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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, July 28, 2016
"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"
"So the nations will fear the name of the Lord
and all the kings of the earth Your glory."
Tracking the DNC
Tracking the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia:
News of interest and for prayer
"For His eyes are upon the ways of a man,
And He sees all his steps.. .
So that godless men would not rule
Nor be snares of the people." (Job 34:21,30)
1. Mother of Orlando shooting victim Christopher Leinonen calls for gun reform at Democratic convention - New York Daily News
The mother of a victim in the Orlando nightclub shooting gave a tearful speech to the Democratic convention calling for gun reform.
Christine Leinonen was flanked by her son Christopher's friends as she stepped on stage in Philadelphia Wednesday night and struggled against emotion in her voice.
Her son Christopher Leinonen, 32, and his boyfriend Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22, were among 49 killed when Omar Mateen opened fire during Latin night at Pulse nightclub on June 12.
"It takes about five minutes for a church bell to ring 49 times," the victim's mother said at the opening of her speech, later pointing out the grim math that the assault-style rifle that killed her son could fire far more quickly. (Read more)
2. Daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal calls out politicians who 'cower behind the gun lobby' in DNC speech - New York Daily News
The daughter of a Sandy Hook victim slammed politicians who "cower behind the gun lobby" in a speech Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.
Erica Smegielski's mother Dawn Hochsprung was gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., alongside 25 other people. Smegielski and Sen. Chris Murphy made urgent calls for gun control laws alongside a video showing how Smegielski found out her mother, the school's principal, had died Dec. 14, 2012. (Read more)
3. Trump accuses convention-going Dems of ignoring ISIS, border security - Fox News
Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Democrats attending their national convention of ignoring security issues ranging from border policies to the Islamic State, arguing a Hillary Clinton administration would only make the situation worse as security in Europe and beyond unravels.
"France is no longer France," the Republican presidential nominee said during a wide-ranging and nearly one-hour press conference in Miami. "Look at what's happening in Syria, with immigration, in Iraq. And under Hillary Clinton it will only be worse." (Read more)
4. Watch Obama Refer To Himself 119 Times During Hillary Nominating Speech - Grabien News
Addressing the Democratic National Convention on its penultimate night to lay out the case for Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign, President Obama began by recalling his political debut at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He then described how his family has become so well known to America in the intervening years. He spoke of his time in office, how the presidency has physically aged him, but how his daughters euphemistically note he now looks more "mature."
He spoke of everything he is proud to have achieved -- passing ObamaCare, expanding clean energy production, reducing consumption of foreign oil, passing the Iran deal, bringing troops home, killing bin Laden.
He spoke of how inspired he's become meeting Americans of all stripes. He spoke of his optimism. He spoke of the values he imparted from his family.
If it's starting to sound like Obama talked a lot about himself, that's because he did.
In total, we counted 119 times Obama referred to himself during his speech ostensibly about Hillary Clinton.(Read more)
5. NEW INQUIRY: IRS looking into Clinton Foundation 'pay-to-play' claims - Fox News
The IRS confirmed in a letter it is looking into claims of "pay-to-play" practices at the Clinton Foundation, after dozens of Republican lawmakers requested a review of potential "criminal conduct" at the organization founded by the family at the center of this week's Democratic National Convention.
Commissioner John Koskinen wrote in a July 22 letter to Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn that the issue has been "forwarded" to the IRS "Exempt Organizations Examinations" program in Dallas.
"This program considers all referrals and will send you a separate acknowledgement letter when it receives your information," he wrote, in a letter first reported by The Daily Caller. (Read more)
- Father God, we are grateful to learn of this investigation of the possibly criminal activity of the Clinton Foundation. Lord, this is huge enterprise, with its tentacles in many, many other projects. Let all be revealed, dear Lord, and let justice be served, in Jesus' name, amen.
- "But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!" (Amos 5:24)
6. Despite unity push, Sanders supporters now urge Dem 'exit'- Fox News
Despite the Democratic Party's robust efforts this week to put forward a show of unity at their Philadelphia convention - including bringing Hillary Clinton onstage Wednesday night for a handoff hug from President Obama - a rowdy swath of disaffected voters is making clear the theatrics haven't healed the fractured base.
Anti-Clinton and other demonstrators are moving forward Thursday with at least one protest, and holding events encouraging voters to "de-register" from the party.
They're operating in part under the Twitter hashtag #DemExit, one that Green Party candidate Jill Stein has deftly been using as she openly appeals to Sanders supporters to join her team outside the Philly convention arena. (Read more)
- Father as this election time moves forward, we see the lack of truth in every corner. Please bring back truth and life to America, Lord. We know that nothing is impossible for You!
- ". . . if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you." (Mt. 17:20)
7. Update: Protesters Burn Flag of Israel at Democratic Convention, Chant "Long Live the Intifada" - Breaking Israel News
Lest objective viewers believe the only outward Palestinian support during the event remained outside the convention's doors, images uploaded to Twitter showed audience members proudly holding the Palestinian flag, while others carried signs and bore stickers that read "I support Palestinian human rights."
That Senator Bernie Sanders loyalists exhibited rabid anti-Israel sentiment comes as no surprise; during his own campaign trail, their self-determined 'hero' expressed on numerous occasions his own negative opinions towards the Jewish state.
In March, Bernie blamed Israel for 60 years of "hatred and conflict that exists in the Middle East", hinting to voters that the decades-long violence was initiated by the establishment of the Jewish state. (Read more)
> > > Prayer Request from Hebrew Nation News:
This is absolutely horrible. I stand in the gap, and on behalf of these people who burned the flag of Israel, I repent. I ask your forgiveness, Hashem, for this terrible, despicable, disrespectful act. I ask your forgiveness and I repent for the anger and the hatred that is being manifested toward Israel and the Jewish people. I ask Abba, that you would send a spirit of Teshuva/repentance to these people. May they turn from their hatred, may they renounce this anger. These hateful words and actions . . . they do NOT stand. Not on my watch. May they drop to the ground, bear no fruit, and have NO effect. I pull down the strategy of the enemy in the war room of heaven. Abba would you please REVERSE the curse? Even as you did for Balak, when he tried to curse Israel, he BLESSED them instead!
Abba, I now speak a BLESSING over the nation of Israel and over the Jewish people. Abba, BLESS them, BLESS them, BLESS them, cover them, protect them, encourage them, love on them, comfort them. AMEIN!
- "How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?" (Numbers 23:8)
The Middle East in Focus
1. German Government Donating Millions to Anti-Israel Boycott Groups - United With Israel
The NGO Monitor watchdog group has found that between 2012 and 2015, Germany funneled at least $4.4 million to some 15 Israeli organizations, and 42 percent of the donations went to groups supporting an international boycott against Israel and policies negating Israel's existence as a Jewish state.
The report found that the German Economic Cooperation and Development Ministry operates a Civil Peace Service (Ziviler Friedensdienst) project in Israel, but in fact, on the ground the project is headed by a different German group, KURVE Wustrow, which has partnered with two local organizations-the Israeli Coalition of Women for Peace and the Palestinian Popular Struggle Coordination Committee.
NGO Monitor argues that the Coalition of Women for Peace actively supports the BDS movement, including heading a project titled "Who Profits from the Occupation," a database of potential boycott "targets." The Popular Struggle Coordination Committee promotes violent riots across Judea and Samaria, and its Twitter account often features posts encouraging violence, the report said.
2. Saudi Arabia: Israel visit doesn't reflect government stance - Fox News
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry is distancing itself from a recent visit to Israel by a number of Saudi citizens, including an outspoken former military general.
The Saudi-owned al-Hayat newspaper quotes on Wednesday an unnamed ministry official as saying the rare public engagement "does not reflect the views of the Saudi government."
The official referred to Israel as "the occupied territories."
Saudi Arabia and Israel have no official relations and the kingdom prohibits its citizens from traveling to Israel. It also does not grant visas to Israelis.
However, Saudi government permission was likely necessary for Anwar Eshki and the delegation of Saudi academics and businessmen to make the visit.
3. Fury of bereaved parents focuses on Netanyahu - Times of Israel
If the prime minister is publicly lambasted, but nobody hears it because the most-read newspaper in the country turns it into a non-event, does the outcry still make noise? Readers of Israel Hayom would immediately assume that there was no vocal criticism of Netanyahu from citizens and politicians alike, and that the memorial for the soldiers killed in Israel's last war went off without a hitch.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the podium at the second anniversary memorial for the fallen of Operation Protective Edge and took flak from the bereaved parents of soldiers who were killed in the 2014 war in the Gaza Strip. The photo of an outraged parent both literally and figuratively pointing the finger at Netanyahu during the ceremony on Mount Herzl is on the front page of Wednesday's Yedioth Ahronoth and Haaretz, but the protests against the prime minister find no place in Israel Hayom.
4. Police refuse to serve in Jerusalem - Israel National News
With Jerusalem hardest hit by the recent wave of terror attacks, Israeli police launched a recruitment campaign, aimed at bolstering the overall size of Israel's police force, and in particular, increasing the police presence in the capital, particularly in predominantly Arab neighborhoods in the eastern portion of the city.
But according to a recent report by Channel 10, the recruitment campaign has fallen far short of its goal.
While recruiters hoped to enlist an extra 1,200 officers, a mere 200 have joined the program.
5. Jordan arrests man trying to enter Israel with petrol bombs- Israel National News
Jordanian border guards on Tuesday arrested a man as he tried to enter Israel in a car containing petrol bombs, an official said, according to AFP.
He was detained after ignoring orders at a checkpoint and trying to drive through roadblocks leading to the border, the source told the news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The source added the car was seized and found to contain petrol bombs which the driver had "intended to use illegally".
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. Report: Assad and Putin held secret meeting, discussed Israel - Jerusalem Post
Syrian President Bashar Assad secretly visited Russian President Valdimar Putin in Moscow, just days before the latter met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in June, Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria reported Thursday.
Putin and Assad discussed the crisis in Syria as well as the possibility of a comprehensive agreement with Israel, including the Golan Heights, Al-Joumhouria reported, however the Kremlin denied the report.
The Lebanese paper also reported that the American government was involved in the secret meeting. (Read more)
- Lord God, the most sensitive meetings that occur between the world's leaders always take place behind closed doors. The words that were spoken in this meeting, and the agendas or agreements that were set in place, are known only to You. As we pray in the Spirit over this report, we thank You that You are at work. Praise You, Lord Jesus, in Your name, amen.
- "Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; Speak the word, but it will not stand, For God is with us." (Isaiah 8:10)
2. Turkey dismisses military, shuts media outlets as crackdown deepens - Reuters
Turkey on Wednesday deepened a crackdown on suspected followers of a U.S.-based cleric it blames for a failed coup, dismissing nearly 1,700 military personnel and shutting 131 media outlets, moves that may spark more concern among its Western allies. So far, tens of thousands of people - including police, judges and teachers - have been suspended or placed under investigation since the July 15-16 coup, which Turkey says was staged by a faction within the military loyal to the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania but whose movement has a wide following in Turkey where it runs a large network of schools, has denied any involvement in the failed putsch.
Western governments and human rights groups, while condemning the abortive coup in which at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured, have expressed concern over the extent of the crackdown, suggesting President Tayyip Erdogan may be using it to stifle dissent and tighten his grip on power. (Read more)
Lord, as the reports out of Turkey grow more concerning, we pray Your Mighty Protection over our servicemen stationed at Incirlik Airbase. We ask that You stop this Islamist leader from destroying dissenters or anyone else he thinks are his enemies.
- ". . . he who is of a perverse heart will be destroyed . . ." (Proverbs 12:8b)
3. North Korea says US has crossed 'red line,' warns of showdown over upcoming war games - Fox News
North Korea's top diplomat for U.S. affairs told The Associated Press Thursday that Washington "crossed the red line" and effectively declared war by putting leader Kim Jong Un on its list of sanctioned individuals, and said a vicious showdown could erupt if the U.S. and South Korea hold annual war games as planned next month.
Han Song Ryol, director-general of the U.S. affairs department at the North's Foreign Ministry, said in an interview that recent U.S. actions have put the situation on the Korean Peninsula on a war footing.
The United States and South Korea regularly conduct joint military exercises south of the Demilitarized Zone, and Pyongyang typically responds to them with tough talk and threats of retaliation. (Read more)
- Lord, as we have prayed many times, we ask that Kim Jong-Un be prevented from causing any retaliation in the region. Most of it is just tough talk, but if it has any basis in reality, we ask that You prevent it.
- "The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, him I will not endure." (Psalm 101:5b)
4. FBI Chief Warns 'Terrorist Diaspora' Will Come to the West - Bloomberg
Hundreds of terrorists will fan out to infiltrate western Europe and the U.S. to carry out attacks on a wider scale as Islamic State is defeated in Syria, FBI Director James Comey warned.
"At some point there's going to be a terrorist diaspora out of Syria like we've never seen before," Comey said Wednesday in New York. "We saw the future of this threat in Brussels and Paris," said the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, adding that future attacks will be on "an order of magnitude greater."
Comey's blunt warnings echo those of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has scoffed at Obama administration efforts to defeat Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq. Nonetheless, the FBI chief's comments reflect a consensus among U.S. intelligence officials that the group inevitably will strike out abroad as it continues to lose ground militarily under attack from a U.S.-led coalition. (Read more)
- Father, we pray that Your Holy Spirit will protect Your people in the midst of our giant falling away. We ask for Your gifts of wisdom, knowledge, and discerning of spirits as more and more attacks occur, some in the United States.
- "He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him." (Psalm 91:15)
5. U.S. City Rolls Over for Radical Mosque - WND
A radical mosque known for breeding terrorists has been granted special privileges by the city of Bloomington, Minnesota, which allows its members to take over a public park and treat it as their own, to the exclusion of other residents, according to complaints filed by a citizens group.
The Friends of Smith Park started a petition drive and took its case to the Bloomington City Council with a formal complaint Monday night. At issue is the Dar al-Farooq mosque, which WND has previously reported has a record of turning Somali refugees into jihadists for ISIS and other terror groups.
At least half a dozen known Somali terrorists have attended Dar al-Farooq in recent years including Adnan Farah, 20, and his brother Mohamed, 22, who pleaded guilty in April to providing material support to ISIS. The mosque is headed by Waleed Idris al-Meneesey, who preaches hatred of Jews straight from the Quran and the hadiths. (Read more)
- Father, we are grieved to hear of this allowance of giving a park to radical Muslims. As Americans we pray Your protection from these radical factions, and we pray not only for a "revival" spiritually, but also a revival of patriotism to take place there in defense of our nation and our beliefs. You alone are God and we worship You, and cry out to You to hear our prayers, and continue to grant us your salvation. We ask for angelic protection for those who live in that area, and also a return to You and Your Word, for Your glory, Amen.
- "O Lord, the God of Israel, there is no God like You in heaven above or on earth below, who keeps the covenant and shows lovingkindness to Your servants who walk before You with all their heart; You Who have kept what You promised." (I Kings 8:23)
6. Union Station evacuated over reports of suspicious package - Washington Times
Washington's iconic Union Station was evacuated over a rush-hour bomb threat Wednesday afternoon, though the all-clear was sounded after much less than an hour. Police began sealing off the Capitol Hill facility just after 5 p.m. because of reports of a suspicious package, the Metropolitan Police told The Hill newspaper.
District of Columbia Fire and EMS also confirmed to TV station WUSA-9 that there was "a bomb threat at Union Station." According to WRC channel 4, Washington's NBC affiliate, a suspicious package is in "the Amtrak portion of the station."
However, DC Fire and EMS quickly established that it was a false alarm, and the official Twitter accounts of local train systems told passengers that an all-clear notice had been given.
Union Station serves as the center of Washington's railroad system, being a stop on the Metro subway, on Virginia and Maryland's commuter-rails, and on the nationwide Amtrak system. (Read more)
- Father God, we continue to lift up our nation's capital city before Your Throne of Grace, for special protection in these dangerous times. We do thank You for the quick response by our local EMT's, and that, in the end, this threat proved to be a false alarm. May we all remain vigilant on the wall in prayer for our nation's capital, even as we each pray for Your hand of protection to rest upon our own cities. In Your Name, amen.
- "Therefore, thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, 'He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield, or throw up a siege ramp against it. By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he will not come to this city,' declares the Lord. 'For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David's sake.'" (Isaiah 37:33-35)
7. George Soros commits more than $25 million to support Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes - POLITICO
Soros has donated or committed more than $25 million to boost Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates and causes, according to Federal Election Commission records and interviews with his associates and Democratic fundraising operatives. And some of his associates say they expect Soros, who amassed a fortune estimated at $24.9 billion through risky currency trades, to give even more as Election Day nears.
The 85-year-old Hungarian-born New Yorker had planned to attend his first-ever Democratic convention here to watch Clinton, with whom he has a 25-year relationship, accept the Democratic presidential nomination on Thursday. But an associate said he decided to cancel the trip this week because Soros, who recently returned to active trading, felt he needed to closely monitor the economic situation in Europe. (Read more)
- Father God, the more we learn about the activities of George Soros, the worse this gets. Lord God, we ask You for the grace to forgive this man, for You died for him, too. Even if he comes from the seek of Judas Iscariot, who sold his own Jewish people for 30 pieces of silver, there is yet grace at the Cross for him. We ask You, Holy One, to intervene and to undo the vast damage he has done to the work of Your Kingdom. We ask in Your name, amen.
- "Father, forgive him, for he knows not what he does." (Luke 23:34)
> > > For more information about the activities of Mr. Soros, you may wish to view this 5-minute video.
8. Bernie Sanders Leaves the Democratic Party - HeatStreet
The nomination was barely sealed up at the Democratic National Convention before Bernie Sanders, who had campaigned against Hillary Clinton for the party's nod, went back to being an Independent.
Sanders, who considers himself, officially, an Independent in Congress because his views lean further left than the Democratic party's platform, caucuses with Democrats. But until declaring an intention to run for the presidency in 2015, he had rarely, if ever, identified as a member of the Democratic Party (he's been in politics since 1979).
And now, despite pleading with his base to support Hillary, even though they're concerned that she's too moderate, Sanders will return to Vermont and to his seat in the Senate, and he'll do it with no official party affiliation. (Read more)
- Lord, Bernie Sanders is a Communist lover and Socialist from the beginning. We ask that he and those who follow him would see truth and have changed hearts.
- "For God so loved theworld that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
9. Pelosi says Clinton struggles with white male vote because of 'guns, gays and God' - Fox News
Donald Trump is beating Hillary Clinton among white men because guns, gays, and God, according to former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
"I think that, so many times, white - non-college-educated white males have voted Republican. They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God, the three G's, God being the woman's right to choose," Pelosi told PBS's Judy Woodruff in an interview Wednesday. (Read more)
- Lord, we are continually amazed at how Christians and Conservatives are portrayed by the American left, calling white Republican males "non-college educated." You warned us in Your Word of this time, so we pray for strength, courage, and peace for all who love You.
- " . . . and you will be hated by all nations for My Name's sake . . ." (Mark 13:13)
10. Video: 'Did Hillary Clinton just suffer a seizure?' - WND
Hillary Clinton, who's been plagued by health issues in recent months, apparently has another to deal with now.
A July 21 video posted on YouTube shows Clinton's head suddenly turning and shaking vigorously for several seconds. Blogger Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit headline it: "Wow!" Did Hillary Clinton Just Suffer a Seizure on Camera?" The poor woman is in worse shape than we thought," he wrote.
In the video, Clinton's eyes close then open and stare, but she never loses her huge smile. (Read more)
- Father, we don't know what caused this episode, but we do ask that whether it is something unholy or a medical issue, that You bring truth, and help her be set free.
- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed." (John 8:36)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, July 28, 2016
More leaks show Clinton money for access schemes
It's all about the emails these days and how careless Hillary Clinton is with them. On one hand, her husband has a "chance" meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a week later, the FBI closes out its investigation of Hillary with a "she didn't mean to break the law" type of statement. Top Secret emails on a private email server in her bedroom closet that, the FBI concluded, were accessed by hostile actors. Now, somebody hacked the files at the Democratic National Committee (an arm of the Clinton campaign), and this time, the emails indicate the dirty, behind the scenes dope on how Clinton and her minions sold access and influence for huge sums of campaign donations.
The emails, according to ABC News, indicate that Clinton's DNC arm was all about the money. People were able to pay to play. Large donors received special seats in special meetings, even down to a big donor with cancer getting bumped from a meeting because he couldn't pay enough. The resulting explanation from a staffer was that every one gets sick. The cold and calloused peek behind the scenes at the Clinton money machine only gives the impression of a system where influence is bought and sold like a commodity and the Democratic National Committee is the exchange market. Democrats are the ones who have yelled the loudest about campaign finance reform, yet their donors are shook down for $200,000 for a dinner with Hillary Clinton.
What is truly amazing about the coverage of this latest "reveal" is the media is trying to make Clinton out to be the victim instead of focusing on the ethical and legal issues of her actions. Politico, for example, wrote: "The surfacing of the files just hours before [sic] the "president" was set to speak at the Democratic National Convention is sure to raise more questions about leakers' intent to disrupt Hillary Clinton's campaign during her party's nominating convention." They are trying to blame Russia for the leaks. Interesting, if Russia has Clinton's and the DNC's emails, what does that tell us about how well Clinton protects sensitive information? It speaks volumes about her qualifications to be president. Moreover, who cares about the leaker's intent to disrupt Clinton's campaign-what about the content that exposes her dirty dealings?
As in Ezekiel 8, the Wikileaks email and voicemail revelations are just the doorway to the abominations of Clinton and her henchmen. The Lord spoke to the prophet Ezekiel in verses 8 and 9, saying, "Son of man, dig now in the wall: and when I had digged in the wall, behold a door. And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked abominations that they do there." I encourage all Christians to dig into the wall and discover for themselves the truth behind the Clinton façade. Yes, many will say that all the politicians do this and its no big deal. We have got to quit discounting the most evil thing because everyone else is doing it too. The Clinton's do dishonesty. That is their trade. Until Americans hold them accountable, they will continue to do so. Remember the saying: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
2 Chronicles 7:14
2 Chronicles 7:14 --
Part One of a Four-Part series for this election season:
Presented by P. Douglas Small; Alive Ministries
Praying 2 Chronicles 7:14 - Part 1
In the midst of national turmoil, over the next several weeks we will discover how to use 2 Chronicles 7:14 as a template for a grass-roots spiritual initiative. First let's review the passage:
If My People . . . which are called by my name . . .will . . .
- Humble themselves (Repent).
- And pray (palal) . . . to represent, stand before in behalf of . . .
- And seek My face... (not merely my hand).
- And turn from their wicked ways . . . demonstrate a love for truth and holiness.
Then . . .
- I will hear from heaven (Answer them).
- And will forgive their sin (justify, reconcile, restore).
- And heal their land (their nation, living places).
Now let's go through this, phrase by phrase:
"If my people, called by my name . . ."
The ISV says "the ones who are called by my name." Here we find open identity with God, no shame, no hiding of our light, no intimidation. A bold but humble openness is to be associated with 'the name.'
To whatever degree, I have failed to acknowledge the redemptive and kingly dimension of 'the Name - Jesus' - I repent. I say now, "There is no other name!"
May I say it publicly; may I wear it as an adornment, as your bride-partner. May I come to understand its power and privilege. "There is no other name!" Let kings and nations acknowledge it. Let sinners and saints cling to it. I will boldly, more consistently, more openly declare, "I am a follower of Jesus; I am one of his children. I am a disciple - and I am not ashamed of the gospel. Lord, may we, your Church, be bolder in our witness.
May we, your people, not be silent. We pray, in view of the war against the name of Jesus - that you would intervene. That you would perform signs and wonders around 'the Name!' - for your glory, to demonstrate that Jesus is not dead, but alive.
That we would live as representatives of the name - not side-stepping the culture war, in which the name is permitted in a profane manner, but forbidden when used in a sacred way.
We pray - manifest yourself as alive - in this nation.
> > > Join us next week as we continue to pray through this passage.
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Honoring Our Huguenot Martyrs
Honoring Our Huguenot Martyrs . .
You are all cordially invited to attend The Patriotic Prayer Warriors Leadership Summit
to be held in Saint Augustine, Florida
Thursday, August 11th - Saturday, August 13th
This Summit is being sponsored by Faye Hardin, President, Intercessors with Insight, who has recently discovered the hidden history of the Florida martyrs, and has been gripped with a passion to honor them, and the gift they have left for our land.
Faye has also invited me to serve as her keynote speaker for this event. I will be teaching from my book, "America's First Martyrs," with insights about the amazing covenant that the Huguenot leader, Jean Ribault, spoke upon his dying breath: a covenant that dedicated our land (later, our nation) to our Lord Jesus Christ, and to Zion. That covenant, established on October 12, 1565, still stands today!
This Leadership Summit has also been timed to coincide with the 9th of Av - a date of infamy on the Hebrew calendar. Hence, its title: "A Day of Mourning - A Day of Hope."
To learn more about this summit and how you can register, please go here. Tickets will be available, if you wish, to attend only the banquet on Thursday evening, August 11th, mentioned above.
Welcome, all! I look forward to seeing you there!
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The Persecuted Church
Analysis: ISIL Knows its Priorities - and Killing Christians is one of Them
For over two years, Isil have waged war on the religious mosaic of the Middle East. They have slaughtered all those they consider apostates in increasingly lurid fashion, targeting Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims, and countless Sunnis too. As their war extended into Europe, they chose methods - such as the vehicular butchery of Nice - that even Osama bin Laden had rejected as indiscriminate. But if Isil's target list is broad, it is not without priorities.
In his speeches, Isil's so-called caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has repeatedly picked out Christians and Jews as enemies of particular note. Isil adherents have already deliberately killed Jews on European soil, beginning with the attack on the Jewish Museum of Belgium back in May 2014. The only surprise is that churches have escaped violence for so long.
Signs and Wonders:
Mysterious Lights Streaking Across Sky Create Social Media Firestorm (Southern California)
Residents from Sacramento to Los Angeles and Las Vegas reported seeing mysterious lights streaking across the night sky.
The flashes of light spurred numerous calls into the CBS2/KCAL9 newsroom from residents in Lennox, Lancaster, Adelanto and Riverside.
The lights were also visible in other states, including Utah, and spurred a flood of reports and video on social media.
Witnesses said the ball of fire in the sky lasted about 30 seconds.
The National Weather Service told Weathercaster Jackie Johnson, who also witnessed the lights, that the incident was not weather-related.
Meanwhile, Vandenberg Air Force Base also told CBS Los Angeles they did not have a launch Wednesday night.
As of 11 p.m., there was no official word on what caused the mysterious lights, though the annual delta aquarids meteor showers were peaking. (CBS/LA) See videos here.
> > > Update:
Re-entering Chinese rocket stage streaks across Western U.S.
It was a spent stage from a Chinese Long March 7 launched on June 25. Apparently it was a rather slow reentry, which precluded it from being a natural meteor (which would normally streak much faster across the sky). For more details, go here.
The Good News Corner (Part One)
God is on the Move at the DNC!
Dear Friends, This morning I received the following news from a dear friend who is a member of an on-site prayer team at the DNC Convention this week in Philadelphia.
Please rejoice with me at the Good News below, and join me in praying over the saints who are coming to Christ, or who are rededicating their hearts to Him this week in Philadelphia. Praise the Lord!
You'll be encouraged to know an Asian woman at the DNC got saved yesterday. We also prayed with a young man that walked away from the Lord at 15. Many divine appointments.
The Good News Corner (Part Two)
Fulfillment of the Dead Sea Prophecy Has Begun
Almost ten times saltier than the ocean, nothing can live in the Dead Sea's hypersaline environment - Or so scientists thought until recently. Scientific research has proved the existence of life at the bottom of the sea, but due to a unique set of circumstances, signs of life have begun appearing on its very shores, precisely as it is written in the Book of Prophets.
A young woman on a nature hike was shocked recently when she discovered freshwater ponds with fish on the shores of the Dead Sea. Samantha Siegel, a Jewish woman living in Jerusalem, often takes trips to the desert and the ancient body of water. On a recent visit, she encountered an incongruous sight with powerful implications: a prophecy appearing before her eyes that seemed to contradict the laws of nature.
"Power of Your Love"
Election 2016: Prayer Resources
Election 2016: Prayer Resources
"Choose some wise, understanding and respected men from each of your tribes, and I will set them over you." (Deuteronomy 1:13)
> > > Please find below the Election Prayer Resources that have been recently added to our list. To view the archive section, go here.
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To view the most recently archived resources, go here.
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"So the nations will fear the name of the Lord And all the kings of the earth Your glory." (Psalm 102:15)
God is using His people to build a Canopy of Prayer across our nation, to stand in the gap before His Throne of Grace in repentance for our personal and national sins; and to pray against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
We meet at 7:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday, in an "open forum." We have no set agenda, but to seek Him daily for the burdens of His heart, and to pray them through . . .
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