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The Daily Brief:
"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, September 15, 2016
"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"
"You have given a banner to them that fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth." (Psalm 60:4)
The Middle East in Focus
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Shimon Peres in hospital on Wednesday, a day after the elder statesman suffered a massive stroke and was rushed for treatment at Sheba Medical Center, outside Tel Aviv.
Peres was listed in serious condition but doctors said there has been improvement since his initial arrival in hospital. Peres was still sedated and on a respirator, but was stable and has responded to stimuli, the head of the hospital told reporters overnight Tuesday-Wednesday.
Emerging after the hospital visit Wednesday, Netanyahu told the waiting press: "I think I speak for the whole nation of Israel, and those outside Israel, who feel a sense of relief tonight."
2. Israel said to be among growing number of states that block UNHRC - Jerusalem Post
A growing number of countries including Israel refuse to cooperate with the United Nations Human Rights Council, a top UN official in Geneva said on Tuesday.
"There is an increasing and clear attempt by states to block or evade human-rights scrutiny," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said at the start of the Council's 33rd session.
Although he included Israel in the list, he focused the bulk of his remarks on over a dozen other countries, including super powers such as China and the US as well as some of the world's worst human-rights abusers such as Syria and Iran.
It has been difficult for the Council's special investigators to gain access to certain countries, even though they are tasked with fact finding, Hussein said.
3. Full Details Emerge Surrounding Palestinian Police Rescue of Female IDF Soldiers From Lynch Mob, Following GPS Mishap - Algemeiner
Thanks to the swift action of an off-duty Palestinian Authority policeman, the IDF did not have to launch an operation to prevent the potential lynching of two female soldiers who had lost their way and ended up under assault in a PA-controlled area, the Hebrew news site Walla reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, PA police made Israeli intervention unnecessary, as members of the force ushered the young women to safety in the nick of time.
4. Israel, PA to move ahead with Gaza gas pipeline - Times of Israel
Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to move ahead with plans to build a gas pipeline to Gaza in an effort to boost energy and water supplies to the blockaded Palestinian enclave.
Gaza faces a severe energy crisis, with authorities using an 8-hour on, 8-hour off electricity rationing system. The sole power plant in Gaza routinely operates at half capacity.
A source in the PA told The Times of Israel that Palestinian officials were told the Israeli political echelon gave the go-ahead Tuesday. Israel and the Palestinians are set to jointly request funding for the pipeline from a number of donor countries. A committee comprised of representatives of such donor states is set to meet in New York later this month.
5. Dutch MP refuses to shake hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - Independent
Video has emerged of a Dutch MP wearing a Palestinian flag pin refusing to shake hands with the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Tunahan Kuzu, a former Labour MP who founded the multi-ethnic, pro-immigration party Denk (Think) in 2014, made the gesture before Mr Netanyahu attended a meeting in The Hague with the Dutch parliamentary affairs committee while on a two-day visit to the Netherlands.
Footage of the incident shows Mr Kuzu withdraw his right hand from the Israeli leader as he extends his, telling him: "I refuse to shake hands with you".
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. DNC Leak Exposes Possible Pay-to-Play and Insider Trading - Lifezette
Yet another new wave of hacked Democratic National Committee emails has come crashing down on the Clinton campaign, courtesy of WikiLeaks and the hacker Guccifer 2.0. The new batch of emails appear to contain damaging revelations, including documents that suggest Democrats openly engaged in pay-to-play bargains, awarding important diplomatic positions to high-rolling donors.
Included in the leaks is a spreadsheet that appears to list a number of donors, the amounts of money they raised, and the ambassadorships and other positions they hold or held - and may have been awarded for their efforts. These include Matthew Barzun, current ambassador to the United Kingdom, who raised over $3.5 million for the DNC; Frank Sanchez, former undersecretary of Commerce, who paid over $3.4 million; and Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, who paid more than $2 million for an ambassadorship to the U.N. (Read more)
- Father, the corruption has passed our ability to comprehend. It doesn't matter who leaked this information. What matters is that it is exposed for all to see now - and we pray that Americans will respond properly to it and not be fooled any longer.
- "Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? There they are in great fear, for God is with the generation of the righteous." (Psalm 14:4,5)
2. DHS accused of sitting on damning border report as immigration issue drives presidential race - Fox News
Federal lawmakers seeking to pinpoint the number of illegal immigrants who successfully sneak across the southern border ordered up a report from the Department of Homeland Security, but the agency refuses to release it and instead cites a misleading statistic that overstates the number who are nabbed, sources told Fox News.
DHS denied it is holding back the report, but sources say it was completed in November and that it shows roughly half of adults who attempt to cross the border make it. But that number that is at odds with DHS' official estimates that authorities catch 80 percent, a number critics say is padded to make the feds look more effective. If released by the Obama administration, the true numbers could have major implications in the current presidential race, in which illegal immigration and border security has become a key issue, say observers. (Read more)
- Father, we ask that somehow You force the release of this report, so that the American people can see the truth. We pray against the "padding" or changing of any data to make it look better than it really is.
- "Therefore I hate every false way." (Psalm 119:104b)
3. Unaccompanied minors swelling ranks of American gangs, say experts - Fox News
A surge of unaccompanied children coming across the southern border could be swelling the ranks of one of America's most dangerous gangs, either as fresh recruits or hardened sleepers, according to federal authorities.
Some 227,149 unaccompanied children have been apprehended at the border over the last six years, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. They remain in federal custody until a sponsor can be located, at which time they are often sent to communities where they are ripe for recruitment by Latin gangs such as the infamous MS-13. (Read more)
- Lord, we see this situation and are grieved both for the children who end up in gangs, and for the victims of the gang behavior. We ask that You seal our borders and protect Your people amidst this flood of danger from other countries.
- "But the Lord will be a shelter for His people."(Joel 3:16c)
4. U.S. confirms two more freed Guantanamo inmates rejoined militant groups - Reuters
In the first six months of 2016, two more militants released from the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have returned to fighting, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. Washington has confirmed that a total of nine people freed from Guantanamo have rejoined militant groups since President Barack Obama took office in 2009, according to a report issued on Tuesday by the Office of Director of National Intelligence, or ODNI.
The report said the number of militants freed by the Obama administration whom U.S. agencies "suspect" of having returned to action dropped to 11 from 12 between January and July. An official familiar with the latest statistics said this number dropped because a freed detainee previously categorized as "suspected" of returning to the battlefield now has been confirmed to have done so. (Read more)
- Lord, Congress tried and tried to stop this issue, even to passing a law against it. But the administration ignored the warnings. We ask that You hound these men who have been released as well as those still at Guantanamo Bay- bring them to their knees in repentance. We also ask that You open the ears and eyes of those who advocate these releases to see truth.
- "For the heart of this people has grown dull, their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed." (Matthew 13:15)
5. Distrust, uncertainty, skepticism: U.S., Russian militaries warily prepare to tag team ISIS in Syria - Military Times
The U.S. military is now committed to begin a first-of-its-kind joint military operation with Russia, mounting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria. Yet it's not clear what the military advantage will be for the U.S. ground-level operations against the Islamic State. "With respect to what the Russians might bring to this fight, I'm not going to speculate about that right now," Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Harrigian, the head of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, told reporters Tuesday. "That would probably be better asked at the diplomatic level," he said in a press briefing.
Top U.S. diplomats acknowledge that the military cooperation does not really have any strictly military goals but is instead part of a broader political strategy to halt the Syrian civil war. The joint operations -- long sought by the Russians -- could begin as early as next week if, and only if, Russia and the Syrian regime both adhere to the cease-fire agreement that the U.S. and Russians announced Saturday. (Read more)
- Father, we pray that You will protect our troops against any problems in this plan. We cover both sides with the Blood of Jesus, speak victory to the plans and peace to the relationships.
- "Hide me under the shadow of Your wings, from the wicked who oppress me, from my deadly enemies who surround me." (Psalm 17:8,9)
6. Despite truce, aid fails to reach besieged Syrian civilians - Washington Post
Efforts to bring aid to Syrians amid a nationwide cease-fire stalled for a second day Wednesday, the United Nations and activists said, challenging a key part of a deal brokered by the United States and Russia to curb the violence and ease civilian suffering. The cease-fire agreement took effect Monday and calls for full humanitarian access to besieged populations. The truce has largely held, but lifesaving aid remained stuck on the Turkey-Syria border, U.N. officials said.
Syria's government has not authorized a U.N. convoy carrying emergency food, the agency said Wednesday. U.N. officials are worried about attacks by rebels who have rejected the deal. "You're talking about not only the Syrian government but also dozens of armed groups across the country - some of whom may have an agenda of their own," said David Swanson, a spokesman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for these people who have been trapped in an untenable situation. We ask that You release this aid, both for these people and those refugees trapped at the border in Jordan. We pray for their souls and their minds, that You would come to bring salvation in the midst of tragedy.
- "To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn." (Isaiah 61:2)
7. Saudi Prince Warns Iran Against Using Force to Pursue their Rivalry - Jerusalem Post
A senior Saudi official, responding to Iranian criticism of Riyadh's management of the haj pilgrimage, urged Iran to end what he called wrong attitudes towards Arabs and warned it against any use of force in its rivalry with the kingdom.
Mecca province governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal, in remarks likely to be seen as a reference to Iran, added that the orderly conduct of the pilgrimage this year "is a response to all the lies and slanders made against the kingdom." The remarks carried by the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on Wednesday evening follow an escalating war of words between Shi'ite Muslim Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia since a crush at the annual haj pilgrimage a year ago in which hundreds of pilgrims, many of them Iranians, died. (Read more)
- Father, as these rivalries between Muslim factions increase and the people become more vicious, we ask for You to move on hearts to see Jesus, the true Messiah.
- "And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." (Matthew 13:7,8)
8. Juncker proposes EU military headquarters - BBC
The European Union needs a military headquarters to work towards a common military force, the Commission president has told MEPs in Strasbourg. Jean-Claude Juncker said the lack of a "permanent structure" resulted in money being wasted on missions. Part of his annual state of the union address was devoted to the UK's unexpected vote to leave the EU. He insisted that the bloc was not at risk but called for Brexit negotiations to take place as quickly as possible.
Modelled on the state of the union address by the US president, the Commission president's annual speech was introduced in 2010 to detail the state of the EU and future legislative plans. (Read more)
- Lord, this plan to create a new army is disturbing. Europe already has the armies of NATO and the UN, so adding another one may lead to a "one world" army that could pose a threat that many may not see coming. WE pray that only Your will prevail in this situation- that You stop any plans that are not of You, and released only those that are.
- "The Lord God is my strength." (Habakkuk 3:19a)
9. Venezuela's "Death Spiral" - A Dozen Eggs Cost $150 As Hyperinflation Horrors Hit Socialist Utopia - ZeroHedge
The question of whether Socialism can be an effective economic system was famously raised when Margaret Thatcher said of the British Labor Party, "I think they've made the biggest financial mess that any government's ever made in this country for a very long time, and Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. It's quite a characteristic of them. They then start to nationalise everything."
There are dire reports of people waiting in supermarket lines all day, only to discover that expected food deliveries never arrived and the shelves are empty.A dozen eggs was last reported to cost $150, and the International Monetary Fund "predicts that inflation in Venezuela will hit 720% this year. There are horrific tales of desperate people slaughtering zoo animals to provide their only meal of the day. Even household pets are targeted as a much-needed source for food.
President Maduro is doubling down on the proven failed policies and philosophies of "Bolivarian Socialism," while diverting attention away from the crisis -- pointing fingers at so-called "enemies" of Venezuela such as the United States, Saudi Arabia and others. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for the people of Venezuela. They are unarmed, and trapped in a socialist country that is destroying them and killing them from hunger. Only You can save them at this point. Recent protests were massive, but they need real help that can only come from Your hand.
- "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want." (Psalm 23:1)
10. Cardinal tipped to be pope warns of 'Islamic conquest of Europe' - Christian Today
A senior Austrian Cardinal who has been widely tipped in the media to be pope has warned of an "Islamic conquest of Europe" and said that the Continent is in danger of "forfeiting" its Christian heritage.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, is reported to have said in a speech to mark the 333rd anniversary of the Battle of Vienna: "Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at its end."
The Cardinal reportedly went on to pray: "God have mercy on Europe and on thy people, who are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage". He added that this was already being felt "not only economically, but above all, in human and religious matters". (Read more)
- Father, Europe is being ravaged, and fundamentally changed by the Islamic migrants, and politically correct response to them. We ask for a mighty move of Your Spirit across the Continent of Europe, changing hearts, and opening minds to destroy the wave of false religion.
- "But the Lord is faithful, Who will establish you and guard you from the evil one."
(2 Thessalonians 3:3)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Trusting what you read, seeing the truth
My oldest brother who was a coach of young men and was killed at 24 when a drunk driver hit him head on as he traveled to meet his team at a basketball game used to say around the supper table at the farm, "Only believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear ." While I was only about eight years old at the time, that was a statement I pondered a lot. In high school and college, I was paid for my articles on various events by several news outlets, and later became an award-winning journalist. I wanted people to know that I was reporting the facts responsibly and that they could believe what they saw from me. Truth was not relative to me as a writer. How things have changed in journalism today.
Nowadays, we cannot trust that the news media will give the facts. There is a slant on news where the lines between reporting facts, editorializing, and just plain omitting details that change the entire basis of the event are so blurred that it is difficult to discern truth. We have so many blogs by so many so-called journalists that even they do not know when they are writing factually or just offering their opinions. News programs that have the look and feel of real news are often laced with opinions and half-truths, making it even more difficult to figure out what is going on. A twist of a word here, an alteration of an action there, and you has an entirely different "narrative."
Take the case of Hillary Clinton's health. You can see by her actions, the way she talks and laughs, the way she walks and carries herself, that something is amiss. And you can get several entirely different takes on her condition from just an allergy to pneumonia to the onset of dementia to stroke to heart condition to traumatic brain injury. Her "doctors" are trying their best to convince people that she is physically and mentally fit to handle the office of President. Depending on the news outlet you read, view or listen to, you will hear one or more of the variables on these themes. The one thing that you can discern from all this is that Clinton has something wrong with her and nobody is telling us what it really is.
A good journalist without an agenda would get to the bottom of the story. But most are just reporting supposition. It is no wonder that Gallup reports that "Americans' trust and confidence in the mass media "to report the news fully, accurately and fairly" has dropped to its lowest level in Gallup polling history, with 32% saying they have a great deal or fair amount of trust in the media. This is down eight percentage points from last year." 2 Timothy 3:13 says, "But evil men will wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." The media in the United States was supposed to keep these deceivers in check, but they are so deceived themselves with strong personal opinions on morals and politics that they cannot see the truth.
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NEW FEATURE! "Weekend Worship!"
NEW FEATURE! "Weekend Worship!"
1. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
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The Persecuted Church
Pray for Christians to persevere despite harsh persecution in North Korea
North Korea (MNN) - South Korea is "getting ready for the worst case scenario," says the country's Defense Ministry. This, after North Korea claimed last week to have successfully conducted its fifth nuclear test, and has the capability to mount another at any time.
North Korea has been undeterred despite being banned by the UN from any tests of nuclear or missile technology. Five sets of UN sanctions since 2006 failed to slow its ambition for nuclear arms. In March, sanctions prohibited North Korea from supplying aviation fuel and the sale of small arms. Four months later, the Obama administration hit Kim Jong Un and 10 other regime officials with personal sanctions for human rights abuses against the North Korean people.
Fuentes explains that part of those abuses include the elimination of Christians. "According to his ideology, he's essentially 'god'; the Kim dynasty is 'god,' and because Christianity is associated with the West, it's a double whammy, a double threat, so Christians are targeted."
TRUST AND OBEY
"O Lord Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in You." (Psalm 84:11-12)
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word, What a glory He sheds on our way! While we do His good will, He abides with us still, And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there's no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies, But His smile quickly drives it away; Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear, Can abide while we trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share, But our toil He doth richly repay; Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross, But is blessed if we trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love Until all on the altar we lay; For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows, Are for them who will trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet. Or we'll walk by His side in the way. What He says we will do, where He sends we will go; Never fear, only trust and obey.
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About the Author:
Words: John H. Sammis, 1887
Music: Daniel B. Towner
About the hymn:
This song gives a simple, clear explanation of living the Christian life. The title expression was used in a testimony meeting, following an evangelistic crusade in Brockton, Massachusetts, by Dwight L. Moody. A young man stood to speak, and it soon became clear he knew little Christian doctrine. But he finished by saying, "I'm not quite sure-but I'm going to trust, and I'm going to obey." Daniel Towner, who was in the meeting, jotted down the words, and gave them to John Sammis, who developed the lyrics from them.
Signs and Wonders
SPOOKY ECLIPSE OF THE HARVEST MOON
According to folklore, this Friday's full Moon is the Harvest Moon. For many observers, the usual luster of the silver orb will be dimmed by a spooky shadow as the Moon experiences a "penumbral lunar eclipse." Larry Koehn of ShadowandSubstance.com has created an excellent animation of the event.
A penumbral eclipse happens when the Moon passes through the pale outskirts of Earth's shadow. It is much less dramatic than a "blood moon" total lunar eclipse. In fact, when observers are not alerted beforehand, they often do not realize an eclipse is underway. Nevertheless, the subtle shadow of Earth is visible to the naked eye if you know it's there.
The eclipse will not be visible in the Americas.
(SpaceWeather.com) Read more here.
> > > See also: "Penumbral Lunar Eclipse to Take Place This Week -- Facts on the Last Eclipse of 2016". Go here.
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)
The Good News Corner
Here's What Made This Maryland School Bus Driver a Hero
[CBN News] When a Maryland school bus erupted in flames, the driver jumped into action, saving the life of every child on board.
The cause of the fire is still a mystery. It threatened the lives of all 20 children who were on their way to Glenarden Woods Elementary School.
Fazlul Kabir witnessed the inferno, and said he was amazed at bus driver Reneita Smith's actions.
Not only Reneita took each one of the 20 kids from the bus one by one, but also went into the bus again to check if everyone was out, while it was burning," he wrote in the post.
When Kabir asked Smith why she had jumped into action so quickly, she had a simple response.
"I am a mom of two kids. It's my job to save them," she said.
Smith and all 20 children escaped unharmed and returned safely to their homes.
Passion - God's Great Dance Floor
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)
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