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"Praying for All in Authority"
Monday, October 26, 2015
". . . But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound." (Romans 5:20)
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". . . the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm . . . " (Nahum 1:3)
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. Weekly Prayer Bulletin from Bridges for Peace
To read this prayer alert, go here.
2. Weekly Prayer Bulletin from Intercessors for Israel
To read this prayer alert, go here.
3.BREAKING! Highest French court rules BDS unlawful, discriminatory - Reuters
France's highest court of appeals has upheld a decision that found BDS advocates guilty of inciting hate and/or discrimination, the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions has reported.
Last week the Court of Cassation ruled on a case involving two attempts to boycott Israeli products in the Carrefour supermarket, one in 2009 and one in 2010. The boycotters were wearing shirts with the slogan "Long Live Palestine, Boycott Israel," handed out pamphlets stating that the sale of Israeli goods supports "war crimes" in Gaza, and yelled slogans such as, "Israel assassinates, Carrefour is complicit."
The Court of Cassation, the highest appeals court for civil and criminal matters in France, said that the actions demonstrated an attempt to discriminate against a particular country, in this case Israel. The ruling was based on France's law dealing with freedom of the press, which forbids "discrimination, hatred or violence toward a person or group of people on grounds of their origin, their belonging or their not belonging to an ethnic group, a nation, a race or a certain religion." (Read more)
4. PA, Jordan to tell Kerry they want Muslim control over Jewish visits to Temple Mount - Times of Israel
Jordan and the Palestinian Authority are expected to demand from the US that control over Jewish visits to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem be restored to the Muslim authority that administers the site, Palestinian sources say.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan's King Abdullah II were to raise the issue with Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in the region this weekend, the sources said.
Amman and the PA are seeking to return the running of the Temple Mount - the holiest site in Judaism and third-holiest in Islam - to how it was before the start of the intifada in September 2000, and before the visit of then-opposition Likud leader Ariel Sharon, when the Waqf was responsible for Jewish visitors' access to the site. (Read more)
5. 'Israel must be defined as the Jewish nation-state' - Israel Hayom
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation is scheduled to discuss a bill presented by MK Avi Dichter (Likud) seeking to legally define the State of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Dichter first presented the bill in 2011, while serving as a Kadima MK. At the time, the party was part of the opposition. The bill became one of the most contentious legislation proposals ever presented to the Israeli parliament.
Speaking with Israel Hayom, Dichter said he remains unfazed by the criticism leveled at the bill. "While this bill has nothing to do with recent tensions, the current security situation underscores how important it is to pass it," he said. (Read more)
6. Netanyahu nixes vote on latest Jewish State bill - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Ministerial Committee for Legislation to remove the latest version of the controversial Jewish state bill from its agenda on Saturday night. The panel was expected to vote on Sunday on the legislation by MK Avi Dichter (Likud) meant to anchor Israel's status as the Jewish state in law.
The Likud's spokesman said that Netanyahu had the vote canceled because the coalition agreement states that a committee with representatives of all coalition factions will draft a Jewish state bill that will get government support, and not a private member bill. (Read more)
7. 'Netanyahu will soon find himself ruling from the Jordan to the Mediterranean' - Jerusalem Post
The Palestine Liberation Organization is once again threatening to disband the Palestinian Authority and transfer overall control of West Bank towns and cities to Israel. In an interview with Al Jazeera on Friday, the PLO's secretary-general and top peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said that the interim administration in Ramallah that was created by dint of the Oslo Accords is on the verge of shutting down.
"Very soon, you're going to hear some decisions," Erekat told Al Jazeera. "We are an authority without an authority. Soon enough [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu will find himself the only [one] responsible between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean because he's destroying the Palestinian Authority." (Read more)
8. PM considers canceling residency of 80,000 East Jerusalem Palestinians - YNET News
There is no enforcement there, no law," Netanyahu said. "We need to examine the possibility of canceling their residency. There needs to be a discussion about it." The prime minister also raised the need to examine how law enforcement and security can be improved in these neighborhoods through the deployment of extra police and army units.
The neighborhoods in question are within Jerusalem's municipal boundaries but lie outside the wall and are considered extremely problematic from a security perspective. However, since there has been no further discussion of the issue it is not yet certain whether this is a serious plan. (Read more)
9. ISIS video threatens Israel in Hebrew: We're closing in on you - Israel Hayom
The Islamic State group on Friday published a video threatening Israel in Hebrew. In the video a masked man holding a weapon speaking fluent Hebrew warns Israelis, saying, "The true war hasn't yet started, what you've experienced until now is a child's war compared to what will happen soon. We promise you that not a single Jew will be left in the entire country."
The speaker continues: "Look how you responded to a few car attacks and stabbings -- you fell on your heads, you shot anyone who drove fast and anyone with something in their hand. (Read more)
- Lord God, we pray for the protection of all of our Jewish brothers and sisters. We ask that You would give them Your Shalom peace. We pray that they would not fear but would instead draw closer to You. Father, we pray for their endurance, that they would not grow weary. Give them strength, oh Abba, that they will never compromise or become complacent towards those who wish them harm. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and the revelation of Your son to all of Your children. In the name of Yeshua, amen.
The Daily Brief
1. Hurricane Patricia fades to tropical depression over northern Mexico - Fox News
Hurricane Patricia pushed quickly over small hamlets in mountainous western Mexico early Saturday as it tracked northward and weakened to a tropical depression from a record-breaking Category 5 storm while dumping torrential rains that spurred fears of major flooding and deadly mudslides.
Patricia hurtled towards Mexico as the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere and made landfall Friday on an isolated stretch of Mexico's Pacific coast--avoiding direct hits on the resort haven of Puerto Vallarta and major port city of Manzanillo. There were initial reports of flooding and landslides, but no word of fatalities or major damage as the hurricane moved over the mountains overnight.
Television news reports from the coast showed toppled trees and lampposts, and barren streets. Some highways were blocked by mudslides. Milenio TV showed footage of cars and buses being swept by floodwaters in the state of Jalisco.
"The first reports confirm that the damage has been less than those expected from a hurricane of this magnitude," President Enrique Pena Nieto said in a taped address late Friday. He added, however, that "we cannot yet let our guard down."
Patricia faded to a tropical depression by midmorning Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph and was expected to dissipate further inland. The eye of the storm was about 95 miles northeast of Zacatecas. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we lift up great praise that this gigantic hurricane did not do all that was feared, especially due to it's tremendous power and that so far there have been no reports of fatalities. We are so thankful that it has dissipated a great deal and will continue to lessen in power. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness." (Psalm 107:8-9 NKJV)
2. Storms flood roads, cause train derailment in Texas - Fox News
A powerful storm system rumbled through Texas on Saturday, flooding roads and causing a freight train to derail as parts of the state braced for the remnants of Hurricane Patricia to arrive.
Many parts of Texas, including its biggest cities, were under flash flood watches through Sunday or Monday. The remnants of Patricia, which was downgraded to tropical depression status and was expected to reach northern Mexico by Saturday night, may add to the rain falling in South and Central Texas, said Jesse Moore, a National Weather Service forecaster in Fort Worth. The storm system already moving through Texas dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of the state on Friday, causing flooding that blocked several major roadways.
A Union Pacific freight train derailed before dawn on Saturday near Corsicana, about 50 miles south of Dallas, because a creek overflowed and washed away the tracks, said Jeff DeGraff, a railroad spokesman. The two crew members swam to safety and nobody was hurt, he said.
Forecasters say Houston and Galveston remain under a flash flood watch through Monday morning, with possible coastal flooding concerns. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we bring to You this terrible flooding that is happening in the state of Texas, and we ask for Your Hand of protection to rest upon these citizens. Due to no rain for quite a while it appears that the soil cannot absorb what is needed and all sorts of destructive effects are occurring. Mercy, Father, have Mercy!! We pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "In the day of my trouble I will call upon You, for You will answer me." (Psalm 86:7)
3. Despite Conservative Criticism, Reconciliation Bill Passes in the House - Townhall
Congress Guts Some Obamacare Mandates; Defunds Planned Parenthood
The House has voted to pass the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act (H.R. 3762), frequently referred to as the reconciliation bill. The legislation would gut significant Obamacare mandates, as well as cut off Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid funding. The pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List is pleased with the bill's success:
"Today's House vote cuts Planned Parenthood's Medicaid funding - the most significant portion of the abortion business's overall $528 million a year in taxpayer funding. Women have the most to gain from congressional action to reroute these tax dollars to community and rural health centers, which provide comprehensive health care services to women, but do not abort the lives of unborn children and harvest their body parts."
Yet, a few senators and conservative groups have come out against the bill because they want to see a full repeal of Obamacare. Reconciliation just doesn't go far enough, they say.
Heritage Action also rejected the bill, releasing a statement Friday morning following its passage claiming that, thanks to reconciliation, Obamacare is now here to stay. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we lift up praise that the House passed a bill to remove various parts of the Obamacare healthcare law and to block funding Planned Parenthood with taxpayer monies. We acknowledge that this vote perhaps does not go far enough to remove this terrible so-called healthcare bill so we bring it before Your Throne to ask if this is Your will and plan, Father. If so, then we pray that this bill will proceed through the congressional process and be able to override any veto possibility. We pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know." (Jeremiah 33:3 NKJV)
4. With RSC Proposal Scrapped, Republicans Have No Plan On Raising The Debt Ceiling - Townhall
Outgoing Speaker John Boehner wanted to get this done before he exited public life, but that's run into a problem. He had planned on holding a vote on raising the debt ceiling, until the only plan Republicans had didn't have the votes to pass.
That proposal, dubbed the "Terms of Credit Act," bore the imprimatur of the Republican Study Committee and appeared to be an ideal conservative starting point for demanding concessions as a condition of extending the nation's borrowing authority - before Republicans would ultimately have to swallow a "clean" bill.
However, a whip count Wednesday night showed the RSC measure didn't have the GOP votes to proceed. The GOP has no official plan.
What's next? Boehner is probably going to raise the debt limit with the help of Democrats. He's out. He's got nothing to lose . . . Defaulting on the government's debt, despite all the politics . . . does seem to be an outcome that's too extreme, and that both [Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell and Boehner would recognize," she added. One option under consideration is a big deal, one that wraps the debt limit increase into a package with spending cuts, highway funding and a long-term spending bill. But with few working days in Washington between now and Nov. 5, there may not be enough time. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we are puzzled by how Congress appears to be unable to understand the precarious financial position that our nation is in due to 'unlimited' debt. Help us, Father, by somehow 'awakening' those members who just want to borrow more and more when the money is NOT there. Show them the overwhelmingly dangerous consequences into which they are moving the entire nation. We pray this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls." (Proverbs 25:28 NKJV)
5. Equality Act creates 'LGBT rights' - everywhere! - WND
So the Supreme Court has established "same-sex marriage," and that will quiet the LGBT crowd, because, after all, they got what they wanted, right? Not even close.
How about protections for LGBT people in jobs, jury duty, credit applications, housing, facilities that provide exhibitions, facilities that provide recreation, facilities that provide exercise, facilities that provide amusement and even facilities that provide "gatherings"?
Already, there's a bill in Congress to do all those things and much more. It even would gut the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act so LGBT-based discrimination complaints could be brought against churches that follow the Bible, which teaches homosexual behavior is a sin.
The "Equality Act" would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 "to include sex, sexual orientation and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation in places of public accommodation." (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, what is being presented here does not bode well for Your people. This movement is increasingly proving to be one not for 'fairness and equality' but instead for promoting 'hatred and vengeance'. Help us, Lord, and direct both our prayers and actions as we move increasingly into further 'darkness'. We pray this in the Name of Jesus and under His Shed Blood, Amen and Amen.
- "Do not keep silent, O God! Do not hold Your peace, and do not be still, O God! For behold, Your enemies make a tumult; and those who hate You have lifted up their head." (Psalm 83:1-2 NKJV)
6. DOJ ends Lois Lerner probe without bringing charges - The Hill
The Justice Department is declining to bring charges against Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official at the center of the Tea Party targeting controversy, bringing an end to a two-year-long investigation.
"We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution," Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in a letter to Congress on Friday.
"Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the Department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges," he continued. Kadzik said the investigation found "substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment, and institutional inertia, leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints" but concluded that "poor management is not a crime."
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who led an investigation into the IRS as chairman of the House Oversight Committee, blasted the Justice Department as giving Lerner a "free pass."
"The Justice Department's decision to close the IRS targeting investigation without a single charge or prosecution is a low point of accountability in an Administration that is better known for punishing whistleblowers than the abuse and misconduct they expose," Issa wrote in a statement. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we are saddened by this Justice Department decision to not bring charges over what happened to many conservative groups and Christian groups when seeking charity status from the IRS. Father, we ask that somehow You will cause Your Truth to be brought forth so that 'real' justice may be served in this case. We pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen and Amen.
- "I will make justice the measuring line and righteousness the plumb line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place."
7. 'Leaders must lead': Kerry works to calm Israeli-Palestinian violence - FoxNews
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Israel and Jordan have agreed on steps aimed at reducing tensions at a holy site in Jerusalem that have fanned Israeli-Palestinian violence.
"All the violence and the incitement to violence must stop. Leaders must lead," Kerry told reporters in the Jordanian capital after meeting with King Abdullah II and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
The top U.S. diplomat said the steps include round-the-clock video monitoring and Israel's reaffirming of Jordan's special and historic role as custodian of the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Haram al-Sharif.
The king suggested that monitoring, according to Kerry, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted. Israel has pledged to maintain the rules of worship at the site, and Israeli and Jordanian authorities will meet about bolstering security, Kerry said. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we pray that the agreements made which are reported here are 'legitimate'. We pray that honest and truthful monitoring is done and that the horrific violence which has been occurring will cease. We pray this in Jesus' Name and under His Shed Blood, Amen and Amen.
- "When the wicked spring up like grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed forever." (Psalm 92:7 NKJV)
8. Europe orders child-refugee brides to remain married - WND
It comes amid fears of a paedophilia epidemic inside European refugee camps after a pregnant 14-year-old girl went missing from a Dutch centre. Fatema Alkasem disappeared along with her 24-year-old husband in August and police are concerned the Syrian girl needs medical care.
The Netherlands is facing an issue of providing asylum to young girls who are married in their homeland but are below the Dutch age of consent. Dutch asylum centres are reportedly housing 20 child brides aged between 13 and 15, while three a week on average are arriving to the country.
The brides were granted legal permission to join their older partners after the country recognized marriages involving young teenagers if they are officially registered in their home country. But some have slammed the recognition by Dutch authorities, claiming it condones pedophilia because the age of sexual consent in the Netherlands is 16. (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we lift this 'cultural' practice before You and seek Your direction as to how to pray over this situation. We know our nation will most likely be dealing with similar concerns as these 'refugees' continue to arrive here. We seek Your intervention and protection for these young women and their children, praying this in Jesus' Name, Amen and Amen.
- "Arise, O God, judge the earth; for You shall inherit all nations." (Psalm 82:8 NKJV)
9. Heading for Britain: ISIS sends assassins into UN refugee camps to murder Christians - UK Express
The fanatical jihadis are sending teams of trained killers into camps disguised as refugees to kidnap and kill vulnerable Christians. But refugees are terrified to report many of the killings in case they are targeted next, according to aid workers.
The horrifying tactic emerged after one terrorist got cold feet and renounced jihad after witnessing Christians helping out other refugees within the camp. He then revealed that he had been sent with an Islamist hit squad to eliminate Christians as part of the hate group's ideological drive to wipe the religion off the map.
Express.co.uk has revealed how Christianity could disappear from the Middle East within five years as fanatical fundamentalists ramp up their campaign of persecution. (Read more)
- Abba Father, this is a chilling report. We seek for Your protection and mercy to rise up and direct a response within these refugee camps of how to stop these killings. We ask you to send Your warrior angels to surround and protect Your remnant, praying this in the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen and Amen.
- "Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You." (Jeremiah 32:17)
10. Jerusalem mufti: Temple Mount never housed Jewish Temple - Times of Israel
The grand mufti of Jerusalem, the Muslim cleric in charge of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, said Sunday that there has never been a Jewish temple atop the Temple Mount, and that the site has been home to a mosque "since the creation of the world."
Sheikh Muhammad Ahmad Hussein said in an Arabic interview with Israel's Channel 2 that the site, considered the third holiest in Islam and the holiest to Jews, was a mosque "3,000 years ago, and 30,000 years ago" and has been "since the creation of the world."
. . . He vehemently denied that there has ever been a Jewish shrine atop the Temple Mount, despite rich archaeological and textual evidence to the contrary, including from Muslim sources. (Read more)
- Father God, what a lie! Contrary to all the archeological and historic evidence on record, this self-proclaimed "holy man" is spewing forth utter falsehoods regarding who, indeed, has claim to this sacred land. Father, forgive him, for he knows not what he does. May those who hear this tripe realize its utter stupidity and turn deaf ears to his rantings. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44)
". . . the mouths of liars will be silenced." (Psalm 119:74)
The Daily Jot
Friday, October 23, 2015
Stopping the president's Christian holocaust
It is very eye-opening and disturbing to learn just how the US president's policies have enabled a holocaust within the Christian communities in the Middle East and Africa perpetrated by Islam. Frustrating is that those of us who know and understand the truth of this matter find it difficult to do anything about it. Injustices are taking place and those in power are winking and nodding at them, using their words to placate, but doing nothing substantial to end them. We cannot allow frustration to prevent us from action. The lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ are in the balance and we have to start calling out what we know to be true. Their voices are not heard. They need a voice. We need to make it an issue.
Let me relay a story to you as written by a long-time Daily Jot reader: "This past weekend my brother-in-law who is a doctor, wrote an article . . . talking about the Muslim atrocities and their evil god. His daughter, my niece, said people at work had sneered at her and mocked her because of the article. She was upset because her father had taken a public stand against Islam and called it what it is, a monstrous evil. She was afraid he might be attacked or killed. I told her that not long ago I had to make that decision myself. Was I going to let the fear of being attacked or killed prevent me from speaking out in every public forum I could find, or was I going to do what God has called me to do, be salt and light. I decided I would speak out and let God protect me. I told her that her father had done the right thing by his actions.
"Even here in America where we aren't really in that much danger, the Muslims have done such a good job of terrifying people that we're afraid to speak out. If we don't fight now, from a position of strength, then when we reach the point that we MUST fight or be destroyed, we will likely be fighting from a position of weakness...I keep remembering the verse from the book of Revelation (12:11), "And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, AND THEY LOVED NOT THEIR LIVES UNTO DEATH." Jesus says those who will save their lives will lose them, but those who lose their life for Christ's sake will find them... Keep putting the truth out. Some people will act on it."
This is an example of the complexity of what we face. But we must act. Nothing is being done because the voices are not loud enough. What can you do? You can talk it up every where you go. Say, "Did you know that our president is allowing Christians to be massacred in the Middle East and Africa?" That will start the conversation. Write your newspapers. Call in to radio shows. Organize a protest. Be a voice as if it were your very own family member was about to be tortured by these Islamic beasts. What would you do? In Africa, we are reaching out in rural areas to evangelize the Muslims and to support Christians who are at risk. If you want to support our efforts, we always need assistance. Whatever you do, take the first step. Let's make this an issue.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Praying for Stillwater
Praying for Stillwater
STILLWATER NEEDS PRAYER AFTER SATURDAY'S TRAGEDY
Many of you may have heard about the tragic accident that occurred this morning in Stillwater, OK during a huge Homecoming Parade. Stillwater is my hometown.
A 25 year old woman sped at 50 mph ramming her car into a group of onlookers during the parade. There are all kinds of reports out there. Some are true and others may be fabricated. It is hard to tell right now.
As I am writing this there is a prayer vigil taking place on the OSU campus. The day has been horrible as we received the unbelievable news. My daughter-in-law works as the Stillwater Medical Center's Home Health social worker. She is a psychologist and was called into the hospital to work today.
An unmanned police motorcycle was placed in the street to block cars from traveling through while the parade was still in process. The car sped through hitting the motorcycle and throwing it into the air up as high as the street lights. Two people were injured as the motorcycle came crashing down on them. As the car raced through the bystanders, bodies were flung into the air like rag dolls.
As to the count Saturday night, 43 people were taken to the Stillwater Medical Center for treatment, another 8 were transported by helicopter to the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City, which is a trauma hospital, 2 were sent to Perry, OK, 1 to St. John's in Tulsa and some to other facilities. There were approximately 55 people that sustained some sort of injuries. Two were pronounced dead at the scene and two others died later, one of which was a two year old boy. We pray that there are no more deaths.
One woman was a friend of mine and a pastor's wife. For those of you who are familiar with this area. She is the wife of Robert Turner who was a major OSU football player in years past. She was hit and dragged by the car. She was life-flighted to OKC. The report from her daughter is that she had a collapsed lung, a broken tibia and femur. She is going to recover and we Praise God for that. Nothing is really known right now about the other seven in the trauma hospital. Names have not been released.
Stillwater's Homecoming is known throughout the US for being one of the biggest in this country. It is a major event. It is said that on the Friday night before the big day on Saturday some 50,000 visitors come to view the House Decorations on campus in what is called the "Walk-Around." The major streets on campus are turned into a pedestrian's delight with a carnival like atmosphere.
The driver of the car, it is being reported, was sent home early from her job because she was not "acting quite right." She worked just north of the accident. Apparently, she was upset about being sent home, which may have precipitated her speed as she left work. She is presently in a detox area in the Stillwater jail. No reports are being given about her until she is able to be questioned. From the looks of her mangled car, it is a miracle that she was not injured.
The decision had to be made whether to cancel the football game or to play it. The game was played. As the OSU players ran onto the field they gathered together and knelt down on one knee for prayer. The coach, Mike Gundy, was in the middle of the group. Even during the football game after the accident, authorities were urging students to call home to tell their parents that they were okay, because the Stillwater Hospital was being deluged with phone calls.
WE ARE URGING YOU TO PRAY FOR THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO WERE LOST AND FOR THOSE WHO WERE INJURED. THIS WAS SUCH A SENSELESS ACCIDENT.
Stillwater is not new to tragedies. In the 70's a fraternity was working on the Homecoming Decorations for their group and three young men were electrocuted. In 2001, ten men connected with the OSU basketball team were killed in Colorado in a plane crash, two of them were players. In 2011 the women's head basketball coach and his assistant were killed in a plane crash while on a recruiting trip. This accident today just adds to the trauma of loss for this university and our city.
The city and the university are deeply feeling the horror of this.
WE NEED YOUR PRAYERS.
Blessings, Mary Murphy
More Prayer for Stillwater
More Prayer for Stillwater
Precious report ! Sobering . . . Ecclesiastes 9:12
Praying . . . senseless death everyday throughout the world . Remember those who are 1st Responders . . . police, fire, ambulance, and then all who receive the 'victims' . . . 'violence' and 'lawlessness' abound, not to mention the tragedies associated with 'natural disasters' . . . floods, fire, earthquake, etc. . . . pray for these men and women . . . they are God's ordained servants and we live in the most 'violent' of times, ever . . .
- Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:
As fish are caught in a cruel net,
or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil times
that fall unexpectedly upon them. (Ecclesiastes 9:12)
Review: UNESCO Alert
UNESCO Declares Rachel's Tomb, Cave of Patriarchs Muslim Holy Sites
"As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore." (Psalm 125:2)
UNESCO has approved a resolution condemning Israel for its alleged attempts to change the status quo on the Temple Mount, but a bid to declare the Western Wall as a Muslim holy site was dropped from the resolution before the vote.
Twenty-six countries voted in favor of the resolution, which condemned "aggression and illegal measures taken against the freedom of worship and access of Muslims to Al-Aqsa mosque and Israel's attempts to break the status quo since 1967."
The U.S., U.K., Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, and Estonia voted against the resolution.
The original proposal was submitted by six Arab states-Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates-on behalf of the Palestinians.
It called the Western Wall an "integral part" of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the Temple Mount. But that language was removed from the resolution in order to garner more support for the measure.
Nevertheless, the approved resolution recognized Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem and the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron as Muslim sites, despite their significance in Jewish history and tradition.
On Tuesday, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova criticized the original Arab-led proposal.
"We all have responsibility to UNESCO's mandate, to take decisions that promote dialogue, tolerance and peace," Bokova said in a statement. "This is especially important for young people, who should be nurtured and educated for peace." (Times of Israel) Read more.
Something to Think About
Something to Think About:
The Foundation of America Cannot Be Compromised
America has so strayed from its bedrock foundation, that simple discussions and policies seem complicated by the emotions of the day, people's perspective, and a host of ideas swirling about our social and political world today.
Yet when we look at the world through the lens of our founding principles, we come to the quick realization that "compromise" cannot be reached with those who seek to implement rules, systems, and laws which undermine these founding principles. These people are called enemies and must be defeated.
Because our schools have done such a poor job of teaching what was common knowledge among young children a hundred years ago, many of our citizens have little grasp of the basic unyielding principles that ensure our liberty and, therefore, our prosperity.
In today's America: Presidential candidate Mrs. Clinton has to answer questions about the killing of the U.S. Ambassador in Benghazi, Libya; jihadi armies are moving across the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere; the President of the United States and his State Department are negotiating with the number one state sponsor of terrorism on the planet - Iran; U.S. leadership has surrendered Syria and the greater Middle East to Russia, and therefore Iran and China; U.S. Islamic organizations are intimately involved in National Security matters despite the fact they are Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood front groups; America stands over $20 trillion in debt; an avowed Socialist is running for President (unconstitutional); this Administration continues to abuse the power of the Executive branch while Congress still talks of "compromise" and "coming together"; and on it goes. . . (Source: Understanding the Threat) Read entire article here.
News from Colorado Springs
News from Colorado Springs:
Building a Prayer Wall for National Security
Note from the editor:
Last week I returned from one week in Colorado Springs, where I had the privilege of attending two major prayer gatherings, "back to back" in that city.
The first was the NDP National Prayer Summit, with amazing speakers and workshops . . . all exhorting us to enter into DESPERATE prayer for a nation (ours) in peril. In coming days, we will share news of that gathering that will be made available to us online by the NDP Task Force.
The second prayer gathering followed, called "The Deliverance and the Destiny of America." This conference, too, included nonstop speakers with vast knowledge of the many threats our nation now faces if we are to survive in the days ahead and fulfill the destiny our Lord has planned for us to see.
Please find below a summary of some of the key points of that conference, as well as other assorted needs for prayer this week, offered by Pierre Bynum, Chaplain & National Prayer Director for the Family Research Council.
We invite you now to take some time this week to prayerfully consider this report, submitted by Rev. Bynum. Thank you.
News from David's Tent
One Defining Winter- Valley Forge
"As those in Christ, we are not merely survivors, but we are victorious! Yet at times it sure seems that the greatest victory is simply surviving. " . . . and after you have done everything -- to stand" (Ephesians 6:13)
In the winter of 1777-1778, General George Washington and the Revolutionary Army suffered through winter in Valley Forge, PA. Thousands of troops died there, as they were ill-clothed, ill-housed and under-supplied. In compassion for his men, George Washington wrote a candid circular letter to the leadership of the 13 colonies appealing for more troops and supplies, while at the same time appealing to heaven in prayer. The Battle of the Valley Forge Winter had its casualties, but the army survived and eventually was victorious.
David's Tent DC has faced many hurdles so far, but the the fire on the altar has never gone out. (The teardown and reset due to the Pope's visit did in fact cost us $6,000 and we resorted to worshipping outside in the rain! We paid $6,000 to sing in the rain! Jesus is Worthy!) Yet, David's Tent DC is coming face-to-face with what will probably be our greatest hurdle of the entire next year . . . winter! Already, our night-watches have been worshipping in the 35 degree weather, all bundled up, with handwarmers in their shoes.
Please appeal to heaven in prayer with us on these four prayer points and for those that are called by the Spirit to give of your lives and finances, I appeal to you to help us stay victorious through this "Valley Forge Winter".
1) This is our ONE BIG REQUEST: Pray for God to Pour Out His Spirit on David's Tent! We want God to show up in a huge way!!
2) Finances - I'm still haggling to find the best possible and permissible way to heat the tent on the mall this winter, but the current numbers are coming in at $20k per month. For 5 months, that's quite the utility bill. The funding to heat the tent truly is an alabaster jar offering!
3) Staff - We currently have 30 full time staff and we need to see that grow to 80 to truly sustain well. Our staff in DC are all serving overtime to get this off the ground. It's working for now, but it is not a sustainable pace. We know that the Lord is calling those who will count the cost and come with servant hearts!
4) Worship teams to sign up. While it may be easier to plan for July or further ahead than for the quickly approaching winter, we'd like to see more worship teams sign up for watches during this winter! It will be cold and maybe even difficult, but I know the sacrifice will be worth it. I believe this season is the critical, hinge period of the Tent.
Of course, pray for grace with the weather!
He's worth it all!
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Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
I SHALL NOT BE MOVED
"That person is like a tree planted by streams of water . . ." (Psalm 1:3)
1 I shall not be, I shall not be moved.
I shall not be, I shall not be moved;
Like a tree planted by the water,
I shall not be moved, be moved.
2 When my cross is heavy, I shall not be moved,
When my cross is heavy, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
3 The church of God is marching, I shall not be moved,
The church of God is marching, I shall not be moved;
4 King Jesus is our Captain, I shall not be moved,
King Jesus is the Captain, I shall not be moved;
5 Come on and join the army, I shall not be moved,8 Don't let the world deceive you, I shall not be moved,
Come on and join the army, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
6 Fighting sin and Satan, I shall not be moved,
Fighting sin and Satan, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
7 When my burden's heavy, I shall not be moved,
When my burden's heavy, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
Come on and join the army, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
6 Fighting sin and Satan, I shall not be moved,
Fighting sin and Satan, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
7 When my burden's heavy, I shall not be moved,
When my burden's heavy, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
Don't let the world deceive you, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
9 If my friends forsake me, I shall not be moved,
If my friends forsake me, I shall not be moved; [Refrain]
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Sung by Johnny Cash
About the Author:
Words and Melody: Unknown
About the Hymn:
"I Shall Not Be Moved" is an African American spiritual
Signs and Wonders
VIDEO: Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano launches ash 800 meters into the sky
After several small eruptions on Friday, Turrialba Volcano - located 50 kilometers east of Costa Rica's capital - erupted at 5:10 a.m. on Saturday. According to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI), the volcano spewed gas and vapor and launched ash 800 meters into the air. The eruption lasted for 30 minutes.
OVSICORI geologists report that the ash is being carried south and will fall primarily in areas immediately surrounding Turrialba. There have been no reports of ash in San José or the surrounding suburbs.
OVSICORI officials reported increased seismic activity at the volcano earlier this week and warned that an eruption could be imminent. After a series of major eruptions in 2014, Turrialba Volcano had been inactive for the past several months. With this explosion and another last Friday, volcanologists say that the volcano is reawakening.
"We are seeing a reactivation in the volcano, but it isn't anything like the large eruptions we had last year," OVSICORI official Javier Pacheco told daily La Nación. "This is a slow reactivation that has been underway since Oct. 10." (The TICO Times) 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
Pastor Pays a Price to See Germany's Spiritual Revival
(Bremen, Germany)-[CBN News] Germany was the birthplace of the Reformation and was once a base for world missions. But much of Germany today is covered by a profound spiritual darkness, as are most Western nations. Those who refuse to compromise on the teaching of Scripture pay a price.
Bremen Pastor Olaf Latzel knows full well that there is a cost for speaking out boldly-especially in today's Germany, where traditional Christian teaching is viewed by many as bigoted, hateful, and even "un-Christian."
Latzel has been attacked in the media, investigated by the local government, and even denounced by fellow pastors. His crime? Refusing to bend a knee to political correctness.
"I'm only preaching the Gospel in a clear way," Latzel said. "I think it is my duty to do this preaching in this way for our Lord."
In his sermons, Latzel cuts no corners. He soft-pedals nothing. To some, he might sound mean when he attacks other religions.
But Latzel is standing against what he sees as a spirit of compromise that seems to have swallowed Germany and the German state church.
In the process, he has angered the German establishment and even a lot of German pastors.
Latzel said the chief battle in the German church today now is over who God is.
According to Latzel, some Christian pastors have said "Allah and Jesus Christ, the Christian God, is the same god."
"But if you ask a Muslim, 'Does your god have a son?' he would say no!" he continued. "Our (Christian) God has a Son; His name is Jesus Christ. So, they are not the same." (Read more)
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