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"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." (Mark 16:15)
". . . under his wings you will find refuge . . ." (Psalm 91:4)
Russia, Israel, Syria, Turkish Border, ISIS
The articles below all point towards the increasing tension in the area of Israel,Turkey and Syria, as well as related issues. Each article is shown on www.watch.org -- a key website to track for critical, breaking news.
We encourage those of you who will to simply pray in the Spirit over each headline below. God is in control. Thank you.
1. ANALYSIS: Israel's air superiority clouded by new Russian missiles in Syria - Times of Israel
Israel's air superiority over its enemies has been a linchpin of its defense strategy for decades. The capacity of Israeli planes to carry out attacks well within enemies' borders has prevented Syria and Iraq from creating nuclear weapons. The Israel Air Force's unquestioned supremacy over neighboring forces has kept Syrian, Egyptian and Jordanian planes almost entirely out of Israeli airspace in the country's wars.
But with the recent deployment of the Russian S-400 "Triumph" missile defense system in Syria, that absolute primacy is now in question.
The S-400's specs are enough to make any Israeli's heart race. The anti-aircraft system - constituting an array radar to monitor the skies and a missile battery - can track and shoot down targets some 400 kilometers (250 miles) away. At its new position on the Syrian coast in Latakia, that range encompasses half of Israel's airspace, including Ben Gurion International Airport. (Read more)
2. Russia Flight Tests Anti-Satellite Missile: Twenty days earlier China conducted anti-satellite missile test - Washington Free Beacon
Russia carried out the first successful flight test of a new anti-satellite missile this month, marking a new phase in the global militarization of space. The flight test of Russia's direct ascent anti-satellite missile, known as Nudol, took place Nov. 18, according to defense officials familiar with reports of the test. It was the first successful test in three attempts, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
With the successful anti-satellite missile test, Russia has joined China in arming its forces with strategic space warfare weapons.
Twenty days earlier China conducted a flight test of its anti-satellite missile. The Dong Neng-3 direct ascent missile was tested on Oct. 30 in western China. (Read more)
3. Russia and Turkey accuse each other of buying oil from the Islamic State - Washington Post
The war of words between Moscow and Ankara took a new turn early this week in the wake of Turkey's Nov. 24 downing of a Russian jet that had flown briefly into Turkish airspace during a sortie in Syria.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, traded accusations on the sidelines of the Paris climate summit. Putin said Turkey's behavior was aimed at protecting its interests. Some Erdogan critics, now including Putin, allege that these involve ties to the Islamic State militant group.
"At the moment, we have received additional information confirming that oil from the deposits controlled by Islamic State militants enters Turkish territory on an industrial scale," Putin said Monday. "We have every reason to believe that the decision to down our plane was guided by a desire to ensure security of this oil's delivery routes to ports where they are shipped in tankers." (Read more)
4. Washington Post: Iraqis think the U.S. is in cahoots with the Islamic State, and it is hurting the war
BAIJI, Iraq - On the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep. Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion.
Ordinary people also have seen the videos, heard the stories and reached the same conclusion - one that might seem absurd to Americans but is widely believed among Iraqis - that the United States is supporting the Islamic State for a variety of pernicious reasons that have to do with asserting U.S. control over Iraq, the wider Middle East and, perhaps, its oil.
"It is not in doubt," said Mustafa Saadi, who says his friend saw U.S. helicopters delivering bottled water to Islamic State positions. He is a commander in one of the Shiite militias that last month helped push the militants out of the oil refinery near Baiji in northern Iraq alongside the Iraqi army. (Read more, and check out this amazing map of this region, too!)
5. Meeting between Netanyahu and Putin; How it Went and What it Could Mean - CBN/Breaking Christian News
(Paris)-[CBN News] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a productive half-hour meeting Monday on the sidelines of the climate change conference in Paris.
Last September, Netanyahu and several senior military officials flew to Moscow to meet with Putin following Russia's deployment of troops to Syria. The climate conference provided a convenient follow-up venue to that meeting.
In the wake of Turkey's recent downing of a Russian warplane, Netanyahu said their cooperation with one another "to prevent unnecessary accidents and tragedies" has proven successful.
He also called the battle against the savagery and barbarism of Islamic terror "another point of contact," saying he's "very satisfied" with the level of military coordination between the two countries.
"I think this is an indication of the openness and the success of the relationship between Israel and Russia-our relationship," Netanyahu said, adding, "It's good to see you again." (Read full report here.)
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)
GOD SENDS A SIGN OF LIFE IN THE SKIES OVER ISRAEL
Amazing. Above Israel, "Chai" shines -- the Hebrew symbol of life!
1. Netanyahu: Handshake with Abbas was part of protocol - Israel National News
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu clarified on Monday that his handshake with Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas at the UN climate conference in Paris was part of diplomatic protocol and did not signify a change in their relationship, Haaretz reported.
At the same time, Netanyahu stressed in a conversation with reporters that he is not hoping for the downfall of the PA because the alternative was liable to be worse.
During the group photo of the state leaders who had come to the climate conference, Netanyahu was placed in the same row as Abbas, with only New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key between them. After the photo shoot, Netanyahu and Abbas shook hands and exchanged a few polite remarks. It was the first time the two had met and shaken hands since September 2010.
Netanyahu later said, however, that shaking Abbas' hand was in keeping with diplomatic protocol and did not signify any change in their relationship. (Read more)
2. Netanyahu hails Israel's 'leading role' in addressing climate change - Times of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said Israel is playing a "leading role" in addressing climate change, and pointed to the country's innovations in environmental technology as an example of effectively addressing the global crisis.
Speaking to some 150 world leaders attending a UN summit in Paris aimed at forging an agreement to stave off global warming, Netanyahu called on the international community to "focus on the security, not just of the nations of the world, but of the world itself."
Calling climate change one of the "pivotal issues of our time," the prime minister said Israel was committed to the goals of the conference and noted Israeli advances in solar, agricultural and irrigation technology. (Read more)
3. Israeli, Russian officials to meet for talks on continued Syria coordination - Times of Israel
Israeli and Russian military officials are set to meet on Tuesday for talks on deepening the two countries' coordination in Syria amid a bloody civil war that has seen increasing intervention from Moscow.
It was not immediately clear where the officials would be meeting, according to Army Radio.
The meeting comes after talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Paris climate conference on Monday. (Read more)
4. Erdogan hints it will be 'possible' to repair ties with Israel - Israel National News
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said he thinks it would be possible to repair the strained ties between his country and Israel, in light of the events in the region.
Erdogan made the comments to a Kol Yisrael radio reporter on the sidelines of the UN climate conference in Paris, but he did not provide further details.
Israel-Turkey relations have, of course, been strained for years as Turkey under Erdogan has become more and more Islamist.
The relations broke down completely following the 2010 flotilla to Gaza, when the Turkish Mavi Marmara ship, which claimed to be providing "humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza," defied orders to turn around and dock at the Ashdod port. After it ignored repeated warnings to change course, the IDF boarded the vessel - only to be attacked by Islamist extremists on board. (Read more)
5. Google denies agreement to monitor anti-Israel videos - Times of Israel
Google on Monday denied a claim by the Foreign Ministry that the internet giant has reached an agreement with the Israeli government to jointly monitor YouTube videos inciting attacks.
The ministry last week said that Google, which owns YouTube, had agreed on a joint mechanism to monitor online materials - including videos encouraging attacks on Israelis - after a meeting between Google executives and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.
But the firm said no such agreement had been struck. (Read more)
6. Court sentences 3 for planning to kill Jews praying on Temple Mount, e. Jerusalem attacks - Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem District Court on Monday sentenced three east Jerusalem Arabs for conspiring to carry out shooting and kidnapping attacks against Jews praying on the Temple Mount and security forces posted in the eastern part of the capital.
Jalal Koutoub was sentenced to 13 years in prison for assisting the enemy in a time of war, conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping, two counts of attempted murder, kidnapping for the purpose of murder and other crimes.
Muhammad Shaar was sentenced to 4.5 years in prison and Ahmad Bazalmit was sentenced to 3.5 years, both for assisting the enemy in a time of war and attempted robbery. (Read more)
The Daily Brief
1. Democrat Tulsi Gabbard Warns Obama Could Spark 'Nuclear War' - Newsmax
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who has increasingly clashed with President Barack Obama on national security, suggested Tuesday that the president's decision to send American fighter jets on the Syrian-Turkish border "to target Russian planes" could lead to nuclear war with President Vladimir Putin.
"Russia's installation of their anti-aircraft missile-defense system increases that possibility of - whether it's intentional or even an accidental event - where one side may shoot down the other side's plane," the two-term Hawaii Democrat told Defense Secretary Ash Carter at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. "And that's really where the potential is for this devastating nuclear war."
She added that Obama's longstanding opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Moscow, could also exacerbate the situation, National Review reports. Gabbard, 34, a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard who has served in Iraq and Kuwait, has openly opposed President Obama on Syria, especially after the Nov. 13 Paris attacks by the Islamic State that left 130 dead and 368 wounded. She has argued that Assad should be left in power to help destroy ISIS and has introduced legislation to defund efforts by the United States to overthrow the dictator. (Read more)
- Lord God, whenever we are able to glean news reports from international sources, we can clearly see that the media in our nation is not free to broadcast all the facts on the ground in the Middle East. We thank You that You watch over the nations. Lord, we lift up this situation between the U.S. and Russia, as well as other flashpoints of conflict in Turkey, Syria and NATO, and we ask that, unless this is the "set time" for the nations to go to war, You visit these leaders to defuse this tension and restore calm. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen and amen.
- "For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars." (2 Chronicles 16:19)
2. Republicans warn Obama: No global warming money if he end-runs Congress - Canada Free Press
Just in case you were under the impression Obama is merely wasting time at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, no, he's looking to waste a fair amount of U.S. taxpayer money too - with $3 billion set to directly from the U.S. Treasury to the UN Green Climate Fund. Now you might remember that whole thing about how Congress controls the purse strings, which somehow never seems to stop Obama from spending as much as he wants however he wants regardless of congressional disapproval. This time, Republicans swear, things are going to be different:
Looking for leverage, critics of the president's climate agenda have zeroed in on the president's goal of directing $3 billion - including $500 million in the near-term - for the U.N. Green Climate Fund, which would help developing nations deal with climate change. Ahead of the president's trip, dozens of lawmakers warned the president: No vote, no money.
"Without Senate approval, there will be no money - period," Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said at a hearing last week, stressing that any agreement with legally binding requirements must come before the Senate for a vote. He and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to Obama signed by more than three-dozen senators likewise urging the president to have his special envoy relay to developing nations' representatives that Congress "will not be forthcoming" with the Green Climate Fund money absent a Senate vote. (Read more)
- Abba Father, we thank You that all the news media here in the United States is appalled that 150 leaders are meeting in Paris to talk about climate change when they should be discussing radical Islamic Jihad -- i.e. ISIS! We pray that this anger enter the Senate and cause them to refuse President Obama's request for money for the UN Green Climate Fund, and all other foolishness. In Your Name we pray, Amen.
- "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)
3. House votes to reject Obama climate change regulations - CNN
Hours after President Barack Obama pushed for an international agreement to combat climate change, the GOP-led House of Representatives voted to block that effort and demonstrate the President didn't have support in his own country.
The House passed a pair of resolutions, largely along party lines, that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from implementing rules the administration released earlier this year to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Both measures, already approved by the Senate in October, now go to the White House, which has already vowed to veto them. Democrats maintain Republicans don't have the vote to override any veto so they denounced the debate as a waste of time. (Read more)
- Father, we pray wisdom regarding these climate change regulations. We pray that the decisions made will create jobs and not hurt them. We pray also for decisions that will benefit our economy. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
- "The way of a fool [is] right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel [is] wise." (Proverbs 12:15)
4. Top military officer contradicts Obama, says ISIS not 'contained' - Fox News
America's top-ranking military officer found himself at odds Tuesday with the nation's commander-in-chief over his claim that the Islamic State was "contained" - an assertion President Obama had made before the Paris terror attacks.
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a dim assessment when asked during a House Armed Services Committee hearing whether that's the case. "We have not contained ISIL currently," Dunford told Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va. (Read more)
- Abba Father, President Obama is either uninformed or trying to deceive our nation. Thank You that our military is telling it like it is. We ask for Your hand of protection on our Special Operation Forces as they join Iraqi forces in order to defeat radical Islamic Jihad ISIS/ISIL. We ask that You would cover them with the Blood of the Lamb, allow them to meet their agenda and bring them all home safe and sound. In Your Name we pray, Amen.
- "He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark." (Psalm 91:4)
5. Study: American ISIS activists helped craft 'unique innovation in militant messaging - Jerusalem Post
Active online supporters of the Syria-based Islamic State movement now include about 300 people identifiable as Americans, said a study by academic experts published on Tuesday. George Washington University's Program on Extremism said in the study that the number of other Americans who passively "consume" Islamic State propaganda runs to "several thousand," though they are not necessarily active supporters of the group.
Twitter is the "platform of choice" most widely used by the active core of American supporters of Islamic State, it said. (Read more)
-Abba Father, we thank You that You have provided our intelligence community with a means to keep track of these ISIS followers. We pray that You would give our intelligence agencies a double portion of discernment that they would be able to foil any attacks against our homeland, embassies or foreign military bases. In Your Name we pray, Amen.
- "Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore." (I Kings 4:29)
6. Netanyahu admits: Israel is operating in Syria - Israel National News
Prime minister says IDF is working to stop Iran from opening another front against Israel in the Golan; meanwhile, Herzog accuses PM of diverting funds meant for the Negev and Galilee to isolated settlements.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted on Tuesday that Israel operates in Syria. "We're operating in Syria from time to time in order to stop the country from becoming a front against Israel," he said at the Galilee Conference in Acre. "We're operating against another terror front that Iran is trying to build in the Golan, and in order to thwart the transfer of particularly deadly weapons from Syria to Lebanon. We will continue doing this," the prime minister continued.
Apart from ambiguous hints or what could be better defined as an unintentional slip, this is the first time an Israeli official - particularly, the prime minister - declares that Israel does indeed hold military operations where Assad forces, different rebel groups, Hezbollah and Iran are all fighting. (Read more)
- Father, we ask that whatever Israel puts their hands to is a success. Help them in their measures to protect their nation. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
- "You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out."
7. Obama never required Iran to sign nuke deal, it's not legally binding, and yes, we're honoring it - Canada Free Press
Unbelievable . . . In Obamaland, words have no meaning. We know this. Illegal Immigrants aren't here illegally, the Islamic State isn't Islamic, and affordable healthcare isn't affordable. Now we're learning that deals aren't really deals. Actual "deals" are two-sided affairs and, according to the National Review, the President's horrible nuclear deal with Iran doesn't really qualify. (Read more)
- Abba Father, Forgive us for our stupidity and naivete'. Forgive us for being gullible and thinking that this Iran Nuke deal was going to keep Iran from getting nuclear weapons. We repent O Lord.We thank and praise You for being Our God and keeping us safe from leaders that do not have our best interests before them. We thank You for being in control of all things, and we invite You to be in control of all things in the USA. In Your Name we pray, Amen.
- "Then the LORD God said to the woman, 'What is this you have done?' And the woman said, 'The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'" (Genesis 3:13)
8. Rep. Duncan Hunter: 'At Least President Obama Wants to Secure Somebody's Border' - CNSNews.com
President Obama on Tuesday said that the U.S. military is working "together" with Turkey's military to determine how a combination of U.S. air power and Turkish ground troops can "do a much better job" of sealing Turkey's border with Syria. A porous, 60-mile stretch of that border is now used as a transit point for foreign fighters and ISIS fuel shipments.
"At least President Obama has asked for securing somebody's border," Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Monday night. "And at least he realizes that it does some good. I mean, that's the irony here. And it's kind of funny that we can't secure ours, we are not going to stop international terrorists from coming across our southern border, but we know it's going to work for Turkey."
By using the military to seal Turkey's border, Obama is admitting that such a thing "actually works," Hunter said. But, he added, "That doesn't mean he is going to do anything about it" in the U.S. (Read more)
- Lord, send a breakthrough in securing our borders. We thank You that we are helping Turkey seal their borders, but we ask that You cause our officials to hear our voices regarding securing the U.S. borders. Put this as a priority in their minds and hearts to protect our own borders, too. We ask this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, amen and amen.
- "But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." (1 Timothy 5:8)
9. No Christians: All 132 Syrian Refugees Admitted to U.S. Since Paris Attacks Are Sunni Muslims - CNSNews.com
Since the Paris terror attacks on November 13, the State Department has admitted 132 Syrian refugees into the United States, and all 132 are Sunni Muslims. No Christian, Druze, Shi'ite, Alawite, or member of any other religious minority in Syria has been admitted over that period, according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center. (Read more)
- Abba Father, Your word says to take care of the widow, orphan and foreigner. Lord, we ask that You would open our gates to allow Christians, Druze and Yazidis refugees. Lord, we also ask You to put a hedge around these Sunni Muslim refugees that they would not be able to do us harm. We pray that they truly assimilate into our country and become Americans citizens. We ask this in Your Holy Name, Amen.
- "Therefore, behold, I will hedge up her way with thorns, And I will build a wall against her so that she cannot find her paths." (Hosea 2:6)
10. CITI: There's a 65% probability the US goes into recession next year - Business Insider
LONDON (Reuters) - The outlook for the global economy next year is darkening, with a U.S. recession and China becoming the first major emerging market to slash interest rates to zero both potential scenarios, according to Citi.
As the U.S. economy enters its seventh year of expansion following the 2008-09 crisis, the probability of recession will reach 65 percent, Citi's rates strategists wrote in their 2016 outlook published late on Tuesday. A rapid flattening of the bond yield curve towards inversion would be an key warning sign.
"The cumulative probability of U.S. recession reaches 65 percent next year," Citi's rates strategists wrote in their 2016 outlook published late on Tuesday. "Curve inversion will likely come more quickly than the consensus thinks." (Read more)
- Heavenly Father, we know Your word and Your prophets speak of a time of shaking in the earth. Jesus Himself warned us. We also see many people who remain in bondage to material idolatry. We pray that you will free the captives and bring them into Your kingdom. We also pray that you would protect the righteous, meeting all our provisions, and sending us into the nations to complete Your good works. Give us your supernatural provision and anoint us in the power of Your Spirit. Remove our fears, protect us from the evil one, and encourage us in Your love. In Yeshua's precious name we pray. Amen.
- "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." (Matthew 6:24)
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." (2Tim 1:7)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The "president's" sordid connection to the Islamic State
The Washington Post's lead story December 1 was about how the US is supplying military aid to the Islamic State (IS). The Post reports: "Iraqi fighters say they have all seen the videos purportedly showing U.S. helicopters airdropping weapons to the militants, and many claim they have friends and relatives who have witnessed similar instances of collusion. Ordinary people also have seen the videos, heard the stories and reached the same conclusion...The United States is supporting the Islamic State..." This is not really news. The US "president" was complicit in the birth of the IS.
In September 2013, the UK Telegraph reported that Senator John McCain (R-Az) received assurances from the US "president" that a 50-man cell, "believed to have been trained by US special forces in Jordan," was deploying into Syria. The news story also stated, "Congressional opposition delayed the plan for several weeks and rebel commanders publicly complained the US was still doing nothing to match the Russian-made firepower of the Assad regime. Mr. McCain has been a chief critic of the White House's reluctance to become involved in Syria and has long demanded that [the president] provide the rebels with arms needed to overthrow the regime."
In June 2014, Aaron Klein of WorldNetDaily, whose sources in the Middle East have consistently provided solid information, reported that Jordanian officials said "dozens of ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The Jordanian officials said all ISIS members who received U.S. training to fight in Syria were first vetted for any links to extremist groups like al-Qaida." This account was confirmed independently by Der Spiegel and the UK Guardian. Released in 2009 by the US "president's" closing of an Iraqi prison, the IS leader Abu Duaa, now known as Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, transformed al Qaeda in Iraq into the Islamic State.
While the Post downplays the US connection to IS, quoting Col. Steve Warren, the US Baghdad military spokesman, who said, "It's beyond ridiculous. There's no one in the West who buys it, but unfortunately, this is something that a segment of the Iraqi population believes." No amount of propaganda can cover the trail of the "president's" support for the Muslim Brotherhood's plan to overthrow secular governments in Northern Africa and the Middle East and replace them with Islamic Sharia rule. The IS was formed to help overthrow Syria's Bashar Assad. And it is very likely that the US helped start it. Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Arab states also support the IS as a counterbalance to Iran, despite what it has grown to be. 2 Timothy 3:13 says, "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." This is true.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Climate Change Updates
Climate Change Updates
Note: We have received news from our sources in Australia of some of the activity taking place now in Paris, France at the Global Climate Change Conference. Please go here to read their reports. Thank you.
An Urgent Message!
Urge your Senators to Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood on the Reconciliation Budget Bill This Week
This week, the Senate has the opportunity to largely defund Planned Parenthood and repeal key parts of ObamaCare using a budget procedure called "reconciliation" which requires only 51 votes instead of the usual 60. Debate will begin today, with amendments and a final vote expected on Thursday.
The bill will cut a massive portion of your taxpayer dollars that fund Planned Parenthood. While the special rules on Reconciliation cannot be used to defund ALL federal funding for Planned Parenthood, it CAN be used to cut millions from their pocket book-roughly 80%.
Repealing major portions of ObamaCare would also be a huge pro-life victory. The ObamaCare provision would alleviate federal pressure on people and employers who are forced to purchase health insurance which they may find objectionable, and cut spending from the "prevention fund," which is a government slush fund that is able to pay directly for abortion. Amendments offered during debate tomorrow and Thursday may go even further, including eliminating the premium subsidies, through which the federal government subsidizes elective abortion in healthcare.
Please urge your senators to vote FOR the Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act; and ask them to support eliminating Planned Parenthood's funding and to repeal as much of ObamaCare as the budget rules allow.
(Family Research Council)
Iraq's Christians, Yezidi say Kurds failed them in fight against ISIS
raq's beleaguered religious minorities know who their enemies are. It's their "friends" they aren't so sure about.
Christians and Yezidi, under constant siege from ISIS, accuse their erstwhile allies, the Kurds, of double-crossing them. With the U.S., Baghdad and the international community doing little to help them, the groups increasingly believe their only chance at surviving in their historic homeland is to stand up for themselves.
"No one is protecting the minorities, they are all only protecting their own interests," a representative from the global advocacy group Stand with Assyria told FoxNews.com.
Iraq's Yezidi and Christians have been under attack from ISIS since June 2014, with many of their villages within the Nineveh plains taken over by the black-clad jihadist army. Women from both groups have been sold into sexual slavery or buried in mass graves, while men have been summarily executed.
Prior to June 2014, the groups enjoyed the protection of the Kurdish Peshmerga. But when the Kurdish fighters abruptly withdrew from the region, Christians were overrun and scattered for their lives. According to Stand with Assyria, the Kurds went from protecting Christians and Yezidis to demanding their loyalty and then leaving them defenseless.
"Assyrians and other minorities must have their own forces and do have their own forces but, unfortunately, the Kurdish Regional Government is stopping them from taking part in the battle against ISIS unless they declare obedience to the KRG and the Peshmerga," the representative said. (Fox News) Read more here.
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
SEARCH ME, O GOD
"Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts." (Psalm 139:23)
Search me, O God, And know my heart today; Try me, O Savior, Know my thoughts, I pray. See if there be Some wicked way in me; Cleanse me from every sin And set me free.
I praise Thee, Lord, For cleansing me from sin; Fulfill Thy Word, And make me pure within. Fill me with fire Where once I burned with shame; Grant my desire To magnify Thy Name.
Lord, take my life, And make it wholly Thine; Fill my poor heart With Thy great love divine. Take all my will, My passion, self and pride; I now surrender, Lord In me abide.
O Holy Ghost, Revival comes from Thee; Send a revival, Start the work in me. Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need; For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.
Please go here.
About the Author:
Words: J. Edwin Orr, 1936.
Music: Maori tune
About this Hymn:
Orr wrote these words at a revival meeting in Ngaruawahia, New Zealand, taking less than five minutes to put them down on paper.
Signs and Wonders
Abandoned boats filled with dead bodies keep washing ashore in Japan
Something sinister is happening in the Sea of Japan.
The coast guard is likely correct, maritime expert Yoshihiko Yamada told NHK. The boats have a "striking resemblance" to vessels used by North Korean defectors, and because the boats are "old and heavy," they didn't have enough engine power to "turn the ships against the currents." If the people on the boats were attempting to defect from North Korea, they could have taken the Sea of Japan route because, although more dangerous, it's not policed like the border with China. (The Week) Read more.
The Good News Corner
Lawyers Claim Major, Precedent-Setting Victory After Atheists Lose Battle to Remove Towering Military Memorial Cross
A conservative legal firm is claiming a precedent-setting victory after a federal appeals court ruled that a cross-shaped World War I memorial is constitutional and can remain in its current location. Atheists sued last year to seek removal of the Bladensburg World War I Veterans Memorial from inside of a public park in Bladensburg, Maryland, claiming that its presence violated the U.S. Constitution and excluded non-Christian military veterans.
Constructed 90 years ago by the American Legion, a veterans group, the 40-foot memorial - which is located in Veterans Memorial Park -commemorates the lives of 49 men from Prince George County who lost their lives during World War I.
"This victory sets an important precedent," Liberty Institute president Kelly Shackelford said in a statement. "It not only affirms the Bladensburg Memorial will remain in its place of honor but helps ensure that all the nation's veterans memorials, and the veterans they honor, will be protected." (Read more)
Minnesota Couple Gives Back to Salvation Army, Dropping This Huge Check into a Red Kettle
(Minnesota)-According to a Reuters/Charisma News report, a couple who wishes to remain anonymous, dropped a check for $500,000 into a Rosemount, Minnesota Salvation Army Red Kettle this past weekend.
The couple reportedly went through rough times when they were first married, living on discarded food from a local grocery store.
In a position now to give back, the couple said they now want to help others. At the same time they were honoring one of their fathers who had served in WWI and had been "grateful for coffee and doughnuts the Salvation Army had provided soldiers." (Breaking Christian News) Read more here.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a dad, and he's giving away most of his money
Talk about birth announcements: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife said they'll devote nearly all their wealth - roughly $45 billion - to good works in celebration of their new baby daughter, Max.
Zuckerberg's wife, Priscilla Chan, gave birth to a 7-pound, 8-ounce daughter last week. But the couple didn't put out the news until Tuesday, when Zuckerberg posted it on - of course - Facebook.
In the same post, Zuckerberg said he and Chan will, over time, commit 99 percent of their Facebook stockholdings to such causes as fighting disease, improving education and "building strong communities." The couple had previously pledged to give away at least half their assets during their lifetime, but hadn't provided specifics. (Fox News) Read more here.
Abortion rate declines to lowest ever since Roe v. Wade: new CDC report
ATLANTA, Georgia, December 1, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - The number of abortions and the ratio of abortions to live births continued their steady decline, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's report on 2012 data. In fact, according to the report, the abortion rate is at its lowest ever abortion was legalized in 1973 by the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade.
"We should take a measured amount of encouragement that we are on the right track," commented Eric Scheidler, the head of the Chicago-based Pro-Life Action League. "But there is still a massive, massive amount of injustice against the unborn, so we must stay on the track." (LifeSite News) Read more here.
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