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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"
"Pay everyone what you owe him . . . honor to whom honor is due."
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. Palestinian PM rejects Netanyahu's direct talks proposal - YnetNews
Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Tuesday dismissed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal for direct negotiations instead of a French multilateral peace initiative, calling it an attempt to "buy time."
Hamdallah made the comments as he met French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who has held talks in Israel and the Palestinian territories this week to push Paris's peace initiative.
"Time is short," Hamdallah said. "Netanyahu is trying to buy time . . . but this time he will not escape the international community." (Read more)
2. Egypt seeks to advance own Israeli-Palestinian peace initiaitve - YnetNews
The French are not the only ones pushing for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Egyptian President al-Sisi calls on both sides to attend Egyptian-led talks in Cairo: 'There is a real opportunity for peace.'
While France has pushing for an international peace summit in Paris in an effort to restart negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, Egypt has been working behind the scenes on its own diplomatic initiative.
The last few days have seen significant diplomatic efforts led by Egypt designed to organize a summit between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The latter, who intends to mediate between the two, is said to be planning the summit to take place in Cairo.
"I say to the Israelis and ask the Israeli leadership to allow the broadcast of this speech at least once or twice. There is a real opportunity for peace even if in the short term there is no real basis given the conditions in the region," al-Sisi said on Egyptian television. (Read more)
3. Report: Israeli delegation sent to Cairo aiming for summit ahead of French peace talks - Jerusalem Post
An Israeli delegation secretly arrived in Cairo on Sunday afternoon on behalf of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in order to arrange a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, according to Palestinian news agency Ma'an.
The delegation hopes to enlist the assistance of the Egyptians in organizing a tripartite meeting between Netanyahu, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, and Sisi in order to reboot the moribund peace process ahead of a French-initiated peace conference scheduled to take place in Paris in early June.
Israel and the Palestinians have not been invited to the Paris meeting. (Read more)
4. Likud, Yisrael Beytenu said to finalize coalition deal - Times of Israel
The ruling Likud party led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beytenu headed by Avigdor Liberman have reached a deal that will see the nationalist party join the governing coalition, a senior source in the Likud said overnight Tuesday-Wednesday.
The agreement is expected to be signed on Wednesday, after which it will go for review by Knesset members. According to Israel Radio, Liberman will officially take over the Defense Ministry on Tuesday next week.
The provisional deal, first announced last week, was held up over a disagreement with the Treasury on pension reform for former Soviet Union immigrants, a key demand by Liberman for having his five-seat party enter the coalition. (Read more)
5. Unemployment in Israel reaches historic low - Israel Hayom
This past April marked a historic drop in the Israeli unemployment rate, which sunk to 4.9% as compared with 5.3% in March, according to a report from the Central Bureau of Statistics.
The report indicated that some 193,000 people were unemployed in April as compared with 208,700 in March.
. . . Despite the seasonal influences of the Passover holiday in April, the drop in unemployment is noteworthy. Its significance, along with the impact of temporary holiday employment, will be revealed when the May labor force data is released. (Read more)
The Daily Brief
1. T.S.A. Replaces Security Chief as Tension Grows at Airports and Agency - NY Times
Facing a backlash over long security lines and management problems, the head of the Transportation Security Administration shook up his leadership team on Monday, replacing the agency's top security official and adding a new group of administrators at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. In an email to staff members, Peter V. Neffenger, the T.S.A. administrator, announced a series of changes that included the removal of Kelly Hoggan, who had been the assistant administrator for the Office of Security Operations since 2013.
Beginning late that year, Mr. Hoggan received $90,000 in bonuses over a 13-month period, even though a leaked report from the Department of Homeland Security showed that auditors were able to get fake weapons and explosives past security screeners 95 percent of the time in 70 covert tests.
Last week and over the weekend, hundreds of passengers, including 450 on American Airlines alone, missed flights because of waits of two or three hours in security lines, according to local news reports. Many of the passengers had to spend the night in the terminal sleeping on cots. The agency has attributed the lines, in part, to tightened security procedures and budget cuts that have caused a shortage of screeners. (Read more)
- Abba, we thank You that the actions of Mr. Hoggan have been exposed and dealt with. We pray for more efficiency in their security procedures, and a more timely experience for customers endeavoring to go through security and catch their flights. We also pray that the securing measures would be "tweaked", so as to stop the security breaches by fake and real weapons and explosives. We need to have security measures in place that will be safe and effective, and efficient. We ask this in Jesus' Name, Amen.
- "Let all things be done decently and in order." (I Corinthians 14:40)
2. Chaffetz: IRS Commissioner Should Be Removed for Misleading Congress - CNSNews.com
In written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) accused Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen of misleading Congress "about how he allowed thousands of Lois Lerner's emails to be destroyed" despite open investigations" by three congressional committees, the inspector general, and the Justice Department. Koskinen failed to comply with a congressional subpoena and allowed Lerner's emails to be destroyed, Chaffetz added. Koskinen "misled us about the efforts taken to locate and preserve Lois Lerner's emails."
In a letter to Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Koskinen declined the "invitation" to appear before the committee, saying that when the committee announced the hearing, he was returning from one week in China and blamed his "crowded" schedule and "preparations for a previously scheduled hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee" this Wednesday. He welcomed the opportunity to appear before the committee in the future and provided a statement "summarizing why the allegations against me lack merit." (Read more)
- We ask, Lord, that all efforts to "cover up" Mr. Koskinen's activities would fail, and that he would be held accountable for his deeds, and misdeeds, with regard to the investigation into Lois Lerner's emails.
Lord, You search the hearts, and You uncover that which needs to be revealed. We ask for truth and justice to come forth before the election this November. May You be glorified alone, in all that concerns this whole situation, we pray. Amen.
- "If I say, 'Surely the darkness will cover me, And the night will be the only light around me,' Even the darkness is not dark to You and conceals nothing from You, But the night shines as bright as the day; Darkness and light are alike to You." (Psalm 139:11,12)
3. Clinton email use broke federal rules: inspector's report - CNSNews.com
Hillary Clinton and her team ignored clear guidance from the State Department that her email setup broke federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers, a department audit has found. Her aides twice brushed aside concerns, in one case telling technical staff "the matter was not to be discussed further."
The inspector general's review on Wednesday also revealed that hacking attempts led forced then-Secretary of State Clinton off email at one point in 2011, though she insists the personal server she used was never breached. Clinton and several of her senior staff declined to be interviewed for the investigation. (Read more)
- Father God, this story and the one that follows attests to the fact that truth is once again surfacing in our halls of power. We ask for a thorough investigation in this critical matter, so that Ms. Clinton and all other federal officials will understand clear guidelines related to the use of personal emails as they relate to matters of national security. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- "These are the things which you should do: speak the truth to one another; judge with truth and judgment for peace in your gates." (Zechariah 8:16)
4. Romanian hacker who says he breached Clinton server finalizing plea deal - Fox News
The Romanian hacker who claimed he easily breached Hillary Clinton's personal email server is finalizing a plea deal with the FBI and U.S. attorney, Fox News has learned. Marcel Lehel Lazar, the 44-year-old hacker also known as "Guccifer," first gave indications he wanted to cooperate with the U.S. government in mid-April, during an interview with Fox News. Lazar, in a subsequent discussion, said he was working on a plea deal - he then suspended media contact earlier this month.
. . . an intelligence source familiar with the FBI probe said if Guccifer pleads guilty to compromising Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal's AOL account - which is one of the nine charges - it will show that Clinton's use of a personal server put sensitive information outside secure government channels and made it accessible to foreign hackers. "[Clinton's] gross negligence allowed this material to get out to an adversary," the source said. "Through her communications with Blumenthal, [Clinton] contributed exposure and risk." (Read more)
- Lord, darkness and light are the same to You, and You alone know men's hearts. We ask that this hacker will be brought to justice, and he will share what he knows about any illegal proceedings uncovered in his actions. Lord, we do not want anyone to be "above the law", but for all things to be revealed for what they truly are. We thank You for Your involvement in this situation. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
- "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10)
5. Obama's plan to reintegrate ex-convicts into society raises crime fears - Washington Times
The Obama administration has gone into overdrive in the last two months, pushing administrative policy changes to make it easier for ex-convicts to rejoin society, but at the same time sparking concern that reforms will increase crime and jeopardize safety. The federal efforts have been spurred on in part by bipartisan criminal justice reforms enacted at the state level and changing public opinion that has warmed to second chances, experts say.
Reforms have included recommendations to make it easier for ex-offenders to obtain state ID cards, removing questions about criminal history from federal job applications and suggestions to do the same for college applications, and warning landlords that rejecting renters based on their criminal history may violate federal law. The federal focus primarily has been on making it easier for inmates to readjust to life outside of prison - with the concern being that ex-convicts are more likely to commit crimes if they can't get jobs or secure housing.
"Employment is key to lowering recidivism, and all of these things are going to help ease barriers to employment," said Inimai M. Chettiar, director of the Brennan Center for Justice. (Read more)
- Lord, so much has happened in our society to wink at sin, and to foster a decline in our standards of acceptable behavior, especially in these last eight years. We pray these reforms will be within reason for the protection of others. We ask that there be no more "executive orders" by this president, bypassing Congress. We ask for good to be brought out of this situation for all concerned. Thank You, Lord, Amen.
-"Judgment will again be founded on righteousness, and all the upright in heart will follow it." (Psalm 94:15)
6. Target stock continues to plunge amid boycott -LifeSiteNews
Target Corporation stock is continuing to sink in value as it faces the boycott of over one million Americans. The American Family Association (AFA) launched the boycott after the retail giant announced its new policy allowing men to access women's restrooms and changing rooms. When Target announced its policy on April 19, its stock was valued at $83.50 per share. Now, one month later and after a massive outcry from the public which included over 1.2 million people signing AFA's petition, Target stock is $67.17 per share.
All told, this means Target stock has declined by over 19 percent since announcing its new open bathrooms policy.
While the timing of the stock drop coincides directly with the launch of the boycott effort, Target CEO Brian Cornell claimed this week that the company's woes are unrelated to their new bathroom policy. "To date we have not seen a material or measurable impact on our business. Just a handful of stores across the country have seen some activity and have been impacted," he told Fortune during a call with reporters this week.
Meanwhile, boycott efforts aimed at Target are only growing. LifeSiteNews's #FlushTarget campaign, launched this week, is encouraging the public to ask Target to rescind its policy. The campaign is getting the word out through a billboard truck that has begun visiting every Target in the company's home state of Minnesota, and may expand to other states. (Read more)
- Father, we thank You that this boycott has been effective, and will continue to be. We ask for righteousness to prevail, and for society to rise up as a whole and demand it. We ask that this "bathroom transgender" executive order be rescinded, in the name of Jesus. We pray for the protection of all our children, boys and girls, as they are the ones most likely to be hurt by this policy. In Jesus' Name we pray, Amen.
-"Then He said to the disciples, 'It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come. It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.'" (Luke 17:1,2)
7. Eleven states sue over Obama administration's transgender directive - Fox News
Texas and 10 other states filed suit Wednesday against the Obama administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. The suit was filed in a Texas federal court in response to the directive handed down to schools by the Obama administration earlier this month.
"Defendants have conspired to turn workplaces and educational settings across the country into laboratories for a massive social experiment, flouting the democratic process, and running roughshod over commonsense policies protecting children and basic privacy rights," the lawsuit says.
Joining Texas in the suit were: Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona's Department of Education, Maine Gov. Paul LePage, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia. (Read more)
- Hallelujah, Lord! We ask that all other states join in this lawsuit, so that the entire nation would boycott this evil directive which so endangers our children. Thank You, Lord, amen!
- "Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord!" (Psalm 150:6)
8. Here it is: The Big List of bathroom attacks - WND
Critics say Obama's policy gives perverts the opportunity to attack women and children.
The president's supporters are demanding evidence, and now the non-profit legal group Liberty Counsel has responded.
While it's too soon to know the impact of the recent changes, the organization has posted a list of 50 instances in which a man assaulted, attacked, endangered or harassed a girl or a woman in a women's restroom or locker room. Only a few dating back further than five or six years ago.(Read more)
- Again, Lord, we thank You that the States are clearly beginning to sit up and take notice of this vicious policy, and are moving to outlaw its use in their own jurisdictions. Based on the evidence shown in this article, we pray the entire country will ban these policies, in Your name, amen.
- "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him." (Isaiah 59:19)
9. EU Appoints Special Envoy for Religious Freedom - Christian Headlines
Due to mounting abuses of religious minorities, especially by ISIS, the European Commission created a new position to promote freedom of religion.
The move by the executive body of the European Union comes on the heels of Canada's decision to defund and close its Office of Religious Freedom at the end of March. The United States continues to monitor religious freedom violations through its Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), which was created by an act of Congress in 1998 to monitor international violations and make policy recommendations.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appointed Ján Figel' as the first special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the European Union on May 6. Juncker announced the appointment at the Vatican as Pope Francis received the Charlemagne Prize.
"Freedom of religion or belief is a fundamental right which is part of the foundation of the European Union. The persistent persecution of religious and ethnic minorities makes protecting and promoting this freedom inside and outside the EU all the more essential," Juncker said. He expressed confidence Figel' will make sure religious freedom gets due attention. (Read more)
- Father God, we ask that this new EU envoy for religious freedom, Ján Figel', would be led by Your Spirit to work to secure the protection of Christians around the world. We ask this in Your name, amen.
- "Pray for . . . all in authority . . ." (I Tim. 2:1)
10. Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting - Yahoo.com
Vatican City (AFP) - Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths.
The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013.
"Our meeting is the message," Francis said in a brief comment at the start of his meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, shortly after he had hugged and kissed his guest, Vatican officials told a small pool of reporters covering the event. (Read more)
- Lord God, in these latter days, it is difficult to report some of the news in our headlines. Nevertheless, we are witnessing end-time scenarios before our very eyes. We pray in the Spirit over this news, Lord. May Your will be done, in Jesus' name, amen.
- "Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10)
The Daily Jot
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Then there were locusts
The "president's" policies in his last days in office appear to reflect the strategy of a movie villain by understanding his time is near the end and he wants to do as much damage as possible before he goes. For this Islamic Marxist, he is only doing what he thinks is right, what his Democratic Party would want him to do to set the stage for even more such policies in the event another Democrat takes over the White House. The "president' has accomplished much of what he told Americans he would do: remake America. He has kept his word through the bending of the Constitution, breaking some laws and ignoring others while an impotent Congress looks on. Now, in the final days come the locusts.
Prophesying of Babylon, a nation that in ancient times had a lot of similarities to modern-day America, the Lord said in Jeremiah 51:14, "Surely I will fill you with men, as with locusts; and they shall raise a battle cry against you." We have seen throughout the Bible the consequences of both good and evil leadership. America is reaping the consequences of repeatedly choosing bad leadership in both the White House and Congress. Those consequences are being heaped upon us at an increasing rate the closer the election approaches. One such consequence of bad leadership is found in the Washington Times report that a record 225 Syrian "refugees" were admitted to the US on Tuesday. But wait, there's more.
The Times says that setting the single day record is evidence of the "president's" intent to admit at least 10,000 such "refugees" before the end of his term. Security analysts claim that the policy is dangerous because these Syrians are not being properly vetted and that there are terrorists among them. Policy Studies Director for the Center for Immigration Studies, Jessica Vaughn, told the Post that the Administration, "is on full throttle to admit as many people as possible before the time clock runs out on them. This is the classic scenario when political expediency trumps prudence, and someone slips through who shouldn't have, and tragedy ensues."
The true concept is one designed to bring Islam to the US and, quite frankly, to permanently change America. A refugee is someone who cannot find sanctuary in their own country because of fear of persecution due to race, religion, nationality or membership to a political ideal. This would apply to Syrian Christians for sure. But Syrian Christians are not being admitted to the US. These "refugees" are victims of a civil war, essentially one inspired by Arab Spring, which was supported by the "president." They are not being persecuted because of race or religion. And they can find sanctuary in neighboring countries who are sympathetic to the overthrow of the Syrian government. But to change America the way the "president" has promised, the locusts must come.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
News from FRC
Family Research Council Applauds Texas, officials from 10 other States for Standing up to Obama Administration's School Bathroom, Locker Room Directive
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) commends the state of Texas and 10 other states including Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia for coming together in a lawsuit against the Obama administration's guidance to schools throughout the country directing school administrators to allow self-identified "transgender" students to use the locker room and bathrooms of the student's choosing.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following statement:
"We commend Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and these 10 other states for resisting the president's locker room and bathroom decree that sacrifices the privacy and safety of children.
"In President Obama's final drive to fundamentally transform America, he has pushed aside the concerns of parents and schools, the privacy and safety of students, and ignored the boundaries of his constitutional power.
"If the White House can dictate the policies for every school locker room, shower, and bathroom in America, what could possibly be beyond its reach?
"We are also encouraged by the scores of state leaders who are standing up to the Obama administration's unilateral redefinition of federal law. It is now time for Republicans in Congress, who have the constitutional authority as a coequal branch of government, to support these state leaders and bring the imperial White House under control," concluded Perkins.
Mexican Flag Flies In NM
Mexican Flag Flies In New Mexico
Donald Trump held a rally in New Mexico yesterday and left-wing demonstrators showed up and started a riot. They harassed Trump supporters, attacked police and waved Mexican flags.
Whether they realize it or not, the rioters are proving the conservative point.
If you want to argue that a particular candidate is undermining American values, engaging in violence at a political event -- attacking free speech -- is the wrong way to make the point.
When left-wing demonstrators wave the flag of a foreign nation, in some cases the flag of the country they left, they are making the point that some people are coming here not out of a great love of America, but with a desire to turn America into something else.
Most Americans don't want our country to be like Mexico. There is a reason so many Mexicans are trying to escape that country. (Gary Bauer; Excerpt)
Watchmen on the Wall
This week: FRC Sponsors Annual "Watchmen on the Wall"
Pastors to Convene from Across the Nation to Pray for our Nation
Dates: Tomorrow and Friday
FRC's premiere annual briefing for pastors at a venue in the shadow of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. is now in progress. Please pray for this extremely important event and for the pastors who are present. These spiritual leaders are the key to a revival in our churches and awakening in our nation. Under God, it is up to them to lead a reversal of the ugly, degenerative transformation of our nation and relay the moral foundations for a vital, godly culture and government. Please be praying for a mighty move of God's Spirit on the pastors and tune in to the live webcast on Thursday and Friday. Forward this to your pastor with a note urging him to watch!
The Persecuted Church
Christians Accused of "Forced Conversions" in India Remain Behind Bars
Christians in India arrested for allegedly 'forcibly converting' three Hindu locals.
A clergyman in India, along with two female associates, were arrested over the weekend for allegedly forcing three people to convert to Christianity while offering them jobs and money.
"We have arrested them under section 295 A of IPC and (sections) 3 and4 of Religious Conversion Act," said Mahendra Jagat of the Kotar police station, as quoted by Outlook India. Section 295 A refers to "deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs."
Songs Our Grandmothers Sang:
OH HOW I LOVE THE SAVIOUR'S NAME
"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12)
1. There is a name I love to hear I love to speak its worth; It sounds like music in my ear, The sweetest name on earth.
O, how I love the Saviour's name,
O, how I love the Saviour's name,
O, how I love the Saviour's name,
The sweetest name on earth.
2. It tells me of a Saviour's love, Who died to set me free; It tells me of His precious blood, The sinner's perfect plea.
3. It tells of One whose loving heart Can feel my deepest woe; Who in my sorrow bears a part That none can bear below.
4. It bids my trembling heart rejoice, It dries each rising tear; It tells me in a still, small voice To trust and never fear.
5. Jesus, the name I love so well, The name I love to hear! No saint on earth its worth can tell, No heart conceive how dear!
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Signs and Wonders
Tornadoes, Severe Weather Sweep Across Plains, With 2 Injured in Kansas
Two people were critically injured in Kansas Tuesday evening after severe weather swept through the Plains, according to The Associated Press.
In a statement issued by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office, the two injured people were taken to a hospital in Dodge City. It also said that the storms affected the western and south-central parts of the state.
About 26 tornadoes were reported Tuesday in five different states spanning from Michigan to Texas.
More than a dozen touched down in Kansas and several more hit Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado.
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NOTE: More storms are forecast for tonight. We lift up all who will be in the path of these storms, that they be protected by our Lord. In Jesus' name, amen.
"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
Ohio Valedictorian Defies Controversy, Leads Class in Lord's Prayer
The 70-year tradition of singing the Lord's Prayer during a high school graduation was nearly eliminated by the nation's largest atheist group. The valedictorian chose to deliver it anyway.
Traditionally, the Lord's Prayer was sung by East Liverpool's choir and was considered a significant part of their graduation ceremony.
When the Freedom Foundation for Separation of Church and State claimed East Liverpool school's tradition was a violation, school administrators chose to oblige their wishes, cancelling the song, avoiding a legal battle.
Larry Walton, school board president said the decision not to fight against the atheist group was a basic matter of economics.
Chris Tomlin - "How Great Is Our God"