We join all of you today in lifting up
those who are mourning the loss of loved ones
who died in the shootings yesterday
in California. Thank you.
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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, December 3, 2015
He said to them, "Go into all the world
and preach the gospel to all creation."
You are invited to join a nationwide conference call tomorrow morning,
to pray for the communities of both San Bernardino and Colorado Springs.
This call is sponsored by PrayerSurgeNow.
Conference Number: 712-432-0075
Time: 11:00 a.m. EST/adjust to your own time
". . . 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)
GOD SENDS A SIGN OF LIFE IN THE SKIES OVER ISRAEL
Amazing. Above Israel, "Chai" shines -- the Hebrew symbol of life!
1. Palestinian Authority Limits Christmas Celebrations in West Bank - Christian Headlines
The Palestinian Authority has asked municipalities to tone down their public Christmas celebrations this year amid escalating violence between Palestinians and Israelis.
Hana Amireh, who heads a government committee on churches in the West Bank, confirmed the Palestinian Authority is requesting "a certain decrease" in festivities following the deaths of dozens of Palestinians since mid-September. The majority of them were killed during clashes with Israeli forces or carrying out terrorist attacks, according to the Israeli government.
Amireh said the government has asked the municipality of Bethlehem, the town where Jesus was born and where official Palestinian celebrations of Christmas take place, not to set off holiday fireworks this year and to limit the festive lights and decorations that traditionally adorn the town to two main streets.
2. Report: PA busts Islamic Jihad terrorist cell - Israel National News
The Palestinian Authority's security services in recent days busted an Islamic Jihad terrorist cell that had planned to attack IDF soldiers in Judea and Samaria, Kol Yisrael radio reported on Tuesday.
According to the radio station, the terrorists were apprehended in the village of Tubas, located 21 kilometers (13 miles) northeast of Shechem (Nablus).
A Palestinian source cited in the report said the terror squad consisted of six people and was in possession of a gas cylinder containing explosives, intended to serve as a roadside bomb.
As well, members of the cell were in possession of weapons, hand grenades and other makeshift explosives, according to Kol Yisrael radio.
The PA security forces have in the past cracked down on both the Islamic Jihad as well as on Hamas.
3. PA: We don't plan to cut security ties with Israel - Jerusalem Post
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas does not intend to suspend security coordination with Israel in spite of his repeated threats, Palestinian officials in Ramallah said on Tuesday.
Abbas had threatened to cut off security coordination after US Secretary of State John Kerry's most recent visit to the region, but Abbas did not indicate intentions to do so during recent meetings with senior Palestinian officials, they said.
The London-based Rai Al-Youm online newspaper quoted the officials as saying that Abbas fears such a move would lead to a serious confrontation with Israel, similar to the one that occurred during the second intifada.
4. Defense minister: IDF ready for any escalation in terror - Israel Hayom
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday that ongoing Palestinian terrorist attacks are not likely to stop soon, but that the Israeli military is prepared for the challenges they pose.
"Unfortunately, there are no signs that the current wave of terror attacks -- that is the wave of lone-wolf attacks -- is likely to stop or fade out," Ya'alon said.
5. Israel, Jordan issue joint tender for Red Sea-Dead Sea canal - Israel Hayom
Israel and Jordan have announced the issuing on an international tender for the construction of a water canal between the Red Sea and the shrinking Dead Sea.
The tender was officially published in newspapers on Tuesday.
The two countries made their joint announcement on Monday, after a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Silvan Shalom and Jordanian Water and Irrigation Minister Hazim El-Nasser. The meeting was held on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.
6. UK poised for Syria strikes after parliament vote - Times of Israel
LONDON (AFP) - Britain will join the US-led bombing campaign against Islamic State jihadists in Syria after a decisive parliamentary vote, with fighter jets launching their first air strike as early as Thursday.
Prime Minister David Cameron's government was backed by 397 lawmakers compared to 223 who opposed the bombing, giving him at 174 the strong mandate he said was essential for military action.
The Daily Brief
1. ISIS sympathizers Tweet '#America_Burning' in celebration of the San Bernardino mass shooting: report - New York Daily News
The Islamic State cheered on Twitter after the tragic deaths of 14 people in a shooting Wednesday at a San Bernardino, Calif., social services center, according to a report.
ISIS sympathizers used the "#America_Burning" hashtag in Arabic on Twitter and in extremist deep web forums to show their glee at the killing of more innocent people.
_Father, we pray for our enemies, asking for redemption, yet at the same time asking for You to break down this evil that is causing worldwide destruction.
-"For God is my defense. My merciful God shall come to meet me; God shall let me see my desire on my enemies." (Psalm 59:9c,10)
2. ISIS video claims beheading of Russian spy, threatens Russian people- CNN
ISIS released video Wednesday showing the beheading of a man it claims joined the terrorist group but was in fact a Russian spy, as well as a message chastising Russian President Vladimir Putin and threatening his country's citizens.
__Father, as Muslims draw Vladimir Putin deeper into this war, we pray that You will cause him to seek Your face and hear Your Voice. We ask that You do whatever it takes to awaken his heart to the truth.
-"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand." (Psalm 149:6)
3. 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.
__Thank You, Lord, for the wisdom of General Dunford. We pray Your protection over his job, and the anointing of truth to be bound around his thoughts and heart.
-"In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul." (Psalm 138:3)
4. Putin says Turkey 'will regret' shooting down Russian bomber - Jerusalem Post
Turkey will regret "more than once" about its shooting down of a Russian bomber jet near the Syrian-Turkish border, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, adding Moscow would not ignore Ankara's "aiding of terrorists."
President Vladimir Putin used his annual state of the nation speech on Thursday to warn Turkey the Kremlin planned to adopt further sanctions against it to punish Ankara for shooting down a Russian warplane near the Syrian-Turkish border last week.
Russia has already banned some Turkish food imports in retaliation as part of a sanctions package, and has accused Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and his family of benefiting from the smuggling of oil from Islamic State controlled territory in Syria and Iraq, allegations Turkey denies.
__Father, as the war of words and actions escalates between Russia and Turkey, we ask that Your hand not leave the world stage. In all of the troubles that appear to be occurring all at once, we pray for Your Spirit to continue working among the people.
-"As for me I will call upon God, and the Lord shall save me" (Psalm 55:16)
5. France shuts down three mosques in state of emergency crackdown- USA Today
French authorities announced Wednesday they shut down three mosques for an alleged "pattern of radicalization," but terrorism analysts said such tactics are unlikely to be repeated in the USA.
Though a few small European mosques have been taken over by radicals - and it has happened in the USA - that's not the trend anymore, said Evan Kohlmann, an analyst at the New York-based threat intelligence firm Flashpoint.
__Father, we pray that truth will be the watchword for America as people continue to be radicalized worldwide. Lord, only You can remove the blindness of the people to be able to see who are enemies and who are not.
-"To open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house." (Isaiah 42: 7)
6. San Bernardino Suspect's Brother-in-Law Speaks About Family's Shock at CAIR-Hosted Briefing- CNS News
The brother-in-law of one of the suspected shooters responsible for killing 14 people at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif. said at a brief press conference hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Anaheim Wednesday night that he was "shocked that something like this happened here."
-Father, let all deception be destroyed as we listen to the words of those who knew the suspects. Let Your people have compassion, but not foolishness. Let us be loving but wise.
-"Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16)
7. Police, feds probe terror as possible motive in SoCal massacre - Fox News
Law enforcement authorities are eyeing terrorism as a possible motive for an attack in Southern California that left 14 dead and was carried out with cold precision by a "devout" Muslim and his wife, who were killed hours later in a shootout with police.
Dressed in tactical gear, wearing GoPro cameras and toting assault rifles, Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, burst into a San Bernardino social services facility and shot up a conference room where Farook's employer, the county health department, was hosting a holiday party. The pair escaped in a black SUV after the attack, which authorities said was over within minutes, only to resurface four hours later and less than 2 miles away in a fierce gun battle on the city's main drag.
- Lord, we knew that this had to be something far more than a simple "dispute" due to the precision and the volume of casualties. We ask for Your comfort for those families who have lost loved ones. We pray that our leaders and the general public will be more watchful for the signs of those involved in terrorism.
-"The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Psalm 118:6)
8. Obama's Immediate Reaction to San Bernadino: More Gun Control Laws - CNSNews.com
President Barack Obama on Wednesday reacted immediately to the mass murder in San Bernadino by calling for more gun-control laws.
The president said that the United States is particularly plagued by mass shootings-more than other countries-and that these could be curtailed by "gun safety laws." (Read more)
- Lord God, we thank You that in our country, under the U.S. Constitution, we are promised "the right to bear arms." We understand, too, as we study the history of past dictatorships, that the first thing any tyrant will do as he seizes control of his nation will be to take all guns away from his people.
Lord God, once again, we thank You for the wisdom You gave our Founding Fathers, who saw the need to secure our weapons under law. Lord God, we plead Your Shed Blood over the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, and we come against any ploy on the part of this administration to use the blood of innocent victims to deprive us of this right. We do this in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "And He said to them, "But now, whoever has a money belt is to take it along, likewise also a bag, and whoever has no sword is to sell his coat and buy one.'"
The Daily Jot
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Only you can protect your life
No terrorism here. Look the other way. But we do have to ban guns--That's essentially the response of the White House to the mass murders by two devout Muslims in San Bernardino Wednesday. The NY Daily News reports: "As California county workers mingled Wednesday morning at a holiday banquet...The merciless masked killers, in matching military garb and body armor, executed 14 helpless victims and wounded 17 more at the Inland Regional Center in a lightning strike sparked by either a simple dispute--or terrorism, authorities said...Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27,- were gunned down four hours later and 2 miles away. . . " This is the future because of the foolishness of our leaders.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations in a news release said, "We condemn this horrific and revolting attack and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of all those killed or injured. . . The Muslim community stands shoulder to shoulder with our fellow Americans in repudiating any twisted mindset that would claim to justify such sickening acts of violence." A family member of one of the shooters expressed shock at a CAIR news conference. The twisted mindset, however, emanates from the Koran, which repeatedly instructs followers of Islam to kill infidels. While it is a nice gesture for CAIR to issue such statements of condemnation, it is scant window-dressing and propaganda.
Islamic State (IS) activists were less diplomatic. Vocativ web analysts found IS posts on web forums where Islamists frequently share information, reporting, "ISIS extremists began celebrating the mass shooting in San Bernardino hours after the massacre, creating the hashtag #America_Burning. . . The Islamic State, however, did not take credit for the shootings in the ghoulish postings. . . " Postings included: "Three lions made us proud. They are still alive,". . . "California streets are full with soldiers with heavy weapons. The Unites States is burning #America_Burning #Takbir". . . "God is great and he the one to be praised for that,. . . This is hell with god's will. . . "May god spread fear in the homes of the Crusaders.""
There is a pattern when Muslims do their dirty deeds--Islamists attack innocents in areas where there are no guns allowed; the "president" ignores Islamic involvement and targets gun owners; CAIR comes out and denounces it; Muslim family members express shock that their devout son or daughter would do such a thing; and the political correct cycle goes into full swing. Make no mistake: Only you can protect your own life. As Jesus told his disciples in Luke 22:36 before his betrayal in Gethsemane, ". . . and he that has no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one." He wasn't instructing murders, but rather self defense. More of these attacks are going to happen. Many innocents will die. The government cannot protect you, neither can police. You must take measures to protect yourself and your family, and be able to do so.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Faith Leaders Speak Out
Faith Leaders Ask Congress for Family-Friendly Provisions
More than 20 evangelical leaders are asking Republican House leadership to include values provisions when they bring the 2016 appropriations bill up for a vote.
In a letter, faith leaders are calling for the removal of abortion coverage in the Multi-State Plan of Obamacare and conscience protections for those who object to the HHS contraception mandate.
CitizenLink President and CEO Paul Weber talks about the importance of protecting family values in this far-reaching legislation. (Citizen Link) Read more.
Wise Men Still Seek Repeal
Wise Men Still Seek Repeal
When Americans went around the table last Thursday to say what they were grateful for, ObamaCare probably wasn't one of them. Despite the millions spent in PR, the president's disaster of a health care law hasn't made it out of the basement of public opinion in months. The bottom-dwelling numbers continued in last week's polls, with barely 38 percent approval for a law that was supposed to usher in a new era of affordable care.
Well, it's ushered in a new era all right -- but a devastating one for personal choice, freedom, cost, employment, life, and treatment options. After "gazillions" (as Huffington Post puts it) of repeal attempts, the Senate's 16th vote will be its most significant. If Republican leaders can find a simple majority to support repeal, it will mark the first time that both chambers have sent a rollback of ObamaCare to the desk of its namesake. "Obviously," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters, "we're not anticipating a presidential signature, but I think the president should have to take credit for the debacle that this legislation has created." (Family Research Council) Read more here.
Alert from Operation Outcry
ATTENTION OPERATION OUTCRY
PLEASE RESPOND BY DEC. 18th
A Special Call for Testimonies for the Texas Abortion Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court
By the time you read this, we will have filed or sent to the printer, our North Dakota Amicus Curiae Brief. It will be substantially similarly to the Arkansas Brief still making the same argument that abortion takes the life of a human being and that there is a better way to help women to be relieved from the burden of unwanted child care through the Safe Haven laws.
But now, it is time to write your brief on the merits in the Texas case. This brief will be slightly different since the Texas law requires hospital admitting privileges and ambulatory surgical centers. This Texas brief will focus more on physical injuries to women.
THEREFORE, IF YOU HAD PHYSICAL COMPLICATIONS FROM ABORTION, WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT YOUR STORY IN THE TEXAS BRIEF. OUR AFFIDAVITS AND DECLARATIONS ARE SOMEWHAT GENERAL AND WE DID NOT SPECIFICALLY ASK IF YOU HAD PHYSICAL COMPLICATIONS. PLEASE LET US KNOW BY EMAIL IMMEDIATELY IF YOU HAD SEVERE BLEEDING, PUNCTURED UTERUS, ETC., OR OTHER PHYSICAL COMPLICATIONS FROM YOUR ABORTION OR AFTER EFFECTS.
> > > For more details about this alert, please go here.
1. Please keep the Supreme Court in your prayers daily. Please pray for the Supreme Court Justices by name: Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Antonin Scalia, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Stephen G. Breyer, Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Justice Elena Kagan.
2. Please pray for the Arkansas and North Dakota cases which are being considered by the Supreme Court now as to whether they will take the cases to hear oral argument.
3. Please pray that the covenant with death, the agreement with the grave that are Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton will be annulled and canceled by the U.S. Supreme Court. This is the promise that the Lord gave us in Isaiah 28:14-22 in the year 2000 that confirmed we were to begin Operation Outcry.
4. Ask the Lord to bind the abortion power over the United States and over the media. That the Lord would bind the strongman so we can release the captives and heal the prisoners.
5. Please pray that these briefs and these cases would bring healing to our nation and to the men and women who have participated in abortion. Pray for salvation, forgiveness and healing for everyone involved. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the powers, the principalities and forces in the spiritual places Ephesians 6:12.
Advancing Life, Liberty and Justice in Him,
Allan E. Parker
The Justice Foundation
When There Are No Answers
When There Are No Answers
By Anne Graham Lotz
"These [trials] have come so that your faith . . . may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." (1 Peter 1:7, NIV)
What, or who, has . . .
turned on the tap of your tears,
and tossed you in your bed at night,
and preoccupied your waking thoughts,
and blackened your hopes for the future,
and broken your heart,
and wrenched an agonized "Why?" from your trembling lips?
To our heart-wrenched cries of Why? God's ultimate answer is, "Jesus," as He is glorified and magnified in our lives through our suffering. Trust Him. When guilt takes the edge off every joy . . .
when there are no answers to your questions . . .
trust Him when you don't understand.
Trust His heart.
Anne Graham Lotz
(Source: "Joy of My Heart" - Daily Devotion)
Student Seeks Apology from School District Over Remarks
About 'God' Question
KATY, Texas - A middle school student in Texas who made national headlines last month when she expressed concern to her local school board over an assignment that required her to deny the existence of God as fact is seeking an apology for what she says are "lies" that were disseminated by the district.
"I'm here to ask for the truth," Jordan Wooley stated on Monday in again speaking to the board of the Katy Independent School District. "What you told everyone was not 100 percent true."
The Katy Independent School District investigated the matter, and soon released a statement declaring that the particular statement at issue was "unnecessary for achieving the instructional standard." However, it asserted that the teacher herself is a Christian, and that the assignment had been misunderstood.
"Nothing that the principal has found supports the assertions that the teacher deliberately threatened [students], or tried to force them to deny God," added Superintendent Alton Frailey at a press conference. "Was the activity graded? It was not graded. Was it 40 percent of their grade? Were the students told they had to deny God? No one corroborated that at all."
But Wooley says that some of the district's statements were untrue.
"You lied about saying the assignment was not graded when it originally was until my principal changed it," she said in a statement before the board on Monday. "You lied about saying that they found no evidence to support my claims, when that is true too." (Christian News) Read more.
Our Grandmothers' Songs
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
LIKE A RIVER GLORIOUS
"I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream." (Isaiah 66:12)
Like a river glorious, is God's perfect peace, Over all victorious, in its bright increase; Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day, Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand, Never foe can follow, never traitor stand; Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care, Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
Every joy or trial falleth from above, Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love; We may trust Him fully all for us to do. They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.
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About the Author:
Words: Frances R. Havergal, 1876
Music: James Mountain, 1876
Signs and Wonders
Below-normal Atlantic hurricane season ends; active eastern and central Pacific seasons shatter records
The eastern Pacific saw 18 named storms, including 13 hurricanes, nine of which became major. This is the first year since reliable record keeping began in 1971 that the eastern Pacific saw nine major hurricanes. Hurricane Patricia was the strongest hurricane on record in the Western Hemisphere in terms of maximum wind speed at 200 miles per hour and lowest air pressure at 879 millibars. (NOAA News) Read more.
The Good News Corner
Something Special . . . from CBS News!
Please go here to view this delightful video. This story is sure to bring a smile to your face, and perhaps to brighten your day a bit . . . even as our nation has once again been engulfed in very sad news this week. God bless you!
Worship With Us Today!
Worship With Us Today!
by Don Moen
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by Thy name . . .