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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, December 10, 2015
"For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind." (2 Timothy 1:7)
". . . under his wings you will find refuge . . ." (Psalm 91:4)
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. 6,000-year-old artifact from Negev may be world's oldest smelted lead object - Times of Israel
Deep in a cavern in southern Israel's Negev Desert, archaeologists found what may be the oldest smelted lead object - a 6,000-year-old artifact fashioned from metal mined in modern-day Turkey.
The artifact, found during excavations in the Ashalim Cave in 2012 but only detailed this month, comprises a bulging lead ring fitted around a wooden shaft, and looks like almost like a primitive mace. The rod is 8.8 inches long and carved of tamarisk, a tree common in the Negev. The lead weight is about 1.5 inches across and weighs 5.5 ounces, or a bit less than an iPhone 6. Both the lead bulb and wood show signs of wear.
2. Israel exported $400k in gold to North Korea, against UN sanctions- Jerusalem Post
The Knesset Economics Committee banned exports of luxury goods to North Korea on Wednesday, following criticism from the UN that Israel defied sanctions.
Tax Authority Exports Department manager David Huri reported to the committee that in recent years, Israelis exported $400,000 in gold to North Korea, in defiance of a UN Security Council decision from 2006. Since 2011, the only exports to North Korea were books and dental implants, and in 2014, there were no exports to Pyongyang.
Economics Committee chairman Eitan Cabel (Zionist Union) said, "The gold certainly is not going to North Korean citizens, who don't have enough to eat."
3. Customs officials intercept 4,000 dolls promoting anti-Israel incitement-JNS.org
(JNS.org) A shipment of 4,000 dolls with anti-Israel clothing and messaging were intercepted by Haifa customs officials on their way to Palestinian Authority territory on Tuesday.
Each plush doll, intended to incite Palestinians against Israel, had a keffiyeh covering its face, one arm raised with a rock in its hand, and a banner in Palestinian colors with the text "Jerusalem is ours" and "Jerusalem we are coming!"
4. Palestinian girl brandishes knife in Facebook video - Times of Israel
A video produced in the southern Gaza Strip last month shows a young girl, with her parents' apparent prompting, eagerly advocating stabbing Israelis.
The footage was posted on November 12 to a Facebook page entitled, "Jerusalem Intifada's Young People's Coalition," according to the Israeli watchdog Palestinian Media Watch.
In the video, the girl is questioned by an imagined Israeli.
"[Palestinian] youth are throwing stones at us [Israelis]" the Israeli says.
The girl replies, "So what!"
5. ISIS terror cell planned attacks inside Israel -Israel National News
Five members of the same Arab-Israeli family have been charged with setting up an Islamic State (ISIS) terror cell with the intent to carry out terror attacks inside Israel, it was cleared for publication Tuesday.
According to the Israel Security Agency (ISA), the five terrorists - who are all from the northern Israeli town of Nazareth - exchanged Facebook messages extolling ISIS's jihadist ideology, trained with weapons and planned to wage a terrorist campaign inside the Jewish state.
None of them had any plans to travel to Syria or Iraq, investigators said. The revelation comes just one day after senior Israeli security sources estimated that an ISIS terror attack inside Israel was only a matter of time.
6. Israel Holds 5 Palestinian Citizens Suspected of Supporting ISIS - New York Times
JERUSALEM - Five Palestinian citizens of Israel have been arrested in recent weeks on suspicion of supporting the Islamic State, acquiring rifles and practicing shooting in a forest, according to Israeli officials.
The accusations suggested that the suspects may have intended to carry out an assault, though there did not seem to be evidence that their activities had coalesced into a concrete plot, according to the details of the case released by the Israeli security agency, Shin Bet.
A joint effort by the agency and the police led to the arrests in October and November of several residents of Nazareth, in the Galilee region of northern Israel, the authorities said in a statement on Tuesday. Five of those arrested have since been charged with weapons violations and support for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL. The group is outlawed in Israel.
7. 2 Israelis injured in Hebron stabbing; assailant killed - Times of Israel
Two Israelis were stabbed in the West Bank city of Hebron on Wednesday, sustaining moderate and light injuries respectively.
The terrorist was shot and killed by security forces, according to initial reports.
A photo from the scene shows one of the victims in IDF uniform. The army later confirmed that one of the victims was a soldier and the other a civilian. The latter - who was lightly injured after he was stabbed in the leg - was identified as the son of former Jewish Home MK Orit Strock, according to the Walla news website.
The Daily Brief
1. Federal authorities set to indict friend who bought guns for San Bernardino terrorist - Fox News
Federal authorities are expected to bring charges against a former neighbor of San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook who bought two of the guns used in last week's terror attack, Fox News has learned. Enrique Marquez, who legally purchased the AR-15 rifles that Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik used to kill 14 people and injure 21 others at a social services building Dec. 2, will likely be indicted after having provided substantial information to investigators about Farook, Malik and their acquaintances. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that this man was caught, and that information was obtained. We pray for any other information about this terrorist attack to come out and be dealt with soon. In Jesus' name, amen.
- "The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead." (Proverbs 11:8)
2. Eyewitnesses insist '3 shooters' in San Bernardino - WND
A week after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and left 21 injured, some are wondering whatever happened to the supposed third shooter that witnesses say shot up the Inland Regional Center.
The two Muslim suspects who were killed in a police shootout have been identified as Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, who were reportedly planning the deadly assault a year in advance.
But witnesses on the day of the Dec. 2 massacre insisted there were three shooters. (Read more)
- Father, since we know that a 3rd suspect existed, we believe that the government may be covering up something in this case. We ask that if the FBI has this person, they will use him for the benefit of Americans, and not for another purpose. In Jesus' name, amen.
- "Deliver me, O Lord, from evil men; preserve me from violent men." (Psalm 140:1)
3. FBI searches lake in San Bernardino shooting inquiry - Fox News
Several FBI dive teams began searching a small San Bernardino lake on Thursday as part of the ongoing investigation into the massacre that killed 14 people last week.
FBI Assistant Director in charge David Bowdich declined to tell reporters at a press briefing what dive teams were looking for, but stressed that there was "no belief there is anything dangerous" in the park. "We did have a lead that the subjects came into this area," he said. "We have now put a dive team into the lake."
Bowdich said there were four FBI dive teams involved in the search, which could last "for days. This investigation . . . is massive and that's going to take time," he told reporters. (Read more)
- Lord God, we have prayed and asked that the FBI leave "no stone unturned" in this investigation. We thank You, Lord, that our prayers are being answered. Father God, we covenant before you to remain on the wall of prayer together, until all evidence relating to the shootings in San Bernardino is found; and all links to other sleeper cells in our nation be uncovered. Thank You, Lord, for hearing our prayers, in Jesus' name, amen.
- "So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known." (Matthew 10:26)
4. Cartel leader Chapo Guzmán threatens war on ISIS after terrorists destroy drug shipment - Latino.FoxNews.com
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman has a lot of enemies: the Mexican government, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Donald Trump. But now the world's most powerful drug trafficker is taking one what is arguably the world's most feared organization, ISIS.
Chapo's anger toward the radical jihadist group does not stem from some sense of altruism for the victims of the recent attacks in Paris or San Bernardino, but instead from concerns about his bottom line after ISIS destroyed several of his Sinaloa Cartel's drug shipments moving through the Middle East. In a harshly worded email to ISIS, which was leaked by the website Cartel Blog , Guzmán sent a stark warning to ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi about messing with the cartel's business.
The Sinaloa Cartel is considered the world's largest drug trafficking organization, with operations running throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. In the Middle East, the cartel has become a major provider of cocaine, ecstasy and other so-called party drugs to oil-rich princes and businessmen throughout the region.
Islamic State fighters, however, abhor the use of drugs and have systemically been destroying any cartel shipments they get their hands on. While the group is prolific on social media and in their video output, ISIS has so far not responded to the threats from Guzmán. (To read the full article, including Guzman's words, go here.)
- Father God, just as in the days of Gideon, as we continue to praise You as the King of all Kings and the Sovereign Most High God, we thank You that Your enemies will begin to turn on each other and destroy each other. We ask that souls be saved in each of these two camps before they perish, but we thank You for this news, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man's sword against his companion throughout the whole camp; and the army fled to Beth Acacia, toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel Meholah, by Tabbath." (Judges 7:22)
5. Franklin Graham: 144,000 American Muslims not 'peaceful' - WND
Franklin Graham, who heads the Samaritan's Purse organization as well as the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has endorsed GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump's idea of halting Muslim immigration into the United States, at least temporarily.
He warns there's a good reason: some 144,000 Muslims already in the United States "who openly say without hesitation that violence in the name of Islam is justified!"
Graham's comments have been posted over the last 24 hours on his Facebook page, where he noted the mantra from "political leaders and world experts" that "the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful people."
"Some have suggested that as many as 99 percent fall into this category. Well, we don't have to guess or estimate; the Pew Research Center has released extensive research on how Muslims in the U.S. self-identify on questions of violence - and the conclusions are frightening." (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that Franklin Graham is now adding his voice to the absolute danger of allowing any more of these people in our nation, until we can get things under control. This article -- without Your divine protection -- is frightening. Help us, O Lord, we pray, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them." (Psalm 34:7)
6. 2 Afghan Trainees Missing From Moody Air Force Base- WTXL
Two afghan air force students who were training at Moody Air Force base are missing, according to Air Force Officials.
"Two male Afghan air force students did not report for duty yesterday at their regular maintenance training at Moody AFB in Valdosta, Georgia. Both are assigned to the 81st Fighter Squadron . . ." (Read more)
- Lord, we ask that You catch these two Afghan trainees quickly and that no harm will come from them running away from the air base. WE know that Afghanistan is a harsh place, and thy these men may not wish to return there. But only You can change their hearts. In Jesus' name, amen.
- "Then you will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good . . ." (Ezekiel 36:31a)
7. Multiple cell phone purchases at 3 Missouri Walmarts raise suspicions - Fox3
In less than a week, law enforcement agencies in three different Missouri cities have investigated the purchase of large quantities of cell phones at Walmart stores. In two cases, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was contacted.
Last Saturday, KSPR reports that police were called to a Lebanon, Mo., Walmart when two men purchased about 60 cell phones early in the morning. Police tell KSPR that terrorists can use cell phones as bomb detonators in addition to using them for communication, and can be hard to track if prepaid. (Read more)
- Thank You, Lord, that these cell phones have been reported missing. Once again, we ask You to help the FBI, as well as local law enforcement officials, to locate those who purchased these items, and apprehend them. In Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God! Depart from me, therefore you bloodthirsty men, for they speak against You wickedly." (Psalm 139:19)
8. Israel and Britain Resist Calls to Bar Donald Trump Over Muslim Stance - CNS news
As Donald Trump's controversial remarks on Muslims resonate around the world, the governments of two of America's closest allies are facing calls to ban him. Neither looks likely to accede.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu distanced himself from Trump's call for Muslims to be temporarily banned from entering the U.S., but rejected demands from numerous Israeli lawmakers that he cancel an existing arrangement to meet with the Republican presidential candidate, who plans to visit Jerusalem late this month. (Read more)
- Lord, we thank You for cooler heads regarding the response to Donald Trump. Though he seems wild in his rhetoric, there is some truth to his words. We cover him with prayer, and ask Your wisdom and forgiveness for him. In Jesus' name, amen.
- "Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no one living is righteous." (Psalm 143:2)
9. Supreme Court Justices' Comments Don't Bode Well for Affirmative Action - New York Times
An affirmative action plan at the University of Texas seemed to be in trouble at the Supreme Court on Wednesday. By the end of an unusually long and tense argument, a majority of the justices appeared unpersuaded that the plan was constitutional.
A ruling against the university could imperil affirmative action at colleges and universities around the nation.
In a remark that drew muted gasps in the courtroom, Justice Antonin Scalia said that minority students with inferior academic credentials may be better off at "a less advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well. I don't think it stands to reason that it's a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible," he added.
It remains conceivable that the court could avoid ruling on the question for a second time. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who almost certainly holds the crucial vote and has never voted to uphold an affirmative action plan, spent almost all of his time exploring whether the university should be allowed to submit more evidence to justify its use of race in accepting students. (Read more)
- Lord God, we note that this Court has already declined to rule on this sensitive issue in years past, so we ask that Your wisdom would once again rest upon each justice as he or she prepares their heart to consider this appeal. Let justice rule, in Jesus' name we pray, amen.
- "Also I will make justice the measuring line, And righteousness the plummet . . ." (Isaiah 28:17)
10. Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says in landmark document - Jerusalem Post
Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major new document that drew the Church further away from the strained relations of the past.
Christianity and Judaism are intertwined and God never annulled his covenant with the Jewish people, said the document from the Vatican's Commission for Religious Relations with Jews. "The Church is therefore obliged to view evangelization to Jews, who believe in the one God, in a different manner from that to people of other religions and world views," it said.
It also said Catholics should be particularly sensitive to the significance to Jews of the Shoah, the Hebrew word for the Holocaust, and pledged "to do all that is possible with our Jewish friends to repel anti-Semitic tendencies. A Christian can never be an anti-Semite, especially because of the Jewish roots of Christianity," it said. (Read more)
- Father all we can ask in this situation is that you help us to pray in the Spirit over this decree from the Vatican. We lift up mature leaders in the Body of Christ in our nation, who can help us to analyze this document, judging it against the plumbline of Your Truth. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?" (Romans 11:15)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Living water for those who thirst
. . . Last year, we distributed water purification kits to rural villages in response to the Ebola breakout that threatened the area. This project was very successful and received government accolades for helping abate the problem. This year, we have been working on a new project--a well to provide potable water to a rural area. You see, This teeming mass of needy rural folks, forming 70% of the nation's population of some 27 million, lives on daily basis without running water. For most, mainly women and children, the day begins with a trek of several miles in search of water for survival. They carry whatever they can, irrespective of its unwholesomeness, in huge containers balanced artistically on their head.
. . . We have worked together to drill a well 370 feet deep that will provide enough clean water for folks miles around. The water flow is strong and it meets all but two of the purity requirements of the World Health Organization and the Ghana government. Already news of the well has caused families to line up and wait for the water. Trouble is, we have to install a commercial reverse osmosis filtering system to meet the government requirements. We need your assistance for this project. Our plan is to give water to the needy as a ministry outreach and offset the cost of operation by selling to commercial interests.
For each drop, cup or gallon of water we give out to those most in need, including Muslims, we will be doing so in Jesus' name--to show and practically express the love of God.
Would you please join us to accomplish this divine mission? As God says in Isaiah 41:17: "When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst"--like it is happening in rural and even in most parts of urban and suburban Ghana today,--"I the God of Israel will not forsake them."
Thanks to your partnership with us in this rural area, clean water will be given in the name of Jesus to the satisfaction of both physical and spiritual thirst.
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We appreciate you and your devotion to the Lord. Thank you for standing with us because together. Thanks to your gift, we will be able to extend the basic need for life to those in rural Ghana in the name of Christ.
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70 Years Ago . . .
70 years ago, November 20, 1945: start of the Nuremberg Tribunal
December 10, 1948: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
It is extremely important not to forget the reason for the trials at the Nuremberg Tribunals where the criminals of the Nazi regime were judged. The shedding of innocent blood was a reason to receive the death penalty. And on December 10 1948 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed. Everybody without any discrimination has the objective right to protection of his life, because all people are equal; this, without any doubt means protection of life from conception to a natural death. Nobody had ever thought to declare killing the life of an unborn baby in their mother's womb a human right. In the Nuremberg trials doctors who performed abortions were also judged.
Bert P. Dorenbos, President Schreeuw om Leven (Cry for Life)
> > > Please read the attached article, "Walking on His Highway of peace," by going here.
- Lord, we bow our heads tonight, and we remember . . . help us to never forget, and to ensure that such atrocities never occur again against Your people. We ask this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "Now choose life, so that you and your children may live." (Deut. 30:19)
Middle East Revivals
Middle East Revivals:
Reports continue to come in. A strikingly similar stirring is also taking place in Saudi Arabia-unquestionably the epicenter of world Islam. One wouldn't expect the growth of Christianity in Mecca, but it is happening. Summarizing some of what he has heard, Joel Rosenberg reports that "Arab Christian leaders estimated there were more than one hundred thousand Saudi Muslim background Believers in 2005, and they believe the numbers are even higher today." Saudi Arabia is being quickened by the Spirit of the Lord. It seems to be positioned to experience significant growth in the decades to come. (Source: Breaking Christian News)
Chinese House Church Shut Down by Government Officials
A house church in China has been branded illegal by local officials and forced to stop holding meetings.
The church in Dazhou, Sichuan province, was told last month that it may no longer rent an apartment to hold religious services. Its members are accusing authorities of restricting their religious freedom.
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
"I was blind but now I see!" (John 9:25)
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see.
'Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed!
Through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me, His Word my hope secures; He will my Shield and Portion be, As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, And mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, A life of joy and peace.
The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, The sun forbear to shine; But God, who called me here below, Will be forever mine.
When we've been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We've no less days to sing God's praise Than when we'd first begun.
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About the Author:
Words: John Newton, 1779
Music: James P. Carrell and David S. Clayton, Winchester, VA 1831
About this Hymn:
This is probably the most popular hymn in the English language-a television documentary was even made about it. Perhaps it is because its words so well describe the author: John Newton was a slave trader before coming to Christ. It was sung at the funeral of American president Ronald Reagan.
Signs and Wonders
Two dead, thousands without power after U.S. Pacific Northwest storms
Drenching storms triggered mudslides and flooding in the Pacific northwest on Wednesday, knocking out power to thousands of people and leaving two women dead in Oregon, authorities and local media reported.
Portland has endured more than 5 inches of rain in three days, nearly as much as all of December in a typical year, and Seattle exceeded its normal December rainfall tally in just 8 days, the National Weather Service said.
The service said mountainous areas of Oregon and neighboring Washington state, where Governor Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, have received more than a foot of rain.
The record-breaking storms opened sinkholes in several major roads, caused rivers to spill over their banks and closed roads and schools for a third day in the worst-hit areas across the region.
The Weather Service forecast said a number of major Puget Sound area rivers had overflowed, and it issued warnings of other floods.
National Weather Service meteorologist Gerald Macke said he could not definitively say whether the parade of storms was linked to the El Nino weather pattern. "Once or twice every winter we get prolonged flooding in our region, kind of like how in Oklahoma they get tornadoes." (Reuters) Read more.
- __Lord this is the second major storm to hit the Pacific Northwest in the last 3 weeks. We pray for Your mercy and help for those affected. May this be an opportunity for all to find You.
- "I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry." (Psalm 40:1)
The Good News Corner
This Louisiana Coffee Shop was Robbed, But their Unusual Response has Not Only Gone Viral, It Will Warm Your Heart
(Covington, LA)-A Louisiana coffee shop, Campbell's Coffee, was robbed recently, with the thieves stealing hundreds of dollars; money that is vitally important to the tiny business.
But the owner's response to the crime on social media-which has gone viral-is garnering much praise, as they posted this message on their Facebook page:
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