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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
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Under the Cross of Christ"
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. Iranian commander: We can destroy Israel 'in under 8 minutes' - Times of Israel
A senior Iranian military commander boasted that the Islamic Republic could "raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes."
Ahmad Karimpour, a senior adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite unit al-Quds Force, said if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave the order to destroy Israel, the Iranian military had the capacity to do so quickly.
"If the Supreme Leader's orders [are] to be executed, with the abilities and the equipment at our disposal, we will raze the Zionist regime in less than eight minutes," Karimpour said Thursday, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. (Read more)
2. Netanyahu: A government with Liberman makes pursuing peace with Palestinians easier - Jerusalem Post
A broader coalition will allow Israel to pursue a peace process with the Palestinians with the help of regional actors, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his weekly cabinet on Sunday.
"I want to clarify that the government will continue to strive for a diplomatic process with the Palestinians, with the help of regional actors," Netanyahu said. "I have personally devoted a lot of time to this in many places and I will continue to do so," Netanyahu said.
He spoke after a week of political turmoil in which he is poised to sign an agreement that will bring Yisrael Beytenu into the coalition, thereby widening its membership from a narrow margin of 61 parliamentarians, out of 120, to a more stable one of 66. Liberman will then become defense minister, replacing Moshe Ya'alon of the Likud.(Read more)
3. Israel's newest Knesset Member Yehuda Glick: God thought I have things to do in the Knesset - YnetNews
Considered by many to be one of the most extreme members of the right, Yehuda Glick's battle to allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount nearly cost him his life when he was severely injured by a Palestinian terrorist; this week, a year and a half after he was miraculously saved, Glick will be sworn in to the Knesset, replacing the newly-resigned Minister of Defense Moshe Ya'alon. (Read more)
4. Netanyahu's cabinet approves Levianthan gas deal - Jerusalem Post
Ministers on Sunday approved a revised version of the Leviathan natural gas outline on Sunday, which will allow future governments to have input in the natural gas policy.
"The important thing now is not to delay," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during the weekly cabinet meeting, calling approval of the plan "a very important - even historic - step for the Israeli economy and especially the Israeli people."
The version rejected by the High Court two months ago had called for a 10-year freeze on the country's gas prices and regulations, meaning future governments would not be involved.
The consortium developing the 621-billion-cubic-meter offshore Leviathan reservoir has expressed hope that natural gas will begin flowing to consumers by 2019, but representatives have said a plan needed to be approved by the end of this year for that to happen. (Read more)
5. Netanyahu: I'm willing to have one-on-one meeting with Abbas - YnetNews
In press conference with French PM, the Israeli premier stresses direct negotiations are 'the only way to proceed to peace,' offering a different initiative to the French; Valls promises to discuss option with French President Hollande
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reiterated Israel's objection to a multilateral French peace initiative, calling on Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to meet with him and hold direct talks instead.
"I will sit alone directly with President Abbas in the Élysée Palace, or anywhere else that you choose. Every difficult issue will be on the table: mutual recognition, incitement, borders, refugees and yes, settlements - everything," Netanyahu told a joint press conference with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who is visiting Israel.
The French initiative, which calls for an international peace conference, "will not encourage peace between Israel. (Read more)
6. Netanyahu unfazed as Liberman says coalition talks deadlocked - Times of Israel
Negotiations to bring Yisrael Beytenu into the governing coalition are "deadlocked," the right-wing party's leader Avigdor Liberman announced on Monday afternoon. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu professed himself unfazed, stressed that there was "no crisis," and said he fully intended to widen his coalition "in the next few days."
Speaking at a Yisrael Beytenu party meeting on the day the Knesset began its summer session, Liberman made plain that the argument was not over the most dramatic aspect of his joining the coalition - that he will be taking up the post of defense minister - but, rather, over the specifics of a second demand, for a reform that will provide state pensions for immigrants from the Soviet Union who are currently ineligible for a pension in either Israel or the FSU.
He said the reform was intended to address inequalities affecting all Israelis, and complained that the Finance Ministry - headed by Kulanu party leader Moshe Kahlon - was making "unacceptable" proposals on the issue. "We intended to finish the negotiations as quickly as possible," Liberman said. "We were willing to compromise on many things, and we compromised: on (legislation concerning) religion and state and on (proposed amendments to legislation to enable) the death penalty for terrorists. But on two fundamental issues we are not willing to compromise: defense and pension reform." (Read more)
7. Government announces plan to upgrade Judea-Samaria checkpoints - Israel National News
The Israeli government will upgrade the checkpoints between the Palestinian Authority-assigned areas of Judea and Samaria and Israel, so that more Palestinians will be able to enter Israel for work, Haaretz reported Thursday.
The Defense Ministry said the move, which will cost some 300 million shekels ($78 million), will shorten the amount of time Palestinians must spend waiting in line to get through the checkpoints.
Thousands of Palestinian Arabs pass through each checkpoint every day, in order to reach their workplace in Israel. Altogether, some 60,000 Palestinians have permits to work in Israel. (Read more)
The Daily Brief
1. Ohio Students Ignore Order to Drop Lord's Prayer from Graduation - CNSNews.com
Ohio news channel WTOV is reporting that students at a recent graduation refused an order to drop the Lord's Prayer from their commencement ceremony.
Singing the Lord's Prayer, or Our Father, has been a 70-year tradition at East Liverpool High School in East Liverpool, Ohio. This year the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, which advocates for separation of church and state, told East Liverpool administrators they needed to stop their choir from singing the Lord's Prayer at graduation.
The school removed the song from last Sunday's program. . . However, on the day of the commencement, students lead their own prayer. Valedictorian Jonathan Montgomery took the stage and led the entire class of graduates in reciting the Lord's Prayer. (Read more)
- Our Father, how beautiful are the prayers of those whose hearts are sincerely turned to You! Bless these graduates for their stand in prayer and may their courage be an example to others, especially in their generation, in Jesus Name, Amen.
- But Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19:14)
2. 'Do No Harm Act' Would Forbid Religious Objection to 'Any Healthcare' Service - CNSNews.com
Reps. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.) and Bobby Scott (D-Va.) introduced the Do No Harm Act Wednesday, which would amend the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to specify that religious exceptions should not apply to "protections against discrimination or the promotion of equal opportunity" and "access to, information about, referrals for, provision of, or coverage for, any health care item or service." The legislation is intended to "clarify that no one can seek religious exemption from laws guaranteeing fundamental civil and legal rights."
"The Do No Harm Act would limit which laws RFRA applies to. For instance, RFRA would no longer allow believers to be exempt from the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Violence Against Women Act, or laws that require coverage for any health care item. The bill, if enacted, could undo some of the damage caused by the Hobby Lobby decision," the group said in a statement.
The bill has also received praise from Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Federation, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Human Rights Campaign.(Read more)
- Father, have mercy on us. We pray for repentance of this proposed amendment to the RFEA. Lord, the very name "The Do No Harm Act" is misleading. It should read "Do All Harm" to Christians and other Americans that the 1993 Act protects. It would give an open door to do harm to many of citizens of the United States by those not of You.
God, Your laws were written long ago and have never been amended. Your laws are for the good of all people. Praise be to God alone!
Representatives Joe Kennedy III and Bobby Scott should be ashamed to introduce such an amendment that will do harm to so many citizens of our nation. We ask You to forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Jesus, let the scales be removed from the eyes of these men's. Let the Holy Spirit work in them to bring clarity of You to them. May they become leaders led by You for furthering the good of Your Kingdom. In Your Name we pray, amen.
- "Concerning the works of men, By the word of Your lips, I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer." (Psalm 17:4)
3. Senate set for showdown over women in the draft - The Hill
The Senate is heading for a showdown over women registering for the draft. Supporters of requiring women to sign up for Selective Service see the upper chamber as their last best hope for getting legislation to President Obama's desk. They've turned their attention to the Senate after suffering a setback in the House, which last week dropped language requiring women to register from its version of the annual defense bill.
Proponents say women already have the green light to serve in combat roles, hurting the legal argument for excluding them from the draft. But opponents say Congress needs to spend more time studying the politically tricky issue instead of tucking it into a massive "must pass" bill.
The battle will come to a head on the Senate floor, where conservative opponents are expected to make a last stand to remove the provision. If successful they would effectively kill any chance of Congress approving the policy change. (Read more)
- Father God, we pray this language requiring women to register for selective service be completely eliminated from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), in Jesus Name, Amen.
- "For the brokenness of the daughter of my people I am broken; I mourn, dismay has taken hold of me." (Jeremiah 8:21)
4. Federal Judge Sanctions 'Unethical' DOJ in Immigration Lawsuit - National Review
In one of the most devastating critiques I have ever read of the misbehavior of lawyers at the U.S. Justice Department, a federal judge has issued an order imposing sanctions in U.S. v. Texas, the immigration lawsuit filed by 26 states that is currently before the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas, which is the federal trial court where the lawsuit was originally filed, released a 28-page opinion on May 19 that takes the Justice Department and its lawyers to task for violating multiple ethics and court rules by intentionally misleading and lying to the court. . .
The ethics and conduct rules require a lawyer to "(1) tell the truth; (2) do not mislead the Court; and (3) do not allow the Court to be misled." According to Hanen, the "Government's lawyers failed on all three fronts" because their behavior was "intentionally deceptive." In fact, said Hanen, "it is hard to imagine a more serious, more calculated plan of unethical conduct." (Read more)
- Father God, we thank You for this amazing verdict rendered by Judge Andrew Hanen! We praise God for a judge who will uphold the "rule of law" in his court, and who will render justice and judge each case according to this plumbline in our judicial system.
Now that this verdict has been rendered, we we ask that our Department of Justice will uphold our laws and truthfully administer justice, in Jesus Name, Amen.
- "Hear the cases between your brethren, and judge righteously between a man and his brother or the stranger who is with him." (Deuteronomy 1:16)
5. Judge rules in California's open-bathrooms fight - WND
President Obama's open-bathrooms campaign already has been taken to court by the state of North Carolina, civil and religious rights organizations, the Alliance Defending Freedom and several schools. But the effort took a major hit just days ago in California when a judge ruled in a case that has been in the courts for several years already that critics deserve to have more information regarding the government's actions.
At issue is a law adopted by the legislature and signed by the governor in 2013 that allows public school students to use restrooms and shower rooms based on their "gender identity." The law, long before Obama's May 13 directive to public schools, was opposed by an organization called Privacy For All Students.
Members collected more than 620,000 signatures of California voters to qualify the issue for a referendum that would overturn the law, but elections officials disqualified more than 20 percent, leaving the referendum effort only 17,276 signatures short of the requirement to qualify for the ballot.
PFAS now has been in court for more than two years, battling government attorneys who are trying to withhold both the disqualified names and the reason for their rejection.
But now a Superior Court judge in Sacramento granted a motion sought by the organization to compel the production of the documents, which were held by the California secretary of state and 55 counties, citing privacy concerns. (Read more)
- Father God, slowly but surely . . . one case at a time . . . we are beginning to see a shift in our judicial system towards righteousness and truth. We ask for a fair and just resolution in this case, and that the students in the State of California be protected from their own "bathroom law." In Jesus name, amen.
- "Then I will restore your judges as at the first, And your counselors as at the beginning; After that you will be called the city of righteousness, A faithful city." (Isaiah 1:26)
6. The most dangerous, and underreported, part of Obama's transgender edict - LifeSiteNews
For all the justifiable press coverage of Barack Obama's federal guidance on transgender students in the public schools, its most dangerous provision has largely gone unnoticed - and it has nothing to do with bathrooms. . .
The most offensive part of the new policy is that, under the Obama administration's federal guidance: 1) School districts must allow biological males and females to spend the night together in the same hotel room on field trips; 2) Colleges must let men who say they are transgender be roommates with one or more women; and 3) School officials cannot even tell those young women or their parents in advance that their new roommate is a man, without risking a federal lawsuit.
The plain wording of the Obama administration's diktat is clear enough, yet it has not been reported, even by conservative news outlets. (Read more)
- Lord of all Creation, we declare our opposition to these policies and we decree Your protection over women and girls as well as Your wisdom to defeat this policy, in Jesus Name, Amen and Amen.
- "The Lord will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever." (Psalm 121:7-8)
7. Senate Won't Throw in the Towel on Bathrooms - Family Research Council
Local school boards aren't the only ones upset that the federal government is trying to do their jobs. So is the U.S. Senate. A little more than a week since the president's team sent a blanket directive to every district in America, warning them to open up their bathrooms to anyone or lose federal funds, Republicans are saying "not so fast!" Twenty-five GOP senators, including key committee chairmen, had strong words for Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Education Secretary John King in a letter fighting back on this dangerous mandate to schools and universities. (Read more)
- Lord God, we thank You for these 25 members of the GOP in the United States Senate who are fighting back against the onslaught of these wicked "bathroom bills." We ask that each edict from the White House be appealed to the United States Supreme Court, on emergency order, so that these decrees will go on "hold" until decided by that Court. We ask this in Your name, amen and amen.
- "The Lord nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples." (Psalm 33:10)
8. Obama Appoints Transgender Person To Advisory Faith Council - Breitbart
President Barack Obama has named a transgender individual to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
"I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve on the President's advisory council," Barbara Satin said. "Given the current political climate, I believe it's important that a voice of faith representing the transgender and gender non-conforming community-as well as a person of my years, nearly 82-be present and heard in these vital conversations." (Read more)
- Lord God, we ask Your deliverance for "Barbara Statin" from the hand of the evil one. Lord God, even as we view his photo in this article, it is so clear that he needs Your tender hand of mercy to help his troubled soul. Once again, we do ask You to forgive Obama for this action, and to protect our people, in Your name, amen.
- Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)
9. Saudi Press: U.S. Blew Up World Trade Center To Create 'War On Terror' - Breitbart
TEL AVIV - The Saudi press is still furious over the U.S. Senate's unanimous vote approving a bill that allows the families of 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia. This time, the London-based Al-Hayat daily has claimed that the U.S. planned the attacks on the World Trade Center in order to create a global war on terror.
The article, written by Saudi legal expert Katib al-Shammari and translated by MEMRI, claims that American threats to expose documents that prove Saudi involvement in the attacks are part of a long-standing U.S. policy that he calls "victory by means of archives."
Al-Shammari claims that the U.S. chooses to keep some cards close to its chest in order to use them at a later date. One example is choosing not to invade Iraq in the 1990s and keeping its leader, Saddam Hussein, alive to use as "a bargaining chip" against other Gulf States. Only once Shi'ism threatened to sweep the region did America act to get rid of Hussein "since they no longer saw him as an ace up their sleeve."
He claims that the 9/11 attacks were another such card, enabling the U.S. to blame whoever suited its needs at a particular time; first it blamed Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, then Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, and now Saudi Arabia. (Read more)
- Lord God, we continue to lift up the very sensitive emotions that are now aflame between our nation and Saudi Arabia, asking that You help to cool this down. We rebuke and nullify these accusations in the Saudi press by means of the Blood of the Lamb. Help us, O Lord, we pray, amen.
- " . . . the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped." (Psalm 63:1c)
10. Czech Politician: West Will Have To 'Crush' Islam - Breitbart
Islam is a "criminal" ideology which deserves to be ranked with "Nazism, fascism and communism", is "incompatible with the principles of European law" and, like its totalitarian predecessors, must inevitably be defeated.
So argues Czech lawyer, activist and politician Klára Samkova in a hard hitting lecture she delivered earlier this week in the Czech Parliament to an audience including (some rather bemused) ambassadors from Muslim countries - including the Turkish ambassador who, with several others, walked out half way through. Her speech - translated here by Lubos Motl - is well worth reading because it addresses issues almost never aired in polite circles in Western democracies, which find it convenient to dismiss them as extremist or Islamophobic or needlessly inflammatory.
Is Islam compatible with Western democracy? Is it capable of reform? Can this end happily? Samkova's prognosis, on all three counts, is bleak. The problem with Islam, she argues, is that it's not so much a religion as a "totalitarian system of governance". Unlike Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism or Shintoism, the religious aspect is secondary to the legal one. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You for these brave words being spoken by Ms. Samkova in the nation of Czechoslovakia. We bless her for her courage, and we ask that You would raise up voices in our own nation that would speak with the same force against the rising dangers of global jihad. Help us, O Lord, we pray, amen.
- "Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet." (Isaiah 58:1a)
The Daily Jot (Part One)
Monday, May 23, 2016
A disastrous prophetic move by America
On September 11, 2015, Republicans in Congress were meekly trying to break a Democratic filibuster aimed at stopping a "no" vote on the "president's" Iranian nuclear deal, which eventually unleashed some $100 billion in sanction money to the terrorist state. The "president" said it would bring peace. But at the same time the debate was taking place, the Ayatollah in Iran was calling America "The Great Satan" and vowed that Israel would be a mere memory within 25 years. For a decade, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency played cat and mouse with Iran on its development of nuclear weapons, saying Iran was not a threat because it didn't have a missile delivery system. That has changed.
The Fars News Agency, a semi-official arm of the Iranian government, reports that Ahmad Karimpour, a senior adviser to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' elite unit al-Quds Force, said if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave the order to destroy Israel, the Iranian military had the capacity to "raze the Zionist regime [Israel] in less than eight minutes." It was widely reported that Iran tested ballistic missiles in March, including two with the words "Israel must be wiped off the earth" emblazoned on them. The Times of Israel reports US officials confirmed that Iran is not forbidden to test ballistic missiles under the "president's" nuclear deal, but the tests are "not consistent" with a July 2015 UN Security Council resolution.
The US "president" has effectively cleared the way for billions of dollars to be pumped into Iran in reward for agreeing to delay its nuclear program for at least ten years. Many analysts believed Iran would instead accelerate nuclear development. These missile tests are evidence that the White House narrative was deathly wrong. Iran will need to be in submission to Gog of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal (all in Turkey), for the fulfillment of the Ezekiel 38 prophecy of Gog leading a coalition of Persia (Iran), Libya; and Ethiopia (Sudan) against Israel. When we see Iran being brought into such a coalition with Turkey and these prophetic nations aligning against Israel, we know this time is near.
The Lord says in Zechariah 12:3, "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it." Many find it hard to imagine how, for example, the United States would be gathered prophetically against Israel. This is why leadership is so important. The US had supported Israel since it became a nation. The current "president" reversed this backing and by supporting the enemy of God, Islam, who manifests on earth its rebellion against the one true God by terrorizing Israel. Left intact, this US foreign policy will have disastrous implications for America and its citizens.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
The Daily Jot (Part Two)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Keep a prophetic eye on Turkey
A key player in end time prophecy has made a move toward authoritarianism that could see the very beginnings of a new Islamic caliphate taking shape. The concept of an Islamic caliphate has been forwarded with the violent and barbaric Islamic State. Turkey has aided and abetted the IS through many actions from medical care to turning a blind eye to IS activity in Turkey. But Turkey could leverage its contemporary reputation as a democratic Islamic state to become the more reasonable of caliphates, establishing the foundation for the appearance of the end time antichrist figure. This is made possible by the election of a new prime minister that will solidify Turkey's president's political authority.
Reuters reports "As Turkey's incoming prime minister prepares to name his new cabinet, there is little doubt that its primary role will be to rubber-stamp what has already become reality: a shift to a full presidential system with Tayyip Erdogan firmly in charge. Erdogan on Sunday confirmed Binali Yildirim, a close ally for two decades and a co-founder of the ruling AK Party, as his new prime minister, ensuring government loyalty as he pursues constitutional change to replace Turkey's parliamentary democracy with an executive presidency....skeptical Western allies, fear growing authoritarianism." European Parliament President Martin Schulz said the power shift is a "breathtaking departure from European values."
The Jerusalem Post reported in April 2012, "Turkey has been one of the biggest winners of the Arab revolts, as people around the Muslim world look to its ruling Justice and Development Party as a model for combining Islamic values with economic growth." The New York Times wrote in January 2012, "Supporters credit Erdogan with elevating Turkey's profile in the Middle East, turning the country into an increasingly assertive regional player at a time when several of its neighbors are locked in sometimes violent struggles for democracy." That was four years ago. Erdogan's plan of assuming full power is now nearly complete. His use of anti-Israel rhetoric grew progressively in currying favor among Turkish voters.
The US "president's" foreign policy of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood in Arab Spring accelerated the advance of the Islamic State, allowed it to solidify as a major force, and nicely positioned the "president's" ally Erdogan as a seemingly moderate successor to the IS. Turkey figures in as an important piece of the prophetic end time puzzle. In Ezekiel 38:3-8, the Lord says, "Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: and I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army...Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them...against the mountains of Israel..." These areas coincide with modern Turkey, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and parts of Iraq, even Saudi Arabia.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
More News for Prayer
Family Research Council Submits Amicus Brief in Kansas Supreme Court Abortion Case
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On May 20, Family Research Council filed an amicus brief with the Kansas Supreme Court in the case of Hodes & Nauser v. Schmidt. At issue is the constitutionality of Kansas Senate Bill 95, "which prohibits the performance of dilation and evacuation abortions on live, unborn children." Two Kansas abortionists who perform late-term "dilation and evacution" abortions challenged the law claiming that the Kansas Constitution protects this barbaric procedure.
Family Research Council's amicus brief was prepared by Paul Linton, Special Counsel for the Thomas More Society, with assistance of local counsel, Mary Ellen Rose, of Overland Park, Kansas. In its brief, FRC argued that "nothing in the Kansas Constitution, properly considered, confers a right to perform an abortion, whether by the dismemberment method at issue in this case, or any other method." Furthermore, the brief maintained that the Kansas Supreme Court, "has never recognized a state right to abortion . . . there is no basis for recognizing such a right."
Family Research Council Senior Fellow Chris Gacek, Esq. released the following statement:
"The constitutional claims made by Drs. Hodes and Nauser are unsupportable by any fair reading of the Kansas Constitution. There is no text in that document which grants a right to abortion of any kind. If anything, abortion takes away one of the inalienable rights actually mentioned in the Declaration of Independence and the Kansas Constitution, that right being the right to life," Gacek concluded.
To read FRC's amicus brief, please see:
Since the Obama Administration announced plans to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees, who cannot be thoroughly vetted according to top security officials, more than a dozen of the nation's governors have attempted to withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. Indiana Governor Mike Pence was among those who courageously fought the administration. As usual, Obama ignored their concerns, and now we're seeing some of the fallout.
Radical Islam aside, it used to be national policy to prevent the importation of infectious diseases. But the federal government is clearly failing in its obligations to medically screen refugees. Four refugees with active, infectious tuberculosis (TB) were resettled last year in Indiana. In addition, there are reports that 20% of refugees resettled in Minnesota have tested positive for TB.
The medical expenses associated with treating TB are a serious strain on local budgets. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "The cost of treating an active TB case that is susceptible or responsive to drugs averages $17,000, according to the CDC. Care of patients with drug-resistant TB . . . costs many times more: $134,000 for a multidrug-resistant patient and $430,000 for an extensively drug-resistant one."
Medical experts in and out of government are sounding the alarm about the breakdown of our screening procedures. "Admitting people who might cause an epidemic makes no sense whatsoever from a public health standpoint," Dr. Jane Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, said. "Officials who place politics above the health of Americans need to be held accountable and removed from positions of authority."
Thankfully sanitariums are a thing of the past. But the ideologically-driven carelessness of the Obama Administration may have us headed there again. (Gary Bauer)
Protecting Our Children
Opposition to Obama's radical agenda of allowing children to choose which bathrooms and locker rooms thOpposition to Obama's radical agenda of allowing children to choose which bathrooms and locker rooms they want to use is growing. Here's the latest:ey want to use is growing. Here's the latest:
1) Nearly 100 Pennsylvania state legislators sent a letter to the White House telling the president that his order was an "unconstitutional intrusion" that "sacrifices the fundamental privacy rights . . . [of] millions of school students." 2) The nation's Catholic bishops condemned the order as "deeply disturbing." 3) State senators in Tennessee are urging Governor Bill Haslam to sue the Obama Administration. 4) A resolution has been filed in the Oklahoma legislature calling for Obama's impeachment. 5) Twenty-five senators -- all Republicans -- told the administration that its policy was "inappropriate" and that states and school districts were free to set their own bathroom policies. 6) Rep. Steve King is calling for civil disobedience if necessary.
I am pleased to report that legislation has been introduced in the House by Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), who has been endorsed by CWF (Campaign for Working Families). Messer's bill would preserve the authority of local schools to set their own bathroom and locker room policies. We are still waiting for similar legislation to be introduced in the Senate.
We will keep you posted.
Islamic State Group Leader Urges Attacks In Europe And U.S.
ISIS Calls for Attacks During Ramadan
CAIRO (AP) -- An Islamic State group spokesman has urged sympathizers in Europe and the U.S. to launch attacks on civilians there if they are unable to travel to the group's self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq.
In a 31-minute audio message released late Saturday by the IS media arm al-Furqan, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani told his followers that, "the tiniest action you do in the heart of their land is dearer to us than the biggest action by us ... there are no innocents in the heart of the lands of the Crusaders."
He encouraged lone wolf attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to start early next month, "to win the great award of martyrdom." (Read more)
Watching "the Texas Case" at SCOTUS
5 Surprising Insights on the Supreme Court's Upcoming Abortion Case
One current Supreme Court case stands at the center of the abortion debate in America - Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, a legal challenge brought by Texas abortion providers claiming state safety regulations of abortion centers are "unconstitutional."
State Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, who authored the Texas pro-life law under scrutiny, has seen conflict erupt nationally over what she calls "common sense medical safety standards." On May 16, Laubenberg briefed the national prayer coalition Texas Loves Life via conference call.
"The coalition Texas Loves Life exists solely to pray for the Supreme Court, believing for life to be upheld as the court considers this important Texas pro-life law," says Matt Lockett of Bound4LIFE International. "We are thrilled to have Representative Laubenberg share her considerable expertise with people of faith who stand on the power of prayer."
Recent coalition conference calls, primarily featuring pro-life leaders in Texas, are available online and reveal surprising insights into this ongoing court case.
Read more here.
(Source: Christian Post)
The Persecuted Church
Christians in Bangladesh Protest Against Rape of Christian School Teacher
Last Sunday, Bangladeshi Christians gathered together to call for the prosecution of school principal Shariful Islam and another suspect who raped a 26-year-old teacher of Mujibnagar Amrokanon High School. The victim, whose name has not been released, stayed at a hotel in a nearby town where she was taking a required national exam when the alleged rape occurred, according to Crux.
On May 12, Islam and the other man reportedly entered the teacher's room by force and raped her. Local media said the principal threatened to post photos and videos of the incident on social media if the teacher tells anyone about what happened.
The rape left the woman seriously injured, causing her to be hospitalized. While in the hospital, a journalist who saw her told a local priest named Fr. Domenic Halder about the injuries of the victim, prompting the priest to report the incident to the police.
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS
"He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them." (Mark 10:16)
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o'ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! 'tis the voice of angels, borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory, over the jasper sea.
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast
There by His love o'ershaded, sweetly my soul shall rest.
Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world's temptations, sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials, only a few more tears!
Jesus, my heart's dear Refuge, Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages, ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience, wait till the night is over;
Wait till I see the morning break on the golden shore.
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About the Author:
Words: Fanny Crosby, 1868.
Music: W. Howard Doane
This song was played on August 8, 1885, when U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant was laid to rest in Riverside Park, on the banks of the Hudson River.
About the hymn:
On April 30, 1868, Dr. W. H. Doane came into my house and said, "I have exactly forty minutes before my train leaves for Cincinnati. Here is a melody. Can you write words for it?" I replied that I would see what I could do. Then followed a space of twenty minutes during which I was wholly unconscious of all else except the work I was doing. At the end of that time I recited the words to "Safe in the Arms of Jesus." Mr. Doane copied them, and had time to catch his train.
- Fanny Crosby
Signs and Wonders
Lake Mead drops to record low: What's next?
Extended droughts has shrunk the country's largest reservoir to an all-time low, and leaders in the West's water planning say the area's water users must shift how they view their most valuable resource.
"California and the rest of the West are now at a point where they really can't dismiss ideas that once would have been considered downright silly," Rich Golb, former president of the Northern California Water Association, and now a Vancouver-based water consultant for PacificComm, LLC, told The Christian Science Monitor.
Lake Mead, hemmed in by the Hoover Dam, is the largest manmade reservoir in the United States and supplies water to California, Nevada, and Arizona, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. The drop from 1,220 feet above sea level - which is considered full - to 1,074 feet is a record low, and officials want the water level pushed well over 1,075 feet above sea level. If it remains below that elevation by the end of the year, Arizona, Nevada, and Mexico are forced by treaty to cut their water allocation - Arizona by 11 percent - although California is still guaranteed its full supply, The Monitor's Pete Spotts reported.
The first shift requires action from local, state, and tribal leaders in a region where the most bitter disputes have often involved water rights.
"The Study confirmed what most experts know: there are likely to be significant shortfalls between projected water supplies and demands in the Colorado River Basin in the coming decades," according to a March Congressional report from the Bureau of Reclamation. "All that rely on the Colorado are taking initial steps - working together - to identify positive solutions." (The Christian Science Monitor) 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
Appalachian Awakening: It's Not Church as Normal Anymore
(Lenore, WV)-[PE News] A spiritual awakening that has led to an estimated 3,000 conversions and appears poised to last through the summer is creating continuing enthusiasm among Assemblies of God churches in southern West Virginia.
"The past six weeks our Sunday morning services have been more spiritual," says Terry Blankenship, pastor of Victory Christian Center Church in Lenore. "The move of the Spirit has gone up two or three notches."
It's not church as normal, according to Blankenship, who in recent weeks baptized 13 converts, or about 10 percent of Victory Christian's average Sunday morning attendance.
"Our kids want to be involved in Bible study," Blankenship says. "It's been a real change for our whole valley. It's put me on my toes and brought more unity among churches." (Breaking Christian News)
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