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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Monday, September 28, 2015
"Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever." (Psalm 28:9 NLT)
"Praise Him with the sound of the shofar." (Psalm 150:3)
Abide in Me . . .
Abide in Me . . .
Day Twenty-One: Monday, September 28, 2015
"We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Join us tonight as we abide together in His presence.
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> > > Please note that, beginning this Saturday evening and continuing every Saturday throughout this year, we will continue to "abide together in Him" on a weekly basis, using the same conference line we now use.
What a lovely way to bring each week to conclusion, by resting in the arms of His love. 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. Sukkot Begins - Bridges for Peace
The Feast of Tabernacles (or Sukkot in Hebrew), a week-long biblical feast, begins the evening of Sunday, September 27th in Israel and in Jewish homes and communities around the world. It is a happy holiday on the Jewish calendar.
Literally, sukkot means "booths," which are "temporary shelters." The holiday commemorates the 3,500-year-old journey of the Israelites with Moses from slavery in ancient Egypt to freedom in the Land of Israel. They wandered in the desert for 40 years, living in temporary booths, and for generations now, it has been the custom to build a sukkah in accordance with the biblical injunction (Leviticus 23:33-43), outside the house, in the yard, or on a balcony. (Read more)
2. Middle Eastern Leaders "Line Up" to Meet Putin - Bridges for Peace
As Russia appears to vie for an assertive role in the Middle East by establishing a military presence in Syria, Middle Eastern leaders are "lining up" to meet with President Vladimir Putin, The Moscow Times reports.
According to the report, Turkish President Recap Erdogan was the third Middle Eastern leader to visit Moscow for talks with Putin this week.
Erdogan's trip to Russia follows in the footsteps of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met with Putin in Moscow on Monday, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who had a turn on Tuesday. (Read more)
As Russia maneuvers to fill the Middle East power vacuum, beseech the Lord on behalf of Israel's leaders, especially those responsible for the military and her security. Ask that they would be like the sons of Issachar and know how to position Israel in these times when alliances are shifting daily.
" . . . the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do . . ." (1 Chronicles 12:32a)
3. What Abbas Will Say at the UN - Bridges for Peace
. . . According to the Palestinian News Network [PNN], Abbas plans to seek international declaration of Palestine as a State under occupation, "with Israel being the occupying power."
In an article published yesterday, PNN based its report on "a senior official in the Palestinian Authority . . . who asked to stay unidentified." According to this unnamed official, Abbas's speech will include five main points. (Read more)
Pray that Abbas's false allegations will not go unchallenged. Ask for discerning leaders and Christian citizens who are willing to raise their voices in defense of the State of Israel.
For thus says the LORD of hosts: "He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye." (Zechariah 2:8)
4. Report: Kerry Blocked Netanyahu-Abbas Meeting - Israel National News
US Secretary of State John Kerry has blocked a meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas, senior Palestinian and Israeli officials say.
During a meeting with four retired Israeli ambassadors in Paris last Monday, Haaretz reported, Abbas said that despite his willingness to meet with Netanyahu, "a third party who is not Israeli" had recently prevented the meeting.
Netanyahu has reportedly been sending Abbas messages for weeks about reviving the long-stalled peace process amid escalating Arab violence and Abbas' threat to suspend key clauses of the Oslo Accords during his visit to the United Nations in New York. (Read more)
5. Netanyahu hails Egyptian president's call for Arab-Israeli peace - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday praised Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi for his call for a resolution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resume peace talks immediately.
Sissi told the Associated Press in an interview published Sunday that efforts should be renewed to solve the Palestinian issue and to expand Egypt's nearly 40-year peace with Israel to include more Arab countries. (Read more)
6. Erekat: Netanyahu to be held responsible for crimes under new open-fire rules - Jerusalem Post
PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat denounced on Saturday the Israeli security cabinet decision to modify open-fire rules against Palestinian rioters in Jerusalem, holding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responsible "for the new crimes to be committed under this new regulation," Palestinian news agency WAFA reported. On Thursday evening, the security cabinet approved a short menu of tougher steps against rock- and firebomb- throwers including the easing of open-fire regulations. One modified order allows security forces to shoot when the life of a third party is under threat. Until the change, soldiers facing Palestinian rioters could open fire with live bullets only if their own lives were in danger. (Read more)
7. Police clash with Palestinians on Temple Mount in fresh violence - Times of Israel
Palestinians on the Temple Mount hurled rocks and firecrackers at Israeli police Sunday morning, as Muslims closed out the four-day Eid al-Adha holiday and Jews prepared to begin the week-long festival of Sukkot.
There were no reports of injuries at the flashpoint site. Police used riot dispersal means to break up the riot by dozens of masked Palestinians, according to Army Radio. (Read more)
8. 'The EU must ban all products from Israel' - YNET News
Frank van der Linde, a Dutch political-social activist who spent a long time in Israel and has dozens of friends in the country, is the face of the BDS campaign in the Netherlands. In a special interview to Yedioth Ahronoth, he explains why he doesn't recognize Israel as a state, dismisses claims of hypocrisy in light of the other injustices taking place in the world, and says he supports the rights of both Palestinian and Jewish refugees. (Read more)
9. Israel's soaring population: Promised Land running out of room? - Reuters
Israel's birth rate, the highest in the developed world and once seen as a survival tactic in a hostile region, could be its undoing unless measures are taken to reverse the trend.
The average Israeli woman has three babies in her lifetime, nearly double the fertility rate for the rest of the industrialized countries in the OECD. That, accompanied by heavy Jewish immigration from the former Soviet Union, has seen Israel's population double in the last 25 years. (Read more)
10. Weekly Alert from Intercessors for Israel
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11. Weekly Prayer Alert from Bridges for Peace
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The Daily Brief
1. World leaders address UN General Assembly in New York - Times of Israel
This is the 70th anniversary of the United Nations and it is bringing an unusually large number of presidents, prime ministers, kings and heads of state to UN headquarters in New York. The high turnout is also a result of a preceding three-day UN summit that ended Sunday, which calls on countries to adopt new UN development goals for the next 15 years to eradicate poverty and preserve the planet. There are 17 goals and 169 targets.
Among the many issues world leaders are set to address at the General Assembly, the nuclear deal between the P5+1 states and Iran will likely take center stage, as well as the ongoing civil war in Syria, the spread of extremism in the Middle East and Africa and how to deal with the upsurge in migrants fleeing from Syria and other conflicts including in Iraq, Yemen and Afghanistan. (Read more)
- Father God, we know that, whenever this many of the world's leaders gather in one place . . . it is time to pray. We very simply lift up this huge event before Your Throne of Grace, for You, Holy and Omniscient One, know all that is going on now at the United Nations. We ask that all be done according to Your will, O God, and not that of man. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen and amen.
- I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people- for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. (ITimothy 2:1,2)
2. Obama, Putin clash over Syria crisis at the United Nations - Washington Post
UNITED NATIONS - President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin clashed publicly Monday over their divergent positions on some of the world great crises, with Obama suggesting that Putin's involvement in Syria and Ukraine was harmful to international order and risks greater global instability. "... We see some major powers assert themselves in ways that contravene international law," Obama said at the annual meeting of the General Assembly of the United Nations."We see an erosion of the democratic principles and human rights that are fundamental to this institution's mission." In speeches on the same day, Obama and Putin chastised each other for their handling of the Syrian crisis. "Nowhere is our commitment to international order more tested than in Syria. When a dictator slaughters tens of thousands of his own people, that is not just a matter of one nation's internal affairs," Obama said.
- Lord God, as Obama and Putin enter into this dialogue at the United Nations, we pray there would be no hidden agendas in their words, but that all would be spoken in truth. We ask for an alignment in unity between the U.S. and Russia regarding our nations' policy with Syria, and that all would be done according to Your will and in Your time. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen and amen.
- "All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one." (Matthew 5:37)
3. Russia Surprises U.S. With Accord on Battling ISIS - New York Times
UNITED NATIONS - For the second time this month, Russia moved to expand its political and military influence in the Syria conflict and left the United States scrambling, this time by reaching an understanding, announced on Sunday, with Iraq, Syria and Iran to share intelligence about the Islamic State.
Like Russia's earlier move to bolster the government of President Bashar al-Assad by deploying warplanes and tanks to a base near Latakia, Syria, the intelligence-sharing arrangement was sealed without notice to the United States. American officials knew that a group of Russian military officers were in Baghdad, but they were clearly surprised when the Iraqi military's Joint Operations Command announced the intelligence sharing accord on Sunday. (Read more)
- Father, as we just prayed, let there be no more hidden agendas regarding Syria, from either Russia or the U.S. We ask that the relations between our two nations be based upon mutual trust and respect, and for unity as we join forces to fight terrorism in the Middle East and in the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
- "For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open." (Mark 4:22)
4. In meeting with Iran's Zarif, Kerry says sees chance for Syria progress - Jerusalem Post
US Secretary of State John Kerry said he saw an opportunity for progress this week in ending Syria's four-year civil war before meeting Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on Saturday.
Western officials said Kerry wants to launch a new initiative to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict, which has taken on a new urgency in light of Russia's military build-up in support of Syrian President Bashar Assad and a refugee crisis that has spilled over into Europe.
The new US approach, which officials stressed was in its infancy, could bring Russia, a major ally of Assad, together with countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar that support Syrian opposition groups against Assad.
"I view this week as a major opportunity for any number of countries to play an important role in trying to resolve some of the very difficult issues (of) the Middle East," Kerry told reporters as he and Zarif posed for photographs. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we need You to expose for all to see what is being discussed and agreed upon concerning John Kerry's talks about Syria's future with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Bring forth Your Truth and Justice, Lord !! We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Do not be envious of evil men, nor desire to be with them. For their heart devises violence, and their lips talk of troublemaking." (Proverbs 24:1-2 NKJV)
5. U.S. Miltary: U.S.-trained Syrian rebels gave equipment to Nusra - Reuters
Syrian rebels trained by the United States gave some of their equipment to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in exchange for safe passage, a U.S. military spokesman said on Friday, the latest blow to a troubled U.S. effort to train local partners to fight Islamic State militants.The rebels surrendered six pick-up trucks and some ammunition, or about one-quarter of their issued equipment, to a suspected Nusra intermediary on Sept. 21-22 in exchange for safe passage, said Colonel Patrick Ryder, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command, in a statement.
"If accurate, the report of NSF members providing equipment to al Nusra Front is very concerning and a violation of Syria train and equip program guidelines," Ryder said, using an acronym for the rebels, called the New Syrian Forces. U.S. Central Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in the Middle East, was told of the equipment surrender around 1 p.m. on Friday, Ryder said. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, the apparent failure of US training efforts along with the 'loss' of our military equipment by our Middle Eastern 'allies' continues to be reported. Father, we repent for our personal and national sins and ask for mercy, as we know we deserve judgment. We seek Your direction to be given to those who have the authority to make decisions regarding this policy in Syria. We offer this prayer in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.
- "Buy the truth, and do not sell it, also wisdom and instruction and understanding." (Proverbs 23:23 NKJV)
6. French airstrikes destroy ISIS training camp in Syria, France's president says - The Daily News
PARIS - Six French jet fighters targeted and destroyed an Islamic State training camp in eastern Syria, President Francois Hollande said Sunday, making good on a promise to go after the group that the president has said is planning attacks against several countries, including France.
The airstrikes were the first in Syria by France as it expands its mission against IS.
"The camp was totally destroyed," Hollande said Sunday after arriving at the United Nations, before the start of a major development summit and the U.N. General Assembly bringing together world leaders.
"We're sure there were no casualties" among civilians, he added. (Read more)
- Thank You, Lord! Amen!
- "Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul." (Psalm 103:22)
7. 'Ground Zero Mosque' Officially Scrapped - WND
The infamous "Ground Zero mosque" debate is officially over. A "market maker" 70-story skyscraper will soon break ground at lower Manhattan's 45 Park Place, ending any possibility of resurrecting plans for the religious building.
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf's proposal four years ago to create a 15-story Islamic cultural center near the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks sparked a national uproar.Developer Sharif El-Gamal of Soho Properties, who was originally on board with the plan, rendered the whole debate moot by opting to build a 667-foot condominium tower for the property instead, Crain's New York Business reported Friday.
The news is likely to be cheered by former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who did not hide his displeasure with the idea of building a "Ground Zero mosque." "The folks who want to build this mosque - who are really radical Islamists who want to triumphally prove that they can build a mosque right next to a place where 3,000 Americans were killed by radical Islamists - those folks don't have any interest in reaching out to the community. They're trying to make a case about supremacy. That's why they won't go anywhere else, that's why they won't accept any other offer," Gingrich said Aug. 16, 2010, during an appearance on "Fox and Friends." (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we lift up praise for this decision to 'scrap' the 'Ground Zero Mosque'. We ask that more requests for elaborate mosques and Islamic training centers be voted down and put aside across our nation, as well. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, Selah." (Psalm 67:1 NKJV)
8. Dow Down 2,000 Points Since Peak - WND
The Dow closed Friday up more than 113 points, at 16,314.67, but the index has now lost almost exactly 2,000 points since peaking at 18,312.39 in May. Mark Snyder, author of the widely followed blog TheEconomicCollapseBlog.com, pointed out in an article posted Friday that over the last 60 days, the eighth largest and the tenth largest single-day stock declines in U.S. history on a point basis have occurred. Snyder says "stock market wealth is being wiped out all over the planet, and none of the largest global economies have been exempt from this," with stock markets in the 10 largest economies all declining.
Since China devalued the yuan by 3 percent Aug. 11, the Shanghai Composite Index in China has plummeted nearly 40 percent since hitting a peak earlier this year; the Nikkei in Japan is down 3,000 points from its peak, also this year; one-fourth of the value of German stocks have been wiped out; British stocks are down 16 percent from the peak of the market; French stocks down nearly 18 percent; with large losses in Brazil (down 12,000 points since peak), Italy (down 15 percent), India (off 4,000 points) and Russia (off 10 percent).
"What we are witnessing is the continuation of a cycle of financial downturns that has happened every seven years over the past 50 years, dating back to 1966," Snyder writes. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, this report presents an extremely clear warning to all of Your people who are involved in the stock market that they should seek Your direction of where they should place their investments and hear clearly what Your plans for their future should be. We pray that they act quickly and take this seriously, praying this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "For I, the Lord, your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'(Isaiah 41:13 NKJV)
9. Game of tag banned by school district - WND
It's only a matter of time before children are required to show up to school in giant bubbles.
A school district in Washington state banned the game of tag to protect the "emotional safety of all students," Q13-Fox reported Wednesday. Parents with children enrolled at the Mercer Island School District were not even told by administrators of the new "tag" prohibition.
Melissa Neher was told of the ban by her children, which prompted her to spread the word via Facebook. "This decision needs to be reevaluated with input from the kids and from the community," Neher told Q13.
"Good grief," added Mercer Island parent Kelsey Joyce, the station reported. "Our kids need some unstructured playtime. I totally survived tag. I even survived red rover, believe it or not." (Read more)
- Abba Father, the decisions of the governmental authorities driven by 'darkness' continues to impact, limit and damage the lives of the children of our nation. Mercy, Father, Mercy!! Most of us can relate that we 'survived' and even enjoyed these games that are now being stripped away. We seek Your special protection and guidance to come into the lives of all this nation's children, and we pray that they have or will come into full redemption, blossoming in Your glorious Light. We pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "Now therefore, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord, You alone." (Isaiah 37:20 NKJV)
10. The Fourth Blood Moon: Was It a Sign of Blessing or Warning . . . or Both? - CBN
For the past two years, millions of people worldwide have been fascinated by blood moons from four successive lunar eclipses called a tetrad. Many saw them as a sign God Himself has placed in the heavens.
During a lunar eclipse, the moon turns the color of blood. It's extremely rare to have four blood moons in a row fall during the Biblical feasts commanded by the Lord.
The last of the tetrad was on display Sunday night in many places around the world. It's the first one visible in Israel, appearing in the pre-dawn hours Monday morning.
And like the previous three eclipses, it falls on the first day of a Biblical feast, this time the Feast of Tabernacles. (Read article here)
- Father God, we thank You for this beautiful heavenly display, shown us last night in the skies around the world. We ask for revelation . . . each in our own way . . . to be granted to us, that we might judge this season in You and with You. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.
- "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." (Psalm 19:1)
The Daily Jot
Monday, September 28, 2015
Good for America
The last election gave the Republicans a lock-tight majority. America's expectations were high. We wanted change--a different kind of change--one away from the Marxist Islamist leaning policies of the "president" and his new and improved progressive Democratic Party. What Americans got was more of the same because of the Republican leadership. That all is about to change. House Speaker John Boehner is resigning not only his leadership post, but also his seat in Congress. There are tremendous theories as to why, but that is not as important as "what." What type of leader will the Republicans select, and will that person be an effective leader? What also will happen with the Senate leadership?
In covering Senate, Congressional and the Presidential elections in the late 70s to working some 16 years as a political consultant (does one ever really get out of this business?), I can honestly say that there was no time I ever saw a majority for either party so weak and non-confrontational as is the team of Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Being a bar-keep's son, Boehner should be familiar with the phrase, "Talk is cheap, it takes money to buy whiskey." Boehner could talk a great game and cry, oh yes he could cry, on cue. When it came to being effective, however, the talk was far cheaper than the whiskey. The "president" and his men have run roughshod over the Republican Party.
Since Boehner's resignation last week, there have been numerous stories popping up saying that McConnell is next. The Washington Times reports that Louisiana GOP Chairman Roger Villere is calling for McConnell's resignation. In an interview with the Washington Times, Villere said, "Mitch is a good and honorable guy, but the base is leaving our party. I'm out in the field all the time and we have all our elections this year for state offices, and it's hurting us tremendously with our elections." Villere is the longest serving state GOP chairman in the nation, Vice Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and is on the RNC's executive committee. This is no short of a revolt.
Certainly, the GOP moderates and establishment are jockeying to ensure that the TEA Party activists and conservatives don't infiltrate either the Senate or the House leadership. Christians have been given a lot of cheap talk by the likes of Boehner and McConnell, but there has been virtually no opposition to the progressive agenda. Non-politicians like Donald Trump and Ben Carson scoring well with the GOP base is an indicator that Americans are fed up with inside the beltway status quo. And that's good for America. Now is the time that Christian voters should be Ephesians 6:20 people: "I may speak boldly as I ought to speak." Conservative members of the House and Senate need to be encouraged to do the right thing. And I think they might listen now because they may see a glimmer of hope that they can make a difference.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Values Voters Weigh In
Sen. Ted Cruz Wins Values Voter Summit Straw Poll for Third Year in a Row
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has won Family Research Council Action's tenth annual Values Voter Summit Straw Poll, receiving 35 percent of the votes cast. Dr. Ben Carson and former Governor Mike Huckabee finished second and third place respectively. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Donald Trump finished fourth and fifth place respectively.
For the second year in a row, Dr. Ben Carson won the vice presidential straw poll with 25 percent of votes cast.
Nearly 2,700 people were registered for the Summit. Only FRC Action members who were present at the event were allowed to vote.
Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins released the following statement in reaction to the 2015 Values Voter Summit Straw Poll:
"This year's record attendance reflects both the angst and the engagement of social conservatives going into the 2016 election cycle. The straw poll sends a message that values voters are looking to support candidates who not only understand the threats to our freedoms, but will boldly lead the way in standing up for and defending these freedoms.
"Social conservatives don't expect Republicans to win every fight but they are tired of GOP leaders entering political battles waving a white flag. Every candidate who spoke made unequivocal stands on both the social and security challenges facing our nation, which clearly resonated with the values voters.
"While each candidate offered his vision for a post-Obama America, values voters sent their own message: we are not looking for a Republican president who will just stop the detrimental policies of the Obama Administration. We are looking for a leader who will undo the damage this President has done to our country and our culture," concluded Perkins.
Full Straw Poll Results will be posted here.
What the Candidates Said
What Presidential Candidates Said About Planned Parenthood,
Unborn Lives, at Values Voter Summit
"I see a day when Planned Parenthood is defunded, and it goes like this: the House defunds Planned Parenthood, the Senate defunds Planned Parenthood, and the president of the United States signs a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood." -Senator Lindsey Graham
(Washington, DC)-Thousands of Christian conservatives gathered in Washington, DC over the past three days, as presidential candidates sought their grassroots support for the 2016 election. Late Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz won the straw poll of attendees at this tenth annual Values Voter Summit-with three other candidates also in double digits. (Photo by Josh Shepherd/via Bound4Life)
While the straw poll indicates a measure of evangelical support, these results are far from the only newsworthy aspect of the summit. On Friday, as the summit was carried live on several national TV networks, social media trends indicated the event as one of the nation's most-discussed topics.
Many candidates-including Senator Marco Rubio, Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Mike Huckabee, former Senator Rick Santorum and Governor Bobby Jindal-delivered their most comprehensive remarks to date on the sanctity of human life, forcefully calling for the federal government to cut off all taxpayer funds to Planned Parenthood.
The attention on Planned Parenthood comes in the wake of an undercover video investigation by the Center for Medical Progress. Since July, the group has released ten short videos online (as well as complete unedited footage) purporting to show illegal activity taking place at the nation's largest provider of abortion services. The center's founder, 26 year-old citizen journalist David Daleiden, also spoke at the summit.
(Breaking Christian News) Read full article here.
Pope John's Visit (Part One)
POPE FRANCIS IN AMERICA-FAITH AND RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
During his visit to America, Pope Francis addressed faith and religious freedom many times. Below is a short summary of his remarks.
[Please note: this is the first in a five-part series, reviewing the remarks and activities of Pope Francis when he visited here last week.]
Part One: White House Speech
"Together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination. With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty. That freedom remains one of America's most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it."
(Read full transcript here:)
(View a video of this speech here.)
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
NEAR TO THE HEART OF GOD
"He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart." (Isaiah 40:11)
There is a place of quiet rest, Near to the heart of God, A place where sin cannot molest, Near to the heart of God.
O Jesus, blest Redeemer, Sent from the heart of God, Hold us, who wait before Thee, Near to the heart of God.
There is a place of comfort sweet, Near to the heart of God, A place where we our Savior meet, Near to the heart of God.
There is a place of full release, Near to the heart of God, A place where all is joy and peace, Near to the heart of God.
About the Author:
Words and music by Cleland Boyd McAfee, 1903
About the hymn:
He wrote these words after two of his nieces died from diphtheria. The Park College choir sang the new hymn outside the quarantined house.
Signs and Wonders
The Good News Corner
Christians Come from Worldwide to Fight Anti-Semitism
at Conference in Jerusalem
The conference proved that despite growing opposition to Israel in the media, or perhaps in reaction to it, there remains much interest worldwide in supporting Israel, for many diverse reasons.
(Israel)-Two days after the Jewish New Year, a diverse group of Christians and Jews from all over the world gathered in Jerusalem to attend the Reconciliation with Israel Conference, which organizers call a "repentance and reconciliation event showing love for all of the lovers of the God of Israel."
The goals of the event, the brainchild of Kellen Davidson, were to discuss how Israel supporters worldwide can combat anti-Semitism and build stronger relationships between the Jewish people and the nations.
Breaking Israel News visited the conference to meet some of the people enthusiastic about participating in a global effort to unite the nations and fight the anti-Jewish and anti-Israel sentiment rapidly spreading throughout the world. (Read more here)
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
Cleft of the Rock
Praise Yeshua in the time of Sukkot!
Two Daily Conference Calls
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