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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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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. Jordan slams Israel for Palestinian deaths, urges world intervention - Times of Israel
Jordan on Friday issued a strong condemnation over the deaths of Palestinians at the hands of Israeli security forces in the ongoing violence, branding it a violation of human rights and urging international intervention.
Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammad Momani expressed outrage at the killing and wounding of many Palestinians at the hands of what he called "ongoing Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people," the Jordanian news agency Petra reported. (Read more)
2. Jordan's Parliament Accuses Israel of 'Terrorism' - Israel National News
The Jordanian parliament on Saturday accused Israel of "state terrorism" against the Palestinian people after Israeli troops shot dead seven Gazans who tried to breach the border fence and infiltrate Israel, AFP reported. "The Israeli enemy, sapping the rights of the Palestinians on their own lands . . . and over their holy places, is exercising state terrorism before the eyes of the whole world," parliament charged in a statement carried by state news agency Petra.
The legislators in Jordan, one of only two Arab countries along with Egypt to have a peace treaty with Israel, condemned "the crimes committed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza".
After several days of deadly clashes in Judea and Samaria, violence spread Friday to Gaza, where seven Palestinians were killed and 145 wounded in border clashes with the army. (Read more)
3. Prosor's last appeal to UN: It's time to denounce terrorism against Israel - Jerusalem Post
NEW YORK - On his last day as ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor on Friday urged the Security Council and Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon to denounce the recent attacks against Israeli citizens "in a clear and unequivocal manner."
The international body should "take immediate action against the incitement, violence and terror currently being waged against the people of Israel," he said. (Read more)
4. PM orders massive call up of Border Police troops amid terror surge - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a massive call-up on Saturday of Border Police forces in an effort to quell the ongoing wave of unrest and violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories that has seen a week of almost daily terror attacks against Israelis.
The PM "approved the mobilization of 13 Border Police companies, in addition to the three that have already been mobilized," the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement Saturday.
The three companies called up earlier were of Border Police reservists who will be deployed mostly in and around Jerusalem starting Sunday, Ynet reported. (Read more)
5. Nazareth Mayor: "United Arab List destroyed the city" - Jerusalem Online
As Joint Arab List Chairman Aymen Odeh was giving an interview to Channel 2 News in Nazareth, the Mayor of Nazareth Ali Salem called upon him to leave the city from his car: "Ayman, go, look for another place. You destroyed our city. Go away from here. Enough with the interviews. There was not even one Jew here today! Not even one!" (Read more)
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The Daily Brief
1. Obama Administration Ends Effort to Train Syrians to Combat ISIS - New York Times
The Obama administration on Friday abandoned its efforts to build up a new rebel force inside Syria to combat the Islamic State, acknowledging the failure of its $500 million campaign to train thousands of fighters and announcing that it will instead use the money to provide ammunition and some weapons for groups already engaged in the battle.
Defense Department training sites across the Middle East, including ones in Turkey and Jordan, will soon suspend almost all operations, officials said, in favor of a revamped program that briefly screens Arab rebel commanders of existing Syrian units before equipping them with much-needed ammunition and, potentially, small arms. Initial airdrops of equipment could begin as early as this weekend, officials said. (Read more)
- Father, please make the motives known of the U.S. and the various groups involved in combat in Syria. Direct our leaders to only support and arm those who are aligned with Your will for Syria and the Middle East. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
- "You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose against me." (2 Samuel 22:40; Psalm 18:39)
2. Turkey would talk with Russia and Iran on political solution in Syria - Jerusalem Post
Turkey would hold talks with Russia and Iran to work towards a political solution in Syria but would not take a foreign policy stance which "legitimises the Syrian regime", Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Monday. Davutoglu said in an interview on NTV that Russian air strikes in Idlib and Aleppo in Syria could cause a further influx of refugees into Turkey.
Russian strikes against rebels helped pro-government forces reclaim territory in Syria over the weekend and on Monday, dealing a fresh setback to opposition groups supported by Turkey and the United States. (Read more)
- Father, we ask You to support those efforts in accord with Your will for the Middle East, and against those that are against You and Your people. We ask for more efforts among the nations to pursue You in their action. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
- "A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health." (Proverbs 13:17)
3. Iraq Says Air Strike May Have Killed ISIS Chief Al-Baghdadi - Jewish Press
Iraq says its troops may have eliminated Da'esh (ISIS) terrorist chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi this weekend in an air raid near the Syrian border, as Turkish leaders blame the terror group for a suicide bombing in the capital city of Ankara.
"The Iraqi air force carried out a heroic operation targeting the convoy of the criminal terrorist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," said a joint statement issued by the "war media cell" of the Iraqi security forces. "His health status is unknown." The joint operation was conducted in concert with Iraqi intelligence services and military advisers from the U.S.-led coalition. (Read more)
- Father, we ask for more dismantling of the leadership of organized evil in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
- "He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." (Revelation 13:10)
4. Syrian army, Russian jets drive back rebels in fiercest clashes for days: monitor - Reuters
Syrian army and allied forces supported by Russian warplanes made further advances as they pressed an offensive against insurgents on Monday, in the fiercest clashes for nearly a week, a monitor said.
Russian jets carried out at least 30 air strikes on the town of Kafr Nabuda in Hama province in western Syria, and hundreds of shells hit the area as the Syrian army and Hezbollah fighters seized part of it, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have in the past few days recaptured territory close to the government's coastal heartland in the west thanks to Russia's intervention, reversing rebel advances made earlier this year. (Read more)
-Father, we know You are not the least bit confused about who is involved with the conflict in Syria and who is aligned with whom. May those pursuing the right cause only pursue those ends and no further. In the name of Jesus Christ we pray, amen.
- "Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, 'Please inquire for the word of the LORD today."' (2 Chronicles 18:4)
5. Ret. Army General: Putin Launched a Proxy War; 'How Can The United States Stand By And Do Nothing?' - CNSNews.com
Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a "proxy war" against the United State when Russian jets bombed CIA-trained rebels in Syria, and the U.S. military should have been ordered to retaliate, former U.S. Army vice chief of staff General Jack Keane said Thursday.
Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the retired four-star general said retaliatory options could have included bombing the runway of the Syrian airbase being used by the Russians, and establishing and enforcing protective zones.
The U.S. should also have made it clear to the Russians that the coalition would conduct its air operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) anytime, anywhere and that "the Russians should stay out of our way if they want to avoid confrontation." Instead, Keane said, U.S. aircraft were now "rarely" flying against ISIS targets in Syria, but rather focusing their efforts in Iraq. (Read more)
- Dearest Lord, we thank you for the wisdom of this former General but we are grieved at this new approach of non-confrontation against those we have previously opposed. We are disappointed at the weakness shown by the Commander-in-Chief who has used word gymnastics to make excuses for not showing military strength when needed to support our friends.
Oh, Lord, we pray that You would take up our cause and keep Americans safe in every part of the world so that the world would know that Americans are not in agreement with this dishonorable approach.
- "By my power I will make my people strong, and by my authority they will go wherever they wish. I, the Lord, have spoken." (Zechariah 10:12)
6. Russia Demands Explanation After Newspaper Reports British Planes Have Permission to Shoot Down Russian Jets - CNSNews.com
'RAF ready to shoot down Russian aircraft over Syria' was the headline on a Sunday Times report published on October 11.
Russia's ambassador to Britain said he has requested an urgent explanation from the British government after a media report Sunday said that British pilots flying anti-ISIS missions have been given permission to shoot down Russian aircraft if threatened. Calling the report in the London Sunday Times "worrying," Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko said in a statement issued by the embassy, "We have urgently requested explanations from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office."
The newspaper quoted defense sources as saying that Royal Air Force Tornados, up until now armed with satellite-guided bombs for use in the anti-ISIS mission, will be equipped also with air-to-air missiles in case threatened by Russian warplanes that are operating in the area.
"The first thing a British pilot will do is to try to avoid a situation where an air-to-air attack is likely to occur - you avoid an area if there is Russian activity," a source from Britain's defense Permanent Joint Headquarters in north London told the paper. "But if a pilot is fired on or believes he is about to be fired on, he can defend himself," the source said. "We now have a situation where a single pilot, irrespective of nationality, can have a strategic impact on future events." (Read more)
- Father, we see how US weakness in the Middle East is responsible for dangerous and confusing situations that could unintentionally start a war with Russia. We pray that Russian tempers will calm down and that the British will use wisdom in their air war with ISIS. We speak God's order and peace over the area and we speak to the demise of ISIS as an organization capable of conquering territory. We pray for a raising up of a Christian witness in the area and that it will come back stronger than ever.
- "Better to have wisdom than weapons of war, but one sinner can destroy much good." (Ecclesiastes 9:18)
7. Iranian-American journalist convicted, Iran news agency says - Reuters
A court in Iran has convicted Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, Iran's ISNA news agency said on Sunday, but the U.S. newspaper said Tehran was working a political angle by not disclosing details. ISNA quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei as saying the California-born Rezaian, the paper's Tehran bureau chief, had 20 days to appeal the verdict. Rezaian was arrested in July 2014. He was accused of espionage. "He has been convicted. ... But I don't have the details of his verdict," the news agency quoted Ejei as saying. The case has been a sensitive issue for Washington and Iran, and Sunday's announcement did little to resolve it. (Read more)
- Father God, we appeal to You to personally see to it that this man is immediately released from this prison and allowed to come home. We ask that all attempts to hold him captive fall through and that confusion will fall on all parties that are trying to keep him prisoner. We pray that he will come to know You if he does not yet know You as Lord and Savior. In the strong name of Jesus we pray, Amen!
- "You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons." (Isaiah 42:7)
8. India, US, Japan kick off naval drills likely to annoy China - Channel News Asia
India, Japan and the United States will hold joint naval exercises each year, Indian government sources said on Monday, as the three countries kicked off the first such drills in the Bay of Bengal in eight years, a move likely to concern China.
The decision to expand the Malabar exercises that the U.S. and India conduct each year to include Japan comes days after a Pentagon official said it was considering sailing warships close to China's artificial islands in the South China Sea.
The Financial Times newspaper last week cited a senior U.S. official as saying U.S. ships would sail within 12-nautical-mile zones that China claims as territory around islands it has built in the Spratly chain, within the next two weeks.
India has kept away from the tensions in the South China, but has stood with the U.S. in calling for freedom of navigation in the region. (Read more)
- Father, we speak peace to this region of the world. We ask that all would be done by the leading of Your Spirit, so that the flesh would have no room to flourish. We ask this prayer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, amen and amen.
- "So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty." (Zech. 4:6)
9. Obama Administration Bans All Pork Products From Prison Menus - CNSNews.com
The federal Bureau of Prisons, a subdivision of President Barack Obama's Justice Department, has banished all pork products from the menus in all federal prisons, according to a report in the Washington Post.
The government says it made the decision to do this because a survey showed that inmates do not like eating pork products. The Council on American-Islamic relations said "we welcome" the move by the government to deny pork to prisoners, but warned that it might spark "Islamophobia."
"The National Pork Producers Council isn't buying it. 'I find it hard to believe that a survey would have found a majority of any population saying, 'No thanks, I don't want any bacon,'" said Dave Warner, a spokesman for the Washington-based trade association, which represents the nation's hog farmers. "We're going to find out how this came about and go from there," Warner said. "We wouldn't rule out any options to resolve this." He said the association "is still formulating our strategy" to reverse the prison decision . . . (Read more)
- We come against this action, which suspiciously looks like a bow to Islam, in the name of Jesus. Lord, we pray that this action and all others that favor anti-Christian religions will be defeated by political pressure and protest. We call for a return to, and a strengthening of, our Judeo-Christian roots and influences in government and culture. Thank You, Father for hearing our prayer.
- "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." (Galatians 5:1)
10. California forces Christians to disobey own beliefs - WND
New law orders faith-based organizations to refer women to abortionists
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that orders faith-based organizations to refer women to abortionists, even though the same idea was tried in New York and failed.
Brown's signature on AB 775 already has triggered a series of lawsuits, because it forces religious pregnancy clinics to tell women and girls that California has public programs to provide immediate, free or low-cost abortions.
The Pacific Justice Institute announced Monday the filing of lawsuits in both Southern and Northern California on behalf of clinics.
The organizations provide free medical services and counseling "as an alternative option to abortion to women facing unwanted pregnancies," the organization said.
"Forcing a religious pro-life charity to proclaim a pro-abortion declaration is on its face an egregious violation of both the free speech and free exercises clauses of the First Amendment," said Brad Dacus, president of the institute. (Read more)
- Yes, Lord! This action by California Governor Jerry Brown is, indeed, "an egregious violation of both the free speech and free exercises clauses of the First Amendment." Father, we are so grateful that we do live in a land that is ruled by the United States Constitution -- whether or not our current leaders abide by this document. We ask for a mighty move of the Spirit, that would turn the hearts of leaders -- like Gov. Brown -- who walk in darkness to turn to Your Light, Your Truth, Your Word, and to the law of our Land. Father, forgive Jerry Brown, for he knows not what he does. In the name of Jesus Christ we offer this prayer, amen and amen.
- "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn." (Proverbs 29:2)
ISRAEL: Summary of Terror Attacks
ISRAEL: Summary of Recent Terror Attacks:
1. Violent clashes break out throughout Arab towns in Israel - YNET News
Friday night was marked by widespread rioting in solidarity with Palestinians, and due to anger at the shooting a female terrorist across Arab towns in the north, Galilee, and the triangle area.
Dozens of youths, some masked, set fires to tires and threw rocks at security forces in Nazareth, while large quantities of Police were deployed to the scene. Multiple arrests were also reported in Sakhnin, while youths reportedly threw stones and clashed with police forces in Kfara Kanna.
A Police vehicle which arrived in Taybeh late on Friday was met with a hail of rocks and angry rioters. (Read more)
2. 9 police injured in ambush during raid on terrorist's home - Israel Hayom
Nine police officers sustained mild injuries during clashes with hundreds of Palestinian rioters in the Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem Thursday. The clashes erupted when police and Border Police troops attempted to raid the home of the terrorist suspected of having stabbed a Jewish seminary student in one of the capital's light rail stations several hours earlier.
According to available details, the troops were confronted by hundreds of rioters on the street leading up to the suspect's home and on nearby rooftops, who hurled cement blocks, stones and firebombs at security forces.(Read more)
3. Fresh stabbings and revenge attacks: Violence continues to wash over Israel - Israel Hayom
A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a 16-year-old Israeli in Jerusalem on Friday, and within less than an hour another Palestinian stabbed a policeman in Kiryat Arba as the latest wave of terrorist attacks continued to spread throughout the country.
The 16-year-old stabbing victim in the capital was stabbed in his upper body and was lightly injured. The victim, who did not immediately realize he had been stabbed, tried to chase his assailant, who fled, only to be apprehended by police who were combing the area. The victim was taken to Hadassah Hospital for treatment. The weapon has not yet been found.
Minutes later, police received word of the second attack, in Kiryat Arba. A policeman was lightly wounded when his attacker tried to snatch his service weapon, but was killed before he could succeed. (Read more)
4. Arab killed after stabbing soldier, trying to grab his gun - Times of Israel
Palestinian man allegedly attempted to snatch an IDF soldier's gun on a bus entering Jerusalem on Monday night. The alleged assailant was shot dead after stabbing a soldier and an Israeli civilian.
An Israel Police spokeswoman said that when the attacker failed to grab the gun, he first tried to strangle the soldier, then took out a knife and stabbed him. The bus stopped when a civilian passenger began struggling with the attacker. (Read more)
5. Soldier in critical condition after attack near Hadera; Four people stabbed, terrorist captured - Ynet News
Four Israelis, including two soldiers, were attacked on Sunday evening near Gan Shmuel, next to Hadera. One of the victims was seriously wounded.
The 20-year-old terrorist from Umm el Fahm used his car to initially attack those waiting at a bus stop. He then got out and started stabbing them. A 19-year-old female soldier was seriously wounded from the vehicular attack. She was reportedly also stabbed. A 15-year-old and a 20-year-old were moderately wounded. A 45-year old was lightly wounded.
The assailant was captured by security forces and citizens and was not wounded. Police initially suspected that an accomplice may have been involved, but ultimately ruled this out. (Read more)
Cry out to the Lord, asking Him to comfort those who have lost loved ones or have been hurt themselves because of the violent terror acts that have recently taken place. Pray that the day spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, when those who mourn will receive the oil of joy and the garment of praise, will come quickly.
" . . . to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." - Isaiah 61:3
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The Daily Jot
Monday, October 12, 2015
Theatre of the Absurd
Over the weekend was another one of the Nation of Islam's Million Man Marches. America hater Marxist Islamist Louis Farrakhan told attendees that America has nothing to offer them; that Moses wasn't an integrationist; and talked around the concept that Blacks should overthrow the US government--though he didn't directly say that, it's not hard to draw the conclusion from his previous remarks. It was Farrakhan's "justice or else" moment. Another speaker, allegedly Native American, led a chant "Down, down, USA." To give you an idea of where things stand, Black Lives Matter, retweeted the chant slightly differently, saying "Down with USA." So their brand of justice is injustice to those who disagree.
Across the world a slightly more violent protest was taking place in Jerusalem. Emboldened by the Islamic State, the US "president's" Iran nuclear deal, and Russia's actions to boost the Syrian dictatorship of Bashar Assad, Arab terrorists are escalating their call for justice against Israel. And much like the reporting on the Farrakhan event, the media slanted its coverage in favor of those wanting to mete out injustice in the name of justice. Terrorists had started the current unrest with what the media called "stabbings and other small-scale attacks by individuals" and it has escalated into police and military intervention. Each police action gives the terrorists more justification to try to maim and kill Israeli citizens.
There is a common denominator in all this injustice in the name of justice--it's called Islam. No other political-religious system on earth gets a greater pass in the news media or from governments than Islam. Yet Islamic-run nations year after year lead the US State Department's lists of human rights violations, child trafficking, violence against women, sex trafficking, slave trafficking and drug smuggling. We know first hand the violence Islam perpetrates wherever it goes. Yet, Islam has been allowed to build a worldwide straw man called injustice and convince certain groups that they are victims. They are victims of whites, Jews, Christians, the wealthy (although the leaders are wealthy), police and of all authority.
Do the folks that attended the Million Man March know that Islam, Farrakhan's cover, killed most every Black Christian in Sudan? And when there were no more Black Christians to kill, they began killing Black Muslims? It's true. In a 2011 speech to the United Nations, Israel's Prime Minister referred to the UN's catering to Islam as "the theatre of the absurd." He pointed out that the UN allows radical Islamic nations to oversee committees on Human Rights, Disarmament, and the Security Council, concluding, "You couldn't make this thing up." This is the consequence of nations not obeying God's word, as written in Isaiah 59:14, "And justice is turned back, and righteousness stands afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter." Take care to guard what is good, that it not be counted as evil.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
More About that Rally (Part One)
Spirit of family reunion marks Million Man March anniversary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Black men and women joyously returned to the National Mall on Saturday for the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, calling for changes in policing and in black communities amid an atmosphere almost like a family reunion.
Waving flags, carrying signs and listening to speeches and songs, people mingled as they wove their way through security barricades and around loudspeakers and souvenir vendors at the U.S. Capitol and down the Mall on a sunny, breezy day.
For some, it was a return to Washington after the Million Man March on Oct. 16, 1995, and a chance to expose their children to the same positive experience the first march represented to them.
"This is a very special moment for me. Twenty years ago, I was by myself," said Joey Davis, 47, of Detroit, who was setting up chairs for his family near the Capitol's reflecting pool. "And 20 years later, I come back with my wife and five children. And so I like to think that over the last 20 years I've been doing my part in keeping the promise of the spirit of the original Million Man March."
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who spearheaded the original march, called the anniversary gathering the "Justice or Else" march. Many speakers asked the crowd to chant that slogan during the day. Farrakhan, in a wide-ranging speech that lasted for more than 2 hours, called for more responsibility in the black community for inner-city killings and for the government to investigate recent high-profile killings of unarmed African-American men and women.
"There must come a time when we say enough is enough," the 82-year-old Farrakhan said.
President Barack Obama, who attended the first Million Man March, was in California on Saturday.
Saturday's march brought out young and old, including some veterans of the 1963 March on Washington. Nate Smith of Oakland, California, who was on the Mall for Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech and the 1995 Million Man March, returned once again for Saturday's proceedings.
"It's something that I need to do," the 70-year-old man said. "It's like a pilgrimage for me, and something I think all black people need to do."
The National Park Service estimated the attendance at the 1995 march to be around 400,000, but subsequent counts by private organizations put the number at 800,000 or higher. The National Park Service no longer provides crowd estimates on Mall activities. Rev. Jamal Bryant of the Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, who helped organize the anniversary march, estimated there were almost 1 million attendees Saturday. Farrakhan refused to guess how many people filled the Mall from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for the countless saints who have been on their knees, travailing that a Spirit of Peace would rule in our city over this past weekend. Father, You have clearly heard and answered our prayers. Instead of violence on the day of the rally . . . there was peace. And today at the Lincoln Memorial, as hundreds of pastors from every race, ethnic origin and denomination gathered in repentance, to seek Your face together . . . there was peace.
Abba, we ask that the same peace that has reigned in our nation's capital would now flood the nation, that many may come to know You, our Messiah, as their own Savior and as their Lord. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
- "Call unto Me and I will show you great and mighty things that you knoweth not." (Jer. 33:3)
More About that Rally (Part Two)
At the Rally:
Obama's ex-pastor: Israel is apartheid state, 'Jesus was a Palestinian'
Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama's former pastor, called Israel an apartheid state and said "Jesus was a Palestinian" at a rally in Washington hosted by the Rev. Louis Farrakhan.
At an hours-long event Saturday on the National Mall titled "Justice or Else," Wright said that African-Americans, Native Americans and Palestinians have suffered under the "three-headed demon" of "racism, militarism and capitalism."
"The same issue is being fought today and has been fought since 1948, and historians are carried back to the 19th century . . . when the original people, the Palestinians - and please remember, Jesus was a Palestinian - the Palestinian people had the Europeans come and take their country," Wright said, The Hill reported.
"The youth in Ferguson and the youth in Palestine have united together to remind us that the dots need to be connected," Wright also said. "And what Dr. King said, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, has implications for us as we stand beside our Palestinian brothers and sisters, who have been done one of the most egregious injustices in the 20th and 21st centuries."
"As we sit here, there is an apartheid wall being built twice the size of the Berlin Wall in height, keeping Palestinians off of illegally occupied territories, where the Europeans have claimed that land as their own," Wright said.
He concluded: "We are grateful to God to be able to be here and to speak a word on behalf of Palestinian justice. Palestinians are saying 'Palestinian lives matter.' We stand with you, we support you, we say God bless you."
Farrakhan said at Saturday's rally that blacks were too forgiving of their abusers.
"Find me a Jew who forgives Hitler," the Nation of Islam leader said. "And they say they're the children of God, and they don't have no forgiveness in them."
(Reported by JTA) Read more here.
- Lord God, even as we thank You for the peace that ruled the streets of our city this weekend, we repent for the clearly anti-Semitic and vicious remarks made by Jeremiah Wright and by Louis Farrakhan. Lord Jesus, these men and others like them are delusional; we ask that the venom that has spewed forth from their mouths be cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb, so that their words will have no lasting effect upon our nation. Lord, hear our prayer, we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, amen and amen.
- "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." (Luke 23:34)
"He that touches Israel touches the apple of Your eye." (Zech. 2:8)
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Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
DOWN AT THE CROSS
"Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name." (Psalm 29:2)
Down at the cross where my Savior died, Down where for cleansing from sin I cried, There to my heart was the blood applied; Glory to His Name!
Glory to His Name, glory to His Name:
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His Name!
I am so wondrously saved from sin, Jesus so sweetly abides within; There at the cross where He took me in; Glory to His Name!
Oh, precious fountain that saves from sin, I am so glad I have entered in; There Jesus saves me and keeps me clean; Glory to His Name!
Come to this fountain so rich and sweet, Cast thy poor soul at the Savior's feet; Plunge in today, and be made complete; Glory to His Name!
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Signs and Wonders
In rare event, remnants of Pacific hurricane hit Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Remnants of Pacific Hurricane Oho battered Alaska's southeast coast on Friday, the latest unusual weather event to hit a state that so far this year has dealt with a lack of snow, warmer temperatures and intense wildfires.
The storm on Thursday brought more than 7 inches of rain to Ketchikan, a scenic town in Alaska's coastal rainforest. Gusts of up to 80 mph were forecast for Friday, and more rain was expected across the region. Jon Dorman, deputy emergency manager for the city of Ketchikan, said Friday morning that creeks were swollen and residents were keeping an eye on the storm, but no other major issues had been reported.
The remnants of Oho were picked up by a larger low-pressure system. Oho was among a record number of tropical cyclones in the central Pacific so far this hurricane season, which officials attributed to unusually warm ocean temperatures from El Nino.
While it's not unusual for Alaska to feel the remnant effects of tropical storms from the west, it's rare for the remnants of a central Pacific tropical storm to reach this far because tropical systems north of Hawaii often fall apart rapidly as they reach cooler water temperatures, said meteorologist Shaun Baines of the weather service's Anchorage office. (Read more)
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
The Good News Corner
Columbus Day Prayer Gathering in Nation's Capitol
"Participate in One of Jesus' Greatest Miracles"
"We will show the powerful works Jesus performed still can happen today as Christians unite." Pastor Bobby Manning
(Vienna, VA)-For the second consecutive year, more than 300 Christian churches from all denominations across the Washington, DC metropolitan area will gathered at the Lincoln Memorial on Columbus Day to confess their shortcomings, pray for the needs of the region, and seek God for forgiveness and spiritual revival.
"The whole idea behind the Washington Prayer Gathering is for Christians to come together and seek God for our city," Lon Solomon, senior pastor of McLean Bible Church, told a group of local pastors last month in preparation for this event. "We want to display to our city that in Christ, we have a unity that can't be found anywhere else."
The first Washington Prayer Gathering was organized in 2014 by a group of local churches that realized the need for a unified effort to reach the city. What began as several small prayer gatherings among these pastors grew into a large prayer event organized in less than six weeks that attracted more than 5,000 participants from diverse racial, ethnic and denominational backgrounds. Since then, the number of participating churches has been increasing daily, and 10,000 individuals are expected to attend this year's event.
"We anticipate these prayer gatherings will strengthen relational unity and produce a commonality in not only what we ask from God, but also how we act for God," said Stuart McAlpine, pastor of Christ Our Shepherd Church in Southeast DC. "Being together increases our expectation for shared answers and our hope for more effective city-intercession and just, social intervention."
As a result of last year's prayer gathering, a diverse group of more than 100 participating pastors are now meeting quarterly for prayer around the DC metropolitan area. This new momentum complements dozens of similar prayer gatherings that have already been meeting throughout the DC area on a regular basis. . .
This year's gathering will go a step further in meeting the needs of (the) region by raising awareness of hunger, which is an issue that continues to be a major challenge for the DC metropolitan region. Participants are invited to bring non-perishable food items that will benefit the Crowder Owens Food Bank operated by Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church in Northeast DC. The food bank serves more than 750 people each week.
"At the Washington Prayer Gathering, Christians from all over the DC area will participate in one of Jesus' greatest miracles-feeding thousands," said Bobby Manning, senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of District Heights. "We will show the powerful works Jesus performed still can happen today as Christians unite."
(Source: McLean Bible Church) Read more here.
Reported by: Breaking Christian News
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