CHPP Daily Brief: "Praying for All in Authority" Thursday, October 27, 2016
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"Praying for All in Authority"
Thursday, October 27, 2016
"Standing Together in the Kingdom of God . . .
Under the Cross of Christ"
"No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those
who are treacherous without cause." (Psalm 25:3)
" . . . and the government shall be upon his shoulder." (Isaiah 9:6)
The Middle East in Focus
1. No change in policy on MKs visiting Temple Mount - Israel National News
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's Office made clear on Tuesday evening that there was no change in the policy regarding Knesset members visiting the Temple Mount. The clarification came following the report on Channel 2 News which hinted that police would now recommend permitting Knesset members to enter the site, after a year in which they have been prevented from doing so. The Prime Minister's Office responded by saying that Netanyahu will soon convene the relevant security officials, hear their views on the matter and then make a decision, and that until then, there is no change of policy on the issue. (Read more)
2. UNESCO World Heritage Committee adopts anti-Israel resolution - Jerusalem Online
Today (Wednesday), UNESCO's World Heritage Committee passed a resolution that condemns Israel for "acts against Islamic holy sites in Jerusalem." The resolution was adopted but passed by a smaller majority compared to the majority that voted in favor of the similar draft resolution two weeks ago. The fact that the resolution passed by a slight majority is somewhat surprising because the committee is composed of a few countries that are hostile to Israel such as Tunisia, Kuwait, Lebanon and Indonesia.
10 countries voted in favor of the resolution, 8 abstained and one country was not present during the vote. Two countries voted against the resolution that was submitted by Lebanon and Tunisia because Jordan and the Palestinian Authority are not part of the 21-member committee.
3. Security forces discover 'abduction manual' used by terrorists - Israel Hayom
The recent arrest of an east Jerusalem-based terrorist cell affiliated with Islamic State has yielded a jarring find: a "how to" document detailing the best way to abduct Israeli soldiers and civilians.
Channel 10 reported Tuesday that the document, dubbed by the defense establishment an "abduction manual," was found during a search of a suspect's computer.
According to the report, the document was not penned by Islamic State, but has apparently been circulating among the Gaza Strip-based terrorist organizations.
The "manual" includes step-by-step instructions on the best times to abduct Israelis, and advises three possible courses of action: abduction and concealment, abduction and imprisonment, and abduction and murder.
4. Trump vows to fight Israel's enemies in Jerusalem pitch - CNN
Jerusalem (CNN)In a video message to supporters in Israel, Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to "make America and Israel safe again" and said his administration would "stand side-by-side with the Jewish people."
"Together, we will stand up to enemies like Iran bent on destroying Israel and her people," Trump said in the taped message, which lasted less than one minute and was shown at an event in Jerusalem.
The crowd of approximately 200 -- some wearing "Make America Great Again" caps -- cheered and chanted "Trump! Trump!" and "Lock her up!"
5. In hats and t-shirts, Trump fans rally in Jerusalem's Old City - Reuters
On a rooftop overlooking the walls of Jerusalem's Old City, around 200 American-Israeli fans of Donald Trump gathered to proclaim their support for the Republican candidate, convinced he will be Israel's best friend if elected. Wearing "Make America Great Again" baseball caps, the small crowd, ranging from Holocaust survivors in their 80s to grinning teenagers in Trump t-shirts, said they didn't care about the sexual assault allegations against the candidate or the online anti-Semitism of some of his supporters.
"Trump will let Israel be itself and make its own decisions, that's what I like," David Weissman, a 35-year-old from Queens, New York, who moved to Israel three years ago, said at the event late on Wednesday. "He's not a saint, but look at his achievements. He's not afraid to identify the enemy as radical Islam, and he's not going to support the two-state solution," he said, referring to long-standing efforts to forge peace with the Palestinians.
"It's very important that he becomes president," said Connie Gordner, 82, who moved to Israel from Jacksonville, Florida, 21 years ago. "If Hillary Clinton becomes president, we're dead." (Read more)
The Daily Brief
Every prayer below is presented to our Lord in the Name of Jesus Christ, amen.
1. State demands pastor turn over sermons, notes - WND
The state of Georgia is demanding copies of the sermons and related notes of a lay pastor who was fired by the Department of Public Health after it investigated what he said in his church. But Dr. Eric Walsh is resisting, issuing a statement via his legal team that he will not comply with the demand from state lawyers.
The state's demand is in response to a lawsuit filed by Walsh against the Department of Health charging discrimination based on his religion and other civil rights violations.
He's getting support from a pastor who successfully fought off a demand by Houston officials for copies of his sermons.
Walsh's ordeal began in May 2014 when he accepted an offer to become district health director with the state agency. Only a week later, a state official asked him to provide copies of sermons he had preached as a lay minister with a Seventh-day Adventist Church. Lee Rudd, the agency's human resources director, then assigned staff members to listen to the YouTube recordings immediately. Two days later, Walsh was fired. (Read more)
- Lord, this is yet another dangerous sign of our times. We ask that You set this pastor free from the difficulties he is facing. We pray that You grant him courage and faith, and stand with all pastors at this time of increased government scrutiny.
- "For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness, His countenance beholds the upright." (Psalm 11:7)
2. 'Bill Clinton Inc.': Email details how top aides helped make ex-president rich - Fox News
One of Bill Clinton's closest confidants outlined in a lengthy 2011 memo how he and another aide helped secure at least $50 million in speaking fees and other ventures for the former president - in addition to raising "the bulk" of funds for the controversial Clinton Foundation.
The 12-page memo from Doug Band, released Wednesday by WikiLeaks, was designed to highlight the crucial role he - and his global strategy company Teneo - played in procuring money for the ex-president and Clinton's namesake foundation.
"Throughout the past almost 11 years since President Clinton left office, I have sought to leverage my activities, including my partner role at Teneo, to support and to raise funds for the Foundation," Band wrote. "This memorandum strives to set forth how I have endeavored to support the Clinton Foundation and President Clinton personally." (Read more)
- Lord, we are once again appalled at the blatant greed in this situation. We pray for mercy over our nation, for we have turned our back on You and forgotten that You are the judge of the universe.
- "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." (1 Tim 6:10a)
3. Justice Clarence Thomas: Nation's capital is 'broken' - USA Today
Justice Clarence Thomas said Wednesday that the Supreme Court confirmation process is an example of how the nation's capital is "broken in some ways." Thomas reflected on his 25 years as a justice while speaking at the Heritage Foundation.
"This city is broken in some ways," Thomas said. "At some point, we are going to have to recognize that we are destroying our institutions."
Rather than blame only the executive and legislative branches, Thomas pointed a finger at the court as well. "What have we done to gain their confidence?" he asked. "Perhaps we should ask ourselves what we have done to not earn it or to earn it." (Read more)
- Lord, we repent . . . in Your name, amen.
- "But if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors-their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward me, which made me hostile toward them so that I sent them into the land of their enemies-then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, I will remember my covenant with Jacob and my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land." (Leviticus 26:40-42 NIV)
4. Nigerian Middle Belt State: 800+ Christians Killed, 800+ Injured, 100+ Churches Destroyed - Christian Headlines
The Nigerian Middle Belt is the scene of ever-continuing attacks on Christian farmers by mainly Muslim Hausa-Fulani herdsmen, including this past week where attacks have occurred in both Kaduna and Benue States. Now a recent report about another state in the Middle Belt, Nasarawa, shows that it too has been the scene of serious violence against Christians. In the period January 2013 - May 2016, 826 Christians were killed and 878 injured. There were 102 churches destroyed or damaged.
Beside these, 787 houses were destroyed, as well as 9 shops, 32 cars and motorcycles. Many families were completely deprived of their livelihoods. Around 21,000 Christians were reported as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in different camps inside and outside Nasarawa State. Due to the difficult security situation, the authors of the in-depth fact-finding report are convinced that they were only able to report part of what really happened. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for these suffering brethren in Nigeria. We ask that You send Your Holy Spirit to them to grant them strength and courage in the midst of these times of persecution. We also pray for that Muslim attackers, that You will either move upon them to change their hearts or remove the wicked from their place.
- "For evildoers will be cut off; but those who wait for the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." (Psalm 37:9)
5. Haiti cholera scandal: US bolsters UN wall of denial, legal investigator says - Fox News
The United Nations' wall of denial about its responsibility for causing Haiti's 6-year-old cholera epidemic is stronger than ever -- and a U.N. human rights expert has put the focus directly on the Obama administration for helping to keep the barrier in place. Philip Alston, a New York University law professor, who is currently the U.N. special rapporteur on poverty and human rights, issued a final report on the cholera crisis on Tuesday that sharply castigated the U.N. for a legal stance that is "morally unconscionable, legally indefensible and politically self-defeating."
He also accused the world organization of "fairly systematic backing down" from a promised change of its long-held position that the specific causes of the cholera epidemic were not known, and that it is not legally responsible for the disastrous outcome of the epidemic, which has killed more than 9,000 people and, according to Alston's report, stricken 7 percent of the country's 10.9 million population. (Read more)
- Father, we pray for Haiti, for those affected by this epidemic. We ask if man is responsible, that you will hold them to accountability.
- "Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, 'You will not require an account.' But You have seen it, for You observe trouble and grief." (Psalm 10:13, 14a)
6. Gone in 16 seconds: The devastating moment a 700-year-old church crumbles into dust as two immense earthquakes bring fresh heartache to Italy - Daily Mail UK
The moment a historic church crumbled to the ground after two powerful earthquakes rocked central Italy on Wednesday has been captured by TV news cameras. A crew for Italian state broadcaster RAI were standing in front of a late 14th century church, San Salvatore a Campi di Norcia, when its rose-windowed facade was reduced to rubble. The crew was forced to run for safety as clouds of dust engulfed its cameras. The earthquakes devastated many historic buildings and left thousands homeless, two months after a quake that killed nearly 300 people hit the same region.
The first tremor measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale came at 7.10pm local time on Wednesday, near Visso in Macerata province. The second quake, measuring 6.1, came two hours later, wiping out buildings and plunging homes into darkness. It was felt as far away as Venice in the far north, Naples in the south and the capital, Rome, where historic buildings are reported to have shaken, 80 miles away from the epicentre near Perugia. (Read more)
- Father, have mercy on Italy, and send Your Spirit to touch their hearts and bring comfort. Lord, none of us can exist without You. We desperately need Your help to survive these times.
- "Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is very far off." (Isaiah 33:17)
7. Pope Francis: 'God promised the land to the people of Israel' - Jerusalem Post
God promised the Holy Land to the people of Israel, Pope Francis said during a public address at the Vatican in Rome on Wednesday in a speech about migration.
"The people of Israel, who from Egypt, where they were enslaved, walked through the desert for forty years until they reached the land promised by God," he said.
Pope Francis spoke just before granting a brief audience to Israeli Deputy Minister for Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara to thank him for his efforts on behalf of the Church and Christians in Israel.
Kara told reporters he felt that the pontiff was sending a direct message to UNESCO, whose World Heritage Committee approved a resolution that ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount.
- Father, we praise You that this pope is beginning to see the light, and that we each must stand by Israel, rather than lobbying to see her land divided. Yes, Lord! THe Land DOES belong to the Jews! Praise You, Jesus.
- "It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." (Zechariah 12:9)
8. Israel says ancient papyrus supports its claim to Jerusalem - Reuters
Israeli archaeologists have made public a fragment of an ancient text which they say is the earliest Hebrew reference to Jerusalem outside the Bible - a discovery the government swiftly enlisted as evidence of the Jewish connection to the holy city.
The 11 cm by 2.5 cm (4.3 by one inch) piece of papyrus, dated by the Israel Antiquities Authority to the 7th century B.C., was presented at a news conference in Jerusalem shortly after Paris-based UNESCO adopted a resolution that Israel said denied Judaism's link to the ancient city.
Two lines of ancient Hebrew script on the fragile and faded artifact suggest it was part of a document detailing the payment of taxes or transfer of goods to storehouses in Jerusalem.
- Father God, we thank You that the archaeologists are now discovering what the Scripture has always proclaimed. Once again, the Land belongs to the Jews! Hallelujah!
- "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" (Psalm 150:6)
9. Russia beefs up Baltic Fleet amid NATO tensions: reports - Reuters
Russia is sharply upgrading the firepower of its Baltic Fleet by adding warships armed with long-range cruise missiles to counter NATO's build-up in the region, Russian media reported on Wednesday.
There was no official confirmation from Moscow, but the reports will raise tensions in the Baltic, already heightened since Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea, and cause particular alarm in Poland and Lithuania which border Russia's base there.
The reported deployment comes as NATO is planning its biggest military build-up on Russia's borders since the Cold War to deter possible Russian aggression. (Read more)
- Lord, we ask that You grant Your people courage in the face of danger, and wisdom for leadership.
- "Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies." (Psalm 35:19a)
The Daily Jot
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Debate Takeaway 5-Children
Throughout the last presidential debate, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton invoked her 30 year body of work on behalf of children around the world. Whenever Republican candidate Donald Trump pressed Clinton on her leadership, she invoked working on behalf of children. When questions came up about her wanting to undermine the Second Amendment, Clinton said, "...unfortunately, dozens of toddlers injure themselves, even kill people with guns, because, unfortunately, not everyone who has loaded guns in their homes takes appropriate precautions." She talked against deporting illegal immigrants because it would harm their children. She deflected attacks on her experience saying she worked for kids.
Clinton said, "You know, back in the 1970s, I worked for the Children's Defense Fund. And I was taking on discrimination against African-American kids in schools...In the 1980s, I was working to reform schools in Arkansas...In the 1990s, I went to Beijing and I said women's rights are human rights...So I'm happy to compare my 30 years of experience, what I've done for this county, trying to help in every way I could, especially kids and families get ahead and stay ahead...and I'll let the American people make that decision." Trouble is, at the same time over that 30 year-plus period, Clinton was working to encourage aborting babies and supporting abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Debate moderator Chris Wallace said, "I want to explore how far you believe the right to abortion goes. You have been quoted as saying that the fetus has no constitutional rights. You also voted against a ban on late-term, partial birth abortions. Why?" Clinton responded that the life and health of the mother is paramount, that a late term abortion is up to the mother, "And I will stand up for that right." The Centers for Disease Control states that 1.3% of abortions are late-term, translating to some 15,000 babies executed just prior to leaving the birth canal. The Guttmacher Institute, which studied who gets late term abortions, reports, "most women seeking later terminations are not doing so for reasons of fetal anomaly or life endangerment."
Republican candidate Donald Trump pointed out that Clinton's immigration policy brings with it drugs and crime that even people in New Hampshire say is destroying their youth. He said there were mothers in the audience whose children were killed by illegal immigrants. In addition, Clinton supports the outright murder of some 15,000 children being killed in the birth canal as they are being born. She also took over $20 million from Saudi Arabia, which boasts of discrimination, violence and slavery against women and children. How can she say she works on behalf of children around the world and, at the same time, advocate policies that result in child brutality? Jesus said in Luke 17:2, "It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones."
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