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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
"The LORD will cause His voice of authority to be heard." (Isaiah 30:30)
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"His sovereignty rules over all." (Psalm 103:19)
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. Netanyahu: Other democratic countries allow expulsion of Parliament members - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded to criticism of the suspension bill during a Likud faction meeting on Monday, listing various democratic countries that allow for the expulsion of parliament members through a government vote.
The suspension process as described in the bill would begin with a request signed by 61 MKs, which would have to be approved by at least three-quarters of the Knesset House Committee's members, and then brought to the plenum where at least 90 lawmakers would have to vote in its favor for it to take effect.
2. Jewish Leaders Attend 'Global Coalition for Israel' Conference in Jerusalem - Algemeiner
The Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs organized a closed conference in Jerusalem to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Monday.
Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan invited over 150 Jewish leaders from across the world to the conference - called the "Global Coalition For Israel" - whose objective was to consolidate and refine the efforts of pro-Israel groups combating BDS efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state.
3. Palestinians confront dilemma of working in the settlements - YNET News
Israeli companies in the West Bank are pressured by the international community to move out of the disputed territories, but that would leave tens of thousands of Palestinian workers without a job they depend on to make ends meet.
4. Netanyahu voices support for gay rights on Knesset LGBT Day - Jerusalem Post
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed his support on the Knesset's first designated LGBT Rights Day on Tuesday.
Netanyahu rarely appears in the legislature on Tuesdays, a day on which it usually does not hold important votes, but he arrived specially to participate in LGBT Rights Day, during which discussions of the topic were held in the plenum and committees.
The prime minister briefly addressed the plenum: "I know that there were important and lengthy discussions today, and I came here in the middle of my schedule, which was no less busy, to say one sentence to the members of the LGBT community: 'Every man was created in the image of God.' That is the idea brought by our nation to mankind thousands of years ago, and it is the principle that must guide our national lives today."
5. Ya'alon: Israel preparing for possibility of war with Hamas- YNET News
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon said Monday Israel was preparing for the possibility of another war against Hamas in Gaza.
"We've been enjoying unprecedented quiet, Hamas hasn't fired one bullet," Ya'alon said aboard the USS Carney, an American destroyer, which is currently docking in Haifa.
6. Canada's parliament rejects BDS movement - Times of Israel
Canada's Parliament passed a motion formally condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.
The motion passed Monday in a 229-51 vote, CIJ News reported. Introduced last week by members of the opposition Conservative Party, the motion won support from the ruling Liberal Party as well.
The Daily Brief
1. Report: Iranian Revolutionary Guards planning attack on Saudi airliner in Southeast Asia - jpost
A terrorist plot to hijack or bomb a Saudi Arabian passenger plane in Southeast Asia has reached an "advanced stage" of implementation, the Manila Times reported on Sunday. The news outlet cited "a reliable airport source," that warned of the threat of a terrorist attack that would be carried out somewhere in Southeast Asia after Iran warned of "divine revenge" against Saudi Arabia following the kingdom's execution of the Shi'ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr last month.
- Abba Father, we thank You that this plot to attack a Saudi airliner has been exposed. We ask that You would give double discernment to security at the Manila Airport so that this plot will come to nothing. In His Name we pray, Amen.
- Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the Lord will stand. (Proverbs 19:21)
2. Largest fireball since Chelyabinsk falls into the ocean: Nasa reports huge explosion of seven meter space rock over the Atlantic -- Daily Mail
A huge fireball crashed into the Atlantic earlier this month - and went almost unseen. The event took place on February 6 at 14:00 UTC when a meteor exploded in the air 620 miles (1,000km) off the coast of Brazil. It released energy equivalent to 13,000 tons of TNT, which is the same as the energy used in the first atomic weapon that leveled Hiroshima in 1945.
- Abba Father, we thank You that this fireball exploded over the ocean and did no harm to the earth. We acknowledge that You are Lord of all and that You are Master of the Universe. In His Name we pray, Amen.
- For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
3. Attacks on Christians in U.S. double in 3 years - WND
The new report, titled "Undeniable: The Survey of Hostility to Religion in America," reveals a list that admittedly is not exhaustive but still totals 1,285 cases at the start of this year. "hostility to religion in America is rising like floodwaters."
- Abba Father, we would like to see as much passion for the First Amendment as there is for the Second Amendment. We are granted by the Bill of Rights the freedom of religion and speech. We thank You for the Bill of Rights and we pray that they will continue to be defended and protected. We pray against militant anti-Christianity and against Secular Humanism. We declare that Jesus Christ is Lord of all and will reign and rule forever. Militant anti-Christianity and Secular Humanism, you are going down in Jesus Christ name. In His Name we pray, Amen.
- Then I heard something like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. (Revelation 19:6)
4. Expert: U.S. military could topple like Jenga blocks - WND
An expert on military preparedness says the United States armed forces could topple like a Jenga block tower if President Obama's social agenda is allowed to continue.
- Abba Father, we thank You that You are our protector and that You have control over our military. As You told Gideon that only 300 men were needed; You will empower our military to do all that You want it to do. We await our next Commander-in-Chief, and pray that he will restore our military to its former greatness. In His Name we pray, Amen.
- The Lord said to Gideon, "I will deliver you with the 300 men who lapped and will give the Midianites into your hands; so let all the other people go, each man to his [f]home." (Judges 7:7)
5. Trump wins Nevada caucuses - POLITICO
Donald Trump trounced his rivals in the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday, notching his third consecutive victory and giving the Manhattan mogul even more momentum heading into Super Tuesday next week, when voters in a dozen states will cast their ballots.
Trump's decisive win, which the Associated Press announced immediately after polls closed, was propelled by an electorate even more enraged than the ones that had swept him to wins in New Hampshire and South Carolina, and a second-place showing in Iowa.
For the first time in the 2016 primary season, media entrance polls showed that a majority of voters, 57 percent of Nevada caucus-goers, said they were "angry" with the federal government. And, as significantly, they want to bring in an outsider to fix it. . . (Read more)
- Father God, we understand that many in the nation are angry at the apparent inaction of the federal government, and are seeking a way to "fix this." Lord God, only You can fix this. We ask for peace among the electorate today, and grace that we ourselves might be governed by Your wisdom rather than by our own emotions. We ask this in Your name, amen and amen.
- "Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength." (Proverbs 8:14)
6. Speaker Ryan: 'We Are Making Legal Preparations if the President Tries to Break the Law' - CNSNews.com
President Obama "can try" to go around Congress in his attempt to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay Cuba, House Speaker Paul Ryan told news conference on Wednesday. "He has no authority to do so," Ryan added. Ryan reminded reporters that Congress voted overwhelmingly for the National Defense Authorization Act, which contains a provision saying the president may not move Guantanamo inmates to U.S. soil.
"We are making legal preparations if the president tries to break the law," Ryan said. "And what boggles my mind, is that the president is contemplating directing the military to knowingly break the law. Our law is really clear, and by the way, Democrats wrote this law when they were in the majority, when they ran Congress, which is, these detainees cannnot come to American soil. So if the president proceeds with knowingly breaking the law and asking the military to break the law, he will be met with fierce bipartisan oppostion here in Congress, and we're taking all legal preparations necessary to meet with that resistance. He can't do it because the law is really clear," Ryan said. (Read more)
- Lord God, we thank You that we still have three branches of government, so that each one might exercise oversight over the other, and no branch moves with absolute power in America. Thank You for this statement by Speaker Ryan, and we ask Your Hand of blessing upon this plan, should it be implemented. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- "The Lord is our king, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our judge, and He will save us." (Is. 33:22)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
To Christians trying to find their election footing
Donald Trump's victories have left many Christians trying to determine how or if they are going to vote. Many do not like what is considered Trump's abrasive personality, others are questioning his commitment to Christianity. In fact, many of the same back and forth reasonings are taking place about this election as in the past. Keep in mind that one of the primary reasons we have had two terms of an Islamist Marxist as "president" is due to Christians sitting out the election. Over-spiritualizing this election can multiply the results of the past 10 years. Sitting on the sidelines and allowing another "progressive" to hold the oval office will have dire consequences. Forthcoming, is a hard word for your consideration. . . (Read more)
The Persecuted Church
The Weak Carry the Heavy Burden of Honor Killings in Egypt
Not for the first time in Egypt, a romance between a Muslim divorcee and a Copt eventually ended in tragedy late last year, when the woman, who had 'converted' to Christianity, was killed by members of her family.
Many parts of the story seem inexplicable: how a romance between a Muslim woman and a Christian man could end in marriage in a country where Sharia makes this legally impossible; and how a mother could pay with her life for being with a Christian, while her killers remain at large. There appears to be a pattern of collective punishment, favouring the strong against the weak. It's a sectarian twist to a notoriously familiar 'honour-killing' scenario plaguing many Islamic cultures.
It all began in 2013, when a romance started between Marwa Mohamed, 26, and her Coptic neighbour, Karim Eid, 27, in the town of Tamia, 87 km southwest of Cairo.
The Muslim mother of two (Sahar, eight, and Omar, six), used to frequent a nearby Christian jeweller's shop where Eid was working.
"The frequent visits by Marwa to meet Karim at the shop gave reason for Karim's employer to dismiss him," explained George Fahmi, a relative of Eid and a resident of their home town of Tamia.
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
GIVE ME THE FAITH WHICH CAN REMOVE
"If anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him." (Mark 11:23)
Give me the faith which can remove And sink the mountain to a plain; Give me the childlike praying love, Which longs to build Thy house again; Thy love, let it my heart overpower, And all my simple soul devour.
I want an even strong desire, I want a calmly fervent zeal, To save poor souls out of the fire, To snatch them from the verge of hell, And turn them to a pardoning God, And quench the brands in Jesus' blood.
I would the precious time redeem, And longer live for this alone, To spend and to be spent for them Who have not yet my Savior known; Fully on these my mission prove, And only breathe, to breathe Thy love.
My talents, gifts, and graces, Lord, Into Thy blessed hands receive; And let me live to preach Thy Word, And let me to Thy glory live; My every sacred moment spend In publishing the sinner's Friend.
Enlarge, inflame, and fill my heart With boundless charity divine, So shall I all strength exert, And love them with a zeal like Thine, And lead them to Thy open side, The sheep for whom the Shepherd died.
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Signs and Wonders
Storms slam Louisiana and Mississippi; three people dead
Severe storms have roared across the Gulf Coast, killing three people, spawning tornadoes, ripping up homes and plowing swaths through communities.
Two people died in a Louisiana recreational vehicle park where a storm pounded 160 motor homes and trailers into a field of debris on Tuesday. And in Mississippi, one person died in a mobile home crushed in the storm in Lamar County, the National Weather Service said.
By the end of the day, 22 reports of tornadoes came in to the Weather Service. They were strewn across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, and each report had a list of damages or roads blocked by felled trees. The Weather Service confirmed a handful of twisters directly and posted pictures of funnel clouds to social media.
Forecasters said the risk of severe storms, powerful winds, hail and tornadoes continues into Wednesday and will shift northeast. (CNN) Read more
Fiji cyclone: Death toll rises to 42, relief teams deployed
The death toll from super-cyclone Winston jumped to 42 Wednesday as concerns grew for remote Fijian villages still waiting for help after the most powerful storm in the Pacific nation's history.
While international aid efforts are intensifying, with New Zealand saying it will send two navy ships, relief teams are yet to reach some isolated communities devastated in the weekend tempest.
"42 Fijians now confirmed dead -- disaster officials continue to deploy teams to help those affected across Fiji," government spokesman Dan Gavidi tweeted, raising the toll from 29 given Tuesday.
The Red Cross said the body count was likely to rise further as word filtered back from far-flung corners of the island nation.
"The numbers will continue to change as we have better access to information and establish communications," the acting head of the Red Cross's Pacific office Ahmad Sami told AFP. (HindustanTimes) 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
Historic: Canada Overwhelmingly Passes Motion Condemning Discrimination against Israel
(Canada)-The Canadian Parliament passed a historic motion Monday which formally condemned the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement.
The Conservatives, including former Prime Minister Stephen Harper who attended the session to cast his vote against BDS, joined the Liberals in overwhelmingly supporting the motion in a vote of 229 for and 51 against, Canada's CIJ news reported.
The motion, which was brought on November 18 by Conservative MP's Tony Clement and Michelle Rempel, called on Canada to reject BDS.
The motion states that, "given Canada and Israel share a long history of friendship as well as economic and diplomatic relations, the House reject the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, which promotes the demonization and de-legitimization of the State of Israel, and call upon the government to condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad."
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