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Tuesday, May 10, 2016
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord.
"For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)
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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. Ya'alon: No difference between bereaved same-sex, heterosexual partners - Times of Israel
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday said the army does not distinguish between the bereaved families of same-sex couples and those of heterosexual ones.
The defense minister had convened a meeting to discuss the state recognition of widowers and widows in same-sex partnerships whose partners have been killed in action during their army service.
"During the discussion, it arose that there is no difference in the recognition of the bereaved of same-sex partners and heterosexual ones, and therefore there is no need for legislation," a statement from the Defense Ministry said.
2. Hamas blames Israel for deaths of 3 Gaza children in house fire -Israel Hayom
Three Palestinian children were killed in a Gaza house fire, started by a candle, sparking a round of finger-pointing over the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave's lingering power crisis.
Hamas military wing operatives led the funeral procession for the three -- 3-year-old Yusra Al-Hindi, her sister Rahaf, 2, and their 2-month-old brother Nasir -- and Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh accused Israel of being ultimately responsible for the deaths.
"The blockade imposed by the Zionist occupier, and their planes that bomb and scorch our land, are responsible for the deaths of the three children," Haniyeh proclaimed. "The resistance will avenge their death."
3. Israeli Arabs to march to Temple Mount - on Yom Ha'atzmaut - Israel National News
Dozens of Israeli Arabs marched from Haifa in the direction of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Sunday, as an alleged expression of public support for Jordan's iron-fist rule of Judaism's holiest site.
The six-day march, stretching some 200 kilometers, will end on Thursday - Israel's Independence Day. Among the initiators: Sheikh Raed Salah, whose northern Islamic Movement was formally blacklisted in November 2015.
Organizers told the Palestinian Quds Press that the march was intended to convey two key messages: the responsibility of every Muslim to protect Muslim interests on the Mount - i.e. to enforce the utter lack of religious freedom there for Jews - and the reconciliation among different factions in Arab society.
4. 7 IDF Soldiers Wounded in Suspected Palestinian Arson Attack on Jerusalem Base - Algemeiner
Seven IDF soldiers were evacuated Sunday afternoon to Jerusalem's Hadassah Medical Center-Mount Scopus suffering from smoke inhalation as a result of a fire that broke out on their nearby base, the Hebrew news site nrg reported.
Following the incident, Yoram Levy, spokesman for Israel's Fire and Rescue Service, told The Algemeiner that the cause of the fire is being investigated as a possible case of arson, "due to the proximity of the base to Palestinian areas." Levy also said the fire was immediately put out.
This, he said, "is not the first time that Palestinians have committed arson terror against soldiers, both on Mount Scopus and other areas in the country."
5. Bin Laden's son urges jihadis in Syria to unite to free Palestine - Times of Israel
The son of Al-Qaeda's late founder Osama bin Laden has urged jihadists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to "liberating Palestine."
"The Islamic umma (nation) should focus on jihad in Al-Sham (Syria) . . . and unite the ranks of mujahedeen there," said 23-year-old Hamza in an audio message posted online.
"There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilized against Muslims," he said.
The Daily Brief
1. 20 Percent of Born Again Christians Will Not Vote in November Election, Poll Finds - Christian Headlines
A Battleground Poll found that those who say they go to church at least once a week prefer Donald Trump to Hillary Clinton by nine points. The poll comes after candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropped out of the presidential race. Cruz was a favorite among churchgoing Christians, and his departure has left the evangelical vote unclear.
The Battleground poll also found that those who attend church less frequently prefer Clinton to Trump by six points. A Reuters poll found that 20 percent of "born again Christians" said they wouldn't vote now that the election looks to be between Clinton and Trump. (Read more)
- Almighty God, we ask for faith and wisdom as we speak to this mountain of government. We pray for Your will to be done in our political process; help us Lord to be united and engaged as the Body of Christ, putting aside carnal ways of thinking and seeing these things through Your eyes, in Jesus Name, Amen.
- Hear now what the Lord is saying, "Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice." (Micah 6:1)
2. Report: Religious freedom under 'serious and sustained assault' around the world - Christian Today
Religious freedom has come under "serious and sustained assault" across the globe in the past year, according to an annual report released today. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released its 2016 report, and found that religious liberty has deteriorated around the world, with abuses committed by both state and non-state actors. The report highlights religious freedom violations in more than 30 countries, including China, Sudan, North Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Iraq and Syria. (Read more)
- Father God, we lift up our brothers and sisters around this world who are suffering for their belief in You. We pray for each to remain resolute in their faith and effective in their witness; help them to reflect the image of Christ all around this world, in Jesus Name we pray, Amen.
- "Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:10-12)
3. Putin calls for non-aligned international security system in face of global terror threat - RT.com
Vladimir Putin said Russia is all for creating a non-aligned system of international security to counter global terror. The president, speaking at the V-Day parade in Moscow, called on all nations to learn the lessons of WWII.
"Today our civilization has faced brutality and violence - terrorism has become a global threat," the Russian president said, addressing the crowds on Moscow's Red Square ahead of a parade dedicated to the 71st anniversary of victory in WWII. "We must defeat this evil, and Russia is open to join forces with all countries and is ready to work on the creation of a modern, non-aligned system of international security." (Read more)
- Elohim, may we first look to You for protection and security. If this international security system is established, we pray it will truly meet the goal of finding terrorists and protecting the innocent. If it's establishment is not Your will, we pray it would come to nothing, in Jesus Name, Amen.
- O Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. (Isaiah 37:16)
4. New Philippine leader seen as emancipator, looming dictator - AP
Rodrigo Duterte, the bombastic mayor of a major southern city, was heralded Tuesday as president-elect of the Philippines after an incendiary campaign that projected him alternatively as an emancipator and a looming dictator.
"Our people have spoken and their verdict is accepted and respected," outgoing President Benigno Aquino III's spokesman, Sonny Coloma, said in a statement. "The path of good governance ... is already established as all presidential candidates spoke out against corruption." (Read more)
- King of kings, we lift up this new leader to You, Rodrigo Duterte. We pray Lord, that You would make him the leader the Philippines need, to bless her people, in Jesus Name, Amen.
- For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)
5. Officials: Germany Stabbing Suspect Mentally Unstable - ABC News
A German man yelled "infidel, you must die" and "Allahu akbar" as he stabbed one person to death and wounded three others at a Bavarian train station Tuesday, but authorities said they've found no links to any Islamic extremist network. The 27-year-old, who had previously been in psychiatric care, made a "rather confused impression" as he was questioned by investigators, authorities said. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the truth to come out about this man and his motives. We pray for the families of the man killed and those injured in this attack, grant them Your peace and comfort, in Jesus Name, Amen.
- Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6)
6. US expresses 'deep concern' at Palestinian envoy comparing IDF to Nazis - Times of Israel
The US expressed "deep concern" over a comparison between Israeli soldiers tackling Palestinian stone-throwers and Nazis quashing the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, made by the Palestinian Authority's ambassador to the UN.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner made the comments in response to an April 27 press conference by Ambassador Riyad Mansour.
"Obviously, we would condemn any anti-Semitic remarks very forcefully," Toner said, noting that he had not yet examined Mansour's comments, and was basing his assessment on remarks read to him by a JTA reporter. "It's deeply concerning." (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that this State Department spokesman has confronted Ambassador Mansour's anti-semitic remarks, opposing his statement. We continue to stand with Israel in truth, and refuse to accept Mansour's allegations about the IDF, in Your name, amen.
- "These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts . . ." (Zech. 8:16)
7. US announces $50 million aid program for Gaza Strip - Times of Israel
The United States has announced a $50 million aid program for the Gaza Strip.
US officials said Monday that the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs. The money will be distributed by the US Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services.
The US Consul General in Jerusalem, Donald A. Blume, said the effort is meant to address "the dire needs that are obvious in Gaza." (Read more)
- Father, we are saddened by this news, as most of the residents of the Gaza Strip are the avowed enemies of Israel. We ask that You place a hedge around these funds, so that, indeed, they will only be used to support the humanitarian needs in this region instead of funding and arming the terrorists who live there. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." (Matthew 21:22)
8. Emails From Hillary Clinton's IT Director at State Department Appear to Be Missing - ABC News
The State Department said today it can't find Bryan Pagliano's emails from the time he served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior information technology staffer during her tenure there.
Pagliano would have been required to turn over any official communications from his work account before he left the government. State Department officials say he had an official email account, but that they can't find any of those records he would have turned over and continue to search for them.
"The Department has searched for Mr. Pagliano's email pst file and has not located one that covers the time period of Secretary Clinton's tenure," State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said today, referencing a file format that holds email.
"To be clear, the Department does have records related to Mr. Pagliano and we are working with Congress and [Freedom of Information Act] requesters to provide relevant material. The Department has located a pst from Mr. Pagliano's recent work at the Department as a contractor, but the files are from after Secretary Clinton left the Department," Trudeau added. (Read more)
- Father, we continue to ask that all hidden evidence surrounding the illegal use of Ms. Clinton's emails be revealed, that justice would be served. In Your name, amen.
- "For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light." (Mark 4:22)
9. Justice Department, North Carolina file dueling lawsuits over bathroom law - Fox News
The Justice Department and North Carolina filed dueling lawsuits Monday over the state's controversial "bathroom" law, with the Obama administration answering an early-morning lawsuit filed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory with legal action of its own.
In a suit filed late Monday in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, the DOJ alleged a "pattern or practice of employment discrimination on the basis of sex" against the state over the law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond with the sex on their birth certificate.
"They created state-sponsored discrimination against transgender individuals," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a press conference late Monday afternoon.
The suit was filed after McCrory, in his lawsuit, accused the administration of a "baseless and blatant overreach" in trying to get the policy scrapped. (Read more)
- Father, we continue to lift up North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory, asking that You infuse him with Your strength as he stands against all enemies in this battle. We thank You that his "armor bearer," Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest, is a strong Christian who is joining the Governor in Your strength in this war. Thank You, Lord, in Your name, amen.
- "Then I will make you to this people
A fortified wall of bronze;
And though they fight against you,
They will not prevail over you;
For I am with you to save you
And deliver you," declares the Lord.
10. Yellow fever: World on brink of global emergency over deadly outbreak, academics warn - Independent Co. UK
Urgent action is needed to combat a yellow fever epidemic in Africa amid signs it is turning into a global health emergency . . . academics have warned. With nearly a billion people at risk . . . in Africa and Latin America and the danger of an outbreak in Asia . . . a professor in global health law, called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare an emergency saying delays over Ebola had "cost lives". (Read more)
- Lord God, we see before us another end-time plague. We ask Your mercy upon the nations as they begin to fight this outbreak of yellow fever, and we ask that many will now come to Christ, in Jesus' name, amen and amen.
- "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved." (Matthew 24:13)
The Daily Jot (Part One)
Monday, May 9, 2016
A borderless world and the march of prophecy
Wikipedia defines "Groupthink" as a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members try to reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences. In my opinion, groupthink gives us nonsense such as same sex restrooms, taxing people to prevent climate change, and the "resettlement" of Islamic "refugees" en masse in Europe and the United States. Groupthink is perpetrated by so-called "smart" people who haven't a lick of common sense. Secretary of State John Kerry is one such person who represents a global concept of groupthink.
Northeastern University made the error of having Kerry address its graduating class. Kerry said, "There are no walls big enough to stop people from anywhere, tens of thousands of miles away, who are determined to take their own lives while they target others...The future demands from us something more than a nostalgia for some rose-tinted version of the past that did not really exist in any case. You're about to graduate into a complex and borderless world." It's a world that the likes of Kerry have created to the detriment of mankind. He and his ilk seem to believe the folly that evil and good can live side by side in peace and harmony.
History will likely record the early period of the 21st Century as a time when the Islamic Caliphate was reconstituted through the willful allowing of Islam to export its death cult throughout the Western world. This may well be a historic period where Islam will have invaded, resettled, and established a militaristic foothold in the West without firing a shot. Politicians like Kerry, the occupant of the Oval Office, those in both the Republican and Democratic parties, and those throughout Western Europe have "groupthinked" themselves into putting civilization into danger, and laying a solid foundation for the prophetic end time one world government under the anti-Christ regime.
Europe is rethinking its groupthink open border policy. Thousands are protesting in Berlin against these so-called Islamic "refugees." France is creating "deradicalization" centers to prevent radicalization by jihadists. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls says, "The fight against jihadism is without a doubt the big challenge since World War Two." Italy, Austria, and Greece are also trying to find ways to stop the Islamic invasion caused by the "borderless" world. Revelation 13 speaks of a one-world government where the "Beast" (anti-Christ) kills those who do not worship him and (v 16-17) forces those to receive his mark, "that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name." Groupthink leaders have set the stage for nations to be subjects of tyranny. Prophecy marches on.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot (Part Two)
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sharpen your prophetic discernment
Facebook's "trending topics" section is being exposed as a propaganda arm of the socialist left by Gawker Media's online blog Gizmodo. Reporter Michael Nunez writes that Facebook employees, known as "news curators," said they were instructed to "inject" leftist leaning stories into the trending topics even if they were not trending at all. They also suppressed conservative-leaning stories, even if they were trending as popular. In other words, the entire claim of free speech on Facebook is deceptively applied toward a brand of socialistic propaganda, promoting anarchists views such as Black Lives Matter and censuring conservative high-trenders, "having a chilling effect on conservative news."
Nunez reports: "Stories covered by conservative outlets (like Breitbart, Washington Examiner, and Newsmax) that were trending enough to be picked up by Facebook's algorithm were excluded unless mainstream sites like the New York Times, the BBC, and CNN covered the same stories. Other former curators interviewed by Gizmodo denied consciously suppressing conservative news, and we were unable to determine if left-wing news topics or sources were similarly suppressed. The conservative curator described the omissions as a function of his colleagues' judgments; there is no evidence that Facebook management mandated or was even aware of any political bias at work." Facebook denies the allegations.
Despite Facebook denials, there is smoke here, if not fire. Media watchdog WesternJournalism.com, for example, says that it is logical that liberal reporters would report the news from a liberal slant. The difference, Western Journalism reports, is that until the 1960s, media outlets told people when they were editorializing. Now it's not clear, as Western Journalism opines: "This new era in media conceit coincided with the advent of a liberal mindset that took on the weight of the world, a new era in which liberals felt that their ideals rose above God, tradition and country." The news you are being fed is slanted toward a political ideal, usually one with communistic propaganda roots. The truth is far from most of it.
To discern the truth, we need to be grounded in the Lord. We need to be a true prophetic people grounded in the Holy scriptures. Speaking of the end times in Matthew 24:4, Jesus told his disciples, "Take heed that no man deceive you." In John 14, Jesus said that when he departed, the Holy Spirit would be sent to guide us. He said in John 16:13, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth." As a prophetic people living in a time of great deception, we need to sharpen our prophetic discernment. Whether it is a propagandizing of the news or bad doctrine from the pulpit, we need to take heed that we are not deceived. Let us receive the Holy Spirit's guidance into all truth.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Persecuted Church
Egypt Christians Face Kidnappings, Extortion
Representatives of Egypt's embattled Coptic Christians say the recent kidnapping of a Christian teenager underscores mounting concern about increased anti-Christian violence in the Muslim nation.
Anthonius Farag, 13, was reportedly kidnapped April 5 in Upper Egypt province. After a ransom was paid, the young teen was released 12 days later. Christians said the boy was snatched outside his school early that morning in the village of Mansheyyit Manbal, some 230 kilometers (143 miles) south of Cairo.
The perpetrators reportedly released a Muslim child after identifying the student's religion by his name, but sped away in a vehicle forcefully retaining the Christian teen.
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
We'll Understand It Better By and By
"Later you will understand." (John 13:7)
We are tossed and driven on the restless sea of time; somber skies and howling tempests oft succeed a bright sunshine; in that land of perfect day, when the mists are rolled away, we will understand it better by and by.
By and by, when the morning comes,
when the saints of God are gathered home,
we'll tell the story how we've overcome,
for we'll understand it better by and by.
We are often destitute of the things that life demands, want of food and want of shelter, thirsty hills and barren lands; we are trusting in the Lord, and according to God's word, we will understand it better by and by. (Refrain)
Trials dark on every hand, and we cannot understand all the ways of God would lead us to that blessed promised land; but he guides us with his eye, and we'll follow till we die, for we'll understand it better by and by. (Refrain)
Temptations, hidden snares often take us unawares, and our hearts are made to bleed for a thoughtless word or deed; and we wonder why the test when we try to do our best, but we'll understand it better by and by. (Refrain)
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About the Author:
Words: Charles Albert Tindley
Music: F.A. Clark
About the Author:
Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother's sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being "hired out" as a young boy, "wherever father could place me." He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime.
Signs and Wonders
Five suffer minor injuries as series of twisters sweep across Colorado
A series of tornadoes swept across eastern Colorado, causing several minor injuries and damaging motorhomes and buildings. Another spring storm brought deadly driving conditions to northern Arizona.
The National Weather Service said at least four tornadoes hit in Yuma County Saturday, about 100 miles east of Denver, near Colorado's borders with Nebraska and Kansas.
One of those twisters struck just north of the town of Wray about 6 p.m. MDT, and left five people with minor injuries, according to NWS Science and Operations officer Jeremy Martin.
Speaking in a telephone interview from his office in Goodland, Kan., Martin said that tornado also damaged some buildings and other structures.
Storm chasers reported that it traveled for about 10 miles on the ground.
"We had at least four tornadoes in Yuma," Martin told The Associated Press. "We're still trying to get an exact number.
There were no immediate reports of injury or damage from the other three confirmed tornadoes in the area. (Fox News) Read more here.
"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
Billy Graham's Crisis-Trained Chaplains Responding to Massive Wildfires in Canada
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association of Canada is sending crisis-trained Rapid Response Team (RRT) chaplains to Fort McMurray, Alberta, to offer emotional and spiritual care to victims of a massive wildfire that's been burning out of control since Sunday.
More than 1,000 homes have burned and tens of thousands of residents have been forced to flee, emptying out the entire city of Fort McMurray as plumes of smoke and flames threaten neighboring areas. Cellphone videos show fire raining down on cars as people drive to safety.
Election 2016: Prayer Resources
Election 2016: Prayer Resources
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