the solemn service began, by the entire audience singing Dr. Watts' hymn . . .
Who so much as they could realize the full meaning of the poet's words? For they had been rescued from the darkness of heathenism and cannibalism and they were that day met for the first time under a Christian constitution, under a Christian king, and with Christ Himself reigning in the hearts of most of those present. That was indeed Christ's kingdom set up in the earth.
(Source: G. J. Stevenson's Notes on the Methodist Hymn Book)
Signs and Wonders
New Pluto photo shows hints of surface geology
Among the structures tentatively identified in this new image are what appear to be polygonal features, a complex band of terrain stretching east-northeast across the planet, approximately 1,000 miles long and a complex region where bright terrains meet the dark terrains of the whale," principal investigator Alan Stern said in a NASA web post. "After nine-and-a-half years in flight, Pluto is well worth the wait." (CBS News) Read more
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The Farside of Pluto
Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, describes this image as "the last, best look that anyone will have of Pluto's farside for decades to come."
Of particular interest on the farside are four dark spots connected to a dark belt that circles Pluto's equatorial region. What continues to pique the interest of scientists is their similar size and even spacing. "It's weird that they're spaced so regularly," says New Horizons program scientist Curt Niebur at NASA. Jeff Moore of NASA's Ames Research Center is equally intrigued: "We can't tell whether they're plateaus or plains, or whether they're brightness variations on a completely smooth surface." The spots appear on the side of Pluto that always faces its largest moon, Charon.
No one knows what these spots are, but there is hope for a solution to the mystery: "When we combine images like this of the farside with composition and color data the spacecraft has already acquired but not yet sent to Earth, we expect to be able to read the history of this face of Pluto," says Moore.
When New Horizons makes its closest approach to Pluto in just two days, it will focus on the nearside of the dwarf planet. On the morning of July 14, New Horizons will pass about 7,800 miles (12,500 kilometers) from the face with a large heart-shaped feature that's captured the imagination of people around the world. (SpaceWeather.com)
"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
New TV Series "The Presence" Invites Christians to Deeper Spiritual Journey
"The Presence" originated with a dream God gave White that instructed him to "glorify the Father, honor the Son and live in the Presence."
(Mooresville, NC)-Every Christ-follower can have a deeper and more abiding relationship with God, according to a new television series called "The Presence."
"The show is really for Christians who want a deeper life and walk, to mature and be 'conformed to the image of Christ,'" said John White, who along with his wife, Heidi, serve as executive producers. "We will go around the world interviewing Christians who are living in the conscious presence of the Holy Spirit, learning about what that life is like and how to experience it in our own lives."
"The Presence" (www.freshwaterworship.com/the-presence) originated with a dream God gave White that instructed him to "glorify the Father, honor the Son and live in the Presence," said White, a layman, successful entrepreneur and co-founder, along with Elijah Mosely, of Freshwater Worship.
"Living in 'the presence' is attainable, or else the Lord wouldn't have said to do it," said White. "I want to be faithful to that admonition, and felt like creating a TV program based on it was the thing to do."
The first episode of "The Presence," called "Breakthrough," debuted July 11th and 12th; and there will be a 10 p.m. broadcast on Sky Angel Two on July 13. On July 15, the episode airs on World Harvest at 6:30 p.m. and Sky Angel One at 11 p.m. (All are Eastern Daylight Time.) It is also available online by going here.
. . . As many North American Christians struggle with the stresses of daily life, the first episode of "The Presence" demonstrates how tension in believer's life can lead to peace, even as tension on stringed instruments can create worshipful music. The key is depending on the Holy Spirit's leadership in every aspect of life. (Breaking Christian News) Read more.
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
"A Prayer for Healing" - Karen Smith
Thank You, Lord . . .
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!